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Chicken and Beef Gumbo Soup

 Soup.png3 lbs. chicken, I use 4 chicken breasts
1 16oz package beef little smokies (or beef sausage links cut up)
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 drop oregano essential oil (or 1/2 tsp ground)
1 drop black pepper essential oil(or 1/2 tsp ground)
1 drop cumin essential oil (or 1/2 tsp ground)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1 teaspoon chicken broth base seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
2 quarts water
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1/3 cup long grain white rice
16 oz. can tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup corn
1 cup sliced okra, fresh or frozen (or substitute cut green beans)

Place first 14 ingredients in large kettle. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer partially covered 30-45 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken. Add rice, tomatoes, and green pepper.

Simmer covered for 20 minutes. Add corn and okra. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until rice and vegetables are tender. Remove skin and bones from chicken. Return bite sized pieces of chicken to kettle. Bring soup gently to boiling. Ready to serve.

Essential Oils Studied for their Laxative Properties.

Laxative Properties
Laxative

This means an agent that stimulates bowel excretion.

Basil Essential Oil
Basil is cooling to the skin, and can be used to soothe minor irritations. When diffused, Basil helps promote clear breathing, and healthy respiratory function while sharpening focus, and lessening stress.
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Bergamot Essential Oil
Italians have used Bergamot for years to reduce tension and stress and to soothe and rejuvenate skin. Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings.
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Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper is best know as a cooking spice however, Black Pepper also promotes healthy circulation both internally and externally, but should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation.
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Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to ease digestive troubles and monthly menstrual cycles are equally noteworthy.
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Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger can lessen motion sickness, soothe an upset stomach, and help digest food after a large meal. Ginger essential oil can also be applied topically or inhaled to help with digestion issues.
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Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil is known to promote smooth, beautiful skin.
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Spikenard Essential Oil
The health benefits of Spikenard essential oil can be attributed to its properties as a, deodorant, laxative, and sedative.
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Black Pepper-Did You Know?

Pepper cornsDid you know Black Pepper is the oil of unmasking? It reveals the masks and superficial facades people use to hide aspects of one’s self. Since childhood, most of us have been taught that some feelings and behaviors are acceptable while others are not. So instead of seeking to understand feelings and behaviors that appear to be inappropriate, they usually judge and condemn. People learn early in life in order to be loved, and excepted they must hide their negative behaviors behind a mask or facade. Black Pepper helps people find their authentic self.

Black Pepper also comes in green, red, and white all from the same plant. The color is related to how ripe it is and how it has been processed. Black Pepper is the number one selling spice in America. Pepper is native to India, and grows as a tall vine with the peppercorns as flowering drupes. It has been used in cooking for over 2000 years!

Pepper was mostly eaten by the wealthy in the past, as it was so expensive and sought after. Traders formed spice routes from India to Europe and would often fight over them. In the Middle Ages a man’s wealth was measured by his stock pile of pepper. The Romans would even demand pepper as a ransom when besieging a city.

Black Pepper gets its kick from the compound peperine. Black Pepper loses its flavor and aroma through evaporation, so its best to keep it in an airtight container. Consider using whole peppercorns and grinding just before use to maintain flavor, and add near the end of cooking.

Black Pepper essential oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity and ability to help ward off environmental and seasonal threats. Black Pepper promotes healthy circulation both internally and externally, but should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation. It may also help curb urges to smoke.