I made these Strawberry Bars for a shower last weekend but the recipe included white sugar and all purpose flour. I made substitutions and I actually think my adjustments made them taste better! Maybe my taste buds are finally being transformed to not crave high processed foods? I'd think that were the case if I had a pan full to bring home after the shower. But people gobbled them up and even asked for the recipe!! They were that good.
For the crust:
1 1/2 cups packed fine almond flour (do not use almond meal)
1 1/2 cups oat flour (I put 1 1/2 C oats in blender)
3/4 cup oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted and cooled salted butter (or sub vegan butter or melted coconut oil)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the filling:
1 pound fresh strawberries, diced
3 tablespoons organic pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon arrowroot starch or tapioca flour (thickener)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper or spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking. (just don't use the toxic stuff)
To make the base + topping: In a large bowl, use a fork to mix together the almond flour, oat flour, oats and salt. Add in melted butter, pure organic maple syrup and vanilla extract and stir until a nice crumble forms and the dough begins to clump together. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture for the topping and set aside. Use your hands to evenly press the remaining dough into the bottom of the pan.
Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove from heat.
While the crust is baking, make your strawberry filling. In a medium pot over medium heat, add in diced strawberries, pure organic maple syrup, arrowroot or tapioca, organic lemon juice and almond extract. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 3-5 more minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture is slightly thickened and strawberries release some of their juices.
Pour strawberry filling over the crust then sprinkle the reserved topping evenly over the filling. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the filling bubbles along the edges and the top is golden brown. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting, otherwise they will fall apart. To speed up this process you can transfer it to the fridge to cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream to enjoy as a dessert, have a slice as a healthy snack or, instead of a pastry, have it for breakfast!
Citronella Essential Oil
As a relative of Lemongrass, Citronella has a strong scent that is slightly citrusy. The purity of our Citronella makes it a safe alternative to what your might otherwise purchase. It can be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces, or can be an effective repellent when mixed with other oils and used as a body spray. You can even add a drop to your daily moisturizer if bugs really love you!
HISTORICAL USES OF CITRONELLA
Peace & Calming Oil Blend
HISTORICAL USES OF THE OILS IN PEACE AND CALMING
In the Philippines, where Ylang Ylang grows naturally, ancient healers made salves and ointments from the flowers to treat cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites. In the Molucca Islands, people first used the oil as the main ingredient in Macassar oil, a hair pomade that later became popular in Victorian England. In France it's been used for anxiety, depression, mental fatigue, frigidity, palpitations and other heart related issues. For centuries, it has been used to help promote romance and sensual feelings.
Patchouli herb has historically been used in the major medical systems of the world. Traditional Chinese and Ayurveda healers prescribed patchouli for both external and internal treatments for colds, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and fever. In India, patchouli leaves were historically used as an insect repellent. Patchouli was thought to be both cleansing and fortifying to the skin and was commonly used to help reduce oil on the skin.
The ancient Greeks were likely the first to cultivate Tansy for medicinal purposes, using it to treat intestinal worms, rheumatism, digestive problems, fevers, and to soothe sores. According to A History of Herbal Plants by Richard LaStrange, in the middle ages, Tansy was a favorite herb of women to help with conception and maintaining healthy pregnancies. By the early 19th century it was a highly sought-after herb because of its beautifying effects on the skin. Tansy is so versatile, it is still listed in the United States Pharmacopeia!
Aroma Siez Oil Blend
HISTORICAL USES OF THE OILS IN AROMA SIEZThroughout history, basil was believed to have almost magical powers. It was used as an antidote for snake bites and was believed to give strength during religious fasting. In India, this herb was considered a powerful protector. As a medicinal herb, it is thought to be beneficial for poor digestion, headaches, the common cold, improved memory, anxiety, and the treatments of burns and cuts.
Marjoram has been used since ancient times as a natural treatment for many ailments. Ancient Greeks believed it helped heal from poison, convulsions, and edema. They called this herb "joy mountain" and crowned young couples with it during wedding ceremonies.
The medicinal uses of Lavender date back to 2500 BC. It is affectionately known as the Swiss Army Knife of essential oils because it offers powerful support to almost every system of the body. For centuries Lavender has been used for skin ailments. Infusions of lavender were historically used to soothe insect bites, sunburns, and cuts and burns.
Peppermint leaves were used as a remedy for indigestion since the ancient times. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all valued it as a stomach soother. During the eighteenth century, the herb became popular in Western Europe as a remedy for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, respiratory infections, and menstrual disorders.
Peppermint was first listed in the London Pharmacopoeia in 1721. In modern times it appears in the British Herbal pharmacopeia as a remedy for intestinal colic, gas, colds, morning sickness, and menstruation pain. It is also known to regulate body temperature.
The use of Cypress as medicine dates back to the time of the Pharaohs, who applied it for its astringent, tonifying, decongestant, and diuretic properties. It was commonly used for funerals and burial sites. Drawing from its mythological symbolism and associations, the scent is suggested as being helpful during times of transition and grief. It is known to positively affect the respiratory, circulatory, and dermatological uses.
Eucalyptus globulus OIL
It also supports the muscular skeletal system2 and is often helpful when one is feeling under the weather.3
HISTORICAL USES OF EUCALYPTUSEucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia. It is an ingredient in many products on our store shelves because it is known to help reduce symptoms of coughs, colds, and congestion. It is also featured in creams and ointments aimed at relieving muscle and joint pain. Topical ointments containing eucalyptus have been used in traditional Aboriginal medicine to support wound healing. Various uses of eucalyptus have spread to other traditional healing systems around the globe, including Chinese, Indian (Ayurvedic), and Greco-European over the past centuries.
- Be air pollutants
- Contain harmful chemicals
- Be flammable or corrosive
- Irritate eyes and/or throat
- Cause headaches
- Contribute to health issues such as chronic respiratory problems and allergic reactions
It seems like most people deal with either seasonal or food allergies. Or both! Fortunately we can take steps to reduce our suffering. Fixing our gut issues is foundational. Less brain fog, more clarity, less inflammation, fewer allergic reactions and better overall health.
Gut health is affected by many things1 2 3, but starting with enzymes may be your best choice because the enzymes we should be consuming from our food are often missing - destroyed by cooking, storage and farming methods.
Without proper digestion we rob our bodies! Enzymes help digest food so that our bodies can utilize the nutrients we need for life and good health and only excrete waste. Enzymes can reduce...
"When you think of treatment for psychiatric issues like ADD/ADHD, anxiety, or depression, your mind probably goes straight to prescription medications. But popping pills isn’t your only option, and don’t ever believe a healthcare professional who says so." — Dr. Daniel Amen
"I'm using the SclarEssence Vitality internally by putting 8 drops in a gelatin cap with a little carrier oil, and gradually over about a month the hot flashes have all but disappeared. I also take Thyromin once a day for further glandular support and the Endoflex oil blend, a few drops applied topically over my adrenals and thyroid. I sleep better, wake up more refreshed and have fewer mood swings. I can't say enough about how much essential oils have helped me in countless ways." - Jan, YL member since 2008
Uncertainties surround us. Tough conversations are being had. Many of us are feeling misunderstood. Unresolved issues may be resurfacing. Stress is a given.
Staying grateful and positive is the kind of person we want to be and, we know it impacts our physical and emotional health... but it is really hard! And trying to maintain it all the time can be exhausting. However, there are a few tips that can make dealing with the reality of life a lot easier.
We're going to dive right in and talk about words that can make some people cringe!
*Note: If you want to research for yourself, checkout the footnotes.
The Science - Energy, Atoms, Vibrations, Frequencies
What do those words have to do with emotions or essential oils? A lot! But we’re only going to talk about them a little because I don’t want to lose you if you were one of those people who hated science class!
Everything is made up of atoms and atoms are in constant motion. An indisputable fact – right? Basic chemistry teaches us that the speed of the atoms determines whether things appear as a solid, liquid, or gas.
Albert Einstein discovered The Law of Vibration. We may not think of it often, but it is taught in schools of every faith. It is not in question. We know it is true.
- The Law of Vibration states that 'nothing rest; everything moves; everything vibrates.'
- Energy is what causes atoms to move.
- That movement is called a vibration.
- Vibrations are measured in frequencies.
Our bodies and every organ in our body, even our emotions can be measured in frequencies. “The Scale of Positive and Negative Experience (SPANE) measures the frequency of positive and negative affect.”1
Here are some examples of emotional energy that you feel. Think about times when you’ve had a nervous stomach, a stress headache, your heart flutters or you are jittery with excitement.
The difference between the manifestations of the physical, mental, and emotional simply come from different levels of vibrating energy, or frequencies. The feelings of fear, grief, and despair vibrate at a very low frequency, but the feelings of love, joy and gratitude vibrate much faster.
The Brain and HeartInterestingly, the heart sends messages about motivation, feelings, emotions etc. to the brain. We used to believe that the brain was the only Grand Central Station for thinking, feeling and emotional activity. But we now know that the heart sends more signals to the brain than the other way around! While the brain may control the heart’s physical activity, the heart is clearly involved in our emotions.2
People say they are heart-broken because that is where they feel it - in their heart!! Flutters of love, excitement etc… where do you feel them? Not in your head! In your heart.3
Our electromagnetic field radiates from our hearts. If this intrigues you, there are many, many articles on nlm.org and heartmath.org. You’ll find out that your emotional state produces a certain kind of energy - positive or negative, and it radiates from your body4 approximately three feet. So when you think to yourself, I don’t like being around that person because “I feel their negative energy” – you really do!
This may be a lot to get your head around, so let’s get back to our emotions. Most of us struggle to be positive – it’s human nature. Normalizing this, can help us realize we aren’t alone, but we have to be careful as it can become an excuse for staying down in the dumps.
There are so many things we can do to change our emotional state. If you’ve tried and failed, it’s time to try something new! Well, actually, Essential Oils are not new! They have been helping people for thousands of years. They were mentioned over 180 times in the Bible for physical, emotional and spiritual health.
The Spiritual ConnectionUnderstanding how God created things, helps me understand why and how essential oils are helpful.
One of the ways Essential Oils impact our bodies is their frequency. Most people know of Frankincense because it was a gift brought to baby Jesus in the Christmas story. It’s always been highly valued because of Its impact on human health - physical, emotional and spiritual. Now we understand it’s value on a scientific level! It’s frequency is greater than most other oils, making it more powerful.
Don’t you love it when science catches up to your faith?! These verses all speak of the heart as though emotions emanate from it.
- Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.
- Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.
- Sing and make music from your heart.
- Do not lose heart.
- Love God with all your heart.
God has always known that love vibrates at a high frequency and hate at a very low frequency! He made it that way! And, He created the electromagnetic field that is produced by our hearts. Energy and vibrations are His creations - let’s not let our faith be shaken by those who take things meant for good and use them for evil.
The Brain & Emotions
Your Mental Health
Life brings with it hardships, stress and trauma. Whether it's divorce, natural disaster, loss of a loved one, an injury, or, witnessing something that shook you to your bones - these things affect our physical and emotional well being. Unmet expectations, realizing that your life is not what you’d hoped it would be and feelings of great disappointment also wreak havoc on our mental health. Extreme or prolonged stress and trauma can produce similar results and can cause our brains to rewire. This can happen when...
Emotions Get Repressed
To survive, you may have put a smile on your face and chosen to stay in the game - going to work everyday, taking care of kids, being a good spouse. Actually, these behaviors can help you deal positively with negative emotions, but often, instead of dealing with the emotions, we get busy and repress them. When our emotions are overwhelming, our brain helps us cope. Compartmentalizing,5 fragmenting and/or dissociating are survival strategies. These can be helpful in the short term but, when memories get “locked down” for decades, they can resurface later in life causing us to experience the brutality of the pain once again. Other long-term effects we may experience: relationship & attachment issues, health issues, emotional dysregulation, cognitive impairment, feelings of unworthiness, anger etc. . .
Your Trauma Is Stored In Your Body
“Repressed traumas caused by overwhelming emotion can be stored in a body part,” according to Neuroscientist Candace Pert. This is a widely held belief and, if it is true, applying essential oils to that body part may help.
Cells have memory
What we know for sure is that we are made up of an insane number of cells and your cells, just like your brain, have a memory. Therefore the above theory is plausible.
It is the nucleus, which lives inside the cell that is the "thinker." It tells the cell what to do, and it's where our DNA is located. Research shows that our DNA can actually change. Dr. Leaf says that our thoughts shape our brain and Dr. Daniel Amen uses Spec Scans verifying this finding by actually looking at his patient’s brains in action. I have seen his pictures, and have seen the holes in an unhealthy brain. Negative thoughts create ruts or holes in our brains while positive thoughts fill it in making it smooth, quite literally, paving the way for a brighter future.
Reframe Your Memory
To reframe your memories may seem counterproductive or inauthentic. Minimizing our trauma, stress or pain is not helpful. But reliving it is not helpful either. We must work through it, recognize it’s reality and find a perspective that releases us from it’s life sucking grip so we can move on. A lot of research has been done, and it’s a huge discovery that is giving new meaning and purpose to people who have given up on life, or maybe just given up on their hopes and dreams. This practice of reframing memories is also saving marriages!6
Positive thoughts create positive pathways in our brain which profoundly affect our mental and physical health.7
A quote from the founder of Young Living Essential oils, “Negative experiences and ideas are recorded in our brains and locked into our memories throughout our lives. These memories range from mild to extreme and have a profound effect on our health and happiness. In order to become who we are intended to be, we must erase these negative experiences and reprogram our thoughts to make positive ideas our reality.” -D. Gary Young.
He founded Young Living Essential Oils more than 25 years ago and though he is no longer with us, he would undoubtedly be thrilled to see how many articles are being published regarding the things he brought to the attention of the medical world, validating his life’s work.
Therapy, Oils, & Effort
That said, counseling/therapy is a must for many people. Verbally processing and learning new skills to deal with our pain can help. And there's a time and a place for modern medicine.
But just like most well-studied doctors of psychiatry today, we want to help people find natural solutions if at all possible. Essential Oils work amazingly well for millions of people, and you can find hundreds of articles on PubMed validating the findings.
Neither medicine nor natural solutions alone will heal a person’s heart. We need God’s supernatural help which requires an effort to change our behaviors and thought patterns that are negatively impacting us.
We don't have to allow stress, hardships, trauma, unmet expectations and disappointments to sabotage our lives.
Our Company, Our Guarantee, Our Oils
Our Credibility is Well Established
We have millions of customers all over the world who are on our subscribe and save program because experience with OUR essential oils has changed their lives. In addition, the case for this presentation is well documented, footnotes included. You’ll notice none of them are from some green green granny’s blog! Most are from pubmed.gov, a website where doctors and scientists publish their findings if they are deemed worthy (aka, peer reviewed), and a few other reputable sites. We (YL) have worked with the FDA extensively for years. Of course, our claims are constantly challenged, as they should be, but the reward of continuing to work with them has proven to be worth the investment. Check out this short explanation of our purity guarantee. www.seedtoseal.com
An Oil Is An Oil is an Oil - False
As I present oils to help with emotional health, I am only talking about Young Living Essential oils. Not all oils are created equal. Most have a tiny fraction of essential oil to keep their cost low. Their fragrance comes from the same synthetics used in other products causing untold numbers of adverse reactions and toxins being stored in the body. “Prior research found that common fragranced products, even those called green and organic, emitted hazardous air pollutants, more than two thirds of the population were not aware of this, and over 60 % would not continue to use a fragranced product if they knew it emitted such pollutants.”8 You cannot know what is inside a bottle by looking at a label, as the labelling laws do not require every ingredient to be listed. However, we would not have credibility with the FDA (or NASA - did I mention NASA? :)) if we did not live up to our Seed to Seal guarantee. We have led the way for 25 years and continue to be the frontrunner in producing 100% pure organic, therapeutic grade essential oils and hundreds of products to make your home a toxic free zone!
A Deeper Look at Oils
If you’d like a better understanding of what essential oils are, why and how they work, we’d love for you to attend our Oily Basics class. You’ll learn things like:
Therapeutic Essential oils are made up of tiny molecules that can be absorbed by the skin, inhaled or ingested. (Our Vitality Line is FDA approved for ingestion.) No matter how we use them, they enter our bloodstream, and are carried to every cell of the body within minutes.
Aromas & Emotions
Have you ever smelled a cookie baking and been transported back in time to a fond memory of baking with a loved one? What about those times when you've smelled glue or paints and thought back to your elementary school days when you loved art? There's a scientific explanation for this...
- Fragrance is the substance of memories. In less than a second, a scent has the power to activate a number of physical and emotional responses that, perhaps, you have long forgotten about. It’s pleasant when that memory is positive but when it’s not...
- Inhaling the pure, organic, therapeutic grade essential oils, can stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. It’s the brain’s center of emotion and memory as well as the “unconscious brain.”9
- Certain essential oils work by calming the central nervous system, helping us to relax.
- Ready to learn something wild? A very acidic body can cause anxiety and panic attacks! Getting your PH balanced is crucial if you struggle with these.10 Our top-of-the-line supplements are all infused with Essential Oils maximizing their effectiveness. Alkalime is a fantastic supplement for supporting healthy PH levels.
- Pure therapeutic grade essential oils can also help in the release of old emotional traumas. In 1989, Dr Joseph Ledoux from NY Medical University discovered that the amygdala (in the limbic center of the brain) plays a role in the storage and release of emotional traumas. He suggested that aromas could trigger an emotional release.
- In addition, terpenes,11 found in essential oils, have an oxygenating effect on the brain. They are proven to help quickly by penetrating the blood-brain barrier.12 These molecules combined with the pure aroma have a therapeutic effect assisting the release of emotional blockages.
- CBD has been highly effective for people suffering from mood disorders. Until recently The Entourage Effect (the part needed for mood disorders) could only be found in Broad Spectrum CBD which contains the psychoactive component, THC. Simply put The Entourage Effect means that all of the components must work together as an entourage (group) to be effective. Check out the fascinating article!13
Many people are unable to take CBD because they need to pass a drug test for work.
Young Living’s CBD is unique in that it has the Entourage Effect without any of the psychoactive THC! Scientists were able to achieve this by replacing the terpenes found in THC (that we remove) with terpenes from other essential oils.13 Our CBD is worth every penny! You can go to work, pass a drug test and feel good both mentally and physically when you use Young Living’s Nature’s Ultra CBD.
Essential Oils are a gift to help us rewire our brains, deal with emotions, and conquer unhealthy thought patterns!
Reframe Rewire Reboot!
An essential oil’s frequency, terpenes, and aromas have a powerful effect helping us to reframe memories that reside in our cells, rewire our brain and they aid in giving us the courage and freedom to reboot!
If you are struggling, and feel like your life needs a reboot ,or you've gone through a super tough season, you might want to try The Feelings Kit.
To help you I’ve included two sets of affirmations. One is for general use. The second is faith-based and my personal preference. Use the ones you identify with most - or be inspired to create your own!
A Few Notes On Using Oils
Apply & Reapply!
When you are out of sorts, apply often and restate your affirmations because Essential Oils are metabolized quickly. My recommendation is every couple of hours. Applying to the specified area listed is great, but applying to all your pulse points is highly effective!
The general rule of thumb is one drop of oil for every hour of diffusing. ie We run our diffuser at night for 8 hours therefore we put in 8 drops of oil. (and sometimes a lot more!)
A powerful balancer and a YL member fave! When I just feel off, and don't and need an oil quick, I reach for Valor - it is my go-to oil! It smells delightful, promotes courage and may just be what you need to:
- step onto the school bus for the first time
- get through our first presentation
- take the first step towards a goal
- make a leap!
HOW TO USE: Topical:Apply 2-4 drops directly to the left shoulder blade. Dilution is not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Reapply often. Diffuse.
"I inhale courage and exhale fear."
"I amstrong and of good courage. The Lord my God goes with me." (Deut. 31:6)
Release Essential Oil is an effective blend for releasing negative memories that are stored on a cellular level. It can also help you release anger and current negative emotions.
HOW TO USE:Apply 2-4 drops directly below your throat but above your clavicle. Dilution is not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Reapply often. Diffuse.
"I let go of all the things that hurt me and choose to focus on positive, good things."
"I throw off everything that hinders me and set my eyes on the goodness God has for me." (Heb. 12:1)
Forgiveness is uplifting and releasing at the same time! It facilitates the release of hurtful memories and promotes a willingness to move forward.
HOW TO USE:Use this blend topically or in a diffuser to help feel and process forgiveness. Apply 2-4 drops directly to your right rib cage or the center of your right foot. Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Reapply often. Diffuse.
"Forgiveness is a gift to myself."
"I am a new creation. this old has gone, the new is here. I forgive as I have been forgiven." (2 Cor. 5:17)
Present Time Essential Oil promotes feelings of living in the moment and opens up new possibilities!
HOW TO USE:Apply 2-4 drops directly to the area two inches below the belly button. Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Reapply often. Diffuse.
"I am fully focused and present in my interactions."
"God is present with me, a strong warrior who saves me. He calms me with his love and delights in me." (Zeph. 3:17)
Inner Child can help you access your creativity and your inner child. It can stimulate memory and help you reconnect with your own hard-wiring, allowing you to remember and embrace the person you were created to be. It is excellent for use with children who’ve had a troubled past or who are going through a difficult time emotionally.
HOW TO USE:Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of V-6™ or another carrier oil and apply to your earlobe. Reapply often. Diffuse.
"My personality, my inborn gifts, my strengths and life itself is a gift."
"I am wonderfully made. I am free to be myself, experience joy, and have contentment as a child of God." Ps. 139: 14, 1 Jn 5:12
Harmony oil blend brings harmony to your body. It is said to be one of the only essential oils that can create balance for your entire body. Harmony helps us to feel confident, and balances our nervous system’s reaction to stress.
HOW TO USE:Apply 2-4 drops to your collarbone for inner harmony and repeat the suggested affirmation. Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Reapply often. Use as needed. Diffuse.
"Harmony and joy surround me."
"I choose love today, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Col. 3:1
The Oils in The Feelings Kit are perfect to:
- Diffuse around children playing to keep the atmosphere light and fun.
- Diffuse with your spouse to bring a sense of harmony to your home.
- Diffuse during community gatherings to help you feel unified.
- Diffuse during family reunions to keep the peace!
- Diffuse in the classroom to open minds to learning.
Have a starter Kit?
If you’ve purchased a Premium Starter Kit, you have eight oils in your possession that have the potential of working miracles for your mental health!
The key for finding out which oils work best for you is using them consistently.Think about it like this… Seasonal allergies were horrific in our house! Back when we used medicine to treat our allergies we had SO many different kinds of medicines. Trying to find one that worked was challenging and what worked for one of us didn’t work for the others. Eventually we each landed on one that helped, at least for a while. Unfortunately, we are all suffering the consequences of heavy toxic burden due to the overuse of medicine. The great news about Essential Oils is they help reduce your toxic burden! So have fun trying them and get your kids involved in the process. The eight oils in the Premium Starter Kit that you’ll want to try are: • Frankincense • Lavender • Peace & Calming • Stress Away • Lemon (citrus oils) • Valor • Peppermint • Theives •
You Are Worth It!
Your emotional well-being is worth your time and investment! No one can create the bright future you always imagined - except you!
May I help you get started? I’m here to help. Please reach out to me or your friend that shared this info with you.
Thank you Niccole Perez. You inspire me to research and make things my own, so I can share authentically. People helping people - that’s what you model, that’s what we do!
- Can calm sensitive skin.
- A gentle oil great for baby's cradle cap. Just dilute with a carrier oil and massage into scalp.
- Relief for a breastfeeding mother's cracked or painful nipples.1
- For dry skin, add a drop or two to a carrier oil or your favorite body wash and/or lotion.
- Use in bath to create a spa-like experience and give your skin a full body treat.
- Supports healthy circulation, improving the look of your skin.
The use of geranium as an aromatic plant is known to have existed for thousands of years and goes all the way back to the early days of the Egyptians. The upper class typically used it to improve and beautify their skin and to help relieve anxiety by making serums and salves with the petals of the flower. What has been historically dismissed for 110+ years is now being validated with recent studies.2
- Cleansing for face and body.
- Helps keep skin clear of blemishes.
- Use directly on blemish by dabbing with a cotton swab.
- Scalp and hair treatments.
The leaves of the melaleuca tree (or tea tree) have been used for centuries by indigenous Australians to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections. The Aborigines used "tea trees" as a traditional medicine by inhaling the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds. They also crushed the leaves, sprinkled them on wounds, and used them to make treatments for sore throats and skin ailments.
- Add a drop to your skin care products to calm the appearance of dry, irritation.
- Reduce blemishes by using a cotton swab to dab it on (similar to Tea Tree).4
- Apply topically to feet or toenails to keep them healthy.
- Use in a foot soak to invigorate tired feet and to keep nails pretty.
Manuka was used throughout New Zealand and Australia as a remedy for urinary complaints and to reduce fever. Head colds were treated by inhaling the steam of boiling water with Manuka. A tincture prepared from the leaves and bark created a warm liquid that was rubbed on stiff muscles and aching joints to treat scalds and burns. Chewing the bark was said to have a relaxing effect and enhanced restful sleep.
- To brighten skin, apply topically in a carrier oil or lotion.*
- Helps with oily skin.
- Calms skin irritation.
- Try making Orange essential oil part of your morning routine—either diffused or applied topically—to start your day off with an inspiring boost of citrus aroma.
Historical Uses of Orange Peel
People have used citrus fruits as a source of medicines for thousands of years. Herbalists have used the rinds as medicine for numerous maladies throughout history including jaundice and scurvy. Herbalists have used citrus peel to improve digestion, relieve intestinal gas and bloating, and resolve phlegm. This peel acts primarily on the digestive and respiratory systems.
Mastrante is part of the Verbenaceae shrub family, and Genus Species - Lippa alba. It's essential oil has an earthy aroma that can be enjoyed topically or aromatically. This particular variety is high in limonene and carvone and promotes radiant-looking skin.
- A drop or two in a carrier oil or lotion will brightens skin.
- Combine with epsom salts to create a relaxing bath for an all-over glow.
- Revive tired joints and feet by mixing with a carrier oil and massing into skin.
Mastrante has been used medicinally for thousands of years by indigenous peoples in Central/South America. It’s known for its digestive soothing effects as well as somatic, sedative, antidepressant, and analgesic properties. Massaged into joints or used in baths, it's known to revive a sore, tired body. Also used in areas where ticks are prevalent.5
In a glass or PETE plastic spray bottle, mix Thieves Household Cleaner (THHC) with water according to the directions on the bottle. This all purpose cleaner can be used for just about everything! Literally!
2. Light Switches and Plates
4. Kitchen, Bathroom & Mudroom Sinks
6. Refrigerator Shelves
8. Window Panes
9. Stainless Steel
Empty trash can and fill with water. Pour 1-2 capfuls of THHC directly into the can and let sit for several hours, If needed, scrub stubborn stains with a brush. Empty can and wipe dry. For an ongoing fresh scent, place a few drops of Purification on a cotton ball and put it in the bottom of the trash can before replacing the liner.
13. Stove-top Cleaner
In a spray bottle or bowl, combine 1 capful THHC, 1 drop Pine essential oil, and 1 cup water. Apply with cloth to remove buildup. Repeat if necessary. For heavy grease, or cooked on food, apply generously and let sit for a few minutes.
14. Garbage Disposal Refresher
Pour 1 capful of THHC down the disposal. Let sit 5 minutes, then add ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar. Let sit until fizzing stops. Meanwhile, bring 4 cups of water to a boil; pour down the drain. Turn on disposal and run cold water for 30 seconds. Pour 3 drops of Purification Essential Oil blend in the disposal for an extra-fresh scent.
14. Dishwasher Cleaner
In the bottom of the dishwasher, add ½ capful of THHC, 3 drops Lemon, and 1 cup white vinegar. Run empty dishwasher through a full cycle. Do not add detergent.
15. Ceiling Fan Cleaner
In a spray bottle or bowl, mix 1 capful THHC and 2 cups water. Wipe/dust off fan blades, light fixture, and ceiling mount with a damp cloth. Dip the same cloth in the solution and thoroughly wipe down the blades to remove built-up dust. Dry with a clean cloth.
16. Carpet Spot Cleaner
17. Car Seat Cleaner
Mix 2 capfuls of THHC with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray plastic and fabric lightly and wipe with a soft cloth. To clean the harness, mix a small amount of baby wash with 2 cups of water. Gently wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid hard scrubbing or soaking. Let everything dry completely before using.
18. Wall Art Remover
Remove crayon murals from the walls by applying a splash of THHC and 3 drops of Lemon to a damp rag. Wipe drawings off the walls. Repeat until the art is gone.
19. Glass and Window Cleaner
In a spray bottle, mix 3 cups water, 5 drops Citrus Fresh, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 capful THHC. Spray onto glass and wipe away streaks with a soft cloth.
20. Deep Cleaning Scrub
In a glass bowl, mix ½ capful of THHC, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and 2 tablespoons table salt until it forms a thin paste. If the cleaner is too thick, add more THHC. If it is too runny, add more baking soda. Scrub stubborn bathroom and kitchen stains by applying with a clean cloth or a sponge. Scrub surface thoroughly, and rinse clean.
Thieves Cleaning Fizzies - GREAT for Toilets
Avoiding Trigger foods
Knowing and avoiding the trigger(s)that make you have indigestion, a headache, your joints hurt or cause a skin problem etc... is helpful. You can then find recipes that work for you or learn a few simple tricks to adapt your old recipes, eliminating your trigger ingredients.
This bread pudding is to die for AND it's. non dairy! I took a couple of recipes and made up my own version.
We typically avoid a lot of bread. Not because gluten is a trigger - just because it isn't great for your health and it adds pounds on me quickly! On the other hand DAIRY is a trigger.
It's quick and easy! So whip some up for an after dinner treat to celebrate the fact that 2021 is here! Then put the recipe away until it's time for another celebration. I might make it again on Valentine's Day, because my Valentine loves it!
I'm not a food binger, but if anything could make me binge, this could!
Richman's Bread Pudding (dairy free)
2/3 Cup Bourbon Whisky
2/3 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup Smart Balance (or butter)
1 Cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Salt
1 Cup Pecans
1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Bread (sourdough is great!)
1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
1 drop Cassia Essential Oil
In a sauce pan, on low heat mix together everything except eggs, pecans, chocolate chips and bread. Let cool. Whisk in two eggs, or use a stick blender.
Grease a 9x9 dish with Smart Balance. Tear the bread into large chunks filling the dish very full. It will shrink when you pour the liquid mixture over it.
Crush pecan halves by hand as you add them. Stir them and the chocolate chips into the cooled mixture. Pour evenly over the bread. Push bread down into the liquid. Most of the bread should be soaked in the liquid. If you need more liquid add almond milk.
Serve Warm. The drizzle is delightful, but honestly I think it's great even without it!
Tip: Save stale bread in the freezer.
We all know by now that we should be eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. But knowing and doing are two different things, aren’t they? Sometimes it is just not easy to get them all in there. We are constantly tempted to fill up on convenience and junk food. If your family is anything like mine, they’d much rather fill up on a bag of chips or a bowl of rice or pasta instead of trying an apple or a plate of steamed broccoli. So we’ll have to get creative. Here are a couple ideasRead more...