I am always looking for new ways to be environmentally friendly, produce less waste, and save money, In doing so, I am always making new discovieries but my most recent, bulk spices! Why has it taken me so long to discover this? This is such a simple money saver! The average cost of organic spices is around $3.99 a jar. Just the past two weeks when my spices ran out I have been washing, and saving my jars for grocery day. The first thing I did when I got to Whole Foods was go to customer service where they are always so kind. I had all my spice and mason jars weighed right there and it only took a minute. They just add a little piece of tape to your jar and write how much it weighs on it so when you check out, the cashier knows how much weight to deduct and you’re only paying for the weight of the contents your jar. Here is a list of spices I have purchased bulk lately with their weight and prices.
Pink Himalayan salt – 9.6oz – $1.19
Organic fine ground pepper – 3.8oz – $5.04
Organic Cumin – 1.45oz – $1.53
Organic Garlic Powder – 2.72oz – $2.55
Organic Paprika – 1.92oz – $1.80
Crushed Red Chili Flakes – 1.28oz – $0.76
Although these weights vary, so do the pre-filled spice jars in the grocery store. I found most of my pre-filled jars state that they contain about 1.2-1.9 oz of product. It’s hard to visualize weight but they all filled up a typical 3 oz capacity spice jar with the exception of salt and pepper which filled up smaller mason jars that hold about 12oz. I have since used some of these spices so some are fuller than others.
I am so excited I no longer have to toss out my spice jars! No more plastic tops and sea salt containers rotting in the landfill, No more wasted labeling, and I get to save a few bucks and you do too!
Golden milk is such a soothing way to start or finish your day. This creamy beverage is enjoyed warm and made with beneficial spices. Turmeric, being the golden in the milk is a cancer fighter, anti-inflammatory and anti depressant. Cinnamon, has a high source of antioxidants, fights infections, viruses, and helps ward off common allergies. Nutmeg, boosts digestive health and helps with indigestion relief. It has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for a number of years as a pain reliever and sleep aid. Lastly, raw honey (leave out if you are vegan) is antibacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic, helps with sore throat, and irritation. There are many more benefits where that came from but I thought I would spare you a little and just get to this health bomb of a drink already…
In a small saucepan, slowly warm up your non-dairy milk, preferably coconut or almond. Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. If vegan opt for either unsweetened or add maple syrup. Whisk all ingredients together on low heat until warm enough to your liking, pour and enjoy. This recipe serves one.
What if I said you could make your own finishing powder out of food? Yes, that’s right! More specifically out of items you find in the baking and spice isle of your local grocer. This three ingredient make-up will leave your face looking, smelling, and even tasting good.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and has the ability to absorb everything you put on it.”Under the law,cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA premarket approval, with the exception of color additives.” This was sited from the FDA website that I will provide a link for if anyone is interested in reading further. Also, Huffington Post put out an article last year stating the average women puts about 515 synthetic chemicals on their body a day without even knowing. These are just some of the facts that are incredibly worrisome to me. this is why it is extremely important to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals, colors, fragrances, and preservatives found in most beauty and hygiene products.
My rule of thumb is if you can’t or won’t eat it then you should not put it on your body. This is why I took myself to the kitchen to see what I could come up with!
Making your own products is also eco-friendly. Some grocery stores have spices and flours in bulk. Bring your own reusable bags if you can. I also continue to use the same glass jar every time I make a batch so not having to throw out plastic every time I need new makeup reduces trash.
We all have a different yet beautiful complexions, due to this I can only provide the base of the recipe. As everyone’s measurements will be different, you will have to have fun and play with the amounts of the ingredients to match your skin.