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  • 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

  • No-Cook Tomato Soup

    My veggie garden has been producing very well this year. And we managed to get if fenced well enough to keep the deer out! Are you experiencing an over load of tomatoes, too? While I’m dehydrating and freezing some, we like eating them right now as well. When the weather is especially warm I like having this delicious ‘No-Cook Tomato Soup’ on hand for a quick lunch, dinner or snack. As I have mentioned before, if I don’t have exactly all the ingredients on hand I will use something similar. It may change the texture and taste a bit but it always turns out to be tasty!!! This goes really well with the Veggie Surplus Quick Bread &/or the Flourless Nuts & Seeds Bread

    No-Cook Tomato Soup 4 – 1 ½ cup servings

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes0826151241
    • 1 coarsely chopped red pepper
    • 1 medium coarsely chopped zucchini
    • 1/3 cup chopped onion
    • 1 – 11.5 oz can tomato juice
    • ½ cup cold water
    • 2 minced clove garlic
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil (or 1/8 cup parsley plus 1 drop Basil Essential Oil  Purchase HERE)
    • ¼ cup crumbled soft goat cheese

     Directions:

    • Pulse tomatoes in batches in food processor/blender, making sure some chunkiness remains; pour into large bowl
    • Pulse bell pepper until finely chopped (since I use a blender I add a little of the tomato juice in to aid the peppers and not burn out the motor); adds to tomatoes.
    • Pulse zucchini and onion until zucchini is chopped; add to tomatoes (again I have some of the tomato juice with them)   
    • Stir in tomato juice, water, garlic, salt & pepper to veggies in the bowl
    • Cover & refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend (I’ve kept it in the refrigerator up to a week. We usually eat it up before then so I don’t know how well it last past that. I’m pretty sure you could freeze it.)
    • Stir in basil before serving; serve & garnish with goat cheese

    Per serving: 90 calories, 2.5g total fat, 5mg cholesterol, 705mg sodium, 14g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4.5g protein

    Do you have a favorite no-cook soup? Please share!

    Kathy

    Kathy@KathySkinner.com

    *Note: Not all essential oil brands are safe for consumption. Which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Check them out HERE

    September 21, 2015 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 728

  • Cucumber Soup

    Hot Summer days mean I’ve been looking for ways to eat HEALTHY without heating up the kitchen. In the process I have learned a lot more about eating raw. (Another post on this!) It has been fascinating and fun as I experiment with new recipes, changing over some of my favorites and creating new recipes of my own. Below is one of my new concoctions. We love it! This soup will definitely become a staple for us.

    It is great as an appetizer,  main course or snack. I really like that it is easy to prepare, can be made ahead, and the flavor can be changed up by using different herbs. Our favorite herb so far to use is basil.

    CUCUMBER SOUP

    Makes about 2 – 1 ½ cup servings

    Ingredients:

    • 10 oz frozen spinach chopped
    • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped (about 2 cup)
    • ¾ cup of water
    • ½ T lemon juice
    • 1/2 t minced garlic (1 clove)
    • 1/4 t Sea salt
    • ½ c chopped green onions including greens
    • 1 ripe avocado, chopped
    • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 T minced fresh herbs (parsley, basil, mint, etc.)
    • or 1 drop essential oil  (basil, mint, cilantro, thyme, etc.)

    Directions:soup 1st blend

    • Place the spinach, cucumber, water, lemon juice, garlic, onions and salt in a blender and process until smooth.
    • Add the avocado and EVOO and blend again until smooth.
    • Add the herbs and blend briefly to mix.
    • Serve immediately or refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving for a chilled soup,

    soup blender & cup Per serving: 192 calories, 15 g total fat,121 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 6 g protein

     

     

    I am making this again this week and plan on using cilantro essential oil for my herb. A perfect complement to our Sevichi salad!

    Check out my blog post on the health benefits of different herbs HERE

    Let me know what your taste buds think!

    Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter,

    Kathy

    NOTE: Not all essential oils are safe to ingest. Which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils! Check them out HERE

    July 25, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes • Views: 1490

  • Essential Oils for Goal Creating, Achieving

    “When we fail to plan, we plan to fail.”Goal Success

    This quote by so many leaders reminds us that we do have more control over our lives than we sometimes want to admit. Creating and achieving a goal is a journey in self-improvement and in gaining more control over our lives.

    When setting a goal, it needs to be specific, a clear WHY I Want It, steps to getting there and date for accomplishment. You can greatly enhance the process by using esDiffuser greenairsential oils for your goal creating and achieving process. For this process diffusing the oil in a diffuser or placing a drop in the palm of your hand, rub hands together and then breathe in.

    Learn about using essential oils HERE .  I only recommend the use of  doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils because of their of purity.

    Essential Oils for Goal Creating, Achieving

    Maybe you have already set some goals and just need a little help achieving them. If that is you scroll down for some oil suggestions.

    Or maybe you’re not real sure what goals to set for yourself. Breathe in an oil suggested here and start asking yourself questions like:

    • What do I want to experience more of right now? in my life?
    • If I had that, would it make a difference? How?
    • How serious am I in making changes in my life to accomplish this?

    Essential Oils to Help:         Make a Purchase

    You Gain Vision and Clarity about What You’d Like to Achieve  

    Balance®, The Grounding Blend – oil of grounding, clarifies; helps to provide balance

    Cassia – oil of self-assurance – helps assist in discovering innate gifts and talents

    Citrus Bliss®, The Invigorating Blend – oil of creativity, helps motivate one to use their true creative power

    Clary Sage – oil of clarity and vision, helps assist in opening creative channels

    InTune®, The Focus Blend – oil of presence, helps calm the mind facilitating inner peace

    Lemon – oil of focus, helps with mental clarity and clearing the mind

    Roman Chamomile – oil of spiritual purpose, helps support discovery and living ones true life purpose

    Rosemary – oil of knowledge and transition, helps during times of confusion, difficulty adjusting or learning

    Vetiver – oil of centering and descent, helps assist in deeply connecting with what one thinks and feels – can be very supportive in self-awareness work

    Wild Orange – oil of abundance, helps to foster creativity

     

    To help Remove Blocks try using:

    Basil – oil of renewal, gives hope and optimism

    Bergamot – oil of self-acceptance, supports self-love and acceptanceblack-pepper-oil-bottle

    Black Pepper – oil of unmasking, helps give strength to overcome challenges and issues carried inside

    Cassia – oil of self-assurance, helps bring gladness and courage to heart and soul

    Cilantro – oil of releasing control, facilitates emotional cleansing, shedding what is not in harmony with ones true self

    Clary Sage – oil of clarity and vision, helps assist in clearing creative blocks

    Cypress – oil of motion and flow, helps to remove emotional blocks

    Helichrysum – oil for discomfort, helps to restore confidence in life and in self

    Immortelle®, The Anti-aging blend – oil of spiritual insight, helps to assist in releasing negativity, and limiting perceptions

    Lavender – oil of communication, supports individuals in releasing tension and constrictions that stem from fear of expressing one’s self

    Oregano – oil of humility and non-attachment, helps remove blocks and clear negativity

    Purify®, The Cleansing Blend– oil of purification, diffused in air it can help facilitate emotional breakthroughs

    Thyme – oil of releasing and forgiving, helps to assist in addressing trapped feelings

     

    O.K. you have your GOAL, you’re focused on doing something each day that brings you closer to it – BUT – sometimes you just can’t get yourself going.

    Oils to help you Achieve Success:

    Balance®, The Grounding Blend – oil of grounding, helps to provide inner strength and fortitude

    Citrus Bliss®, The Invigorating Blend – oil of creativity, helps to return motivation and drive when it is lacking

    Ginger – oil of empowerment, helps individuals in taking full responsibility for their life circumstances, to choose their own destiny

    Lemon – oil of focus, helps to restore energy, mental flexibility and drive to complete a project

    Lemongrass – oil of cleansing, helps with dispeling feelings of despondency, despair and lethargy

    I would love to hear your comments on the oils, your goals, what support you might need. I’m here for you!

    Kathy

    P.S. If you have any questions on the oils, their uses, etc. email me kathy@kathyskinner.com

    Or if you are interested in making a purchase and like getting discounts (no sharing or selling required), go to https://www.mydoterra.com/kathyskinner/#/ 

    I can help you with that also! Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    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

    January 12, 2015 • Essential Oils, Mind Managing • Views: 1789

  • Health Benefits of Herbs

    I don’t know about you but I’ve been cooking with herbs for decades. I love the way they can really perk up a dish, but never really gave much thought to the health benefits. Ever since I’ve been researching what are my best and healthiest food options, the how to use and which herbs to use has opened up an exciting new world of cooking.

    Please share your favorite herb(s) and how you use them in the comment section below. If you are looking for ideas on uses, post that as well and I’ll get back to you with some (and maybe others will share as well).

    Here is a list of  some of the health benefits of the more popular herbs.

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF HERBS

    basil*Basil: helps body from damage of free- radicals, combats cancer, promotes cardiovascular health, inhibits inflammation, promotes digestive health, combats bacterial & viral infections

     

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    Cilantro (*Coriander): helps protects against Salmonella, to bind to heavy metal in your body, fights inflammation, lowers blood sugar, relieves intestinal gas, and prevents nausea, prevents urinary infections, lowers LDL(bad cholesterol) and raises your HDL(good cholesterol)

    dill-leaves*Dill: helps with bone health, fight off infections internally & externally, in elimination of free-radicals, improve digestive functions, reduce pain of headache and a hiccup cure.

     

    lavender

    *Lavender: helps calm skin and mind, reduce bad bacteria in your gut, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, reduces anxiety and depression

     

    lemon-grass*Lemongrass: helps to cope with fever, coughs, colds, stress, to lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, to cleanse the body by eliminating toxic substances and to improve the digestive system

     

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    *Marjoram:  helps increase efficiency of digestive system, fight against a variety of common illnesses, improve cardiovascular health; as an anti-inflammatory it helps with asthma, muscle spasms, migraines, sinus headaches and overall body aches

    mint-leaves* Mint: helps sooth digestive tract, helps in curing asthma, eliminate toxins from body, clean blood, in prevention of colon, skin & lung cancers, reduces bacterial & fungus growth.

     

     

    oregano

    *Oregano: considered Nature’s antibiotic; helps with muscle pain, acne, dandruff, allergies, intestinal parasites, may help slow down or prevent progression of cancer

     

    parselyParsley:  helps fight against inflammation, colon & prostate cancers, promotes healthy bones & teeth, fight infections, ward off cardiovascular diseases, protect nervous system

     

    Roman ChamomileChamaemelum nobile 2012m146

     

    *Roman Chamomile: helps to reduce swelling, to stop growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi; it promotes a general feeling of calmness, Relieves anxiety and depression

     

    rosemary-herb *Rosemary: helps to protect against cancer, stimulate the circulation of the blood around the body, promote digestion in the stomach, relieves flatulence, colic in babies, gas and indigestion, relives arthritic and rheumatoid pain, helps improve blood flow to the brain, which can improve concentration and memory

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    *Sage: helps to lessen feelings of depression and stress, to calm intestinal spasms and to treat gastritis and diarrhea; helps memory and cognition, protects against diabetes

     

    tarragon1374 Tarragon: helps to stimulate and regulate the digestive system, to boost immune system, to remove toxins from the body, helping to prevent the formation and growth of cancer cells and prevent and cure rheumatic arthritis, prevent visible signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, patchy skin and dark spots.

     


    thyme*Thyme
    : helps with liver detoxication, boost immune system encouraging white blood cell formation while increasing resistance to foreign organisms; effective against respiratory and digestive infections

     

     

    Want to boost your health benefits and flavor even more? Try using essential oils! Check out on how in this post: Difference between using Fresh, Dried Herbs or Their Essential Oils and how to substitute between fresh, dried & oils.

    Herbs have been around a very long time adding health and flavor to your foods. If you haven’t been using them, I really encourage you to pick out one from the list above and add it to different meals through out week. You will find that you don’t need as much salt or fats to have a flavorful meal!

    Herbs with a * are available in Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils by doTERRA that are safe for consumption. Get them HERE

    Wishing You Happy Healthy Cooking!   Kathy

    October 13, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1339

  • Surplus Veggie Quick Bread

    The Summer harvesting is upon us! You may have a vegetable garden that’s giving you an abundance of crops or you are enjoying the bounty at your local Farmer’s Market. If you find yourself with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, here is a different way to use them up besides making soup!

    This bread isn’t a sweet bread like most squash quick breads. This morning I had it toasted with a butter substitute I make with Coconut Oil and it was tasty! I found it goes well with a meal or with a spreadable cheese for a snack.

    Remember to be adventuresome and switch out the suggested veggies for the ones you have.

     

    Surplus Veggie Quick Bread       Yield: 1 loaf of 18 slices

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Organic Rye Flour
    • 1 cup Organic Whole-wheat Flour
    • ½ cup uncooked Organic oats
    • 3 T. grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1/4 cup Raw Local Honey
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil liquefied
    • 1 cup grated carrot
    • 1 cup grated zucchini
    • 1/3 cup chopped green onions with tops
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery with leaves
    • 1 T. each of chopped fresh Thyme, Basil & Oregano
    • 1 drop each of Thyme, Basil & Oregano Essential Oils purchase HERE

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Oil & flour standard loaf pan.
    • In large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
    • In separate bowl, beat together eggs, milk and oil.
    • Combine wet inBread_Surplus Veggiesgredients, dry ingredients, and herbs, essential oils and veggies until just moistened.
    • Fill loaf pan and let sit for 10 minutes or so before baking.
    • Bake for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    • Cool briefly, then turn out of pan to cool further.

    1 loaf yields 18 slices Nutrition Per slice: 143 cal, 7.5g total fat, 32mg Chol, 85mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 2.3g fiber, 5g sugar, 3.5g protein

    NOTES:

    • This bread freezes nicely and travels well so great for sharing which means you just may want to make several loafs at a time.
    • Besides changing out the vegetables you could also change the Herbs and essential oils. If you don’t have the particular essential oil up the fresh herb to 2-3 Tablespoons.
    • I use the oils because it ups the health/nutritional benefits for the bread.
    • Not all essential oils are safe to take internally. To learn more and which essential oils I use, click HERE or Contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com .

    Leave me a comment below on what changes you made.

     Health Benefits of Essential Oils Used in this Bread

    • Thyme – Provides cleansing and purifying effects for the skin, Broad-spectrum activity
    • Basil – Soothes sore muscles and joints, Assists with clear breathing, Acts as a cooling agent for the skin, Promotes mental alertness, Lessens anxious feelings, Enhances memory function, Reduces stress and tension, Reduces tension when applied to temples and back of neck, Soothes minor irritations, Sharpens focus while studying or reading, Soothes minor skin irritations
    • Oregano Essential Oil bottleOregano – Used as a powerful cleansing and
      purifying agent, Provides immune-enhancing benefits, Supports healthy digestion and respiratory function, Excellent source of antioxidants
    • Ask Me about use for specific health benefits
    • Due to the purity of the essential oils I use,  very little goes a long way – use very little and then reapply every half hour if you need to.

    Purchase Essential Oils at Retail,  or receive DISCOUNTS 25% or Learn more click HERE or email me, Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    Wishing you Blessings for a Wonderful Day!

    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

    September 10, 2014 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 1382