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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.

 

Probiotic Tip #1: SCOBY Bryant For the Win!

SCOBY= symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast

A Scoby is used in the brewing of Kombucha Tea. They are surprisingly simple to create in the comfort of your own home, especially this time of year since they thrive in warm, damp, dark settings–Thanks 105 degrees with humidity! My Scoby formed at home in just over a week, and you can make one too by following these steps:

  1. Use a sterile- clean glass jar, such as these from Ikea that I love
  2. To your jar, add a bottle of store bought kombucha (or some tea borrowed from a reliable source)
  3. Brew some simple green (or black) tea and add 1 cup to your kombucha jar
  4. Sprinkle in sugar to speed up fermentation
  5. WAIT for this guy!IMG_0494

After you have your SCOBY and a Gallon Jar, you can make your own home batch of Kombucha and feel the probiotic magic happen in your gut!

Stay Tuned for Probiotic Tips #2 Homemade Yogurt and #3 Homemade Sauerkraut

(Credit to my friend Darren for naming the SCOBY)

Eating Local- Haw River Ranch

I had such an amazing time visiting a local farm last month- Haw River Ranch in Saxapahaw, NC. I cannot describe what pleasure I got from meeting the animals and seeing them frolic and feed so naturally and happily together.

I don’t make apologies about being omnivorous. It makes me feel strong and healthy when IBD and PCOS make that a battle for me nutritionally.  HOWEVER, I love animals. I want every animal to be as happy and carefree as my puppies Safin and Arthur. Challenging myself to purchase meat from sustainable, small, local run farms has proved rewarding in countless ways. The slightly higher prices are not even a consideration after weighing all the positives of this experience, which I’ll do for you below:

  1. Experience Nature: Getting to spend the morning on the farm: watching chickens run free, cows bathing, and little lambs feeding; it was so beautiful and a perfect Saturday morning meditation. Thank you God for these lives and this beauty
  2. Community: Meeting this passionate neighbors of mine, and rewarding them for their hard work with my
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    Farm Fresh Eggs Can’t go wrong!

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  3. Quality: Cracking double egg yolks for brunch when I got home and making the best bone broth of my life
  4. Nutrition: By buying local and on the weekend, I planned our meals ahead and had less meat to stay within our budget. The meat we ate was nourishing and healthy, but we also had more vegetarian meals, which is a better balance.

Thank you to all the small, sustainable farmers out there. Sometimes it may be hard to see that you are making a difference, but I am here to tell you that you are!

Feeding Lamb while chickens are at pasture

Feeding Lamb while chickens are at pasture

Pregnant Mama in the shade!

Pregnant Mama in the shade!

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

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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!

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A rainbow of lipgloss!