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Eco-Friendly Living, Natural Living

Natural Skin and Body Care 101

It’s been ages since I wrote about what’s filling my medicine cabinet and my makeup bag so I thought I’d do a giant post summarizing the products I’m using these days.

When you’re trying to make the switch to natural products, knowing what to buy and where to buy it is often the hardest part. Hopefully, this post will make things a bit easier!

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Siiiiick

…but not in a cool skateboarding dude way. Sick like, SICK.

We are all sick. Mucous and coughing and Olive even woke up with a gross gunky eye. No one is sleeping because our coughing keeps waking each other up, and if you have never heard a ten month old cough, I mean I swear I could sell the audio. It’s the tiniest, sweetest little “ahem, ahem” but still. STILL not great to hear at 10pm and 10:13 pm and 10:30 pm and so on and what’s more, I have to put her back to sleep each time because the coughing wakes her up and ever since she learned how to stand, waking up sends a signal to her mind that says STAND UP IMMEDIATELY!

So she doesn’t really ever go back to sleep by herself anymore, which is not really an issue when she’s only waking up once a night, but when she’s waking up eleventeen million times… it’s insanity. We are all crazy. And sick.

As soon as we woke up and I understood the full reality of this evil bastard that had overtaken our little family, I started brewing a large batch of Magic Tea. What is Magic Tea you ask? It’s one of the wonderful natural crazy hippie lady things I do in my spare time, that’s what. Neo Citron’s got nothing on this tea.

And here is the recipe! For you! In case you too have a throat that feels like razors and a gunky eyed baby and a husband horking phlegm into the toilet every few minutes (Sorry. For you and for me)

Madeleine's Magic tea for Cold and Flu

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. When it comes to a boil, add the following:

  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

Simmer for around five minutes, then pour into mugs and enjoy when it’s cool enough to drink.

This stuff is honestly the best hippie cure for every single cold and flu you will ever get, and is even effective against Man Colds! It’s best if you brew a fresh batch each time but if you are all “Phht! I’m sick! Ain’t nobody got time for that” just double or triple the recipe, make a big batch and heat and serve as needed.

The reason behind the magic is that garlic is a powerful antifungal, honey soothes and coats your throat, lemon juice cleanses your system, ginger is anti-inflammatory and helps ease achy joints, and that little pinch of cayenne (or more if you’re brave) clears out your sinuses.

BOOM. Hippies to the rescue!

You’re welcome, Internets. Now I’m going to go dig out my neti pot and join the rest of my family in pajamas like the slugs that we are.

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Environag!

If any of you have made resolutions (New Year’s or otherwise) to become more eco conscious, here are some posts that I have written over the years that you might find helpful:

  • How to make your own laundry soap that works like a hot damn and won’t leave you smelling like a chemical shitstorm
  • Stop buying shampoo and conditioner! Make your own! I promise you won’t look gross!
  • Natural oils as moisturizers
  • This list I made for Skinny Scoop about small changes you can make that might make you look crazy but will also SAVE THE PLANET. NBD.

I am a giver. Never forget that.

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I just made the best salad ever and because I am a giver I am going to share it with you:

  • Organic baby spinach
  • Thinly sliced goat brie
  • Dried cranberries
  • Walnuts
  • Sliced honeycrisp apple
  • olive oil
  • Strawberry & fig balsamic reduction

It tastes even better if you eat it with a large dog watching you carefully and drooling hopeful that you’ll drop some brie.

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Big M’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

My mom was horrified that I posted a Martha Stewart recipe instead of hers ( I think her exact words were: fuck that crafty ex-con biotch) so she sent me the right recipe 🙂

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Crust:
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 1/4 cup graham crackers or ginger snaps, crushed into crumbs
Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in crumbs. Press into ungreased 9”x9” springform pan and bake 350°F for 10 minutes.

Filling:
2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 – 14 ounce can pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat cream cheese and sugar together well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in remaining ingredients. Pour over crust Bake 350ºF for 1 hour or until firm.

Chill and garnish with whipping cream. Sprinkle a bit of nutmeg or ginger on the whipped cream if desired.
Serves 12.