ALL-NATURAL BUG SPRAY

HT BUG SPRYMy best friend, Denise, and I have been on a mission to come up with an affordable and all-natural bug spray that works:

  • during all of our outdoor activities (e.g., hiking, boating, horse riding, barn cleaning, and camping).
  • against all of the major pests in our area (e.g., mosquitos, gnats, ticks, horse flies, fleas).
  • on both us, our kids, and our dogs.

It took us almost a full season, and at least three tweaks, but we now have a finished product that we have tested and are very happy with.

NOTE: This is NOT safe for cats. To make for your feline friend, omit the Peppermint and check with your veterinarian.

To make this bug spray, gather an 8 ounce glass spray bottle, and add the following essential oils:

  • 35 drops of a Repellent Blend
  • 35 drops of Peppermint
  • 35 drops of Lemongrass
  • 15 drops of Cedarwood
  • 15 drops of Lavender

Fill the spray bottle with distilled water (will not spread after spraying quite as well on skin) OR fractionated coconut oil (will be a bit more oily on dog fur and hair), screw on the spray top, and shake to mix.

  • For humans: spray onto ankles, wrists, back of neck, and hair every 4-6 hours or as needed.
  • For dogs: spray your dog’s chest, back of neck, back of ears, stomach, and tail every morning and afternoon before letting your fur baby outside.  If your dog is skittish or doesn’t like being sprayed, then spray your hands first and then rub into those same areas. Be sure to keep your hands away from his/her nose since the sense of smell is so much more refined than ours and the scents can be overpowering for dogs. I actually stand behind my one dog and put my arms under her front legs and rub onto her chest so she doesn’t try to sniff my hands…otherwise she goes into a sneezing fit lol. It won’t hurt your dog if this happens, but you want him/her to like the spray, so still good to steer clear!

If you try this, let me know what you think! I no longer use any chemical-based flea, tick, or bug spray on my family…and yet we experience less issues than before. I hope you have the same experience!

Breakfast Fried Rice

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I was sooooooo ravenously hungry when I walked in from my morning walk that I just had to figure something out quickly. I opened my refrigerator door and saw leftover chicken, meatballs, rice, fish, noodles, and zucchini sliced like thin chips (we used it for a lasagna a few nights back). Hmmmmmm.

My mind flashed back to an article I read by Andrea Beaman about reusing rice, so I decided to try and make some sort of breakfast “fried”‘ rice (without the frying). I threw the following ingredients into the pan (measurements are approximate as I was in a hurry):

  • 1 cup of leftover whole-grain Basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, chopped fine or shredded
  • 1/8 cup sweet onion, chopped fine
  • 2 meatballs, chopped fine (you can substitute sausage, ground turkey, chicken, or any meat substitute you would like…I just wanted to use my leftovers or I would have tried our organic apple maple chicken sausage instead)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Any other greens, vegetables, or spices you would like to add (that will pair well with the maple syrup)
  • 1 organic egg

Sauté all ingredients but the egg using medium heat until the vegetables are the desired consistency. Add the egg and continue to sauté until the egg is cooked through. Remove from heat, add to your plate and sprinkle with cinnamon or sea salt.

I really enjoyed this, and the best part was it only took about 5-10 minutes to cook. My stomach is now happy and full, and I hope you enjoy it as well. Please let me know how you customize and spice this up to suit your tastes! I think this may be one of my new favorite breakfasts.

This ALLicious breakfast is free of Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Soy, Processed Sugars, Gluten, Peanuts, Tree Nuts. To make it egg-free, replace the egg with 2 tbsps of Olive or Coconut Oil and a tbsp or so of hemp seeds for fiber, protein, and omega 3s.

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To learn more about the cleanse options, supplements, or essential oils I recommend, contact me using the form below or at alicia@healthytangents.com to request information or to schedule a wellness consultation.

Disclaimer: I am not a Physician. I am a wife, a mom, a certified health coach, and someone who loves learning about natural wellness tools and sharing with others the incredible things I learn through my classes, research, personal experiences, and the experiences of friends and family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Rather, they are intended to support your body in its efforts to restore balance and maintain health.

ALLicious Appetizer: Dill & Sweet Pickle Hummus

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Today is my birthday. I spend so much time cooking around my kids’ allergies and for their tastes, that I rarely get to pamper myself with the dishes that make me sigh in savory contentment. So today, my gift to myself is that all foods I prepare will be made lovingly for me.

I was craving hummus, but also considering making a raw herbed dill cashew cheese dip I had enjoyed in the past from choosingraw.com. I ended up deciding that maybe a dill hummus would be yummy…but, I have never made a dill hummus. I went looking for a recipe but didn’t find any one that made me excited. I WAS inspired by a food.com recipe that added dill pickle juice. However, as much as I love dill as a spice, I strongly prefer sweet pickles. So, I decided to get creative with my favorite base hummus recipe (given to me by Dr. Melanie Carr) and go for a sweet and sour version. To make, add the following into your Vitamix or food processor:

1/4 cup sweet pickle juice (or use your own homemade pickle brine)
1/2 cup organic sweet pickles or sweet relish (or use your own homemade pickles/relish)
2  (15 oz) cans organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
5 tbs tahini (i.e., sesame paste)
2 tbs pure olive oil
3 tbs fresh lemon, lime, or pineapple juice (I used pineapple due to a citrus sensitivity)
1-3 cloves garlic (depending on size of cloves and personal preference)
4-5 tsp fresh dill leaves or 1-2 drops of pure dill essential oil

Blend all ingredients into a smooth creamy texture. Add UP TO 1 cup of additional water  (in slow increments) if needed to achieve your desired consistency. I think blending the actual pickles into the mix gives it the extra taste I was craving.  You could also substitute dill pickles instead to get a stronger dill kick!

I am thoroughly enjoying my birthday treat as I write this, and sighing in contentment between bites. I hope you do too!

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To learn more about the cleanse options, supplements, or essential oils I recommend, contact me using the form below or at alicia@healthytangents.com to request information or to schedule a wellness consultation.

Disclaimer: I am not a Physician. I am a wife, a mom, a certified health coach, and someone who loves learning about natural wellness tools and sharing with others the incredible things I learn through my classes, research, personal experiences, and the experiences of friends and family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Rather, they are intended to support your body in its efforts to restore balance and maintain health.