Clean up your practice!-All natural mat cleaner

Okay, yes there are a lot of natural mat cleaners on the market and yes it’s very convenient to just purchase one item instead of several, however in the long run it works out cheaper  and is more sustainable to make your own.
You can also create your own signature scent by combining your favourite essential oils not to mention that undeniable sense of pride you will get from making it yourself, you can even design your own label if you are so inclined.

You will need;

A dark glass bottle (blue or amber) this is necessary for maintaining the essential properties of your precious essential oils.
Apple cider vinegar- this stuff is absolutely magic
Distilled water
A selection of essential oils.
I recommend as a must have ingredient either tea tree for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties or lavender for its anifungal, antiseptic properties or lemon for its detoxifying, antiseptic properties.

I recommend not mixing more than three essential oils for your recipe. I mostly use only two. Check out this page for some excellent tips on blending http://www.growingupherbal.com/blending-essential-oils-for-beginners/

Method

1 1/2 cups water or enough to fill (I use a 500ml bottle, but whatever you have handy is fine)
5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar more if you wish, less if you prefer.
5 drops of tea tree
3 drops of lavendar

Mix all your ingredients into your spray bottle, simple as.

Here are some suggestions of blends that I have tried that I believe go really well together.

Lemon (detoxifying and antiseptic) and Lemon grass (antimicrobial, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, antifungal) This combination is uplifting, refreshing and soothing at the same time.

Tea tree (powerful antiseptic) breath deep when your mat smells this fresh and
peppermint (antiseptic and decongestant)

Lavendar (antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial)and Ylang Ylang (antiseptic, sedative substance) For a relaxing blend, I like to use this in the evenings when I have finished my evening practice and getting ready to wind down for the night.

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Please note: I have my beloved manduka eko yoga mat and prior to this I used less well known more economical brand name mats. This mat spray has served me well on all of these mats however you should check out the mat care guides for each specific brand as each is made differently. Jade mats for example recommend not using any oils for the cleaning of their mats.

Intensely orange, Intensely delicious antioxidant Juice

Recently I came down with a little case of food poisoning, my entire body was in immune red alert mode and I felt this through extreme tiredness and muscle pain all over, similar to the feeling of being run over by a small mule. I couldn’t eat anything the next day and so the day after that I decided I needed a real antioxidant fix to get rid of all those free radicals which were still probably flying around the place.
I love carrots, I consider them a super food, super aromatic,super crispy and super loaded with vitamin C the immune boosting vitamin. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may also help with blood sugar regulation, this is helpful when making juices especially if you are including fruit.
I am also a huge fan of red peppers, not only are they tasty they are also pretty damn impressive on the nutritional scale. Red peppers contain almost 300 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C. This by the way is also essential for absorbing the mineral iron really important for our blood.

Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 and magnesium. Magnesium has been proven to reduce symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia.
And so the recipe. Unfortunately you do need a juicer for this one.

Ingredients

8 carrots
1/2 bell pepper

1 small red apple

1 lime

Small piece of ginger

Pop everything in the juicer and away you go!   


Mmmmmm! So orange!

Enjoy!

6 reasons to treat yourself to a wellness retreat on Inis Maan

  
# Escape your daily routine. Inis Maan is far from the hustle and bustle of modern life, feel instantly transported to a simpler time with the gentle sound of birds chirping, green fields, charming stone walls and nearby rolling waves.

  

# Eat cuisine prepared by Vilma our famous chef who takes pride in her food and makes clever use of local ingredients.

 

# Restore allow us to treat and pamper you with goodness. Beautiful en-suite rooms.

Restorative yoga with exceptional yoga teachers, who are dedicated to the study of yoga and take care and joy in their work adapting classes to suit each individual needs and levels.

Treat yourself to a holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy massage or sports massage by our resident holistic ITEC, AIT certified therapist who holds a diploma in Diet and nutrition, the treatment are focusedon wellness in relation to the different body systems and specialised for the individual.

# Grow or develop your yoga practice, wether you are new to yoga or a yogaholic Inis Maan retreat will be a great place to build strength and flexibility and immerse yourself in a practice unique to you.

# Unwind, Inis Maan is the perfect place to feel as though you can completely unplug, the vast open skies and sense of stillness induces a sense of peace which is incomparable.

 

# Meet new friends and like minded people our group meals and guided walks to places of natural beauty and historical sites allow you share in new and enjoyable experiences with new friends.
  

Food ventures 

As our wellness weekend is fast approaching, 17th-19th of July, it´s just over a month away now. Here in the kitchen on Inis Meáin we have been busy cooking away, trying out new recipe´s for something a bit different from our usual fare, but still consistent with our need to create flavours to excite the palet and using ingredients to nourish the body using a variety of local ingredients, literally from our back garden. Luckily I am a more than willing participant in the quality testing of these meals, it´s been a tough job, but it´s all been so good and healthy so I don’t feel too bad. There is always room for improvement and a few tweaks to be made, and we do tend to be our own toughest critics. We have the pleasure of working with such fresh and wholesome ingredients which makes it hard to go wrong.

   
 We are trying to create a menu for the weekend which will exploit the freshness of the ingredients. We have beautiful cabbages, radishes, beets, cucumbers, onions, herbs, lettuces, rocket, spinach and of course potatoes growing in our garden. We will also be making use of some of the wild plants of Inis Meáin such as sea spinach, samphire and a variety of edible seaweeds. We will also be cooking with our sustainable line caught fish, reeled in by Padraic our very own fisherman. These recipes will depend on what he catches on the day.

   
 

These pictures are a tasty teaser of just some of the things that we will be serving up on the date.

For people visiting Inis Meain at the the time drop in to see if you can reserve your place to take part in any of the segments of the wellness weekend, from, yoga, group gourmet meals or holistic treatments. Places are extremely limited so make yo bookings in advance by phone or by email. Details available at http://www.inismeainbb.com

  

Raw sprouted chick pea and wild garlic hummus

I really love hummus, it’s just great, so tasty, so versatile, you can have it for breakfast on a piece of toasted brown bread, as a snack with some vegtable sticks, in a sandwich on a salad, I could go on……. I make it all the time, it’s just a great protein rich go to food. 

So what’s so great about chickpeas? Well, everything! They are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre which is good for digestion and your heart. Also good for stabilising blood sugars. Combined with a piece of brown bread they are comparable to meat in levels of protein making them an awesome source of protein without the saturated fat. They contain super beneficial levels of manganese which is a mineral needed for energy production and immune defence, I’ll take all the energy I can get, thanks! And iron which we need adequate amounts of in order to carry oxygen around our bodies. So those are just some of the benefits, what are the down sides, none! Not that I could find any way. 

Obviously variety in the diet is hugely important not just for our tastebuds also for happy functioning of all the body systems,which is why I know I’ve already posted a hummus recipe here before but this one is pretty amazing so I just had to share. I got really into sprouting starting about two years ago, sprouted seeds, nuts, beans etc. are loaded with even more nutrients than there dormant versions and raw food is fantastic as it retains all nutrients that can be lost through cooking. So, I thought how fabulous would it be to make hummus that contains all the nutrients and flavours of the raw sprouted chickpea. What is also cool is that I wouldn’t have to spend all that time waiting for the chickpeas to boil, which is also a nice way to save energy, though you do have to wait for them to sprout. They pretty much do all the work for you though, win!

Okay so here is how;

Soak your dry (not canned, that won’t work, haha) chickpeas, overnight is perfect. Than place them in a jar with some air holes/sprouting dish. Rinse daily. They start coming to life and sprouting shoots really quick, say two to three days. Day four or five they should look like this.

   
 
Great that was the hard part, now what you need;

2-3 cloves of garlic or a bunch of wild garlic leaves(I like it really garlicky, so tone it don’t or spice it up as you please)

200g of sprouted chickpea 

3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Pitch of salt I use Himalayan pink salt (just to be fancy)

1/2 a juicy lemon or more if you like it lemony

I tablespoon of tahini or toast up some sesame seeds this also tastes great.

  
How?

Place all your ingredients into a container/ blending dish. I’ve got this great container I can blend stuff in and it  comes with a lid, that way I don’t loose anything when transferring for storage. Blend away, make it as chunky or smooth as you like.

It’s so good the flavour of the raw chickpeas gives it that extra freshness that makes it so tasty!

  
Enjoy!