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DIY Vegan Grapefruit Body Wash

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I recently shared with you all some recipes for a kitchen and bathroom antibacterial spray and laundry detergent. Since so many of you enjoyed those posts, I decided I’d share some more of my DIY projects that I do to save some money.

It was always a challenge for me to find organic body wash that didn’t have chemicals or other ingredients I’m sensitive too. When I finally did find one that I could use, at $9 a bottle that stuff adds up quick! I decided it’s best to make my own. It’s not only much cheaper but I can customize it with different fragrances or oils to fit my skin needs. Plus there’s no honey in it like most recipes so it’s great for my vegan friends!

Ingredients:

1 cup liquid castile soap

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp oil (jojoba, almond, grapeseed, olive, etc)

15 drops eucalyptus oil

10 drops rosemary oil

10 drops grapefruit oil

Directions:

Pour the castile soap, water and oil into a mixing cup and then into an empty soap bottle. Pour in the essential oils, shake and use. Shake before each use.

Tips:

Use any of your favorite essential oils or change up what oil you use depending on the needs of your skin. Jojoba and grapeseed are good for acne prone skin, olive and coconut are great for dry skin. Make it your own!

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Hummus With Parsley

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I love hummus! It can be used in so many ways and is so delicious. I usually eat it with cut up veggies as a snack but have also added it to salads, as a condiment on wraps and veggie burgers, a sauce for noodles, there’s endless ways to enjoy hummus.

It’s also full of all kinds of good for you nutrition. Not only are chickpeas packed with protein and fiber, they are high in iron, folate, phosphorus and B vitamins. Plus the lemon adds an antioxidant and immunity boost.

I added some fresh parsley to it since I’ve got plenty growing in my garden and it adds a lovely freshness to the hummus. So stop buying the store bought hummus that’s full of preservatives and enjoy the fresh, yummy taste of homemade!

 

Ingredients:

3 cups organic canned chickpeas (BPA free can), drained

2 tbsp sesame tahini

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup chickpea water

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 scallions, minced

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup parsley, minced

1 tsp sea salt

fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Adjust seasoning by adding more salt, pepper or lemon juice if needed.

Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Tips:

You can add any other ingredients you’d like to personalize your hummus. Try some olives or artichokes (my fave!), or extra garlic and some red bell peppers or different herbs to change up the flavor. Just have fun with it and be creative.

How do you like your hummus? Do you have any tips or tricks?

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Apple Cinnamon Liver Detox Water

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Your liver loves apples! The bile ducts are opened from the malic acid found in apples and it is able to soften the liver and promote stones to release. I’ve done the standard gallbladder flush in the past but it is a little too harsh of a detox for me at this point in my program so I’m enjoying doing a simpler version of it, and it tastes good too!

Ingredients:

  • A large pitcher
  • 2 fuji apples (or your favorite type of apple)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (powdered works too, I used about one teaspoon)
  • Ice
  • Water

Directions:

Slice the apples and put them in the pitcher with the cinnamon. Add water, stir and let it sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes to infuse. It will get stronger the longer it sits in the fridge. Try to drink it within a few days. Add ice if needed before serving.

That’s it! It’s easy, tasty and your liver will love you for it!

 

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5 Steps To Creating A Healthy Lifestyle- Part Five

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In my last few posts I discussed the first four steps to take to create a more healthy lifestyle. Eating an organic diet, drinking a lot of clean water, exercise, deep breathing and positive thinking and now the last and final step in creating a healthy lifestyle is something that I think we would all enjoy.

#5 Detoxify With Massage and Hydrotherapy

Massage is such a delightful part of detoxification. It stimulates lymphatic flow and drainage, enhances circulation, breaks up fatty deposits and cellulite, and promotes an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being. If you are doing an intense detox program, the usual recommendation is one massage a week if you’re able to enhance your detoxification processes.

For myself, I originally incorporated massages into my detox program a few years ago but as I got progressively worse it was something I had to quit unfortunately. I loved the effects of massage and it definitely helped me clear toxins out but with Lyme, your skin and nerves can become very sensitive so it became impossible for me to have someone rubbing my skin for an extended period of time. If you’re in a situation where you can’t do massages, there are other things you can do to replace it. I always recommend dry brushing, infrared saunas and even self-massage. All these practices have wonderful health benefits and offer the same detox results as a massage, just not as intense.

Hydrotherapy is another enjoyable part of detoxing. This ancient method of cleansing includes saunas, steams, herbal and aromatherapy baths. It increases circulation, promotes relaxation, and detoxes through purification. You can alternate hot and cold water during your shower which stimulates your lymphs and enhances oxygen flow. Steam baths and saunas increase your core temperature, promotes perspiration and allows toxins stored deep within tissues to come to the surface for elimination. Saunas are frequently used to detox heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Add some essential oils to your bath or sauna to enhance detoxification and relaxation.

Being consistent with any program is the key to success. These are all things that can be easily done, with little effort and time and will give you noticeable benefits for your overall well-being.

What are some of your favorite healthy living tips? I always love to hear what you all do so I can give it a try too!

 

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5 Steps To Creating A Healthy Lifestyle- Part Four

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In my last three posts I discussed the importance of eating an organic diet, drinking lots of clean water, and exercise for detoxification. The next part of living a healthier life is something that I’m guilty of not doing enough even though I know how important it is. It’s something we all do on an unconscious level, yet it’s something we need to stop and be more aware of…

#4 Purify With Deep Breathing 

By focusing your attention on your breath, you can dramatically affect your well-being. Breathing exercises have been practiced in the Far East for centuries as a way to purify and renew their body. It improves mental concentration, heals the body and enhances your spiritual well-being. It’s also been scientifically proven that it relieves stress and anxiety.

Each inhale brings life-giving oxygen into your body, which will carry nutrients to your cells and helps purify them. With each exhale, you eliminate toxic carbon dioxide from your blood. Most of us breathe very shallow and rapidly without realizing it. We only fill the upper portion of our lungs which causes a chronic, low-level state of stagnation with causes fatigue, poor concentration, headaches and grogginess.

You can practice deep breathing anytime, anywhere. Just stop wherever you are at and begin to focus on your breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose. Feel your belly swell full of air. Try to hold for a couple of seconds. Exhale slowly through your mouth and feel your belly deflate. Do it several times until you feel relaxed and less stressed.

Some people find they like to meditate during this time to clear their mind and detoxify their thinking. Our thoughts have a profound effect on our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. When I get into deep depression due to my illness, it ends up making me feel even worse physically. Detoxifying our thinking is one of the most important tools we have for healing on every level. Simple things like journal writing, becoming aware of negative thinking, repeating positive self-affirmations, Bible reading, praying, all these things go a long way towards a better way of life.

Give yourself some quiet time everyday, do some deep breathing and visualize your best self. When we consciously create mental images of well-being, we support our body’s natural desire for health.