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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.

CBD Oil-Busting Myths

CBD Oil-Busting Myths

You know, originally, I was not going to do a blog post on CBD today, I was going to talk about the delicious Keto Balls I made at the Girls Party the other day. However, it has been brought to my attention via Facebook, that I think I “know it all” when it comes to CBD, all because a couple of girls are talking about it and I suggested a local store where she could purchase a quality product. I AM an alternative health blogger after all, and now I feel I have to defend myself, so today I’m going to put out some facts and bust some myths in an effort to not only prove I know what I’m talking about, but keep my friends and family safe by not putting inferior products into their bodies (which I guess these gals think I do.) The person in question suggested that what I was buying was NOT CBD Oil because you clearly cannot get a quality product with no additives and/or fillers from a local shop. What???? I’m here to tell you, she is wrong! She is obviously being brainwashed by the person she is talking to who only wants her to think her product is the be-all-end-all when it comes to CBD. Her product is HEMPWORX by the way, more on that later in this post.

Many companies have jumped on the CBD bandwagon in the last 1-2 years, it’s true, because of the growing popularity, the availability, the fact that it is legal, and they all have their marketing tricks. That is why it is important to always do your own research before you purchase and consume said products!

If you follow me, and I sincerely hope you do, you know that I switched from smoking to vaping about four years ago. After that discovery, I learned about CBD oil and it’s wonderful benefits and found that some brands made CBD oil you can vape, soon I was on a quest to find a quality vape oil with the best, lab tested, most pure, “Plant Only” product I could find. So, I did my research like any good blogger should. As a result, I not only found a few great online companies, I found one of those companies sells their product to local vape shops and I was in heaven! I got my hands on it asap and started enjoying the benefits immediately.

The first company I went with (which I have already blogged on in the past) was Blue Moon Hemp who I trust completely because they provide proof on their website of the rigorous testing they put their products through. You can even view the complete breakdown of what their CBD consists of under the resources tab for their COA-(Certificate of Analysis). They make all sorts of different products, tinctures, balms, gummies, pet products and vape oil, but I only wanted to try the vape oil at the time. I used that product, tried different flavors and slowly increased my dosage until I found the strength that worked for me, which is the preferred method. My favorite flavor is Flan btw, for those of you who care. Black Kat is also quite yummy and tastes like sweet cereal milk.

After a while, I noticed a local CBD Oil shop while driving through Colleyville. My husband and I went in and enjoyed her wide array of products, her friendly and helpful attitude, what she did not know, she provided us with the product’s website and info so we could do our own research. She had several different brands and products but again, I was only interested in what I could vape, (I have really limited myself, I have to admit) yet she gave us a sample of one of her balms and talked me into trying a tincture instead. It was ok, I didn’t really like the taste and I just prefer vaping, as it delivers the product the quickest into your system.

What Is CBD? What are it’s benefits? Can it get you High? Will you pass a drug test? How do you know what strength to use?

Let’s answer some of these questions and bust through some of the myths.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive Phytocannabinoid compound (one of hundreds) found in the hemp plant. It may be supplied as a oil containing just CBD as the active ingredient with no THC or terpenes in a variety of different ways. Because it has no THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) it will not “get you high.” There are other CBD products containing THC in small doses and those are still illegal as they are classed as Schedule 1 drugs that come from cannabis. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species grown for industrial uses like fiber, paper, clothing, food, biofuel and more. Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp come from the same plant there are distinct strains with unique phytochemical compositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of CBD decreasing or eliminating it’s psychoactive effects. Cannabinoids attach themselves to receptors in the body producing certain effects.

What are the benefits?

The benefits vary because everyone’s physical make up is different, yet the most reported benefits among users seem to be the alleviation of anxiety, the promotion of sleep, and some studies suggest it can help stop seizures. The well-documented case of Charlottes Web helping a young girl who was having hundreds of seizures a day has brought the industry all of this acceptance. Some also claim it reduces pain, and can even fight cancer. (I make no health claims since I am not a doctor or certified specialist) Each person has to judge for themselves after careful research, trial, and error. CBD can be an alternative to anti-inflammatory and/or pain meds which is another reason it has become so popular. It might be a promising treatment for opioid addiction and those who want to stop smoking. Many studies also claim it helps symptoms of Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Will you fail or pass a drug test?

Again, you must do your research to ensure you buy CBD Oil that contains only CBD and no THC. That means you have to look at the laboratory analysis which is provided if the company is reputable. Blue Moon Hemp says on it’s website that they go the extra step of removing ALL of the THC from their product thus rendering testing positive for THC impossible. That is why I completely trust it.

How do you know who much or how little to use? What strength should you start at, etc?

While you should consider many things when answering this question, know that everyone is different, therefore there’s really no set answer, it’s more of a trial and error kind of thing. All the research suggests that if you are a beginner, you should start with a low dose and work your way up, again, I am not a health practitioner and cannot give out medical advice. I can only provide information based on my own research and what I have discovered through my own use. I started with 100mg (per bottle) of vape oil (in other words, I would have to vape al day every day til the bottle was gone to get 100mgs) slowly moved up to where I was when I last did it (which has been a while since both of my tanks are broken) which was 300mg (per bottle). Talk to the store owners, they should be knowledgeable about the products they are selling. Doctors are not trained to cover CBD so they can only recommend, not prescribe CBD. Even the Mayo clinic bases it’s suggestions for dosage on scientific research, publications, traditional use, and expert opinions. Check out the website cbdoilreview.org for specific dosage information compiled by the Mayo Clinic for various illnesses.

Ok, you’ve seen my review of Blue Moon Hemp and you can certainly check them out yourselves but what about HEMPWORX?

From everything I was able to gather, HEMPWORX is a MLM mostly interested in cash flow, not creating the best CBD on the market. One website said it was “Ok at best, but in no way, shape or form, was the best CBD oil on the market.” According to their review, they are overpriced and not the highest quality. While not exactly a Ponzi scheme, their main goal is to get affiliates to promote their products.
This is unfortunate for the lady in question that started all the Facebook hubbub. She is a victim of this company’s shady business practices.

The bottom line is, if you want to know more about CBD, talk to an expert…there are supposedly CBD doctors out there that can guide you and there’s also people like my blogger friend Roxie (The Oily Guru) who know the ins and outs of everything to do with essential oils and aromatherapy. She also knows a thing or two about other oils as well, including CBD! Check out this post.

I am not an affiliate of any CBD Oil or company, although I may consider becoming one!

*Disclosure: Mentions of associated products, services, or businesses within the content of this blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every case. I only choose to promote products, services, or businesses that I have used and/or trust.

Finally, A Porridge I Can Love!

Baby, it’s cold outside and that calls for a nice, hot bowl of tasty, low-carb porridge to warm you from the inside out! Finally, I have stumbled on one that I can love, made from almond flour, flax, egg, butter, and cream, with the texture I’ve been missing from cream of wheat.

Photo credit: Deryn Macey for Unsplash

I was searching through my Pinterest board, looking for a warm bowl of something tasty to make for breakfast, since it’s 29 degrees here in Texas this morning, when I saw it. A post from The Low Carb Maven about a porridge that’s simple, quick, and tastes just like the cream of wheat I used to eat back in the pre-Paleo, pre-Keto days.

She calls it just what it is, Almond Flour Porridge Breakfast Cereal (Low Carb, Keto, Paleo) and I was in such a rush to eat it, I totally forgot to take a picture of it! I’m a terrible blogger! (Just click the link for a photo.)

Since I can no longer eat oatmeal (and never was a fan anyway), I love the thought of a warm, buttery bowl of goodness like this here porridge provides. It is also important that it has the same mouth feel as cream of wheat, or malt-o-meal like I used to eat as a kid.

The recipe comes together quick, I opted for a mix it-microwave it til it’s ready version, but you can make it on the stove as well. I was in a rush. It still turned out perfect! It looked a little different in the bowl, yet tasted perfectly fine on my tongue.

Photo credit: Pixabay

My sweeteners were the only change to her recipe, as I don’t have any of the kind she mentioned. I always use Pyure brand Stevia and/or coconut sugar, in this case I used a little of both. She didn’t say, but I use Kerrygold grass-fed butter also. (Always!)

The link above will take you to the recipe, or my Pinterest board would, but if you’re in a rush and want it now, here it is:

Almond Flour Porridge

Ingredients:

3 T Sukrin Defatted Almond Flour

1T ground golden flax

pinch salt

3/4 C water

1 lg beaten egg

1T Sukrin Gold (or your favorite sweetener to taste)

1T heavy cream

(She added berries but I did not, totally up to you, just figure in the added carbs)

She also gives on the stove instructions, but I mixed everything into the beaten egg except the cream which I added later as the cereal started to thicken in the microwave. I cooked it in 45 second bursts until it was thick and hot.

Let me know your thoughts if you try it, oh, and one more thing of note; I used the almond flour I had on hand, and the flax too, which was brown…it turned out just as good. 😉

Keto Granola, Breakfast, Snack, or Dessert Topping?

How best to use this Keto Granola? For breakfast, snack, or dessert topping? However you want I say!

Good afternoon everyone and how are you? We are happy to see sunshine for the first day in a week or more! It’s been raining so much and cloudy for so long, I was about to succumb to depression.

I found this recipe for keto granola on Fat For Weight Loss and I absolutely love it! You should visit his site, he always has lots of great ideas and tips for great keto recipes. (Click on the link for the recipe)

I don’t know about you, but breakfast is honestly the hardest part of this diet (and getting enough fat) because I get bored with eggs pretty quick. Now I have a great tasting alternative that can be used for breakfast and a lot more!

I had everything I needed except the MCT oil and it still turned out terrific and tasted great. If it is still not sweet enough for you, just add a sprinkle of granulated Stevia to your bowl of granola and almond or coconut milk.

My favorite new breakfast! Keto granola with almond milk and maybe a few frozen blueberries!

It delivers that crunch we on the keto diet miss so much, the only thing I wished for was some raisins or craisins, the Paleo granola I used to make had dried fruit in it.

Do try this and tell me how you like it. It’s mainly nuts and seeds, mixed with butter, egg, and sugar free maple syrup, baked a few minutes in the oven to toast it and voila!

This granola can be used however you like it, snack out of the bag, in a bowl for breakfast with almond milk, or layered between low-carb yogurt in a parfait glass. Top your keto pudding or ice cream with it!

I keep mine in the fridge to keep it fresh and crispy. Freezer is fine too.

Also, I’m here to tell you I may be going radio silent for the next week, I’m off on my cruise tomorrow morning bight and early! An entire week y’all, I must say, I’m getting excited!