Category Archives: Women’s health

Oat Milk

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Oat milk is a nutritious, delicious alternative to dairy milk. Oats are known for their healing properties, providing a boost in energy, high protein and fiber. They can help lower cholesterol, boost your immune system, prevent heart disease, control sugar levels, and improve skin health. Plus its super easy and cheap to make!

Oat Milk

1 cup organic oats (rolled or steel-cut)

3 cups of water

Pour oats and water into a good blender. Let them soak for 20-30 mins. Then blend, until velvety and smooth. Pour oat mixture through a fine sifter or muslin cloth into a jug. It will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Want to spice it up? Try vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon essential oil or cardamom.

Prefer it a little sweeter? Add a tablespoon of maple or date syrup.

Yum!

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Orange-Cinnamon Bullet Proof Coffee

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Some mornings require a bullet proof coffee! How do you make it better? By adding essential oils of course! Fat burning, detoxing and delicious! Here’s a recipe for my favorite version.

Orange-Cinnamon Bullet Proof Coffee

8oz freshly brewed, organic, free trade coffee

1 fat teaspoon organic, unrefined coconut oil

1 drop Young Living cinnamon EO

1 drop Young Living orange EO

I place all the ingredients in a large glass measuring jug and blend with a submersion blender for 15 seconds or so.

Then enjoy!

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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

Deliciously Detoxing Ice Cream

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Start your day with a heaping bowl of ice cream and detox your body while you eat it! This ice cream is chock full of antioxidants, super fruits, energizing oils, and tons of fiber. It also has zero fat, is super sweet and low in calories.

3 Ingredient Detox Ice Cream

1 banana, frozen

1 cup blueberries, frozen

1-2 ounces Ningxia Red

Makes one generous bowl.

To make this yummy treat just peel and freeze a banana for at least 6 hours. Take your frozen banana, frozen blueberries, 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red and blend on high for 30 seconds.

That’s it! Whole, pure, nourishing food, that taste like a dessert!

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~Jennifer

Super Power of Cacao

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Cacao is a super, yummy, health food that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a part of my families everyday diet and here is why!

What is cacao anyway? Isn’t it just fancy cocoa?

Well kind of! It comes from the seed of the same tree, the Theobroma cacao, so it starts life as the same substance. Cacao is raw and minimally processed; where as cocoa is roasted, processed and sometimes mixed with additives and preservatives.

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What makes cacao a super food?

MagnesiumCacao is the most concentrated source of magnesium found in nature. It is vitally important to heart, bone, muscle and nerve function. Studies have shown that up to 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. 

Fiber- Cacao has 9 grams of fiber per one ounce.

Iron which is necessary for red blood cell production.

Antioxidants- They are so important to your health because they absorb the free radicals that cause damage in the body.

Mood- Cacao stimulates the brains neurotransmitters that trigger emotions, so it can make you happier!!

Anandamide- is a lipid nick named “the bliss molecule” that is found in cacao. Another mood booster!

Phenylethylamine- Is a chemical our bodies also make naturally. It helps improve focus and alertness.

How can you use it? 

Cacao comes in a powder form and as nibs, which replace both cocoa and chocolate chips in my home. We use it in all recipes requiring either. Cookies, smoothies, pancakes, ice cream, you name it! Its very, versatile and has a great taste! I find it to be a bit sweeter than traditional cocoa.

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So grab yourself a bag and try it out!

~Rachel

Fruits, Nuts and Essential Oils

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A whole foods diet can make a huge difference in you life. Especially if you struggle with health issues or weight concerns. What does whole food mean exactly? Its food in its original form, nothing processed or manufactured. Nature at its best! Grains, fruit, vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts in their natural form. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, to change your whole way of eating, but with baby steps and great ideas you can get there and feel amazing again!

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This was my lunch yesterday, Ningxia Red in my water, fruits and nuts, and a capsule of essential oils. I am trying to lean down a little, I can’t really call it baby weight anymore, since my baby is 4 years old!! Anyhow I’m sure some of you know how I feel! It’s hard to lose those last few pounds. So my capsule is for wellness and weight loss. I include lime, orange, peppermint, grapefruit, cinnamon and ginger essential oils. The perfect combo for what I need! Adding oils to your daily routine can really kick-start your health!

Need more ideas to get started? Follow along there will be more to come!!

~Rachel

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

soothing headaches with essential oils

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I suffered with daily headaches for over 13 years, they ranged from an average headache, to tension headaches, to full blown migraines. I was taking pain medication multiple times a day. I started using essential oils to treat them and within 6 weeks I was pain free. I rarely get a headache now, and if I do they are very mild. Amazing! Though it sounds terribly cheesy, essential oils changed my life. After struggling to deal with pain for so long, it’s an amazing feeling to be free from it, it has made me a much happier person. OK, enough about me, how do you soothe your own headaches?

First off daily lemon oil, every morning with a glass or two of water. You can pour the oil right on your tongue or stir it in your water. If you have another favorite citrus oil you can alternate with it too. Doing this will help flush the toxins from your body, while making it more alkaline, protecting you from things such as cancer.

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Then there’s pain control.

If I feel a headache coming on, I try some stress away rubbed into my temples and across my forehead. Sometimes thats enough to stop it in its tracks.

For a mild headache you can try peppermint, with or without lavender. You can rub it into your temples, across your forehead and at the base of your skull.

Here are a few of the main oils used for greater pain relief:

Deep relief

Pan away and peppermint combo

Copaiba

Stress away

Valor

M-grain

Basil

RC or Raven- sinus

Breath again-  sinus

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Next up are my favorite oils combinations and applications for particular types of headaches. You can try as many, or as few of these steps as you like. When I get a headache there is no messing around, I need it gone so I can get on with my day, so I go all out, every time!

For a cluster headache, a headache in the front forehead area, I use deep relief or pan away/peppermint, rubbed into my temples, across my forehead. I then put some valor on the back of my neck, stress away down the sides of my neck, starting behind my ears, then swipe some M-grain across my shoulders.

For a sinus headache, I apply deep relief or pan away/peppermint to my temples across my forehead, a swipe across my cheekbone (not too close to my eyes) and also behind my ears. Then swipe breath again down my neck and rub either RC or Raven on my chest. I also like to put a little stress away or valor on the back of my neck.

For a tension headache, an ache at the base of my skull, neck area, radiating up, I apply deep relief or pan away/peppermint to the back of my neck, rubbing it up into my hair line and behind ears. I swipe M-grain across my shoulders, and rub a little into my temples. I apply stress away across my forehead and valor down the sides of my neck.

For a migraine headache I apply deep relief or pan away/peppermint to the most painful areas, then apply M-grain to the rest of my forehead and temples, and across my shoulders. I apply valor to the back of my neck, and behind my ears. Then swipe stress away across my chest.

These methods have never failed me. A few times at the beginning I would re-apply some deep relief an hour or so in, but other than that they have always worked.

Hopefully some of these ideas and tips will help you find some relief of your own.

~Rachel