DIY Toothpaste.

Some people have asked me what my family and I do for toothpaste, since a lot of conventional options include fluoride, calcium carbonate, glycerine, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Well, we make our own toothpaste. We use a mixture of clay, purified water, and essential oils. Our teeth and gums are always clean and healthy :)  Here's the recipe below if you are looking to change to a more natural toothpaste (btw, it tastes delicious... my kids dip a finger after they brush their teeth and eat it sometimes!):

(btw, you can click on the product name if you want to learn more about it or purchase it)

6 TBS Indian Healing Clay (you can also drink this awesome clay when you get food poisoning, slight indigestion, for a face and body mask, etc.)

10 TBS purified water (we use water from our filter made by Pristine Hydro)

3 drops of peppermint essential oil (or 1-2 more drops if you like it really minty) 

2 drops of ON GUARD essential oil by doTerra or Thieves essential oil by Young Living (or any immune support oil that is pure therapeutic grade- Immune Support by Hopewell Essential Oils is great too)

2 drops of frankincense essential oil

2 drops of tea tree essential oil

1 drop of cinnamon essential oil

2-3 drops of organic jojoba oil

This makes about an 8oz batch for us which lasts us just over a month but we are a family of 5. Add more or less in proportional measurements as needed. I love- and very often use- essential oils and jojoba oil from Living Libations or Hopewell Essential Oils. Hopewell is a family-owned company (as is Living Libations) and will get to you faster since they are in the United States.

One last thing... ideally, we'd put our toothpaste in a small glass mason jar with an easy-access lid. BUUUUUT, since we have 3 kids, we just use a small rinsed and dried out plastic container of organic raw honey and that serves us well, too.


Bone Broth Donuts with Colostrum Icing

We hope you love this recipe! We are ALL loving these super nutrient-dense donuts. If you have to snack, it's best to snack healthy and smart.

Enjoy the delicious donuts and post pics of your donuts on social media please and use any and all of these hashtags... #pemaculture #schotthealth #bonebrothdonuts #colostrumicing! <3

Grain Free Flour Mix:

1 C arrowroot flour

1 C fine almond flour

1 tsp. Celtic sea salt 

1 tsp. Baking soda

4-6 Tbs. palm sugar 

4-6 Tbs. lucuma (optional)



2 farm fresh eggs

1/2 stick grass fed butter or 2-4 Tbs coconut oil

3/4 C coconut milk

1-2 tsp. Vanilla extract

2 Tbs. wildflower raw honey (optional)

2-4 Tbs Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein

~ 2.5 C grain free flour mix

Note: for 100% vegan donuts try using about 4-6 Tbs apple sauce instead of eggs. 1 Tbs. sunflower lecithin powder should help as well. 


Colostrum Icing:

4-6 Tbs. Surthrival colostrum

2-4 Tbs. wildflower raw honey

1-2 Tbs. coconut oil

Mix all ingredients with a spoon in a small bowl until icing consistency. You may have to add more honey or tiny bit of coconut oil to get to perfect consistency. 



Pre heat oven to 375

Whisk two eggs in a bowl

Melt fat with honey 

Add coconut milk & vanilla to eggs

Add melted butter & honey 

Whisk all liquid ingredients

Add flour and bone broth protein and whisk until semi thick consistency

Add mixture into the silicon doughnut molds

Bake in the top rack for 10-15 minutes

Let cool and add icing and toppings desired (the Carnival Mix or Chocolate sprinkles from India Tree from Whole Foods are great!)

Enjoy!!!  :)


Cooking Tools:



Arrowroot Flour

Arrowroot Flour

Almond Flour

Almond Flour

Baking Powder

Baking Powder

Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Vanilla Frosting... It's SO creamy and delicious!

Vanilla Frosting... It's SO creamy and delicious!

Bone Broth Protein

Bone Broth Protein

Colostrum for the icing... so nutrient dense and creamy. Also makes a great coffee or tea creamer!

Colostrum for the icing... so nutrient dense and creamy. Also makes a great coffee or tea creamer!

Holiday scented pine cones (a story and a how to).

Earlier this year, we went to Disney World and stayed at Fort Wilderness. It's such a beautiful resort- it's actually the only place I like to stay when I go to Disney. It gives me the feeling I have left home without having to go too far away and that I have retreated to the woods somewhere. :) One morning, my husband and I woke up really early (to be precise, little one #2 was bumping around in my belly and woke me up). Everyone was still sleeping- kids, parents, everyone. We went outside to the porch and enjoyed some free time. We took in the sights and the sounds of the 6.30 am stillness- some squirrels running by, leaves rustling in the wind, blue jays chirping in one of the surrounding tall trees and a couple of woodpeckers hard at work. It was sublime.  After a while, everyone was still asleep and then it was tea & honey for both of us, knitting for me and a martial arts movie for my husband. Soon my folks woke up and came out to sit and share some tea with us. When little one #1 awoke, she and her grandmother went to collect pine cones as they were abundant all around the cabins. Two big bags were collected altogether.

Now that the holidays are upon us, I am so happy we have those pine cones that my little one and mom collected because now I can have cinnamon-scented pine cones in my home again. Last year, I bought a bag of them at Whole Foods and their aroma filled my home for the entire three months I had them on my dining table. I love DIYs. It's so special to make something yourself. And although the great spirit in all of us takes the credit for creating the beautiful pine cones, I can make them myself with my little one instead of buying a bag of them. I found a fantastic recipe online for cinnamon-scented pine cones that I am sharing. They are so delicious and aromatic!

Cinnamon-scented pine cones:

What You Need: Pine cones, Essential oils, Cookie sheet, Foil, Plastic bag or Spray bottle

1. Clean the Pine Cones- If you collected the pine cones yourself, you should clean them so you won't have trouble with insects or sap. Wash them in the sink, then place on a foil-covered cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour at 200F, keeping an eye on the oven for safety.

2. Choose Your Essential Oil- By far, the most common choice for scented pine cones is cinnamon. However, you can use any essential oil you like, or even mix some together.

Suggestions include: Cinnamon, Orange, Peppermint, Nutmeg, Pine, Evergreen, Cloves, Vanilla

Method One - Spray Bottle:

Place water in a spray bottle and add several drops of essential oil. Spray the cones and seal in a plastic bag for 24 hours. Remove and let air dry.

Method Two - Shake in Bag:

Add pine cones to a resealable plastic bag. Sprinkle drops of essential oils on the cones, seal and shake. Leave in bag for at least one week.

Helpful tip: Keep the pine cones in a resealable bag to make the scent last longer.


How about these apples?

This is easily the most delicious recipe for warm spiced chai apple cider.  It makes for a beautiful fall drink and is so warm and comforting (and great for Vattas like moi!).  Enjoy: For a 1/2 gallon of apple cider add:

1 Tb Chai tea

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Place the half gallon in a large pot.  Add chai and spices and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.  Bring heat to low.  Serve through a strainer and enjoy!

For non-vegans: also great with a bit of milk or heavy cream!