Love List: June Edition

 I'm a little late getting around to this post but here it is - my June Love List for all of you that enjoy these as much as I enjoy writing them!

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Garlic Scapes: I am just head over heels for garlic scapes this summer. Can't get enough. What the heck are they?! They are the flower stalks of garlic plants. They are both edible and delicious! Garlic scapes taste like a cross between green onions and mild garlic. As one would assume, you use them the same way you would green onions or garlic - go figure! How I like to use them: in a pesto, sliced into stir-fries, sauces, dips, salads and soups. You will find these beauties at your local farmers market.

Witch Hazel: This has become a staple in my beauty regimen. I have been using 1 tsp witch hazel combined with 2 drops lavender essential oil as a calming toner each night (I use a cotton swab to apply). Witch hazel is fantastic for cleansing skin pores, reducing the size of your pores for a smoother appearance and eliminating excess oil. Because it's a powerful astringent and a rich source of antioxidants, witch hazel is ideal for acne prone skin. It has the ability to reduce inflammation and decrease oil without drying out your skin. It's super gentle and can even be applied on a cotton pad directly onto closed eyes to reduce puffiness and bags.

Witches of East End: Thanks to Netflix I was able to watch the first season of this awesome show in its entirety. Growing up my favourite movie was Practical Magic, my favourite TV show was Buffy the Vampire Slayer and you better believe I'm a Harry Potter fan! This show encompasses all of my childhood fantasies such as enrolling into Hogwarts, making magical potions, saging my home (which I really do! It's fantastic for clearing away negative energy, if you were wondering), owning an owl that I'll most likely name Hedwig, tarot cards, gemstones, black cats, strong leading ladies and much much more! If you haven't seen it yet and you're intrigued by all things witchcraft - I highly recommend it!

Organic Cherries: I have been eating my fair share of organic cherries lately. My goodness, they're delicious! Aside from being tasty, cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and flavonoids. Which means that they can help fight cancers and other disease as well as prevent premature aging. Cherries are also rich in the antioxidant, melatonin which has been found to help the body's natural sleep patterns. So, go on, eat them straight up, slice them in your morning yogurt parfait, toss a handful in your smoothie or indulge in some homemade cherry pie!

Thirsty Buddha Coconut Water: Although I'm very aware of the nutritional benefits of coconut water (electrolytes and mega hydration) I've never been particularly fond of the taste. Or so I thought!! I had been buying many of the commercial brands that I now realize are from concentrate and not only reduce the health benefits of this amazing drink but also manipulate the taste. I then came across Thirsty Buddha brand that labels itself as all natural (it's true, only one ingredient on the package) and now I can't get enough! It's sweet, nutty and I actually look forward to and crave a cold can of this coconut water (can is BPA-free if you were wondering!).

What are some of your June favourites? I want to know! What's on your love list. Comment below! 

- Valerie XO

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