10/31/13

Make Your Own Natural Healing Balms

Jeremiah 8:22 "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?"

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The Balm has been around since ancient times. Since the beginning of time as we know it, a poultice or slave or balm have been made with nature's ingredients to sooth wounds, pain, and infection. Today we go to the store and grab a tube of who knows what and put it on our precious skin. Why not make your own balms for pennies that are safe and effective. I feel like a medicine woman this week bringing the Balm of Gilead to our little family. These balms use antibacterial foods like coconut oil, olive oil, and raw honey along with some of my favorite essential oils.

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Wart Balm
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 oz Beeswax
20 drops frankincense oil
30 drops oregano oil
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Melt coconut oil and beeswax until just melted. Add the oils. Pour into Lip Balm Jars and allow to harden. Apply several times a day to wart. If you do not see results, add an extra drop of oregano to each treatment.

Ouchie Balm
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1 oz Beeswax
1 T raw honey (I used Manuka)
10 drops melaleuca (tea tree)
10 drops lavender

Melt coconut oil and beeswax until just melted. Add the honey, stir to dissolve. Then add essential oils. Pour into Lip Balm Jars and allow to harden. Apply to cuts, burns, and scrapes. Anything you would use Neosporin for. Also great for rash or dry, chapped skin.



Bum Balm
2/3 cup Coconut oil
1/3p olive oil
2 oz  Beeswax
4 Cocoa ButterWafers
30 drops lavender
15 drops myrrh
Melt the oils and the beeswax. Then add the cocoa butter and stir until it is melted. Allow to cool slightly, then add the lavender and Myrrh. Pour into containers and store. Apply to baby's bottom for rash.

My other favorite balms are those made for chapped lips. These are so luxurious and taste good too! It is best to use expeller pressed coconut oil for these so as to avoid the coconut taste...unless you want that.


 


Lip Balm
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 oz Beeswax
1-2 drops Vitamin E-Oil
10-15 drops lemon or peppermint oils

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax. Add the vitamin E oil and the essential oils. Stir to combine.
Pour into Empty Lip Balm Tubes . Makes 8-10.

Chocolate Orange Lip Balm
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 oz Beeswax
4 Cocoa Butter Wafers
1-2 drops Vitamin E-Oil
10 drops Wild Orange

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax. Then add the cocoa butter wafers and stir until melted. Add the Vitamin E oil and the Wild Orange, stir to combine. Pour into Empty Lip Balm Tubes . Makes 10-12.


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10/28/13

Ten Real Food Recipes

Fast food, convenience food, vending machine food. Ugh, fake food is everywhere! It is full of artificial colors, flavors, and well, is mostly just artificial food. Our bodies do not recognize it as fuel. They slurp up no vitamins and minerals from it as they are simply not present. Making your own takes more time and certainly more forethought but is almost necessary if you want a healthy gut, healthy body, and healthy mind.

Here are ten foods you can make very easily to replace processed junk that comes in a jar, can, box, or bag. They are all made with real food items and are a great beginning to tossing the dead foods that offer no nutrient value. They are delicious, easy, healthy and really, really, real!

 
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10/21/13

Make Your Own Whole Wheat Pasta



I don't know about you, but I hate whole wheat pasta. It is like cardboard. This home made version however, is tender and wonderful! Making your own pasta is so simple. No, not as easy as opening a package. Trust me, I do that more often than not.  But if you are ready to delve into the world of home made pasta, lasagna is the way to go! Cutting the noodles is so easy and you don't have to deal with separating them into individual strands. Bonus: They taste amazing!

Home Made Pasta
1 cup freshly ground soft white wheat (or whole wheat cake flour if that is all you have access to)
1/2 cup freshly ground hard white or red wheat
2 egg yolks
1 pinch salt
2 T olive oil
1/8-1/4 cup water

In a food processor, add the flours, egg yolks, oil and salt. Mix until combined, then stream in water slowly until a ball forms. Allow the food processor to knead the dough for 30 second or until all the ingredients are well combined.

Next divide the dough into four pieces:
 
 
 
Then flour one ball generously so it won't stick.
 
 
 Now, you can use a pasta roller which is just fun. Or roll each ball as flat as you can get them with a rolling pin.
 
 
Cut it to the size you would like. I cut mine to fit the pan. It doesn't have to be pretty or even. The sauce hides everything!
 
 
Home made pasta is very forgiving and you can use it right away, or leave it to dry until you need it. Once you are ready to assemble the lasagna, just add the noodles to the pan. No need to cook ahead of time.
 
 
 
I do not make my noodles every time we have lasagna, but when I do it tastes so much better and we all feel very spoiled. But to really feel spoiled, cut these strands into fettuccine, boil for 3 minutes and serve under my Creamy Chicken and Bacon Alfredo Sauce. You may never use packaged pasta again!
 
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10/17/13

How to Make it the Healthiest School Year Ever (Part 1 of 2)

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School is back in full swing and whether your kids are learning from you at home or going to school, they can benefit from a healthy atmosphere. Proper nutrition is absolutely key for a healthy mind and body. It is an unfortunate tragedy what passes for food in school cafeterias. But at home, we can fill them with wonderfully nourishing real foods to feed brain and body. Don't skimp on the fat. If you need to restrict calories your kids consume, then do it in the form of empty calories like processed junk food, not by eliminating fat. Our brains are fat! The need more of it! Plus it is more filling and leaves kids energized and full, rather than lazy, sullen and hungry. FEED THAT BRAIN!

Nutrient Dense Foods.  (Eat as much as you want until you are full.)

Fruits and Veggies
Cod liver oil or other source of omegas
Nuts and seeds
Beans
Grass fed beef
Hormone Free poultry
Free range eggs
Non-GMO whole grains
Raw milk, butter, cream, yogurt, or kefir
Coconut Oil

Nutrient poor and so called "healthy snacks" (Should be eaten sparingly or never.)


Commercially available packaged goods such as:
Crackers (goldfish and cheese-its are not healthy snacks!)
Low fat cookies
Granola bars
"Fruit" Snacks
Jell-o and pudding packs
Anything "low fat" or sugar free that isn't already naturally so.
Juice/Gatorade/diet soda
Pasteurized milk
Foods prepared with hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors, soybean oil, white sugar and flour.
Cereal

Here is a healthy breakfast idea to feed the brain and body:

Green smoothie:

1 apple
1 orange
1 banana
1 cup spinach or kale (may want to add more as you adjust to it)
8 oz coconut water, coconut milk, raw milk, almond milk, cream or plain water.
Dash of vanilla
2-3 drops ginger, orange, lemon, or cinnamon essential oils.
Optional: add a free range raw egg for added protein and nutrients
Optional: add flavorless cod liver oil
Put in a great blender and pulse until smooth. For a thicker shake, add ice.

Kids also need a multivitamin. But stop and think before you offer Flintstones or nasty gummies. They are completely synthetic and gmo!!  All natural from a lab. The best vitamins are ones we get in a natural state, directly from the plant. But let's face it, it is really hard to eat great 100 percent of the time, although that should be the goal. Be sure to look for a good vitamin for you and the kids. Contact me for a recommendation!

Get started one day at a time, feeding kids foods they need to concentrate, be healthy, and confident. Choose foods most often from the nutrient dense list and be selective with others to start. Teach them "the why" and they are much more likely to try new foods and abandon the rest.

What are some tricks and tips you can share on how to help kids make healthy choices?

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10/15/13

The "Science" Behind Essential Oils

There are always gonna be haters out there. I wasted an hour engrossed in an article meant to debunk essential oil use and basically call all of us "users" brainwashed monkeys who are wasting our money. Their main premise was that there is no science to back up these claims.

 
Number one, I am a follower of Christ, so am used to being accused often of being brainwashed! Number two, the premise of lack of science is just ridiculous, essential oils are chemistry! Number three, pardon me, but "science" is what has gotten most of us in trouble. Science a few decades ago postulated that margarine and Crisco were better for us than butter and lard. So people jumped on board and abandoned that which had been working for years in favor of these new "scientifically created" counterfeits. We, the people, became the Guinea pigs on that one and look at us now! Additionally, lawyers have made a pretty penny off of failed attempts by science to cure us from what ails us. I feel a lot better about being a trial subject for peppermint oil than for Ritalin, and that is true especially where my children are concerned.

So, let's pick on the evil essential oil. Here are some of the comments in the article:

How dare we take them internally.
Or put them on the skin neat.
It is ludicrous and dangerous and besides, science has yet to prove that it is helpful in any way. People can say what they want about how great they work. If science doesn't say it, I won't believe it.

I recently attended and essential oils conference in Salt Lake City. I had no idea what to expect. I for sure did not expect that one out of every three lectures would be about science. I thought by the time I left, my brain would explode. It was fascinating and thrilling and for this gal who hasn't had a science class in nearly 20 years, exhausting. But there is no science behind essential oils!

One argument against the viability of essential oils as "medicine" is that there is more anecdotal evidence than scientific.  Many are uncomfortable using a product based on testimonials. I was surrounded by 12,000 people at the conference who were there because oils work. Period! Every single person there found that the quality of their life, health, emotions, and even finances had improved thanks to the pioneers who have brought essential oils back into the forefront. And that was just a small sampling of all the people, worldwide, who have turned to essential oils as a viable way to improve health.

Studies are being done everyday on the potency and power of essential oils. Not all of them are easy to find, but if you go to PubMed (on a day in which the government is not shut down), and type in essential oils, you will be surprised how many studies come up. I found 12,122 the last time I looked. Wow, that is a lot of studies regarding essential oils. I read a few. Science is backing up what us users already know. Essential oils have amazing potential, and research is recently being demanded. We have barely scratched the surface. Another resource is Aromatic Science. (But there is no science behind essential oils.)

Science is wonderful. It really is! We are all blessed for the efforts of those who work tirelessly to learn what is good for us.  But it is just an educated guess, followed by trial and error. Everyone is just experimenting. Science is throwing out a hypothesis, gathering information and making an educated guess as to what will happen. Further, and most unfortunately, money tends to skew science to say whatever one wants it to. I do not need a scientific study to tell me that eucalyptus oil works! EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!

We are smarter than we give ourselves credit for. No one knows our own body better than we do. NO ONE! Stop for a bit and listen to it. Nourish it. Honor it. Own it. Empower it to do what it was created to do. I for one am completely comfortable and confident in Mother Nature, healing Mother Nature. Nature's medicine comes from the greatest scientist ever! I know Him! Do you?



10/11/13

Recipe for Chicken Bacon Alfredo


 
I love bacon. Bacon, Bacon, Bacon! I first had it in Pasta at Johnny Carinos a few years ago. It was love at first bite. And I like my home made version just as well. It is rich and creamy and well, bacony. It is one of my dishes that starts with butter and ends with cream, so of course it has to be delicious. But don't let that scare you. Foods full of fat are filling and bring a sense of satisfaction. One serving will not leave you wishing for more. Can serve over spaghetti squash or a gluten free pasta if you have something against gluten. I personally do not!
 
First get the bacon bakin'. I bake at 400 for 15-20 min and like it extra crispy. Then let it drain and chop it up.

 
While the bacon is bakin', chop up some chicken-preferably a backyard rooster- and saute' in a bit of olive oil until no longer pink. Toss in some fresh crushed garlic and cook it for about a minute.
 
 
Cut the cream cheese into smallish squares so it melts fast and throw them in the pot. Once it has melted down, add 1/2 stick butter, 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese mix.  Continue to heat over medium low until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for a tiny kick.
 
                                         

Serve over veggies or pasta and sprinkle with bacon. You could make this dairy free, poultry free, pork free, and fat free. But then it would be a whole other animal altogether. And certainly not creamy bacon chicken Alfredo!

 
Creamy Chicken Bacon Alfredo
 
8 strips of bacon
1 lb chicken pieces, cut bite sized
1 T olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup cream
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes (optional) to taste
 
Cook the bacon and cut into pieces. In a fry pan, cook the chicken in olive oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Cut the cream cheese into small chunks and add to the pan. Once it has melted, add the butter and cream. When it is warm, add the cheeses and spices. Cook until all the cheese is melted and sauce is thick. Serve over veggies or pasta.
 
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10/7/13

How to Make Yogurt Whips Like Yoplait!

Move over Yoplait, I have something healthier!  Sometimes, making your own food and kicking processed food to the curb can be disappointing. I have had many, many fails, but every once in awhile, one turns out just right. Such was the case with my home made yogurt whips. Although, I admit, I did this quite by accident!

 
I made my yogurt as usual.  I do not use a yogurt maker. If you have an oven and a mason jar you are good to go. A goat or cow helps too, but is not absolutely necessary.  Just turn on the oven and heat it to 100ish. Then turn the oven off and the light on. Pour the yogurt mix into mason jars and incubate 7-10 hours. Super easy and cheap.

The raw yogurt comes out of the oven really runny. But the gelatin and a fridge solve that problem very quickly. I add my sweetener and vanilla while the yogurt is still warm, and give the jar a good shake. Then I stick it in the fridge to gel. My favorite way to eat yogurt is to add whatever fruit I have and blend it all up in the blender. Then I drink it. No spoon necessary. Last time, I made too much, so I put it back in the fridge. It then gelled again. But this time the consistency was completely different. Delicious, light and airy and well...whipped! So that's how they do it!

 
A protein packed, gut pleasing fun twist to yogurt without artificial sweeteners, colors, or taste. I love it when my accidents turn into success!

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