Headache & Sleeping Potions

One of my favorite things about essential oils has been sharing them with others. I have found so many positive benefits, how can I possibly keep them to myself?

I made both of my sisters and some friends a few of my favorite blends.

The first one is the Headache Potion. I carry this around in my purse. I rub it on my temples, forehead, behind my ears and my neck and shoulders, if I have a headache. (Bonus: I actually found that it also helps with cramps, I rubbed it on my lower back and it eased some of the pain.) I love the tingling sensation from the Peppermint oil, it starts to work immediately and has saved me from many tension headaches.

Both of my sisters used it this past week and had positive feedback. I am glad it helped!

In a roller bottle, I mixed:

15053982230_72de9c8c9b_o My next favorite is the Sleeping Potion. Every night, I roll this on my own, my husband and my step-son’s feet, every night before bed. I also roll it on my shoulders and under my nose because I just love the way it smells.

I really do not have problems falling asleep, but I noticed my quality of sleep has been better since using this potion. Even when I am not getting as much sleep as I would like, I am sleeping much sounder and feel better in the mornings.

My sister used this the past week and said it did help her sleep, however, it made her dreams extremely vivid. She had one of those dreams where she knew she was dreaming, but could not wake herself up. She often has these reactions to any sleeping aid, I remember Melatonin helped her sleep, but gave her nightmares. Although this did prove effective, be warned if you tend to this type of reaction to sleep aids.

This potion contains:

15237581951_70f792a593_o Do you have any favorite essential oil blends?

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Galvan’s Gourmet Vegan Eatery

I am deliriously excited that there is a new vegan food stand, at Redland’s Market Night.

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Galvan’s Gourmet Vegan Eatery is serving up gourmet style, vegan hot dogs. All the exclamation points (!!!!!!!!).

15037397208_1b2dc6cf5a_oI am at this farmer’s market almost weekly to buy my produce. Thursdays are busy days. After work, and my step-son’s soccer practice, we stop by market night to pick up our produce and now we can pick up dinner. The selections were overwhelmingly mouth watering.

15200952026_59ab67975c_oIt was a tough decision, but I decided on the Double Dog with grilled onions and “cheeze” sauce.

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My husband ordered the Boss Dog, which comes with a little bit of everything (grilled onions, grilled peppers, “cheeze” sauce, “chile” beans and their amazing pesto aoli.)

15037389588_a152e5151c_o The condiment bar is impressive. It goes beyond the simple ketchup and mustard selection to include spicy mustard, sriracha, pesto aoli, crunchy onions and fake bacon bits.

15200949776_167f2332bd_o We loaded up our dogs and got right down to business. Galvan’s uses Field Roast Frankfurters and generously put multiple dogs, halved, into the bun. It was densely delicious.

My dog was perfect. It was flavorful with smoky elements from the onions and creaminess from the cheeze sauce. It topped it off with spicy mustard, ketchup and fake bacon bits and set off to eating like a well-mannered, delicate lady.

15223605232_43ce5a1239_o I definitely needed a fork towards the end to scoop up all the messy goodness.

I sat on steps behind the stand and was pleased to see a steady line of customers. I would love it if all those customers were local vegans waiting to be my friend, but I think I am even more excited to know they were probably omnivores, experiencing amazing, vegan cuisine. It warms my vegan heart to see a cruelty-free business open to spread the message of how decadent food can be, without any harm caused to our animal friends.

I cannot recommend Galvan’s enough. If you are local, stop by for a treat. Or, maybe make a trip out to quaint Redlands, enjoy the farmer’s market and grab yourself a vegan delight. You can also “like” them on Facebook or follow on Instagram.

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New Blog: Spiritual Bahanas (Sisters)

I am branching out a little bit and teaming up with a good friend to start a new blog: Spiritual Bahanas (Sisters). I will still be blogging about veganism, yoga, books, bulldogs, essential oils and whatever else pops into my head here at Angie Eats Peace, but the new blog will be dedicated to the spiritual journey I have been on. It will be a little bit more of a personal space where I share how my journey has changed and evolved over time.

My friend Ed (you can read his blog about his journey as a homosexual Catholic here) and I have discovered that our spiritual paths have had a similar trajectory, and it’s something we have spent a good amount of time discussing in the course of our friendship, which has blossomed into sisterhood.

We have noticed that this topic is not always something people feel comfortable or safe exploring. Is it OK to question, change or challenge beliefs we have once held as true? We will be sharing experiences from our own paths and hopefully, creating a space where the conversation for others to share will flow free.

I hope to see you over at our new space, but if spirituality isn’t your thing, no worries. I am still happy to have you here at Angie Eats Peace.

Love and sisterhood,

Angie

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DIY Projects with Essential Oils

It’s no secret that I am just a wee bit obsessed with essential oils, and finding new uses for them all the time. I use them on a daily basis for one thing or another and my current favorites are Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang and doTerra’s Serenity blend (lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean).

I have been doing deep, scholarly research, on Pinterest and have become inspired to try to make more of my own home and bath products. I hoping this is more economically and environmentally friendly, plus it will help justify the amount of money I have been spending on new oils (although a little really does go a long way).

I enlisted my step-son to assist me and we had a potion’s making class. First up was body wash. I just finished my previous body wash, so I rinsed out the container to be re-used.

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Into a mixing bowl went:

All of this was whisked together, then carefully funneled into the container.

14983231169_df5531eef2_o I love the smell of this! It left my skin feeling soft and clean. It will also double as my shaving gel.

Next up was dish soap. Again, I saved our previous dish soap container and gave it a good rinse.

Into the mix bowl went:

  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of Dr Bronners unscented castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil

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The whisking and funneling followed, along with a little bit of fun:

14983240929_7de01cb783_o The dish soap works pretty well and I love the addition of the lemongrass. It has a nice calming effect on me, during a less than calming activity (dish washing, ick).

I decided to soak up my free child labor and go for one more project, a coconut sugar scrub.

Dylan poured about 1.5 cup of coconut sugar in a container (you can also use brown or white sugar, coconut was just what I had on hand. I buy it pretty inexpensively from the bulk bins at Clark’s Nutrition.) He then covered the sugar with almond oil and added 10 drops of Ylang Ylang and 10 drops of the Serenity blend.

14983404167_ea0e0a14ac_o This scrub smells sooooo yummy. It worked wonderful to slough away dead skin. It left my skin feeling so moisturized that I did not need to put on lotion after my shower, as I usually do.

I have more projects on the horizon and will be happy to share more, if you are interested!

Do you make any of your own home or bath products?

 

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Raw Vegan Stir Fry

I have been on quite a raw kick, lately. The weather is still pretty hot in sunny Southern California, and the last thing you want to do in 90+ degrees is turn on the stove. I picked up Gena Hamshaw’s new book “Choosing Raw” and have been inspired by her creative, raw spins on traditional dishes.

My husband requested a raw stir fry and it was much easier than I imagined. He sliced up the veggies (since I have not got over my mandolin fear) and I went to work on a sauce. He thinly sliced up the following veggies:

  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 carrot

We also threw in a handful of edamame and broccoli.

14983394587_92a3df59e4_o The sauce was made by trial and error and adjusting seasonings here and there. The ingredients were:

  • tahini
  • sesame oil
  • tamari
  • sriracha
  • rice vinegar
  • turmeric powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • ginger powder

I used a dash here and a spoonful there. I was constantly tasting and whisking the sauce till I got it just right.

14983234129_6ef1d77a90_o After that, it was simply a matter of pouring the sauce over the veggies and stirring. We served the stir fry topped off with sliced avocado and black sesame seeds.

15169959275_7be81c1a69_o The flavors melded so nicely together and it was much more filling than you would think. I don’t think I can get enough sesame oil in my food lately, and you really cannot go wrong with a dish that contains both sriracha and avocado, right?

What is your favorite raw meal?

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Thoughts on “Expanding Your Happiness” Meditations

Last week, I finished The Chopra Meditation Center’s 21 day meditation experience, on expanding your happiness.

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These guided meditations were such a nice way to re-build my meditation practice, and begin to make it a habit, once again, each day.

Some of the meditations struck deeper chords with me than others, although they were all pretty poignant. I blogged about my thoughts on I Am Peace, here, but another topic that really got me to think was Living Kindness.

First off, Oprah started off the meditation with a quote from one of my ultimate inspirations, Dr. Maya Angelou, this instantly made me cry, because I have not even began to process the loss of Dr. Angelou. Her words have had such a profound effect and influence in my life and sparked a deep love of reading and writing. The quote is  “I have found that among it’s other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”

This meditation definitely made me reflect on my own expressions (or lack thereof) of kindness. The work that I do as a counselor and yoga teacher, was inspired and motivated by kindness. I pursued these avenues because I wanted to help others and spread positivity. However, sometimes that all gets lost in day to day stress and exhaustion.

When I really thought about it, I realized that my work has been more motivated by achieving, production and quantity (rather than quality) of service. I have been more motivated to do more things at a faster pace, which leaves me feeling drained and irritable. This is a not a good state of being to help others.

I realized I need to get back in touch with that kindness that motivated me to pursue my career, in the first place. I hope to do more out of kindness, love and compassion. Maybe I will not get as much done, or maybe I will find I get just as much done, but I feel more energized by it, as opposed to drained.

This meditation experience was definitely a positive thing as I started this current school year. I plan to continue my own personal meditation practice each morning, to start my days off in a more focused frame of mind.

I cannot recommend Deepak Chopra’s meditations highly enough. He does these 21 day challenges every so often, and if you “like” The Chopra Meditation Center on Facebook, you can get updates on when the next one will take place.

Did anyone else complete The Expanding Your Happiness experience?

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2014 in Books-August

August brought the end of my wonderful summer and sent me back to work. I know I have nothing to complain about though, I had an amazing vacation and I have a job I truly enjoy and was even a little excited to return to.

Adjusting back to work and my hectic schedule definitely put a damper on my reading, and I only got through two books.

1. The Cuckoo’s Calling-Well, this book took me most of the month of August to get through. Partly because of my busy schedule, and partly because of some hang ups I just could not shake.

For starters this book was written by the almighty J.K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, which was just….odd. I am not sure why the pseudonym was used, especially because it even says on the back cover that the book is written by Rowling, under the pseudonym.

I am (obvs) a huge fan of hers (who isn’t? No, seriously.) The Harry Potter series is a huge part of my life and I was ecstatic to read her first post Potter novel The Casual Vacancy. I did not expect a HP book for adults, and I was not disappointed, I was pleased to see her range and scope as an author.

I had high hopes for The Cuckoo’s Calling, but one hang up that is still getting to me is the front cover. This book is about a beautiful model who seemingly commits suicide, yet her death becomes investigated as a murder and the story begins to unfold. The model in the book is half African and half white. Maybe it’s just me, but I would never get that sense from the cover. I read a great blog post (that I could not find the link to) about the lack of diversity in book covers. This particular cover seemed to tone down the ethnicity of the main character and I wondered how it would have been perceived, if a more ethnic model was portrayed. I may be reading too much into this, but it was a feeling I could not shake, each time I looked at the cover.

The story itself draaaaaaaged. The main character is actually the detective who is investigating the model’s death. He is a complex, interesting character and I enjoyed getting to know his story. However, I felt the investigation itself was tedious. I felt like I was hearing the same details over and over again from various witnesses. It did not feel like the story picked up till about the last 100 pages and it also felt like everything fell into place a little too easily and *boom*, mystery solved.

I know there is another novel, about the same detective that was recently released, The Silkworm. I am currently debating back and forth whether or not to read it….

cuckoos 2. All Men Are Brothers-This was a short, but complex read. It was excerpts from Gandhi on some of the topics he lived, fought and died for. There was some amazing quotes that I still do not think I have quite digested. It will be a book I will need to re-read again and again throughout my life.

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Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? What did you think of it?

 

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