Caffeine Free Dandelion Latte

September 26, 2014

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Coffee wrecks havoc with your adrenals, and, being an irritant, it is not very gentle on the digestive system – it can cause abdominal pain and an upset tummy.

Oh but it tastes so good, right? I have a recipe today for a caffeine free alternative – Dandelion Latte, made from roast dandelion herbal ‘coffee’, nut milk and coconut oil.

I like to buy a brand of dandelion coffee called Bonvit – it’s a blend of roasted dandelion and chicory. The perks are, it doesn’t perk you up, and actually gives your liver a bit of love. It can taste a bit bitter, but if you follow this recipe, you will get a super frothy, creamy delicious latte – almost (if not better than) the real thing.

 

Dandelion Latte:

1 teaspoon Bovit dandelion coffee
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup plant-based milk (hemp is extra creamy)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon coconut sugar or a pinch of stevia

Add the dandelion coffee to hot water and stir till it dissolves, then add everything else to the blender for 30 seconds.

You will get a hot, frothy latte. Dust with cinnamon and enjoy.

 

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4 Responses to “Caffeine Free Dandelion Latte”

  1. Thank you! It is real good idea. Unfortunately here in Brasil I can't find chicory.

  2. Charlie Proud says:

    Just made a cuppa! Yum – great start to kick the coffee addiction!

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My Story

September 20, 2014

I’ve been posting on this blog for about two years now, and just realised that I have actually never shared my personal story with you. I tried to write it over a year ago, but when I read it back, it sounded like a giant bunch of unglamorous dribble, so I trashed it thinking no one would be interested and that was the end of it. Except now, I’m about to launch my second app, and more than ever it seems fitting to share a bit about myself, to give context as to why I do what I do, and what fuels the passion I have for it. Maybe it’s time to have another crack at that story…

Just as I was thinking this, I got side tracked as I normally do, and picked up my angel cards to ask a study related question. I only drew one card, and it was ‘Come Out of the Closet.’ At first I went pffft. You angels are on something. What relevance does that have?!  Until I remembered my previous train of thought. The message, of course, was to share. So, if you feel like grabbing a hot chai and getting comfy, I’ll do just that.  

Where it all started

Three years ago, I left a decade long career in Advertising. It was simultaneously the most exciting yet scary thing I have ever done.  I left partly because I needed to heal, and partly because it was time to fulfil my soul purpose.

Time to heal

About six years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder – Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In the medical tradition, there is no reason, rhyme or cure, and harsh steroids and/or surgeries are the standard form of treatment. Since that diagnosis, I have been on a winding path to healing – as naturally as I can. Inflammatory Bowel is one of those nasty’s where you look fine from the outside, yet you can literally be burning up on the inside. Stress greatly exacerbates the condition, and many foods are incredibly problematic – wheat, gluten, dairy, oily foods and refined sugars.

Towards the last few years of my advertising career, I wasn’t able to manage the stress as well as I used to, especially when we were really put under the pump with tight deadlines, working weekends or till early hours of the morning. I ended up with Adrenal Fatigue, and yet another nasty autoimmune condition – Interstitial Cystitis – a chronic and very painful inflammation of the bladder and urethra – something I would not wish on anyone, that’s for sure (this is an entirely different thing to cystitis/a bladder infection by the way).

The things I tried

In my quest to heal, I tried all kinds of alternative therapies, and worked with many, many healers. I tried Chinese Herbalism, Western Herbalism, Acupuncture, Energy Healing, Rife Therapy, Intravenous Vitamin C and Mineral Therapy, Bowen Therapy, and some truly radical diets (to name but a few). Of course, I also went from specialist to specialst (and had many an invasive procedure), trying to find missing bits of the puzzle, and truthfully, collecting nothing but frustration and bills.

I experimented with raw foods, and a very simple diet specifically for healing the gut, and found some improvement. However, it still wasn’t enough to make me feel comfortable. I somehow found myself at a fasting clinic – a pure water fasting clinic – and went on to do a therapeutic 17 day long medically supervised fast, in the hope of allowing all the compromised parts of my body to repair and renew themselves. It was so incredibly hard, as I don’t think I had the right mental headspace for it at that time.

I had so many low vibrating thoughts and feelings rattling through my mind, and felt really down and out that I was here fading away while my friends were out enjoying carefree Sunday Sessions at cool new bars in Sydney. On top of this, sadly, the moment I started eating again, my symptoms returned, and I was heart broken.

The things I learned

It did teach me one thing however, and in the end, I realised that if I truly wanted to heal, I had to remove the biggest stressor in my life – work. Time for a career change that would both fulfil my true purpose and enable me space to really heal. Thankfully, this had been in the wiring for me for a long time, and I had already enrolled to study Natural Medicine a couple of years prior (I just hadn’t completed any papers – thanks to too many late nights and weekends spent in the office). Time to actually roll my sleeves up and go back to study. Yes, yes, yes went my heart.

The big career change

When I walked away from my career, I felt a huge weight lift from my shoulders. I travelled to Bali on an impulse for six weeks, to complete intensive Raw Foods training, which further strengthened the love affair I’d had with these beautiful natural foods over the last few years. I became a certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, and completed an amazing Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship, learning to tune into and work with the energies of these incredibly generous and healing plants. Today, I am studying full time, still working toward my degree in Natural Medicine. I love, love, love every second of it.

Where I’ve ended up

During this time of re training, I’ve managed to tame that pretty wild inflammation in my body (most of the time – with autoimmune conditions, it’s about management). I’ve learnt to seek balance, and to nourish my body with pure, unadulterated foods. I’ve also cultivated a strong meditation and self love practice. And, I’ve also had to work my way to accepting that this is my chosen path now, and even though its been a hard road and incredibly humbling being a student again with no money, it is ultimately serving me (and later, others) at such a higher level.

Throughout this process, I have been sharing my learnings and discoveries on my blog here at Ascension Kitchen. Going back to basics (and nature!), and stepping out of the fast lane have taught me much, and this is the message I now hope to share with others. When I think of what’s to come, I get excited now, not panicky like I did working in the corporate world (can you relate to this – Holy Sh*t!! How the hell am I going to meet that deadline! Looks like it will be an all nighter! ).

Food, herbs and thoughts as medicine are my passion, and I’m really enjoying and looking forward to refining my new craft of Herbalism. I adore the magic and alchemy it brings to the table, literally.

I also have a lot to be grateful for – mostly – you. I’ve been extracted from an environment where it’s very competitive and linear, and repositioned in this beautiful space where there is community and connection with like minded souls. I’ve also had the privilege of coaching some amazing people on their own path to health and wellness.

Thank you for reading this, I feel happy now that you can understand better what I’m about and why I do what I do and create what I create.

Love, peace, health & beyond,

 

Lauren Glucina.


24 Responses to “My Story”

  1. Kara Herlihy says:

    Thank you for sharing this. In short, I have kidney disease and am working through healing naturally. This morning I woke up and after doing a test with not great results, I thought man maybe I just need to go back on the steroids. Your email cane through and reading this has given me strength to keep going. So thank you xx

  2. Thank you beautiful Lauren for sharing your story. Very inspiring and good to get to know you better! Loads of love from Sweden & Ghana

  3. Marj Sullivan says:

    After a short 6 month journey, starting with my partners prostate cancer and focusing on my own health issues, I've 'consumed' many books on disease, health and nutrition. The final conclusion is 'raw for healing', food over medicine, avoid processed food, sugar, dairy, gluten, bad fats, and think before you put anything in your mouth. Thanks Lauren for sharing you story. It helps others to make good decisions about their health.

  4. Romy Lessem says:

    How inspiring !!

  5. Thank you for sharing! I also have an auto immune disease (graves disease) and have left a career in advertising. I've just started trying a gluten and dairy free diet and after reading your story it has given me hope! Very inspiring :)

  6. Tess Bartlett says:

    Hi Lauren, I wonder if I have Interstitial Cystitis doctors don't seem to know what's wrong and I spent yesterday at the hospital. So unbelievably painful. I'm wondering what you did in terms of food to help you heal from this? I am getting an ultrasound next week but I am too scared to eat because food is really not helping. I already don't eat gluten or refined sugar. Would you say stress is the biggest factor? I have two jobs, one as a research assistant and I am also a holistic health and wellness and transformation coach. Thank you so much for sharing, I feel like maybe this is the answer x

  7. Hi Lauren, what huge and powerful changes you've made and how incredibly brave and beautiful you are, a real inspiration to all of us, thank you X

  8. Maritza Pedraza says:

    beautiful post Lauren. Thanks for sharing your story, very inspiring. How great it is to overcome fear and doubts and follow your heart.

  9. Thank you for sharing. I'm on a different but somewhat similar path as you ( trying to heal from autoimmune disease of the thyroid and adrenal fatigue) and I find your blog very inspiring. And recipes scrumptious ! Glad to know the back story.

  10. Thanks for putting yourself out there. And beyond.

  11. Lily Li says:

    Congratulations to you Lauren! What a inspiration story that you are sharing! All the hardship in the pass just the stepping stones to raises you up that you can Love and shine more brighter! Thank you for sharing your Love and Passion! Love you!

  12. Jennifer Weinberg says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is wonderful that you have been so strong and persistent in healing yourself and also learning about true healing to share with others. I can really relate :)
    Warmly,
    Jennifer
    Dr. Jennifer L. Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE
    Preventive Medicine Physician
    Lifestyle and Wellness Consultant
    Author of The Whole Cure http://amzn.to/1wqppEV
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  13. I love the line – food, herbs and thoughts as medicine. How our thoughts impact our wellness is so often missed out. I left a career in banking when my hair started falling out due to stress and my hereditary kidney condition started causing issues . Retraining as a nutritional therapist I thought I would have all the answers. However, it wasn't until I started tuning into myself and catching my thoughts did a real transformation happen. Food is key, self love gives us the ability to turn the key. x

  14. Simone Penn says:

    Hi Lauren. Wow, can I say snap?! I have followed a very similar path, being diagnosed with IBD and arthritis, yet my "cure" has been food and love. I've found it a very lonely, isolating trial, as you've said, it's not a glamorous topic you want to share with everyone! I've followed you for quite a while but had no idea we were so similar. I'm really happy you look and sound like you're on a good path now

  15. Simone Penn says:

    hi wilma…i love YOUR line "…self love gives us the ability to turn the key"! i think thats the bit I'm struggling with at the moment. how do you love a body that continually fails you in such a big way?

  16. Hi Tess, IC can be very tricky to diagnose, but that absence of any kind of bacterial infection is one key sign pointing in that direction. For me, sadly, any kind of sugar was painful – fruit – even grains – as they convert to sugar in the body. Coffee, anything acidic, and, weirdly, B vitamins when taken as a supplement. Cranberry juice is probably the worst thing. Once you have a diagnosis, you can do so much to help with the pain, there are lots of helpful herbs that have a demulcent affect and soothe the bladder lining (eg. slippery elm). A good herbalist can help you a lot, as long as they know that it requires a very very different treatment approach to the normal cystitis. In the first case, avoiding sugar like the plague may be enough to help with the pain… additionally, consider a parasite – a naturopath/herbalist with a hemaview live blood analysis can test for this. This is all just my personal experience of course, hope you start to feel better, I wish more was known about this condition, Lauren x

  17. Simone Penn – just replied to your email :)

  18. Thank you Jennifer – I will check out your book also :)

  19. Always keep going Kara, we can do it together :)

  20. Jennifer Weinberg says:

    I appreciate that! If you are interested, I am always happy to provide a review and/or giveaway copy of the ebook or paperback if you would find that valuable! Feel free to contact me. I always love to connect with like-minded individuals! Jennifer

  21. Luz Elena Langle Gomez says:

    Hi Lauren! Thank you for sharing your brave and inspiring journey. Your healing path is helping so many of us in our pan paths. Blessings an love from México!

  22. Heba Othman says:

    Thank you for sharing Lauren! I was always curious about the persona behind this beautiful blog. Happy to know you better ! xx

  23. Maria Gonzalez says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Lauren. Very inspiring and a wonderful way to be living life. All the best in your studies and work. Hope to connect with you again soon x

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Raw Maqui Berry & White Chocolate Fudge

September 17, 2014

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Oh so I am hopeless at keeping secrets. The Raw Desserts App I have been working on – for the last eight months – has finally been submitted to Apple! Whoop whoop! In the meantime, I’ve already been preparing new recipes to add as updates after the initial launch. This is one of them. I totally had to share it because it was so yummy I kept sneaking back to the fridge for more. It literally melts in your mouth. Hope you enjoy x

Raw Maqui Berry & White Chocolate Fudge

This white chocolate and maqui berry fudge is packed with antioxidants – in fact, maqui is said to have three times the antioxidants than our friend açai berry. Like other black, red and purple coloured fruits (açai berry, black grapes, black currants, blackberries, black plums, black cherries, pomegranates), the maqui berry contains a pigment called anthocyanins – which contribute to its antioxidant capacity, and are also powerfully anti-inflammatory. Anthocyanins may enhance heart health and protect against cancer. The berries also help strengthen the immune system, protect against free radical damage, and are anti aging. The little berries come from an evergreen tree in Chile and Argentina, they have an incredible flavour, and a little goes a long way. Cut into small squares and serve with a cup of yerba mate herbal tea – a South American favourite!

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups cashews
½ cup coconut milk
1 cup cacao butter, liquefied
½ cup 100% pure maple syrup
½ cup coconut butter, liquefied
2 heaped tablespoons maqui berry powder
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 good pinch of fine Himalayan rock salt

 

METHOD

1. Blend the cashews in a high speed blender till they powder into a fine flour.
2. If your cacao butter and/or coconut butter are firm, set them in a glass jug and rest over a bath of hot water to liquefy.
3. Add all ingredients to a food processor, and whiz till the mixture is very smooth.
4. Pour into an 8 inch square cake tin lined with baking paper, and pop in the fridge or freezer to set. Remove from the fridge or freezer while it is still a little bit soft, so that you can easily cut into equal sized squares.

 

Make sure you sign up at rawdessertsapp.com to be the first to know when the app goes live! You’ll also get the heads up every time a new recipe is added.

Lx

 

Raw Desserts App


5 Responses to “Raw Maqui Berry & White Chocolate Fudge”

  1. Hannah Phoebe Bowen says:

    ooo yummy yummy and can't wait for the app!
    do you measure the butters as shavings then melt them or as liquid?

  2. Rachel Nunn says:

    Could you swap the maqui powder for acai powder?

  3. Jhaden Lanfield says:

    Killing me – yum

  4. Hi Rachel, of course – great idea!

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Minerals and Mineral Rich Herbal Infusions

August 7, 2014

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I have just recently completed my six month Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship here in the beautiful West Coast Bush of Piha in New Zealand. We learnt how to connect with native trees, herbs and weeds, and then work with them to prepare a variety of healing remedies. We covered a bit of plant identification, wildcrafting, Materia Medica, herbal nutrition and cooking, plant essences, ointments, creams, tinctures, shampoos, eye drops and even learnt about the best herbs to use in smudgesticks. It was just divine.

The one thing we did, with every single day, was drink nourishing mineral rich herbal infusions. So today I am sharing a little about the importance of having minerals in the diet, and how to increase your intake simply by making these simple and tasty herbal preparations.

We regularly drunk infusions prepared with nettle, oatstraw, peppermint, hawthorn berries, red clover, licorice, damiana, comfrey and kawakawa (a New Zealand native). Herbs are able to gain access to all the wonderful minerals in the soil they grow in, then pass them on to us when we eat or drink them.

An infusion is simply a tea steeped for a lot longer, typically overnight. Water acts as a solvent and draws the minerals out of the plant and into the water. If your water turns a deep green colour after this process, then you know there are minerals in there! So drink them up!

I got into a nice habit of preparing a herbal infusion before bed, then straining the liquid out in the morning and using it as a base for my smoothie. My usual berry, greens and superfood spiked smoothies got taken to the next level with the addition of these herbs – nettle makes the water turn such a lush deep emerald green, and is a fantastic source of iron. Interestingly, a strong brew of oatstraw infusion has more calcium than milk. I keep a big pot of oatstraw on the stove and sip on it throughout the day.

Most health food or organic stores should stock dried nettle, oatstraw or red clover if you don’t have access to an unsprayed area to harvest them from. I live in the city so have to buy them dried like this. There is a great company called Austral Herbs that sell them bulk, organic, and I find this the cheapest way of purchasing. Of course, if you are lucky and have a wild garden, dig in!  

Why we need minerals

“In the human body, minerals act as catalysts, participating in enzyme systems that allow the transformation of the food and air we breathe into energy, vibrant health, and consciousness.”

– Paul Bergner, The Healing Power of Minerals.

Minerals are important to wellbeing, and a deficiency in any of them can result in fatigue, mood swings, depression and a severely weakened immune system. A great analogy for their importance is that of the spark plugs in your car.  Without them, it won’t be going in a hurry. This is just how they work in the human body.

Minerals are important as they;

• provide structural support for the body (bones and connective tissue)

• act as catalysts or co factors for enzyme reactions in the body

• allow electrical impulses to be conducted along the nerves

We cannot make them in our bodies so we need to be careful to get them from our diets. Today, it is increasingly hard to obtain minerals from the diet, as modern agriculture has depleted the soil of her stores. Chemical fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides and lack of crop rotation are to blame. I could not believe this fact when I read it, apples, in the United States in 1914, contained nearly half the minimum recommended daily amount of iron. Today, we would be lucky to find one-fiftieth (The Healing Power of Minerals, Paul Berger).

Where to get minerals from

Most minerals are found in rocks, soil, and the sea – which is simply a solution containing many of the minerals that make up the crust of the earth below. Not surprisingly then, sea vegetables (and seafood) are one of the best sources of minerals available to us, as they concentrate what is available in the sea.

Fun fact: the extracellular fluid in our bodies is of a very similar composition to that of sea water. The minerals from the earth’s crust are made available to us as they are eventually broken down into smaller particles by weather, geologically changes, or bacteria. From here, they become part of the soil that nourishes the plants, which then nourish us. Plants are a far richer source than animals are so eating sea vegetables and plants are our best bet at getting our quota.

To summarise, the best sources of minerals are;

–        Wild plants grown in mineral rich soils

–        Sea vegetables

Important minerals

There are two types of minerals needed for health, macro and micro (also known as trace) minerals. Both are vitally important – the macro minerals are named so simply because they are present, and are needed, in larger amounts in the body. The micro, or trace minerals, are needed in only very small amounts.

The macro (major) minerals include:

  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Sulfur
  • Sodium
  • Chloride
  • Magnesium

The micro/trace minerals are:

  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Molybdenum
  • Fluoride
  • Chromium
  • Boron
  • Silicon
  • Vanadium
  • Lithium
  • Germanium
  • Rubidium
  • Cobalt

Toxic minerals include:

  • Aluminum
  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Mercury

Most minerals can be toxic if you have too much of them. The good thing about minerals is that they are inorganic elements. This means, unlike vitamins, they are not heat sensitive, so we can heat or cook our mineral rich foods and still retain these precious elements.

Mineral Rich Herbs

Nettle, oatstraw and red clover are relatively easy to get a hold of, and are very rich in minerals.

Nettle

Nettle makes a lovely, dark green infusion, it’s the one I have photographed above. It is a great healing support for the urinary tract and digestive tract. It is a great blood tonic. It is also beneficial for healthy hair – you can massage the infusion directly onto the scalp for hair loss. Nettle contains iron, calcium and magnesium, and many of the trace minerals. It nourishes the adrenals, balances the endocrine system and boosts immunity.

Oatstraw

Oatstraw is the green tips found on oats. It has a pleasant mild, slightly sweet taste, and is particular good for the nervous system. It has more calcium than milk, and is a great source of B vitamins – which are the co factors for enzyme activity in the body. The B vitamins help us manage stress and give us energy. Oatstraw gives us beautiful hair and nails, and boosts libido.

Red Clover

Red clover can be seen growing all over grassy verges up and down your street – you will definitely have noticed it. I wouldn’t pick or use these though as they would have been exposed to so many car fumes. Red clover has an affinity for us ladies, and is particularly helpful for balancing the endocrine system, it is useful in menopause and for hot flushes. It has anti tumor and anti cancer properties. Red Clover has the B vitamins, calcium, chromium, molybdenum, nickel, potassium and more.  

How to Make a Mineral Rich Herbal Infusion

This could quite simply be the easiest recipe in the world.

Ingredients:

Fresh or dried herb
Boiling water

Equipment:

1 litre glass jar with a tight fitting lid
Fine mesh bag to strain the plant material through

Method:

  1. Fill a one litre glass jar ¼ full of your chosen dried or fresh herb (nettle, oatstraw, red clover)
  2. Pour boiling water into the jar, and fill it right to the very top.
  3. Screw the lid on tightly.
  4. Leave it overnight to infuse.
  5. In the morning, pour the liquid out, and strain the plant material. Give the plant material back to the soil – it will still have some beneficial minerals in there.

How to take your Mineral Rich Herbal Infusion

Drink your infusion chilled or heat it again on the stove – you can even use it as a base for your smoothies like I do. Keep any left over in the fridge for a few days, any longer and it may start to ferment. One last note, oatstraw is a bit tougher than the soft nettle leaves and red clover flowers. Once you have made your infusion, you can re use it by boiling it up in some hot water and preparing a tea, this way you will squeeze out as much of those minerals as possible.

 

3 Iron Rich Herbs

Plant-based Sources of Iron

Homemade Iron Tonic

 

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10 Responses to “Minerals and Mineral Rich Herbal Infusions”

  1. Fran Ni says:

    thank you so much for this amazing article!! i am following your blog for a while now, and find your information and recipies very special and different than on the rest of blogs of this kind! keep up your amazing work!! thanks again!!!

  2. Denise Forrester says:

    HiLauren I love your blog. I would really like to know the contacts for your Shamanic herbal apprenticeship in NZ. This is everything I want to do. Also I have been trying to source a quality holistic health coaching course . I do fifo in WA so it's kinda tricky..once again I love your blogs they're so rich with content..thanks

  3. Hi Denise, would you like to send me an email? I can tell you a bit about it and share all the details with you…

  4. Denise Forrester says:

    Lauren thanks heaps for offering to share..I'll send an email to Lauren@ascensionkitchen.com very soon….gotta charge my phone.
    :-0)

  5. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration, information and Love!! We appreciate you! XO

  6. Elisha Maree says:

    Id love to know more about the Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship i tried googling but but couldnt find anything

  7. Elisha Maree says:

    Id love to know more about the Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship i tried googling but but couldnt find anything

  8. Hi Elisha, it is run by an amazing lady in New Zealand – Amy McComb – her website is plantrhythms.co.nz – have a peak and if you get the opportunity to work with her you will just love it I'm sure x

  9. Sorry that should be plantrhythms.com

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Raw Calendula Beauty Bars

July 30, 2014

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Continuing on with last week’s theme of natural remedies in your own kitchen – today I have prepared a simple recipe that uses a common plant from the garden – Calendula. Calendula is that happy, bright yellow orange flower also known as pot marigold. It is often planted to help attract the bees as well as deter pests. Calendula has her own special healing powers, a well known remedy for all kinds of problems associated with the skin, and it’s for this reason that calendula is a popular ingredient in many herbal creams.

Calendula helps to soothe inflammation of the skin, and is helpful for eczema, psoriasis and acne. It is also good for wounds and physical injuries, as it has antiseptic and astringent qualities. You can steep some of the freshly picked petals in hot water to make a tea/infusion, then once cooled, pour over a cloth and use topically as a compress. If you have a sore throat, you can gargle with the tea instead. You can even help rid yourself of a wart by crushing the petals and rubbing the juice in. Clever little calendula!

Finally, not skin related but useful to know all the same, calendula can be used for gastro-intestinal problems. The plant’s astringent qualities enable it to draw skin and tissue together, making it great for ulcers, stomach cramps, and diarrhoea.

Carrots and Goji Berries for extra beautifying

All things bright red, orange and yellow tend to be good for the skin, they are rich in beta carotenes, the pigment in the plant that gets converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A helps protect your eyes, can reduce wrinkles, improve wound healing, and soothe skin conditions. The carrots and goji berries in this recipe give us all of the above.

I wanted to keep this recipe as low GI as possible, because a friend I intend to enjoy them with is highly sensitive to sugars at the moment. I used rice malt syrup to sweeten the recipe, but you easily sub it out for coconut nectar or pure maple syrup – Manuka honey would also be great (another good one for the skin!). White miso is in there because it sneaks in a little good bacteria, and lends a subtle salty taste. You could also run with the flower theme and sprinkle in some flower essences for some extra magic.

Happy beauty bar making, beauties!

Calendula Beauty Bars

1 heaped cup calendula petals
¾ cup grated carrot
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup almond meal
1 cup almonds
¼ cup goji berries
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla paste/essence
½ cup coconut butter
¼ cup rice malt syrup
1 teaspoon white miso
1 tablespoon orange zest

  1. Place the coconut butter and rice malt syrup in a jug, and rest it over a bath of hot water to soften or liquefy.
  2. Roughly blitz the whole almonds in the food processor, just a little – we want to have a few chunks in there.
  3. Add all other dry ingredients, except the flower petals and goji berries, and pulse till combined.
  4. Pour the coconut butter and rice malt syrup into the mixture, and add the vanilla paste, pulse again till combined.
  5. Add the flower petals and goji berries at the end for one final quick pulse.
  6. Transfer mixture to an 8 inch square cake tin lined with baking paper, use the back of a spoon to flatten the surface. Press slivered almonds over the top to decorate, and perhaps some extra orange zest.
  7. Freeze to set, cut into 8 large bars to serve.

 

Glow-ji Lemonade

Skin-saver Smoothie

Raw Blueberry Chia Jam

 


7 Responses to “Raw Calendula Beauty Bars”

  1. I met your mum and Dad (cousin Michael) at the Dean funeral today and they both told me how proud they were of you Lauren and your Ascension Kitchen business. I'm looking for a lifestyle change and I will try some of your recipes. Keep up the good work!

  2. Food Moods says:

    Hi Lauren, thanks for sharing the recipe for these beauties :)
    Would it be possible to use dried calendula petals if I can't get hold of fresh ones?
    Thank you!

  3. Hi there, absolutely – might be best to source them organic if possible, L

  4. Maritza Pedraza says:

    Another beautiful creative and delicious recipe. thank you Lauren

  5. This looks so amazing. I picked some calendula flowers from our local community garden yesterday in preparation for these! You have an amazingly beautiful style my love. XX

  6. Yes Lauren.. I totally agree with Alice ..your style is divinely beautiful ..healing and nourishing in every way ..they lift me up as soon as I see your photos of deliciousness and read your recipes. Much respect and gratitude as always ..you are indeed a special shining SisStar :-)

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