How to use essential oils

Learn how to use essential oils; including safety guidlines, and how to determine the quality of your oils.

How to make herbal preparations easily

Learn how to make herbal tinctures, teas, infused oils, and other natural remedies.

Home remedies for the cold and flu

You don\'t need to be a master herbalist to have a few simple remedies on hand when you\'re hit with a cold or flu. Here is a list of my favorite herbs, oils, and other home remedies that work.

 

Wheat pancakes your kids will love!

honey wheat pancakes

If you are looking to add more healthy wheat recipes to your menu but your kids picky tastes are stopping you, this is the perfect recipe!  It’s not completely whole wheat, but enough to taste good and make a nutritional improvement over most common breakfast foods.

6 Natural Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

natural ways to beat the winter blues

Growing up in California I could never get enough sun!!  I’d be outside right after breakfast and wouldn’t come back in until the sun went down.  Even now, as I look out my window at the gloomy, chilly, January day, I feel all warm and tingly inside just thinking about lying in the sand with the sun warming my skin.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!

I had no problems at all with seasonal depression until I moved to Utah.  Most people unknowingly think the North Pole is the Arctic region of the world, but it’s not.  It’s Northern Utah.  And of course, Idaho too, because anyone that’s ever lived here knows the wind chill can compete with any harsh, frozen climate of the arctic.  Just ask my family who visits from California every winter with only hoodies to keep them warm.  They never learn.

For years I struggled with seasonal depression.  It would usually start soon after Christmas, about this time, and last until Spring- when I could finally get out and get some desperately needed sun!  Every fall I would actually have anxiety knowing what was coming- the gloominess, the cold, the lack of sun.  Winter was the most difficult time of the year for me, and for those around me.

As I have gotten older I have gained the skills and tools to help treat and prevent seasonal depression.  One of the most critical things I have learned in treating seasonal depression is to start early and hit it hard.  Depression is one of those things that when it takes control, it’s impossible to get out of the downward spiral without help.  So treat it early and treat it hard.

DIY Christmas essential oil blends

DIY christmas essential oil recipes

I LOVE this time of year!!!  I love everything about it, especially listening to Christmas music and diffusing some of my favorite essential oils to bring on a bit of holiday cheer.  Here are some of my favorite essential oil blend recipes for your diffuser.  If you don’t have a diffuser for your essential oils, you can always use a wax melting pot- just be sure to add a bit of coconut oil along with whatever essential oils you use.  This will make the oils less likely to burn in your pot.  You could also make your own homemade wax melts!  They’re super easy and the wax last forever in your melting pot so when the scent of the essential oils wear off you can easily add more.

DIY: Homemade wax melts with essential oils

DIY-homemade-wax-melts-with-essential-oilsWhen I first started using essential oils (many) years ago, it was mostly due to my severe allergies to chemicals.  It was a sad day (or so I thought) when I couldn’t go into a bath and body shop without coming out with a severe headache.  It was then that I said goodbye to chemical-filled commercial products and started making my own alternatives.

Most commercial scented wax melts contain parrafin and other chemicals which are harmful when heated.  By replacing these toxic ingredients with natural ones like beeswax and coconut oil, you’ll not only save money, but improve your health too!

I hope you have as much fun with this recipe as I do!

Death by chickens

babychicks

So I’m standing in line at the grocery deli trying to get a bite to eat before I keel over, and I’m watching the deli lady. She’s hopping around singing to herself, and occasionally when someone walks by she knows, she looks up from making our pretzels and yells hello with a laugh so loud it echos through the entire store. I’m amused watching this lady’s joyful expressions of life and I’m thinking to myself, “Is she really this energetic? How could she be this energetic?”
Then she turns to me and says, out of the blue, “I have so much energy I stay up till 3 am every morning and I’m 50 years old!”
I’m just starring at her thinking “Oh ya, well, I’m 38 and I feel like 50, so let me hop around and tell you all about it.”
She continues to go on and on about how good she feels all the time and then she stops and looks up like she’s come to a realization…”Maybe”, she says, “it’s because I don’t have any kids?!”
AH HAH! The reason is discovered!

Favorite fall essential oil recipes for your diffuser

 

fall essential oil blends for diffuser

I have to admit the older I get, the more I like fall.  Maybe it’s because I’m getting older?  I have to admit that age has a tendency to urge you to slow down and  focus on what’s really important.  In Chinese medicine, Autumn marks the beginning of a cycle of personal turning within.  When our time is more directed toward our work, our families, and projects at home- to slow down and prepare ourselves for winter.  This is the perfect time to fill the air with warming scents that remind us of the season.

Here are some of my favorite fall essential oil blend recipes to for your diffuser, or you can use them in a wax melting pot.

Doing a cleanse- the right way!

cleanseWe’ve all heard the hype about cleanses, and I admit, there’s good reason for it.  Cleanses provide a long list of benefits for your health and emotional well-being.  Whether it’s weight loss or detoxification, more and more people are changing their health through cleansing.

Not too long ago I was reading an article on juice cleansing, and I was a little surprised when I read this regarding cleansing, “Headaches, throwing up, and diarrhea are normal. It’s a sign your body is ridding itself of built-up toxins.”  Umm, maybe it’s just me but if that’s considered normal reactions to a cleanse, then you can count me out! 

How to treat whooping cough naturally

If you would have asked me a month ago about whooping cough, I wouldn’t of had much to say about it.   If fact, somehow in my mind I figured it was something that I wouldn’t have to worry about.  That all changed when all four of my kids came down with it.  Yup, all four, ages 9, 7, 4, and 1, all at the same time.  It’s interesting how real life tends to change one’s attitude, doesn’t it?

Health Evolution

I’ve always considered myself to be fairly healthy.  I enjoy being active and stay away from harmful things.  I admit I succumb to the occasional dessert, but for the most part I try to make healthy food choices.  My family genetics aren’t something to brag about though.  I have pretty much all the major killers in my line- heart disease, diabetes, several types of cancers, not to mention hormonal imbalances, which all bring a little caution to my choices.  But ever since I started having kids (and putting a little more stress on my body) I’ve come to realize that maybe I wasn’t as healthy as I thought.  I mean, activity level doesn’t necessarily reveal your state of health.

Home remedies for the cold and flu

sick-woman

I wish I could say that we made it through the winter without a cough or sniffle, but let’s be real here, we’re human.  Although we all caught the ugly flu bug in my family, it was of pretty short duration and quick turn around, thanks to the things I’ve learned and the tools I use to help in this process.  So with that, I will share with you my favorite things to have on hand when the flu bug bites.