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Posted by Isabelle Louis XVI on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • 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!
  • Detox – Castor oil Pack

    Awhh, those good old remedies from our grandmothers. We love them so much and we have a good reason do to so. THEY WORK. It was good back then and its still good today. 

    A little bit of history  …

    Historical documents, including the Ebers papyrus dating back to more than 1550 BC demonstrate that castor oil was used therapeutically in several European countries: Egypt, India, China, Persia, Africa, Greece , Rome, southern Europe and even here in America.

    The Romans called it ” Palma Christi” because of the shape of the leaf that reminds the shape of a hand. The Greeks knew it under the name Kiki. In Sanskrit, its known as: Eranda and Vatarl while among the Hebrews it is Kikayon.

    In my hometown, my Grandma called it beavers oil. In french, a beaver is called a castor. So I really thought that castor oil was made from beavers. Lol!

    The therapeutic use of castor oil came back to fame in the 19th century thanks to Edgar Cayce, also known as “The Sleeping Prophet”. The latter was a medium who used his gift of mediumship  to help find therapies and solutions to different health problems. When he was in hypnosis / trance, he could answer questions about different topics including healing, reincarnation, Atlantis, and several other subjects. He was often criticized and many considered him “Quackery”.  No matter what you think of Cayce, the fact is that many of his suggestions worked very well. This is the case for the castor oil pack.  Nowadays, we could compare him to Anthony Williams: ” The Medical Medium ”. In both cases, we like them or we don’t,  but still there are several useful information that have been disclosed by the two characters.

    Edgar Cayce considered himself a spiritual leader. He encouraged his “patients” to test the solutions and not accept them as pure dogma. I invite you to do the same. When you discover a new type of treatment that is safe, of course, I urge you to experience it for yourself. Watch if it gives you benefits. If it relieves you, if it helps you in anyway. I strongly believe that plants and nature in general can provide us with many good therapies.  If we use them properly, they can help us feel better and live healthier lives.

    What is castor oil?

    Castor oil is extracted from castor bean, the seeds of the Ricinus Communis plant and contains fatty acids that give it moisturizing, nourishing and invigorating properties. Ricinoleic acid makes up 87% of castor oil and is responsible for a large part of its therapeutic properties (especially anti-inflammatory).  This thick oil is also very rich in natural vitamin E. Use it directly on the skin to moisturize or as a carrier oil for your essential oils.

    Castor oil is considered GRAS by the FDA. This term means that it is generally recognized as being safe to be taken internally.

    However, I favor its use externally.

    INDICATIONS, USES & MECHANISM OF ACTION

    Benefits and uses of castor oil:

    1. Help in reducing pain
    2. Anti-inflammatory effects
    3. Improve lymphatic drainage and circulation
    4. Cellulite: A daily massage of castor oil in which you have added a formula of anti-cellulite essential oils such as grapefruit and cypress might helps fight cellulite by stimulating the lymphatic system.
    5. Intestinal disorders: constipation, loose stools, poor elimination, gas and bloating
    6. Liver and Gallbladder Disorders: Hepatic steatosis, gallstones
    7. General detoxification, helps improve liver function
    8. May help destroy and eliminate the ‘biofilm’ barrier that protects harmful bacteria and fungus such as candida.
    9. Gynecological conditions: irregular menstruation, uterine fibroids, uterine and ovarian cysts, urinary symptoms, fibrocystic changes of the breast.
    10. Pulmonary congestion, asthma, bronchitis and acute colds
    11. Relieving muscular or arthritic pain, sports injuries, swollen joints, bursitis and muscle tension,
    12. Skin care, cuts, dry skin, cracked heels, cracking, burning, psoriasis, insect bites, itching, sunburn, fungal infection.

    It is used topically, in massage or poultice, for its anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, analgesic, anti fungal, antiviral, antibacterial and lymphatic decongestant action.

    Internally, it is a powerful laxative. It is known to relieve constipation and help start labor in late pregnancy. *** Please note that it is not recommended to use it orally without medical advice. The laxative effect can be very violent.

    Support immune system 

    The most common assumption about the positive effect of castor oil on the immune system is that it increase the number of T cells in the skin and it also increase the number of prostaglandins¹. The increase in the number of T-11 cells represents a general strengthening of the body’s defense status.

    The lymphatic system represents the body’s sewer system. Toxins, infections, heavy metals, dead cells and debris all over the body are collected and cleaned by the lymphatic system and then brought to the liver for filtration and emptied through the colon. When our lymphatic system is not functioning properly, waste and toxins can accumulate, which can lead to a weakened immune system, ineffective stools, worsening of food sensitivity and ultimately to inflammation and inflammation related diseases.

    Therefore, castor oil poultices can increase lymphatic drainage, detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system, improve bowel movements, reduce food sensitivities, decrease inflammation, prevent disease and ultimately improve global health.

    It’s very similar to the CTRL ALT DELETE action we do on our computer when we want to restart it.

    Castor oil pack 

    Here’s a home therapy that you can do regularly to improve your lymphatic drainage, detoxify your body, promote longevity and preserve your health. This should be a holistic approach including a healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet, sleep, dietary supplements and hydration.

    Digest better ⇒ Absorb better ⇒ Eliminate better ⇒ Sleep better ⇒ Think better = LIVE BETTER

    The castor oil pack is simply a piece of flannel that is soaked in oil, that is then placed on a part of the body where its needed. Heat can be used to maximize the action. Leave it on at least 45-60 minutes and apply for 3 to 4 consecutive days. 

    What you will need

    • Virgin castor oil, cold pressed, hexane and organic *
    • A big piece of organic cotton or wool flannel (uncolored) size of about 12 X 36: fold to make 3 layers of about 12 X 12. I bought mine in a fabrics store.
    • A plastic bag to protect against stains. A trash bag would do the trick. I opted instead for Laminated Polyurethane (PUL) to avoid plastic. It is a specialized fabric, created by applying a waterproof film to one side of a fabric. It is often used in the making of washable diapers. Make sure you have a larger pieces of plastic than the flannel to cover and protect against leaks. Castor oil, it stains !!!
    • A magic bag , a hot water bottle or a heating pad.  The applied heat helps the castor oil to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin.
    • Use a sheet or towel to protect the area where you will lay down.

    * When you purchase castor oil be vigilant of the quality. 

    Much of the castor oil sold on the market today comes from castor beans that have been heavily sprayed with pesticides that can damage beneficial phytonutrients and can contaminate the oil with toxins. You wouldn’t want to apply that on your skin. 

    I recommend buying organic castor oil.

    This is the brand that I used Palma Christi Or

     

    Preparation

    As you can see it’s quite easy. You only need to place flannel on top of the plastic bag and soak it with castor oil. 

    Note: For the first use, you will need more oil in order to soak the flannel, about 4-5 tablespoon.  The first few weeks, you will need to add 1-2 tablespoon of extra castor oil each time you apply. Eventually, the patch will be sufficiently saturated. At this point, it will not be necessary to add oil each time. You can do it once a week.  But be careful, you do not want it dripping.

    The castor oil pack is reusable about 30-40 times or more or less 9 months. Do not attempt to wash it. When it starts to get dirty, broken or if it starts to change color, just throw it in the trash and start a new one.

    That being said, if you face a very toxic situation, it is recommended to discard of the castor oil pack when you feel better and your treatments are finished. In this case, do not keep the patch for later use.

    Application

    The pack works much better when it is warm. I heat the fabric in the oven. Place the oil soaked cloth in a Pyrex style dish and heat in the oven at 150 degrees for 15 minutes. Be careful when you apply the patch on your skin, make sure its not too hot, you don’t want to burn yourself. Once its applied on the skin, I use hot water bottle  or hot magic bag to keep it warm. 

    *NEVER APPLY ON  ABDOMEN WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT OR HAVE YOUR MENSTRUATION.*

    Sit in a comfortable place where you can rest. By applying the pack, you stimulate skin-visceral reflexes that place your body in a parasympathetic state. This state is better known as the state of rest and digest. It’s when we are in this state that we repair and heal. Take this opportunity to do a meditation or do deep breathing exercises.

    Personally, I apply the patch at night before going to bed. I keep it all night long. This way, the treatment lasts longer and I don’t have to worry about finding 1 free hour in my day.

    Add Essential Oils to it

    If you want to increase therapeutic effect or help with a specific condition, you can add essential oils on your skin before applying the pack. I massage 2-3 drops of the chosen essential oils in the area that I will apply the cloth. 

    Here are a few oils that I like to use for this purpose: Helichrysum, Celery seed, Ledum, Endoflex, Fennel, Basil, Coriander, Digize, Frankincense, Cypress, Copaiba, Grapefruit

    Apply the warm cloth in the desired area  

    For a general detoxification, I apply directly above the liver and the gall bladders. It’s on the right side, at the level of the rib cage.

    For constipation, apply on the lower belly.

    For painful muscles, apply directly on site.

    Then, I cover the patch with a permeable cloth or plastic and I wrap myself with saran wrap or bandage tissue.  A trash bag can do the trick too. The idea is that you do not want to stain yourself.  I also wear old leggings on top.  

    Leave in place for 45-60 minutes and apply the heat bag. Be careful because once the castor oil pack is in place, it may drip a little. That’s why I stress that you protect the place on which you will lie down.

    Relax 〉 Breathe In 〉 Breathe Out 

    When I am done, I place the oily cloth in a mason jar and I keep it in the fridge until next use. 

    For maximum efficacy, it is recommended to use the pack 3-4 days in a row, then take a 4 day break before you start using it again.

    Repeat for about 4 consecutive weeks or until you feel better. Then I do occasional application to maintain good health. 

    For chronic diseases, I recommend applying castor oil every 2-3 days thereafter.

    In order to facilitate the detoxification process, you could take 1 tbsp. of high quality olive oil at night, before going to bed. You can also take 1 tbsp. after the 3rd castor oil pack session. 

    NB: The castor oil treatments are very mild and without any side effects. It is possible to have a skin reaction at the place where the bag was placed. This usually happens during the first applications. To relieve, rinse the skin with water and sodium bicarbonate.

    After the treatment, you can massage the excess of oil on your skin to help it penetrate. You can add a drop of essential oil also, that’s what I do.  I would use an oil such as Frankincense, Copaiba, Release , Juniper, ginger, etc…

    If you prefer, you can also clean your skin with warm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of baking soda.

    I hope you enjoyed this article and that you found the information interesting.

    Did you try the castor oil pack? What did you think? Did it help you? Do not hesitate to contact me and give me your comments. I am on Facebook and on Instagram

    Bonne Santé, Stay Healthy!

    Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle

    XOXO


     

    ¹  IMMUNOMODULATION THROUGH CASTOR OIL PACKS; Harvey Grady

    Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation

    The Oil that Heals” by Dr. William A. McGarey

    https://www.amazon.ca/Oil-That-Heals-Physicians-Treatments/dp/0876043082

     

     

  • Hair Detangler spray – Chemical Free

    Does your hair tend to become dry, tangle easily, or worse they make knots hard to break?

    My daughter Sierra has long and pretty curly hair. Unfortunately, they are very often tangled and dry. This is often the case with curly hair, because the scales of the curly hair shaft remain slightly open and this type of hair requires more hydration. There are several brands of hair detangler spray available in stores, but I refuse to buy products that contain petroleum derivatives, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, artificial colors, parabens, methylisothiazolinone, etc …

    The recipe I have here for you is super easy to make and contains no toxic ingredients. It will make it easier to untangle the hair while moisturizing it at the same time.  Win-Win, don’t look any further.

    Did you know that your hair are the most fragile when they are wet?

     

    We must be super gentle when we take care of our hair while they are wet. To avoid breaking them unnecessarily, spray lightly the mixture over your hair before detangling your hair and, if possible, use a brush specifically designed for this task.

    At home, I use a ” Wet ” brush or a ” detangle teezer ” These brushes were designed for this and they are gentle on your hair.

    Brush gently. Start from the tip and slowly go higher at the the root.  Avoid rubbing your hair with the towel.

     

     

     

    RECipe: Hair detangler spray:
    • 1/2 cup of a natural hair conditioner
    • 2 cups of distilled water
    • 1 tsp of aloe vera gel (optional)
    • 10 + drops of the essential oils of your choice. I am giving you a few ideas below
    • Spray bottle

    NB: This recipe gives a big quantity of detangler.  If you wish, you can cut it in half.

    We love this spray so much, we use it also at the pool and the beach.
    it’s our mermaid spray!!!

     

     

    Steps:

    1: Chose 1/2 cup of your favorite natural conditioner.

    At home, we mainly use Young Living products. First, because I love their products, but also because I trust them 200%.  I have full confidence that this company uses only top quality natural ingredients.  They are safe for my family as well as for the environment.

    In addition, this saves me so much time.  I buy online, so I can get the products that I need without having to leave my house.  Also, I know that their products are made without harsh and toxic chemicals.  It also save me time, because I don’t have to spend times to read the label when I’m at the market.

    Chose how you will spend your money.  Make you money talké   

    For my recipe today, I used the Lavender and Mint conditioner, but sometimes I use the Copaiba Vanilla, but any conditioner will do the trick.

     

     

     

    2: Heat the distilled water over low heat. The water should shudder, but you don’t want it to boil.

    Then mix the conditioner and hot water together until a homogeneous liquid is obtained. I use a whisk.  You want the conditioner to blend well with the water and avoid splitting.

    Then you can add the aloe gel if you wish. It is an excellent moisturizer for your hair.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3: essential oils

    Now, you can let the mix cool down a little before you add the essential oils.  Add between 10 and 15 drops of the EO of your choice.  Be creative.  Here are some suggestions:

    For Normal hair: Geranium, Sandalwood, Lavender, Petit Grain

    For Oily hair: Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Clary sage, Lemon, Cedarwood, Peppermint 

    For Dry Hair: Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Myrrh, Palmarosa

    If you have Rose essential oil, I highly suggest that you add 1 drop of it.

    I chose this blend of essential oils Ylang Ylang (6), Myrrh (6) and sandalwood (3).

    How can you purchase Young Living also, become a member – IT’S FREE 

     

    4: Mix all ingredients together

     

    Pour the mixture into the spray bottles.

    You can reuse an old bottle that you already have at home. In this photo, you can see savvy minerals misting spray bottles.  I removed the labels and now I use them again. I use 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil to remove any traces of glues or other forms of additives.

    With the recipe above, I was able to make several small bottles. I am now offering them as gift or I can bring them in my carry-on when I travel.

    I also use an aluminum bottle or glass bottle that you can find at a dollar store or on amazon.

     

    5: Spray directly on dry and tangled hair. Use it first thing in the morning. Spray on the tip of the hair and brush gently.  You can also use on wet hair and use it as a leave-in conditioner.

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    Here’s a version 2.0 – Add Marshmallow root 

    Here is a small variation that you can try if you want more moisturizing and smoothing effect.

    Before adding the conditioners to water, first add 2 tbsp. of marshmallow root to 2 1/2 or 3 cups hot water and simmer for 25-30 minutes or longer. Drain with cotton cheese and then use this water to make the detangler as usual.

    Why marshmallow root?

    • It is one of the best natural detanglers that exists
    • Rich in mucilages, this creates a viscous substance that provides a slippery effect.
    • Softens hair naturally
    • Nourishing and sheathing for the hair strands.
    • Can promote the volume for the hair.
    • When marshmallow is applied to the scalp, this will have moisturizing, soothing, soothing and anti-dandruff properties.
    • Can help reduce itching

    Did you know that the soft candy found its name from this root plant? Originally the marshmallow was made from this plant.?

    I hope you enjoyed this article and recipe.  Please let me know if you would like to learn about a specific topic.  I love to hear from you.

    Have a great day

    Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle

  • Hair and Scalp treatments

    Healthy scalp ⇒ healthy hair

    The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It forms a protective barrier against the external environment, it provides vital functions such as protecting us against heat changes, it also allows the storage of energy by storing fat. The skin is also where the hair follicles originate. It is part of the integumentary system.

    Your scalp is just like a garden. If you want healthy hair, you need to take care of the scalp in the first place.

    At the clinic, we offer different types of scalp treatment that will be adapted to your own need. Whether you come in for a deep cleansing, “detox” style of your scalp or to help eliminate itching, dandruff, oily scalp or eczema problems, we will adapt your scalp and hair care accordingly. Each treatment will be personalized.

    We only use professional grade quality products, 100% natural, no toxic chemicals (ever), dyes or artificial fragrances. Each treatment is enhanced with our therapeutic grade essential oils.

    Too often, the scalp is neglected. Because it is not exposed as much as our face, we often forget about it. You must know that the skin of the scalp also undergoes the effects of aging. More often than none, it is put to the test by all the chemical treatments that we do to our hair.

    During a scalp/hair treatment, we will help relax your scalp and your neck, we will improve blood circulation, we will hydrate and nourish your scalp and hair follicles. Sometimes it is also necessary to help soothe the production of sebum and rebalance the pH. Bonus, your whole body will benefit from this relaxing time also.

    If you want healthy hair, you must first take care of your scalp.

    Prevention is better than cure.


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