August 09, 2016

Hand Salve for Psoriasis - DIY

My mom has suffered from psoriasis on her hands for a long time now so, I decided to do a bit of research on some of the best ingredients to treat it with, and I created this tea tree smelling hand salve. As it turns out my mom use to do the same thing for her mom and herself a long time ago. While it did work my grandma she was not a fan of the tea tree smell, but my mom loves it stating "it smells like gasoline"! So I hope any psoriasis sufferers out there give this recipe of mine a try and let me know how it works out for you in the comment box below.
Hand Salve
1/3 Cup - Coconut Oil (solid variety)
1 Spoonful - Aloe Vera Gel (100%)
1 Spoonful - Lavender Massage Oil (or lavender oil)
1 Spoonful - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Spoonful - Sweet Almond Oil
1 Spoonful - Tea Tree Oil

Place coconut oil into a glass jar (or similar). Melt the coconut oil 15-20 seconds in a microwave, or until it liquefies. Add in the other ingredients. Close the jar tightly with a lid and shake vigorously until ingredients are well combined. Loosen lid slightly and place in the fridge. Allow to cool in fridge until product solidifies. Your salve is now ready to use!

August 02, 2016

Tom Kha Gai Inspired Soup - Recipe

Since I have a citrus allergy I had to eliminate any lime/lemon from this recipe, and I omitted any hard to find ingredients (such a kaffir leaves, Thai peppers, and lemongrass). You can use fresh or canned mushrooms for this, any variety will do. If you want your soup spicier add more of the chili paste to it, my version is more on the mild side (if you're sensitive to spice I recommend using a lot less than what I did). If I was making this soup for a group of people I would probably slice some lime wedges on the side, and serve with steamed white rice.
4 Cups (32 oz) - Low Sodium Chicken Stock
4 Cups (32 oz) - Unsweetened Coconut Milk, canned
1 lb - Boneless Skinless Chicken, 1-inch cubed
2 Cups (15 oz can) - Mushrooms, sliced
1 branch - fresh Ginger Root, peeled
1/4 Cup - fresh Cilantro, chopped
2 Leaves - fresh Basil, whole
1-2 Tbsp - fresh Scallions, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp - Pad Thai Sauce
2 Tsp - Thai Chili Paste (or similar)
1 Pinch - Sugar (or substitute)
1 Pinch - Chinese Five Spice powder

Add chicken broth, cilantro, basil, scallions, and ginger to a pot and bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Except for the coconut milk add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked (no pink in center). Add in coconut milk, raise heat and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat once boiling, remove ginger branch, and allow to cool a bit before serving.

July 18, 2016

Get Your Beauty Groove Back (in 1 week)!

When life has gotten out of control I just want to get back in the groove of things to feel better about myself, and I like to give myself a week to feel alive and vibrant again. The reason I don't recommend doing all this in a day is because you should give yourself something to do and look forward to every day, plus we don't all have the time to get all this done at once (feel productive daily!).

So, here's my quick simple list to help get your groove back on track, in a week.

Mani Monday - do your nails (so they look great all week).

Tan Tuesday - if you're not into tanning/sunless-tan then do something else for your body (or try the "for more..." tips below).

Walking Wednesday - a day for exercise (if this is the only time a week you have to workout then try to do at least 35 minutes straight of physical activity).

Toothy Thursday - deep clean your mouth (whitening, floss, pick, rinse, etc)! Although most of these we should do daily a lot of times life gets too hectic, so be sure to make time for your mouth.

Facial Friday - use a face mask, remove body hair, shave, etc. Enjoy and relax in a nice hot bath (I love doing detox baths).

Sexy Saturday - look cute/sexy today (show off all the hard work you've done this week) and find time to be flirty or chat with others, be social and go out.

Shopping Sunday - clothing, furniture, groceries, etc. because we all have errands that usually need done for the week ahead.

For more...

Try to eat healthy (when you eat healthy you feel healthy).

Once a week
Clean up your living space (do laundry, organize, etc.).

Every 4-6 Weeks (or as needed)
Dye your hair/roots (if you don't dye your hair then consider a trim, new hair style, extensions, a deep hair mask.. just do something haircare related as it can get neglected).