5 Simple Steps on How to Propagate Rosemary

The fresh scent of Rosemary has been praised since ancient times for its medical properties. For generations it has traditionally been used to help sooth muscle pain, improve immune and circulatory system, and even promote hair growth. With another benefit being its boost with brain function, it’s no surprise that there’s a long standing rumor that Greek students braid Rosemary into their hair on testing days to help with their concentration and memory.

But that’s not all…

Rosemary is a plant that is easy to take care of and one of the simplest plants to regrow over and over again. They are known to thrive typically more than 2 years and can live up to 20 years!

Imagine only buying one plant and being able to grow multiple plants from just that one purchase. You could have the inside of your house and outside property covered in the refreshing natural scent and still able to give them away to your family and friends (or sell them if you need to make a few bucks).

So, let’s jump into 5 Simple Steps on How to Propagate Rosemary

STEP 1: Select Stems From the Mother Plant
When looking at stems to cut from, you want to choose healthy stems with fresh growth. These stems will be green (life) and flexible. Avoid older brown woody stems as these are directly linked into the mother plant and won’t thrive giving new life.

STEP 2: Snip Snip
Use sharp scissors or garden shears to snip the rosemary steam about 5-6 inches back from the fresh growing tip. Clip a few extra trimmings just incase some don’t reroot. (This happens, so don’t count it as a failure. Everything in life is a lesson in learning)

STEP 3: Strip the Lower Leaves
Grasp your fingers around the stem and gently strip off the lower 2-inches of needles on the rosemary cutting. Leave only a few leaves at the top of the stems, this allows more energy to flow to the new growth rather than feeding so many leaves on the stem.
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STEP 4: Place Cuttings in Water
Place the stems in a jar of room temperature water and place the jar in a warm room in indirect sunlight (I put my jar on my kitchen window). Change out the water every couple days, make sure it’s room temperature so that you don’t give your little bloomers a temperature shock and cause damage. If you a film like substance on your plant, rinse them gently under water before placing back into the jar.  The fresh water provides dissolved oxygen and prevents the cuttings from rotting.

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Within a few weeks, depending on the temperature, the Rosemary should begin to develop roots. It will become apparent if the clippings have survived after 4-6 weeks. You’ll feel like doing a happy dance when you see roots beginning to sprout!
If a cutting did not survive, it will become brown and will shed off the rosemary needles.

Remember, time and patience is the key to keeping plants alive.
It has been scientifically proven that plants have emotions and thrive more when you talk to them and give them comfort care. So don’t feel silly if you give your plant a pick me up talk like, “Come on Miss Rosemary, you’re alive and thriving!”

STEP 5: Now It’s Time to Repot the New Rooted Stems
Use a sandy soil mix that drains well, you can mix equal parts all-purpose potting soil and sharp sand. Choose a drainage pot to make sure the plant gets proper circulation.

Fill a 4-inch pot with slightly damp potting soil for each rosemary cutting. Use a pencil or your finger to make a 3 to 4-inch hole into the soil. Place the cutting in the hole with care to avoid damaging the roots. Cover gently and water thoroughly.

Place the newly potted Rosemary plant in indirect light or in filtered sunlight until roots become established, and then move to direct light, at least 6 to 8 hours per day. Keep the potting soil moist until you see new growth.

Allow the new plant to thrive before harvesting.
Once the plant is around 6-inches tall, harvest by the cutting stems as needed.  Rosemary grows slowly so don’t harvest more than 1/3 of the plant at one time and remember good things come with time.

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And that it!
Yes, I promise, it’s that easy!
Rosemary is the way to go, weather you have a natural green thumb or just starting out experimenting with plants.

Not only is it simple but the benefits are endless!

 

I’ve got power in my balls

Power Balls

Are you ready to add some power into your balls?  These easy to make protein balls are perfect for a “grab and go”  breakfast/snack, are mom approved with mess-free nutrition and also kid approved for flavor!

 

( That’s a triple win! )

 

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Knowing what you put into your body gives you power over your health and happiness. Everything we digest plays a part in how our bodies function. It’s our job to know the benefits to ensure we give our bodies the harmony they need and all the power they crave.

Nutritional Facts

Flax seeds: Super food high in Omega-3’s, anti-inflammatory, boosts metabolism, burns fat, rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, aids constipation, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, aids / prevents diabetes, cancer fighting, anti-viral and anti-bacterial

Oats: High in fiber, high protein grain, aids weight loss, contains antioxidants (more than broccoli), controls blood sugar, reduces risk of and helps aid type 2 diabetes, lowers cholesterol, stimulates bowel function (natural laxative ), helps prevent cancer and disease, promotes heart health, boosts immune system


Coconut Oil:
Increases metabolism, improves digestion / bowel function, reduces inflammation, helps balance cholesterol, improves memory and concentration, regulates appetite, liver, pancreas, heart health, and promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails

Honey: High in antioxidants, lowers blood pressure, helps improve cholesterol, aids diabetes, promotes heart health, a useful weight management tool, is a natural energy source and natural sweetener

Cinnamon: High in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, protects heart health, fights diabetes, boosts brain function, boosts immune system (fighting viruses and infections), promotes dental health and freshens breath naturally, fights allergies and benefits skin health

Vanilla: High source of antioxidants, promotes heart health, may provide properties that prevent cancer and disease, reduces inflammation, strengthens hair, prevents acne, aids in weight loss, fights anxiety and aids digestion

Nut Butter: Varies on type, however many nut butters contain properties that benefit heart health, reduce the risk of type-2 Diabetes and aid weight loss

Protein Powder (we recommend using a plant based brand): High in protein, boosts metabolism, fiber friendly, promotes gut health (alkalizing properties), improves digestion, improves joint health and promotes heart health

 

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Recipe

1 cup Oats
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1/4 Nut butter
1/4 c Ground Flax Seeds

Combine nut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla in bowl
Add in oats, protein powder and cinnamon
Mix well & roll into balls

Refrigerate or store in freezer

**HappyBeHealthy Tip: add in cinnamon chips for an extra flavor boost!

If you’re looking for an extra power boost to add with your Power balls, try out this Groovy Smoothie!

Fighting Anxiety like a Superhero (Holistically)

Let’s be honest,  anxiety sucks.  While you may feel alone, know that an estimated 40 million people in the US live with it. We have our days when just getting out of bed seems impossible, we feel like we can’t live up to the standards at work, walking into Wal-Mart feels like you’re in the center of a monkey race, our children get on our last nerve but we love them so deeply we feel like we just aren’t enough, and  also why can’t I just make a cup of coffee right? ……….It’s hard to just breathe.

Reality

Anxiety is a ghost. It shows itself to people differently and pops up unexpected, sometimes staying for minutes and other times months pass before we feel like we’re able to breathe again. We fall into a cycle of sweeping it under the rug, lashing out on the ones we love, hurting ourself, or holding it all in while we constantly seeking a way to just feel.

So how do we really handle it?

While sometimes you may feel like you suck at life, we have some news for you….Congratulations! You’re alive and breathing! (maybe you don’t want to be, but you are… so just roll with it). When you feel like you have no control, take control. Much easier said than done, but  you’re not going to wake up one morning with rainbows and butterflies. However, you can add a little sunshine into your day by making small choices; choices that may seem so irrelevant to your situation but silently create change.

Be active

Being active has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, stabilize our mood, improve sleep, and boost our self-esteem. This doesn’t mean you need to go sign up for a gym membership and become Arnold Schwarzenegger. Start with small changes in your daily routine and FORCE yourself to do these things even when you feel like you have zero energy.

When you’re standing in your kitchen washing dishes, do a few leg raises, turn on some music and move. When you’re driving in the car, be conscious of your posture and while you’re rocking out to your favorite song, work those butt muscles and squeeze to the beat! Get on the floor and wrestle with your kids or play in the yard and get some fresh air. During your lunch break, bring your lunch with you and enjoy it after you go for a walk or run.

Something as simple as stretching as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed forces your body to move and react, releasing tension and bringing the energy you need.

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Be nutritious

While our diet isn’t necessarily the cause for our anxiety, it is a contributing factor. Simple changes, such as drinking a glass of water instead of that can of soda, lower our caffeine intake by putting less stress on our bodies. Eating processed foods, taking in high amounts of unnatural sugars, fried foods and a high intake of dairy have been linked to an increase in the hormones related to anxiety.

Eating pure foods will not only help your body become healthy but also your mind. Choose whole foods by eating more fruits and vegetables; they naturally hold key nutrition combatting this issue. Let’s take breakfast as an example: oats are rich in tryptophan which are very effective in reducing anxiety. Add in a little dash of flax seeds on top with some fruit and you’ll be starting your day off just right! Being cautious of what you put into your body gives you power.

**Click here to read about an anxiety fighting smoothie recipe

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Be mindful

While there is no “cure” for anxiety, there are ways to ease it and help you recharge your power. During those dark days when you feel you have no control, focus on what you can control. Little changes create a big difference. While making these small changes, you’ll soon realize you’re healing your mind and easing your anxiety.

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