Winter 2018 face oil


I’ve been creating variations of this face oil now for well over one year. It seems to last approximately 3 to 4 months. You can read about my last concoction here.

This time around, given winter is basically here, I’ve gravitated towards more moisturizing oils. As a base, I used jojoba because it’s excellent for the skin and macadamia nut for its skin moisturizing, regenerative, anti-aging and non pore clogging properties.

To be honest, the proportions for the base oil (1 part jojoba and 3 parts macadamia) were purely based on how much of each oil I had left! I would have reversed the proportions had I had more jojoba left. I was actually really nervous about using so much macadamia… I thought it would be really greasy for some reason but I FELL IN LOVE with it! I’m really happy with the texture of it and how my skin absorbs it super well.

As for the essential oils, I picked the following:

  • Frankincense (5 drops): because I ALWAYS use frank on my skin. It is said to preserve a youthful complexion and aids in cell regeneration. (Mic drop)
  • Patchouli (1 drop): great for dry and mature skin. Because let’s face it… I ain’t getting any younger.
  • Sandalwood (2 drops): good for dehydrated and aging skin. Pretty much the same reason I went with patchouli. By the way, I am obsessed with using sandalwood in my hair! I’ll post about my shampoo soon 😉
  • Blue tansy (2 drops): moisturizing and soothing to dry skin. And that blue colour… that means it has antioxidant super powers!

I mixed all of the above in a 50 ml amber glass bottle with dropper lid. It only takes about 6 to 7 drops per application.

What do you think about my oil choices? Let me know!

M.


November natural health order

For a myriad of reasons I won’t get into tonight, I decided to blog my monthly natural wellness order. Maybe one day I’ll blog about the reasons why I did so 😉

The big bottle is alcohol-free, essential oil infused On Guard mouthwash and it is my new obsession. Seriously, I had run out for a few days and I was freaking out over my oral health. Why? Because I see HUGE benefits from using this mouthwash every day. You only see me unpack one bottle here but I actually ordered two bottles – I couldn’t even wait to do this short video and blog post to start using it again. It’s now one of my MUST HAVE products. It also rates super well if you look up the ingredients in the Environmental Working Group database.

You also don’t see me unpack my second obsession, which is the PB Assist Junior kids probiotics. I’ve unpacked these a few times already and talked about them. I’ve ordered them regularly. However, the problem now is that I’ve tasted them… and well… they taste AMAZING! So I haven’t even been taking my “adult” probiotics anymore I just want the kids version. No kidding, I crave the stuff like I crave candy or chocolate. Except this is actually good for me. Have a hard time remembering to take probiotics? If you fall in love with the taste like I do, it will never been an issue again! In fact, you’ll have a hard time holding back from taking more 🙂

So now for the oils… I won’t explain all the different uses for these oils – because there are tons! – I’ll just cover what I used these for.

  • Clove: incredible antioxidant; good for oral health (Health Canada approved for internal use).
  • Bergamot: love diffusing at night for bedtime; on an emotional level, it’s an oil that helps provide confidence and self-esteem. It might sound crazy y’all but it works for me!
  • Lemon: an all-around great cleanser. What don’t I use lemon for? People also love it for the skin but make sure you avoid the sun for at least 12 hours if you apply it topically.
  • Geranium: this is another great one for the skin. It’s in the skin moisturizer I make. I like putting a drop over my heart when I need some emotional support. I’ll mix this with Clary Sage and apply topically for respiratory relief (and my beau loves the smell of this combo on me).
  • Black pepper: honestly, I’m just low on this one and not too sure why. It’s used a lot in pain blends.
  • Arborvitae: I love the smell of this one (think: wet cedar) so I diffuse it a lot with a citrus oil and flowery oil. I like to put a drop under my feet as a tonic.

Voilà! That’s my November health products restock.

M.


Easy sourdough bread recipe

I dabbled into bread-making several years ago when I was on maternity leave. Since I was on leave from work, I had more time to experiment with the complicated recipes I had. But, as soon as I was back to work, the bread-making completely stopped. Trying to time the multiple rises with a 9 – 5 job was just way too much trouble.

This past summer, I discovered dutch oven bread-making. It sounded too good to be true but I decided to give it a shot! I have to say, since making bread this way, I’ve never goofed up a loaf of bread (except the time I forgot the yeast… and the time I forgot to put flour at the bottom of the pot and the loaf stuck). It’s practically fool-proof.

I’ve seen different variations of the recipe but here’s the one that works for me.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp sourdough starter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry active yeast

Instructions

In a glass bowl, mix all ingredients and cover with a warm, humid cloth. Let rise at least 8 hours.

After dough has risen, put the dutch oven in the oven and preheat at 450 degrees. While everything is heating, flour the counter and knead the dough adding more flour if too sticky. Fold dough under into a nice ball and score the top. 

When the oven is preheated, take the dutch over out and add some flour at the bottom. This is important, otherwise your dough will stick! Add the dough and bake covered for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove the lid and bake for another 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown. 

Consume within the next couple of days. You can experiment by adding spices, olives, food-grade rosemary essential oil, etc.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

M.