Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

With the beginning of cold and flu season upon us I thought it would be appropriate timing to share a way I boost my family’s immunity…

My husband and I just returned from an amazing trip to Italy. We, along with other adult family members, took a bus trip around Italy for 12 days. Yes you read that correctly – 12 day bus tour. There were 40 adults on the bus, plus the driver and tour guide. On our first day on the bus, we all quickly realized that one individual was not well. In fact, as we found out later, she had bronchitis. She was so very nice and didn’t cover her mouth as she coughed all of the time. Thus sharing all of her germs, contagious or not, with all 41 others on the bus.

Needless to say, as time went on others on the bus started to cough and not feel well. I know you are thinking how miserable and that everyone got sick. Normally I’d think the same thing, but that’s when I went into my “bag o’ oils”, as everyone liked to call it, and started applying the “Immunity” mix that I had brought along.

My husband and I started applying the “immunity” oils on the plane ride over so we were covered. After a few hours of the lady coughing, I passed my “Immunity” oil to my parents and siblings. I am happy to report that only three out of the eight of us got sick. Two of the three didn’t use the oils at all. My dad, the one of the three who did get sick, said that normally he gets sicker than he did while we were gone. Plus he stopped using the oils after he started to not feel great. After two days he started taking using the oils again and he started feeling better.

We have been home for two plus weeks and everyone is feeling good. My parents are firm believers in the oils now and use them every night. My family has been using them everyday and everyone is feeling great.

So I will not hold out anymore…. here is what I put in the “immunity” mix
Carrier Oil – I use Sweet Almond Oil most of the time
Frankincense Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Oregano Essential Oil

If you are interesting in buying the oils that I use, please go to young living.com and enter member number 3542169 when you create your account.  As always, if you are interested in a product please contact me directly, I do sell the products as well.

Thanks it! Pretty simple way to be a happy and healthy family!

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Laundry Detergent

While I was working on making my chemical free dryer sheets, I was also working on making chemical free laundry detergent. After six (6) months of trial and error I am happy to report that I have come up with a laundry detergent that I am happy with!

Why do you make your own laundry detergent you ask??? I’ve tried all types of detergent with no success of reducing the eczema that detergent was causing.  In addition, the though of my family breathing in, through their skin and nose, all of the chemicals that were in the store bought detergent made me focus to come up with a solution.

What you have to remember is that the skin is a living organ and it breathes in everything that it comes into contact with.  The chemicals that are present in all chemically produced detergent all get “inhaled”, per se, into the body through the skin. So keeping the chemicals away from your body as much as possible helps you function the best that your body can. My son has eczema, ADHD and Tics. Since I have changed to chemical free laundry detergent and dryer sheets/wool dryer balls he has been medicine free!! We use oils to control his ADHD and tics. His eczema has been greatly reduced, almost non-existent, since we made the change as well.

Enough about why, here’s how. It’s super easy to make, only four (4) ingredients. Grated soap base, borax, washing soda and essential oils (I use Young Living Essential Oils). That’s it!

Recipe:

1 cup shredded soap base. I currently use goat Milk for my soap base.  I shred it with a grater – make sure it’s shredded with the smallest grater you have.  You may find it cheaper here Wholesale Supplies Plus.  You can get 10 lbs of milk for under $30.00.
1 cup Borax – you can leave this out, it does help get the whites white.  You may be able to find it cheaper at Walmart.com.

1 cup Washing Soda  You may be able to find it cheaper at Walmart.com.
Essential oils – I currently use Purification, Lemon, and Peppermint in my soap. I use Young Living Essential Oils – Membership Number is 3542169).

Mix the goats milk soap, Borax and Washing Soda together to get everything mixed evenly, then add your essential oils. I do not put in a ton of essential oils, usually around 5 – 10 drops, total, for four (4) loads of laundry detergent.

The laundry detergent works wonderfully with regular and HE washers. The clothes come out clean, softer and do not look worn over time.

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Chemically Free and Fun Way to Clean Your Bathroom Sink Drain

Have you ever looked at the drain trap in your bathroom? Ever wondered how much mold is growing in your drains? Ever had to unclog your bathroom sink drain from hair and who know what else has fallen down your drain? Do you hate the chemicals that you and your family are inhaling when you have to use the store bought drain cleaner?   Well here’s a simple, safe, chemical free and fun way to clean your drains!

All you need are two simple ingredients – Baking Soda  (you maybe able to find this product cheaper at Sam’s Club) and White Vinegar ( You maybe able to find this cheaper at Sam’s Club). That’s it! It’s simple and takes about a minute to do. Pour baking soda around the drain of your bathroom sink. It’s fine if some of it goes down the drain, it will provide a deeper clean. Slowly pour some white vinegar on the baking soda and watch the magic happen. My kids love to help with making the “volcano”! The faster your pour the vinegar the faster the reaction happens.

I usually do this twice a year, unless I notice a smell, mold or my girls drain start to slow down. I use 1/8 of a cup of baking soda each time I clean the drain. You will be able to tell if you need more or not. Play around with how much you use. You will be able to tell if it’s all-clean and disinfected if the chemical reaction is less.

After you’ve cleaned your bathroom sink with baking soda and vinegar, your sink will be clear of clogs, mold and any other bacteria that grows in your drain.

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Why use DIY Dryer Sheets – Chemicals vs. Natural (with essential oils)

I’ve been making my own dryer sheets for about four (4) months now and love it.  Why you ask?  Isn’t it a lot of work?

Why? – Like I posted previously, my kiddos have sensitive skin and regular dryer sheets and fabric softener dries them out = eczema.  YUK!!  So I had to find an alternative.  Plus – have you ever actually thought of the chemicals that are in the dryer sheets???  Think about this – dryer sheets are full of chemicals.  Look at the ingredients on the box.  The dryer sheet, that is full of chemicals, goes into the dryer with the clothes you wear.  The dryer heats both the dryer sheet and your clothes.  The chemicals leave the dryer sheet and get into your clothes, which is why your clothes smell so good when they come out.  You then wear the “fresh” clothes and as your skin breathes through out the day, you body inhales the chemicals (AKA toxins) from the dryer sheet.

The toxins from the dryer sheets also break down your clothes, towels and sheets = lint.  Have you ever noticed the amount of lint that comes from each load?  If your dryer is anything like mine it’s a LOT of lint.  When I was using commercial dryer sheets my lint trap would be full with each load; over flowing with towels.  Clothes didn’t last as long and started to fade, ball up and towels weren’t as plush.  Once I switched to the DIY dryer sheets I do not have to clean the lint trap with each load (I still do but it’s not necessary) and the amount of lint I get from drying a load of towels is similar to what I used to get with each load of clothes.  Our clothes look newer longer, towels are plush, are chemical free and smell awesome.  I wont even mention the air that you breathe in when you are are in the laundry room….

Okay – so here’s the break down of time commitment.  Once you have the actual “sheets” prepped (which will take all of 10 minutes – depending on how sharp your scissors are…  I just cut some sheets for my parents and it took 10 minutes to cut them, type the next blog as I went, took photos, cleaned up and put the sheets in the laundry – super quick), making the dryer sheet solution takes about 15 seconds.  That’s it!!!  Amazing right!?  Every time you change loads it will take you approximately 15 seconds longer then reaching into a box and pulling out a commercial dryer sheet.  So the time commitment is nothing, especially based on the benefits you and your family will receive.  Totally worth the time and effort!!

The next post will answer the HOW question….

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