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.

 

Purify with Petitgrain: Plant Power for Pimples

Abundant oranges

Abundant oranges

The body uses the main channels – bladder, digestive, kidney, etc. –  as the preferred method of elimination of toxins and excess energy.

When the main channels are blocked, however, the body may eliminate toxins through the skin: what we know as pimples, rashes, or additional skin issues may ensue.

We can then interpret from the skin what is happening in the body. The best course of action is to clear blockages in the main channels by adjusting our diet and/or employing practices such as breath work, yoga, qigong, and meditation.

Salt baths can assist with skin issues, as well as calming herbs such as chamomile, lavender, and rose, and soothing balms of bees wax or coconut oil.

While you work to open the main channels, one particular plant essence can be a powerful ally in quickly clearing congested skin:

Petitgrain essential oil is the preferred plant remedy for pimples.

Petitgrain oil is distilled from the stems and leaves of the orange tree, as opposed to its other family members:

Sweet orange – from the rind of the ripe orange

Neroli – the seductive orange blossom

All share the same family tree, however, each has their own distinct personality.

Petitgrain is particularly known for its toning qualities. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to tone and purify the skin, helping to circulate chi or life force energy.

Apply the oil neat to acne, pimples, or blemishes. Or add to a carrier oil such as coconut or argan for a face serum.

Make your own Natural Face Cleanser with petitgrain.

As a bonus, petitgrain is also uplifting and calms the nervous system.

Petitgrain may not be as sweet as her cousin sweet orange, but I think clearing up the complexion is pretty sweet indeed.