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

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!