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Simple, effective recipes for ‘dechlorinating’ lotion and spray

Last weekend I was at a swim meet where the chlorine was so strong that some of the swimmers had allergic-type asthmatic reactions and almost all of them complained of burning skin and cracking lips.

As I spoke to other parents I realized none of them knew how to make dechorinating lotion and spray for their kids, so I shared the recipes I’ve been using for my son – and I decided to share them with you, too, because they’re so simple to make – and so effective.  I love making things to help take care of people!

Here are the recipes for you to try at home.

Dechlorinating Lotion

Recipe (from http://www.WellnessMama.com)

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons  warm water
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin C powder
  • 2 tablespoons Shea Butter Cocoa Butter
  • Optional: Essential Oils to suit your preference

Instructions

  1. Combine oils and beeswax in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
  2. In another small jar or bowl, add the vitamin c powder to the warm water and stir until dissolved.

  3. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place the jar with the oils inside the saucepan and turn on medium heat.

  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into a small blender or food processor. (Keep in the jar if using an immersion blender that will fit in the top of the jar.)

  5. With blender or food processor on, slowly add the water/vitamin C mixture until blended and emulsified.

  6. Store in an air-tight glass jar.

  7. Use before swimming (preferably after rinsing skin) to minimize chlorine exposure. This is purposefully a small batch since no preservatives are used.

  8. Enjoy and be chlorine free!

 

Homemade Dechlorinating Spray

Recipe (from http://www.WholeNewMom.com )

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Filtered Water
  • 5 grams (1 tsp)  Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid)
  • A spray bottle

Method

  1. Using a funnel, add water to a glass, metal or stable plastic spray bottle.
  2. Add the ascorbic acid.
  3. Put lid on bottle and shake to combine.
  4. After swimming, spray the solution all over, including on hair.
  5. Rub the solution in, making sure to cover all of your skin.  If the Vitamin C doesn’t cover your skin, it won’t protect it.
  6. Shower as usual.

You should notice that your hair and skin smell much better after using this spray than if you only showered using shampoo and soap.

** Please note that you should only make a very small batch of this at a time and preferably store in the refrigerator and use within 24 hours as there is no broad-spectrum preservative in it.

Look! It’s a soup! It’s a smoothie! No…it’s a SOOTHIE!

We all know that green smoothies are a nutrient-dense, fiber-filled way to pack in the prana. But when it’s cold outside or I’ve got a sore throat, a cold smoothie just isn’t appealing.  That’s when I want something warm and soothing like Dr. John Douillard’s Green Tonic Soup (from his Colorado Cleanse recipe book.)

This bright green yumminess is super delicious and nutritious – and when you add a chunk of ginger, it soothes a sore throat an opens up the sinuses. That’s why I call it a “soothie.

I love this recipe so much I wanted to share it with you:

Ingredients:

1-2 cups filtered water for steaming
2 medium organic celery stalks, chopped
1 whole organic zucchini, chopped
1 cup organic strong beans, chopped
1/2 cup organic parsley

Directions:

1. Lightly steam veggies (except parsley) until bright green and tender

2. Blend all the veggies + parsley along with the water used for steaming in a powerful blender  (adjust amount of water to create the consistency you desire)

3. Add ginger root and salt to taste (I used a thumb sized ginger)

And voilà!!   A nutritious and delicious soothie.

Permission to Pause + My Fave Kale Salad Recipe

Happy New Year!!

Have you chosen a theme word, set your intentions, named your core desired feelings, and plotted everything in your 2016 planner?

If so, fabulous!

If not, don’t fret!

Maybe it’s time for you to take a cue from Mother Nature who is hibernating this time of year in the northern hemisphere.

I don’t know how your 2015 was, but mine was a 4G year:  grief, grit, grace and gratitude.

When you’ve had an intense year like that, it just doesn’t feel right to hop up on January 1st and declare a bunch of resolutions.  In fact, maybe, like me, you feel more like Mary Oliver’s poem, Today:

Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.

But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.

If you’re feeling more like flying low than rocketing into 2016, I herby give you permission to pause. {Tweet It} 

Once you’ve given yourself permission to rest, reflect, release and re-think things, you may be ready when the Chinese New Year rolls around on February 8th to declare your intentions and fly high with energy, enthusiasm and confidence.  I’ll check back with you then 🙂

 

Kale_Salad

 

As promised!  If you follow me on Instagram or FB I promised I’d send you this recipe for  my favorite Kale Salad.  I took it to a New Year’s Eve potluck and it got rave reviews.   

 

 

 

Deb’s Kale Salad with Orange-Sesame Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ toasted slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger, minced


Preparation:

Combine orange juice, vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey in large bowl.  Whisk until smooth.
Wash and pat dry the kale.  Strip kale leaves from stems and chop into bite-sized pieces. Pour the dressing over it and massage for 3 minutes.
Add nuts, cranberries and ginger to the kale and toss.  Let stand in fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving, longer if possible.

Whether you are rocketing forward or taking a pause, may you feel the wonder and excitement of a new year filled with possibilities.

Love,
Deb

 

2 of My Favorite (Simple Yet Valuable) Gifts to Make and Give

Holiday GiftsI used to love holiday baking.  But as a recovering sugar addict who recently discovered she cannot eat gluten, baking has lost its allure.

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that my son is a swimmer. Years ago I researched ways to help him combat chlorine damage to his hair and skin and found a swim spray that worked wonders.  The problem was that it was expensive – and he was using a bottle every week.   After ordering several bottles I finally took a close look at the ingredients and was shocked to find 2 simple items:  water and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

So I did a little more research and discovered I could make my own après swim spray for pennies!

If you have swimmers in your life, this is a great gift to make them!

Après Swim Spray:  12 ounces of water + 1 tsp ascorbic acid powder

The chemical structure of Vitamin C neutralizes chlorine, so after swimming, spray both hair and skin with the swim spray, rub in, and rinse in the shower (preferably one without chlorinated water).

The other gift I enjoyed making this year was a sensual salt scrub.  Healthy skin is covered in a very thin, slightly acidic film called the “acid mantle” that is secreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands.  The pH of bacteria, viruses, and other chemicals are primarily alkaline in nature, so the acid mantle acts as both a physical and chemical barrier to bacteria, viruses, and other potential contaminants from penetrating the skin.

Bathing or swimming in chlorinated water dries the skin and strips the acid mantle. By exfoliating with the salt and then rubbing in coconut, almond, sesame, macadamia nut or jojoba oil (my faves), your skin will not only feel super smooth, but also have an extra layer of protection – and smell delicious!

Sensual Salt Scrub:  2 cups sea salt + 1 cup organic almond oil + your favorite essential oils  (I used lavender, orange and jasmine)

The best part about making these gifts is that you can chant and pray as you make them, so the person who uses them will receive all your good intentions for them every time they use the spray or scrub.

These simple, inexpensive gifts are proof that price does not determine the value of a gift. 

And while you’re at it, make a jar of salt scrub for yourself.  It’s sort of like licking the batter when you’re making cookies – except it’s actually good for you

Bright blessings,

Deb

Healing Flowers You Can Drink

Hibiscus

I spent Thanksgiving week at the most amazing functional medicine hospital/spa in the world called Sanoviv.  Every time I go there I learn something new.   Today I wanted to share how I learned to make hibiscus tea.

Sanoviv is located in Baja California and the property is full of hibiscus bushes.  Who knew these beautiful flowers could be boiled to make a delicious and nutritious tea?

The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It helps to heal the liver and reduces the risk of cancer.   It has also been used in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.  Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.  

With all those healing benefits packed into one exotic flower it proves once again that Mother Nature doesn’t sacrifice beauty for utility. (Tweet It!)

Hibiscus tea is ruby red in color and has a sour taste similar to cranberry – so I like to add a tiny bit of stevia for sweetness.

Here’s how I make it:

1 – 2 flowers per cup of water (if the flowers are small, use 2)

Boil flowers in water for 30 minutes

Strain and cool

Add stevia to taste

Serve in a glass befitting the beauty of the flower it came from

 

After you’ve had a sip, please leave me a comment below about your experience!

Cheers,
Deb

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