Simple Solstice Sweet

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Gluten-free

Dairy-free

Raw

Super-simple

5-ingredient, no cook cookies.

 

~ 1 cup almond meal (or grind your own)

~ 1 tbsp honey

~ 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder

~ zest of 1 large orange

~ 2 tbsp juice of the orange

 

some additional options:

1/2 tsp camu camu berry powder

pinch of sea or himalayan salt

1 tbsp cacao powder

Goji berries or incan golden berries

 

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixed.

Press into bite-sized balls or coins and refrigerate leftovers (if there are any :)

This recipe makes 12-15 bite-sized cookies.

 

Get creative and make cookie sandwiches with apricot or raspberry jam filling or a homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread!

Earl Grey Massage Balm

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I love the smell of freshly steeped earl grey tea. How delicious a balm would that make?

Very.

I crafted a simple version:

1 cup refined coconut oil (solid at room temperature)

several tea bags of earl grey tea or 1/4 cup loose tea

*essential oil of bergamot

containers with lids

(refined coconut oil has the coconutty scent removed, allowing a cleaner earl grey scent. If you don’t have refined coconut oil you can use regular coconut oil… it will be exotic, like earl grey went to Tahiti!)

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melt the oil in a double boiler set-up

add the tea bags or loose tea

stir and heat for 30 minutes or so (the oil should change colour and take on the aroma of the tea)

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remove from heat and allow to cool

drain the loose tea using cheesecloth or a thin cloth

or squeeze the tea bags to remove excess oil

 

(Reserve the tea bags and tie the cloth ends together to create a tea pouch for the bath. Drop in your evening tub for a therapeutic soak).

Add essential oil of bergamot to the strained oil. 30-40 drops or to your liking. (Add the essential oil, then drip a drop of the mixture on your skin for an aroma test. If you’d like it stronger, add more essential oil).

Pour the blend into containers and allow to cool completely before capping.P1160250

Overnight the oil should return to solid form. You can speed this process along by using the fridge or placing them outdoors in cooler weather.

This is a simple, infused coconut oil massage balm. It will remain solid at 72 degrees and below. Above that temperature, it will begin to liquify. Popping it in the fridge will return it to its solid form.

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Bergamot is known to be analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and assists with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

*Bergamot may cause a reaction known as photosensitivity in certain individuals. It is advisable not to expose areas of skin with bergamot oil to direct sunlight.

 

If you want to make a lip or body balm:

infuse your tea in sweet almond oil and after draining the tea, add beeswax to the heated oil and melt.

Use this recipe for vanilla bean-infused balm as a guide.

 

This creates a silky smooth balm that will keep its consistency in warm weather and makes a delicious lip balm.

Enjoy!

Rise and Shine Smoothie

Rise and Shine Smoothie
Rise and Shine Smoothie

Rise and Shine Smoothie

 

A nutritious way to greet the day.

Blend:

1 cup orange or mango juice

1 small handful of raspberries

1-2 tbsp sea buckthorn purée (I use solberry)*

Enjoy!

 

Replace raspberries with 1/4 tsp vanilla powder and a little honey for a sweet twist.

 

*As well as being high in vitamin C, sea buckthorn contains vitamins E, A, B1, B2, B5, D, P, K, and a number of minerals, carotenoids, and phytosterols (known for their cholesterol-lowering properties).

Chocolate Almond Blueberry Oat Parfait

Chocolate almond blueberry parfait
Chocolate almond blueberry parfait

Chocolate almond blueberry oat parfait

… or as I like to call it… breakfast!

The kids love this one.

Soak 1 cup of organic quick-cooking steel cut oats in 1 cup chocolate almond beverage (use plain or vanilla almond milk, nut milk or coconut milk of choice)

Stir in 1 tsp vanilla powder

Let soak at least 30min

Layer blueberries (or fruit of choice) on the bottom of your dish

Spoon a layer of oat mixture

Add another layer of fruit

Another layer of oat mixture

Top with slivered almonds or more fruit (I drizzled raspberry syrup on top)

Eat immediately or chill and serve later.

Enjoy!

 

Creative combos:

Peaches, cinnamon, and vanilla milk, topped with pecans.

Cherries, chocolate milk and vanilla

Mangoes, nutmeg, and vanilla milk, drizzled with honey (mango lassi oatmeal!)

 

 

Dreamsicles

Dreamsicles
Dreamsicles

Dreamsicles

2 tbsp sea buckthorn purée

1 cup orange juice (I used an organic orange/mango juice)

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

Blend the ingredients briefly and immediately pour into popsicle molds.

Pour into ice cube trays for a flavourful addition to water.

Freeze until set and enjoy!

 

As well as being high in vitamin C, sea buckthorn contains vitamins E, A, B1, B2, B5, D, P, K, and a number of minerals, carotenoids, and phytosterols (known for their cholesterol-lowering properties).

A super boost to a summer staple.

Radiant Skin Smoothie

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Radiant skin smoothie

Radiant skin smoothie

1 tsp incan spirulina (or blue green algae/chlorella of choice)

3 capsules marine phytoplankton (opened and emptied into blender, capsules discarded)

1 apple

1/3 large cucumber

2 tbsp sea buckthorn purée

1 cup spring water

Place all ingredients into your blender and pulse away.

Drink immediately. Fresh, lively, cooling smoothie.

Beauty Medicine!

Incan Spirulina

Grown high in the Andes with glacial water, incan spirulina has the highest content of phycocyanin available on the market. Phycocyanin is a blue pigment reported to induce the production of stem cells found in bone marrow. Incan spirulina also boasts chlorophyll, enzymes, minerals, fatty acids and antioxidants. Chlorophyll helps rid the body of toxins, which, when built up, can manifest as skin rashes, pimples, and other topical issues.

Marine Phytoplankton

Go to the source. The source of life on the planet. These tiny microorganisms convert energy from the sun into essential nutrients. These micronutrients have been reported to assist with cell detoxification. Phytoplankton is high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory, as well as assist with cellular function.

Sea Buckthorn

Considered a nutritionally-complete food, this berry packs a lot of punch. It is a natural source of Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9, and… wait for it… Omega-7. Wait, what? Omega-7?  Palmitoleic acid (Omega-7) is a rare constituent found in sea buckthorn berries. It also happens to be a component of human skin. That’s why this particular plant source of vitamin C is touted for skin regeneration and repair. As well as being high in vitamin C, sea buckthorn contains vitamins E, A, B1, B2, B5, D, P, K, as well as a number of minerals, carotenoids, and phytosterols (known for their cholesterol-lowering properties). Said to originate in Asia over 4 million years ago, sea buckthorn is a hearty shrub and happily grows in many regions today, including Canada. Find it here.

Cucumber

With their high water content, cucumbers are excellent at hydrating the body while helping it eliminate toxins. Leave the peel on to get added vitamin C. Cucumbers also contain silica, beneficial in strengthening connective tissues. Our little green friends contain a variety of vitamins, as well as potassium, magnesium and fibre.

Apple

Apples have been known for their detoxing benefits for centuries. Good news for us as this is one fruit we can always seem to find in season somewhere. Many cleanses, detoxes and fasting programs – whether for dietary or meditative benefits – involve consuming only water and apples. This fruit is a rich source of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals, and makes a sweet addition to your green smoothie.

Spring Water

Enjoy the benefits of pure, fresh, living water. Find a spring near you.

 

Top 5 Beauty Medicines

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Beauty medicine

Beauty medicine

5 of my personal favourite therapies:

1. OJAS Multani Mitti soap.

The scent just. makes. me. happy.

And the bar is beautiful in the shower or bath.

 

2. Gingerlily Poetic Pits by Livinglibations

Intoxicating essential oil blend when applied to my pits makes me welcome sweating so I can enjoy the exotic aroma.

I also apply this deodorant to my pulse points as perfume.

 

3. Shirodhara massage

This ayurvedic treatment is heaven for the head.

Feel all tension melt from the face and mind as warm oils condition hair and promote radiant well-being.

 

4. Fragonia essential oil

I fell in love with this plant oil at first smell.

Powerful heart medicine, this Ganesha of essential oils helps women remove obstacles and restore harmony.

 

5. The Mystic Masala Tridoshic Candle

Looks as beautiful as it smells.

This natural candle carries me through inspired writing sessions and heart-opening yoga practices.

 

Peanut Butter Jelly Tarts

Tasty Tarts
Tasty Tarts

Tasty Tarts

My son woke one morning with a recipe in his head. He said we needed to make a chocolate tart and fill it with jam.

Sounded good to me.

Peanut butter tart dough

Peanut butter tart dough

We needed to modify his recipe to accommodate gluten-free and dairy-free. I popped over to Elana’s Pantry and found this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart for the tart shell recipe.

We substituted coconut oil for the grapeseed oil, and my son received a lesson in yacon syrup.

 

Since we used the melted coconut oil, I decided to bake off only half the tart shells and place the others in the fridge as a raw food dessert cup. The coconut oil re-solidifies and holds the shells together nicely.

Baked shells

Baked shells

Both kids enjoyed pressing the dough into the mini cupcake pans.

 

Next up: my son’s jam filling, while I continue to play with a raw version of chocolate peanut butter cups.

 

He had a great time selecting his variety of organic fruit jams and jellies and mixing them together until he found the perfect blend to suit his taste.

 

Peanut Butter Jelly Tarts

Peanut Butter Jelly Tarts

This is a fun food project for the kids. They can play with mixing fillings or scoop single jam and jelly flavours into the cooled tart shells. Strawberry, apricot, grape, saskatoon berry, cherry…

 

A little entertainment break from my kids to yours. I’m so sorry.

 

 

Move over Easter eggs...

Move over Easter eggs…

Chocolate ganache filling:

1/4 cup raw cacao paste

1/4 cup cacao butter

1 tsp chaga mushroom powder

2-3 tbsp yacon syrup

a pinch of sea salt or himalayan salt

3 tbsp coconut milk

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

himalayan salt for garnish

Chocolate chaga ganache

Chocolate chaga ganache

Melt the cacao paste and butter over low heat, adding chaga powder as it begins to melt.

Stir in yacon syrup and salt once melted.

Stir in coconut milk, blending well.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla powder.

 

Raw chocolate peanut butter tarts

Raw chocolate peanut butter tarts

 

Let cool a bit before spooning into chilled peanut butter tart shells. Sprinkle with himalayan salt and return to the fridge to set.

Remove 10-15 minutes before serving.

Bon appétit!

 

 

We shared our first batch of mini tarts with friends after dinner and decided to craft a new one the next day.

This time we made a big tart. With all the fixin’s!

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P1140804Try substituting almonds, hazelnuts or cashews if peanuts are an issue for your family or if you want to play with other flavours.

Natural Face Cleanser

Facial Nourishment
Facial Nourishment

Facial Nourishment

I was skeptical at first to use oil as a cleanser. 3 years later, I couldn’t imagine using anything else. My skin is never dry, oily or inflamed. I now use only natural oils on my skin. I boosted my oil with effective and beautiful enhancements to create a nourishing cleanser, naturally.

Natural Face Cleanser: 

Fill a bottle (I like Miron violet glass for my best oils) 60% with jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is the closest to our natural sebum, responsible for keeping hair and skin supple.

Top up the remaining 40% with a good quality castor oil. I use Mountain Rose Herb’s organic castor oil. This oil draws impurities from the pores and is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory yet nourishing for the skin and hair.

I then add essential oil of petitgrain, about 15 drops per 50 mls of facial oil. If skin is prone to breakouts add more petitgrain This citrus essential oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree. It is both refreshing and calming, and clears greasy skin and blemishes. Petitgrain has both sedative and nervine qualities, making it a good choice for pre-bedtime cleansing. Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonifier, petitgrain assists in circulating chi.

To this I add a drop of pure organic Bulgarian rose essential oil, a pricey but nourishing treat for the skin. Suitable for all skin types, rose oil is used for broken capillaries and wrinkles, and is balancing and nurturing for skin and soul.

Rose geranium essential oil makes a beautiful replacement for the stronger and more expensive Bulgarian rose oil. Use more liberally, adding 8 or 10 drops. An uplifting aromatic, rose geranium is astringent and regenerative. It is used for a variety of skin issues including eczema, broken capillaries, varicose veins, and premature aging, and balances all skin types. Rose geranium is popular in Ayurveda as it pacifies all doshas and balances hormone levels in women.

There it is. Now you know my secret face cleanser formula. Shake well before each use to disperse all oils. Use 2 -3 small squirts on a warm, moist cloth and massage over skin. The small amount of essential oils and cleanser required to wash allows me to use this as an eye make-up remover as well, although use caution and keep eyes closed. Pregnant women and those with medical conditions should use caution with essential oils. Consult a physician or professional if health conditions exist.

Play with the recipe, make it your own. Try more rose geranium than petitgrain or add neroli or lavender. Create a nourishing treat for your skin and self, naturally.

Sweet Berry Breakfast Beverage

A perfect pairing

 

A perfect pairing

A perfect pairing

Sweet nectar of the goddesses

Sweet nectar of the goddesses

This blend is a huge hit with the kids. Light, fruity, sweet, and summery.

Organic blueberries

Organic strawberries

2 tsp bee pollen

1 bottle alo pomegranate + cranberry aloe vera juice (or juice of choice with or without the addition of aloe vera juice)

Blend until smooth and enjoy.

We savoured ours with homemade raw chocolate.

The perfect summer breakfast and a treat anytime of day.

 

Pair with raw chocolate by melting over low heat or in double boiler:

Raw cacao paste

cacao butter

coconut oil

crunchy peanut or almond butter

remove from heat and add cacao powder, chaga powder, vanilla bean powder, lacuma, honey, raisins, goji berries, cashews, or whatever else seems a tastey addition to your chocolate.

Pop into the fridge for a quick set or allow to sit at a cool temperature until hardened enough to break into pieces and enjoy!