Bone Broth Recipe

When it’s cold outside or during the fall and winter months I *love* having a cuppa warm bone broth.  It feels so comforting and like a big beautiful body snuggle!  On a deeper healthifying level, what I love most about bone broth are its superpowers!!  Do you know what they are?

No flinging webs or climbing tall towers, no batmobiles or fancy costumes.  It’s simple and powerful!  Straight up HEALING!

~Bone broth supports healing because it contains minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb~

Minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and many others.  The most impressive healers though, and the undeniable heroes behind bone broth are the plenti-full amino acids.  Studies have shown that the amino acids produced during the making of bone broth reduces inflammation in the respiratory system and improves digestion.  Also that it boosts the immune system, heals disorders like allergies, asthma and arthritis, protects and heals your gut lining, skin and digestive tract and improves joint health. It’s one of the most healing foods you can consume!

It’s best you make homemade stock with grass-fed bones which you can find from your local farmers market or health food store.  I know you’ll love it and so will your body!!

Why not uplevel your health today and try this easy-to-make healing recipe below!

aside:  I have to laugh that today being Dec 21st is the first day of Winter as I post this for you!  Not intended or planned just a timely universal coincidence – Enjoy!! xxx

Bone Broth Recipe in a Crockpot

Total Time: 12-48 hours

Serves: 3 litres

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 pounds your choice bones (beef, lamb, chicken, turkey…) beef bones with marrow or chicken/turkey with necks/feet/wings
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, peel on, sliced in half lengthwise and quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, peel on and smashed
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup ACV
  • optional seasoning such as black pepper, thyme, turmeric, chili flakes, cayenne pepper, whatever you like
  • approx 2 liters cold water (top-up as needed)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place bones into a large crock pot.
  2. Add in vegetables and spices for nutrient value.
  3. Add apple cider vinegar to help draw out the important nutrients from the bones.
  4. Top up the crockpot with filtered water. Leave room for water to boil.
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce to low and simmer gently.  Skim the fat that surfaces occasionally.
  6. Simmer for 24-48 hrs.  A low and slow cook time is necessary to fully extract the nutrients from the bones.
  7. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Scoop out solids + discard or compost; strain the remainder into a bowl using a colander.

Let stock cool to room temperature + pour into an airtight container and chill.

Use within a week or freeze up to 3 months.

TIP:  I like to pour some of my broth into ice cube trays and freeze so I can add to soups, stews, smoothies or anything I’m able to sneak it into to ;o)

 

Please leave a comment and share if you’ve tried bone broth before?   We’d love to hear from you!!

Enza xxx

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TOP 3 Homemade Gift Ideas using Essential Oils

So this weekend I spent a couple of hours making holiday gifts with my daughter.  We had Christmas music playing in the background, our tree lit with the fireplace making it cozy, a mug of cinnamon tea and our diffuser spreading the beautiful aroma of peppermint in the air.  It was so fun and our creative juices were definitely flowing.

I realized just how inexpensive and easy it is to create a gift from the heart that is meaningful and healing at the same time. I can’t wait to share these with many of my friends, family, and a few teachers…

–> Click here to check out a video I made on my TOP 3 Homemade Gift Ideas using Essential Oils

 

1. Essential Oil Car Diffuser/Air Freshener

This is a super easy and great little craft you can do with your kids.  Just put a few drops of your favorite combination of essential oils onto your design and attach to your car vent or even register in your home for an instant purifying and natural fresh scent without the chemicals.

Simply use a clothespin or clip and add some wool, felt, cork, or lava beads (which is where you would add a few drops of your essential oils) and a few decorative embellishments of your choice for a personal homemade diffuser.  I found most of my items at the dollar store and Michaels.

TIP:  If it’s a gift you could also include a few essential oil sample vials to go along with it.

 

2. Christmas Potpourri Spray

Fill your home with the inviting scent of Holiday Joy essential oil blend. The warm, sweet aroma of Holiday Joy creates a welcoming environment for holiday gatherings and can be diffused every day to purify the air and uplift the spirit.

In a clean, empty 2 – 4 oz. spray bottle, use a funnel to fill the distilled water up to one finger’s width from the top. Add approx. 10 drops of doTERRA Holiday Joy blend or whatever blend you love. Top it off with 1 tbsp of witch hazel which acts as an emulsifier so the oil evenly distributes throughout the blend. You could also substitute a pinch of salt or even replace the witch hazel for vodka if you’d like. Shake well + Spritz away!

TIP: You could even use this as a face toner just by switching out the oil.  Try grapefruit, lemon, lavender, frankincense, or melaleuca… the options are endless and the combinations you can try are unique to you!  My personal fav to help keep my skin looking clear is geranium, melaleuca, and lavender = i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e. ❤

 

3. Body Scrubs (2 yummy kinds)

WARNING:  SO DELICIOUS SMELLING YOU MAY BE TEMPTED TO EAT IT RIGHT FROM THE JAR!  Which of course I don’t recommend, but considering it is completely natural, I suppose you could!!

Side Note:  Although I use fractionated coconut oil for these scrubs, you could also use any quality plant carrier oil such as jojoba, sweet almond, or even olive oil (if you are okay with the heavier scent).

 Peppermint Mocha Coffee Body Scrub

Peppermint is an incredibly uplifting oil to awaken the senses and promote a feeling of energy.  Combined with the aroma of coffee this scrub added to a morning shower is sure to be a decadent powerhouse that will rock your morning.

DIRECTIONS:
Sift ground coffee and sugar into a glass bowl and mix well.  Add carrier oil and peppermint essential oil and stir until the mixture is well combined.  Scoop the scrub into a glass airtight container. Makes 2 (250ml) jars Keeps for 6 months.

Festive Sugar Body Scrub

Think Cinnamon Buns!!  omg – this festive sugar scrub is amazing!!  It has a deep, rich and comforting aroma.  It is incredibly moisturizing and very gentle on your skin.

festive-sugar-scrub

DIRECTIONS:
Sift sugar into a glass bowl.  Add carrier oil and essential oil and stir until the mixture is well combined.  Scoop the scrub into a glass airtight container. Makes 1 (250ml) jar with just a little extra to use for yourself ;o) Keeps for 6 months.

TIP:  Using this basic recipe of sugar and oil you can replace the oils with your favorite combo.  It could be as simple as just lemon or you could recreate any of these diffuser blends to fuel your scrub! oohlala xx

I hope you enjoy making these wonderful gifts using essential oils.  I know they will add a touch of healing and magic to anyone who receives them! xxx

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!!

love, light + oils

Enza xxx

–> Click below to check out a video I made on my TOP 3 Homemade Gift Ideas using Essential Oils

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Beautiful Earth Beautiful Day

Celebrating Earth Day doesn’t have to cost you any money.  Only a few minutes of your time to power down your computer, take a break from your phone and go outside for some fresh air.  Even if it’s only for a few minutes or a brisk walk.  Nature always does the body good! Of course if you want to do more to help lessen the impact on our mama earth check out what’s going on in your area.  Here in Canada there is a campaign where you can help to grow a forest through their rooting4trees campaign.

Did you Know?

  • Earth day is the chosen day that people come together to inspire awareness of and appreciation for our planet.  It’s a time to take action for improvement on environmental issues that affect our health and our communities such as pollution, conservation and world preservation.
  • Earth Day is celebrated internationally.
  • Most people celebrate on April 22, although a few countries celebrate around March 20th.
  • Has been celebrated since 1970.
  • Over 20 million people took part in the first celebration.
  • Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world.

 

 

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Soup with Benefits

Immunity Mushroom Hug

This recipe is super easy to make but the benefits are amazing.  Did you know that mushrooms or aka {fungi} are an incredibly powerful source of vitality for your body on so many levels.  Who doesn’t like a fun guy right? Below are several interesting key points.

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