Chia Seed Blueberry Drink + Joyous Detox giveaway – closed!

Joyous Health Chia Seed Blueberry Drink | recipe on elodiebeauty.com

Photo credit: Christopher Bodnar

While we’re on the topic of hydration . . . 

I’m going to give you another CHIA recipe! (If you missed last week’s Hydrating Chia Seed Mask, check it out). This week I’m sharing a drinkable chia recipe from Joy McCarthy’s newest book, Joyous Detox.

Chia seeds have been trending in the “health food” world for a while. If you’re not familiar with them, they are tiny tasteless, black seeds that get gelatinous when mixed with water. They are extremely high in omega fatty acids, protein, fiber, and contain other minerals like zinc, copper, iron, and magnesium.

I’m posting this recipe in my January hydration series because chia seeds have the ability to absorb 9-10 times their weight in water! This Chia Seed Blueberry Drink is also super tasty and I know many people who need a little encouragement to get their daily water intake.

Chia seed water if great for:

  • hydrating and giving you an energy boost while at spin class or the gym
  • sipping while cooped up in a dry workplace
  • getting your water quota for the day in a delicious and non-boring way
  • feeling full in-between meals and as a mini, sweet tasting snack
  • aiding your body to detox and eliminate waste

Chia Seed Blueberry Drink

2 TBs chia seeds
1 cup filtered water
1 cup coconut water
1/4 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries

Stir chia seeds into 1/2 cup of the water. Let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, combine with the remaining water, coconut water, and blueberries.

This recipe is one of many in Joy McCarthy’s newest book, Joyous Detox.

Joyous Detox by Joy McCarthy

TO WIN A COPY OF JOYOUS DETOX: 

Head on over to the Elodie Beauty Facebook page, Like” the page, and join the conversation! I’m asking everyone to share, “what’s your favourite way to stay hydrated (both inside and out!)”? Contest ends Tuesday, January 24 at 6pm (EST). One winner will be randomly selected.

How to Make a Soothing Herbal Tea Bath

How to make a soothing herbal tea bath for pregnancy and postpartum | elodiebeauty.com via Joyous Health

Photo and video via joyoushealth.com

After the whirlwind three weeks I’ve just had, relaxing and soothing my body with an herbal tea bath is just what the doctor ordered!

My little man (aka baby Isadore) decided to arrive 5 weeks early — well, it was actually because I had preeclamia. He probably would have stayed in there, nice and cozy, if he had the choice. As a result of these unfortunate circumstances and my symptoms persisting even after birth, I stayed at the hospital for a week and little Izzie was in the NICU for 2 weeks.

Now that we’re both home and getting into a new routine, these herbal tea baths are incredible for soothing my tired and sore (!) body, and calming the little guy. I actually filmed this video with Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health a few weeks before giving birth, but obviously was a bit delayed in sharing it with you!

These tea baths, made with soothing herbs like lavender, chamomile, and calendula, aren’t just for mom and baby but can be used by anyone. They are perfect for calming irritated, itchy skin, and relaxing both the body and mind. For the full recipe, head on over to the Joyous Health website.

Happy Holidays! Cuddle up with these winter warmers

Warm & Cozy Essential Oils

Before you jet off on your merry way and celebrate the holidays however you do, I just wanted to leave you with these warm and cozy recipes that are the perfect prescriptions for those cold and wintery days.

Check out my latest Joyous Health post, “Warm & Cozy Essential Oil Blends” to diffuse in your home. I am absolutely obsessed with my cold mist diffuser –I have one from Eve Taylor, but you can find them at Saje Wellness, or even Muji– and I diffuse essential oils throughout my home whenever I get the chance.

Also, I’ve recently been introduced to a wonderful herbalist named Lindsay Kluge whose site, Ginger Tonic Botanicals, is full of amazing information about herbal medicine, and herbal teas. Check out this vibrant, chai spiced tea to warm you this holiday season!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR!

Take some time to relax and rejuvenate after the holidays. I’m booking January 16 & 30 for Holistic Facials.

Clay: your go-to beauty secret

Cosmetic Clay Do you remember that kid on the playground who always ate dirt?  Maybe you were THAT kid –don’t worry, no one’s judging . . .

In fact, I’d say you were actually ahead of us all and recognized the sweet, magical powers “dirt” can have on our bodies.

One of my favourite places in the whole world is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland – the entire country is pretty magical, but the Blue Lagoon is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. The geothermal water in the Lagoon is actually white from the extremely high amount of silica; when exposed to direct sunlight it appears a beautiful light blue colour. When you enter the baths, giant vats of silica mud are available to bathers to treat themselves to facial masks. Needless to say, I slathered that stuff all over myself, and it made my skin feel amazing! (note: silica is not actually clay, BUT it is one of the healing components of many clays).

Blue Lagoon

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Clay, mud, dirt regardless of what you want to consider it is one of the best multi-use ingredients you can keep in your bathroom cupboard. Derived from the earth, clays vary in composition depending on how and where they were formed.

Clay is jam-packed with minerals and creates a beautiful medium to both heal and detoxify the body.

There are a few different types you can buy which vary in colour and mineral content. Bentonite clay is now gaining popularity as a hair mask, as an ingredient in natural toothpaste, and you may have heard about Shailene Woodley touting the detoxifying benefits of eating clay.

Obviously I’m bias and primarily love clay for the skin. It’s most commonly thought of as an ingredient for oily skin, but it really depends on the variety. Here are some of the most common clays:

Green clay: best for oily and acne-prone skin, green clay comes from France and is super absorbent, “drinking” up oils and impurities.

Rhassoul clay: good for all skin types (especially sensitive) this reddish/ brown clay comes from Morocco and contains high amounts of silica and magnesium (which are extremely healing and beneficial for skin regeneration).

Bentonite clay: good for all skin types, this grey/cream coloured clay comes from the volcanic ash sediments found in the U.S.

Make a clay face mask: when used 1-2 times a week, clay masks can tone, purify, and detoxify the skin.

Mix 1-2 TBS of clay with pure water to get a creamy pastes, add 1 TBS of raw honey for added antimicrobial benefits. Apply in a thick layer and leave on for up to 20 minutes.

What’s your favourite way to use clay?