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Reinforcements; Plant Allies!

Many of us are either sick or experiencing a loved one's sickness.  Either way the pain of illness is close.

Smoke Signals is a place to share information that encourages one another.  We believe that we have been given everything we need to live and abundant life.  This is our mantra because we want it to sink in.
It's true!

We advocate WILD EDIBLES on our side bar, to the left, for many reasons.

1.) FREE medicine!
It's wise & true that every seed bearing plant has been given to us for fruit and it's leaf for medicine.
"Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
"Eat the rainbow"

2.) It's more than just a medicine or a food. 
It's a holistic way of living.
It's a symbiotic relationship.
It's synergy! 
We were created to consume these plants just as they were created for us to consume.
It goes in a harmonious cycle.
We give off carbon dioxide, they give off oxygen.
They adapt to the ever changing environment be i…

Mushroom Appreciation; Turkey Tail

If you have been following us on our other social media platforms you may have gathered we are submerging ourselves in the fungi kingdom.
Since this kingdom is still so mysterious we decided to share our adventure with you in a series called, Mushroom Appreciation.

Here we will try to expound on the benefits of this kingdom although so vast.  We hope to encourage wild foraging and even pass along some cultivating do's & don't s from our own experiences.

In our first series we are talking about Turkey Tail.


Immune-Boosting Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom Packed With Antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that help inhibit or reduce damage caused by oxidative stress.  Contains Immune-Boosting Polysaccharopeptides. The specific polysaccharides are “Kresin” (PSK) and “Peptide” (PSP).May Improve Immune Function in People With Certain Cancers.  May Enhance the Efficacy of Certain Cancer Treatments. May Enhance Gut Health. Additionally Turkey Tail can be foraged just abo…

"Who talked to the apple today?" A family experiment

MOST people do not think of our words as being part of a health regimen.

But the wise man once said that, "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones".

With over 27 verses in the Bible alone about the power of the tongue, it is kind of amazing that this isn't thought of as part of a healthy lifestyle. 
Then you have folks talking about "the secret" or "law of attraction" and how words have great power. 

...Well, the Bible also says that all life was created by a few choice words.  And some say that could have been, abracadabra.  (1.)

Lately Ive been encountering a particular enchanting kind that claim words are spells, that is why it is called spelling.


This had me recalling many years back to when we learned of an elaborate system to set up in your garden that played music to your plants. They claimed this was making their plants happy thus producing more.


It certainly sounds that way.        

Of course words…

Time to get your shots. The Belly Shot! ( ᐛ )و

If you know me, than you know I'm NOT talking about vaccinations.  Today I'm going to introduce you to the "belly shot".

Yup.  It's a real thing. Well, it has its reasoning behind the name.  

Every morning I take turmeric in a veggie capsule.

I can't say enough about this root!  But honestly, I much prefer to eat it and I do that too, but making sure that I get this into my system everyday is effortless by popping it encapsulated.

Cooking curry is another favorite way to get some of this brilliant hued plant into your system.  Sprinkling it on eggs, in any soup, stew or smoothie are all great too!

(Totally recommend that signing canary recipe by trim healthy mama. So nourishing for the adrenals and tastes similar to a creamsicle.)

So now can you see why I'm singing about turmeric?

And what I'm about to share is a fantastic approach with it.  We are going to combine antioxidant-rich turmeric with the probiotic benefits of raw apple cider vin…

Why CBD works!

So now that the 80 year ban on industrial hemp has FINALLY been lifted   

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why would you care?
Well we have long been supporters of this civil liberty because;

1.) If natural, Creator given plants are illegal than we are NOT living in a free country. 

2.) Hemp is beneficial to us.

3.) Hemp is beneficial to our economy.

4.) Hemp is beneficial to the environment!

Today we are going to focus on its benefits to our health.
So by now you may have heard that we actually have an endocannabinoid system.  This is a real biological system within us just like our digestive, lymphatic/immune, endocrine, exocrine, respiratory, renal, nervous, reproductive, cardiovascular, muscular, & sensory systems.  

Endo means "originating within the body".  When studying the Cannabis plant in the 60's, researchers discovered a web of receptors, enzymes, and biochemical pathways involved in manufacturing & using the body’s own form of cannabinoids.  (It turns o…

Top 3 SIMPLE stay well tips

It is that time of year again.  You will be bombarded with media pushing you to get those oh so friendly flu shots and then hearing about how this is one of the deadliest seasons yet.... Many today are concerned with vaccinations and

what is really in them, anyway? 
I mean they could put anything in them and even the one administering them truly does not know.  
Sorry, call me a conspiracy weirdo, I don't mind.  ◖|◔◡◉|◗
And I'm okay if you subscribe to them vaccinations, you have been given the authority to make that decision, just let me have my authority as well, thank you very much.     
In the meantime this is what we will be doing.
The top 3 stay well tips that we find to be publish-able...    

1.  Excessive amounts of vitamin C. 

Easy.  Any form you can get your hands on that works for your family.

We tend to eat seasonally but fruits high in C are; guavas, bell peppers, kiwifruit, strawberries, oranges, papayas, broccoli, tomatoes, snow peas, and kale. 

And don'…

FDA Approved Chemicals you can put on your Skin that increase Aging

We are continuing our series of blog posts on FDA approved chemicals that may increase aging. If you missed #1 you can find it here

Yeah, it's true. 
As you are selecting these products to aid your skin, they may in fact be the thing that is making you feel and look older.   

Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid.
These CHEAP preservatives are commonly used to increase the shelf life of a product. They keep products looking and smelling great for longer space (than is natural).

First introduced in the 1950s, parabens were to keep the product from spoiling by preventing it from being able to grow mold and or bacteria.

Today, however, we have remembered to appreciate mold and bacteria.  And we know that all are not bad.  In fact if it can grow mold and or bacteria, this means it is alive.  And bein…