Celebrate spring with organic perfumes made from essential oils. Essential oils from flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, and woods make beautiful perfumes that double as mood enhancing medicine. You can make your own unique perfume by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to a carrier oil like jojoba oil.
Spring perfume recipe:
My favorite skincare ingredients and oils:
According to a recent study published in “Global Advances in Health and Medicine” practicing the Side Plank Pose can reduce scoliotic spinal curvature. The study states that participants who held the pose for 1.5 minutes per day, 6 days per week, for approximately six to eight months significantly improved their scoliotic curve by 32%.
Practice Side Plank Pose/Vasisthasana:
Link to study: http://www.gahmj.com/doi/abs/10.7453/gahmj.2013.064
Pilates and yoga exercises are highly beneficial cross training tools for boys who play a variety of sports. Specifically, pilates and yoga are examples of neuromotor exercise (proprioceptive training) and functional fitness that develops balance, coordination, gait, and agility. Adding pilates and yoga to a sport specific program can help young athletes gain balanced muscular development, flexibility and stability about joints, and reduce injury.
Below are 5 ways pilates and yoga can help boys increase their athletic skills:
If you are vegan like me or have gluten sensitivity you may not want to use personal care products or cosmetics that contain ingredients of animal origin or gluten. Finding cosmetics can be difficult because many companies use wheat, animal products, and an ingredient called carmine which is obtained from the carminic acid of scale insects and is often used in lipstick.
I wanted to recommend some of my favorite natural lines that carry vegan and gluten free cosmetics. Of course, always make sure you read all ingredients when shopping.
• Gabriel Cosmetics
• Neal’s Yard Remedies
• Jane Iredale
Grains are a great source of vitamins, protein and healthy carbohydrates that we need to sustain energy. Some people shy away from grains because they fear gluten sensitivity. Truth is, for most people, gluten is not an issue. It is an problem for the one percent of Americans who suffer from celiac disease or approximately six percent of the American population who have gluten sensitivity.
If you are sensitive to gluten you want to avoid wheat, barley and rye. Here are a few gluten free grains to try: amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, sorghum, teff, and rice
Below are a few tips on how to spice up your grains:
For brown rice – long grain brown basmati is good, healthy and fairly quick to cook.
• Instead of using water, use a vegetable broth or stock. Either low sodium or regular.
• Add any or all of the following dried spices to the pot (a few shakes are fine): Paprika, garlic, minced onion, red pepper flake, cayenne, turmeric or chili powder.
• For more depth of flavor consider a squeeze of lemon or lime and a dash of tamari sauce.
• You don’t need to add any oil or fats – it doesn’t do much for the dish except to add completely unnecessary fat and calories.
• To make a simple Mexican inspired rice add a few tablespoons (per cup of rice) of your favorite red or green salsa