Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gluten free banana bread recipe that is actually crazy delicious!!!

I'm eating a piece as we speak lol This gluten free banana bread recipe is friggin' delicious so I decided to share it here since I felt it was wrong to keep it to myself, I even gave a little sliver to the kiddo and she was obsessed with it...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Herbal Oil infusions

Oil infusions are a beautiful thing! They're wonderful for food purposes (hot pepper oil for instance for all you artisan pizza lovers!) but they can also be used as healing aids. When we cook and combine a little extra virgin olive oil with a few spices, our goal is to infuse the flavor of the spices into the oils which in turn fuse themselves into our food item. The same process and idea can be done with medicinal herbs to create a wonderful oil which can be used as a natural healing aid. I create and use oil infusions in practically every product I handcraft, from my diaper creams down to my lip balms to really enrich my natural products as best I can with the best herbs I can get my hands on. It's simple to do, a little time consuming but worth every minute! You'll want to spend a bit of time researching the wide variety of herbs available to you so you can tailor make an oil that can be of service to you. Once you have decided what you would like to create your oil infusion for, have researched the herbs that can deliver, you can purchase your herbs (the fresher the better!  I would however recommend dry herbs if you are just starting out vs fresh herbs you need to dry out yourself first), purchase your oil of preference and then you can get started!! There are a few methods that can be used to create your oil infusions, in both a cold infusion or hot infusion, I will explain the difference to the two below.