How to Control Moles in Your Garden

If you are having problems with moles but do not want to use poisons, there are some things you can do that are environmentally friendly and humane. Here are some tips on how to control moles naturally.

1. Get a cat. Really – just the smell of a cat about the place will keep moles at bay. But most cats will actively hunt the moles as well.

2. Plant castor bean plants near your garden. Bear in mind that castor bean plants, while attractive, are poisonous. So if you have small children or animals that may ingest the plant, this is not a good option. Castor bean plants do repel moles, though.

3. Castor oil is a less toxic natural option. Mix 3 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap with a cup of castor oil. Stir in a teaspoon of linseed oil. Then add a tablespoon or two of this mixture to a gallon of water to make a mole repellent spray.

4. Control the grubs in your garden. Moles love to eat grubs, and if there are no grubs the moles are likely to leave. There is a natural substance called milky spore powder that you can work into the soil to get rid of grubs. It is non-toxic and harmless to pets, people and wildlife.

5. Plant some daffodils and marigolds around the border of your garden. These plants tend to repel moles.

6. Use live traps. Most feed stores carry these. Some sources suggest that sunflower seeds make good mole-attracting bait. Once the mole is trapped, relocate it as far away as possible. Keep repeating this until no more moles go into the trap.

7. Lining your plant beds with half-inch, galvanized mesh is said to be effective. The moles can’t get through the mesh to burrow.

8. Raise your garden beds. Moles prefer to dig deep down and will generally not go to the trouble to climb a hill in order to dig.

9. Sprinkle strong herbs and spices in and around the mole holes in your garden. Cinnamon and cayenne pepper are two suggestions, but any strong spice will probably work.


Chipotle Cauliflower Nachos with Pineapple Salsa

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If you made Thursday’s stuffed peppers and have leftover pineapple salsa and leftover chipotles, this recipe is for you! And if you didn’t, well that’s ok, you can still make it anyway


How to Naturally Prevent, Control Ants

  • Block cracks and points of entry with caulk.
  • Try to water a little more outside – ants come in when they are thirsty or they smell something good.
  • Keep clean. Wipe down kitchen counters, floors and cabinets with equal parts vinegar and water.
  • Place animal food bowls in shallow pans of vinegar or water (you can add a little citrus oil or something to deter ants further as long as your animals leave it alone).
  • Lay a line of boric acid (can be mixed with sugar) along the ants path or sprinkle (or use an old spray bottle) behind areas such as ovens, sinks, washers and toilets.
  • Cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cream of tartar, dried peppermint, paprika, cinnamon, salt, dried sage, cucumber peelings and boric acid all act as a barriers they will not cross.
  • For heavy Infestations mix 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon borax, and 2 tablespoons water into a thick syrup. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place the cotton balls on low lids or something flat that ants can reach. Place these lids in the middle of ant infestations. The ants will eat it and take it back to the nest and the numbers will diminish slowly.
  • For carpenter ants, try to locate and remove the nests. Drill holes in thew wood they are attacking and fill the holes with boric acid.

Aromatherapy Treatment for Angina Pectoris (Chest Pain)


Take daily baths with the addition of 6 drops of any of the following oils:


Put a few drops of Lavender on a tissue and inhale deeply, keeping the eyes closed to reduce stress, anxiety and the panic related to an attack of angina.

Get your dried, organic herbs, organic essential oils, bulk spices, loose leaf organic teas and aromatherapy supplies at the place where we shop – StarWest Botanicals!

Aroma massage:

Regular massage treatment is of enormous benefit in cardiac conditions. Massage is advisable at least once a month. The following formulas are recommended or you may create your own formula choosing from the list:

  • 1 drop Bergamot
  • 1 drop Clary Sage
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang
  • 10 ml of Massage Oil


  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Geranium
  • 1 drop Marjoram
  • 10 ml of Massage Oil


Avoid Marjoram in pregnancy, although adverse effects are highly unlikely. Avoid Bergamot prior to sunbathing.


It is essential to eat a healthy diet if Angina has been diagnosed.

  • Avoid junk food as much as possible since it contains high levels of sugar and salt.
  • Avoid all fried foods-try to steam or grill. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Saturated animal fats such as lard and butter have been linked with a high risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels.
  • Extra virgin olive oil is excellent and it is interesting to note that in Mediterranean countries, where enormous amounts of olive oil are consumed, the incidence of Angina is low.
  • Essential fatty acids are thought to prevent heart disease. They are present in oily fish such as mackerel and herring as well as in seed and vegetable oils.
  • Dietary fiber also appears to protect the heart, although more research is needed. It is present in all plant foods including cereals (especially oats) and vegetables, pulses, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Garlic is excellent for thinning the blood and it should be eaten raw whenever possible.
  • Supplements which may be useful include Co-Enzyme Q10 which is thought to enhance energy production within the heart. Studies show that Co-Q10 deficiency is common in patients with heart disease.
  • Magnesium reduces spasms in the coronary arteries and improves heart function. Garlic capsules are recommended (although raw garlic is preferable).
  • Obviously you should not smoke, and if you are obese then you should try to lose weight slowly and sensibly. Gentle, regular physical exercise is vital for a healthy heart. Try to take a 20 minute walk daily.
  • Hawthorn extracts are also of great value to sufferers of Angina and other heart diseases. Experimental studies reveal that Hawthorn dilates coronary blood vessels thus improving the blood and oxygen supply to the heart.

Keep Your Heart Healthy!

Cardio Support contains ingredients that affect different aspects of cardiovascular health, including arterial integrity, blood health, heart muscle strength and better blood flow.

Additionally, the ingredients in Cardio Support overlap their abilities, to enhance one another’s effects, increasing long-term heart health and protection against degenerative disease.

Cardio Support is the only natural supplement that we are aware of which utilizes enteric coating technology to safely release the active ingredients in the stomach.

This delivery method not only protects the enzymes such as Nattokinase but also greatly enhances the efficacy of other ingredients present such as Resveratrol and L-Glutathione.

No other formula covers so many ‘angles’ to manage and protect your cardiovascular system, and yet Cardio Support is still natural with no known side effects.

Learn more about Cardio Support now.

Why do we promote this?

This information is from “Teach Yourself Aromatherapy” by Denise Whichello Brown.


Wake Up Your Taste Buds With This Spicy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Whether you’re looking for a healthier alternative to rice or you simply want to integrate more veggies into your diet, this Spicy Cauliflower Rice, contributed by Mercola staff employee Rachel Saenz, is a dish that you’ll surely enjoy. It’s low-carb, gluten-free and loaded with a wide array of nutrients.

What’s more, it’s flavored with various health-boosting spices and seasonings for an added zing. There’s no reason for you to pass up this invigorating dish, so try making it today and surprise your family with a flavorful recipe that has a healthy twist.

Serves: 6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


4 cups cauliflower “rice” (grated or processed into very small pieces)

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1/2 medium onion, finely diced

3/4 cup tomato sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 jalapeno, finely chopped


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and jalapenos, and then sauté until tender, about two to three minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cauliflower, sauté until the cauliflower is tender, approximately two minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir to evenly coat the vegetables. Cook for three to four minutes, or until tender and heated through.

Here’s How Cauliflower May Help Enrich Your Well-Being

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that’s been getting a lot of press lately due to its remarkable versatility. You can eat it raw and crunchy by adding it in a salad, roast it until it’s caramelized or process it to resemble carb-rich foods like rice and potatoes (as with the recipe above).

While it’s often overshadowed by its greener cousins broccoli, lettuce and kale, cauliflower also deserves a spot in your healthy diet, as it contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, some of which include:


Vitamin C

Vitamin K








Cauliflower is also an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, including beta-carotene, kaempferol and quercetin, to name a few. With the rich nutritional content of cauliflower, it’s not surprising that it provides a lot of health benefits too, such as:

Helps reduce the risk of cancer

Helps improve heart health

Helps keep inflammation in check

Helps maintain proper digestive function

Helps detoxify the body

Helps boost brain health

Don’t Underestimate the Merits of Spices and Seasonings

Spices and seasonings not only turn an otherwise boring dish into a mouthwatering meal, but they also boost its nutritional value without drastically increasing the calorie content. Some of the nourishing spices and seasonings used in this recipe include:

  • Cumin: Known as the second most popular spice in the world, cumin is rich in phytochemicals, which account for its carminative, antiflatulent and antioxidant properties. It’s also an excellent source of dietary fiber, iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese and vitamins A, E, K and C.
  • Paprika: A dash of paprika may help improve your eye health, since it’s rich in lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene. It also contains copper and iron, which may help improve blood circulation and formation, which in turn reduces your risk of heart disease.
  • Cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K and B6. It’s also rich in manganese, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and potassium.
  • Himalayan salt: Unlike regular table salt, Himalayan salt is less processed and has no additives. It contains 84 trace minerals, some of which include magnesium, iron, calcium, sodium and potassium.

Other ingredients that make this dish tastier and healthier include garlic, which is known for its antibacterial and antiviral effects, and onion, which is an excellent source of valuable polyphenols that may help reduce your risk for cancer, maintain good heart health and enhance gut flora, among others.

This recipe also makes use of coconut oil, a superfood that’s rich in fatty acids and known for its many health benefits, such as improved brain function, better heart health, healthier immune system and higher energy, to name a few.

A Few Tips to Keep in Mind When Cooking Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is quick and simple to make, but that doesn’t mean that you can just toss those “grains” into the skillet, leave them to cook and wish for the best. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure that your cauliflower rice tastes light, fresh and appetizing:

  • Don’t sauté for too long: While a quick sauté may enhance the flavor of cauliflower rice heating for too long may cause it to lose its light and fluffy texture. If you don’t want to end up with a soft and soggy dish, be mindful of the cooking times mentioned above.
  • Avoid using too much sauce: Cauliflower rice doesn’t absorb sauces or liquids the same way rice does, so be sure to put just enough sauce to coat the “grains” instead of pouring too much liquid into your dish.
  • Don’t cook too much cauliflower rice all at once: Cauliflower rice tastes best when it’s freshly made, so as much as possible, cook only the amount that you can eat. If you’re planning to store it for later meals, don’t store it for more than two days, since it may soften and give off a strong smell.


New Organ Discovered in Human Body?

Node Smith, ND

In a study titled, “Structure and Distribution of an Unrecognized Interstitium in Human Tissues,” the interstitium has been suggested to actually be a discrete organ system.1 This would be one of the largest in the body, based on structure and distribution. The interstitium is a known space in the body that is filled with fluid and spans the entire body – but it has not been considered an organ, until now.

“This structure[interstitium], is the same wherever you look at it, and so are the functions”

The senior author of the paper, Neil Theise, Professor of pathology at NYU Langone Health in New York, initially began looking into the interstitium thinking that it was an “interesting tissue.” The more he looked, the more he found that it met the criterion for being considered an organ – a tissue with a unitary structure, or a tissue with a unitary function. Theise explains, “This structure[interstitium], is the same wherever you look at it, and so are the functions that we’re starting to elucidate.”

The interstitium could be larger than the current largest organ of the body

The skin is considered the largest organ of the body, making up roughly 16 percent of the body. The interstitium could be larger, making up about 20 percent (10 liters).

Research team looked at samples of the interstitium under confocal laser endomicroscopy with fluorescent tissue samples

For the study, the research team looked at samples of the interstitium under confocal laser endomicroscopy with tissue samples bathed in fluorescent dye. Samples were taken from human bile ducts from patients undergoing pancreatic surgery. On microscopy it was noted that there are spaces where fluid can collect. The spaces are not lymphatic channels, however, they do drain into lymph nodes. These spaces are not seen in dead tissue, when it is dehydrated the spaces become invisible.

Next step: a clearer understanding of this tissue, how it interacts with the lymph system and other organs

The next step will be to get a clearer understanding of this tissue, and how it interacts with the lymph system and other organ systems. It already throws light onto additional factors that allow for diseases, including cancer, to spread through the body, as well as dermal absorption of substances, and cellular communication within the skin.


  1. Benias PC, Wells RG, Sackey-aboagye B, et al. Structure and Distribution of an Unrecognized Interstitium in Human Tissues. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):4947.
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Node Smith, ND, is a naturopathic physician in Portland, OR and associate editor for NDNR. He has been instrumental in maintaining a firm connection to the philosophy and heritage of naturopathic medicine among the next generation of docs. He helped found the first multi-generational experiential retreat, which brings elders, alumni, and students together for a weekend camp-out where naturopathic medicine and medical philosophy are experienced in nature. Four years ago he helped found the non-profit, Association for Naturopathic ReVitalization (ANR), for which he serves as the board chairman. ANR has a mission to inspire health practitioners to embody the naturopathic principles through experiential education. Node also has a firm belief that the next era of naturopathic medicine will see a resurgence of in-patient facilities which use fasting, earthing, hydrotherapy and homeopathy to bring people back from chronic diseases of modern living; he is involved in numerous conversations and projects to bring about this vision.

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