Healthy Kids Part 2

Podcast #39

Healthy Kids

Part 2

As parents, we all want what is best for our kids and their health is a priority to us. We talked about some of the key areas that we can look at to make sure that we are creating a healthy lifestyle and the overall health of our kids.

+ Fingernails

Fingernails are a good indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies. Who knew, right? What are we supposed to look for:

  • We should see eight moons on our fingernails, this is a sign of an overgrowth of candida(this is something that happens around those mid-teen years and older)
  • Inflammation around the cuticles is a sign of inflammation in the body
  • Lines from tip to cuticle is a sign of parasites
  • Fungus nails is a sign that we are not eating enough healthy fats
  • White marks on our nails is a lack of zinc
  • Constant biting or picking is a sign of parasites

All of these go back to gut health. It is important to keep an eye on our gut health because that is typically where illness starts.

+ Poop

We can talk about poop, right? Everyone’s poop is a good indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies, especially in our gut. The Bristol Stool Chart is something to familiarize yourself with so that you can make sure that everything is working as it should be for both you and your children.

  • 1-2 is a sign of constipation
  • 3-4 is where you want to be and you should be going at least once a day
  • 5-7 might be normal for some but is definitely not healthy

+ Start simple

It is not too late and you can start by taking simple steps. When we know better, we do better. Some simple steps in the right direction:

  • Clear any parasites, candida or fungus. Find EDS(Electro-Dermal Screening) in your area because it is worth every penny!
  • Start by making one healthy meal a day. Simple small changes make for a lifetime of improvement.
  • Limit sugars
  • Cut out as many outside toxins. This is the best place to start and I will walk you through the process.
  • Know what the root cause is to things that are issues for your child: reflux, breathing issues, food dyes, aspartame, etc.

Start simple but simply start

When we know better we do better and now that you know, what will you do?

Tune in next week on how we can prepare our bodies to have a healthy child and more steps to raising healthy and happy kids!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Immune Support Made Simple

Podcast #36

Immune Support Made Simple

Immune support does not have to be hard, in fact, it is actually very simple. It’s as simple as continuously raising our bodies frequency by eliminating sugars, negative thoughts, and toxins from our environment and replacing them with things that will raise our frequency like fresh foods, positive affirmations, and essential oils.

This amazing kit contains some of the most universally used essential oils for daily use as well as for immune function. Grab your kit here to get started today!

Why Young Living? Check out this list and see why transparency matters, especially with essential oils.

Peppermint

-Place one drop in your mouth to freshen breath!

-Rub up and down the spine to help maintain a healthy body temperature

-Add one-two drops to water and drink ½ hour before yard work or exercise for stamina.

-Put a few drops and some water in a spray bottle and spritz on in the hot weather to keep from overheating

Lemon

-Add a drop or two to 8 oz of water each morning for a morning detox flush.

-Drink in water or run on feet for daily immune support

-Apply to the feet or in a detox bath to gently detox your body

-Apply to the throat or drink in a warm tea to soothe a scratchy throat

-Dilute and rub in armpits when fever is present.

Lavender

-Use to soothe bug bites and stings.

-Apply to big toes nightly (using vita flex chart) to help assist with sleep which supports our immune function

-Soothes minor scrapes, bumps, and cuts

Panaway

-Use on fatigued muscles

-Add to Epsom salt for a soothing detox bath.

-Mix with Copaiba, Frankincense, Peppermint and coconut oil to make a muscle rub.

Frankincense

-Sniff from bottle to ground yourself when feeling overwhelmed or unsure

-Use in a detox bath

-Apply to the spine for a happy immune system (a key oil in the immune blend)

-Diffuse during Bible study, prayer, or just alone time to think.

-Helps soothe sore throats

Citrus Fresh

-Add a drop or two to water and drink up for antioxidant support, great taste, and a gentle detox.

-Add a couple of drops to wool dryer balls for fresh laundry.

-It can be uplifting to our mood and immune system due to the blend of citrus oils

Stress Away

*Stress is the #1 cause of disease and illness- we need a way to stress less. 95% of disease and illness is not genetic but stress induced…

-Take this via capsule and it’s like having a glass of wine!

-Pop that roller cap in it that came with your kit and roll it on. Often. Like, keep it in our pocket J

-Diffuse during sleep for a restful night(again supporting your immune system)

Thieves

-Apply to bottoms of feet nightly for immune support (a key ingredient in  immune support roll-on)

-Dilute and rub on outside of neck for immune support and to soothe scratchy throats(I like to add a little lemon too!)

-Thieves tea: Honey with 2 drops of thieves and 2 drops of lemon, add hot water and stir

DiGize

-Take via capsule, apply topically to stomach or bottoms of the feet for tummy troubles

-90% of our immune system is in our gut so gut health is HUGE

Raven

-Add one drop to each corner of your shower to help open airways.

-Make a DIY chest rub with coconut oil

-Hugely supportive of our immune and respiratory system

Valor

-Diffuse at night to sleep like your dead without being dead J and remember sleep is essential for immune support

-rub on spine before you go to the chiropractor

-apply on bottoms of feet to balance energy

Peace & Calming

-Diffuse at bedtime to promote a peaceful atmosphere

– Apply on the chest for respiratory support

NingXia Red

-Drink with a drop of Thieves when you’re feeling cold or flu coming on.

-Drink 1-2oz daily as an antioxidant, vitamin and mineral rich maintenance dose

-Add to any smoothie for a nutritional boost — bonus: freeze leftovers into popsicles for your kids

Thieves Household Cleaner

  • Cleans everything in your home
  • Is non-toxic and immune supporting with the Thieves blend of oils
  • You can even use as an air freshener

Thieves Hand Purifier

-Non-toxic and safe if ingested plus Immune-supportive with the Thieves blend

-Keep in baby bag or purse for use on-the-go

-Keep on changing table

 

Are you ready to start supporting your immune system daily? To knock down the number of times you are down and out every year? If you are, grab your starter kit here today! It will include all of the necessary tools and support for you and your families wellness journey.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

How to Make Yogurt

Podcast #35

How to Make Yogurt

 

Making your own yogurt isn’t as hard as one may think. It is actually a very simple and easy thing to do plus you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what is in your yogurt.

 

There are two ways that I recommend making yogurt: the good old fashion way(aka stovetop) and the new-fangled way(aka in the Instant Pot). Both ways require two simple ingredients: milk(raw or store bought but I recommend at least 2% or thicker) and a starter yogurt(plain yogurt or Greek yogurt)

 

The Old Fashion Way

 

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a stainless steel pan over medium heat until it reaches 165-185 degrees.
  2. Cool, either by sitting on the counter or in a cool water bath until the temperature drops to 110 degrees.
  3. Add culture-2 oz of starter (of yogurt from a previous batch, store-bought yogurt) per quart of milk(so 8 oz for a gallon). Gently stir just enough to incorporate into the milk.
  4. Pour into mason jars and put the jars into the oven with the light on for 8-24 hours. I like to place in warm water (110-115 degrees) and put in the oven but some just place the jars in too. The light should provide a consistent heat of about 110 degrees.
  5. Put jars into the refrigerator until the yogurt is cold and set.
  6. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  7. Enjoy!

 

The New- Fangled Way

 

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of milk- preferably raw or whole
  • 8 oz of starter (plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into Instant Pot(IP), hit yogurt button and then hit adjust until you select the “Boil” option
  2. Walk away and it will shut off when it is done (magic!!)
  3. Once it is done boiling, you can allow to cool on its own or put it in a cold water bath until the temperature is down to 110 degrees
  4. Once the milk reaches 110 degrees you can gently add the starter yogurt
  5. Again select the yogurt button and adjust it from “boil” to anywhere from 8-24 hours.
  6. Once the allotted time is up, put yogurt into mason jars and allow it to cool and set up in the refrigerator.
  7. Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency(Greek yogurt).
  8. Enjoy!

 

So are you ready? Go grab your milk and starter yogurt and get cooking!

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

Traveling: Tips, tricks & must haves

Podcast #32

 

Traveling: tips, tricks, and must-haves

 

Traveling can be crazy, chaotic, and all around draining but it doesn’t have to be.

 

Here are a few tips, tricks, and must-haves that we have found hugely beneficial while traveling, especially when we travel with kids and a lot of them!

 

#1 Be Flexible

Being flexible helps you prepare for delays, traffic or changes in your plan. I also like to not over plan. This allows for some rest and relaxation during your trip.

 

#2 Make a List

  • Packing your bag
  • Travel plan or schedule
  • All the extra’s (camera, snacks, etc.)

 

#3 Pack minimally

  • Can you do laundry?
  • How many outfits can you make with the pieces of clothing you packed?
  • Check the weather for where you are headed
  • Pack one container of toys (something that is compactable but classic)
  • What does the hotel/timeshare/house provide? (pack and play, high chair, strollers, etc.)

 

#4 Keep your budget in mind

With a large or small family, the budget is always important. Should you check out renting a home through someplace like VRBO or do you get a hotel room or an extended stay? Do you want to have a place to cook or are you planning on eating out?

Another thing to consider is driving or flying? Will you need to rent a car, for how many people? Is the travel for business or pleasure?

 

#5 Never forget your essentials

A large part of your costs can be on things that you could have easily packed. Do you have a travel 1st aid kit, travel oils (grab yours here) with a diffuser and roll-ons, supplements (your vitamins and digestive support), homeopathic kit, etc. All of these things make the little things like motion sickness, ear pain from elevation changes, digestive support from the food you ate, or that unplanned scrape, easy to deal with without interrupting your trip.

 

Planning a trip for 1 or 10 people does not need to cause unnecessary stress or worry. Make it simple and enjoyable with these quick tips. Which one will benefit you and your family the most?

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

20 Essential Oil Hacks

20 Essential Oil HacksPodcast #16

20 Essential Oil Hacks

 

Let’s talk about 20 quick and easy essential oil hacks that can help you- Every. Single. Day.

 

#1 To remove a splinter

 

Grab 1-2 drops of clove or Thieves essential oil, drop on the affected area, wait a minute or two and watch the splinter come out of the skin. You can then grab a tweezer and fully remove!

 

#2 Freshen up Stinky Laundry

 

Sometimes we forget to switch a load quick enough and other times we just want our laundry to smell amazing! Either way, adding essential oils to a sock or rag is a great way to freshen it up. Dryer balls are also a great way to do this, they speed up out dry time as well as work as a way to effectively add essential oils to the dryer.

 

#3 Make Your Glasses Sparkle

 

Just add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to your sink or dishwasher for clean sparkling glasses!

 

#4 Remove Sticky Residue

 

Just a drop or two of lemon essential oil to anything sticky will help remove it- like fly tape, stickers, etc. a drop or two and it rubs right off- AMAZING!

 

#5 Say Goodbye to Spiders

 

Peppermint essential oil is going to be your new friend! All you need is a 16 oz spray bottle, 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and water. Then spray inside and outside of your house to keep spiders and the likes away. You can also grab some cotton balls and place them around the perimeter as well.

 

#6 Fresh Smelling Toilets

 

No need for toxic Poo-Pourri Spray, instead just add a couple of drops of essential oils to your toilet bowl and it will freshen up the toliet and the room!

 

#7 Getting All the Oil Out

 

Grab a glass dropper to make sure that you get every last precious drop of essential oil out because we all know how those last few drops like to hide in the bottom.

 

#8 Make Your Oils Last Longer

 

Grab your empty roller bottles and some stainless steel roller filaments to turn your empty bottles into roll on’s. Simple add some carrier oil and whatever desired oils and BOOM! You now have a roll on. You can also grab some empty roll on and makeup concoctions as well. This is a great way to blend up what you or your family needs and make it ready to use!

 

#9 Stronger Nails

 

Grab a bottle of tea tree oil and apply to the cuticles to help grow stronger nails. You can add carrier oil if you would like or apply neat. This is also awesome for your toenails and anything funky you may have going on there J

 

#10 Fight Blemishes

 

Lavender and tea tree oil are amazing applied with or without a carrier oil. When you feel like you have blemish coming, just grab a drop of one or both and be amazed at how well it takes care of the issue.

 

#11 Clean Windows, Mirrors, Stainless Steel, & Fruits & Veggies

 

Grab a spray bottle (16 oz), 1 cup of vinegar and 15-20 drops of lemon or orange essential oil. This concoction will clean your mirrors, windows, stainless steel and clean your fruits & veggies (remember the sticky stuff we talked about earlier, well it also takes care of the waxes or coating on the fruits & veggies). One bottle so many uses!

 

#12 Keep Your Car Smelling Awesome

 

Wooden clothespins are a wonderful way to keep your car smelling great. Put the clothespin on your vent and add a couple of drops of essential oil to make your car smell fresh without the toxic air fresheners.

 

#13 Freshen Sticky Shoes

 

We all know at least one person that has some not-so-pleasant foot odors. Grabbing an essential oil like Purification, Citrus Fresh, or lemongrass can help. Just apply to a cotton ball and place the cotton ball in the shoes or gym bag. You can also just add a drop to the bottom of the shoe as well.

 

#14 Support Your Respiratory System

 

Grab some tissues, put them in a baggie and add a few drops of an essential oil like eucalyptus, Raven, RC, or frankincense, then when you need that extra respiratory support you can open the bag and use a tissue to support your respiratory system. This is also a great time to have a roll on such as Breathe Again!

 

#15 After too much Sun…

 

We all have the days where we forget sunscreen or just simply enjoy the sun for a little longer than we thought. Lavender essential oil in a little bit of carrier oil applied after your skin gets a little too sun-kissed works awesome at soothing the skin. If you also want to cool down the skin, apply a drop of peppermint essential oil. This cools the skin as well as drives the lavender oil in deeper for more skin support.

 

#16 Fresh Smelling Vents

 

If you would like to have your whole house smell good and get the benefits of essential oils, grab some cotton balls with a few drops of lemon, Purification or Thieves, and stick them in your vents. This is also a good time to grab you’re AC or furnace filter and add a few drops to that as well.

 

#17 Be Your Own Diffuser

 

While we can’t always be by a diffuser, we can apply our favorite essential oils to our scarf, diffuser necklace or bracelet and have it with us throughout the day.

 

#18 Clean Your Toothbrush

 

From time to time our toothbrush will fall on the floor or get just needs to be cleaned. Grab your Thieves essential oil and add a drop to the brush head- BOOM! Clean!

 

#19 Tooth Discomfort

 

When we are having a dental procedure done, have a sore tooth, someone has braces or maybe you have a teething kiddo, we have some oils that are great for supporting our oral care. Clove (or Thieves blend) essential oil work great and has a very numbing effect. For the littles or for those who do not care for such an intense feeling, copaiba essential oil works great! It is virtually tasteless and has the same results.

 

#20 Use a Mason Jar for Drinking

 

When we start drinking oils in our water like lemon, orange or Citrus Fresh, we want to make sure that we are using a glass or stainless steel container. One quick way to do this is a simple old mason jar. Add your ice, a drop of lemon essential oil and water to the top and you are ready to go!

 

What is one essential oil hack that you are ready to start using today?

 

Be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!