DIY Essential Oil Rub To Avoid the Holiday Sniffles

Looking for a way to stay healthy this holiday season? Try this DIY essential oil rub to keep those holiday sniffles at bay!

(Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!)

I still remember my daughter lying on the couch on Christmas day listening to the rest of the family enjoy the festivities in the other room. A very not-so-merry virus had hit her and she couldn’t enjoy that holiday much at all. And I was right by her side sharing in her misery, because that’s what moms do.

Things could have been worse and I’m a firm believer that we can find something to be thankful for in every situation, BUT I like my children to be well as much as possible, and especially when they are looking forward to an event, such as a holiday!

My children do take vitamins, homemade probiotics, immune herbs, and eat healthy foods to support their system, but I also like to incorporate essential oils!

I’m going to share a simple DIY essential oil rub that you can use especially this holiday time of year when candy and baking are plentiful and your kids need that extra immune boost!

DIY Essential Oil Rub For the Holiday Sniffles

Let’s first talk about the power of these oils!

Clove Essential Oil

Use to relieve nausea, fight germs and bacteria. Buy here

Do not use this oil under age 2.

Lemon Essential Oil

When I think of lemon oil, my first thoughts go to its awesome smell and how great it works in homemade cleaners and room sprays, but this oil is also a good choice for illness! It’s a disinfectant, and it promotes lymphatic drainage, which helps you get over colds faster! Buy here

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Besides smelling like Christmas, cinnamon essential oil is also cleansing, relaxing, and helps support the respiratory system. Buy here

Do not use on children under age 10.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is a great disinfectant, and also relieves colds and stuffy noses. Buy here

Do not use under age 10.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary relieves congestion and coughs, as well as having antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It is said that judges in the middle ages burned rosemary to ward off any illnesses that people may bring to the place of judging. Using the essential oil has the same benefits! Buy here

Do not use on children under 10.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

This oil contains terpinen, the active ingredient responsible for the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Tea tree oil is probably the first essential oil I was introduced to years ago. We still use it to protect ourselves from viruses, bacteria, and mold by inhaling itBuy here

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Immune Essential Oil Blend

Ingredients

20 drops clove essential oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops cinnamon essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
6 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)

Directions

  1. Blend ingredients in a dark glass container.
  2. Rub on soles of feet to prevent and help heal illnesses.

Immune Essential Oil Blend
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Ingredients
  1. 20 drops clove essential oil
  2. 15 drops lemon essential oil
  3. 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  4. 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  5. 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  6. 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  7. 6 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients in a dark glass container. Rub on soles of feet to prevent and help heal illnesses.
Notes
  1. If using on children under the age of 10, omit the essential oils that are not safe on those ages and adjust the carrier oil amount.
  2. To diffuse, omit the carrier oil and add essential oils to diffuser.
  3. For a room spray, add the essential oils to 6 oz. of water.
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Speaking of the holidays…

The giving season is upon us and I have partnered with 22 other bloggers to give TWO families $500 Paypal cash in the 4th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway!

Our hope is to bless two families this year by allowing them to fulfill their kids’ Christmas wishes, pay off a bill, or to help build up their nest egg.  Whatever the money ends up being used for, our prayer is that it helps to lessen any financial burden and/or fills a specific need.

You can earn a lot of entries using the Rafflecopter form below. I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $500 worth it? I think it is! Plus, if all of these generous bloggers didn’t participate, we wouldn’t have been able to have such big prizes! So I hope you will take the time to go through each entry. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.

The giveaway will run from Monday, November 13th through Wednesday, November 22nd (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. You must have a Paypal account to win. 


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10 Creative Ways to Use Quinoa

  Homemade Southwestern Mexican Quinoa Salad with Beans Corn and Cilantro

I said goodbye to white rice many years ago when I realized it was a fake food and not good for the body. [1] Instead, I switched to brown rice for our stir frys and similar meals. 

And yet a few years ago I read about an even healthier alternative: quinoa (pronouned KEEN-wah). Quinoa isn’t an actual grain, but a seed, and yet it can be used in a similar way as brown rice in recipes.

Here are a few benefits that will make you want to add it to your diet too!

Quinoa is: [2]

  • A complete protein food
  • Gluten-free
  • An anti-cancer food
  • Helpful for weight loss
  • Good for the heart
  • Good for bone health
  • Helpful in fighting diabetes

If you’re anything like me, you want recipes and ideas of how to use a new “superfood” that you’ve just been introduced to. Here’s 10 delicious ways you can add quinoa to your diet for your family’s good health!

10 Creative Ways To Use Quinoa

1. Quinoa On-The-Go Meals

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

As much fun as it is to add quinoa to recipes, my favorite way to eat this healthy food is in these on-the-go meals by Cucina & Amore  simply because they are yummy and a quick snack/meal I can grab on the go! These ready-to-eat meals are so convenient and healthy for those of us with busy lives. It’s far too easy for me to grab quick, unhealthy foods when I’m rushing here and there to sports practice and music lessons for my girls, or skipping meals altogether. These quinoa meals are ready to eat and require no refrigeration prior to opening. Plus, there’s a small fork included with the food. These people thought of everything!

If you don’t mind using a microwave, the containers the quinoa comes in are microwavable. However, I gave up microwaved foods long ago and enjoyed eating the contents at room temperature. The quinoa is already cooked and it was so tasty just simply eating at room temp! I received a box from Cucina & Amore to sample and thoroughly enjoyed each flavor. You guys, these meals were seriously so yummy. They come in 4 flavors:

  • Roasted Artichoke
  • Mango Jalapeno
  • Basil Pesto
  • Spicy Jalapeno & Roasted Peppers

I had such a hard time deciding which was my favorite, but I think the Spicy Jalapeno & Roasted Peppers ended up winning in the end (though all of the flavors are SO good). 

These meals are gluten and preservative free.

Check out these on-the-go meals here —>http://www.cucinaandamore.com/quinoa.html !

2. Farmer’s Market Quinoa Salad

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

I love salads and it’s important to get greens in your diet daily. This salad has a mixture of bright greens, cooked quinoa, and crunchy nuts.  

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/farmers-market-quinoa-salad

3. Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

Oatmeal is a pretty basic breakfast in my house. We love it with cinnamon, butter, honey, and almond milk. This quinoa oatmeal recipe is a fabulous idea for a warm and nourishing breakfast!

https://www.loveandlemons.com/cinnamon-quinoa-breakfast-bowl/

4. Pizza Quinoa Burgers

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

Who doesn’t love pizza? Here’s a way to enjoy the pizza flavor with these quinoa pizza burgers! These meatless burgers are simple to mix up and fry!

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2017/02/02/quinoa-burgers-recipe/

5. Fruit Quinoa Pancakes

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

Have leftover cooked quinoa? Eat it the next morning in these fruit pancakes! Much more filling and nutritious than those traditional white-flour pancakes.

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013615-quinoa-pancakes?mcubz=3

6. Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

These pumpkin quinoa cookies are a perfect breakfast treat for the fall! You can substitute the all-purpose flour for soft white wheat or your favorite gluten-free flour.

http://www.skinnytaste.com/pumpkin-spice-quinoa-breakfast-cookies/

7. Quinoa Granola Bars

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These honey-sweetened granola bars are gluten-free and sweetened with honey and stevia!

https://www.simplyquinoa.com/crispy-gluten-free-granola-bars-with-quinoa/

8. Breakfast Cookies

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These wholesome, gluten-free cookies are just the thing to start you’re morning out with energy and good nutrition! This recipe calls for date paste, but you can also substitute 1/3 cup of bananas for sweetness.

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/breakfast-cookies-56389472

9. Mexican Quinoa Nachos

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Nachos are delicious, and adding protein-packed quinoa to it makes it a delicious and full meal!

http://thetraychic.com/2015/02/23/fully-loaded-mexican-quinoa-nachos/

10. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

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A crockpot full of delicious quinoa enchiladas is the perfect meal for a busy mom like me! Any meal I can throw together and forget about is on my to-make list! 

http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/slow-cooker-enchilada-quinoa/

Let me know your favorite ways to eat quinoa!

 RESOURCES

  1. Axe, D. J. (2017, June 13). Refined Carbohydrates: Avoiding ‘White on Rice’. Retrieved September 26, 2017, from https://draxe.com/refined-carbohydrates-avoiding-white-on-rice/
  2. Boldt, E. (2017, September 18). Quinoa: the Complete Protein that Boosts Weight Loss Efforts. Retrieved September 26, 2017, from https://draxe.com/10-quinoa-nutrition-facts-benefits/

Homemade Lavender Shortbread Cookies (Plus a Giveaway!)

Check out these homemade lavender shortbread cookies with not a lot of sugar and a hint of lavender flowers!

Most of the time when I think of herbs I think of home remedies, or perhaps sprinkling oregano in my beef stew. But cookies?! What an awesome idea! I love finding new ways to use my stash of herbs and make herbs interesting and fun to my girls! I think herbs can and should be used in daily life and it’s a life skill that’s important to pass on to our children. Using herbs really is a lost art in our society, but it’s certainly something that can be brought back!

Lavender happens to be an herb that I have a lot of on hand most of the time. I order this bag of organic lavender flowers and it lasts me a long time for several different uses, including making my tea for frazzled nerves during times that I’m super stressed or busy.

This was my first attempt at adding herbs to cookie dough and we had a lot of fun doing it! We really enjoyed the taste of the lavender. You can add more or less herb depending on how strong of a flavor you’d like. If you don’t care for the flavor of lavender, you could substitute dried organic rose petals.

When you use herbs, it’s always a good idea to teach/review with your kids how the herbs are good for us! Lavender helps you relax and calms the nervous system. It also has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. [1]

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

One thing I like about shortbread cookies is that they are not super sweet!

Ingredients

2 cups flour (use your flour of choice whether it be whole white wheat, all-purpose, or a gluten-free variety)
2 sticks softened butter
2-3 teaspoons of dried lavender (buy here)
1/2 cup cane sugar

Directions

  • Place butter, sugar, and lavender into a food processor and blend until lavender is chopped into tiny pieces. Use a blender or mortar and pestle if you don’t have a food processor.
  • Place butter/sugar mixture into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in flour until well mixed. You can also mix with a blender on low.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut dough out using cookies cutters of any shape or use the top of a glass.
  • Place the cut out cookies on parchment paper or something similar and place on a baking sheet.
  • Place back in fridge for another 30 minutes before baking.
  • Bake at 300 degrees for 10-20 minutes until the edges barely brown. Shortbread cookies are not supposed to be “browned” – they should be taken out while still white. My oven runs super hot so your cookies may take up to 25 minutes!
  • Sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar if desired. You can also mix powdered sugar with a tiny amount of water to make a quick icing to drizzle over. Or eat plain and enjoy that lavender flavor.

*Note: You can substitute the dried lavender with fresh lavender flowers if you grow them. Just double the amount of flowers in the recipe. Check out these homemade lavender shortbread cookies with not a lot of sugar and a hint of lavender flowers!

Lavender Shortbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour (use your flour of choice whether it be whole white wheat, all-purpose, or a gluten-free variety)
  2. 2 sticks softened butter
  3. 2-3 teaspoons of dried lavender
  4. 1/2 cup cane sugar
Instructions
  1. Place butter, sugar, and lavender into a food processor and blend until lavender is chopped into tiny pieces. Use a blender or mortar and pestle if you don't have a food processor.
  2. Place butter/sugar mixture into a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in flour until well mixed. You can also mix with a blender on low.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Cut dough out using cookies cutters of any shape or the top of a glass.
  7. Place the cut out cookies on parchment paper or something similar and place on a baking sheet.
  8. Place back in fridge for another 30 minutes before baking.
  9. Bake at 300 degrees for 10-20 minutes until the edges barely brown. Shortbread cookies are not supposed to be "browned" - they should be taken out while still white. My oven runs super hot so your cookies may take up to 25 minutes!
  10. Sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar if desired. You can also mix powdered sugar with a tiny amount of water to make a quick icing to drizzle over. Or eat plain and enjoy that lavender flavor.
Notes
  1. You can substitute the dried lavender with fresh lavender flowers if you grow them. Just double the amount of flowers in the recipe.
Adapted from A Garden For The House
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Speaking of life skills…

Parents, are your kids equipped with the life skills they need to be capable adults? Not sure?

I’ve recently started using a life skills program called Skill Trek that has me excited! As in excited like when I put herbs in my cookies!

As parents, we want our children to be prepared for the future with confidence, and yet it’s easy to not get around to teaching them those really important things.

For instance, do your kids know how to use wrenches? How about building a raised garden or replacing a wiper blade?

Or what about making an herbal oil?

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Yes they do have a life skill that includes herbs! In fact, as we are speaking they are putting up a video and lesson on their website of me making an herbal oil! I’m so excited to be a part of Skill Trek! And there will be more herbal videos to come. 

Skill Trek is a brand-new online curriculum that fills in a gap that no other curriculum offers.  

girls

Here’s my two oldest. They are both in the Cragsman level!

Why do I love this program?

  • It’s completely customizable! They have age appropriate tasks like changing doorknobs and car batteries for the teenagers, and growing seeds in a bag and oiling a squeaky hinge for the younger ones. You can add or remove any tasks as you wish.
  • You can add tasks from other levels if you wish. I love this because there are tasks in the younger levels I want my teenagers to learn (like how to make an omelet) that I can add to their profile. And it works vise versa if I wish my younger ones to do a task assigned for an older age (like how to set a table).
  • Skill Trek offers over 500 skills!!
  • This program motivates me to make sure my kids learn important life skills that I likely wouldn’t get around to on my own. It’s easy to let the learning years slip by and realize you didn’t teach everything you wanted! For instance, we recently showed my girls how to check car engine levels because of Skill Trek, which is so important to know!
  • Being a follower of Jesus Christ, I love the Bible and spiritual options that encourage my kids in this area! If you are not of a religious belief, you can simply delete these tasks. It’s really customizable for each family!
  • The kids earn nuggets for completing each task and in the future can earn items in the Skill Trek store! This is still in the works but I know my kids will LOVE this when it’s available! 
  • They add new skills on a regular basis! They just added my herbal oil lesson, an eclipse lesson, and Survival Spanish for younger ones. So you never run out of skills to teach your kids.
  • The tasks are not super time consuming to teach. It normally only takes a few minutes a week of teaching time and then the child learns the life skill independently to bless the family on and on! 

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Resources
  1. Lavender Flowers Whole. (n.d.). Retrieved August 17, 2017, from https://www.bulkherbstore.com/lavender-flowers-whole-organic-1-2-lb