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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Raw Protein Hemp Milk Recipe

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to transition away from cow’s milk and implement a nut milk replacement. Organic milk is ridiculously expensive and who knows how valid a “farmer’s pledge” to avoid using artificial growth hormones on their cows really is. Would you bet your health on that? Not me.

Nut milk often comes with preservatives such as carrageenan, which has been linked to gut disorders.1 Other additives such as synthetic vitamins, minerals, calcium carbonate and the ambiguous “natural flavors” typically peppers ingredient lists. The taste of store-bought nut milk has been off-putting and not a viable economic solution for a large family, so naturally I sought out home-made nut milk. My first attempt wasn’t really an attempt, but review of what it would take to make almond milk. I’ve taken on quite a few home-made tasks and I wasn’t at all motivated by the involving process of almond milk.

Shelled hemp seed is a powerhouse of nutrition. Rich in fatty acids and essential amino acids, it contains GLA 2, very important for me include in my diet. Studies show that Gamma Linoleic Acid can be beneficial to a variety of skin and hair issues as well as menopausal and PMS symptoms.3 Hemp seed also has naturally occurring minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc.2

When I learned how easy and delicious it was to make Hemp seed milk, I tweaked the recipe to suit my family. I’m so thrilled to begin the process of moving away from cow’s milk!


Home-made, raw protein hemp milk is delicious, creamy and nutritious.

  1. 1 cup of raw shelled hemp seeds.
  2. 3 cups of filtered water.
  3. 2-3 tbsp. of raw honey or maple syrup.
  4. 1 tbsp. of Miessence Complete Protein Powder
  5. 1 tbsp. of Oatstraw tincture for calcium.
  6. A dash of salt to taste.
  7. Blend in a blender until smooth.

Store your milk in a glass container or a chemical-free plastic, if you can find it. Some recipes call for straining the milk through a cheese cloth and discard the seeds. I try not to waste wholesome foods and don’t mind the bit of grit in the milk. If you want a smoother drink, feel free to strain the seeds from the final product.

IMG_20150928_084851This recipe turned out pretty sweet. Literally and figuratively. Smile  I would suggest adding only two tablespoons of honey. The Miessence Complete Protein is naturally sweetened with monk fruit and adds to the sweet factor. If you have children stuck on cow’s milk, that extra sweet factor may be a hit with them. Otherwise, adding another cup of filtered water can dilute the sweetness. Every single one of my children (outside of my nursling) LOVED this recipe, even my pickiest child! I love this recipe and I can’t stand anything remotely related to cow’s milk. I find myself wanting to sip on it. The protein powder is raw and gives this recipe it’s creamy, smooth taste that I love.

Oatstraw for Calcium

I added oatstraw tincture for a boost of calcium. Oatstraw is rich in calcium and other minerals.4 I had home-made oatstraw tincture on hand and the herb itself. If you don’t have the tincture available, but the herb, you can infuse oatstraw in water either overnight or by steeping in boiled water (then, cooled), and add this in place of filtered water. I don’t know how this method tastes, but oatstraw is such a mild and mellow flavor, I don’t think it will have a negative impact on the taste, it might add to it. If you don’t have neither, you can replace the oatstraw tincture with two tsp. of vanilla for flavor.

You can make your own tinctures here.


Although hemp seed’s nutritional composition is made with protein, my main objective in adding protein IMG_20150929_074057powder is to bulk up the “milk” (My 11-year-old reminded me that there is “milk” in the recipe and isn’t milkSmile) and provide a balance to my home-made cereal in the mornings. Miessence Complete Protein has a complete amino acid profile from complementary sources of grain, legume and seed, making up for the deficiencies of the limiting amino acid.5  With this, I feel confident I’m providing my family a healthy start to the day! I was shocked to see my children only eating ONE, SMALL bowl of my home-made cereal with the hemp milk. In comparison to cow’s milk, they usually ask for seconds. They didn’t even ask for a second bowl with the hemp milk stating that they were “full”.

Mission accomplished.


This recipe is extremely versatile. Add raw cacao powder and extra sweetener for a chocolaty treat. You can add a boost of antioxidants, by adding BerryRadical Superfoods, which will give you a fruity, chocolaty flavor.











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Build Your Natural Medicine Cabinet with Herbal Tinctures

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food” – Hippocrates


Making your own herbal tinctures is an empowering, cost-effective way to build a natural medicine cabinet. I’ve been tincturing over a year now and absolutely love it. My favorite tincture in my medicine cabinet is Echinacea, Which works wonders on nipping colds and flus in the bud. Tincturing is truly simple and once you’ve gotten the basic equipment  and know how, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t done this before!

Learn and Grow

When starting out, begin by familiarizing and researching a single herb. Answer these questions as you move forward with information. What do I wish to accomplish? What components of the herb works better? Is it a gentle herb? Always begin with a gentle herb. Be aware that the medical community isn’t generally favorable towards herbs as a remedy and review studies with this in mind. An herbalist or someone in that field would be the perfect source of information. Signing up for herbal newsletters and following well-known herbalists, such as Susun Weed or Rosemary Gladstar, online is a good way to stock your herbal knowledge. Experience is the best teacher, don’t be afraid to get your feet wet! Below I list a few reference books you can purchase on line or borrow from your local library at the end of this article.

What is a Tincture?

It is important to have clarity on this term. All tinctures are an extract, but not all extracts are tinctures. A tincture is an extract created by an alcohol solvent. Other forms are extracts can be created by these solvents: water, oil, glycerin, vinegar. Each of these methods extracts different properties of the herb. Alcohol is the most potent medical medium and herbal tinctures created by an alcohol solvent can last years. There are differing opinions as to which solvent works best to extract and preserve the properties of the herb. The answer isn’t straightforward and depends on the herb itself. You’ll be able to answer those questions with experience and research. Those who wish to avoid alcohol can use other mediums of course. My personal experience has shown me that alcohol works best with some, but not with others. Echinacea tinctures have been extremely effective in stopping colds & flus at the onset of symptoms, but Black Elderberry tincture was not as effective. Personally speaking Elderberry extracted with water (as a syrup) works better than it’s alcohol counterpart.


When it comes to your food, never undermine quality for the sake of price. It is not worth your health. If you need to purchase dried herbs, my recommended, go-to source, is Mountain Rose Herbs. They have been steadfast in the quality of their herbs. Most, if not all, of their herbs are certified organic and I’ve been a satisfied customer for years. I’m in no way affiliated with the company, I just highly recommend them.  The best, and I dare say most satisfying way, is to grow your own organic, pesticide-free, herbs. Herbs can be grown indoors, year round. To ensure you grow the best herbs possible, make sure the soil you grow your herbs in is rich in composted organic materials with a healthy microbe ecology. Learn more about soil health here.  You can also wild craft herbs. I went on my first wild crafting adventure this past spring with my younger ones. I wild crafted Dandelions. Dandelions are rich in iron. If you do not use chemicals on your lawn and your lawn is far from heavy-traffic, you can wild craft a herb growing freely in your own lawn. Make sure you get enough to fill up a quart or a pint glass jar.

Start With a Nourishing Herb

If you’re unsure what to tincture, start with a nourishing herb. Nourishing herbs are the safest of all herbs. They rarely have side effects and can be taken generally, in any quantity. They act as food, providing nutrients, simple sugars, starches and more. Examples of nourishing herbs are:

  • Alfalfa
  • Borage
  • Red Raspberry Leaf
  • Comfrey
  • Nettles
  • Red Clover1

Basic EquipmentIMG_20150929_222145

  • 80 proof (or higher) alcohol – Preferably vodka.
  • Herb of your choice
  • A pint or quart glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • cheese cloth
  • Large glass bowl
  • Funnel or measuring cup with a small lip
  • dark dropper bottles
  • labels

How-To With Dried Herbs

There are differing opinions on whether fresh herbs tincture better than dried. The general rule --  fresh is always the best way to go, but dried herbed tinctures fare just as well. Fill your container half way with the dried herb. Pour the vodka over the dried herb all the way to top, leaving a half inch to an inch from the top. Make sure your herbs are completely covered with the vodka. Any exposed herb can mold. Add more liquid as needed to cover over the next few days. Cover with a tight fitting lid. Here’s where canning jars can come in handy, or at least canning lids can be used. Label the container with the herb, it’s plant name, type of alcohol, proof of alcohol, date it was created and the end date. Shake the container and keep out of direct sunlight for 6 weeks.  Shake once a day. When the tincture is ready to be decanted, place a cheese cloth over a large glass bowl and strain the tincture over it. (You can use a veggie bag, whatever is chemical-free and allows you to wring easily.) Wring the cheese cloth until most of the liquid has been squeezed out. Pour the tincture in a dark dropper bottle through a funnel and label it. You can dump the spent herbs in a compost pile.

How-To With Fresh Herbs

With fresh herbs, the instructions are exactly the same, except you’ll want to fill up your container to the top with chopped herbs. The vodka should cover the herbs completely.

Taking Your Tincture

IMG_20150929_222326Because alcohol tinctures are potent, they can be added to tea, water and other liquids to dilute the taste. They can be taken direct. Under the tongue is the quickest way to ingest tinctures. This way, the extract enters the bloodstream more quickly and the effects are felt more quicker. Dosing is not an exact science, but you should be familiar with the amounts. Typically, one dropperful is a child’s portion and equals (very roughly) to about an 1/8th of a teaspoon. Two dropperfuls would be an adult dose. Tincture dosing is also measured in drops. Twenty-five to thirty drops are in a dropperful. A good guideline to use –- two dropperfuls of tincture is the same as one cup of tea.  If you’re concerned about the alcohol in tinctures, the amount in one dropperful of tincture is minuscule. I read somewhere, and I cannot find the source of this info, that the amount was the same as a very ripe banana.  I highly recommend Rosemary Gladstar’s “Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide…”.It is easy to read, understand and covers just about all the basics to tincturing with some solid recipes to boot. This book covers and explains dosing in clear, sensible way.


Boost Your Tinctures

I enjoy filling my kitchen cabinets with jarred herbs and tinctures and the peace of mind that comes with that. Wholesome food, I feel, is a rarity and shopping at a major grocery store does not offer what I look for…quality, intact, real food. So, home-made is the route I’ve chosen to take. It’s thrilling to make tinctures and even more thrilling, is maximizing them with fulvic acids. Naturally occurring, Fulvic Acids are nature's batteries, acting as a superelectrolyte to revitalize cells and improve vitamin and mineral absorption. You can add them to a dropperful of tincture in a cup of water or tea. Recently, I added a teaspoon of fulvic acids during the tincturing process. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

I’m co-hosting a giveaway with Holistic Parenting Magazine in giving away a bottle of fulvic acids to three winners. You can win one here or buy one here.

Do you tincture? Share your experiences!


Recommended Reading and Source List:

1. Wise Woman Herbal: Childbearing Year; Weed, Susun S.; Ash tree Publishing, Woodstock, NY; 1986

Mountain Rose Herbs (dot) com

Learning Herbs (dot) com

Rosemary Gladstar – Short Bio

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Grade “A” Skincare Giveaway!

Things have been buzzing on Facebook when a ND from Texas analyzed the ingredients in popular MLM skincare products. Dr. Bridges, who is not affiliated with any of the brands, graded them, according to the ingredients from A to F-. The brands listed:
  • Miessence
  • Shaklee’s Enfuselle
  • Arbonne
  • Nerium
  • Rodan+Fields
  • Modere
  • (Soon to come – CounterBeauty, Essante, Melaluca, Forever Living, NYR Organic & more)
Dr. Bridges handed out Ds and Fs mostly, except for the only A (at the time of publishing) which went to Miessence! Miessence representatives and customers are definitely not surprised by this.
Take a moment and visit Dr. Bridges thread and following the fascinating conversations on green-washing, label-reading and valid third party verifications. If you feel so inspired leave your thoughts in a comment at this post( .

I’m so proud to be a Miessence representative and to celebrate our “A” grade, we are giving away ONE SKIN ESSENTIALS PACK with one INLIVEN PROBIOTIC SUPERFOOD!
This celebratory giveaway is open to subscribers of my newsletter. However, everyone is welcome to subscribe! Simply go to FREE TOXIC RESOURCE TEST tab and fill out the form and type #GradeAGiveway2015 in the “How you found me field”. You can earn another entry by referring friends and family. Simply send them this link, follow the same instructions and have them add YOUR name to the “How you found me” field. Please note – you must be subscribed first, and use the exact name used in subscribing. The giveaway is open to US, Can, UK, Australia, New Zealand. 18+. Ends October 31st.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Infographic: How Our Food Broke

I’ve been talking a lot about fulvic acid supplements lately and will probably will continue to cover, what I believe, to be an essential and vital connection to our health and the soil.

So many of us are unaware of the true devastation of what’s taking place with conventional farming, pesticide, herbicide and lawn maintenance.  We are so far removed from our food and I believe that if we all were enlightened in regards to basic soil life and what that means to our essential need for nourishment, I suppose we be in an uproar. I took a moment to create an infographic to condense the exquisite amount of details surrounding fulvic acid.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Updated: Soulful Soil–Miessence Fulvic Acids Giveaway!

Miessence Fulvic Acids©
Our newly released Miessence Fulvic Acids© is extracted using a gentle extraction process that uses molecular weight and not chemicals. The result is a fulvic acid content at 3% or 30,000 ppm that is concentrated, pure and clean. Currently the only other pure Fulvic Acid is a laboratory standard produced by the International Humic Substances Society ratio of 14-15, Miessence Fulvic Acids©  ranges between 17-20 currently sitting at 19, making this one of the purest fulvic acids product on the market. Ours is not a fulvic acid powder, but a liquid that can be used for external application.

How to Use Fulvic Acids as a Supplement
Simply take a teaspoon in non-chlorinated water, tea or smoothie daily. Our fulvic acids does not change the taste of your beverage, only the appearance. Because fulvic acids enhances the absorption of nutrients, it’s a great idea to take it with tinctures, sole and whole food supplements like InLiven Probiotic, Alkalizing DeepGreens and Antioxidant BerryRadical.

Who Can Take Fulvic Acids?
Children can take half the adult dosage. Because fulvic acids are a super detoxifier, breastfeeding and expectant moms are advised to seek the direction of their healthcare provider.
More about fulvic acids: The Soil, The Food, Our Bodies and the Missing Link
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Salt, The Forgotten Health Food–12 Things You Didn’t Know About Salt

20150813_233800In the 1900’s a shift in cultural values was all that took to depreciate the tremendous value of nature-made salt. Machine-production was simply better than hand-made was the mind-set in those days. Refining salt, further cheapened the supply and rendered salt a dirty word to be avoided for the sake of health. Today, perceptions of salt, influenced by refined salt, is a far cry from the days of yore. Salt making was an art and craft of local artisans positioned globally. It was used to preserve food by brining and curing. The possession of salt was so highly prized, economies were based on it and whomever controlled salt-making had the upper hand. It was a symbol of power and a means to achieve it. Today, the organic food movement has revived the forgotten health food that is salt. Today, we are re-discovering salt in a way our ancestors couldn’t appreciate. With our nutrient-deficient soil and foods, salt, unrefined, can fulfill those missing minerals and trace elements we can’t get by eating whole, organic foods. We can maximize our nutritional standpoint, by fermenting with wholesome salt. It is only now we see the wisdom of the use of salt by our ancestors, as we (the organic movement) can appreciate the old time preservation of food with salt. Here are twelve facts about salt you probably didn’t know…


1. Raw Salt is a health food. Salt contains sodium chloride and trace elements to balance it out, in raw form. Our bodies uses the sodium in salt for many essential functions in the body, such as fluid regulation, nerve/muscle function and digestion. 20150813_234130

2. Salt is the only mineral we eat. In comparison, we consume vegetation, animals and various forms of sea life.

3. Salt is the only universal ingredient. While it is the only universal ingredient, it is the most varied. Nature-made salts come from all regions and reflect the uniqueness of a specific area.

4. Salt taxation funded the Great Wall of China.1

5. Refined salt contains up to 99% of pure Sodium Chloride (NaCl). 2

6. Out of millions ton of refined salt manufactured, only 6% is used in food. The rest is used in chemical manufacturing processes from plastics to medicine.2

7. Our blood is .9 salt. Our blood, plasma, extracellular fluid and lymphatic fluid are salted.1

8. Seawater contains every element in the earth’s crust.1

9. Nine of the top eleven elements in our bodies are among the top eleven elements of the sea.  Eight elements make up 99% of the ocean. Water: Oxygen (85.700%), Hydrogen (10.800%) Trace Elements: Chlorine (1.900%), Sodium (1.050%), Magnesium (.135%), Sulfur (0.089%), Calcium (0.040%), Potassium (0.038%), Bromine, Carbon (74+).1 I’m convinced there are more elements that science has not accounted for.

10. Salt and water are a harmonic duo that balances each other out. We use sodium in salt to regulate how the water operates and we use water to balance the concentration of salt in the body.1 

11. Our thoughts are salt. The 100 billion neurons in your brain contains approximately a million chemical pumps, each capable of transporting hundreds of positively charged sodium and potassium ions. The influx and efflux of sodium and potassium ions makes up the electrical activity of your brain and nervous system.1

12. We cannot live without salt. You can become a vegetarian and live without meat. You can omit grains and dairy in your diet and be just fine, but salt is an essential mineral our body cannot exist without.

I highly recommend the book “Salted”, the inspiration behind this article. It is well written and a captivating read that includes recipes and just about every aspect of salt that boggles the mind. Speaking spiritually and personally, if salt doesn’t prove that each and every one of us is connected to the earth in a way that is humbling and honorable, I truly don’t know what will. Here’s a quote that I feel aptly reflects the dilemma of today’s refined salt – a “savor” that has been lost.

“Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?” - Luke 14:34

Which points about salt stood out the most to you?



1. Bitterman, Mark, Salted: A Manifesto of the World’s Most Essential Mineral With Recipes, Ten Speed Press, New York, 2010

2. Wikipedia – Salt

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