For Herbivores

To Mom, from Mother Nature- With love

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“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” – Honore de Balzac

It takes more than birth to become a mother and above all, it takes courage.

The origins of Mother’s Day are varied depending on the country or the culture. However the origins of celebrating the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day dates back to the early 1900’s owing to the ceaseless efforts of Anna Jarvis. Her notion of supporting mothers and celebrating them for being an integral part of a child’s life slowly grew into a movement, until it was recognized as an official holiday, shortly after the demise of her mother Ann Reaves Jarvis. In a paradoxical turn of events, Anna spent her last years (and life’s savings) trying to remove the holiday from the official calendar as her sentiments were hurt by the commercial wave that took over via bakeries, card companies, florists and much more.

Having said that, I do not see the harm in making a mother feel a little extra special for all that she’s done for her family, and the best part is this special day of celebrating mum/ ma / mother / alias-of-your-choice doesn’t have to necessarily fall on the second Sunday of May every time.

Here are a few tips to make the woman that you love, who also happens to be the one who loved you first, feel like a queen using the gifts of the earth. These tips have been passed down to me from mothers and their mothers. Rest assured, they have been tried, tested and have shown remarkable results, through consistent use.

Fix a healthy snack
Multi-tasking is an add-on feature that women are built with and there’s no denying that. However, it’s easy for a mother to get worn out and sometimes forget about taking care of herself when over 90 percent of her mind is focussed on taking care of her family first. Give her a good energy boost by adding these simple ingredients to her snack box or even a simple dish like a salad – walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazel nuts, dry peas, brazil nuts or even cashews. The list is long and the choice would depend on her lifestyle and existing dietary requirements though the benefits are indeed many.

Nuts

 

Pamper her with coffee and chocolate in a different way
This no fuss and beautifully simple body scrub will make any mom feel like she’s just stepped out of the spa. Besides, not many women can turn down a good helping of coffee or chocolate.

Ingredients:
1 cup ground coffee
½ cup organic cacao
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup sea salt
¼ cup almond oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:
1. Mix all the ingredients together and adjust the amounts of dry ingredients and oil if the consistency isn’t like a paste. This mixture will last for at least up to three weeks in the fridge, provided it’s stored in an airtight container.
2. Apply on the skin before a shower and rub with a circular motion. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes before washing it off so that the skin absorbs the beneficial oils.

Body Scrub

 

Treat her to a pick-me-up smoothie after a long day
While juicing is gaining popularity, healthy smoothies too are on the rise – and they are here to stay. Mothers all around the world are carefully planning our intakes of the essentials from the food pyramid and it’s time that we returned the favour through something healthy as well.
A good smoothie would include varieties of berries, a few nuts and fruits and if you’re not too keen on adding milk, then you could use an alternative like almond milk. I recommend including strawberries, blueberries, prunes, sapodillas, bananas, mulberries, honey with a dash of nutmeg. Give them a spin using a handy blender.
There are various recipes out there and the one that you choose to go with, would depend a lot on your mother’s current diet plan.

Smoothie

 

Introduce her to the archives of Ayurveda
Before modern medicine, there was Ayurveda and this branch of holistic healing heavily depends on the bounties of the earth. The blend of ingredients below was introduced to me by my mother and my grandmother had introduced this to her. Treat your mother to a date with youthful looking skin.

Ingredients:
1 cup ground turmeric
½ cup red sandalwood
1 cup white sandalwood
1 cup chickpeas flour
½ cup rose water

Directions:
1. Mix the ingredients until you’re left with a fine paste (not a runny one) and apply a layer on your skin.
2. Allow it to dry and wash it off using lukewarm water.
Note:
Turmeric tends to leave a stubborn stain so be careful during the application.
In case it’s hard to find or make rose water (using real rose petals and not flavouring), you could use tomato juice instead.

Skin care - turmeric

 

Help her feel rejuvenated using gifts from the ocean too
Seaweed comes with many benefits be it ingested or applied topically. Combine this with the soothing aloe gel and avocado, and you’ve got yourself a clean and soulful face mask.

Ingredients:
½ cup ground dried seaweed
½ cup aloe gel
1 cup avocado
½ cup yogurt
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Rose water (optional)

Directions:
1. Blend the ingredients (except the rose water) until you’ve got an easy-to-apply paste and ensure that you avoid the eyes during application.
2. Leave it on until it has dried and wash the mask using lukewarm water.
3. Pad face dry and dab on some rose water like you would a toner – rose water serves as a fantastic toner.

Seaweed face mask

 

Leave a shine on mama’s crown
Many women consider their hair to be their crowning glory. The styling options are many and some of them tend to leave battle scars such as dry, brittle and dull hair. It’s not easy for a multitasking mother to pamper her hair every now and then – why don’t you lend her a helping hand and fix her a good hair mask?

Ingredients:
¼ cup green tea powder
¼ cup garlic juice
½ cup coconut oil
½ olive oil
½ cup pineapple juice

Directions:
1. Mix the ingredients and heat them gently, without causing it to boil.
2. Strain the mixture and store it in a suitable container.
3. Apply generously to different sections of the hair and leave it on for at least 15 minutes before washing it off.

Hair mask

 

Give her a signature ‘good night’.
The last person to fall asleep in a busy household is usually a mother, even if she’s lying in bed. Her mind is continuously racing with thoughts and it’s already got the menu for the weekend planned out even though it’s probably only Tuesday. Let’s help the woman you love get a good night’s sleep, shall we?

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk
a pinch of saffron
1 tablespoon of cane sugar or honey

Directions:
1. Add a pinch of saffron along with the cane sugar (or honey) to warm almond milk and serve.
2. Don’t forget to hug mom when you wish her good night.

Goodnight mom

And this concludes some of the wonderful ways you can use the gifts of nature to help your mother feel extra special. Do leave a comment with ideas that you’d like to share. If you’ve tried some of the blends mentioned above, it would be great to hear about your experience as well.

Note: In case you’re trying any of the ingredients mentioned above for the first time, apply a very small amount on your inner arm and wait for a few minutes to see if there’s any allergic response to the substance(s).

Here’s wishing all the mothers across the world – new ones, veterans and soon to be mums as well a delightfully wonderful Mother’s Day!

Scroll down to enjoy a few snippets of mother-and-child moments submitted by either mums or children from different regions.

Reema shares a strongl bond with her little princess. Their special food memory is trying out new food combinations at home.

Reema shares a special bond with her princess. Their special food memory is trying out new food combinations at home.
Country : UAE

Anjana and her mom look like siblings, don't they? She always thought her grandma cooked a lot better than her mum, until she returned home during spring break and happily enjoyed the elaborate spread cooked by her mom. What changed? It must have been love :)

Anjana and her mom look like siblings, don’t they? Anjana always thought that her grandmother cooked a lot better than her mum, until she returned home during spring break and happily enjoyed the elaborate spread cooked by mother dearest. What changed? It must have been love.
Country: India

Here's a special moment and a food memory being shared by Joshua and his mom. He always looks forward to his mother's cooking. Country: Ireland

Here’s a special moment and a food memory being shared by Joshua and his mom. He always looks forward to his mother’s cooking.
Country: Ireland

I haven't come across a mother as skilful as Ruqaiya yet, who can rock a baby sling like she does. Her little angel sleeps better cuddling against the warmth of her hero - her Mama. Country: UAE

I haven’t come across a mother as skilful as Ruqaiya yet, who can rock a baby sling like she does. Her little angel sleeps better cuddling with the warmth of her hero – her Mama. They quite enjoy cakes together and yes, sharing is allowed.
Country: UAE

Amith decided to share one of his favourite childhood pictures of him with his mother. He explains that he currently looks like he's the older brother and that his mother is the younger sister - another almost-sibling-like duo. Amith is a big fan of his mother's cooking and believes that the flavours increase even more when she decides to randomly feed him - even today. Country: UAE

Amith decided to share one of his favourite childhood pictures of him with his mother. He explains that he currently looks like he’s the older brother and that his mother is the younger sister – another almost-sibling-like duo. Amith is a big fan of his mother’s cooking and believes that the flavours increase even more when she decides to randomly feed him – even today.
Country: UAE

Priyanka, her brother and their queen bee.  She is said to be the champion of vegetarian dishes.  Country: UAE

Priyanka, her brother and their queen bee.
She is said to be the champion of vegetarian dishes, especially thepla (Popular Gujarati bread).
Country: UAE

"Thanks to Mum, I'm a big fan of Hyderabadi cuisine. She always nails the all time popular Hyderabadi biriyani and this is one dish that's second to none.", explains Sheela. Country: UAE

“Thanks to Mum, I’m a big fan of Hyderabadi cuisine. She always nails the all time popular Hyderabadi biriyani and this is one dish that’s second to none.”, explains Sheela.
Country: UAE

Lara's memorable moment with her beloved mother: Mom and I have many fantastic food moments together.  One particularly memorable one was in Armenia, Yerevan in July 2013.  It was my mother's first time in the land of her ancestors .  She was deeply moved.  One night we had the most exquisite steak and red wine for dinner. Country: UAE

Lara’s memorable food moment with her beloved mother: Mom and I have many fantastic food moments together. One particularly memorable one was in Armenia, Yerevan in July 2013. It was my mother’s first time in the land of her ancestors . She was deeply moved. One night we had the most exquisite steak and red wine for dinner.
Country: UAE

Cake? Yes, please! Sherin's most fondest memory with her mother goes back to the early 90's when they used to bake carrot cake together. Country: Ireland

Cake? Yes, please!
Sherin’s most fondest memory with her mother goes back to the early 90’s when they used to bake carrot cake together, though she’d usually eat most of the batter before it was baked.
Country: Ireland

It's not easy juggling roles when your work takes you places. Amanda seems to have managed it well though thanks to her supporting husband. In Amanda's words:  Best food memory with my kids is exploring the world through what we're eating. Seeing their eyes light up as they understand a culture through what they're eating is always an amazing and happy moment! Country: Morocco

It’s not easy juggling roles when your work takes you places (Amanda is travel and food blogger based in the Middle East). Amanda seems to have managed it well though thanks to her supporting husband. In her words: ” The best food memory with my kids is exploring the world through what we’re eating. Seeing their eyes light up as they understand a culture through what they’re eating is always an amazing and happy moment!”
Country: Morocco

Rebecca shares a selfie moment with her munchkins.  She revisits the moment when they had both enjoyed their first birthday cakes.  Country: USA

Rebecca, proud and talented super mom of two, shares a selfie with her munchkins.
She revisits the moment when they had both enjoyed their first birthday cakes.
Country: USA

This lovely mother ends up being a referee because her sons tackle each other for cuddles (of course, they all win). Julie shares her favourite food moment with us:  “The magic of food  is captured in the eyes of my children daily but the frustration to get them to eat it is another story.” For example: A love note in the school lunch box got my oldest to eat all his lunch yesterday... Todays trick is to make dinosaur shaped sandwiches with sprinkles on them to see if my second boy will eat his lunch too.. The excitement of opening his lunch box!!!" My favourite food moments are when the yummy cookies, brownies and muffins are out of the oven cooling on the rack,  the boys run into the kitchen asking if they are ready yet. If they are, they reach up and grab one or a slice of their favourite treat and then they come running back after a very short time for more.   Country: New Zealand

This lovely mother ends up being a referee because her sons sometimes tackle each other for cuddles (of course, they all win). Julie shares her favourite food moment with us:
“The magic of food is captured in the eyes of my children daily but the frustration to get them to eat it is another story.” For example: A love note in the school lunch box got my oldest to eat all his lunch yesterday… Todays trick is to make dinosaur shaped sandwiches with sprinkles on them to see if my second boy will eat his lunch too.. The excitement of opening his lunch box!!!”
My favourite food moments are when the yummy cookies, brownies and muffins are out of the oven cooling on the rack, the boys run into the kitchen asking if they are ready yet. If they are, they reach up and grab one or a slice of their favourite treat and then they come running back after a very short time for more.
Country: New Zealand

What's Deena's favourite food memory? Deena: "My favorite food memory will be pallu ozhichu kozhukatta - whenever I crave for it my mama prepares this dish. No matter how much I try, I never seem to cook it as good as she does. Mama knows how to prepare the best... I love you mama."  Country: UAE

What’s Deena’s favourite food moment with her mother?
Deena: “My favorite food memory will be pallu ozhichu kozhukatta (South Indian rice dumplings served with milk)  – whenever I crave for it my mama prepares this dish. No matter how hard I try, I never seem to cook it as well as she does. Mama knows how to prepare the best… I love you mama.”
Country: UAE

Aishwarya is currently miles away from home and always looks forward to her mother’s signature fried chicken and chapati (South Indian bread). There’s nothing far more welcoming than a meal cooked by her loving mother. Country: Germany

And here is Asha's beautiful moment with her mom and sister, Anju. She says, "We would like to thank our beautiful Amma for giving us her legacy of true love - something we will pass on to our beautiful children." Don't be fooled by Asha's and Anju's youth like appearance - they're moms of teens / adults too :)

And here is Asha’s beautiful memory with her mom and sister, Anju. She says, “We would like to thank our beautiful Amma for giving us her legacy of true love – something we will pass on to our beautiful children.”
Country: India

Kevin enjoys spending time with his adorable mum in the kitchen because he always learns something new. Just so you know, she happens to be my mom too :) Country : UAE

Kevin enjoys spending time with his adorable mum in the kitchen because he always learns something new. Last Easter, they came up with a marinade of their own for grilled chicken.
Just so you know, she happens to be my mom too 🙂
Country : UAE

Comestible regards,
Judy Sebastian

2 Comments

  1. Bilna Sandeep

    May 22, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Aww! Loved these ideas to pamper the best lady of our lives! and i loved the idea of posting those random mom and kid combinations from around the world…all of them so full of love!! 🙂

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