Monthly Archives: January 2012
There is nothing better than being in a large tub of extremely hot water infused with whatever floats my boat at the moment. I remember how therapeutic it was to come home after working long shifts at a restaurant and taking a bath to soothe my legs and back and chill out before going to sleep.
Now over the years I have discovered many things you can put in the bath to help you out with whatever you are feeling at the moment. When you need a pick me up, cooling, down, a detox, or whatever, a proper bath will aid you!
- Bubble bath
- Baking soda
- Essential oils
- Herbs and spices
- Flower Essences
Baking soda is particularly great if you and feeling a little “off”, maybe overwhelmed, maybe anxious, maybe your immune system feels vulnerable, etc. Baking soda baths are a technique used in energy healing to clear your bodies aura of anything that may be effecting it negatively.
You can choose from a variety of essential oils that suit you mood. Just add a couple of drops to the bath water. Make sure you are using pure essential oils and not the synthetic stuff which is toxic to your body.
- Lavender is great when you want to relax
- Mint for when you need to cool down
- Orange for energy
- Ylang Ylang as an aphrodisiac
Salt can be used to help your aching muscles.
Flower essences are an interesting form of homeopathy that uses specific flower essences preserved in alcohol to overcome a certain emotion that is negatively affecting you…or they aid you in developing the emotion needed to help you (joy, courage, etc.). You may have heard of Bach remedies or even just Rescue Remedy. These are flower essences. Here is a link to a great website to find out more about these flower remedies. Add 5-6 drops to the bath water.
Herbs and spices can be used as well. Currently I am only using Cayenne because it heats up your body (I need to use cooler water when I use cayenne because it is so hot!) and makes you sweat a lot! There are many websites that talk about herbal remedies that you can google to find out more about other herbs you may want to add into your bath water.
Here are some useful combinations:
- Salt (pure salt or Epsom salt) with a few drops of lavender essential oil to relax your mind and soothe your aching muscles.
- Cayenne pepper and baking soda to draw out the toxins and make you sweat
- Baking soda, salt and flower essence of you choice to help with whatever the flower essence is supposed to help with
This morning I had a bubble bath, cayenne pepper and flower essence (called Evolution) bath!
Now that I’ve given you this many option, go scavenge your pantries, run your bath and clear your mind!
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A couple of nights ago I was sitting in my bedroom when Max walked in and all of a sudden I busted out in song, “Love me, love, say that you love me. Fool me, fool me, go on and fool me…” That lead me to asking him if he remembered that song from back in the 90′s and he said no. I was flabbergasted! I told him it’s probably because he was too young (I am older than him so I like to play that “you were too young” card sometimes). He said, “Or maybe because I was in Europe.” Then I said, “That’s impossible! I’m sure it was popular allll over the world. It was definitely because you were too young.”
Then I proceeded to search the internet for the song.
Here it is guys! Remember?
I had very similar fashion to that lead singer back in the day. I remember my whole collection (meaning 3) of floor length dresses with spaghetti straps and some funky print with weird colours. The nineties were no good time for fashion.
So after I listened to the song 5 or 6 times, making sure Max was listening the whole time too, I peered over onto the sidebar on YouTube and found this song:
Remember? Doesn’t it bring back memories!!?
I used to have sleepovers every week and watch She’s All That every time. Well, She’s All That and then Lake Placid right afterwards. That’s probably why I have a strange fear of being eaten by an alligator when I am swimming in a lake. It’s scary stuff, people! Anyways, I have seen both movies at least 225 times.
So I asked Max if he remember’s She’s All That. He said no. I was flabbergasted! And then the whole conversation from above happened again and I proceeded to sing him the entire song “Kiss Me” at least 2 times (I know all the lyrics…I surprise myself sometimes!).
And because I love you, I am also leaving you with a scene from She’s All That…the most memorable movie of my pre-teen years! Just in case you didn’t know, this movie is about a how a popular guy makes a bet that he can get anyone to kiss him, so his friends choose the biggest nerd in school and she ends up becoming very beautiful and they fall in love. Classic! And Freddy Prince Jr. was something special back then, remember? What ever happened to him?
Happy Monday everyone!
Thanks for reading!
This is an update to my homemade toothpaste post. I already changed the recipe on the actual post and that recipe is still valid. Buuuut, I’ve been researching natural toothcare lately. Well, actually, the information has kind of been finding me, and I changed my natural tooth routine. I love this new routine and it’s very simple to do everyday. On top of it, my teeth are feeling clean all day long, which is a huge plus.
For this routine you will need:
- Himalayan salt (or another super natural salt like such)
- Food grade hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
- A tongue scraper
Swish your mouth with this. This alkalizes the saliva which helps the plaque to easily fall away from the teeth and gums. Salt water also has huge anti-bacterial properties! I always gargle salt water when I have a sore throat and the sore throat goes away quite quickly!
Next, prepare the paste that you will brush your teeth with.
The MOST important thing to know when brushing your teeth is the technique. It’s better to brush your teeth with nothing, using this technique, then using products and brushing incorrectly!
Slowly and gently brush from the gum line down. The key words here are slowly and gently. The video down below shows you how to do this technique very well. It’s not so much the products that she uses but the technique is defintely worth watching the video for!
Next floss your teeth twice! And scrape your tongue.
Finally swish with the salt water once more.
Here is the video for the technique. Remember that is really isn’t so important as to which products you use to brush your teeth (as long as they are homemade and natural) but the technique she uses. I don’t own her products, nor do I use that ionic toothbrush or even follow the technique the entire way through…but what I listed above works wonders for me!
Also down far below is a link to a web-page with a few different toothpaste recipes!
Thanks for reading!
I have been interesting in sprouting my own seeds for quite some time and finally had the guts to do it. I tried three times, my first two times being unsuccessful and finally I made beautiful sprouts that I’m excited to whip into tasty recipes!
First I tried sprouting chickpeas. And they had potential! But I left them sprouting for too long and I should done a little more research on them first.
My second attempt was with flax seed but after researching, I realized that flax seeds become extremely mucousy when they are in water so they are terrible candidates for the sprouting method I am using.
Finally I sprouted mustard seeds and the results are great! They have a slightly spicy taste which is a nice surpise as well!
What is sprouting?
Sprouting is growing a sprout from a bean, seed, or nut.
The benefits of sprouting your beans, nuts and seeds are countless! Number one, sprouting ensures that the food you are eating is alive and that it’s nutrients are building instead of depleting as with most produce in the grocery store. As soon as you start the sprouting process, the grain becomes alive, filling with vital nutrients for you to consume later on! Also, because they are alive, they are packed full of digestive enzymes that make them easy to digest so that the nutrients enters your blood stream easier without too much strain…they also make other foods digest easier!
Sprouting can produce food with up to 400% more protein than lettuce and over 3900% of the beta-carotene than lettuce. In addition, sprouts are extremely alkanalizing and disease and other ills have a very hard time surviving in an alkaline body.
I seriously suggest looking into the links about the benefits of sprouting that I’ll provide at the bottom of this post!
But even after all this health news, I found that the best part of the process was that it was fun to take care of my little mustard seeds and watch them grow into big healthy sprouts in just a matter of days!
How Do I Sprout?
You need a sprouting jar. These jars are dirt cheap and have a screw on strainer lid.
- Add 3-4 tablspoons of your seed of choice (I chose mustard seeds but alfalfa works too, not to mention a plethera of other seed varieties)
- Rinse the seeds by adding water to the jar and then straining them (with that nifty jar lid).
- Fill the jar up with water and let the seeds soak overnight.
- In the morning, rinse the seeds again and let the jar rest upside down or on a upside down angle, in the sunlight (or at least by a window).
- Do this again at night and then repeat these last two steps for the next 4 days.
- By day five of the rinse and rest process, the sprouts should be ready!
- Take them out of the jar and place them in a big bowl filled with cold water.
- Try to spoon out the excess non-sprouted mustard seeds, but don’t worry if you cannot get all of them.
You can eat them in any dish you would normally have sprouts in like salads or sandwiches. Next week I will be posting the delicious recipes where I used the sprouts so stay tuned!
You Can Sprout…
Thanks for reading!!
This dish is very quick to make…so no excuses for not making your dinners from scratch!
And Mr. Max says I should just call it “Yummy” and not “Sweet and Sour Pork”
You will need:This is 1/2 zucchini diced thick, one red pepper thinly sliced, 1/2 spanish onion sliced, 2 pork chops, curry powder, soy sauce, corn starch, and honey. You will also need either butter or olive oil for the pan (I used olive oil)!
After sauteing them for about 5 minutes, add in 1 heaping teaspoon of curry powder. You can use any curry powder you like!
Fun fact: Did you know that curry powder is actually a mixture of 5 or 6 different spices, therefore you can make your own oooor find the one that you like best! I’m using a curry powder that Max’s parents brought back from Turkey…yum!
That takes care of the soury part of the sweet and sour pork! To make it a little sweet, add 1 tablespoon of honey and stir everything around…(I seem to have forgotten to take a picture of the honey, but you get the idea!)
I joined a blog hop! Now I (and you) can hop from blog to blog via the links below!
I originally saw this from the blog Talk 2 The Trees and thought is was an awesome way to discover new blogs!
You can join the blog hop too (if you have a blog that is). The instructions are under these plethera of blog links which I strongly suggest checking out!
Finally a new recipe! I had been experimenting with recipes the last couple of weeks and making the food when it was oh so dark outside. I have yet to learn how to take beautiful pictures of food without natural lighting. Alors, here is one of my latest creations! It’s a coated turkey breast lightly fried in butter and oil, covered with onions with a balsamic glaze poured on top and I’ve made it twice and almost cried in joy both times…
Without further ado, here, my friends, is the recipe:
Mix those ingredients together and place the turkey breast on the flour to coat one side (make sure the whole thing is coated), then flip it over and coat the other side. Then shake the turkey breast to dust off the excess flour, then set that turkey breast aside. Whew!
Let’s get back to those onions! In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and then add the onions. Saute the onions in the oil until they are translucent. I find 3-5 minutes is usually a good amount of time…
Now add the turkey breasts! They take about 2-3 minutes on each side but always check to make sure there is no pink in the middle. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t dry out as well. As soooon as the pink disappears, they are ready!
Boil the vinegar until it reduces by about half, meaning that there should only be a couple of tablespoons in the saucepan when it’s ready. It takes 3-4 minutes and always keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t get too thick. Here is the finished product…It’s thick like syrup (it’s good on ice cream too, believe it or not!)
Yesterday morning, Mr. Max woke me up with this video. It did the trick (at noon!) and it’s hilarious!!
So everyone! Wake up! It’s Monday! Yay!
Faith for each person to become happy!
Faith for surmounting obstacles!
Faith for health and long life!
Faith for absolute victory!
And my favourite (and quite Buddhist) quote!…
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” Albert Einstein
Today I was going to model for you my one souvenir from London…a beautiful black dress! But it’s cold outside (where the best pictures are taken)…you understand, right?
Well, because I didn’t want to model this dress today, something better came along to post. Actually a few better things.
I ran into this website today....www.livinglibations.com and I am in love with it. It’s run by a couple who make essential oils, natural dental care and even turned chocolate into a superfood (what can be better!!)! I cannot wait to get my hands on some of the chocolate on their website and try out their dental kit…when the timing is right!
Please check them out if the vortex of natural living floats your boat.
To push down deeper into this topic I found two videos on YouTube that are incredibly TRUE. Watch them…I am sure I regularly say at least 1/2 of the statements in each video (p.s. The Yogis one was originally seen on Tales of me and the husband)
Until tomorrow everyone!