Holisitc health

Recipes: Sinus Reliever and Sore Throat Tea!

Sinus Reliever

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon raw local honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Enjoy!  

Sore Throat Tea

  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • add to your favorite tea, I like to add it to “Traditional Medicinal” sore throat tea, or echinacea tea. 
Natural skin brightening face mask & scrub

Hey guys! Lately I’ve been mixing up a great concoction for my face since I’ve had bad breakouts and dry skin. If you can get these ingredients or already have some of them you should definitely give this a try! I love making this mask/scrub because there are so many ways to mix it for any skin type.

Here’s what I use to moisturize, brighten, and clear my dull winter skin:

1 green tea bag - The antioxidants in green tea do wonders for the skin! It helps with redness, irritation, and makes your skin glow.

1 chamomile tea bag (I use loose chamomile that I buy from an herb farm near me, but any chamomile will do!) - Chamomile is very calming for your skin! I use it to help soothe my sensitive face and clear any redness. Alpha-bisabolol is a natural compound found in chamomile. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, so it helps keep your skin look amazing and fight acne!

½ tablespoon of baking soda - Many people know that baking soda can help whiten your teeth, but it’s also very good for the skin. It leaves your skin glowing, but I don’t use it every day because it can be very drying (however, in this mixture, it doesn’t dry out my skin because I use a lot of oils).

½ tablespoon of raw honey - If you have read any of my other posts, you already know my love for raw honey. It clears away blemishes faster than any acne treatment I’ve used and leaves the skin baby soft.

½ tablespoon of Coconut Oil - MY BEST FRIEND, you might also know from my previous posts. Coconut oil is extremely moisturizing and helps keep your skin beautifully clear.

½ tablespoon of Castor Oil - Castor oil is great for clearing blackheads. I like to let it sit on my face for a while by itself and use steam to really open the pores. It is also and anti-inflammatory and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and vitamin e. So basically the cure-all.

4 drops of Tea Tree Oil - Tea Tree Oil has a long history of medicinal uses. In Australia, Aborigines used it as an antiseptic to treat cuts and burns. It is great for killing bacteria in the skin and keeping blemishes at bay.

I start by emptying the tea bags and adding a very little bit of warm water to activate the tea leaves. The warm water also helps to melt the honey and oils so they mix smoothly. This mixture lasts me a few days, so I make it in a sealable container. Make sure when you rub it onto your face that you do it over the sink! I find that I can’t control the tea leaves from falling off my face as I scrub my skin, but they stay on once you’re done scrubbing. After I scrub my face, I leave the mask on for however long I feel like it. You’ll look like you just went swamp diving but the next day your skin will be glowing. I do this before bed so I can just rinse it off with cool water, put some coconut oil on my face, and sleep with any remaining goodness on my skin.

You can modify this any way you’d like! Remove or add ingredients, whatever floats your boat and works for your skin. I hope you try this and get the same amazing results as I do! :)

“Yoga is not just repetation of few postures - it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.” -Amit Ray KAPOTASANA BENEFITS Opens your hip flexor muscles (psoas, rectus femoris) and your groin muscles. Opens your hip rotator muscles (gluteus medius & minimus). May relieve sciatic nerve tension and ease chronic low back pain. Advanced version opens your chest and shoulders Increase circulation to urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems.

Winter Tonic Recipe!

Winter is coming. But fear not, this natural recipe is a great way to help battle those pesky winter colds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of cut Horseradish ( 3 roots sliced thin)
  • 2 Large Onions sliced
  • 8 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 small sized Ginger Root minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups apple cider vinegar

Store in a glass jar in a dark place for one month. Shake once daily. Strain mixture with cheese cloth and pour into an amber bottle with a glass dropper.

Use one dropper several times a day for a cold/sore throat. Add it to honey to disguise the taste. 

Start now to keep your family healthy and happy through the winter season!

Sauerkraut and Squash

   Huuffffff so I finally am moved into my new apartment. There are boxes everywhere, garbage bags filled with clothes, and endless things to put away. But it feels like such a fresh start. I’m ready for a change in Career, Education, and personal nutrition.
   I feel my body always telling me “go work out! go for a run! do some yoga!” but my brain says “no be lazy, sit and watch tv.” Anyone else get like that?? I usually let my brain win, but after moving boxes/cleaning/lifting crap I feel amazing…. my body is like a dog staring at its owner wagging its tail, waiting to go for a walk. I just have to get my ass in gear and do more things like that!

On another note, today in Physiology my prof was explaining how terrible sugar is (no matter if the source is from fruit or processed table sugar) and how it causes oxidization, inflamation, aging, Poly-cystic ovary syndrome, fatty liver, diabetes…etc So bascially eating any type of sugary food in moderation is key to being healthy. I’m still going to enjoy my fruit, especially berries because they are so high in viamins, anti-oxidants, and are so great for hydrating your body. but its going to make me think twice about eating 6 bananas in a row coughcoughthathappenedyesterday kale stew it is!

  Anyways tonight after school I enjoyed a giant bowl of steamed Kobucha squash, bell peppers, a bunch of other veggies and sauerkraut. The perfect meal! Next time I’ll take pictures. I’ll have to make a post about all the amazing healthy qualities raw sauerkraut has, because its awesomely beneficial to your gut bacteria, stomach, and works wonders for healing inflammation in the intestines. Squash is the perfect carb to make you feel full and satiated with all the wonderful nutrients of beta-carotene  which helps keep your eyes healthy! Just what I need for the strain my eyes are going to go through this weekend as I cram my face with info for the midterm. ughhhhh wish me luck!

I’m thinking of posting a daily meal/food journal too…  with pics of what I eat during the day. I’m wondering would anyone be interested?

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This is an incredible video for anyone who is interested in more holistic approach to health and well-being

Would highly recommend - if you do watch it, let me know what you think! 

I hope you are all having a nice Wednesday <3

Lavender is Awesome!

Known as an important relaxing herb, it became popular during the late middle ages. Lavender is a fantastic herb for many ailments, it stimulates blood flow, is an antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, and it relieves muscle spasms.

At home I use Young Living Lavender essential oil on my children to relieve itching from bug bites. It may also help speed up the healing process of minor burns, and relieve the pain. I suggest you only use Young Living oils as they are pure essential oils. 

Like many herbs with a significant volatile oil content, Lavender soothes indigestion and relieves gas and bloating

Lavender essential oil an invaluable first aid remedy, it is a strong antiseptic, helping to heal burns, wounds, and sores. It may also be used to treat scabies, and head lice

Massage a few drops on the temple area to ease headaches. 

Apply oil to the feet before bed to help with insomnia in adults and children.

Fresh or dried Lavender may be used as a smudge stick around the house to restore balance and create a peaceful atmosphere. Lavender also attracts loving energy and spirits. 

Homemade Rose Oil

Rose oil is an amazing facial oil that is in loads of anti-aging products and is proven to improve appearance of acne affected skin, along with dry skin and even scaring. While most of these beauty products are loaded with chemicals and preservatives they are also typically outrageously priced, considering how easy they are to make at home, organically. Among the benefits homemade oils have on your wallet and your physical well being, I personally have found the process of growing, harvesting and working with my herbs deepens my bond with nature and cultivates a true spiritual connection to our bountiful Earth. I believe my state of mind influences what my hands touch so I make a effort to keep my mindset positive and my intentions conscious and pure as well. With this connection I trust that anything I create using my herbs will be potent and pure. 

I will be sharing what I believe to be the simplest way of making an herbal oil which is  a Cold Infusion Method.

All you will need is:

- Rose Petals (ONLY USE ALL ORGANICALLY GROWN HERBS)

- Carrier oil (Jojoba oil is my favorite)

- 2 Mason Jars (with lids)

- Cheese Cloth (or an old t-shirt)

Anything you are using externally will be absorbed internally through your pours, so i can not stress enough how important ORGANIC is to your health, the plant’s health and the overall health of your environment and our Earth.

The carrier oil I found to work best for me is Jojoba oil, as it it absorbed quickly and leaves little to no oily residue on my skin. (My other favorite substitute is almond oil or coconut oil but both tend to bee too greasy for my skin type

Depending on how much Rose Oil you want to make you will need about 1 cup of carrier oil for every ½ cup of rose petals.

When adding the petals to your first jar it is important to break the petals to expose surface area and create easier access for the oil to extract the medicinal components of your herb. (You can also grind them in a mortar and pestle if you like, but I prefer a more hands on approach)

Once your desired amount of rose petals are in your jar you will add double the amount of your carrier oil and stir the concoction with a long stick before sealing the lid tight, and shacking the liquid for a short period of time.

Now its time to find a nice dark area for your elixir to live for at least 4 weeks to allows adequate fusion and extraction of the herbal components. Once enough time has passed you will strain your oil through a cheese cloth (or old t-shirt) into your second mason jar to obtain the purest and cleanest homemade Rose Oil! Because your oil is homemade and lacking all those gross chemicals and preservatives, your oil will have a shorter shelf life so it is wise to add a (cute) label on the outside of your mason jar describing all ingredients and date of creation. (The shelf life can be prolonged when stored in the fridge)

After the oil is strained I like to add Vitamin E because it too is amazing for your skin and is a natural preservative, so it will also extend the shelf life of your Rose Oil! If you don’t have sensitive skin you can also add any essential oils you like! 

Powerful Rosemary

A powerful healer that brings clarity! 

According to folklore Rosemary originally had white flowers; until however, they turned red after the Virgin Mary laid her cloak on the brush. Since the time of ancient Greece (1000 B.C.) Rosemary was burned as incense. Later cultures believed it warded off Devils, a practice that eventually became adopted by the sick, who then burned Rosemary to protect against infection. Rosemary may also be added to smudge sticks. 

Medicinal properties of Rosemary:

  • Liver-protecting
  • Antitumoral
  • anti-fungal
  • antibacterial
  • antiseptic
  • anti-parasitic
  • enhances mental clarity/concentration

Studies have found that Rosemary increases memory by 75%, when inhaled. Try “Young Living” Rosemary essential oil daily to help increase mental clarity, memory, and concentration. 

Rosemary also aids in recovery from long term stress and chronic illness. It is thought to stimulate the adrenal glands and used specifically for debility

Rosemary is an invaluable herb that raises the spirits! 

Ear Ache Remedies

I have found the following recipe to work well for my little ones when they have an ear ache.

  • 1 diced garlic clove
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Warm the olive oil and garlic over medium heat for 3 minutes, steep together until cool. Strain out the garlic. Tilt the ear at 180 degrees, using a small dropper place a few drops in the ear canal, let the oil sit for approximately 1 minute allowing the oil the penetrate the ear canal. then tilt the ear back to normal position and wipe of any excess oil. I have found this works great when done right before bed. The remedy can be given to children twice a day. Store is a cool dark place. 


For adults steam inhalations work well. Chamomile (only German not Roman) Elderflowers, and or lemon balm sooth irritation and relieve pain.

Eating yogurt or taking a probiotic hastens recovery from an ear infection. 

Green tea helps children with viral infections and those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Do not take green tea within one hour of taking medications. 

Apply hot compresses to the scalp, just behind the ear.

Taking a B vitamin is essential for healing and immune function. A sublingual form is recommended and important for immune function. 

Manganese deficiency has been linked to ear disorders. 

Zinc quickens immune response and aids in reducing infection.

Vitamin C boost immunity and fights infection. Use an esterified or buffered form such as Ester-C or calcium zinc ascorbate

MYRRH

Myrrh is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records. Dating from the 16th century B.C. an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes. Myrrh a symbol for suffering was one of the three gifts believed to have been offered to infant Jesus by the Magi.

Myrrh is used by the Arabian people for many skin conditions such as chapped cracked skin and wrinkles

The ancient Egyptians used Myrrh for embalming so it could accompany the soul to the afterlife .

As a spiritual essential oil it may be used to strengthen the bond between the crown and base chakra. It also helps you to stay present and not worry about the future. This oil is wonderful for promoting spiritual awareness. 

Myrrhs key actions:

  • Stimulant
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Expectorant
  • Antispasmodic

In Ayurvedic medicine Myrrh is considered to be a tonicaphrodisiac and to cleanse the blood. It also has a reputation for improving the intellect. Myrrh is widely used in the Middle East and India for treatment of mouth, gum, throat, and digestive problems

Externally, Myrrh’s antiseptic actions make is useful for treating acne, boils, and mild inflammatory skin problems