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Aloe Gel D.I.Y.

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It’s July 5th and we’re all sunburned and exhausted - in NYC it’s a perfect cloudy and chilly day recovery day.

There are so many ways to use aloe…

Aloe vera is one of my favorite soothing plants, when I’ve really damaged my skin (sunburn, beach day, camping or if I have a reaction), if I’ve had stomach issues (indigestion, acid or ulcer pain), and when I get a dry irritated scalp - essentially, Aloe is a savior.

A list of it’s uses:

  1. Drink - Aloe is alkaline which helps to neutralize acidic foods in your stomach, and in your blood. It supports the stomach lining as well, helping to repair ulcers and prevent them from getting larger or more inflamed. Drinking aloe vera 1-2x per day for a week can help ease stomach ailments, or re-alkalize the body. Drink this when youre feeling sick, on a light detox or have ulcer pain. I like to add aloe gel to a chlorophyll slushie (ice + lemon + chlorophyll drop + aloe) or a green juice!

  2. Skin - For topical use, it’s gentle, anti-inflammatory, supports collagen production and it’s moisturizing. I add aloe to masks for repairing / calming / soothing, or as a topical moisturizer for the face + body, and it’s especially useful for healing cuts (only cuts that have already formed a dense scab!) - add it to the Soothing Botanical Gel Mask Base with green tea / matcha powder or spirulina for a post-beach day mask.

  3. Hair - My scalp gets super dry in the middle of summer and then again in the winter. I use an aloe based hair mask when there’s an extreme change in temperature, a sunburn or i’ve excessively used products that dry my scalp - or just to add extra moisture to my dry frizzy italian hair! Aloe soothes the scalp, repairs dead skin cells, and adds natural shine + moisture!

    I make a mask with aloe gel + rosemary + 5 drops black seed serum



D.I.Y. Aloe Vera Gel

  • Use the giant Aloe stalks you find in the grocery store - or use your own, but avoid tiny leaves since there won’t be too much of the fleshy middle in them!

  • Carefully cut / peel the top green layer off - be careful not to cut too deep into the flesh, the peel is very thin.

  • You can use a spoon to scoop out the flesh - or cut the bottom peel too - this will reveal the clear, goopy and slimy aloe flesh. This is the good stuff!

  • Toss all the goop into a blender / food processor and blend until a gel forms.

*** This is NOT preserved, so it will go back in about 1 week, refrigerated. You can freeze aloe into ice cubes and melt when you want to use them - or make herbal recovery packs! Recipe on those gems coming soon…






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Ashwagandha + Hibiscus Cold Remedy Tea

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It’s officially March - and in New York City that means it’s the last mass flu / cold / sickness - we’re all feeling a bit crappy. The weather goes up into the 60’s and plummets into a sub zero freeze, then snows and it starts all over.

This type of scenario calls for a vitamin rich adaptogenic + hydrating tea, and for me, it has to be something tart that I’ll actually drink throughout the day. I love this blend because it’s hydrating, full of vitamin C and it boosts the immune system while chillin you out.

I love the mix of Hibiscus, Ashwagandha and Rosehip because I can bear to drink it while I’m sick and it’s loaded with all the good stuff. Scroll down to the bottom for all of the benefits :)

HIBISCUS + ASHWAGANDHA + ROSE HIP TEA

COLD BLEND #1

Materials:

  • Big Jar of Filtered Water - I recommend the Berkey Filter if you’re struggling to find a filter!

  • Muslin Bag or Tea Strainer

  • Ball Jar with Cap (if using a muslin bag - it helps keep it in place!

Recipe:

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Cannabis - Hemp Seed Oil + CBD Oil

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My famous Cannabis Serum has stirred up a couple questions – and even got me booted from a deal with a major big box retailer (… Hemp Seed Oil is NOT the same as THC or CBD extractions!). So I thought this was the perfect time to talk about all the wonderful pakalolo products 😊!

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Cannabis is a beautiful healing plant with hundreds of valuable components, that’s why we have so many different options when it comes to using it. Between CBD, THC, oils, extracts, Hemp, and legalities….. oof, it’s easy to get confused.

Cannabis contains over 400 useful compounds, and 60+ cannabinoids; those are the compounds that act on our bodies natural “endocannabinoid” system and heal us.

The main two compounds we know are THC + CBD – they can be used individually or together to balance each other out. Since we developed a method of pulling THC + CBD apart, there has been a massive flood of cannabis products on the market. They are all different preparations of the same plant.

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Why are there so many different Canna products?

We rely on plants for nearly everything – which it is important to value plants, nature and protect our rainforests (they are home to our most valuable compounds, both discovered and undiscovered).

Plants can be used in many ways – whole, as tinctures, extracts, poultices, infusions, decoctions, powdered, in tablets or capsules, burned in smudges, or inhalants and more. Each preparation method allows us to customize the potency of the herbal remedy, so an extraction or tincture is generally of higher potency and will contain more of the desired active compound.

We can make light extractions at home, or pharmaceutical companies can make a super potent extraction with fancy equipment – think caffeine pills vs. coffee, or willowbark vs. aspirin. A whole cold-pressed oil or a tea / infusion can be used as a quick remedy and an extract can be used as a supplement, medicine, or an active ingredient depending on the strength.

Therefore you’ll see Hemp CBD extracts promoted for supplemental or medicinal use, and Hemp Seed Cold-Pressed Oil for beauty, moisturizing, rebalancing or as a omega fatty-acid supplement. Both have incredible benefits, but each have a slightly different makeup and can be used differently.

 

Marijuana Infused Oil (THC)  vs.  Hemp Seed Oil  vs.  CBD Oil

Products are typically marketing for nutritional or medicinal products and beauty products. We have several types of Cannabis and their primary uses and differences – mainly we know of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that causes the high, and Cannabidiol (CBD).

Indica-dominant strains tend to have a higher cannabidiol content than the sativa plants in which THC content is higher – and then there is the raw cold pressed oil made from the neutral fatty  seeds.

 

Marijuana Infused Oil

               Cannabis infused oil is typically referring to edibles – which can be made with CBD oil or THC oil – but typically we think of an infused oil as a THC containing oil infused by heating the marijuana flowers in fat. This is not a true “extract”, it’s more of a variation on how to consume / metabolize the marijuana.

There are companies that used infused oil, like Foria, for medicinal benefits – but unless youre a medical patient or live in a recreation-legal state, you’re highly unlikely to be able to purchase an infusion containing THC. So, any “hemp oil” or “hemp oil extract” product should not be confused with this.

 

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Pure Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil

Like other cold pressed oils (Olive, Grape Seed, Corn, Avocado, Sesame, Peanut) we take the seeds/nuts and press them to express the oil. The seeds of hemp contain nearly no THC, and a small amount of CBD – the value of hemp seeds is in the protein, fatty acids and fiber… but only the seeds are used and they aren’t as potent as the rest of the plant.

Hemp Seed Oil is incredible for dietary and beauty purposes, which is why I created the Cannabis Serum. Hemp Seed Oil is non-comedogenic, meaning is won’t “clog pores” by hardening in your follicles and it’s easily absorbed by the skin.

It helps heal and support inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis by being anti-inflammatory and light. Read more about the skin benefits of Hemp here.

 

Hemp Extracted CBD Oil

CBD is extracted using the whole hemp plant – it provides relief without the psychoactive effects, or the “high” caused by THC.

This is incredible for medicine, because without the high, there are more uses – for anxiety, pain management, inflammation and more. We only had the ability to separate CBD from the rest of the Canna plant since 2012 (thanks Isreal, you a real one)… so that really opened the flood gates for CBD based products.

In order to separate CBD from the THC and other parts of the plant, we have to extract it - the result is a medicinal strength concentrate of the CBD compound. So, what is the extraction process like?

Well, much like other herbal extractions, we first pick the most potent strains, those plants with the most CBD content. Then there a couple different common methods –oil extraction, isolate extraction, alcohol extraction, ethanol, CO2…. I know, that sounds like a lot, but they are just methods of pulling the compound into a solution and burning off the solution to get the medicine!

 

My CBD recommendations – I’ll write another piece on this, with product links, too!

The best kind of CBD product to get: full spectrum, USA grown. I would recommend that the product have a good complimentary ingredient like MCT oil (a potent extraction from coconut oil) because it regulates lipid metabolism, or a small ratio of THC if you are able to use that.

Avoid products that are “hemp seed oil” – CBD products should at least have “Hemp Seed Extract”.

Dosage will depend on your needs and tolerance, but it’s best to take small doses throughout the day (2-3 times, or as needed) rather than one single large dose.

 

               I would love to hear what you all think! If there are any questions, comments or recommendations comment below 😊!

 

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Some more reading material -

  1. Cannabis, a complex plant:      different compounds and different effects on individuals. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736954/

  2. List of Major Cannabinoids      in Cannabis and Their Effects. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/list-major-cannabinoids-cannabis-effects

  3. From Clone To Concentrate:      CBD processing. https://www.projectcbd.org/industry/clone-concentrate-how-cbd-oil-made

 

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Valentine's Day - Self Care

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite “holidays” - the energy of this day makes me want to treat myself to a beautiful bath, candles and self-care.

Some of my favorite bath ingredients for this time are: coconut milk, rosewater, roses, carnations, hibiscus, pink or red sea salt, rose glycerite and blood orange juice. Once in a while, your soul needs you to do something really beautiful for yourself - whether that’s a soaking bath, a fresh meal, anything you feel really good about.

Here’s my Valentine’s Day Bath :) Make sure to check out some of the Valentine’s packages I put together.

Every gift will be packaged in these reusable cotton bags that I dyed this week using Moroccan Madder Root - my best friend sent me the best dying powders on her travels - check out her travel blog on Morocco - it’s gorgeous!



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Blood Orange

 

Blood Oranges – their beautiful deep red color makes it one of my favorite citrus fruits. The blood orange Pelligrino was my favorite drink (that can has 32 g of sugar, damn!). My stepfather Dominic grew up growing and eating blood oranges in the hills of his hometown in Sicily, so he buys them every year. Food is funny in the way that it connects history, health, emotion and visual beauty together.

Aside from the blood orange being beautiful, it also has incredible health benefits too, so it’s worth switching blood oranges for your tangerines on occasion. They contain:

-        Anthocyanins – Blood oranges have that deep red bloody color because of their highe concentration of this flavonoid, higher than all other orange types (kinda sounds like something Trump would say). This anti-oxidant helps inhibit cancer cell growth, induces programmed cell death (our bodies way of removing precancerous cells rather than supporting them), and helps protect cells from mutating.

-        Vitamin a – Blood oranges of course have a provitamin a, beta carotene that supports the reproductive and immune systems, cell function, and vision.

-        Vitamin c - which stimulates the production of collagen, supports the immune system, increases iron absorption, and it’s necessary for cartilage and muscles. One blood orange has 66 mg, almost 100% daily value of Vitamin C.

Clearly, these fruits are amazing. You can eat them straight, add to a salad, or smoothie, blend with coconut milk and make popsicles.. or juice them.

One of my favorite ways to consume blood orange is squeezing it into sparkling water, the better version of San Pellegrino arancia rossa 😊.

Diversity of color in your diet is so important, not only for the body, but the mind too. Don’t we all feel better when we consume something thoughtful and beautiful? You deserve pretty food!

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Pine Needle Bath Soak

The day after Christmas always felt very relaxing, we’re all winding down from the holiday buzz, most of us have the day off and it’s chilly out- so it’s a restorative day. 

Since the summer I’ve been dealing with a pretty painful neck injury - so a pine soak for muscle recovery. Pine is also used for stress relief, skin irritation and as a boost of Vitamin A.

 

For this soaking bath I aimed to soothe my muscles, stress relief, to clear sinuses and celebrating winter. 

I gathered pine and rinsed them in the sink, drew a bath. I added Epsom Salt, colloidal oats and the Pine bundles in... while diffusing eucalyptus oil. 

 Perfect ending to the holiday 🌿

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Rose + Rosemary Smudge

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Hurricane Lane is close to hitting - so we all have a couple days off at home. It's a bit stressful when everyone is freaking out, buying an entire Costco worth of water and bread... We just bunkered down at home with candles, movies and tons of snacks.

To calm myself I decided to get creative and make some rose petal and rosemary smudge sticks.

I love getting flowers, but I really love reusing flowers and making them into pretty bundles, bath salts or tinctures. A "smudge" is typically a tied bundle of plant material that you would hang to dry and then burn for ceremonial or sacred purposes. There are a ton of different blends for smudges, but I'm a fan of using what you have on hand - for smudges, pick any herb that’s safe to burn or smoke.

What does a smudge do? Like other ceremonial practices, this isn't a hard fact based cure or fix - this is a physical and visually beautiful way to draw attention to something you are trying to accomplish.

As with anything in life, what you put attention on is what you will receive - that is nearly a fact, because it's your perception. Physically working with plants brings energy, and if you can plan what your intention is - you can help redirect energy to that place
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I chose Rose + Rosemary to open myself up for healing, strength, energy and to start a new path. After struggling a couple of weeks with a bit of depression, leading to lack of exercise and a bad diet - I'm ready to revitalize my self-love and respect. It's something I used to put myself down for - having an unhealthy couple of weeks, instead understand that you needed that time, and now my intention is to focus on self-love more.

Here's a pretty basic list of my favorites for smudging (and if you know any native Hawaiian plants that can be used please comment them below!!!): 

  • Mugwort: this plant used to grow invasively everywhere around where I grew up in Staten Island New York (I know, it's a strange association, Staten island and wild growing medicinal plants). It brings on lucid dreams that can be used as a way to direct thoughts or meditations, or to bring an intention to fruition - it also helps to push you to listen to your intuition - a great smudge or smoke blend for full moon ceremony or intention setting.
    *** warning - if you choose to keep the mugwort close to where you sleep to induce lucid informative dreams, they can sometimes be very vivid dreams so just be aware :) ***

  • Mint: smells soooooo good and it's energizing.

  • Lavender: for calming, setting a calm mood, reducing anxiety.

  • Sage: for clearly the energy in a space and more.

  • Rosemary: smoothes the mind and prepares a space for creativity by helping to remove bad energy.

  • Lemongrass: purifying and cleansing - also helps to keep mosquitos and flies out of a space for a little while.

  • Rose: healing, grief, acceptance, for heart strength.

 

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How to Make a Glycerin Tincture

I love infusions, tinctures and decoctions - essentially concentrating the medicinal benefits of a plant. Tinctures are a great way to preserve a plant for medicinal use, or for skin care, food and flavoring. 

The glycerin tincture is a great alternative to the grain alcohol based solutions - especially for skin care since alcohol is irritating.  You can make this recipe two ways, cold and hot. 

Cold Infusion - Soaking herbs in solution for 1-2 weeks.

Hot Infusion - In heat safe jar place in double boiler slowcooker for 4 hours (or on a stovetop, on medium heat).

All of the ingredients should be super easy to find from your local grocery store, I got everything at Down to Earth in Honolulu. 

Ingredients / Materials

Vegetable Glycerin

Distilled Water

Herb of your choice (Calendula, Lavender, Rose Buds, Licorice Root, Turmeric)

Cheese Cloth

Funnel (optional)

Lots of hand towels + sink access!

 

Steps

1. Gather the ingredients + materials

2. Add the herbs to the jar

 

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3. Mix the glycerin + distilled water in a 3:1 ratio (3 glycerin : 1 distilled water) + add to jar, make sure to fully submerge the herbs.

 

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4. Cap + Shake the herbs - make sure to agitate and shake them up daily if you choose to do the cold infusion method.

 

 

5. Label it! Write down the name of the herb, date, ratio of ingredients (3:1 glycerin to water with herb name).

 

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How to Strain Your Tincture

1. Use a clean ball jar, a funnel and cheesecloth!

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2. Place the cheesecloth in the funnel for straining - pour the infusion (depending on the herb it may be thicker after infusion) onto the cheesecloth - it will now slowly strain through to the jar.

 

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3. if it gets stuck or wont drain, fold the sides and lift the saturated cheesecloth just a bit to work the infusion through.

 

4. The herbs are now ready to be composted or thrown away - or you can turn them into a body scrub if they are granular!

 

5. Pour the herbal glycerite into a dry glass container or dropper bottle and use this internally in food / drink recipes or as a face mask / cleanser booster!

 

I love pairing these glycerites with my cleansers or to add to a clay or botanical mask (a couple of drops!). Generally glycerin is a mild ingredient, it's a cleansing + toning emollient, so it draws moisture to the skin and helps remove excess dirt + oil - essentially it's gently cleansing without being a detergent. Due to its cleansing properties, it could be drying when it's overused - so if you are cleansing with glycerin make sure to tone and moisturize.

 

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Bath Tea

 

Bath Tea is one of my absolute favorite way to use herbs. I do like a messy beautiful pinterest style bath - but if you dont want the heavy cleanup of flowers and herbs in your bath, then just simple wrap your herbs in cotton, or get a small muslin bag (if you get a Ny'Ala product, I mostly package with muslin, or you can leave me a little note!).

Poultices are great to use directly on affected skin, or to toss in the bath or even as aromatherapy. I currently have a Lavender Poultice up in the store - I use this as aromatherapy, also I run under lukewarm water and apply to a burn, or cold water and to my face to close my pores - and as a quick relaxing bath tea (just toss one in!). Use code "NaturalBeauty" for 10% off of the poultice!

Here are some of my favorite bath tea recipes - for each of these you can use tea bags, bulk herbs from the spice section of your healthfood or wholefoods store, or buy them on amazon "frontier" brand is great! 
 

Summer Cool Down

Peppermint

Green Tea

Epsom Salt

Diffuse Lemon Grass or Eucalyptus during your bath!

 

Skin Softening + Calming

Coconut Milk
(powdered is best, but you can toss a little coconut milk directly into the water)

Lavender Buds (into the bag!)

Lavender or Rose Essential Oil

 

Energizing, Stimulating, Focus

*Great for an exam, or if you come home from work and need to start on a project or refocus - you can use these scents in a shower too by hanging rosemary or diffusing essential oils, or by putting a couple drops on a dry sponge in the shower!

Rosemary Leaves (dried or fresh)

Eucalypus Essential Oil (or leaves)

Epsom Salt

 

Detoxing #1

Epsom Salt

Bentonite Clay (2 tsp)

Lavender Buds (or EO)

and Green Tea (in a tea bag is okay!)
 

Detoxing #2

Bentonite or Aztec Clay

1 pinch of Activated Charcoal

Ginger (raw 1/4 cup, dried 2-3 tsp)

Epsom Salt
 

Sun Burn

Green Tea

a litttttle (1-2 tsp) Apple Cider Vinegar

Peppermint

Oats *if its the first day of the burn at its worst*

Epsom Salt *if it's day 2+ of the burn!*

**Aloe Vera, apply before the bath if its a gel!)

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Turmeric: The Inflammation Super Hero

So, I love turmeric, the little life saving anti-inflammatory root with an intense yellow-orange hue and spicy flavor. Known an ‘Ōlena in Hawai'i, this root is used for everything from skin care, tea, spice, curry, and more. 

Our Turmeric Balm was created to be used to combat inflammatory skin conditions like stubborn painful swollen pimples, small infections, or - like in my case, an entire face full of wicked sunburn. That's what I get for not re-applying my sunscreen despite knowing I should - I was out for nearly 10 hours, so it's my fault I got burned hah, thanks nature!

So - this is one of the many ways to use our Turmeric Balm - as a rescue mask for sunburn. I applied to my entire face and left it for 30 minutes - to avoid any mild skin staining (disappears in a couple hours ) you can also leave it on for 10-15 min. then wash your face normally.

 

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Detox Bathing + Heat for Healing

Water - necessary for life and healing in so many ways. Coming from Hawai'i to New York I didn't expect to be this shocked by how dry the air is. I started to think about how important heat and humidity is for overall health.. our sinuses are moisturized, blood and lymph flows better so we are less prone to sickness, no static or that dry taute feeling on your skin. 

While living in New York I heavily relied on baths, tea, humidifiers and herbs that promote blood flow and warmth. This is my absolute favorite recipe for days when you feel worn down, exhausted, unhealthy or if you have a cold, flu or chest congestion. This recipe uses a combination of heat, salt, ginger and lavender to induce sweating and detoxifying.

I usually leave this in a giant ball jar next to my bath so I won't have to make a batch everytime. Today this bath saved me - especially since it's so chilly out!


GINGER DETOX BATH

1/2 cup ginger (powdered or finely chopped - just not the jar kind with added sugar!)

2 cups epsom salt

15 - 20 drops of Lavender Essential oil

How to use: Mix all ingredients or put them in a jar and shake it up! Add to a warm bath and hop in.  **Make sure you have water to hydrate yourself, I usually end up drinking about 24 oz. 
You'll want to stay in the bath for 15-20 minutes - if you feel dizzy just get out, lay down on a towel and get back in one more time. You can repeat this 2-3 times if you want to. Dry off gently and slowly, if you're sick with congestion or flu, but a vapor rub on your chest. Tie your hair back and get into cotton or lightweight pajamas, preferably pants and go to bed!

What to expect: This blend works to stimulate your blood flow and helps the body to sweat out illness essentially, so you're going to sweat throughout the night because the ginger and epsom salt are bringing heat to the skin. In the morning take a shower if you can!

 

If you have any questions, just leave a comment below!

 

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Raw Kava Hot Chocolate + A Little Self Love

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Sometimes we run ourselves to the ground and need a little recovery. The past couple of weeks I’ve truly overworked myself. Mostly I’ve been hard on myself and being emotionally burnt out is sometimes harder to deal with than physical exhaustion.

Ive always dealt with minor depression and anxiety, so I find myself burning out quicker than I should. I know that when I feel this way I should start taking supportive adaptogenic herbs and eating regularly.

One of my favorite recipes to calm down at night is this raw cacao drink- a version of hot chocolate that had essential fats for the brain, magnesium to calm your nerves and kava for anxiety and overthinking.

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 Recipe

1 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder 

1/2 cup coconut cream

3 tbs maple syrup or coconut sugar

1/4 cup water (or strained kava water)

2 full droppers of kava kava tincture (I love herb pharm brand) 

 

how to

- heat the coconut cream + water + maple syrup and whip to froth

- add the cacao powder and whip some more

- take off heat and add kava, stir and enjoy

 

** if you prefer to make kava water, use that in place of the 1/4 cup water! 

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I like to enjoy this with a nice face mask and a movie. 

enjoy 💗 

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Quick Read: 5 Essential Oils for Flu Season

Winter for the northern hemisphere is cold, dry and we're all battling several strains of the demon flu. Essential oils won't heal your flu solely (except for oregano, that will), but they will sure make it hella more bearable! 

I made a list of my top 5 must have essential oils for healing exhaustion, flu and cold symptoms such as stuffiness (and irritability). *** Also, all of these oils are from sustainable and quick growing trees + herbs :)

Let's start with ways to use essential oils:

- Diffusing: Adding 15 drops to a diffuser and letting it fill the room

- Topical by adding to a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil

- Add to a bath to release mucus and relieve headaches

- Internally ** only some essential oils should be used this way


 

You can blend essential oils or use them singularly for a variety of conditions and/or just to have an amazing smell permeated through your room without smoke (like from a candle or incense). Diffusing essential oils helps me tremendously with so many conditions, such as congestion, stress, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, body pains, asthma, allergies..... and in place of a candle when your house gets stuffy. 

Okay, so the essential oils:

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1. Ginger Essential Oil

Life giving is my only way to describe this oil - add a couple drops, or if its easier put a cup of sliced ginger in a cotton bag (muslin bag on Amazon) and place it in the bath. if you have some mustard seed + lavender you can add that too.

The ginger will bring heat to the body and help your body expel mucus, especially in the weeks after your sick.



 

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2. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano is essentially a natural anti-biotic, it's anti-viral and anti-microbial. You can put two drops under the tongue or take it in a shot of water twice to three times a day.

I've used oregano to heal small stubborn wounds, gingivitis, and viral illness; also if used with echinacea it can help you heal super quick! On our road trip across America this year, I had intensely swollen lymph nodes, so i grabbed my hot tea and oregano oil and it died down in a couple of days.

 

 

3. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus globulus is a menthol, almost camphor like scent that clears your nasal ways and helps relieve asthma symptoms and migraines.

I constantly keep this on me, in a roller bottle with Lavender and Grapeseed oil. About 30 drops of each, making it a super powerful and effective oil. I'll just open it up and smell it when i have a migraine, im exhausted of stuffy.

When you're really bed tied - just diffuse this oil, and if you have olive or coconut oil, add 15 drops to a little bit of it and apply it under your nose. If you're asthmatic, boil a pot of water or just fill a bowl with hot sink water and add a few drops, put your face over it and breathe in. Make it more effective by putting a scarf over you and the bowl to create a small steam space. 

 

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4. Lavender

We all know how amazing lavender is... it's essential a cure-all. I carry this for anxiety, stress, stuffy nose, migraine and body pains. 

Add this to another oil like olive or coconut or water in a spray bottle. For body pains I massage this oil onto your body after a hot shower. 

Diffuse this oil at night to enhance sleep, lower stress and get a full night of sleep. 

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5. Lemongrass

This is one of my favorite oils to diffuse while I take a bath, it genuinely feels like you're in a spa - except you didn't pay a stupid amount of money and nobody is there to bother you :). 

Lemongrass helps to reduce fever and inflammation, and brings clarity to the mind so you can stop feeling fuzzy and disoriented. I feel that way a solid week after the flu. 

It's extremely strong, so diffuse only a little and if youre adding it to a bath a single drop in the running water is enough. 

 

 

I'm going to go diffuse some oils and de-stress! If you want to subscribe to our email list to receive a notification when we post just sign up below!

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My Basic Balm Recipe

Natural balms are great for winter- I carry them everywhere! You can do literally everything: lip balm, eyebrow + fly always + edge pomade, matte lip balm remover (works wonders for a matte lip stick reapplication while out!), dry spots, cuticles, removing makeup, add to a mask instead of oil for a balmy glow.

Get ready for winter and make a whole batch, put one in every bag so you’ll never be dry and patchy!

 

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You can use this basic formula as a skeleton for every balm or salve recipe. Add essential oils (like rose, lavender or camphor) or substitute oil for an infused oil - my favorites are Calendula infused olive oil and lavender or plantain infused oils

PLANT REMEDIES, INGREDIENTS

Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula

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Calendula is one of my favorite flowers for beauty and wellness. It is a powerful, yet super gentle herb that can be used topically and internally (yes, it's a gorgeous edible flower!). Calendula is a type of marigold and is part of the Asteraceae family. You can use this for a wide array of skin and stomach disorders, it is so gentle that many baby rash and skin formulations are Calendula based.

Properties of Calendula

Calendula in traditional medicine is warm and drying. This contributes to it's immense healing properties. It is antiviral and anti-inflammatory and is used topically for treating acne and rashes, and is known for reducing bleeding and soothing irritations. Calendula is the best herb/flower for repairing the skin because it naturally helps the skin to build more collagen for repair. Trust me, this stuff is magic when it comes to cuts and dry lips!

 

What Can I Use Calendula For?

  • Topical: Skin irritations, rashes, cuts and infections, as a cuticle oil - use topically through a salve, balm, cream or infused oil.

  • Topical: as a lip moisturizer, especially during a dry winter or cold sore season, as Calendula is known to fight bacterial and viruses - you can check out our Calendula Lip Oil Roll On here!

  • Internal: Stomach ulcers, and inflammatory stomach disorders by drinking a tea, or adding Calendula to a soup, bone broth, or stew.

 

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Edible Calendula

Another fun recipe is Calendula (and any edible flower) ice cubes! All you do is place the flower, dried or fresh, into an icetray with water or tea and let freeze! Super cute!

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about one of my favorite ingredients.

 

I created a video to help explain some of the benefits of Calendula, watch below! I know it's pretty bad quality, but hey, I'm learning! Promise the second the video will be much better! 

PLANT REMEDIES

Clove - Girofle

Clove is a globally used spice as well as a traditional medicine. Clove invokes memories of Christmas, chai lattes and winter.

Clove is widely known for its wide range of medicinal benefits; cloves naturally have high levels of Eugenol. Eugenol is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal; they are used as a numbing agent and a digestive aid. It’s officially safe to say cloves are little medicinal powerhouses. I love plants with such a wide array of uses, these are the medicines I like to keep handy; especially while travelling! Put a drop in water for bloating, gas, potential parasitic infections and general stomach upset; put a few drops in oil and rub onto rashes and blemishes to disinfect and heal them with the rich antioxidants.

 Did you know clove oil is one of the best remedies for parasites, fungal rashes, .. and it works as a bug spray alternative and a face wash.

 Aside from internal medicine, cloves are excellent for the skin. Naturally, plants like clove with high levels of antioxidants make an excellent addition to skin care.

Acne, which causes skin issues such as whiteheads, blackheads, scarring, flaking skin and are the result of bacteria stuck in pores. Clove is naturally an antimicrobial and the smallest amount put in a carrier oil can disinfect skin while retaining natural moisture. Similar to the popular tea tree oil, only more effective. The only qualm is that clove is potentially irritating, which is why only a small amount is used in skin care.

Rashes and cuts – this is partially what makes clove oil an essential travel medicine. I always get odd rashes, cuts, mild infections and bites – a bit of clove oil diluted in coconut oil or an infusion (clove tea) is the best remedy. 

In 2016, Ny’Ala will offer a full line of products containing Madagascar Clove, made specifically for skin repair and healing. We will have a scrub and a matching healing oil – so check back with us for updates on our progress!

Notes:
Do not take clove oil internally unless you are professionally trained or talk with your doctor/herbalist.
Do not apply clove oil directly to skin unless properly diluted or in a professional skin care product.