Boost Your Immune System with Essential Oils

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Essential OilsCan you boost your immune system with essential oils? As autumn approaches and the leaves change into lovely colors, the change in the air temperature also signals the start of the “cold and flu season.”

But luckily you don’t have to succumb to getting a cold or the flu this year. There are multiple ways of boosting your immune system to help you avoid catching the latest colds or flu, including the use of essential oils.

Which Essential Oils Boost Your Immune System?

There are some great ones…but before we look at which essentials work best and how to use them, let’s take a quick look at essential oil basics. Since essential oils are volatile plant compounds that can potentially be toxic in certain cases, I want to ensure that you have a good knowledge of proper use. Even if you’ve been using essential oils for a while, you may learn something new… 😉

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Cooling Foods to Beat the Summer Heat

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Cooling Foods to Beat the Summer Heat: Cucumber Watermelon Lime Juice Mint Cooler
Are you eating the best cooling foods to beat the summer heat? I’ve always been a sun worshiper, a lover of Summer, a tropical traveler. But now that we are living in Mexico where the thermometer regularly hits 104°… it is with much dismay that I’m realizing my body may not actually be digging the heat as much as I do. 🙁

How can this be?! I waited my whole life to live somewhere warm, to not be freezing cold—my husband’s motto for the past 25 years has been “A warm Heidi is a Happy Heidi.” Ok, warm is one thing, but hot is altogether different. And it’s not just Mexico, climate change is happening around the globe, and many towns and cities are now several degrees hotter than they ever used to be.

Does Your Body Love Summer as Much as You Do?

Sadly, my body is rebelling in the heat…my energy is zapped, my feet and ankles are swollen from “heat induced edema”, my clothes are soaking wet with sweat within 20 minutes of dressing…this from someone who never broke a sweat at the gym before!? While I’m hopeful my body will eventually acclimate, I’ve embraced all things that help me keep cool in the meantime.

If this sounds like you, I have some tips to help you keep cool too, like my favorite cooling foods to beat the summer heat. …continue reading Cooling Foods to Beat the Summer Heat

Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

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vegan pesto pasta with grilled calabacita and tomatoes.Who loves fresh-from-the-garden basil pesto? This Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies recipe is the perfect combo for summer. Fresh basil is very high in Vitamin K as well as offering cardiovascular support. Basil’s flavonoids and essential oils including eugenol are also high in anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

We’re able to get large quantities of organic basil here in Baja California Sur and with the help of my VitaMix, I’ve perfected a vegan pesto that is so delicious no one will ever guess it’s missing cheese!

Pair the vegan pesto with gluten-free rotini and some grilled veggies (tomatoes and calabacitas work well) and you’ve got a fabulous summer meal your family and friends will love.

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Six Tips for Healthy Weight Gain

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tips-for-healthy-weight-gainYour friends are all trying to lose a few pounds and get ready for summer, meanwhile you’re having a hard time just keeping the pounds on or gaining a few. Does this sound familiar? They may even be jealous of your slender figure, but if you are one of the many people who are underweight or have a hard time keeping at your healthy weight, it can be as difficult to gain weight as to lose it. Check out these Six Tips for Healthy Weight Gain..the answer lies in what you’re eating and how you are working out.

We’ve been experiencing this first hand recently with my husband who has always been very active and was born with a high metabolism. In fact our friends used to marvel at the way he filled his hollow legs with three plates-full of spaghetti!

However, living on our sailboat in Mexico we are a lot more active than we were at home (just getting groceries is a 4-mile round-trip walk with fully loaded backpacks!) Plus the weather has been really hot lately, which can decrease anyone’s appetite. And he now weighs less than he’d like to. So we’ve been working on ways to help him add about ten pounds and wanted to share these tips for healthy weight gain with you.
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Healing Spices

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spice-market-colorsLong before spices were used to flavor foods, they were used medicinally. Scientists are now beginning to realize through current research just how powerful herbs and spices can be.

In his book Healing Spices, Dr. Bharat Aggawral covers how to use 50 every-day spices to not only flavor your food, but also boost your health and fight disease too.

I recently wrote an article for covering seven popular spices and their amazing healing properties. I’ve also included a couple of delicious recipes to help you easily get the healing benefits you need most. Enjoy!

Read my article here: The Healthy Spice Cabinet: 7 Healing Spices and 2 Recipes.