Candida Diet Taco Salad

 

Taco Salad for the Candida Free Kitchen

2/3 Cup Quinoa

1 Cup homemade Bone Broth

1 lb ground turkey/chicken/beef/venison etc

2-4 Tbsp homemade Taco Seasoning

Romaine or iceberg Lettuce

Olives

Diced Onions

Green Chilies

Grape or Cherry Tomatoes

Sliced avocado

homemade Salsa Verde or ‘green sauce” as Rob likes to call it.

  • Bring bone broth to a boil, add quinoa and simmer until tender
  • Brown ground meat
  • Add cooked quinoa, and homemade taco seasoning. Adding more broth if mixture is too dry
  • Allow mixture to cool slightly
  • Toss mixture with all remaining ingredients to make salad.
  • Top with homemade yogurt if desired.

We love this meal. Something about the still slightly warm meat mixture and the crunchy cold lettuce. Yum! Plus it is “Phase One” safe, if you are following a Candida free way of life, or just plain trying to eat more vegetables!

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My Anti-Candida Arsenal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Natural Path Silver Wings, Colloidal Silver, 500 ppm, 4 fl oz (120 ml)

 
 
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And yes I take all of this every day, including drinking the aloe vera juice right out of the jug 🙂 Until I feel I am fungus free this is the plan anyway. I’ll let you know how it goes. So far I am feeling great and my sinuses are incredibly clear. I didn’t really realize that they were congested until they weren’t congested anymore! Now I can breathe. I like breathing!
 
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Candida Cleanse And What To Eat

So I have decided that I’m going to give Gary Kaufmans “Phase One” diet a try and see what happens. I am going to follow it to the letter, including all of the anti-fungal herbs and supplements that he recommends in his books. And you get to follow along on my journey of pain and suffering whether you like it or not. If have no idea what I’m talking about READ THIS first.

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My Symptoms to Start:

  • Constantly and wildly fluctuating hormone levels
  • Hair Loss
  • Sinus congestion
  • Alternating Anxiety and Depression (are we having fun yet?)
  • Constipation
  • Brain Fog
  • Bloated Abdomen
  • Fierce Chocolate Cravings

We are about to find out if any of this is caused by a systemic fungal infection or if I am just a hypochondriac 🙂

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The Diet:

 Eat ONLY the Following Foods

Meats:

Beef, Fish, Poultry, Lamb, Turkey, Pork

Nuts:

Raw nuts, including pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pumpkin seeds.  Stored Nuts tend to gather mold, so be careful!
No Peanuts and No Pistachio’s

Vegetables:

Most fresh, unblemished vegetables and freshly made vegetable juice. (avoid mushrooms, corn, and potatoes)

Beverages:

Bottled or filtered water, non-fruity herbal teas, stevia sweetened fresh lemonade or limeade, freshly squeezed carrot juice.

Fruits:

Berries, grapefruit, lemon, lime, green apples, avocado, fresh coconut

Dairy:

Organic butter, organic plain yogurt, ( use the following very sparingly) cream cheese, unsweetened whipping cream, real sour cream


Eggs

Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar

Oils:

Olive, grape, flax-seed, cold pressed virgin coconut oil.

Sweeteners:

Stevia,  Xylitol.

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According to www.knowthecause.com:

PHASE ONE DIET

“This diet minimizes fungal food, because it minimizes sugars that fungi require in order to grow.  Ask your doctor about experimenting with this diet for 30 days and monitor your results.   Many people keep a dietary log each day and share this with their doctor upon their next visit.  Often, people begin to challenge this diet, wanting back some of the foods they miss, after achieving good results within a month or two.  Most find that their symptoms begin coming back as they go back to their regular diets.  This indicates that the fungi were successfully starved, but perhaps not eradicated.  Many people, after reading our recipe books, realize that there are hundreds of wholesome and delicious recipes on this phase one diet.  With their symptoms much better and their diets now getting more exciting, this diet becomes the genesis of their health program.”

Ok Doug, we’ll see! I’ll share my arsenal of anti-fungal drugs and start on new recipes tomorrow. I’m scared! Did you notice the complete lack of cookies on this program? No cookies! Holy Crap! Wish me luck.

Related Posts:

Is Cancer a Fungal Infection?
The Easiest Cancer Cure in the World?
Is Candida Overgrowth a Real Problem?

 

The Easiest Cancer Cure in the World?

Well Perhaps. Or perhaps not. I tend to lean on the side of the guy who is not profiting from this whole cancer cure game. His name is Dr.Tulio Simoncini and he claims to have found the cure for cancer. Dr. Simoncini is an italian oncologist and he isn’t trying to sell anything, or patent anything or raise money for any kind of cause or race or magic cure. He says that he has been led by God to heal people and that is what he’s doing. Call him a quack if you want. But it’s awfully hard to argue with a 90% cure rate!

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I would recommend that EVERYONE read this book. You can buy it HERE. I make no money from the sale of this book, I have read it cover to cover more than once and it seems ridiculous at first glance. When I read it the first time I had to put the book down. I was completely blown away. It was one of those moments when you realize that everything you believed was wrong. I started crying so hard for all of the people who died and are going to die because of the greedy bastards who don’t want to let this message get out. 

That something SO simple could work….. But it works! This man is curing people of ALL types of cancer at a 90% cure rate. Some of the trickier bone cancers are less successful, but oh geez you just have to read it!

RESEARCH STUDIES AND UNBIASED STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SHOW THAT THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR ORTHODOX CANCER TREATMENTS LIKE SURGERY, CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION THERAPY AND THAT THESE TREATMENTS  DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD!

Is Candida Overgrowth a Real Problem?

Is Candida Overgrowth a real problem  or just something that has been really blown out of proportion over the years? Sure we get yeast infections once in a while, but a little dose of an anti-fungal pill and we’re back to normal right? We all know that probiotics are important, but they won’t save your life or anything! Right?

Well I’m not sure either way, but it is something I’m researching right now, and something that I tend to take seriously. Especially if you are a fan of Doug Kaufman or Dr. Tulio Simoncini. You know who you are! So help me figure this out will ya?

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Symptoms:

A person with Candida overgrowth may have only 2-3 of these symptoms, or may identify with many.

Mental/emotional/nervous system:

  • Headaches and migraine headaches
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems difficulty falling asleep, or waking up in the middle of the night with a mind that won’t calm down (typically between 1 and 3 am)
  • Irritability and confusion
  • Poor memory
  • Anxiety attacks, panic attacks
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Heart beating too fast or irregularly
  • Sexual problems — impotence or lack of desire, or excessive sexuality
  • Attention deficit, hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Feeling of floating or not quite being in your body
  • Indecisiveness, difficulty organizing and cleaning messy areas

Digestive system:

  • Cravings for sugar, chocolate, milk, cheese, vinegar, pickles, alcohol, bread, nuts or fruit
  • “Metabolic syndrome” which includes the following: large abdomen (“beer belly”), adult-onset diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure
  • “Beer belly,” also called truncal obesity — excess weight centered around the abdomen
  • Acid reflux/GERD (heartburn)
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Bloating, flatulence or abdominal pain
  • Rectal itching
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Excessively thin or anorexic/bulimic

Skin, eyes, hair:

  • Skin and nail fungal infections (current or past), including: athlete’s foot, vaginal yeast infections, fungal toenails, ringworm, jock itch, tinea versicolor or itchy eyelids
  • Skin problems like eczema, rashes, psoriasis
  • Prematurely graying hair
  • Pupils always dilated
  • Unusually green eyes, or eye color has turned greenish

Immune disorders:

  • Asthma and allergies
  • Recurring infections — colds, ears, bladder, sinus
  • Autoimmune disease (lupus, hypothyroidism, arthritis, others)
  • Penicillin allergy

Whole body:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or joint pain, fibromyalgia
  • Cold feet, cold hands, sometimes cold nose
  • Sweating, especially at night
  • Uncomfortable at any temperature

Women’s health issues:

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Vaginal Yeast Infections
  • Endometriosis (chronic pelvic pain)
  • Infertility (female), some miscarriages, toxemia of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia)

Symptoms seen particularly in children up to about 8 years old:

  • Early allergy to foods like milk
  • Infections as a baby
  • Child had or has frequent ear infections, tonsillitis, strep throat or bladder infections, especially if these infections were treated with antibiotics
  • Cravings for milk, cheese, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter
  • Asthma
  • “Drama king” or “drama queen” — complains quite vocally and often
  • Poor sleep patterns — difficulty going to sleep, sleeps too lightly or has frequent nightmares, and wakes up too early (or sometimes too late)
  • Too thin or overweight
  • Attention deficit with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
  • Aggressive, poor social interactions, can’t stop moving, frequent fights or arguments, frequent crying
  • Autism
  • Pale complexion, dark circles under the eyes

List compiled from www.candidamd.com

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CAUSES:

Improper pre-natal and infant nutrition (both emotional & physical): lack or insufficiency of breast milk. Introduction of animal proteins at too early an age, producing life-long food allergies leading to weakened immunity in childhood and adult life.

Frequent use of antibiotic therapy in childhood and adult life in cases where antibiotic therapy could have been avoided. Vaccinations may also undermine normal immune capacity.

Consumption of de-mineralized, de-vitalized, and processed foods. The chief culprits being white sugar and white flour. The minerals in our foods allows the body to neutralize so many of the harmful acids that can accumulate in the system. Most of the commercially raised foods are grown in extremely mineral depleted soils. Health promoting foods are grown in healthy soil that is naturally fertilized and not over-farmed.

Consumption of chemical food additives, preservatives, stabilizers and coloring agents and artificial flavorings and sweeteners.

Commercially raised animal protein such as beef, chicken and farmed fish that contains trace amounts of antibiotics and/or artificial hormones.

Overeating, skipping meals on a regular basis, under-eating, having coffee instead of breakfast, etc..

Overuse of low quality fats, hydrogenated fats and trans-fatty acids such as margarine.

Insufficient amounts of fiber in the diet.

Insufficient production of stomach acid (HCL), very common in those over 40 years of age, most often mis-diagnosed as overproduction of stomach acid.

Lack of fresh vital foods high in naturally occurring enzymes and friendly bacteria as well as neglect of probiotic supplementation after antibiotics were administered.

Drinking insufficient quantities of water to meet the body’s requirements (8 fl. oz. / 250 ml. per 25 lbs. / 12 k. of body weight per 24 hours).

Chronic constipation.
Overconsumption of alcohol, use of “recreational drugs”, dependence upon or overuse of pharmaceuticals.

Mercury containing dental amalgam fillings, undiagnosed dental infections and root canalled teeth that may be infected.

Other heavy metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead, etc. can predispose the system to yeast proliferation. (all of which are in most tap water)

Medical treatment involving high dose, intravenous or long-term antibiotics.

Pharmaceutical birth control pills

Long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications which may cause damage to the integrity of the intestinal lining (some individuals may suffer damage with just short-term or “normal” use.)

Insufficient or excessive exercise, over-strenous exercise for prolonged periods of time ( excessive exercise weakens the body’s defences, insufficient exercise lowers metabolic, circulatory & self cleansing functions.)

Insufficient sleep, getting to sleep too late, shift work, frequent air travel through several time-zones. Getting to sleep after 10 PM on a regular basis will deplete normal adrenal reserves and stress the entire system.

High pressure work with insufficient rest or monetary compensation, leading to long term stress and / or anxiety.

Stress caused by living in overcrowded conditions leading to frequent anger and / or frustration.

Stress caused by long-term relationship incompatibilities with frequent emotional upset.

Lack of sufficient love and nurturance in childhood leading to constant emotional insecurities in adult life that undermine normal, healthy immune and glandular functionality.

Poor air and / or water quality as well as insufficient air circulation at home, at work or while traveling / frequent exposure to recirculated air in sealed buildings or aircraft

Chemical contamination of work place and/or home. Persons who handle or inhale chemical fumes / solvents in their work or hobbies.

Damp environments, mold and/or mildew in home, at workplace or in vehicle (ventilation ducts in the home or work place, as well as old car air conditioning systems often harbor considerable mold and mildew colonies, they should be cleaned on as regular a basis as possible. Filters should be changed more frequently than typically recommended).

Insufficient exposure to sunlight and consequent fatigue and vitamin D deficiency.

Living in proximity to commercial agricultural regions where agricultural chemicals are routinely sprayed.

Living in near  high power electric lines and other electro magnetic field disturbing influences.

Exposure/overexposure (there are no truly safe levels) to ionizing radiation.

Candida infection can rarely be sexually transmitted and is most easily contracted by individuals with lowered immune function.

Individuals infected with HIV / AIDS can, as a consequence of impaired immune function, develop systemic yeast overgrowth.

So what do you think? Is the prevalence of Candida Overgrowth under-stated or over-stated? Is this a growing epidemic caused by the over-consumption of grains and sugar and carbs in general or is it something that “health nuts” like to rant and rave about? I would LOVE to hear your opinions!

 And if it IS a real problem, what do we do about it? More on that tomorrow!

Is Cancer A Fungal Infection?

I just recently read this article from www.knowthecause.com. I have long been a fan of his podcasts. If you haven’t heard of Doug Kaufman, check out his information. It definitely makes you think about cancer in a whole different way. Tomorrow I will share my protocol for avoiding cancer and fungi in general. It’s ALOT easier than you think!

A Testimonial By Penny Mullens

Written by Know The Cause

 
 
I was diagnosed with aggressive, infiltrating stage III breast cancer in 2002 when I was just 47 years old, with six of my eight children still at home. The youngest ones were 5, 8, and 10. I was 10 years younger than my maternal aunt was when she was diagnosed.   p-mullens
The traditional route of treatment was offered to me. When breast cancer is diagnosed, you’re made to feel like you have to make a decision yesterday, and before you can blink, you’re scheduled for a double mastectomy (with reconstruction) and shuttled back and forth between oncologists, tests, and scans. Your world has been turned upside down, and while spinning out of control, you’re supposed to make informed, well-researched decisions. You do what you’re told. You follow the pack. You choose the known, I’m ashamed to say.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars, 77 linear inches of incisions, AND seven drain tubes later, I was sporting reconstructed breasts. I lived in a motorized recliner for six weeks, and I couldn’t lift anything heavier than 1/2 gallon of milk. I couldn’t walk upright for 13 weeks. Huge doses of antibiotics were administered routinely. Powerful narcotics kept pain managed and allowed me asleep. It took a terrible toll on my immune system.

I had another surgery to install the port: more anesthesia, more drugs for pain. At this point, I was gearing up for the first round of Adriamycin and Cytoxin – every 21 days for almost six months, to be followed by Taxotere and possibly radiation. Gearing up means filling all the drugs to manage the side effects, signing all the paperwork acknowledging that you’ll not hold anyone liable for anything and agreeing that you understand that the result of treatment for your cancer may mean permanent heart, liver, lung, eye, and kidney damage. Hair can (and does) fall out, nails may be permanently misshapen, discolored, or never grow back… and on and on. This paperwork that signs away your life takes hours and is terrifying if you really listen and read. (Who really does under these circumstances? If one really did, one would bolt out of there!)

Chemotherapy ranks up there with the worst experiences of my life. Everything that could go wrong did, so through the continuing haze of nausea, constipation, injections for low white blood cell counts, I decided that I would choose a shorter life expectancy than to continue with this protocol. When begging my oncologist (and family doctor) for ideas on a lower dosage or alternative treatment, I was told that this was the “gold standard” of breast cancer treatment. I was told that if I didn’t take it, I’d have two years to live. But I wanted to try something different, and I asked if the oncologist would at least follow my progress and perform routine tumor markers. He dismissed me.

Enter the “anti-fungal” approach! Through a series of people, I was introduced to the work of Doug Kaufmann. I devoured The Germ that Causes Cancer, read with my finger in the glossary. But, I saw myself in the pages of the anti-fungal questionnaire (constant sinus infections, excessive antibiotic use, high carb consumption, exposure to environmental mold, weight issues, major stress, fatigue), and I embraced the whole theory as making complete sense. I saw the duplicity in the medical/pharmaceutical industry. I saw the money trail. I saw the science behind mycology. I saw the chain of sickness caused by fungus, treat the fungus with antibiotics, another illness, treat with antibiotics… I GOT IT ALL!

I actually found the program to be really do-able and completely affordable (most OTC anti-fungals are less than $12 monthly). The food was plentiful and tasty. There was a learning curve for the first weeks, but really, it was super easy. I never felt better! Though in my late forties, I felt like I was in my twenties; my skin and hair were healthy, and I went my merry way optimistically. My tumor markers remained low and all x-rays clear.

Over the long haul though, as one gets further removed from the “scare”, old habits creep back in and improper responses to stress return. And in my case, another mold exposure problem ensued; in November 2013, ten years later, I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer metastasis to my bones. I was told there was no cure and that prayer was my best hope.

I immediately returned to what I knew to do – the anti-fungal diet, OTC anti-fungals, and several rounds of prescription anti-fungals. All were inexpensive and easy. Three and a half months later, I was pronounced “in complete remission” with “no evidence of avid malignancy”.

I keep asking, “Really? Really! Can it be this quick, this cheap, this easy?” Folks, it is! The cancer industry has us snookered! I’m walking proof!

Aromatherapy Part 2: The Dark Side

Although essential oils are natural products, it is still necessary to follow certain precautions when using them. Essential oils are very concentrated and volatile, this is why they work so well! There are certain essential oils that should never be used in aromatherapy. They are all either narcotic, toxic, capable of causing miscarriage, likely to provoke epileptic seizures or can seriously damage the skin.

Dangerous Essential Oils

These oils should Never be used

  • Aniseed Pimpinella anisum
  • Arnica Arnica montana
  • Boldo Leaf Peumus boldus
  • Calamus  Acorus calamus
  • Camphor Cinnamomum camphora
  • Cassia Cinnamomum cassie
  • Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum zeylanicum
  • Costus Saussurea lappa
  • Bitter Almond Prunus amygdalis
  • Bitter Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
  • Elecampane Inula helenium
  • Horseradish Cochlearia armorica
  • Jaborandi Leaf Pilocarpus jaborandi
  • Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris
  • Mustard Brassica nigra
  • Origanum Origanum vulgare
  • Origanum (spanish) Thymus capitatus
  • Pennyroyal (European) Mentha pulegium
  • Pennyroyal (North American) Hedeoma pulegioides
  • Pine (dwarf) Pinus pumilio
  • Rue Ruta graveolens
  • Sage Salvia officinalis
  • Sassafras Sassafras albidum
  • Sassafras (brazilian) Ocotea cymbarum
  • Savin Juniperus sabina
  • Savory (summer) Satureia hortensis
  • Savory (Winter) Satureia montana
  • Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum
  • Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
  • Thuja (cedarleaf) Thuja occidentalis
  • Thuja Plicata Thuja plicata
  • Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens
  • Wormseed Chenopodium anthelminticum
  • Wormwood Artemisia absinthium

Rosemary: Should not be used by people with epilepsy

In addition to the above list, there are a number of oils that do have valuable therapueutic properties, but need to be used with caution.

Oils that should not be used by people with Epilepsy

  • Fennel (Sweet) Foeniculum vulgare
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

(plus Sage and Wormwood, from the previous list)

Geranium Oil: Do not use during Pregnancy

Oils That Should Not be Used During Pregnancy

  • Basil Ocimum basilicum
  • Birch Betula alba, B. lenta, B.alleghaniensis
  • Cedarwood Cedrus atlantica
  • Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
  • Cypress Cupressus sempervirens
  • Geranium Pelargonium asperum
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
  • Jasmine Jasminium officinale
  • Juniper Juniperis communis
  • Marjoram Origanum majorana
  • Myrrh Commiphora myrrha
  • Nutmeg Myristica fragrans
  • Peppermint Mentha piperata
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Tarragon Artemisia dranunculus
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris
  • Camomile Anthemis nobilis, et al.
  • Lavender Lavandula vera
  • Rose Rosa centifolia, R.damascena  

Lemon Oil: Do not use for prolonged periods

Essential Oils with a Risk of Chronic Toxicity

Do not use these oils for more than a few days at a time

  • Basil Ocimum basilicum
  • Cedarwood Cedrus atlantica
  • Cinnamon Leaf Cinnamomum zeylanicum
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus
  • Fennel (Sweet) Foeniculum vulgare
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
  • Lemon Citrus limonum
  • Orange Citrus aurantium
  • Nutmeg Myristica fragrans
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris

Clove Oil: Can irritate the skin

Skin Irritants

Always dilute these oils to 1% before using

  • Angelica Angelica archangelica
  • Black Pepper Piper nigrum
  • Cinnamon Leaf Cinnamomum zeylanicum
  • Citronella Cymbopogon narus
  • Clove (all parts) Eugenia caryphyllus
  • Ginger Zingiber officinalis
  • Lemon Citrus limonum
  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus
  • Lemon Verbena Lippia citriodora
  • Orange Citrus aurantium
  • Nutmeg Myristica fragrans
  • Peppermint Mentha piperata

Bergamot Oil: Can cause sunburn or sun damage

PhotoSensitising Oils

Do not use on skin before sun exposure

  • Angelica Angelica archangelica
  • Bergamot Citrus bergamia
  • Lemon Citrus limonum
  • Orange Citrus aurantium

I certainly don’t mean to scare anyone away from using essential oils, but I think a lot of us (myself included) think we can just go around using essential oils without a care in the world, without realising that they are incredibly strong and can have harmful effects if used improperly. It’s easy to think of the as just fancy scented oils, that you can add to whatever you want. For example, if you add lemon or orange oil to your body lotion recipe and use it every day, you run a risk of toxic levels building up in the body over time. Also be careful about gift giving. I was going to make peppermint shower scrub as a Christmas gift last year, until I researched peppermint oil and found it can cause spontaneous abortion!

Honestly if you are nervous, I would contact a Certified Aromatherapist (which is where I got these lists). I have been using essential oils myself for many years, with no ill effects, but I always research an oil before I use it.

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Aromatherapy Part 1: How it Works

Essential Oil of Bergamot

Essential Oil of Geranium

Essential Oil of Thyme

Cinnamon Bark: A Dangerous Essential Oil

Cherry Clafoutis (french custard)

Cherry Clafoutis

1 lb fresh cherries pitted and halved

1 cup whole milk

1/3 cup heavy cream

4 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

Bakes well in 10″ springform pan or ramekins, I have also  made this in a pie pan.

Mix milk and cream in saucepan. Simmer then set aside.

In a bowl mix eggs, flour, sugar, zest, vanilla and salt. Slowly whisk in the hot milk mixture.

Spread cherries in the bottom of your baking dish. Pour custard over cherries.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45-55  minutes (30 for ramekins)

This is delicious warm or cold. I have made this with blueberries, peaches, strawberries, and diced apples. There are endless variations. I think next time I will try maple syrup in place of the sugar, and pecans instead of fruit. If you use farm fresh eggs and milk from grass-fed cows this is actually a healthy food!

Aromatherapy Part 1: How it Works

Aromatherapy is the use of plant oils in treatment. Although the word aromatherapy was first used in 1937 the principles on which it is based are very, very old. The use of infused aromatic oils, made by macerating dried plant material in fatty oil, heating and then filtering date back to the first century.

The lungs and the skin are both vital to the practice of aromatherapy, as these are the two routes by which essential oils enter the body.

Essential oils evaporate on contact with the air, so when breathed in they are carried with the inhaled air through the nose and into the lungs. The two primary bronchi, which first bring air into the lungs, divide into smaller passages, which in turn divide and subdivide into tubes of every decreasing size The smallest being called the bronchioli. The bronchioli then lead to the even smaller alveolar ducts, which look like tiny balloons or bunches of grapes. These alveoli, supply oxygen to the blood and remove waste matter in the ‘exchange of gases’. The walls of the alveoli are made of the thinnest tissue in the body, and through this fine membrane fluids can pass. The surface of the membrane is always moist, so that oxygen and other soluble particles dissolve before passing through it.

The importance of this process is to understand that the particles of essential oils that have been breathed in can pass directly through these thin-walled structures, and enter the bloodstream for circulation to other parts of the body.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the base materials of the aromatherapist. They are the pure cells of a plant extracted by distillation.

We use the term essential oil loosely to describe all the oils used in aromatherapy, but strictly speaking only those extracted by distillation should be called essential. Some oils are extracted by pressure (most citrus oils) and should be called “Essence of”. Some are solvent extracted (most floral oils) and should be called “Absolute of”.

Essential oils are very highly concentrated, and should only rarely be used undiluted. They are very volatile and evaporate quickly. They should be kept in airtight bottles in a dark and quiet place. They are damaged by sunlight, temperature changes and even loud noise.

Carrier Oils from Mountain Rose Herbs

Even though they are called oils, they are light and non-greasy. They dissolve easily in fatty oils, but not in water.

Essential oils are highly complex chemically and this makes them both versatile and safe, since many properties act together to balance them out. Some people are surprised by the many therapeutic properties mentioned for a single oil, but this reflects the complicated chemistry of the oil.

How you apply essential, or aromatherapy, oils has an impact on their healing capabilities.  Because they are so highly concentrated, it is not often recommended that you apply essential oils in their pure form directly to the skin.

Baths- A few drops of oil directly in water

Massage- A few drops of essential oil added to massage oil or any carrier oil (almond, jojoba, coconut etc)

Vapor Inhalation- 5 drops in steaming water. Inhale the steam using a towel tent over the head

Lotion/Cream/Salve- Essential oils added to these products are absorbed through the skin

Compress-Add essential oil to warm water. Dip in a cotton cloth and wring it out. Place this on the body.

If you don’t know where to start with aromatherapy, I buy all of my supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can find them on my blogroll. Enjoy!

Homemade Hippie Bug Spray

In Michigan we are surrounded by water, which causes lots of humidity, which causes mosquitos the size of pterodactyls. For some reason mosquitos love me. Maybe because I am an extremely white, white girl and you can see every vein in my body, which to a mosquito must look like the best all you can eat lunch buffet in town. I also get welts the size of a quarter every time I get bit, so I spend  most of the summer looking like a victim of scabies. They have hatched really early this year, because of the crazy warm weather, so it’s time to get out the arsenal and try to fend them off before they start carrying away small children.

The best natural bug repellant I’ve ever used is Bite Blocker by Homs LLC. I have tried several different kinds, but they all seem to wear off after a few minutes. Bite Blocker really works for hours, and doesn’t smell nasty at all. I decided to make my own version of Bite Blocker at home, because the ingredients list is pretty simple.

If you don’t want to  make your own it can be purcased HERE. If you use the coupon code HIF798 you will receive a $10 discount and free shipping.

Homemade Hippie Buy Spray

1/4 cup olive oil (or any cheap liquid oil you have laying around)

2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin

1 Tbsp Citric Acid

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp homemade vanilla extract

6 drops Lavender essential oil

6 drops Tea Tree essential oil

6 drops Clove Bud essential oil

6 drops Peppermint essential oil

6 drops Rosemary essential oil

6 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops Geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use. Reapply after 2-3 hours. You can use any strong mixture of essential oils that you prefer, this is just what I had a lot of in the house. I would make sure to use the Geranium oil, because that is the main active ingredient in Bite Blocker. The others I’m sure you could play with and have good results. Let me know what you use!

I have used this a few times so far and it does work very well. Rob and I went to a terribly overgrown area to chop down some dead trees for fire wood. It was way back in the shade, and next to a small creek. Every step we took sent up swarms of mosquitos and I thought for sure we’d be covered in welts. I got one nasty bite on my ankle, through my sock and Rob got zero bites. Considering that we were outside for 2 1/2 hours hauling firewood and sweating profusely I think that is pretty darn good don’t you?

This also smells good, and isn’t offensive to Rob’s manly nostrils, as he doesn’t like to “smell like a flower”.

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A COMPLETE LIST OF HOMEMADE HIPPIE RECIPES

 

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