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Cork Yoga Mat For the Diehard Yoga Enthusiast.

Unlike most synthetic materials used in yoga mats, cork is naturally antimicrobial and contains zero PVC’s or harmful chemicals. Purchasing a cork yoga mat helps protect the biodiversity of cork forests, as no trees are harmed in its production. Hand-made in the USA using 100% recyclable materials, our uniquely crafted mats are guaranteed to elevate your yoga experience. Click on the reviews tab to see what our customers are saying about the yoga mats that are transforming the way we practice.

Top side: Highest-quality, eco-friendly cork padding designed for optimal grip. Composed of waste cork from the bottle-making process, steam pressed to form a flexible sheet.

Harvesting cork: Trees are not cut down to harvest cork, rather, the bark is harvested by hand every 9 years. Cork oak trees can live up to 300 years!

Recycled Tires: Backing of our yoga mat is comprised of approximately 90% domestically produced recycled rubber tires. We are so confident in the durability of our products that Yoloha yoga guarantees them to be free of manufacturer defects and to last a lifetime, if used and cared for properly. You are also free to try out any of our products 30 days, if you aren't happy in any way send it back. No questions asked. Visit their FAQ page for more information.

 

abeego wrapAbeego Non-toxic Food Wrapping.

In our ongoing quest for non-plastic alternatives for everything, we ran across a non-toxic alternative to plastic wrap for food preservation. For thousands of years people have turned to nature’s preservatives, like those found in Abeego, to keep their living food alive. Abeego allows your food to breathe, which improves the flavour, slows down the rate of decomposition, and leads to less wasted food.

Abeego is created from pure beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin infused into a fabric made of hemp and certified organic cotton. Each ingredient was selected for its preservative qualities, so you maximize the life of your food and waste less of it.

Malleable at room temperature, Abeego stiffens when cooled, holding the shape you’ve created. To clean, simply wash your Abeego in cold water with an eco-friendly dish soap and allow it to dry.

Abeego Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Their gift cards have no additional processing fees.

Made from: Hemp, Organic Cotton, Beeswax, Tree Resin, Jojoba Oil.

 

oil misterOil Mister.

For that chef or culinary creative on your Christmas list who has everything; we're betting they don't have one of these. An oil mister spreads a light, even coating of any oil with the push of a button. It’s an eco-friendly alternative to aerosol cooking sprays and hard-to-clean basting brushes. Just fill the glass reservoir with your oil of choice, twist and pump.

 

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oster blend and goOster Blend and Go.

And for that sports nut or person who is so busy they can't even take 30 seconds to press the button on their home blender, now there's a blender they can take with them. Simply fill and blend with just a twist of the bottle. Change out the blender blade for the drinking lid and off you go!

Oster Website.

It's so difficult to buy gifts for men as it is, but healthy gifts? Forget about it. But...every guy has to shave and buy shaving cream, so making this as a homemade gift will show just how much you care.

 

homemade shave creamHomemade Shaving Cream.

Shave Cream Ingredients

Shave Cream Instructions

  1. Melt the oil and shea/cocoa butter in a double boiler until just melted
  2. Remove from heat and add other ingredients
  3. Whisk or blend well for several minutes
  4. Transfer to jar or container to store
  5. Check while it is cooling to make sure it doesn’t start to separate. If it does, shake or mix well to re-incorporate.
  6. Lasts up to six months

 

homemade wassail

Here we go a Wassailing.

We all get enough sugar during the holiday season for sure, so why add to it with sugar-laden drinks as well like sodas. Besides, there are some very interesting and unique beverages you can serve or drink during the holidays that will make them more special because you only drink them once a year.

Wassail has been around almost forever, which is why it is mentioned in some very popular, traditional Christmas carols. Wassailing is a Medieval southern English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the next year. But since we do not really wassail anymore, except for maybe some old-timers in England, today it is just a good, festive drink.

There’s really no such thing as wassail for one, so a punch bowl is most often used for making it. There are two versions of wassail: with and without eggs, with and without alcohol. Egg is rich in nutrients like choline and biotin, but it’s the saturated fat found in egg that proves to be its greatest benefit as it relates to alcohol.  Alcohol challenges the liver, but saturated fat helps to mitigate the effect of alcohol on the liver, meaning that moderate and occasional consumption of alcohol in conjunction with foods rich in healthy fats – like eggs, may help to offset any potential damage.

Here's a recipe for making traditional alcohol wassail completely from scratch. You can substitute apple juice for the fresh apples to save time.

5 to 6 small to medium honey crisp (or Fuji or McIntosh) apples, cored
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 cups Madeira
1 bottles (22 4/10 ounces) London Pride Ale
2 bottles (48 ounces) Strongbow English Cider
1 cup apple cider
12 whole cloves
12 whole allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks, 2 inches long
2 strips orange peel, 2 inches long
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place apples in a 9-by-9-inch glass baking dish. Spoon light and dark brown sugar into center of each apple, dividing sugar evenly among them. Pour 1 cup water into bottom of dish and bake until tender, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, pour Madeira, ale and English and apple ciders into a large slow cooker or heavy pot. Place cloves, allspice, cinnamon and orange peel into cheesecloth, tie shut with kitchen twine and add to slow cooker or pot along with ginger and nutmeg. Set slow cooker to medium, or place pot over low heat. Gently simmer for about 1 hour, while apples bake, or longer if desired.

Add liquid from the baking dish and stir to combine. Using tongs, transfer apples into slow cooker or pot to garnish. Reduce heat. Ladle hot wassail into heatproof cups to serve.

wassail punchThis traditional wassail recipe features hard cider, sugar-roasted apples, brandy and sweet spices. It is a simple, old-fashioned recipe with little alcohol.

4 small apples
1 cup unrefined cane sugar
1 medium orange
13 whole cloves
2 quarts hard apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
1 tbsp powdered ginger
1 tsp grated nutmeg
6 allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks
6 large eggs, (separated)
toast, (optional, to serve with)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Scoop out the core of the apples without fully penetrating the apple – a melon baller works well. Fill each apple with about a tablespoon of unrefined cane sugar. Place the apples in the baking sheet. Stud an orange with thirteen cloves and place it in the baking sheet. Bake the apples and orange together for forty minutes.

While the apples and orange bake, pour apple cider and brandy into a heavy-bottomed stock pot and warm over moderately low heat. Whisk in powdered ginger and grated nutmeg. Do not bring the wassail to a boil.
Cut a small square of the butter muslin and place allspice and cinnamon into the square; tie with 100% cotton cooking twine and float this sachet of spices in the wassail as it warms.

Beat egg yolks until light in color and set aside. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold egg yolks into whites, then temper the eggs by slowly pouring one-half cup wassail into the eggs. Remove the spice sachet from the wassail and pour in the tempered eggs. Transfer to a punch bowl. Float baked apples and oranges in the wassail and serve by the mug, topping each much with a small slice of toast if desired.

 

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Foods That Heal: Molasses.

by Circkles.com.

Molasses is made the same way as maple syrup is in large vats over an open fire usually. Sweet sorghum is cut, the outer stalks stripped and the inner sweet part is juiced and boiled down to make a thick, dark sweetener known as molasses. In contrast to refined white sugars and corn syrup, molasses is much higher in nutrients than mostly sweeteners making a better choice than sugars or corn syrup which have very little nutritional value.

Therapeutic Properties: Molasses is one of the richest sources of nutrients per ounce. Conditions which have shown improvement with molasses added to the diet are, varicose veins, angina, constipation, ulcers, eczema, nerve disorders, anemia, colitis, damaged hair and psoriasis. It is the best sugar substitute available because it contains all the enzymes and vitamins necessary for metabolizing of sugar.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline (refined sugar is acidic in the body)

Significant Nutrients: 1 Tablespoon of molasses contains more iron than eggs, more calcium than a glass of milk and is an excellent source of B vitamins. It also contains some trace elements not found in many foods, such as inositol and copper. Molasses is also very rich in magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin E. Refined white sugar contains none of these nutrients or any other nutrients.

How to Use: Best eaten as unrefined as possible and preferably, organic.

 

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