Pickle Production Has Begun

10 lbs of CucumbersI strive to feed my family the best food possible.  That is the main reason we have our kitchen garden. Throughout the summer we enjoy fresh food and throughout the winter we enjoy food that we were able to preserve. One of my favorite foods to preserve are cucumber pickles. Right now our garden is producing a lot of cucumbers. So far this year we have made 7 pints of pickle spears. That is about 5-6 lbs of pickles. We still have a bowl of cucumber slices to pickle. The recipe we are using is the Dill Pickle Recipe with Grape Leaves from the Old World Garden Farms website.

PicklesI followed the recipe exactly except I did use fresh dill heads from our garden in addition to the dill seed. I wish I could say the dill seed was from our garden but our dill has yet to seed.  The grape leaves were also from our garden.  Both the dill heads and the grape leaves my husband picked out of our garden with a flash light at 9:30 at night. This is the first year growing grapes so I am excited to try using grape leaves to see if it helps with the crispness of the pickles. In past years I have made delicious pickles, but to be honest they have been mushy.

This pickle recipe is compatible with the specific carbohydrate diet. Every food I eat needs to be compatible with the SCD. Concerning IBD a lot of people recommend fermented foods. I have tried to ferment my own pickles, but I have only ever been able to successfully ferment once and I had such a horrible reaction to the ferment even when introduced slowly that I decided I did not want to waste any more cucumbers from our garden.

Dragon Time & DiGize Roller Bottles

Dragon Time & DiGize Roller BottlesI have been using Young Living essential oils since October now.  I first started using them to help with my anxiety but I have now found they are helpful for other issues I have.  I really thought that mixing the oils with a carrier oil every single time I wanted to use an oil was cumbersome, so I finally mixed up some roller bottles for myself.

The first blend I made was for my Dragon Time.  Dragon Time needs to be diluted to a 1:1 ratio with your carrier oil.  To make the roller bottle I put in 10 drops of olive oil and then 10 drops of dragon time and I did this several times.  I have not figured out the measurements yet to use teaspoons.

Dragon Time is a daily oil for me. Usually in the morning I apply it to my ankle. This is the first month I am using Dragon Time. I am hoping with will really help with my monthly cycles which are horrendous.

A word about Dragon Time from the Young Living Website:

Dragon Time™ is a blend of calming and soothing essential oils, including clary sage, which contains natural phytoestrogens – the perfect choice for women’s emotions during special times and needs. Its balancing properties make it a perfect choice for supporting normal, healthy emotions during the female monthly cycle. Dragon Time is recommended for young and mature women.

The next roller bottle I made was for my DiGize. I use DiGize daily. I apply it at night before I go to bed.  I supper from Ulcerative Colitis which is an autoimmune disease that can cause very painful cramping and other not so pretty things.  DiGize helps keep the inflammation in my colon in check. If I am having cramping I can apply this on my belly and the cramping usually subsides within 30 minutes. DiGize requires a 1:4 ratio.  1 drop of DiGize to 4 drops of carrier oil.  Again for the roller I put in 4 drops of oil and hen 1 drop of DiGize. I alternated until my bottle had enough to last me awhile.

A word about DiGize from the Young Living Website:

Di-Gize™ is a dietary supplement that provides valuable aid for digestive concerns and helps support a healthy digestive system.* The ingredients in Digize are as follows: Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), ginger (Zingiber officinale), peppermint (Mentha piperita), juniper (Juniperus osteosperma and J. scopulorum), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), anise (Pimpinella anisum), and patchouli (Pogostemon cablin).

I am really hoping that the roller bottles are going to make applying these oils a lot less cumbersome.