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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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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
I am so excited to offer this Thanksgiving special until next Wednesday, November 21st. Because it’s Thanksgiving and I am SO thankful for you, I want to give you something special. I love the Plexus Probiotic and Bio Cleanse! The two work together for YOUR good, sound familiar…HINT bible verse…anyway…I am offering you a FREE new Organic Peppermint Essential Oil with your order of these two married supplements.  If you click on the Plexus link and order, I will send you the free oil. These two products helped my body stay regular, eat away icky bacteria, and get my gut feeling amazing! li. The foods and cleaning products in our world along the daily stresses are all hurting our bodies. We wonder why our bodies are so goofed up! With these two products one cleaning out the bad stuff and the other putting good back in, your GUT is getting back to health. Let me say…you can’t go into any health and wellness site without learning about the importance of a healthy gut…and folks…this company stays true to helping YOU get that gut cleaned up! After all…their #1 business in the state of Arizona so you know they are awesome and hold integrity you can be confident in. SOOOOOO What are you waiting for? Sign in and order. YES, it is an MLM but you can just be a customer. You can order retail, preferred (gets you a discount but will come every month) or wholesale by actually signing on to be an ambassador. (I wouldn’t do this right away so you can see for yourself how the product works for you). Every dime I make through this blogs advertising I put back into our True North Ranch Ministry! We run this non-profit and every little bit helps us keep offering a free service to so many hurting children and their families. Lots of info on the Plexus site too if you want to scrounge around and learn. I always recommend that! So if I see you have ordered, I will send your FREE oil to your home. $18.95 value! WOW! I just want you to live a normal, healthy life and what better way than with natural supplements and essential oils! OH by the way…you will get some great tips on what to do with the oil along with your little essential oil gift…so an extra bonus as well. Special Ends Next Wednesday! God bless you…and thank you for doing your best to live naturally and healthier! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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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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