Thursday, October 27, 2011

Calendula

Calendula tea and flowers (also known as pot marigold)


The flowers are so pretty. Love this herb for its many benefits. Antiviral, antibacterial, can be used topically as well for slow healing wounds, varicose veins, internal ulcers as well as external skin ulcers, skin infections, treats burns. Great for depression and inflammation.

Steep a small handful of dried flowers for 10 minutes. The longer you steep it, the more bitter it gets.

If you're allergic to ragweed you'll want to be mindful, it's from the same family. I'm allergic to ragweed and chamomile (<also from the same family) but don't have an issue with this herb. Thankfully because a medium size bag of these flowers cost almost $20 lol. You can usually find it cheaper at your local health food store.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

DETOX YOUR LIFE COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

Day 1 of our DETOX YOUR LIFE COMMUNITY CHALLENGE kicks off with a yummy spin on a well known dish:

Raw Butternut Squash Soup 

And yes, butternut squash can be eaten raw! :)


Consuming pureed or liquefied foods allows our bodies to readily absorb the nutrients in our food and gives our digestive system a rest in order to facilitate healing in other areas where it might be needed. The majority of our immune system is located within our gut. This is why it is super important to feed your body what it needs, not just what it craves, giving it breaks through liquid feasting like we're embarking on now. It's a great way to cleanse your body both naturally and gently.

This recipe is easy to make, doesn't require a lot of ingredients, tastes great and of course is great for you.

This is the basic core recipe, which I always build on top of depending on what I'm in the mood for that day. Put your own spin on it and add whatever seasonings you desire, or substitute the oil for your favorite or none at all.

You'll need to keep the blender running for a while to make sure all the squash is broken down (but not too long if you have a high speed blender).

Many thanks to my sis Janine Jackson for the pic design inspiration!

Enjoy! :)