Homemade Salsa

Its only appropriate that I add a Salsa recipe after my last blog on storing cilantro !! This would be a perfect gift. Its fast and easy and DELICOUS !! You can make this mild or spicy but either way, it will be great. Try this super simple and healthy recipe.

Recipe:

  • 4 lbs tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • up to 3 small jalapeno peppers
  • 1 anaheim pepper 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 bunch cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon season salt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 scant teaspoon lemon juice (either fresh or bottled)
  • freshly ground black pepper

Core and roughly chop all produce. Remove seeds from peppers as desired. For milder salsa, remove all pepper seeds; for spicier salsa, leave some or all seeds in. Working in batches, use a food processor to chop tomatoes, onion, all peppers, garlic, and cilantro to desired size. I pulse mine until it’s just a little chunky. Pour salsa into a large bowl and add all seasoning and lemon juice. Refrigerate until needed. Makes 4-5 pints.salsa

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How to store -Cilantro

I am a cilantro fanatic !! Im always finding recipes where I can incorporate it in the dish. Everything from eggs to nachos, I try to add cilantro. My problem was when I brought it home from the store if it wasn’t used quickly enough, It went bad. I was constantly buying it. So when I found this handy way to keep cilantro on hand, I was so excited. I bought some and it now sits in my window sill next to my aloe vera and basil plant. All you need to do is get a small bowl or glass and add your cilantro and a small amount of water to the bottom. That’s it, that’s all !!! Now you (and I) will always have this fresh tasting herb plant on hand !! cilantro

DIY-Gift Idea-Coconut Rum Body Scrub

scrubThe basis for this recipe is super easy and very easy to tweak to your liking. I love making homemade gifts and I really love it when they are easy, the kids can help and I can make extra for me !! ☺ I found this on my all time favorite thing Pinterest and I had to add it to my gift list. I will be posting many more gift ideas to get us ready for the holiday season. Try this awesome recipe and Enjoy !!

 

Recipe:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil (may need to soften in the microwave just a bit)
  • 6 Coconut Rum teabags (found at World Market or online)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Add your sugar to a large mixing bowl. Open up the tea bags and stir in the contents. Add the softened coconut oil to the mixture and stir in the vanilla and honey. Wa-La !! That’s it !! Add this wonderful mixture to a beautiful jar and you have a fabulous gift for a special someone !!

DIY Dishwasher Liquid

How excited was I to find this awesome easy recipe for DIY Dishwasher Liquid !!! It uses ingredients that are easily found and my favorite…Castile Soap from Dr Bronners. You will need a spoon and a container to store your liquid. You can even use your old dishwasher liquid container if you still have it. Check out this great recipe!!

  • 8 cups of water (divided)
  • 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1/4 cup of Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner’s)
  • Pot
  • Spoon
  • Container
  • Measuring Spoons

Directions:

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil…While waiting for water to boil get your other ingredients measured out in the cups.After the water has started to boil, remove it from heat and begin to pour your Washing Soda, Borax, and Castile Soap and stir it until in dissolves.  It will look like really hot soapy water!!

Cover the pot with a lid and let it set overnight!  You could also move it to a
container that allows you to pour easily.  I let mine set in a plastic pitcher
after it had cooled in the pot for an hour or so.  As it cools it will gel up a
bit, just take your wooden spoon and break up the clumps and it will liquefy
considerably.

Mix it up really well and use a funnel to pour it into your container, and ADD
your remaining 4 cups of water. DONE !!!

DIY-Body Wash with coconut oil

I absolutely love coconut oil, so when i found a recipe that incorporates that into a body wash I was so excited !! It’s a process to make it, but it’s not really that hard. The end result is a phenomenally hydrating wash, that will leave you fresh and glowing. I use glycerin a lot in my DIY so it’s a great product to have on hand at all times. Check out this easy recipe:

You’ll need:

1 bar of soap (Dr Bronner’s Castile is great)

1/2 tbsp glycerin

4 cups water

1/2 cup pure coconut oil

 

Grate your soap of choice with a cheese grater

Put your grated soap in a large pot with the water,coconut oil and glycerin

Heat on medium heat until all of the soap is dissolved

When the soap is dissolved the water will look like murky dish water

Turn the heat off and cover overnight to set

When you return to your soap it will be very thick and jelly like, use a mixer or wisk to mix the soap to a smooth consistency

You can add up to two cups of water to get it to the consistency you like ( I added one extra cup of water for my liking)

You can then leave the soap for another 12 hours to ensure it is the right thickness

Use a funnel to put the body wash in an appropriate container (It makes a lot so you may need one container to store it and one to use in the bathroom )

This body wash does not lather like regular body wash because we have taken out the harsh sudsing agents but it still works well and it is healthy and great for your skin !!

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Quick and Easy Remedies for Cold and Flu

It’s that time of winter where we all know someone suffering from colds, flu or upper respiratory issues. If your like me, prescription and over the counter meds are not appealing because of all the reported side effects. I found that many home remedies are just as effective as these meds. Always consult your doctor before trying anything new especially if your on medication,but most of these remedies can be found in your cabinets and are safe and effective.

Cayenne pepper:

Cayenne can be added to drinks or taken in capsule form and is great for breaking up chest congestion, and shortening the duration of colds

Apple Cider Vinegar: Great for colds and flu.

Turmeric: This is a wonder herb with many other benefits but its great for colds.

This is a recipe that you can make with these ingredients at the first sign of a cold.

2 small or 1 large clove of smashed fresh garlic
1 rounded teaspoon of ground turmeric (organic works better),
As much cayenne as you can handle without burning yourself. You want it to really heat you up but not burn your stomach.
2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Simmer the ingredients in 2 to 3 cups of water. You can then sip, gargle and steam your face in the concoction as you create it.

This is a great and natural way to bring relief from your cold and flu symptoms !!

 

 

EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique

Many years ago I had a friend who introduced me to EFT therapy. It was simple yet effective. It is an accupressure therapy that can help with food cravings, pain,negative emotions and just to feel better overall. During this busy time of year its a great time to take some time for yourself. This is a way you can reboot yourself and you can do it anytime, anywhere !! By using certain pressure points on your body, you basically tap the location while chanting a mantra of positivity. For example…. a proper EFT phrase will state, Even though I have (whatever issue you have) I deeply and completely love and except myself. Tap the location 5-10 times while stating the phrase, take deep breaths while tapping and keep water on hand. Closing your eyes helps you to stay centered and focused . You can use this technique as many times a day as you feel necessary to rid yourself of the issue. From headaches to emotional pain, EFT is a great technique that can help.

Example EFT Session:

EVEN THOUGH I HAVE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING I DEEPLY AND COMPLETELY LOVE AND ACCEPT MYSELF

The pressure points are as follows:

Top of the head: Use gentle pressure to tap with the tips of fingers using both hands

Eyebrow: Tap right above the hair of your eyebrows

Side of the eye: Tap at the temple with both hands

Under the eye: Tap gently under the bone with both hands

Under the nose: Tap gently under the nose with one hand

Chin: Tap gently with one hand

Collar bone: Tap gently with both hands under the clavicle bone

Under the arm: Tap gently with both hands at an angle to your sides at about 4 inches below your armpit

Wrists: Use wrist on wrist tapping

Side of Hand or Karate Chop point: Use four fingers to tap gently on this area

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DIY…Dryer Sheets

I love to have my clothes and my kids clothes smelling fresh out the dryer, but I hate to spend money on dryer sheets or fabric softeners. Try these DIY ideas to make sure your clothes are clean and smelling great, with minimal money spent!!

 

Idea 1

You can tear dryer sheets in half, thirds or fourths to keep your clothes smelling great and static free.

Idea 2

Use old wash cloths,add 1 to 2 tsps of fabric softener and use like regular dryer sheets.

Idea 3

Recycle old t-shirts but cutting them up in squares. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil like citrus for energy, rosemary and marjoram to reduce physical stress,lavender, basil, grapefruit and rosemary oils to improve concentration and memory. This is a fun way to do it and you can make your clothes benefit your spiritual and physical well-being.

If you have any DIY ideas you’d like to share please leave us a comment!

 

DIY Shampoo !!

DIY products are a great way to save money, be healthy and have something you can make unique to suit your needs. You can add your favorite fragrances, essential oils and organic ingredients. I have found some recipes for making your own shampoo, and it will be free of the harsh mystery chemicals that modern shampoos are filled with. Here are a few ideas for healthy hair.

Start with :

Flip top container, or old shampoo bottle

1/4 cup  Liquid Castile Soap (Dr. Bronners is a wonderful Brand)

1/4 cup Distilled water

From here you can add the ingredients that you need for your hair needs:

Dry Hair:

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

1 teaspoon glycerin

1/4 teaspoon avocado oil or jojoba oil

Mix these ingredients in a bottle of your choice and shake well before using. Massage into scalp…let sit and rinse out

Normal Hair

Add 1 tsp Olive oil

Shake well and shampoo as usual

Scalp Stimulating

15 drops of peppermint

5 drops of spearmint

Shake well before each use…massage scalp and rinse

Baby Shampoo

1 to 2 drops of lavender

Add an additional 1/2 oz of water to dilute the initial recipe. Safe, mild and calming

 

There are many more ways to make shampoos such as adding honey, eggs, coconut,avocado and/or bananas for dry hair. Beer is a great volumizer, lemon juice for lightening, you can even pick  herbs or tea, boil them and add them to your mix. The sky is the limit on how you can DIY !!

Good Luck Earth Stars

 

FYI…Always be sure you have no allergies to these ingredients by doing a spot test on your skin.

 

DIY Cradle Cap Remedies for babies

I have a 9 week old son and he has a bad case of cradle cap. As all of you know, I LOVE DIY home remedies. I have found a couple of things that will work for you if you have this issue with your newest addition.

Try :

Breastmilk- This is a wonder cure that works on so many things. For cradle cap you express some milk, massage it into the scalp, comb through and wash away in the bath.

Coconut oil- Is a necessity to have in every home. It works for your (adults) insides as well as being a great moisturizer. For babies, massage into scalp, comb through and wash in the bath

Olive oil- Is also a great necessity to have in your home- Massage into scalp,comb through and wash in the bath

Shea butter-This is a great product that is essential to my household. You can use it for massages, moisturizing, healing cuts , sunburn ,eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap and so much more !!

Tea tree oil- Tea tree oil is a strong antiseptic and anti-fungal. I wouldn’t use it alone on a babies scalp but would add it to Shea butter (along with lavender for a calming scent) it works wonders !!