Banned Foods That Americans Still Consume

I read this article today on foods that are banned by some countries but are still allowed and consumed in the United States. This is so frustrating to me. Come on, U.S.! It’s time to catch up to the rest of the world! It’s time for us to stop allowing foods that make us sick and unhealthy to be consumed here in our great country. Vote with your checkbooks, people and only buy the good stuff!

Check it out: Foods That Americans Eat That Are Banned Around the World

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DIY Project #2- Hand Sanitizer

Today, I made the essential oil hand sanitizer that I mentioned in this post.

I had leftover Aloe Vera gel from the summer so I got that out. I bought a small bottle of Vitamin E oil that had the least amount of ingredients (the most pure) at Sprouts. Then, I cleaned out an old hand sanitizer squeeze bottle I had on hand.

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Next, I added 8 drops of DoTerra On Guard essential oil.

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I stirred them together, added a little water and it made a creamy lotion/gel consistency.

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Next, came the tough part- getting it in that teeny squeeze bottle. I looked through all my kitchen drawers and finally found a cake decorating tip! I used it as a tiny funnel and spooned the gel into it. It took a while to slowly fill up the bottle.

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Finally, done! I’m going to buy some bigger squeeze bottles to put the rest of the gel in. I am putting this one in my son’s school backpack!

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This is very exciting to me (I know, I’m a nerd) because it is all natural and much better for the skin than other hand sanitizer I usually buy! I feel great using this on my kids knowing how good the quality of ingredients are and how effective the On Guard oil is in protecting them from germs. DIY project #2 done!

DIY Project #1- Foaming Hand Soap

Today I finally got around to making my first batch of DIY foaming hand soap using DoTerra essential oils. I posted the recipe in this past blog post.

I found the unscented Castille Soap at Sprouts. I used a foaming dispenser that had just run out of soap and washed the remnants of the old soap out first.

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I decided that for the first time I tried to make the soap that I would use the same oils they listed, though in the future I’d like to use On Guard.

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Then, I filled the dispenser with water to the top and replaced the pump. I shook it and then it was ready to be used!

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So quick and easy to make! It will be much better for the skin and not so harsh like the soap I usually buy. Next on the agenda: essential oils hand sanitizer!

Diffuser Love

It’s here! It’s here! My new Aroma Ready Whisper essential oils diffuser came today! It’s like Christmas came early!

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I’ve been waiting and waiting to finally get a diffuser to emit essential oils in our home and I finally got an opportunity to buy a great one for a discount! Some local people placed a bulk order and we all got a discount on them. I just set it up and got it working! Isn’t it pretty?

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You can turn the blue light off too.

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The setup was very fast and surprisingly simple. Literally a couple of minutes and I had it plugged in and working. So far so good. It has various settings for different lengths of time you want it to run. It’s also silent, which means you don’t even notice it’s running!

The germs are starting to spread at school and some of our neighbors are sick. Needless to say, I am extremely glad to be able to diffuse DoTerra On Guard protective essential oil through my house to ward off germs entering our home. This will be great to have through the winter cold season too. I’ll be able to diffuse other oils to help with breathing issues if they arise. I think I’m in love! 😍

Passing On the Legacy of Health and Wellness to the Next Generation

Tonight as I was putting my oldest son to bed (7 year old) I put a combination of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils on his feet. This has become a daily habit for us since his nasal allergies have been so bad lately. I was delighted when he asked if I would show him how to put the drops on his feet. He asked to do it himself. I put a drop of each on his left foot and then let him do the same on his right. (It may have been an overload of oils tonight, but hopefully those allergies will stay at bay through the night!)

It caught me off guard that he asked to do it by himself, but the more I’ve thought about the prouder I am! This is exactly what I hope for for my children! I think that one of the best gifts we can give our children is teaching them how to take care of their bodies and health. Hopefully by teaching them early on about good health, wellness, nutrition and exercise they can avoid many of the problems some of us have experienced as adults.

In my adult years (I’m 32), I have taken crash courses in vitamins, supplements, chiropractic, essential oils, nutrition, and naturopathy. The path I’ve been on with my own and my children’s health issues have lead me to explore all these areas of wellness. It’s been a long, windy road with many ups and downs, successes and failures. It is a fact that through all of our experiences and all I’ve learned that we are healthier because of it. I hate to imagine what condition we all would be in if God had not led us down the road we are on.

My kids have been on various supplements since they were infants. Taking vitamins is a normal part of life for them. We’ve had to be extremely mindful of the foods we eat. Now we’ve taken up essential oils as part of our healthcare regimen. I am continuing to learn about nutrition and am working to feed my family the best I can give them. We never stop learning and I am really enjoying this crazy roller coaster ride because of how much I’m growing in my knowledge and experience. I love that my family is healing and becoming healthier.

It is my hope that I can teach these things to my children and spare them many future health problems and from having to relearn to care for their bodies as adults. Start guiding them from the ground up. Be a good example. Teach them that their bodies are a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and to love and care for them appropriately. To be their best selves. It has become a big goal for me as a mom and I am overjoyed that I can see the fruits of my labor every once in a while!

Tea Time

Since my recent doctor’s appointment and beginning my diet regimen, I’ve stopped drinking any sodas, sugary drinks of any kind and stuck to water, coffee and teas. I really enjoy my nightly ritual of chamomile tea or a “bedtime” tea. I addition, I drink green tea or plain iced tea during the day. I had a rude awakening today though when I saw a post about “Do You Know What’s Really In Your Tea?” Yikes! No, I really don’t… I will be thinking more carefully about the teas I buy now! I had to pass on this post.

Do You Know What’s Really In Your Tea?

A Better Hand Sanitizer

I have been searching a long time for a better hand sanitizer. I don’t like using the harsh gels that contain a lot of alcohol and are drying. My oldest son has sensitive skin and always has irritated skin on the tips of his hands. I send a small squeeze bottle of hand sanitizer with him to school and keep hand cleaning wipes in my car and purse all the time. (I confess I’m a bit of a germaphobe. I’m working on it.) I always worry the more “natural” alcohol-free hand cleaners won’t disinfect as well, so I’ve continued using the not-so-natural kind.

Today, I received my seasonal DoTerra Living fall magazine issue in the mail and am so excited to see a recipe for homemade hand cleaner! It’s all-natural, safe, alcohol-free and should be non-irritating. So far, we’ve had good experiences using the On Guard essential oil daily and no one has gotten sick. I can’t wait to try this hand cleaner that I’ll actually feel good about giving to my family!

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Thank you DoTerra! I’m telling you, it has revolutionized our lives and our home health care!
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