Archive for Essential Oils

Video How To: Bacon Wrapped Dates

Thanks to my friend Martin for the fabulous video! I’m bringing these dates to my Essential Oils Class tonight in Chapel Hill! Check them out all crisped and cooked in my Dairy-Free Cauliflower Soup Post

7 Signs that your Hormones aren’t Balanced

  1. Fatigue
    Constant bouts of being either wired or stressed is related to adrenal fatigue and spiking cortisol levels. I have felt the fatigue from imbalanced hormones and it’s intense–feels illness related, leaving you tired after a great night’s sleep
  2. Mood Swings and Irritability
    Comes from imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. Everyone’s going to be cranky sometimes! But if you rage with consistency, this may be why.
  3. Skin changes
    Especially cystic acne, which happens around the chin and on the forehead. Zits happen, but shouldn’t be happening much past puberty. If you can’t correlate it to a new skincare regime or food in your diet, then it could be hormonal
  4. Hot flashes/night sweats
    This is big time for me. I sleep on top of the covers and our AC bill is through the roof! This is from changing levels of progesterone.
  5. Changes in bowel regularity
    Your liver processes hormones and food toxins, so if it is overloaded or not functioning properly then you will also get bowel effects with hormone imbalance
  6. Low libido
    You can thank estrogen levels for this, (and decreasing testosterone). Some of these symptoms are also those of depression though, so best to get a hormonal blood test first to rule it out.
  7. Inability to lose weight
    The ultimate enemy of hormonal imbalance. Raised levels of estrogen and cortisol make losing weight harder than normal. You can persevere though!

Do any of these 7 signs that your hormones aren’t balanced resonate with you? Last week, I wrote about my Pre-PCOS, and then realized that my tips would not be useful if someone did not know their hormones were out of whack. As a woman in your 20’s or 30’s, especially if you are thinking of conceiving, this is something to have checked via bloodwork. There are so many ways to attack hormone imbalance that I’ve discussed in other posts, including changing diet, increasing exercise, laying off the booze, acupuncture and herbal therapy, and essential oils!

One of the main reasons I diffuse essential oils is to remove the hormone interrupting free-radicals and environmental factors that effect my hormone balance like plastics, household cleaners, and make up products.

7 signs that your hormones aren't balanced

DIY Sunscreen

It’s summertime! I hope you caught my essential oil bug spray post here! But sunscreen is arguably even more important in your daily summer repertoire, though checking out the long list of ingredients on your average sunscreen bottle can be disheartening. I’ve had a lot of luck with a natural mixture of shea butter, which has a natural SPF of about 5 or 6, cocoa butter, which adds moisture and smoothness to your skin, zinc oxide powder, which carries the majority of your SPF, and essential oils. See details below about how to mix up this concoction and then you’ll  never leave home without it!

*note, this is for everyday wear and outside activities, not beach or extended wear. Also note that online DIY recipes that use almond, carrot, coconut or grapseseed oils might actually promote burning.

Homesteader’s Sunscreen
Measurements are rough for solid ingredients. Combine ingredients in a double boiler to melt
, constantly stirring to mix and avoid sticking. I store this in a small glass or durable plastic jar; consistency is a hard cream.

1/4 cup beeswax pellets
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup cocoa butter
2-3 Tablespoons of non-nano Zinc oxide powder (one like this that does not seep into pores)
Optional: Vitamin E oil and essential oils for bonus effects on skin and mood

Some suggested essential oils: raspberry for extra SPF, lavender for skin calming, or melaleuca for added bug repellent

You need a lot of SPF when you are camping in the OBX! I use a combo of my DIY cream and natural versions like Tom's and The Honest Company

You need a lot of SPF when you are camping in the OBX! I use a combo of my DIY cream and natural versions like Tom’s and The Honest Company

 

Natural Bug-Repellent

The best thing about the summertime is all the extra daylight you get for outdoor activities. I am a self-admitted Fall/Winter person, but getting home from work and having time for a long walk with my pups, gardening, or grilling outside with my man, makes me super happy! Evening in North Carolina is prime for the myriad bug life that shares our warm, damp home. With a few essential oils and homesteading tricks, we’re able to enjoy our outside time without bugs prays and their long list of chemical ingredients, and we’re able to save money on our dogs’ flea/tick repellents.  Check out my suggestions below for a spray bottle that will last all summer if kept at room temperature!

1. Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 a cup of water and 1/4 cup Witch Hazel or Organic Vodka

2. Add the following essential oils:

  • 45 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 9 drops rosemary essential oil

OR

  • 8 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 15 drops geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 35 drops thyme essential oil

 

 

Essential Oil Highlight- Thieves Oil

A rendering of the black death (1347-1351) by an unknown artist

A rendering of the black death (1347-1351) by an unknown artist

Thieves Oil is so named because because of Medieval Spice Traders. As we know, the precious spices and plants of the middle east and far east came to Europe hundreds, even thousands of years ago (as archaeology demonstrates). Explorers popularized the fragrances and tastes of these exotic essences when trade became more world-wide in the 14th century — can you imagine life without the smell of clove at Christmas? Or jasmine and vanilla on your skin? Anyway, legend has it that the plague suffered business for merchants so much that they resorted to the unthinkable– grave-robbing! As the dead outnumbered the living at this time in Europe, it had become the most lucrative “trade” there was, thus the merchants became thieves. So at night, the thieves covered themselves with every oil essence they knew to be protective, healing, and immune boosting, so that they could rummage through the graves of the plagued without risking their health or their lives—and it worked!

Thieves Oil is a delicious combination of wild orange peel, cinnamon bark, clove bud, eucalyptus leaf, and Rosemary flower essential oils. It smells like Christmas, and if you rub it on your feet every night, I seriously doubt you will ever get sick (regardless of your night time activities) I use this as my daily hand soap, my non-toxic household cleanser, my natural cold & flu medicine (in a veggie capsule), my toothpaste, and diffuse as a warm scent.

 

Welcome to My New Site!

If there is anything I’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that most journeys, especially ones toward health and well-being are taken one step at a time. My aim is to be able to share my steps toward holistic health daily, in the hope that my experience will reach someone and make a real difference in their quality of life, the way mine has been forever altered.

My new posts will include recipes, ancestral health tips, archaeological stories & findings, adventures of my doula training, thoughts on sustainable and natural living in the home and garden, and herbal and essential oil remedies. There’s something for everyone, and I’m excited about this new chapter.

Let me know what you think of the new look and if you have any recipe or topic suggestions for the coming year! I’ve got a bunch of fabulous ideas that I can’t wait to share!

Be Well,

Elisabeth

set your life on fire

Natural make up for cheap; no toxins included

This weekend for my doula friend Amber’s birthday, we decided to make some natural lip glosses. Since removing toxins from my food and environment, I feel like I can taste the formaldehyde on my lips from the bright pink lipstick I like to rock some days. I think buying natural products is awesome, but in reality, it’s not awesome for my budget. Lip gloss ingredients are as follows:
– beeswax pellets
– shea butter
– coconut oil (if you don’t already have this in your home, then…run! go get it)
– and beet root powder, cocoa, and cinnamon for tinting

All you have to do is melt the ingredients down and syphon them into your preferred stick or pot container! This is such a great and easy first step to going natural! And it tastes amazing!

lipsticks

A rainbow of lipgloss!

 

paleo pumpkin spice latte recipe

paleo pumpkin spice latte recipeThis paleo pumpkin spice latte recipe is made with coconut milk, your favorite fall spices & none of the JUNK in a store bought latte! Sip to your health this fall!

In the wake of The FoodBabe encouraging Starbucks to post the ingredients in their syrups and lattes this September, I realized it was pretty important to find a healthy alternative to their toxin-rich treats for myself (and my friends) as I rebuild my micro biome and fight for optimal health.  This latte syrup is a stove-top cinch and can be funneled into glass jars and refrigerated for a pumpkin-spice filled fall! Note, this recipe is NOT SCD because of the Maple Syrup! You can make it so, by using honey instead.

Ingredients:
1 can organic pumpkin puree
1 can Trader Joe’s Light Coconut milk (or another coconut milk with no thickeners, preservatives, or other ingredients)
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons clove or 1 drop doTERRA clove oil
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract or vanilla bean
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
* I started adding a few tablespoons of water after boiling to further thin it out

Bring all ingredients to a boil and then let simmer for 30 minutes. To thin the latte mixture, you will need to pour through cheesecloth or paper towels into a bowl once or twice. Then it is ready to funnel into jars. Pour in the bottom of your mug and add coffee on top for an instant integration of all these delicious flavors!

lemongrass pumpkin soup

This soup is light and fresh, yet rich in flavor at the same time! I made up the recipe after I found some inspiration here. It’s so easy and sure to dazzle your guests or your beautiful SELF. Of course, the pumpkin ingredient makes this perfect for the Fall, but this is truly a year-round treat thanks to hoarding canned pumpkin!14+-+1

Ingredients:
1 can organic pumpkin puree
1 can Trader Joe’s Light Coconut milk (or another coconut milk that is free of thickeners and additives)
1 can organic chicken stock (or vegetable for a vegan meal)
several stalks of lemongrass or two-three drops doTERRA Lemongrass essential oil
1 thumb of fresh ginger
pinch of salt
table spoon of chili flakes

Bring all these ingredients to a boil on medium/high heat and cover, then let simmer for at least 30 minutes.  Then sprinkle some optional cilantro.

That’s it! I want it to be as easy as possible to feed yourself wholesome, organic, delicious food

joyful.

 

moon

I’m so happy to be writing my first post on the Full Moon in Taurus. “A full moon in Taurus also coaxes us to shed the layers of our old selves, allowing the illumined authentic self to finally, truly emerge. Many of us have experienced the intensity of recent cosmic shifts, so it’s time to release the perpetual grip we still have on what no longer serves us, for good.”

Now that’s a sentiment that I can surely get behind. RELEASE the perpetual grip YOU STILL HAVE on what NO LONGER SERVES YOU. After this full moon begins to wane,the tight grip that I’ve had on all the things that do not serve the person I am becoming will loosen. I will let go. Why wait until New Year’s! I’m making a list of all the things that no longer serve me:

1.) Past hurts
2.) Unreasonable Grief
3.) Complacency in my job
4.) Processed food and harmful  “cheats” I haven’t fully let go of
5.) Excess alcohol
6.) Ever believing that I don’t deserve to be totally. joyful.
7.) Waiting until tomorrow….