Monday, May 23, 2011

Kombucha (More helpful information)

Kombucha - Ancient Chinese and Russian Home Remedy as Fermented Tea

Kombucha Rejuvenates, Restores, Revitalizes, Recharges, Rebuilds, Regenerates, Replenishes, Rebalances and Renuews!

Correctly brewed Kombucha contains healthful enzymes, probiotics for gut integrity plus all the benefits of green tea.

Kombucha supports...
Digestion
Metabolism
Immune system function
Appetite and weight control
Liver function
Body alkalinity
Anti-Aging
Cell integrity
Healthy Skin and Hair

Getting Started: Gather the following...
A one gallon or 3 liter glass container, (not plastic or metal) with wide mouth
Water; enopugh for your container to within a couple inches of top, pure and chlorine free (boil tap water for 5 minutes without lid or let set 24 hours uncovered) Use high alkaline water if available.

Kombucha colony (starter) from previous batch or a friend (about 1/3 cup of previously made kombucha tea). This is the fermented tea with microbes in it. About 1/3 cup.

Sugar; organic sugar, or regular white. Don't worry about ingesting sugar, if your colony is well and healthy, they consume the sugar and produce healthful enzymes and acides within a week to 10 days or longer. Finished Kombucha should not taste sweet. Don't use honey as it will kill microbes. For one gallon use 1 cup. Cut back for smaller batches.

Tea; Green tea, decaffinated green tea, regular black tea, or yerba mate tea in bags. If you experiment with other herbal teas, keep the ratio with green tea 3:1 for best, most healthful results. For 1 gallon of tea use 5-6 bags.

Vinegar: this should be only fermented apple cider vinegar like Bragg's. For one gallon use only 1 tsp. or less per batch. This helps keep the tea on the alkaline side of ph scale. Kombucha is a high Alkaline tonic. Although apple cider vinegar tastes acidic, it is really alkaline. If you can get 8ph water - no need for vinegar.

Paper for cap; coffee filter papers work fery well for keep ing the top of jar covered but open to air. Paper towel would work also. Write the date of your Kombucha on the paper cap and the ingredients. Use an elastic to hold it in place during fermentation.

Warm place: Kombucha ferments swiftly in a warm place. In winter I use a heating pad set on low and pack a towel around it. This place should not be around moldy bread or places where pet dander or other dust accumulates. Limited direct sunlight it OK.

Batching; Heat water, maybe half of what the total is, until almost boiling. Turn off heat and add the tea bags. Let steep for an hour or more and cool down. Take the tea bags out and squeeze dry if you like, then add the sugar and vinegar. Stir to dissolve and pour into clean glass jar. Add more pure water. Before adding starter and "mushroom", test temperature. You should be able to leave a little finger in the solution and not be uncomfortable. Add the starter and "mushroom" then cap the jar with the paper and elastic. Set in warm place and leave it alone.

Fermenting: You can check on the tea as it ferments. You will see bubbles rising and the "mushroom" will be growing. You may see some floaty stuff in it which is normal. You may also see some brown stuff hanging on the underside of the "mushroom" and this is also normal. It is kind of a rudimentary root system. The top of the "mushroom" should look shiny and kind of white and opaque. There may be some liquid on the top this is also normal. If the "mushroom" falls to the bottom that is OK, it will eventually come back up. The microbes (combination of bacteria, fungus and lichen... all friendly) make this cap to protect themselves from harmful microbes. If temperatures slip lower than 75 degrees the microbes will still keep reproducing by they slow down. They will keep working even in the fridge after decanting.

Decanting: This is the pour off. Test your Kombucha after a week with a straw or spoon. If it tastes very "dry" and a bit vinegary with some fizz to it, then it is ready. If it still tastes sweet then it could use another couple days of fermenting. This fermenting process does produce some alcohol but it is very minimum... like less than .5% and if you compare that to wine which is approx. 11-12% and beer or ale at 5-6% then .5% is hardly noticable.

Use a clean fork to take out the "mushroom" and place in a clean bowl. Use a fine strainer as you pour off the Kombucha into another clean container. Kombucha can be stored in smaller glass jars with tight fitting lids. They keep refrigerated for many weeks and months. Some microbes may accumulate in the bottom but this is normal as the microbes keep living and reproducing even in the cold.

Keep about 1/3-1/2 cup Kombucha in the bottom of the fermenting jar to start the next batch. WIth clean fingers, separate the two layers of "mushroom" and use the top one or parts of it for the next batch. The new one is sometimes called the "baby" and the bottom one is the original one and sometimes called the "mother." This "mushroom" cap can be eaten. I chop it up and add some salt, dill onion and a.c. vinegar and make a sort of pickle out of them. They can be thrown away or ground up and used in compost. Old "mushrooms" can also be kept in a Ziplock bag or plastic container in tnhe fridge for months.

Consuming: Drink about 4-8 ounces a day diluted with pure water or with fruit juice.

Kombucha is very beneficial for anyone trying to detox the body or recover from illness especially when antibiotics have been taken. Using friendly microbes to fight pathogenic microbes is good medicine and the way the ancient peoples did it. For those who want probiotics but do not consume dairy products like yogurt, this is a great alternative.

*Information taken from a flyer handed to me by Joanne Seal who produces starts for many healty cultures such as. Sourdough, kombucha, kefir pearls, yogurt, and Prill Beads for pure water.

Sinus & Nasal Spray With Xylitol

1 Fine mist sprayer bottle (can be found at health food stores or on-line)
1 oz purified water
1/8 tsp non-aluminum baking soda
1/8 tsp xylitol

Mix together and use daily to hydrate the sinuses, and relieve the effects of dry or re-circulated air.

All Natural Homemade Deoderant

8 oz Shea Butter


1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
2 tsp Baking Soda (aluminum free)

1 tsp vitamin E Oil (optional)
1/2 - 1 tsp organic essential oils and/or flavor oils

Use pure and organic ingredients for the best results.

Store in an aluminum-free food grade container.

How to use Essential Oils

When you are looking for essential oils, be sure to find those that are certified organic and spectramatigraph tested.
Here are some instructions for essential oil use:

Direct Application
- Apply neat, directly to the skin on location (the definition "neat). Dilute oils if necessary with message oil.
- Oils penetrate the skin. Rapid absorption delivers benefits throughouth the body within minutes.
-When trying new oils, always test a small area of skin before applying over the body.

Direct Inhalation
-Put several drops into the palms of your hands, rub together, or put on a tissue.
-Cup your hands over your nose and mouth, breathe deeply.

Massage
-Mix 10-12 drops (5 for children) of your favorite essential oils with one ounce of massage/carrier oil.

Wear as a purfume or cologne
-Apply pure, thereapeutic essential oils.
-Essential oils are superior alternatives to synthetic fragrances and deoderants.

Personal Care Items
-Cleanse, rejuvenate, heal with the amazing botanicals and oils from nature-pure essential oils! Just add essential oils to your shampoo, conditioner, lotions, etc.
-Create your own essential oil-infused deodorant, or skin care oil, or tooth polish.

Bath
-Add 5-10 drops essential oil to Dead Sea Salt or Sea Salt, mix. Put in a warm bath.

Diffusing
-Set a mood or cleanse the air with mists of healing and protection.

Vaporizer/Humidifier
-Lavender oil is ideal for baby's room to calm and soothe with a healing aroma.
-Essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Lemon, or Frankincense are historical favorites to use in vaporizers.

Dietary Suppliments
-High quality, nutrient dense nutritional blends are essential to your daily vitality.
-Many essential oils can be ingested simply by putting 2-4 drops in a veggie capsule (obtain them at your local helath food store), and if needed, fill remaining space in capsule with edible oil. Can be taken with meals, or in between meals.
-Check with your health care professional before consuming any essential oils directly from the bottle.

Create a Compress
-Rub several drops of oil on desired location.
-Cover the area with a hot, damp towel. Cover the moist towel with a dry towel.
-If the 'heat' of the oil ised becomes too intense, apply message oil - or any pure vegetable oil - on location to dilute intensity.

Cleaning/Disinfecting In and Around The House
-A few drops of esssential oil may be added to the dishwasher or washing machine to clean and disinfect.
-Some essential oils create an environment that is unfrindly to and kills germs and bacterial. Some favorites include Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Thyme.

GF Low-Glycemic Mesquite Cupcakes

Ingredients: Makes 18 servings (18 each)
1 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1/3 cup Coconut flour
2/3 cup Mesquite flour
2-1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Real Salt
6 Large Eggs
1/4 cup Whole Milk
6 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Directions:

1 Mix together dry ingredients.
2 Mix together we ingredients.
3 Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4 Insert 12 cupcake liners into cupcake pan.
5 Fill liners 1/2-3/4 full.
6 Bake for 15-20 min.
7 Let cupcakes cool for 10 min. Put them in a Ziploc bag and place in fridge for 30 min. The flavors will be enhanced and the cupcakes will be perfectly moist and ready to eat. Enjoy!

Top with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:
1 Box Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
6 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 cup coconut palm sugar

- Transfer frosting to a pastry bag. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Frost your cupcakes. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Low-Glycemic Chocolate Cupcakes
Serving Size 1 each

Amount Per Serving
Calories 130.53 Calories from Fat 50

% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.83g 9%
Saturated Fat 3.16g 16%
Trans Fat 0.12g
Cholesterol81.02mg 27%
Sodium87.87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate17.52g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2.37g 9%
Sugars 11.26g
Protein 2.99g 6%
Vitamin A (IU) 96.45 2%
Vitamin C 0.36mg 1%
Calcium 20.97mg 2%
Iron 0.52mg 3%

GF Low-Glycemic Coconut Cupcakes

Ingredients: Makes 18 servings (18 each)
1 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1/3 cup Coconut flour
2/3 cup Fine Cut Coconut Flakes
2-1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Real Salt
6 Large Eggs
1/4 cup Whole Milk
6 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Directions:

1 Mix together dry ingredients.
2 Mix together we ingredients.
3 Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4 Insert 12 cupcake liners into cupcake pan.
5 Fill liners 1/2-3/4 full.
6 Bake for 15-20 min.
7 Let cupcakes cool for 10 min. Put them in a Ziploc bag and place in fridge for 30 min. The flavors will be enhanced and the cupcakes will be perfectly moist and ready to eat. Enjoy!

Top with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:
1 Box Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
6 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 cup coconut palm sugar

- Transfer frosting to a pastry bag. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Frost your cupcakes. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Low-Glycemic Chocolate Cupcakes
Serving Size 1 each

Amount Per Serving
Calories 122.88 Calories from Fat 60

% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.6g 10%
Saturated Fat 3.88g 19%
Trans Fat 0.12g
Cholesterol81.02mg 27%
Sodium87.16mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate14.2g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1.16g 8%
Sugars 9.31g
Protein 2.63g 6%
Vitamin A (IU) 96.45 2%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 15.45mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%

GF Low-Glycemic Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients: Makes 18 servings (18 each)
1 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1/3 cup Coconut flour
2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
2-1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Real Salt
6 Large Eggs
1/4 cup Whole Milk
6 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Directions:

1 Mix together dry ingredients.
2 Mix together we ingredients.
3 Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4 Insert 12 cupcake liners into cupcake pan.
5 Fill liners 1/2-3/4 full.
6 Bake for 15-20 min.
7 Let cupcakes cool for 10 min. Put them in a Ziploc bag and place in fridge for 30 min. The flavors will be enhanced and the cupcakes will be perfectly moist and ready to eat. Enjoy!

Top with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:
1 Box Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
6 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 cup coconut palm sugar

- Transfer frosting to a pastry bag. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Frost your cupcakes. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Low-Glycemic Chocolate Cupcakes
Serving Size 1 each

Amount Per Serving
Calories 116.31 Calories from Fat 60

% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.13g 9%
Saturated Fat 3.16g 16%
Trans Fat 0.12g
Cholesterol81.02mg 27%
Sodium79.35mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate14.56g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2.07g 8%
Sugars 8.3g
Protein3.14g 6%
Vitamin A (IU) 96.45 2%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 15.04mg 2%
Iron 0.57mg 3%

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Easy Pizza Sauce


1 (6 oz) Can Organic Tomato Paste
6 oz can water
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp organic Italian herbs

Mix together in a small pan on the stove. Heat through then add on top of pizza crust.
Let cool then add cheese.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bodhi Yoga

One of the healing modalities that I am looking into is Yoga and I am blessed that this studio is just down the street from me.  They offer classes to become an instructor, I am going to do this in the next spring (if finances allow).

During your Five Immersion Sessions, you will learn:

•    To teach a complete repertoire of Yoga Asana Postures

•    A variety of Vinyasa Power Flow Styles and Sequencing

•    The twelve Systems of the Body as related to the body of Yoga

•    Anatomy/Emotions of Yoga Movement

•    Structures of Sanskrit/Ayurveda

•    Teaching students yoga through body awareness

•    Comprehensive approaches to asana Hands-on-adjusting

•    Developing Specialized Classes

•    Skills for leading groups or private sessions with confidence
and authenticity.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ayurveda Hair Care

Soap Nuts as Replacement for Laundry Soap

Soap Nuts are a wonderful natural product, they can be used for laundry soap or for a household cleanser. I used the liquid in my Bissell Green Clean Machine and cleaned my couches, it worked wonderfully!

For Laundry:

Either add 4-5 Soap Nuts into a cotton bag and throw it into your washer with your laundry or use about 1 tbsp liquid.

Soap Nuts Liquid

5 Deseeded Soap nuts
4 Cups Water

Boil until reduced to about 1 cup water. Then strain the soap nuts and add to some sort of squeezable bottle or to a glass jar. Use about 1 tbsp. per wash load.

You can also use it to replace your liquid dish soap, as a general all purpose cleanser and as a carpet cleaner.


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