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Chemical-Free Dog Wash & Spray

 

Meet Tio, our 3 year old Plott Hound rescue baby. He came to us in 2014 through Austin Dog Rescue, an incredible organization that pulls sweet dogs from euthanasia lists at overcrowded shelters and places them with a foster until they find their forever home.

Please forgive the mess in this picture, we had just moved into our new apartment when I took it! 

Tio is a beloved part of our family, and we try to take care of him as such. For me, that means not using shampoos with harmful chemicals when I wash him, or toxin-filled sprays when he gets a bit stinky. I want to keep him happy and healthy so he can keep eating peanut butter like a little weirdo!

I make my own shampoo & spray using essential oils, and I have found them to be just as effective as store bought products, without all the mystery ingredients.

Dog Shampoo:
12 oz water
1 tablespoon castille soap
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops rosemary oil
** I have seen recipes on the internet that also call for eucalyptus oil, but I avoid this as eucalyptus is toxic to dogs if ingested

Mix all ingredients and pour into a glass bottle. Shake well before use.

Dog Deodorant Spray:
10 oz distilled water
12 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix ingredients and pour into a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray onto your dog’s fur when needed, avoiding the face. This spray can also be used for general odor fighting use around your home. I will sometimes spray it into a smelly trashcan that’s not ready to be emptied, or use it in the bathroom to combat unpleasant smells.

I always recommend using glass to store essential oils to avoid the leaching of toxins from plastic bottles into your mixtures. Also- I only recommend Young Living and DoTerra brand essential oils, since they are the only ones I will use for myself. Both companies offer Therapeutic Grade oils, which means that the quality is carefully controlled.

Woof Woof!
KD

Lifestyle

Almond Milk

Almond milk is one of my favorite ingredients to use in the kitchen. It is versatile, tasty, and a great way to take advantage of the myriad nutrients that the almonds offer to us. It gives my morning shakes and yogi tea some extra oopmh and creamy deliciousness. However, buying almond milk at the store can get expensive, and even the best brands usually have some sort of preservatives added. I have found that making my own is both more cost efficient and healthier!

Making almond milk is so easy- all you need for the basic recipe is a blender, some almonds and water.

Basic Almond Milk:
1 cup raw organic almonds (I like the Thrive Market brand for quality and price- use this link for 15% off! your first order at Thrive)
3 cups water for soaking
8 cups distilled water for making the milk (this is a personal preference- you could easily use tap water instead)
A generous pinch of Himalayan salt

Soak the almonds for 10-12 hours in 3 cups of water. I generally let them soak while I am at work or overnight.

Rinse the soaked almonds until the water runs clear.

Place the almonds and salt in a blender with 8 cups of water. Blend on high for 15-20 seconds, until the almonds are finely ground and the liquid is white. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or, even better, cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.

Reserve the almond pulp to make almond meal/flour!

Store your almond milk in glass jars or glass swing top bottles, and store in the refrigerator for up to a week! It can also be frozen in glass jars, although in that case I recommend using a plastic lid rather than a metal one.

This basic recipe is great for smoothies, as a base for golden milk or any recipe where plain almond milk is called for. However, this is by no means the only possibility! Depending on what I am using it for, I will sometimes divide my batch and add different ingredients for different purposes.

There are endless options when it comes to experimenting with your almond milk. I like to blend a few cups of the basic recipe with some maple syrup, part of a vanilla bean and cinnamon for adding into my yogi tea, or blend in a couple of dates to the basic recipe before straining to add a little sweetness.

Have you found a special ingredient combination that knocked your socks off? Share in the comments!

Happy Milking,
KD

Lifestyle

Essential Oils: Getting Started

A few years ago I discovered the remarkable and diverse powers of essential oils, and ever since they have become an indispensable part of my daily practices. From cooking to skincare, cleaning, even caring for various physical ailments- I use essential oils for almost everything.

I started out using Young Living, and I still use their oils more than anything else. They are widely understood to be the leader in essential oils and are not only one of the most well established companies, but also known for offering the highest quality oils available in the market.

A newer player in the game is DoTerra, and I got hooked on them recently because they offer some products that are not available through Young Living (such as cilantro oil, which I drink in my water each day). They also offer therapeutic grade oils of an extremely high quality.

The best thing about both of these companies is that it is extremely cheap to become a wholesale member, which means you can purchase products at wholesale prices without any obligation to sell the products or even order again. Wholesale enrollment kits with Young Living start at $45 and include a great starter set of products including essential oils and even packs of their Ningxia Red juice, which is a favorite of mine! DoTerra offers enrollment starting at $35, but the enrollment kit does not include any product. Either way, the wholesale prices are so much cheaper that it only takes one or two orders for that fee to pay for itself. Plus both companies offer free product on monthly orders for wholesale customers and many other great perks.

Of course you can also contact me about ordering items at retail price, and I would be happy to help you with that! However, as I said, the wholesale prices are so much more affordable that it really makes more sense to enroll.

To explore enrollment options, check out my links below.

Young Living   Use sponsor number 3809476

DoTerra  Use sponsor number 4101842

If you enroll through my number I will be readily available to you as a resource for any questions you have about Essential Oils and how to use them to build a healthier, happier, toxin-free home.

May the oils be with you,
KD

 

*Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Lifestyle

Time Restricted Eating

One of my favorite podcasts is Found My Fitness with Dr. Rhonda Patrick. She is this amazing, knowledgable powerhouse of a woman- every episode leaves me completely mind blown and sends me on research sprints about everything from broccoli sprouts to eating schedules.

She recently appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, where she mentioned that she has adopted the practice of Time Restricted Eating. I went to the backlog of her episodes and listened to the one she devoted to that topic, and I was immediately convinced to incorporate this practice into my lifestyle! If you are curious about the science behind TRE and the resulting benefits, I highly recommend watching the video below or listening to her podcast episode with Dr. Satchin Panda.

Basically Time Restricted Eating means that you fast for at least 12, ideally 13, hours each day. In order to best support your circadian rhythm, you stop eating at sunset and consume nothing but water (not even tea- just plain ol’ water) until your fasting period ends in the morning. Personally I shoot for 13-14 hours and use a free app called Zero to track my fast. This allows me to exercise fasted in the morning and then start my day with a green juice when my body is primed to absorb those nutrients.

Since I began practicing TRE I have noticed a major improvement in my energy levels and overall sense of wellbeing. When I wake up I feel light, energized and fresh. I can only describe it as a “clean body feeling”- the feeling that my body has been given time to fully process everything I consumed the day before and is now truly clean and ready for a new day.

The greatest benefit I have experienced so far is a strengthening of my willpower. The constant choice to turn away from food and drink while fasting has improved my ability to pause and consider before making choices, both food related and not, throughout the day.

Have you ever tried TRE? Are you interested in giving it a try? Share in the comments!

Happy Fasting,
KD

*Photo courtesy of Unsplash