December '22 Newsletter

I read an article recently on the blog of Nick Polizzi on the fact that pine, spruce and fir trees have various healing properties. If your family is planning to bring home an evergreen tree or place a pine wreath on the door, you are bringing healing power into your home!

  • The sap has powerful anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties. If you are on a hike and get cut, or camping and get burned, you can use pine sap as a source of first aid.
  • The bark is actually edible, although it is easier to reap its benefits as an extract. The bark contains powerful antioxidants, and has been shown to lower glucose levels, improve diabetes symptoms, prevent hearing loss, restore balance, stave off infections, reduce inflammation, and various other benefits.
  • The pine needles are loaded with vitamin C – more than five times as much as an orange – as well as vitamins A, E and B. You can make a pine needle tea by bringing a cup of water to a boil, adding ½ cup of chopped needles and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes, and then squeeze some lemon into the tea for flavor.
  • The nuts in pine cones can suppress one's appetite, boost energy, reduce the risk of heart disease and improve vision.
  • Pine essential oil can alleviate headaches, relieve pain, boost energy and mood, treat acne and other skin conditions, act as a decongestant and freshen a room.

  • Pretty amazing!

    However you celebrate during the holiday season, add some pine to your celebration.

    If you have someone on your shopping list for whom you are having a tough time thinking of a suitable present, consider getting them a package of book coaching or publishing services so they can become a published author! Give them the opportunity to leave their legacy – their wisdom for their family and others to benefit from.

    Wishing everyone a happy holiday and a joyous, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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    Each month, we bring you an expert to help you get your book done, leverage your book, grow your business or improve your life. The shows are recorded, and you can listen to the recording by clicking here.

    Last month as well as this month, I am delving into the biggest mistakes I've seen authors make. I've helped hundreds of authors during the past 10 years and have seen a lot of mistakes that have caused undue frustration, wasted time and reduced profits. Tune in so you can benefit from the hard knocks of others and learn to avoid making these mistakes.

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    4. Tip of the Month: Why Authors should give out bookmarks

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