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Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

 

Who doesn’t suffer from anxiety.

I mean, it is so unbelievably common these days. When you step back, if you can step back, and look around there are so many factors that heighten anxiety ALL. DAY. LONG. We live in a world of go go go and it never stops. We constantly feel like we have to keep up to survive. But in reality none of the things we dwell on matter. And yet we are so consumed with that feeling of tightness and tension that it becomes our reality.

I suffer from anxiety. 

I allow my mind to become consumed with unrealistic expectations. I get caught up in seeing on social media all the greatness others are doing and I get devoured by the awful feeling of “failure,” whatever that means. I allow unnecessary conversations to take place in my mind. But I tend to bring myself back to what is important. Sometimes it takes me longer than I’d like to admit but I usually find my center again. And believe me…

It’s hard.

It’s hard to realize that you’ve been living in that state of mind. It’s hard to see the beauty around you when that heaviness is upon you. It’s hard to breathe. It’s hard to appreciate. It’s even harder to pull yourself out of this state of mind.

But you can. Especially if you have the help of Mother Nature. She has strategically placed specific herbs on this earth for us to utilize. She has provided us with what we need to help keep us our optimal selves. And you know what…..

These herbs work. 

Here are a few ways I help deal with anxiety and living in an ugly state of mind. There is no one answer here though. You have to find what works for you, honestly. You have to put in the work to conquer it.

Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

  1. Yoga. I know, I know you’re probably thinking “oh goodness of course she said yoga.” But seriously yo, yoga is one of the only things that keeps me centered. It keeps me connected. It allows me to be open and accepting. Which in turn helps my body accept the help from Mother Nature and all she has to offer. Yoga teaches you how to be present. It teaches you what you are capable of, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Many will say to me, “I hate yoga, it just makes me more angry.” Doesn’t that tell you something? If yoga, one of the most peaceful practices in the world, makes you angry what are you really holding on to? Yoga is literally the connection of your breath to the movement of your body. The two things in this world that are truly yours. How can that make you angry?

What I have learned is that those who become angry during the practice are entering the practice with the wrong motive. There is ego present. Ego is telling you, you need to be better than the video you are watching or the person who is practicing next to you in class. But in reality, when you step onto that mat, it is just you and your breath. And when you learn how to connect your breath with the movement of your body…

You begin to see the beauty that surrounds you.

When I lose my balance, it is usually a direct result from losing the discipline of my daily practice. And that is when I become devoured by anxiety.

Along with yoga, I need….

2. Essential oils. Again, I know. It is such a hippie thing to say, but essential oils are Mother Nature’s powerhouses. Essential oils give you the opportunity to reap the benefits of herbs in such a small powerful dose. Essential oils are one of the only things that actually penetrate the blood brain barrier, providing you with incredible benefits in a timely manner. My go-to oils for anxiety are:

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Lavender, I mean that is a given, right?!? Lavender is such a beautiful oil that helps supports  your central nervous system. It allows your mind to reach a relaxed, more clearer state.

Balance, this is a grounding oil which is a delicate blend of oils that work cohesively to provide your mind and body the support it needs to overcome tense emotions.

Siberian Fir, which is heavenly to inhale. It can “help promote feelings of easy breathing, while calming the emotions and providing a grounding effect.”

Arborvitaemade from the tree of life. It is known to be a “powerful cleansing and purifying agent.” I use this during meditation as well. It is an incredible grounding oil.

Vetiver, is an incredible oil for anxiety and ADHD. According to Dr. Eric Z,

For Anxiety…

“The direct effects of aromatherapy inhalation on the limbic system (responsible for reason and choices, among other things) make it a perfectly suited remedy and tool for conditions like ADHD and anxiety, which can be a trigger for ADHD and like concerns.

A 2015 in vitro study compared the effects of vetiver oil with diazepam, a commonly used anxiety prescription. Again, these preliminary results show vetiver to be quite effective.”

For ADHD…

“While we often think of lavender as a calming oil, one study weighed the effects of lavender, cedarwood, and vetiver oils on children with ADHD. The study was small but the results were clear: vetiver was the strongest choice.

This simply study only asked parents to help their children smell the oil right from the bottle a few times each day. Off the record because it wasn’t part of the design, parents reported better attention and behavior from their children during the study period.”

These oils, I use topically in a roller bottle. And let me tell you, I roll that sh!t on me ALL. DAY. LONG. Another thing that has saved me on multiple occasions is wearing a diffuser necklace. I get laughed at all day because when crap is hitting the fan at work, I will mindlessly grab my necklace while I am talking with someone or thinking about my next move and I will just INHALE as if it were crack! I highly recommend a diffuser necklace or bracelet. I must tell you though, I do not wear bracelets, but I provided you a link to them to get you started but I have not purchased that specific product. The two necklaces that I provided links for, I have purchased and absolutely love.

Another way I use essential oils are internally. But I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH….Please, please use a high quality oil that is certified pure and can back its testing up. Oils are not FDA regulated and that means they can literally put anything in that little bottle and still be able to slap a “therapeutic grade, 100% pure” on it and call it a day. So please do your research and pick a company that you trust with your life because you literally are putting your life at risk when you put something into your body. Me and my family trust doTERRA. Click here to read why and make your own decision.

I simply place one drop of each oil in a capsule and take it one to two times a day. Here are the oils I am currently using.

Copaiba, “can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.”

Vetiver, has calming and grounding effects. It also has been known to help support ADHD.

Lavender, well because lavender is just a beautiful medicinal herb and calms my soul nicely.

3. I use tinctures. Man oh man, these tinctures save me. They go straight to work the moment I take them and I am so thankful for their healing properties. I use…

Bring Me Peace, which is a beautiful blend of lavender, chamomile, feverfew and lemon balm. All herbs that make the mind more restful and focused.

Rosemary, which is an incredible herb for the brain. It helps with memory, focus, depression and so much more.

All other tinctures available in our shop are used daily for various things but for the sake of anxiety, along with everything else mentioned above, I use these two every morning. And if you are new to tinctures grab our Complete Guide to Tinctures eBook to help you feel a little more confident.

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4. Smudging. When I feel like I just need a little extra something, I will smudge myself with sage. White sage has spiritual healing properties that will cleanse your soul of all that is negative. It is such an incredible experience but you have to be open and willing to accept its healing powers.

Anxiety is a part of everyones daily life. Mother Nature has provided us with all we need to keep our selves healthy. Allow yourself to be open. Allow yourself to feel what you feel then release that energy as best as possible.

We need to help guide each other out. If you found this post to be helpful, we would love to hear your feedback. If you have any suggestions and want to share how you help your anxiety, please leave a comment below. You can potentially be helping another readers tremendously.

Happy living in peace!

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Questions Answered: Celery Juice

 

Alright y’all, time to answer some questions. Most of these I had myself when I started drinking celery juice. I wondered, why celery juice? What is in it? Why the F do I constantly have to go to the bathroom? The answers I found really helped me understand what it was that my body was going through. Sometimes it helps to understand exactly what is happening so that you don’t freak out and quit. Quitting is really not the best solution when you are trying to rid your body of some nasty toxins.

These toxins have clouded my brain. For YEARS. And it is time I ditch them. I am tired of being tired. Tired of my brain drifting off. Tired of my stomach hurting. Tired of my hormones going crazy during “that time” of the month.

I’m over it y’all.

So, I am sticking to the celery juice, even though it is painful. Literally. I’ll explain a little more in detail about that in a second. I think my biggest take away at the moment is that being uncomfortable is really the most important aspect of this whole journey. I realized this a few days ago. Being uncomfortable is what makes us grow. It makes us feel. It wakes us up to the world  and what is going on right in front of our face. It brings us to our most vulnerable state and with that, you really find the definition of who you are.

I retreat to being comfortable. Just like everyone else.

But when is this cycle going to stop? The cycle of chronic issues, ADD/ADHD, unable to concentrate, being moody, having stomach issues. I mean, the list can literally go on. It is hard to make changes that don’t feel “normal.” It is hard to get passed the detox stage. It is hard to get out of bed at 4:15am to do yoga. There is always a “reason.”

So I tend to retreat. Back to my “normal.”

But not this time. This one little change, celery juice, has already made me so uncomfortable and you know what?

I love it.

It’s weird, I know. I am talking about celery juice. I bet you are thinking, “How does this all connect?”

Believe me, it connects.

Let’s get into the questions I had that helped me understand why the hell I should keep doing this to myself.

All my questions were answered by medicalmedium.com, this site is phenomenal when it comes to natural remedies and helping to heal some major health issues. I highly suggest you check them out.

Questions about celery juice:

  1. Do I have to drink celery juice on an empty stomach?

Yes. Drinking on an empty stomach allows your digestive system to absorb all the beneficial properties of the mineral salts present in celery juice. It sets your digestive tract up for the entire day and allows it to function at optimal levels.

2. Can I add anything to it like lemon or any other fruit or veggie?

No. By doing so, you dilute the potency of the healing properties. Having a juice filled with fantastic veggies and fruits is an awesome source of vitamins and could be consumed later in the day. But celery juice is best alone, and first thing in the morning.

3. How much celery juice do I drink?

1 stalk. One stalk of celery usually provides you with about 16 oz of juice.

4. Can I add ice?

No. Again it dilutes the healing properties. I know, ice is something I dig on too, especially first thing in the morning. But what I have learned is that cold beverages, especially first thing in the morning, actually contracts your intestinal tract and add stress to it. So, consuming your celery juice at the temperature it comes out of the juicier is the best way to go. Plus you get use to it.

5. Is having diarrhea normal?

Yes. And yes I went there. I have to man, this was the biggest question we had when we first started juicing. And this is what made me take so many breaks. I was tired of rushing to the bathroom. But what I learned is that, celery juice flushes your system of toxins. Well, those toxins have to go somewhere. So yes, it is totally normal and you actually want this to happen. It means you are getting rid of all the nasty crap that makes you feel, well, nasty.

6. Why does my stomach hurt after drinking celery juice?

This is my biggest reason for retreating back to my comfort zone. My stomach. I have always had stomach issues growing up. So when my stomach gets compromised, I tend to back the train up and retreat to what is comfortable. BUT what I learned and was the biggest thing that has helped me push through this time around is that your stomach WILL hurt. And for valid reason to. See, we all have a main nerve called the vagus nerve. It sends signals to the heart, lungs and digestive tract. When our bodies are filled with neurotoxins, those neurotoxins can create inflammation within this nerve.

Celery juice cleans these neurotoxins off the vagus nerve, which can create an uncomfortable reaction.

AND…..

Some digestive tracts are filled with bacteria like, E. Coli and Streptococcus and when these bacterias are killed off by the healing properties of celery, it can create spasms within the stomach that can be painful. So hang in there.

7. I feel extremely tired after drinking celery juice. Why?

Feeling tired is actually normal. When your body goes through detoxification, it is normal to feel your symptoms increase. Individuals who have toxins in their blood caused by Epstein Barr and Streptococcus will especially feel an increase of their symptoms during this stage.

While this stage is brief, it can be extremely difficult to get passed. Just know that once you get passed this stage, the hard and painful journey will be totally worth it.

8. Can I just eat celery instead of juicing it?

No. Juicing it releases the mineral salts that contain the healing properties. When you eat celery, you are eating the fiber as well, which is great but what we are looking for is the juice containing the mineral salts to help heal the body.

Any more questions?

I hope this helped bring some more understanding to the whole subject. Don’t let this scare you and stop you from drinking it. Knowing all this actually helped my stay strong and push through. For the last two months I would go for four days straight then take a 2-3 day break. One, because of the bathroom thing and two because my stomach hurt. Then I read all this information and I decided to go a full two weeks without stopping.

Wish me luck!

Being uncomfortable. That is what is giving me strength right now.

See how I connected the two?

Happy pushing through!

Got any more questions? I’d love to hear them. 

Have you tried celery juice yet? I’d love to hear your experience so far. Leave a comment below.

 

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Benefits to Drinking Celery Juice

Benefits to drinking celery juice.

We are constantly on this journey of natural healing. Our minds are always open to what could be beneficial to our health. And it just feels really good to try different things. It is not always easy, I am one that struggles with jumping on the band wagon of something new but I eventually get there and always happy I did. My husband, on the other hand, can make a decision to do something and it’s done, I mean like, DONE. He sticks to it and doesn’t ever lose track of it.

What band wagon are we on now?

The celery juice band wagon yo.

Did you know that celery juice had so many powerful healing properties? Yea, celery juice. You know, that delicious crunchy green veggie that you use to dip in french onion dip. Yup, that one.

It has the power to straight up heal serious ironic illnesses.

Let’s break this down shall we.

Benefits to celery juice.

Celery juice is most beneficial when consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This allows the beneficial properties, which include mineral salts, to help strengthen your digestive system, allowing it to function at optimal levels.

While adding other fun, delicious fruits and veggies seems like a great idea. I know, I went there too. Consuming celery juice ALONE is really the only way to obtain all the fantastic medicinal properties to it. You see, when you add to the juice, it dilutes it, leaving it less potent to heal the body the way it should.

And ice is no different. I know, I went there as well. First thing in the morning the last thing you want to do is drink a 16 oz glass of warm salty celery juice but you get used to it. Ice dilutes the healing properties, don’t do it yo. 

Speaking of salt. The mineral salts that are present in celery juice are really where the healing properties come from. You see Mother Nature is truly amazing. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. She give us everything we need to heal ourselves. We just need to listen.

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The mineral salts present in celery juice actually go into your body and starves pathogens that manifest into illnesses. What the salt does is, it goes through your digestive tract and blood stream and starts breaking down the pathogens’ cell membranes. These pathogens include nasty little F-ers like Epstein-Barr and HHV-6. As the salt moves through your body it flushes out toxins like you wouldn’t believe, from every nook and cranny of your body.

Lets talk neurotoxins.

Neurotoxins are toxins that are extremely dangerous to the body, especially to nerve tissues. They tend to feed off of toxic heavy metals that are left in the body. Neurotoxins are responsible for creating neurological symptoms such as, tremors, spasms, insomnia, vertigo, twitching and cold feet and hands.

The mineral salt within celery juice flushes out these nasty toxins. It allows your kidneys and adrenals to function at optimal levels and it also increases the hydrochloric acid in the gut so that your digestive system functions properly.

Celery juice is also supportive to the central nervous system. You see, the mineral salts allow neurotransmitters to function the way they were intended to. When your brain goes into shut down mode, when suffering from, depression, anxiety, brain fog, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, or difficulty focusing or concentrating, the mineral salts help keep the heart pumping, which then creates a stronger signal to the neurotransmitters to send information from one point to the other.

Celery juice contains high amounts of electrolytes making it extremely beneficial for those who suffer from migraines, panic attacks and anxiety.

Celery juice also supports the thyroid. It has the ability to flush the thyroid of toxins.

This is such a short list of benefits. The list can literally go on, balancing the body’s PH, balancing out hormones, bringing stability to body and mind. I mean, come on!!

So you are on the band wagon but now what do you do?

Here is what you do.

Ingredients:

1 whole bunch of organic celery

What do you do:

Cut the end off and cut the tips off, sometimes they can get a little brown.

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Then…..

Juice the muther f-er. That’s it yo!

Drink 16 oz of celery juice, alone, on an empty stomach. Remember not to add ice either. Simply wait about 15 minutes before eating anything. Celery juice is not caloric, so it should not replace any meals. It is just simply to start your day and get your digestive tract running smoothly.

***Alright, I have to say it, well, because it happened and still happens to us and it took us forever to figure out why or if the two were connected. Celery juice flushes out toxins right, we learned that above. Well, toxins have to go somewhere right?! So, just be prepared after drinking a full glass of celery juice that the bathroom will be in your near future.

Don’t let this freak you out. Going to the bathroom is a really good thing. It means you are getting out all that nasty stuff that has been bringing you down, man. But I get it, it can get rough. I tend to take mini breaks. I’ll go for about 4 or 5 days straight of drinking celery juice and then take a 2-3 day break from it. My husband, on the other hand, recently just upped his ante. He is now juicing two stalks of celery EVERYDAY. To each their own. Just listen to your body and do what feels right. Just remember that new routines and flushing out your body of nasty stuff is not going to be comfortable. Prepare yourself and hang in there.

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***An awesome little tip for ya, when you cut off the end of your stalk, place it in a cup of water and in a few days you’ll see a new little celery pop through. It’s fun to watch plus you can plant them in your garden and BAM, you’ve got yourself some celery homie.

Happy celery juice drinking!

Join us on Wednesday for some more questions answered about celery juice. Because we all have questions, right.

What is your question? Leave your questions or comments down below, that way I’ll be sure to answer them. 

Resources: medicalmedium.com

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For the Love of Your Back: 15 Stretches to Help Support Your Back.

 

We all feel the pain. The pain of daily stress that we carry around as if it were a necessity. And sometimes the pain feels like it is just apart of who we are. But it doesn’t have to be apart of who we are. What if you ditched that part of who you thought you were and allow yourself to start exploring a new you.

As we have learned in many of the post I have provided you with, you don’t alway need medication to help yourself. More times than not, you need determination and discipline.

Two things that are extremely difficult for some. I get it, I am one of them. But when you have two choices, either to take medication that can potentially harm other parts of who you are or make a decision to help yourself naturally. More times than not we need to put in a little work and love into who you are.

The following routine is a well thought out routine that my husband does every day off. It has helped his back tremendously.

This is going to be a long post, but hang in there. Especially if back pain is something you live with. Try out a few poses get comfortable with them and then try out a few more. Don’t get overwhelmed. Then you will never help yourself.

Let’s do this together.

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Extension exercise: This pose is super helpful to build lower back strength.

  • Lie on your stomach with your hands in front of you and lift your head.
  • Now turn to your right side, then your left.
  • Now put your hands by your side.
  • Lift your shoulders and chest off the floor.
  • Keep your neck straight and maintain gaze towards tip of nose.
  • Lower back down to floor on your exhale.
  • Repeat 10 times.

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Childs Pose: This pose helps elongate the lower back and opens hips.

  • Bring yourself to your hands and knees.
  • Slowly start to bring your self back towards your heals. Spread your legs a little wider than hip-width. Keeping your big toes together.
  • Sit your butt on your heals, exhale and lower your upper body all the way down to the floor.
  • Allow your forehead to come to the floor and keep your arms extended over your head.
  • Hold pose for about 1 minute if not longer.

Cat/Cow Pose: This pose is beneficial for lengthening your back and relieving tension.

  • Bring yourself to your hands and your knees hip-width apart and your hands shoulder-width apart.
  • Arch your back as round as you can, imagine pulling your bellybutton in towards your back. Look down between your legs. Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Then release, imagine your stomach lowering to the floor. Maintain strong arms and legs. Look up at the sky. Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Repeat 5 times.

Modified Pigeon Pose: This pose helps to lengthen hip flexors, stretches the thighs and opens hip joints. This pose you want your legs to look almost like a Z, if your are less flexible,

  • In a seated position, bring one leg in front of your body.
  • Try and either straighten out your back leg or bend it if necessary.
  • Place your hands on the floor at your sides.
  • Lean forward as best as you can. Hold for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat by switching legs.

 

Spinal Stretch: This pose reduces back pain caused by sitting or driving long periods of time. It also strengthens back muscles.

  • Lie on your back with both knees bent.
  • Bring both knees into your chest and squeeze for 5-10 seconds.
  • Release left leg all the way down, toes engaged and pointing towards the sky.
  • With the left hand gentle pull down your right knee towards the floor on the left side.
  • Straighten out your right arm and turn your gaze towards your right.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat opposite side.

 

Lower Trunk Rotation: This pose can help relieve tension in the lower back, as well as, strengthening your core.

  • Lie on your back with knees bent.
  • Stretch your arms straight out.
  • Slowly move your knees, together, to one side and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Now move them to the other side and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat 5 times for each side.

Single Knee to Chest: This pose can help elongate the lower back, which can relieve tension.

  • Start by laying on your back with knees bent.
  • Use both hands to pull in one knee to your chest. Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Keep your core (abdominal muscles) engaged and press your entire back to the floor.
  • Repeat with opposite leg.

Double Knee to Chest: This is the same concept as the pose we just did, however you are going to pull both knees in at the same time and hold for 10 seconds.

Quadriceps Stretch: Standing and holding one leg behind you.

 

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Isometric Hip adduction: Laying flat on the ground putting a pillow between the knees and squeezing. Next, tie a belt around your legs allowing hips to stay hip-width apart and slowly try to open your legs.

Bridges: This pose works out your gluteus maximus, a fancy word for your butt. This muscle is one of the most important muscles that supports your lower back. So keeping it strong is extremely important.

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart.
  • Place your hands on the floor at your sides.
  • Pressing your hands and feet firmly against the floor, lift your butt in the air. You want your body to form a straight line from shoulder to knee.
  • Squeeze your butt while it is in the air. Don’t forget to keep your shoulders flat on the floor.
  • Lower your butt to the floor. Then lift again and squeeze your butt. Repeat 10 times.

Pelvic Tilt: This pose helps release tension in the lower back and help keeps muscles flexible.

  • Lie on your back with knees bent and feet firmly on the floor and arms by your side.
  • Slowly start to flatten your back by pulling your belly button in towards your spine. Use your abdominal muscles, don’t just suck in your stomach. Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Repeat 10 times.

 

Gluteal Stretch: This pose helps maintain flexibility in legs and lower back.

  • Lie on your back with knees bent, feet firmly on the floor.
  • Cross the left leg over the right. Bring both knees towards the chest.
  • Slowly pull in the left leg towards your chest until you feel a nice stretch in your gluten. Hold for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat other side.

Hip Flexer Stretch: This pose help strengthen both knee and hip. It is best to do this stretch close to a couch or chair.

  • Start by placing a pillow or towel on the floor next to couch.
  • Place one knee on pillow and allow couch to keep leg lifted.
  • Keep other knee at a 90 degree angle.
  • Hold for 1 minute.
  • Repeat other side.

Along with these stretches there is also tissue work that can be super beneficial.

Using a foot rubz ball.

  • While laying down on your back, put ball just below the hip bone and just beside the spine and lay on that pressure point until you feel the soreness release.
  • Move the ball over about an inch, away from your spine, until the pain reduces significantly.
  • Then move away from the spine again about in inch and do the same.
  • Repeat until you feel soreness release.

Place ball on gluteal muscle and lay on ball until the muscle releases. Move ball all around buttox until you do not feel any more sore spots.

Find tender spots on back on one side. To get into the tissue deeper, raise one leg off the floor. Once you finish one side, move on to the next side of your back.

Use two lacrosse balls, either taped together or put two into a sock so that they are together.

  • Line that up along your mid back so that spine sits in between the two balls.
  • Then roll up to shoulders. When you find a tender spot, be sure to stop and allow the balls to release tension. Do not use on lower back.

Supplements: These two supplements are fantastic additions to this back routine.

Devils claw: Powerful anti-inflammatory and natural pain reliever. You can buy supplements in pill form or you can use it in tincture form.

Powdered magnesium: We use the brand Natural Calm, it helps with calming stiffness in the back, back pain and it helps release muscle cramping.

Both supplements have so many more benefits. For the sake of this post I just named how they can support your back.

Phew! I told you it was gonna be a long post but hey, if you stuck around till the end that means you are searching for some answers. I hope we helped you find some. Please feel free to comment below with any other questions or hey, feel free to email me.

Happy back repairing!

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DIY Bug and Gnat Spray

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We have a ton of house plants, they just make us happy. So we tend to do a lot of transplanting. And just like anyone else, where do we keep our soil…

Outside of course.

But do you know what happens to soil when it sits outside long enough?

Little tiny gnats like to lay their eggs in the soil.

You know, those damn little fruit fly things that will do anything in their little power to try and fly into your mouth. If you are thinking eww gross, then I guess you have never experienced one of these little bastards.

They multiply faster then you can say, “yoga with goats.” I mean, yoga with goats, I love goats but doing yoga with them….I don’t get it. Oh wait, I was talking about gnats, back to gnats. So, needless to say they can infest a house super fast.

So here is a little story; a while back I redid our bathroom. I was very proud, if I do say so myself. Well, in that little redo, I hung a plant, in an awesome purple pot that just fit the bathroom perfectly but what kind of soil did I use?

You guessed it y’all, soil from outside.

A few weeks later, we were infested. It was so bad that the walls had little tiny gnats everywhere. I was done. I had enough. These little F-ers had to go and they had to go now.

So I did a little research and came up with this gnat spray.

Let’s make some shall we.

Whatcha need is:

Glass spray bottle (plastic works too, whatever floats your boat yo)

White vinegar

Water

Essential oils:

Eucalyptus

Rosemary

Geranium

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Direction:

  • Fill spray bottle with 1 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup water
  • Add 10 drops of each oil.

Boom Son you’re done!

I mean, how simple is that.

I literally sprayed my entire bathroom. I sprayed the walls, the gnats, the bottom of the pot the plant was in, the rim. I was careful not to actually get the plant, I didn’t want kill it.

But what I also did was I took the plant outside and sprayed it down with our neem oil spray that kills gnats, aphids, and all sorts of other nasty little plant critters. I sprayed this little plant probably about 4-5 times over two days.

We are living gnat free right now people, gnat free. All thanks to this little spray.

Got a Gnat problem? Leave a comment below let me know how it works for you. I’d love to hear from y’all.

Happy gnat killing!

 

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What Are We Doing?

 

There are things that define us. Or at least we allow them to. I hear a lot of the time, when people around me talk, say things like, “Oh can’t eat mash potatoes, when I was four my best friend’s sister threw up after she ate mash potatoes and the thought of it just…I just can’t eat them.” Or things like, “my dad left when I was 2 years old so I can’t be in a committed relationship.”

I mean, WHAT?

Why do we allow these things that we either have no control over or that are already dead and gone in the past, define who we are as adults. And worse, define the children we are raising? We pass down all these “things” onto fresh little minds that really have no business feeling tense and anxiety over mash potatoes.

Why do we worry just because our parents “taught” us to worry? Why do we create things in our heads that do not exist? Why is it that we shut down when we get uncomfortable and don’t allow ourselves to be open to a whole new world that we might actually enjoy? Why is it that when something good comes our way, we tend to smash it down with the “what if’s?”

I used to carry a lot with me.

I was a vegetarian, why you ask, oh because of the animals. Did I eat responsibly and consider the animals in any other way in my life, no. And there was no turning back because I heard that once you stop eating meat, when you eat it again you get sick. Along the way in life I developed a phobia of throwing up. Why you ask? I have no F-ing clue. A therapist once told me it is because I have a need to control and throwing up is anything but control. It got to the point to where I would only eat “safe” foods, so I wouldn’t get sick and throw up. I would sit in the back of the class in college, just in case I got sick. Was I feeling sick? Not even a little bit.

I had an ego. Man, did I have an ego. And a shitty one at that. I saw something in my head and no one in the world could change my point of view. I still have the damn thing but it has grown weaker, not as weak as I’d like but it’s weaker.  I created drama and negativity when drama and negativity could have been avoided. I smoked. A lot. I smoked because I worried. I worried about everything. I would create conversations in my head that didn’t exist, it was the “what if’s” that literally controlled my entire world. I never got on a plane, because well, “what if” I got sick and threw up. I never took care of my health issues, “what if they find something worse” or heavens to fucking Betsy, “what if” I threw up from the medication they gave me.

It was exhausting.

Until one day, I met an incredible human being. And one comment changed my life.

I remember this day as if it was yesterday, and honestly I couldn’t tell you what happened yesterday, We were sitting outside of our work, in one of the most beautiful and extremely rich area, and as this woman walked by I took everything negative about her and started talking shit. What I pointed out the most were her lips, to me they looked fake. To me.

There was no reciprocation from him, there was no added comment about her lips. But what struck me was the way he looked deep into my soul and said,

“Have you ever thought that there may be something wrong with her lips and that is why they look like that? That just maybe she didn’t have them done and that she is going through a rough time in her life? You never know what someone may be dealing with.”

For the first time in my life, I stopped.

You see, I was drawn to this incredible human for a reason. We starred at each other through the window of my work for years before even verbally saying hi to each other. And every time our eyes met, there was this strange magnetic energy that I couldn’t explain at the time. I just knew we were connected and that something was going to bring us together.

And this was one of the first actual conversation him and I had the balls to have and I had to make it negative.

For the first time in my life, I stopped and felt.

I had been so numb from never being pulled from my comfort zone. I was allowed to sit in my own negativity and stew my entire life. And one day, this person, who I didn’t really know just yet, pulled me so hard that I couldn’t help but rethink the life that I wanted to create for myself.

Judging people, always thinking the worst when good was happening, allowing my phobias to control my life was not the life I wanted to create and live until the end of time.

You see, we don’t know when the end of time is coming. We get this one life, one time, why fill it with negative weight. Why fill it with the chaos that we create in our own heads.

Don’t get me wrong, I am no guru that has everything figured out. I struggle, daily. I have to check myself constantly. What I am learning is that it is way easier to be negative and complain than it is to be positive and change the mindset that sets the tone for the day. I still allow damn phobias to make my decisions, is it few and far between, absolutely but they are there. Do I still allow conversations to take place in my head that shouldn’t be there, yea, but I can redirect myself quicker and not allow that to consume me.

I am in a more content place in my life, I have done more things than I ever thought I was capable of. I’ve gotten on planes, eaten meat, had more surgeries than I ever expected, I have created two humans, given birth to those humans… my list continues. And I owe the awakening of my strength to that one incredible human being, my husband. There are no words that I can fully describe that do what I’ve experienced in these last 10 years justice.

Thank you.

Life is hard, but is it? I am starting to realize that WE make it harder than it needs to be.

What do you think?

Do you connect with any of this?

Happy pondering!

 

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Homemade Healthy Ice Cream. It’s Good, I Swear.

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Health homemade ice cream

We love ice cream, I mean, it can get to an unhealthy point. I am not going to lie. So we cut ourselves off of ice cream a little short of two years now. Don’t get me wrong we have indulged a few times here and there but if we don’t check ourselves, shit can get real, real fast!

But who doesn’t want ice cream, right? It is just so nice and creamy and cold.

Damn it, I want some right now!

Anyway, back to my point. One night the thought of ice cream popped into our heads. And then another thought popped into my head…

Frozen bananas

I thought, why not try and use frozen bananas to make some ice cream. So in went some frozen bananas, some fruit and some milk. I blended that goodness up and served up some “ice cream.” I didn’t think to much about it, I figured it would help curb the craving that night and we would forget about it.

Well hot diggity damn, this blended up goodness came out way beyond expectations. My husband kept asking me, “you made this?”

The kids were fooled and all our bellies were smiling!

The next night after dinner everyone was like, can we have ice cream again.

And a delicious recipe was created. The best part about this recipe is that it can be totally changed depending on your mood. Throw in some chocolate chips, vanilla bean, cacao powder, granola…the sky is the limit my friend.

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Wanna know how I curbed our ice cream craving?

Alright, alright. Let’s do this.

Healthy Ice Cream

Don't allow ice cream to control your life and your weight. Whip up some heathy stuff, you belly and your thighs will thank you.

Course Dessert
Keyword dessert, healthy ice cream, homemade, Ice cream
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 5 Frozen bananas
  • 2 cups Frozen fruit of choice
  • 1/4 cup Milk of choice

Instructions

  1. Grab yourself a blender or food processor.

  2. Pour in your milk.

  3. Toss in your frozen bananas. It is best to break them in half or quarters.


  4. Toss in your frozen fruit.

  5. Blend your little heart out.

    The key here is to not blend to the point of liquidation. You want everything blended but just enough to maintain a thick texture. 

  6. I like to add some fresh fruit or even frozen blueberries on top when serving. 

  7. Boom son, you just made yourself some damn delicious ice cream that you can feel good about. It is super easy and your kids can enjoy with out the sugar high after. 

Recipe Notes

Heavy cream is ideal for making super creamy ice cream. But you can choose any milk that you desire. The base of this ice cream is really the banana. The milk just helps allow all your frozen fruit to blend easily. 

Tell me what y’all think. Does it hit the spot? Did you add anything else like vanilla bean or some chocolate chips? Leave a comment below.

Happy ice cream makin!

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Chicken Feeder. Making Life Easier.

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Trying to maintain a homestead, even on a small scale, can be difficult to balance when you throw working full time in the mix. As our journey has progressed and chores are divided, we try to make things as easiest as possible for us. As badly as we would love to tend to our homestead full time, we both wake up every morning and go to work. So, in order for things to work, you know things like…..

keeping the house clean, kids fed and bathed, dinner, lunches, tending to the garden, the chickens, kefir, kombucha, composting…….

We have to get tricky with how we accomplish all these things while still having energy for us. Believe me, it is not always easy and it doesn’t always flow so effortlessly.

But hey we try!

When it comes to things like gardening or feeding the chickens, we try and find ways to keep things as easy flowing and none laborious as possible.

Feeding your chickens may not seem all that bad but when you have a full plate, removing one chore can seem like a life saver. This is why we came up with our new chicken feeder, and by we I mean my husband. This badass feeder holds half a bag of feed.

Oh yea, you heard that right!

It holds half a bag of feed and doesn’t require anything other than removing the lid in the morning so the ladies can eat and closing it at night so the rats CANNOT! No more filling small feed buckets every other day. All you do is fill it once and depending on how many chickens you have, you don’t really need to bother with it for a few weeks.

Have I grabbed your attention?

Let’s do this thang then!

Whatcha wanna get is:

6 inch PVC pipe (main body of feeder)

45 degree 6 inch Y connector

6 inch PVC cap (you’ll need 3 caps)

PVC primer

PVS glue

2 drawer handle knobs

Whatcha wanna do is:

The size of your feeder really depends on how much food you want your feeder to hold. Ours is measured 4 feet high with a 6 inch diameter PVC pipe. You want to cut your main body the proper height that fits your coop. Make sure when purchasing your main body PVC pipe, that you purchase more than your are measuring for your coop. You will need to make additional cuts later.

Once you have your height cut, set that aside. From the left over pipe (remember I told you to buy more than the size you were measuring for your coop) cut three 3 inch pieces. Set these aside.

Drill a hold in two of your caps and screw in your knobs. Set aside.

Now it is time to assemble these piece together. Super easy ready?

Take your Y connector and at the bottom spread some PVC primer and glue on the inside of the connector, now take one of the three 3 inch pieces you cut and place inside be sure to leave about 2 inches exposed. This will allow you to connect the cap. Spread some primer and glue on the outside of the 2 inches of exposed PVC and glue the cap on. Make sure that the cap sit snug. This will hold all the food in the pipe.

Now, move to the opening hole where the feed will be available for your chickens, take another 3 inch piece and do the same thing. Primer and glue it in the hole but be sure to leave about 2 inches exposed. This is where you will place a cap with a knob. Do not glue this cap on. This is the cap that you will take off so your chickens can eat during the day and put on at night so no other critters can munch on.

Now it is time to connect your main body to the Y connector. Place your desired size PVC pipe inside the top part of the Y connector. Be sure to make it fit snug. You can primer and glue if you’d like but it is not necessary.

At the top of your main body you are going to primer and glue the last 3 inch piece. Again be sure to leave 2 inches exposed. This is where you are going to place your second cap with a knob. This is where you are going to pour your feed in. Do not glue the cap on.

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Yea, it is dirty. But you know what, it’s reality.

Boom son, you have yourself a badass chicken feeder that is super easy to make and doesn’t cost a fortune. Plus, it saves you labor and is super efficient.

Happy feeder making!

I’d love to hear how this turned out. Leave a comment below if you have any additional questions or to share how it came out.

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Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs?

Easy recipe for Pressure Cooking Hard Boiled Eggs!

I mean, WHHHHHAAAAT!!! These pressure cooker hard boiled eggs turn out perfect, and require less effort!

We were gifted a pressure cooker at christmas last year and my thoughts were, “oh cool.” But then we busted this thing out and now every time we use it our minds are…

Blown.

I mean, the meat comes out, melt in your mouth every. single. time. And every time we use it we tell each other, “how have we lived without a pressure cooker this long?” You can throw in any meat and dinner is done in like 30 minutes. And it’s a damn good dinner too!

I have yet to use all the features of this thing, there is a yogurt feature that I am dying to use, just haven’t found the time. BUT I did manage to try hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker!  Man o’ man did they come out perfect and there was no boiling water on the stove making my kitchen hot situation.

Alright y’all, here is how you do it:

Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

First off, mosey on over here and purchase yourself one of these bad boys, seriously, you will not regret it.

Fill your pressure cooker with 1 1/2 cups of water.

Place a steamer basket inside. I use this one.

Can you cook hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker? Um, yes!

Place your eggs in basket. Close your lid and you are going to press the steam button, high pressure and for only five minutes.

*** Now your pressure cooker needs to reach pressure and needs to release pressure once done. I allowed pressure to release for about 5 minutes. So, this whole process will take about 15 minutes total.

Step by step recipe for cooking hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker!

Once your pressure cooker is done releasing pressure, take eggs out and place eggs in a bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking.

Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs are so good!

Now, you can peel your eggs right away or not, whatever floats your boat. But you got yourself some freaking hard boiled eggs yo! Amazing right? I know!

My pressure cooker hard boiled eggs turned out perfect.Did you know that you can cook hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker?

Happy pressure cooking hard boiled eggs!

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Using Essential Oils Around the House

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Essential oils are an incredible resource for health and well being. They can be used in more ways than your than your pretty little brain probably realizes. I get it, the word essential oil sounds kinda hooky. Every time someone asks me a health question or a suggestion, the word essential oil comes out of my mouth and I see them slightly roll their eyes. But seriously people, I wouldn’t be yapping about it if I did not freaking believe in them.

So……

I wanted to yap about some ways that essential oils can benefit you and your family other than just using topically, aromatically or internally.

Y’all ready?!

Dog shampoo: If you haven’t read about our previous devil pup, by all means mosey on over here to read about her and this awesome dog shampoo I made.

Glass cleaner: In a glass bottle, fill half with distilled water and half white vinegar. Add 20-30 drops of lemon essential oil. Lemon will not only clean your glass it will help neutralize the smell of the vinegar. As well as, provide an invigorating and uplifting smell. And who doesn’t need that while cleaning!

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Floor cleaner: I use this bad boy and let me tell ya, it is fan-freaking-tastic. Once I am done mopping the floors I just throw the mop part in the wash and BAM, no mop mess to deal with afterward. Since it has a water reservoir, I like to fill it with half water and half white vinegar. Then I add 10 drops of Onguard, 10 drops lemongrass and 10 drops tangerine and 10 drops of grapefruit. The combination smells heavenly and Onguard helps protect against seasonal threats.

Mouth wash: After brushing and flossing I like to fill my mouth up with water and I add 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop frankincense and 1 drop of myrrh. Peppermint freshens your breath while frankincense and myrrh provide support with oral health issues such as tooth decay, cavities and oral infections.

Diffuse: Sounds kind of obvious but hey I gotta say it. Diffusing oils can do so much for your mental state, as well as, your overall well being. My favorite mood lifter is tangerine, grapefruit, wild orange and lemongrass. Add 2-4 drops of each oil for an instant mood lift. My favorite for calming is siberian fir, balance, lavender and geranium. Holy moly, does this smell heavenly. Again just add a few drops of each oil.

Face oil: You’ll want to find an oil of preference for your face. For me argon and jojoba oil are two perfect oils that blend beautifully together to give me exactly what my face needs. In a 1 oz dropper bottle fill a 1/4 of the way with argon oil. Then add 4-6 drops frankincense, 2-4 drops lavender and 2-4 drops geranium. Fill the rest with jojoba oil, shake and gently rub in to face.

***I use the oil cleansing method for my face. I just massage oil onto my face after a shower, then I put a hot wash cloth over it for a minute, then I gently wipe off my face. Feel free to change up your oils.

Deodorant: There are so many deodorant recipes out there. I wanted one that I could rub on just like a normal deodorant. This one works fantastic. However, you do have to be mindful of black shirts. It will leave a white residue. In a bowl combine arrowroot powder, baking soda and just enough coconut oil to allow the powders to stick together. I have a full post here if you want to read it in detail. You can add any oil that tickles your fancy but I like to use lavender and tea tree.

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Wood polish: Holy moly, I am in love with this wood polish. It smells absolutely heavenly and it works fantastic. In a glass bottle combine equal parts olive oil and white vinegar. Then add 5-10 drops of arborvitae, wild orange, tangerine and lemon. Shake that bad boy up and spray your toots off.

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Linen spray or air freshener: This is a fantastic way to finish off your day of cleaning. I especially like to spray this when I change the beds. It just feels like it seals the deal. In a glass bottle you are going to mix 1 cup of water, 3 tbs of rubbing alcohol and 30-40 drops of lavender, geranium or any other essential oils that just puts your soul at ease.

***If y’all don’t want to make this but still want it apart of your life, mosey on over here and y’all can purchase it!

Alright y’all, I hope you found some sort of inspiration from this post. Essential oils can be utilized in every part of your life. This post was just how to use them around the house, I haven’t even tapped into how you can use them to reach optimal health. I know, I know, I’ll get a post out on it soon.

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Happy essential oiling y’all!

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Magic Cleaner? I Think So Yo!

Homemade All-Natural Cleaner Recipe

Holy moly am I excited to share this homemade natural cleaner with you. So, one day I came home and my husband was like, “oh, I made a new cleaner.” I thought, cool! But then I actually tried this bad boy and was….

Blown away.

Not only did it clean the toughest grease stains off our stove, it also reminded me what a beautiful color white my kitchen floor tile was suppose to be. Yikes! Even my toilets sparkled after I was finished with them. And the smell……

wonderful.

If you are anything like us, then vinegar is your go to for everything. Which just absolutely feels great because you know you are keeping your family safe from harmful chemicals. But there is always the smell that many cannot handle, so they choose the harmful stuff instead. But please don’t.

I’ve got a solution yo!

Best damn cleaner recipe:

32 oz spray bottle

1/4 cup dish soap of choice

6 tablespoons vinegar

3 tablespoons borax

3 cups hot water

Whatcha y’all wanna do is:

Heat up your water on the stove just to a low simmer.

Fill spray bottle with water, vinegar and borax. Do not add the soap just yet.

Give that bottle a shake. Shake it like you mean it yo.

Now, go ahead and add the soap and give it a little swirl.

Boom son, you just made yourself the best damn all natural cleaner there is.

Ok, now, I am going to be super vulnerable here and share some before and after pictures. Don’t judge, homie, don’t judge.

Before homemade natural cleaner

After Canning food, my stove top usually turns brown from the pressure canner. On top of super tough grease stains, my stove top was a nightmare.

After homemade natural cleaning recipe!

I mean, HEEEELLLLOOOOO!! Yes please! And seriously, not a lot of elbow grease went into getting the stains up either. IMG_7496

I just about died when I spilt a little of the cleaner on my already mopped floor and as I bent down and wipe it up I noticed a color difference.

WHHHHAAAAT?!?

My ADD peaked and before I knew it, I was on my hands and knees cleaning each individual tile. I mean, how could I not at this point. The best part of this cleaner is that, while I love vinegar, it doesn’t smell like vinegar. It smells clean. Like sparkly clean. You can always add some beautiful essential oils to make it smell even more beautiful but it really doesn’t even need it.

Give it a try homie. Let me know what you think. Are you embarrassed by your stove? Bathroom floors? Kitchen sink? Spray this bad boy on it and let me know how it works.

Happy cleaning y’all!

Looking for more natural cleaning recipes? Check out my All-Natural Lemon Vinegar Cleaner Recipe!

Learn more about Using Essential Oils Around The House

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Good Egg? Bad Egg?

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Alright y’all, let’s talk eggs for a second. When you have a fortunate supply of eggs sitting on your counter from your own chickens, they can get a little questionable at times. I mean, everyday you gather and everyday they pile. When it comes time to washing them and storing them in the fridge, you want to make sure those bad boys are safe to eat.

Right? Right!

So, let’s talk about one sure way to put your eggs to the “are you safe to eat” test.

To float or not to float, that is the question.

Here is what you do:

Fill a nice size bowl with cold water.

After washing your eggs, place egg in the bowl of water.

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If it floats…..IT IS BAD.

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If it sinks…..IT IS GOOD.

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If one end rises while the other end is touching the bottom of the bowl……HOMIE IS ON IT’S WAY OUT. Y’ALL BETTER EAT IT QUICK.

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Why does a bad egg float?

Eggs are porous. They are covered naturally by the chicken with a protectant layer called the bloom. Over time, as the egg sits, the bloom will begin to disintegrate and air will start to travel through the shell and will get trapped inside. This will cause the egg to float.

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That is it y’all. I wish I had something a little more philosophical for you. I know we are all looking for the answer to life, but tonight all I got for you is whether that egg you got sittin’ on your counter is good or bad.

Happy egging!

 

 

 

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What Does This All Mean?

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I am in a pondering mood, mostly about the day I had.

Wanna hear about it?

I’m gonna tell you anyway.

I woke up 4:15a. I had an incredibly deep yoga and meditation practice. I was connected with my breath, I allowed myself to float into this place of existence, a place of complete euphoria. I gave my thanks to all the energy that surrounds me. And I started my day.

Then I got to work.

I dropped EVERY. SINGLE. THING I touched.

I spilt a pitcher of hot milk all over the counter.

I sprayed whip cream in my face and hair.

I smashed my finger in the fridge.

Everything I touched needed to be REFILLED.

If I managed to catch one thing that was falling, I ended up kicking something else over.

I took so many deep breaths. I even thought to myself, “don’t let this energy control you.” But after about 2 hours of this non stop energy, I had to remove myself from the whole situation. I thought over and over, “why, I mean I had such a connected practice. Why is this my energy? Why can’t I shake this thing off?”

All day, it stuck with me. 

It wasn’t until I sat down after my house was quite that I realized, the more I connect with the philosophy of yoga and meditation, the more I am challenged in other areas of my life.

My practice every morning consists of learning how to connect my breath with the movement of my body. To allow my breath to remove the feeling of an obstacle. To be able to remove negativity out of my space.

Today I was challenged.

I was challenged to bring my practice to reality. I was challenged to connect my breath with the movement of my body. I was challenged to remove the feeling of obstacles. I was challenged to remove the negative energy that surrounded me.

Did I fail?

No. I may have let that energy consume me in the moment. But at the end of it all. I realized its meaning. I realized, I wasn’t suppose to shake it off. I was suppose to breath through it and bring my practice to reality. The ultimate place to be within your practice is to be in a place of acceptance. We are so conditioned from the time we are young that it takes challenges like these to help strip all that away. We need to let that conditioning go. Only then will we allow that beautiful lotus flower of energy flow through us.

My husband and I live two different lives. We go to work in these intense environments where, what seems like the impossible, is expected. We do this 40 hours a week. We have intense conversations. We demand. We tend to have high energy all day long.

Then we come home and this peace surrounds us. The peace of our homestead. The peace of our practice. The peace of our family. Sometimes it feels like an extremely difficult balance to keep. But that is why I am on this deep journey of yoga. To learn how to keep a peace in my soul no matter what I am doing or where I am.

Difficult? Yes.

Worth the struggle to get there? Absolutely.

Happy…..realizing!!

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Strawberry Jam Yo!

DesignIt was 93 degrees today with a humidity of 84%, sounds like a perfect day to stand barefoot in the kitchen over a hot stove and make some jam.

Don’t you think?

I mean, when really is a good time to can. No matter what, you are going to be dripping sweat so, I say F it…..

Can it up yo!

I love canning food. It is just so empowering to take a delicious piece of food, homegrown or from the farmers market and preserve it at its finest. But canning to many can be super intimidating. When really, it’s not. Today we will can up some delicious strawberry jam. Now, back in the day rule of thumb was a cup of white sugar to a cup of fruit. That just seems a little intense. When you have a pure piece of fruit that is organically grown with love and picked at its prime, there really shouldn’t be any reason to cover up it’s natural sweetness with processed white sugar. This recipe we will be using honey and the ratio will be more fruit than sweetener.

Jams, jellies and other high acidic fruits require the water bath method. Water bath method is using boiling water to process your jars. Usually you can find a water bath canner at walmart, target or even the grocery store. Or you can just click here and bam get one delivered right to your door.

Usually I skip out on added pectin when making jam in the past, which pectin is just a natural starch found in fruits and vegetables. This helps naturally thicken up jams and jellies. I did use it in this recipe and was pleased with the results.

Ready for the recipe…..

What you’ll need:

8 cups of strawberries

1 cup of honey

6 tablespoons of pectin

Juice of half a lemon

Whatcha wanna do is…..

Start up your water bath canner first thing. It’s a ton of water and takes some time to get boiling. Next, place a small plate in the freezer, trust me.

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Then wash and de-stem your strawberries. Now, you can either throw whole strawberries in a sauce pan and use a masher to mash them up or you can puree your strawberries. Either way bring those bad boys to boil.

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Add in your honey, pectin and lemon juice. Bring to a boil that can not be stirred down.

***Let’s take a second to talk about “scum.” Scum is simply air bubbles that rise up from the fruit during the heating process. It is a white foam that sits on the top of your jam while cooking. If you do not remove the scum, your jam will be discolored and processing may be compromised. You do not want air trapped in your jars. You can easily remove the scum as it rises to the top with a spoon.

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Next, remove the scum. See now aren’t you glad I explained what scum is first, now you’re not scratching your head wondering what the in the hell is scum?

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At this point, the water bath should be boiling. Go ahead and put all your jars, rings and seals in the water. Allow to boil for 10 minutes. This will sanitize and keep everything safe for canning.

Now, take that plate out of the freezer, I told you to trust me, and put a small spoonful of jam on it and place back in freezer for 3 minutes. This is an old trick to see if your jam is ready to can. When you run your finger threw it, it gels up a bit, that is when it’s ready to rock.

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Now take those hot jars out carefully, along with the rings and seals. Place a funnel over the jar and fill those bad boys up with jam, leaving a quarter inch of headspace. Gently wipe the rim of the jar, this prevents any residue from not allowing the jars to seal properly. Place seal and ring on and tighten only finger tight. ***Do not over tighten.

Allow filled jar to wait in canner by lifting your rack.

***Ball blue book suggests you do one jar at a time and allow filled jars to wait in hot water until jars are ready to be processed. By doing this all jars stay hot and at appropriate temperature.

Now gently drop your rack down, put lid on and process your jars for 10 minutes.

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Place jars on a towel and do not touch for 24 hours. This allows the jars to properly seal. Hopefully you get to hear the sweet sound of a delicate BING throughout the day. That sound my friends tells you all that sweating you did in the kitchen was worth it.

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***If your jars have white residue from hard water after processing, spray a paper towel with vinegar and wipe jars down.

Boom son, you just canned yourself some sweet delicious strawberry jam.

Happy canning!

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All Natural Cleaner? Yes Please!

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Alright y’all, it’s time to dump just one of your “favorite” chemical cleaners and give this bad boy a try. This whole living a clean non-toxic life, can get super overwhelming. We have learned that you have to take it slow. Just add one thing here and there to contribute to the clean and all natural life you are after. This little gem here is going to replace that disinfectant spray you use to clean your kitchen counter tops, bathroom sink, toilets, even your mirrors and windows.

Here is what you do.

Get yourself a glass jar with a lid and fill it with lemon rinds. We put lemon in our water everyday so instead of dumping the lemon down the drain, I just throw it in the glass jar I have sitting by the sink. Now add white vinegar to the top. Scratch that, add vinegar as you go. If you add it to the top when you have one little baby rind in the jar, you are not going to be able to put anymore lemons in without it spilling out. Now, allow this to sit on a sunny window for about 1-2 weeks. Allow the sun to warm up those lemons, so that they release their beautiful benefits into the vinegar.

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Once it is done steeping. Strain out the lemons into a bowl. You may get some pulp left over in the liquid. That’s cool, just use a jelly bag strainer or cheese cloth to strain out the pulp.

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Pour this liquid gold back into the jar and BAM you’ve got yourself a powerful disinfectant spray.

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Now, add to a glass spray bottle and spray away my friend. You can use straight or you can cut it with water, 1:1 ratio. Vinegar is a very strong smell and can get a little overwhelming when you first start using it as a cleaner. But the lemon adds a beautiful clean fresh smell.

That is it yo! Take baby steps. Don’t get overwhelmed. You cannot change your whole life over night. Pick one thing at a time and find a way to replace it with a non-toxic solution. Get comfortable with that solution, make it apart of your daily life. Then move on to the next. This is journey is not a quick one, it takes time, patience and a ton of trial and error.

Share your thoughts.

Happy safe cleaning!

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Let The Vision Go Homie

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The vision.

Somehow along our journey in life, we create these visions in our head. You know those visions that tell you everything in your life has to look, feel and be a very specific way. These visions some how determine the actions we take, the energy we carry and the outlook on life we have. Sometimes we go to the extreme of losing everything around us because we have to carry out this vision. We become blind to what surrounds us because if it does not fit into the vision then it doesn’t exist. But what we don’t realize because we get so caught up is that the vision……..

Does not exist.

It is not reality. And the more you exert energy trying to figure out how to keep the plan in place and carry out the vision, the more you lose the connection with the present moment. Life is meant to be lived. It is meant for you to be connected with the present moment in time. Not dwelling on what happened in a conversation yesterday. Or what you plan on doing tomorrow. Life is this very moment in time. As you sit here and read this post. Nothing else in the world matters because it is either dead and gone, or it hasn’t happened yet.

We tend to live for the future instead of this very moment. How many things do you think you actually miss out on, living in that kind of world? The moment you stop and feel the energy that surrounds you. The moment you open your eyes and allow yourself to be in the present moment. That is when you begin to live your reality. You begin to see the beauty in the smallest things. You begin connecting your breath with life.

Stop.

Stop creating these visions. Stop analyzing every moment. Stop creating conversations in your head. Stop trying to create these perfect moments. Stop creating your own anxiety because your plan is not playing out the way you, well, planned.

Plans change.

It is ok if the playroom doesn’t come out looking like a Pinterest worthy image. It is ok that the nursery has old mix matched furniture and doesn’t look like a Joanna Gains design. It is ok if you forgot to make chocolate milk when you watched your christmas eve movie. It is ok if you celebrated your 30 birthday at home with some ice cream and your family. It is ok if your homestead isn’t acres of open land with perfectly placed barns.

The important thing is that you play with your children and actually hear their beautiful little laughs. The important thing is that your baby is healthy. The important thing is that you soak in the excitement and love from your family the night before christmas. The important thing is you made it to 30 happy, healthy and celebrated with those who love you. The important thing is that you connect yourself with your home.

Live in the present moment. Allow yourself to feel the light, love and energy that surrounds you this very moment. Stop the noise in your head. Stop the vision that paralysis you. Stop complaining about life. Your house is always going to be messy when you have kids. A bill is always going to come your way. You may always have to wake up early to go to work. Not everything in life has to be a complaint. You are never put out. You have the power to say no. You have the power to stop feeling like the victim in your own vision. You have the power to stop the chaos and anxiety that comes with your vision not going according to plan.

We are given this one life. This one chance to do incredible things. This one opportunity to seize every moment and connect with what is around us. This one chance to change someones life in a positive way. Let the vision in your head go and just live peacefully. Live in the moment. Live with intention. 

Happy ditching the vision.

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I Forgot To Exhale Y’all…….

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I’m sorry I ditch you for a while. But I had to take a moment and reflect just what in the world I was doing with my life.

And my conclusion…..

I forgot to exhale.

You know when you get really excited about something and you’re all tense and holding your breath because you just can’t wait for it to happen? Well, I was in that state of being for the last 2-3 months. And let me tell you……

It sucked.

We are always trying to figure out a way to quit our jobs and live off of our homestead. I mean, there are soooo many people that do it and are incredibly successful.

Why can’t we?!

So I pushed myself to try and make something happen. I committed to posting three times a week. I committed to posting on social media 1-2 times a day. I committed to reaching a rank within my doTERRA business by a certain month. All the while working a full time job then coming home to be a mom and wife.

I did a half ass job y’all.

And the crappy part, is that I was doing a half ass job with the most important part of my life…..being a mom and a wife.

I realized that I wasn’t living. I wasn’t experiencing what was around me. I was pushing through everything to make sure I “got it all.” When something was about to happen or I was about to complete a project I was so focused on trying to document everything that I was blindly living. I was snapping at my husband. I was getting frustrated with my kids.

For what?!

I had to exhale y’all. So that meant, I had to ditch you for a little bit. And I’m sorry. But finding a balance of what is important in life is extremely vital.

It’s hard to allow yourself to live in the moment. We tend to live in the past, which is dead and gone or the future, which hasn’t even happened yet. But I want to live in this exact moment and feel the energy that surrounds me. I want to be present when I’m clearing out all the old leaves and debris from our  passion fruit archway. I want to hear the bonsai plant tell me what it needs to be happy and healthy. I want to hear my orchids sing with happiness after I feed them and clear the dead off of them. I want to get down on one knee and have the patience to hear what my 2 year old has to say about Spider-Man and the hulk. I want to be present when my daughter asked to cuddle on the couch. And I want to stop snapping at my husband when he asks me where the remote is. I want to feel the energy coming from the earth and into my soul when I do my yoga practice.

Yoga has always been my go to.

But….

I even lost the meaning yoga. Ugh, this has taken a huge toll on my sanity. But as I harbored this mindset, I just felt frustrated and questioned why I was doing yoga. It was like I just got up every morning at 4a to just “get it done.” And that is not the meaning of yoga for me. So I even ditched that. I had to find its meaning again. I had to ask myself why I was doing it.

I had to reconnect.

I had to find the flow of life again.

So, I had to exhale and let everything go for a moment.

Does it hurt to do that when so much energy has gone into it all….of course.

Is it worth it…

Absolutely.

There are so many successful bloggers and YouTubers that make you feel like you’re slacking on your journey but what I realized is that we are just on different sections of the journey. And nothing should be compared. Being content in life is way more important.

And right now, I am content.

Happy exhaling!

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Damn Delicious Spaghetti Sauce

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Alright y’all, I feel as though it is time that I share our spaghetti sauce recipe. I get it, there are thousands of recipes out there, so why should you try this one? Because it is mutha f-ing delicious that’s why. This recipe has been handed down from my mother-in-law, thanks Gail! And now I hand it down to you.

Enough with the bull s*** let’s do this thang already

***Yo, use as many organic ingredients as possible, I feel like at this point I shouldn’t have to say it but I am…….so do it!

Ingredients:

3 cans tomato sauce

3 cans of stewed tomatoes

1 lb ground beef or turkey (we use turkey)

4-5  sweet Italian sausage links

1 Mayan sweet onion sliced or chopped

3-4 garlic cloves

Optional: mushrooms and bell peppers

2-3 teaspoons of each of these seasonings

thyme

marjoram

oregano

basil

italian seasoning

salt to taste

Directions:

*** This sauce is best cooked in a slow cooker ALL. DAY. LONG. But if you are running low on time and have a handy dandy pressure cooker, which side note I believe everyone should have one of these because they are freaking amazing, you can use this as well and it comes out beautifully.

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  • In a crock pot put your three cans of tomato sauce and three cans of stewed tomatoes. Add sliced or chopped onion, all dry seasonings and garlic. Start cooking the sauce while you prepare the rest.
  • In a pan cook your ground turkey or beef until fully cooked. Once cooked add to crock pot.
  • Remove sausage from casing and roll into small meatballs. Cook in a pan. Once fully cooked add those little balls of deliciousness to the crock pot.
  • Now just cook on low for as long as possible. Stir occasionally.

***You want your onions to be soft and supple.

Yes, I just used the word supple.

Cook yourself up some noodles and BAM you got yourself a damn delicious bowl of spaghetti sauce.

If you’re like us, you’ll end up eating the whole pot throughout the week. BUT let’s say you have more self control and want to save this bad ass sauce for future dinners. If you have a food saver you can seal up this sauce and stick it in the freezer. If you don’t have a food savor, get yourself a freaking food savor, stop reading this post click here. This thing along with the pressure cooker have been two things we have not regretted.

***If you plan on using your food saver and intend to freeze it, here are a few tips.

  • Portion out servings. Because let’s say your having a lazy Sunday and no one is really in the mood for anything and everyone fends for themselves. And let’s just say you are craving spaghetti, well you can just mosey on over to the freezer pull out a serving and make yourself a bowl without wasting a bunch of sauce.
  • Put the date on it yo!
  • Freeze your sauce as close to the date you made it as possible. I suck at doing this to be honest but it is so important. Portion out a couple of dinners worth and then freeze the rest.

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To have homemade spaghetti sauce on hand in times of need has been so incredible. So again get yourself a food saver homie and stock that freezer up!

Happy spaghetti sauce making!

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Deep Litter Method for Chicken Coop

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So you went ahead on got your some some fancy little ladies did ya?! There has been nothing better, in our homesteading journey, than our sweet little ladies. They provide us with food for our family and in return we provide them love and a wonderful life.

See y’all, the circle must go round and round or we lose the entire meaning of this whole thing. 

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When deciding to get yourself some chickens, there is so much valuable information out there to learn from. We did a crap ton of research from what to feed them, to how to keep them quite, to how to take care of their coop.

I’d like to share the method we chose to go with. A method that has worked beautifully for almost about a year now. And that is…..

The deep litter method.

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This method keeps it super simple. And super low maintenance. Because if y’all are anything like us, we have to keep things easy and to the point. Working 40 hours a week doesn’t leave us enough time to clean out a coop once a week. And really who the hell wants to clean out a coop once a week.

This method requires  crap ton of straw and………

That’s it.

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You spread a bunch of straw in your coop and just keep layering it on when you see it getting low and starting to smell like ammonia.

What is the benefit of this method?

Low maintenance, most importantly. But it is a proven way to help build your soil and helps to create beautifully rich compost. You see, your chickens will poop. A LOT. And your chickens will love to scratch through the straw and find little surprises to eat. These two things, poop and scratching, go hand in hand. The poop is what is going to give your compost nitrogen and the straw is your carbon. By your chickens scratching, they are essentially turning your “compost” for you.

Wait, isn’t that the two main ingredients to build compost? Yup! And my chickens are doing all the work for me? Yup! So I don’t have to go out and turn my compost as often as  I am? Nope!

Mind blown!

I know, right! Now about once a year you actually clear out all the straw and compost and either allow it to continue to break down in a pile or trash can or use it in your garden.

Homesteading is a laborious life style. An extremely fulfilling life style but laborious none the less. Finding ways to keep things as simple as possible and as low maintenance as possible is the key that we have found to be successful. Maybe you have time to clean out your coop once a week, why you would want to, is beyond me. But when you have a method that works and provides for you AND your chickens, I say that is two thumbs up yo!

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Happy deep little methoding!

 

 

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From The Tree of Life

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Mother nature is an incredible mother. She heals with love, she sends energy out to guide you, she even gives you all you need in order to thrive in this life. This one life we get to live.

But we get distracted.

We forget that she is here for us. We forget that we are her top priority and our health and well being is the main goal in this whole damn thing. So let’s stop for a freaking second here people and take a deep breath. Do it with me now….

Inhale…………..

Now exhale…….Ahhhhhhh

See, now don’t you feel just a tad bit more centered. Now that you are in the right mindset, let’s talk about the essential oil called Arborvitae. It comes from the tree of life. I mean hello!!! The tree of life, why wouldn’t you want this oil to be apart of your daily routine. And meditation.

Arborvitae is a powerful cleansing and purifying oil. When used for meditation it has been said that is rejuvenates your soul and spirit and cleanses the bad energy away. And let me tell you, you feel that the moment you apply it. It has this woody, warm earthy  aroma that just brings peace to your soul and connects you to earth.

This specific Arborvitae oil is harvested from the Thuja plicata tree that is native to North America. While it comes from a tree, the sourcing method used for this oil is still respectful to mother nature. It is distilled from residual wood materials to ensure that no tree is unnecessarily harvested for production.

It has specific chemical compounds that make it a wonderful insect repellant. As well as, an incredible preserving agent for wood.

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How the heck do you use this amazing oil?

  • Add a few drops to wrist, ankles and behind the neck for a fantastic insect repellant.
  • Use during meditation to bring peace to your soul.
  • Make a wood polish. (Surprise, recipe will be included below. Can I get a heck yes!)
  • Add to diffuser for overall calming relief, and to keep insects away.
  • Apply to bottoms of feet and/or spine with a carrier oil to help with bacterial support.
  • Apply to chest with carrier oil to provide possible respiratory issues relief
  • Diffuse or apply to temples and back of neck for grounding effect.
  • Add 10-20 drops in glass spray bottle with water to use as a protecting solution on surface areas or hands.

Are you super excited yet about this beautiful oil?

I know I am, in fact, I have some on as I share this with you!

If you are wondering where in the world do you buy this oil, well it just so happens I have a fancy little link. If you have more in-depth questions about buying the oil or about the oil itself please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to share more!

And now as promised here is your all natural wood polish:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of olive oil

1/4 cup of vinegar

10 drops Arborvitae (pairs wonderfully with lemon and/or wild orange)

Directions:

  • Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle.
  • Add your 10 drops of Arborvitae essential oil.
  • Shake your booty while holding the spray bottle!
  • Apply to microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfacing clean.

Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as needed.

Damn, now how easy was that, and you have a fantastic all natural wood polisher that is not only safe to breathe in but will calm your ass while you’re cleaning.

Score and  score!

Happy Tree of Life People!

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No Sugar Added Please!

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Normally when giving a recipe, I never give a story. I just want to give you quick and to the point, I mean you are here for a recipe and damn it I want to give it to you.

BUT….. I feel like maybe if this back story can shed some light on someone, it’s worth sharing, so hang in there.

I promise you’ll get something delicious at the end.

For a hot minute I did the Keto diet. My whole goal was to cut out sugar. See I am on this ever lasting quest to find a natural solution or at least a relief from ADD. My brain works in an unusual way sometimes. In ways I can’t explain and lately I’ve just been over it. Over this past year I have been more open about my ADD and as I discuss it with others, mostly other woman, I find that we all think and do almost the same things.

So is it ADD? Or is it the way woman think? Or is it the way we all think?

These questions go through my head all the time. I sometimes get so frustrated because I wish I could just be a little sharper, not forget things, be able to respond fast enough, be able to make a decision, not procrastinate, not forget about an appointment or what happened in a conversation two minutes ago. But then, the person right next to me who I tell all this to, feels the same way.

So now my question is, why are most of us feeling this way?

Possible answer, our food.

Our food is so packed with processed ingredients, sugar, GMO’s, antibiotics, pesticides, and chemicals……the list can go on.

How can we think clearly?

Rule of health is you eat 80% whole foods, 20% processed foods. Which seems like a high percentage of processed foods to me but in reality it is small. With sugar being the last thing you should stick in your body, especially processed sugar.

I had a little aha moment in my quest to finding a natural solution to ADD. One day I was just reflecting on conversations I had that day with woman I work along side with. All beautifully made, strong, smart, incredible souled woman. Some who are mamas some who are not. And in every comment made about behaviors, thoughts, feelings… almost all of us were like, oh yea been there felt that. Then for some reason, I realized all of us who were in the conversation, are a bunch of sweet eating junkies.

So, of course I went home and I researched ADD and craving sugar. Sure, muther f-ing, enough they go hand in hand. The way an ADD brain works is, if it is not stimulated then we lose interest. There almost has to be a reward of something at the end for it to hold our attention. Well what sugar does, is it stimulates the dopamine in our brain, which acts as a neurotransmitter sending signals to nerve cells that control reward and pleasures. This is what stimulates the brain. Which people with ADD need to feel in order to be content. So when one is not stimulated, often times something sweet is usually a mission of theirs to find. The body is needing and looking for that “high.”

Well, I am attempting to not feed that need and I am trying to clear the fog that consumes me. So, I attempted a Keto diet, no sugar, no carbs, high fat foods. I found it was not for me. But what I did find was that I wanted to continue to cut out sugar and keep my carbs as low as possible.

 

ADD is not fun. Feeling like you are constantly trying to hold your head above water, gets tiring. Creating chaos without realizing it, gets annoying. Doing stuff half ass because halfway through your head goes, “meh, I am over this!” SUCKS!!!

The more I research, the more I am aware. The more I can fight that part of my brain and be like, “Listen bitch, we are seeing this through. whether you like it or not!”

I will not stop until I find relief. I am a firm believer that our bodies are made to run like machines. And when given the proper fuel, food, it will run like a machine effortlessly. In my gut I feel like most ailments can be reversed through food. Through healing the gut. I will not let this “chemical Imbalance” define who I am. We are not meant to have imbalances. The symptoms we feel are signals that we must listen to and from there we must do the leg work and find the solution.

A natural solution.

BUT……..I am still fighting my sweet cravings.

It’s like crack, man! It really is. Annnndddd……

Since you actually made it to the end, here is your delicious sugar free sweet fix substitute.

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Recipe from keto cookbook Fat Fast

Ingredients:

85%-100% pure dark chocolate powder

8 Tbs of butter (real butter, grass fed organic butter)

3 Tbs coconut oil

4 Tbs natural peanut butter

1 Tbs heavy whipping cream

Sugar substitute equal to 6 teaspoons (I used 4 Stevia, a little less than the recipe called for but tasted great to me)

1/2 macadamia nuts

Directions:

  1. Melt together butter and chocolate.
  2. Add all other ingredients except for macadamia nuts. Mix together until smooth.
  3. Add in your macadamia nuts and pour into mini baking cups.
  4. Freeze until solid.

That’s it yo!

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Fresh out of the freezer, don’t mind the cold spots.

Enjoy frozen or allow to soften.

Now, these bad boys are not going to be your typical peanut butter cups but when you’ve got a sweet tooth and you’re trying to kick sugar. These lil’ F-ers do the trick.

Happy Questing and Chocolate Making!

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The Real Flu Shot

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Mother nature gave us these amazing resources to stay healthy. But some how along the way we got side tracked by shiny things. There is a reason why food has so much power. It is made to heal our bodies. Food is what we are meant to metabolize. We are so quick to pop a pill to help head tension or the feeling of a flu or cold coming on. But really, we need to put food, whole food, in our body to give it what it needs to heal itself. Let’s back away from the pills, cold medicines, cough syrups, and nyquil and trust that mother nature gave us all we need to fight off any harmful bugs that enter our body. Ready to fight this flu naturally?

Let’s do this.

This is our version of the flu shot. It actually has multiple parts to it so keep on a reading. It has some power behind it that will knock out what ever is a brewing inside you within a couple days. If caught early, you can even knock it out before it settles in.

Let’s talk a little it about why these ingredients are so important to help your body fight a cold, flu or infection.

Lemon: Is known for its antibacterial properties. It can help protect against throat infections. It can provide relief from fever by increasing perspiration. It can relieve congestion. Lemon is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6, riboflavin, folate, zinc and iron, to name a few.

Ginger: Is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It can help lower chances of bacterial infection. The spice of ginger will help relieve congestion. It also helps provide a healthy digestion.

Garlic: Is mother natures antibiotic. It provides the body with the strength to fight against infections. It helps increase a healthy immune function. Garlic is a powerful microbial and anti-inflammatory.

Cayenne: Is a high antioxidant that helps provide support for the immune system. It will also help loosen mucus within the nasal cavity and chest.

Honey: Is a well known antibacterial and antimicrobial. It provides the body with soothing relief of sore throats, coughs and congestion.

*** It is best to use all organic ingredients. When choosing a honey, choose one that is raw and unfiltered. This means that it is in it’s purest form, with more health benefits.

Directions:

  • In a glass you are going to add half a juiced lemon, 1 TBS honey, 1-2 cloves minced garlic, 1-2 TBS grated ginger, a dash or two, depending on how brave you are, of cayenne. Add about 4 oz of water.

Now chug like a gansta.

***Do this about 2-3 times a day when you feel something coming on. If it has already hit, still do it yo! It will decrease the duration of the cold or flu.

Everyone has their variations, it is best to try all and find your groove. You can also add apple cider vinegar to this to kick it up one more notch. Apple cider vinegar has incredible properties to it, that will give your body the strength to fight off anything.

Second part to our flu shot….

We also like to take 2-4 doses of oil of oregano or oregano essential oil, when we feel something coming on. I will put a drop of oregano essential oil in a veggie capsule and take it 2-4 times a day. If I am doing oil of oregano, I will do about 8 drops under the tongue 2-4 times a day.

What is the difference? 

Oil of oregano is dried or fresh herb steeped in a high quality oil such as olive oil that is cold pressed and organic.

Oregano essential oil is oil derived from the plant through distillation.

*** Remember if taking an essential oil internally, please do your homework and find a high quality oil from a company that can provide you with certainty that it is in fact pure essential oil. Please contact me if you would like to hear more about essential oils.

Third part to our flu shot…

Elderberry Syrup! This berry has incredible properties to it that helps keep your body happy and healthy. If you haven’t heard of elderberry check out this post.  and if you want to make it check to this post. On the onset of a cold or flu we take this 4 times a day. If something is going around and we don’t want to get it, we start taking this 2 times a day for an added immune boost.

Lastly…

Black Seed Oil. This is the mother load here. If you haven’t heard of black seed oil check out this post and get yourself some black seed oil. We will take this 2-3 times a day when we feel a cold coming on. We take this daily but increase it by one or two when cold and flu season is around.

That’s it yo!

Our version of the flu shot. It may sound like a crap ton, but I swear by it. My house hold got hit with a nasty flu where the kids had fevers for about 4 days. Then five says later they came down with the stomach flu. I managed to escape both illnesses magically. And I owe it to this regimen above. Screw going to CVS and getting a flu shot filled with who knows what. Use what mother nature gave us, use food to help heal your body.

Happy Healing!

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Organic Homemade Pup Shampoo & Rinse

Easy Organic Homemade Dog Shampoo

Organic Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe

So this is our pup. She is our devil pup. It’s been about a year since she’s joined our family and since I am doing a post on dog shampoo I figure why not introduce her. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Kaya. No we didn’t name her Kaya for that reason, But after we figured out what it meant we didn’t change it either so….. She is the sweetest pup in the world, she is very well trained she loves us so very much, BUT she’s the devil. I know, you’re thinking wait, how can that be her face is so sweet looking?

Well…….

She has torn up almost every single drip line throughout the back yard. She has eaten probably about five feet worth of our watering hose. She has straight up stolen the kitchen rug within seconds of me opening up the kitchen door. She will take that hat off of the boy’s head and bolt the other way. She will knock down the girl, then nip at her shirt as she’s sitting there screaming. Every morning when I go out to feed the chickens, she runs full speed ahead and slams her body against the chickens coop, which then sends them into a flying flurry, usually resulting in a wing slapping me in the face. She will nip at the foot that is in mid air while walking, you know the one that is suppose to catch your ass as it comes down. When she steals something she doesn’t necessarily run, she walks back and forth and stays just out of reach. She has chased me with a dead rat, pinning me in the corner of the chicken coop. So there was me, yelling at 5:50am on a Tuesday, “DON’T YOU FUC***NG DARE, YOU A$$$HOLE!!!!”

She’s our devil pup.

She is a beautiful Red Fox Labrador. She is super smart and just wants to love. She has enough energy for 50 elephant. She protects the kids while they play, once she calms the F down. She doesn’t run out the gate when it opens. She listens at the snap of a finger. She doesn’t come running in the house any chance she gets. When you stand up she backs down. She’s an incredible pup.

BUT she’s still a devil pup!

Well let’s get on with the reason why you are here. Since the seasons have changed, so has homegirls fur. We thought something was wrong with her so we took her in and the Vet was like umm, this is her undercoat. $48 bucks later to tell me it was her mutha f-ing undercoat, I am making my own damn shampoo.

And you know what! It worked beautifully.

 

Dog Shampoo Ingredients:

Dr. Bronners Lavender Castile Soap

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Filtered water

2) 16 oz Bottles or containers

Apple Cider Vinegar

Using Essential Oils For Dogs

Directions:

  • Fill your bottle half way with Castile soap.
  • Add 6-8 drops of Melaleuca
  • Add 6-8 drops of Lavender
  • Fill the rest up with filtered water.
  • In another container fill a quarter of the way with apple cider vinegar and the rest with filtered water.
Homemade dog shampoo to make your dogs hair soft and smooth
Look how smooth homegirl looks!

Boom son. You just made your pup some organic dog shampoo and rinse that didn’t cost you an arm and a leg. It lathers up very nicely. It smells heavenly and it actually has medicinal properties to it.

After lathering, rinse your pup really well with water. Then use the apple cider vinegar rinse like a conditioner. Let it sit for a minute or two and then rinse well with water.

The Castile soap has a ton of good oils in it like coconut oil, jojoba oil, hemp oil, which all will help moisturize your pups skins and coat.

Lavender soothes occasional skin irritations. And is known for its calming and relaxation properties. (Hmm, now that I think of it, I actually should’ve increase the amount of lavender I put in this!!)

Melaleuca is known for its purifying properties. It cleanses the skin and helps promote a healthy immune system. It is also great for occasional skin irritations.

Apple cider vinegar rinse will restore the ph balance in your pups coat and skin. And not to mention make his or her coat really soft.

So not only will your pup smell incredible, all the oils in this shampoo will help keep healthy beautiful skin and coat.

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I also used the Furminator on her coat as well. The Furminator is an intense brush that is SOOOOOOOO worth the money. It will get the thickest undercoat out with no problem. And it will last forever.

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Can you see her smiling!

Happy shampooing!

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Our Front Yard Sprucing!

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Well it is time to start sprucing up the front yard. It has been about 5 years now and all our energy has gone to making a food forest in the back yard for our family to enjoy. But now everything is established and pretty much taking care of itself.

So on to the front!

When we first moved in to our home, we made a small little planter in front of the house and to be honest, we were quite proud of ourselves. I mean, it did make a difference in our eyes and that is all that matters, right?! But as we sat and thought about what we wanted for the front yard, we realized we barely made a dent.

We knew what we wanted, but had no idea how to get there. We knew that we were about to embark on a whole new project with fun new challenges but again, didn’t know how to exactly get there.

What we did know was…..

We wanted to create not a food forest like the back yard but a medicinal herb forest for the front.

We went to visit Diane’s herbs in Fallbrook ca, to get all of our herbs and plants and to gain a little inspiration because holy moly is she an incredible lady. I mean, when she talks you just get sucked into her. She is this amazing wealth of knowledge that you just want to absorb like none other. The first time we went we ended up staying two hours just talking with her and picking her brain. She showed us her little “shed” filled with dried herbs hanging from the ceiling, jars and jars of beautiful dried herbs, salves,  and honey sticks. I was in absolute heaven.

For this project she helped us lay out where all theses incredible plants need to live in order to be happy. She just knew exactly where to place every. single. one.

And let me tell ya, these plants are HAPPY!

We now have this beautiful medicinal herb forest filled with varieties of medicinal herbs that will continue to nurture our family, as well as, those around us. These herbs were placed on this earth for a purpose and by golly, we will use them as intended.

A little bit about the process we took to plant these beauties.

As you can see in some of the pictures we had this incredibly big bush as you walked up to our front door. We just got kind of tired of looking at it, so away it went. Not easily, let me tell ya, but it went alright! Then we and by we I mean, solely my husband, dug out the beautiful, thick, healthy grass that was just seeded And we created the new shape of the planter.

Then we, again just husband, laid compost over the whole area. Then we got to planting. The fun part!

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The mixture we used for the planting soil was perlite, sand, and a soil mixture. We mixed that up and placed in the hole where plants were going to go. BUT we also added…IMG_6418This to our mixture as well. Bone meal, garden tone, greensand and ground up egg shells, We used just a small amount of each of the plant foods and a palm size of egg shells in each hole before planting.

 

 

Then we planted all our new friends.

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In Progress!

 

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I mean how can your heart not just fall in love with all these colors. We cannot wait until they all grow in and bloom. Oh did you want to see more, here you go.

 

 

Oh wait and here is more…

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We, (husband), added drip line to all the plants to keep them extra happy and healthy with out us having to go water them by hand.

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When we first bought the house
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Our first planter
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Before our new project, look at that grass!
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After
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Isn’t it just beautiful

I just need to say that none of this would’ve come to life if it weren’t for my better half. He did every single part of this project and I couldn’t be more grateful. First he gave us our food forest in our back yard and now he gave us a medicinal herb forest in our front. Thank you my sweets, it came out absolutely beautiful.

Happy planting!

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Finger Lickin’ Hot Wings, Yo!

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Now, I do not have a ton of recipes up my sleeve like some woman. In fact my husband does most of the cooking in our house. And I must say he’s incredible at it. BUT the one recipe I do have down and in my opinion is an important one because it’s my husbands favorite, is…

Hot wings!

There are a ton of recipes out there that have the “perfect” hot wing and I went through that ton to find that “perfect” wing with the right amount of crispy and flavor. And I have been told that I have found it, so I am here to share this finger lickin’ hot wing recipe with y’all.

Y’all ready…

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Few Tips:

*When I said dry well after thawing, I meant it yo! DRY THOSE WINGS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER DRIED ANYTHING ELSE IN YOUR LIFE!

*When about to broil, use a new piece of foil. This allows the wings to crisp up rather than sit in a bunch of liquid.

*Here is a link to the Bragg’s seasoning. I mean this stuff changed our lives! It is AMAZING! And you can literally put it on anything.

*Serve with celery and carrots with blue cheese dressing.

BAM you got yourself some finger lickin’ wings yo!

Happy hot winging!

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Our Connections mean something

 

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We wander around all day just trying to figure out life. Most of us have no idea what in the world we are doing. Sometimes it feels like we are constantly searching for something. Sometimes it feels like we are running from something. Sometimes if feels like we need more than we really do.

Sometimes we just need to stop and breathe. 

Most of us need someone to tell us to stop and breathe. Sometimes we just need someone to slap us in the face and yell, “You’re crazy, take a breath, yo!” I don’t know about you but sometimes I just need to be told my craziness is simply that, craziness. But that it is ok. That I am ok despite that craziness.

We have so many factors these days that fill our brain with toxins. Our anxiety is fed constantly and we don’t even realize it until you feel like we are about to pop. And sometimes it can feel like no one else around us feels the same as we do. But I am here to tell you, 9 times out of 10 you can connect with someone about how you are feeling. A connection that can’t be explained and doesn’t need to be explained.

Our energies find a way to connect.

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Whether it is reassuring a friend that what they are feeling is normal. Or finding a post on blog that just speaks to you in a way that you never imagined possible. We are meant to help guide one another. We are meant to uplift one another. We are here to make others feel their worth. We have this one life. There is nothing in this world I would rather do than to help people find their worth and feel the love and light that surrounds them. To often I come across people that allow their energy to manifest in a negative way. When one thing doesn’t go according to plan they allow that energy to overtake them. They allow themselves to feel failure. I am here to tell you something.

Failure doesn’t exist.

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We live and that is all we are meant to do. We are here to live and love and spread light to one another. To help guide one another, not knock them down. To tell them they are crazy but normal, not that they are crazy and then walk away from them. We are here to see the pain in someones eyes and heart and send them all the love we have in that very moment so that they feel their worth again.

I am fortunate enough to have love and light that surround me daily. I could not imagine not sharing that very love and light to anyone and everyone I can. We have to stop and be thankful for the love and light we do have in our lives. We have to stop and feel the energy that surrounds us. We have to stop and see the beauty in the breeze that just swept passed. Or the way a bird just glided over you in the sky with incredible elegance.

We have this one life.

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Don’t spend it wishing it could be different. Don’t spend it wondering why something is happening to you. Don’t spend it taking on other peoples burdens.

Spend it by waking up every morning and being the best possible you, you can be. Spend it guiding the person standing next to you. Even if you don’t know them. Send them love and light, it might be the one thing they need to find the peace they are searching for. Even if you feel like you do not have enough love or light in you to share. Give every last drop you have to someone else and I promise you, an ocean of it will find it way to your heart.

Our connections mean something.

Even if their is no physical contact.

Happy loving each other!

 

 

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Why Smudging with White Sage is Incredible for Your Spirit

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The earth has given us incredible resources to maintain a healthy beautiful life. Among these resources there is one particular that just has me drawn to like a fly to honey.

White sage.

This beautiful herb needs to be apart of everyones life. We all have a place inside us that needs to be re-open. A place where pure delicate energy needs to flow through. We all have a place inside of us that needs to be cleansed.

We get wrapped up in the unimportant.

We hold on to more negative energy than good. And unfortunately that negative energy is fed by others way to often. This is a place where we get stuck and can’t seem to find a way out. This is that very place that needs the spiritual smoke of sage to flow through and purify the soul. Our soul takes a toll everyday. Our soul works so hard to stay happy and healthy. It works so hard to keep you going. To keep you open. To keep you awake to the world around you. Your soul is the very thing that makes you who you are. But it gets tired and we need to understand when to stop and nurture that very soul that gives so much to us all day long.

Sage replenishes.

Sage repairs.

Sage purifies the soul, the spirit, the mind, the body.

It has been said that one should never blow out a burning bundle of sage. That the sage will stop smoking and blow out on its own when it feels the energy around it has been cleansed and is pure. A bundle that is burning may last for an hour or five minutes depending on the energy that surround it. The smoke that comes off the bundle will travel to the room or area where it is needed most. Where the energy needs most cleansing.

To smudge

To burn a bundle of sage one must find a bowl or shell that will hold the smoldering bundle safely. Light the end of the bundle and blow it out. Allow the smoke to thrive. Start with an intention. With a prayer. Begin at your heart and allow the smoke to enter into your body, into your soul. Say a prayer. Then move to your head. Say a prayer. Then move down slowly towards your toes and back up to your heart again.

Say a prayer.

This is not a religious act. Or it can be a religious act. Your prayer is your prayer. However, you want to say it, to whom ever you want to say it. The prayer is there to help guide the negative energy out and allow the positive energy to live and thrive within you.

To smudge your space around you. You must hold the bundle over the bowl or shell and move through your space while saying a prayer. Allow the smoke to move through the space, don’t force it. Remember the smoke will travel to where it needs to. As the smoke travels it will leave behind a smell of purity.

Embrace the smell. Allow it to be present. When you inhale. Inhale.

Visualize what it is doing for your being. Visualize it removing the toxins that you carry everyday. Visualize it clearing out unnecessary noise within you.

Visualize it bringing your spirit back to the present moment.

White sage is a powerful herb with more than medicinal properties. It is an herb of healing the mind, body, soul and spirit.

Happy Smudging!

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Composting Like A Mo Fo

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So I guess when we do something day in and day out, we don’t realize that it could be completely foreign to someone else. Let’s take composting for example, well not for example because this whole post is going to be about composting but you get it. Anyway, for composting, we have a bucket under the sink, we throw our kitchen scraps in it without thinking anymore because it’s now apart of who we are. We take it out to the compost bin or to the chickens, again without thinking. Then someone asks as question like, can I put moldy fruit in my compost? My response is, um duh! Then I realize it may not be part of everyone’s daily routine and I should stop being a dick when I respond! So here it is, let’s get down and dirty about composting, I won’t be a dick I promise.

What is compost?

Composting is a way of recycling organic matter such as kitchen scraps, coffee grounds and leaves using an aerobic environment, which means the presence of oxygen is needed to thrive. Compost is used to fertilize plants and brings much needed good bacteria back to the soil.

What do you do with it?

Compost is made up of two parts, nitrogen and carbon. The ratio between these two elements really make a difference wth the way your compost will react. Most times when you set out to build a compost pile you think of this big pile of steamy beautiful goodness. But in reality you are wondering what in the world you did wrong. Don’t worry, we will talk about a sure way to get that steamy pile of goodness. There are a few methods to composting. I am going to talk about one here but first let’s find out what we can put in compost shall we.

What the F goes in compost?

Nitrogen material:

Coffee grounds

Banana peels

Egg shells

Avocado peels and seed

Fruit (All except citrus fruits)

Veggies

Tea bags

Carbon materials:

Napkins

Newspaper

Leaves

Straw

Sawdust

…I mean the list can really go on.

Here is what NOT to put in your compost:

Meat

Dairy (besides the egg shells)

Onions

Tomatoes

Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes….)

Can moldy foods go in the compost bin?

YES!!

That is what the food is going to be doing anyhow so throw it on in there yo!

But what about the flies?

One trick you can use is throw some shredded paper on top. Or lay some newspaper on top of each layer. This will not only keep the fly issue down but also the smell.

So, let’s move on to how we actually make this beautiful stuff for our garden. I am going to talk about, “Quick Method Composting” Are you ready?

Quick Method Composting

With this method we are going to make a mixture called Drunken Compost! Why is it called that? Because it’s fun, thats why!

First thing is first, find yourself a pile of compost. Preferably a 3 foot high pile. If you are impatient like we are, gather yourself up some leaves and some coffee grounds. This is really the basics of what you need. Now I am sure you may be thinking to yourself, “where do I find that many leaves and that much coffee grounds?” Well, start a raking yo! Rake your yard, rake your neighbors yard, rake the whole damn neighborhood. Don’t shake your head and giggle, this is how we acquired ours. My husband, after working his buns off all day, went around the neighborhood and gathered us up some leaves. Hey man, if you want it, you find a way.

Coffee grounds, seriously, any coffee shop should be cool enough to save their grounds for you to pick up at the end of the day. Just give them a call the day before or that morning. Make sure you give them plenty of time to gather some up. They won’t just have a plethora for you at a moments notice. Now on to the mixture.

Drunken Compost Mixture: 

1 12oz can coca cola (yes that is right coca cola, the kind you drink)

8oz ammonia

1 12oz can beer ( and you are right again my friend, BEER)

Sprayer We use this sprayer

What!?! Are you serious?

Yes, yes I am. Let’s break each of these ingredients down shall we.

Coca Cola: The sugar in the soda will attract much needed micro- organisms that help break down the materials in the compost. The acidity in the soda helps with this process as well.

Ammonia: Is a super high in nitrogen. Nitrogen is what helps heat up the carbon material within the compost pile. So this is where your heat will come from.

Beer: The yeast in beer helps to break down organic materials, particularly wood materials.

On with the mixture…

Mix this weird concoction in a sprayer. You do not want to just dump the ingredients listed above on your compost, you want a spray of evenly mixed ingredients.

Once you have your pile and you mixture made, start spraying your pile with the drunken mixture as you turn your compost. What does turning your compost mean?

I gotcha, see I told you I wasn’t going to be a dick!

Turning means you are going to use a shovel or a pitchfork and shovel your compost into a new pile. You want to start with the outsides of your compost, that way they are now on the inside of your new pile. You want each part of your compost to experience the warmth that is being created so that it breaks down properly. With composting you want to make sure you have enough room for two piles. Throughout this process you will be moving your pile back and forth.

 Now leave it to sit for four days.

After four days you are going to make this mixture again and turn your pile once more, spraying each turn with the mixture. Now let it sit for two days.

After two days make your mixture, turn your compost and spray each layer.

Repeat every two days for a total of 20 days.

This spray is considered nitrogen.  While you turn your pile, you have to add a nitrogenous material in between. This is what keeps it hot. And heat is what you need to create good pile of compost. If you would like a ratio, which many of us need. You need 80:20 ratio carbon to nitrogen. To put things into perspective, the leaves are carbon and the coffee grounds are nitrogen. Newspaper is carbon. Kitchen scraps are nitrogen.

As you turn your compost and as you get closer to 20 days, your pile will begin to steam. And BAM son, you just made yourself a pile of steamy goodness that all your plants are going to thrive with.

A little note before we go…

Sometimes your pile is not broken down 100%. It’s cool yo, just sift it out over a wheelbarrow or bucket before you use it and throw the chunks back into a new compost pile to further decompose.

Happy Composting!

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How To Build An Herb Spiral

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We have been dying to build an herb spiral for about 4 years now. About 3 years ago we got all the bricks we needed for this project but then life happened and our bricks just sat and stared at us. But after being patient, two kids and a puppy later we did it Y’all. We built our muther f-ing herb spiral and it is beautiful.

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Are you wondering what an herb spiral is?

An herb spiral is an incredible way to utilize one space for multiple plants. Not only are you utilizing a circumference space but you are utilizing vertical space as well. An herb spiral is a spiral shaped planter built out of bricks, stone, rocks, whatever tickles your fancy. You build the spiral up, fill it with sticks, compost and straw and then plant your ass off. With an herb spiral you can plant, plants that don’t need a lot of water but a lot of sun at the top of your spiral and plants that love to stay moist and need shade, all in the same area! Let’s dive a little deeper so you know what I am talking about.

First things first, find yourself a crap ton of bricks, stone, or rocks.

Find a spot in your yard that will allow you to build a 3-5 ft. circumference.

Level out the spot as best as you can. Take a 2×4 place over the circumference and use a level to even out the spot.

Lay down cardboard and newspaper. This is going to prevent weeds from growing.

DON’T SKIP THAT STEP!

Now, find your spiral by placing your bricks (or your choice) accordingly. You want to make sure that the opening of the spiral faces north.

In order to build up, you want to count 3 1/2 bricks from the bottom, that’s where you’ll start your next brick layer. Once you’re done with the second layer, again you will count 3 1/2 bricks (from your second layer) and start your next layer. So on until you reach desired height.

As you build your layers some bricks may feel unstable and move, place some straw under the bricks until they become secure.

Once you finish the spiral, fill in the middle with sticks or large rocks. Then fill it in with straw. Wet it all down once filled.

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To plant, just open up a spot by moving the straw, fill it with soil, place the plant inside and cover with straw. Plants that need sun will go towards the top. Plants that like shade will go on the back side of the spiral closer to the north side.

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Boom son, you just built yourself an herbs spiral. Fill that sucker with whatever herbs you choose. Originally we planned on kitchen herbs but our time at this incredible nursery, called Diane’s nursery in Fallbrook Ca, lead us down a medicinal herb path. So we filled our spiral with: Insulin, feverfew, dandelion, lemon balm, dill, chamomile, ashwaganda, rue and lemongrass.

The looks of an herb spiral could feel a little more intimidating than it really it. Just dive in and have fun with it. Once we stopped thinking so hard about how the hell to build the spiral, everything just started flowing.

Happy herb spiraling!

 

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A Journey into the World of Essential Oils

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Essential Oils?

When someone around says, “oh man I’ve got a neck tension.” and your response is, “Oh I have peppermint oil if you’d like.” and they look at you like you’re a crazy weirdo, don’t lose your confidence homie. The more we look like weirdos, the more we spread the word! If you are reading this and you are the one who looked at someone like they were a weirdo for offering you peppermint oil for your neck tension. Keep on a reading yo! Let me please change your mind.

What in the world are essential oils?

Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds found in seeds, barks, stems, flowers, roots and other parts of plants. What the heck are volatile aromatic compounds? I’m with ya, let me further explain. Volatile aromatic compounds are are small organic molecules that easily change the state they are in, from solid, liquid to gas. For example, let’s say you busted open your new bottle of lavender oil. The second you crack that bad boy open, you immediately smell the aroma. The physical and chemical state of the volatile aromatic compounds allow it to quickly connect to the olfactory sensors in your nose. By inhaling the essential oils, your body can quickly respond and retain the benefits.

Dang, right! And this is only one way essential oils are beneficial. Lets talk about how they actually work.

Wait, how the heck do they work?

Let me break it down easily, our cells including our brain have essentially a layer of fat that surrounds them and protects them from harm. Essential oils are essentially a form of fat. Fat and fat go hand in hand. Kind of like how bacon grease makes everything taste better when you use it to cook! Oh sorry, I got side tracked with bacon! Anyway, essential oils are one of the few things that can actually penetrate that layer of protective fat. Thus allowing all the benefits of that oil to work with your body to heal it. This includes the blood brain barrier, that layer of fat that I mentioned that surrounds your brain. Can you believe it! Essential oils can actually penetrate through that layer giving you incredible results.

Essential oils are a natural substance. Our bodies are designed to metabolize them with little to no effort. Have you ever noticed that when you take a specific medication you notice you’re more tired, nauseous, your stomach may hurt….. whatever it may be, you just don’t feel right sometimes? Essential oils easily pass through our body’s system and allows the body to start healing itself the way it was designed to.

Small example, Ylang Ylang will speed up ones heart rate but is used for maintaining an already healthy blood pressure. I know, you’re like wait what! Wouldn’t your increase if your heart rate speeds up? But in the case of a natural substance like essential oils, no. They allow your body to do exactly what it was meant to do to heal itself.

What in the world!!! Is this for real! Yes, yes it is! Is your mind blown yet, cause mine is!

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A wee bit about quality.

Did you know that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA? What does this mean? This means, companies are legally able to put 100% pure, therapeutic grade or all natural as long as that bottle contains at least 5% actual essential oil. The rest of the bottle is allowed to be filled with synthetic oil, carrier oil or other toxic chemical.

Ever wonder why essential oils say DO NOT INGEST, DO NOT USE WHILE PREGNANT OR NURSING, DO NOT USE ON CHILDREN.

Why? If oils are a natural substance and our bodies are made to metabolize them,  then why can’t we ingest them? I have come to find that many people fear oils for this reasons. They feel like they are toxic in a sense so they tend to stay away from them. Obviously some oils, because of the herb, have their own safety guidelines but could quality be the reason for these warnings. When buying oils you want to buy from a company that has a certified pure seal. This means that each oil has gone through multiple, rigorous testing to ensure that what is in that bottle is actually pure essential oil. When a company is true to their quality, they will provide all third party testing information.

Okay, I’m feeling better about essential oils but how the F do I use them?

You can use essential oils in three different ways, topically, aromatically, and internally.

Topically:

Remember, essential oils are a “volatile” compound meaning it evaporates quickly. To apply topically simply use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, even olive oil. This allows the essential oil to stay on your skin for a longer period of time, which gives it enough time to enter your pores and begin doing its magic.

Best places to put the oil. Neck, chest, back of neck, wrists, temples and/or bottoms of feet.

Aromatically:

Diffusing oils in a diffuser is a fantastic way to benefit from oils. The oils travel through the air and are absorbed by your smell receptors. You can also place a drop or two on your palm and inhale the oils that way. Using oils aromatically is still allowing the oils to enter your body. It still allows them to penetrate your cells. So using a less quality oil in your diffuser is not the best way to go. Often times I hear that people will use the good stuff on them and their kids then use the crappy stuff from the store in their diffuser. IT’S STILL ENTERING YOUR BODY! Use the good stuff all around.

Internally:

Now, here is why quality is extremely important.

You are not going to just go to the grocery store and pick an oil off the shelf and take it internally. There is a reason why most oils say do not ingest. Quality! So please, please be mindful and purchase from a reputable company that completely provides all quality testing information. A company that stands by their product and puts directly on their bottle: “For internally use take one drop in 4 oz of water”

So, with that said. You can take oils by placing in liquid, or in food to cook with or by placing a drop or two in a veggie capsule.

Sold! But wait, where in the heck do I buy these oils from, since quality is so important?

doTERRA, is the only company I feel 100% confident taking internally, using topically and using on my children. That is a huge plus. When my kids are in need, I reach for oils to help heal. When I am in need, I reach for the oils. When my husband has an issue, first question is, “did you use an oil?” This is our family’s source of health. A natural solution that makes us feel incredible. Quality is what you need in a natural resource and doTERRA gives you just that. The extent they take to ensure each bottle of oil is cared for, is an incredible feeling. They not only take care of the farmers they buy from, they take care of my family and for that, doTERRA is the only company I trust.

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Happy essential oiling!

 

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If you would like advise on where to start in your oil journey, leave a comment below. If you want to know what oil is best for a specific ailment, comment below or email me. If you would like more information on doTERRA, please send me an email or comment below. I would love to help guide you anyway I can. 

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Yummy Healthy Banana Bread

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Alright, I know there are like a million banana bread recipes out there that you have tried. I am sure that this one is not much different because I mean it’s banana bread right! But when I tasted it I was like, “hot damn this is some good banana bread!”

Maybe it is because I used maple syrup instead of sugar. Maybe it is because I used eggs that I collected from my back yard. Maybe it is because I used raw milk in stead of pasteurized milk.

Who knows. All I know is that it came out mutha F-ing good. I know when people give recipes, they tell this long elaborate story about the recipe. I don’t have that here. What you see is what you get and what you get is a banana bread recipe! So on with it shall we.

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Ingredients

4-5 super rip bananas

2 eggs

1/4 cup raw milk (or pasteurized)

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 cups walnuts

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

-Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

-Line a 9×5 baking loaf with parchment paper. Criss cross so that the whole pan is covered. You can grease it as well, but this makes for super easy clean up. And who want to clean up when there is warm banana bread that needs to be eaten.

-Peel your bananas and mash them with a fork. I left some chunks because I wanted little chunks of banana. But to each their own.

-If you bought whole walnuts, chop them up. If you were smart and bought already chopped walnuts, good for you, you are one step ahead. Reserve one cup for the top of your banana bread.

-Grab yourself a large bowl and toss in our melted coconut oil and maple syrup, whisk them both up nicely. Add one egg at a time. Add your mash banana and milk.

-Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Whisk it all up like a mutha.

-Now add in your flour and 1 cup of your walnuts and fold them in until fully combined.

-Pour the batter into your lined loaf pan sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top and then sprinkle the remaining walnuts over the top of your batter.

-Throw that bad boy in the oven for about 60-65 minutes. Or until you are able to stick  a toothpick in and it come out clean. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Or if you are anything like me and completely impatient, go ahead and pull your bread out, burn your fingers and cut yourself a slice of warm mutha f-ing delicious banana bread.

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Happy Banana Bread Making Y’all!

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Elderberry Gummies

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I am always seriously shocked when I set out to do something and it actually works! I mean, it doesn’t always work let’s be honest. But I set out to make elderberry gummies for my kiddos and BAM, made some mutha f-ing gummies y’all. I have to say I am still on the search for the perfect gummie consistency, so stay tuned for updates to this post and possibly a new recipe. This here recipe is made with grass fed beef gelatin. I’m thinking a tapioca alternative might give me a more dense gummie. But we shall see. Anyway, back to this recipe. First off, super duper easy to make gummies. If y’all already have your elderberry syrup made up and in the fridge, then you are down right AWESOME and should pat yourself on the back for being one step ahead. If you need to make some syrup, you’re still AWESOME because you’re going to mosey on over here to use this recipe!

Things you’ll need:

Grass fed gelatin

Gummy molds

Elderberry syrup

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Directions:

1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.

2. Pour 1/2 cup of cooled elderberry syrup in a bowl or measuring glass.

3. Add 1/2 cup of gelatin and mix generously.

4. While mixing slowly add 1 cup of hot water.

5. Then add 1 1/2 cups more of elderberry syrup. Mix until fully combined.

6. Pour mixture into molds.

7. Place in fridge for 20 minutes.

8. BAM, gummies yo!

A few notes here. The first batch I made didn’t really have to much taste to it. The second batch I made, in place of the 1 1/2 cups more of elderberry syrup, I used an all natural no sugar added strawberry watermelon juice and it came out tasty. If you want a sweeter option without using sugar, you can use xylitol. It’s an all natural sugar that doesn’t stick to the teeth, making ideal for kids.

Some say you need coconut oil to grease the gummy mold but the molds I used worked perfect. No oil needed, those little bad boys just popped right out.

Thats it! Play around with flavors and sweetness. I’ll keep you posted if I find a gelatin free recipe that holds the perfect gummy texture. Until then….

Happy Gummy Making!

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Black Seed Oil

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Oh dang, have I got the mother of all mothers here. As usual, I am learning about herbs and all the beautiful things they do and I came across Black Seed Oil. It was like BAM, where have you been my whole life. Black Seed Oil is something that should be apart of your medicinal herb cabinet for sure. This right here folks, is called the mother load.

This is the brand we use and love it so far. It’s a great company. When buying any supplement do a little research to make sure that company is doing good things on this earth.

Okay, let’s talk a little about Black Seed Oil and why it’s considered the mother load.

What is Black Seed Oil:

Black Seed Oil is derived from the Nigella Sativa plant, specifically the seeds from the flower. The seeds are compressed and the oil is extracted. There are many names that Black Seed Oil goes by:

Black Cumin

Black Onion Seed

Nigella Sativa

Black Caraway

Black Sesame

Kalonji Oil

A seed by many name is a seed………..Hmmm I don’t know, it a damn good little seed though. Anyway, on to the phenomenal health benefits. Black Seed Oil is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral. It also contains two highly potent phytochemical compounds, Thymoquinone and Thymohydroquinone. These two compounds have been proven to be directly related to providing relief to and possibly curing many diseases. The third compound, which helps make this oil well rounded is Thymol.

A little bit about Thymoquinone, Thymol and Thymohydroquinone because I know you’re like YES, I’VE GOT TO KNOW WHAT THESE THREE CHEMICALS DO!

I gotcha, I gotcha.

Thymoquinone: Is a compound specifically derived from the Nigella Sativa plant. This phytochemical compound is a high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and actually has anti-cancerous properties. In many studies, it has been shown to reverse cancerous cells. Thymoquinone has potent regenerative properties, those in which closely resemble chemotherapy treatment. Thymoquinone is high in antioxidants that turns free radicals in the body into harmless molecules. These properties help fight infections within the body, ease pain and reduce inflammation.

Thymohydroquinone: Is a potent acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor. AChE is an enzyme that actually promotes the breakdown of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are compounds within the brain that are signal molecules. What these molecules do, is they communicate between nerve cells and muscle cells. This natural chemical is what pharmaceutical companies try to mimic when producing medications for mental disease such as, Alzheimers, Autism, Schizophrenia and many other neurological disorders.

Thymol: Is a natural chemical found in the oil of Thyme. It is a strong antiseptic, anti fungal, and antibacterial. All these compounds are very useful in fighting off infections and other diseases in the body.

All three of these chemical compounds are what make this oil the mother load. So far it is the only oil that contains these properties together. Besides Oregano oil, it is the second highest regarded oil when it comes to improving health.

Medicinal Benefits: It is recommended to consume Black Seed Oil  30 days consecutively to see results. 

Reduced high blood pressure: Taking appropriate dosage daily can help reduce high blood pressure.

Kills cancerous sells: The three chemical compounds mention above contribute to this health benefit.

Fights fungal infections: The anti fungal and antibacterial properties in this oil can help kill of fungal infections within the body. It can be also used topically to help with fungal infections of the skin such as staph infections and ring worm.

Liver and Kidney health: The liver and kidney are constantly flushing out toxins within the body and can become overworked. The antioxidants within Black Seed Oil can help flush those toxins out quicker and allow for your liver and kidney to be repaired by regenerating their cells.

Reduces allergies: Black Seed Oil is an anti-inflammatory, this helps reduce inflammation with in the nasal cavity. Helping reduce allergy symptoms.

Helps acnes: Acne is caused by inflammation, by applying Black Seed Oil to the skin, it can help reduce inflammation and ultimately reducing acne.

Boosts fertility: Some have seen great results in using Black Seed Oil to help reduce the chances if infertility. Black Seed Oil also can increase ones sex drive by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow and oxygen to the male and females sexual organs.

Fights colds and flus: The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties within the oil help boost immune system to help fight off cold and flus off faster. Antioxidants in the oil also help to fight off infection, making recovery a lot faster.

Coughs and asthma: Inflammation is the biggest cause of coughs. Since Black Seed Oil is a strong anti-inflammatory it can help reduce inflammation in the chest and lungs, relieving coughs and

Relieves upset stomach: Black Seed Oil helps stimulate the body digestion and helps reduce gas within the intestinal track, helping relieve nausea and upset stomachs.

Relives pain and swelling: When you feel pain or swelling that usually means there is some sort of inflammation within the body. Because Black Seed Oil is such a high anti-inflammatory it can help relive pain and swelling almost immediately by rubbing oil directly on area.

These are to name a few health benefits. Seriously.

How to take Black Seed Oil:

You can ingest Black Seed Oil from straight oil, 1tsp twice a day. I am not going to lie to you, it has an intense taste. But a swig of water right after and you are good-to-go!

You can take it in pill form. We personally have not tried pill form. We take the oil.

You can also rub it on the skin on problem areas like your back, sore muscles or on swelling. This has worked great on back pain.

Now, aren’t you thinking, “where the hell has this been my whole life?”

I told you!

Mother Load!

Happy Black Seed Oiling!

All information provided is for educational use only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any diseases. Contact professional medical provided for guidance. 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387230/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068742/

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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

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If you haven’t already read the medicinal herb series post on Elder, I suggest you stop what you are doing and mosey on over there. Elder is incredible stuff especially during cold and flu season. Every year there is huge talk about how this years cold and flu season are the worst they have seen yet. Every year it’s the worst one? Crap, I am scared to see what next year brings. So I plan on stocking up on this stuff to help prevent any nastiness that may come our way. Right now I am putting all my faith into this stuff, well this and a handful of other herbs, my household is battling a stomach bug and I am wishing and hoping it doesn’t find a happy place in my belly. Fingers crossed that 4 doses of elderberry syrup, 4 doses of oregano oil and 3 doses of black seed oil throughout the day helps this mama stay strong. Anyway, back to what we are here for. Elderberry syrup. Let’s do this!

First things first, get your grubby little paws on some dried elderberries. Mountain Rose Herbs is an incredible source, however, they were out when I went to order them. So next best place, Amazon. I bought these and so far, we are rockin!

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup dried elderberries

1 tsp cinnamon powder or 1 stick of cinnamon

1-2 tbsp fresh or powdered ginger

3 cups of filtered water

1 cup of raw unfiltered honey

Directions:

  1. Bring elderberries, cinnamon, and ginger to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cover for 40-45 minutes or until liquid reduces to about half.
  2. Strain liquid into a bowl using a cheese cloth or a metal strainer. Be sure to squeeze excess liquid from berries.
  3. Allow to cool just a bit before adding your honey. You don’t want to kill of the honeys natural properties but warm enough so that the honey melts.
  4. Stir it up!
  5. Pour into a mason jar or a swing top bottle.

Elderberry syrup will last about 2 months in refrigerator.

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Dosage: 

Children: 1 tsp once a day for maintenance. 1 tsp twice a day for maximum health benefit.

Adults: 2 tsp once a day for maintenance. 2 tsp four times a day for maximum health benefit.

Elderberry syrup from the store can cost close to $30 for a bottle. Making this syrup at home will not only save you a ton of money but you’ll feel good knowing you put your love and energy into keeping your family healthy.

Happy Syrup Making!!

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Medicinal Herb Series: Elder

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You may have seen it in your local grocery store, you may have come across the name while reading your favorite homesteading blog. You may have commonly dismissed it like most people because you didn’t know its capabilities. But Elder is a name that you want to be familiar with especially in the cold and flu season.

Elder is mostly found in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe and even parts of North America.  The most commonly used is a species called Sambucus Nigra, the European Elder. The elder flowers and berries are used specifically for its medicinal properties. The berries, which are more commonly used, should be cooked down before using them. Raw berries have properties similar to cyanide poison. Please use with caution.

Elder has been known as one of the oldest most powerful medicinal herbs used. It is an antioxidant, laxative, diaphoretic and an anti-inflammatory. The elderberry fruit contains high sources of dietary fibers, vitamins A, C and vitamins in the B group. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, manganese, zinc, iron and selenium.

Medicinal Benefits:

Colds: Elderberry tea is an effective method to help relieve coughs and sore throats.

Flu: Elder lessons the “virus” ability to negatively affect cells within the body. Specifically the flavonoids contained within the elder plant. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that bind themselves to H1N1 influenza viruses as well as H5N1 avian viruses causing the viruses to die back quickly.

Infections: Due to its high antibacterial and antiviral properties, Elder can help fight against infections within the body quite quickly.

Immunity Boost: Since it is high in antioxidants, elder can help reduce the number of free radicals within the body, helping the immune system to stay strong. When taken regularly it has also been known to help improve vision.

Heart: The antioxidants also help reduce cholesterol, helping maintain heart health.

Helps with allergies: Because if its anti-inflammatory properties, elder can help reduce inflammation within the nasal cavity, helping reduce allergy symptoms.

How to used Elder:

Most popular way of consuming elder is by taking elderberry syrup.

It can be made into an infusion

Made into jams and jellies

Made into gummies

Wine

Sprays

Ointments

Really however you’d like.

Safety:

Eating raw elderberries can result in diarrhea and vomiting. Be sure to cook your berries before consuming. Raw elderberries contain properties of cyanide poison. It is also not safe to consume during pregnancy or lactation.

Elder is considered a superfood especially when it comes to the cold and flu season. Be sure to stock your medicinal pantry with this incredible herb. Be sure to check out our post on how to make elderberry syrup. It is super easy and just makes sense to have on hand.

Happy Eldering!

 

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Making Tea Like a Gangster

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Tea…………how do you feel about tea? Is tea part of your daily routine? Or can you even remember the last time you thought of tea? I was the one who could remember the last time she thought of tea, if I can be honest here. However, these days I’m finding myself salivating over it like a monkey over a banana. Is that a stereotype? Do monkeys even like bananas like we think they do? Anyway, back to tea, it’s freaking delicious when done right. I’m here to share how we enjoy tea time like gangsters. That’s right…….GANGSTERS. On with it shall we.

Lets do a quick break down of tea and why we should drink it. Doing some research we found that white and green tea are the least processed, so we’ve kinda stuck around the green tea variety.

1.Packed with antioxidants which do all sorts of good for your body. Antioxidants help remove free radicals, which tend to be the source of lots of diseases and ailments.

2. Less caffeine than coffee. Great option if you are winging yourself off the black liquid.

3. Helps prevent heart disease.

4. Helps reduce cancerous cells.

5. It literally makes you slow down and enjoy the very moment in which you should be present in. I challenge you to rush through a cup of scorching hot tea. You can’t my friends, you simply can’t.

Now tea by itself is good, but tea like a gangster is even better. Let me share. As we ventured into the world of tea drinking the amount of things that went into the pot have multipled and I honestly can’t say that the list of ingredients I’m about to provide you are it. The sky is literally the limit. Get crazy and have fun with your tea.

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List of ingredients and their benefits:

Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, aid in digestion, soothes nausea, supports respiratory function, fights agains bacterial infection, boosts immunity and helps fight cancer.

Lemon (and rind): detoxifier, aids in digestion, balances alkaline, vitamin C booster, helps fight infections and mood and energy booster.

Fresh Rosemary: Antioxidant, memory and mood booster, detoxifier, soothes nausea, aids in digestion, anti-inflammatory and calms the mind.

Fresh Mint: Decongestant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, aids in digestion and soothes stomach aches, supports respiratory function.

Lemon Balm: Protects heart and liver function, calms anxiety, reduces stress, aids in digestion, powerful antibacterial and soothes pms symptoms for women.

Cayanne Pepper: Helps fight cold and flu, aids in digestion, relieves migraines, prevents blood clots and high in vitamins A and C.

Tea: Your choice we have really enjoyed our experience with Green Tea Kombucha by Yogi.

Heres what you do.

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There are no measurements here people, it’s an experiment with your tastebuds. Start little and work your way up.

First, grate your ginger.

Fill a pot with 2-3 cups of filtered water. Add squeezed lemon juice AND rind, mint, rosemary, grated ginger and a dash of cayenne. Bring that sucker to a boil.

Once boiling add your tea bags, we use about 3-4 bags, turn off heat cover and let steep for about 10 minutes.

Strain all that goodness out into a mug, that makes your soul smile, add some honey and enjoy that tea like a gangster.

Its going to burn, the cayenne the ginger, well they are hot so your baby mouth and throat are going to burn but you’re a gangster right! Drink it, it’s good for you!

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How To Juice a Pomegranate Like A MoFo

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So come to find out these “seeded apples” are absolutely amazing for you. I mean, we all kinda figured. Pomegranate is an incredible little fruit that contains tiny little seeds. Around the seeds are ruby colored juicy pieces of fruit. If you have ever tried to enjoy a pomegranate, I’m sure you’ve discovered they can be extremely messy. If you have never had a pomegranate, they can be extremely messy. We are going to be juicing a pomegranate today people. And even though it was incredibly tedious, I really enjoyed the whole process. It was actually relaxing.

Ok, so why are we juicing a pomegranate?

Well, like mentioned before if you have ever tried to enjoy a pomegranate it can be messy and frustrating. Plus, eating the seeds, although super good for you can get a little bla.  So why not learn how to juice the mutha f-er and get all the incredible benefits that way.

What’s so great about a pomegranate?

This post is about juicing the damn things, so I’m just going to touch lightly on the benefits.

* High in antioxidants: The amount of antioxidants that are present in a pomegranate can actually reduce the risk of cancer. There is what is called natural aromatase inhibitors, which actually decrease estrogen in the body. This can actually protect against breast cancer.

* Promotes memory and mental function.

* Helps protect against heart disease.

I encourage you to dive deeper into how amazing this fruit is.

On to juicing!

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1. First things first slap on an apron y’all. These little suckers can spray a beautiful deep red juice that will stain like a……… (insert your choice of profanity)

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2. Fill a bowl with water.

3. Score the outside of the pomegranate with a sharp knife into fours. Do not cut all the way through. You just want to cut enough to where you can break it apart.

4. Dip the whole pomegranate into the bowl of water and break it apart. Once you have a quarter of the fruit apart, gently rub off the seeds. The white skin will float and the seeds will sink.

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5. Drain out the water using a strainer. And pour seeds into a blender.

6. Blend gently for about 30 seconds. The point here is to break the juice off of the seed. You do not want to grind the seed.

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7. Use a mesh strainer, place over a bowl and pour your pulp and seeds through.

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You should be left with a beautiful deep red juice that is absolutely delicious.

The fresh juice should last in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

You can pressure can the juice to add a much longer shelf life without using refrigeration.

Or you can fill mason jars leave about an inch of head space and freeze it. I choose  this method.

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There it is my friends. Fresh pomegranate juice that is insanely good for you.

Happy Juicing!

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