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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: 796

  • 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.

    * spices available in doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils which are safe for consumption. Get them HERE 

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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

  • Fiber, Why Eat It?

    Personally I have found that fiber does wonders to keep me healthy and at a healthy weight. I have more energy from better absorption of food nutrients, toxins are flushed out regularly, I feel full longer and there’s more! So let’s get started on some Fiber Facts.

    WHAT IS FIBER?

    It is the structural part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that your digestive system cannot digest or break down. Increasing fiber in the diet can be an important factor in improving your overall well-being.

    There are two main types of fiber, and they have different effects on the body:

    Soluble fiber dissolve in water and get sticky like oatmeal. This keeps us full longer.

    Corn on CobInsoluble fiber is mainly made up of plant cell walls, and it cannot be dissolved in water. Instead It absorbs water which makes the fiber more bulky and speeds the passage of waste through our digestive system helping to keep us regular.

    Facts About Fiber                 Beans -string

    • Only plants produce fiber. No matter how chewy or “tough” animal products may be, they do not contain fiber – not even bones or eggshells.
    • Heart stethscopeFiber has a beneficial effect on body chemistry, such as lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It slows digestion and absorption so that glucose (sugar) in food enters the bloodstream more slowly, which keeps blood sugar on a more even level.
    • Fiber binds to fats and toxins and escorts them out.
    • Healthy bacteria like to feed on soluble fiber which encourages the healthy bacteria to multiply.
    • Fiber keeps stool soft and keeps the contents of the intestines moving.
    • A good diet should contain approximately 25 to 35 grams a day. The average American eats less than half of that, consuming only about 10% of the fiber that they did 100 years ago. The change in the way wheat was processed into flour at the turn of the century-from a crushing to a finer rolling process – accounts bread sliced-whitesubstantially for the depletion in dietary fiber. Along with prepared, pop it into the oven meals and highly processed snacks.
    • Since fiber demands that food be chewed more thoroughly, it slows down the eating process and helps contribute to a feeling of being full, which in turn can help prevent obesity from overeating. Fiber makes food more satisfying, probably because the contents of the stomach are bulkier and stay there longer.
    • It takes about 7 calories to process 1 gram of fiber. So the average American, who eats only 12 grams of fiber in a day, only flushes about 84 calories from their day. Some Health standards recommend eating 35 grams of fiber each day, thus flushing 245 calories. If you follow these guidelines: three healthy meals a day and three healthy snacks, staying within the fiber and calorie guidelines, something wonderful will happen. Your metabolism will go UP, and you will start to drop your stored calories, which we all know as fat!
    • glass of water It is important to increase your fluid intake with WATER. Since dietary fiber is somewhat sponge like, it absorbs water. Additional amounts of water are helpful in pushing the fiber along its course.

    WHAT ARE THE BEST SOURCES?

    • Bran has the highest fiber content – about 25% to 45%.
    • Whole grains this includes breads and cereals, whole-grain pastas, and brown rice
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Beans Legumes (such as dried peas, beans, lentils)
    •  Fruits
    •  Vegetables
    • A dietary supplement of fiber products such as Herbalife Active Fiber which provides 5 grams of fiber in each serving (2.5 soluble & 2.5 insoluble)

    Check out Common Sense Health.com they have a great list of High Fiber Foods with the gram amounts by serving size.

    WAYS ADD IN MORE FIBER

    • Sprinkle bran, nuts, seeds, grains on your other foods, like yogurt or custard.                  yogurt with seeds Strawberry_Bowl-Ed
    • Add a spoonful of bran to a bowl of cereal, or add it with berries as a topping on ice cream.
    • Substitute half whole grain flour for the white flour in your recipes.
    • Use bran instead of breading on chicken and fish, breakfasting with bran cakes, or making meatballs with bran filler
    • Fresh and frozen berries are a rich source of fiber
    • DO NOT overcook your vegetables; lightly steaming and stir frying are excellent in preventing the breakdown of beneficial fiber AND loss of nutrients.
    • Apple measure tapeSML Choose healthy snacks. Eat an apple instead of drinking apple juice. The juice provides NO fiber, while an apple can supply 3.5 grams of dietary fiber.

    As you can see it really isn’t that difficult to increase your daily fiber amount. But if you do need a little extra help, I highly recommend Herbalife’s Active Fiber Complex  (comes in unflavored or apple, get it HERE). It helps to promotes regularity and healthy bowel movement* Supports growth of friendly intestinal bacteria* It has 5grams of balanced soluble and insoluble fiber.

    I like to add a scoop to my Healthy Shake Meal for a thicker, smoother shake.activefibercomplex_apple_400_us

    Another way is to add the Apple flavor Fiber Complex to a cup of fat free Greek Yogurt with chopped apples, walnuts and if you have it, 1 drop of Cassia essential oil. It makes a yummy snack or meal.

    Or just with water or your favorite beverage.

    Check out my recipes for some healthy fiber snacks:

    Tell me about ways you increase your Fiber!

    March 17, 2015 • Healthy Hints • Views: 2158

  • DIY: Naturally Healthy Foam Soap

    Being that we are now in the cold and flu season you might be tempted to purchase an anti-bacterial soap the next time you are out shopping. I don’t recommend it.

    After 42 year of FDA research as well as multiple independent studies, it’s revealed that these soaps, which contain triclosan, are no more effective than washing with plain old soap and water for just 30 seconds.

    The FDA announced on Dec 16, 2013 that manufacturers have until 2016 to prove their products containing tricloan are more beneficial and safe. If they don’t, they will have to pull the products. Read the report HERE

    Research is now going on as to whether:

    • Heavy use of antibacterial soaps may cause the creation of ‘Super-Bugs’, antibiotic-resistant bacteria (like the over use of antibiotics did).
    • These soaps could act as endocrine disruptors. (interfere with the body’s regulation of thyroid hormone for example).
    • Prolong exposure might cause development of allergies, especially in children.
    • These soaps are potentially bad for the environment.

    This alone is enough for me to put on my “caution cap” and I haven’t even touched on the other additives and chemicals that have toxic potentials. There is also the cost of these special soaps to consider. This makes me so happy to making my own soap loaded with “Natural” health supporting properties.

    Below is a recipe for a DIY: Naturally Healthy Foam Soap. There are many essential oils like Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange, Grapefruit which help promote a healthy immune system and cleanse and purify. I personally like using doTERRA OnGuard, Protective Blend. Because it is a blend of essential oils that

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

    DIY: Naturally Healthy Foam Soap          

    What you will need:

    • 10 drops essential oils of choice  Purchase them

    Directions:

    • Pour castile soap and Fractionated Coconut Oil into bottle.
    • Add essential oils.
    • Slowly add water into bottle making sure to leave room for the foaming pump.
    • Add lid, shake, and you are good to go!
    • When ready to use, just pump 1-2 times into hands and wash with warm water.

    There is no guarantee that washing your hands with essential oils will keep you from getting a cold or flu bug.  But, since essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis, they just might help you overall.

    For more way to fight off colds and flu, check out this blog .

    Wishing you Health, Joy & Laughter!

    Kathy

    Kathy@kathyskinner.com

     

    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 31, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes • Views: 903

  • Chicken & Vegetable Noodle Soup

    This soup is soothing when the days are getting chillier. It is also great to have in the freezer just in case someone in your household falls prey to a cold or flu. No need to be slaving all day in the kitchen this soup is prepped in about 15 minutes. Filled with vitamin and mineral-rich veggies, broth, chicken, and immune-boosting spices, it can do wonders for a cold. It’s also easy to digest, allowing your body to dedicate more energy to healing than to digestion. As you sit and sip, the vapors from the soup will help clear out your nasal passages and the warmth will soothe your throat. These herbs and spices that are known to boost immunity include: garlic, oregano, turmeric, sage, basil, ginger, cayenne, rosemary, and many others. And using them in their essential oil form give a bigger boost in health properties and flavor!

    CHICKEN & VEGETABLE NOODLE SOUP

    Makes about 16 cups             8 -2 cup size servings

    15 min prep     25 cooking time

    Ingredients:

    • 10 cups water
    • 4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
    • 1 T Olive Oil
    • 8 oz cut up Chicken breast (or use precooked chicken & skip the saute step)
    • 1 T minced garlic
    • 1 chopped large onion
    • 2 cups sliced Celery
    • 2 cups sliced carrot
    • 8 oz dry pasta
    • 3 cups fresh spinach
    • ½ T dry Italian Herb Mix
    • 1 T chopped fresh parsley
    • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
    • 2 drops each of Lemon & Oregano essential oils (don’t have oils see How to substitute for dried HERE) or Purchase Essential Oils HERE

     Directions:

    • Bring water & broth to boil.
    • Sauté chicken in Olive Oil, then add garlic, onion, celery & carrots.
    • Add to water & broth bring to bake to boil then simmer about 15 minutes (carrots are starting to get soft)
    • Add pasta and return to boil for about 6 minutes (paste a dente)
    • Add spinach, Herb mix, essential oils & and simmer about 5 minutes

    Nutrition per 2 cup serving:   205 calories, Fat-3.3, Cholesterol- 13.75, Sodium- 355, Carbohydrates-31.6, Fiber-3.4, Sugar-5.6, Protein- 12

    NOTE: 

    • Great reheated, tastes even better
    • Freezes well for future meals
    • Cut time even more by using leftover cooked chicken
    • Some Benefits of essential oils used:     Oregano Essential Oil bottle
      • Oregano • Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent • Provides immune-enhancing benefits • Supports healthy digestion and respiratory function • Excellent source of antioxidants
      • Essential aroma oil with lemon and mint on wooden background. Selective focus.

        Essential aroma oil with lemon and mint on wooden background. Selective focus.

        Lemon • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
        • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
        • Supports healthy respiratory function
        • Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
        • Helps ward off free radicals with its antioxidant
        benefits
        • Soothes an irritated throat

    • Not all essential oils are safe for consumption. To learn more contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com (Even though essential oils are not drugs, the FDA does not allow me to share the differences in essential oils here)

    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, 2014 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 932

  • DIY – Liquid Laundry Detergent with Essential Oils

    Recently I got a stubborn grease stain on one of my favorite shirts. My DIY stain remover helped but it didn’t take it all out. So I went online to try some other remedies. Each one I tried only made things worse! I pretty much resigned that this stain was here to stay but then thought well I’ll wash it one more time but first I’ll put a glob of my DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent on it and let it sit for a day. After washing it, I couldn’t believe my eyes – No trace of the stain! From now on I will only need to make the laundry detergent and use it as a stain remover also.

    You may wonder why I even bother to make my own detergent. Well, have you ever even looked at the ingredient list (and they don’t even have to list everything!)? We need some chemicals to clean our clothes. By making my own detergent, I can eliminate a majority of the synthetic chemicals so cutting down the amount toxins. By adding certain essential oils, I am able to naturally have a detergent that offers increased protection from bacteria, fungus, viruses, and also is mood uplifting. I have also discovered that it takes very little time to make the detergent. And the bonus is that it is way cheaper than commercial detergents!

    Liquid Laundry Detergent

    Ingredients:

    • 2 gallons HOT water
    • 4 cups grated soap flakes, about 1 bar of Fels-Naptha (find in laundry isle)
    • 1 cup washing soda (Arm & Hammer in laundry isle)
    • 1 cup borax (20 Mule Team in laundry isle)
    • Essential Oils – 30 drops lemon, 30 drops wild orange, 20 drops melaleuca (Buy Here)
    • a  funnel
    • containers for detergent

    Directions:1.microwaved felsnaptha

    • To make grating easier place Fels-Naptha bar in microwave in high for about a minute. It will look like this, a puffy rectangle.
    • Grating will be much easier! Trust me on this. While it was a good workout for my arms, it was a long and laborious process. Here’s what it looks like grated after microwaving:

    2 shredded felsnaptha3 heating soap

    • Dissolve the soap in hot water, this requires stirring
    • Add washing soda and borax, and mix well.
    • Add essential oils, mixing them in well
    • Use a funnel to pour into mixture into containers. I leave room at the top because I usually will add more water to make it more liquid.

     

    • As this mixture cools it will get gelatinous and will need to be shaken. If the consistency of the soap is not to your liking you can adjust the soap and water ratio. Here’s proof :

    5. solidified laundry soap

    • To use add 1⁄2 -1 cup to load of laundry. I use this ratio even if I have added as much half again water. It still cleans very well even though there are next to no suds.

    NOTES:

    • Safe for high efficiency washers (low suds)
    • You can use different essential oils, just remember it may change some of the benefits of the detergent. I use the following oils because they have high ratings in these benefits.
      • Lemon Essential Oil – Cleanses and purifies,  Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability, Helps ward off free radicals with its antioxidant benefits
      • Wild Orange Essential Oil – Powerful cleanser and purifying agent, Protects against seasonal and
        environmental threats, High in antioxidants, Uplifting to the mind and body
      • Meleluca Essential Oil – Renowned for its cleansing and meleluca bottlerejuvenating effect on the skin, Promotes healthy immune function, Protects against environmental and seasonal threats, Helps purify and freshen
      • To purchase Retail HERE, receive a 25% discount as a Wholesale Customer or contact me at  Kathy@kathyskinner.com
    • Not all essential oils are of the same quality. Some are even synthetic or may say pure but also contain some synthetic essential oil or toxins. To learn more click HERE

    Isn’t wonderful that we can create a healthier life for ourselves and save money too!

    Blessing on your living a Healthy Lifestyle,

    Kathy

    P.S. Would love to hear your thoughts below on what you do to create a healthier lifestyle.

    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 4, 2014 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 1744

  • 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: 1978

  • 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