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
  • 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!

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



Mid-Week Work Out!


The snow has been falling here, the days are shorter and I can tell already that my Vitamin D levels are dropping! I am loosing some energy, getting a little blue and having a hard time with motivation. So, should I cozy back in bed pull the covers over my head…NO!!!

It’s time to hit the mat and get some happy hormones flowing!! I have a great 25 minute work out for your here from Yoga with Adriene! It isn’t too harsh, but definitely will make your break a sweat and get your day started. You will feel like you accomplished something and it will help you have a positive outlook on the things you need to conquer today!

Speaking of “conquering” the day, my son (as pictured with my husband), is currently in boot camp for the Navy! We are so proud of him and what he has conquered to get where he is. He mentally and physically prepared for this trip by working out everyday, running and working double shifts/ night shifts/early morning shifts to prepare him for the rigorous schedule he was going to face for 8 weeks. He was “transformed” before our eyes!! His attitude, his physique….completely challenged and changed for the best.

He is and inspiration to me and I hope to you as well! Keep going! No matter where you are on your health journey, push yourself onto greatness today!! We are right here with you<3

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