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!!

 

Simple Lice Prevention

Oh no!  Every parent knows that itchy feeling you get when you receive that “the classroom has lice” letter from school.

After having a grand lice battle a few years ago – we have learn to be pro-active when spring comes around and have not had any problems even when we get “The Letter”.

My big “ah-ha” came about as I was elbow deep in chemical killer hair shampoos, wrestling with a three year old while trying to gently remove tiny little eggs with a tweezers from her hair.

If you have been there – you know exactly the hell I’m talking about.  If you have not – goodness how lucky you are!

So during the battle, I was trying a lot of things because that expensive chemical shampoo that came with a list of warnings and made us both cry when I put it on her sweet little head – DID NOT WORK!  Sure it killed most of them… but we dealt with these little itchy guys for over a week – one shampoo did not do it as the bottle had promised me. (Even with washing linens and stuffed animals and….)

What I found worked so well when we were dealing with the hardy souls that survived the chemical onslaught was apple cider vinegar!  Yup – something so simple and good for us finished the job.

So that lead me to our Preventative Plan.  Once spring hits, we start to rinse our hair with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, essential oil (tea tree or rosemary) and water.  The beauty of the apple cider vinegar is that it breaks down the glue that the buggers use to attach the egg to the hair.  Simply rinsing regularly with apple cider vinegar helps to remove a sticky hitch hiker.  The essential oil is an aroma they don’t care for – so I’m hoping it keeps any away.

If we get “the letter” then I’ll go one step further.  We’ll comb through the hair with that tiny nit comb.  I’ll rinse the comb off between strokes in another cup of apple cider vinegar (no water added).

Apple Cider Vinegar has lots of benefits besides helping those eggs come loose.  It makes your hair “princess shiny and soft”, helps remove dandruff, and eases itching.  And it doesn’t cause any health issues as stated on the chemical gunk we used years ago!

Hope this is helpful for another parent who gets “The Letter” from school and eliminates the need for a dramatic buggy war!  Let me know if you use our tip!

Simple Lice Prevention
1/2 cup Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
2-3 drops of Rosemary or Tea Tree Essential oil
3 cups of water (warm water feels much better than cold!)

Wash hair with your usual shampoo and then rinse with the mixture above.
Rinse out your hair.
You can also go through wet hair with the nit comb
Repeat at least once a week during lice season.

Homemade Toothpaste that is Amazing!

I am thrilled to share with you this fantastic homemade toothpaste recipe that is SO simple (2 to 3 ingredients) and works great!  It does not cause irritation to the gums, like baking soda can, it can be sweet so little ones will like it and it makes your teeth simply squeaky clean!

In this video I’ll share the ingredients, what to look for when you are shopping, and how to mix it all together!!

Recipe for Homemade Toothpaste:
4 Tbs Calcium Bentonite Clay Powder
4 Tbs filtered water
2-4 drops essential oil or mint extract
2-4 Tbs Birch Xylitol, to taste
Mix in glass or ceramic container until you have a paste.  Keep lid on to prevent from drying out.

Ditch the Dryer Sheets – Bring on Dryer Balls!

If you are on a path to be more healthy, loose weight or cleanse then you should think about taking steps to reduce the amount of toxins that enter your body.  Why add more when you are working hard to remove what you already have!  Making small changes like this will not only help you, but those in your family will benefit too!

In this video I’ll share why dryer sheets are not so great!  I’ll give you a simple and cost effective non-toxic alternative to replace dryer sheets.

If you are adding essential oils to your dryer ball, make sure they are essential oils that are not diluted with base oil.  The base oil will stain your dryer balls.  A pure essential oil will be easily absorbed into the wool without staining of the ball or your clothes!

 

This is a great choice for dryer balls!

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.

 

Reduce Toxins in Your Home and Body – Air Fresheners

The EPA says that “People spend approximately 90% of their time indoors.  So, for many people, the risk to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”  And if you can believe it, a lot of that pollution is being brought into our homes by us!  We actually are voluntarily spending money on these toxic products and bringing them into our homes.  Many of the man made chemicals found in these products can inhibit the overall health of the user – us, our loved ones and pets!

Why is it important to reduce toxins in our home?  If you are on a path to be healthier, on a cleansing program or on the Triplex, then it is your goal to reduce the toxic load in your body.  Why add to your toxic load while you are working to reduce it?  We want those toxins out – and we don’t want to add them back in!

In this video I’ll share how and why air fresheners are negatively affecting your health.  I’ll also give you six ideas on how to freshen your home naturally and with no toxins!

Here are the links I mentioned in the video.

  1. 15 air cleaning plants: http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/golden-pothos
  2. Baking Soda Boxes: http://www.greenideareviews.com/2012/07/25/diy-baking-soda-air-freshener-review-does-it-work/
  3. My Friend’s clean burning candles: http://www.pldcandles.com

This is a fantastic option as an essential oil diffuser.  It is a great price and works well.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts and how this post helped you on your health journey!

Many Thanks,
Christina

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