Arcilla (Clay) for Inflammatory Stomach

A guest who had been here for a month, gave me the nicest compliment. She was from Canada, and said, “You know what? I’ve been following this woman’s blog for about a year. And her name is Dorothy. And all this time, I didn’t know it was you!”  Sweet!

Recipe of the Day – Arcilla Clay Treatment

This remedy for acid/inflammatory stomach was given to my daughter and I by a pharmacist, who recommended it for cold sores! Because cold sores are from an inflammatory stomach. Which I happen to agree with, as so many conditions are from an acidic system.


a block of arcilla clay

juice of one lime

a little water

Directions: Get the block of clay a little wet with the water and lemon. Rub it on your stomach and wait two hours before washing off. It will alkalize your tummy.

Word of the Day –  arcilla – clay

Tip of the Day – Use the remedy for gas, for liver problems, colonitis, any problems in the stomach. The clay draws out poisons. Also on your face!

Ground Avocado Pit Soap/Shampoo

Story from my daughter in Montana – “It was really fun! This guy said he pawned his trumpet ­čÄ║ earlier today but he heard Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong that I put on through the door and so he came in and gambled $20. He won $1400 and gave me $100! He said he only needed $400 to get his trumpet back and that he would’ve never stopped in if he hadn’t heard my music!”

A friend gave me these great ideas for natural make-up: Beet juice for the lips. The ash of one burnt almond for eyeliner. And here is Avocado Pit Shampoo!

I did a blog on the avocado pit smoothie. But avocado seeds can be added to your soaps and shampoos to use as an exfoliant, and to eliminate dandruff.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Avocado Pit Shampoo


1 avocado seed

2 c. water

8 oz.water

3 T. aloe vera

3 T. castile soap

1/2 tsp. coconut oil

20 drops essential oil of choice – I used rosemary today, or fresh herbs:

2 tsp. dried rosemary

2 tsp. dried rose petals


Wash and dry your avocado seed. Grate (The color will turn orange ) and put into a pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 30 min. Strain into a bowl, cool and pour into a bottle with the rest of the ingredients, shaking often. Shake before using.

Word of the Day – champu- shampoo

Tip of the Day – You can use this forever. You never have to use commercial shampoos. I’ve been using my natural ones for years and years.

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Real Vanilla for Cold Sores

My daughter says you have to get the real vanilla extract, not the fake stuff. Vanilla is a very powerful anti-viral. And the alcohol dries the cold sore out! She’s so happy with the results. It dried it out in less than three days!

Recipe of the Day – Vanilla for Cold Sores


Pure Vanilla

Directions: Put a drop right on the cold sore several times a day.

Word of the Day – vainilla – vanilla

Tip of the Day – She says you smell good all day, since it’s right under your nose!

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Palo Clove Insect Repellent

I heard one person uses his feet for mindfulness meditation. And speaking of feet…and nsect bites we get on our feet, and elsewhere… Tatiana has a beautiful well-kept store next to the Juice Factory. I went in to get more clove oil, and told her I wanted it for my natural insect repellent. Well, she was out, but gave me a recipe! “Dorothy, why don’t you go home and grind cloves, then put them in oil, Vasoline or water. Then you can add your Palo Santos and wait ten days.”                                                                                                                                                      “Tatiana, oh my gosh, thank you! But you just lost a sale!”                                                              “No importa, Dorotea.” Wow.

Recipe of the Day – Palo Clove Insect Repellent


1 T. cloves, ground

2 c. olive oil, almond, coconut or other carrier oil/vaseline/water

10 drops Palo Santos Oil


Grind the cloves in your blender, food processor, or with a mortar and pestle. Add to the liquid.Add the palo santos. Using a funnel, pour into a dark bottle. Shake well before using.

Word of the Day – mosquitoes/ mordedores – biting midges/no-seeums

Tip of the Day – Apply to any areas of the skin where the bugs are biting you. Apply again after one hour. We always have a lot of no-seeums/biting midges here in the rainy season, which it is now. Even in town!

Blueberry Fig Smoothie

On a sunny, 7 a.m. morning, with a beautiful sun-lit hill above the land, I did my sun-gathering and early yoga, ending by digging a soft indentation in the sand and raising my feet to the sky in a Vilcabamba headstand. Tiko respectfully sat right near me, the whole time, patiently waiting for the stick-throwing about to come next.

Recipe of the Day – Blueberry Fig Smoothie

C gave me the figs, J gave the blueberries, The bananas were from my land!


1 fig, the gel scooped into the blender

1 handful blueberries

1 frozen banana

3 drops chocolate or vanilla stevia

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 c. water or coconut milk

Directions : Blend.

Word of the Day –– suporte para la cabeza – headstand

Tip of the Day – Use only 1/4 c. liquid, add a T. of chia seeds, and you’ve got yourself an amazing pudding!

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Dandelion Pesto

A reader/watcher from my youtube channel just asked me for some dandelion recipes. Which is an opportune time, because I’ve just begun actually blowing on the dandelion blooms, like we did as a child, to sprinkle the seeds everywhere. They are so powerful for you! And so easy to grow, a green, ready for your smoothies, immediately and always growing.

Recipe of the Day – Dandelion Pesto


1-2 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp. prepared mustard

2 c. dandelion greens dandelion greens
1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive oil

Puree all the ingredients together. You can add nuts or Parmesan,  if desired. I use it as my pizza sauce!

Word of the Day – dientes de leones – Lion’s Teeth (Dandelions)

Tip of the Day – Don’t pick them where they spray chemicals.

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4-Ingredient Sour Lemon Tart

Find Wilson, my gardener, in this tree. He’s cutting the fice, (mesquite) branches from over the roof, where the little needles were turning the roof grey. The guest thought it was mold, but whew! It was grey needles that were covering the tiles – much easier to deal with,just sweep them off, yay!

Recipe of the Day – Sour Lemon Tart


2 c. dates (or 1/4 c. coconut syrup/honey or raisins)

1 c. lemon juice

1 1/2 c. walnuts

1 T. lemon peel

Directions: Soak dates  or sweetener in lemon juice. Process with the walnuts and stir in
the lemon peel. Press into a  pie pan. Sprinkle with 1/8 c. sesame seeds. Chill.

Wor od the Day – jardinero – gardener

Tip of the Day – You gotta keep up on the rain gutters, the roof, and a lot of other things in Ecaudor, it’s so wet!

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Skin Toner Juice

My compost bin has come through again! Two avocadoes, two mangoes and a papaya tree, ready to be transplanted. We already planted the mango, next to the other mango. I love this method of growing and transplanting. It’s always a surprise gift what the compost pile will grow, just from the leavings of other fruit!

avocado plant in compost

Recipe of the Day – Skin Toner Juice


1 handful spinach

1 handful kale

1 apple

1 cucumber

1 stalk celery

Directions: Juice or blend. If you’re blending, strip the kale off the stem first, discarding the stem. And wash everything, even if it’s organic.

Word of the Day – cesto de basura

Tip of the Day – Use this on your skin, as a five-minute mask. Seriously! The juice tones the skin from the inside, the mask from the out!

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Bee’s Nest Remedy

You know when I got stung the other day, I didn’t realize that loud, anxiety-producing sound was bees nesting in the cracks of the cement foundation where I’m camping. I googled it to find that ordinary dish soap might get rid of them. While W, my friend and gardener was lighting a fire to smoke them out, I started pouring my home-made dish soap on them and into the cracks. There were hundreds, dying rapidly, wow! I used two whole home-made bottles over the course of three days, but it appears every last bee is gone, yay!

Recipe of the day – Dish Soap

1 c. purified water
3 Tab. liquid Castile Soap
1 tsp. glycerin
5-8 drops Essential Oil (either lemon, lavender, rosemary or geranium)
Directions: Use a brown bottle and pour all ingredients through a funnel. Shake well before using.

Word of the Day – ansiedad – anxiety

Tip of the Day – I don’t like killing animals, but it seemed worth it to avoid another bee sting in the mouth, or other areas, just three feet away from where I sleep!

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Spirulina Chocolate Truffles

I taught yoga for the staff at Monarch (The Raw Food World estate today. Their retreat starts soon and I’ll be teaching the retreatants, but this week the staff! In a beautiful bamboo forest on their land in their yoga house. They (the staff) invited me to their raw food lunch of guacamole salad and spirulina chocolates by the swimming pool and sauna, whoa. That was a very cool day. I asked Chef Karl what he was serving for the breakfasts next week, and he said raw granola, fruits, nut milks and almond butter, man!

Recipe of the Day – Spirulina Chocolate Truffles


½ c. walnuts
½ c. dates, soaked 10 minutes, pitted & chopped, (Save the date water)
¼ c. shredded coconut

1/8 c. spirulina powder

1 pinch Vanilla powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

pinch sea salt, to taste
Orange zest, to taste (optional)
Water, as needed for binding

Walnuts, finely chopped (garnish)

Dark Chocolate Sauce

2 T. coconut oil
2 T. cacao powder
1 ┬Ż T. date water or coconut nectar
Pinch salt



Put the nuts in a small food processor fitted with an S-blade. Grind,
Add the dates and shredded coconut together with vanilla and spirulina, cinnamon, sea salt and orange zest to taste until it forms a ball.
Roll the dough into small truffles. You can use a small cookie scoop or a measuring spoon for this so they look uniform,
Put the truffles in the freezer while you make the chocolate sauce.
Dark Chocolate Sauce:

Melt your coconut oil on low heat. Mix the oil with the date water or syrup  and  salt in a small bowl.
Gradually add the cacao powder and stir well.
Take your truffles out of the freezer. Using a fork, dip the truffles in the chocolate sauce.
Add a sprinkle of finely chopped  nuts for garnish, or other toppings such as orange zest or cacao nibs.
Pop the truffles in the freezer for 10 minutes so the chocolate can harden.

Word of the Day –enceño – I teach

Tip of the Day – Replace the dates with other dried fruit such as raisins, apricots, apple slices, figs.

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