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29 Mar 2013
GREEN SMOOTHIES are great to add to your daily routine this time of year-we highly recommend making them part of your morning routine, as a meal replacement, or for a quick snack ‘on-the-go’. Their taste and nutritional value will only get better as fresh, local seasonal produce becomes more available as we move towards summer! Whether you’re incorporating green smoothies into your diet as part of a healthy detoxing regimen, a weight loss plan, or just to increase your energy and general nutrition...they are an excellent way to bump up the amount of fruit and vegetables your family consumes. We’ve discovered an easy-to-use, excellent reference guide and recipe book for making your own healthy green smoothies...GREEN SMOOTHIE JOY, by Cressida Elias. It’s chock-full of everything you need to know about making green smoothies at home: nutritional ingredients, dietary adaptations, recipes and equipment. Here are some tips and favorite recipes from the book:
-For sweetness (and to appeal to kids): add banana or strawberries.
-For creamy texture: add avocado, banana, mango, yogurt.
-Add either ice or frozen fruit to prevent warming.
-Try adding sparkling water for a different effect.
-Rotate greens for balanced nutritional value.
-Add additional ingredients for taste, or for additional protein:
ground flax seed, chia seed, coconut water/milk/flakes, cocoa powder or cacau, whey or rice protein, cooked or raw oatmeal, nut milks.
-Although not necessary, using a Vitamix, NutriBullet or other high-powered blender makes the blending quicker and more fun...it also improves the texture.
ZINGY SPRING GREEN SMOOTHIE:
1/2 Squeezed Lemon
2 Handfuls of Kale or Spinach
1 Frozen Banana
1 TBS of Chia Seeds
1-2 C Water (approx)
1 C of Ice
TROPICAL GREEN SMOOTHIE:
1 C Pineapple chunks
1 C Mango
1 Handful of Spinach
1/2 C of Coconut Milk, Coconut Water or Coconut Cream
CHOCO PASSION GREEN SMOOTHIE:
1 Frozen Banana
2 Handfuls of Spinach
1 Passion Fruit (the insides)
2 Chunks of Dark Chocolate or 1 TSP Cocoa Powder
2 C Almond Milk (approx.)
25 Mar 2013
Spring has turned our city a gorgeous tapestry of green! Leaves and moss set a perfect backdrop for the flowering trees and bulbs, and there is no doubt that ‘spring has sprung’...in all it’s Northwest splendor!
In honor of the ‘greening’ (of our admittedly already very ‘green’ city), Spa Willamina is offering TWO wonderful weekly specials for you to choose from, to give your skin the rejuvenating boost of a fresh spring start:
THE GREEN PEEL
75 minutes for $225 (normally $350!)
This remarkable all-natural peel is a scientifically developed skin regenerator that uses only pure plant ingredients instead of harsh chemicals. Small herb particles polish the skin and increase circulation while releasing beneficial vitamins and enzymes. Within five days, the upper epidermal layers peel away, revealing the healthier, more radiant skin beneath. The Green Peel will help minimize hyperpigmentation, acne, acne scarring, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, and in some cases eliminate these skin challenges altogether. This includes a post-peel mask to be scheduled 5 days after the green peel.
THE MINI GREEN PEEL
60 minutes for $175 (normally $125!)
The mini peel uses the same herbal plant mixture as the deep peel, the difference being less time with the herbs on the skin, and doing the post-peel mask with the facial.
22 Mar 2013
This is the week of the Spring Equinox, that moment in time of perfect seasonal balance...night and daylight hours are equal now, as the sun begins to win out over the dark of winter. As we gather the first daffodils poking their heads through the slowly warming soil, it seems as though nature is encouraging us to take a look at the concept of balance in our own lives. We’re all trying to find it...work/play, yin/yang, dark/light. It can be elusive at times, there is no doubt, but when you find that ‘sweet spot’ and life comes together and flows seamlessly in time and place it is worth the effort.
At this traditional time of rebirth and renewal, let us help you restore and rediscover your own personal balance with Spa Willamina’s Spring Equinox Package. Book now and enjoy the luxury of three and a half hours of pampering, guaranteed to put a spring in your step and slough off any leftover winter blues...!
SPRING EQUINOX PACKAGE includes:
Nourish and revitalize your feet, beginning with a warm milk soak infused with custom-blended essential oils to soothe and soften the skin. Followed by gentle exfoliation, massage and an intensive moisturizing wrap.
HOT OIL SCALP TREATMENT
An aromatherapy massage treatment especially for the scalp, neck and shoulders to release tension where we carry it most. A special blend of concentrated essential oils helps strengthen hair while restoring vitality, volume and shine.
75 MINUTE CUSTOM-BLENDED FACIAL
We customize our facial treatments to address each client’s unique skin challenges. Includes cleansing, toning, extractions if necessary, and light massage of head, neck, & shoulders.
60 MINUTE DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
This corrective, therapeutic massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue that lie far beneath the skin’s surface. Through firm, targeted pressure, it relieves chronic tension patterns in the muscles while releasing unwanted toxins. Added regenerative benefits of a floral bouquet of essential oils (bergamot, geranium, and rose), designed to envelope your senses and brighten your day.
12 Mar 2013
We are really excited to be able to now offer two incredible products sourced locally from 'The Pollen Man'...100% natural Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly!
The health benefits of adding both bee pollen and royal jelly to the diet are well documented and have been taken in various forms since ancient times. Historically, these wonderful gifts from the bees have been taken to restore vitality, as well as for their anti-oxidant, immune modulating, anti-inflammatory, hormone regulating and skin healing properties.
The Pollen Man products now available:
100% Pure Royal Jelly, $36. for a 1-oz bottle.
100% Natural Bee Pollen, $7. for a 4 oz. bag.
From The Pollen Man's website:
"The Pollen Man produces a special type of pollen in Northern British Columbia that contains every known vitamin and nutrient known to science. This special pollen is 100% mountain wild flowers and fruit trees. (no vegetational crops), yielding a high protein, low sugar pollen containing all know amino acids, in the same ratio as your body; completely natural and organic... most pollens are oven dried or ground into capsules, both processes that kill the nutrients - The Pollen Man pollen is sun and air dried which retains the nutritional integrity and value of the pollen. The Pollen Man Royal Jelly contains all known amino acids (protein) and is the highest known form of acetylcholine per gram. The Pollen Man provides Royal Jelly that is unprocessed and totally organic. As a super food and natural antibiotic., as well as a strong source of acetylcholine and amino acids, Royal Jelly enhances the immune system."
In addition, Spa Willamina carries a top-notch Propolis Tincture from Avena Botanicals, another very ethical company with a focus on Biodynamic preparations:
Propolis Liquid Extract: $15.00 for a 1-oz bottle, $30. for 2-oz.
Noted from the Avena Botanicals website: "Propolis is the sticky resin produced by honey bees to seal off their hives from outside pathogens. We purchase Propolis from a New England beekeeper committed to using ethical and sustainable beekeeping practices. Traditionally regarded as an effective anti-septic and anti-bacterial resin for soothing sore throats, laryngitis, esophagitis, gum inflammation and upper respiratory infections."
It is difficult to find reliable sources for good quality bee products of this kind...many sources are adulterated, tainted, heat-processed or otherwise undesirable. We are thrilled to be able to make these natural bee products available to you!
01 Mar 2013
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?”
Sleep is so vital for our health and well-being, yet very few of us get enough of it. The list of things that rob us of sleep continually grows (stress, busy schedules, hormonal changes,...), so we need to give getting ample rest our full attention and adjust our daily lives to ensure we get enough of it to stay in balance.
For many of us, that means supplementing our nighttime shut-eye with cat naps or quiet, restful intervals throughout the day. Give yourself the gift of completely un-interrupted quiet time at some point in your day, even if you’ve only got a few minutes-it’s amazing what a 5 minute ‘adult time out’ can do for your mental health!. We all know that kids need naps (especially those under 5 years old, for at least 30 minutes daily), but we need to also work power-naps and rejuvenating down time into our own ‘grown up’ schedules.
When we rest or take quiet down-time we give our minds and bodies time to regenerate and recharge, thus building our immunity and resistance to disease. A lack of sleep slows the body’s production of disease-fighting white blood cells and also impairs the activity of natural killer cells and macrophages. A restful sleep releases powerful immune-enhancing compounds such as interferon- vital to each of us (especially at this time of year).
Getting enough sleep has also been linked with improved memory, reduced inflammation, maintaining a healthy weight, and relief from depression. Too many benefits to ignore, so let’s all give our bodies a little more of what they need (and as you can see from this picture, baby Jack has mastered this)...a little more sleep!
27 Feb 2013
"Everything needs it: bone, muscles, and even,
while it calls the earth its home, the soul.
So the merciful, noisy machine
stands in our house working away in its
... it feeds, as we all do, as we must, upon the invisible gift:
our purest, sweet necessity: the air.”
-Mary Oliver, ‘Thirst’
Breathing. We do it mindlessly throughout the day, but paying a little bit of extra attention to this essential body function can reap big rewards to your health. When it comes to regenerating and recharging, conscious breathing is the simplest, yet the most powerful tool you have at your disposal. It helps calm the nerves, stimulates the brain functions and raises serotonin levels. Deep breathing is vital for blood and oxygen flow-without the proper oxygen flow throughout the entire body, our organs begin to operate less efficiently leading to health problems. Breathing in more oxygen is also the most effective purification process for the blood stream...and when your blood stream is purified, the body has more energy. Effective breathing leads to a healthier body and mind, no doubt about it.
Here is a wonderful breathing technique I learned from Dr. Weil MD-it can really help move your energy. Do it throughout the day, wherever and whenever you find the need. Ideally, position yourself in a comfortable chair with your hands on your knees, shoulders relaxed:
Breathe in through the nose for a count of 7
Hold for a count of 4
Breathe out through the mouth for a count of 7
Hold for a count of 4
Repeat 7 times.
13 Jan 2013
The flu season here in Portland is in full swing… if you are counting your blessings that you are keeping the flu and all the other nasty viruses going around at bay, check the list of tips below to be sure you’re incorporating them into your daily routine as a preventative measure.
Although most of us are fully aware of the importance of taking care of ourselves to prevent illness, we all need to be reminded occasionally of the simple things we can do on a daily basis to prevent getting sick:
Try to get eight hours of restorative sleep and a quick nap/everyday (15 minutes). Close your eyes and take deep breaths. If you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep/good sleep, your body can’t regenerate to rebuild from the damage of the day. This includes stress, free radicals, depleted serotonin levels and digestion that is not functioning correctly. If you have children, watch what happens to them when they do not get enough sleep: cranky, sick, easily frustrated, diet is not consistent. When you are not feeling well, or have a cold or the flu, you need more rest. Don’t pack your day! If you sleep for a few days you will recover much faster than trying to plow through without your usual energy and resources available.
Always our best medicine. Eat soups with lots of leafy greens, (spinach, kale, broccoli, chard). Citrus fruits too. Less dairy and carbs-these cause more congestion, and slow our systems down. You want to work your digestive system to move the imbalance out as soon as possible.
Divide your weight in 1/2; this number equals the ounces you need to drink per day. (For example: 160 lbs. /80 oz. water or 10 glasses a day.) You need water to hydrate but more importantly, water regulates body temperature, and flushes toxins. The brain needs it to produce serotonin and regulate chemicals so it functions properly.
It breaks down the immune system. Stress sends a message to our adrenals to produce excessive cortisol, causing slow wound healing, a weakened immune system, thyroid issues and inflammation. Take a deep breath if you are overwhelmed. Visualize the process that you need to take to accomplish your tasks, see these things getting done without worry or stress. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
...and wash your hands, of course-as frequently as possible!
28 Dec 2012
Tonight the last full moon of the year, traditionally known as the ‘Long Night’s Moon’, will rise into the night sky. It should be a great night for moon-gazing, but we recommend taking a little time for yourself beforehand to enjoy a relaxing bath with our Moonlight Bath Soak to celebrate the end of the 2012 lunar year. With the grounding properties of Geranium, Jasmine, Rosewood, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang essential oils, this mineral-rich formulation helps rebalance and restore, especially when followed-up with a generous lathering of our luscious Moonlight Body Balm. As the skin is the largest organ of elimination in the body and hot water opens the pores, a salt bath allows for an enjoyable natural release of toxins, as well as many other reported therapeutic benefits. Afterwards, we encourage you to step outside for a stroll, ‘moon-bathe’ for a few minutes, breath deep, reflect and enjoy the soothing night air…a peaceful way to wind down after the holidays and get ready to welcome in 2013!
17 Dec 2012
There are many simple activities and herbal treatments that can help you keep winter colds and flu at bay…take a look at the list below and see which ones you might easily incorporate into your daily routine:
University of Washington researchers enrolled 115 women in weekly 45-minute stretching sessions or 45 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. After 12 months, the exercisers contracted significantly fewer colds than the stretchers did.
2) Manage stress
Carnegie Mellon researchers found that the odds of a cold increase with increase stress.
Its found that as social connections increase, risk of colds decreases. The benefit gained from socializing more than compensates for the risk of spending time around cold sufferers.
4) Make love
Researchers at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania surveyed 112 college students about their sexual frequency, then analyzed their saliva for immunoglobulin A (IgA), one of the body’s first defenses against colds. Those who reported sex once or twice a week had the highest IgA levels.
The herbs listed below have been found to help fight colds, or at least shorten the length of time you’re ‘under the weather’...many of them can be found in our WIllamina MA product line, as well as in the other herbal product lines we carry at Spa Willamina:
Decreases the duration of colds and flus as well as the severity. Can reduce colds by 1.4 days.
Cuts severity of cold symptoms in half
3) Green Tea
Significantly reduces the duration of colds
Researchers from the University of Chile in Santiago found that taking andrographis reported faster relief of all symptoms with no side effects for colds. Recommended dose: 400 mg three times a day.
5) South African Geranium (Pelargonium sidoides)
Ukrainian scientists gave 103 adult cold sufferers a placebo or pelargonium (30 drops three times a day). After 10 days, 31 percent of the placebo group was cured. In the pelargonium group, the figure was 79%. This herb also treats the bronchitis that may develop at the tail en of a cold. Recommended dose: 30 drops three times a day.
6) Slippery Elm and Licorice
Provides significant relief to sore throats, can be taken in tea form
7) Ashwaganda, Eleuthero, Maitake, Reishi and Shiitake
Immune-enhancing against viral infections
Found in The Herb Companion Magazine