DIY SHAMPOO FOR HAIR GROWTH

These days I often find myself considering cutting my lengthy hair. It’s grown so much over the past year, and I can contribute that to three things 1- oil training to the point of only washing my hair every 7-10 days. 2- coconut oil and aloe vera hair mask before each wash 3- using my homemade shampoo for hair growth.

That being said, I want to share my recipe with you! It is super-simple, only a few ingredients, and works WELL. It is a money-saver, too which certainly never hurts! I think that you are all going to love this recipe, and hope that it makes your hair long and healthy!

DIY shampoo for healthy hair & hair growth

1/4 c Dr. Bronner castile soap 

1/2 c water

2 t castor, avocado, or coconut oil 

15 drops of any combination of the following essential oils: peppermint, lavender, sage, frankincense, tea tree, cedarwood, rosemary, thyme. My favorites are peppermint and lavender. Frankincense, cedarwood and sage. Tea tree, cedarwood and frankincense. Lavender, sage, and rosemary.

I add all ingredients to my blender, and blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into a bottle (of any kind, you can even reuse an empty shampoo bottle!). I recommend doing a hair mask prior to washing, which also helps for hair growth by using coconut oil and aloe vera  from roots to ends. Leave it in for as long as you can (you can do coconut oil for a full day before washing).

what kind of castile soap?

I love using castile soap! There are so many great uses, and it makes a great shampoo! My personal favorites for shampoo are tea treeunscented, lavender, and peppermint. I do not add extra of the essential oil when using a scented soap (if I use the tea tree, I don’t add more of that oil into my shampoo.)

I also love that this soap is organic, non-gmo project verified, fair trade (coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and olive oil are all fair trade), vegan, and cruelty-free! You couldn’t ask for a better product, in my opinion.

does is work?

I contribute a lot of my hair growth to using this shampoo as well as to oil training. My hair is so healthy! But I know that many people will read this recipe and wonder if it will really clean their hair. The answer is YES. This is what I use almost every time I shower and my hair gets really clean, and stays really clean looking for about 1 week (sometimes a bit longer). I have noticed that when I use other products, they don’t clean my hair as well as this stuff, so I usually stick with my homemade version!

I also want to share with you that my hair has definitely not always been like that. I used to have really oily roots and an irritated scalp. This was back when I was a teenager, using toxic hair products and washing my hair every single day.

Because my hair is really long, I often shampoo with this stuff twice. There is so much hair I am working with so a double shampoo is usually necessary.

I would love to hear from those of you who try this recipe, and I hope you love it as much as I do! Tag me in your social media posts and be sure to use my hashtag #naturallychels

*This post was sponsored by Dr. Bronner’s

JADE ROLLING BENEFITS AND HOW-TO

Jade rolling is something I quickly grew fond of doing. If you are looking for a simple and inexpensive spa treatment for home use, look no further than a jade roller! The benefits are endless, so jade rolling is truly for everyone.

I have been using a roller from Jade Roller Beauty and I love it. Great quality and a great company. I have been really impressed and would 100% recommend buying from them.

what is a jade rolling?

Jade is a stone used in Chinese medicine that helps cleanse and drain the lymphatic system.

benefits of jade rolling

  • clears toxins
  • tones facial muscles
  • improves skin elasticity
  • promotes lymphatic drainage
  • helps clear breakouts on jaw and chin
  • stimulates blood flow
  • reduces puffiness
  • stimulates collagen production
  • can minimize pore size
  • headache relief
  • boosts circulation
  • reduces inflammation
  • helps clear sinus congestion

how to use your jade roller

After regular cleansing, exfoliating, masking, toning, etc….

  1. apply moisturizer or face serum
  2. forehead and temples: start with the large side of your roller in the center of your forehead closest to your hair line. roll the stone gently, moving down toward your ears, to your temple. always move outwards, away from your face. repeat 4-7 times, covering you whole forehead. move slowly, without applying too much pressure. repeat on the other side of your forehead.
  3. eyes: using the small end of your roller, roll gently over eyelids and under eye areas. starting in the inner corners, rolling out to your ears.
  4. nose and cheeks: start in the center and roll away from your nose, toward your cheeks. roll over cheeks toward your ears. again, repeat 4-7 times.
  5. chin and lips: using the same technique, roll gently across lips and chin toward ears.
  6. jawline: roll gently along jawline to your earlobes. then, starting at the chin, use a sweeping motion upward toward cheekbones, then out to your ears.
  7. neck: start at the top and roll downwards to collar bones.
  8. rinse, apply toner and moisturizer (I love using this after a mask + jade rolling)

cleaning and storing

after use, wipe roller off with a damp cloth and dry. do not use hot water, harsh cleaners or soaps. I recommend storing in the fridge, but you can store it wherever you like and place it in the freezer a few minutes before each use if you like it cold. it doesn’t have to be cold, but I like it that way.

how often to use

you can jade roll 2-4 times a day, but I personally use it once a day. I love it so much though, that if I had more time, you would catch me doing this 4 times a day! each session will take about 5-10 minutes but you could do it in as little as 2 if you didn’t have much time but still wanted to squeeze it into your routine.

after-care

your skin should be flush after. your body will be detoxifying so you will want to hydrate with TONS of water! flushing with water will help this process a lot.

I would love to hear from you! have you tried jade rolling?

*Jade roller gifted by Jade Roller Beauty

DIFFUSING AND ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BEDTIME

I have been a long time essential oil addict. From diffusing, to adding them to my soaps, showers and baths, to using them topically. There aren’t many things I don’t use essential oils for!

I want to share a bit about how and why we use essential oils for sleep and relaxation. In an effort to promote better sleep, we have been using essential oils in our night time routine for years. It’s evolved and changed a lot, but here is where we are at now!

why use essential oils?

There are so many different essential oils. They are a great holistic approach to be used topically or by diffusing for many ailments and various symptoms. You can use oils to promote relaxation, energy/focus, to treat a headache, nausea, PCOS symptoms, just as a few examples. You can also diffuse oils as a non-toxic alternative to candles and toxic air fresheners. Many essential oils are great for cleaning, skin care, and homemade products like my homemade non-toxic deodorant  and so much more! The options are endless with essential oils, and that is way we use them so much in our house.

I love using oils to promote relaxation and better sleep for my whole family. There are a variety of oil combinations to use, and ways to use them, so here are a few of my favorite ways!

essential oils that promote better sleep

lavender

frankincense

bergamot

sandalwood

chamomile

patchouli

cedarwood

ylang ylang

vetiver

there are so many more… but this is a good start and some of my most used for this purpose.

my personal favorite blend to diffuse for restful sleep

3 drops lavender 

2 drops frankincense 

2 drops cedarwood 

1 drop ylang ylang 

topical use sleep blend

10 drops lavender

5 drops frankincense

5 drops ylang ylang

5 drops bergamot

combine drops with 1/2 cup coconut oil. apply to wrists and soles of feet before bed.

oils for bedtime bath

10 drops of any combination of the following oils:

lavender, frankincense, sweet orange, peppermint, lemon.

essential oil brands

As you may know, there are so many different essential oil brands. I trust and like oils from:

doterra

mountain rose herbs

vitruvi

I personally don’t use any store bought essential oil brands, because I am picky about what oils we use. I would highly recommend these brands listed. I have been using many of them for years and trust their quality. I like diffusing all these brands, and though I have not used Vitruvi oils topically, I have loved diffusing them! I think that Vitruvi oils would be a great option for diffusing because they are a great price.

I also want to mention that I have been using Vitruvi focus mist and wake roll on.  Both of these are incredible, so while I have not tried their sleep roll on and sleep mist yet (have to get one next!) I would recommend it based off these products! I will share more about these two in my next essential oil post on oils that promote focus and energy (coming soon! sign up for emails!).

what diffuser to use?

I have tried tons of diffusers over the years. Many of them break after so much time of consistent use. Lately, I have been using Vitruvi  white stone diffuser. It runs for 7.5 hours, uses ultrasonic technology to diffuse, and is so beautiful. It also has an optional light which I love! The quality of this diffuser is amazing, and so far I am really impressed!

I have used young living diffusers several times, and they always end up breaking! The doterra ones are pretty good, but Vitruvi is a much better quality than any that I have used. Highly recommend it if it’s in your budget! I also think it would make a great Christmas present for just about anyone.

Do you use essential oils for sleep or relaxation? Join the conversation on my Instagram!

*Vitruvi gifted this diffuser and their oils to me for this post. These are my own opinions and views. I would not recommend any product (gifted or not) that I did not believe in, love, or use myself! We have been using these products since they day I got them, and I truly have been impressed with the quality.

EMF’s and Tips to Protect Against Them

It seems as if everyone is “plugged in” these days. We carry our smart phones with us everywhere we go, we are binge watching on Netflix, streaming Pandora, scrolling social media, and searching things on the internet. Electronics surround us everyday, everywhere we go, which means that EMF’s do too.

I first want to say that EMF’s are a lot to think about, pace yourself, and do what works for you and your family! This stuff is all over, so we can only control so much. I don’t do anything that is too stressful for me to do. It’s a work in progress, and I am okay with that! We are all on our own journeys.

What are EMFs?

Harmful EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation is produced by these electronics we are using and seeing. I personally feel like learning about EMFs can get complicated, and I want to keep this as simple as I can, so if you are wanting to read more about the how, I suggest reading this.

EMFs can carry low or high energies, which then tells us if it is ionizing, or non-ionizing. The health risks of these forms of radiation is overwhelming. And while some believe that non-ionizing radiation might be safe, most of these technologies are too new to know.

How can we protect ourselves?

There is a lot of amazing information on the DefenderShield website about the scientific research and proven methods to reduce exposure such as:

Time: take technology breaks when possible, and shut them off when they are not in use. Things like turning off your laptop when you are done, or shutting down your phone at night can cut back on some of the radiation levels traveling throughout your home.

Distance: keep a good distance from your devices. The further you can be from the radiation source, the better. It is even said that a small amount of distance can make a huge difference!

Shielding: Shielding devices from DefenderShield can absorb and deflect the radiation at it’s source.

More Tips to Try

Turn the WiFi off sometimes. Put your WiFi on an automatic timer, so it’s turned off late at night while you sleep, or during the day if you’re at work. This can help cut back on the radiation from having it on 24/7.

Keep phones away from your body. So many people keep their phones in their pockets! Try to get used to carrying your phone in a bag, or something. Even better, just set your phone down somewhere and take a break from being sidekicks 🙂

Become good friends with airplane mode. I use airplane mode as often as I can.

One of my personal biggest EMF concerns is my cell phone, because I use this more than other electronics, carry it with me, etc. I have been using the DefenderShield wallet phone case for a couple of weeks now, and I am loving it. You keep the case completely closed while talking on the phone, which blocks up to 100% of EMF radiation from the face of your phone! I have had a lot of you ask me over on Instagram if the phone case makes it hard to hear, or for someone to hear you on the other end. There is no difference in volume with this case! It’s incredible. I can hear everything great, and so can the other person I am talking to. This case protects virtually 100% of the EMF radiation from your cell phone face, so I feel so much safer carrying it around now. Plus, the quality of the case is really impressive!

They have DefenderPad’s too, which protect against EMF’s and heat from the bottom of a laptop or tablet. These are great for people who set their computer in their lap! DefenderShield has a range of amazing products to protect against EMF radiation that I would strongly suggest.

If you do not have a DefenderShield case, or DefenderPad, you can use speaker phone when making calls, opt for a text, and always set the laptop on furniture instead of your body.

If you are interested in purchasing from DefenderShield, use this code to get 10% off your total purchase! Code: naturally10

What do you do to protect against EMF’s? I would love to hear from you!
*Thank you DefenderShield for this amazing phone case

 

DITCHING THE TOXIC PILLOW

Have you ever considered the toxicity of your sleeping environment? We spend one third of our lives sleeping, which is a lot of time spent in your bed. This is why our sleep conditions and environment can play a major role in our overall health.

There is a lot I can get into about creating a less toxic sleep environment, but for now we are going to focus on one thing, one really big thing: your pillow.

Dangers of conventional pillows

There are so many different types of pillows out there, so I will focus on cotton and down. Cotton is one of the dirtiest crops in terms of pesticides. It’s widely used in pillows, mattresses, sheets, bedding, etc. These things are also treated with chemicals to be flame-retardant. Then there is down. Not only is the process of collecting the feathers inhumane, but they are often contaminated with allergens that only get worse over time. Feather pillows are also more likely to contain mold and fungi. Not things you want to be sleeping on every night!

Organic Pillows

There are a lot of organic pillow options out there, but I have been loving this one from Savvy Rest. It’s filled with kapok, a great down alternative. Kapok is a fiber that feels silky-soft, and is so cozy. It’s a natural fiber resembling cotton, but way more luxurious. My kids have been using organic cotton pillows, which are really comfy, but they are no comparison to the kapok! This fiber also naturally repels moisture, a huge plus.

Overall, conventional pillows can be full of chemicals and toxins, which we are then laying on, sleeping on, and breathing in. It’s no good! But it’s not something many of us even consider.

Customizing Kapok Pillows

I do need to be completely honest that when I first laid on this pillow, it was WAY too stiff for me. It felt so cozy, but it was too full for me. You wouldn’t believe how easy a fix this is, because you can completely customize your kapok pillow to your personal taste! All you have to do is unzip and remove some of the fibers. Then you can re-use the fibers in a throw pillow, or something so none of it is wasted. Another idea is to save the filling you take out for later on when the fibers have been compressed down a bit to fluff it back up again! After doing this, it was basically like laying on a cloud!

 

Have you swapped out your conventional pillows?

Have you ever heard of or tired kapok?

 

 

 

*This post contains affiliate links. *This pillow was sent to me for review, and I would never share anything I don’t fully love. trust, or believe in.

VANILLA COCONUT COLLAGEN PANCAKES

My family loves pancakes, and I love coming up with new pancake flavors and combos. They are one of my favorite things to get creative with. I use a pretty basic “base” recipe for most of my pancakes, but this one is a little bit different.


These pancakes are:

delicious

fluffy

sweet

and full of gut-healing collagen!

So good. I won’t waste any time getting right to the recipe, because you are going to want to make these!

Vanilla Coconut Collagen Pancakes

3 c. stone-ground wheat flour, or gluten free flour blend

2 heaping scoops Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Collagen Peptides

1 t. baking soda

2 pinches pink salt

2 t. cinnamon

1 egg

2 T. coconut or avocado oil

2 T. local raw honey

2 1/2-3 c. filtered water

Optional: coconut flakes

Mix dry ingredients together, then add egg, honey, oil, and water. Mix well in a stand mixer, until batter is smooth. Add in a handful of coconut flakes if desired ( I don’t love them in mine, but some people love it!).

On a greased (I use coconut oil) griddle, using a batter spoon, cook each pancake for a few minutes on each side. I turn the heat on my griddle to the highest setting, and usually only need 1 minute on each side to get a beautiful golden-brown.

Top with maple syrup, coconut, cacao nibs, nut butter, fruit, you name it!




I hope you enjoy this recipe, and make sure to use my hashtag on Instagram so I can see! #naturallychelsrecipe

Chels 

 

ADAPTOGEN’S 101

I first started taking and learning about adaptogen’s when I noticed I was having postpartum anxiety after my second baby. I have since grown to love adaptogenic herbs, and continue to take them everyday.

I am sure if you follow me, or any other wellness blogger, you have been hearing a lot about adaptogens. But what are they? Basically, they are healing plants used as holistic medication.

There are so many great adaptogenic herbs. So many, that it can feel really overwhelming when trying to decide which may be the best for you. Some are energizing while others can be grounding.

GROUNDING ADAPTOGENS

Ashwaghanda

Chaga

Reishi

ENERGIZING ADAPTOGENS

Maca

Astragalus

Coryceps

Moringa

Rhodiola

These are just to name a few, and keep things simple. With so many adaptogens available, it can get really overwhelming!

HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT ADAPTOGENS TO TAKE

I like to cycle sync my herbs, but if you are just starting out with adaptogens, it would be easier to get a couple to try. First, you want to look at what you want your adaptogen for. Do you want to feel energized, grounded? Are you hoping they might aid in anxiety, organ support, or hormonal balance?

Once you know what you want it to do, you can do some research on what herb would be best. Here are some of my suggestions.

Ashwaghanda- great for thyroid, adrenal fatanxiety, and feeling zen AF.

Maca- for energy, anxiety, and your immune system.

Chaga Mushroom- grounding, immune support, and reduce inflammation.

Cordyceps- increases stamina, liver function, and detoxification.

Reishi- balancing hormones, grounding, good for fighting allergies.

These are just a few of the benefits of some of my favorite adaptogens. What they can do sometimes seems endless, because they are just that good. So, if you are interested in a particular one, do more in depth research on it.

My favorite ways to consume adaptogens

As I mentioned previously, I like to take different adaptogens based on my cycle and what I am feeling I need on a particular day. For example: If I am in my menstrual phase, and feeling low energy, I may opt for some maca and cordyceps.  Or I may do a combination of grounding and energizing, for balance and to for their other benefits as well.

I add adaptogens to my matcha lattes in the mornings, to my coconut (bliss) balls, and to my smoothies. I have also added them into my homemade chocolates, and caffeine-free lattes, and loved it.


There is so much information on adaptogens, and I highly suggest looking into them further! This is just an easy and simple guide for you to get started on, and I hope it helps! I also would recommend purchasing from Mountain Rose Herbs.  They sell in bulk and it’s really cheap. 

Do you take adaptogens?

MENSTRUAL CUPS

First, a true and really funny story. When my husband and I were still only dating, he overheard his mom and sister talking about tampons. I think they were talking about how awful they are, or something along those lines. And my sweet Sam, in all his unawareness to what a menstrual cup was, tells them “oh, Chelsea uses this like glass vial thing instead of tampons.” Insert horrible, shocked, and disgusted face here. I only got to hear about this horrible story after we were married, from his mom and sister (thankfully, they now know what a menstrual cup is and that I am not some crazy person using GLASS VIALS! hahaha!) I was so horrified when they told me what he had said! Menstrual cups are not glass, so fear not! Also, believe me, my husband now knows just about as much about menstrual cups as I do.

Menstrual cups, or period cups, are a great alternative to tampons. I love them and have been using the DivaCup for 10 years! But I am sure so many of you are wondering: what in the world is a menstrual cup?!

A menstrual cup is a soft silicone cup used in place of a tampon during your menstrual phase. It’s reusable, sustainable, better for your body, and far more comfortable than any tampon out there.

How does the DivaCup work?

There are two different fold options, and great instructions come with the cup. You can also read about it on their site before you purchase one.

Fold options via DivaCup website

As you can see, the DivaCup has a bell-shape and a “stem” on the bottom for easy removal. I have tried other menstrual cups and no one compares to the Diva.

These are offered in two sizes: model one for women under 30 and have never given birth, and model two for women over 30 or those who have (whether c-section or vaginal, it doesn’t matter. Birth is birth.) given birth. I have used both, because I have been using this brand for 10 years. You can read more about sizing options here.

Washing your DivaCup

Washing is so much easier than it may seem at first. I wash mine with Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap and that works great for me. The DivaCup website has instructions for washing, and they recommend their Diva Wash, or unscented, oil-free soap. It is also recommended to boil it after each cycle for a few minutes, just to keep it sanitized. You can learn more about caring for your cup here. 

Is it gross to use or get used to using?

I have heard so often about women being too grossed out to use a menstrual cup. And I can understand that initial icky factor. It can be something you need to get used to doing, but honestly, it’s not bad at all. After trying a menstrual cup, you may be surprised to find how cleanly and easy they are to use.

Benefits of switching to a menstrual cup:

  • menstrual cups are non toxic, and much safer for your body than tampons
  • they can be worn for up to 12 hours
  • cost saver! Imagine not having to buy tampons every month.
  • better for the environment
  • far more comfortable to wear than a tampon
  • no leaks! (if you do experience a leak, it was probably inserted wrong)
  • menstrual cups are SO safe, there is no chance of toxic shock like there is when using a tampon.

Where to purchase a DivaCup

You can use the DivaCup store finder to locate where to buy one locally, or you can order is online from any place listed here.

Switching to a menstrual cup is well worth it, and something you will be so glad you did. It’s safer for your body, the environment, and so much more comfortable than a tampon! Of course, I highly recommend them 😉

 

 

(note: this post may contain affiliate links. DivaCup provided this cup for photography purposes, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are completely mine own, and I have been using this brand for 10 years and truly trust the brand and company.)

CYCLE SYNCING

Cycle syncing is something I have been long interested in. It’s something you have probably seen me talking about on Instagram if you follow me there. But what is it exactly? And why should you be doing it?

Over the years I have gone through hell and back with my cycles. I started learning about cycle syncing when my husband and I were first trying to get pregnant about 4 years ago. I was using natural family planning to get pregnant, and really liked the idea of cycle syncing too, but I was honestly not that good at sticking to any of those practices in the long run.

This year, I heard about the app My Flo and had to try it out. It has helped me learn so much more about cycle syncing, and helped me stick to it. I highly recommend getting the app (and actually getting in the habit of utilizing it!).

So what is cycle syncing?

Cycle syncing is essentially syncing our daily lives with our cycles. Our bodies require different needs at every cycle phase, and it is so important to learn about these phases and practice cycle syncing.

If you think about the phases of your cycle, they are all so different, they change your hormones, how you feel, everything. They are ever-flowing, always continuing, always changing. This is feminine energy. Cycle syncing is all about embracing this in your day-to-day life, rather than fighting it as most of us tend to do.

For example: so many of us make a strict routine for ourselves, and we get upset when we do not or cannot stick to it. Like, exercise. Always doing the same things, working hard, and never tuning in to what your body may actually need that day.

It’s okay, we have all been there.

There are four phases of your cycle:

  • Follicular
  • Ovulation
  • Luteal
  • Menstrual

 

Cycle Syncing in the Follicular Phase

This is a great time for:

  • brainstorming
  • creativity
  • fermented foods
  • new exercise routines!

During this phase, I like to do a lot of my writing. I drink all the kombucha, and I usually end up having a dance party with my toddlers.

Cycle Syncing in the Ovulation Phase

During ovulation it is great to:

  • open up in communication
  • do some high-intensity workouts
  • eat raw veggies

I cycle sync my ovulation by working on collaborations, and if I am feeling up to it I will do some HIIT. Because I have PCOS, my ovulation phases can be really painful and sometimes I don’t feel up for a hard work out. I listen to my body and I will do some yoga or go for a light walk. I also load up on all the raw veggies, usually lots of carrots, celery and hummus. Oh, and salads! I always have a lot of salads!

Cycle Syncing in the Luteal Phase

This is a good phase for:

  • tackling your to-do list
  • strength training
  • leafy greens.

I am always finding myself wanting to do everything I have been thinking of doing in this phase. I always have a lot of motivation to get ish done! I love strength training, and I focus on it a lot during this phase. I loving leafy greens, and I eat them all the time. But eating extra during this time helps keep the sugary cravings at bay, so I eat kale chips, and put spinach/kale/arugula/etc. in everything I make!

Cycle Syncing in the Menstrual Phase

This a good time to:

  • evaluate the past month as a whole. What worked for you, and what did not, and so on.
  • Eat protein
  • It’s perfectly okay to consider a nap or a rest as your exercise for this time! If you feel up for something, I suggest a really gentle (maybe even short) yoga sequence, or a really light walk.

For me, every other menstrual phase is really brutal. During the really rough phase, I rest. I take extra care of my body, and try to keep myself as comfortable as possible. I also allow myself a treat if I want it, and that’s okay. When I am having an easier (easier for me, I should say!) cycle, I will do some yoga, and walking.

Through cycle syncing I have learned so much more about my body and my cycles. It has also helped me not only understand my PCOS more, but also treating it. To help make cycle syncing easy, I use the My Flo app on my phone. It gives me updates, helps me track my cycle, and more. It’s really helped me get in tune with my body this year, and I am so grateful. I highly recommend it! It’s $1.99 in the app store, and I think it is safe to say it’s the best 2 dollars I have spent.

You can also ease into cycle syncing, I did! Start out slow by incorporating some foods into your diet that are specific to your current phase. Then try changing up your workout routine, and so on. You will probably ed up like me: in love with how in tune you become to your body, feeling great, and obsessed with cycle syncing. It eventually becomes second nature.

To help make cycle syncing even easier (seriously the MyFlo app is SO helpful and informative!) you can make these “cycle syncing note cards.” Here are some super simple instructions as well:


  •  Cut a piece of card stock paper into four equal squares
  • Write one phase of each four phases on each paper
  • Write down a few simple reminders to do during that phase (for example: ovulation phase I wrote down HIIT, eat raw veggies and fruits, be communicative)
  • Hang it somewhere you will see it every morning for a reminder to cycle sync your day!


Make sure you are following me on Instagram, where I will be sharing even more about cycle syncing!

I would love to know, do you cycle sync?

 

3 CAFFEINE-FREE LATTE’S

I am going on week 4 without coffee and feeling amazing. I have been having matcha lattes, or chai lattes in place of coffee, but some days I cut the caffeine out entirely. However, I still like to have something in the mornings, so I started making caffeine-free superfood lattes! And let me tell you, they are so delicious and make me feel amazing!

These are great for anyone who doesn’t drink caffeine, or for those of you wanting to cut back or take a caffeine break (I highly recommend it!). I think a lot of the coffee love comes from the routine of making it. I know that personally I love the routine of making a latte in the morning.

Dandelion Root Latte:

1 1/2 t. dandelion root powder

1 T. coconut butter

12 oz homemade hemp milk (you can sub for any nut milk, or boiled water)

1 t. cinnamon

1 t. vanilla

1 t. cacao powder

1 t. ashwaghanda*

1 t. maca powder*

1 t. chaga mushroom powder*

Heat the milk over the stove, but do not boil! Add all ingredients to your blender and blend for 2 minutes!



Herbal “Coffee”:

1 t. roasted chicory root

1/2 c. filtered water

1/2 c. homemade hemp milk

1 t. vanilla

Boil water, and warm milk on to stove. Add everything to your blender, blend 2 minutes and enjoy! You can also brew chicory root like regular coffee. Use 1 t. chicory root to every 1 cup you make. A great coffee alternative that tastes like coffee!


Spirulina Latte:

1 t. spirulina

1/2 t. chlorella

1/2 t cordyceps mushroom powder

1 T. raw local honey

1 T. coconut butter

12 oz. homemade hemp milk

1/2 t. ashwaghanda*

1/2 t. maca powder*

Heat milk on stove. Add everything into a blender, blend 2 minutes!

Why did I stop drinking coffee?

As many of you may know from following me on Instagram, I have stopped drinking my beloved coffee. I stopped for two major reasons: the acidity and the caffiene. Coffee was causing my body a lot of problems like breakouts, bloat, trouble sleeping, and increased stress/anxiety. Suffering postpartum anxiety, adrenal fatigue and severe hormonal imbalances, I got to the point of being done with things not being enough and cut out a lot of things from diet. Coffee was the first! It was a lot easier than I expected it to be, and I noticed major changes by the third day.

*adaptogens:

These all are optional, but highly recommended! I take a lot of different adaptogens. They support adaptation to stress and anxiety, hence the name.

I buy all of my herbs, adaptogens, coconut (to make coconut butter), hemp seeds, etc. from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can buy them in bulk for a great price here. I started taking ashwaghanda about 16 months ago, and discovered this year that it is so much cheaper to but it in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs! They carry high-quality, organic ingredients that I trust 100%!

*This is a sponsored post, thank you Mountain Rose Herbs for supplying the product used to make these delicious lattes. Although this is a sponsored post, I would never recommend of work with a brand I did not already invest in and completely trust. I love Mountain Rose Herbs, and have for years!