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Chicken Stock Recipe

Chicken Stock Recipe

Written by Tara Carpenter, NC.

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Chicken stock, like any other meat stock, is rich in minerals, gelatin, and collagen. All of which keep bones/teeth strong; joints supple; and hair soft. I personally experienced my hair improving tenfold when I started drinking a quart of stock each day. In a matter of weeks, my hair softened and with much less grey! Thank God for collagen ….

As a kid, I fondly remember the soup going on the back burner of our stove; my mother always simmering bones after the supper roast had the night before. The scent of onion and bay leaves would permeate into the wooden floorboards of my bedroom above perking my nose and want to wander down and have a bowl. As I got older and became a vegan, meat became a distant memory

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Candida The Body Ecology Diet

‘Travel Food List’ for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D)

When you’re on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) or another gut healing protocol, travel can be challenging. It’s hard to be away from your kitchen comfort zone. The world can feel too big; food choices too slim.

Food is everywhere but your mouth because you can’t eat any of what is available. Coffee brewing, fries frying, and pizza baking can be unbearable; it’s hard to say no on the go.

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Bolus Recipe for Vaginal Yeast Infections

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Boluses (a.k.a. ovules, vaginal suppositories) are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and provide relief from vaginal yeast infections. These tube-like shapes are solid at room temperature but melt once inserted to release the oils and herbs inside which will absorb into the vaginal tissue.

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How I Do Castor Packs

Castor oil is both gentle and potent and has the ability to absorb into your skin and various other organs to relieve pain, increase circulation, decrease inflammation, and bring healing to specific parts of the body. One easy way to get all these benefits is with a ‘castor pack’.

My first time doing a pack was after my youngest was born in 2007. I did one every day that first week home from the hospital to get my uterus back in shape. Heavenly! Year later, I used it again for chronic bloating and constipation I was having from yeast overgrowth. A saving grace providing tremendous relief (my castor pack + B.E.D., digestive enzymes, minerals, boluses, and unsalted probiotic food got my health back on track). ❤️

I no longer reach for my pack much these days, but when I do I’m glad to have it. Each member of my family has one as it’s not recommended to share. My husband puts his on his gallbladder when flares. My kids use one on belly for an immunity boost. Mine goes over my liver and lower back when tight. 

My personal favorite is to use the castor pack over my belly or under my lower back while I do a colonic; which typically takes me about 45 minutes to an hour, the perfect time for a pack 😉 If one of us gets a cough, we lay the pack right over the lungs.

Sprains

I recently sprained my ankle and was in horrendous pain. I put a wool sock on, drizzled with castor oil, and slipped this on my foot with plastic bag over to prevent my bed sheets from getting oily. I did this for 2 nights and healed so quick from an injury that typically would have taken days to bounce back from.

Lymphatic Cleanser

Beauty of a castor pack is it stimulates/cleanses lymphatic system of fluid; which is basically the body’s sewer system where dead cells and debris absorb. The lymphatic system brings this fluid and waste to the liver and spleen for filtering. If lymph system is slow to circulate, lymph fluid can stagnant and you may notice digestive or immune issues (i.e. allergies, constipation). Using castor oil topically gets the lymphatic system moving to clean things up.

How I make a castor pack:

Materials Needed

Castor Oil (high-quality, cold-pressed, preferably organic)
Cotton flannel “pack” (36” x 10”)
Chuck pad, folded in half or cut to size
Old towel
Heating pad or 11”x 18” FAR infrared blanket

Method

  1. Pour 1-2 tablespoon of castor oil onto the cotton flannel.
  2. Apply to upper right abdomen, under rib-cage/liver OR any area needing treatment.
  3. Cover with a chuck pad and top that with an old towel.
  4. Place heat source on top of towel (high enough to feel warmth on skin without burning).
  5. Relax for 30-90 minutes while the skin absorbs the oil.
  6. Remove pack and rinse off area with 2 tsp baking soda/1 pint water and paper towels.

Tips & Tricks

  • Once you’re comfortable using a pack, consider investing in a castor pack holder.
  • Lay a chuck pad under you while doing a pack to protect the surface (castor oil stains).
  • Wait a few hours after eating to do a pack to loosen toxicity and obstructions in tract.
  • Castor packs are good before bed while reading. Keep a bag next to bed, so when ready to fall asleep, you can drop materials into bag without getting up.
  • For max benefit for non-acute issue, use pack 3 consecutive nights/week with 4th week off. Repeat 2 cycles, take week off, continue 1x/week until symptoms subsides.
  • Acute situations: 30″ for 5 nights, 2 nights off, repeat cycle for 2 weeks until feel better.
  • Individual response differ depending on symptoms; please consult with your doctor.
  • Castor packs can be used many times; you don’t need to rinse or clean between uses.
  • Store pack in glass jar in fridge; add fresh castor oil before each use, discard after 6-12 months.

*A castor pack works for general aches and decrease inflammation, especially for flu, eye infections, abscesses, hair loss, headaches, epilepsy, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, intestinal obstructions and hyperactivity. Women benefit during fibroids, mastitis, c-section healing, cramps, ovarian cysts, and menses. Use caution if breastfeeding, as castor oil will create a lot of movement which can cause detox through breast-milk. Not for using during pregnancy.

Precautions: Castor oil is broken down by the small intestine into ricinoleic acid; which acts as an irritant to intestinal lining. This is what gives castor oil the ability to reverse constipation. It’s also what can cause digestive discomfort and gastrointestinal effects. Use castor oil with caution with IBS, ulcers, diverticulitis, colitis, hemorrhoids, prolapse, or if you recently had surgery. Do not use pack if you have cancer or open infections without talking to doctor. It’s good to test castor oil on a small part of your arm before use to see if you react negatively.

References
Step-By-Step Castor Oil Pack Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVaCT80TzlY
https://rootnaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/castor-oil-packs-are-good-for-liver-detoxification-and-lymphatic-circulation/
https://shininghealth.com/blog/2012/04/detox-your-body-the-amazing-healing-benefits-of-castor-oil

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Food Combining 101

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Snack Ideas for The Body Ecology Diet

Avocado BenThe snack list below is for those healing with The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). This gut healing protocol is gluten-sugar-yeast free and ideally the food you eat is easy-to-digest. Items marked with an (*) is best saved for stage 2 or as an occasional treat.

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Recipe soaking nuts and seeds

Soaking Nuts & Seeds (Traditional Method)

A Variety of Nuts & Seeds SoakingNuts and seeds are nutrient-dense and easy to munch; they also contain enzyme inhibitors and plant toxins, like phytic acid. This is why it’s best to soak them in warm, salty water.

When this soaking step is skipped, then inhibitors inside the nuts and seeds can prevent your gut from absorbing nutrients in this otherwise nutrient-rich food. These inhibitors can weaken digestion, steal nutrients from you, and cause food sensitivities. If you already struggle with poor digestion or a health condition like osteoporosis then you’ll want to do all you can to keep your gut strong.

The most efficient way to minimize these harmful enzyme inhibitors and toxins is to make your own nuts and seeds with the recipe below.

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Almond Hearts: Recipe for The Body Ecology Diet

These treats are easy to make and perfect for the lunchbox. You can also pop them right into your mouth for an ‘anytime treat’. They’re rich in coconut oil and satisfy with a creamy, sweet taste. 

I created this recipe for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) which advocates ditching sugar and practicing food combining. Both of which help to starve out the bad yeast living in your gut. 

These treats are both delicious and combine well with most foods (leave out almonds if you want to eat them with meat). This recipe is free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. They’re safe for those on GAPS or Paleo and for diabetics.

Almond Bonbon Hearts: B.E.D. Recipe (stage 1)

Makes: 20 hearts

Ingredients

1 cup extra-virgin coconut oil

1/4 cup soaked/dehydrated almonds (optional)

2 tsp dried orange zest, minced

1/2 – 1 tsp stevia powder (or few drops of liquid stevia)

1/2 tsp almond extract, alcohol/sugar free

Method

  1. Crush the almonds, or chop fine with a knife.
  2. Sprinkle chopped almonds into the bottom of a silicone, heart-shaped mold.
  3. Melt coconut oil in a slightly warmed skillet.
  4. Add zest stevia, and almond extract.
  5. Pour liquid into heart tray.
  6. Place in freezer until hardened.
  7. Store in fridge or freezer in an airtight container.

Tips

  • Use only 1/2 tsp of stevia powder to begin with and then sweeten more if needed.
  • Gently melt coconut oil at or until 77 degrees F, to not harm beneficial fatty acids.
  • Replace the almonds with small edible flowers, such as lavender, for a pretty touch.
  • Choose a variety of extracts to flavor candies, like orange or vanilla extract.
  • Try other shapes (i.e. dinosaur, pigs, stars), great molds at kitchen stores or online.
  • Pop these bonbons into gift boxes and stockings, you can find little boxes at a Party Store.
  • Perfect for those on B.E.D., GAPS, Paleo, and diabetics.
  • Other fun treats for stage 1…cinnamon kisses, coconut truffles, pumpkin pie.
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