Health Tips


Did you know that your high street brand of sun screen contains multiple toxic chemical compounds that literally soak through the skin and enter the blood stream? Did you also know that you can make your own with just a few simple ingredients? Well this month The Humbled Homemaker provides us with her recipe.

 

The Humbled Homemaker Full Recipe

1.5 oz. (3 Tbsp.) Beeswax pellets
4 oz. (1/2 cup) Shea Butter
3.5 oz. (1/2 cup) Coconut oil
2 oz. (4 Tbsp.) Zinc Oxide (non-nano)
What you’ll do:

 

1. Start a double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. Add your beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil. Stir with a wooden stick.

2. Remove glass bowl from double boiler and add zinc oxide. It may bubble and fizz slightly. Don’t let it frighten you as it did me the first time. 🙂 Stir with a wooden stick and then with a hand mixer or stick blender until nice and smooth. Make sure you clean all utensils right away with a paper towel or the beeswax will stick and be very difficult to clean later on. Zinc is VERY messy.

3. Pour sunscreen into a glass jar and let it sit for several hours until it cools. This can also be poured into an old deodorant or lip balm tube and used as a stick. Make sure you label and date it so that everyone knows what it is! It should keep for up to a year (or until your zinc expires).

When you are ready to use, just scoop some out with your fingers and apply as normal or rub over skin if you are using it as a stick. It may take a bit more rubbing in cooler weather, but it will otherwise go on very smoothly.

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Following on from our article; Curb Your Sugar Addiction, we are educating you on the man made toxic, chemical, sugars used in low sugar foods and drinks. Get educated on their names so that you can avoid.

Synthetic Sugar Free Replacements to Avoid:

  • Aspartame aka Amino Sweet
  • Splenda
  • Sweet n Low
  • Saccharin
  • Canderel
  • Hermesetas

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Supine Breathing Teacher aka Diaphragmatic Breathing

This exercise will encourage you to return to the natural form of breathing. During times of stress we automatically revert to chest breathing and can easily become locked into this pattern. This style of breathing drives the SNS (Sympathetic Nervous System) responsible for our stress response. Things such as caffeine, sugar, a frenetic lifestyle and stressful job will all push us further into the chest breathing and stress responses which can eventually lead to adrenal fatigue. Diaphragmatic Breathing is hugely relaxing and helps to switch the body back into its PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) pathway which is one of rest/repair/digest.

Breathing Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 – Lie on your back with your knees bent.

2 – Place 2 light weight, church candles or tin cans, once over the belly button and one on the chest, support with your hands.

3 – Inhale through the nose, into the stomach allowing the weight over your belly button to rise, then slowly breath into the chest allowing the weight here to rise.

4 – Gently pull the belly button in towards the spine as you exhale through the lips.

5 – Over time slowly allow your legs to straighten out, eventually you will be able to to this on your side, all fours, kneeling and eventually standing.

So you are spending money on free range / organic food. You filter your water and you avoid processed junk food. But did you know that your cookware could be leaching poisonous and toxic residues into your beautifully cooked healthy meals? Non stick Teflon coating which is literally used in every type of cooking vessel and utensil leaches residues into your food when cooking at high temperatures i.e. when frying and sautéing, and most of us like to cook quick and fast NOT low and slow! Teflon, made by DuPont, has been sued for hundreds of millions of dollars as the chemicals have been linked to birth defects. So what is safe and what should you buy?

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1 – My favourite brand is salad master, made from surgical stainless and coming with a life time warranty, these pans are the Ferrari of the cookware world. needless to say the price tag reflects the quality! http://www.saladmaster.com

2 – My second favourite would be Xtrema it is completely Non Toxic. Xtrema Cookware is made from a special Patented Ceramic, derived from 100% inorganic natural minerals and water. Utilizing a revolutionary natural non scratch cooking surface called Nano-Glaze, Xtrema Cookware is non-reactive, meaning that no gasses, toxins or chemicals are ever produced during cooking. http://www.ceramcor.com

3 – You could also look into cast iron cookware such as Le Creuset which is free from teflon.

4 – Green Pan is a brand that very much looks and feels like conventional lightweight non stick pans but without the carcinogenic teflon coating!

5 – Next up we have natural earth ware, unglazed ceramic pots. you know the types of pots used to make Moroccan tagines.

6 – Finally for everyday roasting why not opt for glass Pyrex type dishes, they are economical and easy to source.

 

Are you aware that the skin is a living breathing organ? Did you know that literally what you choose to put on your skin, hair and nails gets absorbed straight into the body. Let’s think about that for a moment… If I told you to eat a tub of petroleum jelly, you know the stuff used in lip stick and lip balm, would you? No of course not yet that is literally what we are doing when we use chemical cosmetics day in day out.

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Ingredients:
1 oz organic cosmetic bees wax
3 oz organic coconut oil
A few drops of organic essential oil (I love rose!)
A few drops of organic vitamin E oil
Glass lip balm pot

The mineral magnesium is truly healing reducing PMS, migraines, headaches and muscle cramps. It also promotes relaxation and can support good quality sleep! Making your own easy to use, inexpensive magnesium oil spray is a great natural support supplement.

Ingredients:
1 cup beauty grade magnesium salts/flakes
1 cup mineral water
Glass spray bottle

Did you know that magnesium is:
•    Needed for more than 300 enzyme reactions in your body
•    Relaxes the muscles
•    Required for stable blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. Sugar consumption actually depletes magnesium
•    Vital for cardiovascular health
•    Key for balancing hormones for both men and women because it supports balanced minerals in the body
•    Needed in increased quantities during periods of increased emotional or physical stress, since stress burns through magnesium stores
•    Essential for mood regulation, particularly reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of wellbeing

The winter months in nature are focused on a conservation of energy and like nature pushing ourselves too hard physically will only leave us tired, unwell and prone to injury at this time of year, if we are not careful.
Working In and being outdoors in winter is crucial to our physical health so this month’s exercise focuses on bringing energy or Chi back into the body. Try this exercise each day in the morning for an instant burst of uplifting energy. We love defying the winter chill and getting out barefoot in our garden as the sun rises to perform this simple pattern, giving us a reall boost of energy and vitality!

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Adrian enjoying his practice on the beach in Sardinia last year 🙂

  • Stand with your rams raised straight out in front of you
  • Inhale and bring your hands back in towards your body
  • Exhale and push your arms straight out with the intent of projecting energy from your core out of your arms and hands
  • Repeat, pushing to the centre, front left, front right and back left and back right
  • As you push to the sides and back, keep your feet planted and turn your body towards the direction you are pushing
  • For the back position, only go as far as you can comfortably. Do not over rotate your spine.The motion through the rib cage massages the organs of digestion

 

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