1 large glass/metal jar or bowl that has a wide opening. You want to avoid using a plastic jar or bowl because the chemicals in the plastic can leach into the kombucha during the fermentation period. It’s also possible that ceramic pots might cause lead to leach into the kombucha once the acid comes into contact with the ceramic glaze. Look for a big Stainless Steel or glass jug/jar/bowl online or in large kitchen stores, and make sure the opening is wide enough to allow a lot of oxygen to reach the kombucha while it ferments. I personally use a half gallon canning jar.
1 large piece of cloth or dish towel to secure around the opening of the jar with a rubber band. It’s not recommended to use a cheese cloth since this allows particles to pass through. You can even try using an old thin cotton t-shirt or some simple cotton fabric from any textile store.
1 SCOBY disk. You will need to purchase a “SCOBY” disk and can find one either in health food stores or online at very inexpensive prices. A SCOBY disk can be vacuumed-sealed in a small pouch and shipped directly to your house for only a few dollars, while still preserving all of the active yeast ingredients. Or, get one from a friend.
8 cups of water (preferably filtered, but people who use tap water feel this works fine too). Some prefer using distilled water which will contain less contaminants or metals than tap water will. Distilled water is inexpensive (only like 88 cents a gallon) and can be found at most large drug or convenience stores. I use purified reverse osmosis water.
1/2 cup organic cane sugar or honey. When it comes to sugar substitutions, some feel that it’s not a good idea to substitute cane sugar for another kind of sugar, honey, stevia or anything else. On the other hand some people have reported making kombucha successfully with raw honey. The quality of the sugar is important in order to avoid contaminants, so look for organic sugar. Yes, this is one of the few times we’ll tell you to use real sugar! Most of it is actually “eaten” by the yeast during the fermentation process, so there is very little sugar actually left in the recipe by the time you consume it.
4 black tea bags (preferably organic which some people have reported works better). Some people also like to use green tea, although black tea is the kind used traditionally in most cases.
1 cup of pre-made kombucha, which you can either buy or use from a previous kombucha batch that you or a friend made.
1. Bring your water to boil in a big pot on the stovetop. Once boiling, remove from the heat and add your teabags and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
2. Allow the pot to sit and the tea to steep for about 15 minutes, then remove and discard tea bags.
3. Let the mixture cool down to room temperature (which usually takes about one hour). Once it’s cooled, add your tea mixture to your big jar/bowl. Drop in your SCOBY disk and 1 cup of pre-made kombucha.
4. Cover your jar/bowl with your cloth or thin kitchen towel, and try to keep the cloth in place by using a rubber hand or some sort of tie. You want the cloth to cover the wide opening of the jar and stay in place, but be thin enough to allow air to pass through.
5. Allow the kombucha to sit for 7–10 days depending on the flavor you’re looking for. Less time produces a weaker kombucha that tastes less sour, while a longer sitting time makes the kombucha ferment even longer and develop more taste. Some people have reported fermenting kombucha for up to a month with great results, so taste test the batch every couple of days to see if its reached the right taste and level of carbonation you’re looking for.
After the tea is made you can add 1/4 cup to a mug of other herbal teas or just drink straight. You can find all of the benefits by Googling Kumbucha benefits. Your tummy will be much happier by treating it to Kombucha on a daily basis.
HOW TO SOAK NUTS, SEEDS, GRAINS, AND BEANS
Nuts, seeds, grains, and beans are nutritional powerhouses. However, the natural agents that protect them from early germination can wreak havoc in our digestive system. Soaking and sprouting replicates germination, which activates and multiplies nutrients (particularly Vitamins A, B, and C), neutralizes enzyme inhibitors, and promotes the growth of vital digestive enzymes.
Please note: Many “raw” nuts and seeds have been pasteurized and irradiated. Truly raw almonds and peanuts will sprout, but those that have been pasteurized and irradiated will “activate” with soaking, but will not physically “sprout.” However, soaking still removes anti-nutrients (compounds that can interfere with the absorption of nutrients), increases nutrient density, and makes the nuts more digestible.
PLACEorganic raw nuts in a large glass bowl or mason jar, and cover with warm, filtered water (about a 2:1 ratio) and about ½ tsp. NSP sea salt. Cover with a light cloth for desired time. (Usually a minimum of over-night and no longer than 30 hours) Nuts do not need a lengthy tail. You only need to soak off the protective coating that interferes with digestion. If not consumed right away make sure you refrigerate.
RINSE food thoroughly and drain.
USE You can blend these with pure water and make a nut butter (more water will make a nut milk). You can also:
DEHYDRATE in a food dehydrator at no higher than 115º F for 12 to 24 hours, and store in sealed glass containers in the fridge. Beware: If nuts are not completely dry, they will develop mold.
You can also toast them just before eating but remember when you cook them you do lose some enzymes.
HOW TO SPROUT SEEDS, GRAINS, AND BEANS
GET a quart-sized (or larger) mason jar. Remove the solid middle insert of the lid, and cut a piece of cheesecloth or breathable mesh to fit over the rim and then put the ring on. The mesh should form a skirt around the edge enough to be caught up in the ring. Take this off and then add the seeds or nuts.
Usually a teaspoon of very small seeds works well as they will at least triple in size.
FILL the jar with warm, filtered water . Screw the lid on with cheesecloth or breathable mesh screen in place. Let soak overnight and rinse in the morning adding fresh water and rinse again. Shake to make sure as much of the moisture is out of the jar. Place slanted in a bowl to continue the draining process. This allows the air to circulate and the water to drain. You can allow it to sit in the light but not needed to put in direct sunlight (this sometimes makes the tail tough)
REPEAT this process twice daily.
WAIT In 1 to 4 days, the sprouts will be ready. Sprouts vary from 1/8-inch to 2-inches long. When ready, rinse sprouts well, drain, and store in a jar (with the solid part of the lid replaced) in the fridge.
ENJOY within 2 to 3 days. Sprouts are a fabulous nutrient-rich addition to raw salads, sandwiches, and wraps, and are also tasty in smoothies, soups, and stews. After the sprouting process you do need to keep in the fridge so mold does not form.
Keep a rotation going where there are sprouts sprouting and some in the fridge for eating.
If you are taking a test or driving and can't think as clearly as you need to try sniffing some peppermint. I like putting about 10 drops into a small roll-on and add aloe vera gel to fill. Shake back and forth and place in your car, purse or backpack. Take it out and rub it onto your wrists and then take a deep breath. It will invigorate you!
Roll-on bottle filled with aloe vera gel
10 drops peppermint essential oil
I have used this roll-on for a lot of things. It is especially helpful when travelling. Aside from freshening the air it is analgesic (pain relieving), can help bring down a fever; eases hot flashes, and is antiseptic! Researchers in India confirmed peppermit essential oil acts as a bactericide against E. coli ad is an antifungal effective against 22 Gram-positive and Gram negative bacteria; 11 yeastlike and filamentous fungi in vitro. It even tested effective against head lice. Adding this oil to lemon essential oil has been found to be an effective antibacterial against MRSA according to the publication Microbios.
So, you can see why I love this little roll-on for travel! It can be a quick way to sanitize your hands, relieve headaches and nausea and protect against infection.
Sick Room Sanitizer
4 drops Pine Needle
4 drops Peppermint
2 drops Thyme Linalol
2+ drops Nature’s Fresh
(put the above in a 1 ounce spray bottle and then fill with purified water…shake and spray)
This combination has been shown to be effective against Strep and Staph, kills bacteria and viruses as well as effective against yeast. Can be sprayed on bed sheets; pillows; mattresses; phones, door knobs and is even safe enough to spray a cloud of it and walk into it with eyes closed and breathe deeply to help the immune system fight off infection.
So, if you have a sick family member and you don’t want the condition spread… spray this liberally and often. It will freshen the air while fighting infection.
Spring Cleanse and Tonic Spring cleanses should be individually recommended. Some to choose from would be Clean Start, Tiao He or something for the irritated intestines like Everybody's Fiber and Aloe Vera Whole Leaf. They should not cause pain or discomfort. If they cause too many trips to the bathroom, you've chosen the wrong one or you must go slower. In general, I have found that a good spring cleanse can be as easy as drinking 16-20 ounces of pure water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into it.
Minerals make a good tonic and Ionic Minerals is quite tasty. You can even add this to the "lemon juice" above.. Sugar should not be included. Remember you are doing this for the health benefits and sugar has no benefits, If you need something sweet add a powder stick of Solstic Immune with the lemon and minerals. This will help get your immune system geared up and if you add some Milk Thistle you might not have any allergy symptoms to deal with this spring.
It is always safe to take Probiotics before bed and upon rising to support your immune health. This can be done daily.
Toasting with Green!
1 teaspoon Liquid Chlorophyll
16 ounces of purified water
Mix and drink!
This easy to do drink will help your blood get more oxygen. It will help give you energy and improve circulation. It normalizes digestive fluids and stimulates peristaltic action in the colon (but only if this is necessary). It helps to improve liver function and encourages regeneration of damaged liver cells. Easy to absorb and good tasting! You may want to add this to your health regimen just because it is easy to do. This drink is safe enough for children and good for pets as well.
Open for New Possibilities
1 ounce of water
10 drops of Be Courageous Flower Essence
1-2 drops of Lemon BIO Essential Oil
Add all of the above in a one ounce dropper bottle. Shake and take 5-6 drops under the tongue 3-4 times a day when faced with having to make decisions or choices. When feeling anxious you can take as often as every 10 minutes. Also look into taking Nutri Calm and AnxiousLess to nutritionally support the nervous system.
Emotionally and spiritually, lemon essential oil promotes focus and clarity. It's uplifting affects awaken the senses, clear the mind of distractions, and help a person tune in to the task at hand. It helps a person to overcome confusion or doubt, fatigue, overwhelm, and lack of enthusiasm, as well as helps to clear self-doubt, limiting beliefs, stagnant energy, and rigidness in the mind, heart, or body.
Be Courageous helps to strengthen one’s reserve when one is anxious about something new. It supports the energy of a person who is doubtful and fearful of new situations.
AnxiousLess is a product that can be taken that nutritionally supports a person who is facing situations or experiences that creates doubt or concern. Just one capsule has been known to help one feel more in control.
The soothing effects of Slippery Elm and other herbs in Everybody's fiber has helped many people calm intestinal lining and prepare the stomach for food.
1 scoop (included) of Everybody's Fiber
2-6 ounces of water (depending on how thick you want it--some people like eating it)
Take the scoop of Everybody's fiber and add it to the 2 ounces of water and stir with a fork. add more water to thin it. This drink should be taken 15-20 minutes before eating.
The herbs in the formula are designed to calm inflammation and irritation so that proper digestion can occur. It is also recommended that you take two Digestive enzymes with the meal to assist in proper digestion. If you have a very irritated stomach you might want to begin with Proactazyme. If you are older than 35 you will probably need to have the addition of betaine hydrochloride in your enzyme (Food Enzymes) to help digest proteins and break down calcium.
Make sure you consult with a medical doctor if medicine has been prescribed. You may have to wean off gently with a professional's guidance. Also, I encourage you to check the list of side effects for the medications you've been prescribed and talk with your doctor about any symptoms suggested you may be experiencing.
Putting sugar in yogurt defeats the purpose of eating something healthy. Why not bump it up a notch with a sweetener that is actually healthy for you and includes some very good nutrients? I love adding Solstic to my yogurt and then some raw nuts and seeds. This treat is something that will help keep your engines revved!
I only add a half of the packet to a cup of yogurt and then save the other half for 10-12 ounces of water that can be sipped on throughout the day. The immune will give you the vitamin D3 plus Elderberry, zinc and some wonderful herbs to support your immune system during the cold and flu season. You can also make the water hot and have a wonderful tea! Try some today. It’s yummy without guilt! Sweetened with Stevia and only 7 calories (not including yogurt and nuts)
Traditional medicine used poultices to draw out toxins. Bacterial infections are toxins that the body wants to get rid of. Strep infections are becoming more common after a surgical procedure and medical doctors use stronger and stronger antibiotics to defend against them. Sepsis is serious…it means death. You can fight this condition by using Silver Shield liquid in high doses for a short period of time and using a topical drawing poultice.
Open 3 capsules of Activated Charcoal (I prefer NSP brand)
Melt one tablespoon of coconut oil (organic)
Add these together and drop in 2-3 drops of Lavender oil
When this is well mixed spread onto a sterilized gauze pad and apply to the infected area. Leave this on for a minimum of one hour or up to 8 hours. Wash with purified water. Spreading Silver gel on the infected area will assist in the healing. Poultice may be done once every 24 hours to draw out toxins. You can cover with plastic wrap or another gauze pad and adher with adhesive tape.
The Activated Charcoal is well-known for its ability to absorb poisons and toxins. Coconut oil is a good base for this poultice as it has healing benefits and Lavender is a tissue healer.
Always seek help from a professional health consultant or medical doctor for serious health challenges. The above is not to replace any treatment recommended by a medical doctor and in no way is meant to prescribe or treat. Resources available for the above can be found in traditional medical journals.
My favorite flavoring agent is NSP's Sea Salt. I love the flavor and what it does to my food. It has no calories, sugar or other disagreeable additives. Besides pure, full spectrum sea salt (Real Salt) there is celery seed ground fine. The addition of celery seed compliments the sea salt to assit the body in digestion.
Sprinkle it on your favorite veggies and taste the flavor pop! Add some Organic butter that is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids and you are not only enjoying the taste but assisting the body in health. Portion control is important.
1 cup of chopped broccoli, steamed for a few minutes (crunchy and yet the color changes); add a teaspoon of delicious butter and sprinkle with Sunshine's Sea Salt and you have a yummy treat!
The following recipe is from a book: Sweeten Your Life the Xylitol Way written by Karen Edwards, PhD. It has lots of great recipes and I urge you to buy a copy and start using Xylitol to bake and cook with. It is a great sugar that has many benefits. Occasionally some people will have an intestinal problem and I find that is because they do not have enough friendly bacteria in their gut. Once they correct that with probiotics, they can then use xylitol without problems.
NSP has xylitol gum, mints, mouthwash and toothpaste. This sugar is beneficial and corrects bacteria in the mouth that leads to plaque and decay.
Homemade Lentil Soup
This recipe starts with a base of ham stock but you can use any base you like. I usually buy Hormone Free; Pesticide and chemical free ham and bake it. To make the broth: I use the bone and add about a gallon of purified water to a large pot; one large onion; 5 stalks of celery; 1 chopped scraped carrot; 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic. I let this come to a boil and then simmer for at least 8 hours (it can be put in a crock pot during this stage). I then strain off the liquid and either freeze it or use it for soup.
Take a half cup of the above stock (or a little butter) and sauté half a large onion chopped fine; 3 stalks of celery (cut up in small pieces); 1 teaspoon minced garlic on medium heat until onion is translucent. Add a quart of stock; (I added 1 cup of blended cooked pumpkin to add more nutrition) and one cup of rinsed brown lentils—(make sure you’ve checked for stones etc.).
Bring to a boil and then simmer until the lentils are cooked and mushy but still have some texture. I stir about every 15 minutes to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. You can add carrots or other vegetables to this. I just add NSP’s Sea Salt for flavoring as I’m not fond of spicy food. Other people may like to add curry.
This is a delicious meal on a cold day. You can freeze some for another day and make a quick meal that is really healthful.
Traditional cough syrup
HCP-X capsules (4)
Honey or vegetable Glycerin (2 tablespoons)
Boiling (purified) water (1 cup)
Open the 4 capsules of HCP-X into a large bowl or glass measuring cup. Pour the 1 cup of boiling (purified) water over the contents and let steep for about 8-10 minutes. Add the honey or glycerin and stir well. Pour into a dark bottle and refrigerate. This can last a couple of weeks in refrigerator or you can pour some of it into a small canning jar and hot water bath for 15 minutes. This will preserve contents for months. Some people like to strain the herbs before bottling. You can take a tablespoon of the mixture and add to hot water to make a tea or use by the teaspoon every 15-20 minutes when you have a cough or sore throat. More information about HCP-X can be found: http://hartonweb.com/nsp-herbs/bornforhealth.com/?sn=1216-5
Homemade chicken soup has some wonderful healing properties. The best is made from organic, free range chicken parts (including neck and feet bones if possible); a gallon of purified water; one large organic onion; 3-5 garlic cloves smashed; 4-5 cut up stalks of celery and 1 scraped cut up organic carrot.
Put these all in a pot and bring it to a boil. Turn down the heat to simmer and cover. Let this simmer for about 8-10 hours (24 is best) so if you have a crock pot now is the time to switch it over to the crock pot and put on lowest setting. The longer this mixture simmers the better.
When it is strained and refrigerated it should gel. This will tell you that you have gotten the goodness out of the bone. If you are only going to simmer for 8 hours put a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in it to help get the minerals out of the bone. If you are using breast portions, take them out after the hour is up and refrigerate to use in another recipe.
Lift Your Spirits
2 oz spray bottle
Fill with purified water 2/3 full
1 dropper of Distress Remedy flower essence
15 drops of Pink Grapefruit E/O
5 drops Bergamot E/O
1 drop of Peppermint essential Oil
Shake well and spray often to clear the air and lift your spirits. You can spray on your wrists and then rub together. Bring wrists to nose and breathe deeply. Spray bed linens before bed for sweet dreams. Be sure to take with you so that you can spray the car or other areas that may bring down your energy.
Cool them Doggies!
Tired feet can really drag you down. Here’s a recipe I love that is simple to do. You will need to have:
1) A pan or dish washing tub (you can do this in the bathtub but you will need to at least triple the recipe). Something your feet can fit in comfortably side by side.
2) Enough warm water in the container so that it goes just above your ankles when your feet are in the tub.
3) To each gallon of warm water add:
One cup of Epsom Salt
1 teaspoon of powdered Ginger (found in any grocery store)
3-4 drops of pure essential oil of Peppermint (be sure to mix it well into the other ingredients)
Soak for about ½ hour. The tension will ease; you will feel refreshed and the room will smell delightful!
Balancing Blood Sugar
10 drops Cinnamon Leaf
3 drops Clove Bud oil
3 drops Frankincense
3 drops Geranium
3 drops Ylang Ylang
1 dropper Distress Remedy
1 teaspoon aloe gel
Put all ingredients into a 2 ounce spray bottle (may mix the Distress Remedy with the aloe gel to get it into the bottle easier). Fill bottle to the flared top leaving some air space. Replace sprayer and shake well. Spray on wrists and/or ankles. This along with a sensible diet will help you maintain proper blood sugar levels. Use often throughout the day. Can be sprayed on bed pillow; pour 1 tablespoon into a bath and add NSP Concentrate for a relaxing bath.
Fill an empty roll-on bottle to ¾ full of non-scented massage oil (NSP’s is great)
Add ½ dropper of Open Heart flower essence
5 drops of Bergamot
1-2 drops Rose essential oil
Close with roll-on top and bottle top; roll between palms to warm the oil and then turn upside down and roll again for about 10 turns each way.
Open top and roll-on pulse points at wrist. Rub wrists together and bring to nose and take several deep breaths.
Fill your heart with wonder and love!
(All above can be purchased at Nature’s sunshine for the best quality ingredients)
Home for the Holidays!
1 spray bottle
Fill 2/3 full with purified water
Add 1 dropper of Distress Remedy
15 drops of Essential Shield E/O blend
Shake and Spray
drop 5-6 drops onto Aromaball for 3 hour delightful scent.
If you are entertaining--consider taking a couple of NutriCalm tablets to help you enjoy your own event.
Silver and Tei Fu Nasal Spray
Fill the bottle (1oz.) half full with Silver Shield liquid
Tap (turn bottle upside down and “spank” bottom)
1 drop of Tei Fu essential oil (very powerful)
Shake and tilt head back a bit and spray up your nose!
Take a sniff and let the cooling of Tei Fu soothe irritated tissues and help the sinuses reduce swelling.
This can be used hourly until symptoms subside. It should be used daily when sinuses are congested.
It will relieve congestion and allow for better breathing.
If Tei Fu is too strong, you can try just using the Silver Shield or you can add a drop or two of Breathe Free essential oil.
Essential oils are anti-microbial and work to fight Viruses or Bacteria and fungus too!
Cool Ideas for Hot Days
Don’t just stimulate the body—cool it down and nourish it while hydrating cells!
16 ounces of purified water
1 tablespoon Thai Go
1 teaspoon Liquid Chlorophyll
½ juiced lemon (optional)
1 stick pack powdered Solstic EnergyShake and drink (or sip) for a refreshing and rejuvenating drink that will nourish and hydrate cells.
Great after doing yard work, running, playing etc. This drink is for children too!16 ounces of purified water1 stick pack of powdered SolsticReviveShake and drink (or sip) for a pick me up with just a hint of beneficial caffeine in a natural herbal source.
“Spray me to the moon”
You can get a small spray bottle from the Dollar Store for the container used in this refreshing beach sprayThis is a quick “cool me down” for those hot days—great for children and adults4 ounce spray bottle filled almost full with purified water
Add essential oils: Lemon 4 drops and pink grapefruit 4 drops; if going to be out in the sun use 4 drops of peppermint and 2 Rosemary. These essential oils are antibacterial so spray your hand till wet and towel dry for a quick hand wash. Best places to spray are back of the neck; tummy and backs of the knees. (I only use NSP oils as I know they are pure and not adulterated with cheap oils)
Cool Down that Sunburn:
A 4 ounce spray bottle fill only to 2/3Add 1/3 Aloe Vera Gel and5 drops Lavender essential oilSpray on Sunburn and when you can touch it rub vigorously. The first couple of sprays you may not be able to touch it but the vigorous rubbing (not hard but vigorous) helps to increase circulation and will help the burn heal faster. It also facilitates moving the injured cells out of the tissue spaces and often will prevent blistering especially when combining it with (NSP) Lavender oil.
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Here's one for the HCG diet from my son, Dr. Bryan Born: mustard dressing #1 2 tbsp hot water 1/8tsp italian herb seasoning (dried basil, oregano, parsley flakes-no sugar) Mix and let steep for 2 min
Add: 1/2tsp Gulden's Spicy brown mustard 1/4tsp balsalmic vinegar 1/8tsp ground pepper Dash garlic salt Dash salt
Blend and serve. Makes 1 serving for soupbowl-size chopped salad.
Make in larger quantities; will refrigerate well.
Try other sugar-free mustards like Poupon, or Stone Ground.
Enjoy, & report back!
Yield: 3-1/2 cups
2 cups tightly packed dandelion leaves, well-rinsed and dried
1 dozen large basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
1 cup lightly toasted hazelnuts (skins removed), or toasted almonds, pine nuts, or walnuts
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
In the bowl of a food processor or blender, pulse together dandelion leaves, basil, garlic, and nuts. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the motor running, add olive oil and process until a smooth paste forms. Pulse in cheese if you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Yummy Yogurt--smoothie style 1 qt. raw milk (unpasteurized) 1/4 cup yogurt for a starter (from previous batch or Stonyfield--or other organic brand without flavor)
Put qt. jar in a pan with water and fill to within 1 inch of top with organic raw milk. Turn heat on med high until bubbles form then lower until bubbles are gently rolling. If you have a food thermometer you can stick it in the milk and it is done when it reaches 110 degrees. (If no thermometer--keep testing the temperature by placing a spoon into the milk and stir--take spoon out and feel if it is hot to the touch but not burning you. Milk should be stirred once a minute to move the hot milk from the bottom of the jar up to the top where the milk is cooler. When desired temperature is met you then stir in the yogurt starter with a fork to blend well.
Remove from heat and cover with a clean towel to keep warm or you can place the milk into a thermos. You want the mixture to remain warm for about 6-8 hours. It will become lumpy so mix again with a fork after the cultured food is done and cover with a canning lid and ring. Store in the refrigerator and use 1/2 to 1 cup in your favorite smoothie recipe.
INHALATION FOR THICK MUCUS 4 drops myrrh 3 drops eucalyptus 2 drops thyme 1-2 drops tea tree
Drop essential oils into a bowl of almost boiling water. Cover head with a towel and carefully inhale vapors deeply for five minutes. Repeat three times a day for five days, or until condition clears. (from Larissa Jone's book Aromatherapy for Body, Mind and Spirit)
Xylitol bar fudge:
In a double boiler: melt 5 bars of NSP chocolate candy made with xylitol and one square unsweetened chocolate (I like to get the organic kind) – add one teaspoon coconut oil. Stir until well melted over medium high heat (if water starts to bubble too vigorously, lower temp). After all is melted you can add whatever ingredients you want—
make a chunky bar by adding raisins and chopped walnuts.
Make an Almond Joy buy adding coconut (unsweetened) flakes and slivered almonds. (I add a thin layer of slivered almonds to the bottom of a shallow baking dish and then spread the mixture over it—makes for easy removal of squares).
Healthy snickers use peanuts (slightly roasted)—haven’t figured out the nougat part yet. Adding a small amount of peanut butter makes this a cross between a snickers and a Reese’s cup. Add this just before you are going to put it into your shallow dish—just swirl it in, don’t mix it up.
After you have spread the mixture into your shallow baking dish, bake for 15-20 minutes at 300 degrees. Let cool to room temperature and put in refrigerator to set up. It is ready after an hour in the refrigerator to cut into pieces and serve.
The above method can also be used to coat pretzels or dip apples. It makes a fun fondue for all kinds of fruit!
Cinnamon Candied Nuts
2 cups Raw Organic Pecans, Almonds, and Walnuts 1 large Egg white 3/4 cup Xylitol 1 1/2 tsp Water 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon Vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and brush with oil heavily. Whisk egg white until frothy. Add water, Xylitol, cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Add nuts and toss to coat. Spread nut mixture evenly over cookie sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool prior to breaking apart.
12 servings @ 1 1/2 oz per serving.
Jeannie Mathis, RN
This is a great way to use that turkey carcass after your Holiday Feast!
Working time—approximately half hour.
Cut (or tear) turkey meat from all the bones. Put in containers and refrigerate or freeze for later use.
I don’t usually strip all the meat from the bones as it does add flavor to the broth.
Put the bones in a large stockpot, slow cooker or even the roaster you cooked the turkey in (not aluminum!)
Cover the bones with water. The biggest challenge is the breast bone—I sometimes will put a glass cover over it as I find it nearly impossible to cover completely with water (see picture).
Add to the above:
1 large onion cut in eighths
5-6 stalks of Celery cut in lengths of 1 inch
4-5 cloves of garlic
3-5 scrubbed or peeled carrots cut in chunks of 1 inch
1 Tablespoon of NSP sea salt (or Celtic salt)
4-5 Bay Leaves
2-3 sprigs of dried Rosemary (if you garden) or fresh from the store – or 1 teaspoon dried
3 or so sprigs of dried sage (if you garden) if not—1 teaspoon dried powdered sage
1 Tablespoon of organic Poultry Seasoning
Cracked pepper if desired
(The first 5 ingredients are a must—after that let your imagination rule)
Let the liquid come to a boil and then turn down to simmer. I usually will simmer this overnight. It is best if you do it for at least 8 hours. I have left it for 24 hours. It depends on when you have time (about another half hour) to complete the next step.
The broth should not be boiling hot when you go to strain it. I usually will shut the heat off—take the pan off of the stove and wait about an hour.
After cooling a bit transfer liquid to a large pot by: putting a colander on a stew pot or Dutch oven.Line the colander with unbleached cheesecloth and pour the contents of the soup pot into the lined colander. Go slowly so that things don’t go plopping out of the pan and missing the colander.
You then can put the broth into glass jars and keep refrigerated for making soup or freeze to use for soup starter or any time a recipe calls for chicken broth. My family loves the turkey noodle soup I make from this.
Making jam with honey!
If you have a peach tree, too many blackberries or pears—here is a way to preserve them that is absolutely delicious and good for you too. I love Herb Mentor for the ideas and knowledge of ways to use herbs and food that are healthy. Here is the website for the complete directions on making healthy jams with honey: http://www.learningherbs.com/news_issue_19.html
(a no-crust variety)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese (small curd)
3 cups spinach, cut then steam
1/2 yellow,red or green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
3-4 scallions, chopped fine (or 1 small leek)
6 ounces Swiss cheese, or your favorite melting cheese, grated
You can place into your favorite pie crust or go without and serve with a crusty bread.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender or food processor, combine eggs, flour, baking powder, minced onion and garlic, butter, and 1 cup cottage cheese; blend well. Pour mixture into a large bowl; add remaining cottage cheese, broccoli, spinach, peppers, scallions, and Swiss cheese. Mix thoroughly. Pour into a greased 10-inch pie pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until set.
Natural Insect Repellant
1 oz. Herbal Trim; 10 D. Lemon/Eucalyptus, 6 D. Tea Tree, 3 D each Peppermint, Lavender and Geranium add ˝ teas. massage oil and ˝ teas. NSP conc. Soap—Whisk into 4 oz. of water and pour into two 2oz. spray bottles.
This is safe for even babies (spray from a distance of no closer than 12 inches and cover face with the back of your hand--then gently swipe your hand over the baby's face and neck).
Works effectively against mosquitos, flies and most garden insects.
Flies can carry disease--here is a good answer for this pesky bug:
All Natural Homemade Fly Strips 1. Combine equal parts honey, sugar and water in a saucepan. 2. Boil the mixture, stirring occasionally, until thick. 3. Remove from heat and let cool 4. Cut strips of brown packing tape, punch a hole on one end and loop a piece of string through the hole. 5. Dip the strips in the thick honey mixture and hang outside to dry, about 30 minutes. 6. Hang the strip in the area of worst infestation, and replace often.
Here are some fabulous old-fashioned (and not so old-fashioned) formulas for cleaning outdoor furniture and grills. Washing soda can be found in the detergent area of your local grocery store--Most times it says Arm and Hammer. Nature's Sunshine's Nature's Fresh and NSP concentrate can be purchased online: www.mynsp.com/Born
Plastic Lawn Furniture Cleaner 1/2 cup washing soda
1 Tablespoon Nature’s Fresh enzyme solution 1 gallon hot water add a few drops of NSP concentrate
Dissolve the washing soda in a bucket of hot water add rest of ingredients. Wearing gloves and using a sponge, slather the water onto the furniture, and let it set for 10 minutes or so before rinsing. For stubborn stains, redo and leave the water on the plastic for an extra 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Mildew and Mold Cushion Cleaner
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is a broad spectrum fungicide.
20-30 drops tea tree oil 2 cups water
1 Tablespoon Nature’s Fresh
1 teaspoon NSP concentrate
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spot test on cushions to make sure there is no discoloration. Spray on the cushions. Don’t rinse. In a few days, both the strong smell of the tea tree oil and the mold will dissipate.
(This actually works well as a deck cleaner as well--just double the recipe and put in a bucket)
—use a stiff broom, dip in solution spread on a small area at a time, let sit for about 10 minutes, scrub with broom, then rinse with hose)
Cushion Cleaner Assuming you can rinse your cushions, after you have killed the mold and mildew, spot clean cushions using the Plastic Lawn Furniture Cleaner, above. Rinse.
Note: Spot test the washing soda mixture on wood furniture first. It is a powerful cleanser, and you don’t want to peel off any existing wood finish.
Grill Soak 1-2 cups washing soda Enough hot water to cover the grills
1 teaspoon NSP Concentrate
In a pan big enough to hold the grill (the kitchen sink might also work), soak the grills overnight in the washing soda and soapy water. In the morning, the grime on the grill will come off easily. Wash with NSP concentrate and water, and rinse.
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