12600 Pelican Beach Road, Merrifiled, MN (218) 851-1937
Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally
Oh my! Who doesn’t love the wonderful smell of lilacs? For anyone who has them in their yard, I envy you. We have to go searching for ours and when I find them, I harvest a TON! Making delightful drinks like lemonade, tea, and sparkling waters is just a few that I love to serve.

First you will need to gather your lovely lilacs. Harvesting is delightful all in itself as the smell who overcome your home! By gently pulling the flower head off the little stem only leaving you the flower, place into a strainer and rinse well in fresh clean water. Once this part is done, you can make your syrup which is your base.

Lovely Lilac Syrup:

1 cup of water
1 cup sugar
1 cup of lilacs
Some fresh or frozen blueberries. 5-8 will make a light color, more will make a deeper color.

Boil your sugar and water. Once boiled, bring to a simmer and add your lilacs and blueberries. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Take your liquid and pour into a strainer over a steel bowl. Squish your blueberries into the lilacs getting as much of the flower and blueberries as you can. Let cool and place your syrup in a mason jar and in the refrigerator. This liquid will thicken as it cools. Awesome for your pancakes in the morning!
Lovely Lilac Drinks
Lovely Lilac Lemonade:

In a gallon mason jar
2 Fresh Lemons, juiced
4 cups of water
1/2 cup lilac syrup (taste and see if you want to add more)
Stir and add ice. We add a lemon rind for looks too if you like.

Lemon Ginger Lilac Tea:
If you want to make it a cold tea, let steep and cool than add your ice.

1/2 tsp  OrganicLemon Peel 
1/2 tsp  Organic Ginger root
2-4 tbsp Lilac syrup
2 cups of boiling water

Using your tea strainer, place your lemon peel and ginger root into your strainer. Steep in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Add your syrup while it is steeping. 
As an ice tea let cool and add your ice. YUMMMY!

For a nice fresh water drink add lilacs to a jug of water and let sit in the sun for about an hour.
Add some ice…and WOW…so refreshing!

Lovely Lilac Spritzer:

Lovely Lilac DrinksAdd 2-3 tbsp syrup to full glass of club soda or sparking water. Add
ice and some lovely lilac flowers for another refreshing summertime drink!

I hope you enjoy all summer can bring while you sip some wonderful lovely lilac beverages!

God bless!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

I found a new delightful tea! Blackberry leaf which is a close relative to the Rasperry leaf another favorite of mine.

Blackberry leaves are high in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A,C, E, K and B 1,2,3 and 6, also calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. It may help relieve diarrhea, inflammation and so many other properties. Recently I had a tummy issue and drinking this throughout the day helped the bubbles in my stomache and other issues if you know what I mean. Some tea and essential oils aided in a good night sleep and woke up new again! 

NOW I have some sad news. Bulk Herb Store who we love to share with you is going out of business. So as you read these new recipes, go visit and help this Christian family move into another chapter of their life.
We love Bulk Herb Store and hope you find some wonderful teas and herbs to make up your own.


Each recipe below makes 1/2 pint cute little mason jar!

Blackberry Tea Recipes

For cold and flu

2 tbsp. blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. elder flowers

2 tbsp. ounce linden flowers

1 tbsp. peppermint leaves ( I like Spearmint too)

Prepare hot water and pour over tea blend steep for 10 minutes serve with honey or favorite sweetener.

 

This tea helps combat intestinal gas and mild diarrhea. This tea warms tummy and soothes intestinal inflammation.

Upset Tummy (all herbs I found on Bulk Herb just click link on the sidebar to log in)

2 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. Raspberry leaves

2 tbsp. Chamomile flowers

1 tbsp.  Spearmint leaves or peppermint

Tea for Rheumatism

2.5 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. White willow bark

1 cup Nettles leaves

2 tbsp. Horsetail leaves

Drink 2 cups a day for 1-2 weeks. Reduce your intake as symptoms decrease.

 

Use for sore Throat Pain

For an oncoming of Strep, you can oil pull with coconut oil and Immunity Blend essential oil first thing in the morning. Follow up with gargling with salt water. Do at least 2 times a day.

Make up a cup of blackberry tea at first sign of sore throat. Let it cool a bit and gargle with it. Drink 2-3 cups of tea daily and gargle as often as you can.

This herb is a bit sweet so it is lovely on food!

Sprinkle the herb on your salads, put into cakes, or sweet rolls or breads. Wonderful!

I hope you find this tea a wonderful spring thirst quencher!

God bless and HAPPY SPRING!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee


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Health, Jarrin, Living Naturally
Oh my…if you have read through my blog, you know  I LOVE Calendula! This gorgeous flower is so easy to grow and not only looks beautiful in your garden but is awesome for DIY for body, teas, and cooking. The horses adore it! Calendula is one medicinal herb you will want to know more about.

To make this salve the infused oil takes three days to prep. Once it’s made it lasts for 2 years or more and you can make multiple salves and balms with it. 


New Butter To Try
I discovered a wonderful salve recipe and wanted to share. What makes this salve wonderful is the mango butter. Instead of using shea butter, I decided to substitute shea for this as well as add these other ingredients I think you will find just as wonderful! This salve is just plain ol’ filled with substitutions…my middle name in cooking too! But ahhhh so good!



Ingredients Needed:

3 tbsp Calendula herbal infused oil (see recipe at bottom takes three days to infuse)

2 tbsp mango butter (substitute for shea butter)

1 tbsp + 1 tsp Carnauba wax (substitute for bees wax, more shinny look, takes longer to melt)

1 tbsp Kokum butter (substitute for cocoa butter…it is a flaky looking butter not to be mean)

¼ tsp Vit E. oil

9 drops Lavender essential oil

9 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

4 drops Balsam of Peru (this is a VERY thick oil, like vanilla)

Jars that are fun…also any small jar work!

Labels

Directions:

1) In double boiler slowely melt down the Calendula oil, butters, and wax in the jar you will be storing it in.
2) Do not rush this or have high heat or it may scald oils. Stir with a wooden stick or tool until wax is melted.











3) Once ingredients  are fully melted, remove from heat and place on cooling pad. Wait 5 minutes or so and stir in Vit.E and essential oils.

4)  Let rest in room temperatur before using. It will get hard pretty quick. Don’t put lid on jar until fully cooled.

 

 

This should last about a year or 2.

How to make your infused oil

What you need: ( click on Bulk Herb Store to get these herbs, flowers)
3/4 cup Calendula Flowers
1/4 cup Rose Hips
1/4 cup Comfrey
1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers
1/4 cup Arnica 
1/4 Yarrow
Coconut oil (0r any carrier oil of your choice)
Vit. E

How to make:

1. Fill glass jar 1/3 full of herbal mix and cover with coconut oil. Screw on lid and place jar on top of a dishtowel in a crock pot or Dutch oven.( we love cast iron)
2. Fill the crock pot with water (but not above the year’s lid) and turn on warm for three days or low simmer if using a stove.
3. Check the water level every day to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated and fill as needed. NVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar.
4. After 3 days, strain off herbs from the oil with cheese cloth( while warm) or strainer. Add you Vit. E

Label and keep in a dark place. 

** All purchases through the affiliate links help support what we do on our ranch ministry! Thank you! God is good!

May the Lord bless you as you prepare recipes to keep you and your family healthy! Please let me know if you made some and how you liked it!

Keeping it natural as we can around the ranch!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Ranch Life
These are my top 10 blends to put into easy roll-on bottles. The 1o recipes below I use on a regular bases due to the issues either I face or my family does. Recently I found Dr. Z masterclass gave a ton of great info on using rollers. One being always to add a carrier oil for absorption. So helpful! Here is his book which I HIGHLY recommend! It is awesome!


With each  roller bottle I put the carrier oil in first just a few squirts than add drops of each oil recommended. Fill the bottle with carrier oil just before the top. If I am using the oil bottle a lot, I will fill the bottle. If I think I am only going to use it for a short time, I just cut the amounts in half to keep the oils always fresh. Recommended to use up the bottle in 3-5 months for full freshness. 

Here are some adorable labels for both your rollers and bottles. Darling!
The company sent a verse in the package! So awesome!


1) Allergy:
3 drops Peppermint essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
Mix in 10 ml roller bottle with favorite carrier oil. I got this recipe from my favorite resource Dr. Z
My husband and daughter suffer hugely with allergies and both of them find much relief by using this blend. BUT, they also needed to be in good gut health and on a probiotic. Of course, Plexus is our go to!



2) Joyful Morning:
4 drops Orange
2 drops Spearmint
2-3 drops Rosemary
Add favorite carrier oil. I also love Sweet Marjoram.
LOVE this blend and wonderful to diffuse too!

3) Immune Boost:
I use the Rocky Mountain Immune Strength. It is the BEST and really works for our family. I put 10 drops into a roller bottle along with Jojoba carrier oil. I carry this with me anytime I am out an about! I put behind my ears and neck and even chest. LOVE LOVE this blend. Diffusing it also is a bonus!

If your fighting flu bugs check this out! Immune Boost Shot

4) Carpel tunnel: from Dr Z. This REALLY worked for me! In just a few days I was already feeling less pain, and in a week totally gone!
4 drops of Copaiba
3 drops Sweet Marjoram
3 drops Basil
2 drops Frankincense
Fill  the rest with your favorite carrier oil. I used Almond. Apply 2-3 times a day or onset of pain.
LOVE this roll-on!

5) Joints/Arthritis:
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Sweet Marjoram
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
Add your favorite carrier oil. I use Jojoba and Apricot for this one. (If you have sever pain, I would also add Melissa (lemon balm) Message into problem area.

6) Thyroid: Apply this roller everyday for 3 weeks to thyroid area. Than just 2-3 x week if your levels are ok. I am still experimenting with this as I would love to get off my med. 
4 drops Clove Bud 
3 drops Myrrh 
3 drops Thyme
 2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Frankincense 

7) Sinus/congestion/Headaches:
4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Eucalyptus,
2 drops Lavender
Fill bottle Fractionate coconut oil.  Roll on back of neck and shoulder areas. Forhead if you want to as well.
Roman Chamomile is also wonderful both as an herb for tea as well as added to your roll-on or directly applied with a carrier oil. For headaches I use the Peppermint and carrier oil directly on my neck and temples as well as inhale with steam.

8) Calming:
4 drops Roman Chamomile
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Blend of Sandalwood
Mix with Fractionate coconut oil.

9) Focus:
4 drops Vetiver
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Frankincense
Mix with Jojoba carrier oil.
Rocky Mountain Oils has this one already pre-blended. 

10) Tummy Upset:
3 drops Dill
3 drops Black Pepper
3 drops Mandarin
2 drops Fennel
2 drops Ginger root
1 drop Peppermint
Mix with Fractionate Coconut oil. Also comes in a blend with Rocky Mountain and kids roll-on. 

Rocky Mountain has rollers already mixed if you prefer. I love making my own as some oils I like more than others, plus it is a cost saver for me. By having individual oils, I have the freedom to make many different roll-ons.

*I do not make any claims that essential oils will work for your particular element. I suggest you always get advice from your physician over any medical issues you have. The information we provide is just that information. We hope by choosing essential oils you will find relief as our family has!

God’s blessings and enjoy trying these helpful, quick rollers.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

 

Cholorine bleach is doum hyprochlorite, a solution of cholorine and diluted soduum hydroxide. Hum…first when exposed to air, the cholorine evaporates as a gas from the bleah solutions at high rate, which is why there is such a strong smell with bleach. YUK. WHY do people want that in their homes? Those fumes can cause headhaches and dizziness to internal tissue damage of the nasal pulmonary,, and bronchial tissues if exposed is eiteh servere or prolonged. YUK YUUK! Here is an article for you to read if you want to. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_tech.htm

 

How safe is Hydrogen peroxide?

I recommend you read up on this It is important for your own knowledge!

http://www.h2o2.com/products-and-services/us-peroxide-technologies.aspx?pid=112&name=Hydrogen-Peroxide

Why add vinegar?

Vinegar is so easy to find and really it is used in most homemade DIY recipes so one usually always has it around the house. Vinegar has been proven to inactivate certain strains of the flu,(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987) including H1N1 as well as others.( http://www.aciscience.org/docs/alternative_hard_surface_cleaners.pdf)

From this article an executive at Heinz http://www.greenchicafe.com/vinegar-green-cleaning-101) ( pure 5% whie vinegar willkill approximately 99% of bacteria 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning.


Your very own DIY Bleach

Mix in an amber spray bottle

 

1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solutions)

½ tsp Tbsp citric acid

1 cup water

½ cup  apple cider vinegar “mother” on label

5 drops of Lemon essential oil (or any citrus blend)

Store in dark place as light will weaken the solutions. Lasts up to 2-3 months in dark bottle.

 

I also use this ¼ cup in my laundry in whites. You can test it on your colors if you like. I haven’t yet tried it really don’t need to with the DIY detergent I use.

Tips on cleaning your home click here!

In conclusion, STOP USING BLEACH YA’LL! It is unsafe, unhealthy, and really why!

Let me know what your thoughts are on the subject! I think we all need to hear so we learn from one another! Comment below.

God bless you as you continue to improve a healthier way of life.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
As I sit here typing I can see little cobwebs in the corners of my windows. YUK! It’s time to get to the spring cleaning! 

Oh if you’re a bleach user…click here for some helpful info!

Make a plan

 While this task can seem daunting, it helps me stay focused.
I make a plan to clean one room fully a day, maybe two if the room is small enough like the bathrooms.  Set the task for the day so it won’t seem overwhelming. Personally, I take one day to do it all putting everyone in charge of one room. 

Check List
spring-cleaning-checklist
I learned this from a friend who cleans homes for a living and love this concept.  It just reminds me what I need to do, plus I love CHECKING things off. It makes me feel like I completed something!
(The suggested cleaners on the second page really are no big deal plus the links don’t work. You can print off just the first page and have it with you while you clean.)

DIY all your cleaning supplies

Of course I am going to recommend this concept! Really folks, all you need is a good polish or dusting spray, floor and counters or sinks  use the same mixture. Windows too for that matter. The world’s market out there is selling you a TON of stuff you don’t need. Make a few of these up and you’re set!

If you don’t have time, I recommend checking out the all around cleaner here


Counters/shelves really everything spray:
12 oz Amber spray bottle
5 oz distilled water
5 oz white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
20 drops of favorite citrus essential oil or Immune Strength for winter season



Floor Cleaner:
simple a bucket of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 2-5 drops of  your favorite essential oil

Dusting spray wood and fans:
4 oz.Amber spray bottle
1/2 cup almond or olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops of lemon essential oil
Shake before using


Toilet and sinks:
Toilet Bubbles

Sinks:
Left over parmesan cheese shaker or wide mouth mason jar
1 cup of baking soda
20 drops of Immune Strength Essential oil

Window cleaner:
12 oz  stainless steel spray bottle
3/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup distilled water
10 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix after every spray

Dish soap:
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile soap
2 tsp vegetable glycerin
6 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
4 drops of eucalyptus or myrtle essential oil
Pour all ingredients into a GLASS mason jar or bottle. Fill the bottle with water, allowing enough room for the pump if that is what you are using. Shake well before use.

Put on the music and your diffuser! Clean out the vacuum regularly and even put your favorite essential oil on the pads in the vacuum. 
I use a citrus blend just to keep me joyful! My favorite, Spearmint, Orange, and Rosemary. A couple of drops in the vacuum and you will be dancing while you clean! I also diffuse this trio a lot! Amazing aroma in the home! So fresh!


As a result of using all DIY all natural cleaning supplies, your spring cleaning and using the check off list will be giving you and your family a wonderful place to live life! In addition to being a ROCKSTAR!




Remember…when you choose to click on the links on this blog you are helping us reach at risk kids and suffering families with our ministries. THANK YOU! You help us so we can help others!

God’s blessing as you clean the HOME HE provided.
Worship while you clean!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Thyme Out

 Why Make your own organic potting soil mix?

This is such an easy thing to do and really is much healthier for you. Plus, it will save you a bit more money than going out and buying a premade bag of potting soil. Making your own organic potting soil will feel great and your seedlings and plants will thank you! 


If you need some ideas for what to put your seedlings in you can go HERE

If your new to getting started with seedlings, HERE is a few of our ranch tips.

Things to know what a good potting mix will do:

  • * Will be firm enough to support the plant
  • * Contribute light enough to allow air and water to flow with minimal compaction

* Be free of weed seeds and potential pathogens




Coconut Coir: In may potting mix recipes they call for peat moss, but since there is many debates regarding mining from peat bogs, I decided to use the coir instead. Coconut coir is a by-product of the coconut-processing industry and is ground up coconut husk fibers. How cool is that? It is wonderful for retaining water. I got mine in a brick form so you have to soak it in water before it is ready to use. If you like peat moss in your recipe, substitute it 1:1.

 

Perlite: Perlite is a volcanic rock. It holds water and helps to aerate the soil and keep it from compacting. Some folks also use vermiculite or plain old course sand in place of Perlite in some potting soil recipes.

 

Compost: LOVE this stuff. First, it is the soil you made from all those left over scrapes! Ours are filled with tea herbs so how wonderful this will be to use in my potting mix! Just make sure the compost is “finished’ or it will burn your plants or introduce weed seeds into your pots. Use the finest part of the compost you can get. I had to sift a bit to get out some chunks.

 

DIY Potting Soil Recipe

(the affiliate links helps our ranch ministry)

 

A “part” can be anything you use for a measuring device. Like a cup, bucket, can, etc. All depends on how much you need to make.

 

If your coir is in a block you will need to add water to it. I used my hands and worked it until it was really moist.

Next, mix the coir and your compost. Add more water as it makes it easier to work with. I like it damp to easily work.

Add your Perlite, stir it well and BAM…your ready to fill those planters! Congrats you little homesteader you!

Let me know what you think! Send a picture or comment how your seedlings did using your own orgainc potting soil recipe!

God’s blessings as you plant HIS goodness, naturally!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

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Health, Living Naturally
NEW PRODUCT! I am so excited for these 3 new products and I hope you are too!

The first one is my the hand foam soap. I think you will love this!


It smells wonderful and of course has the essential oil, Immune Strength to fight off all that icky bacteria roaming in your home. I keep one on my kitchen counter sink as well as the bathrooms. We also have one down at the ranch right by the pump! 


This cleaner is a concentrate so you mix it with water in spray bottle to easily use on your counter tops or other cleaning surfaces. I also like to make it in a pail of water to wash floors and tubs. Super easy and wonderful smell! The citrus just makes the room so refreshing! It not only has the citrus essential oils but the Thyme, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary for the anti bacteria element is wonderful!

Try it!! I think you will love it too!

Lastly is …are you ready? TOOTHPASTE! I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am about this one! First, I have a hard time making my own. The other two products I can make easily with castle soap and essential oils, but this one, not so much. I do have a toothpaste with activated charcoal which is a wonderful ingredient to have in a toothpaste, but the texture is like mud and hard to use. I have to close my eyes and deal with it.



But now, RMO has a wonderful alternative that I am happy with! Great price, FREE shipping always for US…and really I like it when I don’t have to make it! LOVE LOVE!!!!

All these products will be available this Friday! So check in of course by clicking on the Rocky Mountain link in this blog helps us keep our ministry offering a free service for those in need!


Not only are these available at the end of this week, but I am GIVING AWAY ONE OF THE SOAPS, AND ONE OF THE HARD SURFACE CLEANERS. 
If you want to be part of the drawing, just sign up to be on my email list and I would be happy to put your name in the drawing. This give away ends on January 24th!


Enjoy! Each of the products help your home and family stay healthy without any harsh chemicals!


God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee


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Crafts, Living Naturally, Paper/Cards, Sewing
Making herbal tea is a daily thing for our family. We enjoy making herb teas using my love of blending many different herbs. But the best part is making it all special especially when I give it as a gift.

One thing I love to do is make individual tea bags full of my special blends, but it is hard to find a tea bag that will work so I decided to create my own. 

I decided to use coffee filters or Bulk Herb Store has some too. Sewing makes it fun as you can add colored thread to make it match a gift or a theme. Thinking about all this Viking stuff around here, purple thread tea bags would be fun!

Stamping is another added love so getting out stamps to go with the persons personality or if it’s a special occasion like a birthday.  I of course used our touch of simple ranch life  which became my platform to make the tea tags. I hope you will find it just as fun and your special touches will be a delight for the receiver.

Let me know what you think by making a comment below. I enjoy seeing the ideas as well as ways to improve my own ideas. 

SO…here ya go!


Now for the fun part! Stamping time! Grab some fun background paper and favorite stamps  stamp and cut out. Final step, tape to your dangling string. Done! I am sure it looks adorable. You can go into Amazon and search favorite stamps if you are not into western. 

Here are some I did. 
Think how wonderful it would be to get a get well card with a fun box full of tea bags with herbs that will help whatever their illness.

Very special and  a homemade touch!

OH I love it…enjoy making some and giving them as gifts! Again, let me know by making a comment.
God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Love these quick to use toilet bubbles! I won’t call them what the world is calling them…just don’t like the term, so bubbles is my word! I love these because it only takes a minute to drop them into your toilet and scrub and clean quickly! For this time of year with bugs flying around getting sick easily, well I need a quick and easy cleaner. Plus, it is all natural keeping our home free of unwanted chemicals!

Isn’t it nice to know you can have your children help do the chores around the home because you don’t have to worry about the harsh chemicals in the products they are using? I AM! Breathing in toxins like bleach can be extremely harmful especially over time. So get rid of the junk and make NEW, CLEAN, AND FREE of harmful ingredients!

Here ya go…easy to make, easy to use!

1/2 Cup citrus acid
1 1/2 cup baking soda
30 drops of Immune Strength essential oil
30 drops of Organic Lemon essential oil
You can add another favorite oil if you like, I love the citrus ones like Orange, Lime, or Tangerine.
1/4 cup Water, may need more
Silicone candy trays

1) Mix first 2 ingredients. I use a whisk for this.
2) Next add your essential oils. Mix well.
3) For the water you will want to add slowly just a little at time, and mix with your hands. You will add as much water as needed to make the mixture stick together.

You will feel like your childhood days of playing with wet sand. Once it holds together, you can put into your molds.


Once filled, let dry for about an hour than take a knife and scrape the top to get them smooth. 
Any left over from your bowl or this process put in your toilet and have a good clean!

Allow to dry for 24 hours before placing them in an air tight container. I use a mason jar of course!

I assure you by switching to using all natural home cleaning supplies will make you and your family healthier and free from harsh chemicals. Congrats on making that choice today!


Plop in your bubbles and see how wonderful your bowl will be!
God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
I came across this word at just the right time! Hygge…what in the world? But it fit! It fit the day. It fit my mood. It just plain fit!

And now, I am creating Hygge Day! I think I will even make a card and give to friends in need of a Hygge day. Do you need a Hygge day? 

Hygge is a Scandinavian word for coziness with feelings of wellness and contentment. Do you feel Hygge? Do you feel your well and content? If not, what can you do to get you there?



Here is a tip for the physical Hygge…get well. Get on the band wagon and get your gut healthy first and start making some choices that improve your day to day life. First, simplify. Next, REST more take time to enjoy the Lord and HIS goodness.

Lastly, make a plan to make wellness choices like a great Probiotic. (Click the Plexus link to learn more)
Get RID OF BOXED FOOD! Make homemade from scratch and of course…
get some exercise. 
 An emotional Hygge tip…


How about a spa bath with your favorite essential oils?
Oh, and some tea of course!


It says in Wikipedia that the Danish and Norwegian’s see this as another word for HUG and getting together with others. So there ya go. HUG and invite friends to Hygge with ya! 




Never the less, Hygge is a word reminder to have cozy time relaxing and enjoying life. Which really is the foundation of wellness. Less stress, focus on others, love more!
I JUST LOVE this word!

It’s fun to get creative

and have a HYGGE DAY!
Make a special meal…
invite a friend over for some hot tea and warm conversation…


Enjoy being creative and implementing a Hygge Lifestyle!

Try it!

It’s fun!

God’s blessings’ and Happy Hygge Day!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
                                                                    
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Treats

OOO La La! I love Elderberry and it is SOOOO awesome for you! Elderberry is our GO TO herb when we are coming down with something and especially if we already are in need of a boost.

 You can easily make this up and keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. We take 2 Tbsp of it a day when a bug is going around. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs, you name it, we start taking our Elderberry Syrup. (recipe below)

Once you have the base you can make up some fun drinks with it. Of course we put a tablespoon in our tea especially our Christmas blend, but I also have some other favorites below. I think you will find them enjoyable for the whole family!

We call them MOCKTAILS because we don’t put any liquor in our drinks. You can, but that is the reason for the name…MOCK…pretend cocktail. My dad use to call them fox tails, along with the Shirley Temple…ahhhh fun memories.

Anyway, here ya go…hope you like it. If you have a favorite way to use elderberries, post it! I love getting as much use out of this wonderful herb!


I like using some fun glasses when I serve these up. It just makes it look pretty and fun!




Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Elderberry syrup base (recipe below)
Fill remaining glass with Blood Orange Sparkling Juice
Top with an orange slice if you like


This next one is fun! I made up some of our favorite tea during the day, Christmas Tea Blend…which has Hibiscus and Raspberry herbs in it. Plus a whole lot of fun spices like clove, and cinnamon. So what a perfect drink. 
In a  mason jar glass:
put 1/2 cup of your tea cooled
3 Tbsp of Elderberry syrup
Fill glass with crushed ice
Put a lid on your jar and shake.
Take the flat part of the lid and pour into your fun glass about 1/2 full.
Fill glass with Club soda to give it the fizz. 
I added frozen raspberries on the top and serve.


Last one is just adding cream to your Mocktail! Use any recipe and just add a little heavy cream on the top. So pretty and fun for all ages and GOOD FOR YOU! For the most part!

*Elderberry Syrup

1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup raw honey
1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and tablespoon of ginger root
Place berries, spices, and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour mixture into strainer over an easy pour bowl. Smash berries to release remaining juice and get all that goodness into your bowl. Allow to cool and add your honey. Stir. Pour into a mason jar or pretty bottle that seals well. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.

*When you purchase items with the highlighted links or by clicking banners, all proceeds go to our ministry helping kids who are in need of healing and hope. Thank you!

Enjoy these wonderful drinks and celebrate with goodness and wellness!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Jarrin

I enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and recently I came upon some fun recipes. Six that I use all the time, plus I can package up and easily give as gifts. It is aways nice to give a gift of variety. Just makes it kinda special. Each one of these you can add more or less of any ingredient depending on your taste buds. 
Adding a bit of the herb on top of your whipping cream gives your mug a touch of love! 
I hope you find them fun to make! SOOO yummy!

The Base: 3…2…1

3 Cups confection sugar (powdered…I have to say that cause I get these mixed up sometimes…HA!)

2 Cups Powdered Milk

1 Cup Cacao Powder Organic

Sift sugar and cacao powder than add powdered milk

Place in sealed mason jar and Label 

 

Now that you have the base you can play with these fun recipes!

 

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This has been a popular one. You can get the KICK without the cayenne, but cayenne is good for you so why not!

1 cup of base hot cocoa

1 tsp of fresh cinnamon powder

1/2 grated Organic Nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

1/8 tsp sea salt

 

 

Lovely Lavender

1 cup of base

2 Tablespoons Lavender flowers Crushed in Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp sea salt

 

Red Rose

1 Cup of base

2 tbsp Rose Pedals, crushed with your Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Pumpkin Spice (of Course)

 

1 cup of base

1 tsp Organic cinnamon powder

½ tsp Organic clove Powder

Grated nutmeg…1 tsp

Mix

 

Sweet and Salty

1 cup base

½ cup crushed pretzels

Mix

 

With each of these I placed in a small jar and topped with some of the spice. Just for fun!

Each cup of hot chocolate I put 2 heaping teaspoons into my mug. You can surely add more of anything to your liking!

The best part is to add whipping cream really a MUST!!!!

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think or what variety you came up with! Love to hear what you created!
God’s blessings and keeping cozy warm,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Health, Ranch Life

 

These organic herbal bath bubbles(aka bombs) you will make are not only your own creation, but will offer you healing as well . These bubbles are filled with fresh organic herbs to heal your body while you soak, and the aroma of the essential oils will just enhance this time for you to relax and unwind.

There is nothing more relaxing than knowing your soaking in all natural ingredients! More rewarding, is making them and giving them as a gift! This makes it extra special!

(If you want a visual click link on bottom of page)

Each bubble is unique to your own ideas. Add herbs to give color but also think about what the herb is offering in terms of healing. There are recipes out there for these, but they put food coloring in the recipe. I just couldn’t! It would be taking away what I want to implement in my lifestyle.

The same goes for any recipe I come upon. I will change it if it has ingredients that will not benefit. YES, at times I will add the ingredient, but for the most part, I really try and find a natural way to make what I creating better.

 

I hope you will find the bubbles fun. Here is the basic ingredients and below are other herbs and oils that will be wonderful for your spa bath.

 

First…you need to make yourself a cup of tea. I made my Christmas Delight tea so you can use the tea for color to your bubble later. As the herbs were steeping I took a bit of the strained herbs into a small cup so I could add to my bubbles.

 

Dry Ingredients:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup Arrow Root Powder

1 Cup Citric Acid ( I used a pestle and mortar)

1 Cup Dead Sea Salt (optional I used in one batch and omitted in another this is the part that causes the fun bubbles but can get messy…careful)
**Omit salt if you are using these in a hot tub.

Mica for sparkle

Plastic clear Christmas balls ( I had one large one and one small for left over at end to make one colorful bubble)

Time To Make:

Mix together in a steel or glass bowl. It can be fussy when not mixed well. Use a whip as well to make sure to get all the clumps out. You want a nice smooth mixture. Feels like sand! 

Now pour into your dry ingredient bowl

  • 1 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil Melted

Mix with your hands.  
Now add your color using the herb of your choice. The Beet Root makes wonderful pinks and reds.

Next add the Mica color for the sparkle if you want that.

You will want to add just enough of the above about ½ cup of your base into a separate bowls if you want different colors and oils for each bubble. So the next 2 steps you continue using only a little of your base.

  • 4-6 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (I use only Blends as it adds so much aroma to the spa)
  • Herbs (suggestions below) for color 1/2 tsp or more for darker (start small and add to your liking)

 

 

Now…use your hands to mix. If it doesn’t bind in your hand than add just an eyedropper of water until it will clump.

Put your colored nice smelling mixture into one half of your ball bubble. Press firm filling it well.

If you want a different color for the other half, than get some of your base, about ½ cup and mix in your herb for color. You won’t need any more essential oil so you may need your dropper of water for this part especially since you added drier ingredient with your herb.

 

Continue to mix and clump and fill your other half. Both half balls should be chuck full of mixture and now put them together forming your bubble. Carefully pull one half off, flip into your palm, and take off the other half. Lay on tray and let dry for 10-20 minutes.

 Now you got beautiful bubbles to add to your bath or give as gifts!

 

Let dry on tray for 24 hours. Wrap in saran wrap and keep in cool place. If they fall apart just squish a little together back into ball. Mine did a little bit and cracked but went back in to patch up.

A perfect bubble ball filled with goodness and, gives you a wonderful spa experience.

 

 

Herbs for Color Choices: Bulk Herb Store

Turmeric (yellows)

Saffron (yellows) Expensive

Christmas Delight Tea (reds, pink)

Rose Petals, (grind for color keep whole for pretty top)

Lavender whole (add for smell, not color)

Beet Root Powder (reds, pinks)

Carrot Powder or juice (orange)

Matcha Powder  or Nettles Powder (green)

Blueberry Juice (purple)

Put the whole herbs in the bottom of your bubble when forming to give a pretty look.


Essential Oil Blends:

I used Fitness Blend full of wonderful oils. Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Cinnamon Bark, Celery Seed, Ginger Root AMAZING!

 

Aligning…GO TO oil ( like a chiropractor in a bottle)… Rosewood, Spruce, Frankincense, German/Roman Chamomile Mix WOW! My husband’s favorite!

 

Citrus Blend…Orange, Grapefruit, lemon, Lime AWESOME in my daily water intake! LOVE this oil!

 

Single Essential oils that you would enjoy in your bubbles:

Peppermint

Lavender

Chamomile

Myrrh

Tea Tree

Grapefruit

 

 

HAVE fun making your bubbles for you or for gifts! I hope you will make them with a child…so fun to teach them about healthy living and how each herb does something amazing for your body!

God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter

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Health, Living Naturally
A testimony from our daughter, Mackinzey

I love what I do.  I love serving my community.  I love justice.  I love trying to make a difference.  But in the process it can take a toll on my body.  I have to confess, when I came home this week because of an injury I was on daily doses of Aleve to relieve my wrist pain.  

But in this household at the ranch, that was the WRONG thing to say!  

My mom quickly told me to get rid of those harmful pain relievers and to try some oils and some tea blends

Being the good daughter I am, I did. I really don’t like filling my body with bad, harmful over the counter meds, so I didn’t hesitate. 

I didn’t have any pain all day. Second day…same…and so on. Just by rubbing the oils onto my wrist I had no pain and instant relief. 

On a beautiful day which is rare here in Minnesota in November, we went for a ride. On the ride a headache was coming on. As we put the horses away my mom made up some of her headache tea, and by the end of the cup it was gone. I tell you, it just amazes me how I think going to my medicine cabinet is faster and better, when in reality taking the time to make up some hot tea and grabbing essential oils is not only better for me, but really just as easy. 

The essential oils I used for pain relief are: German  Chamomile,  Sweet Marjoram, and
Juniper Berry.  Other blends that help are Relieve Me and Pain Ease, both of which also help with headaches.  I put them in a roll on bottle with my favorite carrier oil coconut.
I put about 2-3 drops of each oil and topped the bottle off with the carrier oil. Shake and apply as often as you want.

I can’t wait to try their new Complete Relief for tension and muscles for my long days or workouts on the job!

To fight cold and congestion put in your roll-on
Peppermint

Eucalyptus 
Favorite carrier oil 
Put on your throat, neck, and behind ears. I also will make a steam tent by putting peppermint in glass bowl of boiling water only a drop at a time, place a towel over my head and bowl and breath in.
THIS IS AMAZING at releasing pressure in my sinuses! 

Hope you will try these oils verse the over the counter drugs. So much better for you and they WORK!

Stay safe, take the back, and God Speed…(police talk)
Mackinzey
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Health, Living Naturally
If you are into essential oils, well….STOCK UP! Amazing deals and perfect for making fun gift ideas! After all, tis the season!
The specials are wonderful and you know what is the best part? If you live in the US…FREE SHIPPING!

There are deals on all kinds of oils, accessories, and diffusers. I know the carrier oils are in my cart as I go through these pretty fast with the salves, and blends for gift making. 


Click here to see what may work for you!


Remember, all orders through this blog help us reach kids at risk and their families! THANK YOU!





Put together some gift baskets chuck full of natural goodness!
With your own special tea blends or here is one you can try, and essential oils as well as a beautiful hand made card.
Your loved one will receive something VERY unique and special for them.


Hope you find some wonderful deals this season of shopping! And for us, you will be helping a great cause as well! www.truenorthranch.org 


God’s blessing upon you as you thank our Lord Jesus Christ for all He provides. It has been indeed a wonderful 2017!


Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

BLOCK that JUNK! Lori is an inspiration and full of knowledge. She shares about the Plexus Block and how it works in your body.

Cookies, holiday parties, work parties, food in staff room, and let’s just say we over eat.  As it’s yummy and we just say to ourselves, “it’s ok!”  Well I’m one to talk as I have been doing it too.  I do take a supplement that is responsible for inhibiting the absorption and digestion of starch and sugar by 48 %, this action is done by reducing the glycemic indices for food which are consumed. Through this glucose conversion to fats is slowed down.



Plexus Block is capable of slowing these processes. Block is a great way to keep blood sugar levels in check post meal and prevents carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat.  Besides it helping with carb blockers, it’s going to give us IODINE which all of us do not get enough of therefore, it will help with our thyroid. 

It has unique and special blended ingredients of two brown seaweed species called 

Insea2 Brown seaweed that:-

  • Provide dual action against digestive enzymes by inhibiting alpha-glucosidase which converts sugar into glucose and alpha-amylase. 
  • These mechanisms also help prevent increased blood sugar levels in the body.
  • Plexus Block also contain: 

White kidney bean extract as a major ingredient that slows down sugar absorption.  I love this! Such unique ingredients!

  • Inhibits enzymes that convert starch to glucose
  • Helps to reduce the conversion of glucose to fats
  • Promotes healthy weight management
  • Minimize free radial damage/ oxidative stress
  • Increase hunger endurance
  • Boost body energy
  • Suppress appetites 
  • Enhance better sleep

So give it a try, especially over the holiday time!  It’s just amazing and you don’t feel so bloated!

God’s blessings upon living a happy, healthier you!

Lori Olson CNHP 

*Plexus does not claim to cure, treat or diagnose any disease.

***If you go to the Plexus link and click on the Block product they have a wonderful video! I love visuals!

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Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Do you need something to sooth an upper respiratory passage way, but want to do it naturally? Do you ever get bug bites, dog bites, bee stings, or other injuries and want to stay clear of medicated fillers?
Do you want to save yourself money in the long run by making it yourself and of course using natural ingredients in the process? Well…here ya go! 

Around the ranch I have gotten bitten by more animals, insects, and yes Stinging Nettles while harvesting them, that I need to grab my salves to save the day.

**We do not claim in these post that they will treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. This is for educational purposes only and for you to try and live free of harmful chemicals.

For Upper Respiratory 
Basic Vapor Rub:

8 oz of Almond Oil (carrier oil)
3/4 oz Beeswax Pellets (the more wax you use the harder the consistency)
25 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
Glass Mason  Jars

How to:
1. Put beeswax and oil in a double boiler on low heat until wax melts. Stir consistently. 
2. Remove from stove top and add essential oils.
3. Right away pour mixture into your glass jars. Place lids on lightly so oils can work into salve but yet allowing for cooling. 
4. Label
 Wonderful for those achey nights trying to sleep.

If you want a more stronger menthol smell to your salve, add 1 tsp of organic Menthol Chrystals. You will add this with your oils step while mixture is still hot.

Ouchy Salve…Or no more tears!


Infuse these Herbs:Follow Infusing directions here.
Herbs found on Bulk Herb Store link
Lavender
*Calendula Flower
Chickweed
Comfrey Root or Leaf
GoldenSeal
*Lemon Balm
*Plantain Leaf
*Yarrow
*St. John’s Wort
** If you don’t want to use all of these, pick the * ones for the most drawing out and soothing properties. 

Once you have your infused oil follow next steps:

1 Cup of Ouchy Infused Oil
5 Tablespoons Beeswax
12 drops Peppermint essential oil
12 drops First Aid essential oil (amazing blend for skin healing)
1 Teaspoon of Honey
Glass mason jars

Directions:
1.In a pan on your stovetop, melt beeswax into herbal infused oil. 
2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients and stir well
3. Pour into mason jars allow to cool with loose lid.
4. Label
** Other essential oils I added to mine to help with burns and bites are Lavender, Relieve Me,
Tea Tree

Love how salves work! I can’t claim anything, but with all the wounds we face around the ranch these salves have worked! Healing and bruising is much less, PLUS no chemicals are on my body or my family!

Hope you find success in trying these and they work for you!
Let me know what you think! You may help someone else by your comments!

*Remember by you purchasing through our blog, you are helping us reach kids, teens, and adults in need through our ministry. All proceeds go directly into our ranch ministry. THANK YOU!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
I am so excited to offer this Thanksgiving  special until next Wednesday, November 21st. Because it’s Thanksgiving and I am SO thankful for you, I want to give you something special. 

I love the Plexus Probiotic and Bio Cleanse! The two work together for YOUR good, sound familiar…HINT bible verse…anyway…I am offering you a FREE new Organic Peppermint Essential Oil with your order of these two married supplements.  If you click on the Plexus link and order, I will send you the free oil.


These two products helped my body stay regular, eat away icky bacteria, and get my gut feeling amazing! li. The foods and cleaning products in our world along the daily stresses, is all hurting our bodies.
We wonder why our bodies are so goofed up!

With these two products one cleaning out the bad stuff and the other putting good back in, your GUT is getting back to health.

Let me say…you can’t go into any health and wellness site without learning about the importance of a healthy gut…and folks…this company  stays true to helping YOU get that gut cleaned up!
After all…their #1 business in the state of Arizona so you know they are awesome and hold an integrity you can be confident in. 

SOOOOOO What are you waiting for? Sign in and order. YES it is an MLM but you can just be a customer. You can order retail, preferred (gets you a discount but will come every month) or wholesale by actually signing on to be an ambassador. (I wouldn’t do this right away so you can see for yourself how the product works for you).

Every dime I make through this blogs advertising I put back into our True North Ranch Ministry! We run this non-profit and every little bit helps us keep offering a free service to so many hurting children and their families.


Lots of info on the Plexus site too if you want to scrounge around and learn. I always recommend that!

So if I see you have ordered, I will send your FREE oil to your home. $18.95 value! WOW! I just want you to live a normal, healthy life and what better way than with natural supplements and essential oils!

OH by the way…you will get some great tips on what to do with the oil along with your little essential oil gift…so an extra bonus as well.

Special Ends Next Wednesday! 

God bless you…and thank you for doing your best to live naturally and healthier!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Dan and I made this fabulous chicken dinner last night! It was so easy! It just fell apart and amazingly  moist. Just plan and simple to prepare yet bursting with flavors.

We love taking time to cook together and I learn so much when I cook with Dan. He doesn’t even use measuring tools which makes me crazy, but he is good at this cookin’ thing.

When we decided to do this recipe we were in the mood for orange. I don’t know what the deal was, but we just wanted to have something with this flavor, so Dan created this dish.

 

Using essential oils in cooking is just an added bonus to your cooking but you MUST not use much. It is just really over powering if you do.

The Organic orange oil we used in this recipe we get at a local vinegar and oil place but if you don’t have that you can use olive oil and put a DROP of  the NEW Organic orange essential oil into the dish.

I am a substitute queen so I know what its like to go to cook a recipe and you don’t have all the ingredients. Make up some of your own ideas and favorite flavors and post them in the comments. I love that!

 

I hope you will find this dish just as enjoyable as we did! We can’t wait to share it in an up coming dinner party. So fun to explore using essential oils and herbs in cooking!

 

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breast or thighs (if you like dark meat like me)

2 TBSP of Orange Oil (you can use orange essential oil here read above only use a drop)

Dash of Sea Salt

Ground pepper to taste

½ onion quartered

1 orange squeeze juice

1 drop of  Rosemary essential oil

Pour enough water until just before covering your chicken choice

 

Place all ingredients in your cast iron pan, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

 

While your chicken is cooking you can prepare your sauce about ½ hour before it is done.

Ingredients for Sauce:

4 TBSP of butter

2 TBSP of powdered mustard

4 TBSP of Organic Honey

3-4 TBSP of apricot jam (I added more just for more tang taste)

4 TBSP of Grand Marnier

Fresh Rosemary sprig for garnish

Directions for Sauce:

Melt the butter, mustard, honey, and jam until bubbly. Take off heat and add your Grand Marnier. With your wire whip mix it in. You can now keep it warm on the burner.


Finishing the dish:

Check your chicken using a meat thermometer for doneness.

Take your chicken out of the pan and pour off any fat.

Place chicken back into the pan and add ½ of your sauce.

Let simmer for 10-15 min. Prepare your rice or veggie.

Plate your chicken putting some sauce on plate.

Make a mound of your rice.

Now place your chicken on top of rice finishing pouring the remainder sauce over the chicken.

Your mouth will be filled with bursting flavors!

Let me know what you think if you tried this…always love to hear your thoughts!

 

Side Note: If you are not comfortable using the liquor in this recipe I totally understand. We are the same way. But truly without this part it won’t quite be the same taste, but you can do without. We tried it and found it really needs to have that burst of flavor. The alcohol is cooked off as well if that helps.

Oh my we loved this meal! Served on a bed of brown rice was just Devine! 
Hope you love it too! Comment please if you tried it.

God’s blessings to you all!
Love deeper, and talk sweeter,
Lee

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