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}

Rapid Blemish Reliever: Make Your Own!

rapid blemish reliever

The secret is out: skin blemishes are not just one common, unpleasant mark of puberty, as our teachers and parents tell us. The dispiriting fact is that they appear at any age, and at least desirable times. An unannounced, and unsightly eruption on your face does come suddenly, but there is a clear pattern for sure: Just before the wedding ceremony. Or a family reunion. Or the big presentation of your idea in front of your peers. I know this {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}

Healing Rosemary Wine

healing rosemary wine

When you hear “rosemary and wine”, what’s your first thought? The very natural answer (even if you’re not hungry) is that the two ingredients combine into some kind of a Mediterranean-inspired marinade. Or, perhaps, rosemary-coated roasted potatoes, served with a glass of wine. It seems so natural and inviting to think of rosemary as a culinary ingredient, but, in truth, rosemary is a powerful healing plant, which has been used faithfully since the Middle Ages. Today, I share quite an {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}

Nigella Seeds: Black, Tiny and Mighty

Benefits of Nigella Seed (black seed)

A few things top a heart-warming smell of freshly baked pastry sprinkled with Nigella seeds. Tiny, black and fragrant, Nigella seeds complement many dishes aside from pastries and breads. They are irresistible too—I dig them out of fresh bread and eat even though I have a container of seeds stored in my cupboard. Nigella: A tale of discovery In so many ways, Nigella seeds are both old and new. Its healing powers were known since ancient times by physicians and {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}

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}

Goodbye Artificial Fragrances: A Personal Story

synthetic fragrances

The other day I was standing behind a woman in a bank, when a hint of her fragrance, so familiar, started to tickle my nostrils. No mistake, she was wearing Jean Paul Gaultier. As I stood there, I had a series of flashbacks: Summer vacation with my best friend, picking a graduation dress, drinking sweet, red wine. The woman left and I went back to my present self, feeling jet-lagged. Isn’t there something supernatural about the power that scents have {Read More}