The Many Benefits of Petitgrain

Distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Citrus aurantium L. (bitter orange) tree, Petitgrain essential oil has a long history of use in perfumery and for its many health benefits. Despite being derived from a citrus tree, with high concentrations of linalyl acetate and linalool, Petitgrain is actually more chemically similar to floral and herb essential oils. Its refreshing combination of citrus, floral, and slightly woody aromatic notes provides some insight into its unique spectrum of benefits. Along with its distinct scent, Petitgrain offers calming, cleansing, and several body system-supporting benefits.

Historically, Petitgrain essential oil has been most commonly used aromatically. The high concentration of linalyl acetate provides benefits similar to that of Clary Sage or Lavender, offering calming and harmonizing properties. Experimental research suggests inhaled Petitgrain may help promote feelings of calmness and encourage relaxation (1-3). When looking to wind down from a long day or to create a comforting environment, the distinct citrusy floral scent of Petitgrain is the perfect aromatic complement.

Like many other citrus-derived essential oils, Petitgrain has a variety of uses for surface cleaning. Experimental research suggests that Petitgrain essential oil has surface cleansing properties, making it an interesting alternative to citrus oils for your kitchen, bathroom, or other household cleaning (4, 5). Use both Petitgrain and Lemon essential oil in your homemade all-natural household cleaner.

Experimental research has uncovered that when consumed, Petitgrain essential oil may support the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, and nervous systems; provide antioxidant support; and even promote sleep (6-11).* Whether beginning a cleanse or looking for a way to prepare to sleep, adding 1–2 drops of Petitgrain to a glass of water, tea, or citrus is a great way to add to your daily health regimen.14369224_1215291831875294_4536012044746358784_n

 

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Gluten Free Oat Muffins & Steps to make Sugar free Too

3/4 Cup Almond Flour/Meal

3/4 Cup Coconut Flour

3/4 Cup Flax Meal

( if you don’t want Gluten Free then omit the three flour’s above and use 1 1/2 cups of your flour of choice)

3/4 Cup Oat Bran ( you can omit this and just double one of the meals)

1 Cup Brown Sugar ( Sugar Alternative )

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 1/2 Cups Finely Shredded Carrots

2 Apples Peeled and shredded

1/2 Cup Dried Fruit of Choice or a mixture ( Raisins, Cranberries, Cherries, Blueberries )

1 Cup Chopped Nuts ( I did a mixture 1/2 cup Pecans 1/2 Cup Pepitas  you could add Chia seeds or Flax Seeds too.

3/4 Cup Milk  ( you can use  Soy, Almond, etc… )

2 eggs Beaten

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

 

Mix all ingredients until dry ingredients is moistened.  Do not over mix

 

fill muffin cups 3/4 full  if you go over don’t worry.  they do not rise that much.

 

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to minutes

 

Yields about 18 – 24 muffins

 

the muffins are extremely moist.  Eat right away or store in the Refrigerator so they do not spoil.  Heat in the toaster oven or Microwave for 1 minute.

 

these Muffins have protein and extremely High Fiber.

On Guard – Protective Blend

OnGuard essential oil blend is referred to as the Protective Blend. This combination of Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, and other powerful oils, strengthens and maintains a healthy immune system. OnGuard supports healthy circulation and respiratory function. Diffusing this blend protects against environmental threats. You will find numerous ways to use this oil daily, as you support detoxification in your home and benefit your family’s health.

Diffuse and apply on location to help inhibit seasonal and environmental threats.
Diffuse and apply on affected surfaces to aid in mold inhibition.
Dilute and gargle morning and night for a protective mouth rinse.
Take several drops in an empty gelatin capsule for added immune support, or add it to your smoothie for a boost of flavor.
Dilute in a spray bottle to clean doorknobs, telephones, and other surfaces.
Take internally with water or in a capsule to help support immune function

 

 

Melaleuca – Soothing & Restoring

Melaleuca – Soothing & Restoring

Essential oils are 50 to 70 times more powerful than herbs, with the ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses.

Melaleuca is tea tree oil. This oil is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. It promotes healthy immune functions, protects against environmental and seasonal threats, as well as, soothes minor skin irritations. Melaleuca promotes a clear and healthy complexion. You can also diffuse it to help purify and freshen the air.

  • Apply to skin blemishes and rashes as part of a daily cleansing program.
  • Use with shampoo or conditioner for healthy scalp and hair.
  • Apply to feet and toenails after showering, swimming or working out.
  • Apply on location for skin irritations and other skin problems.
  • Diffuse and inhale or take in a capsule to aid in immune system support against throat and respiratory threats.

To avoid overeating

Eat slowly

Chew every bite

Practise portion control

Wait 10 minute or more before going for second or thirds

Never go to a party starving 

5 Natural Remedies For Cough And Cold

 

What a great Article from CureJoy

Cough and cold is a common problem for children of the house, especially during the seasonal changes. Thus it is necessary to take proper precautions for the same. Generally you can try out various antibiotics for treating a patient suffering from cough and cold, but it is good to know some natural home remedies for the cold. Here are some…

Cough and cold is a common problem for children of the house, especially during the seasonal changes. Thus it is necessary to take proper precautions for the same. Generally you can try out various antibiotics for treating a patient suffering from cough and cold, but it is good to know some natural home remedies for the cold. Here are some natural remedies for cough to help you out.

Gargling is a Harmless Way

Gargling can be considered as a harmless natural way to clear out your choked throat. As soon as you have a sore throat, you can try out gargling with salty warm water. The salt helps reduce inflammation in the affected area. It also removes the remaining irritants in the throat and thins out the mucus.

Ginger can be Used to Cure Dry Coughs

Ginger is considered as one of the easiest way to reduce dry cough. All you need to do for that is to take a slice of ginger, sprinkle a bit of salt in it and chew it for a couple of minutes. Ginger in combination with Tulsi leaves makes an effective natural remedy for curing coldand cough.

[Read: DIY Natural Cough Drops To Fight The Winter Flu]

Garlic is an Easy Way to Reduce the Cold

Garlic is considered to be an effective antimicrobial making it a valuable ingredient in fighting cough and cold naturally. In order to use garlic for your benefit, you need to crush 4-5 cloves of peeled garlic and sauté it in a teaspoon with ghee. Consume the sauté when it is warm. You can also include this crushed garlic sauté in other dishes and you can also use this in soups and it will act as a natural process of removing the cough and cold.

Honey, Lemon and Flax can be an Effective Combination

When you boil flaxseeds in water, you will get a thick gooey substance that helps you to ease the bronchial tracts. Honey and lemon are known to be natural antibiotics that help you to ease the inflammation. Thus when you add honey and lemon with the boiled flaxseeds water, then you get a natural antibiotic for your cough and cold problems.

Black Pepper Tea is Good for Wet Cough

Black pepper is known to stimulate circulation as well as mucus flow. Thus you can use black pepper to make an herbal tea to soothe the soreness of your throat as well as solve your cold problem. In order to make an herbal tea for yourself, you need to use freshly ground black pepper and two tablespoons of honey in a cup and add warm water to it. Then you need to let it steep and keep it covered for at least 15 minutes. Now, the tea is ready to be consumed. This black pepper tea is a well known natural remedy for wet cough.

Hence, if you keep the above points in mind, you can definitely cure your cold and coughwithout any antibiotics but in a natural and harmless way. Thus, you need to try these methods out and stop consuming pills for your minor cough and cold problems.

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Calorie Burning Drink That Works While You Sleep

I saw this great article on Curejoy  and thought I would share.

Blend 1 lemon, 1 cucumber, 1 tbs grated ginger, 1 tbs of aloe vera juice, a bunch of cilantro/parsley and ½ glass of water until smooth and drink before bedtime. This drink boosts your metabolism rate and burn fat as you sleep. Cucumber and lemon flush fat and toxins respectively, while ginger eases digestion and parsley/cilantro is rich in antioxidants.

Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. Making smart choices about what you eat and drink (like fat burning foods and calorie burning drinks) can help boost your metabolism even while you sleep.

Bedtime Calorie Burning Drink

Sipping a glass of this juice before bedtime can trigger fat burn – especially around your belly, while you sleep. A quick look at the ingredients that combine together to dissolve stubborn fat:

  • Cucumbers are hydrating and great at working on those tricky fat reserves. You cannot keep them out of any weight loss drinks.
  • Parsley and cilantro are low in calories, and loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are supper-effective at easing water retention, and soothing an inflated tummy.
  • Ginger is a super-spice that fires up your metabolism and supports a healthy digestive system.
  • Lemon juice is an effective toxin buster that flushes out excess fat and impurities from the system.
  • Aloe Vera juice is full of antioxidants that delay the development of free radicals that cause inflammation and bloating.

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice
  • A bunch of either cilantro or parsley
  • ½ glass of water

Instructions

Simply add the ingredients together, blend them and drink a glass of the juice before bedtime.

[Read: Can You Possibly Burn 100 Calories In Under 4 Mins?]

Stay Hydrated: Drink Lots of Water

Whether your body is turning food into fuel or working away at your fat reserves, it needs water to efficiently burn calories. If you are not fully hydrated, your metabolism will slow down and you won’t be burning calories as efficiently as you can. So drink up and give your metabolism a little boost. 

Gluten Free Lean Green Pozole Recipe

It is that time of the year for warm comfort food.  I just received this delicious email from Simply Gluten Free Magazine.

Gluten Free Lean Green Pozole Recipe

 

Gluten Free Lean Green Pozole Recipe

Ingredients

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1½ teaspoons ground dried cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 (15-ounce) can white hominy, drained and rinsed
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and veins removed and chopped finely
1 pound tomatillos, diced
1 large bunch swiss chard, coarsely chopped
4 cups gluten-free chicken stock
2 bay leaves

Garnishes

8 radishes, very thinly sliced
2 jalapeno peppers, seeds and veins removed and very thinly sliced
8 green onions, thinly sliced
2 limes, quartered
8 sprigs of fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
Mexican chile powder

Directions

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown lightly, about 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 more minutes. Add the cumin, oregano, salt and pepper and cook until you can smell the spices, about 30 seconds. Add the hominy, jalapeno pepper and tomatillos and cook, stirring for another minute. Add the swiss chard, chicken stock and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves and serve in bowls with garnishes on the side to be added at will.

Servings

This Gluten Free Recipe Serves 4-6 People.

 

Sounds Delish  on a Cold Blustery Day

 

 

 

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Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies

Who doesn’t love shortbread cookies. and if they are healthier for you then I say go for it..

This is a perfect Cookie for the holiday season

Makes about 8

Ingredients:
1/3 Coconut flour
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Agave Syrup
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Chocolate Chips ( Optional, you can use regular or Lily’s or Sugar free Hershey’s)

Instructions:
13 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cutt butter into the coconut flour using the knife method or using a pastry cutter; until it resembles a coarse corn meal
3. Add in Agave Syrup and Vanilla and cream together unto the dough is smooth
4. Divide the dough into eight even amounts. roll each amount into a ball and place on a baking sheet and gently flatten with the back of the fork or you can roll in a long tube and cut to your size or even roll it out  and use a cookie cutter.  another favorite is to do it like a thumbprint cookie and press down after you have a ball with either a back of a spoon or your your thumb and fill it with some chocolate or jam
5. bake for 6 to 8 minutes until done, make sure not to burn them.

if you decide to use the chocolate chips make sure to melt them and either drip them over the finished cookies or place them in a pipping bag to drip/drizzle.

Pumpkin Pie – low Carb

Use whichever crust you prefer – be it cheater method ( Pillsbury) I prefer homemade and just starting to try the grain free options like from the #coconutmama or possibly a pecan or a macadamia nut crust will suit your fancy 🙂

Ingredients
1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin
3 Eggs
3/4 sugar, truvia, splenda, Erythitol or any sugar or sweetener of choice
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 3/4 Pumpkin Pie Spice
3/4 Cups Cream ( heavy or light)

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients together.
Pour into a well sprayed pie pan.
Bake at 350′ for 30 to 40 minutes.

Serves about 8

Coconut Flour Pie Crust

Healthy Good for you pie Crust??

well, I just found one; that sounds great from #coconutMama

Coconut Flour Pie Crust

Coconut Flour Pie Crust

Ingredients
◾1/2 cup Coconut Oil or Grass Fed Butter, Melted
◾2 Eggs, Preferably Local Pastured
◾1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
◾3/4 Cup Coconut Flour
◾1-3 Tablespoons Raw Honey

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl beat butter, eggs, honey and salt together with a fork.

3. Then add coconut flour. Stir until dough holds together.

4. Gather the dough into a ball, then pat into a 9″ greased pie pan.

5. Prick the dough with a fork.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown. Let cool.

Delish Chocolate Chip Cookies

So how can a Low Carb, Grain Free, Sugar Free  Cookie be good??

It’s all about the love….

the recipe will have alternatives to make it sugar free, Grain Free, Paleo, Low Carb

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

( Sugar Free & if you use Almond Flour/meal it is wheat free which makes it lower carb)

1 Cup Butter you can use Earth Balance too ( Softened or melted )

2 Cups of Splenda, Truvia, Eriyhitol or Sweetener of choice

2 Eggs

2 Teaspoons Vanilla or Almond extract

3 Cups of Almond Flour or which ever flour you prefer ( Almond Flour is grain free and lower carb )

1 Teaspoon Baking soda

2 Teaspoons  Hot Water

1/2 Teaspoon Salt ( I use Kosher Salt )

2 cups of Sugar free Chocolate Chips ( I use Hershey’s Where to Buy or Lilly’s Where to Buy)  If you cant find sugar free Chips then get two packages of the Sugar free Chocolate bars and rough chop them to make a chip  ( I have used one bag of Semi and one bag of the milk with caramel filling)

Optional  1 cup of Chopped Pecans ( You can toast these a bit to bring out there flavor)

Directions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Normally you would cream the butter and the sugar together. but since we are using Splenda. either make sure that the butter is really soft or melted and mix it in with the Splenda. beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.  dissolve the baking soda in hot water.  add to batter along with the salt. stir in the flour, chocolate chips and nuts if you desire.  drop by large spoonful’s onto ungreased pans.
  3. bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE

Credits: http://happyhooligans.ca/

This is a recipe that I like and know you will like.


Pumpkin Chip Cookiesa soft and delicious cookie, rich with pumpkin, cinnamon and chocolate.  Betcha can’t eat just one!

I am a sucker for pumpkin recipes!  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin dip, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins.  There’s something so warm and comforting about the rich, warm taste of pumpkin, especially in fall and winter. I’m also a sucker for chocolate, but I until I was given this pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe I’d never thought of combining the two flavours.  Pumpkin and chocolate?  It sounded so odd.  A young lad we know convinced us that pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were the “best cookies ever” though, so I gave them a try using his mother’s recipe.

Oh. my. goodness. me.   Suffice it to say, pumpkin chip cookies have been a favourite in our home ever since.  I’ve been making them for years now.  My family loves them, my daycare kids love them, my kids’ friends love them, and the neighbours go nuts for them too.  I always make a double batch and send a plateful to a few of the families on our street.

Pumpkin Chip Cookies - Happy Hooligans

Most people around here have never heard of pumpkin chip cookies.  They’re very popular in the maritimes I guess, and that’s where this young guy that we know is from.  They’ve quickly become quite well known in my circles though!  I hope you’ll give these cookies a try!  I’ll bet pumpkin-chocolate chip will be a new favourite combo at your house too!

ingredients for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Feel free to double the batch.  I always do because they go so quickly!

The photos in this post show a double batch.

PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE – SINGLE BATCH:

(makes approx 2.5 dozen)

  • 1 c. pumpkin purée
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c oil (I use canola)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a large bowl, stir together pumpkin purée, sugar, oil and eggs. Stir until well mixed.
  2. Add flour, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, salt, stirring until well mixed.
  3. Stir in vanilla and milk.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by heaping teaspoonful onto your cookie sheet or baking stone.  You can place them fairly close together because they don’t spread.  They just puff up.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  I use a  baking stone for all of my cookie baking, and these are generally done after 10 minutes on the stone.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies

Now, pour yourself a coffee or a cold glass of milk!  Mmmmmm, Mmmmm…  Just try to stop at one! :)