Ways of Enjoying Kefir

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

 

This spring Kefir was added to the exploration of living foods.  This has been a beneficial pursuit and an enjoyable one as we become more familiar with it and find ways to use it.  This pro-biotic is proving to be a staple in a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Second Ferment with Fresh Fruits

One way this Author refines the flavour of Kefir and makes it easier to digest is through a fresh fruit 2nd ferment.

Milk Replacement in Recipes

Another way to enjoy the increased benefits of Kefir is by using it as a milk replacement  in recipes.  This Author has enjoyed biscuits, pancakes, cottage cheese and more.

Fruit Leather

Exploring ways to make healthier snacks this Author has been experimenting with drying it with fruit into fruit leather.

Hair Conditioner

Creating a home-style hair conditioner with Kefir has had tremendous results.  It has increased the health of the scalp and shine and softness of this Authors hair and reduced the grey by restoring the natural colour. Those with lighter colours of hair will appreciate reading that Kefir also stripes the hair of any absorbed material so those with dyed hair may want to be cautious.  As a person with lighter coloured hair one becomes familiar with the fact that this hair absorbs small particles that can turn hair a greenish colour or make the appearance of grey yellowish.

  • Softens hair 
  • Restores natural colour reducing grey
  • Cleans pollutants out of hair
  • Cleans scalp (natural dandruff conditioner), increases hair regrowth

Facial and Neck Mask

Adding Kefir to home-made facial masks has had a nice result.  There is a noticeable tightening of the pores and skin with increased softness in this experience.

  • tightens skin & pores
  • softens skin to baby soft!
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Kefir Bathing Treatment

Bathing Experience

Those who culture Kefir will know that there will be an abundance of it once started.  Having read the Cleopatra actually used Kefir (not milk) in her baths this author decided to be adventuresome and try it together with an English Daisy infused honey.  There was a noticeable difference in how the skin was  tightened and softened that took years off.  Especially important in the process of loosing weight!

  • Skin softener – shockingly baby soft!

To read how easy it is to start your own Kefir Culture go to Fermenting Kefir Grains @ Home.

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Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Dandelion Natural Facial Mask!

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Picture by Renee Lindstrom

Ingredients for Facial Mask

Pick a few Dandelion Flowers and mix with a couple table spoons of yogurt and a teaspoon of honey.  I use a wild-crafted infused honey and natural rested homemade yogurt.  Mix in the blender.  Once blended apply mixture to your face and neck, leave for 25 to 30 minutes and enjoy experiencing some wonderful sensations.  It begins with a cool and refreshing sensation and becomes a tightening agent.

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Dandelion, Yogurt and Honey Facial Mask

  • Why use Dandelion Flowers for a facial mask?  

Applied topically it is great for combating aging skin and leaves it soft and supple.  It is helpful for reducing acne and blemishes.

Dandelions have skin friendly minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron which supports healthy skin along with flavanoid compounds that protect the skin from environmental threats and harmful effects of the sun.  Dandelion is also a source of Vitamins A, C, E and K,  folate and choline.

 

After using this recipe myself I find my skin tighter.  I applied to my face and neck and found it instantly refreshing and alive.  After a number of minutes it began to harden and tighten. Easy to make, apply and wash off.  

Other suggestions:

Drink a cup of Dandelion Flower Tea a day or prepare a daily water infusion to drink through the day and rejuvenate your skin from the inside out!

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

 

 

Aging Neck

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Do you have a fascination with young people’s necks as yours ages?  I do!  It seems that I took mine for granted until it was lost!!!!!  What I notice myself doing is observing peoples necks to help determine their age.  One advantage of becoming familiar with my own, as it ages, is that it seems to give me more information to look for in what I am seeing in others.  Life!  I would rather have a smoother, tighter and less fleshy neck tissue over my voice box!

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Blue Butterfly Flower & Agar Agar infusion

So when I noticed I had some Butterfly Pea and Agar Agar thickener left over from the mornings facial experiment I saved it for bedtime to apply to my neck.  I remembered to apply it and this morning rinsed it off.  I am so happy I did!  The colour and texture of this part of my neck has changed.  The  excess flesh of weight loss hasn’t disappeared however it has tighten up somewhat.

Would I recommend this?  Yes!  Not only for increasing a healthy glow, but improving the pleasure and fun of finding ways to find the joy in oneself.  With my kids aging out, and  nature becoming a bigger focus of attention, one experience I am learning from nature is the joy in living life being me, exactly as I am!  As the playful, adventurous qualities return, exploring nature is supporting deepened and intimate life changes!   Appreciation for nature is deepening appreciation for self!  Maybe I will stop covering up my neck!


Love your skin, apply living ingredients,  If you can eat it or drink it, it’s healthy for your body!  

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Instagram follower shares exciting anti-aging techniques using: Butterfly Pea

Renee Lindstrom,  GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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This flower has anti-oxidants that are great for anti-aging.  After posting a picture of Butterfly Tea yesterday, an instagram follower shared  anti-aging mask ingredients.  I couldn’t find a recipe so I have been experimenting this morning.

This is the one that has worked the best for me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Agar Agar Powder (thickening agent)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon or tea bag of  Dried or Fresh Butterfly Flowers
  • 3/4 Cup Hot Water

As you can see in this picture I used my favorite tea cup from the Empress Hotel here in Victoria.  It would hold 3/4 of a cup of water.

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Agar Agar, Butterfly Pea Flowers

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Butterfly Pea Flowers in Hot Water

I used hot water from tea kettle and infused whole dried butterfly flowers in a cup. After a number of minutes I strained and added Agar Agar powder slowly while stirring until the consistency felt right.  It was heavier to stir with the spoon.

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Thicker

I found that the mixture needed to be cool enough to apply thickly to your face.  If you apply it when it is too warm it isn’t thick enough to stick.  Wait a number of minutes and then apply.  Apply by letting it pour downwards from a brush or make up wedge over your face leaning over a sink. By letting it pour downwards you are getting a thicker mask and more coverage.

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On my face I noticed a difference after 3 or 4 minutes.  The first thing I felt was that my skin became incredibly alive with a cool and refreshing feeling.  It was like my skin on my face was waking up!  The second thing I noticed was a tightening!  The third is my skin began to feel like it was radiating!

After taking off the mask I noticed my skin was a lighter colour.  The age spot that is growing on my check that I have been experimenting with to either reduce it or diminish the colour was lighter.  Two moles have become lighter.  I wasn’t expecting this.  I also had dark bags under my eyes due to a current Tumeric/Black Pepper detox I am currently undertaking and I believe the deep yellow colour was diminished.  I added more mask under my eyes and on the age spot.   Removing it a second time, the spot it lighter and the yellow is missing under my eyes! I am now experimenting with the age spots on my hands that have begun appearing!  Will keep you updated.

I personally would repeat this and will explore a combination of plants to infuse with it.   I so look forward to germinating the seeds I was gifted, growing and harvesting these amazing flower vines myself! This is a plant for my Medicine Garden!

Love your skin, apply living ingredients,  If you can eat it or drink it, it’s healthy for your body!  

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000