Lucuma? Here’s the sweet story…

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First of all….did you even know there was a lucuma tree? With lucuma fruit? Well, you’re in for a sweet treat!

Apparently, Lucuma trees are native to the highland tropics of the Andes mountains in South America.  They are also the national fruit of Chile.  Side note: USA does NOT have a national fruit, but some individual states do.  You’re welcome.

And they’ve been around forEVER without my knowledge.  They are also called, ‘egg fruit’ since the fruit has a dry flesh (think hard boiled egg yolk texture).

So here we have a fruit with a dry flesh and a taste that is sort of maple syrupy and sweet potato rolled into one!  Some say it tastes like custard and a bit like pumpkin, but you will have to judge it for yourselves. You can purchase it HERE.

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Benefits?  How about beta carotene, 14 trace elements, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus…to name a few!

So what do we do with it?  You can purchase lucuma powder and use it in baking cakes, cookies, pies and muffins. Lucuma powder can also be used to sweeten smoothies, yogurt, or just eat it raw!  There are so many possibilities!  It has a naturally sweet taste and does NOT increase your blood sugar levels! 

Try this smoothie from Navitas Natural

J+C Detox Smoothie

afternoon pick me up

Need a lunch meal replacement or an afternoon pick me up? This is a Navitas office favorite.

Ingredients

2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds (*for Chia Gel)

2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder

2 tsp Navitas Naturals Wheatgrass Powder

1 Cup Water (*for Chia Gel)

1 Cup frozen Mango

1 Cup Pineapple

1½ Cup Pineapple Orange Juice

1 Cup Almond Milk

½ Cup Coconut Water

1 Cup Green Mango Peach Green Tea (cooled)

1½ Cup Ice

2 Tbsp Lime Juice

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Directions

*This recipe calls for ½ cup chia gel. Click here for the Basic Chia Gel recipe.

Blend ½ cup chia gel and remaining ingredients – enjoy!

Yield: 5-6

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Navitas Naturals

excellent ways to use your essential oils…

There are different ways to use essential oils.  Inhalation, application and oral use are three common uses.  Whichever method you use, make sure to use the freshest essential oils you can find, which is within 12 months of opening the bottle.  (Note:  To make your own dilutions for skin care, be sure to add two to five drops of essential oil to a good quality vegetable oil, such as sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, borage seed, evening primrose or olive oil)

Here are some lovely ways to use your essential oils (via)

Body Mist:  Add 5-10 drops of an essential oil to 4 ounces of water and shake well.  Take care when applying citrus oils to your face; these oils are photosensitive, meaning they can make your skin more prone to sunburn from ultraviolet light exposure.

Shampoo:  Add a few drops of lavender, basil, cedarwood, or patchouli oil to your shampoo to treat dandruff or an itchy scalp.  Rosemary oil can promote hair growth.

Skin cream:  Mix a couple drops of rosemary or rose oil into your face cream to boost it’s anti-aging capabilities.

Hankies:  Place one drop of essential oil on a handerkerchief or tissue to be used during an emotional emergency.

HumidifiersAdd one to nine drops of oil to the water in the reservoir.  Tea tree oil is a good all purpose antiseptic and antimicrobial. 

Fire logs:  Put one drop of cypress, pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil on a fire log at least a half hour before burning.  One perfumed log per fire is sufficient.

Room sprays:  Add about four drops of oil per cup of warm water to a plant sprayer.

Sooo….what’s in YOUR bath?

It’s the end of a long day…you have been pulled in every direction and you need to unwind….

From bubble baths to fizzy bath balls to Dead Sea salts, prepared bath products are designed to enhance a bathing experience, but they can be very expensive.

Here are five types of essential oils that can be used in a healing bath to cleanse and soften anyone’s mood.

LAVENDER OIL

Lavender relaxes the muscles and calms and soothes the nervous system.  Any time you are under stress or on the edge of anger or fear, take a levender bath to bring you back into balance.  It cools hot skin conditions, such as inflamed capillaries and rashes and relaxes and moistens dry skin.  Perfect for an evening bath.

LEMON OIL

Lemon oil refreshes and restores us when we are physically exhausted.  Used as a healing tonic in virtually every culture, freshly squeezed lemon or it’s essential oil, refreshes and tones the skin and giving it a youthful glow.  Ideal for spring and summer.

ROSEMARY OIL

Rosemary promotes circulation.  It warms, rejuvenates and relaxes the body.  Great if you have chronically cold hands or feet that you just can’t get warm.  Rosemary strengthens and warms the spirit.  This is an excellent bath for fall and winter.

SAGE OIL

Sage has a very high content of antioxidants. As a result it builds the body strong enough to fight against cancer and also prevents the body from getting damaged by oxidation. Sage oil is used to cure all different kinds of skin infections and diseases.  Calming and great for an evening bath.

SPRUCE OIL

Spruce Essential Oil has been used traditionally for infections and for supporting the immune system. It also very good for arthritis, rheumatic, sciatica and lower back pain.  It soothes and opens the lungs and will restore us back to health when we feel emotionally exhausted or burned out.  And ideal bath for late winter and early spring or whenever your lungs or sinuses are congested.

don’t get all wishy-washy about a detox bath…

Oh, you dirty thing, you!!  You need a bath!!  A detox bath!

A trip over to Wikihow gave me exact directions on how to have a fabulous detox bath while eliminating toxins and absorbing  minerals and nutrients from the bath water.  Some use mineral clays, aromatherapy oils, seaweeds and enzyme herbs to draw the toxins out of the body through the skin, but this recipe is using common products such as, epsom salts, baking soda and a little ginger.

Here are the steps to get you on your way to good health:

  • Prepare your bath on a day that you have at least 40 minutes available. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water.
  • Fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Use a chlorine filter if possible.
  • Add Epsom salts (a.k.a. magnesium sulfate). Soaking in Epsom salt actually helps replenish the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension.[1] The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.[2] Epsom salt is very inexpensive. It can be purchased in decently sized bags or cartons at discount stores in the garden center or pharmaceutical area. Very large bags can be ordered from garden centers.  (For adults 100lbs or more, use 2 cups or more to a standard bath)
  • Add 1 to 2 cups or more of baking soda (a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate). Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has antifungal properties.[3] It also leaves skin very soft. Large bags can usually be found in the swimming pool chemical area, but the boxes from the bakery aisle will work fine.
  • Add ground ginger or fresh ginger tea (optional). Ginger is heating to the body and may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added.  (Most people sweat profusely with the addition of the ginger, and if you wrap your body in a blanket immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours. This is especially beneficial if you are trying to rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold).
  • Add aromatherapy oils (optional). There are many oils that will help the bath to be a pleasant and relaxing experience (such as lavender and ylang ylang) as well as those that will assist in the detoxification process (tea tree oil or eucalyptus). Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath.  (If you prefer, you can use fresh herbs. Add mint leaves (warming), lavender flowers (soothing), chamomile (soothing), or anything else that suits your mood.)
  • Swish all of the ingredients around in the tub, then soak. Again, 40 minutes is recommended (the longer the better), but aim for at least 20. You should start sweating within the first few minutes. (If you feel too hot, start adding cold water into the tub until you cool off.)
  • Get out of the tub slowly and carefully. Your body has been working hard and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained. On top of that, the salts make your tub slippery, so stand with care.  This might be a good time to call in someone you don’t mind seeing you in the raw,  to help you out of the tub.
  • Drink plenty of water. Any time your body detoxes (after this type of bath, a massage, or chiropractic work, for example), you need to flush out toxins. If you don’t, you will likely feel sick afterwards.

Remember…detoxing is a lifestyle therapy and cleansing foods and juices can optimize your detox program.  As with all new therapies, please consult your doctor or health practitioner before beginning any new therapy, even if it is just a detox bath.

EXTRA TIPS…….

  • A bath of Epsom salt and baking soda bath is detoxing in and of itself, but other items can be added for further effects.
  • Don’t eat immediately before or after the bath.
  • It’s also a good idea to drink water before and during your bath, especially if you’re feeling overheated from the tub water.
  • Dry brush your skin before the bath for further benefits.
  • Relax for the rest of the day and allow your body to continue to detoxify and heal itself.
  • Have your towel nearby the tub and ready so that you can wrap up immediately and continue the detox.
  • Shower off the Epsom salts if desired, but it’s not necessary.
  • Other additives used by some are grapefruit seed oil, rosemary, and thyme.

WARNINGS:

  • Avoid putting hydrogen peroxide in your bath. As an oxidizing agent, it can have corrosive effects on your skin.[4]
  • Do not take a hot bath or a detox bath if you are pregnant, or have heart, kidney, or any other health issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • This article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or otherwise take the place of the advice of your licensed healthcare practitioner.

Here’s the skinny on….skin

What is detoxification?

Detoxification  is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymph and skin.  Our bodies do it everyday, naturally!

There are different types of cleanses and they each come in all shapes and sizes to be tailored to your individual needs.

Today I thought we would talk about a skin cleanse.  Everything that is going on inside you shows up on your skin.  It’s our largest organ of elimination and detoxification.  Think about it….when your colon becomes overloaded or your liver can’t efficiently filter the toxins coming from the digestive tract, your skin will begin to sweat them out, through rashes or boils.

Eeew.

Our skin mirrors our emotions and our hormone balance, also.  Most of us are toxic to some degree.  Dr. Colbert says in his book, The Seven Pillars of Health, “It’s similiar to forgetting to take the trash cans to the curb on trash day, and the garbage piles up in your garage.  Your cans eventually overflow, and the stench worsens.  You feel sick just walking near them.  After a few weeks the smell of the garbage is so bad that you can even smell it inside the house.”

 Got Stress?  It’s going to show up on our bodies through our skin texture, spots and blemishes.  You will lack energy, start experiencing environmental and food allergies and develop excessive mucus production.  And don’t even get me started on how it can throw a woman’s hormone balance off!

However there IS good newsOur diet is the quickest way to change our looks! Remember living foods? Our food is a gift, a blessing from God!  He wants us to enjoy our food and gave us many choices!  The term, ‘vegetable’ refers to foods we obtain from the leaves, stems, flower clusters, roots, tubers, seeds or fruits of plants.  They are loades with complex carbohydrates,  amino acids and essential fatty acids.

Here is what Dr. Rex Russell says in his book, What the Bible says about Healthy Living:

Three Principles God wants us to use for healthier lives

  1. Eat only substances God created for food.  Avoid what is not designed for food.
  2. As much as possible, eat foods as they were created – before they are changed or converted into something humans think might be better.
  3. Avoid food addictions.  Don’t let any food or drink become your god.

It is also essential to begin healing the skin from within, starting with the least expensive treat:  WATER!  Be sure to drink plenty of this gift!  Water is the single most important nutrient four our bodies and is considered a ‘miracle cure’ for many health conditions.

Here is a great detox water refresher!

3 quarts of pure water

2 lemons, sliced

1/2 cucumber, sliced

10-12 mint leaves

Add ingredients to water and let infuse overnight.

So, we’re eating clean, living foods and drinking sufficient amounts of water…..what else?  Stick around…….tomorrow we are going to take a bath…….together.