Sesame Oil Bottle

Sesame Oil: Bring Back Healthy,Youthful, Glowing Skin With This Deeply Nourishing Face and Body Moisturizer

I long ago ditched my mainstream fragrant moisturizer that was loaded with hormone disruptors and cancer causing chemicals (but smelled amazing, of course). If you haven’t, read this that discusses fragrances in general or this which discusses body lotion ingredients in particular to persuade yourself.

Since then, I have purchased many organic versions of body lotions. Some were great, some weren’t. Some were expensive, some weren’t. My favorite brand is Weleda by far. It has amazing ingredients and if you ate it, you would not be poisoned. (This is one of my criteria for deciding whether or not to use something on my skin.) That said, my all time favorite moisturizer for my body I only discovered about a year ago. It is sesame oil. It will make your skin look and feel amazing, and it will also help your body on the inside as well!! Let me break down the benefits for you. 

Sesame oil:

  1. is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. This makes it great for controlling breakouts and blackheads and for treating wounds or inflamed skin. 
  2. repairs damaged skin cells, especially when used in massage. To make it especially repairing, add a synergy blend such as Soft Skin by Plant Therapy. 
  3. slows aging process with an antioxidant called sesamol.
  4. is a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 4. To make it more effective as a daily sunscreen, mix one tablespoon of sesame oil with 9 drops of lavender, rosemary, thyme, cedar wood, or clove to make it even more effective. To make a sunscreen when you will actually be out in the sun, add carrot seed oil which has an SPF of about 40!! If you don’t know why you should opt for a natural sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen, read this great article from one of my favorite bloggers, Wellness Mama. Sesame oil is also great for repairing sunburned skin.
  5. nourishes the body through the skin. The skin is the largest organ (as I am sure you have heard). It absorbs anything you put on it. While this is often not good because we put so many horrible things on/next to our skin, in the case of sesame oil it is great. Your skin absorbs the nutrients found in sesame oil such as the antioxidant vitamin E, the hard to get vitamin K , and various B vitamins such as niacin as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and phosphorus.
  6. is very healing and moisturizing thanks to fatty acids (stearic, palmitic, oleic, and linoleic). Linoleic acid is known for its ablilty to heal, plump, hydrate, and combat acne.  
  7. is more deeply absorbed by the skin than other oils and provides a barrier against air pollutants. It also improves circulation.

Choosing your Sesame oil:

Be sure to choose organic cold-pressed sesame oil. Since your skin and body will be absorbing this, you want the highest quality oil. I use Life Flo Organic Sesame Oil, but Banyan Botanicals has a good one as well. 

Ways to use Sesame oil:

  • Use sesame oil as a moisturizer after shower/bath, with a self-massage. I like to add essential oils depending on what I want to address that day. I often choose lemon oil to help my lymphatic system flow freely and boost immunity with an invigorating scent or Frankincense if I am sore from yoga or gardening to reduce inflammation and soothe my muscles and joints. Another great option is the  Balance synergy blend from Plant therapy (for women), of you are experiencing any discomfort (mental or physical) relating to your cycle. I like to incorporate a lymphatic massage while I apply my sesame oil plus essential oil blend of the day. (Post coming soon.)
  • Sesame oil applied before your bath or shower pulls out toxins. Oil soluble toxins from your body are attracted to the molecules in sesame oil (just like castor oil). They travel up to the surface of your skin where you can then wash them off. Apply sesame oil to your body 15-20 minutes before your bath or shower, then rinse it off while in said bath or shower. Your skin will still feel moisturized afterward, so there should be no need to apply more unless it is the dead of winter and your skin is super dry. 
  • As a deep hair conditioner. Massage warm sesame oil into your hair to alleviate dry scalp, minimize hair loss, and promote new hair growth. Infuse herbs such as horsetail and/or nettles beforehand to further enhance hair growth. Leave on for 15 minutes to a half an hour and wash out. 

Sesame Oil Bottle

 

Do you use sesame oil as a body moisturizer? Do you use it as a facial moisturizer? Are you going to try it?

Sesame Oil

Chicken and RIce Soup

Quick, Easy, and Nourishing Chicken and Rice Soup

This chicken and rice soup is so quick and easy to make. Actually, one of the beautiful things about making soups in general is that they are all so quick and easy. Once you have homemade bone broth, you have such a flavorful base that it is hard to go wrong. Add organic veggies and pastured meats to your nourishing bone broth and you have an easy meal loaded with nutrition. Also, there are no rules! Add whatever you like: leftover veggies, leftover noodles, root veggies, herbs from the garden, etc.

Combine this soup with a large salad and a hunk of crusty sourdough bread and you’ve got a meal.

How to make Chicken and Rice Soup:

You will need: (printable at bottom of post)

  • Half of the meat from a roasted chicken
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup leftover rice
  • 3 ribs of celery, chopped
  • Chicken bone broth (3 or 4 quarts)
  • 1-2 cups leftover rice
  • Celtic sea salt
  • Thyme (fresh or dried)
  1. In a dutch oven or heavy sauce pan, saute the onion over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Next, add minced garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Then, add chicken bone broth and bring to a soft boil.
  4. Toss in carrots and thyme and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add celery and roasted chicken and simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Finally, add leftover rice and serve! So easy and quick!

Chicken and Rice Soup
A quick and easy nourishing soup.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. half of the meat from a roasted chicken
  2. 1 onion finely chopped
  3. 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 4 carrots, chopped
  5. 1 cup leftover rice
  6. 3 ribs of celery, chopped
  7. Chicken bone broth (3 or 4 quarts)
  8. 1-2 cups leftover rice
  9. Celtic sea salt
  10. Thyme (fresh or dried)
Instructions
  1. In a dutch oven or heavy sauce pan, saute the onion over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add minced garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken bone broth and bring to a soft boil.
  4. Add carrots and thyme and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add celery and roasted chicken and simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Add leftover rice and serve! So easy and quick!
Notes
  1. I like to add chopped fresh parsley right before serving for a little freshness.
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Do you love making soups? What are your favorite soups to make?

Chicken and RIce Soup

Bone Broth

Bone Broth: Have you Jumped on the Bandwagon yet?

Bone Broth is all the rage these days and has been for the last few years. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, let me tell you why you should!

Benefits of Bone Broth:

  • Promotes a healthy microbiome
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Detoxifies the body and aids metabolism (This is because it contains glutathione which is one of the most potent known detoxifiers.)
  • Full of bio-available (easy for the body to absorb) minerals such as Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Silicon and more
  • Contains many healing amino acids which are generally deficient in the Standard American Diet (SAD) (such as proline, glutamine, and glycine)
  • Seals the digestive tract (this helps with leaky gut and food sensitivities)
  • Contains collagen and glucosamine which ease joint pain and stiffness
  • Collagen also plumps skin, grows strong hair and nails, and improves muscle flexibility and strength

Sounds amazing, right? It also tastes amazing and is so simple to make. The biggest ingredient is time. Not time standing over the stove, mind you, just time waiting. I’m betting you are sold and would now like to know how you can make this super-food in your very own kitchen. (Printable versions are at the bottom of the post.)

To make bone broth you will need.:

  1. Pasture-raised bones (these can be chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lamb or a mix)
  2. Stewing meat (only in the case of beef or lamb)
  3. Onion(s)
  4. Carrots
  5. Celery
  6. Filtered Water
  7. Acidic medium (white wine, raw apple cider vinegar, or red wine (for beef or lamb bones)

There are other ingredients you can add, of course, such as herbs and spices. I prefer to make a basic broth, sort of like a blank canvas.Then, once I know what I am doing with a particular broth, I can season it from there. I don’t even salt it until I go to use it in a dish. There are slightly different methods for beef versus chicken, so I will break these down separately. You could also do a mixed broth with bones from different animals.

For Chicken Bone Broth: (Printable version at Bottom of post)

Bone Broth

  1. For chicken bone broth, I use the carcass of a roasted pasture-raised bird. Once I remove most of the meat from the carcass, I put it into my crock pot (I use this one) and cover it with filtered water. I also add two chicken feet (you can get these from a specialty grocery store or your butcher if you have one) and the neck that came with the bird when I bought it. The chicken feet might seem gross, but they contain the most collagen of any part of the bird and will help your broth gel. Add 1/4 cup white wine or apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour so that the acid can leach the minerals from the bones.
  2. Then, turn on your cock pot on low for 10-12 hours.
  3. Once it is finished, wait for the stock to cool a bit before handling. Lay cheesecloth over a fine mesh strainer and strain the broth through it. Compost the bones and vegetables.
  4. I usually store my  broth in the fridge in glass mason jars marked with the date, or in the freezer in ice cubes.  It will last about a week in the fridge.

For beef (or lamb) bone broth: (Printable version at bottom of post)

  1. I use a mix of knuckle and marrow bones to make beef bone broth.
  2. First roast the bones in the oven for an hour at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then put the bones in your crock pot or turkey roaster (I use this one) and cover with filtered water. Add 1/4 cup red wine. Let the bones sit for about 45 min to an hour to allow the wine to draw out minerals from the bones.
  3. Turn your crock pot on low for 12 hours.
  4. After 12 hours, add an onion, 2 carrots, 2 ribs of celery and 1/2 pound of chopped beef. This should be a very cheap cut. It is just to add depth of flavor. Add more water if needed. Let this all cook for another 12 hours on low.
  5. Once it is finished, wait for the stock to cool a bit before handling. Lay cheesecloth over a fine mesh strainer and strain the broth through it. Compost the bones and vegetables.
  6. I usually store my  broth in my fridge in glass mason jars marked with the date, or in the freezer in ice cubes.  It will last about a week in the fridge.

What to do with bone broth:

  • Drink it like tea with a sprinkling of Celtic Sea Salt
  • Make soup, stew, or chili with it (try  making a simple Chicken and Rice Soup or tom kha gai)
  • Give your rice, quinoa, pasta, or mashed root veggies a nutrient boost by cooking them in it!
  • Add it to your marinara.
  • Put it in anything you would normally use stock for.
Chicken Bone Broth
Make nourishing bone broth at home with just a few ingredients.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Chicken bones (carcass, feet, backs, neck)
  2. 2 carrots
  3. 2 celery ribs
  4. 1 onion
Instructions
  1. For chicken bone broth, I use the carcass of a roasted pasture-raised bird. Once I remove most of the meat from the carcass, I put it into my crock pot (I use this one) and cover it with filtered water. I also add two chicken feet (you can get these from a specialty grocery store or your butcher if you have one) and the neck that came with the bird when I bought it. The chicken feet might seem gross, but they contain the most collagen of any part of the bird and will help your broth gel.Add 1/4 cup white wine or apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour so that the acid can leach the minerals from the bones.
  2. Then, turn on your cock pot on low for 10-12 hours.
  3. Once it is finished, wait for the stock to cool a bit before handling. Lay cheesecloth over a fine mesh strainer and strain the broth through it. Compost the bones and vegetables.
  4. I usually store my broth in the fridge in glass mason jars marked with the date, or in the freezer in ice cubes. It will last about a week in the fridge.
Notes
  1. You can cook rice, potatoes, veggies, and pasta in your broth to add extra nutrition.
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Beef Bone Broth
Make nutritious bone broth at home.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
24 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
24 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds of mixed beef bones (knuckle and marrow)
  2. 1/2 pound chopped beef (inexpensive cut such as chuck or eye of round)
  3. 1/2 cup red wine
  4. 1 onion
  5. 2 carrots
  6. 2 ribs of celery
Instructions
  1. I use a mix of knuckle and marrow bones to make beef bone broth.
  2. First, roast the bones in the oven for an hour at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then put the bones in your crock pot or turkey roaster and cover with filtered water. Add 1/2 cup red wine. Let the bones sit for about 45 min to an hour to allow the wine to draw out minerals from the bones.
  3. Turn your crock pot on low for 12 hours.
  4. After 12 hours, add an onion, 2 carrots, 2 ribs of celery and 1/2 pound of chopped beef. This should be a very cheap cut. It is just to add depth to the flavor. Add more water if needed to be sure that it is all covered. Let this all cook for another 12 hours on low.
  5. Once it is finished, wait for the stock to cool a bit before handling. Lay cheesecloth over a fine mesh strainer and strain the broth through it. Compost the bones and vegetables.
  6. I usually store my broth in my fridge in glass mason jars marked with the date, or in the freezer in ice cubes. It will last about a week in the fridge.
Reclaiming Vitality http://reclaimingvitality.com/

If you like the idea of this, but don’t see yourself actually getting around to making bone broth, you can buy Vital Proteins Grass-fed Collagen Peptides. I actually put this in my tea in the morning in addition to the bone broth that we get into our diet throughout the average day. It dissolves in hot or cold water and hardly has any taste. It is a great source of collagen, protein, and those healing amino acids we discussed above.

If you think you are more than interested in making your own broth and would like to know more, check out this beautiful cookbook from Jenny over at Nourished Kitchen. Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen. Her cookbooks are as enjoyable to read as a good novel. I like to settle in with a cup of tea or kombucha (or maybe wine if it’s evening time) and peruse the beautiful pictures and recipes to get inspired!
If you are interested in fasting or cleansing using bone broth, check out the Bone Broth Diet book. It details the many benefits of bone broth fasting.

How about you? Do you make bone broth at home?

 

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