Raw Collard Green Salad Recipe

Welcome to River Willow Apothecary! In today’s blog post we will be sharing with you another recipe right out of our monastery kitchen.

If you are a Raw Food Vegan then this recipe is for you! River and I are neither raw foodies or vegan but we very much enjoy this recipe.


  • 1 bunch of collard greens that have been washed and chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • ½ tsp celtic sea salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder


Toss everything above into large bowl. Massage seasoning into the collard greens.

This is so yummy!

Healthy Snacks Easy to Prepare Even With Your Busy Schedule

Welcome to our apothecary.

We are so glad that you have come to visit us and that our blog post have proven inspiring and beneficial to you.

For healthy snacks easy to incorporate with my busy schedule I generally enjoy something simple.

  • Raw nuts and seeds are a good place to start providing you with healthy protein, healthy fats and fiber.

Raw nuts and seeds will help you with disease prevention as you get older.

  • You can also try dehydrated kale chips.
  • Try adding hummus or almond butter to raw fruits and vegetables.

What are your favorite snacks?

You are more than welcome to get involved in the discussions happening on this blog by utilizing the comment section below.

Martial Arts Training More Than Just Fighting

According to the FBI, four women die everyday as a result of domestic violence and about 130,000 women report that they’ve been victims of rape or attempted rape annually. Because of statistics like this, many women enroll in self-defense classes to learn the skills they need to defend themselves.

The thing is, a short-term self-defense class may not address all of the areas you need to be able to fully defend yourself. While martial arts classes won’t specifically train you for combat and fighting, they will give you the ability to defend yourself if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to practice self-defense. The best part is that this self-defense isn’t always physical. What most people don’t know is that in a good martial arts class you’ll learn a variety of skills to help you gain the awareness, peace and physical conditioning you need to be a stronger person, in all aspects of your life.

Confidence. All the physical defense skills in the world won’t help if you don’t have the confidence needed to use them. That’s the beauty of martial arts training. In order to successfully train a martial art, you need to have your mind and body in tune with one another. This self-awareness gives you the confidence your need to control and defend yourself if needed. You’ll be able to handle everyday and extraordinary situations without losing your temper. You’ll be able to stand your ground. You’ll appear to be (and will be) more confident – and people who appear to be confident are less likely to be the victims of violence because they don’t look like “easy targets”.

Focus and Awareness. While training martial arts, you need to focus and concentrate on what you are doing so that you don’t injure yourself or those around you. This focus and concentration carries over into other aspects of your life as well. Soon, you’ll find yourself better able to concentrate on work, school and home. You’ll even find yourself being more aware of your surroundings which can help you avoid potentially harmful or violent situations.

Peace. Training martial arts will also give you an inner peace that can change your life. First of all, to effectively train martial arts, your workout will always be changing. You’ll never get bored with your workout because it will always be challenging to your abilities (both physical and mental). In addition to that, training martial arts is a great stress reducer. You probably already know that regular physical exercise can reduce physical stress, but what you don’t know is that martial arts go one step further to reduce emotional stress as well. Activities such as martial arts that require you concentrate on your movements and your core strength can give you full stress relief in one activity.

Strength and Conditioning. When you train martial arts, you use your entire body. You cannot use just one muscle set at a time. The exercises are always changing and evolving to give you the maximum out of each training session. Martial arts also increase your flexibility which is great because people who are flexible suffer fewer injuries, have better posture and are better able to relax their muscles.

Can You Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis With Alternative Medicine?

If you have rheumatoid arthritis you may have often thought about seeking an alternative health practitioner, but have not known how to approach the matter. You may be considering alternative medicine now for your arthritis, because you have been treated unsuccessfully for years by conventional medicine.

Having been treated for rheumatoid arthritis over a lengthy period your condition may be rather advanced, that is not to say that alternative medicine would be unable to treat it, but rather the treatment would be slow and steady in order to avoid any aggravation of your arthritis.

Unfortunately patients often expect fast results from their chosen alternative practitioner, however, this will most certainly not be the case, for years of taking prescription drugs will have more than likely left you in a debiliated condition.Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with prescription drugs fails to treat the cause of your disease, it only treats symptoms, this results in suppression, and you spend the rest of your life with intermittent flare-ups and exacerbations of your disease with no cure ever in sight.

Rheumatoid arthritis is considered to be an auto-immune disease, with an unknown cause. This diagnosis rather absolves you of all responsibility for your disease, having received your diagnosis you then proceed unquestioningly to commence a regime of potent drugs for your rheumatoid arthritis without doing any research on the disease yourself.

Have you ever asked why your immune system has decided to attack you, rather than protect you? If you gave this some serious thought you might decide to make some lifestyle changes in order to help your immune system regain it’s innate intelligence. You may ask what lifestyle changes you might have to make in order to regain your health. Basically there really is only one change, and that is your diet. The answer is simple, eat fresh organic fruits and vegetables, eliminate fast foods, highly processed foods, aspartame, MSG, saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, cigarettes, alcohol, diet sodas, and all other sodas.

If you would prefer to keep your rheumatoid arthritis, your junk diet and prescription drugs then that’s your choice and you will undoubtedly pay for your choice with lifelong sickness. However, if you make the effort to change your diet you will reap the benefits, and you will be richly rewarded with vibrant health.

Seven Tips For A Long And Healthy Life

As good as modern medical technology is, it can never save you from the problems caused by a life style that is unhealthy. Instead of getting a modern medical fix for every problem, it is far better to live in such a way that you will hardly ever fall ill. 

An ounce of prevention is certainly better than a pound of cure. Here are seven tips on how to live a long and healthy life. In addition, the same life style that helps you to avoid illness also helps you to lose weight. 

1. Get Enough Exercise

In the past people had to use their physical bodies in the course of their normal work. But today someone may get up, go to work in a car, then sit down, get up to go home in the car and when arriving at home, sit down again for the rest of the day. In such a life there is no physical labor. This physical inactivity is one of the main reasons for a host of diseases. Sport, running. walking and other things must be added to our life if our normal work does not require us to exert ourselves physically.

2. Go to sleep when you feel sleepy

This may sound simple, but many people stay up late even when their body is telling them that it is time to sleep. Yoga and Ayurvedic doctors also say that it is better to sleep in the night and be active during the day. However, people such as students will take coffee and stimulants to study late into the night. Others develop the habit of remaining active at night and sleeping during the day. While we can do this, it eventually takes a toll on health. Alternative health doctors say that this kind of unnatural living is one of the contributing factors in the causation of cancer and other diseases

3. Eat when you feel hungry

This is also a simple idea, but once again we often go against the messages of the body. If you eat out of habit or due to social pressure at certain time of the day, even when you have no real appetite, then you will not digest your food properly. Acidity and indigestion begin, and this contributes to the likelihood of other more complex diseases taking root. Having an appetite is actually a sign of good health, but if you have no appetite you should wait a bit and then eat. (If you have no appetite even after awaiting a reasonable amount of time, then you should consult a doctor because something is wrong.)

4. Fast on a Regular, Systematic Basis

If you would ask any person to work 365 days per year without any rest, they would complain and say that they must have some rest or else they will break down. But we have never bothered to ask or to think about our digestive organs which we compel to work day after day without a rest. They cannot protest the way a person would to his boss, but they do give us signals that they cannot work non-stop. When we ignore those signals and still compel them to work, those organs break down. That is why periodic fasting is necessary. Refrain from eating for one complete day. This gives a rest to your digestive organs and also helps in the elimination of wastes from your body. Regular fasting allows a person to gain extra time for intellectual or spiritual pursuits. Fasting is not for hermits in a cave, but is a sensible practice that anyone can practice. 

5. Wash with cool water before going to bed

As mentioned above, proper sleep is essential for the maintenance of health. If you wash your important motor and sensory organs (hands, arms, eyes, legs, mouth, genitals) before sleep using cool water, this will relax you and prepare you for deep sleep.

6. Perform meditation on a regular basis

Your body is linked to your mind. Many of the diseases of this era are psychosomatic. Stress and anxiety take their toll on our physical health. Meditation is a mental exercise which, among other things, allows you to detach yourself from the worries of life. Learn a simple technique and do it regularly.

7. Get up early every day

Once again the old proverb, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.” I don’t know if it will make you wealthy, but it will certainly make you healthy. Your body needs just enough sleep, not too much and not too little.

Follow these tips and you can’t go wrong.

Kerry Pharr’s Green Smoothie Soup

This is certainly a delightful meal. You can find more of Kerry Pharrs Recipes on his website http://inyourcorner.tv/.


  • Spinach
  • ¼ onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 avocado
  • 12 ounces of warm water
  • Sea salt


Add 12 ounces of warm water, a handful of spinach, a slice of onion, a tomato, a stalk of celery, an avocado, and sea salt. Blend for one minute or until creamy and smooth. It makes about a quart.

Making an Awesome Veggie Wrap at Home

One thing I really appreciate about eating primarily a plant based diet is all of the options that you have. I am sharing in this recipe how I was taught to make a wrap but remember to experiment. There are so many options. If you have a Awesome Veggie Wrap Recipe please share it with us in the comment section below.


  • Sprouted Wrap
  • Avocado or Hummus
  • Cooked Millet or Quinoa
  • Black Beans
  • Favorite Veggies


  1. Spread your Hummus or Avocado on your wrap
  2. Add your Favorite Veggies with your Quinoa and Beans
  3. Wrap and enjoy

Thank you for sharing your time with us by reading our recipe. If you were able to give it a try please let us know what you thought in the comments below.

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Simple Salad Recipe With Romaine Lettuce

When I was 5 years old my parents took me out to eat at a local restaurant (The Robin Inn) and I remember ordering a large Greek Salad. Now being only 5 the waitress said maybe I should get the small. I told the waitress that I wanted the large and so we made a bet. She said that if I was to eat it all that she would give me $5. Well, I got my $5 and have been eating salads ever since. Here is a Simple Salad that I love to prepare. If you would like to switch out certain items that is always okay. Try adding more items if you would like. It is important that we eat our veggies!

The general rule is 10/10/10 for men.

10 fruits

10 cups of veggies

10 glasses of water

Remember 8/8/8 keeps a lady looking great.

8 fruits

8 cups of veggies

8 glasses of water


  • Romaine Lettuce (or a lettuce of your choice)
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Stalk Celery
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1 Avocado
  • Your Favorite Seeds or Nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon


  1. Place clean and diced veggies along with your favorite nuts or seeds into a large bowl
  2. For the dressing add your olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon.

I hope you noticed the basic olive oil and lemon dressing that I added as a bonus to this Simple Salad Recipe With Romaine Lettuce.

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If you would change something up about this recipe please let us know in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for taking your time to read our blog post. You are Amazing!

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