DIY Oil of Oregano

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A few weeks ago I posted on my Instagram that I was trying out making my own Oil of Oregano.  I actually had no intention of posting it here but it was a popular post so I thought it may be useful information for others.  

Oil of Oregano is something that I have wanted to try for some time now as I have read that it can be great for battling Candida.  Buying all these herbs and following a special diet for Candida can crunch the budget though.  It is totally worth it and way less expensive than other medical routes but still...

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So a few weeks ago I was going through my garden to move my herbs inside for the winter.  I had an abundance of oregano and was wondering what to do with it.  Then BOOM, it came to me, I should try making my own oil Oil of Oregano.  I am not sure why I didn't think of it sooner and it turns out it is super simple to make.  

So the next time I was at the health food store I checked the ingredients of their Oil of Oregano to make sure I could actually make it.  Sure enough, it was just oregano and olive oil.  I headed for home and proceeded to make my own that afternoon.

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I had a good idea of what I needed to do but I googled how to make it just to be sure I was on the right track.  I found one on Mercola's website that I used for reference as well my canning knowledge to whip up this Oil of Oregano.  Mercola has a ton of information on the benefits of Oil of Oregano so check them out to learn more.  

The main thing I know is that a little goes a long way and you don't want to use it long term.  You use it for about 10 days and then go off of it.  I have a actually read that when treating Candida you need to switch up any of your anti-fungals because the Candida adapts to them and the anti-fungals will no longer be effective at killing the Candida.  If you have ever treated Candida make sure to comment below and let me know what has worked for you.  I am always looking for more information.

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So now, onto making the Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano

Ingredients:

  • olive oil {enough to cover all of the oregano}
  • oregano {enough to fill a half pint jar 3/4 of the way}

Directions:

  1. Add a half pint jar and lids to a boiling pot of water to sterilize the jar.  Let it soft boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove jar and lids from the water and set on a clean towel.  Turn the water down so it is just simmering.
  3. Chop the oregano.  Using a mortar and pestle grind the oregano to release the oil of the oregano {you can also do this with your fingers}.
  4. Add the oregano to the jar.  Cover the oregano with olive oil {make sure all of the oregano is under the olive oil otherwise it will go moldy}.
  5. Place the lid on the jar and put it in the simmering water.  Turn the heat off and let the jar set in the water for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the jar from the water and place it in a window with a lot of sunlight.  Let it sit for the next 2 weeks.  Each day shake the jar.
  7. After 2 weeks, strain the oil/oregano through a cheesecloth.  You can store the oil in the half pint jar or put it in a sterilized bottle with a dropper to make dispensing it easier.

*Note: Mercola suggests 4-6 drops per day for 7-10 days.

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Dandelion Tea Latte

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Fall is officially upon us and boy does it feel that way in Western Colorado.  It is a cool crisp day (hello leggings and chunky sweaters) and on the way to Vitamin Cottage this morning I couldn't help but notice the leaves starting to slowly turn to beautiful shades of yellow.  Next week we will head to Denver and I am looking forward to the drive through the Vail valley and how beautiful it will look, but Vail never seems to have problems looking beautiful. :)

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Cooler weather means lots of hot beverages in our house.  Mornings are made better and brighter with something to warm you up and get you ready for the day.  After lunch nothing gets you through the afternoon like something to warm and perk you up and nights are wrapped up with a calming/soothing herbal tea.  I have shared on here recently that while I enjoy coffee I am on a little break from it while dealing with Candida.  A little while ago I shared on Instagram that I was trying out a Dandelion Tea Latte and it seemed to be of interest, so I thought I would share my recipe here. :)  It is not a sweet drink, so if you like your coffee sweetened simply add some honey or maple syrup.  If you like your coffee with cream or plain lattes you will love this version.  

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Dandelion Tea Latte l wanderingroot.com

I chose to do a Dandelion Tea Latte for a very specific reason though.  Since I am detoxing and ridding my body of Candida I have been trying to support my liver and Dandelion Tea is great for your liver.  With the holidays coming up and alcohol consumption on the rise adding this tea to your daily beverages can help your liver make it through the holidays too. :)  Dandelion Tea has a lot of other benefits too.  Check them out here

Do you drink Dandelion Tea?  If so, how do you enjoy it?  I am always looking to try something new!

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Dandelion Tea Latte

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add 1 cup of water to your coffee pot.  Add the Teeccino and brew as you would coffee.
  2. Once the Teeccino has brewed, add it to your mug and add the Roasted Dandelion Tea bag.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. While the tea is steeping, add the coconut milk to a small saucepan over medium heat.  
  4. Once the tea is done steeping, remove the tea bag and toss.
  5. Once the coconut milk is to a temperature of your liking add it to the tea mixture.  If you have a frother use it to make it smooth, creamy and foamy.  If you do not have a frother, add it to a blender and blend on high for 15 seconds.  This will make it creamy and foamy. :)

Note:  Feel free to adjust this to your liking.  If you like a stronger latte use less coconut milk or more Teeccino.  If you like it creamier, use less Teeccino or add more coconut milk.  Use this recipe as a base to make it your own. 

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Chia Strawberry Sauce

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Happy Monday friends!  Is it weird that I don't really hate Mondays??  Don't get me wrong, if I could I would live in weekend land for as long as possible but there is something great about Mondays.  The promise of a fresh, new week where new things can happen. :) It's exciting!

Also, weekends aren't the same after you have kids.  It used to be that weekends were a "break" from life and from responsibilities (for the most part).  We could take off somewhere random for the weekend, we could lie around watching HGTV or movie marathons, we could do pretty much whatever.  After kids... do you ever get a break?  Ha, ha, just kidding... sort of.  You have to be responsible and "on it" at all times.  There is a little human that needs you pretty much every moment of the day.  There is no more sleeping in, movie marathons, or easy escapes to wherever.  For kids being so small, they require a lot of stuff and many, many changes of clothes.  You cannot take off in a moments notice.

I would not change a thing though.  My life is a million times better with that little human.  He rules my world and steals my heart all day long. 

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Now I don't consider myself to be a person that eats a lot of sugar or sweets.  For the past month or so I have been really tuning into this and really watching my sugar intake.  That includes fruit too.  I highly recommend everyone do this.  I know that sugar is added to pretty much everything but this challenge made me even more aware of it.  Recently we went hiking and hit up Vitamin Cottage beforehand to get some picnic food and snacks.  I love Larabars for a quick snack with clean ingredients but since they are made up from dates they contain a lot of sugar, so I picked up some Epic Bars and was surprised that several of those have sugar in them.  Not much but when you can't have any this is a problem.  They did have a few with no added sugar, so I grabbed a few of those.  Don't mistake this challenge as "sugar free".  So many companies are adding this to their labels but what that really means is "we took out the sugar and added a bunch of crap to make up for the taste".  You need to read your labels and make sure your ingredients are clean and are real food.

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So basically I think that I was probably consuming more sugar than even I was aware of.  Even if something has only 2 grams of sugar, if you eat a lot of items like that throughout the day plus a lot of fruit it adds up.  While at times I really, really crave a Paleo pumpkin muffin (hello pumpkin season) or a glass of wine, I know in the end I will be better off for sticking to this for a bit.  Actually for the past week I have not been being as careful and even had some hard cider earlier this week and boy am I feeling it.  There will be a time when I can have the occasional treat, but right now, health and healing is first.

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So why am I doing this?  I have Candida overgrowth and am working through getting rid of it.  Candida grows on sugar (even sugar created by stress hormones), so sugar is out.  Currently I am following Ann Boroch's method.  She allows 1 piece of low sugar fruit a day (i.e. strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, green apples) which now is totally doable but at first was hard to do.  I realize now how much I rely on fruit as a quick snack or alongside eggs in the morning.  

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That is where this recipe comes in.  I have made it for years but have really relied on it lately.  Ann has some good pancake recipes and while she includes her own sauces that are fantastic, I find this one to be much easier to throw together.  Now when I use this sauce currently I use it sparingly and it counts as my piece of fruit for the day.  So many fruit sauces out there have added sweeteners.  I find it unnecessary though.  The fruit makes it plenty sweet.  I like this sauce served immediately, while warm.  However, if you refrigerate it it thickens up and makes a great jam.  Don't you love a recipe that works in multiple ways?  This sauce works well over pancakes, vanilla ice cream, brownies, chia seed pudding, yogurt, the list goes on!

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Chia Strawberry Jam

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz strawberries, cored & sliced
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Put strawberries in saucepan and turn heat to medium-high.
  2. Let strawberries begin to "sweat" (juices release).  Stir for about 4 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to medium, continue to cook and stir for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon and all spice.  Stir well.
  5. Add 1 Tbsp chia seeds.
  6. Turn heat to medium-low.  Let cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Once sauce has thickened to your desire remove from heat.  If you want it to thicken even more, add 1 more Tbsp of chia seeds.  If you need to do this step, make sure to let the sauce cook for a bit.  Chia seeds will expand and become sauce with time.
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate and use as jam.
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