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Roasted Fennel

 

Ingredients:

  • Bulbs of fennel
  • Tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • sea salt & black pepper

Directions:

  • Cut fennel into slices (see photo)
  • Mix fennel with olive oil in bowl
  • Place fennel on baking sheet
  • Sprinkle sea salt, pepper & lemon juice on top
  • Bake for 25-30 min at 350°F
  • Turn slices over after about 15 min

This recipe is great to add to a salad, use as a side dish or have as a healthy snack. Fennel helps with digestion and constipation.

 

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Natural Wet Wipes DIY

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Home made natural Wet Wipes

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera- 1 tbsp
  • Castile Soap – 1 tbsp ( I used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint)
  • Witch Hazel- 1 tbsp
  • Filtered Water 1 & 1/3 Cup
  • 6 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
  • Bounty Paper Towel cut in half

I stored these in an old face wipe plastic container and then put it inside a stone box (in pic). These are great to keep at home for anytime you would normally use a wet paper towel to clean something and to carry in your bag in a zip block bag when going out.

 

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Natural DIY Air Freshener

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Try this Natural Air Freshener made with Cinnamon Sticks, Clove and Apples.

Typical air fresheners sold that are marketed to help freshen the air in your home do not actually clean the air or eliminate odor, they are just masking the bacteria and odor. Second off, the air “fresheners”  have many chemicals in them that are hazardous toward your health. Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) are used in many consumer products and are harmful chemicals known to cause hormonal imbalances, birth defects, and reproductive problems when inhaled overtime. The Natural Resources Defense Counsil did an independent testing of 14 common air fresheners. None of which listed phthalates as an ingredient but uncovered these chemicals in 86% of the products tested, including those advertised as “all natural” or “unscented”.

My DIY Natural Air Freshener’s Benefits: Cinnamon helps cleanse the air due to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Clove is a powerful immune system booster and antioxidant.

If you want to take a closer look at some of the chemicals and hazards in commonly sold air fresheners, such as Febreeze check out this article.

Resources:

“Essential Oil Blends That Are Helpful to Clean the Air – BellaSentials.”BellaSentials. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
“NRDC Protect Your Family From the Hidden Hazards in Air Fresheners.” NRDC. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

 

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Sleep Better with Lavender

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Lavender Sachet for under my pillowcase to promote a good night’s sleep.

Ingredients:

  • Dried Lavender (Etsy)
  • 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has a calming effect and reduces anxiety.

I also placed more of these sachets in my linen drawers as an air freshener. Lavender is supposed to repel insects  such as mosquitoes, fleas, moths and ticks, the more I smell like lavender in the summer, the better!

References:

“DoTERRA Lavender Essential Oil – DōTERRA Tools.” Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
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Natural DIY Eyeliner

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Activated Charcoal and Jojoba Oil Eyeliner

Ingredients:

  • Activated Charcoal
  • Jojoba Oil (a few drops)
  • Water (optional)

Directions:

  • With a thin brush, dip brush into mix and apply to eyes.
  • Clean brush after to avoid buildup with Coconut oil (or Olive, Avocado etc.)
  • You have the option of adding water or adding more Jojoba oil depending on what texture you like. I ended up adding more Jojoba oil to my mix. This eyeliner is great for blending in a smokey eye.

A few people asked me if Activated Charcoal was safe to put on your eyes. I think they heard the word “Charcoal” and immediately thought of Charcoal from a fire. Charcoal and activated charcoal are different. Activated charcoal means the carbon is infused with oxygen and is prepared for human ingestion and skincare products

I got this into my eyes because I did not dilute the charcoal enough with jojoba oil. I had the same reaction (tearing) as if I got a store bought mascara/eyeliner into my eye. To avoid this, make sure you have enough jojoba oil or water mixed in the the charcoal on your brush where it the charcoal powder is not loose.

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Diffuser -Homemade & Natural

IMG_2967Stop breathing in chemicals and start breathing in oils that are beneficial to your health.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 8 drops each of cinnamon, mandarin orange &  lavender essential oil
  • Wooden sticks (from Michael’s)

You can make the scent personally tailored to your wants and/or needs. For example, you can make essential oil blends to ward away bugs during summer months, uplift your mood or help relax you before bed. The options are endless.

I used to use mostly designer cosmetic brands, but these are often the most toxic. It’s okay to have them for show, or to re-use their containers, but I don’t plan on buying more.
One of the most common chemicals in air fresheners are Phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals that are used to prolong the length of time that scented products maintain their fragrance. Regular exposure to phthalates can increase your risk of experiencing endocrine, reproductive, and developmental problems.

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Improve Oral Health & Whiten Teeth Naturally

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Improve Oral Health & Whiten your teeth with the Oil Cleansing Method & Activated Charcoal

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon oil (avocado, sunflower, coconut are some options)
  • 1 capsule size Activated Charcoal

Directions:

  • Swish around your mouth for 20 min.
  • Best to do first thing in the morning on an empty stomach & before drinking any liquids.
  • Spit out in trash or toilet. Have toilet scrubber available to get off any black residue. Do not swallow any of this oil since there are now many toxins in the oil.
  • Rinse mouth with water & brush teeth thoroughly.

 

Oil Pulling pulls out toxins from the body and helps strengthen gums and whiten your teeth. “The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris,” states Dr. Bruce Fife, ND, author of the Oil Pulling Therapy.
Did you know our oral health has a huge effect on our overall health? If the teeth are unhealthy, this may disturb other organs and functions of the body. Many chronic diseases, such as neuralgia, chronic sinusitis, headache, back problems or diseases of the joints, are correlated with dental problems.

Every tooth is closely connected with the meridian as well as the lymphatic system. An infected tooth or inflamed jaw or toxic load caused by heavy metals (such as an implant or root canal) can cause disturbances in the respective part of the functional system.

I have recently discovered Ozone Infused Oils that you can use for the Oil Cleansing Method and/or spot treatment to help re-mineralize your teeth. I will have another post about this soon.

References:

Fife, Bruce. Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body through Oral Cleansing. Colorado Springs: Piccadilly, 2008. Print.

“Teeth as the Cause of Chronic Diseases.” Paracelsus Klinik. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

 

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Reason to Avoid Fruit Juice & Go Green

IMG_2969One advantage of juicing is that it takes the fiber out of the food. This gives your digestive system a break and helps your body absorb the substances in your juice much faster. This is good when your juice is filled with vitamins and minerals from green juices. This is bad when your juice is filled with (natural) sugars.

When fiber is taken out of your fruits, the sugars are delivered to your bloodstream in a much faster manner, causing a bigger sugar rush and larger insulin spike (insulin is the hormone that regulates sugars in the blood). The sugars if not used up right away with say running a few miles, get stored up as fat. Causing this spike to happen repeatedly disrupts your metabolism, can cause weight problems or blood sugar-related illnesses. If you take the time to look at the back of a bottled juice that has both fruit and veggies in it, many have 25g, 35g, or more of sugar in the drink. This is around or exceeding the sugar amounts you should intake daily. Carrots and beets also contain a lot of sugar, so do not go excess with these sweet root vegtables either.

If you do decide to include fruits in your juices, green apples and berries are the best option with the least amount of sugars. Stay away from pineapple.

I really like this drink from Ellary’s Greens in the West Village, NYC because for me, the cayenne pepper gives it that extra kick and helps trick my taste buds into not craving something sweet.

Ingredients:

  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Green Apple (sometimes I take this out)
  • Cilantro
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne Pepper

 

References:

Eric Helms, 2014, The Juice Generation, NY, New York, Simon & Schuster

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Kombucha Fruit Smoothie

Mix frozen fruit and unflavored Kombucha in a blender for a drink, snack or dessert. I like to buy the “original” Kombucha flavored because I don’t trust how the Kombucha in a bottle is flavored. Most people buying Kombucha are trying to be healthy so to me it doesn’t make sense to buy something that might be flavored artificially.

Kombucha aids digestion and health gut. It is naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha is a probiotic drink. Some benefits include improved digestion, fighting off candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth and mental clarity. For more benefits click here.

Please be aware if you are pregnant or have any major health concerns, consult with your doctor before drinking Kombucha since it changes your gut bacteria.

Also, be aware that Kombucha is acidic and can effect the enamel on your teeth. If your drinking Kombucha, drink it in one sitting rather than sipping it throughout the day. Swish with clean water (don’t brush) right after to minimize the acidic effects. OraWellness touches on this more.

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References:                                                                                                                                         “Food Renegade.” Food Renegade. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.                                                                    “How To Drink Kombucha And NOT Destroy Your Teeth.” OraWellness Blog Raquo. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.