Bone Broth in the InstantPot

Pressure Cookers are all the rage at least in my life. Cooking for 4 hungry mouths can take up a lot of time leaving me very little time to do anything else. I have had been a big fan for over a decade. My first was the Wolfgang Puck electric one that I was given as a gift. I loved it so much until a few years ago I found out about the Instantpot. Guess what…it is even nicer than the one I had. So when it was time to replace mine I jumped at getting this new and improved Instantpot. This is one recipe that proves how invaluable this small kitchen appliance is.

You may have heard how healthy Bone Broth is for you and your gut health. So have I. I make broth all the time from veggie scraps that I keep in my freezer and decided to give Bone Broth a go.

Recipe: 2 Raw Organic Beef Shank Bones, 3 Carrots cut into 3rds, 1 medium onion cut into 4ths, 2 Celery Stalks cut in half, a clove of garlic and S & P to taste. Toss everything in your pot and top with water. Set on High Pressure for 1 hr 45 min NPR. After your broth has been refrigerated it should have a gelatin consistency.

Recipe Variations: You can use different meat bones like chicken or Turkey also. If you have veggie scraps you can use them instead of adding veggies. Veggie Scraps are just leftovers. Like when you are using an onion and chop off the ends. The ends go into my freezer bag of veggie scraps. You can use just the scraps for veggie broth or add them to your bone broth.


Here are some ways to use your Healthy Homemade Bone Broth? You can drink or sip it like a hot tea. You can use it as a base for soup or stews, or you can use it as a base for your gravy and sauces. I like to freeze some of mine for later use. If you read the labels on the store bought broth it has lots of added ingredients. When you make your own you know exactly what is in it. And just look at the dark rich color of the homemade.


Essential Oil Infused Elderberry Syrup in the InstantPot

Elderberry Syrup is an old standby for illness.  I grew up with it as many of you did.  Nowadays you can buy it right at the store.  However you are getting a bit more than you bargain for.  They are loaded with sugar and other stuff that I cannot even pronounce.  To top it off it is not cheap.  I mean it is super expensive.  The markup is incredibly high.  You will see for yourself when you take a look at how easy and simple this is to make.

Let’s talk Elderberries.  Did you know that they are highly astringent.  Which means eating them raw can make you super sick.  They are a good source for vitamins A, B & C but you need to cook them first to neutralize their anti-nutrients.   They date back to biblical times.  And there is and Elderberry Tree planted in front of the West Minster Abbey to ward for good luck and to ward off disease.  Kinda cool.

So this is how easy it is to make your own.


  • 3 1/2 C Water
  • 2/3 C Dried Organic Elderberries
  • 1 C Raw Local Honey
  • 2 drops each doTerra’s Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, OnGuard and Ginger Essential Oils


  1. Add the water and berries to the InstantPot.
  2. Set on High Pressure for 9 minutes, NPR
  3. In a small bowl add the honey and the essential oil, stir & set aside.
  4. When InstantPot is done and pressure has released (approx L17) carefully remove lid and strain the berries from the liquid.  We are using both products.
  5. After Liquid has cooled for about 5 minutes slowly add the honey mixture and stir.
  6. Pour into Jar and place in fridge once completely cooled.

Servings:  1 Tbl Adults per day, and 1 tsp for Children over 1 years per day.

BONUS  Elderberry Jam  RECIPE!!!

Now…What to do with those left over cooked berries.

  1. In a small bowl add cooked berries.
  2. add 1/2 C Raw Honey
  3. add 4-5 drops of doTerra’s Wild Orange Essential Oil
  4. Mix until Blended.  Scoop into a glass Jar and top with lid.  Store in fridge.

WFPB Enthusiast Dr. Greger & Lavender Essential Oil for Migraines

I love Dr. Greger and his book “How Not To Die.”  I also love this new post from him on Lavender Essential Oil and Migraine Relief.   I use Lavender Essential Oil for many issues and am grateful it is getting some spot light on it’s power of pain relief.  If you’d like some Lavender Essential Oil message me.


Gold medalist Jamie Anderson and doTERRA Essential Oils

Our Olympians know their stuff about oils! Gold-medal winner, Jamie Anderson loves Frankincense, Ylang ylang, and OnGuard!  Check out her story here:

For more on Essential Oils email me:

Winter ICK and Natural Solutions

Everywhere we turn some is hacking, coughing, or blowing their nose.  With so many people sick and all the stories of how truly bad it has effected others is enough to scare even the most holistic and crunchiest of us to stock up on over-the-counter remedies, right?  Nope, not this girl.  I turn to my arsenal of oils and do what has worked for my family for years.  We use OnGuard Touch Roller twice a day, everyday by applying it topically one our spine & bottom of our feet.

Then… my daughter came home from school and said her throat was irratated ~ Ugh!  That’s when I look to my oils to the next level.  Yes….FLOOM!  FLOOM is a blend of essential oils that we use when the ICK has entered the house.  Frankincense, Lemon, Oregano, OnGuard, and Melaleuca all in a roller bottle topped off with FCO (Fractinated Coconut Oil).  Same application as before but we then do it 3-4 times a day.

Daughter number 2 wakes up Saturday morning with crazy head tension.  This is very unusually for her.  She came right to me and asked for what oil to use.  I handed her the Frankincense Touch Roller.  I had her apply it directly to her forehead near her hair line.  She went and layed down on the couch and moments later was right as rain.

A week went by and I am so grateful we are all healthy as horses.

Two days ago I woke up with crazy sinus pressure on the right side of my nose.  I have dealt with seasonal threats for years so I wondered what could be the cause as it is still winter.  My best guess is all the construction on my street.  They have been doing lots of digging and moving dirt.  I applied melaleuca directly to my sinus area but away from my eye.  I had to do that for 2 days.  It never got worse and is all gone today.  It amazes me how effective high quality natural solutions are.

I was on over-the-counter solutions for 10 years for seasonal threats.  Which is crazy enough because I was raised on a farm and never had any season threats until I moved to the western part of the state, only 4 hours from my hometown.  I had to take a tiny white tablet everyday or I was a hot mess.  Runny nose, weepy itchy eyes, and who knows what draining down my throat ~ ew!  I remember buying my seasonal threats solutions from the local ‘three letter’ drug store but only when they were on sale.  Making sure I got the packs that had the extras in the pack.  I did rain checks and stacked them with coupons so I they would be more affordable.  The time & energy I wasted as I think back is enough to make me nuts.

***If you want more information on the OnGuard Touch Roller, FLOOM blend, Frankincense Touch Roller, or Melaleuca message me.  I am happy to help.

Skin ~ Pain ~ Sick ~ Mood

I tend to go for the Citrus & Trees.  I love the Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss & Lemon for their uplifting and motivating benefits.

Flowers: Reach for floral oils as they contain powerful benefits to healing and improving the overall appearance of your skin. They can reduce the appearance of fine lines, spots, scars, and any dry skin irritations.

Trees: Reach for the tree oils when looking to provide muscular/inflammation/pain relief. Think Frankincense, Cypress, and even Copaiba. These oils have a unique ability to affect muscles and connective tissue to support muscular function on a cellular level.

Herbs: These oils contain anti microbial, antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Applying them topically or taking them internally will help bring the immune system back to balance and keep you healthy. Cinnamon, Oregano, Black Pepper are top oils in this category.

Citrus: Looking for some mood support? Turn to citrus oils. They have a unique way of providing a calming yet uplifting effect to your mind and body. Add Wild Orange to your water for emotional support throughout the day. Or diffuse Bergamot for the ultimate stress relief.


5 Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

Did you know that 75 to 90 percent of all doctors office visits are related to conditions caused by stress? When you are stressed, it causes changes in the hormones that can increase inflammation and trigger various other problems. If you experience stress over a long period of time, it can be dangerous and is capable of increasing the risk for heart disease, diabetes, weight gain or obesity, mental disorders, autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders and even cancer.

Therefore, finding ways to help eliminate stress is crucial. Dry brushing is an easy way that you can do this for yourself!

1. Exfoliates Dead Skin

When in your teens and 20s, dry brushing isn’t necessary because the skin automatically renews itself. However, as you get older, it is helpful to exfoliate once or twice week to help renew the skin and remove those dead skin cells so that you have a fresher appearance and healthier skin.

It’s important to do this gently so that you do not tear the skin. You don’t want to break down the skin’s protective layer or cause irritation to sensitive skin, which could get infected. Exfoliating too much can also dehydrate the skin, which is that last thing you want to do. (3)

2. Stimulates the Lymphatic System

Because your skin helps to detoxify the body, it’s important to keep it healthy so that it can do its job. However, if your skin has too many toxins or dead skin cells, it may not be able to eliminate waste from your body as efficiently as needed.

Dry brushing your skin can help your lymphatic system, which has the job of removing toxins from the body and ultimately helps prevent you from getting sick. When inflammation builds up in the body, it can cause the body to struggle to fight off that inflammation. If the skin is healthy, it can help release those toxins so that the body is not having to work so hard to rid itself of them.

3. Reduces Cellulite

Everyone hates cellulite, and it seems to be so hard to lose. Cellulite is the appearance of cottage cheese skin predominantly seen on the legs, butt, stomach and back of the arms. It’s often caused by fluid retention, lack of circulation, weak collagen structure and increased body fat in addition to hormonal imbalances, medical conditions, genetics, poor diet and toxicity.

Cellulite is most common in adolescent and adult women, but men can have it, too. While there are many claims to treatments, dry brushing may help stimulate the cells and break down toxins from beneath the skin, which may act as a natural remedy for cellulite.

4. Unclogs Pores

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, MD, a Harvard-trained cardiologist and author of Your Vibrant Heart tells us that over time, your pores can get clogged with dead skin cells, pollutants and cosmetics. This causes the liver and kidneys to work really hard to get rid of impurities. Dry skin brushing unclogs your skin’s pores and helps your skin absorb more nutrients, which promotes healthy skin and allows those toxins to release a bit easier.

5. Offers Stress Relief

Another benefit of dry brushing is that it’s similar to massage in decreasing stress, which is great for your health by eliminating anxiety. A study reported that whole body massage was effective in reducing anxiety and stabilizing vital signs of patients with acute coronary disorders. (5) Dry brushing is similar to massage in helping you to relax, yet is far cheaper since you can do it yourself.

Much like a hand massage, dry brushing can provide much needed natural stress relief. When you are less stressed, your body heals much faster from any disease-causing inflammation that it may be have.



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