Ginger Essential Oil

Spark Naturals Ginger oil from China is warm, sweet and powerful with citrus-like notes comparable to orange and lemon.

History

Ginger (zingiber officinale) is native to China and throughout Asia and has been considered highly medicinal for many, many generations. In the Middle Ages, ginger was brought to Europe by traveling tradesman and is now used worldwide. It’s essential oil is not only used for medicinal uses, but is also used in exotic, oriental-type perfumes. Ginger has a very strong, hot, rich flavor when used in the kitchen. It is most often used in sweets – specifically gingerbread. The fresh and dried rhizomes are used throughout the world for sweet and savory dishes and for making ginger beer and wine.

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Benefits

Asian medicine uses dried ginger for stomach problems such as stomach-ache, diarrhea, and nausea. Ginger oil is well suited to help ease colds, flu, morning sickness, motion sickness, and muscle aches. Certain studies have shown Gingers benefit on joint health, but it is most commonly known for promoting healthy digestion and easing occasional indigestion and nausea. This warming oil is helpful with feelings of loneliness and winter depression.

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Uses

Diffuse: 2-4 drops in your favorite room diffuser to relieve lethargy, nausea, colds, and flu, or 1-2 drops in a car diffuser when feeling car sick.

Topically: Apply over the lower abdomen for a soothing, calming massage

Hot Compress: apply to needed areas to aid in arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches and digestive upsets

If pregnant: gently inhale or apply topically on feet to aid in feelings of nausea

Cook: Add Ginger essential oil to your favorite sweets and savory dishes

Precautions

Keep out of reach of children. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or nursing, please consult with your physician before using. Always avoid contact with eyes.

Reviews

“Good stuff for fighting sickness.”-Shar

“I get motion sickness really bad. A ginger tea seems to help a lot. I put one drop in my tea and it settles the nausea.”-April

“I get motion sickness really bad. A ginger tea seems to help a lot. I put one drop in my tea and it settles the nausea.”-Shannon

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Incredible Benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper Piper Nigrum is a common essential oil that has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and by the ancient Greeks. It originates from Madagascar, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China, and comes from the unripe fruit/berry, which grows from a small white flower on the woody vine. It’s smell is sharp, warm, strong, woody, and spicy, with a watery viscosity that is usually a greenish yellow to a yellowish white color. It is steam distilled and has many uses and benefits. Black Pepper can be used topically, internally, and aromatically.

Black Pepper is commonly known as a cooking spice that brings out the flavor in food, but its topical and internal benefits are also very appealing. Black Pepper is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity and ability to help fight seasonal and environmental threats. Black Pepper can be used to help in the treatment of pain relief, chills, colds, muscular aches, digestive problems, rheumatism, coughs, calm anxious feelings, increase circulation to the skin, and exhaustion.

Black Pepper should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation, but can be used to promote healthy circulation. It can also be used as a general digestive tonic to help stimulate appetite, tone colon muscles, and aid in the healthy digestion of foods. It should always be kept out of reach of children and if you are nursing or pregnant, please consult your health care provider before using it. Avoid contact with the eyes!

Oils that blend well with Black Pepper are: Bergamot, Clove, Fennel, Clary Sage, Coriander, Lavender, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lemon, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Wild Orange, Rosemary, Sage, Lime, YIang Ylang, Melaleuca, and Lemongrass.

Properties of Black Pepper are: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, laxative, rubefacient and tonic.

Possible uses:

  • Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high
  • Diffuse or inhale to calm anxious feelings
  • Add to a base slave to use for tired aching limbs, sore muscles, and to help sort out bowel problems.
  • Create a soothing and warming massage by combining one to two drops with Spark Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Add to entrees, soups, meats, and salads to bring out the flavor and assist digestion.

Recipes to Try:

Muscle Rub

Combine oils in roller bottle and apply to sore muscles are needed.

Arthritis, Inflammation, Nerve Pain

Combine all oils in a glass bottle and shake to mix oils together. Massage into painful, swollen joints twice a day or as needed.

Wake Up Diffuser Blend

Health Benefits of Cardamom Essential Oil

What is Cardamom?

Cardamom is a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. Cardamom pods are spindle-shaped and have a triangular cross-section. The pods contain a number of seeds, but the entire cardamom pod can be used whole or ground. The seeds are small and black, while the pods differ in color and size by species.

Method of Extraction

Cardamom seed oil is extracted through steam distillation. The seeds of the fruit are harvested just before they ripen. This produces a 1 to 5 percent yield

Health Benefits

Cardamon Essential oil has been attributed to its ability to reduce spasms, reduce nausea, promote clear breathing and respiratory health, it’s also used as a flavorful spice for cooking and baking, and it may help ease indigestion and maintain overall gastrointestinal health. There are many other benefits to Cardamon essential oil but these 5 benefits we have mentioned are the primary and most notorious ones.

Uses

  • Add to bread, smoothies, juices, meats, and salads to enhance flavor food and help digestion.
  • Use daily as a health regimen to support healthy gastrointestinal function.
  • Diffuse or inhale for mental clarity.

Direction of Use

  • Diffuse: three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internally: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topically: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Digest Blend Can Assist in Supporting, Restoring and Maintaining a Balanced Digestive System

One of the number one causes of ailments today stems from an imbalance of gut flora and other digestive issues. When the digestive system is balanced, many other symptoms and ailments decrease or disappear altogether.

digest_3Spark Naturals has created a Digestive Blend using a proprietary combination of the best essential oils for the many aspects of digestion issues. Digest Blend can assist you in supporting, restoring and maintaining a normal balance with your digestive system. There are several essential oils that assist our bodies with digestive issues. Our proprietary blend of Lemon, Spearmint, Myrrh, Fennel and Ginger is a powerful combination with specific attributes to cover a wide range of troubles.

Lemon

Lemons are thought to have originated in Asia and have been used for generations in many holistic remedies. Historically, lemons were carried and eaten on long ship voyages to help fight scurvy, and sea-sickness. Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the nutrient-rich rind of the fruit and is known for it’s light, uplifting scent. Those same germ and disease fighting constituents used on those early voyages are concentrated in the essential oil, making it a vital tool in digestive recovery.

When massaged onto the lower abdomen, Lemon EO can help reduce constipation and increase positive bowl movement, as well as detoxify the body. While it is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and can be applied NEAT, it can cause skin irritation, especially on young or sensitive skin, so be sure to dilute with a carrier such as coconut, sweet almond, or rosehip oil.  Lemon is also considered a photosynthesizing oil, so before exposing skin where Lemon EO was applied directly to the sun (or tanning bed), it is a good idea to wait at least 12 hours to avoid oil burns.

Spearmint

Spearmint is a fast-growing herb that originates from Europe and is now grown all over the world from China to Russia, Spain to the good ol’ USA. It is a member of the Mentha or “mint” family with similar properties to Peppermint, but on the milder side. Spearmint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and is a common flavoring in candy, chewing gum, and oral hygiene products. Not only does it have a fresh cleansing scent and flavor, but it literally cleanses and calms.

Spearmint can be used to help balance and increase metabolism, which in turn may help soothe the intestines and ease nausea. Generally recognized as safe (GRAS), a drop of Spearmint EO with a teaspoon of honey in 4oz of warm water make a soothing tea-like drink for upset stomaches. Dilute when using topically.

Myrrh

Myrrh is steam distilled from the oleoresin gum of the commiphora myrrha tree of the burseraceae family. Originating from northeast Africa near the Red Sea, the tree grows to about 9 feet tall with oval leaves, white flowers, and thorny limbs. The resin is extracted from cuts in the tree and is often exported for distillation. Historically Myrrh was used in many spiritual events including embalming and mummification as well as traditional burials and as a gift to baby Jesus. It is known as a wound healer and anti-inflammatory.

Because everyone reacts to oils differently, it is best to avoid using Myrrh essential oil during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. If it is necessary, be sure to dilute with moderate to heavy dilution.

Fennel

A favorite with the Greeks and Romans, Fennel is a tall, delicate herb with a sweet, peppery aroma. They used it often in cooking as well as for medicinal purposes ranging from better eyesight, increased lactation, and general life longevity. It blends well with citrus and savory flavors as well as citrus essential oils.

Fennel essential oil is steam distilled from the plant’s seeds and is commonly used to ease excessive intestinal gas and helps decrease menstrual cramping and nausea. While it is great for increasing a mother’s milk supply, use sparingly. Fennel is not recommended for those using a lot of medications or are pregnant or nursing (aside from occasional lactation boosts, not constant use).

Ginger

Growing as a fiberous tuber or rhizome, Ginger is native to China and is widely used for medicinal, culinary, and fragrance purposes. The spice is often used in Asian cooking to aid in digestion. After being harvested, crushed, and dried, the rhizomes are steam distilled into a yellow oil with a spicy, earthy essence. In the aromatic world, Ginger is known as the oil of empowerment, thought to change feelings of apathy to an active self-assurance. When diffused, it can decrease morning sickness, motion sickness, and general nausea. In addition, Ginger essential oil increases memory and supports brain function.

Generally recognized as safe (GRAS), Ginger EO is not considered a “hot” oil and is mild enough to use on children with moderate dilution. To strengthen immunity during times of illness, add a drop or two to a carrier oil and rub it on the soles of the feet.

Digest Blend Reviews

“This blend is a huge help when having tummy upset. We have had the stomach bug several times over the years, and this has been a huge help for the nausea and other symptoms. Don’t run out of this blend!”~Ellen

“This works better than my prescription (bentyl) IBS medication!!!! I go to this first!!!!! It works fast too!”~Amary

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~The Spark Team~

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Essential Pumpkin Cream Bundt

At my house, Thanksgiving is all about the “F” words: Friends, Family, and Food.

Every year sixty-or-so of us get together and share some of our most loved foods, and at the end of the day everyone tends to go home with extra dessert. What a bummer that the BEST was saved for last, and then we were too full to enjoy it…until about 5 years ago.

The night before Thanksgiving everyone was trying to coordinate plans when one cousin suggested getting together for breakfast since they’d be spending dinner with the in-laws that year. Well, while people weren’t opposed to getting together early, no one wanted to add a big breakfast menu to the already long list of food needing to be prepared. And then it happened. My single most favorite Thanksgiving tradition was born: Pie Breakfast.

Genius, right?! The most scrumptious desserts that barely were touched in years gone by due to too-full bellies could now be lavishly enjoyed. It’s already a food frenzy all day, might as well start off with a little pie…and cobbler…and hot chocolate…and donut holes…and (if you’re like me) pumpkin treats are a must! Grandma Honey often gets the huge pumpkin pies from Costco (who can compete with that?!) so this year I am opting to bring this delightfully filling pumpkin cake. I love the shape of bundt cakes-so festive and pretty without me having to do a thing *wink*.  So, without further ado, I give you the Essential Pumpkin Cream Bundt!

 

Essential Pumpkin Cream Bundt

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop nutmeg essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 12 ounces full-fat block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F  and grease a 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and allspice together in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a standing mixer (or with a hand mixer) cream the pumpkin, sugars, oils, eggs, and vanilla extract together until combined (about a 1-2 minutes). Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until completely combined (batter will be thick).
  3. Make the cream cheese filling: Using a handheld mixer (or a stand mixer) whip the cream cheese on med/high speed until smooth (no lumps). Add remaining ingredients one at a time on medium speed until incorporated.
  4. Pour half of the pumpkin batter into the prepared bundt pan. Next, evenly spread all of the cream cheese filling along the top of the batter. Then layer the remaining pumpkin batter on top.
  5. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean with just a couple lightly moist crumbs.
  6. Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool for 1 hour inside the pan before inverting the cooled bundt cake onto a wire rack. Allow cake to cool completely before serving.
  7. Store leftovers in the fridge up to 3-4 days.

Pro tip: Baked cake can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight (about 8-10 hours) in the refrigerator before serving.

Happy baking! Comment below with some of YOUR favorite Thanksgiving traditions and recipes. We want to hear from you!

~The Spark Team~

Oh The Yuck!!!

I’ve got to have a “REAL” moment with everyone for just a minute.

This last week was AWFUL!!!!!! I don’t think that I could actually capitalize that big enough!! Last week, the mom of the house got food poisoning. I say food poisoning instead of the flu or a stomach bug because it was mostly gone in about four hours. There was still the nausea and stomach cramps, but everything else was done in about four hours.

You better believe that Digest and Ginger were my friend all night long. I’m pretty sure that was what saved me that night.

I laid in bed and prayed that my son would sleep all night because my husband was at work for his wonderful 24 hour shift. You better believe that did NOT happen. Within minutes (it felt like) my son was awake and the only energy I had I mustered up to grab him and bring him to bed with me.

Now, don’t get me wrong, at the time I didn’t know what was going on so bringing him to bed with me could have had catastrophic repercussions, but I lucked out.

I woke up feeling less than mediocre, but I did what moms do and made the kids lunch and shipped them off. Shortly after, very shortly, I found a cozy place on the couch and allowed me toddler to kick and climb on me for an hour or two so that I could have a slight chance at feeling human again.

Did I mention that I was loading up on Digest and Ginger? Okay, well I was!

With precaution in mind, I started layering it on everyone in the family (except my husband because he is a firefighter and gone all the time).

So, now it is Friday and nothing has affected anyone else. I am convinced that either the oil masters have blessed our house or I suffered from food poisoning (hence where I got my diagnosis).

Friday, my cousin and her family arrived for a fun filled weekend. Everything was going so great until about 7pm on Saturday night. It started with my husband disappearing from the BBQ that was taking place. I went to look for him and found him in our bathroom (poor guy). Then 9pm rolls around and the brutal rathe of the nasty plaque has taken my little niece hostage too.

My only thought was “OH NO, EVERYTHING IS CONTAMINATED!!!!!”

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I immediately began “rolling” my poor children, myself, and my already suffering husband.

If you do not have the “Flu Bomb” on hand at all times then you are going to hate life at some point or another. You can roll it on your throat when it’s itchy or the back of the neck (like I did) when anything else is going around, or on the bottom of the feet for sensitive skin (if it is ever “hot” put an extra layer of coconut oil on them to help absorb).

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My Respire Stix was also a must have every night to help clear airways. After throwing up over and over again, you get clogged up. I loaded all the bellies with Digest to balance whatever was going on and the Ginger was AMAZING for the nausea. Did you know that you can also use Digest to break up all the yuck in the sinus cavities? Just rub a little down the bridge of the nose and watch the nasal waterworks!

My best friend “Flu Bomb”

40 drops of Oregano

30 drops of Lemon

20 drops of Shield

Mix with a carrier oil in a 10ml or 15ml roller bottle. I would reduce the ratio and add more carrier oil when used on kids or people with sensitive skin.

I send healthy vibes everyone’s direction and strongly encourage the use of your essential oils to get through or bypass the yuck that is taking over!

Good Luck!!!!

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Have You “Salved” Yet?

Have you ever tried Spark Natural’s Salves?? If you haven’t, you must! Today I want to do a quick overview of each of them. Why? Because they are incredible. They are easy to use. They are convenient. And, best of all, this week they are up to 30% off!

Seriously?!?!?!

Yes!!!!

Restore Healing Salve

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Restore Healing Salve is the combination of Lavender, Melaleuca, Rosemary, and Frankincense making this it perfect for healing dry, cracked skin or other topical ailments such as eczema.

Defense Protective Salve

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Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary are used in this salve to help protect you from unwanted yuck! If you have kids in school or you work around a lot of people, this is the most handy way to defend your immune system. I keep the little sample packets in my purse, just in case.

Harmony Women’s Salve

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Have you ever had “one of those days”? They happen to me far more often than I would care to admit. Maybe you are having an abnormally emotional day, maybe you just need some balance in your life, or maybe you need some assistance managing PMS or menopause symptoms, this little gem is the key!! Taking Geranium, Clary Sage, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang, and Patchouli, Spark Naturals has created this Women’s Must Have! Apply it to the back of the neck, abdomen, chest, or wrists throughout the day as needed.

Legend Men’s Healing Salve

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Now let’s talk about those guys!!! This thick, rich, healing salve is made with Cypress, White Fir, Cedarwood, and Frankincense. Even though it is called the Men’s Salve and has a very woodsy aroma, it is great for anyone if you need to rehydrate and repair your skin and lips.

Dream Sleep Salve

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Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint, Lemon, and Grapefruit combined together in this amazing salve, will help you get the best night sleep and wake up feeling rested! It can be used on kids too! If your kids are a little hyper as bedtime approaches, rub this on their feet to help calm them down. It can also be applied to the wrists, chest, and back of neck to be able to breathe in the amazing aroma all night.

Focus Concentration Salve

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There are days that I struggle to get things done. I get distracted and start 40 different projects. It drives my husband crazy!! There are also days when my daughter wakes up and I can just tell she is not on the same planet. I make sure to load us both up with salve. It is made with Marjoram, Lavender, Lime, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and a little bit Heaven!

Revive Vapor Rub

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Coughs, colds, and even snoring don’t stand a chance with this salve. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times, how often, and all the different reasons we use this salve in our home! It has so many purposes and can help with so many things. You can put it in the feet to help with coughs, on the chest for congestion, under the nose for stuffiness or to help with snoring, on the back for congestion as well. Eucalyptus, Camphor, Peppermint, Lavender are the perfect blend to bring a lot of happiness to the Mama!!!

Base Foundation Salve

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All of the salves talked about above are made with this base, but maybe you have a different combination that you prefer to use, this base of 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil, and Vitamin E is the golden ticket! All you have to do is add your oil combination and you are all set. You can also use in smaller amounts to make TOGO salves or even to dilute the oils before applying to sensitive skin. The sky is the limit, SOAR!!!!

Click the link below to get your salves and see all of our other great products and specials!!!

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Spice it up!

Last weekend Spark Naturals took the oil world to a whole new level!

I love cooking with my essential oils on a regular basis, but they have also come in mighty handy when I have forgotten to pick up an ingredient from the store. A few weeks ago I forgot to grab a lemon for this chicken dish that I was making. I even went to my neighbor’s house to see if she had a lemon or even some lemon juice in a bottle. Apparently I was having a moment of memory loss. It did come back, that is when I went to my bedroom and grabbed my lemon essential oil. I put a few drops in the mixture and it turned out amazing!!!!

But now I have these amazing, essential oil infused spices that I get to use when I cook! I am slightly obsessed with the aroma of them alone! There are seven total and, did I mention, they are AMAZING!!!!! They are called Naterre Spice Blends.

Without further ado, in alphabetical order, I would like to introduce to you:

All Purpose

sn_spice_allpurpose_250x488_1_This blend of Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Oregano, Thyme, Black Pepper, Cayenne Powder, Paprika, and Salt comes infused with Rosemary Essential Oil, Cilantro Essential Oil, and Orange Essential Oil. It smells just like a complete spice cabinet, with all of the yummy scents folded into one perfectly formulated bottle.

Baker’s Delight

sn_spice_bakersdelight_250x488.jpgThis one smells like Christmas in a jar! It contains Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves, Allspice, Star Anise, Nutmeg, Pepper, and Wild Orange Essential Oil. You are not going to want to miss the recipes I will be using this one in!

Italian

sn_spice_italian_250x488_1_As soon as you open the jar, your senses are taken over. I could sit and breathe this one in all day! It reminds of me off fresh baked bread (you are going to want to come back for that one). The Rosemary Essential oil is so distinct even though it is combined with Thyme Essential Oil, Red Pepper Flakes, Parsley, Oregano, Garlic Powder, Marjoram, and Basil. Oh so good!

Mexican

sn_spice_mexican_250x488_1_I love really good carne asada and guacamole. When the meat is flavored and cooked just right and the guacamole has the most perfect consistency, you can’t beat it. That’s probably why I am so excited about this spice blend. It contains Chili Powder, Cayenne Powder, Cumin Powder, Greek Oregano, Garlic Powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, and Lime Essential Oil. Muy Bien!!!

No Salt

sn_spice_nosalt_250x488_2_.jpgWant the flavor without the sodium? This little beauty is for you!! Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley, Ground Pepper, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Dill Essential Oil. Yes please!!!

Omaha Prime

sn_spice_omahaprime_250x488_1_The first time I opened this blend of spices I ran over to my husband and made him smell it! I said (he claims yelled), “Oh My GOODNESS!!!! This is going to be so good when we are grilling!” It has Himalayan Salt, Black Pepper, Paprika, Thyme, Rosemary, Coriander, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, and Lemon Essential Oil. My taste buds are having a party and my mouth is salivating as I typed that!

Salt & Pepper

sn_spice_saltpepperlime_255x488This is not your standard salt and pepper and no I’m not going to “Push It Real Good”, although I am going to try to push this spice blend on everyone I encounter.  This right here, is Himalayan Salt, Black Peppercorns, and Lime Essential Oil. It is the perfect must have, to add a little flavor to any meal!

You can buy them individually by clicking on the name or you can buy them as a set here.

This week we will be focusing on different recipes for each of these incredible spice blends, so make sure that you check back!

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