Posted on 11/01/2017

The buzz is immune support so what is the best thing for you to do to support? Diet of course is the base of all wellness success but a great supplemental support plan will help greatly.  Oregano should be a part of everyone's backyard garden, countertop herb planting and essential oil wellness collection.  Why? Because of the powerful antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties found in Oregano's essential oil. Essential oils are a plants volital organic liquids which are  molecules comprised of hyrdogens, carbons and oxygen.  Oregano's strength comes from the large amount of Carvacrol, a Monoterpene Phenol, "one of the most potent plant essential oil components possessing antimicrobial effects and know for their wide bioactive spectrum" (1).  For example, when tested against common infectious microbes, researchers found that oregano oil kills Salmonella, e. coli and serveral types of Staph infections.  Oregano and Oregano essential oil are also powerful for immune system support (2).

There are many ways to enjoy the benefits of Oregano essential oil.  Add the fresh or dried leaf to any soup, sauce, salad or pasta.  The options are endless.  It is also mighty nice to enjoy the Certified Pure Therapuetic Grade Essential Oregano Oil from doTerra.  doTerra offers many ways to enjoy Oregano's health benefits.  Add a drop of Oregano essential oil to your recipe, add a drop to your water or even add a drop to a veggie capsule and swallow.  You can diffuse or add a drop to a carrier oil to rub on the bottom of your feet.

As a doTerra Wellness Advocate let me guide you on how you can best use doTerra's Oregano Essential Oil as well as other available oils. More information is available at: Enjoy the short video.

2 Herbal Remedies, 2017 pg 53 Kim Erikson

Posted on 04/28/2017

Having a Tea Party is fun! And so is the study of tea with the World Tea Academy. I just completed another great course specific to learning the tea world with WTA which offers a fascinating range of certification programs. This study of the history, origins, varieties, terriors, health properties plus the production of tea and the infusion will improve your appreciation of all that is tea. Not only have I enjoyed in depth reading but each course has written and cuppings assignments based on the course curriculum. A cupping is infusing the tea (botanical) leaves with water and tasting. Cuppings being the most fun for me.

The Beyond Camilla sinensis course, which I just completed, goes beyond the tea leaf and studies herbal and alternative botanical infusions. The last assignment in the core study was to make my own botanical infusion using anything. Me, being the summer loving Nutritional Foodie that I am, wanted something fresh and light to celebrate the approach of summer. Have just infused Hibiscus I thought that would be a great base. Given that Hibiscus has a sour citrus, some say cranberry, flavor I thought a sweet citrus like orange would pair well. I make an awesome cranberry orange relish for Thanksgiving and Christmas so I had an idea it would be awesome. I also wanted it to be quick and easy to make.

So....Infused some Hibiscus. Squeezed a fresh orange. Put some ice in a tumbler and voila! Hope you enjoy my refreshing unsweetened summer Botanical Infusion. Cheers!!!


Hibiscus Orange Cooler

3g Hibiscus
½ c hot water (205 degrees)
1/3 c fresh squeezed Orange juice (½ of a large orange)                                                                 
Tumbler with ice
Orange slices assorted berries for garnish, optional

Brew Hibiscus petals in hot (205 degree) water for 5 min. Strain and Cool. When Hibiscus infusion is cool fill tumbler with ice. (Crushed ice would be nice.) Pour fresh squeezed orange juice and cooled Hibiscus infusion over ice. Add a splash or two of Pellegrino. Garnish with orange slices, blackberries, etc if desired. Enjoy!