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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Say bye bye soda

In Minnesota, we call soda pop…but, either way, this is a beverage full of sugar and fake colors that eat away your gut flora. Do you want a better way to enjoy the fizz and flavor? Well, here is a recipe for homemade ginger ale.

What you will need

For a nice Limeade:

2 cups of water
2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger, or ginger root (I keep on hand for my teas)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup lime juice

Place water, basil, and ginger into an enamel or glass pot. Let it come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil turn off heat and let sit for 1-2 hours allowing the herbs to steep and bring on flavor. Add honey and stir while the water is still hot. Serve warm in winter months, or add ice in a pitcher and serve with ice cubes and lime slice for garnish.

Ginger Ale

First, you need to infuse your ginger making a base. Here is what you need.

4 cups of water
4 tbsp. fresh ginger grated, or ginger root
1/3-1/2 cup honey (or less taste add more if you like)

Place water and ginger into an enamel pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 1-2 hours. Using a metal strainer, strain herbs, and water into pour bowl. Now add your honey to your ginger infusion. I put this into a mason jar so I have my base ready to go for drinks or teas. It last only 3-4 days so use often!

To make your ginger ale, add base 1-2 tsp really up to you on taste and mix with Kombucha or carbonated water. Add ice and lime slice for garnish. 
Absolutely awesome and good for your digestion too!


If you have a juicer…

What you will need:

Fresh ginger about a fist full. Cut up and place into your juicer. You should get about 2 cups. I use a pint size mason jar and it is full when I am done juicing.

Measuring right from the jar no waste!

Take only 1 cup of the juice and equal parts of honey. So 1 cup. Remember, real honey comes in a mason jar and all mason jars have measuring right on the glass so you don’t have waste. I think that is pretty cool!

Keep my base in a pretty jar for serving guest. They can add as much as they like.

Now mix or shake your jar full of ginger juice and honey making sure it is well mixed and pour into a nice serving bottle. I like to keep on my counter and allow for guests or family to add however much they want to their own soda.  Shake the bottle before you pour into a glass and add carbonated water or Kombucha over the juice. Add ice and garnish. SO yummy!

Great dinner party drink and festive too!

Enjoy and let me know if you tried it!

Sure is refreshing!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Tea is sure my thing

There is no doubt I love tea! I love making my own blends to preparing specific teas for illness and building immune systems. I love anything tea!

Tea cups, tea blends, herbs, and yes even making tea cup cards!

Comment below get free pattern

If you make a comment below and want the pattern, I can email it to you. Of course, free of charge! We are all about that around our ranch ministry. When you click and purchase from any link, you are helping us reach kids in need of hope and healing!

What you will need

Pattern background paper preferably prints on both sides. Here are my favorites for this project.
Anna Griffin Collection
Bo Bunny
Doodlebug Collection (love this one for lots of stamping and gift ideas)
Tag Die Cut (use your background paper to match)
Washi Tape
Washi Tape (for planners too)
Bling of course!

Add the tag either tape or let hang while wrapping around handle.

Great Greetings

Now you have an adorable card to give to a loved one or attach to a gift. I make up a tea blend and put inside a little bag.
I also will add a verse to the tag for extra encouragement. 

A side note if you are making your own blends, put the herbs on the tag or somewhere on your card. This will help your receiver know what’s in it just in case they can not have a certain herb.

Enjoy making your little tea cup greetings! They are adorable!

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

Comment, please!

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Crafts, Health, Jarrin, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

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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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 workday 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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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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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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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

We do love root beer around here! Especially with a little ice cream and the homemade touch. We also love to have it on our pizza nights! It all just is down home goodness!

I have always been fascinated with the ol’ time flavor and the name sarsaparilla. There really is a difference in taste! It is stronger and really more delightful with the tastes of herbs like real vanilla and licorice root. Just amazing flavors pop out! I think you will like this! This recipe makes a quart of syrup that you can use to make your root beer and as a syrup over your favorite ice cream too. For any occasion, you will impress your family and friends with this special drink! So here ya go: 4 cups of water ¼ sassafras bark 2 tbsp organic anise seed 2 organic vanilla beans or 4 tbsp of pure vanilla extract ½ tsp organic licorice root 10 organic juniper berries 3 large organic hops flowers (optional but love the flavor)

How to Make:

Place 4 cups of water in a pot and bring to boil. Add sassafras bark and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the herbs using a large mesh strainer. Measure the resulting liquid and add ½ part of honey. To 1 part liquid. So if you have 2 cups of liquid add 1 cup of honey.

To make into a soda:

You can add your homemade root beer syrup to a sparkling soda machine or add Club soda to your syrup. Depending on taste you add however much syrup to your soda mixture. Of course, serve in a mason jar to get that ol’ fashioned look! These are nice too for your everyday tea blend making or recipes. ENJOY it we sure did!!!
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Food, Jarrin

Six Best Cocoa Recipes

I enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and recently I came upon some fun recipes. Six great blends I use all the time, plus I can package up and easily give as gifts. It is always nice to give a gift of variety. Just makes it kinda special. Each one of these you can add more or less of any ingredient depending on your taste buds.
Adding a bit of the herb on top of your whipping cream gives your mug a touch of love too if you are serving to a guest.
I hope you find them fun to make! SOOO yummy! Starwest is amazing and offers FREE shipping which I have on the links.  The cute sweater mugs you can find here.
Every time you order from this blog link you are helping our ministry.
Thank you!

 

The Base: 3…2…1

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

2 Cups Powdered Milk

1 Cup Cacao Powder Organic

Sift sugar and cacao powder then add powdered milk

Place in sealed mason jar and Label

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

Mexican Hot Chocolate

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

1 cup of base hot cocoa

1 tsp of fresh cinnamon powder

1/2 grated Organic Nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

1/8 tsp sea salt

Lovely Lavender

1 cup of base

2 Tablespoons Lavender flowers Crushed in Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp sea salt

Red Rose

1 Cup of base

2 tbsp Rose Pedals, crushed with your Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Pumpkin Spice (of Course)

1 cup of base

1 tsp Organic cinnamon powder

½ tsp Organic Clove Powder

Grated nutmeg…1 tsp

Mix

Sweet and Salty

1 cup base

½ cup crushed pretzels

Mix

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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


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Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Do you need something to soothe an upper respiratory passageway, 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 stovetop 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 achy nights trying to sleep. If you want a stronger menthol smell to your salve, add 1 tsp of organic Menthol Chrystals. You will add this with your oils step while the mixture is still hot. Ouchy Salve…Or no more tears! Infuse these Herbs: Follow Infusing directions here. Lavender *Calendula Flower (easy to grow) Chickweed Leaf Comfrey Root or Leaf GoldenSeal *Lemon Balm *Plantain Leaf *Yarrow (natural fever reducer) *St. John’s Wort ** If you don’t want to use all of these, pick the * ones for the most drawn out and soothing properties. Plus these really should be in your collection as “go too’s” for immune boosting herbs and strength. 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 a 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 are 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 with 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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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
I just love making my own natural dog treats! And guess what? So does our dog! They are not only good for him, but I get to add my own touches with ingredients he loves! You can too! These recipes are easy to add other ingredients like cheese is a one I hear many have done. I would love to hear what you created so please comment below. I am sure other dog lovers would enjoy reading what you came up with! Have fun and teach some new tricks…they will learn QUICK with these treats! Directions for all the treats are below and the doggy paws and bones from Amazon just are TOO cute! Makes a great gift too! DOGGY TREATS Peanut Butter Paws: 2 Cup of Organic Oats ½ Cup of flour ¼ Cup Flax Seed 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter t tbsp honey 1 Egg 1 Cup of water Smokey Bones: 1 cup of Wheat flour (Use regular flour if your pup is sensitive to wheat) 1 Cup of Organic Oats ½ Cup regular flour (or more wheat) ½ tsp of sea salt (optional) ¼ tsp Liquid Smoke 1 egg ½ Cup hot water may need to add more to bind Healthy Pumpkin Treats: ½ cup canned pumpkin 4 tbsp molasses ( I use honey) 4 tbsp coconut oil 2 Cups flour (use oats if your pup is sensitive) ¼ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon Directions for all recipes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  1. Mix wet ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add the dry ingredients and mix well until combined
  3. Scoop out small spoonfuls and form into balls or put into cute doggy cookie makers
If you place on cookie sheets make sure to grease well.
  1. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  2. After they cool, I place my treats in a gallon size mason jar. Make SURE they are cool, if they are too moist they will mold quickly. I keep some in the freezer and take out enough for just a few days allowing them to thaw.  The treats last months when frozen.
** Be aware of any allergies your pet has. You will want to avoid any ingredients there has been a reaction in the past. Have fun! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Dan and I made this fabulous chicken dinner last night! It was so easy! It just fell apart and amazingly moist. Just plan and simple to prepare yet bursting with flavors. We love taking the time to cook together and I learn so much when I cook with Dan. He doesn’t even use measuring tools which makes me crazy, but he is good at this cookin’ thing. When we decided to do this recipe we were in the mood for orange. I don’t know what the deal was, but we just wanted to have something with this flavor, so Dan created this dish. Using essential oils in cooking is just an added bonus to your cooking but you MUST not use much. It is just really overpowering if you do. The Organic orange oil we used in this recipe we get at a local vinegar and oil place but if you don’t have that you can use olive oil and put a DROP of the NEW Organic orange essential oil into the dish. I am a substitute queen so I know what its like to go to cook a recipe and you don’t have all the ingredients. Make up some of your own ideas and favorite flavors and post them in the comments. I love that! I hope you will find this dish just as enjoyable as we did! We can’t wait to share it at an upcoming dinner party. So fun to explore using essential oils and herbs in cooking! Ingredients: 4 Chicken Breast or thighs (if you like dark meat like me) 2 TBSP of Orange Oil (you can use orange essential oil here read above only use a drop) Dash of Sea Salt Ground pepper to taste ½ onion quartered 1 orange squeeze juice 1 drop of  Rosemary essential oil Pour enough water until just before covering your chicken choice Place all ingredients in your cast iron pan, cover and simmer for 2 hours. While your chicken is cooking you can prepare your sauce for about ½ hour before it is done. Ingredients for Sauce: 4 TBSP of butter 2 TBSP of powdered mustard 4 TBSP of Organic Honey 3-4 TBSP of apricot jam (I added more just for more tang taste) 4 TBSP of Grand Marnier Fresh Rosemary sprig for garnish Directions for Sauce: Melt the butter, mustard, honey, and jam until bubbly. Take off heat and add your Grand Marnier. With your wire whip mix it in. You can now keep it warm on the burner. Finishing the dish: Check your chicken using a meat thermometer for doneness. Take your chicken out of the pan and pour off any fat. Place chicken back into the pan and add ½ of your sauce. Let simmer for 10-15 min. Prepare your rice or veggie. Plate your chicken putting some sauce on the plate. Make a mound of your rice. Now place your chicken on top of rice finishing pouring the remaining sauce over the chicken. Your mouth will be filled with bursting flavors! Let me know what you think if you tried this…always love to hear your thoughts! Side Note: If you are not comfortable using the liquor in this recipe I totally understand. We are the same way. But truly without this part, it won’t quite be the same taste, but you can do without. We tried it and found it really needs to have that burst of flavor. The alcohol is cooked off as well if that helps. Oh my, we loved this meal! Served on a bed of brown rice was just Devine! Hope you love it too! Comment please if you tried it. God’s blessings to you all! Love deeper, and talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Herb Basket, Living Naturally
HI ALL Who wants to be WELL? There are SO many myths out there to make you believe you are eating or trying to eat healthy but still have symptoms in your daily life. One that popped out to me was taking the birth control pill to ease menstrual cramps. By just adding herbal foods into your daily routine diet can get you off harmful drugs and get your body well! Well, watch her video and find out WHY this one and others are lies that are not getting to the ROOT of you issues. Recently I discovered someone who I feel compelled to share with you. Her name is Magdalena Wszelaki, and she is going to be doing a free workshop sharing her journey back to health after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis as well as several other conditions all rooted in out of balance hormones brought on by stress and environmental toxins. Her secret: food and specifically the right foods for her body. You see, a lot of women believe that they are “eating pretty healthy.” Maybe you are one of them.

But if you are suffering from symptoms of hormone imbalances including PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, fibroids, estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, low libido… just to name a few, then you owe it to yourself to register now for Magdalena’s free workshop: “How to Use Food to Rebalance Your Hormones.” Register here >>  https://xa202.isrefer.com/go/cfb1/a353/ 
(Can’t make that time? No worries. Register anyway and Magdalena will send you the replay link.) During this workshop you will learn:
  • How to make delicious breakfasts, snacks and quick meals that support your hormones.
  • Why you are “eating healthy” but still feel tired, sluggish and sick.
  • How the gut, liver and sugar levels control your hormones.
  • How food can reverse weight gain, depression, and fatigue.
  • 30 healing foods for your thyroid, adrenals, menopause, weight, hair loss, cellulite, PCOS, hot flashes and more.
So check it out and get registered asap. The workshop is free but space is limited. Register now! 
https://xa202.isrefer.com/go/cfb1/a353/ Be well and Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Crafts, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Living in Minnesota this time of year can be brutal on our skin. With this wonderful homemade lip gloss recipe using only natural ingredients, will help your lips be protected from harsh conditions.  PLUS, it is all natural using fresh herbs even in the color and luster shine! Can you believe how herbs give color? SO FUN TOO! Here is what you will need: 1/4 Cup of Infused Oil (recipe below) 3 tablespoons of shea butter 4 tablespoons of Beeswax 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (optional) 2 teaspoons of Honey 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (peppermint, orange, grapefruit, tangerine) 1/4 teaspoons Vitamin E Oil Stardust Mica  Beet Root (adds the color, you will add 1/8 tsp at a time to your color desire) Directions: 1.) Mix first 5 ingredients together and heat in double boiler until hot and melted. 2.) After it’s melted, add essential oil and cocoa powder or Beet Root. 3.) Next, add your Vitamin E oil and your Mica color. I use Red…I only use about 1/8 tsp but you can add more if you really like BLING! 4.) Pour into your lip gloss containers. If you want to use different colors you can pour the mixture into different cups, but work fast as it does set. You may have to reheat to get to the liquid form to pour easily. I didn’t do this and the balm got lumpy and not smooth. *** peppermint oil and the cocoa powder make great gifts for anyone on your list One of my Infused Oil DIY The herbs below are wonderful for your infused oils the one * is the DIY link. Rose Petals Lavender Buds *Calendula Flowers Lemon Balm Cloves Beet Root ( want this for your color too) Hibiscus ( this is an EVERYTHING herb for your tea blending) Comfrey coconut oil Another way to infuse herbs into an oil: 1. Fill a glass jar 1/3 full with equal parts of each herb. Cover herbs in coconut oil, melted. Place lid on the jar. 2. Set jar on top of the towel in a crockpot filled with water, on a warm setting for 3 days. Watch water level and be very careful not to put cool water on a hot jar, as it could explode. 3. On the third day, remove the jar from heat, let cool, and strain your herbs. Squeeze well to get every nutrient from your herbs. Now you have an Herbal Infused Oil!  Label and put in dark place. So much fun making these for me and my loved ones! Hope you find it just as enjoyable! God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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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. If Bulk Herb is out of stock check Starwest on the link on this blog. 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 a headache, and soothe nerves. (Great gift for new parents for both baby and parents) Directions put on your label A 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 a 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: A 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 an extra bump to knock that headache out! So hard to wait for 4-6 weeks to 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 then 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 a cough, cold, nerve pain, sore throat, and tummy issues into our tea have 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! (my recipe) 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: A 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 a 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 a 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 the 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 the 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 (amazing herb for headaches and fevers) 1 Cup of Echinacea Purpurea 1/2 Cup Raspberry Leaf 1/2 Cup Hibiscus 1/3 Cup Peppermint 1/3 Cup Orange Peel 0r Lemon Peel 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 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 (must have to boost the immune system) Peppermint (headaches, tummy, and sinus) Clove (MUST HAVE) Fights germs and flu bugs Ginger (great for upset tummy) Eucalyptus (Must HAVE) steam one drop in boiling water and inhale…sinus and colds symptoms have totally gone away for me. Here is another link for you to get some wonderful tips on using essential oils! This book is awesome and full of information and more recipes! PLUS, it won’t cost you much for getting a headstart on your health! 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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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.  

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, Ranch Life, Thyme Out
I went to do some harvesting today and found those little brown bugs on my herbs! So I googled away some ideas and this one so far has been the best one. I will keep you posted if it truly works! I also added some Peppermint essential oil into the “tea” to board off deer as well. Remember to keep it natural to protect you, your animals, and the environment. NO harsh chemicals are used on our ranch! The picture below is Mullein another wonderful herb. The flower, leaves, and root have all been used for inflammation including diarrhea, cough, and asthma. It is also wonderful for helping with bruising, burns, and gout. It can be ingested, applied topically, and even smoked! I like making it into a tea as well as a tincture. Strong smelling plants, herbs, and spices deter insects and other pests.
  • Tea Spray for Bugs:
  • Mix together plants like garlic, rhubarb, mint, onions, cayenne, and ginger.
  • Cut them up into large pieces and place them in a pot or saucepan.
  • Cover them with water and boil.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the “tea” to sit overnight.
  • Strain the liquid away and pour it into an amber spray bottle.
  • (I added about 1/4 cup of Castile soap to make it stick)
  • Add about 15 or so drops of Peppermint essential oil to your spray.
  • Create a caffeine mixture, if you are having a problem with aphids.(brown bugs)
  • Mix 1 cup (240 ml) of yarrow, lavender and/or catnip with 2 tbs. (10 g) of used coffee grounds and 2 cups (473 ml) of water. Allow the mixture to sit overnight.
  • Strain the liquid and pour into a spray bottle. Only keeps for a week or two.
  • What is really awesome is the Yarrow and Lavender I can get right out of my herb garden! I just love that I have grown the herb myself! Yarrow grows all over our ranch naturally, so we have an abundant amount to use. That was of course before I knew what yarrow was.
Yarrow is an amazing herb! I had a student who was working with Bokoda our horse, and he cut his nose. I asked her if she remembered what herb would help his wound. She instantly remembered YARROW! She ran to the garden and picked the top flower and gently placed it on his bleeding nose. She held it there talking so sweet to him and soon the bleeding stopped. She was so excited and so was I as teaching how herbs can heal as the Lord intended. Read more here you will be amazed too so start picking and drying your herb for tea, soups, salads, and even nice herbal oil to pour over salads. Remember today to Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee UPDATE: For 2018 we are a go! This worked wonderfully!!!!  
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