Chia Seeds: Ancient Uses and Novel Benefits

chia seeds nutrition and benefits

These days it’s rather impossible to avoid chia in the stores: juices, desserts, cereal items… Chia is widely advertised as a nutritional and heath-promoting “it” food and many close friends became instantly hooked thanks to the bestseller “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall. But is it really all accurate? I was advised to be skeptical of the claims made by big corporations. Today, I share some relevant chia-basics for those with a penchant for novelty (and a healthy dose of {Read More}

Considering a different approach to treating acne? Try these herbal teas

Wormwood for acne

Adult acne have many causes that profoundly affect our entire bodies—from the state of mind to pH balance. It’s evident as well, that there are many excellent natural remedies for acne that provide targeted, spot on action. But here’s another idea to consider: Consuming natural herbal teas that treat the acne causes holistically, at the basic level. With that in mind, I suggest seven herbs known since the antiquity that have diverse healing properties. They combine into three tea blends {Read More}

Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas with pine cones and needles

Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas

A walk on the beach can inspire in numerous ways and one is to collect beautiful, fragrant pine cones and pine needles and use them to wrap a gift. Idea: Collect fallen pine cones and branches of pine trees on the beach. Design nature-inspired gift wraps. Have fun. Gift: A book Wrapping supplies: Pine cones, pine needles and raffia. Tools: Scissors While I think it’s clever to add to a gift “mystique” by wrapping it in paper, sometimes there are {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}

The many lives of autumn leaves: A weekend project (with free high resolution pictures)

five o'clock

How to keep enjoying all the breathtaking colors of the autumn foliage long after the season is gone? Here’s my suggestion for three fun and simple projects that you can embark on with your kids. It starts by going outside, finding and collecting different leaves (pretty, atypical, fulvous…) and pressing them between the pages an old book. Last weekend, for our extended fun time, Zoe and I decided to uncover our precious selection of leaves for the first time (although {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}

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}

Sew an Eco-Friendly Bag From Your Old Strappy Shirt

make your own eco friendly bag

Here’s a little guide on how to repurpose your old shirt with straps. Being washed countless times your shirt has probably lost a great deal of color and shape. Instead of using it to mop your floor and throwing it away afterwards, it’s much better to give it a new life by turning into something else – your own hand sewn bag. This is an easy project, great for beginners. To sew your eco-friendly bag you will need: Spaghetti straps {Read More}

Why and How Encourage Your Child to Eat Lentils

Unhulled red lentil

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve spent several hours consulting web-pages and books in order to advance your knowledge of child nutrition. Then you’ve selected quality ingredients, chopped them, cut your finger in the process, cooked, pulverized and carefully seasoned a meal. You’re feeling as you’ve accomplished a small feat when you finally get to serve it to your little one. And the only thing she says (with a super-sad face) is: “Oh, no…but, something smelled so good from the {Read More}