Essential Oils, Health

Essential Oils – How to Survive Sinus Congestion

Essential Oils

Breathe Easy Blend – How to Survive Sinus Congestion

For the last couple of weeks I have been so busy with work and trying to get ready for the baby shower I haven’t really had much time to work on any homemade meals for this blog.  So I decided that I could share about the essential oil blend that I’ve been using to try to help me get through yet another bout with sinus congestion.  I had seemed to be doing better with my cold, my cough has improved and basically gone away.  But then the congestion came back and my sinuses have been draining down the back of my throat causing a sore throat.  Ugh.  It had gotten to the point that when I would walk into my bedroom my nose would immediately close up and I couldn’t breath.  Sleeping is becoming more difficult as the baby is getting bigger so any extra discomfort makes sleeping miserable.  And I need all the rest I can get at this point.  So I decided to try an essential oil blend to help open up my breathing passageways.

What Essential Oils are in my Breathe Easy Blend?

  • Peppermint – 3 drops
  • Eucalyptus – 3 drops
  • Lavender – 2 drops

There wasn’t any real science to the drops count that I used.  That was not the original drop count that I wanted but I’ve been having trouble controlling how fast they come out so that seemed to be the average amount!  Hahaha!

How Has it Worked for Me?

Oh my word!  Every night that I have my diffuser on with this blend I can BREATHE!!!  Sometimes only one nostril will be open, sometimes both.  But nevertheless I can breathe!  And on the nights that I didn’t use it, you betcha, I couldn’t breathe at all.  It is like magic!  So this has been my best friend and constant companion for the last week or so.  Along with doing the nasal rinse every morning, I added another antihistamine to my regimen temporarily and on the mornings that my throat particularly hurts I’ll gargle with salt water.  Thankfully, I think that my congestion is finally starting to clear up.

What about you?  Have you tried a similar blend or do you have a favorite blend that you like to use?  I would love to hear from you!

Bone Broth, Gluten Free, gluten free diet, Health, Paleo, paleo diet, Recipes

How to Make Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

How to Make Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This week my family has been struggling with sore throats, coughs and my toddler has been teething.  No fun at all.  I’ve been busting out the essential oils and teas trying to knock this thing out as naturally as possible.  Here is a link to my facebook page discussion of At-Home Remedies.  Earlier this week, when I had a day off I thought that everyone would really enjoy and benefit from my crockpot loaded baked potato soup.  This is another really good recipe to add some immune boosting ingredients like garlic and Bone Broth if you have any saved.  Unfortunately I didn’t have any bone broth leftover and I didn’t really have any time or energy to make it this time around.  Sometimes I get tired of loaded baked potato soup (this is one of my husband’s absolute favorite meals) but I think a lot of that has to do with when I was pregnant with my son I had to limit my sodium intake to help with the swelling and this soup does NOT taste good without salt!  I love adding garnishes to the dish, it brings out so much more flavor and interest to the dish.  And I was right.  It really hit the spot.  It was so comforting to all the sickies in my house.  And my son was even willing to eat it mixed with his rice.  Another mom-win for me!

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs of Russet potatoes
1 small yellow onion
5 cloves of garlic
4 cups of bone broth (or chicken stock)
8 oz of cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Garnishes: crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped chives

Directions

Chop potatoes, onion, and garlic.  Add to crockpot along with seasoning and bone broth.

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Cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 10 hours.
Stir in Cream cheese and allow to melt.
Scoop some soup into the blender, puree and add back into soup until desired texture.  (My husband likes to still have some potato chunks in the soup so I don’t completely puree the soup).  This last time around my son was down for a nap when the soup was ready to be pureed so I had it sitting for a couple hours on the “Keep Warm” setting which softened the potatoes even more and made it super easy and super quick to puree.

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Here is the loaded baked potato soup finished.

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Top with your choice of garnishes and serve.  Our personal favorites are bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped chives.  Yum!

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It tasted so good and was a very comforting meal since we weren’t feeling well.  This is one of my husband’s all-time favorite meals and he would literally eat this everyday if I made it everyday.  I can never go wrong whenever I decide to make it!  There are so many different ways to make potato soup.  I hope you like this recipe!