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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Yummy Gummy

Oh so yummy is this too die for recipe! Why? Because #1 it’s good for you and #2 it’s ELDERBERRY Syrup in a yummy gummy form!

If you know me, I love my elderberry syrup and believe in it whole heartily to keep your immune system boosting to fight the cold and flu season. Really all year, but mostly in the winter months.

Recipe:

Here is what you will need to make your little guys: (affiliate links)

(free shipping on these herbs PLUS they are FRESH)

1/2 cup dried elderberries
1/3 cup rose hips
1/4 cup cinnamon chips
2 tablespoons licorice root
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups apple juice
3 tablespoons of gelatin

Directions:
Place all the ingredients EXCEPT gelatin in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Strain through cheesecloth or strainer. Squeeze well to extract the juice.
(To make syrup you add honey and store in a nice pour bottle, refrigerate for up to 2 months.) I have that recipe here.

For gummies:
Measure out 2 cups of the juice. Add more apple juice if necessary to make 2 cups. If you want, to add a little honey. Taste and see if it’s sweet enough. Add your gelatin and mix well. Pour into silicon molds or glass pan. Molds are more fun and easy to pop into your mouth. Even make bears! Refrigerate until hardened. Remove from molds and store in a mason jar. Keep refrigerated. 

Yummy Gummy!

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Let me know if you tried them and how your family likes them!

Adults can take 1-3 daily, kids 1-2 a day.

Enjoy!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

Why is this so good for you?

This tea has amazing benefits for your health. You have probably heard of Chai Tea which really taste the same as this tea, but it is usually full of fillers instead of good healthy ingredients. I think you will find this recipe satisfying to the taste buds and know you are enriching your immune system at the same time.

What does each ingredient do?

Black pepper is a blood purifier, cardamom is for the colon (gas), cloves are for the nervous system and cinnamon for the bones.

Ginger has a delicious taste and is helpful when suffering from a cold, recovering from the flu or for general physical weakness.

The milk aids in the easy assimilation of the spices and avoids irritation to the colon. The black tea creates a synergy for all of the ingredients.

How to prepare:

Ingredients you will need for one cup: ( you may want to make more than one)

 

1 Cup Filtered water
3 Whole Cloves
6   Whole Black Peppercorns
4 Whole Cardamon Pods
1/2 Stick Cinnamon
A sliver of ginger, or tsp. ginger root

After it comes to a boil, bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. 
Add 1/4 tsp. of black tea and stir. Let steep for 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of almond milk and bring to just about a boil and remove from heat.
Pour into a strainer. Serve with honey if you like

Mix after putting milk in until just before a boiling point

Why the links to these herbs?

For our family, I want the best! I don’t like what I am finding in the shelf life of herbs and spices in our local grocery store and frankly, they don’t always care that I prefer fresh. So we decided to start looking for herbs and spices and teas in a different place which leads me to the above company. They offer information and are extremely helpful besides offering 100% guaranteed money back. PLUS free shipping if you order $75 or more. PLUS…you help us in our ranch ministry for troubled youth.

All in all, you will be one happy camper!

I hope you like your traditional yogi tea!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

Since I was a little girl, I have been in the obedience ring with my dog. I was in 4H for 3 years and in my early 20’s became a trainer and showed again. For years I have used a training chain collar and never thought twice about what the collar was REALLY doing to my dogs.

Sadly, I recently found out what my chain training collar and others are doing to dogs. First step…knowing and educating on the new findings of our little 4-legged friends.

What is your collar doing to your dog?

About a month ago I was taking one of those online free sessions about keeping your pets healthy as I do a ton of research on all of our animals pretty much on a weekly bases and came upon a trainer. She was educating the listeners on this very topic of what the collars are doing to our dogs. Training chain collars, pinch collars, harnesses, and the shock collar.

Here is link you can watch for yourself of a vet and his scientific detail of what is actually occurring every time you go for a walk with your dog. Hang onto your heart…it may break a little!

Also here is another link of many videos you can watch. They are short but will help you understand how this works and other brands out there that also cause problems for your dog. I especially love the manners videos!

What is your collar doing to your dog?
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I know the chain training collar works. I know also when I learn something new and I can be wrong about my thinking…I need to stop and take a closer look. This leash and collar are EASY to use. It works. My dog is happier. I feel better knowing my dog will have a healthier body because of using it.

Take a look and see for yourself. (affiliate link) An easy size chart will help you find just the right fit for your pet.

What is your collar doing to your dog?

The 30 day money back guarantee is awesome! PLUS…the training videos to help you know how to use the system, which is simple by the way. You can watch the videos I suggested above. You will see it really is all about when the dog gets ahead you stop. The pressure makes them not want to go forward.

What is your collar doing to your dog?Lastly, I attached a video of Cruz and I when we first got this harness and leash. 

Video

If you have any questions, they are fee to talk to which I would suggest if you have reservations. Your pets health is important and really folks this is an amazing set up.

Remember if you click on the link 
you are helping us reach kids at risk through our ranch ministry. This company graciously gives 10% back to us. We are thankful for all they do!

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I would love to hear how this has worked for you! I know there are many concepts for training now days, but when we have an open mind of new ideas I think it is worth checking out!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food
If you have a hard time trying to think of meals for your family, well I am right in your pasture with ya! Beef Stroganoff has been around for many years and my mom used it as a stapler all the time.  Hence, I did the same as my family was growing up. It is so fast and simple and everyone loved it. Over time I made some changes. This recipe is one I have added to over and over making my own tastes and herbs we love around the ranch. Of course, using the herbs we grew over the summer make it fresh and special. One note to make… in other recipes they use canned mushroom soup. We really try and stay away from canned items and instead make homemade thickeners. As well as the beef stock, I make my own by adding a gravy thickener. The first time I made this I accidentally used stew meat. DON’T do that! The meat takes 3-4 hours to get tender. Unless you put this mixture into a crockpot and cook for that time frame it will be delicious. Especially for you busy moms that would be an awesome way to make this recipe. Comfort food this meal is for sure! I hope you find it as delightful as my man does! Keep it fresh! Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 lb Sirloin steak cut into cubes Salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsp olive oil ½ large onion finely diced 1 cup chopped mushrooms 2 carrots finely diced ½ cup brandy 2 cups beef stock 2 tbsp arrowroot powder ½ cup sour cream 2 tsp of Dijon mustard Cooked egg noodles for serving or you can mash up potatoes to serve over too…both are out of this world Parsley flakes to sprinkle on top Beef Stroganoff Ranch Favorite Directions: Pour 1 tbsp of your olive oil into skillet. Add Salt and pepper to your cubed steak and add half your batch to the skillet. Fry up until done about 2 minutes.  Set aside and continue with another half. Put cooked meat into a bowl and set aside. Add your other 1 tbsp olive oil and cook mushrooms, carrots until golden brown. Turn off heat and add brandy and beef stock. Stir getting the bottom scraping as you stir. Turn on heat to medium-high. Cook until liquid is about a third about 3-4 minutes.  In a small bowl make a roué take ¼ cup of the juice stock from your skillet and put into a bowl. Add arrowroot powder and stirring quickly making the roué and pour into your skillet. The mixture should thicken after 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat. Add your sour cream and Dijon stir again. Add your meat and stir until everything is nice and hot.  Pour over your cooked noodles or mashed potatoes and serve with parsley. Beef Stroganoff Ranch Favorite Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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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, Cayenne Pepper 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, Echinacea,  Goldenseal, Yarrow, Dandelion leaf or Root 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 ingredients 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 oncoming cold or flu.
  1. Elderberry both berry and the flower (I make a syrup to keep in the fridge 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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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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Ranch Life, Thyme Out
I really don’t like writing grants. For the most part, they require SO much info I often am just overwhelmed with it all. But, in ministry, it is one thing we have to continue to do or at least try. Last year I was knee deep in the dirt in my home. Not from not cleaning, but from filling little eggshells and growing pots full of seedlings. At the same time, I was writing a grant from our local Essential Health organization,   St. Joseph’s Foundation:  Planting, writing, planting, watering, horse chores, and more writing. In the process, I thought of the perfect project. An herb garden! Hence not just for us, but for our horses. I have always wanted to create a place where the horses could graze freely with natural herbs. Herbs that I know they would each benefit from. Bokoda deals with allergies’ and now and then runny stools. Nugget will occasionally need something for a runny nose. Nugget is really healthy but it’s always good to have things for him to choose. Therefore I got busy planning out what herbs would be great for them. Again, knee deep in dirt, I started planting seedlings of  Yarrow, Meadowsweet, Calendula, Lavender, Valerian, and Marshmallow. I added Echinacea Purpurea later and of course the herbs of parsley, thyme, basil, and oregano. We also had many herbs natural to our environment. In May, we got the grant! I was ecstatic! As a result, we now had the freedom to develop this new project which we named, “Thyme Out” Pasture and we could really see if it would help our animals health and ours. Fancy that…it did! We began using the herbs in teas, tinctures, and syrups, plus all the salves for injuries and bug bites and we were OVERWHELMED at the results! Bokoda had NO coughing. If Bokoda would show signs of a runny nose or stools, I would give him his regimen of immune boost herb blend and he was showing wellness in just a couple of days. We replaced all treats to just herbs and apples, and homegrown carrots, parsley, and thyme. Some herbs were wild around the ranch. It became such a wonderful teaching tool in our sessions. As they would help water, or weed we would talk about the herbs and how they help us in our illnesses. In the sessions at times, they would bring a horse to the pasture and see for themselves what the horse was needing that day. How they would walk by some and devour others. One day we had a group of guys from our local Teen Challenge for a session. We had the guys in the round pen with the horses holding one or two jars of herbs. Each jar was labeled with the name of the herb and its properties. If the horse came to them, they would share what the herb is and what it was good for. At the same time, everyone was learning and observing if the horse would choose or would walk away and choose another. It was fascinating for all of us! Do you know what is really awesome about doing this project? 1) We were able to let families that came for sessions who were in need, pick herbs or veggies to bring home. 2) We could make many tinctures and salves using the herbs to help all year round, especially right now in the days of below zero temps and confinement to the indoors where germs grow. 3) Our vet bills were down 4) Our health is better as well as no trips to the doctor. The herbs in teas have helped along with the essential oils. 5) We have gained a TON of knowledge and look forward to continuing our learning. 6) Our bunnies and horses enjoy the herbs all year round. How nice they can have fresh parsley, carrots, plus all those other herbs throughout the winter months. 7) We are able to enjoy veggies as well by a wonderful harvest and canning. 8) We have been able to share the teas and our love for this project to others hoping they too will start growing more herbs and begin to change their health habits to more natural living. Most of all, we are thankful to  St Joseph’s Foundation for allowing us to try something new and giving us a chance to make a difference in our ranch as well as the community. Amazing! I hope you will try it this Spring. Start now! Plant those seeds in your home and get them strong! I did create on scratch paper a garden plan. Knowing where to plant certain seeds. This helps you get an idea what will grow well where. Here is my favorite source for seeds: LOVE LOVE the flower collection. I say…begin planning NOW! Medicinal Cooking Flowers God’s blessings in living a simpler life. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee ***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The herbs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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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 fits! 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 bandwagon 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 long ago called 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 Rose Hibs herbs in it. Plus a whole lot of fun spices like clove, and cinnamon. So what a perfect drink. If Bulk Herb is out of Christmas Tea blend her is my recipe: 1 Cup of Hibiscus Flower 1 Cup Rose Petals 1/2 Cup Rose Hibs 1/4 cup of Cinnamon Chips 1/8 cup Whole Cloves Orange Peel and Ginger Root about 2-3 tbsp each In a  mason jar glass: put 1/2 cup of your blended 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. The 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 a tablespoon of ginger root (If the Bulk Herb is out of product, try Starwest.  They offer free shipping) Place berries, spices, and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour mixture into a 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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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
As you all can tell, we like to do things naturally around our ranch. So feeding our horses sugar treats is just not gonna happen! We have 10 favorite herbs we love to mix into blends for their everyday needs as well as they make wonderful treats for them as well. Purchase HERE You can create a recipe file to keep at your barn and make it easy to order as well. When you click on the Star West Botanicals link on this blog you can place your order and you will be HELPING US reach kids in need. We use our horses to help kids, families, trafficked girls, and veterans. Your orders from this blog help more than you and your family, it helps others too! It’s exciting that these 10 we were able to grow ourselves or grow naturally around the ranch. You have to keep in mind horses in the wild can choose the foliage that their bodies need and domestic horses do not always have that opportunity. That is why we created a special “Thyme Out” pasture where they can roam the area and feed freely. In this pasture we have planted : Calendula, This flower is so beautiful! The deep orange and yellow petals form a wonderful contrast, which makes your garden stunning! Its nickname in the middle ages was Mary Gold or Marigold. Calendula is so gentle it soften given to children for an upset stomach. It’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it particularly useful for treating heartburn or stomach issues in horses. For teens, it is great to fight off acne breakouts. I will make a lotion to put on the horses when there are skin irritations or rain rot. It also contains an anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal which is wonderful for wound healing Helichrysum, This herb is amazing! It is often and more commonly used as an essential oil but it is quite expensive. This oil has literally stopped bleeding and prevented scaring on me and my horses for different scrapes and cutes. Like yarrow, it almost gave clotting like way as it absorbed the blood and stopped it quick. Love this herb. It is known for its restorative properties and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, dermatitis stretch marks and abscesses. The herb is often put into a tincture form to be more user-friendly. Wonderful herb and OIL if you can swing the cost, so worth having at your farm. Especially in your first aid kit! MarshmallowAlthea officinalis-The marshmallow root is specific for digestive disorders, while the leaf is for respiratory or urinary problems. It is ideal for burns, minor wounds or eczema. If you add a powdered slippery elm bark will further enhance these actions of drawing out properties of infections. I like to use this for when my horse has diarrhea. If your horse has any digestive disorders this herb is for you! This plant is very easy to grow and makes a beautiful look to your garden with its lilac color bell-like flowers. Meadowsweet– Filipendula ulmaria -is a mild yet effective anti-inflammatory herb. It has been used for several centuries to treat body aches and pains, including arthritis and joint pain. In horses, it helps relieve the pains that come with age especially in the winter months… It has also been used as a digestive remedy for acid indigestion or peptic ulcers. It protects the inner lining of the stomach while providing the anti-inflammatory benefits of silicates. As a tea use about a ¼ cup to start and can give up to 1/3. Valerian.-Valerian officinalis Wonderful herb to have in our horse garden. It puts out beautiful blooms in pretty pinks or white flowers and attracts butterflies too. It calms horses and controls spasms, making it very good in colic situations. Naturally growing in the pasture: Yarrow is a perennial. Yarrow can be an efficient diuretic as it helps promote urine production and flow assisting in the removal of excess fluids and toxins and helps prevent urinary tract problems caused by standing around install during the winter months. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as astringent tannins. The silica also found in this plant helps repair damaged or worn out tissues in the body. Made into a tea, yarrow stimulates appetite and improves digestion. Tea recipes below. Stinging Nettles, Urtica dioca One of my favorite herbs and one that grows naturally around our area. This herb is rich in iron, which can often be a mineral lacking in an equine diet. Nettles also contain histamine, serotonin, potassium, silica, vitamins A and C, and a whole bunch of other minerals. It’s one of the most widely used plants that know of and it strengthens and supports the whole body. Nettles support the immune, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, and can help the body fight allergic responses. Also, nettles will strengthen hoof and coat healthy. You can add about a ½ cup to your horses daily feed. Plantain, You may have this growing in your back yard. We do, by the wagon full! This herb has been known to heal headaches, and rubbed in your hands and put on bee stings, bug bites, scrapes, or rashes will help ease the pain and pull out the toxins. It is one amazing anti-inflammatory and antihemorrhagic. I keep a gallon Mason jar FULL of dried Plantain as it is most of my horse’s blends and is a great herb to give them often.  Red and White clover.-Trifolium- This herb has the effect that can be used to calm anxiety and reduce irritability. Horses especially love the red clover tops a few every day can make a world of difference. Our horses love this stuff and they find it all over our ranch. I try and harvest as much of it as I can. We also have our share of Dandelion, which is awesome to harvest and make treats as here in Minnesota they don’t last long. Each of the herbs has different medicinal properties and I purposely planted a few of them because of the needs our horses can benefit from. We dry them, and put them in jars to keep all year round to feed our horses, used in blends, and of course use ourselves in teas, cooking, tinctures, and skin salves. This is the BEST part of herb growing and harvesting, having them all year round! We also will purchase these herbs as they are harder for us to come by but are needed to make some of the blends the horses need for good health. Our one horse especially needs some additional herbs as he suffers allergies. Let me tell you, our first year doing all natural herbs, he had NO coughing His eyes still will get gunk in them but once I give him the needed herbs in a day or two he is all cleared up. SO amazing! I just LOVE it!

10 Purchased Herbs needed for blends:

Comfrey –Symphytum officinale (don’t use more than 14 days) This is a herb I only use if my horse is dealing with diarrhea, cough, bronchitis. But it has been a wonderful treatment for inflammation; arthritis wounds and bruises as well. This is an herb you need to be cautious of how much you give. I do use it in a blend so little is used. Just planted in 2018 in our “thyme out ” pasture. So easy to grow! Chamomile Flowers-matricaria chamomilla-theses little flowers are filled with medicinal purpose! High in phosphorus and calcium, they strengthen and regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Chamomile is one of the gentlest sedatives, and it can be used in all cases of anxiety, sleep issues, and hyperactivity. In addition, it can treat allergic reactions both externally and internally. I have the essential oil as well. Again having the oil helps to treat something more quickly than the herb. Lemon Balm making this into a tea you will only want to use 1/8 cup. I like to use it in blends more than individually. This herb helps with those tummy issues. Peppermint (we had too much rain this year and our harvest didn’t make it) This is a herb that is often chosen first to treat colds and flu. It attacks and alleviates multiple symptoms at the same time. Wonderful for headaches for you and for horses it helps soothe muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as oil to easily apply to my horses and they love the smell. Essential Oil works faster into the body than dry herbs, one reason I keep this oil on hand. I use this herb often in tea blends as well. Coltsfoot Raspberry Leaf – (they adore this stuff plus the bunnies like it too) Rubus idaeus- The leaves of the common raspberry plant have been used for centuries as a strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid infertility, pregnancy, and foaling. In additions to is strong uterine benefits, raspberry leaf is a good astringent herb and can be used effectively in anything “loose” like wet cough, bleeding gums, or diarrhea. Give about a ½ cup for anything containing these conditions. Fenugreek Seeds-Triganella foenum-graecum- My horses love this stuff! I add it to most blends just because the flavor will make them it up the blend. These little seeds help to strengthen the respiratory system, mucous membranes, and the sinus in case of upper respiratory infections. I will add about 2 tablespoons to my horses feed when any of the above issues arise and of course in my cough blend as well. This makes for a wonderful tea to pour over their feed. Those cold fall and winter mornings bring a little extra NAY! Rose Hip: Rose Hips are known to be a rich source of bioflavonoid, pectin, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, and B vitamins. It also contains trace amounts of magnesium, potassium, sulfur, and silicon. Recently Roe Hips have become a popular natural treatment for arthritis. It is a wonderful ingredient in blends to help with colds and flu-like symptoms for humans so they help the immune system in horses as well. This is a MUST have herb to keep on hand! Echinacea– This herb is one you need to keep on hand! It is full of medicinal purposes. Here is a link for you to read ALL the wonderful benefits! Corn silkZie mays- the stringy white by-product of corn is usually thrown away is a diuretic. It has long been used to treat chronic inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys. Many use it as a tea to help bladder and kidney infections. WHO KNEW that instead of throwing your corn stalks silk away you keep it and dry it and make a tea! How AWESOME! A video for you  YouTube Video of me feeding some herbs on a chilly afternoon. There are so many others, but these are foundational for most of my blend recipes. I give them individually too as needed and for our herb basket that our ministry uses to help folks who come to our ranch understand natural living.   Any of these herbs can be made into a tea. Blend a couple or make individually. Yarrow and Rosehip we make often individually and put into their feed. Especially on cold winter mornings.  

 Our boys love TEA TIME

Tea Time: Purchase Here Use ½ Cup of dried yarrow flowers, stems are fine too placed in a tea strainer. Using a quart mason jar, POUR boiling water OVER herbs to the bottom of the rim of the jar. Let steep for an hour. Pour over horses feed and mix.  I have been asked about the fed I use for my horses and especially the RESPIRE mix for his allergies. Here is that link and Jessica is awesome! Call her and ask questions. She is always open to help! With each blend once mixed, you just give a handful to each horse for a few days or until your mix is gone. I make enough for a week for our boys.

Relaxing Mint Blend:

3 Cups Nettle 1 Cup Marshmallow 1 Cup Plantain 1 Cup Parsley (grow your own…easy peasy!) ½ Cup Calendula ½ Cup Peppermint ½ Cup Goldenseal Mix and place in a sealed bag and keep in a cool dark place. I don’t use glass jars around the ranch but found these bags work great!

Boosting the Immune System:

This is a ranch favorite and MUST for our conditions in Minnesota! 2 Cups Nettle 2 Cups Meadowsweet 2 Cups Echinacea 1 Cup Goldenseal 1 Cup Marshmallow ½ Cup Comfrey (don’t use more than 10-14 days in a row) ½ Cup Coltsfoot ½ Cup Rose Hips ½ Cup Hibiscus Flower Mix and place in a sealed bag and leave in a cool, dark area.

BOO BOO Blend:

2 Cups Plantain 2 Cups of Comfrey 2 Cups Marshmallow ½ Cup Chamomile Flowers ½ Cup Marjoram (essential oil is a wonderful oil to have on hand) ½ Cup Peppermint (essential oil, must have around the ranch) Mix the blend and place in bag. I also will make this into a tea and place wet herbs on wound wrapping it in a cloth. You can make a salve with this as well.

Colic Blend:

2 Cups Lemon Balm 2 Cups Plantain 1 cup Parsley 1 cup Peppermint ½ cup Devils Claw (pain reliever and anti-inflammatory) Mix blend and keep in the sealed bag.

Cough Blend: ( We give this blend once a month for one week in their feed during allergy season to prevent coughs. Worked so far)

4 Oz Dog Grass root 4 Oz Dandelion Leaf 2 Oz Elderberries 8 Oz Red Clover Flower 8 Oz Red Clover Leaf 2 Oz Licorice root 2 Oz Ginger Root Mix blend. Give 1-2 Oz day in feed. You can add warm water to it as well.
Elecampane ½-1 tsp 4 times a day for a wet or a dry cough

Comments…Love to hear if you tried this!

Remember when you purchase from the links you help us do what we do here on our ranch. We put ALL proceeds towards our ministry. Thank you and enjoy! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Herb Basket, Living Naturally

First, you need to make your blend of herbs. I began with a simple blend of my favorite herbs. 1 Cup Hibiscus ½ cup Raspberry Leaf ¼- 1/3 Cup RoseHips 2 tsp Spearmint 1 tsp Ginger Root This was the first blend I made last Spring. We adore this tea! We had it hot and cold all summer long. PLUS, our horses and bunnies love this as a treat! Once you have blended each herb in a glass bowl. Mix it all well then add it to a fun jar. I only use glass now as it preserves the herbs longer and for herbs more sensitive to light. I spray paint or use fabric on the outside to keep the light out. The basic mason jar is also wonderful. Mix your own blends. I would LOVE to hear what you come up with! Lastly, you can make a label. Crafting is my thing so I have a Big Shot with lots of Label cutouts. With some background paper in the printer, you’re ready to print your own! I love this tool as it is so strong it can cut through metal, leather, and many layers of cardstock! So worth the investment! Now that you have your blend of tea, you’re ready to brew! First I use a tea strainer (link) and my favorite teacup which the rim is larger than a simple mug. So I have to put a spoon to hold the strainer into place so the herbs don’t go into my water. I also will add my honey and tincture into the cup so when the hot water 212 degrees or more, is poured into the cup the 2 will mix well. Once you have your boiling water it is important to pour the water OVER the herbs. This allows the herbs to absorb and get a complete and balanced extraction. If you put your blend into a tea bag, you would just have it sit in the cup but again pour the water over the tea bag. Next, you want the tea to steep. When you purchase your herbs or if you have grown them, look on the website to see good steeping time. Each herb is unique in this area so you will want to maybe put that on your label too. The above recipe I steep for 15 minutes. Now cover your teacup. After a few minutes, it’s not just water that is acting on the herbs. The water itself changes as the herbs infuse into it. Depending on what compounds are first released, the water can become a mild acid or base, which in turn affects the release of other compounds in the herbs. The act of covering your tea ensures warmth, a full extraction, and that the essential oils of the herbs (which are amazing) stay in your cup. This is why there are different times of steeping for different herbs to reach their full potency. Once you have your tea all extracted, you can compost your blend. We give ours to our horses and if all the herbs are safe, we will offer to our bunnies and dog as well. We never waste a drop! 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. Now enjoy your wonderful gift from the Lord of all HIS goodness! His herbs are truly a gift to us! Love deeper, talk sweeter, and enjoy making and brewing your special tea! Lee

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Health, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
March 19, 2017 If you suffer from allergies or feel a little something coming on, turn to tea and essential oils! It works for me EVERY TIME! The key behind staying healthy and keeping your immune system strong comes down to what you put in your body when you well AND when you’re sick. I use daily supplements to keep my body ready for the attacks of this world called germs. I also use those supplements to boost my body to fight off infections by building a strong immune system. I personally have tried many products, nothing worked 100% until I tried Plexus. If you like, you can click on the link and read more about the product that has helped me and thousands of others GET WELL ahead of the big sickness called colds and flu. Next, I keep close clues to what comes before a cold or flu bug. If a bug is going around, which is all the time in the winter, a spring, I start diffusing my home with essential oils and of course I use only essential oils for cleaning my home as well. You can check out some recipes here. For me, when a cold is coming I feel it in my nose and teeth. Kinda like when you get a sinus infection. I begin by inhaling my go-to remedy, Eucalyptus OilI may inhale several times a day. Along with that, I inhale Peppermint.  If after a few hours symptoms don’t subside, I hit the BIG guns and will boil in a glass bowl purified water and place a few drops of either oil in water and with a towel over my head and bowl begin to inhale. WHEW…watch out..it is powerful but VERY effective. Usually, this will do it and whatever was gonna hit, subsides. Lastly, throughout the day I mix myself some of my favorite Immune Strength tea blends. I love this tea! You can use the ingredients below and have your own batch adding more of a favorite spice. I love to make my own so I created a recipe to share with you. Drinking tea throughout the day, smelling the freshness of a home cleaned with no chemicals, and using oils on my body, is just what the nature Doctor gave us to get well and KEEP well. Enjoy trying the goodness that only the Lord provides! Keep healthy God’s way! Love deeper, talk sweeter and enjoy your day! Lee Allergy and Immune Tea Wild Cherry-1/2 c Nettles  ¾ c Plantain Leaf  ½ c Yarrow-1/2 c Elder Berry ¼ c Licorice root ¼ c Ginger Root2 Tsp. Fenugreek Seed-1/4 c Orange peel 2-3 tsp. ( I like a lot of orange flavoring) Mix, keep in an airtight container. ( I use handy dandy mason jars decorated on the outside) When ready to brew, place the desired amount in a tea strainer, and steep for at least 10 minutes. Mix together and you have an AWESOME tea blend as you feel a cold coming on! So great for those allergies as well! Enjoy getting well the natural way, drinking tea,  eating well and taking your supplements!
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Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Thyme Out
I am so excited I can hardly stand it! Starting in February I took all the eggshells we have been collecting and began filling them with dirt. I planted seedlings in each one, and of course, placing them in the sun. I had so many seeds that I had to get some seedling trays and plant some more. I think I have over 250 plants! I guess I am an overachiever! HA! I have NEVER done this before, but we want to have a huge garden this year and I don’t want to take any chances I may lose some. SO…why does not plant a ton!!! We are also going to plant a special herb garden for our horses that we will be calling the  THYME OUT PASTURE. Isn’t that cute? Get it? A garden is full of herbs the horses can walk in and choose what their bodies need. I think this will be a wonderful asset to the ministry this year! Unlike us, God has given them the ability to know what herb to choose when they have an element like a cold, cough, tummy upset, etc. So above I have one of my favorite herbs, Calendula. I love this herb! I can’t wait to see what it will do and how it will dry and of course, make into teas and tinctures. Calendula has many medicinal properties to it. One is that I love is making it into a gargle to help reduce inflammation of the mouth and throat. I also love it in my tea mixed with mint. If you would like more health info, you can visit the Bulk Herb Store and read more about this wonderful herb! I may have to wait a month or two to plant all these babies, but for now, I can enjoy a little bit of Spring right here in my home! Have a wonderful day and remember to Love deeper, and Talk Sweeter, Lee
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