Category: Eco

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JUST RELEASED – The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

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Productivity expert and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co. Tonya Dalton challenges women to rethink “busy” and intentionally live with a mindset of abundance

Overwhelmed. Too many women are swamped and exhausted by all they strive to do, ending most days feeling unsatisfied and unsuccessful. Tonya Dalton, productivity expert and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co., offers these women a liberating shift in perspective: feeling overwhelmed isn’t the result of having too much to do–it’s from not knowing where to start.

In her highly anticipated first book, Dalton inspires women to reject the pressure to do more, be more, and achieve more. She shows them how to focus on what’s important to them and then helps them develop their own unique productivity systems. Through her proven liveWELL Method, Dalton provides actionable strategies with relevant exercises that help women to discover their purpose, clarify their priorities, simplify their lives, and finally achieve harmony by embracing the “unbalance” that is inherent in their lives. As a result, women discover they can finally live guilt-free, abundant lives–because living a life centered around their priorities results in more satisfaction and success, both at work and at home.

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Heirloom by Sarah Owens

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Where cooking and baking traditions meet contemporary flavors—120 deeply nourishing, seasonal recipes and a guide to the plants and traditional preserving techniques that inspire them.

Sarah Owens is a horticulturalist, baker and a cook with an insatiable curiosity for global food traditions. Her reverence for plants fuels her passion for bringing out their best flavors in the kitchen. In Heirloom she presents ingredient-focused cooking and bread baking that emphasizes sourcing quality ingredients and relies on traditional techniques that extend the use of in-season produce and fresh food.

Organized into two parts, you’ll discover the building blocks for inspired food. Part One explores traditional preservation techniques from fermenting and pickling to dehydrating, working with sourdough, and making broth, butter, yogurt, and whey. Part Two becomes a full expression of ingredients and techniques: recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. With recipes that layer flavors in rich and unique ways and that reflect the seasons, the dishes here are comforting, surprising, and give a feeling of abundance. Heirloom is a personal book that shares Owens’ unique perspectives and stories on food.


My Review

Back to basics with this book and I’m totally here for it!

I love learning new cooking methods that are focused on cooking from scratch and meals that be can be done the slow way. I truly enjoyed this book and would not hold back from sharing this fabulous book with a friend!

Let’s Get Natural – From the Natural Apothecary

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The Natural Apothecary: Baking Soda

Tips for Home, Health and Beauty

by Dr. Penny Stanway

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A pocket guide to harnessing the power of bicarbonate of soda to use as a home remedy, beauty aid and household resource.

Not just for cakes, bicarbonate of soda has long been recognised as a hero ingredient for anyone looking to make their own eco-friendly cleaners and beauty products. Made up of tiny crystals, bicarb’s natural structure makes it the perfect gentle abrasive for home cleaning, and its natural antacid properties are ideal for tackling heartburn or creating antibacterial cosmetics at home.
With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in our homes and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Bicarbonate of Soda opens by exploring what bicarbonate of soda is made up of, and how it can be both naturally occurring and manufactured. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the power of bicarbonate of soda with ease; make a soothing drink to ease indigestion, an all-natural exfoliating scrub to smooth your skin, or a simple but effective stain remover to leave your clothes looking like new.


The Natural Apothecary: Apple Cider Vinegar

Tips for Home, Health and Beauty

by Dr. Penny Stanway

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A pocket guide to harnessing the power of apple cider vinegar to use as a home remedy, beauty aid and household resource.

Derived from the world’s most popular fruit, apple cider vinegar has long been revered for its health giving benefits. Linked with weight loss, regulating blood sugar and gut health, as well as its many beauty benefits and practical uses around the home, this super ingredient is a must-have in homes the world over.

With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Apple Cider Vinegar opens by exploring the different types of apple cider vinegar and the importance of using natural, unfiltered varieties ‘with the mother’. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the power of apple cider vinegar with ease; make a soothing balm to ease sunburn, an astringent blemish cream for a clear complexion, or make your own wax polish infused with apple cider vinegar to leave your home sparkling.


The Natural Apothecary: Lemons

Tips for Home, Health and Beauty

by Dr. Penny Stanway

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“This incredible, in-depth, and easy-to-access resource is a must for all of us who wish to learn more about healing ourselves through the plant world.” —Shiva Rose, actress, activist, and founder of The Local Rose

JJ Pursell, the bestselling author of The Herbal Apothecary, is back with a complete, one-stop resource for herbal remedies that heal and nurture the whole family. Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary offers safe, trusted natural remedies written by a board-certified naturopathic physician. It starts with master recipes for tinctures, salves, teas, capsules, oils, washes, and more. Once you understand how to make these basic formulations, you can access the more than 375 specific recipes that address a range of health concerns from the common cold and headaches to insomnia and digestive issues. Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and beautifully packaged, Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary will become your go-to guide for sustained health and wellness.


My Review

From health to cleaning these wonderful NATURAL alternatives to your normal store-bought items, all three books with share valuable information to keep you family safe and your house smelling it’s very best. Not to mention, it will be sparkling clean too!

Although a lot of the ideas shared are common knowledge and can be found by a simple Google Search or Pinterest lookup, I enjoyed the details and content all the same.

Thank you Netgalley, Nourish, and Dr. Penny Stanway for the ARC!

Handmade Houseplants by Corrie Beth Hogg

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One of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2018

In Handmade Houseplants, expert crafter and tastemaker Corrie Beth Hogg offers a no-water option for your urban jungle: plants made from paper! This stylish guide includes step-by-step instructions and templates for making 30 of the most popular houseplants, from monstera and peperomia to fiddle leaf fig and philodendron. Additional projects show how to use paper plants for home décor, wall art, holiday decorations, gift giving, and more. The projects are simple enough to be made in few hours and the materials are affordable and easy to find. Packed with colorful photos and filled with inspiration, Handmade Houseplants shows how paper plants can provide a modern, light-hearted touch to a well-designed home.

Advance Praise

“30 plant replicas—including both the familiar and the rare—are surprisingly realistic. Even better are the very thorough step-by-step photographs for each variety. . . . Fake plants were never so appealing.”—Booklist, starred review

My Review

I love real plants but there’s nothing better than creating something with your hands especially when the effect looks so realistic.
Get lost for the afternoon and make something beautiful, perfect for decorating and freshening up your space, but also great for weddings, events and just to add something new to the mix.

Get inspired and do something new!

The Family Guide to Aromatherapy by Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG)

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Mix up a happier home with aromatherapy recipes for the whole family.

Full and busy households are a beautiful thing, but they can also create stress and chaos. The Family Guide to Aromatherapy is a complete, family-friendly reference for using essential oils at home to promote wellness and harmony. With safety at the forefront, this book teaches you how to use aromatherapy to benefit the whole family.

Learn how to mix and properly dilute the right oils to help ease everything from acne and anxiety to indigestion and insomnia. The whole family can make blends to help with things like mood and confidence, and even make their own shampoo—with safe ingredients for all ages.

The Family Guide to Aromatherapy offers:The real scoop—Learn the joy and benefits of essential oils, along with their honest limitations and potential risks.Aromatherapy for every life stage—Hundreds of recipes are sorted by age group, from prenatal to seniors.Safety first—Each chapter begins with watch-outs for the associated ages, and charts explaining which essential oils are safe, which to use in moderation, and which to avoid altogether.Handy references—You’ll find pages to write notes, and a glossary of 30 common essential oils and their properties.

Use aromatherapy to create a peaceful, pleasant, and safe environment for everyone.

My Review

If you’ve ever had a headache or felt anxiety before and couldn’t find relief with medications either over the counter or prescribed, you should check this book out.

I’ve been using essential oils for years now, and have even made homemade lotions, soaps, lip balm and more with them but there’s nothing like getting rid of your headache with peppermint oil or drifting off to sleep with the scent of lavender hanging in the air!

You can find quick relief without side-effects from natural alternatives like aromatherapy and you can learn all about how to use them with this fantastic read!

Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook by Douglas Lindsay

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Versatile vegan recipes for quick and easy meals.

Whether you’re a full-time vegan or just interested in eating more plant-based foods, variety will spice up your life. The Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbookbrings a new selection of fresh meals to your table, pronto! From one-pot to pressure cooker, choose your favorite cooking method—without being held hostage for hours in your kitchen.

This flavorful vegan cookbook doesn’t require a long list of ingredients or a huge time commitment. The preparation techniques are simple—there’s even a chapter devoted to not cooking at all (Gazpacho, anyone?). Every recipe lists nutritional information, and most include tips for ingredient substitution, adding more protein, or other easy customizations.

The Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook includes:100 tasty recipes—Whip up meals full of personality and variety like Artichoke Heart Salad, Spicy Pinto Bean Skillet, Mushroom Stroganoff Bake, and more.Fast, easy, or both—Choose from chapters on 30-minute recipes, sheet pan and casserole meals, 5-ingredient dishes—or even recipes with no cooking required!Dietary options—This vegan cookbook lets you adapt menus to your needs with handy labels for gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, or soy-free diets.

Eat easily, healthfully, and deliciously with the Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook.

My Review

Let’s face it… changing your diet from being a omnivore to strict vegan isn’t easy. I tried it several years ago and went right from eating a steak to only veggies, no dairy (not a fan anyway) and no eggs or fish! When you cut out so much, trying to cook for a family with small children who are picky eaters anyway, it’s extremely difficult.

Now I love to cook, I follow the basis of recipes but I do my own thing when it comes to measurements and additional flavors, but I had no idea what I was doing and every meal I made came out horribly wrong. If you’ve ever had a vegan meal professionally prepared at a restaurant or something, you know for sure that vegan meals can taste good… they must have some magic stuffed up their sleeves, because it didn’t matter what I tried, nothing was edible.

With this book, I’m happy to report that you can eat that way you want, without going through what I went through. It’s super easy to follow with great recipes that aren’t too difficult and you’ll actually be able to eat what you’ve made, unlike me who wasted countless amounts of food trying recreate some magical dish I’ve previously had.

Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC!

100 Things to Recycle and Make by Fiona Hayes – Great for Kids

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Keep crafty children of all ages entertained and inspired for hours with Fiona Hayes’ 100 Things to Recycle and Make.

Everyday materials are transformed into all kinds of stunning and practical projects, from toy animals and vehicles to dressing-up props, decorations, games, and even fun storage solutions. Bringing together the best projects from the popular Crafty Makes series, each section is dedicated to a different base object: cardboard boxes; paper plates; cardboard tubes; materials from nature; and egg cartons. With twenty projects per section to choose from, and 100 projects overall, this book will appeal to a wide range of ages and interests.

Simple cardboard tubes become a set of pirate skittles, a friendly octopus, and an entire castle. Plain cardboard boxes are turned into a pirate ship, a money box, and a robot; twigs, leaves and other outdoors materials become picture frames, masks, and a dinosaur. Paper plates make a great bug or flower hat, a dotty frog, and a cute panda, while egg cartons are turned into a fire engine, a pencil holder, and a Christmas tree.

Children will be entertained for hours with this invaluable collection of crafty makes, and even the whole family can be involved in recycling everyday objects and turning them into exciting projects. Create entire animal kingdoms and alien worlds, or simply a new favourite toy or mascot.

With such a huge range of exciting projects to make from the simplest of objects, 100 Things to Recycle and Make is the ultimate craft inspiration for creative children.

My Review

I’m always looking for new crafts and ideas especially those that you can reuse old items for! This book comes at the best time, when people are looking to waste and buy less, and what better way that to get crafty using recycled and upcycle products that you have and use everyday!

Plus they make really great gifts too!

Thank you Fiona Hayes and Netgalley for this ARC!

The Way We Eat Now by Bee Wilson – #BOOKREVIEW #FOODIE #NEWRELEASE

Have you ever wondered who thought of putting avocado on toast and why it’s suddenly so popular?

I’ve been around a few decades now and I can tell you that some of the more modern creations are focused on health while there’s others that are simply focused on price and quantity, no so much quality.

With “The Way We Eat Now” you’ll get a deeper insight to how our food has come from basic farm to table to scientific advancements that both have the same focus… health.

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An award-winning food writer takes us on a global tour of what the world eats–and shows us how we can change it for the better
Food is one of life’s great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety and confusion?
Bee Wilson shows that in two generations the world has undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating, from bubble tea to quinoa, from Soylent to meal kits. 
Paradoxically, our diets are getting healthier and less healthy at the same time. For some, there has never been a happier food era than today: a time of unusual herbs, farmers’ markets, and internet recipe swaps. Yet modern food also kills–diabetes and heart disease are on the rise everywhere on earth.
This is a book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, The Way We Eat Now explains how this food revolution has transformed our bodies, our social lives, and the world we live in.

Living with a Green Heart by Gay Browne

If you haven’t noticed the Zero-Waster, Living with Less trends year, you’re missing out. Of course it’s nice to own things, but when you look around your home, ask yourself how many of those “things” do you actually use or need? It’s an important question to know the answer to. Aside from material possessions, we all want to get healthy or at least feel healthy… there are a lot of us out there who want the benefits of a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in things that are not so good for our bodies. We want all the cake!

That’s ok, we can have cake but we have to do it at a minimum. It’s the excess that’s overtaking us both with “things” and with health. Either way you go, too much is never a good thing. For example, water is good for you but you can’t go consuming a ton of it without feeling ill. Moderation.

This book is a gem to inspire you into small changes that can drastically modify your life to where you’re not only feeling good but creating the perfect environment to heal and nourish your body. Sometimes all we need is a good reminder that we have the tools needed to change our lives, while other times we learn new skills that can make our day-to-day flow with better vibes.

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“If you want one of the shortest, fastest routes to getting toxic chemicals out of your life, get behind the wheel of Gay Browne’s Living with a Green Heart and you’ll get there in no time flat.”
—Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group
 
In an increasingly toxic world, the paths to environmental health and personal well-being run parallel. The journey begins with a few small steps.
 
Is the damage we’re doing to our planet literally leaving you sick, sore, and gasping for air? Want to take back our inalienable rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy food? In this quietly revolutionary book, environmental pioneer and founder of Greenopia, Gay Browne, shares a roadmap for making incremental changes that will not only transform your life, but heal the world we share.
 
From the home to the office, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear, here are actions you can take today that will improve your Personal Environmental Health, and help you stop feeling overwhelmed, reduce illness, improve sleep, mood, and focus, and start making a difference, including:
 
*Make conscious choices when shopping, and support companies with good environmental stewardship and healthy products.
 
*Test your water for harmful chemicals, install an affordable water filtration system, and reduce your water use by utilizing water more efficiently.
 
*Work with your doctor to create a personal plan for detoxing your body. 
 
*Use only non-toxic and organic household products, and choose organic, eco-friendly fabrics made by sustainable and fair trade certified companies.
 
*Choose the method of transportation that makes the lightest carbon footprint. 
 
With these and many other actions, Gay Browne’s work has taught her that even the smallest change for the better, faithfully practiced, can have an immense positive impact on our minds, bodies, and spirits—not to mention the planet.

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods Diane Serviss – Photographs by Gale Zucker – #BOOKREVIEW

If you’re new to knitting like me, or an advanced knitter, I think this one will pique your interest!

Filled with patterns and beautiful photos, this books is great for the coffee table! Being a beginner, I’ve looked up tons of designs for hats to get the feel for the craft and I have seen similar patterns out there, so although I wouldn’t classify this is as truly original it does offer a lot of tricks, tips and knowledge to get your going. Before you know it, you’ll have gorgeous hats to gift or sell for every age.

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Hats! Hats! Hats! Diane Serviss, co-owner of and design force behind the Pixiebell and Elfinwear brands, never runs out of inspiration for new patterns, styles, textures, and shapes for knitted hats. In this new collection, she includes hoods, beanies, slouches, and tams incorporating a variety of colorwork, texture, pom-poms, and cables. Each of the 30 patterns in this book offers something special to the knitter, and they are all knockouts!
Diane Serviss is the co-owner of and design force behind Pixiebell Elfinwear, which is known for its enchanting hats and accessories. Her hats have made it onto both small and big screens. She is the author of the best-selling Knitted Beanies & Slouchy Hats, and can be found on Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy. A born and bred Vermonter, Serviss lives with her family just outside of Tampa, Florida. 

Photography by Gale Zucker.

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Conscious Creativity by Philippa Stanton – #BOOKREVIEW #AMREADING

We all have our own methods, prefer specific craft projects, and have our own view of what we see. Conscious Creativity helps you find out what kind of artist you are and how to use that to shape your work.

Learn about colors, how to set goals, observe and ultimately get you thinking and loving what you create. Stop what you’re doing and find a way to relax, learn about yourself and make beautiful art that gets you thinking nature and your surroundings.

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“”Crammed with practical ideas, inspirational images & creative exercises, Conscious Creativity leads the reader through the process of establishing what kind of creative you are…” – Mslexia 

“The purpose of this book is to enable you to look at things in an alternative and more substantial way, so that you arrive at composition through genuine interest.” – Juno magazine 

“Philippa Stanton is passionate about people connecting to their innate creativity and has distilled these incredible techniques and ideas on how we can tap into that. Philippa is a massively successful Instagramer at @5ftinf and yet she is only too aware how these little two dimensional squares can limit our experiences and restrict our creativity, so it’s not without a little irony that she’s written a book to encourage people to step away from their screens and connect more with the 3D world. It’s a fascinating subject and I wholeheartedly recommend the book for anyone who’s working in the creative industry or is curious about the world around them.” – Sophie Robinson (DIY SOS, the Great British Interior Design Challenge, This Morning) 

How often do you notice the texture of a painted wall or the scent of a friend’s house and, importantly, how they make you feel? Connect your observations and your emotions and transform your creative practice with this essential toolbox packed full of exercises, tips, stunning images and personal experiences from dynamic artist Philippa Stanton. 

There is creativity in all of us, but it can easily be buried beneath our everyday concerns, or need a spark to bring it back to life. Whether you’ve lost your mojo or just need some fresh ideas, artist and photographer Philippa Stanton’s lively guide will stimulate your imagination and reinvigorate your creative life.

Conscious Creativity will help you fully appreciate what is around you, opening all your senses to the beauty you may not notice every day, and showing you how to capture it. Simple, engaging exercises that encourage observation and experimentation will give you an insight into your own aesthetics as you take a conscious step to note the colours, shapes, shadows, sounds and textures that fill your world and how they make you feel. 

Bursting with practical ideas and inspirational images, Conscious Creativity shows you how to unlock your potential, learn to use your natural curiosity and take a leap into the most creative time of your life.

In Focus Meditation by Jacqueline Towers

Everyone complains about no time for self-care, including meditation but few are willing to take five minutes for silence even when you don’t label it and it’s causing harm to our minds and bodies.

We all could use some extra time for ourselves. I’m talking about quite time where it’s just us with time to open our minds and expand. Given even half a minute we’d see that our minds are so loud and busy during our waking moments that we often don’t know what to do when the world around us quiets down for a bit. We have a nasty habit of turning to our phones or computers to take the edge off, when really…all we need is silence and an open clear mind.

This book helped me focus on what’s really important and get back to basics. I’ve meditated over the years but never made put it on my calendar as an important to-do or meeting, but it’s just as important. I’ve learned to block out time for this exercise and I hope you’ll pick this book up and do the same!

You’ll learn the history of difference practices and arm yourself with tools to use when getting your mind right!

In Focus Meditation—a guide through the history, branches, and techniques of meditation—will help you delve deep within yourself to untangle the stresses of everyday life, complete with a set of 7 meditation reference cards. 

With our lives a hectic combination of running to and from work, planning events, fulfilling family responsibilities, and building personal relationships, we are on overdrive for the better part of each day. Add in the impossible task of keeping up in our social media lives, it’s no wonder we are stressed out and yearning for spiritual meaning

In Focus Meditation begins with an introduction to meditation, followed by details about meditation equipment and the history of meditation. A wide breadth of meditation topics are covered: spiritual guide and angelic, emotional or psychological, spirit and totem animals, mindfulness, visualization, and reincarnation, among others.

Packaged inside the book are a set of seven meditation reference cards (front and back), to give you quick and easy meditation exercises to gain clarity and relaxation.

The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects, using expert authors in their respective fields and featuring relevant visual material to smartly and purposely illustrate key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book is packaged with index cards and/or a poster, to give readers a quick, go-to reference guide containing the most important information on the subject, for easy practice and retention.

Curious About Turmeric Tea? Learn the Benefits and the Recipe

The hype over turmeric has been overwhelming the last few years and unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard at least something about this magical root.

As someone with an autoimmune disease and post-hysterectomy, I’m always curious about medicinal herbs and herbal remedies that claim to support health and well-being.

That being said, I won’t just try anything! I’ve learned throughout my 39 years that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is! Ever notice how one day, coffee is super great for you and the very next a report comes out with damning evidence to prove otherwise? This is one good reason to do your research!

I did some digging and found a wealth of turmeric knowledge. Check it out below and let me know your thoughts and would LOVE new recipes! Please share in the comments and we’ll share the best ones in a FEATURED POST!

Turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family. It has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

The active ingredient in turmeric is Curcumin.

Curcumin gives turmeric its characteristic yellow color.

Curcumin is proven to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

Curcumin has low bioavailability, which means the body has a hard time accessing and absorbing the compound. For this reason, turmeric supplements, with their guaranteed high concentrations of curcumin, are popular.

Turmeric tea, brewed using grated turmeric root or pure powder, is considered one of the most effective ways to consume the spice.

There is no specific recommended daily intake of turmeric. Based on available research, the suggested daily intake depends largely on the condition it is being used to treat.

Most research in adults supports the safe use of 400 to 600 milligrams (mg) of pure turmeric powder three times daily, or 1 to 3 grams (g) daily of grated or dried turmeric root. Grating the turmeric yourself is the best way to ensure a pure product.

Here’s how it helps:

1. Reduces arthritis symptoms

As an anti-inflammatory, curcumin may help reduce the most prominent symptoms of arthritis.

A 2017 study found that out of 206 American adults with self-reported rheumatoid arthritis, 63 percent used non-vitamin supplements to manage their symptoms, with turmeric being the most popular product that was taken.

2. Boosts immune function

Curcumin is proven to improve immune function with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.

Curcumin has also been shown to act as an immune modulator, helping regulate immune cell function against cancer.

3. Helps reduce cardiovascular complications

Several studies have shown curcumin to have beneficial heart health properties by acting as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

A 2012 study found that taking 4 g per day of curcumin 3 days before and 5 days after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, reduced the risk of acute myocardial infarction or heart attack by 17 percent.

4. Helps prevent and treat cancer

One of the most clinically established therapeutic properties of curcumin is its anti-cancer action.

As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, curcumin is thought to lower the risk of cells in the body becoming damaged, reducing the risk of cell mutations and cancer.

Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that curcumin has anti-tumor properties, limiting the growth of tumors and spread of cancerous cells.

According to a 2014 medical review, more than 2,000 articles have been published using the keywords “curcumin” and “cancer.” The use of curcumin as a cancer treatment alongside chemotherapy and radiation therapy is currently being investigated.

5. Helps manage irritable bowel syndrome or IBS

Curcumin has long been used in traditional medicines as a treatment for many digestive conditions.

Several studies have found that curcumin may help reduce the pain associated with IBS and improve the quality of life of those people with the condition.

A 2012 study in rats found that curcumin helped decrease the time it took for food to empty from the stomach to the small intestine, otherwise known as gastric emptying.

6. Prevents and treats Alzheimer’s

Studies have shown that curcumin may help reduce the chances of several neurodegenerative conditions. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers are thought to reduce cellular damage, inflammation, and amyloid deposits or plaques that occur with these conditions.

Curcumin may also be able to slow down or prevent some of the age-associated protein changes linked to neurodegeneration.

7. Protects against liver damage, gallstones, and manages liver conditions

Several studies have shown that curcumin can protect against liver damage. Potential liver and gallbladder benefits of curcumin include increasing production of the digestive fluid bile while also protecting liver cells from damage from bile-associated chemicals.

8. Helps prevent and manage diabetes

Traditional medicines have used turmeric for diabetes for thousands of years. Several studies using animal and human models have shown that curcumin supplementation may have anti-diabetes properties.

9. Helps treat and manage lung conditions

Researchers suspect that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin may help reduce the symptoms of chronic or long-lasting lung conditions.

A 2017 medical review concluded that although the clinical evidence is limited, curcumin might help treat asthma, pulmonary and cystic fibrosis, lung cancer or injury, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Preparation

To make a turmeric tea, a person can add ground, grated, or powdered turmeric to boiling water.

Turmeric tea can be prepared from either pure turmeric powder or grated or ground, dried turmeric. Fermented turmeric preparations, commonly sold as tea products, claim to have higher concentrations of biologically available or absorbable curcumin.

The steps to follow for making turmeric tea are:

  • boil 4 cups of water

  • add 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground, grated, or powdered turmeric

  • allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 10 minutes

  • strain the tea into a container and allow it to cool for 5 minutes

Many people put additional ingredients into their turmeric tea to improve the taste or help with its absorption. Common additives include:

  • Honey, to sweeten the tea and give the mixture more anti-microbial properties.

  • Whole milk, cream, almond milk, coconut milk, or 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee (unclarified butter) to help with absorption, as curcumin requires healthy fats to dissolve properly.

  • Black pepper, which contains piperine, a chemical known to help promote curcumin absorption, and that can add a spice flavor to the tea.

  • Lemon, lime, or ginger, to enhance antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in the mixture and improve taste.

“Milk Soaps” by Anne-Marie Faiola

Thank you Netgalley, Anne-Marie Faiola, and Storey Publishing for this Advanced Reader’s Copy!

I’ve never been brave enough to try making soap before, although I have tried handmade lotions, lip balms and salt scrubs, making soap always felt a little out of my reach. For one, the materials involved include items I don’t normally stock in my house but the second reason holding back was the fear of messing up.

When I received this book, I immediately dove in and was happy to see everything I needed to know was contained within the cover! It’s perfect for gifts, people suffering with sensitive skin and those looking to try a new hobby. Some of the materials and ingredients are a bit costly, but with affordable options, tackling this project won’t be too expensive.

Handmade soap is made extra-special with the addition of milk! Soaps enriched with milk are creamier than those made with water, and milk’s natural oils provide skin-renewing moisture and nourishment. In Milk Soaps, expert soapmaker Anne-Marie Faiola demystifies the process with step-by-step techniques and 35 recipes for making soaps that are both beautiful and useful. She explains the keys to success in using a wide range of milk types, including cow, goat, and even camel milk, along with nut and grain milks such as almond, coconut, hemp, rice, and more. Photographs show soapmakers of all levels how to achieve a variety of distinctive color and shape effects, including funnels, swirls, layers, and insets. For beginners and experts alike, this focused guide to making milk-enriched soaps offers an opportunity to expand their soapmaking skills in new and exciting ways. 

Milk has long been a popular ingredient in soap making. Goat milk in particular is known for its moisturizing and skin softening properties. Using milk in body products is not just limited to goat milk. Coconut milk, almond milk, and cow milk are also great additions to your creations. See below for some of our favorite recipes, resources and milk centered products available from Bramble Berry.

Autumn Foods for Beautiful Glowing Skin

According to Ancient Chinese Medicine, the path to vitality, good health, and flawless skin is a result of eating with the changing seasons. If beauty is truly from the inside-out and what we eat shapes our health and well-being, we decided to round up some of the best beauty foods to keep your body healthy and skin glowing this Autumn. 

FIGS  – One of our favorite beauty foods, Figs are not only absolutely delicious but also are rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients for healthy skin. Phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals found in figs help to keep skin glowing, rejuvenated, and nourished from within.

PEARS – In Chinese Medicine, the lungs and the skin have a major correlation to one another. Pears are known to nourish the lungs, which are usually affected during the dryer months, as well as deeply nourish and moisturize the skin from within. A pear a day can help keep the dermotologist away (unless you love going to the derm).

PUMPKIN SEEDS – Fall is the season of pumpkin everything but the seeds are really magic when it comes to glowing skin. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Zinc, an important mineral that helps to encourage skin cell production, cell renewal, as well as increases the skin’s ability to heal itself. 

Herbivore Botanicals

First, let me start this off by saying that this is NOT a paid post. I repeat…NOT a paid post! 

I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve gotten excited about a product after reading a great article proclaiming it’s benefits only to read at the very bottom of the post, that it was in fact a paid post! So frustrating! 

I get it, everyone from celebrities to social media stars and a ton of bloggers make bank sharing themselves enjoying said product, often accompanied with a discount code for you to save too. But, the problem has become, at least for me, to know whether or not the product is actually good or if the author is just trying to peddle junk to make a buck!

Now, having said all that I will tell you that I’m an Amazon Associate but I buy all the goods that I recommend with my own hard-earned money. 

Let’s get into it, shall we?

This week’s one of our favorites that we’ve been using and testing for a while now, has some new goods


 

Every ingredient that we include in our products is there for a specific therapeutic reason. We do not use fillers of any kind, meaning that almost every ingredient in our products is an “active” ingredient. This results in pure, highly concentrated, and effective formulas that are a rarity in the skincare and cosmetics world today. All of our formulas are original, created and tested by us, on real people — never on animals and always from scratch. All of our products have an emphasis on organic, high quality, and food-grade ingredients.

Knowing that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, we ethically source the finest raw natural materials the earth has to offer. With ingredients ranging from French pink clay to Brazilian gemstones, we formulate treatments that combine essential vitamins, minerals, and botanicals to restore skin to its optimum health and vitality.

In addition to creating products that give you noticeable results, we also create our products with personal rejuvenation and a little indulgence in mind. We believe that daily bathing and skincare rituals should be enjoyable — a way to carve out some much-needed downtime in your hectic routine. From thoughtfully designed packaging and labels that really allow our ingredients to shine through, to intoxicating scents and luxurious textures, we truly want you to love your skincare and bathing routines.

Founded by Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow in 2011 in their Seattle kitchen.

CREATED WITHOUT:

Synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum.

CREATED WITH:

Natural ingredients, plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO free soy wax, recyclable and reusable packaging, many certified organic ingredients.


Key Ingredients

Rose Water – Naturally high in antioxidants and excellent for reducing the appearance of redness in skin. This is also where Pink Cloud’s natural scent comes from.

Aloe Water – Lightweight, skin soothing + hydrating. Aloe is also naturally rich in salicylic acid making it great for preventing blemishes.

White Tea Extract – Youth preserving, rich in antioxidants which protect skin from pigmentation and fine lines.

Kukui Oil – Rich in linoleic acid, it is great for hydrating and balancing all skin types, plus it adds a subtle dewy glow.

Sodium Hyaluronate – Vegetable sourced, it penetrates deeply into the skin to attract and retain water for maximum hydration.

Rice Extract – Improves texture and clarity of skin by smoothing and brightening dark spots.

Full List of Ingredients

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, diheptyl succinate, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetearyl alcohol, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, Aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oil*, glycerin*, cetyl palmitate, Cocos nucifera (coconut) extract*, Oryza sativa (rice) seed extract*, Camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, propanediol, Myrothamnus flabellifolia extract, ascorbic acid, sodium hyaluronate, Eclipta prostrata extract, melia azadirrachta leaf extract, moringa pterygosperma seed oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, sodium phytate, xanthan gum, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, sodium anisate, glyceryl caprylate, alcohol, citric acid.

*Certified Organi

Directions: After cleansing and toning, thoroughly massage a small amount into skin. Apply more as needed for an extra dose of hydration depending on your skin’s current moisture needs. Allow Pink Cloud Creme to absorb for 1-2 minutes before applying facial oil or makeup. Be sure to apply serums before Pink Cloud Creme, facial oil can be applied after for additional benefits.

Green Smoothie Recipe

One of my favorite things to boost my immune system is a green smoothie, not only am I am jampacking my cup with vitamins and minerals but I’m also getting a good dose of fruits and veggies! 

We all would like to believe that we eat enough of the good-for-you-foods, but the reality is we’re far from what’s good for us. Balance is key and of course, always moderation. 

Once you try this recipe out, add some of your favorites and switch them out to create new flavors! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, coarsely chopped
  • 1⁄2 banana
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Process all of the above ingredients along with a handful of ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Serve the smoothie topped with extra cinnamon, if desired.

Note: Almond butter is available from select health-food shops and the health-food section of select supermarkets. If it is unavailable where you shop, substitute unsalted peanut butter. If you are allergic to almonds or do not prefer almond milk, substitute all-natural coconut milk, cashew milk, or any other non-dairy milk of your choice instead.

This recipe was originally written by Emma Knowles. For more, check out our sister site, Gourmet Traveller.

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