Joan Morais Naturals

Food for Skin, Body & Spirit

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This is Part 2 of 5 on Radiant Skin Care.  

I have discovered that radiant skin is a reflection of the foods we eat, mainly vegetables and fruit. I didn’t start taking care of my skin until my mid 40’s. My skin had aged a lot from my unbalanced diet and excessive sun exposure. It is amazing to me how the aging of my skin has slowed down and how my skin has transformed to the best skin for me in a few short years. Vegetables and fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential to life, wellness and radiant skin. The key to radiant skin is to eat lots of fresh vegetables and a few fruits every day. Another benefit of eating our vitamins and minerals is from the chewing action of eating vegetables and fruit. The chewing of an apple activates the muscles in our lower jaw area and this keeps our bone structure strong and our skin from drooping. Fruit naturally plumps up the skin from this chewing action and the hydration received from it! Eat your apple a day. Do an experiment; add a fresh salad topped with some lemon juice or rice vinegar and a sprinkle of olive oil every day and 1-2 fruits to your diet. And don’t forget to care for your skin with gentle cleansing and exfoliating and moisturizing. Make Your Own Skin Care Products eBook is one of my favorite eBooks containing information on the skin and pure products that nourish the skin and you can easily make. I make and use these products on my skin. Watch your skin transform. 

- See the vitamins for radiant skin and a video of the Ageless Woman here: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/part-2-radiant-skin-care-beauty-vitamins-minerals-food-radiant-skin/

This is Part 2 of 5 on Radiant Skin Care.

I have discovered that radiant skin is a reflection of the foods we eat, mainly vegetables and fruit. I didn’t start taking care of my skin until my mid 40’s. My skin had aged a lot from my unbalanced diet and excessive sun exposure. It is amazing to me how the aging of my skin has slowed down and how my skin has transformed to the best skin for me in a few short years. Vegetables and fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential to life, wellness and radiant skin. The key to radiant skin is to eat lots of fresh vegetables and a few fruits every day. Another benefit of eating our vitamins and minerals is from the chewing action of eating vegetables and fruit. The chewing of an apple activates the muscles in our lower jaw area and this keeps our bone structure strong and our skin from drooping. Fruit naturally plumps up the skin from this chewing action and the hydration received from it! Eat your apple a day. Do an experiment; add a fresh salad topped with some lemon juice or rice vinegar and a sprinkle of olive oil every day and 1-2 fruits to your diet. And don’t forget to care for your skin with gentle cleansing and exfoliating and moisturizing. Make Your Own Skin Care Products eBook is one of my favorite eBooks containing information on the skin and pure products that nourish the skin and you can easily make. I make and use these products on my skin. Watch your skin transform.

- See the vitamins for radiant skin and a video of the Ageless Woman here: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/part-2-radiant-skin-care-beauty-vitamins-minerals-food-radiant-skin/

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I decided to do a five part series on radiant skin care. This is Part 1 of 5. I want you to get excited to care for your skin. I have learned so much over the years from formulating skin care products and eating fresh foods. I see the positive effects on my skin. I only wish I knew this information in my teens. When I was a teen it was popular to sunbathe for hours at a time. I knew nothing about caring for my skin. 

I want to share with you the abundance of ingredients that promote radiant skin; beauty food, beauty vitamins, beauty herbs, beauty flowers and beauty plant oils. I want to start a revolution in our community on self-care that is fun and healthy. It truly is a form of art, to know our own body, listen to what our body is telling us and to feed and give our body what it needs. We spend so much of our time caring for other people and caring what others think. Yet, our first care should be for ourselves, just like they tell us over and over again on the airplane- to put our air mask on first before assisting a child with their air mask. When we nourish our body first we have more energy and naturally want to care for others. 

I encourage you to start this journey with me. Read my blog posts, watch the quick videos, and do some of the simple tips to care for your skin inside and out. By adding one tiny nourishing skin care habit each day, you will easily create healthy results. You will quickly transform your skin to be vibrant and radiant. 

My first tip is to wear lightweight clothing to cover and protect your skin while you are in the sun. See my quick tip video below. SPF products only last a few hours on the skin (even though the SPF product states many hours, the SPF is wiped off, sweated off, rinsed off and absorbed into the skin). With my heritage from Northern Europe I have light pigmented skin and this is the type of skin that needs the most protection from the sun. Dark spots known as hyper-pigmentation and skin cancer are common in this skin type. But it doesn’t have to be so, start protecting your skin now! 

Are you ready to totally have fun caring for your skin? I will be sharing lots of skin care tips including great ingredients that promote radiant skin that you can add into your formulations. We are also offering specials on classes and eBooks with products you can make for radiant skin. 

Video for first tip here: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/radiant-skin-care-series-part-1/

I decided to do a five part series on radiant skin care. This is Part 1 of 5. I want you to get excited to care for your skin. I have learned so much over the years from formulating skin care products and eating fresh foods. I see the positive effects on my skin. I only wish I knew this information in my teens. When I was a teen it was popular to sunbathe for hours at a time. I knew nothing about caring for my skin.

I want to share with you the abundance of ingredients that promote radiant skin; beauty food, beauty vitamins, beauty herbs, beauty flowers and beauty plant oils. I want to start a revolution in our community on self-care that is fun and healthy. It truly is a form of art, to know our own body, listen to what our body is telling us and to feed and give our body what it needs. We spend so much of our time caring for other people and caring what others think. Yet, our first care should be for ourselves, just like they tell us over and over again on the airplane- to put our air mask on first before assisting a child with their air mask. When we nourish our body first we have more energy and naturally want to care for others.

I encourage you to start this journey with me. Read my blog posts, watch the quick videos, and do some of the simple tips to care for your skin inside and out. By adding one tiny nourishing skin care habit each day, you will easily create healthy results. You will quickly transform your skin to be vibrant and radiant.

My first tip is to wear lightweight clothing to cover and protect your skin while you are in the sun. See my quick tip video below. SPF products only last a few hours on the skin (even though the SPF product states many hours, the SPF is wiped off, sweated off, rinsed off and absorbed into the skin). With my heritage from Northern Europe I have light pigmented skin and this is the type of skin that needs the most protection from the sun. Dark spots known as hyper-pigmentation and skin cancer are common in this skin type. But it doesn’t have to be so, start protecting your skin now!

Are you ready to totally have fun caring for your skin? I will be sharing lots of skin care tips including great ingredients that promote radiant skin that you can add into your formulations. We are also offering specials on classes and eBooks with products you can make for radiant skin.

Video for first tip here: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/radiant-skin-care-series-part-1/

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Preservation is a popular topic that I get a lot of questions about and consult about. All products that contain water must have a preservative system. My How to Preserve Natural Body, Hair and Skin Care Products Online Class is packed with valuable and informative guidance and information to help you succeed in proper preservation. It includes one hour and fifteen minutes of detailed instruction and a 30 page eBook manual (there is no product making video).

You will learn how to effectively preserve natural body, hair and skin care products. I will share with you my experience formulating stable products, lab testing of the products and how to know if your product is preserved effectively so you can have peace of mind.

You will learn
How to build a preservative system.
Natural preservation for a 2 year shelf life.
Natural preservatives from plants; how to use them and combine with preserving ingredients.
Self-Preserving Ingredients.
pH for stable preservation.
How to test products so you feel confident to sell them.
Current synthetic preservatives used in natural care products.
Do anhydrous (no water) products need a preservative?
The best and worst way to use herbs in products. I have worked with many clients changing the way they incorporate herbs. If herbs are not added correctly, the product will not be preserved properly.
Sanitizing Equipment.

- See more at: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/preserving-products-correctly

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“Dare to Be 
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. 
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light. 
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it. 
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway. 
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back. 
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some. 
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going. 
When times are tough, dare to be tougher. 
When love hurts you, dare to love again. 
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal. 
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way. 
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand. 
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile. 
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too. 
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best. 
Dare to be the best you can – 
At all times, Dare to be!” 
-Steve Maraboli 

- See more at: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/inspiration-dare

“Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”
-Steve Maraboli

- See more at: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/inspiration-dare

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Last weekend was a balmy overcast weekend. Whenever it gets like this, I like to stay in and make candles. I made a lot of candles. I burn candles all throughout my house and I like to give them as gifts. Almost everyone likes candles. My favorite candles are glass container candles made with soy, veggie or coconut wax. Glass container candles don’t drip wax, they are safely contained, they burn for a long time, they look beautiful and they are easy to refill. Once the candles have burned down, I wash out the tiny bit of remaining wax with hot water and soap. Then I stick a new wick in and re-pour the new wax into the dry container. These 8 ounce candles retail for about $14- $25 and cost about $3 to make. I made 30 of them and saved $300- $600+ by making them!

It took me a lot of money, time, trial and error to figure out which wicks work best for soy wax and the glass containers. I put all that I learned in the How To Make Aromatherapy Soy Candles eBook and Online Class so you don’t have to test hundreds of wicks to figure out what works best. The easiest, fastest and cheapest way to learn is from a tried and true formula and someone else’s experience.

May the glow and brilliant light from a candle reflect your brilliance and radiance and bring prosperity, health and joy to you.

- See more at: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/making-veggie-wax-candles

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These vegan chocolate covered strawberries are delicious and very easy to make. They do not require a double broiler. The recipe is from Nom Yourself. Enjoy!

Ingredients

10 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup unsweetened plant milk (I used almond milk)

Directions

Line a baking tray with wax paper.

In a small saucepan heat plant milk at medium-low until it starts to foam.

Add chocolate chips to pan and stir repeatedly.

When the chips have completely melted and the chocolate is smooth, dip the strawberries.

Place the strawberries on the tray and put in freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.

I had made a dozen chocolate covered strawberries and still had chocolate left. I then added a bunch of almonds to the remainder of chocolate in the pan and spooned them out onto a wax paper lined tray. They turned into delicious chocolate almond clusters.

- See more at: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/chocolate-covered-strawberries

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February’s flower is Violet. Violet was my mom’s favorite flower. The purple flower is so tiny and dainty and yet so beautiful, like my mom. My mom would pick them and put them in a tiny vase on the kitchen windowsill. Before my mom passed away, I dug up some of her violet plants from her yard and planted them in my yard. I am thrilled when the tiny flowers appear around the end of February. The beautiful heart shaped leaf reminds me of our heart and love.
“Violet” comes from the Latin name “Viola”. Violets are associated with love and talked about in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They are also referred to as “heart’s-ease”, an innocent love.
Violets are small plants which grow approximately six inches tall. They are easy plants to grow and thrive in moderately rich and moist soil but will do well in most environments. Once they become established they are self-maintaining and even invasive at times and spread into the lawn. They are self pollinating and do not product seeds.
There are many common varieties of the violet. The sweet violet has fragrant white or purple flowers and blooms in early Spring. The scent of the sweet violet is the strongest of the common violets. Most violets are small perennial plants but a few are annual plants. Pansies are from the crossed varieties of violets.
Violets are known to be a multipurpose flower. They have medicinal and aromatic uses. Sweet violets are known to be medicinal violets. These can be added to a cup of tea to help with a cough or a cold. Violets were grown in great quantities in the nineteenth century for perfume until they developed the synthetic scent of violet in the lab. Today, natural perfumes use violet leaf absolute as a fixative to hold the scent. Violet flowers can be used in potpourris to fill your home with a wonderful scent.
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain - See more at: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/february-flower/

February’s flower is Violet. Violet was my mom’s favorite flower. The purple flower is so tiny and dainty and yet so beautiful, like my mom. My mom would pick them and put them in a tiny vase on the kitchen windowsill. Before my mom passed away, I dug up some of her violet plants from her yard and planted them in my yard. I am thrilled when the tiny flowers appear around the end of February. The beautiful heart shaped leaf reminds me of our heart and love.

“Violet” comes from the Latin name “Viola”. Violets are associated with love and talked about in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They are also referred to as “heart’s-ease”, an innocent love.

Violets are small plants which grow approximately six inches tall. They are easy plants to grow and thrive in moderately rich and moist soil but will do well in most environments. Once they become established they are self-maintaining and even invasive at times and spread into the lawn. They are self pollinating and do not product seeds.

There are many common varieties of the violet. The sweet violet has fragrant white or purple flowers and blooms in early Spring. The scent of the sweet violet is the strongest of the common violets. Most violets are small perennial plants but a few are annual plants. Pansies are from the crossed varieties of violets.

Violets are known to be a multipurpose flower. They have medicinal and aromatic uses. Sweet violets are known to be medicinal violets. These can be added to a cup of tea to help with a cough or a cold. Violets were grown in great quantities in the nineteenth century for perfume until they developed the synthetic scent of violet in the lab. Today, natural perfumes use violet leaf absolute as a fixative to hold the scent. Violet flowers can be used in potpourris to fill your home with a wonderful scent.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain - See more at: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/february-flower/

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Okay, I admit it I am addicted to waffles! I make waffles for my breakfast several times a week. Waffles can be a wholesome breakfast and keep you satisfied until lunch. Children especially need a wholesome and fulfilling breakfast. Top the waffles with healthy toppings like fresh fruits, powdered flaxseed, raw nuts, almond butter, grated carrots, cinnamon, raisins, pure maple syrup, cacao nibs, cacao powder

It took me eight tweaks to get this recipe just right; crunchy and wholesome. I think waffles should have a crunch different than pancakes that are soft. Most waffles have eggs in it which I don’t eat for several reasons (I now eat vegan; my psoriasis completely disappeared when I quit eating eggs and dairy). I love this waffle recipe!

Joan’s Vegan Waffle Recipe

Makes approximately 4 square waffles (4.5 inch X 4.5 inch waffle)

Dry Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour (I use organic unbromated Bob’s Red Mill)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

 Wet Ingredients

4 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce (I purchase 6 packs of organic applesauce and keep in the cupboard for when needed)

2 Tablespoons oil ( I’ve used organic melted coconut or organic safflower oil)

3/4 cup plant milk (I’ve used organic rice, soy or almond)

optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (adds a nice vanilla taste)

Directions

Preheat waffle iron.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl (or stand mixer) and mix with a whisk.

Add wet ingredients to bowl of dry ingredients, mix well.

Pour 1/3 cup - 1/2 cup mixture into the center of each waffle square (adjust to the size of your waffle maker).

Cook until lightly browned

Tips To Make The Best Waffles

-Preheat waffle iron, grease if needed

-Thicker batter is better

-Pour amount of batter recommended for waffle machine (too little batter makes the heating uneven)

-Cook until steam coming from waffle maker lessons

-Place on wire rack to prevent for 20-30 seconds before serving-this will help to crisp the waffle and prevent sogginess

-Keep warm in 300 degree F oven for up to 10 minutes

-Sugar helps to brown, add 2 teaspoons to this recipe if desired

-Oil adds flavor and helps to darken (too much liquid prevents browning)

-My favorite waffle maker HERE!

My best chai recipe, HERE.

- See more at: http://www.joanmorais.com/blog/joans-vegan-waffle-recipe/

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