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Nature’s free remedies..

I have learnt both by reading and experience, that it is far better to learn how to prevent disease than to know how to treat it once it comes about. Though I study herbal medicine (and love it!), I am still under the impression that herbal remedies are not always necessary in every situation and sometimes a simple change in diet and lifestyle habits can be the best medicine!

For example, whenever my health is not at it’s greatest, I go through 8 health principles in my head, and more often than not, there’s at least one of them that I am not taking heed to as I should be. So before herbs even come into my thoughts, I try to ascertain the cause of/contribution to the malady. Likewise, when a friend or family member asks me for advice on a problem they may be having, I always remind of the basic health principles that we should all be implementing, as well as natural remedies to assist in healing.

The 8 health principles I am referring to are as follows:

  • Pure air

  • Sunlight

  • Temperance

  • Rest

  • Exercise

  • Proper diet/Nutrition

  • Water

  • Trust in Divine power – most important šŸ™‚Ā 

 

Pure Air

We all know that OXYGEN is vital for our health and well-being. In the complete absence of air and thus oxygen, we would die within a few minutes. But when we Ā don’t receive an adequate supply of fresh oxygen, our cells/bodies do not function as they should do and we don’t tend to feel our best. This is because oxygen is needed by pretty much every cell in our body, and if the supply is not sufficient, the cells become slack in the process of metabolism and you will start feeling the effects fast.

Try to get as much fresh air as you can, daily! You will definitely notice a difference šŸ™‚

 

Sunlight

Oh SUNLIGHT! I love the sun and unfortunately during winter, I do not get enough of it. I’m sure we all know that sunlight has the ability to boost your body’s Vit D supply. As more research is being done, more and more important benefits of Vit D are being discovered. Some of the health benefits include properĀ calcium metabolism and neuromuscular and immune system functioning. Try to make sure you are getting sufficient sunlight (especially the summer sun!)

Read this article for more information on sunlight and Vit D.

 

Temperance

Temperance is important in maintaining health! Too much of even the good things can be detrimental. Overeating is very burdensome to the system and some of us are so used to doing it, that it would never even occur to us that it may be the cause of some of the health defects we experience. Try to be temperate in the good things, and totally abstain from that which is harmful/poisonous to the body (ie alcohol, cigarettes, Ā caffeine).

 

Rest

Sufficient RESTĀ is soo important and unfortunately there are so many things that tend to cause us to get less of it (work, coursework, stress etc.). Getting physical and mental restĀ rejuvenates your body and mind, regulates your mood,
and is linked to learning and memory function and not getting sufficient rest can negatively affect these things, as well as your immune function. Whenever I don’t get enough sleep, I am EXTREMELY irritable and have a low mood.. not a nice thing for yourself or those around you!
Be sure to get to bed early and get sufficient physical AND Ā mental rest!

 

Exercise

Exercise is a prevention and a cure for countless diseases! It can lower your risk forĀ  heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke,Ā some cancers and many other chronic diseases. It is also found to improveĀ mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimerā€™s disease. Exercise is important for digestive health (definitely something to look into if you suffer from constipation or sluggish bowels) and it is also important for circulation of your blood and lymph!

Try to get daily exercise (even power walking counts as exercise as your heart rate is being raised).

 

Nutrition

I’m sure the implications of diet is something that most of us are aware of now. Many of us knoĀ¬w that our diet is closely linked to health, yet we sometimes disregard what we know to be right, and give into that which provides our taste buds the most pleasure. These things are habits that are possible to shake off. It’s all about self-control and a retraining of our taste buds. Try eliminating from your diet the things which you know are harmful to you (probably starting with the worse) and replacing it with something better. You will soon realise it’s easier to avoid those things and that your taste buds gain a liking for healthier things šŸ™‚

 

Water

Another one we’ve all heard .. Our bodies consist mostly of water and it is a vital part of all functioning. When we lack it, our bodies don’t work at their optimum and we often feel it’s effects quite quickly. How many of us, at the first sign of a headache are quick to moan or reach for the paracetamol?! The first thing that we should consider is what has been our water intake for the day. As adults, we should be drinking round about 2L water a day, yet most of us drink none or very little. Instead of buying a soft drink, try replacing it with water. And if you don’t like the taste of water (as some claim Ā¬_Ā¬), try having infused waters* – They are absolutely lovely šŸ˜€

 

Trust in Divine power

I Ā would definitely say that this is the most important. God is our creator and knows exactly what our bodies need to be preserved in the best possible condition! He is the one who provides us with these things in nature. As you do the best you can do, trust in Him for your health and preservation. [Matthew 6:30]

 

 

*Infused waters are easy to make. Just cut up some fruit, stuff it in your water bottle or a jar about half way, and then fill it up with water. Let it infuse for a while in the fridge and take it out just before you leave the house. Sip it throughout the day and top it up when you need to. My favourite is watermelon and mint! šŸ˜€

Vegan Banana Date bites (sugar-free)

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I just made these simple yummy bites – Completely sugar free! šŸ˜€

Very quick and easy to do – I recommend giving them a try. Recipe below ^_^

 

You will need:

1 Banana
Dates
Coconut flakes
Oats
Pumpkin seeds
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Some ground almond
Some coconut oil

What to do:

– Chuck all of your ingredients (except the coconut oil) in a blender/food processor and blend on high until all ingredients are mixed together.

I started with a handful of dates, coconut flakes and oats each but ended up adding more oats and coconut flakes as I went along to get the right consistency (sticky, but able to mould into a ball)Ā 

– Grease an oven dish with some coconut oil (using your hands so you have some of the oil on your hands).

– Using your hands again, take chunks of the mixture and mould into small balls.

– Put oven up to 325 degrees/Gas mark 3 and place them in the oven for about 15-20 mins or so (check on them after 15 mins).

– Take ’em out and let cool.

 

ENJOY xo

 

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Oat crumble breakfast

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Had this for breakfast today and it was very quick and simple. I had lots of fruit but didn’t fancy having just a fruit salad, especially since they were coming from the fridge. I cut up the fruit and left them to warm up a bit. Meanwhile, I mixed some oats and seeds with some honey and some cinnamon and then placed it in the oven for about 20 mins until crunchy and golden. Took it out and covered the fruit salad with it..

Yes, very simple I know šŸ™‚ but yummy.

ENJOY!

Today’s breakfast!

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Simple Homemade Granola

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This is my favourite breakfast to look forward to! šŸ˜€

Ingredients:

– oats
– almonds, cashews (and whatever nuts you want in there)
– seeds (sunflower, pumpkin ect.)
– honey
– coconut or olive oil (3 tbs)
– extras (like dried fruit, shredded coconut)

What to do:

– Put some oats in a big bowl (however much you want really, depends on how much granola you want)

– add the nuts and seeds

– get a saucepan and put the honey and oil in it and heat it until melted together (the amount of honey you add depends on how much oats thy have. The more honey you have the sweeter it will be and cluster-like it will be)*

– add the warm honey mixture to the bowl of oats, nuts and seeds and mix together. It should start to form a sticky mixture and little clusters here and there.

– get a baking tray or two and pour the mixture out onto it.

– place in the oven (I had mine at gas mark 4) and give it a toss about every 7 mins or so). When it is your desired brownness, take it out and let it cool. (It will harden a bit more as it cools so don’t worry if it’s not super crunchy when you first take it out)

– when cool, add your dried fruit and extras and place in storage containers. Enjoy your crunchy granola for the week! ^__^

*i think I used about 2 cups of honey and maybe 10 cups of oats. However you can’t really go wrong. If you feel it isn’t clustery or sweet enough, just warm some more honey and add to it before you put in the oven šŸ™‚

Hummus/Pesto spread

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Just made this spread thing and it’s soo yummy that I thought I’d share. I’ve been meaning to try it out for a while after hearing about it and thought I’d give it a go today. Unfortunately I didn’t record measurements whilst making it but I’ll update the recipe as soon as I make it again šŸ™‚

What you’ll need:

– Cooked Chick peas*
– black sesame seeds
– Chickpeas
– Garlic
– Fresh basil
– Juice from Lemon
– Cumin
– Turmeric
– Salt
– Cold pressed Olive oil

Blend ’em all together in a high speed blender šŸ™‚

* Next time I will try it using sprouted chick peas!

Enjoy šŸ˜€

Chocolate orange brownie cake thingy!

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I've always been a fan of a good chocolate orange combo. In my past I used to gorge on Terry's chocolate,
chocolate orange KitKat and Jaffa Cakes.Ā 

Moving onto the present..

Since becoming vegan, there's only one thing I've found that matches up and I love it much
-NAKD Cocoa Orange nut and date bars!
However, the price of them means that I don't by 'em as often as I would like to. (N)

So yesterday whilst studying, the thought of chocolate orange cake crossed my mind and
as soon as I got home from the library I went straight to the kitchen and produced this!

What you'll need:

- 1 cup muscavado sugarĀ 
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup of soya margarine
- 3 table spoons ground flax seed
- 2 cups wholeweat flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tea spoon bicarbonate sodaĀ 
- Some vegan milk
- Green and blacks chocolate bar - 85%
- Zest of one orangeĀ 
- Valencia orange essenceĀ 

What to do:

- Add 6 tablespoons of warm water to the flaxseed and set aside to let it sit
- In a separate bowl mix the sugar and butter together until smooth
- mix in the flax mixture
- mix in 2 CAP fulls of orange essence and the bicarbonateĀ 
- mix in the flourĀ 
- mix in cocoa powder
- then gradually mix in enough milk to make it cake batter consistencyĀ 
- grate in the orange zest
- pour into a greased cake tinĀ 
- put in oven at gas mark 4

- After about 30 mins (a knife should come out clean), take the cake out and put aside 

No to prepare the topping:

- melt the chocolate in a Bain MarieĀ 
- put it some orange essence (about 1 lid)
- mix in milk until you have a nice smooth consistency that can be easily spread over the cakeĀ 
- I added some honey to sweeten too
- spread over cakeĀ 
- decorate as you pleaseĀ 

ENJOY!! ^_^

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