How to Get Your Soak On-Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

My back hurt so bad when I got up this morning, instead of reaching for a pain reliever, I made myself a nice, hot bath with Epsom salts and Helichrysum essential oil blend. Let’s talk about the benefits of and how to use Epsom salts.

Epsom salts have many uses

How Epsom Salts Work

Rumor has it that when you soak in a tub with some Epsom salts that the magnesium and sulfate enter your body through your skin and help with lots of ailments including:

  • arthritis
  • bruises & sprains
  • fibromyalgia
  • ingrown toenails
  • insomnia
  • psoriasis
  • sore muscles from working out
  • soreness from diarrhea during chemotherapy
  • sunburn pain & redness
  • tired, swollen feet

This may be the God’s honest truth or it may be an old wives tale, I know from experience, it works! My back is no longer hurting and that’s all I care about!

There are many brands out there today that have essential oils like peppermint or lavender already added to them, which is nice! Depending on your ailment or need, you can pick and choose.

I added Helichrysum blend because it smells good and has benefits of its own. The blend I use is a substitute blend from Hopewell that contains Clary Sage, Elemi, Roman Chamomile, Idaho Tansy, Birch, and Ylang Ylang.

There claims to be an alphabet of therapeutic uses for this blend, yet caution is to be taken for folks on blood thinners, pregnant women, or those with skin sensitivities. (although it’s never bothered me)

Click on the link above to find out more about this blend or make a purchase. (I get no compensation from Hopewell-just passing on the information)

How To Use Epsom Salts For Bath Soaks

As you are running a nice, warm-not hot-bath, pour in 1-2 cups of Epsom salts so they will dissolve. (Unless otherwise given permission by the manufacturer, do not add these salts to your hot tub, whirlpool, or other jet tubs).

Soak in the tub for at least 12 minutes, relax and let the salts do their work. Then bathe as usual and carefully get out. They will soften your skin and may make the tub a little slick, so be careful.

They will also remove excess oil from your hair, so as far as I know, it’s fine to wash your hair as you normally do. (if you do it in the tub like me) There are many other personal uses for these salts as well.

You can make a skin mask or a facial cleanser, they remove blackheads and exfoliate the skin. Soaking in Epsom salts will even remove a splinter! It reduces swelling, and volumizes hair as well.

Some people swear by these salts to cure gout, I recently got my brother a bag of Epsom salts that had activated charcoal infused in them, evidently this is a gout game changer! He was better that night!!

A Brief Word on Internal Use

Epsom salts have been used for hundreds of years as a safe laxative. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS when doing so. The package says to mix 1-2 tsp. in 1 cup of warm water to detox, then drink lots of extra water.

Do NOT do this more than once a day. That is all.

Other Uses

Soak a cloth in a cold water solution of 2T of Epsom salts and 1 Cup of water to treat mosquito bites, bee stings, and poison ivy.

Treat conjunctivitis and sties with a solution of warm water and Epsom salts by rinsing your face.

Remove burnt food from pots and pans, clean bathroom tiles, regenerate a car battery, or frost your windows for Christmas.

Check out this website for more recipes and uses for Epsom salts.

 

VitaCup Vitamin Infused Coffee-My Review

My sample turned out to be a 16ct box!!

I received my sample of Genius blend from VitaCup in the mail yesterday and all I can say is Wow!! VitaCup is vitamin infused coffee that really delivers on it’s promises. Let me explain:

First of all, it has MCT infused in it, so it promises energy and focus-which it delivered! My eyes were opened instantly and my brain fog was lifted!

MCT oil is a type of fat found in various oils and dairy products like coconut oil and butter. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, these carbon atoms (6-12) are processed by the body differently than long chain triglycerides. They go straight from the gut to the liver where they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones.

MCT is used by people who want to lose weight, or increase their energy and focus during a workout. Others claim it aids in thinking and may help with certain forms of dementia.

Enlarge to read better all the vitamins infused into this coffee!

VitaCup coffee infuses this oil plus lots of vitamins like D3, B1, B5, B9, B6, and B12 for an energy boosting, metabolism supported cuppa joe to get your morning started with a kick!

Also included in the Genius blend are cinnamon and turmeric spices which are natural antioxidants that support heart health and are anti-inflammatory.

Just think, all you do is drink a cup of coffee in the morning as usual, and now your mood is lifted, you can focus on daily tasks, go workout with more energy, and the coffee tasted delicious as well!

Now, it is totally acceptable to jazz up your cup as you normally do if your thing is to add butter and sweetener (and maybe a splash of pure vanilla extract) like I do in the morning. That’s just how I roll.

Do try their coffee and tell me how you like it. Go to their website, (VitaCup) get a possible 20% discount when you sign up, log in and spin the wheel! Leave a Facebook review and earn points for future discounts. Every time you buy, you earn points once you’re registered on the site.

In addition, there are several varieties to choose from, Beauty Blend, Breakfast Blend and more! All have the vitamins you need for a fabulous start to your day already blended in a great-tasting cup of coffee.

The pods are responsibly designed to be recyclable, soy free, gluten free, BPA free, and made in the USA. What could be better than that??

PS: I got my sample on a Facebook promotion, so watch for that! It cost me $3.99 and they were nice enough to send a 16ct box! That is way more than 20% off.

(I got no financial compensation from this review)

Why It’s Good to “Eat the Rainbow”

Morning everyone, do you know why it’s important to “eat the rainbow”?

Because we cannot make our own Vitamin C, it is essential we get it from our diet. We need this important vitamin to help provide antioxidant protection, enhance wound healing, help synthesize collagen and more.

Living the Keto lifestyle means eating all types of low-carb foods, yet you could be missing your recommended amounts of Vitamin C and other nutrients.

Since fruits typically high in Vitamin C are not normally consumed on a Keto diet, it may be handy to have a list of the top ten foods that do. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to symptoms like these:

  • Dry hair
  • Slow wound healing
  • Rough, scaly skin
  • Increased bruising
  • Frequent illness or infections

So, oranges and other citrus may be out, what foods are in?

Top Ten High Vitamin C, Low-Carb Foods

  1. Bell Peppers-higher in Vitamin C than any citrus fruit
  2. Kale-also protects against 4 kinds of cancer
  3. Broccoli-provides more than 100% of your daily Vit C requirement
  4. Sugar Snap Peas-one serving exceeds recommended daily value of Vit C
  5. Brussel Sprouts-Low calorie, cruciferous veggie, helps meet daily goal
  6. Strawberries-can be consumed on keto since they contain less sugar
  7. Kohlrabi-a type of cabbage best eaten in soups or stews
  8. Cauliflower-rich in Vit C, delicious raw or cooked
  9. Red Cabbage-a veggie in the Brassica family
  10. Chicken liver-one of the only animal foods considered a good source of Vit C

Following a Keto diet doesn’t mean getting suboptimal levels of Vitamin C if you “eat the rainbow”. Try to incorporate some or all of these foods on a daily basis to maintain healthy skin, bones, and prevent certain cancers.

Keto Baked Chicken Thighs-Two Ways

This morning I’m going to show you how I’ve made Keto chicken thighs two ways, for two days in a row now. I may or may not have wanted to show off my cooking skills to my brother who is staying with us for a few days. 😉

First day was Monday, I found a recipe from KetoGasm for “fried” chicken that’s really baked! It was so easy and turned out delicious!

My version of baked “fried” chicken

The breading is crushed and spiced pork rinds, yet the result tastes just like regular fried chicken (for those of you who may be thinking, ewww!) I happen to like pork rinds, yet I still didn’t think the breading tasted like them.

I already had some pork rinds in a gallon ziplock bag, so I just added the spices and threw all of it in my food processer and returned it to the bag. In a shallow bowl I mixed up the egg, mayo, and spicy mustard-this made up the wet ingredients.

I rinsed each piece of chicken, dipped it in the egg mixture and dropped it in the bag of crushed rinds. then I laid them on a rack over a large baking sheet.

In hindsight, I should have put parchment paper on the baking sheet, would have made clean-up so much easier.

You could also use a mixture of almond flour and pork rinds if you like.

My result wasn’t as pretty as hers, yet the taste was wonderful, the meat was juicy, and it was nice to have that crunch I’ve been missing for a long time.

Then yesterday, I cooked the remaining chicken thighs in the oven following a different recipe, one I got from WholesomeYum for crispy baked chicken thighs.

This time I brined the thighs first, in a bowl of warm, salted water for around 10 minutes. Next I brushed them with melted ghee, spiced them with salt, pepper, and Slap Ya Mama spice mix (lightly) and put them in a 450 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

My version of baked, crispy chicken thighs

The result was juicy, delicious, and had a slight kick which paired well with salad and seasoned broccoli. Brining and basting the chicken with ghee really adds a lot of flavor, plus your much-needed good fat.

Had just been my husband and I eating for the week, all of this chicken would’ve lasted us the whole week-which makes for easy put together meals each night, however it won’t stretch as far with three of us eating every night.

When my brother got here, he ate chicken, salad, finished off the broccoli, and ate the Zucchini with Mozzerella I had made earlier. He agreed everything was tasty.

Click the links for the recipes to get the ingredients and all of the nutrition information. I have not been tracking my macros as much lately, since I have a good idea what to eat every meal. As long as I don’t cheat, I stay pretty much on track.

Dessert was what I’m calling Keto Crack Pudding lol, because it’s so addicting!! It is also so easy and comes together in ten minutes! It’s really meant to be a fat bomb replacement and is simply any sugar free pudding mixed with 1C of heavy whipping cream, 1C of water, and 1 8oz pkg. of softened cream cheese. A little goes a long way, I usually eat two TBS in a small bowl and I’m satisfied. 🙂

On a personal note, I started my knee therapy yesterday and really thought I would be working hard. What happened was 5 minutes of adjustments to my back, followed by some intense vibrating of my knee to break up scar tissue.

I thought, “That’s it? I got off easy today!” The idea is to break up the scar tissue and get better blood flow through the knee to allow the stem cells to start working.

I go back Thursday and we’ll see what’s in store for me then. 🙂

I hope y’all try these recipes, they make for an easy keto dinner when paired with a non-starchy vegetable and a salad. Let me know what you think, or if you have questions. Happy hump day!

 

How to Make Baked Zucchini With Mozzerella

How To Make Baked Zucchini with Mozzerella

Every once I need a while, it’s nice to have something other than the same old veggie dishes over and over. The other night, I tried this delicious side dish with our meat and salad for dinner.

This recipe is so easy your kids can make it (supervised of course), and it’s the first time my picture of the finished product looked like the Pinterest version!

I pre-sliced my zucchini and when my hubby got home, I took it out, troweled off the extra moisture and placed the sliced zucchini on a baking sheet with some parchment paper on it. Next, I sprinkled seasoning salt on each slice and cooked them for 10-15 minutes.

Then I took them out and sprinkled them with Mozzerella cheese and returned them to the oven for 3-5 minutes until they were bubbly and a bit brown. They were so delicious!

Make these soon and let me know how you liked them!

Baked Zucchini with Mozzerella

Recipe:

  1. Slice zucchini into 1/4-1/2 in pieces.
  2. Place flat onto a large cookie sheet
  3. Sprinkle with seasoned salt
  4. Bake 350 for 10-15 minutes
  5. Remove and sprinkle slices with cheese
  6. Turn oven to broil
  7. Put the cookie sheet back in the oven for 3-5 minutes, watching closely so they don’t burn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 123.                 Calories from fat: 72

Total fat 8g.                      Total Carbs 2g

Sugars 2g.                          Protein 9g