Kakadu Plums

kakadu-plumimagesKakadu Plums, also known as also known as Gubinge, Billygoat Plums, Gurumal or Murunga are native to Australia’s Northern Territory. Indigenous Aborigines use these plums for food as well as for their traditional healing properties.

Kakadu Plums have ten times the amount of Vitamin C than oranges, which makes Kakadus an excellent antioxidant. Though Nimri, my heroine in Star Bridge who is an herbal healer, might not know the scientific terms, Larwin would use for these properties, she understands when something slows down the aging process, and helps her Tribe’s health.

Since kakadu plums contain a rich amount of Vitamin C, they are popularly used in many skincare products. This gives a natural shine and glow to the skin. It can also prevent aging of the skin.

Antioxidants in skincare products can repair the skin damage caused by the sun or due to aging. This fruit is useful to stimulate the collagen production to remove fine lines or scars. This also has gallic acid that acts as an astringent, antimicrobial, anti fungal and antibacterial agent. Kakadu plums are included as an ingredient in many natural skincare products including lotions, exfoliators, toners, masques, cleansers, serums, creams and moisturizers.



Why Euthanasia Drugs are Found in Pet Food

You may have seen some stories in the news lately about small amounts of euthanasia drugs getting detected in some popular pet food brands. How does this type of drug end up in dog and cat food? The answer is obvious but may come as a surprise to many pet owners. A recent article on […]

via Why Euthanasia Drugs are Being Found in Pet Food — FACE Foundation

“Safe People Food”

Hi everyone, Today we’ve got a fabulous infographic on what human food is safe and what isn’t safe for our little friends. Of course the list of “Safe foods” contains items that while safe if stolen from your plate are not exactly on the recommended list of food items for our friends. But since Nubia…

via Infographic: Human food Poisonous or Safe for your Cat? — Katzenworld


Papaya plants are large tree-like plants, and Nimri is aware how to use several parts of the plant for both culinary Unknownand health. She views them as helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. They are an excellent source of the powerful antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin A. Some of their nutrients help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. (Cholesterol only builds up in blood vessel walls after oxidation.)

In some parts of the world, papaya leaves are made into tea to treat malaria and reduce the risk of colon cancer. Papaya contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes which help lower inflammation.. Therefore, people with diseases such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, find a bit of relief from eating this versatile fruit.Papaya-enzyme-side effects.jpg

The black seeds of the papaya are also edible and have a sharp, spicy taste. They are sometimes ground and used as a substitute for black pepper. Click on the youtube link below to find out how amazing they are for the digestion, liver, etc.

However, my favorite way to serve papaya is to shred the flesh of a green papaya and add the juice of a lime — it looks like cabbage slaw and IMHO tastes much better.green-papaya2

Chewy’s Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Dog Food

I think Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Dog Food is Saphera’s favorite food yet!

She was so excited about doing the review that it took all of us to get her to pose. (She also ate  whole 2 cans of this pate in under 3 minutes!) Apparently, she likes duck… I think this was the first time she had ever tasted it.IMG_20170819_185036

After gulping the two cans down, she pranced  through the yard spinning and head bobbing, as if celebrating a good meal.

Dogs are carnivores by nature, so a meat-based diet is good for them This fact goes against what I was told years and years ago, which was basically, “find the dry food with the least protein” … the individual who told me that has had many other ‘bits of wisdom’ disproved.  In actuality, dog’s teeth, their digestive systems and even their behavior confirms that they, like cats, are carnivores.  Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Dog Food,  is made in the United States and delivers a complete, balanced diet for all sizes and breeds of dogs….  meat is the first ingredient on the label.IMG_20170819_185146

  • Free of the most common potential canine allergens: corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and chicken
  • Nutritionally correct ratio of fruits and vegetables rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants, and fiber-rich low glycemic carbohydrates

While there is no corn, no wheat, nor soy  Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Dog Food  is a proper nutritional blend and they do include some legumes as well as a few fruits and vegetables. Best of all, it works for Saphera’s limited ingredient / grain-free, /gluten-free diet. (That said, after gulping down those two cans, and while prancing and spinning ,she let out some  ‘wind’, which may or may not have been due to the legumes, so if/when you get some for your favorite dog, you might want to let them outside for a short while after eating… or perhaps set up your own tent as a dinning area… I shall quickly add that we did NOT do the test outside due to gas – Saphera, Purrseidon and Master Munchkin had set the tent up and were already playing there when I realized I needed photos.)IMG_20170819_185222

Disclaimer: As members of Chewy’s Blogger Outreach Program, we received product for free in exchange for our fair and honest review. Chewy is not responsible for the contents of this post. Saphera only shares products and information that she believes is of interest to readers.

On Chewy’s website you can get supplies for your fur-babies and non-furry pets, too. Chewy always has great prices, and a wide selection of products, plus they provide speedy free shipping for orders of $49.00 or more. They also have reasonable shipping rates for smaller orders. You can set up an auto ship so you never run out of your pets favorites (you can skip, cancel or delay these, too – Chewy’s customer Service is tops).