Veggie delight!

I love veggies and so do my kids. But have you ever wondered which ones are the best for you? The most vitamins? Well, I found a great site that I think you will enjoy! It’s called The worlds healthiest foods. Perfect for those who want to learn a little more about what they are eating and they have recipes! As you can see, I was looking up Cauliflower lol.

http://www.whfoods.org 

Acne….Yeah, it’s a pain in the ass!

You heard me right! Acne is a pain in the ass! Now be an adult and add acne……UGH! However, one of my favorite ways to get rid of acne is baking soda. A baking soda scrub helps to neutralize the pH imbalances of the skin, not only that but exfoliates and cleans excess oil. I like to add a few essential oils also, such as frankensense, lavender and especially lemon. Lemon helps to get rid of acne, lavender to calm the skin, and frankensense for wrinkles! 
2 tablespoons baking soda

2 tablespoons water
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops frankensense essential oil

Blend baking soda and water. Then add the essential oils. Apply to the skin and scrub gently in a circular motion. Then leave on skin 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry and see how your face glows!

Eczema

Many people that I know suffer from eczema. Eczema is an itchy, inflamed rash that can appear on the skin. It can be a dry, itchy patch of skin or  wet blisters, that when scratched can cause a secondary bacterial infection. What most people DON’T know is that eczema is actually an allergic reaction to an allergin. It can be from food, soaps, cleaners, or metal. Some of the common foods which may cause eczema are dairy eggs, corn,citrus, and wheat. Stress, emotional upset, and anxiety may trigger the outbreaks. If eczema is an issue for you, you may want a blood allergy test. Then you will want to boost the immune system. 

Most have found that they dont get much relief with OTC products. So i am going to share a remedy that will help with the dry itchy skin. 

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup Shea butter

3 tablespoons beeswax

10 drops rose essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil

10 drops yarrow essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops rosemary essential oil

1 tablespoon arnica oil

1 tablespoon calendula oil

In a small sauce pan melt beeswax on low heat. Once melted add the Shea butter. Pour into a heat safe bowl and then add other ingredients. Using a mixer, blend on low until mixture takes on a lotion appearance. Store in a glass mason jar.
*I use young living essential oils. I love their seed to seal process. 

Easy to make cough syrup

Most store bought cough syrups are LOADED with chemicals. If you do come across an all natural one that works, it usually cost a fortune. 

Marshmallow, the plant not the food, is great for helping with coughs. It has been used for centuries to soothe burns, skin rashes, has been made into powder and used on the bare bottoms of babies, made into a salve to help cuts, and of course cough syrup. You can make the syrup as the recipe says or add elderberries while boiling. I like to also add lavender, licorice root or any other herbs that help with boosting the immune system. And yes, this is the herb used to make homemade marshmallows!
2 oz marshmallow root, sliced or cut

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup distilled water

2 tablespoons elderberries (optional)

Soak marshmallow in water for twelve hours along with the elderberries (optional). Add sugar and boil. Let cool and strain through a metal strainer or cheesecloth. Bottle and store in the fridge. 

Infants 20 drops in water, 3 to 4 times a day.

Children use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, 3 to 4 times a day. 

I add about 1 teaspoon in tea and drink. 

How garlic can help with ear infections.

Since I was little, I have suffered from ear infections. The throbbing pain and itching was unbearable. But we didn’t do antibiotics except when absolutely necessary. So we did the next best thing…essentail oils and homemade tinctures. One of my favorites, is garlic oil. When warmed, you can place i in the ear. The garlic helps fight bacteria while helping with the pain. Most garlic oils in the store are expensive or are filled with other fillers that are not needed. So I thought i would share a recipe I love!

Slice 8 cloves of fresh garlic and cover in a mason jar, with 4 ounces of olive oil. 

Let set for seven days, strain, and then pour into a dark bottle ( or in clear bottle and store in a dark place). 

You can warm this and put a few drops in the ear. Let set for about 20 minutes then drain out. What’s even better about this oil is that it can also be used as a chest rub or on wounds to help with healing.