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Veganism: The Way of the Whole Person by Ilse Singer, VLCE

What, people ask (and argue) does what we eat have to do with leading an inspired and authentic life? With being awake, integrated, and…whole? My answer: Everything.

As Rilke said “I do not want to stay folded anywhere, because where I am folded, there I am a lie”.

Each of us knows, under a multi-layered cloak of conditioning and denial and justification, that causing suffering, doing violence, oppressing, and taking life, is wrong. It goes against our innate sensibilities and the very value system by which we identify ourselves. We believe in protecting the innocent, acting with compassion, and the ideal of a just world.

Denying that knowing is to deny our true nature, our highest self, and so, a part of us remains folded.

Choosing to live as a vegan is choosing to become unfolded, to live in awareness, and to embody our highest truth. Where we are desensitized and in denial, or reaction, we are a lie. As we awaken and begin to live in greater congruence with our core truths and the essence of who we really are, veganism becomes a given. An obviousness. It is part of the path to becoming whole, realized, connected — to the higher self being made manifest.  [Read more…]

An Open Letter to President Clinton, the Once (& Future?) Vegan

Dear President Clinton:

I hold you as the greatest president to have served this country in my lifetime – not to mention being the coolest and the best musician. A great day for me was January 26, 2013, when a letter arrived on your official stationery and signed with your own pen (nice pen, by the way) regarding my book, Main Street Vegan. You wrote: “I’m delighted that you’re helping to make the vegan lifestyle more accessible and achievable for as many people as possible….”

You can imagine how dispirited I am that your recent appearance on Rachael Ray confirmed the rumors I’ve heard for months: you’ve given up on being vegan. Now, obviously, the way anyone eats is a personal choice, but I feel sad that you may never have been shown how this particular dietary choice is, well, way more than a diet. Sure, eating whole, plant-based foods is a profoundly healthful way for people to nourish themselves. It is the only practice – dietary or medical – proven, re-proven, and never disproven to reverse cardiovascular disease, the condition that got you looking at healthier eating to begin with. But it goes so much further, all the way to the essence of holistic health. How can we be genuinely healthy when we’re causing others to suffer?

There are plenty of ways to approach nutrition for general health and certainly for weight loss. Any of them is likely to be superior to the SAD (Standard American Diet), widely known for its soda and fried chicken, its pizza and Buffalo wings, and the 21st century “cup of coffee,” a 16-ounce caffeinated milkshake. But only in getting the animals off our plates are we eating for integrity as well as health. I know of no other dietary choice that puts compassion ahead of convenience.

In addition, only by moving away from animal agriculture can we stem the tide – if it’s not too late – of environmental disaster. I’m sure you’re as familiar as I am with the assessments of the UN and the World Bank that raising animals for food is the number one human-induced cause of climate change, not to mention water use and water pollution, topsoil erosion and rainforest loss.

Focusing on fish doesn’t solve the problem. Ninety percent of the fish that once swam our oceans have been fished away in the past century. The oceans are emptying so rapidly that the scientific consensus is that by 2048 there will be, for all practical purposes, no fish in the sea.

One of the statements you reportedly made on TV was: “It’s hard being a vegan to get enough good quality protein…”I know your current physician is of the low-carb school of thought. Dietary philosophies are largely that: philosophies. You’ve dealt with philosophies all your life, and with politicians clinging to one ideology or another, sometimes despite the facts, or when everybody had some piece of the truth and together might have had it all. Diets – and doctors – aren’t much different.

In this country, vegans get more than enough protein; non-vegans get way more than enough – and the excess may not be a good thing. Among the vegan athletes apparently getting protein of sufficient quality are MMA’s Mac Danzig, the NFL’s David Carter, strongman Patrik Baboumian who walked 10 meters (32.8 feet) with 550 kilograms (just over 1212 pounds) on his shoulders, and ultramarathoner Rich Roll who did five Ironman-style events in a week.

You also said, “I know a lot of fat vegans…” Come on, Bill: you know a lot of fat Democrats and you’re not leaving the party. When I went vegan back in the 80s, it seemed that everybody who did it lost weight – I’ve kept off sixty pounds since Reagan was in office. These days there are all kinds of vegan convenience and snack foods so vegans can choose to be as fat as other Americans. Democracy in action!

Those of us who want to be trim and fit limit the amount of processed foods we eat, and favor instead vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and some nuts and seeds. Grains? OMG, aren’t grains the carbo-devil? Well, they haven’t been for all the human populations they’ve kept alive for millennia, but you know what? They’re not required. Raw-food vegans rarely eat them, and those whose take on veganism is more eco-Atkins (higher protein and fat, lower carb) go easy on them too. There’s plenty of food left to eat.

It’s all so American: about choice. And self-determination. Forging your destiny. And statistically, plant-eaters are still the BMI champs. In the huge Adventist Health Study-2, looking at dietary patterns of omnivores, fishivores (pesco-vegetarian is a contradiction in terms), lacto-ovo-vegetarians, and vegans, only the last group came in under the mean for being overweight. [Read more…]

Starting and Growing a Meetup® Group By Christine Day, VLCE

Finding other vegans to support and befriend one another is an important part of growing a social network. But how do you find others who share your interests? Check out Meetup.com for a great way to not only find compatible people but to also organize and enjoy activities together.

If you haven’t done much with Meetup.com before, get to know this website that serves as a network of local groups allowing like-minded individuals to find each other and get together. Your free membership allows you to browse and join the various existing groups or, for a fee, start your own Meetup group. According to their website (www.meetup.com), there are over 9,000 groups to choose from. Looking for a hiking group? Just type it into the search box. Or how about stuff to do in Ottawa, Ontario, if you’re “silly” twentysomething? Join one of the other 499 “Silly People in their 20’s Who Like Doing Stuff”? There’s a Meetup group for everyone!

When I first joined my vegan Meetup group, it had only a few members. The original organizer stepped down from that role and asked for someone else to take over. Because I believed in what he’d started, I decided to step up and run it.

Since I’m never afraid to use the v-word, one of the first things I did was change the name from “Southern Tier of New York Plant Eaters” to “Triple Cities Vegans” which I felt was more succinct and easier to remember. It was also important to me that the group not be exclusive to vegans so I made sure the description encouraged vegetarians and omnivores to join. No sense preaching to the vegan choir if your goal is to spread veganism.

My second goal was to grow our membership. Meetup gives organizers tools to promote their groups so I took advantage of one which allowed me to print off customizable flyers with pull- off tags. I took these flyers to libraries, health food stores, naturopathic practices, yoga studios, and anywhere else with a community billboard. I also promoted the group on my personal and business Facebook pages and Tweeted upcoming events.

The result? We went from six members to 46 in just a few months and we continue to grow. At a recent Health and Wellness Expo I participated in, I had over 20 people enthusiastically take information on joining. [Read more…]

The Mobile Vegan – 5 Favorite Apps to Get Your Veganism On-the-Go by Carmella Lanni-Giardina, VLCE

As much as many of us would love to stay in our vegan bubbles, we need to be social and experience the world. In that world, we’re met with scenarios that may test our commitment to veganism. The monthly staff lunch, your friends’ wedding, planning a vacation or moving to a new town can bring up a bit of anxiety in some of us.

“WHAT AM I GOING TO EAT?!?!?!”

“WHERE CAN I FIND <fill in the blank>?”

To get the answers, a number of us go to our communities: peers, local area residents, social media, etc.

What if you could get the answer right at our fingertips? Well, if you have a Smartphone, you can!

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Here are 5 mobile apps to help get you on your way. Some are free. Some are paid. Decide what works for you!

mobile app 2VeganXpress (iOS) – Paid $1.99 – Invaluable! Vegan Xpress is a comprehensive guide to dining out or grocery shopping. Highly recommend the investment. Sorry, not yet available for Android devices.

VeganXpress lists vegan menu items at many of the popular restaurant and fast food chains in the country. It provides information on food items, which is great while grocery shopping. For those who have been yearning for a vegan drinks app, VeganXpress now has vegan wine, beer and liquor lists.

mobile app 3Is It Vegan? (Android / iOS) – Free w/ Paid Ad-Free Option – Can’t find “vegan” on the label? Don’t quite trust that brand? There’s an app to the rescue!

Is It Vegan? is a database of products and ingredients. Search by brand, product or ingredient and learn if that item can be considered vegan. It includes a bar scanner to make the search quicker.

It goes into detail showing why an item would be considered vegan. There’s a meter to show how “safe” an item is to be vegan. Added feature: You can set the app to consider sugar as a vegan ingredient. [Read more…]

4 Simple Steps for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet by Carol Morgan Cox, VLCE

I stood in my kitchen looking at my now almost-empty fridge and had no idea what I was going to eat or cook. It was the morning after I had watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and thrown away all of the meat, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and eggs in my refrigerator. This was a huge change for me, as I had been eating some kind of animal food at every meal.

I have to admit that the next few months were rocky, as I wandered the grocery store aisles searching for plant-based options and carefully reading ingredients, experimented with new foods, and struggled to find recipes that were easy to make. (Fortunately, my husband was very supportive, even on the nights when the meals did not turn out quite like I had hoped.)

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To help you on your transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle, here are four simple steps I learned during mine.

  1. Set your intention and be mindful of your choices.

Take a few minutes today and think about why you’ve decided to take this journey. You can write it down in a journal or create a note on your computer or phone.

Setting an intention and making a commitment to yourself early on can make the difference between continuing down the path versus stopping and turning around after only a few steps.

Change can be hard: there are new things to learn, old habits to break, unfamiliar patterns to establish. Be open to new ideas and new ways of looking at yourself and the world. If resistance comes up, sit with it and ask why it’s there. There are no right or wrong answers; this is your unique journey of discovery.

  1. Swap out common animal-based foods for plant-based options.

There are so many delicious alternatives nowadays, so on your next few trips to the grocery store pick up some of the following plant-based foods:

  • Milk = Rice, almond, soy, hemp, or flax milk
  • Butter = Earth Balance plant-based butter
  • Mayonnaise = Veganaise or Beyond Mayo
  • Cheeses, ice creams, and yogurts = Look for brands like Daiya, So Delicious, and Tofutti
  • Eggs = Ener-G egg replacer
  • Meat = Check out Beyond Meat’s chicken-like strips, sausages from Field Roast and Tofurky, and veggie burgers from Sunshine Burgers and Dr. Praeger’s
  1. Select trigger points.

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Vegan Pressure Cooking: 3 reasons to try it (plus a giveaway) by JL Fields, VLCE

I came to veganism later in life, the year I turned 45, and I needed some serious help. My husband did most of the cooking in our home during the first years of our marriage because he loved it and because I traveled so much. When I went vegetarian, he handled it with ease. He became a pro at pressing tofu and all things meatless. Eight years later – when I proclaimed, “I’m a vegan!” – well, he suggested I step up my game in the kitchen.

I was a little lost but found my way by reading vegan blogs and cookbooks. And then I discovered the pressure cooker. Game changer.

Here are three reasons to consider vegan pressure cooking:

  1. Fast food.

Beans and grains, two delicious and important foods in a vegan diet, can be made in a matter of minutes. Yes, minutes. Soak black beans, chickpeas or whole dry green peas overnight and those legumes will cook up in anywhere from seven to 15 minutes. Brown rice cooks up in 22 minutes and quinoa in just one minute.

Many fruits and vegetables cook in less than five minutes; potatoes in just six minutes means mashed potatoes in under 15 minutes!

One-pot meals like this Chik’n Lentil Noodle Soup, filled with vegetables, legumes, and soba noodles, can cook in as little as eight minutes.

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Photo: Kate Lewis

Chik’n Lentil Noodle Soup

This soup is a reader favorite on my blog, I suspect because it is reminiscent of a childhood favorite for many of us—and because it’s incredibly easy to prepare and delicious! The “chicken” flavoring is simply seasoning. I use Butler Chik-Style seasoning, though your favorite brand of dry seasoning will do just fine. This is rich in protein and packed with healthy vegetables.

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cups (200 g) green beans (fresh or frozen), snapped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup (130 g) chopped carrots
  • 1 cup (120 g) chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons vegan chicken flavored seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 cup (200 g) dried brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 4 ounces (112 g) soba noodles
  • 4 cups (940 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 to 1 1⁄2 cups (235 to 355 ml) water

In an uncovered pressure cooker, heat the oil on medium-high. Add the garlic, onions, green beans, carrots, and celery and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken-flavored seasoning, bay leaf, and sage and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the lentils, noodles, and vegetable both. Stir to combine. Cover and to bring to pressure. Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes. Use a quick release. Sample both the lentils and the noodles. If they are not cooked through, simmer on low in the uncovered pressure cooker until done. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Recipe Notes

  • You can find vegan chicken-style seasoning or Bouillon cubes at most grocery stores.
  • To deepen the flavor further, use vegan chicken broth instead of vegetable broth.

Recipe: Vegan Pressure Cooking: Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes (Fair Winds Press, January 2015) by JL Fields

  1. Save money.

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Eat Happy in 2015 by Victoria Moran

Every year around this time, lots of people are trying to eat better, lose some weight, and generally get their act together. But maybe we’re looking at the food thing wrong: instead of focusing first on eating healthy, let’s think about eating happy. While there isn’t universal agreement on this, there is compelling evidence to suggest that many of the foods we think of as producing health may produce happiness, too.

The majority of foods believed to be mood-boosters are what vegans consume as a matter of course: complex carbohydrates, leafy greens, other richly-colored vegetables, and fruits, nuts and seeds. The brain chemical most often credited for feelings of contentment and wellbeing is serotonin. More serotonin is synthesized as the amino acid tryptophan enters the brain, so one would think that consuming more high-protein foods – protein is made up of amino acids, after all – would pave the highway to happiness, but that’s not the case.

You can think of tryptophan as kind of shy and retiring, not an amino acid to aggressively push itself from bloodstream to brain as many of the others are wont to do. Eating more carbohydrates – and we’re talking nature’s carbs: vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fruit — appears to enable more tryptophan to get into your brain.

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Serotonin production is also aided by:

  • B-complex vitamins. Whole grains are rich sources overall. Folate and vitamin B12 are believed to play a role in warding off depression, some types of dementia, and central nervous system maladies. Get folate from greens (i.e., foliage – the vitamin and its foremost source share a root) and beans, rather than from its artificial form, folic acid, which may encourage the develop of breast cancer. Some plant-based foods – nondairy milks, most brands of nutritional yeast flakes, some breakfast cereals – are fortitied with vitamin B12, but you’re supplementing anyway to be sure you’re on the safe side.
  • Vitamin D. Get it from sunshine and supplements (look for a vegan vitamin D3). Individual needs vary widely; get your levels checked by your doctor.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax, walnuts, savi seeds, chia, and kiwifruit are plant sources of ALA, which the body can convert into the usable forms of omega-3, DHA and EPA. Since it’s uncertain how well this conversion happens in a particular individual, many physicians and dieticians recommend taking algae-based DHA/EPA supplement providing 300 mg. of DHA (the amount of EPA doesn’t matter so much, since ALA converts to it more easily).

The trace mineral selennium is another good-mood nutrient, shown to improve mild-to-moderate depression. This masterful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory is found in whole grains, beans, and nuts and seeds, especially Brazil nuts. Nutrition guru Michael Greger, MD, recommends twenty-two Brazil nuts a month to meet selennium needs – you can either pop one a day, or make Brazil nut milk (delicious!) every couple of weeks

Several studies imply that eating breakfast – pretty much any breakfast, it appears – leads to more vitality throughout the day, greater calmness, and even a better memory. If you include a banana, you’re getting B6, whch boosts production of dopamine, another feel-good brain chemical, and magnesium, a mineral believed to contribute to an upbeat attitude. Add blueberries or blackberries and let their anthocyanins, the antioxidants belied by the berries’ rich color, further aid the production of dopamine.

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Starting fresh in the new year as a vegan by Colleen O’Connell, VLCE

Are you trying to go vegan in the New Year? It’s really not so tough! The key is to approach it with small, simple steps to slowly transition. I’ve got some great tips to help the smaller change last.

  1. Eat your veggies. This lifestyle includes an abundance of plant-based options, but make sure you eat enough and eat things you truly enjoy! Nobody wants to feel tired or hungry when they start out on a vegan diet, and there are two easy solutions to these problems. First, eat more plants. Vegetable-based foods are often much lighter than the animal products you are used to, but know it is okay to fill up on more vegetables and grains than you have in the past. Your body will be adapting to a different diet, and it may seem unnatural to eat a larger volume of food, but you will feel so much better after mealtime! Second, don’t forget the vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is easily found in animal proteins, but not naturally occurring in plant foods. This supplement is essential for energy and brain function on a vegan diet, and easily accessible in a local natural foods store or online.

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  1. Don’t spend tons of money on new equipment and cookbooks. This might be an exciting step in your journey, but it unnecessary and can leave you broke or worn out. Instead, focus your energy on finding some recipes online (there are TONS!) that you believe can really work for your lifestyle. Make a grocery list, head to the store, and get what you need. I love Kris Carr’s weekly recipe planner. Spend your time and energy on choosing interesting recipes, and make sure you have a game plan at the beginning of each week.
  1. Find a local community or support group. There are vegan Meetup groups in many cities throughout the country. An important component of change is to have someone to hold you accountable. If you don’t have a local meetup group, start your own! A vegan community is also a great place to meet lifelong friends, exchange recipes, or just eat some good food with like-minded individuals.

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Go Green This Christmas! by Sarah Eastin, VLCE

Are you searching for the perfect last minute gift? The ideas below will help you and your loved ones care for the environment, people and animals by being a bit more “green,” minimizing packaging and waste, and giving back to those in need. All of this while having some fun too!

  • Ask for and give donations to your favorite charities instead of presents. The options here are almost endless with many great organizations needing year-end help. Some of my favorites are animal advocacy groups and rescues.
  • Adopt, foster a homeless animal or take your loved ones to volunteer at a shelter or visit an animal sanctuary.
  • Give healthy snacks. When you make homemade food it adds a wonderful personal touch and almost everyone loves some fun vegan snacks! Here is an easy-to-make recipe that I really like for Sweet and Spicy Nuts to get the wheels in your head turning:
Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Cayenne pepper gives these slightly sweet walnuts a piquant kick. If you have a large pan, you can easily double this recipe (Veganized from the website: Whole Living).

Serves 8 (makes 2 cups)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat maple syrup, oil, and 1 tablespoon water over medium heat. Add walnuts; toss to coat.
  2. Sprinkle the sugar, salt, cumin, coriander, and cayenne over the nuts. Cook, tossing and stirring until the nuts are well coated and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet to cool completely.
  • It’s also great to support small vegan food businesses too. There are tasty vegan foods almost everyone on your gift list will love. Fruit baskets and bouquets are great healthy gifts, as well.
  • Give a gift certificate to your favorite vegan restaurant.
  • Prepare a vegan meal for Christmas dinner or host a Christmas party or potluck with delightful vegan fare. There are so many delicious vegan options and pushing family and friends to get creative with their culinary skills can be a ton of fun! Reuse some slightly used ugly Christmas sweaters and you are set for a very entertaining night!
  • Give the gift of vegan lifestyle and healthy eating coaching sessions.
  • Give the gift of health. If you have family members who are stressed, a massage, facial, or trip to a day spa may be the perfect way to perk them up.
  • A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership to a local farm is another great way to support local farmers and sustainable agriculture.
  • Support vegan fashion, cosmetics, personal care products and businesses, my goodness the possibly endless and so much fun! Check out one of my favorites: The Compassionate Closet.
  • Pick up some super-fun vegan-inspired merchandise to spread the compassionate message at Big City Vegan.
  • Give some videos, books, or magazine subscriptions all about vegan lifestyles. There are wonderful children’s (and adult) books that teach children about being kind to animals. KIND News is a great magazine subscription to give the little ones in your life (subscriptions can also be donated to classrooms).
  • Support local businesses- fun hand crafted items that have a very thoughtful appeal; you can find many of these at Craft Fairs in your city.
  • Make gifts from recycled materials, as I’ve done for years. There are so many fun ideas and this is a great project for kids. These can really push you to use your creative skills, even if you don’t think you have many. You can check out Pinterest for some ideas. I made this fun candle holder from recycled glass jars and gave them to friends as presents last year.

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  • Make your ornaments and decorations from recycled and reused material; you can even make your own Christmas tree! See Pinterest  again for ideas, this is another great project for kids. Save your gift wrapping to use throughout the year or for next Christmas. You can also make ornaments or decorations from any fun paper, bows or cards you have gotten previously. Check these decorations out I made from recycled toilet paper tubes as an example:

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5 NON-TOXIC ways to scent your Home for the Holidays by Kris Gurksnis, VLCE

The smell of fresh-cut pine trees or cookies baking in the oven can invoke fond memories of the holidays, compelling us to light a candle, squirt a fragrance spray or use a plug-in to create a festive vibe.

Unfortunately, there is a hidden danger in air fresheners called Phthalates. Used in air fresheners to make scents linger longer, Phthalates are an endocrine disruptor linked to birth defects, breast cancer, asthma and reproductive issues. This toxic chemical has also been shown to have negative affects on our pets’ health. They are a hidden danger because there are no requirements to list them on product labels.

Instead, scent your home with holiday cheer by trying some of these wicked easy, natural, non-toxic, compassionate alternatives!

  1. NATURAL ROOM SPRAYS

Making a natural room spray is simple, fun and makes a great gift!

Check out my 3-minute, step-by-step video to learn how to do it: http://youtu.be/V9nUR0v5DJ0

  1. BRING THE OUTSIDE IN!

Collecting pinecones, sprigs and berries on a woodland wanderlust is a great way to get outside, connect with the earth and bring the “outside in.”

Fresh Sprigs

Gathering sprigs can be a magical experience – personally and aromatically! White pine is one of my favorites to gather due to its beauty and healing properties. The needles make a wonderful tea for colds or respiratory issues. Arrange sprigs in decorative centerpieces, wreaths or basket arrangements.

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Clove Oranges

Using a candy thermometer or pencil tip, poke holes in a ripe orange to create a design for your cloves. After the design is finished, insert the cloves in the holes. Arrange in a decorative basket by themselves or mixed with cinnamon pinecones. The juice from the orange infused with clove is the bees knees.

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Cinnamon Pinecones

Gather 10-15 pinecones. Place on a cookie sheet bake at 175’ for an hour or until they open. Remove from the oven and let them cool. In a small spray bottle, mix 45 drops of cinnamon essential oil with distilled water and spray the pinecones. Place in a paper bag and allow them to marinate for a few days. When ready, place in a decorative bowl or basket. 

  1. HOLIDAY SIMMAH

This is a quick way permeate the scent of the holidays throughout the home. Have fun and “spice it up” with various spices.

Place 5 cinnamon sticks, a dash of cloves, 2 slices of orange and some star anise in a pan with approximately ½ cup of water. Let simmah for about an hour on the lowest setting. Enjoy!

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  1. HOLIDAZED & DIFFUSED

There are many types of aromatherapy diffusers; two popular ones are ultrasonic and ceramic.   Ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers break down the essential oil into micro particles, dispersing the scent into the air. Ceramic diffusers are heated by a tea light and are a less expensive option. Please keep in mind, animals are very sensitive to essential oils, so please check to see which ones are safe to use around your pet.

Here are some of my favorite holiday essential oil blends:

Sugar Cookie

½ tsp Vanilla Absolute

6 drops Cinnamon essential oil

2 drops Nutmeg essential oil

The Perfect Tree

7 drops Douglas Fir essential oil

4 drops Rosemary essential oil

3 drops Cypress essential oil

2 drops Nutmeg essential oil

Cold & Flu

4 drops Eucalyptus

3 drops Rosemary

2 drops Basil

2 drops Bergamot or Lavender

  1. ALWAYS KEEP ROSEMARY BY YOUR GARDEN GATE AND FRONT DOOR

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