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  • Hot Apple Cider with Essential Oils

    This time of the year with the cool crispness in the air, I find myself yearning for Hot Apple Cider. Not only does it taste wonderful to me, I also love the aroma that fills my home. 

    Over the years I have tried many combinations of spices all tied up in my little cheesecloth bundle, but this year, well I decided to just use essential oils. After all, I have had such great results when using them in recipes so why shouldn’t this be any different. OH MY! Yes it was different – the BEST Apple Cider I have ever made!!! Or mix I have ever bought!!!

    Why didn’t I try this before? I don’t know, but I’ll never go back to the little spice bundles. Try this recipe for yourself and see if you don’t agree. Leave me a comment on what you think.

    Hot Apple Cider with Essential Oils

    • 16 cups (1 gallon) good quality apple cider     

    • 20 drops wild orange essential oil  Purchase Here 

    • 16 drops clove essential oil  Purchase Here

    • 12 drops cinnamon or cassia essential oil  Purchase Here

    Pour apple cider into a pan and place on medium heat until warm. Add essential oils and stir well. If not serving immediately, place in a crockpot to stay warm. Store leftover cider in the fridge.
    Yield–16 cups

     

    Note: Do you want the great smell of mulled cider wafting throughout your home but don’t want to make a batch? no worries. Just use this awesome Cider Diffuser Blend Recipe in your favorite diffuser and enjoy this great smell of Christmas anytime

    Cider Diffuser Blend

    3 drops Wild Orange Purchase Here  

    2 drops Cinnamon or Cassia Purchase Here

    2 drops Ginger Purchase Here

    October 30, 2017 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 34

  • Back to Basics: Steps To A Healthy Body

    The kids are back in school, sport activity schedules are in place so NOW IT IS TIME TO REFOCUS ON YOURSELF! That maybe to start new projects or get back on track with the goals made earlier in the year. No matter whether you are starting or re-starting, the Fall is a great time to get going! Since my focus is on creating a ‘Healthier Lifestyle’ it can cover many areas of your life.  Today I’m going to focus on our physical health and what that entails regarding what we are DOING and what we are putting INTO our bodies.

    With all the emphasis on fixing out gut, reducing brown fat or toning up flabby arms, it’s easy to overlook the basic things that help us accomplish it. Contrary to the belief of many, a Healthy Body is achieved by 20% what you DO with your body and 80% what you PUT INTO your body. No amount of exercising will give you a “healthy” body if you do not also give it the correct fuel.

    I would love to hear what Healthy Habits are you creating? Leave a comment below.

    Do you need a little extra help or encouragement? Leave a comment or email me for a more private concern. Kathy@kathyskinner.com to send an email 

    STEPS TO A HEALTHY BODY

    What Are You Doing?   

    • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week. Be sure t o alternate between cardo and strength training routines. Stretching daily is highly recommended.
    • Get 7 – 9 hours of Sleep a night. If you don’t you are sabotaging your hormones and will make getting and staying healthy a lot harder. (more on this upcoming)
    • Remove Toxins by doing a cleanse at least seasonally AND add to your water, ½ fresh lemon juice (be sure to rinse afterward or it will erode your tooth enamel) or 3 drops of a citrus Essential Oil to your water 1st thing every morning   (Buy citrus essential oils that are safe for ingesting HERE)
    • Keep a “Food and Exercise” Journal. And/or keep a “Dining Out” Journal
    • Eat smaller portions & eat 5-6 times a day
    • Choose more nutrient dense foods
    • Breathe deeply through out the day
    • Practice Mindful eating

    What Nutrition Are You Putting INTO Your Body?  

    • Drink Water- Since 60-70% of your body is composed of water this is vital. Water plays an extensive range of functions essential to life. How much? The recommendation is half your body weight in ounces of water. (If your weight is 150 pounds, you will need to drink 75 ounces of water)
    • Limit alcoholic and soda consumption
    • Eat Breakfast and focus on selecting whole grains & lean protein
    • Have Protein from a variety of sources. Protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body, being about 16 percent of our total body weight.
    • Eat fresh fruits daily. It is best to eat them in between meals or before meals.   If you eat them directly after a meal your body will store it away as unused energy.
    •  Include raw vegetables into your daily diet. Nutritionists tell us that the darker the vegetable is the richer it is in nutrients. Concentrate on the ones that are dark green, dark purple and dark orange. This will give you the most benefits.
    • Enjoy whole Grains & Seeds
    • Daily include limited amounts of healthy Oils & Fats
    • Limit refined/prepared foods
    • Eat foods that are high in fiber. These foods will help you control cholesterol levels as well as giving you the feeling of feeling fuller. Some examples of these types of foods would be whole grains, fibrous vegetables and legumes
    • Eat 1 serving or less of sweet or salty food each day
    • Take High Quality supplements 3 times a day Get them HERE

    What Thoughts Are Your Putting INTO Your Body

    • Be aware of your thoughts. Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self-discipline until you create a Positive Mental Attitude — your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.”        Napoleon Hill
    • Help improve your thoughts by reducing your stress level. Do it by taking a walk, or listening to some music, closing your eyes for about 5 to 10 minutes and just think about something pleasant and peaceful, relax your mind. Just about everyone have some sort of stress in the course of daily living from home, work, kids, traffic, money problems etc. If possible, try to get a job that you really enjoy. If not possible at this time, intentionally look for all the good things about your job. Besides paying you, what goods or services does it provide for others?
    • Need a little help with retraining your thinking process? Check Out my ‘Recommended Reading’ list 

    Remember the good news is, you don’t have to change everything at the same time. In fact, the trick to healthy living is making small changes. Add in more changes like, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water or saying no to that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes.

     

    Looking for a natural way to stay focused on those changes?

    I found Rosemary Essential Oil enhances and sustains focus.

    Rosemary supports healthy digestion, soothes occasional sore muscles and joints, and helps reduce occasional nervous tension and fatigue.
    Did you know that you can add 1-2 drops to shampoo daily to help improve hair health?

    To purchase essential oils at RETAIL click HERE,   

    for Wholesale Customer discount of 25%+ (No selling, No monthly requirements) click HERE 

    or email me Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    or check me out on FACEBOOK 

     

    Wishing you a day filled with Healthy Habits!

         Kathy

    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    October 21, 2017 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Mind Managing • Views: 51

  • 5 Tips for a Healthy Summer Eating

    Summer can bring some challenges to our ‘Healthy Eating Habits’. There are so many activities and changes to our otherwise routine schedule, that those little things we routinely do can go by the wayside. Knowing this, if we just keep a few things up front and consistent, we can have a fun filled and healthy summer eating.

    5 Tips for a Healthy Summer Eating

    • Stay Hydrated If you are feeling thirsty then you are already dehydrated! If you are feeling “hungry” you could be getting dehydrated. First drink 8 oz. of water and wait a few minutes. If you are still hungry then go ahead and eat something.  12 Reasons You’ll Want to Drink More Water 

    Tired of drinking plain old water? Click HERE for some tips.

    • Eat BEFORE you leave home, unless you are going to a cookout 😊 This way you have control over what you are eating. You’ll also have more control over those items that look so tempting when you aren’t even hungry AND you will save money!
    • Be Prepared with some emergency snack. Preferably ones that can stand the heat like nuts, jerky or protein bars without the melty toppings. I like to bring a little cooler with me where ever I go. I put a frozen freezer pack to keep everything cool like veggies, fruit or even a protein shake meal that I froze the night before.
    • Stay Active. Relaxing is great (and important) but too much inactivity increases the likelihood of drinking and munching more than you should. Even healthy snacks add calories, moderation is key. Summer Activities to Burn 100 Calories 
    • Trade Out Empty High Carbs. Swap the hamburger or hot dog bun for a lettuce leaf, the chips for roasted chickpeas, crunchy veggies or popcorn.
    • Be Consistent with Your Protein & Fiber. Making sure you get both protein and fiber in every meal and snack will do wonders for your body and energy level.

    Learn more about Plant Protein

    Learn more about Fiber

    What do you do to help yourself stay with Healthy Summer Eating?

    June 17, 2017 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 348

  • DIY – Natural Body Wash with Essential Oils

    I really enjoy a good fragrant & lathering shower. But after reading the ingredients on most store bought body washes, I decided it was time to make my own.

    Below is a basic recipe followed by some essential oil suggestions.

    Natural Body Wash

    What you’ll Need:

    • 8 oz. container*  

    • 1/2 cup unscented Castile soap (Buy it HERE)

    • 4 tablespoons vegetable glycerin* (Buy it HERE)

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil

    • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil* (Purchase @www.EssentialOilsKathy )

    Directions:

    1. Combine ingredients into container.

    2. Add desired essential oil(s)

    3. Put on the top securely

    4. Shake to combine.

      You’re done! Make sure to shake before each use, as the ingredients will separate.

    Notes:

    • *Since the oils are pretty diluted plastic has been working for me, I use a Flip-top bottle (like up-cycling a Castile soap bottle) 

    • *You can find vegetable glycerin at most health section of most stores. Vegetable glycerin will help the body wash be thicker, creamier, and lather better.

    • **For my anti-aging body wash I use: 5 drops Lavender, 2 drops Geranium, 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 2 drops Rosemary 

    • **For help clearing up skin blemishes uses this combination: 4 drops Melaleauca, 4 drops Lavender, 1 drop Rosemary, 1 drop Bergamot

    • For an uplifting body wash try these essential oils: Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lime, or Eucalyptus.

    • For a relaxing body wash try these: Lavender, Serenity, Bergamot, Geranium, or Roman Chamomile.

    I would love to hear what combination of essential oils you like to use 🙂

    June 4, 2017 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 408

  • Feel Less Stress with These 5 Essential Oils

    Feel Less Stress with Essential Oils*

    To purchase oils or learn more go to www.mydoterra.com/kathyskinner
    Balance, The Grounding Blend – oil of grounding, promotes a whole-body sense of relaxation. Begin your day by putting doTERRA Balance on the bottom of your feet for less stress throughout the day.

    Basil – oil of Renewal, supports those under mental strain.
    Apply it to the temples and the back of the neck to reduce feelings of tension.
    Console, The Comforting Blendoil of consolation,
     soothes emotional pain after periods of extreme stress. Smell directly from bottle or diffuse into room.
    PastTense, The Tension Blendoil of relief, helps reduce stress and anxious feelings and provide for grounding and balance of emotions. Apply to temples and back of neck.
    Serenity, The Restful Blendoil of tranquility, a unique blend that helps relinquish feelings of stress, anxiousness, and being overwhelmed. Smell directly from bottle or diffuse to help promote relaxation and decrease stress.
    Don’t have a Diffuser?
    Read my previous post for some natural “Stress Relieving Tips”
    Not all brands of essential oils are equal. Just because it may say ‘Pure’ on the label doesn’t mean it is, which is why I ONLY use
    doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
    *NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    April 8, 2017 • Essential Oils, Mind Managing • Views: 312

  • Basil Vinaigrette – Dressing, Salads, Sauce

     I love basil, it’s one of my favorite herbs. And so I grow a lot of it! It has a sharp spicy flavor that adds a uniqueness to each and every dish. In addition it has several health benefits such as helps repair the body from damage of free- radicals, combats cancer, promotes cardiovascular health, inhibits inflammation, promotes digestive health, combats bacterial & viral infections.
    Last summer I came up with a Basil Vinaigrette for our salads and proceeded to find that it makes a great sauce over fish or chicken. I’ve used it as a marinade and on pasta or spaghetti squash with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. All delicious!! I decided to freeze some to see how well it held up. It thawed out and tasted just like I had made it fresh!

    Basil Vinaigrette

    makes about 2 cups
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • ½ cup Champagne or white wine vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1 cup packed basil leaves, coarsely chopped
    • pinch of crushed red pepper
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (I do about 10-12 turns of grinder for each)
    Directions:Basil
    Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender
    Enjoy!

    April 2, 2017 • Recipes • Views: 264

  • Stress Relieving Tips

    Just about everyone experiences stress in one form or another on most days. It can be from an ongoing issue or just an independent occurrence. Most of us consider stress coming from a negative situation, however, even good or happy events can cause stress. Over the long haul, stress not only is damaging to our body, it also can take away our JOY! Here are a few stress relieving tips you can start using right away.

    Take a Slow Deep Breath…and then, take a few more. Within 60 seconds, deep breathing sends signals to your brain to relax your nervous system, which tells your adrenal glands to stop pumping out the stress hormones, cortisol.  As a bonus, deep breathing will also increases your oxygen levels in your bloodstream which gives you more energy.

    Deep Breathing Exercise:

    • Sit, stand or lie down in comfortable position with good posture.
    • Gently take a slightly deeper breath than normal – it should feel natural & comfortable, not forced.
    • Hold it without straining then exhale.
    • Gently take a deeper breath into diaphragm region of upper abdomen; should feel stomach rising as inhale & lowering as exhale.
    • Hold slightly & then exhale, be sure to exhale fully.
    • Repeat for at least a minute.

    Perform this routine periodically through out the day, remembering to keep posture straight. Slouching compresses your lungs which means you won’t get as much air.

    Analyze Your Stress. Separate the things in your life that you find stressful into two categories: things you can do something about, and things you can’t. If you can do something about the stress causer, then do it! If there’s nothing you can do, then accept it and move on – Practice the art of the Law of Least Effort. Know that this moment is as it should be, accepting it as it is, not as I wish it to be. Every problem is an opportunity in disguise. ( from Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success  get it HERE)

    Monitor Your Negative Thinking Stress is often the result of fears that are based in our imagination. If you have this tendency, start replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Just changing your attitude can actually alleviate a lot of stress.

     

    Emotional Release Crying is an excellent stress reliever, especially if you have bottled up sadness and grief. Let your unresolved emotions roll down your cheeks and out of your life. Laughter is good medicine, too. Even if you are angry or depressed, just say ha ha hee hoo hoo. Soon, real laughter will come…and with it, joyful tension release.

    Meditation One of the ultimate goals of yoga is rest—and simple, quiet meditation accomplishes this quite effectively.

    • Sit with your head, neck, and trunk in alignment and your legs comfortably crossed.
    • Observe the quiet flow of your breath for several minutes.
    • Then practice soham meditation (pronounced “so-hum”).
    • On each inhalation, mentally say ‘so’.
    • On each exhalation, mentally say ‘hum’.
    • Stay with this mantra for at least 5 minutes.
    • If you are more spiritual centered you could say “Let God” or “Praise God”

    It will help you become one with your inner being, and soon your stress will melt away.

    Cultivate a Meditative Mind For example, When you walk, walk mindfully. Feel the cool grass under your feet. Notice your surroundings. Notice the brightly colored flowers, the beautiful trees, a single bird flying in the sky. By staying in the present moment, you will fall in love with your life. Then anything that touches you—even stress, anger, anxiety—becomes meditation. 

    Write it out. If you are having a hard time dealing, then journal it. Just be sure to end with some positives. Also, keeping a Gratitude Journal will help keep you focused on all the good in your life.

    Take a Relaxation Break To prevent the buildup of stress, Spend at least 5 to 10 minutes in savasana (corpse pose) daily.

    • Lie on your back with your legs and arms a comfortable distance from your torso.
    • Close your eyes, and let your muscles melt into the floor.
    • Then let the lungs do their job. Take a deep breath.
    • Bring your attention to the sensation of the breath flowing in and out of your nostrils, and notice how the exhalation is slightly warm and the inhalation is moderately cool.
    • If your mind wanders, gently bring your focus back to the breath. When thoughts arise, let them go.

    This practice balances the nervous system and fosters a relaxed, clear state of mind.

    Viparita Karani. (legs up the wall)

    • Lay on the floor with your bottom next to a wall.
    • While keeping your legs up the wall, elevate your pelvis on a bolster or folded blankets.
    • 5 minutes does the trick for me

    This pose stimulates the blood pressure sensors in the neck and upper chest, triggering reflexes that reduce nerve input into the adrenal glands, slow the heart rate, slow the brain waves, relax blood vessels, and reduces blood pressure.

    Other Stress Relief Yoga Poses Shoulder stand (sarvangasana), plow pose (halasana), half spinal twist (ardha matsyendrasana), locust pose (shalabhasana), and lion pose (simhasana) Check out this site with photos for poses and more!
    Get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night. And if possible, don’t wake to a blaring alarm clock since the noise causes a flood of stress hormones to be released.

    Exercise regularly but don’t overdo. Exercise is a valuable release for pent-up stresses.  Just Know your limits and don’t over exercise, since it can cause stress on the adrenals.

    Bath of Ginger & Baking Soda for Quick Relief.

    • To a hot bath add
    • 1/3 cup ginger or( 3 drops doTERRA Ginger Essential Oil)
    • 1/3 cup baking soda
    • Stir and get in
    • (Then, even if you are not a singer, sing in the tub!
    • Even if you’re not a dancer, dance with your arms. Spontaneous music and movement will help you get back in touch with your carefree side.)

    The circulation-boosting effects of ginger and the alkaline properties of baking soda will counteract some of stress’s effects on your body.

    I hope this gave you a few things to try right NOW!

    Hugs, (another stress reliever)

    Kathy

    Check out These 5 Essential Oils to help you feel Less Stress

    April 2, 2017 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Mind Managing • Views: 280

  • Cinnamon Almonds with Essential Oil

    Plain raw soaked almonds are usually tasty enough for me. However, over the holidays I thought I would add a little pzazz to them. These Cinnamon Almonds are easy to make in your crock pot. The recipe below is for raw almonds. I follow the same recipe but soak my almonds for about 6 – 8 hour, rinsing several times. Then I lay them out on a cloth kitchen towel to dry overnight. I do this to release the enzyme inhibitors to make digestion easier as well as it increases the nutrients for my body. This process plumps them up a bit so it means that the serving size is more like 12 almonds.

    CINNAMON ALMONDS 

    Makes about 24 – 1/8 cup servings (about 14 nuts)

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups Organic Light Brown Sugar
    • 25 drops of dōTERRA Cinnamon or Cassia essential oil BUY 
    • 1/8 Sea Salt
    • 1 Egg White
    • 2 Tsp. Organic Vanilla
    • 3 cups of Almonds
    • 1/4 cup Water

    Directions:

    • Mix sugar, Cassia essential oil and salt, set aside.
    • Whisk the egg white and vanilla until it’s frothy

    • Add almonds coating them well.
    • Add the cassia/sugar mixture and toss them around until they’re well coated.    
    • Oil up a large crock pot thoroughly, add your coated almonds
    • Cook on low for 3 hours. Make sure to stir them every 25 minutes.

    • In the last hour, add your 1/4 cup water and let it cook another 45 minutes.
    • Line a cookie sheet with parchment/wax paper and spread out your almonds flat to cool.

    Per serving: 154 cal, 9g total fat, 0 Chol, 17mg sodium, 16g carbs, 2g fiber, 14g sugar, 4g protein

    NOTE:

    • Not all brands of essential oils are the same or even safe for internal use.  This is why I ONLY use doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils. Email me if you would like to know more. kathy@kathyskinner.com
    • Save the remaining sugar for ice cream or your coffee/tea.
    • Can substitute almonds with other nuts such as pecans or walnuts

    Some of the benefits of Cassia essential oil*:

    • Cassia supports a healthy metabolism.
    • It helps maintain blood sugar levels already in the normal range.
    • Cassia may help to support the health of the liver, kidneys, and urinary tract.
    • It has valuable natural cleansing properties.
    • It maintains the health of the gastrointestinal tract promoting a healthy digestion
    • Combine one to two drops of Cassia along with Lemon in a glass of water to aid digestion or ward off hunger craving
    • Supports healthy immune function & response system
    • Helps promote circulation
    • It can be used in cooking, either as a replacement for Cinnamon in pies and breads, or by itself in a myriad of entrees and desserts

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
    This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

    January 7, 2017 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 796

  • Frankincense – Essential Oil of the Bible

    As we approach the holiday season, I get an increase number of inquiries about Frankincense essential oil. If you are interested in purchasing a certified pure therapeutic grade of this essential oil click HERE. If you would like more information or how to purchase wholesalecontact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com
    A Little History on Frankincense Essential Oil
    Frankincense Essential Oil comes from a small, shrubby tree with white flowers. frankincense-tearsWhen incisions are made into the bark, it produces a milky-white resin that hardens into orange-brown “tears.” The essential oil is steam-distilled from these “tears” of hardened resin.
    Historically it has been used for millenniums. The historical documentation of the Ebers Papyrus dating back to 1500 B.C. shows listings of Frankincense used in a variety aliments. Some of those historical uses are:
    • Bronchitis, Laryngitis, Skin problems such as boils & ulcers
    • To improve Digestion & Strengthen Gums
    • Used by Queens, Pharaohs & persons of great wealth in Beautification treatments
    • Also, anciently up to present day used to Improve Eye Site & Protect Against Infection
    Modern-Day Uses of Frankincense
    Frankincense is one of the most researched essential oils. There are many well documented benefits on the stress, inflammation and cellular protection from this amazing essential oil.

    Stress is considered the most important precursor to depression, according to Barry Jacobs, PhD at Princeton University.

    What you feel emotionally,
    Becomes how you feel physically.

    Because of Frankincense’s chemical constituents, it will cause a chemical/biological change in the body to improve mood when you breathe in the aroma of this essential oil.

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    Inflammation is widely considered the root cause of most disease. Frankincense is high in Sesquiterpenes which are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Many studies have shown this to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory mediators in the body.
    Another constituent of Frankincense is Monoterpenes which increases the level of enzymes involved in removing Carcinogenic toxins from the body. It also interferes with Cholesterol Synthesis, so it helps with the slowing and the reducing of potential tumor formation, therefor protecting cells.
    Some Modern-day Uses: frankincense-tree
    • Skin imperfection, Blemishes, Cuts
    • Healthy Immune Response, Helps strengthen cells.
    • Expectorant, Helps with discomfort, ache, or soreness
    • Nervous Tension
    • Skin Care, Wrinkles
    • Healthy Cellular Function
    • Helps relieve puffiness, water retention or irritation
    Using Frankincense Daily
    World renown essential oil expert Dr. David Hill and others recommends that we should use this essential oil daily:
    • Under the tongue
    • Aromatically
    • On the bottom of the feet

    I, myself, take Frankincense along with eight other essential oils, daily in an easy supplement form. Check them out HERE

    What are some of the ways you use this wonderful oil?

    Merry Christmas!

    Kathy

    November 17, 2016 • Essential Oils • Views: 585

  • Spices for Your Food – Enhance Taste and Health

    I’ve been cooking with herbs & spices for decades. I love the way they can really perk up a dish, but I never really gave much thought to the health benefits. Since I’ve been researching what are my best and healthiest food options, the how to use and which herbs & spices to use has opened up an exciting new world of cooking. And now that I’m into essential oils, my dishes are even healthier and more flavorful! 

    In this post I will share some of the health benefits of the more popular spices. For health info on herbs go to my post on the  Health Benefits of Herbs

    What, Where & Why

    • Spices are generally derived from the bark, root, fruit, or berries of perennial plants and trees. Examples: cinnamon is the bark, ginger the root, nutmeg the fruit, pepper the berry. Other spices in your cupboard are actually blends such as curry, chili powder, seasoned salt, pickling/pumpkin spices, etc.
    • Spices (& herbs) are classified botanically as fruits and vegetables. They offer higher levels of antioxidants since they no longer contain the water that makes up a large portion of fresh produce.

    cinnamon-oilOne teaspoon of ground cinnamon has the equivalent level of antioxidants as a half cup of blueberries or one cup of pomegranate juice. Just think of all the foods to which you add cinnamon!

    • Including spices in your recipes adds flavor so you are able to use less fat, salt &/or sugar.
    • Have anti-inflammatory properties.  Inflammation has been identified as a precursor to many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, allergies, and Alzheimer’s to name a few.
    • Some spices help to boost metabolism. The capsaicin in peppers are believed to have metabolic boosting properties.
    • Some spices help keep your blood sugar steady.
    • Help increase cell-protecting activities in your blood which defend you against many diseases, from arthritis to cancer.
    • If you eat foods that are flavorful and satisfying, there is a good chance you will eat less and consume fewer calories, too!

    Storage and Longevity 

    • It is best to store your spices in tightly closed containers in a cool dark place, like a cupboard away from the stove.
    • Most ground spices lose their potency after six months on the shelf. Whole spices keep their potency up to one year. It is wiser to buy small amounts that you will use up more quickly than bulk amounts.
    • Essential Oils are 50-70 time more potent than spices (& dried herbs) and when stored in closed glasscontainers away from light and heat, they will last for decades probably longer than you. Not all essential oils are created equal or to be taken internally. For this reason I ONLY use CPTG essential oils. I like that the oils I use are independently tested multiple times to ensure they are certified pure therapeutic grade, better than organic! Check them out HERE Contact me about getting wholesale pricing Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Learn about substituting with essential oils in my blog post 

    Some health benefits of common spices & blends

    Allspice – Helps with digestive & pain relief, used to treat bacterial and fungal infections as well as coughs, chills, bronchitis and depression. It resembles a mixture of clove, cinnamon & nutmeg.

    *Black PepperImprove digestion, promotes intestinal health, has antioxidant and antibacterial effects. The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.

    *Cassia or *Cinnamon – Can help regulate blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Helps with purifying and water retention, inhibits bacterial growth and helps eliminate head/neck tension. Aim for one-fourth to one-half teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day. Add to plain Greek Yogurt, a drop of essential oil and fruit, in your oatmeal, etc

    *Cardamom – a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family.   It offers gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol control, relief from cardiovascular issues, improvement of blood circulation, helpful with conditions of the mouth & bladder issues. It also possesses properties that cause excitement. Cardamom is used mainly in Middle Eastern cooking. It has a strong pungent flavor and aroma. I frequently will add a pod when making rice. It is the 3rd most expensive spice (saffron, vanilla bean)

    *Clove – has natural cleansing, purifying,  germ-destroying properties that help fight unwanted pathogens or bacteria, relieve digestive problems, reduce bloating of joint discomfort, helps with eye health and bad teeth

    The benefits of antioxidants include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more. Sprinkle ground cloves on applesauce, add to quick bread batters, and add a pinch to hot tea. Grate fresh ginger into quick bread batters and vinaigrette. Add chopped ginger to stir-fries. Sprinkle ground ginger on cooked carrots.

    CocoaControversy on whether cocoa is a spice or not, I do because it is similar with some of the spices like curry, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. They all come in powdered form. It acts as a natural anti-depressant, antioxidant properties, can reduce blood pressure, boosts energy. When choosing cocoa to consume for health, it is Best to choose a high-quality dark chocolate. It should contain at least 70% cocoa and no dairy products.

    coriander*Coriander – Can be refer as both an herb and a spice Although the term coriander is used in much of the world in reference to both cilantro leaves and seeds, in the Americas, it generally refers to the dried cilantro seeds which are used as a spice both in whole form and ground. Protects against the seasonal or environmental threats, aids in digestion & helps settle the stomach & prevent flatulence, swelling that may alleviate symptoms of joint discomfort, protects against bladder problems.  It also helps improve or maintain healthy blood sugar or cholesterol levels.

    Coriander is a more subtle flavoring of spice & citrus flavor.  Coriander is often used in Spanish, Mexican, Latin and Indian cuisine. It’s a common ingredient in spice rubs, marinades, chilis, sauces, soups and curries and works well with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.  It pairs well with all the other spices in the “C” club: chili powder, cinnamon, curry and especially, cumin I use it in just about all my vegtable fermintation


    Cayenne Helps with pain relief, metabolism booster, prostate cancer fighter, anti-bacterial, helps with digestive issues & coughs, helps with migraines headaches, detoxifier. A dash helps bring out natural flavors of foods

    fennel-sweet1-800x800*Fennel Seeds/powderOffers digestive relief, anti-oxidant, helps maintain proper body functions, helps in prevention of swelling. Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can contribute to better health. It has a licorice like taste. Use seeds in breads, sausage, fish. Use essential oil to make tea.

    Garlic- Helps to destroys cancer cells and may disrupt the metabolism of tumor cells, protective benefits, reduces acne because of its anti-bacterial properties, help reduce inflammation. Add fresh chopped or minced garlic to pasta dishes, stir-fry dishes, pizza, fresh tomato sauce, and meat and poultry recipes.  ginger-1

    *Ginger – Can decrease motion sickness and nausea; may also relieve discomfort and swelling associated with joint discomfort, can also hinder blood clotting, an antioxidant. Ginger can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. mixed with honey and heated to provide a sweet gingery glaze on steamed carrots or broiled salmon fillets. Ginger also livens up marinades and sauces.

    Add a dash of warm sweet flavor to winter vegetables. Sprinkle Ground Ginger onto cooked carrots, acorn or butternut squash, or sweet potatoes.

    Mustard – Stimulates digestion, speeds up metabolism, inhibits cancer cell growth, reduces severity of asthma, decreases symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, lowering of high blood pressure, helps with prevention of migraines

    nutmegNutmeg (& Mace)- Helps relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.

    PaprikaContains capsaicin, whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may lower the risk of cancer, benefits night vision, helps control blood clot formation. Combine paprika with other spices, such as garlic powder and cayenne, and use as a healthful rub for chicken breast, fish or lean red meat. Lightly coat sweet potatoes in olive oil and paprika, and then roast until tender, or use paprika as a seasoning for roasted or steamed carrots. Add a spoonful of paprika to your favorite hummus to add flavor, or roast peeled chickpeas in a mix of paprika and coconut oil for a healthful snack. Finally, try using paprika to season homemade soups — it pairs especially well with pureed carrot, squash or pumpkin soups.

    Saltmostly known as a mineral. Some people say that salt is a mineral and not a spice. In actuality salt can be used to flavor food; therefore to me it is also a spice. Sodium chloride (salt) is essential to the body helping transmit nerve impulses. It plays an important role in maintaining the blood pressure and regulating our body fluids.

    Turmeric Can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, protects against cognitive decline associated with aging, a digestive aide, cholesterol reducer, lowers blood sugar, liver detoxifier, speeds up wound healing. Use it in eggs, salad dressings, meats, poultry, fish & rice dishes.

    Vanilla – Helps relieve pain, aches, stress, anxiety, depression, gas, fatigue, vomiting and nausea. Vanilla beans can also be a natural aphrodisiac. It contains anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

    COMMON BLENDS:

    Chili Powder – combination of cumin, coriander, chili peppers, garlic, cloves, paprika, salt, oregano, black pepper, & turmeric

    Chinese Five-Spice – ground cloves, anise, fennel, licorice root, & cinnamon

    Crushed Red PepperCrushed red pepper flakes are made up of a combination of red chili pepper types. Ancho, bell, cayenne and other peppers can all be part of the dried and ground pepper mix. Most of these peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which can help deplete the brain of pain-signaling neurotransmitters, block inflammation, preventing prostate cancer cells from proliferating and inducing cell death, according to a study published in the journal “Cancer Research” in 2006. , appetite suppressant & loaded with anti-oxidants, enhances metabolism, increases satiety and helps with fat burning

    Use cayenne, crushed red pepper and paprika to spice up hummus, guacamole, cottage cheese and even mashed potatoes. She adds, “Give marinades or dressings a kick with a little cayenne or sprinkle paprika onto fish for a tasty and pretty change.

    Curry – cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, pepper, dill, mace, cardamom & cloves

    Pumpkin Spices – cinnamon, cloves & ginger.

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    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    November 9, 2016 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 642