Archive for ‘Recipes’

September 17, 2014

DIY Aromatherapy Deodorant

Just combine 2 simple ingredients with your choice of essential oils and you have got an easy to make, inexpensive, effective, long lasting natural deodorant.

DIY Aromatherapy Deodorant Recipe

Mix together:

1 cup baking soda
1 Tablespoon of activated powdered charcoal or less

Add Essential oils of your choice:

Good combinations are

Vetiver, Tea tree,
Lavender, Patchouli,

Place in spice, salt or pepper jars or small squeeze top bottle.

After a shower powder underneath armpits.

Powder can also be used to combat foot odour in shoes, or placed anywhere else that needs freshening up.

IMG_0681.JPG

December 3, 2013

DIY Natural Teeth Whitening Mouth Wash Recipe and Money Saving Dental Tips

When I moved awhile ago I had to change dentists.

When he looked at my teeth he exclaimed “You don’t have any cavities!” and asked how I was doing this. There is no secret really. I add essential oils to my natural teeth whitening mouthwash. I floss, brush after almost every meal, and I don’t use fluoride.

I always say no to the fluoride treatment at the dentist, and I always find it interesting what each dental hygienist will say about fluoride. Some say adults don’t need it, but I think if a child swallowed fluoride by accident they could possibly die over it. Why give something so poisonous? Hydrogen peroxide is safe and effective, and it whitens your teeth as a bonus. There is fluoride in municipal water systems, but why are we swallowing it when at the dentist you spit it out? Even the toothpaste with fluoride gets spit out unless some gets inadvertently swallowed, which can be harmful. No one should be ingesting fluoride and everyone should petition to remove it from the water system.

There is also no need to do x-rays every six months, which my dentist made me do growing up. All that needless x-ray exposure as a kid, it is criminal. Tooth decay doesn’t happen that fast. My dentist now said I had deep craters in my upper back teeth and he advised filling them to prevent cavities in the future because it is really hard to reach, so I did do that, WITHOUT needles. I have seen needle free dentistry anyway now, which is the way it should be. Porcelain fillings are a better choice than mercury, which they really shouldn’t be using because of toxicity.

I asked the dentist what percentage of hydrogen peroxide he used in his teeth whitening service and he said ten percent. It is very irritating to gums at that strength and that’s why they use trays to avoid contact with gums and only touch the teeth. I said I use 3% in a mouth wash formula, because it is less irritating at that strength and it is effective.

The dentist keeps saying to me that my knowledge is going to put him out of business. I don’t know about that, but here are some simple, natural, inexpensive, practical things to do for preventative dental health care.

Clove essential oil is invaluable to have on hand for good dental health and to treat any dental, gum
pain and discomfort.  Clove oil is best known for its pain-relieving eugenol constituent used to treat toothaches, sore
gums, mouth infections, and bad breath. Read more about clove oil – http://earthelixir.ca/2012/05/29/clove-essential-oil/

Hydrogen peroxide has many uses and it is a secret ingredient in many cleaning products and detergents. Hydrogen peroxide is made up of water and oxygen with the chemical symbol being (H202). Anytime you see the word “oxy” chances are hydrogen peroxide is the magical ingredient. I use hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening mouth wash, to disinfect cuts, clean produce, my toothbrush, earbuds, and all around general cleaning. Use it in the laundry to whiten and remove stains. It is really good at getting out tea and coffee stains on a white shirt. I put it in a spray bottle.
Buy food grade hydrogen peroxide that you dilute yourself from a health food store or seed sprouting garden store. The kind you buy in the drugstore to disinfect cuts is already diluted and contains binders, it isn’t food grade. Be very careful diluting it yourself, at full strength it can burn off warts. If any gets splashed on skin it will turn the skin white and burn until you wash it off. Be extra careful not to splash in eyes, wear glasses while diluting it.

Natural Teeth Whitening Mouth Wash Recipe

In a 100 ml bottle/ 1 drop of essential oil
Any size bottle will do
Use these measurements as a guide
Dilute hydrogen peroxide to 3% distilled water must be used to ensure no other mineral interactions.
hydrogen peroxide diluted with distilled water 1:11 (read diluting instructions on the bottle.)
Hydrogen peroxide has to be food grade for oral use.

Add 1-2 drops of essential oils.
I use peppermint or spearmint in the summer, because it is cooling, and cinnamon and clove in the winter, because it is warming.
Fennel and anise essential oil give a liquorice flavour.
Use essential oils with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to make toothpaste for dental care. The essential oils not only add flavour to make it taste better, it adds antibacterial disinfectant germ fighting action and freshens breath.

Swish mouthwash around in mouth and rinse with water afterwards.
This mouthwash rinse also whitens teeth naturally along with its germ fighting action.
The more you use it and the more contact it has with your teeth the more action it will have.

An ancient Indian therapy: Oil pulling with coconut oil is good too if you don’t like to floss very much.

I am going to try turmeric spice mixed in a paste for teeth whitening too. It is ironic it stains everything else so use hydrogen peroxide or baking soda to clean sinks, toothbrush or hands if it gets stained.

Diet is also important and the worst thing for teeth is soda pop drinks and carbonated beverages. These drinks actually leach calcium from teeth and bones. A natural diet is recommended.

20131203-112825.jpg

July 15, 2013

DIY Aromatherapy Body Spray

imageCreate your own multi-purpose aromatherapy spray to use for body spritzers, perfume, cologne, first aid, linen or room spray.

Create amazing smelling essential oil recipes to use as a first aid spray treating wounds and burns, or use the spray as a body mist, perfume, aftershave cologne or deodorant. Spray it on clothes and linens in closets to repel bugs and to make it smell fresh. Making your own body mist and room spray is better for your health and more economical.

For a body spray use cooling essential oils to lower body temperature when it is too hot or use warming essential oils to warm the body when it is cold.

One way to beat the summertime heat wave is to cool off using essential oils that lower body temperature. An easy and effective recipe is to use the powerful cooling action of peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle.

Peppermint is really strong so be careful and keep spray and essential oils away from eyes.

Read more about the many medicinal uses and cautions of peppermint essential oil

Here ->

http://earthelixir.ca/2013/06/06/do-not-use-peppermint-essential-oil-in-the-bath/

imageCool Peppermint Spray Recipe

ITEMS NEEDED:

Spray bottle
Essential oils
Witch hazel or vodka
Distilled water

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a spray bottle add essential oils.
If using an 8 oz bottle which equals 1 cup or 250 ml

Add 16-17 drops of peppermint essential oil

For a strong oil like peppermint I use less drops-

Around 1 drop per 15 ml of liquid.

Use other cooling essential oils of your choice to create your own blends.

Make it stronger or weaker depending on if you run hot or cold.

When using other less strong oils like citrus top notes add more essential oil drops to make stronger smelling room sprays. An estimation is 1 drop per 2 ml

2. Add 1 Tablespoon (which is equal to 15 ml)
of distilled witch hazel or rose-water/ hydrosol for body recipes
Or use vodka or pure ethyl alcohol for room spray

3. Fill up the rest with distilled water

(around 75 ml in a 100 ml bottle )

You can make it with just water but adding the witch hazel or vodka makes it lasts longer and the essential oils mix together better. Adding Aloe Vera juice will help to treat burns or wounds.

Make your own cooling recipes with these cooling herbs and essential oils found here -> http://earthelixir.ca/2013/07/15/keep-cool-in-the-summer-heat-with-herbs-and-essential-oils/

Mix together and spray all over for a refreshing cool down.

More information about peppermint herb found here->

http://earthelixir.ca/2013/06/06/healing-properties-of-peppermint-herb/

July 15, 2013

Keep Cool in the Summer Heat with Herbs and Essential Oils

imageThere are many essential oils and herbs that help to cool the body down when feeling too hot and sweaty, but the best known one is peppermint.

See my blog about the many medicinal uses and cautions of peppermint -

http://earthelixir.ca/2013/06/06/healing-properties-of-peppermint-herb/

The mint family lowers body temperature which is good to help cool off in the summer heat, but there are other essential oils and herbs besides peppermint that lower body temperature including spearmint, lemon balm, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, geranium, rose, frankincense, comfrey and borage to name a few.

image

Ways to Keep Cool with Herbs

1. Drink iced herbal infusions. Use peppermint, chamomile iced tea or use flavours of your choice to create your own recipes that help cool the body.
I love mints like peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, bee balm mixed with rose petals.

See my blog about herbal infusions and floral waters -

http://earthelixir.ca/2012/07/19/diy-floral-waters/

Put a drop of organic peppermint essential oil in drinks

2. Eat mints and cooling herbs as food.
Experiment with many culinary herbal delights incorporating these cooling herbs as delicious food.

3. Make an essential oil spray or spritzer to cool down your body, and spray linens and rooms as well. See my blog on how to make DIY body spray and there is a cooling peppermint spray recipe here->

http://earthelixir.ca/2013/07/15/diy-aromatherapy-body-spray/

4. Soak your feet and ankles or hands and wrists in cool herbal infused water or add your choice of cooling Essential oils
See my blog about Bath Recipes -

http://earthelixir.ca/2013/04/10/diy-aromatherapy-bath-recipes/

Soak a cloth or bandana in a cool herbal infusion and wear around your neck, this will cool main arteries and veins.

5. Make a massage oil blend using a carrier oil and some cooling essential oils. Use coconut oil it lowers body temperature and cools the body as well and is great to quench dryness.

Peppermint is so cooling it may cause hypothermia in the bath so caution is advised using that method to cool off. See more of the uses and cautions of peppermint essential oil here -

http://earthelixir.ca/2013/06/06/do-not-use-peppermint-essential-oil-in-the-bath/

Enjoy the summer here in the North!

20130716-120555.jpg

June 6, 2013

DIY Aromatherapy Bug Repellent

I don’t like using products with DEET or other pesticides as a bug repellent because of health concerns.

It is easy and inexpensive to make your own natural insect repellents because there are some essential oils that are effective bug repellents.

Citronella grass

Citronella grass

Citronella is the most popular in its research to ward off mosquitoes, but other essential oils are just as good if not better.

Citronella will work for over half an hour but needs to be applied often. I dislike the smell of citronella so it is not overpowering in my blends.

Other essential oils like eucalyptus give over an hour and a half of protection but needs to be applied often depending on conditions.

Neem carrier oil doesn’t deter bugs like essential oils eucalyptus and geranium, but it is a toxin and once ingested it will confuse bugs, making them fly away and even forget to reproduce and eat. This oil is strong patch test first and I always use it diluted up to 20% in a formula. Buy oil specifically for body use.

Essential oils for Bug Repellent:

Citronella, Lemongrass, Lemon eucalyptus, Eucalyptus,

All varieties of geranium, lavender, mints,

Use rosemary, tea tree, cinnamon, clove and citronella sparingly in the blend.

All varieties of basil also help to repel flies.

*Citronella and lemongrass come from the Latin Genus Cymbopogon which is a grass family with several lemon smelling species that are all used in similar ways, so go by the Latin name to be sure what you are getting. Citronella has reddish stems while Lemongrass has greenish pseudo stems which is good to know for cooking and other uses.

There is a variety of mediums to mix the essential oils in depending on what you want. I use a carrier oil and put it directly on my skin. Also I use a witch hazel water spray to spray on clothing and other surroundings. Essential oils do not mix well in water so add another medium like vodka, witch hazel, vinegar or use carrier oil.

ESSENTIAL OIL BUG REPELLENT RECIPE

Use 40% witch hazel or ethyl alcohol or vodka 40 ml

Mix in 60% distilled water 60 ml

For every 100 ml use 50 drops of your choice of essential oil

this is a 3% dilution but you could make it 5% and add more depending on what oils you use

Put in sprayer bottle and spray on area

ESSENTIAL OIL BUG REPELLENT RECIPE

For every 100 ml of carrier oil of your choice

mix 50 drops of your choices of essential oils

Carrier oils: neem oil, soybean oil, jojoba, castor oil, raw sesame, olive oil, your choice

Castor oil is very thick and needs another carrier oil to thin it but provides a skin like protection barrier. Mosquitoes also don’t seem to bite when the skin is wet.

Put oil directly on exposed skin.

Wild catnip

Wild catnip

USING HERBS:

Use either fresh or dried herbs stewed in a mix of water / vinegar or water / alcohol. This is particularly good for stinky smelling herbs like catnip, which is too smelly to use as an essential oil but is really effective at getting rid of bugs, and everyone else for that matter! I would only use it going into the deep brush at bug time. Use with the other recipe.

TREATING BUG BITES:

If you do get bitten put a mix of baking soda which will neutralize the acid of the bite and mix it with lavender, peppermint or tea tree essential oil as an antiseptic and to help bring down inflammation and swelling. Mixing the oils with witch hazel or adding it too helps. Find a recipe here ->

http://earthelixir.ca/2013/04/12/how-to-treat-a-bee-ant-wasp-sting-naturally/

Caution is advised when using essential oils with children and pregnant and nursing women.

image

DIY MOSQUITO TRAP

Here is to make an easy, natural, inexpensive mosquito trap and put it far away from your seating areas.

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf22399231.tip.html

May 9, 2013

Raw Vegan Gluten Free Orange Blackberry Fig Tart

I am so impressed with how easy and delicious raw vegan desserts are, as well as being healthy and nutritious. This orange blackberry fig tart reminds me of fig newtons a bit. If you like fresh figs and fruit this one is for you!

image

I like this tart because it was really fast and easy and if “you are what you eat” I will choose this kind of tart any day.

Raw Vegan Gluten Free Orange Blackberry Fig Tart Recipe

Fruit Topping:

1 cup of figs halved and scoop out the flesh

1 cup of blackberries

1 Tablespoon of agave nectar maple syrup or sweetener of your choice

1/2 teaspoon of organic orange peel zest, or 1 drop of orange essence or organic essential oil.

1/2 vanilla bean split and inside scraped out or 1/2 teaspoon of real vanilla extract

I brought vanilla beans back from Mexico which is the only place the orchid bee lives to  pollinate the vanilla orchid flowers. All other vanilla plants in the rest of the world are hand pollinated.

Mix all ingredients together and let marinate while you prepare the crust.

Crust:

1 cup of almond meal ( I used raw skinned almonds that I had soaked to make almond milk and then made ground almond meal with it) soaked almonds are better to use for making almond meal

4 pitted cut up dates

1 Tablespoon agave nectar maple syrup or sweetener of your choice

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of pink Himalaya salt

Blend ingredients together until it starts to stick together. Add more agave nectar or coconut oil if it needs to stick together more.

Grease the pans you are going to use for the tarts with coconut oil. Use a coconut oiled spoon or wet hands to press crust into an 8 or 9 inch tart pan or use mini spring form cheesecake pans or mini ramekins for each serving.

Spread filling over pressed crust. You can grate more orange zest over the top if desired.

Eat it right away or refrigerate it until ready. Enjoy dare I say healthy desserts!

May 6, 2013

Edible Flowers

There are many edible flowers that are delicious and nutritious. Flowers have flavonoids which is a powerful antioxidant group that is responsible for the colour of the plants. Antioxidants also help protect the plant against stressors and protects our cells as well when we eat them.

Violas have a mild sweet fresh flavour and flowers are always best used fresh. Put in tea or toss raw in salads and add as a garnish to brighten any dish.

Viola

Viola

Learn more about Violas or Violets here >>> http://earthelixir.ca/2012/04/19/sweet-violets/

Besides stuffing squash and zucchini flowers with soft nut cheeses use other flowers like Nasturtiums and stuff them with herbal soft nut cheeses or thick dips. Nasturtiums are also a great addition to salads and the flower buds are pickled like capers, they have a real spicy flavour.

There are also many other flowers to use as a garnish or add to a salad. Flowers are better eaten raw because they are too delicate to cook and will lose nutrition and flavour.

There are also edible herb flowers that make an attractive garnish like chive flowers which look great floated in soups or added to salads. Add Mint flowers like bee balm, peppermint, spearmint, oregano, thyme, hyssop, rosemary to drinks and salads and they also make attractive and pleasant smelling garnish. Get creative with combinations.

Pansies look like Violas but don’t have much flavour like Violas do. They do make beautiful decorations for cakes, desserts and salads though.

Carnations have a sweet clove like flavour that makes it a nice addition to chai tea or desserts.Dianthus   Sunflower petals have a nutty flavour that make a nice colourful cheery addition to salads. image

Marigold/Calendula have a mild citrus fresh flavour and have brilliant orange yellow petals that remind me of saffron and are used in the same way. Use in desserts, salads, drinks and sprinkle on rice after cooking. There are so many varieties with varying flavours. I like these petite French citrus one I grow,  it packs flavour taste.

Calendula

Calendula

Learn more about Calendula here >>> http://earthelixir.ca/herbs/calendula/

Lavender is used a lot in dessert recipes and the flavour is still strong even after baking with it.

trees 031Learn more about Lavender here >>> http://earthelixir.ca/2012/07/12/lavender/

Dandelion flowers are best known for use in making dandelion wine. Pickle the buds like capers. Young flowers are used in salads but old ones might need to be steamed for a minute or two.

dandelion wineLearn more about Dandelions here >>> http://earthelixir.ca/herbs/dandelion/

Wild roses are beautiful in drinks, salads or desserts.

backyard bliss 048 - CopyLearn more about roses here >>> http://earthelixir.ca/2012/06/04/roses-for-you/

April 12, 2013

How to Treat a Bee Sting Naturally

Treating Ant, Bee Stings Naturally 

???????????????????????????????

Remove stinger if present. Baking soda neutralizes the formic acid of the sting. An acid and a base neutralize and balance each other. Formic acid is present in bee stings, ant bites and stinging nettle stings.

Peppermint essential oil will help ease pain and inflammation while providing antiseptic action along with baking soda to balance the ph level. Lavender and tea tree essential oil work well too.

Recipe:

Mix 2 drops of Peppermint, or Tea tree, Lavender essential oil

with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and enough water or witch hazel to form a paste.

You can add a bit of white clay if available, it help absorbs toxicity.

***If a bee sting allergy is present go to a hospital immediately, anaphylactic shock can be fatal.

Ants usually bite and don’t leave a stinger like a bee does, but if it does leave a stinger in, remove it as fast as you can no matter how! And then treat it with this baking soda recipe as fast as you can. It is important to remain calm. Put baking soda on right away while creating essential oil baking soda paste.

bee copy

April 12, 2013

How to Treat a Bee Sting Naturally

Treating Ant, Bee Stings Naturally 

???????????????????????????????

Remove stinger if present. Baking soda neutralizes the formic acid of the sting. An acid and a base neutralize and balance each other. Formic acid is present in bee stings, ant bites and stinging nettle stings.

Peppermint essential oil will help ease pain and inflammation while providing antiseptic action along with baking soda to balance the ph level. Lavender and tea tree essential oil work well too.

Recipe:

Mix 2 drops of Peppermint, or Tea tree, Lavender essential oil

with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and enough water or witch hazel to form a paste.

You can add a bit of white clay if available, it help absorbs toxicity.

***If a bee sting allergy is present go to a hospital immediately, anaphylactic shock can be fatal.

Ants usually bite and don’t leave a stinger like a bee does, but if it does leave a stinger in, remove it as fast as you can no matter how! And then treat it with this baking soda recipe as fast as you can. It is important to remain calm. Put baking soda on right away while creating essential oil baking soda paste.

bee copy

April 11, 2013

Using Essential Oils in the Laundry

Use essential oils to deodorize, disinfect and make your laundry smell superfresh naturally.

trees 031

In the Washer:

Add essential oils to eco-friendly liquid or powder laundry soap. Alternatively you can make your own laundry detergent with soapwort and herbs.

Always use phosphate free laundry detergent it is better for you and the environment.

Place 5-10 drops of essential oil of your choice in ¼ cup of laundry detergent.

Add it to your wash in cold water.

Use Borax or Hydrogen peroxide (H202) for stains, they brighten and whiten naturally. Add ½ cup of borax to boost laundry detergents cleaning power. Borax is found in the laundry aisle in the supermarket.

In the Dryer:

Add a few drops to fabric dryer cloths, or an old facecloth or natural cloth that you can use over and over, and add it to your clothes dryer.

If you want your laundry to smell like the essential oils, put more drops on the cloth right before the end of the cycle.

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,222 other followers

%d bloggers like this: