Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lemon Essential Oil and Laundry Stains

I normally just post these short notes onto my facebook page, however I thought it was kind of blog worthy.  As you know I am using a lot of essential oils lately.  We use them for:

  • removing toxins
  • boosting immunity
  • fighting colds, infections etc.
  • migraines, headaches
  • stomach upsets
  • cleaning products
  • skin care
  • oral health
  • cooking
  • bug repellent
  • etc... 
Today was so pleased to use my lemon oil on a stubborn stain.  My children definitely get their clumsiness honestly from their mama's side.  I am always after them about staining their clothes, but I am not much better.  Yesterday I was rather disappointed to find either grease or paint on my khaki capris. I threw them in the wash but the stain came out looking the same.  So I added a little lemon oil to them rub it through with a little water and let set them out in the sun for a couple hours.  Viola!

There are over 100 other uses for lemon essential oil.  So when you aren't getting out tough stains here are a few other things you can do with lemon:
  1. detoxing your body
  2. boosting mood
  3. household cleaner
  4. mouthwash
  5. fight acne
  6. clean fruits and vegetables
  7. house air freshener
  8. clean cuts and wounds
  9. relieve sore throat
  10. remove gum from hair






Friday, June 12, 2015

Chickpea Cheese Biscuits (Grain and Refined Sugar Free)

This recipe is an adaptation from recipe from Wheatless in India.  These are really simple to make and easy to adapt with different spices for flavour.  We have enjoyed these warm out of the oven or cold the next day.  We hope you enjoy them as well.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup softened coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup organic plain yogurt or non-dairy plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup organic cheese or daiya cheese
  • 3-5 drops stevia (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives (optional)

Directions (makes 6-7 biscuits)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and prepare baking sheet-I use stoneware, so no greasing was needed.
  2. In a medium size bowl combine flour, baking soda and onion powder.
  3. Cut in the coconut oil and mix until crumbling.
  4. Add in yogurt, cheese, stevia and chives and stir until fully combined.
  5. Batter will be sticky.
  6. Scoop onto baking sheet about 1/4 cup size.
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.




Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Taco, Black Bean and Rice Bowl -Simple Supper

I am definitely struggling with dinner time lately.  The weather is so nice and the garden is calling...thus I am ignoring the kitchen.  In my post Saving Money and Planning Ahead Tip #1 I introduced the idea of pre-cooking dried beans and then freezing them.  This has become paramount in my spring meal planning.  It is easy to grab a jar of beans and make a simple dinner with them. Here is one we have been eating a lot.  You could make it more taco like and add the corn chips and cheese but we have been leaving those out and still enjoying this recipe.
I would normally add much more lettuce 
and salsa but want to give a clear picture of the dish

Ingredients (serves 4-6)
  • 2 cups dry rice (of your choice)
  • water or broth
  • 1-2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked black beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • shredded lettuce, spinach or kale
  • salsa

Directions
  1. Cook rice  as you normally do and but add the taco seasoning into the water or broth.  Be sure to give it a little stir once and awhile to mix the spices into the rice.  
  2. Once rice is almost cooked add in the black beans so they can be heated up as well.
  3. Mix in cilantro or save to add on top of each bowl.
  4. Place cooked rice into a bowl, add lettuce, cilantro and salsa on top.
  5. Serve.



Sunday, May 31, 2015

After Sun -Sunburn Relief with Aloe and Essential Oils

So alas the sun has been strong these last few weeks and despite using sunscreen, I got a little more sun than I wanted.  I love being outside in the garden and sometimes get a little carried away.  I don't love sunscreen and do make sure I used one with a very low risk/harm score on the  Environmental Working Group.  This past week I have needed a little "after sun" help for my skin.  This recipe worked well at cooling down my skin, keeping away the redness and helping restore its cells.

Ingredients (makes enough for a 30ml bottle)
  • 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera juice or gel
  • 2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 (1/8 teaspoon) drop vitamin E oil
  • 2 drop melaleuca essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drop roman chamomile or peppermint essential oil

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients together and store in a coloured class container.  
  2. Use as needed.
  3. Do ensure that your oils are kept in a dark drawer or closet away from light.




Monday, May 25, 2015

Cherry Yogurt Popsicles (Refined Sugar Free)

We are big fans of homemade popsicles in this house.  During the summer, I try to maintain a continuous stock of them.  They make a healthy treat that also helps keep us cool.  This week, I tried some with yogurt.

Yes, we do eat yogurt (plain and sugar free) in this house.  I do add extra probiotics to the yogurt to help with digestion.  Probiotics are live enzymes that help reduce the stress on our digestive systems as well as balance out the healthy bacteria in our bodies.  Probiotics bring in good bacteria to our gut systems, which help our bodies heal and fight off infections.   
We all really enjoyed the combination of the cherries and the yogurt but I am sure pretty much any sweet fruit would work well in this recipe.

Ingredients (makes 5-6 popsicles)

  • 2 cups frozen or fresh pitted cherries
  • 1 1/4 cup organic, plain yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey or other natural sweetener (optional)
  • 1 capsule probiotics (optional)

Directions
  1. In a blender puree cherries until smooth.
  2. Add honey and probiotics to yogurt and stir until well blended.
  3. Alternate pouring cherry puree and yogurt into the popsicle molds.
  4. Add sticks and set in freezer to freeze until firm.
  5. Enjoy!