DIY All-Purpose Household Cleaner

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It's time of year again! Drippy noses and scratchy throats. We've put together a little DIY All-Purpose Household Cleaner with our Resistance Oil** for quick and easy disinfecting of all your household surfaces.

DIY ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER RECIPE
Spray Bottle
10-15 drops of Lulu Organics Resistance Essential Oil**
1 tsp Witch Hazel or Vinegar
2oz of Distilled Water

* Resistance Oil is a combination of essential oils that have antibacterial properties. Due to the copyright of the word 'Thieves' by the company Young Living we have been legally forced to remove the original name of this product. 

Nerve Tea For Depression

In this time of great uncertainty, I felt it would be a good time to post my very favorite Nervine Tea. Some of us are feeling despair for our future, some of us feeling anger, depression and anxiety but whatever you're feeling it's important to nourish your nervous system and strengthen it for the times ahead.

Rosemary Gladstar is a beacon of light in the herbal community and a personal hero of mine. She's the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, co-founder of Sage Mountain Herbs and the founder of United Plant Savers—among so many other things! And she is also the creator of this Nervine Tea for Depression. You can find this recipe is her book Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, which if you don't have, you should buy immediately.  

I make this for friends going through any type of hard time—mental or physical. I have even made it for friends who are trying to quit smoking (and they've been known to smoke it!) However you use it, it will definitely help soothe your tattered nerves.  

NERVE TEA RECIPE
2 parts organic chamomile
1 part organic borage flowers
1 part organic lemon balm
.5 part organic lavender flowers
.5 part organic roses

Prepare as an infusion.  Steep 1 TBL of herb with 1 cup of water for as long as you can wait, even up to 1 hour. Drink 1 to 3 cups a day.

Quick + Simple Green Clay Mask

Mask after it has been 'whipped'.  Mortar + pestle by Powderhorn Kitchen.

Mask after it has been 'whipped'.  Mortar + pestle by Powderhorn Kitchen.

Around this time of year my skin starts to get a major case of the blahs. It’s both dry and oily coming off the change of season and it’s overall confused. So I whip up this quick little mask to boost it’s tone, texture and clarity. It’s simple but packs all the punch you need.

The base of our mask is french green clay. Everyone has their favorite clay to use when making a clay mask and green is hand’s down my favorite.  It’s purifying, very drawing and feels so good on one’s skin. The second ingredient is raw honey. I add raw honey to every single mask I make which is a testament to how beneficial I think it is. It’s a humectant, has a natural pH, is antiseptic and antimicrobial. It’s really important you use a honey that is authentically ‘raw’ so as to preserve the natural enzymes in the honey. The third ingredient is distilled water or your favorite hyrdrosol. This element simply allows the mask to liquefy and make it pliable. And lastly, our tour-de-force ingredient, the essential oils of your choosing.

Everyone’s skin is obviously different so when setting out to make your mask focus on essential oils that will aid your skin instead of harm it. Below I put together a short list of oils and their different properties:

LAVENDER:  good for inflammation, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, burns, combats excess sebum.  Good for all skin types. 
CLARY SAGE: good for acne and balancing oil production.  Good for oily skin.
GERANIUM: good for cell regeneration, circulation, anti-inflammatory skin issues: acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, burns, bruises and broken capillaries.  Good for combination skin.
FRANKINCENSE: good for inflammation, cell regeneration, acne, wrinkles, balancing skin tone and texture.  Good for mature skin.
NEROLI: good for cell regeneration and mature skin, balances sebum production. Good for all skin types.  

The benefit of essential oils is endless but not all essential oils are good for direct application to the skin! Each type has a very particular safety protocol so peruse websites and resources that really know what they’re talking about. My personal favorite is: naturesgift.com.  There is a ton of misinformation on the internet about natural remedies and it's important to find a reliable and consistent source to avoid harm.  Nature is powerful!

Four simple ingredients make a quick + amazing mask. 

Four simple ingredients make a quick + amazing mask. 

FRENCH GREEN CLAY MASK RECIPE
( 1 to 3 applications )
1Tbl French Green Clay
1 tea Raw Honey
1Tbl Distilled Water or Your Favorite Hydrosol
1-2 drops Essential Oil
Mortar and Pestle

To make your mask use a mortar and pestle if you have one.  The pestle makes for an effortless mix of powder and liquid as opposed to scraping with a spoon.  Add your clay and honey to your mortar and start to mash.  These two ingredients won’t really want to bond right away but just get them acquainted to start.  Then add your water and start to vigorously mix in a circular direction.  Once your mask starts to have a smooth texture and look ‘whipped’ add your essential oils.  Apply to your face with fingers and let sit for about ten minutes.  When ready to remove, wet a soft towel with warm water and cover your face with it.  After about a minute slowly wipe the mask away.

This mask will keep in a small container but be sure to use distilled water (vs tap) to prevent the growth of bacteria.  Adding vitamin e will act as a preservative.  

Variations:
Probiotic Capsule, simply open into the clay before you add honey and water
Vitamin E, add .25 tea to total mixture
Aloe Vera Gel, add 1 tea and reduce distilled water to 2 tea

Don't feel like making your own?  Buy our Lulu Organics Green Clay Mask!

Low Sugar Takuan

I eat some form of pickled food a day whether it be kraut or kimchi or homemade pickled beets.  I love to incorporate some form of probiotic in my diet so my gut is healthy and balanced.  My breakfast go to: a soft boiled egg, some sort of pickle, a bed of quinoa and a little soy sauce (trust me you'll never go back). 

So when I discovered sushi 'burritos' (which is a terrible word for them) it was a revelation.  Truly it's just a very large hand roll and very quick and easy way to eat something healthy on the go.  My favorite Japanese pickle is Takuan!  But I wanted a lower sugar option then the ones you get in the restaurants and one without food coloring.  I cut the standard amount of sugar in a quarter and add curry powder for color and just a touch of added flavor.  Enjoy!

Low Sugar Takuan
(will make one small mason jar of
Takuan)
2 daikons, sliced into 1/8 inch pieces and into half moons
4 tea salt
.5c sugar
.5c rice vinegar
.5 tea curry powder
1 pint mason jar

Mix salt, sugar, vinegar and curry powder into a non metallic bowl and try to dissolve sugar as best you can.  Add sliced daikon and mix until the daikon seems thoroughly coated with the vinegar mixture.  Let daikon sit on your counter top overnight.  In the morning squeeze out you daikon and add to a clean mason jar. Boil your vinegar mixture in a pot over medium heat and remove any scum that appears.  Cool then pour the juice into the jars over your daikon.  Your takuan will be ready to eat in two weeks!

My sushi burrito combo:  salmon sashimi, mango, takuan, sushi rice and organic nori. 

(This recipe was taken and modified from www.foodjimoto.com)