December Giveaway

Detox Giveaway

The holidays are almost here and I can’t wait to get back on track and reset fresh for the New Year with a cleansing detox. The typical New Year cliche of starting of the year focusing on health and wellness is a common theme for me. I feel as the dog days of Summer come to a close and the weather gets cooler I tend to slack off, eat comfort foods and indulge in the holidays without guilt. By this time every year I am so looking forward to a nice post-holiday cleanse. I will be doing an awesome detox diet that my friend Kristen at MIX Wellness Solutions offers which I did after Summer and LOVED! I was able to eat amazing fresh, whole foods, had amazing energy and lost 4″! The best part was it was unlike any detox I have done before because I didn’t feel like deprived like I have felt from other cleanses. The recipes were delicious and I learned that my body reacts to certain foods.

Are you:

  • Feeling like you need to drop a few pounds

  • Tired

  • Bloated or irregular

  • Suffering from skin problems (acne, rashes, eczema)

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • In a constant brain fog or have trouble concentrating

  • Sick of looking at a closet full of clothes and still not finding anything to wear

  • Dealing with allergies

  • Popping pills for headaches, joint pain, or muscle aches

  • Covering up those dark circles and puffy eyes with makeup and expensive skin creams

  • Battling cravings

  • Moody

 

If so, this month’s giveaway is for you!

 

I’m so excited to be teaming up with Kristen over at MIX | wellness solutions for a balanced life and some of my favorite bloggers to give YOU the chance to reclaim your inner Superwoman (or man) and WIN a coveted spot in The Superwoman Slim Down: A Real Food Detox & Cleanse for Real Women (a $347 value!)! Read all about it here.

This is NOT your average detox. The Superwoman Slim Down is a fully-supported “done-for you” 21 day 100% REAL FOOD, hunger-free program led by experienced registered nurse, certified health and wellness coach, and certified specialist in fitness nutrition, Kristen Boucher! She will teach you step-by-step how to feel better than you ever imagined in your own skin, while eating delicious, nutrient-dense, metabolism-boosting foods and (finally) making your health a priority! But don’t take my word for it! Check out what these former Superwomen have to say about it here.

[IF YOU HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THIS PROGRAM, THIS IS A PERFECT TIME TO TELL YOUR STORY]

 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a FREE SPOT in the January 2015 Superwoman Slim Down: A Real Food Detox & Cleanse for Real Women (a $347 value), which kicks off on Monday, January 5th – right after the holiday free-for-all!

How to enter the giveaway:

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The Fine Print

 

The giveaway ends at midnight ET, January 2, 2015. I will announce the lucky winner on January 3, 2015. Once contacted, the lucky winner will have 48 hours to respond with his/her full name and email address.  There is no purchase necessary to win. This giveaway is open to everyone except where prohibited by law.

Holiday Giveaway

Giftcard Giveaway

I can’t believe the holidays are here. This year has FLOWN by for me! It’s been a great one and as the kids get older the holidays become more and more fun. I am so excited for the holiday season this year to celebrate with friends and family and create memories.

This year we are thinking about getting my daughter one of these

Frozen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my son has his heart set on this!

Motorcycle

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wouldn’t mind this for myself

Camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my husband has been pining for this all year long.

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the extra expenses of the holiday wouldn’t a $400 Amazon gift card be so nice right about now! Some of my favorite bloggers and I have call come together for you for this month. This special holiday giveaway ends on the 15th December so that you have enough to get those gifts before stressing out!

How to enter the holiday giveaway: the entry is free- do each of the following for more chances to win!

1. Sign up for the Yogi Mami Newsletter

2. Follow Yogi Mami on Facebook

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5. Follow Yogi Mami on Twitter

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Loula Natural

Oh Lardy

The Homestead Garden

The Crunchy Moose

Mix Wellness

Real Nutritious Living

Fearless Eating

Its a Love/Love Thing

Balance by Dina

Here is the fine print for the holiday giveaway- Good Luck!!!!

A winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.com. The giveaway ends at midnight ET, December 15, 2014. We will announce the lucky winner on December 16, 2014. Once contacted, the lucky winner will have 48 hours to respond with his/her full name, address, and phone number. There is no purchase necessary to win. This giveaway is open to everyone except where prohibited by law.

Simple and Effective Ways to Improve Oral Health Naturally

Improve oral health naturally

Many people suffer from oral health problems with cavities, tooth decay and gum disease being the most common. Many people are unaware of just how poor oral health can lead to other problems in the future. This post will share simple and effective ways to improve oral health naturally!

Why Oral Health is Important

Oral health is important because it can be a sign of underlying nutritional and health issues. Gum disease is linked to a host of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic inflammation in your mouth can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which can lead to more inflammation in other parts of your body, such as the heart. Many diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, HIV, cancer, and eating disorders are linked with oral health problems. Regular dental exams help you maintain good oral health and avoid related health problems.

How to Improve Oral Health Naturally

Diet plays a big role in oral health. A diet low in essential vitamins and minerals is more likely to have oral health problems, not to mention other health problems. Weston A Price, DDS has documented repeatedly that modern denatured food is the major cause of the degenerative diseases and the overall poor health of our society, including oral health. The reason is simple: today’s modern food and diet lacks the bio available vitamins that our bodies are designed to need in order to function properly. His research reveled that native tribes who still ate the traditional diet had great oral health and were almost 100% free of tooth decay. Once refined sugar and white flour were introduced to these native populations their oral heath began to rapidly deteriorate.

Doctor Price believed that the quickest way to improve oral health naturally is to have a healthy diet. This means eliminating processed foods, avoiding refined sugars, eating quality grass fed and pastured meats, eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables- and as raw as often as possible. Making sure our bodies are getting the necessary vitamins and minerals is essential in working towards better oral health. You can find out more in this book for sale on Amazon.

Supplements to Improve Oral Health Naturally

Coconut Oil is naturally high in lauric acid which inhibits the growth of pathogenic organisms such as vitamins and bacteria. It is high in “good fats” mentioned above which is essential for making sure we are getting proper nutrition. Coconut oil can be included into the diet by adding it to smoothies, coffee or tea. Another option is oil pulling which will be discussed later in the article.

Vitamin D is important because it helps the body to absorb calcium to keep teeth and bones strong and healthy as well as overall health and wellness. If buying a supplement Vitamin D3 is the type that the body can absorb and process. The sun is a major supplier in natural vitamin D so simply getting out into the sunshine for 20 minutes a day usually provides the daily supply.

Fermented Foods have amazing health benefits for the entire body. I just recently learned myself while researching for this article that the good bacteria from the foods helps to reduce plaque. I have been fermenting my own foods and including them in my diet for almost two years now.  My dentist at my last cleaning was raving about how great my teeth looked even though I missed my last visit (oops!). It’s so awesome to me that something as simple as adding some fermented vegetables or drinks into your diet can alter the flora in your mouth. This ancient traditional method of preserving foods is a great way to improve overall health and wellness.

Homemade Bone Broth is a great way to get additional minerals and promotes healthy bones, ligaments, joints, skin and hair. This include healthy strong teeth. This should not be confused with store bought broth which does not contain the essential minerals and vitamins and can even contain not-so-heathy ingredients such as MSG. Making bone broth is easy and a great way to begin healing the body. You can learn more about the importance of bone broth for healing here.

Other Ways to Improve Oral Health Naturally

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that has oral benefits as well as full body benefits. You can click here to learn more about the benefits of oil pulling and how to do it. It can also be enhanced with essential oils that promote oral health such as Melaleuca Alternafoila, Lavender, Orange and Cinnamon. These oils can support healthy teeth and gums. You can learn more about where to find pure therapeutic essential oils here.

Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste is a great alternative to commercial toothpastes which typically contain Fluoride, a known neuro-toxin. And that’s not the only yucky ingredient the store bought brands contain. You can easily make your own toothpaste that nourishes and remineralizes your teeth and works to improve your oral health. Click here to learn how you can make your own remineralizing toothpaste.

Homemade Mouthwash is so easy to make and the best thing is that you avoid alcohol, artificial sweeteners and chemical additives that are in most commercial brands. Those additives dry out the mouth which allows invasive bacteria to take hold. Here are some recipes to make your own simper version at home:

Activated Charcoal can be used as a natural alternative to commercial whitener (that works AMAZING!) It is also very helpful in absorbing and removing toxins from the mouth. It is simple to use and very effective. You can learn more about how to use it here, including how to add essential oils to enhance the process.

Have you tried any natural methods to improve your oral health? I would love for you to share your story in the comments.  

 

5 Ways Our Ancestors Were Healthier Than We Are

Ancestors Were Healthier Than We Are

Many people are under the assumption that we have it better than our ancestors did. While it may be true in some aspects when it comes to health and well-being our grandparents and beyond lived healthier lives than we do now. They had a shorter overall life expectancy than us, but were not sick as often and didn’t have the multitude of diseases we suffer from now. We can definitely improve health and well-being by learning a thing or two from our ancestors. Here are 5 ways that our ancestors were healthier than we are.

5 Ways Our Ancestors Were Healthier Than We Are

1. They Ate Better Food

Our ancestors diets consisted of farm-fresh food throughout their lives. Animals were not fed GMO corn or soy food. They didn’t have the antibiotics that are used today to  make animals larger at a younger age. They didn’t have highly processed, sodium filled, glucose-laden, pre-packaged non-foods that provide little to no nutrition. We have really strayed from the healthy ways that our great-grandparents used to eat. Eating food out of boxes, cans and drive-thru windows is the norm for many people which didn’t exist X years ago. These types of foods are associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Our ancestors didn’t have the option of processed food and going out to eat was not a common habit. Food was not treated with additives, antibiotics and hormones to help preserve shelf life. Because of this our ancestors ate local, seasonal and fresh food which provided them with the essential nutrients the body needs to function properly. Foods were cooked at home and used traditional methods such as fermenting and canning to preserve food. Nutrition affects EVERY cell in our body. The health of our cells is dependent on diet and lifestyle. Cells create tissues, tissues create organs,  and we are made up of a system of organs. If your nutrition is inadequate, the integrity of each cell, tissue and organ in your body will suffer.

What to do: Opt for fresh, local organic ingredients whenever possible. Grass-fed and pastured meats are a healthier alternative over grain-fed animals. Preparing meals at home   and avoiding processed and fast food helps to improve overall health and wellbeing. Implementing traditional food preservation methods such as fermenting can be extremely beneficial and help to provide enzymes that help the body to absorb nutrients more efficiently.

2.  They Used Herbal Medicine

Our ancestors used herbal methods to cure their ailments long before drug companies started making billions of dollars off of our health. There are many plants and herbs that grow freely in nature that are capable of curing our most common problems. From head colds to headaches, plants and leaves have helped the human race prevent problems for thousands of years. It wasn’t until recently that pharmaceutical companies have started capitalizing on illness and charging money to cure even the smallest of ailments.

What to do: Opting for alternative methods to heal our body such as foods, herbs, essential oils, and ancient medical techniques (acupuncture, yoga, reiki, etc.) is ideal when possible. Modern medicine definitely has its place, but when it comes to common problems there are more natural, cost effective and healthier options for remedies.

3. They Spent More Time Outside

Our ancestors spent more time outside working and getting food. The often spent hours outside farming, gardening, hunting, etc. Because of this they got more regular exercise and more exposure to natural sunlight providing them naturally with vitamin D and other immune boosting properties. Our ancestors were healthier than us because spending time outdoors helps us to de-stress naturally and exposure to vitamin D works to boost mood and heal faster.

What to do: Take time each day to spend some time in nature. Vitamin D is essential in order for our bodies to function properly. Being outside also helps to connect us with ourselves and the world around us. Getting kids outdoors is especially important. Children who experience nature play are happier, healthier and perform better in school.

4. Less Stress!

Our ancestors lived much more simple lives than we do today. They didn’t have the hustle and bustle that we do now and they did not have the constant social pressure that we have today. They worked hard, slept well and typically followed a routine that was free of distractions. They didn’t have fad diets such as calorie counting and ate food as it was available and according to the body’s needs. Because of this their metabolism functioned properly. In addition, they didn’t have the electronic distractions that we do now. While these gadgets were invented to make our lives easier, they have created mental clutter. We are over stressed and over stimulated and that has an impact on overall health and well-being, both physically and emotionally.

What to do: Living simply and mindfully doesn’t have to mean moving to a farm and abandoning all of life’s modern conveniences. It simply means unplugging more and focusing on what is most important. Including yoga and meditation into your regimen is a great way to reduce stress and support the parasympathetic nervous system. There are also many other simple ways to live more mindfully.

5. Exposed to Less Toxins

Toxins are everywhere and can be produced by our own bodies, manmade or naturally occurring. Decades ago our ancestors were not exposed to the amounts of manmade toxins we are today. 6,000 new chemicals are listed each week in the Chemical Society’s Chemical Abstracts, which adds up to more than 300,000 new chemicals each year. These chemicals become dangerous when inhaled, ingested or touched. Repeated exposure to these toxins can lead to hormone imbalance, immune suppression and various health related problems. These toxins can be found in household cleaners, personal products, food, water and air. As the toxins accumulate in our body our liver works in overdrive to detoxify our system and becomes stressed which has an adverse impact on our immune function.

What to do: It is important to minimize as much toxins from our lifestyle as possible. This includes drinking clean water, eating organic food, Grass-fed and pastured meats and eliminating processed foods. This also includes eliminating household products that are toxic such as cleaning products, scented candles and plug-ins, medications and beauty products.

To live a happy and healthy lifestyle it is important to understand how times have changed and what we can do to improve overall health and wellbeing. These 5 changes can make a big impact on making sure our body functions properly!

 

Ditch the Poison with DIY Natural Cleaning Products

Natural Cleaning Products

We buy cleaning and household products to kill germs and clean our houses, but many people don’t consider the ingredients those products contain, or whether or not they are safe. Of course most people know that you shouldn’t ingest or inhale these products directly, but don’t have a clear understanding of harm they can do beyond that. This post will share with you the dangers of household products as well as some DIY Natural Cleaning Product alternatives!

The Dirty Truth of Household Products

Common household cleaning products contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home. Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns. Others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer and other diseases.

Chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and should not be used by people with asthma or lung or heart problems. These two chemicals pose an added threat in that they can react with each other or other chemicals to form lung-damaging gases. Combining products that contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia (i.e. oven cleaners) produces chloramine gases, while chlorine combined with acids (i.e. toilet bowl cleaners) forms toxic chlorine gas that can be deadly.

But they smell so good……

Fragrances added to cleaners such as laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory problems, headache, sneezing, and watery, irritated eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. However, because chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets and private information, companies aren’t required to list their toxic ingredients they simply have to label them as containing “fragrance.”

Other ingredients in cleaners may have low acute toxicity but contribute to long-term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption. Chemicals that are hormone disruptors can interfere with the body’s natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the actions of hormones. Health effects can include decreased sperm counts, increased rates of male birth defects and increased rates of some types of cancers. Ingredients used in some detergents and cleaners have been shown to mimic the estrogen hormone. Not to mention that these chemicals get washed down our drains and into our local water sources and into the environment. Toxins are bad for everyone so eliminating as many as possible is good for ourselves, our family and the environment.

DIY Natural Cleaning Products

Making your own homemade natural cleaning products does not need to be hard or expensive. In fact, you can make several products in a very short period of time. Here are some great easy DIY recipes for natural cleaning products using common ingredients and essential oils. Using these homemade products will eliminate toxic chemicals and cut down on indoor air pollution which helps to improve overall health and wellness! Click here to learn where to get pure Essential Oils for your cleaning products.

If you are looking for some DIY Natural Cleaning Product Recipes Here are some from my favorite oily bloggers:

Have you tried to make your own natural cleaning products yet?

The AMAZING Benefits of Fermented Foods

Fermented Foods

It’s been a little over two years since I began my journey into making fermented foods. It has been such a fun experience that I have really enjoyed! Who knew that crocks, covered major jars and natural carbonation bubbles could get someone so excited! I have to admit, at first I was scared to try it, and with each and every new ferment I would pray that I wouldn’t kill myself or my family, but the more I became comfortable and began to see the amazing benefits, I became hooked. This post will share with you the amazing benefits of fermented foods and why you should jump on the bandwagon and include these foods into your diet to improve your overall health and well-being.

What is Fermenting?

Fermentation has been used by humans for the production of food and beverages for centuries. Fermentation is employed for preservation in a process that produces lactic acid as found in such sour foods as pickled cucumbers, sauerkraut and yogurt, as well as for producing alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer and Kombucha. It is a metabolic process that converts sugar to acids, gases and/or alcohol. Fermented foods and beverages are high in natural probiotics and have many health benefits. The art of fermentation has been replaced with high heat pasteurization and commercial preservatives which means that are bodies are missing out on these beneficial bacterias. Many experts believe that this could be the reason for mysterious viruses, intestinal parasites and chronic health problems that seem to becoming more and more common.

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Fermented foods contain essential probiotics which help beneficial bacteria to flourish in the gastrointestinal system. Healthy gut flora helps to treat and prevent diseases such as:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Dermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Common Cold

Fermented foods are the most potent form of probiotics available. One tablespoon of fermented sauerkraut contains more natural probiotics than an entire bottle of probiotic capsules. The beneficial bacteria helps to draw out toxins and heavy metals and helps our body to better absorb nutrients from our foods. You can honestly ferment just about anything! Yogurt, salsa, garlic, mustard, pickles and pretty much any fruit or vegetable!

Making your own fermented foods and drinks is very easy and extremely cost effective I always have something fermented and we include these foods and drinks into our diets daily. If you are looking to get started with fermented foods Click Here for Oh Lardy’s New Book- Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermented Fruit and Vegetables and enter code FERMENT30 to get 30% off the price by November 26th! This book is nothing short of amazing! It goes into great details all about how to begin fermenting and helps you get past the fears and any problems that newbies might encounter! And the recipes have inspired me to create even more fermented goodies for my family! We love including fermented foods in our diet and have been enjoying the benefits they have to offer.

Homemade Antioxidant Facial Serum

Antioxidant Facial Serum

I love making my own homemade skin products. After learning more about products and ingredients, there are so many toxins in commercial brands that have no place on the human body. Our skin is our largest organ so it is important to be mindful what we put on. This homemade antioxidant facial serum is easy to make and literally makes your skin GLOW! Here is my recipe!

I love coconut oil! To eat, to cook with to wear! Seriously, its all-purpose and I love it. Make sure it’s organic non-refined virgin coconut oil (where-to-buy). It’s a staple in my house and I have a tub in the kitchen and one in the bathroom for beauty products. It also made my Medicine Cabinet Must Have list! It is the base I use for most of my products, including this anti-oxidant facial serum.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for skin

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Antioxidant
  • Soothes skin infections
I also love essential oils. I recommend Therapeutic Grade essential oils. I use Young Living which you can learn more about here.  Below are the oils I use in my antioxidant facial serum recipe and their benefits.

Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil for skin

  • Anti-aging properties
  • Antioxidant
  • Immune Booster

*Warning- This is considered a “HOT” oil. Always make sure to dilute prior to applying to skin as it can burn.

Benefits of Orange Essential Oil for skin

  • Maintain Smooth, Glowing Skin
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-aging properties

*Warning- This is a photosensitive oil. Be cautions when exposed to the sun within 24 hours of using this oil.

Homemade Antioxidant Facial Serum

  • 2 ounces of Organic Coconut Oil (Where to Buy)
  • 4 Drops of Oregano Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops of Orange Essential Oil

Mix the carrier oil and essential oils in a glass bottle with a pump (where to buy). Apply to face as needed. This high concentration of active ingredients contains a potent dose of anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients. A small amount goes a long way and should last for several weeks. The coconut oil will harden in colder temperatures so you may need to heat up the jar under warm water or place a small amount and warm up in the hands before applying. My face feels so smooth and soft and healthy since using this antioxidant facial serum.

Have you tried making your own homemade products yet? 

Meditating with Mala Beads

Mala Beads

I often get asked from others some advice on meditating. I have shared some tips for beginners to get started in a regular meditation practice and it is one I encourage in order to live a more conscious lifestyle, manifest dreams, and improve overall health and well-being. Meditation is not easy. I have been meditating for year and at times I still find it hard to quiet my mind when it is time to practice. This post will share how I use mala beads to help meditate deeply without much effort.

What Are Mala Beads?

Mala beads are a string of beads, similar to a necklace. Typically mala beads are in strings of 108, although sometimes different numbers are used. A personal mala is a wonderful accessory to meditation, which when used regularly with a personal mantra, absorbs the vibrations of the practice. They are traditional prayer beads made of many different types of materials such as wood, gemstones, seeds or crystals similar to those used in other religions.

They are a wonderful tool for meditation because they help to keep focus with optimum energy levels. Meditation can be tricky to practice because, by its very nature, the mind tends to wander off during the meditation practice. If energy is low at the time of meditation, falling asleep can result. If the energy is too high, thoughts cause distraction. At these times, the mala beads provide a much needed anchor. The mala beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and a chosen mantra or affirmation, so that both-sleep as well as excessive mental distraction-are prevented by this action upon the beads.

My Experience with Mala Beads

I first started using mala beads during my second pregnancy. I got them for my daily meditation and relaxation sessions to prepare for my upcoming labor. I instantly fell in love with them! They were helpful in allowing me to find peace within, especially at times when I needed it the most. I have been using them ever since and use them daily in my meditation and affirmation practice. For myself (and many other yogis I know) mala beads quickly become a favorite accessory.  I wear mine almost everyday and get compliments on them quite often! (even by non-yogis!) :) They can be found online and can be handmade and elaborate such as found here, or they can be simple and more traditional such as found here and here.

When I find myself in an uncomfortable or stressful situation the beads are there to ground me and help me illicit a relaxation response. Another way I help to supercharge the powers of my already amazing mala is to add essential oils to it. Frankincense or Cedarwood are two of my favorites and help to bring mental clarity and sense of calm. I use wooden beads which are great at absorbing the smell of the oils! I will often add a drop to my thumb at the start of my meditation practice allowing the oils to get on the beads and enhance my meditation. Click here to learn more about where to order essential oils.

Do you use mala beads? We would love to hear your experience!

DIY First Aid and Wellness Kit

Wellness Kit

Many OTC medicines have an extensive list of ingredients. Are they really all necessary? What about side effects? All medicines are created to mimic natural alternative in a more convenient way to provide to general public. Over the counter drugs carry with them a danger of overdosing and prolonged use of these drugs are discouraged and can lead to further medical problems. For me and my family, using natural alternatives is a no brainer. I think there is a place for pharmaceutical drugs and all the other wonders modern medicine has to offer, but when it comes to everyday health I prefer a more natural route. I have created a First Aid and Wellness Kit that uses essential oils to promote health and well-being and nourishes our bodies when we are run down and fighting off illness. This article will share with you some tips and tricks for putting together your own Natural First Aid and Wellness Kit at home.

*Because each and every one of us are different our Wellness kits will also be unique based on individual needs. This list is for basic first aid and common ailments. 

Why You Should Have a Natural First Aid and Wellness Kit at home.

Have you ever stopped to think about the ingredients in medicine products? I became much more aware when I first became a mother. When my kids were babies there were several recalls on Children’s Tylenol and Motrin, every few months it seemed. The fact that there could be multiple recalls on the same medicine in a couple year period freaked me out. Especially when those reasons have included nauseating package odors, small glass or metal particles in liquid medicines and wrong levels of active ingredients (YIKES!). From then on I began to take a natural approach to our medicine. While herbs and essential oils are very potent, they are generally safe and can be used without worry. Below are some recipes that I have stocked in my natural wellness kit. I have one at home and a smaller travel kit for on-the go. You can watch my video about my travel kit here. To learn more about where to buy Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils click here.

Basic first aid kit:

Healing Salve- Fill Roll on bottle or small glass jar with coconut oil and 6-8 drops of either Lavender, Frankincense or a combination of both.

First Aid Spray- In a spray bottle add a teaspoon of sea-salt and 4 drops of Peace and calming and 6-8 drops of Thieves.

Ointment for Bruising & Swelling- Fill glass roll-on bottle with carrier oil and add 6 drops of PanAway.

Bug Spray- In a spray bottle add water with 8-10 drops of Purification.

Oils for Common Discomforts:

Essential oils are very effective in assisting with common ailments. By simply diffusing, applying topically or by rubbing on the bottom of the feet the oils can help support the body’s immune system naturally. Here is a list of common ailments and oils that many be helpful.

Head and sinus discomfort- Peppermint, Valor, PanAway

Itchy eyes, ears and throat- Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint

Feeling run down and under the weather- Thieves, Peppermint, Raven, Frankincense, Oregano, R.C., Purification

Irritated throat- Purification; Thieves

Sinus Congestion- Peppermint, Eucalyptus Blue, Thieves, R.C. Breathe Again,

Cough- Frankincense, R.C.

Ear discomfort (never inside ear! Either diffuse or rub around outside of ear)- Lavender, Peppermint, Purification, PanAway, Melaleuca Alternifolia,

Upset Stomach- Peppermint, DiGize

Cold Sores: Peppermint, Thieves, Lavender,

Rashy or irritated skin- Lavender, Peppermint, Stress Away, Peace and Calming.

Bladder discomfort- Oregano, Lemon, Thieves, Purification, DiGize, Melaleuca Alternafolia

Yeast imbalances- Melaleuca Alternifolia, Oregano, Thieves, Purification

5 Simple Ways to Invest In Your Health

Invest in your health

If you have an expensive car or a nice piece of property most people will make a point to invest to keep that prized possession in mint condition. Why should we feel any less about our bodies? It’s the only place we have to live and if we don’t keep good care of it what happens? It gets run down and even worse, it can go kaput. It is so important to take the time to invest in our health and wellness and doing so doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 5 simple ways to invest in your health.

5 Simple Ways to Invest In Your Health

1. Eat Good Food

Our food is our fuel, eating whole nutrient dense foods gives our body the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. A diet high in processed foods has an overall affect on the entire mind and body. While many people think that local, organic and sustainable food is expensive hasn’t priced the cost of illness and disease that is associated with poor diet. Doctors visits, prescriptions, hospital visits all come with a cost, not to mention how you feel day in and day out. It’s no secret that those who eat better foods feel, look and generally are healthier than those that don’t. Diet also plays a factor in how we feel. Eating processed foods is taxing on the liver which causes us to become sluggish and depressed. Making an effort to eat fresh, local organic fruits and veggies and grass-fed or pastured meats will make a difference in overall health and well-being.  And when it comes down to dollars and cents, organic food can be slightly more expensive but A.) It’s better for you and B.) It’s actual FOOD, not chemicals and who know’s what! That is, of course, unless you enjoy eating and drinking beaver butt, flame retardant and yoga mats!

2. Reduce Toxins

We are bombarded with chemicals all day every day. In our air, water, food, products- You name it! While there is no way to eliminate them all, there are things that can be done to reduce the amounts you are exposed to. Eating healthy organic foods as mentioned above is one way, reducing the amount of chemicals in our households is another. We spend quite a bit of time indoors and common household products can contain dozens of harmful cancer causing chemicals. Many beauty products too are a mixture of toxic ingredients that break the rule of- if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin! By choosing products from conscious companies or making your own with essential oils and other natural products is a great way to reduce everyday exposure to chemicals. Again, while the natural alternatives may be slightly higher in price they outweigh the physical, emotional and future monetary costs associated with the toxic options.

3. Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is essential to our house but, surprisingly, many people do not make it a priority. Missing even 90 minutes of sleep is enough to reduce your ability to do certain cognitive and physical tasks. It impairs your thinking ability, your memory and how well you function. sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Here are some ways to improve sleep naturally for overall health and well-being.

4. Time to reflect Inward

Many people forget that mental health is just as important as physical health. Making a point to meditate and reflect inward on a regular basis is important for overall wellbeing. has been linked to a number of powerful health benefits, including improving some of the most pressing concerns of modern life, such as high blood pressure and unchecked stress. Spending just a few minutes each day on quiet reflection can lead to major physical and mental health improvements. New to meditating? Here are some tips for beginners to get started.

5. Be Happy

Stress kills and in this day and age it seems there is always something to worry about. Don’t let anxiety get in the way of your health and happiness. Practicing the first 4 steps will increase happiness. Another way to get you out of a funk is to establish mantras or reciting positive affirmations, grounding/earthing and exercise and living more mindfully are all ways to help relieve stress hormones and create endorphins to stimulate happy feelings.

How do you invest in your health? We would love for you to share your tips!

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