Facial Steaming

Are you interested in giving yourself an at-home facial that is super easy and really cheap?  Just follow the directions below for a facial steaming.  Everyone can have clear skin…skin that is clean down into your pores…without any kind of special equipment or a ton of money.  With just a few supplies and a tea bag and some water.  It is that simple.

Steaming your face on a regular basis greatly opens the pores, helping the skin rid itself of toxins and impurities.  Herbal steaming cleans your skin naturally, increasing perspiration, deeply cleaning every pore, removing dirt and air-borne impurities.  Steaming can also naturally hydrate and increase the circulation of your skin.

Start by steaming your face once a week.  As your skin gets used to it, you can move up to 2 or 3 times a week, but no more than that, as too much steaming can actually remove natural oils from the skin.  Follow the steam with a mask of honey and watch the compliments on your glowing skin come pouring in.

You will need:

1 large bath towel

1 small pot with a lid

1 or 2 tea bags(herbal, black, green….just make sure there are no unnatural ingredients)

Enough water to cover the tea bags

1 Tbs. honey

To make and do:

Place the tea bag or bags in a pot.  Cover with water and place on a stove top and bring to a boil.  Immediately turn off the heat and cover with a lid.  Carry the pot over to a table with a chair.  Sit in the chair and cover your head, neck and face and the pot with the towel.  Remove the lid, making sure to keep the towel over your head and the pot, letting as little of the outside air in and the steam out as possible.  Stay like this, with your face over the pot for five to ten minutes, letting the steam go straight up and into your face, moving your face from side to side to get all angles and not neglecting the skin of your neck underneath.

After five to ten minutes, remove the towel and splash some cool water on your face.

Take the honey and smear it all over your face and neck.  After you have covered your skin with the honey, take your fingers and gently tap all over until your fingers get stuck.   Leave the honey on your face for five to ten minutes.  Honey is an extremely wonderful humectant and will help make your skin feel soft and vibrant.  Wash off the honey and feel your skin glow.

Are you interested in learning more about Kitchen Cosmetics?  Sign up for my workshop at East End Eden Wellness Center on June 1 from 10am to noon.

Read about my experience making beautiful skin happen here with the lovely Emily Levenson.

Parsnip Fries with Roasted Red Pepper and Horseradish Sauce

The other night I had a friend over for dinner and made this sandwich.  It was lovely.  But I wanted something to go with it.  In my refrigerator I had a red bell pepper, a horse radish root and some parsnips that needed to be eaten soon.  So I decided on fries with the roasted red pepper and horse radish sauce and, let me tell you, it was a very lovely and filling dinner.  (on a side note, the left over tempeh and parsnip fries and sauce made an amazing scramble for breakfast the next day.)

You will need:

For fries:

3 or 4 parsnips, peeled and sliced into fry-like pieces

2 Tbs. coconut oil

3 Tbs. corn meal

2 tsp. garlic salt

For sauce:

1 red bell pepper, roasted and peeled

2 or 3 cloves of garlic, roasted

2 Tbs. olive oil

2 tbs. shredded horseradish root

2 Tbs. goats milk yogurt

salt and pepper to taste

To make:


p1Cut parsnips up into fry-like pieces.

p3Place in a zip lock bag with coconut oil, corn meal and garlic salt.  Shake until the parsnips are completely coated with the oil, corn meal and garlic salt.

Place on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake in a 450 degree oven for eight to ten minutes.


Roast the red pepper and garlic.  Cut the pepper up and place in a baking dish with the garlic.  Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for a half hour.




p4Peel the peppers and place them in a blender with the garlic and all other ingredients.  Puree.


When the fries are done, remove from oven, serve and enjoy.

Super Duper Liver Cleanser/Fiber Drink

This is a super simple, tasty drink that is really good for you.

Hot lemon juice water every morning is a really great way to keep your liver healthy.  Lemon juice aids your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins which may be in the process of absorbing into your body.

And chia seeds?  Let me go on:  Adding chia seeds before and after your work out is better than carbohydrates or energy drinks to enhance athletic performances for endurance events.  Research has also demonstrated that the beneficial effects of omega-3, as found in chia, has helped those suffering with mood disorders. A meta-analysis of trials involving patients with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder provided evidence that omega-3 in chia reduces symptoms of depression.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to increase brain function and decrease depression. So, incorporating chia into your diet on a regular basis helps not just your physical health but also your mental health.
Adding just two tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately seven grams of fiber, four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3. Chia has both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is a great benefit. That’s why the seeds expand in liquids without losing any of the fiber content. If you consume four tablespoons per day of chia, you get 14 grams of fiber.  By comparison, one packet of oatmeal has only four grams of fiber.
Need I say more.
I like the way this drink tastes, but you can experiment with different herbs or teas added to your drink as you go.  I also like to put this in a mason jar with a lid on it so I can carry it around with me and drink it throughout the day, as the chia seeds expand more and more in the water.  Try it for a few days and tell me you don’t feel like a million bucks!
You will need:
2 Tbs. chia seeds
juice of one half lemon
1 to 2 tsp. shredded ginger
raw honey to taste
boiling water to fill mug or jar
To make:
Put all ingredients in a mug or jar.  Pour hot water over.  Wait until desired temperature.  Drink.
Any other ideas for this drink that you like to experiment with?  Let me know in the comments below.