One of the most powerful plants – You’ve probably heard of Reishi?

You’ve probably heard of Reishi?
It’s one of those herbs that seems to be on everyone’s list of favourites!
Dr George Lamoureux, (Founder of Jing Herbs) credits Reishi with helping him feel ‘peaceful, centred’, and helping him to transform his ‘terrible temper’ and ‘Rageaholic’ tendencies…
Ron Teeguarden (Author of ‘The Ancient Wisdom of the Taoist Tonic Herbs’) calls Reishi ‘One of the Greatest Tonic Herbs On Earth.’
The Ancient Taoist Literature reveres Reishi as a ‘Superior Tonic!’…
And gives it names like: ‘The King of the Mushrooms’… ‘The Great Protector’… ‘The Mushroom of Spiritual Potency’ and, my personal favourite: ‘The Herb of Good Fortune!’
The book ‘Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects’ describes Reishi as having:
‘A combination of spiritual potency and essence of immortality … it’s tied to success, well-being, divine power, and longevity.’
It’s safe to say that Reishi has some pretty astounding qualities:
Long revered in Asia as a Tonic Herb for Radiant Health, Longevity and Spiritual Attainment; due to its fabled ability to promote Centering, Grounding, Calm and Clarity…
During the past few decades, many different studies (in Japan, China, the U.S. and the U.K) have demonstrated that Reishi has the potential to offer protection against a variety of diseases and illnesses as well because it contains:
‘A wide variety of bioactive molecules, such as terpenoids, steroids, phenols, nucleotides and their derivatives, glycoproteins, and polysaccharides.
Mushroom proteins contain all the essential amino acids and are especially rich in Leucine and Lysine’…..(Lysine being the most important amino acid for your immune system, and one that’s commonly deficient in vegetarians.)
Examples of issues that Reishi has been shown to benefit include:
Anxiety & Depression
Inflammation (due to containing Ganoderic Acids, which are potent antioxidant free-radical scavengers)
Fatigue (because it improves oxygen utilization)
Liver disease (because Ganoderic Acids help improve liver function)
Food intolerances & Asthma (because Ganoderic Acids inhibit histamine release)
Digestive problems
Fungal Infections (High levels of Triterpenes give Reishi the ability to protect against microbial infections, viruses, and fungal infections)
Skin disorders
Sleep disorders
Frequent infections (Reishi stimulates the production of interferon and interleukins I and II, which are potent natural immunity-boosting substances produced in the body)
Viruses (Polysaccharides play an important role in strengthening the body’s overall immune functions)
Heart disease, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure & High Cholesterol
From a Traditional Taoist perspective; Reishi is considered to work on all ‘3 Treasures’:
Your ‘Chi’ (Daily Energy)
Your ‘Jing’ (Your Energy Reserves)
Your ‘Shen’ (Your Spirit and Sense of Harmony)
All of which means that Reishi is a very adaptable herb (an ‘Adaptogen’), that can help you get the best out of life on many, many levels!
I know this may seem almost too good to be true, so …
I’ve always said that the best way to get to know a Tonic Herb…
Is to try it yourself and develop your own unique relationship each herb…
And if you’re interested in doing this, Reishi is a perfect place to start 🙂
Because in addition to its very many benefits, Reishi is also an Extremely Safe Herb!
Reishi mushrooms have been used for thousands of years, and amazingly, very few side effects have ever been recorded.
In Fact:
In a report from the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia; Reishi is classified as: ‘A Class 1: Herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately.’
So, unless you have a mushroom intolerance, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a medical condition (in which case, only use Reishi under the supervision of a Medical professional), Reishi is a fantastic way to start, or to deepen, your relationships with Tonic Herbs!
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Time for tea… the Danish way

Time for tea… the Danish way

The term ‘hygge’ has seen a surge in popularity in recent times, creating hysteria around the world. The Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced hooga) is the concept of bringing Scandinavian coziness into your home through the use of candles, blankets and warming drinks to promote inner calm, and taking a moment to enjoy the simple pleasures that life has to offer. However, hygge is more than just cake and candles, it is a mindset and an attitude that many argue is the reason behind Scandinavian countries being voted the happiest places to live in the world. Danish winters can be particularly harsh with long, cold days, so the Danes overcome this darkness with ‘hygge’ – why not try injecting a little ‘hygge’ into your life this autumn? Read on to discover some simple ways to embrace this Danish concept.

Create your own ‘hygge’ space at home

A ‘hygge’ space is your own little nook or corner in the house where you can sit and relax with your favourite book or play some relaxing music and simply be in the moment rather than rushing around trying to get things done. This space should be filled with cosy textures created by cushions and blankets and soft lighting from the glow of candlelight.


When the sky is grey and the leaves are brown, comfort food and drink is what our soul desires! So, snuggle up by an open fire with your favourite book and invigorate your senses with a hot drink such as Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea. The aromatic blend of autumnal spices will awaken your senses and leave you feeling comforted and relaxed. The refreshing aroma of the tea is met by deliciously warming notes of spice including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel, allspice and clove, mixed with fruity tones from orange peel and blackberry leaf, and the delicate fragrances of aloe blossom, camomile and gymnema sylvestre. This unique blend is packed with benefits thanks to these vitamin-rich ingredients, and it’s a wonderfully uplifting drink to calm you down after a busy day’s work. When it comes to food, Scandis are partial to slow-cooked stews, homemade cinnamon rolls, and pecan pastries to name just a few! Why not get creative in the kitchen and see what yummy ‘hygge’ food you can bring to the table?

Candles galore!

Candles are considered a fundamental part of creating a ‘hygge’ friendly environment. The soft lighting instantly creates a warm and relaxing atmosphere and provides a comforting light in the darkness of long winter evenings.

Surround yourself with friends

Invite your closest friends over for a glass of mulled wine and some baked treats and spend some time focusing on ‘togetherness’. Put down your phones and switch off the tv and enjoy talking and laughing with people who are important to you.

Have you tried to bring a little ‘hygge’ into your life? If so, let us know what tips and advice you have by posting in the comments section below.

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7 Adaptogen Herbs to Lower Cortisol

7 Adaptogen Herbs to Lower Cortisol

It’s likely that you’ve heard about the detrimental effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels and chronic stress can affect every physiological system in your body, including your thyroid and adrenal glands. It can make you anxious and irritable, leading to weight gain and bone loss, contribute to diabetes and heart disease risk, and deplete your energy levels.

Cortisol is also known as the ageing hormone. When cortisol gets too high, it puts you into a “fight or flight” response, which stimulates your sympathetic nervous system and your adrenal glands. When this occurs, there is a decrease in your digestive secretions and an increase in blood pressure. This puts your body in a state of constant stress, which will burn out your adrenal glands, stress your digestive tract and cause you to age more rapidly.

So if you want to look younger, feel younger and be healthy — and heal adrenal fatigue — you must get your cortisol levels balanced.

Side effects of chronically elevated cortisol can include:

Autoimmune diseases
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Common Colds
Hormone imbalance
Irritable bowel disease
Thyroid conditions
Weight loss resistance
So what can help us adapt to stress and lower cortisol? Adaptogens …

What Are Adaptogens?

Phytotherapy refers to the use of plants for their healing abilities. Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants: They help balance, restore and protect the body. As naturopath Edward Wallace explains, an adaptogen doesn’t have a specific action: It helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions.

Naturopath Marcelle Pick of Women to Women reports that adaptogenic herbs can recharge your adrenal glands, helping you to respond to stress. Adaptogens include ashwagandha, astragalus, ginseng, liquorice root, holy basil, some mushrooms and Rhodiola.

Top 7 Adaptogen Herbs

1. Ginseng : (Forever GinChia: )

Benefit-rich ginseng is the most well-known adaptogen, and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) is considered the most potent. According to Wallace, research has validated Asian ginseng’s use for improving mental performance and your ability to withstand stress. This red ginseng also has antioxidant effects, antidepressant effects, and can help naturally lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

There are a number of adaptogens referred to as ginsengs that aren’t technically ginsengs, but keep in mind that they have similar composition or effects.

2. Holy basil : ( Forever Fields of Greens: )

Also called tulsi, holy basil is known in India as the “elixir of anti-ageing.” Preliminary studies suggest that holy basil benefits include helping you fight fatigue and stress; boost your immune system; and regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and hormone levels.

3. Ashwagandha ( Forever Multi-Maca: )

Ashwagandha is often referred to as Indian ginseng. Often used in Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha regulates the immune system and eases anxiety. Ashwagandha has been used in Eastern medicine for over 2,500 years and has immuno-modulating effects that boost your immune system and aid the body in lowering cortisol levels.

4. Astragalus root ( Forever ImmuBlend: )

Used in Chinese medicine, astragalus boosts immunity and buffers the effects of stress. It increases the amount of anti-stress compounds our bodies use to repair and prevent stress-related damage. It may also reduce the ability of stress hormones like cortisol to bind to receptors.

5. Licorice root ( Forever Lycium Plus: )

Licorice root can increase energy and endurance, boost the immune system, and protect the thymus from being damaged by cortisol, but its use requires professional supervision because of how it may affect blood pressure.

6. Rhodiola ( Forever Royal Jelly: or Forever Daily: )

Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea), or golden root, is a potent adaptogen that has been the focus of much research. Rhodiola provides a buffer to stress-related mental and physical fatigue. According to Whiticomb, Rhodiola was used by Russian cosmonauts, athletes and military personnel, and years of study have begun to uncover the very mechanisms by which it acts as an adaptogen.

Rhodiola Rosea contains a phytochemical known as salidroside. This component helps relieve anxiety and combat ageing. Rhodiola suppresses the production of cortisol and increases levels of stress-resistant proteins.

Studies have found that it restores normal patterns of eating and sleeping after stress; lowers mental and physical fatigue; and protects against oxidative stress, heat stress, radiation and exposure to toxic chemicals. Rhodiola also protects the heart and liver, increases use of oxygen, improves memory, and may even extend longevity. Also, new research proves it’s effective as a weight loss agent.

7. Cordyceps mushrooms ( Forever Ginkgo Plus: )

Cordyceps, Reishi, shiitake and maitake mushrooms are funguses with antioxidant properties. That means nutrition-rich mushrooms have all the benefits of antioxidant foods. They may not be adaptogens in the classic sense, but each has adaptogenic, anti-tumour and immune-enhancing properties.

Eating well, getting proper rest, staying active, writing down what you’re grateful for and maintaining social connection all help protect you from chronic stress, which can kill your quality of life. Adding adaptogens to your routine can make you even more resilient to the damaging effects of high cortisol levels.

8. Aloe Vera = foundation and leveler, some call it:
The Silent Healer
( Forever Aloe Gel: )

Final Thoughts
High cortisol levels and chronic stress can affect every physiological and psychological system.
Adaptogens balance and restore the body.
You can increase your capacity to deal with stress and improve your mental and physical performance with the use of adaptogens


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Whooping Cough:
A friend, Graham just brought this to my attention:

Whooping Cough:

Message to Parents in the South West UK and further.
Whooping cough is spreading like crazy around Bristol and the whole of South West. It is very contagious and disables the cilia in the lungs.
Ways of prevention:
Keeping your children topped up with healthy fermented foods.
Raw garlic or Forever Garlic Tyhme capsules
Royal jelly and Bee Propolis
Oregano oil.
Turmeric and ginger, in Forever Actie HA
Lysine in Forever Lycium plus and of course
Clean pure water acid free Cheddar natural Spring Water
Lots of sunshine and sun gazing in the evenings.
Keep children away from dampness and Damp areas if your child is effected or you are concerned your child might be. If your child is effected please don’t ignore the symptoms and think it might go away. Pertussis effects Babies and young children are usually most severely affected by whooping cough.
They’re at an increased risk of:
breathing difficulties
weight loss
pneumonia – an infection of the lungs
fits (seizures)
kidney problems
brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen reaching the brain
death – although this is very rare
If effected the child or adult needs Strong (natural) antibiotics like some of those mentioned.
Silver is a powerful ally.
If you’re thinking of vaccinating. Take a look at this.
Directly from the cdc website
“While pertussis vaccines are the most effective tool to prevent this disease, no vaccine is 100% effective. When pertussis circulates in the community, there is a chance that a fully vaccinated person, of any age, can catch this disease. If you have gotten the pertussis vaccine you can still get sick.”
I strongly believe that this may correlate with the recent pertussis vaccination
Program in Bristol. There is a shedding period after vaccinations. This means that a vaccinated child should be quarantine for at least 5 days.
Take a look at this › more…
The recent immunisation programme in the UK is expanding and changing in Bristol with the introduction of more vaccine preventable diseases such as pertussis.”


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¿Se te cae el pelo en otoño? pregunta:
¿Se te cae el pelo en otoño?
¿Te has preguntado alguna vez por qué en otoño todo las calles se llenan colores naranjas y marrones? Esto se debe a que las hojas de los árboles se caen. También es cierto que el cabello en esta época de año también se cae, y mucho, en otoño.
Según los expertos, esta “caída otoñal” está relacionada con el propio ciclo de nacimiento y crecimiento del pelo (al igual que el de las hojas), ya que a pesar de que generalmente el pelo muere a finales de la primavera, éste puede tardar de 3 a 4 meses en caerse, lo que ocurre, normalmente, a principios de otoño.
Además, esta caída puede verse afectada por sol veraniego, que hace que crezca mayor densidad de pelo para proteger la cabeza, pero cuando llega el otoño y el sol disminuye su intensidad, el pelo va volviéndose más débil y termina por caer.
¿Quieres evitar este desastre (o al menos amortiguarlo)? Entonces, ¡sigue leyendo! te ofrezco una serio de recomendaciones que harán que tu otoño sea más llevadero:
1. Cuida lo que comes: Durante estos meses se recomienda una dieta sana y equilibrada, rica en fibra y verduras, frutas, pescado y carnes. Es decir, aporte de vitaminas A, B, proteínas y minerales como los que se encuentran en Forever Bee Pollen #026, que sirven para fortalecer el cabello.
2. No maltrates tu cabello:
Evita el uso de secadores y planchas. Mucho calor es malo para el pelo: éste se deteriora y se abren las puntas y, sobre todo, provoca que se caiga más.
Evita los tintes. En esta época especialmente hay que intentar no utilizar tintes, mechas o coloraciones, ya que el uso de esos productos debilita el cabello y provoca su caída aún más.
Si no queda más remedio porque las raíces son muy evidentes, y las canas afloran más de lo que nos gustaría, utiliza productos que no incluyan amoniaco en su composición y champús y acondicionadores con potentes hidratantes y aceites esenciales que favorezcan la hidratación y nutrición completa de cabello y cuero cabelludo, tal como Aloe Jojoba Shampoo #521 y Aloe Jojoba Conditioner #523.
3. Mucho Aloe vera. Aloe Vera Gelly #061 puede ser el mejor aliado para el cuidado del cabello es el aloe vera, que hay que aplicar muy bien por todo el cuero cabelludo y dejar que se seque mientras duermes.
Con estos 3 sencillos pasos puedes mantener el pelo en buen estado ¡incluso en los meses otoñales!

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Aug 2016 – LOR

Life of Riley continued…
What a start. A week before we left our fridge freezer at home broke down over night, so by the time I came down in the morning everything was defrosted – huge mess!
The day before we leave the hoover got some paper stuck in a part that needed dismantling and I got that out, however I cannot get the wheel screwed back on again, I just left it for when I get back.
First week
We are back in Spain. The trip was not without hitches. We lost our way and drove around for three hrs. The hotel was booked for the day before and the heat was incredible 38 degrees Celsius and no air con in the car, so I had to keep cooling the dogs off with water on their bellies and all windows were open, just don’t imagine what our hairstyles looked like.
The hotel thank goodness still had a room vacant at 11pm, when we finally got there. The room temp was also so hot it took the aircon 2 hrs to cool down to a decent temp. The next morning we got up to drive via Seville/ Cadiz to Manilva. We got to Riley in 9 hrs and it just got hotter we had 43 degrees Celcius in the evening. I was not happy.
All pitches were occupied, next to us unfortunately with a noisy bunch of Spanish who jabbered at the top of their voices till 3am the following morning so not much sleep, between 6-7 I get up to give the dogs a walk in the cooler air of 23 degrees Celsius. The next evening at 10pm we all of a sudden had a security guard banging on the door telling us we have to disconnect all our electric, water, tv and sewage pipe now or they will cut us off. Needless to say I did not. The following morning I find the sewage pipe disconnected and gaffa taped up in a plastic bag under the Bus.
It turns out the noisy bunch accused us of stinking up the place. Which cannot be as we have no water nor toilet working in the bus for months, so we have been using the on site facilities.
Sunday we got our toilet fixed and the water back on, only for me to find after un gaffering the sewage pipe, that it was now broken and so short I can now only just get it into the drainage, but not really be confident in using it. So back to using the on site facilities. Needless to say I am furious.
Oh and did you see the temperature pic on FB now hitting 45 degrees Celsius. At least I can shower the dogs as often as I like with the outside shower/tap.
They love sleeping under the bus during the day.
Monday the temperature is in the 30’s but we finally have sea breeze/wind. It feels a lot better not claggy and not so hot. Today we are going to BBQ for the first time for supper. I am actually sitting outside at the table with the pc and loving it. Well needless to say that didn’t go well, we can’t get the BBQ gas flowing through. So I roasted the chicken in the oven instead to savethe dinner, it was late for us to eat at 9pm not for the Spanish they start at 10pm or 11pm their dinners.
Tuesday and nothing has changed with the sewage pipe, nobody turned up to repair it. Next thing we know we aren’t receiving any UK channels apart from BBCnews on the television. James has being switching and trying everything and every button he can to get it working. Needless to say we are not into watching QVC shopping channel or the Hindi channel and definitely not the Arab news and even BBCnews gets boring after an hour. Patrick turned up and said if we get an HMDI cable we can use the tablet for watching TV with a VPI. However I am not shelling out for a cable and monthly or yearly subscription if we have paid for this satelite tv.
I had to buy a connector three pin campsite plug to three pin UK plug it cost £15, so that I can charge the mobility scooter without having the door of the rv open with a cable running the bus and out the door to the scooter outside at the back of Riley. I can only charge at night when it is cooler as the charger heats up and everything is so dry here any heat source not watched can set the site on fire.
We now know what the problem with the TV is. Someone has pulled the cable out of the earth, cut it through and hid one end in the bushes and slung the rest of the cable over the sat dish.
So we now need an engineer. I tried to connect the two ends with the appropriate clips – no success. The BBQ I think needs a spanish pipe and gas bottle fitting, James thinks every gas bottle is the same, so no BBQ. Back to cooking indoors in the heat. The dogs get cooled everyday with a shower midday, however the wind is now coming from the sea so it is rather pleasant and at night one can at least sleep. I have been running around looking for Miguel who said he would come Tuesday to fix the sewage pipe.
Juan, Miguel’s older brother came to fix the sewage pipe – also that doesn’t go to plan. The part (tube)that goes into the pipe that fits into the concrete floor hole all the grey water runs down doesn’t go back into the shortened pipe. It seems the factory it came from had special machinery to get it in. Juan find a plastic bottle cuts it to shape so it now replaces rather badly the concrete hole in the ground and tapes this bottle modification to the pipe with copious amounts of gaffa tape. Doesn’t look pretty nor do I think this is going to be a long term solution, Saturday I will have enough grey water in the tank to try it out. I think it will go everywhere not only in the concrete hole and it will stink ( as standing waste water does).
A good thing is that the dyson hoover I brought with me is working a treat, at least something working well!
We have been out to eat menu del dia a few times as I just don’t want to be cooking everyday also if I do I have to shop every second as the fridge is not that big. I have cut down to two meals a day a small breakfast and dinner or a small breakfast and menu del dia. The dogs are well but not eating well I think it is the heat, little Bo-jangles ate as normal but by the evening he brought it all up on their evening walk.
I have to groom them again, we all look worse for wear. The hair seems to frizz up (Bo looks like an electrocuted mop, I don’t look much better) and dry out, Ben and Bo swipe up every bit of sticky dirt, leaf or burr they can find and bring it into Riley.
I’ll try some L’Oreal hair oil with UV protection on Bo, see if that helps. The weather report says by Monday we are into the 40+ degrees Celsius again. I will give the dogs frozen chicken as an ice lolly. I have not had any time to do any kind of pics nor video, I will do though.
The site washing machines are in repair, so I have to wait with that as well, I will have to be in the same trousers for a couple of days then. I have about 4 machines full with the sheets counted in. This is the last weekend for the Spanish holiday makers, so the site should become a little more empty by Sunday.
The other good thing I brought with me is the dehydrated dog meat. It would have been awful with flies if I had tinned/wet food and it would have gone off within a couple of hours.
So from now thing ought to get better….
The story continues next week
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LOR – Finally things are moving on

Thanks to Patrick, who has identified someone who can rebuild the toilet step things are moving on.

When James arrived on Riley this is what he encountered. this is the result of many years of drip leakage.


No toilet just the hole and no water, due to it being switched off at the mains.

The water is not  a problem – thanks to the toilet/ shower blocks. Drinking water get fetch on a special fountain anyway. The mains water has too much chlorine in it.

I have now ordered the parts (the flange seals) that are broken, then everything can be put together again.

here the old pics – not for the faint of heart.


I am so pleased the company sends parts directly to Spain.

Soon we will be back to this:


Oh before I forget; I did upload the videos that were still on my camera after getting my laptop fixed.

The repair was a story of nightmares:-

The service from HP ( I paid for this “service” for 3 years – not cheap) which was less than satisfactory. There was no communication that helped, when there was nobody knew what was going on.The Laptop came back unrepaired, I wasn’t informed what the fault was, nor when it was arriving after HP having had it in their hands for eight working days.

AND it was delivered and just left at the front door on the porch for everyone to see and no note or sms …, not only that it now had a dent on the flip top.

So the whole repair scenario started a new: It took another 10 working days.  I had to pay £180 for the repair! AND again the delivery was as horrifying as before, only this time I  saw the delivery happen coming down the street from walking the dogs.

I could swear I have aged 5 years with this experience and am multiple phone calls poorer.

Anyhow here the videos- unplugged or not edited . Sorry for that. I hope you still enjoy them. I will try harder next time.



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