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Evolve Radiant Glow Organic Face Mask Review

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I’ve been in love with Evolve’s radiant glow organic face mask for a minute, I’ve been using it for quite a few months now and thought it was time I wrote a review about this product. The face mask comes in a dark coloured jar and has a soft chocolatey consistency with coconut granules which give it a grainy texture to buff away any dead skin cells after the ingredients of cacao and clay have purified and revitalised the skin. To use the mask apply a thick layer to already cleansed skin, leave for 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. I tend to work in a circular motion on my face so as to use the mask to buff any dead skin cells off whilst cleansing the mask off my face.

I have to say I absolutely love this mask, it smells like the most decadent chocolate and feels great when applied to the skin. After applying and washing the mask off my skin feels silky smooth, invigorated, glowing and plump as the clay and cacao help to improve circulation to the face. All in all, I have to say that this mask is a great addition to my beauty routine that I tend to use about twice a week.  I also love that as with all my beauty finds this product is cruelty free, organic, vegan friendly, natural and handcrafted right here in the UK! Have you tried any of Evolve’s face masks?

~E xx

Cherry Oat Cookies

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The other day I was feeling a mid afternoon slump and decided I needed something sweet yet healthy to help me get through the afternoon. it was a particularly windy and rainy day and I thought that it may be a good idea to bake some cookies, something that I hadn’t done in a while, i mean there is nothing more comforting the the smell of freshly baked goods on a a miserable weather day! I decided to raid my cupboards and found some rolled oats and glace cherries amongst other ingredients and my idea to make some oat cherry cookies was born. The recipe is really simple and straightforward and you can knock these delicious treats up in no time at all.

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INGREDIENTS

1 Cup rolled oats

1 /2 Cup glace cherries (halved)

2 Chia Eggs (or flax egg replacement)

2 Tbsp Coconut nectar ( or sweetener of choice)

2 Tsp Ground cinnamon

1 Tsp Ground nutmeg

2 Tbsp Coconut oil / butter


METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper

In a bowl add all the dry ingredients followed by the coconut oil / butter

Make whole in the dry ingredients and add in the Chia eggs or egg replacer of choice

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly to form a a dough

With a spoon scoop a spoonful of mixture and place onto the pre lined baking tray

Flatten each scoop with the palm of your hand to form a cookie shape

Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown

Allow to cool and enjoy with some delicious non dairy milk or a warm beverage.



~E xx






Cacao Maca Latte Recipe

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After a few unseasonably bright and sunny spring like days, today has been a little bit misty and rainy. On days like this, I love nothing more than to fix myself a hot beverage and even better if it’s got a couple of adaptogens in it. I chose to put some maca I had to good use and thought that cacao too would be a good addition.  The benefits of maca I have blogged about before here and is a great hormonal balancing adaptogen. Below is a simple recipe for a cacao maca latte, that isn’t only hormone balancing but warm and delicious too thanks to the addition of maca that has a caramel taste  and cacao which is such a treat and has some good healing properties too.

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp maca root powder

1 tsp cacao powder (or 1 cup of cacao flavoured plant milk)

1/2 tsp coconut sugar (optional to taste)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup plant based milk

METHOD

Place all the dry ingredients into a saucepan

Add 1 cup of plant based milk (or cacao flavoured milk if not using cacao powder)

Warm the mixture on a gentle heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the resulting mixture to a mug

Enjoy!

~E xx

 

 

Marvellous Maca And Some Benefits Of Taking It.

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For a while despite all the signs around me showing me the benefits of taking Maca powder, I had somehow managed to avoid including it into my diet until recently. I decided to take a closer look at this wonderful adaptogen (see my post on Adaptogens here). What exactly is Maca? Well it is a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as cabbage and broccoli that grows in the Andes mountains at very high altitudes in Peru and has traditionally been used by Peruvians and their Incan ancestors for centuries. Some of the benefits of taking Maca root powder are:

  • Increases Energy: It boosts energy levels without causing stress on the adrenal glands like coffee can.

  • Boosts Fertility: Black maca variety has been shown to improve sperm count in men and the red maca variety balances female hormones and ovulation cycles.

  • Reduces depression and anxiety: It helps to boost the mood and relieve symptoms of anxiety.

  • Enhances mental clarity: Black maca has a positive effect on learning and memory.

  • Improves muscle gain: Athletes and body builders are using maca to increase their athletic performance.

  • Regulates hormone balance: Its vast amount of amino acids are the building blocks of hormones.

These are just some of the amazing benefits of taking maca including but not limited to ; Improving acne, skin tone, thyroid function, strong bones and teeth and hair growth. I intend to keep using maca and documenting my successes with it as I go along, although I am already seeing results in terms of balancing my hormones in that my girl time of the month is significantly lighter and shorter. This is a huge bonus for me as well as giving me the extra energy boost that I need to complete my workouts in the gym.

Have you used Maca powder?

~Eme xx

Why You Need A Diffuser In Your Home

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A diffuser is usually a humidifier that expresses a fine mist of water and chosen essential oils into the air. It is a very useful device to have around the home, It can help humidify the air, which can in turn decrease the amount of dust particles in the air at home and make it easier to breathe especially for those of us that have breathing problems because we are sick or have asthma etc Depending on the essential oils used in these diffusers, it can have a positive effect on health and wellbeing in so many ways.

Although we are experiencing a little bit of an Indian summer at the moment, Fall / Autumn is well on the way. What a better way to mark the change in seasons than by getting a diffuser out and combining a couple of organic essential oils to provide that ambiance of autumn, boost our wellbeing and provide calm through the use of aroma. One of the simplest blends that I have been using lately is a sandalwood and orange essential oil blend. This blend is earthy yet zesty and is the perfect combination of aromas for the the daytime of this time of year. The combination I use is;

6 drops of Orange essential oil

3 drops of sandalwood essential oil

Place the drops into the water in the diffuser and switch the diffuser on, sit back and relax as you inhale the beautiful earthy aroma and the uplifting fragrance of sandalwood and orange.

Do you already use a diffuser in your home? If so what are your favourite autumn blends or fragrances?

~E xx

Magnificent Magnesium Oil

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Yes I'd like to take a moment to talk about magnificent magnesium and why it is important that we get enough of this mineral that many of us are definitely deficient in. It is often hailed as a miracle mineral owing to its many benefits and how it's deficiency in our body can cause many ailments as it is involved in over 300 reactions that regulate health and wellness. Magnesium is also present in every organ of the human body. I personally prefer to use magnesium in its oil form and apply it directly to my skin as the Magnesium is easily absorbed with our skin being the largest organ of the human body. There are many benefits of Magnesium but I will list 6 benefits of magnesium  oil below;

  1. Aids sleep and insomnia : Melatonin is needed to provide us with good quality sleep and magnesium regulates the production of of melatonin. Magnesium has a calming effect on the muscles and helps to induce a sleepy feeling. Increasing magnesium levels can provide a longer and better quality of sleep.
  2. Provides relief of muscle cramps, aches and spasms : Pretty self explanatory but magnesium oil can be sprayed pre or post workout to muscles to prevent cramp. Magnesium has a major role in the movement of calcium in the muscles and their contractions. Got achy muscles? spray on some magnesium and let it work its magic!
  3. Prevents migraine and headaches : Magnesium  can help on those days when we have a bad headache as an alternative to taking a paracetamol. Simply massage the oil at the base of the skull and where the pain is and let the headache or migraine melt away.
  4. Helps to prevent Osteoporosis : In older people hip fractures and broken bones are all too common especially in women. For bones to remain healthy and develop, magnesium is crucial. Increasing the intake of magnesium strengthens and nurtures bone health, decreasing the risk of osteoporosis and broken bones.
  5. Improves mood : As magnesium is required for proper brain function, it stimulates and regulates biochemical reactions in the brain and hormone synthesis. This means that magnesium can have a positive effect on mood disorders like anxiety, depression and addictive behaviour.
  6. Keeps the heart healthy :  Low magnesium can result in the relaxing and contracting of the heart to become impaired leading to heart disease and even cardiac arrest as our heart is after all a muscle. Magnesium helps to maintain a healthy heart rhythm, controls cholesterol production and helps to regulate blood pressure.

Magnesium oil is a very simple DIY to make and can be made quickly with a few ingredients;

  • 1 cup of Magnesium flakes
  • 1 cup of filtered boiling water

Method

  • dissolve the 1 cup of magnesium flakes in your container of freshly boiled water 
  • Allow the mixture to cool
  • Once cooled transfer the mixture into a spray bottle and voila! you have your very own magnesium oil spray!

Happy spraying!

 

                                                           ~E xx