Smoothie 101 (Super C)

I have had a sick little Knight all weekend long, so we have been looking for easy ways to get some Vitamin C in his system. I found this awesome recipe with some of my favorite fruits and added vitamin c. The recipe calls for camu camu poweder which can be found in your local health food store or If you don’t have that you can use Emergen-C !! Try this easy, tasty and cold staving smoothie !!

Camu Camu powder

Camu camu is used for viral infections including herpes, cold sores, shingles, and the common cold. It is also used for eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma. Other uses include treatment of asthma, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, gum disease (gingivitis), headaches, and osteoarthritis.

Super C

1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup filtered water
2 tsp camu camu powder or Emergen-C
3/4 cup chopped fresh (or frozen) mango
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana sliced

 
Blend and Enjoy

Serves 2

mango

Courtesy of Super Charged Smoothies

Advertisements

Motivation ♥♥♥

Have you taken time to love on yourself today? In this hectic world we live in taking time for ourselves is so often put on the back burner. With kids, husbands/wives, family and work, neglecting ourselves is so easy. Make sure you take the time for yourself,because if you don’t you wont be able to give to your full potential. As a mom of four kids, I have to constantly remind myself that my time is important. When I become irritable, overwhelmed or just plain tired, that lets me know to recharge my battery. Some easy ways to recharge can be:

Listening to my favorite music

Meditating

Walking in Nature

Taking a long hot bath with my favorite essential oils

Taking myself out on a date (to a new movie or dinner)

Reading a favorite book

Writing in my journal

Find some ways to remind yourself that you matter. To be a true light that shines you must recharge yourself from time to time.

Homemade Salsa

Its only appropriate that I add a Salsa recipe after my last blog on storing cilantro !! This would be a perfect gift. Its fast and easy and DELICOUS !! You can make this mild or spicy but either way, it will be great. Try this super simple and healthy recipe.

Recipe:

  • 4 lbs tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • up to 3 small jalapeno peppers
  • 1 anaheim pepper 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 bunch cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon season salt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon lemon juice (either fresh or bottled)
  • freshly ground black pepper

Core and roughly chop all produce. Remove seeds from peppers as desired. For milder salsa, remove all pepper seeds; for spicier salsa, leave some or all seeds in. Working in batches, use a food processor to chop tomatoes, onion, all peppers, garlic, and cilantro to desired size. I pulse mine until it’s just a little chunky. Pour salsa into a large bowl and add all seasoning and lemon juice. Refrigerate until needed. Makes 4-5 pints.salsa

Homemade cough remedy

As I sit here coughing as I have been doing for the last 3 weeks, I ran across this easy remedy for making your own cough syrup. It only has 3 ingredients and I have them all in my pantry. I am also a singer so having a cough or cold is never on time !!! Try this simple recipe and lets get our lungs clear!!

Olive Oil: Making a homemade cough syrup using olive oil will help you combat your cough as well as reduce reduce inflammation in the throat.

Honey:  Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep. You can use any type of honey you have on hand though.

Lemon: Because everyone knows that lemon & honey is the one of the best throat soother combinations.

 

  • 3/4 cup raw organic honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lemons – juiced

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a small pot over medium heat until steaming. Remove from the heat & let it cool.  Place it into a mason jar or other container with a tight fitting lid.  Store it in the fridge for 3 months, or on the counter top for 1.5 months.

Tips:
You can also add Ginger or Cayenne for that warming feeling…also helps to get the congestion out of your head and chest

Use by the teaspoon or tablespoon, as needed.

Stir & warm before using

Use as soon as you feel a cold coming on.

Also great for allergies

cough syrup

Honey Cinnamon Bananas !!! Yes Please !!

bana1Quick (check) Easy (check) Kids will like it (Double Check) !! With the kids being home on a 2 week fall break, I have been looking for snack ideas. This one was right up our alley. Even my pickiest eater and my 1 year old enjoyed. Try this healthy recipe for a great snack.

Recipe:

  • Organic Banana sliced (1 to 3 depending on how many people will be eating)
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. organic honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. water
  • Coconut oil (spray or oil)

Mix honey and water in a small bowl. Coat frying pan with cooking spray or oil over medium high heat. Add the bananas and once browned, flip them over and turn the stove off. Add the honey/water mixture to the top of the bananas(be careful ,it will bubble up.) Sprinkle the cinnamon on top and ENJOY !!

DIY-Body Wash with coconut oil

I absolutely love coconut oil, so when i found a recipe that incorporates that into a body wash I was so excited !! It’s a process to make it, but it’s not really that hard. The end result is a phenomenally hydrating wash, that will leave you fresh and glowing. I use glycerin a lot in my DIY so it’s a great product to have on hand at all times. Check out this easy recipe:

You’ll need:

1 bar of soap (Dr Bronner’s Castile is great)

1/2 tbsp glycerin

4 cups water

1/2 cup pure coconut oil

 

Grate your soap of choice with a cheese grater

Put your grated soap in a large pot with the water,coconut oil and glycerin

Heat on medium heat until all of the soap is dissolved

When the soap is dissolved the water will look like murky dish water

Turn the heat off and cover overnight to set

When you return to your soap it will be very thick and jelly like, use a mixer or wisk to mix the soap to a smooth consistency

You can add up to two cups of water to get it to the consistency you like ( I added one extra cup of water for my liking)

You can then leave the soap for another 12 hours to ensure it is the right thickness

Use a funnel to put the body wash in an appropriate container (It makes a lot so you may need one container to store it and one to use in the bathroom )

This body wash does not lather like regular body wash because we have taken out the harsh sudsing agents but it still works well and it is healthy and great for your skin !!

IMG_6245_opt

EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique

Many years ago I had a friend who introduced me to EFT therapy. It was simple yet effective. It is an accupressure therapy that can help with food cravings, pain,negative emotions and just to feel better overall. During this busy time of year its a great time to take some time for yourself. This is a way you can reboot yourself and you can do it anytime, anywhere !! By using certain pressure points on your body, you basically tap the location while chanting a mantra of positivity. For example…. a proper EFT phrase will state, Even though I have (whatever issue you have) I deeply and completely love and except myself. Tap the location 5-10 times while stating the phrase, take deep breaths while tapping and keep water on hand. Closing your eyes helps you to stay centered and focused . You can use this technique as many times a day as you feel necessary to rid yourself of the issue. From headaches to emotional pain, EFT is a great technique that can help.

Example EFT Session:

EVEN THOUGH I HAVE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING I DEEPLY AND COMPLETELY LOVE AND ACCEPT MYSELF

The pressure points are as follows:

Top of the head: Use gentle pressure to tap with the tips of fingers using both hands

Eyebrow: Tap right above the hair of your eyebrows

Side of the eye: Tap at the temple with both hands

Under the eye: Tap gently under the bone with both hands

Under the nose: Tap gently under the nose with one hand

Chin: Tap gently with one hand

Collar bone: Tap gently with both hands under the clavicle bone

Under the arm: Tap gently with both hands at an angle to your sides at about 4 inches below your armpit

Wrists: Use wrist on wrist tapping

Side of Hand or Karate Chop point: Use four fingers to tap gently on this area

thCA2I61VT

 

 

DIY…Dryer Sheets

I love to have my clothes and my kids clothes smelling fresh out the dryer, but I hate to spend money on dryer sheets or fabric softeners. Try these DIY ideas to make sure your clothes are clean and smelling great, with minimal money spent!!

 

Idea 1

You can tear dryer sheets in half, thirds or fourths to keep your clothes smelling great and static free.

Idea 2

Use old wash cloths,add 1 to 2 tsps of fabric softener and use like regular dryer sheets.

Idea 3

Recycle old t-shirts but cutting them up in squares. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil like citrus for energy, rosemary and marjoram to reduce physical stress,lavender, basil, grapefruit and rosemary oils to improve concentration and memory. This is a fun way to do it and you can make your clothes benefit your spiritual and physical well-being.

If you have any DIY ideas you’d like to share please leave us a comment!

 

DIY Shampoo !!

DIY products are a great way to save money, be healthy and have something you can make unique to suit your needs. You can add your favorite fragrances, essential oils and organic ingredients. I have found some recipes for making your own shampoo, and it will be free of the harsh mystery chemicals that modern shampoos are filled with. Here are a few ideas for healthy hair.

Start with :

Flip top container, or old shampoo bottle

1/4 cup  Liquid Castile Soap (Dr. Bronners is a wonderful Brand)

1/4 cup Distilled water

From here you can add the ingredients that you need for your hair needs:

Dry Hair:

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

1 teaspoon glycerin

1/4 teaspoon avocado oil or jojoba oil

Mix these ingredients in a bottle of your choice and shake well before using. Massage into scalp…let sit and rinse out

Normal Hair

Add 1 tsp Olive oil

Shake well and shampoo as usual

Scalp Stimulating

15 drops of peppermint

5 drops of spearmint

Shake well before each use…massage scalp and rinse

Baby Shampoo

1 to 2 drops of lavender

Add an additional 1/2 oz of water to dilute the initial recipe. Safe, mild and calming

 

There are many more ways to make shampoos such as adding honey, eggs, coconut,avocado and/or bananas for dry hair. Beer is a great volumizer, lemon juice for lightening, you can even pick  herbs or tea, boil them and add them to your mix. The sky is the limit on how you can DIY !!

Good Luck Earth Stars

 

FYI…Always be sure you have no allergies to these ingredients by doing a spot test on your skin.

 

DIY Cradle Cap Remedies for babies

I have a 9 week old son and he has a bad case of cradle cap. As all of you know, I LOVE DIY home remedies. I have found a couple of things that will work for you if you have this issue with your newest addition.

Try :

Breastmilk- This is a wonder cure that works on so many things. For cradle cap you express some milk, massage it into the scalp, comb through and wash away in the bath.

Coconut oil- Is a necessity to have in every home. It works for your (adults) insides as well as being a great moisturizer. For babies, massage into scalp, comb through and wash in the bath

Olive oil- Is also a great necessity to have in your home- Massage into scalp,comb through and wash in the bath

Shea butter-This is a great product that is essential to my household. You can use it for massages, moisturizing, healing cuts , sunburn ,eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap and so much more !!

Tea tree oil- Tea tree oil is a strong antiseptic and anti-fungal. I wouldn’t use it alone on a babies scalp but would add it to Shea butter (along with lavender for a calming scent) it works wonders !!