Nature treatment

There is something so refreshing about the smell of cucumbers, especially on a hot humid day here in Orlando.




My motto is always, “healthy skin from the inside out” and cucumbers are at the top of my list for not only eating, but adding to skin care treatments.


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When I can find organic cucumbers, I take every opportunity to eat them, juice them or slice them up for my water.


When choosing any type of cucumber, the darker the color (except for the Kirby) the better. A yellow color indicates old age. It is highly recommended to choose organic cucumbers that have not been waxed.


The skin on the cucumber has so many nutrients and you wouldn’t want to ingest the wax as well as the chemicals trapped in the skin.


If you aren’t able to find organic cucumbers, just peel before consuming. Because cucumbers provide a wonderful feeling to the skin, they have been used for centuries as a natural toner for the skin.


Cucumbers are composed mostly of water, making it a must for glowing, hydrated skin. They are a good source of Vitamins A, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and folic acid.


The skin of the cucumber is rich in fiber and a variety of minerals including silica, magnesium and potassium. The silica in cucumbers is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone.


I often recommend cucumber juice to clients because the mineral silica improves the complexion and health of the skin.


The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for puffy eyes, burns and dermatitis.


Paul Bragg, a health crusader pioneer wrote in an old issue of “Nature’s Path”, “There is nothing more nourishing for the skin than to have the liquid juice from the cucumber.”


He noted that cucumber juice was very beneficial at cleansing the body. When you juice the entire cucumber, it will cleanse your body of old waste materials and chemicals.


Can healthy snacks be this simple??


redkaleI never knew eating raw snacks could be this good! Take a step back all you prepackaged, synthesized flavored treats. I’m here to tell you that I have found a new, get me through the cravings, snack.


Today I made kale chips. Simple, easy and oh so yummy. Instead of the cheese covered things that leave your fingers all orangey and your lips with an MSG buzz I’ve been enjoying small handfuls of warm, crispy kale chips seasoned lightly with olive oil and a mixed herb and salt sprinkle.


Here’s what I did:


Tore leaves from the stem (which I gave to Einstein, my fuzzy lop bunny)

Drizzled olive oil lightly Used the mixed seasoning (organic mix from the store from a pepper mill)


Turned the oven on at low setting, left the door open and slowly dried them out. (this works until I get my dehydrator)


There are many recipes online for variations of this but for me the simplicity was enough! Certainly keeps my hand out of the popcorn bowl and the potato chip bag that I was searching for.


The possibilities are endless! I’m thinking some chili powder but give a nice bite! What do you think? Are your raw food snacks easy and simple? Let us know what you are snacking on.


P.S. For more snacking ideas, recipes and working through the late night nibbles join me for our FREE Sunday evening Cozy Coaching Calls. Love to have you join us!


Vitamin Cocktail for the Skin!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 by admin

By Tracy Neely


Vitamin Cocktail for the Skin


spa5Today I woke up feeling refreshed and wanted to do something extra special for my skin. I love the smell of apples as they simmer, they remind me of the holidays so I decided to create a skin refiner (exfoliant) that will leave your skin feeling simply marvelous.


Apple (Green)


Apple’s are a rich source of flavonoids and polyphenol, which are powerful antioxidants. Malic acid an alpha hydroxy acid derived from apples, provides antioxidant actions and assists in skin exfoliation, to gently exfoliate and brighten the skin.


Green apple also contains Vitamins A, B and C to brighten and tone the skin as well as Quercetin to calm redness.


Lemon Zest


The zest of the lemon is the outer skin which contains volatile oils and when blended with honey makes an extremely powerful exfoliant for the skin.


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