Healthy Fall Snack

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Re-post from Oct 28, 2013

So one of our favorite snacks that comes out of the recipe book every Fall is Jon's Caramel Popcorn. It's ridiculous. Ridiculously good. And ridiculously not good for you.

I've been wanting to kind of re-do the recipe to healthier ingredients but managed to go a step further and found a recipe with healthy ingredients AND an ability to boost your immunity. Bam! We served it at my most recent oil class and it was a hit! And very easy to make. 

Try it! You won't regret it.

Ingredients

1 cup popcorn kernels (or 1 bag of organic microwave popcorn)

1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

5-6 drops On Guard Protective Blend

2-3 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

Ground Cinnamon to taste

Salt to taste

 

Directions:

Air pop the popcorn and place in a large mixing bowl. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup and essential oils. Pour maple syrup mixture over the popcorn and mix well. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and a touch of salt. Mix thoroughly and enjoy!

Serves 4. 

 *Recipe from dōTERRAblog.com

 

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NEW Products - Convention 2014

My team and I have just returned home from doTERRA's 2014 Convention. I am excited to share ALL the exciting new essential oils and products. Those of us that attended are doing a Live event for anyone that's interested and you are invited! You can join us in person if you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area or you can join us online via Google Hangouts. 

It will be Sunday, September 28th from 1:30-3:30pm CST. Here is the Facebook event to RSVP or email me if you are not on Facebook. (bre@nourishingthehome.com)

Now, on to the amazing products.

Arborvitae (5mL)

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. It smells woodsy of course and very grounding. 

 Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. 

Order Wholesale: $22
Order Retail: $29.33


Cardamom (5mL)

I am very excited about this next oil! A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor. dōTERRA Cardamom essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds grown in Guatemala, using our strict CPTG® testing standards. Through a collaborative and responsible sourcing arrangement, we are able to have a significant impact on the lives of local partners, ensuring that these farming communities enjoy improved livelihoods.

Wholesale: $26
Retail: $34.67


Breathe Respiratory Drops

Breathe is a long-trusted essential oil blend and has helped many with oils such as Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and now Cardamom. Respiratory issues are not fun and we all turn to anything that will help, but very little ever does. Breathe essential oil is a tried and true support to this age-old foe.

Breathe all-natural drops are a blend of selected oils from Breathe CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oil blend mixed into a respiratory drop to make it more convenient to enjoy the benefits of these oils. Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa, and Cardamom essential oils all help to clean and soothe airways and now they can be delivered straight to your mouth and throat in these great-tasting lozenges.

I've already been using these this week with this cold I caught!

Buy Wholesale: $14.50
Buy Retail: $19.33


Petal Diffuser

The dōTERRA Petal Diffuser is a small, user-friendly diffuser that delivers health-promoting benefits to your family and home. It has a relaxing mist and soft white ambient light, making it ideal for nighttime diffusion, and can cover up to 100 square feet. The Petal Diffuser has three timed settings—1, 2, and 4 hours—allowing you to customize the release of essential oils into the air. This convenient diffuser is stable, light, and easy to use—perfect for home or office use. 
The Petal Diffuser permeates an ultra-fine, yet substantial mist output into the air, releasing the aromatic and therapeutic benefits of dōTERRA CPTG® essential oils quickly and safely. This high quality, affordable diffuser is perfect for both novice and experienced essential oil users who want a reliable, easy-to-use essential oil diffuser.

NOW available in the Home Essentials Kit if you are wanting to enroll!!!

Buy Wholesale: $47
Buy Retail: $62.67


Correct-X Essential Ointment

I have already used this TWICE since I've been home 24 hours.

Frankincense, Helichrysm, Melaleuca, Cedarwood, and Lavender—all CPTG® essential oils known to help assist in soothing skin irritations—form the base of d ōTERRA Correct-X. This multi-purpose, all natural ointment helps soothe skin and enhance the natural process of skin returning to a healthy state after being distressed. Correct-X provides a moisture barrier that helps protect against additional damage while simultaneously soothing and hydrating the skin. This petroleum-free, preservative-free ointment absorbs quickly and is gentle and non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive skin.

Buy Wholesale: $12.00
Buy Retail: $16.00



TerraGreens

dōTERRA TerraGreens is a proprietary blend of whole food fruits and vegetables combined with superfruits and dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® Essential Oils. This powdered mix packs a daily boost of fruits and vegetables into a mix that can be stirred into 8 oz. of liquid for easy and convenient nutritional supplementation.

  • Provides the body with essential nutrients
  • Supports immune health
  • Supports digestive health
  • Supports weight management
  • All natural ingredients
  • GMO and gluten free
  • Vegan-friendly

Buy Wholesale: $28.00
Buy Retail: $37.33


Veráge

I am planning on a separate post just on this amazing new skin care line but here is an overview until then! :)

Veráge is an exclusive system of natural skin care products that nourish and hydrate skin and reduce the visible signs of aging. The advanced plant technology used in Veráge promotes an optimal lipid balance—the same balance found in healthy, youthful-looking skin. Each product is composed of true gifts from the Earth: nourishing plant extracts, pure and potent CPTG® essential oils, and select natural ingredients. The dōTERRA Veráge Skin Care Collection delivers results you can see and feel, naturally.

Buy Wholesale: $84.50
Buy Retail: $112.67


HD Clear Skin System 

HD Clear is a three-step system that works synergistically, with each product building on the next to thoroughly cleanse and purify the skin, control overactive oil glands, and deliver optimal hydration for a balanced moisture level. Derived from pure plant extracts, the ingredients in HD Clear are gentle and calming to the skin, but powerfully effective. Using HD Clear every day will help reduce breakouts; promote a clear, healthy complexion; and soothe the irritation of distressed skin. HD Clear provides a natural solution for problem skin of all ages.

Buy Wholesale: $46.00
Buy Retail: $61.33


On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste Samples (Pack of 10)

Now in Sample Size, dōTERRA’s fluoride-free Natural Whitening Toothpaste combines the protective benefits of dōTERRA’s proprietary On Guard® blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils with other natural ingredients that help strengthen teeth, reduce plaque and whiten teeth with gentle polishing agents. The On Guard blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils provides an extra cleaning boost. Additional essential oils of Peppermint and Wintergreen, and the natural sweetener xylitol, give On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste a refreshingly unique cinnamon-mint flavor that leaves your breath—and toothbrush!—fresh and clean throughout the day.

Buy Wholesale: $3.50
Buy Retail: $4.67


As you can see, doTERRA's new products are amazing, all-natural and affordable - especially with a Wholesale Account! If you have some essential oils and products you are wanting to try, visit my info page on the Wholesale Account or go to this how-to to enroll. Not ready for a wholesale account? Retail is still a great way to try doTERRA. 

As always, I am here to help. Contact me via the form to the left and we can set up an oil consult to get you started with what you need most. 

The Oils My Man Loves: Essential Interview with a doTERRA-minded Husband

I'm starting something called Essential Interviews where I interview fellow oil-users to see how they incorporate doTERRA's products into their daily lives. And guess who our first guest is? My #1 supporter and husband, Jon Taylor. Although he is very naturally minded, he didn't start using the oils from day one like I did. He was fine with me using them on me and our kids, but it took a little time for him to see how he could use them for his own health concerns. But once he did, he was hooked. Let's get started. 

ME: We've had doTERRA's products in our home for almost 2 years now. What is your favorite doTERRA product (non-oil)? 

JON: Mmm...good question. Probably the On Guard toothpaste. It's a really good toothpaste, tastes great and I love that it contains the On Guard blend so it's a great immunity booster. I love that we're not consuming any crappy crap that is typically out there on the market. 

ME: Crappy crap?

JON: Yep. There's so many toxins out there and it's a great product at a great price. 

ME: So, what is your favorite oil?

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JON: Balance. Because I put it on our son's feet every night and have him smell it to calm down but it helps me relax after a long day. 

A close second for me would be Citrus Bliss - helps me connect to nature while at work. I can close my eyes and it feels like i'm in the middle of an orange orchard and it's uplifting too and really helps me to feel reinvigorated in the middle of my day. 

ME: Citrus Bliss is awesome. So I've noticed that many people experience a WOW moment with doTERRA's oils. What was your first WOW moment?

JON: I think the blend that I made for my cold sore was what did it for me. I was frustrated that I had another cold sore coming on so I googled essential oils for cold sores and built my own custom blend based on what we had (BRE: so proud). It accelerated the healing in just a couple days compared to what used to take over a week. I was really amazed. 

ME: Sometimes you share with guys or people you know about the oils and what I do. When you talk to other people, specifically men, about essential oils, what do you say?

JON: That they're a safe way to support the body. They basically can go straight to the brain and heal from within which is much kinder to your body. I always talk about how we use them with our kids as well just in case that particular dad wants to share all the benefits with his wife and family. I also mention the income potential of it too because sometimes guys will connect to that much quicker than to the product. A lot of times they're like "essential oils what?" but if they tell their wife about the income potential and their wife contacts Bre about doTERRA and, in turn, falls in love with the oils, then it's a great partnership moving forward because both have things they love about doTERRA. 

ME: Very true. So a while back, you came to me wanting your own go-to bag of oils. Mind my asking what's in it? 

JON: Breathe for opening up my airways, Frankincense for my head, DigestZen for any poor food choice days, of course Balance and then Citrus Bliss. I also love Deep Blue to calm my muscles at the end of a long day. 

ME: You went with me to Leadership Retreat this past March and we got to hear from the doTERRA founders and leaders about the integrity of the company and the opportunity. We noticed that many of the active Wellness Advocates there were women. It's like that episode of Friends when Chandler says, "Where are all the men?!" What would you tell someone, and specifically men, about the opportunity with doTERRA?

JON: I would say to them - that it does pay off but you have to support and partner with your wife in this business venture - so that may mean helping with the kids in the evenings or weekends, or picking up some slack around the house so she has time to build the business because eventually it will overtake what your income is. We're not there quite yet but we see the potential is there and it's on the horizon for us. This business could become your primary income so you want to engage with your wife on that so she has all the support she needs...and find a place that you fit in if you are passionate about the oils too. 

ME: Awesome. Thanks for sharing your point of view. 

Essential oils can be for everyone, especially the men in your life. So don't be afraid to share with everyone - even those that are initially hesitant. And here's a few other tips and ideas for essential oil uses for men. 

doTERRA Oils Men Will Love:

Cedarwood - Jon is a woodworker so he of course loves the smell of Cedarwood but it also has great therapeutic benefits. If the man you know isn't a fan of the more floral scents like Lavender or Serenity, Cedarwood is a great substitute to encourage good sleep. We roll on some diluted Cedarwood on the bottoms of our feet every night before bed. Zzzzzzzzzzzz!!

(#EssentialTip: Cedarwood paired with Wintergreen in the diffuser is a *great* blend for men - great for confidence and self-esteem.)                                Retail: $26.67  Wholesale: $20

Balance - this is a very woodsy scent which is why a lot of men probably gravitate to it. It is a blend of Spruce, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Ho Wood, and Blue Chamomile Flower. GREAT for a homemade aftershave lotion or just for applying to the bottoms of the feet at the beginning of the day.                                                                                    Retail: $26.67  Wholesale: $20

doTERRA Products Men Will Love:

Lifelong Vitality Pack

Provides the nutrients your man needs for a healthy heart and mind with whole foods, not synthetics! 

Alpha CRS - proprietary formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell proliferation and lifespan with important metabolic factors of cellular energy to help you live younger, longer.
Microplex VMz - an all-natural, whole-food formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient in our modern diets.
xEO Mega - unique formula of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and proprietary blend of marine and land-sourced omega fatty acids. Supports healthy joint, cardiovascular and brain health!          

Trio Pack - Retail $99.33  Wholesale: $74.50

Jon takes 2 of each, with breakfast and dinner. Plus TerraZyme before every meal. Our food is zapped of healthy enzymes which is what helps us digest our food properly and then your body knows what to do with all those nutrients you’re putting in. Terrazyme gives you enzymes to help with that!

TerraZyme - Retail $50.00  Wholesale: $37.50

On Guard Toothpaste

doTERRA’s fluoride-free toothpaste provides the protective benefits of therapeutic-grade On Guard essential oils against germs and other harmful pathogens, while also reducing plaque, and whitening teeth with gentle polishing agents. On Guard’s unique cinnamon-mint flavor, with xylitol, also leaves your breath (and your toothbrush), fresh and clean.
Retail: $11.33    Wholesale: $8.50

Some other great DIY Goodies for Men

DIY After Shave Lotion - I love using my favorite blend Balance
Cologne Blends 
Grill Cleaner

 

Why We're Getting Chickens

Did you hear? We're getting chickens. Real 'cluck cluck', scratch at the dirt, poop everywhere chickens. The response from friends and family have been a mix of "So cool" to a reserved and quiet "hmm, neat?". If you didn't already know, we live 3 minutes from downtown Dallas...pretty urban. But we do live in the Chicken Owning Hipster section of Dallas according to this map so I guess it's okay. ;) (By the way, I need to grab coffee with some of those artisanal yarn bombers. I've always wanted to learn how to do that.)

But, seriously, we have our reasons for wanting to get chickens and some are valid and some are just for fun. So here goes:

1. Homesteading Training - Now, we're not about to move off onto 500 acres somewhere and live off the grid (although some days I'm totally tempted). But we are wanting to lean less on others and more on ourselves...and not in a circle-the-wagons kind of way but in a why-not-provide-rather-consume kind of way. I'm almost finished with Joel Salatin's Folks, This Ain't Normal (get.it.right.now.and.read.it.tomorrow). It is SO good. It beautifully illustrates how, yes, we've come so far as a culture in the last 100 years but is that really a good thing? Have we gone too far in some ways? I think so. Did you know that the food shelves at your local store is only 72 hours (prob 24-48 in an emergency situation) away from being totally emptied. 

"Long distance distribution now defines the modern food system, and yet as recently as 1946 the average food-miles in America was less than one hundred....Today, in Canada and the United States, only 5% of the food consumed in a bioregion is actually grown there. In other words, when you go to the supermarket, 95% of what's for sale came from some other state."

So when a natural disaster or weather storm (or God forbid something more serious) stops transportation, your food supply gravy train is halted. Another great reason to shop local, yes, but even more of a great reason for us to have a consistent food source right out in the back yard. Some nice garden beds are soon to follow (my poor husband is not excited about all this building in this Texas heat). It may just be a few hens but they will provide our family enough eggs (and then some) and we help 'free up' if you will eggs for another family. It also encourages our children to learn about responsibility in the chores that they can help with and a sense of pride and accomplishment when they see what their contribution has brought (eggs). 

2. Money - There is an initial investment when you're getting hens but it really does come down to how creative and resourceful you are. We set a budget of $500 for building the coop, buying feed, supplies and of course the chickens. You can go way lower than this or you can WAY higher.

Coop - We actually found a LOT of free scrap lumber and metal from family and friends so the main cost of what we spent was on the hardware cloth and hinges/locks. The other bit of money went to new metal feeders and waterers. I did see feeders and waterers on craigslist but they were all plastic and with our summer heat, I really wanted to go with metal. With feed and grit, our supplies cost came to $264.

Chickens - We opted to start with pullets (i.e. - teenager chickens). They're not laying quite yet but they're not babies who need a ton of care. Sure, we'll have to deal with late night curfews but it'll be worth it. jk ;-) Getting pullets are definitely more expensive than just starting out with baby chicks but we really wanted to get eggs coming soon and didn't want the time and stress of babysitting the chicks (although I think it will be great fun once my own little human chicks are a smidge older). We got some breeds that are well-suited for our north Texas heat and that have been fed non-GMO feed and fully free ranged (something that is important to us) so that put them at more of a premium price point than others that may be out there. For 5 pullets, we spent $150. 

So, we stayed under budget (yay!) and they should start laying within the month. We spend between $56 and $70 on eggs every month (we buy local, free range ones) so it should take about 6 months to start seeing a return on investment. Like I said, we could've taken an even cheaper approach and got chicks or bought used feeders/waterers but we had our reasons for going the route we did and believe the investment to be worth it. Plus, our reasons for getting them were for more than just money. Which leads me to...

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3. They're fun! - We don't have any pets due to allergies (and sanity). We're not opposed to a future pup or cat but, for now, the hens will fill that void. What I like is that they will encourage my kids to be outside more. We limit their TV/iPad time as much as we can and, although they have fun things outside to do, the chickens provide a whole different level of entertainment. Watching the chickens in their element fosters learning about God's creation, nature and the circle of life more than any re-run of The Lion King ever can. 

 

I'm sure over time we will find even more reasons that having our own chickens was a good idea for our family (and, yes, I'm sure we'll find other reasons that make us second guess the whole thing!) But, all you can do is go for it, right? That's what makes life fun.

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Finding Balance with Essential Oils

Our bodies are an amazing, intricate creation. Cells, vessels, blood, organs, bones and that's just the physical body! Having a healthy body really requires a holistic approach and the body is at its strongest when it is in homeostasis - a fancy word for 'in balance'. Our bodies are constantly working to maintain homeostasis. So, a great example of this is our temperature. When you get too hot, your body sweats to cool down. When you get too cold, the body shivers to stay warm. 

Maintaining homeostasis requires a holistic approach and, oftentimes, that boils down to having a healthy lifestyle and making good choices. Here's some things our family does to support balance in the body.

  • A healthy diet following a Nourishing Traditions mindset - local, pastured meats, raw milk, good probiotics, fermented foods, etc. Anything we miss nutritionally we gain by taking the Lifelong Vitality Pack and, for our children, the A2Z Chewables and IQ Mega
  • Reducing our exposure to drugs (illegal obviously but also OTC), alcohol and other toxins.  I clean with natural cleaners (homemade with natural ingredients)
  • Keep stress down. This can be hard because I am prone to anxiety and stress but exercising when I can helps as well as unplugging from technology more often. (oh and I just don't even watch the news. just depresses me and stress me out!)
  • Sleep! (wait, I have two toddlers under 4, what's sleep?) But seriously, our bodies do most of its repairing while we sleep so less time sleeping is less repairing. 
  • Herbs and Essential Oils, especially with the AromaTouch Technique (what's that? let me explain)

So if you know anything about essential oils, you know how amazing they can be for our body's homeostasis. They can positively support our mind, body, mood and soul. But it's not that they themselves are healing although they do have healing properties. They are a support to our body's own natural healing - and especially a great support to promote homeostasis. 

My 4-year-old son who has a Sensory Processing Disorder *loves*  the AromaTouch and will actually lay there for the full 30 minute session!

My 4-year-old son who has a Sensory Processing Disorder *loves*  the AromaTouch and will actually lay there for the full 30 minute session!

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a training to become certified in a special technique called AromaTouch. The AromaTouch Technique incorporates simple hand techniques with the power of essential oils to create a whole body wellness experience. I have seen and heard amazing miracle stories about how much AromaTouch has equipped the body to heal, including a quadraplegic walking again!

It was developed by Dr. Hill, a leading expert on the use of essential oils for medicinal benefit. Dr. Hill discovered the right oil combinations to combat four systemic constants: stress, toxic insult, inflammatory response, and autonomic inbalance. All of these constants are often found at the core of illnesses. Using this technique brings the body back to a state of balance.

Photo Credit: http://thedoterramalaysia.blogspot.com/2014_03_01_archive.html

Photo Credit: http://thedoterramalaysia.blogspot.com/2014_03_01_archive.html

And the best part is that you don't have to go to a training yourself just to administer this great therapy for those you love. There is actually a training DVD available with the kit of oils that shows you just how easy it is. And the other bonus is the affordable price for this technique. It's less than $5 per therapy session! When you break down the cost of drops per oil and how many drops per session, you get the following:

Total Cost: $4.82 (wholesale)
Retail: $5.86

*Some people prefer less or more drops for their session but, on average, it is 5 drops per oil. These prices are based on wholesale membership prices, which is 25% off retail.

That comes out to at least 15 AromaTouch Techniques! That's a lot of healing! I highly recommend you strive for all the ways to balance the body - food, less toxins and stress, more sleep - but definitely consider this approach too. It is an affordable option and the benefits greatly outweigh the investment.

If you’re interested in buying this kit, visit my retail site or to save the most savings, join the wholesale account and receive 25% off for the whole year!

The AromaTouch Technique Kit is available to you for a discounted price of $100 if you sign up to be a wholesale member for an additional $35. Based on how many drops of oil are in the bottles, you are paying $5.88 for an AromaTouch session, and can do 17 sessions from one kit! Compare that to how much a massage therapist charges you and the greater health benefits of AromaTouch. This is not a deal you'll want to miss!

Also, for those of you in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I would love to provide you with an AromaTouch Technique session AND teach you how to do it yourself to benefit you and your family's health. Visit my AromaTouch Page for more information.