All posts by Tommy Kerzee

Crisis Rescue International – On A Mission to Save the Children

 

Crisis Rescue International – On a Mission To Save Children


I want share a little about Crisis Rescue International and what I have discovered. Crisis Rescue International is a fully functioning 501-c3 non-profit organization. It was founded by David Farmer and his wife Tammy to help rescue at risk children and victims of human trafficking and sex exploitation in India. Let me say that again – children. These children are beaten, raped and drugged to force them to submit to the brokers, madams, pimps and Johns. We are talking about innocent children as young as eight years old being sold and exploited for sex. Some of these young girls will be used by 18-25 men per day – per day. David shared about little girl that was sold to them at just twenty days old. Today she is almost four and living in one of the homes in India. You will be able to see her on the video that is included with this letter. Crisis Rescue International operates eight homes in India, one in Cambodia, and one in Pakistan. They have begun undercover operations in Thailand and Nepal also to fight the children being trafficked across the borders by flesh dealers. I have seen the works that they are engaged in. Friends it is truly one of the greatest acts of compassion that someone can provide to another. Everyone that serves with Crisis Rescue International receives no financial compensation at all. The funds go directly to provide for the needs of the children. In fact, most of the volunteers use their own money to support the homes. My wife Hollie and I are extremely excited that they have asked us to join this incredible work. We can and will help to raise the much desperately needed support to continue to provide for the over three hundred and seventy-five children in their care. We also hope to be able raise the resources to free the thousands more who still need to be rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the brothels. The estimates are staggering – there are over fifteen million children enslaved.
After meeting with David, he explained what their needs were. They desperately need our help to continue. He explained that they would like to build a good school, provide more nutritious food, additional clothing, new uniforms and school supplies. Crisis Rescue International not only feeds, houses, clothes and meet the daily needs of these children, they also provide educational opportunities. While they have children in every level of education from early childhood all the way through college. Many young children have grown up in the Crisis Rescue homes and have graduated from college. But David explained that there is a great need for a trades center also to teach jobs skills to those who cannot attend a formal school. He explained that besides the children they rescue from the brothels, babies and small children are getting dropped off at their doors. David shared that they are surviving month to month hopping they can make it each month. This broke my heart as he explained that if we cannot meet the needs of the homes these children would be placed back on the street. After listening and learning about this incredible organization we knew we had to respond. This is what we are going to do. Lone Star Botanicals will donate 10% of all bulk, wholesale, individual, and commercial sales for the next year. We hope this will assist with their immediate needs. We are hoping we will raise enough money to build a school and new housing for the children. This program will be extended as many years as it takes. We will assist in leasing farms that grow organic herbs and spices which we will buy and assist in selling to companies. This will be a great way for the program to continue to receive funds year-round. I have contacted a few companies and they have agreed to buy the products that are grown from the leased farms.
Over the years some of the girls they have rescued have graduated from college and are married with children. David laughs when he says he has grandchildren all over India. Some of these children are now working for the government and hope to fight for the children exploited all over India. I am hoping that we can provide the funds so more can attend college or trade schools. As of now they are spending $19,000.00 per year for education costs. We all know that an education will guarantee them a greater chance of success in their adult life. We have to educate and help change the future for the others as well.
I have attached a video that was made for us to use on social media to show what Crisis Rescue International is about. Please watch it and again thank you. We cannot do this alone; but together we can effect change in the lives of these precious innocent children.
 

Lone Star Botanicals will dontate 10% of all sales to Crisis Rescue International for the next year.

How To Lose Weight And Boost Your Metabolism Naturally

Herbs and Spices for Natural Weight Loss:

Losing weight is not an easy task for most people. There are many factors that come into play, including: bad eating habits, sleep loss, hormone imbalances, slow metabolism or constant stress. But fear not! There are quite a few natural home remedies that will help shrink the waistline in a healthy and organic way!

Ginseng

Ginseng has been shown to have an anti-obesity effect on the body. The appetite control properties of ginseng help prevent excessive intake of food while stimulating energy use within the skeletal muscle and liver.

Ginseng also reduces the amount of energy used by the intestine which allows the body to allocate its energy in other, more effective, ways to aid in natural weight loss.

Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin, the primary ingredient in all peppers, is known as a thermogenic chemical. Thermogenic chemicals are natural chemicals that also help speed up your metabolism and decrease appetite.

Additionally, cayenne pepper is spicy which increases the temperature of your body. In turn, this allows you to burn calories at a faster rate.

Black Pepper

One of the most useful spices in the world, black pepper is actually a wheelhouse of beneficial support to your body. Organic black pepper has Vitamins A, C, K and calcium, potassium and sodium.

The thermogenic effect also applies to black pepper similar to that of cayenne pepper. To boost your metabolism, pop a couple of black peppercorns at the start of each day. If that doesn’t sound exciting, give black pepper tea a try. Just ground up our organic black peppercorns and add ½ to 1 teaspoon to your morning tea!

Cinnamon

In ancient times, cinnamon was originally a medical treatment. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties and increasing cognitive abilities, cinnamon also has the ability to decrease the negative effects of the consumption of high-fat diets. Add this to your diet and exercise plan to reach your weight loss goal!

And remember, a single teaspoon of cinnamon contains approximately 1.5 grams of fiber. Fiber intake has been said to increase the feeling of fullness and create a healthy digestive environment for your body!

Turmeric

One of the most powerful herbs, turmeric’s benefits trump that of many pharmaceutical medications. Most of turmeric’s healing powers have been attributed to curcumin, a group of antioxidant compounds found in the rhizome.

Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics. Studies have shown that curcumin can prevent the growth of mutated cells, reduce inflammation in the joints, boost serotonin levels in the brain, and lower the risk for heart disease.

In addition, turmeric has the ability to reduce the amount of inflammation that is commonly associated with obesity.

Ginger

Ginger displays a wide range of therapeutic properties. It has even been said to aid in reducing the harmful side effects of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. But ginger is also a great weight loss tool.

Most people are able to use ginger for weight loss with minimal side effects. Ginger powder can be made in capsule form, sprinkle it on your food, or mix it into your water.

In Conclusion

There are many natural remedies to aid in weight loss. Add any of these key ingredients to your diet. Ensure that you are balancing your diet with exercise and add these supplements to increase the benefits. The truth is, there is no quick-fix to weight loss.

But there are organic ways to boost your metabolism and lose weight more effectively than other diets with the aforementioned herbs & spices. Be sure to check our store for these items to get the maximum benefit compared to diluted store-bought herbs & spices.

Thank you for reading! Shine on, y’all!

Reduce Stress and Boost Your Brain Function with Raw Cacao Powder

Copy of Copy of Matcha or Maca_

This month is stress awareness month and we want to make sure everyone out there realizes how important it is to reduce stress for the sake of your overall health.

Most people enjoy chocolate from time-to-time, but they don’t realize that this guilty pleasure doesn’t have to make you feel so guilty after all! Adding raw cacao powder to your baking or smoothie recipes gives you that rich chocolaty flavor with a ton of nutrients packed right in.

Cacao powder has been used by civilizations for thousands of years. In Mesoamerica, cacao beans were so valued that they were used as regular currency. This is proof that cacao is not a modern-day invention supported by the food industry. This superfood has proven itself to carry many health benefits!

Here is a list of reasons why Cacao Powder is so nutritious and can boost your mood:

It contains stress relieving compounds- PEA stands for Phenethylamine, this compound triggers endorphins to be released in our brains. These endorphins act as mood-enhancing neurochemicals. When taken in concentration it can give you a euphoric effect!

It contains stress reducing minerals- Cacao is packed full of minerals that help to decrease stress and anxiety. This amazing powder contains high levels magnesium which is an important nervous system relaxer. It also contains valeric acid, serotonin which improves mood and decreases stress in the body. Not only that but anandamide can be found in magnesium and help to produce a euphoric effect in our brains. It’s important to keep in mind that Theobromine is also contained within cacao powder. This substance is special in that it acts as a mild stimulant that has been shown to support and ease the feeling of being depressed.

It can boost brain power and health- Cacao contains high levels of flavanols. These compounds have been proven to boost overall cognitive function. This is true for all chocolate, but the more processed the chocolate, the fewer flavanols it contains. This is why it’s important to use raw unprocessed cacao powder like ours!

How you can add cacao powder into your diet:

Smoothies- Cacao nibs are raw cacao powder chocolate chips. They are great to add into smoothies to give them an extra kick of flavor and texture. The raw powder can also be added to your favorite fruit smoothie recipes. This can come in handy when you find yourself having an intense sweet craving. Try making a healthy chocolate shake with frozen banana, raw local honey, and raw cacao powder!

Baking- You can easily substitute raw cacao powder in all your baking recipes instead of using regular cocoa powder. Not only that, adding cacao nibs to your brownies or cookies can easily take the place of regular chocolate chips!

Hot Chocolate Beverage- If you like to make your hot cocoa from scratch then raw cacao powder is the perfect option for you! Just replace your regular cocoa powder for raw cacao powder next time. Maybe even add a dash of chili flakes, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon for an extra burst of flavor!

Conclusion

Whether you are trying to lose weight by cutting out processed foods, or you are wanting to increase your overall health; adding cacao powder can definitely make things easier for you!

As we have discussed, cacao powder is packed full of compounds and minerals perfectly designed to increase your brain function and relax your mind and body. Consider adding our raw cacao powder to your shopping list this month and experience all the amazing effects in your body! Shine on, Ya’ll. ✨

Natural Stress Remedies

We live in a fast-paced and stress-filled society, and it’s nearly impossible to avoid some stress from time to time. What better time than Stress Awareness Month to talk about all the ways you can relieve stress naturally.

We all feel that surge of nervous energy rise within us from time to time. An avoided car accident, a scary phone call about your child, or a pending deadline at work.

Stress can be dangerous to our health both mentally and physically so it’s important to try and include some natural stress relieving herbs and teas in your diet.

What causes stress?

Our bodies produce a stress hormone in the central nervous system called cortisol that is responsible for our fight-or-flight response. The adrenal glands in our bodies release this hormone into our bloodstream. It supplies our bodies with immediate energy that goes straight to our muscles and allows us to do things we wouldn’t normally have the energy to do.

The problem is when this happens to our bodies all the time. Your body should not be in a constant state of stress because it can cause some problems internally. Not only that, but it does not feel good to be stressed out all the time.

Luckily for us, there are some natural remedies that can help our bodies ease back to normalcy.

 

Kava Root
Kava Root

Kava Root- Researchers describe Kava Root as being perhaps the best herb to ease stress and anxiety. What makes it different from other anxiety supplements is that it doesn’t only affect the symptoms that cause anxiety. It also aids with anxious thoughts, restlessness, sleeplessness, and other stress-related symptoms. It is best used in capsule form or as an ingredient in a tea blend.

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm- This perennial herb from the mint family has some great stress relieving qualities! Various research studies have shown that lemon balm provides great support for anxiety sufferers. The phytochemicals in lemon balm provide anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and immune-boosting effects. It is loaded with antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage. It has been used for centuries to reduce stress, promote sleep, and ease pain from indigestion. Lemon balm can be used in aromatherapy blends or taken in capsule form.

Theanine- Did you know that your green tea and matcha powder contains a property that aids in stress relief? Once theanine is consumed it crosses the blood-brain barrier allowing it to quickly reach your brain cells. Studies have discovered theanine's ability to support brain health, promote calmness, and boost your cognitive function overall.

Valerian Root
Valerian Root

Valerian Root- Valerian herbs have been used across the world to help anxiety and insomnia and it is known to relax the body and quiet the mind. It calms the central nervous system, minimizes muscle spasms, and eases insomnia. These effects can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and fight depression. Valerian can be taken in capsules or in an herbal tea blend!

Chamomile Flowers - Dried flowers may be prepared as a tea, tincture, or powdered and encapsulated. The extract is often found in lotions and creams, and can be made into an essential oil.
Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile Flowers- Chamomile displays a wide range of therapeutic powers. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antispasmodic. Best known for its soothing effects, chamomile calms the nervous system and digestive tract, relaxes muscles, and relieves discomfort associated with skin irritations. As a tea, this is the perfect addition to your nighttime routine, as it promotes a restful night’s sleep.

Conclusion

There are even more natural remedies for stress and anxiety but we wanted to highlight some of our most favorites that we know will help you! Happy Stress Awareness Month everyone, and we hope you stay happy and healthy. Shine on, ya’ll! ✌️✨

 

Matcha or Maca? The Exciting Difference Between These Two Superfoods

Matcha or Maca? The Exciting Difference Between These Two Superfoods
Matcha or Maca? The Exciting Difference Between These Two Superfoods

Have you ever walked into a coffee bar and noticed they offered a matcha latte?

Perhaps you’ve even stumbled upon a ketogenic coffee bar that had a latte with maca powder included? It can be easy to confuse these two amazing superfoods but knowing the difference can lead to exciting health benefits for your body!

What is Matcha Powder?

Many people think of matcha as just a trendy drink that will lose its popularity over time. What some people don’t realize is that matcha powder is a powerful green tea from Japan that is made from finely ground green tea leaves. Matcha has been used since the Tang Dynasty in China and was used during ceremonies. Because of how matcha is made, it has a much higher concentration of antioxidants compared to regular steeped green tea. Because of this, it has proven to be a powerful tea for improving overall health.

What are the nutritional benefits?

Antioxidants

Matcha contains 20 times more naturally occurring antioxidants and amino acids compared to regular green tea.

Mental Concentration

Studies have shown that drinking matcha can improve your overall concentration due to the levels of caffeine. The tea also contains high amounts of theanine that aids your body in harnessing the full potential of caffeine over time.

Lower Caffeine Levels

Another benefit to drinking matcha powder tea is that it contains about one-third the amount of caffeine that is in a cup of coffee. This is great for improving overall energy naturally without cutting out caffeine entirely.

How do I add matcha to my diet?

What’s great about matcha powder is that there are many ways you can incorporate it into your diet! One way that is most popular is by making it into a tea by adding it straight to hot water with a bit of natural sweetener. Another way is by using it in your baking recipes, adding a portion to your smoothies, and even making a green face mask!

What is Maca Powder?

Although their names can be easily confused, maca powder is very different from matcha powder. Maca, also known as “Peruvian ginseng,” is made from the tubers of a root vegetable that grows in central Peru. Unlike the bright green color of matcha powder, maca is more of a light sandy color and has an almond-like flavor when eaten raw.

What are the nutritional benefits?

Hormonal Balance

Maca is an adaptogen that contains key micro and macronutrients such as Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Fatty Acids, Amino Acids, etc. For this reason, it has been shown to improve overall hormone function in both men and women.

Natural Energy

Maca gives those who consume it a natural energy boost because of its apoptogenic qualities. Maca can proactively assist your central nervous system in times of stress rather than deplete your energy levels of cortisol-like caffeine does.

How do I add maca to my diet?

Maca can be used similarly to matcha by adding it to smoothies. Raw un-gelatinized maca can even be used as a flour substitute. However, unlike matcha, maca can be added to coffee along with coconut oil and cacao powder to make a ketogenic latte.

The similarities between maca and matcha

Both of these superfoods have been shown to improve overall energy and mood. They both do an amazing job of gently encouraging health and wellness in your body. Next time you find yourself in a coffee shop, you will be more prepared to understand these two options and choose the right one for your current health needs. Which one will you be ordering?

The Top 5 Health Benefits of Adding CBD Oil Into Your Daily Routine

Did you know that cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years?

Unlike the infamous THC compound found in cannabis, Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found within the plant. Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound of Cannabis. In recent years, there have been countless research studies conducted as a result of the numerous medicinal uses it has been shown to possess.

The endocannabinoid system, (ECS) is in charge of balancing out what your body feels. It does this by sending out neurotransmitters to all of your body parts to make sure that everything is functioning as it should.

The ECS is in control of many things including fertility, pregnancy, appetite, hunger, sleep, motor control, pain, pleasure, immune function, temperature, mood, and memory.

Here is a list of just 5 health benefits of using CBD Oil.

Pain Relief

The human body utilizes its own endocannabinoid system. This is the body’s largest neurotransmitter network and it allows for CBD to facilitate pain relief in the body. CBD has become a popular pain management tool because of the lack of adverse side effects.

Anti-Seizure Effects

The New England Journal of Medicine performed a double-blind trial using placebos and found that seizure frequency dropped by an average of 38.9 percent.

Anxiety Relief

In a study by the University of São Paulo, the researchers concluded that CBD reduced anxiety greatly in the participants. The scientists discovered that CBD affected activity in the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain.

Cancer Cells

Pre-clinical tests have been conducted to see CBD’s effects on cancer cells. The findings by researchers show that CBD possibly has the ability to minimize the growth of tumor cells. Not only that, but it has been shown to stop the spread of cervical cancer cells.

Blood Sugar

A study that used over 4,600 participants resulted in learning that those who used cannabis had a fasting insulin level that was 16% lower than the non-using subjects. They also had higher levels of HDL cholesterol that protects against blood sugar issues and had 17% lower levels of insulin resistance.

Sleep Issues

It is widely known that using cannabis causes the users to feel drowsy, but CBD oil has a more complex approach in the human body. It not only can help with anxiety induced insomnia but it can also stimulate alertness and reduce daytime sleepiness. This is a holistic approach in maintaining a consistent sleep-wake cycle without the THC.

Conclusion

It’s clear that CBD oil in its many forms can help the body relax and even possibly heal itself. There is still more research that needs to be conducted before a definite list of health benefits can be concluded, but for now, the evidence shows that CBD oil is helping millions of people with their health issues.

Keep in mind that CBD oil is not the same as hemp, or cannabis oil, as it is the only significant source of cannabinoids. CBD oil comes in two forms: a full spectrum oil which contains hundreds of cannabinoids as well as trace amounts of THC. It also comes in the form of an isolate that will be 100% CBD. CBD oil can be used both internally or topically for relieving pain and inflammation.

This health supplement seems to be only increasing in popularity as the years go by. With its lack of side-effects and the numerous health benefits people are experiencing, CBD oil is sure to help anyone with these issues. Are you ready to give CBD oil products a try?