My Take on Frankincense Essential Oil

Although I’ve blogged about this before, my discussion on Frankincense was on my old blog and this essential oil is worthy of a revisit anyway. This oil is my favorite of all the essential oils I’ve tried and that is why it’s featured first on essential oils week.

Frankincense in pure form before processing into essential oil

Frankincense is one of the oldest and most powerful of the essential oils, some claim it even cures cancer! I use it for prevention, energy, clarity and concentration. It is the way I start most every day, a drop of this and Lemon in my water which I then sip on throughout the day, it wakes me up and gives me a pep in my step.

Essential oils such as Frankincense can be used in this way, or diffused in a diffuser or inhaled straight from the bottle. It can also be used topically with a little carrier oil like almond, coconut or jojoba and rubbed on age spots to lighten them, or the forehead to help with concentration.

Essential oils pass through the skin, making them transdermal, where they then enter the circulatory system and cells. This is what makes them so powerful and some compounds in essential oils have such small molecules, they can pass through the blood-brain barrier.

In addition, healing through the olfactory system is what is known as aromatherapy and therefore simply diffusing certain essential oils can help speed up getting over a cold or prevent it in the first place.

 Frankincense is one such oil. It is one of the ancient oils the wise men brought to Jesus as a gift along with Myrrh.

The highest quality essential oils are Organic, Therapeutic Grade Essential, 100% Pure oils and you want to make sure you buy from trusted brands recommended by your doctor or aromatherapist.

I’m not allowed to go into brands I like here, but honestly, I have tried several different brands I know to be trustworthy and I have my favorite in all of them.

Because they are quality, they cost more, but you can’t take chances with your health, so buy from the best. I have personally had such a good experience using mine, I have come close to a panic when I run out!

When I first started using them 2 or 3 years ago, I did so to gain better health and help me in my weight loss efforts. Frankincense and Lemon EOs are my magic bullet, I don’t want to be without them.

More pep in my step meant I could exercise again, plus the added benefit of elevated mood, reduction of inflammation,  and getting over my depression meant I was able to get off my antidepressants. (Don’t worry, my doctors approved.)

Speaking of doctors,  Dr. Axe has a great book that is one of my go-to publications for info on EOs called The Kings Medicine Cabinet, which is where some of this info presented here today came from.

Along with a plethora of great information and history on essential oils, there are handy reference charts that show which oils are applied topically, whether or not you need a carrier oil and which ones are safe for internal use.

I can’t copy from the book, however, it is a free download and if you can’t get it,  email me and I’ll forward you a copy.

If you could have an oil with so many benefits to have in your arsenal, this would be my top choice. I do hope this inspires you to give it a try because really, it can only help.

Even if you don’t want to be as brave as me, get yourself a good diffuser, they are sold in most health food store and online, and some quality Frankincense, and tell me if in a few days, you don’t notice a difference in your mood, energy and spiritual awareness.

Also, please educate yourself by grabbing a copy of the book-I can suggest other resources as well, and let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you.

Off the Wagon

Good morning everyone, I know, it’s been a while since my last post. How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you try my recipe I shared last time?

I have to admit, since I have been gone, we have been going through a rough time and I have fallen off the Keto wagon. Time to detox, shape up, and get back on the plan again. Keto on as they say.

Seriously, I have gained at least four pounds in the last month, I think it may be more like eight! That is not good. My pants are uncomfortable and I have a bit of a belly…how did this happen so fast??

My husband lost his mom on January 19 and the honest truth is, we both have been eating for comfort, not that he was doing keto with me anyway, but I bet he has gained some too.

I would eat like normal during the day but when he got home and did not want to cook, we would go out to eat, which means for us most of the time, Mexican food! I would be fine if I could stay away from the chips and ignore my margarita attraction…but I didn’t.

That is why I have been reluctant to post, however, I will be getting back on track here very soon. I cannot stand feeling tired, bloated, achy, and irritable. Following a mostly keto lifestyle keeps me feeling my best.

So I plugged my new weight (grrr) into the macro calculator and it looks like I need to strive for these macros: Carbs: 15.63g-Protein: 44.97g-Fats: 111.96g Calories: 1250

This will be tough to stick to, but I’m going to try. If I fall off again, I will start over.

Luckily, I know just what to do, how to eat, and how to detox and begin again. I use ACV tea every other morning, go back to eggs and bacon for breakfast, salad with a protein for lunch, and a source of protein, non-starchy vegetable, and salad for dinner. Then a fat bomb for dessert. 🙂

ACV tea is simply 6 oz. of hot water with 1tbsp of each apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey (Stevia for me), and a dash of Ceylon cinnamon. It’s good for what ails ya, even if you don’t need to detox.

This is what works for me, my lab work is proof that it does. Even with my cheating, I saw my nephrologist last week and he checked my labs from the previous week-I had nothing out of range!!

He runs a complete metabolic panel, a complete blood count, a urinalysis, Uric acid, PTH+Calcium, Phos+Magnesium all which came out great and I got an A+!!

I plan to start posting again, even if it’s only weekly…I have a few other projects going on so we will see. Anyway, glad to be back after a short break, did you even miss me?

Do you know your macros? Or how to avoid Keto flu? Have a sample meal plan? Maybe these will be some ideas for future posts if that interests you. Have a fabulous Tuesday and get back on that wagon!

Share Some Lemon with Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Making lemony fat bombs with cream cheese is easy with my Cuisinart stick blender

We all love chocolate, but it gets old after a while, am I right?! If you agree, you might like to share some lemon cheesecake fat bombs with your love this Valentine’s Day.

I have this cute little heart-shaped silicone mold that makes the perfect, pretty, presentation for these delicious lemon cheesecake fat bombs. Portable, shareable, and sure to delight that lemon lover in your life.

I found this recipe on Pinterest at Cookpadrecipes.com and tweaked it a little to make it more lemony, and add some lemongrass essential oil into my life. I always take the opportunity to add essential oils into my cooking to support my immune system.

I like to use Dr Axe’s brand of lemongrass essential oil because I trust his product (actually called Ancient Apothecary) to be quality tested, 100% pure and therapeutic grade.

Also, to make mixing the fat bombs easier, I used my handy Cuisinart Stick Blender which makes the job take about three minutes and delivers a smooth, creamy product.

Then, I just spooned enough of the mixture into the molds to fill them to the top, set the silicone mold on a small tray and put them in the freezer to harden. That will take a few hours to overnight.

Here is the recipe with my simple tweaks:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granular sweetener (like Pyure)
  • 2 tablespoons pure lemon juice (not from concentrate)
  • 1 TBSP finely grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp of lemon extract

That’s it! Mix well after softening the butter and cream cheese to room temperature and spoon into the molds. If you have any left over, either eat it right then, spoon into cupcake silicone molds and top with sugar-free whipped cream for an after dinner treat, or use any other molds you might have to make more fat bombs.

Here is what the end product looks like:

Pretty right? Surprise your love with this lemony treat, sugar-free yet satisfying with 0.5 grams of carbs and less than 60 calories per piece!