How We Do Essential Oils

Essential oils are getting more and more popular everyday. But so is the controversy of when, where, and how to use them. You have several extremes: From ingesting them undiluted everyday to only applying them extremely diluted with no on under the age of 12 in the vicinity to not using them unless you are under the guidance of a professional aromatherapist.  I have read many articles and tried to sort through what I feel comfortable with when it comes to my family, so here it is!

Diffusing: I find essential oils are a much healthier option to scented candles, wax warmers,  plug-ins, and air fresheners, most of which contain synthetic fragrances that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, nervous system disorders and allergies…no thanks! Also, when using essential oils you can create your own blends and also tailor them to your needs whether it is just freshen the air, fight sickness, get motivated, or sleep deeper!  To diffuse essential oils you need to invest in a diffuser, which can double as a night light and humidifier (remember you don’t want your essentials oils to heat up as it damages them). I blogged about our favorite one here. We also use spray bottles with essential oils in our bathrooms for air fresheners and another blend for bug spray.

Topical: Another way to use essential oils is by rubbing them on your skin. I personally always dilute with fractionated coconut oil, not only for safety reasons but to help them last longer.  We apply essential oils to help with muscle pain from working out and growing pains, eliminate headaches, ease car sickness, fight viruses, open airways when congested, stop coughing, calm nerves, help sleep, heal cuts, and stop bug bites from itching. You name it and there is probably an oil for it! I pre-make most of these blends, or dilute a single essential oil, in roller bottles so they are already properly diluted and easy for everyone to use. I also add essential oils to to my home made deodorant, my hand soap, and use it in place of perfume.  There are different application points depending on what your goal is but some of the major ones are behind your ears, spine, chest, and the bottoms of your feet.

Internally: Here is where it gets really controversial! I personally don’t consume oils on a daily basis. They are very potent and I don’t want my body getting used to them so they will be more effective when I really need them. I do, however put them very diluted, in a capsule, and take them occasionally when the need arises. I feel they have to be safer and healthier than a lot of the prescriptions and over the counter medications I would be taking in place of them (have you seen the possible side effects?!). Oils have stopped many sicknesses in their tracks before the could develop into something that may need a serious medication.

What brand do I use?: I personally use Young Living. I love their rewards program and testing procedures. I also have some Doterra and like them too. I know their are some more affordable organic brands out there which I (if I didn’t get rewards from Young Living) would probably use except for internal use since I want rigorous testing on anything that potent going into my body. I store my oils on this shelf, but love the look of this one too!

My 5 favorite oils and why:  We love peppermint in our house! It is a very refreshing  scent and helps with so many things. I keep a roller bottle of it in my purse to help with car sickness, headaches, and itch bites. And when diffused it helps everyone focus and perk up. Lavender is next. It helps calm nerves and promotes sleep. It is also great on cuts and burns to help sooth and heal. Number 3 is Thieves/Onguard blends. Both are great immune boosters and are my go to for fighting sickness! Whether I add them to my cleaners and soap, apply them to spines and feet or gargle them they are amazing. Young Living’s Digize is another great essential oil blend. Rubbed clockwise on the tummy it can help calm nervous tummies or relieve upset stomachs.  Young Living’s Peace and Calming (or Peace and Calming II) is my favorite go for perfume and diffusing for fun. It is such a sweet, yummy, relaxing blend. There are so many more I love but I will save that for another post! Also, remember that everyone reacts and responds to different oils different ways. So try a little the first time and don’t overdo it!

What should you do?: Do your research and follow your instincts! If you don’t feel comfortable rubbing a certain oil on your child or yourself, don’t do it! Some people are more sensitive than others and may need to avoid certain strong oils or dilute them more than others. Also, remember that another carrier oil like coconut, olive, or almond , will dilute the essential oil, not water.  And if you are diffusing and the smell starts getting too strong in the room then turn it off, remember that your animals and children will be more sensitive to the strong smells than you.

I hope you found this article helpful and I encourage you to give essential oils a try if you haven’t already!

 

 

Nutrition Response Testing

Two years ago we started Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) with our local Chiropractor. I have found it fascinating and very effective.  NRT’s popularity is growing rapidly due to  it’s effectiveness and accuracy. And more doctors are being trained (both medical and holistic) to perform this service.

The testing is  non-invasive and painless. The analysis is done by extending your arm (usually while laying on a doctor’s table), then the doctor presses on different reflex areas (organs, muscles, joints) with his other hand.  If the arm goes weak while on a specific area it indicates a stress or dysfunction in that area (they test children a little different). Different supplements are tested to see which would be most effective in treating the problem area (you can also bring your own supplements/prescriptions to have them tested).

I honestly wouldn’t believe how effective this testing is if I hand’t seen it work so many times.  The doctors usually carry supplements to help detox chemicals, heavy metals, and kill bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungus/yeast and so much more.  We usually see results in 1-2 days but deeper issues can sometimes take longer.

We have had so many  issues resolved this last year to count. But here are a couple that stick out to me:

*Preston was detoxed from the many vaccines (anthrax, small pox, flu and who knows what else) he’s had while being in the military. Since then, he hasn’t had any fever blisters (he used to have several severe outbreaks a year) and his seasonal allergies have been minimal.

*I had a sensitivity to citrus, which was resolved after adjusting my stomach acid with supplements.

*Emmett (1 at the time) was vomiting after having any kind of dairy which was treated and corrected after 1 week of supplements

**(People with food allergies/sensitivities can be tested on those foods and find why they are unable to properly digest them. This can range from insufficient enzymes , to not enough/too much stomach acid, to an underlying issue that is taxing the body)

*Preston and Evan’s seasonal allergies were minimal and short lived with allergy support they were tested for

*My niece had a stubborn diaper rash that didn’t heal even after potty training that went away shorty after NRT and supplementing

*I was able to treat a UTI naturally, for the 1st time without antibiotics, and haven’t had one since

*My adrenal fatigue has been treated and my energy is better

*We have had many acute viral (cold/flu)  infections treated and ended or shortened with NRT

*My dad was having blood pressure issues that prescriptions weren’t helping and with NRT the issues resolved and he has more energy than he’s had in years

Like I said, I have experienced this working too many times to count, and think anyone with any kind of health problem, acute or chronic, should give this a try. There are no side effects to the supplements and they work to heal the body instead of covering up the symptom.

If you are in my area, we go to Dr. Easley, a chiropractor in West Plains, Missouri, his number is 417-256-5099. There is also an MD in St. James, Missouri, his name is Dr. Caudill, and his number is 573-265-0911 and his website is http://brentcaudillmd.com/ .  If you are not in my area, you can call the NRT training center and they can find the nearest NRT trained doctor. Their number is 1-866-418-4801.

The price for these services ranges from doctor to doctor. Dr. Easley in West Plains gives you a free first time visit, so you can see what it is all about and see if it will work for you. After that you can buy 10 sessions for $300, making it $30 a visit or pay as you go at $60 a session.  Supplements range in price but seem to average around $25.

You can find a lot of videos on the internet to see NRT being done. Here is one if you are interested! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr75NbhMyAQ

If you have an NRT success story please feel free to share it below in the comments. Or if you have any questions or anything I have not addressed please let me know! Give it a shot!

Feel better, know better, live better.

 

Keeping your children (and yourself) healthy during the winter months

As a mother of 4 children, sometimes I would love to just hide in a bubble and not ever go out and expose my family to all the germs, viruses, and yuck out there. But that is not possible and if I tried we all may go insane 😉 I know sickness is just part of life, but in years past we have done several things and DRASTICALLY reduced the amount of times we got sick and the severity of the sickness! This year I cut some of our protocol out and we felt the brunt of it and found ourselves sick several times…no fun! So here are some things we do to stay healthy!

  1. Delicious Greens! This is a vegetable and fruit powder we like to mix with milk. We love the mocha flavor but the chocolate is good too! It also has probiotics and enzymes in it! My husband has a whole scoop, I have a half, and my kids have 1/4-1/3 scoop each. It is so yummy it tastes like a dessert and could even be used to make hot cocoa! Click here to purchase it.  (If you take another vitamin you may need a separate probiotic as this is so important for gut health)
  2. Vitamin D- In the winter months we don’t spend as much time outside so we don’t get as much vitamin D from the sun.  Vitamin D helps your immune system stay strong so supplementing during with winter months can really help your family!  We add vitamin D3 drops to our delicious greens each day. For more information on how much you may need see the sources below.
  3. Cut the Sugar!– I know this can be super hard to do but sugar should be an occasional treat not a daily thing. Did you know that sugar cripples your immune system for up to 5 hours!? And this not only includes desserts but a lot of children’s snacks and even 100% juice acts as sugar in the body since it lacks the fiber and has been pasteurized which kills most of the nutrients!
  4. Wash Hands-Whenever we get home from a public place we all wash our hands really well. And don’t forget the baby’s hands since they love to crawl around and touch EVERYthing! Also, remember soap and water wash away germs and viruses that hand sanitizers sometimes don’t kill.
  5. Take off your shoes in your house-This keeps so many germs and viruses out of your house. Loose your shoes at the door and encourage your guests to do so also. (It will also cut down on your cleaning….bonus!)
  6. Essential Oils-We love our essential oils. We rub them, diluted, on our feet and spines when we’ve been exposed to sickness or are coming down with something. Young Living’s Thieves is my favorite but I also love DoTerra’s OnGuard. Frankincense is also one of my go-tos (make sure you are using pharmaceutical grade oils) . They are still a bit controversial so do your research and use your intuition of what you feel comfortable with you and your children!
  7.  Chiropractic Adjustment-Since the nervous system coordinates and controls all systems of the body, including the immune system, it makes sense that if the spine is not aligned then the body is not operating at its full potential.  Chiropractic care is especially amazing when it comes to ear infections. By simply adjusting the ears, which allows the infected fluid to drain,  most people can avoid antibiotics.
  8. Nutrition Response Testing-I am going to go into this deeper on another blog but doctors are able test your nervous system and see if it is functioning correctly, and if not, what is hindering it. Then they are able to see what supplement can help or what food may need to be avoided while your body heals. This testing can be especially helpful with chronic illness (such as food/seasonal allergies, asthma, constipation, ect) or an acute illness that you or your child is having a hard time getting over.  You can call 866-418-4801 to find a doctor that does NRT testing in your area.

I hope these tips helped but also remember that no matter what we do there are still times our children will get sick, and this is needed so their bodies can get stronger and learn how to fight off illnesses.  Also, remember that fevers are good, and the body’s way of fighting the illness.  So let kids be kids, get dirty, and be there to snuggle them when they do get sick.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice 🙂

Sources

Vitamin D- http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/03/21/can-vitamin-d-cure-the-common-cold.aspx

Sugar-https://healthfree.com/nutrition-sugar-immune-system-foods.html

Chiropractic care-http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/why-should-children-have-chiropractic-care.html

Favorite Essential Oil Diffuser

Ever since I started using essential oils several years ago I have tried many different diffusers. I definitely have some I like better than others, but the one I got recently tops them all! It. is. amazing! Here is why I love the Radha diffuser:

  1. It is glass, not plastic, which is great because over time the citrus oils can eat away at the plastics
  2. The base is wood so it it looks quality and not cheap
  3. It changes colors! Not only that but you can turn the light off (if you need it dark to sleep) or pick a color to stay on. So fancy 😉
  4. It has a removable glass top that can change the direction the oil diffuses
  5. It can can diffuse constantly or intermittently. You just press the power button once for constant and twice or intermittent. The intermittent feature is great because the smell doesn’t get overwhelming and lasts most the day!
  6. It also has an off/on button on the cord which I love
  7. It comes packaged in a nice box and includes a small measuring pitcher to easily fill it up with the right amount
  8. It is (currently) priced very reasonably on Amazon!

I hope you enjoy this review and if you want to purchase the diffuser just click here.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

How we healed our cavities

In September of 2015 Bella, my then 3 year old, was chewing on a granola bar and mentioned that one of her front teeth was hurting her. That evening I got my flashlight and dental tools out to see if something was going on.  Sure enough, her left lateral incisor (tooth next to front tooth) had a dark, mushy hole on the back side of it.

As I’m sure as any parents that have dealt with teeth problems with their children, I started feeling extremely guilty. I thought I had done such a good job keeping her teeth clean! We rarely drink juice, let alone soda, and they are pretty limited on sugar intake! I started stressing about what we would need to do to fix this.

I had saw an article several months earlier about a mother healing her child’s cavity. And since teeth are a lot like bones, and bones can heal from breaks, why not give it a shot.

I ordered the book “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel and started reading up and how to attack this cavity. To make a long story somewhat shorter we put Bella on an extremely strict diet for 6 weeks with no sugar (not even fruit) and no grains (we’re talking not only cutting out bread, but oats, rice, and corn too!). We gave her fermented cod liver oil every day and lots of vegetables, grass fed meats, pasture eggs, and presoaked beans and legumes.  You can imagine how fun this was to do with a 3 year old!!!!

After six weeks the cavity hadn’t gotten any worse but I also didn’t see any healing going on.  At this time, Evan, my then 8 year old, showed me a cavity that was also starting to bother him  between two of this top molars. Frustrated, I started doing more research, and through a “healing tooth decay” Facebook page I stumbled upon an Oral Health Coach, Carrie Ibbetson.  She called me right up and asked for all the details of their teeth and to send pictures to see what we were dealing with.

She recommended a 21 day program she has created that sends you an email everyday for 21 days with videos and information to teach you tips, techniques, and products and tools and how to use them properly. I learned so much and through the program and several phone consults she put the kids on a nightly protocol.  She had extensively researched different products, from toothbrushes to pastes that help the teeth re-calcify. I did have to invest a little, but it was totally worth avoiding drillings and fillings and the future health of our family’s teeth!

Within 2 weeks I couldn’t believe it! The cavities had noticeably hardened up and had lightened in color considerably.  And this was with a normal (but healthy) diet.  Several months later they were completely hard and have been ever since. We also haven’t had any new cavities and our teeth are healthier than ever.  She also helped heal my sensitive teeth and is working with Preston on his bleeding gums.

I won’t give away everything she has taught us because being an Oral Health Coach is how she supports her family and her program is worth the money.  Also, the reason for cavities can be caused from so many different things. So what caused our cavities might not be what caused yours and you may need a different protocol to heal your cavities.

If you are interested in the program and working with Carrie you can learn more about her and her course here.

I hope our story gives you some hope that healing cavities and a healthy mouth are possible and attainable!

 

Homemade Deodorant

More and more people are realizing that the standard deodorant/antiperspirant is not good for you.  Chemicals found in them such as parabens, aluminum, and fragrance, to name a few, have been linked to breast cancer. The chemicals, that prevent you from sweating and smelling, absorb into your skin, lymph nodes and breast tissue and reek havoc. But the problem is that it’s hard to find something to replace it that actually works.

I have tried countless natural deodorants only to realize I stink half way through the day.   Even expensive products from health food stores didn’t do the trick. I finally stumbled onto a recipe and haven’t looked back since. It’s easy. It’s cheap. And it’s so effective! So here it is:

Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda.

That’s it!!!!!!  It’s preferable if you use unrefined coconut oil as it has more nutrients for your skin and you can mix up as small or large amount as you want (coconut oil has a shelf life of 3 years). I usually do around 1/4 cup of each at a time. It mixes best if your coconut oil is in a liquid state, so you may need to warm it a little first. Then add your baking soda.  You can also add a scent to it at this time. Young Living’s Purification blend is exceptional for this since it neutralizes odors also.  Frankincense is another great option since it has been shown to kill breast cancer cells.  I also love geranium for a yummy floral scent. This part has almost endless possibilities.  There are more manly smelling essential oils if you are making up a batch for the man/men in your life, such as sandalwood and vetiver.  You could even add lemongrass to help repel bugs in the summer.

I store it in a glass container in my bathroom and scoop about a pea size amount for each arm pit.  If you find it too gritty you can add more coconut oil. And if you if you find it too oily add more baking soda. Some people also like to add half arrowroot power (think natural cornstarch) and half baking soda to make it a smoother mixture.  (So that would make it: 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/8 cup arrowroot powder, 1/8 cup baking soda).

If for some reason you develop a rash you can try cutting the baking soda amount in half. You may also be sensitive to the essential oils (make sure you are using pure ones) and want to switch or eliminate them.  Another reason a rash can occur is the coconut oil may be pulling out toxins that built up from the other deodorants.  This simple armpit detox can help.

If you are not a fan of making your own concoctions or don’t care to spend the extra money I have recently heard great things about Primal Pit Paste. I’ve never tried it myself since the recipe above works so great and is so affordable but I know a lot people have found it effective.

I hope enjoy the recipe and it helps you as much as it did me!

Protein Pancakes

Trying figure out something healthy yet yummy to make for breakfast is no small task. Years ago a friend of my mother’s introduced us to her protein pancakes. Since then I have tweaked the recipe a bit and now it is one of my children’s favorite meals.  The recipe below is doubled to accommodate my 4 kids but you can easily cut it in half!

In a blender (I use this ninja…if you have just a regular blender you may need to stir it a couple of time since it is thick) add the following ingredients:

8 eggs (local, free-rang if possible!)

2 cups cottage cheese

2 cups raw oats (I use quick oats)

2 tsps of Cinnamon

2 tsps real vanilla

Optional: top with mini chocolate chips

After you blend this well you can either cook them on the stovetop or pour the mixture into a large baking pan (I love the stoneware from Pampered Chef for this!) and cook in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes.  Then cut into squares and top with you favorite toppings!

-Enjoy!

Swings in your home

When I was a kid, my dad, who is very creative, was always coming up with new inventions.  One of his best ones was hangings swings or bars in our house for us girls to swing on. We spent hours of our day swinging, hanging, and playing on these bars. We had better upper body strength than any kid our age and we spent considerably less time watching t.v.

Now that I have kids of my own I wanted to give them that same gift, so I asked my dad to come over to help hang our first swings.  First we bought ski  handle bars, chain, eye hooks, and carabiners.  Then we found the center of our studs on the ceiling, drilled the holes, and screwed in the eye hooks. They are very secure and the kids spend hours a day on them. On a side note, we do replace the carabiners about once a year because they start wearing thin.

In our basement we also have olympic rings and cannon balls (think America Ninja Warrior) to change things up and help with their grip strength.   The kids love swinging from bar to bar, hanging upside down, and acting like wild monkeys!

The swings are great for so many things including their core strength, grip strength, dexterity, fine motor skills,  and to get energy out! They are also great for adults to work out and play on too! Here are a couple of photos of my children using them and the set up we have.

The eye hook in the ceiling and the carabiner attaching the chain to it. The chain makes it easy to adjust the height of the swing.

Evan hanging upside down from the Olympic rings.

Emmett (who just turned 2) loves to swing too!

Bella likes the swings to be lower so she can sit and swing.

Evan going across “Cannon Ball Alley”. It’s amazing watching him progress and get stronger!

Thanks for reading!

Awesome colored pencils

 

If you are looking for art supplies for yourself or your kids we have been very impressed with the Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils! There are several reasons we like them so much!

  1. They won’t melt in the car like crayons
  2. You don’t have to sharpen them like regular colored pencils
  3. They come in an erasable version, which my 7 year old loves
  4. Less messy than markers
  5. Won’t dry up like markers

So try them out and see how you like them!

~The coloring book my 7 year old is using is the Inspirational Coloring book for girls. It has lovely pictures to color with encouraging phrases and scripture!

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Tips for Early Potty-Training

Okay! Here we go! One of the most dreaded parenting tasks….potty-training!  It’s not easy or stress-free but once it’s accomplished it’s AMAZING! So here are some pointers for you!

  1. Switch to cloth if you haven’t already. Do you have to? No, but it does help. And not only that but it’s better for the environment and less chemicals/plastics on your baby’s booty. They can be expensive but they can also be super cheap if you do it the right way. You could buy a dozen prefolds and 3-4 covers and you are good to go. Baby feels when when they are wet and potty trains soooo much faster!
  2. Naked time! It can get messy and it’s optimal to plan to do this in the summer when they can be outside more but it is doable in the winter and helps so much! Something about being able to see it and feel it (a little gross I know) and putting that together with the sensation is key. If you have to roll up your rugs for a month or two.
  3. Put a baby potty where it is easily accessible.  Whether that is the playroom or the living room and encourage them to sit on it and try to go.
  4. Treats!!!! And they don’t have to be unhealthy! My fourth child loves coconut oil so at first if he sat and tried he would get a scoop, then later, when he actually went he would get a bite of it. Xylitol mints also work well and don’t cause cavities.
  5. Praise praise and more praise! Silly dances, songs, and cheering also go a long way. Especially when they are first trying it out….let them know you are proud of them.
  6. Look for signs of readiness. For every child this is different. My earliest was 15 months and my latest almost 2 but some children aren’t ready until much later. When they are in the bathroom with you (when are they not?!) talk about what you are doing and ask them occasionally if they want to try. When they start talking about going in their diaper, or hide to go in their diapers, or ask for a change right after they may be ready. Give them a shot!
  7. Talk to them. I know they are little but a lot of times they understand so much more than you realize. When you are changing their diapers tell them when they start going on the potty they can have treats or they will be your big boy/girl. Don’t shame them. Make this a fun, positive experience.
  8. Don’t stress. Every month or two try a couple of days of naked time with the potty out. Encourage them to try to go on it. If they totally seem lost, don’t stress out. Just put it away and try again next month or until they show some more signs of readiness.

I hope these have helped you! And please remember they will get it eventually so love on your babies and enjoy the moments of them being little!