Homemade Cough Syrup

REPOST since it’s that time of year.  As many of you know I turn to medication as a last resort.  Try this natural homemade cough syrup.  It is a great idea to make it ahead of time.


What can you do at the first sign of a cold or the flu to keep it from becoming full-blown?  Just a quick recipe that I have tried and it works wonders for the immune system.  You can use it for the treatment of symptoms or as prevention.  When people around you are sick such as close family or co-workers that you have no choice of being around, we must have a way to ward off illness.

Photo credit:  WSJ

Here is what you will need…..it’s super simple:

  • About 20-24 cloves of garlic
  • Enough honey to cover the garlic in a jar to yield about a pint (approximately 400 mL by the time the garlic is added)
  • Note:  Raw honey is preferred instead of refined like you typically buy at the grocery store.  You can always make a half batch of this recipe.
  1. Peel the garlic cloves, crush them or cut them into tiny pieces and put them in a medium-size jar; add enough honey to cover the garlic and then set it aside for at least 36 hours.
  2. Take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours or as needed to relieve cough and sore throat.
  3. Use at the first signs of cough/cold and flu symptoms as an immune system booster.

Photo credit:  memegenerator.net

Garlic contains Allicin

This part of garlic gives it it’s health benefits but also will cause bad odor and potent taste.  The fresher it is, as with other foods, the more potent it is.  Garlic is a natural anti-infectant, helps to decrease blood pressure and works against blood clotting to some degree.

Honey stands on its own as a natural remedy

Honey is not only a natural sweetener, but it also has many vitamins and nutrients. If used in raw form as a sweetener, it won’t spike your blood sugar.  Its anti-oxidant properties are powerful and it guards against free radicals which can be cancer-causing.   more info honey health benefits

Together, these 2 make a superfood that helps us in multiple ways!

Do you have a recipe that’s similar to this?  Post it in my comments and let us know how it worked for you!

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Collateral Faith

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  My family has suffered a great loss in that my husband passed away suddenly a few months ago.  I pray that this brings someone else some comfort in knowing you are not alone in losing a loved one.  I pour out my feelings often on paper to help to deal with the pain, but what I realize is that even in tragedy, there is a blessing.  I hug my children more and tighter.  We tell each other “I love you” a lot more as well.  My faith has been made stronger…….I call it, “Collateral Faith.  It’s the strengthening of faith that comes out of a tragic and sudden loss such as this.  It’s giving into The Heavenly Father’s will and knowing that he knows and sees all, for He is truly perfect.  Rest in Power our Beloved and we will only say so long for now.

 

“Collateral Faith” by Monica Terry, dedicated to the late Mykael Terry

Woke up the same as any day, rushed out the door and we said our goodbyes and even, “I’ll check in with you later”.

But shortly after a few short texts to one another back and forth that morning, at the check-in time, still no indicator,

That something was going very wrong

That text or phone call never happened.  Although I thought it strange and out of our routine,

I dismissed it away as “He must have gotten busy or tied up with something”. unforeseen

But something was going very wrong

An urgent request to come and see what befell him ripped me from dreamlife to nightmare

What are you telling me, stop, don’t want to hear this news, impossible to accept and bear

And something went horribly wrong

You see he left us so swiftly that day that even now reality is still settling in

My best friend, husband, teacher, children’s father and plenty more he had been

For him, we will always long

But to see the collateral faith that has been gifted from his sudden transition

That faith that is made stronger after our tragedy, making clear to us his mission

Make those he touched exceedingly strong

You made us all wake up, level up and believe with our whole hearts in His Word

We will remember him always, Our Beloved Mykael-M70; your story will always be heard

Throughout your generations lifelong

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As a family and community, we know that we must continue to live to ensure that the work that he put in for our Heavenly Father does not stop with Mykael.  We show our faith by continuing.  This was a huge blow to my family, our community, and family and friends abroad, but the faith that comes by seeing how The Most High has kept us and knowing He will continue to keep us makes us grateful for every day.  It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever faced in our lives as a family.  Mykael was such a great father, husband, brother, friend, son and teacher.  We will remember him always.  I would like to leave with you all this song that I often play in the morning while starting my day.  It reminds me of Mykael who gave his all.  For those that grieve from the departure of a loved one, you are not alone.  My best advice is to find those that you can share your story with and let your loved one’s story be heard; let their memory live on in you and be strong and of courage.  The pain never goes away but it does get better.

 

 

 

 

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Open for ESOA Art Exhibition

On August 1, 2019, please come and join our dance troupe in our performance to open the ESOA (English Speakers of Ashkelon) Annual Art Exhibition!

It’s sure to be a funfilled event for everyone!  Come out to support our dance troupe as we perform a heart-warming and inspirational lyrical routine followed by an old school Hip Hop routine both choreographed by yours truly, Monica the Taptutor and performed by our dynamic dance troupe. 

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. at Beit ha Am (בית העם) located at 6 Ha-Nasi St in our beautiful hometown, Ashkelon.

 

 

 

Following the Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe will be a magnificent showing of local artists’ work from sculptures to paintings and more. 

For more information about this event visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ESOAshkelon/

or you can contact me at bat.of.zion1970@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Curcumin Gel Caps Amazing Review for RA

I have never been one to take supplements but I happened to receive some samples at a Pharmaceutical Conference and felt compelled to give this one a chance. Many of my family and friends and some of you know that I suffer from RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Although it is not severe or debilitating for me, it’s bothersome enough that I began seeking out alternative care that I could take long-term. I don’t believe in drug treatment as the first option due to side effects and for chronic conditions, due  to the toll chronic meds take on our organs. As a pharmacist I know this all too well.

So I read everything I could about this supplement, Curcumin Liquid-Gel Capsules by SupHerb and decided to give it a try. It’s a capsule made up of Curcumin Essential Oil Complex, 100% pure extract.

There’s more than 33 clinical studies and it’s protected by 13 patents in Israel.

As of 2 weeks ago I was taking Matcha Tea with a few teaspoonsful of tumeric, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, a half of a lemon squeezed (and if not too lazy with the shredded lemon zest), a healthy chunk of peeled shredded ginger, and a teaspoon of honey (unrefined when I could afford it).

I began the capsules about 12 days ago, first taking one a day for the first 2 days, not noticing a huge change in my arthritis pain. Mostly my issue was stiffness and back, neck and shoulder pain upon awakening. Sometimes numbness as well in my hands and lower arms. My sleep had been increasingly more disturbed due to this the last few months.

By the third day I decided to take 2 capsules per day and for the first time in months, I slept well, hardly tossing or turning to find a comfy position all night!😄 Since then I’ve been taking 2 capsules a day which the recommended dose is 1-2 per day.

This product was voted product of the year in 2019!🏆

I still drink my Matcha tea almost daily but it’s not with all of the above ingredients every day. It’s no longer a necessity and mostly for enjoyment, although I still receive the health benefits no doubt.

Turmeric comes from the root of Curcuma longa, which is a flowering plant of the ginger family, typically  seen in the stores as a cooking spice. Bought fresh it closely resembles ginger root.

Of the many plant substances that tumeric contains, one group is curcuminoids, which has the greatest health-promoting effects.

See my post on tumeric for info regarding full health benefits:

Health benefits of tumeric

The only drawback I can speak of is the cost….132 shekels and that was on sale plus my employee discount. This is about $38. Depending on how you take it, it can last 1 or 2 months.  But for now, living almost pain free is worth it. If I had to rate my pain before it would have been a 7/10 as opposed to now 2-3/10.  I will keep you posted on how it goes in the future and until then, please write back any arthritis pain therapy successes that you may have experienced. Would love to hear about it.

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Another Milestone Reached

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Thanks so much for all of the support! Blogging is a joy but a challenge to find the time. While working full time as a pharmacist and teaching dance classes part-time, I often have to choose. Each person that takes the time to read or watch the videos posted is grately appreciated! I hope to keep bringing more health, fitness and spiritually uplifting information here at tapin2life!

 

Caruthers Dance Dynamic Duo Sisters Smashes the Competition

Congrats to my nieces Madisen and Kya on your big win, D’Eirre for the amazing and creative choreography and for the great job that the entire dance troupe did in competition.

This particular hip hop routine won Double Platinum, 5th Place Overall Routine and selected for the Entertainment Award out of 120 other routines!!! Keep up the excellent work!!!

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Decreasing Pain Naturally

Being one that suffers from chronic pain, I am always looking for that natural remedy that works best for me and fits easily into a busy lifestyle.  I am also, as many of you know, a pharmacist and a dancer by trade.  I can appreciate prescription drugs but at the same time, I know the long term effects on the body and don’t want to trade one illness for another in the future.  I can identify with those in pain due to suffering from scoliosis of the spine, arthritis and old dance injuries.  In my day to day routine, I avoid medications unless I have a very bad flare up of pain which often happens from not getting the proper rest, an increase in stress and deviating from a healthy diet.

In my constant search to find healthy ways to alleviate and eliminate chronic pain, I came across this extremely thorough video of many natural remedy choices.  I hope you will find something that is worth trying that fits your lifestyle and if you don’t, please share it with someone that you know suffers from pain, whether acute or chronic.

If you try one of these and it works for you or someone else, please comment

on it and let me and other subscribers know!

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Be Your Best You

Okay, so Winter is exiting and you notice that you’ve picked up a few pounds. Winter is the time of year, for multiple reasons, that many people put on an average of about 5 additional pounds! I confess that I am guilty.  How much exercise do we need to be healthy?  This will vary depending on your situation and goals.  If you have put on a lil’ weight and have kind of let yourself go, don’t feel so down on yourself.  There is hope!  Just start doing something about it.

 

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As a pharmacist and dance instructor by trade, I can go through all of the medical studies and tell you the obvious about diet and exercise, but instead, I would like to share with you what has worked for me.  Although I am not a fitness expert, nor do I have a super buff body, I know a lot about nutrition, the body and maintaining a healthy weight in a hectic lifestyle.  However, I have to admit that the older I get, the more creative I have to be to maintain a healthy weight.  So, here are my top 5 tips about exercise, fitness and diet.

1. Know Your Goals & Make Them Realistic

Are you trying to maintain or lose weight?  Are you trying to build muscle?

If you are wanting to maintain your weight, go for moderate aerobic exercise about 30 minutes a day, five days out of the week.  You can watch my Taptutor vids…all 10 and have a great moderate workout while having fun!

If you want to lose weight, rev it up with a higher intensity workout and about an hour per day.  I’m working up to those videos!

Of course when it comes to building muscle, literally, no pain– no gain.  It takes a bit more commitment, but start slow with 2.5 pound dumb-bells and leg weights or resistance training, then work your way up to a more intense workout.  The key is to add over a period of time so as to not burn yourself out.  It will become more like YOUR lifestyle instead of forced.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmWJGw-cY7MsAUyM0AAd6cA

2. Don’t Deprive Yourself

If you eat a sensible diet that is high in fiber (adults up to age 50 need 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men), you will eliminate regularly and take in the nutrients and vitamins you need, feel fuller and are less likely to crave the things that sabotage us.  Water is most definitely important as well.  Generally 2-3 Liters or more per day for adults and you may need more as you lose fluids with exercise.

Don’t deprive yourself of goodies.  Let’s face it, if I see ice cream on my left and an apple on my right, I am going to most likely want the ice cream every time.  We have to choose wisely depending on the time of day and how we have eaten during the day.  DON’T eat the ice cream at 10 PM because we know it will just go straight to our gut and butt.   I’m just sayin’.  Have half of the typical serving size and if you are still not satisfied, go for the apple.  Works for me almost 100% of the time (Almost).  The times that I do “comfort eating” are getting less and less and when I know I have had a frustrating day, this seems to be a trigger.  I’m learning to keep my guard up and anticipate my need to resort to foods that are either very sweet or salty such as chips.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/eat-this-fiber-chart

3. Have a Workout Buddy and Support System

I have recently started working out with a few fabulous ladies and they have been a great support and keep me encouraged in meeting my goal to be more toned.  It costs me no money, it’s so much more enjoyable than if I were to do the workout alone and I know if I start to get discouraged, I have someone to encourage me and not let me give in so easily.

4. Change your mindset of what you call exercise….be practical

I recently purchased a resistance exercise band and it is so easy to use, affordable, portable and doesn’t take a lot of effort.  You can use it almost anywhere, even on your work break!  Below are some other suggestions that make it easy to incorporate exercise into a busy lifestyle.

  •  You can take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk to the store and back instead of driving (or ride your bike instead of driving)
  • Wash your own car instead of going to the car wash.
  • Get a 30 minute, daily house-cleaning routine to your favorite music. Dusting, mopping, sweeping and cleaning the windows can work up a sweat and be a good and unexpected cardio workout.
  • Dance while you cook your favorite meal (make sure you actually finish your cooking….if you are like me, you may get a little carried away with those old line dances)

5. Make these changes for life

Don’t keep the things that sabotage you in your house.  I know…..easier said than done.  When you go to the grocery store, REFUSE to put more than 1 item that has been pre-packaged into your cart.  I usually make my own desserts and my family has become used to not even checking the cabinet for a “snack”.  They know that it is truly a treat to have a manufactured item from the store such as chips, cookies, cakes or other items.  This makes us come out of the habit of eating just to be eating.  When I make dessert, it forces me to think of what I am putting into it and questioning if it is the best thing for our bodies.  Are we just eating out of habit….or are we really hungry?

Also, make it a goal to eat just 100 calories less per day and replace 10-20% of your fat intake with something high in fiber.  It’s not much and it’s a good way to get started as a change to make for life.  You can continue to increase your fiber, decrease the fat calories and decrease your calories as you see what works best for you.

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General References:

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/how-much-exercise-you-really-need

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

http://thestir.cafemom.com/healthy_living/166836/the_ugly_truth_about_how

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

Disclaimer:  As always, my articles are food for thought…no pun intended.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any dietary or exercise changes.

This Mother’s Love

A poem of reflection by Monica Terry “AKA” Taptutor

 

Anxious to witness your first breath, in constant dread of your last

Bleaching out the blood, coffee and red wine stains of your not so stellar past

Will turn entire cities upside down when you’re off the radar

Nearly fulfilling profile of a cyber stalker demanding you “Change that Avatar”

Fearlessly race up to save you at a mountain’s highest pinnacle

Ignoring naysayers, haters, and  fairweather friends with comments so cynical

Message to the ruler of this world, HANDS OFF, can’t have my offspring

Fight to my last heartbeat, breath, and brainwave; every fiber of my being

To make sure you feel THIS MOTHER’S LOVE!

 

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Kings and Queens Accepting the Torch

I couldn’t think of a better way to end the African American History Month other than to post something inspirational that shows the continued spirit of African Americans despite the struggles that we have and are still overcoming from the injustices of discrimination. Just like our ancestors, we will continue to push forward!!!

These children have received the torch and are running with it!

Hope this vid brings you hope for the next generation. Also to have gratitude for those that sacrificed so much for us to have the privileges that we have today. This is evidence that if we live each day with the intent to touch the lives of others, there is a huge positive impact on humanity.

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