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Strawberry Gummies

Homemade Strawberry Gummies

 

I don’t take great pics anyway, but extra sorry for the crummy cell phone picture! Dave had the camera. 😀

INGREDIENTS

18-20 Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen)
1 Cup water
3 Tablespoons Gelatin (Grass-fed if possible)
1/4 Cup Raw Honey

DIRECTIONS

Add water and strawberries to small saucepan and simmer on medium-high until strawberries are mushy. Using the back of a spoon or potato masher, mush out as much liquid from the strawberries as possible while still simmering.

Remove from heat, and strain through a fine sieve mushing out as much liquid as possible from the strawberries. Discard the solids. You want 1 cup of strawberry juice. If you don’t have enough, add water or orange juice to get 1 full cup.

While liquid is still warm, slowly add your gelatin a little at a time being careful not to get clumps (If you do, no big deal, just strain again).

Once liquid is mostly cool, add in your 1/4 cup honey.

Pour into greased molds (You can use your cooking spray or coconut oil, but I tried coconut oil last time when I made elderberry gummies, and had to remove little flakes of CO from each gummy….it was…not fun).

Refrigerate for 1-3 hours until solid.

Kid-Safe Vapor Rub (For 2 years and up)

Kid-Safe Vapor Rub (2 Years and Up)

Not all essential oils are safe for kids. A general rule of thumb is no essential oils for children under 2, and there is a safe list of oils for children 2-6 developed by Plant Therapy with the aid of Robert Tisserand, a certified aromatherapist who, literally, wrote the book on essential oil safety. Eucalyptus is a common essential oil used for colds and congestion, but because of the high amount of 1,8 cineole, it can cause respiration of children under 6 to slow significantly.  A safer alternative would be Rosalina which is included in the Sniffle Stopper synergy I used.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup Olive Oil (or other carrier oil. If you want a stiffer salve, use Coconut Oil)
2 Tablespoons Beeswax, pellets or grated
1 Tablespoon Shea Butter or Mango Butter
50 Drops Plant Therapy Kid-Safe Sniffle Stopper

DIRECTIONS

In a double-boiler (alternately you can use a small sauce pan, add 1-inch water, and place a glass bowl on top), add olive oil and beeswax and heat on medium to medium-high until all beeswax is melted. Remove from heat and add Shea Butter stirring to completely melt. If it won’t fully melt, briefly add it back to the heat, and stir until fully combined.

Remove from heat, and add essential oils. Stir once again to fully combine, and pour into your container to solidify.

Yields about 5.5 ounces.


Results? Well, M is mostly better and her nose  mostly clear, but I’ll have this next time she’s sick.

The beeswax makes it quite hard, I’m going to play around with using less beeswax and more shea butter to see what makes the best texture.

UPDATE: I had a chance to use it and I actually really like the texture as written.

Curried Cauliflower with Onions and Garlic

Curried Cauliflower with Onions and Garlic

INGREDIENTS

1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 medium onion, sliced into small wedges
3 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/2 to 2 Teaspoons Curry Powder
1/2 to 1 Teaspoon Salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 425 Fahrenheit. Add ingredients to a zip-lock bag and mix until combined. Pour onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until just starting to get golden brown around the edges of all the vegetables.

Mojito Fizzy Foot Soak

Mojito Fizzy Foot Soak

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Epsom Salt
1/4 Cup Citric Acid (wear gloves if you’re wearing nail polish and you mix by hand)
Zest of 1 Lime (Optional)
10 drops Lime EO
5 drops Peppermint or Spearmint EO

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients into a non-reactive bowl and stir with a whisk (I found this easiest).

If you use the lime zest, this recipe will last 1-2 weeks. With out it will last much longer.

Add 1/4 cup to a basin of hot/warm water and soak feet.


Results? I LOVE this foot soak. The smell is amazing and the fizzy action makes it feel extra special.

Follow Up Friday!

Magnesium Body Lotion

Magnesium Body Lotion

This week I was nervous to find out Plant Therapy’s Make your Own Monday was an emulsified lotion. I’d tried it in the past with poor results, but as I’m challenging myself to do it each week, I became determined.

My flakes never melted as Christina’s did, so I just used the hydrosol/distilled water in the recipe to dissolve them so I didn’t add any extra water.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup melted magnesium flakes*
  • 1/4 cup mango butter (I used Shea Butter)
  • 3 tbsp jojoba
  • 3 tbsp beeswax pellets or shredded
  • 2 tbsp hydrosol (I used lavender)
  • 12-15 drops essential oils of your choice. (I used Black Pepper.)

*melt magnesium flakes by placing in an open container and allowing to sit at room temp for several days until melted. Alternately, you could add 2 tbsp hot water to 1/2 cup magnesium flakes. Your final product will be a bit thinner.

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small glass bowl over simmering water (makeshift double boiler) combine jojoba and beeswax. Allow to melt. Remove from heat and stir in mango or shea butter until melted.
  2. In small saucepan, pour melted magnesium flakes. Gently warm over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat
  3. Add hydrosol, mixing briefly.
  4. Add your essential oils to the melted butter/wax
  5. Using immersion blender, begin blending the cooling butter/wax (I used a hand mixer on the highest speed with no problems).
  6. Slowly dribble in the magnesium/hydrosol mixture. Continue blending
  7. At this point you’ll notice the product firms up into a “gel” type consistency -It reminded me of pudding, hence the name – Keep blending
  8. Finally, after adding all the liquid, scoop into a container
  9. This makes 1 cup of product
  10. Store in airtight container.

Christina’s note:  I take out about a weeks worth, and keep the rest in the refrigerator


Results?

It’s lovely and it WORKED!  The black pepper essential oil and lavender hydrosol is actually a great combination.

I now have the confidence to make more emulsified lotions that are like what you buy in the store.