Herbal Toner for the Skin

From Herbal Treatments from Enmar’s Herb Class here at Madre Tierra in Vilcabamba- Her name is Enma Cordero. You can find her here on FB too.

Recipe for the Day – Herbal Toner

Toner Ingredients:

1 T. fresh parsley

squeeze of lemon

1 T. fresh sage or lavender

Directions: Chop the herbs very fine, cook in one cup of water for 10 minutes, then add the lemon after.

Word of the Day – Tonificador de piel – skin toner

Tip of the Day – Use daily after washing, to tone and firm the skin. Keep refrigerated.

Egg White Lemon Mask

Awhile back, probably 10 months, I wrote a post about sun-gazing. And after 45 weeks of daily sun-gazing, I finished! I started with 10 seconds, and added 10 seconds a day, to 1 minute per week. I did that for 45 weeks, as instructed, with proper eye care, (looking at the compass directions around the sun, not in the middle), and beautiful meditations, and today reached 45 minutes.  I cleared out physical problems, emotional, spiritual while meditating. Today I pretty much cried the whole time at the grace of amazing, Divine, divine Love being poured, being shared with me.  Now I’m supposed to walk barefoot 45 minutes a day for 6 days. And one can stop at that point. But it’s better to do it a year. I’m doing it.

Recipe of the Day – Egg-white

Lemonl Mask

From Enmar’s Class on Herbs in Your Garden

Ingredients:

1 egg white

3 drops lemon

1 c. water

Directions: Whip the lemon and egg white until it just starts foaming. Put on your skin and leave for 10-15 minutes.

Word of the Day – masque – mask

Tip of the Day – Do twice a week to firm and tone your skin.

Chocolate-Covered Dried Papaya

Somebody asked me if they need to take a collagen supplement, for their skin, or can they eat foods rich in collagen. Fish, red vegetables, orange vegetables, berries all increase/boost collagen. Soy, white tea, egg whites, garlic and oysters, boost collagen – within the dermis (below the outermost layer of skin), the foundation of connective tissue that supports the skin’s structure. Too bad egg whites, soy and tomatoes are not recommended for my blood-type.

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate-Covered Dried Papaya and Figs


Ingredients:

3/4 c. coconut oil

3/4 c. shredded cacao butter

3/4 c. raw honey
1/4 c. raw cacao powder/carob
pinch of Himalayan crystal salt
pinch of vanilla powder, cayenne powder or 3 drops peppermint oil/extract

Directions: Melt all over a double boiler, stirring constantly until creamy. Put the dried fruit on a plate and pour the chocolate over..

Word of the Day – colágeno -collagen

Tip of the Day – Other fruits work well, too! Bananas, raisins, coconut, nuts….

Papaya Fig Smoothie

Our new restaurant is so beautiful, and has such a warm, welcome and pretty spirit to it. You feel good there. The walls are lined with James Birthrong’s paintings, which go so well with the hanging wooden star lanterns, the different-colored tables and the walls. The back has lay-down easy wooden lazy-chairs, a gorgeous mural, and many tables. They did so much work, and everything is so great. Now the locals have somewhere nice to be on Mondays!

table top

Recipe of the Day – Fig Papaya Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 c. frozen papaya

1 sm. frozen banana

1 c. water, tea or oat milk

4 sprigs fresh mint

2-3 figs, scooped out

Directions: Blend. OMG, this smoothie is so good.

Word of the Day – higo – fig

Tip of the Day – Thanks to my friend, Cindy, for giving me a bunch of her beautiful figs, lemons and papayas!

Herbal Bean-Potato Salad

How would you have answered? I just came back from town, brought a friend over to my house…first time. When he asked if he should remove his shoes, I said , “Oh, that’s okay, ’cause the dogs have already been running in and out.” Half hour later, while we were in the kitchen, he looked down at the floor and said, “Your floor is dirty.”                                              I didn’t know what to say, too many ways to answer. I think I said, “Oh, that’s okay” or something. But then he said, ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness, Dorothy.”                              Wow, how would you have answered?    “As a single mom, the rule in my house was, if you pointed out dirt, you had to clean it.”      But since that time, I’ve thought of other response. What do you think of these?                                                                                                                            “Oh?”

“After a lifetime of cleaning for others, I choose when to clean. ”                                           “Yeah, with the dogs and living in the country, it needs it three times a day, ha ha. Better for me not to get neurotic. about it.”                                                                                                                                                          “Who stands in someone else’s house and points out dirt? My friends never do.  They wouldn’t want me to point it out in their houses, haha!” 

I think now, a week later, knowing the person, I would have liked to have said, “You know, there are so many ways to be next to Godliness. Sometimes you make order and space in your house. Sometimes you choose to meditate instead of cleaning.  Sometimes you have to respect the pain in your body, and know it’s better to rest. No matter how much you’d like your house to be beautifully clean. Sometimes you choose to be with the person standing there, listening well, instead of cleaning.”                                                                                                                                                               What would you have said?


Recipe of the Day –
Bean Potato Salad

Ingredients

    • 2 c. black, garbanzo or red beans
    • 1 c. green beans
    • 1/4 c. fresh parsley leaves with tender stems
    • 1/4 c. olive oil
    • 3 T. green onions
    • 1 c. chopped, cooked, cold potatoes
    • 1 T. finely grated lemon zest
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1/2 tsp. black pepper or 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    • Salt

Corn ‘n Bean Chowder with Coconut Milk

Hey, lately I was wondering if I should be sitting in front of the Juice Factory, resting and having a smoothie, getting out in public. Because I do spend money I don’t need to.

 But here’s what happened today to make me re-think,….or re-heart.

First, I couldn’t pay my electric bill (usually $8+) because their system wasn’t ready. So I went to sit in front of the Juice Factory and have a chocolate smoothie.Then…

I learned there is a very beautiful Buddhist monk who lives here the last few months. I was thinking I would probably meet him by chance, if it was meant to be.  Well, I was sitting there this morning when someone introduced us. Nice! I was hoping that would happen! He shook my hand and a long tingling sensation went straight up to my heart, making me happy. My heart opened. I told him what happened, and he said, “That must be because of your practice.”

Next….

This lady stopped to stare at a poster behind my head. She talked about learning to laugh: holding your heart and saying, with long breaths, the words, “appreciation….care….compassion…gratitude” over a period of 6 hours whenever you think about it. That’s all you do, to open the heart, and start thinking with the heart,
instead of the mind, she said.

I needed someone to fix my brakes on my electric bike. The left one was so bad, and the roads were wet. I was getting a little worried.  Only the bike shop didn’t have my brake pads. So I was still sitting there in front of the Juice Factory when a return traveler in town sat down with me. I was mentioning my bike situation and he said, “I’m a bike mechanic. I’ll look at it for you.” He pointed to his bike-shop company T-shirt. And he fixed my brakes! Took over an hour of recalibration. He actually rode his own bike down to the bike shop to borrow their tools. He only wanted a “V-8” juice in return, which I put on my account to pay later, but I slipped him the $10 I was gonna use for electricity, when I heard him tell the taxi driver he didn’t have the money for a taxi.

That was all this morning.

There is a reason to sit mindfully in front of the Juice Factory.

Recipe of the Day – Corn ‘n Bean Chowder with Coconut Milk Nutmeg and Potatoes

Ingredients:

2 T. coconut oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. each crushed coriander and cumin
1/2 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice

2 c. coconut milk
4 c. water or vegetable stock
2 c. potatoes, cut pieces
2 c. your choice of squash cut into 1 inch pieces
2 red peppers, diced
2 c.  corn
1 c. cooked garbanzos
1 lime
Parsley or cilantro, chopped to garnish

Directions: In a large pot set over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened. Add the spices. Stir about 30 seconds. Then add the coconut milk and vegetables. Cook covered for 15 minutes. Add the peppers, corn and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until peppers are tender. Right before serving add the juice of 1/2 a lime. Serve with a wedge of lime and chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.

Word of the Day – mecánico – mechanic

Tip of the Day – Add sweet potato, yum!

Tropical Green Smoothie

What’s today’s morning smoothie? Tropical fruit from my land: bananas, passionfruit, papaya and lettuce!

Recipe of the Day –  Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

green lettuce

1/2 papaya

1 frozen banana

1 passionfruit, cut in half and scooped out

a few drops liquid stevia to taste

Directions: Wash the fruit. Cut the papays and passionfruit in halves and scoop out the insides to pit in the blender. Blend with the banana and add sweetening to taste.

Word of the Day – bumpy –desigual

Tip of the Day – Be sure to have a green juice or smoothie every day. Most of our foods are acid, and we need the greens to cool the stomach, Dorothy.

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Neem Tea

I have a neem tree on my land. – Neem leaf is used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions.

The bark is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, skin diseases, pain, fever and malaria.

The flower is used for reducing bile and phlegm, and treating intestinal worms.

The fruit is used for intestinal worms, urinary tract disorders, hemorroidd, bloody noses, diabetes, phlegm, eye disorders, wounds, and leprosy.

The twigs are used for intestinal worms, low  sperm levels, coughs, hemorroids, urinary disorders and diabetes. Some chew neem twigs instead of using a toothbrush, but this be careful because some have fungi.

The seeds and seed oil are used for leprosy and intestinal worms., birth control and abortions.

The stem, root bark, and fruit are used as a tonic and astringent.

Some people apply neem directly to the skin for skin lice, skin diseases, wounds, and skin ulcers; as a mosquito repellent; and as a skin softener. Neem is also used as an insecticide.

Recipe of the Day –Neem tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of neem

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the neem. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – te -tea

Tip of the Day – This is such a diverse herb. Look above and use it for what you need!

 

 

 

Shamrock Smoothie

I have my first cacao pods on my cacao trees! One will be ready soon – about 10 inches long and dark red. Can you believe that?!!! I will cut it open, take out the beans and let them sit and ferment in the sun for 6 days or so. Then roast for about 5-6 mintues on each side, take the skins off, open the beans up and take the nibs out – my favorite part.

Recipe of the Day – Shamrock Smoothie

Ingredients
1/2 c. water
2 bananas, peeled & frozen overnight
3 T. chia
1 T. peanut butter
2 Fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp. mint extract
1 cup baby spinach
1 date, soaked and pitted
Topping
1 c. coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
A sprinkle of cacao nibs or chocolate shavings

Directions: Blend the first 7 ingredients. Pour into glass.
Use spoon to dollop about a tablespoon of coconut cream on top.
Sprinkle chocolate on top.

WWord of the Day – cacao – chocolate

Tip of the Day – Do it without the spinach for a chocolate shake.

Saffron Rosewater Tea

My daughter in Montana writes, “You would be so glad you weren’t here today! It is 7° F. outside and the wind is blowing like ridiculously hard and it is a sheet of black ice out here! There’s something really beautiful about the silence when it’s this cold outside. The world gets quieter. Especially at where we are, and there’s no one else around. All you can hear it outside is the wind sweeping across the land and whispering through the trees… Howling on days like today.”

Recipe of the Day –
Saffron Rosewater Tea

Ingredients:
4 c. water
2  tea bags or tea-infuser with tsp. of your herbs
1 Tab.  rose-water
2 green cardamom
pinch of saffron
  • Honey or other sweetener, according to taste (optional)

Directions: Bring the  water to almost a aboil with the cardamom. Add any tea you desire: green, black, herbal.  Steep 5-7 minutes and remove teabags or strain. Add saffron and rosewater and sweetening, if desired. Serve hot or over ice.

Word of the Day – invierno – winter

Tip of the Day – Saffron is an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic- causes sweating, carminative – prevents gas and to bring on menstruation..