Sugar and Spice

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It’s been a hell of a week. It was my last week of school (for now) woo! Of course this means it was finals week… boo. Fortunately I just had a couple of tests, and tests never stress me out much. (Writing papers is a lot more stressful to me for some reason). I am also preparing the house for when my best friend comes this weekend from Illinois to stay with us for a week.

But Tuesday I felt something… a little tickle in the back of my throat. No. Not now. Recognizing that tickle, I immediately began taking Emergen-C and drinking herbal teas and lots of water. I have been able to nip it in the bud this way before. But not this time… All the lemon-ginger-cayenne tea in the world couldn’t ward off the beast of a cold that snuck up on me. I went from feeling like I was going to fight it off with just a ticklely throat, to a runny nosed, congested, death-rattle coughing zombie in about 4 hours flat. I took a 3 hour nap when I got home from my last final and slept 10 hours last night. That’s an awful lot of sleep for me but it seemed to be just what I needed! I am still sick but definitely better.

Another thing this cold wiped out was my appetite. I haven’t really enjoyed eating anything besides soups and smoothies. I have a couple recipes I’d like to share soon, but as I am still not feeling too much zest for food right now, I thought I would share a lovely and simple body scrub. Perfect for pampering yourself in the bathtub, whether you’re sick or not!

Sugar and Spice Scrub:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup softened coconut oil or almond oil

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

5-10 drops essential oil of choice (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a fork or whisk. To use: massage onto moistened skin and rinse.

This recipe can be easily doubled or quadrupled and would make an excellent gift as well!

xo/Nikita

About lacocinaencantada

I live, work, study, and of course cook in Portland. I find nature continuously inspiring and love verdant pacific northwest for its lush and wild charm. I love cooking, baking, drawing, painting, photography, running, yoga, and spending time with people I care about. I believe in eating real food: minimally processed, no weird additives, heavy on the fresh produce and whole grains. I also believe in eating delicious food. Healthy food should be creative, inspiring, and yes taste good! While I strive to make healthful recipes, I never sacrifice taste for "low cal" or "low fat." Everything in moderation is key! I hope to share some of my recipes and thoughts on food or heath issues here. Enjoy :)

2 responses »

  1. Sorry to hear that cold “attecked” you! Hope you are feeling much better now!🙂 That scrub is awesome, I tried it today in the morning and woah! amazing🙂

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