DIY Baby Powder

If you’ve been following the news, then you might be aware of the Johnson & Johnson baby powder scandal.  It appears that Johnson & Johnson has known for over 30 years that talc has been linked to ovarian cancer. Instead of placing warnings on their popular baby powder, they chose to start marketing heavily to the Latino and African American market. Really, it’s sad.

 
Many of us grew up using Johnson & Johnson baby powder. But….when you KNOW better, you do better. Now that you know that there are better options to talc, you can CHOOSE better options.  You can purchase talc-free powder.   An alternative is to simply make your own baby powder that is not only safer, but actually has beneficial properties. There are many DIY recipes out there; here’s one that’s pretty awesome and really works!

 


Soothing DIY Baby Powder

In a 3 ounce bottle or container, combine:

That’s it. Easy peasy. You can pick up most of these ingredients on Amazon and make up a large batch or get together with your mama friends for a DIY baby powder make and take.   This also makes a great gift for the new mom.  And this powder isn’t just for babies; you might find that you love it too.

Why are essential oils so expensive? Hint: They’re not!

 

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So, I’m cleaning out my purse and wallet and come across….pennies! Pennies are kind of a nuisance, aren’t they? My 15 year old recently told me that it costs more than a penny to MAKE a penny. Isn’t that a crazy thought? As I was cleaning up my pennies, I thought, “What can you even buy with a penny?” And I’ll tell you what you an buy….a drop of essential oil.

 

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Why are essential oils so expensive?

If cost is holding you back from getting started with quality essential oils, let’s break it down a bit. I think you will truly see that essential oils are MUCH more economical (and safer) than their synthetic counterparts.

Before I jump into cost, remember….one drop of essential oil is an application. Most of the time, you need just ONE drop. If you dilute your oils, you will use even less. And diluting is a good thing. Diluting actually makes the oils even MORE effective. That’s a kind of tough concept to grasp but it’s true.

So, onto cost. Most bottles are 15 ml. 15 ml = 240 drops. Some oils do come in smaller, 5ml bottles. 5ml = 80 drops. Here’s the doTerra wholesale cost breakdown on a few of the most popular essential oils and blends

Cost per drop:

Peppermint .09
OnGuard .13
frankincense .29
lemongrass .04
Elevation .15
Lavender .09
Breathe .08
Balance .08
Peace .35

You really CAN get something for just pennies! 

What’s stopping you?!?!  If that’s not enough, we have an awesome Facebook support group for those on our team.  No additional purchases, no selling required, and no pressure.  Just essential oil love.  And that’s free!

So, what is your very favorite doTerra essential oil? Tell me!

The Health Benefits of Magnesium

The Health Benefits of Magnesium

health benefits of magnesium

Did you know that many people are magnesium deficient?  It’s pretty common these days.  Research shows that 68% of the population doesn’t consume the daily recommended allowance of magnesium. And up to 30% of the population might be deficient. Magnesium tests aren’t regularly given so  you can be deficient and not even know it.

Magnesium deficiency isn’t just a third world problem.  Large-scale agricultural farming has left soil depleted from it’s natural minerals. The current Standard American Diet that is processed and high in fats, sugar, and salt depletes the body’s magnesium. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get this mineral into your body safely and naturally.

But first, let’s talk about why you need magnesium. It’s actually super important and impacts many body systems and functions.   In the book, The Magnesium Miracle, the author gives research that links magnesium deficiency to asthma, anxiety, depression, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, migraines, hypertension, PMS, insomnia, and more.   Magnesium has huge health benefits.

Benefits of magnesium

  • improved circulation
  • stress reduction
  • reduced inflammation
  • improved memory
  • improved heart function
  • better sleeping (and staying asleep!)
  • less anxiety
  • lower blood pressure

Dr. Mark Hymen recommends 400 – 1,000 mg/day for adults. You know you gotta have this stuff so what’s the best way to up your intake of this mineral?

Best Sources of magnesium

  • Supplements.  Supplements can be helpful but, interestingly, magnesium is not easily absorbed in the digestive tract.  Be cautious about your source as magnesium varies in quality.  Magnesium citrate is a good option (we like Mag Calm). Other absorbable  options are glycinate taurate, malate, succinate, and fumarate. Just make sure you read the labels.
  • Topical spray.  It’s super simple.  You just spray it on and your body absorbs it quickly.  I’m a big fan of Ancient Minerals transdermal magnesium spray.  Some people experience a tingling sensation after using magnesium oil.  You can prevent this by starting off slowly and working your way up to more sprays or simply use a lotion after.
  • Magnesium baths.  Research shows that magnesium is easily absorbed by the body during baths.  Mag baths also help your body eliminate toxins. You can use Epsom salts or magnesium flakes. I generally add 2 cups of Epsom salt to my bath. When you do this, be sure and soak for 15-20 minutes to receive full benefits.  If you can swing it, take a mag bath 2-3 times a week. Just relax!
  • Eat magnesium rich foods.  Have you ever heard that bananas are good for preventing nighttime leg cramps?  It’s because of the magnesium.   Foods high in magnesium include nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas, dark chocolate (YEAH!), dark leafy greens, and bananas.  Eat up!

 

Of course, if you have health issues, be sure and talk to your doctor first.  That’s always a good idea.

Mamas, if you need to calm your kids or grands, a magnesium bath or a few squirts of magnesium spray are a super simple solution.  Give it a shot.  Magnesium has so many health benefits.  I’d love to hear about YOUR magnesium experiences.  Tell me how it’s helped you.

7 Essential Oil Recipes for Sleep & Relaxation

essential oils for sleep

Who needs a good night’s sleep?  Chances are…..you do!  Sleep is the time when our bodies rest, recover, and rejuvenate.  It’s also the time when kid’s puke, husband’s snore, and the neighbor’s dog starts barking, right?  If you have your essential oils handy,  you can incorporate them into a regular routine to promote sleep, rest, and relaxation.

My favorite way to use essential oils for sleep is to use an essential oil diffuser.  An essential oil diffuser breaks down the oil molecules and sends them drifting into the air.  You inhale the molecules and they transmit a message to your brain.  The correct oils will transmit the message RELAX.  Which essential oils are good for sleep?  A lot.  Check out this list.

Essential Oils that Promote Rest

  • lavender
  • vetiver
  • wild orange
  • ylang ylang
  • cedarwood
  • Roman chamomile
  • clary sage
  • patchouli
  • marjoram
  • Balance
  • Peace
  • Serenity

Plenty to choose from, right?  Lavender is a commonly used sleep oil and the first one to try if you are new to essential oils.  After you start playing around, you will find a combo that you love and that works best for you.  Your children might prefer another oil or blend.  That’s o.k.  You can put a diffuser in their bedroom, too.  It’s safe, simple, and they will love it.  You can even ask them what oils they would like to diffuse.  Children love routines and they love choices.  And they know what works best for them.  My 11 year old often asks for vetiver.  It’s her sleep oil.

Here are a few of my favorite diffuser sleep recipes.  Enjoy playing around with them!

7 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Sleep

Sleepytime #1

  • 2 drops marjoram
  • 2 drops Slim and Sassy
  • 2 drops lavender

Sleepytime #2

  • 3 drops Serenity
  • 3 drops wild orange

Sleepytime #3

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops wild orange

Sleepytime #4

  • 4 drops Peace
  • 2 drops wild orange

Sleepytime #5

  • 2 drops vetiver
  • 1 drop sandalwood
  • 3 drops bergamot

Sleepytime #6

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile

Sleepytime #7

  • 2 drops vetiver
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 1 drop ylang ylang

Give these recipes a shot.  I’m pretty sure you’ll find one that works for you and you’ll snooze hard.  Well, until  your “noisy sleeper” husband wakes you.  But guess what?  I’ve got an oil for him, too!

Uses & Benefits of Bentonite Clay

Uses & Benefits of Bentonite Clay

Okay, let’s be honest. Bentonite clay sounds like it should be a medium for sculpting or pottery, right? In reality, bentonite clay is a healing substance and a great detox.  Also called Montmorillonite clay,  Bentonite clay is named for a huge deposit of aged volcanic ash in Fort Benton, Wyoming,  Montmorillonite clay is from the Montmorillon area of France.  You see, clays are often named for the regions that they come from.  These healing clays really benefit  our health. In this post, I’ll tell you the uses and benefits of Bentonite clay and how it can be used to cleanse, detoxify, heal, and balance the body.

How does Bentonite Clay Work?

What many of us may not realize is that our bodies come into contact with toxins all the time.  We are inundated with environmental toxins, with some of the most common being pesticides, food, mold and fungi, heavy metals, and phthalates.  Household cleaners. The pesticides that you spray on your lawn.  House paint. Farmed salmon. Plastic drinking bottles. Air fresheners.  Toxins are everywhere.  Did you know that the risks associated with pesticides include cancer, Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, and blocking your body’s ability to absorb the proper nutrients?  Not good.  But, fortunately, there are good things we can do to help.

Bentonite clay is like a magnet. It contains a negative charge that bands itself and absorbs toxins, which have a positive charge. Just like a real magnet which immediately sticks to other metal materials, Bentonite clay uses an electrical pull to absorb toxins in the body.  This impacts  digestion, allergies, skin problems, the ability to lose weight, you name it.

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19 Ways to Use Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay has historically shown to alkalize the body and boost the immune system.  People have used this stuff for hundreds of years for a variety of issues and ailments.   Research at Arizona State University that showed bentonite clay was effective in killing MRSA and eColi, among other bacteria. Pretty amazing stuff, huh?  Here are a few ways that you can use Bentonite clay for better health:

  • Skin:  Add water to make a paste and use as a face mask for cleaner and healthier skin.
  • Babies:  Use as a replacement for baby powder.  Here’s some already done for ya.
  • Insect bites: Make a paste with water and apply. Or check out this hydrated clay first-aid cream.
  • Detox foot bath:  Add 1/4 cup warm water in a plastic tub,or heck, even a 5 gallon bucket.  Soak your feet for 30 minutes.  Bentonite reacts with metal so be sure and use plastic.
  • Parasite cleanse:  Add a tablespoon of clay to a liquid (smoothies are great options) and drink daily.
  • Viral and bacterial infections: Use internally & take detox baths. Check out the research.
  • Gas, bloating, diarrhea, & vomiting:  Use internally.  One tablespoon dissolved in a liquid. A bit of research.
  • Oral health: Add a wee bit of clay to water and do a gargle. Or use a clay toothpaste.
  • Blemishes or acne: Add water to make a paste and use for spot treatment.
  • Toothaches and infections:  Make a paste and use to pack the area in the mouth.
  • Detox bath: Add bentonite clay to your bathwater for a detox bath (note safety precautions).
  • Warts: Make a generous paste and apply to the wart 2x daily.
  • Immune booster:  Use internally on a daily basis and/or take weekly detox baths.
  • Mineral imbalances: Take a weekly clay bath or use internally.
  • Digestive health: Add a tablespoon to your drinking water (or smoothie) to balance gut bacteria.
  • Skin infections:  Take clay baths, use internally, or apply a paste to the area.  Check out this research.
  • Lose weight: Add a tablespoon of clay to water or beverage daily.  Releasing toxins stimulates weight loss.
  • Pain and inflammation: Apply as a paste to the affected area.
  • In the garden: Sprinkle Bentonite clay to make the ground more alkaline.

Safety note:  Bentonite clay baths can release a lot of toxins and, for some, this may cause discomfort.  When I first gave my daughter a Bentonite detox bath, she became uncharacteristically quiet and complained that her tummy hurt.  Many believe this is because the magnetized clay is moving toxins in the body.  When I’ve taken clay baths, I’ve not had reactions like this.  Just be mindful that someone might have a strong reaction.

My Favorite Brand of Bentonite Clay

For those of you who are more frugal or DIY minded, you can purchase Bentonite clay and create your own neat concoctions.  My clay of choice is Redmond.  If this just isn’t you, you can buy many of these products already packaged and ready to go: toothpaste, baby powder, etc.  For internal use, you can even purchase Redmond Mineral Support capsules.  For some, this might be a bit more palatable than drinking clay water.   But keep in mind that many of these products are really just Bentonite clay so it’s a big money saver to just purchase a container of clay.

Please know that I am NOT a doctor.  I’m just a mama who thinks that natural is better and does a lot of reading and research.  I like to share what I know with you.  Nothing here is intended to be a diagnosis or treatment.  Be sure and talk to your doctor.  And do your own research.  Be pro-active and informed.  That’s always the best.    I’ve linked products that I like in this post via Amazon.  I do receive a small bit of compensation.  It’s not much.  Trust me.  But you do have the right to know.   Primarily, I just like to tell people about stuff that I like and use.

I hope you’ve learned a lot and discovered the many benefits & uses of Bentonite clay. For those who want more info on natural ways to improve your health, be sure and sign up for my blog updates here.  Let’s do this!

Cumin Essential Oil: Uses & Benefits

Cumin Essential Oil: Uses & Benefits

 

We all know that cumin is a hugely versatile spice in cooking, giving unique flavor to Mexican food, chili, barbeque sauces, you name it. Super delicious stuff. But cumin essential oil also supports our health in many ways. Yummy and healthy – it’s a win-win!

Health Benefits of Cumin

The essential oil of cumin is where all of the good stuff lies.  The oil is derived from the seeds but is much more powerful than the actual seeds alone. Whatever the spice does, the oil does better!  My preferred cumin essential oil is of the Cuminum cyminum variety. The main chemical constituents are dipentene, cymene, limonene, phellandrene, cuminaldehyde, and pinene.  But what are these things good for?

Here are just a few benefits of cumin essential oil.

  • Supports regular menstruation
  • Supports digestion (but just use a wee amount)
  • Can boost the appetite.
  • Cumin is good for the skin.
  • Respiratory support.
  • Supports the muscular system.

Cumin is a great to assist with detoxification.  It supports the circulatory system and encourages sweating and urination.  Sweat and pee really get those toxins moving out.

Not just a great support for your physical health, cumin also can provide emotional balance and support cognitive performance. Cumin essential oil can help one think more clearly and boost self-confidence. For some people, cumin essential oil can have a tranquilizing effect on the body, making cumin a great source to calm nervousness or promote good sleep.

cumin essential oil

Cumin Essential Oil Uses

What’s not to like about cumin? Here are some suggestions to get you started on this super-powerful essential oil.

  •  Dilute and massage onto areas of concern to support the circulatory system.
  •  Dilute and massage onto abdomen or add a drop to your favorite tea for digestive support.
  • Add a drop to your DIY Inhaler or diffuse for respiratory support.
  • Add a drop to your moisturizer or hair care products.
  • Open the bottle and inhale to boost the appetite.
  • Diffuse 3-4 drops for emotional balancing and a confidence boost.  Add in a positive affirmation.
  • Dilute and apply topically to help post-workout soreness.
  • Spice up your stews, soups, or curries with 1-3 drops of cumin. Be careful.  A little goes a long way!

So now, head on off, cook up some chili and add some cumin essential oil.  Hey, wait a minute.  No cumin in your house?  Click here and I’ll tell you how to get the BEST essential oils at WHOLESALE pricing.  Love to you!