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Shake Things Up on St. Patrick's Day With Essential Oils

Shake Things Up on St. Patrick's Day With Essential Oils

Ah, St. Patrick's Day - hope you are wearing green!  It doesn't matter that we teach our children not to pinch, this day appears to be the exception. I made some cute shoes to wear this year.  I bought a cheap pair of canvas slip-ons for around $5.00, bought some shamrock stickers at the Dollar Store and stuck them all over those cheap shoes.  Then, I used Modge Podge for fabric and brushed it all over the shoes to cover the stickers.  TA-DA, shoes only the maker could love!  If you haven't guessed, I am also a teacher and we do this weird stuff and try to pretend the kids like it when it is really us.  

Kids associate St. Patrick's Day with leprechauns, rainbows and yep, pinching people for not wearing green. Try to explain that the feast day of Saint Patrick, a commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and throw in few, "driving the snakes out of Ireland," and "celebrating the death of St. Patrick," and you have totally lost most of a classroom.  Instead, we are making shamrocks, rainbow prisms and talking about little men with red hair in green suits.  Much more fun!  No snakes need to be involved at all. Maybe even searching for gold pieces (gold foiled candy) at recess.

At home, my own kids have the same enthusiasm. I don't even think they bothered to wear green today.  However, I am going to make things exciting for them anyways and make them participate in a little St. Patrick's Day fun using essential oils. My children would never go for corned beef and cabbage, the usual staple on St. Patrick's Day. I don't know why but I can't sell it to them. By the way, did you know, corned beef and cabbage, doesn’t have anything to do with the grain corn? Instead, it’s a nod to the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats, which were also known as “corns.” Just a little fun fact for you! 

We are going to make:

St. Patrick's Day Shake It Ups

INGREDIENTS

PREPARATION

  1. Combine banana, ice, spinach, vanilla, peppermint essential oil, and coconut milk in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with Coconut Whipped Cream, if desired.
  3. Enjoy! 

Now, if you really want to get carried away, you can make: 

Zucchini Noodles in a Minty Pea Sauce (By Kari of Cooking With Toddlers for Growing Up Herbal)

Ingredients: (serves 4)  mint-5

  • 4 medium sized zucchinis
  • 1 cup of fresh shelled peas or thawed frozen peas+ a few more for garnish
  • 8 large mint leaves, diced finely
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of tahini
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime (or try a few drops of  ZAQ's Organic Lime Essential Oil)

 Directions:

  • Spiralize each zucchini with a vegetable spiralizer, julienne peeler or regular peeler.
  • To make the sauce process the peas, 4 mint leaves, tahini, salt, garlic and lime juice in a blender or food processor until it’s completely smooth.
  • Combine the zucchini spirals and pea sauce in a large bowl ensuring all the zucchini spirals are completely coated in the sauce. Dress the zucchini spirals with a few peas and the extra mint. Divide in four bowls, serve at room temperature and enjoy!

There you go!  I hope I have made St. Patrick's Day a little more exciting for you! Not only that, it's all healthy. Well, I guess you could throw in a green beer for the adults if you really wanted to!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Kris Bitar

March On with Chamomile Essential Oil

March On with Chamomile Essential Oil

During Roman times, the calendar was 10 months long. It began with the month of March and ended in December. Why is it this month I feel like March has consumed those two extra months not listed on the Roman calendar? It just seems to be dragging for me. The weather is cold yet a wee bit sunny, rainy with a few lumps of soft snow (I guess it is still technically winter), and even though it is staying lighter longer, the day ends in shadows too quickly. In other words, March has got me run down and tired and spring break seems years, instead of weeks, away. I am ready to change seasons.

I have discovered a powerful secret this week. I have discovered the delightful properties of ZAQ's Roman Chamomile Organic Essential Oil. This essential oil has a fruity, apple-like scent. It is so refreshing in these last days of winter. Roman Chamomile oil can help bring a sense of calm during times of depression, anger or sorrow.  It is said that even opening and smelling the bottle can help alleviate these negative feelings and bring about joy and contentment. It is a very calming oil that can be used through a diffuser, as a massage oil with a carrier oil or even in a cup of chamomile tea. The aroma lends itself to a feeling of relaxation. It will bring back the balance in your life that long months like March zap out of you.

The chamomile plant is pretty. It looks much like a daisy, with its little white petals and bright yellow center. It is a perennial with feathery leaves. It packs a huge aromatic punch and some say it smells like a Jolly Rancher sour apple flavored candy. It grows about 3 to 4 inches high and usually in clusters. It is considered a safe oil (when diluted) to use around children as well. It is just a happy little flower with a lot of flower power!

If you find yourself needing a lift, needing to temper a short fuse or just needing a little joy in your life, I think you will find it in ZAQ's Roman Chamomile Organic Essential Oil. It is also good to add a couple drops to your shampoo for smoothing effects, in your daily moisturizer to help promote healthy skin or even to make an "Earth Apple" bath bomb for a great smelling soak in the tub. Roman Chamomile has so many healing properties, you wouldn't know what you enjoy most - the wonderful scent or the healthy options for wellness!

Earth Apple Bath Bomb: Combine 8 oz. of baking soda, 4 oz. of citric acid, 4 oz. of cornstarch, 4 oz. of Epsom salts, 3/4 tsp. of water, 2 tsp. each Roman Chamomile and Lavender essential oils and 2.5 tsp. almond oil. Press into a mold then let dry for 24 hours.  Enjoy!

Kris Bitar

Touring with Organic Spearmint Essential Oil - Yep, It's a Thing!

Touring with Organic Spearmint Essential Oil - Yep, It's a Thing!

My new love is ZAQ's Spearmint Organic 100% Pure Essential Oil. I could tell you all the wonderful things spearmint essential oil can do for you, such as:

  • Speeds wound healing
  • Relieves spasms
  • Helps relieve bloating and gas 
  • Relieves stress
  • Regulates menstruation 
  • Disinfects 
  • Boosts immune system
  • Restores health after illness or injury
  • Repels bugs

It does do all of these amazing things.  It works wonders to help my body in ways I never imagined. But, today, I am tired of being in the house.  We have had flooding and snow, thunder and pouring rain these last couple of months.  I have taken care of my sick kids, sick students at school and sick dogs at home.  I have taken care of myself when I got the flu for the second time this season (even though I had a flu shot!). So, today, I am going to talk about spearmint essential oil in a fun way.

Today, we have a snow day.  Now, first of all, you'd have to understand our snow days in Western Washington.  Mid-westerners would scoff at closing school for 3 inches of snow. We get tons (and tons and tons) of rain living on the coast, but not much snow.  When a little snow happens, we all panic and stay home. Hence, today is our snow day. I don't even want a snow day.  I want to work today.  I am tired of being cooped up in the house.  I am tired of sick people (including myself) and cleaning the house.  I am tired of laundry and tired of cooking meals everyone politely hates. So, today, I am doing none of that.

Today, while the kids slept in on our snow day, I made a cup of coffee to go, got in the car and turned on the music to what I liked.  In fact, I did it loudly.  Then, I plugged in my ZAQ Tour, The Ultimate Road Trip Diffuser no less, and set off to see the beautiful snow falling silently on our huge cedar trees. I added spearmint to my Tour Diffuser and the smell instantly brought me back to a relaxed time I remembered many years ago.

Our family had a cabin on a lake. We mostly used it during the summer when everyone could swim, have barbeques and a fire in the pit in the evening. In the winter, the huge trees around the lake would fill with snow. There was always a certain smell about snow. I can't really describe it, but when you smell it, you know.  It smells like...well, snow. If you were alone and listened, you could hear it falling.  As silent as the outdoor world could be, you were one with it. You could hear the snow fall and you could feel at peace. Time seemed to be forgotten. 

Driving in my car with the smell of spearmint and the softly falling snow all around me, I was brought back to a simpler time. A time that was relaxed and patient. There was no hurry to do anything or be anywhere. I parked my car by a huge old-growth cedar tree and watched the branch become heavy. Soon, the branch couldn't hold the weight of the snow and the snow fell and made such a quiet sound as it hit the snow-covered earth beneath it. Breathing in the smell of spearmint, I hadn't felt that relaxed in months. I wondered why I hadn't done this when it rained or stormed outside.  I wondered why I didn't take time to enjoy my Tour Diffuser more often. I didn't have to actually go anywhere. I just needed to slow down and appreciate life a little more.

As I sat for the next hour in my car, reading a book, watching the snow fall and enjoying the smell of spearmint, I told myself what a wonderful life I have and how much I appreciate everything around me. 

Yes, spearmint does so many wonderful things but sometimes, you have to use it to simply enjoy yourself and for no other reason. Choose your favorite essential oil, grab a book and appreciate all the wonderful things about you.   I guarantee it will make your day. 

Happy March everyone!

Kris Bitar