Jade Rolling

Jade rolling has been around since the seventh century in China, it has been used as a beauty implement for youthful, smooth skin.   With healing and protective properties, the Jade roller has amazing benefits for the skin as well as the lymphatic system.  It’s an uninvasive, budget-friendly tool to help increase blood flow,  circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage, improve the skin’s elasticity, reduce wrinkles and delay the aging process.  The Jade roller also works to ward off negative energy and balance your body’s chi.

The motion of the roller on the skin increases circulation, and blood flow causing your skin to be luminous while eliminating toxins and boosting immunity.

You can massage the rollers over the face, feet, legs, arms and breast area.  They can be used on their own or in combination with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or reflexology treatment.  Jade is naturally a cold stone, however placing in the fridge will boost the healing powers and aid in your efforts to increase circulation, drain congested lymph nodes, rid the body of toxins and waste, help to alleviate tension headaches,  stimulate collagen production, and reduce inflammation.

Benefits include:

  • Increased lymphatic flow and help with detoxification and drainage
  • Increased circulation to the face and reduced puffiness, wrinkles, and black circles around the eye
  • Stimulates acupuncture and reflex points on the body to assist with healing
  • Reduced inflammation following dermabrasion or peeling facial treatments
  • Reduced problem cellulite area

I’ve been using the Jade roller diligently for a few minutes every morning and night using moderate pressure, beginning at the centre hairline, going either left or right slowly towards my ear.  Repeating 6 times on each side before moving down to roll another line.  Continuing rolling in lines from the corner of the eyes to the ears.  Then I work from the nose out to the ears.  Then I roll out my lips and chin area to the ears.  At the chin, I roll along my jawline out to the earlobes.  I then move onto the rolling long strokes from the collarbone to underneath my chin.

Jade roller has become a nightly ritual that has a calming effect on me, makes my face feel and look healthier, I’ve also noticed that when rolling my skin, my skin care oils are  absorb more effectively thus using less product.

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Nourishing Bone Broth

Soothing, anti-inflammatory, rich in minerals that support the immune system, bone broth supports digestion by healing the digestive tract.  The collagen in bone broth heals your gut lining.  The longer you simmer this bone broth the better it will be!  You can also roast your veggies to give it extra flavour.

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I love drinking bone broth on its own, but it tastes amazing with a tablespoon of miso paste and a squeeze of lemon.   My all time favourite miso paste is South River’s aduzki and brown rice miso.  It’s delicious as a base for cooking quinoa, chicken, and anything you want to add a little depth of flavour to.  You can purchase South River’s miso paste here:  You can check out their website here

I’ve been making bone broth on Sundays, as part of my meal prep, and it has truly been such a huge part of my healing process.

Yield: Makes about 8 cups of broth, depending on how long you allow the broth to simmer.
Prep Time: 50 – 60 minutes
Total time: 9 – 24 hours

Ingredients:
2 pounds of beef bones ( I use a mix of marrow bones and bones with some meat on them)
12 cups of filtered water
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 whole leek
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 bunch Italian parsley
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 bay leaf
Pink Himaylan sea salt to taste
1/4 – 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

Directions:

The trick to getting a dark, amber coloured broth is all in the technique.  What you’ll want to do first is blanch your beef bones.  Place the bones in a sauce pan, cover the bones with water, cook them at a medium to high simmer for 30 minutes.  Drain, then roast the bones at 450 degrees for 50 minutes.  Don’t worry if the bones look overdone – that’s what you want.  I like to sprinkle some pink Himalayan sea salt over the bones before I pop then in the oven.

It’s always best to use bones from pasture raised cattle,  with non GMO feed,  that are antibiotic and pesticide free.  Also I like to use all organic produce in my broth; the higher quality ingredients the better to help heal and seal your gut. Once the beef bones have been blanched and roasted, you are ready to go.

Heat a large sauce pan with your coconut oil and sauté the leeks until tender and starting to brown, then add the carrots and celery, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and starting to brown.  (If you don’t have leeks you can use onions.) Add the bones, the apple cider vinegar, and the lemon.   Cook for a few more minutes,  add your garlic, ginger, turmeric, parsley and cilantro.  Cover with filtered water and bring to a boil,  reduce the heat to a low simmer for 8 hours up to 24, checking from time to time and adding more water if necessary.  Its best to use a 10 quart crockpot if you would like to simmer broth for the maximum time.

Once the broth has reached the desired simmer time, strain your broth and place back into your large pot.  Taste your broth to make sure that the seasoning is perfect and  is satisfying to you.  You can add more sea salt plus a squeeze more of fresh lemon juice.

If you allow the broth to cool slowly this can cause bacteria in your broth.  I like to strain my broth and cool it in an ice bath in the kitchen sink.  You can store your broth in mason jars in the fridge for 3-4 days and it will keep in the freezer for 1 year.

Enjoy!

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