Joni Madere

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How Does Your Garden Grow?


April is National Garden Month. Get your garden going with the pH water each type of plant prefers.

The water I use, Kangen Water®, revitalizes weak plants, stimulates seed germination and aids seedling development. 

Plants that Prefer Slightly Alkaline Water (pH 8.5 - 9.5)

Most of these plants show optimal growth in the 7.5 - 8.5, so you can experiment between 8.5 and neutral water (pH 7.0) to find the best results. The pH of your soil will have a big impact on which water you should use. These plants include: asparagus, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, carrots, mushrooms, parsley, geraniums, irises, phlox, vinca, hydrangeas (for pink blooms), and lilacs. Hydrangeas are a rare plant, as the pH of your water will change the color of the blooms.

Plants that Prefer Slightly Acidic Water (pH 4.0 - 6.0)

Some plants prefer slightly acidic water and soil: rhododendrons, begonias, azaleas, heathers, hydrangeas (for blue blooms), peanuts, cucumbers, potatoes, dill, leeks, chili peppers, eggplant, garlic, chives, artichoke, tomatoes, and most berries. Roses grow most vibrantly with pH 5.5 - 6.5, so you may want to experiment with slightly acidic water (set at pH 6.0) and neutral water (pH 7.0) to see which one yields the healthiest roses with your particular soil. Remember to always take into consideration the pH of your soil when you choose which water to use on your plants.

Plants that Prefer Neutral Water (pH 7.0)

Many vegetables and plants thrive in a neutral pH. These plants include spinach, parsnips, dahlias, chrysanthemums, brussels sprouts, sweet peas, broccoli, asparagus, beans, avocado, cantaloupe, kiwi, mint, lettuce, onions, yams, radishes, squash, bell peppers, and tulips. Use neutral water to keep these plants hydrated and healthy.

No matter which Kangen Water® pH level you choose for your garden, you can have peace of mind that your plants will be healthy with this clean, high-quality water. Think of how delicious your fruits and vegetables will taste after they've been watered with pH water they prefer instead of chlorinated tap water.

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Happy Earth Day!

Beauty Maven Alert


Beauty Maven - I am decidedly not.

I am about as low maintenance as it gets in the beauty department. I’d rather be running around in the mountains, surfing oceans, writing, working, making art, and conquering the world. All kidding aside… but seriously, holistic health is my all-the-time gig.

Beauty is a part of holistic health. I prefer to keep it simple, smart, and earth-friendly.

When we look good, we feel good. When we feel good, we look good.

With the water I introduced into my life only a few months ago, I have noticed even in the dry winter climates I choose to live, that my skin and hair is recovering a great deal more. 

With amazing organic eco products and face serums in place for a long time, I knew that because I was drinking plenty of water, but was still thirsty and still experiencing drier skin, something was amiss.

I completed full check ups with all of my doctors. All is well. But no matter how much water I was drinking, while searching for a nearest ladies room, I was still thirsty and my skin still leaned toward dry.

With this new-to-me water, not only is my thirst quenched, but my skin, most noticeably my face, hands, and hair are no longer in constant need of oil, lotion and conditioner applications. I use the same pH water everywhere, so much less need for any facial toners, conditioners or copious amounts of moisturizers.

Incredible not only for me and my family, but for:

  1. my pocketbook in regard to beauty product purchases

  2. the planet in regard to reduction of plastic and any other format that bottles lotions and potions

Now I’m not gonna lie. 

I live in one of the coldest, driest and highest elevations in North America. I am 48 years old. I have always leaned to the dry side when it comes to hair, skin and nails. So it is a long-time challenge and I stand by the products I do still use and offer as recommendations.

After a couple decades of slathering straight-up African Shea Butter on my hands (and feet) to keep them from drying, cracking, peeling and becoming unsightly due to constant hand-washing while working in hospitality, trail running plenty of mileage, and teaching yoga - these styles of work/play coupled with client and business meetings, I am beyond grateful that the days of swimming in moisturizers is OVER. 

I dip in once in a while when the harsh climate really rears its head, but one less step in my daily routine is a blessing.

Ultimately, it lends to what we are all looking for more of…


TIME with family, chosen-family, friends, and animal companions.

To me, this is what Holistic Health is truly all about.

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