Sunday, March 5, 2017
A DIY Facial Product, a substitute for Peanut Butter, and a Great Little Treat
First - I don't digest peanut butter really well and after 17 years as an airline pilot, I have eaten so many little bags of peanuts when there wasn't time to run into the terminal for food, just the smell makes me a little nauseous. Peanuts are a legume, not a true nut and not everyone does real well with them and almond butter always seems a bit grainy to me. So this week I tried some sunflower butter. WIN! It was creamy and tasty and compared to my husband's peanut butter had:
more healthy fats
It also has:
TWICE the calcium
THREE TIMES the Vitamin E
TWICE the iron
and it has Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, and Phosphors, essential nutrients our peanut butter didn't have.
Smeared on some gluten free toast it was a tasty breakfast.
I saw these in our closest health food store having read how good they are. $3.60 for one little tart but it says to eat just half, and honestly half was enough to satisfy.
There is no dairy or wheat in these, and they are full of healthy coconut oil. The ingredients are simple - organic shredded coconut, organic blue agave, cashews, organic virgin coconut oil and coconut sugar, almond flour, lemon juice, organic coconut flour, orange and lemon juice, and sea salt. Half a tart also has 4 and 1/2 grams of fiber
Apple Cider Vinegar - and use the organic with "the mother" (the sediment that is full of all sorts of good for you things), rosewater, honey, and essential oil - that was it. Since my toner bottle was soaking to remove the label, I stored this in a spare beverage bottle and will fill later (yes, the "funnel" is the top of a water bottle). At less than $4 to make 12 ounces its cheaper than any handcraft brand you can buy and it started to clear up those persistent white bumps I get from clogged oil glands without totally drying my skin out. My husband even complimented me on how soft my skin was after using this as opposed to a commercial version with a lot of witch hazel.
1 cup rosewater - Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs) ACV restores the proper PH levels to your skin, the beta-carotene helps to counter future skin damage, and it also helps treat age spots, pimples and acne scars, reducing their appearance over time. It also helps with the bumps you get from clogged oil glands, common as we age
5 drops essential oil. Lavender essential oil is one of the best essential oil for sensitive skin. Its soothing properties calm down inflammatory skin conditions including eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and insect bites and stings, as well as hives.
2 generous Tablespoons of honey - Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention. Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging. It is also extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow. I use Manuka or Beechwood honey from New Zealand. It's more expensive than domestic the but the benefits are worth the price. New Zealand honey is the bomb.
That's all my friends - come on back later for more DIY healthy things, product reviews, and recipes.