Joe Cross’s Mean Green Juice

If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead ~ I highly recommend it.  Even if you only juice occasionally, you will be inspired by Joe Cross and his transformation. This is one of my all time FAVORITE juices and I think you will like it!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 chard leaves & stems (silverbeet)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple
  • 1 in (2.5 cm) piece of ginger 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Peel the lemon (optional or scrub and leave peel on for a more sour taste).
  2. Wash and chop produce to fit through juicer.
  3. Juice and enjoy!

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Chard – kale, spinach, lettuce
  • Cucumber  – zucchini, celery
  • Lemon – lime, grapefruit
  • Apple – pear, kiwi
  • Ginger – mint

 

Servings: 1

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Essential Oils

Each week I will highlight different oil and give you a variety of ways you can use it in your day to day life.  This is to help educate you, as the reader in regard to the subject matter that is covered.  These are not provided to diagnose, proscribe, or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. I shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by the information contained in my blog.  This is in no way intended as a substitute for medical advice or counseling.  Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified healthcare professional.

Ginger

Ginger is extracted using steam distillation from rhizomes.  (Zingiberaceae).  It has a sweet, spicy-woody, warm, tenacious, fresh sharp scent; Intensity: 4.   Blends well with all spice oils, all citrus oils, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium and rosemary.

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Common Primary Uses and Application Methods

Diarrhea, Gas/Flatulence, Scurvy– Can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to one drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Take in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Club Foot, Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Rheumatic Fever (pain)– Can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to one drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.

Angina, Libido (low), Vertigo-  Can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to one drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Indigestion, Nausea, Vomiting– Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. Can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to one drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.

Morning Sickness– Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. Can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to one drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Take in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Oral Use as a Dietary Supplement: Ginger oil is recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20).  Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp honey or in a 4 0unce beverage.  Not used for children under 6 years old; Use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older

(Aroma Tools, 2015)

Banana Pineapple Smoothie

If you are looking for a tropical treat than you will love this smoothie! It can easily be modified to add additional fruit (coconut, mango, oranges) to give it a flavor boost.  This is one of my favorites.

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Ingredients

4 ice cubes

1/4 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored and cubed

1 large banana – cut into chunks

1 C pineapple or apple juice

Place all items in the blender and puree until smooth

 

Do It Yourself Beauty Products

Last week I blogged about the chemicals found in our make up, deodorant and many other products we use on a daily basis.  I decided I wanted to simplify and have checked around for some DIY products that you can use to replace some of those DIRTY products. I would love to hear if you try them and what you think in the comments below.  Also, please feel free to share a recipe for your favorite product.

DIY Antiperspirant

Antiperspirant contains anti-bacterial chemicals and zinc, which have been linked to breast cancer and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Toss your underarm sticks and make your own!

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch

Mix all the ingredients into a stiff paste and spoon into an empty underarm deodorant stick. Cool in the fridge until firm. Apply as usual.

Note: if it is very warm in your home, keep the deodorant in the fridge so that the coconut oil doesn’t liquefy.

Face Powder and Eye Shadow

Talc, a known toxic substance, is found in face powders and eye shadows, where it acts as an anti-caking agent. Talc contains asbestos, which causes cancer in the breast and lungs. 10  

Face powders and eye shadows also contain zinc and may cause skin irritation with extended use. Dr. Donald Grant, dermatitis specialist, says, “Unfortunately I do see an awful lot of women who have eczema or inflammation on their eyelids and nowhere else. The tissue around the eyes dries out as you get older.”

If you want alluring peepers and perfect skin, you can cook up your own beauty regimen in no time at all.

  • Arrowroot
  • Cocoa powder for brown eye shadow
  • Beet powder for pink eye shadow
  • Spirulina for green eye shadow
  • Activated charcoal for black/gray eye shadow
  • Nutmeg for golden brown eye shadow

For the eye shadows, use one-quarter of a teaspoon of arrowroot as your base. Now add color until you get the shade you desire.

For face powder, start with one tablespoon of arrowroot and slowly add cocoa and nutmeg until you get a shade that matches your skin tone. 11

Note: for a creamier eye shadow, add one-eighth of a teaspoon of Shea butter, which will help to moisturize your lids and prevent the eye shadow from rubbing off.

Mascara and Eyeliner

Smokey eyes can be healthily achieved when you follow this easy recipe that serves as both an eyeliner and mascara. Use an old mascara tube and a brush to apply the mixture. To clean the mascara tube, soak it in very hot water for 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.

  • 3/4 tsp beeswax
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp shea butter
  • 2 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 1 capsule activated charcoal

You can find all these ingredients at your local health food store. Place the beeswax, coconut oil, Shea butter, and aloe vera in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, place the ingredients in a glass or metal bowl in a pot of water.

Heat gently over a very low heat until all the ingredients are melted and mixed. Break open the capsule, add the charcoal, and mix well. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the mascara tube or pour it into a container for eyeliner.

If you don’t have a funnel, pour the mixture into a plastic bag, snip a corner off, and then squeeze the bag so that the mixture can be piped into the mascara tube without spilling. 12

Here are some great links to more recipes… Happy creating!!

22 DIY Cosmetics | Easy Makeup Recipe Ideas

Homemade Natural Makeup Recipes (25 Tutorials)

Essential Oils

Each week I will highlight different oil and give you a variety of ways you can use it in your day to day life.  This is to help educate you, as the reader in regard to the subject matter that is covered.  These are not provided to diagnose, proscribe, or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. I shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by the information contained in my blog.  This is in no way intended as a substitute for medical advice or counseling.  Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified healthcare professional.

Frankincense

Frankincense is extracted using steam distillation from gum/resin.  It is part of the resinous trees and shrubs family.  (Burseraceae). It has a rich, deep, warm, balsamic, sweet, with incense-like overtones; Intensity: 3.   Blends well with all oils.

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Common Primary Uses and Application Methods

Cancer– Can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. Place 1-2 drops under tongue, or take in a capsule.

Fibroids, Genital Warts, Improve Vision, Miscarriage (after), Moles, MRSA, Scarring (prevention), Uterus Tissue Regeneration, Virus of Nerves, Warts, Wrinkles– Can be applied neat (with no dilution)  when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.

Confusion– Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly

Alzheimer’s Disease, Aneurysm, Asthma, Balance, Arthritis, Brain (Aging), Brain Injury, Breathing, Concussion, Coughs, Depression, Hepatitis, Immune System Support, Infected Wounds, Inflammation, Liver Cirrhosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Memory, Mental Fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis, Nasal Polyp, Parkinson’s Disease, Plague, Post-Partum Depression, Tumor (Lipoma)– Can be applied neat (with no dilution)  when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Oral Use as a Dietary Supplement: Frankincense oil in general is approved by the FDA (21CFR172.510) for use as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL).  Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp honey or in a 4 0unce beverage.  Not used for children under 6 years old; Use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older

(Aroma Tools, 2015)

Mediterranean Halibut

Halibut contains inflammation-reducing omega-3 and Vitamin D.  This is a great recipe to try for a new take on halibut.

Ingredients:

1 T extra virgin olive oil

3 medium garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 C dry white wine

3 C grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 C Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

1 jar marinated artichokes, drained

1 1/2  C low-sodium chicken broth

1 1b. skinless Pacific Halibut filets

1 T fresh thyme, chopped

1/4 C pine nuts

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and cook about 1 minute. Add wine and let simmer until reduced by half, then add tomatoes, olives, artichokes and broth.  Bring to a simmer and stir about 8 minutes, or until tomatoes begin to break down. Add thyme.

Season fish with salt and pepper and place in the skillet.  Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer about 4 minutes, until fish is cooked through.  Place fish in shallow bowls and sprinkle with pine nuts before ladling sauce on top.

Mix Up Your Workout

I work in an environment where I walk all day.  And when I say walk, its about 10,000 steps a shift give or take.  The LAST thing I want to do is go walking after work but due to back issues, I have to be cautious with what I can and can’t do for exercise,.  After looking around I found a few things that I can do (some in moderation) and thought I would share them.       I need to spice up my exercise program and I think this will help.

  1.  Out door Recreation– Hiking, walking on the beach and maybe even golfing (I am not a golfer, but you might be) are some fun things that can upgrade a walk at night.  According to the American Council on Exercise, a 150 pound adult burns 136 calories on a 30 minute hike and 102 calories with 30 minutes of golf (with out the cart).  I am going to think that a walk on the beach would probably be about 100 calories depending on the sand and rocks.2012-08-18-Lions-Binkert-Hike-9870-MKH
  2. Zumba– If you enjoy dancing like I do, Zumba combines a bunch of different types of dance styles and gives you a great cardiac workout.  According to the American Council on Exercise, you can burn an average of 428 calories in a 45 minute class.zumba-love-11
  3. Yoga-Yoga is the union of mind and body and one of the most widely practiced forms of exercise in the world. It consists of patterns of stretches, balances, and strengthening movements focused with conscious breathing techniques. It helps to reduce, prevent and manage back pain (just what I need) along with improving balance, coordination, depression, your heart, sleep and sex.7-Steps-to-a-Life-Long-Yoga-Practice-Youll-Love