Salt

So, I have been pretty absent from this space for the past few months. Been busy with working, studying (Always studying), creating, trying to give love and the whole breathing thing we do. Honestly, my body seems to hate winter more than my mind and it’s been depressing. I am so ready for summer, it isn’t even funny.

This has been on my mind for over a week now. I wanted to share with you my inspiration from something so simple and… well common. You probably already know because it is the name for this post. Salt, I think, is grossly underestimated. No, I haven’t gone insane. We use it all the time in cooking for its ability to bring out more flavour in a dish. It what makes the ocean so cleansing, and gross tasting. Depending on the type of salt, you can make your bath cleansing, muscle relaxing on calming.

Salt can do that!

Last week I reread an old issue of Kinfolk. It is the summer issue, number 12. Anyway, the whole issue is about SALT! My goddess! I am so excited. Is that weird? Reading about these different people from different parts of the world and their connection to salt. A cook who is obsessed with Himalayan Pink salt (I am so on that wagon), Fishermen who have this passion for the salty waves, a woman who still spends her summers at her families house by the ocean, a family who built their home practically on the beach… The passion these people have for the ocean, salt and the environment is so freaking mind blowing. The really cool thing is that this magazine appeared around the time I really started to appreciate the ocean and the powers that it has. It only takes me five minutes to drive to the beach and about 15 minutes to ride my bike. I never really had any respect for the ocean. It was always just there. In Summer I rarely tripped to the beach because I would get burnt to a crisp, Winter is too cold, Spring… busy with university, Autumn… you get the picture. I didn’t want to go because it was (eek) boring and a little inconvenient. I’m sorry! I can’t believe that I just admitted that.

Now I have a deep appreciation for the ocean. Not just the understanding that I don’t belong in the ocean, for I cannot breathe under it, but the calming and healing energies it has. I am not really sure why this is, maybe it is the salt, but I do know that after an hour walk along the beach as soon as I wake, leaves me shiny eyed and totally relaxed and out of this world in the present moment. Any worry or fear that I had the day before… forgotten, washed away in by the waves. You have to try it.

There are many how to’s on this wide web for salt baths but I just wanted to share with you my favourites.

Epsom Salt Muscle Relaxer

Epsom salt is used as a detoxifier, and thats great, but I love to soak in a bath of epsom salt when my muscles are really sore after a workout, or working in the yard. You can use an essential oil to make this bath even more luxurious.

1/2 to 1 cup of epsom salt (depending on your personal need. Though I wouldn’t add any more than a cup)

4-6 drops of essential oil (lavender, rose or ylang ylang are really lovely and relaxing)

Water

Simply run a bath that is a little hotter warm, as the heat will make you sweat and help in releasing toxins. Add the salt and essential oils in at the start so they mix in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and slip on in.

Himalayan Salt Toxin Detox

Because of the mineral content in this pretty pink salt, it makes it pretty powerful. This is why I would suggest not to add any more than 2- 1/2 cups i=of the salt to your bath. You can of course add less, if your feel your body needs a more gentle detox. This is totally okay.

1 to 2 1/2 cups of Himalayan salt

Water

Simply run a bath that is a little hotter warm, as the heat will make your muscles relax, sweat and help in releasing toxins. Add the salt in at the start so it mixes in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and enjoy.

Rose Scented Salt Bath

This may be my favourite bath to draw. It is slightly detoxifying but the scent of rose is just heaven. If you don’t like rose than any other calming essential oil will work nicely.

1/2 cup Himalayan salt

1/3 cup dried rose hips and pettles, or 4-5 drops rose essential oil

Draw a warm bath. Add the salt and essential oils or dried rise hips in at the start so they mix in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and slip on in for about 10-20 minutes.

After any of these baths it is best to lay down wrapped in a towel for a few minutes while your body slowly drops to a more neutral temperature. You can feel drained, especially after the Himalayan salt bath, this can occur if you have added over 3 cups, and it just from the strength of the salt. Best to be safe and not add anymore than 2 cups. Drink water to replenish the water you sweated out.

Don’t want to spend money or waste water? I am totally in the same boat. This is my fave… go swimming in the ocean! Problem solved. These captures might just make you love the beach too.

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Enjoy the salty water!

Spend a whole hour in that massive salty bath. Seriously, it is like having a cool bath with a small community of people.

A First Time For Everything

Sometimes I can be pretty spontaneous. Going in for a trim and coming out with my waist length hair above my shoulders or deferring uni for a year to become a nanny, I swear I am going back Nana!! (the last one has worked out really well, the first not so much). This is definitely one of those impulsive times… without a doubt. I woke up to a oddly cool morning and my handsome man (my dog) with his little head rested on my chest. Yesterday was emotionally draining, for reasons I don’t think I will share just yet (I’ll give you a hint, a boy… THE boy), and this morning I said to myself that I need to be spontaneous. I felt like I needed to do something to express my emotions, creativity, passion and love. So I Googled (yes, I Googled!) how to start a blog and now I am here. I am still working everything out so forgive me if my post are a little Plain-Jane.

It feels fitting, since I really love healthy foods, to start this blog off with a bang. So I ask you what is more ‘bang’ worthy than pancakes? I’ll tell you the only answer (because I don’t believe that war is the answer). Pancakes! Yay! These aren’t just any pancakes though. They are super healthy, yummy and hey these babies have blueberries in them. Blueberries are filled with antioxidants and are a very yummy skin food. I have adapted this recipe slightly from the Green Kitchen Stories Flour-Free Banana and Coconut Pancakes. They are genius, GENIUS!, but the desecrated coconut in them didn’t really sit well with my personal likings so I replaced it with coconut flour. This turned out really well. I also have used the dried pulp from homemade coconut milk, and that works just as well. The original recipe makes 10 pancakes but mine is enough for 2 lovers or one hungry person. But go crazy! Make a massive one, there are no rules!

These pancakes are the perfect breakfast for a Sunday morning because they are quick to make, are healthy and they are pancakes. This recipe is my go to on a lazy Sunday when I don’t feel like my weekday oatmeal or a healthy breakfast smoothie. In summer I love to eat them outside in the shade but in winter there is just nothing like eating this healthy stack in bed. Admit it, it’s your guilty pleasure as well.


Banana and Blueberry Pancakes

Makes 4 pancakes

Notes: If you are looking for a vegan option substitute the eggs for a chia or flax mix. 1 tablespoon to 3 tablespoons of water. If you have the chance to grind the seeds go for it.

Additions: 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 cardamom, soaked nuts or seeds for topping, homemade nut butter for a topping.

1 ripe banana

2 eggs (organic and free range)

1 tablespoon coconut flour or dried pulp from nut milk

1/4 cup organic blueberries (more for topping)

Coconut oil for frying (I love coconut oil so I add a table spoon, sometimes two, but do what feels right to you)

Honey for drizzling (support the honey bees beautiful people, buy raw and organic)

Mash the banana with a fork in a standard bowl. Crack in the eggs and mix it with a fork until the egg and banana are combined well. This is where you add the tablespoon of coconut four and mix that in. You will see that the mixture is thicker now. The coconut has soaked up some of the moisture. Add the blueberries and mix lightly.

Put a pan on medium to low heat (depending on your stove) and add the coconut oil. Once hot enough start adding in the pancake mixture in whatever sizes you desire. They do puff up a bit because of the coconut flour so you can make them thinner and get more out of the recipe. You may need to use the back of a spoon to smooth them out on the pan. Let cook for about two minutes on the first side, flip, then cook for another minute or so. Serve with whatever and however you like, definitely don’t forget the honey… yum.

Enjoy.

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I really hope you like this version of the recipe it also work well without the coconut flour, just cook for a little longer on each side. The original is in David and Luise’s first book and on their blog, I encourage you to give that one a try. So good. Please feel free to share some of your favourite add-ons for this recipe.