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Pass the Pumpkin Spices, Please!

by Shannyn Caldwell

Pumpkin spice ‘everything’ seems to be everywhere these days. It has been for months and will be for months to come. It’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore.  So let’s get to know this cozy flavor profile a little bit better.

Pumpkin Pie Spice. What are we actually talking about here? Well, once you get past the obligatory scoop of pumpkin, that is where you find the “spice.”

Pumpkin pie spice is a standard blend with many variations that look something like this:

*4 TSP Ground Cinnamon

*2 TSP Ground Ginger

*1 TSP Ground Cloves

*½ TSP Ground Nutmeg

The spices above are a blend of

very powerful medicines indeed!

When combined with pumpkin (an amazing comfort food in and of itself), we are looking at a potentially healing as well as delicious food.

Obviously, if you create a cake, pie, or smoothie of sugar-laden pumpkin spices, you will be working against medicinal properties of the spices, BUT you CAN find and create some very healthy recipes out like custards, pancakes, cookies, lattes, smoothies, and shakes that taste 100% like you are cheating the brains out of your diet.  However, you are really feeding your body healthful nutrients.

Here’s what we know about the healing properties of Pumpkin Pie Spices:

First, they are all warming spices which fight the cold and the damp.  All forms of herbalism (Western, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine) use these spices to balance out cold and damp conditions.

In addition to their warming qualities these spices have actions that go far beyond their mouthwatering scents and flavors.

Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels & reduce heart disease risk!

Ginger aids digestion and helps upset stomach.

Clove is incredibly high in antioxidants. One-half teaspoon contains more than one-half cup of blueberries).  There is compelling research pairing clove with cancer and diabetic conditions.

Nutmeg aids an upset stomach and also helps with sleeplessness. It is interesting to consider the new research utilizing nutmeg and its effects on cancer and kidney disease.

So, maybe just maybe, the “Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING” people are onto something.  Hmmm, I think I might go make a latte…

Heavens to Betsy! Liquid Laundry Soap

Author: Shannyn Caldwell, Student ~ Genesis School of Natural Health

I got super tired of spending my family’s hard-earned coin on garbage detergent and so I did some digging and came up with this heavenly spin on a Pinterest money saving fave!

I hacked the recipe because I couldn’t find washing soda in my dear home town, so I learned to make it and felt it was only fair to spill the beans on how!

So, dear diva, you should know that washing soda can be made easily from baking soda. All you do is cover a cookie sheet with plain ‘ol baking soda and…bake it! Go figure! About 20 minutes at 400 does the trick. You’ll see. It changes…gets softer, less composed.  That done, you’re off to the organic/fair trade/money saving races!

Here’s the recipe I used: 

  • Whisk 1/2 cup washing soda with 1/4 cup borax. Add 1 cup boiling water.
  • Stir in 1 TBSP Castile soap (I used peppermint because it’s what we had on hand), 1/4 cup white vinegar and 20 drops of essential oil. (I used lemon and peppermint.)
  • Pour into an empty and clean gallon jug and top with hot water!

BOOM! Mom win!

1/4 Cup takes care of 1 large load!

If you try it, let me know how it turns out in the comments! If you’ve got questions, ask away! Bless your sparkly clean socks off for reading and sharing. I hope you have fun rocking your laundry!

Cheers!

Bug Away Spray

Bug Away Spray

by Regina Rigney MH, TND

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. Witch Hazel
  • 2 Tbsp. Vodka (80-100 proof) – preservative
  • 3 Tbsp. Carrier Oil with bug repelling properties (grape seed, jojoba, almond, olive, neem, or a combination of two or more oils).
  • 100 drops of essential oils (blend)

Any of the following essential oils can be used when making bug repellent. You may use just one or a combination of oils. Each oil has different bug repelling properties so it is much more effective to use a combination.

Basil Cypress Lemongrass
Bergamot Eucalyptus Peppermint
Cedarwood Geranium (Rose) Rosemary
Citronella Lavender Spearmint
Clove Lemon Tea Tree
Thyme

Directions & Use

Pour the the witch hazel, vodka, and carrier oil(s) into a 4 oz. dark colored spray bottle and shake well. Add the essential oils and shake again. Label the bottle! It is important that a dark colored bottle is used to protect the essential oils from sunlight. Store the bottle in a cool area (not in the car). Extreme heat will alter the oils making them less effective.