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February 2015 and A Vegetarian Kitchen Kind of Love!
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Oregano Oil and It’s Incredible Healing Powers!
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Quick! Ty Needs a Power Smoothie!

February 2015 and A Vegetarian Kitchen Kind of Love!

Love shows up in all different ways, so if you’re like me you love cooking and playing with recipes and sometimes following them exactly!  Some recipes turn out divine and others ,well, not so much. Ha!  That’s OK I’ve accepted that I may not be the worlds best chef. No biggie! However, the recipes in this cookbook The Vegetarian Kitchen, by Melissa Bushby, have been really delicious and have taught me a few things, like making crusts, infusing a few flavors I didn’t think would taste good together and yet they did, and there is just a great variety for the palette.

I’ve been vegan, vegetarian, not vegan, not vegetarian, back to vegetarian off and on over the last 4 years and now I just eat as my body requests.  There is about 95% no animal meats in my diet, but cheeeeeese is good in small quantities! This saves me a lot of hassle of being forced by some silly rule I made up myself as to how I am going to eat and what I’d be committed to.  So, if you eat meat, add meat.  If you don’t, don’t.  If you eat cheese, add cheese. If you don’t eat cheese, use something like Daiya Cheese, which is very tasty too in these recipes!

Anyways, some of my favorite recipes include Tomato & Onions (it has a great caper topping), Mung Bean Soup, Roasted Onions, Sweet Potato & Courgette (Zucchini) Fritters, Tarts, Pastas, Homemade Hot Chocolate, Homemade Lemonade, and there are even recipes for Limoncello, Ginger Beer and Sangria.   Don’t forget, cook once, eat twice or thrice!  This book, yes the one below, has been a true find!

Bon Appetit!
Love Julie
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Oregano Oil and It’s Incredible Healing Powers!

OREGANO OIL, did I just fall off the Oregano Truck?  Why hadn’t I heard about this wonder oil before? A few summers back a friend of mine told me about Oregano Oil and how it is an immune system strengthener and that it was also good for several other healthy benefits, skin, etc.  So, being who I am, I went home and looked it up immediately, started talking to other people who had used this fragrant oil as well and I began to comprise a list of the pros and cons.   Let’s get started –

History:
Oregano Oil was used by Ancient Greeks, as well as some others. However, they were one of the first. The Greeks saw the medicinal value this oil had and how it affected their health.  It was used as an anti-fungal, pain reliever, anti-bacterial, an inflammation reducer and it was known to successfully fight infections, which I imagine with all their fighting, they needed a good natural remedy!

Hippocrates used Oregano as an Antiseptic, Respiratory Cure and Stomach Ailments. Hippocrates said “Let Food be thy Medicine and Let Medicine be thy Food”.   I think they were onto something!!

This herb is closely related to the Marjoram herb and is also known as wild Marjoram.

Pros:

Skin Issues -This oil helped to keep my Roseaca under control due to it’s ability to knock out organisms that were hard at work causing flare ups. I used this topically as well as in my tea. Once again, 2 drops was sufficient. Always read the instructions on the bottle as some tinctures recommend mixing with an oil.  This works great as well for skin infections and itchy skin.

Digestive Issues – Destroys organisms that supply fuel for tummy troubles.  I used 2 drops in some warm water with lemon or with tea for a calm and properly digesting system. Oregano Oil contains large properties of Thymol and Carvacrol. These relax your digestive system.

Immune System – Strengthens your system and since it’s working on your gut simultaneously, you are automatically improving your health. Your gut is the tell all of your health and your immune system. When your body is keeping mucous and your sinuses are feeling congested,  try Oregano Oil for 3-5 days and notice a breathing difference. Same for your lungs, feeling congested, a few drops in juice, tea, water, and voila! you should begin feeling better!

Cons:

Ladies! Oregano Oil has been said to reduce the bodies ability to absorb iron.  This caught my eye and immediately as many women are low in iron to begin with. So, if you are using this oil on a regular basis, you may want to take an iron supplement. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT USE OREGANO OIL.  PREGNANT MOMMIES NEED IRON!

Some people have allergies to Oregano, Thyme, Mints and Basil.  These are all in the same family and could trigger an allergic reaction you didn’t count on! So, avoid!!   You may want to avoid Marjoram too!

I really like some Essential Oils’ Oregano and one you can buy at the market called P73.  As with any herb, oil, supplement, if you are not sure if its right for you, talk to a Naturopath or Holistic Dr. and get another opinion.

 

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Quick! Ty Needs a Power Smoothie!

Posted on June 5, 2014

When my son needs energy, and I mean the type of energy that pushes you through into the night,  as he’s a teenager who has been working 13 hour days, socializing at night, graduating and functioning on limited resources,  I give him this!

 

2 Bananas

1 cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Tablespoon Honey Peanut Butter or Almont Butter

1 Wheatgrass shot

1 Handful Spinach

1 Teaspoon Local Bee Pollen

1 Dropper of Adrenal Support Tincture

1 Teaspoon Maca Powder

4-5 ice cubes

1/2 cup – 1 cup filtered / spring water

 

Pop in the high speed blender and vroom vroom!  Pour in a glass and enjoy!

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