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Essential Oils and Fresh Cut Flowers

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (217)

Many of us enjoy the beauty of fresh cut flowers and decorate our homes with these fragrant creations. It is estimated that approximately 69% of all Mother's Day gifts are in the form of fresh cut flowers ( Many of us spend upwards of $50 on a single bouquet.

If you are looking for a way to enjoy that beautiful fresh flower bouquet a little longer, just add one drop of an essential oil to the water to make them last longer. EO are derived from plants and protect them from harmful elements in the environment. EO like Tea Tree, Dill, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Citrus oils contain antioxidants and antibacterial properties, that when added to the water, enhance their life by preventing mold and bacteria growth and reducing oxidation. 

Try these tips to enjoy the beauty of God's creation a little longer! 

1. Trim the flowers at an angle to help them absorb the water and nutrients better. Arrange the fresh cut flowers in a clean vase or container.

2. Mix distilled water or filtered water with vinegar (whatever you have available). Distilled water or filtered water have fewer chemicals and minerals that can shorten the life of your flowers. The vinegar serves to reduce the pH of the water which also enhances their shelf life.

3. Add sugar to the water mixture (whatever you have available) which serves as a natural preservative. Then add 1 drop of an essential oil to the water mixture. Try an EO like Tea Tree, Dill, Rosemary, Peppermint or a Citrus Oil (Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, or Mandarin). 

4. Stir the water, vinegar, sugar and EO together until well mixed, Pour into the vase of fresh cut flowers. For every 8 ounces of water, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 drop of an EO.

4. Change the water and trim the flowers about 1/4 inch evey 2 - 3 days to keep your flowers fresh. Enjoy!

The staff at Simply Natural

Broccoli Kale Cranberry Slaw

Posted on April 17, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Chia Seed Dressing:
 *Use organic ingredients if available.

  • 1/3 cup sugar of choice (cane, coconut, agave, honey, date, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar of choice (apple cider, coconut, red wine, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt (sea salt or Himalayan)
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 cup oil of choice (grape seed, olive, almond, avocado, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients, except the oil and chia seeds, in a blender or food processor. Blend until well mixed (about 1 - 2 minutes). Add the oil slowly, blending until the dressing thickens (about 1 minute). Pour into a glass jar, add the chia seeds and shake until the chia seeds are well mixed. Add salt/pepper to taste. Refrigerate.

Salad: 12 servings
 *Use organic ingredients if available.
  • 4 cups prepared shredded coleslaw mix of choice (I like a mix of kale, purple and green cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (unless your slaw mix includes carrots)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced onions of choice (scallions, leeks, red, or Vidalia onions)
  • 1/2 cup toasted nuts or seeds of choice (pumpkin, sliced almonds, walnuts, sesame)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit of choice (cherries, cranberries, golden raisins)


Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Add salad dressing, salt and pepper to taste. Toss to mix. Refrigerate until serving. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts:
Per Serving (1/2 cup): 264 calories; 23 g fat; 15 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber, 2.7 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 281 mg sodium.



Posted on April 17, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Join our instructors in a Simply Natural class where cooking and baking are simply fun!

  • Children (ages 5 - 17)
  • Adult (ages 18 and older)
  • The cost per person is $35 - $55 (cost depends on recipe).
Class includes:
  • 1 hour instruction/demonstration
  • Cooking techniques
  • Recipe basics and modifications
  • Equipment/Utensils
  • Nutrition tips
  • Children's classes - nutrition basics and academic applications (reading, math, science)
Class Size:
  • Individual Classes (1 to 3 participants)
  • Group Classes (4 or more participants
Class Topics:
  • Baking Basics
  • Cake Decorating
  • Home-made Soups, Stews and Broths
  • Home-made Pasta and Sauces
  • Entrees
  • Sides and Salads
  • Smoothies
  • Cooking with Essential Oils
  • Using Essential Oils in your Everyday Life
  • Healthy Living
  • Reducing Your Toxic Load
  • Reducing Your Risk of Chronic Disease
  • Menu/Meal Planning
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Pantry Makeover
  • Grocery Store Tour
  • DIY (Household and Personal Care Products)
  • Dietary Needs (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Vegan)

Thank you for choosing Simply Natural. We look forward to serving you!

The staff at Simply Natural














Simply Natural's Healthy Pantry

Posted on April 17, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (4)


A healthy lifestyle can start in the kitchen. When we commit to making healthy
lifestyle changes sometimes our pantry needs a make-over.

Look in your pantry and consider reducing the amount of foods like:

1. Sugary beverages.This includes soda, sweet tea, juice and sport drinks..
2. Foods with added sugar like cookies, candy, and chocolate covered snacks.
3. Foods high in sodium like canned soups, vegetables and sauces.
4.Commercially prepared foods made with refined grains like bleached white flour.
5. Trigger foods that set off a pattern of overeating for you. "You can't eat just one."

Once you give your pantry a make-over, now it's time to take action.
  • Re-organize your pantry. Bring healthier items front and center at eye level.
  • Invest in kitchen utensils to measure your ingredients and weigh your foods.
  • Cook with herbs, spices and essential oils like cinnamon, tumeric, and oregano.
  • Drink more water. Even slight dehydration can significantly affect your health.
  • Eat fresh/frozen foods that are organic, free-range, pasture-raised, or grass-fed.
  • For sweet cravings, eat naturally sweetened foods like fruits.
  • Use whole grains in your cooking like oats, brown rice, quinoa, and spelt.
  • Snack on foods like vegetables with hummus, fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds.

We hope these suggestions were helpful as you continue to prosper in your health.

We look forward to getting your comments.

The Staff at Simply Natural.