I must come clean I have a tea addiction

There are many many people round the globe who don’t mind a good cup of tea. To be quite honest it stimulates memories and thoughts, good times had in me since I was a kid. The mums all coming over to each others home and making scones, biscuits, breads and pikelets; mmmmm the smells that came from those kitchens was powerfully delicious and sadly not something that is around anymore.

The kettle whistling meant the tea was on and us kids could come in and sample the fresh home baked delights. As a child your tea addiction was now born.

I could go on about the history of tea and bore most people who just like to drink the stuff and find the flavour strangely addictive. I could list all the different kinds of tea and give all the reasons why and times when you would drink those teas, but I’m not going to!  Today I want this article to be all about me, well not me exactly but more to the point, I want to talk about my tea addiction.


Addictions are thought of as bad things. So what about the Tea?

Now I have always loved a god cup of that full leaf flavour of tea and have even been partial to the occasional tea bag or 2 but for the most part of my life I always identified as having an addiction to my coffee, in fact in my younger day I was known for consuming up to 20 cups a day. I was always seen with a cup of coffee in hand where ever i went.  Funny that hey

However just recently over the last few months I have developed an addiction to My Tea, and not just any type of standard leaf tea.

OH NO!! not me I have crafted an addiction to a very very special blend of tea and it definitely is not just any type of tea.

My taste buds and peace of mind have chosen a very special tea blend for it’s addiction and one that is not readily available down in the local grocery store

The Tea That Makes My taste Buds Sing

Of all the teas across the lands I had to fall for of all things a sensational aromatic Herbal Tea. Yep you heard me right I have developed a craving for a herbal tea which I must tell you is really not me. Any one who knows me will laugh and say no way would Sandra be drinking a herbal tea.

Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® is the One that’s right for me

A natural blend of leaves, herbs and spices for an outstanding flavor and rich aroma.

Refreshing cinnamon, orange peel and cloves impart a warm, fruity flavor, along with allspice and ginger to soothe. Combined with aloe blossoms from our own plantations, this zero calorie tea is a great complement to your weight management program

This tea really is something special. The smell alone is enough to soothe your senses yet excite you t the same time.

What I love the most is and I don’t say this lightly but there is absolutely no need for milk, cream or sugar. You can dink it hot or cold and it is refreshing yet calming and man those spice and fruity notes really dance on the tongue. I’m in love and then in heaven with every cup,

Matter of fact I am having one as I write this post. I love mine with a drizzle of really good quality Honey just for that added fragrance and flavour and nice and steamy hot.   Here are some more facts about this gorgeous herbal tea .

  • Zero Calories
  • No caffeine
  • Full spiced, fruity flavor

Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® is a natural blend of leaves, herbs and spices, specially prepared to provide an outstanding flavor and a rich aroma. Caffeine-free, it has been formulated to leave you feeling revitalized. Whether you drink it hot or prefer it iced, Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® has a great taste and is easy to prepare.

Refreshing cinnamon, orange peel and cloves impart a warm, fruity flavor, along with allspice and ginger to soothe. Combined with aloe blossoms from our own plantations, this zero calorie, refreshing tea is a great complement to your weight management program.

I don’t know what floats your boat but I can say without a doubt this is the best cup of herbal tea I have ever had. It is great in the morning and fabulous of a night. Relaxes me and helps soothe my mind and I sleep so much better now, must be the caffeine free before bed lol .

The best part is though I buy it from myself at a reduced price anytime I want. No fighting shopping crazed people dodging trolleys and kids and standing in that ever so long line at the checkout after work just for a box of tea leaves. No sir re I just jump on-line and order from myself, how beautiful is that.

Please leave me a comment below and let me know what new and wonderful flavours have taken you by surprise that you became addicted to. If you would like to know more about how I order these types of products from myself feel free to look around my site. If you have any questions drop them in the comment box or reach out to me on my Contact Page 

Fit Feels Good.

Feeling healthy is an important part of your life. Feeling fit and healthy go hand in hand and can sometimes be harder to achieve then one realises.

Now there are many levels of fitness from average to peak performance and our diet, exercise and commitment levels will vary depending on what end of the fit scale you’re on.


Now that is plainly obvious right, well it should be, however in reality it actually isn’t!

So why am I saying this? Well take a look around you and you will see where I am coming from. Let’s take 2 examples of the scale shall we!


Average Fitness Level

man sitting in chair near window working late
  • will consume up to 40% more calories than needed
  • will consume more processed/convenience food then recommended
  • will consume less water than recommended
  • spend less time doing healthy activity
  • does not recognise unhealthy weight gain
  • rarely understands fat to body mass ratio
  • Spends less time and money maintaining their fitness.
  • end up being overweight and unfit by age 50
  • are at higher risk of developing type 2 adult diabetes by age 35

Generalised statements taken from many information sources, but on the whole most people who are in the average fit range have not had to work hard to get there and take their fitness for granted.

Peak Fitness Level

man riding a bicycle - training
  • will only consume the calories their body needs
  • will consume less processed food and more raw foods
  • will consume slightly above the recommended water requirements
  • spend more time being physically active
  • recognises any unhealthy weight gain
  • understand their fat to body mass ratio
  • spend more money and time maintaining their fitness
  • generally look younger and are healthier by age 50
  • are in the low risk category of developing diabetes by 35

Being fit is and always has been a way for any of us to fend of health issues as we age. Staying fit is also linked with a lower risk of developing health complaints that are growing at an alarming rate in today’s fast paced heavily processed food driven society.

Now before you screw your nose up and walk away saying “I am not an Olympic sports person I don’t need this shit”, take a long deep breath and exhale your negative thoughts.

Now based on your current fitness level and your lifestyle today, picture yourself at age 50, 60, 70 or even 80, be honest don’t fool yourself, what health issues do you have now; even minor ones, they will get worse as you age if you don’t do something about your fitness level whilst you still can.

If you consume a high processed diet, drink alcohol excessively (even if it is only sometimes) and your physical activity is minimal, then you could be at a higher risk of developing health problems as each year goes by.

Things you can to Increase Fitness Levels

I don’t have the time – make time as not having enough time is a common excuse used to avoid just about everything. If you have time to sit on your but at the pub for some after work drinks, you have time to work on your fitness.

Replace the heavily processed foods – in your grocery cart. Processed food are carbohydrates and they register in your body as sugar. So a diet high in processed foods is also a diet high in the wrong kinds of sugars.

Steer Clear of Empty Calories –  Avoid buying foods that say low in sugar, low fat and diet, most of these products are heavily processed and full of empty calories. You will feel hungry faster after consuming these types of foods.

Choose High Protein or High Fibre Snacks – snacks that are high in protein or fibre and whole foods will do a better job of keeping you feeling more satisfied. Snacks like a handful of nuts and seeds or an apple or banana. Even a glass of full cream milk, cow, goat or even coconut are a better choice than a biscuit or muesli bar.

Drink Plenty of Water – Drink plenty of water at least 250 mls -1 cup first thing in the morning. Preferably filtered water if you can, but drink plenty of it. Between 2 – 3 litres a day depending on physical activity and weather but a minimum of 2 litres is your aim. Water is a natural cleanser and will help reduce body odour when consumed on a daily basis.

Choose to Stand – Stand-up when possible and make a conscious effort to tighten the muscles through-out your body, flexing each one a few time and move, this keeps the blood flowing and reduces the risk of pooling and clots forming.

By doing a few extra things that are good for you each and every day you will increase your fitness level over time. The more exercise you get is also very crucial to your fitness and health.

Avoid the trappings of society like convenient take-way foods like burger, fries, pizza and do-nuts. It’s not that you can’t have them at all just not in excess and on every other day of the week.

It goes without saying avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol ever as this is extremely dangerous for both your heart and liver. A small occasional glass of Red Wine is okay but remember not every day and no more then one small one just to be on the safe side.

Change your Life – Become Fit and Healthy

By changing a few simple things in your daily routine you will soon notice a difference in your energy levels and how good you feel.

Consider investing a little more time and money into your health and fitness, you will thank yourself as you get older.

Quality supplements can also enhance your dietary needs and here at Forever we have what is considered by many as the best quality nutritional supplements on the market.

This video below shows one of our fitness pack range that is used by even the elite fitness and sporting persons around the globe.

Due to countries regulatory bodies this product is not available in all countries. However similar packs maybe available. Visit the on-line shop in your country to check for availability.

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When starting any new program or supplements always consult your doctor and always start slowly. 

Back Pain – Do you suffer from it?

Back pain, not something we like or want to discuss. Yet Back Pain affects over 60% of the world’s population at some time in their life and at variable levels of severity.

I was  and still am at times a back pain sufferer and I don’t like it, no I don’t, not one little bit and I am fairly certain you don’t either.

Now I am not a Back Pain specialist and I don’t hold any medical degree in this matter. I share my own experience with back pain and feelings of others who suffer back pain, so this is where my advice and information on this real problem is going to be based. Just everyday ordinary people who have to deal with back pain on a daily basis.

My Back Pain Story

About 10 years ago I suffered an injury to my lower back during a rather unwanted violent event. I still remember that moment so vividly it makes me cringe.

I can still feel the moment that pain shot through me at a crippling rate, the immense pain, like someone had taken a sharp steel rod, drove it into my lower back and connected it to the mains electricity supply, oh it was sickening, debilitating and I was doing all I could to control my breathing and not allow the tears to stream down my face.

I was in so much pain I just wanted to die and I sure as hell could not move enough to drive the car. I managed to make it home with the help of some friends.

It was a Saturday evening and I was in no shape to sit in a hospital emergency waiting room for 6 hours, the pain was so excruciating and by this stage I needed assistance just to walk and dress.

I sat down with a bottle of scotch and some over the counter pain pills and went to work on becoming so intoxicated I would barely feel the pain. Stupid yes I know but at the time that was the only logic I could come up with in my extremely fragile state after the events of the evening.

I managed to successfully induce an alcohol comatose state of sleep, but the next day man did I feel it, I knew I needed medical attention. Now to cut a long story short, yes there was severe damage that would be long term, and so began my life on morphine, prescription codeine and copious amounts of alcohol to go with it.

Not a great way to live life as any of you would agree, but when you become a back pain sufferer to the point where you have to get your daughter to help you stand up, just to get off the toilet! your life pretty much sucks, depression hits you coupled with constant pain and limited physical movement and before you know it you become comfortable being a recluse and consuming more and more prescription pain pills with alcohol and the nasty cycle begins.

Desperation and Back Pain

Long term back pain sufferers do start to become desperate and we try all sorts of weird, wonderful and untested methods to try and alleviate the constant pain that we feel has crippled our lives. We will search high and low for anything that is a better solution to all the drugs we constantly take just to function at some level of normality.

Late night info-commercials become your friend and before you know it your funds have been used up on useless products that did more harm than good. Now I am not saying it is all bad and some back pain sufferers do find something that works better for them than the 100 prescription pills they take in a week.

More often then not it is costly and just causes more pain.

What Worked For Me

After trying many things from physiotherapy to acupuncture, machines and gadgets very little did anything to ease the pain in my lower back and many times over the years I would revert back to the prescription drugs just so I could go to work and appear to function as a valuable member of society.

That was until I came across Forever Living Products. I was already a member of the Forever Living Products Company and I had occasionally purchased some of the product here and there but like so many other people I always gave excuses to myself for not purchasing the product and giving it a try.

I listened to the hype from the media and medical professionals saying that the Aloe Vera drinks and nutritional supplements would do nothing to ease my pain, so I never gave them a second thought.

until I had wasted all my money and crushed all my hopes on so many traditional options for back pain that did not work.

Out of options and knowing that the many years of constant heavy medications taken daily with alcohol were sending me to an early grave I decided one day, “enough was enough”.

I went back over the Forever Living Products catalogue and logged onto the website. I started sifting through all the information I could get my hands on. Not just about Forever Living Products but about Aloe Vera in general and what I started to learn about this plant was astounding.

Apart from being the go to plant for treating burns and skin problems, there was a ton of information on the miraculous benefits others were having from drinking the gel from this plant.

The Aloe Vera plant was being hailed as the unknown secret to internal health, helping people with conditions from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) to easing pain in arthritis sufferers and that’s what sparked my hope and intrigue.

I started purchasing a monthly supply of a couple of the Forever Living Products, from myself of course at distributor price. Then I set about making sure I developed the habit of taking these products every single day without fail. I was sceptic to say the least and I really didn’t expect to see any magical or miraculous results but I had nothing to lose except the severe pain I had lived with for many years now.

After the first month I noticed a remarkable difference in my general health, my depression wasn’t as bad, my skin and hair were healthier and my pain medication usage was down by around 10%  So I placed another order and continued on.

After 6 months of daily use I was now completely drug free. I no longer needed all the medication for my back pain.

I actually had no more back pain unless I did something really stupid that put stress on the injured area of my back, like lifting something extremely heavy.

Every day I take my Aloe products from Forever Living and have been free from prescription medication for many years now.  Not a day goes by where I am not grateful to Forever Living Products for their business opportunity and most of all the Quality Aloe Vera products that they produce.

 My magic bullet for “Back Pain” from Forever Living Products 

The 3 core products I use daily without fail to manage my pain are

  1. Freedom2Go– patented, stabilized aloe vera gel, plus Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM, and the sweet taste of antioxidant-rich Pomegranate juice.
  2. Arctic Sea Capsules– each capsule has an EPA content of 225 mg and 150 mg each of DHA and oleic acid, all of which are lacking in most Western diets. The benefits of EPA and DHA include supporting the circulatory system.
  3. Bee Pollen– The nutrients in bee pollen are readily digestible and easily absorbed by the human body. Forever Bee Pollen may assist in maintaining a healthy circulatory, digestive, immune, and nervous system.
Freedon2Go pouch-Arctic Sea - Bee Pollen

                         My go-to for back pain


Now this may not be the answer to your pain management but then again it very well could be but only if you are willing to commit to consuming the drinks each and every day without fail.

No matter what you find helps you if it is better than popping handfuls of heavy drugs daily then I would encourage you to stick with it.

What the doctors often fail to tell us is that the prescription pain medication is not a cure for our pain it is just one way we can manage the pain every day.

They will not tell you it can be addictive and over long periods of time with continued use you are destroying your liver, damaging your stomach lining and will face further complications down the track.

I have shared my experience with you to give you hope and inspire you to find a solution to your back pain management that doesn’t involve the daily taking of heavy duty drugs.

Please feel free to share what you have found that works for you or not worked for you in the comment box below and if you know of others who are suffering from back pain and may benefit from reading my story the share it with them also.

OH NO! Head-Lice Again

Children and Head-lice seem to go hand in hand and is a common global problem that causes any caring parent to cringe. Not only do we know how distressing this can be for our kids, we also know how time consuming the treatments on our child’s head for these nasty insects can be

Many parents feel embarrassed and shame at the fact their child has head-lice. So many parents suffer quietly and make up a fanciful story to explain their absence from work and their child’s absence from school, not realising that it is no reflection at all on their parenting skills.

What most parents don’t realize is, even the cleanest heads can get head-lice !

Parents Private Feelings of Shame

I mean honestly how many parents do you know will sit at a bus stop or in the break room at work and when someone asks how their child is doing will openly smile and say “Oh just great he/she came home from school on Friday and I found head-lice all through their hair”.

Yes well  and if you do voice this you certainly clear the area fast as if you have the plague because if your child has Head-Lice you must have Head-Lice and nobody wants to catch it from you, right!

So we make up a plausible story for everyone’s  benefit, whilst suffering the long arduous agony of having to treat our kids hair by dumping all the harsh chemical “Head Lice Treatments” on them till we find the one that we think has worked, “right” yes and we all know how that works out for us.

It is expensive, stinky, stressful and what’s worse we have no idea if and how much damage we are doing to our kids hair,scalp and health.

So today I am sharing with you 2 Gentle Effective ways to treat “Head Lice” in the whole family right down to the youngest in the family.

The first is the one that I use for my 2 granddaughters, both at school. We live in Queensland Australia, so summer being hot humid and moist giving  Head Lice the perfect breading conditions on any child’s head.

But first I would like to dispel some Myths about Head Lice before moving on to the 2 best natural treatments I feel are available on the market.

Myths about Head Lice

Wrong, total misconception so stop shampooing your kid’s hair daily with commercial grade shampoos destroying their hair and scalp ph balance. They will do a fine job of that themselves when they are older.

Human Head Lice do not infect animals so don’t put them through the horrid chemical bath you do to your child’s head or your liable to make them sick or worse, poison them to death.

Head lice eggs will only fall onto bedding when they are dead or already hatched in the hair. The live head-lice can only survive for about 24 hours away from the human scalp, as they need to feed on scalp tissue and blood every 6 hours to stay alive. So changing sheets and bedding every few hours is not a priority, and this goes for furnishings and carpets as well.

Wrong! most treatments off the shop shelves are pesticides and only kill the already hatched lice, even then it doesn’t always kill them due to the resistance they have built up to the pesticide you are dousing your kid with. Generally it just stuns them long enough for you to go through the hair with a head-lice comb to get them out.

Head-Lice do not fly or jump from head to head as they don’t have wings and their jumping distance is so minimal that it is only when children are hugging, sharing brushes or hats and sitting so close to each other their hair strands are almost touching and that is how the head-lice spread.

Each louse can live for approximately five weeks, but during that lifetime a female can lay up to 120 eggs

They lay their eggs (nits) on the hair shaft around 1.5 cm from the scalp.

head-lice life cycle from egg to adult

The head lice life cycle lasts between 33 and 35 days.

2 Non-Toxic Ways to Treat Head-Lice

Aloe Vera – You can use Aloe Vera to treat head-lice directly from the plant, if you know what species of plant you have and how to prepare the gel or you can use a recognised quality aloe vera based product which is my choice.

Now apart from the great benefits that aloe has for soothing skin what a lot of people don’t know is Aloe Vera is naturally pest resistant. Meaning bugs don’t like it and that goes for head-lice as well.

So I use 3 products from the Forever Living product range which I know are gentle, effective. I use them every year at the start of head-lice season on my grand-kids and we see a virtual nit free season after the first 2 treatments. We love them and swear by them.

Tea Tree Oil

I personally have never used this for Head Lice but after talking with a good friend of mine in New Zealand, Love you Kathleen McKay

I learned that you could not only treat Head Lice with Tea Tree Oil but you can also make up a spray with it and use as a repellent on the kids hair before they go to school as well.

So I asked Kathleen to assist me with putting some information out there about this and as always Kathleen with her big heart and willingness to share sent me an email in response with a link to her blog article she wrote on how she deals with head-lice.

You can check out Kathleen s article here:  http://kathleenmckay.com/arggggg-nits-head-lice-evolving/

Forever Living Aloe Vera Products

1 – Liberally massage our Aloe Vera Gelly through your child’s hair making sure to cover the scalp. Leave in hair for 30 minutes.

2 – Shampoo hair with Aloe Jojoba Shampoo and rinse well.

3 – Apply a good amount of Aloe Jojoba Conditioning Rinse, massage through hair. With head-lice comb, comb through conditioner until all tangles are smoothed, going over each section of hair a couple of times rinsing comb, the head-lice and eggs will easily come out of hair whilst combing.

Combing of hair to remove lice and eggs should only take about 5 minutes (unless hair is very long, thick or curly) rinse well and lightly towel dry hair and comb. Repeat this same process for the next  4 days to ensure complete removal of all eggs and adult lice.

Tea Tree Oil – As used and suggested by my friend Kathleen. This is some of her story.

For years it was like every other week one of the kids would come home with head lice or nits. Weekly the schools were sending home notices for people to check and treat.

I swear these things evolved to become untreatable with the common pesticides so I looked at organics. I was using a product called Nit Enz but even as mild as it was it absolutely reeked. It did the job though.

I did notice in one of the other products there was tea tree oil used with lemon as a preventative. Unfortunately that product has a pesticide in it also.

I did some checking on tea tree oil and found that head lice didn’t like it so I started putting tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle of water, spraying the kids frequently. This has kept them at bay and we haven’t had an infestation for over a year now touch wood.

Am really looking forward to reading the benefits of aloe as I’ve never noticed a scent or odour to aloe.

Full article available by Kathleen McKay on her website:  kathleenmckay.com/arggggg-nits-head-lice-evolving/

Final Thoughts

There are probably many other natural and gentle ways to treat head lice that I am unaware of so please share with us in the comments box your experience with head lice and any gentle or natural ways you have found in treating this problem.

I will say from my own experience with my grandchildren and treating their head-lice with the 3 Forever aloe vera products we have not seen those dreaded nits in their hair since.

I do know my daughter uses a spray of vinegar and water to lightly spray inside their school caps to help with repelling the nits and to keep the caps nice and fresh and odour free.  To make this spray it is just 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.

If you have enjoyed this article and have your own story to tell comment below and share with others.

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