Posts tagged health
Natural Home, Happy Home
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I have always preferred to use holistic or naturopathic remedies before resorting to prescriptions-I even avoid taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen if I just have a headache. I knew that once we had littles running around I wanted to use safer cleaning products as well as avoid unnecessary medications.  

A few months back I reached out to a woman within my Instagram community about using essential oils. I had used a diffuser for quite a while, but never thought to use oils as remedies for ailments or illnesses or overall wellness. I want to point out that essential oils are not labeled as something to use to cure illnesses, as most other natural approaches are not- they have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am, however, one to believe that diet and herbal approaches can be effective in many ways. 

I have just recently began this oily journey, so I have decided to share a few of my favorites with y'all: 

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CITRUS:

My favorite citrus oils are Orange, Lemon, and Tangerine. I have used Orange and Lemon quite a bit for both cleaning and cooking. I will share a few of my favorite recipes in a later post.   I have yet to use Tangerine often, but I have made a "refresher" using it with baking soda. I took a small mason jar and poked a few holes in the lid, mixed in some essential oils with baking soda and let it sit for a few hours. I will sprinkle it on our mattress every couple of weeks then vacuum it up, as well as use it as a scrub when I clean the sink after doing dishes. 

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BUG REPELLENT:

Earlier this Spring we had some nasty mosquitoes! We've also had a couple black fly bites, even on little Jasper. While I will use regular bug spray if it's around, I don't want to be spraying it on Jasper! I ordered up some Citronella and got to concocting! In a spray bottle, I mixed about 20 drops of Citronella, 15 drops of Lavender, and 2 drops of Rosemary. Rosemary has a very strong smell, so I use it sparingly. I filled the bottle with water and so far have not had an issue with bug bites.

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A GREAT COMBO: 

I LOVE cloves. I think it's because it reminds me of winter time, which is the best. Anyway, I like to make oatmeal for breakfast (when I remember, HELLO mom brain!), my favorite recipe is old fashioned oats with chocolate chips, a few drops of Orange and only ONE drop of Clove. This blend is also a great one to diffuse. 

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THIEVES: 

This oil blend is one of my favorites by far. I use it in my diffuser to make my house smell fresh and clean, as well as use it as part of my daily beauty routine. It is worth mentioning that Thieves is considered a "hot" oil, meaning, it has a warming sensation when applied topically. I only use 1-2 drops on my face, making sure to keep it away from my eyes. After a moment, I apply 2 drops of Lavender to cool off the sensation. Thieves is also a powerful cleaner and can be added to a load of laundry or dishes. I have also tried the YL Thieves Toothpaste and really liked it.

 

Overall, I have had nothing but a great experience with essential oils and the community I have found within it. Personally, I use Young Living; it is important to use 100% pure essential oils, no matter where you choose to get them from.  If you want to learn more about using essential oils or would like to begin using them, feel free to contact me-while I am still learning myself, I am happy to help!

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whole30:day 23

Holy smokes! I can't believe I have made it this far without veering off the whole30 track. Yesterday I got some cute new cookie cutters, so naturally, I had to try them out. A simple sugar cookie mix and a half hour later, I have some pretty stinkin' cute mason jar cookies for my husband to eat.

So far, I can say that the whole30 program has definitely made me less bloated and I have lost weight, I've even started having to notch my belt two holes tighter than before. I didn't start this to lose weight at all, I was just curious to see if any foods affected me in any sort of way, but I'm not complaining about the results. 

A few of my go-to foods are:

  • eggs-pretty much my breakfast every morning. I like to add onions, spinach, sautéed mushrooms, or avocados.
  • sweet potatoes-twice baked pizza stuffed, or with sautéed mushrooms.
  • chia pudding-thanks to my mother-in-law, I have this little snack that I keep on hand. 6-8 oz of a whole30 compliant milk, 2 tbs chia seeds, and banana blended together. I like to add a little cinnamon or strawberries too. Let the mixture sit in the fridge anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight depending on your preference of texture.

I've found that it hasn't been too hard to make dinner's, just that I have to be more aware of the ingredients list on things like almond milk, juices, and even chicken broth or canned tuna. While dining out, I'll get a burger without a bun, a salad, or an omelette-I'm just always sure to ask for dairy free since most places use milk in their egg mixtures to make them fluffier.

While I was originally planning on doing the whole30 for the entire Lent period, I decided to just do the 30 days, so then I can start the reintroduction period during the last couple of days. I'm not sure what food group I will start with first when I begin reintroducing foods, but I will be sure to update y'all on that and how they affected my body.