These days, the veggie romance is quite different for me. Check out this recipe I adopted into my home a couple of years ago from Kelly over at Nosh and Nourish. She is a great recipe resource for healthy options. Give this super easy recipe a try and see if it wins you over.
Honey Sesame Dressing
½ cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinse
¼ cup sesame oil
1 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP honey
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
½ TBSP minced garlic
Kelly suggested using an immersion stick for this easy blend. When I first started using this recipe I didn’t have one. However, it came out beautifully by running the ingredients through my blender. That is it. Just dump it all together and blend it into a smooth rich creamy goodness.
After that, all that is left to do is to enjoy on your favorite salad.
What do you think? Doesn't this look amazing?
Do you have other ideas that you would like to share or questions you want to ask? Click into the comments or drop me a line and I will do my best to help.
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Do You Drink Water?
We all have times when we know we haven’t had enough water. Visions of a nice tall glass of cool H2O sparkling in the light with beads of condensation running down the side sound so appealing. But do you really know when your body is telling you to take a drink? Check out these signals:
These are just some of the ways your body is trying to talk to you.
Even if we are not doing something that requires sweating, our bodies are still working hard and constantly perspiring. It just evaporates as quickly as it comes to the surface of our skin.
Why is Water Important?
Basically water is the lubricant that keeps our body running smooth. Our bodies are made so cool to be able to….well I like to equate it to something of a triage unit. Our bodies are continually assessing our intake of nutrients and liquids and dispersing them where they are needed most. With that in mind, our vital organs are going to get first dibs on any water rations while things like sensitive dry skin is going to get what is left over.
How Much Should You Drink?
That question has definitely seen an array of opinions. Some say a glass every hour while others say 8-8oz glasses a day is perfect. The latest buzz is to take your weight, divide it in half and that number is now the amount you should drink in ounces.
The Bottom Line
Listen to the signals of your body. Do you feel like your sinuses are sticky but you don’t have a cold? Has it been more than 4 hours since you have needed to go pee? When you do go, can you smell the aroma of the coffee you had earlier in the day or even the garlic from last night’s dinner?
Your body works hard 24 hours a day so that you can do all the things you do. Give it some love back with a nice refreshing drink of water.
Remember, you are a treasure!
Last week we discussed the importance of sweat and types of body odor. It is natural and good for our bodies to release those toxins and offenders. But sometimes even with careful grooming, that body odor can threaten some to be too much.
What is a person to do then? Here are a couple of solutions that I have found to be very helpful in my own walk of pursuing a healthy clean body.
What a difference things were for me when I discovered applying apple cider vinegar daily to my underarms. It is now part of my daily routine and it works so well that sometimes I forego using anything else afterwards.
Needed: a 1-2 ounce spray bottle
Raw apple cider vinegar (like Braggs, this is important as the live culture is what kills bacteria)
Mix 1 part of acv with 2 parts clean water in the spray bottle.
Apply to clean dry skin. Let it absorb before applying natural deodorant.
Coconut Oil and Essentials
Coconut oil is a natural mild antibacterial. This will help with the bacteria that naturally accumulates in the moist darker areas of your body like armpits. Some essential oil suggestions that smash odors are cypress, rosemary, bergamont, melaleuca, lemongrass and sage.
How To: Clean and dry skin. Then apply a quarter sized amount of coconut oil along with 2 drops of essential oil under each underarm. Massage into skin and then let it soak in for a couple of minutes before dressing.
The first time I heard of this I thought it was silly. But now I am a believer. After doing this easy method I can often go a few days without giving my underarms any attention at all. Yes really.
Needed: 1 TBSP Bentonite Clay
1 TBSP raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBSP clean water
Mix together to make a paste and apply to underarms like a mask.
Give it a good 20 minutes to dry and then wash off.
Viola! You just let the mask work for you and pulled a bunch of toxins out of the many lymph nodes in your underarms. You should notice your natural scent being much milder now.
I also find that this is a great solution when adjusting to a natural deodorant. As the body pushes out the years of chemicals stored in the lymph nodes there can be a time of adjusting.
We here at Healing Treasures also think seeing your doctor is important. We do not diagnose here. Our bodies give us signs and clues to tell us what is going on. Running some tests to check hormone and magnesium levels as well as other possible concerns is always a good idea.
Have you found other solutions to be successful? Drop us a line here in the comments to share.
I think it is safe to say that we all spend time thinking about what we smell like. Body odor is unanimously at the top of that list. But have you thought about the importance of using a natural deodorant?
Commercialized antiperspirants contain chemicals like aluminum, phthalates (endocrine disruptors), propylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde (kills germs because it is a carcinogen), parabens (hormone disruptor), and chemical antibacterials (endocrine disruptors).
It doesn't take much internet searching to find strong opinions on both sides of the "deodorant fence" so to speak. Modern science challenges that the chemical components of antiperspirants are blocked by the skin from entering the body. A naturalist point of view is that skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it most definitely absorbs what is put onto it, especially if that same skin has micro blade cuts from razors.
We here at Healing Treasures have a natural option for you. Using only natural clean ingredients that are organically sourced, we offer Natural Deodorant. It has a light scent of cocoa butter that is never overpowering and is easy to apply in its twist tube container. It melts easily with your own body heat and as it is a concentrated product like everything else we make, a little goes a long way.
My name is Julie and I am passionate about looking for the clean and natural ways to handle every day life.