Emerald

Emerald at Crystal Hills Organics

Emerald THE luxurious, deep green colour of the emerald has attracted many over the ages. Records dating back to as early as 4000 BC indicate that the emerald was valued and sought after. The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, as Cleopatra had a fondness for this gemstone. There are many tales that incorporate the emerald: Cleopatra seeking eternal youth and beauty; European alchemists and the sacred “emerald tablet”; the emerald being one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon; and the Bavarian poem where the holy grail is described as a magical and luminous stone that had fallen to Earth during a struggle in heaven. Even the Greek philosopher Aristotle included the emerald in his writings, speaking to the…

Mexican Lentil Quinoa Bake

Mexican lentil quinoa bake

Mexican Lentil Quinoa Bake I always try and incorporate one day a week to be devoted as meat free. It is generally a higher day in carbohydrates so I have more fuel for exercise! You can get plenty of vegetarian protein through beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, organic tempeh, free range eggs, and organic dairy. This lentil quinoa bake is great on its’ own or can be served with organic ketchup or barbeque sauce. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!   Serves 6 Ingredients ⦁ 1 cup dried quinoa ⦁ ¾ dried red lentils ⦁ 2 ½ cups filtered water ⦁ 1 small red pepper diced ⦁ 1 green pepper diced ⦁ 2 shallots or 1 small onion diced ⦁ 2 large celery stalks, diced…

DIY Facial Mask for a Youthful Lift

diy facial mask for a youthful lift

  A few summers ago, a miracle happened. My babysitter’s eighteen year old brother picked her up after work. I was standing in the door frame, saying good-bye to her, wearing cute little jeans, a light top, and a white linen boyfriend blazer. I had just had my hair done that day, and was probably looking more angel blonde than usual, and feeling lighter and happier than usual, having just spent a free day getting my hair done and doing some fun uptown shopping. He was waiting at the curb in his vehicle, and was clearly blinded by the sun. Nonetheless, my sitter told me that he thought I was another nanny and asked her to give him my phone number. He had no idea…

Amethyst

amethyst crystals

The beauty of this violet coloured gemstone may enchant us when one considers the significance of amethyst through the ages and cultures. Historically, amethyst was once considered of equal worth to the emerald, diamond or ruby. The ancient Greeks carved wine goblets out of amethyst to keep a clear head while drinking. In the middle ages it was worn by royalty and nobility to signify power, and adorned crowns, rings, and sceptres. Amethyst is referenced in the bible and is considered one of the precious stones in the breastplate of the high priest, while Tibetan monks used mediation malas (prayer beads) made out of amethyst, as it is considered a sacred stone. These days, it is more commonly known as the birthstone of February. Amethyst…

Cleopatra-Style Milk Bath with Roses

Cleopatra style milk bath with roses at CHO

My husband laughs at me for being so critical of myself. When we are on the beach, for example, I will look at another woman and say, “I wish that I had her legs,” or “I would love to have a chest like that.” He finds it so odd that women think this way, and tells me that he doesn’t look around and say, oh, “I wish I had those abs.” I agree with him that we women can be far too critical of ourselves. I believe that it is important to be healthy, and to strive to be the best person you can be, physically, mentally, and spiritually. That being said, I also think that we need to start loving ourselves and accepting the…

Moringa Pumpkin Seed Banana Mini Muffins

Moringa pumpkin seed muffins

These delicious mini muffins are packed with powerhouse leaf called moringa! What is Moringa? Moringa Oleifera is a small, fast-growing tree found in most, if not all tropical regions. The leaves are proven to be among the worlds most nutritious vegetables. Moringa has been used for centuries for more than just food – many cultures throughout history have found medicinal uses for the tree. Increased Health: Moringa is purported to lower blood sugar, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and even reduce inflammation. Who needs Moringa? Well, Everyone. Moringa is the Miracle Tree of Life and is perfectly suited to nourish the human body. Organic Moringa is the perfect supplement for your incredible life. If you’re optimizing your health, eating clean and focusing on nourishing the body…

Berry Chia Oats

berry chia oats

Berry Chia Oats Spice up your usual oatmeal by topping with a berry compote for an extra shot of vitamin C plus some chia seeds for additional energy. The berry chia oats are made the night before to make your morning ritual easier. Chia seeds have become a popular superfood as they are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, help to boost your metabolism, and are a source of dietary fiber and calcium. Serves 1 Ingredients 1/3 cup regular rolled oats 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Add all ingredients in a jar and stir, place jar in refrigerator overnight. Serve with berry compote. Berry compote Frozen berries of choice (I used raspberries and blueberries) 1 teaspoon thickener mixed with 3 tablespoons cold…

Benefits of using a Sugar Scrub

Crystal Love Sugar Scrub

Benefits of using a Sugar Scrub Take a second to think about all the products you have used in your shower over the years. There have likely been items such as fragrant hair products, silky body washes, and even foamy shaving cream. But have you ever incorporated a fabulous sugar scrub into your weekly repertoire? A regular sugar scrub is an absolute must for silky smooth, luminous skin. Our face is not the only place that can benefit from regular exfoliation Sugar scrubs are more than a sumptuous treat for the skin and can actually improve the health of your skin. As we age, our skin cell’s turnover rate slows down causing it to look dull and feel slightly rough. A sugar scrub is a…

Fresh Salad with Tahini Avocado Dressing

fresh salad with tahini avocado dressing

Fresh Salad with Tahini Avocado Dressing Nothing is better than a salad with fresh vegetables: arugula, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper and tomatoes. Topped with tahini avocado dressing, this vegan salad is a great addition to a lunch or dinner or to simply have as is. Recipe Yields 1 large serving or two small servings (side dish) Ingredients ⦁ 1 large carrot, shredded ⦁ 4 cups arugula ⦁ 1/2 cup cucumber, diced ⦁ 1/2 cup tomato, diced ⦁ 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced ⦁ 1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped ⦁ 1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds Avocado tahini dressing ⦁ 1 tablespoon tahini ⦁ 1/2 avocado ⦁ 1 teaspoon tamari ⦁ 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar ⦁ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ⦁ 1/4 cup water (or more)…

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