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.)

 

 

 

 

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!

 

It’s a Buzz!!

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Here is an all-natural alternative to chemical, cover-up-the-smell candles that we discussed yesterday! Made from mountainroseherbs.com

“Enjoy this classic beeswax pillar candle made with 100% pure Oregon Beeswax and lacking all the harmful impurities typically found in commercial paraffin based candles. Short and stout, these are the longest burning beeswax candles we offer. They are heavy, well balanced and they emit a magnificently rich beeswax fragrance into the air as they heat up during prolonged burning. Measures 3″ high and 3 1/2″ wide and has a 60 hour burn time.”

Now aside from beeswax candles, I have to admit I have not ventured farther! But I am excited to explore this new territory and share it with you as I do!! I have had the beeswax tapers and besides the warm-honey fragrance, which is amazing; I just love the look of the all natural candle!!

So hope this sets you looking for more natural, less toxic varieties of candles to fill your home with. They are more expensive, but if they are adding to your health, not hindering it, you will save money and migraines in the process!!

Blessings!

What Are You Listening To?

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My mom used to say; “turn down that rock music…your going to be deaf by the time your 30! Well, 30 seemed a really far way off back then, so I didn’t heed her wisdom. Guess what, now that I am pushing 50 I do struggle with hearing people speak.

What are the things that “pull” you, that you know really aren’t the best things you could be doing with your time, money or energy? Don’t blow it off! Slow down and pay attention to those little pricks you get in your conscience. Are you listening to news everyday that is giving you anxiety? Are you drawn to unhealthy life styles? Drinking too much alcohol or over eating? Maybe you avoid people and keep your self busy when you know you should be making some emotional connections with healthy relationships, but you are too afraid.

It is the beginning of a new year! It is the beginning of a new week! I am right here with you growing into the person I was created to be and I want to encourage you on your journey as well!! We all struggle with something. What has your ear that you know is detrimental? Like I said in/honestaromas.com/2016/12/28/the-journey-with-vigor/ last week,  we have to be able to sort out these things to have happy, healthy lives. You may not have the will power to over come struggles in your life, but there are people who can help you and God is invested in your success! It doesn’t make it easy, I know, but it is possible!

As far as aromatherapy can help in this process, Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) comes to mind! It helps reduce fear and motivate change, it reduces stagnation, and reduces fatigue, depression and low energy. It is also full of wonderful natural components that reduce inflammation, remove mucus, provide pain relief and so much more! We have several bottles in stock. Consider having a party or class and making some healing concoctions with this multi-functional  oil!

We are right here with you and we want to hear from you today!