Jun 13, 2011

My "Cure" for Allergies

This morning I woke up with itchy eyes, and an itchy throat and even the end of my nose itched like the dickens, this soon turned in to puffy eyes and continual, ridiculous sneezing.  I did not reach for the over the counter allergy drugs though... I did something much more instantly effective for me and with no drug related side effects.   I grabbed my bottle of organic lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil and peppermint essential oil.  I used one drop of each in the palm of my hand then dabbed it carefully around the bone structure of my eye sockets.  Within seconds the itching stopped.  Then I put some all over my nose and under the nostrils.  My sneezing stopped after just two more sneezes.  My sneezes were about 5 seconds apart so this is pretty fast.  I had to reapply the oil to my nose one more time about 10 minutes later, but then I have been allergy free for the rest of the day.  The peppermint can make your face feel cold or tingly and make your eyes water, but that is only temporary and goes away after about 10- 15 minutes.  Just keep it away from your actual eye to avoid serious burning sensations in your eyeball!  I will be putting this on my face before bed tonight and hopefully tomorrow morning I will wake up allergy free!  Every year around this time, those dang cottonwoods make my allergies go crazy.  They seem to be the only thing left that I am allergic too after cleaning up my diet.  I think it's because they are the Devil's trees...  What are you allergic to?

-Val

BTW- About essential oils, I used to buy DoTerra oils and before that I bought Be Young oils.  This is my opinion about those companies.  They are multi level marketing companies which means their prices are super inflated, and if you sign up to get the wholesale pricing you are still paying a lot of money towards the commission of the person you are signed up under and the person they are signed up under and so forth.  They make a lot of claims about their oils being the purest in the world and the only ones that are tested etc.  I would say all those things too if I was trying to sell something in the essential oil market for 3 times what you can buy it for elsewhere.  I do think the oils are very high quality and have never had any reason to doubt the purity of the oils.  I now buy my oils from rose mountain herbs online.  I am enjoying paying a fraction of the price I was before and and still enjoying the same therapeutic benefits of the oils. They make the same claims about testing, origin and purity as the other companies but they can also certify theirs as organic, which none of the other MLM type companies can do.  So save yourself a lot of money and buy from rose mountain herbs.
* by saying this is my "cure" for allergies, I mean that this is what works for me. I am not claiming that this is any sort of cure in the way that the FDA can come and take your children for claiming, because they have not evaluated the effectiveness of my claims. ** I am also not claiming that the FDA takes children but making a facetious comment that is probably untrue.    

Jun 9, 2011

Mashed Cauliflower Delicious and not at all what you thought it would taste like.

Cauliflower is a great alternative to mashed potatoes because unlike potatoes it is low in simple starches and therefore low in carbohydrate.  Keeping carbohydrates low is important to easily maintaining a healthy weight or for those trying to loose weight.  I will elaborate in a later post.  The secret ingredient to my mashed cauliflower may sound naughty, but I assure you it is perfectly legal... it is potatoes... I know I basically said potatoes are bad, but I only use a negligible amount and it really makes the texture better.  Here's the recipe:

1. Large head of cauliflower.
2. 1/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes
3. salt and pepper to taste
4. 1/3 cup sour cream.  Use Daisy brand sour cream or a local organic brand they are the best.

Boil the Cauliflower in cut up pieces.  It doesn't have to be fancy.  Boil it for about 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower is very fork tender.  Drain the cauliflower very well in a strainer or colander the put it in a food processor with the potato flakes and salt and cream.  Puree it very well while it's still steaming hot.  As it puree's the potatoes will absorb the excess water in the Cauliflower.  This should make about 3-4 servings depending on the size of your cauliflower.  I think its just as easy if not easier than making regular mashed potatoes.  Add chives, onion powder or any other flavor you love in your potatoes.  Enjoy!