Monday, September 29, 2014

Before & After - Lemon Essential Oil

WARNING!!!! Gross feet below!  Worth a look though. ;)

First off, please forgive me. I know it's not pleasant looking at someone else's feet.
It's kind of embracing for me to show you my feet, but I think it's worth it. 

I get the worst cracked/dry/beat up/blistered feet from running.  So when I saw that the Lemon Essential Oil could help with them I figured it was worth a try. I said I'd keep y'all posted if this stuff worked for me, so here I am.

I took the BEFORE pictures 1 week ago (Sept. 22nd) and the AFTER pictures today (Sept. 29th).
I was shocked when I compared the photos. I didn't realize it had been helping so much!

I honestly have NOT done ANYTHING different to my feet. I haven't added any lotions, no scrubs, and still running just as much. The only difference has been using the Lemon Essential Oil neat ("neat" means - no carrier oil with it) before bed and in the morning.  Although, truth be told I wasn't super consistent with doing it morning and night each day and it's still be helping.  Pretty neat, huh?!

:: BEFORE ::
Sept. 22, 2014

:: AFTER ::
Sept. 29, 2014

:: BEFORE ::
Sept. 22, 2014

:: AFTER ::
Sept. 29, 2014

:: BEFORE ::
Sept. 22, 2014

:: AFTER ::
Sept. 29, 2014

I still have a lot to learn and try with these oils. So far so good. 
I'm hosting an Essential Oils Intro Class on Oct. 16th at 7pm. 
If you're interested in coming out and learning about what Essential Oils are all about 
I'm not teaching the class, but a friend is. 
Let me know if you're interested and I will add you to the FB invite. :)

**Guys I want to mention too, that NO ONE sought me out to try these oils.  I sought my friend out and told her I wanted to know what the heck all this was about. I'm NOT out to sell or anything like that. I'm just learning and trying these and passing on the good or bad that comes from it.**

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In honor of Falls first day...

:: RECIPE ::

This recipe is so easy! I used to be very intimidated by making squash soups, but I have found it doesn't have to be hard. This is one of my go to recipes. I've used it several times now. 

This time around I bought some homemade pumpkin bread from a local health store to go along with the soup... BEST decision ever! ;) 
 I toasted the bread with grape seed oil on it. 
The bread  was perfect for dipping in this soup. 

:: My recommendations/experience with this recipe:: 
  • You don't have to use butter for cooking the onions - I use coconut oil. 
  • I ended up cooking my squash about 15 mins longer than the recommended time.
  • HIGHLY recommend slowly adding in the broth as you blend, in order to achieve desired consistency. I've made the mistake and used the suggested amount and it made my soup more runny than I would have liked. 
  • This recipe calls for acorn squash too, but I've never personally used acorn squash with this recipe. To compensate - I select a LARGE butternut squash. 
  • Slowly add sugar in order to achieve desired taste. I usually end up using LESS than the recipe calls for, but Kevin would use MORE if it was his call. ;P Everyone's different. 
  • Recipe calls for cinnamon, and this time I didn't have any so I used Pumpkin spice and it worked well!
  • I garnish mine with avocado. 
  • It's also good garnished with a dollop on sour cream or plain yogurt added. 
  • OH! and don't forget to save your butternut squash seeds! You can bake them and eat them for a snack! 

Almost forgot to mention that I've been adding 5-6 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to my water. 
So good and refreshing! 
I've also been putting the Lemon oil on my feet. It's supposed to help/prevent dry feet. I'm a runner and my feet get so bet up from it, so I'm excited to see how this helps and it has so far. I can tell it's healing them! I took a "BEFORE" picture and after I've used it consistently for a few days I'll take a "PROGRESS" picture and I'll post about it. 

For now, here are some Lemon Oil tips that can be helpful if you do use Essential Oils ::