Essential Oils – Health and Beauty

Essential Oils - Health and BeautyWhen I use essential oils in my health and beauty products I feel like I’m pampering myself at a fancy spa or something. Even if it’s just using a really awesome smelling hand soap! The aroma from the oils are so uplifting and the added health benefits of using essential oils make me feel like I’m doing something right. Here are some of the ways I’ve utilized essential oils in homemade health and beauty products.Essential Oils - Health and BeautyIf you missed my last post, I mentioned that I use DoTerra oils. The “On Guard” oil I use in the hand soap is one of their oil blends. It makes your hand soap smell like truly fancy pants stuff! Let me know how you get on if you try any of these out? I’d love to hear how you’re using essential oils!

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Chicken Soup (Jewish Penicillin)

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Do you know what goes perfectly with a cold rainy day? A steaming bowl of chicken soup. That’s what. It’s been pouring down with heavenly rain these few days, and I couldn’t ask for better weather. No, I haven’t gone mad. It’s just such a pleasant change from the scorching 90° heat we’ve had over the last weeks of summer. We don’t have air-conditioning in the house, so this cooler weather made it feel like we kind of did. As usual when the weather starts to change, I begin to feel the onset of a cold coming on. And I know one good ole’ household remedy for all kinds of ailments – chicken soup (also known as Jewish penicillin)! So I decided to simmer a big pot of this golden medicine.

I used this recipe here. We didn’t have a whole roasting chicken like the recipe called for, so I ended up using one third portions of the ingredients listed. The soup turned out beautifully and I could feel the nourishing broth working its magic.
It tasted even better the day after!

Homemade Pizza Night

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I need to share with you, the pizza crust recipe my grandmother-in law passed down to us.
It’s delicately CRISP on the outside and gives you that SOFT/ SPRINGY bite you want from a good dough.

Instead of going to the movies and a restaurant, we decided to stay home, take our time to make our own pizzas together and watch that scary movie, ‘Mama’, on TV. Our pizzas turned out fantastically! But, I’m embarrassed to show you the photos I took, because the lighting in our dining room tends to tinge photos a horror-show red. I don’t want to scare you away from trying this recipe with bad pictures! And I assure you the movie was the scary part of our evening, not these DELICIOUS pizzas!!

Here is the recipe below if you’re interested.

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/4 c. warm water (110° to 115°)
3 1/2 – 4 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
 1 Tbsp. honey
(makes 2 pizzas)

• Sprinkle yeast on warm water; stir to dissolve. Add 2 c. flour, salt, and honey. Beat thoroughly. Stir in remaining flour. Turn onto slightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
• Place in lightly greased bowl; turn dough over to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
• Turn onto board and knead just long enough to force out large bubbles. Divide in half. Roll each half to make an 11″ circle. Stretch each circle to fit an oiled 12″ pizza pan. Top with filling of your choice.
• Bake in very hot oven (450°) 20 -25 minutes. Exchange position of pans on oven racks once during baking to brown pizzas the same.

We made one of our pizzas with ham and pineapple, and topped it with fresh tomato slices. And the other with pepperoni, black olives and red bell peppers. Both were devoured that night.

I know it can be difficult to find the time to make things from scratch these days but trust me, this pizza crust is really worth it!