Making Natural Body Care Potions

Lately I've been in the lab getting sticky and fragrant mixing oils, plants and herbs to create completely natural body care products. I have tons of natural care books and try to purchase products from responsible companies, so naturally this was the next step– learning to make my own for ultimate purity. Although I've been concocting personal blends of "pure-fumes" with essential oils as well as other experiments here and there for a while, I'm now psyched to be studying under the more experienced and wonderful Angel Huntington who has her own beautiful line call AngelMade Eco Spa here in Berkeley. It's super fun and exciting to come up with new blends. There are infinite possibilities. So far I'm really happy with the things I've made. If you would like to try my all natural custom pure-fumes, facial cleansing grains, or essential oil shower steamers let me know, I'll blend one just for you.

and as always...
Healthy Nesting to all.


The Sugar Vs. Honey Debate

There are several myths behind the reasons we crave sugar. Some even believe it to be evolutionary, since getting a hold of highly sweet foods from nature was a challenge for our ancestors. But is America addicted to sugar?

Sugar is refined crystalline carbohydrates (sucrose, lactose, and fructose) extracted from cane or beet. The sugar refinery process can be traced back to 6th century B.C.E Western Europe. But its process made it expensive and inaccessible, so it didn't become popular until Columbus brought cane to the Caribbean, where it was discovered that tropical climate was ideal for its growth. The ability to grow lots of cane then gradually led to the establishment of plantations throughout the Caribbean, and to the increased popularity of sugar.

Before the introduction of refined sugar the most common sweetener was honey, which is known as a nutritive sweetener because it contains traces of vitamins, minerals, and anti oxidants such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, chrysin, pinocembrin, pinobanksin, and catalase, depending on the flowers available to the bees that produced the honey. Consuming local honey may also be beneficial in creating immunity to local allergens. Contrary to the popular assumption, however, honey has slightly more carbohydrates and more calories per teaspoon. Not making it an alternative to white sugar for those who suffer from diabetes or are trying to lose weight.

And for those wondering about brown sugar, what gives it its brown color is the presence of molasses. It may or may not have the benefit of having less calories than white sugar depending of whether it is unrefined or partially refined soft crystalline carbohydrates with some residual molasses content, or it is produced by the addition of molasses to refined white sugar. Either way, the difference to white sugar is minute.

Everything in Moderation: A Carb Is a Carb Is a Carb

Our bodies convert all carbohydrates into crystalline carbohydrates, including grains, pasta, bread, flour... So it is that overdose of crystalline carbohydrates that overstimulates and confuses our systems and causes health problems.

The most beneficial carbohydrates are complex ones such as those found in vegetables, legumes, starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn, and 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain. 100% whole wheat and grain contain more fiber than over refined products like white rice and "regular" pasta. That extra fiber slows down the absorption of the carbohydrates so you feel full and energized longer, and are less likely to have extreme sugar and caffeine cravings or over-eat throughout the day.

So are you ready to go against norm and put a stop to this nonsense inherited addiction to fructose? And by the way, that doesn't mean depriving yourself of tasty food, just making better choices of ingredients. I found this article that might be helpful in breaking a sugar addiction.

Keep getting better by the day,
Affly Yr Inda


The True Price of Gas

Great little documentary....


Kelli Anderson on Challenging Norm for Change

Nice Ted Talk Kelli!


Stuff & Things


Oakland's Monthly Art Murmur for Experimental Art

Juan Aguilera, ink and acrylic on paper, 22x30"

If there is an ideal Friday this month to hop across the Bay and explore the thriving Downtown Oakland neighborhoods your friends have been prattling on about, it is this one – always the first one. From 6 – 9pm, a slew of galleries will open their doors for Oakland Art Murmur’s monthly art walk. Full of dogged self-starters and no home for the risk-averse, the Oakland gallery scene routinely welcomes work that the more cosmopolitan corners of the SF circuit are prone to overlook. Here are four picks from the East Bay’s ever-growing frontier.

Out of the Blue
Blue somehow achieves a power beyond its pigment, carrying a serene glumness, sorrow or anguish in its tone. The blues expressed a more particular anguish – that belonging to African Americans in the Deep South around the turn of the 20th century. The blues also employed a succinct narrative grip and improvisational flare that came to define a century of American music making. It had a dynamism belied by its eponymous, subdued color palette.

In Creative Growth’s Out of the Blue, a number of artists take inspiration from blues music’s profound moodiness, storytelling and innovativeness, and turn these dynamic qualities back on the world of physical art objects to produce bluesy compositions in wood, drawing, painting and ceramics. The effect promises to be rich, vocal, enlivening – another singular moment in the legacy of a color.


2012 Whitney Biennial

Photo by Librado Romero

One of the best Whitney Biennials in recent memory may or may not contain a lot more outstanding art than its predecessors, but that’s not the point. The 2012 incarnation is a new and exhilarating species of exhibition, an emerging curatorial life form, at least for New York.

Possessed of a remarkable clarity of vision, a striking spatial intelligence and a generous stylistic inclusiveness, it places on an equal footing art objects and time-based art — not just video and performance art but music, dance, theater, film — and does so on a scale and with a degree of aplomb we have not seen before in this town. In a way that is at once superbly ordered and open-ended, densely structured and, upon first encounter, deceptively unassuming, the exhibition manages both to reinvent the signature show of the Whitney Museum of American Art and to offer a bit of redemption for the out-of-control, money-saturated art world. 

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