27 December, 2011


Recently, I was asked about remedies for dandruff.

There are a number of reasons for dandruff

My sister-in-law is a hair dresser. She says that many times men (more often than women) do not rinse all the soap off of their scalp and soap scum builds up. The dried soap flakes off like snow flakes. Do you remember a commercial for dandruff shampoo which spoke of snow flakes?

Wonderhubs used to have dandruff really bad, and it turned out it was a yeast issue (in which case, the baking soda solution discussed below would be perfect). Yeast can be a systemic condition, so there is no easy answer to a complete resolution to the problem. It often involves some dramatic changes to a  person's diet. Yeast craves an acidic environment, so these people must eat more alkaline producing foods.

Sometimes, it has to do with the liver being overwhelmed (like many other skin issues) and a liver cleanse helps.

The baking soda hair treatment, is actually in 2 parts:

Mix 1 Tablespoon baking soda in a cup of water and put it in an old (well rinsed) shampoo container. You can multiply the recipe as many times as you need it to fill the bottle

In a separate bottle, mix 1 Tablespoon of either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (again multiply to fill your container, if need be). Most people prefer the white vinegar because it has a less distinctive odor, and the smell dissipates more quickly.

Squirt the baking soda mixture all over your scalp and massage it in (a scalp massage always feels great). Leave it on for a few minutes (perhaps clean the rest of the body while it 'sets'). Many people apply the baking soda mixture to dry hair. Others just use it in the shower, so the hair is already wet.

Rinse it out thoroughly (again a scalp massage -- it feels SO good).

Next, apply the vinegar solution in the same way and rinse (no need to wait on this one).

If there are other hair related issues, or just for added scent, add some essential oils like cedar or lavender to one or the other of the mixtures.

Many people don't use the vinegar all the time, just occasionally. It may be necessary at first until the hair gets used to the change.

Many people love this from the start, but others find that there is an adjustment period while the scalp and hair let loose of some of the oils and chemicals that have built up over the years.

08 October, 2011

The Cost of a Miracle

A couple months ago, I came across this quote from Pope St. Leo the Great:

Dearly beloved, when our Lord Jesus Christ was preaching the Gospel of the kingdom and healing various illnesses throughout the whole of Galilee, the fame of his mighty works spread into all of Syria, and great crowds from all parts of Judea flocked to the heavenly physician. Because human ignorance is slow to believe what it does not see, and equally slow to hope for what it does not know, those who were to be instructed in the divine teaching had first to be aroused by bodily benefits and visible miracles so that, once they had experienced his gracious power, they would no longer doubt the wholesome effect of his doctrine.

In order, therefore, to transform outward healings into inward remedies, and to cure men’s souls now that he had healed their bodies, our Lord separated himself from the surrounding crowds, climbed to the solitude of a neighboring mountain, and called the apostles to himself. From the height of this mystical site he then instructed them in the most lofty doctrines, suggesting both by the very nature of the place and by what he was doing that it was he who long ago had honored Moses by speaking to him. At that time, his words showed a terrifying justice, but now they reveal a sacred compassion, in order to fulfill what was promised in the words of the prophet Jeremiah: Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I shall establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. After those days, says the Lord, I shall put my laws within them and write them on their hearts.

When some tragedy happens -- whether it be an illness, or the loss of a loved one, or the loss of work, home, or fortune -- we all hope and pray for miracles. Unfortunately, when we acquire that miracle, we then return on our merry way, as if nothing unusual happened. Even when we find healing through some 'normal' means we tend to see is as license to return to the life we had before the experience. Of course, life really never is the same....

The good Pope tells us:

"...those who were to be instructed in the divine teaching had first to be aroused by bodily benefits and visible miracles so that, once they had experienced his gracious power, they would no longer doubt the wholesome effect of his doctrine."

So, a miracle has the purpose, not of directly building our faith, but of allowing us to open our minds, hearts, and even our very souls. to the deep mysteries of our Faith.

It 's not a matter of: "Oh! How nice! Thank you, God."

It is an invitation to discipleship, and making a commitment to seeking a more intimate relationship with Jesus -- to leave the rat race behind so that one can sit at His feet and drink deeply of what He has to teach about the deeper meaning of life. The pope tells us: "whoever longs to attain eternal blessedness can now recognize the steps that lead to that high happiness." The great saint, then proceeds to speak of the Beatitudes.

Though God CAN work miraculously and simply heal us when we pray, most of the time He chooses not to do this. He wants us to LEARN TO BE FAITHFUL with the body He has given us to take care of by making sure we eat the foods He's given us to eat, exercise, use products that NURTURE us and not intoxicate us, etc; then He will BLESS us with good health (as a reward) that we may be a blessing to others. If we can't be faithful in taking care of our own body, how can we be given authority over more?

16 March, 2011

Miso Soup

This is a simple soup that is tasty, even on those icky, sicky days when one does not have much appetite.

Soak for 2 hours or over night

6-inch piece kombu or
5 dried shitake mushrooms
6 cups cold water

Remove shitake and slice thin, discarding any tough parts which remain. Return shitake to broth and bring to a boil.

After simmering for a few minutes, remove kombu and reserve it for another use. (It may be reused to make soup stock or cooked with beans or vegetables.)

Add and cook for 5 to 10 minutes:
2 - 3 cloves of garlic, minced (some prefer to saute garlic for a few minutes, first)
1 carrot, sliced

Add and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more:

1 1/2 cups chopped greens (such as kale or mustard greens)

Add and simmer for 2 minutes:

1 pound tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 green onion, thinly sliced

Turn off heat. Dilute in a little of the broth, then add to soup:

1 cup white, barley, or brown rice miso Allow to steep briefly before serving.

Other vegetables like corn, zucchini, or yellow squash may be added along with the carrots.

09 March, 2011

Potato Leek Soup

March first was Saint David's feast day. Since our youngest is named David, we like to celebrate with a potato-leek soup. It makes a wonderful comfort food for these last few weeks of winter.

Somehow, the first of March slipped past us this year.

Now, however, we find ourselves at the beginning of Lent, with a fast day on Ash Wednesday. Since we have people in the family who cannot do a complete fast, we opted for the missed potato soup for our dinner.

Here is how I made our soup:

In an 8 quart stockpot, I melted

2 - 3 Tablespoons coconut oil

Then I cut into 1/4 inch slices and sauteed them until soft:

2 leeks

After about 5 minutes I stirred in:

1 Tbs. dried thyme (I prefer fresh thyme, but ours is not quite tall enough)

I turned the heat up a bit (just until it boils) as I added:

6 cups water
1 1/2 - 2 pounds potatoes (about 3 medium)

Turn heat down, once the water boils. TeCook until the potatoes are soft. Then liquify the soup. I like my little hand blender, or put it, in two batches, into my Vitamix.

Return to heat, and stir in:

1 Tbs. grated ginger, or 2 tsp. dried ginger
2 handfuls chopped sorrel or basil.

If you do not have these, organic baby spinach will work well.

Simmer for 5 more minutes.

Serve with a teaspoon of miso stirred into each bowl. Note: do not cook the miso. It contains pro-biotics and enzymes which will be destroyed by cooking.

For a little extra punch, do a kindness to your liver and add:

1/2 tsp Young Living JuvaSpice.

25 February, 2011

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21 January, 2011

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Recently, we got a coupon for Nutella from Costco. So we got 2 jars, then 2 more, then... Well, let's just say we got hooked on the stuff. But there are some issues with the ingredients being less than healthy.

Last week, I saw a video from Splendor in the Raw where Chef Tina Jo makes this Chocolate Hazelnut Spread in the food processor. If you know me, you won't be surprised that I used hers as a jumping off place. I tend to like things a bit less sweet than other people. The taste of the hazel nuts really sings out here. The butter needed a bit more liquid, so I put a little more coconut oil in it. This is the result.

Place in food processor and process until it forms a paste (like peanut butter):

2 c. raw hazelnuts, soaked over night
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Be patient with this part. Stop the machine occasionally to scrape the nuts down from the sides. It also keeps things from heating up too much. Tina Jo says it takes 10 to 15 minutes to get to the right texture. I rushed it and my spread came out a bit 'grainy'. I processed it a bunch more at the end, but the machine had to work a lot harder than if I had done it at this point.

Add, then process again until smooth:

3/4 c. liquid coconut oil.

Coconut oil has a melting point of 78 degrees. My kitchen tends to run really cold in the winter. So my coconut oil is like a rock. To liquify the oil, just sit the jar of oil in a bowl of warm water. The oil will melt around the edges. Then you can pour it into your measuring cup.

Next, add:

3/4 c. agave or honey
1/4 c. yacon syrup

This time of year, honey tends to crystalize. Put the jar in a bowl of warm water until it becomes liquid again.

Finally, add to processor and run until creamy:

3/4 to 1 c. raw cacao powder

Store in a tightly closed glass jar. No need to refrigerate. Tina says it will keep for a month, but I am not sure that shelf life will be tested at our house. ;)

Hazelnut butter is tasty on whole wheat (even sourdough) bread or pancakes. Spread some on an apple, pear, or banana. It goes really well with flax crackers. I caught my 12 year old spooning it right out of the jar. You could even put some over home made ice cream. ;)

Just a couple of notes:

* I really recommend the Tropical Traditions coconut oil. It has a really mellow flavor that goes well with the nuts and chocolate. In addition, their oil is produced by families in the Philippines in their traditional way: minimal heating, no chemicals, and it supports families in one of the poorest countries in the world. For those who want to support 'made in America' the Philippines are a US territory.

* Yacon syrup is made from the root of a plant in the sunflower family. It has no glucose in it, so it is often recommended for diabetics. Yacon also contains a significant amount of antioxidants and pre biotics (particularly fructooligosaccharides - FOS - which supports normal gastro-intestinal flora and fauna). The taste, however, may take some getting used to, since it has a strong flavor, somewhat like molasses. For this reason, I used it as only part of the sweetener. Yacon goes quite well with chocolate, however. I had some amazing chocolates made with yacon at the Young Living convention last year.