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.

 

Why is there garbage in my Coco Butter?

Once I started reading labels on products I began to feel like Alice going down the rabbit hole.  There are only so many googles a person can do so I found resources that I can turn to.  One is the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org).  This is what came up on my favorite lotion.  The lotion I have used for years on myself & my kids.

Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concernsIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)MiscellaneousOccupational hazardsOther MODERATE concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sourcesOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive)Persistence and bioaccumulationOther LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorptionBiochemical or cellular level changesCancerData gapsEcotoxicologyEndocrine disruptionNeurotoxicity

The crazy part to me is whyWhy add ingredients that are harmful?  It is so frustrating to think you are doing the best for your family only to find out that you are harming them.

So let’s cut to the chase.  I decided to make my own coco butter lotion.  And it turns out that it is super easy.  Start to finish probably 30 min and most of that was when it was cooling in the fridge.

Recipe:

Use or create a double boiler.  I use a large pasta pot and a glass Pyrex bowl.  Add water to the large pot and the coco butter in the glass bowl.  On medium to low heat slowly melt the coco butter.  Wait until the coco butter is mostly melted and add the coconut oil.  Once that is mostly melted add the Avocado and remove from the heat.  Let the remaining heat melt the rest of the oil.  Let sit to cool for several minutes.  Add the essential oils and stir.  Place in the refrigerator until the mixture cools enough to begin to solidifies.  Use a hand mixer to whip the still liquid lotion.  See pic A.  Then let rest for just a couple minutes and whip again.  See pic B.   After it whips up into a thick firm icing-like texture put in container of your choice.  I found these cute little Mini Deodorant twist up containers.  See pic C.  They work great!  I filled 15 of those little guys and still had enough for to fill a small glass jar.

Just a heads up, this entire process smells amazing!   You can use whatever essential oils you prefer.  I chose Frankincense & Myrrh because of the amazing benefits they offer my skin.

Pic A

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Pic B

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Pic C

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Holiday Stress?

Emotional Aromatherapy?  I started diffusing so the house smells good.  But now I also make myself & other feel better too.

Intense. Anxious. Depressive. Stressed. Overwhelmed. Nervous. Frustrated.
Not “Happy Holiday” feelings.

This time of year seems to bring many of us into a place of anxious feelingsTrying to meet our own & others expectations is challenging.  Now it doesn’t have to stay that way!


Oftentimes, memories of Christmas’ past can be sad, or cause pain, and not be the joyful reminders that others would expect.  
Our thoughts, memories, and feelings should be observed, respected, and explored, but your mind does not have to settle there.

Take care of you today, and every day, as we get closer to this “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.  Essential oils are not only physically, and medicinally supportive, a large part of the effectiveness of doTERRA essential oils resides within their emotional benefits. They can support you to recognize, address and release unwanted emotions.

Meet your body and mind where it’s at.  That’s good mental health.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Kale

Have ya heard?  Kale is a super-food.  But…..I hate the taste of Kale!

Here is my wfpb – recipe for delicious Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Super-Food Kale.

Take a 1/2 a bag of Kale (I use Trader Joe’s Organic) and fill up your food processor.

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And what pulse until it is in bits but stop before you end up with pesto.

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Place your Kale flakes in a bowl and set aside.

Next change your attachment to the slicer.  Slice 2 large yellow onions.   Place sliced onions in a bowl and set aside.

Now slice the potatoes.  Place in a bowl and set aside.

This is my set up for assembling:

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Get your favorite Cheesy Sauce (see ingredients) and get started.
1st we add a little cheesy sauce to the bottom of the dish.  Your first layer are the potatoes, then the onions, topped with a sprinkle the kale flakes.  Then add salt & pepper (optional).

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Repeat for the second and third layers. Top the third layer with some cheesy sauce.  Your final layer is just potatoes topped with the rest of the cheesy sauce.  Add Salt & Pepper (optional).

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Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour & 15 minutes.  Take off foil and brown top for another 5 minutes (optional).  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs Yukon Potatoes
  • 6 Cups Kale = 1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s 10 oz Organic Tuscan Kale Cut & Washed
  • 2 Large Yellow Onions
  • 1 quart Cheesy Sauce (CFDG Cheesy Sauce)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (optional)

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