Three years ago I started drinking tea at the beginning of my quest to get healthier. Green tea to be exact, and not because of the taste-I thought it was barely tolerable. But I drank it, adding lemon or stevia to get it down. I think it helped-I’m very pleased with my health right now, and more and more research has surfaced indicating its antiviral, thermogenic, and other healthy properties. A year ago, I heard about another tea called yerba mate, which purportedly surpassed even green tea in its health benefits. Yerba mate contains carotene, vitamins A, C, B-complex, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, manganese (bone builder), silicon, phosphates, sulfur, chlorophyll, choline, and inositol- a cornucopia of almost all nutrients needed for life. The only problem? It tastes like dirt. I had a hard time getting it down. What to do…. After experimenting with different teas, I came up with a palatable combination. I brew equal parts of green tea and yerba mate WITH peppermint tea at a 1:2 ratio. In other words, twice as much peppermint as the other two. I drink 16 ounces each day, and it actually tastes good (and it’s good for you).

Coconut oil is healthy and is ideal for cooking and baking. It also has many other uses in the house. 1). clean, condition and sanitize your wood cutting boards 2). Moisturize and soften leather goods 3). lubricate squeaky hinges 4). Clean soap scum from the shower. Afterwards, spray vinegar water to clean up 5). Clean your hands and paint brushes after using oil paints 6). Clean and sanitize your mouth guard. Leave on when not in use and rinse off before using it 7). I love this one-Remove chewing gum from virtually any area, including carpets and hair.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.