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Nutrition for Body and Soul

Soothe that Sunburn!

Ouch……. It’s definitely the season for sunburns!  Here are two different recipes to help soothe your sunburn. (Thank you Améo/Zija for these recipes.)

Soothe Your Sunburn

Combine….

3 drops AMÉO True Lavender essential oil

2 drops AMÉO Peppermint essential oil

1 1/2 tsp.. pure aloe vera gel

Distilled water

Fill ingredients in a 1 oz. spray bottle.

Shake & Spray on desired area as needed!

OR…..

1/4 cup filtered or distilled water
1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel/juice..you can also use our Fractionated Coconut oil with Aloe
3 Tbsp. witch hazel extract (alcohol-free)
1 Tbsp white vinegar
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil

* Combine all ingredients in an 8-ounce glass spray bottle and shake vigorously.  Shake well before each use and spray to affected area(s) as often as desired.  Avoid the eyes!

 

FYI….Do not use any citrus oils topically then go out in the sun (use under clothing or at night before bed)!  They can cause harm!  Some essential oils are photosensitive meaning they react to radiant energy or light such as natural sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV rays. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of photosensitivity may include a pink or red skin rash with blotchy blisters, scaly patches, or raised spots on areas directly exposed to the sun. Itching and burning may occur and the rash may last for several days. Dark pigmentation on the skin may occur as well. “A phototoxic reaction typically shows up as an exaggerated sunburn, usually occurring within 24 hours of sun exposure” as stated by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  The primary essential oil culprits are typically citrus oils: Angelica, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Wild Orange, and Tangerine.  Bergamot essential oil contains bergaptene, a dominant photosensitizer, that can cause severe reactions. Look for products that contain bergamot essential oil that is bergaptene-free. Caution is required when using skincare products that contain these photosensitizing oils.  As stated by Everything Essential Oil, “when using photosensitizing oil, wait a minimum of six hours before exposing skin to UV rays.  The stronger and more lengthy the UV ray, the longer the wait should be.”  For maximum protection, shield skin with sunscreen and protective clothing.

 

DID YOU KNOW????
One of the Rules to follow for topical essential oil use…is the 4/10/75 Rule!
*  Research suggests that when essential oils are applied neat (without carrier oil) about 4% of the lessential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
*  If a carrier oils is used (a 2% dilution), the absorption increased to 10%.
*  If the area of application is covered (with a warm towel or other covering) absorption dramatically increased to 75%! WOW!

XO!

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Feed Your Skin What It Needs!

What goes in us, shows up on us! Feed your skin.

Dry or Flaky Skin – choose foods higher in Vitamin A. A benefit of vitamin A is that it revitalizes skin by increasing cell turnover for more youthful skin. Just six leaves of Romaine lettuce provide more than 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A and will help with healthy cell renewal.

Sagging, lines and wrinkles – choose foods high in Vitamin C. Our bodies use Vitamin C to make collagen and elastin. Collagen gives our skin support and firmness whereas elastin gives our skin elasticity. Just one cup of strawberries has 130% of our daily Vitamin C requirement.

Uneven skin tone – Choose foods with lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin which are two antioxidants that have been shown to help protect against UV damage that can lead to brown spots. Watermelon, papaya, guava, pink grapefruit and sun-dried tomatoes contain the compound lycopene that has been shown to protect skin from damage caused by sunlight.

 

Thank you Shelly Maquire for this info!!

Here are a couple of fun salads to incorporate some of those foods…

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STRAWBERRY ROMAINE SALAD RECIPE

  • 8 cups torn romaine
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • POPPY SEED DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Add sliced egg, watermelon, etc… for fun!
In a large bowl, toss the romaine, strawberries and onion. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients until blended. Serve with salad. Yield: 8-10 servings (1 cup dressing).
Thank you Food Network for these recipes!

Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Dressing

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Ingredients

Balsamic Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grilled Romaine:
  • 2 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise
  • Avocado oil, for brushing
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola, for garnish
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, torn, for garnish
  • Top with sliced strawberries, watermelon, and or grapefruit!  Have fun.

For the balsamic dressing: In a blender, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Gorgonzola, basil, garlic, a pinch each of salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons water. Blend until the dressing is creamy and the garlic and basil are finely chopped.

For the grilled romaine: Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.

Lightly brush the cut sides of the romaine with the canola oil. Place the romaine on the grill cut-side down and cook until grill marks form and the leaves are slightly charred, 1 to 3 minutes. Arrange on a platter cut-side up.

Drizzle the romaine with the dressing. Sprinkle with the Gorgonzola and torn basil and serve.  YUMMMM!

Are you ready for summer salads?  I sure am!

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