Posts Tagged: nutrition

Cocao Turmeric Peanut Butter Smoothie

cocoa turmeric peanut butter smoothie

I had something else planned for this weeks post, but this smoothie recipe is too good not to share.

If you’ve heard about the amazing benefits of turmeric, and have been wanting to add more into your diet, this is an easy way to sneak some in.

Recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond, Coconut or Cashew Milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tsp of Raw Cocao powder (have you heard that raw cocao is actually amazing for gut health? Anything good for the gut is great for the skin, brain, improving your mood, balancing your hormones and increasing immunity)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 3 Tsp of honey or coconut sugar (or sweeten to taste)
  • 4 Tsp peanut butter*

*You can replace it with almond butter or your nut butter of choice if you prefer, or if you’re concerned about aflatoxin in peanut butter.
{I love peanut butter so I decided not to worry about it. I left it out a few times but to me the pb is what makes it.}

(if it sounds better to you, substitute coconut oil or coconut butter.  The fat will help you absorb the nutrients.)

  • Blend & Enjoy.

Fancy blenders are lovely but not required. $15 travel blender from target. Done.

Try it! It’s the bomb.

-Liz

p.s: Today is day 31 of the #herbalmedicineeveryday challenge on instagram, but I’m having so much fun I’m going to see how long I can keep going. I’m so happy that other people are having fun with it too. Feel free to join us. :)

Does this recipe sound good? You may also love this hot cocoa with a healthy kick ( a variation of ayurvedic golden milk)

 

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How to get soft lips, naturally

Dry, cracked lips driving you crazy? Soften, soothe and protect with these 6 tips:

how to get soft and smooth lips, naturally  #natural #lipcare #tips by The Lotus Root http://thelotusroot.com/howtogetsoftlipsnaturally/

1. Exfoliate:  Give your lips a little help by sloughing off dried, dead skin cells and exposing the soft, new skin underneath.

This will make your lip balm more effective. You can do this using a toothbrush, a gentle washcloth – or, try this d.i.y sugar scrub:

Mix equal parts of coconut or olive oil, sugar + raw honey to form a paste. (Just a tiny bit of each will do). Gently rub onto lips in a circular motion, and then wipe off with a slightly damp cloth (resist the urge to lick it off! See tip 4) Pat dry with towel and immediately follow with your favorite lip balm.

2. Look for some of these ingredients in your lip balm:

  •  Natural oils like coconut, extra virgin olive, jojoba, avocado, argan, castor, or sweet almond (or Shea, mango, kokum or cocoa butters) to soften, soothe, nourish and prevent moisture loss
  • Beeswax, candelilla or carnauba wax – to seal in moisture and protect from the elements
  • Herbs like Calendula, Comfrey (which soothe & soften dry + irritated skin, promote skin cell regeneration, and have anti-inflammatory properties.) or Plantain.

I use jojoba oil infused with real, organic vanilla beans, coconut oil infused with calendula & plantain leaf, and beeswax in my Crystalline lip balm.

Prefer a hint of color on your lips? Check out my Red Ruby naturally tinted balm

3. Avoid these ingredients: Mints, camphor, phenol, menthol, eucalyptus, salicylic acid or cinnamon – they may make your lips tingle (and make you feel like they’re working!) – they’re really just irritating your skin. They may cause your lips to peel and dry out so that you need even more balm. Cracked lips may be a sign of an allergic reaction to a lip balm ingredient. Watch out for alcohol, artificial colors and fragrances.  Mint, fluoride, guaiazulene and sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste can also be the culprit.

Other ingredients that may be harmful:  mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin (all made from  petroleum), Phthalates and Parabans. Look for products that are made with 100% pure essential oils versus “fragrance”. Also look out for Canola oil, which is GMO if it isn’t organic.

When in doubt – enter the ingredient into the Environmental Working Groups SKINDEEP database.

4.  Don’t lick your lips: The digestive enzymes in your saliva that break down food are extremely drying to your lips. Break the habit – reach for a lip balm instead.

5.  Nourish Yourself: Your dry lips could be a sign of vitamin deficiency – Make sure to get enough B Vitamins. Lack of niacin (vitamin B3), riboflavin (vitamin B2), Folic acid and B6 can all lead to dry lips.

6. Hydrate:  Be sure to drink enough water, reduce things that dehydrate such as smoking & too much caffeine, and consider a humidifier if your skin is especially dry.

Bonus Tip: Oil pulling with coconut oil or sesame oil always keeps my lips nice and soft as well. Let me know if you’d like me to do a post on oil pulling sometime in the future.

-Liz

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National Kale Day

It may not be Sketchbook Sunday, but I just found out it’s National Kale Day. I thought I’d share this drawing I did a while back for my dirty dozen / clean fifteen series. Kale is on of the dirty dozen list, so make sure it’s organic!

 Kale - Pencil on Paper © elizabeth paige davison, 2011 www.thelotusroot.com

Kale – Pencil on Paper © elizabeth paige davison, 2011 www.thelotusroot.com

 

 

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Making hibiscus tea

I just wanted to take a moment to share one of my favorite drinks to help keep cool in the summertime – iced hibiscus tea. Growing up, I loved drinking Red Zinger tea, which has hibiscus in it ( I was that weird kid who stopped drinking pop when I was 12). Hibiscus is known as Jamaica or “Agua de flor de Jamaica”, among many other names throughout the world…It’s high in vitamin C, antioxidants and minerals, so it’s great for the skin and can give your immune system a boost.

organic hibiscus tea

 

Hibiscus tea is made of a part of the flower called the calyx (the part that supports the petals). Y ou can find it at many grocery stores – I got organic hibiscus at mountainroseherbs.com

There are different ways to make hibiscus tea – this is how I make mine:

  •   Add about half a cup of dried hibiscus to a glass pitcher / milk jug or jar and pour almost boiling water in to the top
  •    Let the water cool, and then place in the fridge for a couple of hours
  •    Strain
  • Add your sweetener of choice. Hibiscus is naturally tart, so sweeten to taste. I used a 1/4 cup of coconut sugar and a 1/4 cup of raw honey. Pour over ice and enjoy!

hibiscus tea

It has many health benefits, (studies have shown it can lower blood pressure)  but may also have some side effects, you can read about both here.  hibiscus tea

Do you ever drink hibiscus / jamaica, or do you have a favorite cold drink for the summertime? Let me know in the comments below!

 

photos:  © Elizabeth Paige Davison, 2013

 

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How to relax and get a good nights sleep

Here are my top 3 favorite ways to relax & catch some Z’s…
 My favorite ways to relax and fall asleep, naturally http://thelotusroot.com/three-ways-to-relax-and-get-a-good-nights-sleep/
1.  Use Magnesium 
Dr. Mark Hyman calls it the stress antidote, and the most powerful relaxation mineral available. In addition to making sure I have a magnesium rich diet, (raw cacao, anyone?) I enjoy using magnesium in these 3 ways:
  • As a supplement

I like “Natural CALM” and “Super Mag”- both are magnesium powders that you mix into water to make a fizzy drink. Both are incredibly calming. Just be warned – taking too much internally can cause a laxative effect, if you catch my drift. I find it’s best not to get too creative and to follow the instructions on the package when it comes to taking it internally.

  •  Magnesium oil:

This stuff is awesome. It’s not really an oil, but a magnesium salt water solution. You can spray it on and massage it into your skin,  or use it as a foot soak. Applying magnesium to the skin can prevent the laxative effect since it doesn’t have to pass through the digestive system. (Of course, everyone is different, so don’t take my word for it – be sure to do your research*). I order mine on amazon.com (although I’m seeing it more and more in health food stores these days). Note: it may itch at first (for me it only itches if I haven’t used it in a while), but I’ve read that the itching should stop if you water it down a bit.

  • Epsom  Salt a.k.a Magnesium sulfate: Aaaahhhhhh…Soaking in an epsom salt bath is another tried and true way to relax your muscles and get a dose of magnesium. I like to stir 2 cups (or more) into a nice warm bath. Add 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil to the water for an even more calming experience. You can easily find epsom salt at any drug store, and lavender oil at most health food stores. The epsom salt will make you sweat (great for detoxing) so it’s a great idea to drink some water during your bath or better yet, a nice relaxing cup of herbal tea.

You can learn more by watching this video by Dr. Mark Hyman; “Magnesium: The most powerful relaxation mineral available”, or this one by Mark Sircus on Magnesium Oil therapy and finding the right dose for you. ( Mark Sircus recommends adding 5 POUNDS of epsom salt to your bath – pretty hardcore.)

How to relax and get a good nights sleep, naturally.

2. Restorative Yoga:

During restorative yoga, you get into different poses supported by pillows, bolsters or yoga blocks, and you lie in each pose for a while (much longer than you would in more active types of yoga).  The different poses help you release tension and help bring your emotional patterns and nervous system back into balance. Here’s a great restorative yoga video I found on youtube. The instructor has a really soothing voice, and her yoga sequence is relaxing and perfect just before bed. A lavender eye pilllow is a great addition to the practice since you’re lying on your back or your side for the poses. Find my handmade bamboo + organic cotton aromatherapy eye pillows in my etsy shop.

 If you want to learn more about restorative yoga, I really enjoyed the book “Yoga For Emotional Balance” by Bo Forbes.
how to relax and fall asleep naturally
3. If all else fails
Sometimes, you just can’t sleep because you have way too much on your mind. I find that keeping a notebook by my bed to jot everything down (and I mean everything) really helps bring me peace.
I have a few more relaxation tips up my sleeve, so there will definitely be more parts to this post in the future.
In the meantime, I’d love to know – do you have a favorite way relax / fall asleep?
-Liz

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*Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or registered dietitian / nutritionist. The purpose of my blog is to share my own experiences with healthy living. When it comes to your health, please do your research & be sure to consult a health practioner before trying anything new (especially when pregnant or nursing).