Mindylynns Kitchen

July 25, 2014

Heat rash relief and perfume.

Filed under: Food — Mindy M. @ 1:04 pm


  For most of my life I’ve struggled with my weight. In highschool and my early twenties I did all the fad “diets,” I still shudder when I think of cabbage soup…I developed a thyroid condition, suffered from chronic pain, heart palpitations, nausea, and poor vision…plus my weight kept going up. I was doing everything my doctors, the media and my mom told me to but I kept gaining weight. Fast forward a decade and you have a very overweight 30 year old housewife. I’m not going to write about wright loss today, although you should read nourishing traditions if you are struggling with health and weight issues. Today I’m going to talk about one of the irritating side effects of being fat…heat rashes. 
   When you are fat (or have big breasts) skin touching/flapping/rubbing against skin can lead to irritation and heat rashes.  Its maddening. At times it can get almost as bad poison oak *shudder.*
   My poor husband can attest to the fact that I have been suffering horribly from heat rashes for the past several months.  I made a special blend of essential oils to help, but it only helped a little.   I had mixed the oils with a carrier oil…which is not ideal for heat rashes.  Last night I had a TADA moment.  Why not make a spray. But how was I to mix oils with water???  As usual Mr. Google provided an answer. Alcohol! This spray is marvelous. It cools and soothes the heat rash instantly,  and it dries super fast so there is no moisture issues.  As a plus it smells so good that I’ll be using it as a perfume AND a linen/room spray. Talk about multi purpose.
  As a heavy woman this is a necessity for me, but it will obviously work for men, skinny women and teenagers who suffer from heat rash.  Also please note, I’m not a healthcare professional, this is just how I personally treat heat rash and you should use your own judgment when taking advice from somebody on the internet.

Lavedermint spritz:
1 clean/empty bottle with spray nozzle (I salvaged an old body spray bottle)
1tbsp vodka
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Filtered or distilled water 1 cup

Mix oils and vodka, fill with water shake. Done.

Shake before each use.

Its that easy. You can adjust to make it weaker or stronger.  I wouldn’t use this on children under 2 or on anything that would come into direct contact with their skin. If you want something for children use lavender only. Eucalyptus and mint may cause respiratory issues in infants. 

July 9, 2014


Filed under: Food — Mindy M. @ 1:01 pm

My grandma’s A-Z bread has always been my favorite baking recipe. Period. It makes THE best banana nut bread ever. THE best zucchini bread…the best carrot raisin bread…the best apple bread. You get the picture. One day I ran out of baking soda, and after a suggestion from Mr. Google I substituted extra baking powder and suddenly I had the best muffin recipe too!!!
   I’ve been searching for a good from scratch corn bread recipe, for some time now.  It, finally, dawned on me to try grams’ A-Z bread…BINGO!!!!  I altered it a bit, but it was a good starting point.

1.5 cups unbleached AP flour
1.5 cups corn “flour” (I ground corn meal until super fine)
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 cup melted butter (or vegetable oil)
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of honey
1 applesauce snack cup (or 1\2 cup)
1 cup of sweet corn blended
1\2 cup sweet corn kernels

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together.  No need to do wet and dry, just start at the top of list and work your way down. Bake in muffin pan, until tooth pick comes out clean.

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