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Raw chocolate delights

For all the people who have not experience Michelle Julian’s raw chocolate workshops and learned how to make some of these delicious, raw and healthy treats, she has kindly shared one of her recipes with Chispa readers to introduce her new e-book ‘Healthy like raw’.

Tangerine Truffles
Ingredients
1 cup raw cocoa powder
½ cup date paste* (8-10 Majool dates)
1 cup raw whole hazelnuts
1 cup raw cocoa butter, grated and melted
½ cup coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp agave or very thick good quality honey
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Festival Arte Sano – a healing and performing arts festival on the beach

Arte Sano 2011

The popular alternative festival Arte Sano will once again be held on July 27 & 28 on the Paseo Marítimo, San Pedro Alcántara

The festival will be made up of:
1. An active and dynamic marketplace with a range of stall holders showcasing and selling their products, projects and innovative businesses. In the festival we’ll be bringing together artesans, therapists, eco-producers, natural and organic products, natural health, complementary medicine, social collectives and the arts.
2. Workshop and educational activities, of many different kinds and all totally FREE … Continue reading

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Quality of Life – 7 step action plan for a healthier Life: Breathing

This issue our health detectives take a deep breath, relax and pause for a minute. Breathing normally happens automaticaly, but it does pay off to pay attention to how we are actually breathing.

Back in 1931 Otto Warburg won the Nobel Price for the discovery of how important oxygen is for our health: ”The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.” In other words let your cells breathe like the babbling brook … Continue reading

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Nature’s pharmacy – The essence in a bottle

As someone who works on a daily basis with holistic therapies, Birgit Danneberg, from retreat centre Molino Málaga, is always on the look out for new techniques that work on all levels of mind, body and spirit. She wanted to tell us about her latest discovery, a range of therapeutic grade essential oils from a company called Doterra. “Up to 50 – 70 % more effective than the dried herb, the essential oils are called also the essence or the soul of the plant,” explains … Continue reading

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The dangers of household chemicals

Did you know that according to environmental experts the average house contains up to 62 toxic chemicals? Many of these are found in our cleaning products and we’re exposed to them routinely. Some of them pose immediate risks such as burns but others are linked to long term health issues such as asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. Although it may be difficult to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals altogether, it is possible to reduce it significantly by taking more care about what … Continue reading

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The health plan

Many readers will be familiar with our recent articles by Vanda Laktos, owner of health food shop Biocasa in Fuengirola, and passionate about healthy vegetarian food. A common complaint amongst her clients is that organic food and healthy fresh vegetarian food is more expensive and so she has set out to show that it is possible to have a varied, rich diet for no more than a ‘standard’one. Her daily blog at biocasafuengirola.blogspot.com shows her typical meals for two people for the month of March. … Continue reading

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Natura Málaga

Natura Málaga returns in May for another professional fair celebrating healthy living and sustainable development in Málaga’s Palacio de Congresos. La Chispa will be there to cover the event and readers are invited to visit our stall and find out more about the latest developments in alternative Andalucía. What else will be on offer through the weekend?
Over 90 stalls will be exhibiting ranging from natural cosmetics to organic food to holistic therapies to renewable energy – something for everyone interested in eco-holistic living. Around the … Continue reading

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What is….the Mooncup?

Like many things in the mainstream we often assume there are no other alternatives, whereas over the years La Chispa has shown time and again that not only are there other options, but often they are healthier and more ecological. An excellent example is the question of tampons and sanitary pads, that are used in their millions by people who may not be aware that they are environmentally unfriendly and potentially unhealthy. Fortunately, for all eco women looking for a solution there is the Mooncup, … Continue reading

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Superfoods: Wheatgrass

Did you know that wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges or more vitamin A than carrots? Wheatgrass is grown from the red wheat berry, a special strain of wheat that produces high concentrations of chlorophyll, antioxidants, active enzymes, vitamins, vital amino acids and other nutrients. It is one of the most nutrient dense substances on Earth, packed with essential fatty acids and chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is a lush green plant that will eventually become a shaft of wheat, produce grain and be harvested. It has … Continue reading

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Quality of Life – 7 steps to perfect health part II: greens

A traditional doctor would say “take an aspirin, and call me in the morning”. Why not say, as Dr. Robert O. Young might, “take a cucumber, and call me in the morning”?

We know that fruits and vegetables are good for us and we should credit our parents for telling us to eat our greens and salads to grow big and strong, because they were right. To enjoy more energy in life it is a good idea to add more greens to the menu. But why … Continue reading

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