Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Shot of Wheatgrass a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Okay, so I don't have a shot every day, but I try to. Paul is much better at this than I am, but I can promise you that every little bit helps. Years ago, a man that Paul worked with introduced us to wheatgrass. His wife is a nutritional consultant with her own natural healing practice, Loreta's Living Foods. She had countless stories about the healing powers of wheatgrass.

After hearing about all this we had to give it a try. We weren't in bad health, but we do realize that our health can always be better and preventative action is the best action! We got on a wheatgrass kick. Both of us had a lot more energy after drinking it and we noticed other small improvements. Digestion was amazing, our skin looked great and Paul's chronic bad breath (sorry Paul) was completely gone! He smelled like roses! I am always good for at least one good winter cold and flu and we both went the whole winter without one runny nose. We were both amazed at this realization. Could it be a fluke or could the wheatgrass really be doing that much?! Then, spring came and so did my allergies ... Oh wait, no they didn't! It was all too amazing. Our health and our daily energy were at a complete high.

We were on a kick! It was a little expensive to buy shot after shot so we began buying trays of it to juice ourselves. Soon after, we cut costs even further by growing it ourselves. It does take a bit to get going ... good soil, a few trays, a cool spot and a grow light. We got almost all of our supplies from (I warn you, they have awesome stuff and you might get hooked. We have also bought their sprouting kits ... so easy and delicious!). All of this paid for itself after the first couple trays that we grew. After beginning to juice wheatgrass, we started to change our diet as well. We started looking at food combining, how different foods digest in our systems. This is what started it all.

Why I Love Wheatgrass

Time went on, we encountered a move in which we didn't have much space and slowly we just stopped growing it and taking it. Our diet continually improved, but the wheatgrass just faded out.

The past year has been a strenuous one. My third pregnancy was the hardest on my body, the tole of having three kids in three years and simply life has just been busy. I try to steadily work out, but something always 'comes up'. I had numerous colds last winter. The whole family got the flu. Paul and I felt like we were just floating along. It was time to make some changes. We started growing it again and the family is feeling great!

Wheatgrass as well as studies on its healing properties have been around for ages. So why isn't it more prevalent in today's world ... This baffles me! In 1940, the American Journal of Surgery, recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. They says that chlorophyll can help: clear up foul smelling odors, neutralize strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome chronic inner-ear inflammation and infection, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases. Again I ask, why is wheatgrass juice not more prevalent in today's world?

Benefits of Wheatgrass

Why I Love Wheatgrass ...

It is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available to man. Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used to heal both the inside and outside of your body. Science has proven that chlorophyll stops growth and development of bad bacteria. Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body, helps purify the liver and improves blood sugar problems!

Dr. Ann Wigmore, as well as institutes based on her teachings have been helping people get well from chronic disorders for 30 years using wheatgrass.

It's a crazy detoxifier! According to the Hippocrates Health Institute, wheatgrass juice helps increase red blood-cell count while lowering blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris.

Wheatgrass juice can help with acne, eczema and psoriasis. It has even been proven to remove scars after it has been ingested for seven to eight months along with an improved diet.

It acts as a detergent in the body. I love my natural deodorant, but when I have wheatgrass juice regularly, I hardly use it!

It is great for mouth health. Wheatgrass juice helps prevents tooth decay. Next time you have a tooth ache, try holding wheatgrass juice in your mouth for 5 minutes.

Sore throat? Gargle wheatgrass juice to help kick it fast.

Keeps the hair from graying ... here's to hoping right?

Improves digestion. It is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open. It is high in magnesium.

It is great for blood disorders of all kinds. Wheatgrass juice can help reduce high blood pressure and enhances capillaries.

Yes, it is grass, but for all those who can't handle the gluten, it's okay. Wheatgrass is gluten free. It is cut before the grain forms!

Why I Love Wheatgrass

How To Take Wheatgrass:

You need to have a juicer, specific for juicing grass, or find a place that sells it. The fresher the better! We have a simple, old school hand juicer. It is cheap and it does the trick perfectly.

  1. On empty stomach, take 1-3 ounces of wheatgrass within 15 minutes of juicing it. Always start with one ounce and work your way up. It's best to have an hour before a meal.
  2. Swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds(ish) before swallowing. This helps strengthen your gums and starts the natural digestion process by mixing with your saliva.
Wheatgrass is very powerful. Many people who have a very toxic inside have gotten sick the first few times that they have it. This is normal, be confident it's doing it's thing and don't give up. It will get better. Depending on the grower, it can be very sweet. Some people like to cut the flavor with a little lemon slice or apple juice afterwards. If you just don't love the taste of it, add it into your juices or smoothies.

Many of the health benefits of wheatgrass suggest an improved diet to aid in improvement. It's the American way to want an instant cure all, but we need to realize that we need to do a little work to have great, long-lasting health. Take a look at your diet, where could there be improvements? Do you need a shot of wheatgrass every day, every week ... everyone does!? It's whatever works best for you and your situation, every little bit helps. A healthy diet, along with wheatgrass has proven to help many people with scary, chronic diseases. Let's take our health into our own hands and get healthy today ... One shot of wheatgrass at a time!

Maybe, someday ... we can get a shot of wheatgrass at our local pharmacy instead of just health food stores!

Why I Love Wheatgrass

40 Benefits of Wheatgrass from
50 Reasons to Drink Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass Detox Side Effects

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Raw Honey Face Wash: For Smooth, Healthy Skin

I am a bit of a honey fanatic. I love how amazingly versatile it is. If you read my post Stay Healthy with Honey, you will understand that honey is some pretty powerful stuff. After writing that post, I started using honey in my hair on occasion and I really like it. The next logical step would be to make a face wash, right?! I can't lie, I was a little leery. The idea of washing my face with sticky honey was a little out there (even for me).

I am one of those people that has to use a moisturizer as soon as I get out of the shower. I didn't feel comfortable with any lotions on the market (that I could afford), so I began using straight coconut oil. I loved it! Then, after a couple weeks, I started to break out around my nose. I stopped using the coconut oil to see if that's what it was and within a week, the breakout was gone. I knew this was the perfect time to try a honey face wash. I have been using it for a month now and I still love it. No breakouts and what's really amazing is I have stopped using a moisturizer! My face is healthy and completely nourished! Again. I love honey!!
  • Honey gently removes dirt and impurities and it leaves the natural oils your skin needs.
  • Raw honey has natural antibacterial properties, helping to reduce breakouts.
  • Since it is so gentle and nurturing to the skin, it is ideal for very sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema.
  • It works well on all skin types from sensitive to oily to eczema! It is gentle while still nourishing your skin.
Raw Honey Face Wash: For Smooth, Healthy Skin

I use either raw honey or manuka honey. They aren't heated/pasteurized so all of their strong antibacterial properties are in tact. I highly recommend using one of these options over the honey bear that you find at the grocery store.

I use the apricot kernel and sweet almond oil because the are really good for your skin. They are light oils that can help moisturize as well as get rid of wrinkles and dark spots while exfoliating. If you are prone to breakouts and acne, I would use all sweet almond oil and skip the apricot kernel. Apricot kernel can be a little more intense, so it may clog pours if you have that skin type.

You don't have to use essential oils, but every little bit helps! So, what essential oils should should you use? There are many that will work great, such as lavender or even tea tree, but I like to go for ones that will really help the wrinkles!
  • Carrot seed oil helps fade scars while improving the tone of aging skin
  • Patchouli helps promote new cell growth and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rose oil can help the breakdown of collagen in the skin which leads to a loss of elasticity and wrinkles
  • Frankincense and myrrh are also great ... I haven't invested in these oils yet, but I have heard amazing anti-aging stories and would love to hear if you've tried them!

Raw Honey Face Wash

1/4 c raw honey
2 T sweet almond oil
1 T lemon juice
1 T apricot kernel oil
1/2 T apple cider vinegar
5 drops essential oils (optional)

Most raw honey is a little thick so it is best to melt it a little before mixing. I use a double boiler. Then, mix all ingredients together until the consistency is completely smooth. Keep in a air-tight container.

Always mix it thoroughly before using. You just need a nickel size squirt. After washing, it is best to rinse with cold water to get all the honey off.

It should keep for about a month.

Raw Honey Face Wash: For Smooth, Healthy Skin

Jalapeno Popper Bean Dip

I am a nacho fanatic. I blame it on my parents. Growing up (and still to this day), they enjoy the best nachos known to man ... EVERY Thursday night. They simply grate some cheese, mix in jalapenos, spread them over tortilla chips and bake them for about 5-7 minutes at 420º. They are so simple, but there is nothing better!

Lately, I have been on a nacho kick. I am constantly craving them. Paul laughs at me all the time because I think I suggest nachos a couple times a week! Recently, we had some friends over so I, of course, suggested nachos. Realizing that we just had them the night before, I went for the next best thing ... homemade jalapeno poppers! I can't even express to you how disappointed I was to realize that I only had 4 jalapenos left. Normally, that is plenty, but we were having a good size group over. Ugh! Back to the drawing board ... but wait ... jalapeno popper dip!

I love when things don't go as planned. Since that day, I have made this recipe numerous times. It's so much healthier than the cheesy nachos and it is just as good, if not better (sorry, mom and dad)!

Your friends will be amazed that there is no cheese in this creamy dip. The nutritional yeast gives it a great cheesy flavor and the beans and veganaise make it just as creamy. Enjoy!!

Jalapeno Popper Bean Dip

1 15 oz can white beans (I like using cannellini)
1 large jalapenos, seeded and diced (use a few seeds for some extra heat)
1 4 oz can diced mild green chilies
2 scallions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 c veganaise
1/2 c nutritional yeast flakes
1 t lime juice
1 t salt
1 t apple cider vinegar
1/2 c crushed corn or rice chips

Mix all ingredients except for the chips in your food processor. Pour into a oven safe dish and top with chips.

Bake at 375º for 15 minutes or until the chips begin to brown.