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Herb' N Wisdom and Natural Living podcas‪t‬ Heather Earles

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Want to gain priceless knowledge that will help you and your health?

In this podcast, you will learn about different herbals and how to use them, healthy eating which will include recipes in some episodes, and all around natural living.

    DIY Food Wrap Plastic Free

    DIY Food Wrap Plastic Free

    For many who live clean, natural, and organic lives, plastic-free is something we aspire to.







    However, using plastic wrap to cover food is so handy and automatic that many don't give it a second thought. That is until now.







    Heather Dessinger has come up with a brilliant way to replace cling wrap, plastic wrap, or saran wrap using biodegradable materials. Not only is this a great way to get away from plastic but it saves costs and you learn a new skill.







    Ready to learn how to make DIY food wrap? Let's do it!







    DIY Food Wrap







    Items needed







    100% cotton fabric. Organic muslin works best as it needs to be very thin, almost like a sheet.Scissors (pinking shears will prevent fraying.)BeeswaxCheese graterCookie sheetFoilPaintbrushA clothesline or a makeshift one. If you don't have clothespins, binders work great.







    Directions







    Cut your fabric into desired dimensions and grate the beeswax.Preheat oven to 185˚F. Line the cookie sheet with foil.Place the fabric on the cookie sheet and sprinkle your grated beeswax over the top. A little goes a long way. While you're getting a feel for how much to use, it's better to add too little than too much. Remember, you can always add more.Bake in your oven until the beeswax is completely melted, around 5-10 minutes.Using the paintbrush, spread the beeswax evenly over the fabric. Note: The paintbrush will harden when the wax dries to reuse for more food-wrap projects; you can warm the bristles by placing it in the oven for a few minutes.Hang your new food wrap sheet on your clothesline to cool. Once they have cooled, they're ready to be used.







    How to use your new DIY food wrap







    Place over a bowl or container, wrap around food like cheese or fold into a snack bag. The warmth from your hand will mold the wrap into the desired shape.







    Cleaning your food wrap







    Wash with cold water and mild soap. Since you cannot wash them with hot water, it is not recommended you use them for meat.







    How long will they last?







    Depending on how frequently they're used, they can last for up to a year. After that, all you need to do is re-wax them in order to keep using them.







    If nothing else this is a great gift idea for people who like unique but useful gifts. You can even have a little family party and make enough for several households at one time. Either way, enjoy and stay healthy and free!







    Heather EarlesHeather is married to a retired Special Forces Officer, and they live on a sustainable farm with their four children. She is an established author of inspiration, fiction, and children’s books; a journalist, a stay-at-home mother, and an advocate for healthy living. She publishes a weekly blog and podcast (Herb ‘N Wisdom™) and writes for two newspapers to aid and inspire others. “I want to make people feel good about life.”

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    • 4 min
    A Tutorial on How to Make Sicilian Bread

    A Tutorial on How to Make Sicilian Bread

    Sicilian bread is easy to make, but it does take a little time because it's a yeast rising bread.







    However, there is no need to worry as I give exquisite details. In the end, you will be a pro and will have a new recipe to include in your recipe box.







    Sicilian Bread is a go-to bread in our house. I make it quite often for the family and when we are expecting company. Pair it with a hearty supper such as pasta, stews, or soups for a complete meal. It also makes a nice breakfast bread that you can toast and then add some of your favorite toppings.







    Ready? Let's begin.







    Sicilian Bread







    Recipe By- Heather Earles







    This recipe makes two loaves.







    Prep Time: 4 hours







    Oven Temperature: 400 degrees Fahrenheit







    Cooking Time: 40 plus minutes depending on stove type







    Ingredients and measurements:







    Active Dry Yeast, 1 Tablespoon, or 1 packet.Warm water, 2 1/2 cups.Salt, 1 Tablespoon (I use a little less)Unbleached all-purpose flour, 5 + cups.Olive oil, 1-2 Tablespoons.Lard/shortening, enough to cover the bottom of the pan.Cornmeal, enough to sprinkle on the bottom of a pan.







    Items needed:







    loaf pan, 2 or cookie sheet, 1Large bowl, 1Measuring cupsMeasuring spoonsKitchen towelCooling Rack







    Directions:







    Take your large bowl and measure 4 1/2 cups of flour into it. Now make a well in the center.















    In your glass measuring container, add 2 1/2 cups of warm water. If you do not have a measuring container that can hold 2 1/2 cups, use a small glass bowl. Once the water is in the bowl, add your packet or 1 Tablespoon of yeast. Let sit for five minutes.















    Now add your 1 Tablespoon of salt. If you prefer less salt, use the desired amount. Stir into the yeast mixture until dissolved.















    When the salt is dissolved, pour the mixture into the center of your flour well.















    Cover and let sit for fifteen minutes. This is called sponging.When your twenty minutes is up, remove the towel. You should see little bubbles on the top.















    Start stirring with a fork from the center of the flour and work your way toward the outside until you have a sticky dough.















    From here, keep adding flour and knead your dough until you have a spongy, not sticky, consistency. In other words, when you press on the dough slightly after kneading it, the dough should spring slightly back. 















    Add your olive oil on top and roll dough around in it, so the olive oil covers all sides.















    Place a towel over the top and let rise until dough is double in size.















    Once it has risen, make a fist and press down in the middle of the dough to deflate it.















    Place the cover back over the top and let the dough rise again.While the dough is rising, you can prepare your pans or cookie sheet. With your fingers or a paper towel, rub lard or shortening on the bottom, and a little up the sides if using loaf pans. Now, sprinkle your cornmeal or flour on the bottom and tip over pans or cookie sheets to remove any excess.















    Next, split the dough in half and shape each piece into an oblong form to fit into two loaf pans or on your cookie sheet.

    • 7 min
    Vitamin E and Its Benefits: More Than Just for The Skin

    Vitamin E and Its Benefits: More Than Just for The Skin

    This is a guest article by https://www.bellacupcakecouture.com















    You may have read and heard what Vitamin E can do to your skin countless times, as it is one of the most popular ingredients on skin-care products.  But Vitamin E isn't only found in skin support. It's naturally present in most foods.  You may have even taken it in a supplement form. Studies even show that it can help prevent certain diseases. 







    But what is Vitamin E, and what benefits can you get from it?  Read on to know more. 







    What Is Vitamin E? 







    Yes, Vitamin E is a vitamin. But if we go into a little technical, the term refers to a compound group. It's a family of oil-soluble antioxidants and has about eight various types or forms. And the most common of all is the tocopherol acetate and tocopherol that are usually found in your skin-care products. 







    But when you see "Vitamin E" in your skin-care packaging, it's almost always the "tocopherol" as this is the only form recognized to satisfy human essentials. So, whenever you see the term "tocopherol" on the skin-care ingredient list, it's vitamin E. 







    What Can Vitamin E Do for You? 







    Vitamin E is very helpful for skin repair and various skin disorders. It helps in cellular restoration from sun damage to healing for scars and burns. 







    It can also help protect against disease mainly because Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant whose key role is to protect against cell damage. Antioxidants are essential in our body, topically and internally, as they help prevent oxidative damage to our body cells by removing free radicals (the bad guys). It also helps maintain a good and healthy immune system that can help you fight off certain diseases like cancer and heart disease.  







    How Much Do You Need? 







    If you are 19 years old or older, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin E to take 15 mg per day. This is also the same with pregnant women. But if you are lactating or breastfeeding, it is recommended that you take 19 mg per day and not exceed 1000 mg of Vitamin E per day. 







    What Are the Sources of Vitamin E? 















    Vitamin E can usually be found in food sources that contain fat like avocados, nuts, seeds, dark leafy greens, and fish. To be precise, you can get your dose of Vitamin E from fortified breakfast cereals, almonds, safflower, sunflower seeds, wheat germ oil, hazelnuts, and a lot more. You should remember that you have to control portion sizes if you watch your caloric intake. One serving of almonds is around 10 to 14 almonds, not half a cup. 







    Do You Need to Take Vitamin E Supplements? 







    The short answer is No. People usually get enough Vitamin E through food sources. Vitamin E is fat-soluble. This means that the body can store it in the liver to use for days when you might get less than usual. People who have health conditions like trouble getting enough Vitamin E or difficulty absorbing fat are usually recommended. 







    As long as you take food sources rich in Vitamin E, you should be able to get enough per day. Thus, it is important to incorporate in your diet food sources, fruits, and vegetables rich in antioxidants every day. 







    Conclusion  







    While it is important to have skin-care products with Vitamin E on it, it is also more important to take food sources rich in Vitamin E.  It isn't just for healthy skin and eyes, but Vitamin E is also essential for a healthy and strong immune system.  Thus, it is important to incorporate the recommended daily amount of Vitamin E in your everyday diet.

    • 5 min
    Grinding Wheat and Heritage Corn or Other small Grains

    Grinding Wheat and Heritage Corn or Other small Grains

    Flour and cornmeal are used almost every day in our household. Baking wheat bread, or cornbread, whipping up a batch of pancakes, muffins, wheat cereal, you name it, we use it.







    And since it is used so much, my husband and I decided to invest in a Golden Grain Grinder a long time ago. This grinder has different settings on the back, so you can make a coarse grind or very fine.







    One function that made us decide to get this particular grinder is it can run on electricity or manually. Our power goes out often due to snow, winds, etc. so this option was perfect.







    Different methods of grinding small grains and corn.







    However, different people prefer different methods, and Lewis Legge of Valley City ND uses a "Corona corn mill and then a common window screen to sift out large pieces and unbroken germ which is ground fine in our flour mill. When mixed back together, the texture gives us what we are used to."







    Legge has "been growing 3 varieties, Bloody Butcher, Painted Mountain, and Glass Gem, of which I like the BB best. It's very colorful cornmeal with red flakes. PM and GG have a slight blue hue, and all have their own flavor. All are organic, and yes, my hoe is shiny. I harvest as late as possible and finish drying inside as kernels must be dry for a good grind."







    Legge explains that "with most commercial meal the germ is sent off for oil processing. That is why commercial meal can be stored so long. No oil means it won't go rancid but the overall product is not as flavorful."







    Storing small grains and cornmeal







    There are different ways of storing ground wheat or cornmeal. We store it in glass gallon jars but Legge says his preferred method is "vacuum packing in 3/4 cup packets (most recipes) helps control oxidation and is premeasured."







    When asked which one he would suggest for others to use he said, "all varieties make tasty and colorful cornbread. I retrieved a cornmeal sugar cookie recipe off the internet which is very good but has enough butter in it to give newborn high cholesterol." That being said if you make your own butter, you can't go wrong ;).







    With that, let's get into grinding wheat and heritage corn. The pictures shown are from our last batch and the method we use; however, try whatever method works best for you.







    Items needed:















    Your choice grinder1 screen (optional depending on your method or grinder type)Glass gallon jars or vacuum packing supplies.FunnelA marker and tape to mark and date the jars or vacuum-packed bags.







    Ingredients:







    Your choice wheat or corn. Make sure it's clean and organic is preferred.







    Directions







    Step one you want to make sure you have your clean organic wheat, corn, or rye ready. This method is for any small grain.















    Once your corn or grain is ready, plugin or be ready to crank your grinder by hand.Now turn it on. Fill the hopper with your choice grain or corn, and make sure you have your setting right if using a grinder like the Golden Grain Grinder. We usually process one grain at a time and change the setting on the back of the grinder. This way, one jar gets filled with wheat cereal (a coarser grind) one with wheat flour, and one with cake flour, etc.















    If using the Golden Grain Grinder, it has a tray on the bottom. Take a peak in-between filling the hopper, so you don't overflow the tray. Once it is full, pull it out and dump your cornmeal or flour into a glass gallon jar or vacuuming pack it.

    • 7 min
    How to Make Ghee

    How to Make Ghee

    Wellness Mama said it best when she explained "In technical terms, ghee is a clarified, unsalted butter with the milk proteins removed. It has a high smoke point, making it perfect for cooking, and an incredible flavor. Many people who cannot tolerate dairy can handle ghee and it is a revered food in Indian cuisine."







    As a person who is on a restrictive diet, ghee is also something you can take if you have Hashimoto's thyroid problems or are on a no sugar, gluten-free, no soy, no dairy diet.







    Homemade ghee stores on the shelf without refrigeration for up to 6 months, possibly longer. If you store it in a cool dark area or the fridge, you can store it for longer periods, but refrigeration is unnecessary.







    The flavor of ghee is different than regular butter. It has a smoky type flavor perfect for spreading on potatoes, bread, or melting for cooking.







    Ready? Let's start.







    Ingredients:







    2lbs butter. Homemade or store bought. I have used both unsalted and salted.







    Items needed:







    CheeseclothFunnelGlass jar. A pint-size will hold 2lbs of butter.Glass Pyrex baking dish. The size doesn't really matter.Ladle (optional)







    Directions for making homemade ghee:







    Turn your oven to 250°.Take your chose butter and place it in a baking dish; when the oven is ready, place the dish in the oven.















    Set your timer for one hour. At this point, I check the butter but usually need to leave it in for 15-20min longer.















    You will know the ghee is done when there is a brown but not burnt crust on the top. You will also notice the milk solids at the bottom of the dish. This is the reason it's a good idea to use a glass pan.















    Sometimes the crust on top is all connected and sometimes it breaks up. Either way at this point you can ladle the crust off or simply pick up the dish using hotbeds and pour it into a prepped glass jar which has the cheesecloth and funnel ready.















    You will notice the milk solids in the bottom of the cheesecloth after the ghee has been poured through. You can feed these to your animals or discard them.















    Here is what the ghee looks like when it is still hot in the jar.















    Once your ghee has cooled, store it in a cupboard but away from the stove. Also as it cools it will have a lighter texture.















    All that's left to do is to taste and use your ghee.







    Blessing to you and remember, stay healthy and free!







    Heather EarlesHeather is married to a retired Special Forces Officer, and they live on a sustainable farm with their four children. She is an established author of inspiration, fiction, and children’s books; a journalist, a stay-at-home mother, and an advocate for healthy living. She publishes a weekly blog and podcast (Herb ‘N Wisdom™) and writes for two newspapers to aid and inspire others. “I want to make people feel good about life.”

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    • 6 min
    Homemade Citrus Coconut Lip Balm

    Homemade Citrus Coconut Lip Balm

    It’s nice to apply something to your lips during the summer and winter months to soften them.















    However, if you’re like me and react to different ingredients that typical companies put in their lip balm, it gets hard to find a clean product.







    This is one reason I started this blog and will continue. I want to give people an outlet where they can make clean products that will add to a clean lifestyle. Many of the ingredients listed for this lip balm are ones you use for different products, like homemade sunscreen, homemade body butter, soap making, oil pulling, and oil diffusing.







    Since you can buy in bulk, clean living also keeps your costs down, which is essential to every person.







    Ingredients







    1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp pure beeswax2 Tbsp organic sunflower oil or grape seed oil1 Tbsp organic coconut oil1 Tbsp organic cocoa butter20-25 drops organic citrus essential oil. Choose 1 or create a medley: grapefruit, mandarin, orange, or tangerine.A few drops of vitamin E oil







    Directions







    Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, cocoa butter, and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters melt. Remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and vitamin E oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or jars. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the containers.







    Remember, everything you apply to your body or eat has an impact on your overall health. I know it's easy to go to the store and buy what you're used to, but I want to challenge you to read the ingredients. If you can't pronounce them or don't know what they are, maybe think about an alternative, including making your own.







    You and your health is what I care about, so stay safe, and live healthy and free.







    Heather EarlesHeather is married to a retired Special Forces Officer, and they live on a sustainable farm with their four children. She is an established author of inspiration, fiction, and children’s books; a journalist, a stay-at-home mother, and an advocate for healthy living. She publishes a weekly blog and podcast (Herb ‘N Wisdom™) and writes for two newspapers to aid and inspire others. “I want to make people feel good about life.”

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    • 3 min

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