Deep Tissue Salve

As I am getting ready to send my oldest son off to college, putting together a mini-herbal kit has been on my mind. He plays football, so I wanted to make a salve that would be helpful for him as he faces harsher games than high school had been. Besides praying for him constantly, I have looked into several essential oil rubs and have re-created one. I used mostly Florihana oils in this blend.

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Deep Tissue Salve

In 4 ounces of Dr. Christopher’s Complete Bone and Tissue Salve (that I make up by the gallon, because we do have eight active boys), I added the following:

  • 1/2 tsp organic cayenne pepper, powdered
  • 3 drops of each of the following essential oils: Blue Tansy and Peppermint
  • 2 drops of each of the following essential oils: Eucalyptus, Wintergreen, and Camphor
  • 1 drop of the following essential oils: Helichrysum, Chamomile, and Cinnamon

I mixed these all up together and put into a recycled lotion bottle. The idea is to use it after games or challenging workouts.

Stay tuned for my sending your graduate off with an herbal stash post coming soon!

Natural Aid for Allergies

Allergy Season as it is caused is in full swing down in the south. Some people are more sensitive to the pollen and new plant growth blowing around than others. Root issues for allergy sensitivity can be: immune system compromised, toxic liver, parasites that are gassing off allergens in the system, toxic metals, impaired mineral and amino acid absorption (from leaky gut, genetic weakness, cell damage, etc.), and much more. I personally had been one of those who would have itching/watery eyes, constant sneezing, runny nose, puffy face, and tiredness each time spring rolled around. Over the years of detoxing and healing my immune system though, my issues with allergies are minimal with extremely mild symptoms that hardly need any extra support! Here are some tools I have used with great success over the years to deal with allergy issues, I hope some or a few of these work for you.

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  • Nettles – in extract or capsule form, great to take up to 4x’s a day for major issues
  • Beef liver – getting those amino acids and minerals is essential (besides consuming a major traditional superfood)
  • HerbPharm line up – they have Daily Immune Builder as well as Inflamma Response that work amazing
  • Nature’s Sunshine – has a great immune line up for support – HY-C, Trigger Immune, and Immune Stimulator are favorites
  • Dr. Christopher’s Immucalm – INVALUABLE!
  • Turmeric – is always a great anti-inflammatory that helps to circulate allergens out of the bloodstream
  • Respiratory Aids: Andrographis is great for building up, Nature’s Sunshine has Breath Activator, and there are always the ever helpful respiratory essential oil blends (frankincense, balsam fir, cypress, pine, cajeput, and eucalyptus)
  • Quality Bee Pollen – local is best

Of course, staying on a nutrient-dense diet and avoiding toxic food stuff that would immobilize the immune system is always a given when needing aid during this time (and every time). For a good overall idea of what a healthy, traditional, real foods diet looks like; check out Weston A Price  – Guidelines for a Healthy Diet.

Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream – w/ goat milk and raw honey

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Who doesn’t love ice cream?! Just because you can’t have cow milk or sugar, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some amazing desserts! Here is one of my favorites. I have been enjoying goat milk and raw honey ice creams for the past three years and love them!

This recipe fits a 1/2 gallon ice cream maker.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pastured eggs (wash the outsides, be sure these are from a trusted source)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • pinch pink salt
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 4 1/2 cup raw goat milk

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients into a Blendtec or other blender.
  2. Mix on low until all is combined and raspberries are dispersed.
  3. Follow instructions on ice cream maker – pour in while it’s turning (for mine).
  4. Ice cream is ready in about 30 minutes.
  5. Top with chocolate sauce (you can make with raw honey and no sugar!), macademia nuts, or whatever you like!

Enjoy!

Honey Almond Cacao Nib Cookies

For those who are on the Yeast/Recovery Diet (no cow dairy, unsprouted grains, sugar, corn or soy) – this is a great recipe when you want a sweet treat with some texture.

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Honey Almond Cocoa Nib Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup organic butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic almond butter
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 TB vanilla
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • dash good quality stevia
  • 5 pastured, local eggs
  • 4 cups (or so depending on your flour consistency) sprouted flour (I used organic pastry sprouted from To Your Health)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs, unsweetened

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients, one at a time into a mixer, blending each until well combined.
  2. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 for about 12 minutes (depending on your oven).
  3. Enjoy with a glass of fresh goat milk or chai tea!

 

Daily Superfood Vitamins for the Whole Family

I am not a huge breakfast person. From the time feet hit the floor, it’s go, go go! However, I want to be sure that my kids get something filling and all their “vitamins” in for the day. I LOVE smoothies for this! They’re fast, can hide so much, and a one stop breakfast filler for up to 6 kids in my Blendtec.  I’ll list off the ingredients that I throw into the blender and then explain each one.

Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie (for kids)

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup raw organic whey
  • 4-5 cups raw organic milk
  • 2 tsp Moringa
  • 3 capsules (opened) Beef Liver
  • 1 TB of a super berry (3 times a week) – acerola cherry, goji, or pomegranate
  • 1/3 cup organic cocoa
  • 1 cup sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural from Wholesome Sweeteners)

Add all and blend for 30 second on lowest setting. While blending, I give each kid (3 times a week or so) a scoop of Green Pasture’s Cod liver oil/Butter oil chocolate flavor with a dollop of  raw honey on top.

Nutrient Explanation

  1. I use the avocado and banana to help “homogenize” the cream and the milk so that it does not separate – I want them to drink all that cream for the calories, fatty acids, and superfood that it is! Raw cream is a valuable, highly prized ingredient in traditional food cultures.
  2. Organic whey – I use this because it’s easy to get for me, since I can use the strained whey from homemade yogurt, or just clabbering a gallon of older milk; but also because of it’s probiotic components and extra protein benefit for growing children.
  3. Raw milk – AMAZING. Been using this traditional food for over 12 years now and have never looked back. For more info, check out westonaprice.org
  4. Moringa – a superfood multi-vitamin – God gifted us with everything you’d find in a “normal” multi-vitamin in one single tree, the Moringa Tree. To order some of the best around the globe or learn more, visit: moringatreeorganic.com
  5. Beef Liver- another highly prized superfood in the traditional food cultures of the world. Organically raised organ meats have been used for thousands of years for their life-giving properties. We use Vital Proteins for our favorite brand because their quality is superb. Check out: Vital Proteins
  6. Superberries – I use these on and off, depending on what is going on with our family. If people need an extra immune boost, I throw them in. Acerola cherry is also great for extra minerals for growing kids. Plus, the antioxidant qualities of these are so beneficial.
  7. Organic cocoa – holds a great mineral profile, which I appreciate for the kids. They can use those minerals up fast during a growth spurt, or healing process. My favorite company is Jedwards.
  8. Sucanat – With all the minerals not stripped away from the refining process, this product is less sweet tasting (which is great if you’re training your children’s palettes to appreciate natural sweetness), does not disrupt healthy gut flora (in moderation), and adds just the right sweetness for their morning shake. For children recovering from adrenal, pancreas, or brain issues, I would probably avoid this altogether and use fruit instead.

God bless you on your mission of raising healthy, vibrant children!

 

Butternut Cinnamon Muffins

It’s fall! Crisp air, pumpkins, sweaters, squashes, lots of cinnamon and spice fill our homes. Always looking to hide some veggies in delicious food, I baked up a medium butternut squash to use as “pumpkin” in our muffins. These use sprouted wheat flour and raw honey for a sweet treat, especially for those on a Recovery Diet type lifestyle.

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Butternut Cinnamon Muffins

makes about 24 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked butternut or other fall harvest squash
  • 1 cup butter, organic
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 2 TB baking powder, GMO-free
  • 1 TB cinnamon
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs, pastured by a local farmer
  • 4 cups sprouted flour (watch for consistency as every flour is slightly different)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, add squash, butter, honey, salt, powder, cinnamon, vanilla and eggs – blend until well incorporated.
  3. Add flour one cup at a time, mixing well in between each addition. Mix well for a few minutes.
  4. Pour batter into parchment baking cup lined stainless steel or stone muffin pans.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 25-28 minutes.

Enjoy while reading your favorite book with a sweet sibling, of course.

Goat Cheese Zucchini Frittata

I cannot rave about local organic farmers enough! Hard-working, fighting against the grain, doing all they can to produce a sustainable, nutrient-dense array of foods on a limited budget, and so much more. If you’d like to help local farmers – besides buying local of course, Farm to Consumer Organization is a great place to help, Weston A. Price Organization as well as the Cornucopia Institute all work to support farmers in need, educate the public, and counteract the mis-information so prevalent in our “modern” country.

This recipe is predominately made with locally sourced ingredients from organic farmers. I use goat milk and cheese at this time, but it could also be done with raw cream and cream cheese instead if you’d like.

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Goat Cheese Zucchini Frittata

serves about 6-8 people

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 small summer squash, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced (I used my Breville Food Processor to slice these extra thin)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 TB, butter
  • seasonings – cumin, cilantro, lemon, coriander, paprika, chili powder, pink salt
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 4 bunches basil – I used a mix of purple and Italian

Method:

  1. Saute above ingredients (except the basil and tomato) until softened.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 380
  3. Add following ingredients to a blender:
    1. 12-15 dozen pastured eggs
    2. 1 cup goat milk
    3. 8 oz goat cheese
    4. 1/2 cup sprouted flour
    5. pinch of pink salt
  4. Mix all ingredients for about a minute.
  5. Grease a cast-iron, ceramic coated 9×11 pan (or stainless steel).
  6. Pour sauteed ingredients into pan, spread out.
  7. Add tomatoes.
  8. Pour egg mixture into the pan.
  9. Sprinkle basil over top.
  10. Add fresh cracked black pepper atop.
  11. Bake in the oven for 28 minutes.
  12. Serve with some fresh sourdough bread and a salad for an awesome dinner.

Enjoy the fresh foods while they’re in season! Thank God for His amazing creation!