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I deal with a lot of pain because of a chronic health problem. I have learned that when I eat GMO wheat I will pay for it the next day with an increased pain level. No GMO or sugar, low pain levels. I don’t have any pain issues when I use Einkorn Flour. That is why my blog has a lot of recipes using Einkorn Flour but I also LOVE Miracle Noodles. Here is a recipe I just made up that grew from an idea I saw online. I usually marinate the noodles before using them. They take on the flavors you add. Young Living Vitality Oils are ideal to use in Miracle Noodle dishes. This one is a new favorite.

Spicy Jalapeno Dill Miracle Noodle Salad


1 pack Miracle Noodle Fettuccini (Or Miracle Noodle Ziti)
1/2 cup dill pickle juice
2 drops Dill Vitality Essential Oil
1/2 cup diced dill pickles
1/8 to 1/4 cup diced jalapeno peppers (depending on how spicy you like it.)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup cheddar cheese, diced

Salt and pepper to taste


Drain the Miracle Noodles in a strainer, then rinse thoroughly with water. They will be stinky until well rinsed. Let them drain well. Once drained, cut the noodles (if using fettuccini) into smaller lengths. Put noodles in a good sized bowl and add 1/2 cup pickle juice to marinate for about 15 minutes. Drain and discard the pickle juice. Add 2 drops Dill Vitality Essential Oil first, toss well, then combine the remaining ingredients and mix until noodles are covered. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.






Nutrition Facts:
Makes 4 servings
Calories: 226
Fat: 23 g
Total carbs: 2g
Protein: 3g


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Today’s lifestyle is fast paced and seems to get faster all the time. Sports and recreation and just every day living can take it’s toll on our muscles and joints. Especially as we get older we really begin to feel the effects of all the years of overwork on joints.


sulfurzymeSulfurzyme is an awesome product support healthy joints.


Sulfurzyme combines the purest source of MSM with the power of Ningxia wolfberries. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural sulfur-bearing nutrient that occurs widely in nature (found in everything from mother’s milk to fresh vegetables). Sulfur is an essential component of all life forms and is important in keeping connective tissue flexible.


Wolfberries are a treasure trove of protein, amino acids, and more than 21 minerals. It is not well known, however, that in order for the sulfur to be properly metabolized, the body requires important trace minerals like molybdenum. That’s why Sulfurzyme is so effective, combining sulfur with wolfberries allows MSM to be completely metabolized. Together, wolfberries and MSM offer powerful support for muscles, joints, and skin.


Air Dried CURLS.

I have enjoyed the benefits of Sulfurzyme for quite a few years but recently began taking a higher dose because, let’s face it, I am getting older and I want to support my healthy joints. I love Sulfurzyme for joint support but there are actually lots of benefits. One benefit I have noticed is the the way Sulfurzyme helps my skin, nails and even my hair. My hair used to be straight but since using Sulfurzyme, my hair has become curly. I used to get a perm for a bit of curl to add body to my hair but I haven’t had to get a perm in several years. These days I have been wearing my hair straight so I have to blow it out and flat iron it when I want to straighten it.


Sulfurzyme is a combination of Methyl Sulfonal Methane (MSM) and Lycium Barbarum (Chinese Wolfberry) that together with ionic minerals create a great support to the immune system and also is supporting almost every major body function, and forestalling an array of degenerative conditions. I am ever more appreciating this as I am in my 50s and noticing the effects of age. 😉


When our bodies grow older and are chronically shortchanged of key minerals like sulfur and MSM, the bonds between our cells become increasingly rigid and brittle — a condition that can lead to a loss in skin flexibility and contribute to skin wrinkles. The internal manifestations of this cellular brittleness are far less visible but have a far greater negative impact on the body. MSM’s ability to reintroduce flexibility into cell structures, therefore, can have widespread restorative effects.

MSM is a natural sulfur that helps build the amino acids responsible for protein building and muscle formation. MSM has the ability to equalize water pressure inside of the cells. This is helpful to support healthy joints and tissues.


The Sulfurzyme ingredient, Chinese wolfberry, has been used in Asia since ancient times for its benefits against aging and for supporting healthy vision, kidney, and liver function. Wolfberry is higher in vitamin C than ascorbic acid, higher in beta carotene than carrots, and higher in amino acids than bee pollen. Wolfberry is very high in antioxidants.


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vitality oil cheese ball

Did you know that today is National Cheese Ball Day? I love a good cheese ball so I thought I would share one of my favorite cheese ball recipes using Young Living’s Vitality Essential Oils. There are lots of variations you could do with Vitality Oils and spices. It is up to your imagination.


Cheese balls are fun and easy to make appetizer for parties and gatherings or even a quiet evening home with your sweetie.



Vitality Herb and Garlic Cheese Ball

8 ounces cream cheese softened
1 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Pepper
1-2 drops Dill Vitality Essential Oil
1-2 drops Rosemary Vitality Essential Oil
1-2 drops Basil Vitality Essential Oil
1/2 cup chopped pecans or almonds

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, minced garlic, Dill, Rosemary and Basil Vitality Essential Oil until well combined. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Place the chopped pecans on a plate. Form the cheese mixture into a ball, then roll the ball in the chopped nuts until the outside of the cheese ball is completely covered.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.
Serve with crackers.

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It can be a real challenge keeping balanced and on track when someone you love is going through a painful time and you become the caregiver. It is a challenge for both the person in need of care and the caregiver. Therapeutic grade essential oils can be very helpful in a variety of ways.

This is what my husband Mark and I have been going through lately. I have had to step into the role of caregiver. It’s not the norm for us at all. Mark usually does 90% of the cooking and 50% of the cleaning. He loves to cook and just don’t. 😉 I run 90% of our home business, he runs most of the household duties. Well, things have changed a bit over the past year but dramatically in the past couple of months. Mark has 3 bulging disks pressing on the nerve in his spine. It is VERY painful. Lately it is so bad he has been bedridden most days. He can get up for a few minutes but can’t take sitting or standing for very long. He has an appointment with a neurosurgeon next week. Hopefully some help soon.

I thought I would share a bit of all of this with you because you may have need of this information now or sometime in the future. Lots of things can happen to put someone in need of care, even young people.

Take Care of YOURSELF While You’re Taking Care of Others


It is a blessing that I am able to be working from home with Young Living Essential Oils. It allows me to take care of Mark but also have all kinds of oils and supplements that are helping support both of us through this stressful time.

Some days I need a little Clarity oil to get focused on things I need to to. I am running back and forth from my office to our bedroom to check on Mark and care for his needs, plus cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. Shifting back into a business mindset after being in caregiver mode can be a challenge. I used Young Living Clarity oil to get my mind focused on writing this article today. I love Clarity oil blend on normal days but really thankful I have it during this time.

Stress Away is an essential oil blend that is wonderful during times when things are going on. I find myself getting hyper when I have things to do and the interruptions keep coming. Just put some Stress Away on your hands and inhale deeply.

Lately I find myself using a LOT of Young Living Joy essential oil blend. Things have really changed for us. It makes me kind of sad when I see Mark suffering. Well, that’s an understatement. He can’t do the things he loves to do. He also feels discouraged about that. Joy is an oil that can help emotional support for both the one cared for and caregiver.

Sacred Mountain is another oil I find myself drawn to lately. When I use it I feel strong like a tree. Sacred Mountain is a blend of Ylang Ylang and conifer oils that promotes feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection when diffused. I diffuse it but I also wear it like a perfume. I love the smell.

Valor or Valor II – Use on the bottom of your feet to feel more balanced and confident as you go through the process of helping your loved one through this difficult time.

Harmony – Use on each of the energy center points of your body. There are seven of them along the body: tail bone/root, naval, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown (top of head). Helps with balance.

Peace & Calming
– The name says it all. 😉

Sleep can be an issue when a person is caring for someone with a health issue. Sleeping next to Mark, I can hear the painful outcries in the night. It is really difficult to sleep knowing your loved one is suffering. The problem is, you need your sleep so you can have the energy to take care of them.

Lavender and Cedarwood are my favorites for relaxing before bed time. Other options are Roman Chamomile, Stress Away, Valerian, Tangerine, RutaVala and Peace & Calming.

DIY Relaxing Bath Salts
4 cups of Epsom Salts
12 drops of Lavender
6 drops Cedarwood
Glass Jar

Directions:
1. Pour Epsom Salts into the jar and drop essential oil on top of the salts.
2. Seal and Shake to blend well.
3. Add 1/2 to one cup of the salt mixture and add under warm running water.
3. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
3. Drink plenty of water after enjoying your relaxing soak.

DIY Bedtime Linen Spray

4 oz glass spray bottle
2 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
6-10 drops lavender essential oil
6 tablespoons water

Directions
In the spray bottle, combine the witch hazel or vodka and the lavender essential oil. Place the top on tightly and shake well for 15-20 seconds to combine the oil and witch hazel or vodka. Then take the top off and add water so the the essential oil distributes into the water. Replace the top and shake well again. Spray a bit on your hand to test the smell. If you want the scent stronger, add a few more drops of essential oil.

Shake well and spray on linens or other fabrics as desired.

Night Time Body Lotion
1/2 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops Stress Away or Cedarwood
Melt Shea Butter and Coconut oil together. Then add almond oil. Cool until almost hardened. Whip with mixer while adding essential oils. Continue mixing until completely mixed. About 5 minutes.
Use before bed time.

When caring for someone, you sometimes can find that you have worked a little too hard and need a little soothing for those tired muscles.

Muscle Roll On
20 drops Wintergreen
20 drops Copaiba
20 drops Peppermint
Mix in 10 ml roller bottle fill to top with coconut oil.

Soothing Relief Recipe 1
10 drops basil
8 drops wintergreen
6 drops cypress
3 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or or Base Recipe below.

Soothing Relief Recipe 2
3 drops lavender
4 drops cypress
3 drops wintergreen
4 drops marjoram
5-6 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Base Recipe below.

Base Recipe:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Beeswax, Shea Butter, or combination of the two:
SOFT: Use 2 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
FIRM: Use 4 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
EXTRA-FIRM: Use 6 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
HARD: Use 8 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture

SOFT – This is a good one if you are wanting something closer to a lotion.
FIRM – A little more firmness.
X-TRA FIRM – this version would be a good choice for a foot or elbow balm.
HARD – Good for a lip balm or deodorant.

DIRECTIONS
Place coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and beeswax and shea butter in small glass jar. Place jar into pan and fill with approximately 2-inches of water. Heat over medium-heat, stirring mixture in jar until everything is melted. Remove pan from heat. Using a clean kitchen towel or wash cloth, carefully remove jar from pan and place on cutting board to cool. While cooling stir with knife to make sure contents stay well mixed.
Before adding your choice of essential oils, let the mixture cool a little but not too much. Letting the mixture cool helps to preserve and protect the delicate chemical constituents in the essential oils. You can speed the process by gently stirring with a clean knife. Add the essential oils while stirring and mixture is just starting to turn opaque and beginning to harden.

Supplements to support balance: Super Cal, Super B, Mineral Essence, OmegaGize, NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro, NingXia Zyng

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A nice bowl of soup on a cold day really hits the spot. Well, really any old day. I like cream of broccoli soup but I have been thinking lately about making a batch of Cream of Asparagus Soup. We often have steamed asparagus as a side dish and sometimes waste the tough ends. I always save the tough ends of broccoli and cauliflower for making vegetable puree for soups or whatever else sounds tasty. When pureed and mixed with the other vegetables, it gives you a nice batch of soup with extra for another meal. That’s what got me thinking about saving the tough ends to add to broccoli or cauliflower soup. Or, better yet, make Cream of Asparagus Soup.

This soup was a hit with my hubby so I will be making this one often.


You will need:

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery with green tops
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups chicken broth
4 ounces cream cheese
2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil, or to taste
2 drops Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil, or to taste
salt
You could try other Vitality Essential Oil flavors like Lime, Thyme, Basil, Oregano.

Directions:

In a steamer, steam the asparagus until bright green and just tender. No more than 5 minutes. Cut the tips off asparagus.
About one inch long. Set those aside.

Cut the remaining asparagus stalks into 1 inch pieces. Cut celery in 1 inch pieces.

In another saucepan, celery, cook onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened.
Add asparagus pieces and salt and pepper to taste, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes.

Add 3 cups broth and simmer, covered, until asparagus is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Puree in a blender until completely smooth. Return mixture to pan. Reheat soup while slowly stirring in cream cheese and butter.
Season to taste with salt and Vitality Essential Oils. Toss in asparagus tips and stir in.
Optional: Garnish with a few pieces of celery leaf.

Serve hot or chilled.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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