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…

Comfrey Hand Lotion

Comfrey Hand Lotion

Comfrey Hand Lotion You would think that by the month of March, there would be a bit more moisture in the air, just a little bit more to make our skin a bit more supple, a bit more elastic, a touch more comfortable.  However, I have noticed that right now in particular, my delicate skin is especially dry, itchy and uncomfortable.  At this time of year, I am constantly applying moisturizer to my skin, especially my hands, and it is a challenge to take away the itch brought on by what is left of the dry Canadian winter air. I am opting to incorporate comfrey into this natural beauty recipe, perhaps because in a subliminal way, comfrey sounds a bit like “comfortable,” which my skin…

Banana Bread Energy Balls

banana bread energy balls

  The other day I walked past the discounted cart in the grocery store and spotted some ripe bananas. I thought what a great deal, and that it would be incentive to make lots of recipes with them.  Well, a week went by and they continued to get more spotted and brown  every time I looked at them. Who’s been there? I can’t be the only one. I was really wanting a snack that was easily transportable and offered a quick energy fix. I did some brainstorming and created these delicious energy balls which can help to get rid of some of those ripe bananas. For a vegan recipe, swap out the raw honey for brown rice syrup. Banana Bread Energy Balls Yields 16 balls Ingredients…

The Rose in Crystal Love

  One of my favourite scents is that of the rose. To me, its scent is intoxicating and alluring. Just conjuring the image of a rose in my mind leads way to thoughts of romance, love, freshness, and exquisite beauty. I knew I had to formulate a product line that featured the aromatic virtues of the beautiful rose. Crystal Love is a feminine scent that signifies the very essence of romantic love. Sixty thousand petals are needed to make one ounce of Rose Absolute. This pure, opulent essential oil goes into each product in the Crystal Love line. The essential oil of rose helps one to express their femininity and passion. The enchanting scent also stimulates desire and can inspire confidence of a sensuous nature. This essential oil is also…

Banana Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Banana Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

I love smoothie bowls as an alternative to the regular sipping smoothies. They are filling, nutrient-packed, delicious and they look incredible. For this smoothie bowl recipe, I added an abundance of super foods on top for a boost of antioxidants. For vegan alternatives, just omit the bee pollen. I added: – Raw cacao beans – Bee pollen – Hemp seeds – Goji berries   Banana Raspberry Smoothie bowl Recipe Serves 1 Ingredients Banana portion 1 frozen banana 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk (or more to help it blend- it should be thick enough to eat with a spoon) 1 teaspoon maca powder 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Blend and set aside   Raspberry portion 1/2 frozen banana 1/2 cup frozen raspberries 1/2 scoop vegan berry…

Love Spell Potion

Create your own Love Spell Potion

Love Spell What fun would it be as an herbalist if I couldn’t research all the magical properties of botanicals and plants? To me, botanicals and crystals are like treasures – little gifts from God to help us along the way. They can help lift up our vibration to that of pure love when we need a little boost or help us set our intention so we can create the reality we want. To create this Love Spell, we will be using botanicals and a carrier oil, as well as rose quartz and essential oils if you so choose.   Botanicals in our Love Spell: Use a ½ teaspoon of each botanical and any amount of the vanilla that comes out of the pod (the…

No Bake Protein Balls

no bake protein balls

No Bake Protein Cake Balls Super yummy no bake protein cake pops, with a nut-free option. Makes 6 balls ½ cup oat flour 1 tablespoon coconut flour 1 tablespoon raw unpasteurized honey 2 tablespoons chocolate vegan protein powder 2 tbsp. raw cacao powder 3 tbsp. dairy free milk- or more to help clump together 2 tablespoons sunflower butter (ie. Sunbutter). You can use natural almond butter or peanut butter if you have no nut allergies. Chocolate Drizzle ½ cup melted Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips 1 tablespoon coconut oil Method Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix with your hands until dough forms. Roll into balls, and skewer with popsicle stick. To make chocolate drizzle, melt chocolate chips with coconut oil, in a double boiler. Pipe chocolate on cake…

DIY Cinnamon Lip Scrub

DIY Cinnamon Lip Scrub

Valentine’s Day always makes me hopeful. Whether I was in a relationship or not, I always felt that this was a day to be cherished and to show our friends and loved ones how much we cherish them. Of course, if you were lucky enough to be in love on Valentine’s Day, then naturally this is a day made for kissing. Kissing costs nothing and is super fun. A good kiss can turn an ordinary day into something better. Whether it is a quick kiss, a long, deep kiss, or a full out make out session, kissing is the best. I come out of a good kiss with rosy cheeks, happy lips and a mood to match. This is why having lips that are ready…

Vegan Pumpkin Brownies

Vegan, chocolate pumpkin brownies

  Vegan Pumpkin Brownies Yields 16 Brownies ~ Nut Free & Gluten Free Ingredients – 1 cup mashed banana – 1 cup pumpkin puree – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter – 1/4 cup brewed coffee – 1 1/2 tablespoons ground flax seeds – 1 cup oat flour – 1 teaspoon baking powder – 1/2 cup cocoa powder (add more for topping) – 1/2 cup coconut sugar – 1/2 cup chocolate chips – pinch of salt Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. 2. Mix mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract sunflower seed butter, coffee and ground flax seeds in a bowl. 3. In another bowl combine oat flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, coconut…

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