Month: October 2008

Some Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is probably my favorite essential oil. It really is such a relaxing scent and it can be used to help so many things!

 

Here are just a few things that lavender is good for:

  • headache and migraine relief
  • healing burns and insect bites
  • acne, psoriasis and other inflammations
  • stiff joints and sore muscle relief
  • relaxation
  • insomnia
  • hypertension
  • repelling mosquitoes

Lavender is one of only two essential oils that can be used on the skin without dilution (the other being tea tree oil)!

Use sparingly though. 

Examples:

  • A few drops to combine with a lotion or shampoo.
  • Just a drop or two to apply to any inflammation.

 

*Allergies – People with allergies should test an oil on a small area of sensitive skin (inside of arm).

*Pregnant – Check with your doctor before using any essential oils (Lavender usually does not appear on the AVOID DURING PREGNANCY list).

**Discontinue use at the first sign of any irritation!

‘Tis the Season…

to eat a pear (or an apple)! 

 

I just had an especially good Organic Bartlett Pear.

 

Some Pear Info…

One medium pear (about 166 grams) contains the following:

 

Water 138.96 grams
Energy (calories) 100 kcal
Protein 1 gram
Fat .20 grams
Carbohydrate 26 grams
Fiber, total dietary 6 grams
Potassium 190 mg
Vitamin C 7 mg
Vitamin A 38 IU

 

 From: http://www.usapears.com/healthy/pronutritioninfo.asp

Just add salsa

Garden of Eatin’® makes tortilla chips called Red Hot Blues that are quite delicious. They are spicy and flavorful, but not too spicy. They are salted, but very mildly salted.

I would highly suggest these if you’re looking for a healthy, but flavorful tortilla chip!

Photo Credit: Garden of Eatin'

Some good ones…

“The art of becoming wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” -William James

 

“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius

 

“Think big thoughts but, relish small pleasures.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” -Irish Proverb

Some Natural Ways to Help Your Body Detoxify

  1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
  2. Drink at least 2 quarts of water daily.
  3. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your body.
  4. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.
  5. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.
  6. Detox foot baths to remove toxins through your pores.
  7. Exercise!

Adapted from http://life.gaiam.com/

One of my favorite things to do….Foot Baths!

I started doing foot baths when I was about 4 years old and I’ve never stopped since!

 

These are some of the times to treat yourself to a relaxing foot bath:

  • When your feet are sore
  • When you’re stressed
  • When you’re cold
  • When you’re rundown
  • When you’re sick
  • When you just want to do something relaxing!

For a foot bath you can either just fill your bath tub up with enough water to submerge your feet OR you can use an actual foot bath (you can find foot baths at Target, Walgreens, etc.).

Some of my usual mixtures to include in the very warm water:

  • For relaxation: a few drops of lavender oil & 1- 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • For a cold: a few drops of eucalyptus oil &  mustard seed powder (detoxifying)
  • For tired feet: 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and/or a few drops of lemon juice & 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salt

**You can always simply use warm water and still being doing something healthy and relaxing for yourself.

Try a foot bath today or at least, this week!

Another Natural Beauty “Secret”

Some Natural Beauty Uses for Epsom Salt:

  • In the tub: add 1-2 cups of epsom salt to a warm bath for a nice, muscle-relaxing soak that softens skin!
  • On your face: add a 1/2 teaspoon of epsom salt into your cleansing cream to deep clean pores. Massage on face. Rinse with cool water.

**Epsom Salt is very inexpensive and can be found in CVS!

 

More uses for Epsom Salt in your home and garden coming soon…

Peach-Blackberry Cobbler

This is a less dense, but very tasty version of a peach cobbler!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium peaches, halved, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries (blueberries would work too)
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 6-ounce container of vanilla yogurt

1. Arrange peach slices in the bottom of a an 8-inch square baking pan. Place blackberries on top. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar and cinnamon over the fruit and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. Mix well. Add butter and mix with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add yogurt and mix until dough comes together.

3. Spoon about 6 large spoonfuls of the dough on top of the fruit. Sprinkle remaining teaspoon of sugar (and/or more cinnamon if you prefer) over dough.

4. Bake 45-50 minutes, until fruit is tender and topping is golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Top with vanilla frozen yogurt (or ice cream).

5. ENJOY!

Serves 6