Category Archives: Health & Wellness

How To Make Calendula Oil & It’s Uses

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So what’s all the hype about Calendula Oil? Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an herbaceous plant related to the Asteraceae family. It’s an amazing herb that has a bunch of health benefits and has a history as a medicinal herb. Calendula flowers are sometimes referred to as pot marigold but really isn’t related to the Marigold at all. This is an oil that every homestead should have on hand at all times.

Making Calendula infused oil is so easy and once you make it, you’re going to say “Why haven’t I made this before!”

Calendula Infused Oil

  • Servings: Alot
  • Time: 4-6 weeks
  • Difficulty: easy
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(1) Quart Size Mason Jar
1 ½ cups of dried Calendula flowers
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cold Pressed

Instructions:
Take your mason jar and fill it up with the calendula flowers. Then, pour the olive oil over the flowers until it’s about 1 inch above covered in oil. Next, put a lid on the jar and put away somewhere in a dark place. The oil needs to infuse for 4-6 weeks. Shake it around gently so the flowers can infuse even greater. Once it’s ready, take a piece of cheesecloth and strain the Calendula oil along with the flowers into a new clean mason jar. Screw the lid on tight and store on a shelf. Good for one year. Make sure you label the jar with name of oil and date.

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So, now that you know how to make it, let me tell you about all of it’s amazing uses!

  1. Excellent for your hair
  2. It’s great as a makeup remover
  3. Amazing at treating acne & scrapes
  4. Wonderful for diaper rash
  5. A natural healing for burns
  6. Used in soaps, lip balms and salves

There you have it. Calendula flowers have amazing healing properties, especially when you make an infused oil. In addition to topically, Calendula flowers can be made into a tea and works great on a sore throat or a urinary tract infection.

Stay tuned as I have some new salves coming out and I’ll be adding my infused Calendula oil to them.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!!!

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Last chance to get Dr. Izabella’s free 2-week recipe plan

The success stories of people feeling better after trying Dr. Izabella’s Autoimmune Paleo Diet protocol just keep pouring in!  I personally have watched The Thyroid Secret series and have read her recent book, Hashimoto’s Protocol.  You see, I have struggled with Thyroid issues as well.

 

I’m curious, have you downloaded your free 2-week recipe book yet?

 

This special offer is about to end, and I’m not sure it’ll ever be free again, so go ahead and click here to get your free copy.

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Here’s what you’ll get:

 

  • 14-Day Meal Plan — so you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to eat.
  • 2-Weeks Worth of Recipes — breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and dinners, that are filling, refreshing, and delicious.
  • Hassle-free Shopping Lists — for both weeks so that you get in and get out of the grocery quickly and efficiently.

 

It can’t hurt to give this diet a try because you win either way. 🙂

 

You’ll either get a breakthrough in your health and lose your thyroid symptoms, or you’ll go back to the way you’re eating right now. I hope you’ll let me know what you find out.

 

But like I said, this deal ends tonight at Midnight Pacific, so go ahead and download your free copy now.

 

To better health,

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P.S. Dr. Izabella’s step-by-step protocol guide can help you recover your health from thyroid disease in as little as two weeks. Click here to get your copy of Hashimoto’s Protocol today.

Did you grab your free 2-week recipe plan?

My friend, Dr. Izabella Wentz (thyroid expert and rebel pharmacist) has personally worked with hundreds of clients and reached millions with her best-selling books and documentary series…and she’s seen 75% of people feel better when they start doing this Autoimmune Paleo Diet!

 

Have you had a chance to download your free 2-week recipe plan yet?

 

Click here to get your free copy.

 

People are experiencing breakthroughs with thyroid symptoms like fatigue, stomach issues, and even depression just a few days after starting this diet – and some are even seeing a reversal of their thyroid condition!

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For a limited time, you can download this free Autoimmune Paleo eBook to help you overcome these symptoms and start getting your health back. Here’s the free 2-week recipe eBook to get you started.

 

Click here to get your free copy.

 

●     You’ll get 14-days worth of delicious meal plans and recipes. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, for two weeks, so you never get bored or feel like you’re missing out!

●     Plus a hassle-free shopping list for each week, so that you can go to the store, stock up on everything you need and keep living your life.

These recipes will easily fit into your lifestyle. So go ahead and download your two weeks worth of recipes, meal plans and shopping lists based on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet template because this special offer won’t be around much longer.

 

Click here to get your free copy now!

 

There’s no risk here except to try something new and feel a whole lot better. I hope you’ll give this diet a try and let me know how it goes.

 

 

Cheers,

 

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P.S. Dr. Izabella has a step-by-step guide to help you recover your health in as little as two weeks! Click here to get your copy of Hashimoto’s Protocol today.

Your 2-week recipe plan to take back your health

One of the first things you can do to empower yourself to start feeling better right away,
is to take charge of your nutrition.  This is what I did to make myself feel better. Let food be thy medicine, right?
You’ve likely heard about the Autoimmune Paleo Diet and my friend, Dr. Izabella Wentz,
a rebel pharmacist and thyroid expert, has found that 75% of people feel better when
they implement this Autoimmune Paleo diet!  I know I talk about eating bread a lot, but I only started eating it after I felt better and I only eat the bread that I make since I grind my own flour.
This diet can help eliminate the symptoms of thyroid disease and in some cases, help
some people get into a complete remission…
She’s seen numerous people shed symptoms like skin breakouts, headaches, fatigue,
stomach issues, depression (not to mention unwanted pounds), within days of starting
this protocol! She’s even seen thyroid nodules disappear with this protocol (this even
surprised me at first!).
I know it can seem intimidating, and even daunting to remove the most common
offending foods like gluten, dairy and soy…and nightshades and people often ask,
“What Can I Eat?”
So I want to make this easy for you, and share Izabella’s simple, quick start guide that
contains everything you need to get started on the diet – so that you can be one of the
thousands of success stories and start feeling better too!
Here’s a free 2-week recipe eBook to get you started!
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  • You’ll get 14-days worth of delicious meal plans and recipes. That’s breakfast, lunch,
dinner and snack, for two weeks, so you’ll never get bored or feel deprived.
  • You’ll have a shopping list for each week, so that you can go to the store, stock up on
everything you need and move on with your life.
So without further ado, go ahead and download your two weeks worth of recipes, meal
plans and shopping lists based on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet template!
Give it a try, and please let me know what you find. Remember, if it doesn’t work for
you, you can always go back to the way you were eating before, you have nothing but
your thyroid symptoms to lose 🙂

Blessings,

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P.S.
If you’re ready to start feeling better in as little as two weeks,

Are you going to join me?

I want to invite you into the most powerful conversation about miracles – and mindset – that I think has ever taken place. My friend, JJ Virgin’s, movie premiere, You Are Stronger Than You Think opens today. (And I have a front row ticket for you).
The world’s leading minds debate that miracles are even possible.
…But this movie has created a powerful idea to consider:
not only are miracles possible, they come from you, not happen to you.

Here are the facts:

  • JJ’s 16-year-old son was in a near-tragic hit-and-run accident and left for dead.
  • He was given a VERY low chance of survival.
  • This story – and what happened next – are life-altering.

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Click here to join me (and I want to hear your thoughts – please add your comments on the world premiere page after you watch the movie).

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P.S.: I know you’re going to be moved by this experience! The next step is JJ’s memoir, Miracle Mindset. Watch for it – I couldn’t put it down.

* This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime stories. The movie is uplifting and life-altering, and I hope you’ll share this email – and the invitation – with the people you care about most.

Make Your Own Hamburger Buns

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There’s nothing like a big juicy burger, right?  I like mine with bacon, provolone cheese, avocado slices, lettuce, tomato and some mkm (aka mustard, ketchup, mayo)……oh, and of course a bun.  But I couldn’t have the bun for about three years due to my gluten intolerance.  I used to get this “chicken skin” on my elbows every time I would eat store bought or restaurant bread.  I started doing some research on where flour came from and found out that the problem is not with the gluten, but with the way the millers were removing all the vital ingredients (and adding bad stuff) from our flour just so it would stay fresh.

I was bound and determined to eat bread.  Like, who doesn’t love bread?  I can let go of the pasta and the refined sugar for sure.  But, I can’t live without bread.

I found this Co-Op and ordered some grains.  I didn’t even have a grain mill but I was going to grind my own flout and provide a delicious loaf of bread for my family.

I ended up going to my friends house to grind my first batch.  I came home and made the bread.  It was the most delicious bread I’d ever had.  Seriously, it was.

I started eating bread more often and my “chicken skin” started to go away.  Uhhm, maybe I’m on to something here.  I honestly feel better when I eat the bread.  No bloat, no itchiness like with the other kind of bread either. Read

HERE for more on grinding your own flour.

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After making loaf bread, I thought to myself, ” I wonder what else I can make?”  I had become used to eating pretty much anything without bread or a bun.  Man, I really missed having a bun on a burger or a sloppy joe.

So, I did some research ( can you tell I like to research things?) and found this cool pan to make hamburger buns.  I only bought one so a cookie sheet will suffice for now. Yeah, baby!

They aren’t perfect in shape like you would buy store bought, factory made with a perfect machine buns, but they got the seal of approval from my family and that’s what is important to me.  Besides, knowing that they are healthy for us is what really matters. I’m feeding my family good nutrition.

Here’s my recipe.  I’d love to see how yours turn out.  I like using Hard White wheat but you can easily use Hard Red for a nuttier flavor.

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: Total: 3 hrs
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is a basic dough recipe.  You can use it to make sandwich/loaf bread, rolls & hamburger/hot dog buns.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of hot water                                                2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt

1/3 cup of olive or coconut oil                                   2 tbsp. Flaxseed Meal           

1/3 cup of raw local honey                                         1 tbsp. instant yeast

4-4 ½ cups of freshly milled Hard White flour

 

Directions:

Combine water, oil, honey, salt and flax-seed meal. Add half the flour and mix thoroughly. Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough.  Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5-6 minutes).  Cover with plastic and let rise until double. Now, shape into 12 balls on greased cookie sheets, cover and let rise again. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

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I love to share and see what others are doing in our efforts to have healthy families.  Enjoy your buns LOL and have a wonderful day!

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How to Dry Your Own Herbs

We all have good intentions when we plant herbs in the garden.  But what happens when the basil takes over or the dill weed is out of control.  Before it gets to that point, you can harvest it and dry it for use later.

I know I have wasted good herbs in the garden because I didn’t know what to do with it all.

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It’s super simple and easy to do. Kinda like one of those “set it and forget it” moments, but don’t forget to check on them things LOL.

STEP 1. Grow your herbs

OK, this step is pretty simple but hey, if you don’t want to grow your own, you can easily go buy herb plants that are already grown and start from there.

STEP 2. Pull a bunch off and get a piece of twine and tie the bottom ends together (the cut pieces)

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STEP 3. Set it and forget it LOL, well, make sure you check on them from time to time but they will take roughly 2-3 weeks to dry.  Hang them on a rack or from a piece of twine out of the way so the kids don’t pull them down or the dogs don’t think it’s a snack!  The laundry room is a good place.  No one ever goes in there, right?

STEP 4. Once they are all dry, remove the twine, grab a cutting board and a knife.  If you have a coffee grinder, you can use that too.  Just make sure it’s clean from all the coffee grinds ha ha! Take the knife and just start rough chopping the herbs to your liking and fill them into a jar.

STEP 5. Enjoy your fresh dried herbs in your soups, stews or whatever you are cooking. This is great for flowers as well.  Stay tuned as I will be posting about drying flowers for herbal remedies later this spring.

I hope you have a great weekend and share this with your friends and family.  Tag me on Instagram with your herb pictures – @lhsimpleliving

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