Natural Remedies For Allergy Sufferers

14
Apr
2014

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Allergies – it is that time of year.  The annoying sneezing, watery eyes, swollen nasal passages, runny nose, itching, congestion, red eyes and more.  I used to regret the coming of spring, along with the rest of my family.  I was allergic to all types of grass and trees, which made enjoying spring very difficult – even going into summer.

I was on several different prescription medications – including:  Pantanase, Flonase, Omnaris and took Allergra everyday – and STILL had symptoms.  Oh and I had even taken 4 years of allergy shots – to no avail.

I was miserable.

Then there were my kids, my middle two boys suffered just as much as I did – and for one, we had to get prescription eye drops too.  The expense was ridiculous and I hated the thought of all those drugs, but we had to breath and I didn’t know what else to try…until last year.

Here is how we used to handle allergies at our house – with all this.

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Here is how we handle allergies now!

Last year we started something different.  I began incorporating Young Living essential oils into our routine, after I began using them to overcome my chronic, life-long depression.  I learned about three oils that came in my Premium Starter Kit  were perfect to battle allergy symptoms – so I decided to give them a try.

They are Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint.  (Affectionately known as the LLP)

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Now we can easily handle allergies with pure and natural Young Living Essential Oils.

Here is what we do:

Diffuse

Peppermint, lemon and lavender are cleansing oils, so diffusing these oils in your home on a regular basis will help to reduce pollens and allergens.   This is my first step in my attack.  I pop Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint – about 4 drops each in the diffuser and let that baby go.  If I will be cleaning and releasing a lot of dust into the air, this is my go-to oil blend for the diffuser.

You can also inhale the three directly from the bottle too – this works well if you are out and about.

Topically

You can apply 2-3 drops of each oil and place it directly on the bottoms of your feet or at the back of your neck.

The Easy-Peasy Way – Blend pre-mixed

You can simply take an empty bottle, I happened to use an empty Lavender bottle  and it was about 1/4 full, I added in 40 drops of Lemon and 40 drops of Peppermint.  I added about 1/2 teaspoon of Grapeseed oil, just because  I wanted to, you do not need to – popped a roller ball topper and this mix is good to go.  Easy to put on the bottoms of your feet, roll on the back of your neck or even just inhale with the top off.

Internally

Yes, you can take Young Living Oils in a capsule or a few drops in a Tablespoon of honey!  I love to make a capsule but placing 2-3 drops of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint in a clear vegetable capsule along with a carrier oil, like my Grapeseed {I use this} and swallow with a big glass of water. 

The essential oils found in citrus fruit such as oranges, tangerines, and lemons, have an antihistamine effect and may help relax nasal passages—giving your stuffed nose some relief – {source}

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Local, Raw honey

This is a step we began last year as I became aware that eating local, raw honey, even just a spoonful a day, can build immunity through gradually exposure. The idea is that bees become covered in pollen spores when they go from one flower to the next — spores which are then transferred to their honey.

This is something we continue to do and it gives two benefits – we get the gradual immunity being built up and we can support a local bee keeper!  So put your oils in the honey or use it in your tea every day – just a bit!

NingXia Red

This incredible antioxidant drink, which contains some of the highest known antioxidant fruit juices with the strongest anti aging effects gives a powerful punch for allergies.  It has Ningxia wolf berry puree, Blueberry, Plum, Cherry, Aronia and Pomegranate juice PLUS a great blend of essential oils, including orange, tangerine and lemon essential oil.  

I take a 1 oz shot each day which helps my immune system {I swear this is the reason I have not been sick in over a year, except for my sinus infection, and you can see how I healed that with oils and natural remedies too!} plus it helps me fight off the allergy inflammation.  With my Systemic Lupus diagnosis I have to be very aware of NOT getting sick, my body is not good at fighting off infection, but with natural remedies I am healthier now than even before I was diagnosed with a chronic disease.

If my body is healthy it can more easily deal with inflammation which is caused from allergens.  Antioxidants help fight off the inflammation that causes allergies – this is where NingXia Red really comes into play to help my body.

Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This magical liquid I just discovered back when I healed my sinus infectionwell, to be honest, I learned of it long ago, but never could muster the idea of taking it internally.  But you know what, I did and it works fabulously!

The best way to use apple cider vinegar {I use this one} for your allergies is on a consistent basis.  So for the next several months I will take about 1 tablespoon ACV in a glass of water or mix it into a mug of hot tea with some local raw honey.  I usually can get by with doing this just in the morning, but if things get particularly intense, I add in a dose before bed too.  

The apple cider vinegar promotes alkalinity and PH balance of the body, which is one reason why it works great as a natural remedy to ward off all types of allergies.  Give it a try – it really does work.  I found that even with my sinus infection that within 5 minutes my plugged up head ran out like a faucet.  Magical.

I wish I had learned about essential oils sooner, but so glad I began when I did.

If you want more information on how all these God given Essential Oils can help you and your family ward off other issues – not just allergies – I invite you to attend our LIVE Facebook event tonight at 6:15 PM PDT/ 8:15 CDT.  We had over 400 people attend the last time we did this, it was so much fun.

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You will learn a lot, see videos from other moms who love using their oils in their homes and get a better understanding of how this could be an option for you and your family and you could even win a prize!

If you done procrastinating and are ready to jump on the oily band wagon – you can find out more information here.  Our community is active, I support you along the way and I have a FREE gift for you too.

Gain More by Losing the Excess

31
Dec
2013

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I told you that today I was going to talk about taking better care of your body, and like I said yesterday….. it’s not all about losing weight.  Although it seems like that is on almost everyone’s New Years list, I have a real problem with so much focus being on “how much you weigh” and I want to share with you how you might consider changing a few things on how you nurture your body with regard to food choices and having a plan.

A few months ago I shared how I was rather fed up with my body.  I had been struggling with a few extra pounds and just felt out of energy and frustrated.  I know you can relate!  We all experience this at different times.

I was fortunate enough to run across this 30 day PALEO challenge and decided it was time to jump in.  I got a girlfriend of mine onboard to join me, as we both had read how Paleo can really benefit those who struggle to fight different autoimmune conditions, as well as many other benefits.  I did the 30 days, lost 8 pounds and was very happy.   It began a larger journey for me – really thinking more consciously about the food I was putting in my body as well as my family.

If you are looking to make some changes for the New Year, I suggest to make small changes so they can last.  When we try to overhaul in a BIG way, we often fail.  We lose momentum and get discouraged.  I don’t want that for you.

Get a Plan

One of the things that can be hard with changing habits is just developing new habits to take the place of the old ones!  With regard to eating….this is key.  If you know you would like to eat healthier to feel better or to lose some weight, then you have to have a plan.  I hate coming up with my own plans, I can’t wing it.  I just want to be told what to do, what to eat and what exercise to fit into my daily schedule.  One of the things that worked so well for me was following the 30 day Paleo Challenge and then switching to the eMeals Paleo Meal plan – I didn’t have to think about making it all work!

If you are unfamiliar with eMeals they are a site that will give you a weeks menu plan, complete with recipes, grocery shopping list – all done for you.  You can print the information out or have it on their great APP – which is really handy to access anywhere.

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They just released a new 500 calorie meal plan, perfect if you are looking to simply reduce calorie intake.  This meal plan includes a grocery list itemized by section of the store, 7 healthy main dish recipes and sides, and is a simple tool to help you get organized and lose weight in 2014! You can choose to get this meal plan for a family or for 1-2. Each recipe and meal as a whole is broken down with a calorie count to help you track and measure your goals. It’s never been easier – they do all the work for you!  You can join now, and enjoy any plan for 15% off using the code DINNER through January.  You can also change your meal plan too!

Stay Focused

As with any goal you truly have to be focused and committed.  If you are looking to change your eating habits, then make that the focus.  If you can add in some movement each day – do that.  If it is too much to do at the beginning then stick with one area.  If you try to do too much at once, then you will get overwhelmed and quite.  I hear this over and over again from moms…..and I know I struggle with it myself.

So if changing your eating is goal #1, focus there.   If getting your body moving is goal #1, focus there.  Do not stretch yourself thin ladies….have grace with yourself and be realistic.

Each Day is New

This is a biggie – we will fail – every single one of us – we will cheat, eat something we shouldn’t have, but life goes on.  You need to stay committed and realize that each day is new and you do not need to hold onto the mistake you made yesterday.  Begin each day new and feel the power that can come from that.  Give yourself lots of grace, encourage yourself with motivation when you are successful.  Find a buddy who you can share both your success and failures with along the way.  It was such a relief when I could share with my friend that I had cheated and “fell off the wagon” when we were trying to be on the strict 30 day Paleo challenge.

Find Your Weakness

Okay, we all have them – chocolate, salty foods, crunchy things – those items that just call our names when we know we cannot have them!  For me, it is salty chips.  They are my downfall….but you know, if I allow myself to have 4-5 chips when I crave them, I can let the craving go.  It isn’t sitting there haunting me every time I walk into the kitchen.  

What is your weakness?  Maybe this is a bigger issue for you?  If it is, I encourage you to participate in this online book study over at Proverbs 31 ministries where they will be studying Lisa Terkeursts’ ”Made to Crave“.  This might be just the study you need to be set free from issues related to food.

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I pray that whatever your goal is for the New Year that you find encouragement to succeed.  Find a plan, follow a plan and be good to your body.  No one is perfect….so remember that.  Each day is new, so capture the joy in knowing that!

I Used to Be So Organized Book Study – Week 7

2
Dec
2013

 

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Week Seven Reading Assignment:

Read Chapters 20, 21

I will be posting my thoughts on Chapter 20 on Tuesday and Chapter 21 on Wednesday.   Oh, and for those who have been so patiently waiting –  I will be sharing my miracle story about our dog Riley on Thursday.  You won’t want to miss it, even if you are not a dog lover – grab some tissues because it is an amazing story – really!  (If you are new here you can read this post I wrote 3 years ago about our dog and our heartbreaking battle).

We will be talking about one more area in the home for staying on top of organizing as well as truly grasping the reality of what it means to be organized and have grace with ourselves.  I do not want anyone to leave this study feeling even more discourage then when they came.

This study and the 7 weeks we’ve shared together are a journey….a path to get you back on track with a few strategies to impact some change.  I hope you’ve taken a few ideas and started to implement them and as you grow those into habits, then take a hold of a few more and venture forward.  Growing is a process ladies.

Here is the bible verse for this week.  

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Also, for those who signed up for the “Getting Real – Conversations that Spark Change” Conference Calls, we have a call tonight!  

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What a fun and relaxing call we will have tonight – you will love wrapping up our study with a conversation to inspire you to make your home a place of peace and refreshment.  Myra is who I want to be when I grow up – seriously!  She is crafty, an adorable decorator, cooks wonderful down-home recipes and loves to share it all.

If you didn’t purchase it before now – don’t worry, you can run over and get it now  and the rest of the series too.

Also, a quick note – if you are doing any online shopping I would greatly appreciate you using my amazon affiliate link, which is always shown below in my posts.  I do not accept paid advertising on my site and will only ever share products or resources that I would pay for myself.  Each time you order an item and use my amazon link, I earn a small percentage of the purchase price, but it doesn’t not cost you anymore.  It is one way I can keep my site going and offer free products, resources and especially this online study.  My biggest FREE resource will be released shortly and you will love it!

Cyber Monday!!! If you have procrastinated getting eMeals – don’t miss the 30% off sale – use CYBER to get your discount!

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Meal Planning for Health and Sanity

21
Nov
2013

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Chapter Sixteen:

A few key sentences that got my attention:

“This required fuel for daily living has the power to take my focus off priorities, cause me to overspend, and steal my time.”
“With a plan, food take its proper place in our households – and that’s a healthy necessity and an enjoyable part of the day spent with those important to us.”
The big one for me:

 ”Is it possible we have elevated food above the position God intended?  I believe he wants us to enjoy food – otherwise, we wouldn’t have pizza and brownies.  But it was never meant to dominate our days and checkbooks with overindulgence and unnecessary time and money spent running to the store or through fast-food establishments.”  (AMEN!)

 

 

 Next week on our Getting Read – Conversations that Spark Change Conference Call, we are talking with Jane Delaney one of the co-founders of eMeals and she will share with us not only ideas for meal planning, but how to keep your kitchen the heart of your home without losing your mind!  I can’t wait.  

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(If you missed my email blast last week, they have a great code – 30% off any meal plan using code:  CYBER.  They have dinner plans as well as add on’s for breakfast too – making meal planning even easier!)

If you haven’t tried it, I highly suggest doing so.


Save 30% with code Cyber

 

Oh, and just to get you started thinking about Thanksgiving, here is a yummy recipe for you to add to your collection from eMeals!

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Consider these questions, answer them in your journal, comment here or you can leave your comment on the private Facebook page.  

  • Do you have a meal plan system already working?
  • What is your biggest struggle with meal planning, time involved, coming up with ideas, or picky eaters?
  • Does cooking come to you as a natural, fun thing, or a tedious and time consuming task?
  • If you have a system that works, please share with others, this is an area that is troublesome for many.
  • Do you only plan dinner, or are you also in a routine to plan breakfast and lunch?
  • Are you able to grocery shop and get all your items together in one trip to avoid wasted time later? 

Mom, I’m Hungry….

17
Sep
2013


Depending on the time of day, that familiar, “Mom…. I’m Hungry,” can be a nice tone or if it is when your child hops in the car after school, it can be downright ugly!

Even though it’s been a few years since I’ve had smaller kids coming home from school and/or being picked up – I have yet again entered this season. I am picking up my three year old who attends on in-home Montessori school a few miles away.  He is funny and probably a lot like most kids – I pack a great lunch for him, although probably on the small side since I know he will be wanting to finish to go play.  So when I arrive to pick him up at 3 PM, he is famished!

I’ve done a pretty good job at keeping snacks in the car all the time, along with some water, but now that I have a starving three year old arriving almost daily in the car, I needed to get a plan to keep everyone’s blood sugar level in check.

Whether you are picking up kids from school, on the go driving kids to and from activities, eating meals and snacks in the car can be messy.  In addition, many of the ‘on the go’ snacks are just plain unhealthy.  I am in the process of changing my own eating habits to a more Paleo friendly diet, which I imagine will also mean my family ends of changing, whether they intend to or not, so some of the snacks I share may in fact change for our family – but they may work perfectly for your family. [Read more...]