Tag Archives: honey

Cornmeal & Honey Scrub

honey2Getting back to basics can be the best way to take care of ourselves inside and out. I’m always looking for natural ways to take care of my skin and avoid the processed and chemical laden store-bought products. This recipe is a great way to refresh your skin by sloughing off dry skin to reveal and fresh and dewy face.

This recipe is from Stephanie Tourles book Organic Body Care Recipes:

This product leaves skin smooth, soft, and very hydrated. Because this scrub can be a bit runny and sticky, don a shower cap or wrap your hair in a towel before use. 

What you will need:

  • 1.5 teaspoons cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon water

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients thoroughly and allow cornmeal to absorb the liquid for 1 minute.  Using your fingers, gently massage onto the face and throat, lie back, and leave on for 15 minutes. Rise with warm water to revel your new dewy skin. 

Until next time, I send you peace, love and good energy.

~Sharon

Advertisements

Honey Massage Mask

HoneyRecipe from Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles

This is a delicious, sweet way to soften, deeply hydrate, and moisture your skin. This treatment leaves skin with a rosy glow resulting from increased circulation.

You will need:

2-3 teaspoons of fresh, raw honey at room temperature

  • Recommended for: all skin types, especially dry, dehydrated, sunburned, windburned, mature, or environmentally damaged skin
  • Use: as desired
  • Follow with: moisturizer if necessary
  • Prep time: approximately 1 minute
  • Blending tools: small spoon
  • Store in: do not store, mix as needed
  • yield: 1 treatment

Application tips: Honey thins and get runnier as it warms to skin temperature, so be sure to wear a shower cap or pull your hair off your face and neck prior to application. Using your fingers, apply a very thin coat of honey to your entire face and neck. When the honey is spread evenly, it will bead on your skin much like water beads on your car after a rain shower. Leave on for 15 minutes or longer while you relax. Before rinsing, for about 5 minutes, begin to pat your skin lightly with your fingertips in quick tapping motions, as though you are playing the piano. Rinse using a very warm, damp cloth.

I hope you enjoy this recipe from the new body care book I recently purchased. I can’t wait to try out more recipes and share them with you.

Until next time, I send you peace love and good energy.

~Sharon

 

Sprouted Breakfast Oatmeal (No Cooking Required!)

Raise your hand if you actually wake up and prepare breakfast for yourself before leave the house in the morning… … … If you’re anything like me, your hand is not raised right now. I’m so busy that I need to get as much sleep as possible, and unfortunately, that does not mean waking up early to make a healthy breakfast. I had to come up with a solution I would eat. I turned to oatmeal.

There is nothing more bland and tasteless than oatmeal. I’ve never been a huge fan of it … a hot bowl of slimy goo that I was supposed to like because it was flavored and covered and sugar. Not for me. I’ve tried, in vain, for years to like oatmeal … but no success, until now!

So what changed? The oats. The method of preparation. The ingredients.

The method is simple … you make it the night before and BAM!!! – breakfast to go in the morning. No more waking up early to make yourself something. No more stopping on your way to work for something “quick” and unhealthy. This recipe makes enough to last us all week – we each take about 1/2 cup about 3 times per week. This breakfast gives you sustained energy to get up and going for the day.

What you will need:

  • a medium glass bowl
  • 1 cup of oats (I use steel-cut – but rolled is fine, too)
  • 2 cups of cashew milk
  • a few tablespoons of molasses or 1/2 cup of dates
  • a tablespoon or two of cinnamon
  • agave nectar, optional (for added sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup of fried fruit – we use cranberries but cherries or anything else will do fine.
  • nuts or seeds

The method: Do this the night before.

  1. Put the cashew milk in the blender, add the molasses or dates and cinnamon. Blend.20130127_180050
  2. Taste the mixture to see if it is to your liking – if you prefer a little more sweetness add a tablespoon or so of agave nectar.
  3. Put the uncooked oats into the glass bowl. Pour the cashew milk mixture on top. Stir to combine. Add dried cranberries. (I also threw in 1/4 c. flax-seed).20130127_18003920130127_180110
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight (at least 8 hours). The next morning you will have either a solid mixture if you used rolled oats, but if you used steel-cut you will have a slightly soupy mixture.

Personally – I prefer the slightly soupy mixture. I just scoop enough in my to-go container and bring it with me to work. I eat it cold. Sugar prefers to warm his up by microwaving it for a few minutes at work.

You can also vary this by adding nuts, seeds, other fruits, other spices … the sky is the limit.  Make your own custom flavor by changing the spice, sweetener, and add-ins.

How do you feel about eating sprouted oatmeal?

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon

Who needs a good laugh? (with Gluten-free Bread recipe)

Okay … so you remember in my other post New Years Eve 2012 where I told you I was going to bake my first loaf of gluten-free bread? Well, I did. She isn’t pretty, but she sure is tasty! My Sweetie remarked that it tasted like a coconut flavored cornbread. I will say the texture was very similar to a cornbread. It was particularly tasty toasted with butter and jam on top. It made a great snack while we were skiing today … hearty and filling, and loaded with good energy and protein.

I used a recipe from Annmarie Cantrell posted here and posted below:

Ingredients

  • 6 pasture-raised eggs
  • 1 tablespoon raw, local honey
  • 1/2 cup ghee, pastured butter or coconut oil (if you want a dairy-free version, use either ghee or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cups sifted coconut flour (sift first, then measure)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (aluminum-free)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a small (9″x5″x3″) loaf pan.
Step 2
Blend together eggs, ghee, honey and salt.
Step 3
Combine coconut flour with baking soda and mix with liquid ingredients until there are no lumps.
Step 4
Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.
Step 5
Remove from pan and cool on rack.
Step 6
Serve with ghee, nut butter, or use in sandwiches.

________________________________________________________

I did use a breadmaker … and I’m not sure if that mattered … since this is my first time ever baking bread. So, I think I will make it again once we finish eating the brick I baked. However, I think I will skip the bread maker and bake it in a traditional bread pan in the oven and see if that makes a difference. I will report on that. I still think what I made tastes good … but I think it could be better. So here’s a picture of the beauty I baked up:

105

 

 

 

 

110

Okay, so it stuck to the sides a bit and I couldn’t get it out with a butter knife … so I had resort to digging it out with a spoon. Don’t judge me.

This is a learning experience and I will get better. It is one more step away from pre-packaged and processed foods for me and my family. It’s not easy getting back to basics.

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon

DIY: Homemade Cold Remedy

Fall is here with beautiful cool weather, apple picking, pumpkin patches, warm sweaters, and regrettably … it’s cold season, too. Recently, my boss came down with a terrible cold and I did everything I could to prevent myself from catching it. Thank goodness all the hand washing and constant sanitation of the office worked – I was able to stay cold-free. Hooray!

This got me to thinking about the fateful day when hand-washing, eating well, and staying warm fails, and I finally do get sick … I want to be prepared. I found this great homemade remedy on Pinterest that you can make now and store in the refrigerator. The link took me to  http://nancyvienneau.com. This remedy is very close to a hot “tea” I make when I’m sick, so, I thought I’d whip up a batch and try it out. I tweaked the recipe that she provided.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 T. of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 T. raw organic local honey
  • 4 T. warm water
  • empty glass jar for storage

Combine the warm water, vinegar, and honey in the jar. The warm water will help liquefy the honey. Then add in the cayenne and ginger. Put the lid on and give it a good shake. And here’s what you get:

It’s a spicy and potent liquid. I took a tablespoon (to give it a try to ward off anything that might be lingering from the office) and it wasn’t bad. I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy, so I took a sip of water after to cool my mouth. It’s not bad. I can already feel the warmth of the remedy working through my body killing off any germs. My sweetie was feeling a bit ill this morning, so I gave him a tablespoon and he said “Anything that tastes like that, must be good for you!” Hopefully it helps.

Comment and tell me what you do to ward off colds. If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe! I have much more to share with you.

Also, please let me know if you have any questions or want to see my hot “tea” remedy.

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon

***Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. The statements made in this post are merely my own opinion and have not been reviewed or approved by any medical doctor. The remedy is only intended to promote the health benefits of the ingredients it is made of. This remedy has not been proved to treat or cure any disease. Use or ingestion of this remedy is at your own discretion.***