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)…

Crystals

crystals at crystal hills organics

One of my true passions is learning about traditional remedies and natural alternatives that complement modern medicine and approaches. I love reading about ancient methods and discovering what past healers may have used. I have read about, studied, and tried crystal therapy, Reiki, herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, medical qi-gong, and many more. My objective has always been to experience and maintain harmony, vitality, and optimum health. Gathering information about crystals has definitely been one of my favourites. Discovering their unique properties, as well as uncovering secrets about their healing and spiritual capabilities, is an ongoing pursuit. Since ancient times, crystals have been prized for their beauty, to symbolize power and for their healing capabilities. These days, it seems that more and more of humanity is rediscovering their special qualities to help restore…

New Beginnings This Spring

new beginnings this spring at Crystal Hills Organics

Forgive the cliché, but every year when the snow melts and the Earth shows us little hints of green, I cannot help but look forward to new beginnings, new life, and a fresh start. For the purposes of this blog, we will say that for us, from a beauty perspective, a fresh start means sloughing off the old, sad, dull winter complexion and revealing fresh, firm, rosy skin from head to toe. I plan to invigorate every inch of my delicious body with products from the Crystal Hills Organics line. Additionally, I am going to experiment with natural beauty recipes for the face and body and share these recipes and the results with my readers. I am hopeful that you will have some fun with…

Chocolate ‘Reeses’ Easter Eggs- Nut Free!

easter treats nut-free, vegan

Chocolate ‘Reeses’ Easter Eggs- Nut Free! Recipe Yields 7 eggs | Prep time 10 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Ingredients 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter 1 tablespoon coconut flour 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life dairy free vegan chocolate chips) 1 teaspoon coconut oil   Instructions Mix sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, and coconut flour. Place a sheet of parchment paper over a flat surface like a cutting board. Roll dough into balls then form into egg shapes. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler (use a pot with boiling water then place a bowl overtop so the steam from the water melts the chocolate without burning…

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