Autumn is a great time to experiment with the healing power of roots, in aromatherapy and for beauty recipes. The roots are where a plant concentrates its vitality, and because they feed off nutrition from the soil in which they grow, roots contain copious amounts of minerals, beta carotenes, and anti-oxidants.
1. Angelica Root (also known as the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit Root, Archangel Root and Oil of Angels)
Angelica Root is an essential oil that comes from a large, aromatic plant related to parsley and carrots. It has a rich, peppery-sweet, musk-like aroma, reminiscent of an ancient forest. Angelica’s pleasant yet strange aroma enhances introspection. It is very effective for restoring a sense of grounding, centering, and stabilization in times of anxiety, fear, and depression. (Drop onto a tissue and inhale, or use an aromatherapy room diffuser.) A drop or two on the soles of the feet before bedtime can be a wonderful sleep aid and call in beautiful dreams.
2. Carrot Anti-Aging Mask and Blemish Treatment This treatment delivers massive amounts of beta carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A stimulates the production of collagen, encouraging skin cells to behave more like youthful skin cells, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Carrots also tone and clarify the skin, since they are naturally antiseptic, as is coconut oil. This makes both of them a reliable treatment for blemishes and breakouts.
- Take four medium-sized carrots which have been peeled.
- Steam or boil, mash two of the carrots and mix with 3 to 4 teaspoons of organic, virgin coconut oil to form a paste.
- Spread the paste on a clean face and let it set for up to 15 minutes.
- Juice the other two carrots and whisk the juice with the coconut oil.
- Spot-dab blemishes with a cotton ball dipped in the carrot mixture.
Store mixture in a glass jar in the fridge for up to three days. Use twice a day for best results.
3. Late For The Bus Smoothie Recipe
Many of us go through scrambled adjustments making the transition from the lazy open-ended days of summer into the shock of more regimented back-to-school schedules if we have children. Others of us notice speeded up demands on our time as we throw ourselves into a hurried up pace of productivity before the holidays grind it all to a halt. What results are early mornings that are rushed and frantic with no time to make a decent breakfast. This quick breakfast in a blender holds all the nutrition and energy-boosting components you could ever want, and in under 10 minutes you are out the door. Now that’s something to be grateful for!
- Place 1/3 cup rolled oats and 1 to 2 tablespoons of hemp or flax seed in blender.
- Grind to a fine powder.
- Add 1 small banana, 2 tablespoons organic peanut butter and 1 cup of chocolate almond milk beverage.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add a little more milk and 4 to 5 ice cubes for a “slushie” type consistency.
- Makes one portion.
- Double or triple for your crew’s requirements.
Image via: Cathy Russell