'Tis the season to be....sick? Not on my clock. Although I have been accident prone recently (I'll show you my big toe and how it lost to a plate in the gym), my immune system is stronger than ever. Everything that I do on a daily basis aids in the process, but incorporating essential oils has been the factor that seems to bring it all together.
Although essential oils have been around for thousands of years, people today don't know very much about the all-natural remedies. They can be used for a variety of purposes and I have seen these benefits first hand. Frankly, it's VERY hard for me to choose my favorite. So I won't. But, there are some essential oils that I have been giving a little extra lovin' recently. I decided to share with you which one and why, as we continue to learn and expand our all natural farmacy cabinets. Here are my top 4 every day oils for this month to keep me strong, sane and sassy:
Thieves: The immune building powerhouse that keeps on giving. I apply this twice a day to protect from pathogens and diffuse it in the air to help kill germs and bacteria. On mornings that I've woke up with a scratchy throat, I will gargle with warm water plus a drop or 2. It helps soothe almost instantly. There are so many ways to incorporate Thieves in your life. The possibilities are endless.
Lavender: I was told, "If you are going to have any oil at all times, make sure it's Lavender." That person was right. I find myself using this oil all day, every day. I had a patch of annoying Eczema at the close of summer and a concoction of coconut with Lavender oil helped to take the itch away and heal on it's own. I will drop Lavender in baths at night to calm and cleanse my daily stressors away. My dogs also think they are getting in trouble when I rub Lavender down their spine, but even 2 crazy Pitbulls calm down with a little of this oil in their lives. I love spraying freshly clean sheets with Lavender. It's a staple in this house.
Purification: This is my go-to when I'm cleaning. I diffuse it in the air to neutralize any odors and make everything smell so fresh and so clean. My chin also thanks Purification for that time of the month when it feels like breaking out. Pimples don't like this oil at all, which is why I love it. I also gashed my shin a few weeks back (thanks box jumps) and this oil was what I was using daily to help promote healing and prevent infection. It's a good one to always have on hand.
Lemon: When life hands you Lemon oil, make everything. Kidding, but not really. I drop lemon in my water every morning to rehydrate, refresh and start my day off right. I degrease my pots, pans and stovetop with this oil and diffuse it to lighten the mood of my house. I will drop this oil in a load of laundry or the dishwasher for a little extra oomph. I've also used this oil to rub scratches from my dogs' nails off of my car and will make homemade salad dressings using Lemon oil. It rocks.
If you are new to the oil game or have any questions please feel free to reach out to me personally and I will help in any way that I can. I'm telling you, I will never go back to not having a house full of oils. They are fun, easy to use, and help me to protect myself and my family from the daily toxins of the world. These 4 are just a small piece to the entire puzzle. There is literally an oil that can support with everything in life!
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To Love, Life & Oils
Although we've been lucky this year with a mild Fall season, the reality is Winter is just around the corner. I'm the person who dreads this time of year, every year. I try to make the most out of embracing the cold, but the reality is, I still don't enjoy it at all. I have found 1 thing that helps my "winter blues" more than ever and that's what I'm here to talk to you about today.
I'm sure you, like most people, feel better in the summertime, soaking up the sunshine. Do you have any idea why?
What we soak in and make from the sun is extremely healing for our bodies. Vitamin D is a powerful tool and in many leading health care providers' opinions, the most critical one in building our immune system and fighting off diseases. They are finding however, that most Americans are extremely deficient for many reasons.
So what's the big deal?
Here are some facts that you may not be aware of:
The best way to know your levels is to get tested through your next routine blood screening. How to get your vitamin D is a controversial topic, but I strongly believe in supplementation. I take 5000 IU of vitamin D every day, all year round. I have found that it has helped with many of my issues, including seasonal winter depression.
If you are looking for more information please check out: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/ & I will leave you with this quote:
"In all my many years of practice of medicine, I've never seen one vitamin, even vitamin C, have such profound effects on human health." - Soram Khalsa MD.
To the Healthiest Winter Ahead,
I would be living in a fantasy world if I said I was able to buy all of my food organic. I wish that were the case, but it's not. Part of my mission has been to figure out the importance of which foods are nice to have organic, versus which foods need to be organic. There is a difference and it's the secret to eating healthy on a budget.
When it comes to shopping right on a budget as a whole, here are my tips for success:
What are your secrets for eating right while the budget is tight?
To Your Best Life,