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Cooking with Oils, Quick and Easy

Sharing my Oily Love makes me happy. It’s one of those things that come naturally to me I think. Well, talking about food and making food… go figure

Today, I held a class for my Tokyo friends. It is fun opportunity to catch up with my oily sisters, talk about life, love, food and oils. Naturally. Since the cooking is also about oils. Why to cook with oils and how, to be precise.

So why we should use Essential oils and not the conventional herbs and spices? For one, the oils do not get bad. When you buy a package of spices, once you open it, air gets to it, they start loosing flavor. In Japan’s humidity, it tends to get moldy. But not only that. By drying up the herb, it looses 95% of its therapeutic value. And that is what bothers me. For me, food is not just a way to stuff our tummy full, food is a way of life, medicine and comfort. So I want my food to be delicious, healthy and health beneficial.

This is where my Young Living Essential Oils come in. And I am stating very clearly, I only use Young Living Essential oils. No other company in the world gives you the guarantee that their oils are pure, therapeutic and organic. Only Young Living has the Seed to Seal Guarantee and that is something you HAVE to require from your oils. Because if you do not know where your oils are coming from, how can you use them in your food? You should not.

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Using Essential oils in your food has many many benefits. Essential oils, if stored properly, do not have shelf life, they do not get bad. So you do not run out of spices (unless you have not finished your bottle of course). Little goes a long way, so each bottle can help you prepare many, many dishes. And their most important benefit is their therapeutic power. They aid digestion, help to keep your gut healthy and running, preserve your food and much much more. They taste great and give my food a boost of flavor.

Today I prepared 3 coursed Lunch Meal consisting of Goulash Soup, Honey Mustard Salmon or Chicken over vegetable salad and Fruit Sorbet. In all our dishes we used Essential oils.

We started off with a shot of NingXia Red to boost our energy. NingXia Red is fantastic source of antioxidants and really boosts immunity. On a rainy day like today NingXia comes really handy for extra energy too. Then we went on preparing the Sorbet.

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Fruit Sorbet (4 servings)

What you need

400 g of frozen fruits (can be fresh fruits too) we used mango, blueberries, mixed berries, banana and watermelon

2 tbsp of honey

2 tbsp of almond milk (you can use full cream or coconut milk instead or just water)

4 drops of each Citrus Fresh EO and Jade Lemon EO

 

Blend together, pour into container and freeze.

Here is where I always point out that for adults fun parties you can substitute the milk with tequilla or white rum to create frozen cocktails. They are so good! In that case, add some ice when blending it. Tastes divine. Serve with some Mint Leaves.

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Once the sorbet was in the freezer, we moved on to marinate our protein. We had it chicken to salmon half and half ratio.

Marinade (4 servings)

2 tbsp of olive oils

2 tbsp of honey

2 tbsp of wholegrain mustard

2 tbsp of yellow mustard

1 tbsp of spicy mustard like dijon or japanese karashi

salt

1 garlic, minced

2 drops of Orange, Lemon and Black Pepper EO

Salmon Fillets or Chicken Breast

 

First mix all the ingredience except the garlic and the protein. Keep half of the mixture for Salad Vinaigrette. Add garlic to the remaining mixture and coat your protein in it. Cover with foil and let marinate.

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Now we moved on to prepare our Goulash Soup. This soup recipe is a combination of my tradition Czech Goulash Soup, Time management and Essential oils. Why I say that is that usually the soup is made from beef chunks, but for my cooking classes I use the minced meat version. It does not take long and it is very delicious too. Another reason why I prefer to make it from minced meat is  that my son prefers it that way. It is easier for him to eat.

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Goulash Soup

1  onion

1 tbsp of sweet paprika

1-2 cloves of garlic

2 potatoes

1 carrot

1 tbs of flour

350 g of minced meat (best if mix of pork and beef)

Salt

Vegetable oil of choice

1.5 l of water or stock

Stock cubes optional

Marjoram, Black Pepper and Oregano EO

 

Sweat the onion with little bit of oil, add garlic, paprika and fry for a minute. Cut your potatoes into small cubes and slice the carrot. Add minced meat to the pot until it browns a bit, add little flour and mix it well. Then add your vegetables and pour water over it. If using stock cubes, add some. Use salt to taste and let it simmer for about 30 min. Check if all your vegetables are soft.

(If you want to do vegetarian version, replace your meat with mushrooms such as Oyster mushrooms and add those once your potatoes and carrots are soft and just boil for extra 5 min)

Mix your EO with little bit of water in a sprayer bottle and spray your bowl of soup with it. Why? You do not want to cook your essential oil. The heat destroys the therapeutic properties. Take your soup off the heat and serve before you spray your oil mixture on it. DSC_0116

Now that the soup was ready, we prepared Mixed Salad from variety of greens, some yellow bell peppers and tomatoes and made the Honey Mustard NingXia Vinaigrette. We took the remaining Honey Mustard mixture we had and added a shot of NingXia and 2 more drops of Jade Lemon EO and 1 drop of Black Pepper EO. Mixed it well, then sprinkled over the salad.

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In a pan, we grilled our protein and placed it over the salad. Served together with the soup and the sorbet. It was delicious, filling and healthy.

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Cooking with Essential oils is fun. Dont be afraid and try it yourself!

 

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These statements has not been evaluated by the FDA or any other local authority. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Does Beer Belong To Our Beauty Routine?

In my country, Czech republic, Beer is part of our life. We produce the best beer in the world and we love it. We are number 1 in beer consumption per capita. It is cheaper to buy beer in a restaurant then buy soft drink! Yes! It’s just the way it is. Czech people love their beer and are not afraid to use it. For everything and anything.

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My mom has few amazing recipes for beer marinated meat dishes, I marinate ribs in beer before BBQ. It’s delicious and juicy. Manufaktura, Czech cosmetic company, has entire line of beer cosmetics that is based on Czech beer tradition and they are popular around the world. First notes of using beer in cosmetics in Czech dates to 10th century! You can also find Beer Spa in many cities in Czech republic. Yumm

 

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Beer is a unique source of vitamin B, minerals and polyphenols. It helps to regenerate skin and to protect it from outside damage.  When it comes to hair, it helps hair to de-tangle after washing, gives it extra shine and protects and regenerates the hair. Basically in Czech, Beer is an answer to everything.

Thanks to my Czech friends, I was offered the opportunity to share my love for healthy beauty routine on Japanese Tv Channel 1, Asa Ichi. They wanted to show how you can use beer, besides just he obvious, drinking it. The show was fun and interesting, they cooked Beer Rice, Beer Pancakes and Doughnuts, used beer for cleaning the house and also showed beer bath and my own beer hair care. They came to our house for a fun shoot.

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First of all I did simple Hair Beer Rinse. It is very traditional hair routine in Czech. Our grandmas did not buy expensive hair products yet had beautiful and strong hair. After washing your hair, simply rinse your hair with aprox 500 ml of beer and massage it into your scalp. Let it work for about 5 min then rinse with cold water and dry. Your hair will be smooth, shiny and the color brighter. If you do this regularly, your hair will grow stronger and if you have dry scalp, it will help with it too.

The next thing I showed them was Hair Spray for volume. This one I make in small quantity, so I can use it up in 2-3 uses. Approx 100 ml of beer, 3 drops of Lavender, Rosemary and Cedarwood Essential oils, Mix together and spray on your wet hair. Blow Dry and style as usual. Your hair will hold in place, no need to buy hair spray from the store, which is full of chemicals! Beer and Essential oils together will keep your hair in place, while giving it nutrients and vitamins it needs. Lavender, Rosemary and Cedarwood are my favorite oils when it comes to hair and I use them all the time. They help to regenerate hair to grow faster, stronger and shinier. My hair is so strong now that I use my oils regularly! What I like best about this spray is that I do not need to use store bought spray that has way too many chemicals in it, yet it does the job just as well and also makes my hair healthier. And my hair smells amazing! It is pure pleasure to use this spray. After using the spray put the remaining liquid in the fridge. Honestly best to make just small quantity. Also note I only use Young Living Essential Oils because they are the only company that offers Seed to Seal Guarantee and I know my oils are the best quality. That for me is super important. If you already go the extra step to use natural product, make sure your oil is also 100% therapeutic grade and has not been tinted. You can read on my article to learn more about Why Young Living

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There is much more uses for Beer when it comes to Healthy Hair. Need a Hair Mask for Damaged Hair? Whisk 1 egg and 30 ml of Beer, 3 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil and 3 drops of Clary Sage and put on washed hair. Massage into your scalp and let is work its magic for about 15 minutes, covered with foil and warm towel. Then wash off. You will love your hair.

 

If you want to learn more about Natural, Chemical Free Beauty Routine, follow my blog and find me on Facebook . If you would like to learn how to get your Young Living Essential Oils for FREE, send me a Message or sign up directly with Young Living to receive your oils with 24% discount HERE

You can watch the video HERE  Please note it is a recording from my phone so the quality is not that good. But I hope you enjoy it none the less.


 

 

 

These statements has not been evaluated by the FDA or any other local authority. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Hot Cross Buns with Essential oils

I love cooking and baking. Food in general is my big passion and ever since I started to use Essential oils, I also looked for ways to incorporate them in my food.

I have done lots of research to learn the Why and When and How, because cooking with Essential oils is a bit of science. You can’t just dump few drops here and there and hope for the best. You would ruin your dish.


First of all, I only cook with Young Living Essential oils. They have the best standards and as the only Essential oil company offer Seed to Seal Guarantee, which is very important. You cannot use oils that you have no idea where they came from or if they are diluted or tinted with God knows what. That’s dangerous. So please follow my suit and start using Young Living (pm me if you need to learn where to get your oils). Also remember, these oils are 100%, so highly concentrated, so little goes a long way.

The other day I woke up and felt like some hot buns. Hmmmm. I started to look for recipe for something delicious and came across one using dried spices. Not me! I reached for my Essential oils and voila, delicious buns came to life.

Would you like to bake some too? Here is your recipe


Hot Cross Buns with Essential oils
1 cup of milk

1 package yeast

3/4 c of brown sugar

1 tsp sugar

2 1/4 c of all purpose flour

2 c bread flour

1/2 cup of raisins or other dried fruits/candied fruits ( I used candied lemons with peel)

1 tsp salt

2 drops of Orange, Lemon, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Clove EO

4 tbsp unsalted butter

2 large eggs

1 egg yolk

1/4 tsp of vanilla
For the topping

1 tbsp of milk

1 tsp of powder sugar

1 drop of Lemon EO
Method:

Combine Luke warm milk, 1 tsp of sugar and yeast in a cup and wait till it gets foamy.

Combine both the flours, sugar, candies peels and dried fruits, salt in a bowl. Add butter. Whisk your eggs separately and add the EO into the egg mixture and combine, then add to the flour mixture. Keep mixing with bread hook on low until it combines and sticky dough form. Transfer to floured surface and knead until smooth. Form a ball and place it into a bowl that has been coated with oil. Let us rest for about an hour in a warm place.

After the dough has doubled, line a baking pan with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead some more, about 3 min. Divide into 12 pieces and form each piece into a ball. Set with spaces in between as they will double. Cover and let rise about 60-80 min.

Preheat your oven to 200 C. (400 F)

Before baking, combine the yolk with spin of water and and brush this mixture on top of each bun. Bake until golden, approx 20 min.

Transfer to wire rack to cool down. Combine confectionary sugar with spoon of milk and drop of Lemon EO and sprinkle over the buns and make a cross.
I hope you enjoy it. We are small family so I baked from half portions and had 6 big buns. I had one bun left the next day so I made French toast from it for Little D for breakfast. It was great!

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Winning the Chemical Free Battle

I am all in when it comes to Chemical Free home. Except make up to be honest. I am yet to learn how to make that. But make up apart, most of our products st home is Made By MamaD alas me. 

I enjoy it, it gives me good feeling to know I am doing the best I can to keep my family healthy. Not using all the toxic products has great impact on all of us and I can feel it on myself every day. I feel better, my hormones are finally being in check, my skin is glowing, hair is strong and I finally grow nails that don’t chop after washing dishes. 

For a while, my husband was resistant, he would let me use my oils on him for massage but rest of the products, not really. Little by little, he started using my beauty face serum on his face and saw amazing changes in complexion. Then it was Body Butter. He enjoys the texture and the smell. But today, I experienced real break through, one I am very proud of and that made me happy. 

While he was showering, our body soap was running low. I was in the bathroom so he called out Honey, you need to make more body soap! The fact that he asked me to make more, not to go and buy, was gratifying. Cause my husband is really picky when it comes to personal hygiene products. 


So naturally I obliged. I quickly made new batch of Body soap and this is what I used 

Foamy Body Wash

1/2 cup of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap

2 tablespoons of Liquid Honey

5 drops each of Joy, Cypress and Myrtle Essential oils

I topped the container with water 3/4 full and swirled around for the honey to dissolve 


Why did I choose these oils? 

Cypress

I love the smell first of all. But it has great qualities, it works as natural deodorant, which is really handy these days. Cypress supports respiratory system, so why not to inhale something this good while showering? It’s also great to the fight my orange skin and it support overall circulation. Great for my husband’s tired legs. And one of the best things is it Aids Toxin removal from Body. Just awesome oil to add to your beauty routine. Use it in your hairspray too and you will see the huge difference. 


Myrtle

Myrtle first appeared in the Ancient Greece history in connection to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. So when it comes to your beauty products, Myrtle should play part in it for sure. Again, it helps eliminate bad odours, so it’s very helpful in hot days. It helps to keep our skin healthy and eliminate the signs of aging. That alone sold me on Myrtle when I first bought it. And since Aphrodite used it, it plays big role in the Love department too. 


Last but. It least, I used Joy. 

Joy is really complex blend and contains fantastic oils for beauty. It has also strong floral smell so it was great addition to our Body wash. And it really does lift the mood up. It is very happy Oil indeed. 


What about you? Are you making your own beauty products yet? No? Send me a message and I’ll teach you one on one. 

Please note I only use Young Living Essential oils and they are the best and the only oils I can trust when it comes to applying on my skin or ingesting. 

School Sports Day In Japan 

Day in life of Japanese school parents


Undokai, School Sports Festival, is a big deal in Japan. Kids practice for several weeks so they can put good performance for parents and hope the weather will cooperate as well. 

On the day of the Sports Festival, daddies or grandpas get up around 4.00-4.30 am to go to school premises and strategically place their mat, so the family can enjoy watching the festival from a good spot. Already just the understanding of what is s good spot varies. Somebody prefers closest to the spot where his child will perform, somebody just wants a good place in a shade. My husband has no time to go there that early but we are lucky, our neighbors are super sweet and place mat for us as well. So we come to carefully chosen spot. To my husbands”delight” it’s the one close to the kids, but also on full on sun. 

The kids spend whole day running, dancing, performing different disciplines for the parents and guests. You can see lots of work goes in it. This year has been so hot, imagine sitting on direct sun, 30 C from morning till 3 pm. 


We all came home with some type of sunburn. Nothing big luckily, as we applied sunscreen, I took extra care with my face, but on several places, like shoulders, legs etc, my skin was red and started to hurt. So I turned to my Essential oils for relief. 

The easiest and most effective combination for sunburn is Peppermint and Lavender Essential oils. There is several ways. I simply mixed 5 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Peppermint with tablespoon of coconut oil and rubbed it onto my skin. It feels so good! 


You can create cold compress with cold water and Lavender if you’re really burned and need to cool down. At that point mix 10 drops of Lavender in cold water, soak your cloth in it and put on your burned spots. 


It works wonders and proves that Lavender Essential oil is one of the most beautiful, helpful oils we have. And you gonna smell great too. That is always a plus, right? 
If you want to learn more about Natural, Chemical Free Beauty Routine, follow my blog and find me on Facebook If you would like to learn how to get your Young Living Essential Oils for FREE, send me a Message or sign up directly with Young Living to receive your oils with 24% discount HERE
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Consult a physician before starting any weight-management or exercise program.