Cocoa, Cacao, and Chocolate! Oh My!

Cocoa, Cacao, and Chocolate! Oh My!

Cocoa, cacao, and chocolate are all derived from the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, an evergreen native to lowland rainforests. However, they are all processed differently and this is what gives the distinct characteristics and nutritional values. The entire cacao fruit was traditionally worked with by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations for it’s medicinal effects. These…

Benefits of the Kitchen Herbs – Rosemary and Basil

Benefits of the Kitchen Herbs – Rosemary and Basil

The benefits of cooking herbs, herbs generally thought of as kitchen herbs or spices, are more amazing than you could imagine if you haven’t studied much about herbs. Today I’ll talk about the benefits of Rosemary and Basil in particular. Kitchen Cabinet Herbs Are NOT Just For Flavor. I never learned a tremendous amount about…

Hydration is Essential

Hydration is Essential

Hydration is essential for your entire body to function optimally. So, let’s address the concepts of water and hydration and find out:  are you hydrated? Is Hydration Essential? Just a few weeks ago CBS news reported on the importance of hydration.    The article that popped up on my browser when I typed in “How to…

My Wellness Basket – What’s with the name?
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My Wellness Basket – What’s with the name?

Hi!  Welcome to the blog.  This second post is simply an introduction to the name and the basic concept of this blog. If you missed the first post, talking about the categories you will find on My Wellness Basket and how they are all involved in Maintaining Wellness, check it out now! Something Catchy AND…

Maintaining Wellness
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Maintaining Wellness

Maintaining wellness is important.  But it’s not easy. What exactly is maintaining wellness? In this day and age, I can pretty much bet you have a lot on your plate.  I know I do.  So, when it comes to balancing and maintaining wellness with everything else in life, it can be overwhelming, stressful and pretty…