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Posted by Isabelle Louis XVI on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • HAIR AND SCALP TREATMENTS

    If you want healthy hair, you must have an healthy scalp.

    The scalp is the extension of your face.  You must take care of it regularly and make sure you remove the build up from hair products that accumulate over time.

    There is a specific cabin treatment for each hair condition. During the follow-up, one of these treatments may be recommended.  At the clinic, we only use top quality products.  We do not promote products containing toxic chemical molecules such as :

    Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate –
    Monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) –
    Synthetic  fragrances –
    Triclosan –

    If you would like more information about these toxic chemicals that are found in your products at home… click here .

    For each of our hair care products, we also use essential oils adapted to your needs.  You therefore get a personalized care at each meeting. We use essential oils from world-renowned Young Living.

    Call us to make an appointment and get your scalp and hair pampered.

    514-996-0866

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  • Bath Salts – The Ultimate relaxation

    There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.   – Sylvia Plath

    Don’t underestimate the power of a warm bath.  After a long day at the office or running around with the kids or just as a great way to end the day, what could be more relaxing than to soak in a nice scented bath.  It is well known that the use of water has many benefits for the body.  There is a name for that, its called hydrotherapy.  Baths are good for all kinds of things, whether it’s to relieve sore muscles, to soothe a troubled soul, to feel better when you have flu or simply for pleasure and relaxation. A bath is good for you.

    Who has never bought a perfumed bath salts in their life?

    Hydrotherapy, Aromatherapy and Herbalism goes so well together.

    Despite the fact that I love scented baths, I must admit that I haven’t bought bath salts in stores for several years.

    First of all, if you have gotten used to reading ingredients labels when you buy a product, you have noticed that most companies add more than questionable ingredients in the products we use.  There are lots of ingredients such as synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, preservatives, and the list goes on.

    Most of these chemical ingredients are irritating and even toxic for us.  I can’t repeat it enough, it’s super important to read the list of ingredients before you buy a product.  It is your responsibility to know what you are buying and using in your home.  Above all, do not rely on the packaging.  Marketing is deceptive and companies use creative advertising to express, suggest or even say pretty much anything.  This is called “greenwashing”.

    One way I have found to resolve this problem is to make some of my products myself.  Making a bath salt is super easy and you can constantly modify it to your preferences.  Let me show you how.

    Rule #1 in aromatherapy

    Despite the fact that essential oils are not oily to the touch, they are still oils.  And as you know, oils and water don’t mix well together.  So when you want to add essential oils to your bath, you must use another product that will facilitate the dispersion of the oils in your bath water.

    That’s where salt comes in. When you pour the essential oils over the salt, they are absorbed by the salt and then the salt will be diluted and dispersed throughout the bath water.  This prevents you from having a drop of essential oil floating on the surface of the water.

    For an aromatic bath, you could simply take 1/2 cup of epsom salt and add 8 to 10 drops of the essential oils of your choice for an adult (4-5 for a child).

    But why keep it simple, whe we can make it complicated!?

    Here’s a recipe that I created last week:

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    Bath Salts - Ultimate Relaxation
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Servings
    baths
    Ingredients
    Essential Oils (100% pure and natural)
    Dried flowers
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Servings
    baths
    Ingredients
    Essential Oils (100% pure and natural)
    Dried flowers
    Instructions
    1. Start by grinding the oats to create a soft powder
    2. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Do not add dried flowers yet.
    3. Add Essential Oils and mix well. Make sure to remove any clumps.
    4. Now, you can add some dried flowers. It makes the bath salt look prettier and it also contribute to the aromatherapy.
    5. You can bottle seperatly and offer as a gift. Fun idea: When you give bath salt as a gift, you can add a surprise inside. I added some gemstones. When the person will enjoy her bath salt, she fill find the surprise.
    6. On this picture, you can see 2 gemstones Pink Quartz: Healing properties, the perfect stone for love and the heart chakra. Cornelian: Very grounding stone. She brings vitality and motivation to the person who carries it.

    INGREDIENTS FOR DETOX BATHS

    When making your bath salts in the future, you can use different ingredients as you wish. Use whatever you have on hand.

    You can substitute oats with clay. You can add ginger powder for its anti-inflammatory properties.

    Use different essential oils according to your mood or your needs.

    And why not add a handful of medicinal herbs or tea leaves or beautiful soothing flowers? Each ingredient brings different benefits.

    Epsom salt

    Epsom salt is actually composed of sulphate and magnesium, it’s a great way to provide your body with magnesium.  This will be absorbed through the pores of your skin when you soak in the bath.

    It promotes relaxation, helps to relieve tension, pain and muscle stiffness.

    This type of salt participates in the elimination of cellular waste and facilitates the body’s detoxification process.

    Promotes hydration and makes the skin soft.  It is excellent to relieve sunburn and other skin irritations.

    Beware of perfumed epsom salt, it is very likely that synthetic fragrances are used.

    Sea Salt

    There are different types of sea salts and all are composed of different mineral salts.

    Dead Sea Salt contains large amounts of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium.  This salt comes from the evaporation of sea water, or sometimes from mines.

    Be careful, sea salt can dry out the skin if used alone.

    Pink salt from the Himalayas

    Formed over 250 million years ago.  The Himalayan mountain were once covered by an ocean (Tethys) and now this salt is found in northern Pakistan in large underground salt deposits.

    Pink Himalayan salt is rich in iron, hence its colour.

    It promotes good blood circulation, It helps to balance the blood pH.

    It is known for its high purity in mineral salts (more than 80) and trace elements.

    It has regenerating, mineralizing, firming and detoxifying effects.

    Sodium bicarbonate

    Thanks to its alkalizing properties, the addition of bicarbonate to the bath water softens the water.

    Excellent for relieving skin irritation and itching.

    Oats

    Oat leaves the skin soft and moisturized. It relieves dryness, itching and other types of skin problems.

    Clay

    Clay is known for its cleansing, softening, detoxifying and soothing properties.

    It is a material rich in minerals, especially silica and trace elements such as iron, potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium.

    It offers a mineralizing, regenerating and absorbent action.

    Goat’s milk powder

    It is perfect for relieving certain skin disorders.

    Soothing to the skin, perfect for children and sensitive skin.

    Citric acid:

    Use it to create an effervescent bath salt.

    Essential Oils

    Here are different ideas of essential oils you can try

    Click here if you’d like to get the essential oils I use.

    I hope you enjoyed the article.

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    Have a nice day.

    Isabelle -Votre Amie Essentielle

    XOXO

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Superfood Energy Bar ”Squares, Balls, Bites ? That is the only question

    Do you ever feel like you are constantly running to get somewhere?  Are you often eating on the go?

    Here’s a quick and easy recipe to make. It is loaded with nutrious ingredients.  You can play with the recipe as you go.

     

    Nutritional science keeps evolving, and it is becoming clearer that the human body needs a mixture of different types of healthy foods to keep us at the top of our game mentally and physically.

    Feel free to substitute any ingredients in it except the dates and coconut.

    Use ingredients that you have on hands.

    Blend it less if you want chunk in it, blend it more if you want a smooth bar.

    Have fun with it and ask your kids to be your little helper.  They will love it.

     

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    Energy Proteins Squares or Balls - Superfood
    No baking, easy to make. Made with super nutritious ingredients only Make them so you know what's in them!
    Prep Time 15
    Cook Time 0
    Passive Time 30
    Servings
    many
    Ingredients
    Base for your Energy Bar
    Add Seeds
    Add Nuts (if you are not allergic)
    Add Superfood
    Add Flavors
    Food Flavouring Essential Oils (Therapeutic grade only)
    Prep Time 15
    Cook Time 0
    Passive Time 30
    Servings
    many
    Ingredients
    Base for your Energy Bar
    Add Seeds
    Add Nuts (if you are not allergic)
    Add Superfood
    Add Flavors
    Food Flavouring Essential Oils (Therapeutic grade only)
    Instructions
    1. Combine dates, coconut oil and Coconut flakes in the food processor and pulse to mix well.
    2. Add seeds and the grounded chia & flax seeds to the mix and blend some more.
    3. If you are not allergic to nuts, add your choices of nuts. PS, if you want more texture, add the nuts at the end of the preparation. When using the food processor, don't pulse too much so you keep chunk of nuts in your energy balls.
    4. Add ''Superfood'' of your choice Raw, Natural, Nutritional Goodness! There is so much variety of superfood powder on the market right now, be creative, use what you have at home: Baobab, Maca, Moringa, Spirulina, Açai, Cacao, Turmeric, Bee pollen, Matcha, Camu Camu and of course Wolfberry 🙂
    5. Blend the mix well
    6. Give flavor to your energy bars I like to separate the base in 3 or 4 differents batches. Place in different bowl and then flavor each one differently. This is the time to add essential oils to add extra tang. Remember, 1 drop goes a long way. Don't over do it. try 3-4 drops and then taste. You can add dark chocolate and peppermint essential oils in one group. You can add orange zest and citrus essential oils in another. I like spices, so I always make one with turmeric and Black pepper essential oils
    7. Then I place the mixture on parchemin paper and I flat it out. I make a rectangle and let it cool down in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. I make squares or bar because it is faster, but for a better look, you can also make balls. When I make balls, I like to coat them with cacao powder and/or coconut shread so they are not sticky.
    8. When your energy bar have cool down, you can cut them into pieces of the size that you want. I freeze them so they stay fresh longer. Bon Appetit!
    Recipe Notes

    This recipe is super easy to make.

     

    Here’s some extra information for you.
    Why do I grind Flax and Chia seeds?

    You need to grind flax seeds so your body can absorb the nutrients.  If you don’t grind them, they will just pass through your body and you won’t get any nutrient out of them.

    Unlike flax seeds, Chia seeds don’t need to be grinded for absorption, but when you do, you make them easier to digest.

    FLAX SEEDS: Excellente source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3, high in lignans, a plant compound that has antioxidant properties.

    Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fibers help maintain a good blood sugar and cholesterol levels and it also work as a prebiotic to feed the good bacteria in your gut.  Insoluble fibers work as a broom to keep your intestin clean.  Flaxseed are a great source of vitamins and minerals ( E, K, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus)

    CHIA SEEDS: These amazing energy enhancer are gluten-free.  Chia seeds are high in protein, omega-3, antioxidants flavonoids such as quercetin. They are low glycemic food and can help balance blood sugar. Contains Vitamins and minerals such as niacin which help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.  High in calcium, phosphorus and manganese minerals. Chia seeds are an excellents source of fiber and offer a unique blend of  soluble and insoluble fibers.  When soaked, chia seeds creates a gelatinous affect.

    What?  Did you say Cricket Flour???

    Yep, this powder is made from crickets, but let me just say, you won’t taste anything bad in here.

    The flavor of cricket flour is mildly nutty and more pleasant than expected.  Actually, if I don’t tell you, you probably wouldn’t even notice.

    I use crickets flour because it is really high in proteins.  crickets are about 58 to 65 percent protein per bug.  Some amino acids common in insects are Lysine and Tryptophan.

    It also have high nutritional value.

    They are high in vitamins and essential minerals: Vitamin B-12, Potassium, Calcium,  Iron (twice as much as spinach), Magnesium, Selenium and fatty acids.

     

    What is Bee Pollen?

    Bee pollen is a natural mixture of flower pollen, nectar, bee secretions, enzymes, honey and wax used as a nutritional supplement.

    It has a nutrient-rich profile that includes tocopherol (Vit E), niacin (B3), thiamine (B1), biotin, folate, polyphenols, carotenoid pigments, phytosterols, enzymes, and co-enzymes.

    Bee pollen has very high antioxidant properties similar to those of fermented foods.

    Bee pollen is said to enhance energy, sharpen memory, slow the aging process, promote weight loss, and improve athletic performance. It has anti-inflammatory properties also and also strengthen the immune system.

    IMPORTANT: Taking bee pollen with warfarin (Coumadin) might result in an increased chance of bruising or bleeding.

     

    So many things are said about apricot Kernels, are they safe to eat?

    Apricots kernels share many similar properties and uses with almonds.

    They’re also loaded with healthy fats that help to lower “bad” cholesterol. The kernels contain essential fatty acids (omega-6s and omega-3s). These help fight heart disease, improve mental health.

    Apricot kernels also contain the chemical compound amygdalin.  This has been previously linked to cancer-fighting claims.  None of these claim have been proven.

    After reading many documents talking about Apricot kernels, I personnaly choose to add small amount in my nutrition.  I would suggest that you make your own research on amygdalin (vit K17) and that you decide for yourself.

     

     

    Before I go, here are some flavoring ideas:

    Orange/Chocolate: Add zests from an Orange and 6 drops of Orange essential oils

    Refreshing Peppermint: Add 5-6 drops of peppermint vitality or peppermint + essential oils

    Blood sugar regulator: Add 3 drops of Cinnamon bark EO and 3 drops of Ocotea essential oils

    Try them and please share with us some of your ideas.

    Bon Appetit

    Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle

    XOXO

     

  • Yummy Cranberry Orange Muffins

    At home, it’s a tradition.

    By the end of october, beginning of november, I must bake some cranberry and orange muffins.

    Over the years, my recipe has changed and evolved.  I always try to improve its nutritional value while reducing its glycemic impact.  Without affecting the taste of course.

    These muffin are perfectly bitter, with a tang of orange.  Its a great snack for the kids and ….for mommy and daddy.

     

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    Yummy Cranberry Orange Muffins
    Prep Time 15
    Cook Time 25
    Servings
    Ingredients
    Prep Time 15
    Cook Time 25
    Servings
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 200 C (425F)
    2. Spray a 12 cup muffin tray or line it with paper. If you are not using the 12 muffin holes, add some water in the empty space to protect your tray, but also to help with even baking.
    3. In a food processor, process the cranberries for about 5 seconds. You want to have them broken down into little pieces. You can also use a knife. NB: If you use frozen cranberries, you don't want to thaw them. Just mix them in flour and add 5 to 10 minutes of baking time.
    4. Zest the orange and set aside You can also add 2-3 drops of orange essential oils to the wet mix. It will give more flavor.
    5. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients: Flour, baking powder (cream of tartar and baking soda), salt. Sift and Stir to combine.
    6. In another bowl, combine the butter, the honey and the lakanto. Mix well with a whisk. Add the eggs, yogourt, milk, vanilla and essential oils.
    7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a big spoon, just until combined. Do not over mix.
    8. Gently fold the cranberry and zests into the batter.
    9. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
    10. Let stand 5 minutes. Unmould on a rack to cool down. You can eat them now or freeze them for later.
    11. Bon Appétit!