The Power of Peppermint Essential Oil

Have you ever experienced the power of Peppermint Essential oil? How do you use it in your daily routine? Have you ever tried direct inhalation?

When I need a quick pick-me-up, or I just want to focus on my writing in the mornings, sure I grab a cuppa joe. However, Peppermint Essential oil is a fast, effective way to accomplish the same thing.

What if you don’t like coffee? Well I can’t imagine, yet I’ve found the next best thing is to start by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil in my hands, then I add a drop of Peppermint Essential oil and directly inhale the sweet, minty aroma.

Just don’t get it near your eyes! You will not be seeing clearly for a while, I promise you!

Instantly it opens my nasal passages, awakens my senses, and before my cuppa joe is ready, I’m alert and raring to go! Careful application on the forehead helps clear brain fog too.

Peppermint Essential oil has many other uses and benefits as well. It repels insects, relieves IBS symptoms, tension headaches and more.

I never want to be out of this helpful essential oil. I get mine from The Sunflower Shoppe where Pranarom essential oils are sold. You can also get it online through Rosemary’s Garden.

As far as I know, there have been no negative side effects from using Peppermint Essential oil in this manner. Check with your doctor or aromatherapist to be sure it’s safe in your own case.

Regardless of what my disclaimer says, I have never made one thin dime promoting any of these products, brands, or shops. I’m just sharing useful information based on my own experiences.

I am not a doctor or an aromatherapist, however, I follow the teachings of gurus like Mark Sisson and Dr Josh Axe. Check out their websites to find out what they say about essential oils and how to use them.

Back in 2014, I started listening to and reading all about stories and studies having to do with all kinds of essential oils. When I started experimenting with them myself, one of the first kinds I used was Peppermint Essential oil.

I found it had the power to energize me, help me focus, I could make my own toothpaste, pain-relieving rubs, and more. It makes a wonderful smelling sugar scrub! Use that on your feet after a long, hard day!

Of course, you only want to use high quality, essential oils that have undergone rigorous testing for purity, especially if you plan to use them internally like me. I have used Peppermint Essential oil in my home made peppermint fat bombs…yummy!

I trust the Pranarom brand because I have been using it for years with no side effects. I am monitored as many of you know, by a nephrologist and other specialists, they all approve and encourage my use of essential oils. My labs always look great!

I also use some of Dr Axe’s brand of essential oils, his are the Ancient Nutrition brand. I trust the quality of his oils as well, and The Sunflower Shoppe does too, otherwise they would not be selling them in their health food stores.

You can purchase his brand on his website, Amazon, and at The Sunflower Shoppe. Since I save shipping, I try to get mine at The Sunflower Shoppe when I can get out there-it’s about a 25 minute drive from my house.

Pranarom Peppermint essential oil is 100% pure, certified organic, by USDA and EcoCert. It’s origin is India and its primary constituents are monoterpenols, ketones, monotepnenes, menthol, and menthone.

As far as the Ancient Nutrition Brand, I have tried grapefruit, coffee, and lemon essential oils. They are all great and work just as well. Did you even know there was such a thing as Coffee Essential oil?

Read up on whichever oils interest you, they all have specific uses yet can be mixed together too, depending on which ones you choose. You can make your own diffuser blends with Peppermint oil, Frankincense, Lemongrass, and Sweet Orange.

If you don’t have a diffuser, I suggest purchasing one, they have come down significantly in price. Or, just try the direct inhalation method-it works really well! Either way, you will enjoy the refreshing, minty aroma that Peppermint Essential oil imparts.

They even make car diffusers now so you can have your scent on the go!

One could even grow their own peppermint plant, use the leaves in a variety of ways like infusing your water, adding to salads, or freshen your tea!

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Kimmy’s Keto Candy-Butterfinger Fat Bombs

Filling the molds

So I adapted a recipe yesterday from Kimspired DIY‘s site where she did a low carb, keto version of Butterfinger fat bombs-and I made a couple of changes.

This easy, no-bake, sugar-free recipe will have your tastebuds tingling with delight! If you like chocolate, peanut butter, and pecans, you are in the right place!

I took her recipe and modified it to what I had on hand, as per usual. Where she called for chopped peanuts, I used pecans.

My dad has about 7 pecan trees so I have bags of unshelled pecans I’ve been trying to shell and use up. Plus, I needed a small recipe to make so I could check the status of my almond flour again.

Previously I did a post where a recipe I made failed, I wasn’t sure if it was the baking soda or the almond flour? Well, I discovered after tasting my creation yesterday-almond flour is fine!

Where she used Lily’s chocolate chips, I used Aldi’s dark chocolate chips-they are pretty low in carbs and sugar, so I didn’t think the tiny bit that’s on each fat bomb would matter much.

As long as you don’t go crazy and eat more than one at a time, I mean this is supposed to help curb your sweet cravings, not replace a meal! So mindful snacking, please!

Everything else about her recipe is the same, although I may not have measured accurately on the cream cheese, they turned out yummy just the same.

Here is the recipe the way I did it:

  • 2 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 C Low carb peanut butter-I used this
  • 2 Tbsp. Pyure granulated (I didn’t have any keto confectioner’s sugar) sweetener
  • 1/2 C almond flour-Baker’s Corner-(Aldi brand)
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped pecans
  • 1/4 C Baker’s Corner-(Aldi brand)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil-any brand as long as it’s unrefined (I use Tropical Plantation)
  • silicone candy molds

A note about coconut oil. As long as you use unrefined, virgin, chemical-free (preferably cold-pressed) coconut oil, you can use any brand.

I use any brand of cream cheese as well. Most of the time, I get mine from Walmart, Aldi, or Win-co. Cream cheese is one of those “good fats” you can have on Keto.

Ok, the directions are so simple. Mix everything but your chocolate chips and coconut oil in a medium-size bowl, press the mixture into silicone candy mold leaving room for the chocolate layer. Set molds in the freezer while you melt the chocolate.

Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil and spoon on top of frozen mixture, then set back in the freezer for at least an hour. Pop them out and store back in the freezer for quick snacks.

Once removed from molds this is what they look like!

Easy peasy, right?!!

Give them a try and tell me what you think about them. To me, they still taste closer to Reese’s than Butterfinger but hey, you’re eating keto candy so…that’s something!

Companies That Give Back

Screenshot of their page

Did you know that Brandless and also Thrive Causemetics are two companies that give back in some way, every time you make a purchase?

Let’s talk about Brandless first, I have ordered a box from them before as you know from this post.

Through their partnership with Feeding America, every order placed with Brandless provides a meal for people in need. That’s awesome!

Brandless has products that provide wellness, clean your house, products for your baby, pet supplies, and lots of other unexpected values and items. You pay less because there is no brand name, yet the products are high quality.

Every order also includes a free gift! When you share with others, you receive a discount as well!

They even started offering CBD products! I have not tried them yet, but I am curious. All the products were winners that came in my box, except for the maple glazed almonds…way too sweet for me.

It just makes me feel good to order from a company that gives something back, how about you? You also get free shipping on orders over $48 or more.

Next on my list is Thrive Causemetics. The name says it all. For every order you place with them, they donate a portion to several different causes like homelessness, domestic abuse victims, and women veterans.

Screenshot of their page

All of their products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, with no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or fragrance.

Their cause was started by founder and CEO Karissa Bodnar who wants to make a big impact through the giving of the company’s products and earnings.

For her birthday the company made the biggest donation yet, $30,000,000 of products to charities benefitting women in need.

Their partners in giving include Ronald McDonald House Charities, Hope House, Jovenes, Lydia Place, 2Lives2Cure and more.

They have been featured in many magazines including People, Forbes, Refinery29, Fashionista, Insider Beauty, Marie Claire and more.

When you make a purchase, they give the same product or a monetary donation to women fighting cancer, women surviving domestic abuse, emerging from homelessness, and women veterans during and after military service.

My purchase of semi-permanent eye liner and Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara proved to me the quality of the products, I love them! The cool thing is knowing that my purchase not only helped me, but someone else in need!

The final company I want to mention is I Heart Dogs. Every purchase made through their site benefits dogs in shelters through an assortment of give-back programs. They feed shelter dogs, donate toys to shelters, pair companion dogs with veterans and so much more.

A screenshot of their page

Check out their site, make a donation, or buy one of their awesome products and you will be helping not only dogs, but veterans and the shelters that care for so many dogs around the nation.

They offer products for pups as well as pup lovers! Toys, treats, supplements and more. T-shirts, jewelry, garden décor, home goods, and drinkware too!

They have been featured in Buzzfeed, Reader’s Digest, and HGTV! They are also partnered with GreaterGood.Org.

I sincerely hope you give these companies a try, let me know what you think, or if you’ve ever tried them before, leave a review! PS: I am not getting any kind of compensation for this post, just sharing the information.

What’s the Problem With These Biscuits?

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Maybe you can help me solve a mystery today. What’s the problem with these biscuits I made last night??

I was craving some bread after my hubby made this fabulous dinner of beef stroganoff and they were eating what I could not…cheesy garlic bread.

So, I scoured Pinterest for a low carb version and came up with these delicious sounding Cheddar Biscuits like Red Lobster makes-using almond flour of course!

I followed the given recipe, yet frowned when it called for 1 Tablespoon of baking powder. Maybe I should have trusted my instincts, they turned out beautiful-but bitter!

I was so disappointed!! You don’t know how badly I wanted that bread and how so looking forward to something delicious I had been. I almost cried. Now I have to pitch the whole lot.

That’s a waste of expensive ingredients, I know us cooks have failed experiments and that’s just part of the process but…ouch! Whether you grind your own or buy a bag, almond flour is pricey!

Now, I guess it’s possible that the almond flour was bad, yet it had been in the refrigerator, not even opened yet. It was an off brand that I got from Aldi, but fresh.

Normally I buy the brand in the link above, yet this time I replaced what I’d used once before with the same thing. I don’t think it was the culprit though.

I’ve included pictures of the recipe and my final product. You tell me…what went wrong?? They were so pretty too. 🙁

Found this on Pinterest

All the ingredients I used were new and fresh except the baking powder. Not sure if it’s old, or if the quantity was just too much, just want to understand why they were bitter!

I know I have been away for a while, I’m considering scrapping my whole site since I have not had the time lately to post. The internet is saturated with keto blogs now anyway.

I’m about to be unemployed again (even though I was only working part-time, I still need the money), so I need to get serious about my goals and really try to earn a living through my writing.

Should I keep it? Change it again? Write about something entirely new? I’m open to suggestions here, I know, I do this every year don’t I? What can I say, New Year, new aspirations.

I got a new journal for Christmas, a prayer journal, and my hubby is remodeling the office and buying me a new desk for my Christmas present!

I had him paint it cream and lavender-it’s going to be lovely when he is done and hopefully, inspiring!!

Well, I hope you can help me solve the mystery! I also want to wish you all a Happy New Year whatever your plans, stay alive, don’t drink and drive PLEASE!!!

Love you all, goodbye 2019 and good riddance! JK, I guess it wasn’t ALL bad.

Need an Easy Autumn Keto Dessert?

My latest effort was so much more creamy after whipping the ingredients

I have found an easy Autumn Keto dessert that would be perfect any time of day. I even eat it for breakfast some mornings!

It only has 2.8g of carbs, boasts 11g of fat, tastes creamy, delicious, and satisfies that pumpkin craving you surely have at this time of the year.

What is it? It’s called Mini Keto Pumpkin Cheesecakes and I adapted it from a recipe on Pinterest by Kasey Trenum’s blog.

It’s a very easy recipe made with cream cheese, canned pumpkin, egg, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and Swerve sweetener.

I love that my silicone muffin liners make these so easy to pop right out after refrigeration, then I just top them with sugar-free whipped cream!

I halved the recipe which makes 6 tiny cheesecakes, plenty for sharing or hogging all to myself, lol.

If you don’t have whipped cream or don’t want to take the time to make any, Vanilla Bean Halo Top works pretty well too!

A smidge Of Vanilla Bean Halo Top compliments the cheesecake

The fat content keeps you satisfied all morning or evening, whenever you decide to partake! This would also be a great filling for an almond flour crust.

The first time I tried this recipe, I hand mixed the ingredients. It was still delicious but not as creamy as the 2nd time when I whipped them. Y’all!!

Doesn’t this look delicious?

16 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup Swerve sweetener

2eggs

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1T pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp vanilla

Now remember, I halved this recipe. The next step is to whip all the ingredients and pour into silicone lined muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Refrigerate after cooling. Pop one out and top with your choice of low-carb topping and enjoy! 😋

Autumn is the Perfect Time for Soup

https://medium.com/@kimsmyth/autumn-is-the-perfect-time-for-soup-e154d7377b21

Click on the above link for a tasty version of a keto fat bomb soup-originally published on Medium

2019 North Texas Walk for PKD

I’m making it easy for you to donate in my team’s name this year! Just click on the link, enter my name (Kim Smyth) in the Box (find an individual) and your donation will count towards my team fundraising goal.

Register and fundraise for your local Walk for PKD. A cure is our finish line!
— Read on pkdfoundation.salsalabs.org/2019walkforpkd-northtexas/index.html

Thank you all in advance, by now you know that my mother passed in 2014 from complications of her PKD and that I also have it. Luckily, I am not symptomatic yet, and take preventive measures to stay that way!

Millions aren’t so lucky though and have to have transplants or suffer through years of dialysis like my mom did. She was on it for over 18 years!

Please give whatever you’re comfortable with, every little bit helps and again, thanks so much, I appreciate it and so does the foundation!

Almond Flour Makes the Difference!

What a difference my second attempt at Keto Bagels using Fathead dough was since I used Almond flour, which I didn’t have the first time!

I actually found a cheaper brand of almond flour at Aldi! A 1lb bag from Baker’s Corner, 6 carbs (per 1/4 cup), gluten free, cost $6.99!

On my first attempt seen here, I used flax and egg to sub for the absence of almond flour. I kept the rest of the recipe the same, yet they came out tiny but still tasty.

This time, I measured everything carefully, used almond flour, egg, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, baking powder and followed the directions to the letter.

BOOM! These bagels came out of the oven beautifully browned, large, dense, almost like ciabatta instead of a bagel. The cheese also lends a sourdough like flavor.

Keto bagels fresh from the oven using Fathead dough

If you are following a Keto diet (or lifestyle like me) and you’ve been missing bread, these bagels are just the ticket! I only eat a half at a time and I’m totally full.

Today I paired an egg cup with half a bagel, slathered in grass-fed butter and some sugar-free strawberry preserves I made on Monday. YUM!!

This time I used the recipe from Fit Mom Journey and maybe that made a difference too. Now, I don’t know if the macros are for a whole or half bagel but they are this:

292 calories, 25g of fat, 4.5 net carbs, 14 g of protein.

Let me know if you have given these a try or even would! Do you indulge in bread once in a while as long as you make it yourself?

I have other go-to breads as well, like 90 second Keto bread and more. Check out my Pinterest page for other great ideas!

The Need to Grow Part II

This morning I watched a very important film called The Need to Grow and immediately went on a crusade to share it with the world.

It hit me so profoundly that I want to help in whatever small way that I can, so for me being a blogger, writer, and freelancer, my way is sharing the news.

Why should you care?

Do you know where your food comes from? Do you care whether the food you eat is poisoned or at least tainted by GMOs and pesticides? What about your kids and theirs?

Do you realize that if we keep going the way we are, we will run out of healthy soil and will not be able to farm at all???

I blogged about this over on my other blog Words on a Page and then I shared that blog on all of my social media channels (except Instagram) (only because I don’t know how yet)

I’m going to share it here too, just in case you don’t want to go visit my other blog-here is the link:

https://grow.foodrevolution.org/?orid=730769&opid=314&inf_contact_key=4ca7370c9436c36cdb7a422d3ad473fdd18a532c4142cb79caf2b269de1401fa

I have a head start at least if I plan to make some changes at home. I recycle. I grow indoor herbs and vegetables that can be moved outside for a starter garden.

I can make a vow here and now that you can help me be accountable for, I will try.

I have pets and other challenges, but if I can do a vertical garden, that will work well! Plus, my husband won’t have to mow around my garden.

Or, maybe I tell him my plan and he even HELPS me grow a garden. I mean, he has recently jumped on the “get healthy” bandwagon too!

He eats better, exercises almost every day, works out with weights, he has dropped from 206 to 177 in just three months!! I hate him (just kidding) but I AM jelly!!

Together, we can do our part to help change the planet by changing our thinking. Industrial farming is killing us. Monsanto knows this, yet they don’t stop their way of farming.

This film is the answer to the problem in the movie Idiocracy-unfortunately, it’s all coming true!! Go watch it again if you don’t believe me!

We can also start supporting our local farmer’s markets, stop shopping at Walmart for our produce, although that will be a challenge for me. I’d rather grow my own than convince the hubs to stop going to Walmart. 😉

Please take just one hour out of your day to watch this ground-breaking film, everyone has to eat, so everyone should be part of the solution.

Let me know your thoughts and ideas after you watch it please!!

How to Make Peanut Butter Bread

Have you ever tried peanut butter bread? Did you know how easy it is to make?

How about how easy is it to screw it up? Ok, maybe I didn’t totally ruin it, it was edible, warm with some cream cheese slathered on it.

Peanut butter bread and an egg cup-my breakfast today!

Here’s what I did wrong. First, I added baking powder when it called for baking soda.

It still rose, however, I have to wonder if it affected the taste. Second, I only added one packet of Pyure sweetener, I should have tried a 1/4 c of Swerve Confectioners.

Now, I think the three eggs and the natural peanut butter and its oil contributed to the moistness, so that part was good.

Plus, it’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that this is just another alternative bread. I expected sweetness, and after tasting it, I feel it would be better sweet.

Maybe that’s just me and my sweet tooth, but to me, peanut butter bread sounds like it should be at least a little bit sweet. Then cream cheese would have been good.

Think how yummy cream cheese and sugar-free jelly would be on it. Maybe even butter and the SF jelly/jam.

Baking soda would have improved texture, baking powder worked to make it rise I guess

Anyhow, I got the recipe in Melissa Thorsby’s Hot and Healthy Keto Group on Facebook.

Here is the recipe:

PEANUT BUTTER BREAD

Ingredients:

• 1 cup smooth peanut butter

• 3 large eggs

• 1 tbsp vinegar

• 1/2 tsp baking soda

• 1 tsp granular sweetener

DIRECTIONS:

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 3 inch x 5-inch mini loaf pans. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients.

Hand whisk or use mixer to mix until everything is smooth.

2) Divide batter equally between the two loaf pans. Bake for about 25 minutes until breads are fully cooked or toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let breads cool before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1 slice or 1/12 of recipe)

Calories 154

Fat 13g

Carbohydrates 5g

Protein 7g

Net Carbs 3g

(I took this info off the group page to share with you here)