lip balm - make your own

How to make your own lip balm

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In this article I will show you how to make your own sustainable and eco friendly lip balm & I will show you where to purchase some items from to make them.

I’m not sure about you but I find that I like to have lip balm around easily & readily & I like to keep it around all over the house, in several drawers, in multiple purses & even in the car. But I also get tired of buying a lip balm, spending at least several dollars on it, using it a few times & then misplacing it. Right, haven’t you ever found yourself in the the same boat? Then one day I thought, “Hmmm… I really like this balm. What are the ingredients?” So, I started to get creative. I researched a few blogs on how to craft your own lip balm, reviewed a few recipes online & in some books I had on hand & then I ordered some oils & essential oils. Here is a link to a few places I like to shop from, maybe you have heard of them?

Bulk Apothecary – I get most my oils & essential oils from here. The essential oils are fantastic & what I love best about them is that they provide a wide variety of quality & sizes that will fit anyone’s pocket book. They use to offer a 22 lb yellow beeswax but I do not see that as an option any more, maybe they will offer it again (that’s what I got & I’ve had it for years & have hardly put a dent in the bag)

Mountain Rose Herbs – Here is where I buy most my herbs (if I do not have them in stock from wild-harvesting on my own). This vendor is totally reliable, very trustworthy & the products are top quality. In fact, I know the farmer Nate Johnson, who provides a lot of their herbs personally ;) and he is one hell of a guy & completely trustworthy.

Amazon – Look for tubes & containers – I use to buy them at Specialty bottle but then found out I was paying way too much for shipping. I added the link to Specialty Bottle in case you wanted to check them out. Even though the shipping is high, I still find lot’s of unique items you can purchase from them that you can’t really find anywhere else. Amazon was not my first choice to shop from for a long time, but I have gotten over that & have accepted that they really do have tons of items for much cheaper, especially if you are paying for the Prime membership.

What you’ll need & your Organic Ingredients

  • Beeswax 1-2 tbsp ( I prefer yellow but people with allergies may want to choose white as the pollen has been removed)
  • Oils; coconut, jojoba, hemp & avocado oil; 1 tbsp each
  • 20-30 drops organic peppermint essential oil
  • Lip balm tubes or tins – If you have the tube holder (below) be sure that your tubes are a match cause I’ve bought tubes that were on sale & when they showed up, they did not fit in the tube holder I have. To avoid that issue you may want to purchase your tubes & container at the same vendor, like Specialty Bottle (listed above)
  • Lip balm tube holder & scraper – I’ve added a link to one on Amazon, I did not purchase this one but this is what I have & it works perfectly for crafting.
  • Wax paper
  • Small sauce pan or double boiler
  • Glass mixing straw or rod
  • Stickers for labels & something to mark them ( I either use the printer labels or I use stamps to mark the first link with. I really like the brown labels as they look so much more natural & I just secure them with a piece of scotch tape & no one ever notices).

lip balm tins

Steps:

  1. I like to start by lining up everything I need. By the stove I place my measuring spoons, glass rod for stirring, oils & beeswax.
  2. Place tubes or tins in another area & have wax paper (or cookie sheet) underneath to catch drips. Have an extra piece of wax paper to place over tubes while cooling so no contaminates get in.
  3. Turn on burner to a low temperature so that the wax will melt but not simmer or boil. Place oils & beeswax in pot & keep a close eye on it.
  4. Once the wax is fully melted, remove from heat.
  5. Add essential oils (if desired), stir in quickly before wax starts to harden.
  6. Pour in tubes to top, cover with wax paper & let cool for however long it takes.
  7. While cooling create your labels & once cool wipe tubes clean, scrape off top to flatten, cap & slap label on.
  8. Enjoy & gift out to your friends & family they will be so tickled that you thought of crafting them your own personal lip balm!

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This balm is fun especially around the holidays makes a great stocking stuffer & is great for the entire family, all lips & every occasion. I usually make a few varieties of balm, bound together with cord & then hand out or sell as gifts. They are always a huge hit. Here’s a picture from a Holiday party last year where I sold my lip balm tubes.

LumaraRose (Rose) at the Sedona airport vortex. Phot credit to Linda June Rettingero

A little about what we do at Free Spirit & Mind Holistics…

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LumaraRose (Rose) is a certified Wellness Practitioner, has obtained a degree in Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling & is a certified Southwest herbalist. She began her process with the arts, herbal medicine & holistic health as a personal highway to inspiration and transcendence through who own personal struggles with abandonment, addiction & trauma. Through Holistic practices incorporating the Mind, Body, Spirit Connections, she restores the internal balance of sufferers with PTSD & addiction. If you or a loved one is seeking coaching or counseling for any life issues please contact her for an appointment via email freespiritandmindaz@gmail.com or reach out to her on social media at Free Spirit & Mind on Facebook.

LumaraRose (Rose) at the Sedona airport vortex. Phot credit to Linda June Rettingero

LumaraRose (Rose) at the Sedona airport vortex. Photo credit to Linda June Rettinger

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Let’s Connect to Divinity

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There are many ways to connect with God; some people pray, some people dance, some people teach, some people do yoga, so people meditate, and some people play with the elements…

The point is that we are all spiritual beings. And while we reside here on this plane of existence and in this flesh, we are to remember that there is something greater than ourselves. Let’s Connect to Divinity

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An excerpt from, “The Lost Sisterhood” by Julia Ingram

God lies within us all. But in order to connect with our true selves, with our God-selves, and to divinity… We are to understand and know that without constant practice of honing our skills and connecting with other dimensions; through forms of meditation and connection, all will be lost in this dimension.

Practice makes perfect.

Ways in which I connect with my Goddess-self…

1. Dance; and not just any dance but I trance dance. As I dance I focus on my energy, the energy surrounding me, & I tap into the energy of the world, of the earth, and all the elements. For met his takes certain types of music, typically a drum circle can assist me or entheogenic types of music is my second best conduit.

2. Meditation – I do this in many forms. Meditation doesn;t have to take long, sometimes I do a quick meditation that lasts 5-15 minutes at the least and other times I meditate for hours on end. The key to meditation is quieting your mind, focusing on breath, and letting go of this time & space… Connect to something greater than yourself, no matter what that is…

3. Breathe – And what I mean is I focus on my breath going throughout my entire body. I make sure to breathe into the stomach & fill my abdomen.

4. Moon rituals or rites of the full and new moons as well as celebrating the change of seasons with the solstice and equinox.

5. Practice acts of Love and Compassion – Comunity service. A simple smile to a stranger or to someone who looks out of sorts. Kindness to children & animals. Gifting a friend or loved one. All of these things are acts of love & compassion.

6. Through sexual experience – And not just any sexual experience but with the right partner, a partner that is spiritually connected really helps. But I will get into this another time as this maybe kinda racy for this post…

I’d Love to hear how you connect to God. Please share your comments below or feel free to contact me another way.

Until Next time… Peace be with you…

We have to stand together, "UNITED"

A Glimpse of the World’s Problems

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Many scary things are happening in America & the World right now:

1. War is abundant. More than 67 countries are in a state of war right now! Did you know that there are only 196 countries in the world today? That means that more than 34% of the Wold is currently in a state of war. That’s 1/3 of the world’s Nations. Click here for a full list and description of these wars.

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2. Global warming is killing off many creatures. 19% of the coral reef is currently dead and is dropping dramaticallyClick here to read a little more about this 

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19% of the world’s coral reefs are dead due to Global warming

3. Water all around the world is being polluted. More than 75% of our water on earth is polluted. Click here for a deeper read.

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The World we Live in

4. China is filled with so much pollution that people have to wear face masks to protect themselves from the smog. Click here to read a bit more

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Face masks to protect against smog

5. In America a hideous tycoon Donald Trump & an evil temptress Hillary Clinton are the final candidates fro #president. I am very nervous about the fate of America when either one of these goons takes power.

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The future of America has come to this

6. In North Dakota, thousands of people are standing together at the #stronghold Standing Rock #NoDAPL to protect the preservation of our water. Click here for quick read 

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7. A massive oil spill just occurred in the United States that has polluted the #mississippiriver affecting 3 states Tennessee to Georgia and Alabama. Click here to read a bit more

A sign warns of petroleum pipelines next to an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta

I’d like to ask you if you read or see this to stop for a moment & send a prayer to North Dakota, to America & to the entire World for the #preservation of our #lifewaters.

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picture by Shell Luttrell

I have several friends right now volunteering at the stronghold at Standing Rock & they have reported some very scary things our crooked government is doing to stop the #stronghold

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The government has frivolously spent $6,000,000 dollars on a helicopter to run people; women and children alike off the surrounding areas. Who knows how much more money the government will be throwing away like this to work against the preservation of our precious waters. 

Standing Rock Picture by Shell Luttrell

Standing Rock Picture by Shell Luttrell

“When #water picks up #toxins, the #EPA has a word for this, “Impaired” (that is, the water cannot be used for the full range or purpose for which we might want to use it).” Click here for more info.

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“The EPA estimates that 85% of all #river miles and 68% of all #lake acreage in the United Staes are currently #impaired.”… Toxic substances found in municipal drinking water across the United States have been indirectly linked to to many chronic, degenerative diseases, including #Alzheimer’s, #asthma, most forms of #cancer, #infertility, #Parkinson’s, and rheumatoid #arthritis.”

= Elson haas =

With this information you would think the EPA and all those in “charge” would be doing their best to not only preserve the water resources we have left but to restore, at least to some degree, the outlandish amount of water sources already “impaired”.

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What exactly is our #government doing to make sure what’s already happened in the tri-state area isn’t going to happen in North Dakota? They are spending Millions of dollars to fight protestors and kick them off the land, that’s what they are doing. And if that happens, what you will see is massive contaminations of the waters in North Dakota. We can’t let that happen, we have to stand together to make sure our water is preserved. #waterislife

We have to stand together, "UNITED"

We have to stand together, “UNITED”

Many of the problems spoken of in this article pertain to the United States but there are many more problems, equally and even more devastating occurring around the world today. As a Global Nation, we need to Stand Together United and secure the future of our World, the future for our children and the future of mankind as one. Violence, greed, war, religious arguments are not uniting people, they are separating us even more and soon enough if things do not change we will be well past the point of no return for what we can fix… So, what are you doing in the world or your community to make our world a better place so our children’s children can flourish and thrive?

Until next time… Peace be with you…

#lifeforce #stopthepipeline #northdakota #tribalnations #standtogether #restoration #preservation #biochemicalprocesses #freesritandmind #stayinghealthytonutrition #elsonhaas

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Kid’s Yoga & Meditation

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While some people think kids wouldn’t like yoga or meditation…

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Beginning of Kids meditation

I like to believe otherwise…

I find the best way to get kids into things like this, is to make it fun… How do we do we accomplish this?

We make fun yoga poses out of animals. Here are a few of the animals and poses we use and do:

Dog- we do downward dog, hold the pose & then lift one leg straight out at a time, this helps with our balance

Gorilla-we bend over, make silly noises and lean from side to side

Snake- we lay on our bellies, come up on our hands, arching our backs and make fun hissing noises.

Ladybug- Mommy curls up on her belly, kinda like in baby pose, then the kiddo gets on top of mom, laying on her back and lays still and quite feeling like a little ladybug.

Monkey- Mommy bends over, crosses arms together, holds hands out for kiddo. Kiddo puts legs through arms (like he would on the monkey bars outside), grabs mom’s hands and then mom lifts kiddo off the ground and we swing back and forth making silly monkey noises.

Tree & mycelium- standard tree pose but this time half way through kiddo curls up under mom and acts like mycelium and tries to wrap himself all throughout moms feet or “roots” this allows us to work together to help the tree grow.

We then use the wall as a prop to work on our strengthening and toning. 

Strengthening and toning exercises

Strengthening and toning exercises

And we do acro yoga poses… this allows us to connect, work together and have fun!

Us connecting

Us connecting

As for the meditation…

We close our eyes and focus on what’s around us, we feel the air on our skin from the fan above, hear the music coming from above and we focus on our body parts (this usually makes us laugh) …

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Beginning og meditation

next thing I know it’s been minutes and those little eyes are still closed and the face is finally relaxed… So yeah, it isn’t hopeless to get children to join in on your routine as long as you make it fun for them…

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So the next time you want to connect with or do some fun activity with your kiddo, maybe you could try one or all of these methods…

Let me know what you think by commenting below, if you have used any of these or what you do to help your kiddo participate in these activities. 

Until next Time… Peace be with you

Be the Change you wanna see

A Glimpse of my Life and education…

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Let the Journey Continue into a glimpse of my Life…

In 2011 I received my Associates in Computer Sciences at Rio Salado College & now in 2016 I received my Associates in Applied Science with a focus in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders, completed with Certificates Levels I & II and am currently in the process of getting my LSAT License for the State of Arizona so I may further a career to help serve the suffering addict.

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Associates in Applied Science with the focus of Addictions & Substance Use Disorders

Degree in substance abuse I

Associates in Applied Science with the focus of Addictions & Substance Use Disroders Level I

Degree in Substance abuse II

Associates in Applied Science with the focus of Addictions & Substance Use Disorders Level II

In 2015 I became a Certified Herbalist and continue to practice the healing of plant medicines through Free Spirit & Mind

Certification in South Western Herbalism

Certification in South Western Herbalism

Now I have started school and a whole new Journey at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts to further my Holistic education as a Mind, Body Wellness Practitioner with a focus in Nutrition, Wellness/Life Coaching & Urban Farming… I am excited to see where this diligence & hard earned effort will lead me & to see how many people I can help serve along the way.

Be the Change you wanna see

Be the Change you wanna see

Peace be with you…

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Wood sorrel (oxalis)

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Wood sorrel (oxalis) can be found all throughout woodland areas. Here is what it should look like:

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This plant is filled with oxalates and vitamin C. Oxalates is a salt compound that makes things taste sour, rhubarb is another great example of a plant filled with oxalates. Typically the greens are what is eaten. Some native Americans chewed on wood sorrel to alleviate thirst or to cure mouth sores. The roots of sorrel can be eaten but are usually boiled and they have a starchy taste somewhat like a potato. Either way, this is a most Pleasing wild Edible to feast upon while out in Nature.

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It also grows quite well in desert regions during the cooler months. Children seem to go gaga over this little plant, cause of the sour taste. My son, just loves eating this plant, although it can upset the tummy if eaten in high quantity.

 

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NOTE to the reader: When in the wild do NOT eat any wild foods unlesss you are 100% that you have properly identified the plant.
Rose hips

Rose Hips AKA the fruit of Rose’s

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Rose Hips (Rosaceae spp.) Did you know that there are over 2500 species in the rose family and all of them bare some sort of fruit. Maybe some of them you wouldn’t think belongs to this family:

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Almonds
Stone fruits such as peaches, apricots, choke cherries and the like.
Apples
Hawthorn
Loguats
Berries such as blackberry, raspberry, strawberries and so many more.
Even goatsbeard belongs to this family.

Pretty interesting huh! Now did you know that the beautiful rose that is so commonly used as a gift to show your love to another also bares Edible fruits? These fruits are known as rose hips and they appear after the flower has formed on the rose plant, the petals fall off and then a rose hip (or edible fruit) starts to emerge.

These delicious fruits are extremely high in vitamin C, contain astringent properties and are very restorative to the sickened body. They are also wonderful to steep in a honey or mash up to make a vinegar or delicious syrup and then added to any regiment while one is ill. Rose hips are also said to be especially good for calming babies who are sick with colic.

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I will use these delicious rose hips I harvested in the San Francisco peaks near Flagstaff last weekend to make a delicious honey that will be infused with a few other medicinal herbs. So stay tuned for the release of a delicious honey blend and quite a few more that have been steeping for a while now ;)

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Disclaimer: This has not been approved by the FDA. This is not intended to diagnose,
treat, cure or prevent disease. Consult your health care provider before using this product. And most importantly I do not recommend harvest anything from the wild and do not consume anything wild unless you are absolutely sure of it’s origin & what it is!
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Join the Food Revolution!

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My friend Greg Peterson is an urban farmer in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s an educator and

longtime food­grower offering a webinar coming up soon called 3 Simple Steps To Grow Fruits

And Veggies For A Healthier Life (click HERE for more information). He has dedicated his life

to learning how to grow healthy, nutrient­dense food and transforming the global food system.

He is one of the leaders in the Food Revolution and I absolutely love what he does.

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Click the link below to check this out!

Click here to Join the Food Revolution!

https://dd200.isrefer.com/go/3StepsGrow/rose123

Below is an

article that he wrote about a day on his farm:

There is something to eat in my yard every day, 365 days a year. Last Thanksgiving it

was a wonderful salad that included: Six different greens such as Nasturtium leaves and sorrel

(a surprise find growing in the back ‘wild’ area); ruby red pomegranate seeds; an incredible

citrus called limequat that was sliced up skin and all for a tangy/sweet sensation; and a little bit

of the herbs tarragon and fennel, with a smidge of that pretty little three­leaf clover you see

growing in some yards called sour grass. The flavors were so diverse and striking that I chose

not to add any dressing at all.

I have spent a large part of the past 27 years integrating edible plants into my landscape,

from the Thanksgiving salad and my farm soup, to the occasional snack as I work through my

weekly urban farmer tasks. All the hard work and experimentation has netted an incredible,

edible yard and a hard­knock education about how and what grows best in my yard.

When I was in the eighth grade my family moved into a home with a very large yard where

the back 1/3­acre became our garden. We planted, the seeds grew and a spark ignited inside of

me…I decided to be a farmer. Over time, my dream became farming 200 acres out there

somewhere, and when I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree I was required to write a

vision for my life. In that vision, “farmer” showed up, but with a twist: Instead of 200 acres, The

Urban Farm was born on a 0.4­acre property in Phoenix, AZ and I was a farmer. My gardening

hobby of 10+ years was in reality urban farming, an incredible canvas on which to paint my

dream.

One outlet for my passion has been to re­landscape my entire yard with the notion that

everything that I grow is either edible, or supports the plants that are edible. Over the past 27

years I have planted trees that produce edible fruits, nuts and beans such as mesquite;

perennial herbs including basil, rosemary and oregano that I use a hedge trimmer on

periodically; along with the standard annual vegetables – broccoli, snow peas, and cucumbers

to name just a few.

Because of our name, visitors to The Urban Farm have an expectation that they will see

long rows of corn and beans, and a full working traditional farm. To the contrary, much of what

we have accomplished lives in standard garden beds, and if a person visiting did not know any

differently they would just see a nicely landscaped yard.

Magic happens when I stand back and watch the natural processes that exist in my yard.

A couple of decades ago I was fighting a basil plant ­ it wanted to bloom, I wanted the basil

leaves ­ as if I KNEW what was best for it. After a long battle, which I finally learned that I could

not win, I gave up and let the basil bloom, and boy did it bloom. What happened next was one

of those secrets that nature only whispers if you stand back and watch. The bees arrived by the

hundreds, and since then pollination has not been a problem on The Urban Farm.

My job these days has become helping others transform their outdoor living spaces into

edible wonderlands. Offering a plethora of classes on a diverse list of topics is the most natural

way for me to express my passion. Over the years topics such as vermiculture (cultivating

worms for their manure), desert gardening, edible landscaping, fruit trees, and the always

popular “Keeping Chickens in Your Yard” have begun to reconnect Phoenix residents to the

roots of where our food comes from.

Now I’ve expanded my reach to the global community by offering online classes, both free

and paid, to inspire and empower people from around the world to grow their own healthy,

organic food and join the food revolution. My latest free webinar, 3 Simple Steps To Grow

Fruits And Veggies For A Healthier Life, will cover how to choose the right space to plant

your edible garden, how to determine what to plant when, why soil is your most important asset

and gardening hacks that will make growing your own food easy and successful. If you are

excited to join the revolution and start creating your edible yard or patio but have little to no

experience, this webinar was designed for you! Click here to learn more.

Farming the city spaces around us presents a whole new paradigm for growing our own

food and reigniting our connection to nature. The tools are here, and the knowledge is available,

you can kindle your desire by getting your hands dirty, taking a chance and spreading some

seeds. The fruits of your labor are much tastier (not to mention cheaper) than what you find in

the grocery store and come along with the satisfaction that YOU grew them. Many people tell

me of their “black” thumbs as they admire what is grown on The Urban Farm. I reflect back to

them the years of experimenting that I have done, noting the countless plants that did NOT

make under my care… and that is how I learned.

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Catnip, Nepeta cataria

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Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Everyone knows that catnip is used to get our cats feeling perky, but did you know we humans can use it to? I grow catnip in my garden for all kinds of medicinal uses. Catnip is a member of the mint family and can be used to help with anxiety, tummy issues such as indigestion, cramps or nausea, it can also be used to help with colic, fevers and menstrual cramps. Sometimes I’ll brew a tea for my toddler and give this to him to help him calm down in the evening. Have you used catnip for medicinal uses?

Have you used catnip for medicinal uses? If so leave a comment I’d love to hear what your thoughts, preparations or experience was. And if you are going to grow this in your garden I really recommend keeping it in a pot or in an area where you do not mind if it spreads, because it will take over!

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Silence your Mind…

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“The Soul always know what to do to Heal itself, the challenge is to Silence the Mind…”

Do you ever feel this way when you are attempting to meditate? It’s okay, a lot of people find it hard to quiet their minds for any length of time. Which is not surprising at all, with the way the world runs today.

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There are many styles of meditation, maybe you need to research other methods or change the environment you are in, as sometimes the environment can make or break a successful meditation experience. Some may even  help you feel like this:

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So how do you meditate? Here are a few different ways I meditate:

1. Lay down on my back, close my eyes, silence all thoughts and sounds and drift off.
2. Sit up in a chair with my feet on the ground, sit with back straight, silence all thoughts and sounds & drift off.
3. Silently count with the intention of silencing all other thoughts in my mind, do this for at least 20 minutes and my mind & body feel peaceful & at ease.
4. Light a candle, fixate my eyes on the flame, focus only on the flame & drift off.
5. Listen to some peaceful music or chants, clear my mind of all other chatter or thought & drift off.
6. Visualize a certain color like amethyst, blue, green, white etc. And think of clearing my energy of negative vibes.
7. Lay down imagine every part of my body relaxing. Starting fro my feet, then my ankles and keep moving up my body until all body parts are relaxed and my mind is quiet. Sit here for at least 20 minutes and enjoy.
8. Use any of these methods and after I have cleared my mind I will focus on a specific problem, solution or answer I want to attain and send it out to the universe with feelings of Love & Gratitude and wait until the Universe sends back the answers. I continue with the meditation until the answer comes, which it ALWAYS does.

Best of luck to you & your meditation…

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Lemon Yogurt Pasta

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What’s for dinner?

As a single mom sometimes I find it hard to create delicious, healthy & quick meals for my sweet little boy (who is four at the moment) and I. All of the demands, responsibilities & time restraints make it hard to spend much time in the kitchen to prepare healthy meals that are not from a box or containing loads of preservatives. Pasta seems to be one of those meals that I can prepare, toss just about anything into it & my little one will usually enjoy it.

Lemon Yogurt Pasta

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Lemon yogurt pasta (mamas dish)

Lemon yogurt pasta (little ones dish)

Lemon yogurt pasta (little ones dish)

Organic whole wheat pasta, kale, spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts tossed in olive oil, plain yogurt, lemon juice, fresh basil, salt & pepper & topped with toasted chickpeas & a side of fresh tangelos from a friends yard!

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Lemon yogurt pasta with chickpeas

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Delicious, creamy & totally healthy!

Organic Ingredients:

Lemon Yogurt Pasta:

Whole wheat pasta

Handful kale

Handful spinach

2 Handfuls fresh tomatoes

Handful pine nuts

Olive oil

Nutritional Yeast

1-2 Tbsp Plain yogurt

2-3 Tbsp Fresh Lemon juice

Handful Fresh basil

1 tsp Turmeric

Himalayan salt & pepper to taste

Toasted chickpeas

Method:

Bring water to a boil, toss in raw pasta for about 20 minutes or until Al dente. In the mean time dice up tomatoes, kale, spinach & basil. Once pasta is tender, drain & toss in olive oil, turmeric, nutritional yeast, kale & spinach (the heat allows them to cook slightly & become tender as well) then mix well. Once mixed toss in pine nuts, yogurt, salt & pepper and Enjoy!

Toasted Chickpeas:

I made my own chickpeas by cooking in a crockpot for part of the day. You can use a can if you do not make your own chickpeas. Simply preheat over to 425 degrees, while heating oven place chickpeas, olive oil, salt & pepper into a plastic bag, mix gently & once over is heated place mixture into a baking dish & bake for 20 minutes. If you time it right both the pasta & chickpeas should be ready at the same time.

Hope you Enjoy, please let me know what you think, feel free to leave a comment down below.

Until next time… Peace be with you…

 

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harested Tangelos

Delicious Veggie Wraps

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Sometimes it is easier to prepare a delicious and healthy meal than we think. Many times I find myself discouraged to make something nourishing & healthy at home for fear that it will take too much time. When the fact of the matter is, as soon as we put that fear to the side we start creating wonderfully delicious things.

What’s on the menu for todays lunch & takes less then 10 minutes to prepare?

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harvested Tangelos

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harested Tangelos

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harvested Tangelos

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Medicinal Kimchi

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Delicious Veggie Wraps

In my fridge months ago a friend & I made an amazing Kimchi. We made a gallon jar of it, so I am just now getting to the last of it. Earlier this week I went to a friends house to drop off some medicinal item’s & she gifted me with the most delicious tangelos from her backyard! After spending the morning out of the house, running errand and forgetting breakfast, I came home & wanted to create quick nourishing meal, that was warm, satisfying & flavorful. That’s when I looked through the fridge & realized I had all that I needed to create this lovely meal depicted above.

Organic Ingredients:

1 Flatout wraps

4 Baby Portables

Handful Purple Kale

Handful Fresh Spinach

1/4 Purple Onion

1 Garlic Clove

Olive oil

Himalayan Salt

Black Pepper freshly ground

1 Glop Jalapeño Artichoke dip from Sprouts

Method:

Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Dice up onion & garlic, place in pan once oil is heated, cover with salt, cook for about 3-5 minutes. Chop up shrooms, kale & spinach, toss in pan, cover with salt & pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Spread Jalapeño Artichoke dip onto wrap, place cooked veggies inside, wrap up tightly & place back in pan. Brown each side lightly, takes about 30-60 seconds per side. Remove from pan, slice & enjoy!

I had forgotten to fill wrap with the Medicinal Kimchi, so I added on the side & scooped on top of wrap as I ate it. Peeled a fresh tangelo & enjoyed!

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Delicious Veggie Wraps

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Hope you enjoyed this easy & simple recipe. Please post a comment if you try it out, I would Love to hear how’s yours came out!

Until Next Time… Peace Be with You…

toxic stress

A Toll on our Nation in regards to Toxic Stress

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What is Toxic Stress?

“The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and brain. Such toxic stress can have damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan.”

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Watch this short video for a better description of Toxic Stress.

Learning to deal with stress is an important component to dealing with everyday life. I am going to be discussing a few things that could be done in the U.S to help alleviate Toxic Stress in our Nation. Please watch this video to get a better understanding as to the matter at hand.

“Please if you have any care for the future of our children, healthcare or community, watch this video and hear what the Federal, Scientific & Pediatric Level Communities have to say on the issue of the effects Toxic Stress has on our Children.

This video discusses Toxic Stress, that we as adults and as a Nation inflict upon our Children that leads to such issues as sickness and imprisonment later in life. We as a collective whole, have to do a better job at maintaining a higher quality of standards Nationwide when it comes to our children’s health & education. Through maintaining higher standards we can dramatically decrease poverty, sickness, disease, antisocial behaviors and incarcerations here in the United States.

These are immediate changes that need to take place in our country & communities, if we desire any Hope for our Future generations. This video was captured in 2010, what has our country done in the past 5 years to pave the way for the positive changes in our system this podcast discussed? But most Importantly what are you currently doing in regards to lowering Toxic Stress in your immediate environment?” (Free Spirit and Mind, 2105).

How would I sell these changes to the public you ask? I am already selling these changes on Facebook, I posted the above words with the video, “The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy” on my business news feed. Why did I do this? To get awareness out as to the severity of toxic stress on our Nation, especially when it comes to our children and youth. I did so to engage the minds of everyday people out there, to get the typical mother, father, friend and teacher alike to start contemplating such issues.

In addition to the Facebook post I made, I think seminars, classes and talks about toxic stress need to be raised on a constant basis. I think the people need to evaluate and consider how stress in our immediate environment negatively affects our families, children, homes, community and Nation. I would like such questions to be openly spoken about; what are local and state agencies doing to counter the effects of toxic stress in our youth. I for one engage in natural activities like hikes, plant walks and drum circles with my son as a way to lower stress for my child and as a way to lighten his heart to the way our society has hardened over the years. I think it would be beneficial if the media continued to bring up these issues on a regular basis. The main issue I see with ideas like the video presents, is that once spoken of or discussed, the idea gets lost or forgotten about after a time and less effort is made to see the changes through. Keeping such issues at hand and open to discussion publicly on a regular basis can help raise awareness which can motivate change.

When it comes to considering policy changes in regards to toxic stress when and how it can affect different cultures, I would include discussing the impacts of income, poverty, proper education in the health care and school system and how medical care is being given to these communities. One of the main issues would be to address the educational level. How are children and parents receiving education about the effects of toxic stress? How we as a Nation, make sure that all cultures in our country are receiving the funds that will provide for this education? In the video, it touched on how studies reported that illegal immigrants actually have less stress in the family unit thann our recognized residents, at least until the parents are deported or removed from the child’s care. This is important as illegal immigrants is made of hundreds of different cultural communities here in the United States. It would be crucial to making National changes that include such communities.

At the end of the video a question was asked as to exactly what policy changes are to be considered to see through that toxic stress is being addressed Nationally on all levels of help. What stood out to me most was the science community stating they want the people to begin to think of things in a new way, in a scientific way. This will take a lot of convincing, many people become bored with scientific evidence or they accept it but do not want to do anything with the information. They also want the state and local level to make positive changes that can be supported on a federal and political level. These are the three policy changes that the White House representative brought up (Center on the Developing Child, 2010):

  1. Do more around home visits for vulnerable families & how this can help parenting. I believe this would require more state and federal support, both on a participation and financial level. This could reinforce the seriousness of the cause and allow parents and communities to understand how desperately desired this movement is on a political and community level.
  2. Broadening & growing our network of Pediatric & mental health programs to lessen toxic stress and as a medium to bring awareness to the parents or caregivers of our youth. Keeping this issue open and ongoing is the only way I see this policy being successfully followed through with.
  3. Screening more of the vulnerable kids at an earlier age. I see this one being crucial for minorities, domestic violence, illegal immigrants and adoption cases. Making sure that no child is left out regardless of their culture, financial needs or social status.

What can we do to reduce Toxic Stress?

In order to lesson Toxic Stress on a National or even community level will not be an easy endeavor. There are many roadblocks that we will surely face that could be detrimental to the cause. Planning out and preparing for such roadblocks could be a way to safeguard the changes that are to be made. Toxic stress is a here and now problem we face on a day to day basis. These problems are the problems that should be dealt with in the now, they should not be swept under the rug or discussed at a later date. These are the problems that are killing our Nation’s children, not space exploration or discovering life on other planets. We should be looking to sustainable solutions that can heal our immediate problems here and now. Here are a few of the roadblocks that could be a potential threat to eradicating toxic stress from our communities.

Currently there are not too many resources that are openly provided to parents in regards to toxic stress. By connecting parents to the proper resources can bring attention and awareness to the severity toxic stress has on our children’s and community future. Through educational seminars open to the public, free of cost could also be a network to introduce the idea of toxic stress. I would not be surprised if many people out there did not know the meaning of toxic stress.

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Where will the money come from? As brought up in the video, we have found the funds that pay for space exploration and researching life on other planets so how is it that we are not able to find the funds to heal our immediate issues that are causing so many problems throughout our Nation. If our mission of bridging internal medicine and pediatrics together is to safeguard the future actions of children, which can prevent further disease and incarceration, I do not see the government being willing to participate, for fear of losing financial liquidations this country depends on from our sick and imprisoned population. In my opinion in order to find the funds, at least on a political level, we would need the government to be willing to do what is right for the people and their Nation. If this is not able to take place, which I do not see happening any time soon, then the funds will have to come from private sources, non-profit businesses or the rich who have an abundance of wealth and are willing to fund such a cause.

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Illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants make up an ever increasing number of our population. How can we help pave the way for all our Nations people when we have so many immigrants that are unaccounted for? This is another roadblock that we face as a whole without being able to account for these statistics, we are unable to make the proper changes that include all communities. But there is no hope for these immigrants to come forward and claim their ground, as they fear the reprisal of being deported. A solution that would have to be discussed would be to grant sovereignty or legal status to immigrants with the condition that they participate in mandatory programs that will educate families on toxic stress. But then the question would be, would our government and nations peoples be willing to implement such a change?

What about removing toxic stress from children who have parents that are unwilling to make positive changes for them. What motivational factors can be implemented in schools and pediatric offices that could entice unwilling parents to do what is right for their children? I see a major issue may be that these type of parents have fear of revealing some sort of domestic violence issue in their home. Maybe these parents are too self absorbed, lazy or were brought up by parents who lacked their own care. Then the issue would be to make sure the resources are openly provided to the families and the children alike. Possibly offering more big brother or big sister programs that would provide mentors or peer support to such children that do not have the parental support needed to remove toxic stress from their lives. After all if we are able to help one life, then we are doing our part.

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Toxic stress is an everyday problem that we face in our homes, communities and Nation. It is our responsibility as individuals to bridge the divide and to bring awareness of such issues that keep our society in despair. If changes are to be made on a bigger level we will need the support of highly placed individuals both as a voice, spokesman and financially. We will need to awareness of the negative consequences of toxic stress brought to the attention of every home, of every individual and of every institution. If we can find the means of restoration to our communities then we ensure an abundance of peace, love and support throughout our Nation. After all if we are to look towards a better and brighter future for our people, we must look to our children so they may provide the way for our next generations.

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References

Free Spirit and Mind. (2015). In Facebook [business page]. Retrieved December, 17th 2015, from https://www.facebook.com/freespiritandmind/.

Center on the Developing Child. (2010). The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy. Retrieved from: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/the-toxic-stress-of-early-childhood-adversity-rethinking-health-and-education-policy/

Nut & Bean Veggie burger

Nut & Bean Veggie Burger

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Last night my friend & I wanted to make a really yummy dinner. I had already put a bunch of black bean & garbanzo beans to soak in the crock pot… So I thought Veggie burgers would be really yummy. The last time I tried to make veggie burgers I tried a recipe using quinoa & black beans but it turned out really dry & crumbly, I was not please at all! So I started my search on Pinterest for a yummy, juicy veggie burger. I could not decide on a specific recipe so I used the base of these recipes to make my own creation…

Stupid Simple Bean Burgers With Paprika Garlic Burger Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Black Bean Hemp Burgers [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Nut & Bean Veggie Burger… one of the best burgers I have ever had!

I really liked the idea of using more nuts in the recipe & am glad because after making this recipe I think the nuts make the patties more “meat like” and the patties seem to hold together better.

Organic Ingredient:

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ c. Walnuts nuts
  • ¼ c. pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ c. hemp seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 c cooked & drained beans; I used black & garbanzo
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½-1 c. rolled oats
  • Coconut oil

Toppings

  • 1 c. Homemade medicinal kimchi; click here for recipe
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 Tomato, sliced

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients into a bowl, mix with a handheld blender. The consistency should be thick, not runny if it is not add more oats until you reach the desired consistency.

Place dough onto wax paper and fork out. I used a large canning jar lid to cut the patties; making sure each patty fills the lid. Then place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, bake for 20 minutes, pull out, flip and place back in for about 10-15 more minutes. Serve & enjoy.

Spicy Cheese Sauce

  • 1/2 c. Raw Cashew
  • 1/2 c. Nutritional yeast
  • Part of the red bell pepper, diced
  • Part of the tomato, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs. Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Curry
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Method:

While the patties are cooking place all ingredients (except the diced tomatoes) into a blender or Nutribullet, blend until smooth & creamy. After the sauce pleases you add in the tomatoes, stir & slather on your veggie burger along with the other toppings.

Crispy Kale Chips

  • 1 bunch kale, diced into 1 inch squares
  • Several Tbs. Coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. Crushed nut mixture; I have been using a mixture of walnuts, cashew, pumpkin & hemp seeds in replace of bread crumbs, I used this.
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Method:

Dice up kale, place all ingredients into a large ziplock bag, seal & rub all ingredients into one another. Let sit in bag until you flip the burgers. Once you do Place the kale mixture onto a cookie sheet & place into the oven to cook for remainder of cooking time. About 20 minutes seems to be perfect.

Nut & Bean Veggie burger with tomato, avocado & medicinal KimChi & Crispy Kale Chips.

Nut & Bean Veggie burger with tomato, avocado & medicinal KimChi & Crispy Kale Chips.

I served this dish with the toppings & Kale chips. We were very pleased with the entire meal. The patties were thick, juicy & easy to eat they was savory, tasty, filling & satisfying. There is no reason why vegetarian cooking should be boring, bland & tasteless. It can be fun, delicious and juicy!