Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Organica Jane's Mexican Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of organic almond or other milk
  • 4 Tablespoons of organic cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground organic cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground red cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla 
  • 1 Tablespoon of local, raw honey
Place all of the ingredients in to a sauce pan, constantly whisk till smooth and heated through.  Serves 2.

photo source:  vizzzual at flickr.com

Sunday, January 11, 2015

DIY Scour Power

Popular scouring powders contain ingredients known to cause cancer, respiratory distress, lymphoma, lung cancer, lung tumors, allergies and skin irritations.

We can create our own scouring powder at home with affordable and simple yet very effective ingredients.


What you will need
:

  • Essential Oils
  • Baking soda (alum-free preferred)
  • Glass sugar shaker (available at local dollar stores)
How to:
Fill the glass sugar shaker with baking soda, then add 25 total drops of Essential Oils. 


I recently used 20 drops of Lemon and 5 drops of Eucalyptus globulus, which are antiseptic and anti-infectious. This combination smells fresh and light, too!

Suggested Essential Oils:

  • Pine
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Thieves*
  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Citrus Fresh*
  • Christmas Spirit*
  • Eucalyptus globulus or radiata
Suggested Use:
Shake well before using. Simply sprinkle on surface (linoleum floors, sink, tub, shower, toilet) and clean using a scrub sponge, then rinse with warm water. For deodorizing carpets, simply sprinkle on carpet, wait 1 hour, then vacuum.

Safety & Storage:
Avoid direct eye contact. Store in cool, dark cupboard out of reach of children and pets.

Share:
Make 1 for a friend.

Learn more at Prevent Cancer Coalition


* = Young Living Essential Oils blend

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Out with the Old, In with the New

Sadly, the very popular cleaning products that we've come to know, trust and sometimes love contain synthetic chemicals that have been linked to:

Cancer, Parkinson's, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma, Contact Dermatitis, Migraines, Depression, Reduced Fertility, Birth Defects, Headaches, Respiratory disorders, Dizziness, Lymphoma, Leukemia, Tumors, Pollution, etc.

These synthetic chemicals are toxic to children, pets, our water supply, our ecosystem.

In starting a new year, we could place these unhealthy, unnecessary products in a box and store away from the home. Please recycle them at your local recycling center on Hazardous Waste day.

Out with the Old:
* All
* Tide
* Ajax
* Tilex
* Lysol
* Glade
* Bleach
* Comet
* Windex
* Febreze

* Perfume
* Dryer sheets
* Simple green
* Clorox wipes
* Fragrant candles
In with the New!

* Ecos laundry detergent
* Dr. Bronner's Castile soap
* White Distilled Vinegar
* Thieves household concentrate
* Seventh Generation dish soap
* Baking soda (alum-free preferred)

* Arm & Hammer Super Washing soda
* Essential Oils (Pine, Lemon, Tea Tree, Purification eo blend, Citrus Fresh eo blend, Christmas Spirit eo blend)

To learn more about cleaning without synthetic chemicals, please visit the Home Green Home page of my website.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

EDUCATE Before We Vaccinate

We, as human beings, deserve to be informed before making any decision, which involves our body.

Before we decide to inject the flu shot or any other vaccine into our body, let's take the time to review the manufacturer’s package insert.  They can be found on this website:  http://www.immunize.org/fda/

In many cases, vaccinations are contraindicated (which means they should not be administered) because of compromised immune function, allergies to eggs and latex, aspirin, cancer, pregnancy, eczema, asthma, allergies.  Read through the inserts to understand this information.

In addition, vaccinations contain synthetic and toxic ingredients, e.g., formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, thimerosal, gentamicin, etc., which have no connection to supporting the Immune System.

Other Considerations:
  • We, as human beings, do not have the ability to create antibodies till 2 - 3 years of age
  • There are Medical practitioners that exist who do honor the human body and who do respect and support human beings and the personal choices they make for themselves.  
  • We have an Immune System, capable of healing the body from virus and bacterial infections.  
Natural Immune Support
  • Rest
  • Yoga
  • Garlic
  • Echinacea
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Elderberry
  • Meditation
  • Herbal teas
  • Chiropractic 
  • Acupuncture 
  • Essential Oils
  • Organic fruits, vegetables and berries

Monday, December 15, 2014

Yes and No Moisturizers

* Truly Moisturize and Nourish our Skin
* Save Money. Buy in Bulk
* Use Natural Products on your skin; it's natural
* Support Your Health, Healing

* Relieve Dry/Cracked Skin* Reduce Appearance of Wrinkles* Avoid Waste of Product Containers

YES (these all-natural moisturizers are perfect for using on their own, blended with each other or with Essential Oils):
Another resource for Butters and Oils is: Aromatics International

NO (these brands of lotions and moisturizers are filled with synthetic chemicals, FD&C dyes, parabens, alcohol, fragrances and other unhealthy and very unnecessary ingredients):
  • Aveeno
  • Bath and Body works
  • CeraVe
  • Cetaphil
  • Eucerin
  • Jergens
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Lubriderm
  • Mary Kay
  • Oil of Olay
  • Neutrogena
  • Victoria Secret

photo source: flickr.com

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gifts that Go Away

This time of year, it's easy to get caught up in the excessive and wasteful consumerism that takes place.

More than likely, items purchased from big box stores eventually go out of style, take up space collecting dust, end up in a landfill, garage or estate sale.


We can make conscious and smart choices when buying holiday gifts.  As much as possible, give "Gifts that Go Away", support local service providers, farmers and artisans, purchase "Made in the USA", shop local, buy handmade, or make your own.
  • Jam
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Soap
  • Salsa
  • Bread
  • Honey
  • Facials
  • Knitwear
  • Car Wash
  • Massages
  • Chocolate
  • Pedicures
  • Manicures
  • Apple Cider
  • Raw Honey
  • Herbal Teas
  • Maple Syrup
  • Yoga classes
  • Movie Tickets
  • Beeswax Candles
  • Infused Herbal Oils
  • Essential Oils (these are all grown and distilled in the USA by Young Living: Clary Sage, Juniper, Idaho Tansy, Idaho Balsam Fir, Lavender, Western Red Cedar, German Chamomile, Hyssop, Oregano, and Lavender)
photo source: flickr.com

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ugh! We just want soap.

I thought using soap was supposed to be a positive thing. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), many popular brands of soap are considered serious hazards to our health. Ugh!
One truly healthy and cost effective soap, which I have come to love and trust is Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap. A soap with ingredients that we can pronounce, it may be used safely in our water ways and has oodles of uses. Here are some ways I love to use Dr. Bronner's castile soap:

  • in the bath tub with essential oils
  • as a body wash alone or blended with favorite essential oils
  • in the laundry
  • dish washing
  • a travel necessity
  • cleaning soap scum, floors, cars, counter tops
Click HERE to learn other ways Dr. Bronner's suggest using their castile soap.
Dr. Bronner castile soap and other related products are available at local health food stores, in the Nature's Market at Wegmans or directly from Dr. Bronner's website.

Discover the ingredients and health concerns related to Dial's liquid soap - and other popular soaps at
EWG's website