Hemingway Special

March 9, 2021

The Hemingway Special is also known as the Papa Doble or Hemingway Daiquiri and it is a popular classic cocktail. As one may expect, it was named after the famous writer of the 1920’s and 30s, Ernest Hemingway. You will enjoy this cocktail because it brings the sweetness of maraschino along with tart grapefruit into the classic rum-lime mix.


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: lime wedge

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Ginger-Ale-1Natural old-fashioned Ginger Ale
A naturally fermented old-fashioned ginger ale contains beneficial probiotics and enzymes.
• A 1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, minced. Adjust this to taste.
• 1/2 cup of sugar
• 1 tablespoon molasses for flavor and minerals.
• 1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 8 cups of filtered (chlorine free) water
1/2 cup fermented ginger (Ginger culture))

1. Place 3 cups of the water, minced ginger root, sugar, molasses, and salt in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
2. Simmer the mixture for about five minutes.
3. Remove from heat and add additional water, allow to cool to room temperature.
4. Add fresh lemon or lime juice and ginger culture (see instruction below).
5. Transfer to a 2quart air-tight lid jar.
6. Leave on the counter for 2-3 days until carbonated and transfer to the fridge.
7. Ready to drink….

Ginger culture

• 1-2 fresh ginger roots
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 2 cups of water
• Quart size air-tight lid jar

1. Chop the organic ginger root about 1.5 inches long to make 2-3 tablespoons of grated ginger.
2. Place the ginger in a quart size jar and add an equal amount of white sugar (2-3 tablespoons) and add 2 cups of filtered water to the jar.
3. Stir with a non-metal spoon and lightly cover with a coffee filter and rubber band.
4. Each day for the next five days, stir the mixture at least once and add 1 tablespoon of grated ginger root and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

The culture is active if there are bubbles forming around the top of the mixture. If the mixture hasn’t taken on these characteristics by the 7-8th day, you need to discard it and start again.
Once the ginger culture is ready, it can be used to create fermented sodas and drinks.
To keep the bug alive and continue growing it, you will need to feed it regularly. Add 1 teaspoon of minced ginger and 1 teaspoon sugar per day if kept at room temperature. You can also “rest” it in the fridge and feed it 1 tablespoon each of ginger and sugar once a week. To reactivate it, remove and let it reach room temperature and begin feeding it again.

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Rolling Your Face

January 22, 2021

There are plenty of cited “benefits” to Jade or Rose Quartz rolling from de-puffing under-eye circles, to minimizing fine lines, to helping with skincare product absorption. According to Derms, Jade rollers, like any facial massage, do help stimulate circulation and aid lymphatic drainage, which can help decrease puffiness and better absorb serums and vitamins.

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Best Teas for the Cold Season

December 13, 2019

Herbs can help you to feel better under the weather as the temperature is dropping during the cold season. There are many specifically designed tea on a market which can target your mood and needs.

Gypsy Cold Care®: Fragrant, minty, slightly sweet and spicy. This centuries-old European blend of elderflower, yarrow, and peppermint provides warmth and comfort when you need it most.

Reishi Mushroom with Rooibos & Orange Peel: Known in Asia for 2,000 years as “the mushroom of immortality,” reishi is gaining popularity in the West for its ability to support the immune system and help keep the body in balance.* We created this sweet and citrusy blend with rooibos and orange peel for gentle, daily immune support.*

Echinacea Plus® Elderberry: Sweet and tart with berry notes. Elderberry is widely known for its immune-boosting properties, and we couple it with echinacea for a tasty herbal power team.*

Echinacea Plus®: Mildly minty, with a twist of citrus. This echinacea based tea will fire up your immune system.* Have some on hand for when you need a boost of wellness.

Throat Coat®: Sweet and silky, with a distinct licorice taste. Our best-selling blend highlights slippery elm, a soothing plant ally when your throat needs some love.*

Throat Coat® Lemon Echinacea: Sweet and lemony. This unique formula blends the soothing power of marshmallow root and licorice with the immune-supporting goodness of echinacea to give you relief when you need it.*

Throat Coat® Eucalyptus: Sweet and earthy with a refreshing hint of mint, this tea combines slippery elm and eucalyptus to create an arsenal of support for both the throat and the chest.*

Breathe Easy®: Floral and minty with a hint of eucalyptus, this blend harnesses the power of Bi Yan Pian, a Traditional Chinese Medicine blend of eleven herbs, to help promote respiratory health.*

Licorice Root: Called “sweet stalk” in Sanskrit and “sweet herb” in Chinese, licorice is loved around the world, not only for its sweetness, but for its role in supporting respiratory and digestive health.*

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Antioxidants have been the subject of much research and writing in resent years. It has long been known that they fight the effects of free radicals and do much to slow down the aging process and prevent various types of disease.

Free radicals are molecules with electrons that are unpaired. This kind of molecule is unstable and reactive. Free radicals steal electrons from other stable molecules in order to become stable themselves. When a stable molecule loses an electron to a free radical, it becomes another free radical, and so chain reaction begins.
It is known that diet, exposure to toxins, radiation and certain medications increase number of free radicals. It has been establish that more than sixty human diseases involve free radical damage, including cancer, heart disease and immune system decline.
The three major antioxidant nutrients are vitamin A as a Beta Carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that occurs in two forms in nature. It is found in its true form (also called retinol) in animal foods such as fish oils and liver. The body readily uses this form.
Vitamin A can be found in vegetables in the form of Beta Carotene or provitamin A. This form is found in plants and is the precursor of the actual vitamin. Beta Carotene has to be converted in the body in order to be used by it. Fat and bile are needed for the conversion.
Vitamin A is necessary for proper function of the eyes and for maintenance of the skin. Beta Carotene is one of the most powerful antioxidant nutrients. It can prevent free radical formation and activate existing free radicals. After free radicals have been formed, it traps them and breaks the chain reaction that they cause. Beta Carotene also works to destroy carcinogens (censer-causing substances).
All retinoid forms of vitamin A are used in cosmetic and medical applications applied to the skin.
The liver regulates the blood level of vitamin A. It needs a special protein carrier to be transported throughout the body. An adequate protein and fat intake is required for a good absorption of vitamin A. It won’t be absorbed on a no-fat diet. At list 5 gr. of fat/day are necessary for adequate vitamin A adsorption.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has an important role in various body processes necessary for life. Of key importance is its role in collagen formation. Vitamin C functions as a one of the most powerful free-radicals to prevent damage that contributes to aging and age-related diseases. It works against pollution and toxins that damage cells and cause mutation. Vitamin C is also critical for the immune system, it may increase immunity to infectious diseases, may lower cholesterol, and enhances the effect of vitamin E. It also promotes wound healing, tissue repair and helps in the utilization of iron; reduce the symptoms of asthma and allergies.
Vitamin C is water soluble and should be taken with water.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E works to prevent aging by prolonging the useful life of cells in the body. One of vitamin E abilities is that it can stop a wildly proliferating free radicals chain reaction as it is happening. Too many nutrients may cause the cell to grow irregularly and too few nutrients will starve the cell and kill it. By protecting the cell membrane, vitamin E combats disease.
Vitamin E is a lipid-soluble and should be taken with fatty food during the meal.

Natural remedies from Amazon Rainforest

SANGRE DE DRAGOSangre de Drago [“blood of the dragon”] is a tree growing up to 60 feet high. Its red sap promotes a strong and healthy intestinal wall and stomach lining. An alkaloid called taspine in Sangre de Drago shown to have strong cicatrizing properties. In addition, nearly 90% of Sangre de Drago’s dry weight is proanthocyanidins, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.
Proanthocyanidins (vascular wall strengthening properties) are the most potent known dietary antioxidants. Sangre de Drago, science believes slows aging and cellular degeneration *.

UNA DE GATO- Cat’s Claw Una de Gato from the Peruvian rainforest is a favorite for stimulating the immune system. World wide research done on this powerful herb has led scientists to patent many of the single chemicals found in it for use in healing cancer, arthritis, AIDS and other diseases. However, traditional wisdom shows that using the whole plant can be far more powerful than any one isolated ingredient. Has remarkable ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract. Because of this ability, Una de Gato can be used for Crohn’s Disease, hemorrhoids, parasites, leaky bowel syndrome, ulcers, gastritis, allergic disorders, diverticulitis, stabilizing intestinal flora and other gastro-intestinal issues.
Una de Gato is recognized as one of the most important botanicals in the rainforest for its antioxidant properties and for its wide range of health benefits. It is also known to help maintain blood pressure in a healthy range and stimulate the immune system [increase macrophage activity]. Because of its numerous health benefits, Una de Gato is one of the most widely recognized plants of the rainforest.* The name “cat’s claw” comes from the claw-shaped thorn beneath the leaves.
Una do Gato is also a powerful anti-inflammatory which makes it very useful for arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. It also helps to increase lymphocyte and microphage production, toniify the blood, and can be used as a broad spectrum infection fighter. Una de Gato also helps repair the lipid matrix in the cell walls and is particularity good for stopping the expansion of virus laden cells.At the University of Milan, Renato Rizzi led an experiment with Una de Gato as it relates to cancer causing (mutagenic) substances in smokers. It is well known that the urine of smokers contains mutagenic substances. When given Una de Gato for two weeks, the smoker’s urine returned to normal. This is important because it shows Una de Gato can help lessen the risk of developing cancers and other degenerative diseases.

CAMU CAMU Camu Camu (Myrciaria Dubia) is a shrub that was recently found in the Amazon rainforest. It contains 30-60 times more vitamin C than orange; within its vivid ruby red color is nature’s valuable source for beauty.Traditionally, native medicine practitioners and herbalists have recommended Camu Camu for:Strengthening the immune system * Improving symptoms of herpes infections, including mouth blisters, genital blisters, shingles blisters and other viral infections* Promoting energy and vitality of people with chronic immune dysfunction Strengthening the nervous system * Supporting healthy levels of white blood cell formation * Detoxifying the body, especially the liver* Promoting health of upper respiratory organs, including lungs, sinuses, nasal passages *


  • Promoting a healthy heart and circulatory system*
  • CACAO The genuine Cacao tree is a small and handsome evergreen tree, growing in South America and the West Indies, from 12 to 25 feet high. Cacao toated seeds the source of chocolate, cocoa and cocoa butter.
    Cocoa beans contain a type of antioxidant that may have a role in the prevention of certain diseases.
    Theobromine, the alkaloid contained in the beans, resembles caffeine in its action, but its effect on the central nervous system is less powerful. Its action on muscle, the kidneys and the heart is more pronounced. It is used principally for its diuretic effect due to stimulation of the renal epithelium; it is especially useful when there is an accumulation of fluid in the body resulting from cardiac failure. It is also employed in high blood pressure as it dilates the blood-vessels.
    Generally, chocolate contains:


  • Protein – needed for cell maintenance and repair.
  • Fat – varies, but generally about 30 per cent fat, of which about 50 per cent is saturated fat.
  • Vitamin E – a fat-soluble vitamin essential for cell membranes.
  • Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium – minerals essential for strong bones and teeth.
  • Iron – needed to form hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying compound in blood.
  • Caffeine and hemoglobin – nervous system stimulants.
  • Copper – assists iron metabolism, formation of melanin (in hair and skin) and functioning of the central nervous system.
  • Sugars – varies, but often about 50 per cent.
  • Antioxidant photochemicals (such as flavonoids) – cocoa beans, a main ingredient of chocolate (more so in dark chocolate), contain more than 600 plant chemicals, including antioxidants, that may protect against heart disease and cancer.

  • The source: Age-Preversing Free Radical Fighters. Antioxidants by Remi Cooper, wikipedia.org,
    The Green Farmacy by James A. Duke, Ph.D.

    -Irina, NC

    Disclaimer: All the information presented on this site is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or any other medical professional.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

    ABUTA Cissampelos pareira
    South American Indian women have used Abuta for centuries to relieve symptoms associated with menstruation and to balance female hormones. It is commonly referred to as the “midwives’ herb” and has been believed to help prevent miscarriage and stop uterine hemorrhaging.

    DONG QUAI Angelica sinensis (or Dang Gui)

    Dong quai has been called the “female ginseng” and is excellent as an all
    purpose women’s herb. It has been used for centuries for regulating the
    menstrual cycle and easing menstrual pain and cramping. It can be used
    to help women regain normal menstrual cycles after taking “the Pill.” It has
    proven helpful for relieving hot flashes during menopause. Dong
    quai can be used for insomnia and blood pressure stability for
    both men and women. (The affect on blood pressure can be an overall lowering
    although sometimes it may rise slightly first, followed by a decline).
    It can reduce PMS and may help anemia, suppressed menstrual
    flow, uterine bleeding, abdominal pain after childbirth, dry intestines, chronic
    pelvic disorders and constipation and headaches due to blood deficiency.
    Dong quai helps the liver utilize more oxygen and therefore can
    be useful in treating hepatitis and cirrhosis. It may also help
    with abnormal protein metabolism. Dong quai helps
    dilate peripheral blood vessels, increase circulation, and has been used as a
    mild laxative. PRECAUTION: Not to be used during pregnancy.

    MACA Lepidium Meyenil Walp
    Maca is referred to as Peruvian Ginseng, although not related to Ginseng. It grows high in the Andes. It is high in steroidal glycosides. It can be used for libido in both men and women and is often used for
    impotence and menstrual issues.
    Maca is a tuber that has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years at high
    altitudes in the Andean Mountains. Maca is used for energy, longevity and
    fertility. It stimulates the hormonal system and supports healthy sexual
    function. It has been widely used by athletes to enhance energy
    levels and to help build muscle mass and strength. Ragulating hormonal
    balance. Contains fifer, fatty acids and sugar.


    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

    Called the “Russian Secret”, suma root has long been used by athletes from that part of the world as an alternative to steroids. This may be because it contains the phytochemical beta-ecdysterone, and several related chemicals, as well as an unusual concentration of common nutrients and amino acids. Enjoy the benefits of Suma Root from Amazon Rainforest

    Suma (also called Brazilian ginseng) is the root of a rambling ground vine found in South America used traditionally as a medicine and tonic.
    Suma is an herbal medicine which serve to normalize and enhance body systems, increase resistance to stress, and boost overall functioning.

    Suma is said to support hormonal balance, reduce inflammation, inhibit cancer and leukemia cells, enhance immunity, increase libido, and a provide a number of normalizing and rejuvenating effects. One of the reason for its myriad effects may be its ability to increase oxygenation and energy efficiency at the cellular level.

    -Irina, NC

    * Digestion and Enzymes

    January 11, 2008


    Almost everyone know that Enzymes are critical to our digestion process and to good health. All raw foods contain enzymes. But when foods are cooked at high temperatures, enzymes are destroyed. I would like to encourage people try to eat something raw every day, at every meal time, if possible, one or two servings of salad and at least two raw servings of fruit every day.Often though, people need to take enzymes. Our enzyme ‘bank account’ becomes depleted as we age and the metabolism slows. Yet another reason why people gain weight as they age.Digestive problems are the first indication that the enzymes in our bodies are being depleted.


    How many older people do you know who have digestive concerns. A good number of them, right? How many younger people do you know who complain about digestion. Hardly any, but still some.

    There are four main types of digestive enzymes;


    • Amylase – to break down carbohydrates,
    • Lipase – to break down fats,
    • Protease – to break down proteins
    • Cellulase – to break down soluble parts of fiber.

    There is also lactase for those who are lactose intolerant.So if you are having digestive concerns, consider enzymes to improve your health.

    Enzymes are just one step to improving your health. Enzymes can also help in weight loss goals.

    Check the Amazon Herb Co. products, which can help you to be more healthy through the life.




    Irina, NC

    I was always interested in herbs and nutrition. Just couple month ago I graduated from College of Natural Medicine with Nutritional Consultant Diploma. I don’t know if I will continue in this field or not, but for now I ‘m glad I have that knowledge from the course and can use it.

    I was introduced to Amazon Herb Co more than two ears ago and was happy to find high-quality botanical nutrition I could use in my daily life which is keeping my energy running with family and all my activities: work, sport and hobbies.

    Today I want to share my experience about some of the Amazon Herb Co products.

    We all know that with aging, our body is not producing enough enzymes which we need for proper digestion; and as a result people have some health problems and don’t know where they come from. The Digestazon Plus is a good source of natural enzymes. I’m using it with my food, especially if I need to attend some special events with a lot of ‘yummy’ stuff.

    I start my morning with couple Aquazons – the concentrated source of sea minerals and proteins. Later in a morning I have my cup of Matte or Treasure tea.

    My favorite chocolate – Chocamaca keeps me focuses and full of energy in the afternoon.

    The Warrior helps me during yoga and kickboxing exercises (increasing focus and stamina) and Recovazon helps to feel good after (fewer muscle aches, pains and injuries).

    Reinforest Nutritions are the essential key to being in good health and top shape for me.

    Try it yourself and tell me I’m wrong.

    -Irina, NC

    Skin forms the largest organ of the body, accounting for about 16 per cent of a person’s weight. It performs many vital roles as both a barrier and a regulating influence between the outside world and the controlled environment within our bodies.

    Most people interested in maintaining youthful skin and reducing wrinkles have heard about collagen. It’s something “they put in expensive creams or inject into wrinkles.” Well, there is much more to collagen than that. Collagen is a protein (a biological polymer consisting of amino acids) that serves as a key structural component of connective tissue such as skin, bones, ligaments, etc. Dermis, the inner layer of the
    skin, contains large amounts of collagen whose fibers form a supporting mesh responsible for skin’s mechanical characteristics such as strength, texture and resilience. As any material, collagen it slowly breaks down over time. Skin cells called fibroblasts are capable of producing collagen. When needed, fibroblasts replace broken collagen fibers with new ones. Unfortunately, as we age the skin’s ability to replace damaged collagen diminishes and more gaps and irregularities develop in the collagen mesh. This process eventually leads to wrinkles. Thus, one important target of wrinkle prevention and elimination regimen is to reduce collagen breakdown and increase its supply. Many factors contributing to accelerated collagen
    breakdown can be fully or partially neutralized. They include sun damage, free radicals, some age-related hormonal changes, and smoking.

    To reduce rather than just cover wrinkles, new collagen must become a part of the skin’s inner layer, the dermis. Unfortunately, C ollagen molecules are
    too large to penetrate into the dermis when applied to the surface of
    the skin. Thus, when simply applied onto the skin, collagen remains locked outside without affecting the skin structure, at best just temporarily covering wrinkles.

    Stimulating your skin to produce more collagen

    Aging of the skin shifts the balance between
    collagen production and breakdown leading to wrinkles, facial
    sag and rough skin texture. Stimulating skin cells to produce
    collagen can partly reverse this process. The benefit of
    stimulating your own collagen production is that
    collagen is deposited in an orderly, structured manner and that there is no risk of allergy, immune reaction or injection-induced infection.

    Vitamin C :
    Vitamin C
    (ascorbic acid) is essential for efficient synthesis of
    collagen. Many of the symptoms of scurvy (vitamin C deficiency
    disease) such as bleeding gums, skin hemorrhages and poor wound healing
    a due to impaired collagen synthesis. On the other hand,
    supplying extra vitamin C can accelerate collagen synthesis
    especially when other key ingredients are also in abundance.
    Vitamin C is useful for rebuilding your skin’s collagen and
    reducing wrinkles. Potentially, vitamin C can benefit skin in
    two important ways. Firstly, vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of
    collagen , a key structural protein of the skin. Adding vitamin
    C to a culture of skin cells (fibroblasts
    ) dramatically increases the synthesis of collagen.
    Secondly, vitamin C is an antioxidant and can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals.
    So, when vitamin C is properly delivered to skin cells, there is a good chance to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.

    Amino acids : Like any other proteins, collagen consists of amino acids (a type of small organic molecules). Altogether there are 20 different kinds of amino acids in human cells.
    However, collagen is unusually rich in a few particular amino acids. Supplying these key amino acids in abundancehelps stimulate molecules diminishes with age. The good news is that these activators of collagen synthesis can be
    supplied by topical application.

    Pure Camu™– is a dried powder produced from the Camu Camu- the rainforest fruit which has a highest concentration of
    natural vitamin C on the planet. Vitamin C content in Camu Camu is enhanced by a full profile of naturally occurring minerals
    and amino acids. All this would be delivered to your cells in natural way.
    Aquazon™– Excellent source of naturally occurring amino acids.
    Camu C Serum™– is the anti-aging
    treatment, which stimulates collagen production.
    Natural Skin Care from the Rainforest– the full line of products which deliver
    natural benifits to your skin.

    Acupuncture stimulation: Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese healing
    practice involving the insertion of minute stainless steel needles into
    various body areas. The practice holds that the body’s vital energy
    (known as Chi, pronounced “chee”) circulates through channels,
    “meridians” that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions.
    A person’s health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body, in
    combination with the universal forces of Yin and Yang. When meridians
    become obstructed, deficient, excessive, or simply unbalanced, Yin and
    Yang are thrown out of balance, causing pain or illness. Acupuncture
    restores this balance.
    Cosmetic acupuncture- is new in America, but
    it’s been around for thousands of years. Earliest times are since the
    Sung Dynasty, where the empress and the emperor’s concubines were using
    facial rejuvenation acupuncture to beautify themselves. The process
    works by stimulating nodes and pathway vessels. Blood flow is
    increased, stress is reduced, muscles are stimulated and the body
    produces more collagen.

    For more information about herbs visit http://AmazonHerbalClub.com

    or email to irina@AmazomHerbalClub.com

    Disclaimer: All the information is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or any other medical professional.

    -Irina, NC

    statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
    This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent

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