Bodhi Bear Soup, a healing remedy for Coughs & Colds!

After surviving a serious and traumatic case of Whopping Cough as a child, I always dive into healing mode when one of my younglings has a fever or a whooping like cough that is associated with Pertussis.

I created this “Bodhi Bear Soup” with a ton of Healthy goodness to strengthen my youngling’s immune system against “Winter Bugs”, especially Whooping Cough!

This soup is filled with chopped Carrots, which have tons of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, especially known for helping the immunity of children.

I made sure to add organic Avocado Oil, which is a good fat that works synergistically with Vitamin A absorption.

I also added organic minced Garlic, which contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese & Selenium and other antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which can boost our immune system.

More over, Garlic is known to be super effective against toxic bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Next, straight out of my garden, I added many potent leaves of fresh Basil!

Basil has powerful antimicrobial properties, which has long been used in traditional medicine to fight bacterial infections.

In addition, Basil is known for it’s strong but natural anti-histamine properties… Wow, what a super hero herb!

To give this soup some hardiness, I added this beautiful mix of purple, yellow and red potatoes…

I specifically added purple potatoes for their free-radical scavenging and antioxidant capabilities, which is a natural medicine that has been used for ages and ages.

I also included Turmeric!
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. Curcuminoids have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and they are a very strong antioxidant.

Although acute, short-term inflammation can be beneficial, long term inflammation can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.

Unbeknownst to many, Curcumin is such a strong anti-inflammatory, that it’s power matches or surpasses many anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Turmeric and Curcumin really are healthy and powerful gifts from nature!

To give this soup a taste of home and just a little more healing power, I went back into my garden for some fresh Oregano leaves.

In addition to adding a comforting flavor and being an antiseptic, Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb which has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years… How awesome is that!

In fact, many natural healers use Oregano for treating respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal (GI) infections, which can accompany many Winter Bugs!

So there you have it, my homemade Bodhi Bear Soup!

Will it work to heal you or your child?

Let me say this, when we follow these remedies at the first sign of symptoms, we tend to zap it in just 2-3 days! 😊

In full disclosure, in addition to giving my kids this soup, I also give them top quality gluten & dairy free probiotics three times a day, a Vitamin A capsule once a day, freshly cracked coconut water twice a day, then I apply a homemade mix of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus & Coconut Oil rub on their upper chest & back every morning and evening while symptoms persist.

I hope these natural remedies bring some nutritional comfort for you and your family this coming Winter!

Sending tons of healing vibes your way,

~Dr. Dee (aka Healthy.Desy)

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 T Organic Avocado Oil
  • 1- 2 cups chopped Carrots
  • 64 oz. of Organic Vegetable Stock, Homemade or Boxed.
  • 1 cup of chopped Purple potatoes
  • 2 cups of Red & Yellow Potatoes
  • 4-6 cloves of minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 10-20 leaves of Fresh Basil
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried or 10 Fresh Oregano Leaves.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
Soup Instructions:
  1. In a large pot, add 64 oz of low sodium Vegetable Broth, along with Avocado Oil, mixed Potatoes, chopped Carrots, and Garlic. Heat to boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. While mixture is simmering, add Oregano leaves and Turmeric, then continue to simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.
  3. Add in the fresh Basil just before serving.


Vegan Lemon-Ginger-Nectar Tea and Jelly

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Mmmm… there are few things that are as soothing as some healing tea.

If you are cold, tea will warm you;
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are exhausted, it will calm you…

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The sun is always shining here in California, but somehow I can feel the cold is coming… Autumn is here and winter is around the corner!

It must be the holiday flavors that make this soothing tea feel like winter in the summer heat! The cinnamon and cloves have a wintery way of inviting snuggles and sweet kisses…

My husband sips it as he does his reading, I sip as I snuggle up next to him, dreaming of my new blog… our toddler is coloring and enjoying tea from his sippy cup, the aroma even has our dogs feeling warm & cozy. The entire family is snuggling, relaxing and being creative… life is sweet 🙂

This Tea and Nectar jelly are a perfect Wintertime Remedy… even in this super heat!

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Why these ingredients?

Lemons are detoxifying, alkalizing, full of Vitamin C- what a perfect ingredient! Lemon’s go one step further by fighting infection and cleansing your Liver and Bowels. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of warm water in the morning is a great Detoxifier.

Ginger is used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas.  Ginger is also used for pain relief, arthritis, sore muscles, menstrual pain, respiratory infections & cough.

Cloves are anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. They’re packed with antioxidants and are good sources of minerals, omega-3s, fiber and vitamins.

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known.  Like Lemon & Ginger, it is known for its healing properties for cold/flu.  It helps fight fungal and bacterial infection and is also known to help fight diabetes, alzheimers, MS and can lower cholesterol.

Coconut Nectar has Coconut sugar, not table sugar. Table sugar has zero nutritional value, whereas Coconut Nectar is from the sap of the Coconut blossom and has several nutrients. Most notable are B vitamins, Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.  *this ingredient is optional and not necessary.

All together, these ingredients create a Yummy Yummy Healing Tea Remedy for you and little ones!

Lemon, Ginger, Nectar Tea

Lemon-Ginger-Nectar Tea:
2-3 Lemons (small/medium)
1-2 Ginger Nuggets (approx 4 inches long)
1/2 Tablespoon of Cloves
3 Cinnamon Sticks
Coconut Nectar (to taste)

Instructions for Tea:

-First thoroughly wash your Lemons & Ginger.
-Thinly slice both lemons and place in pot.
-Thinly slice your Ginger about 1/8 inch, place in pot.
-Next add the Cloves to the Pot.
-Add 3 Sticks of Cinnamon
-Add 8 cups of Spring or Alkaline Water to your pot.
-Simmer on low/medium heat for 30 mins.
-If you see a nice yellow tint, your Yummy Tea is ready!
-Use a ladle and pour some into your cup.
-Add about 1 tsp of Coconut Nectar to your cup, get comfy & cozy… enjoy!

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Step 1: Layer Nectar first

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Nectar Jelly Ingredients & Instructions:

-Use ingredients above, excluding Cinnamon & Cloves.
-1-2 cups of Coconut Nectar (12-16oz).
-Thinly slice the Lemon/Ginger the same way as above.
-Using a Mason Jar, layer your ingredients (12-16oz).
-Pour Nectar on bottom, then Lemon, then Ginger.
-Repeat each step until the Jar is full, Nectar is on top.
-Close lid, store in your refrigerator for min. 36hrs.
-Anytime you need Yummy Healing Nectar, spoon some into a cup.
-Pour hot water over it, let it steep then enjoy!
-You are going to love this Lemon-Ginger-Nectar Jelly… It’s so Yummy Yummy Baby!

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Stay healthy this Winter, Dr. Dee  🙂

** I also use it for sore throats & cough, swallowing 1 spoonful.

*LEGAL DISCLAIMER

*Ginger is very safe, and we use it for cough/flu, but if you are taking blood thinners, please consult your doctor before taking Ginger or any of these ingredients on a regular basis.  We only drink 1-2 cups a day (1 for kids). Drink water with every cup! As always, use precautions and test for allergies.

*This is a remedy my family uses, this does not serve as medical advice, please consult your doctor for any medical concerns.


Coconut Milk Vegan Baby Formula…

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I love Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Coconut Meat, Coconut Oil, Coconut Candy, Coconut Cookies, Coconut Cake, Coconut everything! I am definitely cuckoo for Coconuts!

As a child, my mother would repeatedly tell me how great Coconut is for my stomach and my skin.  I always heeded her advice about the topical uses, especially for wrinkles and stretch mark prevention, but I never really ate Coconut for medicinal reasons unless she gave it to me.  Coming from a Native American mom who would use food, plants and herbs as healing remedies, I came to learn that many of the remedies are now backed by Science.

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Upon the birth of my second son, I mysteriously developed a severe stomach bacteria.  I was advised to temporarily stop breast feeding if I didn’t want to pass the bacteria back and forth. What was I going to do? I didn’t have a plan B for Breast Milk.

I vigorously started studying every formula out in the market. I couldn’t believe what I found… I consistently found toxic ingredients that are known carcinogens in the majority of the world except the U.S. The majority of countries have banned the use of these ingredients, but we are giving it to our newborns and babies in our hospitals and homes?!?

I felt as if I was in the twilight zone! This isn’t happening… this isn’t happening! After studying further, I learned that there are many alternative home made milks that we can make for our babies who have allergies, bacterial infections, intolerances and sensitivities.  Coconut Milk and Hemp Milk are similar to Mother’s Milk, they take some work to make, it requires adding various ingredients, but it is Healthy, Healing, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and Low on the allergy index.

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Please understand that I am not saying that Coconut Milk or other milk alternatives replace a Mother’s milk, I am saying you can create a safe alternative if Mother’s Milk is not a viable choice. Most of all, I am saying that Mother’s milk is a life force that can not be replicated by cows, goats or factories.  Breast Milk is the sweetest milk I have ever tasted, yes… I tasted it, 🙂 and it is so understandable why babies prefer it, thrive the best on it and receive so many healing properties.

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Coconut milk has been found to treat and relieve sore throats and even stomach ulcers, and like Breast Milk, it is very calming to the body and digestive system. The nutrients in Coconut also aid the body in over all immune system health. It’s B vitamins also aid in many immune and nervous system functions.

Unlike other unhealthy fats, the unique properties of Coconut also contain a large amount of MCTs and Lauric Acid, which is the primary fatty acid found in Mother’s Milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and is believed to protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

The great thing is that Coconut Milk is great for all of us, regardless of our age!

Home-made Coconut Milk is also a safe alternative for Diabetics who are concerned with the properties in Dairy Milk. Coconut Milk has a Low Glycemic Index and High Dietary Fiber. The human body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, therefore it has no hazardous effects on Blood Sugar. Best of all, Coconut Milk is lower in sugar than Dairy Milk.

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It turned out my baby did get the stomach bacteria and became very very ill and lost a severe amount of weight in less than a week. It was a very rough and scary time for us. After endless hours and days of research and consulting with various Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Doctors, we implemented the undeniable research on Coconut Milk, Oil and meat and it worked… It truly worked!

Our baby started to gain healthy weight, improve the quality of his poop and best of all… he began to thrive and heal!  I was able to continue breast feeding and we couldn’t be happier! This was done in conjunction with other nutritional support, like probiotics and digestive enzymes, but that is another blog. 🙂

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Here is a Yummy Yummy Baby recipe for Vegan Coconut Milk Baby Formula:

3 Cups of home-made Coconut Milk (Its easy after you do it once)
1 Tbsp Unsweetened, Rice protein or Pea protein (we prefer Rice protein)
1 1/2 Tbsp of Grade B Maple Syrup
1 tsp Calcium Lactate Powder
2 tsp of Infant Probiotic powder (we use Klaire Infant Probiotics)
2 tsp Vegan Omega 3 DHA
2 tsp of Extra Virgin, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
4 Cups of very good quality water

*Optional 1/4 Ripe banana

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Combine all of the ingredients in a Large Cup Nutribullet and blend (you may have to split it in two depending on the size of your Nutribullet, Vitamix, Ninja, etc…  Refrigerate immediately and use within 48 hours.
The formula will separate from the oils, so please shake before pouring into a bottle or cup and gently warm for baby.

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***We later discovered a formula we felt was not perfect, but pretty wonderful. It is a great supplement once your baby is a Toddler.  The Name is Toddler Supreme by Peaceful Planet.

***Important Legal Disclaimer:  This recipe is intended to be a supplement for a nursing or formula-fed child’s diet. It is not intended to be a complete replacement, and should only be used when the Mother’s Milk is not available, Allergies to Store Formulas, Sensitivities/Intolerances to other formulas or because you don’t want to give your baby the carcinogens in some formulas…

Again, this blog does not replace the advice of your healthcare practitioner, this is me sharing what worked for my family.

* Next up… How to make Coconut Milk!  Mmm! Yummy Yummy Baby!

Dr. Dee

Resources:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/


Pregnancy & PMS Relief! Lavender Loves the Ladies!

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Hey there amigos, welcome back to Yummy Yummy Baby! Today I want to focus on the most beautiful women in the world, Mommies to Be!

Although pregnancy can be an exciting and beautiful time, it can also be a time of anxiety, confusion and insomnia. So many women ask me about how they can cope with PMS and Pregnancy in a natural way.

Many women have tried traditional medicine, drugs and therapy to help cope with their horrible PMS and Pregnancy Blues.  The truth is that there are so many reasons for these challenges, but in short, it is a result of hormones, genetics, toxins and bad food.

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By using food as your medicine, you can help minimize or totally eliminate the drastic impact of PMS and post pregnancy blues. Healthy Food, Herbs and Plants can heal your hormones, they can battle your genetic predispositions and they can eliminate your toxins.

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If you truly are ready to take a leap forward in minimizing Pregnancy Blues & PMS, then eliminate every pesticide, GMO food and minimize sugary foods from your life. Read every single label of the food you put in your mouth and the ingredients you put on your skin and hair. Read the chemicals you use on your floor, furniture, dishes, baby toys, etc.

Go natural, go organic, go Lavender! Consider visiting a Functional Medicine Doctor to analyze your DNA (MTHFR), your Hormones, B-Vitamin levels (Homocysteine) & Blood.

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I know it takes a while to make the transition to a totally natural and organic life… but YOU & YOUR BABY ARE WORTH IT!

In the mean time, Lavender can help soothe the debilitating effects of Pregnancy Blues & PMS. By adding Lavender to your bath water or mixing it with coconut oil then massaging it into your skin, Lavender can also really minimize PMS and menstrual cramps.

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Lavender is also effective in aiding the treatment of Chlamydia, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Thrush, vaginal infections, inflamed vaginal tissue, vaginitis, Cystitis, Raynaud’s Disease, breast abscesses, and Cervical Cancer. If being treated with radiation for any form of cervical or uterine cancer, Lavender oil can prevent and diminish irradiation burns.

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Lavender’s Love and Healing properties are Endless. Lavender is a must-have for all homes because of its calming, antibiotic, antiseptic, disinfectant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

By mixing Lavender with water and Tea Tree Oil, it is a Pregnancy safe, non-toxic remedy that can be sprayed on your home surfaces and used as a household disinfectant. Infusing Lavender is also a great insect repellent.

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Again, pregnancy can be such a beautiful time of life, it can also be the most humbling time, especially when you are delivering your baby in a room full of people.

During pregnancy, Lavender can help sooth and relieve flatulence and indigestion. It can diminish the look of stretch marks and scars. It can relieve cramps, edema, exhaustion, infection, breast abscesses, and post-natal depression.

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There are many studies that have revealed that using Lavender oil during pregnancy and childbirth can help ease delivery pain and promote a speedy recovery.

Most traditional hospitals are open to you using Lavender Aromatherapy in the delivery room. It will help relax mom, dad and the hospital staff! Everyone will be feeling the calming effects of Lovely Lavender!

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I used Lavender on my hospital pillow, on my baby’s hospital clothes and on our baby’s car seat, nursery furniture, pillows and blanket… My baby came home to a nice calming environment! 💖

You and your lil one are gonna feel so relaxed and smell like the sweetest Yummy Yummy Baby!  👶

~Dr. Dee