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#41 alternativista

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:51 AM

Homemade Coconut milk from dried coconut. From a vendor of coconut products. There's a video demonstration here:http://www.freecocon...de-coconut-milk

Homemade Coconut Milk
Servings: 1
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:

  • In a medium-size kettle, heat the water, but do not bring it to a boil.
  • Place the coconut in a blender and add 1 cup of the hot water.
  • Blend for 2-3 minutes.
  • Place a colander in a bowl and line the colander with 4 thicknesses of cheesecloth.
  • Pour the blended coconut mixture into the cheesecloth and twist to extract the milk, letting the milk go into the bowl.
  • Return the coconut pulp to the blender and add the remaining 1/2 cup of hot water.
  • Blend for 1-2 minutes, strain and press through the cheesecloth into the bowl.

Makes about 1 cup

Save  the leftover pulp for pancakes & cookies!  Mix the coconut with a couple mashed ripe bananas, a little salt and whatever else you'd like such as spices, a little cocoa powder, low sugar dark chocolate pieces, a spoonful of nut butter, etc.  Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet & bake.  Also do with other things besides banana such as baked winter squash or sweet potatoes.


Edited by alternativista, 24 June 2014 - 11:05 AM.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


#42 Peony7

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:56 AM

I made the above sassy water recipe last night and am having some right now.


Hi Alterna, do you think the fresh ginger is crucial to the taste? Would I get away with using some dried ginger?

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:01 PM


I made the above sassy water recipe last night and am having some right now.


Hi Alterna, do you think the fresh ginger is crucial to the taste? Would I get away with using some dried ginger?


I don't think ground dried ginger would work well. I don't think it will dissolve so you'd have some powder floating in your drink. Lemon or lime and water is good. Mint in water is good. Cucumber water is good. Any combination is fine. You'll just be lacking in the benefits of ginger.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:28 AM

I don't think ground dried ginger would work well.


Thanks Alterna, I am trying the Sassy Water tomorrow with fresh ginger. Here is my first offering to the recipe thread, although it's not really a recipe -

Lemon Balm Tea

You can have this hot or iced

a bunch of young lemon balm
300ml hot water

add the hot water to the lemon balm and infuse for about 10 mins,

Then strain into a mug and drink or cool it down and refrigerate.

I got this from the UK good food channel website

Also, I added sliced apple to mine, Pimms style, then ate the apple after.

I think you can also add lemon balm to food but never experimented with it like that. I don't know whether your green grocers in the US stock this so maybe check out your garden centre? That's where I got mine from. This stuff grows like wildfire in my garden, so if you are going to grow it maybe keep it to a pot. It smells gorgeous if you run your fingers through it!

#45 alternativista

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:57 PM


Dr. Oz’s Energy Cubes are made with two energy boosters: spirulina and lime juice. Combined, they are shown to help boost your mood. A true miracle from the sea, spirulina is an excellent source of protein. This blue-green algae, available in powder and supplement form at health food stores, boosts energy by unlocking sugar from your cells so it does not get stored as fat.



Ingredients

1 tsp spirulina powder

12 oz lime juice


Directions

Combine ingredients; pour into ice cubes trays and freeze. (The cold from the ice also works to wake you up and help boost metabolic energy.)


Add 2 energy cubes to water, fruit or vegetable juices daily.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


#46 alternativista

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:30 PM

These were on Doctor Oz as 'metabolism boosting' teas.


Oolong-Cinnamon Iced Tea

Oolong has a catechin and caffeine combination that ignites your body’s fat-burning furnace, and your metabolism is raised for up to 2 hours after drinking it. The cinnamon has properties that help your body use sugar more efficiently.


Ingredients

4 cinnamon sticks

4 tbsp loose oolong tea or 12 oolong tea bags

3 cups water


Directions

Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and cinnamon soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill. Then enjoy!



Iced Ginger-Green Tea
Both green tea and ginger have fat-blasting properties. The green tea contains nutrients that help block fat absorption. And both the tea and ginger help raise metabolism and help your body utilize carbs more efficiently.

Ingredients
12 quarter-inch slices of fresh ginger
4 tbsp loose green tea or 12 bags
3 cups water

Directions
Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and ginger soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill. Then enjoy!


Grapefruit-Mate Tea
Mate is an herbal tea that comes from the South American rain forest. It’s rich in xanthines – which fire up metabolism and speed up fat-loss. And grapefruit is full of vitamin C which can help break down fats.

Ingredients
1 whole grapefruit, chopped
4 tbsp loose mate tea or 12 mate bags
3 cups water

Directions
Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and grapefruit soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves, and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill. Then enjoy!


Pear-Infused White Tea
White tea contains antioxidants, including ECGC, that prevents new fat cells from forming and fights signs of aging, like wrinkles. Pears contain pectin, which lowers your blood sugar levels so your body has to work harder to get energy from fat stores.

Ingredients
2 whole pears, chopped
4 tbsp loose white tea or 12 white tea bags
3 cups water

Directions
Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and pear pieces soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill. Then enjoy!

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:36 AM

Turmeric Tea with Ginger

This tasty adaptation of turmeric tea includes ground ginger, maple syrup, and lemon juice. It’s recommended to help ward off colds, flu, and other viral infections, any gastrointestinal problems, and to detoxify the body.


ngredients:

  • 2 cups spring or distilled water
  • ½ teaspoon each powdered ginger and turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Juice from ½ fresh lemon

Directions:

  • Bring the water to a boil, and add powdered ginger and turmeric. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid into a clean coffee mug, and add the maple syrup and lemon. Stir to combine, and drink immediately.

Read more at Suite101: How to Make Turmeric Tea: 3 Ways to Prepare this Popular Healing Herb | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/...9#ixzz1xUmDG5Qt



Coconut milk. tumeric and ginger recipe from Marks Daily Apple
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey or other sweetener
  • Optional additions: a small pat of butter, cinnamon, cardamom
    Read more: http://www.marksdail.../#ixzz1xUmNcDmN

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:02 AM

Water kefir sodas. Several flavors.

http://beingfrugalby...a-revisted.html

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:15 PM

Cumin Corriander fennel tea:

 

This is something which would be made 4-5 times a week at home when I was in India. My Mom would make a lot and we would drink it through the day. It helps with digestion. 

I recently started having it again, so here goes:

 

1 quart of water,1 teaspoon of cumin seed.1 teaspoon of fennel seeds,1 teaspoon of coriander seeds

I buy all the seeds from the Indian store.

 

Place all the ingredients in a pot and simmer for fifteen minutes. After it has cooled off discard the herbs and store the tea in a thermos. I sip on it through the day at work. I switch between this and the ginger turmeric tea vista posted earlier.

 

 

Cool Basil seeds drink:

This is specially good for people who eat spicy food, in India they say it cools off your stomach and also help in digestion.  I have it before I go to bed.

Half teaspoon of basil seeds (takmaria/sabja in indian store) in a glass of water. I usually add it to slightly warm water. Leave it for ten mins. It will plump up into a gelatinous mass. Drink it..:)

 

 

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 10:50 AM

So, some company has started selling bottled teas with chia seeds floating in them & promoting them as an Omega 3 source. An aquaintance showed me some she bought at Whole Foods.  And I thought she was smarter than that.  Great gimmick, but don't waste your money. If you want to get your omega 3 from chia seeds in a drinkg, Make your own drinks & add chia seeds to them.  go easy. In water chia seeds will swell up and become a gel. You don't want your drink to thick to drink.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:35 AM

My clear skin tonic is in my signature, but consists of juiced carrots, beets, celery, apple, and ginger.

It does technically contain sugars from the fruits and vegetables, but I've found it has the opposite effect of refined sugars: promoting healing, lowering inflammation, and eliminating acne. Among other things, it contains potent amounts of vitamin A, which, when from food sources, is amazing for your skin.


Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).

 

Magic Juice

 

In a juicer, combine:

 

5-6 carrots

1 medium beet

2-3 stalks of celery

1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)

1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)

 

This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.

Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.

Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 10:58 AM

Recipe for a bread made with the pulp leftover from making almond milk:

 

http://naturalvitali...t/#.U6mVPrHigcQ

 

Note the Natural Vitality Plant-Sourced Minerals comes in liquid or powder. They don't say which is used here. So I doubt that amount of liquid or powder is essential to the recipe.

 

Ingredients
  1. ⅓ cup pitted Medjool dates—approximately 6 dates
  2. ¼ cup Natural Vitality Plant-Sourced Minerals
  3. ¼ cup water
  4. ¼ cup avocado oil
  5. 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
  6. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  7. ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  8. 2 cups lightly packed almond pulp (see note)
  9. ⅔ cup roughly ground flaxseeds
  10. ½ cup organic raisins
  11. ½ cup organic walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Add Medjool dates, Plant-Sourced Minerals, water, avocado oil, honey, cinnamon and sea salt to the bowl of your blender or food processor. Process until smooth, then transfer to a clean bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir with a spatula until well combined.
  3. Divide dough into 2 mounds.
  4. If using a food dehydrator, transfer sections to separate ParaFlexx-lined trays. Spread the mixture out onto the tray until it’s about ½ inch thick. You can do this by patting it with the back of your spatula and bringing in the ends so that it becomes a perfect square. Repeat with remaining dough. Dehydrate at 115°F for 12 hours, flipping halfway through.
  5. If using an oven, preheat to 180°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Spread the mixture out onto the tray until it’s about ½ inch thick. You can do this by patting it with the back of your spatula and bringing in the ends so that it becomes a perfect square. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake in preheated oven for 3–4 hours, flipping halfway through.
  6. Once complete, remove from your food dehydrator or oven and cut into 9 squares per sheet. Recipe yields 18 squares, 2 squares per serving.
Notes
  1. Almond pulp is created when homemade almond milk is made. If you prepare your own nut or seed milks, hold on to the fiber that’s left after you make a batch. You can freeze it until you’ve built up a stockpile. Learn how to make your own nut and seed milks.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:50 AM

'Healthy Coffee'  or tea or cocoa

 

http://wellnessmama....healthy-coffee/

 

Mixing in butter and/or coconut oil in a blender to emulsify the oil and make it seem creamy.   This is a good thing for those skipping/delaying breakfast. coconut oil is a good energy source especially for the brain.  I'm not going to use a blender, but have one of those aero-latte things. I'll try it with that.

 

Also, even healthier coffee would involve cold brewing.  Make a concentrate that you then dillute how you want it. I add a couple of cinnamon sticks when brewing in my french press.   And even better would be to use a paper filter as it removes some of the less desirable substances. I don't recall what they are right now.



Good herbal teas and blends

 

http://wellnessmama....ng-herbal-teas/

 

Plain ole chamomile, raspberry leaf, mint, plus some beneficial and tasty blends:

Sleep Easy Blend

My go-to tea when I am having trouble sleeping is an equal mixture of Chamomile, Mint, and Catnip herbs. Catnip has natural relaxing and soothing properties. It is one of the ingredients in my Sweet Dreams Sleep Tincture, which is great at helping kids relax and sleep better, especially during illness.

I mix a teaspoon each of ChamomileMint, and Catnip herbs in a glass of water for a relaxing nighttime tea that is also great during illness. This same mixture can be used to fill a homemade eye pillow to aid in sleep as well.

Lavender Tea

Lavender is my favorite scent and essential oil but it is too strong to be used alone in a tea. My favorite Lavender Tea recipe is:

Mix all and store in an air-tight container. Use 1-2 tsp per cup of water to make hot or iced tea.

Chai Tea

Chai tea is a favorite around our house and we usually make it with Raspberry Leaf tea instead of black tea and with coconut milk instead of regular milk. There are many variations of chai tea recipes and with a little experimenting, you can find the one that you like best. Here is my basic recipe to give you some ideas.

When I don’t feel like making my own, I love this caffeine free Firefly Chai that is slightly sweeter than regular Chai and is great for nighttime. If you add a little chamomile and catnip to it, it is a delicious evening drink for kids.

Herbal Coffee

Have trouble kicking the coffee habit? While I still love coffee once in a while, an herbal coffee is a great alternative without the caffeine. My favorite one packs a powerful nutritional punch too with Maca powder and dandelion root!

Stomach Soother

For stomach aches or for those prone to digestive troubles, this tea is very calming. The recipe is also very easy:

  • 2 teaspoons mint leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Pinch of dried ginger (optional)

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over it, steep, covered for 5 minutes and consume. You can also add some grass-fed gelatin powder (about a tablespoon) for a long-lasting soothing effect.

Pregnan-Tea

During pregnancy I drink a special tea that helps keep nausea and digestive troubles at bay and also helps strengthen the uterus. The nettle also provides Vitamin K, an essential nutrient for pregnancy and birth to help with clotting.

Many women report having easier and faster labors from using this tea, though my labors are typically 24+ hours even though I go natural, so I may not be the best example! This tea is delicious anytime, but especially during pregnancy.

What you need:

Mix and use 1 tablespoon to brew by the glass or 1 cup to brew by the gallon. Add more or less Stevia to taste. Enjoy!


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

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When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!



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