Friday, November 22, 2019

Top 10 Most Spiritual Herbs and Their Uses

Did you know that you can use plant spirits for healing? Plants and herbs are the root of ancient medicine. These devotional plants are still used today among native tribes. Learn how to use plant spirits for healing with this small list. Whether hanging dried flowers in the home, growing plants indoors, or diffusing essential oils, these plant spirits can offer deep healing.

Basil

The basil plant spirit evokes fertility and love. Basil is the natural protector of family. When you wear basil or basil scented essential oils, it will blend your energy with clashing personalities. Basil will stimulate your conscious mind. Basil invokes happiness. Basil oil is associated with clairvoyance, divination, and bringing out honesty.

White Ceremonial Sage

Most everyone is familiar with burning of sage to clear negative energy. The plant spirit of white sage brings wisdom and neutralizes negativity. Sage is a great choice to diffuse in the home.

Rosemary

The plant spirit of rosemary promotes love, happiness, and a long life. Aromatherapy says rosemary promotes mental sharpness and pure thoughts. Did you know that rosemary is said to prevent nightmares? Hanging dried rosemary is an easy way to bring rosemary spirit into your home.

Frankincense

The vibration of frankincense is high and has been known for centuries to promote spiritual depth. Frankincense promotes a higher consciousness and inner peace. Frankincense essential oil is easy to find for reducing stress.

Mugwort

The plant spirit of mugwort is one of balance. It promotes energetic balance of all things: the yin and yang, the black and white. Mugwort brings about the well being of any situation or energy. Mugwort balances the chakras and the energetic systems of the body. Burning mugwort smudge sticks can bring about balance in your home and life.

Clove

The plant spirit of clove will bring strength and courage to your consciousness. It will give gentle insight and promote peaceful reflection. Clove is a common ingredient in potpourri for it’s natural peaceful properties.

Lavender

The plant spirit of lavender is about health, harmony, tranquility, happiness, and love. Hanging dried lavender bunches throughout the home is a great way to utilize this plant’s spiritual vibration.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood balances the chakras like mugwort. Sandalwood attracts the highest spiritual vibrations and repels negativity. It promotes a healing environment and spiritual depth to understand the soul.

Vetiver

The plant spirit of vetiver is associated with grounding, tranquility, psychic protection, intuition, wisdom, peace, and centering. Vetiver is commonly available as an essential oil.

Cedar

Cedar plant spirit is one of protection, grounding, and dispelling negativity. Where cedar grows, magic is always nearby. Burning cedar smudge sticks will cleanse much like mugwort and white sage. I personally add cedar to my diffuser with mugwort, sage, and lavender for a touch of sweetness.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Top 6 Herbs for Natural Pain Relief

All of these herbs are anti-inflammatory and can play a huge role in pain relief. To make a pain relief tea, take a pinch of the loose herbs (dried or raw) and place in a tea infuser. Boil water and pour boiling water in your cup with the infuser full of herbs. Then cover the cup and let steep for 8-10 minutes. Covering the cup as it steeps protects the herbal tea from losing important nutrition through evaporation. Please always choose organic ingredients.

Ginger is an excellent plant and herb for migraine pain relief. Ginger tea is a known remedy for heartburn and can even aid in nausea and morning sickness.

Rosemary naturally eases muscle tension and offers nerve related pain relief. Rosemary is great for chronic headaches and age related skin damage. Rosemary has also been said to increase circulation which makes it a good choice for brain fog and increasing mental clarity.

Chamomile is a gentle anti-inflammatory for stomach upset, adrenal fatigue, and stress related anxiety. Chamomile is so gentle and safe, that it can be used with very small children for teething pain relief. Chamomile is a great choice for after dinner tea because it stimulates digestion and helps the gall bladder process fats.

Turmeric is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. It is great for disinfecting cuts and wounds externally and it’s a powerful antioxidant. It has been proven to increase circulation and aid in toxin removal. Turmeric also helps cellular structure and reproduction.

Sage lowers inflammation and keeps the mind clear. Burning sage is recognized in clearing negativity and stored energy in spaces and structures. Drinking a sage infusion or tea can help move stored energy from the body and muscles, lessening pain. Sage tea is commonly used in many cultures to help process trauma.

Fenugreek is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Stinging Nettle Herb Profile: How to Make Stinging Nettle Medicine

Have you ever wondered how to harvest and use stinging nettles? This common weed grows throughout the world and is super packed with vitamins and minerals. Did you know that stinging nettles are one of the only plants that are a rich source of Vitamin D?

Stinging nettles are by far, one of my most used herbs. We eat them and make medicines from them. If there were one herb I couldn’t live without, stinging nettles would be it.

Nettles are super rich in minerals, vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, and helps the body metabolize protein.

Medicinally I use nettle tincture for: allergies, arthritis and joint pains (as it promotes the relief of uric acid), and for its incredible powerhouse of nutrition.

Other Medicinal Qualities of Nettles

Scientifically, stinging nettles are an astringent, diuretic, tonic, anodyne, pectoral, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, alterative, hemetic, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, anti-lithic/lithotriptic, haemostatic, stimulant, decongestant, herpatic, febrifuge, kidney depurative/nephritic, galactagogue, hypoglycemic, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-histamine.

What does all that mean? It means nettles could help you with the following health concerns:

Congestion
Joint and Muscle Complaints
Allergies
Neurological Disorders (like MS)
Circulation
Kidney Stones
Internal Bleeding
Skin Complaints
UTI’s
Women’s Issues
Metabolic Disorders
Weight Loss
Prostate Health
Lupus
Gingivitis
Celiac Disease
Purifies Blood
and so much more!

Now do you love nettles as much as I do?

Using Stinging Nettles

Before you run out to pick your nettle patch (or a neighbors), there is a trick to harvesting nettles without gloves or equipment. The stinging parts of the nettles are on the underside of the leaf and the stalk and atop the leaf straight down the middle. If you place your thumb and forefinger on the top sides of the leaf, close the leaf together and pull, you won’t be stung.

Create tinctures of nettles by filling a jar half full of fresh nettles. Then fill the jar to the brim with 100 proof alcohol. Shake daily for at least 2 weeks, strain, and bottle for use. I use tinctures in my herbal infusions, teas, and sometimes just straight under the tongue.

Make nettle apple cider vinegar by filling a jar half full of fresh nettles. Then top the jar off with an organic apple cider vinegar, making sure all the plant material is covered. Shake daily for at least 2 weeks, strain, then bottle for use. You can either make an elixir with the vinegar or even a salad dressing.

Saute nettles with a little coconut oil, lemon, and garlic for a delicious and nutritious side. When you cook nettles, they lose their sting.

Add nettles to soups or casseroles. Think about how you cook spinach, and replace it with nettles.

Take a Pacific Northwest traditional hot bath with nettles. It has been a long native tradition to soak in a tub of nettles to relieve muscle and joint pain.

Did You Know……

Nettles relieve uric acid and are fantastic for the kidneys and joints?

Nettles are anti-allergenic and can knock your seasonal allergies down?

Nettle roots make fantastic medicine for prostate health?

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Top 5 Herbs to Start Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Starting an herbal remedy medicine cabinet (or apothecary) is easy on the pocketbook and easy to do. The following herbs and plants are great to have on hand and are very easy to work with.

CHAMOMILE

Great for: insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, colds, stuffy noses, tension, irritability, gas, indigestion, upset stomach, sore muscles, & is even safe for teething babies! Can help with bladder infections, kidney issues, and calming adrenals.

I keep the loose herb on hand, as well as in tea form as an easy herbal remedy . For babies, soak a washcloth in chamomile tea, ring it out, and let them chew on it for teething relief. Chamomile is a powerful plant with gentle properties that almost anyone can use.

GARLIC

Great for: boosting immunity, fever, colds, flu, coughs, sore throat, parasites, indigestion, ear infections, coughs, and is an over all general tonic.

I keep pure garlic powder on hand (no fillers) to add to everything I make: casseroles, soups, roasting vegetables, and my own spice blends. I also mince up garlic, put it in a small jar airtight jar, pour olive oil in it. Keep it in the refrigerator and you’ll have minced garlic. (It saves a ton of money and you can add ginger, too!)

PEPPERMINT

Great for: relieving cramps (menstrual and muscle), headaches, fibromyalgia pain, indigestion, insomnia, nausea, and is a powerful aromatic herbal remedy.

I use peppermint in many ways. I always have a blend of mint tea on hand. I grow peppermint to juice every morning. I keep a small bag of dried peppermint on hand for when the kids get stuffy noses. I’ll heat up some water, add some peppermint leaf and essential oils to create a sinus steam. It works super fast. Keep tissues handy!

LEMON BALM

Great for: anxiety, keeping calm, restlessness, nervousness, fevers, colds, flu, and is a powerful anti viral.

Lemon balm is one of the key herbal remedy ingredients a person can have.

I keep a triple tincture of Lemon Balm on hand always. If you’ve ever used Rescue Remedy, it works in the same way. Just add some tincture to your tea.

EUCALYPTUS

Great for congestion (inhalation only) and as an insect repellent. Only use eucalyptus externally.

I add eucalyptus to the herbal remedy steam along with peppermint when my kids get sick. I use a dried leaf form for that. For bug spray, I use an essential oil added to rose water. Eucalyptus is also a key ingredient for a natural, homemade flea spray for dogs.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Top 10 Immune Boosting Foods for Cold and Flu Season

Boost immune system function with these foods and herbs.

Garlic. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. The compound allicin is what researchers believe give garlic such power. When you are chopping garlic, have you noticed that sticky substance that forms, causing the garlic to stick to your knife? That sticky stuff is allicin. To get the most benefit from the garlic you use, chop it finely and let it sit for 5 minutes. In those 5 minutes, the allicin will develop fully.
Onions. Onions are naturally anti-microbial. The sulfides in onions make them similar to garlic. Onions also contain allicin and should be chopped up finely. Letting the chopped onions rest will allow allicin to fully develop.
Fermented Foods. Fermented foods contain the natural bacteria that helps your digestive system work efficiently. You’ve heard the buzz about probiotics? Fermented foods contain all the live bacteria from food, rather than a supplement. Great examples are: yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, or sauerkraut. Make sure to choose a low sugar, healthy option. Fermented foods are easy to make at home.
Sweet Potatoes. Naturally high in Vitamin A and sulfur, sweet potatoes need their own spotlight as an immune boosting food. They are rich in beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes are a natural, powerful anti-oxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory.
Mushrooms. Mushrooms naturally power up your immune system by fueling white blood cells. If you suspect an infection, mushrooms are an easy way to power up. The most powerful sources of immune boosting mushrooms are Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake.
Elderberries. Elderberries pack a powerful punch of immunity. These little black berries have been common treatment for AIDS patients, cancer patients, and were used in flu pandemics throughout history. Elderberry syrups are becoming quite popular and found almost everywhere.
Oysters. Oysters contain a high amount of zinc. Zinc has been reported to shorten the length of colds and virus attacks. Zinc is very important in the healing of wounds, which makes it a natural anti-inflammatory.
Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is rich in all the fatty acids that we need to assimilate proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Coconut oil increases the benefit of all other powerful immune boosting foods.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon is naturally anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Cinnamon destroys the pathogens that cause illness.
Lentils. Lentils are one of the only foods naturally high in Vitamin E. They are also high in fiber, protein, iron, and are easily digestible. When someone in my family begins to show small symptoms of being under the weather, I reach for lentils and make a rich soup with many of the ingredients above to boost immune system function in all of us.

While I have trouble ending with only 10 immune boosters, here are some of my other favorites: lemons, kale, broccoli, herbal infusions, grapefruit, cayenne pepper, oregano, turmeric, ginger, and nettles.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Natural Sore Throat Remedy List

This herbal sore throat remedy list has proven itself in my family. There are adult and kid-friendly options in this herbal sore throat remedy list.

GARGLE WITH SAGE AND SEA SALT (OR OTHER ARTISAN CHUNKY SALT)

Boil your water and make a sage tea to gargle with. Let it steep and cool. Another great herbal addition is slippery elm bark. You will want to strain your tea or use a tea bag to keep plant parts out. Plant parts could irritate the inflamed tissues if not strained.

MAKE A HOT TODDY

You will need…
-2 oz. bourbon or whiskey
-1 tablespoon of raw honey, or more
-4 ounces hot water
-1 teaspoon squeezed lemon juice
-1 slice fresh lemon

Directions
Pour the alcohol into a large mug. Add the honey, and leave the spoon in the mug. Pour the hot water into the mug, making sure it gets the last bit of honey off the spoon. Add the lemon juice and stir well. Add your lemon!

MAKE AN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DRINK

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
-1 tablespoon of raw honey
-sprinkle of cinnamon powder
-1 cup of very warm water

Directions
Mix ingredients into very warm water. Drink it while it’s still warm.

MAKE AN HERBAL INFUSION TO SIP ON

This is my personal go to and favorite.

You will need…..

-A pinch of marshmallow root
-An inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
-A spoonful of honey
-A sprinkle of cinnamon powder
-A pinch of slippery elm bark
-hot water

Directions: Place them all in your cup and fill up with boiling water. Cover and let steep for at least 8 minutes. Enjoy! (If you have a lot of pain associated with your sore throat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Cayenne is a natural pain reliever.)

Other options to add to your tea: licorice root, cayenne, baking soda, honeysuckle, whole cloves (NOT the clove oil!), chamomile, pomegranate, hibiscus, lavender, sage, lemon balm, and oregano.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Vegan Sauerkraut Recipe

Today, I want to share an ancient recipe that has been around for over 2500 years. It was hidden under the label of “condiment” for the past century, but with the rise of the fermented food movement, this tangy delight has gained a resurgence of respect for its medicinal properties.

It’s crispy, salty and satisfyingly sour. It’s sauerkraut.

The fermenting of cabbage may date back as far as 700 B.C. It is believed that laborers working on the Great Wall of China began the practice by storing shredded cabbage in rice wine so it would last through the non-growing periods of the year. Legend has it that Ghenghis Khan later brought it with him to Europe.

The probiotic process used in sauerkraut-craft is similar to that used in the making of uncooked pickles and Kimchi, and allows the nutrients to be more easily digested and available to the body. It is high in C, B and K vitamins, a fabulous source of fiber, is thought to boost the immune system and is a popular folk remedy for cold sores.

The most exciting finding comes from a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Apparently, the fermenting of cabbage produces substances called isothiocynates which may actually prevent the growth of cancer cells.

Below is a 1000 year old healing sauerkraut recipe that I was taught by an herbalist friend.

I hope you enjoy it and share the magic with someone special!
Ancient Vegan Sauerkraut Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

1 head of red cabbage
1 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
Spring water (enough to submerge)
Juice from 1 lemon
2 mason jars
1 tsp. dill seed

TIP: For extra flavor, try adding a tablespoon of fresh thyme or rosemary to your sauerkraut mixture before securing the lid.

PREPARATION

• Using a large kitchen knife, slice the cabbage in half and cut out the stem core. Place each cabbage half on its flat side and carefully shred into thin strips. When finished, place shredded cabbage into a large ceramic or metal mixing bowl.

• Add sea salt, dill, and lemon juice to the mixing bowl and using your hands, mix all of the ingredients together. Squeeze and knead the cabbage shreds to really soften them up. Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes.

• Now it’s time to pack your mason jars with kraut! Using a serving spoon, scoop the cabbage mixture into each mason jar, leaving 2 inches of room at the top. There should be a line at the top of your mason jar, indicating how high to fill it with spring water.

• Drizzle a final bit of lemon juice over the exposed surface at the top of the jar. This will prevent the growth of any unwanted bacteria during the fermentation process.

FERMENTATION (Make sure to check out the Easy Fermenter to make this process easier!)

• Seal each jar and place in a shady storage space that stays room temperature at all times. The fermentation process can take between 4 and 10 days depending on various environmental factors. Make sure to “burp” each jar every few days. To do this, simply unscrew the lid and let the effervescence release – then place the lid back on.

• After 4 or 5 days, start sampling the sauerkraut daily until it has reached the flavor and consistency you desire. Once you feel it has reached perfection, serve it up or place it in the fridge.

This ancient probiotic-rich food will stay good for months and makes for a highly nutritious topping or snack!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Top 10 Natural Cold & Flu Remedies

Top 10 Cold and Flu Remedies:

*Probiotics: Choose one that is refrigerated and doesn’t have added sugar! (Or make your own with our recipe.)

*Garlic: Take as a supplement when your energy starts to feel low. Garlic will give you an immediate boost of immunity.

*Elderberry Syrup: Packed with anti-oxidants, elderberries are a popular choice for kids. (And adults cause it tastes incredible!)

*Apple Cider Vinegar: A natural probiotic when made at home.

*Vit C: Take up to 10,000 mg per day of Vitamin C to kick any cold or flu down.

*Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide in ears: This is a great tip to remember. Just a few drops in the ears can eliminate any virus that is airborne.

*Oil of Oregano: This one takes a hit to the taste buds if you aren’t an oregano fan. I add it to my daily herbal tea when needed. Save this remedy for the colds and viruses that have you feeling a bit chilled.

*Eucalyptus (external only!): Make an herbal steam with eucalyptus and other essential oils to steam out the stuffed nose.

*Peppermint: Nothing soothes my sore throat like a cup of peppermint tea. Add a touch of raw honey and lemon, and your sore throat will adios.

*Vit D: Take as a supplement, or get your Vitamin D naturally from stinging nettle tea or mushrooms.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Naturally Increase Metabolism with Essential Oils

Did you know that there are essentials oils to increase metabolism? There are a few.

Please note: Be cautious when using essential oils internally. There is a lot of money being fueled behind the internal use of essential oils. Personally, I refrain. Using one drop of essential oil is like drinking 50 cups of tea from the plant you are ingesting. That calls for caution. Internal use of essential oils can cause what is called a healing crisis. They can cause your body to detox too quickly, and spur flu like symptoms and blood toxicity. (Think Amy Winehouse. Her death was caused from detoxing too quickly without medical help.) This can can happen to anyone, not just drug users.

However, the external use of essential oils, with a carrier oil, like grapeseed, castor, or olive oil can offer all the healing properties the plant without the danger zone of internal use. To use, add a few drops to your carrier oil and apply where needed. Grapeseed and castor oil in particular will carry the essential oil deep into the tissues without any effect to the digestive tract where most toxicity lies.

Boost Your Metabolism with Essential Oils:
Grapefruit: I’m sure you’ve heard of the grapefruit juice detox? Using the essential oil in a carrier oil can help decrease cellulite and stubborn far. If I were going to use grapefruit internally, I’d use fresh juice only, not an essential oil.

Peppermint: Peppermint will increase circulation and bring a gentle detox to arms, especially. Internally, peppermint tea infusion is a great way to gently stimulate metabolism.

Orange: Sweet orange is one of my favorite essential oils to use. I add sweet orange to my castile soap and use it daily. It is refreshing and a gently stimulates the metabolism. Internal use of orange should only be done with fresh juice or a sweet orange leaf tea.

Rosemary: Rosemary will brighten up your shower! Use rosemary in your carrier oils for external application and you’ll feel your energy change. Rosemary is known to bring mental clarity and help concentration.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is very stimulating and will bring your metabolism up as well as your detoxification. Only a couple drops will make a huge difference in your metabolism boosting carrier oil application.

My Metabolism Boosting Moisture Blend Recipe:

2 oz of castor oil

2 oz of grapeseed oil

2 drops of grapefruit essential oil

2 drops of peppermint essential oil

3 drops of orange essential oil

1 drop of rosemary essential oil

1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil

Shake and apply. The blend of oils will absorb wonderfully into the skin, leaving no residue.

Caution: When using orange essential oil externally, do not go into the sun after. For some people, it will cause burning.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Cleavers: A Powerhouse Weed, How to Make Medicine with Cleavers

Do you know how to use cleavers as plant medicine?

See the sticky little fibers?

Cleavers have this indescribable sticky property to them. You know how grasshoppers land on you and they have those little suction cups that almost hurt your skin? That is what cleavers are like except there are no suction cups. They are just immensely sticky and wrap themselves around other plants, eventually choking them out. This sticky feeling is really little bristles that hook themselves onto anything near it. Cleavers grow like a vine and will crawl on everything in your shade garden.

Living in a densely wooded area myself, means lots of cleavers to find from spring til fall.

However, even though cleavers are a bit of a pest to the traditional gardener, they are a gem to the herbal gardener! Healing properties of cleavers are so incredible that the pharmaceutical companies are now finding interest in those properties.

I personally use cleavers as a detox agent. It has a mild laxative property that I will give my kids when a virus comes calling to keep everything working efficiently while moving that virus right along. It also stimulates the lymphatic system and is often used as an infusion. I personally use it in tincture form and add it to a base herbal infusion our family drinks daily.

Cleavers have some history in being used for cancer, skin conditions, urinary problems, kidney problems, and even on nursing pets with swelling. Cleavers can be used fresh as a poultice for inflammation, or dried for a number of herbal applications.


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Friday, November 8, 2019

Herbal Cough Syrup Recipe

Chocolate Cough Syrup Recipe that is very Kid Friendly!

This is one recipe you’ll want to have all the ingredients on hand for.

HERBAL COUGH SYRUP RECIPE

1 Tablespoon of Powdered Cacao

1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey (not for kids under 1 yr old, replace with maple syrup for very small children)

Juice from half an organic lemon

One dropperful of Red Clover Tincture

Mix them together in a small, seal-able bowl of choice, and give a teaspoon as necessary. Usually every 1-2 hrs.


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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Chickweed: Not an Ordinary Weed! Learn to Make Chickweed Medicine

Chickweed Herbal Mentoring Lesson: Learn how to use chickweed in simple herbal remedies.

Do you have this tiny green growing near you? This is the one plant I get the most excited about when I see it coming up in both the Spring and Fall. You may want to try it and see why chickens love it so intensely.

Are you going to learn how to use chickweed in simple herbal remedies? Here’s a rundown:

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a member of the Caryophyllaceae, or carnation, family Chickweed is native to European regions but has long been widely available in the wild and cultivated in other temperate locations.

The Stellaria media or common chickweed belongs to about 25 species including some native varieties in North America, growing abundantly in the wild which are closely related to but lacks the nutritional value and medicinal effectiveness of the common chickweed.

Chickweed is an annual herb, widespread in temperate regions, growing in large, dense patches. Chickweed grows only a few inches from the ground creeping and forming dense mats. The creeping stems have pubescent or hairs only on one side alternating after every node. When the stem is broken it has no milky sap unlike its relatives where the stems are completely covered with hair and has milky sap. The roots are shallow and fibrous. Chickweed leaves are bright green, opposite, simple, broadly oval, about an inch apart in the stem and usually less than 1 inch long. Chickweeds have small, white, 5 petal star shaped flowers that bloom during spring.

Common chickweeds are edible and considered very nutritious. The common name came from the herb’s appeal to chickens. Common chickweed is used as leaf vegetable in salads.

I personally love chickweed so much that I dream about the first crop of chickweed throughout winter. It is one of my absolute favorite greens grown. There is a light cucumber taste and it literally pops in your mouth for incredible savoring. If you ever have an upset stomach due to a heavy meal, chickweed is the remedy you want on hand. A handful of chickweed will calm your digestives and move things right along.

Chickweed is also my personal go to for stinging nettle stings. When you are out harvesting your nettles this Spring, take note of where the chickweed patch is. They are usually not too far apart.

You can make a chickweed tincture (using vodka, everclear, or vinegar of your choice). Some swear that this tincture will help them lose weight. A dropperful per day could do the trick.

Nutritional Value Of Chickweed

Ascorbic-acid, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Coumarins, Genistein, Gamma-linolenic-acid, Flavonoids, Hentriacontanol, Magnesium, Niacin, Oleic-acid, Potassium, Riboflavin, Rutin, Selenium, Triterpenoid saponins, Thiamin, and Zinc.

Other Chemical Constituents

Saponin glycosides, Coumarins and hydroxycoumarins, Flavonoids, Carboxylic acids, Triterpenoids, Vitamin C, about l50-350mg per l00g.

Kidney And Liver Tonic

Common chickweed has long been used in folkloric medicine as tonic to cleanse the kidney and liver. Chickweed can be eaten raw mixed with salad or prepared and taken as a tea infusion.

Treatment Of Skin Problems

Among the many claimed health benefits from chickweed is its ability to heal skin wounds. It is used as a poultice to treat boils, cuts, burns, abscesses and ulcers. Chickweed is also used to treat itchiness associated with eczema and psoriasis. Dry chickweed to make an infused oil, and then a salve for skin problems.

Anti-Inflammatory And Pain Reliever

Another health benefit from Chickweed is it ability to act against inflammation and pain. It is used to treat rheumatism, arthritis and menstrual pain. You’ll want to use fresh, raw chickweed in your salad or dried chickweed in an herbal tea infusion when it is out of season. I keep a tincture on hand of fresh chickweed that I use as an anti-inflammatory when needed in a pinch. It works very quickly. (You can triple this tincture/extract for a more powerful boost.)

Health Benefits For Stomach Problems

Chickweed is also used to treat constipation, upset stomach and to promote digestion. Making an herbal infusion tea will be your best bet.

Chickweed For Lung Problems

Chickweed is also used to treat asthma and other respiratory problems such as couch and colds. It is believed that the vitamin C in Chickweed can help boost body resistance and can even be used to treat scurvy. However, if you have a ragweed allergy, you may want to avoid chickweed. It is part of the ragweed family.

Interactions and Cautions

Chickweed is considered safe for most adults when taken by mouth. If you have a ragweed allergy, you’ll want to avoid. It could worsen symptoms.

No sufficient studies have been made to determine potential side effects.

Use during pregnancy and breast feeding is discouraged.


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

How to Make an Herbal Salve

How to Make an Herbal Salve

Step 1: First you must have the infused oil ready. (Either hot or cold method is fine, directions below.)

Step 2: On the lowest temperature possible, begin to add beeswax pellets to your heated oil. They should take awhile to melt down and disperse. Slowly add more beeswax and more beeswax until you’ve reached the consistency you prefer for your salve.

Step 3: Then pour in chosen containers and let set up and cool.

Step 4: If you want to add essential oils to your salves, add them after you’ve poured and stir with a popsicle stick or something small. (Heat can disrupt the essential oil’s purpose.)

*Did you know lip balms are just salves in a lip container? Try it!

~Secret Tip Alert~

Salve Making Freezer Spoon Test

When you are making salves or ointments, before you get started, throw a couple spoons in the freezer, on a plate.

Use these frozen spoons to check the consistency of your salve as you add your beeswax at the melting stage! If you’ve added a few rounds of beeswax and you aren’t sure if you have the right consistency, dip a frozen spoon in, put it back in the freezer. Wait a few moments, and check it. Is it smooth enough? Is it thick enough?

Make the necessary adjustments and test, again. Remember, there is no right or wrong. If it turns out a little too hard, you can reheat and add more oil. Remember to jot down some notes so you know what you prefer best! (This is the best part of making your own medicine!)

Cold Oil Infusion Method

A cold infused oil is simply a carrier oil with plant material in it. The oil extracts the properties of the plant over time, without heat. This is a common method for topical herbal massage oils, the beginning of some salves, and some cooking oils (like flavored olive oils).

The method is simple. You place your herbs in a clean container or jar, pour oil over them, and let them sit for a minimum of 2 weeks out of light.

Always used dried plant material for herbal oils. Fresh plant material contains water, and will cause your oil to mold in a short amount of time. So if you choose to use fresh plant material, know that your oil has a quick expiration date.

Great carrier oil choices: Grapeseed, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Emu Oil, and just about any other oil that has a stable shelf life.

*Please refrain from using olive oil if you plan on making a salve. Olive oil is not a good solvent when heat is applied. The oil will break down and your herbal remedy will not be nearly as effective.

Warm Oil Infusion Method

A hot infused oil is plant material used in oil, but a low heat is used. This is a common practice for salve making or when you want a specialized cooking oil, like garlic coconut oil for sautéing.

Keep the temperature very low. Many herbalist use a double boiler. I personally do not go to that trouble. I use vision ware (glass pots) on the lowest setting possible. (You may want to use a hot plate with controls if you have gas only to control the heat, or use the double boiler method.)

Do NOT fry your plant material.

Some have successfully used a crock pot. I’ve tried it, but all of my crock pots are run too hot for the proper temp control. I always end up with fried herbs. (YUK)

And if you do fry your plant material… just laugh. It happens to the best of us. Start over. I dare you to take a picture and brag about your herb fry below! Haha.

Carrier Oils for Warm Infusions: I personally only use either coconut or avocado oil. Both oils are stable under heat and can retain the medicinal properties of the plants.


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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Bleeding Heart: How to Make Medicine from Bleeding Heart Plant

Make bleeding heart plant remedies and medicine for calming nerves and settling grief. Not to be mistaken by the popular bright pink ornamental sold in garden nurseries, wild grown bleeding hearts, as pictured above, are the medicinal variety this article is about.

Bleeding Hearts are native to the Pacific Northwest and love to pop up under big fir trees. Most people know the Bleeding Heart hybrid one can buy at the nursery, which is not the quite the same plant I’m speaking of. I’m writing about Dicentra formosa.

Bleeding Hearts like acidic soil and shade.

The roots are the most medicinal of the plant, but I tend to use a whole plant when I make medicine.

If you are going to harvest Bleeding Heart, please do so after they have seeded and just before the leaves turn brown in the fall.

Bleeding Heart roots can be dried, or used fresh in tincture.

Healing Properties of Bleeding Heart

Bleeding heart is considered to be a general tonic and good for calming nerves. I personally have found that it is great medicine to calm overwhelming grief and I’m betting that is where the name originates. One can use it as a pain remedy and I’ve read it is great for toothaches and mouth ulcers.

I tincture bleeding hearts and sometimes I’ll add it to an infused oil for a calming skin salve.

Next time you see a patch of Bleeding Hearts, take a moment to revel in the power of this simple plant.


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Monday, November 4, 2019

Multivitamin Infusion Recipe

Did you know that you can make your own raw herbal multivitamin that is vegan?
It is the ultimate way to get all your nutrients in a plant based diet.

Herbs can deliver the essential vitamins and minerals with an herbal infusion that is easy for the body to absorb. Dehydration of herbs is a slow process, retaining all of the nutritive benefits that raw foods have.

This recipe is my base recipe for all my herbal teas and infusions. This herbal multivitamin tea recipe is kid safe. Kids would want to drink 2 cups to replace a multi-vitamin and adults would want to drink a full 8 oz to pack in the natural benefits or replace a multi-vitamin.

Everything in (parenthesis) is my personal recommendation and what I use.

NUTRIENT DENSE HERBAL TEA RECIPE

2 parts alfalfa (This is what I use.)
2 parts peppermint (or spearmint) (This is what I use out of season.)
2 parts powdered rosehips (you can use dried rosehips, too) (This is what I personally use.)
1 part stinging nettle leaf (This is what I use.)
1 part oatstraw (This is what I use.)
1 part red raspberry leaf (This is my source.)
1 part powdered dandelion root (you can use chopped up dried roots as well, or fresh if you have them available) (This is what I use.)
1 part sage leaf (This is where I source mine out of season.)

Stir your dry mix up and make by the cup with a tea infuser (like this one I have). Store the rest in a tightly sealed jar or container out of sunlight.

Vitamin/Mineral Content
Alfalfa – eight essential amino acids, chlorophyll, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, other trace elements, promotes assimilation of other plants
Red Raspberry – Vitamin B, calcium, iron
Nettle – iron, calcium, zinc, chromium, Vitamin D, protein
Rosehips – Vitamin C
Oatstraw – silica, calcium, chromium
Dandelion Root – sodium, iron
Peppermint – potassium, phosphorus
Sage – Vitamin K

To give your tea some added benefits for those days when you need a bit more:

Add a pinch of cayenne for pain relief.
Add a pinch of chamomile for extra detox power and adrenal support.
Add a pinch of lemongrass to brighten your mental focus.
Add a pinch of hibiscus to add nourishment. (Hibiscus will turn your infusion a pretty pink or red color, which kids love!)
Add a pinch of red clover herb for women’s issues and heart health.
Add a pinch of horsetail to help shed excess water weight.

To replace your gatorade or other chemical hydration drinks:
Add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt for electrolytes.
Add a tsp of raw local honey for allergies and to balance blood sugar.

You can customize your herbal multivitamin infusion however you like. By adding some raw honey to sweeten it to your taste, you can keep a pitcher in the refrigerator for the kids to drink at will. It is a great replacement for sugary drinks.

Stay Plant Happy and Healthy!
Wendy

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Herbal Birth Control Recipe for Women

You aren’t alone if you didn’t know there were natural alternatives to Birth Control.

~~~Birth Control Fact~~~: Did you know that if you suffer from migraines where you lose part of your vision, that the birth control pill puts you at a large risk for having a stroke? The aura that can accompany migraines can mean there is a specific defect with the heart. Always mention a migraine aura to your doctor.

HERBAL BIRTH CONTROL RECIPE

There are only two ingredients. Queen Anne’s Lace seeds & vodka.

Be careful that you identify the hairy stems of the Queen Anne’s Lace seeds if you are harvesting yourself. Hemlock, which is a comparable plant can be easily mistaken for Queen Anne’s Lace. Hemlock is poisonous. If you are unsure, find someone who can identify with 100% certainty or purchase your seeds from a retailer.

Queen Anne’s Lace Seed Pods, turn brown and curl up into a ball. These seed pods are what you want for your natural herbal birth control recipe. I personally use the flowers, green seed pods before they dry, and dried seed pods in my tincture. Harvest until you have a small jar full, then fill with vodka. Cover, and shake it every day for 2 weeks. Your extract or tincture is complete.

If you choose to purchase your seeds, pour the seeds in a small jar then fill with vodka. You will cover it, shake it daily for 2 weeks, and your extract is done.

Strain your medicine and store out of sunlight. I pour mine into brown amber bottles with droppers, but you can store in the same jar just as easily.

You will only need a small, pint size jar.

Now how do you use it?

Pay attention to your cycle. From ovulation on, take one dropper full (or a teaspoon) daily until your period arrives. It tastes pretty awful on its own, so I mix mine with orange juice. The acidity of the orange juice masks the flavor.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Queen Anne’s Lace makes the uterine wall slippery. If an egg is fertilized, it simply will not stick or be implanted in the uterine lining. I have not heard of any side effects, but do you own research to make sure it is a safe option for you. I highly recommend Susan Weed’s series of books on women’s health.

~Wendy
Of course, talk to your doctor because we all know that we aren't able to make health decisions for ourselves without the guidance of someone who is being paid to tell you what to do. Not FDA approved. This is for educational purposes only, obviously.


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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Heart Healthy Snack: Pistachios

Pistachios had been linked in previous studies to lowering bad cholesterol, and a new study reported by Science Daily says they also increase antioxidant levels in the bloodstream. Antioxidants are molecules that prevent oxidation damage to other molecules.

Oxidation damage may be a source of serious illness and disease. Low levels of antioxidants in the blood may cause what is called "oxidative stress." Oxidative stress can lead to the dying off of good cells needed to function. It is still unclear in science whether antioxidant levels are associated with degenerative diseases. Penny Kris-Etherton, a Penn State professor of nutrition and head of the new pistachio study, doesn't believe science yet understands antioxidants. "The antioxidant story is very disappointing to the scientific community," said Kris-Etherton in the Science Daily pistachio report.

Pistachios are high in lutein, beta carotene, and Vitamin E. All three of these important vitamins are oil soluble. Oil soluble vitamins are important to health because they are stored in tissues longer and released at a slower rate than water soluble vitamins. Pistachios are also excellent sources of bone building copper, manganese, and phosphorous along with heart healthy potassium and magnesium. Pistachios are the only nut to contain the two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin.

In this new study, researchers gave 2 groups with the same base diet, differing amounts of pistachios. One group received 1.5 ounces of pistachios daily while the other received 3 ounces each day. Both groups had increased lutein, beta carotene, and Vitamin E with all participants decreasing their bad cholesterol levels after the study.

Another heart healthy benefit to these smiling nuts, as they are commonly referred to as, is the presence of the amino acid, arginine. Arginine benefits people who suffer from angina and those who have undergone serious trauma. Arginine is an important factor in cell division, removing ammonia from the body, releasing hormones, and helping maintain a healthy immune system.

A one ounce serving of pistachios has 160 calories. Pistachios have proven to be an excellent source of vitamin B6, fiber, thiamin, and phosphorus. Eating nuts in general is associated with a lower body mass index, and no weight gain was measured by adding the daily intake of pistachios during the study.

Choosing pistachios wisely is the key to obtaining the maximum health benefits. Pistachios are often roasted and heavily salted, making those varieties a danger for those watching sodium levels. Finding a source of unsalted, raw pistachios, could be a great long term asset to one's health plan.

Adding healthy pistachios to your diet is easy. They are a tasty snack by themselves or you can add them to salads, smoothies, or desserts. Organic pistachio nut butter offers the ease of being creative while adding antioxidants to your diet.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Science Experiment with Different Food Dye: Celery & Food Dye

Celery & Food Dye Experiment


This is a picture of a simple science experiment. Look at how different food coloring changes the color of the celery plant, especially the red 40. It actually killed the celery plant in just a day. Red 40 is in a lot of candy and processed foods that we all ingest daily. This photo was taken just at the 24 hour mark.

More info on red dye: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-red-dye-40-toxic#products

Always be aware of what you are putting in your body. To learn how to eat more plant based and introduce your favorite meals made from plants, check out my book 28 Days of Easy Vegan Recipes. Mac & Cheese without the dairy! Shepherds Pie without the meat. Check it out. And everything is full of flavor and cheaper on the pocketbook.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Plant Based Vegan Bento Box Lunches or Vegan Lunchable for Kids

This is the bento box we each have.
Bento boxes are containers that you can pack your own little *lunchable* lunch. I looked at Walmart for one but couldn't find any, so I bought mine from Amazon. Click here to browse the affordable selection they have. I love mine. My honey takes his to work with him every day. I'm going to start packing him one for breakfast, too.

Here are some great ideas on how to pack a vegan bento box that is nutritious, fun, and easy! Kids love to eat from these and it makes vegan school lunches so easy you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

29 Healthy Bento Box Ideas

5 Easy Bento Box Ideas

17 Easy Vegetarian Bento Boxes

1001 Best Vegan Bento Boxes on Pinterest

Personally, I like to keep my bento boxes simple: Nut assortment, finger veggie assortment, crackers with hummus, and a finger fruit assortment. Sometimes I'll make little cucumber sandwiches with hummus, or a nut butter sandwich. I think the brilliance of these boxes is how simple they are and they save you money in the long run. (And save the environment from more plastic that gets thrown away.)

I hope you enjoy your bento box experience as much as we do!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

8 Herbs for Hormone Balance and Natural Fibroid Treatment

Our diet dramatically effects our hormones. Coffee, meat, and even a few vegetables like soy and anything in the nightshade family can wreak havoc on hormones and cause a slew of issues, one being uterine fibroids.

There are herbs that can help balance estrogen levels and allow fibroids to shrink on their own, over time. Fibroids are usually harmless, but can be alarming when first discovered as they can be the size of a grapefruit and put pressure on surrounding organs, like the bladder. Smaller fibroids are rarely noticed.

Hormone Balancing Herbs

Reishi Mushroom is a potent cellular antioxidant and an adaptogen that fights the aging process. Traditional Medicinals makes a simple Reishi Mushroom tea that is quite nice to sip or make as a sun tea in the summer.

Milk Thistle is clinically shown to heal the liver and help it regenerate. If only I had known this as a kid when I was paid by my Grandfather to chop down every milk thistle on our Midwest family farm. Milk thistles would take over entire pastures and crops in the span of a year. I prefer to take milk thistle as a tea or a capsule supplement if I feel I a quick bit of it. Take note that milk thistle is also safe for dogs.

Maca root is a great source of cellular energy and has been shown to have benefits for reproductive health. I like to use Maca root as a supplement to my smoothies.

Dong Quai supports the immune system and lowers inflammation. It has also been shown improve blood flow and hormonal balance. I use this full spectrum herb capsule.

Holy Basil balances the stress hormone, cortisol. It is easily grown indoors and smells decadent. This is my favorite tea.

Ashwagandha is another adaptogen that reduces cortisol but can also feel like a stimulant to some people who are sensitive to it. It is a powerful source of energy and nutrients. I like this source because it utilizes ginger and black pepper to make it more effective.

Amla Berry preserves collagen in the skin and tones all tissues. It is beneficial to the outside view of aging as well as the inside tone of tissues and organs. This is my favorite organic source.

I hope this gives you an idea or two of how to approach hormone balancing naturally.

Remember, nothing here is FDA approved. This is for educational reasons only. Please see your doctor for any serious medical concerns because we are required to say this by law. Obviously no one can be responsible for themselves or their own health without the supervision of some authority figure.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

How I Increased My Stem Cell Reproduction for Stroke Recovery Naturally

Stem cells are amazing little buggers. People tend to think that as an adult, we don't have stem cells, but that isn't true. Stem cells are just at their highest when we are babies or small children, because of our rapid growth development into an adult.

We all still have stem cells and there are ways increase your own personal stem cell reproduction through diet, supplements, and good living. Thankfully, I studied this before I had my own massive stroke in 2014. I had just finished researching herbs that stimulated stem cell growth and utilized my own research for my own complete recovery.

Everything I did will be listed in my upcoming book and there is a lot that I did to cover the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual side of recovery. All the aspects need a balance to recover from such a system shock, like a stroke. And it will take time. The body is always creating homeostasis, its new normal. You have to push your homeostasis to gain ground and that isn't easy. This upcoming list will help launch your own stem cell reproduction to help with healing.

Here are the herbs and supplements I use for stem cell reproduction:

Rhodiola Rosea: A powerful adaptogen that increases your immunity to stress. It is known to boost general strength and vitality. You can take it like a vitamin, or add the powder to your daily tea. (What I personally use.)

Astragalus: A restorative tonic for increasing metabolism, strength, stamina, & vitality. The root is mainly used. Astragulus can be taken like a supplement or added to your tea in a powder form. (What I personally use.) If you want to learn how to make your own tinctures, you can do that, too! Click here.

Panax Ginseng: Another powerful adaptogen that promotes overall health, vigor, depression, diabetes, fatigue, aging, inflammation, degeneration, tumors, stress, and ulcers. The tuberous roots are used in powder form for teas, supplements, & extracts. (This is what I use.)

Gingko Biloba: This is one of the oldest known tree species in existence. This tree is known for treating memory loss, eases anxiety and stress, and is now being used for glaucoma. Do not use this with blood thinners as it can interrupt the effects of blood thinning medications. Ginkgo is mainly used in supplement form. Make sure to choose a high quality form. (This is what I use.)

Spirulina: A blue-green algae with a dense portfolio of nutrition. Spirulina has more anti-oxidants than any other food. Higher in protein than meat, more calcium than milk. This is not a supplement to ignore. Taken either by powder (strong flavor) or by capsule. (I've been taking this for years.)

Cordyceps: Cordyceps is a strange natural event. It is a parasitic fungus that feeds off of moths resulting in a medicinal mushroom that strengthens the body, (kidneys in particular). Even though this is a strange one, remember this. This is a powerful ancient tonic. Cordyceps is becoming very popular and is added to a lot of health blends. (I prefer this supplement type.)

Blue Green Algae (AFA): Another algae only a freshwater algae that boasts similar traits as spirulina. It helps you build blood, great skin, and helps to regenerate the liver. Most commonly found as a supplement. (This is my favorite one.)

D-Ribose: This is a simple sugar that helps rejuvenate the heart and restore energy effectively. This ingredient is extremely important in cell maintenance and regrowth. D-Ribose is most commonly found as a supplement. (I will never be without this one.)

B Complex Vitamin: B Complex Vitamins are an integral part of your immunity and cell energy to fight off free radicals. B Complex Vitamins are water soluble and your body will release what it cannot use by turning your urine bright yellow. Supplement only, but please choose a high quality B complex. (I use this sublingual form.)

I hope this inspires you to look at your recovery a bit differently. Make sure to follow the blog, get on my newsletter list, or one of my facebook groups so you know when the book is released. It is in its final stages of publishing now.

If you'd like to explore having a recovery coach, feel free to email me with the contact form.

Wendy

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Vegan Breakfast Burrito Recipe: Plant Based Breakfast Power Wrap

This is from 28 Days of Easy Vegan Recipes

Vegan Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower
½ Tablespoon coconut oil
½ diced onion
1 diced red bell pepper
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon coconut aminos
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

Instructions

1. Remove stem from cauliflower and cut into florets. Cut into smaller pieces, until it’s all finely chopped. You may also pulse a few times in a food processor.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add red pepper and cook for a couple minutes more.
3. Add cauliflower and spread in an even layer across skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes without moving so that it may get a little browned on one side.
4. Add in the herbs and aminos, and stir it all together. The cauliflower should be a golden color.
5. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes, until soft, or your desired texture is reached. Stir in the nutritional yeast.
6. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite sides, or wrap into a tortilla for a breakfast burrito.

I like to add guacamole, hummus, spinach, and diced tomatoes to make this the ultimate plant based breakfast.

For more great vegan or plant based recipes and ideas, click to browse the book: 28 Days of Easy Vegan Recipes

Monday, October 14, 2019

Easy Plant Based Replacements: Vegan Replacement Foods

These replacements are from this book. Click to browse.
It is pretty easy to eat a plant based diet with all of the replacements that are now available in stores and online. Here are the most simple ways to make your favorite recipe, plant based and healthier.

Milk: Milk is probably the easiest to replace. There are so many options available that it is really about finding the one that works for you. Personally, I prefer unsweetened almond milk. The vanilla flavor is too sweet and the sweetened one is like drinking a pack of sugar to me.

Other options are soy milk, cashew milk, rice milk, coconut milk and some will be refrigerated while others require no refrigeration until after you open and use it. This is a fun testing period when you get to find out what you really like. You may find that you like a couple different ones for different purposes. Or, you may even prefer to make it yourself with a blender! It is super easy and certainly worth the effort of avoiding added chemicals and preservatives.

Creamer: There are many plant based, vegan creamers available for your coffee or your cream sauces. Look online and find the options you think you’ll be interested in before you go to your store. If they don’t have a good option available, you’ll know what to ask for.

Cheese: Finding a cheese replacement or substitution is something that will be important to some people and not important at all to others.

For cream cheese, I love the Go Veggie brand. I cannot taste any difference between regular cream cheese and this one. Tofutti has a great one that is readily available in the tiniest supermarkets.

Shredded Cheese can be a bit more difficult if you are trying for the same pizza taste. Daiya brands are available and some people love the product. Go Veggie brand is available but there is some confusion as to whether or not it is even plant based, so make sure to read the label and know that lactose free does not mean vegan.

Cheese slices now have a tasty replacement, finally! Chao cheese by Field Roast is soy based and melts to perfection. The consistency, the flavor is all there. It is a bit expensive but when you are craving a grilled cheese with a fury, this will satisfy that craving without the dairy.

Cheese sauces are readily available online in recipe groups. I’ll give you my favorite cheese sauce for mac and cheese (without the dairy) in one of my comfort food recipes coming up. I use this sauce in many dishes, not just mac and cheese. It is great on baked potatoes and broccoli.

Eggs: Substituting eggs is one of the easiest replacements to make. Instead of making an egg scramble, try a tofu scramble. My favorite recipe is coming up. With the right seasonings, you’ll never miss an egg scramble again.

For baking, eggs serve as a binder. Here are some of my favorite replacements.

Good substitutions for eggs include applesauce, pureed soft tofu, Ener-G egg replacer, a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds plus 2 tablespoons water or other liquid, blended), or mashed bananas. You’ll have to experiment with your recipe to see what works best for you.

In meatloaf you can use oat or soy flour, rolled oats, cooked oatmeal, bread crumbs, instant potato flakes, nut butters, tomato paste, or cornstarch.

Chickpea flour can make a great omelet, and aquafaba is an easy choice for making recipes that originally call for egg whites, like mousse and meringue.

Butter: Many people replace their table butter with Earth Balance. There is a soy free option as well as other oil based solutions to meet the most discerning need.

In baking, many choose to use coconut oil as a replacement in a one to one ratio. If a recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, you’d use 1 cup of coconut oil.

Yogurt: There are many options available for plant based yogurts, including coconut, soy, and almond.

Sour Cream: I like to use a plain, unsweetened coconut yogurt as a replacement for sour cream. I cannot taste the difference.

Mayonnaise: There are quite a few vegan mayonnaise choices on the market or you can make your own with aquafaba.

Gelatin: If you have a recipe that calls for gelatin, you can replace it with agar flakes. There are some vegan brands of gelatin available in bigger markets or look online.

Honey: Plant based choices to replace honey include maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup, and concentrated fruit syrups.

Sugar: Unfortunately not even sugar is vegan because of how it is processed. White sugar is processed using bone char from animals. Other great alternatives include: beet sugar, fructose, natural organic sugar, unbleached cane sugar, turbinado sugar, date sugar, maple crystals, and granulated FruitSource.

Chocolate: There are many options to choose from for vegan chocolate! Thank goodness, or this one would hang me up. I’ve been experimenting with making my own cacao chocolates and I’m happily satisfied.

Meat: Some great alternatives to meat that are now available are veggie deli slices (bologna, ham, turkey, and other flavors), veggie burgers, veggie meatballs, veggie sausage links and patties, veggie bacon, veggie ground “beef,” soy chicken patties and nuggets, veggie meatloaf and Salisbury steak, veggie jerky, and whole turkeys.

Recipes for seitan, eggplant bacon, and lentil loaves are readily available and make a great solution for people who want the texture of meat without the meat consumption.

Ice Cream: Solutions are everywhere for your ice cream habit. There are great coconut ice creams and treats, soy ice cream, rice milk ice creams, almond milk ice creams, and don’t forget about sorbets. My favorite ice cream recipe is included in a later section and I promise you will not be missing this comfort food.

Buttermilk Replacer Recipe:

1 cup of nut or soy milk (unsweetened)
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

Whisk until blended

Sweetened Condensed Milk Replacer:

2 ½ cups of nut or soy milk
6 Tablespoons vegan margarine
½ cup of sugar
Sprinkle of salt

In 1 pot boil the milk.
In 2nd pot, melt the margarine and then add the sugar and salt.

When both are done, combine and bring to gentle boil, stirring continuously for 5 minutes.

Evaporated Milk:

Bring your choice of nut or soy milk to a boil and let gently simmer for 35 to 40 minutes.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Brain Balance Reiki for Brain Health & Recovery

Reiki is an energy healing that utilizes the electrical system in our body. Our electrical system connects all of our other systems: limbic, nervous, endocrine, lympathic, circulatory, and all the rest. Without the proper energy flow, there is shut down, and imbalances develop which eventually cause disease over time.

Reiki can offer balance and clear obstructions in our electrical system which allows all the body system to reconnect and utilize energy more efficiently.

Our brains work off of electrical synapses, which is how information is spread throughout our body. When there is an imbalance in the brain (or injury), energy does not flow how it should. Reiki can provide clearing, balance, and restore energy communication, which gives the brain balance for our physical, emotional, and spiritual body to re-align. Re-alignment will give a person the ability to emotionally balance and feel more centered as well as allow the brain to grow new synapses where there was injury.

Stroke survivors with ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) may find that brain balance Reiki offers a therapy that no other medical offering can provide. People with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) may also find that Reiki offers a sense of wellbeing and inter-connectedness after just one treatment.

UCLA published a paper on the effectiveness of Reiki which can be read by right clicking this link. Reiki is becoming extremely popular in hospitals around the world and is being utilized for brain injury with great success.

In my personal experience, Reiki was the only thing that stopped my seizures during my stroke in 2014, in the hospital. I was a Reiki Master before my stroke and taught my children Reiki to help them sleep better at night. When my son laid his hands on me, the seizures stopped immediately.

My full recovery was in part due to Reiki. Emotional balance, regaining my left side, and staying focused on my recovery were all reachable because of my own Reiki self therapy.

Because of my own success with Reiki, I offer brain balance sessions on a weekly basis, long distance, for only $33 per month. Sessions are 30 minutes long every week and spaces are limited. Please email me from the contact form on the side or directly at (remove spaces) Wendy @ OurSouloasis.com to be included.

There is a free Reiki attunement on the right side bar for your at home Reiki learning, or you can schedule a video conference for your own personal attunement and begin your own Reiki healing journey. Feel free to visit my Reiki page for all options.

May you or your loved one heal with the speed of light.
~Wendy

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Learn Herbs and Remedies for Pets and Animals



Hello friends!

One of the greatest joys and privileges we may experience as herbalists is the ability to share the wisdom of the natural world with others, don’t you agree? We share our creations and herbal advice with friends, family members, and can even spread nature’s magic deeper into our networks through community gardens and more! Although it may not be as obvious, there’s one special population of creatures who can also benefit from herbs: our animals.

Have you ever considered that our animals may have similar stresses and imbalances as we do? In many cases, they live similar lifestyles and may even eat similar foods as their caretakers – it’s not surprising that our pets can experience bouts with digestion issues and stress, too!
Herbs are for everyone – learn how to use them with your pet in our brand new intensive: Herbs for Animals, now live in The Herbarium!

We can use herbalism to care for animals the same way we do for people. It is not always necessary to load our pets up on medications to help them through common ailments; with the right dietary and herbal knowledge, we can support our animal’s wellbeing naturally. Making the choice to use herbs with our animal friends provides a safe, gentle alternative that we can feel confident about!
Discover the herbal holistic approach for animals such as cats, dogs, birds, and more!

In the Herbs for Animals intensive, we’ll be covering important dietary considerations, common ailments, appropriate herbs, as well as the energetic aspects that can help fine-tune our choice of herbs. As with any herbal application, safety and compliance are of paramount importance; through this intensive, you’ll learn tips for dosing and effective administration of herbs to various animals too! However, the physical health of our animal friends is only one part of the equation. As anyone who has had a pet can tell you, animals are highly sensitive and emotional creatures. Ever been in the presence of an anxious dog during a thunderstorm? What about a particularly skittish cat, or an animal who could use a boost of confidence?

We’ll also be diving into flower essences for emotional support as part of our Herbs for Animals intensive. When it comes to the emotional world of animals, flower essences are particularly useful! We’ll be exploring what flower essences are, the situations for which they are particularly suited, and some favorite flower essences to use for animals. This intensive is only available to members of The Herbarium – our robust online reference source for herbalists of all experience levels! The Herbarium membership includes an ever-expanding library of plant monographs, intensives, articles, podcasts, videos, tutorials, and charts, all based on carefully gathered research and the wisdom of many contributing herbalists.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Plant Based Protein per Gram

Vegetables are incredibly high in protein, some even more so than a regular steak or piece of meat. The only way that anyone could be lacking in protein is if they are junk food vegans, which a lot of people fall into this category, too, but remember: No judgment!

Here is a quick view into plant based proteins and how much protein is in plants, per serving. Serving sizes are dependent upon each individual food.

Beans
Soybeans 29g
Lentils 18g
White Beans 17g
Adzuki Beans 17g
Split Peas 16g
Black Beans 15g
Garbanzo Beans 15g
Kidney Beans 15g
Lima 15g
Black Eyed Peas 14g
Mung Beans 14g
Pinto Beans 14g

Nuts & Seeds
Chia Seed 12g
Hemp Seed 10g
Flax Seed 8g
Sunflower seed 8g
Almonds 7 g
Pumpkin Seeds 7g
Sesame Seeds 7g
Pistachios 6g
Walnuts 5g
Cashews 4g
Pine Nuts 4g

Grains
Triticale 25g
Millet 8g
Amaranth 7g
Oats 7g
Wild Rice 7g
Rye 7g
Wheat 6g
Barley 5g
Brown Rice 5g
Quinoa 5g
Spelt 5g

Vegetables
Peas 9g
Potatoes with skin 5g
Mushrooms 5g
Corn 5g
Artichoke 4g
Avocado 4g
Brussel Sprouts 4g
Broccoli 4g
Collard Greens 4g
Fennel 3g
Sweet Potato 3g
Swiss Chard 3g
Kale 2.5g
Asparagus 2g
Beets 2g
Cauliflower 2g
Carrots 2g
Green Beans 2g

As you can see, protein can be easily met without much trying, so can iron and all the other minerals. The only vitamin that should be supplemented when going completely vegan is B12. This is only because our soils are depleted of essential B vitamins. Even animals are supplemented with vitamin B, which is how it is in meat.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Reclaim, Recover, Revive: My Stroke Recovery Story

I've had this book swirling around inside of me for years. In the first year of my stroke recovery, it was so difficult to talk about, let alone write about. I was still in the process of healing emotionally from having my entire life swiped out from under me. It was too personal and raw for me to share with others.

In the last year, since moving to Arizona, life has finally taken an upswing. Every night for the past few months, as I lie in bed, ready to fall asleep, I've been outlining my stroke recovery story in my mind.

Yesterday the outline hit paper and it works. I'm in the process of writing it all out now.

Remembering the details of everything I did that worked, things I did that did Not work, has been a process. (I wish I had kept a journal!) If you are recovering now, keep a journal. It is wisdom you'll forget. Our brains do not work like they used to. I used to be able to recall almost any detail from my life. Now, details do not have the same glue that they once had.

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I'm excited to see how long it will take me to purge all this information out. There is so much I have to say that has never been said. Most medical professionals seem to write us survivors off, like our lives are over. When I was told I'd never walk, again, I refused to accept that without any kind of hesitation. I only wish they would keep their limiting opinions to themselves because there are people who believe them.

If you are looking for something new and positive to believe in, it's coming. I did recover. You can, too. I'll show you how I did it.

Wendy

Friday, June 28, 2019

Birth Control Inhibits Relationship Chemistry?

This week a few of my friends have been talking and raving about a book titled: Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan. So I ran over to Amazon and downloaded the Kindle edition to read.

I found the book interesting and would definitely recommend reading it. Ryan documents history and the human sexual patterns from biblical times until now. One of the main reasons I bought the book was to read about why people cheat. (My ex cheated and our relationship and family dynamic failed because of that.)  I am not someone who can stay with someone who lies, cheats, or betrays. The author has other views on cheating that I personally do not agree with, but I can see how it could work for some.

One of the reasons that Ryan states that people may cheat, I found extremely interesting. Ryan says that birth control pills interfere with the chemistry between us that causes us to pick partners. The scent of a man or woman actually defines our level of compatibility, not only just in the bedroom, but in life. Birth control interferes with the hormones and a woman's scent as well as her ability to gauge her compatibility to her male partner through scent.

Interesting!
It is certainly interesting enough to share with you all.
Grab your copy: Sex at Dawn