Immune Boosting Herbal Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
The “father of medicine,” Hippocrates, once said “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” It is so darn easy to boost and support your immune system with food!
Pumpkins are a great super food to help boost your immune system. Rich in antioxidants, beta carotene, and vitamins C and E and the requisite pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger, and cloves) all have antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making them perfect for this smoothie.
4 frozen bananas (easiest is to freeze them already sliced)
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2-4 Tbsp. maple syrup
1-2 cups of coconut milk (you can substitute water or another non-dairy milk, but avoid using dairy milk as dairy causes the production of phlegm)
1 Tbsp. coconut oil to get more omega 3′s and fatty acids
1 tsp. fresh ginger root
1 tsp. fresh turmeric root (or ½ tsp.dried powder)
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp. cloves powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg powder
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- In a blender, combine 1 cup coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk) with all of the other ingredients.
- Blend until smooth , drink and enjoy!
Arnica- always good to have at home!
Arnica is an Homeopathic remedy produced from a plant and an excellent first-aid for the immediate relief of pain and injuries.
It works great with the children in cases of injuries, blows, falls.
As well for use in cases of bruising, pain as a result of injury and burns, muscle contracted in response to falling, recovery and healing after dental procedures, surgery, and traumas and even after birth.
The perennial arnica grows from 0.3 to 0.6 m. Oval-shaped, opposite leaves form a basal rosette close to the soil surface. Arnica has bright yellow, daisy-like flowers that, when dried, are the primary parts used. However, the roots and rhizomes are also utilized. Arnica is native to the mountainous regions of Europe and southern Russia.
Arnica for self use can be in form of an oil or globules (tiny balls) .
How do you use it?
In cases of “simple” injuries and falls Arnica should be given as much as possible directly after the time of the event – 3 globules (tiny balls) under the tongue once or twice
The oil you can find in a natural Arnica balsam and you can put it directly on the place but not on an open wound.
Arnica is A “must have” first aid and works amazing!
try Pure’s Arnica Balsam with the all natural ingredients whch are safe to use on babies and children-
Home made Scrubs
Exfoliate your skin will remove dead skin cell and refresh the skin, here are two DIY ideas!
Oatmeal face scrub:
Mix 2 tsp ground oatmeal with 1 tsp baking soda and water
Apply on face, gently rubbing in circular motion and rinse with water
Lemon, cucumber and ginger body scrub:
5 cm piece of cucumber
2 cm piece of ginger
1 cup sea salt
1 zest of 1 lime/lemon
juice of half lime/lemon
1 tsp Almonds/oliv oil
peel the ginger and grate it coarsely, then zest the lime and squeeze out half the juice. place together with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor until you have a scrub texture.place in a jar in the fridge.
this scrub can last 4-6 days , depending on the freshness of the ingredients.
In the shower rub the scrub in circular motion on dry areas , paying attention to the ankles, knees and elbows. rinse with water.
Green Apple, Lemon & Vanilla Juice
- 4 green apples
- 1/2 lemon including rind
- 1 vanilla bean
- 4-6 strawberries
- 1/2 c coconut water
Juice the apples and blend together with the rest of the ingredients.
Peppermint Herbal Mouthwash
Conventional mouthwash contains a good deal of alcohol, which alters the natural pH of the mouth. It can also contain harsh detergents and sugars that your body struggles to process like sorbitol and saccharin.
as well as synthetic colors, aroma, and flavorings that alter naturally occurring mouth flora.
so here is a simple DIY recipe to make your own mouth wash!
- 1/2 c. Aloe-Vera juice
- 1/4 c. water
- 1/2 c Witch Hazel hydrosol (floral water)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
Combine the liquids in a bottle. Gently add in the baking soda, being careful that a reaction doesn’t overflow. Add in your drops of peppermint essential oil, cover, and shake vigorously. Store in a cool, dark area for up to 2 weeks.
Pink day smoothie!
- Delicious and packed full of antioxidants and protein, this smoothie is great for children !
- 1 banana, cut in small pieces
- 1/2 cup (70 grams) raspberries
- 1/2 cup (70 grams) strawberries
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) yoghurt/almonds milk
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 – 2 tablespoons honey or maple
- 1 – 2 teaspoons acai powder or maqui powder
- Place all ingredients in the blender and blend for 1-2 minutes
Sparkle smile with strewberries
Many of us want a whiter smile, but are concerned about the chemicals in commercial whitening strips. Consider a healthy alternative: berries! Strawberries contain malic acid, which can help remove surface stains from teeth—safely and inexpensively.
Mash a strawberry into a paste using a fork, and blend with a bit of baking soda. Apply to teeth using a soft toothbrush, leave on for five minutes and then brush with toothpaste to remove the mixture.
(Note: both baking soda and the acid from fruit can be harsh on teeth, so do not use this mixture more than once per week.)
“Fresh” oil blend for your oil diffuser
A wonderful blend for creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home. It’s bright and fresh:
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Lemon essential oil
2 drops Rosemary essential oil
“Wake up” oil blend for your oil diffuser
A perfect blend to increase alertness, or when you need a quick pick-me-up!
2 drops Wild Orange essential oil
2 drops Peppermint essential oil
Herbal blends to boost breastfeeding milk
Natural and safe herbs to help produce more breast milk:
Red Resberry Leafs – Not only is it packed full of nutrients, but it’s great for women’s reproductive health. . This herb makes a great tea to keep in your fridge at all times. It tastes great, and it’s packed full of vitamins that your body needs! when pregnant its recommended to use from 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Fennel Seeds - is a great tasting herb that does a variety of different things : it help to boost milk production, but it’s also used in weight loss formulas because it normalizes the appetite, and it’s used for digestive issues for babies . when breastfeeding drink maximum 2 cups a day.
Nettle Leaf – This herb is a great addition to any herbal mix just because it’s so nutritional. It’s traditionally used for a lot of different things, but it mainly acts to increase urine production, increase the efficiency of the kidneys and liver, and to act as a mild laxative.
Fenugreek Seeds -are mainly used for respiratory issues because of it’s expectorant like properties. It helps get the mucous and fluids up out of the lungs . Fenugreek Seeds are also very nutritious. They act like a fiber and are also full of fixed oils.
Dandelion Leaf - is high in a lot of nutrients your body needs, but especially in calcium, and is recommended for increasing the nutritional content of breast milk. It’s also used medicinally as a blood purifier as it acts on some of the major organs like the pancreas, liver, and kidneys.
Blessed Thistle - used for increasing milk supply in nursing mothers, but it shouldn’t be used during pregnancy… only afterwards. It’s an excellent source of potassium and sodium, and it’s thought to help with blood flow to the heart and brain.
How to use:
You can use this herbal blend as a tea or as a tincture
. A tincture is the best way to use a little but get a lot out of the herbs, but a tea is also great because it keeps you hydrated and helps to flush your kidneys.