Pear and Vanilla Hair Masque

hair mask

Now that autumn is here, the air is more crisp. But we do not want our hair to be crisp; it should be soft and silky. For this hair masque, you will need: 1. One ripe, juicy pear, 2. One egg, and 3. ½ teaspoon pure organic vanilla extract. In a blender, puree the cored pear, then add the egg and vanilla and blend. Apply the mixture to your hair, carefully massaging from your scalp all the way down to the ends of your strands. Wrap your hair in a towel and wait about thirty minutes. Then, rinse with cold water, and follow up by washing your hair as you normally would, with shampoo and conditioner. The fruit acids and vitamins in the pear will brighten and renew…

Paleo Veggie & Egg Skillet

Paleo Veggie & Egg Skillet

Grain, gluten and dairy free breakfast: A savoury breakfast with healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and protein that will keep you satiated for longer thus preventing cravings later on in the day. Don’t be afraid of fats! The addition of turmeric and pepper helps with the absorption of vitamin A from the eggs, which keeps your eyes, skin and immune system healthy. I know dicing vegetables can be time consuming, so I prefer to do it the night before, so you have more time in the morning to get ready for your day. Meal prepping and planning is essential for a successful stress-free healthy lifestyle!   Paleo Veggie & Egg Skillet Recipe Serves 1   Ingredients •1 teaspoon coconut oil •1/2 cup diced yam •1/3 cup…

Mummy Chocolate Cupcakes with a Hidden Vegetable

Chocolate Cupcakes with a hidden vegetable

Mummy Chocolate Cupcakes with a hidden vegetable…..cauliflower! This is a great way to hide an extra serving of veggies into your baked goods especially for those picky eaters! Trust me you can’t taste the cauliflower. Less oil is needed in this recipe compared to regular chocolate cake due to the moisture from the cauliflower. Win win!   Mummy Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe Yields 6 cupcakes   Ingredients ⦁ 1 cup pureed cooked cauliflower ⦁ 3/4 cup certified gluten free oat flour ⦁ 1 tsp. baking powder ⦁ 1/2 tsp. baking soda ⦁ 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt ⦁ 2 tbsp. ground flax seed ⦁ 1/4 cup cocoa powder ⦁ 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk ⦁ 1/3 cup coconut sugar ⦁ 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil ⦁ 1/3 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips (dairy free) Method 1. Preheat…

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea Powder at CHO

  My friend Mary was born in Japan. Everything about her is exotic, and she exudes natural beauty and good health. I asked her one day if she knows of any at-home beauty tricks that women in Japan use, and she said to me, “Nicole, it all begins with matcha.” Mary’s recommendation is to drink at least one full serving of matcha green tea powder per day, dissolved in hot water, as you would an instant coffee beverage. She swears that the potency and benefits of this daily beverage are unparalleled. Matcha tea is different from regular brewed green tea because matcha powder is composed of straight stoneground tea leaves. Drinking a single serving of matcha gives you the equivalent benefits of drinking ten cups…

Cuticle Treatment Oil

cuticle treatment oil

Cuticle Treatment Oil Whether or not you enjoy at-home manicures and pedicures, it is important for the overall health of your nails to perform regular upkeep so that your nails look clean, healthy, and strong. Eating a balanced diet contributes to growing healthy nails. Additionally, it is important to safely soften and push back the cuticles to maintain a healthy nailbed and to prepare our nails for polish. An easy DIY cuticle treatment is to apply extra virgin avocado oil all by itself, massage it into the cuticles, then gently push the cuticles back with an orange stick. Avocado oil is known to be among the most highly penetrative of the plant oils. It is a very good moisturizer, and it also has an antibacterial…

Millet Blueberry & Apple Breakfast Bowl

millet blueberry and apple breakfast bowl

  Millet Blueberry & Apple Breakfast Bowl Have you ever heard of this great superfood called millet?! This little seed is more than just for birds.   Benefits of millet include: *Magnesium, may help reduce the affects of migraines and heart attacks. *Niacin (vitamin B3) may help lower cholesterol. *Phosphorus may help with fat metabolism, body tissue repair and creating energy *May help lower risk of type 2 diabetes. *Fiber from whole grains has been shown to protect against breast cancer. *Whole grains have been shown to protect against childhood asthma.   Enjoy this seed as part of your breakfast instead of oats!   Recipe   Serves 1   Ingredients 1 cup cooked millet 1/2 apple, diced 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup…

The Secret Love Potion

Love potion at Crystal Hills

Crystal Love Body Serum . . . the secret love potion. So, what is so special about this body serum that makes it so popular? Crystal Love is a special creation that was formulated with the sole purpose of love in mind: feeling love, finding love, elevating love, and even seeing the love around us. This sensual scent was created with pure essential oils that are conducive to romance, love, and passion, with many having aphrodisiac properties. The word aphrodisiac comes from the Greek word pertaining to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Aphrodisiacs stimulate desire, increase your arousal, and help to enhance intimacy. Crystal Love captivates our senses and promotes sensuality in women. The Crystal Love Body Serum unites organic rosehip oil, organic apricot…

Wellness

  As a physician, I have come to cherish good health! On a daily basis I have the opportunity to witness health, both good and poor, in its many forms. The human body is an amazing entity with an almost limitless array of states. Anyone who doubts this need only start an internet search on “health”, or more primitively, they can look in my basement at the ridiculous number of medical textbooks and journals I have somehow accumulated over the years. Some factors of the human body and health are obvious. For example, those who exercise regularly have better cardiac reserves, whereas those who lack insulin develop diabetes. Others are more nuanced, such as the impact of topical applications on our metabolic state. Through this…

Crystal Hills Open House

sugar scrubs and body oil, Crystal Hills Organics

  Andrea has been talking about her Crystal Hills products in development for a long time. I knew that I would enjoy using her products, and I knew that they would be nice and feminine and fancy, but I had no idea how marvelous they would actually be. On June 3, 2016, Andrea invited me to a Crystal Hills Open House at her laboratory in Kelowna. First of all, it is not just a laboratory: the facility is perched on an idyllic hillside, overlooking her organic vineyard and herb garden, adjacent to a peaceful pond, tennis courts and a sprawling house and pool that looks more like an oasis than anything else. The interior of the lab also surprised me, with glass jars containing crystals, herbs and other…

History and Use of Sodium Bicarbonate

bath salts, reiki infused

Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda or sodium hydrogen carbonate, is a crystalline solid. Baking soda is not to be confused with baking powder which is a mixture: baking soda is pure. Most of its use is in a fine powder form. Sodium Bicarbonate is one of the ingredients incorporated into Crystal Dreams Bath Salts. In water, sodium bicarbonate forms a mildly alkaline solution. Benefits of alkaline water include helping the body to cleanse efficiently by detoxifying the skin. The detoxification process leads the body to remove wastes and other toxins, which ultimately has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. History Sodium bicarbonate has a rich history, extending thousands of years into our past. Ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of Natron (a mixture containing…

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