Thursday, August 10, 2017

You can protect your hair from sun damage....

ALTERNA Bamboo Beach 1 Minute Recovery Masque ($29, various salons)

 This hair mask takes only a minute to restore your hair’s natural softness and shine during your after-sun care routine.
 Formulated with eco-certified bamboo and Tahitian coconut, your hair will smell wonderful and feel even better.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Pesky Ants

Living with ants is as much as a problem as living with killer bees. They are annoying and bothersome and just plain outright nasty. To see their long trail of nonsensical travel is so "Yuk." As the environment goes green and everyone is trying to cut down on electric consumption, plastic water bottles and buying electric cars, does it not make sense to kills ants the "green way."

Sometimes you feel as you just want to leave those little critters alone, as they do look helpless, until one of those real nasty red ones comes your way and bites you right on the bottom of your foot. As you limp around for days on end trying to balance, you have an evil thought come into your head, about how you can possibly annihilate the whole tribe.

As to keep everything sensible and clean, here are some of the best natural remedies.

1. One of the best ways to get rid of ants is to lay talcum powder where ever you see the ants and any place you expect them to show up. It is best to use scented talcum powder. As long as they see the powder, they will disappear. But surely as there will be a sun tomorrow, they will return when they sense there is no talcum powder. So be armed with extra bottles.

2. The second best thing to use is straight vinegar. You can use raw which is better for everything, but I think that ants are not on a health diet. So being raw is more expensive, you may want to go with a generic one. You can use either apple or plain. Just place the vinegar in a squirt bottle and squirt the vinegar everywhere. On the sidewalks, doors and even the kitchen counters.
3. The third way is plain ole cinnamon. Just sprinkle it everywhere. I suggest you put some cinnamon oil in the vinegar bottle. Why not have two shots for the same squirt?

4. The fourth way is black pepper and you can sprinkle it just like the cinnamon, but if you really want to make those pesky creatures angry, mix it with some turmeric powder. Ouch, that burns!

5. There are many suggested sprays from some liquid soap and water to hydrogen peroxide and lemon. They all work, just pick the one that works best for you.

There are more that don't work as well, but why should they be listed here. These are some of the best and they work. Keep the environment clean and kill those nasty creatures please. 

"Ant Proof Pet Food Tray in Terracotta"

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Benefits of MyPainAway® After Burn Cream

Benefits of MyPainAway® After Burn Cream

*    Sunburn, Windburn, & Blisters
*    Reduces UVR Damage in the Skin
*    Soothing Post Radiation Treatment
*    Cooking Burns & Minor Burns
*    Friction Burns, Chafing & Itching
*    Reduces Scar Tissue

Friday, July 28, 2017

Braised Chicken and Leeks

Tender chicken thighs slowly simmered with leeks and cream. Your home will be filled with appetizing aromas.


4 chicken thighs, skin removed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
3 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
3 cups (750 mL) of leek whites, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced (optional)
1 cup (250 mL) dry white wine
1 tbsp (15 mL) flour
1 cup (250 mL) 15% cream


Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
Using a knife and your fingers, remove the skin from the chicken thighs. Season with salt and pepper. In a large frying pan, brown the chicken in the butter over medium-high heat. Place in a rectangular baking dish. In the same frying pan, brown the bacon for a few minutes and then place on a paper towel. Sweat the leek over medium heat. Pour off the fat and deglaze with white wine. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes until the leeks have wilted. Add flour to the cream. Pour in the cream, heat, and then pour over the chicken. Top with the bacon. Cover and bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. Remove the lid or aluminum foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking time.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Cabbage juice is very healing for the digestive system. If you don’t like to juice green cabbage, try juicing the red/purple cabbage instead. They do what green cabbage can do and more. ‪#‎RedCabbage‬ ‪#‎PurpleCabbage‬
* 3-4 leaves of red/purple cabbage
* 2 oranges
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Friday, July 14, 2017

This oil fights inflammation, protects your skin and promotes hair growth -

This oil fights inflammation, protects your skin and promotes hair growth -: This oil has been used for thousand years in traditional medicine for a variety of health conditions. Mothers and grandmothers all over the world used it with their children and grandchildren at the first sign of illness. Even though it tasted unappealing, it worked! Yes, you guessed it! We are talking about castor oil and …

Monday, July 10, 2017

Soothing Eye Pillow

Why aren't eye pillows standard equipment in today’s world? Whether you’re a harried business executive or an overwrought homemaker, taking a few moments to sit back and slip this lavender-filled pillow over your eyes can transport you beyond the cares of the daily world.    
This eye pillow is easy to make, but it can look as lavish as you’d like. For a gift, make it from luxurious fabrics such as silk, brocade, or satin. Embellish it with ribbons, delicate beading, or bits of fine lace.
The popularity of lavender as an aromatic and healing herb spans centuries. Greeks and Romans added it to their bathwater. During the Middle Ages, housewives strewed lavender stalks on floors to mask household odors, and the British herbalist Gerard prescribed lavender to alleviate a “light migram or swimming of the braine.”
More recently, research has confirmed the wisdom of these traditions. Lavender indeed calms the nerves and relaxes the muscles, helping those who need a short, restful interlude or an introduction to quiet slumber. Those who use it also report a brighter mood and improved spirits after combining a short rest with the scent of lavender.
The gentle, long-lasting aroma of lavender released from our eye pillow can help soothe tired eyes and calm an anxious mind. Silk or cotton on one side feels pleasant next to the skin while the sheer fabric on the other side reveals the pretty lavender buds. Flaxseed adds just enough weight to keep the pillow comfortably in place and helps block the light for better rest during daylight hours.
We chose lavender for our eye pillow, but a number of other herbs can be mixed to create soothing scents. You may wish to try a lemon-scented eye pillow, substituting equal parts of dried lemon verbena, lemon thyme, and lemon balm for the lavender. Another traditional favorite is a combination of dried rose petals with dried rose-scented pelargonium leaves in place of the lavender. Both dried sweet woodruff and dried hops are long-time friends of the weary.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Do Fragrant Plants Repel Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes Repelled By Fragrant Plants

Mosquitoes are a pain for every gardener, and over the years a number of plants have been recommended to repel mosquitoes.  Almost all of these plants are fragrant and include such things as catnip, citronella grass, beebalm, marigolds, lemon balm, lavender, geraniums, thyme, wormwood, rosemary and various mints. If you plant these in your garden you will have less mosquitoes – or so the proponents claim.
Will plants growing in your garden or on your deck keep mosquitoes away?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Swimming against the current to prevent tragedy

By Kathleen O'Grady
Managing Editor
Kathleen O_Grady
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MONTREAL, Que./Troy Media/ - Summer is almost upon us, so the other day I spent $418 on 11 half-hour swimming lessons for my nine-year-old son at the local rec centre.
Why so costly?
Because my son has autism, the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder in Canada. He's not able to take regular swim classes, which cost a fraction of the price.
The pool environment is too stimulating. He gets distracted by the playful reflection of light off the water, by the high ceilings that catch the children's voices in booming echoes and the ceiling fans, which are endlessly swirly. With all this sensory input, he can't easily focus on what the swim instructor is saying. He also doesn't always understand the social dynamic or verbal instructions of a group-based lesson.
This hypersensitivity to his environment, along with processing delays in verbal and social communication, are common hallmarks of autism. The upshot: he requires private swimming lessons - something that costs me in the neighbourhood of $1,200 annually. But it's well worth it.
A new American study has confirmed what every autism family has heard anecdotally: accidental death by drowning is a significant risk for kids with autism. Researchers at the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University looked at more than 39 million death records over 16 years (up to 2014) to determine the relationship between autism and death by injury.
The results are pretty bleak. Overall, individuals with autism died on average almost 36 years younger than the general population. Almost 28 per cent died prematurely by injury, which includes complications from epileptic seizures and suicide (both epilepsy and depression are common in this population).
According to the study, individuals with autism also die by accidental injury at a rate three times higher than the general population. The rate was particularly high for children younger than 15 years of age.
According to the researchers, almost half (46 per cent) of unintentional injury deaths for those with autism occurred by drowning - and the "danger years" are between ages five to seven.
When compared with typically developing peers, researchers found that children with autism drown 160 times more frequently - an astounding statistic.
Several earlier studies show similar patterns of a significantly increased risk for accidental drowning for those with developmental disabilities, including autism, although the range of risk varies widely.
The good news is that something can be done. These are preventable deaths. And public health officials should put concrete and actionable ways to prevent accidental drowning in this specific population at the top of their to-do list.
The first solution is obvious - and cheap as chips.
Providing accessible water safety courses and swimming lessons tailored to those with autism would be cost-effective to implement and have almost immediate impact. Such programming would have the double bonus of providing both safety and recreational benefits for autism families.
Working with and adequately funding organizations like SwimAbility, a volunteer-run swim program for those with developmental disabilities (which operates on a shoestring budget and always has more demand than it can meet), could be a good place to start.
Education and awareness of water danger risks targeted at the caregivers for this population should also be a priority. Providing funds to help families and schools put physical safety measures in place - gates and specialized locks, for example - would also help.
But part of the conversation also has to be about the lack of adequate supports for families caring for autistic children experienced across the country.
One challenge of caring for a young child with autism is their tendency to wander - a common characteristic for around half of those on the spectrum. They're also often attracted to water as a pleasing visual sensory stimulus. And they're more likely to have irregular sleep patterns, which means they may wake and wander while the rest of the family is sleeping.
Put this all together and you have a population particularly vulnerable to accidental death by drowning.
So what else can governments do?
Provide funds for regular respite for caretakers and give autism moms and dads a needed break.
If any other population had as much as 160 times greater risk for a preventable death, you could be sure it would garner headlines and immediate public health action.
Public health and children's ministries should work together to find solutions. Kids with autism are already vulnerable on so many fronts. Let's work together to avoid unnecessary tragedy. Let's all have a safe and water-friendly summer.
Kathleen O'Grady is a research associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montréal, and managing editor of  She's the mother of two boys, one with autism.
© 2017 Distributed by Troy Media

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sheet-Pan Surf and Turf

Get this fancy steakhouse favourite at home, all in one pan, for a fraction of what you’d pay eating out.


2 unpeeled large russet potatoes, cut lengthwise into 1-inch wedges
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 lb asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tablespoon Montreal steak grill seasoning
1 beef T-bone steak (1 lb)
2 tablespoons tomato paste (from 6-oz can)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 lb uncooked deveined peeled extra-large shrimp (16 to 20 per lb), with 

tails left on

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves


  • Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter, the tomato paste and mustard. Add shrimp; toss to coat. Add shrimp in single layer to pan around steak and potatoes, placing on top of vegetables as needed. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through and steak is cooked to desired temperature (135°F for medium). Top with herbs.
When possible, opt for larger asparagus spears.
The bigger the shrimp, the more impressive the presentation. If possible, seek out shrimp cocktail-sized 16 to 20 shrimp per pound.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Counting calories is bad science, and doesn't work anyway

It seems that those who eat at fast food restaurants know what they want, healthy or not, and nothing will change that other than higher taxes

By Patrick Luciani
Senior Fellow
Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Patrick Luciani
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HALIFAX, N.S. / Troy Media/ - Last month, after Ontario mandated calorie counting on restaurant menus, Freshii Inc., the Toronto-based salads-soups-and-wraps healthy-eating chain, balked. The chain's motto is "count nutrients, not calories." But the calorie police moved in and forced the company to post the calorie counts on boards and menus.
In the end, Freshii fell to the forces of junk science. The company's motto has the science just right.
In 2008 the Harvard University Dining Services posted calorie and nutrition information for all it cafeteria food items hoping to better get students to eat better. A year later they abandoned the entire program. Why? It seemed students were going for low calorie foods and not getting the nutrition they needed, especially kids with eating disorders.
A recent study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, women suffering from anorexia and bulimia tended to eat less when calorie labels were available and those suffering from binge eating tended to eat more.
Nonetheless, Ontario's Ministry of Health is now laying down the law on legislation passed last year that forces restaurants with more than 20 outlets in the province - mostly fast food places such as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken but plenty of other lesser brands- to post calorie labels on all food items.
The Ontario government seems completely oblivious to research in the United States - where labelling laws have been in operation since the early 1990s - which shows that the policy doesn't work in getting people to eat healthy, lose weight or bring down obesity levels.
In a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the authors monitored food purchases at a fast-food chain in King County, Washington, and found the total number sales and the average calories per order was the same with or without food labelling.
Even the lead author of the study, Eric Finkelstein at Duke University - who has written extensively on the economics of food policy - was surprised by the results. He concludes that people's eating behaviour does not change by labelling foods with nutrient contents or calories.
It seems that those who eat at fast food restaurants know what they want, healthy or not, and nothing will change that other than higher taxes.
There is also a class and income angle to the science. Lower-income consumers tend to ignore labelling much more than those who earn more. Healthy eaters who are richer tend to read nutrition labels while poorer unhealthy eaters don't. The very people whose behaviour the legislation is geared to influence seem immune to the labelling laws, making calorie counting a waste of time and money.
But it doesn't end there. We also know that there is no correlation between healthy foods and calorie levels. Nuts and seeds, for example, are heavy in calories but packed with nutrients making them a staple of any healthy diet; the same with unsaturated oils such as virgin olive oil and avocados; all high in calories and all recommended as healthy foods.
One would also expect the science of food calorie measurement to be highly accurate, but it isn't. It seems that the values reported on food labels don't capture the costs of digestion that are lower for processed foods. The method used to measure caloric content is something called the Atwater system, developed in the 19th century.
By burning samples of food one can measure the number of calories by the heat released. This is how food manufactures measure calorie content. But our digestive systems use foods differently even though two foods may have the same number of calories. According to this method a 28 gram serving of almonds has about 170 calories but the real energy content is around 129 calories, considerably less than labelled. Nutrition scientist Rachel Carmody from Harvard reported calorie differences could be as high as 50 percent. In other words, calorie labelling is a very crude way to measure how our bodies use the energy released in foods, making government labelling all but useless. More information isn't always better information.
This is one area where health public policy is far behind the science of nutrition and behavioural economics. If governments try to improve our eating habits and reduce weight, this isn't the scientific way to do it.
Patrick Luciani is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (
© 2017 Distributed by Troy Media

Friday, June 9, 2017


TORONTO, Ont. (June 7, 2017)Garden Days is Canada’s fun-filled celebration of our National Garden Day, Friday, June 16th, held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.

In response to popular demand, Garden Days has grown from a 3-day, to a ten-day event. This year’s dates are June 9 to 18, inclusive.

The Garden Days program of activities and events is an opportunity for all Canadians to get outside to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite public garden.

National Launch event

The 2017 launch of Garden Days will take place on Friday, June 9th at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s new garden in Ottawa.  This event will also be the opening day of Ottawa/Gatineau’s newest garden attraction – The Garden Promenade –  connecting and collectively promoting 40 gardens and over 70 different garden experiences, the Global Centre for Pluralism’s new garden being one of them.

Garden Days activities across the country

There are hundreds of fun activities planned from one end of the country to the other all celebrating the role of gardens in our communities and our lives.  To find an activity near you, visit

There’s still time to register your activities

All Canadian gardens, garden and horticultural organizations, schools, communities and garden-related businesses (e.g. garden centres) are invited to organize activities or events to celebrate public gardens and home gardening and register them, at no cost, on the Garden Days website.  It’s as simple as visiting <> and clicking on the ‘Register’ button.

The objective of Garden Days is to draw attention to Canada’s garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship.

Above all, the aim of this program is to have some great outdoor fun and celebrate the role of gardens and gardening in our communities and our lives.
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Garden Days is organized by the Canadian Garden Council with the support of Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Landscape Ontario, Communities in Bloom, Québec Gardens Association, Gardens BC, Ontario Garden Council, Compost Council of Canada, ParticipACTION, Nutrients for Life, Agriculture in the Classroom and Leisure Information Network.  Garden Days is sponsored by Scotts.  

Follow Garden Days’ social media accounts for the latest news and updates:   #GardenDaysCanada and/or #journeesdujardin