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Exciting to Hear

Posted by barb on October 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I was listening to the radio the other day, which I seldom do, when I heard an advertisement that PC is no longer going to use any artificial flavours or colours in their brand of foods.

When I began making natural products and moved on to make a business of it, a number of people would refer to it in a way of "oh that stuff", or baha at the idea that anyone even cares about natural.

Well, that ad says it clearly....big biz is catching on!!

One of Nature's Super Foods...Kale!

Posted by barb on October 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I have made this reccipe countless times and would like to share it, especially for this time of year. I once took them to a social function, and the person I least expected to like them...couldn't keep his hands out of the bowl!

Cheezee Kale Chips

2 bunches kale (remove stems and break up the leaves to chip-size)

1 1/2 c. cashews

3 or 4 red bell peppers

1/8 - 1/4 c freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 - 2 T nutrional yeast

pinch of ground sea salt or himilayan salt

1. Put all the ingredients, EXCEPT the kale in your food processor or blender until creamy smooth.

The variations of the ingredients gives you the opportunity to play around on your own. Also, I find each blender works a little differently and some seem to need more liquid. My advice is to start with the least amount and work your way up. Not to worry if you need to add more either...it won't "ruin" the recipe.

2. Toss with the fresh kale leaves. Spread them out single-layered on parchment paper in your dehydrator, or on a cookie sheet if using an oven.

3. Dehydrate for 6 - 8 hours, or set in oven at 300 degrees for approx. 25 min. 

Myself, I have always used a dehydrator, though I've had people tell me they like the result from using their oven. Check them and turn the pan after the first 10 min and then check them again in ten, and then more frequently after that. You'll get a feel for how your oven works, as all can work a little differently.

Nettle aka Stinging Nettle (urtica dioica)

Posted by barb on September 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Ouch, what the heck was that!! Allow me to introduce you to Nettle…Stinging Nettle! (urtica dioica)

I will never forget my introduction. There was a tall green leafy ‘weed’ which had made its way up from beneath the deck. It was a part of the deck that had been cut out to make way for a tree that had been growing. So, I got down on my knees, and reached into the hole to put my hand down to the base of the plant…you know, so I could get the root. Swiftly picked and tossed, suddenly a burning on the palm of my hand and several places on my inside forearm occurred. I had no idea there was even such a plant. In a panic I ran into the house and put my arm under the tap and began ferociously rubbing it off….which doesn’t work by the way. For some time I was worried and then things settled. It wasn’t until my Herb course that I learned about the most wonderful Nettle plant.

So why does Earth and Skin Company use it? Nettle Root is rich in formic acid. For our hair and scalp it promotes thicker, fuller hair growth. It oxygenates hair follicles, removes excess sebum, and fortifies hair fibres. It provides softening, manageability, and body, while also providing oil control.

And this is just one of its many properties and health benefits. The list goes on and on, inside and out! So, although I won’t douse myself in her, she can burn me any day!!

 


Calendula: My Happiness Herb

Posted by barb on May 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

When I think of a happiness herb, I think of Calendula!

In its physical form it cheerfully and proudly blooms gorgeous orange and yellow blossoms, and to add to its coolness, the flowers follow the sun’s position all throughout the day.

Spiritually, we all have times that we can become angry or down on ourselves, and many times skin break outs are a physical manifestation of these feelings. Calendula aids in calming negativity both emotionally, and externally. Just its energy by looking at it can help soothe the hurt so we can let happiness back in. Myself, I toss some petals in with scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, salads, sauces etc.

Medically, it is famous for the myriad of healing properties that include antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant which aid in a plethora of skin conditions. Taking it internally helps ulcers and hemorrhoids.

Hope you all are inspired to experience the happiness!

 

Through New Eyes

Posted by barb on April 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

One of my favourite things to do when it’s time to just veg is get lost in a good movie that makes me think, or feel grateful or fulfilled in a new way.

Well, Regarding Henry, with Harrison Ford and Annette Bening delivered just that.

 

It’s a movie of a new beginning. A man, through adversity, is given the opportunity to see who he once was through the eyes of a childlike innocence. Now when he acts from a natural place of just being, those involved in his life are taken back. Those who truly love him see it as positive, though co-workers and old “friends” see it negatively.

 

It made me think of myself, and others, who might be given the same opportunity to look at ourselves with innocent eyes and innocent minds. Who would we be without the social and cultural channelling that is done inadvertently. Or to live from a place without our own belief system of who we “should be”, how we “should act”, and live like we’d never been hurt.

 

Anyone want to consider and share?

 

Test to the Ego and an Inspirational Quote

Posted by barb on April 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday I was at a Wellness Event and hanging on the bathroom door, was a quote I know very well. At the bottom of the quote was Nelson Mandela’s name, yet I could have sworn it was Marianne Williamson’s, from her book “Return to Love” which I’ve read twice and listened to on audio countless times…so what was going on? Sure enough, when I checked on the internet, it turns out that it really is Marianne’s, and it gets falsely credited to Nelson Mandela. Here it is:

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson

 

Is that not a paragraph to begin everyday with? To read this and let it resonate into our whole being is to start each day with the very best of our self shining through.

 

After seeing that the author has been confused at such a high level, it has really hit me. Wow, to write something so beautiful, and then to have the credit go elsewhere….what a test for the ego. Could mine pass the test to not try to scream out to the world, “Hey, that was me…not that other guy.” Kudo’s to Marianne, she has been a significant mentor of mine for years.

 

Laundry Soap Recipe

Posted by barb on April 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)

All you need is

Rosemary (bagged in cheese cloth, or a tea bag), water and grated natural soap. You can also use a laundry soap bar.

For every one litre of water, use 3.5 oz of grated soap.

1. Bring the water to a boil, add the bag of rosemary, and let it steep for about 15 minutes. (if you don't want to put it in a bag you'll have to strain the water once it has steeped, but that can be a real pain and risk of burning yourself)

2. Take out the rosemary, bring the water back to a mild boil and add the grated soap. It will foam up a bit so keep a close eye and stir it while the soap melts.

3. Once the soap is all melted, remove it from the heat. Let it sit and cool for 24 hrs and then pour it into a jug, or container of choice. It will thicken as it sits, and will continue to thicken as the days go by. Just add water once its too thick. I do this several times as it ages.

There you go...your homemade laundry detergent. For those who try it, come back and let me know how you made out!!

Make your own laundry soap

Posted by barb on April 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever considered how many chemicals that seep into your skin 100% of the time through laundry soap. Every piece of clothing you wear, every pillow you lay on and every time you dry yourself after your shower, you are putting nasties on your skin.

So...great news, if you already use a natural soap bar...you can make your own for pennies a load.

Come back on Monday, I'll give you the how-to and the measurements of ingredients.

Benefits of Charcoal

Posted by barb on March 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Activated charcoal, aka carbon, is an amazing botanical new to Earth and Skin Company because of its wonderful ability to detoxify and draw out impurities, which is why it is used in water purification systems.

It has been used for thousands of years, even Hippocrates in his day.

In researching charcoal, it was also learned that it has been a number one choice in situations of poisoning, even alcohol and drug overdoses.

Very exciting news, being in the business of healthy skin care, was that it is also an amazing teeth whitener. This was so exciting to learn because the only choices before were those nasty chemical kits that you put on your teeth that then made your gums so sensitive (which told me, "this cant be good") or baking soda, which shouldn't be used all the time because it is an abrasive. So....we're giving charcoal a try on our own teeth now, I'll keep you posted on the results!!


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