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Using Essential Oils

Essential oils have many uses and can be used in the household for cleaning, diffusing and relaxing.

Use lavender oil in a diffuser to help with anxiety. For a more restful sleep, add a few drops to your pillow or to a tissue before you go to sleep at night. Lavender can also be applied to a burn, but it's better to add it with a carrier oil first in case you have sensitive skin. As a general rule, most essential oils should be added to a carrier oil rather than applying directly. When applying directly it is referred to as applying neat.  

Vitamin D

If you're like me, you often wonder how much Vitamin D do I need?  In order for you to absorb the calcium, you also need Vitamin D. Before the use of sunscreen, most people got enough Vitamin D, except for some places that had very little sun. I worry about skin cancer, but I will go for short walks where I don't use sunscreen except on my face. When using sunscreen look for zinc oxide as the active ingredient. This is the safest. Some sunscreen can actually cause skin cancer. There is also no proof that over 30 SPF increases your protection.

Food Recipes

This apple and pear Crosata is very easy to make and really delicious. Crosata is the Italian name for a pie with just a bottom crust.

2 apples & 2 pears, 1/4 tsp. lime zest, juice from the lime, 1 teaspoon, 1 little packet stevia, 1TBS. raw sugar, frozen pie crust, 1 spoonful sliced almonds, 1 tablespoon orange marmalade.

Camellia Oil

Camellia oil has been around for centuries. It is a light oil that is absorbed quickly. Also known as Japanese tea oil. It is a flowering red plant with red bloom. It is used in China also as a cooking oil. The Japanese have been using this for their face and hair for centuries. It has many therapeutic properties.

Nutrition

In some reports and studies, it shows vegans being as unhealthy as the meat eaters. This was a great puzzelment to the vegan commuinity. Of coarse, it can be explained if one is a junk-food vegan, but what about vegans who eat lots of plant food?

Traveling

During this month of June, 2016 I took my first trip to Tokyo. I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to be crowded and busy like any big city, but I never anticipated how well run the city is. It's really like clock work.

Food Recipes

For those of you who have tried making a chia pudding with water and found it a bit taste-less, try this version with cocoa powder. It's delicious!

1 cup almond milk or other plant milk

1/4 cup chia seeds

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar. or use maple syrup

1 teaspoon almond extract and 2 teaspoons vanilla

berries- 

3 lady fingers or 3 small squares of pound cake- optional

Facial Oils and Essential Oils

There are many carrier oils and essential oils available. For acne and sensitive skin types the best essential oils are: Lavender, Tea-tree, Juniper berry,Clary Sage and Bergamot. The best carrier oils for acne and sensitive are organic golden jojoba, fractionated coconut oil and perilla oil. A combination of two or three also works well. For a 15 ml bottle you only need about 4 to 5 drops of essential oils. If you haven't tried any of the carrier oils above try just one to see how your skin reacts and add the 4 or 5 drops of essential oils.

Food Recipes

Socca is made from chickpea flour. A good Brand is Bob's Redmill. This is the preferred brand for me. Anyway, take a cup of the flour and place in a medium bowl. Add a cup of water. One teaspoon of olive oil is optional. You can add 1/4 Italian seasoning and a sprinkle of thyme or just leave plain. Let sit for 15 minutes.  Spray a skillet with oil or put a small amount into your skillet. I use a non-stick skillet.

Perfume Making

Making natural perfume oil is a little different than perfumes made by the big perfume houses that hire multiple people and chemists. They use lots of synthetic (man made ingredients) and have an expert called a "Nose". These perfumes tend to last several hours but can also give individuals headaches. And many people are allergic to these mass produced perfumes. They can also contain hormone disruptors.

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