Natural Remedy for Seasonal Allergies

Say "good-bye" to constant sneezing and itchy, watery eyes with this all-natural remedy for seasonal allergies!

I love spring, but I don’t like the friends it brings with it – pollen and molds. Personally, I like to be able to actually enjoy spring, and not just in between sneezing fits and squinting through itchy/watery eyes.

Thankfully, I recently discovered a very effective trio that has been my BFF this spring.

My BFF is affectionately known as the LLP.

The LLP is a combination of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils.

Lavender – natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory

Lemon - anti-inflammatory

Peppermint – analgesic and anti-inflammatory and relieves nasal congestion

I also add a secret weapon to my LLP – Copaiba essential oil.

Not only is Copaiba anti-inflammatory, but it is also a magnifying oil, so it enhances the effects of other essential oils. It will make your LLP much more powerful and effective!

Say "good-bye" to constant sneezing and itchy, watery eyes with this all-natural remedy for seasonal allergies!

When allergies are giving me problems, these are some of the things we do:

- Diffuse 3 drops each of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oil in a cold-mist diffuser (I try to do this at least once per day).

- Apply 1 drop each of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, and Copaiba essential oil, mixed with a carrier oil (coconut, grapeseed, etc.), to the back of the neck, behind the ears, and/or on the bottoms of the feet, as often as needed. (I mix up a homemade roll-on for convenience, recipe below.)

- Dip a cotton swab into a mixture of one drop of Lavender essential oil and one drop of carrier oil, swab just inside the nose.

- When allergies are at their worst, rub R.C., Breathe Again, or Eucalyptus essential oil on either side of my nose (staying as far away from the eyes as possible).

- Take a daily probiotic, like Young Living’s Life5 probiotic, to promote gut health which will help with seasonal allergies (my allergies have improved immensely since I began making gut health a bigger priority).

Say "good-bye" to constant sneezing and itchy, watery eyes with this all-natural remedy for seasonal allergies!


For your convenience, here is my homemade allergy relief roll-on recipe.

25 drops Lavender Essential Oil
25 drops Lemon Essential Oil
25 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
25 drops Copaiba Essential Oil
Carrier oil (almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, etc.)
10-mL glass roll-on bottle

Add the essential oils to a 10-mL glass roll-on bottle (you want to use amber or frosted blue, not clear). Fill the rest of the way with your carrier oil and gently shake to combine.

Wondering how to purchase these essential oils? Click here for details!

*The essential oils I’m referring to here are not the oils you can purchase at the grocery store. I’m only referring to therapeutic-grade Young  Living Essential Oils.

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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Easy Baked Frozen Fish Recipe

This fish recipe is super easy and you don't have to worry about thawing the fish first! Convenient for busy nights when you have no dinner plans.


That feeling when it’s 5pm and you have absolutely nothing planned for dinner and all your meat is still frozen solid. It’s happened to me more times than I can count!

Not too long ago, I bought some frozen cod fish in bulk. Since I can cook it without having to thaw it first, it’s become one of my absolute favorite “back-up” meals!

Easy Baked Frozen Fish Recipe

Ingredients

  • Cod or Tilapia filet, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • lemon wedge
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • dried parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Grease a baking sheet (use a pan with raised edges).
  3. Place your frozen fish on the cookie sheet.
  4. Spread the softened butter all over the top of the fish.
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemon wedge onto the fish.
  6. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley liberally onto the fish.
  7. Bake 25 - 35 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish), until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the center is no longer translucent.
http://realfoodenthusiast.com/easy-baked-frozen-fish-recipe/

I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out of my supply of fish!

Other recipes you might enjoy:

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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DIY All-Natural Bug Repellent

If you’re visiting here from Mama Marcie  - welcome; I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m so excited to be participating in this “Detox Your Home” series along with 29 other bloggers this week! We’re all sharing recipes for homemade cleaning supplies, body care items, pet care products and more from this fantastic new-to-me resource, The Chemical Free Home! Get ready to detox your home and ditch those toxic chemical cleaners!

Detox Your Home with these 30 All-Natural, Chemical-Free Cleaning & Body Care Recipes!

I don’t know why mosquitos love me, but they do! I can’t even step out into our backyard for a couple of minutes without getting bitten multiple times. I pretty much have to wear bug spray any time I go outside!

Last summer I decided to test out my essential oils and try out a homemade bug spray. I couldn’t believe it, but it actually worked (I don’t know why I’m still continually surprised when my oils work, I should know better by now)! My husband and kids even used it successfully when they went camping last summer.

Homemade mosquito repellent that actually works!


Since “mosquito season” is right around the corner, I’m sharing my homemade bug repellent recipe with you!

This recipe uses Peppermint Essential Oil and Purification Essential Oil Blend. Purification is a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Lavandin, and Myrtle essential oils. Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree oil), and Peppermint are all considered to be natural mosquito repellents!

DIY All-Natural Bug Repellent

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add the salt to your bottle then add the essential oil.
  2. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water and shake well to mix.
  3. Shake well before every use!
  4. Spray skin and clothes generously, avoiding face.

Notes

*You can add a couple more drops of each essential oil if it's not as effective as you need it to be.

http://realfoodenthusiast.com/diy-all-natural-bug-repellent/

Homemade mosquito repellent that actually works!

I’m so happy to have found an all-natural, safe bug repellent that I can spray on my kids without worry. Plus, it smells good! ;)

Also, if we do happen to still get bitten, this very same spray can be sprayed on the bite to take away the itch! LOVE IT!

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now! Click here to learn more about essential oils or contact the person who introduced you to the “Detox Your Home” Spring blog series! :) We are all offering a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home to anyone {in the U.S.} who signs up with premium starter kit through April 7th!!

Next up is Homemade Oven Cleaner @ Rooted Blessings!

Be sure to check out all 30 posts in the “Detox Your Home” Spring blogger series!

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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AMAZING Thieves Kit Giveaway!

Enter to win this AMAZING Thieves Kit Giveaway - $149 value!

I am SO excited about this giveaway! I’ve teamed up with a few friends to bring you this Young Living Thieves Kit Giveaway!

Can I be jealous of my own giveaway? Because, I am.

The Thieves Kit includes:

  • (2) Thieves Household Cleaner
  • (1) 15 ml Thieves Essential Oil Blend
  • (1) Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste
  • (1) Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • (2) Thieves Spray
  • (2) Thieves Hand Purifier
  • (2) Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

I have personally used almost all of these products and love them ALL. We use the Thieves essential oil blend daily to help support our immune systems. We also use the spray and hand purifiers for their germ-killing power when we’re out of the house. The Thieves household cleaner is one of my favorite products and I use it to clean everything in my house – it smells wonderful!

Check out the amazing results from when my friend Amy used the Thieves cleaner to clean her carpet (after several unsuccessful attempts with store-bought cleaners).

All-natural Thieves cleaner removes old set-in carpet stains when traditional carpet cleaners fail!

Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

I love that we’ve been able to switch to these all-natural products and remove the toxins and chemicals from our home without losing out on effective cleaning power.

If you’re not familiar with the benefits of using essential oils, be sure to read more about How I Use Young Living Essential Oils.

To enter to win this collection of Thieves products, you do NOT have to be a member of Young Living. However, I do have a special offer for you if you’ve been considering switching to all-natural therapeutic-grade essential oils. Not only will you get the huge 24% discount by becoming a wholesale member, I am personally going to send you a few fun freebies if you sign up this week! Click here to see all of the free goodies you’ll get if you sign up. If you do sign up, be sure to let me know in the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

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Interested in purchasing these products for yourself? Click here to see how to purchase and get some free goodies as well!

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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12 Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

Fight colds, flu, and other illness naturally with these 12 simple (and mostly FREE) tips!


The key to beating the flu is to not get it in the first place. Easier said than done, right? Here are a few things we try to do all year long, and especially when the flu is going around.

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

This one is pretty obvious and I’m sure you’ve heard it many times, but do you actually take the advice? Sleep is restorative and getting a good amount of sleep at night can make a huge difference in your body’s ability to fight off illness. Research shows that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or disease.1 Having trouble sleeping? Try using a homemade lavender pillow spray.

2. Stay Hydrated

Another obvious one, I realize, but when you take away the cups of coffee, soda, juice, and milk, how many cups of plain water are you drinking each day? Aim for water to make up at least 50% of your beverages each day to keep your body well-hydrated. Drinking plenty of water daily will help to naturally detoxify your body.2

3. Go Outside

Fresh air and sunshine really make a difference. Spending as little as 20 minutes outside each day can boost your vitamin D levels significantly.3

4. Take Vitamin D3

Deficiencies in vitamin D3 are more common in the winter because we spend less time outside. A study in 2010 showed that children taking vitamin D3 were 42% less likely to get the flu.4 Taking 5,000 – 8,000 IUs (for adults, depending on body weight) of vitamin D3 daily could reduce your risk of catching the flu by almost half!5

5. Reduce Stress

The holidays can be a major source of stress, but it’s important to stay calm. Stress can impair the immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness.6 When you feel stressed, take a few minutes to pray, meditate, exercise, take a bath, go for a walk, or do something you enjoy that will bring down your stress levels. Taking just a few minutes to reduce stress now will save you a lot of sick time (and more stress) later!

6. Avoid Sugar

I know. This one’s probably the most difficult, especially with all the holiday goodies tempting us! However, sugar suppresses the immune system, meaning your body’s ability to fight off illness is weakened.7 Sugar can also inhibit absorption of vitamins and minerals!8 Clearly it’s best to avoid sugar as much as possible.

7. Eat Garlic

Fresh garlic is a potent antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agent. It is also possibly the tastiest item on this list! Studies show that garlic can be effective for preventing common colds and reducing recovery time!9 Eat garlic daily for best results. You can also make a garlic poultice to reduce fevers and ease coughing and congestion.

8. Take Probiotics

Have you heard that your immune system is in your gut? Due in part to the over-prescription of antibiotics, many of us are lacking the good bacteria needed to maintain a healthy gut flora. The good bacteria aid digestion and nutrient absorption and contribute to immune function.10 Probiotics (live bacteria) can be found in many foods like yogurt, kefir, traditionally prepared sauerkraut, and other fermented foods. Since these foods are no longer common in our culture, many people opt to take a probiotic supplement.

9. Take Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO)

I consider Fermented Cod Liver Oil an essential part of our health routine. In addition to being beneficial to your overall health, it is a potent immune system supporter.11 It’s important to choose a high quality FCLO like Green Pasture’s.

10. Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are a must-have in our “medicine cabinet.” Many essential oils are immune-enhancing and support the body’s natural defenses. Essential oils that I keep on hand for cold/flu season: Thieves, RC, Oregano, Raven, Frankincense, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Breathe Again. You can read more about how I use these oils as well as where to get them here: Getting Started with Essential Oils.

11. Take Elderberry Syrup

In 2011, researchers at Justus-Liebig University in Geissen, Germany reported that a concentrated liquid extract of black elderberries inhibited the growth of influenza A and B viruses and bacteria associated with upper respiratory tract infections.12 Elderberry syrup is mild-tasting and inexpensive to purchase, or you can easily make your own elderberry syrup!

12. Exercise

Regular exercise may also be helpful for cold and flu prevention, according to a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.13 Researchers aren’t sure yet why it is effective, but it might be because it reduces stress, improves sleep, and typically involves going outdoors (coincidentally all items on this list)!

These are the remedies and preventative measures that our family takes to prevent cold and flu. Do you have any others you would add to the list?

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Sources

1. Links Between Immune Function and Sleep
2. How Drinking Spring or Filtered Water Can Improve Your Health
3. How Much Sunshine Does it Take to Make Enough Vitamin D?
4. Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren
5. Study Shows Vitamin D Cuts Flu by Nearly 50%
6. More Evidence That Stress is Major Factor for Infections
7. Eating Sugar Suppresses the Immune System
8. Dietary Fructose Inhibits Intestinal Calcium Absorption and Induces Vitamin D Insufficiency in CKD
9. Preventing the Common Cold with a Garlic Supplement: a Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Survey
10. Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics
11. FAQs: All About Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Why I Don’t Take Fish Oil
12. New Research On Black Elderberries Shows Activity Against Flu Viruses And Respiratory Tract Bacteria
13. Can exercise and meditation prevent cold and flu?

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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