All Natural DIY Sunscreen

I don’t know if you are aware of this but the current sunscreens, the ones I grew up with, are full of toxins and chemicals that actually have been found to do more to promote cancer than prevent it! As a matter of fact, a lot of people are deficient of vitamin D and I’m more concerned with the lack of sun rather than too much sun. So today, I wanted to give you a natural alternative to sunscreen, this is for you if, you’re going to be outside for a long period of time or if you have fair skin that burns easily. This is my go to sunscreen recipe and I think you’ll find it a lot more natural and beneficial than the stuff on the store shelves.

Chemical Free Sunscreen Recipe

What you’ll need:
Lavender Oil (10 drops)
Sandal Wood Oil (10 drops)
Helichrysum oil (5 drops)
Fractioned Coconut oil (1/2 cup or 1 bottle)
1 large dark colored spray bottle

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and pour into your spray bottle. Shake well and apply a light mist to exposed parts before going out into the sun. Store your bottle of sunscreen in a cool dark space, do not leave sunscreen out in the sunshine, as it will go bad.

Tips for meditating – great when at the beach!

I hope you give this a try this year, I sure feel good when I make my own natural products and I’m sure you will as well!

Metabolism Boosting Superfoods

Adding superfoods to your diet is a great way to boost your metabolism and speed up your weight loss efforts. We love them because they are low in calories, but jam packed with nutrients our bodies need.
Below you fill find our top picks when it comes superfoods that boost metabolism. You will find these sprinkled throughout the recipes in this book.

Aloe Vera

This comes from the Aloe Vera plant, specifically from inside of the leaves. You can add a slice to your smoothies or put it into your juicer. Just make sure you remove the skin from the outside of the plant. Aloe Vera is a great way to improve your digestive system, helping you eliminate toxins and waste through the colon. This plant will improve your metabolism and allow your body to burn calories more efficiently.

Metabolism Boosting Superfoods

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is made by honey bees and is one of the most nutrient packed superfoods, said to have all of the nutrients needed by humans. In order for your metabolism to be functioning properly it needs to have the correct nutrients. Which is where Bee Pollen comes in, if you’re short on nutrients or simply not eating enough variety, bee pollen is a great superfood to help you cover your bases.

Cacao

One of our favorite superfoods, the way healthy chocolate is made! Cacao contains no sugar which means you can satisfy your chocolate craving without sending your blood sugar levels through the roof. It’s full of magnesium, an often overlooked mineral that plays a role in blood sugar management. Raw cacao contains small amounts of caffeine, which has been shown to boost metabolism.

10 Healthy Fats to Eat

Chia Seeds

These little seeds have become increasingly popular, due to their fiber, omegas and their ability to prolong hydration. These seeds are also very high in protein and antioxidants, all needed for a healthy metabolism.

Chlorella

Chlorella is a fresh water green microalgae that is loaded with nutrients. This is what gives plants it bright green color. Chlorella is one of the top nutrients for absorption of toxic metals, which is crucial for a properly functioning metabolism.

Coconut

Coconut by products like coconut meat, flakes and oil are a great way to Boost Metabolism. They contain healthy fats, fiber and nutrients to keep you healthy and full for hours.

Metabolism Boosting Superfoods

Dandelion Greens

These might be growing in your yard, but don’t disregard this plant as a weed! Dandelion greens contain a host of health benefits, they have a diuretic effect, which helps reduce water weight. They can also help regulate blood sugar and increase bile flow, which helps to improve the metabolism’s ability to burn fat in your body.

Flax Meal

Flax seeds are another great source of omega- 3 fatty acids, they are full of fiber in which they help to delay gastric emptying and can improve intestinal absorption of nutrients.

Metabolism Boosting Superfoods

Hemp Seeds

Another delicious superfood, great for creating cream based smoothies. Hemp seeds are high in protein, fiber and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They are great at stabilizing blood sugar and will do a great job at keeping you full for hours.

Maca

Maca promotes the use of glucose for energy in to the blood, which means less gets stored as fat. Maca is a wonderful source for balancing hormones which in turn reduces stress. This superfood is loaded with minerals, protein and fiber.
Mesquite Powder: Mesquite powder, is ground from the pods of the mesquite plant, and has a Carmel like , nutty, flavor not like one might think. Mesquite is high in protein, low on the glycemic index, and a good source of soluble fiber, meaning it digests relatively slowly and does not cause spikes in blood sugar.

Mulberries

These are produced on a tree rather than a bush and are packed with nutrients. They are also a good source of magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, iron, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber. And they contain large amount of antioxidants, needed for healthy cellular function.

Spirulina

Is one of the most potent nutrient sources available, it’s a natural “algae” powder that is a wonderful source of protein and contains a large amount of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients needed for a healthy metabolism.

Wheat Grass

This is one power packed superfood. 1 Ounce of this juiced is said to be equivalent of 2 pounds of green leafy vegetables. Which isn’t surprising since it contains all of the minerals known to man. Wheatgrass juice acts as a detoxifier protects the liver and also aids blood purification. It’s a great tool to use for boosting your immune system and increasing weight loss.

Natural Ways to Help Boost Memory

Memory improvement seems to be an imperative in these times; professional obligation as well or quest for self improvement need improving memory to make sense of it all. The variety of novel data we encounter in skilled as well as in private life demands a flawless function of memory. A challenge poses itself: what are the options to keep our capability to store and recall memory?

Naturally Boost Your Memory

ortunately, there are a number of methods for memory improvement that are easily available: herbal, nutrition, vitamins, music, laughter, essential oils. These may boost one’s memory and provide a basis for optimal living in a world saturated by increased information, both professional and the one encountered in other aspects of daily life.

Adaptogens to Boost Memory

Ginseng to Boost Memory

Regarding herbal supplement readily available over-the-counter (OTC), Ginseng may be the most cost-effective herbal supplement that provides a significant memory boost and other health benefits. Ginseng Extract is an adaptogenic substance. This implies that it is useful for relieving stress caused by environment, phsychological as well as physiological stress, by providing nootropic (mind boosting) properties. Ginseng provides compounds known as ginseniosides, phytochemicals that provide memory boosting as well as panaxosides, the chief ingredient that boosts visual memory by activation of activity in a hippocampus, a part of the human brain.

Ginseng also has a cholinergic properties (boosting the production and action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine) that improve memory formation and recall.

Ginseng to Boost Memory

Ginkgo Biloba, another herbal supplement also has strong nootropic properties. In common words, Ginkgo is a term for extracts of the tree Ginkgo. This herbal supplement has vasodilator effects in the brain, providing it with more oxygen and other nutritional substances as well as exercising protection against neurotoxicity and onset of Alzheimer disease and senile dementia. Its effects are most prominent after long term supplementation.

Bacopa, an Indian herb which is part of the traditional medicine, improves concentration, learning and memory, by exercising a strong neuro-protective actions, especially in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for the formation of new memories.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Healthy nutrition is a basis for improved memory, through providing a brain with nutritional substances that improve long-term as well as working memory. The tried and tested ‘Mediterranean diet’ includes a component that may boost mental performance.

Natural Ways to Help Boost Memory
Add these healthy fats to your diet

Mediterranean Diet May Help Boost Memory

Seasonal fruits, vegetables, integral grains, fish, and olive oil help are protecting the blood vessels, including blood vessels in the brain from stroke and other degenerative conditions. Based on fish, it improves supplementation with omega oils. Red wine may decrease the action of free radicals that are toxic at a cellular level. Even in the case when alcohol is avoided for ethical and other reasons, the benefits of the Mediterranean diet strongly suggest improved action of the Central Nervous System and of the vascular system in general.

Vitamins to Help Boost Memory

Certain vitamins are also providing neuroprotective actions as well as a nootropic (mind boosting) when they are taken on a daily basis in certain limits: among these are vitamin B12, in foods like fish, lean meat and poultry. Vitamin E is also essential for brain’s memory boosting. It comes naturally in nuts, seeds, dark-colored fruits, like blueberries, blackberries, avocados), and vegetables, especially spinach. Vitamin E provides prevention from free radicals, unstable neurotoxic elements that damage the brain and peripheral neurological system at a cellular level. It can be found in almonds, corn oil, sunflower oil, hazelnuts, and whole-grain flour as well as in green leafy vegetables.

Natural Ways to Help Boost Memory
Try this healthy bean dip

Music May Help Boost Memory

Music, depending upon the latest scientific studies, may also be a powerful booster of the memory. While reminiscence of an earlier age through exposure of volunteers with vintage music corresponding with their youth found a correlation between wellness and the music of their generation, classical music is more likely to provide benefits for the memory and overall health as well. People who were exposed to music showed an increase in brain wave activity related to memory, understanding as well as problem solving capabilities. Relaxing musing, regardless of the genre, is useful prior to exposure to classical music, whose harmony and melody seem to have a nootropic effect on the brain. The great amount of studies demonstrated that listening to classical music vastly improves mind enchasing capabilities in exposed subjects. While it is known that certain period music may interfere with the mood of the subject listening to it, only classical music demonstrated in controlled studies a marked effect in cognition as well as of memory formation and recall. So, this is one of the means towards better self-actualization that has a scientific basis.

Laughter May Help Boost Memory

Humor and laughter, these uniquely human reactions, are also beneficial for mind expanding, among their other health benefits. In empirical studies, it was found that sincere laughter removed stress as well as improved the state of cardio-vascular health, particularly the blood pressure. Laughter is essential in the increased activity of neurotransmitter dopamine, which provides a ‘reward mechanism’ for the stimuli desired by the mind and the body. Given that dopamine is implicated in memory formation process, exposures to situations which cause laughter are beneficial for your mind, your memory and your body as well. Humor, with its correlated sincere laughter, can reduce stress and the influence of cortisol, a stress hormone. The release of cortisol can be neurotoxic in hippocampus neurons, with the effect of ultimately leading to reduction of learning and memory.

Essential Oils May Help Boost Memory

Essential oils as Lavender or Rosemary are also beneficial to your memory. Lavender is especially noted by studies as having sedative and soothing effect. Their key property is the releasing of terpene molecules which can pass through the blood-brain barrier and exercise their beneficial effect on the brain. They help relax your muscles, relieve anxiety, and even reduce migraines and improve sleep patterns. They have a muscle relaxing properties as well as sedative ones, which aid more restful sleep. Peppermint, depending on the person, may have both stimulative, focus-enchasing properties and also the sedative properties. Lemon oils may have positive indications for those who suffer from insomnia, depression and bulimia nervosa and it is a good complement to ginger oil, which can help many struggling with loss of appetite and digestion issues.

The nature provides a full range of tried and tested solution to many health problems. While visit to a professional is one possible approach to consult with somebody about one’s ailments, the cure should not be sought exclusively in the prescription drugs. Nature provides many ingredients that have stood the scientific scrutiny and that are viable alternatives for improving health, including boosting the memory and cognition.

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How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

I don’t know about you but I steer clear of those store bought artificial color Easter egg kits, they are full of chemicals and toxins that have been linked to adverse behavior in children like hyperactivity. These are the same dyes that are banned in most countries, but somehow find their way into millions of Americans homes each year! It’s just really unfortunate.

This year I want to give you another option and a great opportunity to talk to your kids about food and the importance of where that food and the color of that food comes from. Below is a recipe I use in my home to dye Easter eggs naturally, and I hope you will give it a try!

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

3 All Natural Easter Dyes

Blue Natural Easter Eye Dye
2 Cups purple cabbage, chopped
2 cups of water

Yellow Natural Easter Eye Dye
¾ Tbsp. Yellow turmeric powder
2 cups of water

Red Natural Easter Eye Dye
2 cups red beet, chopped
2 cups of water

Directions:

Boil your desired amount of eggs and set aside. Next in 3 different sauce pans add the 2 cups of water and then add cabbage to one of the pots, turmeric to another and beet to the last one. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. After that strain liquid and add 1 tsp. of vinegar to each bowl. Place eggs in bowls and place in the refrigerator, the longer you keep them in the dye the darker the color will be.

Try our popular kids bedtime snack here

Antioxidants To Fight Aging

Everyone wants to grow old gracefully.  Some go under the knife to get that youthful look while others opt for a more natural way to maintain that healthful glow.  The way to make peace with age can be found in the types of foods that we eat and the miracle ingredient they contain.

This hidden “miracle” is called antioxidants.  They have graced the pages of magazines, medical journals and every product from hand cream to supplement pills.  But what are antioxidants and what can they do to keep you looking your best?

Antioxidants To Fight Aging

Antioxidants to fight aging

Antioxidants are substances that fight the aging process that goes on in your body.  They are not produced by the body so to get the benefit of these power-packed substances you must ingest them.  A variety of foods contain antioxidants.

Let’s go back to the beginning.  The body continually replenishes its cells.  Through a process called cellular metabolism, the body produces energy, more cells and repairs any damage.  One by-product of cellular metabolism is unstable molecules called free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules that damage your body.  They are unstable because they are missing an electron.  To get another one and become stable, free radicals will steal electrons from cells.  That theft damages the cells in a variety of ways. 

The results are visible and invisible changes to our bodies.  The development of diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and neurological deficiencies may begin to affect you as you age.  Also, thinner skin wrinkles and brittle bones are a problem.  Free radicals enter our body from outside sources as well: cigarette smoke, radiation and the sun’s UV rays.  The more free radicals we encounter, the greater the damage that can be done.

Fight free radicals

Antioxidants have been shown to be of great help in the free radical problem.  Antioxidant substances combine with free radicals and neutralize them.  Once they are neutralized, they can no longer do any damage.  Scientists don’t have any idea of a recommended daily dose of antioxidants to correct free radical damage and the diseases that come with age, but they do know that eating foods rich in antioxidants makes a huge difference in how we live.

Where do you find antioxidants?  They are all around us.  Look no further than your local farmer’s market or produce aisle in the grocery store.  Fruits and vegetables contain the principle sources of antioxidants.

Examples of antioxidants include:

* Vitamin C

* Vitamin A

* Vitamin E

* Lutein

* Lycopene

* Beta-carotene

Certain minerals like zinc and selenium also function in the body.  They are not antioxidants but they boost the immune system to fight against free radical damage.

Antioxidants in foods

Antioxidants are also found in nuts, legumes, cold water fish, seafood and red meat.  So, eating a varied diet of fruits, vegetables and the foods just named will increase the amount of antioxidants in your system and help reduce the incidence of disease.  Eating fruits and vegetables in their natural form instead of juices brings the benefit of other nutrients found in the foods.  Juices also contain a lot of sugar that is not needed by your body.

Food does more than stave off hunger.  Natural substances found there can cause us to live longer and stay free of disease as we age.