Since the 16th century, people have used copaiba in physical and spiritual healing ceremonies. The copaiba tree grows in South America and can reach up to 100 feet tall. Its thick tree trunk provides access to the essential oil through oleoresin, which can be tapped like maple syrup from the maple tree. After the copaiba oleoresin is harvested, it is steam distilled to extract the essential oil. [Read more…]
Cacao is one of the most popular and oldest foods in the world. Dating as far back as 1,400 BCE, people have been eating and using cacao in their everyday lives ever since, sometimes without even realizing it. While your first thought about raw cacao may be to eat it, you can also use it on your body to lock in moisture, treat small wounds and more. [Read more…]
For years, essential oils have been the rage in the natural health arena. From improving your mood to helping stimulate healing, is there anything they can’t do? Whether you’re in school and test time is looming, or you’re concerned with aging gracefully and retaining your memory functions as you do so, there are a number of essential oils to help you achieve your goals. I’ve pulled together a list of my five favorite essential oils to improve memory, plus a few more recommendations for decreased stress, to help you do just that. [Read more…]
If you’ve read many health articles in the last few years, you’ve probably come across many concerning reports about the health issues associated with toxic beauty and cleaning products. The truth is, those products which you so willingly spread all over your skin could actually be really dangerous, contributing to things such as cancer, skin disease, and environmental disasters. There are tons of products out there that are totally natural, safe, and just as effective (if not more) as the ones loaded with toxins. We’ve gathered a list of our must-have natural bathroom essentials.
Oral health is absolutely critical since it affects every single area of your body, not just your teeth. When plaque builds up and cavities set in, you can quickly develop gum disease, infection, and other health issues that negatively impact your quality of life and force you to spend far too much time in the dentist’s chair.
These paleo desserts will help satisfy your cravings for sweets without causing you to load up on artificial sugar. Who knew healthy could taste so good?
Strawberry Cheese Cake
Your family and friends won’t believe you when you tell them that this lightly sweet, refreshing strawberry cheesecake is made with cashews.
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 Tbsp coconut milk, room temperature
- 1 ½ cup raw cashews
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk cream, room temperature
- ½ maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup Medjool dates
- 1 cup raw pecans
- ¼ cup strawberry preserves with no added ingredients
- Soak cashews in boiling water for 1 hour to soften. Drain water and set aside once soft.
- Combine crust ingredients in a food processor until it forms a dough-like substance. You still want it to be a little coarse and crumbly, so be sure not to over blend it.
- Line an 8’ by 8’ baking dish with parchment paper and press crust evenly into the bottom. Set aside.
- For the filling, blend soaked cashews in a food processor until they are pulpy.
- Warm coconut oil and maple syrup on the stove and slowly pour into blender or food processor while blending.
- Puree until smooth and mixed well, then add coconut cream, coconut milk, vanilla, and salt.
- Blend until totally smooth and pour filling over crust.
- Puree strawberry preserves until they are liquid and pour over the filling. You can use a toothpick to make a design or simply spread the topping evenly over the cheesecake.
- Freeze for at least 3-5 hours before serving.
Watermelon Ice Cream
There is no other fruit that captures the taste of summer as much as watermelon. This ice cream, made from real fruit will cool you down on those baking summer days and satisfy your sweet tooth. Keep in mind, you will need an ice cream maker to achieve the perfect consistency.
- Enough watermelon to make ½ cup juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 1 cup cream
- ¼ cup light-colored raw honey
- Juice chunks of watermelon in a juicer until you have ½ cup juice.
- Add watermelon juice and remaining ingredients to a blender.
- Blend on low just enough to combine ingredients or about 5 seconds. Remove any foam that develops with a spoon before proceeding.
- Add mixture to ice cream maker and follow machine instructions.
- When done, ice cream will have a wonderful soft-serve texture. Place it in the freezer if you desire firmer ice cream.
Peanut butter cups
- 1 ½ cups coconut oil
- ½ cup organic peanut butter
- 1 ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 5 Tsp powder stevia
- 1 cup organic peanut butter
- 1 tsp powdered stevia
- Melt coconut oil over medium heat in a small saucepan.
- Add to a bowl and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
- Combine stevia and vanilla in a small dish until stevia has disollved.
- Stir in cocoa powder to coconut oil mixture ¼ cup at a time. Then add almond meal and vanilla and stevia mixture.
- In a separate bowl stir filling ingredients together until well combined.
- Transfer the chocolate mixture to a measuring cup and pour into unlined mini muffing tin until about ½ filled.
- Place 1 tsp peanut butter into the middle of each cup.
- Pour more chocolate over until cup is almost full.
- Carefully place tray in freezer until hard and use a butter knife to easily pop out cups.
- Store in sealed container in freezer for up to 1 week.
Lemon blueberry tart
This easy tart will fool everyone into thinking you are a master baker. Use freshly picked blueberries for an even more delicious creation.
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- ½ plus 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 Tbsp coconut flour
- ⅓ tsp sea salt
- 1 lemon, zested
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup honey
- ⅓ cup coconut cream from chilled, full-fat coconut milk
- 1 pint blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Whisk together wet ingredients and stir in flours and sea salt. You may have to mix with your hands to ensure it is totally combined.
- Press dough into a 9’ tart pan and cover sides of crust with thin strips of aluminum foil.
- Poke holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork to prevent rising and bake for 12 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and set aside.
- Whisk together all filling ingredients except blueberries. Pour filling the mixture into tart pan over baked crust.
- Simply drop in blueberries throughout the tart.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. The filling should be mostly set. It will still be a little jiggly but will harden as it cools.
- Allow to cool for one hour on the counter before serving.
If you are anything like me, you hate having those stubborn, funky smells lingering around your home. Wheater its pet odor from your furry friends or the scent of salmon from last nights meal, unsavory smells can be hard to eradicate. Especially if you can’t locate the source! If you love walking into a clean smelling, fragrant home, but hate the extensive harmful chemicals in bottled air fresheners, try these tips and tricks today.
Vinegar is all the rage these days, with health-conscious people chugging apple cider vinegar in their morning tea or replacing toxic cleaning products with the antibacterial prowess of white vinegar. The hype is not unwarranted; however, studies have proven vinegar’s veracity in disinfecting and other related areas. There are so many uses for vinegar that it can be hard to know where to start! This list will give you some of the best, most practical uses for this acidic miracle worker.
Few pantry staples are as useful — or as inexpensive — as baking soda. At around $1 a box, this ingredient will quickly become your new favorite beauty go-to. From homemade toothpaste to a cleaner for your makeup brushes, here are 11 easy ways to include baking soda in your beauty routine. [Read more…]
Imagine strolling through your local drug store and seeing so many enticing products on the shelves, but as you reach for them you get a mental image of blotchy red spots on your face. Not such a pleasant thought, right? That’s what living with sensitive skin can feel like. Although, there are thousands of products on the market claiming to be perfect for “sensitive skin,” many of the products are still too harsh for sensitive skin types. Chemicals like parabens, dyes and skin-drying alcohol can make over-the-counter skin products too strong for sensitive skin. [Read more…]