How to Make Lotion at Home

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How to Make Lotion
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      1. Fill a small saucepan or pot with water and bring it to boil. Once the water has boiled, reduce heat to medium. This will be our water bath.
      2. Combine the oil and emulsifying wax, put it in the water bath to melt.
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      3. Boil 2 cups of water. Pour melted oil/wax mixture into the water. Stir and let cool a little. Pour into lotion bottle while still warm and pourable.
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      Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

      What makes organic coconut oil so special?

      cold pressed coconut oilThe process of making organic coconut oil starts with freshly harvested coconuts which are de-husked and grated. The meat of the coconut is dried to remove the water, and then it is cold pressed and filtered to remove any remaining pieces of fruit. Some coconut oil is extracted using high heat, chemicals, and even bleach. That’s why it is so important to buy organic coconut oil from a reliable supplier or a reputable store.

      If you want the best quality oil, look for Organic Raw Cold Pressed Virgin coconut oil.  It is cold pressed from only fresh coconuts, which allows it to retain more nutrients, flavor and aromas of fresh coconut.

      Differences: Expeller pressed coconut or centrifugal coconut oil are not cold pressed. 

      If you compare virgin coconut oil bought from various suppliers you will feel the difference in the quality, nutrition, taste and smell.

      You can use Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in cooking – it stands up to relatively high heat and gives a distinctive flavor to salad dressings. You can bake with coconut oil and even use it as a moisturizer for dry skin.  It’s true! And it is fun to watch coconut oil fluctuate from a solid to a liquid state right in your hands. The temperature of the skin warms up coconut oil causing the transformation from solid form into liquid.

      Where to buy Organic Raw Cold Pressed Virgin coconut oil

      A couple places where I buy Organic Raw Cold Pressed Virgin coconut oil are Whole Foods and Traders Joe’s. I am sure healthy food and vitamin supply stores carry it as well. And there is always the internet.

      I always buy 2 jars: one for cooking and one to use as moisturizer for the skin (for my beauty routine).

      Beet Salad with Walnuts

      Vegetables are an essential part of any diet and there are endless ways of using them to add variety and interest to everyday meals. I think beets look very pretty at the farmers market. But, I often get a question of what do you do with them? I personally prefer cooked beets over raw. Cooking beets brings out the sweetness of the vegetable and adds a whole new dimension of taste.

      Cage Free Vs. Free Range Eggs

       I  buy only “Pasture Raised” eggs. Here is why. 

      cage free chickens

      Are you going to the trouble of  buying “Cage Free ” eggs, and paying more money for it, thinking it is better for the environment, chickens, and you? This is exactly what I used to do. And now I am posting this article to help all of us make better choices.

      CAGE FREE:

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      What does cage free mean?

      The cage free label only means that the chickens were not raised in cages and were able to roam in a building, room or enclosed area with unlimited access to food and fresh water during their production cycle. However chickens can still be confined in very close quarters inside a building where they are standing in their own muck and can barely move. Chickens have little or no access to the outdoors.

      FREE RANGE:

      free range eggs label

      What does the Free Range label mean?

      According to USDA regulation, the term “free range” only means that the chickens were allowed access to the outside. Since there is no specification to the duration or quality of the outdoor exposure, it can be just a  small door in a giant warehouse leading to several feet of outside dirt space. As I said there is no specification to the outdoor space, it does not have to have green grass, herbs etc.

      Since the door is typically small and warehouses are typically large, most of the chicken never find the door.

       

      VEGETARIAN FED:

      vegetarian fed egg

      I have recently noticed a new term appearing on egg cartons “vegetarian fed”  When I saw the label, I right away thought that the chickens were fed healthy vegetables and grains. But then again, chickens like to eat bugs and insects. After some research here is what I learned.  “Vegetarian Raised” chickens are raised on industrialized feed, probably GMO and are NEVER allowed outside. EVER!

      The Lexicon of Sustainability: THE EGG VIDEO

       

      PASTURE RAISED:

      Yes, THIS is the term to go for!

      Due to the number of variables involved in pasture-raised agricultural systems, the USDA has not developed a definition for pasture-raised products. Although the “pasture-raised”  label does not have any current regulations, it is being used by sustainable farmers to indicate chickens raised in the pasture, outdoors. Pasture raised eggs are what we want when shopping for eggs.  Pasture raised eggs come from HAPPY CHICKENS!

      Aromatherapy for Arthritis

      Aromatherapy  blend for arthritis pain relief.

      arthritis aromatherapyINGREDIENTS:

      8 drops peppermint essential oil
      12 drops rosemary officinalis essential oil
      8 drops juniper essential oil
      8 drops helichrysum/everlasting essential oil
      1 oz arnica infused oil
      1 oz sweet almond oil

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      arthritis
      DIRECTIONS:

      Put all the ingredients into the dark blue or brown bottle and roll gently to mix.
      Pump into hands and rub on painful areas.

      Post Acne Aromatherapy Blend

      This essential oil blend helps remove sun spots and acne spots from the skin. It is also effective for reducing pore size and treating acne scars. 

       scar blendIngredients:

      Essential Oils:

      Helichrysum essential oil – 10 drops

      Frankincense oil – 8 drops

      Rosemary Verbenone oil – 8 drops

      Lemon essential oil – 2 drops

       

      Carrier Oils:

      Tamanu oil – 1/4 oz

      Rosehip Seed oil – 1/4 oz

      Hazelnut oil – 1/2 oz

      Directions:

      Add essential oils to a dark blue or brown glass bottle. Add base oils and gently roll the bottle to combine the oils.

      NOTE: This blend is especially effective, when combined with healthy diet and exercise.

       

      Aromatherapy Face Serum

      This  serum can be used daily as a face moisturizer after cleansing and toning.

      acne spot removal

      Ingredients:

      Geranium oil – 4 drops

      Lavender oil – 4 drops

      Neroli oil – 6 drops

      Primrose oil – 1/4 oz

      Hazelnut oil –  1/4 oz

      Rosehip Seed oil – 1/4 oz

       

      Directions:

      Add essential oils (first three oils) to the dark glass bottle.  Then add base oils: primrose, hazelnut, rosehip seed oil. Roll gently to mix oils.

       

       

       

      Going Gluten Free

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      Bake your own cookies

      While purchasing an already made gluten-free cookie sounds very convenient, it will most likely be processed and have more preservatives than if you made it yourself. Instead of store-bought cookies, bake your own. Choose a gluten free cookie mix at your health food store.

      There is a large variety of gluten free flour mixes available nowadays. Here are some great gluten-free flour optionsBob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour, Organic Amaranth Flour,  Brown Rice FlourAlmond Flour, Organic Quinoa Flour, Tapioca Flour. You can always dress up your cookies to your taste preference or your kids taste preferences. Adding nuts, spices, fruit, chocolate, coconut or ginger will make gluten-free cookies not only delicious but more nutrient dense.  You can even make extra dough and freeze it for later.

       

      You might be surprised to learn that some candies contain gluten. While licorice is G-free, a lot commercial licorice candies are not. 

      My all time favorite is Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix.  You can find some other gluten free baking mixes at  your local Whole Woods store.  Try Pamela’s  gluten free Chocolate Brownie Mix, gluten free Chocolate Cake Mix, gluten free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix.

      When choosing gluten free ready-to-go cookies, use the same overall nutritional guidelines used to choose healthy products. Avoid partially hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, high fructose syrup, etc.

       

      Can’t Lose Weight? Thyroid problem could be sabotaging your diet

      Tired?
      Can’t Lose Weight?

      An undiagnosed thyroid problem could be sabotaging your diet and weight loss efforts.

      Can’t lose weight – no matter how hard you try? Do you always gain all of your weight back after starving yourself on a super effective diet?

      If you are watching your diet, cutting out junk food, exercising, etc…, and still cannot lose weight, it very well might be your underactive thyroid!

      thyroid problems weight gainTake a minute to look at your entire day.  Do you wake up exhausted, do you have to convince yourself to get out bed?  Are you reaching for the next cup of coffee before you have even finished the first one looking for more energy to get you through the day?

      When you run your hand through your does it feel like your hair is getting thinner?

      Weight gain, headaches, dry skin, hair loss, lack of energy, and uncontrollable cravings for sweet food all may be signs of a thyroid problem.

      In some cases, we live with these issues for such a long time that they become a part of our lives and define who we are. We think this is the way it is supposed to be. We blame ourselves if we have lack the motivation to get up in the morning; we call ourselves lazy if we don’t have the energy go to the gym.

      IT IS NOT YOUR WILLPOWER. IT IS YOUR THYROID!

      Stop blaming yourselves and check your thyroid’s function. Ask your doctor for thyroid test!!!

       

      Eczema Blend

      oils for aczema

      Ingredients

      7 drops palmarosa essential oil
      10 drops lavender essential oil
      7 drops green myrtle essential oil
      1/2 oz tamanu oil (calaphyllum inophylumfor) for base
      1/2 oz rose hip seed oil for base

      Preparation

      Take 1 oz bottle and add first three essential oils into bottle.
      Then add 1/2 oz tamanu oil and 1/2 oz rose hip seed oil.
      Close the bottle and roll the bottle to combine.
      You can apply this blend to effected area up to 3 times a day.

      Hot Tea Recipes

       Mint Tea
      Moroccan Mint Tea

       

      Ingredients:

      • 1  tsp Moroccan Mint
      • 1/2  tsp green tea

       

       

       

       Preparation:

      Put tea, sugar and mint in a teapot. Bring water to boil. Pour 2 cups of hot water into pot and let steep 5 minutes. Strain into teacups.

       

       

      orange green tea

      Tonic Tea

      Ingredients:

      • 1 tsp green tea
      • 1/2 tsp orange peel
      • 1/2 tsp lemongrass
      • pinch of ginger

       

       

       

       

       

      Rooibos Citron Tea

      Rooibos Citron Tea

      Ingredients:

      • 1 tsp rooibos
      • 1/2 tsp lemongrass
      • 1/2 tsp orange peel

       

       

       

       

       

       

      homemade chai

      Home Chai

      Ingredients:

      • 1/2 tsp black tea
      • 1/2 tsp rooibos
      • 2 pinches of cinnamon
      • pinch of ginger

       

       

       

       

      orange spice tea

      Orange Spice Tea

      Ingredients:

      • 1 tsp white tea
      • 1/2 tsp orange peel
      • pinch of cinnamon
      • pinch of green tea

       

       

       

      rose tea

      Rose Petal Tea

      Ingredients:

      • 1 tsp rose petals
      • 1/2 tsp lemongrass
      • pinch of orange peel

       

       

      Ayurveda Weight Loss Detox Soup

      ayurvedic weight loss mung bean soupDid you know that mung bean soup has a powerful effect? Mung beans combined with certain sharp and penetrating herbs help break down toxins and flush them out of our body.   According to science of  Ayurveda, green mung bean soup helps balance all 3 doshas.

      While mung bean soup is delicious and nutritious on its own,  the driving force behind the detoxification process are the spices added to the soup. When combined together in correct proportion, these spices assist in removing toxic mucus that lodges in the body over time due to poor diet or lack of exercise. The body tends to gain weight when its poisoned. By removing toxins and cleansing we assist the body in natural weight loss. This is why mung bean soup is the perfect soup to jump start your weight loss.

      MUNG BEAN SOUP RECIPE

      Ingredients                                                         Preparation Time:  45 minutes

      1 cup whole green mung beans
      2-4 cups of water – to achieve the soup consistency
      1 tbsp sunflower oil or ghee
      1/2 tsp mustard seeds
      1/4 tsp hing (known as asafoetida)
      1 bay leaf
      1/2-1 tsp salt
      1/2 tsp turmeric weight loss ayurveda
      1/2 tsp  cumin
      1/2 tsp coriander powder
      1½ tsp ginger – chopped
      1/2 tsp garlic – chopped
      1½ tsp lemon juice
      1 tsp raw sugar cane (optional)
      a pinch of black pepper ( very important!)

       

      Directions

      • Rinse mung beans and soak overnight in water. In the morning drain the mung beans again at least two times. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add rinsed green mung beans and cook until tender. It takes around 40 minutes for the mung beans to be fully cooked (the beans have to be broken).
      • Peel garlic and chop finely. Remove skin from ginger root and chop.
      • In a large deep saucepan  heat the oil or ghee and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds pop, add hing, bay leaf, turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic and a pinch of black pepper. Mix right away. Do not allow to burn.
      • Add the cooked beans with the fresh 2 cups of water into the saucepan. Add lemon juice, salt, and sugar (optional). Bring to a boil,  simmer for a few minutes and enjoy!

      12 Tips to a Successful Yoga Practice

      This initial checklist helped me start my yoga practice…

      • Always practice Hatha Yoga on an empty stomach: allow 3-4 hours after a meal or 1 hour after a snack.
      • Take a warm bath or a shower before and after Hatha Yoga practice, if you can.
      • Wear light, loose clothing, preferably made of natural fibers, that do not restrict your movements and you feel comfortable in.
      • Practice yoga barefoot.
      • Practice Hatha Yoga outdoors if possible; otherwise the room should be well ventilated.
      • Turn the phone off. This is YOUR time.
      •  Find the time which works best for you: some people find it easy to practice yoga in the morning, others prefer evenings.
      • Create a habit: practicing yoga at the same time every day.
      • Practice yoga with patience.
      • In the morning or during cold weather, your muscles will be stiffer, so carefully ease into postures at first.
      • Perform all of the postures (asanas) slowly and with control, concentrating on your breathing and relaxing into the position.
      • Get a special yoga mat for yourself. This is really important not because it makes your practice easier and safer, but because this is your sacred space or temple. Don’t let anyone step on your yoga mat because you will eventually build up energy on your mat, which will support you. Your mat is your portable temple.