Saturday, April 2, 2016

Healing Mint and Ginger Herbal Tea Recipe

I'd like to share a delicious healing herbal tea recipe I make when my dear husband and I don't feel well and need a gentle energy boost.  It is a wonderful mixture of herbs that mix very well and is delicious. 

In a mug, pour boiling hot water over
2 tsp. fresh mint leaves, rinsed
1/2 tsp. fresh cut ginger, rinsed
2 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. maple syrup or your favorite organic unrefined sweetener

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Let the hot tea steep and brew for 30 minutes until the herbs blend well and is very potent.  When the aroma fills the air and the tea tastes very minty and gingery, you know the tea is ready to sip.  You can enjoy this delicious healing herbal tea on cold days, but you can also enjoy it chilled on hot days.  It's wonderful to sip it slowly throughout the day and the herbal potency will help you feel good for hours.  You can enjoy this and more delicious healing herbal and vegan recipes in my Holistic Organic Self-Care Newsletter.  Just fill in the form on the right hand side of this blog and you can sign up for free.  Please feel free to contact me via email and social media with any questions you have.  Enjoy and have a lovely day.

Much Love,

Sunday, February 28, 2016

My Favorite Holistic Healing Self Care

My favorite things for my holistic healing self-care are cuddling and playing with my 2 sweet adorable cats, my fur babies, enjoying my favorite healing aromatherapy essential oils, and comedy, laughter.  Another special self-care favorite is my enjoying a delicious, healthy, comforting meal I cooked.  I have many favorite recipes, but it's the most comforting delicious recipes that help me feel better.  I will share another delicious recipe on my blog very soon.  Cuddling and playing with my 2 adorable sweet cats helps me forget about all my woes and the woes of the world.  I enjoy our special wonderful moments so very much because I don't have to think about the fact that I'm an adult and I don't have to think about the woes of the world.  I can just enjoy, be, relax, and share the most beautiful love feelings and those moments never end, they are always there and I am very grateful.  My favorite aromatherapy healing essential oils are sandalwood, sweet orange, and cinnamon.  

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I enjoy them separately and sometimes combined and they always soothe me and help me feel relaxed.  I diffuse them in the air and enjoy the aromatherapy during my healing bath and throughout the day to help me feel grounded and centered.  These essential oils are especially healing for me because I am a Vata dosha in Ayurveda and they help me feel better when I feel stressed.  Comedy is my third favorite part of holistic healing self-care because laughter is the best healing medicine and heals all my woes.  I'm very thankful that I have my holistic self-care to help me stay well.  Life can be challenging at times, especially as a hard working Mother of a special needs delayed child and some days are more stressful than others.  But gentle, holistic, healing, self-care does wonders to help me stay well, centered, and grounded.  I hope my ideas here will help you feel better and stay well, too. Much Love, Gratitude, Blessings, Dayna

Friday, January 29, 2016

Herbalism Healing

When I began learning about natural remedies 20 years ago, I was introduced to a world of herbs and healing that was wonderful for my heart and soul.  The most important thing I learned about healing and herbs is that Mother Nature will always be there for support.  Once you learn about wild crafting and how to heal, be well, and survive, herbal natural remedies will always be able to take good care of you.  Wonderful healing herbs like mustard, tomatoes, chamomile, ginger, dandelion, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and garlic are ancient healing herbs that have been growing wild for centuries and will continue to grow wild for many more centuries.

The best way to take good care of yourself and be self-sufficient with your self-care is to put your trust in Mother Nature.  I write about this a lot because I have complete trust in Mother Nature's healing medicine cabinet.  I really do walk my walk.  I say this with humble love, not to brag, but I have not taken any pills in 30 years and I will always be a holistic herbalist.  I won't say how bad allopath medicine is because I express this in all my blogposts.  I will say, however, that for every ailment, there is a wonderful healing herb that can and will help you feel better.  I am not a certified naturopath, though I wish I had gotten certified, but I have more than 30 years worth of knowledge and personal life experience to recommend natural healing herbs for all health needs.   As the desire for wise healing natural medicine increases, as well as the wise understanding of the potential danger of using "slash and burn" practices, people will begin to understand the strength and potency of healing herbs and grassroots holistic medicine and they will use ancient sage wisdom.  It is for this reason alone that developing a strong healthy relationship with Mother Nature and your body and understanding your body is so crucial.

It is much easier to understand and recognize an ingredient like chamomile or peppermint than propylene glycol or PEG (polyethylene glycol).   A very favorite expression among the health and wellness community is "if in doubt, do without".  Please keep it simple and do your health a caring loving favor.  Trust Mother Nature and let her take good loving caring nurturing care of you.

I'd like to share a delicious herbal tea recipe my dear husband and I enjoy that always comforts us and helps us feel better when we feel under the weather.

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Mint Ginger Lemon Tea
In a hot cup of water, brew or steep 1 tsp. fresh mint leaves, rinsed, or a caffeine-free organic mint tea bag, add 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, peel removed, rinsed, and 1 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Stir gently for a a couple minutes to allow the herbs and lemon to mix well and create a delicious aromatic flavor.  Depending on how strong you want it, allow it to steep for 10 minutes for extra potent strength or 5 minutes for a little milder and weaker.  I personally enjoy it nice and strong.

Enjoy, feel better, stay well.
Much Love, Peace, Healing Light, Gratitude, Blessings,
Dayna :)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Artistic Handmade Gifts For Christmas

Creativity has been a profound part of my holistic wellness all my life.  I enjoy every moment of my creativity.  I love to cook, write, and make earrings.  I love working with my hands and the more creative I can be, the better.  I have shared many aspects of my creative life that keep me well and balanced, but the one aspect of my creativity I haven't talked much about is my love of making beaded jewelry.  I opened my Etsy shop about five years ago when I discovered that I can turn a hobby that I did mostly for therapy and relaxation into a nice part time cottage industry business.  I have about 30 pairs in my shop now and each pair is unique and a lovely reflection of my love of nature and the colorful world we live in and enjoy everyday.  At first, I was making earrings using some pretty plastic beads I had bought at a craft store.  

Then, I began to learn about semi-precious stones, like malachite, lapis lazuli, and amethyst, and their wonderful magical healing powers, and my focus shifted.  I'm very intuitive and sensitive and when I wear amethyst, one of my favorite healing stones, I can feel its healing earthy grounding energy and I feel protected and relaxed.  I have read that semi-precious stones are alive and can help the earth and people who wear them.  I know in my heart that this is true and this is why I enjoy wearing them and working with them for my holistic wearable art.  I now have more than half a dozen lovely pairs of earrings that contain semi-precious stone beads and I carefully designed each pair to inspire, contribute to healing wellness, and help the wearer feel relaxed and beautiful. 

At the moment, I am having a special clearance sale for Christmas until Thanksgiving where I'm clearing out all my plastic beaded earrings and I have significantly reduced the prices.  After I have sold all those earrings, my focus will be on semi-precious, glass, and recycled.  As a holistic earth steward, my preference is to work with materials that are nontoxic, earth friendly, and recyclable and required a minimal carbon footprint to manufacture and produce.  I also have some lovely earrings that are made from recycled computer circuit board.   But those are also a one time creation because my husband and I no longer collect computer circuit boards.  We shifted our focus so when those earrings are all sold, I won't be making any more.  

Something very healing and magical happens when I gather my semi-precious stone beads and design lovely earrings and then I see the finished product.  My first reaction is that they are too lovely to wear and I'd prefer to just hang them on a curtain or lamp shade and admire them.  But, I do have bills to pay and expenses and I need to take care of my family, so, I am doing my best to sell my earrings to take care of our needs.  I am doing the work I love and I would love the money to follow.  As this Holiday Season approaches, I am asking you to find it in your heart that instead of continuing along the same consumerism approach that most people take when shopping for gifts for your family and friends, please think about me, a hard working indie artist, and make a loving contribution to my creative business.  I take great care in the packaging and shipping of all orders and I treat all my customers with kindness, respect, and care.  The more orders I receive, the happier I will be, and the more I will be able to buy more beautiful materials to make more beautiful earrings and necklaces to match.

A portion of all sales will be donated to help Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no kill animal sanctuary in the USA, and Natural Resources Defense Counsel, an organization working hard to educate the public about the fragile eco systems and the importance of conservation and protecting our clean air and the wildlife.  I am including a few images in this post of my lovely earrings so you can see samples of my wearable art and you can see some beautiful gift ideas.  I invite you to visit my Etsy shop and browse around and please feel free to send me an email or private convo with any questions you may have.  I appreciate your interest and I look forward to hearing from you very soon.  Please click this link to see my lovely Etsy shop.

Much Love Gratitude Blessings,

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Earth Friendly Organic Halloween Makeup

Next to Christmas and Thanksgiving, Halloween is one of the most celebrated honored holidays of the year. It never ceases to amaze me how many people get into the spirit of the holiday and enjoy the festivities. 2,000 years ago, Halloween was a very sacred holiday celebrated by the Celtic people in the ancient British Isles. It was a holiday celebrated by Druids, Witches and Wiccan Covens, Fairies, Elves, and various other Celtic Tribes. On All Hallows' Eve, as it was called back then, the Druids would go from door to door holding an empty basket asking for fruit and whatever treats the residents would give them. Later in the evening, everyone would gather together in a festival, dancing, singing, playing, and enjoying the foods they were given.

Many centuries later, Halloween is still a celebrated holiday, but today things have drastically changed. People still enjoy wearing costumes, pretending to be their alter ego. They also enjoy going door to door saying, "trick or treat" and asking for sweet treats, but the tradition has vastly changed. Halloween is probably one of the most expensive holidays. As soon as the summer begins to fade, stores begin stocking up for Halloween and the Christmas Holiday Season. Throughout the store, you’ll see the regular merchandise combined with racks upon racks of new Halloween paraphernalia.

One of the biggest traditions of Halloween is the wild and elaborate costumes people design. Many people go with the traditional Angels, Ghosts, Devils, and Superheroes, while others opt for outlandish costumes, portraying celebrities in Hollywood. The costumes are usually cute, colorful, and beautiful and the makeup is a process all to its own. Dressing up and playing make believe, pretending to be someone or something else for a day is fun and exciting. It is a beautiful way to express the inner child. The problem is that the makeup and hair goo that is used to complement the costumes is usually toxic, smelly, and very harmful to the health. It’s fun to dress up and wear wild and zany colorful makeup and create funny wild hairdos that get attention. But when these products contain toxic petrochemicals, the fun disappears.

I remember attending Halloween parties with friends and I always had a great time dressing up and checking out everyone’s getup. We always had such a great time trying to guess what someone was supposed to be and admiring the elaborate costume designs. Unfortunately, there was also a down side. Each person had bright or dark colorful thick makeup on and colorful hairspray with funky silver and gold streams sticking out of their hair. As soon as I would get close to someone, I would have trouble breathing, would start coughing, and I’d make a mad dash for the bathroom. At first, I thought I was crazy and I couldn’t understand what was wrong until years later.

When my husband and I began learning about holistic natural living, we began to question and analyze all the holidays. We were invited to a couple parties, but we started turning down invitations. I was no longer interested in wearing funky or sexy costumes with wacky colorful makeup because I couldn’t find anything fun that was non-toxic. All those crazy facial makeup applicators and the silver and gold aerosol junk you put in the hair are permeated with toxic petrochemicals. That shiny silver and gold stuff that you use to draw lines and decorations around your eyes and on your cheeks is filled with petroleum, potentially toxic food dyes, and horrible fragrance.
Those petrochemicals contain coal tar, the same smelly toxic chemicals that are used to pave roads and repair leaky roofs. Essentially, you’re putting gasoline on your face and in your hair! If you find this gross and appalling, then you’re paying attention. It’s cheap and massively distributed to all cheap dollar stores and can make people very ill. The fumes from the adulterated scented products pollute the air, groundwater, and wildlife.

If you want to have fun and get dressed up in some wild funky colorful costumes and makeup, opt for something that is safe enough to eat. Aubrey Organics and Aveda make some beautiful makeup, including some playful, funky, wild colors. There’s no reason that you can’t have fun in a non-toxic earth friendly manner. Pure organic plant essences are safer for the environment and the recycled packaging they come in can either be reused or recycled. The cheap inexpensive little makeup applicators you find in the bargain stores are better off ignored.

A really good way to enjoy Halloween and the Holiday Season is to make your own nontoxic earth-friendly makeup and check out some books with some good nontoxic tips. This Halloween, make a strong statement that tells the world that you genuinely care about Mother Earth and all Her Beautiful Creatures. Show the world that  you are no longer willing to patronize those companies that only care about profit margin, even if it means polluting the environment.

The best thing we can do to correct this horrible problem is to become avid strict label readers and vote with our wallets.  Say “No” to greedy multi-nationals! Say “Yes” to organic, green, earth friendly conscious companies that care about Mother Earth, the humans, and the animals. Eat, live, shop, and be Green! Shopping at your local health food store and purchasing only those products and items that are 100% green, organic, and earth friendly, nontoxic is the best thing people can do to contribute to a cleaner greener Earth and reduce our footprint upon Mother Earth.  

To learn more about how to enjoy an organic Halloween and other wonderful Holidays, please check out my website, NotPerfume: and learn how to green your beauty and cosmetics and be more kind and loving to your skin.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Special Holiday Season Bonus Offer For My Tasty Herbal Vegan Cookbook

I want to post a gentle reminder that when you buy my delicious vegan cookbook today, you will receive 2 special Bonuses – a magical healing soup recipe that has been in my family for years and has helped us stay well and a wonderful ebook with great tips about healthy eating and a delicious menu guide – a total value of $70.00. Also, for a limited time, I lowered the price a little bit from the original price, which was $18.11 to $14.44 to help you get through the Holiday Season + when you subscribe today for my Organic Wise Mama Newsletter at my blog:, you will receive some extra special recipes and other goodies. Tasty Herbal Vegan Kitchen cookbook is now published <3 u=""> Remember, my cookbook is in ebook format in pdf to be downloaded and viewed on your computer. Please post your comments here with any questions you may have and send me an email to You can also follow me on Twitter – notperfume.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Holistic Wellness Selfcare is Vital for Life

Self-care has become a vital necessity in my life.  Self-care is not just about everyday living and survival.  It's more than having the strength and energy to get through my day and cope with all of life's challenges.  I prepare delicious healthy meals so I feel good and healthy throughout the day and week. I drink healthy clean water so that I stay hydrated and stay well.  I get plenty of rest and meditate so that I stay well and centered and grounded and I have the physical and mental energy I need to take care of myself and my wonderful beautiful family.  I never truly understood self-care until the day I became a Mother and I truly understood the need for me to take extra tender loving great care of me.  Self-care is exactly as it sounds.  It is a very important wonderful daily process of giving myself the extra gentle tender loving care, love, and respect I need.  It includes everything, including how I brush my hair and my teeth, how I bathe, keeping my indoor air clean and healthy, and enjoying a lot of much needed laughter and loving, tender, caring, cuddles with my dear, sweet, wonderful husband, our adorable beautiful toddler son, and our adorable, sweet, cuddly two cats, our furry baby furry friends.  I am very thankful that at my age today of 45 years, I maintained and kept to my important conscious healthy decisions to treat my body like a temple and keep it healthy and happy.  

There is no coincidence that I feel and look the way I do at 45 years.  I am a healthy nonsmoker, nondrinker, I am a holistic herbalist and I don't even take over the counter bigpharma meds for anything.  I prefer to meditate and rest instead of consuming caffeine.  I'm green and organic from head to  toe.  I am not bragging.  I am very thankful, blessed, and happy for all my important healthy life lessons of wisdom.  I invite you to join me on this journey of holistic self-care healing wellness and you can start by following me on Twitter and Facebook and joining my FREE Organic Wise Mama Newsletter for great #tips #organic #holistic #selfcare #vegan #recipes #foodie #gifts.  Just sign up on the right-hand side of my blog here to the right on the top and enter your name and your email address to receive your special holistic healing self-care gifts.  Please share my newsletter and my blog with your friends.

Much Love Gratitude Blessings Peace,