The Best Ways to Treat Your Flu- Naturally

It’s that time of year again and no one is happy about it. I’ve been lucky enough to escape getting sick so far, (thanks oils=) but I’m always ready for it.

The flu is wide-spread this year and it’s not good. I heard a stat about a week ago that 40flu.jpg states were dealing with the flu spreading, in comparison with only 12 last year at this time. Yike.

And the thing is, there’s no cure for the flu! For the most part, you just have to wait it out. Sometimes the doctor is best, especially if you have an agitated case or other conditions worsening your sickness. But for the majority of us, we need to comfort ourselves until it passes. Want to do it naturally? Here’s how:

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There is nothing better for the body than rest, especially if you’re sick. Rest helps your body to restore itself and build your energy back up so that you can get better, faster.

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Staying hydrated is key, so the more water, the better. Add some honey (to warm water, not hot) water and lemon, too. This will help strengthen your immune system and give you an antibacterial boost that your body needs and wants. You can also add honey and lemon, or any citrus, to tea or cold water. Sip away.

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Showers are great when you’re sick. The warm water will soothe your achy body and wash the germs away. I love to add a couple drops of oils to the shower floor, too. Peppermint will help you feel less congested and more fresh. Grapefruit will awaken your senses and will help you feel more energized.

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Diffusing oils when you’re sick can only help.  No Sick is a great blend to help you feel well. 1 drop oregano and 1 drop thieves plus water and you’re good to go. I also love lemon and lavender because the lemon is so healthful and the lavender is calming.

The flu is the worst so I hope you and yours are escaping its wrath this year, but if you’re not, these tips will help. The flu season will be over soon enough so until then, stay well!

Here’s my wellness tips book for more on how to stay well:

Disclaimer: I use Young Living Essential Oils and based on my research, I believe these are the best, safest, and most pure oils on the market. PLEASE do your own research and determine which oils are best for you and your family.

Honey Sweetened Skillet Pineapple

I’m starting to miss my own home cooking out here on the road! These pineapples in particular are an amazing fusion of sweet and spiced. Sliced, warmed, and flavored with cinnamon and honey, this skillet pineapple is great at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pineapple, cored and speared
  • 2 tablespoons OJ

Core and cut the pineapple into strips/spears.

In a shallow skillet, warm coconut oil on medium heat until melted. Add the pineapple to the pan and brush or spoon on the honey. Shake the cinnamon evenly over top. Cook until warmed through and cooked, about 5 minutes.

Add the OJ to the pan and finish cooking an additional minute. You’ve got to try this recipe, it’s truly delicious.

Happy Cooking and Happy Monday!

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Lime Angel Food Poke Cake

Lime is my favorite summer flavor! This tart taste adds a refreshing, light spin to foods and drinks.

You have to try this poke cake. Less than five ingredients makes it easy and the Greek yogurt and fresh citrus compliment the Angel Food Cake in a way that frosting can’t. And it’s healthier and lighter too.IMG_20170517_140808 (1)

Lime Angel Food Poke Cake

  •  1 box Angel Food Cake

Mix to box directions and add to an ungreased tube or rectangle pan. Bake for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool for about 30 minutes. Poke holes using a toothpick or skewer.

Lime Yogurt Topping and Filling

  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt (5.3 ounces)IMG_20170516_192044
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 cup honey

Whisk all three together and pour over the cake. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Do you love lemon? These lemon coconut oatmeal bars will satisfy that citrus flavor too.

Honey Lemon Green Tea

No matter your job, where you work, or how active you are, at some point during the day you think to yourself, “I’m a little tired,” or you simply hit a slump.

Then what? I like to have a quick walk or get up and do something else for a bit. Hopefully you choose a healthy and natural way to perk up and don’t automatically grab that energy drink or soda.

lemonsBut for a little bit of a kick, go healthful and natural and try green tea! Not only does this drink increase your metabolism but with the added honey and lemon, it boosts your immune system too.

For one cup, steep a green tea bag and (when warm and NOT hot) add a teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon. A dash of cinnamon is yummy too.

Or you can make a huge batch and keep it in the fridge for an easy to grab and healthy afternoon pick-me-up.

 

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  • 16 cups of water
  • 16 organic green tea bags
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup raw unfiltered honey (or vegan preference)

Heat the water to boiling. Remove from the stove top and steep the tea bags for about 5 minutes. Let cool (to warm) for about half an hour and add the lemon and honey.

Tip: Honey has antibacterial properties and is very healthful for you. Heat damages honey so to reap these benefits, be sure to add honey to warm drinks dishes and not hot.

Cinnamon Applesauce

Growing up, we had an apple tree and a pear tree. We also had a vegetable garden that I could only ever dream of (so far:) My mom made almost everything from scratch and her pear sauce is the best. Sweet and lightly spiced, it’s always one of my favorites.

I love a homemade applesauce too and this recipe couldn’t be more delicious or easy. Just chop the apples, add the ingredients, and it practically makes itself! Warm or cold, try this applesauce for a delicious treat.

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  • 6 organic red delicious apples, cored and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or vegan preference)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Add the ingredients to a medium sized sauce pan on medium heat. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a smoother texture, blend the mixture. Serve warm or cold and enjoy!

Tip: I blend 1/2 the mixture and add it to the rest for a chunkier applesauce=)

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Honey Maple Brushed Bacon Burger (Paleo)

This picture really does say it all. This succulent burger with maple and honey brushed bacon is just the start. Add caramelized onions and a honey maple BBQ sauce to finish it off. These burgers are a sweet and savory crowd pleaser. So good.

Honey Maple Bacon 

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Heat bacon in a skillet over medium heat. Once you flip it, brush on the maple syrup and honey mixture. Cook the bacon, flipping and brushing to preference.

Tip: Lay strips out on parchment paper to prevent sticking!

Caramelized Onions

  • One large onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Combine in a small skillet pan over low heat for about 20 minutes or until they are softened and the liquid is thickened.burger

Burger

  • 1 pound ground beef
  •  1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Combine everything in a bowl and form 2-3 equal sized  burger patties. Cook the burgers in the same skillet with bacon grease on medium heat. About 5 minutes on each side for medium burgers.

Tip: Poke a hole in the center of each burger pattie, almost all the way through but not quite. This prevents the burger from shriveling up and losing size!

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  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ½ can tomato paste
  • ⅛ cup molasses
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1  cup honey
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke

Combine in a sauce pan over medium low heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Ingredient Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving dinner is this time next week, can you even believe it? Turkey, delicious sides and sweets are the stuff of this feast and I love it.

These cranberries have only 4 ingredients, really letting the cranberry flavor shine through with just a hint of orange. Cook them up quickly and easily for a holiday side or a sidedish for a weeknight meal.

Cranberry Orange Sauce

  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey (or Vegan preference)
  • pinch of salt

In a medium sauce pan on medium heat, add the ingredients and cook for about 20 minutes or until at least half of the cranberries have popped. Garnish with some mandarin oranges and enjoy!

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

It’s soup season and this traditional soup filled with fresh ingredients is just too good to pass up. Start off on the stove top and then blend for a creamy and tasty lunch or dinner.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, no stems
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cans (30 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

In a medium sized sauce pan on medium heat, add butter and onions to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic, basil and black pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Mix in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and honey and cook an additional 5 minutes. Finish by mixing in the cream and the parmesan cheese.

Blend in a blender until preferred consistency: chunky, thick or creamy and enjoy!
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Must Have Homemade Hurricane Proof Recipe For Breakfast “Cookies”

Hurricane Matthew is here! Or will be tonight. Our ice maker has been working overtime and that’s just the start. Between the news, social media and the people in the street, there’s no shortage of tips and tricks to get you through this storm.

And here is one final tip- make these “cookies.” Packed with oats, bananas and peanut butter, these are full of nutrition and don’t have to be kept refrigerated. Good luck and stay safe!

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  • 3 bananas
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I use vanilla)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mash the bananas to start. Then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place spoonfuls of cookies on it. Cook for about 15 minutes on 350 or until the edges begin to brown.

Tip: Add chocolate chunks or butterscotch chips to this base recipe to make it yours.

 

 

Easy, Quick and Delicious- Peach Crisp

Did you know that August is National Peach Month? Last weekend on the way home from a mini vaca, I just had to buy from the truck on the side of the road! Nuts would have been added to this recipe if I had some on hand. This peach filled dessert is fresh, tasty and will not disappoint!

 

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  • 5 peaches, pitted and diced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place the peaches into the bottom of a pie pan. Drizzle the honey over the top as well as the cinnamon.

Topping

  • 4 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • a pinch of salt

Mix the topping ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top of the peaches. Place the pie pan into the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until heated through and turning brown on top. Enjoy!