Essential Oils 101: Valor

Essential Oils 101: Valor | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #essentialoils #homemedicine If you are shaking in your boots, then it’s time for a nip of courage!  10 points to anyone who knows what Simpsons episodes I am referencing in that last sentence. But seriously, Valor is one of my favorite essential oil blends, and one that I use often.  It helps when I am feeling fragile, and it helps when I need to get my work done.  I use it in the diffuser when I am working from home, and I use it on my body for a reminder that I am whole and present.  Valor is one of those blends that just seems to be solid. [Continue reading]

Lemon-Ricotta Cake with Lavender Thyme Icing

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Lavender Thyme Icing | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #essentialoils #dessert #cake #realfood There is a certain je ne sais quoi about crafting cakes made with delicate cheeses and cultured milks.  While folding ricotta cheese and rich buttermilk into a batter destined for a floral-scented icing, the flavors of summer and spring come together seamlessly.

The soothing and refreshing lavender essential oil, the fragrant lemon, the sweet thyme, all combined with classic ingredients including fresh eggs, home-ground flour,  and bright yellow butter.  This cake is a veritable symphony of flavors that all work together in just the right kind of way.

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Essential Oils 101: Frankincense


Essential Oils 101: Frankincense | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #essentialoils #healing #holistichealth #realmedicine #naturalmedicine #realmedicinecabinet

If you think of frankincense, chances are you’ll think of one thing first: the birth story of Christ.  I know, I did it too.  But frankincense is more than a small detail in a Bible story.  It’s a powerful oil that has tremendous medicinal value, to the point of being more valuable than gold during some stretches of history.

Frankincense is one of the oldest and most powerful essential oils you can find.  It’s not wonder it’s one of the oils I suggest to start with when you begin to build your homemade medicine cabinet.  I like to call my essential oils, herbs, and other kitchen witch items my “Real Medicine Cabinet”.  After all, these oils are made from real plants, barks, peels, seeds, roots, and so forth.  These oils are brimming with qualities made to help our bodies.

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New and Improved: Real Food 101 is TWICE as long, and now in full color paperback


When I picked up a copy of Nourishing Traditions at my library all those years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  It was the best kind of crazy whirlwind to learn in one innocent weekend about why saturated fats are good for me, why I needed to eat more seafood, why local produce contained more vitamins, why raw milk wasn’t going to kill me after all, and what my ancestors generally ate.  (Hint: it’s not what the paleo people say.)

Fast forward a few years, and after much trial and error in my own kitchen, I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to real food.  I know what my kids like, I know the shortcuts that work, and I know which recipes taste best after trying out several variations on say, lacto-fermented dill pickles.  In Real Food 101, I have compiled my experience and done the work for you.

Plus, Real Food 101 is new and improved, with more than twice as many recipes as it’s original printing.  And it’s now available exclusively on Amazon, for your convenience and peace of mind when it comes to the quality of the content.

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Real Cocktails: The Martini

  When I embarked on my cocktail journey, it was a labor of love.  I was intrigued by the rich history behind the Martini, imagining polished fingers gently cradling elegant martini glasses, conversing in suave cocktail parties in the 40s and … [Continue reading]

Essential Oils 101: PanAway for Pain and Inflammation

I am, yet again, amazed by the power unlocked within a bottle of essential oils.  And this time it's got a little bit of danger, because PanAway is the only one of the Basic Ten Oils that comes with a protective cap.  Are you intrigued yet?  Let's … [Continue reading]

Essential Oils 101: What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are fragrant, volatile liquids that live within shrubs, trees, flowers, roots, bushes, seeds, and peels.  They are the essence of a plant, and therefore essential.  This essential aspect is where you find the healing properties unique … [Continue reading]

How to Heal PTSD and Panic Attacks (and why #YesAllWomen is relevant)

As an abuse survivor, I know firsthand what it's like to suffer from PTSD.  And as an advocate for traditional real foods and natural medicine, I know firsthand what it's like to look for safe but effective natural remedies.  I'll be frank: in the … [Continue reading]

Essential Oils 101: Peace and Calming Essential Oil For Allergies and Stress

I wrote this post on my Facebook page several days ago.  I was having a new allergic reaction, and armed with my new essential oils, I thought immediately of their healing power and started to brainstorm my options. A few minutes ago, I was having a … [Continue reading]

Today ONLY! Get my books for only 99 cents until MIDNIGHT EST

I only have a minute, but I wanted to let you all know about the great deal on my books for today.  But it ends at midnight, so you'll need to hurry! My ebooks, Real Cocktails (formerly Natural Cocktails) and Real Food 101 are finally available on … [Continue reading]