Colcannon - Vegan style for Paddy's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day!!! As some of you may know Ebony and I grew up in Ireland and since it is Paddy's day, we had to post a recipe for a vegan version of the delicious, traditional, Irish fare known as Colcannon. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes, chopped

  • 1 cup kale, chopped

  • 4 thinly sliced green onions,

  • 2/3 cup almond milk

  • 1 tbsp vegan margarine

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • dash nutmeg (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cover potatoes with salted water in a pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and allow to cook until potatoes are done, about 20 - 25 minutes. Peel, if desired.
  2. Steam the kale for just three to four minutes and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the almond milk, vegan margarine and green onions for a few minutes until they are cooked.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked potatoes, kale and almond milk mixture and mash together with a large fork or potato masher. Season generously with salt and pepper, and nutmeg (optional)

We hope you enjoy it.

Five Reasons Why Coconut Oil Is Truly Awesome!!!

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There is no doubt that coconut oil, also known as nature's moisturizer is truly amazing. At FLO+THEO, we love the white stuff so much that it is an essential ingredient in every single one of our products. But don't just take our word for it; here are five reasons why coconut oil is truly awesome!

Moisturizer - Coconut oil is readily absorbed by the skin and has remarkable deep moisturizing and hydrating properties. It is filled with antioxidants, Vitamin A, C and E, which all work together to heal and repair damaged skin. 

Shaving Cream - Substitute your shaving cream for coconut oil for a smooth shave. This is a great idea for those of you who have sensitive skin and may react to all the chemicals in normal shaving creams.

Eye Make-up Remover - Coconut oil is one of the gentlest ways to remove makeup.  Apply some to your eye area, and wipe off with a warm, damp towel.

Gargling coconut oil also known as Oil Pulling - This is an ancient Ayurvedic technique, touted by yogis as a natural way to strengthen the immune system by killing toxic yeast that makes its way from your stomach to mouth while you sleep.

Hair Conditioner - Coconut oil's has the unique ability to penetrate hair through and through making it very moisturizing and conditioning for hair. Scoop a chunk of coconut oil and warm it between your hands. Apply it through your hair starting from the bottom and focusing on the ends. Wrap your head in a shower cap and let it sit for 30- 45mins (or even sleep with it in overnight). Rinse it out in the shower and shampoo and condition as usual – I promise you’ll feel (and see) the difference!


Flower Power: DIY Rose Water Toner

A recent trip to New York Botanical Gardens inspired today's quick beauty tip, homemade rose water toner. The therapeutic properties found in flowers are immense and the rose is no an exception. Rose water has mild astringent properties, it helps soothe, tighten and tone the skin. It also works as a great make-up setter and is suitable for most skin types.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 roses (rinsed and preferably organic) 
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 strainer 
  • 1 sterilized glass container
  • 1 spray bottle

How to: Pick rose petals from the rose and place in the pan. Pour the cups of boiling water over the petals and cover the pan. Allow the rose petals and water to infuse for 1-2 hours. Strain the mixture and transfer to either sterilized glass container or bottle. Store in the fridge for up to a week. 

And voilà - your very own rose water toner!