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Blue Oils for Beautiful Skin

When my son was about four months old, he had a rash on his cheek that eventually spread to his other cheek. It would get better for a few days, but would get irritated again after he scratched it. Doctors were not sure what it was–they thought it was irritation from drooling, eczema, ringworm, or yeast. Each time that it was red or oozing, I rubbed Yarrow|Pom essential oil blend on it and it would get better in a couple of days. I am so grateful for non-toxic solutions that work!

A few days ago, I started applying Yarrow|Pom and Blue Tansy to my face and hands (I had taken a break from putting a lot of essential oils on my skin due to my severe psoriasis flare last year). Not only do these oils smell like delicious, pungent Jolly Rancher candy, they make my skin look and feel so much healthier! These beautiful blue oils make my face feel like satin and they provide a dewy glow. My dry, delicate hands are smoother–they almost feel like silk!

So, how do these oils work? Pomegranate and Yarrow are both anti-inflammatory agents. Yarrow provides moisture to the skin and has a positive effect on the skin’s pH. Blue Tansy contains Sabinene which helps to clear up blemishes. Both Blue Tansy and Pomegranate contain Chamazulene, a chemical that provides the beautiful blue hue of the oils. Chamazulene is also the chemical component that is soothing to the skin.

Have you tried these beautiful blue oils yet?

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References

Lin, T., Zhong, L., & Santiago, J. (2018). Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils. International journal of molecular sciences. 19(1): 70. 10.3390/ijms19010070

Tadic, V., Arsic, I., Zvezdanovic, J., Zugic, A., Cvetkovic, D., & Pavkov, S. (2017). The Estimation of the Traditionally used Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium L. Asteraceae) Oil Extracts With Anti-Inflammatory Potential in Topical Application. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 199, 138-148. 10.1016/j.jep.2017.02.002

Six Reasons Why I Would Choose A Natural Birth Again

I know that not everyone is a fan of Natural Birthing. But if you have any interest, I hope that you will consider it. My first two birth experiences were natural while the last one required some interventions. If I had another child, I would definitely choose an easier and less painful Natural Birth!

Our Midwife was with us from start to finish.

Our Nurse Midwife was with us from the time that we arrived in the hospital until after the baby was born and assessed. Obstetricians often spend a lot less time with their patients.

I was allowed to eat and drink.

A chocolate granola bar gave me an extra surge of energy right before I had to push my baby out. I can’t imagine going through childbirth without food and water!

I was allowed to labor in any position that was comfortable for me.

I switched from standing in a shower, to a birthing ball, to lying on my side, to different positions in the birthing tub. At one point, I plopped myself down on the bed and put my butt in the air–this position provided some comfort when I felt like my butt was about to explode.

My water births provided natural pain relief.

I gave birth to my first two babies in a tub of soothing, warm water. The last birth was not in water and it hurt a lot more.

I needed very few medical interventions.

For my first two babies, I did not need any medications, intravenous line, forceps, vacuum, or stitches. For my last baby, I had a monitor on my belly, an intravenous line, and Pitocin. The first two Natural Births were faster, easier and less painful.

My babies were able to breastfeed straight out of the womb.

My babies were born healthy, alert, and hungry. I offered them some milk and they all latched on within a minute!

Dear Mama, no matter what happens during your birth experience, you are amazing!

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Health Success with Health Supplements

Three pregnancies, almost six years of breastfeeding, and a prolonged lack of self-care contributed to nutritional deficiencies and a decline in my health. I don’t know what I would have done if health supplements didn’t exist. If I did not have them, I would have major fatigue, numbness in my arms, pain in my hands, severe psoriasis all over my skin, major depression, and a very weak immune system. Here are some of my views on health supplements!

The best health supplements come from food-based sources and are from reputable brands.

Why food-based? Unlike synthetic fillers and chemicals, the body knows how to metabolize food. Also, because health supplements are not regulated the way that medications are, it is imperative that you buy from a brand that you can trust. I would rather go without health supplements than buy them from a brand that I know nothing about.

Health supplements are beneficial for optimal health because the conventional food in the U.S. does not provide enough of the vital nutrients that the body needs.

Even if you are a Health Nut that chooses foods packed with nutrients, much of the American soil lacks nutrients that it once had. Much of our food supply has been negatively affected by GMOs, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals. You should try to get all your necessary nutrition from food, but health supplements can help fill your inevitable nutritional gaps.

Health supplements can help prevent health decline and can help your body recover from some serious ailments.

For instance, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with cavities, cancers, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders, infections, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. This is why I am always asking everyone if they consume enough vitamin D!

I have had so much success with health supplements. Fish oil helped me immensely with my hand pain. B vitamins provide support with my postpartum numbness and psoriasis. My gut is healthier with magnesium, probiotics, and multi-collagen protein.

I recently came across a couple of articles on Pub Med related to certain vitamin deficiencies in people that have epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease. As time goes on, I believe that there will be even more research that supports that many health issues can be resolved when nutritional deficiencies are corrected.

Reference

Holick, M.F. The vitamin D deficiency pandemic: Approaches for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Rev Endocr Metab Disord 18, 153–165 (2017).

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Don't Ignore This Health Problem

When I was in nursing school, one of my teachers taught us something that I completely disagree with today. She said something like, “People can have a bowel movement once per day or once per week. Both instances are okay.”

My grandparents’ generation believed that having one bowel movement per day was very important, and I am not sure why people don’t believe this anymore. I believe that you will eventually run into problems if you don’t have a bowel movement at least every other day. Think of a bathroom sink drain that is running slow because it is clogged with dirt, hair, bacteria, and the occasional raisin that your two-year old drops down there. If the bacteria and grime are not removed, your drain will start to smell and overflow. It will eventually stop working.

Now let’s go back to your body. If you have a build-up of toxins in your body due to chronic constipation, what do you think will happen to your body? The toxins in your body can–in a sense–overflow and affect your brain, skin, and other organs of the body. So, your chronic constipation might eventually be a contributing factor to your bad breath, acne, depression, psoriasis, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, and other serious health issues. This is important to consider if you have a very common disorder called Leaky Gut Syndrome or intestinal impermeability.

The good news? There are many natural remedies that can help with chronic constipation. You also might want to consult with your healthcare professional to rule out hormonal imbalances and pelvic floor dysfunction. Certain medications and foods can also cause constipation.

Some natural constipation remedies include water, high-fiber foods, magnesium, flaxseed oil, aloe vera juice, psyllium husk, and probiotics. Exercising and reducing stress will also help.

Remember that your body will often tell you if something is wrong. So, if your body is telling you that it needs help due to a toxic overload, listen to it. Chronic constipation can be a pretty easy fix!

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Essential Oils for Love and Intimacy

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Are you hoping for a romantic evening? The alluring scents of essential oils can help to ignite feelings of joy, love, and passion.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang contains caryophyllene and germacrene-d which is a soothing chemical combination. Ylang Ylang has been used in perfumes (it has been called “The Perfume Tree”), weddings and religious ceremonies for centuries.

The floral scent of Ylang Ylang is sweet and uplifting. Place two to three drops into a diffuser or rub a couple of drops on your neck or over your heart. The scent will help you to relax and enjoy the moment.

Jasmine

Love and joy are often associated with the smell of jasmine flowers. They are popular additions to bridal bouquets and are often used in religious temples.

The floral scent of Jasmine essential oil is unique and exotic. If Jasmine essential oil were a person, I would describe her as feminine, inviting, and confident. To evoke feelings of euphoria with your loved one, rub Jasmine essential oil onto your nose, neck, behind your ears, or over your heart.

Inspiring Blend

How would you like to spend Valentine’s day in a secluded garden surrounded by sandalwood plants, jasmine flowers, cinnamon cookies, and champagne? You won’t have to travel far if you have the Inspiring blend.

This blend contains sandalwood, jasmine, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and vanilla–the perfect blend of exotic, spicy, and sweet. Your secluded garden is just a couple of drops away–put two to three drops in a diffuser or rub one to two drops on your pulse points. Your Valentine’s Day will be filled with passion and adventure!

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