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  • 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: 800

  • Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

    When I have a surplus of zucchini in my garden, I will make the usual zucchini bread but I also make these oatmeal cookies. They always get raves and requests for the recipe so I figured it was about time I recorded it here!

    This last batch I used a 1/2 cup of ground old fashion oats in place of the wheat flour and they were great again!

    Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

    Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies

    Ingredients

    • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
    • ¾ cup white beans pureed
    • 1/2 c wheat flour
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2/3 cup coconut oil liquified
    • 1 cup grated zucchinioatmeal-zucchini-carrot
    • 1/2 c shredded carrot
    • 1/2 c shredded coconut
    • 1/2 c Raisins
    • 2 eggs
    • ¼ cup local raw honey
    • 1/2 c brown sugar

    Instructions:  

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grate zucchini and squeeze out excess water. (I grate onto a paper towel and then use the paper towel to get rid of the excess water. Wrap the paper towel or dish cloth around the zucchini and squeeze over the sink.) Grate carrot 
    3. Beat oil, honey & sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined.
    4. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
    5. Gradually add flour mixture to the oil/sugar mixture and beat on low speed until well combined. Then gradually add in beans, beating until combined
    6. Stir in oats, zucchini, carrot, coconut, and raisins.
    7. Drop by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they just start to turn color. Let cool on sheets for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack and ENJOY!

    Per Cookie:

    101 cal, 11g fat, 10mg sodium, 11g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugar, 1.5g protein  

    Note:

    • These cookies freeze well
    • Add 3 drops doTERRA Wild Orange or Cinnamon or Cassia essential oils for added flavor pop and health benefits.

     

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    October 3, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 808

  • Guilt Free Pumpkin Cookies

    It’s October and everywhere I turn there is a pumpkin flavored or scented item. I even saw pumpkin Biscotti the other day! I really enjoy the flavor myself. Just this morning I had a Pumpkin Spice Shake. I just added a 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin along with a drop each of Cassia, Clove & Ginger essential oil or you could add pumpkin spice seasoning! Delish!

    Since I do enjoy pumpkin, I came up with this healthier version of the Pumpkin Cookie. Because it is low in calories and high in nutrition, I don’t feel guilty having one or two for my afternoon snack along with a cup of herbal tea. While the Fall Season causes us to consume more pumpkin foods, these cookies are great anytime of the year.

    Pumpkin Cookies

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    Makes about 3 dozen small cookies

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • ½ cup coconut oil
    • ½ tsp liquid clear Stevia
    • ½ cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 3 drops Cinnamon or Cassia essential oil*    cinnamon-oil
    • 2 drops Ginger essential oil*
    • 1 drop Clove essential oil*
    • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • ¾ cup oat flour**
    • 2 T flax seed meal
    • 2 T cornstarch
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
    • ½ tsp sea salt

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
    • Reduce pumpkin by heating over medium heat in sauce pan for 30-40 minutes. Stirring often until reduced to ½ cup
    • Cream together coconut oil, stevia & brown sugar
    • Mix in cooled pumpkin, vanilla & essential oils
    • Combine dry ingredients in bowl & whisk
    • Combine wet & dry ingredients mixing until well combined
    • Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into ball, place on parchment & flatten with back of spoon
    • Bake 10-12 minutes, let cool a couple minutes on sheet then, remove to cooling rack
    • Store in sealed container.
    • They also freeze well 

    1 cookie: 68 cal, 3.4g total fat, 41.25mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1.2g fiber, 2.9g sugar, 1.6g protein

    Notes:  *Not all essential oils are pure enough to be consumed, which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Learn about them HERE

    **I make my own oat flour by grinding it in my blender or food processor.

    Enjoy!

    Kathy

    October 23, 2015 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 742

  • Help Manage Hunger and More with This Essential Oil Blend

    Summer is coming which means no more layers of clothes to hide under.  So it is time to get going with those healthy eating habits and exercise program. What, you say, “I’ve already been doing that and I just can’t seem to get off this plateau!” After you’ve read this post check out the one about plateau busters. Today I want to focus on something I found that helps to manage hunger and more! It is a combination of essential oils that that are known for their detoxifying qualities which can promote weight loss in a natural and healthy way. It is Slim & Sassy, the Metabolic Blend by doTERRA

    Get it HERE

    This blend includes grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils in just the right portions. Manage your hunger by just adding 8 drops to 16 oz. of water and drink between your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach, and lift your mood. (Some people, like me, find it strong tasting so we use the softgels. Get HERE )

    What I love about this blend is all the different uses it has. A favorite of mine is to massage it onto my trouble spots with Fractionated Coconut oil, the  Hand & Body Lotion or virgin organic coconut oil (my favorite brand) after a shower.

    Here are some other ways to use the Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend to help improve your health:

    Appetite Balance– Add 2-3 drops of essential oils for weight loss to every glass of water throughout the day, or inhale from the bottle as desired.

    Support Overall Blood Sugar Levels– Massage several drops into the soles of the feet 1-2 times a day, or add to water as above.

    Calming– Inhale from the bottle as needed.

     Cravings– Add 1 drop of essential oils for weight loss to an ounce of water and shoot, or inhale from the bottle as needed.

    Detoxification– Add several drops to every glass of water or massage into the reflex points of the feet.

    Calm Stomach– Add several drops to your water, daily or as needed, or rub 1-2 drops over the abdomen.

    Energy– Use aromatically (diffusing or otherwise), add 1-2 drops to water, or massage into feet daily.

    Mentally Stimulating– Diffuse during times of fatigue or stress.

    Promote a Healthy Metabolism– Add 1-2 drops of essential oils for weight loss to every glass of water throughout the day, or massage into the reflex points of the feet.

    Overeating– Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water before meals.

    Promote a Positive Mood– Use aromatically throughout the day, either inhaling from the bottle, diffusing, or massage 1-2 drops over the solar plexus.

    Sugar Cravings– Add 1 drop to an ounce of water several times a day, or inhale from the bottle as needed.

    Uplifting– Use aromatically throughout the day, either inhaling from the bottle, diffusing, or massage 1-2 drops over the solar plexus.

    Promote a Healthy Weight – Add 1-2 drops of essential oils for weight loss to a glass of water before meals, or throughout the day.

    Worthiness– Use aromatically throughout the day, either inhaling from the bottle, diffusing, or massage 1-2 drops over the solar plexus.

    These suggestions were collected from various sources. If you have any questions or concerns be sure to contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    NOTE: The advice shared on this site 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 the products and essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.

    P.S. Want to get a wholesale discount? No selling required! Go to www.mydoterra.com/kathyskinner or contact me Kathy

    May 4, 2015 • Essential Oils • Views: 757

  • Mouthwash made with Essential Oils

    Other than saving alot money, you might be wondering by bother with making your own mouthwash. Just take a look at the ingredients on the back of your mouthwash bottle. More than likely you will discover that you are actually getting a mouthful of chemicals.

    The active ingredients in mouthwash usually include Benzalkonium chloride, Methylparaben, Hydrogen peroxide, Domiphen bromide, Hexetidine, and Chlorhexidine gluconate. (Contact me to learn more about each active ingredient here.Other popular ingredients include foaming agents, ethyl alcohol, flavored oils (not necessarily natural), antimicrobial ingredients, colorants, preservatives and fluoride.   mouthwash-l

    Ethyl alcohol, one of the most popular ingredients, can weaken the lining of gums and oral cavity, which can increase the risk of damaging chemicals affecting your DNA. Research reported by Standford University suggests, though it is not conclusive, that the alcohol in antiseptic mouthwash might increase the risk of oral cancer. To learn more about the study contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Most mouthwashes also include synthetic colors, aromas, and flavorings—which are basically perfumes. These perfumes and alcohols contained in most mouthwashes may take away mouth odors temporarily, but they can also alter the basic flora and pH of your mouth and throat which can have serious side effects.

    Not all mouthwashes are created equal, and some use more questionable ingredients than others. One way to freshen your mouth without the worry is to create your own mouthwash using essential oils that are naturally cleansing, purifying, or germ-destroying in nature.

    You can easily make your own mouthwash that is free of chemicals, perfumes, preservatives, artificial colors, and more with two simple ingredients—water and essential oils—which can be just as beneficial (if not more) than chemicals used in traditional mouthwashes.

    Try this simple and cost effective mouthwash recipe for a clean, refreshed, and healthy mouth.

    MOUTHWASH MADE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

    Ingredients:

    • 10 drops of doTERRA essential oil(s)
    •   2 cups water (distilled, filtered, or boiled water)
    •   16 ounce dark glass bottle

    Directions:

    1. Put 10 drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice into the glass bottle or jar. (Not all essential oils are equal in purity –  learn more.)
    2. Pour in 2 cups of distilled, filtered, or boiled water into glass bottle. Note: If you boiled water, make sure you let the water come to room temperature before adding to bottle.
    3. When using, shake first and take a small sip of your homemade mouthwash. Swish around your mouth and gargle for 30 seconds. Spit out, DO NOT swallow.
    4. You’re done! It’s that easy.

    There are many essential oils you could use in your mouthwash. Below are a few suggested oils you could use, by themselves, or by combining two or more to make a blend. My favorite to use is doTERRA CPTG OnGuard, the Protective Blend.

    Essential Oil Suggestions

    Lemon, Melaleuca, Wild Orange, Protective Blend, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon or Cassia

    To purchase oils at Retail click HERE.

    Email me to get Discounts!  Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Note on Cinnamon essential oil: Be careful when using Cinnamon essential oil as it can be irritating if too much is used. Start with 1 drop and gradually increase if desired.

    Note on Wintergreen essential oil:   Wintergreen is not labeled for internal use as it contains some phytochemical constituents that can make you sick when taken in large doses.  We use a child safety cap on Wintergreen because it smells like candy and don’t want kids drinking it, although it would be very hard to gag down enough to hurt someone.  Some oils are not recommended for internal use because they are either not safe or there are no health reasons to use them internally.  It does not mean they are not pure or safe; they are just not used in that way.  Some individuals use Wintergreen in small amounts for a mouthwash and it is not an issue in this regard.  However, we don’t recommend you use high levels (more than 20 drops at a time) of any essential oil internally because they are very concentrated.  It is important to remember that more is not always better.

    I love my essential oil mouthwash because I know that I am doing something about reducing the toxins in my body which helps keep me healthier. By using doTERRA OnGuard Blend I am also boosting my immune system and that keeps me healthier, too.

    And this mouthwash has already save me tons of MONEY too!

    What is your favorite essential oil(s) to use in your mouthwash???

    Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter,

    Kathy

    P.S. Where to get ‘glass’ bottles???  HERE

    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 16, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1242

  • Cinnamon Spread with Coconut Oil

    Once I discovered that Virgin Organic Coconut Oil was a saturated fat with a whole lot of HEALTHY components, unlike other saturated fats, I started looking for ways to incorporate it into my diet daily. I was especially intrigued about the way it helps to fight Candida overgrowth. We all need some Candida but too much can result in numerous health issues. To read more check out this research study in PubMed.gov  and a list of symptoms caused by Candida

    To make this spread the healthiest and tastiest I also used a butter grapeseed oil which contains no actual butter. I use liquid Stevia in place of white sugar and add  either Cinnamon or Cassia essential oil. It is really amazing how just 2 drops really make the flavor pop! I tried it with out the essential oil and it was O.K. just not as tasty. Read below the recipe for the health properties of the essential oils. Not all essential oils are safe for consumption. Email me to learn more as the FDA does not allow info here even though essential oils are not drugs.

    I use this spread everyday either on a slice of organic whole grain toast or in my oatmeal.

    CINNAMON SPREAD

    16 servings of 1 Tablespoon each

    Cinnamon Spread ingredents  Ingredients:

    Directions:

    • Heat Coconut oil to liquefy
    • Remove from heat
    • Stir in remaining ingredients
    • Pour into glass container (I use jars with a screw top lid)
    • Occasionally stir as spread begins to solidify to prevent separation
    • Cover with lid and store on counter.Cinammon spread close up
    • We like this spread so much that it never lasts more than a couple weeks. Store in refrigerator if wanting to keep longer.

    Per serving: 105 calories, 10 g fat, 4 g carbs, 4 g sugar

    NOTES:

    • *You can also use natural grapeseed oil, the butter flavor just makes it tastier
    • **I have used both the Cinnamon and the Cassia essential oils and they both work well. I mostly use the Cassia in cooking as it is a better price point and has almost all the  benefits as the Cinnamon.

    Ways Cinnamon and Cassia Essential Oils Help Support Good Health

    • Promotes circulation
    • Maintains a healthy immune system
    • Promotes oral health
    • Helps alleviate sore muscles and joints
    • Long used for its internal health benefits
    • Long used as natural flavoring

    • Promotes healthy digestion
    • Warming, uplifting aroma
    • Helps promote circulation

    Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of this spread or if you have a favorite to share!

    Blessings for Health, 

    Kathy

    Purchase essential oil at retail or discount by contacting me; 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

    December 31, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes, Wildtree • Views: 773

  • Flourless Brownies

    It may surprise you to know these fourless brownies are made with Black beans. They are a delicious and nutritional, full of fiber and protein compared to traditional chocolate brownies. Don’t be nervous about baking with black beans, they have a mild flavor and are extremely rich and creamy. You can also boost the flavor and health benefits of your brownie with essential oils such as Peppermint, Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Cassia or even Lavender.

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    BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

    Ingredients:

    • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Special Dark)
    • 1/2 cup raw honey
    • 1/3 cup organic virgin coconut oil melted (Buy HERE)
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • 4 drops Cassia essential oil (or Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Lavender)   (purchase essential oils that can be ingested HERE)
    • 2/3 cup chocolate chips, divided (I used Special Dark, could also use carob chips)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Place all ingredients, except for chocolate chips, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
    3. Pour batter into large bowl and stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.
    4. Pour into greased 8×8-inch pan and top with ¼ cup chocolate chips.
    5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
    6. Let cool and cut into 24 pieces. Store in refrigerator.

    1 piece = Calories-98.7, Fat-8.7g, Chol.-15.5g, Sod-10mg, Carbs-13g, Fiber-2g, Sugar-8.5g, Protein-2.4g

    NOTES:

    • These brownies freezes well. Great way to have a little something after dinner!
    • I use the oils because it ups the medicinal/nutritional values and flavor for the foods I eat.
    • Not all essential oils are safe to use internally. To learn more and which oils I use click HERE or contact me at Kathy@kathyskinner.com . Even though essential oils are not drugs the FDA has limited us from sharing information here.

    Would love to hear what you think so leave me a comment below.

     

     Some of the Ways Essential Oils

    Might Help to Improve Ones Health

    Cassia

    • Promotes healthy digestion
    • Supports healthy immune function
    • Helps promote circulation
    • Helps soothe sore, achy jointscinnamon-oil

    Cinnamon                

    • Promotes circulation
    • Maintains a healthy immune system
    • Promotes oral health
    • Helps alleviate sore muscles and joints
    • Long used for its internal health benefits

    lavender-essential-oil bottleLavender

    • Widely used for its calming and
    relaxing qualities
    • Soothes occasional skin irritations
    • Helps skin recover quickly
    • Eases muscle tension

    Protective Blend

    • Supports healthy immune function
    • Protects against environmental threats
    • Cleans surfaces
    • Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
    • Energizing, uplifting aroma

    Peppermint

    • Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
    • Alleviates occasional stomach upset

    Wild Orange              Essential oil with orange peel

    • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent
    • Protects against seasonal and
    environmental threats
    • High in antioxidants
    • Uplifting to the mind and body

    Ask me about use for specific issues by leaving a comment below or EMAIL me for something more private

    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 of 25%!  Or email me Kathy@kathyskinner.com for more information.

    Wishing you Blessings for a Wonderful Day!

    Kathy

    NOTE: The advice shared on this site 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 the products and essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.

    September 15, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes • Views: 1980