This morning started out with a happy accident of sorts, as I reached for the Coffee essential oil, I grabbed Lemon essential oil instead, this went into my coffee, y’all!
You know what though? It wasn’t horrible! Nope, actually, it kind of lightened up the flavor a bit and took away some of the bitterness coffee has.
I drank it all no problem. I drink bulletproof coffee anyway, so there were plenty of other things going on that helped cover the strong lemon taste. Like coconut oil.
Know why I put all those things in my coffee? First off, creamers are chock full of sugar.
The second reason is because the ingredients I use in my coffee promote energy, focus, and appetite suppression.
Butter (grass-fed) also goes in my coffee. Ceylon cinnamon too. Then I add some stevia for sweetness with no sugar, and no rise in blood sugar either. Safe for diabetics.
Coconut oil is essential because it has medium chain triglycerides (there’s now a shortcut in a specially made oil) which is an easily digestible fat. A good for you fat.
I had been using Ancient Nutrition Coffee essential oil in my coffee for a while, just as a flavor booster, and it sits next to other essential oils on my shelf. That is how this happy accident happened.
Now, if you were to try an experiment with essential oils and your coffee, let me suggest a different oil than lemon next time. However, if you feel froggy…
Some good ones to try might be Wild orange, peppermint, cardamom, cinnamon bark, or lavender. I have not tried any of these yet, I have sweet orange and peppermint though.
All essential oils provide benefits so you would only be enhancing the flavor and performance of your morning cuppa joe.
Do your research, buy quality essential oils from reputable sources, and let me know what you think if you give one a try. I’m sure the lemon gave me a much-needed boost of energy, it’s good for that sort of thing!
(Just so you know, I am not advocating or selling one brand of essential oil, and no one is sponsoring this post.)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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