Classic Fresh Salsa

Originally Published on TheSpruce.com on December 6, 2017 By Diana Rattray

Classic Fresh Salsa

If you’re looking for a fresh and flavorful salsa, this recipe is an excellent choice. The combination of diced tomatoes, peppers, and garlic make for a classic fresh salsa. Serve it with tacos, burritos, or as a party dip with tortilla roll-ups or tortilla chips. It is a very good condiment to serve alongside grilled or baked fish fillets, grilled chicken, steaks, and pork chops.

The salsa is made with fresh tomatoes and peppers, and it is seasoned perfectly with cilantro and lime juice. See the tips and variations for some add-in ideas and more.


How to Make It

01 Put chopped onion and garlic in a strainer; pour 2 cups boiling water over them then let drain thoroughly. Discard water. Cool.

02 Combine onions and garlic with chopped tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, and lime juice. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

03 Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to blend the flavors.
04 Serve as a dip or a condiment with Mexican style dishes. Can be refrigerated for up to 5 to 7 days.

*Use hot or mild chile peppers in the salsa. Jalapeno peppers, serrano, New Mexican, and Anaheim are good choices.

Tips and Variations

  •  Plum tomatoes are an excellent choice for salsa. They are firmer and have fewer seeds, and they’re easier to dice.
  • If you’re not a fan of cilantro, omit it or add fresh parsley.
  • For extra texture and color, add about a few tablespoons of drained and rinsed black beans and a few tablespoons of cooked corn kernels.
  • For something a little different, try this peach salsa or this tasty corn and pepper salsa.

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Valerie Estrella
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Have a Plan if You are Freaking Out

awake guyHave you ever woke up in the morning with so much to do that you don’t even know where to get started.  Your thoughts include, “I  have to put away the dishes, and then take a shower, get ready for work and after work take my kid to the Dr. And that project is due and I have to work with that bitch I can’t stand.  I wonder if my boss really hates me?” You lie there thinking these thoughts over and over and meanwhile the clock is going tick tock tick tock and you’re not getting anything done.

And if it’s your day off then the to do list is just a little different but you’re still thinking about all the chores and what are you going to make for breakfast and it can begin to drive you a little nutty.

And sometimes the thoughts have to do with the thoughts.  “Why am I thinking this?  Is there something wrong with me?  Am I sick?  What does it mean when I feel pressure on my chest?”  On and on and on.

Well guess what?  These thoughts will not just go away by osmosis.  But what also won’t go away are all of the plans you have and things you want to do.  So what you have to do is have a plan when you wake up with all of thoughts that are somewhat paralyzing.
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You can just say yeah yeah to the thoughts.  And tell them what Scarlett O Hara said in Gone With the Wind,  “I’ll think about that tomorrow.”   The trick is that you have to have a plan.  You just have to get up and start your day.  Now if it’s 2:00 AM and you went to bed at midnight and you are waking up, you might not want to get up.  But if you went to bed at 10 and it’s 4:00 AM, well guess what, it’s time to start your day.  That’s right.  Get your ass up out of bed and make it.

When you wake up early and everyone else is asleep, this is the hour that God is calling you.  It is the time when everyone else is asleep and it’s quiet.  When you wake up early it is the perfect time for meditation and yoga.  It’s also in the rhythm with the natural circadian rhythm of our bodies.  Our bodies naturally want to wake up early.  They also want to go to sleep when it’s dark.

Because we have only had electricity within the last 100 plus years, our bodies have not really adjusted to it.  We’re still hard wired like our ancestors.  Which means we rise when the sun does and we go to sleep when the sun goes down.

So our bodies get out of sync and that’s when the anxiety starts up because our body is warning us that we are pushing ourselves too hard.  But you can turn it around.
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You have to treat yourself like you are a baby. Which is a perfect time to read an article on how to properly care for yourself here.

This is a super quick post.  But I am kind of just being really short with this post because to be honest, I can write quite a bit and it seems like people have short attention spans and just want the info really quick.  So I am just getting this out fast.

So do people like information really fast and direct or do they prefer lots of detail.  That’s the question.  Please feel free to let me know.  Because I really would love some input.  That’s me asking for help.  Because when you need help, PLEASE ASK!!!!!!!!!!

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and a  Health and Wellness Coach.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  Please contact her here.

 

Top 25 Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits

Valerie’s tip:  The other benefit to this oil is that it can be used to get rid of spiders and rodents.  Just put some peppermint oil on cotton balls and put it where ever you don’t want mice to go. You can pick up some really good peppermint oil here.

Originally Published on Draxe.com

Top 25 Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits

Pleasantly suitable for an abundance of oral and topical uses and antimicrobial properties, peppermint may be the most versatile essential oil in the world along with lavender. Literally, there are few body, health, and mind issues that it cannot help.

Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues.

Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint (Mentha aquatica). The essential oils are gathered by steam distillation of the fresh aerial parts of the flowering plant. The most active ingredients include menthol (35–45%) and menthone (10–30%).

Clinically speaking, peppermint oil is recommended for its anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon because of its ability to reduce muscle spasms.

Not only is peppermint one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, other historical accounts date its use to ancient Chinese and Japanese folk medicine. It’s also mentioned in Greek mythology the nymph Mentha was transformed into an herb by Pluto who had fallen in love with her and wanted people to appreciate her for years to come.

The health benefits of peppermint oil as well as peppermint oil uses have been documented back to 1,000 BC and have been found in several Egyptian pyramids.

Peppermint Oil Benefits

Some of the most common peppermint oil uses include:

  • Reduces stomach aches
  • Soothe digestive issues
  • Freshens bad breath
  • Relieves headaches
  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Improves mental focus
  • Clears respiratory tract
  • Boosts energy
  • Releases tight muscles
  • Cost-effective natural solution to replace pharmaceutical drugs

I cannot honestly think of one reason why anyone on the planet would choose not to have peppermint oil in his or her medicine cabinet at home!

Top 25 Peppermint Oil Uses

Ready to start harnessing the health benefits of peppermint? If so, here are 25 ways to use this incredible herb:

1. Muscle Pain Relief –Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles, and melting away a tension headache. A study shows that peppermint oil applied topically has pain relief benefits associated with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. The study found that peppermint oil, eucalyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations may be helpful. Calyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations.(1) Try my recipe for homemade muscle rub to ease muscle pain.

2. Sinus Care –Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog your sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and may provide relief for colds, cough, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.

3. Joint Therapy –When your joints get achy, applying some pure peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil can cool muscles like an ice bath, but help you to stay warm and dry.

4. Reduce Hunger Cravings –Inhaling peppermint essential oil can stave off the munchies and can help you feel full faster. If you can’t have a diffuser with you at dinnertime, try applying a couple drops on your temples or chest, or take a couple of deep sniffs from the bottle.

5. Natural Energizer –For a non-toxic alternative to dangerous energy drinks, take a few whiffs of peppermint. It will perk you up on long road trips, in school or any other time you need to “burn the midnight oil.” For those with chronic fatigue syndrome, peppermint oil may improve focus and concentration.

6. Improve Your Shampoo –Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your regular morning shampoo and conditioner to stimulate the scalp, energize your mind, and wake up! Because it is a powerful antiseptic, peppermint can also help remove dandruff and lice. Try my homemade rosemary mint shampoo, a safe and economical shampoo for you and your family.

7. Allergy Relief –Peppermint oil is highly effective at relaxing muscles in your nasal passages and can help clear out the muck and pollen during allergy season. Diffusing peppermint along with clove oil and eucalyptus oil can also reduce allergy symptoms.

8. ADHD Support –Try spritzing some peppermint oil on your child’s shirt before study time or placing a drop on her tongue or under her nose for improved concentration and alertness.

9. Anti-Itch –Whether you’re battling a rash or poison ivy, applying some peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil is certain to cool and soothe any itch.

10. Fever Reducer –Because of peppermint oil’s cooling effects, it is an excellent natural treatment to bring down a fever especially in children. Simply mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on a child’s neck and on the bottom of their feet to help stabilize a fever instead of aspirin or other drugs.

11. Natural Bug Repellant –Ticks aren’t the only bugs that hate peppermint oil. In fact, ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice, and even lice will be repelled. Follow this recipe and make your own natural bug floor cleaner!

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12. Skin Health -Peppermint oil has calming effects on skin inflammation. You can mix peppermint oil into lip balm and body lotion for a nice cooling sensation. Try my Lavender Mint Lip Balm to nourish lips throughout the year. Mixing peppermint and lavender essential oils can improve eczema and psoriasis when applied topically.

13. Acne Treatment –According to medical studies one of the best Peppermint Oil Uses is facial treatment thanks to anti-microbial properties so is an excellent ingredient to help cure acne naturally.

14. Headache Cure -Peppermint oil has the ability to improve circulation, heal the gut and relax tense muscles. All of these conditions can cause tension headaches or migraines making peppermint oil an excellent natural treatment. A study from researchers at the Neurological Clinic at the University of Kiel, Germany, found that a combination of oils, including peppermint oil had “significant analgesic effect with a reduction in sensitivity to headaches.” The oils were applied to the forehead and temples for pain relief.(2)

15. Hair Growth -Peppermint oil is used in many high quality hair care products because it can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. Simply add some peppermint oil to your current shampoo or make your own homemade rosemary mint shampoo that can help stop hair loss and thinning.

16. Sunburn Relief -Peppermint oil can hydrate burnt skin and relieve the pain from sunburns. You can mix peppermint oil with a bit of coconut oil and apply it directly to the affected area, or make my natural homemade sunburn spray to relief pain and support healthy skin renewal.

17. IBS Treatment -Peppermint oil taken internally in capsule form has been proven to be effective at naturally treating IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). One study found a 50% reduction in IBS symptoms with 75% of patients who used it.(3)

18. Improve Bloating and Indigestion -Peppermint oil has been established as a natural alternative to drugs like Buscopan to reduce spasms of the colon. It works by relaxing the muscles of your intestines, which can also reduce bloating and gas. Try peppermint tea or adding 1 drop of peppermint oil to your water before meals.

19. Freshen Breath and Reduce Cavities -Tried and true for well over 1,000 years peppermint has been used to naturally freshen breath. According to studies, peppermint oil performed better than the mouthwash chemicals chlorhexidine at reducing cavities. You can make homemade toothpaste, mouth wash, or add a drop under your tongue followed with glass of water, this freshens bad breath too.

20. Reduce Nausea –A medical study found that peppermint oil uses reduced nausea that is induced by chemotherapy better than standard medical treatments. Simply adding a drop of peppermint oil to water, or rubbing 1-2 drops behind your ears, or even diffusing it can help to reduce nausea.

21. Respiratory benefits -Peppermint essential oil has the ability to open your airways and act as a decongestant. Mix it with coconut oil and eucalyptus essential oil to make my homemade vapor rub to help reduce the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.

22. Colic -Medical research has discovered using peppermint oil is equally effective as the drug Simethione for treating infantile colic, without the side effects associated with prescribed medications. Peppermint oil is an essential part of my natural remedies for colic.

23. Teething -Peppermint oil is a great natural remedy to relieve the pain associated with teething in infants. Simply mix peppermint oil with coconut oil at a 1:1 ratio and rub on the gum area.

24. Balance hormones and relieve symptoms of PCOS -Peppermint oil may have hormone balancing effects and be therapeutic for polycystic ovarian syndrome.

25. Cancer treatment -Clinical research indicates that peppermint contains the compound menthol, which inhibits prostate cancer growth. Also, studies found peppermint protects against radiation-induced DNA damage and cell death.(5)

Peppermint Oil Studies and Research

At the time I wrote this article, there were 302 scientific studies referring to peppermint essential oils and 2297 about menthol. Believe me when I tell you, the research out there is air-tight! If you make it a point to incorporate this powerful remedy into your daily routine, I promise you that your life will change in more ways than you can imagine.

Take for instance, a 2012 study out of Clayton State University that tested peppermint oils ability to reduce postoperative nausea and vomiting. Generally occurring as a common side effect of general anesthesia, about one-third of all people undergoing surgery suffer from these conditions at various degrees of intensity.

For Moms who just had a C-section, this can be especially devastating as it is very likely to interfere with breastfeeding and could prevent them from that wonderful bonding experience with their baby.

The study tested evaluated how 35 Moms responded to this ancient aromatherapy and discovered that peppermint essential oil was not only quite effective in reducing post-operative nausea and vomiting, it “significantly lowered” the sickness levels of participants compared to women who received standard anti-nausea medications.

More than just aromatherapy, just one drop of peppermint oil rubbed on the stomach or taken internally can calm indigestion in no time flat. The powerful ability of peppermint to help with gastrointestinal concerns has just been tapped by the scientific community.

New research has found peppermint can improve antibiotic resistance and help heal your body from the overuse of prescription antibiotics and other chemicals that affect your body. This is probably part of the reason it is so effective in treating IBS.

A combined medical study of all the literature on peppermint’s ability to cure irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was just published this July and, of the nine studies combined they stated:

“Peppermint oil was found to be significantly superior to placebo for overall improvement of IBS symptoms and improvement in abdominal pain.” They concluded,

“Peppermint oil is a safe and effective short-term treatment for IBS.”
Peppermint Oil To Repel Bugs

Growing up in mosquito country, one of my favorite uses for peppermint oil is definitely to repel bugs!

A study that was published out of Israel last year compared how 7 different commercial bug repellants fared against each other. As you’d expect it, the All-Natural Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent (which is a blend of cinnamon, eugenol, geranium, peppermint, and lemongrass oils) was tied as the most effective mosquito repellant with OFF!® (which is loaded with toxic chemicals like DEET). A further study showed that peppermint oil resulted in 150 minutes of complete protection time against mosquitos, with just 0.1 mL of oil applied on the arms.(6) The researchers noted that after 150 minutes, the efficacy of peppermint oil decreased, and needed to be reapplied.

Peppermint Recipes

One final way I would encourage you to use peppermint is as part of your diet. Here are some of my favorite peppermint recipes:

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Mint Chocolate Protein Shake

GI Healing Juice

Concerns and Potential Interactions

Peppermint oil is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food, and when used topically.(7) Ingesting peppermint oil may cause side effects for some that include heartburn, flushing, mouth sores, headache. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil. Enteric-coated peppermint oil supplements may cause rapid dissolving leading to heartburn, nausea, and rapid absorption of some medications. Take necessary precautions.

The following medications carry a “moderate” potential for interaction with peppermint oil:

Neoral, Sandimmune, Elavil, Haldol, Zofran, Inderal, Theo-Dur, Calan, Isoptin, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Diazepam, Valium, Soma, Viracept, Cataflam, Voltaren, Ibuprofen/Motrin, Mobic, Feldene, Celebrex, Elavil, Warfarin/Coumadin, Glucotrol, Iosartan, Cozaar, Mevacor, Nizoral, Sporanox, Allegra, Halcion.

The following medications carry a “minor” potential for interaction with peppermint oil:

Over-the-counter and prescription antacids including Tums, Rolaids, Ripan, Bilagog, Amphojel, Tagamet, Zantac, Axid, Pepcid, Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, Nexium.

Natural supplement precautions:

Peppermint can reduce the absorption of iron when taken simultaneously. If taking iron supplements and peppermint oil, allow at least 3 hours between the two. Peppermint oil also increases the absorption of quercetin when taken at the same time; allow at least 3 hours between taking these together.

If you want to learn more about the incredible health benefits of essential oils, check out this free Dr. Axe’s Guide to Essential Oils.
How about you? What do YOU use peppermint essential oil for?

Ancient Healing for a Modern World: a Full Color Wellness Gift Book

Originally Published on wholeyoga-ayurveda.com
Ancient Healing for a Modern World

Discover how the inspired lifestyle teachings of Ayurveda can transform your everyday life. This book offers 108 accessible practices from the Ayurvedic pantheon to help you achieve optimal digestion, improve sleep, diminish stress, and find inner balance. These practices make it possible for you to reclaim, maintain and enhance your health at all levels, on any budget, with any kind of schedule.

The Ayurveda Way presents Ayurveda’s paradigm-shifting holistic health perspective in a way that’s intuitive and easy to follow, allowing even beginners to find it simple to use this time-tested wisdom to awaken to your naturally healthy mind and body.

36 practices promote healthy eating, gentle digestion, and radiant natural beauty.

Ayurveda teaches that food, digestion, and even physical beauty are all key components of health.

1 Eat warm, cooked, gently oiled foods.

To kindle the digestive system and help food travel smoothly through the body.

12 Sleep like a baby with spiced milk.

To give your mind a wonderful feeling of clarity, balance, and peacefulness.

19 Cook with love.

Since your emotions and intentions are transmitted into your food.

34 Oil your hair.

To enhance blood circulation and help drive away stress.

25 practices foster a positive mental and emotional state.

Ayurveda teaches that how anything is done — including eating — can be just as powerful as what is being done.

39 Sit in Thunderbolt Pose after meals.

To support digestion and counterbalance hyperacidity, indigestion, and constipation.

49 Light a lamp.

To epitomize the victory of the light of knowledge over the darkness of negative thinking, addictions, destructive habits, and excess emotional reactions.

51 Do something of service, without strings attached.

Because by helping someone else, we automatically become filled with joy.

57 Let go of shame.

And instead channel that energy into healthier feelings of remorse to fuel you toward acting for your own good.

23 practices develop deeper spiritual connections and personal inspiration.

Ayurveda teaches that loving others begins with loving yourself.

64 Give yourself the gift of silence.

To hear the sound of the spiritual and occupy the space in which your own wisdom can flower.

69 Reclaim your inner power in Cobra Pose.

To channel the strength necessary to thrive on the challenging path toward spiritual awakening.

71 Go outside.

To absorb nature’s medicine and learn to yield gracefully to change.

75 Create a personal sanctuary space in your home.

To connect your spirit to the people, places, and things that are personally meaningful to you.

81 Let go of negative thoughts and emotions with a special water practice.

To visualize navigating personal transitions and letting go.

What People Are Saying

“If you want to change the world, this is the book for you because change starts with ourselves. These 108 steps are simple, clear, and doable. This liberated ancient wisdom illuminates the path with clarity and light.”

– Susan Davis, co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs, founder and former CEO of BRAC USA

“An enlightening and beautifully written book on how to live a balanced life. It’s the perfect gift to type A people like me who think they’re too cool for healthy living.”

– Trabian Shorters, New York Times bestselling co-author of REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding and founding CEO of the 40,000 member BMe Community

“An honest window into Ayurvedic traditions, providing simple, powerful, and effective strategies to choose health.”

– Lara Galinsky, author of Work on Purpose and Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact

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Meet the Author

ANANTA RIPA AJMERA is committed to making Ayurveda understandable and applicable to a diverse, modern audience. She serves as Director of Branding and Yoga Studies at Vedika Global foundation for the living wisdom of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta, teaches at Ayurveda and yoga conferences, and presents Ayurvedic health improvement, stress management, and meditation sessions for corporate clients including ABC News, Stanford University, and California probation departments. Ananta has studied Yoga and Ayurveda with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic spiritual teacher and lineage bearer, and her writing is popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and The Huffington Post.

The Ayurveda Way releases on April 18th, 2017, and is now available for preorder.

Take a Free Essential Oil Course

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1)How to use essential oils safely: topically, internally and as an inhalation.
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So now you can take it for free starting February 20. I learned quite a bit and I would love it if you learned too.

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Can Salad DressingChange Your Life?

Can salad dressing change your life?  It seems like a ridiculous question.  However if you take a minute to look at some of the salad dressing that is being sold in stores with their laundry list of preservatives, sugar and who knows what else, I’d make the argument that salad dressing absolutely can change your life.  The part that was left off was that if you make your own salad dressing, it can absolutely change your life.

How can salad dressing change your life?  Well first of all you can make the salad dressing with really wonderful ingredients which includes healthy oils and wonderful vinegars.  When you have healthy vegetables and then you add to it an unhealthy salad dressing.  It’s an abomination and must stop.  Also the salad bottles are contributing to the land fills and we won’t discuss the plastic and the BPH that is being leached into the salad dressing because that is a completely different subject that should be discussed later.  Let’s just say it’s a hormone disruptor and no bueno.

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After reading these ingredients, is it any wonder why people don’t feel good.  If you don’t know what it is, you might not want to eat it.

There are as many different salad dressings and you have to find one that you like.  At first it might seem weird, different and you might not like it.  But it’s worth it to eat something that’s healthy because it can really improve your life.  Also remember with children and you introduce new foods, they have to consume it 12 times before they will start to like it.  So don’t you think we’re just grown up versions of this?  We get grouchy and irritable when we don’t eat and haven’t had a nap either.  So we’re not so different.  Give yourself time to adjust to the salad dressing.  You don’t have to get all crazy making drastic changes (although I’ve been known to do that, I don’t recommend it right away.)  It’s best to make one change and then once your comfortable with that, add another change.  That way you’re not shocking your body and it’s just a little easier.

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The vinegar I prefer is Apple Cider Vinegar.  The reason I like Organic RAW unfiltered apple cider vinegar and specifically Bragg’s.  However there are other brands as well but please get one in a glass bottle.  Again you don’t want the BPH.  What are the benefits in your body.  It is known to balance the ph and keep blood sugar levels steady, even lowering blood glucose levels.  Some also claim weight loss and increased energy with a daily dose of 2 Tablespoons.  Doesn’t that sound fantastic?  I feel like it does improve digestion as well. But that could also be a result of the vegetables.

There are so many oils as well.  But we’ll just start with the basics of extra virgin olive oil.   Make sure it’s just olive oil and not a blend.  You have to look on the label to see what the ingredients are.  Sometimes manufacturers will mix other oils into it.  Here are some of it’s rich in monounsaturated fats, large amounts of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, may prevent strokes, protects against heart disease, does not cause weight gain or obesity, may fight Alzheimer’s disease, may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, antioxidants may have anti cancer properties, can help treat rheumatoid arthritis and anti bacterial properties.  The full benefits of olive oil are here and I will say it’s quite impressive.

Here are a few recipes using Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV

Basic Recipe

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • lemons Lemons are great for your liver.  Nice liver.

Lemon ACV Dressing with Olive Oil

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
  • Fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, parsley, and/or oregano

gingerGinger is great for digestion and gives you a strong immunity.

Ginger ACV Dressing

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

These are just some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  And you can always adjust it to your taste.  You can store these in an air tight container for 2 weeks.  Also remember that the it will harden a little bit in the refrigerator.  You can set it out for a little while and it will melt.  I used to scoop it out and put it in a little container in my lunch bag and it would be ready to use at lunch time.
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Free Aromatherapy Training Contest

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I am having a contest for my YouTube subscribers. If you subscribe to my channel you will be entered into a drawing for a free aromatherapy course that is a $77 value. It’s all online. Topics include cooking with essential oils, internal use and do it yourself cleaning and hygiene products. Just go to the link above to subscribe. Thanks so much and good luck.

And just so you know the training by Dr.Z is not about a specific brand of products. So you won’t feel like it’s all sales “pitchy.” It’s educational so subscribe, good luck and comment if you subscribe because some people are on private for their subscriptions on YouTube so I cannot tell if you subscribed. Also if you know anyone that would love free essential oil training, please share this info with them. The drawing is Sunday.

Thanks and good luck!!

XOXO

Valerie

Calistoga Dream Fulfilled

Mango salad with apples, carrots, red onions and cashews. I will definitely make this again with more cabbage.

This bed was comfortable and it was at EuroSpa. They have some beautiful jewelry too which I do see Jewelry in my near future.

After a long day of sitting in mineral spas and my baths and massages you can be a real bath hog and get in this jacuzzi tub in my room. It was very nice.

Relaxed and ready to head back.

Fight For your Right to Dream

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This time of year it’s very popular to make changes with New Year’s Resolutions and all.  We have great expectations but when it comes time to actually implementing those changes or intentions.  That’s when the difficulty comes in.  I mean you are already super busy with a jam- packed schedule, so how on earth can you find time for one more thing?

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This answer is that something has got to leave your schedule or you just have to make that new thing a priority.  Meaning that you do it first before you do that other thing.  Now maybe you like to get on social media.  So make a little agreement with yourself that before you even think about pushing that little Blue square with an f on it that you will do that priority.  After you have done you’re “priority”, you can f away.  I mean get on the blue f as much as you want.

I think the morning routine is an essential part to having a great day.  If you wake up and do some stretches or yoga, breathing, praying or simply have some quiet time for positive affirmations before you start doing all of the stuff to get ready, you can have a much happier day.  So that’s where that blue f comes into play.  This means don’t f your day away.

Other things may have to give in order for you to make your priority.  Maybe you’ll have to take some time off of work in order to give yourself that time.  Is that the end of the world? HELL NO.  Trust me when you are on your death-bed, you’re not going to think, “I should have worked more.”  You might think, I’m glad I followed my heart and my passions.  But you have to fight for your dreams and passions.  (Think of Twisted Sister here: “You’ve got to fight for your right to dre am”).  Yeah that was me singing there.  But you have to be fierce with it.  You have to just say you know what, I’m going to do this and nothing is going to stop me.  Not laundry, not dishes, not TV, not work(don’t get fired though), not your spouse or partner, not your kids. But if you can rearrange things a little bit, I’m sure you can find the time to pursue your dreams.

Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister i.e. the big hair band of the 80’s that sang Fight For Your Right to Party

This is my quick story with this.  So as a Yoga Instructor, you would think I would be doing yoga everyday and just be super flexible and bendy.  Well last year, I wasn’t.  Life can get in the way.  And it can be difficult to just pull out that yoga mat.  But when I knew I was going to do a dance performance.  I knew that I need to get flexible AF and fast.  So what I did was got my phone, put it on stop watch and did 2 full sun salutes.  It took 6 minutes.  I just decided that every morning before work I was going to give myself 6 minutes for yoga.  And it did help me to get flexible.  I was able to do the splits, believe it or not.    But in any case it all started with me just giving myself 6 minutes in the morning.

splits

2017 not bad for 49 but my daughter snapped this picture fast because I was not enjoying  this. 

Remember Newton’s first law of motion, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”  So you have to be that unbalanced force and mix things up a little bit.

And it can be scary to change things up because you are letting go of the old way of doing things.  But in no time, those old habits will just be a thing of the past and you can go on with your life knowing that you were able to make one small change.  The next step is to decide  what else you would like to change.

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and a Health and Wellness Coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  You may contact her at estrella.valerie@yahoo.com.

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Dark Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

I don’t tolerate dairy well and started buying the dairy free ice cream.  It started to get expensive and they still put questionable ingredients in the ice cream so I decided to make my own.  I purchased an ice cream maker which is a Cuisinart ICE-21 and I made my first batch.  It comes with a booklet but of course I don’t follow instructions and adapted it to my own recipe.

I won’t bore you with a bunch of words and just get right down to it.

  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder sifted (a good place to get this too is at Marshall’s or Homegoods
  • 1/2 cup  coconut crystals(if it’s not sweet enough add another 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups coconut cream (you can also find it at Trader Joe’s
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional handful chopped walnuts (it would also taste good with mini marshmallows but I didn’t have any)

Mix up all the ingredients and put them in the frozen bowl that comes with the ice cream maker and 20 minutes later, you have a finished product.  You can also put it in the freezer for 2 hours but then take it out 15 minutes before you want to eat it because it will be rock solid.  (I tried to eat it anyway and I couldn’t.  It’s literally thawing right now as I type this.

ice cream maker

PS:Remember this is a dark chocolate recipe and the raw cacao has all of the wonderful anti-oxidants so it will help with slowing down the aging process and it’s allegedly an aphrodisiac. I’ll eat to that.  But remember the cacao does contain caffeine so you might want to eat this in the afternoon if you are sensitive to that.  I hope you like it.  I did finally get to eat it and it was rich and yummy and I love it.