Homemade Switchel---The Home Remedy Tonic You've Never Heard Of

Homemade Switchel—The Home Remedy Tonic You’ve Never Heard Of

I’m kind of a history nerd. I love stories about tradition. How was this thing used or how did this thing get it’s name? That’s exciting stuff. So when I read a brief history of switchel, or haymaker’s punch, I was totally fascinated. Switchel is a traditional drink popularized in colonial New England. It was often given to farmers to quench their thirst during harvesting time, hence the nickname, haymaker’s punch. I totally geeked out over that story, and when I saw the recipe I was completely sold on trying it out for myself.

Homemade Switchel

Switchel is probably the best kept herbal remedy secret I’ve seen in years. This homemade tonic is an immune system-boosting, probiotics boasting, electrolyte-replenishing powerhouse of a drink! This is the perfect home remedy to alleviate the symptoms of anything from acid reflux to the flu. You probably have all of the ingredients you need right now! Check it out!

Homemade Switchel

Homemade Switchel

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 inch) piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 c filtered water

Directions

  • combine all ingredients in a glass carafe
  • let stand overnight at room temperature
  • serve hot, or at room temperature, or over ice, or add some seltzer water!

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5 Simple Juicing Recipes to Restart Your System

5 Simple Juicing Recipes to Restart Your System

Every year after Thanksgiving, I regret the amount of overeating and drinking that I did. It’s a vicious cycle. Thanksgiving comes and goes and I’m left feeling sick and sorry for myself because my jeans don’t fit. The upside of this terrible cycle is that it impels me to do a juice cleanse (something that I lack the discipline to do unless absolutely necessary). We’ve all heard how amazing juice cleanses can be. They recharge your immune system, they’re great for your skin, hair, and nails, and they deliver all the necessary nutrients to fuel your body.

Image: blueprint.com
Image: blueprint.com

A few years back, I heard about the Blueprint Juice Cleanse and I was sold. You know Blueprint, right? They’re those simple, organic juices that you see at Whole Foods with all the ingredients listed on the label. I wanted to give that juice cleanse a go until I saw the price. A quick visit to their website and you’ll see what I mean. The 1-day Renovation Cleanse (6 bottles of juice) is $65! That’s almost $11/bottle. I couldn’t justify spending that much on convenience and packaging, so I decided to make my own. The amount of juice that you can yield at home with a handful of veggies shows how insane that price really is.

juice-cleanse

Anyway, I always keep these recipes on hand so that I can quickly make these juices at home when my body is craving a fresh start. You certainly don’t have to jump into an all out fasting/cleanse, but adding any one of these juices to your daily routine will have you looking and feeling like a million bucks. These recipes are for the juices contained in Blueprint’s Renovation Cleanse. The cleanse itself calls for these five juices + a repeat of the green juice recipe. Each recipe that follows yields about 16oz of juice.

Green Juice

ingredients

  • 5 ribs of celery
  • 1 cucumber, halved
  • 2 large green apples
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 3 romaine leaves
  • 1 handful of spinach

Directions

  • Juice the ingredients and add a tiny bit of water to help things along (not so much that it changes the consistency)
  • Strain the juice through a sieve to remove excess pulp

Pineapple, Apple, Mint

ingredients

  • a third of one pineapple
  • 2 large green apples
  • a few pinches of mint

directions

  • juice the pineapple and apple together
  • add mint one pinch at a time to taste (mint can be strong, so be careful not to add so much that it overpowers the flavor of your fruit)

 Spicy Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 14oz of filtered water
  • 3-4 lemons
  • a few dashes of cayenne pepper
  • 1tbsp agave nectar

Directions

  • mix the filtered water with the juice from your lemons
  • stir in the cayenne pepper
  • you can substitute the agave nectar with raw honey

ABC Like 1-2-3 (Apple, Beet, Carrot)

ingredients

  • 1 green apple
  • 2 beets (greens and all)
  • 3 large carrots
  • 3-4tsp ginger
  • 1/2oz of lemon juice

Directions

  • juice all ingredients together

Homemade Cashew Milk Blend

Ingredients

  • 4-5oz raw cashews
  • 16oz filtered water
  • 1tbsp agave nectar
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • soak cashews in cold water for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight)
  • drain and rinse cashews until the rinsing water runs clear
  • blend softened cashews with your filtered water, agave nectar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract

You should definitely give this juice cleanse a try. Full disclosure: I’ve only been alternating between the Green Juice and the ABC juice this time around, but I feel so much better than I did a few days ago, that I might stop being lazy and start making the other juices again too!

 

DIY Chocolate Milk Bath

DIY Post-Election Stress Relieving Chocolate Milk Bath—You Know You Need It

So this blog is totally my happy place, free from all the stress that life hurls my way. I love bringing you guys cool DIYs and tasty recipes, and I especially love hearing from all of you. That being said, the election season here in the US has been a particularly stressful one. No matter which way you voted, the anxiety has been overwhelming. Now that Election Day is behind us, I think we all need to take a moment to decompress, stepping away from all things political. But how? The answer is pretty much always chocolate, except on multiple choice tests… I think then you should probably just go with ‘C’, or maybe ‘B’, but I digress. Chocolate! Chocolate is totally the answer here. It’s soothing and smells heavenly, so let’s just give it a go,  shall we!

DIY Chocolate Milk Bath

 

DIY Post-Election Stress Relieving Chocolate Milk Bath

Ingredients

Directions

  • Mix powdered milk, cocoa, and cornstarch in a small resealable container
  • Add about 1/2c to warm bath water
  • If using bubble bath, add it to running bath water first
  • Relax and Enjoy!

The milk in this recipe does a wonderful job of gently exfoliating and softening your skin, while the cocoa adds that extra bit of antioxidant oomph needed to repair weary skin. Really take the time to chillax in this bath, you guys, and enjoy the wonderful aromatherapy. Seriously.

DIY Chocolate Milk Bath

Recipe derived from azgrabaplate

Images Lindsey Johnson

 

Yoga Sequence to Beat the Winter Blues

Yoga Sequence to Beat the Winter Blues

I know, I know!  I haven’t posted in over a week, but I’ve been taking some time to reevaluate and plan. Something strange starts to happen to me every fall. I get this compulsion to start hoarding, and eating, and not exercising, and wasting whole weekends on the couch watching TV. Every year, this sends me into a spiral of depression and I curse myself for being so lazy and unproductive. It usually lasts straight through winter. This year though, I’m determined to break that cycle. My goal is to beat these winter blues that I suffer from (seasonal depression is real, y’all!) before they even take hold. Just like my promise to myself at the start of the New Year, I am paying attention to my fitness goals, my mental health goals, my nutrition goals, and my home goals. I’m so inspired by women like Jennifer (standingstrongwellness), Jasmine (the Richmond Avenue), Claudia Marie (Claudiamariefit), and so many others, to keep my life on track!

Anyway, I wanted to share this excellent yoga sequence for beating the winter blues. Yoga has been the cornerstone of my fitness routine and I am more than happy with how my mind and body have responded to it. I mean, look at how proactive I’m being!

Do any of you struggle with seasonal depression? How do you cope?

Ginger Detox Bath + Body Scrub

Ginger Detox Bath + Body Scrub—Spa Days at Home

I don’t always soak in a bathtub, but when I do…
Ginger Detox Bath + Body ScrubGinger Detox Bath + Body Scrub

Draw out toxins with a long soak in this ginger detox bath and detox body scrub.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • ½ cup of Epsom salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
 Instructions
  1. Combine roughly chopped ginger and ½ cup Epsom salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the ginger is ground and combined.
  2. Remove to a small bowl and add lemon juice.
  3. Put down a towel and apply scrub before your detox bath

***Detox baths can be a little bit exhausting, and oddly enough, dehydrating. Make sure to drink a glass of water before and after trying this. I walked away with a serious  headache the first time I did a detox bath because I was super dehydrated. That was not so bueno.

***I always follow up with a total body coconut oil rubdown to keep my skin moisturized. If you prefer, you can add one to two tablespoons of coconut oil or raw honey directly to your scrub.

***Remember this is also a fantastic salt scrub. If you’re more of a shower taker, just work this scrub into your skin before you step under the shower head, and skip the bath!

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