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The ultimate spring renewal with tea

With spring knocking at the door, it’s time for the ultimate spring renewal with tea. Start cleaning your body – from the inside and outside. Tea has been around for thousands of years. First considered a medicine, then food, later as the drink of social importance that cherishes simplicity and beauty of life, tea is the most important beverage in the world. While Eastern countries know the importance and benefits of loose leaf teas, western people are still at the beginning of this amazing journey. Fast forward your journey with simple ways to include tea in your everyday life and start your spring renewal with green tea today.

Our tea journey guide will show you how to feel great both physically and mentally, by incorporating tea into your daily rituals.

Ultimate Spring Renewal with Tea
Tea and health from the inside

Green tea is great for health, but some green teas are better than the others. Not all green teas have the same amount of EGCG, the most important antioxidant that makes green tea so healthy and desirable. EGCG is contained in tea leaf and is released at high temperatures. This is why matcha is considered healthier than many other green teas – it has at least double the amount of ECGC in a brewed cup than other green teas – because you are consuming the whole leaf. Next choice would be sencha. If you are into macrobiotics, kukicha is the best tea for spring renewal. With almost zero caffeine and the ability to alkalize the body, kukicha is the perfect choice for any time of the day.

Tea and beauty from the outside

Ultimate Spring Renewal with Tea
Powdered green tea like matcha is perfect for making facial masks. It will help reduce dullness and dark circles under the eyes, clear your complexion and bright up the skin. Home-made matcha mask is a perfect natural skin care before the first intense rays of sun hit your face.  Bath sachets made of sencha green tea are so easy to make that you will want to soak in tea all the time. What matcha will do in a facial mask, sencha in the bath will do for your whole body. Green tea has antibacterial properties, invigorates the skin and makes you more relaxed. And it smells heavenly fresh and green.

Tea and inner peace

After the complete skin care routine, you will already feel very relaxed. Now that you have taken care of your health, you are in a perfect state of mind to completely enjoy a cup of tea. Jasmine Dragon is an excellent choice. Delicate jasmine scent mixed with tea leaves to create a perfect visual and tasting experience will help you relax even more. Even in the old China people needed to be in a calm, peaceful, simple state of mind to be able to enjoy tea completely. Create a habit of having your own evening tea ritual. Try to keep it for at least a month. Make tea drinking experience all about peacefulness, serenity, enjoyment and relaxation. Dedicate time to yourself and your tea.

Tea and social gatherings

When tea is enjoyed by one person it can bring serenity and wisdom, but when it is shared by two or three people, it brings enjoyment and bonding. Even the notes in historical writings said that more than three is too much. Invite a friend or two and throw them an inspiring tea party. Kyoto Cherry would be a perfect choice for an early spring outside tea party under the cherry tree. Your own little hanami (cherry blossom watching) can include home-made pastries and drinking tea from delicate tea ware. Is there a better way to welcome spring?

Try all these steps for the ultimate spring renewal with tea and tell us how you feel. Before you know it, you will become addicted to a healthier and greener way of life, and welcome spring with newly found joy.

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Cacao for Shiny Hair & Elevated Mood?

I asked for ‘cocoa’ and they gave me coconut in Ecuador, so now I make sure to pronounce it ‘Cacao’.  When you’re looking for something that is chocolaty delicious, and helps you fight depression, heart disease, fatigue, brittle bone disease or memory loss; make sure to include Cacao in your menu!

Some benefits of Raw Organic Cacao include:

  • Antioxidants: 40 Times more than blueberries
  • Iron: Highest plant-based source
  • Magnesium: promotes heart and brain health
  • Calcium: more than cow’s milk
  • Mood Elevator: all-natural
  • Blood Thinner: helps prevent clots
  • Energizer
  • Sulfur: Third most abundant mineral in the body responsible for healthy hair, strong nails, enzyme production, hormone health and more
  • Cognitive Function: may reduce the likelihood of  Alzheimer’s
  • Healthy Fats

CACAO is a True Gift of Nature!  No wonder it’s called ‘Food of the Gods’ – Theobroma (Theo, meaning God; and broma, meaning food)

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DIY – Arrowroot Powder for Natural Beauty

Neekoo Arrowroot Powder

5 Surprising Uses for Arrowroot in Beauty Products You Can Make at Home:

1. Skin-Lightening Face Powder. Arrowroot mixed with face powder, can lighten the skin tone by several shades. This is particularly useful for gradually adjusting the shade of  the make-up as your tan naturally fades after returning from a sunny vacation. It is so lightweight that it blends seamlessly into the powder and leaves skin soft and silky to touch. It also reduces the need to reapply make-up as it absorbs sweat/oils.

2. Dry Shampoo. No time to wash your hair? No problem! Massage arrowroot into your scalp and along the first couple of inches of the length of your hair. It will absorb the oils and leave your hair bouncy and soft. Use a damp cloth to gently wipe away any remaining traces of the powder on your hair.

3. As a Base for Home-Made Make-Up. Arrowroot makes a great base for DIY make-up projects. Foundations using a blend of arrowroot, cinnamon, beet juice powder and cocoa powder are a major trend just now, particularly as you can adjust the measurements to get the shade exactly right for your skin tone

4. Clears Acne. Arrowroot absorbs oils and promotes natural healing as it penetrates the skin. Rubbing some into skin before bed and in the morning can reduce oil production, softens skin and dries out and heals blemishes.

5. Home-made Deodorant. Yes, arrowroot can even be used in deodorants in combination with coconut oil and essential oils. It reduces odours, moisturizes the skin and helps to eliminate toxins. Magical!

Homemade Deodorant Recipe:

ingredients: 

  • 1/3 c. Aluminum-Free baking soda
  • 1/2 c. Arrowroot powder
  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • 15 drops grapefruit essential oil
directions:

Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. Next add the oils and mix well. Pour into clean jar.  Apply a thin layer after shower.

 

Arrowroot flour / powder / starch; is a thickener with several advantages over cornstarch. It has a more neutral flavor, so it’s a good thickener for delicately flavored sauces. It works at a lower temperature, and tolerates acidic ingredients. It can also tolerate prolonged cooking better than cornstarch.

 

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5 Uses for Orange Blossom Water

5 Uses for Orange Blossom Water 

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1. Delightful Bath

Mix 2-3 Cups of warm milk, 3 Tablespoons honey and 1/4 Cup orange blossom water. Add to your bath water.

Your skin will look and feel like satin. You’ll smell delicious too!

2. Mood Lifting Room Deodorizer

Pour a few drops into a bowl of boiling water and leave it in your bedroom. As the water evaporates, the delicate orange flower perfume will fill the space.

3. Joyful Body Spray

Fill a small mist bottle with orange blossom water and a few drops of a citrus essential oil for a cooling body spray or refreshing toner.

4. Secret Culinary Recipe Enhancer

Use in recipes such as Puddings, Ice cream, Salad dressings, fruit salads, breads, pastries, pancakes and so much more to add an orange-flower tone.

Add to any dish in which you would use honey, even a honey marinade for meat (a few drops would be enough). Or mix honey and orange blossom water till you have a creamy emulsion and spread it over a piece of toast.

5. Refreshing Beverage Ingredient

Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of orange blossom to a glass of cold water and you have one of the best refreshments.

Also, any citrus will love a hint of orange blossom, especially lemons and oranges. Mix a 1/4 teaspoon of orange blossom water into a glass of orange juice for a refreshing drink.

Enhance your iced tea with a few few drops of Orange-Blossom water.

Come on by to Super Natural Health Products to pick up some Orange Blossom water!

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Salus Plant Juices

Salus Plant Juices

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Bring in spring with Salus  pure plant juices!

Harvested at dawn and bottled by noon, these juices are a 100% absorbed source of whole food nutrients!

To keep allergies at bay this season  try a 1:1 combination of Salus Nettle Juiceand Salus Acerola Juice.
This combination boosts the immune system and relieving annoying allergy symptoms.
Both of these juices are available at Supernatural Health Products!
Come in and speak with our knowledge able staff members about how Salus pure plant juices can benefit your lifestyle!
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E3 Live – All-Organic Super Food

E3 Live – All-Organic Super Food

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Harvested in the uniquely mild and mineral rich waters of the  Klamath Lake of Oregon, E3 live is power packed  with 65 different vitamins, mineral, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

E3 Live naturally contains:
– More Chlorophyll than Wheat Grass
– Contains all B vitamins
– Contains every trace mineral
– Rich in enzymes
– Extremely high in beta carotene making it a great antioxidant and supportive to cardiovascular health
– A high source of Nucleic and essential Fatty acids making it 100% brain food.
E3 live is collected fresh and frozen shortly after to preserve all the natural goodness it has to offer
Come on in to Super Natural Health Products and ask a sales associate about what E3 Live can do for you!!
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The Benefits of Chaga

The Benefits of Chaga

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Chaga is a Medicinal Mushroom found on birch trees locally in Nova Scotia. The root of the fungus is harvested and steeped to make a dark and earthy tea.

Benefits of drinking Chaga tea:

-High in antioxidants
-Immune boosting
– Supports cardiovascular health
-Combats stress and depression
-Supports the endocrine system
– Often used to help support the body against cancer and other auto immune diseases.
–  High in melanin and can be used internally or topically to support skin health
Steep  this delicious Chaga tea recipe at home:
Ingredients:
3 TBSP.  Chaga Powder
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Liters water
Method:
Bring water to a boil
Turn off heat immediately
Let steep 10 – 15 minutes
Drink hot or cold.
Tea will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Come visit us at Super Natural Health Products to learn more about how locally harvested Chaga can benefit you!
Jessica Dort – R.H.N
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Moringa – The Ultimate Super Food

Moringa – The Ultimate Super Food

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 Moringa is referred to as “the miracle tree”  in its native regions of India, Africa and Asia for its potent nutrient content. Moringa has been used for years to combat malnutrition and support a healthy lifestyle.

Moringa is extremely high in fiber, calcium, iron,potassium and vitamins C,A and E. It also includes a variety of phytonutrients and amino acids.

Benefits of including Moringa in your diet:

-Balances blood sugar

– Reduces inflammation

– Reduces blood pressure

– Lowers cholesterol levels

– Increases libido

– Improves memory

– Protects the body against free radical damage

 -Supports the immune system

Moringa powder being a  highly bio-available fiber source and  a complete plant based protein,containing all the essential amino acids makes  it the perfect superfood to complement to an active lifestyle.
Check out the following low calorie post-workout restore recipe:
Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. of Neekoo Moringa Powder (availabe at Super Natural Health Products)
1 Cup of unsweetened almond milk
2-3 Ice cubes
Method:
– Combine  the  Moringa,  almond milk and ice into a shaker cup.
– Shake thoroughly until combined
– Enjoy!
Jessica Dort – R.H.N
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Easy Immune Boosting Sauce

Easy Immune Boosting Sauce

ONION PASTA

Can’t kick that nasty  cold or flu? Here is a simple sauce that you can make to toss with your favorite  vegetable pasta!!

Garlic and Onion both contain anti-biotic, anti-bacterial and anti- inflammatory properties!

Serves 2-4

Ingredients 

1/2 large cooking onion, rough chopped

6-8 whole peeled garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil (more if needed)

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (more if needed to taste)

Salt and pepper to taste

Method 

– Prepare all ingredients. Remove onion and garlic skins.

– Place all ingredients into a food processor and  process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Add more olive oil if needed.

– Stir into to your favorite vegetable pasta recipe! Be sure to add the sauce last and use low heat to ensure you are getting the medicinal properties.

– Taste and season accordingly

– Enjoy!

Brittany Rice – R.H.N – Holistic Nutritional Consultant

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7 Day Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge

Improve Your Health In Seven Days!!

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Introduction
As a Holistic Nutritionist, digestion is one of the main issues that I help people with on the daily basis. One of the most affordable tonics to get your digestion back on track is Apple Cider Vinegar which is enzyme rich and nutritious.   I put myself to the challenge of drinking it for 7 days in a row and I must say the results were amazing!
Dose
2 Teaspoons of raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I used Bragg’s brand which is available in store at Super Natural Health Products)  diluted in 1 cup of warm water 3 times a day.  Drink mixture half an hour before every major meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Do not consume any other liquids after you drink this mixture until half an hour after you eat (no liquids before, during or half an hour after your meal to allow your body to digest properly)


Why Try This Challenge

Improve digestion and bowel movements, improve skin, cleanse liver, loss weight.

Results and Findings

Day 1: Down the hatch it goes!! In this first day I noticed my skin had broken out, which is a normal side effect. This happens because the vinegar is detoxifying your body. I also noticed that my digestion felt easier and I had three bowl movements this day, meaning that my body was already starting to reap the benefits from the vinegar’s detox.

Day 2: I noticed that my skin was still slightly broken out, but not as bad as day one.  A new finding was that I  felt more satisfied with my meals. I was not finishing a whole plate of food as my body was telling me it was full.  Once again I noticed improved digestion and bowel movements.

Day 3: Skin was healed, beautiful and glowing!! This day I noticed my stomach feels very flat and relaxed. Once again easily satisfied with meals, improved digestion and  bowel movements.

Day 4, 5 & 6: Beautiful skin, flat belly,  sensing fullness easier, improved digestion and bowel movements.

Day 7: I stepped on the scale and realized that the 5 pounds I normally fluctuate has disappeared.  Once again beautiful skin, flat belly,  sensing fullness easier, improved digestion and bowel movements.

Conclusion

I feel beautiful, happy and fulfilled! My body responded extremely well to this simple cleanse.  I am going to include Apple Cider Vinegar in my daily routine for maintenance (only one dose in the morning, or up to 3 times a day if needed if I am having digestion issues {bloating, gas, etc})

This challenge was simple, cost effective and successful. I recommend this to anyone and everyone to try!

Best of luck with your Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge!

Brittany Rice   R.H.N – Holistic Nutritional Consultant

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How to use Chia Seeds

Chia fills you up, nourishes you and cleans you out. It should be a part of any healthy regimen.
Did you know that 3 ounces of Salva Chia contains:

  • As much Omega 3 as 28 ounces of Atlantic salmon
  • More calcium than 3 cups of whole milk
  • Higher and more bioavailable protein content than soy
  • More fiber than 1 1/4cups of All-Bran cereal
  • The iron equivalent of 3 cups of raw spinach
  • The Potassium content of 1 1/2 bananas
  • As much Vitamin C as seven oranges
  • Antioxidant capacity three times the strength of blueberries

Take 20 grams of chia seeds twice daily. Dr. Oz says Chia lowers your blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. No need to grind it before eating; sprinkle onto your salads or cereal. Make certain when you eat dry chia seeds that you drink lots of water. To lower blood sugar spikes, take 30 grams of chia seeds with bread an hour after eating.
Or prepare it first by soaking in pure water. To avoid clumping, add seeds to water while stirring. Use 10 parts water to one part seed. In under 10 minutes, you will notice the chia seeds have changed into a gel, absorbing most of the water. Let it sit 30 minutes before using. Store chia gel in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Use chia gel as a fat replacer or an egg replacer in your recipes. Add chia gel to your salad dressings, butter, sauces or jams and peanut butter to cut the fat and sugar in half without changing the flavor and texture noticeably. Chia adds to the texture and flavor of foods rather than dilute and soak up the flavor.
To help with weight loss, make chia seed gel and add it to juice or water for a full feeling without hunger for several hours.
Also consider adding chia seed gel to milkshakes, puddings, dips and hot cereal, mixing it with yogurt, and even scrambling the gel with eggs. Use dry chia seeds in your bread, muffin and pancake mixes.
Remember that it absorbs water, so allow for it.

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Toxic kitchen cleaning products you should avoid

Did you know only 10 per cent of the 75000 ingredients in common cleaners are properly tested for their health and environmental effects?  Most cleaners leave residues of these toxic chemicals on countertops and dishes, exposing us and our children to countless potential health issues.

This spring cleaning season, please read the labels of cleaning products to avoid the most common and harmful toxic chemicals present in kitchen cleaning products such as all-purpose cleaners, dishwashing soap and oven cleaners, to name few.

All-purpose cleaners contain MEA, DEA and TEA, chemicals which may form carcinogenic nitrosamines. They are also filled with fragrance chemicals that easily irritate human tissue and can cause migraines. All-purpose cleaners also contain Coal tar dyes and petrochemical derivatives which are contaminated with heavy metals thought to be implicated in cancers. Amonia is another highly toxic chemical present in all-purpose cleaners. This chemical produces highly irritant vapours that damage the skin, eyes, throats and lungs. Nonulphenol ethoxylates are also commonly present in these products. These compounds affect the endocrine system by mimicking estrogen and it is linked to reproductive problems.

Another chemical-heavy cleaning product is dishwashing soap. This product contains high levels of phosphates which damage aquatic ecosystems by promoting algal blooms which kill aquatic life. They are also full of Coal tar dyes and petrochemical derivatives which, as explained above, should be avoided.  Triclosan is another culprit commonly found in dishwashing soap; this chemical is a hormone disrupter and can also irritate the eyes and skin.

Though it is always pleasant to cook delicious meals in a clean oven, oven cleaners are also packed with highly toxic chemicals such as 2-Butoxyethanol, which is linked to blood disorders and reproductive problems. Also Sodium hydroxide, a highly corrosive compound which can burn eyes, skin and lungs is a common ingredient in oven cleaners.

The best way to avoid contact with these highly toxic chemicals is to carefully read labels and opt for greener alternatives. CHFA has some excellent do it yourself recipes for natural cleaners that are just as effective as the expensive and potentially toxic products commonly found. To download these recipes click here.

Edited from CHFA.CA

 

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Chronic Pain Goes Away with Matcha

If you suffer from pain or know someone who does, then you should read on.

Dear Nemat:
I am always suspicious of supplements due to the fact they are not regulated. I always wonder if I`m truly getting what is proclaimed by the manufacturer.
I discovered your products through a friend of mine. He swears by your Matcha tea and claims to be in such great shape due to it`s benefits. Following in his footsteps, I purchased the Matcha tea and I too noticed a huge i
mprovement in my being.

It is important to note that I have not worked out regularly for over 10 years due to serious back and neck injuries suffered in a car accident . I have never smoked, I rarely consume alcohol however, I do smoke the odd joint. Even though I am not overweight and watch what I eat, I am not in the best shape as I was before my accident.
After about three days of taking Matcha daily in the morning, I noticed that for the first time in eight years I had NO MORE daily joint and bone pain. I am finally getting back on track and excited to begin an exercise routine and start running again. Now that`s progress!!
I`ve tried all sorts of other prescription remedies that did absolutely nothing to ease my pain and keep it away, which is why I thought I had to live with the pain every day (my alternative was back surgery). Since I started to take Matcha for overall wellness, it was a totally unexpected surprise to realize that Matcha was responsible for taking my joint and bone pain away.
For those non-believers…there were no other changes to my daily regimen. The pain returned about a week after I ran out of the tea and then went away again after I started taking it regularly again.
Things just keep getting better…
I then ordered the Iso-Pro Whey, the Spirulina, and the Omega Complete. I`ve been taking these supplements daily for the past three weeks (as per the suggested smoothie recipe). I have NOT begun to exercise (hey, after ten years of living with pain – one gets a little apprehensive to jump into a dramatic lifestyle change overnight) but yet I have noticed a huge improvement in the way my body feels and looks already – I am leaner, my skin has improved dramatically, and I have more energy throughout the day. People look at me and ask me what I am doing because I look much healthier lately. I even seem to have a more restful sleep.
I have not done anything else to change my lifestyle except to add these. I can no longer see my life without them.
And all these benefits without exercise in just two months. WOW! I look forward to further enhanced benefits when I start training again.
I cannot thank you enough for these wonderful health products. Because of them, I have returned to living rather than missing my life.
I want people to know that I believed in myself enough to make the investment and to take the first steps to try these products. It turns out I did something truly incredible!
Sincerely, James P. Etobicoke, ON”

I got this email from our customer James in Ontario. It was not solicited nor will he be compensated in any way for his comments.

Matcha is a green tea powder that is extremely rich in nutrients connected with immune support, weight loss, increased energy, heart health and the balancing of our PH levels. Most of us are slightly more acidic than is healthy. Inflammation and auto-immune diseases like cancer, thrive in an acidic body and go away when you reduce body acidity. The Omega Complete oil mentioned above is a rich source of essential fats which also has an anti-inflammatory effect, thereby reducing pain. GreenMatcha

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How To Use Essential Oils

All essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil, as they can be too strong or even cause irritations and sensitization if used in pure form. Some essential oils can be edible with proper precautions and dilution. Some like Peppermint, Tea Tree Oil or Lavender can be mixed with toothpaste, or added to water and used as a mouth wash. Peppermint and Lavender can also be added to hot water and consumed as tea. (start with 1 drop for 1 cup water)

Carrier oils are extracted from Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Avocado, Castor, grape seeds etc. in a cold press and processed very little so that they can be used on skin without being sticky while maintaining their nutritional value. You can also use a natural cream, vegetable butter like cocoa, shea nut, etc.

How much Essential to use.

Total number of drops of essential oil for 30 ml (2 tablespoons) carrier oil, cream, or other natural cold pressed lipid is 12 drops. This gives you a 2% solution, which is considered safe for most adults. Cut this in half for children and those with sensitive skin.

Did you know that our Young street location sells essential oils and carrier oils? Now you do!