Brown Sugar Body Scrub

This is so sensual in the shower, it’s almost sinful! Enjoy!

Ingredients 

1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, can substitute Sweetened Almond Oil or Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E (cut open Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract, optional (or your favorite citrus essential oil)
1 tablespoon honey, optional for dry skin

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well.

To Use: In the shower, apply Brown Sugar Body Scrub into skin and rinse.  Can be used daily.  Please be aware that oils can make the shower and bath surfaces very slippery.

Acupressure for Spring Allergies

Everyone seems to react to the onslaught of pollen in the air this time of year. While we’re all smiling to see the outside world coming alive again with buds and blossoms, the itchy eyes and sneezing can be a pain.

While OTC medication can and do work, I found some links on Pinterest where you can use some pressure points on your body to assist in the relief of these symptoms.  While they may not be as immediate or long lasting as the meds, I think they are worth a try – considering they cost nothing and are all-natural.

Recently, I tried rubbing my thumb, first counter-clockwise then clockwise, one minute each in the centre of my right palm to relieve neck tension. I must say this worked very well and, since I do seem to carry tension in my neck (as a lot of people do), this is a handy dandy – not to mention discrete – way of alleviating neck pain!

Give it a try! Certainly can’t hurt 😀 http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=acupressure%20allergies

Mint – NOT Good for Breathing Problems!

mint2I’ve recently learned from a friend that you should never use mint (tea, gum, breath mints, etc.) if you have asthma or any kind of bronchial problems. It happened when I offered her a mint on the way to sporting event and she indicated that mint constricts your airways and actually makes it harder to breathe! While I, personally, don’t have breathing problems, I wanted to check this out further and, indeed, it was true.

A prime example is most throat lozenges. They come in a variety of flavours: cherry, lemon, berry, etc., but not mint. They do use eucalyptus, which is the same thing that’s used in topical rubs for children and in the liquids that are sold for vaporizers. Eucalyptus is very beneficial in expanding your airways and soothing your lungs so that is completely understandable.

But no mint? I was floored 😀

 

 

 

(Almost) Homemade Cream of Asparagus Soup

cream-of-asparagus-soup-copy-1024x857I love cream soups but getting the broth and cream and other flavours just right can be a pain. As an impulse buy (and because they were on sale for less than a buck), I picked up 2 packages of Knorr Cream of Asparagus Soup. Directions are easy peasy so why not? I then thought how delicious this would be with real chunks of asparagus in it and, believe me, it was! The hubby talked about it the whole night, including, “you can make that anytime you want”.

HUGE praise from him 😀

 

Here’s what I did:

  1. Prepare 2 soup mixes using the recommended liquids (2 cups water, 1 cup milk each)
  2. I got it simmering in a pot then transferred it to a heated slow cooker afterward as I wanted the asparagus to cook in the soup for a while.
  3. While the soup was cooking in the pot, I chopped up about 12 stalks of asparagus and put it in a bowl. I then added a small amount of water and salt and pepper, and microwaved for about 3 minutes (try to keep it warm before you add it to the slow cooker…I just left it in the microwave until I needed it).
  4. Once the soup was transferred to the slow cooker, I added the asparagus.
  5. I then let it simmer for about an hour, stirring regularly to get the asparagus off the bottom of the pot.

And voila! Absolutely delish soup that tastes homemade!

I’m sure this would work with just about any soup mix, Cream of Celery, Chicken, Cauliflower…enjoy!