Combine the following in 8 oz of hot water (boiled water cooled down to a drinkable temp):
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp ground rosemary
(Photo Credit: Branch + Vine)
This mix is excellent for the liver and overall health (including cold and flu prevention)! I use fresh lime juice when I have it, but this organic lime juice I picked up at the health store the other day is great to have around, especially if you want to have this drink on a regular basis. It’s not easy to find rosemary powder so I just grind up organic whole dried rosemary in a spice grinder. For the turmeric, you can use dried or liquid. For the honey, any good quality version is great. I splurged on Manuka recently, but usually I use a local raw honey. For the apple cider vinegar, you definitely want to make sure it’s a raw and unfiltered one. For the cayenne powder, I use an organic brand, but if you don’t have organic on hand then that’s fine. I honestly think it tastes pretty good and better than I expected!
Now that the bugs are biting again, it’s a good idea to have a natural bug repellent on hand, but there are also 2 things you can add to your diet to hopefully prevent the bugs from biting:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar to your daily diet (buy a good quality one like BRAGG). You can add the ACV to a glass of hot or cold water (quick but not the tastiest option), to homemade salad dressings in place of other vinegars, or to homemade soups (I do this for almost every soup I make).
GARLIC: Eat more garlic each day. The list of meals you can add cooked or raw garlic to goes on and on, but some of my favorites include sauteed vegetables, pasta dishes, and baked fish.
photo credit: branchandvinebeauty.com
I actually made a delicious homemade salad dressing last night that includes both of these mosquito-deterrents. Simply combine the following, mix well, and enjoy it on your next salad:
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Makes about 8 servings and will last in the fridge up to 4 days. You can add more or less of any of the ingredients depending on your taste buds. I always adjust it a few times before I get it just right.
Hope the bugs leave you alone this 4th of July weekend!
This week’s pick comes from Belmondo, a skin care line that hand makes all of their products in small batches in British Columbia. The first Belmondo product that caught my eye was their No-Rinse Face Cleanser aka The Rain.
I’ve experienced the amazing cleansing and rejuvenating effects of using apple cider vinegar as a toner so I was happy to see ACV as one of the cleanser’s main ingredients. In case you’re concerned that you’ll smell like a salad, don’t worry – once you apply the liquid (with a cotton ball) and leave it on (remember – it’s NO RINSE), the slight essence of vinegar quickly dissipates. The inclusion of rose essence and lavender oil also gives this cleanser a nice, light floral scent.
I love how the ingredients of this cleanser are so simple yet effective and I really love how clean and soft my skin feels after I use it. I also think their packaging is awesome.
This cleanser is excellent for all skin types. Belmondo tests all their products on willing two-legged friends, never on animals. You can order it online or check out some of their retailers here: Where to Buy.
p.s. I promise that pictures from my first visit to France are coming soon! :)
Here are 10 reasons why you might want to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet. My favorite use for ACV is in homemade salad dressings. It’s actually the only vinegar I keep in the house these days. Are you a fan?