DIY Throat Lozenges with Essential Oils

diy throat lozenges

My sweet friend Julia made these amazing throat lozenges when her family had the sniffles and she was so kind to share a few with me. Once I tried them, I was HOOKED! These sweet lozenges taste amazing with all the added benefits of local honey  and powerful immune supporting essential oils.

*THROAT LOZENGES*

2 cups of raw organic sugar

1 cup of local, raw honey

1/2 cup of filtered water

1/4 Tbs of grass fed butter (I chose Kerrygold)

15 to 20 drops of Young Living Thieves

7 to 10 drops of Young Living Lemon

5 drops of Young Living Ginger

Directions:

Add the sugar, honey, water and butter to a sauce pan.

Set the heat to medium and bring the ingredients to a boil until 300 degrees. (Reaching 300 degrees usually takes about 20 minutes.. you can use a candy thermometer or the crackle test.  To do the crackle test place ice cold water in a glass and about 18 minutes in drop a few drops of the mixture into the glass… if it immediately crackles it is ready to remove from heat.)

Stir the ingredients continually while heating.

Once 300 degrees is reached, remove from heat and continue stirring. Add essential oils after mixture has cooled as much as possible without setting, if it firms up too much then heat again. The point is that you wait as long as possible to add the Essential oils so they retain their health benefits. Pour the mixture into candy molds, silicone ice cube trays, or drop onto a bed of powdered sugar and let harden. ENJOY!

Hints:  Once you have added some of the drops drop some in cold water to check the flavor.  This will help you determine if you want more or less oil. Silicone ice cube trays allow you to pop out the lozenges easily. If you do not want to add Ginger, although I highly recommend it,  to the recipe simply increase the Thieves by 5 drops and the Lemon by 3 drops.

 

NingXia Red – synergistic, whole-body nutrition

NingXia Red is Young Living’s Antioxidant Blend that energizes, fortifies, and revitalizes like nothing else. It is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. NingXia red was tested on the ORAC Scale and had incredible results. ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and was developed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore. In short, ORAC units measure the antioxidant capacity of foods. The higher, the better. High antioxidant foods help to greatly lower the risks of cancer, degeneration, and disease.When tested on the ORAC Scale, the results disclosed that the NingXia wolfberry is the world’s highest antioxidant food!

I love NingXia Red’s Energy support for those late afternoon slumps. About the time I’m getting a little grumpy from low blood sugar and wanting a little pick-me-up, normally chocolate, I take an ounce of NingXia Red and within about 5 minutes, I feel completely re-energized. I like to take an ounce shot, but I know many others who prefer to add it to 6 ounces of water topped with a few of their favorite essential oils like orange, grapefruit, and tangerine.

There are four key benefits to NingXia Red:

1.Pure, Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils

DESCRIPTION: Orange (Citrus sinensis), yuzu (Citrus junos), tangerine (Citrus reticulata), and lemon (Citrus limon) essential oils

BENEFIT: These carefully selected oils include orange and lemon, known for their ability to help maintain normal cellular regeneration*. They also contain high levels of the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, which is an important marker for bioactivity. Bioactives are natural compounds that work in harmony with your body to promote the healthy function of a wide variety of systems.NingXia Red also features tangerine essential oil, prized for its fresh flavor and its effect on maintaining cholesterol levels already in the normal range*.

These pure and potent essential oils blend synergistically and deliciously with the other components of NingXia Red to support normal digestive health, healthy immune function, normal brain function, a healthy cardiovascular system, and much more*. No other nutrient-infused beverage can come close to the beneficial essential oil content of NingXia Red!

2. Wolfberry (Goji) Superfruit

DESCRIPTION: Wolfberry Puree (Lycium barbarum)

BENEFIT: The wolfberries sourced for NingXia Red hail from the Ningxia province in northern China. This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin—a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision. It also contains polysaccharides, amino acids, and symbiotic vitaminmineral pairs that when present together promote optimum internal absorption.

3. Supporting Juice Blend

DESCRIPTION: Grape (Vitis vinifera) seed extract, blueberry (Caccinium corymbosum), plum (Prunus domestica), aronia (Aronia melanocarpa), cherry (Prunus avium), and pomegranate (Punica granatrum) juices

BENEFIT: Highlighting the supporting fruits found in NingXia Red is a patented grape seed extract that contain polyphenolic compounds that may help support a healthy cardiovascular system*. Additionally blueberry, plum, aronia, cherry, and pomegranate juice contains naturally high levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols, which block oxygen-based free radicals from damaging body tissues. Maintaining a diet rich in these powerful antioxidants is a recommended way to help prevent against a myriad of health risks and maintain healthy bodily functions*.

4. Natural Stevia Sweetener

DESCRIPTION: Stevia Extract (Rebaudioside A)

BENEFIT: Stevia is a zero-calorie sweetener and is 300 times sweeter than sugar, allowing for a delightfully delicious beverage with lower overall sugar content. I recommend you drink 1-2 ounces daily with confidence knowing you are not consuming excess calories and sugar.

NINGXIA RED v1.1

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Super Moist Banana Bread

This is my fav of favs banana bread recipe! It’s very easy and super moist and yummy. Add walnuts or fruit to mix it up!

Ingredients

.5 cup organic butter, melted

1 cup raw sugar

2 organic eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.5 cups organic whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon baking soda

.5 teaspoon sea salt

.5 cup organic sour cream

2 medium organic bananas

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine the flour, flax seed, baking soda and salt. Stir into the butter mixture until smooth. Finally, fold in the sour cream and bananas. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve warm with melted butter.

recipe adapted from All Recipes