Black Pepper and Turmeric: Health Benefits

The health benefits of black pepper and turmeric, and why you should take these together.

1. Turmeric is a delicious golden coloured spice which is often added to delicious curries, especially in Asian cooking. This has been used for over 4000 years as a natural medicine. 

Black Pepper is also a common spice made from dried berries. These have some wonderful health benefits and were used by the Ancient Egyptians. 

2. When these ingredients are mixed together they form a special combination which multiplies it’s health benefits for the body. These work wonders when helping you to lose weight.

3. Weight gain is a common problem in the modern world, as we have access to many unhealthy junk foods and processed carbohydrates.  Turmeric contains a powerful compounds called Curcumin which helps your body shed fat very quickly. 

4. The problem is that Curcumin is not easily absorbed into the body. This is where black pepper comes in. Adding a little black pepper boosts the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%. 

This allows your body to absorb this into the blood quickly, through the lymphatic system.

5. You can add this into healthy recipes such as curries, stir fries or as a marinate for meat. Alternatively you can drink turmeric water on an empty stomach for a fast acting weight loss method. 


You Will Need:

500ml Spring Water

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon of Turmeric Powder

Method: Simply mix these ingredients in a pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Allow this to cool slightly and drink every morning before breakfast

It is very important that you use organic turmeric, as some cheaper varieties are not as effective.

The black pepper helps your body to absorb the curcmin and compounds from within the turmeric.

If you do not like the taste, simply add a little raw honey or xylitol for sweetness.

6. The curcumin within turmeric has been scientifically proven to be stronger than many medical drugs for fighting diseases and infections. 

7. Drinking this every day is excellent for those who suffer with depression, as it has been shown to be stronger than Prozac yet is completely natural. 

It does this by boosting serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters in the brain. 

8. The high amount of potassium within the black pepper is also excellent for reducing insulin resistance, helping to prevent diabetes.

9. Black pepper is also a carminative and works with the turmeric to reduce bloating and gas in the stomach. It also aids in breaking down fat cells.

10. Turmeric and Black Pepper can also be useful for patients suffering with breast, bowel or stomach cancer.  The combination helps to prevent cell multiplication and spreading.

11. This mixture is also highly anti-inflammatory and is stronger than aspirin and ibuprofen. This lowers the risk of stomach ulcers, arthritis and high cholesterol.

12. In fact many problems in the body are caused by inflammation, by eating herbs and spices such as this, you can begin to heal your body from within in a short period of time.

13. This also calms the mind and central nervous system, helping you to think more clearly and with better memory.

14. It also helps your body to naturally stabilise blood pressure, therefore protecting you from heart disease. 

15. Alzheimer's diseases and other forms of dementia are linked to oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain.

Turmeric and black pepper has the ability to lower these problems and prevent the onset of these diseases. 

16. The black pepper in particular has been shown to reduce mucus and phlegm in the throat. When combined with turmeric, it produces a powerhouse healing mixture for getting rid of sinus infections fast.

17. Black pepper contains a powerful alkaloid called piperine. This gives the pepper its pungent taste, and is responsible for boosting the healing abilities of turmeric.

18. Piperine has been used as a natural antihistamine for those who suffer with allergies such as hayfever or hives, or allergic rhinitis.

19. Many people in Eastern countries eat these ingredients regularly. This combined with their healthy lifestyle helps them to stay looking younger for longer, because they have less oxidative stress in their bodies.

20. If you prefer you can purchase a curcumin supplement which also contains black pepper to help the body to absorb it. This is much easier to take on the go, if you do not have access to the raw ingredients. 

21. Turmeric also contains healthy doses of potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin B6, C and magnesium. These minerals and vitamins improve the health of the millions of cells within the body. 

22. If you suffer with headaches often, then you will find that this drink reduces pain significantly, as it works in the same way aspirin does.

23. The mixture of black pepper and turmeric also detoxifies the liver and flushes out waste from the digestive system. This can be helpful when quitting smoking, drinking or other addictive substances. 

24. A healthy substance called lipollysaccharide in turmeric boosts the body's immune system against fungal, bacterial and viral agents.

This is excellent to prevent colds during the winter and throughout the year

25. Some people with a sensitive stomach may find that this mixture triggers diarrhea. If this is the case then lower the dose to half a teaspoon or turmeric and slowly add more over time.

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“A Book of Books”: Writing the History of the Church in “One of the Most Important Eras of the World”©

It is interesting how one’s reading in various books sometimes converges. At the moment I am reading three books. The first is the latest book by former General Relief Society President, Julie Beck, called Joy in the Covenant; the second is Kent Richards’, Family of Faith, which reproduces excerpts from the journals of three Apostles in the same family–Willard Richards, Franklin D. Richards, and George F. Richards; finally, the third is the new history Saints.

I have a teenage granddaughter in Virginia who is a reader and recently we decided to read Saints together and discuss it. To help her appreciate the importance of reading the history of the Church in her youth, I shared with her a quotation from sister Beck’s book. The context for the quotation  is that sister Beck relates the background of the writing of the history of the Relief Society, Daughters of the Kingdom. When she became general Relief Society President, her presidency felt the need to get a clear vision of the purpose(s) of Relief Society. They engaged in a lengthy study of available sources about the history of Relief Society. It gave them the sense of purpose and vision they were looking for. That led to the notion that others could benefit from what they learned. About that time the First Presidency assigned the Beck presidency with the task of producing such a volume for the women of the Church. In the course of telling that story she wrote the following, which I shared with my granddaughter:
At one point we were given some research indicating that individuals who know and understand Church history are much more likely to be faithful in their spiritual observance and to have a greater sense of identity in the Church.(1)
This statement resonated with me, not only because I was trained as a historian in graduate school, but because it has been true in my life, both in the sense of identity I feel with the Church and it has contributed to my desire to be a faithful member of the Church.  

Meanwhile, I have also been typing notes and quotations from Family of Faith. Apostle Willard Richards, served as a scribe to Joseph Smith, and as a church historian. He was responsible to gather, preserve, and write the history of the Church. After the Martyrdom and during the Exodus from Nauvoo this was not an easy task. A number of entries in his journal pertain to this effort.  For example, on 15 November 1845 he dictated an “Epistle to the Saints” to be read the next day in the Sunday meeting in Nauvoo. In it he called upon missionaries and members to provide him with knowledge and documents in their possession pertaining to  events in Church history. He was looking for “Books, Maps, Charts, Papers, Documents, of every kind, name and nature, and all information that may relate to, or have a bearing in any wise upon the History of the Church....”(2) 

Apparently he received a lot and storage proved to be a problem. Just a year later at Winter Quarters he wrote in his journal that he called upon Bishop Whitney for some packing boxes for the records because he had no place to keep them but in the bottom of his wagon. Unfortunately the Bishop gave him no encouragement.(3) The matter came up again a month later. On 17 December, Richards journalized:
Dr. Richards [himself] spoke of the bushels of papers, now in his possession that are not now filed, & of the need of a place to gather them & arrange them for future history. A man must have his mind free, who writes a history that is to last for time & thro’ all Eternity, & not burthened with other cares. W. Woodruff says this is a subject that will benefit the whole Church & Kingdom of Go– [sic] when I heard Joseph speak I could not rest until I had written it down in black & white–I am now in one of the most important eras of the world–the people ought to keep a strict eye upon the historian–I feel deeply interested in the books out of which I am to be judged–it is the duty of High Counsel to let the Dr. have a box to put the papers in, to find wood, beef &c–this is to be a book of books–I rejoice that we have a ready writer–let the Dr. go to work & save the Church History.(4)
This gem has a lot packed in it.  In sum the following points are significant to me:
  • It is admirable that Willard Richards is magnifying his calling and continues to seek help from others to do it. But think of it all in a greater sweep–the sweep of the history of mankind. There may be other refugee peoples of which I know nothing, who amidst all the trials of fleeing danger, concerned themselves with gathering and preserving records so a history could be written.  But generally those things come after the fact. Here, amazingly, Richards is doing it on the trail!  Richards’ vision?  He was to write a history that was to “last for time and through all eternity”!
  • This, of course, was initiated by and consistent with a revelation given the day the Church was organized, in which the Lord said in the first verse, “Behold, there shall be a record kept among you....”(5) Oliver Cowdery was the first Church historian, but in March of 1831, John Whitmer was called when D&C 47 was received.  Later the job fell to Willard Richards.
  • History matters in religion.  History matters for faith and commitment. The Lord knows all of this and therefore provided for a history to be kept from the first day of the Church’s existence in this the last dispensation. So, isn’t it logical that the Savior would have given similar instructions to the leaders of his Church in his generation? Perhaps that accounts for the alleged document “Q” that many scholars believe was the source for the canonical gospels. Be that as it may, history matters to Christianity.  It is a historical-based religion.
  • Wilford Woodruff was and is an international treasure, because he had a magnificent vision of the importance of the early history of the Restored Church–it was to be a “book of books”!  But he also did so much to preserve our history, including at this moment in a refugee camp, to sustain Willard Richards and his work as Church historian.
  • Woodruff knew he lived “in one of the most important eras of the world,” with one of the most important prophets who ever lived, and the Spirit put a fire of discontent in him so that he could not rest until Joseph’s teachings were preserved. In many ways we owe much more to him than to John Whitmer, who seemed to be not only uncertain, but almost indifferent about his calling as Church historian.
  • Woodruff knew that the Book of Revelation teaches that we will be judged out of the “book(s) of life” which shall be kept; therefore, he took a “deep interest in the books out of which I am to be judged.” So much so, that he thought Willard Richards should have what he needed–boxes to preserve the records, time to work with them and write, and he thought we should be grateful to have a “ready writer.” What a refugee-pioneer!  What a vision!  Thank God for men like Willard Richards and Wilford Woodruff!
Well, this brings us to the new first volume of a projected four-volume history of the Church, entitled Saints. The presiding brethren are urging all members of the Church to obtain a copy and read it. So they can, the cost is kept to a bare minimum. But how can those non-English speakers in the international church follow this counsel? Ah, the book is to be translated into 25 languages.(6)  Think of that. There have been two previous multi-volume histories of the Church, but neither one of them were available on this scale. So, many, if not most in the international church have had almost nothing on the history of the Church available to them. Now for the first time people in the entire Church can learn of its amazing history. If sister Beck and Wilford Woodruff are correct, and I believe they are, that  translation effort is a most significant event, one consistent with the list of other things the Lord has recently done to strengthen the Church as mentioned by Elders Bednar and Ballard.(7)

Let's think together gain, soon.


1.  Julie B. Beck, Joy in the Covenant: Reflections by Julie B. Beck, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2018, 47.

2.  Willard Richards, journal, Saturday, 15 November 1845, cited in Kent F. Richards, ed., A Family of Faith: An Intimate View of Church History through the Journals of Three Generations of Apostles–Willard Richards, Franklin D. Richards, and George F. Richards, 1837-1950, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013, 70-71.

3.  Ibid, under date of 7 November 1846, p. 101.

4.  Ibid, 17 December 1846, pp. 102-103.

5.  D&C 21;1.

6.  Interestingly, Sister Beck said that Daughters in My Kingdom, was being translated into 25 languages, including English Braille. See, Beck, Joy in the Covenant, 52.

7.  See, David A. Bednar, “Gather Together in One All Things in Christ,” Ensign (November 2018): 21-24. Elder Ballard gave a similar list when he spoke to a regional conference for stakes in northern Utah and southern Idaho, Sunday, 28 October 2018, which is available online at:

Cinnamon: for Ants (Repellent)

How to use cinnamon to get rid of ants around the home and garden.

1. Cinnamon is a wonderful spice which has been used for thousands of years in cooking and herbal medicine.

2. Ants are a common pest around the world and invade our homes at any opportunity. They are attracted to food sources especially those which contain sugar.

3. Cinnamon can be used to get rid of ants by simply purchasing a large quantity and sprinkling all over ant paths.

4. We recommend sprinkling cinnamon powder around doorways and windowsills to prevent the ants from infecting the home. Ants hate cinnamon and are repelled by its odour. 

5. An easier option is to purchase cinnamon oil and spread around these areas. This provides the same effect without any visible powder laying around.

6. You can pour cinnamon powder into ant hills and locations where the ants are crowding together. This will repel them over time. 

7. Be sure to not place cinnamon powder on grass as it can unbalance the Ph level of the soil causing the grass to die.

8. To completely prevent ants from invading your home, try to follow them and find locations where they are entering the home. 

Then simply generously coat the area in a golden cinnamon powder, or apply a thick coat of cinnamon essential oil.

9. To learn more about natural home remedies and pest repellents, please see our other videos. 

Licorice Powder: Benefits & Uses

The health benefits and uses of Licorice Powder.

1. Licorice powder is made from the dried and ground roots of the licorice shrub. It was used by the Ancient Egyptians and a herbal medicine and was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

2. Licorice has a very distinctive sweet flavour and is commonly used to flavour candied sweets in Europe and around the world. It is also very popular in Chinese medicine.

3. The Chinese use this herb to treat a variety of different problems. It is well known to increase energy levels and promote well being. It does this by stimulating the adrenal glands to produce healthy doses of adrenaline.

4. It can be used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome as it has a positives effect on the glands throughout the body.

5. One of the most popular methods is using licorice powder for skin whitening in India. The powder is mixed with flour and milk to produce a lightening face mask, which creates a fair skin tone in around 10 days.

6. Licorice powder is an excellent source of the plant hormone oestrogen. These balance out the body for women with menopause or menstrual cramps.

7. The powder is also applied to the skin to treat psoriasis and eczema. The powder is added to a gel formulae and is evenly distributed  where skin problems are present. 

8. Another popular use for this herb is to treat coughing. It is excellent for cold a respiratory problems as it promotes mucus drainage, and lubricates the respiratory tract. 

It is often added to cough mixtures and cough sweets for its wonderful soothing abilities in the throat and chest. 

9. It is important to not take too much licorice as it can deplete potassium levels. We recommend eating a healthy diet filled with raw salad leaves and vegetables to keep your potassium levels high during a cold.

10. Studies have shown that licorice root can supress the toxic bacteria called H.Pylori which is a growing problem in the West.

11. You can take licorice powder in the form of capsules if you wish. This has been shown to sooth gastrointestinal problems, such as food poisoning, stomach ulcers and heart burn.

12. Licorice Root contains glycyrrhizic acid which can be used to treat peptic ulcer disease, and gastritis.

13. Over time, this herbal powder can lower stress levels as it supplements the adrenal gland and helps everything work the way it should. This promotes healthy levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. 

14. Many Chinese practitioners use licorice as a form of cancer treatment for those with breast and prostate cancer. 

15. To learn more about health powders and natural remedies, please see our playlist at the end of the video. 

How To Remove Eye Bags (20 Minute Natural Remedies)

How To Remove Eye Bags in 20 Minutes Using Natural Remedies

1. Eye bags are a common problem for many people. The appearance of dark puffy skin can make you look tired and aged. 

It can be difficult to feel energetic and fresh when the eyes appear droopy or with dark circles.

2. Eye bags are caused by many different problems such as stress, fatigue, a poor diet, makeup, smoking or mobile and computer screens. 

3. The good news is that there are many natural remedies to reduce and get rid of eye bags. In today's video we will share with you 10 remedies to try at home.

Remedy 1: Sliced Potato

Refrigerate a potato until it is cool and slice into circles. Close your eyes and place the potato circles over the eye bags and eyes. Relax for 20 minutes to allow the potato juice to soak into the skin. The eyes bags will be diminished and appear lighter in color.

Remedy 2: Baking Soda Paste
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a little water and apply to the eyes using a cotton pad. This increases blood flow and reduces fluid in the puffy skin. Allow it to sit on the skin for 20 minutes before washing.

Remedy 3: Tea Bags
Steep 2 teabags in hot water for 5 minutes and then allow them to cool. Place over the eye bags for 20 minutes. You may wish to wrap a towel over these to keep them in place. The tea works to reduce swelling and inflammation within the skin.

Remedy 4: Cucumber
Cucumber can be sliced into circular pieces and applied to the eyes. This has a hydrating effect which helps your eyes to feel less tired, and reduce the effects of bags due to their astringent properties. 

Remedy 5: Egg Whites
Whip some egg whites to make them into a stiff white paste and apply to the eyelids and bags using a soft brush or cloth. The skin will tighten as the remedy becomes effective. 

Remedy 6: Vitamin E Oil:
Add a few drops of vitamin E oil to a bowl of cold water. Apply to the skin around the eyes using a cotton pad. This remedy is very popular as it has a longer lasting effect on keeping eye bags at bay.

Remedy 7: Himalayan Salt
Mix a tablespoon of pink Himalayan salt to 1 litre of water. Stir well and apply this mild saline solution by soaking the mixture into cotton pads, and apply to the eyes. This will remove water retention from the skin. 

Remedy 8: Cold Spoons
Place 4 stainless steel metal spoons in ice water for a few minutes. Hold the back of a spoon against each eye and keep switching them with the cold spoons to keep them chilled. The cold causes the puffiness to retract, leaving your eyes looking refreshed.

Remedy 9: Aloe Vera Gel
Apply fresh aloe Vera gel to the eye bags using a cotton ball. It contains 18 essential amino acids which help to soothe tired eyes and provide relief for eye bags. It also helps to treat wrinkles. 

Remedy 10: Witch Hazel
Apply witch hazel and it's astringent properties help to reduce swelling and redness. Chilling this before use, provides extra relief from eye bags.

4. As you can see there are a range of home remedies which you can use to remove eye bags. Try some of these remedies to see which works best for you.

5. If eye are bags are a consistent problem, then this may indicate that your kidneys are not healthy. In order to cure this all together you must first improve your diet.

Eating at least 5 cups of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, and sea kelp will boost your potassium in order to improve liver function.

If you eat too much meat, this may also be causing your eye bags, as the kidneys struggle with too much protein.

Replace high amounts of meat with healthy fats such as butter, extra virgin olive oil, coconut or avocado oil. 

6. Alcohol is one of the main causes of eye bags. Be sure to remove this from your diet entirely for a healthy body, with healthy eyes, skin and nails.

7. Apple cider vinegar can be taken on a daily basis internally to improve kidney function and therefore remove eye bags from within. 

8. To learn more about nutrition and natural remedies for the skin and eyes, Please see our other videos. 

Punarnava Powder: Benefits and Uses

The health benefits of Punarnava Powder also known as spreading hogweed. 

1. Punarnava Powder comes from a flowering plant in the four o'clock family. This has been used to make a herbal medicine used for pain relief and more.

2. Ayurveda, and ancient Indian system of healing has used punarnava for thousands of years.

3. It grows in many warm climates around the world including Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, South America, The South pacific and North America. 

4. This powder can be used internally to purify the body and treat various problems. 

5. One of its main benefits is to improve the function of the kidneys for those with kidney problems. This also acts as a blood thinner for those with high blood pressure.

6. It provides treatment for inflammation throughout body such as painful joints, toothache and water retention.

7. Punarnava has been used to stimulate the nervous system during on the early onset of paralysis.

8. It aids in the smooth flow of urine for those with urinary tract problems. It has also been shown to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

9. This herb also acts as a liver cleanser and helps to treat disorders such as hepatitis, jaundice, anaemia and anorexia. 

10. Recent studies have shown this to improve immune response for cancer patients. It contains compounds from the root of the plant which inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells. 

11. The cleansing effects of this powder allow to be used to fight obesity and aid in weight loss. Becoming healthy internally usually results in a healthy amount of weight loss for your body type. 

12. Extracts from the leaves of this plant have been used to lower glucose levels for those with diabetes. 

13. The roots of the plant are usually used to make this wonderful powder. You can also purchase punarnava extract from health food stores and online. 

14. A paste made from this powder is often applied to skin diseases such as acne, eczema and pigmentation in order to clear them up effectively.

15. Always consult and a doctor and perform your own research when using Ayurvedic herbs, as many are extremely powerful. 

16. To learn more about health powders and natural medicines. Please see our other videos.

Neem Powder: Benefits and Uses

The health benefits and uses of Neem Powder.

1. Neem Powder has been used for thousands of years as a natural medicine. It is made by drying and grinding neem leaves, also known as Indian Lilac.

2. This wonderful powder can be taken internally to treat stomach ulcers and acts as a blood purifier and healer.

3. Neem powder is often mixed with water to make a paste, in order to treat skin disorders. 

It is a natural toner and moisturiser and works to treat acne, scars, blackheads, warts ringworm, eczema and psoriasis.

4. The antibacterial properties of neem, allow it to be applied for a large variety of medical conditions. This can include treating a dry scalp, head lice, dandruff and hair loss. 

5. Neem powder can be infused with water and used are a skin and muscle relaxant. Simply soak aching muscles, the feet scalp, and other body parts to enjoy neem's anti-inflammatory effects. 

6. Neem is not only antibacterial, but it is also anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-mutagen. It is therefore a powerful cure for many illnesses such as intestinal worms, eye disorders, leprosy, diabetes, gum disease and liver problems. 

7. The leaf is not the only part of the tree that is used. In fact over 140 compounds have been isolated from the different parts of the neem tree, for use in all kinds of treatments and products.

8. Neem Oil, which is extracted from the seeds of the neem tree is a natural flea treatment for animals, which also calms itchy skin.

9. When the powder is made into a paste with water, it can be applied to the skin to help burns to heal faster. It also disinfects the skin, protecting it from infection.

10. One teaspoon of neem powder can be added to healthy smoothies. These have an anti-carcinogenic effect and have been scientifically shown to neutralise the effects of cancer causing substances.
11. It also works to destroy intestinal worms and parasites which may be living in the digestive system. 

12. Neem powder can be mixed with moisturising creams and applied as a natural insect repellent. 

13. It can also be used when brushing the teeth as a natural cure for gingivitis, gum disease and mouth ulcers. It destroys harmful bacteria in the mouth which causes plaque.

14. In some countries neem leaves are used to induce abortions, so pregnant women are not advised to use neem internally.

15. To learn more about herbal remedies and natural cures, please see our other videos.