Raw Vegan French Dressing Recipe

I was in the mood for a tangy salad dressing and I’ve been limiting my oil intake and staying away from dairy so I had to make a vegan, oil-free dressing that satisfied the taste buds. This dressing is zesty, tangy, and a little spicy from the raw garlic.  It’s raw, healthy, and delicious and a great substitute to the real french dressing. Ingredients 1 Organic red bell pepper ⅓ cup sundried tomato (not packed in oil) ½ heaping cup soaked[Read more]

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is my go-to oil for all things calming to the mind and the skin.  I use it practically daily for almost everything and it’s a great booster to put into blends.  Frankincense has relaxing effects on the human body including uplifting mood and heightening awareness.  I love to diffuse this oil to help me relax and stay focused throughout the day.   It helps to level out my moods, calm my mind, and to concentrate on the task at[Read more]

6 TIPS FOR MANAGING STRESS OVER THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays are a special time to gather with family and friends and to celebrate our many blessings.  It’s also a time where we tend to over-indulge or over-extend ourselves.  We stress ourselves out, taking on too much of everything – too much eating, too much shopping, to many parties, too many commitments, too much travel. In a perfect world, this time of year would be like a Carry Grant Holiday Special where the family calmly sips cocoa by the[Read more]

HOW TO REDUCE STRESS AROUND FAMILY

  I love my family and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world, but I tell you what, they really know how (and when) to push my buttons. I’m 33 years old and I swear, in their eyes, I’m still that shy little girl.  My family can be passively aggressively judgmental with seesawing moods, and all the other nuances of typical family dynamics. Ok Laurel, now say 10 nice things about your family and go sit in the corner[Read more]

GREEN GINGERBREAD SMOOTHIE

I am experimenting with different foods that work well for a winter detox.  There’s nothing better than coming in from the bitter cold to a plate or cup full of warm-natured food, right?  There’s a difference between food that is warm in temperature, and food that is warm-natured.  Warm-natured foods, such as cinnamon, help to promote optimal metabolic function in the wintertime and they don’t necessarily have to be heated to do their magic. I thoroughly enjoyed my latest recipe making[Read more]

Arborvitae Essential Oil

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in[Read more]