Cooking with Joy by Thich Naht Hanh

High angle shot of a woman cutting up vegetables on a cutting boardBelow is a beautiful excerpt from Buddhist Monk Thich Naht Hanh’s short book How to Eat, which you can purchase here.

Cooking with Joy

Cooking can bring us a lot of joy. When I put the water into the basin for washing the vegetables, I look deeple at the water to see its wonderful nature. I see that the water comes from high in the mountains or from deep within the Earth right into our kitchen. I know that there are places where people have to walk several miles just to carry back a pail of water on their shoulder. Here, water is available whenever I turn on the tap. Aware of the preciousness of clean water, I value the water that is available to me. I also value the electricity that I use to turn on a light or to boil water. I only need to be aware that there is water and electricity easily accessible to me, and I can be happy straightaway. When I am peeling vegetables or cooking them, I can do it in mindfulness and with love. I see cooking as a way to offer nourishment and care to my family and friends. I will easily find joy and peace in the work. Looking deeply at a tomato, a bunch of grapes, or a piece of tofu, I can see the wonderful nature of these things, how they were nurtured by the soil, the sun, the rain, and the seed. Try to organize your life so that you have enough time and energy to cook in a leisurely and peaceful way. The energy of love and harmony in the kitchen will penetrate into the food that you’re cooking to offer to loved ones and yourself.

5 Reason You Should Be Snacking on Olives

olives

When you’re craving a salty snack, olives might not be on the top of your list, but they should be…Here’s why
1. Healthy Harvest olives are unpasteurized, traditionally fermented, and full of probiotic bacteria to improve digestive health.

2. Olives are packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals and eliminate other toxins.

3. Olives contain hydroxytyrosol, which aids in cancer and osteoporosis prevention.

4. Healthy fats in olives are linked to reduced inflammation, cholesterol, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk.

5. Research indicates that olive extracts act as an antihistamine.

Toss them on a pizza, a salad, or eat them straight from the jar for wholesome fuel.

source: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/olives.html

Jake’s Favorite Grilled Cheese

olive oil grilled cheese

Ingredients:

2 thick slices of organic baguette

Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Healthy Harvest EVOO

Optional:

Onions

Mushrooms

Red Peppers

Zucchini

Heat a cast iron or stainless steel pan on medium and add 2 tablespoons of Healthy Harvest EVOO.

Place two pieces of baguette (preferably made with no corn syrup or canola oil) in skillet and grill on one side until golden brown. Drizzle a little more HH EVOO in the pan and flip the bread to grill the other side. While the second side is browning, add cheese (raw, organic, and grass-fed is best) to melt.

Optional: Substitute a french baguette for fermented sourdough or whatever bread you prefer.

Saute whatever veggies you have on hand and put between the two cheesy slices to make the best hot sandwich you’ve ever tasted!

Essential Oils for Skincare

herbal natural organic skincare essential oilsBefore we launch our new organic facial and body oils, we thought we’d introduce you to the simple but effective ingredients they’re made of. (No harmful or hard-to-pronounce chemicals here!) Plants are nature’s oldest medicine, from the food we eat, to teas and tinctures, to aromatherapy, to topical solutions.  A quick Pinterest search will show you the hundreds of ways to use essential oils for natural remedies in your home. But here, we focus on the skincare superheroes.

These time-honored ingredients are sustainably harvested, never synthetic, and therapeutic-grade only. For the most pure essential oils and effective combinations, we partnered with licensed holistic esthetician, Stephanie Tourles, who has more than 25 years of experience, including a background in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism.

lavender essential oil skincare

Known for its calming, relaxing effects, lavender can help relieve anxiety and depression and has been used for over 2500 years.

Considered the most universally useful oil, it is excellent for all skin types. It can be used to treat skin infections, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles. Lavender reduces inflammation, itching, swelling, and redness. It also heals burns/sunburns, insect bites/stings, cuts, and bruises.

Rose geranium has been shown to heal acne, burns, fungal infections, and eczema. It reduces redness, evens skin tone, and works to eliminate scars and dark spots. Additionally, geranium prevents sagging and wrinkling of the skin.

Its aromatherapeutic effects soothe anxiety and depression.

myrrh-name

The use of myrrh dates back 5000 years and is recorded in Egyptian medical texts as early as 1550 BC.  It has antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties. Used on skin, it can prevent signs of aging, soothes cracked or chapped skin, and can relieve eczema, acne, and skin infections.

Palmarosa has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. It relaxes muscles and nerves and fights depression, anxiety, and fatigue. It promotes growth of healthy skin cells to prevent signs of aging, maintains moisture balance, and cures sores and cracked skin.

 

 

 

Frankincense-nameFrankincense brings peace and relaxation and helps to relieve anger, anxiety, and stress. It is an anti-inflammatory and astringent. Like palmarosa, frankincense promotes healthy cell regeneration and has been shown to reverse aging skin. It reduces stretch marks and visible scars, and it heals acne and dry skin, along with cuts and insect bites.

 

Australian sandalwood essential oil

Sandalwood has been used over 4000 years. Its aroma relieves depression, stress, and anxiety and can even boost memory and stimulate concentration. It moisturizes skin and relieves itching and inflammation. It is highly emollient and helps skin heal itself, alleviating rashes, scars, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. 

 

 

Very soon, we will offer a number of skin products for both face and body featuring these fantastic essential oils, starting with the divine smelling “Facial Oil No. 2” , specifically for folks with normal-to-dry and very dry skin.  With consistent use, its highly emollient, luxurious formulation will deeply moisturize, helping to reduce the appearance of visible fine lines and wrinkles. It revitalizes, tones, and tightens environmentally damaged, lackluster, and mature skin. Softens and retexturizes scar tissue, plus is gentle and calming, beneficial for reactive, sensitive, and couperose skin conditions, too.

If you’d like to be notified when Facial Oil No. 2 is available, sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this post!

Stay healthy friends!

Sources:

  • Stephanie Tourles
  • http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/sandalwood-oil.aspx
  • http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/frankincense-oil.aspx
  • http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/geranium-oil.aspx
  • http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/myrrh-oil.aspx
  • http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/lavender-oil.aspx
  • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/skin-can-smell/

You Asked! Organic Facial Oils Coming Soon

Stephanie TourlesWe’ve partnered with Stephanie Tourles, an experienced licensed holistic esthetician, certified aromatherapist, herbalist, and best-selling author on the topics of natural, chemical free skin and body care to bring you deeply nourishing, organic, small batch skincare made with therapeutic grade essential oils blended with our organic olive oil.

Our Healthy Harvest Skincare products are formulated from organic or wild-grown essential oils known to moisturize and heal all skin types, rejuvenate aging skin, improve psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions, as well as calm anxiety and promote relaxation.

You simply must try it yourself to believe how touchably soft and vibrant your skin will look and feel after just one use.