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Fun Day Monday Natural Sunscreen after-sun care and bug repellent

Fun Day Monday Natural Sunscreen, After-Sun Skin Care, and Natural Bug Repellent!

Essential oils offer natural sunscreen options, as well as  after-sun care, and even bug repellent!

I thought I would share something relevant for summer, kids, camping, and keeping the bugs off naturally.

One of my very favorite resources is the “Modern Essentials” book that provides some great information on how to use essential oils, as well as specific information on each individual essential oil, recipes, and so much more! We, here at essentialkitty, have the “Modern Essentials Book” for sale at a discounted price. The 8th edition is currently available. However, the 9th edition will come out next month (September 2017). If you are interested in buying the 8th edition, we have it available for $30.00 CAD. Message me at essentialkitty10@gmail.com if you would like one.

When I looked up sunscreen in the “Modern Essentials” book,

DoTERRA Hawaiian Sandalwod
DoTERRA Hawaiian Sandalwood
DoTERRA Arborvitae
DoTERRA Arborvitae
DoTERRA Helichrysum
DoTERRA Helichrysum

 

 

Click on the oil name to purchase. You will be taken directly to the shopping cart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

were listed as really good options for natural sunscreens.

If you plan to use these oils on children under the age of 6, be sure to check the dilution chart in “Modern Essentials” for how much to dilute for children and infants.

To use them, add 5-10 drops to 1 Tbsp doTERRA fractionated coconut oil, and apply to the skin.

Click on the oil name to purchase. You will be taken directly to the shopping cart. 

Fractionated coconut oil has its own natural sunscreen properties, such as:

  • Feather-light emollient provides a soothing barrier without clogging pores
  • Ideal for combining with essential oils for topical therapies
  • Completely soluble with all essential oils; odorless, colorless, and non-staining
  • Will not go rancid
  • For topical use

In the non-chemical fractionating process, the components of whole coconut oil that cause it to be solid at room temperature and be susceptible to oxidation are removed. The resulting substance is liquid at room temperature and very stable. Fractionated Coconut Oil provides
a number of advantages over whole coconut oil, primarily increased shelf-life.

Unlike whole coconut oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil is lighter, non-greasy, and has a greater cleansing effect on the skin, making it popular as a carrier for essential oils and as a base for a variety of skin care products. (resource: 15 uses for Fractionated Coconut Oil)

If you don’t have fractionated coconut oil, you can use

doTERRA’s unscented hand and body lotion

doTERRA Hand and Body Lotion
doTERRA Hand and Body Lotion

Click on the oil name to purchase. You will be taken directly to the shopping cart.

DoTERRA’s unscented hand and body lotion is a light, non-greasy formula that contains jojoba and macadamia seed oils, murumuru and theobroma seed butters, and nourishing plant extracts.

This lightweight lotion absorbs quickly to leave skin feeling silky soft and smooth. Ideal for both hands and body, this lotion pairs perfectly with essential oils, allowing you to create a personalized aromatic experience from head to toe.

 

For after-sun skin care, I reach for doTERRA Lavender and Peppermint essential oils.

 

doTERRA Lavender
doTERRA Lavender
doTERRA Peppermint
doTERRA Peppermint

When I went to Kalispell, MT, with my husband for the 4th of July celebrations, I forgot to use any kind of natural sunscreen. A day or two after we got home, my sunburn was really tender, itchy,  hot to the touch, and I felt very crispy.

I applied lavender essential oil (with some fractionated coconut oil) and then peppermint essential oil (again, with a little fractionated coconut oil) to help soothe the burn, take away the itch, and cool the burn a little.

I put a few drops of the oils in my hand and gently rubbed it onto the sunburn. I found that my skin did not peel at all because the oils conditioned the skin. The sunburn just turned into a nice tan within a couple of days.

If your burn is too tender to touch, you can put the oils into a spray bottle and spray them on like I did for one of our boys who had a severe, blistered sunburn. The oils helped to soothe the burn and to heal it a little faster.

To help keep the bugs off, we have used

doTERRA’s TerraShield blend.

To purchase, click on the oil name. You will be taken directly to the shopping cart.

 

We have found it very effective while sitting cheering on our children from the soccer sidelines, camping, hiking, working in the yard, and anything else we have been involved in. It is safe to use for children and infants. For safety, be sure to check the “Modern Essentials” dilution chart before using on children under the age of 6.

To purchase any of these oils, click on the oil name and a link will take you directly to the shopping cart.

I hope you have found value in what I have shared with you here. I look forward to sharing more with you.

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I look forward to serving you and making a difference in your life!

Ideal Healthy Weight Here I come!

Ideal Healthy Weight Here I Come!

September 2014   Before                 December 2014 After

TERRAfit 90-Day Challenge       TERRAfit 90-day Challenge

My desire to find my ideal healthy weight has been put on the back burner for the last year. The year 2016 was very difficult for us. It started with my husband having double by-pass open-heart surgery and ended with the passing of my wonderful mother-in-law. You can only imagine everything in between.

During 2016, my really cute size S-M, 6-8 clothes have been getting tighter and tighter until they no longer fit, and I was forced to go buy size L, 12-14 clothes!

The day I went through my closet and clear out all of the clothes I could no longer wear was very depressing. It was more than depressing. It was devastating. Fortunately, my husband has been very supportive in every stage and every need.

When I cleaned out my closet, I was not prepared to part with all those cute clothes. I put my clothes in our attic with the hope that one day I would reach my ideal healthy weight again and fit into them …. one day.

I am not sure if knowing they are there waiting for me to wear them again has inspired or discouraged me. I have struggled with bouncing between being inspired and discouraged. I now choose to be inspired. I choose to be committed to wearing them again.

The year 2017 brings with it hope to find my ideal healthy weight once again. How does one determine what their ideal healthy weight is? I read a book that said for a woman of medium-bone frame structure, the first 5 feet of height accounts for the first 100 pounds. Every foot after that, a medium-framed woman should add 5 pounds. I am of medium frame and am 5’6″ tall. Putting it all together, my ideal healthy weight is 130 lbs. That is my goal.

I used to weigh only 110 pounds in high school, but that was before marriage and babies. After having 5 babies, I weighed around 165 – 170 pounds. I worked diligently by working out with Billy Blanks 6 days a week. I didn’t really worry about what I ate. I just ate what we had. I managed to get myself down to 125 pounds in 3 months! That was awesome! However, once I reached my goal weight, I stopped working out and still ate whatever I wanted. I re-gained some of the weight back. Thankfully, I was a busy enough mom that I didn’t gain it all back.

However, after a few years, a divorce, a new marriage, and the onset of Degenerative Disc Disease, my activity level and metabolism changed. Slowly, I was able to do fewer and fewer active things that helped me keep my weight in check. Slowly, the weight found itself a permanent home on my body.

Over the last 12 years, there have been many days and months I have been in bed with significant back pain. The pain led to using prescription pain medications. The prescription pain medication added to weight gain. The weight gain led to larger sizes.

In the Fall of 2013, I found my own personal miracle with essential oils that changed my life so significantly that I was able to participate in some of my usual activities again. I found a way to control my back pain naturally. I will talk about that story in another post. It’s a really great story that I hope will inspire you.

There was also a time that I thought I had to buy into the belief that my back had to hurt. The more I believed it had to hurt, the more it hurt. The more it hurt, the less I could do.

In May 2015 I attended a 3-day “Make Your Mark” Business Mastery seminar with Colin Sprake. It was there that my mindset began to change. I learned how powerful thoughts are. It’s amazing how empowering or limiting our mindset can be. I will talk more about that later as well.

If you are a business owner, you want to attend this seminar. Are you struggling to make a profit or want to increase your profits? Click on this link to register for the next event February 2-4, 2017. Enter 16908 to activate the registration.

I have decided that I need to do the TERRAfit challenge again. I have done it a couple of times before and found it to be a very challenging and effective program. The TERRAfit program focuses on 3 key areas of success: Nutrition, exercise, and essential oils. You may wonder how essential oils can help with achieving weight release success. Over the next 12 weeks, I will talk about them as I blog about my progress. The specific oils used during the challenge are:

Slim & Sassy Essential Oil

 

Slim & Sassy (Smart & Sassy in Canada)

 

 

 

Peppermint Essential Oil

 

 

 Peppermint

Lemon Essential Oil

 

 

 

 

Lemon

 

Easy Air Essential Oil

 

 

Breathe

(U.S.A.)

Deep Blue Rub
Easy Air

(Canada)

 

Deep Blue Rub

 

 

 

 

Contact me at hopenaturalwellness@gmail.com to learn how you can get your essential oils for 25% off and even earn free product! Be sure to include your e-mail address and phone number. I look forward to hearing from you!

Other products used during the challenge. They are:

 

LifeLong Vitality

 

Mito2Max

 

 

Mito2Max

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex

 

 

 

 

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex

 

 

Trim Shake

 

 
Slim & Sassy Trim Shake meal replacement powder. Available flavours are vanilla, chocolate, and vegan.

 

 

 

I am starting the challenge today, January 9, 2017. It is a 12-week challenge. I decided I would write about my progress every week with pictures, my successes, my difficulties, lessons learned, my triumphs, and celebrations.

The first daily challenge set before participants today is to weigh in, measure, and take before photos because “when you start with a clear view of where you are, it will be so much easier to celebrate your successes!” (TERRAFit Team)

As difficult and scary as they are, here are my starting stats:

Weight: 175 pounds

We will be weighing in every Monday. I am looking forward to seeing a slightly lower number in a week. Wish me luck!

Measurements:

  • Chest – 40″
  • Right arm – 13″
  • Left arm – 13″
  • Waist – 35″
  • Hips – 42.5″
  • Right Thigh – 21.5″
  • Left Thigh – 21.5″
  • Neck – 14.25″

Before Photos:

Ideal Healthy weight
As you can see, I have some work to do. There will be some obstacles in my way as I go through the challenge. For example, we are on the road fairly often. Being on the road has its own drawbacks with eating right, having time to exercise, being active, and drinking enough water throughout the day (It gets a little interesting when you need a washroom on the road with none to be found).

This coming week we will be traveling to Calgary (2-2.5 hours away from home) on business. Our schedule on one of those days will be as such:

3:15 a.m.: Alarm (hit snooze as many times as possible)

3:45 a.m.: Drag ourselves out of bed, shower, dress, etc.

5:00 a.m.: Leave for Calgary

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.: First business meeting

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. : Next business meeting

11:00 a.m – noon: Network with other business owners

12:00: Client appointment

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Client appointment

Eat out for dinner

Drive home

10:30 – 11:00 p.m.: Arrive home and fall into bed

We have been doing this every other week. It is the longest day ever. Having a schedule like this makes getting 6 meals in before 8:00 p.m., exercising, drinking 64 ounces of water, doing the daily challenge, and taking all my whole food supplements of Life Long Vitality a real challenge. I will tell you that it is absolutely doable. It will just take some planning and then following the plan while on the road. With planning, I am sure I can reach my ideal healthy weight even on the road.

Wednesday will take us to Lethbridge (an hour away from us) for an appointment and other errands.

Thursday will take us back to Calgary for 3 appointments starting at 11:00 a.m.. That means we will have to leave by 8:30 a.m. and will get home at around 11:00 p.m.

We are equally busy when we are at home. Between our children, community involvement, business needs, and so much more, we have a lot of demands on our time and energy. I also have a part-time job working at the local health food store every Saturday.

Eating right, exercising, taking Life Long Vitality (& other supplements), LifeLong Vitalitydrinking 8 glasses of water, doing the daily TERRAfit challenge, and getting enough sleep are all on my commitments priority list.

Of course, there are days when I think I don’t have the time to do the things necessary to reach my goal of my ideal healthy weight, but when I take a step back, I realize that if I don’t follow through and do them, then I will not reach my goals, and my health also suffers. My back hurts more, I don’t have as much energy, I am less focused, and not as able to cope with all the stressors in life.

TERRAfit is not only a fitness challenge, it is a lifestyle challenge.

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

Want to know more about the TERRAfit challenge? Visit the website www.terrafit.com.

The next challenge starts on January 30, 2017. Click on the following link to join the next challenge. By clicking on this link, you will be joining my team, and I would be your coach for the challenge. I look forward to helping and supporting you on your journey to finding the health, vitality, energy, and feeling great!

terrafit.com/join/team-hope-eh76

Your natural body transformation starts now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Cleaning Never Had It So Good!

Green cleaning never had it so good! Your guests will leave this motivating workshop with a complete line of eco-friendly, essential oil household products.

green-cleaning-invitation

Are you open to natural methods of wellness? Are you open to Green cleaning with essential oils? What do you know about essential oils? Would you like to know more about them?

On our journey of natural health and wellness, we came across this awesome green cleaning option – making our own natural, effective, cleaners with essential oils.

Essential oils are natural, aromatic compounds that are extracted from plants. Like a toolbox has many different tools to build a house, each essential oil has its own properties, whether they are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and the list goes on. I am very confident cleaning with essential oils because of their powerful properties.

Have you ever noticed that a large amount of commercial cleaners use ingredients like lemon, lime, etc.? That is because of their awesome grease-cutting properties. Those are the natural properties of lemon and lime oils! Why not take those natural properties and put them into your own green cleaners?!

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When you make them yourself, you know exactly what’s in them. There will be no chemicals to irritate the lungs, skin, nails, hair, or any other body systems.

If you are particularly sensitive to store-bought cleaners, this could be the perfect answer to help you keep your home and family clean, healthy, and
well.

We are currently offering Green Cleaning Make N’ Take Workshops in Calgary at the Shawnessy YMCA during the months of October and November.

We will be making All-Purpose Spray Cleaner, Counter Top Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Wood Furniture Cleaner, Tile & Grout Cleaner, Fruit & Veggie Spray, Stainless Steel Cleaner, Multi-Purpose Floor Cleaner, and more…… You can make all 11 spray cleaners or pick and choose what you like the best!

Need a different day, time, or location? Would you like to earn free oils? Host a class! We offer workshops in Calgary, Lethbridge, and Cardston, Alberta. Get your friends together for an evening of fun & education, and you and your friends get to take home the powerful benefits of your own green cleaners! Workshops are complimentary, except the cost of the supplies. Contact us! We’ll tell you more!

Come to a class that your friend is hosting! If you bring a friend, you’ll receive a gift just for bringing another guest with you! Be sure to register you and your friend for the workshop to ensure there are enough supplies on hand.

We are so excited to share with you!

You can e-mail us at hopenaturalwellness@gmail.com or text 403-382-8885.

Hair today, hair tomorrow

Having trouble with hair loss, fragile, damaged or thinning hair, or wish it would just grow?

I have had some real problems with damaged, fragile, thinning, and reluctant-to-grow hair.

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October 2010

A few years ago, my hair was down to my waist. However, the longer it was, the thinner it became. It became frizzy, dry, brittle and difficult to control. In an effort to make it smoother and straighter, I tried using a straightening chemical on it – something like a perm, only in reverse. That chemical completely demolished it! It broke, started falling out, and was so damaged I had to cut it all off!

I was devastated! I truly mourned the loss of my long hair. It took several months for me to accept how short it was.

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July 2015

It was during this time that I started looking around for some answers to help regain its health, help it to grow, and make it stop falling out. Did I need some sort of supplements? Did I need to change my shampoo? Did I need to change the methods I used while style it? Did I need to use some sort of special cream or something natural that would help? The answer to all of the above is, yes!

I am so grateful to my daughters who know more than I do and for my sisters’ wealth of knowledge, expertise, and talent as a hair dresser. She is extraordinary. As my sister and I have chatted during a cut and style, she has taught me some very valuable information that has made a difference to me. I will pass on what I have learned to you with the hope that it makes a difference to you too!

First of all, how often are you shampooing? I used to shampoo every day. I felt I needed a fresh start to the day. Washing your hair so often strips it of the natural oils that protect it. Yes, washing it less often at first will seem to make your hair way more greasy. That’s just because the natural oils are trying to replenish themselves according to how they have had to keep up while being washed so often. Give it a week or two. The oils will balance out, so the greasiness won’t last very long. I now shampoo 1-3 times a week. Of course, I have to wash it more often when I swim.
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Next, what shampoo are you using? Once upon a time, I was a die-hard Pantene girl. It made my hair feel great. I loved how it smelled and what it did for my hair. However, one of my (6) daughters and my younger sister, shared with me the secret of Argan Oil. One of the first changes I made was to add Argan Oil to my regimen after towel drying (yes, while I was still shampooing with Pantene). It took time, but eventually, I found the Argan Oil seemed to help make my hair a little stronger, less frizzy, a little softer, and more manageable.

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 3.58.11 PMMy next change was to switch shampoos. I switched to Organix Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and conditioner. When I made the switch, that was when I also changed to shampooing 2-3 times a week, and I didn’t really notice a big problem with greasy hair. (I also kept applying Argan Oil after towel drying). It seemed to adjust pretty quickly. I now switch between Organix and an organic vegetarian shampoo my sister gave me. Recently, I ran out of Organix and decided to try using the left-over Pantene in my bathroom cabinet. What a mistake! My hair was instantly dry, fly-away, and difficult to manage. It was shocking! I had even used my specially home-made all-natural hair mask before shampooing! (the recipe is coming later in this post).

At my last appointment with her, my sister also introduced me to a cream that helps strengthen the proteins (keratin). Things just keeps getting better and better! You need a fabulous hair dresser who knows her stuff!

It just so happened that when I made the switch to shampooing 2-3 times a week, I also found this awesomely amazing hair mask on Babilon Kay’s blog. Her posts are more for African-American hair. I tweaked it just a little to better meet my needs. I was desperate to get my hair to grow and become healthy, so I tried it. At first, I saturated it the night before I intended to shampoo. I have since come to understand that I really only need to have the mask on for 20-30 minutes. Nothing more is really absorbed after that.

Essential Hair Mask Recipe:

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable glycerin
  • 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops essential oil (I use 10 drops of 3 different kinds of essential oils, making the total 30 drops). What essential oils may help with hair problems?

Directions

Place shea butter, cacao butter, and coconut oil in a microwaveable/freezer-safe dish. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between, just until melted. Add remaining ingredients. Blend well. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, until cloudy around edges. Whip mixture on high until it resembles cake batter. Place in a container. Does not need to be refrigerated.

To Use:

Apply mask to scalp and hair in small sections. Start at the root and apply a light/medium amount of cream from root to tip. (In my experience, the amount I have to use varies according to how dry my hair is that day. Some days it soaks up the moisture quite quickly, necessitating using more.) When the entire scalp and hair are covered, leave on for 20-30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual. You may need to shampoo twice to get all of the mask out. If you find your hair is greasy or heavy, too much mask has been left behind. A very effective agent to get the mask out is apple cider vinegar. Not only does it get all the mask out, it is also a natural conditioner that promotes growth.

I swim as part of my exercise routine, and I use this mask for protection against damage when I swim.

These few simple changes have made an incredible difference in the rate of growth, texture, and manageability.

Some Reasons for Hair Loss and Other Problems

One of the resources for my information is the book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition” by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC. The following excerpt is from her book:

“Baldness or loss of hair is referred to as alopecia. Alopecia totalis means loss of all the scalp hair. Alopecia universalis means loss of all body hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes. If hair falls out in patches, it is termed alopecia aerate. This condition is usually temporary and rarely leads to baldness. Factors that are involved in hair loss include heredity, hormones, and aging.

A less dramatic, but more prevalent, type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia (AGA), or male pattern baldness. AGA is common in men. As the name implies, a genetic or hereditary predisposition to the disorder and the presence of androgens – male sex hormones – are involved in this condition.

Women sometimes have the same type of hair loss, but it is not usually as extensive and most often does not occur until after menopause. All women experience some hair thinning as they grow older, especially after menopause, but in some it begins as early as puberty. In addition, most women lose some hair two or three months after having a baby because hormonal changes prevent normal hair loss during pregnancy.

In addition to heredity, other factors that promote hair loss include:

  • Poor circulation
  • Acute Illness
  • Surgery
  • Radiation exposure
  • Skin disease
  • Sudden weight loss
  • High fever
  • Iron deficiency
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Drugs, such as those used in chemotherapy
  • Ringworm
  • Other fungal infections
  • Chemicals, such as hair dyes
  • Vitamin deficiencies

End of excerpt

The Importance of Nutrients and Nutrition

I have done quite a bit of study and research into what vitamins and and minerals make up the hair and what supplements would make the greatest positive impact to help me reach my goals and dreams of healthy, beautiful, strong, manageable hair.

The following condensed excerpt is from “Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition” by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC:

Very important nutrients the hair needs are:

  • Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil, or salmon oil)
  • Raw thymus glandular
  • Bitamin B complex with Vitamin B3, B5, B6, plus extra biotin and inositol and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids (those who are prone to kidney stones should check with their doctor first, as vitamin C may be contraindicated)
  • Vitamin E (those who are on blood thinner or anticoagulant therapy should check with their doctor first, as vitamin E may thin the blood further)
  • Zinc

Important nutrients the hair needs are:

  • Coenzyme Q10 plus Coenzyme A
  • DMG (dimethyglycine
  • Kelp

Some helpful nutrients are:

  • Copper
  • Dioxychlor
  • Grape seed extract
  • L-cysteine and L-methionine plus glutathione
  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Silica (silicon)

Nutrient Sources

I am currently utilizing some really great sources for whole-food nutrients:

  • doTERRA’s LifeLong Vitality
  • True Hope Freeminos
  • BioSil
  • Hair Force
  • Balanced diet
  • Plenty of water

Hair-Healthy Herbs:

Use apple cider vinegar and sage tea as a rinse to help hair grow

Ginko biloba improves circulation to the scalp

Green tea, pygeum, and saw palmetto may aid in reducing hair loss in men

Tea tree oil combats bacteria and mites that may cause hair loss. Massage 10 drops into the scalp, then shampoo in the usual fashion.

Phyllis A Balch, CNC, Also Suggests:

Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetable and low in starch. This may help slow down the process of hair loss. Fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, many of which are antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage growth.

Eat plenty of foods high in biotin and/or take supplemental biotin as recommended. Biotin is needed for healthy hair and skin, and may even prevent hair loss in some men. Good food sources of biotin include brewer’s yeast, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and walnuts.

Caution: Brewer’s yeast can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Start with a small amount at first, and discontinue use if allergic symptoms occur.

Include soy foods such as soybeans, tempeh, and tofu in your diet. Soy foods appear to inhibit the formation of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone implicated in the process of hair loss.

Do not eat foods containing raw eggs. Raw eggs not only pose a risk of salmonella infection, but are high in avidin, a protein that binds to biotin and prevents it from being absorbed. Cooked eggs are acceptable.

Lie head down on a slant board fifteen minutes a day to allow the blood to reach your scalp. Massage your scalp daily.

Use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica. Aloe vera gel, vitamins C and E, and jojoba oils are also very good. Conditioners containing chamomile, marigold, ginseng, and/or passionflower help to keep hair healthy as well.

Be careful of using products that are not natural. Allergic reactions to chemicals in these products occur frequently. Alternate among several different hair care products, using only all-natural and pH-balanced formulas. Nature’s Cabin carries a variety of natural hair care products.

Hair is fragile when wet. Gently pat wet hair dry and squeeze out remaining moisture with a towel.

Cover your hair when it is exposed to sunlight. Long exposure to sunlight and seawater can be damaging.

Avoid rough treatment. Do not use a brush or fine-toothed comb. If at all possible, towel dry only. Also, do not use a blow-dryer or other heated appliances; let it dry naturally. Do not comb your hair until it is dry, as it tends to break off when wet. Use a pick to put wet hair in place. Do not wear tight ponytails, cornrows, or other styles that pull on the hair.

Avoid crash diets and diets that neglect any of the food groups. These can cause deficiencies in nutrients that are detrimental to the hair.

If you are losing large amounts of hair, see a physician.

I also have made doTERRA’s LifeLong Vitality Complex a part of my daily routine. This complex provides the full B vitamin complex. B vitamins are important for health and growth of hair.

 

 

Honey-Dijon Sauce

Honey-Dijon Sauce

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This Honey-dijon sauce is one of my favourite sauces ever! It’s easy, quick, and versatile. I like to brush it on my salmon while it’s baking or as a sauce served over my cooked chicken breast/thighs & brown rice. Mmm!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dijon

1/2 cup honey

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 drop thyme essential oil (doTERRA) or 1/2 – 1 tsp dried thyme (according to taste)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well incorporated. Serve over chicken, salmon, white fish, pork chops, rice, quinoa, buckwheat groats, or millet.

What are the health benefits of dijon mustard?

What are the health benefits of honey?

What are the health benefits of olive oil?

What are the health benefits of thyme essential oil?

 

Cardiac Surgery Caregiver Preparation

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As the caregiver for a cardiac patient, keeping myself healthy is as important as keeping my husband healthy prior to and during his procedure and recovery.

My husband and I are preparing for his double by-pass cardiac surgery that is scheduled for Monday, February 1, 2016. He was originally scheduled for last Friday, but another patient needed help first, so we were bumped. Just getting to this point has been a journey and an adventure. It took a few years to pinpoint the cause of his chest pain in the first place. He had a cardiac angiogram last October that showed his need for some re-routed plumbing.

It has been a real challenge to watch my husband, who tirelessly takes care of me and our family, become the one who needs to be taken care of. Now, it’s my turn to be the caregiver. I only hope I can give him the kind of care that he so compassionately, lovingly and patiently has given me.

There are some things that I am realizing are very important in the caregiver role:

Caregiver health matters.

As we approach his cardiac surgical date (with much anxiety) we are both very aware of every cough, sniffle, tickle, or any other malady that either of us may come in contact with. For him to catch a cold before his surgery could cause another postponement, which would of course bring more stress and lots of time to build up more anxiety about the whole procedure. That would also give him more time to have a heart attack and subsequently add problems, or worse, I could lose him altogether. We are both taking every precaution that we can take to stay healthy and avoid the cold/flu that is going around our community. It wasn’t until I started looking at my role as a caregiver, rather than only a wife, that it hit me how important protecting my own health mattered. This is not about being selfish or self-centred, but rather putting someone else’s needs above your own.

It is easy to overlook the health of the caregiver because all the focus is on the cardiac patient. However, if I were to contract a cold this week, incubate it for a few days, and then go see him after he has his surgery, then there is a great chance that I could share it with him in his weakened immunity state. He and I like to share with each other, just not viruses at such a critical time.

The danger in sharing that cold with him would be the possibility of pneumonia setting in, tearing his stitches, prolonging his recovery time, disturbing the breast bone that is trying to heal from being cut and pried open, or infection. The hospital staff want him to cough deeply several times a day to help prevent pneumonia during recovery, which is a risk to begin with when someone goes through by-pass cardiac surgery. Add in a virus and you have a recipe for disaster. As a caregiver, I want to minimize the amount of suffering and discomfort he has to endure.

What precautions are we taking?

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  1. Let’s start with eating healthy foods on purpose. I know, healthy foods can be boring, right? It’s so much more enjoyable to eat those chips, cakes, cookies, candies, pop, etc. We have been working on eating healthy foods on purpose for quite a while now. When I bake or cook something, our children ask if it’s healthy or not. If it’s healthy, they tend to shy away from it thinking it’s not going to taste good. True, some of my “healthy” experiments have made it to the family “remember when….” memories, but I have come up with some pretty tasty treats that also serve as nutritious and satisfying. I have found that when I choose to eat more nutritious foods, that I have more energy to fill the role of the caregiver. When I choose to eat whatever is around, I don’t have the same vitality, patience, ability, or stamina to take care of myself or my husband. Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 9.29.16 AM
  2. I put effort in to drink enough water. It may seem like a simple thing, but it is one of the major things that helps the body detoxify and boost the immune system. Drinking enough water gives the body all the hydration it needs to perform vital functions. Less water = less energy. Screen shot 2016-02-06 at 11.31.46 AM
  3. I like to add lemon essential oil and baking soda to my reverse osmosis water. Why? The lemon oil helps to remove toxins from the body. You can also add baking soda (1 tsp/4 Litres) to your water to increase the pH level of your water, which can be important to good health. Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 10.49.11 AM
  4. I include exercise. Don’t like to exercise? Don’t think you have time? Yes, being a caregiver can be demanding on your time, but even if you can only squeeze in a few minutes of yoga, pilates, TaeBo, TERRAfit (if you are interested in joining a 90-day TERRAfit challenge, please e-mail me at hopenaturalwellness@gmail.com. I am a TERRAfit coach and would love to help you reach your goals!), go for a walk, or go to the gym, DO IT. Sometimes, I struggle with getting my exercise in every day. Exercise helps to boost your ability to deal with stress. You are going to need all the help you can get in that department. Stress can be a contributor to illness.Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 11.09.23 AM
  5. I try to go to bed early enough to get the sleep I need. Sleep is a beautiful thing. I am an 8-hour creature. I just need it. On Guard+
  6. I take On Guard+ softgels. We love our essential oils. One of the products that we use is On Guard+ softgels. It is a blend of some powerful antibacterial, antiviral, oils that promote and support a healthy immune system. Mark was feeling a cold coming on just yesterday. I had him take On Guard+ softgels throughout the day to help support and boost his immune system. Today, there is no sign of a cold. As his caregiver, I have also been taking On Guard+ softgels because if he is feeling a cold coming on, there is a good chance that I may be carrying the virus too. If I boost my immune system to help fight off the bugs, then we are that much closer to keeping it away. We are continuing to take it daily as a proactive approach.Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 12.17.01 PM
  7. We have been limiting sick visitors to our home. Your friends and family may want to show their support by being around and helping out in any way that they can. Seriously, though, if they are sniffling, coughing, feverish and stuffed up, they will help out the most by staying home and getting better themselves. You will appreciate their visit and help more when they come back healthy. The last thing you want is to need a caregiver for the caregiver. Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 12.21.06 PM
  8. I try to manage my stress. Some ideas to manage stress are to: Read a book. Take a bath. Go for a walk. Do something you really enjoy doing, even if it’s just for a few minutes to help you decompress and relax. You are going to need every ounce of energy you can muster.Emotional Aromatherapy Title Line
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  9. I like to use essential oils to help manage my mood/stress. Essential oils are aromatic compounds that come from plants that can help with the roller coaster of emotions you’re going through. Being a caregiver does not mean that you will be immune from the many emotions that can come with the heavy demands.  Essential oils can help with relaxation so you can get a good night’s rest. They can help ease anxiety, grief, fear, stress, depression, and more. Learn more about Emotional Aromatherapy.
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  10. I like to diffuse essential oils, like On Guard. If you do have a friend or family member who brings an illness to your home, set a diffuser with On Guard. Essential oils are naturally antiviral and antibacterial, some more than others. The On Guard blend is specifically designed to help clean the air of viruses and bacteria (especially when diffused). As the caregiver, you’ll be grateful you took the steps to ward off as many bacteria and viruses as possible. You’ll feel great knowing that you’ve done everything you can to keep your loved one as healthy as possible. On Guard Hand Wash
  11. I wash my hands often. Sometimes, I feel that’s all I’m doing. I like to use On Guard foaming hand wash. Washing your hands breaks the chain and helps to control the spread of viruses/bacteria. I have found that when I use the liquid soap we buy from Costco, my hands become dry and chapped from washing so often. However, when I wash using On Guard foaming hand wash, my hands don’t dry out because it is pH balanced. In fact, they are healthier and softer when I use the On Guard foaming hand wash. I feel so confident using this hand wash. I know that I am killing germs, viruses, bacteria, and everything else I can’t even imagine is there.
  12. Last, but certainly not least, I have faith in God and Jesus Christ. I live only a couple of blocks away from an LDS temple. I like to go there to ponder and pray. I trust that the Lord is watching over me and my family. I trust that He has a plan. My faith has brought great peace to my mind, heart, and soul. Whatever your faith may be, be sure to take some time to meditate, pray, and feel connected to whatever faith/Deity you may believe. This one item may help you to give the best, most loving service that you can as the primary caregiver of your loved one.          Click on the following link to watch a wonderful 3:25 minute video about faith.

 

Want to know more? e-mail me at hopenaturalwellness@gmail.ca. I would love to hear from you!

 

Inability to lose weight? The answer could be in your blood!

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How frustrating! How infuriating! How depressing! How discouraging! It just makes me want to give up!

I’ve done EVERYTHING I should EVERY DAY: I drink all 8 glasses of water, eat 6 smaller meals, eat at least 10 different healthy foods, eat at least 4 vegetables, exercise (5 days a week), take my supplements, use a great meal replacement shake twice a day, finish all my meals before 8:00 in the evening, and live an active lifestyle.

I don’t drink alcohol, smoke, or do drugs.

I have eliminated/strictly limited sugar, potatoes, gluten, corn, and dairy from my diet.

So why, then, has my weight either stayed the same or increased?????

Well, there are other factors that are involved in women’s weight.

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My husband and I have been doing the TERRAfit 90-day fitness challenge together since September 28, 2015. His weight has steadily gone down every week. Mine has stayed pretty much the same. I am still overweight, bordering on obesity. That is not a healthy way I want to live my life.  Why does he see success where I am completely stuck?

We recently attended a Mind and Body Wellness Fair in Kelowna, B.C., where we met some interesting people who have shed some light on this subject.

One lady, in particular, Shannon Bliss is a wonderful lady who founded “Health is Bliss” in Kelowna, B.C. We took the opportunity to have her look at each of our blood and do a quick “Live Blood Analysis.” It was fascinating! We learned so much about ourselves and what we each need to do to improve our health, just by looking under a microscope to see what our blood had to tell us. We are so VASTLY different, yet at the same time, have some similarities.

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A couple of the things that I learned about my own health are:

1. Although I am taking a fantastic nutritional supplement (Life Long Vitality) with all the omega’s one could possibly ask for in a supplement, my body has not been absorbing any of them – at all! This is one of the reasons I am always feeling so exhausted and unmotivated. It’s tough to get out of bed in the morning feeling like you haven’t even slept yet. Sure, I went to sleep. My eyes were closed all night, but I didn’t feel rested. I have had to push myself to get excited about our 6:00 a.m. workout session before we get on with our busy day. Gratefully (I think), my husband is dedicated to helping me reach my goals and wants to see me succeed as much as I do, so he makes sure I get the workouts done. Yes, I have continued doing our workouts; although, admit that I am asking myself, “what’s the point? It’s not making a difference anyway.”  Yeah, I know that my thoughts have an effect on my results. I promise I will improve on that.  (I’ll post some interesting information about that later on.)

So, having learned that my red blood cells are not using the omega’s that I am taking means having to switch to another omega complex. I have not been excited about having to switch because I really like my current supplements. I talked to the owner of “Nature’s Cabin” in Cardston, Alberta. She suggested that taking Acetyl L-Carnitine may help me to absorb the healthy fats I am eating in my diet as well as the omegas I am supplementing with. I am truly hoping that it makes a difference.

Shannon also explained that it would be wise to use emulsified omega’s to help my body learn what it should be doing with those beautiful omega’s. So, I have switched from my usual regimen to give that a try, with the intention to return to my original supplements in a few months when by body is ready.

2. My liver is having to pick up the work that my red blood cells are not doing. This is causing distress to the liver. In all my years of learning about weight management and loss, I understand that if the liver isn’t happy, weight is not going anywhere. The liver needs help first. Once the liver is happy, then it can do its job of clearing out toxins and excess weight. This poor liver needs some TLC. I will continue with the healthy foods and staying away from the unhealthy sugary, packaged, fast foods that seem to be taking over our Western diet and lifestyle. I will also be diligently working on helping those red blood cells to do their job effectively and efficiently, thereby taking some of the workload off the liver.

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3. A magnesium deficiency can lead to problems like poor bowel health, poor sleep quality, migraines & headaches (I ALWAYS have a headache), fatigue/low energy, chronic neck and back pain, stiff, sore muscles, sugar cravings and weight gain, PMS and hormonal imbalances, constipation, indigestion, teeth grinding, and so many more symptoms and conditions. I have suffered with all of these.

Yes, I started taking a magnesium supplement right away. I chose to use “CALM.” I found it at the local health food store, “Nature’s Cabin.” It’s a powder that you mix with warm water and drink just before bedtime. It has a tart-sweet taste (something like SweetTarts), and it has a light fizz to it. The first night I took it, I found that I had such a restful sleep that I didn’t want to disturb it in the morning. It felt so good to feel so relaxed I didn’t want to move a muscle. Okay, so I still had a hard time getting out of bed – but for a different reason.

There were a number of other things that I discovered about my health that I have learned what and how to change and what direction to take that I am feeling encouraged and hopeful. I am working to become healthy from the inside out. If you are concerned about some of these things or want to know what’s really going on inside your body, I would recommend Shannon Bliss to you. She is thorough and explains things in a way that you can understand. As always, I also recommend talking to your healthcare provider to be sure you aren’t missing any underlying issues.

My Year, My Goals

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This year has been challenging with regards to maintaining a healthy weight.

My goal is to look and feel even better than I did at the end of last year. I have some work to do.

I had some setbacks over the last 10 months that caused a significant amount of weight gain. My goal is to reach my ideal weight before Christmas.

I plan to:

Eat at least 10 servings of healthy foods per day.

Eat at least 4 servings of vegetables every day.

Eat 3-4 servings of fruits per day.

Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day.

Eat 6 smaller meals per day – all before 8:00 p.m.

Take whole food supplements daily.

Use Certified-Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils.

Exercise 5 days a week, resting on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Have a support network that will hold me accountable.

Reduce my toxic load.

Work closely with my doctor to monitor any health concerns.

Take an active role in understanding my own healthcare.

Meditate regularly.

HAVE FUN!!

 

Muscle Density Broccoli Salad

 

It’s fascinating to look at why particular foods are chosen to help build muscle and burn fat naturally.

Muscle Density Broccoli Salad

What you need

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1/2 pound cooked steak, cut in strips

1 cup broccoli, cooked and chopped

1 cup green beans, cooked and cut

1 stalk celery, sliced

1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced

1 green onion, sliced

1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup nonfat yogurt

1/2 tsp mustard

1/4 tsp ground pepper

1/2 head of lettuce

1/2 tomato, sliced

Fresh parsley

Cooking instructions

In large salad bowl, combine steak, broccoli, green beans, celery, mushrooms, and onion.

In a screw-top jar, combine the vinegar, lemon juice, yogurt, mustard, and pepper, and shake until thoroughly mixed for the salad dressing.

Arrange salad on a bed of lettuce leaves. Garnish with tomato slices and parsley.

Serves 2

Nutritional information

240 calories

30 grams protein

20 grams carbohydrate

7 grams fat