holistic health

New Name + New Look!

I’m really excited to reveal a new name and new look to the blog today. AllNaturalAnnie.com is now officially BranchandVineBeauty.com!

Back in September 2008, I began my blog, All Natural Annie, as an outlet for my passion for holistic health and beauty. Since then I have done a few major things on my life to-do list, which includes getting married, becoming a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, and starting my own holistic beauty line.  The line is called Branch + Vine and hence the new name of the blog!

My blogging will be similar to what it has been in the past, but with more of a focus on holistic and slow beauty, which will still include lots of product reviews and more spa reviews. My line is still in the early stages, but I will have an Etsy page up very soon. My products will all be extremely pure using only ingredients found in nature. Every product will work to improve your health and beauty on a holistic level. I’m really looking forward to sharing my products with you as I continue to develop and grow Branch + Vine.

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Whether you are new to my blog or a reader for years, thank you for your interest and support. What an amazing little world this whole blogging thing has become and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. Thank you again :) ~Annie

Healthy Redos: Medicine Cabinet

  • INSTEAD OF ANTACIDS: Try digestive enzymes. A cup of peppermint or ginger tea can also work wonders.  Personally, I love chewing on a tiny piece of fresh ginger.

{Yogi Ginger Tea}

  • INSTEAD OF IBUPROFEN: Bromelain (naturally found in pineapple) and curcumin (naturally found in turmeric) have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are most helpful for chronic conditions. If you need pain relief from an acute condition, like a sore throat or headache, white willow bark can help.

Bromelain

{Jarrow Formulas Bromelain}

  • INSTEAD OF SLEEPING PILLS: Try herbs like passionflower, valerian or lemon balm. Many people also have success with supplements like melatonin, tryptophan and 5-HTP.

VALERIAN

{Herb Pharm Valerien Liquid Herbal Extract}

  • INSTEAD OF COUGH MEDICINE: Try a teaspoon of honey before bed. Honey has been shown in studies to be as effective as the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. My favorite cough and cold remedy from my mom is mixing the juice of a large lemon with about 2 tablespoons of honey and a splash of hot water and sipping on it slowly. Works like a charm.

Hope these suggestsions help you end 2013 and start 2014 on a naturally healthier note! :)

The Story of Tea

As a lover of pretty much any and all teas, I really enjoyed coming across this infographic this morning and thought it was worth sharing!

Do you drink tea? If so, what’s your favorite?

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Food For Thought

Love this. It’s very similar to one of my all time favorites: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates.

Hope everyone has a happy long weekend :) Keep up the healthy eating so you can keep your immune system in tip top shape for this cold/flu season!

A Tip “You’ve Never Heard Of”

After my previous post on not fearing fat, I smiled to myself this weekend when I came across the following article in June’s InStyle  — “3 Take-It-Off Tips You’ve Never Heard Of” with the 2nd tip being:

DON’T SKIM THE FAT – Pour some whole milk into your A.M. coffee, and slip your spoon into 2 percent Greek yogurt instead of fat-free. “The extra fat actually slows the absorption of sugar into your blood, which helps prevent it from being stored as fat,” says Slayton. “Plus, it’s more satiating.”

I guess this tip is unfortunately one that many have never heard of, but it makes sense.  The fat slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which can help to stabilize blood sugar levels. In addition, it can help you to have a more satisfied yet thinner tummy (when combined with an overall healthy diet and exercise, of course). I’m happy to see that mainstream media is starting to spread the healthier word on this topic!

Product of the Week

This is the start of a new series – Product of the Week – where I’ll highlight one of my latest favorite healthy products. Please let me know if you have any specific category requests!

Today’s pick is a face mask by Naturopathica. Naturopathica, founded by a clinical esthetician and herbalist, has quickly become one of my go-to lines for beauty products, especially face masks.

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The Aloe Replenishment Gel has two desert succulents as its main ingredients – aloe and prickly pear cactus.  I love that this mask goes on clear (just like aloe) and I found it gentle enough to leave on overnight.  It’s a perfect choice for anyone who experiences redness, dryness and/or breakouts. It’s also great for unproblematic skin types who just want a healthy boost.  To make this mask even more calming, try storing it in the fridge.  An interesting fact – 88% of the ingredients in this mask are derived from organic farming!

 

Gifts of Health & Beauty

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I’ve been caught up in some week-long birthday celebrating.

Here’s a glimpse of a few of my favorite gifts — my friends and family know me oh too well.

{Terra Essential’s Aroma Roll On in Pink Lotus}

{Coconut Shampoo by Desert Essence}

{Rich Shampoo with Hibiscus and Honey by LOVE & TOAST}

{birthday card made by my 8 year old nephew :)}

Happy weekend everyone!

A Top Cancer Fighter

The bright yellow spice known as turmeric is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. So already there are two great qualities. Now, in addition, turmeric is believed to attack the core pathways that allow cancer cells to develop.

Not sure how to incorporate it into your diet on a regular basis? An easy way to sneak some of this bright yellow spice into your life is by adding a pinch to stir fries, sauces and soups – you won’t even taste it! If you are a bigger fan of turmeric, well then your options are much more broad. My personal favorite is sprinkling turmeric (and cumin) on scrambled eggs. Whatever you choose – start adding it to meals today to reap some of the very healthy benefits!

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Some Natural Prevention – Breast Cancer

Here are several relatively easy ways to maintain and improve breast health:

  1. Exercise!
  2. Maintain a healthy weight – obesity and breast cancer often go hand and hand
  3. Eat more fruits & veggies
  4. Limit alcohol consumption
  5. Avoid exposure to radiation
  6. Have babies and nurse them – pregnancy and breastfeeding lower the levels of estrogen in the bloodstream and therefore decrease your risk of breast cancer
  7. Minimize your use of antibiotics
  8. Drink more green tea
  9. Avoid or discontinue long-term Hormone Replacement Therapy
  10. **Avoid toxic cleaning and beauty products
  11. Go organic more often, especially when it comes to these fruits & veggies

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Quick Headache Relief

This is a simple acupressure technique that is excellent to prevent a looming headache or to lessen the pain of an existing one. This is definitely one of my favorite natural remedies!

How to:

  1. Use your thumb and first two fingers (pointer & middle) of your right hand to press and massage the soft area between your thumb and pointer finger on the left hand.  Your right thumb should be on the top or back (nail side) of your hand and the other 2 fingers beneath on the palm side (You pretty much end up making the shape of a claw).
  2. Next, simply apply light to medium pressure and alternate between massaging and pressing that fleshy area of the left hand. Do this for 5-10 seconds.
  3. Switch and alternate hands.
  4. Continue this for a few minutes and continue doing it periodically throughout the day.

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Massaging this area topically hits the acupuncture point known as He Gu or Large Intestine 4*. This point is commonly used in acupuncture for the relief of frontal headaches that might be a result from sinus pressure or congestion or jaw issues (like TMJ).

*Not recommended for pregnant women (it can induce labor!!)

I LOVE acupressure!! More posts coming soon…

Peaches & Plums Look Promising for Breast Cancer

ScienceDaily (June 2, 2010) — Breast cancer cells — even the most aggressive type — died after treatments with peach and plum extracts in lab tests at Texas AgriLife Research recently, and scientists say the results are deliciously promising. Not only did the cancerous cells keel over, but the normal cells were not harmed in the process. {full article}