Vapor Rub – Homemade

Finished Product

About This Season

Tis the Season of colds and flu. What to do? Make your own lovely salve to help with your symptoms.

All of the essential oils in this salve aid the body in finding wellness. Think of it as support.

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I’m one of those sensitive types, so I’m always experimenting with making my own projects. A real DIY kinda girl. This salve is soothing, easy to make and quite enjoyable to use.

Ingredients

Ingredients


Melt in Pan

Melt in Pan – low heat


Pour into Glass Container

Pour Into Glass Container

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Ingredients

3 TB coconut oil
5 TB almond oil
1 TB beeswax (where to buy)
25 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops each of essential oils: peppermint, lavender, and rosemary
5 drops tea tree essential oil

Instructions

In a saucepan, over low heat, add the coconut oil and almond oil. Melt.
Once melted, add the beeswax. Melt some more.

Remove the pan from the heat. Allow the mixture to sit in the saucepan for 5-8 minutes. This will allow the mixture to cool so the oils aren’t damaged.

After 5-8 minutes, add the eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oils to the coconut oil mixture. Combine with a spoon.

Pour the mixture into a glass jar. I use a mason jar. This recipe will make approximately one 4 oz. jar of vapor rub. As the mixture cools the liquid will solidify, making it a creamy, spreadable rub.


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Variations

Substitute or add a few drops of black pepper essential oil
Decrease tea tree oil and increase lavender

If you’re not a DIY kinda person, consider buying my NEKID Salve and adding your own essential oils.

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$6/tin coconut oil, almond oil, beeswax





Or coconut oil, sunflower oil and beeswax $7/tin






Notes

Homemade vapor rub will keep at room temperature for 12 months.

The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health regime.

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Rosemary Bread

This is a wonderful recipe. You can substitute Spelt flour for the Whole Wheat if you desire. Also adding nuts, seeds and other chopped veggies can boost the nutrition. A great grab and go snack.

Click here for the Rosemary Bread Recipe


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Sipping Hot/Warm Water?

Why yes! Sipping hot/warm water throughout the day is a time honored tradition in Auyrveda. It is said to have many healing properties. I personally have done this for periods of time, then I get busy and forget. I’ve recently started up again. My body actually CRAVES this warm water ritual.

I have thought about it this way, having food or drink that is closer to body temperature makes it easier for the body to use. I’ve tended to have low digestive power my whole life and this simple hot/warm water dipping has helped immensely – personal opinion – not documented research. Getting the digestive tract firing warm in the morning tends to help things get moving on for the day, if you know what I mean. It is said to help with lymph, keeping it hydrated and moving.

So how do you do it?

Simple! Boil some water on the stove for about 5 minutes, or heat it in a tea kettle – microwave discouraged. Allow the water to cool to warm to the touch. Put in a thermos or cup (not plastic if possible). Sip every few minutes. If you chug it may go right through you, so sip. Give the body time to absorb and use this precious water of life.

What are your preferred water bottles?

Environmentally friendly – no plastic or very little plastic.

or or

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How often do you do it?

Well, I tend to do a batch up in the morning and sip until gone. Then in the evening I do another round – sipping takes me about an hour. My guess is I do up about 10-16 oz each batch. I encourage you to give it a try. See if you notice a difference!

Further Reading and Additions

http://wellnessmama.com/35192/benefits-of-lemon-water/

The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health regime.

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Delightful Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Date Cashew Vanilla Frosting

Chocolate cupcakes with Vanilla frosting

Chocolate cupcakes with Vanilla frosting


Not quite what Grandma used to make. They’re vegan instead! Grandma worked as a baker at a big University near where I grew up. She got up early in the morning and was home mid-afternoon. I remember baking with her. It was a free-for-all! She had a funny way of measuring, always left out the secret ingredient when giving out the recipe. When I would cook with her, she hid the secret ingredient from view and then gave an impish smile.

Chocolate is a favorite of mine. I usually like it undecorated. Just chocolate please, dark and bitter is just fine. These lovelies are not bitter, they are dark. Low in sugar, in fact the frosting is sweetened only with dates and cashews – which taste sweet to me. Very simple, very easy. During war time a lot of recipes were created that didn’t use eggs, butter or much sugar. Those were kept for the troops. So this is a modified war time recipe as well.


So here it is, ta dah! Grandma’s very modified recipe for vegan chocolate cupcakes with date, cashew, vanilla frosting.

Ingredients for the Cake – Use organic as much as possible

1.25 Cups whole wheat flour
¾ Cup whole sugar (evaporated cane juice)
6 Tablespoons cacao or cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
dash of salt
pinch of ground vanilla

Place above in a sifter and sift into a medium bowl – if you’re making cake instead of cupcakes, you can mix right in the pan.

Add to the dry ingredients

5-6 Tablespoons coconut or sunflower oil (organic of course)
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 Cup cold water


Mix until combined – do not over mix, just combined. Scoop into cupcake tins Bake at 350 for about 10-25 minutes depending on size – i.e mini’s take about 10-15 minutes, regular muffin tins about 15-20, 9 x 9 cake pan about 25-30.

Some of my favorite mods for this recipe is to add 1 Cup shredded zucchini with the water, yum.
I sometimes make a strong mint infusion and use a cup of that instead of water.
Add 3-4 Tablespoons of cacao or cocoa to the frosting.

For the Frosting

Take about 1 Cup of dates (pitted coarsely chopped) and about 1/3 Cup of cashews (or other nut) pour hot water to cover – let soak atleast 30 minutes.

Drain water, add 1-2 Tablespoons fresh water, blend – in a blender or with a hand mixer until creamy. Spread away…


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Variations

Make a strong peppermint tea to use for the water in the cake piece of the recipe, allow the tea to get very cold in the fridge. Omit Vanilla in frosting. Consider adding a drop or 2 of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils to frosting – peppermint.

Substitute Lavender Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils for vanilla – just a drop or 2 to taste.

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Do-In Self-Massage

Do-In is a form of self-massage, it is an ancient Asian tradition. I have been practicing this for many years. Back when I worked on a computer for a living, I had a lot of neck and back strain. This helped me move around and stimulate circulation in my body. It is very refreshing. I encourage you to try it around 3 in the afternoon instead of reaching for a snack or cup of coffee.

You don’t need any fancy equipment. It’s simple, helpful and invigorating.

Remember to work lightly around joints and less fleshy areas. Work lighter in the abdomen and neck areas. You can work deeper in the more muscular areas as the buttock, or the hands and feet.

Find yourself in a comfortable seated position and follow along as best you can. You can also perform it standing if you prefer.

As you become familiar with the routine, you can do it on your own, linger in areas of tension. This is a form of tapotement – rhythmic tapping that stimulates the lymph system and excites the nervous system, way better than a beverage.

The one beverage I do like to enjoy after a do-in massage is a nice warm cup of water. You can add lemon if you like. I also enjoy smelling lavender and frankincense combined before and after. I sometimes put it in the diffuser. Love that combo.

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Healthier Peppermint Patties

Homemade Peppermint Patty

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Home Made Peppermint Patty

Aw peppermint patty. movies, childhood memories. I loved the dark chocolate, creamy pepperminty filling. Fond memories.

Well, now I’m mostly vegan – I do indulge in eggs and dairy on occasion. I’m still perfecting this lovely treat, but here’s where I’m at right now.

Ingredients for Peppermint Patties

for the patty
1/3 Cup Organic Cocount Oil at room temperature
1.5 Tablespoons of Honey (local is best – use agave for vegan)
3-4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (only high quality Certified Pure)

for the dip
1-1.5 chocolate bars 80% or higher cacao
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

for the assembly
parchment paper

Mix the above patty ingredients until well combined in a bowl. Shape as best you can into patties and place on parchment paper. Place patties in freezer.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate with about 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil, set aside to cool. Mix occasionally to keep from lumping.

When patties have chilled, dip into chocolate mixture and place back in the freezer. I did 3 dips each for a nice coating.

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Change of Season Rituals

Fall is a fantastic time to do a mini-cleanse. We’re letting go of summer’s heat and activity. The days are getting noticeably shorter, the harvest is in. We’re beginning to store our crops for the winter and hunker down into the darkness to winter.

apple crispWonderful foods for this time of year are apples, fresh from the tree (or market), be sure to get organic and local whenever possible, melons abound. Squashes, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, dark greens all await us.

To do a mini-cleanse, you can do a mono-diet. My favorite is to make a mung bean stew, with basmati rice and seasonal veggies. Enjoy this for lunch and possibly dinner. Super simple, super nutritious.

All you need is about ½ cup rice, 1 cup lentils or mung beans, a nice spice blend – perhaps an unsalted curry, and a veggie or two in season.

First take about a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter), melt it over medium heat, add the spice blend, stir until fragrant. Rinse the rice and beans until water runs clear. Add the spice mixture and then add about 6 cups of water. Simmer until beans are tender. Add veggies, simmer another 10 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Garshana and abyhanga are wonderful self care rituals that can be added to the mono-diet.

Here is a delightful apple recipe that is super easy and delicious. I sometimes add this to my breakfast or have it for dinner during a cleanse.

If you’d like to do a more formal cleanse, consider this.

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Apple Recipe

I love making this fresh during the fall. Ripe apples picked from local trees are such a delight. Apples are great for cleaning out the heat of summer.

150927_0001First get some good organic/local apples. I like to use garam masala in this recipe, you may choose to do your own blend of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamon. Wash and slice or dice apples. I like to leave the skin on. Toss with spices to taste. Coat a baking dish with ghee, spread spiced apples in pan, top with organic oats with ghee cut in…you can add some spices to this mixture too.

Bake at 350 degrees until apples are tender, about an hour – depending on depth.

Enjoy!

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Abhyanga – oiling self-massage

Ah the winds of fall in Colorado are upon us and the swirling mind and emotions that come with too much wind. Ayurveda offers some wonderful self-care to help us ground ourselves through storms, whether internal or external. I especially find this ritual helpful when traveling, I sometimes feel like my cells haven’t quite caught up with me or that I’m ungrounded.

oil mix

Bottle of oil (sunflower, apricot kernel and jojoba)

Abhyanga or self-massage with oils is a very nurturing ritual for self care. You can perform this daily, weekly, monthly or seasonally. I personally partake a couple times a week. I find it nourishing and grounding.

Self-massage can take place after garshana (skin brushing). To perform this lovely self massage, find a quiet warm space. Choose an oil combination from below. Start at the feet, massaging up toward the heart. Long strokes along the bones, circle around the joints and abdomen. Oil the head and face as well (I use plain oil for the face). Sit for a bit and allow the oils to sink deep into the skin. You may want to take a warm bath or put a robe or towel on for warmth.

Carrier oils that are quite nice are Sesame (unrefined/cold pressed), Coconut Oil (unrefined/cold pressed) and Ghee.

Essential oils that help correct Vata imbalances are basil, cumin, ginger, orange. Essential oils that help to balance Pitta are lavender, peppermint, rose, sandalwood. To balance Kapha, helpful essential oils are black pepper, clary sage, rosemary, lemon.

If you’re not up for creating your own blend, I would suggest these products
from LifeSpa.

To learn more about the powerful effects of abyhanga, please see this article by Dr. John Douillard

5 Reasons for Self-Massage (Abhyanga)

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Garshana – ayurvedic skin brushing

Garshana is a traditional Ayurvedic dry massage that stimulates and refreshes the skin and lymphatic system. This process enhances blood circulation and the release of accumulated toxins. To perform garshana, you will need natural silk gloves, a soft sponge, or a dry brush that gently removes dead skin layers leaving the skin supple and glowing.

The ideal time for garshana (dry brush) is in the morning before you shower. This allows you to rinse off the impurities loosened by the massage.

natural brush

here are a couple different types of natural brushes

or you can use Silk Gloves …

I prefer these … you can choose from the Lymph Kit options here – choosing the silk gloves and lymph massage oil for abyangha ….

Silk Gloves

Silk Gloves

Follow these steps to perform the garshana – traditional Ayurvedic dry massage:

  1. Brush your entire body, excluding your face. Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken or inflamed.
  2. Use circular strokes on the stomach and joints (shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists, hips, and ankles), and long sweeping strokes along the long bones (the arms and legs).
  3. Apply light pressure where the skin is thin, such as the underarms, and firmer pressure where the skin is thicker, such as the soles of the feet.
  4. The direction of the stroke should always be toward your heart as this helps drain lymph back to your heart. Brush from your feet upward, continuing up to your torso and on to your neck. Also massage from the hands to the shoulders. Continue for at least five minutes.
  5. Complete your Garshana with a shower.
  6. To enhance the release of toxins, end with a few cycles of hot then cold water. First turn the water to as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then to as cold as you can tolerate, then back to hot, and so on. This will stimulate the blood circulation and further invigorate the skin.

This can be followed by abyhanga – self-massage.

Enjoy!

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