Ginger Chews

Therapeutic Thursday

I have been taking a course offered through Vintage Remedies. They shared a recipe that sounded great and gingerly. Ginger Chews. I had to try. It did not disappoint.

Why ginger chews? Ginger has anti-inflammatory benefits.It aids in reducing inflammation with both arthritic and respiratory. This root also supports a healthy digestive system and reduces nausea and vomiting.

Here’s the ingredients:

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I weighed the ginger to be slightly over the 1 ounce to account for peeling the root. I then chopped up the ginger. The first batch I did fine, but medium to course will work just fine.

Set up the cooling dish by lightly oiling the bottom of a loaf pan with coconut oil. I used a 9×9 pan, if a loaf pan isn’t handy. Then add parchment paper over the bottom and oil the paper with coconut oil. Now, we’re ready to make the chews.

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The first process is infusing the ginger in the coconut oil. My first batch I did on medium heat and the ginger turned brown to dark brown. It didn’t affect the taste, but the color of the chews were darker. The second batch I heated the oil and ginger on a low temperature and the color of the chews was more tan than brown. You’re just warm up the oil. You will need to heat the oil with ginger for 20 minutes…just watch it and stir as on occasion.  Enjoy yourself at this stage, the smell of ginger is heavenly.

4After 20 minutes, take the pan off the heat and strain the ginger out of the oil. Combine the organic sugar and honey with the oil and bring to boil using a medium to high heat.  Enjoy yourself at this stage, the smell of ginger is heavenly.

5This is where you need the candy thermometer, you need to bring the temperature of the mixture  up to 245º (soft-ball stage).  Enjoy yourself at this stage, the smell of ginger is heavenly.

6Take the mixture and pour in the prepared pan. Let it cool to set up.

8Each batch can make up to 32 squares. I used a pizza cutter and had better success than cutting with a knife. After it’s cut in squares, wrap them in wax paper. Did I already say, enjoy yourself at this stage, the smell of ginger is heavenly.

Ginger Chews

Store in mason jar or air tight container for up to six weeks. I don’t know if I should be honest and say my family loved them so much we went through one batch in one day. You’ll probably see visions of a wild and crazy group hyped-up on ginger…well you’d be right.  So, I hid the second batch. 

So, got ginger? Are you gonna try? Please share, if you do. I would love to hear about your experience.

 

Bath Bombs

Therapeutic Thursday

Bath BombsHere is a recipe that I have come to enjoy immensely when I have a bath. Okay, for those that know me know that baths are my thing. So, if you like baths as much as I do; here is the bomb for bath enjoyment. You  will wonder how you lived without them.

You will need:

  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup oil (almond oil, olive oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, etc.)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite or combination of essential oil(s)
  • Silicone mold or ice trays

Ingredients

  1. In a bowl, place citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, and oil.
  2. Add 8-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice.
  3. Mix well with a spoon or with your hands until a soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. At this point you could also add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to the mixture. If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and corn starch until the consistency is right
  4. Put the mixture into a silicone mold. Let it sit for at least 24 hours before removing from mold.
  5. The bath bombs are ready to use once they are completely dry. To use, just drop them in the tub/shower until they dissolve.

Choose the EO that speaks to you and makes everything right in your world. If you’re new to essential oils, here are some recommendations to try if you looking for support in:

  • Calming use Geranium and Lavender
  • Self-confidence use Balance and Frankincense
  • Mind clarity use Lemon and Rosemary
  • Relaxation use Bergamot and Lavender
  • Motivation use Rosemary and Peppermint
  • Sleep use Lavender, Vetiver and Marjoram
  • Rejuvenating use Frankincense and Rosemary
  • Muscle Mender use Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage

The BALLS have IT!

Therapeutic Thursday

I’ve mentioned before my quest to rid my life of chemicals. Well, since I loathe static cling on my clothes, I figured dryer sheet would always be apart of my life. Well guess what! I’m tossing the sheets from the dryer to the garbage. I found a solution! Wool balls solve it.

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For the past month now, I’ve been using wool balls in my dryer. It prevents static cling. Honest! I know, I’m still amazed about it as you probably are. But…it really works. And they’re really easy to make.

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So, we start with pure wool yarn. I was only able to find it at JoAnn’s. Walmart has 90% wool, but we need pure wool. So, if you know of another source that sells pure wool yarn in this area, please share and leave it in the comments below. Yarn color didn’t matter to me, so I just purchased what was on sale. I bought four skeins at $3.97 each bringing the project total to $15.88. (I am not really that fast at math; it took me a few minutes to add this…and I had to use a calculator.) This made four balls — a skein of yarn for each ball — just in case you missed that. Hey listen, I state the obvious because I’m usually the one missing the obvious. I digress.

Continuing on with the project, I rolled each skein of yarn into a ball. This was somewhat fun — I live with low expectations for my life. In fact, this brought back memories of getting ready for a past project. A project that would sit unfinished for years until I finally couldn’t take anymore and gave it away to the thrift store. Okay. So, the memories this activity brought wasn’t so pleasant, but this experience turned out different. This could be life changing!

Crochet hook

Using a crochet hook, I pulled the end of the yarn through the middle of the ball to secure it tight. And that’s the beauty of this project — we’re almost done!

Place balls in an old nylon stocking with knots between each ball.

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Wash the balls in the clothes washer. It’s OKAY — you can wash the wool — we won’t tell. Then dry the set of balls in your dryer. Boy, we’re breaking all the rules here!

When completely dry, cut out the balls out of the nylon and you’re set to go. I store these in a large glass jar on my dryer.

How to use them

With each use, apply 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball and place in dryer with a load of clothes. I promise this will work. In fact, the research claimed to even reduce drying time on your laundry load. Cool! Nifty and thrifty!

The only problem I’ve had with the balls is I have adult children living with me. Need I say more? Well actually they’ve saved me more times than I can count. However, they do their own laundry and sometimes I have to hunt down the balls.

Please let me know if you use these or if you’re intrigued and “gotta” try them. Please put comments below. I would love to hear about your experience.

Chemical-free

Therapeutic Thursday

LaundryNow before you begin to wonder if this is an AA or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting, chemical-free in this post does not mean drugs, but the toxic chemicals that is sold on the grocery selves to us everyday, specifically—cleaning products. Yes, I said it! Cleaning products are bad and toxic. Now, this isn’t a get-out-of-jail free card to get out of cleaning…although if you are anything like me, I wouldn’t need the free card. In fact, I am a minimalist in this area—hands down. Yes, I said it!

Last night I held a Make & Take workshop on DIY cleaning solutions. I have been doing baby steps to move away from chemicals and minimize their use in my life. I have to admit, I have been pleasantly surprised how great these recipes work.

Highlighting just a few in this post, I will start with the laundry. I have made my own laundry crystals for the past year now. They work just as well as the name brands in the store and cost considerably less. I talked about this in an earlier post here. The laundry detergent, my daughter started making and then I have just taken it over. Here is what you need:

  • 2 c Borax
  • 2 c Washing Soda
  • 1 c baking soda
  • 1 bar grated Castile Soap Bar
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients and put in an airtight container. This recipe comes from DrAxe.com. Prior to finding this recipe, I was using ZOTE bars or flakes. The flakes are large and had a hard time getting through the washer dispenser. So, it may be best, in whatever soap option you choose, to go with the bars and use a small grate. I did find another way to break up the soap bar. Cut the bars into four pieces and microwave on high for 1 minute. It takes several minutes for the pieces to cool, but then the pieces can be broken down into almost a powder. I found this took more time, but crushing the pieces of soap between your fingers was quite therapeutic…especially after a rough day at work of dealing with difficult people…YES, therapeutic indeed.

So any supermarket will have the first three ingredients here in southern Utah’s Dixie. Walmart of course is going to be the cheapest for the first two, but Costco has baking soda—CHEAP. The Castile soap bars are sold at Natures Market and Dixie Nutrition. It runs about $7 per bar. On walmart.com, another option is “Kirks” Castile brand for only $3.97 a bar and free shipping if you ship it to the store of you choosing. They are stocked in various scents, but with using the essential oils, I took the unscented. The recipe calls for specific oils, but any essential oils you are drawn to will work…go for the HAPPY on this. As rumor has it, (and I have found this to be true) citrus oils are a great stain, grease lifter and the scent is energizing. Anything to help through those loads of laundry, right?

If you would like a copy of the compiled recipes I made, I will be happy to send you a copy— just IM me through one of my social media sites. The recipes are not my own, but just ones I have collected and found them to be worthy of inclusion.

How about you? Do you make your own laundry detergent? Please share in the comments…especially, if you have any helpful tips you have discovered. I would love to hear them!