Now Available at Breathless Beauty!!!!


Now Available at Breathless Beauty!!!!

Available to order at Breathless Beauty, Organic,Vegan & Natural Market Felted Dryer Balls!
http://www.breathlessbeauty.org

Breathless Dryer Balls are
- the eco friendly alternative to dryer sheets
- biodegradable & chemical free
- energy savers
- perfect toys for babies and pets….and adults! (Do you juggle?!)
- NOT made of yarn
- great for scenting your drawers and closets
- excellent gifts for wedding and baby showers
- also decorative! They look marvelous in a pretty bowl on the table!

These felted wool balls are made with a core of beautiful, freshly carded wool batting .

They reduce dryer time – the more you use, the faster your clothes dry! Drying cloth diapers has never been so easy! They also soften clothes while reducing static and wrinkles. You can even apply essential oils before tossing them in the dryer to lightly scent your laundry and eliminate germs.

Unlike other dryer balls Our balls are NOT made of yarn, which eventually unravels. Ours are needle felted, and then wet felted. They take a little longer to make, but they are the best quality and will last forever. We can make them in colors or make a special pattern just for you!!! Ask us today more about the amazing Felted Dryer Balls!!! You can also but a Dryer Ball Kit which will contain 1-3 essentail Oils of your choice! Cut down on your drying time, Save Money and get some extra softness in your clothes today!!!

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Elderberry ! Syrup Is A Must!!!


Sunny Love this morning!

Get out and take in some sun even though if your live in the east its cold….. It is at a minus with the windchill here but the sun is shining so grab some rays if you can!

We are on a delayed schedule with school so that means we delay the opening of Breathless for 1/2 hour this way we can get the girls to school safely then open the store!

Today we have more orders of Elderberry Syrup!!! I love to make it in the crock pot with the best Alkaline Water and buckwheat Raw Local Honey as to me it a great slow process :)

So if you’re in Milford Stop by to see it brewing! If you would like to order some please let me know ASAP as I will have to put some aside for you!

Here is a little bit of facts behind Elderberry Syrup:

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Found growing in moist areas along rivers, roads, and in forests, this immune boosting botanical has a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Elderberry syrup is a proven remedy for preventing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus, sore throats, and contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Take a tablespoon daily to ward off illness and a teaspoon every 2-3 hours while sick. For children under 2, add the syrup to hot water to kill any microbes in the honey. You can even drizzle the delicious syrup over pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream!

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Dawn Marie

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Weightloss Blues???


Very Cold Mountain Greetings!

This day like another winter day is cold but after all it is Winter Right? With that being said many of us do not get out and about or do much as it is too cold!

How many of you are suffering from being overweight, not being as healthy as you would like to be, or maybe you just would like to shed a few extra pounds ? Yet with all these different “diets” , “pills” , TV Talk Shows who knows what is real and what works?

I can tell you what and why I choose Take Shape For Life.

First and Foremost I eat Real Food!!!!!! Yes real food!!! Oh and I eat 6 times a day — You heard me 6 Times per day!!! All portion controlled meals that keeps my blood sugar level and speeds up my metabolism!!!

Second I have a great FREE Health Coach! Oh I did Say Free Health Coach! I get help staying on track and tons of vital support from My Health Coach Alison!

Thirdly there are no meetings to attend ( we all know I have no extra time on my hands with all I do). It’s a very confidential and personal experience with Take Shape For Life.. Which I love as it is scheduled around when you can touch base not when it is convenient for all to get to a meeting!

Listen the list can go on and on about why I choose Take Shape For Life but reality is I know it works, In fact is it actually been proven. It is the most recommended by Doctors for SAFE and Effective Weight loss!

You can look to lose 2-5 pounds in the first two weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. (result may vary)

It is designed to not only get your body to shed pounds but to also teach you the Habits Of Health so you can transition to a Healthy Lifestyle…

All the above for about $11.00 per day? Were can you go and get a whole day of meals for $11.00 ONLY?????

Are you curious? I want to know if I can help you the way Alison has helped me… So fill out a NO Obligation Client profile Today and let us discuss you and how we can together get you on track in this amazing NEW YEAR!

http://breathlessbeauty.tsfl.com/client-profile

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Help us Get a Grant!


Snowing Afternoon Love to you all!

School was let out early and we are warm and snug here at home!

We submitted our entry for The FEDEX Small Business Grant Contest and we were approved so now we need votes!!!

Can you please vote for us and share the link and ask your friends and family to share this and vote for us as well!

We thank you so very much!!!!

Please click on this link and vote!:

http://smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com/Gallery/Detail/849246a2-385f-4b84-9f36-c28f794259fd/

Dawn Marie

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All Powerful Neem


Morning Love to you all…

Yesterday I had 2 wonderful friends and customers come in and we had a seriously long discussion about NEEM!
Now as a herbalist I know about neem but until September of last Year I never took this herb at all!
I now take one capsule of this herb or the extract every single day! It keep so much at bay and it makes me feel great! Now many people have no idea what neem is taken for so I wanted to give you all a bit of information about NEEM!

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NEEM
Medicinal properties of neem have been known to Indians since time immemorial. The earliest Sanskrit medical writings refer to the benefits of neem’s fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark. Each of these has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine.
In Ayurvedic literature neem is described in the following manner: ‘Neem bark is cool, bitter, astringent, acrid and refrigerant. It is useful in tiredness, cough, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestation. It heals wounds and vitiated conditions of kapha, vomiting, skin diseases, excessive thirst, and diabetes. Neem leaves are reported to be beneficial for eye disorders and insect poisons. It treats Vatik disorder. It is anti-leprotic. It’s fruits are bitter, purgative, anti-hemorrhoids and anthelmintic’.

It is claimed that neem provides an answer to many incurable diseases. Traditionally neem products have been used against a wide variety of diseases which include heat-rash, boils, wounds, jaundice, leprosy, skin disorders, stomach ulcers, chicken pox, etc. Modern research also confirms neem’s curative powers in case of many diseases and provides indications that neem might in future be used much more widely.

Neem has rightly been called sarvaroghari. Since time immemorial, Indians have learnt and made use of neem in a variety of ways both for personal and community health by way of environmental amelioration. Despite all the vicissitudes India has gone through over the centuries, neem has managed to remain a friend, philosopher and guide to an average Indian. It is time this heritage is appreciated and in area of promotional and preventive health care, our indigenous knowledge and resources are made use of on an increasing scale as low-cost, effective ingredient for the realization of the lofty goal of ‘Health for all’.
As Naveen Patnaik (1993, p. 40) says, “Possessed of many and great virtues, this native Indian tree has been identified on the five-thousand-year-old seals excavated from the Indus Valley Civilization”. How the tradition lives on has also been graphically brought out, “Today the margosa is valued more highly for its capacity to exercise the demon of disease than the spirit of the dead, and an image of the folk goddess Sitala can often be seen suspended from a margosa branch where she guards against small pox, once the great killer of the Indian country side. Renowned for its antiseptic and disinfection properties, the tree is thought to be particularly protective of women and children. Delivery chambers are fumigated with its burning bark (Margosa seed oil has been chemically tested as an external contraceptive, used by women as a spermicide). Dried margosa leaves are burned as mosquito repellent. Fresh leaves, notorious for their bitterness, are cooked and eaten to gain immunity from malaria.

Neem’s antiseptic properties are widely recognized now. “Neem preparations are reportedly efficacious against a variety of skin diseases, septic sores, and infected burns. The leaves, applied in the form of poultices or decoctions, are also recommended for boils, ulcers, and eczema. The oil is used for skin diseases such as scrofula, indolent ulcers and ringworm.

Cures for many diseases have been reported but these need to be confirmed independently by trials under controlled conditions. Laboratory tests have shown that neem is effective against certain fungi that infect the human body. Some important fungi against which neem preparations have been found to be effective are: athlete’s foot fungus that infects hair, skin and nails; a ringworm that invades both skin and nails of the feet; a fungus of the intestinal tract; a fungus that causes infections of the bronchi, lungs, and mucous membranes and a fungus that is part of the normal mucous flora that can get out of control leading to lesions in mouth (thrush), vagina, skin, hands and lungs.

Neem has been used traditionally in India to treat several viral diseases. Even many medical practitioners believe that smallpox, chicken pox and warts can be treated with a paste of neem leaves – usually rubbed directly on the infected skin. Experiments with smallpox, chicken pox, and fowl pox show that although neem does not cure these diseases, but it is effective for purposes of prevention. ‘Crude neem extracts absorb the viruses, effectively preventing them from entering unaffected cells.” Recent tests, although unconfirmed, have shown that neem is effective against herpes virus and the viral DNA polymerase of hepatitis B virus. Should these findings be confirmed, neem could be used to cure these dreadful diseases.

Its effectiveness is enhanced on account of its easy and plentiful availability and low cost along with the advantage – a big and critical advantage – of crating income and employment for the poor. Neem is effective against dermatological insects such as maggots and head lice. It is a common practice to apply neem all over the hair to kill head lice.

Rural inhabitants in India and Africa regularly use neem twigs as tooth brushes. Neem twigs contain antiseptic ingredients. That explains how these people are able to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Ayurveda describes neem as herbal drug which is used to clean the teeth and maintain dental hygiene. Neem in the form of powder is also used to brush teeth and massage gums.

Chagas disease is a major health problem in Latin America. It cripples millions of people there. Laboratory tests in Germany and Brazil show that neem may be an answer to this dreadful disease which so far remains largely uncontrollable. The disease is caused by a parasite which is spread by an insect called kissing bug. Extracts of neem have effects on the kissing bugs. Research has shown that ’feeding neem to the bugs not only frees them of parasites, but azadirachtin prevents the young insects from molting and the adults from reproducing’.

Waiting for the fruit to ripe

In Ayurvedic medicine system neem is used to treat malarial fevers. Recent experiments have shown that one of the neem’s components, gedunin (a limonoid), is as effective as quinine against malaria. Malaria affects millions of people and is responsible for about 2 million deaths every year in India and several other countries. China has adopted neem in a big way for its anti-malaria operation. Their formulation “Quinahausa” is going to become available in India as well. Neem oil treated mosquito nets and mosquito-repellent cheap tablets (one paise per tablet) are also becoming popular. Such mosquito nets presently available in the North-East have to be made available in the whole country (Swadeshi Patrika, chaitra-vaishak 2052). Because of growing problems of resistance to conventional treatments, it is becoming more and more difficult to control malaria. Should neem products prove effective cure against malaria, the dream of complete eradication of malaria might become a reality.

Neem is widely used for treating fevers. It has anti-pyretic (fever-reducing) property. In addition, neem products also have analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatroy effects, i.e. for most common ailments neem can provide cheap, easily-available and local entrepreneurship medicines.

With revival of interest in Ayurveda as an important, indigenous total health-care system, neem with its therapeutic properties and time-tested usage, more particularly as a household first – aid and safe self-administered medicine as well as a preventative help is bound to stage a big come back.

Dr. Suresh Chaturvedi (1995) has listed the uses of neem in pyrexia, diabetes, urinary problems, filarial, worms, respiratory disorders, dermatological disorders, gynecological disorders and by way of external use for eyes, piles and fistula, wounds, hair, dental hygiene and as fertility regulatory material; in addition to its ophthalmic and toiletries uses. However, there is a need for continued R & D and its transfer to the pharmaceutical industry.

A wide multitude of diseases or conditions can be successfully treated with various elements of neem.

Medical properties of Neem have been known to Indians since time immemorial. The Neem tree brings joy and freedom from various diseases.

It has proven beneficial or preventative for the following:
Neem tree in totality has been a village dispensary and a qualified plant by itself. It is so popular that time is not far when neem would emerge as a universal pharmacy and an omnipotent panacea. Every part of this plant finds use as medicine for itching, skin disease, leprosy, blood disorders, worms, diabetes, piles, dysentery, jaundice, vomiting, wounds, eye disease, paraplegia, female genital diseases and all kinds of fevers.

neem in bloom

More than 150 compounds have been so far isolated from neem. Out of these seed accord for 101 including 43 from the malodorous fraction, the leaves 37; and flowers, bark and root furnish the rest (Dhan Prakash et al, 1996).

Neem products are used for treatment of a whole gamut of diseases, including skin infection, cardiovascular disorder, diabities and cancer (Govindachari, 1992). It has important fungicidal and Antimalarial properties. Nimbidin from neem oil is effective in various skin diseases. Neem oil inhibits the growth of all the three strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. pyrogensn var. aures ( Chopra et al., 1956). The water extract (10%) of leave shows antiviral activity. The gum from bark is a stimulant and demulcent tonic. It possesses anti-leprosy, antispirochaetal, and immenagogue properites (Nadkarni, 1954; Dastar, 1970; Satyavarthi et al., 1976 ; Subramanian, 1986).

The neem tree can also save India and the world from the scrouge of malaria. According to scientists at the International Centre For Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in New Delhi, mosquitoes exposed to the volatiles of crushed neem seeds and neem oil, stop laying eggs. While a 90 minute exposure to odours from broken neem seeds suppresses egg laying. The report prepared from Dr. Hema Dawar and her colleagues at IGEB and National Institute Of Immunology, New Delhi may provide an effective weapon to counter Malaria. Exposure to neem volatiles, derived from unaltered neem oil, or its extracts, results in retention of a larger number of eggs in mosquitoes who alight on water to lay eggs, but are unable to do so. A complete inhibition of egg laying was observed in mosquitoes to neem oil and volatile components for seven days, the scientist said.

Despite all the vicissitudes India has gone through over the centuries, neem has managed to remain a friend, philosopher and guide to the average Indian. It is time this heritage is appreciated and in area of promotional and preventive health care, our indigenous knowledge and resources are made use of on an increasing scale as low-cost, effective ingredient for the realization of the lofty goal of ‘Health for all’.

This was from Theneemfoundation.org

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Warming up and Staying In Good Health


Snowy Greetings this morning.

We have about 3 inches on the ground and it’s still snowing…. The roads are not getting plowed as yet as it’s a weekend so they are a bit slippery! Stay safe until the roads can be cleared :)

With The weather being cold and at times below normal temperatures it can be a bit hard to get all warmed up right? I am one who actually gets cold easy during any season so I have to find ways to keep warm all the time.Do not Forget it is Nation Hot Tea Month too! This month we feauture MORINGA TEA!!!!

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There are many herbs one can use to keep that warmth going.. I make a great Decoction (Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling of dissolved chemicals from herbal or plant material, which may include stems, roots, bark and rhizomes.) with Ginger and even sometimes Sarsaparilla Root too to warm me up.

Now I drink teas,tisane and decoctions all day long throughout the year. I do not drink anything cold ever. It’s either a hot beverage or one that is at room temperature.

Soups and Stews are also a great way to add warmth to you from the inside as well. You can also add herbs like burdock and dandelion root with ginger and this will produce a great tasting soup with so many wonderful benefits to the liver. too!

This is a great recipe for a winter cleansing soup that I was given by a friend!

2 quarts water, more or less.
3-5 carrots, to taste, and depending on size, sliced lengthwise and chopped a bit
1 beet, sliced
3-5 celery stalks, chopped
1 bunch dandelion greens. If not available substitute with kale
1 bunch parsley
1 burdock root, sliced lengthwise and chopped a bit.
1 4 inch piece of kombu sea vegetable, or dulse
2-3 slices of raw ginger root
Directions
Place all the ingredients except the parsley and greens in a large pot with the water and bring to a low boil. Low boil until the vegetables are almost fully cooked, and add the greens. Simmer until the greens are well darkened.

If you try it let me know how it is :)

Stay Warm and I will be sudsing Off!!!

Dawn Marie

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Now in ALL Our Baked Goods At Breathless


Evening Love & Warm Greetings!

We have been playing around with tons of new and exciting recipes to bring to all our amazing breathless family and we have now made the decision to add Organic Mesquite Powder to all Breathless Beauty’s Vegan Baked Goods!!!

Have you heard of Mesquite Powder??? Here is a little information about it!

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Mesquite powder, also known as mesquite flour or mesquite meal, is simply the entire mesquite pod (including the protein rich seed) milled to a fine powder. The powder is highly nutritious and very flavorful.
Organic mesquite is a nutritious powder with a sweet, nutty flavor, suitable for use in baking or as a seasoning on food and in drinks. The powder is ground from the seed pods of the mesquite plant, also known as algorroba (Prosopis juliflora), a leguminous plant found in arid areas around the world, including parts of South America and the southwestern U.S.
In desert areas of the Americas, mesquite seed pods have long been used as a food source by the indigenous peoples, who traditionally ground them into a powder to be used as a flour or processed into a sweetener, a sweet beverage, or a fermented alcoholic drink. Today, mesquite powder is proving to be a versatile food with a high nutritional and flavor value.
Mesquite is also highly effective in balancing blood sugar. Because its sugar is in the form of fructose, which does not require insulin for metabolism, mesquite helps maintain a constant blood sugar level for a sustained period of time. It supports the diet of diabetics, and helps maintain a healthy insulin system in others.
Because mesquite powder is ground from the entire pod, including the seed, it is high in protein (11–17%). It is also rich in:
Lysine
Calcium
Magnesium
Potassium
Iron
Zinc
Dietary fiber
Mesquite is highly effective in balancing blood sugar. For thousands of years, Native Americans in the Southwest and Mexico relied on mesquite as a food staple, and there was no diabetes in those communities. Today, as the people have moved away from their native foods and become less active, diabetes and obesity have skyrocketed. Fifty percent of the Pima and Tohono O’odham people over the age of 35 reportedly suffer from diabetes, and it is believed that the removal of mesquite from their diets is one of the main causes.
Because its sugar is in the form of fructose, which does not require insulin for metabolism, mesquite helps maintain a constant blood sugar level for a sustained period of time. With a glycemic index of 25 and a high percentage (25%) of dietary fiber, it digests more slowly than many grains, preventing sharp rises and falls in blood sugar. Mesquite thus supports the diet of diabetics, and helps maintain a healthy insulin system in others.
Mesquite powder has social and ecological as well as nutritional value. The marketing of mesquite products harvested in arid rural areas fights desertification and provides a sustainable economic alternative to cutting down trees for rangeland, charcoal production, or other purposes.
Our organic mesquite powder can be used in breads, biscuits, pie crusts, and other raw or baked goods, where it is usually used in combination with other flours (25-30% mesquite). Because of its high lysine content, it is an excellent addition to crackers and dehydrated foods, which may be low in lysine.
The powder’s molasses-like flavor, with a slight hint of caramel, also goes well in teas, coffees, and smoothies. It’s delicious in dairy or seed/nut yogurts and energy bars, and fruit/nut butter spreads. As a seasoning, it can be added to soups, sauces, casseroles, and virtually any vegetable or meat dishes, or even sprinkled on desserts.

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