DIY Healing Salve

 This morning I had a very nice comment about the DIY salve. ” D,  “I…came back to town with my violin and wouldn’t ya know it! I was jammin …hours and then some other musicians came and we jammed until 8pm! At home my arm started aching so  I did my exercises and that helped but not enough. I thought of the salve you made and gave to me. I rubbed that on and around my shoulder and (I am not kidding!) within minutes I had relief from a deep, tiring pain. I sat in revelation on my yoga mat savoring the instant relief, then noticing a similar tired achiness emanating from my neck and withers muscle on the right side. I put some of the good stuff on it and, voila! once again total, immediate relief. That salve is wonderful! You could give it to the world, [or sell it for a modest and well deserved income.] It is the best of that sort that I have ever used.

Thank you for that wonderful gift.”

Recipe of the Day – Salve for wounds, healing, dry skin

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 ounce total of dried herb –  1/2 ounce of calendula and 1/2 ounce of comfrey
  • 1/2 ounce of grated beeswax
  • 3 vitamin E capsules (of at least 400 units)
  • 10 drops Essential Oil (lavender, rose, or jasmine, lemon, whatever you’d like to smell.)
  • 1 tsp. mica powder, color of choice, to color the salve. (But you don’t need to.)
  • Cheesecloth to strain herbs

Directions:

    1. Place your herbs into an oven safe dish and pour the olive oil in. Stir and bake in the oven at the lowest possible temperature (less than 200 degrees F.) and bake for 3 hours. This is your infused oil. *(Or, you can pour olive oil directly over the herbs in a clean jar and let sit for 6 weeks.)
    2. After 3 hours allow the mix to cool slightly but strain through the cheesecloth while it’s still warm. Squeeze out all the oil you can.
    3. Very GENTLY heat the oil mix back up., without burning. Use a double boiler, if possible.
    4. Puncture and add your vitamin E capsules (or about 1/2 teaspoon if using liquid E) and then add your beeswax. Stir until it’s completely melted and blended.
    5. Remove from heat and let cool just a minute or two while you add the essential oil  and mica powder – your color. Then pour into a wide mouth jar or several small jars. As it cools the mixture will become semi-solid and be the perfect consistency!

Word/Phrase of the Day – Linda mi amiguita, besos = Pretty, my little friend, kisses

Tip of the Day –Use this sparingly. It warms up the area quickly, and amazingly has the potential to provide instant relief.

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Banana Bread Oats

Needing a new laundry basket, I pulled over on my bike to talk to a seller outside the Meditation Center – talked him down from $10 to $5, but then realized I couldn’t carry it on my bike. I thought I was being silly, saying i could carry it on my head, but he quickly rolled it down into perfect size for me!

Recipe of the Day – Overnight Banana Bread Oats

Ingredients

    • 2 c. oats
    • 1 c. hot tea
    • 1 c. coconut or almond milk
    • dash vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 T. coconut syrup or honey
    • 3 tsp. almond butter
    • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
    • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp. salt
Directions: Pour the hot tea over the oats, and let them sit overnight. Then stir in, gently, the vanilla, sweetener, almond butter, and mashed bananas. Pour the milk over all, and sprinkle with cinnamon and salt.hat to basket
  • Word of the Day – cabeza – head
  • Tip of the Day – Add more almond butter, raisins, walnuts or milk of choice.

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Chocolate Raspberry Breakfast

Full Expression of the Pose – walking in it, standing in it, even as I type here, sitting in full expression of the pose: hips forward, stomach in, chest out, shoulders back, energy to the top of the head. There’s nothing different now then there ever was about being in the full expression of the pose.

Recipe of the Day – Overnight Chocolate Raspberry Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 3/4 hot tea
  • 1 T. cacao powder
  • 1 T. coconut syrup
  • 1 T. pumpkin seed or nut butter
  • 1/2 – 1 c. coconut or almond milk
  • handful of fresh berries

Directions:

L Add the tea to the oats. Let sit overnight. Mix gently with the cacao. Then, in the morning, add the berries and top with milk.

Word of the Day – despacio – slowly

Tip of the Day –You don’t have to cook your oats. You can let them soak and they’re very digestible. That’s what the original muesli was!

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Garbanzo Burgers

Gosh, I’ve felt so good this week, these two weeks, so whole, so complete, so…needing nothing. I feel so healthy and confident. Maybe the extra exercise with good diet, the culmination of the house and circle of relationships. Don’t know. But I feel incredibly whole.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 c.  carrot, cut in discs
  • 1/3 c. chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 c. mashed garbanzos
  • 1/3 c. nutritional yeast
  • 1 T. tomato paste or aji (see recipe this blog)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. prepared mustard
  • freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • 1 T.  fresh thyme or rosemary leaves
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 c. pineapple, optional

Directions:

In a food processor, first add carrots, bell pepper, and garlic, pulse until finely chopped.  Add remaining ingredients except the oats and process through. Stop processor a few times and scrape down, and continue to process until smooth. Then add oats and pulse again. Chill for ½ hour. There are three ways you can cook this:

Shape the patties into burgers and pat down on your dehydrator sheets, dehydrating at 105 degrees for 12 hours, or until desired crispness. This is a nice way to do it as you can eat them warm for lunch, then crispier for dinner! OR

Shape patties into burgers and place on a skillet or broiler/cookstove over medium-high heat. Cook the first side 7 minutes or so, then flip and repeat. OR

Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes, flipping half way through.

Word of the Day – hamburguesas – hamburgers, cueza – bake
Tip of the Day – Top with pineapple and serve with banana chips, yum!
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Double Chocolate Breakfast

My gardener, Wilson made this stone entryway with plants lining the path down to the stairs from my front door! These stones are in front of the front porch. So simple, using the materials around, just part of his day. He had it done when I came back from teaching. It was something I mentioned, like ten months ago, as part of a dream, and he just did it, no kidding!

Recipe of the Day – Double Chocolate Overnight Oats
Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. oats

1 c. hot tea (your choice – cinnamon is good!)
1 c. chocolate almond milk
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 T. cacao powder
2 T. coconut syrup
1 tsp salt

Directions:

Cover the oats with hot tea, the applesauce, cacao, syrup and salt and let sit 30 minutes to overnight. Top with cacao nib, coconut, bananas, or your choice of fruit.
Word of the Day – chocolate – chocolate

 

Tip of the Day –If you have your breakfast ready like this, you’ll feel full and happy and may not reach for the Danish!

 

Clare’s Midnight Meringues

My daughter has been on a diet, losing over 20 lbs. already! Here’s her letter and recipe from her midnight craving last night!

i fell asleep. and now i just got up and i am having a full dessert craving…. SO i just made these cookies: 4 lg egg whites, beaten until standing with a tsp cream of tartar, 4 drops chocolate stevia, t tsps. raw unsweetened coconut flakes, 2.5 TBS cocoa nibs, cocoa powder and bake at 225 degrees F.for one hour…. Chocolate meringue cookies – less than 1 g. of sugar in each. BAM.
  
Clare

Recipe of the Day – Clare’s Midnight Meringues

Ingredients:
4 lg. egg whites, beaten
4 drops chocolate stevia
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
t tsp. raw unsweetened coconut flakes,
2.5 TBS cocoa nibs
1/4 c. cocoa powder
Directions:
    Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they stand in peaks. Gently fold in the rest of the ingredients and bake at 225 degrees F. for one hour… – less than 1 g. of sugar in each. BAM.
 Word of the Day  –  media noche – midnight
 Tip of the Day – Eat when you’re hungry.
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Edible Flower Salad

I’m having a challenging teaching month! Doing my Tai Chi classes, but extra ones on Saturday, filling in for my friend,on her classes, teaching yoga twice a week, and adding personal yoga sessions as well. I’ve increased my yearly intention to ride my bike more, doing my daily yoga/chi and walking Tiko. The sad thing is that my garden is suffering. I’m a little tired when i get home. I really just don’t have the interest to weed more, dang it. And it needs it! But at least I can still get wonderful growing edibles out of the garden.

Recipe of the Day – Edible Flower Salad

Use violas, nasturtiums, johnny jump-ups, pansy petals, carnation petals, calendula petals, bachelor’s buttons and nasturtiums.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful fresh rosemary
  • 8 c. tender baby salad greens
  • 1 c. , unsprayed violas (small pansies) or other edible flowers
  • Directions:

    1. Combine vinegar and mustard in a bowl. Gradually whisk in oil, then season dressing with salt and pepper.Toss dressing with greens and top with flowers. Serve immediately.

Word of the Day – romero – rosemary

Tip of the Day – At least do a little weeding a day, Dorothy. Okay. Maybe I’ll find some new edible flowers!

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Snickerdoodle Breakfast

15-MInute Pineapple Torte

After going to Ecstatic Dancing the other night, we were ecstatically hungry! Twelve of us fit in the taxi on the way home, which came out to 25 cents each. And after eating at the new Italian restaurant, Il Capo, in town, we shared a pineapple tart. Then I went home and made this raw version! You can also mix the pineapple with mango, yum!

Recipe of the Day – Pineappke Torte

Ingredients:

The crust:

– 2 c. oats

– 2/3 c. almonds

– 6 dates, soaked 10 minutes, save the soak water

– 1 T. coconut syrup

-1 T. coconut oil

 

For the topping:

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. pineapple with juice
  • 1 c. coconut milk or cream
  • pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 T. coconut syrup or 2 drops liquid Stevia
  • optional – 2 T. coconut oil
  • optional pie crust  – gluten-free (see recipe this blog) in an 8.5-inch springform

Directions:To make the crust, place the nuts oats in a food processor and blend for a minute or two until they are crushed, then add the dates and spoonful of syrup and blend again. When it starts to form a sticky ball, press it into a baking dish.

Then place the cashew nuts in the blender for a few minutes until they begin to turn into a nut paste. Add the  pineapple, syrup and coconut oil and blend until a thick creamy paste has formed. Spread this over the base and place the dessert in the freezer for three hours to set. Then serve, slice and enjoy!

Word of the Day – Il Capo – the boss

Tip of the Day – First time for me going to spontaeous dancing, and I wore jeans. Big mistake! Wear light stuff you can get sweaty! It’s every two weeks here in Vilca, on a Thursday at 5 p.m., meeting at the Juice Factory to go together, wherever it happens o be that night.

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Breakfast-Ready Strawberry Oats

As I stepped into the casita, I had to tell myself consciously to let out a breath. It was a mess. The couple has just realized their Polish Visa was about to expire, and high-tailed it to Peru to get out of the country. They left so fast that, even though they’re the nicest of young people, the floors were grundgy, the toilet…you know, awful, the stove and fridge…oh my goodness. I’m doing a piece a day – today’s the paintng of the bathroom wall, and tomorrow I finish with the floors. Yikes. Still, I am blessed with work.

Recipe of the Day – Strawberry & Banana OatsStrawberry Breakfast Oats with Banana
Ingredients
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 strawberries, diced
  • ⅓ c shredded coconut
  • 1 T.  chia or flax seeds soaked in 3 T. water
  • 1 T. honey or coconut syrup
  • dash vanilla powder or  ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 c. hot tea.
  • Toppings
  • 1 large ripe banana, sliced
  • 6 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 c. almond or coconut milk
 Directions:
  1. Put all ingredients, except the toppings, in a bowl with lid, or even a jar. In the morning you can add the toppings and eat cold or warm. So nice to have your breakfast all ready in the morning!

Word of the Day – desayuno – breakfast

Tip of the Day – I used to have my green juice first for breakfast, but have been told twice by acupuncturists and naturopaths to eat my warm meal first, for me, to warm the spleen. Interesting, and it does feel better on my body.
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