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Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
YES…it’s true! Tons of folks are now on the elderberry bandwagon and to get your elderberries will be more of a challenge. The elderberry shortage is happening so start ordering TODAY! Starwest still has some but not many if you click here. (affiliate link) Also if they are out of order you can have them email you when they come in. 


Many recipes are on the internet for the famous elderberry syrup, which also makes for the elderberry craze! Truly I love this stuff! It really works! What a great gift to give a loved one!


Just 1/4 cup alone or in my tea a couple of times a day I can fight off a cold or flu bug. It is awesome on ice cream and pancakes too. I also put it in my Kombucha for an added boost in the morning. 

Kick Out Soda
Here is my recipe along with other ideas to use your elderberries. 

Don’t delay…order today! And make up a big batch of the syrup so you have it on hand!

Are you looking for a way to use essential oils more often instead of the “go to” drugs? Along with herbs, essential oils can help your body fight off infections and get your body back to wellness.
Here is a link of a series of videos to help in your health and wellness with essential oils. I love Dr. Z. He is very open as well as helpful! 

Love deeper, talk sweeter and make your own elderberry syrup today!
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, 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, Ranch Life

Tincture making day! YES, using these special herbs aiming at specific health issues will make a season of wellness. Keeping us  all healthy and doing it naturally!

I can’t stress enough the importance of taking time for your health. It begins with making up some tinctures you can use into your teas and begin fighting those nagging aches and pains.

It takes just a little time to mix your herbs and place into jars, fill them up, shake, and put away, shaking daily for 4-6 weeks. This is the hard part…waiting…so START NOW and have them ready!

The ones below are the ones we find to be the most needed in our home. If you have other issues look on Bulk Herb Store and she has wonderful info on each herb. The herbs I use below are often used for many issues. It is all about finding the right herb for your specific element.

Mix the ones for you together and go for it. You will also gain a bunch of knowledge in the process which is always awesome!

Acid Reflux Tincture:

Mix Dried Herbs:

1 Cup Calendula

1 Cup Marshmallow Root

1/2 Cup Ginger Root

¼ Cup Licorice Root

1/3 Cup Slippery Elm Bark Powder

¼ Cup Fenugreek Seeds

1/3 Cup Orange Peel

Copied from Bulk Herb Store…Tincture Instructions. Once you do a couple of times you will just need to keep on hand your different recipes. Simple to do!

Tinctures are concentrated, liquid forms of herbal medicine that are simple to make and easy to assimilate. They are so concentrated that sometimes we take our doses in tea or water. They are usually made with consumable alcohol, but can also be made with vinegar, vegetable glycerine, honey, etc.

Alcohol tinctures (also known as extracts) are the most popular because alcohol is the most effective at drawing out the important properties of the herbs. Tinctures made with it have a long shelf life (2 years or longer). Almost all store bought tinctures use alcohol as a base or include some amount of alcohol as a preservative. Vodka is what we use because it doesn’t have a strong odor and is very affordable (rum will also do).  

Make your tincture by filling a jar 1/3 – 1/2 full of herbs. Use 1/3 for hard herbs and roots (as they will absorb more liquid) and 1/2 for soft or fluffy herbs. Fill the jar to the top with alcohol (80-90 proof Vodka is best), close it, and store for 3-8 weeks in a cool, dry place. Shake the jar daily. After 3-8 weeks, strain and discard the herbs, bottle the liquid and label it.  

Expecting mothers or children can easily evaporate the alcohol by placing their dose in a hot liquid like tea or water before taking it.

Tinctures can also be made by using vinegar in place of the alcohol, following the same directions. Vinegar does not draw out an herb’s properties as well as alcohol. However, it is very inexpensive, can be used as a gargle, and can be used to fight fungal infections. You may want to rinse after each dose to avoid enamel damage from the vinegar.

Tinctures are best stored in a cool, dry place out of the sun.  A cabinet works great!

Chamomile Tincture

Great for improving sleep, ease menstrual cramps, relieve headache, and soothe nerves.

(Great gift for new parents for both baby and parents)

Directions put on your label

Dose for adults is 1 tsp 1-3 times a day for infants only a few drops as needed or rubbed on the gums to ease teething or colic pain. Toddlers ¼ tsp 1-3 times a day.

Best bottles to use here

 

½ -1 cup of dried Chamomile Flowers

1 ½ to 1 ¾ cup of boiling water

Vodka

Quart size mason jar

  1. Push dried Chamomile flowers in a clean quart size jar
  2. Pour boiling water over flowers to just cover them, stir slightly
  3. Fill the rest of the jar with vodka and seal
  4. Store in cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks and shake daily
  5. After 4-6 weeks, pour through a strainer pushing out as much of the herb as you can. Store in a tincture dark bottle with dropper. ( I love these bottles easy to label and easy to use for measuring.)
  6. This will keep for up to 2 years.

Directions to put on your label:

Dose for adults is 1 tsp 1-3 times a day for infants only a few drops as needed or rubbed on the gums to ease teething or colic pain.

Toddler’s ¼ tsp 1-3 times a day.

Headache Tincture

I made a BIG batch and place the part of the mixed herbs into a mason jar and labeled it Headache Tea. The remaining batch I put into another jar following the tincture recipe to put into my tea for extra bump to knock that headache out! So hard to wait for 4-6 weeks so make your batch NOW!

 

Tea and Tincture:

1 Cup White Willow Bark (not to be used by pregnant women)

1 Cup Echinacea Purpurea

½ Cup Raspberry Leaf

½ Cup Hibiscus

½ Cup Peppermint

Cough Tea and Tincture:

(this one is easy, Bulk Herb has one already done but you can make your own too by purchasing herbs individually)

1 Cup Red Clover Tops

½ Cup Licorice Root

½ Cup of ginger Root

I add fenugreek seed too helps with upper repertory and nose drainage.

 

SPECIAL NOTE:

Like with all organic herbs and essential oils you need to take precautions for your own knowledge. We recommend you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

I hope you find these helpful. Let me know what you think and especially if you come up with some of your own. I LOVE to learn and you will be helping others as well!

God’s blessings
And love deeper, talk sweeter and keep healthy,
Lee

 

 

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Healing, Health, Living Naturally

A year ago you could find in my search engine what do I do for…? What do I use for…you name the illness or problem I googled it.

Over and over the same things were popping up and of course more information about healthy eating and supplements were becoming a common name. There has to be something to this I thought. Our family had already implemented the supplements with Plexus and found great results, but now and than the cold or flu bug would hit us.

I found the key for me was getting to the ROOT of the issue AS SOON AS the little bug would creep in. First sneeze. First scratchy throat. First…you name it…get on top of it! Using the remedies of natural herbs for teas and tinctures and the essence of using essential oils. SO key!

 

Through many trial and errors last year I made a commitment to do two things. 
ONE: Use only natural cleaning supplies that I make with baking soda, vinegar, Borax, and Rocky Mountain Essential Oils.( RMO)

TWO: I stopped buying boxed items, processed type foods,(doing the best we can with occasional frozen pizza) put all powders and the like into mason jars keeping storage fresh, and making my own herbal teas and tinctures to keep our bodies fighting the bugs. We also began taking daily supplements, one being most important, PROBIOTICS! I love either RMO or Plexus. 

With these two things implemented in our lives, it has made a world of difference. Putting tinctures that are specifically labeled, for cough, cold, nerve pain, sore throat, and tummy issues into our tea has REALLY been a game changer.

**Now, I can’t claim these remedies will work for you as I am no doctor, but as a wife and mom, just trying them has worked for us. I hope it will for you too!


It took a whole day for me to make these, but it was awesome to have them ready to go when I needed them. In the fall, I do it again having a fresh supply.

Especially ones I know we will go through…like Elderberry Syrup!  HAVE to have that on hand!

All tincture recipes you can find on Bulk Herb Store.  I will put below my favorites and must haves. 

If you are unsure about any of the products, or think I am crazy, well, our family is healthier than ever and our animals as well.
We give the horses their daily immune strength mixture of herbs and our bunnies too. If my dog has diarrhea I again will apply natural teas to his food. It works! Of course, nature is God’s idea and of course healing so DAH…why wouldn’t it work? 


Here are my favs to have on hand:


Cough:
Calendula Tincture 2-3 drops into your HOT tea
I put the drops into my cup so when I pour my hot water over my tea blend it mixes up.
Honey is on the bottom too.

Headaches/Aches and Pains:
Chamomile: Helps ease menstrual cramps, improve sleep, relieves headache and soothe frayed nerves.
1/2 to 1 cup of Chamomile flowers follow directions below… (I also add White Willow Bark, helps headaches) Mix the herbs before putting in jar.

Tummy and Digestion:
1/2 dried peppermint leaves
1/4 cup dried ginger root (LOVE this stuff have it in most of my tea blends)
1/4 cup fennel seeds

Make your tincture by filling a jar 1/3-1/2 full of herbs.
Use 1/3 for hard herbs and roots (they absorb more) and 1/2 for soft and fluffy herbs. Fill jar to the top with alcohol (80-90 proof Vodka is best), close it and store for 3-8 weeks in a Coll, dry pale. Shake jar daily. After the weeks, strain and discard the herb, bottle the liquid and label it. 
The alcohol is evaporated b the hot water so pregnant moms can use it too. Vinegar can be used as well, but it does not draw out the herb’s properties as well. This recipe is on the Bulk Herb Store site.

NEXT have your tea blends all ready to go in jars. Prepare now, so when the bug hits, you got your remedy ready to go!

Sniffle Tea:
1 Cup Thyme
1/4 Cup Ginger Root
1/2 Cup Echinacea 
1/3 Cup  Spearmint
1/3 Cup Rose Hibs (must have great on hand herb)
1/3 Cup Orange Peel
Mix and place in your favorite mason jar!

Headache Tea:
1 Cup of White Willow Bark
1 Cup of Echinacea Purpurea
1/2 Cup Raspberry Leaf
1/2 Cup Hibiscus
1/3 Cup Peppermint
1/3 Cup Orange Peel or Lemon
Mix and place in your jar!
For how to make tea, check out the Art of Making Tea on my blog!

Any of these herbs blended you will find will help. I recommend preparing your tea and drinking it throughout the day. For our family it truly has been a wonderful way to heal!

 Use RMO Essential Oils to place on your neck and forehead or diffuse:


Immune Strength
Peppermint
Clove (MUST HAVE)
Ginger
Eucalyptus (Must HAVE) steam one drop in boiling water and inhale…sinus and colds symptoms have totally went away for me.

Here is another link for you to get some wonderful tips on using essential oils!


SPECIAL NOTE:
Like with all organic herbs and essential oils you need to take precautions for your own knowledge. We recommend you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. To be healthy takes being wise with your own health needs.


I hope these ideas help you and your family be on the way to a healthier way of life!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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