Changes?

Time for a brief explanation. You’ll be seeing some changes on this site, in the essential oils posts. [Edit: Actually, we have a whole new website devoted to Essential Oils now. Check it out.) We will continue promoting only the best quality, 100% natural and pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, as we always have.

This fall I have been doing a LOT of research into that. I have come to some conclusions that I feel I can release now.  After much research and prayer, we are currently using doTerra essential oils in our home and believe them to be of superior quality (and have used both side by side, comparing). I was very skeptical of anything better being out there, and this has been a long process and not taken lightly.

As always our only goal is to promote the healing properties God has placed in the plants He created for the benefit of man. We have no animosity against anyone, and no argument against any essential oils themselves that are truly 100% natural and pure and of true therapeutic quality. That is our only aim. We have been served well over the past decade and a half. And we look forward to being served at least as well in the future.

If you have any other questions, or if you’re local and would like to experience these essential oils for yourself, please contact me.

If you’d like to check out doTerra or order, click here. — To learn more about EOs, check out our new website.

If you’d like to see a essential oil blends names and ingredients comparison chart, click here.

As always, just wanting to do the best for our family,
and to glorify God in all I do.

Scent-sational Saturday: Peppermint

Scent-sational Saturday

[edit: We’ve moved our Essential Oils posts to our new website devoted to essential oils, God’s Scent-sational Apothecary’s Chest]

Today were looking at yet another essential oil that I believe should be in EVERY home .

If you’re just starting with 100% natural and pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, I highly recommend a Kit that includes Peppermint.

Peppermint is another scent that is familiar to many. And probably the herbal property that has been used by more than any other, since many people that don’t even think of using herbs drink peppermint tea or have used some sort of menthol OTC remedy, such as Vick’s Vaporub, Hall’s Mentho-lyptus Cough Drops, or Mentholatum ointment. (Whether those OTCs still contain any natural peppermint oil in them or not, I don’t know. And I don’t recommend them.)

In our home Peppermint is used in many ways. It is great for digestion, so used for tummy aches, nausea, indigestion, and other digestive ailments. We both rub it on ailing tummies, and drink it in water – even when we aren’t sick – as a mint tea.

It’s also cooling, so we rub it on our foreheads or the back of our necks for fevers. As a pain reliever, it’s also great in those places for headaches (and in other places for other pains).

It is stimulating to the mind, so diffusing it can help with alertness, concentration and memory. Good one to diffuse while studying. 🙂

As an anti-bacterial it is great for bad breath, just put a drop on your tongue or make a natural breath spray with it.

It’s also a decongestant and expectorant, so will clear the sinuses and help you breath easy and loosen congestion (as it’s use in those OTCs indicates.) For this, we use an Essential Oil respiratory blend that includes Peppermint.

There are so many more uses for Peppermint. To name just a few “asthma, bronchitis, candida, diarrhea, digestive aid, reduces fever, halitosis, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hot flashes, indigestion, menstrual irregularity, headaches, motion sickness nausea, tumor growth, respiratory infections, shock, itchy skin, throat infections, and varicose veins.”*

*Quotes from Essential Oils Desk Reference

Interested in getting these benefits for your family?  Contact me. I’d love to chat with you to help you get started. You can also order Peppermint essential oil (or one of the Collections that has Peppermint in it). 


 

See our essential oil website for more info on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils.

My disclaimers: Neither the FDA nor any other entity has endorsed any of my content. I make no claims for healing, and do not advise, diagnose, prescribe or any other such thing. I only share our own personal experiences and those relayed by others. It is your right and responsibility to educate yourself and make decisions for yourself in matters of health.

Scent-sational Saturday: Lemon

Scent-sational Saturday

[edit: We’ve moved our Essential Oils posts to our new website devoted to essential oils, God’s Scent-sational Apothecary’s Chest

Moving on in this series on how we use therapeutic grade essential oils in our home, today we’ll continue looking at the EOs that I believe should be in EVERY home – and are included in my favorite Kits!  If you’re just starting with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils, I highly recommend a Kit that includes Lemon.


This inexpensive EO is a great detoxifier. I begin the day with Lemon water to help flush out toxins my body has been working through the night to eliminate. If I don’t have fresh lemons to squeeze, or if I’m in a hurry, I grab my Lemon EO and add a couple drops to my water.

Lemon also has great antiseptic-like properties (germ killers), so we also add Lemon EO to our homemade cough syrup, as well as a couple drops of Lemon EO to a spoonful of raw honey for sore throats (either taken by the spoonful or stirred into a cup of hot water for a soothing drink.) “According to Jean Valnet, M.D., the vaporized essence of lemon can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 min, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria.”

“Lemon oil may be beneficial for anxiety, blood pressure, digestive problems, respiratory infections, and sore throats. It helps promote leukocyte formation, improves memory, strengthens nails, cleans the skin and promotes a sense of well-being … [and helps] brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells. It serves as an effective insect repellent …”

Lemon EO is also great for cleaning and smells great. It’s cleansing and antiseptic properties make it perfect in a skin cleanser, especially for those that have outbreak problems. I use a face scrub and toner with Lemon EO in them.

In the home it’s also great for cleaning countertops, as well as kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Add a drop or two to your wet dishcloth, or a few drops into a spray bottle (or sink) with water, vinegar, or natural cleaner. It’s also great as an air freshener that doesn’t cover odors, but eliminates them and leaves a fresh scent. Either put a few drops in a spray bottle with alcohol or water, or diffuse it through a diffuser made especially for essential oils. Lemon and other citrus EOs are also effective “gunk” removers, such as gum, oil, and greases spots.

*Quotes from Essential Oils Desk Reference

Interested in getting these benefits for your family? Contact me. I’d love to chat with you to help you get started. You can also order Lemon essential oil (or one of the Kits that have Lemon in it). 


 

See our essential oil website for more info on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils.

My disclaimers: Neither the FDA nor any other entity has endorsed any of my content. I make no claims for healing, and do not advise, diagnose, prescribe or any other such thing. I only share our own personal experiences and those relayed by others. It is your right and responsibility to educate yourself and make decisions for yourself in matters of health.

Scent-sational Saturday: Lavender

Scent-sational Saturday

[edit: We’ve moved our Essential Oils posts to our new website devoted to essential oils, God’s Scent-sational Apothecary’s Chest]

Today we’ll begin looking at the EOs in my favorite Kits that I believe should be in EVERY home!

Today we’re looking at Lavender Essential Oil.

Lavender is probably the most common and most used of all essential oils – and for good reason. “Lavender is a universal oil with many different applications. It may help arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, convulsions, depression, earaches, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hives, insect bites, laryngitis, nervous tension, respiratory infections, rheumatism, and throat infections.” Wow! Besides that, most people think it smells great!

In our home, Lavender is our number one “skin oil”. It is used any time someone has a scrape, cut, rash or burn because it “is beneficial for cleansing cuts and wounds”.  It is also the EO we grab for flare ups of eczema in a couple of family members, and is great for dandruff, allergies, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and rashes and other skin irritations.

For burns, whether sunburns or other, it is the best for cooling, cell renewal and minimizing scarring. Lavender was the EO in the forefront of bringing essential oils back to usage in modern times. “The French scientist Rene Gattefosse was the first to discover lavender’s ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory accident.”

Lavender EO is also very relaxing and calming, so diffusing it or using as a “Pillow Spray” can help us sleep better. Some use it to help reduce snoring.

 

*Quotes from Essential Oils Desk Reference

Interested in getting these benefits for your family?  Contact me. I’d love to chat with you to help you get started. You can also order Lavender essential oil (or one of the Kits that has Lavender in it.) 


 See our essential oil website for more info on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils.

My disclaimers: Neither the FDA nor any other entity has endorsed any of my content. I make no claims for healing, and do not advise, diagnose, prescribe or any other such thing. I only share our own personal experiences and those relayed by others. It is your right and responsibility to educate yourself and make decisions for yourself in matters of health.

Holiday Scents

Tis the Season

 

ThanksGiving (as a Holiday) is over and everyone is shifting to the Christmas mood. Our son has been asking since September to sing Christmas songs and I’ve told him all along, “Not till after Thanksgiving.” Well, it’s here.

The fragrance of the holidays is one of the top things that I think make it seem like the holidays. But artificial fragrances do me in. I can’t handle too many candle brands, and no “air freshener” brands. I just don’t tolerate chemical smells well (not even perfume and cologne, and certainly not in cleaners and such.)

But I do love natural scents, such as whole food goodness baking in the kitchen, spices simmering in a pot of soup or such, and 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils diffusing throughout the home.

Holiday Joy and Christmas Spirit are favorites. In fact, another son has been diffusing it for over a month, any chance he gets. It’s obviously one of his favorite essential oil blends.

Others that will get you in the holiday mood are White Fir, Wild Orange, Cinnamon, and Clove.

Of course, we can’t forget Frankincense and Myrrh either.

 

Order your holiday essential oils now to get in the mood with natural holiday scents from 100% pure and natural, therapeutic grade essential oils. And don’t forget a Diffuser to get the scent-sational fragrances in the air. 

See our essential oil website for more info on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils.

 

My disclaimers: Neither the FDA nor any other entity has endorsed any of my content. I make no claims for healing, and do not advise, diagnose, prescribe or any other such thing. I only share our own personal experiences and those relayed by others. It is your right and responsibility to educate yourself and make decisions for yourself in matters of health.

Bone Healing at Our House

Broken bone healing support at our House – before and after proper medical attention, setting and casting. (Not med advice, claims, or any such. Just what we do. And not everything at the same time.)

General important foods: green leafy veggies for calcium and trace minerals, bananas for potassium, easy to digest proteins-good whole foods. Sounds like a Green Smoothie to me. 🙂

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: Lemongrass, PanAway/ Deep Blue, (need to re-order or find quickly) Helichrysum, Peppermint (especially at the beginning, and for tummy after anesth).

Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Vita D, Vita C, chlorophyll.

Herbs: Echinacea Goldenseal (for detoxing fro anesthesia), Nettles and Oatstraw (for bone healing), Astragulus (healing support – if I can find more, we’re out.)

Homeopathic: Arnica (pain and healing support), Phosphorus (for anesth detox) (Didn’t have Nux Vomica in my purse for immediately after awakening. He didn’t get sick, but it helps for the detoxing too.)

Thankful for God’s original natural healing helps, and His design of our bodies to self-heal with proper support.

See our essential oil website for more info on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils.

Decadent 3 Layer “Raw” Brownies

I just made the yummiest “death by chocolate” type, 3 Layer brownies. The base layer is brownie. The middle layer is a cream (almost mousse like) with peppermint. The top is ganache.  I adapted a recipe I found online. Oh, and it’s a “raw food” recipe – no baking – and Good for You-Naturally!™

It’s close enough to Friday to make this a Friday Food post, especially since so many have asked for the recipe. So here goes….

 

Decadent 3 Layer “Raw” Brownies

Brownie Layer

  • 3/4+ cup raw almond flour* (see below)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • pinch nutmeg
  • very small pinch unrefined salt

Mix together. Add:

  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract (mine’s homemade)
  • approx. 2 Tbl. pure water

In food processor, add maple syrup and extract to dry ingredients, process. Gradually add water to get just wet enough to be all mixed and hold together – brownie consistency. Press into small pyrex rectangle pan.

(This is a bit different than my regular bRAWnie recipe, which would also work as a base – but the maple syrup in these is yum.)

 

Cream Layer

(This makes twice as much as needed for this small pan. But my food processor wouldn’t do the half-size recipe. I left half of this cashew cream without the cacao in it for another use.)

  • 1/4 cup fresh coconut milk (blend coconut meat with coconut water)
  • 2 Tbl coconut butter (Artisana brand is what I have)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • approx. 20-25 drops Sweet Leaf stevia drops (plain or peppermint) and
  • 4-6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil* that is safe to ingest (whatever to get the right sweetness and as pepperminty as you like – since this was my first time making this, I used a combination of these trying to get just the right mix. Next time I’ll get more precise.)
  • 2 Tbl. raw cacao powder

Process until smooth and creamy. Spread about 1/2 on top of brownies and refrigerate to set.

 

Ganache Topping

    • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
    • 1/2 cup + 1-2 Tbl. raw cacao powder (told you this was death by chocolate!) 🙂
    • 2-3 Tbl. raw extra virgin coconut oil
    • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 Tbl  coconut butter

(Again I had to do a bit of adjusting, by adding a bit more cacao and the coconut butter to get a thicker consistency. You want a soft creamy spreadable texture. Not as stiff as frosting, but not runny.)

Process till soft and creamy. Spread on top and return to refrigerator.

(This Ganache would make a scrumptious fudge topping for ice cream, or frosting for cupcakes, or just eat it with a spoon.) 🙂

You could also double the brownie recipe, and omit the cream layer for a plain “frosted” brownie.

Mm-mm good.

* Almond flour – Get 2 for the price of one. I make almond flour from the pulp leftover from making almond milk. (Almond milk instructions in Good for You Naturally!™ Weekly Menu & Recipes – Level 1.) Dehydrate almond pulp till dry, then blend/process into flour.

 

Tooth Powder Recipe

Are you looking for an alternative to harmful, chemical laden toothpastes? We’ve used several natural toothpastes. But if you’d like something much cheaper that you can make yourself, homemade toothpowder to the rescue. Also, although a “natural” ingredient, glycerin (in many “natural” toothpastes) has been found to not be the best for helping prevent tooth decay.

 

Whether you’re looking for a healthy alternative, a cheap alternative or just something “on hand” to get you through a pinch, homemade toothpowder is a good choice. Super simple, cheap, convenient, and works great.

 

Of course, you could just use plain baking soda. That would be great all on its own. But if you want a bit more complex recipe, with a few more benefits, like helping prevent tooth decay, tasting great, and giving you minty fresh breath, read on.

 

Good for You-Naturally! Tooth Powder

1 Tbl. baking soda

1/4 tsp. unrefined/sun dried sea salt

3-4 drops On Guard Essential Oil

6-8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil  – both from  doTerra

Mix the salt into the soda well. I use a toothpick to stir. Add the oils and mix in well. Store in a small container with an air tight lid, preferably a glass container ( but plastic, like a Tupperware mini midget or a small bottle with a flip top, small hole in lid with an over-cap, also works.)

(If you don’t use doTerra essential oils, be sure the oils you use are safe for ingestion. We choose doTerra for their supberb therapeutic-grade quality and safety. IOW, they work–not just smell good.)

 

 

Friday NOT Food – Lisa’s Lemon ???

Today I’ve got a different kind of recipe for you. I love finding organic, natural home and body care products but many of them are pricey. Thankfully it is super easy, and inexpensive, to make some cleaning products for your home and body, that are great for them too.

 

I’ve tried a few different body/face scrubs that I’ve liked, one that I used years ago and loved, but is no longer available. So I decided to try to replicate it. I did it and I love it. It works great. It’s good for my skin. Perhaps you’d like to try it too.

 

Lisa’s Lemon Salt Scrub

Add a couple Tablespoons or so of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to approx. 1 cup unrefined sea salt. Add 1 Tablespoon oil at a time and stir. You want it to just hold together. Not too dry. Not too runny. Stir in the juice of 1 Lemon and a few drops of  Lemon Essential Oil from doTerra. That’s it. Store in a sealed container (such as Pyrex or a jar with a screw top lid.) It keeps well and will last you a month or more (as a face scrub).

See our essential oil website for more info on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils.