Monday, September 22, 2014

On Guard and It's Fight Against Illness

I have been using my some of my essential oils now for a few weeks.  I am really enjoying the purity of these oils.  I am amazed with how they smell and how effective they can be.  My favourite one right now is the On Guard.  On Guard is a blend of several essential oils.  This unique blend has since been studied and found to be a great support on the immune system.

On Guard isn't designed to destroy all germs, unlike antibiotics which kill good and bad bacteria. On Guard is designed to inhibit the growth of germs.  Taking this oil blend at the onset of sickness, it will slow down or stop the sickness from growing.  Your body will now be able to fight it off and you should recover much quicker.  On Guard is also a great blend to protect your body ahead of time as it will fight off germs before they have a chance to even infect you.  The combination of these oils also have a high anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic properties.  

Here are just a few of the uses for this oil blend.
  • Mix 1 drop with a tbsp of water, gargle for 1 minute then swallow at the onset of a sore throat.
  • Put 5 drops oregano and 5 drops on guard in a gel capsule and take 3 times daily at the onset of cold or flu symptoms.
  • Put on the soles children’s feet at night during cold & flu season to support immune system.
(1 drop:1 teaspoon carrier oil)
  • Put several drops on a bowl of hot – hot water and Breathe in the vapors as it begins to volatilize when you have lung congestion.
  • Diffuse 3 drops (or depending on diffuser) to clean the air and help protect against colds and the flu.
  • Add to your laundry cycle for micro clean clothes.
  • Add to your mop water for cleaner floors.
  • Apply to bee and insect stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.
  • Gargle and brush daily for healthy teeth and gum’s and to prevent and treat gum disease.
  • Diffuse in homes or business to kill airborne pathogens, inhibit mold and build immune systems.
  • Make an antibiotic blend using On Guard (12 drops) Oregano (6 drops) Frankincense (2 drops) in a gelcap.
  • Apply neat to the toes and nails to combat fungus.
  • Combine 2 tbps of water with 5 drops of on guard in a small glass and store your toothbrush overnight to sanitize.

Make an on guard spray with 15 drops for every 6 oz (¾ cup) of water – use the spray for…

  • Clean kitchen’s and bathrooms
  • Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.
  • Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.
  • Use to clean childrens hands when traveling.
  • Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.
  • Use on computer keyboards.
  • Use as an underarm deodorant.
  • Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.
  • Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.
  • Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.
  • Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.
  • Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.
  • Spray in your mouth and throat at first onset of cold or bronchitis.

If you are interested in more information about On Guard or any other essential oils please contact me or check out doTerra's website

Monday, September 15, 2014

Nacho "Cheese" Zucchini Noodles (Dairy, Gluten and Grain Free)

We have an abundant amount of zucchini in the garden so we have been eating it in various ways.  This is definitely a delicious recipe uses my Nacho "Cheese" Sauce which eats like a meal.
Ingredients for Sauce
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup water (or more for a sauce)
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • Directions
    1. Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
    2. Add more water if needed depending on desired consistency and use.

    Prepare Zucchini
    1. Slice zucchini into very thin strips.  I used a mandolin but I am sure you could use a knife to make very thin circles or strips.
    2. Place Zucchini into a frying pan with a bit of oil.   At a low heat, add sauce and cook until zucchini is at desired consistency.  
    3. Serve.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Strawberry Rhubarb Millet Crisp (Gluten and Refined Sugar Free)

    I enjoyed this crisp as it was a great way to enjoy a different grain.  Millet is a small gluten free grain that is an excellent source of magnesium.  Magnesium is important in lowering blood pressure, fighting off migraines and asthma.  Millet is also one of the few more alkaline grains, making it easier to digest. It was a great compliment to the strawberries and rhubarb but I imagine it would go well with other fruits as well.
    • 3/4 cup dry millet
    • 2 1/2-3 cups water
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt divided
    • 3 cups chopped strawberries
    • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
    • 3/4 cup maple syrup (for sauce)
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla
    • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
    • 1 cup shredded coconut
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup (for the top layer)
    • 1/3 cup softened coconut oil

    1. In medium size pot add millet, water and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.  Bring to a boil and then turn down and simmer until millet is fully cooked.  This will take about 15 minutes.  Stir to fluff it up.
    2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
    3. To make your sauce, add strawberries, rhubarb, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla and chia seeds to a pot.  On medium heat cook until rhubarb is tender and all ingredients are combined.
    4. Pour sauce into a 9 inch round or 9 x 9 oven safe dish.
    5. In a medium size bowl combine cooked millet, coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
    6. Scoop millet mixture on top of sauce.
    7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until sauce is bubbling.
    8. Enjoy!

    Monday, September 08, 2014

    Chocolate Nut Butter Banana Muffins (Dairy, Gluten and Refined Sugar Free)

    We seem to be eating less bananas which means my freezer collection has been growing.  I wanted to make a heartier muffin with some additional protein.  This recipe turned out really well and was enjoyed by our family as well as our friends.  I hope you enjoy as well.  To make this school friendly make sure you use a nut free milk as well as sunflower seed butter.

    • 1/3 cup non dairy milk
    • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    • 3 mashed very ripe bananas
    • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
    • 1/3 cup peanut, almond, cashew, hazelnut or sunflower seed 
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla 
    • 1/2 cup palm sugar
    • 1/3 cup chickpea flour
    • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/3 cup sorghum flour
    • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon psyllium husk
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

    1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare muffin tray.
    2. In a small bowl combine milk and apple cider vinegar
    3. In a medium size bow blend bananas, oil, nut butter, eggs and vanilla.
    4. Combine all remaining dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    5. Add milk, vinegar and banana mixture to the flour mixture.  Stir just until combined.
    6. Pour into muffin cups and bake 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
    7. Store in airtight container.

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    Introduction and Benefits of Essential Oils

    In the last few weeks I have been learning a lot about essential oils.  After much research I have decided to get a few oils to use for emergency and routine health needs.  I don't typically use medications but rather use various forms of homeopathy, however there are definitely some areas where we could benefit from some essential oils.

    Here are the oils I decided to buy. I purchased a kit so I could try several at a time at a lower overall cost.  In the past I have tried oils from health food stores etc. but I have since learned that not all oils are made the same.  Many contain other oils and fillers, as a product only needs to have 10% essential oils in the bottle to then label it as an essential oil.  I wanted to try some that were a pure therapeutic grade.

    Essential oils have been around since 4000 BC and were used in Egypt.  As many of you already know, I do have a faith in Christ and love that even essential oils are mentioned several times in the bible.  I also love the fact that oils are made from the plants God created.  Frankincense has become one of my favourites simply because I love the idea that Jesus and I have smelled the same oil ;)

    I think the most amazing thing I learned has to do with our bodies electrical energy.  As we were taught in grade school science, everything in our world vibrates or has a periodic motion which can be measured in Hertz (number of oscillations per second). Our body's range should be between 62-68Hz. When our immune system is compromised (we get sick) our body falls out of normal range.  Every illness/disease has it's own frequency for cancer appears at 42Hz.

    Clinical research shows that essential oils have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, creating an environment in which disease, bacteria, virus, fungus, etc., cannot live. I believe that the chemistry and frequencies of essential oils have the ability to help man maintain the optimal frequency to the extent that disease cannot exist.
    Gary Young of Young Living Essential Oils
    Essential oils are are amazing for balancing our immune systems and fighting off infections.   Essential oils can protect us by being:
    • anti-bacterial
    • anti-fungal
    • anti-microbial
    • anti-parasitic
    • anti-cancer
    • anti-infectious
    • anti-viral
    • anti-septic
    I have discovered many potential uses for these oils
    • Rashes, Sunburns, Cuts, Scrapes, Bug Bites
    • Bug Repellent
    • Sleep, Mood Elevating, Calming
    • Colds/Flus
    • Immune support, metabolic support
    • Lice
    • Upset stomachs (IBS, diarrhea, constipation etc.)
    • Sore throats
    • Lice
    • Anxiety
    • Eczema, Acne and other skin irritations
    • Ear infections
    • Headaches/migraines....
    • Cleansing & Detoxing
    • Homemade Cleaning Products, Disinfecting (DIY Hand Sanitizer, Febreeze, etc.)

    I hope you will continue to learn with me as I hope to post more information while studying and trying out these natural remedies.