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wis·dom n. The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.

What Essential Oils Are Good For Colds?

November 28, 2018

So many essential oils to choose from!  Where do you start?

The essential oil I use the most – like almost every day – to support the body against colds and sore throats is this one:  Immune Strength.   We either roll it on the bottoms of our feet, on our wrists or on our neck.  And it smells good!

Essential Oils are a great thing to have on hand.

Another fun thing you can do with Immune Strength is to add it to your hand soap or foaming hand soap.  Some people use it to clean there house.

A lot of people have heard of Thieves cleaner.  Immune Strength is a very similar recipe that you can use in place of Thieves.  Thieves vs Immune Strength?  You can’t go wrong with either option.  Thieves cost $45.72 and Immune strength costs $26.95.  Immune Strength has a 90 day return policy and ships for FREE!

A 15ml bottle will last you a long time if you use it in a roller.

Here are some other recipes for Immune:

 

Immune Strength Carpet Cleaning Powder

  • 40-50 drops Immune Strength
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a ziplock-type bag.
  2. Seal and massage the bag until the essential oils are thoroughly mixed in.
  3. Lightly sprinkle the mixture over your carpet or rug, and leave it for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Vacuum, and enjoy your fresh and clean carpet!
  5. To store your carpet cleaning powder, pour mixture into a glass jar, and seal it with the lid.

 

Clean the Air Mist Spray

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 4-oz glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake very well before each use. Spray all around the room to assist in cleansing any airborne germs, and to provide an intensely fresh, clean-smelling home.

 

Immune Support Cooling Foot Massage 

  • 5 drops Immune Strength
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 1 tbsp FCO (or Jojoba oil or Almond oil) 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 15ml glass bottle.
  2. Massage the soles of the feet with 5-10 drops of the blend for 2 minutes on each foot.
  3. Put on a pair of socks, and let the blend absorb into the feet.
  4. Make sure to wash hands thoroughly after.

Best Essential Oils – Young Living vs DoTerra vs Rocky Mountain Oils

November 23, 2018

Essential Oils are another thing that are life changing.

Essential oils are powerful.

They have definitely improved the quality of my life.

You may already use Young Living or DoTerra oils. If so, that is awesome!  They are high quality products.

Or maybe you have heard about essential oils but have never tried them or maybe you haven’t tried a premium brand…

I use this company: Click Here To See.

“Why do I use this company?!”

Glad you asked 😉

I did a TON of research and thought I just might be able to find a brand that was amazing OR possibly even better than the Young Living products or doTerra oils <gasp>.  I had used both of those brands in the past, but REALLY wanted to find a brand I could trust that wasn’t an MLM or network marketing company.  I had a suspicion that if I did find such a brand, it would be less expensive than the MLM brands because there is a lot less overhead when you don’t use the MLM model to sell your products.   And I was right.

After MUCH research, asking LOTS of questions, and sending emails… I found a essential oil company that has met EVERY expectation of mine.

They are a phenomenal company.

I have been completely impressed with every aspect of their company and product.

Where do I start…

  • highest quality available in the industry – click here to read more
  • GC/MS test results from a verified third-party, independent lab tested
  • 100% pure and authentic
  • bottom of their bottle has individual batch code
  • input that number into their website here to pull up the GC/MS test results
  • 90-Day no hassle product return policy
  • pays for our customers’ return shipping expenses!
  • free domestic shipping
  • 80 single oils, that is MORE than what DoTerra or Young Living offers

They have the best prices on the more pricey oils like frankincense , helichrysum and rose oils.

Organic Cleaning – Easiest & Cheapest Way To Clean Organically

November 20, 2018

AND Better than chemicals…!

Cleaning organically.  Green Cleaning.  Who knew it could be so fast and simple?

Even better?!?!  It will cost less than you imagined.

All you need is an ecloth and water.  YUP, you read that right.  Ecloths have amazing technology.  They have millions of microscopic fibers that are tightly woven and literally pick up over 99& of the bacteria from your surfaces.  You don’t need any chemicals.  Simply wet the ecloth and start wiping everything you can find.

All your surfaces will be cleaner than if you had used a chemical spray or a Clorox wipe.

How can this be, you ask?  If you are using chemicals, you are relying on the chemical being in contact with the bacteria and germs long enough to kill them.  When you wipe your surface with a paper towel, there is a good chance you didn’t pick everything up.

With an ecloth, you pick up practically everything, even all the microscopic creepy things.

Check out this handy chart.

It explains why using only water works like magic.  You won’t be disappointed.

Fastest Way To Chart BBT (Body Basal Temperature) – Life Saver!

November 15, 2018

Trying to get pregnant or trying NOT to get pregnant…

Trying to figure out your body and hormones?

Wanting to know if your symptoms are from low progesterone levels or estrogen and progesterone imbalance?

Charting your bbt – basal body temp gives you so much information about your body.  Your morning temperature (before you get out of bed) can give you SO MANY clues and information about your body that is almost impossible to know otherwise.

I have been charting my bbt (body basal temperature) for 10 yrs.  I have done it all different ways. Using printed out paper charts, using free bbt apps online, free bbt apps on my phone and usually using a thermometer from the drug store.

Charting temps is brilliant.  The information is life changing.

The actual DOING IT… sucks.

Let’s be honest, who wants to wake up, take their temp (the same time, every single day, whether you are ready to get out of bed or not) AND THEN write it down or remember to write it down later… (yah, good luck with remembering that)

Enter… the Wink and the Kindara App

The Wink is the bbt thermometer and the Kindara App is a free app that syncs automatically with the Wink.

Another convenient perk is that when you stick the wink into your mouth, the alarm turns off.
Then, the Wink silently vibrates when it has found your temp and stores the temp.
If your blue-tooth is not on, it will store all your temps for days until you connect it with your phone.
It will instantly populate your chart and you will have a perfect chart with almost no effort on your end.
(the app allows you to add more info like cervical fluid, when you had sex, if you are spotting or had a period, etc)

Here’s the thing. For your temps and charting to be accurate, you need to take it at the same time every morning before you get out of bed. So if you wake up 2 days a week at 5am and 3 days at 6am and on the weekends you lay in bed till 8am… you need to take your temp at 5am all 7 days.  The wink does everything except get into your mouth for you.

Toddler scenario – say you have a toddler that crawls into your bed sometime after 430 every morning and your sleep isn’t great from 430 on… you can take your temp at 4am and know it will be accurate.

Infant scenario – you have a baby you feed in the middle of the night. Take your temp before you get up and feed them. (They say it’s ideal to have been asleep for at least 3 hrs for this to be accurate… though my opinion is that any charting is better than no charting).

Charting is so helpful, even if you aren’t sexually active.  If you have weird cycles, or have an ovarian cysts (or lower abdomen pain) or have endometriosis…  you can start charting to discover IF and when you are ovulating.  Every 28 day cycle, you have roughly 2 weeks of more estrogen and 2 weeks of more progesterone in your body.  Charting will help tell you if this is what YOUR body is doing or if you are estrogen dominant.

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

Best Tasting Chicken (drumsticks)At The Cheapest Price. I’m In LOVE!

November 13, 2018

Chicken.

I like chicken, most people do.

Chicken can be cheap if you buy conventional…  but really, we need be eating the good quality, organic chicken.

So… now the price is NOT cheap.

I kept seeing how much less it cost to buy drumsticks… but who wants to eat drumsticks?  Seriously… they are messy and aren’t very versatile…and don’t taste amazing….  Cheapest way to buy chicken is drumsticks.

BUT….

Then…

I found this super easy, amazing, chicken drumstick recipe.

My kids LOVE them.  I LOVE them.  The hubs is a huge fan.

AND guess what?  I have a bunch of bones for chicken stock that I can whip up in my InstaPot.  Winning.

Ready for this?!

  • Heat oven to 400
  • Put parchment (if you have some) on your cookie sheet.
    Lay the drumsticks on cookie sheet – not touching
  • Drizzle olive oil on all pieces, turn over and drizzle more

Sprinkle the following:

Salt
Garlic Powder
Cinnamon  (THIS IS A MUST – trust me)
Cayenne (optional)

Flip chicken and sprinkle the second side.

Stick in oven for about 60 minutes.  I flip them about 1/2 through.

You can tell they are done when you see the chicken pulling away from the bone.

ENJOY!

**I often make this when we have dinner guests, because this works if you are gluten free, paleo, keto, or really anything but vegetarian.  Pair it with some type of potato (sweet potato?) and/or a couple veggie sides and your guests will be in heaven. And your house will smell like heaven.**

*You will need a minimum of 2 drumsticks per person. Guys will easily eat 4+

*Costco sells their organic chicken drumsticks for about $9, I think you get about 13-15 pieces

Selling Your House? Ecloths Are Fastest Way To Clean Before The Realtor Shows Up!

June 14, 2018

Ecloths are a life hack!  And totally make showing your home super easy.

You’ve just got the call that that the realtor wants to show your place in 20 min.

With these two ecloths, you can make your faucets, mirrors, front door and kitchen windows spotless in about 10 min.

HOW?!

The Glass and Polishing ecloth can be wet with water and then totally wrung out so that it is “just” wet.  Everything you wipe down will be totally spotless when it dries… (in about 30 seconds or less).

Sounds too good to be true… I thought the same thing.

At one time, I had two toddlers and was pregnant with my 3rd baby when we decided to put our house on the market.

Ecloths totally saved my life.  Who knew cleaning could be this easy?!

Increase Iron Levels Fast – Ferritin and Hair loss – Anemia, My Story

December 20, 2015

First, if you feel you have iron deficiency symptoms, but your hemoglobin is still in normal ranges.
You should get your ferritin levels checked.

ferritin

Here is a list of some ferritin deficiency symptoms:

Migraine headaches
Dizziness
Poor appetite
Cold hands and feet
Fatigue
Hair Loss
Thyroid Problems (if you have low thyroid – PLEASE get your ferritin levels checked)
Pale Cold Skin
Brittle Nails
Breathing Problems (air hungry, short of breath)
Craving Ice
Decreased Sex Drive

Even though normal ranges of ferritin are 20-150.  Most women do best with levels above 50, and closer to 100… especially if you struggle with low thyroid and/or hair loss.

For those of you who know about the TSH, T3 and T4, you will find it fascinating that
**Ferritin is required for transport of T3…!!!

Okay, Here Is My Story:
**My hemoglobin has NEVER been low.**
But then I started researching symptoms of low iron and I definitely had symptoms of low iron…
(thankfully I didn’t have migraines.  I also didn’t crave ice)

I was confused.

Then I got my ferritin levels checked… and my ferritin was AWFUL!  It shouldn’t be below 20 and mine was a 7.
A SEVEN

How was I even functioning?

The range is 20-150.  I had almost every symptom and I felt awful.  And then I read that if your ferritin is below a 50 AND you struggle with hair-loss….you really need to get your ferritin checked, and then you need to get it up to 50 to rule out iron being the reason for the hair loss.

So, I guess this is commonly overlooked.  Your doctor or OB may even do a iron panel and “forget” to draw your ferritin… And all your levels can come back in range… but your iron can still be way too low.

I was in panic mode…

I had only a couple months before I was due to have my 5th baby.  Everyone says it takes months and months, even years to get iron levels up.

I didn’t have time on my side.

And I’m impatient and was tired of feeling tired.

And I know that there is lots of blood loss after baby and I didn’t have any extra blood to spare… I was a bit frantic.

Well, after much reading and willing to do pay for my own blood test…I found something that worked!!!
(I use privatemdlabs.com – you can get any blood draw you want or need.  You simply pay, print and go to labcorp  – your results show up the next day).

I decided on taking Enzymatic Therapy.  It seemed to have everything I needed for absorption.  I took it for 6 weeks and did a blood test… my ferritin had not increased, not at all… I was bummed.  But knew, that was “normal”.  It may take “forever” to see results in a blood test…

Back to researching.  I kept coming across people saying I needed to be taking Yellow Dock as well.  Others saying Yellow Dock couldn’t do anything for me because it’s an herb and it doesn’t have iron in it… or very little.

This is the Yellow Dock I took and it doesn’t cost much.

I didn’t have anything too loose.  And a benefit of yellow dock is that it prevents constipation and nausea that can come with iron supplementation.

I added yellow dock to these iron pills and waited 6 weeks.

Did a ferritin blood test and my levels TRIPLED!

Yes, they went from a 7 to a 21.

I was ecstatic!  I was now within “normal ranges”  but I was on a goal to get to 50 because I always have terrible post partum hair loss at 3 months that doesn’t stop at 6 months.  I thought maybe this was my ticket.

6 more weeks of this regimen and my levels were in the 40’s.   Whoo Hoo!!!

I was almost full term and decided to wait until a week after baby to test again (when my levels should be the lowest). And my levels were in the 50’s.  I started backing off my iron to every other day and tested again at 3 mos postpartum and my levels were in the upper 90’s.  I then stopped taking the iron and the yellow dock.

I get my level checked every 3-6 months to keep tabs on them.

My postpartum hair loss was much more ‘text book’.  That was amazing for me.  It lasted almost exactly 3 months.  From 3 months to 6 months postpartum and it was never severe.  Yes, it’s always disturbing to lose hair, but to know it’s only for a time and it will stop was reassuring.  With my past babies, it wouldn’t stop falling out for many many months… sometimes not until I got pregnant again.

 

**NOTES

So, I think the reason that Yellow Dock made the Enzymatic Iron able to be absorbed so well, is because it increases stomach acid.  This in return allows your body to absorb and uptake the nutrients in your digestive tract.   So not only was I absorbing my iron supplementation, but also the iron in my meals every day.

Also, yes, I was afraid to take iron because I have heard all these stories of nausea and constipation.  But with Yellow Dock, there was zero problem.  It actually helps make your trips to the bathroom more pleasant.  And if you are pregnant, you’ll definitely be happy about that 😉

I took 2 iron pills and 1 yellow dock in the morning and then again in the afternoon.

I am not a health professional and I am not recommending or advising you to do anything written here on this post.  I am simply sharing my experience.

 

**UPDATE – since this post, I have had several friends ask me my thoughts on increasing their low iron.  So far, everyone has had great success and fast results.  One of my friends had a miscarriage and hemorrhaged badly.  She lost so much blood everyone recommended she get a blood transfusion.  Her husband is a MD and he said she needed a transfusion. She refused but wanted to know what she could do to support her body’s ability to replace all that blood loss.  She started the Iron Pills with the Yellow Dock and she could feel her body have more energy within 3 days.  She was amazed and so grateful to be back to 100% within a couple weeks.