Mamma’s Throat Soothers

Mamma's Throat Soothers

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Cold season, it’s not just about weather my friends. We all know the symptoms we do our best to avoid this time of year. The only way to do it would be to stay cooped up inside, binge watch Netflix, while living off shipments of Mamma Chia Vitality Granola, and Mamma Chia Seed Pudding. As amazing as this does sound, we must all face the world and their stuffy-nose-coughing-faces.

Have no fear Mamma Chian’s we are here to get you through all types of cold this season, and hopefully leave you feeling a bit better. To continue with our Winter Wellness we are making throat drops. Skip buying brands that contain artificial colors and additives we can’t pronounce. These not only taste better, but they’re better for you.

Minimal. Natural. The way an ingredient list should be.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup tea

1 organic lemon (juiced)

1/2 cup manuka honey

1 tbsp cloves (optional)

Make It:

First, make your tea. For these drops we went with straight Lavender and a Lemongrass Ginger (Earl Grey also works great). Feel free to choose any flavor. Do some research on what each tea can do for your body, and go from there!

 Pour that cup of tea into your pot, and stick on the stove top.

* An option which we left out of ours would to be add cloves. The oils in cloves are known to help break down the “cold glue” (eww gunk) in the back of your throat, as well as kill germs.

Squeeze your lemon into the pot (we went with a whole lemon)

Pour in the manuka honey and watch the magic happen!

*Honey is a natural cough suppressant, as well as a great way to soothe the throat.

Allow to boil, strain anything you added, or may have missed (lemon seeds, who knew when you squeezed a lemon seeds came flying out. Note: squeeze lemon into a bowl first, strain seeds as you add it to the pot…)

  You want this throat saving potion hot! Try to get the mixture up to 300 degrees. If you don’t have a candy thermometer just hanging out in your kitchen, use a glass of ice water. Drop a tiny bit of the mixture into the glass, if it solidifies, it’s ready.

Carefully spoon the mixture onto parchment paper.

Yours will be better circles than ours. Great thing is, you’re going to eat these, so if they aren’t perfect circles no need to worry. If you want your drops to be pretty, silicone molds work really well!

Let the drops harden (feel free to put these little guys in the freezer).

You did it!

Once hardened keep in a small jar, canvas bag, or up-cycled metal mint container.

Give these a try, tell us know what you think!  We love hearing from you. If you have any other tips to make the cold season less cold share them with us! #MammaChia

Mamma’s Winter Wellness

Mamma's Winter Wellness

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Say no to the aches, coughs, and fevers this year! Mamma Chia is here to give you the extra boost and support needed during this cold and flu season, so you can get back to what you love doing most. We’ve put together three of our favorite wellness remedies to help keep you and your family, healthy and ready for adventure this winter! Save these recipes for use all year round as they’ll make a great addition to your daily wellness regimen.

Cold Symptom Relieving Tea

2 teaspoons organic sage

Juice of one organic lemon (or one teaspoon lemon balm herb)

Pinch cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon (15 ml) organic honey (preferably raw)

2 teaspoons of Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds

*To prepare the tea, pour one cup boiling water over sage and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain out herbs, add remaining ingredients, and drink hot.

Diffuser Congestion Blend

2 drops of Eucalyptus

2 drops of Lemon

3 drops of Peppermint

*Essential oils are a great way to make aromatherapy a part of your day-to-day regimen. Plus, there are truly astounding health benefits from using aromatherapy! Essential oils have the ability to boost energy levels, speed up healing, eliminate headaches, strengthen our immune systems, improve digestion, act as a cleaning agent, and purify air. Use this blend to help ease any congestion!

Chest Rub

2 drops of lavender

2 drops of frankincense

4 drops of cedarwood or melaleuca

4 drops of wild orange

1 1/2 tbs Shea butter

1 1/2 tsp organic coconut oil

*Gently melt the Shea butter and coconut oil together. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Transfer to a container with a tight fitting lid. (A jar or Tupperware works fine)

Mammas Winter Wellness

We like to get our oils from these sites:

 Plant Therapy

  Mountain Rose Herbs

Auracacia

 Young Living

 

 

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Spring Cleaning DIY: Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

April 14, 2016
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With spring in full swing, it’s time to rid our homes of dirt and debris (especially with allergy season upon us)! With a plethora of chemical-based cleaners occupying the shelves, we wanted put together these easy-to-use, non-toxic cleaners for you to make at home. After all, the home should be treated as a sacred space, not a space full of toxic chemicals! Non-toxic, biodegradable matter is so important for us to utilize in every aspect of our lives, from food to cleaning products.

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

What You’ll Need…

  • Pure baking soda
  • Pure-castile liquid soap (we love Dr. Bronner’s organic and fair trade soaps!)
  • 100% pure tea tree essential oil
  • Organic apple cider vinegar (we love Bragg’s!)
  • Spray bottle(s)

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

All-Purpose Cleaner

This cleaner will be your new best friend! With pure essential oils and organic soap, you will love the aroma this non-toxic cleaner will release in your home! Measure 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner Pure-Castile Soap (we love the lavender scent!) with 1 quart water in a spray bottle. Add 25 drops of pure tea tree essential oil. Adjust measurements as needed to fit your spray bottle.

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Laundry

Measure 1/3 – 1/2 cup pure-castile liquid soap for a large load + 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half the amount for high efficiency (HE) washers. Vinegar works magic on your clothes! It helps to remove musty odors and brighten colors! Tip: prevent bright colored clothes from staining other garments by soaking them in vinegar for 20 minutes before their first wash!

Mopping

Measure 1/2 cup pure-castile liquid soap with 3 gallons of hot water.

Windows

Measure 1 Tbsp. pure-castile liquid soap with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray down your windows and wipe with a cloth soaked in half water half vinegar mixture.

Toilet

Predilute pure-castile liquid soap 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle and add 25 drops of pure tea tree oil. Turn off the water on the side of the toilet and then flush to drain the water out of your toilet. Spray down the inside of the toilet bowl with the spray bottle contents and let sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle baking soda on toilet cleaning brush and scrub toilet thoroughly. Turn the water on to fill the bowl with water, then flush.