Kombucha is a fermented drink that has been around for centuries made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast.
This beverage, called the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the ancient Chinese is attributed with several health benefits as:
•Improved pancreas function
•Improved mood (helps with anxiety/depression)
•Reducing Candida (yeast)
•Helps nutrient assimilation
Kombucha is a powerful antibacterial agent because of the type of bacteria found in it.Drinking the live cultures actually destroys bad bacteria responsible for infections.
We love to drink Kombucha, it support a healthy gut, it’s loaded with vitamins B, it has a good source of antioxidants, probiotics and glucaric acid AND it’s an healthy alternative to sodas and other junk drinks.
That’s my pink (strawberries Kombucha). Read bellow how to make it yourself.
To get started brewing Kombucha at home, you will need:
a starter Culture (also known as a SCOBY,or Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast, or mother)
green or black tea
white sugar (substitutes sugar like stevia and xylitol do not work, because the sugar is the food for the bacteria)
￼1. Make green or black tea and combine the sugar until dissolved in a glass jar.
2. Cool the mixture to 68-85ºF and remove the tea bags (or strain the loose tea leaves). The longer the tea is left in the liquid, the stronger the tea will be.
3. Add an active kombucha SCOBY with some starter liquid from a previous batch to the tea. If the SCOBY is not the same size as the container, don’t worry, it will grow to fill the container as it ferments.
4. Cover the jar with a tight-weave towel or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band (to protect it from insect falling in).
5. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at 68-85°F, out of direct sunlight, for 7-30 days, or to taste. The longer the kombucha ferments, the less sweet and more vinegary it will taste.
………WAIT …… WAIT …… WAIT (I like to keep mine fermenting for more or less 2 weeks). I would taste it and if it’s too sweet, I would give it more days to ferment.
6. Once at your taste, pour finished kombucha off the top of the jar into airtight jars or bottles for consuming.
7. Add fresh or frozen fruits to flavor or enjoin plain. I love ginger/lime, or strawberries, or blueberries but you can really add anything once the SCOBY is taken away. Do not add fruits or juice in the jar with the SCOBY, it would kill it !
8. Cover tightly and let sit an additional 1-2 days until carbonated.
9. Store in the refrigerator in airtight containers.
Retain the SCOBY and enough liquid from the bottom of the jar to use as starter tea for the next batch and repeat steps 1-Every patch will give you a new SCOBY. We like to give our away to friend to share the benefit of this amazing healthy drink.
Do you want a FREE SCOBY ? Contact us, we have plenty!
Milk kefir is a fermented milk drink and true superfood. As a result of the fermentation, very little lactose remains in kefir.
We love it and we have some every morning for breakfast.
Everyone will benefit from the spectrum of nutrients found in milk kefir. In addition to probiotics, this includes vitamins B, K, biotin, and folic acid. Read more about the benefit of Milk Kefir here
The first thing to know about milk kefir is that you need a culture (kefir grains) to make it and that getting a culture is well worth it, even if you have to buy it. We have a lot to give away for FREE, so give us a shout and we’ll be happy to give you some.
Although they’re usually called grains, these little guys are actually SCOBYs or symbiotic communities of bacteria and yeast.
HOW TO MAKE MILK KEFIR
Get the grains.
Place your kefir grains into a jar, with 3/4 of chosen milk.You can make milk kefir from just about any kind of milk. We like to use full fat milk.
Cover with a cloth and a rubber band to keep it safe from pests. The kefir likes to breath and be in open air.
Let your jar sit at room temperature away from direct sunlight for 24 hours .
(pic above, shows kefir already fermented and ready to be strained after 24 hrs).
Strain kefir (as pic pics bellow) into a jar through a fine-mesh strainer. You should see the kefir curds drop into the bowl and the grains remain in the strainer.
When kefir has been fermented for a while, it begins to separate. The clear liquid is kefir whey, a magical substance that you can use to ferment other things that may not readily ferment (fruit chutneys, condiments, etc). If you want it to get back to a drinking consistency, simply stir it up using a non-metal implement. We use a chopstick.
Save the grains and place them into a new jar (pic bellow). Cover in milk (last pic) and repeat process above. Your kefir grains will multiply with every batch so Share with your friends.
With the strained liquid in the bowl, transfer it to a clean jar and enjoy it or store it in the refrigerator until use.
If you need to take a break, put the grains into a jar of cold milk and place in the fridge for a up to a week or so. They will hibernate without suffering any damage. When you’re ready for more kefir, reintroduce them to new milk at room temp and resume the process.
How are you feeling today? Having a little down? Did the rain and the high humidity put you under the weather as well?
This easy jam recipe is a great mix of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food while tasting amazing and adding a bit of sweetness to your life.
Try it for yourself at home and let us know how you liked it.
How to make a delicious healing super Jam
Delicious even if you don’t have a cold!
Makes 2 cups
What you need
2 cups chopped fresh non GMO papaya
1 squeezed lemon
2 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
2 tablespoons Chia Seeds***
*Turmeric is a spice that has been used traditionally in India as disinfectant and treatment for laryngitis, bronchitis, and diabetes. Curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is the most active constituent of turmeric. Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.
**Cinnamon is another powerful spice that has been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting and much more.
***If anything is a superfood, it’s chia seeds. They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids, rich in fiber and protein, and most important for our jam making purpose- they turn any liquid into a thick gel.
Prepare the papaya: peel, remove seeds, chop into small pieces. Add grated turmeric and canella.
2. Cook the fruit until it starts to break down and become syrupy (20 – 30 minutes): Set over medium heat. Mash the fruits if you like with a potato masher.
3. Stir in maple syrup (or honey) and lemon juice: off the heat. Taste and add more if needed.
4. Stir in Chia Seeds. Let stand until thickened.
Add more chia seeds if fruits were very juicy or if you like a thicker consistency.
5. Transfer to a jar once the jam has cooled to room temperature. The jam will thicken and become more set once completely chilled.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ et voila ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I couldn’t wait and had to try it right away while it was still warm!
A good book, a hot ginger tea, a delicious snack; the perfect combination to recover from a cold during a rainy day.
Mmmm delicious. bon Appetit!
To ensure that our minds and bodies are open to working with all of the elements of nature, we need to become mindful of the importance of food for vitality and the benefits of achieving a more spiritual understanding and self-awareness.
Dream ~ Passion ~ Experience , because we are all great women …
Today is Mother’s day but let’s make this day a bit special for all women and thank each of them for their unconditional love.
Because Women are a sister, an aunt, a mom, a daughter, a teacher, a preacher, a friend, a companion, a desire, the soul behind everything we view, the venus who has the strength to walk the fire, to heal and feel. We will stand tall, no matter what comes our way. Scars and Wounds, will not pull us down.
We would like to celebrate this special day with “She is the Ocean” a documentary about great women who live the spirit of sea. Remarkable women who all share one thing in common: a profound love for the sea, a love so profound that they have all chose to make it the center of their physical, philosophical and professional lives.
I AM A WOMAN OF THE SEA. NO ONE OR NOTHING WILL EVER CAGE OR ENSNARE ME.
“I have been here since time began. Without me all the riches in the world are nothing. And I hold in my heart and in my bones a spirit that matches the power of the ocean. She is a sister to me, the ocean. Since the dawn of time, I have been compared to her, named by her, I have been a symbol for her and she me. I have been the subject of countless superstitions, mysteries and hopes and dreams and impossible journey’s. I am as deep as her, as bountiful as her, as strong. When I am with her she is with me“… READ MORE
Cabarete is a small town on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. But something is happening…Through the years, people from all over the world gather to Cabarete with the purpose of living the healthy lifestyle under the tropic. This week those health practitioner are getting together to introduce you to the second Health and Wellness Fair.
Raise your awareness:
You will also have to opportunity to listen to FREE Healthy talk such as:
12:30 “Relationships and their impact on health and wellness” with lovely Susy Giddy and Cabarete Life Coaching.
Learn what it means to lead a truly holistic life. Ariel shares her story of becoming a Comprehensive Health Coach and what it takes to start over, take control of your own health, and start living your most authentic life.
3.10pm “Introduction to Reiki” with fascinating Nelsy Aldebot
It even gets better and more excited as there will be a charity raffle where you can win fabulous and pampering prizes from Blossom and other practitioners. So see you SATURDAY at 12pm at Fresh Fresh Cabarete!
Spread the lOve of WELLNESS and share this post with a friend <3
Achieve your personal goal, perform at your top level & go beyond your limits. Look good, feel strong and healthy, ready to hit the water!
US$ 50 instead of US$ 60
GIFT CARD STAND UP PADDLE BOARD – YOGA CLASS
Come and try the new fitness trend combining paddle board and yoga. Try our first ever, floating yoga/fitness class which combines the basics of stand-up paddle boarding with the strength, flexibility and relaxation components of Audrey’s popular Fitness Yoga class.
US$ 30 instead of US$ 35
GIFT CARD KITEBOARDING LESSON
Dare2fly Cabarete offers beginner and advanced lessons in group and private for everyone who would like to get hooked to the sport.
US$ 130 instead of US$ 160
Add US$ 10 per hour for private lessons
GIFT CARD KITEBOARDING DISCOVERY
Dare2fly will show you how to master the art of kite flying and get you hooked to kiteboarding in no time with this discover kite lesson.
US$ 20 instead of US$ 30
GIFT CARD WINDSURFING COMPLETE COURSE
6 hours windsurfing lesson (2 hours/day in the morning) with equipment with Vela Cabarete
PLUS including 3 hours of practice after the lessons
PLUS 50% off on equipment rental for 3 days after the lesson
US$ 120 instead of US$ 140
GIFT CARD / WINDSURFING LESSON
2 hours introductory course with Vela Cabarete PLUS including 1 hour of practice after the lesson.
US$ 40 instead of US$ 50
GIFT CARD to use in our Vela shop
Gift card available on all the gear in the shop, kite, kite boards, surf boards, SUP boards, accessories, fashion.
US$ 25, US$ 50, US$ 75
Hurry UP !!! Offre limited and available till December 23rd.
Get your Gift card. Available on ALL our activities:
As a Fitness & Ocean Sport athlete, it was just a matter of time, until I write about the benefits of Water/Ocean activities. I am a happy person and, today made me realized the reason of a blissful life especially since I am spending half of my day in the water. But why is that? Listen to what our friends have to say about their water activities:
So why such a strong connection? … Let’s start from the beginning.
Who/what are we?
The average adult human body is 50- 65% water. Human blood has a chemical composition 98% (similar to seawater), and our muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water.
We’re also born of the ocean. Each of us begins life floating in amniotic fluid that holds a 99% similar chemical composition to seawater. —> We are water !
Mental performance and physical coordination decreases around 1% dehydration (before thirst kicks in). —> We need water to perform and live!
What is the ocean?
The ocean is about 96.5% water and 3.5% of salts and Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface. So no wonder we feel so good in the ocean!
So what really happens when we jump into the water?
The moment you put your face into the water, your heart rate immediately decrease 25%. Your mind will enter a meditative, almost dreamlike-state. Scientists call this the mammalian diving reflex or the Master Switch of Life. These reflexes affect the brain, lungs, and heart, to protect us from the underwater pressure. The same pressures on land would kill or injure us, but not in the ocean. The ocean has different rules! Read more …
or the ability to float (here in the water) reduces the “weight” of a person by up to 90 percent (depending on body composition, muscular structure and depth of water), which reduces stress on joints and connective tissue. Water activities (such as AquaFit) allows us to workout with low impact without hurting our joints.
On another side, a body moving through the water creates drag. In Fact water molecules attempt to “stick” to the body, while also trying to stick to other water molecules because of the water’s viscosity.
For a same body movement, doing it in the water will be tougher than on land because water is 790 times more viscous and provides 12 times the resistance than the air normal. Also, increasing the speed of an exercise will also increase the resistance of the exercise. This provides ways to create resistance without overloading muscles or joints. This is the reason Aqua Workout are so good and beneficial for everyone (from athlete to elderly and injured people).
When the body is submerged in water, heat loss (via conduction) is 26 times higher than a similar air temperature. You are burning more calories in the water than outside. No wonder doing water activities is a great way to get fit.
1. Reconnection with ourselves
In today’s world, we are over stimulated by mobile phones, emails, threats, penalties, payment, noise, and all type of stress connected to diseases. The ocean is the last quiet place on Earth, the only place to disconnect.
The second you jump into the ocean your pulse will drop, this means your body will relax, and stress will dissipate. Recent reports by Anette Kjellgren and colleagues in Sweden suggest that floating in water may have beneficial therapeutic effects on mental health. “A lot of sicknesses in our society are due to stress, and there aren’t opportunities to find this stress relief in ordinary life” says Dr. Kjellgren.
Some international research and references “BlueMind” research have been done about programs that rely on the power of water to heal people emotionally and physically.
Friend and free diver Oli Dadswell from EyeFly Films mentions“Freediving is freedom. To be able to spend time under the water in the natural environment, without being hindered by heavy equipment for breathing is incredible. Learning to master your own physiology and to be so in control of your mind is a wonderful feeling. To dive deeper and longer than you ever thought possible is simply a matter of learning to control your fears and emotions. Through meditation you can enter a form of altered state in order to become one with the ocean.”
Research concludes that the ocean offers opportunities to de-stress, secure a sense of balance, relax and recharge.
“There’s something about spending time in the ocean that seems to nourish my spirit and reset my body and mind to a resilient & relaxed zone. After my 1st SUP Yoga class, my mind and body felt deeply relaxed, and energized at the same time. Afterward, my mind felt clear and simple things felt more alive and fresh- from the feeling of the sand under my feet to the taste of the fruit at breakfast. I believe the ocean can heal us in ways that we may not fully understand. So I loved the combo of having a workout for the body & mind in the ocean. And the best was shavasana with our arms hanging over the side of the board, hands floating in the ocean. Wow. It was amazingly relaxing to be out on the water, feeling the warmth of the sun, being rocked by the movement of the waves, hearing the water, not having a care in the world, and completely letting go.” Anouk Shambrook, ocean-lover,
2. Feeling strong, focused and engaged
Big waves surfer, WaterMan Dave Kalama from imaginesurf told us: “I feel good when I’m in the ocean. I feel engaged in life when I’m in the ocean. I usually feel happy when I’m in the ocean. I feel great and it makes me happy when I get to share the ocean experience with other people.”
Ocean sports and personal development has a lot in common. The search of pushing the limits (jumping higher, surfing bigger waves, riding faster, …) is something athletes have been seeking and training for. Below a picture of Keala Kennelly on a Wave in Teahupoo. Keala is an incredible female role model for surfers of all sexes and ages.
3. Helps integration (individual, group and environment)
Being in the ocean, helps build confidence, and self-esteem. There is an interaction that contributes in a playful way, to the motivation of a group; develops social skills; develops concepts of leadership, mutual respect, and mutual help.
For Tatiana Howard “Being out on the water is one of the best things in the world for me. To jump into the ocean and rinse off all stress, worries and ideas that accumulate in a day is so refreshing. Surfing in any form gets my body moving, fresh air in my lungs, sunshine on my face, smiles from friends, everything together wakes up my body, mind, and spirit!“. Tati is the founder ofThe Butterfly Effect (BE), a worldwide water woman movement that brings women together in a non-competitive gathering celebrating community and love of the ocean, while instilling confidence in women of all ages and skill sets. You can read more about the BE stop in Cabarete.
There is also an awareness for the environment protection: finding ways of interaction with the surrounding world and understanding the importance of preserving the natural integrity of the ocean and coastlines. To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife. Below a picture of Audrey Meyer paddleboarding quietly alongside a female whale on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.
We all know that adrenaline gives your this buzz, but there is nothing like coming out of the water after a great session. Adrenaline is another word for the hormone epinephrine, part of the brain’s response to exercise.
A great video on Fox 11 Los Angeles of a surfer in CA telling us about how he feels after his surf session.
The brain is a complex structure and we don’t fully understand it. Every surfer knows the feeling of “surf stoke”! While surfing, we experience elevated levels of Adrenalin and Dopamine.
Research suggests these persistent effects of surf euphoria may be attributed to an unlikely candidate: sea spray. Some scientists are convinced this abundance of negative ions has a positive effect on mood by triggering the release of endorphins and serotonin – the “happy hormones” – and increasing blood flow and oxygen circulation through our bodies. Read more
5. Sharing the emotions
Spreading happiness, sharing feelings, emotions, achievement, there is something about doing it in the ocean with someone else.
“My best session is a session with my friends“. Audrey Meyer
We want to thank you to all our ocean, water sports friends who contributed to this article. We wouldn’t have so much fun in the water without you, thank you:
You probably heard about The Butterfly Effect ? The amazing WaterWoman Movement bringing ladies together in a non-competitive gathering celebrating community and love of the ocean, while instilling confidence in women of all ages and skill sets. Well it’s much more than that!
The ButterFly Effect (BE) is actually about spreading the message of love, compassion and kindness. Women are getting together to empower each other and the hope is that this will carry over into their everyday lives.
Every woman has her own unique set of talents both on the water and off.
The Butterfly Effect is about women sharing their personal resources generously with others through their communal participation in ocean sports. It is a day to honour those abilities and accomplishments.
True presence allows us to see beyond external layers of difference and identify the core oneness we share with everyone else on this planet. When you recognize the interconnectedness of everything, compassion flows naturally.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”– Dalai Lama
Giving back and making a difference is what it’s all about.
Anyone can help cleaning the beach along with the butterflies on the morning of the event. It’s a simple and fun way to give back to the community that we are privileged to live and work in.
Araffle, silent and live auctions will be held, at Eze bar in Cabarete hoping to surpassed last year’s efforts, raising for The DREAM Project. The DREAM gives a chance to all children and youth in the Dominican Republic to learn and realize their full potential through transformative education programs that combat the effects of poverty.
The 7th Annual Butterfly Effect Cabarete, Dominican Republic will take place on July 11th 2015.
Join the ButterFly week of fun activities
Monday July 6th (7.30am):
Surf Tour to Playa Encuentro. Meet there at Pauhana Surf School at 7:30AM!! Please put your name on the link bellow you plan to attend. will JOIN SURFING
Tuesday July 7th (5pm-9pm):
Afternoon kite + Dinner + bonfire at La Boca. ALL ARE WELCOME – WE NEED #’s by MONDAY!!
If you want to KITE before dinner contact Audrey Meyer to arrange transport leaving at 4pm.
If you want to make the BOAT RIDE from Islabon to La Boca Contact Michelle Bourdeau to meet at 4:45 at the parking lot behind Janet’s Supermarket.
OR Come on your own and meet us there when you feel like it. BUT LET US KNOW BEFORE MONDAY 6PM SO THERE WILL BE ENOUGH FOOD. BOAT RIDE 5pm / DINNER at 6:30pm / BONFIRE 8pm.
Wednesday July 8th (8am):
Yoga4SUP with Blossom “Enjoy the combination of Stand Up Paddle boarding and Yoga. Beginners welcome.” Contact Audrey for registration and reserve your board. Limited number. Learn about safety while paddle boarding.
“Silently witness the many expressions of love happening all around you. Compassion and love are one in the same.”
Although extending compassion to others should be a daily practice, showing that same kindness to ourselves is also vital.
Tatiana Howard founded the Butterfly Effect in 2007 on Maui, Hawaii with a dozen women. The Butterfly Effect has evolved into a BE ALOHA World Tour with over 30 different non-competitive events in 17 countries and with thousands of participants.
Michelle Bourdeau is the owner and head therapist at Andari Spa in Cabarete. She has been practicing massage and spa therapy for 15 years in the Dominican Republic. She is an avid windsurfer and has been teaming up with Tatiana to organize the Butterfly Effect in cabarete for 7 years now.
Thank you ladies, you are such amazing women. Keep spreading the Aloha vibes, we love you.
Blossom Retreat is a proud sponsors of the 7th Butterfly Effect. Where there is love there is life. Thank you for following us.
“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” ~ Max Muller
Did you know that Sunday, June 21st is International Yoga Day AND the Summer Solstice?
The United Nations has declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day, which will be celebrated all over the world. For us every day is yoga day. However to respect this special day (the concept of which was suggested by Guruji) in a talk in Bangalore sometime in 2011- 2012, to respect Guruji, we have thought of a special practice program for this day.
21st June 2015 – will be celebrated as International yoga day throughout the world.
Celebrate this wonderful day with us!
We will have a simultaneous worldwide meditation session to experience Earth as one organism in sync with its inhabitants and will meditate together and express a higher level of consciousness that can only be achieved in unison.
With renewed energy of the Summer Solstice all things are possible.
Sunday, June 21st 2015 When: 6 PM Where: Cabarete Beach (contact us for the precise location)Bring a sarong, your smile and happiness.
In ancient times, the Summer Solstice was considered a time of fullness of life, worldly blessings and representing a time for purification, renewal and healing of the self & soul. A time to release the sadness, fears and pains from your life; a time for purification and renewed energy.
Join us to fulfill the external physical & emotional manifestations of your internal desires; such as love & wealth.
Wishing you a blessed Summer Solstice and to all, sending LOVE and SUNSHINE!