Natural DeodorantRead Now
Make your own Deodorant...
1/4 c. Coconut Oil softened
2-3 Tbsp. Baking Soda
2 Tbsp. Arrowroot Powder
4 drops of your favorite essential oil ( I use Lavender)
If you have a tendency to break out add a 1/2 tsp. of Witch Hazel
Mix and let sit... it will harden, you don't need much so this recipe will probably last you a year. All ingredients can be found at Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage or a natural health food store. This deodorant really works!
If you were going to try one new recipe to keep your cool this summer, try rosewater lemonade. The heat of summer can provoke anger and irritability, especially when a person is dehydrated from sweating, spending long hours under the summer sun or up late at night socializing. Altogether, these strains on your body may make it all too tempting to fight with your loved ones. Fortunately, you can recover your composure and find relief with cooling, refreshing beverages like rosewater lemonade.
When the thermometer seems relentless, the key to a kinder
personality lies in the understanding that summer is a firey season of
aggravated Pitta. When provoked, Pitta generally reacts with irritability,
resistance, and aggression. Pitta people have a basic need for sweetness and
beauty. When overheated, Pitta needs a gentle yes to calm them into a more
amiable easiness. They respond best to cooling, calming balms like sitting under
the moon, in the shade of a tree, and sweet foods with a pleasant aroma.
Rosewater Lemonade brings sweetness and beauty into the day, calming their
agitated mind. The mere smell of a rose cools their anger and criticism. Knowing
this about Pitta helps you to please and nurture yourself or a loved one, rather
than provoke them.
Rosewater relieves and cools inflammation. It's great
for spraying on your sunburned skin or summer rashes, but it also heals and
soothes internal tissues as well. It has a mild astringency that tones tissues,
including the digestive tract.
Lemons cool the skin because they help
you sweat. Lemons cleanse the blood of impurities, aid digestion and quench
thirst. Although lemons are heating in the digestive tract, they are a cooling
astringent in the blood. Sour taste focuses a scattered mind and helps nudge
your thoughts from the head back to the heart, the seat of kindness. For an even
more Pitta cooling effect, add lime instead of lemon and maple syrup instead of
raw sugar. Kapha may prefer honey.
A wonderful, refreshing substitute for iced
tea. It is inspired by a Tunisian drink with lemons and orange blossom water.
Rosewater is the water leftover from the production of rose essential oil. It
has an uplifting rose fragrance. As Ayurveda students, we sprayed ourselves with
rosewater mist on hot days to keep cool. Rosewater is available in most Indian
and Middle Eastern grocery stores.
1/8 whole Lemon
1 tsp. Raw Sugar
1/8 tsp. Rose Water
2 c Water
Recipe from www.joyfulbelly.com
Ojas-the sap in your life.Read Now
Ojas (pronounced oh-jus) is a Sanskrit word which literally means "vigor" or "life sap". According to the principles of Ayurveda, it is the essential energy of the
body which can be equated with the "fluid of life". Those who practice Ayurveda
say that Ojas is the sap of one's life energy which, when sufficient, is equated
with immunity and a cheerful mind and soul that is enlightened with happiness, when deficient, results in weakness, fatigue and ultimately disease.
Ojas is the ultimate refined result of digestion, metabolism, absorption and
assimilation. The substance that connects the mind to the body and
consciousness, it is a wholesome biochemical substance that nourishes all body
tissues and has a direct influence on the nature and quality of physical, mental
and emotional life. Ojas' primary location is the heart, from where it
circulates to and pervades the entire body.
Ojas is collected from the body's seven tissues - plasma, blood, muscle, adipose tissue
(fat), bone, bone marrow, and reproductive tissue (semen and ovum) - by the
influence of enzymes (Agnis), similar to how a bee collects honey from the
essence of many flowers. The purest substance in the universe and omnipresent in
the human being, ojas is responsible for higher states of consciousness, purity
of thoughts, perfect health, positivity in feelings, love, joy, better immunity,
longevity, intelligence, creativity, memory, bliss, and thought process. When an
individual's inner consciousness awakens spontaneously, ojas increases. In a
nutshell, ojas is the sap of the entire physiology and sustains the life of an
Why does Ojas deplete ?
All the factors that cause the depletion of Ojas are excessive sex, abuse of drugs and alcohol,
sedentary life style, loose talking, loud music, insufficient rest, worries,
anxiety, unsatisfied desires, jealousy, lust for worldly comforts, fear,
cheerlessness, excessive sleeping, daytime sleeping, lack of exercise, over
confidence, over eating, desire to rule over others. In short all the things,
which disturb the daily life style of a person, may lead to the depletion of Ojas.
Along with eating a balancing diet, one can increase ojas in a variety of ways. General guidelines are to love
yourself and others, live a healthy lifestyle, and always take time to appreciate the joys in life.
Other ways to increase ojas include:
Laugh and smile a lot
Take time to relax
Make the time before bedtime quiet and non-stimulating
Sensory control, TV, internet etc.
Spend time in nature
Exercise your creativity
Offer your gifts to others
Follow your hearts passion
Engage in physical activity
Worship of the Divine
Ojas building foods; milk, almonds, dates or raisins, ghee, acia berries, kale, saffron, raw ginger, berries, pomagranate, nuts.
Here is a drink to build your Ojas...
Use whole milk. Almond or coconut milk are an option if you have sensitivity to dairy.
Boil 1 cup of whole milk with 3 dates and 10 peppercorns. Boil and cool three times and then remove the peppercorns. Place milk and dates in the blender and add: 2T oil (ghee, olive oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil), 1 pinch of cinnamon, cumin and cardamom. Add 1 teaspoon of maple syrup or honey and 10 large nuts or seeds. Blend well, drink on and empty stomach and don't eat for 2 hours after you drink. Also drink 2 hours before you eat a meal.
Kale SaladRead Now
The magic of this recipe is that the mushrooms rehydrate with the marvelous
taste of the marinade. If you do not have time to prepare the dehydrated
mushrooms and nuts, plain mushrooms and nuts will work too.
In a large salad serving bowl, combine kale, onions, red pepper, sweet
potato, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, oil, Namu Shoyu, and dehydrated mushrooms.
Toss. Let the salad sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Toss again just
before serving and top with nuts or seeds.
Note: To blanch kale, tear into bite size pieces, removing stems. Place the
leaves in a sieve, and pour 2-3 cups of water that has been brought to a boil
and cooled for 1 minute over the kale. Drain. To speed up the draining process,
roll up the kale in a clean dishtowel for a few minutes.
Spiced Pumpkin PieRead Now
Spiced Pumpkin Pie
using Young Living Essential Oils - Recipe by Judy Jehn, CMT
1 unbaked pie shell
1/4 + 1/8 cup Young Living’s Blue Agave
2 large organic eggs
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
2 drops ginger essential oil
1 drop clove essential oil
1 drop nutmeg essential oil
¼ tsp salt
1 cup fresh organic pumpkin puree
1 ½ cups heavy (double) cream, scalded
Preheat oven to 375° F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the agave and eggs until well blended. Add the cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg essential oils and the salt. Mix well.
Add the pumpkin puree and scalded cream and whisk until smooth. Pour into the pie shell.
Bake the pie for 10 minutes at 375° F, reduce heat to 350° F and continue baking for 35 – 45 minutes until the filling is firm in the center. Test the center with the tip of a knife; if it comes out clean, the pie is done.
Serve with whipped cream!
Tart citrus fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, and antioxidant that protects against the harmful effects of pollution, smoking, and heavy metal exposure. Vitamin C is also required for the tissue growth and repair, helps maintain the integrity of blood vessels, and supports immune health. Have you had your vitimin C today? Check out this recipe...
Wild-Caught Salmon w/ Lemon Butter (serves 4)
1 stick organic butter
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
2 organic lemons
1 small bunch organic parsley, rinsed, dried and minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 wild-caught salmon fillets
Preheat oven to 425. In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic together with fork, mixing well.You can also substitute olive oil (which i recommend) for the butter, you will probably only need 1/4 c at the most. Wash lemons and cut one int0 quarters for garnish. Grate zest of other lemon and squeeze juice; add both zest and juice to butter mixture (or olive oil) and mix well. Stir in 3/4 of minced parsley.(Skip this next step if using olive oil). On a small piece of parchment paper, form butter mixture into a small log; wrap tightly in the parchment paper and chill in freezer. Lightly brush baking dish with olive oil, place salmon filllets (skin side down) in dish and brush with the remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 8 munutes, or until flesh easily flakes. Remove herbed butter from freezer and cut into 4 1/2" thick rounds. (Save remaining herbed butter for other uses, such as topping veggies.) Place one round on each serving of fish, tent with foil and set aside for 3 to 5 minutes, allowing butter to melt. Transfer fish to plates and garnish with lemon wedges and remaining parsley before serving.
To make this a complete meal, you may want to serrve with sauteed lemon-garlic spinach (use remaining lemon, garlic, olive oil mixture) and wild rice. Enjoy!
My spiritual name is Sivakami, which means... one who desires transformation and one who transforms desires. I live in Rifle, Colorado where I teach yoga, create art and love life. I would love to hear your comments.