Thursday, September 29, 2022

September 29 is National Coffee Day!

 Cal Orey

Tomorrow is National Coffee Day! The popular media outlet Newsmax loves The Healing Powers of Coffee (www.newsmax/coffee and offers it a a Gift Book).  Bookspan book clubs updated their websites and didn't forget my coffee book! I'm talking about 
The Healing Powers of Coffee published by Kensington (see more on the link) was featured by a variety of  book clubs including the popular One Spirit, Crafters, Homestyle, BOM, and my fave Good Cook.

And this makes me, author of the Healing Powers series, very happy. After all, this one-of-a-kind book has caught the eyes of coffee roasters, radio show producers, a publisher in Czech, and has been featured in cover stories for Woman's World and Wellbella national magazines. Not to forget, the big coffee book flaunting java's perks has gone back to press for another printing.

Some folks love Iced Coffee in the summertime; other people, like me, savor a cup of joe in the A.M. Like today, after letting out the Aussie pup at 6 (he allowed me an extra hour of shut-eye), feeding the two dogs and cat, I got to enjoy my coffee while viewing the aquarium chock-full of happy fish.  This special time is quality minutes and coffee's mental and physical perks give me that lift for the day....

As noted on the cover of Wellbella, my Q & A article "Get Your Perks" is so true. Coffee keeps me active. After all, enjoying a senior Brittany (he is aging gracefully) and an energetic 7 1/2 month old Aussie takes energy plus. Thank God, for coffee and its amazing healing powers. It helps me do that morning swim to afternoon dog walk and write books and articles on superfoods like coffee!  
And thanks to that morning cup of coffee, I have the energy to create mini cheesecakes for my weekly column "What's Cookin' at Callie's Cabin" in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.  The Healing Powers of Coffee isn't just a book--it's part of my life!

Popular Book on the Amazing Powers of Coffee 

From the hugely successful Healing Powers series (Honey, Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Chocolate) comes THE HEALING POWERS OF COFFEE: A Complete Guide to Nature’s Surprising Superfood.
It’s the beverage we can’t live without—yet few consume it without some guilt. But the wonderful truth is that coffee has abundant health benefits. Coffee boasts more antioxidants than cocoa and tea, and even more than renowned antioxidant-rich fruits like oranges and blueberries. In fact, there are hundreds of healing compounds in coffee.
Recent studies have shown that coffee consumption can significantly decrease or reduce the risk of many conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, asthma, cancer, heart disease, chronic constipation, dental caries, diabetes, and liver disease... As in my previous bestselling books, I combine groundbreaking research into all these health and weight loss benefits with home cures, cosmetic uses, household hints, and dozens of heart-healthy Mediterranean style recipes.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Canada Is Opening Up Its Borders Again!

Going to Eastern Canada...

Memories of Victoria Linger...when I traveled to Toronto, Ontario in the Spring of 2019. On October 1, 2022 (Post-Pandemic Era iCanada is now sharing it's open to travelers from America without any Covid-19 rules!) My Great Grandma was born in Toronto and I have a history of traveling there.

By Cal Orey

Soon, I'll be packing my bags (okay, they're packed since the last trip that was canceled at the eleventh hour). I will be leaving on a jet plane to Ontario, Canada. While I'm excited to revisit the region I once hitchhiked to with a dog, I still am fond of Western Canada...Here's why...

Twice when I was visiting Vancouver, British Columbia, I was smitten by the warmth and airy ambiance of tearooms, fresh, warm scones with clotted cream and tea--genuine deliciousness. This recipe is straight from the prestigious Vancouver Fairmont Hotel's chef and and place where I feel like a princess when sipping tea and savoring a fresh, warm scone. (Raisin Scones recipe, page 16, The Healing Powers of Tea)  

At Victoria, I didn't have scones or need the "tearoom experience" as I tried to tell the restaurant servers--after all, I wrote the book on it!  (But I did enjoy cool, creamy homemade gelato and iced tea, found at a small indoor shop on a corner while strolling on the streets and talking to an elderly couple from the UK whom made me feel at home.) And, at the popular Fairmont tearoom on the island. I savored two cups of  white tea (it was calming and refreshing), a garden salad with heirloom tomatoes drizzled with an olive oil and vinegar dressing. Not to forget the semi-adventurous boat tour of The Gorge.  Note to self: Go on whale tour next time and experience swells and sea life. 
Funny, I was hoping for a few waves and choppy water but none happened--smooth sailing as was the flight to and from the island. (This surprised me since it was my fear to take the small CRJ700 but it was a nice flight, no cloud cover.)  We did see one sea creature, a few swimmers... the history of the water inlet was fascinating as was the guide, much like trying a new type of tea. Swimming each morning (the pool was all mine), followed by a soak in the adjoining hot tub, drinking bottled water--and tea day, afternoon, and nighttime was bliss. 
The island shuts down early, it was the most calming Canada trip I've taken and romantic memories linger when sipping a fave cup of tea. I happily share my tea tales of on the road and visiting tearooms, sipping teas--all types, and enjoying inspired travels that I recreated in recipes for both The Healing Powers of Tea and The Healing Powers of Honey.  

On the Road Again--Gerbil Escapes Cabin
Tea and Tub Time?
Oh yeah!
While I got my fill of tea and scones in Western Canada, tea will be part of my journey.  I'm sure tea will be available in Eastern Canada--and a tea device is certain to be in my hotel room. Yes, I'm bringing my own stash of chamomile.
Thinking about bringing home those unforgettable maple syrup cookies and/or a maple leaf tattoo. Not to forget visiting the Ripley's Aquarium and more water explorations, including a salt water swimming pool and soaker tub! Yep, water is part of this trip, as always. Boat adventure? I suppose it depends on the weather and waters.

Monday, September 26, 2022

First for Women! Shares Book on How Nature's Oils Boost Immune Health

 By Cal Orey

People have been using essential oils to help beat flu and plagues for centuries. Top health doctors know certain essential oils contain antiviral and antibacterial components for bolstering immunity against germs.

In the twenty-first century, viruses and bacterial infections
are contracted wherever you go, be it at the workplace, store, airplane, or even your home with family and friends. Essential oils and their protective compounds may help guard you from catching a virus or flu—and allergies from pollen, dust and pet dander to poor air quality.

We are not powerless. But it doesn't take a doctor to figure out that if you bolster your immune system, your body will be in better shape to ward off a cold, virus, sinus woes and  allergens that can drive you crazy. Achoo!

Here are essential oils that you can use to stave off viruses as part of your anti-virus arsenal to stay well.

5 Oils to Bolster Your Immune System from
The Healing Powers of Essential Oils 
by Cal Orey, published by Kensington

#1 Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus oil is one of the best essential oils to keep the flu at because it apparently boosts your immune system. Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, founder of the Pacific Aromatherapy Institute points out that “the most effective essential oils for viral infections are those with sizable contents of cineole, mono terpene alcohol, and mono terpene hydrocarbons.” He adds, “These types of components form an effective antiviral synergy.”
What Scent-sational Rx to Use: Mix 6 drops of eucalyptus oil into a large pot of hot water. Cover your head with a lightweight towel and inhale the steam for a few minutes.
Why You’ll Feel Essentially Fine: Research shows that eucalyptus oil may be helpful because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Bronchitis, which is a viral health ailment that can be contagious, too, can be made less severe and recovery may be quicker than if one inhales eucalyptus oil.

#2 Lavender. During the fall and winter months when the temperature drops and we’re indoors more and closer to people, colds are common. But the right essential oil can help bolster your immunity and keep a miserable cold at bay!
What Scent-sational Rx to Use: Take a lavender-scented bath. Mix 3 drops of essential lavender oil with ¼ cup of jojoba or almond oil. Put the concoction into a tub filled with water.
Why You’ll Feel Essentially Fine: Lavender is a calming bacteria-fighting essential oil. Its anti-inflammatory compounds can help to keep you safeguarded against germs found on surfaces and the environment.

#3 Rosemary. When you have that irritating tickle in your throat and need to cough, well, its’ irritating. Hacking can hurt, too!
What Scent-sational Rx to Use: Combine 4 drops of rosemary essential oil into a diffuser or vaporizer. Or simply put the oil onto a handkerchief and take a whiff or two.
Why You’ll Feel Essentially Fine: Rosemary can be an aid to lessen the need to cough with due credit to a compound called 1,8-cinole. It may calm the muscles in the respiratory system, preventing coughing.

#4 Lemon. Ouch! A sore throat is an unwelcome irritation of scratch pain when you talk and swallow. It can be a sign that you may be coming down with a cold or flu. (Refer to #1.) Or it could be caused by seasonal allergies or even talking too much.
What Scent-sational Rx to Use: Try putting 1 drop of lemon oil in 8 ounces of hot water. Add 1 teaspoon raw honey for taste. Repeat twice daily.
Why You’ll Feel Essentially Fine: The oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This popular oil also may trigger saliva, which can keep the throat hydrated. Use the magical cure--you’ll be chatting soon!

#5 Sage. The primary compounds include the main antibacterial compounds, including a-pinene, camphor, b-pinene,  and limonene—which may help lessen the risk of developing inflammation, and even protect again microbes.
What Scent-sational Rx to Use: Make a spray or lotion including sage oil isn’t a bad idea. Note to self: Bring a sage spray before entering hotel rooms when traveling, and at home after being around people.
Why You’ll Feel Essentially Fine: Sage oil is a versatile essential oil. It can be used in a vaporizer to zap germs and fight viruses. You can use it diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil. Sage is also a culinary oil—which means diluted you can use it (1 toothpick drop) in a soup or fish dish with garlic, another germ warrior.

The bottom line: The essential oil cure may be the cure-all for you. Plus, taking care of you during uncertain times – can provide more health benefits and keep your immune system healthy.

8 Anti-Virus Warrior Tips to Fight Against Germs 
Fall Allergies and Immune Health

During the autumn we're often indoors more often and can cause us to be more vulnerable to catching a cold or flu or allergies to pollen. Other ways to build your immune system? Take a look.

1. Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking water, herbal teas, and vitamin C-rich liquids can flush out any toxins that you accumulate.
2. Wash your hands often to keep germs away.
3. Eat right. Plant-based foods contain carotenoids and flavonoids that have antiviral and antibacterial activity. So eating nutritious produce daily will help keep your immune system strong.
4. Forego sugar. Sugar can interfere with the proper functioning of the immune system.
5. Take vitamin C and D or get it in fortified foods like cereal, juice, or milk. Most of the research says that it improves the immune system.
6. Zinc yourself well. Zinc is a potent virus-fighter that can cut the time you spend in misery.
7. Exercise, exercise, exercise. It lowers stress levels and ups better sleep to allow the immune to get revitalized." pointed out the health practitioner that taught me well.
8. Chill out. By keeping your stress levels down, sleep better and you can keep your immune system up and healthy.

Cal Orey, M.A. Is an author and journalist. Her books include the Healing Powers Series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, Coffee, Tea, Superfoods, Essential Oils, and Herbs and Spices) published by Kensington. (The collection has been featured by the Good Cook Book Club.)

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Climate Chaos Hits California and the World!

 By Cal Orey

Climate Chaos in California is the New Normal

Is it too dangerous to live in the Golden State in the 21st century? California was once advertised as the “land of milk and honey” during the 1930s Dust Bowl era when migrants fled west to escape the severe dust storms and drought. But nowadays, the word is natural disasters from earthquakes to wildfires and dangerous air quality in northern, central, and southern California are more frequent and intense than ever before. And California dreaming has turned into a real-life nightmare. 

Is climate change (shifts in temperatures and weather patterns) to blame for an end of days scenario throughout California? Scientists will tell you there is climate chaos connection to climate change.  It’s a trigger effect and causing the perfect storm wreaking havoc throughout the West Coast states and north to Alaska “The Last Frontier.” Here are seven disasters that are causing commotion and confusion in California. Welcome to the new normal...     

So, as the Earth heats us we're experiencing droughts to heat waves. In the summer of 2022, California has been hit with high temperatures in Death Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Central California—an agricultural hub. The extreme heat has affected grapes for wine to tomatoes and much more. The end result: Prices for our favorite foods are soaring, and farmers will suffer because the damage to their crops…Worse, California has been rationing water for outdoor gardens and limiting usage of energy at prime hours to lower the risk of power outages. (Refer the film “The Trigger Effect”.) And so much more is happening!

·       Algae Bloom: Due to the September heat, lakes and waterways were affected more than normal. At Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Keys neighborhood and other regions around the lake were found to be toxic. Pets and people were recommended not to go into the water. Worse, the odor was strong like horse manure. The San Francisco Bay Area was also dealing with the unsightly algae challenges, too. The water turned green and red with massive fish die-offs, and a foul smell affected Lake Merritt in the East Bay. And scientists claim there isn’t a solution to get rid of it as they try to find answers.

·       Wildfires: Meanwhile, wildfires in California ignited in the summer (affecting the great sequoias in Yosemite). A new blaze called the Mosquito Fire (which began on September 6, north of Sacramento, and west of Lake from Tahoe), spread out of control, creating unhealthy air.

·       Air Quality: On September 11 I left South Lake Tahoe to escape the very unhealthy air and escape the potential threat of road closures and worse. The destination was Clearlake—with promise of clear air. I took the sibling, fur kids, bare essentials, and traveled west on back mountain roads ending up surrounded in hazardous smoke. On a long winding road, we were amid towering trees blanketed by a thick fog-like smoke filling the inside of the vehicle. There was no place to stop and turning back wasn’t an option. We followed the cars on the dark road. Once at Clearlake we were greeted by 107 degrees. But the rest of the state was coping with a heat wave, too. Thoughts of Yosemite (my first choice to flee still wasn't safe nor the great sequoias thanks to nature's wrath.

Nearly a week later, still hunkering down in Clearlake, Truckee in north Tahoe was dealing with hazardous air, and it moved to South Lake Tahoe. On the air quality ranking websites, it the “Dangerous” and purple color showed up on September 15. The following day Reno was ranked as the city with the unhealthiest air in the United States. The schools were shut down and people were advised to stay indoors due to a stage 3 health alert.

Two days prior, while safe in clear air and checking the air at Lake Tahoe, on September 13, my cell phone alerted me to a Shake Alert: Earthquake – “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Santa Rosa rocked. A 4.4, followed by a 3.9. More than 6000 people reported feeling it to the USGS website. And the shaker made national news at once. The twin quakes were on the Rodgers Fault (linked to the San Andreas). 

·       Flash Floods/Mudslides: Meanwhile, in the desert of Southern California flooding, flash floods and mudslides were threatening people and structures as well as destroying roads. And there’s more…

·       Rare Storms:  During the weekend of September 17-18, Northern California got word a welcomed storm was heading our way thanks to Alaska. The state got slammed with a rare storm and hurricane-force winds. One news headline reads “Alaska governor declares disaster after ‘historic-level storm’ floods coastal town”. On the upside, the storm headed south to Northern California to supply much-need rain, and maybe even snow in the Sierra.

But concern of gusty winds could ignite new wildfires and hinder containment of the out-of-control Mosquito Fire—the largest wildfire this year in California. On September 18 the Mosquito Fire was 34 percent contained and still growing: 75,000 acres. The cause is being investigated.

            Meanwhile, a threat of flash floods and mudslides in the Northern California mountains. So, heading back to the Sierra is on hold as I stay in Clearlake waiting for a sign it’s safe to go back home.

 As climate change continues to fuel Mother Nature’s wrath our environment and well-being continues to be challenged. Extreme Earth changes in California during the summer of 2022 are likely to be only the beginning of what’s coming in the future to the Golden State. Tourists are rethinking about visiting, and locals ponder migrating (much like the characters in John Steinbeck’s masterpiece Grapes of Wrath) for both survival and sanity’s sake in search of a better life.


Will Global Warming Grow Natural Disasters Around the World?

Yes, as the planet warms, say science experts. there may be more flooding and cyclones, thanks to the melting of glaciers, and sea levels rising. Climate change plays a role in the atmosphere and lakes and oceans, and it affects the Earth’s crust as well. There may not be a direct link between climate change and fire, according to scientists, but researchers have found strong correlations between warm summer temperatures and large fire years. This, in result, shows there is a consensus that fire happenings will increase with climate change.

Also, science gurus agree, an increase in seismic activity can happen due to the loss of groundwater during a drought. Plus, heavy rain, flooding, and snow affect the Earth’s crust and can trigger earthquakes, too.  Keep in mind, climate change isn’t just a California thing—life-threatening natural disasters are happening in the South, Northeast, Midwest, all around the nation and world. 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Road Trip -- Escape to Clearlake

By Cal Orey


Home at South Lake Tahoe. Since the 9th I fled town due to the dangerous smoke from Mosquito Fire... ended up driving on a winding road with worse smoke (probably 800+) making its way into the vehicle. So surreal and scary--smoke, trees, smoke. I was concerned about my Siamese (dealing with car sickness), Aussie sensed we were in harm's way, sibling (in stay stoic mode)...

I even put on a mask to cope with the thick fog-like smoke surrounding us. Called a friend to stay grounded. "Will we be okay?" and "I'm really scared. This is bad." Car lights were on and there was no turning back. Nowhere to go. It was like we were zapped to a Twilight Zone place.


We headed to Clearlake where the air quality was fair and temp 107--tell it to an Australian Shepherd with a double coat. Separate suites of the lake like some of Tahoe's waterways were suffering from toxic algae bloom, too, from the heat wave. But the air was doable not hazardous like at Lake Tahoe. I sensed on the 9th it would get worse. It did.

Then, the quake alert on my cell -- you all know about that but I didn't tell you I was at
Clearlake on a fourth floor. Never heard it before but talked about it on C2CAM -- scary! No idea of what mag/or where...

Next up? A fluke intense /lightning storm with a power outage. Then, heavy rain in NorCal! Weather forecasts of flash flood warnings to mudslides for the sierra back roads greeted me. Still getting over the dangerous air event on the winding road.


So, would I evacuate again due to bad air from wildfires? Probably. Yosemite is the next choice if it's not burning with its sequoias like earlier in the past summer. But leaving does have new challenges. I'm whooped. Thanks to a brave young woman -- my fish, tree garden, and home is happy and healthy. *I turned on one of the air purifiers? ASH greeted me as a reminder of why I left. I changed the filter.
I must add while it's extra work taking the fur kids both were strong boys and did well -- better than last summer during the Caldor Fire...Seeing the burned areas of all the trees was heartbreaking. But coming home after this adventure? Gratitude for my oasis. Survived. Not so sure I'm keeping my booked flight to AK. The lightning storm was as good as the northern lights. Enough adventure for a while. Time for a cup of tea in my environment.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Healing Powers of Superfoods -- Super for Fall

 By Cal Orey


Saturday, September 17, 2022

'Tis the Season for Honey -- Popular Book Goes Audiobook...Sale Ebook for Autumn!


Honey History: An Ancient Nectar of the Gods

By Cal Orey

Let’s go way, way back into the past. Take a honey bee’s-eye view of why and how honey is one of the ancient world’s first—and most remarkable—natural wonders on Earth.

(The Biblical Era) Holy Honey Hints From Long Ago

Indeed, honey is mentioned countless times in the Bible. The phrase “milk and honey” were used at least 21 different places to describe fertility and prosperity of the Promised Land. Honey is also one of the Bible’s good-for-you healing foods. Not only is golden honey found in the Old Testament, but it’s noted in Greek mythology, too.

(2600 B.C.) The Egyptian Seed Of Honey

            While myths and legends are mind-boggling, inscription on Sumerian tablets are more believable and hint that the Sumerians were the world’s first beekeepers. But historians say it was the ancient Egyptians who started the craft of tending to bees and reaping rewards. The ancient Egyptians were also known to include honey in cooking, especially for honey cakes, and as offerings to the gods.

(Middle Ages) Blossomed To Ancient Greece And Rome

            Once Egypt paved the way for beekeeping, Greece and Rome were next in line. Aristotle, Hippocrates (a Greek physician), and Dioscorides (a master herbalist and doctor of Greek medicine) touted honey’s magic, noting its amazing remedies, including as a wound salve, a cough medicine, an aid to rid one of body lice, and a cure for earache.

            The most beloved honey, from the perspective of the Greeks, was honey that came from thyme—growing on the slopes near Athens. Honey was the only sweetener available in Europe at the time, aside from syrups made from dried fruits and herbs. Thyme, an antiseptic her, was believed by its people in the Roman era to provide courage, stamina, and used in the Four Thieves Formula to guard against the bubonic plague.

(The 11th Century A.D.) Honey Sweetens Up Britain And America

            So, there is a trail of evidence that hints that exactly when honey made its move from Greece and Rome to the British Isles it was wild bees that deserved credit. Clues have been found on Neolithic pottery remains around 5,000 years back—and beekeeping was likely practiced in England before the Roman invasion. By the 11th century A.D., beekeeping was noted in the Domesday Book list noting the number of hives each landholder owned—to show how important bees were to mankind.

(15th Century) Honey Enters The USA

            The European honey bee was brought by man (they did not make the flight themselves) to New England in about 1638. North American natives called these honey bees the white man’s flies. Honey was used to prepare good and beverages, to make cement, to preserve fruits, and for medicinal purposes. But tending to honey bees and gathering honey was not perfected as a fine art because of the challenges of beekeeping. Simply put, the intricate extraction of honey was not an easy process for beekeepers or bees.

(19th and 20th Centuries) The Lure of Honey Grew

Attraction of honey in cooking and for medicinal purposes was a mainstay around the globe after its historical roots spread. Major producers of honey included (and still do) Argentina, China, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States, and the Ukraine.

(21st Century) Honey Is a Mainstay Globally

These days, in the 21st century, much like yesteryear, honey with its healing powers and interest as a natural sweetener and superfood, is in demand by consumers around the world.


Honey Pioneers In The 20th Century

v The Worldly Bee Lady: Eva Crane ended up being a dedicated worker bee as a researcher and author on the subjects of bees and beekeeping.

v The Vermont Country Doctor: D.C. Jarvis, touted the nectar of the gods to his Vermont patients. It was part of his bag of folk remedies to prevent and treat illnesses.

v The Manuka Honey Guru: Dr. Peter Molan, Ph.D., a New Zealand professor had been at the forefront of the importance of manuka honey and its medicinal merits.


Adapted from The Healing Powers of Honey: A Complete Guide to Nature’s Remarkable Nectar! (Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation)

Cal Orey, M.A.,  is an accomplished author and journalist. She penned the popular Healing Powers Series. Visit her website at .



Fall into the Powers of Tea this Autumn -- Bestseller Banner Many Times

  By Cal Orey

Then, it happened. A week ago, Newsmax made the decision to bring The Healing Powers of Tea on board to accompany my other books in the Healing Powers Series. 
Last year, November 11, the TEA book was again number 1... this past August 1 The Healing Powers of Tea was graced with the Best Seller banner on Amazon --  #1 again!

It's a perfect read for autumn and winter days... And don't forget, January is National Hot Tea Month. Tea, all varieties, is a must-have in winter months. Stock your pantry with black, white, green, and herbal types for well-being.  And there's more...

Last week, my favorite TEA book wore the Best Seller banner "badge" of book honor on the Amazon website. And it doesn't surprise me. This book -- one out of nine -- is one of my darlings. The stories are real, my travels are real, and the info is timeless.

Back on April 29, The Healing Powers of Tea was attracting readers on a variety of online bookseller websites, including amazon, barnes and noble, walmart, kobo, apple, and google. This book is #6 in the Healing Powers Series... 

Also, the popular, prestigious Fairmont Hotel in Victoria, B.C., Canada ordered both The Healing Powers of Tea and The Healing Powers of Honey for their tearoom gift shop. Foreign rights to Estonia! And a Publisher's Weekly Review! And I will never forget the wonder teas I tried, including Harney & Teas...

*The Healing Powers of Superfoods, Honey, Coffee, Vinegar, Chocolate, Essential Oils, Olive Oil will also soothe you this autumn; don't for the 2021 release The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices (complete with surprise travels). The only seasonings book infused with TLC of the Mediterranean herbs and spices for your nose and taste buds and imagination as I whisk you away around the globe!