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Dogs Loss of Appetite and Essential Oils

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Dogs Loss of Appetite and How Essential Oils May Help

Dog loss of appetite can be caused by various factors. It is important to find out the root cause for the problem in order to be able to address it successfully. Some common reasons for a dog’s loss of appetite include:

  • Illness
  • Dog Stomach Problems
  • Age (older dogs)
  • Diet
  • Teething or Tooth Problems
  • Parasites
  • Emotional issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress

Consult with a Vet to find out the root cause of your dog’s loss of appetite to treat it correctly.

An essential oil that is great to reduce stress and anxious feelings and calm a dog is Lavender Essential Oil. The dog whisperer Cesar Millan uses Lavender essential oil to help dogs with emotional distress. Simply rub a drop of Lavender essential oil into the palms of your hands. Softly massage the dog’s ears, stroke along the spine, and down the tail.

The following oils are commonly used to increase appetite in dogs:

  • Bergamot
  • Wild Orange
  • Ginger
  • Digestive Blend

 

Simply put one drop on the dog’s paw, so he/she can smell the oil. You can also apply the oil to your hands and gently rub your dog’s tummy. You may have dilute the one drop of essential oil with fractionated coconut oil for skin sensitive dogs, toy breeds, and puppies. The digestive blend is also great to support your dog’s digestive system.

Always keep in mind that essential oils are very powerful and a dog has a much greater sense of smell than humans. In general, dogs respond really well to essential oils but like with everything new, use caution. Let your dog smell the essential oil before you use it on him/her. Should your dog react adversely such as drooling, whining, leaving the room try to dilute the essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (the scent might have been too strong) or switch to a different type essential oil. Usually dogs will perk up and get excited when they smell something they like. D

ogs also differ very much in size. Make sure to use very small amounts and dilute with fractionated coconut oil for skin sensitive dogs, toy breeds, and puppies. Always consult with a holistic Vet or use a reliable resource book before using essential oils on dogs.

Essential Oils & Hydration

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support hydration with essential oils

Essential Oils Can Help Support Proper Hydration

It’s summer and it’s hot in Florida but not only in Florida! We want to be outdoors, running, biking, going to the beach, kids going to their summer camps, and proper hydration becomes key to staying healthy and fit.

Dehydration can have serious effects, even be fatal. So staying properly hydrated is key. Who doesn’t know the feeling of having a hard time to drink an entire glass of water? One of my kids when he was in his teens simply couldn’t drink an entire glass of water, it made him feel ill. Essential oils can be a savior, making water taste simply delicious.

When adding essential oils to water, make sure you are using only 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (CPTG) that are labeled for internal use.

Some of our most favorite essential oils to add to water are Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Lavender, and Peppermint. One of my friends who owns a Cafe and has a water dispenser for her guests, adds lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils to the water and it’s the most refreshing and delicious water you can imagine.

Essential oils are very potent so be careful when experimenting with the number of drops. Start just with one drop. It might be already sufficient for a 16 oz glass of water. You can also add CPTG essential oils to smoothies and frozen popsicles to add flavor, therapeutic value, and actually increase your antioxidant intake.

Enjoy your summer, stay hydrated, stay healthy!


Less Pesticides on Fruits and Vegetables

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A 2012 report from the American Academy of Pediatricians that’s quoted by EWG suggested that pesticide exposure is linked to “pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.”

Everybody is aware that eating organic is more healthy but not many families can afford to eat organic  all the time. The website takepart.com published a great article about a cheap way to avoid chemicals in our foods – click here to read.

how to reduce pesticides on fruits and vegetablesHere is My Recipe for Washing Fruits & Vegetables

Make your own citrus produce wash – quick & easy and a great way to get more of the harmful toxins, pesticides, and bacteria off your produce.

Here is what I use:
– glass spray bottle (never put essential oils into plastic)
– glass bowl
– funnel
– 10 ounces of purified water
– juice of one lemon
– 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
– 1 tbsp baking soda
– 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
– 10 drops lemon essential oil
– 10 drops wild orange essential oil

Mix lemon juice, baking soda, and essential oils in a bowl, add cup of vinegar, mix well until baking soda is dissolved, add purified water, mix well, pour into glass bottle. Your produce wash is ready!

Spray your fruits and vegetables with produce wash, let sit for 30 seconds, then rinse well with water. Use produce brush if possible for certain fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy your fruits & veggies!

 

 

 


Calming Essential Oil Blend

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The Calming Blend is one of my personal favorites. I love the subtle scent of Lavender along with Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Sandalwood, and Vanilla Bean. I use it at  night to help me have that restful sleep needed after a busy day.

This essential oil blend calms the mind, relaxes the body, and soothes the soul, providing a safe haven from stress everybody faces on a daily basis. It is designed to lessen tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling, perfect to diffuse at bedtime for restful night’s sleep or to help reduce anxious feelings or stress so many of us feel are faced with – and I’m don’t just mean adults but our kids too.

I love adding a drop to my hands and applying it to my neck and down to may traps and diffusing it at home.

Primary Benefits:

  • Creates a perfect escape with its calming, renewing fragrance
  • Promotes relaxation and restful sleep
  • Diffuses into a subtle aroma, ideal for aromatic benefits
  • Lessens tension and calms emotions

Uses:

  • Apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime to promote restful sleep.
  • Add 2-3 drops into a warm bath to create a peaceful, renewing aroma.
  • Diffuse to help promote relaxation and decrease stress.
  • Apply to an aromatherapy neck pillow to help reduce anxiety.

Antioxidants & Essential Oils

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We all Know that Antioxidants Counteract Free Radicals.
But Did you Know that the Most Powerful Antioxidants are Essential Oils?

The Antioxidant Capacity of a Substance is measured in ORAC
(Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).

Please see below a table of foods and their ORAC values:

Ningxia Wolfberries 30,300
Blueberries 2.400
Kale 1,770
Noni Juice 1,712
Xango Juice 1,644
Strawberries 1,540
Spinach 1,260
Raspberries 1,220
Brussel Sprouts 980
Plums 949
Broccoli florets 890
Beets 840
Oranges 750
Red Grapes 739
Red Bell Peppers 710
Cherries 670

 

Something I wasn’t aware of before I learned about Essential Oils is that they are some of the most powerful antioxidants (make sure that when ingesting an Essential Oil it is labeled for internal use – read all dietary supplement facts and warnings).

The Most Powerful Essential Oils (ORAC value):

Clove 1,078,700
Myrrh 379,300
Citronella 312,00
Coriander 298,000
Fennel 238,400
Clary Sage 221,000
German Chamomile 218,600
Marjoram 151,100
Melissa 139,905
Ginger 99,300
Cumin 82,400
Black Pepper 79,700
Basil 54,000
Peppermint 37,300
Lime 26,900
Grapefruit 22,600
Thyme 15,960
Oregano 15,300
Cassia 15,170
Cinnamon Bark 10,340
Orange 1,890
Lemongrass 1,780
Lemon 660
Lavender 360

 

Just to give an example, you would have to eat 2 pounds of carrots, 2 quarts of blueberries or drink 2 cups of red beet juice to get the same antioxidant intake as 1 drop Clove essential oil provides.

 


People often ingest essential oils by:

  • adding one drop to a glass of water, juice, smoothie or other drink
  • adding one drop to appetizers, main courses, desserts (see recipes)
  • adding essential oils to an empty veggie caps to swallow

The antioxidant capacities of Essential Oils are being analyzed as a potential in food protection.

The Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry writes:

” Many EOs have antioxidant properties, and the use of EOs as natural antioxidants is a field of growing interest because some synthetic antioxidants such as BHA and BHT are now suspected to be potentially harmful to human health. Addition of EOs to edible products, either by direct mixing or in active packaging and edible coatings, may therefore represent a valid alternative to prevent autoxidation and prolong shelf life.”

 

Many people have Essential Oils in their kitchen cabinet just like dried spices to add when preparing foods & drinks. It is important to mention that essential oils have a low smoke point, so adding the oils to cold drinks and dishes or at the end of a cooking cycle is best practice to maintain their therapeutic value. For instance, when making a stir fry, many use Grapeseed or Avocado oil to stir fry because of its high smoke point. People prepare four ounces of the oil with two drops of any essential oil they like to add for flavor and therapeutic benefit,  and then add one or two tablespoons of that oil mixture at the end of the cooking cycle and let simmer at low temperature for one minute. Another reason people like using the essential oils in preparing their dishes is that it is much cheaper than using fresh herbs! One drop of basil essential oil is enough for a pot of spaghetti sauce and costs only about $0.07. Many essential oils have unlimited shelf life if kept out of direct sun and heat (except for the citrus based oils that have a three year shelf life). So, using essential oils in the kitchen means for many: adding therapeutic value, adding antioxidants, elevating flavors, and saving money.


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100% Natural Fabric Softener & Cling Reducer

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Create you own soft, beautifully scented, feel-good laundry
— without toxic chemicals!

Substitute chemically driven fabric softeners for an all-natural, toxic-free alternative that is much easier and affordable than you might think. Make your own 100% natural wool dryer balls that can last for many years, and scent them with your favorite essential oils to leave your fabrics soft and smelling fabulous. To reduce static cling form a ball out of aluminum foil and throw into the dryer along with your dryer balls! Learn more about “Respiratory toxicity of fabric softener emissions“.

 

What you’ll need:

100% wool or 100% other animal yarn
pantyhose

 

Instructions:

  • roll up yarn into balls about the size of tennis balls
  • -make 4 to 6 balls
  • cut off one leg of panty hose
  • put in one ball at the bottom, tie a knot, add next yarn ball — repeat until you have three to four in one leg of pantyhose
  • throw into your next wash of towels (hot water cycle)
  • throw yarn balls in pantyhose into the dryer when drying the towels (hottest dryer setting)
  • this will fuse the yarn balls together
  • wait until yarn balls are completely dry and remove from pantyhose
  • add 2-3 drops of favorite essential oil per yarn ball (scent will last for a few loads)
  • throw yarnballs into the dryer with your next load
Some favorite scents:

 

Enjoy soft, beautifully smelling laundry — knowing you are keeping yourself and your family a little safer and away from toxic chemicals!


Make Your Own Teas with Therapeutic Benefits

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LOVE TEA – TRY THIS!

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Did you know that you would have to drink 28 cups of peppermint tea to get the same therapeutic benefits as putting one drop of Peppermint Oil into a cup of hot water?

Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than used in herbal form, so if you love drinking tea and want to achieve certain health benefits, try 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils instead of the custom tea bags. Not only does it have amazing health benefits but it is also cheaper than buying herbal tea! One 15ml bottle of essential oil contains about 250 drops which makes a minimum of 250 cups of tea (more if you just dip a toothpick in the essential oil and then swirl it in your cup of hot water).

To stay with the peppermint tea example, one bottle of Peppermint Essential Oil is about $27.33 retail or $20.50 wholesale and it will make 250 cups, that’s only $0.08 per cup of tea which has the therapeutic benefits of 28 cups of herbal peppermint tea!!

Just imagine how much good
you can do for your body
with so little.

See below my tea suggestions:

Tranquil Teas

Lavender
Roman Chamomile
Bergamot

Immune Protective Teas

Protective Blend
Lemon
Wild Orange
Peppermint

Respiratory Support – Breathe Easy Teas

Peppermint
Lemon
Wild Orange

Wake-me-up Teas

Lemon
Grapefruit
Wild Orange
Ginger

Stomach Ease Teas

Fennel
Peppermint
Ginger
Digestive Blend

 

Spice it up Tip:

Ingredients:
3 cups Almond Milk
Honey
Ginger Essential Oil
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Clove Essential Oil
Vanilla Extract

Directions:
In a small pot heat almond milk. Whisk in all ingredients or add to blender. Enjoy!

 

Peppermint Brutti Biscott

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Peppermint Brutti Biscott

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 12 to 24

Ingredients

4 cups organic Flour of choice
4 Free Range Cookies
1 TBS baking Powder
Pinch sea salt
1/2 cup Chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts of choice
Or substitute Raisins ( if you have a nut allergy)
1 1/2 cup Sunflower oil-stir in 3 drops Peppermint oil– set aside

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 f
In a mixing bowl mix all dry ingredient well- set aside.
In another bowl mix all wet ingredients .
Combine both wet and dry.
Mix and knead till a uniform ball forms.
On a non stick sheet pan.
Spray a non stick spray lightly.
Form a loaf 1 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for 17 minutes.
Remove and cool on baking rack.
Once cooled slice loaf into 1 inch thick slices place 1/2 inch apart on sheet pan.
And rebake for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Serve with favorite hot beverage

” Serve it up and Fortify Oneself”

 

 

Ranch Dip

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Ranch Dip with Essential Oils

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 6-12

Ingredients

Choose your favorite Organic Ranch Dressing 16oz- 24 0z
Lemongrass Oil

Directions

Add 3 Drops of  Lemongrass oil to 16oz – 24 oz of ranch dressing.
Mix well.
Serve with favorite chips and/ or veggies.

 

” Serve it up and Fortify Thyself”

 

Feta Olive Spread

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Feta – Olive Spread

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 6- 12

Ingredients

2 cups Feta
1 can drained – Pitted black olives of choice
1 Drop of  Rosemary Oil
1/3 cup chopped Parsley

Directions

In a Food Processor – pulse till blended.
Serve with favorite chips and/or veggies.

 

” Serve it up and Fortify Thyself”

 

 

 

Lemon Hummus

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Chef Craig Chasky’s Lemon Hummus

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 6 to 12

Ingredients

2 cans organic chickpeas rinsed and drained
1/3 can Tahini
Sea salt to taste
1/4 cup Parsley or Cilantro
4 drops of Lemon Oil – add to Tahini and mix well
1 1/2 cups of Purified water

Directions

In a food processor combine all ingredients. Pulse till smooth yet not a purée. Serve with favorite chips.

 

” Serve it up and Fortify Thyself”

 

 

Rosemary Hash Browns

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Chef Craig’s Rosemary Hash Browns

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Ingredients:

bag of favorite plain shredded potatoes (recommend – yukon gold)
grapeseed oil
2 drops Rosemary essential oil
sea salt

Directions:

in a large skillet heat 4 TBS grapeseed oil until it shimmers
add hash browns and brown on each side
add sea salt to taste
on outside of pan place 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil
cook 2 more minutes

“Serve it up and fortify oneself!”

 

 

All Organic French Toast

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Chef Craig’s All Organic French Toast

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

serves 4

Ingredients:

baguette (grain or wheat free)
2 cups of organic almond or coconut milk
4 free range eggs
fractionated coconut oil
2 drops of Wild Orange essential oil
1 drop of Cinnamon Bark essential oil

Directions:

use a loaf of favorite baguette (grain or wheat free)
slice in 1/2 slices
toast
set aside
whisk all wet ingredients
place toast in mixture and saturate
on a non stick griddle heat 2 tbs fractionated coconut oil
place soaked toasts on and cook 2 minutes each side

“Serve with favorite Syrup!”

 

 

 

 

Grilled Fall Vegetables with Essential Oils

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Chef Craig’s Grilled Fall Veggies

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

One each of the following:

Zucchini and Yellow Squash, Red Pepper, Yellow and Orange Pepper.

Add one Drop of the following essential oils to 6 oz of Olive Oil:

Lemon, Lemongrass and Fennel…mix well in a Spray bottle for oils.

Eggplant, Red Onion, Portabella Mushrooms, Fennel Bulbs

Directions

Clean and Preheat  your Grill…on High…
Pre Spay Grill with Grapeseed Oil-lightly.
Cut all vegetables into ¼ inch slices.
Dredge or brush lightly with Grapeseed oil.
Place Veggies strategically on Grill for 2 to 3 minutes.
Spray the veggies lightly to avoid flare up!
Sprinkle with Sea Salt.

 

“Serve it Up and Fortify Oneself”

 

 


Quinoa Cookies with Wild Orange Essential Oil

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Chef Craig’s Quinoa Cookies with Wild Orange Essential Oil

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Ingredients

4 cups oat flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 eggs
1 cup quinoa
1 cup Thompson Raisins
2 1/2 cups Sunflower or Grapeseed oil
2 drops Wild Orange Oil
Pinch sea salt
1 drop Cinnamon oil

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350f
Mix all dry ingredients first
Then whisk eggs n all oils
Add to dry mixture
Knead and mix well until a ball forms
Should be slightly wet and workable
On a non stick cookie sheet  place Tbs size dough and flatten slightly
Bake for 12 minutes
Remove and cool

“Serve it up and Fortify Thyself”

 

A quick note about “quinoa” (in case you are not familiar with it):

Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. It contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains and it contains iron, lysine and is rich in magnesium. Quinoa is also high in Riboflavin (B2) and has a high content of manganese (antioxidant).

 

 

 

 

Angel Hair Pasta with Essential Oils

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Celebrity Chef Craigs’ Angel Hair Pasta

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

serves 4 to 6

1 pound Angel Hair Pasta-cook al dente…drain,rinse and set aside
4 ounces of Sun Dried tomatoes cut into slivers
6 ounces of drained Artichoke Hearts -quartered
Julienne one of each -using only the out side of Zucchini Squash,Yellow Squash,Red and Yellow Bell Pepper and one carrot
4 ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 ounces Pitted Kalamata Olives -cut in half
3 Tbs. Fresh minced Garlic
One red onion cut into crescents
reserve -4 to 6 sprigs of Basil for Garnish only
2 drops of each Pure Therapeutic Grade Digestable Essential Oils, Oregano,Lemon and Basil-oils
Optional: Grated Peccorino Romano Cheese for top of dish completed

In a Saute pan on medium high -heat Olive Oil until it shimmers
add Garlic and Onions and saute for 3 minutes..toss gently after 1 minute
add all veggies- toss and cook for 4 to 5 minutes
add pasta and toss 3 times-cook another 2 minutes

reduce heat to a simmer…add the essential oils on the outside of saute pan.
let simmer 30 seconds…Toss and serve with Cheese if preferred…

“Serve it Up…and be Fortified”!!!

Elevating Flavors & Optimizing Health when Cooking with Essential Oils!

 

 

All Natural Shaving Cream with Essential Oils

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Find out how to make your own shaving cream with natural lubricants and essential oils. This wonderful recipe will let you create a shaving cream that improves razor glide and will leave your skin smooth, healthy, and moisturized.

Here is what you will need:

1/3 cup shea butter

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

5 drops Sandalwood essential oil

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Melaleuca essential oil

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in double boiler except for essential oils.

2. Once melted, remove from heat, and let sit for 3 minutes.

3. Add essential oils and stir until combined.
Note: Use a popsicle stick for easy cleanup.

4. Let shaving cream rest until hard. You can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.

5. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy (around 3-5 minutes).

6. Put into container of choice. You’re done!

 

For information on the Essential Oils used in the recipe and to order, please click below:

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Melaleuca Essential Oil

 

 

How to Replace Your Softeners & Dryer Sheets with a Natural Alternative

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Consumers have been so conditioned to think only about the soft, cozy, smell-good side of softer laundry, that many don’t realize that those soft, good smelling commercial fabric softeners also contain toxic chemicals that can have a serious impact on their health. Find out how to substitute these chemically driven fabric softeners with an all-natural, toxic-free alternative that is much easier and affordable than you might think. Click on the link below and follow the step-by-step tutorial to make your own 100% natural wool dryer balls that can last for many years, and best of all, can easily be scented with essential oils to leave your fabrics soft and smelling fabulous.

How to Make Your Own Natural Wool Dryer Balls

Here are some of the favorite smells you can add:

Lavender
Wild Orange

Lemon
Geranium
Citrus Blend

 

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