Monday, January 27, 2014

Paleo Leftover Chili & Chicken Taco Soup & Some Paleo Tips

The full title of this should be:

Leftover Venison Turkey Chili and Chicken Taco Soup

or 

What To Do When The Husband Wants Lunch and You're Too Busy to Cook

or 

What I'm Learning About the Paleo Diet and a Good Recipe All Together in One Blog!

So, just call it whatever you want, here's how it all began:


When my husband asked at 12:30 what we were having for lunch, I knew I had to think of something quick...really quick.

Before I tell you what I came up with, let me say a few things:

I am by no means a Paleo expert, having only been doing this for around six months, but I'm learning.

I'm learning that the best way to do Paleo is to buy the right type of food.


I'm learning that spices play a big role in preparing good dishes.

I'm learning to look at what I have bought and then figure out what to cook. In other words, I don't really plan menus before shopping.


Why?



We've Come This Far By Faith

Chances are you've never thought about the fact that GOD has invested in you. Now, if you invest in something, you're going to do the best you can to keep that thing alive, well and flourishing. If you plant a garden, you've invested in those seed and you're not going to just throw them out there to fend for themselves. You're going to tend to that garden, water and nourish that garden until it brings forth the fruit at harvest.

GOD has begun this work in us, GOD has planted the seed and according the words of the Apostle Paul to the church at Phillipi, GOD will perform this work all the way to the end. Paul urged the church to be confident is that very thing.


Those words, centuries later, are still urging us to be confident in that very thing.






Don't give up in the face of trials and difficulties. GOD has faith in you and HE has invested much in you! HE is your strongest supporter. 

Hebrews 13:5 reminds us "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for HE hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."


Monday, January 13, 2014

Saline & Essential Oil Nasal Spray


Nose problems got you down and feeling a bit like this?


Over the counter nose sprays can be a blessing and a curse. While they are not addictive in the true sense of the word, overuse can cause a rebound effect which make the symptoms even worse. You keep reaching for the spray to open your nose up, it opens up for about 30 minutes and then it's worse than before, so you reach for the spray....and it's a vicious cycle and you end up dependent on the spray.


A simple saline spray is much safer, and the addition of some Essential Oils will only make it better. It's like a mini nasal rinse in a bottle.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Super Simple Rosemary & Liquid Castile Soap Shampoo


Wash, Wash, Wash That Hair!


It's something we all do, some daily and our hair(and our body) suffers from all the chemicals that are in most shampoos. About a year ago, I started looking for an alternative to chemical loaded shampoos. I found a pretty simple recipe that consisted of a few drops of liquid castille soap, one tbs baking soda and water. I started adding a drop of Rosemary Essential Oil to the mix because Rosemary helps stimulate hair growth(see paragraph further down for more on this).

The pros of this natural shampoo were that my hair was a few shades lighter than when I used regular shampoo and seemed cleaner. The cons were you have to make sure you rinse thoroughly to remove all the baking soda and the hassle of mixing in a jar and keeping the soda dissolved between lathering #1 and #2.

One day I was in a hurry, didn't want to take the time to mix the shampoo ingredients, so I just put a few drops of the liquid castille soap in my palm and added a drop of Rosemary and shampooed my hair with that. 


I loved it! My hair fixed better than ever and I have problem hair. I can't have a perm, it's thin and straight and won't grow....like I said....problem hair. 


After about a week I had one of these moments....



Well, actually it was more like one of these....




So a simple shortcut was born....

  • One 8 oz bottle of liquid castile soap(I use Dr. Bronner's and this one is Rose, I could call it Rose Rosemary Shampoo) 
  • One 5ml bottle of Rosemary Essential Oil. 
  • If you have an empty 5ml EO bottle, fill it with the liquid soap, this is to make room in the big bottle for the Rosemary EO. If you don't have a 5ml bottle, just guess. If you pour out too much, you can always add it back in. 
  • Add the Rosemary EO and you're done! Just give it a gentle shake before using to make sure the EO is mixed in. It will only take a few drops of this depending on the length and thickness of your hair. This bottle should last for months even with daily use.
NOTE: If you're worried that this might dry out your hair, adjust the amount of castile soap left in the bottle in order to add a bit of glycerin.


Simple!





Here's you a picture to save if you'd like.



Why Rosemary?

 In her book, “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” Valerie Ann Worwood suggests the use of rosemary oil for hair growth. She says that rosemary oil stimulates cell division and dilates blood vessels, in turn, stimulating hair follicles into producing new hair growth. Other oils credited with stimulating hair growth are Cypress, Geranium and Lemon. Combined with Melaleuca it helps to treat other scalp conditions such as dandruff. So, feel free to find what works best for you and your hair.

You can find Rosemary and other Pure Pharma Grade Essential Oils at Spark Naturals.

As always, use coupon code PATTI for 10% off your order at checkout.

Blessings from Patti's Place to your place!




Precautions: Do not use rosemary oil during pregnancy or if you suffer from epilepsy or high blood pressure.






Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sinus and Congestion Missile!



Sinus Cavities



I think the "sick season" this year is the worst I've seen in many years around these parts. So much flu, sinus congestion and what we call "The East Texas Crud." I had a request for help with congestion and realized I had never posted this recipe. It has helped me every time I've tried it. I got my base recipe from




I have first hand knowledge of the misery you suffer from sinus headaches. What happens is that your sinus cavities fill up with mucus and pressure builds up. I have an underdeveloped sinus cavity on the right side of my head and never knew it until a few years ago when undergoing testing to try and find out why I was having headaches. My headaches were ALWAYS on the right side and would be worse after crying, like after a funeral, a teenage breakup, an ugly argument.....you get the picture. After I found this out, I was able to understand why my head hurt and a simple matter of not eating foods that caused mucus and also trying not to sleep with that side of my head down, helped immensely. I literally slept in an almost upright position for months, but it was worth it to not have that headache that hit about five minutes after awakening each morning. It also helped to not cry so much when I was upset...it's amazing what you can hold back to keep from having a bad headache.

All of this happened before I was introduced to the wonderful world of Pure Essential Oils. This recipe would have helped me so much. Hopefully, some of you will benefit from it too.


Sinus & Congestion Missile


It is a strong, powerful recipe. I recommend mixing a 5ml or 15ml bottle up to keep on hand. Then when you need it, you don't have to pull out all those bottles. Here's mine. I mix mine in a 5ml bottle and it's a snap to fill a capsule when needed. I do recommend always taking this after eating a bite of something and drink plenty of water with it. You don't want to belch, the Oregano is not pleasant as an aftertaste!


Sinus & Congestion Premixed Missile



You can find quality Pure PharmaGrade Essential Oils at 


You always get 10% off your order at checkout when you use the coupon code:

PATTI

Shipping is always $6.49 per order, HOWEVER, for the month of January, if your order is $99 or more after discount, shipping is FREE!

Stay healthy!


Blessings from Patti's Place to your place!


Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. The information represents what I have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family. Statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this page with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Do not alter any medical treatment or the use of medications, without the advice of a qualified expert.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Spark Naturals Essential 4 pack of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint & Melaleuca Essential Oils

Happy Thursday from Texas!


If you're wanting to test the waters of Pure Essential Oils before jumping in the deep end, this little intro kit is a great way to do just that.

Spark Naturals Essential 4 Pack

Four Pure Pharma Grade Oils in one kit. Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Melaleuca, four of the most versatile oils.



There are many uses for these oils. Here are some of them.


LEMON

Product Description

Lemon – Citrus limon – Italy
Description: The most popular citrus oil, Lemon has been used for its flavor, smell and antibacterial properties in cleaners and household products for years. The Spark Naturals Lemon oil is cold pressed and comes from Italy.
Properties: Anti Anemic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Microbial, Anti-Rheumatic, Antiseptic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Insecticidal
Historical Uses: Lemon oil has been used to fight infections, soothe headaches and migraines, improve muscle problems and helps the digestive system. Lemon oil has also been used extensively for its smell, Antibacterial and Antimicrobial properties in cleaning solutions.
Possible Uses:
Use aromatically to cleanse the air, and provide a great mood-enhancing environment.
Use topically to clear congested or oily skin and help treat cuts or minor wounds.
Place a few drops on a wet sponge and wipe down counters or surfaces in your home.
Gargle with warm water to clean mouth and aid with cold sores
Blends well With:  Citrus Oils, Clary Sage, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca or Ylang Ylang
Lemon Essential Oil Application:
(Lemon Oil is photo-toxic meaning it reacts to sunlight; avoid sun or UV rays after topical use for at least 6 hours)
Can be use Aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT)





PEPPERMINT

Product Description

Peppermint– Mentha Piperita – United States
Description: Peppermint Essential oil is used to help with many things such as liver, digestive and respiratory problems along with irritable bowel syndrome. It also stimulates the mind and increases mental accuracy.
Properties:  Analgesic, Anesthetic, Antiseptic, Anti-galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Cordial, Decongestant, Stimulant and Vasoconstrictor
Historical Uses: Peppermint has been very effective as a digestive stimulant, it has also has been used to disinfect and treat respiratory ailments. In more recent years studies have shown peppermint to aid in improvement of taste & smell when inhaled and to create a sense of fullness after meals.
Possible Uses:
Rub a few drops of peppermint to temples to relieve tension.
Dilute 2 drops of peppermint in 4 oz of water to aid in digestion.
Apply (dilute) drops on abdomen to help with stomach discomfort.
Diffuse to help with decongestant and to improve taste and smell.
Blends well With: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Rosemary and Melaleuca
Peppermint Essential Oil Application:
Can be use aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Dilute for young or sensitive skin)

Spiders hate Peppermint!


LAVENDER

Product Description

Lavender–Lavandula angustifolia – France
Description: One of the most popular oils available, Lavender has a invigorating aroma and is an oil with many purposes. Lavender is a small shrub like plant that grows about 3 feet tall. It has beautiful purple blue flowers and grows wild in the Mediterranean region.
Properties: Antiseptic, Analgesic, Anti-Convulsant, Anti-Depressant, Anti-Rheumatic, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Bactericide, Decongestant, Diuretic, Sedative
Historical Uses: Lavender has been known to help with many issues. It is good for use on acne; sunburns, insect bites and can also act as a insect repellent. Lavender can be used aromatically and has a calming effect to help calm nerves, relieve depression, tension or headaches. It is also great for throat and mouth problems like halitosis, throat infections or whooping cough.
Possible Uses:
Use aromatically to calm nerves, alleviate allergies, anorexia, dizziness and insomnia.
Use topically to help burns, sunburns, and itching of insect bites.
Mix with massage oil or bath water for pains anxiety or depression.
Dilute in liquid or place a few drops in a gelatin capsule and consume to help with stomach pain, indigestion or heartburn.
Blends well With:  Citrus Oils, Clary Sage, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Peppermint , Melaleuca or Ylang Ylang
Lavender Essential Oil Application:
Can be use Aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT)
A little Lavender in a baby's bath will settle them quickly!

Before we move on to the fourth oil in the 4 pack, let me stop and tell you that combined together, these three oils also pack a heavy weight punch against allergies!  

They are a natural antihistamine. 


Read all about this at Camp Wander's blog article below:

 Allergies, Inflammation & the Power of Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint 

The fourth oil in the Essential 4 Pack is 

MELALEUCA

Product Description

Melaleuca  (Tea Tree) melaleuca alternifolia – Australia
Description: The Spark Naturals Melaleuca oil is considered to be the best in the world, it comes from Australia and is extracted from the leaves and twigs by steam distillation. Melaleuca or tea tree as it is called (once a substitute for tea) is a key ingredient of soaps, creams, lotions, and disinfectants throughout the world.
Properties:  Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Fungicide, Insecticide and Stimulant
Historical Uses: Melaleuca has been used for centuries to help the immune system; it acts as a stimulant and helps the body fight off disease, bacteria, infection, virus and illness.
Possible Uses:
Diffuse to help the body fight colds, sinus infections, respiratory ailments and bronchitis.
Use topically to help fight any fungal, bacterial or viral infections.
Take orally to aid the body with throat infections and to stimulate the immune system.
Blends well With: Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Rosemary, Thyme
Melaleuca Essential Oil Application:
Can be use aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT)

Melaleuca and water is a great mold killer!

You can purchase this intro kit or any other quality Essential Oils at:


Be sure and use coupon code PATTI at checkout for 10% off your order.







Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Many Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil and Peppermint Tea

This blog is a re-post of an earlier blog with updated and additional information about the Spark Naturals Oil of The Month, Peppermint Essential Oil.


Oil of the Month



I do love a good cup of tea!


I know what we say down here in The South...if you're from The South,  the only way to drink tea is from a tall glass with ice and lots of sugar. I used to, but for various health reasons, I no longer drink regular black tea and for many  reasons, I try to avoid as much sugar as possible.

So....some things you just learn to do without and sometimes in the process, you discover something even better.

I started buying every flavor of tea that I could find it seems and before long, I had to devote an entire shelf in my cabinet to my teas. However, I found myself choosing the peppermint over all the others over and over.

There's just something so soothing about Peppermint Tea.




I also grow a lot of mint in my flower beds, so I add mint to my lemon water and if I should run out of tea bags, I can just make my own peppermint tea.


How to Make Your Own Peppermint Tea


To make your tea using dry peppermint leaves, if you have your own plant, lay the fresh leaves on a tray and let them dry in the sun for 24-48 hours until they become crunchy. You could also use your dehydrator. You can also make your tea using Peppermint Essential Oil.

Using fresh mint:
  • add 2 tablespoons of dried leaves to a cup of hot water(use tea or herb ball if you have one)
  • cover
  • steep for 10-20 minutes
  • strain(if you have a tea ball or herb ball there's no need to strain) a
  • add a little honey or lemon for even more health benefits.
Using Peppermint Essential Oil:

  • Simply add a few drops of Pure Peppermint Essential Oil, how many depending on the strength you prefer your tea to be, to a cup of boiling water.
  • This is especially good with honey as a sweetener
  • Add a few drops of lemon if desired
To store fresh peppermint, wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel, place in a plastic bag and keep in the refrigerator. This will keep it fresh for several days.


Now, on to the benefits of Peppermint Tea


For centuries, peppermint tea has been enjoyed for its refreshing flavor as well as used medicinally. It has traditionally been recommended for relief from a variety of disorders. More recently, peppermint tea has been explored by scientific researchers, who are increasingly verifying the evidence of history and recognizing the health benefits of peppermint tea. 

What are these benefits? 

Peppermint tea has long been a popular "folk medicine" simply because it was reported to work so quickly and effectively in relieving a variety of disorders, including:
  • Headaches
  • Sinus problems
  • Stomach upsets
  • Menstrual cramps
Just the aroma of peppermint tea can help relieve the symptoms of colds or headaches, which is one reason why it is a popular ingredient in aromatherapy. In addition, when applied topically, peppermint, peppermint infusions and peppermint oil have traditionally been used to treat conditions such as skin disorders and arthritis.

It has been discovered that the active ingredient in peppermint, menthol, has an anti-spasmodic effect. This explains why it relieves stomach upsets so quickly. The fact that it is a muscle relaxant may explain why it has been found to help relieve stress. Significantly for sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a little known and difficult to treat disorder, peppermint oil, when clinically administered, has shown a great deal of promise in relieving this condition and it is believed that regularly drinking peppermint tea may help relieve the symptoms of IBS. 

Other Health Benefits of Peppermint


Peppermint contains properties that give it a number of other potential health benefits. It is known to have antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, so can be effectively used as a cleansing agent on the skin and to help fight bacterial infections. It is also known to have decongestant properties, so can be a potentially effective treatment for a number of respiratory disorders. A known analgesic, peppermint can help with pain relief.

Peppermint tea may also be an ideal study aid for students and help commuters drive more safely. In one study, just the aroma of peppermint tea was shown to help students remain alert and focused when studying. In another study, peppermint tea helped drivers stay alert and relaxed in traffic. A friend of one of my granddaughters was here one day and we were discussing the benefits of peppermint.  She said she had a teacher that gave the students peppermint before tests.



Peppermint tea can also help with bad breath problems. Some say that it removes the problem permanently.  




Regular use of peppermint tea can also help to reduce appetite. Your cravings for food intake is thus reduced helping in weight loss. It's a good idea to put a drop of pure peppermint essential oil under your tongue before meals also to reduce your appetite.


Peppermint Tea can also help ward off colds and flu. It acts as a great preventative force against catching the common cold or the flu. It has good amounts of potassium, calcium and vitamin B, all useful agents in the fight against colds and flu.


I have a granddaughter who suffers from digestive problems and she often requests a cup of peppermint tea to soothe her stomach. It's a good feeling when you can help in a natural way.

Few side effects of peppermint tea have been noted, though health care professionals caution against its use by those who suffer from gastric problems related to excess stomach acid, such as acid reflux and ulcers. In general, though, peppermint tea is healthful, healing and relaxing. 

Precaution: since infants are still developing their immune systems, peppermint could cause an allergic reaction.

These are just some of the ways that Peppermint Tea is beneficial to you.



Now, go put the kettle on, Polly and we'll all have tea!


All about Spark Naturals Peppermint Essential Oil, the January Oil of the Month. To join the oil of the month club go here: 


When you join the OOTM Club at Spark Naturals, for $15.99 monthly(shipping and tax included)you get a 15ml bottle of pure Essential Oil or Essential Oil Blend each month, shipped on the same date each month(your original order date.) 


Peppermint– Mentha Piperita – United States
Description: Peppermint Essential oil is used to help with many things such as liver, digestive and respiratory problems along with irritable bowel syndrome. It also stimulates the mind and increases mental accuracy.
Properties:  Analgesic, Anesthetic, Antiseptic, Anti-galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Cordial, Decongestant, Stimulant and Vasoconstrictor
Historical Uses: Peppermint has been very effective as a digestive stimulant, it has also has been used to disinfect and treat respiratory ailments. In more recent years studies have shown peppermint to aid in improvement of taste & smell when inhaled and to create a sense of fullness after meals.
Possible Uses:
Rub a few drops of peppermint to temples to relieve tension.
Dilute 2 drops of peppermint in 4 oz of water to aid in digestion.
Apply (dilute) drops on abdomen to help with stomach discomfort.
Diffuse to help with decongestant and to improve taste and smell.
Blends well With: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Rosemary and Melaleuca
Peppermint Essential Oil Application:
Can be use aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Dilute for young or sensitive skin)


I almost forgot the most important use of all for Peppermint.....

it keeps spiders away!


Never, ever let yourself run out of Peppermint Essential Oil!