I typically don’t have feet issues like fungus, bunions, or athlete’s foot, but who doesn’t love a luxurious foot soak? Recently, I got some natural salts to add to warm water that helps to refresh and clean the feet. It has tea tree oil and smells delicious. It also tingles slightly when I put my feet in the mixture.
Here in L.A., we are often in our cars more than we are on our feet, but I still like to soak my toes at the end of the day. There is something about letting the feet relax that brings relaxation to spread throughout the whole body. I highly recommend this soak as a nightly activity on your agenda!
Despite my best efforts to get more sun this summer, the best way to increase my Vitamin D is still via supplements. I’m not sure if it’s the way our bodies absorb magnesium and calcium, or the quality of these vitamins in today’s food (my top thought), but it’s the truth. 5000 UI per day has done the trick to get it to a “normal” level…now, that’s a lot Vitamin D.
I created a video to demonstrate what Maggie and I have done to get some sun exposure :).
Last night, my husband took out some Edy’s ice cream and started reading the ingredients. His butter pecan caught me off-guard when he said “turmeric color“. What? A spice from Persia is in his American indulgence? Could this be the same as the supplement I recently started taking to decrease inflammation and was recommended by my acupuncturist?
I then googled turmeric color and see that it is listed as a great way to color naturally. I am not going to ask why butter pecan ice cream needs coloring, but it did make me aware that there are a handful of ways to color foods without using traditional food coloring. This article here lists four (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/post-14-83649):
1. Beet juice. It can be added to frosting for a rosy, pink hue.
2. Blueberries. Smash 14 of them, then drain the juice for a deep blue shade.
3. Both of the above: combine the two to create shades of purple.
4. Turmeric powder. A teaspoon of this and you’ve got the perfect shade of yellow.
5. Avocado. Smash half a small avocado, then combine with the frosting using a fork.
Here’s to finding natural solutions for almost anything…and finding ways to eat good-for-you turmeric! If you are looking for a great supplement, try NativOrganics!
This week, I saw a good friend from college and we had so much fun catching up. We spent four hours at her parent’s home just chatting and exchanging information. When I got home, I realized that I didn’t put sunscreen on my back and sat a little too long in the sun.
Fortunately, I just ordered some great aloe vera gel and was able to relieve my red skin with the delicious lotion. After I soothed my skin, I decided to make a body scrub to use in the shower so that I could reap the benefits of aloe vera everyday. I added some lemon essential oil so it doesn’t smell too much like a cactus, as my husband says. I love it!
Here is the recipe:
Over the past few years, dandelion has become very popular as source for improving healthy. I see it in the grocery store in the vegetable aisle for making salads and I also have it in my tea cabinet. I looked up the full list of benefits and this is what I found. According to the How To Herb Book Dandelion is:
Here’s to getting on our dandelion besides just blowing the seeds around for wishes!
As you may know, I am very much into finding natural solutions to life’s everyday issues. One of my biggest remedies is creating my own sunscreen to get away from the chemicals that pharmaceutical companies put into them to maintain consistency, fragrance, or a variety of other nice things to have. Since I don’t care about many of these items and care more about what is going into my body, I prefer to make a basic version that only contains natural ingredients.
This week I learned of a new product that is created from a plant native to Latin America and can be ingested in the form of a tablet. Polypodium Leucotomos is a type of fern that helps protect the skin from UV rays. They say that if you expect to be out in the sun for prolonged periods of time, this supplement can be useful to help protect against sunburn. The most useful case is one in where you don’t have time to reapply sunscreen consistently and/or are sweating a lot which wipes the sunscreen away.
When I googled this plant and solution, I found that it is still to be determined if the supplement truly helps protect against the sun, but since it’s a natural product, I figure it can’t hurt. There are very limited side effects such as an upset stomach and which can happen with any supplement. The benefits also go beyond skin protection to areas such as helping to prevent dementia and eczema.
Here’s a link to the Wikipedia article if you would like to find out more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phlebodium_aureum.
As many of you know, I make my own homemade sunscreen because I like to exclude the chemicals that are often in store-bought products. For many people, the process can be intimidating. It has a little bit of a learning curve to ensure you’re melting the beeswax easily, adding the correct amount of coconut oil, and finding the right container to do it all in.
For some of my friends, they prefer to just use a moisturizer that they like and add zinc oxide which creates the SPF. I recently got a tea tree oil product that has minimal ingredients and I’m going to go this route for this batch since it is so simple and easy.
Although store-bought sunscreen may have its place when we are looking for something to hold its consistency or be an exact amount of SPF, but for me and my summer, I’m happy with my tea tree oil, zinc oxide, and chemical experiments in the kitchen.
I recently read an article from the NIH that points to Turmeric as a way to relieve pain in osteoarthritis. Since so many of my yoga students come to class with aches in their fingers and other joints, I thought I would pass this information along.
Although Turmeric is often found in Middle Eastern dishes, it’s also available in supplement form.
Here is the quote from the NIH website (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/662.html):
“Osteoarthritis. Some research shows that taking turmeric extracts, alone or in combination with other herbal ingredients, can reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis. In one study, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for reducing osteoarthritis pain”
This week I finished catching up on the only HBO series that had me hooked, Girls. I watched a few episodes when it first came out and I loved it, but I didn’t have HBO. Now that it is available on Amazon, as well as HBONow, I was able to get back to my obsession. There have only been two or three times in my life when I was drawn in so closely to a show and this was one of those times.
While I was watching Girls last night, my husband was watching YouTube videos on survival and camping gear. He loves watching homemade videos from other “gadget geeks” who compare products and best practices for living in times of distress. Last night, they couldn’t stop talking about this awesome emergency whistle. As mentioned, all of our friends know that if there was ever an earthquake or riot in Los Angeles, our house would be the place to come. We have enough food and first aid gear to supply an army for a few weeks.
As we split up last night to watch our own shows, I was reminded how there are clear differences between boys and girls. It’s genetic where he loves to surround himself with equipment, survival items, and camping gear. I, on the other hand, was much more content with watching young women experience their twenties via career, relationships, and makeup. There are some things that are just ingrained in us as humans.
There is nothing that says love to me like wedding bands, matching outfits, and two-person gadgets in the car. For some reason, I love being able to charge my cell phone at the same time as my husband in his car and having a space for his sunglasses in mine. I wrote a blog about this a few weeks ago, and the idea continues.
Perhaps it stems from my continuous admiration for parent-child matching outfits from my days working at Laura Ashley. Or perhaps it’s just a sappy way that women communicate companionship. Whatever the case, I am so excited to have these small gadgets in our cars that in my mind say “I do” every single day.