Anti Inflammation Diet & Simple Salmon Recipe using YL essential oils

I recently was diagnosed with an obnoxious ailment called costochondritis.  After a visit to the ER I was diagnosed with this particularly odd new to me condition.

If you haven’t heard of it I will brief you in a few bullet points some fun facts about it.

  • Feels exactly like a heart attack
  • Chest crushingly painful
  • Can be caused from emotional stress (most likely my problem)
  • Or too much physical exertion (also a runner up to the root of the problem)
  • It is in inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone
  • The popping sensation I feel across my chest isn’t in fact a good thing.
  • It’s probably one of the most painful things I’ve experienced, and I’ve birthed two children

Anyways, I read what I could about it.  Chatted with my physician and was informed about the Mediterranean Diet.  Now I’m not a big fan of diets or fad diets.  I think most the time they do more harm then good however I am intrigued with this particular diet because it is supposed to reduce inflammation.  And changing my diet a bit is definitely worth it if I can rid myself of the feeling of a heart attack.

I’ve been eating a lot of fish.  And surprisingly I’m not sick of it yet.

I thought I’d share my hubbies creation using Essential Oils to cook seriously the best Salmon I’ve ever tasted.  Before this recipe I would dry heave at the sight of Salmon.

If you are in the market for some Basil Vitality Oil you can purchase some here.

Or you can always opt to use fresh Basil of course.

Basil & Lemon Salmon Filet

2 cloves of garlic

12 Tbsp Light Virgin Olive Oil

2 drops Basil Vitality Oil (mixed with 2 tsps water)

2 tsp salt

2 tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp lemon juice (or you can substitute with 2 drops Lemon Vitality Oil mixed with 2 tsp water)

16 oz Salmon Filet

  1.  Mix Garlic, Oil, Basil, Salt, Pepper, and Lemon together in a bowl.
  2. Place salmon in light greased baking dish.
  3. Smother, and I mean smother Salmon with garlic and basil mixture.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Cover the salmon in the glass pan with foil and cook for 35-45 minutes.

It’s a super simple recipe.  Nothing to crazy, but it is unbelievably good.  We’ve also substituted the olive oil for coconut oil and it’s been just as tasty.

Have you had luck with chronic inflammation and dietary changes?

I know with my bladder disease I find that diet plays a very large role in my health and how I feel.

Hope you enjoy the recipe!

Danielle

 

Adding Mini Cows to our Homestead

While I’ve been away taking a break from life.

I’ve acquired two of the sweetest mini cows.

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Ferdinand & Clarabelle.

They arrived home on November 8th.  I used an Essential Oil concoction with Lavender Essential Oil to make their ride a little less overwhelming.  They were after all both being removed from their Mama’s for the first time.  I will say they were pretty calm and relaxed considering.

To be honest for the months leading up to their arrival there was a phase where I begged and pleaded with my husband to reconsider the arrival of these mini cows.

Fast forward almost a month later and I couldn’t be more in love.  In a few years when they breed we will be able to get our own fresh daily milk.  I am excited at the idea of providing ourselves with a little more sustainability.

After a lot of research we decided on the Mini Belted Galloway  breed known for their hardiness since we happen to live in the arctic some days.  They are feed efficient, and naturally polled.  For the inexperienced that just means in simple terms the bull does not have horns naturally.

I’ll be honest the bull is in fact the sweetest.  He’s like an enormous dog with a hoarse raspy moooooo that loves apples and carrots.

Both greet me each day with such enthusiasm and the sweetest cow faces.

Clarabelle is a little more reserved, but being an introvert myself I don’t fault her one bit.  In time she will come around.

Part of our homesteading journey was to get animals that would give back to us in some way.  Provide us with a service.  For now they eat hay (and not that much I might add) and they help eat the green waste around our homestead.

I love that they aren’t full size.  It makes handling them, feeding them, and space requirements much easier to handle.  Considering I barely know a thing about cow ownership it’s going pretty flawless.  Even with a mild escape a few weeks back.

I would most definitely recommend adding mini cows to your homestead if you are considering it.

There is something so sweet and gentle about a mini cow.

 

Essential Oils a Fad? Or necessity?

It seems that essential oils are the latest fad right?

Everywhere you turn someone is pushing their personal business.

I’ve taken a break from pretty much everything in my life.  I’ve had life burnout so bad.

In my time away from social media, writing, social gatherings I’ve been testing out Essential Oils and really trying to see are they truly worth the money or is this another scheme to get me to spend money.

I personally use the brands Young Living and Doterra.

Over the past 6 months I’ve come to the realization some of them do truly work, and some of the products were in fact a waste of money.

It all depends on personal preference, what exactly you are hoping to gain from using Essential Oils in your life.

I have found that there are oils that help treat colds, viruses, minor aches and pains.  Saving me on a trip to the Doctor’s office.  Sometimes in conjunction with Western medicine as well.

I’ve found I enjoy mixing and matching different essential oils to find scents that are pleasing to me.

I don’t always notice a difference, but sometimes the sweet aroma is enough to kick my bad mood.

I’ve been ingesting Copaiba regularly and often to help fight off my immune disorder.  This for sure is not a cure, but it has most definitely helped my immune system.

I love using Myrhh and Frankincense in my moisturizer to combat acne and wrinkles.

Instead of rushing to the Doctor for an antibiotic I have found that ingesting Oregano pills for 5 days will kick a sinus infection just as quickly without the side effects of an antibiotics.

Cooking with essential oils has become an enjoyable past time of mine as well.  A drop of Lemon Essential Oil will work just as nicely as a fresh lemon replacement.

So without begging and pleading for you to give Essential Oils a try I’m softly suggesting maybe you look into it.

Maybe it’s time our medicine cabinets reverted back to the olden days.  Ditch the cough suppressants for an Essential Oil instead.  Substitute a household cleaner for an all natural cleaner using Essential Oils.

There are so many different ways to use and enjoy Essential Oils.  It isn’t necessarily some scheme to take all your money.  As much as I love bleach and some modern medicine I find that I too really enjoy my natural medicine cabinet for everyday ailments.

If you are interested in seeing what Young Living has to offer feel free to click here.

You may be wondering why Young Living, and to be honest I don’t have an answer other than I have tried multiple brands of Essential Oils and have found I love Young Living the most.  It’s personal preference, and it happens to be the brand that I choose.

Full Disclosure:  I am not a Doctor, or an expert in Essential Oils.  I’m a mama, pretty basic, I do my research before using each and every essential oil and choose them for me and my family based on my own research and I strongly suggest you do the same.

 

 

 

 

Manic writer

Are you a manic writer?

This isn’t to condemn or poke fun at someone that suffers with manic episodes.  As I encounter my own struggles with depression and anxiety I find that up and down is a perfect way to describe my life.  A roller coaster that kicks me off and pulls me back on with no direction or routine.

I go through these phases where I’m so enthused at the idea of writing. I take on any writing job that comes my way and happily punch away at my keyboard enticing readers in.

Then there’s these phases where the mere idea of writing causes my brain to freeze, and all creativity is sucked out on the dark horse it rode in on.

Since I was a little girl I loved to write.

I wrote my first book about an ostrich when I was maybe 8.

Writing is my outlet. But then there’s these phases where life is too crazy. My brain is too foggy that I can’t seem to find the energy to write anything but my reminders on a sticky note.

I’m simply a manic writer. Up and down. No in between.

Any project I take on I dive in.

All in.

It’s all or nothing. Then it seems a few weeks pass and I’m onto the next. But I always come back to writing.

And when I do. I’m reminded of how great it feels to jot down some thoughts.

Happy Wednesday.

Danielle

 

Why I choose essential oils over western medicine more days than not.

Tired of popping a different prescription for an ailment?  Or maybe you are just looking for alternative medicines?

If so, I hope you read this and find a “non salesy”, true account of how essential oils have changed my life.

I know how annoying it is, scrolling through social media seeing the latest and greatest product someone is trying to sell.  So I’m going to skip the sales pitch and share a true account of why and how I use essential oils in my everyday.

I truly love them.  And I truly notice a difference in so many different aspects of my life.

Hopefully this doesn’t bore you, but in fact enlightens you to the benefits of using essential oils without the desperate plea of please buy from me.  Warning, I will include a link if you do in fact have an interest.  I will not however beg anyone to purchase from me.  I am happily oiling over here, and am happy to just share some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

I am the worlds worst salesperson.  I hate the cheesiness it brings.

So let’s dive into some essential oils.  I’ll share some potions that I use daily.  As well as some potions that help with common ailments and help both my spectrum kids daily.

Note: Essential oils are more of a tool not a cure all.

Germ Buster:

Apply 2 drops of Young Living Thieves Essential Oils to the bottom of your feet nightly.

  • With two kids with compromised immune systems, and myself with an immune disorder this has really been helpful in keeping us healthy.  This is a preventative potion, and can be diffused throughout the house as well.  It has an earthy spicy smell that my olfactory sensitive kids don’t seem to mind.
  • Young Living offers Thieves wipes that we use all day everyday to keep our hands germ free.

Peppermint, Lavender, & Lemon Diffuser Potion:

  • This is perfect when you are feeling stuffy.  With the change of seasons I’ve had some serious allergy struggles.  I diffuse this daily.  I notice the peppermint gives me a pep in my step as well.  Something about a minty, citrusy scent gets me moving.
  • 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemon, and 5 drops peppermint

Copaiba, Panaway, Cedarwood, Lavender Night Rub

  • This potion will send the worst sleep offenders into a deep, restful sleep.
  • 7 drops copaiba, 3 drops panaway, 7 drops cedarwood, and 7 drops lavender, dilute with a carrier oil about 10-15 drops.
  • This can also be added to a bath for an all over pain relief, body relaxed state.

Carsickness

  • HB gets really car sick.  Sometimes a trip to the grocery store can cause her to get sick.  I add a drop of aromaease behind her ears before we take off.  And add 7 drops aromaease to my car diffuser.  She has some equilibrium issues and so do I.  This is a favorite essential oil to use around here.

There are so many more potions I’d like to share, until next time.

Or you can download my ebook on Amazon.  It has some simple potions and recipes for beginner oilers.

I hope you find something useful.  I hope if you have questions you reach out to me.  I promise I won’t beg you to buy from me.  But I am always happy to chat and share some essential oils that aid in the day to day struggles and ailments.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

If you would like to purchase and try out a few different essential oils click here.

Or if you have been wanting to sign up to receive the benefits of a being a Young Living distributor click here.

I found that the most affordable way for me use essential oils was to sign up as a distributor through Young Living.  The essential oils are so much more affordable at wholesale value, not to mention the kit and diffusers included when signing up to distribute.  Receiving a check in the mail monthly is always an added bonus.

Happy Sunday!

Danielle

 

 

 

Sensory benefits and struggles of gardening

I decided to get some new plants for my yard today. Usually planting gives me a peaceful feeling. The kids love it and I think it teaches them some important pieces to life. Not to mention the sensory input it provides.

Nevada’s high winds and hellish soil can make it quite the experience. My own sensory quirks made it a tad bit annoying today when things weren’t going as perfectly as I’d like.

My youngest loves to plant. Each plant she calls a “bible”. I have started my biblical garden adding plants and herbs found in the Bible. It will take some time but it’s something I love and can’t wait to one day finish.

Hyssop has an earthy mint smell that I just love.

We found some anemone but need to find a partially shady space for it before I add it.

HB calls it the Jesus flower. Referred to as the wild lilies in the Bible.

Love my sensory seeker. She loves getting her hands and feet all up in the dirt.

I love that it’s a family affair. Teaching them about gardening. Sharing the importance of flowers and herbs with them.

My sensory avoider doesn’t do messy. He’s a tad like me.

But even he couldn’t resist getting his toes all in.

Gardening gives kids with sensory challenges such great input.

It provides grounding. (Yes we garden barefoot)

I will say I was a tad bit agitated the wind was driving me insane. My things were blowing away faster than I could plant them. But welcome to Nevada.

I plant mums every year. They were the flowers at my wedding. So I just love them a little extra. And they scream fall.

I found this beautiful hibiscus tree to add to the walkway that will be stunning year round once I can dig through the soil from hell.

Todays planting extravaganza did not go as I had planned. Simple as that. But I do love all the new beauty around us and I’m guessing the kids sensory needs were met so they should sleep soundly with a little copaiba after an afternoon of fresh air and a lot of dirt.

Danielle

Lining up doesn’t necessarily mean Autism is going to haunt you don’t believe everything you read

I’m lucky to have two spectrum kiddos.

Be fearless parents.

Autism isn’t something to be feared.

After a few day vacation from my kids. When we brought them back from my in-laws their sensory systems are on overload. They are edgy. They are lining things up all over my house.

I have to say it’s pretty impressive. Please line up my house. I love order. Start with my laundry…thanks 😘

I hate the red flags to watch for with autism. Stop scaring people into something they don’t understand.

I want to scream when I read the latest article scaring parents into watching the latest flags to search for in their kids. What if you looked at it from a positive perspective?

So my kids line shit up. I don’t care. And neither should you.

It’s an organizational skill. A way to put order back into a life that can feel chaotic and confusing.

Cheers to the kids lining stuff up. I see you. And I like what I see.