Thursday, April 17, 2014

Real Food Fridays

Mary’s Kitchen 

 
Welcome to Real Food Fridays! A place to link up real food recipes and natural living posts. If you share a recipe, please keep in mind that the purpose of this link up is to encourage and help those who want to eat real, living foods. So, no Cool Whip allowed!! Recipes should contain foods found in nature. Butter, not margarine. Whipping cream, not non-dairy substitute. Turkey, not to-furky...you get the idea. Help us all find nourishing recipes for our families with ingredients we can pronounce.

We're your hosts:

Joyce @ It's Your Life
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Janine @ My Lamp is Full 
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 

My feature this week is this delicious strawberry crumble. I made this today and it is sooo delicious. Topped with whipped cream! Delish! Thanks Gluten Free Travels for sharing.
strawberry crumble gluten free

Actually, I couldn't pick just one, not when you see how beautiful this raw lemon tart it.
Shared by Tessa the Domestic Diva.  Easter Dessert for us!!
Paleo 'Hail Merry' Lemon Tart Knock-Off

Now on to this week's link up!

Love Your guts: Part 2

Week One protocol for a healthier tummy!

I explained last week the how the gut is involved in our immune response. You can read that article to see if you have signs of unhealthy gut flora. I first started studying this information as a result of an article I read a few years ago that proposed our gut health contributes to seasonal allergies. I hate OTC drugs. Anyone who has been around here awhile is aware of that. I hate allergy meds more than most. These drugs contain chemicals that contribute to unhealthy gut flora. They may mask symptoms and help you feel better. In fact, in many cases, they will. But one of the reason we choose essential oils at our house is to avoid adding more toxins into our precious bodies that are already bombarded everyday.  My goal is to raise a healthy family free from frequent illness and the rising cases of auto-immune disease. To do that, we need to love our guts.

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An overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria in the gut (candida) is linked to disease. The chemical filled processed foods, cleaners, and beauty products in our world today contribute to this. So, it makes sense to me that we need to clean those out of our system on occasion. I had the opportunity last week to drive to Wichita, KS where Rob Young, one of the owners of dōTERRA was giving a presentation called Healthy From the Inside Out. I am edified at every event I have ever attended with dōTERRA. This is a wellness company that speaks my language. And last week, we were speaking gut health. I have all of the products involved in the 30 day cleanse meant to weed out the bad and replace the good. It was great to have some direction on how to use it.

This is a 30 day cleanse which should ideally be done every 3 months. There is no mention of diet in this protocol, but cutting out the sugar and the grains for at least the second phase would be helpful as candida feeds on sugars. Just 10 days! You can do it. 

Week one: Begin a pre-cleanse by adding some powerful detox to your daily regime. Let me digress for a moment to explain why. We have been given an awesome liver. It is miraculous. The more I learn about he human body, I am amazed at the Creator. But we abuse this organ by an overabundance of OTC and prescription drugs to the point that it can no longer filter out all the toxins. To save our lives, instead of shutting down, our body dumps these toxins into storage. Guess where? OUR FAT CELLS! So, we can start by detoxing both our liver and our fat cells with two essential oils. How fun. I love the many uses of EOs. (Click on each of the bold titles below to link to a more comprehensive description)


Slim and Sassy is a metabolic blend, but the beauty of it is that the oils contained in this blend can aid the body in shedding toxins from fat cells. So, as the toxins leave, the fat cells shrink. Added benefit! To use: 3-5 drops, diluted,  rubbed into cellulite each day or take in a capsule internally. Work your way up to 25 drops per day for maximum results.


Zendocrine: This blend of essential oils is compounded specifically with liver detox in mind. A few drops of the oil over the liver or in a capsule swallowed each day.

Next, we can help reduce the toxins stored if our food is properly broken down. Many of us, especially over 30 years old, do not have the necessary enzymes to break down our food. So, it rots and ferments in the stomach and becomes toxic. The intestines can not pull out the nutrients because they are not broken down enough. So, we need help to have these amino acids and nutrients available to us. Otherwise, we can eat a horse, and still be "starving." You can juice your food to make it easy to digest. But this woman can not live on juice alone. I want a steak, and some bacon.


TerraZyme: Digestive enzymes that help break down our food so the body can assimilate the individual nutrients. Here is a little video I made of TerraZyme going to work on a bowl of oatmeal. (No animals were harmed in the filming of this video, but lots of TerraZyme  and oatmeal were wasted in my attempts to get it just right.)
Take as directed on the bottle.





Zendocrine complex: Different than the oil, this is a blend of whole food extracts that support the vital organs in the body. Filtering out the toxins. From bayberry leaf, to marshmallow root, to garlic fruit, this herbal supplement keeps those organs running like a well oiled machine. Take as directed on the bottle.

These are the supplements recommended for the first phase. Add plenty of vegetables too and begin to cut back on grains and sugar. I will share next week the protocol for phase two.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Citrus Laundry Care and Oil Me Up Wednesdays

I am dreaming of Summer, or at least 3 days in a row of Spring! Get a little summer in your life and tackle the laundry too! Do it your-selfers are gonna love this simple summer scented laundry care. Here are simple recipes that take from clean to static free.

DIY citrus laundry care

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Wild Orange Laundry Soap
2 bars grated soap (castile soap preferred)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
24-30 drops dōTERRA wild orange essential oil

Grate the soap bar in a food processor, or by hand. Then add the rest of the ingredients and give it a whirl or mix by hand. Store in an airtight container and use 2T per load.

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Lemon Fabric Softener
5-10 lemon rinds
1 quart vinegar
5 drops dōTERRA lemon essential oil
Peel the lemons and juice. Set the juice aside for something wonderful. Put the rinds in a quart jar and cover with vinegar. Let it cure a week to 2 months. The longer the rinds soak, the less vinegar scent.  Strain the lemon rinds, add the lemon oil and shake. Add 1/4 cup to rinse cycle.

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Lime Static Stopper Dryer Sheets
1 dish cloth
Safety pins
dōTERRA lime essential oil
Fold cloth and secure with safety pins. Wet cloth and add 1-2 drops of essential oil on the cloth. Add to the dryer. The safety pins help to knock out static clean. The essential oil makes a fresh scent. Alternately, you could keep a spray bottle of vinegar or water with 10 drops of oil in it. Spray the cloth before adding to the dryer.

Go to my doTERRA website to purchase these amazing citrus oils!
 

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Now on to Oil Me UP Wednesdays number ten! Thanks for making last week our biggest one yet. Please continue to spread the word so this can be a wonderful resource! Time to share your awesome informative posts on this awesome Essential Oils and Home Remedies Blog Hop!


Attention all essential oils users! Can't we all be friends, no matter which brand we prefer? It is time to cross party lines and help each other benefit the most from these gifts of the earth. Please link up with me here to share how you benefit from the essential oils in your life! Have other methods of natural healing? Please share those posts too! Together we can create an amazing resource and other readers can benefit as well. If you don't have a blog, leave your latest discovery in the comments section!

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Last weeks most popular post was:

Must have, must grow medicinal herbs - www.homesteadlady.com - a list of some of my favorites

 I especially loved how she defined these terms:
  • Vulnerary
  • Anti-microbial
  • Demulcent
  • Diaphoretic
  • Carminative

  • Click here to learn some new vocabulary!

    Now on to Today's Link up!

     

    Easter Message: Because of Him

    I love this time of year. Baby chicks, baby goats, baby bunnies! All reminders of the newness of life.

    It is a wonderful reminder that our life can be made new through the atonement of the Savior of the world. My Savior and yours. I am ever in awe of His grace and wonder. His majesty and power. His infinite love for all of us, no matter how far we have fallen, no matter that we may feel so little hope.

    My kids go around the house singing a song they hear on the radio. The chorus says, "Don't you worry, don't you worry child. Heaven's got a plan for you." What a blessing it is as a parent to hear my young children testifying with confidence that they know there is a plan for them. They know that it is made possible through Christ. It is all because of Him. Please take the time to watch this short, powerful Easter tribute to my Friend and your Friend. My God and your God.  He who makes all things possible. Even the Lord, Jesus Christ. I hope that this message fills your lamp today and reminds you that because of Him, all things are possible! Happy Easter.




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    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Instructions for Disbudding Baby Goats

    At Happy Feet Farm, we disbud our goats, unless the buyer tells us not to. It is without doubt the worst part of every spring. We have a nanny that has horns. Well, horn. One was torn off during a catfight with another hormonal mom. We were lucky it wasn't worse. She could have bled to death. So, in order to save these babies grief later on, we do it while they are young and forgiving.


    This is our second year disbudding and it was easier for me. But I just stand and count to ten, and offer moral support. I am not the one burning the babies with a red hot poker!

    Supplies needed:
    • "The machine!" Dehorner
    • Goat box (optional)
    • Heavy work gloves
    • Ice pack
    • Lavender oil
    • Melaleuca oil
    • Nerves of steel
    • Baby goats, around 2 weeks old
    We raise miniature Nubians, so the babies are tiny. We wedged a copper fitting inside the head so that it could go around smaller horns on these tiny babies. You can wait until they are a bit older if you like and no attachment will be necessary.

    I will spare you the torture of watching a video of the process. Although you can find them online.

    This is how we do it:

    To begin the process, plug in the Dehorner. It will need to be glowing red hot. We let it heat up for a good 30 minutes. You can test it on a piece of wood and if it leaves a good ring, it is ready.

    • Step one, Put the goat in the box. We made this one. It is not absolutely necessary, you could just hold the goat between your legs. We have done it both ways. If you wait to long, your goats will be too big for the box...ask me how we know!!
     
    • Step Two, shave around the nubs. This helps to guide the dehorner and cuts down on the smell of burning hair. 
    


    • Step three: Put on heavy work gloves to avoid burns. Hold the goats head steady with one hand and with the other, place the hot tool right over the nub until it makes contact with the skin around it. Making a circular motion, "stir" it around, never removing contact from the skin for 10 seconds. Remove and apply a drop each of melaleuca and lavender to soothe burn and prevent infection.  Repeat the process again on the other side. The ring around the horn should be a copper color all around. These nubs will fall off on their own.

    • Step four: give the goat a lot of love. Add an ice pack for a few minutes, then send it off to nurse with mama.
    Do you disbud your babies? Why or why not?
     
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    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Real Food Fridays


    Mary’s Kitchen 

     
    Welcome to Real Food Fridays! A place to link up real food recipes and natural living posts. If you share a recipe, please keep in mind that the purpose of this link up is to encourage and help those who want to eat real, living foods. So, no Cool Whip allowed!! Recipes should contain foods found in nature. Butter, not margarine. Whipping cream, not non-dairy substitute. Turkey, not to-furky...you get the idea. Help us all find nourishing recipes for our families with ingredients we can pronounce.

    We're your hosts:

    Joyce @ It's Your Life
    Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
    Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
    Janine @ My Lamp is Full 
    Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 

    Congratulations to our Deep Blue and Deep Blue Rub winner,  Kathi Rodgers!

    Now on to this week's link up!

    Love Your Guts: Part One

    Not long ago, I was involved in a big trade show with a few of my favorite people. It was a large event with an even larger crowd expected. It was the first thing of it's kind I had ever been involved in and I was nervous. So nervous that my farm fresh egg and toast could not, would not go down. I tried to eat. I did. I told myself I should. So, why on earth do we get a nervous stomach when we have an emotional problem like fear and worry? They are all in your mind right? Absolutely right! Your gut is your second mind.


    Listen to your gut!

    My gut often tells me that something is right or wrong. And it is almost always right! My head isn't even right as often as my gut is. Have you ever stopped to think why we let our gut think for us? We are told to trust our gut instinct. Because it is a major player in our thinking. Especially as it relates to keeping the other systems in our body healthy.

    Our gut not only "thinks" for us, it also runs our important body systems. The major player being our immune system. Cool, huh? In fact, the GI tract is responsible for 70% of the body's immune function. Why? That is where our nutrition is pulled out. That green smoothie you ate for breakfast, settles in the gut and there, the tummy goes to work pulling out the awesome vitamins and minerals you send to it. It will send those vitamins to all the systems of the body that need it most.

    Take a look at the things that disturb healthy flora:

    When we fill our guts with heavily processed foods, pasteurized dairy products, and sugar, we disrupt it's careful balance of healthy flora. These friendly bacteria are pivotal in helping our gut to think.
    They prevent the growth of harmful pathogens and also the growth of histamine. They also make for a healthy immune response.

    Other things that disrupt the healthy flora are physical stress (like my trade show event), Chemicals and toxins found in our environment (cleaners, beauty products, drugs, immunizations), a diet void of good nutrition (ie, processed food), and antibiotics. An over abundance of any of these stressors can result in low immune function, leading to tummy troubles, fatigue, aches and pains, sickness, allergies, and full blown auto-immune disease.

    Signs that you have unhealthy gut flora:
    • Allergies (including hay fever)
    • Migraines
    • Asthma
    • Eczema
    • Psoriasis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Lupus
    • Celiac
    • MS
    • Diabetes
    • Arthritis
    I have had a lot of people approach me and ask if there is an oil for the above problems. I always say, well, yes. There certainly is, but I personally do not like to use oils like a band aid. Using oils for pain or as an antihistamine is a wonderful tool because we avoid adding to toxic load by introducing drugs. But there is only one way to give the body the support it needs to get better. That is through creating a healthy gut. Heal the gut, boost the immune system, and restore health.

    You can research a lot of different ways to get rid of unhealthy bacteria and replace it with the good stuff. None of them are easy. The  GAPs diet,  (have researched, but not tried) Candida Cleanse (have used in our family) are two places to start. I have seen others but to not wish to promote them here. All agree on two things. Cut out sugar in all forms as bacteria loves it even more than we do, and flood the gut with probiotics.

    I have a great formula for making happy flora in your gut! May help cut down on those allergies too. Tune in next week, and I will share it with you!

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