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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Calorie Count

Ahhhh...turkey day is over but left overs linger on. And not just in the refrigerator. I'm afraid to step on the scales. I keep them beside the tread mill and have scrupulously avoided them. I know I had far too many calories; one year I actually tabulated how many and that euphoric-dreamy-triptophan induced state suddenly self-destructed. (A side note: that relaxed stupor probably did not come from the turkey. Triptophan usually does not make you sleepy unless you don't eat any protein with it..which is kind of hard to do when eating turkey! Your comatose state is more likely caused by a carb glut or alcohol!) Just for kicks I looked up how many calories are required for individual activities.

Cassi (our miniature Australian Shepherd) fell into the fish pond so she needed a bath (big time-and it was her first). Bathing her burned 46 calories, (So is that like one bite of pumpkin pie a la mode?) whereas bathing myself only took 20 calories. That doesn't compute--I'm bigger so shouldn't it burn more calories to bath me? If I had showered I would only have burned 17 calories. But, then, I don't think they took into account my article on "How and Why To Take A Shower (see 11-8 blog); I'm sure all that scrubbing takes more energy.

A ten minute play/exercise period with Cassi only burns 26 calories; man, wow, is that all? Watering all my wintering-over herbs and houseplants takes 46 calories; maybe I should have brought in more. A 30 minute Yoga workout takes 65 calories--go Yoga! Those of you who know me know that I like to iron--it usually takes me an hour--goodbye 130 calories, woohoo. Sweeping all the stuff your holiday company tracked in uses only 29 calories, drat. And, the real shocker: sex only takes 10 calories. Huh? No comment.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nourishing healthy soup for chilly days...


Living with one's own personal chef has its perks! Here's one of Gary's best creations: French Onion Soup. He fixed it for us the other day along with the best cheese toast you've ever tasted; OMGsh, I thought I'd died and gone to culinary heaven. Not only is this soup delicious, it is soooo good for you. (See Nov 10 post about garlic). So, here you go...good eating.

Chef Gary's French Onion Soup (www.chefgw.com)
1 white, 1 red, 3 sweet onions
5 cloves garlic
3 T Butter
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme (1 tsp dried)
3 quarts beef broth (please use organic all-natural)
2 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 c Marsala or Port wine
1 tsp raw sugar
3 shots Worcestershire sauce

Saute onions in butter until clear. Add other ingredients, simmer uncovered until reduced to about two quarts. Salt to taste. Serves about six. YUMMMMMM!

Chef Gary's French Onion Soup (www.chefgw.com)
1 white, 1 red, 3 sweet onions
5 cloves garlic
3 T Butter
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme (1 tsp dried)
3 quarts beef broth (please use organic all-natural)
2 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 c Marsala or Port wine
1 tsp raw sugar
3 shots Worcestershire sauce

Saute onions in butter until clear. Add other ingredients, simmer uncovered until reduced to about two quarts. Salt to taste. Serves about six. YUMMMMMM!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Winter Sunshine...

Sunshine Tea-- In sickness and in health. I formulated this tea for my grandchildren as a substitute for soda drinks and that stuff with red dye! They love it. I always think I’ve made plenty and I always run out. These ingredient descriptions will give you an idea why my Sunshine Tea is a favorite with aduls and children.

INGREDIENTS:
Catnip Nepeta cataria

Catnip is a bushy herb native to Europe but now very common in America and Canada. It's name reflects the inability of cats to resist its aroma. Our kitty, Professor April McGonnagal, loves it when it's time to harvest the catnip! I grow plenty--enough for me and the neighborhood cats. For the feline population catnip elicits feelings ranging from frisky to euphoria and may include sexual stimulation. In many parts of the world it is used as bait to trap wild cats. It has the opposite effect on humans giving us that wonderful alert calmness. The essential oil sesquiterpee lactones is chemically similar to those found in valarian root which is also a sedative herb. Traditionally catnip has been used for insomnia, indigestion, nervousness, flatulence, coughs, colds and fever. High in potassium, it helps to replace valuable minerals lost in sweating during exercise or fever. Catnip/mint tastes mild and is safe for children.

German Chamomile Matricaria recutia

Chamomile was one of the best known herbs during the Middle Ages its use common and widespread. Native to Eurasia, Egyptians revered its curative powers and dedicated it to their gods. Today it is widely cultivated and with its little sunshine-like flowers that have a mild apple taste it is the most popular tea flavor in the world. Aside from its use as a medicinal herb, it is also used as flavoring in a variety of foods and alcoholic beverages such as vermouth, in hair products and used as a hair colorant. Chamomile is studied extensively and most of its folk uses have been chemically verified. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-thrombotic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal especially against gram positive (staph) and candida. It is an excellent nervine and carminative (good for those nasty tummy upsets). Chamomile has a wide nutritional profile: is very high in niacin, high in magnesium, phosphorus, riboflavin and also contains vitamins A and C. I love to stroll through my chamomile bed just to smell it. Chamomile is safe for children. Caution if you suffer seasonal allergies.

Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis

Definitely one of my favorites, I grow massive amounts of Lemon Balm. Its lemony fragrance and taste lends itself to many applications in culinary circles. Lemon Balms carminative and anti-spasmodic qualities relieves digestive spasms and flatulence. It's wonderful for the nervous system relieving stress reactions and tension and is one of my best herbs for anxiety induced migraines, insomnia and palpitations. It works almost magically between the digestive tract and the nervous system calming both in tandem. Its diaphoretic action makes it an excellent choice during cold and flu fevers. Lemon Balm causes mild vasodialation so is good for helping lower blood pressure.

Sunshine Tea or the individual herbs can be prepared hot or cold. ICED: Pour one quart of boiling water over 3 Tablespoons herb(s), steep covered for 10-15minutes. Add lemon and/or honey to taste. I cut up a whole lemon in the pitcher…yummm. HOT: Especially good this time of year and wonderful just before bedtime. 1 tsp per cup hot water, steep 3-4 minutes covered. Add lemon and/or honey to taste. If you must use sugar, please don’t use the white processed kind.

My herbs are grown with no herbicides, pesticides or chemicals of any kind.
Sunshine Tea is available at www.GBHfarm.com

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wolf in Sheeps Clothing...Soy

Whenever I have cautioned folks about eating soy I almost always get the raised eyebrow, the doubtful look in their eye. So, whenever I find supporting documentation, I always like to share with you. An article recently posted on AlterNet.org outlines some of the most hazardous and alarming components about consuming soy.

Soy's money making abilities soared from $300 million in 1992 to $4 billion in 2008. Over 3/4 of our processed food and almost all of our fast food contain soy. Hamburger--in there, mac and cheese, salad dressings, even chicken nuggets..it's in there. Mary Vance for Terrain Magazine wrote: "It hides in tofu dogs under aliases such as textured vegetable protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and lecithin--which is troubling, since the processing required to hydrolyze soy protein into vegetable protein produces excitotoxins such as glutamate (think MSG) and aspartate (a component of aspartame), which cause brain-cell death."

Whenever something is making money, it's hard to pull it from the shelves and will only happen if consumers step in and make their wishes known where it will be heard, in the billfold. READ LABELS. ASK QUESTIONS.

In 2000 the American Heart Association and the FDA couldn't say enough good things about soy. Now, the American Heart Association has ever so behind the scenes pulled its support from soy. This quiet little move has gone unheralded in the media. New research continues to highlight potential risk and diminish the so-called health benefits of soy.

Now don't get me wrong, soy can be healthy -- in small FERMENTED doses. For the second time this month I am going to recommend Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon...available in "My Favorites" in the right hand column of my blog. Sally shares with us the outstanding health benefits of fermented foods. As usual, Americans went overboard and skewed the health aspects of soy into money makers and lost all the good stuff in the process.

In addition, we have the genetically engineered soy to think about. Part of the modification is allowing soy to withstand MORE herbicide and pesticide chemicals to be dumped on the fields this is not only polluting our health more than usual, but destroying our soil and water. And, we have no idea, yet, of the harmful effects it will reap on our bodies after long term consumption.

Here is the link: www.alternet.org The War on Soy: Why the 'Miracle Food' May Be a Health Risk and Environmental Nightmare

Please read the entire article for yourself.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Some Like It Hot-Some Like It Not

America is getting hot. No, nothing to do with global warming and everything to do with diet. Spicy has taken on a new meaning across the fruited plains and spacious sky. I can remember when restaurants hardly ever had any choices that were beyond salt and pepper. Now, dishes are replete with mouth watering herbs (many of them fresh)and tantalizing spices, many of them HOT.

I have always had the opportunity to try "hot" on my food as my dad kept cayenne peppers in a small condiment bottle of apple cider vinegar on the table right along with the salt and pepper. This was great to give a little punch to steamed vegetables and for the brave at heart, to splash on salad. We also had a bottle of crushed red peppers for sprinkling on mashed potatoes, on grilled tomatoes and onions for a little extra kick. I strung peppers like popcorn and hung them in garlands on the back porch to watch them turn beautiful flaming oranges, reds and yellows; I learned the hard way to keep your fingers away from your face in in the process.

Cayenne is my favorite pepper; I just picked the last of them from the garden. They are one of the main ingredients in my immune tonic Lizzy's Elixir and a staple in the kitchen. The source of Cayenne's heat is the resin capsaisin which is responsible for the many healing qualities cayenne brings us. It is such a remarkable stimulant I can scarcely comprehend why it isn't "prescribed" by more physicians. It is wonderful for the cardiovascular system and is often said to be the "herbal nitro" for heart attack victims. Capsaisin works a tonic and stimulant to the gastro-intestinal track by nudging the appetite, helping with digestion and facilitating peristalsis. If you are feeling sluggish, moving slow, have cold hands and feet and just all around down-in-the-dumps try a few sprinkles of the apple cider vinegar/cayenne mix in a bit of water. Forget Red Bull--it's like a little jolt of healthy energy.

Cayenne boosts effectiveness of other herbs and is full of vitamins A, B and C. Calcium and potassium are great for your heart and are found in good portions in cayenne.

I have clients and family who shy away from anything hot, but the benefits are so hefty, it pays to work at acquiring the taste for spicy. But if you just cannot abide cayenne, try ginger.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKE OUT


Today is dedicated to my mother, Emma Mckee. She started smoking at 15 and didn't stop until it was too late. Emphysema and heart disease strangled and choked her to death at only 69. In June of this year we signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that requires tobacco companies to dedicate 50% of the cigarette package--front and back--to warn people of the harmful effects of cigarettes on health. Bravo. But, it still isn't enough.

Today is one of my favorite days...the Great American Smoke Out. It's a day of hope. A day to start anew to kick a killer habit. It's day one. It isn't easy, I watch friends and clients try to quit the habit only to be sucked right back into it. So, today could be your day.

I recommend a five point herbal program to support your body during tobacco withdrawal: 1) nerve repair 2)lung cleanse 3)cravings 4)purifying (detox) 5)water.
The full program is on my website: www.GBHfarm.com Click on Articles/Quit smoking.

Here's to you, you can do it. Go get 'em.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Aspertame War

OK, that does it. Here is yet another study on the danger of artificial sweeteners and yet we continue to guzzle, sprinkle and put it in our food by the cupfuls. On November 2, 2009 Science Daily reported on a new artificial sweetener study. Three thousand women participated in this Nurses Health Study. The research was conducted by Julie Lin MD, MPH, FASN and Gary Curhan MD, ScD, FASN of Brigham and Women's Hospital. Their conclusion and the subsequent presentation at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in San Diego stated that drinking two or more drinks with artificial sweetener a day may lead to a two-fold incease in kidney decline.

Aspertame is one of the leading culprits that is unabashedly poured into over 6,000 products on our grocery shelves and restaurant menus. The FDA has received more reports about the negative responses to Aspertame than any other sweetener. There are more than 900 published studies about its damaging effects on health and over 10,000 documented reports of adverse reactions including death. OMGsh, if there were half, a third, a quarter, a FRACTION of that many adverse reports on any herb it would be touted all over the media with action groups vieing to remove it from public access.
Wake up, people, Aspertame is dangerous. It increases dopamine levels in your brain which can lead to symptoms of depression by distorting your serotonin/dopamine balance. By this same mechanism it can lead to migraines and brain tumors. Asptertame is an excitotoxin which causes brain cells to become over excited and die. Imagine a hamster than can't get off the exercise wheel. Excitotoxins also cause decreased brain synapses and connecting fibers thus decreasing your mental acuity. I don't know about you, but I need to ADD these not decrease them. And, if that isn't enough, Aspertame also breaks down to formaldehyde and methanol; wonderful, just what we all want in our bodies.
Aspertame is not the only villain in your sweet arsenal; the others have horror stories as well, but it's a place to start. Begin today. Wean yourself off Aspertame. You can do it. You would not eat or drink anything that listed arsenic or any other poison as an ingredient. Think of Aspertame as a poison. Condition yourself to cringe at the mention of it just as you would arsenic. Come on folks, use your brain while you still can!! This is war!
On November 2, 2009 Science Daily reported on a new artificial sweetner study. Three thousand women participated in this Nurses Health Study. The research was conducted by Julie Lin MD, MPH, FASN and Gary Curhan MD, ScD, FASN of Brigham and Women's Hospital. Their conclusion and the subsequent presentation at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in San Diego stated that drinking two or more drinks with artificial sweetener a day may lead to a two-fold incease in kidney decline.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cold Day: Hot Herbal Chai

I have several herbal chai recipes, but I love this one from John and Kimberly Gallagher.
· 3 ½ cups of boiling water
· 2 Cinnamon sticks
· 1 Tablespoon fresh Ginger, grated
· 1 whole Nutmeg, chopped
· 1 Tablespoon Cardamom seed pods
· 1 Tablespoon Astragulus root
· ½ tsp. whole Cloves
· ¼ tsp. black Peppercorns
· ½ tsp. Anise seeds
· ½ tsp. whole Allspice
· ½ tsp. Echinacea root
Simmer 15 min. If you want, add 1/8 cup black tea after removing from heat and steep for 3 more minutes. Strain.
· Add ¼ cup warm milk and honey to taste.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Oats..not just for horses.


If you know me at all you know that I preach and teach oats. It's my personal doctrine, my nutrition dogma. Every November I make it my personal agenda to make sure everyone hears again how important this little grain is to your health. It is so simple and so cheap I can't understand why everyone does not eat it. It is SO good for your body systems: digestive, cardiovascular, muscular and depending on your choice of added toppings you can pretty much include every other system. Fighting cholesterol is on America's mind..this is a simple thing to help you with that.

My answer to eating oatmeal AND complying with America's number one mantra, QUICK AND EASY, is the Oatmeal Station. Yes, it deserves capitals. The premise is simple: One large container of oatmeal and several small containers of toppings. Think of it as an ice cream buffet only when you finish this you can feel good about yourself.

It's important to set up the containers of oatmeal and toppings to comply with the QUICK and EASY part. Let's face it, if you and your family have to find the boxes, drag out the boxes, put away the boxes they WON'T. And, you won't. Line up your containers on your counter like little health warriors. It doesn't matter if they match. Be creative. Glass is best; plastic is worst. I purchased small 1/8 measuring cups to go in each container.

In your selection of oats, steel-cut or cracked is best, rolled is next and instant is a big fat NO. Steel-cut/cracked should be soaked overnight to not only hasten preparation of the morning feast but to allow enzymes to break down and neutralize the phytic acid. (An enemy of mineral absorption). Soaked oats are ready to go come morning or if you are using rolled oats just pop them in a pan, add some water and heat. I don't even do that much. I put my oats right in the bowl, add hot water, let it sit a minute, add my toppings and down the hatch.

There are two resounding, uncompromising, non-negotiable items in a healthy oatmeal bar. No microwaves. No white sugar. Come on, how long does it take to heat water? Invest in a tea kettle. It's your health we're talking about here. We have a hot/cold water dispenser so it's super easy.

So, have a go...as always, if you have questions just shoot me an email: elizabeth@GBHfarm.com. Or comments are welcome here.

Again, be creative; here's a list of toppings to get you started:
Raisins, any dried fruit (natural NOT sulphured), frozen fruit, unsweetened coconut, any kind of nuts, natural flavorings like vanilla or almond, wheat germ and yogurt.
Sweeteners: honey, maple syrup (real not fake), stevia, molasses, date sugar, malted grain syrups and as a last resort raw sugar.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vitamin D and Flu

In lieu of my regular herbal column today I am posting this link to one of my mentors to stress to you the importance of Vitamin D in flu prevention. It's just short of 10 minutes but well worth your time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpQ4HMfi3gs&feature=channel_page

Green Blessings...have a monumental day. :) e

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lavender - diverse and all-inclusive

Ahhh, a new day. Just finished taking some early morning photographs of my pansies (they love these cold mornings) and exercising our new puppy, Cassi, so my brain is awake and ready to roll.



Yesterday I decided to make some Kava Kava decoction. (Simmer root for 3-4 minutes, turn off heat, steep for 3 hours. Reheat--on the stove, not the microwave--strain, add more water and honey to taste. This is super to drink before bedtime). I used a small metal tray for the lid as the pan I was using did not have a lid. When I took the tray off to check the Kava, I didn't use a hot pad. How old am I and how long have I been using the stove?! Why do we do these things. Anyway, I burnt my thumb and fingers. OW. You all know how that feels. I almost always have a small bottle of lavender essential oil in my pocket for life's little emergencies. I put on a few drops and the pain immediately subsided. After about two minutes, the pain returned and I applied more lavender. It never hurt again and this morning the burn is just a memory. Those flat telltale burn marks on the skin are not sore or red. I have witnessed this over and over through the years and still it makes me smile.

Lavender is so well known that we often take for granted its many qualities in the medicinal, cosmetic and culinary worlds. Lavender water has many applications and is simple to make: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tsp dried lavender flowers. Steep in a covered container for 15 minutes. Drink as a hot or cold tea, soak cloth and put over forehead and eyes for tension headache or dab on temples and back of neck, use in recipes in place of required liquid, spray on bed linens, spray on ironing, bathwater, facial and hair rinse...use your imagination!

One of my lavender beds


Lavender grows well here in the Midwest; it is very tolerant and forgiving of our up/down weather. She likes soil that is well-drained and on the limey side and she loves the sun so don't plant her in shade. They will grow from seeds but be patient, they are VERY slow to germinate.

Lavender sugar is popular and has been around for a loooong time as shown in this recipe: "Conserve of the Flowers of Lavender' Take the flowers being new so many as you please, and beat them with three times their weight of white sugar, after the same manner as rosemary flowers; they will keep one year.' The Queen's Closet Opened by W.M.Cook 1655

Have a monumental day and green blessings,
elizabeth :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Herbal Antibiotics

Actually, that is such a misnomer...antibiotic means against life and herbs are anything but. However, folks know what that means...herbs that kill germs! This is one of my more popular classes so thought I would share some of the info here.

Cornell University did a study on several herbs and determined what percentage of bacteria they actually killed. Go Cornell. Let's discuss the top four: Garlic, onions, allspice and oregano. I like to call them the fantastic four. They kill 100% of bad bacteria. Yes, 100%. So, if you are coming down with cold or flu, eat all you can of these wonderful herbs. Garlic and onions will go on practically anything. When someone in our household starts to "feel" it, you know what I mean, that vague itch in the back of your throat, unexplained soreness or eyes that just don't want to stay open, we load up on garlic and onion. It goes in the main entree, in the salad, on the sandwich, in the soup. Infuse some garlic and onions in a bit of olive oil (please, never use mineral oil) for a few hours and massage it onto the bottoms of your feet, heat some socks in the microwave (one of the few things I approve for its use!), pull them on your feet and slip into bed. If you are prone to earaches, just use the garlic and olive oil and put one drop into your ear--warm it first.

I like to use allspice in my winter warming stovetop simmer. Throw in any spices that please you...I like allspice, clove, cinnamon & vanilla but you can use anything. Let it gently simmer on a back burner diffusing its moisturizing, healing properties, germ killing power and heavenly scent into your air. It will smell like the holiday season!

Oregano can be purchased in a small dropper bottle. It's great at getting flu germs. Remember, a little goes a LONG way. We got a little over enthusiastic in my family one time and ended up with blisters in the mouth. Ouch. That happens to guinea pigs occasionally in an herbalist family! It's worth the trial. I guess I can say that since it wasn't my mouth!

So, get to the store and stock up. You never know when something will hit you and yours.

Oregano in my winter window...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sweet Potato

I'm trying to concentrate and the little female cardinal I wrote about back in March is STILL banging herself against my office window. How can she have any brains left...not that she had any to begin with. It's hard to believe it's fall, over 70 degrees two days in a row, green grass and a geranium blooming on the patio.

We continue to pack things over to Rocky Creek. We've done so much work here at Nodaway Hill; the gardens are fertile, friable and full of worms. (The good kind). I feel wistful about leaving them.

Another word about the flu: in addition to the good lymph massage I discussed yesterday, eat sweet potatoes!! (Preferably not at the same time). I purchased a case of dirty potatoes at farmers market--they keep better if they are not washed prior to storing. This bright beauty has so many good things in it, it's a wonder sunshine doesn't burst right out of it.

Carotene (vit A), Vitamin C, maganese, copper, B6, potassium, iron and fiber. You'll need to eat a little fat with the potato to convert the caroten to vitamin A, but that's ok because it only starts out with 95 calories. It packs a whollop of anti-oxident and anti-inflammatory properties both of which are associated with reducing the development of atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, and colon cancer. They are also helpful in reducing the severity of osteoarthritis,asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

B6 converts homocysteine into benign molecules; high homocysteine levels are associated with heart attack and stroke.

Richard Baybut, an associate professor of nutrition at Kansas State discovered that a carcinogen in cigarette smoke-benzoapyreine-destroys vitamin A. His earlier research proved that animals deprived of vitamin A developed emphesema. Conversely, his recent studies show that diets with ample vitamin A reduces emphesema. Since sweet potatoes have 262.2% of our daily requirement--pass the sweet potatoes, please.

Here's a super-simple receipe for tonights dinner from "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. (This book is one of my picks available in the right column).

Sweet Potato Dollars
3-4 sweet potatoes
3 Tbls melted butter
3 Tbls extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
Peel, slice crosswise in approx. 1/4-inch intervals. Brush two cookie sheets with melted butter/olive oil mix. Arrange in one layer, brush with remaining butter/oil. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How and Why To Take A Shower

Now I'm not talking hygiene and/or olfactory reasons for showering. I'm guessing we all know the basics. I mean showering for your health. Not just to kill the beasties that could make you ill but for stimulating your immune system, especially the lymph glands. Your lymph system is the garbage truck of your body; it travels all over picking up waste, getting rid of all that nasty stuff that can make you sick. The only trouble is, it doesn't come with it's own power supply. Your blood has the heart to pump it all around and up and down. Lymph is pushed by muscle and if your not moving, lymph is not moving. I'm always trying to get my clients to WALK WALK WALK..it's good on so many levels. The large muscles in your legs really get that lymph flowing. A good massage will also move the lymph which takes us back to the showers. Get yourself one of those little nylon scrunchy things...they are very cheap; I saw a whole bin full the other day for a dollar each. A soft luffa or just a wash cloth will work. Your shower water temp should be tepid not scalding. Lather up your scrunchy, take deep slow breaths and starting with your face wash in small circular motions. (Use an all natural soap not harsh detergents or deodorant soap) DON'T SCRUB. Just apply gently pressure down your neck, shoulders, arms, hands. Then the under arms and breasts. There are a lot of lymph glands here ladies don't be shy about massaging those breasts. Go around each breast several times, then reverse the order and don't forget the nipples. Work your way down the body paying particular attention to the thighs going all the way to the toes. By the time you are finished your body will be glowing, your lymph will be flowing and your brain synapses will be snapping. This is a super-duper-waker-upper and much healthier than your morning dose of caffeine! This gentle massage gets your systems up and running, puts a sparkle in your eye, a witty repartee on the tip of your tongue and gives your morning a kick in the seat of the proverbial pants. What more could you want from a dollar scrunchy and 10 minutes of your time!?
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