Practicing Self-Love with Pure Sunshine Tea

IMG_20180312_162333I discovered the beauty of the ginger/white tea combination serendipitously at a coffee shop in Berlin, when I tried to spice up white tea with another herb that the coffee shop had on the menu – ginger. The combination turned out to be so delicious that I had to recreate it with a few exciting twists! πŸ˜‰

Β fresh ginger (thinly sliced)
Β white tea
Β cinnamon
Β pinch of black pepper
Β coconut milk (preferably home-made)

Β Add fresh ginger slices to water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Β Mix cinnamon and black pepper into the hot water.

Β Pour over white tea and infuse for about 10 minutes.

Β Strain the herbs and add coconut milk.

Β Stir and enjoy!


How to Quickly Make a Healing Skin Oil from Dried Herbs


How do you make a quick medicinal skin oil in the winter when fresh herbs aren’t readily available? It’s so easy, especially if you have some dried plantain, chickweed, violet, or dandelion ready from last year’s harvest (you can also purchase these dried herbs).

Β Take equal parts of plantain, chickweed, violet, or dandelion (aerial parts – any combination you like), crunch them up into smaller pieces, and rehydrate the herbs with water.

Β Drain excess water and place the herbs into a mortar.

Β Add olive oil to the herbs and extract as much medicine as possible with a pestle.

Β You can use the oil right away or infuse it with the herbs overnight for higher potency.

Β Use cheese cloth to extract all the medicinal oil from the herbs and store it in a glass dropper bottle. (It is best to use the oil within one week as it can start growing mold because of the high water content.)

Kelp Powder As a Salt Substitute


Have you ever tried kelp powder as a substitute for salt in your diet? Kelp is a nutritious seaweed containing many minerals including sodium, potassium, calcium, and iodine in a form that our body can process and utilize. That means it is easy on our kidneys and good for our endocrine glands too! You can also use dulse or other powdered seaweeds. Little bit of powder goes a long way! πŸ˜˜πŸ’“πŸ’šπŸ’“πŸ’¦πŸ’«


Simple Way to Make Herbal Tinctures


During the recent new moon, I decided to prepare chaga mushroom and wormwood tinctures, powerful healing and cleansing herbal extracts. I wanted to share with you how simple it is to make tinctures at home using any of your favorite herbs (fresh, dried, or powdered).  🌱🎨✨

Here is one simple way to do it:

Β Β Chop up fresh or dried herbs (roots and barks might be a bit more difficult to chop so just do your best and don’t worry about the size of the pieces).

Β Β If you would like, start your herbal extraction during the new or full moon to take advantage of the moon’s power.

Β Β Place your herbs into a glass jar and pour 40% vodka, rum, or brandy over the herbs so that the alcohol covers them completely.

Β Β Close the jar and shake it every day to help the healing components dissolve into the alcohol.

Β Β After 60 to 90 days or longer, squeeze out the herbal extract using cheese cloth and place the liquid in another glass jar.

Β Β Store the herbal extract in a cool and dark place.

Β Β Pour single herb extracts or created herbal formulas into glass dropper bottles for every-day use.

  Add your herbal extracts to tea or water and enjoy their beautiful healing properties!🌸😊


Detox and Whitening Tooth Powder


– 2 parts calcium bentonite clay
– 1 part turmeric powder
– 1/5 part baking soda
– 1/10 part ginger powder
– pinch of clove powder

Combine all the powders in a small glass container and shake well to mix all the ingredients together.

Sprinkle the powder on a toothbrush and brush your teeth as you would normally do.

Turmeric will stain your toothbrush bright yellow but will make your teeth sparkling white.


Sweet Raw Magic is Here!

Just in time for the Holidays, I am so happy to introduce to you the fist volume of my healthy lifestyle book series,🌟✨Sweet Raw Magic: Simple Raw Vegan Dessert Recipes!✨🌟 Of course the first book had to be about desserts! Sweet Raw Magic is a compilation of recipes that I experimented with over time and found delicious and simple to make. In addition to being simple, the desserts have a short list of ingredients that are easy to find in most grocery stores. You can easily make any substitutions – the important thing is to have fun making and eating them!Β I hope that the desserts will inspire you to introduce more raw food into your life.Β Thank you so much for all your love and support – I am so happy to be able to help others transition into a healthier way of eating and living!

πŸ’β„πŸŒŸβœ¨πŸŒŸβœ¨πŸŒŸβœ¨πŸŽ‰Lots of love and Happy Holidays!!!πŸŽ‰βœ¨πŸŒŸβœ¨πŸŒŸβœ¨πŸŒŸβ„πŸ’

Sweet Raw Magic: Simple Raw Vegan Dessert RecipesΒ by Sebila Kratovac

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Lemon Balm: the Nerve Charmer


This is lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a beautiful, versatile, calming, and vibrantly fragrant herb – no wonder bees and butterflies are so attracted to it! Lemon balm is very commonly found growing wild and has a knack for taking over a garden but I would never complain since it is an herb with magical healing properties that dreams are made of (I tend to say this about every herb πŸ’šπŸŒ±πŸ˜Š).

Lemon balm has a way of both uplifting and calming the nerves. I often pick up a leaf and rub it between my hands to smell its uplifting lemony fragrance. If I feel restless, anxious, or cannot fall asleep, I eat it in my salad or make tea from its fresh or dried leaves. If you travel often, this herb is for you!

How else can you benefit from the amazing properties of lemon balm? If you ever get an insect bite, a small cut, or a rash, you can chew up a few of its leaves and place it on the wound. This poultice will clean and soothe the wound and will help it heal faster. You can also makes a tincture or an oil infusion from fresh or dried lemon balm and use it as medicine internally and externally just as you would use the fresh herb.

How can you incorporate lemon balm into your diet? Use it in salads, pesto, lemonade, smoothies, juices, dishes in which you would normally use spinach and other greens, warm or iced tea, salad dressings, as garnish…there are so many possibilities!

Do you have lemon balm in your garden? Enjoy this heavenly herb!!! πŸŒ±βœ¨πŸ’šπŸπŸ’“πŸŒžπŸŒˆπŸ™βœ¨πŸŒ±


Raw Vegan Baklava


Crust (3 layers):

– ripe bananas
– coconut oil
– vanilla extract or powder
– cinnamon


– walnuts, soaked
– dates, soaked (keep date water for the syrup) or date paste
– cinnamon
– clove (optional)
-sea salt

Pour-over Syrup:

– lemon juice
– date water or date paste dissolved in water

Blend bananas, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla together and pour the batter on dehydrator sheets.

Shape the batter into a desired shape making sure that it is not too thin. Make three shapes for three baklava layers.

Dehydrate the layers at 113F for about 10 hours or until the layers are easily peeled off.

To make the filling, combine soaked walnuts with soaked dates (or date paste) and cinnamon (use twice as much walnuts as dates by volume) and pulse in a blender or food processor until the walnuts are finely chopped.

Place the first baklava layer on the bottom of a pie pan.

Add half of the filling you made and spread evenly.

Place the second layer on top and add rest of the filling.

Cover the filling with the last layer.

Cut the baklava into smaller pieces resembling diamonds.

Make the pour-over syrup by combining lemon juice with date water (or dissolve date paste in lemon juice and water). Pour the syrup over the pre-cut baklava.
Pour as much of the syrup as the baklava can absorb.

Enjoy at room temperature or chilled in the fridge. The longer the baklava stays in the fridge, the more its flavors will develop.

This is my parents’s favorite raw vegan dessert recipe! I don’t blame them – it’s yummy, richly sweet, and extremely satisfying. πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‹πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—


Healing in Nature


Do you have a nature park with a body of water where you live? Spending some time in the sun, breathing fresh air near water, and walking barefoot are excellent tools for healing. πŸ’šπŸšπŸŒΉπŸŽΆπŸ™πŸΎπŸŒžπŸŒŠπŸ‘’πŸ’œ


Heal Your Skin Inside Out


If you are suffering from any skin condition, raw food (especially fruit) and herbs can help immensely. They will help you detox corrosive acids (toxins, metabolic waste,…) that have accumulated in your body due to a stagnant lymph system, under- or over- functioning glands, and malfunctioning channels of elimination (kidneys, bowels, lungs, skin). These effects stem from factors such as your genetics and/or toxic environment, food choices, stress, suppressed creativity and emotions, and negative thoughts. Incorporating more raw food into your diet and using herbs is an excellent start to holistic healing.

One herbal skin remedy I’ve found very effective for any skin condition is a combination of chickweed (Stellaria media), plantain (Plantago major), and violet (Viola sororia or Viola tricolor) infused in olive oil. These herbs can be harvested fresh from most back yards or can be purchased in their dry form online. I use equal parts of each herb.

When working with fresh herbs, use scissors to cut them up finely and cover them with olive oil so that there is a small amount of space between the top of the oil and herbs. Next, use a mortar and pestle to crush the herbs and to release healing compounds into the oil. Strain the oil infusion with cheese cloth and store it in a glass dropper bottle. I make small batches that can last for two weeks or more (the water content in the herbs may cause the oil to go rancid or moldy if it is stored for too long).

Another option is to buy dry, cut and sifted herbs and infuse them in olive oil for at least one month, making sure to shake the glass bottle daily. If you need this infusion immediately, while you wait for your oil to infuse, there are similar oil infusions and salves that you can purchase online (make sure that they are pure and without synthetic chemicals).

It’s a good idea to use this oil infusion in salad dressings so you can heal from inside out. You can also make tea with these three herbs and drink it often throughout the day for internal healing.

You can make your healing journey creative and fun! πŸ’œπŸŒ±πŸ™πŸŒ±πŸ’œ