June is National Dairy Month

In an effort to get people to drink more milk, National Milk Month was introduced in the late 1930's. Since that time, it has grown to encompass more than just milk. Each June, National Dairy Month spotlights food made with dairy and the farmers who produce them. However, there an the elephant in the room. And it's not just about dairy. It's about our disconnect to our food and where it comes from. The Washington Post recently reported that 16.4 million Americans believed chocolate milk came from brown cows. The article goes on to say, "When one team of researchers interviewed fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at an urban California school, they found that more than half of them didn’t know

Essential Oils 102: Basics & Use

In our first blog on essential oils, we highlighted the differences between essential oils and tinctures/extracts. We learned that tinctures and extracts are herbal remedies made for internal use, and the process of extraction is vastly different. Essential oils have become quite trendy in the U.S. With hardly any published research and studies on the subject, many who are interested in learning more, do so through anecdotal stories. Essential Oils 102 seeks to give a background on basics. Have essential oils been around or is this a new trend? Essential oils have been used for centuries as a perfume. "Eau de Cologne, for example, which was created in the 18th century, contained the distille

Essential Oils 101: Difference Between Essential Oils and Tinctures and Extracts

When I was in my early 20's, I started making bath and body products with a friend. We would experiment in her country kitchen like cooks concocting an old folk recipe. Her kitchen counter would be covered with funnels, tubes, bottles, essential oils, droppers, and dried herbs. Her knowledge of herbs and oils was far beyond anything I had learned thus far, and as an unofficial apprentice, she reignited my passion for learning more about natural remedies. Over time, I started taking at home and online classes on herbs and essential oils, growing my own herbs, and adding dozens of books to my home library. What essential oils are and how they are used can be a source of conflicting information

Invigorating Essential Oil Blend

Boost your mental awareness and energy levels with this combination of essential oils. Add them to a carrier oil in a roller bottle and you can take it with you wherever you travel this summer. Ingredients : 3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil* Sweet Almond or liquid Coconut Oil Preparation : Drop the essential oils into a dark glass roller bottle. Fill the bottle with the carrier oil. Shake well. Leave to synergize for 24 hours in a dark space. Shake before use. Use : Roll onto pulse points and breathe in. *Rosemary has been known to trigger seizures for some people. Do not use if concerned.

What is Collagen?

Not so long after bone broth took the spotlight, collagen made a comeback. While insiders have seen this as a natural progression, many are wondering what the hype is about and what collagen is. It's no surprise that bone broth fans are also collagen fans. Many health food shoppers, or those who watch for new natural beauty products in the marketplace, have heard the buzz about collagen's skin support components, particularly elasticity. Dr. Josh Axe, a burgeoning figure in the supplement marketplace, devotes an entire article to Collagen. "Collagen," he says, "also reduces cellulite and stretch marks. When skin loses its elasticity as a result of decreased collagen, there’s another side eff

Fabulous Hot Sauce Fajitas

Ingredients: 1/2 lb flank steak, cut thin 1 medium onion 1 bell pepper 1 large tomato 3 tablespoons TorchBearer #7 Sultry Hot Sauce salt and pepper to taste 8 large soft tortillas 4 tablespoons oil Directions: Cut onion, pepper and tomato into thin wedges and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add flank steak, #7 Sultry Sauce, 2 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper to taste and toss gently. On a high heat, place oil in a large skillet. Toss a small portion of mixed meat and vegetables and cook on high heat, stir occasionally. When meat is cooked, place in a serving bowl and repeat steps 4 and 5 until all of the veggies and meat are cooked. Heat 4 soft tortillas at a time in a microwave betwee

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