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homemade moisturizer recipe

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Howdy!

I received a question about a moisturizer so here’s one that I’m posting from a blog I found a while ago. If you make it, let me know how it turns out for you. Good luck and HAVE FUN!

xoxo,
Linda

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Handmade Body Moisturizer Recipe

Like fresh food, this will go bad after a certain period of time. If you
don’t think you’ll use it within three months, store it in the refrigerator.
Makes approximately 2 cups

1 cup filtered water, cold brewed tea, orange blossom water, or rose water

3/4 cup oil such as olive, almond, unrefined coconut, or avocado

3 tablespoons grated beeswax

Optional: a few drops of essential oil of your choice, for fragrance

1. Set up a blender and pour in the water. Prepare clean, dry glass jars for
packaging and have them nearby.

2. Put the oil and the beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup. Place the cup in a
pan or small pot and pour in water to reach about halfway up the cup. Bring
the water to a gentle boil, and heat the oil and beeswax until the beeswax
melts. You’ll know when the wax is melted because you won’t see it anymore.
As soon as the wax is melted, remove the cup from the water and let the oil
cool for 2 minutes.

3. Turn on the blender and start blending the water at medium speed. Remove
the stopper in the blender lid so you can pour the oil through the top while
blending. Slowly pour in the oil and the mixture will begin to emulsify. If
there is still some water on the surface, turn up the blender and blend the
mixture 30 seconds to a minute longer. If you’re using essential oil, blend
it in now.

4. With a clean rubber spatula, transfer the cream to the glass jars. Cover
the jars with cheesecloth for an hour, or until they’ve reached room
temperature. Placing the lid on the jar when this is warm will cause
condensation to form under the lid, which will water down the lotion and
form bacteria. When the lotion is cool, screw on the jar lids. Store at room
temperature for up to 3 months, or in the refrigerator for 6 months.

wanted a dip/dressing so this is what I did

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

I was munching on raw cauliflower today whilst painting and wishing that I had some lovely dip to dip the crunchy pieces in. So I decided to make something. I was really jonesing for my cheddary cheeze but am out of red peppers. I really love making recipes from scratch. It’s fun to throw things together and see how they will turn out.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe I just concocted:

Curry Carrot Dressing

2 cups raw cashews
2-3 dates, pitted
1 large carrot, washed and chopped
1/2 smallish yellow onion
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp miso, or nama shoyu
pinch cayenne
1 tsp hot curry
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
1 cup+ fresh water

In the VitaMix, blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary to make it more like a dressing. Feel free to adjust the spices to your liking.

It’s a really nice dip and I’m enjoying it now with everything: brown rice, veggies, salad, as a spread for wraps or sandwiches. This made quite a lot so it’s good to just put in a container and keep in your fridge.

Happy blending and experimenting!

much love,
Linda

my “raw” journey with this sinus infection

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

So the past 3 weeks has been filled with a cold/sinus infection that has been quite wild. It’s been years since I had anything like this so I am very grateful for the way I’ve been caring for myself with diet/exercise. I think that’s played the biggest part in my health thus far. I can remember before going raw, being sick once a month for quite a long period of time (like 2 years) so I’ve come a long way so far on this journey and I intend to keep plugging away in this raw food/healthy life endeavor. 🙂

I wanted to write out what I’ve been doing to take care of a sinus infection sans antibiotics. I’ve never done this before and I do acknowledge that it takes a bit more diligence than popping an antibiotic each day. So let’s begin with alllllllll the things I’ve been doing in the past 3 weeks. OK, let’s go…

The week prior to me becoming sick, my kids had a cold/cough – they were relatively mild colds and the cough went away within a week. They were coughing in my general direction each day for a week and that’s typically not a big deal. They’ve done that before. My immune system is usually quite strong. This week, however, I had some stressors come in that I think, in retrospect, brought my immune system down a bit.

So when the feeling came on that I was feeling run down (late on Friday, Feb 19th), I tried some hydrogen peroxide sprays in my ears. This came from my friend Peter. He said he earned about it years ago from a retired MD (Stewart Fason, aka “Dr. Jon”) who liked to buck the medical establishment. He gave me a link on it here: http://www.healingdaily.com/exercise/hydrogen-peroxide-in-ears.htm. So I tried it. I sprayed a couple sprays in my ears and I definitely felt like some germs were getting attacked! I did that for 2 nights. I’m always concerned about QTYs and durations of things when I do them and I admit leaning on the side of being a conservative when it comes to herbs. Hydrogen peroxide is what I use to bleach things so I was thinking I didn’t really want to put a lot of bleach in my ears for too many days. I will also say that I’m quite a sensitive sort. For my height/weight, I would/could be prescribed a lot (at least what adults typically get) but I require only a child’s portion of most medicines and that does me really well.

Anyway, along with the hydrogen peroxide, I started gargling with salt water and using the neti pot. I was starting to feel a bit of congestion in my right ear and my right sinus. So for the first few days, I was doing these things 3 x per day. I began taking my herbs: I almost always take the Healthy Woman elixir because I just love it so much but started adding the Immune Builder herbs and because at this point my glands were starting to get swollen, I took the Lymph Cleanse tinctures. Again, taking these things 3 x per day.

I started making a morning pudding so I could add in lots of stuff. This is what I’ve been eating each morning for the past 3 weeks.

breakfast vitamineral pudding

1 banana
frozen berries when I had them
1/4 – 1/3 cup raw oats
1 oz E3 Live
1 tsp medicinal mushrooms
1 tsp vitamin C
1 tsp magnesium calm
1/2 tsp astragalus powder
acidolphilus bifidus capsule that I emptied
therapeutic enzyme cap that I emptied
supergreens – about 1-2 tsp
vitamin code b complex capsules, emptied

zyflamend softgels that I emptied
omega 3 oil
sunflower nut butter
drizzle of hemp seed milk

Whirl around in a small food processor until a pudding like consistency. This was soo good I made a less potent variety of it for the kids.

Other morning supplements:
I took ginger force daily with some water, sucked on zinc lozenges and a liquid drop of Vitamin D. I typically don’t take supplements. I usually take some medicinal mushrooms in my smoothie each day but I felt that with my immune system down, extra help would be good. The pudding is great because I basically emptied a bunch of herbs/supplements and I didn’t have to swallow the stuff plus the pudding tasted really really good.

The first week of my cold, I stayed home and rested as best I could. Matt was away in DC so there was lots of things to do plus we had a snow storm that brought 18 or so inches in a 24 hour period. Mother Nature is big out here in VT and that took a lot of getting used to for me when we moved here. I felt like my body was improving over the course of the week. Clear, drippy, drainy sinuses started to thicken up which is usually a sign of improvement (drying up.) By week 2, I started taking pulsatilla, a homeopathic remedy for colds with thick snot.

In the afternoons for the first week, I was drinking a lot of herbal teas. Teas to soothe my throat as what started in my sinuses seemed to move to my throat. Teas with marshmallow root herb and echinacea, licorice root, medicinal mushrooms seemed to feel really good. Some afternoons I had a green juice or a greens smoothie but for that first week, I wasn’t super hungry. I also had elderberry syrup when I remembered to have it.

Dinner tended to be some kind of wrap with green sprouts, vegetables, tempeh, steamed broccoli, seaweed. Eating usually brought about a temporary opening in my congestion and felt good. At nights, I had the humidifier going in my room as well as the pot on the wood stove to help the very dry air have some moisture. I was also taking some Self Heal flower essences (I love flower essences.) AND I was doing salt water foot soaks. This is really just something I enjoy doing but the eucalyptus and rosemary oil felt so soothing to breathe in.

By week 2, I was feeling better. Matt came back from his work trip and I felt like I was coming towards the end of this cold. However, by the weekend, the stuff that was moving down to my throat wasn’t really improving and my ears continued to feel clogged/congested. So, I upped my game again and I used mullein garlic oil in my ears at night. I also started trying Belladonna and switching that with Silica homeopathic remedy. I started spraying the back of my throat with propolis spray. I also read somewhere that ground mustard when used as a foot soak or as a paste on the bottom of the feet can be very antiviral.

I decided I would try the mustard overnight. Matt made a paste of it and put it on the bottoms of my feet. He put on wool socks over top so that my feet would get hot at night. The problem with this for me was that some of the mustard paste got on the band of the socks that went around my ankle and I woke up in the morning with BURNS on my ankles! I guess the skin on my feet are tough enough but the skin on my ankle is a bit too soft/sensitive for mustard oil! LESSON LEARNED! I now had another thing to care for during this cold. NOTE: even basic culinary spices can be quite potent when used medicinally! (The ND told me yesterday when she makes a paste, she also adds flour to cut down the strength of the mustard as it is very potent!) So, now I know!

So this is week three and I decided to go to my ND to see what else I could do as Sunday past, I started to feel drippy sinuses again and I thought, “Oh, no! It’s coming back!”  FYI: To take care of the burns on my ankle, I’ve been using the All Heal Salve and covering it with sterile gauze pads. This has been a saving grace. What a silly and painful mistake that was for my poor ankles! I don’t think using the mustard paste was a mistake, just neglecting to wipe it off my ankles was the mistake.

Anyway, back to the visit with the ND. She is wonderful. I told her all the stuff I’ve been doing. She said, “You are such a good healer! What are you doing here? You are taking such good care of yourself.” This was definitely a boost as I’m sure you can imagine, 3 weeks with a cold that came back and a burned ankle doesn’t necessarily FEEL like I’m caring for myself really well. She said she could write out a prescription for antibiotics for me but feels like that does way more harm than good and with my good care plus a few other things, I’ll seem some good results very soon.

She wanted me to continue my good regime and she wanted to really focus attention to these sinuses and ear congestion. Do the mullein garlic oil drops more (meaning more than just in the night). She made a sinus tincture for me that has 5 herbs in it that I’m to take 1/2 tsp of mixed with water, gargle and then swallow the herbs to help with the post nasal stuff going on in my throat 3 x per day. She gave me a super bio veg cap to take every 2-3 hours for 3 days and then 1 3 x per day after that. I took the zinc lozenges for a week until they tasted terrible (which is the sign that you don’t need them anymore) and week 2 didn’t take them. She wanted to reintroduce that again plus a WHOLE bunch more vitamin C and other things to really kick up things a notch in my body. I’m picking up this stuff called X-lear that i’m supposed to use. I’m not yet sure what that’s for other than the obvious sinus stuff. She said to steam with eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil or thyme oil 1-2 x per day. And I’m to continue with the neti pot but now to add a tiny bit of goldenseal in the pot. That’s cool to me because I was just using the salt. I can tell you that using the goldenseal REALLY kicks up the neti pot action up a notch!

I got home yesterday and started her little program and have already been feeling a lot more clarity in my sinuses. I don’t yet have the X-lear but I’ll let you know how that works.

I guess the only other thing that I wanted to acknowledge was the heavy duty emotional work I’ve been doing. I started this post by saying that some stressors came in which I think put a drain on me. I’ve been taking to a counselor again, doing a lot of writing, flower essences, processing, releasing. I acknowledge the powerful connection between mind/emotions/body and I don’t doubt that a big part of my why my cold processing has been so lengthy is because I’m also processing a lot of old junk. So this is a spring cleaning in the truest form! I plan on doing some colonics to continue with this spring cleaning mode. Perhaps if I had done them sooner, I would have felt relief sooner but we do the best we can. Our only colon hydrotherapist is an hour away and when you run 2 houses, 2 businesses, have 2 kids and all the other stuff going on, it’s really a matter of taking things one step at a time, one moment at a time. I’m grateful to have a lot of tools in my toolbelt to be able to help myself and I’m also super grateful for the community of support that I have built around me and continue to build on. With great counselors & NDs to call on, great friends to run to the store to get things for me, I truly feel like I am living a great life… even with a stuffy nose and burned ankles! LOL.

Thank you for reading. I’ll keep you posted as to how this moves forward.

newsletter dated 3/5/09 – March comes in like a lion and goes out like mud… plus new dehydrators, books, workshops and more

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Greetings good people!

Happy March! I don’t know what March is like for you but it’s the most intense month here in VT. Usually by March, people are pretty antsy for the snow and cold to end. We get more bright sunny days which further make us wait with anticipation warmer temperatures. And then things turn to mud so we’ll get mud season soon and then it will be black fly time, etc. VTers are cute to have celebrations for such things. The seasons are serious business here! 🙂

Today I’m working on sorting out the archived recipes so be on the look out to more easily look up the recipes on my site. We are also adding more products as well. Please be sure to check the new products page regularly as we are trying like the dickens to get things up: http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/index.php?main_page=products_new – (As per usual, I have way more products in house than what is listed on the website. We are working to make the two more synchronous.)

We also made deliveries to Hunger Mountain and Sweet Clover TODAY so please get your raw treats while the gettin is good! I’ll be making a delivery to Healthy Living on Monday.

Please check out our Facebook page! Become a fan and check out photos, events and notes. MM-kay?

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RAW FOOD HAPS THIS WEEK AND BEYOND

• Tuesday, March 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 – Healing Cancer From Inside Out, Part Two. This is part two of an award-winning two-hour film (part one shown previously). Part 2, Healing Cancer, shows how cancer can be successfully healed with dietary treatments and natural supplementation. It explains common misconceptions about cancer, shows how diets designed to fight cancer are more successful than conventional treatments, discusses startling cancer research findings with T. Colin Campbell (The China Study) and has interviews with people who have reversed cancers using diet. It also discusses supplementation and why attitude is important in reversing not only cancer, but any disease.We’ll have some raw treats to eat while we watch this important film. Please pre-register with Krystal or Robin at info@hungermountain.com or call them at 802-223-8004 x 204. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.
I’m going to be serving green smoothies to drink while we watch Part 2.

• Raw food deliveries have been made to Hunger Mountain Coop, Sweet Clover Market today and will be made to Healthy Living this coming Monday. So get your VT Fiddle Head raw food goodies while the gettin’ is good.

• Different varieties of my raw food has been a part of the local food order since January. This is a local group so if you are in the Montpelier area and are interested in local food, herbal remedies and crafts, please check with Montpelier Commonshare to be a part of this wonderful group. I’m having fun with some MYSTERY BOXES! Yes, i do mystery boxes – didn’t you know? I LOVE them. Ask me how to get a box for yourself!

• Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30 – 7:30 – Raw Food Quiche Workshop. Several of you have asked for it, so here it is. Join me for a fun hour as we learn how to make a delicious live food quiche which can be eaten any time of the day. Please pre-register with Krystal or Robin at info@hungermountain.com or call them at 802-223-8004 x 204. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

• Fiddle Heads House Kim Chi is available and is delicious – made with local & organic: cabbages, turnips, shallots, leeks, carrots, radishes, garlic, fresh ginger and lots of love. This is hella good kim chi and it’s pretty too – it’s pink! (which is why it is the house blend) Comes in quart sizes and larger. $9.00/quart. Please contact me if you are interested in getting some. I’m also taking orders for Dill and Caraway Sauerkraut. This takes a month to make but worth the wait!
Here’s what someone has recently said about my kim chi: “Just so you know, I have been trying the different kim-chi month by month and by far prefer yours, so I am already ordering some! And yes, it is pretty – that is red cabbage, yes? As opposed to beets?” Thank you! And no, no beets were harmed in the making of this kim chi! hahaha (see the other great feedback on the kim chi ABOVE!) go on, read it again. It’ll make you smile like it does me! 🙂

• gRAWnola available and is delicious – made with all organic ingredients: apples, hazelnuts, sprouted buckwheat, soaked pumpkin seeds, dates, cranberries, dry coconut, agave, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon juice, and Celtic sea salt. Can purchase in 8 oz and 1 lb bags. Please contact me if you are interested in getting some.

• savory dill & fennel sauerkraut crackers available and are delicious – made with all organic ingredients: golden flax seeds and local cabbage turned into sauerkraut, dill seeds, fennel seeds, celery seeds, Celtic sea salt. Can purchase in 4 and 8 oz bags. Please contact me if you are interested in getting some.

• our downloadable recipe book: over 70 smoothie, juices and soup recipes:
http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=52 – I’ve already started another in the series. Be on the look out for the breakfast recipes e-book!

• NEW IN STOCK: Books and audio books by Dr. Joel Furhman as well as heavy duty 9-tray dehydrators in white. I have been reading up on Dr. Furhman’s work and while he doesn’t advocate 100% raw, he’s a BIG proponent of majority raw food and vegan food. I am really liking what he has to say and it is helping me to really understand my own eating patterns better. My friend Gina gave me his book to read and I instantly felt a big YES about it so I am now going to carry some of his products. I also have some heavy-duty 9 tray dehydrators for sale as well as the kind that we have been used to. I always think it’s good to have some options! Please contact me if you are interested in getting any of these items. With everything we sell, items can be picked up or I can mail them to you.
ALSO IN STOCK: Fruits of the Earth superfood powder, Maca Force Vanilla Spice, really raw oats, raw nori sheets, chia seeds, turkish mulberries, dandy blend, wasabi powder, kelp noodles, dandelion leek miso by south river, garlic red pepper miso by south river, Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie, Sun Warrior Biofermented Rice Protein powder (in natural and chocolate flavors), marine phytoplankton, lucuma powder, yacon slices, really raw cashews, artisana coconut butter, tibetan goji berries and Vitamix pitcher replacements. If you have an old vitamix blender, you might want to consider a new plastic pitcher to replace the one that was made with bpa plastic – it also comes with a new lid that stays on so your hand doesn’t have to rest on top when you blend.

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INTERESTING THINGS TO READ

http://www.naturalnews.com/025767.html – “A new report released by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement reveals that Americans’ exposure to radiation has increased more than 600 percent over the last three decades. Most of that increase has come from patients’ exposure to radiation through medical imaging scans such as CT scans and mammograms.” (click on the link to read more.)

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/11/alice-waters-and-obamas-kitchen-cabinet/ – “Alice Waters and Obama’s ‘Kitchen’ Cabinet” (thanks Pat for sending fun stuff to read!

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AND NOW FOR THAT RECIPE

My breakfast
So it’s March and it feels like I want some oranges. Who knows, maybe the orange color makes me think I’m getting some sunshine somehow. YAY for sunshiney oranges!

1 head romaine
1 orange
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
2 Tbsp chia seeds
lots of filtered water

Blend with lots of filtered water. This fills the whole pitcher. Matt and I each had a quart of smoothie which is filling and DEEE-I-LICIOUS! Feel free to substitute your favorite greens in place of the romaine. Feel free to add a stalk of celery to the mix. YUM! I’m going to do that for lunch! 🙂 For many people new to green smoothies, using romaine gets them used to the “green taste.” Remember that having smoothies gives you wonderful FIBER! Yay for FIBER!

Hint for parents: Give a green smoothie to your kids to sneak in more greens. My daughter grows tired of having to have salads all the time. So I make her fruit and green leafie smoothies and she’s very happy. She’s also drinking WAY more greens than she could eat.
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My lunch
1 head red leaf lettuce
2 stalks celery
1 1/2 cups strawberries
1 orange
drizzle agave
filtered water

Blend with lots of filtered water. This again filled the pitcher. I am using the greens that I have in the fridge however I want you to remember to rotate the kinds of greens you have. I’m basically filling up on these and having small portions of other things that are not as power packed with fiber, water, vitamins and minerals. Believe me, you can really fill up on these smoothies! I’m totally loving having oranges with my greens. YUM YUM!

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Have a great week and please contact me for information or other raw goodies (both bulk and prepared.)

in joy and in health,

Linda

Vermont Fiddle Heads
18 Worcester Village Road
Worcester, VT 05682
802-223-2111
802-408-1000 (fax)
http://www.vt-fiddle.com


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