I hope you are beaming well. I was assigned just a short research project for class this past week, and I wanted to share my discovery with you.
As you know, there are several resources, or modalities for alternative medicine, and healing.
One of the modalities that I discovered is halotherapy, also known as salt therapy. I stumbled on it a few years ago when I was researching my spa competitors in Pasadena. I visited my local halotherapy spa and read about the benefits as they intrigued me. As a skin care professional, I discovered a new lead on how to help my clients heal from ailments like acne, psoriasis, rosacea, dry skin, eczema and inflammation. And as a person who developed asthma and pleuritis as a result from LUPUS, I discovered a holistic method of respiratory therapy and stress reduction.
Halotherapy rooms and spas can simply be found around the world thanks to the accidental discovery in 1839. I’ve visited a few in Arizona, Santa Barbara, Hawaii, and Pasadena. What I gained immediately during my therapy sessions is a clear nasal pathway and it has even helped with reducing symptoms of a migraine. I’ve not researched how effective this can be with migraines. But it would make sense that it could be beneficial since migraines are said to be of cardiovascular concern.
The history of halotherapy is pretty interesting. From what I researched, it seems that it was accidentally discovered in the salt mines and caves in eastern Europe and Russia. It was noted that the salt mine workers rarely had respiratory issues and their skin conditions, if any were improved. I don’t know about you, but I’d take a job with natural anti-aging benefits any day!
Through the studies and noted benefits from this new found phenomena in 1839, Dr and businessman Feliks Boczkowski founded the first health resort at the Wieliczka salt mine in Poland. And from this period on, Salt therapy has been introduced to many parts of the world and is still an effective practice today for respiratory ailments. There are few contraindications for salt therapy, and studies are still in effect now to discover new ways of using salt therapy.
Have you tried halotherapy? If not, it’s definitely something to experience.
Salt Therapy Association is one of many sites where you can find resources, learn about the salt therapy industry, and its history. https://www.salttherapyassociation.org/home
Energizing & Anti-inflammatory
Photo- Mila Grass
Oatmeal never has to be boring again.
When you're a creative, and I imagine that you are, discovering new ways to spice up classic recipes is always fun. What makes it even better is when you can make your food delicious & nutritious. Yes, I just said that.
Pure oats are actually gluten free. And even if you do not have celiac disease or obvious gluten sensitivities eating gluten free is healthier for your gut and the lining of your intestines anyways. Oatmeal Is a soothing food and calms inflammation.
I avoid putting dairy in my oats because dairy is an inflammatory. The disadvantages of consuming dairy is quite heavier than the benefits that dairy offer. Especially when you are dealing with an ailment.
Wait minute, you're probably wondering why this photo of my oatmeal doesn't even look like oatmeal right? Dont worry about it. I got you! I have garnished this regular bowl of oats with nutritional delights. Shortly after I took this photo, I added a splash of organic almond milk and devoured it.
Can you tell what any of my toppings are? At least one looks familiar right? Well, I started with almond butter. Almond butter is heart healthy, increases blood flow and is high in magnesium. Almonds are also known for its major energy boosting properties that also help boost metabolism and curb the appetite.
Putting dates in oatmeal isn't really all that uncommon. But have you discovered date syrup yet? It's a great natural option for sweetener. Date syrup is also a great source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus acid, and calcium. Dates also help to regulate blood sugar.
You will find that I use rosehip powder in a lot of my own personal recipes because of how powerful and helpful it is in my own nutritional needs. It is high in antioxidants, reduces inflammation, offers immune support with a high dose of vitamin c, and reduces fat in the mid section. So good!
And it's pretty much flavorless so, you can add it to anything.
Manuka Honey has some powerful healing properties. It's anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. It helps to fight respiratory infections, IBS, and ulcers. Nothing is a better tasting sweeter than honey. (if you are on a vegan nutrition plan you can go sans honey)
I added some ginger as well. Ginger improves the circulation and oxygen flow in the body. It also boosts the metabolism, provides energy, and is highly anti-inflammatory and soothes the gut.
Pine nuts lower stress, boosts energy and improves eyesight! Just a small handful of these guys will give you a noticeably healthy boost of energy.
Chia seeds are a completely flavorless source of quality protein and fiber. They help lower your risk of heart disease, and offer an impressive amount of calcium.
Cinnamon is high in fiber, boosts energy, reduces inflammation, helps prevent alzheimer's, and helps fight off candida. (candida causes yeast infections that aren't just local to your nether regions). So! There it is! Recipe below.
Boil 1/2 a cup of oats to 1 cup of water. Place cooked oats into your favorite bowl.
Add almond butter.
Drizzle date syrup.
Add ginger powder, rosehip powder and chia seeds.
Add pine nuts and a dash of cinnamon.
* You won't need butter because the almond butter will will replace that richness.
* Add a splash of non dairy cream or milk for texture.
- Mila Grass
Photo- Mila Grass
What do you know about teas? They come powdered, loose leaf, special blend, and in pre-measured satchels also known as tea bags. Teas come caffeinated, decaffeinated, Green, Black, Herbal, White, and Oolong. There are many, many different blends and brands. In this moment, I want to talk about one strain of tea that I think everyone should have in their pots. This tea helps to boost the metabolism, curb cravings for sweets, and protects the teeth from cavities. You better believe it's true! Because it is.
There are over 16 different types of oolong. The one I have in this photo happens to be my new new! Jin Xuan, is a smooth creamy type of tea. That's why it is also known as Milk Oolong. This tea has a sweet aromatic flavor all on its own, so it's no wonder why it would help kick a sweet tooth.
Oolong helps with weight management because it contains natural phenols that control how you metabolize fat.
This tea also helps to lower metabolism and boosts the immune system to fight off infection.
If you haven't tried this tea yet, I encourage you to go for it. You might even notice that this tea boosts your concentration and thinking skills.
*Slightly sweeten this tea with manuka honey, or agave syrup for a beautiful aroma.
Image- Mila Grass
Who said avocado toast is overrated?
Nothing is overrated when your food is your medicine.This is organic whole grain toast topped with avocado and is beaming with nutrients! I was feeling a bit under the weather today so I began my day with an anti inflammatory meal. Avocados contain heart healthy fats called monounsaturated fat. I average half an avocado a day. They are high in magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B-6. Avocados also provide omega-3 and betacarotene.
So, what else is on this toast? You've heard of rosehip right? rosehip is used in many teas and beauty products. It is high in vitamin C and works as an anti-inflammatory and is high in antioxidants. In traditional herbal and ayurvedic medicine, rosehip replaces steroids like prednisone, and often NSAIDS. Please consult your health care provider before consuming orally rosehip as there are contraindications that should not go ignored.
Gingerly, I added a bit of ginger. Ginger is also extremely high in anti- inflammatory properties as well. It also ads a little kick of spice to your foods. Ginger is a popular ingredient in teas, spices and cosmetics. Ginger is gentle on the digestive tract and is known to calm nausea and indigestion.
Pine nuts are almost a forgotten food! But yes, we can eat them so long as we aren't allergic! The benefits of pine nuts are magical! They strengthen bones, high in antioxidants, boosts the immune system, reduces cravings, assists in weight loss and improves the condition & lipid barrier of the skin!
Pumpkin seed's remind everyone of October. But we should be eating these year round. This superfood cleanses the gut, helping to rid the body of any suspected parasites. It is high in magnese and magnesium, high in antioxidants and is known to lower the blood sugar. I encourage you to research the foods you eat and pay attention to the way they make you feel. I've got you on the recipe for this kickass energy boosting, anti-aging, immuno supportive treat.