Making an all natural super salve

Over the weekend I made a soothing salve and it was really simple to make. I tweaked the recipe a little by adding an extra 10g of Beeswax pellets so that my salve was a bit more solid than runny.

From the same mixture, I also made an Easy Air rub in mini glass jars with screw top lids (better then Vick vapour rub, gentle on the skin). Pre-warning, don’t be like me and not get the screw top lid containers, I didn’t think to do that with the tin storage containers and got the ones that snap on when you push down firmly. It now means I have trouble opening them up! Haha yup, trial error!

I added 10 drops of easy air to the glass jar and poured the mixture in while it was still hot.

The lemon, lavender and tea tree measurements changed to 10 drops each instead of 20 drops.

This salve is perfect for cuts, scraps, nappy rash, lip balm and all sorts of things! Recipe here:

Super Salve – One Balm for Everything

 

I’m so relieved he hasn’t had any breakouts or nappy rashes since I’ve been using this balm #winning and one thing I need to remember is to not put that finger in twice when I’m wiping it all over his butt! I want it to keep clean and avoid transferring germs and nasty bacteria.

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again… you want to buy the screw top lids! It’s so much harder trying to pull and pop them open. #naturalsolutions#lavender #teatree #lemon #softlikeababysbottom #homemade#zenessenceau

Meal prepping, will I ever get better at it?

Last year was a tough one for me. Being a first time mum, trying to keep the house moderately clean, cooking healthy foods, getting myself out there and keeping in touch with the world it was a juggling act.

There’s one thing I want to do well this year is eat better. Oh I don’t mean going cold turkey and eat healthy raw whole foods everyday (some people are great at it), but it’s not quite the way I’m built! I love foods with flavour and a little spice. I love all the different cuisines and food from all cultures.

I’ve thought about it for sometime and what I need to do well is meal prep and be conscious of the foods I’m choosing.

For example, I love soft drinks. I know it’s bad for me, I’ve heard the facts and I know a can of Coca Cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar. Yikes! But I reach out, knowing fair well it’s bad and do it anyway.

When the week gets crazy and I haven’t had a chance to think about what I’ll make for dinner, it’s off to the roast shop or getting some sort of take out. Because it’s easier. Because I’m lazy. So….. by posting this now, I’m going to commit to eating healthier.

I’ll indulge in my sweets, soft drinks and other naughty foods on occasion. However, What I will do differently is do more meal prepping. If I did this every week and PLANNED ahead, it’s going to reduce the number of times I make an excuse to reach out for bad foods.

Healthy choices.

So with your help, I’d love to know what your favourite freezer meals are that I can cook in batches and freeze. Or main dinner means that take less than 15-20 minutes to smash out.

Pop it in the comments below, even it’s a link to a recipe or something you’ve made before.

It’ll motivate me to get started and I’ll snap pictures of me doing it!

#sharingrecipes #goodfood #healthyeating #familylife #makingtime

Celebrating Lunar New Year 2018

The day before…

Hi everyone, tomorrow is Lunar New Year and for those who don’t know, it’s an important festival and celebration that falls on the first day of the new moon of the new year. Tomorrow is the upcoming, Year of the Dog, Friday 16 February.

I’ve grown up with many traditions but my absolute favourite is coming home to mums place and helping her prepare a feast to honour deities as well as our ancestors (we then share, eat and enjoy home cooked meal, all before the eve). The following day, we go from door to door, visiting our rellies and wishing everyone a happy, longevity, prosperous and wealthy lunar new year.

This year around, my sister and I worked harder to get the preparations going. In the end, the results are pretty spectacular. I honour my family and the long lasting friendships I’ve made throughout this lifetime. Here’s looking at you kid!

Live doTERRA experience Feb-Mar 2018

// Live the dōTERRA Experience //

A big hello to all my friends, family, neighbours and others who’ve recently joined my Facebook group.

I am excited to be organising an online Facebook event where I’ll be sharing 5 sample oils over 7 days.

Samples pack will contain natural solutions for stress management, sleep and relaxation, cleanse and purify the home and more.

How it works: You will receive 5 essential oil samples as above to be used from the 26 Feb – 4 March and you will be added into a secret Facebook group which will guide you with how to use your samples confidently through interactive information.

You will have the chance to ask questions and interact with a group of wonderful oily users and other likeminded people interested in experiencing dōTERRA for themselves. It is going to be amazing!

To be eligible to participate. you must not be working with another dōTERRA advocate, competitor or already be a member yourself.

If this is something you may be interested in, or have friends who would love to give this a go, I’d love to hear from you. There are 5 spots available, please private message me on Facebook.

Oh…normally this would cost about $10, except I’m so amazing, I’m sharing the oily love and it’s FREE! P.S Only for those who live in Australia x

#materates #oilylove #learning #5samples #7days #lifemovement#spoilyourselfwithdoterra #livedoterra #naturalsolutions #limitedplaces#wellnesseveryday #empower #lifestyle

Green super juice, no waste

We invested in a juicer a year ago and this summer it’s been getting a work out. The great thing about it, is that it crushes up all the fruit and vegies and comes out compact on the other end that it’s perfect to go into a batter. Whether it’s carrots for carrot cake, this time around I had some pretty great ingredients for a super green juice:

1/2 cucumber
2 cups of spinach
2 cups grapes
1 Apple
2 kiwis

I turned the left over pulp into a savoury pancake and added 1 drop Cumin essential oil to give it a herbaceous flavour. Whoa – looks green, mean and bloody delicious!

I may have eaten more than the little guy, but he didn’t mind it with the cheese.

#homemade #pancakesarethebest #greensmoothie #iron#vitaminsandgoodness #healthyliving #winner

Clean up, clear out, clean mind, clear out

Clean up, clear out, clean mind, clear out

Just before the new year, I finally tackled that mundane task of cleaning out my cupboard. It only took seconds from being boring to getting excited and swinging to reminiscing.

Clothes. They do that to you. I had shirts, dresses and skirts from 6 years ago. And each time I went to “overhaul” my wardrobe, I find a reason to hang onto them.

My size 12 jeans from ummmm… like 15 years ago still sat in a pile at the bottom.

That blue bikini that no longer fit.

The dress I wore for my friends wedding 8 years ago (beautiful coral and white dress we made ourselves).

Maternity dresses from a year an a half ago.

That random, green army, puffy jacket I bought in Iceland as I hadn’t come prepared thinking I’d be fine in a blazer. Wrong!

Clothes that I’ve worn once and now out of trend.

As I begin to sort these out while humming and haaaaarrrring… I don’t need these. They can go to someone who needs them, as I really put the question forward “will I ever wear you again?”… my pile to go to the Salvos gets higher and higher.

So there you have it, these hangers in this photo represent me dusting off the old things, taking a mental note of all the sentimental moments I’ve had in these clothes, decluttering the cupboard and sighing in relief.

Oh, it doesn’t mean that I’ll go on a shopping spree to fill it up again no, can’t do that. For now it’ll stay empty and I the mean time, I’ve sprayed some purify essential oils to leave it fresh and clean.

Time to tackle that “other cupboard” called the kitchen. I’ll leave that for another day.

#thursdaymusings #cleanandtidy #happy #carefree#lessclotheslessworries #hakunamatata #zenessenceau

Slow cooker red lentil cauliflower curry

I’ve been wanting to make this for sometime now. My friend Cara had this recipe she used from ‘The Healthy Mummy’ which I’ve taken and adapted to suit me. I don’t usually have red curry paste sitting around so substituting it for mild curry powder was easy. You could also add coconut milk to this but I’m quite happy with the texture and taste without it.

Red lentils have now become a favourite ingredient. You can serve it with white rice, brown rice or quinoa. Why not some naan bread? The extra dollop of yoghurt really helps hit home with a nice creamy taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of cauliflower (or half a cauliflower) chopped
  • 3 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 drop of ginger essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons mild curry powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 drop of black pepper essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground smoke paprika
  • 1 small can of creamed corn
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, for serving
  • Brown rice, white rice, cooked quinoa, farro, or similar for serving
  • Spoonful of natural yoghurt

Instructions
  1. Place the lentils in the bottom of a large slow cooker. Add the onions, garlic, cauliflower, ginger essential oil, black pepper essential oil, curry powder, salt, turmeric, cumin, smoked paprika, and then stir to combine.
  2. Pour the tomato puree over the top of the cauliflower and lentils. Pour 3 cups of vegetable stock over the slow cooker ingredients so that they are covered with liquid. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours, until the lentils are soft.
  3. Serve over brown rice, quinoa, or farro, topped with fresh cilantro and a spoonful of natural yoghurt. Enjoy!

Vegan Laksa Soup

 

When I think of Laksa, I imagine a bowl of hot steaming, slightly spicy, creamy coconut with a bunch of delicious goodness! There are so many variations out there and it really is a great soup all year round. Normally, I’d use a whole chicken to make my stock and broth, but this time around, I experimented with my ingredients to make a vegan laksa. You can choose to add soy sauce.

I made my veggie stock from scratch using half a cabbage, handful of shiitake mushrooms, 4 medium carrots, half a celery, 1 leek and two onions with the skin on. Be sure to give the veggies a quick rinse and they only need to be roughly chopped. In a stock pot with 6 litres of water, cook for about 4 – 6 hours until it’s reduced to about 4 litres.

Servings: 6

Ingredients:
2 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp curry powder
6 tbsp Vegan laksa paste
6 cups veg stock
1 400ml can coconut milk
1 large head broccoli, chopped
1 zucchini sliced
10 button mushroom quartered
2 large tomato, chopped
toothpick ginger essential oil
1 drop of lemongrass essential oil
toothpick of black pepper essential oil
1 250 tin of sliced bamboo shoots
vermicelli noodle for 6
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 large handful bean sprouts
4 spring onions, sliced
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
slices of lime

 

Methods

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a large wok, and fry the Laksa Paste until it is fragrant.
  2. Add in the coconut milk and vegetable
    stock and stir well.
  3. Add the tomato, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms into the mixture, and cook on high until mostly tender; about 5-10 minutes.
  4. While cooking, place the vermicelli in a bowl of hot water. If you’re using thicker noodles, heat them in a small pan over a medium heat.
  5. Stir in the brown sugar and essential oils.
  6. When the noodles are soft and the vegetables are tender, divide the noodles out between the 6 bowls.
  7. Ladle the soup onto the noodles, diving it between the bowls.
  8. Top each soup with bean sprouts, spring onions, mint leaves and coriander, and serve with 2 slices of lime.

 

Vegan Laska Paste

Ingredients
(Makes enough to feed 8)

3 red chillies
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp  paprika
1 tsp  cumin
1 tsp  turmeric
1 white onion, chopped
4 lemongrass stalks, white part only, chopped
3cm piece galangal, peeled and chopped
1 small handful cashew nuts
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp  brown sugar
2 tbsp lime juice

Method:

  1. Heat the coriander, paprika, cumin and turmeric in a pan for several minutes until fragrant.
  2. Place the spices in a blender or food processor with all other ingredients and blend into a fine paste.
  3. Place into an airtight container, ready for use!

 

My FREE stash of oils this month

 

Look what came in the mail today? *clapping hands excitedly* I love being on LRP it’s kind of like frequent flyers and so easy to do. This month, I’ve received a FREE Easy Air blend, FREE Salubelle and because I’m on LRP I used my product credit points to get a FREE bottle of Helichrysum. That’s over $280 of products absolutely FREE. Say whaaaat?! Let’s look at what my goodies can do…

Correct X – ointment to clean and soothe skin
Digestzen – the tummy tamer and reduces bloating
Easy Air – respiratory support
Helichrysum – rejuvenate and improve skin
Litsea – brings fresh energy and stimulation
Myrrh – powerful cleansing properties soothe skin
On Guard – boost healthy immune function
Roman Chamomile – soothe body systems
Salubelle – nourish skin, reduce wrinkles

Plus, doTERRA have phased out plastic packaging and gone with environmentally friendly paper that’s recyclable. Yay!

 

Cooking with herbal essential oils

I’m enjoying the use of cooking with essential oils. In particular, the herb varieties have been interesting to use.

A long time ago, my mum got sick, in Vietnamese we call it ‘Gio’ which the direct translation is ‘wind’ but not in the gassy sense, rather it was having a deep cold in the body. To help her get better, I watched her heat a pot of water, pulverise sticks of lemongrass and boil this to get the steam. Then under a blanket, she sat, covering the pot and ‘sweating it out’. This was to help draw out the ‘wind’ and sweat out the toxins through the skin. She even got me to take a face washer to wipe down her back! Pretty interesting for a twelve year old kid to help mum out!

There’s so much natural medicinal value in plants that we sometimes tend to forget. It’s easy to grab an over the counter option, take a Panadol and reach for cough medicine. Everyday is a new learning experience for me and taking a natural approach to healthcare will be the norm. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for modern medicine! With these essential oils on hand, I can quickly whip up a roller ball to help with all sorts of ailments – that’s empowering my family!

Did you know that, when taken internally, Cilantro, Lemongrass, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Spearmint are shown to aid in digestion. The Marjoram, Melaleuca, Melissa, Oregano, and Thyme oils also support a healthy immune system.

Reference: Herbal Oils