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The Sunday Steep: Echinacea

One of my favorite rituals in the morning and early afternoon is to sit in silence, take note of what my body needs, and make some delicious and healing tea. For me, it’s just a small little way I pamper myself, and give myself some, “me” time. Today I was feeling like my body was asking for some Echinacea

If you’re new to Echinacea – listen to these crazy awesome benefits:

  • Powerful immune booster
  • Helps aid in colds + flu
  • Fights viral/ bacterial infections
  • Blood purifier
  • Helps with skin problems such as eczema
  • Helps with inflammation
  • Helps with UTI’s
  • High in anti-oxidants
  • Eases joint pians

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Here are some great sources to purchase high quality Echinacea

Rose Mountain Herbs

Amazon

Monterey Bay Spice Co.

For Further reading check these links out:

www.herbco.com/c-366-echinacea.aspx

www.draxe.com/echinaceabenefits/

www.wellnessmama.com/25999/echinacea-benefits-uses/

 

 

 

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How To Make a Clay Mask for Your Hair

To all my fellow misters and sistahs with thick, course, curly, kinky, mermaid hair… I feel you. Sometimes luxurious waves need a little extra care and over the counter products just aren’t your thing. If I’m putting something in my hair and on my scalp, I want to know exactly what’s in it. Que in my new, favorite, ultra luxe at-home treatment: Rhassoul Moroccan Clay.

Rhassoul Clay is a truly exquisite spa quality clay from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas Mountains in Morocco. This mineral rich clay blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin smooth and effortless. This clay has been used for over 1400 years as a soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner, and the finest spas across the world currently utilize it for its therapeutic benefits. I first found out about this clay during a spa-date at the Ace Hotel in Palm SpringsI had an amazing revitalizing massage + facial and my esthetician raved about how great this clay was for hair like mine (big, thick, mermaid hair). I ordered some clay online and have tweaked my recipe over the past few years and thought I’d share. Making a rhassoul hair mask is quick, easy, and leaves you with ultra soft hair.

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Rhassoul Mask

Rhassoul clay can also be used for deep conditioning of the hair and skin. Feel free to adapt the following recipe to suit your unique hair needs.

  • 1/2 c. rhassoul clay
  • 1/2 c. warm coconut milk
  • 1/4 c. rose water or herbal water (make your own infusion by pouring 2 c. boiling water over 2 tbsp. herbs or flower petals. Allow to steep for 30 minutes and strain.)
  • 1/4 c. distilled water (double this amount if no herbal or rose water is used)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil,  jojoba oil, or extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients except oil. Once you have a paste, stir in the oil. You may add a tad of honey at this point for added conditioning treatment. Apply to hair and allow to sit with a warm, moist towel or plastic hair cap for 1 hour. Rinse and style as usual.

Below are some sources to get the highest grade of Rhassoul Clay:

Mountain Rose Herbs

Amazon

Henna Sooq

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The Sunday Steep: Chicken Broth

It’s really no secret how much I love a good cup of broth in the morning. My boyfriend Daniel and I have made it a ritual to make Tuesday evening stock (in the pueblo we live it’s 2 for the price of 1 chicken at our local carniceria). We make a huge batch that lasts us through out the whole week. Beyond being delicious and tasty – there are several major benefits of stock and bone broth.

The Benefits

  • Immunity Boosting Fat
  • Super Mineral Boost
  • Better Carrier for Garlic and Cayenne than Tea
  • Gelatin for Joint Health
  • Improves Bone Density
  • Aids Digestion
  • Delivers nourishing and healthy amounts of salt

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Chicken Stock Recipe

Ingredients

1 tbsp. olive oil
2 medium onions, halved
3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 chicken carcass plus any extra chicken scraps
3-4 quarts of water
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Few sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot (about 5-6 quarts) over medium-high heat.  Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown slightly, about 5-10 minutes.  Add the chicken carcass to the pot.  Add enough water to nearly fill the pot.  Stir in the peppercorns, salt and herbs.  Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a very low simmer and let simmer 4-5 hours.  Let cool slightly. Pour the stock through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher or bowl to remove the solids.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator.  A layer of fat will form on the surface, which can be skimmed off and discarded.  Transfer to storage containers and freeze until ready to use.

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Smoothie Recipe: Nopales + Moringa

It’s fairly common here in Mexico to be offered green juices or green smoothies out here. Instead of using kale or spinach, like I’m used to, nopales (cactus) is the base. Today to celebrate New Years Day in Sayulita, I made a batch of my favorite smoothie recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 huge handfuls of Nopales
  • 1/2 cup of Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 cups of  Guanabana Juice 
  • 1 cup mango
  • 2 cups pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 2 tbsp moringa powder
  • 1 tbsp maca
  • 1 tbsp fresh aloe gel
  • 2 tsp MSM

Instructions:

In a blender, add nopales and orange juice and blend all together for desired consistency. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until incorporated. Serve immediately.

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Recipe: Moringa Energy Balls

I had the pleasure to spend this beautiful New Years Day in Sayulita, Mexico to give a talk about healing super foods, along with touching upon topics such as the importance of alkalizing your body and finding a balance within the foods we eat and our emotional bodies. During this talk I offered some raw energy balls that were packed full of a local ingredient, moringa, among other goodies. Below is the recipe to make these delicious, energy packed snacks:

Moringa Energy Balls

Ingredients:

Instructions
  1. Place pitted dates and raw honey in the food processor and process to obtain fine, sticky crumbles.
  2. Save aside 1 tbsp of moringa powder on a plate to roll the balls in
  3. Add the remaining ingredients into the food process and blend together to get a crumbly paste
  4. Use your palms to create small balls
  5. Roll over the balls on the plate dusted with moringa powder
  6. Store in the refrigerator for a maximum of two weeks


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The Sunday Steep

Sundays are perfect for cozy, lazy, days that should be filled with tea and delicious food. Every Sunday – I’ll be sharing with you what I’m sipping on, and share information on their specific healing properties. Today, I’m sipping on Guayusa, which are dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly which is a close botanical relative to Yerba Mate.

Why I love Guayusa

The benefits and healing properties of this tea is endless. Maybe I’m biased, being of indigenous origin from South America, but I pretty much believe anything native that comes from the rainforest, or any part of South America, will have tremendous benefits for your health and longevity. Here are a few benefits of Guayusa that has me excited:

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Aids in digestion
  • Supports weight loss
  • Increases mental clarity + alertness
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Packed with Polyphenols
  • Contains high minerals such as –  potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and chromium and vitamins D & C
  • Fifteen essential amino acids
  • Coffee replacement

Guayusa

Where do I get my Guayusa

In Mexico, I feel lucky to be able to go to my local market on Wednesdays and Sundays and find hundreds of ziplock baggies full of herbs that have been traded and imported all over from central and South America. When I’m back at home in California, I’ve found great company, Rose Mountain Herbs, that has amazing bulk herbs, tinctures, essential oils and much more. They have a great selection of Guayusa that is specifically shade-grown. This means that the leaves will have a smoother flavor. Shade grown guayusa is a bold dark green, while the sun grown leaves are much more pale and are lacking in flavor. If you’re interested in purchasing delicious, high quality Guayusa leaves, I’d recommend buying some here. Also- It’s a great investment for under $10. It doesn’t get any better than that.

 

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KELP is the new Kale

I’m calling it! I’ve personally seen too many amazing benefits and still can’t imagine why none of my yogi sistas and friends have jumped on the Kelp train. It’s ok- I’m ready to start a kelp revolution. Join me, won’t you?

Kelp has an abundance of nutrients and benefits. A short list include:

  • Excellent source of Calcium
  • Rich in vitamin A
  • Full of delicious minerals iodine, iron, potassium
  • Helps regular thyroid hormones
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves body Ph
  • Assists in weight loss/management

Wait a second… kelp is that slime stuff from the ocean….

Yup! And if you’re lucky enough to live next to an ocean with an abundant amount of safe, clean, kelp, rub it on your skin and tell me you don’t feel like a million dollars. Beyond using kelp for it’s beauty & health benefits, I personally feel it’s a natural resource that Mother Earth has given to us that is potentially an untapped resource. Major healing benefits along with longevity, detoxification and rejuvenation are some of the most vital components we as human beings need more of.

Ok that’s great and all.. but how do I consume it?

I’m a sucker for seaweed salad when I (used) to go out for sushi, but there are plenty more forms in which you can consume your kelp. Looking to revamp you Green Goddess Smoothie? Add some kelp (little by little until you get used to the flavor) to spruce things up. I also would recommend using kelp as an added ingredient to any salad dressing or to sprinkle onto a bowl full of zoodles. Here’s one of my favorite raw recipes I know you’ll enjoy!

Avocado + Kelp Soup

Kelp Soup

What I love about this is you can have this anytime. I call this recipe a soup because it’s thicker than a smoothie, however you sip on this at room temperature. It may sound a little weird at first, but trust me, it’s amazing.

Recipe

  • 1 Avocado
  • 4 stems of Bok Choy
  • 1.5 inch knob of Ginger
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1/4 Green Bell pepper
  • 1/4 Cup of Water
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro
  • 2 tsp of Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cayenne (optional for heat)
  • 1-2 tsp Kelp Powder
  • Squeeze of lime

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Eat immediately. This can be stored in a fridge for up to an hour and a half before it looses it’s vitality and nutrient based power. Remember: Every blender is different so if you need to add a little more water that’s totally fine. What you want is a nice, thick, consistency. For an extra kick of flavor and nutrients I like to sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on top. Cheers!

 

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My super sexy Maca shake

Maca is a super root that should definitely be in your pantry. One of the many reasons why I love Maca is the numerous benefits it holds. It carries hormone balancing properties that have actually been proven to reverse hyperthyroidism in some cases. Maca is high in iron, calcium, potassium, protein, magnesium, and zinc. Not only is it beneficial for women suffering from PMS symptoms, but it also is known to increase libido and sexual function in both men and women. 


Maca Benefits


Rich in Antioxidants
Maca acts as a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Improving your antioxidant levels may be beneficial for preventing conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes by preventing oxidative stress and cell damage.


Improves Female Sexual Health
There have been multiple studies that have confirmed that Maca benefits female sexual health through several different mechanisms. One study in particular focused on the effects of maca root on post-menopausal women with sexual dysfunction caused by the use of antidepressants. Compared to a placebo, maca root was able to significantly improve sexual function. Maca is also able to balance female sex hormones and has even been shown to alleviate symptoms of menopause.


Mood and Hormone Balance
For those who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, or mood swings, maca may be able to help alleviate these symptoms. Hormone balance is key to regulating sexual function, mood regulation, dis-ease prevention among other things. The way maca is able to help balance these hormones is it’s relationship to the pituitary glands and hypothalamus. Some studies suggest it may be the phytonutrients found in the maca root itself that helps balance the endocrine system.


Maca History

The use of maca can be traced back over thousands of years. Historically, this root vegetable was used by ancient Peruvians as a form of currency for trade. Maca root was also highly treasured for its medicinal properties. Maca was used to treat an array of ailments, such as menstrual problems, menopause, fatigue, stress, stomach cancer, and anemia. It is even said that Incan warriors filled up on maca root before heading into battle to boost their stamina and strength

This recipe is super delicious and it gives for a nice, creamy texture. You can also add your favorite superfoods such as hemp seeds, cacao nibs, vegan granola or any other toppings you desire!


Sources
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11753476
https://www.verywellhealth.com/ways-maca-may-benefit-your-health-89573
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4411442/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614644/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25037390

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I honor the cycles…

But I am not a slave to them!

I feel this is such an important lesson for me in this season in my life. And as someone once told me, “What’s most personal is most universal”… so I figured I would share with you all my thoughts on the subject.

I used to be one of those girls who’d “blame it on Mercury Retrograde”. I’d curse the cycles. OF COURSE I didn’t get that promotion or my relationship didn’t work out- it was Retrograde. How’s a person to survive? Little did I realize through all the over-thinking, the analyzing, the lack of confidence I had in decision making was what was messing me up. The energy I was putting out into the universe was discombobulated. I didn’t know what I wanted. I didn’t even know how I wanted to FEEL. All I knew was that if something got effed up, well man, that’s just the cycles.

That’s just not how things work.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing astrology. I wouldn’t know how to read a chart or even tell you… well, I can’t even make up something witty. That’s just how little I understand astrology. However, for all the intricacies and amazing correlations the stars and the heavens relate to my day to day life, I can’t just go around acting like a chicken with it’s head cut off because of some planetary alignment I have no control of. I think that’s the key thing to point out here- Control. I mean, life will continue to keep life-ing away day after day, no matter what. And sometimes we get extremely stuck in our human conditions. It’s easy to blame things we have no control of over something MUCH larger that we have no control of. We forget that we’re just continually having an experience.

It’s time to stop glorifying our issues and problems over planetary alignments.

Seriously people, let’s take responsibilities for ourselves. For our life. Do it for your heart (and peace of mind) for God’s sake!

Still think I’m being too optimistic? Here’s a story for you:

Daniel and I had been given a situation. The cards were not dealt in our favor, and we found out we had about 45 days to figure out where to move from our cozy, comfy house in a very desirable part of the Silicon Valley. Due to our situation, we pretty much had a rent controlled situation. I was at the cusp of visioning how I wanted my business to look. I literally had JUST put down a deposit for a 10 week course in studying to be a spiritual practitioner (for a commitment of 3-4 years as I thought I’d be setting roots down for once!). Daniel’s business was getting us by, however we were at the very beginning stages of transferring his business online. And within all that – we had to figure out where to find an extra $2300 a month for rent (for a not so comfy 1 bedroom apartment in a less than desirable neighborhood). We had to figure out where to go. I found myself crying in our beautiful custom made walk in closet, sobbing away saying, “We can’t afford to be together!! We can’t afford to live together”. Guess what. It wasn’t even retrograde. It was just life.

18 long days later a friend of Daniels suggested we consider staying at his vacation rental in a beach town in Mexico. YEAH RIGHT. Like I’m moving to Mexico – I thought for a split second. But to be honest- it was the ONLY option that got me excited. It felt do-able. I didn’t know what the heck I’d do. How I’d survive. But I had saved up enough money to help pay for all of our baggage, get our dog Gus Gus down there and help pay for groceries and rent. Ok. We can do this.

We said goodbye to the old house in Campbell, California. Closed the door one last time. Turned the lock – hopped into the moving truck and drove away. We spent a good 5 days driving from Northern California to Southern California. Got comfortable at my mom’s place in Palm Springs. Unpacked and repacked. Said adios to the US and moved out of the country to create a new life as expats in Mexico. The funny thing? We moved in the height of retrograde, during a new moon.

 

It’s been 6 months and I have to say although there have been challenges and obstacles, it’s taught us lessons about ourselves and how to navigate our way through our partnership. We’re thriving. Life treats us with so many blessings and gifts. And I think that’s what we need to focus on.

Quit kicking yourself over things you can’t control. Remember. This is just an experience.

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Morning Glory

One of my absolute favorite meals to start my day is Raw Yogurt with fresh fruit and juice. I seriously feel so refreshed and fully of energy, ready to take on the day!

 I’m All About Sustainable Foods

I’m not a huge morning person- but I find that when I eat foods within the same color palate, and eat with intention, I find myself excited to wake up and start my day. I can’t think of a better color than bright yellow and orange! I also believe eating foods centered around your chakras bring another level activation to your life. Orange is the Sacral Chakra which correlates to Emotions + Creativity.

This morning was a meal of:

  • fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice and ACV
  • Grapefruit pulp left over from juicing
  • Two scoops of greek yogurt
  • Spoonful of Manuka Honey from New Zealand.

Benefits 

  • ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar (purchase)  is great for anyone with seasonal allergies, can kill harmful bacteria and un-wanted bugs in your system, and lowers blood sugar levels and can help beat diabetes.
  • Manuka Honey (purchase) has been said to help aid digestion issues, and can help prevent future damage. The anti-microbial properties in Manuka honey can help those who suffer from eczema and acne. It has also been shown to reduce plaque and tooth decay.
  • Grapefruit juice helps clear skin, boosts immunity, aids in killing candida, and is also said to help fight allergies.
  • Greek yogurt is excellent for probiotics, excellent for hair growth and overall health.