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Natural Sunscreen Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of wax of choice (beeswax, soy etc)SunScreenSafe-Featured
  • 3 tbsp of shea butter
  • 3 tbsp of mango butter
  • 2 tbsp of raspberry seed oil
  • 2 tbsp of zinc oxide
  • 1 tbsp of avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp of vitamin e oil

Procedure:

  1. Melt the wax using a double boiler
  2. Add the mango and shea butter and stir until melted
  3. Take the product off the heat and add the raspberry seed oil, avocado oil, and vitamin e oil
  4. Add the zinc oxide and mix until entirely combined
  5. Pour into a glass bottle with a pump or into glass jars (approx 150 ml)
    • Shake before using to ensure the zinc oxide is not remaining at the bottom of the bottle. Reapply every
    • Reapply every 1-2 hours
    • Product can be used as SPF lip balm too
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Facial serum for oily & combination skin

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp of Argan oil
  • 2 tbsp of Kukui Oil
  • 2 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 4 tbsp of sweet orange oil
  • 2 drops of geranium oil
  • 3 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 3 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil

Add all of the ingredients to a glass bottle with a dropper and shake before each use. Use 1-2 drops for the whole face, after face wash in the morning and before bed.

*Oils used are non-comedogenic* -You may replace the argan oil and kukui oil with other noncomedogenic oils of choice like hemp seed oil.

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Natural Solid Deodorant (without Baking Soda)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp wax (beeswax, soy wax, or candelilla wax)
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa butter
  • 2 tbsp of shea butter
  • 2 tbsp of mango butter (or coconut oil)homemade-deodorant-9452-683x1024
  • 3 tbsp of arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp kaolin clay
  • 2 tbsp of corn starch or rice starch
  • ½ tsp of vitamin e oil
  • 1 tsp avocado oil (or other oil of choice like jojoba oil) add more after testing if it is smooth on skin
  • 1 tbsp of magnesium chloride
  • Essential oils of choice

Procedure:

  1. Melt the wax in a double boiler or in a measuring cup secured on the edge of a pot half filled with water, on medium heat. Stir frequently with a disposable tool like a popsicle stick
  2. Add the cocoa butter and stir until melted
  3. Add the shea butter and stir until melted
  4. Add the mango butter and stir until melted
  5. Add the arrowroot powder, starch and kaolin clay and combine
  6. Remove from heat and add the vitamin e oil and avocado oil and magnesium chloride, stir to combine
  7. Pour into two 2oz (glass preferably) containers
  8. Create two different deodorant scents: add the essential oils of choice to each individual container and stir with a different stick for each (lavender & sage, geranium & rosewater, bergamot & lime etc)
  • NOTE: You can use just 1 butter (shea butter is preferable because it is non comedogenic and more solid than coconut oil)
  • Save gelato spatulas for easy application
  • Magnesium chloride replaces baking soda’s deodorizing effects and it is just concentrated seawater
  • The kaloin clay makes it have a greyish tint and that’s normal but if you’d prefer white, sub in a starch instead
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Natural Solid Deodorant (With Baking Soda)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp wax (beeswax, soy wax, or candelilla wax)
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa butter
  • 2 tbsp of shea butter
  • homemade-deodorant-9452-683x10242 tbsp of mango butter (or coconut oil)
  • 3 tbsp of baking soda
  • 2 tbsp of corn starch or rice starch
  • 1 tbsp kaolin clay
  • ½ tsp of vitamin e oil
  • 1 tsp avocado oil (or other oil of choice) or more after testing if it is smooth on skin
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils of choice

Procedure:

  1. Melt the wax in a double boiler or in a measuring cup secured on the edge of a pot half filled with water, on medium heat. Stir frequently with a disposable tool like a popsicle stick
  2. Add the cocoa butter and stir until melted
  3. Add the shea butter and stir until melted
  4. Add the mango butter and stir until melted
  5. Add the baking soda, starch and kaolin clay and combine
  6. Remove from heat and add the vitamin e oil and avocado oil, stir to combine
  7. Pour into two 2oz (glass preferably) containers
  8. Create two different deodorant scents: add the essential oils of choice to each individual container and stir with a different stick for each (lavender & sage, geranium & rosewater, bergamot & lime etc)
  9. Let to set for an hour in the fridge and use when set by warming up a bit in hands and spreading a pea sized amount under both underarms
    • NOTE:
    • You can use just 1 butter (shea butter is preferable because it is non comedogenic and more solid than coconut oil)
    • Save gelato spatulas for easy application
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Water Kefir Recipe:

Ingredients: The-Origin-of-Water-Kefir_header-01-300x300

  • Water Kefir Grains (1 cup)
    • (purchased at The Organic Food Market -Bloor-Spadina area)
  • 4 cups of boiled water
  • 3 cups of cold water
  • 4 tbsp of cane sugar (Never honey*)
  • (optional) 3 packets of tea of choice
  1. In a glass jar (mine holds up to 8 cups) add the hot water, sugar and tea bags.
  2. Steep the tea for 4 minutes, squeeze the bags and discard.
  3. Stir the sugar water until all of the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add the additional water and check the temperature to ensure it is not too hot for the kefir grains.
  5. Add the kefir grains to the lukewarm water.
  6. Cover the opening of the jar with 2 paper towels and tie a string around the opening to secure the paper towel.
  7. Store in a cool dark place, like a cabinet, for 24 hours and up to 48 h, taste to know, the sweeter, the longer it needs to ferment. (NEVER longer than 48 h).
  8. After 24 or 48 h, strain and set aside the kefir grains before bottling the kefir water.
  9. Bottle up your newly fermented kefir water in glass bottles with plastic twist caps.
  10. Add lemon juice, lime juice, ginger, or flavour of choice and seal the bottle caps.
  11. Store in a cool dark place for up to 48 h, and refrigerate.
  12. Once the drink has cooled enough, you may enjoy your freshly brewed water Kefir.
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DIY Face Wash Recipe:

  • woman-washing-her-face250 ml glass bottle with twist cap (or pump)
  • 1/2 cup of pure Castile liquid soap
  • 1/2 tsp jojoba oil, or avocado oil (or other liquid oil like olive)
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • (Optional) 8 drops of essential oil of choice for scent (lavender, mint, etc

Add all of the ingredients to the glass bottle. Shake before each use. Why maple syrup? It’s antibacterial, helps to unclog pores and is packed with antioxidants! Why sea salt? In combination with maple syrup, it provides an antibacterial action of the face wash and prolongs the shelf life of the facewash. you can opt out of sea salt if you use honey. If using honey, use water to thin out the face wash to your needs.

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Lentil Tomato Stuffed Shells

(Topped with Cashew Cheese)

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  • 1 medium tomato diced 
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1.5 cups of tomato sauce 
  • 1 cup of lentils of choice (I used green) 
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning mix
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1-3 tbsp sugar 
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika 

Cashew cheese 

  • 2 cups of cashews soaked and drained 
  • 1 lemon juiced 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning mix 

Procedure :

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a medium pot 
  2. Add salt and rinsed lentils after 5 min, add tomato sauce, tomato, and onion
  3. Add salt, nutmeg, pepper, paprika, sugar and Italian seasoning
  4. Simmer until lentils are thoroughly cooked 
  5. Boil the pasta in the meantime 
  6. Taste the sauce and add more seasoning, salt, or sugar if need be

Cashew cheese: 

  • combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth 

Assembly: 

  1. Arrange the shells in a glass pan and fill with lentil sauce or fill individually and add to pan after
  2. Add cashew cheese on top of each 
  3. Top with basil and black pepper 
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How To Brew Your Own Kombucha (cheap)

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  1. The first step is considering and ensuring you are comfortable with the weekly commitment of producing kombucha. Familiarize yourself with terms and guidelines via research.
  2. The next step is ensuring you own a 4L glass container with a large opening and 4 -350 ml glass bottles with plastic caps (or 6 – 250ml glass bottles)(Reused GT’s kombucha bottles is an option).
  3. Begin by growing your own SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)
    • Purchase a bottle of original kombucha -unflavored kombucha, 1 bottle any size is fine.
    • Gather 1/2 cup of sugar and 4 bags of green tea (1tbsp of loose leaf tea = 4 bags)
    • Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add in the tea and sugar
    • Let the sugar tea to steep for 5 minutes, in the meantime clean the preparing area thoroughly
    • Filter the tea into the glass container and add 4 cups of cold (or room temp) water to the sweet tea
    • Add 250 ml of Original kombucha to the glass container
    • Cover the opening of the glass container with paper towel and secure with string or an elastic band
    • Let to ferment in a dark place like a cupboard for 2-4 weeks until a SCOBY forms (NOT a vegetable cupboard or mold may spread to the kombucha)
  4. Once the SCOBY has formed, save 1 cup of fluid and discard the rest
    • Begin your first kombucha batch in the same way,
    • Boil 3 cups of water, add 4 bags of tea to the boiled water, add 1/2 cup of sugar, steep 5 min
    • Filter the tea into the original container
    • Add 4 cups of cold water to the sweet tea in the container
    • Add the 250 ml of ‘starter’ fluid to the sweet tea
    • Cover the opening with paper towel and secure with string or elastic
    • Store in a cool dark place for a week such as a cupboard (AWAY from vegetables)
  5. After the week of fermenting, you can begin to bottle the kombucha
    •  Choose flavours for your kombucha such as ginger or blueberry and prepare the ingredients
    • Prepare your glass bottles by ensuring cleanliness
    • With clean hands, set aside the SCOBY carefully on a plate (NOT METAL)
    • Fill your bottles using a sieve, leaving an inch of space between the bottle opening and the kombucha
    • Fill the extra space with fruit, ginger juice, both or neither
    • Close the bottles tightly and set in a cool dark place to ferment for 48+ hours, the first bath may not be as fizzy but the longer they ferment, the more the bubbles
    • Refrigerate after the 48+hours and drink after kombucha has cooled (prevents mess)
    • Begin your next kombucha batch by boiling 3 cups of water, and using the same recipe as before
    • When you no longer want to make kombucha, search for alternative uses for your SCOBY
    • If you must take a break for a month or longer, research how to save the SCOBY for prolonged periods of time
    • familiarize yourself with what a normal SCOBY looks like and what a SCOBY that has gone bad looks like
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Orange Chocolate Crepes

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Chocolate Orange Crepes

Recipe:

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp vanilla sugar

3 cups almond milk

2tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

A dash of nutmeg

1/4 tsp of cinnamon

1 orange’s zest

1/4 cup of orange juice

Procedure:

  • Combine, let to sit for 5 minutes
  • Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat, prepare the pan with a few drops of oil
  • Add 4-5 tbsp (a medium ladle) of batter and smooth over pan thinly
  • Cook both sides for 30-40 seconds, or until surface bubbles over, similar to making pancakes
  • Serve with homemade dark chocolate, homeMade Nutella, or topping of choice
  • Makes:9-15 crepes depending on size -Serves 3 (3/person)