Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homemade Whipped Cocoa Body Butter Recipe


I am head over heals for this homemade body butter I made.  You can find a lot of different homemade whipped body butter recipes from natural blogs right now.  I checked out a lot of them and decided to simplify the recipe for own batch.  I didn't want an essential oil in my mixture because the natural scent of chocolate from the cacao butter is amazing enough!

This is so easy: 
  1. First heat 1/2 cup of cacao butter, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of Shea butter, and 1/2 cup of jojoba oil until its a liquid consistency.  
  2. Next, refrigerate until its starts to solidify.  
  3. Finally, get out your beaters and whip it like whipped cream. (Just don't be tempted to eat it because it smells like chocolate and looks just like whipped cream)
***Also, be aware that it is an oil once rubbed on the skin so too much can leave a residue that can stain couches and clothing

ENJOY!

Lemongrass Tea and Beautiful Skin


Lemongrass is used a lot here in Hawaii due to it's popularity in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.  I love it's unique citrus flavor and have recently been making lemongrass tea.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass Tea:
*contains beta-carotene and is an anti-oxidant
*helps to detoxify while stimulating digestion
*some say that it's beautifying and is used for a glowing complexion 

First, buy a lemongrass plant.  They are fairly easy to grow and maintain.  

Next, cut a few stalks off.

Then, I cut up the stalks in inch pieces and let them soak in GSE extract for 5 minutes and rinsed them thoroughly again.
Add boiling water and let the lemongrass steep for about 10 minutes.
Delicious and healthy lemongrass tea!

Easter Eggs using Vegetables and Fruits as Dyes


Our eggs we dyed using food coloring

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Eggs dyed using foods (picture from marthastewart.com)

My family and I have so much fun dyeing Easter eggs with foods around our house.  I seem to only have the picture of the eggs dyed with food coloring(see top picture) but we will be dyeing our eggs soon using some of these great ideas. Yes, we do love the brightness the food coloring gives to dyeing eggs but the natural look that using coffee, tumeric, and other foods is charming and a lot more fun.  
Last year, beet juice worked great and that was my daughter's favorite color. My husband preferred the rustic coffee color and I liked the golden turmeric hue. Here are some other great ideas for naturally coloring your eggs. Your kids will have so much fun because it's kind of a cooking/science experiment.

Creating Colors Naturally (from Whole Foods.com)
Here are some ingredient suggestions to get you started. Have fun, experiment and be sure to cover your work area!
Yellow – Lemon or orange peels, carrots, celery seed
Gold – Turmeric
Orange – Paprika, cumin, chili powder, yellow onion skins
Red/Pink – Cranberries, beets, raspberries, radishes
Purple – Hibiscus tea
Blue/Lavender – Red cabbage, blueberries, blackberries, purple or red grape juice
Green – Spinach leaves
Brown/Beige – Coffee, tea, walnuts

Friday, February 7, 2014

Aunty Oxidant Tea

You all know what a big fan I am of Vog tea. If you are new to Mom's Best Bets then read more here about it!  

Healing Dragons now makes a new tea called Aunty Oxidant tea.  This tea has a wonderful taste.  I really like the lemon mixed with the cardamon flavor.  It's soothing and it's formulated to help your immune system.  Some of the ingredients are similar to their vog tea such as the perilla seeds and pyrola and prunella.  It also has some other fantastic ingredients such as lemongrass (anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory), lemon verbena (calming effect), cardamon (for digestion), fennel seed (aromatic and also helps with digestion), and licorice root (adds a natural healthy sweetness).  
   

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