Healthy, Warm and Cozy…..

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(Photo by Gabrielle Allman)

We got a lot of snow here last night!! The kids have off school and we are taking it easy at home. I think I am going to make a big pot of soup!! Doesn’t that sound good?

A friend of mine shared this recipe with me on Sunday. It is considered a detox soup, but I know from my history with allergies, it is a low allergen soup (minus the roma tomatoes).

Whether you are trying to lose weight or just trying to eat a little healthier, this Healthy Detox Vegetable Soup is for you! Whole 30 approved!
Author: Rachel Farnsworth
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 large white onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1½ tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (optional)

For Complete recipe you can look here; Detox Vegetable Soup from the Stay at Home Chef!

As you notice, there is some basil in there….and even though it is not in it’s Essential Oil form, I have added some of the benefits of this wonderful herb!

PROPERTIES
Antiemetic-reduces severity of nausea or vomiting
Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
Antispasmodic – relieves spasms and cramps
Carminative – may assist in preventing gas
Cephalic – helps clear the head when focus in required
Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system

HOW TO USE Basil Essential Oil.
Chest Cold/Cough:
apply basil in a cream to the chest to help stop coughing or place a few drops in a diffuser and breathe deep.
Headache: For a stress induced headache, rub basil cream around your neck area and on temples. Blending with lavender or peppermint is also helpful.
Nausea: Place a drop of sweet basil on a tissue and inhale deeply to stop vomiting or nausea.
Cramping: makes a good rub for sore muscles, abdominal cramping, and pains.
Other ways to use basil:
For respiratory benefits, place a few drops in a diffuser.
To use a carrier, dilute 6-12 drops per ounce of the following: cream, shampoo, or liquid soap. Always dilute in a carrier before adding to a bath or foot soak. Use fewer drops for elderly or children.(Information from Pompeii Organics)

So whether you are putting some fresh or dry basil in your soup, it has those wonderful added healthy benefits while you are staying warm and cozy and enjoying those in your life!<3

 

 

O Send Out Your Light….

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“O send out your light and your truth and let them lead me.” Psalm 43:3

Doesn’t that sound so refreshing?! I want to walk in light and truth…not my own understanding or confusion. I need fresh wisdom and discernment every day!

As I read this scripture this morning, it gave me such inspiration- I wanted to share it! It is the beginning of a new week, a new hope and vision awaits all of us. We can change and aspire and grow- and we can encourage one another in the process.

An oil I would recommend for such a journey is, Helichrysum. Highlighted before on Honest Aromas, Helichrysum is very emotionally healing, can help support emotional trauma and wounds, and encourage intuition and creativity.

It is the “go to”, high in Esters, for cuts, bruises and scarring as it works deep and quickly. This is not an inexpensive oil. It costs roughly $50 for a 5 ml. bottle, but a little goes a long way!

So as you walk into the light of your future, be confident and courageous! We are right here with you taking one step at a time….and applying a little Helichrysum along the way;-)

(Helichrysum can be inhaled straight from the bottle. It is one of the few oils that can be applied straight to a cut! 1 drop is all you need.  You can also mix 5 drops into a 1/3 ounce roller bottle filled with liquid coconut oil to support encouragement or to roll onto bruises.)

 

 

 

 

Rosalina……..

 

(The following information is from Pompeii Organics😉

I fell in love with Rosalina the second I smelled it for the first time. It has so much to offer because of being so skin friendly (a lot of linalol) and having rosalina_15ml_web__87779-1456147015-1280-1280gentle respiratory benefits (minimal oxide content compared to Eucalyptus globulus). The smell is a sweet combination of Lavender and Eucalyptus with a woodsy and buttery note that is difficult to explain. It simply smells beautiful.

For small children, Rosalina is an excellent substitute for Eucalyptus for respiratory issues.

CURRENT GC/MS REPORT FOR ROSAL-1001

ORIGINS
Latin Name: Melaleuca ericifolia
Plant Origin: Australia
Botanical family: Myrtaceae
Plant Part: Leaves
Processed: Steam distilled, unsprayed
Chemical family: Monoterpenols, Oxides
Aroma: sweet, camphoraceous, warm
Note: middle

You Can’t Give Up!

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Colds. I have been hit hard this winter! It doesn’t suit my position as an owner of a holistic health company!! Yet, it is completely out of my control. Last week I felt so horrible, I was sure I was going to die….but I didn’t.

When we are hit over and over again with bad news, bad health, or discouragements, what are we going to do. Well, you may need to pull the covers over your head for a little while. I actually required several days in bed- resting your body is one of the best ways to re-calibrate your immune system. But after you get up 5 days later and still feel lousy, what are you going to do? Give up? Never!!

Do something, take a baby step, stretch, sing, walk down the driveway and back, just do some thing a little challenging but some thing you can achieve. If you need to rest again, take a rest again- but you will know that you accomplished some thing to day that you couldn’t do yesterday and that tomorrow will mostly likely allow you to do even more.

We are right here with you, being challenged and embracing life……never give up!!

If We Are Working The Process,

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I have been working at an agency that helps families. During a meeting in which my co-worker and I were having a hard time deciding what course of action we should take, my boss said; “If we are working the Process, we shouldn’t be confused!” Quite right!! We had not been following the order of things and we were confused about where we were and were we should head. Go back to the process!

What things in your life are confusing right now? Confusion can bring such anxiety and stress into our lives. If you find your self in this position right now, ask….”when did I start feeling confused or over whelmed?” That might help put you back to the beginning to a diversion of a road which you possibly should not be on. Ask yourself; “Who can I completely count on?” “What things do I do that keep me focused and headed in the right direction?”

These are some of the questions I ask my self when I feel lost and confused. I know the things that are not beneficial to me as well. Behaviors that do not  ultimately and completely benefit me or respect my person or take my family off course cannot be entertained. Certain things can be a temptation to me when I am tired, or hungry or wore out, but “the easy road” does not stay easy. It leads to way more work in the long run and usually some kind of repair….not worth it!

Keep your eyes looking straight ahead and forget what is behind! Today is a new day, and it’s the beginning of a new week of opportunity and new journeys! Stay the course, we are right here walking along with you!

 

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

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Here is another new release…..our attention getting inhaler……Attention, Please!

Created with distracted students in mind, this is kid safe! It is loaded with lots of beneficial, focus producing Essential Oils and has an over arching sweet orange essence!!

So, whether you are in school or you’ve graduated, you will find this handy little inhaler helpful to your attentive needs!

Struggle with focus? We want to hear from you today!

Hush Little Baby….

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As promised, here is one of our new products! Kathryn uses this on Donovan for a great night’s sleep for both of them!!! She rubs a little on his wrists and legs as she is putting him down for the night. Filled with the best sleepy Essential Oils that are at the right baby dilution,we have managed to make this very affordable. When she ran out of her Honest Aroma’s product, she reported….no sleep!! So this is a definite keeper. We will be uploading it to the site soon.

Sleeping problems with your baby? We want to hear from you today:-)