12600 Pelican Beach Road, Merrifiled, MN (218) 851-1937
Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Making your own tea and blending herbs can be confusing as well as intimidating. Personally, it took me a few months to feel confident but over time…it all really doesn’t matter -just so it tastes good to you. Yep that’s right…just don’t worry about it! Tea blending is all  in what you love, taste, and feel. That’s it! DIY tea Blending Begin by having some kind of journal so you can write down the tea blends you tried.  You can make a note or use faces…I love  using those emoji faces! Kinds of Teas, Herbs, Spices, and Essential Oils (just a few of the most popular and flavorful) Base Tea: Black, White, Roboos,  Green,  Oolong, Fruit,  Macha Add a dash: Ginger, Orange Peel,  Lemon Peel,  Mints, Cinnamon, Clove, Cyanine Aroma delight: One drop of essential oil like orange, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, lemon Flower Herbs: elder flower, hibiscus, rose petal, rose hips, lavender Medicinal Herbs: (Top herbs to have on hand especially cold and flu season)  Ginger, Elderberry, garlic, marshmallow, elder flower, echinachia,  goldenseal, yarrow, dandelion leaf DIY Tea Blending Here are a few tips that I hope you will find helpful in your journey of tea blending. Once you find the group of herbs you like, make a label naming your new tea and put the ingredients of herbs on the label. Naming the most used herb first. Tip 1: Fighting an illness:Taste-of-Herbs-Flavor-Wheel-Packet
  1. Look at the link above even print it out to help you.
  2. Find how your feeling or what you’re trying to fight.
  3. Pick 3 herbs based on the chart. Blend only a cup of the herbs. Use 1 tsp for the herb that is needed to be the strongest. The other 2 use 1/2 tsp, and if one is a mint use only a sprinkle.
Once you have a blend you like, make up a bigger mason jar of the blend, adding your ingreients and name it, like cold/flu, cough, tummy, headache…. Tip 2. Base tea leaves: Using one of these is making a caffeinated  tea. Yet, it may be a wonderful blend to play with. When you go to order the tea leaves, Starwest is wonderful at giving you the info behind each one as well as the flavor.  A tip in itself! Especially with these based teas. Once you have had a cup of the base tea add an herb you like- for example:  green tea with rose petals, rose hips, ginger and orange. Again only make a small batch, giving you one to three cups so if you don’t like it you won’t waste your herbs. (If I make a cup I that is too pungent I will put it in my dinner some how…like when I am simmering meat I add the tea to water…I feel better when I don’t waste!) Tip 3.
  1. Blend 2 herbs. Pick a flower or medicinal herb. Pick one dash and an aroma delight.
  2. Only make one cup of tea using a 2 tsp of your choice herb and ½ tsp of your dash, brew and you’re ready to drink your cup add your drop of essential oil.
If you like this blend, write it down in your tea blend booklet. DIY Blending Tea Tip 4: (click on the Starwest link to get the herbs and spices you need even tea bags) Top herbs to have on hand all the time would be ones I love yes but also to help fight an on coming cold or flu.
  1. Elderberry both berry and the flower (I make a syrup to keep in the refridge all year round!)
  2. Golden Seal, Yarrow, and Echinacea, (not the best tasting but sure powerful in helping aid in fevers, coughs, and upper respiratory)
  3. Ginger and orange peel, and rose hips (gotta have flavor…these are not only medicinal but packed with flavor)
  4. The above spices can be substituted for essential oils only one drop per cup. peppermint, ginger, clove bud, lemon, or orange
Lastly, when brewing your tea make sure to brew for at least 10-15 minutes. I know it may seem like a long wait, but it is important to let the herb steam through. Also cover your mixed herb while it is brewing. Most tea strainers (Starwest has a wonderful one) do not have a cover so I use a lid of a mason jar. Enjoy blending and experimenting with your teas and spices. The joy of blending is feeling free enough to stretch your imagination and enjoy the smell and taste of your OWN blend. If you want to give your new tea as a gift…I love putting them in a mason jar and I made cute quilted bag but you can gift wrap yours with a tea strainer attached. Another opportunity to be creative! DIY Tea BlendingDIY Tea Blending Happy blending, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
OOOOO…this tea and syrup is such a delightful blend. I just love the tea warm or cold and the syrup makes your morning pancakes or waffles extra special. The romantic feel in your tummy and aroma is really wonderful. I think you will love this blend!
romantic tea
Romantic Tea Blend:

1 cup of Rose Bud Petals
1/2 cup of Damiana Leaf
 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Cocoa Nibs, roasted (depends on your taste buds…start with less and add more if you like)
1/4 Cinnamon Chips
1/4 Orange Peel
1 Vanilla bean scrapped (this is super expensive right now, so add a little pure extract like an 1/8 

Blend in a glass bowl all ingredients and place in a mason jar. Keep in pantry away from sunlight. 
When your ready to make your tea, put 1-2 tsp into a tea strainer and pour your hot water over herbs. Let steep for 15 or so minutes and enjoy. For cold add ice once steeped.

For the Romantic Syrup:

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup organic sugar 
6 tbsp of your Romantic tea blend

Directions:
1. Boil water in a medium saucepan an the stovetop.
2. Once water has come to a boil, take saucepan off heat and steep tea in water for 5 minutes or until desired flavor. The flavor should be much more concentrated than a typical cup of tea.
3. Remove tea leaves and compost.
4. Bring your tea/water infusion back to a boil on the stovetop.
5. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. 
6. Set saucepan aside and let cool for an hour or so before pouring into a mason jar.
Store in refrigerator keeps for one month.


This tea makes a wonderful gift idea too. For our Hoedown we made gift baskets with the tea. Just too cute! Adding some chocolates will make a wonderful blend.

Enjoy this blend…it is wonderful! LOVELY!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
Do you suffer from anxiety? Or even just get anxious when something important is coming up on your calendar? I have bouts of this…nothing serious but when I need a dose of calming, I will take a soak in a lavender bath with chamomile tea or if it’s during the day I will make a tall pitcher lavender lemonade. 

This is just downright refreshing and incredibly delightful! Plus…it helps you calm right down.

Lavender Lemonade
Try a batch and see if it works for you. If it does, make sure to comment below. I love hearing how the recipes work in the lives of the readers.


Ingredients:

1 cup of raw honey
5 cups of pure water
1/4 cup dried culinary lavender
6  organic lemons, squeezed
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Elderberry syrup for color

Directions:

1. Pour half of the water in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
2.  Add honey and dried lavender and let steep for 20 minutes.
3.  Strain mixture and pour into a large container.
4.  Add the lemon juice and remaining water and stir. Add a little Elderberry syrup to make it purple plus add a powerful immune boost!
 5. Refrigerate 

Lavender Lemondade
For an anxiety soak bath: (highlights are affiliate links which help our ministry)

 Mix 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil  into your bath of hot water. Add your sea salt  (affiliate link) and swirl into your bath. Add apple cider vinegar (affiliate link) for a detox bath. 
UTI
For during the day:
Diffuse 10-12 drops of Lavender essential oil into the air during your work day for a natural stress reliever.

Lavender is my go to essential oil for insect bites and burns as well.



Enjoy every sip, soak, and aroma with this wonderful herb!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Oh boy…I love to garden but really garden beds are the cats meow! I can’t believe I didn’t do this LONG ago! We have one garden we made out of bricks using the holes for herbs and the center for tomatoes.
But the new garden bed is out of galvanized steel. I LOVE this idea! Our neighbor down the road was getting rid of a bunch of this steel and we just could not let it go to waste. So..we loaded up the truck and trailer and began creating. 

Garden Beds
Garden Bed
Isn’t this just wonderful?

Dan will make 3 of these forming a horse shoe. (of course)
He also is making more for our “Thyme Out” pasture for the horses. Each box is filled with herbs the horses can munch on as their bodies needs. We love this as it helps the folks that come to the ranch learn about medicinal plants and how they can help us heal. 
Garden Bed
This man has been working hard to make these and I am VERY thankful we have compost ready to fill these puppies up! It does take a ton of dirt to fill, but once done…they are set to go!
Garden Bed
He simply cut each piece to the size we wanted and place a wood corner on each side. No bottom of course just placed right where we wanted them, leveled, and filled with compost and fresh dirt. 
My back loves me!

Here we have them planted and Dan is now working on the other two to complete the horse shoe look. They will not be filled with veggies this year as it just got too late. Other priorities needed to take place, so for now this is what we have.

Peppers, tomatoes 2 kinds, carrots, spinach, and sweet beans. The outer part of the cement block garden is all herbs. Basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and pearl onions. (left over from last year)
Garden BedGarden Bed

Around the ranch we love to continue to put in each garden some kind of herb. So each of the flower pots have at least one herb in it. I am also trying to grow blueberries in a garden pot. We have many wild ones around the ranch, but we NEVER get any! HUM…I think the 4 legged friends get them before we can!

Enjoy your summer garden and if you try the garden beds, they really make planting and upkeep wonderful!
God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter all for Jesus,
Lee
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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 will 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  Organic Lemon 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, 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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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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