Sunday, December 14, 2014

Seven Benefits of Dandelion Root Chai Tea

Just found this delightful winter beverage.  The warming spices help the body adapt to cold temperatures.  If I had a woodstove, I’d leave the pot brewing because it fills the house with a wonderful spicy aroma. 

 Besides detoxing the liver, this tea is also great for:

      1) Improving digestion and aids weight loss
      2) Purifies bladder and kidneys
      3) Reduces the risk of urinary tract infections   
      4) Contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B and C.
      5)  Purifies the blood, regulate blood sugar and improves blood circulation
    . 6)  Eases bloating and aching joints
      7)  Best hangover cure

Here is the recipe:
1-2 handfuls of roasted dandelion roots
4-8 cups water
*** tsp cinnamon
*** tsp ginger
*** tsp cardamom
*** tsp black pepper
*** tsp cloves
*** tsp nutmeg
 1 splash vanilla (optional)

Add one to two handfuls of roasted dandelion roots to a medium-large saucepan of water.  Add spices (amounts are approximate - adjust according to taste.) Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Turn off heat, add vanilla, if desired, and allow to steep as long as possible.  I leave mine overnight.  If it is too strong, just add water.  Reheat, if necessary, and serve hot.

Great with unsweetened almond milk and or a few drops of stevia. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

The holidays just wouldn't be complete with some pumpkin pie and now you can have your smoothie and pie too!

1 cup Silk Coconut Milk (in the dairy/milk section~ carton, not canned)
1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (canned is fine)
1/2 medium banana, peeled
1 teaspoon pure raw honey
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend ( Shilling is fine)

1) Pour milk into a blender Add pumpkin, banana, honey, and pumpkin spice blend.

2) Pulse for 30 seconds. Remove from blender, shake slightly (to make sure honey is blended), and pulse for 30 seconds more. Add water if needed,

1) Replace Coconut Milk with any of the following: Almond milk, rice milk, cows milk, goats milk, soy milk, water.

2) Add additional protein by throwing in 1/4 cup chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans to the blender in the first step. Pulse for an additional 30 seconds. You can also add 1 tablespoon organic/natural nut butter or Greek yogurt.

3) Try adding additional fruits for sweetness instead of utilizing honey: try 1/2 banana, -or- 1/8 cup pineapple, -or- one 4-ounce container all natural (no sugar added) applesauce, -or- half of a shredded honey crisp apple.

4) If you have any leftover Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie recipe, freeze it in ice cube trays... utilize it in place of the ice the next time you make this recipe!

5) Try adding a little good quality vanilla extract to the recipe for additional flavor.

6) Cranberry is a great flavor booster for pumpkin. For every 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries you add into your pumpkin smoothie, add 1 tablespoon of raw honey. This will eliminate the sourness from the cranberries.

7) Utilizing pure raw honey in recipes is a great way to stabilize blood sugar, and keep away the harmful effects of white/processed/refined sugar, because raw honey is not a "processed" sugar. This is what makes a recipe "clean" or "healthy" by clean eating standards.

Adapted from Bellaonline, Kymberly Morgan, Cooking for Kids Editor

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Suffering With Dry Cuticles and Weak and Splitting Fingernails?

Then you need to check out this great product called "Hoof-Alive®"

I have been using this product for over 6 years now and it is the only salve I have found that helps keep my cuticles moist in the cold winter months and the bonus is that my finger nails are now considerable stronger! 
Hoof-Alive started as a horse product in 1985.  Developed by Don Gregory who lives in Wyoming and was trained professional farrier for 18 years. This experience is the foundation on which Hoof-Alive was created.

Today it is used by thousands of people for personal uses as well as on their horses.  Hoof-Alive is used on nails, skin, hands, feet, lips, etc.  Hoof-Alive is both Natural and All-purpose, fully concentrated and contains no petroleum or water.  What is does contain is all natural ingredients:  Lanolin, glycerine, safflower oil, almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, wheat germ oil, aloe, lecithin, and vitamin E.

There are many sizes available.  Even sizes that will fit into your purse.  This is just the best deal around.  I highly recommend it.  Also, to let you know I am not being paid for this endorsement.  Hoof-Alive is just an amazing salve! But, don't take my word for it.  Find out for yourself!

Visit their website now and order  Hoof-Alive for the cold weather ahead.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Breeze Through Summer with Purification, Lemon and Citronella Essential Oils

Are you aware of how valuable essential oils are for our health and well being?

I have been dealing with allergies this spring and finally have it under control. The only thing that helped was an essential oil called RC. This oil is an invigorating blend of Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Spruce, Peppermint, Pine, Lavender, Marjoram and Cypress

 I mostly diffused this combination or put a few drops on a paper towel and was able to smell the wonderful aroma all night. It did the trick! 

Below is a video to help you get through the summer season easily as well.
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Backyard Composting Made Easy

Now that Spring is here, are you looking for a simple way to recycle your yard and food wastes plus help your garden and trees? A backyard composting project is the answer to less garbage in the landfill and more nutrients in your soil. This composting process takes as little as one month, can replace fertilizer and its free. Plus, composting helps neutralize toxins such as insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. Composting also conserves water, reduces weeds and is a great way to recycle organic materials. And is a rich, soil conditioner when organic materials break down. Have I sold you yet? 

Consider This.... 
According to a study conducted by Dr. William Rahtje of the University of Arizona, the trash of a typical Arizona resident consists of 26 % yard waste and 11% food waste. By composting you could divert over 1/3 of your total household waste from the landfill and help Mother Earth. Think of your compost pile as a living breathing creature. It only needs air, water, food, love and attention. 

 Locating the Ideal Spot in Your Yard 
 The ideal site needs equal amounts of sunshine and shade in the summer and full sun in the winter. Make sure its an area in your backyard that is level, easy accessible and large enough to accommodate a pile that is three to five feet high and three to five feet across. Expensive bins aren't necessary because a compost site can be enclosed with chicken wire, scrap wood, used pallets, cinder blocks or fencing. Plastic garbage cans work equally well, but I wouldn't recommend metal as they have a tendency to rust. First make sure your compost pile is located within reach of water, protected from direct high winds and out of direct view. Look for an area with good drainage and away from wooden structures to eliminate heat and moisture damage from the composting process. 

The Layering Process 
Whenever you add layers, try to alternate between brown (leaves, twigs, etc.) and green (grass clippings, food scraps, etc.) Chop or shred very coarse or stringy materials so they decompose faster and moisten each layer with enough water so that the consistency of the compost materials is similar to a wrung out sponge. Try to turn your pile every week. If done properly, it takes approximately six weeks to three months to change yard and kitchen waste into finished compost. The more you turn the pile, the faster it will compost. However, too much turning will prevent the pile from heating up and decomposing. 

 Composting Materials 
 Start gathering all your yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, twigs, flowers, potting soil, wood chips, sawdust, cactus and non spreading weeds. From the house bring out all vegetable and fruit scraps, bread and grains, coffee filters and grounds, tea bags, egg shells, shredded newspaper, nut shells, tissue paper, pencil shavings, hair brush hair, corn husks, corks, toothpicks, spent matches, moldy bread, vacuum cleaner and laundry lint. However, keep in mind it is not a good idea to compost any meat, fish, dairy products, cooking oil, pet feces, insect infested 
plants, wood ashes, charcoal, bones or pressure treated, painted or preserved lumber. 

 Concerned About Unpleasant Odors? 
 Don’t be. But, if you are apprehensive about odors or attracting bugs, just turn the pile. This adds oxygen and will quickly end any odor problem. A finished compost has a faint, earthy smell and is a wonderful haven for earthworms to hang out. When your compost is ready to use, spread a minimum of one inch throughout your garden every spring before planting and mix into the soil. Another layer may be adding during the growing season and then be prepared to enjoy your harvest. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

What's in a Word?

By Expert - Jeff Butterworth 


Jeff Butterworth, chief spa and wellness officer at Lux Resorts, asks what the sometimes overused term wellness really means and what the industry can do to deliver on it.

As an industry, we use the term "wellness" to define ourselves, with events such as the Professional Spa & Wellness Convention and the Global Spa & Wellness Summit being testament to this fact. Are we, however, in fact associating ourselves with a word that has no substance or worse, painting ourselves as something we’re not?

In the past few years, wellness has gone mainstream. When I first stared out in the industry over 20 years ago, wellness was a fringe topic. Now it’s fully entrenched in the mainstream, with companies such as General Motors, NestlĂ©, Google and even Coca-Cola defining themselves as wellness brands. Should we as an industry be associating ourselves with these and similar corporations?

The answer is yes. Despite its long history, spa is still relatively new to many people and the modern-day spa experience is quite different to its roots. Today it’s considered more of a pampering indulgence than the essential health care solution it was once seen as. In a way, the spa industry is now borrowing from the brand equity that the term wellness has acquired.

Authentic experiences
The question we need to ask ourselves is if we are true to the real meaning of wellness. Sure, Coca-Cola and NestlĂ© are using the word to try and reposition their brands, but in the spa world, we like to think of ourselves as honest and authentic. My advice to our industry is that we need to live up to the real meaning of wellness and not dilute our brand positioning by offering pseudo wellness experiences simply to ride the wave of popularity. Wellness is a holistic concept; it’s about providing a space for people to feel well through education, nutrition, treatments and lifestyle changes

Spas certainly have a role to play in this space, but we must be authentic in our offering. The word wellness has become so popular that there are some resorts and spas that seem to simply add it on for the sake of it, because it sells, rather than because they have really integrated wellbeing into what they provide. This is a danger for our industry, because if we are serious about positioning ourselves in the wellness arena, we must walk the talk.

I cringe when I hear the term services used to describe treatments and therapists being referred to as service providers. It’s not a car wash. One problem for the industry is that most of our team members come from a beauty background, which means they don’t necessarily have the training or skill set needed to create a genuine wellness experience. An experience that goes beyond just pampering and leads to a positive change for the client.

The wellness future
At Lux Resorts we have made a conscious decision to deliver a full wellness experience, through yoga and fitness programmes, healthy cuisine and holistic spa treatments. This month we’re also introducing a traditional Chinese medicine treatment known as Zhengliao, a healing practice that blurs the lines between a spa and a clinical treatment. None of this is difficult, or beyond the scope of most hotel groups to introduce. Most resorts have yoga instructors, gyms, spas and a healthy menu hidden away somewhere. They just don’t connect these different experiences for their guests, which is the critical element.

Spas are the perfect space for holistic treatments such as traditional Chinese medicine, nature cure rituals and Reiki and this wellness path is the future of our industry. It’s critical that we move in this direction, otherwise spa will become positioned alongside General Motors and Starbucks as sugary wellness. We need to start bringing in more holistic therapists and practitioners to develop treatment offerings that work in the spa environment and include elements such as yoga, meditation and nutrition in our offering to a greater extent.

These more peripheral services often don’t generate revenue directly. Over a longer period of time they do, however, produce higher overall spa spend, increased brand loyalty and provide excellent PR exposure. And, most importantly, they position our industry to develop and grow in accordance with the wellness concept over the next few decades.

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Article contributed from Professional Spa and Wellness Magazine