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Solar shades

Before we built our off-grid shipping container homes, I must admit, my idea of off-grid was not what we have experienced.  I expected it to be so hard, to feel like we would have to make a lot of changes and sacrifices to our lifestyle.  And I was ready for the journey.  But it’s not at all what I expected.

Being off-grid is really like being your own EPA because you have to manage your own resources.  Our bread and butter is the sun and the rain; Solar has been running pretty much everything for us, from the refrigerator to the lights.  And we don’t have a big power system; you can really call us power poor, so we definitely monitor our power usage.  This also means temperature control is a priority.  And since we haven’t installed an AC unit yet, we utilize the sun to heat up our container. 

One of the things that has made a huge difference is our window coverings.  We had temporary paper blinds up for about 2 years, and they were great for privacy but didn’t do enough for controlling the temperature.

We had all sorts of consequences from hot and cold temperatures — motors freezing, leaks, things melting including my favorite candle and the list goes on.  So, we replaced our temporary paper blinds with solar-powered, motorized shades from Somfy and Eclipse Luxury Shades and I couldn’t be more grateful because the energy savings and convenience were immediate and gave us so much more control.  We measured the temperature change, and the shades made the containers 8 degrees cooler… huuuuuge difference.

So let me share with you some of the reasons we chose these specific shades.

When we first discovered Somfy and Eclipse Luxury Shades, I was immediately impressed with their eco-friendly options.  They even had shades made from recycled water bottles, and they were gorgeous.  I didn’t think we would really be able to use the motorized option because again, being off-grid, we are counting our energy.  But these motorized shades don’t suck up our energy.  In fact, we don’t have to think about charging the batteries for at least two years. And even that process is convenient… you just plug them in.

And for the shades that are facing the south, they don’t need charging at all because they are solar-powered, perfect for being off-grid. 

So our off-grid home feels like a smart Jetsons home because with a touch of a button, the shades go up at down at our request.  And they’re so quiet.  We have the shades programmed in sections… so we can press a button to control all of the shades at once or just a few at a time.  We wake up in the mornings, press a button and the shades on one side of the container goes up to let the sun in to start heating things up.  We press another button, and the shades in the bedroom open up without us having to get out of bed.  It’s priceless.

One of the features we haven’t used is with Wi-Fi; you can control the shades from anywhere using their app.  You can even talk to the shades through Alexa and Google Assistant. 

I could go on and on about this experience, which is why I had to share it. 

Experiencing this off-grid lifestyle has been a win-win… we are getting closer to zero waste every day, we are not affected as much by inflation, we are learning so much and having fun doing it and we are building a legacy for generations to come.

So join us on our journey!

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Sweet potato recipe

ADDICTING RED CHILI SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes in some form are traditionally a staple at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  If you make this Red Chili Sweet Potato recipe, I guarantee they will be a staple at every dinner you’re invited to.  They are truly addicting.  Let’s not forget the long line of immune-boosting benefits that come with sweet potatoes.

Need any other reasons to make it?  It’s extremely simple, so give it a try, take photos and let me know what you think.

 

RED CHILI SWEET POTATOES:

 INGREDIENTS

  • 2½ cups Sweet Potatoes, cubed and roasted
  • ½ cup Sesame Vinaigrette (recipe below)
  • ¾ cup Bok Choy, julienned
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Garlic Chives

BELOW INGREDIENTS ARE FOR THE SESAME VINAIGRETTE

  • ¾ cup Rice Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha
  • ⅓ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • ½ cup Grapeseed Oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Roast your sweet potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes (longer if you like your sweet potatoes really soft), then put them aside. They don’t need to be warm when you make the full meal.  In fact, I roast my sweet potatoes the night before and refrigerate them until I’m ready to make the meal.
  2. Next you want to make your sesame vinaigrette sauce. In a large bowl, combine the rice vinegar, sriracha, soy sauce, honey and salt. Mix it well.
  3. Add your sauce to a large sauté pan and once it starts to simmer, you can add your sweet potatoes. Stir them to make sure they get coated well with your sauce.
  4. Let it simmer until the sweet potatoes are heated through.
  5. Mix in your bok choy, sesame seeds and garlic chives and let it simmer for just a few minutes, and you’re done — ready to blow everyone’s mind with the flavors.

 

Be sure to check out our page on natural remedies and add some of those natural ingredients to your next meal.

 

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Pesto

THIS PESTO IS ADDICTING

Who knew something so easy to make could taste soooooo good?!? I’m talking about pesto. I can’t stop eating it.

We have basil taking over our backyard and since we don’t like to waste anything, I needed a recipe that I would like enough to make a lot. THIS IS IT!

Most recipes call for pine nuts but I used walnuts and I’ve made several batches because it’s addicting. I didn’t even have enough for my pasta because we went through the pesto so fast. Quick, delicious snack is toasting bread, spread pesto, add your favorite cheese, tomato and a little balsamic.  You won’t regret it.

And it’s not just the flavor.  The main ingredient, basil, has antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties so it has tons of health benefits.

Keep in mind, you’ll need more than the small quantities you use for seasoning to get the benefits.  But you’ll have no problem overindulging with this pesto recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Handful of chopped garlic chives (I luuuuv Society Garlic chives)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese ( I used a plant-based cheese but you can skip the cheese to make this vegan)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (can substitute with pine nuts or almonds)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (helps preserve and keep it from turning brown)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Add all of your ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until everything it’s to the consistency you like.  I like my pesto a little thick, others like it runny.  You can add more olive oil to change the consistency.
  • The lemon juice helps keep your pesto vibrant green.  Some people add olive oil over the top of the pesto once it’s already made.  Oxygen is what turns the pesto brown.  The idea with the oil is that it forms a barrier to keep the oxygen from getting to the pesto.

Now try it and tell me how much you love it!  

I doubt that there will be any leftovers, but if you make a big enough batch, you CAN freeze the rest.  I simply take the fresh pesto and put it into ice cube trays, freeze until solid, then I keep the cubes in a freezer bag, ready for my next meal.

I add it to sandwiches, bruschetta, pasta, roasted veggies and soups.  Let me know what you make, I love to try new recipes.

Be sure to check out our page on natural remedies and add some of those natural ingredients to your recipe.

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Egg salad

This egg salad recipe is super easy to make and I may be a little biased, but I think it’s the best one you’ll find.  It’s creamy, crunchy and delish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 2 tablespoons relish (link to recipe below)
  • Chopped garlic chives
  • Chopped parsley
  • Finely diced celery (optional, adds good flavor and nice crunch)
  • Finely chopped spinach (optional)
  • Scallions (optional)

Boil your eggs, then immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water.  Let them cool for about 10 minutes.  The cold water makes it easier to peel them.

Peel the eggs then cut them in half and separate the yolk from all 6 eggs.

Put the yolks in a bowl and add all of your ingredients, mashing the yolks and mixing until creamy.

Chop the egg whites into small pieces and mix with your other ingredients and your egg salad is done.  You can eat it on crackers, in wraps and of course on sandwiches.  I like to slightly toast my bread, then spread guacamole on both sides.  Next I add lettuce and tomatoes from the garden, a little balsamic and top it off with the egg salad. DELISH!

The recipe is simple to customize.  I use a vegan, probiotic cream cheese and homemade relish from our Armenian cucumbers; I’ve made it with onion powder, chopped spinach and scallions, even added diced pickles, dill weed and celery.  So play with it until it’s perfect for your palate… then write it down.

Be sure to check out our page on natural remedies  and add some of those natural ingredients to your recipe.

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Pumpkin seeds

Looking for a late-night snack that has just as many health benefits as it does yummy recipes?  Try pumpkin seeds.  Not only are they appetizing (recipe below), but they are filled with all sorts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are natural immune boosters for you and even your pets.

Pumpkin seeds are a high source of iron and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that pumpkin seeds are one of the best foods to eat for getting zinc and magnesium.

And since many of us don’t get enough magnesium naturally in our diets, it’s worth adding pumpkin seeds to your daily routine.

 

BLOOD SUGAR

Magnesium is one of the reasons pumpkin seeds can help people with diabetes manage the disease.

Pumpkin seeds and even the juice can help regulate your blood sugar.

 

BONE HEALTH

The high magnesium content is also good for your bone health.

It contributes to bone density, which is key for preventing osteoporosis. Researchers say magnesium deficiency can cause osteoporosis, so it’s safe to say the bones need magnesium in order to maintain their health.

 

HEART HEALTH

Another benefit to the magnesium packed in pumpkin seeds is the affect on your heart.

The seeds can reduce blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, in turn giving your heart a much-needed break.

Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based, unsaturated omega-3 fat believed to reduce heart disease.

The antioxidants in pumpkin seeds also increases the nitric oxide levels in your body, improving blood flow and helping get rid of plaque in your arteries.

 

INFLAMMATION

Pumpkin seeds are rich in many antioxidants, which reduces inflammation and protects our cells from disease-causing damage.

 

SLEEP

Magnesium also plays a role in helping you fall asleep since it can reduce stress and anxiety… both culprits of insomnia.

But the main reason pumpkin seeds are a great snack before bed is because the seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep. The science behind it is the tryptophan converts to serotonin and melatonin in the body.  Melatonin is a known sleep hormone and serotonin is a feel good hormone.

 

PLANT-BASED PROTEIN

Another benefit is the high protein content.  One ounce of pumpkin seeds have 8.5 grams of protein… a great non-animal source of protein.

 

CANCER

Pumpkin seeds may reduce the chance of certain cancers like stomach, colon, prostate, breast, and even lung cancer. It is believed that the plant-based fiber paired with dietary lignans found in this seed may be what reduces the risk in breast cancer.

As I mentioned above, pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidant nutrients, which play a key role in decreasing cancer risk.

 

PROSTATE AND BLADDER HEALTH

Eating pumpkin seeds also helps relieve the symptoms of Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is where your prostate gland enlarges and you have a hard time urinating. The seeds have a compound, phytoseterol, which is supposed to help keep the prostate from enlarging.

And don’t forget, the seeds are filled with zinc, key for normal prostate function.

The oil from the seeds also help to relieve the symptoms and may even help treat and overactive bladder.

 

DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber which is great to help your digestive system stay on the right track.

They help soften stools and encourage bowel movement.

But don’t eat too much at once.  Too much of that fiber can cause you to be gassy and bloated, therefore even causing constipation.

So everything in moderation.

As healthy as pumpkins are for our bodies, overconsumption can have the opposite effect.

They are high in calories and fats so eating too much can cause you to gain weight.

The American Heart Association recommends having a quarter cup (30 grams) of pumpkin seeds every day as a part of a healthy diet.

 

WAYS TO TRY:

The nice thing about pumpkin seeds is whether you eat them raw or roasted, they maintain their minerals.  While they are good by themselves you can also add them in…

  • Granola
  • Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • In your salads and soups and pesto!!
  • Add to trail mix

 

Another way to eat them is by simply roasting them.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS  (Step-by-step video instructions)

  • Simply wet your pumpkin seeds, whether bought or directly from the pumpkin’s belly.
  • Dry them (Can simply dab them with a paper towel)
  • Cover them in olive oil and whatever seasoning you like (salt and pepper work for me. Also a trick I learned from making kale chips is add your seeds to a baggie, add the oil and seasoning, close the bag and mix
  • Spread your seasoned seeds on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12- 15 minutes. Be sure to flip them half way
  • And voila, a yummy, nutritional snack!!!

 

FUN FACT:

People often refer to pumpkin seeds as “pepitas,” which is Spanish for “little seed of squash.”

We have an entire page of natural remedies. If you have natural remedies you choose, please share them — it takes a community!

 

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Cranberry

Cranberries are a staple at most Thanksgiving dinner tables.  Once you find out how beneficial the fruit is, you’ll want to add it to more than just one meal.  Cranberries are antioxidant powerhouses.

Below are just some of the reasons why:

 

 

Urinary tract health

One of the most common known benefits of cranberries is that it helps with UTIs or urinary tract infections. How? Cranberries are high in proanthocyanidins, chemical compounds that give foods like red cabbage and blueberries their color.  More importantly, it’s a natural antioxidant  that keeps bacteria, that causes UTIs, from sticking to the walls of the bladder.  That means that bad bacteria gets flushed away, reducing the chances of an infection.

But once you’ve got the UTI, the cranberry loses its super powers.  Scientists say it helps in prevention but not really in the treatment.

Also keep in mind, drinking a cranberry cocktail will not give you the same benefits as eating raw cranberries.  If you’re using it for your health, skip the sugar and have it as close to its natural state as possible.

 

 

Digestive benefits

The proanthocyanidins also help get rid of the harmful microbes in your colon. If you eat a lot of meat, sugar, and dairy, cranberries can help by putting good bacteria back in your body.  That will help your digestive track stay on a healthy track.

 

Oral health

Those same antioxidants help fight infections in your mouth.

They’re like a repellent for bacteria on your teeth meaning it keeps the bad bacteria from sticking to your gums and teeth.

This can help prevent cavities, bad breath, and even help lessen the risk of oral cancer.

Again, we’re not talking about cranberry cocktails as the sugar in those drinks may do more harm than good. Often much of the active ingredient in the juice is long gone before it reaches your fridge.

 

 

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF CRANBERRIES

Eat them whole. If you do not like them raw, put them in a smoothie or a salad. Having the whole fruit will give you all of the benefits.

Cranberry juice, not cranberry cocktail, is a great way to enjoy the fruit but you lose the fiber, iron, and calcium that come with eating the whole fruit. If you prefer juice, look for those more natural, without the added sugars.

Dried cranberries are a yummy snack,you don’t have to worry about it spoiling and you’re getting some nutrients.  Still fresh is best.  Once dried, cranberries do lose some of their vitamins  and have a higher calorie content.

Another way to enjoy it… Jelly!  Cranberry sauce isn’t just for Thanksgiving… have it year-round on your toast or sandwiches.

 

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Pomegranate

How pomegranates affect your health

Have you ever had the privilege of biting into a cluster of pomegranate seeds? The reward you get from the juice is priceless.  Needless to say, I love pomegranate season! The satisfying flavor of the fruit speaks for itself.  Along with the juice comes tons of health benefits.

Antioxidants

Pomegranates are full of antioxidants… punicalagins, anthocyanins, and hydrolysable tannins… all antioxidants known to help protect your cells from free radical damage!

Heart

Polyphenolic compounds found in the fruit have been well-known for helping your heart. These compounds in pomegranates may be able to help the inflammation in the arteries and reduce oxidative stress. This can also help lower your blood pressure and help fight plaque build-up in your arteries as well (atherosclerosis).

Tip: Pomegranate juice is an easy way to get the benefits into your system and can also help with chest pain.

Prostate

Studies have shown that drinking pomegranate juice can slow down the rate at which a tumor in your prostate grows. For people who have prostate cancer pomegranates also help promote cells from dying.

Urinary Health

Nobody wants kidney stones and pomegranates can help with that! It can hinder the mechanism that forms kidney stones.

Brain Health

Pomegranates have ellagitannins which are known to reduce inflammation in the body. These compounds can help your brain actually get better! This may be able to help protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s by helping brain cells survive and reducing oxidative stress.

Digestive Health

Pomegranates are rich in fiber and can increase good bacteria in your gut. The beneficial gut bacteria, bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, are supposed to have pre-biotic effects helping prevent many digestive health issues.

Endurance

If you love working out or want to start, pomegranates may be able to replace that protein powder because it may improve your endurance for your workout.

It’s newer research but studies show because pomegranates provide potassium, which is an essential electrolyte for exercise. And remember those antioxidants and polyphenols that I mentioned earlier? Those nutrients are helpful for running and performance.

Try it out for yourself and let us know how it makes a difference in your routine!

We have an entire page of natural remedies. If you have natural remedies you choose, please share them — it takes a community!

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Pomegranate

How pomegranates affect your health

 

Have you ever had the privilege of biting into a cluster of pomegranate seeds? The reward you get from the juice is priceless.  Needless to say, I love pomegranate season! The satisfying flavor of the fruit speaks for itself.  Along with the juice comes tons of health benefits.

 

Antioxidants

Pomegranates are full of antioxidants… punicalagins, anthocyanins, and hydrolysable tannins… all antioxidants known to help protect your cells from free radical damage!

 

Heart

Polyphenolic compounds found in the fruit have been well-known for helping your heart. These compounds in pomegranates may be able to help the inflammation in the arteries and reduce oxidative stress. This can also help lower your blood pressure and help fight plaque build-up in your arteries as well (atherosclerosis).

 

Tip: Pomegranate juice is an easy way to get the benefits into your system and can also help with chest pain.

 

Prostate

Studies have shown that drinking pomegranate juice can slow down the rate at which a tumor in your prostate grows. For people who have prostate cancer pomegranates also help promote cells from dying.

 

Urinary Health

Nobody wants kidney stones and pomegranates can help with that! It can hinder the mechanism that forms kidney stones.

 

Brain Health

Pomegranates have ellagitannins which are known to reduce inflammation in the body. These compounds can help your brain actually get better! This may be able to help protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s by helping brain cells survive and reducing oxidative stress.

 

 

Digestive Health

Pomegranates are rich in fiber and can increase good bacteria in your gut. The beneficial gut bacteria, bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, are supposed to have pre-biotic effects helping prevent many digestive health issues.

 

Endurance

If you love working out or want to start, pomegranates may be able to replace that protein powder because it may improve your endurance for your workout.

It’s newer research but studies show because pomegranates provide potassium, which is an essential electrolyte for exercise. And remember those antioxidants and polyphenols that I mentioned earlier? Those nutrients are helpful for running and performance.

Try it out for yourself and let us know how it makes a difference in your routine!

 

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Avocado

AVOCADOS BENEFITS

 

It’s no secret how amazing avocados are on almost everything including burritos, toast, salsas and of course guacamole.  But the benefits go much further than the flavor; avocados are filled with antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C, E, K and B6, among other nutrients.

 

They’re known for high levels of healthy fat and since they literally have no cholesterol and low sodium (1 avocado has 11mg), I indulge. 

Below are some specific benefits that the avocado brings that may cause you to indulge too.

 

 

Anti-Inflammatory & Heart Health

Because avocados have a ton of niacin it helps with inflammation. When eating it, it can fight inflammation in the body and help protect your arteries.  That in turn helps your heart stay healthy, lowering your cardiovascular inflammation.

In fact, new research from Harvard University shows eating 2 servings of avocados per week may boost your heart health and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

 

Skin Health

The beta carotene protein and other nutrients found in avocado oil are great for your skin.

Rub the oil on your skin for eczema and to help treat psoriasis.  It’s great for moisturizing your skin so it’s also beneficial for conditions like dermatitis since it helps with the itchiness associated with these inflammations.

Also try it on sunburns for faster healing!

Try this: Take the inside of an avocado peel and massage it on your face. Leave the oil on your face for about 15 minutes, rinse it off and let me know how great your skin feels.

 

Healthy Brain Function

Vitamin E is another main nutrient in avocados, and lots of research shows how beneficial vitamin E is for slowing down conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s supposed to keep your brain from declining in thinking and memory skills. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, when taken with Vitamin C, it’s been shown to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 20%.

Fun Fact: Half of an avocado contains about 2 mg of vitamin E.  The recommended daily allowance is 15 mg per day.

 

Strong Bones

Vitamin K is the essential nutrient in strengthening our bones, which yes, is found in avocados. Vitamin K is also an important nutrient for blood clotting.

 

Digestion

Because avocados are high in fiber and insoluble fiber it helps move everything out of your body keeping you from getting constipated.

 

Vision

Eye doctors rave about the nutrients in avocados because they can save your eyes from damage that leads to poor vision.  Specifically, the high amounts of lutein found in avocados protects your eyes from cataracts, macular degeneration and other age-related eye issues.

Fun Fact: Avocados have more lutein than your average lutein supplement.

 

We have an entire page of natural remedies. If you have any avocado recipes or any natural remedies you use, I’d love to try them, so please share — it takes a community!

 

 



 

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Cinnamon

Who doesn’t love the smell of cinnamon? Did you know it’s good for more things than just on your French toast?

Cinnamon was a rare and prized possession back in ancient Egypt, only fit for the wealthy! So, it makes sense that cinnamon is great for more than just breakfast, and now you don’t have to be rich to enjoy the benefits!

I buy cinnamon in bulk and add it to my daily teas, smoothies and I even make cinnamon water.

I have a recipe for cinnamon water AND cinnamon oil at the end of this article.

Diabetes

If you struggle with high blood sugar, or lack the ability to control your blood sugar, cinnamon can help. 

If you take about 0.5 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon a day it will act on your cells mimicking insulin by decreasing the amount of glucose in your body after you eat. 

Not only can it mimic insulin but also will improve your sensitivity to insulin. If you are prone to insulin resistance add some cinnamon to your diet!

Nausea 

Cinnamon is shown to stimulate the cells lining the stomach improving your digestion and soothing your stomach.  That will help prevent vomiting and make that nausea feeling go away!

As soon as you feel any nauseas, grab a cinnamon stick, or ground cinnamon, put it in a cup with boiling water and drink away.  Try it, I’ve felt instant relief.

Antibacterial

Cinnamon can help you fight off bacterial infections and may help treat respiratory infections caused by fungi. But you’ll want to use cinnamon oil for these benefits.

You can buy it or make your own.  There’s a recipe at the end of this article.

Heart Disease

Cinnamon is able to reduce the risk of heart disease due to the benefits of making low blood sugar. Cinnamon is able to get rid of the LDL cholesterol while leaving the HDL cholesterol alone. 

Not only this but cinnamon has shown to be helpful when forming blood clots. This also increases circulation and helps with tissue repair, hopefully in helping repair heart tissue to fight heart disease, strokes, and even heart attacks.

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants which can help improve brain function. This can aid in preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons. The cinnamon is supposed to help with the neurons in your brain that may help stop cognitive decline.  Scientists are still doing further research on these benefits.

Mood / anxiety

If you’re using cinnamon to help keep your home smelling nice you’re most likely improving your mood without knowing it. This will also help relieve your anxiety even before it can happen. While the use of cinnamon can raise dopamine and serotonin levels in any form, I love the smell of cinnamon and recommend making it smell nice in your house so that you are always in a good mood! How can you be stressed if it smells like cinnamon?!

HERE ARE A FEW RECIPES TO GET DAILY BENEFITS FROM CINNAMON

DIY CINNAMON WATER

Cinnamon water- All you need is one glass of water, 2 medium cinnamon sticks or 1 tsp cinnamon powder per cup, and if you like it sweet, a teaspoon of honey.  If you want it right away, add your glass of water to a saucepan along with your cinnamon sticks or powder and bring the water to a boil.  Once it starts boiling, turn off the stove and let the cinnamon water simmer for about 10 minutes.  The water should turn a deep brown.  Add honey and you’re done.

You can also put a cinnamon stick in water overnight, and by morning, you’re ready to start your day!


DIY CINNAMON OIL

Here’s how you can make cinnamon oil using cinnamon sticks, olive oil and a jar (I use quart-sized).  I pack as many cinnamon sticks, vertically inside the jar.  Next I pour in the olive oil, covering the cinnamon sticks by at least a half inch.  Next I seal up the jars and store them in a windowsill for about 3 weeks.  You can store it anywhere warm and dry.  The longer you let them steep, the stronger the oil will taste.  When you’re ready to use it, you’re gonna want to first strain it.  I use cheesecloth and then I store my oil in the pantry, although keeping it in the fridge can give you more than 3 years of storage.  But mine doesn’t last that long.  You can add it to your baking recipes, topically, even in diffusers.

A faster way of making the oil is by ground cinnamon.  You’ll cook about a quarter cup with a cup of olive oil.  Just mix the 2 together over medium heat and let it simmer up to 5 minutes.  Let it cool for about 10 minutes before putting it in your sterilized jar.  This oil can be used immediately, although I’d let it sit for about a week to get a stronger flavor.  Make sure to shake the jar daily and don’t forget to strain the oil before using it.

We have an entire page of natural remedies. If you have natural remedies you choose, please share them — it takes a community!