Natural Ways to Protect Your Health This Winter

It’s fall and the holidays are around the corner and your calendar is about to become pretty full with obligations and gatherings. As fun and joyful as this season is, this is also the season of the germs!

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Fall and winter unfortunately bring their own visitors to everyone in the form of germs that continually make their way into people’s homes. They make us miss school, miss work and holiday parties and they make us feel awful. Sometimes it seems that no matter what you do that you can’t just stop it.

In 2017 our family was not as on top of our health game. Even though we had essential oils in our home, we didn’t use them nearly as much or as routinely as we should have. When you’re a mom, it can be difficult to add things to your routine. In 2017 we experienced the flu, pneumonia, strep and never ending colds. It was awful.

By 2018, I had learned a few good tricks and more to help protect my family as best as I could. Thankfully all that entered our home was runny noses and coughs. While the things we do like good supplements and essential oils are not magic pills that will NEVER let you catch anything, they surely will do their best to improve your immune health to keep you from catching all the germs and to help support you faster if you do.

A good immune system goes well beyond just using some Thieves oil. To be honest, I am still trying to educate myself on it. However since we are entering the season of the cooties, I figured it was a great time to talk about how we guard ourselves and especially our children.

  • Elderberry. This is huge! If you have social media, you likely saw all of the posts last year that floated around about elderberry. Elderberry is excellent at helping to boost immune support AND to actually help people who have the flu. We take elderberry gummies daily that we get from Amazon or our local health food store, but really you should take locally made elderberry syrup to get the benefits of the local honey in it.

  • Vitamin D. Most Americans are low on Vitamin D and it effects a lot in our health. Vitamin D has the ability to improve your mood, increase your energy and increase your immune system. In our home, I take this daily. If you suspect your children are low on Vitamin D, give them some Vitamin D3 gummies from Nordic Naturals.

  • Immune support vitamins. Our children also take a gummy that contains vitamin C, zinc and Echinacea. We get these at Trader Joe’s but they are available in many places. These are extra vitamins and herbs that have the ability to increase immune system function. Any one of those three are good to add to your supplement routine.

  • Essential Oils. Yes, you knew I would mention this right?!?! Essential oils are huge for our health because if used daily (preferably twice a day) they can help increase the immune system. They can also support you tremendously during times of immune distress. We have a homemade roller for our children that contains Thieves, Lemon, Copaiba and Frankincense and we roll it down our kid’s spine daily (Add Oregano for extra oomph and to smell like a pizza). All four of these oils are geared towards immune function and all four even come in the Young Living starter kit. Did you know that simply diffusing the oils can help increase boost your immune system and cleanse the air? YES! Thieves oil is tested over and over again for it’s astounding abilities.

  • Diet. Did you know that your gut is basically your second brain? Or that your gut is actually where your immune strength comes from? If our gut is all wonky, everything else will be this way as well. Eating a clean diet and eliminating sugar is huge for the immune system. We are not perfect here, it’s our weakness towards complete natural wellness. We’re human and the more we know, the more we can do. Try to add items high in Vitamin C and get in the healthy fats and greens that your body needs. Cut back on the sugar your kids are eating, especially if you start to suspect that germs are in the home and runny noses begin. Cut back on sugar and load up on whole foods, oils and supplements.

  • Smoothies. Yes smoothies! This is a great way to load up on fruits, veggies, healthy fats and more by fixing yummy smoothies for you and the kids. Making a strawberry banana smoothie is a favorite for kids, but add in some kale, alfalfa, collagen powder, chia seeds, etc… and give it a boost of nature’s goodness. They will not know the difference!

  • Young Living’s Inner Defense. My husband and I take this the second we suspect that our kids may be sick or if we feel anything coming on. You CAN take it daily for year round immune health, but we use it as more of an emergency supplement to kick the germs out. These are larger capsules so you would likely only give them to adults and young teenagers. This capsule is formulated with the ingredients in Thieves oil and it has the ability to help your body fight off whatever may be invading it.

  • Ningxia Red. This is one of the most antioxidant rich drinks on the market. It is powered by the wolfberry (just look up the crazy benefits from this berry). One of the beautiful things this drink can do for you is boost your immune system as well as help with energy levels, cholesterol, blood sugar and much more.

  • A good probiotic. This brings us back to gut health. You want a good probiotic daily to help improve your gut which in turn will improve the immune system among many other things. There are also kids probiotics available as well!

  • Stick to the natural brands. If you’re buying your vitamins and supplements from big box stores, chances are they are full of synthetic ingredients and the gummies are full of corn syrup. Most popular and well known vitamins sold in the big box stores are not as productive in the body as a more plant based vitamin that doesn't contain added synthetic ingredients. In other words, it’s ingredients were all grown in nature and not created in a lab. Browse places like Whole Foods, even Amazon, your local health food store and of course Young Living. Break away from the big labels and big box stores.

  • Don’t run to the doctor. We absolutely love our pediatrician, but from the months of October through March, I try to stay far away from there. If your child has just common cold symptoms or a low grade fever, maybe reconsider running to the doctor’s office where more germs are lurking. Follow your motherly instinct, but if you think it’s nothing to worry about, then stay away. When you see something alarming or when a few days pass by with no progress, then consider turning to your doctor. Until then, do everything you can to make your child comfortable and to support their immune system naturally.

 We do something called transfer buying basically. Instead of purchasing our supplements, hygiene, beauty, makeup and kids’ products at big box stores, we purchase truly non toxic and plant based products for our family from Young Living.

We do something called transfer buying basically. Instead of purchasing our supplements, hygiene, beauty, makeup and kids’ products at big box stores, we purchase truly non toxic and plant based products for our family from Young Living.

As much as I love winter and the holidays, the germs that come with it are nothing to play with. If you stick to a routine and have good, healthy habits in line for your whole family - then there’s a chance you’ll be a lot healthier and stress a lot less when your child plays with Billy with the runny nose.

If you’re interested in learning more about protecting your health this fall and winter, or if you’re interested in using essential oils - contact us and consider beginning your journey with our community. We help support each other through these trenches of motherhood, snot noses and cold coffee!

I hope that you find this article helpful to help you learn how to navigate this season a tad bit more naturally and hopefully a lot more healthy.

Easy, Fool Proof Ways to Cut Chemicals From Your Life

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Every day we get on the Internet and see new articles revealing the dangers in particular foods, products and cleaners. Every day we can feel more overwhelmed, confused and hurt. It seems as if sometimes there's no right way to go or correct product/brand to use. 

However every day we have the chance to do better, despite the overwhelming headlines. Even when it seems so confusing, we have the option to make small changes that we know are better for us. Science may change their opinions on things like chocolate and red wine over time, but there are just certain things that is basic and easy to follow. There are certain "facts" that have overtime never changed. 

If you want to start cutting some chemicals and toxins out of your life and routine, here are some easy and basic ways to do so! Don't let these changes overwhelm you, make them slowly over time as you can. This isn't all or nothing or even all at once, it's at the pace that works for you!

  1. Pop into the local health food store. Even a small town will typically have a natural food/health store nearby. Stop in for some motivation to browse around and see what sorts of items you can switch out. Healthier cleaners, vitamins, food items and more, deodorant, may be right at your fingertips and you didn't even know it. 
  2. Stop the idea of "all or nothing." I'm a firm believer in that nothing can be perfect. You can eat a day's worth of organic meals and yet still stop by Chic Fil-a for a milkshake after a long day. These things happen and it's okay. Less is more. Having less is better for your health, but it's okay to live life on the edge sometimes. Start with the items you breathe in at home and put on your skin, work on your diet later. 
  3. Read a good book. I recommend "Healthy Child, Healthy World." This book is especially great for mothers, but is still so full of knowledge for us all. Also any good book of "Natural Remedies" is a great tool to have on hand! 
  4. Find a support group. There are typically support groups on Facebook for natural minded mamas or people. I love Baton Rouge Natural Moms, Green Moms Network or you can even navigate some of our information for more tips! 
  5. Filter your water. Make sure your drinking water is filtered somehow. 
  6. Microwave less. This is something that I struggle with too! When you're not in a hurry, take the frozen veggies out of the bag or the can, and cook them on the stove. 
  7. Skip all the Bath and Body Works. Most women have been guilty at some point or another of harboring a basket full of these goodies. Toss them, regift them, recycle them...just get rid of them and their temptation to be used disappears. Search for a handmade soap that consists of basic things like lye or shea butter and essential oils. Use a basic lotion with minimal ingredients that you can pronounce. 
  8. Find a truly plant based cleaner. With Thieves cleaner, you only need ONE cleaner for your whole home. It's truly plant based and it disinfects naturally. While there are other decent plant based cleaners (Honest Co., Seventh Generation) out there, Thieves has always been the one that I trust the most. 
  9. Toss the Tupperware. Invest in some glass Pyrex dishes for storing your leftover food. Plastic tupperware containers contain tons of toxic chemicals (even the BPA free ones) and are very harmful to your health. Even if you don't heat food in them, chemicals still leach into the food (especially if you place warm food in there). 
  10. Toss the fake scents. Candles, air fresheners, plug ins and the like, are some of the most toxic ingredients in the home. They are cancerous, can affect the endocrine system and they can contribute to respiratory issues and things like asthma and allergies. Choose a natural beeswax or soy candle and/or stick with essential oils or homemade potpourri. 
  11. Eat more FRESH food. If your food is grown from the ground, you're doing good. Buy more fresh and less from the box. Choose organic if and when your budget allows. 
  12. Try charcoal soap. A truly good charcoal soap is great for the skin and can be great as a face wash as well! They are also very inexpensive.
  13. Switch deodorants and perfumes. This one is for someone who has already begun their journey and research. Find a good, natural deodorant (this is huge for women's health) and skip perfume in favor of essential oils! 

Trying to ban all chemicals and toxins is nearly impossible. Things will get by, things will be enjoyed and splurged on and you'll learn as you go where you where and what you want to focus on. Just strive for your best and you'll get there. The more you know, the better you can do! 

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My Daily Wellness Habits

 Post workout with my little guy. All photos copyright. 

Post workout with my little guy. All photos copyright. 

Sticking to a routine can sometimes be tricky, #momlife. Our nights of sleep and our morning start can all play a role in just how well we do with balancing our days with the routines that we know are helpful and good for us. 

I went through a time in my life where everyday I took my supplements and oiled up just as I had the day before. I had more energy, more grounded emotions and just an overall better feeling, and that was when I was a brand new postpartum mother. I realized then how important that routine was to helping me feel so balanced and grounded and have strived to continue to keep it up ever since then. 

 My Oily station. 

My Oily station. 

Sometimes I get asked by others, "How do you do it all?" and sometimes as flattering as the question is it is also a very hard question for me to answer. I suppose like so many other mothers, in my mind I feel like I am not successfully doing it all. There are indeed clothes that need to be washed, chores I didn't do, blog posts that I didn't write and a child who wanted me to color with them today and I never did. I think we are all guilty of holding onto mom guilt and believing that we're just not doing good enough. But...I digress...back to my wellness routine. 

I suppose that my wellness habits are a tool that helps me do it all. And while every day I may not feel like I'm on top of the world, most days I feel pretty darn good. I thought it would be beneficial to share some of the things that I take and the oils that I use daily for my own health regimen. Essential oils have changed the game for me. When used daily and consistently and when using the right brand, your body can respond in ways that you never dreamed. Essential oils can offer support for emotions, sleep, anxiousness, mood, skin, digestive health, respiratory health, immunity, energy and SO MUCH MORE (but this post isn't just about oils - so keep reading!). 

 An excellent blend for your diffuser in the mornings! 

An excellent blend for your diffuser in the mornings! 

Before I share my routine, I want to point out that some of these things are not always achieved every day. Life happens and sometimes I can be forgetful. But when all of these things are achieved, my days are just simply better. 

Here lately I have been rising before the kids to have some quiet time for reading scriptures and praying. I have noticed how this greatly impacts my day for the better! Sometimes I am also able to squeeze in some work and chores. Rising before the kids, truly makes a difference! 

MORNING ROUTINE: 

  • Wake before the kids for quiet time - I like to spend this time on my front porch 
  • Diffuse Peppermint with a citrus oil to wake up and become alert
  • Take two Super B tablets with breakfast 
  • Take two Multigreens capsules
  • Take 1-2 Vitamin D gummies from Nordic Naturals
  • Take one plant based iron capsule from Rainbow Light 
  • Apply Progessance Plus to my forearms 
  • Apply Valor oil over heart and behind ears
  • Apply Tranquil oil when heading out the door 

MID MORNING ROUTINE:

  • Drink 1-2 oz of Ningxia Red 
  • Workout for about 15-20 mins if I can (or want to)
 Go outside for some fresh air. 

Go outside for some fresh air. 

MIDDAY SLUMP:

  • Diffuse oils based on what I want/need: sometimes it's for a pick me up and others for more joy in our day
  • Drink a NingXia Zyng (it would also be wise to do an ounce of Ningxia Red in the morning and another ounce in the afternoon for a pick me up)
  • Apply Tranquil oil for some afternoon zen
  • Add 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to my water
  • Go outside for a bit to walk or ride bikes with the kids, water the flowers or simply pull weeds! Sometimes we just eat our afternoon snacks on the porch 
  • Go for a change of scenery - if we have been stuck inside all day, we may run to grab ice cream to go for a change of scenery 
  • Also I like to nap. While this is happening less these days, I will listen to my body during the kids' nap time and get myself a power nap in. 

EVENINGS:

  • Diffuse calming oils such as Lavender + Cedarwood, Stress Away + Orange, White Angelica + Orange or Gentle Baby 
  • Soak in the bath (obviously this isn't always a possibility) 
  • Read something if I can 
  • Apply Rutavala before bed (especially on days where my mind won't stop and I can't settle for sleep)
 Ending the day in my own little paradise. 

Ending the day in my own little paradise. 

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into how my days typically go around here when it comes to the things I do to keep going. It can be hard to keep the adrenaline going and believe me, I'll nap during the kids' nap time if my body needs it. 

Listen to your body and treat it the right way. It will thank you in your mind, body and spirit. 

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