1. Rosewater

My #1 Favourite Skincare Product

I’ve been using rosewater almost everyday now for the past 4 years and I absolutely love it. It is relatively affordable, versatile and overall amazing.

What is Rosewater?

Rosewater is made from steeping rose petals in water. It is classified as an emollient in botanical medicine, which means it has the ability to soothe and hydrate the skin. As such, it is used in making creams and ointments.

{Edible uses: added to milk, lemonade and desserts in some Middle Eastern Countries…sounds so so good!}

What I use it for:

1. Hydrates and Soothes Irritated and Dry Skin

This is probably my #1 use for rosewater

Living in Canada means your skin is subjected to constant weather changes. Rosewater helps calm my skin with every season change especially during the cold winter months, and it does the job 100% of the time (at least for me)

{Signs my skin needs some soothing: bumpy, red, itchy, dry, flakey}

2. Facial toner

After washing my face with my oil cleansers or just plain water + my microfibre cloth I spray some rose water onto my face and let it air dry/absorb into my skin. I especially love doing this in the morning because the cool mist helps wake me up and it is super refreshing. The cooling and soothing nature of rosewater helps tighten your pores and prep your skin for the moisturizing step of your skincare routine.

Tip: use a spray bottle! {you can also apply some on a cotton ball/pad but I find it kind of wastes the product}

3. Vehicle for serums and facial oils

For those of you who use facial oils as a moisturizer you probably already know that the oils are best applied when your face is still wet or damp

Spraying rosewater onto your face prior to applying your facial oils does 2 things: (1) hydrates your skin, and (2) acts as a vehicle for your oils to penetrate deep into your skin for optimal absorption.

4. Makeup “setter”

After applying my makeup I like to spray 1 or 2 sprit of rosewater to my face to help “set” my makeup. Rosewater gives you that nice “dewy” natural look but it doesn’t actually help hold your makeup for longer.

5. Body mist

On the days I want to impress people, I like to spray it all over my body after I shower because rosewater leaves your with the most subtle scent of rose

6. Hair “spray”

Similar to (#4) my makeup “setter” point, rosewater doesn’t actually hold my hair up into longer lasting curls. Instead, it helps hydrate my hair whenever it’s feeling dull and is full of static. It gives my hair a silkier texture and leaves my hair smelling nice and rosy (a bonus)!

Where do I buy my Rosewater?

Avoid buying rosewater that contains ALCOHOL

I have come across some products that have alcohol and other unnecessary ingredients. Read the label and make sure the only ingredients are rose + water

 

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Charlie

On February 5th, 2017 we welcomed our little monster, Charlie, to the family! I never thought I would want another family dog after we said goodbye to Nicole, but the house felt really empty and lonely. Sometime in November I casually brought up the idea of adopting a puppy to my parents, but we were all very reluctant. Eventually, it became routine for me to check adoption sites daily (sometimes even hourly…I became obsessed).

In November, I came across the sweetest little girl named Tessa from Quebec, ON and sent in an application ASAP. She was a white german shepherd crossed with a lab (the two dogs my parents love) and we were SO EXCITED when our application was approved. The rescue group told us that they were arranging a transport in 2 weeks time, so we started getting the house ready for her. At that point, we decided to change her name to Nova.

A few days before her arrival in Toronto, we were informed that Nova had Parvo virus, which can be lethal in puppies if it’s not treated early. Nova was immediately brought to the vet as soon as her foster mom noticed that she was lethargic and not eating. She was put on an I.V. for a week but was not showing any signs of improvement. I was emailing back and forth with the rescue almost every two hours to hear about her progress, and with each reply I was given I lost hope that she was going to survive the infection. After a week of I.V. therapy, the vet decided to give Nova a blood transfusion as a last effort to save her life, unfortunately she passed away during the procedure.

Although I never got to meet her in person I already loved her from afar and her passing was devastating. It took me a few weeks to recover from this, especially since we lost Nicole less than a year ago, and I was discouraged to continue our search. Nova and Nicole will forever be in my heart…

Then, along came Charlie…the perfect blend of cuteness and terror. Charlie was not a rescue, but was from an unexpected litter and we all fell in love with his pictures online. We picked him up on the night of February 5th, 2017. He is an Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky mix, and is 3 months old today!

I hope to post more about him soon…in the meantime here are some supa-cute pictures!

 

8 Weeks

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9 Weeks

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11 Weeks

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3 Months – Today

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Love always, OL

Where it all started

I have struggled with acne for 8 years now. I went through different phases of self-pity, anger, defeat and acceptance, and through those experiences and my current struggle I have learned a lot. I learned that everyone is going through their own issues whether or not they are transparent about them, or if they are manifested in a physical, mental or emotional way, no one is 100% okay.

For some reason the whole “not everyone is okay” thought brought me some comfort. Please don’t get me wrong. I don’t find other people’s misery comforting but rather it made me realize that my acne is not the worst thing that could be happening to me right now. Yes, there are some days where I choose to stay in because I feel ugly or I breakdown because I think, “Why me?”  but every now and then I remember that this is not the worst thing ever.

So what did I do about it? I decided to change my focus and attitude. Instead of seeing my acne as a debilitating skin problem I thought of it as an opportunity to learn and share my experience. I was tired of conventional acne products that would dry out my skin and make me feel guilty for exposing my body to harsh chemicals. As such, I became invested in learning about natural skincare products, diet changes and herbal medicine. This curiosity for a more natural approach and positive self-image all began in my last year of undergrad, and as cheesy as it sounds it was a lightbulb moment for me. I looked for ways to turn this curiosity into a profession and discovered naturopathic medicine.

Not only is Everyday Olive a space for me to share simple tips, but it’s also a place for me to document my health journey. I am excited to see what happens and I’d love if you could go on this experience with me!

Thank you

6 Ingredients: Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

For the past couple of weeks I had this unusual craving for chocolate chip cookies. And by unusual I mean everyday I craved chocolate chip cookies even if I had a “fix” the day before. If I were to pinpoint how this all started it would be when my friend gave me a few vegan + gluten free cookies from the company “Sweets from the Earth” and it was so yummy. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a grocery store that carried this brand by my house but then again I didn’t really search that hard. This inspired me to actively search for a simple + clean chocolate chip cookie recipe and I finally came across one by Sally’s Baking Addiction that only uses 6 ingredients!!!

{SIDE NOTE: Simple recipes with minimal ingredients are my jam! I love learning how to use everyday ingredients in my cooking because quite honestly I am too lazy to run out to the store to pick things up. If I don’t have it on hand I will save the recipe for another day}

So what on earth is it? Well, it’s an almond butter chocolate chip cookie. This recipe makes about 12-14 cookies now lets get to it!

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of almond butter at room temp. or cold
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

 

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Place your almond butter and egg into a bowl and mix. The almond butter is very thick and sticky, so use a spoon with a strong and comfortable handle. I just used a fork (I am not the best baker tbh)
  3. Add in your baking soda, vanilla extract and brown sugar and mix until smooth
  4. Fold in your chocolate chips
  5. Form little balls and flatten them a little on the baking tray. Unlike traditional cookies these ones won’t spread out
  6. Put the cookies in the preheated oven for 8-10 mins. The cookies should be slightly soft on the inside with a golden brown exterior. My tip would be to check them out at 8 mins and bake them for longer if needed
  7. Enjoy and try not to eat them all like I did…

 

As always thank you for stopping by and leave a comment below if you decided to give it try!

 

 

Mutsu Applesauce

From the sweaters, the layering, the boots, the fall jackets to the smell of pumpkin spice and cinnamon all around, fall is my favourite season of all. Oh, and we can’t forget the leaves…ugh so beautiful. BEST OF ALL…it’s apple season.

As per tradition I went apple picking with Dan’s family in Bowmanville this past thanksgiving and brought home a big bag of apples, and I literally had no idea what to do with them. Then I realized how much I loved applesauce and how long it has been since I had some, and thought why not make some?

I didn’t realize how simple it was to make applesauce so lets get to!

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 12 medium sized apples (mine were Mutsu)
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger (optional)
  • water
  • a big pot
  • immersion blender
  • mason jars or tupperware for storing (about two 26-oz pasta jars)

 

WHAT TO DO

  1. Using a clean skin, fill it up with 3 parts of warm water to 1 part vinegar and soak your apples for 10 minutes, then rinse under running water to give it a good clean. (Note: this is important for store bought apples because they may be covered in wax for protection and colour enhancement.)
  2. Slice up your apples and place them in your pot. I chose to keep the skin on for added fibre and nutrients but it really depends on your preference!
  3. Once you’ve cut up all your apples and placed them in a pot and fill it with enough water so that it sits just below the level of your apples.
  4. Add the cinnamon and ginger.
  5. Place a lid on the pot and set your stove to medium heat and let it cook for about half and hour. Check and stir occasionally.
  6. Once the apples are soft enough to be mashed with a spoon, take the pot of the heat and let it cool
  7. Using your immersion blender, blend up your applesauce! (Note: if you don’t have a immersion blender handy just use a regular blender. You’ll just have to do it a few times!)
  8. Once it is completely blended give it a taste and add maple syrup if you want it to be sweeter, but I find the apples are sweet enough
  9. Store away and enjoy your homemade applesauce!

 

Feel free to leave comment and let me know if you decided to give this easy recipe a try 🙂

Chocolate Almond Butter Sauce

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Today I woke up craving something sweet, so I decided to make some pancakes. I usually like to top off my pancakes with fresh fruit but I didn’t have any. To make up for that I decided to treat myself to some CHOCOLATELY goodness! I didn’t think it would turn out as good as it did so I wanted to share a quick post.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • cacao powder  (Bulk Barn) 
  • almond butter (I got mine at Costco and it’s organic!)
  • coconut oil (Costco)
  • maple syrup (Costco)

 

WHAT TO DO

It’s honestly quite simple…take a big tablespoon of everything, except the maple syrup, into a pan on low heat and mix until smooth. Add as much maple syrup as you would like but start with a small amount because maple syrup is very sweet but very good! Personally, I put about a 1/4 tsp of maple syrup. And that’s it.

 

SIDE NOTES

The almond butter adds extra protein in your breakfast. Alternatively you can use peanut butter for the added protein, but it makes me break out (and I don’t really like peanut butter *GASPS*). Almond butter also makes the sauce creamy and richer without overpowering the chocolate taste.

I added coconut oil to help reduce the thickness of the sauce and give it that “melted” consistency. It also adds a nice and subtle coconut flavour. For those of you who don’t like coconut you can add less of it, and more of the cacao powder! Best of all, coconut oil is a great addition to your diet (more on that in a future post). I usually put a tablespoon in my smoothies or occasionally use it as my cooking oil. But be careful because it is a saturated fat after all so don’t over consume

Lastly, not only is cacao powder yummy but it’s a great antioxidant. It also contains a fair amount of iron, zinc, magnesium, and calcium. And some say that it helps elevate your mood but I don’t really know much about that. I will do some research on it and share in the future.

 

Anyways let me know if you decided to give it a try!

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Time and time again I get asked, “what exactly are you in school for? Are you in school for Acupuncture? What is the difference between Naturopathy and Homeopathy? Aren’t they the same?” and every time I end up giving this long and confusing explanation of what I’m learning. And to be quite honest, I had no idea what naturopathy was up until a year ago. I was always familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine because my Dad has been practicing for 20+ years, but never made much of it..I definitely took my Dad’s knowledge for granted (oops!).

So here I am taking another shot at a less confusing and (hopefully) more informative answer:

Naturopathic Medicine is another avenue of primary health care with a more natural approach. It employs different healing modalities including diet and lifestyle counselling, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, HydrotherapyHomeopathy and Botanical Medicine (herbalism). The primary focus is to promote health and disease prevention rather than alleviating symptoms alone. In doing so, naturopathic doctors spend more time with their patients to determine the root cause of their symptoms and to educate them about it. Naturopathic medicine encourages interprofessional collaboration (a fancy term for teamwork between all healthcare providers) and patient input to devise an individualized treatment plan that best fits their health goals and lifestyle.

So to answer the questions…

I am in school studying to become a Naturopathic Doctor so I can help people be the best that they can be (or want to be) and I know that sounds soooo cheesy but that’s exactly what I want to do.

Yes, I am learning and practicing acupuncture but that is only one of the six modalities we cover in school.

And finally, No. Homeopathy and Naturopathy are not the same. Homeopathy is an art in itself and is one of the six modalities we learn to treat patients, much like acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is its own thing.

Hopefully that gives you an idea of what Naturopathic Medicine is. As always, feel free to contact me about any questions you may have!

OL