No Juicer Juice–Apple, Celery, Parsley–Stress Reliever Juice

The use of a blender, or Ninja is a great alternative to an expensive juicer. Here is how I do it:

1. put 1 cup of distilled, room temp water into Ninja

2. cut up your pink lady apple, 2 stalks of celery (use all of the celery-even the yellowish, leaves), ~1 tablespoon fresh ginger, a small bunch of parsley (you don’t have to cut the parsley)

3. add all ingredients to Ninja, and add a dash of cayenne pepper (fire element)

4. blend on setting 1, then 2. blend until you see the pulp that is being flicked onto the sides of the Ninja fall down to be blended again (see video)

5.have a glass ready with  a piece of cheesecloth covering the opening

6. pour the juice and pulp onto the cheesecloth and press the juice through using a rubber spatula

7. put remaining pulp into a plastic container to freeze for compost (or whatever you want to use it for)

8. clean up (I like the Ninja because it is easier to clean than a juicer, and all its parts)

9. enjoy your juice in the morning sun

10. recite your morning mantra:

I am…

joyful

loving

patient

peaceful

whole

a shining being

~~Queen Afua-Sacred Woman

sorry pics not in order…

 

Carrot Juice and Bentonite Clay

After the vacation, I was feeling sluggish and off balance. I needed a boost. So I decided to go grocery shopping, and I got my usual fruits and veggies. Food City also had large bags of zucchini, peppers and bananas on clearance. I got a bag or two, of course. I made vegan banana and zucchini bread muffins and this for my morning breakfast:

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Tasty Carrot Juice my way:

3 carrots

1 large cucumber

1 nectarine

2tbs raw ginger

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup water

Inspired by: http://rawgirltoxicworld.com/2012/07/13/carrot-juice-for-glowing-skin-juice-spicy-carrot/

 

 

My skin was a little dry on the return; probably do to stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to lots of car, truck, bus, and boat exhaust. LOL! Bentonite clay came to the rescue! After applying the clay and taking a warm shower with it on, my skin felt so soft all day long. I didn’t use any soaps to cleanse or lotions for moisture; the clay removed all impurities and left my face moisturized:)

 

Sweetgrass and Honeysuckles

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Check out Sweetgrass and Honeysuckles, my new Etsy shop!

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festo karwemera speaks

The Bakiga – How We Throw Away Our African Culture from Studio Edirisa on Vimeo.

Studio Edirisa’s documentary The Bakiga – How we throw away our African culture (2006, 29 minutes) is a story about Festo Karwemera and his people of southwestern Uganda. It is a critical assessment of how much remains of the traditional culture and a protest against the Bakiga’s imitation of their former colonial masters.

More: http://www.studio.ug

I’m No Longer a Junkie

A Product Junkie, that is..

I don’t use any fancy, and, or expensive shampoo, conditioner. I don’t put anything on my hair except a little sweet almond oil as I twist while my hair it’s still wet. It is one thing to be off the creamy crack, but can you wean yourself off other chemicals that could be clogging your pores, or making your skin sensitive with harsh fragrances?

100 Best Health Foods #6: Mangoes

Yes, these are actual mangoes in my crisper! Yum! (they were 4 for $1 at Food City by the way)

Why mangoes?

 

Unlike other fruits, mangoes have a high Vitamin E content!

Healthy skin yall!

High pectin content: reduces “bad” cholesterol!

 

 

 

Mango Tango Tomato Salsa
6 medium ripe tomatoes
1 onion, chopped fine
1 large mango, halved, seeded, peels, diced (kind of hard to do with all that juice, smack lips…)
2tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
salt
pepper
tortilla chips

Follow-up to “Like Butter Baby”

Well I got my new Shea butter in! YAY! It’s great! It is much more smooth and light. It is not oily/greasy like the RA cosmetics brand. This Shea butter was ordered from eBay from cocoabutterstore. I got 2 lbs. of Shea butter for $19.50 (free shipping…well probably shipping included). And I also purchased 1 lb of mango butter for $14. Which is pretty good since it goes a long way. The blocks of butters came in saran wrap and in a plastic baggie. At first I thought…wow! But it works fine, I did not have to take it out and put it in another container. These butters are much better quality! And I really think that these are not refined, unlike the ones that are sold in retail and health food stores. So I am convinced and pleased!

 

Also check out these journal articles that I found that list good descriptions and benefits for different plants, natural cosmetics and products:

ETHNOBOTANICAL PLANTS FROM AFRICA

plant species yielding vegetable oils used in cosmetics and skin care products