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Homemade Gluten Free Granola Bars

Homemade Gluten Free Granola Bars

These were a huge success in my household! I'm always worried how the kids will respond to new recipes but there is no question about it that they loved this one! This is a great guideline recipe and there are so many options to modify it to your liking and/or dietary needs. I personally used gluten free products and as many organic products as I could. Here is the recipe:

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DIY Homemade Lotion Bars

In an effort to reduce some of the toxic chemicals and preservatives in my household, I've been searching and experimenting with some new recipes to make body products. Here is one of my favorites so far:

Lotion Bars

This is such a simple recipe and works as a great moisturizer! You can certainly customize the recipe by choosing your favorite oils to use.

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner

In an effort to reduce some of the toxic chemicals and preservatives in my household, I've been searching and experimenting with some new recipes to make homemade common household products. Here is one of my favorites so far:

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

My favorite is a simple all purpose cleaner. I use this regularly in my kitchen and bathroom. Start by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, leaving a little room on top to blend in the essential oils. I use 20-30 drops of lemon essential oil and 5-10 drops of tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle. The vinegar is great for cutting grease and eliminating hard water stains. The lemon oil not only smells great, it also has antibacterial, anti fungal, and anti viral properties. I use the tea tree oil for its anti microbial, antiseptic, antiviral, anti fungal, and bactericide properties. I personally use less tea tree oil than lemon oil because my skin is more sensitive to the tea tree. However, I encourage you to experiment and use the essential oils you like the most. Always shake the bottle before spraying to disperse the oils throughout.

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Foot Reflexology

 

Foot reflexology is a holistic healing method involving massage and pressure of the reflex points found on the feet. In the context of reflexology, reflex is used in the sense of reflection, or mirror image.  These reflexes are found on the soles, sides, and tops of the feet and act like small “mirrors” reflecting the whole body. The left foot represents the left side of the body and the right foot represents the right side of the body.  Reflexology teaches that a vital energy or life force circulates between the organs of the body. If this energy becomes blocked it affects the part of the body related to where the blockage is found.

The therapist will use specific pressure techniques to find areas that seem to be “gritty” or “bumpy” often referred to as crystal deposits. In some cases the client may feel some tenderness or discomfort in an area that has a blockage. Blockages can have many causes such as stress, bad diet, a broken relationship, not enough rest, or a lifestyle change that is no longer beneficial. The therapist will use techniques to help dissipate energy blocks and break down crystalline structure. It is able to remove energy blocks so the energy currents flow freely once more and the body returns to harmony. Through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and by encouraging the release of toxins, reflexology promotes the body to heal itself.  Reflexology is an extremely effective therapy in cases of stress, tension and tiredness. It is often used to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, headaches, PMS, cancer treatment, kidney function, fertility complications and many more.

Try our seasonal Pumpkin Spice Reflexology or the traditional Peppermint treatment. They both begin with a soothing foot soak enhanced with mineral salts from the Dead Sea, appropriate essential oils and a sensational foot scrub to remove the dead skin cells. At the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing, we also offer a Head to Toe treatment that combines reflexology with massage for the ultimate in relaxation!

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