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Chamomile: An Essential for Everyone (Even Babies!)

chamomile essential oil from Beeyoutifull.com

“Being a new mom was amazing but Baby and I often had a few hard nights peppered in there. When our second son was born, he had colic very badly (I later realized it was due to foods I was eating while nursing). One of my favorite momma tools was a drop of Chamomile Essential Oil in his baby lotion. Massaging him with this lotion blend often soothed us both and helped us get some much needed rest!” ~Mary

Chamomile is a fragrant, beautiful, safe, and easy to use herb. It has an aroma reminiscent of ripe apples along with many desirable qualities. It’s known for its relaxing and calming effects on both the body and mind, and it’s widely considered to be gentle and safe for use on all ages, even newborn babies. It’s gentle on the skin and won’t affect any animals in the home.

chamomile essential oil from Beeyoutifull.com  It’s an investment in your family’s health. 

Harnessing the essential oil of this wonderful herb makes it even better! Extracting the oil concentrates the health-supporting power of acres of plants into a small bottle.

Most essential oils require a large quantity of raw material to produce a small amount of pure oil. For example, it takes 66 pounds of fresh rosemary to extract just one pound of oil. With Chamomile, that ratio is dramatically higher: it takes a thousand pounds of the tiny white flowers to produce a single pound of essential oil. (That’s one significant reason why Chamomile Essential Oil is expensive and considered an “investment oil”!)

Safe for all ages.

Chamomile’s chemical makeup has active components that are milder and less overwhelming for children. Many oils contain naturally occurring menthol, which can be problematic for children as it’s hard for their tiny bodies to process. Chamomile contains no menthol.

While many essential oils are completely off limits or should be used on children only with caution, in general, thoroughly diluted Chamomile Essential Oil is considered safe for external use on children. Even though Chamomile has a very low reaction rate, as with any essential oil, always test for sensitivity first.

Pregnancy and Nursing

Pregnancy, for all its beauty and glory, can be a complicated kind of tiring. Backache, insomnia, nausea, heartburn, aches, pains, and more can combine to make it a stressful experience.

relaxing pregnancy massage blend from Beeyoutiful.comA massage with special floral oils is a comforting treatment during this special time. A spouse or another loving family member or friend can do the honors. Studies have shown that both mothers and babies benefit from regular massage during pregnancy, and massage by the baby’s father contributes substantially to his bonding with mother and baby.

The aromas in this recipe are relaxing, and the composition of the oils brings physical relief.

Pregnancy Massage Blend

10 drops Chamomile

10 drops Geranium

10 drops Lavender
2 tablespoons of a favorite carrier oil (like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil)

For Fussy Babiescalming baby massage blend from Beeyoutiful.com

Use Chamomile in a massage oil to calm your baby, or add a drop to warm bath water or your favorite natural lotion.

Baby’s Massage Oil

1 drop Chamomile
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Geranium

2 tablespoons of a favorite carrier oil (like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil)

Chamomile for The Entire Family

ear ache remedy from Beeyoutiful.comEar Ache Remedy

3 drops Chamomile

3 drops Lavender

1 tsp olive oil

Moisten a cotton ball with the oil mixture and rest lightly in the ear opening, allowing the oil vapors to enter the ear. Leave in place for up to 6 hours. (A persistent ear ache may be a sign of infection and should be investigated by a doctor.)

Hay Fever Blend for DiffusingHay Fever Blend for Diffusing

3 parts Chamomile

3 parts Lemon

2 parts Lavender

Use in a diffuser or pot of steaming water and inhale the oil vapors. You can also put one drop of each oil on a tissue and sniff it throughout the day.

Eye Renewal Treatment

5 drops Chamomile

1 oz Jojoba Oil

Store in a dark glass container. After cleansing face at night, gently pat mixture around eye area, especially the areas prone to fine lines and wrinkles. (Avoid getting too close to the eye or oil will seep into the eye itself, ouch!)

Is Beeyoutiful’s oil from Roman Chamomile or German Chamomile?

We use Chamaemelum nobile, commonly known as Roman Chamomile. We chose to carry this variety for several reasons.

  • Roman Chamomile tends to be somewhat lower in the active components than the German kind, making it that much safer for use with young children.
  • While German Chamomile is reputed to have stronger effects on inflammation, Roman is considered better for calming (a major reason many choose to use it with restless children).
  • Even though it’s still a pricey oil, Roman is less expensive than German.

Chamomile has become a staple in our essential oil kits and we turn to it frequently. How do you use it in your home?

My Herbal First Aid Kit

One of my greatest pastimes is to meander through the halls of history museums and, as a nurse by profession, I always spend a great deal of time in front of the medical exhibits. The archaic tools, the vials of powders, a doctor’s entire practice encased in a small leather bag or wooden crate; it all fascinates me. I could spend hours perusing these items from behind the glass walls.

Recently, I was engrossed in an exhibit from the Civil War period when my daughter pointed out that all our favorite herbs were in the case in front of us. She was tickled pink to see little glass jars of Plantain, Turmeric, Mullein, and Lobelia, as well as two rows of additional herbs. She’s an avid history buff too, and we both were reminded that at home we were using the tools of our great-great-grandparents (and those that came even before them). Here are a few of my favorite ways to use these ancient but modern resources.

My Herbal First Aid Kit from Beeyoutiful

TURMERIC

This beautifully deep yellow powder is rich in benefits. We mainly keep turmeric for culinary uses when we are feeling under the weather, or just for fun because we love spicy Indian food! The main active ingredient is curcumin, which is very rich in antioxidants, making turmeric a great way to boost immunity and soothe your symptoms while sick. We add a teaspoon or two to our soups, especially when struggling with congestion or coughs. We also highly suggest sipping on Liquid Gold Coconut Milk when under the weather; it’s a Beeyoutiful favorite!

Liquid Gold Coconut Milk recipe from Beeyoutiful

Liquid Gold Coconut Milk

  • 1 can of Coconut Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (Can substitute with a few drops of Stevia if needed)
  • Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root (or ¼ tsp ginger powder)
  • Tiniest pinch of cayenne pepper (generally omitted for kids, but included in the adult version!)

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Use an immersion blender to thoroughly mix all ingredients together while it gently warms on medium heat (or blend at high speed in a regular blender before heating in a pan). Serve and drink immediately.

RED RASPBERRY LEAVES

Another personal favorite! It has long been prized for women, especially those preparing for childbirth, but did you know that red raspberry leaves are also beneficial to your body during periods of colds or flu? While it does not impact the virus directly, the herb has astringent properties which help to soothe throats, aid the body as it clears the mucus, and restore balance. When we’re sick at our house, we limit food intake to fresh fruits and vegetables, and then drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea liberally throughout the day.  To make it more palatable for littles, I occasionally add a bit of raw honey and some frozen raspberries and blend well.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipe from Beeyoutiful

Yummy Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
1 cup dried Red Raspberry Leaves
1/2 cup Rosehips
1 cup Frozen Raspberries
Honey to taste
Boil 3 quarts of water and pour over Red Raspberry Leaves and Rosehips. Let steep for 5-20 minutes, then strain and add honey and frozen raspberries. Use immersion blender to mix well. (You can also use a traditional blender, once the mixture has cooled.)

PLANTAIN

Plantain is a first rate “First Aid” plant that is usually close at hand, wherever you may be.  While my children love to pick plantain leaves fresh from the yard to chew and then drape over their cuts, scrapes, and insect bites, during the winter months they are not as readily available and the dried leaves come in handy. A cup of strong plantain tea can be drunk to help calm indigestion, and a small wad of the bruised leaf placed next to the gum can have a calming effect on a toothache until it can be attended to by a dentist.

MULLEIN

Mullein‘s gentle nature makes it one of the very best herbs for use with children’s health challenges. Mullein in the wild is absolutely beautiful; its soft lamb’s ear-like quality just begs to be handled, and is another great herb to grow in your yard to have in plenty! It combines wonderfully with Chamomile, Catnip, and Lemon Balm where appropriate, and can be used to soothe a wide variety of childhood ailments.

Mullein has a folk history of use that focuses on respiratory complaints. It has traditionally been used to calm coughs and colds. Mullein is considered the herb of choice for lung ailments; individuals who struggle with ongoing lung issues have reported positively when using Mullein, usually in a tea. Its pleasant taste blends well with others.

And last but not least to round out my favorites:

LOBELIA

Lobelia is one of the most powerful emetics known to the herbal world, and it also has fantastic benefits for respiratory issues and sore throats as well. Used in conjunction with Mullein, it has become one of our family’s favorite remedies to pull out when we first start feeling a ticklish throat. We use it in small amounts in our teas (1/2 part lobelia, 1 part Mullein, and 1 part Spearmint, steeped in 1 cup of hot water, sweetened with honey and taken twice a day), but our favorite way to use Lobelia is with Mullein in a fomentation wrapped around the neck. (A fomentation is something like a tea for the outside of the body: a steeped herb is used to soak a cloth, which in turn carries the herb’s benefits through the skin.)

Soothe the Throat Fomentation from Beeyoutiful

Soothe the Throat Fomentation

Steep both herbs in 8-10 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and then take cotton cloth (I have used old cotton diapers and cut them into four inch wide strips lengthwise) and soak them in the strong liquid. Wring out until damp but not dripping and then wrap around the throat. This can be worn for several hours and then switched for a fresh fomentation. This can be used until the discomfort has been eliminated. To protect the clothing or bedding, wrap a piece of plastic wrap over the fomentation to hold it in place, and cover with a soft cloth.

This just barely scratches the surface of the benefits that these herbs bring to our lives. Hopefully even this introductory view will pique your interest! For more in-depth information, I invite you to check out Beeyoutiful’s selection of books about herbs (beginning with Nutritional Herbology) and begin your herbal education journey today.

BONUS POST: 10 Simple Immune-Boosting Strategies Anyone Can Use

Bonus Post: 10 Simple Immune-Boosting Strategies Anyone Can Use

You knew we’d come through with more than we promised, didn’t you? Here’s a BONUS POST in our Five Days of Immunity Boosters. Let us know which of the strategies discussed this week is your favorite!

The key to staying strong is a healthy immune system. These ten suggestions are the protocols that many of us at Beeyoutiful use to guard our own families against viruses, colds, and flu. We are not doctors and thus cannot diagnose or prescribe for your specific health situation. If at anytime you or a loved one becomes ill, please seek appropriate medical attention. Bonus Post: 10 Simple Immune-Boosting Strategies Anyone Can Use 1. Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables. We’re talking about 5-7 servings per day. Consider serving things like cole slaw (especially if you can sneak in a little probiotic-rich yogurt and honey), steamed cabbage, and sautéed onions and brussels sprouts. Adding garlic or fresh herbs to these dishes will not only enhance the flavors, but will also add a small antiviral boost. Cruciferous veggies contain glucosinolates which directly stimulate the thymus. Your thymus is the control center for your immune system, so supporting and nourishing the thymus is very important for maintaining a healthy stasis.

2. Supplement with thymus and immune system-supporting nutrients. The following are some favorites used by our Beeyoutiful families. We tend to pick and choose between all of these options and rotate among them based on individual needs and specific immune system vulnerabilities.

  • Berry Well Syrups: Supports and nourishes the thymus gland and helps support the immune system in specific ways that makes it particularly beneficial in protecting against viruses. In addition, the elderberry provides terrific symptom relief by decreasing congestion.
  • Immune Boosting Supplements (Bee Immune, Ultra Immune and Colostrum Transfer Factor): You can take these in conjunction with each other, but we rotate them on and off while doing illness prevention protocols. Since up to 80% of our immune system resides in the extensive intestinal tract we refer to as the gut, also using high-quality probiotic support makes sense. We rotate between Tummy Tuneup and Ultimate Defense.
  • Key Nutrients: Make sure you are taking in or supplementing with Zinc, Selenium, Potassium, and Calcium and Magnesium.

3.  Vitamin D3 and Omega 3: There was a reason our grandmothers reached for the Cod Liver Oil bottle with each sniffle! It works to specifically support the parts of the immune system that effectively fight off viruses, and it’s also beneficial in reducing inflammation. You can either take these separately, or combined in Cod Liver Oil. Cook your foods with coconut oil and eat a diet rich in safe, wild-caught fish as well.

4.  Vitamin C: We have seen significant benefits from Vitamin C with lung-related ailments; eating your Vitamin C-rich vegetables or supplementing will help decrease mucus and increase lung health. Rosehip C is specifically good because it also directly supports the thymus gland to operate optimally.

5. Bone Broth: Keep those bones a-simmering! Add in a few herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Sage and Garlic. Don’t forget the veggies too! This is a great way to get key vitamins and minerals. Some of our little ones really enjoy sipping warm cups of nicely flavored bone broth. For some of the others we hide it as a base in soups, rice and noodles.

6. Bottoms Up: Take in fresh juices regularly. Here’s a favorite recipe. raw juice immune booster recipe from Beeyoutiful.com 7. Get some clean air! Enjoy some fresh sunshine and a few minutes of daily exercise. Using a personal rebounder is a great way to stimulate the lymphatic system which operates as the central highway system for the body’s immune system. It’s vitally important to keep it cleared out and working optimally in order to maintain healthy immune support. Bonus: rebounding also gets your exercise in at the same time!

8. Detox Baths: At least once a week, take a bath using a detoxifying agent (such as Eucalyptus Bath Salts, Epsom Salts, or Baking Soda).

9. Chest Poultices: These can be used weekly even when healthy, or as needed after being sick. Garlic, Lobelia, Chamomile, or Mullein are all great choices for chest poultices. Click here to see Steph’s 8-minute tutorial video on how to do a garlic poultice.

10. Diffuse those oils! Bandito Blend, Thyme, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree Oil are our top choices. These can also be diluted and massaged onto feet where there are a lot of nerve receptors and thus are ideal for facilitating rapid absorption into the bloodstream. (Please note that some essential oil experts recommend not diffusing or using some of these essential oils around or on very young children. We encourage individuals to do their own research and do due diligence in sensitivity testing before using any essential oils on young children or while pregnant and nursing.)

Remember, we’re not doctors and thus cannot diagnose or prescribe for your specific health situation, but we hope some of these tips will help keep you and your family strong and healthy through the winter. If at anytime you or a loved one becomes ill, please seek appropriate medical attention.

The World-Conquering Power of Cod Liver Oil

The World-Changing Power of Cod LIver Oil

If you want to be as healthy and strong as Erik the Red, you might want to consider a special food that was an influential part of the Viking diet.

Norsemen such as Erik, being rooted in a seafaring culture, relied heavily on fish for their sustenance and carefully reserved the nutrient-laden fatty livers of the fish for use after the peak fishing season was over. Traditional methods were passed down through the generations to extract “liquid gold” from the livers, and this oil was prized for its health-giving properties.

The World-Changing Power of Cod LIver Oil

The purest fish oil was used for food, with the lower-quality batches being used topically on the skin for wound care and to treat aching joints. Not a drop went to waste as even the lowest-quality oil, left after the best had been extracted, was used as a fuel and lighting oil.

The elements that made the Vikings such hardy folk included the powerful Omega-3 fatty acids (specifically EPA and DHA) and Vitamin A and its partner Vitamin D that are abundant in oil extracted from the livers of the Atlantic Cod. These nutritional building blocks are even more important to health now, as modern diets are chronically low in these and other crucial nutrients.

Science began revealing as far back as the 1800s that diets rich in nutrients from fish oil can protect healthy heart and brain function, contribute to strong teeth and bones, and can even have an impact on cognitive ability and emotional balance. Cod liver oil can boost immunity, especially valuable during the dark, germ-laden winter season when cold and flu are so prevalent and our own reserves of the “sunlight vitamin”, Vitamin D3, may be running low.

How can you incorporate these benefits in your daily life without going to sea and catching the fish yourself? Thankfully, there are several kinds of Cod Liver Oil (CLO) on the market today, each with its own advantages.

Regular

Standard CLO is extracted commercially through a steam process which cooks the livers and separates the oil from the organ tissue. The resulting liquid is then purified and sometimes encapsulated or flavored for ease of use. Beeyoutiful®’s Cod Liver Oil is screened for mercury and other impurities and is free of additives and preservatives.

This kind of CLO is readily available and inexpensive. It makes a concentrated source of fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins easy to find and use, making it a simple way to partake in a healthful habit that’s been proven over a millennia.

Extra Virgin

The highest quality and cleanest tasting of all the CLO options is Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil. It is extracted in Norway in a natural process that uses no heat, solvents, or mechanical processes, thus preserving intact a wide array of nutrients and micronutrients. Extra Virgin CLO is fresh, raw, and completely unrefined, resulting in a purity of both quality and taste that is beyond compare.

Butter oil and cod liver oil have been treated by traditional societies as sacred foods, important for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, and has been recommended as a tool to help rebuild decaying teeth.

Helpful Links

Here’s a 2-minute video on how to use CLO in your diet to prepare for pregnancy, and more information on the crucial role played by fat-soluble vitamins in overall health and immunity. More details on Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil are here. The powerful combination of Butter Oil and Cod Liver Oil is discussed in reference to tooth decay here.

Bring a bit of Scandinavia into your health routine with the addition of Cod Liver Oil, and you just might find yourself empowered to conquer new lands and leave your mark on history just like the Vikings!

*Consult with your physician before using doses of Cod Liver Oil substantially higher than recommended, or taking this product if you are pregnant or lactating, diabetic, allergic to fish or iodine, using blood thinners, anticipate surgery, have a diagnosed cardiovascular condition, nutrient absorption issues, are dealing with a chronic disease, bleeding, or immune system disorders. 

Stay Healthy With Elderberries

Stay healthy with elderberries from Beeyoutiful

It sometimes seems that the best things come in the smallest packages. That’s certainly true of the elderberry, a tiny, tart berry that packs an outsized punch when it comes to supporting immune health.

Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been used medicinally for centuries in Europe and North America, and is also well known in Chinese medicine. Many claims have been made about elderberry’s health benefits and the jury’s still out on many of them. However, modern scientific studies have confirmed the validity of what might formerly have been brushed aside as simply old wives’ tales, demonstrating that elderberry indeed has a measurable effect in treating the flu, alleviating allergies, and supporting overall immunity.

Stay healthy with elderberries from Beeyoutiful

Elderberries contain very high amounts of the polyphenol anthocyanin, an antioxidant which contributes to the berry’s dark blue color and protects them from fading in even sustained periods of bright sunlight. Amazingly, these antioxidant elements carry through to anyone consuming the berry, and anthocyanins have been shown to boost the human immune system. Some elderberry syrups and lozenges have been studied for their effectiveness against cold and flu viruses, and results indicate that symptoms were reduced in both severity and duration.

Elderberry has an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score of over 14,000, much higher than many other berries and fruit, making it a powerful antioxidant tool and a concentrated source of immune boosters.  In addition to its antioxidant properties, elderberry also contains Vitamin C (surprisingly, more than oranges!) along with valuable trace minerals.

Because they are often found growing wild, elderberries are an easily-accessible and inexpensive resource for many to support health during flu season with homemade elderberry tincture or syrup.   If you’re less inclined to scramble through the woods in search of your own elderberries, you can get them here in dried form, or go straight to the ready-to-use syrups and lozenges.

Whether you choose ready-made remedies or the do-it-yourself variety, don’t overlook this tiny berry that can give your immune system a major boost.

*Because elderberry is widely regarded as an immune stimulant, persons with uncontrolled autoimmune diseases may choose to avoid using elderberry to stimulate an immune response that could cause a flareup of disease symptoms. Please consult an experienced healthcare practitioner for recommendations to fit your specific health conditions. 

The Detoxifying Power of Eucalyptus

Five Days of Immunity Boosters: The Detoxifying Power of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus. What a funny-sounding name for an even more exotic plant! You might recognize eucalyptus as the preferred habitat of Koalas in Australia. The cuddly-looking marsupials live almost exclusively in groves of eucalyptus trees, and the pungent leaves are nearly all they ever eat.

While we can’t recommend making eucalyptus a part of your own diet (it’s toxic to humans when taken internally), the oil extracted from the leaves can play a very important role in detoxifying the air you breathe, your home and laundry, and even your body.

Five Days of Immunity Boosters: The Detoxifying Power of EucalyptusEucalyptus contains high levels of cineole (also known as eucalyptol), a chemical compound widely studied and shown to have a massive range of beneficial properties. Studies have shown that eucalyptus oil is:

  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • antioxidant
  • analgesic
  • insecticidal
  • a respiratory aid
  • an immune booster

We’ve grown to rely on eucalyptus essential oil for so many uses! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Use eucalyptus in household cleansers to disinfect your home (see one of our favorite and most-requested recipes below). Add a dropperful along with your laundry detergent to rid your linens of dust mites and bacteria (especially appropriate after sickness has visited!).

Include eucalyptus in homemade salves as a pleasant scent and natural preservative. Add a few drops to shampoo or body wash to combat dandruff, ringworm, lice, and scabies.

Dilute thoroughly with a carrier oil and use topically as a rub for sore muscles and sprains, a soothing balm for minor cuts and scrapes, or an antifungal foot treatment. Use eucalyptus-based lotions or creams on the chest, back, and soles of the feet to soothe respiratory issues. (When using on the skin, always dilute eucalyptus with a carrier oil and test for sensitivity.)

Dab a few diluted drops on your body (or place a eucalyptus-dampened cotton ball in a loose pocket) to act as a bug repellent. Spray around your home to ward off invading creepy-crawlies. Dab on insect bites to cool and calm itching.

Use eucalyptus as a base when diffusing essential oils. The distinctive scent of eucalyptus blends well with many other plant oils (especially those that also contain cineole, such as Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Basil) and helps to stretch more expensive oils and make them last longer.

Take a bit of olive oil and eucalyptus and mix with bath salts, then soak in the perfumed water to soothe irritated skin and enjoy a rejuvenating  dose of aromatherapy.

Eucalyptus supports respiratory health and breaks down mucus; breathing the aromas has historically been helpful with colds and congestion, allergies, and asthma.

Producing pure essential oil requires a large amount of the herb, flower, or plant. It takes over 100 pounds of eucalyptus leaves and stems to produce just two pounds of oil! This distillation process concentrates the powerful plant compounds into a potent and easy-to-use liquid form, making it simple to keep eucalyptus on hand.

Even with the costs of distillation, eucalyptus essential oil is one of the least expensive oils available, and given its versatility and ease of use, its low price means it packs an even bigger wallop. Once you realize the benefits of eucalyptus, you may come to love it as much as koalas do!

NOTE:  Eucalyptus Essential Oil is not considered appropriate to use while pregnant or nursing, and should NOT be used with children under 10 years old. (Spearmint is a much safer choice for children.) If you are on medications or have a medical diagnosis, please consult with your doctor prior to using Eucalyptus because it can interact with medications and is contraindicated in some situations. Eucalyptus Essential Oil should always be diluted when used topically. The maximum concentration with mixed with a carrier oil should be 20% (to achieve, mix 20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil).

Learn more about Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Essential Oil and watch a delightful 1-minute video here

For even more ideas on how to use eucalyptus essential oil, read longer articles here and here.

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Adding Exercise WITHOUT Adding a To-Do

adding exercise without adding a to-do

How many of you have read articles or listened to blips on the news about exercise? All you need is 45 minutes a day, five or so days a week! That’s simple enough, right? WRONG!

Who is going to leave the house a mess, drop the kids somewhere, and run to the gym for 45 minutes every day? If you’re like me, you won’t. No matter what our lifestyles, adding yet another “to do” on the never-ending list can feel overwhelming. No matter how good exercise feels (or makes us feel eventually), it can seem like an insurmountable task to add it to our already-busy day.

adding exercise without adding a to-do

So we find ourselves at the start of a new year with a real dilemma: longing for better health and knowing we should exercise, but we just don’t know how to add it into our real-life routines.

Here’s how I add exercise without adding to my to-do list: by adding extra movement into everything I’m already doing, from transferring the laundry to deciding where I park my vehicle.

Doing laundry is an easy way to get a full body workout. I do squats as I pull clothes from the dryer, a few pieces at a time to make it last longer. When I carry the basket of clothes across the house, I lift it up and down to work my arms.

When I wash dishes I make a point to “suck in” my stomach and hold it as tight as I can for as long as I can. You’ll notice after a week or so that you are getting better at this and your stomach muscles are tighter. This is also how I tone my stomach. (I despise crunches and sit-ups, so any way I can avoid those is an added bonus!)

For those of us with children, we’ve surely noticed that most children’s shows end with music and the characters moving along with it. Why not join in the activity? Your kids will think it’s hilarious to see their parents dance, giving you brownie points, and your increased heart rate counts as cardio. Try moving with your kids a few times a day and you will certainly feel a difference.

We live in a rural area, so walking for exercise is easy. We like to walk to our red barn, which is about a quarter mile away. I encourage my two-year-old to run so that way I can walk at a faster pace to keep up with her little legs. She thinks we are both running, so it works out great! Once we’ve made the round trip back to the house, we’ve walked a half mile and she is ready to take her nap without a fuss (major bonus for me!).

If you live in a more populated area, you can walk more by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking at the end of the parking lot when you go out. The extra steps add up. Consider using an inexpensive pedometer to count your steps each day; compete with yourself (or make it a family contest) to reach a certain number of steps each day.

Red lights are for more than waiting your turn to go. Ladies, stoplights are a great place to do kegel exercises! You don’t have to worry about keeping count, since we all seem to hit every light on the way to the store anyway. Strengthening the pelvic floor is a great thing for all women (especially mothers) to keep in mind, and kegels are a simple way to mark that off the list.

Remember that as long as you are moving, you are exercising. You’ll need to purposefully add the extra movement at first, but it won’t take long before you do it subconsciously. It takes extra movement to get your blood pumping and help boost your energy, but just 10 minutes of cardio exercise will start to burn fat.

Just wait until someone catches you pumping your laundry basket up and down and asks what in the world you are doing!

How do you build physical activity into your daily routine? Share your strategies with us!

Beeyoutiful’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

We have never had a product so loved as Berry Well®! Its simple yet incredibly effective ingredients have made it the stuff of legend among our Beeyoutiful families and customers. It is by far one of the most convenient and effective ways to utilize the incredible properties of a variety of ingredients that work together synergistically.

Make your own elderberry syrup with Beeyoutiful's kit

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Beeyoutiful® is now offering a way for you to create your own homemade elderberry syrup so that you have an affordable and effective recourse should Berry Well be unavailable, or if you have a large family and stocking up on Berry Well in sufficient quantities isn’t an option for your budget.

It is more work to create your own elderberry syrup, and it doesn’t taste exactly like Berry Well, but we have saved you some steps and made it as convenient as possible by combining most of the must-have ingredients into one discounted package. You also get the satisfaction of knowing you have created an amazing health-supporting product for you and those you love with your own two hands.

IMG_9524Each Elderberry Syrup Starter Kit contains enough supplements and primary ingredients to make a minimum of 4 quarts of homemade syrup (with some ingredients left over). Feel free to tweak the recipe below based on your individual family’s needs and taste preferences.

Each of Beeyoutiful®’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Starter Kits contains 1 box of Traditional Medicinals Echinacea Tea, 1 bottle of Bee Immune™, 1 bottle of Gentle C, and 1/2 lb. of dried organic Elderberries. You will need to source raw unfiltered honey (preferably from a local apiary) and raw apple cider vinegar to round out the ingredients list.

Beeyoutiful’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Makes 1 Quart
Purchase most of the ingredients in our discounted kit, or through the individual links below. 
 You will need:
1 cup boiling water
4 Echinacea teabags
6 capsules of Beeyoutiful’s Bee Immune (Bee Propolis)
1 cup Unfiltered Local Raw Honey
1/2 cup dried elderberries
2 cups water
4 Tablespoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
6 capsules of Beeyoutiful’s Gentle C
Step 1:  Add 4 teabags to 1 cup of boiling water and cover. Allow to steep until slightly warm, 30 minutes or more.IMG_9530
Step 2: While teabags are steeping, place 2 cups of water and dried elderberries in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower temperature and cover so that it remains at a gentle simmer. Allow it to simmer together for at least 30 minutes. Berries should be soft and easily mashed.IMG_9537

Step 3: Remove tea bags, squeeze and set strong tea aside.

Step 4: Once berries have finished simmering, remove from heat and allow to cool. After cooling, pour juice through a fine mesh strainer into a wide mouthed quart jar. Use a spatula to move berry pulp around, making sure every last bit of the juice is extracted.IMG_9573

Step 5: Open capsules of Bee Immune and Gentle C into the still-warm echinacea tea and use a whisk to blend in.IMG_9548

Step 6: Add tea mixture to quart jar of elderberry juice. Add cup of honey (gently warmed to make pourable, if necessary) and then 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Cap tightly and shake well to mix all ingredients.IMG_9583

Shake well before serving. Syrup can be stored in repurposed Berry Well bottles for easier serving or kept in larger quart jar; it will stay good refrigerated for up to 6 months. Feel free  to substitute any ingredients or customize in any way that is best suited to your particular needs.IMG_9611
Store in refrigerator. Do not serve to babies less than a year old.
Adults: take 1 tablespoon as often as needed.
Children 4 years old and older: 1 tsp. as often as needed
For children 1 to 4 yrs old: 1/2 tsp
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Misled by Multi’s – Fall 2013 Catalog

Misled by Multi’s

by Steve Tallent

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We’ve been running Beeyoutiful for over seven years now. I can’t tell you how much of that time has been spent in front of a computer. And a lot more of it than I would like has been spent in front of a computer trying to get things done while suffering from childrenis interruptus. That’s Latin for “You’ve got small kids . . . bless their hearts,” although I have also heard the alternate, perhaps more ancient definition of “your kid just made the world’s biggest mess and is now sitting right in the middle, naked and burbling happily.” It seems likeEVERYTHING is harder after you have kids. And there is more work. And life is busier, and more stressful. I often find myself tired, hungry, frustrated at how little I get done, and how long it takes to do it, and emotionally spent. Even while writing this article, I found that I had to work for a bit, hold a kid, start over, rewrite, change a diaper, start over, rewrite, hold a kid and peck out a couple of lines while the kid kicks the keyboard and or moves the cursor all over, stop to deal with a discipline problem, get distracted by a dozen other things needing attention, come back to it two days later and forget where I was and what I was going to say, start over, rewrite, etc., until my due date comes and then goes, and then is far in the rear view mirror. It’s all just draining.

Whether you have kids or not, family or not, high-needs friends or not, most of you have probably experienced something similar in your lives. That’s why here at Beeyoutiful, we are constantly trying to seek out new products and information, sort through it all, pick out the best, break it down so it is easy, and dish it out for you. You’re busy. Stuff is flying at you from all sides, with a lot of “what” but not a lot of “why”. We get it. We’re trying to help. And it’s why I think you need a good daily multivitamin.

Most people are deficient in something.

Whether it is fatigue, weakness, skin issues, hair loss, aches and pains, depression, frequent infections or illness, bad teeth, broken bones, weight gain or loss, cramps, inability to concentrate, or just plain old irritability, if we’re honest, most of us can spot symptoms in ourselves that indicate a nutrient deficiency. This isn’t “malnutrition”, but a shortage of particular nutrients often referred to as a nutritional “gap” between what you get, and what you need. I’d like to tell you that you just need to eat better and it will take care of whatever problems you might be experiencing. But the truth is that our entire food chain, from fertilizer and soil, to finished product, is compromised these days. Even if you want to grow it yourself, it can take years of proper cultivation to produce plant and animal products that are nutrient dense enough to completely close the gap and get everything you need for proper health.

The nutritional “gap” is more like a “chasm”.

Some folks might protest that just one bowl of morning flaky flakes or puffy puffs contain 100% of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Recommend Daily Allowance of a bunch of stuff, not to mention the milk, coffee, toast, butter, etc. Add to that a sandwich for lunch and dinner from a couple of cans, and you’ve surely gotten more than enough nutrients, right? After all, you’re still alive. Well, it’s not so simple. First, you need more than ‘they” think you do. Many experts consider the RDAs to be way, way too low. Plus, after years of undernourishment, most of us have little conditions in our bodies that need extra nutrition over time to be fixed. You can have a slow leak in a car tire. You don’t notice it for a while. If you catch it when it is low, you can fill it up. If you don’t, one day you walk out and it is totally flat. Not to mention that driving it while really low could have damaged the tire, or thrown the alignment off. One little simple deficiency can start a chain reaction of destruction and it takes a lot more effort to fix it all than it does to prevent it. And we don’t come equipped with spare tires. So some people like me, in addition to eating the best diet I ever have in my life, need to take not just the regular dosage of multivitamin, but extra as well to try to incrementally heal my body. Second, the processing that many foods go through renders the vitamins inert. Like a battery with no charge. It has the right size, shape, weight, look, feel, the right stuff inside, but pop it into the flashlight and nothing happens. The battery is dead. Vitamins can be dead too. And finally it is possible that . . .

You Just Don’t Get It.

Even if you are getting active vitamins into your body in a good form, more and more we are finding out that many, many people have issues utilizing those vitamins. Their bodies have been damaged and stuff just isn’t metabolized the way it needs to be. Back to the car tire analogy, imagine that the valve stem got damaged. Even though you’re blowing compressed air into the right place, very little of it is getting into the tire. But if you keep at it, you can eventually get that tire filled. Some moderately-costly testing can tell you across the board the vitamin and mineral deficiencies your body has, and some more expensive testing can tell you if you have problems metabolizing those nutrients. This will allow you to address deficiencies like a sniper – one nutrient at a time. Or you could take the shotgun approach with a multivitamin and mineral complex and have the added benefit of addressing things the tests may not find—and it costs a LOT less.

Okay, you may be ready to admit it just MIGHT be good for you to take a daily multivitamin, just to be on the safe side. But there are a ton of them out there. Which is right for you?

Quality + Price = Value

We recently got a letter from a customer who was buying Supermom to grow her hair out for a big event (yes, it seems to have that benefit for some people). She was already taking a daily multivitamin from a well-known, big-box chain store, and had this to say. “It is hard for me to understand why supermom costs $40 whereas prenatal vitamins like the one I’m taking costs $4.” Well, let’s look at that.

I’ve shopped those big box store pharmacy aisles. I’ve bought those vitamins. Well, not prenatals, but you know what I mean. They are cheap, in every sense of the word. But still, you don’t get a 3 month supply of multivitamins for $4. Multivitamins range from really cheap and awful to so awesome and expensive that you need to mortgage a house to take them regularly. Most of us don’t need an expensive limo to get where we are going, but neither do we want to break down along the way. We just need reasonable, reliable transportation. It is the same for multivitamins: you want to take something that works, something you can afford. Our “Super” line of multivitamins (SuperDad, SuperMom, SuperKids) are not the cheapest, but they work where many “value” multis don’t. Obviously for this woman, she wasn’t getting enough from her multi for her hair to grow out. Our Supers are not the absolute top of the line— they are not the Rolls Royce of the vitamin world— but keep in mind that you won’t have to sell your children into indentured servitude to pay for them. (Although when you find your 2-year-old has stripped off his diaper, peed on the floor, dumped out the kitty litter box, and is sitting in the middle of the pile tasting it for the second time in a week, you might be tempted.) Where they differ from a lot of other mid-range vitamins is in formulation and testing. Our Super vitamins contain at least one green super food. These things like Spirulina, Chlorella, and Aloe make the other vitamins much more bioavailable so that what you take actually works better. And every batch of our multis is tested to make sure that it indeed has inside what it says it has on the label. Each ingredient and each batch of final product is also tested to make sure that it is free of pesticides, heavy metals, and a host of other things that could possibly plague a multi derived from plant and mineral sources.

Our Supers are SUPER!

It’s true. Our multivitamins really are super. Some midwives and OBs recommend them as a prenatal vitamin, although they are not a prenatal and require supplementation of a couple of key nutrients. They recommend them because they flat out work. You don’t have to believe me. Go read the reviews on the website. There are 200+ on SuperMom alone. If you don’t have a computer, call up and let somebody read some to you. Many are along these lines:

I started SuperMom180 when I was 2 months pregnant with baby #6. Before SM180 I was exhausted and HADto have a nap everyday — hard to accomplish with 5 others. After SM180, I could easily go all day. If I skipped a day, it was back to required nap time. I have used other vitamins that didn’t help as much and were more expensive. Won’t be going that route again . . . (Posted on 2/14/09)

I had been taking an expensive vitamin shake for my allergies. Someone introduced me to this vitamin and am I ever glad they did! It helped my allergies and energy level. It’s so much easier to take too! Love all of your products that I’ve tried. (Posted on 5/24/13)

I was taking a very expensive multivitamin that was also very good. I hated the price, but was reluctant to switch, they were that good. It came to the point that, financially, I had to try something else. I’m so glad that something was Super Mom. It is every bit as good as the expensive brand, and just as pure. Thank you for Super Mom! (Posted on 9/15/12)

OH MY WORD! I have been using an expensive multivitamin from a private company for about 3 years. It worked really well but was about 4x the price of SuperMom. I decided to give these vitamins a shot and am SO GLAD IDID! I am not sleepy in the afternoons and have energy to do the tasks the Lord requires of me as a wife and mother. Thank you for producing such an effective product. Worth every penny. (Posted on 7/14/08)

I have been taking these vitamins for a few years and while they cost more than the store brand, they are far superior. Can tell a major difference when I stop for a short while. Even my eyelashes have grown to new lengths using this vitamin! 🙂 (Posted on 1/12/12)

Despite the higher cost of these vitamins, I think they’re worth it. Vitamins coming from real food sources really do make a difference. I Can tell the days I forget these! They give me more energy and make it easier to get through a busy, tiring day and night with my nursing toddler. And they don’t upset my stomach like so many can. (Posted on 1/8/13)

This is the best vitamin I’ve ever had! I feel great (take one a day) and don’t get that afternoon slump! I can really tell a difference if I don’t take them. Even several of my family members and friends are hooked after hearing me rave about them! We order together to save 🙂 To many people the price might seem high, but they last 3 months (or 6 months if you only take one per day like I do!). Spread out the cost and factor in how great they make you feel and it’s totally worth it! Thanks for a great vitamin! (Posted on 9/24/13)

Multivitamins are a scam!

“Multivitamins are just a way for gullible people to have expensive urine. They don’t do anything.” I’ve heard this statement from the medical community, and from the purists in the alternative health community. And the statement can be true depending on what you take. It can be true that birds fly. But it isn’t always true. There are some multivitamins that don’t dissolve. They come through whole. It’s true. Those aren’t going to do much for you. It’s simple, some multivitamins work, and some don’t. Some multivitamin formulations work for some people and not others, even ours. Like anything else in life, you have to study, get good counsel, and sometimes even try it yourself to see if it works for you.

Summary

Without enough daily nutrients, your body is like a leaky tire (and I’m not talking about that spare one around your middle, fellas.) You need a multivitamin. Beeyoutiful’s Supers are super! (Even my chiropractor can tell when I am taking mine faithfully.) They are a great value. And with Beeyoutiful’s 60-day money-back guarantee, there’s really no risk. Give them a good long test drive, and if you don’t like them, send them back and we’ll refund your money. No hassles. I promise!

Be well!

-steve

Better Than Grandma Used to Make- Catalog Winter 2012-2013

Better Than Grandma Used to Make

My Journey to Healthy Eating—Even on Holidays!

Mary Ewing

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I love Thanksgiving. My fondest memories revolve around spending that holiday with my mom’s parents. It embodied southern charm, and the table overflowed with a spread fit for any home and food magazine. I loved the sights and smells, the joy and laughter. The holidays have always been the highlight of my memories. Perhaps the best they have to offer is knowing you will be with people who love you.

These warm memories prompted one of my biggest fears on the journey to genuinely healthful eating. I was afraid I would have to give up the holidays as I knew them—not just the specific foods but the warm fuzzies that come with them. I feared that having a healthful holiday meant not having a happy tummy.  Would my family’s fare be sterile, maybe even un-appetizing? I worried they wouldn’t have the same cozy, satisfying memories of holiday meals that I did.

Holiday Health Crisis

On December 20th, six years ago, a sweet, precious boy was born to my husband and me. Due to lack of good planning on our part, I ended up alone in the hospital that night with our newest love. We had lost one baby and then found out we were expecting another, and throughout my pregnancy, I had struggled with conflicting emotions. I wanted to be thoroughly excited but waded through fears and anxiety over possibly losing another child. I don’t think I truly relaxed until that night in the shadowy darkness of my hospital room. I barely slept, watching that little self, snuggled next to me. I relished our night alone before the reality of now having a family of four hit home the next day.

That little man-to-be is the one who launched my journey to healthful living. (I’ve told many of you parts of my story on the phone or through email, so I apologize if my article is redundant, but this holiday season has gotten me thinking about how grateful I am for my life.) It wasn’t long before I knew he had some health issues. We discovered that his projectile vomiting after every feeding was caused by idiopathic reflux. Doctors assured me that it was perfectly normal for a child to be colicky and have bad skin breakouts, and that treatment would be “no problem.” We could try each of three medications to see which would best handle the condition. We would then continue whichever was most effective until he was old enough to walk . . . or maybe a bit older . . . or possibly his entire life. That didn’t sound like “no problem” to me, but I bought the first prescription and sat in the drugstore parking lot, bawling my eyes out.  How could I give my four-month-old baby a life sentence to medication? By the next day, I had decided to find a better way.

New to True Health

Trained as a nurse and steeped in standard medical ways, I knew virtually nothing about the world of genuinely healthful living. I began researching the reasons for colic, reflux, and eczema. Although information available on the topics has exploded in the last five years, even then I found some really cool stuff, which catapulted me toward a new lifestyle. But I had no idea how radically I needed to change my thinking about food and nutrition. At that point, I still thought I could heal my little boy while we continued to consume fast food, processed foods, and the other aberrations of the modern American diet. My entire paradigm needed to change.

We started with little steps that seemed right for the baby. I cut out dairy since that seemed to be linked to a big offender for his disorders. I fed him homemade formula that was less than lovely. It contained carrot juice and stained all his clothes orange during the transition period in which he was still spitting up a lot. We endured making formula daily for our little tyke and saw his reflux disappear. He gained about five pounds in a month and started sleeping better as well.

As the months past, we still struggled with the eczema and frequent illnesses. So we began intense probiotics. I’m beyond thankful for Tummy Tuneup and its ease of use with little ones! We sprinkled a partial capsule in his bottles and on his food until he was old enough to swallow the capsules, did yeast cleanses, eliminated all toxins we could and corn syrup specifically (major!). His once cracked and bleeding feet became supple and soft. The eczema disappeared from his scaly, itchy legs after consistent, multiple daily applications of Miracle. But the best, most rewarding part was that his moodiness and behavior problems began to melt away.

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Although my son will eat a plethora of raw fruits and veggies and likes plainly prepared meals, he is picky about ferments and bone broths, which I knew were a key to his (and our) healing. But as we got the yuck out of our diet and replaced it with healthy alternatives, he was willing to try and accept foods he previously rejected (still working on the nutrient-dense sauces, though).

Progress Report

As we made changes little by little, became more convinced about the rightness of our new path, changed and grew, I looked back and realized we had made a huge lifestyle shift. Our whole family benefited from it! My husband’s persistent sinus and allergy problems became less frequent. He went from being the first to get sick to often escaping the entire round of family illness. His taste buds changed as well. Instead of sugary cereals and Coke, he happily chose yogurt for breakfast with just fruit for sweetening. My oldest daughter stopped getting sick as frequently, and recovered noticeably faster when she did get sick. My youngest two, who really benefited from our lifestyle change (both before birth because I was healthier and after because they haven’t been exposed to as many toxins and “fake” food), are fairly robust and typically bounce back from health setbacks quicker than the rest of us.

But the most dramatic change occurred in yours truly. I would never have considered myself a “sick” person or that my health was less than prime. Yet at 29, I had begun to take seriously what people said when they warned that “things change in your 30’s.” I could not believe I should be so tired all the time and feel as horrible as I did. I struggled to keep up with the children, even while taking vitamins. My head was in a fog much of the time, and I suffered from extreme migraines. In a good month, I got by with only one severe headache, but in bad times, I had as many as 20 in a month with double and triple migraines in a day. I had suffered from them as a teenager but had a reprieve after getting off aspartame. Once I had children, though, they came back with a vengeance. After six long years, it seemed only to be getting worse. I lived in constant fear of my next headache and was unable to care for my children when a migraine landed me in bed.

At first, our moderate diet changes didn’t help. Then I completely eliminated MSG, high fructose corn syrup, and food dyes. I also went gluten-free (which did not affect my headaches but did improve my overall feeling of health, and I had fewer sinus problems and less brain fog). I did not stay gluten-free because I am not intolerant of it, but now, as a family, we simply limit our exposure.

With the addition of Magnesium Citrate, CoQ10, and B-Better, my migraines have disappeared entirely. It has been just over 20 months since my last one, and I had only one in the ten months before that. I believe migraines are a complex syndrome triggered by a variety of factors, including deficient magnesium levels, poor gut health, toxins, foods that block absorption of magnesium in the body, and stress. As I have become more healthful in our lifestyle and with the addition of several key supplements, though, I have not only had no migraines, but my energy levels are high, and I function well throughout the day!

Health Routine

My healthy patterns are now fairly well set for the family: whole foods, extremely limited processed foods, grass-fed meats, raw milk from pastured cows, sprouted grains and beans, and all-organic “other.” I drink kombucha and kefir, and love to eat sauerkraut. My pantry has slowly transformed from grab-and-go or scoop-dump-mix-and-warm to ingredients that require time and attention but are the best things you ever put in your mouth. I rarely implemented more than one change in a day, and typically any significant shift was a few months in the making.

Now I cannot imagine going back to the other—even on holidays! What about warm, fuzzy, yummy family times? We limit processed foods to those produced by thoroughly trusted organic, full-disclosure companies. We use funny sounding sugars like rapadura and turbinado. I don’t even own a product like Crisco anymore. We use healthy, farm-fresh lard. Our eggs and milk come straight from a farm, as does most of our meat. And we absolutely will not allow any high fructose corn syrup, MSG, or food dyes in what we eat. I have been pleasantly surprised at how well I have acquired skills to re-create favorite dishes using healthful ingredients, and now they taste even better than the original ones my grandmother used to make! To my further surprise, the extra prep time is neither laborious or a drain. It is really quite a lot of fun and something my little girls happily participate in. The best part is that now I’m passing down healthful traditions of my own.

Our green bean casserole is not only the best, float-you-to-food-heaven-and-back recipe you’ll ever want (see sidebar), it is also good for you. Sweet potatoes still put a smile on our faces but don’t give my son eczema. Cranberry sauce still dances on our tongues but doesn’t mess with our livers. Charlotte, our favorite dessert, tastes like lying in a hammock with a cool breeze hushing you to sleep on a quiet fall day, yet is a nutrient-dense treat. (I still make my grandmother’s refrigerator rolls, but since they are only a twice-a-year occurrence, we let that slide.)

I look forward to the holidays even more these days because I don’t feel hung over from compromised foods. In 20 years, I intend to be the grandma who continues old traditions and shares stories from days gone by over delicious, fun, nutritious food my grandchildren dream of all year long!

Mary Ewing is a wife and homeschool mother of four exuberant kiddos and the fifth on the way! She began her journey into health after quitting her job as a registered nurse to stay home with her children. After realizing their health was not being helped following the typical American lifestyle, she used her research skills to begin to radically change their lives. She is passionate about research and understanding the “way we tick” and fascinated by the immense gifts God has given us in nature to heal ourselves. She is grateful for the last four years that she has worked for Beeyoutiful and the opportunities it has afforded her to allow her to learn more! When not working or taking care of kiddos, she can be found knitting, sewing or dabbling in gardening!

Green Bean Casserole

(adapted from Williams-Sonoma catalog)

8 shallots, sliced thinly

Lard

Salt and pepper

Flour/gluten-free alternative

1 lb of Baby Bella mushrooms, washed and sliced

1 chopped shallot

1 cup bone broth

1 cup heavy cream (I use raw)

2 lbs of green beans (I use whole frozen green beans)

  1. Coat thinly sliced shallots in mixture of flour/gf alternative mixed with salt and pepper to taste. Then fry in lard until crispy but not burnt. Set aside.
  2. In large skillet, sauté mushrooms and shallots in butter until golden brown.  Add approximately ¼ cup of flour or arrowroot to skillet and coat veggies. Slowly add chicken broth, mixing well between drizzles. After all broth is incorporated, add the cream slowly, stirring as it thickens.
  3. Combine beans and sauce in a 9 X 13 pan and bake at 375 for approximately 25 minutes or until bubbling on the edges. Add onions at the last minute, and serve hot!

Cranberry Sauce

¼ cup fresh orange juice

¼ cup 100% cranberry juice (the tart stuff!)

1½ pounds fresh cranberries

Pulp from two oranges

1 cup maple syrup

¼ cup pecans

Combine juice and maple syrup in the pot until it boils; then add cranberries and oranges. Cook for approximately ten minutes, stirring consistently. Once the cranberries begin to burst, lower heat, and stir until most of the cranberries have burst open. Do not overcook because it will not set well. Then stir in the pecans. Chill and serve.

Products Mentioned in This Article:

Tummy Tuneup

Magnesium Citrate

CoQ10

B-Better

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