Oo La La Lavender

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I’m often asked what I use lavender essential oil for. I have bottles of it all over the house. ūüėČ

Lavender is divine. Such a calming and beautiful aroma.  Aside from that though, there are many uses/benefits of lavender.

– About Lavender –

Lavender is an oil that has been used for millennia and noted for its cleaning and healthful properties.¬† Through modern scientific testing its time proven properties have been confirmed.¬† It is one of the most popular of the essential oils.¬†There are multiple types of Lavender (from different plants) so it is important to have lavandula angustifolia. The preferred Lavender is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants with some of the finest quality from Europe.¬†DŇćTerra Lavender is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants from France (fine high altitude) and Bulgaria (super high altitude).¬† These are joined together in equal ratios.

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Here’s a great list of the many uses for lavender!

Body and Mind

  1. Target Acne, at the Source: Bacteria thrive in sebaceous glands that over produce sebum…that waxy stuff that can be associated with acne. Lavender helps balance sebum and control break outs.
  2. Minor Burns, Major Relief: When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring as well!
  3. First-Aid Relief: Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered. Basic First-Aid kits are often geared toward minor skin irritation, scrapes, rashes, and so forth.  Lavender is great for all those, not to mention its calming properties!
  4. Diffuse and Apply Topically¬†For Beauty Sleep: Ahh, I LOVE to diffuse lavender essential oil. (As well as Serenity blend, which contains Lavender!). This puts my kiddos & I to sleep so fast. ūüôā Just a couple of drops applied to the soles of the feet and/or pillows¬†helps to calm and sooth them so they actually¬†want to go to bed, and 10 minutes of diffusing and they are in dream land.
  5. Alleviate Feelings of Earaches:  Slightly warm lavender, mix with olive oil and gently massage around the ears (not in the ears) and near glands in the throat.
  6. A Hood of Wonder: Next time you have a cold or the flu, remember the lavender steam hood. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.
  7. Horrific Heels & Foot Fatigue: If you’ve been wearing sandals all summer, and your heels need some help, 8 drops of lavender in a hot foot bath is the answer. Your porous feet will thank you.
  8.  Dry Climate relief: If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, or even eczema and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, or steroid creams, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!
  9. Lavender Oatmeal Face: Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of lavender oil.  When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub! A little goes a long way.
  10. Target Acne, at the Source: Bacteria thrive in sebaceous glands that over produce sebum…that waxy stuff that can be associated with acne. Lavender helps balance sebum and control break outs.
  11. A Woodworker’s Friend:  Do you work with wood or handle wood? Rather than dig a hole in your finger trying to catch that splinter, add a few drops of lavender, let the splinter swell and slip out.
  12. Allergies, Sinuses & Congestion :  Lavender can calm down unruly sinus issues, defiant allergies and other respiratory issues. Just apply on the back of your neck, and chest.
  13. Rub a Dub Dub: Rather than using regular soap and warm water at baby’s bath time, add about seven drops of lavender oil to the warm water.  Your tot’s skin will be pampered and smell great!
  14. Soak Away Stress: Your muscles are tight. Anxiety and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where’s the pressure release valve?  Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe.

Home Use

  1. Take the Bite Out of It: Insects, are not too fond of the smell of lavender. In fact, they hate it. If you forget to go the prevention route, lavender soothes bites, itching and inflammation.
  2. Therapeutic Dish or Laundry Soap:¬†If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, especially if you’re using an all-natural blend,¬†you can add lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits and antibacterial properties. It transforms your cleaning experience!
  3. Lavender candles: Ahhh the long lost art of candle making. If you’ve ever made candles you know how fun it can be. When you add lavender, the smell that is released is intensely therapeutic!
  4. Skip the Aerosol Chemical Sprays: Next time you are deodorizing the bathroom, think of lavender and water in a spray bottle. Lavender’s antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic properties can only help.
  5. Lovable Linens: What does your linen closet smell like? Probably cotton. Maybe old cotton. Energize your linens with lovely smelling lavender.  It leaves no oil marks and leaves things invigoratingly fresh.
  6. Wood Floors, Like New: A tired wood floor is, well … tired. Commercial floor polishes often contain harsh chemicals. Woods love oil.  Just add lavender to your cleaning system and your floor can look like new!
  7. Help That Trusty Ball Cap: A well-worn, much loved ball cap can look great, but smell like a wild animal. Add 4-5 drops of lavender to make it bearable. It will be your favorite hat if you have a headache too!
  8. Homemade Room Freshener: Put baking soda and a 5-6 drops of lavender oil in a small Mason jar. Punch holes in the lid. Place in smelly areas (near garbage can, dirty clothes), shake jar often. Smile.
  9. Pet Smells No More: Add a skiff or two of your baking soda and lavender mixture to carpets and vacuum up!  If you have pets, (especially the un potty trained variety), fight back with lavender!

Cooking

  1. Bake Like the Best: Lavender is a nice addition to lavender blueberry banana bread, lemon lavender cookies, lavender sugar cookies, lavender muffins, lavender cakes, lavender frosting. You could gift a ball jar of lavender infused goodies!
  2. Soften Citrus Flavors: Use in delicate lemon sauces or in powerful orange marmalades, citrus salads, real lemonade and more!
  3. Amazing Marinades and BBQ: Baste on the grill with maple syrup or a garlic and rosemary blend, spread over roasted vegetables, marinade tofu or fruit pieces in maple & lavender, yum!
  4. Tea: Are you a tea enthusiast? Have you hadlavender in your tea yet? You m u s t try!

Is that all? Probably not. The uses are endless!

What do you use lavender essential oil for? ūüôā

If you haven’t had the chance to try this lovely essential oil, and would be interested in trying a FREE sample, please feel free to contact me! I would be happy to send you some!

Click here to check out ALL the essential oils! ūüôā

Much love and light,

Angie ‚̧

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Meet Miss Holistic Health Practitioner

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Hello everyone!

It’s me! ūüôā

This was my table at a wellness fair at a local wellness center, All Natural Training and Wellness in Salisbury, Mass.

((Where I will soon be teaching group fitness classes! Are you local? Would you be interested in trying a free class?!))

I had so much fun promoting my holistic health coaching and pure essential oils!

So, what exactly does a holistic health coach do? Well…

You can watch this video for a quick answer:

Coaching involves a conversation where one person listens and then advises another person on any subject matter. Over time this term has been used for coaches in education, athletics and music.

As a holistic health coach, I encourage individuals to explore their inner strength and wisdom, improving their confidence and making changes and improvements from within.

 The health coaching model is embedded in the fields of psychology, social work, nursing, eastern philosophy, holistic health and wellness management.

A wellness vision is a creative statement by the client that reveals his/her highest potential and can include nutritional, physical, emotional, social, spiritual and financial realms of their life. A new life vision empowers one to see new possibilities along with a specific and clear direction, which can be manifested through inner creativity, wisdom and power. It allows one to activate their imagination and then think, feel, speak and ultimately see the manifestation of their unified highest potential. A wellness vision is a tool a health coach uses to help the client move to new levels of wellbeing by connecting the client to their own truth and wisdom that is held within.

  The manifestation of a wellness vision is done through the process of goal setting. Goal setting is a collaborative behavior change technique used between the coach and the client. During the motivational interviewing process, after strengths, values and desires are determined and the client’s vision is set in place, specific goals are set so the client is able to move in the direction of his/her newly formed desires.

In other words, we help transform your dreams into reality!

I can help you work through your frustrations and uncertainty. Through the good days, and the not so good days.

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Are you living the life of your dreams? What action steps could you take to make your life reflect your desires?

If you would like to know more about me, what I do as a health coach, my programs or how you could become a heath coach, please feel free to email me! HealthCoachAB@gmail.com (or comment here!) I would be more than happy to help!

Much Love and light to you!

Angie

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Running Through My Mind

Once again, I’ve let every responsibility in the world come before the good ol’ blog.

Well, I’m back! And expect to see me often.

I’ve got some exciting projects coming up and some extra special collaborations with some¬†amazing people¬†to bring you more inspiration to start living the life of your dreams too! ūüôā

¬†I’m so, so close to being done with school. I’ve been focusing so hard on each task at hand to ensure that I get the most out of what I have with them right NOW. Living in the present.

Unfortunately, that’s resulted in me slacking in the exercise department too. I’ve done this or that, here and there, but no consistency. As we all know, consistency is KEY. So expect to see more fitness related content from me as well. I’ve got to walk my talk ya know! ūüėČ

Today I was able to get out for a run. I love running. ‚̧ I didn’t always love running, but now it’s like my meditation time. I don’t have much time to just sit and meditate (if I do, there’s 2 rambunctious boys in the background)

Have you ever realized how much you can mentally work through during a 30 minute run?

I told myself, “run 15 minutes away, then run right back.” So I did. ūüôā

 Look at the lovely view I had running along Johnsons Pond.

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Then the sun finally came out.

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I was able to figure out my most important goals and what I need to do to make them a reality in my life. (I do this for a living! I better be able to do it for ME)

Are you ready to run through my mind? Here’s what I thought throughout my run today:

“Ah, jeez. Why has it been so long since I’ve done this?” “What, did my shoes get heavier?”

“lalalalala”

“inhale, exhale”

“You’ve got this, go faster!” “PUSH” “That hill’s not big

“Phew, okay, slow down. I can’t breathe!”

“Hmm, I wonder what that breathless workout’s all about.. aren’t we supposed to breathe though? I need to learn more about the science of oxygen and muscles and exercise”

“Why do they honk? Really, do they get pleasure out of scaring me?”

“Man, I need to do this everyday, it hurts too much if I don’t.”

“ugh but I need to blog. And finish my website.¬†And schedule follow ups with my clients. And cook dinner. And finish school!¬†And become a presidential diamond with doterra so I can make millions.”

“That’s it. I¬†can blog just like I am running right now, just DO it!”

“I can’t breathe”

“Ahhh downhill”

“Okay, I need to sit down and write out all of my goals when I get home, right after I stretch these legs out”

“What are my goals?”

“I need to find a way to get all of my knowledge out there for the world to know too”

-Second Wind-

“I want to spread my love to the world, how do I do that?”

“I need to just do that.”

“But I cant remember anything as soon as I sit in front of the computer, I go blank.”

“Then ask! People ask you things everyday, why not blog about each topic you get asked about? Yea! That’s awesome. I’m awesome.”

“I love life”

“I need to share my love (and experience) with everyone so they can feel this way too”

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“positivity is the root of love and life”

“Woah, we’re back already!”

Haha So who else thinks like that while running?¬†I know I’m not alone!

So maybe I didn’t figure out exactly what I have to do, but I feel much better about it all. I feel like each piece is achievable. In fact, I feel unstoppable.

I have a LOT to do. ūüôā

Stay tuned tomorrow for a post featuring my eats & drinks from my Summerlicious Glow Cleanse. xoxoxo

Much love & light to you my friends!

Angie

Is Kombucha Really Good For You?

“The wide variety of complaints relieved by Kombucha is almost not
comprehensible. But it is explainable on the basis that Kombucha
does not target a specific body organ but, rather, influences the
entire organism positively by effecting a stabilization of the
metabolic situation and the detoxifying effect of its glucuronic
acid. In many people, this leads to a heightened endogenic defense
capacity against those toxic influences and environmental stresses
which inundate us from many sides. The result is the invigoration
of a damaged cellular metabolism, and the restoration and firming
up of one‚Äôs well-being.‚ÄĚ -Gunther W Frank (leading authority on
kombucha tea, author of “Kombucha: Healthy beverage and natural
remedy from the Far East‚ÄĚ)

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Yeah, baby!

¬†¬† Kombucha¬†is a delicious health elixir that¬†has been around for over 2,000 years.¬† It is made from sweetened tea that has been fermented by a scoby¬†(aka ‚Äúmother‚ÄĚ because of its ability to reproduce multiple scobies, or mushroom)

My experience with Kombucha Tea:

I had my first ever kombucha when I was in my second trimester with Kayden. I decided to try it because I was looking for vegan sources of probiotics and Kombucha is an excellent source of RAW LIVE probiotics!

With my first sip I fell in love. I hadn’t drunk soda in about 6 years so it felt like I was sipping on a strawberry soda!

I immediately felt the effects the Kombucha Tea had on my body and mind. My whole body was tingling, while my mind felt clear and vibrantly awake.

I now drink Kombucha Tea daily.  I have learned to brew my own. It’s a very rewarding process that hardly takes any time. Check out this post where I show you how to make your own.

Benefits of Kombucha Tea:

Improves Digestion- Kombuca tea provides RAW LIVE probiotics which are healthy digestive flora which help your body to digest foods and absorb nutrients more efficiently. Kombucha tea has been proven to aid in weight loss for those looking to shed extra un-needed weight.

Alkaline Forming- Kombucha outside the body is acidic, similar to lemons or apple cider vinegar. However, inside the body, it has an alkalizing effect. pH Balance is extremely important to the proper function of your digestive system.

Because of the alkalizing effect on the body and the high levels of glucuronic acid, scientists in Russia and Germany have linked Kombucha Tea to an immunity to cancer.

Reduces Stress- The tea used to make Kombucha contains theanine which promotes alpha wave production in the brain and also increases serotonin levels.

Natural Energy Boost- Theanine + Caffeine, vitamin B6 and other B vitamins, and antioxidants all work together to cleanse and detoxify the liver. The assist in eliminating heavy metals and toxins which allows your body to run more efficiently helping your body absorb the highest amount of nutrients from the foods you eat. Gluconic acid breaks down to Caprylic acid, a potent anti-fungal that can immensely help those suffering from candida.

Aside from the health benefits of Kombucha Tea, you can use Kombucha on the outside of your body for beauty benefits as well. It can be used on the face/skin as a natural astringent. It can be used to keep your hair looking and feeling strong, full of volume, even restoring the color of your hair!

Last but not least, you can pour Kombucha Tea all over your feet to cure athlete’s foot. Hopefully you wont ever have to do that.

I LOVE Kombucha Tea, do you? Do you know anyone who is missing out on these amazing benefits? Tell them about it! :o)

Have a happy & healthy day!!

xoxoxo

Angie

What’s bubbly, delicious, & good for your gut?

Kombucha!!

Do you LOVE Kombucha¬†like I do?? Kombucha¬†has got to be my favorite thing to drink. I gave up soda over 6 years ago so the first time I tried Kombucha¬†was the first time I had anything bubbly to drink since then! The very first time I tried Kombucha¬†it was because of a lovely lady named Dashama. I highly recommend checking her out! She‚Äôs amazing, she has some great videos on Youtube¬†like this one. Anyway, my favorite is GT‚Äôs Strawberry Serenity. You know what, though? I am a stay at home mom of 2 and I can‚Äôt afford $3.69 ‚Äď $4.69/ bottle! So I did a little research. First I found out that there are countless sources for buying your own scoby¬†(mushroom that ferments the tea by eating up the sugar). Then I found out that you could just take a bottle of raw kombucha, leave it on the counter for a week (I suggest pouring it into a container with a larger mouth so you can get the scoby¬†out!) And Voila! You now have your very own scoby! Yayy!

You will need: Scoby

Tea (I like to use Green Tea)

Any type of sugar (I use organic sucanat and I will try honey soon!)

& Container to put it in!

First thing’s first…

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Boil your water!

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Steep tea for 3-5 minutes. Add 1 cup of organic sugar to the tea.

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Once cooled, add tea to Ball jars. (Or any container you have on hand) and add scoby.

Now find a room temp, dark place to allow your scoby to ferment your green tea. (I put mine on a shelf in my closet) It will take between 4-9 days depending on your scoby.

Once the tea becomes Kombucha….

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Notice the bubbly bubbly?

I add some freshly pureed strawberries…

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After that, I gently stir the mixture, put a lid on it and keep it in the fridge for about another week. The added sugar from the strawberries will kickstart to scoby’s fermentation and it will get super bubbly. So be careful, sip slowly, and do not shake it! : )

Enjoy!!

Have you tried Kombucha? Are you ready to try to brew your very own batch? Try it out!

Stay happy & healthy,

Angie

The Very Best Vegan Recipe Ever

Hello! Welcome to Wholistic Balance! This is my very first post, and I am super excited to share with you! I am currently enrolled at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying to make a career out of helping others with their wellness goals. The knowledge that I have gained over the past 4.5 months is life changing! I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this program and share with the world. ūüôā If you ever have any questions for me, feel free to comment here, or send me an email at WholisticBalanceAB@gmail.com or you can contact me via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WholisticBalanceab
I look forward to connecting with lots of like minded people here, so please don’t be shy! Say Hi.¬†Let me know how you feel about my content. ūüôā
Now, onto The Very Best Vegan Recipe Ever! This recipe is adapted from it’s original that I found Here.¬†I have cooked this beautiful meal about a hundred times now. This is my go-to vegan meal to take to family gatherings/holidays where non-vegans attend. I have received only highly positive feedback from every single vegan/vegetarian/and omnivore that has tried this meal. I am so happy to share my version of this dish because over the years of making it, we’ve really created a master piece! Did I mention that this recipe is also super good for your body? ūüėȬ† Please cook this and let me know how you LOVE it!

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You will need:

For Tofu:

1 block of tofu of your choice, or Beyond Meat (my fav)

1tbsp pure maple syrup

2tsp organic tamari

dash black pepper

Instructions:

If using tofu, make sure to press as much moisture out of the tofu as possible. ūüôā

Then sauté on med high-high for 2 minutes on each side. Allow a good sizzle. Then add tamari, maple, and pepper.

For Pineapple Quinoa:

1 pineapple, sliced small (I like to squish mine to get a lot of the juices flowing)

1.5cup dry quinoa (which will make about 4 cups cooked)

1 sm onion, chopped

2 tsp garlic, minced

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped

2 carrots, shredded

1 cup kale, chopped

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup + a splash for sauté maple syrup

1/4 cup tamari

1/4 cup coconut oil

Himalayan pink salt

Instructions:

Bring¬†1cup¬†of water + 1cup vegetable stock¬†to a boil. Rinse your quinoa thoroughly to remove bitter saponin. Add quinoa to boiling water/broth, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 12 ‚Äď 15 minutes.

While quinoa cooks sauté onions, peppers, and mushrooms Until tender, 6-10 minutes.

In another frying pan, sauté the pineapple in the coconut oil until it’s warm all the way through. Then add the maple syrup, tamari, garlic and nutritional yeast to the pineapple.

When quinoa is done cooking add the kale to the quinoa and allow to wilt from the heat of the quinoa with the lid on for about 5 minutes. Now add the sautéed veggies & shredded carrots to the quinoa.

Serve topped with a generous amount of the pineapple maple sauce ‚Äď And enjoy! Is this not the best ? ūüôā

Thank you for taking time to read my first post! ‚̧

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