Category Archives: Natural homemade products

Super Noodles

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Replace your high carbohydrate noodles with veggies! Nobody needs a big bowl or white flour, oil and sugar. A bowl of pure veggies disguised as noodles? My kids love them and it makes me feel good knowing they are filling up on nourishing, healthy foods.

Super Noodles

2 zucchini

2 carrots

1 sweet potato

One vegetable peeler or spiralizer.

Makes 2-4 servings depending on size.

Peel your veggies into long strips then set on paper towels to “dry” for 15 mins. Squeeze out excess liquid (super important step). Heat for 3-5 mins in a hot skillet with a good quality butter or coconut oil.

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You can serve these with marinara, butter, grated Parmesan, curry or make noodle soup with them! Use them exactly like that unhealthy pasta and the possibilities are endless.

~Jennifer

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Natural Sun Protection

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Summer is one of my favorite times of the year! Farmers markets, gardening, swimming, vacations, all kinds of fun in the sun. It’s also the time of year for sun protection. Most over the counter versions of sunscreen are full of toxic chemicals, even the natural versions are sometimes questionable. I like to know exactly what I’m putting on my children. This year I am making my own. My fair-skinned friend has had great luck with it on her and her children. The great thing about these recipes, they aren’t only natural and pure, they are actually good for you!

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Version #1

1 bottle YL Lavender lotion

1 bottle Myrrh EO

1 bottle Carrot Seed EO

Blend the essential oils with the lotion, then store in a glass jar. Apply 20 mins before heading into the sun. Reapply every 60-90 mins.


Version #2

1/2 cup Shea butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 bottle Carrot Seed EO

40 drops Lavender EO

Melt the Shea and coconut oil together. I use the double boiler method. Then whip the oils together with a hand mixer, you can set the bowl in ice to speed up the process. When the mixture starts to thicken add in the essential oils and continue until thick and creamy. Apply 20 mins before heading into the sun. Reapply every 60-90 mins.

**For two in one, sunscreen and bug repellent take recipe #2 and switch the Lavender, for Purification 🙂

  
I only use the very, best essential oils on my family, Young Living. For more info on those click here.

~Rachel

 

Ningxia Red Smoothie

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This week I started using Ningxia Red as part of my daily routine. Wow, what a difference! I have so much more energy, require less sleep and have such a balanced mood. It’s a keeper for sure! I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to drink it each morning; quick, easy and tasty!

Ningxia Red Smoothie

1oz Ningxia Red
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 banana
Large handful of good greens (kale, spinach etc.)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1/2 cup water

Put all the ingredients into a good blender, blend until silky, smooth. Then drink up!

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~Rachel

Essential oil remedies for winter illnesses

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Some essential oil remedies for basic ailments:

Headaches: Inhale peppermint oil and drink lots of water. Roll Deep Relief on temples, back of neck, and around (not in!) ears.

Runny Nose: Apply to the inside of nares and inhale melaleuca, Idaho balsam fir, lavender, peppermint, Melrose, Raven or R.C. You can also try applying lemon or lavender to the sides of your nose.

Sinus congestion: Apply lavender to sinuses. Dilute eucalyptus and peppermint with carrier oil and apply to nasal cavities and chest and back. Put a drop of peppermint oil in one hand, rub hands together, cup over nose, and breathe deeply. You can also use R.C. or Breath Again this way. Diffusing is also an option.

Sore throat: Gargle with 1-2 drops of Thieves blend in 1 oz. of water. Use Thieves Spray or Thieves Lozenges. Apply lemon, wintergreen or Thieves to neck. Put in capsule & take internally 2 times a day. Thieves stirred into hot tea with honey is also soothing to a sore throat.

Aches & Pains: “Morphine Bomb” pain reliever formula is a tried and true option. Frankincense, balsam fir, & copaiba – 5 drops each in a capsule. Take every 4 hours as needed. Apply Deep Relief, Copaiba or PanAway to any area that hurts!

Bronchitis: Mix 2 drops Wintergreen, 4 drops myrrh, 5 drops clove, 6 drops ravintsara. Apply to neck, chest and back and cover with a hot washcloth. Diffuse Thieves and Spruce together. The Spruce will pull the Thieves deeper into your lungs.

Chest congestion: Rub, steam, or diffuse eucalyptus, lemon, or peppermint. Use RC or Breath Again over your chest and neck. Dilute essential oils with a carrier for little ones.

Cough (Dry): RC, Thieves, Melrose, Raven or Thieves Spray. Dilute thieves 15 drops into a couple ounces of water, put in glass spray bottle. Spray into mouth and throat.

Cough (Wet): Eucalyptus Globulus or RC. Diffuse or apply on chest, back and neck.

Fever: Peppermint, lemon or ImmuPower. Apply to feet or diluted to the spine every couple of hours.

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a safe alternative to hand sanitizer

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For those of us who do not home school, back to school means back to the cesspool of germs that our children are exposed to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Our teachers instruct us to bring Costco size containers of hand sanitizer to help combat those pesky germs.  What does hand sanitizer have in it?

Triclosan.  Learn it.  Know it.  Avoid it.  It’s everywhere.

Triclosan is scary stuff.  A recent study of triclosan at U.C. Davis found that it attaches itself to the receptor molecules on the surface of brain cells and causes the calcium levels inside the cell to rise, so that the cells become overexcited, resulting in cellular death. This over excitation can impact mental development and behavior, particularly among those most vulnerable—children with developmental delays and children on the autism spectrum.

Studies have also shown triclosan to depress the central nervous system.  There are a multitude of studies going on right now that are correlating the use of triclosan containing soaps and waterless sanitizers to autism.  Dr. Isaac Pessah named triclosan as a prime suspect among environmental factors that might cause autism.

Worried about hormone disruption with the use of hand sanitizer?  Not something you had thought of previously, right?  You should.  Triclosan has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor. Triclosan can bind to receptor sites in the body and block normal thyroid function. Endocrine disruptors have been correlated to childhood obesity, type II diabetes and a many other chronic health problems. Triclocarban, another form of that nasty stuff,  has been found to have a new type of hormone altering action. It acts synergistically  with the effects of testosterone and estrogen already being produced in the body. Just one bath with soaps containing these chemicals provides the same body weight dose of chemicals given to rats in experiments that demonstrated significant hormonal changes.  Holy cow people!!  Our kids are using the stuff 6-10 times a day on average!

What can you use to replace Triclosan?thieves

Thieves oil Thieves hand sanitzer!  Not only all natural, but actually boosts your immunity, boosts your body’s ability to fight germs, no ill side effects!

This is what Thieves contains.

  • Clove oil – Contains high concentrations of eugenol, which is what your dentist uses as an analgesic and antiseptic. Thanks to its antiseptic properties, oil of clove is ideal for treating wound, bruises, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, prickly heat, insect bites and other types of injuries. This oil is a natural aphrodisiac (true story), and can be used as an effective stress reliever. Its stimulating effect can combat mental exhaustion and fatigue. Clove oil can be warm on the skin though, so it should be diluted before use, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • Lemon oil – Known for its  amazing cleaning capabilities, lemon oil is an incredibly strong antioxident. Additionally, this oil is believed to provide boost to the immune system, treat neurological disorders, ease pain, and help with weight loss.  (who doesn’t love that side effect??)
  • Cinnamon oil – Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, has antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties. Researchers have discovered that specific type of cinnamon, known as cassia cinnamon oil can stabilize the blood sugar of people with diabetes.
  • Eucalyptus oil – Useful for treating respiratory problems such as colds, coughs, asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis. It has antiseptic properties that are effective for healing wounds, burns, ulcers, abrasions and sores. A stimulant, eucalyptus can also be effective in relieving stress and anxieties thanks to its cooling and refreshing effect. This essential oil has been known to possess anti-microbial properties, which helps prevent different symptoms and diseases.
  • Rosemary oil – Boosts circulatory and digestive functions. This essential oil also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that make it effective in getting rid of eczema, dermatitis, and acne. When inhaled, Rosemary oil it can restore mental alertness as well as clear the respiratory tract.

Rub a drop of this super powered oil diluted with coconut oil or another carrier, on  the bottom of your kid’s feet before school.  Send them with Thieves hand sanitizer (which you can purchase or make in a mix in a little spray bottle).  Teach your teachers about it!  When they get home, diffuse it in the house for 30 minutes.  Just 30 minutes of diffusing kills 99.6% of germs in the air.

There is always a more natural, safe alternative to chemicals.  Research, ask questions, do what is best for your family.

Want to order Thieves for your family? Here’s how.

~Jennifer

natural aftershave recipe

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Something for the men, a cooling aftershave, made with natural ingredients and essential oils. My husband loves it!

aftershave recipe
3.5oz witch hazel
1 small aloe leaf
4 drops frankincense oil
4 drops lavender oil
4oz glass jar

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First split the aloe leaf and scrape the gel into the jar, then smash it up the best you can. Had the witch hazel and essential oils and shake well. Viola! It’s done!

*I did try blending it the first time. It didn’t make a difference in the consistency.

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~Rachel

 

essential oils for cats and dogs

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Dogs and cats are coated in harmful chemicals every year to prevent fleas, ticks, and Mosquitoes; which we in turn are exposing ourselves to. They are also treated with medications that are harmful to their systems, for pain relief, ear infections etc. Plus they are bathed in shampoo full of chemicals. Our furry friends deserve better, and there are plenty of healthy, natural alternatives to be used.

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Fleas, ticks, Mosquitoes treatments can easily be replaced by purification. To treat dogs you will need a 50/50 combo of purification and a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Rub it over their bodies, make sure to get their legs, belly and ears well. For cats dilute by 75%, and do the same. At first apply once a week, you can gradually space out to once every 3-4 weeks. Your pets will smell fresh, and they will be bug free, naturally.

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Painful joints or muscles can be relieved with some copaiba, deep relief or pan away and peppermint combine with a carrier oil 50/50 for dogs and by 75% for cats then massage into their painful spot. Your friend will be grateful and feel much better.

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Ear infections can be soothed with lavender and melrose, diluted with coconut oil, by 50% for dogs, and 75% for cats, rub into your pets ears a couple of times a day, for much happier ears!

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Ear mite’s can be treated with purification and peppermint. Use 2 drops of purification, with 1 drop peppermint, mixed well with teaspoon a carrier oil. Dip a cotton ball into mixture and swipe in the inside of your pets ears, being careful not to go into to the ear canal. If their ears are inflamed you can also add lavender to the mix.

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Cut, scrapes and lacerations can be healed quickly and easily with lavender oil. Dilute with coconut oil, by 50% for dogs and by 75% for cats then apply to the injury.

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Anxiety can be eased with a little peace and calming. Dilute with a carrier, then rub just inside  your pets ears, and wipe the access on their body.

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Digestive issues can be solved with an application of di gize, dilute 50% for dogs, and 75% for cats then apply to their abdominal area. You can apply again as needed.

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Dental pain can be relieved with some thieves, this is the only oil I wouldn’t dilute when using on my pet. Just put a dab on your finger and apply to sore area of your pets mouth.

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Pet shampoo recipe- this one has oils to help with allergies, but you can change them up however you like.

1/2 a cup Castile soap

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

1-1/2 cups Water

2 drops lavender, 2 drops lemon and 1 drop peppermint oil

Mix ingredients in a jar, and the shampoo is ready to go!

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Try some of these on your own pets, for happier, healthier friends!

~Rachel

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