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When your diet consists mostly of vegetables, fats, and proteins, you tend to eat a lot of salads!
A good dressing is a must-have. Store-bought dressings, even the organic ones always contain less-than-desirable oils, so it is always best to make your own. Canola, vegetable oil etc. are not as healthy as we’ve all been led to believe. I prefer olive oil for salad dressing.
This dressing recipe has been my family’s favorite favorite for a long time. I’ve posted it before, but have revamped it a bit so that it is even more amazing.
Fresh herbs are a must for this dressing. While dried herbs work, they are not the same. It tastes like a completely different dressing. Still delicious, but different. With fresh herbs of basil and thyme, it tastes like summer. It’s tangy, and slightly sweet.
The recipe calls for 1-3 cloves of garlic. I would start with one and then add more if you feel you need more. It tends to get more garlicky the longer it’s in the refrigerator so less is usually better. My kids love this dressing as long as I don’t load it up with too much garlic.
6 sprigs of thyme is 6 of the sprigs shown in the photo. I throw the whole thing in. My blender takes care of the stalk. If you don’t have a high powered blender, you may want to remove the thyme leaves prior to blending. You can also use a food processor for this recipe.
There is honey in this recipe. This is a problem for a lot of people who are completely off sugars. It is such a small amount that it is *usually* okay. Not always, but usually.
This basil-thyme vinaigrette will quickly become your favorite dressing. You will get complimented on how delicious it is and get recipe requests. Trust me! 🙂
Be nourished. Be happy.
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Introducing self-care into your weekly and even daily routine is important. It’s more than just applying a face mask or reading a book. Self-care is about taking care of you and your mental health. It provides you with time to relax and reflect. So, I invite you to take a break to pamper yourself with one of my DIY all-natural detox body scrubs and treat yourself to some self-care.
What Is a Body Scrub?
If you’ve never used a body scrub, you’re in for a treat. Scrubs are a fabulous way for you to exfoliate your skin. Not only do they leave you flake-free, but they also revitalize your skin by encouraging blood flow to the areas you are massaging. Additionally, body scrubs help purify and detox your skin by drawing out impurities like dirt and excess oil, leaving you feeling clean and refreshed.
Body Scrub Benefits
Outside elements can take a toll on our skin. Whether you live in a cool or warm climate, environmental stressors can irritate the skin. And when our skin experiences drastic changes in temperatures, it can get stressed, lose moisture, and become dry, itchy, and even sore.
In warmer climates, your skin can produce excess sebum (oil) as a result of perspiration and dry skin. In cooler climates, skin tends to become red from cold air and windburn.
Regardless of temperature, we must take care of our skin, our body’s largest organ, and make sure it gets the nourishment it needs. Treating your skin to a detox body scrub can be the perfect fix to these problems.
Commercial body scrubs are often filled with chemical irritants and toxins like synthetic fragrances, color dyes, and harsh exfoliators. These ingredients can cause an allergic reaction, damage to the skin, and further irritation. When you make your own, you can skip the toxins and use more nourishing and protective ingredients.
My all-natural body scrubs are packed full of exactly that, with no chemicals or preservatives. And they’re made with things you probably already have in your pantry. Plus, you can make them in just ten minutes or less.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for creating your own body scrubs.
Be aware when using essential oils as over-scenting your products can cause irritation and contact dermatitis.
Your scrub should last between one to three months or a maximum of one week if you’re using fresh produce. Use them within this timeframe for the best results.
You can store your scrubs in a mason jar or air-tight, BPA-free container and keep them in the shower. I find it helpful to add a label to the container with the name of what you made and the date you made it.
Organic and Non-GMO
To get the best results from these scrubs, use organic produce, 100% pure essential oils and extracts, and non-GMO ingredients.