No More Yeast Infections!

Ladies, if you can believe it – we were not meant to have yeast infections!

Just because you are a female does not automatically mean that you need to be dealing with the uncomfortable itching, the creams, the doctor visit that go along with these infections.

Really!

Start here to do a bit of research to learn how your gut health is creating these annoying infections and what you can do to get rid of them!!

How to Make Yogurt at Home

Why would you want to make yogurt at home – you can easily pick some up at the grocery store!
I like to make it at home because it is SO easy, saves me money, reduces my family’s sugar intake and supports their gut health.  We get good fats by using grass fed milk and we eliminate stuff like stabilizers, thickeners, etc which is used to increase shelf life. 

We get to eat just pure, good for you yogurt!

So, making your own yogurt is an easy way to cook for your family and know you are giving them GOOD food to support their health.

If you want to make it sweeter, you can add honey or maple syrup and some fruit!  Oh so yummy… it only take 12 hours… 🙂

What do Your Sugar Cravings Mean?

Sugar cravings can be caused by wacky hormones and by candida overgrowth.  I was surprised to learn about how many indicators there are for candida overgrowth (besides digging in your kitchen cabinets for something sweet to eat four times in twenty minutes like I was…).

Not surprisingly, yeast infections was a sign that you may have candida overgrowth, but so was itchy ears, toe nail fungus and athletes foot.

Some other surprising indicators were severe seasonal allergies, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and more!

In this 5 minute video, learn what other health issues may be related to candida overgrowth and what can cause candida overgrowth.

Sugar Messes with Your Hormones!

After I found myself digging through the kitchen cabinets (for the third time in 20 minutes), looking for somethings sweet – I realized I had some serious sugar cravings. That was the day that I decided I needed to learn WHY I had a strong craving for sweet.

Well, not only did I find out why my sugar cravings were getting out of control, but I also found out that my sugar addiction was causing blood sugar spikes which really plays havoc on my body.  I’ll share what I learned in this 8 minute video.

A Healthy Gut = A Healthy Body!

I’ve just started to jump into learning about gut health – but it is SO fascinating to me!  Our microbiome is really our invisible shield protecting us from evil!  These little guys, don’t get the appreciation they deserve – so as I learn more about our amazing microbiome, I’ll share it with you!

But how is this for starters…

  • It is estimated that 1-2% of your body mass is bacteria!
  • Bacteria in your gut sends calming messages to your immune system. The human body has evolved to expect this communication. Without it, immune cells become too aggressive and attack the wrong things.
  • Bacteria actually protect the lining of your stomach and colon.

Join me as I share some more cool info about the bacteria in your body and how it keeps you healthy!!

 

How to make an Essential Oil Inhaler

(Updated Feb, 2018)

If you are an old hat at essential oils or you are a new user – you need to be making essential oil inhalers!  They are easy to make, affordable and use every molecule in that drop of essential oil!

In this short video I’ll share

  • the benefits to essential oil inhalers.
  • the pros and cons of both the old plastic inhalers and the new glass and metal ones.
  • how to put each type of inhaler together.

Let me know if this has been a helpful video – I love to get comments on how these videos supported your healthy steps!

These are the inhalers that we have tried and like.







How to Dry or Skin Brush

Dry or Skin Brushing is a simple tool that you can add to your day to support your general health. There are many benefits to Dry Brushing some are,
Dry Brushing…
    •    Stimulates the lymph system
    •    Supports the immune system
    •    Reduces the appearance of cellulite
    •    Gives a light exfoliation for softer skin
    •    Tightens skin
    •    Supports detoxification

The suggestions given in this first video is for those with a healthy lymph system.  I’ll share in another video how to dry brush when you have a compromised lymph system.

Download  Dry Brushing Directions

These are good and affordable dry brushes.

 

Why Therapeutic Massage

When people ask me how can massage help me or does massage really improve sport performance. I tell them to imagine wearing the tightest clothes they could possible put on and go to work, run around the block, play a sport or work around the house. how do you think your body would feel at the end of the day? That’s what your muscles feel like. What the chances that you would end up tearing your breeches or shirt during the day? Watch this video to get a better idea of why your muscle are like tight clothes.

https://youtu.be/lmImmzFBfaU

Neti Pot + Essential Oils = Sinus Support

Sinus congestion?  This might be of help!

You may be way more familiar with Neti Pot use than I am, I’m just learning.  Honestly the idea made me make a face like this sweet kid.  

Last winter I was dealing with some congested sinuses so I gathered up my courage and gave it a try.  Well, I found that the neti pot really does do a great job at cleaning out those stuffy sinuses. 

I was curious though, would adding essential oil to my neti pot help clear out my sinuses even  more and offer respiratory support?

I was a bit anxious the first time I added essential oils to my neti pot. 
Was it going to burn or sting? 
It didn’t, and it offered me even more relief.  Yahoo!!

Important tips on how to add essential oils to a neti pot!

  • Follow the directions that came with the neti pot.
  • Drop in the correct amount of salt mixture.
  • Add one drop (or two if it comes out) of essential oil into the salt.
  • Then add the water and mix it all up
  • Go and “neti!”

I’ve used Eucalyptus globulus, Myrtle or Eucalyptus Blue – really whatever sinus oil that seems to fit at that time.

If you give it a try – let me know your results 

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If you are concerned, frustrated and worried about what your picky eater is or is not eating, then this is the group for you!



We are a group of Moms and Dads who feel that the more involved your kiddo is in the process of planning or creating a meal, the higher the chances are that they will eat actually it!  Not only do we share how to get your Picky Eater involved in creating meals, but we also have some health tips and info!  Each week we’ll have a food or ingredient to focus on along with a kid friend recipe.  We’ll show you how to get your kiddo involved in making that recipe!   Join the conversation here!  Moms and Dads of Picky Eaters FB Group

Get your Picky Eater involved in Meal Prep right away!   Learn how to teach your kiddo to slice and get a FREE cookbook!

Simple way to make a Moist Heat Pack

An effective self care tool is a moist heat pack.  You can use moist heat packs at home to help reduce muscleMake moist heat pack tension from a long day on the computer or from working out.  People often ask we choose to use moist heat vs. dry heat.  Here are my thoughts:

  • Dry heat makes my skin itchy.
  • I don’t like to use an electric hot pack because it is adding more electric current to your field – I am a believer that we are exposed to enough electrical currents as is.
  • There is not an extra costs to making a moist heat pack – everyone has a couple of towels.
  • I have never seen anyone burn their skin when falling asleep with a moist heat pack – I’ve seen plenty “I feel asleep with my heating pad on” burns.
  • Moist heat seems to go deeper into the muscle.
  • Moist heat is a perfect complement to essential oils for muscle relaxation.
  • I think moist heat works better – and I even found a study to support my bias.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24171053

Three easy steps to making a moist heat pack.

1. Get your “hot” towel ready – usually a hand towel is a good size, but you can also use a face towel for small areas or a bath towel to cover a large area.  Fold it in thirds the long way or “hot dog” way.
Now roll it up like a sleeping bag.
(Add your essential oils to the skin if you are using them.)

2. You now need hot water…  you can use the hot water from the tap or heat up some water in a kettle.  You want the water Hot – but not so hot that it will burn your skin.
Hold your rolled “hot” towel over the sink or bowl and pour your hot water in the middle of the rolled “hot” towel.  Add water to both sides and squeeze it out.  The goal is for the water to be hot – but not so hot that you can’t manage squeezing it out with your hands.  Sometime I press it against the bowl and use my knuckles.  This my personal safety control – I know if my hands can’t touch it for a few seconds – then it is too hot!

3. The last step is to make a “Hot Pack Sandwich” by laying a dry towel on the skin, then unroll the hot moist towel and cover up the hot moist towel with another dry towel.  Sometimes you can use one bath dry towel and make a “Pita Bread Hot Pack”, (just fold it in half with the hot moist towel in between) saving on towels to wash.

Just allow that hot pack to cool off naturally.

While you are “cooking” you can snooze if you’d like – no worries about it getting too hot like electric hot pads.

I use this moist heat pack method at the end of Raindrop Technique – and everybody loves it!

Some Oils I like to use with a Tight Muscle Moist Heat Pack are:
Basil
Deep Relief Blend
Peppermint

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