Its a summer hit!
It simple, cheap and easy way to get your vitamins in a delicious and hydrating way.
Benefits of making your own vitamin water:
- To encourage you and your family to stay hydrated.
- - To benefit from the vitamins and minerals that are water soluble and therefore can be found in your water (Vitamin C, potassium, etc.).
- - To give taste to the water and try to avoid using chemicals .
- - To make it look better and therefore more appealing to adults and children .
- - To benefit from the direct consumption of fruit and the antioxidants found in them.
- - To reduce consumption of sugary drinks such as soft drinks or fruit juices.
- 1) The granite : Strawberry/Lime
- Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
2) The antiOX : Blackberry/Sage
Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
3) WATERmelon : watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
4) The exotic : Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
5) The traditional : Appel/cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
Maybe you already heard the name or really into juicing or eating it, if not meet Kale, the super healthy food!
Whether it’s kale chips, kale juice, kale steamed, kale stir fried, kale raw, I love kale.
Benefits of kale
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which helps to build the body’s immune system. An antioxidant helps neutralize free radicals and helps prevent molecules from oxidizing. One cup of cooked kale has about 5.8 mg of beta-carotene. Beat-carotene is also important because it’s a precursor for the production of vitamin A. When we get adequate amounts of vitamin A, we have healthier skin, a stronger immune system, and it helps with vision as well
kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk (90 grams per serving) and is also easier to absorb. Calcium is important in preventing osteoporosis, preventing bone loss, and helps maintain a healthy metabolism. Remember to get enough vitamin D, since it helps with the absorption of calcium
Chlorophyll is a type of pigment that provides kale it’s deep green color. . Chlorophyll aids in gastrointestinal problems, promotes the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells, has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects, and it also helps with bad breath.
. Chlorophyll is a great detoxifier as well, so add kale and other dark leafy greens to your juice
Kale contains folate which is an important B vitamin. Folate also prevents certain birth defects and is important for normal brain development of unborn babies. Folate is has anticancer properties and is important in maintaining a healthy heart
Contain a compound called isothiocyanate. This compound helps in preventing hormone based cancers and inhibit cancerous elements from in smoke
Lutein & Zeaxanthin
These carotenoids are helpful in preventing macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the number one cause of blindness in the elderly.
Vitamin k is important in bone building and has anti-clotting abilities. Due to it’s anti-clotting abilities, vitamin K may interfere with certain medications, thus check with your doctor if kale is right for you!
Add more kale to your daily consumption. Add it to your juice, sautéed it with some coconut oil , make kale chips, steam it or just eat it raw!
Kale Juice recepie:
3 celery ribs
handfull of parsley
2 kale leaves
The Benefits of Juicing For Healthy Skin
“You are what you eat”.
The health of our bodies is reflected in our physical and mental condition. Did you know that it’s also true that what we put into our body affects our skin? If we burden our digestive systems with a poor diet that consists mainly of processed junk foods, we will notice that our skin will suffer along with how we feel.
When we consume too many foods laden with unhealthy sugars, fats and chemical additives, we may affect the overall function of the liver. The consequences of this are poor health and a dull or inflamed complexion. Toxins are released through the skin in the form of acne blemishes and other problems which affect the skin.Juicingis a great way to add nutrient-rich foods to our regular diet and a great option for anyone who wants to cleanse toxins from their digestive systems. Fruits and vegetables are great for cleansing the system, they provide nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. These nutrients also nourish the health of our skin.
Juicing also helps to keep your skin hydrated and detoxified. Green juices made from Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Spirulina, and Wheatgrass have chlorophyll in them. Chlorophyll is similar to human hemoglobin, so drinking these “green juices” can help our brain’s function, strengthen our immune system, and improve the quality of our skin.
Here’ssome recipe for beautiful, healthy skin.
Juice Recipe #1
5 Celery Stalks
One hand full of Kale
Juice Recipe #2
7 Romaine Leaves
5 Celery Stalks
Hand full of Spinach
Hand full of Parsley
Slice of Ginger
And: 1 Lemon, or a Cup of Blue berries or Raspberries
Cucumbers can also be mashed into a poultice and applied directly to the face to reduce inflammation. Cucumbers are great for applying directly to the eyes to reduce swelling and bags around the lower eyelids.
Aroma Baby- Essential oils for babies & children
Even small babies can enjoy the therapeutic effects of essential oils. Great caution must be taken though, as these oils are extremely concentrated and must be very diluted before use.
As always, make sure you are using only pure, natural essential oils, as fragrance oils or other synthetic oils have no healing properties. Use only half the amount of essential oils when dealing with children that you would use for an adult. For babies up to two years old a 1% dilution is recommended .After two years a 2% dilution may be used .
However, if you are not sure always ask an aromatherapy expert!!
|Oils safe for babies||Oils safe for children over 2 years|
Essential oils benefits:
|Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Helpful
For teething pain, infantile colic and calming overly tired children
|Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral.
Helpful with respiratory congestion, helps cool the body during fevers and helps relieves itching of chicken pox.
|Antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, refreshing, uplifting.|
|Antiseptic, Digestive aid. Helpful for nausea and diarrhea|
|Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, antidepressant, healing,
Relaxing. Useful for infantile colic and helps treat thrush.
|Antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, stimulant,
Tonic. First aid remedy for insect bites
|Antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, calming and soothing. Useful for cradle cap.|
|Antiseptic, refreshing, tonic, mild relaxant.|
|Antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory,
|Analgesic, antiseptic, cooling, decongestant, digestive aid and sedative. Useful for fever, colds and nausea.|
|Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, sedative, soothing. Useful for soothing dry, irritated skin.|
|Antiseptic, analgesic and decongestant.|
|Antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic and relaxant.|
|Anti-anxiety, antidepressant, digestive aid, calming, nerve sedative.|
|Antispasmodic, lymphatic stimulant, calming, sedative and stomachic. Useful for upset stomach and creating a calming, uplifting atmosphere.|
|Antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, disinfectant. Treats thrush and is useful for cuts, scrapes, burns and deep wound cleaning.|
How to apply the essentila oils (mixed in carrier oils):
One of the most therapeutic and enjoyable way is to massage your baby- studies have showed that babies who are massage regulary, are more relaxed, eat and sleep better and have less colic and constipation and it promote bonding between parent and child.
Other method of applying the oils is in an oil burner/diffuser or few drops on a tissue or the baby’s shirt so they can smell it.
Natural Homemade Baby Wipes Recipe
Ever checked the ingredients on your baby wipes?….
Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic Triglyceride, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hydroxymethlyglycinate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Malic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben…..
Sounds bad right? Well it is!!!!
Homemade Baby Wipe Ingredients:
- 1 roll of heavy duty paper towels
- 1 container- (Old wipes containers, plastic shoe box containers, old plastic coffee containers or empty gallon plastic ice cream buckets also work. )
- 1 3/4 cups boiled water (or distilled)-cooled but still
- 1 Tablespoon of Pure Aloe Vera check the ingredients
- 1 Tablespoon of Pure witch hazel extract
- 2 Tablespoons of liquid natural soap
- 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive or Almond Oil (optional)
- Essential Oils of choice – optional. For babies I will use Lavender/Chamomile
How to do it?
- Cut the roll of paper towels in half using a sharp knife
- If using a plastic shoe box or old wipe container, accordion fold the wipes into the container. If using a Rubbermaid ,place the wipes, cut side down in container.
- In bowl or quart size jar mix the water, aloe, witch hazel, soap, GSE/Vitamin E and oil and stir.
- Add essential oils if desired and stir
- Pour over paper towels in container and let absorb- this takes about 5-10 minutes.
- Flip the container over to make sure wipes are well soaked.
- If using Rubbermaid container, pull the cardboard roll out from the inside This should also pull the innermost wipe out and start them for you. Depending on the brand of paper towels you use, you might have to experiment with the amount of water to get the right amount.
- Use as you would regular wipes, and smile, knowing you are not causing your beautiful child any future health problems!
- Note: If your child has extremely sensitive skin, you may need to leave out the essential oils
Flu and inflemmation remedy
The super cleansing tonic is an antibiotic, destroying both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. It is also a potent anti-viral and anti-fungal/yeast formula, and will increase blood and lymph circulation to every part of the body. It is so effective that it is said to be the cure for colds and the flu.
Benefits of each ingredient: (All organic of course!)
Garlic is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Unlike chemical antibiotics that kill off millions of friendly bacteria that your body needs, Garlic only targets the invading bacteria and even promotes and increases your healthy bacteria.
Onion is garlic’s next of kin and has similar but milder actions. Together they are a tremendous fighting duo.
Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a tremendous circulatory stimulant.
Cayenne (peppers) is the most powerful circulatory propellant known. It simply sends the antibiotic and disease fighting properties of the other herbs where they’re needed most.
Turmeric clears infection and reduces inflemmation inside of the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh, ripe apples that are fermented and undergo a stringent process to create the final product. The vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulfur, iron, and fluorine.
Organic super cleansing tonic recipe
1 32 oz. bottle of organic spple cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped habanero peppers (or hottest peppers you can find)
1/4 cup grated ginger
2 Tsp. turmeric
- Blend and strain
- Pour liquid back in bottle
- Compost everything else
You can store the tonic in a cupboard for long periods of time. There is no need to keep in the refrigerator. Drink a shot at the first signs of a cold or flu. For sore throats, gargle a little. It can also be used mixed with olive oil for a salad dressing. Or a shot full on you stir fry
(Sources for this article include: naturalpedia & naturalnews)
Aromatherapy for winter blues
Grey skies, no light, a snow-covered world, reduced activity and the cold temperatures of winter can all lead to what is known as the “Winter Blues.”
The Winter Blues involve feelings of sadness, depression and loss of energy. These blends may help ease the symptoms of the winter blues. Citrus oils are emphasized because they are energizing and uplifting oils. Orange, lemon and grapefruit oils are inexpensive (especially orange) and are also favored by many people, so your whole household may enjoy the aroma. When selecting and using oils, be sure to follow all safety percautions and remember that aromatherapy should not be used as a substitute for proper medical treatment.
- 3 drops Orange
- 2 drops Grapefruit
- 4 drops Orange
- 1 drop Ylang-Ylang
- 3 drops Orange
- 2 drops Ginger
- 3 drops Grapefruit
- 2 drops Cypress
- 3 drops Bergamot
- 2 drops Clary Sage
- 3 drops Bergamot
- 1 drops Neroli
- 1 drops Jasmine
Select one of the blends shown above. Then, choose which method you’d like to use the blend and follow the directions below:
Multiply your blend by 4 to obtain a total of 20 drops of your chosen blend. Add your oils to a dark colored glass bottle and mix well by rollling the bottle in between your hands. Add the appropriate number of drops from your created blend to your diffuser by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Multiply your blend by 3 to obtain a total of 15 drops of your chosen blend. Continue by using the 15 drop blend in the base oil (Almonds, olive etc).
Multiply your blend by 4 to obtain a total of 20 drops of your chosen blend. Continue by using the 20 drop blend in the Salt.
Multiply your blend by 2 to obtain a total of 10 drops of your chosen blend. Continue by using the 10 drop blend in the base oil (Almonds).
All Gold – the benefits of pure honey
Honey is a sweet fluid produced by bees and other insects, nectar of flowers and food is considered a high-energy, which is used as a natural sweetener and flower nectar source.Composition of honey: 20% water, 80% sugar, grapes and fruit sugar, and minerals (sodium, calcium and iron) and vitamins (A, B, D, C, E, K) and a small amount of enzymes.The journey into the history of honey as an ingredient in cosmetic care activist reveals that for thousands of years is used as a base for any purpose that care. Honey treasure and attracts moisture naturally and allows the skin to store it efficiently and that is actually used as a vital natural moisture.Contains glucose carbon – an anti-bacterial ingredients that protect the body and deeply cleanse the skin from bacteria and bacteria.
Honey contains powerful anti-oxidants to protect the body from toxins and free radicals and stimulate blood flow: sun exposure, smoking, and environmental toxins enhances the activity of free radicals in the body .Oxidation antibodies essential to the war and protect the body from damage these, and surprisingly also protects skin damage from the sun.Contains essential vitamins vitality and health of the skin and the body: Vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, sulfur, iron and phosphate.
Ancient recipes with honey beauty treatment:
Daily face clening
2 tablespoons honey mixed with chopped fresh cucumber.
Apply to face and neck, and rinse.
Cleaning and exfoliating:
1 teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
1 tablespoon oats
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mix well, apply to the face in circular motions.
Leave for 10 minutes and rinse
1/4 cup honey well mixed glass of warm milk.
Add hot bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.
Honey hair conditioner:
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix well until you create a one texture.
Apply on hair and leave for 30 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with water.
Your children are being poisoned every day!
Astonishingly, dentists in the world continue to fill children’s mouths with the most toxic heavy metal known to man: Mercury.
They don’t call it mercury, of course, because that would raise too many questions. Instead, they call them “silver amalgam fillings.” But the No. 1 ingredient in these fillings is, of course, the heavy metal mercury.
Toxic processed food ingredients, including sodium nitrite
Fast food that children eat a lot contains a toxic cocktail of chemical food additives, partially-hydrogenated oils, chemical preservatives and even cancer-causing color fixers like sodium nitrite.
Sodium nitrite causes pancreatic cancer, colon cancer and brain tumors in children. It is intentionally added to hot dogs, sausage, bacon, pepperoni, lunch meats and nearly all processed meats. .
In addition to sodium nitrite, fast foods are also filled with GMOs which we now know cause huge cancer tumors in animals.
Toxic personal care products made with cancer-causing poisons: Shampoo, skin care, toothpaste, air fresheners, laundry soap and more
Children everywhere are being bathed in toxic poisons from all their personal care products, including soaps and shampoos, laundry detergents, fabric softeners and even toothpaste.
Most personal care products are loaded with cancer-causing synthetic chemicals. Laundry detergents bathe children’s clothing in cancer-causing chemicals which are then worn by the children and absorbed into their bodies. When children become teens, the toxic burden is increased even more through deodorants, makeup and cosmetics, perfumes and colognes. Nearly all conventional body care products contain cancer-causing chemicals, including the high-end, expensive brands.
Toxic indoor air environments at homes and schools: Formaldehyde, molds, glues and synthetic pollutants
Indoor air pollution is a significant source of toxic chemical exposure for children. Carpets, paints, wood floor and even furniture all give off toxic fumes that can promote cancer and aggravate allergies.
Many homes, schools and commercial buildings are contaminated with toxic molds that are also ingested by infants and children. Even hospitals circulate potentially deadly superbugs that can kil.
Superfood-What’s it all about?
Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients.
Here are some of the best nuts and fruits superfoods:
Goji Berries – These distinctively flavoured red berries are a very rich source of vitamin C, having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges and actually more than any other fruit. They are a superb source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E and contain a full complement of protein with 18 amino acids and 21 trace minerals, an excellent antioxidant and an ideal natural whole food for reversing aging and protecting against disease.
Raw Cacao - First-be sure to attain certified organic raw cacao in a powder, nib or whole bean form as the temperature will have never been allowed to exceed 40°C thus allowing all the heat-sensitive vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to remain intact. Raw cacao beans contain possibly the world’s most concentrated source of antioxidants found in any food!
They also extremely high in magnesium which has been found to be the most common deficient major mineral even following a balanced diet. one small 28 gram serving of raw cacao beans gives 314% of the recommended daily allowance of iron. And if that is not enough raw cacao beans have an antioxidant (ORAC) score of 95,500. To put that into perspective, that is 14 times more flavonoids (antioxidants) than red wine and 21 times more than green tea!
Maca – Maca powder is from the Maca root, a flavorful ancient superfood from Peru. Maca has been cultivated for at least 2000 years and was consumed by Inca warriors to increase strength and endurance, to gain energy, promote sexual desire, support fertility and enhance immune system function. It continues today to be a significant staple food and medicinal plant for the Peruvian people and is now widely available around the world as a whole food supplement.
Acai - With the appearance of a purple grape and taste of a tropical berry it has been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties thanks to a high level of anthocyanins, pigments also found in red wine. The ORAC rating of acai is 1,027. Make sure to look for the freeze dried acai fruit in which the nutrients are kept intact or when buying the juice look for a brand that has not been pasteurized or heated in any way.
Coconuts – Young coconuts are one of the highest sources of electrolytes in nature. Electrolytes are ionized salts in our cells, that transport energy throughout the body. The molecular structure of coconut water is identical to human blood plasma, which means that it is immediately recognized by the body and put to good use. Drinking the juice from a young coconut is like giving your body an instant blood transfusion. In fact this was common practice during World War II in the Pacific, where both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water, siphoned directly from the coconut, to give emergency transfusions to wounded soldiers.
Coconut oil- Coconut oil’s saturated fat is of the medium-chain fatty acid variety, which are digested more easily and utilized differently by the body than other saturated fats (such as butter, meat and eggs). The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. Coconut oil will actually speed up metabolism so your body will burn more calories in a day which will contribute to weight loss. It is a revered anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agent. Pacific islanders deem coconut oil to be the cure-all gift from nature for all illness.
Noni - This fruit has been used by Polynesian islanders as a regenerative medicine for more than 1500 years. Research documents that the noni fruit has astounding anti-bacterial properties, even against E-coli. It has anti-tumor activity, anti-inflammatory properties, is effective as a pain reliever, generates cell repair and strengthens the immune system. Noni contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients. It has been proven beneficial for colds and flu’s, digestive disorders, skin disorders, pain relief, headaches, infections and more. For best results look for a freeze-dried product that uses only the whole fruit or when buying the juice look for a brand that does not use pasteurizing.