About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Herbal Bath Soak for Cramps

Herbal Bath Soak for Cramps

You bend over writhing in pain. It’s that time of month again, one that women all over the world have been familiar with since they were teens or younger.

There is hardly a woman or girl out there that does not experience cramps when she is on her period. Do you pop a pill, wither up in bed, or grin and bare it for the day?

In the days leading up to my period and while I am on my period I try to up my magnesium intake because it has been shown to ease menstrual cramps.

Like most women, I normally can’t take the day off when “Aunt Flow” shows up. Instead, I treat myself to a few extra kindnesses as the days approach and during those first two or three especially hard days.

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One kindness that I allow myself is a bath. (Thank the Lord for a house with a bathtub again!!!) Not just any bath mind you but an herbal bath soak for cramps to relax the cramps and soothe my body.

A warm bath alone will help ease menstrual cramps but when Epsom salts which are full of magnesium are added to a bath along with soothing herbs and essential oils that are known for their helpful properties, the benefits are tenfold!

Baths, while relaxing tend to make me over heated so I like to drink a slightly warm cup of my Women’s Tea Blend (full of magnesium) or a glass of Pineapple-Carrot-Tumeric Spritzer.

Herbal Bath Soak for Cramps

1/2 to 2 cups Epsom salt
1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
1/4 cup dried rose petals
4 drops clary sage essential oil (optional)
Muslin bag or cheesecloth

Add all the dried herbs to a cheesecloth or muslin bag. Add four drops on clary sage essential oil, if choosing to use. Tie shut and add to a tube of warm water.

Add the Epsom salts to the bath, using a smaller amount if it is your first time using them. Swirl them around until dissolved.

Sink down into the tube and relax for 15 to 30 minutes.

Are you just getting started with herbal remedies and essential oils It’s honestly been easier than I expected to learn and really grow confident in using natural remedies to care for my health and my family’s health. 

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  • Learn blending principals for aromatic use.
  • Incorporate essential oils into easy and effective herbal remedies.
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Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

This drink is sure to hit the spot on a hot day. It is creamy, slightly sweet, and bursting with vanilla.

Few things are better than drinking a cold icy drink out of a mason jar with a fun straw in the summer. This vanilla bean creme fauxccino is definitely at the top of my list right now. Hot days make me want to wander into a coffee chain and order a nice big blended iced drink. Honest moment here, I may have in the past couple months given in and ordered a few with less syrup and dairy-free milk.

As you know, I am a big fan of fauxccinos for many reasons- they are delicious, so much better for you, less expensive, and easy to whip up! You can have your own ready in less time than it takes to drive to the coffee shop!

This specific fauxccino is coffee free, it’s a milk based drink instead. For the recipe head over to The Nourishing Gourmet where I shared this Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Fauxccino


Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

Creamy and sweet, with a hint of spice. Thai satay peanut sauce is perfection on a spoon.

Thai satay peanut sauce is obviously used for dipping chicken satay but it used along side other Thai dishes like fresh rolls as well.

I was first introduced to peanut sauce when I went to a Thai restaurant (I may have mentioned it oh, a few times…) with a good friend (check out her brewery). As I dipped my fresh roll into the sticky sauce I knew that I had discovered one of my favourite sauces.

Over ten years later and that has not changed a bit. What has changed is the multiple batches of peanut sauce I have made until I settled on this gem. It really makes me happy. I may have sent a message and picture of my scribbled notes to my friend to let her share in my victory.

One may beg to differ that this recipe is not 100% authentic, I will grant them that, it’s not. I didn’t want to roast and grind the peanuts myself (that’s what peanut butter is for). I also sadly did not have tamarind paste, (nor the desire take a treck to the Asain market) so decided to use apple cider vinegar to achieve the tang I was looking for. Yet, I do think that is is very close to the beloved original I was first introduced to.

Other Thai Dishes and Sauces to Enjoy:

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 can full-fat coconut milk
3/4 cup palm (coconut) sugar
1-2 TBS red curry paste (adjust to your preferred spice level)
2 TBS soy sauce or tamari
2 TBS apple cider vinegar or tamarind paste

Add all the ingredients to a sauce pot. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

Set aside and allow to cool.

Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for at least one month.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of sauce.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 2½ cups
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¾ cup palm (coconut) sugar
  • 1-2 TBS red curry paste (adjust to your preferred spice level)
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  1. Add all the ingredients to a sauce pot. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Set aside to allow to cool.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for at least one month.


Seasonal Allergy Tincture

How to Make a Seasonal Allergy Tincture

Does sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes sound familiar?

It’s allergy season, for many that may mean intense suffering for the next several months. For others, it could be a mild irritation.

Often, seasonal allergies are connected to an unhealthy gut. While many (if not most) people who suffer from seasonal allergies could benefit from a gut healing protocol such as GAPS. Not everyone has the time for it, or might not feel quite up to the challenge quite yet.

Thankfully, there are God-given plants in nature that work together to help our bodies fight off allergic responses.

My favorite way to ease allergy symptoms is to use a seasonal allergy tincture with three of my go-to herbs: nettle, dandelion root, and dried rose hips.

All three of these herbs contain bioflavonoids, namely quercetin, (as well as numerous other vitamins and nutrients) that work as natural antihistamines.

Continue reading at Modern Alternative Health to learn how to make this seasonal allergy tincture

Seasonal Allergy Tincture

How to Make a Seasonal Allergy Tincture Pintrest

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce -www.nourihsingsimplicity.org

Lacto-fermented Thai chili sauce and palm sugar paste make the most delightful pairing for dipping spring rolls and egg rolls alike.

Move over sweet and sour sauce, this sweet and spicy Thai chili dipping sauce takes the prize hands down.

Thai food and I are BFF’s as far as food goes. I love a bowl of steaming yellow curry over white rice (yes white), Pad Se Ew, fresh rolls, and fried spring rolls. My mouth is just drooling thinking about when my next Thai meal will be. Sadly not tonight…

I still remember my first visit to a Thai restaurant when I was about 13, a had a delicious rice noodle, chicken, and broccoli dish swimming is a sweet soy sauce gravy, (Lard Nah).

My parents ordered an appetizer which we never did but is was a special night and how can you say no to spring rolls? Delicate rolled wrappers filled with thin rice noodles and vegetables, fried to perfection. There is almost no way to say no…

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce-www.nourishingsimplicirty.org

Instead of the gloppy sweet and sour sauce that is served in most American Chinese restaurants the Thai restaurant served the spring rolls with a delightful sweet and spicy dipping sauce. It was one of the most delightful moments for my young foodie heart.

I’ve been recreating it for years serving it with fresh rolls, lettuce wraps, over noodles, and with my Thai-inspired pizza.

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup palm sugar paste or raw honey
1/4 cup Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce

Mix the two together in a small bowl with a whisk or fork until smooth.

Serve over a Thai dish, with spring rolls, or fresh rolls.

Sweet and Spicy Thai Red Chili Dipping Sauce Feb 17
  1. Mix the two together in a small bowl with a whisk or fork until smooth.
  2. Serve over a Thai dish, with spring rolls, or fresh rolls.

Have you tried a sweet and spicy Thai Chili Sauce before?