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

 

Considering backyard chickens?

Then welcome!  Let’s talk chickens this week.

Last year if you had asked me if we’d ever have chickens I’d have told you absolutely not.

But I was misinformed.  Hadn’t really considered all the pros to being a chicken owner just had one disgusting experience involving chicken cannibalism as a teenager house sitting.

Our decision to add chickens to our homestead sort of just came to be.  It wasn’t a monumental moment that I could really jog from my memory.  But I do remember being sick of the prices of organic happy chicken eggs from the store.  Diet is important in our house.  And organic free range eggs are a staple.

I found someone locally getting rid of a few hens.  Quickly a few hens turned into 8, oh and plus one rooster.  The luck of the draw with pullets (unsexed baby chicks) locally hatched.

Not only we were saving money on eggs immediately, but we found that the chickens were actually a great form of sensory input for our children.

Raising good humans in this worlds current climate is necessary.  Providing our kids with opportunities to learn and encouraging growth is our job as their parents.  What better way to teach them about the food we consume than having chickens in the backyard.

When our pullet turned Rooster we decided to use the fertile eggs to hatch our own babies this spring.  Out of 10 eggs, 5 hatched all natural, compliments of our broody hen Harriett Ann.

It was really simple.  Nothing to crazy.  Harriett Ann did reject her first chick, but with the advice of others and an evening chick reverse kidnapping she happily took him under her wings just a few days later.

So here it is in a bullet version why I’d encourage you to consider backyard chickens (if you’re not a lengthy article reader)

  • Cost savings (Even with the price of chicken feed I’d say it was much more cost effective then buying eggs weekly from the grocery store)
  • If you have kids it’s an excellent learning opportunityIMG-3402
  • They are really simple and don’t require much.
  • Inexpensive to start you’re own backyard chicken flock.  I think our total cost to starting our little chicken family was about $50.
  • You can build your own coop using pallets or recycled wood.IMG-7735(1)
  • Feeders can be found on sale.
  • The best eggs I’ve ever tasted and they are much cuter than store bought eggs!IMG-2031
  • Fresh, I always wondered how long have the eggs I’m purchasing actually been sitting on the shelf.  Now I know how fresh mine are.
  • Organic eggs.
  • An extra way to make money on the side by selling farm fresh organic eggs to neighbors.  Also people looking to start their own backyard flock are willing to purchase hens.  You won’t get rich quickly, but it is a nice way to make a little money on the side.

There are cons to owning chickens too.  I mean they can be stinky.  But I use essential oils and natural products to keep their coop as clean as I can.

But overall I’d say the benefits to owning our own backyard chickens has exceeded the negatives.  And I’ve found myself fond of quite a few!

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The Fate of the Backyard Rooster

When our sweet hen Mabel turned out to be a beautiful Blue Orphington rooster we were a little hesitant to keep him but chose to anyways and he was gifted with the name King Mabel.  Here we are about 8 months into it and I’m leaning towards taking the backyard rooster out of the equation for a bit.

If you’re considering a backyard rooster or find yourself with a surprise rooster in the flock here is my personal experience as a rooster owner.  If you have a rooster let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Pros

Protect the hens from predators.

Less yelling between hens.  They do seem to get along better with the Rooster around.

Introducing new chickens to the flock is a much easier transition with a Rooster around.

They are beautiful!

They do have a fascinating dance they perform to impress the hens.

The chicken family dynamic is pretty interesting to watch.

Fertile eggs.

Cons

I remember only a month ago bragging about the sweetness of my Rooster who is now about 10 months old.  However suddenly he’s taken a more aggressive approach and has resorted to chasing Miss H and pecking her anytime she comes into the chicken pen.

He posts up and now chases me out or lunges when I come into collect eggs.

They are loud.  Sometimes obnoxiously so.  It seems he’s really gotten the hang of his morning alert and it can be a bit irritating for those who sleep lighter.

The mating process appears to be quite violent.  It’s not something I enjoy seeing  in my backyard.  I know it’s nature, but yikes.

So there are my personal pros and cons to owning a backyard rooster.

The fate of King Mabel has yet to be decided.  Stay tuned.