Friday, December 19, 2014

Spice Cookies (Gluten, Dairy and Refined Sugar Free)

I love warm spices in baking especially during Christmas.  I guess they remind me of a few dutch cookie recipes (Speculaas and Pepernoten.)  I definitely think it is the Anise that makes these taste so great.  They are a great addition to a coffee/tea break.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 tapioca or arrowroot starch
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds in 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husk
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup warmed coconut oil 
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients except palm sugar.  
  3. In a separate bowl combine coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until fully blended.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until combined.
  5. Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet.  Flatten just a little with your palm.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.




Friday, December 12, 2014

Breathe-Your Way Through Cold and Flu Season

I have really been enjoying these dōTERRA oils.  Just in the last few weeks I have helped people find ways to relieve migraines, strep throat, nausea and keep our family cold free.  I have been using On Guard on the girls as an immune booster and we have been keeping away colds etc. this season.  However, we are prepared! 
Today I do want to introduce you to an awesome respiratory blend.  It is a great and safe alternative to the common Vicks VapoRub without the petroleum or turpentine. 

Breathe
Contains: Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara and Cardamom

Support Overall Respiratory Health
  • Anxiety, Asthma, Bronchitis, Congestion, Coughs, Emphysema, Flu, Mono, Pneumonia, Sinusitis, Tuberculosis
How to Use:
  • Topically, Aromatically
  • Dilute with a carrier oil for sensitive skin* (children 1 teaspoon; babies 1 tablespoon) 
  • Re-apply 2-3 times per day

Use for:
Topically
  • Apply 1-2 drops directly on chest, back, neck
  • Use on bottom of the feet, focusing on areas underneath the toes (where they curl.) 
  • For a massage with 1 tablespoon carrier oil onto chest, neck, back and/or feet
Aromatically
  • Inhale directly from bottle
  • Apply to hands and breathe in
  • Use in an aromatherapy diffuser (amount of drops depends on machine)

*carrier oils-fractioned coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil

**Disclosure: I am not a medical professional but simply a mom who loves to find natural ways to help her family stay healthy.  I am a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate and am simply sharing ideas and suggestions on how to use essential oils in everyday life. 


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

DIY Homemade Hand Sanitizer

First things first, let me say that I do think germs are a good thing as they do strengthen our immune systems.  I am not the parent telling my children to wash their hands before dinner as I am not afraid of them eating some dirt and germs.  Our bodies need practice to improve their immune systems so they are better equipped to fight off illness.  I guess I shouldn't have stopped my youngest from licking some peanut butter off the flour today ;)
So why do I make sanitizer?  Well I sell it, give it away and do use on the very odd occasion where soap and water are not available.  I love being able to hand out a safer alternative to the sanitizers we see around which contain ethanol, alcohol and/or triclosan.

The Aloe Vera and Vitamin E in this recipe will help retain moisture for your skin.  As you may have read previously, I have been using and loving doTERRA essential oils.  They are pure and so effective.  The essential oils I used in this recipe will provide the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

Ingredients (makes 11 bottles 30ml each or approximately 1 1/2 cups)

For 1 Bottle (30ml)

Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container.



Thursday, December 04, 2014

Sesame Seed Bars and the Powers of Zinc (Dairy, Gluten, Grain and Refined Sugar Free)

I love sesame seeds as they are high in calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.   I believe I have mentioned the importance of zinc in a previous post.  Zinc not only boosts our immune systems, supports or reproductive system, increases focus, elevates mood and influences our appetite.   Hmm that is a lot of power for a little seed.  For some extra zinc in your diet, I highly recommend these bars, they easy to make and are a family favourite.
Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter, peanut butter, almond butter or other nut/seed butters
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions
  1. Grease a 9 x 9 dish.
  2. In a medium size pot, add honey, nut/seed butter and coconut oil.  Slowly heat, while stirring and bring to a boil.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients
  4. Pour into prepared dish and place in fridge to cool and set.
  5. Cut into bars and store in air-tight contained in the fridge.


Friday, November 28, 2014

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

A friend of mine got me into making homemade laundry detergent.  I have now made it about 3 times and have found a recipe and really like.  The best part is definitely the cost savings but knowing exactly what is going into your detergent is also huge for me.  I had always bought the natural, biodegradable detergent before but here in Canada they do not come cheap.

So I did a bit of math today for you so you can see how much you actually are saving.
With this recipe I made approximately 7.25 L of laundry soap which coast me about less than $2.00 to make.  I use about 1/4 cup of detergent per load which gives me about 116 loads at less than 2 cents per load!  If I compare this to what I was buying before I was spending about  per load.
Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup grated natural soap bar (I used one by Soap Works)
  • 30-40 drops pure essential oil (I used doTERRA Citrus Bliss)
  • 8 litres of hot water

Directions
  1. Add all ingredients into a large bucket and stir until soap is all dissolved. 
  2. Let soap sit until completely cool and stir a couple times if possible.
  3. Once cooled whisk until fully combined.  I used my hand blender to ensure everything was combined.
  4. Store in sealed containers.  I used about 1/4 cup per load and shake the bottle just before use.