Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Soup

Here's a recipe for a healthy fall soup. You can get all of the ingredients from your local farm stand or farmers market. Make extra for a friend or neighbor!

  • 5 - 8 red potatoes cubed (roasted in 450 degree oven with olive oil, sea salt, rosemary, thyme for 25 minutes)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 - 6 large cloves of garlic (or as many as you like) chopped
  • 6 small leeks chopped
  • olive oil
  • 1 quart organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • Spices: nutmeg, cayenne, cumin, black pepper
  1. In large sauce pan, saute onion, garlic, and leeks with a drizzle of olive oil on low heat for ~ 15 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable broth, roasted potatoes, and almond milk. Continue to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove 1/2 of soup mixture and blend in blender till smooth. Add back to sauce pan.
  4. Add spices and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with pumpkin seeds.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Essential Oils & Lice. Happy Back to School!

Head lice (Pediculosis capitis) are parasites that can be found on the heads of people. Symptoms include intense itching and tickling feeling from movement of hair.

An investigation of Essential Oils (Lavender, Tea Tree and Lemon) on human lice showed that Tea Tree was most effective.

In another study, all of these oils were found to be effective (blended with vinegar and water) in vitro against lice....
  • Aniseed, Cinnamon leaf, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Red Thyme
According to Jean Valnet, MD, he recommended the following essential oils for lice...
  • Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Thyme
And in another study, Eucalyptus globulus was found effective against lice.

In Jane Buckle’s, Clinical Aromatherapy, suffocating agents (carrier oils) such as olive, sunflower or vegetable oil can be effective if used for more than 12 hours.

According to Valerie Ann Worwood, an excellent preventative blend would be equal parts of Rosemary, Lavender, and Lemon. Add 2 drops to the final rinse after shampooing. If lice are present, the following blend should be rubbed well into the scalp and sit overnight: 27 drops each of Rosemary, Geranium and Lavender; add to 1 oz beeswax (melted) and 2 oz of Castor oil.

More Information:
Please consider these guidelines for blending essential oils safely:

Health Effects of Lindane Exposure

Win the Fight Against Head Lice without Toxic Chemicals

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Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, Volume 2, Issue 4, August 1996, Pages 97-101http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17662541?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=2http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20496586
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