Apr 23

Allergy Relief Tea

ALLERGY RELIEF TEAI love when Winter turns into Spring – playing outside, gardening, walks – glorious.  However, all the outdoor time can cause allergies to kick into high gear. Skip the over-the-counter pills, here’s a natural way to help your allergies. Why not breathe better and boost your immune system too?!

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups hot filtered water
  • 1′ sliced ginger
  • 2 tsp organic green tea
  • 2 tsp local raw honey
  • 1 tsp local bee pollen

Directions:

Pour 2.5 cups of hot filtered water over 1” sliced ginger, 2 tsp organic green tea and steep in teapot for 10 minutes or till warm to touch. Then add 2 tsp local raw honey and 1 tsp local bee pollen. (Wait umtil the water isn’t hot just warm since it keeps the efficacy of the honey and bee pollen in place).

Drink once or twice daily for several weeks leading up to spring.  If you have asthma or severe springtime allergies you may need to extend the duration of time you drink this. Test your body to see how you feel and adjust intake as needed.

Why It Works:

Your body mistakes pollen for bodily invaders like fungal spores and dust mites. This triggers the immune system to respond by releasing histamine. Histamine causes inflammation and irritation to the soft tissues, which leads to seasonal suffering [source: Bupa].

 

It seems that by exposing yourself to tiny amounts of the pollen that you are allergic too through honey and bee pollen, your immune system becomes less sensitive to the allergen.

Raw honey is filled with healthy, natural “good” bacteria which help boost immunity. By consuming consuming honey you are getting lots of ‘good’ bacteria which helps restore the correct balance in the digestive tract. Strong immunity always begins with a healthy functioning digestive system.

[source: Bee Pollen Buzz]

 

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Apr 23

Benefits of An Epsom Salt Bath

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This busy mama loves to luxuriate in a nice long warm bath.  I turn my bathroom into a relaxing oasis.  Usually my alone time is cut short when my 2 and/or 4-year-old find me and ask to hop in.  Which I am always willing to accommodate– why not let them  enjoy the Epsom benefits too!

 

What Is Epsom salt-
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral compound composed of magnesium and sulfates.
Directions-
Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to warm bath water and soak up all the benefits for at least 20 minutes.
Since this bath is very detoxing you may only want to do it once a week at first.  You may even feel sore the next day with all that great detoxing that is going on.
The salt also helps slough off dead skin and detox the body while adding a mineral-rich boost to the body.
I cannot say enough about how relaxing and rejuvenating an Epsom salt bath feels.
Benefits:

  • Replenishes magnesium levels in the body
  • Great for stress relief
  • Relieves muscle cramps
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Reduces inflammation.
    Alkalizes the body
  • Natural migraine remedy
  • Mood booster, helps the body produce serotonin.

 

Additional bath tips-

My shower water is filtered because I am not going to be soaking in chemicals let alone let my precious family soak in chemical soup.

On top of that,I often add essential oils to the Epsom salt, mainly lavender.  That way the essential oil gets dispersed into the water evenly and doesn’t just float on top (which can burn the skin).

Great additions to the bath routine include: apple cider vinegar, kombucha, dry brush, baking soda, essential oils or bentonite clay.

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Mar 26

Homemade Almond Joy Immitation

20140329-145216.jpgMy favorite candy bar of all time is the almond joy. The cocouttyness is out of control! I wanted to take a stab at making a homemade healthier version of the classic concotion.  Make this for those you love, show your sweethearts how sweet you think they are!

Chocolate Recipe
6tbsp chocolate powder
6tbsp coconut oil
2.5 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Coconut Filling
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp shredded coconut flakes
2 tsp. tbsp raw cane sugar
2 tbsp creamed coconut
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First mix the chocolate ingredients together on a double boiler. When we’ll incorporated, pore enough chocolate to fill a 1/2 inch layer at bottom of a lined mini muffin tray or unlinedsilicone tray to make bite sized candies. Reserve half of chocolate to coat filling.

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When chocolate hardens layer coconut filling into middle, use about a tsp in each, add an almond on top, then pour chocolate to coat the coconut/almond center and freeze to set up.

These are amaze. I store mine in fridge , they’ll stay good for a week or so.

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Feb 10

DIY Skin Brightener – Look Light & Bright

skin brightenerCOMMERCIAL SKIN BRIGHTENERS AND LIGHTENERS often contain toxic and harsh ingredients like Hydroquinone (a bleaching cream banned in many countries).  Our skin is very absorbent and if you wouldn’t eat something, don’t put it on your skin!

I love making DIY products!! When you buy the individual ingredients you can be sure everything going into your product is natural and of high quality. This skin lightener blend has really faded my freckles and made my complexion brighter and contains only Healthy Homemaker approved ingredients.

To BRIGHTEN SKIN, create an even and glowing complexion, lighten up freckles & dark spots for beautiful skin, here’s how!

Combine Organic Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tsp raw honey
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

For All Over Mask:

Apply a thin layer all over face, leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off well.

For dark spot correction:

Apply to dark spots topically with cotton swab, wait 20 minutes, and rinse well.

Considerations:

Apply mask/dark spot corrector daily until desired results are reached.

Store in airtight jar in fridge.  It will keep for a week.

In this ratio the turmeric should wash off the skin easily but

Be advised: turmeric could stain fabrics and other surfaces (like fingernails) so be careful!

Beauty benefits:

Turmeric-

  • High in antioxidants which counteract skin damaging free radicals.
  • Exfoliates skin and improves skin’s texture and smooths wrinkles.
  • It helps reduce hyper pigmentation and evens out the skin tone.
  • It helps reduce skin inflammatory conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Raw Honey-

  • Antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial making it great for treating acne.
  • Gently heals and softens skin.
  • Helps moisturize skin.
  • Helps shrink pores.

Lemon Juice-

  • High in vitamin C an effective antioxidant to balance free radicals.
  • Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production.
  • Nature’s bleach- reduces freckles and age spots naturally.

For Healthy Homemakers’ natural beauty products like our honey face mask and light and bright dark spot corrector check out Healthy Homemakers’ Etsy shop:

sweet facehttp://www.etsy.com/shop/HealthyHomemakers

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Jan 03

Activated Charcoal- The Lifesaver That EVERYONE Should Have In Their Home

Activated Charcoal- A natural cure for absorbing poisons in the bodyWe talk about detoxing a lot- removing heavy metals from the blood stream, killing candida overgrowth in the digestive system, eating to eliminate odor causing body odors, detoxing to boost immunity, etc. What we haven’t really talked much about is emergency detoxing- as in removing something toxic before your body absorbs it and causes harm, even death.

Let us begin by saying…

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW INGESTS SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE TO BE TOXIC OR LIFE THREATENING CALL YOUR LOCAL POISON CONTROL.

Activated Charcoal (AC) otherwise known as activated carbon has been used for centuries to treat poisoning.   AC has been used in medicine since the ancient Egyptians used it to treat infected wounds.

Activated charcoal IS different than the common charcoal we know, used in grills. What makes ACTIVATED charcoal so effective is its very small and porous granular structure and its ability to absorb and adsorb hundreds of times its own weight.

Adsorption is the function of AC that makes it so special. When a substance adsorbs something, it bonds by way of chemical attraction. AC adsorbs organic (carbon-based) compounds and other chemicals like chlorine. Since the granular structure of AC is so porous, there are countless bonding sites for such chemicals. Once the chemical are bonded at these sites they do not detach.

This is why taking AC is great for absorbing toxins and chemicals, they will not be re-released back into the bloodstream. Which is also why water filters that are made with AC can last for months of use.

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL RIDS BODY OF TOXINS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

While anecdotal, and not used on a human, this is my lifesaving story and the reason I will NEVER have a day without AC in my house.

I stepped away from the cacao pudding I was making to stir something on the stove in the other room. When I returned to the dining room, my 12 lb. dog had eaten half of the pudding. Chocolate is poison to dogs. Cacao is lethal.

The chemical theobromine is present in raw cacao. In large enough quantities it is even poisonous to humans as well, however, you’d have to ingest a ridiculous amount. For dogs it doesn’t take much raw cacao to make them sick or even kill them.

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Poisoning symptoms for dogs include hyperactivity, excessive drooling, dehydration, refusing to eat or drink, loss of bladder control, seizures, shaking, rapid pulse, breathing difficulties, nerve damage, heart failure, and death. Knowing this, naturally I freaked out.

My first instinct was to make him vomit. I gave him a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and that didn’t work. I remembered reading that a big danger associate from theobromine is dehydration so I gave Mason water with chicken broth in it (to make it more appetizing). I’m sure that helped but later on when he lost control of his bladder, my poor little Mason could barely make it 5 steps to the door before peeing on the rug.

I called animal poison control, they informed me that the amount of cacao he consumed was very dangerous and on the cusp of lethal. By that point he had started to develop the shakes, along with symptoms of confusion, and lethargy– very scary!! I was informed that he MUST vomit the cacao and that if I brought him to the emergency center for treatment he would be given an injection to make him vomit, followed by some tests to see if he would need intravenous fluids. I had given him copious amount of fluids, but as for the throwing up part, peroxide wasn’t working. An hour had gone by, I knew I had to act and fast.

My next course was to try to give him something to adsorb the chemicals before they entered the bloodstream any further. I gave him one capsule of AC, knowing that is can adsorb toxins in the system. Within minutes he began to vomit and then he vomited 3 times in the next 15 minutes. At that point, I made a second call to the emergency line and was informed that he didn’t have to come in to be seen, we just needed to keep an eye on him.

Even though he appeared to have gotten rid of all the cacao in his stomach, I was concerned about any remaining cacao in his digestive system. I gave him another AC capsule (since he threw up part of the first one). After his second dose of AC he got progressively better. He stopped excessively drooling and became more alert. Within 24 hours he regained his strength and control of his bladder. We have not noticed any long term effects, suggesting that we stopped the progression of the poisoning just in time.

Activated Charcoal 

AC has the same effect on humans and is kept on hand in every hospital, emergency room and ambulance to remedy poisoning. I happened to have it on hand because I was doing some personal research (for Healthy Homemakers) about its use as a tooth whitener- which it does work well for, by the way. It absorbs and adsorbs staining agents in and on the tooth. It is one of the active ingredients in our ALL NATURAL TOOTH WHITENER: available here.

 

AC can be consumed regularly before or after meals to help with gas and bloating, although I would caution against excessive use as it may adsorb some vital nutrients. I take a couple capsules if I know I ate something that might upset my intestines (like going out to eat somewhere with less than quality ingredients).

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It is important to drink plenty of water to help carry the AC through the digestive tract.  I have taken AC at the on-set of a 24-hour stomach flu / food poisoning and have been able to nip the unpleasant symptoms in the bud… or the butt.

With so many uses, and its lifesaving potential, there is no reason not to have a bottle of AC capsules around the house. They can be ingested in whole capsule form or you can break the cap open and make a slurry with it in water.

Consult your physician before starting an AC regiment, especially if you are already on medication, as the AC may adsorb some of its active ingredients.

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Cheers to health and healing!

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Jan 01

Homemade Mayonnaise

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I’ve never been a big mayo fan. My husband likes it in pasta salads, sandwiches, etc. And I have avoided some recipes because it required mayo- time to get over that! I have bought some of the organic or all natural ones but nothing really impressed me. So next step of course was to make my own. This is a pretty standard recipe, and as is the case for most homemade foods, it IS MUCH BETTER than store bought.

Organic Ingredients: 

2 egg yolks (room temperature

1 tsp ground mustard

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp white vinegar

1- 1 1/2 cups oil (traditionally canola)

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Beat all ingredients together except for the canola oil. When those ingredients are well incorporated, slowly add the oil as you continue to beat.

IMG_1253IMG_1255Whip the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes until it is thick and white.

Add chipotle spices, fresh dill, or italian seasonings to flavor the spread to your liking. Use on sandwiches, pasta salad, in dips, etc.

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Jan 01

Baby I like it raw ;-) – A Natural Love Lotion

Today we are going to address one of my favorite topics: Making whoopie or as I like to call it sexy time. Now, Now! We are all adults here, right?  All you youngins, kindly remove yourself from the virtual premises.

For those doing it daily (congrats) and those of us fitting it in during the precious few alone moments we have during the week with our mate, it is universal that we want it to be GOOD. Sometimes we want to, AHEM, spice things up!! And one of my favorite bedroom spices is (drum roll please…) LUBRICANT (and I’m not talking automotive here).

coconut oil as a natural sensual oil

We have probably all tried popular brands of lubricant. You know the “yours and mine” kind with the commercial where the couple adds in some special gel and things go from boring to back flips. Afterwards the lovebirds are reeling in delight, smoking cigarettes.

That’s a nice fantasy, but for me a paraben-filled, synthetic enhancement gel that has a chemically-derived, synthetic smell does NOT a fantasy make.

Why am I such a prude with parabens?  Parabens have been detected in breast cancer tumors. This finding paired with the ability of some parabens to mimic estrogen, a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancers, have led some scientists to conclude the presence of parabens may play a role in the development of breast cancer.  [1] A lead researcher of the UK study, molecular biologist Phillipa Darbre, reported that the form of parabens found in the breast cancer tumors indicates that it came from something applied to the skin, like a deodorant, cream or body spray. Which helps to explain why up to 60% of all breast tumors are found in the area closest to the underarm. Further research still needs to be done to better understand the effects of lathering on paraben-laden body products. [2].

Though the jury is still out on the effects and safety of parabens, I always suggest using the most healthful option for the job. Who wants anything other than gentle and natural ingredients on their most private areas?

The secret, high quality, pure, delicious ingredient we in the crunchy community are using to kick things up a notch is

YOU WANNA KNOW??

((don’t get all hot and bothered))

You REALLY WANNA KNOW?

(I can be a bit of a tease, sorry)

Ok, okay…

It is COCONUT OIL!!

BE ADVISED: oil based lubricants can compromise the integrity of a condom.

I have nothing but great things to say about this NATURAL alternative to commercial *sexy time liquids*. Use it to help glide things into gear.

Coconut oil is also great for a sensual massage! It melts on contact with the human body. It is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, infection fighting, super moisturizing, natural and non-toxic. It won’t clog pores and leaves skin smelling sweet and feeling supple.

And if you are anything like me, soon you will be nuts for coconuts and it will be a staple in your bathroom, kitchen and BEDROOM. *Wink*

If you are interested in coconut oil with some luxurious oils and essential oils mixed in check out Healthy Homemakers’ Etsy Shop: HERE!

Healthy Homemakers Slick Whip

 

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