Cavitations: chronic illness that stems from the jaw

Hi everyone! Today I want to share with you a story from my good friend Nicole. She found my blog a while back and learned about cavitations just as I was discovering this issue for myself. She actually went ahead and treated them with a special ozone treatment.  Her story is amazing and I’m lucky to call her my friend. I think Nicole would agree that experiences like this need to be shared, and I’m so grateful she agreed to share her journey with you.

* Update: Nicole has decided to explore treating the “root” of cavitations – Mercury and bacteria. There are several avenues to do this and Ill explain more in my next post about Mercury!)

My wisdom teeth removal nightmare

Practically everyone knows about wisdom teeth extractions, but many are unaware of the complications that can arise after having this “supposedly” routine surgery…

Hi, my name is Nicole and I would like to share the story about my health journey.

I was put under anesthesia to have all four of my wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon, and   I awoke pretty strong but very pale. Sometime after the extractions, I began to have extreme chronic pain (mostly focused on my left side, beginning with my left jaw) throughout my entire body. I could barely move without experiencing some shooting pain dancing around inside me. Then there was the brain fog.  If I met a new person one day, I would forget them the next. Yes, it was pretty bad (sorry to everyone, at that time, who was always a “new friend”).


Mysterious health issues

However, that wasn’t the worst of it.  I also became extremely fatigued to a point where I was literally a “couch potato.” My sister would trim my nails for me because I was too weak to lift my arm. I actually felt like I was going to collapse at any moment. The MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) intensified even more after my surgery.  I couldn’t be near anyone with perfume because my throat would tighten up and my breathing would become laborious.  The chemicals and smells would also create headaches and more fatigue. My hair was thinning out dramatically (time to cut it short for the new growth I have).

There was also a strange thing that happened…the tendons in my neck disappeared!  I woke up one morning to notice that I could barely breathe through my throat, and I could clearly see the indentation in my neck where the tendons should have been.  Doctors were, once again, baffled when I told them, but, personally, I think this was caused from the bad bacteria trying to overtake my weakened body.


Puzzling Doctors

Oh no!  For the frosting on the cupcake (that I cannot eat), I additionally gained MANY food allergies.  Not cool. Doctors were puzzled at my condition and misdiagnosed me numerous times which caused me to take several  harmful medications.   I couldn’t help but wonder about the main cause of the symptoms I was having…

It all started with the wisdom teeth extractions, and I knew deep down inside that there had to be some connection between the two.

After many hours of research, I changed my diet to grass-fed meats and organic fruits and veggies. This diet change took away the pain in my body, made the tendons in my neck return, and helped me with my major forgetfulness.  What was I just talking about???  Ha.  I’m just kidding around.  My mind is finally starting to become as sharp as a ninja’s sword. 😉


The cavitation connection

I came to Caroline’s website one day and realized that she had the same symptoms as me! 😀
Through her,  I discovered the infamous word called cavitations (infection of the jaw), and God has blessed me with a new pathway to healing and, most importantly, He has blessed me with  a new friend.

What created all this awesomeness that you see above? Cue dramatic theme music….CAVITATIONS


Cavitations explained

A cavitation is an unhealed hole in the jawbone caused by an extracted tooth [or a root canal or an injury to a tooth]. Since wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth, most cavitations are found in the wisdom tooth sites. The tooth is attached to the jawbone by a periodontal ligament which is comprised of “jillions” of microscopic fibers. One end of each fiber is attached to the jawbone and the other end of the fiber is attached to the tooth root. When a tooth is extracted, the fibers break midway between the root and the bone. This leaves the socket (the area where the root was anchored in the bone) coated with periodontal ligament fibers.



Extractions have to be done well. Normally they pull a tooth out, stick a piece of gauze in there and say bite on it. After the tooth is removed, the socket has to be completely cleaned so that complete healing can occur. If tissue such as torn pieces of ligaments or periosteum is left in the socket and covers the bone, the bone will tend to heal over the top, leaving a hole in the bone, and new bone cannot form. This hole can persist for the rest of the patient’s life. It is a chronic infection that is called an alveolar cavitational osteopathosis or cavitation. This means that there is an infected cavity in the bone. These bone infections are only now being seriously researched. If they are fairly easy to prevent by proper socket cleaning, why is this not being done? But many if not most dentists have never heard of cavitations.

(Source: http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=897428)


Ozone Treatment

I had my cavitations treated with the combination of Ozone therapy and UBI treatment.

“Ozone is a powerhouse element that effectively stabilizes the healthy cells that exist in the body and simultaneously destroy weak, deformed, or sick cells. These cells have no place in the body, and include organisms such as bacteria and fungi, as well as viruses. Ozone is a natural product of sunlight, and is produced by lightning. This natural element can also be made when high currents of electricity are pulsed through medical grade oxygen. The two elements are quite closely related, actually, with oxygen being O2, and ozone being O3. It is impossible to be allergic to oxygen and/or ozone.”



What is UBI?

UBI/UVBI (Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation) UVBI Ultraviolet Therapy has many similar effects to Ozone Therapy. UVBI Therapy is a medical therapy where the blood is exposed to Ultraviolet UVC light as it is removed from the patient’s body, and then reintroduced to the patient’s body. Some of its effects are:

  • Inactivation of toxins
  • Destruction and inhibition of growth of bacteria
  • Increase in the oxygen combing power of blood and oxygen transportation to organs
  • Activation of white blood cells
  • Immunostimulation of cellular and humoral immunity
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Increased tolerance of the body to chemotherapy and radiation
  • Decreased viscosity of blood
  • Cardiovascular protection
  • Powerful anti-infection properties
  • Improved microcirculation
  • Decreased platelet aggregation

See more at: http://drkalidas.com/pathways/ultraviolet.html#sthash.fdxXgG1m.dpuf


Here is my [Nicole’s] experience with the Ozone and UBI treatment from a holistic dentist

For the past three months, I have been traveling to La Jolla to see a holistic dentist who specializes in treating cavitations. I would have blood taken from my arm and put in an IV bag (that contained saline). Then the ozone would be injected into the blood/saline mixture. You could see how my blood would begin to change colors, from a dark-sticky mess into a lighter and healthier version of blood.
This beautiful blood would then travel through the little IV tube into the UBI machine where it was cleansed to an even healthier degree as it returned back into my body.
The doctor would then take some of the “cleansed blood” and inject it straight into my jawbone (where all four of my cavitation sites were). Yes, all four of the wisdom teeth extraction spots in my jaw were spongy and full of infection.



I was sick and fatigued the first month after treatment, but then it has been “uphill” ever since!
My food allergies are now dwindling, I have MORE energy than ever before, my hair is growing back, and my MCS is improving!  Praise the Lord!

Nicole also had a blood culture taken from her jaw too see if the bacteria count was down after the UBI. She got the results back and it seems as if the bacteria count was still high (which is unusual). Her Dr. would like to take another extensive blood panel to see what is going on. I will keep you all updated when I hear back from Nicole and her doctor.


Nicole’s Resources:

Below are websites that have info about cavitation of the jaws (looks like I’m not the only research lover!):




Caroline’s thoughts

So as you can see….compared to my experience (you can read about it here) Nicole was able to finish up her treatments and  actually benefit from the ozone. After talking some more to Nicole, my severe reactions to the pure ozone may have been because it was too strong. My holistic dentist did not offer UBI so I don’t know how I would actually do with that treatment. I have several thoughts about cavitations myself after doing extensive research.



Tooth body connection

Ever since I picked up this book from my holistic dentist’s, I have been fascinated ever since.

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Tooth/body chart (printable)–> click here

Interactive tooth-body chart! (really cool!) –> click here

Many people have “Ah-ha” moments after finding out that their tooth is related to a organ that is weak or congested.


What is a cavitation?

Before I tell you my story I want you to understand a bit more about the cavitations themselves.

A cavitation is a hole in the bone, usually where a tooth has been removed, and the bone has not filled in properly. It is an area of osteonecrosis (dead bone). When a tooth is extracted, in a normal dental procedure, the surrounding periodontal membrane is usually left behind. Theoretically, after a tooth has been pulled, the body eventually fills in the space in the bone where the tooth once was. But when the membrane is left behind, an incomplete healing can take place; a hole or a spongy place remains inside the jaw bone. Experts speculate that this incomplete healing occurs because the bone cells on both sides of the extraction site sense the presence of the periodontal membrane and “think” that the tooth is still there.

-Whole Body Dentistry

My first thought when I started to learn about cavitations was that I had a HUGE hole in my jaw. Im not really sure it is that big, but its big enough to create problems in my body. I have learned over the years that small problems can create big ones regarding your health. I like how Dr. Wilson explains how this little hole can spread into a diseased process.

Cavitations are pockets of debris and infection left behind after tooth extractions, or from other dental procedures.  They become foci of infection, similar to infected root canals.  Bacteria or bacterial toxins move from the cavitation area into the blood stream, where they can easily cause damage to many organs and tissues.

-Dr. Lawrence Wilson



Do you have a cavitaiton? 

You are probably asking yourself… “I got my wisdom teeth out.. so do I have cavitations?”

“Chronic illness CAN stem from the Jaw!”

If your ligament was not removed by a trained dentist or oral surgeon, there is a chance! From my research it seems like those who develop cavitations are those who have had mercury fillings, weak immune systems, or other heavy metal toxicities because their body could not restore that area properly and the bacteria become unbalanced and the bad ones take over and over grow. The symptom list for cavitations is huge! Because every tooth is connected to an organ so basically anything is possible. I’ll list some common symptoms:

-facial pain

-jaw swelling

-digestive problems

-chronic infections

-heart palpitations

-teeth grinding


-arm or back pain

-pinched nerves

-sinus problems

-spacey or “fast” brain


BUT, if I have to narrow it down to just wisdom teeth, here are the organs related to each wisdom tooth.

tooth #16 (left top)

-Duodenum/Jejunum/Ileum (intestines)
-pituitary (endocrine gland)
-central nervous system
-limbic system ( emotion & natural instinct part of brain)
-internal ear
-Muscles (trapezius)

tooth #17 (left bottom)

-Duodenum/Jejunum (small intestine)
-Joints (Ulnar side of shoulder), hand, elbow, plantar side of foot and toes, sacra-iliac (near bottom of spine)
-peripheral nerves
-energy exchange
-middle exterior ear
-muscles (trunk, lower and upper extremities)

tooth #1 (right top)

-Joints (Ulnar side of shoulder), hand, elbow, plantar side of foot and toes, sacra-iliac (near bottom of spine)
-central nervous system
-limbic system
-internal ear
-Muscles (trapezius, trunk, lower and upper extremities)
-maxillary sinuses

tooth #32 (right bottom)

-Terminal Ileum, Duodenum (small intestine)
-Joints (Ulnar side of shoulder), hand, elbow, plantar side of foot and toes, sacra-iliac (near bottom of spine)
-peripheral nerves
-energy exchange
-middle exterior ear
-Muscles (Psoas, trunk, lower and upper extremities)

Please refer to this chart for a visual of teeth-body connection 


Left Behind…

The extraction process that most dentists have learned to do is not ideal for healing of the bone. Read below to understand the “anatomy” of removing the tooth.

Every tooth is connected to its surrounding bone by the periodontal ligament. The tooth receives its nourishment through this ligament. When a tooth is knocked-out (or pulled), this ligament is stretched and splits in half; half stays on the tooth root and half stays on the socket wall.


I like the analogy Dr. Huggins gives. He is one of the best holistic dentists and shares a lot of his research to educate the public on mercury fillings, dental alternatives, cavitations, etc.

When a woman delivers a baby, she must also deliver the afterbirth. When a tooth is delivered, there is an equivalent of the afterbirth. It is called the periodontal ligament.

Dr. Huggins

Like the above passages state, the ligament is simply left in the bone. Instead of the bone filling in the hole with healthy bone cells, the bone where the tooth was extracted starts to get spongy. I have read stories where the dentists go in to preform the cavitation surgery and find that the cavitation spot is “mushy” and the bone can easily scraped out until a hole is visible (source).


Diagnosing cavitations

Apparently my holistic dentist could see in my x-ray that I had 5 cavitations when I went in for my first appointment. I have gotten almost a x-ray every  year at the regular dentist and after my wisdom teeth surgery and neither my conventional dentist nor oral surgeon could see or acknowledge these “shadows”. I don’t blame them however because they never learned to even look for cavitations in the first place. Some dentists have no idea what they even are.

I could see a small shadow in the sockets where my wisdom tooth used to be. He pointed to a 5th site on my x-ray. It was the tooth I had pulled when I had my cap taken off at age 16. This tooth (#20) was starting to get infected because it never fell out (I was born without an adult tooth underneath it). It was simply extracted  (like all teeth are) by my regular dentist at age 16.

I have to back up a little bit. Before this appointment with my holistic dentist (I had not always gone to a holistic dentist), I had traveled all the way to St. Louis to see Dr Yu. If you are curious as to why I did and the details read this. I had read his book Accidental Cure which explains how the body is uniquely and intricately intertwined. A complex health issue needs to be looked at from various angles (like in this case allergies and cavitations in the teeth). I had never thought that my health issues could stem form my teeth or jaw bone.

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No doctor in my area knew exactly what was wrong with me and why my health was quickly going downhill despite all my efforts and alternative therapies. Dr. Yu did EDS (electaldermal screening) which can be explained more in depth here. I like to think of it as electronically measuring the meridians “chi” and organ health. It can also be used to detect infections, parasites, and blockages in the body. By simultaneously  touching my tooth socket and measuring my meridians though my fingers and toes, Dr. Yu discovered I had at least 2 cavitations. He told be to check with my holistic dentist to confirm his discovery. Now, Dr. Yu recommends surgery for all his patients, but I will get into the options for “treating” cavitations below.


What to do now?

That brings up a very debatable topic in the “cavitation world”. What do you do next after you find out you have a cavitation? There a a few options and I think YOU have to look into this topic more if you are thinking your cavitations need some work. Feel free to click on any of the websites I link to  (I used many of these sites to help inform myself on my situation).



You know my opinion on surgery…it’s the last resort. There is a place for everything though, and your situation may require a more immediate treatment like surgery. It”s something you can talk to your holistic dentist about (which you can find the closest one to you here), but in the end it is your decision. (Remember my natural Dr. suggested surgery and I did my research and was comfortable with the decision not to do it and try other things). I’ll give you a bunch of links I found very helpful. Since I did not go this route, I can’t give you my personal experience, so please read about others!








-Repete surgery- 

Because of the virulence of the disease process in the cavitation area, it may be necessary to repeat surgery to completely heal the lesion. –Groton Wellness clinic

Because of this chance of repeat surgery (especially for those with a low immune system and change for re-infection) I decided to opt out of the surgery. Also it is advised you don’t travel very far after the surgery and stay very close by to the dentists or surgeons office. There was no one close by and my multiple chemical sensitivities made it too hard to find a safe hotel.


Ozone / UBI

My experience with Ozone was much Different then Nicole’s. Why? Because our bodies are different and no person is the same. Ozone actually is the smell after a fresh rain fall. Its invigoration and natures “cleanser”. But It can be powerful when directly injected into the body. Ozone’s formula is O3 (3 oxygens). Just for a comparison, food grade hydrogen peroxide like this stuff is actually H202 – 2 hydrogens and 2 oxygens (extra oxygen molecule!). Oxygen is a great antimicrobial and ozone can detox bacteria at a rapid rate. For me it was too much but it for a majority of people, its a reasonable option. Ozone is a great alternatives to treat cavities as well! If you want to learn more about ozone, I would suggest you do some research. Ill get you started with a few links!

*Just remember ever author has their own option, and it all really boils down to your situation!





Nicole talks about UBI above! 


My experience with ozone can be read in my Healing update 7 post.



Can cavitations heal themselves?

And finally we reach the big question; Can cavitations heal themselves? When I first discovered my cavitaitons I went on a research binge (researching for days-and-days). I thought I was left with 2 options, surgery or ozone. At first I was positive that surgery was the option. I had read too many sites and natural dentists saying that ozone is only a temporary fix for cavitations. When I tell you I thought hard about it….I truly thought and prayed HARD. Going into my holistic dentists office I was still sure surgery was the option. After talking to my well educated and experienced dentist, my mind was changed. There was NO way surgery was in the future. Read about my thought process in my health story here.

I was kind of relieved to hear that surgery was not going to happen. #1 I could not settle on any one holistic oral surgeon to preform the surgery. The holistic oral surgeons are pretty limited and there are only a handful of reputable ones in the country. #2 It is strongly recommended that after the surgery you stay close to the clinic you had the surgery done at so they can preform alternative healing methods (like ozone, infrared, homeopathics, cold laser, etc). It is also not good to be driving more then a few miles after surgery. #3 I react VERY badly to anesthetic and am in no health to have surgery done in the first place. I think people underestimate “tooth procedures” when really it still is a trauma to the body. #4 Reinfection is possible and I came across a few testimonies that mentioned they needed to have a second surgery because the first one did not recover the full cavitaiton hole.

I decided to opt for ozone and see how it goes. Apparently my body has a mind of its own and did not want to follow through with the ozone. I believe it was to harsh for my already-toxic body (specifically mercury and bacteria). But you can see in the story above that Nicole is already seeing benefits from the ozone/UBI. Every body is different and I hope this post gives you a glimpse of just that.

            While many conventional dentists don’t consider cavitations a problem, they may be an important cause of ill health.  Anyone who has had dental extractions or procedures and is not feeling well afterwards may have cavitations.  Here are some options if you think this is affecting you:


1. Consider visiting a biological dentist who understands cavitations and knows how to find them, to assess if cavitations remain and deal with them.  However, the problem with cavitation surgery is that it is messy and bloody.  Also, the dentist occasionally damages the trigeminal nerve or another facial nerve, and this can be a disaster.

2.  A perhaps slower, but in other ways much better and less costly option is to embark on a complete nutritional balancing program.  However, be sure to use a near infrared lamp sauna every day – and no other type of sauna.  Use it perhaps twice daily, for 30-40 minutes each session.

My experience is that the nutritional balancing program will slowly bring up old dental infections and cavitations, and heal them in almost all cases.  It may take a few years, but if you are patient this is the best, as this therapy will bring up infections all over the body and heal them as well.  There are many other benefits of nutritional balancing and sauna therapy as well.

Dr Lawrence Wilson



The mercury trap

Inside a cavitation, bacteria flourish and deviant cells multiply. Cavitations act as a breeding ground for bacteria and their toxins. Research has shown these bacterial waste products to be extremely potent and result in osteonecrosis. Cavitations can also cause blockages on the body’s energy meridians and can exert far-reaching impact on the overall system. Investigation has revealed that some cavitations are reservoirs of huge amounts of mercury. Cavitations may be a source of low level or high level stress on the entire body.

 -Whole Body Dentistry



*THE MOST IMPORTANT piece of info in this blog post*



These are Daunderer’s findings, which clarify a statement I have made for years:cavitations4 in the jaw bone are a symptom, not the cause of disease. Daunderer recommends to not close the surgical site, but leave a gauze strip in place. The jaw bone detoxes itself massively through the open wound (he found up to 20,000 ppb of Hg [mercury]  in the gauze after 24 hours).

-Dr. Klinghardt


 Evidence will be presented from the latest research of top German toxicologist Max Daunderer, M.D.2, that the entire jaw bone (upper and lower jaw) has become for most of us a toxic waste dump for the following materials:….read the rest here.

So what does that mean? It means that there is a reason why you have cavitations.. You want to find the root or else you will just keep going in circles around this cavitation thing. Could it be bacteria? Could it be Mercury? Could it be a weak immune system? All of these “roots” can surprisingly be physical, emotional, or spiritual (this could be a whole other post, but I just want to point out that even though Im focusing a lot of the physical part, I have gone through emotional and spiritual healing and I found those equally important for helping my immune system function and detox pathways to start working again (under stress the detox pathways can’t function).


Cavitaitons are a symptom 

Finally the part I have been waiting for. You know by now, I am a reserach-junkie and appreciate backing up my ideas and researching with resources. But now I am going to go off the research grid and dive into my own experiences and instincts. Ready, set, go!

You got a glimpse of my story to discovering and *attempting* treating my cavitations. I went though a lot of research, worrying, testing, trying, and praying to decide my “treatment plan” for my cavitations. I was always asking myself “what-if” and concentrating about “fixing” the root problem. I was ecstatic to find out I had cavitaitons and on the plane ride home form Dr. Yu I decided to pursue this road no matter how hard it was going to be. Little did I know that cavitaiton surgery soon would fall out of the question due to my MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) a.k.a. allergic to the world and not being able to stay in a hotel (there was no holistic oral surgeon/dentist who performed the surgery in my state). I look back and believe this “disadvantage” was a blessing in disguise.

I went ahead and scheduled a appointment with a holistic dentist close by. My dentist found 5 cavitations by looking at my x-ray and using kinesology where as Dr. Yu only found 2 using EDS. After that appointment we decided I would do ozone to get rid of my cavitation. The first appointment went terrible (because I reacted to the anesthetic). The second appointment he still used a very small fraction of the ozone and I reacted terribly too. My whole body swelled up and made my body crash to the point where I was sleeping most the day for 3 months straight.

What happened? To be honest, I don’t exactly know. After that appointment, reality kicked in and my MCS got worse. I have not gone back to my holistic dentist to discuss what happened but I think he knows that I could not follow though due to my reactions to the ozone. He knew from the day he met me that my case is extremely unique and things may not go as planned.

From what I know about ozone, its that it is VERY powerful stuff. Even though it is a natural substance, directly dispensing it out a needle is not necessarily “natural”. Too much of something good can easily become not-so-good for the body. I do believe the ozone treatments could have worked if my body was strong enough or if the toxic load was not already high, but that is not where I am at right now.

The stories my dentist told me about recovery after ozone made me hopeful that I would soon be “one of those people”. God has other plans for me and decided ozone was not the cure for my cavitations at this time. After I came out of my just-want-to-sleep-all-day phase I started to think about. Now what? I had spent months thinking I found the cure to all my issues (allergies, MCS, declining health) and each step was so productive until the actual outcome was not so much.

It was time to reconsider my health once again (I can’t tell you how many times I have done this). I felt slightly discouraged that once again my method of choice was not going to work. I looked back and it was always ME deciding and directing my healing journey. I decided to hand my healing journey over to the One who designed it in the first place. I believe its important to have faith and hope for anyone with a chronic illness.

This is all part of our life’s journey. I’m sure if you are even reading this, you are wondering yourself why you are in the situation you are right now. Hopefully (Nicole and I) gave you some guidance, experience, and knowledge to lead you in the right direction in your health.


What Am I doing now?

After a year of not being able to really get anywhere with my health, Im finally doing better (It’s a Miracle!). Im currently experimenting (or have been for several months) with using essential oils on my jaw and as a mouth rise. I’ll give you a few (at home/DIY) tips below! The best news of all.. These simple tricks are actually working and my energy is up and my jaw is not achy or swollen!


Before I begin explaining what has helped me and my immune system and cavitations, I need to make this clear…

**Disclaimer: Essential oils are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease or ailment. I [Gutsy] do not provide medical advice. I am simply sharing what has worked for ME and hoping my experiences can provide as research for your own choices. These health benefits have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please seek medical advice if needed and use good judgement when using essential oils. 

Specifically essential oils did not “cure” my cavitations. They are just a tool to help my immune system naturally kick in and then my body will heal. Think of it like some one pushing you on a swing when you were little. After you get momentum, your body takes over and will swing higher and higher until you feel free! The oils will allow your immune system to step up a notch, which we all know is important to maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria (everyone has bacteria, its all about keeping it in balance).


Near infrared sauna

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I also love using my near infrared sauna light bulbs (I have something like this) and sit in front of it (About 18 in away because its the head, you don’t want to overheat the brain) and rotate from my left to right jaw about 10 min each. I can see the swelling go down and it really penetrates the bacteria and reduces inflammation.

Its a very soothing and quick routine. Plus I can use the near infrared lights for over all body and organ health and immune support. I pick a spot , swollen lymph node or organ and shine it 12-24 in away for about 10-20 minutes at a time. You can do this several times a day. If you want to read more about NEAR infrared, click here.



Clay “patch”

Now this may be kind-a strange. But when you get localized pain or swelling on any area (but we are focusing about the jaw here) I would suggest applying a clay-charcoal mixture. Do you remember my clay bath post? It is the best localized detox I know of and the skin is great at releasing toxins. This way you can bypass the elimination organs and give them a break too. It also gives immediate relief (don’t we all like that?!)

Clay has amazing absorbing properties for all sorts of toxins including bacteria.

Activated charcoal is amazing a absorbing heavy metals (most water filters are actually made of some kind of charcoal to bind to metals)

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What you will need is:

-a glass ball  jar with a lid (plastic)

high quality clay (I use this for internal and external use)

– activated charcoal ( I use this brand because it is made of hardwood. I find that it is more potent then the activated charcoal derived from coconut)

– filtered water



1. Take 3 Tablespoons of clay and pour in some filtered water (start with a few tablespoons) into the ball jar.

2. Screw on the lid of the jar and shake (I find this is easier then stirring, you can always stir at the end- use a plastic or wood spoon). You want the constancy of yogurt.

3. Add 1 Tablespoon of activated charcoal and put on the lid and shake again. If you stir it, it may fly all over the place and stain (**powdered charcoal is very messy!)

4. Once it is all mixed it should be the consistency of peanut butter (add more clay (to thicken) or water (to thin) to get the right consistency).

5. Take some with your fingers and spread on the area you want to “detox” (so the jaw in this case)

6. I like to put on a thicker layer because I don’t like the feeling of dry clay and Its recommended to leave on for at least 20 minutes.

7. You can store extra in the fridge for a week

** If you do spill the charcoal use soap.


(Easy-Peasy) DIY Thieves mouth wash:

-1 oz filtered water

-1 drop Thieves oil

Shake (I use a small glass ball  jar with a lid) and use it to swish well)

DIY thieves mouth wash (final)


Thieves “achy jaw” spray

I came up with a cool idea that is super simple. When I don’t have a jar and water around, I carry a spray bottle pre-made with thieves oil and water in it. I used the same solution as above. So for this 4 oz spray bottle, I use 4 drops of thieves.

4 oz glass spray bottle

-4 oz filtered water

-4 drops Thieves oil

This recipe is great to carry with you as a mouth freshener or if you have chronically swollen gums or jaw it can be sprayed a few times a day (maybe more at first when the bacteria count is higher). Or you can spray a little on the outside of the lymph nodes or jaw. For me it helped to keep control of tenderness/redness/swelling (which are symptoms of bacteria balance gone wrong!). After a while it seemed like I needed it less and less so it must have worked because my jaw is hardly achy anymore! Yeah Thieves !


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Thieves oily-rub

This is great to use before bed and is pretty soothing and mild. Mixing essential oils with water can be more penetrating and mixing essential oils with oil is milder.

*tip: If you ever put on an essential oil and it burns, simply rub on some oil (what ever you have on hand) to the spot and it will dilute the oil to stop the burning.

– 4 drops of oil (I like to use olive oil & coconut oil (it has to be in liquid state) but some use almond, apricot, or jojoba oil)

-1 drop of Thieves oil


Oil pulling (with Thieves)

I also like to use a spoonful of coconut oil with a drop of thieves and oil pull for as long as I can! (learn more about oil pulling here). This also clears the sinuses and head and makes me feel AWESOME!

-1 tsp (or more if you like a bigger mouthful) of coconut oil

-1 drop of thieves on your spoon.

Put it on your mouth and swish for as long as you can 5-20 min. Always spit in the toilet and rise with salt water after (the end spit/oil is filled with toxins and bacteria!)

coconut oil thieves final


Other Essential oils to use:

Thieves is a young living blend of : Clove† (Syzygium aromaticum), lemon† (Citrus limon), cinnamon† (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus radiata† and rosemary† (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol). Boosts immune system so you can finally fight and conquer those trouble areas (aka. Jaws if its cavitations you have)

Oregano oil: Great for supporting the body with immune support (a pretty potent one!)

Clove: A “numbing oil” that can help aid in a healthy gums response discomfort, and local swelling.


healthy mouth and jawn (final)


I *think* Cavitations can heal:

Since I did not follow through with ozone (because of reasons I explained above) I researched other options. I can actually tell a big difference in the swelling around my jaw/lymph nodes and energy overall when I apply thieves oil in any of those forms above.

Overtime I found myself needing less applications of the Thieves oil. Im no scientist but I know how to read my body. My energy started to increase and the swelling (bite marks) inside my left cheek were going down (now gone). This took about 2 months of daily applications in various forms listed above.

Im happy to say that I think my cavitations are “healing” despite others claims that cavitations can’t. A strong immune system, mercury detox, and a healthy bacteria balance are they key points I focused on. Also don’t stress about it! Its one thing to be informed but its another thing to worry and let it control your life. Life is to beautiful to let these things get in the way.


–Mercury & bacteria connection–

I do think that detoxing mercury (which I will talk about in my next post) allowed my body’s immune system to “kick” in and fight these deep rooted infections. Where ever mercury is settled in the body, most likely bacteria, fungus, or viruses are sure to share that space. Its a protective mechanism to try and “clean” up the mercury in that space. So as long as you have mercury you can’t get rid of the bacteria. Same goes with candida, fungal infections, etc.

I would get weeks where the metallic taste was terrible and then some “furry” tongue or bad tastes as the bateria would die off. I had joint paints, muscle aches, fevers, itchy mouth along with the detox because as the bacteria died and my immune system kicked in, my body started to go through healing reactions. Was it hard? Yes! Was it worth it? Yes!

If I went back to the holistic dentist he may still find these cavitations or he may not (but I don’t plan on going into that again anytime soon because I don’t have symptoms anymore). God designed our bodies to heal. He does not want us to be sick, and I think essential oils are truly a gift because they are allowing me to heal!

Of course every body is different and whether you are using ozone, essential oils, infrared sauna, etc. I think Its a good idea to look into options before surgery. If you want to ask more about how Im using essential oils for cavitations you are welcome to join my Facebook Gutsy Essential oils group until I get more info on my blog!


oils rainbow (final)

The mercury connection

Do you want to know what mercury has to do with cavitations.. Stay tuned!! This post is already too long, so I will be continued with my thoughts on the real cause of cavitations next!


~Stay Gutsy, Caroline


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Waiting for my miracle

** After days of trying to write this, I decided it will be easiest if I just be completely honest. Even though it was hard, this is what happened and I can’t hide the truth!** After all I have gone through ( and several of you checking in to make sure I was ok), I think you deserve to know my struggles and miracles! Here it goes…**

I thought this was it…like  the end, that life was just going to get harder and darker. The days grew shorter and the smiles grew to be zero.


The days with tears and worries eventually outnumbered the laughter and joy.

It felt like the battle was being fought and nobody know which day, thing, smell, sound would cause my illness to escalate to unbearable levels.  I actually did not know either!
My nightmare came to life..not in a dream, but after I awoke from a dream. The prickling around my body intensified and each week the craziness never subsided.
What was happening? I had no idea. Doctors had no idea. Nobody really knew!
I’m being very honest. It was torture to live in such a sick body.. I just wanted to rip free and come out healthy. No swelling, No tiredness, no nausea.
I can’t even give you a glimpse into a normal day. because the days were almost non-existent other than little food/ baths/ and streams of tears. Every. Day.
It felt like forever but I guess It was only *this* bad for a year. I was up and awake more the months before that, but my health was always on the downward path.
Many of you are probably asking…what happened?! Why?
We spent months…no years ( 18 to be exact) trying to figure out why my body ticks differently. I don’t have answers and I’m actually ok with that. I don’t want to obsess about my health anymore, because it’s not healthy! I’m only moving forward ( after I write this recap post though.)
God literally pulled me out of my drowning life…but It took ALOT of patience.
The first time I asked Him to save me was 16 months ago when my skin turned yellow.
I asked again when my food choices were down to 2 things.
I asked again when I started sleeping 15 hours a day. Then 16. Then 18.
I asked the day I lost my breathing for a few minutes.
I asked when it felt like the walls were closing in on me and touching things made my skin burn.
I asked him when I saw my sisters, brother, mom & dad cry because they thought they would loose me.
It eventually became a beg. My prayer was.. “Please God, nobody knows anymore. I think I’m dying, but I know it’s not my time, please save me.”
But my patience was being tested. I asked my mom often “how can I get any worse?” Obviously she did not know the answer, but I just wanted any confirmation or answer. Unfortunately it got worse.
The prickling like bugs crawling all around me was making my mind go nuts.. pain and irritation can do that.
The days and weeks and months all blurred together. My purpose every day was to not fall apart mentally and keep strong (or as best as I could) . The swelling and inflammation was the worst. It affected my breathing, eating, sleeping, walking. I went to the ER a few times but they could not find anything unusual.
I had lots of signs for kidney infections so I did all I could for that. I took hour-long healing baths but the minute I got out.. the relief was gone.
I am still sad to think how hard my family tried to help me but I only got worse despite all efforts. They went above and beyond realistic abilities to keep my reactions minimal and I think my family’s diligent and persistent traits really served a purpose in this situation. Its hard to think back to these situations, but I try and remember how every day someone would wash all my vegetables to make me a giant juice (yum!) or rub reflexology points on my feet to ease pain. Or the way my dog would roll over on his back instead of doing a full body jump (like he does to everyone else). I guess he could sense my weakness. Or even how my someone would stay up with me if I was having a rally bad night. Those little things meant the world to me. That was my world.
Having a conversation with me was rare. I’m not sure what I even thought about now that I look back. I was so numb.. just surviving until something would happen.  I guess there was a small part that still hoped for a miracle.
And actually…that what I got. The end of July a childhood friend came over (first friend in over a year)  because I was so tired and reactive guests were rare. By then we had a system. The guest showers, changes into safe clothes and then they are safe to be around .
We talked and I realized if he could get through such a rough patch in life… why couldn’t I?  It shouldn’t matter if its a death, health, or a tragedy. God wants us to tackle these huge hurdles with His help. So thats exactly what I decided to do.
I got this energy and determination that came out of no where (like I said… most days I could hardly get out of bed). I woke my mom early and asked if she would go spend the day outside on the lake with me (I had not made it past the door or driveway in months because of close neighbors exhaust, laundry detergent, pesticides, etc.) Of course I missed the outside but one exposure to a chemical made my body violently react. It was a difficult situation.
But that day was different. I stayed on the lake for 8 hours. Every hour my mom commented how the swelling was going down. My mind became crystal clear and my coordination came back!
I was exhausted but hopeful when I went back inside my house. But I got a strange sense when I walked back in. My parents were all excited and chatting away about this big step and all I could think about was my swelling sinuses, glands, fingers and then throat! oh boy.. it clicked. Its the house!
*Sometimes* I jump to conclusions… but this was pure instinct and direction from God. “Get out now!” I did not second guess this message in my heart. Ok. So I told my mom (she could clearly see the swelling escalating within minutes) so there was no convincing her.
We quickly talked it over. Why am I reacting now? Well…maybe I was reacting all along but I never knew why. I was always pinpointing the wrong thing.. or just not the “trigger”. Or maybe it was overload from house toxins? Since I took myself out of the environment (just think like when you take milk or gluten out for a week and then reintroduce it, the reaction is exaggerated since your immune system got a break) I re-entered the house and BAM.. exaggerated allergic reaction.
So within 1 hour I quickly packed several things (aka threw stuff in a laundry basket). By the time I stepped outside again my whole body was swollen and my left eye black and blue. I needed to get a few things before I left so it was a necessary reaction caused by staying in the house after the initial few minutes of knowing.
Funny how the plans in life work out. My parents found a house (finally) that had a separate guest house and some land a few weeks before. We always knew finding more land away from fumes and chemicals was a must for me to get outside. And the hope was to transform the guest house into a safe-non-toxic- organic house for me. So since we owned the property I decided to set up a tent in the yard. Me and the clothes on my back and the few laundry baskets..
 to be continued…
p.s. thanks you for all the prayers. God was listening the whole time, but He allowed time to pass to transform and change my life and those close to me (despite it being very hard). Im much better now and really on the mend. Its still so surreal… but It would only be right to give all the credit to God for this miracle !
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Big December Giveaway: $500 Amazon giftcard

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♩♪♫♬ I wish you a Merry Christmas. I wish you a Merry Christmas. I wish you a Merry Christmas…And a Happy New Year. Good tidings we bring…To you and your kin…We wish you a Merry Christmas…And a Happy New Year! ♩♪♫♬


Let’s Celebrate

That is my little holiday song for you…do you like it? I thought I would start off by celebrating the Christmas season with you. I love December… The falling snow. The twinkling tree lights. The smell of peppermint and cinnamon. The giggles & smiles.

Christmas giveaway

Now I don’t like to put too much emphasis on gifts because I like to focus on the true meaning of Christmas…but I still like to surprise my family members with a special treasure. I love the feeling of handing over a wrapped present and watching my parents and siblings smile in delight. So I decided THAT is exactly what I want to do for one of you.

I would like to offer one lucky winner a amazon gift card for ….. $500!!! Awesome right?! 

Bloggers unite

I have decided to team up with 10 other bloggers to create this awesome big giveaway! It’s a way to say “thank you” to each one of you for reading and supporting us as we blog about our kitchen creations and journeys in life. Enjoy this wonderful Christmas season ❤️


Follow these instructions…



1. Go HERE & look around. In the comments tell me what you would buy if you won.

Incase you need some ideas…here are things I would buy if I had $500 for amazon.

**Please link to your item (copy and paste the amazon URL) in your comments


2. Subscribe to my newsletter below. (You can unsubscribe at anytime after the giveaway). Just so you don’t worry…I will not sure your email with anyone. ok!

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4. Use the Rafflecopter below to confirm all your entries for the giveaway!


P.S. Do you see the list of the other 11 bloggers participating in this giveaway below? To get additional entries you can subscribe to each of their newsletters! Go do it!


The giveaway will go from 12AM December 9 to 12AM December 21 EST. I will announce the winner on this post and my Facebook page December 21.

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Rooted Blessings

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Real Food RN

Happy Health Nut

Blue Yurt Farms

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Hollywood Homestead

Learning and Yearning

Real Food Forager

Food Your Body With Thank You For

A Whole New Mom


Giveaway details

No purchase necessary. You must be 18 to enter. The giveaway will begin at 12am on December 9th 2013 end 12 am on December 21st 2013 EST. The winner will have 48 hours to contact Gutsy with his/her full name, address, and phone number (use my contact me tab). By entering you are agreeing that Gutsy will be held harmless if in some way this giveaway/ sweepstakes somehow negatively impacts the winner. Anyone can enter! Void where prohibited by law.


~Stay Gutsy, Caroline


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Allergy Free Holiday Recipes


100+ Allergy Free Holiday Recipes

Alrighty, here is probably the BEST allergy-free holiday roundup out there! It’s filled with over 100 recipes from all my favorite bloggers. I asked several of my blogger friends what their favorite holiday recipes are and I was blown away at the creativity and yummy creations they shared with me. I decided to put together a “round up” to make it easier on you when you are looking for inspirations during the holidays. It’s quite fun searching through all these categories and I promise you will not be disappointed!

Defining “allergy free”

When I say “allergy-free” I am including a wide range of ingredients. All of these recipes are gluten-free. Most are paleo/grain-free but there is the occasional use of tapioca, arrowroot, or rice. I can’t please everyone, but I sure hope you can find at least one you like. Several of these recipes can be converted into GAPS (if they are not already) by using honey instead of maple syrup or the various “safe ingredients” for you. I have experience converting coconut oil for butter in many recipes and I think it turns out quite nice.


Hopefully this list of fabulous recipes is not too overwhelming for you. Several of the “pumpkin desserts” or “apple desserts” would make a lovely holiday breakfast treat as well. You may notice several variations of a certain recipe and that is because each blogger/cook has their own secret and I did not want to limit you to just one kind. Personally my favorite section to look through was the “savory cooked veggies”. It could be because I’m a veggie-lover, but they are so inspirational and colorful. Enjoy!

I hope your holidays will be filled with joy and peace. Enjoy all the holiday recipe contributions from my creative friends. :)

♥ Love, Gutsy


Meat & eggs

How to cook a pastured turkey by Mommypotamus

Perfect moist Turkey by GNOWFGLINS

Sage rubbed turkey breast by A Happy Health Nut

GAPS liver pate by Gutsy

Sweet and sour meatballs by Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simply divine chicken liver pate by Divine Health from the inside out

Homemade honey baked Ham by Divine health from the inside out

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño poppers by Gluten Free & Other allergen Free Recipes

Lemon, mustard and bacon deviled eggs by Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Honey herb chicken by Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Frog legs by Gutsy

Bacon wrapped dates by Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Bacon, apple & kale quiche cups by Libby Louer

Beef Cuts (prepared various ways) by Gutsy

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Sweet Veggies

Acorn squash stuffed with spiced pears by Natural Family Today

Honey balsamic roasted carrots by A Harmony Healing

Nourishing sweet potato casserole by Divine Health from the inside out

Bourbon & honey glazed carrots by So Let’s Hang Out

Sweet potato casserole by Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Warm pumpkin and apple harvest salad by The Urban Ecolife

Indian roasted butternut squash by My Heart Beets

Boston Market style sweet potatoes by Read Food Outlaws

 soups 4


Purple Cauliflower soup by A Harmony Healing

Cream of broccolini soup with pecan, cherry, & feta crumble by Ravenous Venus

Cauliflower soup topped with bacon & basil guacamole by The Sour Path is the Sweetest

Hardy lentil soup by The Organic Kitchen

Creamy carrot chicken soup by Gutsy

Autumn soup by My Heart Beets

Roasted butternut squash soup by Libby Louer

Golden beet soup with roasted garlic cashew cream by With Food and Love


Raw Veggies

Spinach salad with white balsamic by The Organic Kitchen

Christmas wreath vegetable platter by Divine health from the inside out

Fermented lemon kale and savory cabbage by A Harmony Healing

Pesto Pea salad by Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Red Slaw with Fennel by Nourish with Karen



Savory Veggies (cooked)

Paleo Braised Brussel Sprouts by Matthew’s Puzzle

Pimento stuffed Peppers by Homemade for Elle

Sauteed Cauliflower by Homemade for Elle

Very simple Asparagus and peppers by Scratch Mommy

Brussels sprout and sweet potato hash by The organic Kitchen

Roasted vegetables by The Organic Kitchen

Green bean casserole by Divine health from the inside out

Kefir pepper cauliflower mash by Food your body will thank you for

Kohlrabi fries by Little Owl Crunchy mamma

Roasted harvest veggies by The Sour Path is the Sweetest

Roasted cauliflower with garlic and rosemary by The Sour Path is the Sweetest

Garlic broccolini by Gutsy

Shaved brussels sprouts with macadamia nuts by Real Food Whole Health

Easy roasted root vegetables  by Real Food Whole Health

Green beans with mustard and thyme by Real Food Outlaws



Fruity sides

Persimmon Chutney by Lisa’s Counter Culture

Cinnamon Ginger Pear butter  by Natural Family Today

Spicy pineapple cranberry chutney by Pickle Me Too

Easy cranberry sauce by Wellness and Workouts

Cranberry cherry apple sauce by Recipes to Nourish

Lacto fermented pear butter by Little Owl Crunchy mamma

Cranberry orange relish with ginger and nuts by Delicious Obsessions

All natural jellied cranberry sauce by Nourishing Herbalist

Cranberry mint mousse by A Happy Health Nut


“Bread” & sides

Amish Hot pepper mustard by Natural Family Today

Creamy GAPS gravy by Empowered Sustenance

Scalloped Potatoes (dairy free) by Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Paleo “Cornbread” muffins by Empowered Sustenance

Coconut herb flatbread by Gutsy

Thanksgiving bread by My Heart Beets

Chicken bread bites by Strands of My Life

Grain-free Thanksgiving stuffing by Real Food Forager

Paleo sausage stuffing by Hollywood Homestead

Homemade style stuffing (GAPS & paleo) by Mommypotamus


Chocolate Desserts

Dark hot chocolate with grapefruit zing by Ravenous Venus

Chocolicious muffins by Lisa’s Counter Culture

Coconut chocolate almond cookies by Natural Family Today

Chocolate pumpkin parfait by Made to Glow

Paleo chocolate mousse by Authentic Parenting

No Bake chocolate macaroons by Red and Honey

Ultimate Dark chocolate truffles by Divine health from the inside out

Cherry chocolate walnut bliss by Divine health from the inside out

Brownie bites with mint buttercream by The Sour Path is the Sweetest

French chocolate silk pie by Paleo Fondue

GAPS chocolate bread by Gutsy


Fruity Desserts

Lemon blueberry chia seed pudding by A Harmony healing

Lemon Tart by Strands of My Life

Fresh berry fruit tart by Life Made Full

Orange cloud cake by The Sour Path is the Sweetest

GAPS lemon bars by Gutsy

Spiced cranberry apple cider by 20 Something Allergies

Cranberry ginger smoothie by A Happy Health Nut

Healthy banana muffins by Real Food Carolyn

Upside down cranberry orange bread by Meg’s Vegucation


Apple Desserts

Grain free Apple and pear crisp by So let’s hang out

Apple streusel upside down cake by  The Nourishing Home

Best apple crisp recipe by Wellness and Workouts

Apple cranberry crumble by Wellness and Workouts

Salted caramel apple bars by Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Really easy apple crisp by The Sour Path is the Sweetest

Baked molasses apples by Gutsy

Apple pie bites by Delicious Obsessions

 1pumpkin1donePumpkin/squash Desserts

Pumpkin pie spice bliss balls by the Urban Ecolife

Squash pie with ginger whipped cream by Divine health from the inside out

Pumpkin bar recipe by Wellness and Workouts

Creamy pumpkin pie custard by The Nourishing Home

Cinnamon squash sticks with apple butter dip by Libby Louer

Pumpkin pie cheesecake by Healing Cuisine

Apple butter pumpkin pie by My Heart Beets

Dairy free banana pumpkin ice-cream by Real food RN

Paleo pumpkin muffins by Hollywood Homestead

Mini pumpkin parfaits by Meg’s Vegucation

Chocolate pumpkin banana bread by Libby Louer

The ultimate gluten free & vegan pumpkin pie by Meg’s Vegucation


Cookies & Sweets

GAPS snickerdoodles by Gutsy

Dream Cookies by The Nerdy Farm Wife

Almond flour sugar cookies by Nourish with Karen

“Sugar” cookie cut-outs by The Nourishing Home

Wholesome Ginger bread cookie cut-outs by The Nourishing Home

Raw macadamia coconut fudge by Yummy Inspirations

Honey toffee shortbread by The Sour Path is the Sweetest

Sugar cookie cupcakes by The Sour Path is the Sweetest

Rice porridge with toasted black sesame seeds by Little Owl Crunchy Mamma

Cheesecake cookies by Learning and Yearning

Raw cheesecake by Honey Ghee and Me

Cut out cookies with honey almond glaze by Just Enjoy Food



Whipped honey cinnamon cocoghee by Delicious Obsessions

Dairy free coconut milk whipped cream by Gutsy

Homemade sweetened condensed milk by Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Real deal marshmallows by An Organic Wife

Pumpkin pie spiced non dairy creamer  by Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Vanilla honey by Gutsy

GAPS chocolate drops by Gutsy

Spiced coconut cream ice cream by The Aliso Kitchen





Stay Gutsy, Caroline

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Coconut flour Herb Flatbread


The recipe pile

Do you ever feel like even if you try and try and try…the pile of  “things to do” will never get smaller. That my friends, is the definition of blogging. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing and sharing my knowledge and recipes, but once in a while I get overwhelmed.

Take my recipe pile for example. It actually used to be a real pile of coconut-oil stained post-it notes. Last month I roughly typed up the hard to read recipes and counted over 20 recipes! It was quite fulfilling seeing the recipes I spent so much time concocting last year in clean writing. I even has most of the pictures already taken too.

The hard part is juggling everything together (blogging, researching, recipe making, emails and social media…). I will tell you a little secret. I have about 186 unread comments that need to be read and responded to. I have about 300 emails that need to be read (you know the ones that actually are important and can’t just be deleted).

I can’t get caught up thinking “I will never be on top of things”…because honestly I don’t think I will. I have learned to accept that and just do what I can, when I can. I hope you understand.

Grain free & dairy free 

A few days ago I asked several of you on Facebook if you were dairy free. I got an overwhelming response that YES most of you are dairy free and prefer using coconut milk in cooked recipes. I made this recipe with both raw milk and coconut milk. I think my family preferred the recipe with coconut milk because it was lighter. You can certainly choose what you want to use, but I think the homemade coconut milk or this one (no additives) or this one (BPA-free) would taste great even if you are not dairy free.

A note on the coconut flour. I have found that my favorite brand is this one. Why? Because it is very fluffy and almost powdery (like real flour) instead of heavy like coconut flour is known to be. Also make sure to let the batter sit so the coconut flour can absorb all the liquid first. If you use a denser coconut flour like this one, be sure to sift the flour (you can use a sifter or a fine mesh sieve) so the recipe turns out the same.

This recipe is pretty simple and was inspired by my coconut flour pizza crust. You may think its exactly the same, but actually it is quite different with the herbs and olive oil added. I think it deserves its own recipe.


I know many of you can’t have cheese or nightshades so I did not want to specify that this “flatbread” was a pizza crust. I don’t like to limit your creativity with a recipe like this by putting the words “pizza crust” into the title. Half the time we make this, no pizza ingredients are in sight. Actually, this flatbread was first created because my sister could not eat nightshades on her elimination/GAPS diet. This herb flatbread was sliced up and used to be dipped into olive oil with a bit of sea salt added.  I don’t think we made enough because it was gone in 5 minutes.


The second time we made this, I tripled the recipe and froze small flat breads to be warmed up after school or work. I stored them in these gallon sized plastic bags and layered unbleached parchment paper in-between the flatbread (you can fit a few in each bag if you do it this way). All you need to do then, is turn on the oven to 375 and bake until warm and crispy.

Bread substitute 

I think many of you former bread eaters will really like to have this SUPER easy recipe around for a “bread alternative”. Everyone knows that fresh bread tastes the best, right? I would consider this recipe easy and can me made in about 30 min (including cooking time).

Layer some leftover meat, homemade mayo, fresh veggies and you have yourself a sandwich! Feel free to use this as a crust for pizza (my recipe) if that is what you are craving too. This coconut flour herb flatbread is GAPS friendly too.

Enjoy getting creative.



1/2 cup Coconut Flour

3 eggs

1 cup coconut milk (homemade or buy here) or organic whole milk

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.




2. Mix together the coconut flour, sea salt, herbs, & garlic powder in a bowl.






3. Whisk the eggs and coconut milk in a separate bowl.


4. Pour the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture.



5. Stir until no clumps are left. Let the batter sit for at least 5 minutes (so the coconut flour absorbs all the liquid). It should resemble a thick paste like the picture above.


Here is the unbleached parchment paper that I used (click here)


6. Prepare your pan. I drizzle some olive oil on the bottom of pan (10 x 15 ” rimmed pan) and then place the parchment paper (oil first helps the corners stick). I also drizzled some olive oil on top of the paper and spread it out with a pastry brush. The olive oil is optional but it gives a nice flavor to the flatbread.


7. Scrape all the batter out of the bowl onto the prepared pan. Spread it evenly across the whole cookie sheet with a spatula. You don’t want the batter too thick or else it may not cook all the way though.

*Another idea would be to create mini flatbreads but they would require less cooking time of course.



8. Place cookie sheet in the oven for about 25-30 min, depending on how crunchy you like the edges. Mine was golden brown on top and was just the right texture.

*This coconut flour flatbread gets softer with time, so if you like it a bit crispy, eat it soon after it comes out of the oven.


9. To remove the parchment paper, just pinch the corner and pull it right out. Cut into slices or any size that you choose.

*Tip: let the crusts cool all the way to room temperate before freezing


~Stay Gutsy, Caroline

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