Three child-friendly recipes with chia

lemon lime chia with spirulina

One reason Chia is enjoying a terrific popularity in our family is probably because it instantly became Zoe’s favorite. And, to be quite honest, that doesn’t happen often with something that’s healthy and nutritious. Flax, another beloved seed with comparable nutritional benefits, has always been greeted with a dose of grumpiness. I think it’s the playful and jelly-like texture that’s really fun and inviting for the kids. Also, chia has no taste that can interfere with other flavors. Today, I {Read More}

What the Skin Craves, the Body Must Seek: 15 Plant-Based Beauty Oils

15 plant beauty oils

Through history people have relied on rich gifts of nature to create beauty oils that treat the face, body and hair. Pure plant oils soften, heal, revitalize and keep the skin well-protected, whether it’s oily, dry or sensitive. With only a single ingredient, they are desirable and perfect just the way they are. They act as natural beauty elixirs, help create beauty rituals and have a limitless performance. Here are fifteen beauty oils to seek and embrace. Avocado oil (Persea {Read More}

Pomegranate: A delight for the senses delivers outstanding health benefits

health benefits of pomegranate fruit

Visually, pomegranate impresses with its red and glossy seeds that look like rubies. A tasting of this fruit will deepen the visual pleasure, uncovering an abundance of juiciness, sweetness, tartness and chewiness. A tasty and good looking fruit is enough to captivate the senses, but, as it turns out, this delicious, playful and visually stunning winter treat is rich in healthy goodies that we can benefit from even if we consume pomegranate just for the sake of deep sensual delight. {Read More}

The Honor and Pleasure of Meeting an Olive Tree (and Making My Olive Leaf Extract)

Olive branches against blue sky

Personally, the delight from making my own olive leaf extract only starts with its cool health benefits, because there’s so much more to it. The thing is, since I make it each year while on vacation, the olive leaf brew also captures the fun of my family retreat along with the radiant, power-infusing sunshine. And merging the pleasure of staying at an old friend’s cottage and picking fresh olive leaves right from a nearby tree is one blissful affair of {Read More}

Wonderful Benefits of Buckwheat Pillows

Buckwheat hulls

One negative aspect of travel and visiting friends and family is that you leave the sanctuary of your own bed and enter the night-time gamble to see how lucky you are with the bed you’re going to get. Most of times I wasn’t very lucky, mostly because my pillow was too high, too soft or too hard. But once, I hit a jack-pot when I was offered a strange-looking pillow filled with “something”. That “something” was buckwheat hull. Laying down {Read More}

Elderberry Syrup Recipe: Simple and Delightful

piece of berry art by Zoe

Making your own elderberry syrup: You’ve heard about it from a neighbor. You read about it in your grandmother’s book of remedies. But you were hesitant to try it yourself. Your arguments: “difficult”, “unsafe” and “who has the time”. Put your worries away—homemade elderberry syrup recipe is safe and seductively simple to make. It takes about one hour make it (cleaning-up included), and your family is set for the winter months. It wasn’t always like that for me. Years ago, {Read More}

Sulfites in Wine? Don’t Worry it’s Still Organic (At Least in the EU)

sulfites in wine EU vs US

My friends who used to give me fragrances now give me organic wine and works of art instead. In that new spirit, I recently received two bottles of organic wine purchased in Germany, but I learned (from reading the label) that the red (Cabernet sauvignon) came from France and the white (Chardonnay) from Italy. If you care to read the labels, you can see that this organic/bio wine contains sulfites. However, that’s not what you’ll see on organic wine produced {Read More}

8 Natural Home Remedies for Hangover

champagne

New Year is the time to celebrate, but too much of overindulgence can bring unpleasant side-effects including hangover. Before you make a sensible New Year’s resolution, you may need to clear your head first. There are many simple and natural ways to ease the symptoms of hangover. The best cure is rehydration, so the body can deal with the symptoms. In addition, take a look at the following eight home remedies that all promise to treat naturally many symptoms of {Read More}

Lavender: Eat, Sleep, Love

lavender field

We know that Romans enjoyed to take baths in addition to their other epicurean habits. But only recently I learned that the name of one of my favorite plants—lavender, is associated with the Roman practice of taking a bath. Apparently, the word lavare (hence, Lavandula, the Latin name for lavender), means “to bathe”. Yes, you guessed it right—Romans loved taking a bath perfumed with lavender flowers. Ah, these Romans. Our family recently returned home from a trip and the first {Read More}

Let This Soup Cure Thy Cold and Congestion

healing congestion and cold soup

When Hippocrates came up with “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, I am sure that it involved a bad case of cold and a soup. Cold? We’ve all been there. But, when it comes to soup, I’d like to suggest one with immediate and apparent healing properties. This truly magical broth is what I rely on when I happen to succumb to cold and flu. Not meant for kids or those that can’t take the heat, {Read More}