Wellness Wednesday #14 – Peppermint

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Ahh Peppermint. Makes me think of Christmas!

I know most of you aren’t even close to thinking about Christmas, but even without the festive holiday, adding a little peppermint to your life is beneficial!

Peppermint is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. It comes from Europe and has been used for thousands of years for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. (Plus it tastes amazing!)

This leafy herb is most used as an aid for digestive trouble. All aspects of the digestive system are benefited from Peppermint.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Cramping
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating

And that’s just digestive!

The strong menthol component to Peppermint creates a soothing effect for various issues such as mild skin irritation, sore muscles, headaches, tension, fevers, and respiratory troubles.

Sipping on a hot cup of Peppermint tea is very soothing if you have a cold or cough! It also relaxes the mind by reducing stress and regulating blood flow. Drinking a cup of tea before bed will really help improve your sleep!

Peppermint also has some antimicrobial benefits as well, making it excellent for use in soaps, shampoos, salves, and scrubs. You can use the herb to make a tincture to add into your household products or use the essential oil.

Adding fresh peppermint to salads is a really tasty way to mix up the flavor of your meals! It pairs well in Mediterranean dishes as well as Thai or Indian foods. Personally, if I ever get my herbs growing again, I love to keep peppermint so I can easily add the fresh leaves to various dishes and make tea for bedtime.

What is your favorite use for Peppermint?

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Wellness Wednesday #13 – Real Food

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Wellness Wednesday is here again!

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’ve noticed that on Wednesdays I cover a spice, herb, or whole food ingredient that will benefit your health.

Why is this important? True health begins with the food you eat.

Rather than wait on getting sick or being diagnosed with a “condition”, practice a lifestyle of wellness by taking care of your body now. This starts with the nutrients you get in your food.

Note: I’m not a doctor. I’m not telling you how to cure or prevent anything, but this is really just common sense! See my full disclaimer here.

It doesn’t take a team of scientists to discover that eating more fruits and vegetables will benefit your body. Simply cut out the processed foods and eat more vegetables. Try it and find out for yourself!

But easier said than done! Real food eating can be overwhelming at times because it means you aren’t relying on prepackaged foods. You have to make your meals from scratch! And chop a lot of vegetables. And spend extra time in the kitchen.

Trust me, I know! I love eating real food and how it makes me feel. My body does best when I have kale with breakfast and salads for lunch. Eating a lot of fresh foods greatly increases my food prep time! Even though I need my fresh veggies, I don’t want to spend all my time in the kitchen. (I have a growing boy to play with!)

I recently shared with you my tips on Saving Time (and Money) in the Kitchen. Now I have expanded that information and created a complete guide on how to achieve real food eating and efficiency in the kitchen!

Planning with Purpose is my new eBook that is just released this week. In fact, I have a giveaway going on right now for you to get a copy for free! If you can’t wait until the end of the week to get your hands on this life changing book, I’m running a special price right now in celebration of the launch.

Find out more –>> Here!

I’m not just trying to sell you something. I really do believe eating real food will benefit your life in so many ways. Yet, I understand the difficultly it can be to make the time to feed your family well. I’ve learned a lot over the last few years about balancing real food eating and spending time with loved ones which is why I’ve compiled all my tips in this one book.

I want you to succeed in serving real food to your family to keep them well. And also I want you to be free to spend time with your family and pursue other important things in your life. You can do it!

 

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Wellness Wednesday #10 – Lemon

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Welcome to Wellness Wednesday!

Lemons make me think of warm sunshine and bright days! I need  a dose of lemons right about now. Who’s with me?

This citrus fruit has a sour flavor with a hint of sweet that adds amazing flavor to many foods and beverages. And it has some amazing benefits for our bodies.

The most commonly known vitamin in lemons is Vitamin C. This is a powerful antioxidant that keeps your body clear of free radicals. Reducing free radicals helps with cellular health and could help prevent certain cancers.

Vitamin C is also important for reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, and preventing heart disease. Utilizing a lemon for its vitamin C also allows you to benefit from its wide array of nutrients.

Lemons are a good source of:

  • thiamin
  • riboflavin
  • pantothenic acid
  • iron
  • magnesium

And an excellent source of:

  • Fiber
  • Vitamin B6
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • and folate

The whole food nutrition you get from lemons allows you to take excellent care of your body. Lemons have been known to help with constipation, gum disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, throat infections, and high blood pressure, along with weight loss, improved digestion, and relaxation.

In addition to internal health benefits, lemon is wonderful for the skin and hair. It has cleansing properties that help tone and soothe the skin. Using lemon in your hair improves the health of your scalp and increases the shine.

Lemons are a mix between limes and citrons that were originally cultivated in China or India starting 2,500 years ago. They were brought to America by Columbus and have thrived in Florida ever since. At one point lemons were sold for exorbitant prices in California during the Gold Rush. The high vitamin C content reduces scurvy, a common problem out west during the mid 19th century.

That’s a little more information than I usually share on a Wednesday, but lemons are so beneficial!

You can add lemons to all sorts of foods in your cooking. It rounds out the flavor of fish and chicken dishes. Lemon juice does wonders when added to dressings and sprinkled on other fruits.

One way to reap the most benefits from lemons, is to drink of cup of hot lemon water first thing in the morning. This boosts your metabolism and allows the nutrients to enter into your blood stream quickly and effectively.

How do you incorporate lemon into your life?

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How I Beat a Winter Cold Naturally

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How I Beat a Winter Cold Naturally

I had something else planned for y’all this fine Monday. But life sometimes throws you for a loop.

First off, we had an ice storm. So I was iced in for quite a few days and starting to go stir crazy.

Then, Little Man started either coming down with a bug or some bad teething was going on. Regardless he had his first runny nose! I know, we’ve been extremely blessed to not have to suffer through any baby colds or illnesses this first year, I will always be happy about that.

But from the lack of sleep and stress of being stuck inside tending to the little man, I got hit with a bug. The first time I’ve been sick in almost two years! I’ll count my blessings with that as well.

The positive of this past crappy week was that I finally got to try some of the natural remedies in my arsenal. I’ve used my essential oils quite a few times when something was starting to hit me, and was successful to knock it out before any type of cold developed. I think that has also helped little man as well. (Hubby doesn’t count because he has an immune system like I’ve never seen before. He’s only been sick like once or twice since I’ve known him.)

Without farther ado I will share what has worked me this week.

Note: I am not a doctor and am not giving you medical advice. I just want to share what worked for me and my family. You can read my full disclosure here.

I stuck with homeopathic remedies for little man. He has responded well to the homeopathic teething gel that I’ve given him in the past so I assumed it would work well for him with a cold. At the first sign of runny nose I gave him Aconite. I gave that to him throughout the day and it did help. His nose never progressed to anything worse that a little dribble here and there. It still may have been teething and not a bug at all.

Something was definitely off for him though since he was very clingy at night. He would not sleep without me holding him. So in order to make sure we all got some rest, little man and I slept on the couch. I didn’t get much sleep but little man and working dad did. Two nights of this and I started to go downhill.

I got one of those really painful raw sore throats. At first sign of the sore throat, I drank some hot lemon water with raw honey. I also put On Guard essential oil blend on topically and took an Echinacea and Thyme tincture, followed up with some honey infused garlic later in the day.

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I kept up with the herbal tincture throughout the day and drank a few cups of Chamomile tea. The warmth felt so good on my throat. I took the day off of everything else and just rested while tending to little man. And by tending, I mean I caged him in an area of the living room so I didn’t have to chase him all day. He was feeling much better. I kept him on the teething gel for naps since that seemed to help.

Throughout the day, the pain in my throat continued but moved around. Any type of movement in a cold is good! By evening it was much less raw but I was starting to get congested. I oiled up again with On Guard before bed and also some Breathe respiratory blend. Little man was pretty much himself. I gave him some Chamomile to help him sleep.

The next morning my throat was still a little raw and I was congested big time. It was time to move onto homeopathic remedies. I started with the essential oils because I’ve had a really good response to them since I started using them a few years ago. It seems like they helped things move along, but I was ready to really kick this bug. (You can’t use essential oils and homeopathic remedies at the same time. The oils are so strong that they will mess up the efficacy of the homeopathics. They can be used alternately and still be effective.)

I started with Rhus Tox as that seemed to be the right remedy for my symptoms and took that throughout the day. I actually took a nap too. I was pretty zombie-like by evening and my cold was definitely an Arsenicum cold. I had a couple of doses of that before bed. I felt like my cold was continuing to move around though which meant the remedies were working.

Little man went to sleep super easy (Thank the Lord!) and so I was able to get to bed early as well. When he woke up to feed, I used some Breathe respiratory blend again since I was pretty congested. I rubbed some on my chest and neck and my congestion cleared up enough for me to get some solid sleep!

I’m still feeling a little nasally and am taking it easy today. (No laundry allowed!) But I feel so much better. I am impressed again with how quickly and effectively home remedies can work. Using a combination of real food, herbs, essential oils, and homeopathic medicines, I kicked this cold fast!

Well this was supposed to be a really short post, but I guess I had a lot to say after being off my computer for a few days!

How have you used natural remedies to improve your family’s health?

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12 Ways to Use Grapefruit Essential Oil

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Energizing, uplifting, cleansing, purifying. Grapefruit essential oil is a mom’s best friend.

Grapefruit got its name because of the way the fruits cluster together resembling grapes on a vine. It’s not exactly known where it originates from but some say Jamaica. Regardless of its origins, grapefruit has long been admired as a multi-purpose fruit!

Filled with antioxidants and rich in d-limonene, grapefruit is known for cleansing and purifying. But the uses for grapefruit essential oil go far beyond just cleaning your home. You can utilize the properties of grapefruit essential oil to promote wellness in many areas of your life.

Here are some fantastic ways to use grapefruit essential oil:

Household cleaner – Add 6-8 drops of grapefruit essential oil to a quart of water or citrus infused vinegar to create a cleanser for surfaces in your home. Make sure and shake the bottle before each use since the oils will rise to the top.

Air purifier – Diffuse grapefruit on its own or as a blend to purify the air and create a refreshing environment in your home. (I like this diffuser!) You can also add several drops to a small bottle of water and spritz around the room as an air freshener.

Skin cleanser – Mix grapefruit essential oil in your favorite blend of carrier oils for the Oil Cleanse Method to cleanse your skin. It is great for those with oily skin types as it helps balance your skin’s production of natural oils to a more normal level.

Ease mental fatigue – To boost your brain after an exhaustive study session or tiring event (or even just a day chasing a toddler!), place a few drops of grapefruit in your hands, rub together and then breathe deeply. The scent is very invigorating!

Increase metabolism – Before meals and throughout the day, add 1-2 drops of grapefruit to a cup of water to boost your metabolism.

Sharpen focus – Diffuse grapefruit essential oil in the room when you need to focus on a project. It enhances your focus and memory functions.

Relieve minor skin irritations – Diluted grapefruit can relieve the sting from bug bites or minor skin irritations. It is not recommended on open wounds, as it can cause irritation for those with sensitive skin.

Curb cravings – When a craving for sugar hits you hard, put 1-2 drops of grapefruit in a cup of water and sip. It will help reduce your craving and can help you with your weight loss goals.

Relieve monthly cramps – For some women, grapefruit works wonderfully to relieve monthly cramping. When cramping occurs, simply rub 1-2 drops on your abdomen along with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or almond oil.

Elevate energy levels – Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee for an afternoon pick me up, take a good whiff of grapefruit essential oil. As with easing mental fatigue, rub a few drops in your hands and breathe deeply. Or diffuse to boost the morale of the whole room.

Ease joint pain – If suffering from minor join pain, rub 1-2 drops of grapefruit with a carrier oil directly on the area of discomfort.

Support body systems – Due to the cleansing and purifying properties of grapefruit, it can benefit your body systems in many ways. It aids in boosting your immune system, improving liver function, and to pump your lymphatic system. Add a few drops to your water or in a capsule. Or apply a few drops topically over the area of concern.

The many wonderful uses for grapefruit! I am particularly fond of the energy and focus benefits. Sometimes my afternoon writing session drags on and I can’t get a good thought flow. Grapefruit has also saved me many times as a mom needing a boost or to clear my head when little guy is on the move. I always make sure to have a supply of grapefruit essential oil on hand for the many occasions that I need it!

 

Have you benefited from Grapefruit Essential Oil?

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Wellness Wednesday #6 – Ginger

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It’s Wellness Wednesday! Who wants to learn about Ginger?

Ginger

Well I sure picked another power house ingredient. Ginger is amazing. This is difficult to sum up, but here it goes!

In the rhizome or root of ginger, there are over 40 pharmacological properties including:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-parasitic
  • antiviral
  • antibacterial
  • antioxidant

Ginger originates from Asia and has been used for over 2,000 years for medicinal and culinary uses. Most popularly, this magnificent root is used for nausea and upset stomach. (And Ayurvidic texts credit it as an aphrodisiac…wink wink)

Additionally, ginger is used for increasing heart health, improving cognitive function, aiding in weight loss, boosting strong immune response, and the list goes on. It has been used to treat joint pain, flu-like symptoms, headaches, menstrual cramps, and common colds.

The spicy zing of ginger pairs very well with garlic and goes great in Asian or Indian dishes. You can also brew it as a tea to reap the wonderful benefits for upset stomachs or to boost the immune system. Simply cut up an inch or so of ginger root and add to hot water. I enjoyed it several times as a tea when I was experiencing morning sickness when pregnant!

I need to keep ginger around more often as it is so beneficial. Promoting general wellness and soothing various issues ginger root is an excellent addition to your real food kitchen/apothecary!

Do you have a favorite Ginger recipe?

 

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