Recipe Friday: Turmeric Bars

Don’t let the title fool you – this stuff is like candy! You wouldn’t think turmeric would make for a sweet treat, but these are so easy to pop in your mouth!

Turmeric is a current health darling, and for good reason. According to research, its anti-inflammatory properties outshine any NSAID on the market. And, unlike NSAIDS (like Tylenol, ibuprofen, Alleve, etc.), turmeric works with your body, helps your immune system (NSAIDS tamp down your immune system), and is NOT harmful. I keep a good supply of turmeric capsules on hand, and take one or two (depending on the severity) when I get muscle cramps, a back twinge, stiff neck, a headache, or I feel a cold coming on. In addition, turmeric has liver-cleansing properties.

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Turmeric is a plant, a rhizome, and the root is what is used for the spice. Like ginger, this root can be grown or purchased whole or dried and ground into a powder. The whole root can be chopped and added to foods, or you can make a tea from it.

A side note: plain ol’ yellow mustard has a compound, curcumin (curcumin is also a compound found in turmeric). If you have a back injury, say, or bruise your leg, or have a headache, take a big spoonful of mustard every hour. It sounds like something to gag on, but it goes down a lot easier than you’d think, and it works.

Another ingredient in these turmeric bars is gelatin. Be sure to only use pure, organic gelatin, as other types may be mixed with other ingredients, or may come from chemically-raised beef. Gelatin is another nutrition powerhouse. It’s great for gut health, it has collagen, and helps your body build strong discs, ligaments, tendons, skin, nails, and hair. It helps to strengthen joints and prevent against the development of injuries, or helps to heal them faster.

This recipe also includes coconut milk, another nutritional superstar on its own. It is a good source of protein, fiber, Vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, and selenium. In addition, the medium-chain fats (very healthy fats) in the coconut milk combine well with the turmeric to help your body absorb all the nutrients it can. Again, check your coconut milk product for where it came from, how it’s processed, and what other ingredients might be included. When you open a can of coconut milk, it is usually separated, with the thinner liquid on the bottom. Just mix it in.

The addition of black pepper sounds counter-intuitive to a sweet treat, but you won’t taste it, unless you add too much. The black pepper reacts with turmeric in an amazing way to help deliver the fullest benefits of the turmeric.

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The recipe: Turmeric Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups                full-fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon     ground turmeric

3 tablespoons   raw honey OR 10 – 15 drops liquid stevia

pinch                  black pepper

¼ cup                 grass-fed beef gelatin

1/2 teaspoon     cinnamon, optional

Directions:

In a saucepan, put the turmeric, pepper, cinnamon (if using) and coconut milk.
Heat on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in honey (if it’s too hot, cool a bit until it’s no more than 104 degrees, to get the full benefits and properties of the raw honey).
Check sweetness and adjust to taste.
Sprinkle gelatin powder over warm liquid.
Whisk vigorously for about 1 minute, ensuring gelatin powder is completely dissolved.
Pour into a glass dish and refrigerate until gelatin is firm and you can cut it into small portions with a knife.

 

~pictures snagged from the Internet~

Essential Oils Anti-Ick

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It is no news to those who follow me that I am an enthusiastic user of essential oils. Essential oils are good for your health! [Disclaimer: As with any product, test with a small amount to make sure you are not sensitive or allergic to the substance.] Because essential oils are made from plants, they are part of God’s gift in His creation, intended for our benefit. They work with our bodies, and do not contain harmful chemicals.

Think nothing can kill a virus? Think again: essential oils are proven to kill viruses, bacteria, and funguses. They can also act as anti-inflammatories.

Be sure to use a reputable source for your essential oils. At home, I use NOW brand and Vitacost brand.

How I use essential oils:

  • Diffuse
  • Serums
  • Roll-ons
  • Creams
  • Air freshener
  • Anti-bacterial spray
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning

Essential oils can be mixed with beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or almond oil), castile soap, vinegar, witch hazel, vodka, and / or honey to make an unlimited array of health-supporting remedies and treatments.

NOTE: Always use essential oils combined with a carrier oil if applying to skin or ingesting.

Ways to ingest:

  • cook with essential oils (no, cooking does not destroy most essential oils: most are processed with heat) add a few drops of, say, rosemary and thyme into your spaghetti sauce
  • add lemon oil into your smoothie
  • add to treats like frosting (lemon, orange, or peppermint add taste and zip)
  • bake into a dessert (lemon pie or bars, lavender bread, cardamom cookies, peppermint brownies)

Apply to skin:

  • combine with a carrier oil
  • rub on abdomen for quick uptake
  • smooth onto temples, shoulders, or neck for tension or headache relief
  • use as an antibacterial on scrapes and bug bites
  • combine with castile soap for shampoo and body wash

Clean:

  • lemon and orange are great at cutting grease, and smell so refreshing
  • essential oils kill bacteria in toilets, around sinks, kitchen counters, and baby’s room
  • combine with vodka and witch hazel for air freshening and killing germs on surfaces
  • use to wipe down handles, counters, keyboards, and common surfaces during cold and flu season

And you can always diffuse. Get a good-quality diffuser that will last for hours and incorporate a large room. And, get smaller diffusers for smaller rooms. Heck, they even sell diffusers for your car, and to wear around your neck!

Another way to diffuse is to add a few drops to an inhaler (like these: https://www.amazon.com/Aromatherapy-Essential-Portable-Reusable-Aluminum/dp/B07PP1WB4N/); or a few drops to a handkerchief or tissue.

My go-to websites for dependable information on essential oils are

Following is a list of essential oils that are antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory:

Antivirals:

Basil, bergamot, cassia, cinnamon bark, clove, cumin, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, myrrh, oregano, peppermint, rose, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme

Antibacterials:

Basil, bergamot, cassia, cedarwood, cinnamon bark, citronella, clove, dill, eucalyptus, geranium, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, rosemary, spikenard, tea tree

Antifungal:

Cassia, cinnamon bark, citronella, clary sage, eucalyptus, fir, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, rosewood, sage, spikenard, thyme

Anti-inflammatory:

Caraway, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, roman chamomile, tea tree, thyme, and turmeric.

Natural Medicine Opportunities

Just a quick share on a couple of free web opportunities that I came across, to enhance your knowledge of safe, natural remedies, and healthy ways to live:

https://homemedicinesummit.com/ begins Monday, October 14th. I’ve listened to several of the presenters before, and I believe they have good stuff.

https://essentialoilstransformation.com/ also begins Monday, October 14th. I have not heard most of these presenters before. Upon registration, you are eligible to receive several bonus gifts.

Herbal Remedy Webinar

Because I’m passionate about natural health and remedies, I am passing this information along to people I love – YOU!

There is an herbal remedy webinar coming up next week. If you sign up, you can watch tons of videos and get some handouts. No cost or obligation.

Here is the website: https://remedy.thesacredscience.com/register-g?cookieUUID=9e456d51-f850-460f-bf68-c483ec9fd5e8

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Straight from that website:

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER:

EPISODE 1: THE QUEST FOR LOST MEDICINE

  • Why 82% of the world uses herbs and other natural medicines FIRST
  • How the carriers of this ancient knowledge were suppressed, persecuted and sometimes even killed for practicing their traditional healing arts (many of them women).
  • The insidious industry that is holding our healthcare system hostage and preventing us from accessing natural alternatives (hint: it’s NOT Big Pharma)
  • It’s time to bring this powerful knowledge back to the people.

EPISODE 2: THE INVISIBLE SEEDS OF DISEASE – STRESS AND ANXIETY

  • The “Queen of the Herbs” that makes you calmer, more energized, balances your emotions and hormones, and even helps with bad breath
  • How one of the most powerful plants in the Ayurvedic tradition of India evaporates anxiety without a trace… AND improves libido and sleep quality.
  • A family of herbs that is prized for their borderline miraculous ability to balance our minds and bodies out and make us more resilient to stress and anxiety

EPISODE 3: HEALING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND THE MIRACLE OF THE MICROBIOME

  • Why our immune system is far more than just white blood cells and antibodies. Exploring the TRILLIONS of helper organisms we have within us and how to nourish them.
  • A super simple remedy for stopping autoimmune cycles in their tracks by “breaking the feedback loop”
  • What most people are doing wrong when it comes to this common herbal remedy for cold and flu… PLUS the supercharged herbal combo that makes for an extra-potent immunity boost

EPISODE 4: HIGHER BRAIN FUNCTION: HOW TO SHARPEN MEMORY, CLARITY, AND FOCUS

  • The wild herb treasured by Elephants, the most intelligent animal on the planet, that is a healing breakthrough for our brain function
  • A simple garden herb that is more effective than most prescriptions for improving memory and focus
  • The rare Ayurvedic herb that allowed an autistic child to speak for the first time in a decade.
  • The vital connection between your heart and your brain.

EPISODE 5: THE SILENT EPIDEMIC: LYME DISEASE

  • The 3 herbs that turned the tables for my own son, PLUS the correct dosages for kids and adults
  • When to take antibiotics for Lyme… and when NOT to take them.
  • How to use green medicines to strengthen the good bacteria
  • A revolutionary new way of healing chronic lyme from the man who literally wrote the book on it.

EPISODE 6: RAISING YOUR ENERGY RESERVES, GETTING BETTER SLEEP AND PREVENTING FATIGUE

  • An “adaptogenic” herb that has been used in Russia for centuries for youthful energy, higher stamina, agility and clarity
  • An herb that will give you more energy than coffee and a ton of other health benefits – without the jitters or anxiety
  • How to get deep, restorative sleep using and herbal formula that is safe and easy to find.

EPISODE 7: THE SECRET ORIGINS OF PAIN AND HOW TO DISSOLVE IT

  • An ancient Chinese herbal remedy for joint and muscle pain that works in minutes
  • A deep dive into the most powerful herb on the planet for inflammation and how it also works to dissolve pain in the body
  • An ancient herb nick-named “boneset” that repairs arthritis, muscle pain and joint damage
  • The one food-herb that you should stay away from if you are prone to migraine headaches and the right herbs to get rid of them.

EPISODE 8:  HEALTHY HEARTS AND HAPPY MINDS: SOLVING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND DEPRESSION

  • A red berry that is scientifically proven to support healthy heart function, lower blood pressure and improve circulation
  • A far-eastern herbal formula that strengthens the heart, as well as lower regions of our body that can be negatively impacted by poor blood flow
  • 3 medicinal spices that have been added to dishes for millennia to nourish the heart and prevent blood disorders.

EPISODE 9: CANCER: REVERSING THE MOST DREADED DISEASE OF OUR TIME

  • The promising herbal breakthroughs for cancer that are coming out of China and why 45% of cancer patients are using plant-based treatments.
  • Remarkable natural healing stories of individuals who used green medicine to turn the tables on their illness.
  • How to use specific herbs in combination with modern cancer therapies to get the best of both worlds.
  • Refreshing ancient perspectives on this devastating disorder and its underlying causes

*BONUS EPISODE* ON… INTIMATE CONNECTIONS: HORMONES, SEX, AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

  • The 2 “bedroom herbs” that have been used for thousands of years to stimulate the senses, improve blood flow and enhance romance
  • Breakthrough herbal philosophies around intimacy and fertility – why your body needs to be vital and in full balance in order to procreate
  • The one herb that every woman should be taking during menopause to reduce hot flashes and balance hormones
  • 2 herbalists who have an 85% success rate at helping women become pregnant (after everything else hasn’t worked) – and how they do it

DIY Anti-Bacterial Spray

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I’ve written previously about my concern over the amount of chemicals we are exposed to. Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, and we have the God-gifted ability to overcome a lot of different kinds of assaults on our systems. But, at some point, we wear down our immune system; we overload it (think Scotty, from Star Trek: “She canna take much more, Captain!”).

When we wear down our immune system, our adrenal system, our elimination system; and don’t take care to build it up, then we develop faults: little things start slipping through, we notice something’s a bit off, and we think, “Eh. Our bodies break down. I’ll get over it.”

But we’re not getting over things like we used to. It’s not necessarily because we get old. Younger people are becoming afflicted with ailments that used to be relegated only to the elderly. Autoimmune system disorders are rampant. Mental illness is rampant. Cancers, infections, and other life-taking or life-changing diseases are sucking the abundant life out of us.

We don’t have to expose ourselves to the amount of artificial and chemical substances that we often do. Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, deodorants, hair styling products, shower soaps and gels, toothpastes, eye drops, cleaning products, laundry cleaners and fresheners, bug sprays, sunscreens, make-up, air sprays, scented candles, and perfumes all contain an alarming number and alarming types of chemicals that our bodies have to fight against.

I’m tellin’ ya: THEY’RE NOT ALL GOOD FOR YOU! Don’t believe the advertising.

If you believe any of the following about artificial products, please consider getting over it:

  • “I love the smell of it on my hair / skin.”
  • “My skin feels so soft when I use it.”
  • “My hair looks so good when I use this.”
  • “This is the only product that gives me the look I want.”
  • “My clothes smell so fresh!”
  • “Everyone else uses stuff like this.”
  • “It says it’s good for me.”
  • “I can’t have my home smelling stale like this; I have to use it.”
  • “I want people around me to enjoy this scent as much as I do. I want them to know this is ME.”

Since developing conditions, myself, I have done a lot of reading. Much of it has been on the Internet. I know, I know: Who can believe what you read on the Internet?? But I have found several reputable people who spread the good word(s) about living cleaner, healthier lives:

Most of these knowledgeable, helpful people offer an abundance of free advice, remedies, and recipes.  I subscribe to e-newsletters from them, and get all kinds of helpful information. (Most also offer their tips on Facebook pages.) Just to highlight one, here is a page-ful of DIY, healthy, cleaning products: https://naturallivingfamily.com/category/cleaning/

And here is a recipe I use (one I made from a conglomeration of other recipes I read) for an anti-bacterial spray. Well, that’s the name for it, anyway, but it has many other uses.

Use a glass spray bottle. This recipe has essential oils, and the oils eat through plastic.

Prepare a 50/50 mix of witch hazel and vodka, enough so that it almost fills your spray bottle.

Into the bottle, put clove, peppermint, and orange essential oils.

You will need to shake the bottle every time you use it.

  • 2-ounce glass spray bottle
  • ¾ ounce vodka
  • ¾ 1 ounce witch hazel (or water)
  • 20 drops clove essential oil
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 25 drops orange essential oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sunflower lecithin (optional: this is an emulsifier; if you add it, you don’t have to shake it so much every time)

Directions: Add all ingredients to the spray bottle. Shake well before and during use. This lasts around 6 months at room temperature.

This is an antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal spray. It’s great for when someone in the house is sick – spray it on everything* (but not on skin – too concentrated).

I use this for the normal ew-germs-kill-it spots, like door handles, toilet, etc. I also spray it on our pillow cases in the morning when I want to freshen them up, along with any bedding.

I use this, too, anywhere I don’t want spiders coming in (clove and peppermint, especially, are good spider repellants).

Good for kitchen counters, wonky-smelling dishcloths (or face cloths in the bathroom).

Good air freshener; it will neutralize odors. This smells great, but make another bottle if you don’t like it, and use other essential oils (like geranium, ylang ylang, Frankincense, or other scents you like). Whatever oils you use for an air freshener will have healing properties, and you can substitute them in the same recipe with the vodka and witch hazel.

Spray on a cloth to wipe computer keyboards, light switch plates.

Spray on clothing to freshen up.*

*CAUTION: Do not spray on wood surfaces. I sprayed this onto my clothing that I hadn’t worn for a while (just kinda musty), while they were in the drawer. The ingredients break down any lacquer or finish on the wood. My clothing smelled like old lacquer.

Also CAUTION: Do not spray onto skin. The essential oils are too concentrated in this mixture, and will irritate skin. That said, if you get some on you while using it, you don’t have to freak out. Don’t spray directly onto skin. If you get quite a bit on you, wipe or rinse it off.

Cold and Flu Remedies

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I was immensely blessed to buy an Herbs and Essential Oils Ultimate Bundle a few years ago, which included online classes from various instructors. One of the most helpful of these was the Joybilee Farms “Joybilee Academy DIY Herbal Apothecary.” She has a website here: https://joybileefarm.com/ and I highly recommend anything she offers. I am on her e-mail list and her facebook page.

Colds and flu abound this time of year, and I paste, following, information directly from her course notebook concerning the different stages and different needs; along with recipes for teas. FYI, decoction is when you boil the ingredients, infusion is when you steep the ingredients (like making tea).

My first choice (other than growing my own or buying at a local store) for gathering ingredients is with VitaCost: https://www.vitacost.com/

My second choice is Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/

Other great sites include https://www.planttherapy.com , https://www.mountainroseherbs.com , https://www.frontiercoop.com , https://www.starwest-botanicals.com , and https://www.bulkapothecary.com .

Joybilee Farms Information:

The Five Stages of a Cold

Colds and flu seem to begin with those achy muscles, sometimes sneezing, or sore throat. Often these maladies can be headed off with some judicial use of herbal remedies like vitamin C, elderberry syrup, fire cider, or other common immune boosters. These can be taken hourly at the first sign of a cold or flu. Often that is all you need to overcome the virus. This lesson is about what to do when the immune system is weak, and the body succumbs.

At the point where taking elderberry or fire cider begins to make you feel worse instead of better, try these remedies.

Stage 1 Rest

At the first sign of a cold or flu the most important action is rest. Take the day off. Crawl into bed. Sleep. Think of a cold or the flu as a warning flag that you need more rest. Take antimicrobial mixtures like fire cider, vitamin C, and olive leaf tincture every hour.

Herbs to Support the body at the first sign of a cold or flu

Antimicrobial herbs – Fire Cider, oil of oregano, olive leaf tincture, garlic, onions, ginger, eucalyptus, peppermint,

Immune boosting herbs – echinacea, elderberry, astragalus, olive leaf, peppermint

Tea or hot infusions are the best ways to take herbs for a cold or flu. The fluids help with hydration and elimination. The moist heat helps with sinus congestion and sore throat.

Stage 2: The Hot/Dry Cold

In the second stage of a cold or flu, where there are aches and pains, chills and fever, sore throat, swollen glands, or plugged nose, cooling and moistening herbs are needed. At this stage elderberries and elderflowers help support the immune system. Elderberry prevents viruses from replicating in the body, and if used regularly at this stage of the cold, there is still the hope that the body will overcome the virus.

Try this herbal infusion to help when you are hot and dry.

Yield: 4 cups of herbal infusion

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon elderflowers (cool and slightly dry, expectorant, anti-catarrhal, diaphoretic)

1 teaspoon elderberries (cool and slightly dry, immune stimulant)

1 teaspoon mullein leaf (cool and moist, expectorant, anti-catarrhal, demulcent)

1 teaspoon red clover flowers (cool and moist, lymphatic)

½ teaspoon peppermint leaf (cool and dry, antimicrobial, antiviral, diaphoretic)

Directions:

Combine the herbs in the mesh tea strainer of a 27 ounce cast iron tea pot or tetsubin. Pour boiling water over the herbs. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Drink liberally. If you want to make this ahead and package in single serving tea bags, each tea bag should have 1 teaspoon of herb. One teabag is enough for a single cup of herbal infusion.

Stage 3: The Hot/Moist Cold

In the third stage of a cold or flu the person feels feverish and damp. The nose is running. The cough is wet and productive. The mucus is profuse. There is a need for herbs that are cooling, drying, and toning.

Try this herbal infusion to help when you are hot and damp.

Yield: 4 cups of herbal infusion

Ingredients

1 teaspoon peppermint (cool and dry, diaphoretic, antiviral/antimicrobial)

1 teaspoon elderberry (cool and dry, immune stimulant)

1 teaspoon yarrow (cool and dry, diaphoretic, antiviral/microbial, anti-catarrhal)

½ teaspoon mullein leaf (cool and moist, expectorant, anti-catarrhal, demulcent)

½ teaspoon calendula (cool and dry, antimicrobial, lymphatic)

Directions:

Combine the herbs in the mesh tea strainer of a 27 ounce cast iron tea pot or tetsubin. Pour boiling water over the herbs. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Drink liberally. If you want to make this ahead and package in single serving tea bags, each tea bag should have 1 teaspoon of herb. One teabag is enough for a single cup of herbal infusion. Drink this freely.

Stage 4 The Cold/Dry Cold

Yield: 4 cups

This herbal decoction will warm up the circulation and ease the dry, hacking cough. Since this herbal blend is made up of roots, it should be made as a decoction rather than an infusion.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon elecampane (warm and moist, diaphoretic, antimicrobial)

1 teaspoon echinacea root (cool and dry, immune stimulant, anti-catarrhal, antimicrobial, lymphatic)

½ teaspoon licorice (neutral and moist, expectorant, demulcent)

¼ teaspoon ginger powder (hot and dry, diaphoretic, antimicrobial)

Directions:

Simmer roots in 4 cups of boiling water for 20 minutes. Keep the pot covered. Strain and drink hot. If you want to make this ahead and package in single serving tea bags, each tea bag should have 1 teaspoon of herb. One teabag is enough for a single cup of herbal decoction.

Stage 5: The Cold/Moist Cold

This is the stage of cold where the fever is broken but there is lingering sinus issues, sneezing, coughing, and mucus. At this stage warming foods like chili peppers, cinnamon, ginger, and raw garlic help warm up the sinuses and dry up mucus. This is a good time to eat curry and Mexican food. Bitter, drying herbs make the best infusions to help expectorate mucus and calm the lingering cough.

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients:

½ teaspoon thyme (warm and dry, diaphoretic, expectorant, anti-catarrhal, antimicrobial)

½ teaspoon sage (warm and dry, diaphoretic, antimicrobial, anti-catarrhal)

½ teaspoon calendula (cool and dry, antimicrobial, lymphatic)

½ teaspoon elderberry (cool and dry, immune stimulant)

A pinch cayenne (warm and dry, diaphoretic, anti-catarrhal, antimicrobial)

Directions:

Combine the herbs in the mesh tea strainer of a 27 ounce cast iron tea pot or tetsubin. Pour boiling water over the herbs. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Drink liberally. If you want to make this ahead and package in single serving tea bags, each tea bag should have 1 teaspoon of herb. One teabag is enough for a single cup of herbal infusion. Drink this freely.