Essential Oils

Do you have a child that suffers from constant ear infections? Before it gets really bad try treating it holistically.
.I’ve been using essential oils to keep my family healthy for years. It has made a world of difference in our lives.


Here is what you do for children suffering with ear discomfort….

.INGREDIENTS

  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Tea Tree
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil
  • Cotton Ball
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a small dish, combine the essential oils with the carrier oil. Saturate the cotton ball with the mixture.
  2. Rub essential oils around the ear and down the neck, them put the cotton ball right on the outside of your ear.
  3. Refresh the cotton ball every 30 minutes until the pain subsides and then every 4 hours for the next two days.

For Babies and Toddlers…

MASSAGE BLEND

  • 20 drops Tea Tree
  • 20 drops Thyme linalol
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • Carrier oil, warmed
  1. Combine tea tree, thyme, and lavender in a small stock bottle.
  2. To use, place a teaspoon of carrier in a small dish and add 4 drops of the blend.
  3. Massage around the ear, on the cheek, and down the neck.
  4. Follow with a warm compress.

For adults…

This blend can help to support a healthy immune response.

  • 10 drops oregano
  • 10 drops clove
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 10 drops lemon
  • Carrier oil
  1. Place oregano, clove, rosemary and lemon in a 2 ounce stock bottle. Fill with carrier oil.
  2. Shake well to combine.
  3. Place 5 drops on the bottom of the feet ever 30 minutes until pain subsides.

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DISCLAIMER: While I do believe that natural remedies are a sage and effective way to deal with minor ear pain, it’s important that you seek medical attention should your ear ache persist. Use the holistic alternatives when you feel discomfort, if there is no improvement within a day and if the pain is acute, please seek medical attention.
These remedies have worked for my family but should not be taken as medical advice.

Essential Oils

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For the past couple of years I have leaned to use essential oils as a way to keep the people I love stay healthy. At first, many family members, including my husband, were skeptical, but eventually they came around.  They saw the benefits of using essential oils first hand.

I was recently asked to share what I know about how to use essential oils, so from now on, I will be sharing what I know one essential oil at time every week. I’m not an expert, just a mom who has spent many hours researching the benefits of essential oils. I would love to help you learn from what I know.

More people, especially parents are turning to more natural & holistic approaches when it come to healthcare. By using natural remedies to heal ourselves we can be free of the worries of unwanted side effects.

My use of essential oils began over a decade ago when I got into meditation, to help my anxiety. The person guiding the class applied Lavender essential oil on our temples to help us relax.  Lavender has a wonderful smell and it really helped relax me. I used it every night before bed for a long time, I still do but now I tend to alternate oils, not just Lavender. I loved it so much I started to seriously look into essential oils more.

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Also, I grew up with an amazing, magical mother who always used natural remedies for us. She would have us gargle with salt water for a sore throat, massage sweet almond oil once a week into our scalp and hair to keep it healthy. She taught my sister and I how to use yogurt as a face mask, put cold cucumbers on our eyes to bring down any puffiness, toothpaste for our burns and a million other holistic remedies. She would even make ridiculous faces and claim she was exercising her facial muscles so she would not need a face lift. She was brilliant and beautiful with such class, strength and impeccable manners. She had a heart of gold and a smile for whomever crossed her path. She and I started writing a book together that included all her beauty and health remedies, but then my dad got sick and then he passed away and then she left this earth and left us.

Today is the first anniversary of her death, she has always been the wind beneath my wings, and she continues to be even in death. I know she would want me to be strong for my family. I’m doing just what my mother would want me to do, helping others like she always did. Thank you mom, I love you so much and will miss you all of my life. She was the first to want to learn and then use my essential oils. I hope to pay it forward and help you help yourself.

So the first thing you need to know is that you should always use pure essential oils, that way you avoid any pesticides. Do your research, I prefer to use Doterra, but there are some other companies that use pure essential oils as well. There are a few ways to use the oils, you can inhale them, diffuse them, use them topically and there are a few that you can actually ingest. It’s a lot to learn but if you take your time and do your research you will use them without even thinking.

When I use essential oils topically, I aways dilute it with some sort of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, a heat pressed refined oil. Using essential oils straight or neat is usually too abrasive and can sometimes harm you, even burn your skin.

This week’s essential oil is Peppermint oil. It’s one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It can  help with muscle aches, seasonal allergies, low energy and digestive problems. Its also used to boost energy and improve both skin and hair health.

The next time you have a headache, instead of taking a Tylenol or an aspirin,  use a teaspoon of a carrier oil with two or three drops of peppermint oil. Apply it to the back of your neck, to your temples and your forehead. I usually make a roller , most of it is filled with fractionated coconut oil, with a few drops of peppermint oil and I roll it to my temples and back of my neck. Be careful not to get any in your eyes. Wash your hands after handling any essential oils.

For fevers, you can rub it down the spine on the hairline and the neck. To help boost energy, rub peppermint with some lemon essential oil on the back of your neck,  you can also put a drop or two in your water.

To help relieve seasonal allergies symptoms, diffuse peppermint and eucalyptus oil at home, or apply 2–3 drops of peppermint oil topically to your temples, chest and back of neck.

To boost your energy levels and improve concentration with peppermint oil, take 1–2 drops internally with a glass of water, or apply topically to your temples and back of neck.

You can put a drop on your toothpaste to freshen your breath and kill bacteria. Add 2–3 drops of peppermint to your shampoo and conditioner. It’s actually used in many high-quality hair care products because it can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. It helps  stimulate the scalp.

There are so many other ailments that peppermint essential oil aids, here is a list of a few,

  • Relieves itchiness
  • Relieves sunburn
  • Reduces nausea
  • Repels bugs
  • promotes healthy skin

Let me know if you want to know about a particular oil and it’s benefits. Next week I’ll tell you all the benefits of Lemon essential oil.

Happy Holidays, enjoy the ones you love.

 

 

 

 

Fight Cancer

Recently a mother from my community passed away after battling cancer. Although I did not know her personally, my heart ached for her loved ones. Especially her children. Ironically, just weeks after this young mother’s death, one of my closest friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her news really shook me up. She is a remarkably strong woman and I know she will be OK.

I’ve had people in my family battle cancer, thankfully they survived but I’ve also lost people who I love to the devastating disease. When my friend told me about her diagnosis all I could think of is after all the years of research why do we not have a cure for cancer? Why do we get cancer? Is it in our water? Our food? Is it the amount of stress we have to endure?

Another friend of mine who has looked into the same questions and has fought her own battle with cancer sent me an article written by Professor Keith Scott-Mumby, a British alternative doctor. He has what he calls his three pillars to beat cancer and advises that if we are serious about keeping (or getting) cancer out of our lives, we follow these steps.

Pillar #1 – Diet

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Dr. Mumby says we have to beat the root causes of cancer. Diet is one of the root causes according to Mumby! The World Health Organization estimates that 40% of cancers are caused by diet. Mumby suggests a diet rich with fresh, organic foods (where possible), salads, smoothies, and brightly colored produce. He claims that dairy, soy, grains, and even certain produce can be unknown stressors. This is no surprise, white sugar, white flour, white rice, processed foods, dairy, and soy should be deleted from our diet!

Pillar #2 – Emotional Cleansing

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Negative emotion is also a root cause of cancer.  I can vouch for this! Some of the people in my life who went through cancer smiled through every bad situation in their lives. They never dealt with the pain they were going through.

A Stanford psychiatrist, was shocked to discover that at the ten-year breast cancer survival checkup, women who included therapy in their lives survived twice as long as those who didn’t. Another Yale research study found that cancer spread faster in women who bottled up their emotions.

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Stress is known to be a major cause of inflammation. In fact, inflammation has been discovered at the base of all known diseases.

In other words, stress will kill us through cancer or heart attack or autoimmune disease…if you allow it to control your life!

Pillar #3 – DETOXIFICATION

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This pillar is the most difficult one to control in my opinion. I can’t wrap my brain around how much pollution we have around our lives! We are surrounded by pollution! There  are pollutants in our soil, water, and air and that means they are in our food supply. They are also in our cosmetics, household goods and everyday cleansers! From heavy metals and arsenic to formaldehyde and parabens…products we buy every day at our local markets are filled with endocrine disruptors, estrogen mimics, and poison the cells in our body.

Dr. Mumby suggests reading “The Politics of Cancer ” by Dr. Sam Epstein. In the book he tells us how cancers are essentially preventable diseases. He says there are hidden political and economic factors which have blocked attempts to prevent cancer.

 There are so many things stressing our bodies, junk nutrition, stress, and chemical contamination push these stressors past the brink of what we can handle. It’s important that we take it upon ourselves to be aware and do what we can to keep our loved ones and ourselves healthy.

 

Easy Summer Salads

It’s summer time and that means that the heat is on. This is the season that most of us don’t want to cook in the house so we either grill or eat lots of salads. Thankfully I happen to love a good salad. Here are some of the salad’s that you may want to try out on your family. How about a cucumber salad?  It’s colorful, delicious and it’s gluten-free.

Cucumber Salad

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Here is what you will need:
2 large English cucumbers

1/2 onion
2-3 tomatoes

{For the dressing}
3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. salt
 Make the dressing: add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.

Slice the cucumbers and onion. Dice tomatoes, remove excess juice. Place in a bowl.
Add the dressing and toss to coat. Salt/pepper to taste if needed.
It tastes best when refrigerated for at least an hour to let the flavors combine.

Another one of my favorites is the Avocado and Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad with Skinny Chipotle-Lime Ranch.

Avocado and Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad

Avocado and Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad with Skinny Chipotle-Lime RanchIngredients:

    • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and diced
    • 10 oz grape tomatoes, halved
    • 2 medium avocados (semi-firm but ripe), peeled, cored and diced
    • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn
    • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
    • 1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
Chipotle-Lime Ranch
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt (I recommend Fage)
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, then more as needed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

To make this dressing, place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until chipotle peppers are well minced. Add in a few more tablespoons of buttermilk to thin as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.

Add all the salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss. Plate and serve with Chipotle-Lime Ranch.

There is also an easy to make super delicious Summer Quinoa Salad.

Summer Quinoa Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa (I used Trader Joe’s organic tricolor quinoa)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Persian cucumber (or 1/2 English hothouse), diced
  • 2-3 ears fresh raw corn, kernels cut off
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans
  • 3 large nectarines, pitted and diced
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime

Instructions:
1. In a large serving bowl, toss together all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste if desired.

Enjoy and keep cool. I’ll post some more easy to make summer recipes soon.

Coconut oil and its benefits

My mother is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. She is beautiful inside and out. She can sit next to a woman half her age and she is still the one with the most beautiful skin. People are always asking her what her secret is. All my life she has used natural products that can be found in any of our homes as a part of her beauty ritual.

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On this blog, I’m going to share the benefits of coconut oil with you. There’s so much you can do with it.

I’m sure most of you know that cooking with coconut oil has great benefits. You can also use it in your salad dressing and use it on your hair, skin and much more!

You’ll be surprised to find out that coconut oil can be used to highlight your cheekbones. Just put a small amount over your makeup and voila!

You can use it as shaving lotion, combine it with Himalayan crystal salt and use it on  your face each night. You can make it into a wonderful body scrub by combining it with sugar.

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Here is the recipe for the body scrub.

  • 2 cups of cane sugar
  • 1 cup of kosher salt
  • melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil

You can stop using those expensive make-up removers and just use coconut oil, the bonus is that it makes your eyelashes stronger and longer. And by adding just a few ingredients you can turn it into a natural deodorant. Here is how.

  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of arrowroot powder
  • 4 tablespoons of cornstarch (this adds an antiperspirant effect to the deodorant)
  • Use tea tree, sweet orange, lavender oil to give it a lovely smell

You can also use it to make a great lip balm or lip gloss. Here is how to make ¾ ounces of it.

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  • 3 teaspoons of sweet almond or apricot kernel oil
  • 4 teaspoons of melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of grated beeswax
  • 5 to 10 drops of sweet orange oil or another essential oil

In a small pot, combine the almond oil, coconut oil and beeswax.  Melt over low heat until everything is liquid and whisk to combine. Remove from the heat and whisk in the essential oil.  Put it in a little pot, let it sit for at least 20 minutes or until it’s firm.

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You can also use coconut oil regularly on your baby as a diaper rash cream. If your pregnant just apply it on your belly to prevent stretch marks. Add your favorite scent and use it as massage oil. You can use it as sunburn care, a facial moisturizer and a body  moisturizer. I use it right after my shower. I use it to treat my dry feet, elbows and hair.

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To use it as a deep conditioner for your hair just rub a small amount into the ends of your hair, comb through, put it in a loose bun and leave it on overnight. In the morning just wash it off. You can also rub a small amount on your hands and run it through your hair for flyaways and frizzy areas. It’s a great product to use in the winter because this is when we experience a lot of dry skin and hair. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Coconut oil can be used for so many other things. This is a great start. Just make sure when buy a Coconut Oil is organic, extra virgin and cold pressed.

Enjoy and tell me how you like it. I’ll have more great home remedies in my future blogs.

Happy moisturizing!

 

Healthy recipes

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Broccoli and Feta Omelet

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1 cup chopped broccoli
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
2 slices rye bread, toasted

Preparation

1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add broccoli, and cook 3 minutes.
2. Combine egg, feta, and dill in a small bowl. Add egg mixture to pan. Cook 3 to 4 minutes; flip omelet and cook 2 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with toast.
Delish!