How to Make Your Pumpkins Last

IMG_8858Make those pumpkins last longer!¬†ūüéÉūüéÉūüéÉ

First, spray the outside with Thieves Household Cleaner – or even soak in your kitchen sink with a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner. This will clean the skin naturally (without nasty chemicals) and keep it from rotting early.

Second, once you carve your pumpkin, it’s time to get serious. Now you need to spray the inside with a mixture of castile soap and Peppermint essential oil. Mix up one capful of liquid unscented castile soap with about 6 drops of Peppermint essential oil in an 8oz spray bottle, then fill with water. Thoroughly coat the inside of the pumpkin with this spray. 

This method will help you keep all the rot, mold, and bugs away!

How to get Thieves Household Cleaner & Peppermint essential oil –> HERE

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The Most Amazing Sugar-Free, Dairy-free Hot Cocoa Recipe

Peppermint Hot CocoaHave you heard¬†about the Wahl’s Protocol? It is both a book and diet approach created by Dr. Terry Wahl’s, who used paleo principles and functional medicine to begin healing her auto-immune disease. The book is a great read and it is amazing to witness the reversal of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms experienced by Dr. Wahl’s through a stringent change in diet.

I recently read this book and was truly shocked by the significant improvement in quality of life due to diet. ¬†I do not have an auto-immune disease, but I do enjoy treating my body well and living as vibrantly healthy as possible. ¬†My husband and I strictly followed the Wahl’s Protocol diet for about a month. It made me feel AMAZING!!! ¬†While following this protocol I have a ton of energy and clarity, good-bye brain fog! ¬†I also found that my mood in general was really positive when eating so squeaky clean.

The amount of menu planning and food prep required is one of the challenges of this protocol because you are eating all real foods; a LOT¬†of veggies, grass-fed meats, and fermented foods – and trying to maintain some general ratios of certain types of veggies, etc. ¬†Although I love to cook and enjoy preparing real food, sometimes it is nice to take a break from the extensive¬†menu planning. So we do not strictly adhere to this protocol on a regular basis (although if we were trying to heal an auto-immune disease, regular adherence would be critical). We now pick and choose some of the Wahl’s protocol recipes and principles to incorporate regularly, while maintaining our primal/paleo way of eating.

We continue to include fermented foods in our diet on a regular basis to help maintain a healthy gut. We also have kept many of the recommended bone broth soups in the meal plan rotation because bone broth is another healing food.

Some of my favorite recipes we continue to use are the after dinner snacks, especially the Wahl’s Protocol Hot Cocoa recipe! It is sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free deliciousness that is the perfect ‘sweet’ treat after dinner. Even though there is no sweetener of any kind in it, the cinnamon makes it feel like a luxurious, sweet dessert drink. The Wahl’s version does not include Peppermint essential oil*, but of course I had to spike it with some essential oils! And Peppermint is perfect for a minty chocolate treat.
* I only use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living and they are the only oils I recommend ingesting. You can learn more about them HERE.

Hot Cocoa for Two

Ingredients:
1 can of coconut milk (I use a brand with BPA-free cans)
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil**

Blend all ingredients together, heat in a pan on stove top, pour into two mugs – enjoy!

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Simple DIY Peppermint Oil Pulling Chews

Peppermint Oil Pulling Chews 1You’ve probably heard about oil pulling by now — maybe from a friend¬†or¬†on the evening news. ¬†Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing a bit of oil¬†in your mouth, preferably on an empty stomach, for about¬†15¬†minutes. This action is supposed to¬†draw toxins out of¬†your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

With regular oil pulling, studies have shown benefits such as reduced plaque, cavity prevention and stronger gums for individuals who already have a healthy mouth.  For people with current plaque build up, I teeth cleaning first is a good option, then a regular oil pulling practice to maintain the cleaning.

I’ve been oil pulling on and off over the past couple years and find that when I am consistent, my teeth maintain¬†that fresh from the dental hygienist clean feel. ¬†To make it easier to maintain the habit and be consistent, I made these¬†Peppermint Oil Pulling Chews. ¬†You can make a batch in no time and keep them in your fridge. ¬†Popping a minty coconut oil chew in my mouth is a refreshing way to start the day – I like to pop one right before jumping in the shower. ¬†By the time I’m out of the shower, I’m ready to spit out the coconut oil.

Peppermint Oil Pulling Chews

peppermint oil pulling chews materialsIngredients:

  • Coconut oil – My preferred oil, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, including the ability to fight off bacteria, viruses, and yeasts.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – A refreshing and energizing flavor for my morning oil pull. ¬†I only use therapeutic grade essential oils, learn how to get them¬†HERE.
  • Candy mold
  • Pipettes – I use these 3-ml pipettes, and fill each candy mold with 2 pipettes worth of oil

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in double boiler – I use a glass jar in a saucepan of water
  2. Use pipette to fill candy mold with melted coconut oil, I use two pipettes full of oil per candy mold
  3. Add one drop of Peppermint Essential Oil to each individual candy mold
  4. Place molds in refrigerator to harden
  5. Once hardened, pop out of molds and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator

To use:

  • Place one Peppermint Oil Pulling Chew in your mouth and chew until melted (this is the hard part, don’t swallow your chew!)
  • Swish melted oil around mouth for 10-20 minutes, I try for 15 minutes.
  • When done pulling, spit out oil in the trash (you don’t want to clog up your pipes with hardened coconut oil, and you don’t want to swallow the bacteria that has accumulated in the oil).
  • Now brush and floss like normal and enjoy that straight-from-the-dentist fresh, clean mouth feel!

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Peppermint Oil Pulling Chews 2

Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites – gluten free

Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites
Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites

These minty chocolate brownie bites are not only delicious, they are gluten free!  They are practically good for you.  The combination of rich chocolate with the zest of Young Living Peppermint Oil is irresistible.  And the mini muffin size makes them the perfect two-bite treat (unless you have a dozen of them, but who would do that?).

I’ve been eating grain free for several years now and this gluten free chocolate cake recipe has been my go to for some time. ¬†This version is a bit more decadent with the addition of chocolate chips – because double chocolate is better than not double chocolate. ¬†The addition of therapeutic grade Young Living Peppermint essential oil will also satisfy any ‘mint chip’¬†lovers¬†you may know.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (could substitute melted coconut oil for dairy-free version)
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 8 drops Young Living Peppermint Oil
  • 3/4 cup Enjoy Life brand mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine coconut flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda – set aside
  2. In a large bowl blend together eggs, butter/coconut oil, maple syrup, and Peppermint oil
  3. Blend dry ingredients into wet until combined
  4. Fold in chocolate chips
  5. Line a mini muffin tin with cupcake liners or grease with butter/coconut oil, fill each 3/4 with batter
  6. Bake at 375 degrees until toothpick inserted comes out clean (10-15 minutes)
  7. Makes about 24 brownie bites

Enjoy!

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The Easiest DIY Lip Balm Recipe

grapefruit peppermint lip balm

Some of the most well-known inventions were simply mistakes made by scientists on a different quest.  Without these happy mishaps we would be living in a world without silly putty, slinkys, or post-it notes Рyou know, the important stuff.

I was trying to make a lotion when I ended up with the greatest lip balm! (Although I didn’t realize I had lip balm at first, I just thought I had a jar full of mistake) It’s emollient and shiny and perfect for soothing chapped lips, or giving your non-chapped lips just a little shine. ¬†And it is super easy to make. ¬†You can add any essential oils that suit your tastes. ¬†My current batch is a¬†Grapefruit/Peppermint oil combo, although Lavender/Peppermint is always a favorite too…get creative!

Simple Lip Balm Recipe

  1. DIY Lip BalmMelt coconut oil and beeswax over low heat in a jar placed in a small pot of water (basically a double boiler)
  2. Add olive oil and stir until everything is melted and combined
  3. Remove from heat and add essential oils
  4. Use dropper to fill lip balm tubes or tins, work quickly since this recipe begins to solidify pretty fast
  5. This recipe makes about 32 tubes of lip balm

That’s all there is to it! ¬†Now you’ve got lip balm for days or a lot of lip balm for sharing with friends.

* I only use and recommend therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living.

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