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.

Feel free to download the book and, if you like it and find it useful, you can donate any amount that the book is worth to you. Also, don’t hesitate to send it to anyone else who you think might like it.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

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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

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Crust (3 layers):

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

Filling:

– 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

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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

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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

Get To Know Your Power

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Happy birthday season to all the Tauruses out there! If you are intrigued with astrology and would like to know how you can get to know yourself and feel more empowered through astrology, I’m your person!

Contact me at geraniumsmiles@gmail.com if you are interested in a personal birth chart reading with me. For a limited time, I am offering a free gift, a personalized black ink drawing based on your birth chart. For my rates, how to contact me, and where to pay, check out my Services section. You can find my astrology service under the Astrology/Birth Chart Reading heading. Thank you so much my dear friends – we all are meant to live to our highest potential!

And I Dream of Herbs

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I have been dreaming of herbs lately. Angelica, fennel, and mullein have appeared in name and shape. It seems that they want to be seen and heard by me, to guide me, to help me toward optimal health. I would love to plant them this spring! Which herbs have been your guiding spirits?

Letting Go of Heartbreak Potion

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Heartbreak is almost guaranteed in this life and it can be a painful but much-needed life experience. I am always thinking of how to make people feel better in these tough situations. Luckily, there are fun and healthy ways to alleviate this seemingly never-ending process. I recently came up with a potion that is soothing to the senses and it is absolutely delicious – it works like a charm too!

Letting Go of Heartbreak Potion

-home-made coconut milkΒ infused with:

-cardamom

-cinnamon

-anise

-clove

-lavender

-rose petals

 

Mix the ingredients well and let them infuse for one or two days in the fridge.

Before drinking, make an intention to let go of sadness and grief (warming properties of cinnamon, clove, anise, and cardamom) as well as anger and regret (cooling properties of lavender and rose) so that your heart can become whole again. Drink for as many days as you feel you need to.

This is one of the best remedies for moving on physically and emotionally from heartbreak and getting into a mindset to attract what is best for you.

Enjoy your new freedom and openness of heart!