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May 17, 2017


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Natural Living: Ways to Treat Anxiety Without Prescription Drugs. By Paige Johnson

 By Paige Johnson

The world is a stressful place at times, and it’s easy to become consumed by anxiety. In fact, nearly 23% of American adults who are diagnosed with anxiety have severe symptoms that majorly impact their lives. Despite the uncomfortable symptoms of this common condition, only 1 out of 3 people diagnosed with anxiety seek treatment. Some people attempt to manage their anxiety with counseling or prescription drugs, while others rely on a holistic approach for their emotional well-being. If you fall into the second category, try these 3 helpful ideas to help you alleviate anxiety-related symptoms naturally.

Keep a Journal

When you feel anxious about something, do you keep your thoughts inside or share them? Harboring hidden thoughts of anxiety can make it difficult for you to rationalize a specific situation or move on from an unpleasant memory. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your thoughts with anybody or simply prefer to keep things private, jot down the details of your life in a journal. This can help you deal with stressful situations or people that are on your mind.

Hate to write? That’s not an issue. You can use your journal in any manner that suits your style. Here are some ways you can express your thoughts without writing:

  • Create pictures with pens, pencils, crayons, or paint
  • Glue photos from magazines
  • Paste articles from newspapers
  • Affix items that have sentimental value, such as a locket or concert ticket from your ex
  • Cut or tear the journal’s pages into different designs
  • Place stickers on the pages

If you don’t mind writing but can’t figure out what to say, stick to the basics. Write down the symptoms you’re experiencing and the time they began, as well as when (if ever) they ended. You can also write sentences without an explanation, such as “Today I’m sad” or “I hate my job.”

Try Meditation

Many people turn to meditation when anxiety strikes. In addition to addressing the symptoms of anxiety, meditation can improve your memory, make you a more compassionate person, and enhance your creativity. It can also help you regulate your emotions, making it easier for you to fend off depression and anger.

You don’t need any special equipment to meditate, but some people like to use relaxing CDs, essential oils, or yoga mats. You can sit or lie down when you meditate, but lying down may relax you enough to make you fall asleep. For this reason, many people choose to meditate in a sitting position. Create a room in your home that is clean, organized and stress-free so that you can relax and focus on yourself and not everything going on around you.

Start your medication by placing your body in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing as you slowly inhale and exhale. Continue focusing on your deep breaths, or choose a word or object to focus on during your medication. Some people choose words like “love” or “happiness,” while others picture the frolicking waves of the ocean or a deep blue sky filled with puffy white clouds. Do this for as long as necessary, whether you can only dedicate 5 minutes or you have an entire hour to clear your mind.

Make Dietary Changes

Your diet affects your mood. Depending on what you eat, that can be a good thing or a bad thing. A diet high in sugar can make you cranky or tired, while a diet rich in fresh produce helps you effectively function physically, mentally, and emotionally.

If you have anxiety, consider limiting or avoiding caffeine consumption. Caffeine can make you jittery, even if you don’t have an official anxiety diagnosis. It’s found in everything from coffee to candy bars, so check the label if you’re not sure whether a product contains this popular stimulant. You may also want to avoid alcohol, as this substance can potentially trigger episodes of anxiety or depression.

Anxiety is a chronic condition without a cure, but with treatment, you can effectively manage your symptoms. Try the natural remedies above if you need an alternative to Western medicine.

Author: Paige Johnson

May 26, 2016


Posted in Healthy Living, Herbs

Happiness Essential Oil Blend by Taspen's Organics

Our brand new essential oil blend, Happiness, is an uplifting, cheerful and soothing blend that is wonderful for stress, anxiety and invigorating and enlivening the mind, body, and spirit. It is inspired by nurturing ourselves through our heart (compassion) and sacral (creativity & joy) chakras.

Night blooming jasmine is the shining star in this blend, bringing joy to the heart and soul with her exotic sweetness. Jasmine has been known to awaken feelings that have long been forgotten and reopen a heart protecting itself from the painful stresses of life. Other benefits include increased mental energy, reduced need for sleep, erotic attraction, romantic happiness, pleasant dreams, and joy. David Crow (L.Ac.) wrote an article focusing on jasmine in The Yogi Times (2005), which stated that it has a unique effect on the human mind.  In one instance he witnessed serious, male professional perfumers “playing” in an ocean of jasmine flowers spread out for processing. The fragrance of jasmine made them so happy, they acted like children.  In another instance, he gave a group of people fresh jasmine flowers to keep in their rooms overnight, and the next morning people were happy, relaxed and reported they had pleasant sleep with sweet dreams.

The other essential oils in this blend greatly contribute in uplifting the mood as well. Ylang Ylang lifts the mood while having a calming effect, and supports connection and healing through the heart. Bergamot is a powerful mood stabilizer reducing stress, anxiety and nervous tension, and also relieves depression. Frankincense induces feelings of mental peace, relaxation, and contentment. Grapefruit is a powerful stimulant and anti-depressant, inducing feelings of hope, giving new directions to thoughts and enhancing creativity. Lemon promotes a positive mood by clearing self-doubt and limiting beliefs, improving cognitive ability, and helping with doubt, overwhelm, bad moods and lethargy.

The blend includes all organic ingredients, including Love (the primary ingredient), Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil, Therapeutic Grade Essentials of: Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Frankincense, Night Blooming Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. We hope you find some Happiness while using our new blend!

Sample it at all of our stores and kiosks! Find a Taspen's store near you!

April 22, 2016


Posted in Healthy Living

Chewing for Proper Digestion

Digestion initially begins in the mouth. As you start to chew your food, digestive enzymes found in saliva begin to break it down, preparing for nutrient absorption.  It's important to chew your food thoroughly to achieve maximum absorption of all your vitamins and minerals.

How to Chew Properly:

To get into the habit of chewing foods thoroughly, try counting the chews in each bite, aiming for 30 to 50 times before swallowing. Try putting your utensils down between bites to help you better concentrate on chewing.

  • Chew every mouthful of food at least 30 times each, until the food becomes liquid.
  • Chewing breaks down food and makes it easier on the stomach and small intestine.
  • Saliva also makes the food more alkaline, which creates less gas. If you are feeling stressed during a meal, take deep breaths, chew and let simple act of chewing relax you. Taking the time to chew will help you to enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal.

Before Eating:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Shower or wash your face to help relax.
  • Turn off the television, radio, telephone & computer.
  • Do not read.
  • Find a clean, quite place to eat.
  • Light a candle or play soft music.
  • Stretch and breathe.
  • Align your posture and breathe.

During the Meal:

  • Place a bite of food in your mouth.
  • Put your utensil down.
  • Place your hands together while chewing.
  • Begin chewing and deep breathing.
  • Concentrate on what you're doing.
  • Look at your food or something attractive, or close your eyes partially or fully.

After Eating:

  • Say thanks.
  • Sit and talk after your meal.
  • Take a light stroll.

Shared from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition|Used with Permission.

April 22, 2016


Posted in recipes

Pumpkin Seed Bars (Gluten & Refined Sugar Free)

This is a delicious recipe that is easy to make and will satisfy your sweet tooth without the gluten and refined sugar!

1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. honey
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. almond meal
1/2 t. sea salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. pumpkin seeds, raw
1 c. sunflower seeds, raw
1/2 c. slivered almonds
1/2 c. raisins

~Preheat oven to 350.
~In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, honey & vanilla. Mix in almond meal, salt & baking soda.
Add coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers & raisins. Stir well.
~Grease a 9x13 baking dish with coconut oil. Wet your hands & press the dough evenly into the baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
~Let bars cool in pan for 2 hours, then cut & serve.
April 07, 2016


Posted in recipes

Spring Into Shrooms!

Spring in the mountains of Colorado is extremely temperamental giving us rain one day, warm sunshine the next, and then dumping a quick 6 inches that night. However, there are tiny changes taking place everywhere. The aspens are just waiting to burst and red-winged blackbirds have arrived. I’ve also noticed the appearance of fresh spring produce at our local grocers.

Spring produce includes:

  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Artichokes
  • Strawberries
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocado
  • Mango
  • Leeks
  • Peas
  • Rhubarb

I don’t necessarily stick to only what’s in season, but seasonal produce does influence and INSPIRE what I’m cooking. This past weekend, I featured a Springalicious menu at Taspen’s Organics First Saturday Wellness Fair. The Vegan and Gluten-Free items on the menu included:

  • Mushroom & Thyme Soup
  • Asparagus, Sunflower Sprout & Avocado Salad
  • Beet, Carrot and Apple Salad
  • Lemon Bliss Balls
  • Iced Matcha Mint Tea

EVERYTHING was gone at the end of the day! However, the Most Valuable Player on the menu was definitely the Mushroom Soup, which, by the way, was soooo simple with only 6 ingredients. I wanted to share the Mushroom Soup recipe with you, so that you have one really good, but simple standby for all those rainy, chilly, snowy, muddy, windy spring days to come!

Mushroom Soup

Inspired by www.pancakewarriors.com

1 large white onion, diced

1 package white button mushrooms (8 oz) sliced

1 package crimini mushrooms (16 oz) sliced

10 stalks fresh thyme, leaves removed

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 32 oz. boxes of organic vegetable broth

5 Tbs. tapioca flour

1 dried bay leaf

2 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar

½ tsp. salt

freshly ground pepper

Options: As with anything I cook, there’s always options to switch it up. So with this recipe, use whatever mushroom combo you want. You could use all button or all crimini. I also like to dice some of the shrooms to add interest in texture. Also, try adding rosemary to the club!

Step 1:

Saute onions.

Step 2:

Add mushrooms and cook down until the liquid from the mushrooms is gone. Add salt to draw out the moisture from the mushrooms.

Step 3:

Add garlic, thyme, rosemary or whatever herbs and spices you want.

Step 4:

De-glaze the pot with Balsamic Vinegar…you can also use soy sauce or tamari.

Step 5:

Whisk the tapioca flour with the broth. Then add to the mushrooms.

Step 6:

Simmer for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

March 15, 2016


Posted in Healthy Living

COFFEE ENEMAS By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

Click on this link for more information.  This is a very detailed article with all the contents listed below.  



  1. Introduction

What Is A Coffee Enema?

Why Coffee Enemas?

History Of Coffee Enemas

Dr. Gerson, Dr. Kelley, Dr. Gonzales, And Others

  1. Coffee, A Remarkable Herb

What Is Coffee?

Growing And Processing Of Coffee

The Best Coffee For Coffee Enemas

Coffee As A Beverage

  1. Effects Of Coffee Enemas

      Effects Of Coffee Enemas On The Colon

      Effects Elsewhere

  1. Equipment Used For Coffee Enemas

      Enema Buckets – Plastic And Stainless Steel

      Enema Bags – Open And Closed

      Fleet Enema Bottles

      Enema Nozzles

      Colon Tubes

Colonic Irrigation Machines

  1. The Coffee Enema Procedure

Safety First

Step 1. Decide Where To Do Your Coffee Cleanse   

Step 2. Gathering The Materials

      Step 3. Preparing The Coffee

      Step 4. Preparing To Take The Enema

      Step 5. Doing The Enema

      Step 6. Clean Up

      When To Do Your Enema

      What To Do While Retaining Your Enema

      How Often?

      For How Long?

      What If You Are Ill?

  1. Cautions And Troubleshooting



  1. Controversy And Myths About Coffee Enemas
  1. A Total Healing Program With Coffee Enemas

General Dietary Suggestions

      Food Supplements


  1. Therapies Related To Coffee Enemas

      Colonic Irrigation

      Enemas With Other Substances

      Rectal Ozone After Your Enema

      Herbs For The Colon And The Liver

  1. The Colon And Its Pathologies

      Anatomy And Physiology Of The Colon

      Causes For Colon Disease

      Diseases Of The Colon

  1. Detoxification Concepts

      Principles Of Detoxification

      Coffee Enema Detoxification Mechanisms

  1. Healing Reactions And Coffee Enemas
  1. Cases/personal experiences


  1. For Practitioners
  2. Townsend Letter Article About Coffee Enemas


March 15, 2016


Posted in Healthy Living

Coffee Enemas: Benefits & Guidelines by Michael McEvoy, FDN, CNC, CMTA

Coffee Enemas: Benefits & Guidelines

This article was written by Dr. Lawrence Wilson. The following article is for educational purposes ONLY and should not be used to replace medical advice. It is not intended to cure, treat or diagnose any disease. Like with all health information, always discuss with your physician.

Why in the world would someone use coffee in an enema?  That is the question I asked when my health practitioner suggested I do coffee enemas.  Yet when I got over my initial resistance, I quickly noticed the many benefits of coffee enemas.  I did them daily for over 15 years and I credit, to some degree, the recovery of my health and that of many others.

I have recommended coffee enemas to over ten thousand patients.  Many have told me how wonderful they are.  Several said coffee enemas saved their lives.

Indeed, they are most helpful for many types of conditions.  The procedure is also inexpensive and can be done at home without special equipment.

History of the Coffee Enema

Enemas are an ancient form of hydrotherapy.  They have been used for thousands of years for mechanically cleansing the colon.  This is proven in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  To read about this interesting use of enemas, read Coffee Enemas on this site. Enemas and colonic irrigation were used routinely in hospitals.

Coffee enemas were mentioned in older editions of the Merck Manual, a handbook for medical physicians. They were later popularized by Max Gerson, MD, author of A Cancer Therapy - Results of 50 Cases.

Dr. Gerson pioneered nutritional therapy for cancer and other diseases with excellent results.  His therapy combined coffee enemas with a special diet, juices and other supplements.  The enemas were an integral part of the therapy.


The major benefit of the coffee enema, according to Dr. Gerson, is to enhance the elimination of toxins through the liver.  Indeed, endoscopic studies confirm that the coffee enema increases bile output.

To test this idea, a patient was given a coffee enema while an endoscope (a thin tube with a camera on the end to view the intestine) monitored the entrance to the common bile duct.  Within minutes of administering the enema, bile flow increased.

Increased bile flow also alkalinizes the small intestine and promotes improved digestion.  Coffee also acts as an astringent in the large intestine, helping clean the colon walls. A common contributor to ill health is the production and absorption of toxins within the small and large intestines.  If food is not digested properly, sugars ferment and protein putrefies or rots.  Both processes generate toxic chemicals, which are then absorbed into the liver.

The coffee enema enhances digestion by increasing bile flow and removes toxins in the large intestine so they will not be absorbed.  Most people with health complaints suffer from impaired digestion and excessive production of toxic substances in the intestines. Coffee enemas are particularly helpful for slow oxidizers.  Their liver activity is more sluggish and digestion is usually impaired.  Fast oxidizers may have more difficulty retaining the enema.

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The procedure described below is really a coffee implant rather than an enema, because it involves only two to three cups of water.  Using more water than this may make the enema more difficult to retain for some individuals and is not really needed in most cases. If you wish, however, the use of a quart of water, and making sure the water reaches most of the large intestine, is more helpful for cleansing the colon of accumulated waste material.  If one suspects severe bowel toxicity or in cases of serious illness, quart enemas are preferable, at least to start with.

How Often And How Long?

I usually suggest one enema per day to assist detoxification or to enhance liver activity.  Two enemas daily may be taken during a healing reaction if needed.  For those who are very ill, several a day may be best for at least several months.  (Dr. Gerson, by the way, used six coffee enemas daily for cancer patients.)

For best results, a program of coffee enemas should be carried on for at least a month. They should not be needed for more than two to five years, although many people have continued to take them for a number of years without problems.

The best time to take the enema is after a normal bowel movement.  One will get a slight rush from the caffeine, but it is not like drinking coffee, which I do not recommend. Coffee enemas taken in the evening may interfere with sleep.

If performed properly, coffee implants do not cause habituation, constipation or any rectal problems.  In over 28 years of practice, I have rarely seen significant problems from coffee enemas if they are done properly, according to the instructions below.

The exception is if there are significant hemorrhoids, rectal fissures or other rectal problems.  In these cases, extra care is needed in inserting the enema tip. Some people with hemorrhoids find enemas irritating and cannot do them.  This is one of the few contraindications for coffee enemas.  While enemas may seem uncomfortable, many clients report the procedure is so helpful they soon forget the inconvenience.

Step 1. Materials

Buy a 2-quart enema bag with a clamp. This is sold at drug stores. The enema/douche bag combination is easier to use because you can close the top.


* For the easiest coffee enemas, buy the coffee from S.A. Wilson.  Here is the link: www.sawilsons.com.  You can any brand of regular coffee - regular grind or flaked, non-instant and not decaffeinated, but some people have trouble retaining the coffee and the S.A. Wilson coffee works much better for them.  Organically grown coffee is best, though any coffee will do.  Organic coffee is available at natural food stores. Store opened coffee containers in the freezer for maximum freshness.  The S.A. Wilson coffee advertised specially for coffee enemas is great, but not necessary.

EDITORS NOTE: We recommend S.A. Wilsons Enema kits and Organic Coffees.

Step 2. Preparation of coffee

There are three methods. The first two are a little better, but any of these will work.

1) The boil method.

Place 2 to 3 cups of purified water and one-half to two tablespoons of coffee in a saucepan and bring to a boil (or use a coffee maker to percolate the coffee quickly).
NOTE: The first time you do a coffee enema, use only 1 teaspoon, NOT TABLESPOON, of coffee.  This is critical because some people are sensitive to caffeine and will feel very jittery on more coffee.  After a few enemas, you will see how much coffee you can tolerate comfortably.  Ideally, increase to two tablespoons per enema.

* Let it boil 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow it to cool. One or two ice cubes may be added to speed the cooling process.  You may make a larger quantity and use it for several enemas.

Tricks to speed up cooling the boiled coffee.

  • Boil only a little of the water with the coffee.  Once it has boiled, add the rest of the water to the coffee mixture to cool the entire amount down to body temperature.
  • Pour the coffee mixture back and forth several times through the air from one container to another, even from the enema bag back into a cool pot.  This will also cool it much faster.
    NOTE: Body temperature feels hot when you place your finger in it.  If the water is too hot or too cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult. *Only when the mixture is about body temperature, strain the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper into a clean enema bag.  Screw on the top of the enema bag.  The enema is now ready.

2) Using a coffeemaker.

This is more convenient for some people than the method above.  The coffee does not come out quite as strong, so you may be able to use a little more coffee.  Simply place the water and ground coffee as above, but use a coffee maker.

To cool the coffee after it percolates, you may leave it in the cup for a few minutes, or start with only half a cup of water and add a room temperature water to the coffee after it is percolated.

4) The non-boil method. This is not quite as powerful but may be used if time is very important:

Place 1 cup of ground coffee in a container with 2 cups of water. Stir the mixture thoroughly and allow it to soak overnight. In the morning, filter the liquid through coffee filter paper or a fine strainer. Place in a jar for storage in the refrigerator.

To prepare an enema, pour 2 cups of purified water into the enema bag. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the coffee liquid from the jar.

Step 3. Preparing to take the enema

Have a bowel movement before doing the enema.  This is important, as otherwise you will not be able to retain the enema in most cases and there could be a mess on the floor!  To have a bowel movement, the best method is to drink many glasses of spring or distilled water beforehand.  You may also have something to eat or even use a laxative like prunes if needed.
If you have not had a bowel movement, take a plain water enema first, before the coffee enema.  This will usually clean out the bowel quickly and effectively.

Be sure the plastic hose is pushed or fastened well onto the enema bag and the thin enema tip is attached to the other end. Remove any air from the enema tube the following way.  Grasp but do not close the clamp on the hose.  Place the tip in the sink.  Hold up the enema bag above the tip until the water begins to flow out. Then close the clamp. This expels any air in the tube.

Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of soap or oil. (Too much lubrication will cause the tip to fall out of the rectum, creating a mess!).

Step 4. Taking the enema

The position preferred by most people is lying on one's back on a towel, on the bathroom floor or in the bathtub. With the clamp closed, place the enema bag on the floor next to you, or hang the bag about one foot above your abdomen.

Insert the tip gently and slowly.  Move it around until it goes all the way in. Open the clamp and hold the enema bag about one foot above the abdomen. The water may take a few seconds to begin flowing.  If the water does not flow, you may gently squeeze the bag.  If you develop a cramp, close the hose clamp, turn from side to side and take a few deep breaths. The cramp will usually pass quickly. When all the liquid is inside, the bag will become flat.  Close the clamp. You can leave the tube inserted, or remove it slowly.

RETAIN THE ENEMA FOR 15 MINUTES (less time is okay, but not quite as effective).  See below if you have difficulties with this.  You may remain lying on the floor. Use the time to read a book, meditate, etc.  Some people are able to get up and go lie on a towel in bed, instead of on the floor.  Walking around the house with the coffee inside is not recommended.

A small number of people are unable to retain even a cup of water for the required 15 minutes.  One can start with less coffee or less water in these cases.  There seems to be no harm if one wishes to retain the enema longer than 15 minutes.

Step 5. Finishing up

After 15 minutes or so, go to the toilet and empty out the water. It is okay if some water remains inside.  If water remains inside often, you are dehydrated. Wash the enema bag and tube thoroughly with soap and water.

If you feel out of sorts or a little bloated after the enema, rub the top of the toes of both feet, but particularly the left foot.  You can also rub the entire foot, especially any part that is tender.  This will often balance out the body’s energies after a coffee retention enema.

 Hints Regarding Enemas:

  • Remember, you will do best if you have a bowel movement before doing the coffee enema.
  • If intestinal gas is a problem, some exercise before the enema may eliminate the gas.
  • It is not essential but is helpful if the water fills the entire colon. You can assist by first lying on your right side for 5 minutes, then on your back for 5 minutes, and then on your left side for 5 minutes.
  • If water will not flow around the entire colon, you may gently massage your abdomen. Some people attach a 30-inch colon tube to the tip of the enema tube, and insert the tube so the water will reach the right side of the colon.
  • If the enema makes you jittery, reduce the amount of coffee.
  • The enema may lower your blood sugar. If so, eat something just before or after taking the enema.
  • If you have trouble holding the enema, here are suggestions.
    • Be patient.  Practice makes perfect.
2) The water may be too hot or too cold.  Be sure the water temperature is comfortable.
    • It may help to place a small pillow or rolled up towel under your buttocks so the water flows down hill into your colon.
    • If trouble continues, try reducing the amount of coffee or add 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses to the water.

Dr. Lawrence Wilson is an expert in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and Nutritional Balancing Science. He is the author of numerous books, publications, articles and other media. His website is: www.drlwilson.com He resides in Prescott, AZ.

Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to prevent, reverse or cure any disease and are not intended to replace the advice of a health professional of your choice. 

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