The Power of Ginger

ginger-featuredThe older people... older than us who are over fifty, knew something about Ginger. I called my mother while I was thinking about writing this article. She is 80 years old. I clearly recall her giving me hot ginger tea sometimes when I was little. I have a feeling it was at times when I wasn't feeling good. She said she didn't remember. It was most likely her mother (my grandmother) who gave me the hot ginger tea. But no.... I clearly remember standing in the kitchen and being passed a glass of it. I remember being told to drink it down, although I do remember that I didn't particularly care for it.

According to the book, The Glorious Powers Of Ginger by Isabelle Wilcox, many illnesses are reported to be remedied or cured by ginger, including asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, and headaches. I think I was likely given it to help combat a sick stomach. Of course these are only a few of the many benefits of ginger. My grandmother, who mostly stayed at home raising the children and helping my grandfather with the books for running his business, had no medical training. I'm assuming the ginger tea recipe was probably handed down to her from her mother.

It can also be used to help combat gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. According to webmd.com, it can be used for other things too:

Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.

You may have also heard that ginger is used as an aphrodisiac, stimulating sex drive, increasing sexual performance, and aiding in the feelings of love, lust and attraction. Need I remind you, this website is all about being 50+ and alone, and since you won't be getting any of that... you won't be needing it for those purposes....

The Glorious Powers Of Ginger is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. If you miss this free offer, you can still pick the Kindle version of the book up for $2.94. In the book you'll also be given simple to make recipes that you can use to quickly gain the full benefits of use without destroying it's natural potency. You'll discover the simple, but powerful ways to increase your health, strength and vitality with all natural ginger!

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How to Make Moonshine

moonshine-featuredA lot of us over fifty can recall watching the Waltons when we were growing up -- and the two old Baldwin sisters who made the recipe, handed down to them from their father. Nothing made Grandpa Walton any happier than to get the odd jug of it. But just as it was illegal in the prohibition era, the rules haven't changed in North America. While its perfectly legal in Canada to make your own wine or beer, distilling your own beverage such as moonshine, is against the law.

Moonshiners have been known to have their mixtures go horribly wrong; sometimes causing fatalities. One can die from the spirits if it hasn't been prepared properly or if some of the ingredients are tainted. And... we have all heard stories of how volatile the mixture can be. Stories of explosions and fires aren't uncommon.

Watch the quick video below of what appears to be some happy moonshiners.

Obviously, the people in the video above are making large quantities of it; probably to sell. Which is another reason why it's illegal. Moonshiners avoid paying and collecting tax on it. In 2001 a ring of moonshiners was broken up, operating between North Carolina to Philadelphia. Twenty-six people were arrested. The way I understand it, their operation dodged about 20 million dollars in taxes.

One other safety issue, I might point out, is... moonshine can have a much higher alcohol content than anything you can buy from your local store. The strength of distilled liquor is controlled by cutting it with water. A ratio of 1:1 is 100 proof. If it's cut with less water, it's over 100 proof. You would certainly need to be careful on how much you added to your drink. I had a drink one time of moonshine, and I was warned how strong it was. I added one tablespoon to a half glass of pop, and then after tasting it, added more pop. I suppose this is another reason why it is nicknamed "white lightening" ... because if you're not careful, it can hit you very fast.

For those of you who might be interested in learning how to make your own, there is a book called Moonshine 101: A Beginners Guide to the Art of Moonshine written by Nicholas Moore. In the book you'll learn step by step, with photos, how to build your own small batch moonshine whiskey pot still. Topics covered include construction, safety concerns, distillation, mash recipes and more! The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. If you don't get it today, the regular price is $4.01.

But you might want to check your local laws before you start experimenting. If it's illegal, I would suggest you don't try it. This book is only for educational purposes; so you can understand the process.

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Making Medicinal Hemp Oil Safely

Marijuana-featuredMarijuana is mostly illegal in Canada and most states below the border. However in Canada you can get a form from some doctors, that will allow you to purchase it, if the doctor feels it will help your condition. There were some articles published the first of the year discussing over-hauling the law, so that the people who need it in Canada will no longer to be able to grow their own. They will have to purchase it from government approved private companies, and only allowed to purchase the amount they need.

In the video below Rick Simpson shows you how to make the oil you need if you're really going to use Marijuana to cure a disease. Please note, that it's dangerous, and can result in personal injury  and cause a fire.

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Natural Remedies for Heartburn

heartburn-featuredEveryone gets Heartburn at times. Others suffer from acid reflux disease. There are a lot of different medications you can buy; many without a prescription. They aren't meant to be used to relieve symptoms if you often have it, though. Antacids can do quite a bit of damage if used regularly. You should see your doctor if it occurs frequently. There may be a reason and a better treatment. If you know certain foods or beverages trigger the symptoms, it's best to avoid them. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

The problem with long term use of antacids can cause diarrhea or constipation, nausea, and even prevent certain vitamins from being absorbed into your body. They can upset acids in your stomach which can make the situation even  worse. There are more natural and better ways to treat the problem as I discovered in C.D. Shelton's book, Acid Reflux (Heartburn: Tips to Stop Acid Reflux Using Simple Natural Remedies).

This short ebook explains how simple natural remedies can help you with gerd, indigestion, reflux and any heartburn conditions you may be experiencing. It also goes into more detail on the dangers of antacids. It's only 14 pages long, but if you suffer from this condition, it might be well worth it to have this in your digital library. It's being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. Click here to get it now.

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Pick a hobby

hobbies-featuredFor those of you who are new to being over fifty and alone Rejoice!! Now you have the time to take up the hobby you never had time for when you were married or raising children.

I like playing the guitar. I never had enough talent to even think of becoming a professional, but still, it's something I've always enjoyed. But for several years, I just didn't have time for it. But the good news is... now I have more time.

You don't have to be a guitar player. You can do whatever it is you're interested in. If you always thought of yourself as a budding author; write a book. Photographer? Get out there and take some pictures. Golfer? Go play some golf!

If you're new to being 50+ and alone, don't sit there and dwell upon what might have been, if only....

Those type of thoughts and that line of thinking is only going to depress you. You're not a whole lot of fun if you're depressed.

The image below shows two friends of mine, and me, playing in a rock band when we were all about 17 years old. I'm the fellow in the white shirt to the far right.

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This other image below, is a picture that was taken of the group who was playing for my mothers' 75th birthday. Although I had put the guitar away for so many years, when I moved back to Nova Scotia in 2003, I picked it back up again. As you can see in this picture, they were all looking at me. They were amazed at how well I could make the music sound with my guitar playing.

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The fellow in the middle playing the fiddle is Gerald Elliott. His brother Carl, won the Maritime Fiddle Championship 4 years in a row, and his son Mike won the junior championship 4 years in a row. Gerald never entered the competition but in my opinion, he's the best. Gerald and I played in a bluegrass/ old tyme band for a couple of years in the late '80's. In the image above I would have been 49 years old.

When I was young, I played in a rock band. In high-school I played in a jazz band and a symphonic band. Later I played in a country band, and after that played in a bluegrass band. Music has always been a source of enjoyment to me. I'm not playing in any bands now, but I still enjoy playing.... if for no one else other than myself.

I've also enjoyed teaching and sharing what little I know. I know of several people who play the guitar simply because I took the time to teach them and share what little I know. Some of them became much better players than I ever could have imagined. I think that's GREAT!!! When you can inspire someone and instill your passion in them (even if they take it to a height you could never achieve) it leaves you with a sense of satisfaction; respect, and joy in your heart.

Yes, I'm over fifty and alone. Have I made a difference? Yes, I have. Even though I'm not a great musician, I've passed it on to other people, who are passing it on to their children and other generations. The love will never dies, although.... I surely will.... someday. But, it isn't today!

For those of you who are guitar players, and wanting to improve your skill, you might want to check out the hobby forums, specifically the one for guitar players that has over 70 posts, many of which are guitar lessons.

Here is an example of the type of lesson you might find there:

Allman Brothers — Blue Sky at the Beacon Theater

How To Play 'Blue Sky' Intro By The Allman Brothers

If you are wanting to learn more than what is available in the guitar players forum, you might want to check out Steve Krenz's lessons:

For those of you who aren’t satisfied catching a lesson here and there, Steve Krenz offers the Gibson s Learn & Master Guitar course. You get 10 instructional DVDs, 5 Jam-along CDs, 100+ page lesson book and online support. Click here to learn more about it.

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