Flower Power Infused Water.

The incredible edible flower. That’s right, SOME flowers are edible (Do your research! Some flowers are poisonous!!) Always make sure they are from a reliable source (I got mine in a package from Whole Foods by the fresh herb section) and eat ONLY the petals. Never eat flowers from a nursery, florist or roadside; many of these are treated with pesticides, herbicides and are laden with car exhaust fumes.

Petals can add a variety of flavor to water, salads, soups, teas, and desserts. They contain many vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and anti-inflammatory properties; can also have relaxing effects on emotional well-being, reducing anxiety, calming stress, and soothing the nervous system.

Some examples:

Violets contain rutin, a phytochemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help strengthen capillary walls

Rose petals contain bioflavonoids and antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, B3, C and E

Nasturtiums contain cancer-fighting lycopene and lutein, a carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits that is important for vision health

Lavender contains vitamin A, calcium and iron, and is said to benefit your central nervous system

Chive blossoms (the purple flower of the chive herb) contain vitamin C, iron and sulfur, and have traditionally been used to help support healthy blood pressure levels

Introduce them sparingly at first to avoid any potential digestive upset or allergic reactions. If you have allergies to pollen, I would avoid eating.
Always take caution with your health, research and consult with your physician before starting anything new.

All my best.
✌🌹🌺🌸✨

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No Bake Almond Butter Cookies.

The best thing about these is that they’re packed with protein and minimal sugar which means you can have cookies for breakfast!! 🙂

Recipe:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond pulp (left over from making almond milk)
  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1/2 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c organic rolled oats
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp crystal salt
  • dash of almond milk as needed.

 

Mix everything together in a Vitamix, spoon out onto parchment paper on cookie sheet and freeze for 4+ hours. Store in airtight container in fridge.

Snack guilt free.

 

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Monsanto-Free Seeds & Heirlooms.

With this crazy cold weather we have been having, I don’t think most of us are gardening yet. If you haven’t bought seeds and want to start your seedlings indoors, please purchase from a company that sells Monsanto-free & heirloom seeds.

Here’s a link to a blog site that did the work and research for us. Many thanks to them! ♥

http://occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/06/monsanto-free-seed-companies/

 

 

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Natural Remedies For Fuller Hair.

Nothing but hair. My big hair tips. 💁

I have naturally curly, frizzy, dry hair and getting this all under control wasn’t always that easy.
When I wanted frizz control, my hair was weighed down. When I wanted volume, my frizz was out of control.
I stopped using products with ingredients like sulfates, parabens, ethanol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydroquinone, phthalates, etc (all carcinogens linked to health hazards) and switched to natural remedies.
I use homemade oil treatments/deep conditioning treatments. Many of my hair recipes have a heavy amount of oil which works for my hair type. If you have thinner or oily hair, I would recommend omitting coconut oil. I also change my routine a lot to prevent build up. Here’s the basic…

Shampoo:
1/4 cup homemade coconut milk
1/3 cup Liquid Castille Soap (like Dr. Bronners)
20 drops of essential oils
1/2 tsp olive or almond oil
Mixed together, store in a BPA free plastic bottle.

Conditioner:
2 tbsp unrefined Shea butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp rosewater
10-20 drops of essential oils
Whipped together in mixer, store in a BPA free plastic bottle.

**Once a week wash hair with 1 cup water and 1 tbsp baking soda for any build up.

**Sometimes instead of conditioner, I do a hair rinse made with 1 cup water, 1 tbsp ACV, 1 tsp honey, 3 drops essential oils. Followed by a leave in spray made with half water/rose water, 1 tbsp coconut oil or Moroccan oil, and essential oils.

All my best beauties! 👸🌟✨

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All natural, toxic-free skincare regimen.

This post is for the ladies 😉

I get asked about my skincare often so here it is all at once.
I wash my face every morning and night (no matter how tired I am) with plain vegetable glycerin soap. Ending with a cold rinse. Then I use either witch hazel or rose water for a toner. Followed by a moisturizer of either Argan Oil or Rose Hip Oil or a blend made with Jojoba Oil & essential oils (more on essential oils soon)

I take care of any breakouts with tea tree oil and a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water/rose water. I use a homemade face mask, and a baking soda microdermabrasion scrub once a week. I also use the gel from an aloe vera plant to heal and tighten my skin.
Argan oil is a natural source of antioxidants that help fight free radicals, reduce sun damage, and boost skin collagen levels. Very high in vitamin E. (Argan oil comes from the green nuts on an Argan tree, people with nut allergies should not use)
Rose hip oil (fruit from a rose plant) not only rehydrates skin but also reduces acne scars, helps with sun damage and age spots, and restores elasticity in skin. Very high in vitamin C.
If you are juicing everyday and eating high amounts of raw foods, you will naturally start to detox. That is a great thing !!! But if your liver and colon can not expel toxins at the rate you’re pulling them from your cells and tissues, you will notice the toxins come out through your skin. Don’t let this discourage you! I handled this by slowing down the rate of detoxing by incorporating more cooked foods (50/50 ratio) and by taking a dandelion & milk thistle capsule. And remember, water water water!
All my best beauties!

Xoxo!

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Antioxidant’s Synergry Effects.

Remember in my last post I talked about mushrooms being a very good source of natural Angiogenesis Inhibitors? What else was include in that list, can you remember? Berries and cinnamon! I’ll show you how I combined those two in a tasty smoothie AND triple the amount of antioxidants.

Now this will make your heart melt, it’s what I call a super smoothie.

  • 16 oz frozen mixed berries
  • 10 oz frozen cherries
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tbsp homemade almond butter
  • 2 cups homemade almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flax seed oil
  • 1 tsp maca power (have to work your way up to that amount)
  • 1/2 tsp cacao power,
  • 1/2 tsp cacao nibs
  • chia seeds

Thaw out the frozen fruit just a tad before throwing everything into a Vitamix blender. The ingredients are enough for two people or just store in a mason jar and drink tomorrow.

Now how does this particular smoothie have 3x the amount of antioxidants than a normal smoothie!? Berries are known as a superfruit, due to their high level of antioxidants but cacao (real chocolate) has a higher level of antioxidants than most superfruits. When you combine these two together, you get triple the amount of anti oxidation than if you were to eat them alone.

This is my favorite smoothie by far.

Enjoy!

🙂

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Vitamin Detox Water.

Make your own vitamin water from home. It’s quick, easy, and free of certain chemicals like crystalline fructose. Crystalline fructose is an even more processed version of high-fructose corn syrup…providing the body with a pure jolt of fructose.

All you have to do is take 1-2 cups of whatever fruit or veggies you like, throw them in a 32 oz mason jar and fill the rest up with filtered water. Let this sit overnight and in the morning, you’ll have vitamin water to give your body a gentle wake up. Be sure to always use organic fruit/veggies when making a drink like this. You’re essentially soaking the fruit and whatever else is on it in water then drinking that water. Talk about a pesticide drink, yeah we don’t want that.

Now let’s turn this vitamin water into a gentle detox. By gentle I mean there is no fasting, and no hard-core detoxing effects. Just a light cleansing, helping to eliminate toxins from the body.

Juice one lemon and two limes. Pour into a 32 oz mason jar along with slices of cucumber, lemon, lime and mint leaves. Fill the rest up with filtered water. Remember the more you put into the jar, the less room there is for water.

Why this mixture is a great detox:

  • Drinking water in the morning will jump start your metabolism and wake up your digestive system.
  • Reduces irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Great for cleansing the liver & kidneys of impurities.
  • Cleans the blood.
  • Fights sickness with it’s antibacterial properties.
  • Boosts immune system.
  • Improves blemishes, skin tone and quality.
  • Helps keep the body in an alkaline state.
  • Acts as a diuretic.
  • Great for morning breath.

A good rule of thumb is to drink 20 mins before eating breakfast.

** If you have sensitive teeth or just want to protect the enamel on your pearly whites, make sure you drink with a straw and don’t brush right after consuming. Wait till after you’ve eaten breakfast to brush.

Happy Spring Cleaning!  🙂

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