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5 Natural Steps to Immune Health

Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: 5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

5 Natural Ways to Boos Your Immune System by A.J. Roché

  1.  Remember the Zinc:  The human body does not function properly if enough zinc is not   consumed.  Taken regularly Zinc reduces the number of infections a body may encounter by preventing new infections and treating infections that may already be present. Mega Minerals Complex by Lamberts is recommended by The Green Beauty Bible.
  2. Get (Magic) Mushrooms:  Asian Mushrooms have incredible immune-enhancing properties. A supplement providing five or more kinds of mushrooms (such as reishi, maitake, cordyceps ,enoki and hericium) is highly recommended to take daily, especially during flu season or traveling. One highly recommended brand is Host Defense by New Chapter,       which contains 16 mushroom extracts.
    5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System
  3. Eat Spices: Flavoring foods with medicinal spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, onions, garlic, and horseradish strongly boosts your immune system. These spices are known to ward of infection and increase the strength of your body and your mind. Revitalising Cinnamon and Cardomom Herbal Tea by Pukka Herbs is a highly recommended spiced tea.
  4. Drink Fresh Juices: Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are supercharged with nutrients.  The high concentration of antioxidants and other essential vitamins and minerals help boost your immune system and helps to detox the body. It is recommended to consume fresh juices daily.5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System
  5. Keep it Moving: A regular routine of exercise, such as yoga, martial arts, running, biking..etc… boosts your immune system and can be relaxing. Find what works best for you and stick to it. Try to work out outside when possible, weather and pollution permitting. Small amounts of sun gives your body a boost of vitamin D.

Love and Light!

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Alayna Roche

A.J Roche’

A.J Roche’ is a massage therapist and the Author of the bilingual multimedia book Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle FairyRead more about her

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The Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: The Benefits of Neem Oil

The Benefits of Neem Oil by A.J. Roché

Neem oil is considered a vegetable oil that is pressed from the fruits and seeds of the Neem, (known as introduced to other areas of Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Benefits of Neem Oilthe tropics over time). The color of neem oil can vary from golden yellow, yellowish brown, dark brown, greenish brown or bright red. The odor is quite strong¸combining thescents of peanut and garlic. This oil is not used to cook with because   of its distinct odor and tatste. The Indian culture uses neem oil to prepare cosmetics such as hair products, soaps, body hygiene creams and hand creams.

In Ayurvedic, Unani and folklore traditional medicine, neem oil is used to treat skin diseases, fevers, rheumatic disorders, inflammations and is also known as a natural insecticide and insect repellent. When used in the household as a repellent it can deter and rid your home of bedbugs, cockroaches, sand flies, ants, snails, mosquitos and termites, to name a few, as well as rid your home of black spots, rust fungi and powdery mildew. It is not known to be harmful to honey bees, earthworms, butterflies, ladybirds(lady bugs), birds and mammals.

Other uses for Neem Oil

Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Neem OilNeem has so many beneficial properties. In this blog I will talk about neem oil and the skin. The most popular neem products are neem soap and neem shampoo. These products are known to lighten scars, soothe and moisturize dry cracked skin, treat and prevent acne, boils, ulcers, head lice, and If your skin issue is due to some kind of parasite, fungus or infection, neem can treat that as well. It has been known to relieve and prevent re-occurrence of skin issues such as eczema and rosacea. Check out www.discoverneem.com for a full description of neem oil, its uses and its components! The top neem benefit is that it allows you to avoid harsh chemicals and insecticides.
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Alayna RocheA.J Roche’ is a massage therapist and the Author of the bilingual multimedia book Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle Fairy available in digital and print format. Read more about her

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Pinpricks of Busy Bee: 3 Herbs to Improve Digestion

Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: 3 Herbs That Improve Digestion

3 Herbs to Improve Digestion by A.J. Roché

Three of the top ten selling drugs currently being sold in the United States are specifically for indigestion and heartburn.  The main reason is that we live in a culture marked by poor diet which casues digestive problems, major health problems and shorter life spans.  

Starting with the obvious tips, such as eating smaller meals, chewing thoroughly, reducing stress and avoiding cigarettes, alcohol and deep fried foods.  The sugars and carbonation found in soda pops are also linked to diabetes as well as irritable bowel syndrome. In addition to eliminating these foods and beverages, eating organic foods and adding the proper amounts of distilled water to your diet can je lp aid digestive problems.

3 Herbs to Improve Digestion

There are also three herbs one can add to their diet.

  1. The first herb is Peppermint. Peppermint relaxes the intestines, soothes spasms, settles the stomach, elliviates gas and increases healthy gastric secretions.  
  2. The second herb is Ginger.  Ginger has been shown to soothe the digestive lining and balance gastric juices.  
  3. Chamomile is the third herb. Chamomile is gentle and calming on the stomach.  Combining the three herbs as a tea and drinking it at meal times will really improve your digestion.  

Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Improving Digestion
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Alayna RocheA.J Roche’ is a massage therapist and the Author of the bilingual multimedia book Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle FairyRead more about her

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Breath to Live Living to Breathe

The Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Breathing to Live, Living to Breathe

Breathing to Live, Living to Breathe by A.J. Roché

Living to Breathe Breathing to LiveTortoise have been documented to live well over 160 years. There are also legends of a apecial white tortoise that lived to be over 300 years old. This may be only a legend, but it does not dismiss the fact that the ancient masters so revere this magnificient creature. Tho tortoise knows how to completely regulate its’ breathing. This is the key to the longevity of a tortoise life.

One can experience a heightened state of alertness and connection to the universe through conscious breathing. The pressures of life can seem to wear us down at times. What if I told you that in 45 seconds, we can all obtain a full -body vibration of energy that will literally disolve stress instantly. Stress IS the root of many disorders. Learning breathing techniques, such as the Qi Gong Nine-Breath Method can be beneficial to your health.

The average person breathes 12-15 breaths per minute. A Qi Gong Practitioner can exhale one breath and make that exhale last 3 minutes. When air is processed through the system too fast,  there is very little time to absorb the oxygen from the air. A tortoise takes a breath once every 2 minutes, allowing ample time for maximum oxygen absorbtion. Oxygen fights cancers and bacterial growths.

Slowing down your breathing will lessen stress and build up your immune system. Draw a deep breath into your nose for a count of at least 10 and then hold the breath in for at least another 10 count. Exhale through pusred lips for a count of at least 15. Repeat this process 8 more times, and as you begin to breathe properly over time, you can extend the length of your breathing and see ample results in your health. Love and light and breathing right!
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Alayna Roche

A.J Roche’ is a massage therapist and the Author of the bilingual multimedia book Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle FairyRead more about her

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. #JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org
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Clean your home w/o polluting your body

Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Clean Your Home w/o Polluting Your Body

Clean Your Home without Polluting Your Body By A.J Roche’

Clean your home w/o polluting your bodyMost products that are used to clean your home can compromise your health. Bleach and other chemicals that are found in common household cleaners can be extremely harmful, especially when inhaled.  They are also extremely bad for the environment.

In the last decade or so many companies have created products that can be just as effective as regular household cleansers, and are safe for you and the environment. You can even make your own cleaning product at home.

Cleanse your home w/o polluting your bodyDiluted vinegar is an effective cleanser for toilets, mirrors,carpets, windows as well as kitchen and bath tiles. Vinegar also inhibits mildew and bacteria.  Mix one cup of distilled white vinegar to one cup of water. It is that simple! Now you can use the vinegar and water solution to clean as you would with any other cleaner. Scrubbing with baking soda instead of a chlorinated powder is best when you need to scour.

Love and light and facing right! <3
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Alayna Roche

A.J Roche’

A.J Roche’ is a massage therapist and the Author of the bilingual multimedia book Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle FairyRead more about her

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. #JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org
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Discovering Wellness

Discovering Wellness

Discovering Wellness by Alex Paramo

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin uttered these words many moons ago and most educators today would agree. In Albuquerque NM, the Rail Yards Market provide just that opportunity to immerse yourself in learning using the hands-on approach. This week the Rail Yards Market is focusing on Wellness with activities surrounding this theme.

Food & You

In our STEAM Zone we are featuring the folks from YOU&FOOD! YOU&FOOD was founded in April 2012 by Christine Smith, they are dedicated to combating our country’s current obesity epidemic.  YOU&FOOD serves as a voice to counter the processed food industry—this in turn helps people live healthier lives. Christine has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (MB&B) from Yale University, a B.S. in Chemistry from Indiana University, and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant (CNWC) from American Fitness and Professionals & Associates (AFPA).

Discovering Wellness at the Rail Yards Market

In the Children’s Zone there will be Zhenya of Circus Yoga for Kids at High Desert Yoga leading kiddos of any age and yoga experience level! Zhenya has been teaching yoga to adults, teens, children, families, mommas to be and even mommas and babies since 2011. She believes in the power of play to enliven community, trust, co-creation and radical inclusion. Circus Yoga artfully blends the wisdom of yoga, with the communal celebration of circus.

Singing and Dancing

On our Main Stage we have singing, belly dancing and Internationally known musician Keith Sanchez leads students from his music camp, the New Mexico Academy of Rock & Blues. For complete schedule and more info on each act, visit http://railyardsmarket.org and click on our calendar!

Wellness Matters

Wellness Matters because it affects everything we do and feel. We exist as individuals in a circular pattern where our physical health dictates our emotions which guide our actions which either lead to taking care of our bodies or not. Learn about wellness this Sunday at the Rail Yards Market and choose health for your life.

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The Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Feeding Your Face

Feeding Your Face by A.J Roche’

You may do all the right things for yourself. Like eating right, cleansing and moisturizing, chugging down jugs of water daily, but you may still have tired, uneven or dry skin. Stresses, internal or external can take a toll on your skin, especially your face. Below are some excellent ways to give your face a boost, naturally and in the comfort of your own home.

Put a Mask on It

Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Feed Your Face Facial masks are some of the easiest beauty creations to make at home. And you can literally eat them, which can not be said for most beauty products on the market. Plus the price you may pay per ounce could put a huge dent in your wallet! Below are a few recipes you can make and use in your own home. Try to purchase organic products when possible. When applying your face mask, apply in an upward and inward circular motion using only the fingertips. Try not to drag or stretch the skin. Avoid the inner eye area, as well as the inside of your nostrils and mouth. Don’t forget your neck and jaw line!

Banana and Cornmeal Booster – Normal to dry skin
Half a banana
2 tablespoons cornmeal
I egg yolk
splash of full-fat organic milk
*Mash the banana and blend it with the cornmeal and egg yolk. Add milk to make a smooth but not runny paste. Apply to the face and rinse after ten minutes.

Rich Avocado Facial – Dry Skin
I tablespoon Mashed Ripe Avocado
I teaspoon Honey
3 Drops of Apple Cider Vinegar
A small amount of Sesame Oil
Mix the first three ingredients together, then add just enough sesame oil to create a spreadable mixture. Apply to face and leave on for ten minutes. Rinse and finish with rosewater and moisturizer.

Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Feed Your Face

Purchased Natural Masks

Two highly recommended natural masks to purchase are Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare Intense Nourishing Treatment and Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Rose Formula Anit-oxidant Facial Mask. As with any product, homemade or purchased, always test a small spot on the back of your hand and give it at least 8 hours before applying the product to your face. This is considered an allergy test and will allow you to see if you have a sensitivity or allergy to the product! Organic sun block can also help protect your skin from damage. Love and light and facing right! <3
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Alayna Roche

A.J Roche’

A.J Roche’ is a massage therapist and the Author of the bilingual multimedia book Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle Fairy. Read more about her

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. #JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org
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Surviving an Avalanche

The Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Surviving an Avalanche

By A.J. Roche’

Winter is in full force around the world. In some places obviously more than others.This entry will provide you with some helpful tips on how to survive an avalanche.

Calm in the Eye of the Storm

Surviving an AvalancheThe first thing to do in the event that you find yourself in the path of an avalanche is to stay calm. You must remain focused, for you only have seconds to react. If you see the avalanche coming towards you, shout loudly to alert others of the danger and to relay your position. If time permits, try to discard any items that may weigh you down. Turn your body away from the avalanche so your backside is facing the force. Always try to keep your backside against the oncoming avalanche. You want to cover you nose and mouth as much as possible to prevent snow from entering. Try to stay close to the top by making swimming motions. Try to work your way to the side of the avalanche where the snow has less momentum. Grab onto a tree, bush or large rock and hold on if possible.

Air in Your Hands

When the avalanche begins to slow, you will likely find yourself covered in snow. You want to thrust your hand or any other part of your body above the surface. When it has completely stopped, cup your hands over your face. Allow several inches of air space between your hands and face. This air supply should last approximately 30 minutes. Unless you can detect light or Surviving an Avalanchesky in the snow above you, DO NOT try to dig your way out! Quickly attempt to force your hand through the snow. If you fail to reach outside air right away stay calm and breathe into your hands. Digging will waste precious air and energy. Oxygen preservation will be key in this situation. Any companions or passerby’s not buried will likely locate you right away.
All winter sports entusiasts should be trained in avalanche safety. Appropriate rescue equipment such as a probe, small shovel, beacon and an avalanche cord should be handy at all times.

Search and Rescue: Surviving

When searching for someone caught in an avalanche , immediately search down hill from the location they were last seen. Always remember: Safety in numbers and preparation can make the difference between a tragedy and surviving. Love and light!

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Alayna Roche

A.J Roche’

A.J Roche’ is a massage therapist and the Author of the bilingual multimedia book Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle Fairy. Read more about her

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. #JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org
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Trees for 2 & 2 for Trees

Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Trees for 2 & 2 for Trees

Trees for 2 & 2 for Trees by A.J Roche’

Conifers are resinous cone-bearing shrubs and trees. There are 35 conifer species native to the USA and Canada, including larch, pine, douglas fir, spruce, cedar, hemlock, true fir, juniper and Tree for 2 & 2 for Treecypress. Most species are known as evergreen because of their ability to retain their leaves throughout the seasons.

The inner bark of trees have long been harvested as food by the Native Peoples of North America. Harvesting bark from the Conifer trees has proven to provide nutrients for many species, including humans. Conifers are any of the numerous chiefly evergreen trees or shrubs of the class Coniferinal.

The inner bark of a conifer is easy to obtain year round and in large quantities. It is also easy to store. The bark is full of calories, starches, sugars and many other vital nutrients. The layer, known as the cambium layer, exists between the outer bark and the woody interior. This layer is the hub of transportation for all the nutrients throughout the tree.

Harvesting Conifers

In order to harvest a conifer, one must cut a 2 inch straight line across the trunk of the tree, through every layer of bark and down to the hard woody interior. Carefully use the edge of the knife to peel the bark away. The inner bark closest to the hard woody part of the tree is the most edible. Depending how hard it is, this bark can be eaten raw. You may also tear or cut the bark into strips and boil them for 10-15 minutes before consuming. An even better option, especially when water is scarce is to fry or roast the strips of bark. It will seem as if you are eating a crispy-like potato chip. You may also ground dried strips of bark into a flour substitute or soup base.

WARNING: EVERY part of the YEW tree, including the bark are extremely poisonous. YOU should never consume a YEW! A Yew can be identified by its distinct red berries.
On a side note, a tree that has been stripped of too much of its bark will DIE! Always look for fallen trees or larger branches!

Trees for 2 & 2 for Trees

Poison – Yew Berries

You will find the young green shoots at the tips of the branches are delicious raw. The male pollen cones of a conifer can be very sweet. You can bake or boil the young cones to soften them. In the late summer to fall, pines have edible nuts inside the cones. These are full of nutrients and proteins. Pine needles can be used to make an aromatic tea. When making tea from pine needles, it is important to heat the water to its boiling point, and add the needles only after the water has been removed from the heat. Fresh young needles provide the best flavor and nutrients. Do not eat the needles and consume tea in moderation. PREGNANT women SHOULD NOT consume evergreen tea. Make sure to do an allergy test before consuming anything new to you!
Love and light and treeing right! ☺

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Alayna Roche

A.J Roche’

A.J Roche’ is an Author and Creative Collaborator at Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.
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AJ Roche

The Pinpricks of a Busy Bee: Sea Vegetables

Sea Vegetables by A.J Roche’

Mermamma always said “You better eat your SEA VEGETABLES!” Marine algae and seaweed are vegetables of the sea. (Yes, Jessica Simpson, vegetables of the sea!) These vegetables have been considered to possess healing powers to prolong life, prevent disease and aid in the A.J Roche’ preservation of beauty and youthfulness. Kelp, kombu, dulce, Irish moss and nori (which is used to wrap seaweed), are the most common types of seaweed. Seaweed is a rich source of micro-nutrients and it also contains more calcium than milk, more protein than eggs and more iron than beef! To put it in a “seashell”…

On my never ending endeavor to be a healthy me, I came across a very interesting salad mix! Few people realize the importance of eating fruits and vegetables! Sea weed, known as the vegetable of the sea, is rich in calcium, iron and protein! So naturally, sea weed would be a wonderful base for a salad! I have attached a recipe for a basic sea weed salad! Feel free to add other veggies or fruits to your salad mix! If you do not have an international store you can easily find dry sea weed on Amazon.

Seaweed SaladSeaweed Salad

  • 30 grams (1 oz) dry sea weed mix
  • 1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or substitute with ½ tablespoon agave
  • ½ teaspoon salt (if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger juice
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 scallion finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped red grapes (optional)
  1. Place dry sea weed in a large bowl and fill with cold water. If you like your sea weed crunchy, soak for five minutes, tender, soak for ten.
  2. To make dressing, combine rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, salt, and ginger juice in a small bowl and whisk together.
  3. Drain the sea weed and use your clean hands to squeeze out excess water. Dry the bowl and return sea weed along with dressing and sesame seeds to the bowl. Lightly toss. Plate salad mix and garnish with scallions.

Sea vegetables have more concentrated nutrition than vegetables that grow on land! Sea for yourself! Love and light!
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Alayna Roche

A.J Roche’

A.J Roche’ is an Author and Creative Collaborator at Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.
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