3 Ways to Improve Your Health This Spring

Most of us could benefit from eliminating a few things from our lives and adding in more healthy choices. Spring is a great time to make lifestyle adjustments allowing for our bodies to experience new levels of health. 

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A Guide to Ingredient Substitutions for Healthier Eating

Looking to cut out unhealthy foods like trans fat, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup, but don’t want to give up your favorite foods? I’ve been using these simple food substitutions in my recipes for years, and continue to evolve into healthier eating habits. Don’t feel like you need to make all these changes at once. Every step towards healthier eating will benefit your body.

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Broccoli & Mushroom Stir-Fry: Quick & Easy, Nutritious Weeknight Meal

Do you need a new dinner idea? Broccoli & Mushroom Stir-Fry is a weekly meal in our home. It is a quick and healthy dish that is ready to eat in about 30 minutes. You can serve this main dish alone or with rice or gluten-free noodles.

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How to Make Elderberry Syrup: Immune Support & Virus Protection

Taking elderberry syrup is an effective remedy to protect yourself from viruses. If you do get sick, it will help to shorten the duration of your illness. But you may have heard that elderberries are poisonous. Let me explain.

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30 Ways to Treat Yourself for FREE This Valentine’s Day

You are valuable. You are worthy. You have purpose. Choose to show yourself compassion today. Here are 30 suggestions that won’t cost you any money this Valentine’s Day, but will bring a smile to your face.

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Winter Squash with Creamy Shiitake Sauce

This creamy and hearty dish is full of healthy, wholesome ingredients, and it’s vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Winter Squash with Creamy Shiitake Sauce will convince you that a meal of vegetables is satisfying and delicious. 

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My Favorite 3 Chia Puddings: Mango, Chaga Chai and Creamsicle

I’m hooked on chia seed puddings! These recipes are easy to make, full of antioxidants, taste delicious, and are a satisfying treat. Within a few hours, chia seeds will thicken in any liquid, so feel free to vary these recipes with other fruits and make your own creations.

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Healthy Eating On a Budget

Is eating healthy too expensive? It depends. Processed foods can be inexpensive, but buying too many of their healthy processed substitutes can make your grocery bill skyrocket. It’s a great start, but to save money, focus less on pre-made food or processed snacks and more on whole foods like bananas, squash, and lentils.

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Butternut Squash & Pear Salad With Pecans: A Delicious Winter Meal

I can’t get enough of this hearty salad! The dressing is my new favorite and I love that it has no added oils. I think adding mustard is what makes the difference. You could also omit the pecans for a fat free salad that is satisfying and nourishing.

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How To Keep Your Groceries From Spoiling Before You Can Eat Them

It never fails, you buy the Costco tub of spinach and it starts to go bad before it’s finished. After investing time, money and energy buying healthy foods, we’ve all watched them get old too soon. Here are some tips to help keep your food fresh longer.

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Coconut Curry: Delicious Main Dish That’s Healing For the Body

Curry, ginger, and garlic simmered in coconut milk: if you haven’t yet tried this amazing combination of flavors, you’re missing out! Served with steamed potatoes, carrots, and squash this recipe makes for quite the satisfying, delicious, and healthy meal. 

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What To Do When You Want To Move Forward, But Feel Stuck

Are you ready for something new? It’s a new year, but things are still shut down where I live, and I’m tired of it. It’s easy to get caught up in the struggle of the global pandemic, but I don’t want to stay in a place of stress and worry. I want to live a life filled with compassion and joy.  We can’t make the pandemic stop tomorrow, but we can change the way we think about it. 

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Roasted Veggie Pasta: A Hearty Winter Meal

This hearty pasta dish pleases a crowd of people with different food preferences. It’s a satisfying dinner with leftovers for a pasta salad lunch. Roasted veggies, pasta and arugula are all that needed for this salad. The dressing is simple by blending the roasted garlic and tomatoes together in a blender. 

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New Years 2021: Recipe for Cinnamon Star Cookies

Celebrate the New Year with cinnamon star cookies! Made with only 4 ingredients, these chewy cookies fill your taste buds with the flavors of orange and cinnamon. This recipe was adapted from a German Christmas cookie called Zimtsterne and is made with almond flour, an orange, spices, and powdered sugar. 

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Why This Fruit Salad is an Ideal Breakfast, Side Dish, or Dessert

This colorful combination of sweet and juicy fruit makes for a delicious dessert. It’s also a great breakfast and can serve as a tasty salad to go with any meal. Add some fresh mint, plus the orange, lime and honey dressing for a perfect compliment to the health-boosting fruit.

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Spice Cake with Cashew Icing: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

Enjoy this tasty and healthy cake recipe. Serve Spice Cake with a maple-sweetened cashew icing sprinkled with pomegranate seeds for an upscale festive look that’s delicious to eat.

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Vegan Christmas Dinner Everyone in Your Family Will Enjoy!

You don’t have to sacrifice flavor when eating healthy during the holidays! I love serving tasty delicious meals that build our immune systems and heal our bodies.  Nutrient dense, low-fat foods leave you feeling satisfied and content.

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5 Delicious Cookies That Won’t Derail Your Health Goals

A holiday treat can fit into a healthy lifestyle. It may be an adjustment saying “no” to traditional Christmas treats, but having alternatives that support your body is a gift you can give yourself and your loved ones.

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Coconut Macaroons : Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg Free Dessert

This healthier version of coconut macaroons are perfect to share with family and friends. People with food allergies don’t need to miss out on enjoying a holiday treat. This recipe uses almond flour, but leaves out the eggs whites and milk. I love that it’s sweetened with only pure maple syrup.  With just a few ingredients and a food processor, Coconut Macaroons can be made quickly for a melt-in-your-mouth delicious treat!

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranates

I’m excited to serve this easy green and red salad for Christmas dinner. Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate tastes best when made in advance so the lemon, honey and avocado oil has time to tenderize the Brussels sprouts. 

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Lemon Garlic Green Beans: Tasty, Quick & Easy Holiday Dish

If you are looking for an easy tasty vegetable dish at your holiday table, I suggest Lemon Garlic Green Beans. While green bean casserole is a holiday favorite, this simple delicious recipe is better for you, has less calories and is free of common allergens. 

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Yes, These Cookies Really Are Made with Tahini … and They’re Delicious

Christmas cookies are a tasty part of our holiday celebration. These delicious Thumbprint Cookies contain healthy ingredients that I enjoy serving to my loved ones. The tahini gives them a nutty flavor. The jam on top not only provides a festive look, but compliments the crunchy rich cookie.

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How to Make My Favorite Bath Salts: Holiday Gift of Relaxation

For years I’ve been enjoying Epsom salt baths.  Recently, I started adding two additional ingredients that have increased the healing benefits of my bath.  My favorite bath salt recipe now includes Epsom salt, baking soda and sea salt. Adding baking soda and sea salt helps heal skin irritations and small wounds, as well as, easing sore muscles and improving relaxation.

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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

Rice crispy treats are a favorite gluten-free treat in our home. This healthier version uses honey and cashew butter to make a delicious sweet creamy coating over the puffed rice. You won’t be sacrificing any flavor when eating these clean satisfying whole food treats. 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites are a quick and easy no-bake snack that’s good for you! The combination of chocolate, hazelnuts, and dried cherries is delicious, and makes a tasty holiday treat. I appreciate having healthy alternatives that support my body especially at Christmas time. 

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy: A Holiday Meal and Weekday Delight

This recipe is perfect for a holiday meal. It’s a beloved traditional recipe that has been upgraded: packed with healing foods! I especially enjoy it as a comfort food on cold wintry nights.

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Thanksgiving Week Meal Plan – November 23rd – November 29

The holidays can be a busy time. With the added uncertainty 2020 has brought, I wanted to support you with a healthy menu plan for the week of Thanksgiving!  Seven days of dinner recipes to help de-stress your life this week. As an added bonus, I have included some Thanksgiving meal preparations to make your holiday cooking run smoother. 

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The holidays can be a busy time. With the added uncertainty 2020 has brought, I wanted to support you with a healthy menu plan for the week of Thanksgiving!  Seven days of dinner recipes to help de-stress your life this week. As an added bonus, I have included some Thanksgiving meal preparations to make your holiday cooking run smoother. 

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Vegan (or Turkey) Pot Pie: Healthy, Comforting Meal with Turkey Leftovers and Grain-Free Crust

No meat is needed for this tasty pot pie, but if you have some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving dinner you can add it to this recipe. Turkey pot pie is a comfort food enjoyed by many. This recipe makes a few healthy adjustments to the pot pie recipe while maintaining it’s comforting flavors . 

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Simple Satisfying Thanksgiving Menu: Healthy, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan Option

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving 2017 is mine! I am thankful for memories of loved ones and joyful fellowship around the dinner table. Thanksgiving 2020 will be celebrated differently due to restrictions on gatherings in our state.  Enjoying a traditional meal with close family will maintain some familiarity and comfort in these unsettling times. 

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NW One-Bowl Meals: Simple & Healthy for the Entire Family

Nourishing one-bowl meals are simple, customizable and delicious. I enjoy serving them in our home to meet the different dietary needs and preferences in our family.  They are great to serve when entertaining so guests can customize their own bowls. The leftover ingredients also make quick & easy lunches the next week.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Quick & Easy Popular Holiday Side Dish

Oven roasted Brussels sprouts are quick and easy to prepare, making them the perfect side dish for your holiday meal. This is one dish where simple is better! All you do is roast brussels sprouts in the oven with a little olive oil for 20 minutes and these delicious vegetables are ready to serve.

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Apricot Bars: Holiday Snack – Sweet, Chewy & Easy

Staying away from sugar during the holidays can be a huge challenge! These tasty apricot bars help me get through the holidays without feeling deprived. With only 4 ingredients, they are quick and easy to make in a food processor. These bars keep in the freezer for 1 month. They thaw quickly so I can remove a few from the freezer when I’m craving a sweet treat. 

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Cauli-Mashed Potatoes: Delicious & Dairy-Free

Cauli-mashed potatoes is a dish worthy of any holiday table. Adding cauliflower to mashed potatoes is a delicious way to include more veggies in your meal. I prefer this creamy recipe over traditional mashed potatoes.

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Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Pie: Delicious Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Dessert

Pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving are a perfect match. This no-bake pie is a healthy take on the Thanksgiving classic and will support your body, leaving you satisfied during the holidays. I love knowing this tasty dessert is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and contains no refined sugars.

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Pomegranate Apple Salad: Easy-to-Make Healthy Holiday Recipe

This beautiful nutritious salad is perfect for the holidays. Spring greens, pomegranates and apples support your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants building up your immune system as you enjoy these delicious flavors.

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What is My Medicinal Home?

Welcome! My Medicinal Home is here to support you to live a healthy life with more joy and ease. I have 45 years of experience, including significant self-study and numerous classes. I’m a certified health coach and have completed an herbal apprenticeship. All this has given me an abundance of insight that I’m excited to share to help you easily and effectively transition to healthy natural living. I have both received help from others and developed my own strategies.  I will provide links to other websites that have been valuable to me. My desire is for My Medicianal Home to be a tool to inspire you to develop a lifestyle that fits with your personal goals.   

Some things to know about my information: 

  1. Whole foods 

God has given us fruits, vegetables, wild foods, grains and meat to eat.  Food in its original form, or as close to its original form as possible, is God’s healing gift to us.  My recipes use whole foods with no wheat, eggs or dairy. Unfortunately these “no” foods have been tampered with over the decades and now may cause adverse effects to our bodies. 

  1. Herbs and wild foods

Healing herbs and wild foods are nature’s way of providing safe and powerful ways to heal and clean both our bodies and homes. Natural cleaning tips, first aid support and herbal remedies that have proven effective for myself and family are provided here. This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek advice from your healthcare provider.

  1. Energy healing

Energy healing techniques have accelerated healing and improved my quality of life.  I considered these tools as self-help material. Scientifically, energy = mass x speed of light (E=mc2); therefore, energy work is science based not a mystical experience. Some energy healing teaching also has ties to Eastern religion, like the Chakra system. However, I look at energy healing as a tool grounded in the laws of nature and not as a religious practice.

In 2018, I unexpectedly encountered two powerful resources. Carol Tuttle’s work on energy healing, and Anthony William (The Medical Medium) information on healing from chronic and mystery illness were the tools I needed to more fully heal my mind and body. If it feels correct for you, you might find their teachings helpful as well. Neither myself nor this website are affiliated, supported or sponsored by these people or any other company.

The information on this website is from my personal journey. I continue to learn and adjust and believe the best way to move forward is one step at a time or what often feels like three steps forward and two steps backwards. Give yourself a lot of grace, go at your own pace, and start with what sounds most compelling to you. If you aren’t sure where to start, I would suggest the posts in Healthy Eating 101. Most of all have fun and enjoy living, eating and thinking towards becoming a healthier you.

Warmly,

Teresa

Holiday Butternut Squash Wild Rice Pilaf

Of all the pilaf recipes I’ve tried, this one is my favorite. It is a hearty, slightly sweet, and deeply satisfying dish that is perfect for the holidays. It’s also a wonderful vegetarian main dish and makes a great lunch the next day.

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Autumn Kale & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad: Satisfying & Immune Boosting

I get excited for fall just thinking about eating this salad.  It is loaded with immune boosting antioxidants in the kale, apples, sweet potatoes & herbs.  It is a perfect dish to build up the body as we head into the flu and cold season. The colorful appearance and delicious fall flavors in this unique salad make it fun to serve to others.

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Dinner in a “Pumpkin”: Fall Nutrition, Fun and Flavor

Serving your dinner inside a pumpkin or squash makes for a fun fall meal. I prefer the flavor of red kuri squash over pumpkin, but any squash can be used. I’ve also used this recipe with delicata and acorn squash.

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Sweet Potatoes & Red Cabbage with Ginger Glaze: Eye Appealing, Tasty, Nutritious Meal

Beautiful to look at, delicious to eat, and a powerhouse of nutrients that leave you satiated… I love cooking sweet potatoes & red cabbage with ginger glaze. 

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DIY Lavender Herbal Disinfectant – Fights Germs, Fresh Scent, and Safe

Your home will smell like the freshness of summer when you use this DIY natural lavender herbal disinfectant. Lavender has antimicrobial properties killing viruses, bacterial and funguses. In addition, making your own safe disinfectant protects you and your family from toxic scents and chemicals.

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Lemony Kale Salad with Dried Blueberries & Olives: Quick & Easy, Family Favorite

If you are looking for that special salad to take to your next event… this is it! It’s quick and easy to make and taste better over time.  The food combination of lemon, dried blueberries and olives with kale is superb. 

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Plantain: First Aid Use for this Common Weed

The next time you get a mosquito bite, the secret to stopping your itch may be as close as your backyard. You may have even assumed it was just a weed! Plantain leaves are actually a great medicinal plant that, along with soothing a bug bite, will also take away the pain from a bee sting, and aid in healing to minor scrapes.

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