Archive | April, 2014

DIY Minty Toothpaste

9 Apr

Hey there lovely readers,

As a follow up to a recent post I wrote on natural dental care, here is a toothpaste recipe for all of those DIY mavens in the house. This recipe is very simple and, I must say, leaves you feeling extremely gratified because you can make something (*you thought*) only giant corporations with names that rhyme with ‘best’ and ‘tollgate’ could produce.

Go on and try your hand at this toothpaste, even for the sake of saying you did. If you realize the handmade stuff is not your thing, than as I suggested in my previous post, there are tons of great natural options out there (no assembly required). 🙂

DIY Minty Toothpaste

DIY Minty Toothpaste- cut the end off of a used toothpaste tube, fill with handmade version and seal with a clip or a toothpaste rolling key.

Minty Toothpaste

2 Tbs baking soda (mild abrasive and whitener)

2 Tbs coconut oil (antibacterial and good for gums — use cold-pressed, virgin, and if possible organic)

1 Tbs vegetable glycerin (clear, odourless liquid produced from plant oils and can be easily purchased at your local health food store)

1/2-1 tsp of stevia (to sweeten, otherwise baking soda is bitter –optional)

20-25 drops of peppermint essential oil (or try other essential oils like clove or lemon)

Mix all together into a creamy paste. Store in a airtight jar, a squeezy bottle, or I like to use a tip that I got from nutritionista Meghan Telpner and use an empty toothpaste tube. Cut the end off of the tube, wash it out, dry, and fill with toothpaste. Seal with a food clip, or a toothpaste tube rolling key (as shown in picture).

ENJOY!

Weekly Inspiration

2 Apr

Hey lovely readers,

Lately I have had some trouble keeping focus; mainly on goals and where I want to be in 1,5,10 years. I have found that reflecting on the present moment and observing activities that make up my time helps to garner some perspective.

Last week I had a visit by one of my beautiful sisters who had just come back from living in Argentina. Time with my family is always so special and reinvigorating–this visit was no exception. One morning I awoke to a quote transcribed by my sister on my kitchen chalkboard and it has stuck with me:

“Let the beauty we are, be what we do. There are many ways to kneel down and kiss the earth”. – Rumi

What a beautiful message! So much of what we do reflects who we are and where we aspire to be–even if we don’t realize it. Where do you spend your free time? What are you watching and listening to? What makes you soar? Come alive? Invigorates and brings you life?

Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to:

Listening to moody winter tunes- Volcano Choir has become my anthem for the long and cold winter days. If this music sounds vaguely familiar, your ears are not mistaken. Volcano Choir is a collaboration between Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Collections of Colonies of Bees . . .  Amaaazing!

Visiting the Integrative Health Institute (IHI)– I absolutely love this place. As the name suggests, IHI houses a number of holistic health practitioners all under one roof — which happens to be a gorgeous, airy, loft-like space. Each month they host a number of (free) wellness workshops on a variety of topics, check them out!

Eating comfort food- I love weekends! (I am sure there are more than a few who agree 🙂 ). Weekends for me are definitely the time when I regroup, recharge, and get inspired . . . and that always calls for some life-giving comfort food! I find myself making these pancakes more often than not because they are so00 delicious and full of goodness . . . at least more so than their regular counterparts.

Learning from others– Lately I have been inspired by the highly knowledgeable skin guru, Fran Kerr, who turned me on to the wonderful properties of hemp oil (especially great for acne). Watch her video here.

Hemp Oil has a comedongenic rating of '0' so it will not clog pores. I put some in a dropper bootle for ea

Hemp oil has a comedongenic rating of ‘0’ so it won’t clog pores. I pour mine in a dropper bottle for easy application.

What’s inspiring you lately? Do share!

 

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