Summertime is may favorite time to make salsa. It simply makes me happy to be able to snip fresh herbs from my garden and to see what I might find at the farmers market to add even more flavor.
The salsa tastes even better when left to sit for a few hours, to allow the flavors to blend, but it rarely seems to make it that long.
This is my basic salsa template and my all time favorite combination. However, when I have the motivation to make a fresh batch I will add whatever jumps out at me at the grocery store or from my refrigerator.
I have used pineapple, strawberries or apples in place of the peaches. Sometimes I toss in some sweet red, yellow or orange peppers for more color and flavor, but I always seem to leave the cilantro, onion and jalapeno.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!! I would love to know what your favorite creation is!!
I think it is safe to say that everyone loves a pleasant aroma. Pleasant may differ from person to person. Close your eyes and imagine an aroma that brings you joy. I love the smell of freshly mowed grass, freshly cut basil, and freshly squeezed limes. These aromas evoke pleasant memories and simply make me happy.
Another smell I love is the aroma of any citrus essential oil: grapefruit, lemon, orange, lime, just smelling the bottle makes me happy and energetic.
JUST ANOTHER PLEASANT SMELL OR IS THERE MORE TO IT?
When disease and illness are present, they can manifest as chemical imbalances. Underlying this chemical imbalance is an electromagnetic imbalance that has altered the specific vibrational frequencies of molecules, cells, tissues and organs within the body.
When you use an essential oil, which has a higher frequency than your body, it raises your vibratory quality. This is referred to as the Entrainment Principal – When the Higher Frequency meets the Lower Frequency, the Higher Frequency will pass thru and raise the Lower Frequency. This vibratory quality is the foundation of health or disease in our body.
In addition to disease and illness, a negative emotional state can decrease your body’s frequency by as much as 10-12 MHz
Clinical Research Shows that essential oils have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, creating an environment in which disease, bacteria, virus, fungus, etc., cannot live.
When you use essential oils, eat plants or spend time in nature, their higher frequency is transferred to you. You feel alive and connected.
DOES QUALITY MATTER?
One of the most important things I have learned is that not all essential oils are created equal. With anything you put into or onto your body, it is very important to find a trusted, reputable source, and 3rd Party Testing is a necessity.
If you use a toxic source, the toxin level is concentrated just like the oil is concentrated.
The essential oils don’t necessarily have to be organic. There are different laws in different countries. It may be impractical for a company from another country to obtain an organic rating with the United States. With all the testing that reputable companies do, you may be getting better quality than USDA certified organic.
HOW CAN ESSENTIAL OILS HELP?
There is plenty of research on essential oils out there with a long history of use. You will not find the placebo controlled, double blinded studies but you will find helpful information on the safety, botanical class, chemical properties and various uses with the potential benefits of each oil. The FDA has even given some of the oils the GRAS(Generally Recognized As Safe) designation. This is given to additives the FDA recognizes as safe for consumption.
Smell is the only sense that is wired directly into the brain. The effect is immediate.
Helps with mood, pain, anxiety and stress as well as causing physiological changes in the body.
Any of the EOs can be used for aromatherapy.
Inhale the aroma of the oil right out of the bottle.
Inhale from your hands.
Receive benefits of Aromatherapy and Topical use
Place a drop of EO in your palm, rub hands together, cup hands over your mouth and breath deeply
Put purified water into your diffuser
Use 10 drops of EOs
Set timer for desired amount of time
Inhaler (Abundant Health, see link below.)
Put 8-10 drops of the preferred oil(s) onto the wick, and reassemble
Open the inhaler, place near your nose and breathe deeply.
You can use any of these methods as often as you feel the need.
Essential oils are lipid soluble. When oils are applied to the skin they are absorbed into the dermis and stay in the local tissue (fat)
This can also allow them to be carried into the bloodstream to be used in other areas of the body.
Dilution of EOs with a carrier oil decreases the concentration but it increases the absorption in many ways
Test the oil on the back of hand or bottom of foot before use. If irritation develops, apply carrier oil. This will dilute the oil and help minimize the irritation.
Carrier Oils: MCT Oil, Avocado Oil or any healthy oil you have at home
Dilute or layer the oils as described below.
Dilute in the Palm of Your Hand
Mix chosen EO(s) with carrier oil in the palm of your hand and apply
Apply the oils one at a time to chosen area and then apply carrier oil
Roller Bottle (Abundant Health, see link below)
Add preferred EOs one at a time and then fill with carrier oil
Use 10-15 Drops for every 10ml of carrier oil
Apply to abdomen for digestive issues
Apply to bottoms of feet or palms of hands, ears or spine.
More information about this can be found with link below, Natural Aromatherapy Benefits
Wear as perfume – apply behind the ears or on the wrists
Use as often as you like
Should be used cautiously
Only those oils that have been deemed GRAS – Generally Recognized at Safe should be diluted and ingested only in recommend doses
Ingestion can promote healing & safely relieve many ailments
May be added directly to a beverage: Water, Tea, Coffee or a Smoothie
Best if blended in with a fat source
Put oil into a vegetable capsule (can be purchased on Amazon)
By the time the capsule dissolves, the oils will be in the right place.
WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Valerian, Peace & Calming,
Cypress, White Fir, Balsam Fir, Spruce, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Clove, Ginger, Frankincense
Becoming aware of what is helpful and what is harmful is the first step. Taking actionable steps to implement these findings is the key to wellness.
YOUR DETOX SYSTEMS
Liver & Gallbladder
Gastrointestinal – Stomach, Intestines, Colon
Urinary – Kidneys, Bladder, Urethra
Skin – Sweat & Sebaceous Glands
Respiratory – Lungs, Throat, Sinuses, Mouth, Nose
Lymphatic – Channels & Nodes
CONDITIONS THAT MAY BE PRECIPITATED BY TOXINS
Auto Immune Conditions
Fibrocystic Breasts &/or Ovaries
Constipation &/or Diarrhea
THE LIVER – YOUR BODY’S FILTRATION SYSTEM
Think of your liver as being similar to a furnace filter. If not properly cared for, a furnace filter will get clogged. If you don’t provide a clean filter for the furnace it will not function efficiently and this could potentially cause damage to the furnace itself. The same is true of your liver. If detoxification is not supported and if you are taking in medications or other toxins that can impair the function of your liver, your body will not operate efficiently and could potentially be damaged.
Lack of detoxification supporting nutrition leads to malfunctioning systems in the body as toxins build up, this places an unwanted burden on the liver.
Good nutrition can prevent a lot of hardship, sickness and sadness
Your liver has two detoxification pathways: Phase I and II. These pathways are interrelated and both need to be supported for the liver to function efficiently.
The liver has many functions in the body: metabolizing the products of digestion from the stomach, processing and helping to rid the body of toxins, storing iron, providing essential energy producing substances, maintaining hormonal balance, regulating blood clotting, producing bile and producing cholesterol and other fats needed by the body.
If the liver malfunctions, toxins and hormones accumulate in the body causing inflammatory and neurological disease.
You can support your liver by limiting the toxic load you are taking in from your environment and by supporting its function through your dietary intake of nourishing organic nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Evaluate your cleaning supplies, cosmetics, lotions, tampons, plastics, soaps, detergents, and new carpet, flooring & furniture (off-gassing).
Compounds in the following foods have been found to support the liver detox process:
Green Leafy Vegetables
There are many things that can inhibit your liver’s function
IMPORTANT: Support and Balance Both Phases of Liver Detoxification. If Phase II is slower than Phase I, then the toxins processed by Phase I are in a state that can cause more harm in the body. This imbalance can occur in two ways: over burdening the Phase I process and under nourishing the Phase II process.
PHASE I (TRANSFORMATION) – Start the Job: Lessen the Burden Phase I of liver detox is burdened by the over exposure to environmental toxins: from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the contaminants and pesticides in the food we eat, and all other toxins we introduce through topical products, cleaning supplies and medications, both over-the-counter and prescription. All of these add to the burden on the liver. This excessive burden can impair the liver’s ability to properly metabolize the toxins and the liver will produce a dangerously high level of free radicals that must be further metabolized by Phase II to protect against oxidative cell damage.
Phase II (CONJUGATION) – Finish the Job: Bind the Toxins Phase II of liver detoxification has a huge job to conjugate and eliminate the bio-transformed substances from Phase I. If the Phase II process is impaired, due to a lack of micronutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals, it is not capable of keeping up with the toxic load it is given from the Phase I process. These substances are potentially more toxic now that they have been transformed. If the water soluble toxic substances are not effectively eliminated from the body, they are now more dangerous because they can attach to cells in the body other than fat cells, where they are typically stored.
LIVER DETOXIFICATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH If the liver malfunctions, toxins and hormones accumulate in the body causing inflammatory and neurological disease.
Supporting your liver function is just one great reason to eat organic and to incorporate juice fasting into your dietary plan.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Limit toxins taken into or put onto your body
Support your liver with organic vegetables, garlic, onion, cardamom & turmeric
I was joking with a patient the other day, when asked about health and nutrition. She was asking for advice but maintaining that she always eats healthy. It came to me in a flash that we all believe that we eat healthy. Why would we purposely do anything to harm our body? I shared with her, that so did I, ever since I can remember having the freedom to choose my own food in 7th grade.
My “healthy” diet was Diet Coke for breakfast and a slice of pizza at the local pizza place for lunch. Of course, I had a mom who packed me a lunch everyday (THANKFULLY!!) that contained fruits and vegetables. But when left to my own choosing it was Diet Coke and Pizza. I lost almost 20 pounds from 6th Grade to 8th Grade. Retrospectively, I was going thru puberty and my hormones and my growth shed the extra pounds naturally, as it often does for teenage girls; but I attributed this to my new “healthy” diet.
This continued into High School where pizza was exchanged for McDonald’s or Hardee’s and still the Diet Coke remained a staple. No one was teaching us about nutrition; well, except for the one week unit in health class that reminded us to eat mostly grains and to add some fruits and vegetables for good measure. This is where I added in Ramen noodles with canned peas or corn for a “well rounded” meal.
Once I graduated and went off to college, I really had a handle on healthy eating. I followed the latest food “guidelines”. Any of you who experienced the 90’s as a young adult know what I am talking about: avoid fat at all costs, eat carbs, eat less and exercise more. I thankfully still enjoyed fruits and vegetables because this is what I was raised on (when my mom was in charged of feeding me). I followed this to the letter: pasta, canned corn, canned beans, meat of any kind on occasion (when I felt the need) and don’t forget the Snack Well Cookies – no fat and only 100 calories. Diet Coke still prevailed and now that I was “grown up”, add a splash of booze when needed! I ran and worked out all the time!! By my last year in school, I was down to an “acceptable” weight, after gaining the obligatory 15 pounds at the beginning of college. Again, thanks to my “healthy” lifestyle.
Out into the real world I went! A job, an apartment, a car, a new stereo and money I hadn’t had in college. Now I could go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This started to catch up to me and I naturally migrated back to cooking and adding in more whole food (thankfully) but still unconsciously.
It wasn’t until I was planning to get pregnant with my first child that I really started researching healthy eating. Not for me necessarily, but to give my baby the best start possible in life. I quit coffee cold turkey (what a miserable couple of weeks of headaches and nausea), I gave up Diet Coke and switched to the occasional “Real” Coke. I added more fruits and vegetables at every meal and started taking a multivitamin. This is were my journey really started, with my concern for the health of my daughters at the forefront and eventually for my own health.
Again, in retrospect, I am amazed that I emerged from that experience unaffected, or so I thought! It was just a few extra pounds, a little fatigue, and sprinkled with a bit (or a lot) of postpartum depression.
Then, over time, the real effects started to show up. The fatigue got worse; I didn’t have the energy to exercise so the weight remained a bit elevated. Then the sluggish thyroid turned into Hashimoto’s and finally the rheumatoid arthritis was revealed!!
I no longer focus on why this happened, other than to move me toward a healthier place. There is a whole world of epigenetics to explore. In a nutshell, this is looking at what external factors trigger modification of your gene expression. I just began to focus on what external factors I could control to modify this again.
The point of this story is that we need to reflect on what we believe to be healthy and what we could do to improve upon this. We are only able to welcome change if we first change our mindset. Once we allow this paradigm shift, change will begin.
The good news is that our bodies are amazingly designed to detoxify and excrete toxins.
“Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.”― Jim Rohn.
The bad news is that our bodies are not equipped to handle the sheer volume of modern environmental and other toxins we are exposed to today; and some of us are less equipped than others.
We have so many toxin exposures every single day!
COMMON TOXINS: Food toxins, air pollutants, water pollutants: pesticide residue, pharmaceuticals residue, hormone disruptors, nitrates from fertilizers, heavy metals (mercury from fish), GMOs from factory farmed animals, PCBs, dioxin from paper products and tampons, pesticides on non-organic produce, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and grooming products, plastics, detergents and soaps, carpet.
We should incorporate detox regularly, not just ONE AND DONE.
I have started looking at it like cleaning my house. I like to keep up on the mess and the laundry to prevent it from building up, but every month or two I need to do a cleanse and clean up and clear out the things that are cluttering up and interfering with my space. Sometimes this gets away from me and it will be 6 months or a year before I address some of these things. This is a direct parallel to our bodies. We will do ourselves a wonderful service by cleaning up our diet and eliminating as many toxins as possible, but we still need to neutralize and clear out the toxins that have gotten in. The program 66 Day Health Mastery Program has been my best tool ever for cleaning up my diet and clearing out the toxins.
Questions to Ponder:
Where am I at today?
What can I do right now?
Will I allow myself to be paralyzed by fear?
Will I allow this to empower me to seek solutions?
Where do I start?
Food is always a good place to start
Choosing organic when possible and especially when necessary
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) is a fantastic group that makes this process a little easier!
Antioxidants bind free radicals and help your body fight inflammation
Exercise is good for you but intense exercise causes oxidative stress and free radicals.
People with adequate vitamin C are able to oxidize more fat during moderate exercise
Boosts Immune System
Reduces severity of allergic reactions and helps your body fight off infection
Reduces inflammation, essential for immunity and general health
Increases Iron Absorption
Helps Build Collagen in the Body
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body
Provides skin with structure
May help with gut health, healing/preventing intestinal permeability
Any micronutrients (vitamins/minerals/polyphenols) are best absorbed through fresh, organic, whole foods. This being said, it’s difficult to get high enough amounts of Vitamin C from diet alone. In my opinion, vitamin C supplements are a helpful addition.
Vitamin C is water-soluble and is better absorbed when taken throughout the day rather than all at once. I take 3000-4000mg of vitamin C on a daily basis, spread throughout the day. Since the start of this coronavirus I have at least doubled that.
Lipophilic Vitamin C is better absorbed but also more expensive.
Sweet Potatoes, Cantaloupes, Citrus Fruits, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Peppers, Kiwi, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Asparagus
I have been adding ½ teaspoon (2000mg) of the PURE Vitamin C Powder to my 32 ounce water, along with the juice from 1 lime, a pinch of pink Himalayan salt and a dropperful of Lemon Sweet Drops (I usually drink 2 of these throughout the day)