Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Herbs & Foods for eye care and plantar fasciitis


Hi Folks ~ Thank you all for your comments on my dealing with glaucoma and plantar fasciitis. Encouragement, tips, prayers mean a lot.

I’ve done a lot of googling on both problems on dealing with them naturally and holistically.  Do your own research to get more in depth info. I am not a dr. I am only searching for ways of dealing with these issues for myself.


Will start with Glaucoma first.

Herbs for eyes:

Eyebright, milk thistle, Ginko Biloba, Fennel, Saffron, Bilberry, Green Tea, Turmeric, Goldenseal.

Foods for eyes:

Foods high in carotenoids – Orange and yellow vegetables are critical to provide sufficient vitamin A to keep eyes healthy.

Blueberries and cherries

Wild caught fish

Brewer’s yeast

Fish Oil

Flaxseed Oil

Magnesium – Foods that have magnesium in them – spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, almonds, black beans, avocado, figs, dark chocolate, bananas.


Essential Oils for Glaucoma

Frankincense oil has been demonstrated to improve eyesight, helichrysum oil improves vision and supports nerve tissue and cypress essential oil improve circulation which can improve glaucoma.  Apply 3 drops of any of these essential oils 2x daily on cheeks and lateral eye area but do not put directly into eyes.

Vitamins, etc. for eyes:

Lutein and vitamin E.

Zinc and B vitamins.

Eat in a way that you get abundance of Vitamin A, B, C, And E.

Research has shown that good nutrition works better to cure glaucoma naturally than drugs. In a study one group of patients got large doses of Vitamin A, B, C, and E as well as additional amounts of protein.  Most of these patients saw their eye pressure returned to normal limits within a week.

Limit caffeine intake to moderate levels, because some evidence suggests that high amounts of caffeine may increase eye pressure

Try to exercise daily by doing physical activities such as walking, swimming, or working in the yard.

Wearing a hat and sunglasses outside is suggested also.

Another tip was for anyone sitting in front of the computer for large amounts of time, take at least a 5 minute break from looking at the screen, each hour.

Above is just some of what can be found for dealing with glaucoma naturally. There are also some eye exercises you can do, which you can find on you-tube.


I bought carrot juice, (delicious mixed with apple cider with the good stuff still left in the juice), greens, a wonderful green smoothie drink that I love, filled gelatin caps with bilberry powder that I happened to have in the freezer. I already have some herbs and vitamins, but will take them more regularly.


Now for dealing with Plantar fasciitis naturally.

Magnesium - Magnesium relaxes muscles, is a major building block for muscles and bones. It balances blood sugar, calms the body, improves mood, and helps with constipation.

B vitamins

Garlic caps

Vitamin C

Fish oil

If you look on you-tube, you will find all kinds of exercises, etc. for helping with this problem.

Get good supportive shoes and wear them.

Essential oils for massaging your feet – Frankincense, Helichrysum italicum, lemongrass, cistus and peppermint. I also use PanAway by Young Living essential oils.


Hope this is a help to any of you out there dealing with either of these problems.  Again, I stress the point that I am not a dr. Do your own research and pick what looks like it would work for you.

Love, hugs and best wishes and prayers for healtheir bodies ~ FlowerLady



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Plum Cottage Happenings


Good morning Folks ~ Earlier this morning a nice rain woke me up, some thunder in the distance. The rain was a blessing, more is predicted off and on throughout this week, which will be great for the gardens.

Thanks for thoughts and prayers for me with dealing with plantar fasciitis and for your love, encouragement and friendship.

Let’s see here, last week or the week before maybe, I printed something with my new printer and there were fine vertical lines in my printing. NOT GOOD. I did several things, didn’t fix the problem then I did an alignment and that did the trick.  What a relief that was! Then my mouse has been acting weird for quite some time, when I would click on something it would open several, or do other weird things. Something nudged me to go get a new mouse, and that also did the trick for that problem.

I had a nice outing with my dear sis-in-law Sue this past Sat. Went to A & B Flea Market in Stuart, and walked to the shoe booth, which was really close to the entry. Yay for me and my feet. She was really bummed out because they did NOT have much compared to times in the past when she’s bought from them.  The lady said they didn’t have the same supplier as in the past. I did buy two pair, some creamy beige sandals for wearing out, a pair of cranberry mules also for wearing out.  They did not have a walking shoe in my size. Sue suggested we stop at Dillard’s on the way to her house because they did have a store that carried them. We walked into Dillard’s, some place I’ve never been too before, I’m a flea market, thrift store, yard sale girl, and right off I was taken by these gorgeous Tommy Bahama shirts. I ooohed and aaahed then GASPED when I read the price tag, $118 EACH. I’ll keep shopping the thrift stores. 

Anyway, the shoe place did have some Vionics walking shoes, and the salesman showed us ones that just went on sale, marked a third off normal price.  I tried them on and decided to buy them. (This was using more gift $, which is dwindling, but at least I have it.) The color of these shoes is perfect for working in Plum Cottage gardens don’t you think?  Sue told me she had a pair of Vionic sandals at home that were too small for her and might fit me. We checked them when we got to her place, and although, they are ‘not’ my style with all of the bling stones, they work well for my ‘home’ shoes. I have to say though, the bling is kind of growing on me.


The shoes are so dang comfortable. Although, I am having to get used to them, and other areas of are sore from being realigned by the great arch support. I can tell a difference though in how my feet feel.  I am also doing exercises for the plantar fasciitis, and massaging in essential oils into me feet also.

Next, last week I ‘lost’ my regualr eyeglasses in their case. The last place I wore them and switched them out for my sunglasses was at my little ladies group meeting/luncheon. I got in touch with ladies and they are no where to be found. I thought ok, I’ve been proscratinating long enough on going for new glasses, so yesterday morning I went for one. Well, I ordered new glasses, and found out I have pressure of 26 in my left eye, normal is 10-21. The dr. lady there referred me to a specialist for more thorough testing. I took her card, paid my bill and left.  Glasses will be ready sometime next week.

I came home, ate some lunch then started Goggleing about natural and holistic ways of taking care of glaucoma and that’s what I’m going to do. I read that the drops from drs. have side effects, well duh, a chemical in your eye is not going to? I read about change in diet, more leafy greens, carrots and other ‘good for your eyes’ veggies. Also about vitamins and herbs and exercises for eyes too.  A young man who had just finished his training and was learning the office routine at the optical place, told me to drink carrot juice and to add some cinnamon too. I thanked him and told him I was all for natural ways for healing, and he said he was too. The dr. who examined me did not tell me any exercises, or anything else about how to take care of this. No.o.o.o. it’s send me off to a ‘specialist’ that will charge me out the ying-yang, and my simple Medicare does not cover eye drs. So, today starts my new regime/routine for eyecare and a healthier life.

I read that stress can be a factor, and since losing my dear husband 3 1/2 years ago, I certainly have been under stress. Plus I’ve plopped my fanny down in front of the computer more and way too much, to fill the void that his leaving this earthly planet has caused in my life. I’ve not been out gardening as much, so that’s lack of exercising. I read that gardening is good exercise for this. Smile I saw online that you should at least take a 5 minute break away from your computer every hour that you are in front of it.

So, keep me in your prayers as I start on this next part of my journey.


Ok, here are some blooms at this time in my gardens.

Left to right clockwise: Spicy Jatropha, Amaryllis, Beauty Berry, Thryallis




Clockwise: Garlic vine, Tradescantia fluminensis (of some form)

and blue Spiderwort


Orchids below.



Bon Silene (I think)

Angel Face ( I think)


Wine Cup





We die daily.

Happy those who daily come to life as well.

George MacDonald

Love and hugs and thanks to all of you ~ FlowerLady

Monday, May 2, 2016

A new plant for me


Plantar fasciitis ~ I just found out yesterday that this is the cause of the pain in my heels. Oh dear! Not the kind of ‘plant’ I want, but I need to take care of this one in order to be able to take care of my garden plants.

Plantar fasciitis happens more to women my age, with weight gain, going barefoot, poor support in shoes.

I did some online research, found exercises, shoe inserts and shoes. I’ve already started doing some of the exercises and will continue to do them and will learn new ones too. I used an Arnica gel for pain and will continue to do so as needed.

This is a real bummer, as I ‘love’ to go barefoot in the house. (Being part native American might have something to do with that.) I hate wearing shoes, just like I hate wearing a bra. So constricting and confining. Both are necessary when out in public though.

I googled shoes and found Vionics with GREAT reviews. I texted my sis-in-law and she wrote back all excited, as these shoes she’s been wearing for several years now and they have really helped her. Her daughter wears them now too and both love them. SIL told me about a flea market near her that has a Vionic booth that sells overstock from online stores, for about 1/2 off the price. She’s going to take me there in the next week or so. I found three pair online that I like, one dressy, one flip flop type for around the house, and one to wear walking and gardening.

Now, for some pics of one of my newest plants with one of the many visitors it has been having.

Buddlia and a Ruddy Daggerwing.




I was outside handwatering when I spied this guy. Ran in for the camera and he was still enjoying the nectar of these blooms.

Saturday I bought some potting soil and three more plants at a great deal.

One gardenia with at least 9 buds and two spicy jatropha which is a great butterfly attractor.

I worked outside morning and afternoon, wore myself out. I’m trying to get plants grouped into a few main areas for ease on the gardener and for ease of watering. Summer is almost here and it will be hot and humid before we know it.

More pics taken this morning.












That’s it from Plum Cottage. We may get some much needed rain today.

Count your blessings,



"Where flowers bloom so does hope."

Lady Bird Johnson

Be Light


Good morning folks ~ I hope you all had a good weekend. We are still having nice weather down here and it is greatly appreciated. Summer’s heat and humidity will be here before we know it.

I ‘love’ to read, a lot of different subjects. My little cottage is filled with books that DH and I have read or looked through. There is something about reading and holding a book in your hands, and if it is yours, you can take a pen or pencil and mark it up with underlinings or notes.

I just finished reading a very good book called 'Be Light - Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World' by Samuel Rodriguez. You can read about him here, and here.


“Darkness cannot overcome light. Light always wins.”

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:1,4

As believers in God, we have that 'Light' in us. We are not to hide this light but to let it shine brightly, so that others will want to have it in their lives in this dark world that we live in. Light gives us hope.

.The author gives several examples of the different types of light that we experience in this world, relating them to the Light of the world, which is Jesus.

I will give a few quotes from this book, a book worth reading, to encourage us in our journey in this world. Encouraging us to be a light to others, a light of His love and tender mercies. If any readers do not yet know Jesus, I pray that you’ll be encouraged to learn about Him and let His light, love and peace flow into you and through you.


The light that Christ wants to give us is eternal. His light is not subject to the decay that is an inherent part of our daily lives.

The light that God has given us can never be obsolete.

God uses light to make our world beautiful.

We are God's children of light. We have been transformed.

Christ as our light is an every-present guide in any storm life throws our way.

Christ is our constant. He is not moved by the storms and circumstances of our lives.

His light is a protective light as well as guiding one.

We must learn to absorb all the light that God has for us, and not just to reflect it, but so that we can reflect some, retain some, and emit some.

We are to be a source of love, comfort, and guidance to all those facing life's storms.

Your mission: to bring joy to those around you because of the joy within you, to bring light to those around you because of the light within you, and to be both a recipient and a conduit of God's glory in this world.


There is so much more to encourage us in this book.  This is just a sampling. It is a book I will read again.

I am a sinner saved by God's grace and I am thankful that His tender mercies, are new each and every morning.


I chose this book to read through the program 'Blogging For Books'. This book was given to me to review.