August Favourites 2014 | Holistic Lifestyle

august favourites 2014

It’s finally September, so it’s time to confess what I’ve been obsessed with all month long. I’ve got some beauty favourites, some food loves, two ground-breaking health books, and one amazing YouTuber.

You guys might be enjoying slightly cooler weather and might be getting excited about layering, wearing coats again, and colourful leaves, but we don’t get any of that here. The real summer starts in August and lasts until the end of November. Needless to say, I’m super hot and wishing for some cooling rain (not going to happen until November).

Anyway, I’m not complaining. Just sharing the reality of Canarian life with you. πŸ™‚ Let’s start with the August favourites!

Don’t-Know-Which-Category-To-Put-It-In Favourite

I discovered food grade hydrogen peroxide. Which planet did I live on before? I’ve no idea. I used to see hydrogen peroxide pop up in so many natural health articles and books, but I always dismissed it without even researching it properly. I always associated it with the kind of peroxide people would use for acne or the one for bleaching hair. I never realized those were totally different things.

I guess this time I got curious enough and researched it better. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural compound of just two molecules; water and oxygen. It even falls down from the sky with rain, so it’s not something totally chemical and artificially engineered. I know in an ideal world with healthy teeth, bacteria in the mouth would be beneficial, but when one has lots of filling, cavities and receding gums, some extra help is very much needed.

I’ve been using Essential Oxygen 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide as an antibacterial mouthwash. All I do is mix it with an equal amount of water and swish it in my mouth for a minute or two every evening. It helps gums heal and helps arrest or prevent tooth decay, so let’s see how that works out for me in the long term. So far, I’ve been enjoying it a lot, and my teeth and gums feel much better.

By the way, hydrogen peroxide is supposed to lighten teeth gradually as well, but it takes at least 2 or 3 months of daily use, so I guess I’ll update you on that later.

If you want to try it for yourself, make sure you get food grade hydrogen peroxide. Cosmetic grade can be polluted with heavy metals, so it’s definitely best to stay away from it.

Food Favourites

1. Lacto-fermentation of vegetables and raw dairy

august beauty favourites

Here’s the little fermented collection I made last weekend.

I’ve been obsessed with fermenting everything. My favourites at the moment are fermented red peppers and beetroots. They’re delicious on a sandwich or with fish and meat. We’ve been trying to have a little fermented food with every single meal to make sure we always supply our body with digestive enzymes naturally, and it seems to be working beautifully.

We’ve also been fermenting raw goat milk. Our favourite discovery is raw cream cheese, which we love eating alone or putting it on a slice of homemade sourdough bread. It has such a creamy and gentle taste, it’s full of beneficial bacteria and calcium that is so easy for the body to assimilate. We’ve also been loving homemade kefir and yogurt – both made from raw goat milk.

I’ve been trying to eat only completely raw dairy lately, and I think it’s making a huge difference to my teeth. Fingers crossed, it will work this time!

By the way, I’ve learned so much about lacto-fermentation and I think it’s so much fun, so I’ll definitely be writing more about it in the future. Keep an eye on this space if you’d like to learn more!

2. Cold-pressed flaxseed oil

It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are so difficult to get for most people. It doesn’t taste pleasant alone, but we’ve been consuming it in two different ways that mask the taste perfectly. We either mix it with some cream cheese or add it to our homemade salad dressings. The first method is really famous and is called the Budwig Protocol. It helps fight cancer and lots of other health issues by saturating your body with oxygen. Cancer cells, bacteria, parasites, and all other other bad guys don’t like environments with lots of oxygen, so they die. If you add a teaspoon to your salad dressing every time,Β  you won’t even taste it, but you’ll get some of the beneficial Omega-3.

Flaxseed oil is great for acne because it reduces inflammation in the body. It’s definitely worth introducing it to your diet. Just be careful not to overdo it. A teaspoon a day might be all you need.

3. Raw hemp seeds

I’ve always seen hemp seeds mentioned in various health books and articles, but for some reason I never gave them a try. Well, this month I did, and I love them. I read a book called “Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life” by Brendan Brazier, and hemp seeds, hemp protein and hemp oil were mentioned all across the book as true superfoods. I’m not a vegan and don’t plan to be, but I like picking the best ideas and tips from all kinds of diets. This book got me intrigued by hemp seeds as I’m always on the lookout for some extra energy. Hemp seeds are also great for healthy hair, skin, and nails, so I’m sold!

Hemp seeds are considered the perfect food for humans because they contain an ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They also contain lots of protein, so it’s a perfect food for vegetarians and vegans. I’m not either, but I enjoy eating plant-based foods as much as I can.

We usually add hemp seeds to our salads, we sprinkle some on our morning porridge or just eat them alone. Just make sure you don’t heat them as heat oxidises the fatty acids.

Beauty Favourites

august beauty favourites 2014

1. Tea tree oil

I know I’ve said before that I’m not a huge fan of tea tree oil, but I’ve changed my mind recently.Β  I’ve been adding a drop or two to a cotton pad soaked with rosewater and have been using that as a toner every evening. Strangely, I kind of like the smell (my poor hubby hates it), it cools down my face (and that’s priceless when there are 29ΒΊC in the house), and it keeps my skin clearer than ever.

I’ve also been adding a drop to my hydrogen peroxide mouthwash. Not all the time as I don’t want to overdo on the antibacterial front, but perhaps once a week or so. It helps keep my teeth and gums healthy. it also refreshes my breath.

2. Pumpkin seed oil

I mentioned it in my last month’s favourites, but I had to mention it again. Sorry! I’ve been using pumpkin seed oil for even more things this month, and it has become a true go-to product in my beauty routine. I now use it as my Oil Cleansing oil, as a face and body moisturizer, as an oil mask for my hair, and I also apply it to my feet and hands occasionally. It’s so versatile!

The reason why I wanted to mention pumpkin seed oil again is because I’ve been using it as a moisturizer on my face every single morning for the last 30 days. That’s unheard of! I’d never been able to use any oil on my face during the day on a daily basis. You see, it’s really hot here and I find that everything just feels heavy and eventually ends up clogging my skin. However, pumpkin seed oil works perfectly. As I explained in my last month’s favourites, it’s high in linoleic acid, which means that it doesn’t let pores clog and even helps melt the clogs that are already there. It keeps my skin nourished, but not shiny, and it’s also making it clearer than ever. The combination of tea tree oil and pumpkin seed oil seems to be doing wonders for my skin. You must give it a try!

By the way, pumpkin seed oil tastes amazing, so if you don’t like using it for beauty purposes, you can always use it up for salads. I’m obsessed with the smell and the taste.

The books that rocked my world

In August, I’ve been reading a lot about candida and liver/gallbladder cleanses. Two books stood out for me. In fact, I’d say they are some of the best health related books I’ve ever read, so I’m super excited to tell you all about them.

1. “The Body Ecology Diet” by Donna Gates

Favourite book of August

I’ve had candida for years, and for the most part I keep it in check. However, from time to time it raises its ugly head. It’s frustrating and it’s so hard to put it back to sleep every time. I always have to be super careful about what I eat, and even a bit too much fruit or honey can send me back to the jaws of candida. Of course, I’m always on the lookout for a way to get rid of it permanently.

This book is probably the most famous book about candida, and it’s helped thousands of people to heal themselves successfully. It describes the whole protocol: from food to lifestyle. I can’t say I agree with all of the points (e.g. she’s against eating mushroom, sourdough, blue cheese, etc.) and I think it might not be necessary to be that strict, but I love most of the tips and everything she says makes a lot of sense.

At the end of the day, I’m still here fighting with candida, while she managed to get rid of hers and helped thousands of people do the same, so maybe I’m in the wrong here. Maybe it’s really necessary to make radical changes. I don’t know yet, let’s see if what I’m doing right now will help without giving up my beloved sourdough. After rediscovering it in the last few months, I’m not ready to lose it again. At least, not yet.

If you’re struggling with candida, acne, depression or any other health problems that modern medicine isn’t able to explain, you need to get this book. I highly recommend it, and it’s definitely in my list of Top 10 health related books.

You can get “The Body Ecology Diet” from Amazon here.

“The Liver And Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse” by Andreas Moritz

August Book Favourite

For years, I’ve always seen liver flushes mentioned whenever anybody spoke about permanent acne cures. I’ve always known a well functioning and clean liver is the answer, but somehow I’ve always been scared of it. However, I feel ready for the next step forward. My skin is around 95% healed, but I’d love to take it to 100%. I’d also love to gain steady energy and have a perfectly working digestion without random bloating and constipation. So it’s time for another experiment.

In a few weeks’ time I’m going to try my first liver and gallbladder flush. I’ll keep you updated on that. In the meanwhile, I’ve been reading a lot about liver cleansing and have been preparing myself as much as I can. This book is probably the most famous one in the field, and it’s helped millions of people. It’s certainly given me a much better understanding of how liver and gallbladder work, how to recognize liver congestion, and how exactly the cleanse works.

If you’re the kind of person who needs all the ins and outs in addition to instructions, you’ll love this book. For example, if you tell me to do something, I won’t, unless you explain to me why it’s necessary (yes, my mum struggled with me). πŸ™‚ Also if you feel you lack energy or if it’s fluctuating a lot, if you have hormonal imbalances, menstrual problems, acne, bad digestion or excess fat that seems impossible to shed, you might have a congested liver and you would benefit from this book a lot. I couldn’t recommend it more! At the end of the day, it’s a treatment that costs you almost nothing, but can potentially improve your health so much. Why not try it?

You can get The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse from Amazon here.

My favourite YouTuber

You might already know her because she’s getting pretty well known. It’s Kassie from CloudyApples. I’ve been watching her channel from very early days, and I can’t believe how much she’s grown. Each and every video she puts out is more creative and more inspiring than the previous one. She makes natural beauty, lifestyle advice, healthy diet related videos, but they stand out so much because of her amazing sense of humour. The editing is unbelievable, and Kassie is simply gorgeous. She also studied Philosophy, so her videos are very deep, yet fun at the same time. It’s a winning combination.

favourite august youtuber

If you haven’t found her channel yet, check it out now and make sure you subscribe for amazingly inspiring videos!

By the way, this is my favourite video from CloudyApples. It’s adorable and totally hilarious!

So these are all my August favourites. I hope that you enjoyed reading them through! You can also watch a video version here:

If you’d like to share your favourites, please go ahead and do so in the comment section! I’d love to hear from you. I’m sure the community would do, too. I love getting new ideas and inspiration from you, guys! And thanks so much for all your support. It means the world to me!

Lots of love,

Vita xx


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  1. Vita,
    love the video with the guy wearing a wig in the bath. So funny. I found some liquid Aleppo infused with Jasmine and one is infused with Orange Blossom. Got them ordered and on the way. Should be good for body and hair wash. I only wash my hair twice a week now not everyday as before. So my Mom was right that is the only time she washed her hair, and my hair acts better now. So parents are right about somethings πŸ™‚

  2. I love Kassie!
    I have been following her for a while also. Her and her boyfriend make the cutest couple.
    Have you looked up the GAPS diet? Lauren from empowered sustenance goes into a bit of detail with it. Look it up. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kirsty! They are indeed the cutest couple. Their Q&A videos together are always hilarious. πŸ™‚ I’ve been following Lauren’s blog for a long time, too. It was amazing seeing her fix her own health and finally getting back to her studies. She’s a real inspiration. However, I find GAPS too restrictive. I think it might be wonderful for someone with really serious food sensitivities, but once the body heals, I don’t see it as a viable long-term diet. Her blog is amazing anyway. One of the best ones around. xx

  3. Sabrina Saer says

    question, what kind of pumpkin seed oil should i use? the one i bought is a clear beige color and it doesn’t smell like anything πŸ™
    The label says “pure organic refined cold pressed”.
    Do you use the food grade pumpkin seed oil on your face? or a different kind?

    Also exactly how much of each oil do you use (pumpkin seed oil and neem oil) for your OCM?

    Thank you!

    • If it’s refined, it’s not going to have any smell, but it will have lost most of its benefits, too. Any oil you use for your skin should be cold-pressed and unrefined. Preferably organic, too. I use food grade pumpkin seed oil because it’s cheaper. It comes in big bottles. I use probably around 10 drops oil for the OCM. I usually mix equal parts of some kind of carrier oil (olive oil, sesame oil, pumpkin seed oil – whatever really) and neem oil. xx

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