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Go CocoNUTS!!!

Cocos nucifera or coconuts are very on trend right now but here are some fascinating things you may have not heard about coconut oil and some use’s in your home and personal care routine.

1. coconut oil can kill harmful bacteria.

-its a great moisturizer, especially for acne prone skin and aging skin.

2. coconut oil can curb your appetite aiding with weight loss.

-its a great alternative for frying, butter and mayonnaise

3. coconut oil pulling is said to help gum health.

4. coconut milk is a great dairy alternative.

5.coconut water is super hydrating and filled with electrolytes.

 

 

 

Zaatari with love

“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another”

Dalai Lama

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I want to introduce you to some people that I have had the honour of working with in the last several days in Za’atari. I have been blessed to be able to look into their eyes, speak with them for some time, lay my hands on them and try to help. Strangers made into friends.   Please do not take these short introductions as anything but a human story. Each person is not a tragedy, not a disaster. Rather each is our kindred, let us stand with them.   Remember this and stand up and greet my friends with sweetness.

Aisha. She is an incredible 6 year old. “ I will continue to live my life fully and not be stopped by this”.  Aisha was blasted out of a second story building by a bomb, hips shattered, surviving to tell her story, but unable to walk properly the rest of her life. A determined little girl, for her life  is full of possibility.

Meet Khalled, age 26. As he was walking home from work a bomb went off shattering his spine midway and he is now a paraplegic in the difficult conditions of a refugee camp. Incredibly this happened only 4 months ago, in January. He had to get surgery in Syria then his family escaped to Jordan. I can’t imagine this journey for him with is new wounds.
I have rarely ever seen a bigger, brighter smile on anyone before. How is it everytime I see you you are smiling so much? “ if I don’t smile there is nothing. If I smile, I bring brightness and hope to myself and my family”.
In his family they all seem to laugh a lot.

Meet Noor who misses her sons so much. But the one who is dead she deals with ok. It’s the one missing in Syria that keeps her from being able to rest at night. Her beautiful face shows both gratefulness for being safe and deep sadness for the loss.

Dear Mohammed-  the first time I met him he had the 1000 mile look in his eyes. (disassociated look from PTSD).   He was arrested for no known reason and put into jail and tortured daily for a month… hit over the head multiple times, he suffered from constant chronic headache since then. He is only 23.
During the second session with him,  his eyes had changed. A lamp was relit, a smile cracked his expressionless face and he was so much more present.
After 3 acupuncture sessions his headache of 3 years was pretty much gone.

Aisha- she came for acupuncture for her carpal tunnel syndrome caused by carrying water in the camp from the distribution to her tiny caravan home. How is your family I ask? They are well. Then she starts to cry when she relates that she misses some of her family so much as some had to stay behind in Syria. She worries about them. She misses the evenings they used to all eat together, share tea and conversation. She worries about their safety.  The loneliness and longing is especially deep in many of the women.

​Meet Zarah.  She arrives at the clinic in full burka, only her eyes showing. 19 years old. With my interpreter,  which is a man, we determine that she has leg pain that prevents her from doing some activities.
The second he leaves the room she speaks to me in English and removes her hijab, her burka and is absolutely unabashed about showing her body to another woman.  I cannot believe how many layers these women wear under the dress… I get overheated just looking at all the clothes!
Despite her conservative dress, and deep religious values she is also one of the most fluent English speakers I have met at the camp. I should not be surprised. its too easy to prejudice the unknown.
She had finished highschool and is hoping to continue education. She expresses love and appreciation for other cultures and her desire to keep learning.

“I had no idea i would leave until there was no choice left.  When my home was destroyed by a bomb i did not think i just turned my back and walked away. Thank god my family was safe.  We walked until we got to the border and by god grace we were let accross.
Now we are here and we wait.”

“I long to be back with my olive and lemon trees in my garden. I miss the smell of spring and the roses and it is even harder now that spring has arrived now.  My jasmine will be blooming to enchant us, but we are not there to thank it for its enchanting smell.
We used to sit under these trees to drink tea. My family and my neighbours sat togethet and enjoyed conversation and food in the garden whenever it was nice out.  I miss it so much and i pray to be able to return soon.”
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Just like the incredible beauty and diversity of flowers,  We have been gifted the opportunity, the possibility of seeing the beauty that each faith, each culture, can bring to our world.  It is gods way of showing us how many different ways there are of expressing love.

I come away from work each day feeling blessed and even more clear of the importance of staying positive and hopeful and to be earnest and truthful.

I thank  all those I have had the honour to help thus far. Thank you for the unknown poetry of your broken ever hopeful hearts.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

 

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Our philosophy in life should be kindness. So be kind, be true, be strong. Be gentle, be joyful, be peace. This is what people ask for. Superheros are not needed.

“The planet does not need more successful people. It desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, story telllers and lovers of all kind”

Dalai Lama

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”~Edward Everett Hale

 

If you can donate to my campaign and help me continue my work with refugees I and the people I work with would be so appreciative.

 

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THANK YOU!Zatari3

Inflamation in the Body

Lots of study’s have been released over the last couple years showing the disturbing trend between inflammation in the body and disease and/or chronic illness/conditions.

Here are some anti-inflammatory foods to help keep inflammation down in the body.

Food Group:

Meat, Fish, Poultry:

Anti-inflammatory:

  • chicken, trukey and lamb
  • all legumes, dried peas and lentils.
  • cold water fish: such as salmon, halibut and mackerel

Inflammatory:

  • red meats
  • cold cuts, frank furter, sausage and canned meats
  • eggs

Dairy Products:

Anti-inflammatory:

  • unsweetened, live culture yogurt.
  • milk substitutes such as: rice milks, nut milks and soy beverages

Inflammatory:

  • milk and cheese
  • cream and ice cream
  • non-dairy sweeteners

 

 

Pumpkin Everything

With the chilly weather returning so quickly everyone is gearing up for Fall and with that means its pumpkin everything season again. While it might be annoying to see it plastered in all products until Christmas. Pumpkins surprisingly have a lot of health benefits.

The Seeds

Most people cook these after craving their pumpkins. Have a tasty snack but WEB MD states: Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, the famed ingredient in turkey that many think brings on the need for that post-Thanksgiving feast snooze. While experts agree that it’s likely the overeating rather than the tryptophan lulling you to sleep, the amino acid is important in production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to our mood.

Also like most seeds and nuts, pumpkin seeds can help your heart.  They are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

The Pumpkin

Most people only think of it as a desert or an added flavor or scent to our festive traditions, but it can be utilized for so much more.

Most people reach for the Banana after a workout to restore the body’s electrolytes and help with muscle function. Turns out, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422.

Pumpkin is also packed with vitamin C and rich in carotenoids, the compounds that give the gourd their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into a form of vitamin A for additional peeper protection.

Pumpkin also has beta-carotene  which may play a role in fighting certain cancers and help smooth wrinkles.

Its also a great source of fiber. Most people associate fiber with bran but not squash, however pumpkin has three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.

12 Health Tips

Here are our Health Tips for YOU! Throughout the year.

 

1- peppermint

Soothe with Mint –Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.

2- ginger

Sip Ginger — The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.

3- rosemary1

Sniff Rosemary –According to some research, catching a whiff of this aromatic herb may increase alertness and improve memory. To stay sharp, try smelling fresh rosemary or inhaling the scent of rosemary essential oil before a test or meeting.

4-bitters

Embrace Bitters — Combat a yen for sugar by following a Chinese medicine approach: Eat foods such as endive, radicchio, cooked greens, and olives.

5-probiotic

Pop a Probiotic — To keep yeast infections at bay, head for the vitamin aisle. Supplementing with “good” bacteria (for example, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium) may help restore the balance the of bacteria living in the female genital tract and inhibit the growth of yeast in women with recurrent infections. Foods such as naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, as well as yogurt with active cultures, also contain these bacteria.

6-moisture

Keep Capsaicin Cream on Hand –For sore muscles and joints, apply a cream or ointment that contains capsaicin, the active ingredient in chile peppers, two or three times a day. The heat from the peppers has been shown to help relieve pain.

7-tulsi

Take Tulsi — Research suggests that this Ayurvedic herb, also called holy basil, may help manage levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to boost your mood. Look for teas and supplements in health-food stores and follow package directions.

8-avacado

Eat Avocados — For dry skin, incorporate more avocados into your diet. They’re rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin. Try them on salads and sandwiches, and even in smoothies.

9-acupuncture5

Try Acupressure or Acupuncture for a queasy tummy — Calm a queasy stomach with this quick acupressure trick: Use your index and middle fingers to press down on the groove between the tendons that run from the base of your palm to your wrist. Wristbands that apply pressure to this spot are available at drugstores and online.

10-lekorice

Use Licorice — Treat canker sores, painful spots on the inside of the mouth, with deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), which appears to soothe mucous membranes. Buy in powder form and mix with a little water to make a paste; apply it to the sore as needed. DGL is also great for heart burn and acid stomach.

11-liquorice

Drink Mint Tea — Ease occasional indigestion by sipping a cup of peppermint tea after your meal. Peppermint improves the flow of bile, which moves food through the digestive tract more quickly. Use peppermint with caution if you have acid reflux; it can make that problem worse.

12-fennel

Chew Some Fennel Seeds — Fennel seeds are considered a carminative, a substance that helps relieve gas. Chew and then swallow about half a teaspoon of the seeds after meals.