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October 18th, 2013

Rosewater (or Rose Hydrosol)

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Today I bring you rosewater. Well, technically rose hydrosol. Rosewater is made with rose petals soaked in cold distilled water and is made without heat. Rose hydrosol comes from the distillation process while making rose essential oil. They are very similar and typically used interchangeably. Personally I find that rose hydrosol is a bit stronger as the heat brings out more of the essence, but others prefer the cold-made rosewater.

One of the traditional uses and best benefits is that rosewater is excellent for use on the skin as a toner and balancer. It is anti-inflammatory and a mild anti-septic. What I love about rosewater is that it is also a natural remedy for anxiety. The scent has a calming effect on the body and can be used to ease anxious feelings, relieve stress, and help relaxation. Another thing I love about rose hydrosol is that it is an excellent flavor in drinks, cooking, and baking. We recently made a Rosewater Cardamom Lassi that has such a unique and delicious flavor that I want to guzzle the stuff every morning.

rosewater or rose hydrosol

October 4th, 2013

Ceylon Cinnamon

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Being a big fan of cinnamon, I had been wanting to try Ceylon cinnamon for some time. Ceylon cinnamon is “true cinnamon” and has slightly different properties than the cinnamon which is traditionally sold in stores which is the Cassia variety. Both varieties of cinnamon can be good for health, however the Cassia variety has high levels of coumarin which in high enough dose, and when taken too often can be problematic for the liver (so it seems anyway). The Ceylon variety does not have coumarin (or undetectable levels) and is much safer for high or regular consumption.

Why would anyone want to eat a lot of cinnamon? Well, besides being a huge fan (like myself), cinnamon has shown to be powerful in boosting the immune system and aiding in the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Cinnamon and raw honey together have proven to be a home remedy that everyone should have in their back pocket–and with Ceylon cinnamon, one does not have to worry about the coumarin levels that are present in Cassia cinnamon.

Ceylon cinnamon as a home remedy

May 21st, 2012

Raw Coconut Vinegar

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Have you heard of coconut vinegar? I hadn’t until this past year. I enjoy so many coconut products and the coconut palm tree is a pretty amazing plant in that we are able to get so much food from it. I enjoy coconut water, coconut milk, coconut sugar, shredded coconut, and now–coconut vinegar.

Coconut vinegar can be made from either the sap or water. The sap produces much richer and nutrient dense vinegar than coconut water vinegar–it also takes much longer to make. When looking for raw vinegars it is always good to look for ones that naturally form a “mother” culture, which, let’s be honest, looks like a big loogie.

coconut vinegar