It’s become a bit of an invasive term these days: GMO. It seems to appear everywhere and it places it wasn’t found before: cooking shows, mainstream magazines, daily news broadcasts. What is a GMO as it pertains to food? Should it concern you? How can it influence a healthy diet? I just had to know…so I researched until my curiosity was satisfied and now I will share what I’ve discovered with you!

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Usually I prefer to create my own oil blends for use on my poor, dried out winter skin, but when I find a product this lovely, it’s hard not to use it.

This oil blend is fantastic for massaging over the body post-shower—it contains oils of sunflower, soya, rice bran, and grapeseed with the essential oils of lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood. The fragrance blend is perfect. Not too musky, not too sharp, just a little crisp and somehow mellow at the same time.

The combination of oils also make for a light, fast-absorbing spray that really seems to melt into your skin. Afterwards? In less than 30 seconds your skin feels like it did when you were 6 years old. Really. I love this stuff!

You can find out more about the company here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Graydon-Clinical-Luxury-by-Nature/157496407624306

They are small, Canadian, and really know their stuff! What more could you ask for?

To the Aztec and Mayan peoples, the word ‘Chia’ meant strength—not surprisingly, this crop helped these civilizations survive. It is a sustainable crop with a high germination rate, which means its relatively easy to grow. These fortunate cultures figured this out and chia became an everyday kind of item.

What I adore about Chia seeds is that they are high in oil—35% of each seed is oil. Of this oil, a full 20% of it is of the  omega-3 variety. Which, as you may well be aware, is an essential fatty acid )(meaning the body can’t produce it on its own). Although omega-6 is also an essential fatty acid, it is not quite as special—this essential fatty acid is readily available in Western diets (in corn and soybean oil, for example) while omega-3 is not. As well, many of us have far too much omega-6 in our diets and unfortunately, omega-6 can contribute to inflammation throughout the body. Omega-3, however, actually  helps reduce inflammation. Continue Reading »

Ever wonder how Pegasus got it’s wings? According to legend, without the Sea Buckthorn fruit, Pegasus would have remained a humble horse. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to grow wings myself, but I am happy to absorb the incredible skin healing properties of Sea Buckthorn oil while keeping my feet planted firmly on the ground.

Many oils are awesome—if you read my blog, you know this to be true! But Sea Buckthorn fruit oil contains a rare fatty acid called omega 7, which is simply incredible in its ability to regenerate skin cells. The best way to use this oil is to mix it with the oil of the Sea Buckthorn seed, also nourishing and healing to the skin. The combination of these oils—both from different components of one near-miraculous plant—are a potent blend for skin suffering from eczema, scarring, and even burns. Of course, this blend is also a fantastic anti-aging treatment as well, as it helps cells regenerate in a healthy manner (something our bodies become less and less able to do as we age).

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Aren’t oils just fat and don’t I want less fat in my diet, not more?

Won’t oil add extra calories and make my food greasy?

Can oil help me lose weight?

Ok, ok, I’ll start adding oil to my diet—but how?

Why would I add oil to my food unless absolutely necessary?

These questions are very common and natural! Many of us have been conditioned from an early age to avoid greasy foods and high-calorie ingredients—and in many cases this is absolutely correct and healthy information to follow. But oil is different. Oil is not an all-encompassing term equal to high fat, grease, or clogged arteries. Oil does not equal unhealthy—quite the opposite, in fact.
Oil can provide us with nutrients unique in character and absolutely essential to optimum health. Of course, as with anything one consumes, there are some guidelines to follow, some truths to learn, and some myths to disprove. Read on to discover the answers to the questions above and why I believe that every single person on this planet—young or old, male or female, healthy or unhealthy—should include oil as part of their daily diet! Continue Reading »

Welcome to the blue-ribbon circle of dry skin oils.

When using oil as a moisturizer for dry skin, three things must be considered: texture, scent, and—most importantly!—ability of the oil to nourish the cells of the skin. See below for my top 3 oils to use to nourish and repair dry skin.

3. Rosehip oil: Medium texture, virtually no odour, mimics sebum and absorbs quickly while nourishing.

2. Avocado oil: Rich texture, little odour, good nourishing properties—absorbs deep into the skin and may help strengthen collagen fibres.

1. Coconut oil: Silky texture, strong (but delicious!) odour, good nourishing properties—helps to repair cell damage and soothe weakened or sensitive skin.

Keep in mind that skin that is only moderately dry will benefit from the medium texture of rosehip oil, while those of you with very dry or aging skin, will benefit most from the rich texture and superb repairing properties of avocado or coconut oil.

My advice? Each of these oils is fantastic for dry skin—try a blend of two and add 10 drops of tamanu oil per tablespoon of the dry skin oil blend you’ve chosen for added antioxidant activity! (See my post on the wonderful skin healing properties of tamanu oil.)

Stay tuned for more Oil Olympics!

If you live in Toronto, you know that yesterday was a beautiful day—a slight reprieve from the hot-as-sin temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately, with just enough scattered showers thrown in to add that lush mid-summer-green smell to the air. Perfect, in fact, for a long walk in the ravine with the dog.

Now, I know, from unfortnate experience, that there is a particular breed of small brown biting ant that lives along the paths in this particular ravine. I know this because both my dog and I can, on occasion and if observed from a distance, be seen to be dancing along the path. We’re not dancing—we’re trying to escape the ants.

Yesterday, therefore, I went prepared. I was determined to walk sedately if I preferred, to step calmly, to stroll leisurely. To defeat those pesky little ants, I carried with me my own blend of jojoba oil and oil of lemon eucalyptus (50/50), which I smoothed over both my feet and my dog’s paws as soon as we entered the ravine. Continue Reading »

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