Friday, July 25, 2014

Ditch the Drug Store, Pick Up Thieves (in a Giveaway)

In nursing school I was trained to loooooove medicine, but after nearly a decade in the medical field, my brain wasn't able to ignore the warnings about my adoration for pharmaceuticals. Don't get me wrong-- there is definitely a time and place where medications are needed, but sometimes they mask symptoms and often cause new side effects (sometimes serious ones!). Over the years, I began to doubt the very system which I was part of.

Do natural remedies work as well as OTC? YES!!! #naturalremediesA few years ago, my role changed and I became the patient. I experienced a nasty reaction to a vaccine and a chain of events followed which lead to some severe neurological symptoms, no diagnosis, and no potential solutions. All they could offer me were pills to decrease the severity of my symptoms and then they told me to learn to live with it.

I've been a fighter all my life and I was about to accept that fate.  I decided to educate myself and that education led to me a belief that living a more holistic life could help me, so I dove in head first! I had spent six months relying the conventional medical system to help me, but in less than three months of living a more holistic life I saw HUGE improvements. To this day, my doctors are dumbfounded, but I promise you that I'm not! This journey lit a fire in me and now I am using this blog to preach about living a chemical free life. I've thrown away all over the counter medication and I've replaced my medicine cabinet with natural remedies. I'd like to share a few with you today!

Ditch the Drug Store....

There are so many great options to use as natural substitutions for OTC medications, but these are some of my favorires! 

Activated Charcoal
This has helped me sooooo much with food poisoning before! It's also great for a lot of different GI issues, but most importantly this is a 100% must-have for when someone eats something they shouldn't! It can help absorb the nasties before it gets into the blood stream.

Food Poisoning
Spider Bite -- Charcoal Poultice 

Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is one of our go to remedies for anything really: UTI, yeast infection, body odor, acne, dandruff, arthritis, athlete's foot, ear infections, cramps, constipation... you get the idea! I love to drink it with some raw honey and remember-- a little goes a long way!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Urinary Tract Infections
ACV and Reflux

Overhaul your medicine cabinet with essential oils #naturalremedy #essentialoilElderberry Syrup
This is my favorite thing to take during the flu season to help stop infections.

I can't take the flu vaccine so when I was a bedside nurse, I'd use Elderberry Syrup to keep me healthy. I can promise you that I've taken care of multiple people who were sick with the flu and I have never gotten it while I was taking Elderberry Syrup.


DiGize
We can't talk about ditching OTC meds without talking about an essential oil for major tummy troubles. I have IBS and I'm constantly struggling with gas, bloating and running to the bathroom. I am always amazed at how quickly this oil works for me. I rub some on my belly and I honestly feel the gas and bloating simply just leave my body. It's AMAZING. My frequency of IBS symptoms has also dramatically decreased since I began using essential oils.

I was actually sick with the stomach flu this week and this little bottle never left my side. As soon as I felt like I was going to lose it (literally), I'd sniff the bottle and the nausea would go away. I also practically bathed myself in DiGize and it helped a lot! It really cut back on the severity of my symptoms!

Lavender
My number one must have for first aid is lavender essential oil. It's pretty much good for everything. It's my absolute favorite essential oil! In fact, I love it so much that I carry it around in my purse! When I'm in doubt-- I just put lavender on it!

I use lavender for sunburns, rashes, allergies, stress, anxiety, cuts, scars, kitchen burns, sleep, ear infections, bug bites-- you name it! It can even help to stop a nosebleed! This is definitely my most used essential oils.

Eczema and Psoriasis Cream
Healing Salve

Melrose
I love this oil and it's even better pairs with lavender! It's fabulous for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne, but it's most important use in my medicine cabinet is for cuts and scrapes. If you read about it, there are lots of claims that it can help accelerate skin growth to heal wounds and it is also highly recommended for wounds that are starting to become infected. I honestly was skeptical, but then I tried it and it's the real deal! Not only did it help my healing time, but the pus and odor went away within a few applications! It definitely made a believer out of me so now I'm never without it!

Get out a splinter
Zit Zapper

Drugs shut off symptoms, natural remedies heal

Peppermint
This is my favorite for tension headaches! I simply do a few deep inhalations directly from the bottle, then I rub a little bit on my temples. Within minutes, my headache is gone! It's also wonderful for stomachaches and allergies, too.

Allergy Blend
DIY Vapor Rub

R.C. or Raven
These two essential oil blends are fantastic for colds, bronchitis, sinus infections or congestion in general. I personally prefer Raven for sinus infection and it constantly amazes me how quickly it can decongest my nasal cavity and relieve sinus headaches, but R.C. is my favorite for anything bronchial.

Asthma Blend
Sinus Headache

PanAway
This is fabulous for any muscle aches or if anyone over exerts themselves in physical activity. We even used this for Clint after he broke his foot and even the doctors were so impressed at his recovery. They said he had unprecedented healing of his bones and surrounding muscle tissue. I'm pretty sure PanAway had something to do with that!

Joint and Muscle Rub
Pain Salve

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Thieves
Thieves may be the most popular of all the essential oil blends and that's for a reason! It works! It is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary which has been effective against protecting against germs for centuries! It was first documented to be used by Thieves during the plague. They would rob the dead, but they didn't get sick, so yeah, it's kind of strong stuff. Essential of the Zombie Apocalypse for sure.

Immune boosting Foot Rub
Disinfection Spray/Sore throat Spray

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Copaiba
I use this for inflammation and to magnify other essential oils. It's one of my favorites because if you layer the essential oils with copaiba on top it activates them so that there is an even greater effect. I've used this a lot to help support sinus infection relief and also when Clint broke his foot. AMAZING! It's also one of nature's strongest anti-inflammatories.

GIVEAWAY
I love these remedies so much that I want to give away a bottle of Thieves to one lucky winner! Thieves is a great medicine cabinet overhaul, but it can also be used for cleaning, dental care, soaps, laundry, the dishwasher and more!


If you'd like to learn more about essential oils or how to get some, then please visit this page.


Oh yeah, I'm not a doctor. This isn't medical advice so if you're taking medications prescribed by an actual doctor-- you should definitely talk to him/her before changing your health care routine. 
Friday, July 18, 2014

Homemade PanAway Joint and Muscle Rub

My love for PanAway began due to my love for a man. For some reason I fell head over heels for an adrenaline junkie who is always pushing himself to the max. It's strange because my idea of an adrenaline spike is when I make a bar of homemade soap, but here I am -- enjoying life with a man who jumps out of airplanes for fun and runs into a burning building for a profession. Go figure!

As a Firefighter, his job is very physical and he often comes home tired and exhausted. I used to give him massages with coconut oil, but then I was introduced to PanAway essential oil. To be honest, he made fun of me when I first decided to use it. He thought I had been suckered into some sort of scheme, but then I put the PanAway on his back and let me tell you-- his tune immediately changed.! He gave me "permission" to buy this again. {rolls eyes}. Now he asks for PanAway and he's constantly stealing it from my essential oil stash!!

Homemade Joint and Muscle Rub. I used this when my boyfriend had broken bones and it helped speed up his recovery! #musclesrub #brokenbones #DIYsalve

How PanAway Works
PanAway is a blend of essential oils that are made to specifically target pain and inflammation.
  • Wintergreen Essential Oil (Gaultheria procumbens). It contains methyl salicylate and has a cortisone-like effect that reduces pain and swelling from muscles, and joints.
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil (Helichrysum italicum) is a soothing essential oil. It's a powerful pain reducer and can also aid in reducing swelling.
  • Clove Essential Oil (Syzygium aromaticum) has naturally has eugenol in it which is what dentists can use to numb gums That’s why clove essential oil is so powerful for supporting conditions like arthritis and rheumatism.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita) is said to block pain, calm nerves and enhances the other effects of the oils.
It can be useful to aid with:
  • Muscle aches
  • Bruises
  • Arthritis 
  • Minor sprains/strains
  • Bone pain
  • Workout recovery
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation
Our Oily Testimonial: Broken Bones
I've been using this mixture for his sore muscles after work, to help with any bruises (I'm a klutz), and to relieve tension from my shoulders. It's absolutely lovely! But then something unexpected happened….

I got a phone call saying that my firefighter fell from a second story window and landed on concrete in full gear. My heart stopped with that call and all I could think about was being next to him.   We were really lucky-- he broke almost all the bones in his right foot and sprained his right wrist, but otherwise he was okay. He has a guardian angel with him that night for sure! The soft tissue damage on his foot was pretty severe so we had to wait almost a week before we could have surgery.

By the next morning, I was slathering PanAway on his bruised and battered body. By the third day, I could see the results for his bruised and swollen hand, but I had no idea what was happening with his broken foot due to the dressing. Over the course of that first week, I could tell his toes were less puffy and he was feeling better, but I really had no idea how the PanAway was working on his broken bones until the day of surgery. After the operation, the doctor came out to talk to me. He said that he was amazed at the amount of recovery in one week --- hardly any swelling or bruising remained and one of the broken bones had somehow re-aligned and was healing perfectly!! So amazing! I can't help but to believe that the essential oils had something to do with that.

Every follow up appointment was the same-- disbelief by the doctors at how well his broken bones were healing. When the surgeon took the pins out of his foot, he even said it was difficult because of how solid the bones had become!! The surgeon even said that he had healed so well that physical therapy was optional!! I cannot tell you how thankful and blessed that I am for this little bottle. 

PanAway Recipe
DIY joint and muscle rub that I used for bruises, sore muscles and even broken bones! #brokenbones #essentialoils #YLEO #DIY
This is the simple recipe that I have used for anything from massages and bruises to slathering it on my firefighter's broken foot.
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
  • ½ tsp PanAway (I use less with bruises and massages and more with the increased severity of the injury)
  • 2 drops of Copaiba to enhance the effects and to support pain management 
  • Optional: 1-2 drops of lemongrass to support tendons, 1-2 drops of valor to support bones, 1-2 drops of balsam fir for additional pain support. 
I mix the ingredients in a small glass ramekin, then I apply a small amount on any areas that may need a little TLC two to three times a day. How easy is that, right?! This is usually enough for a large portion of the body (like a back massage) or multiple applications for a smaller area, like a bruise or localized area.

If I'm going to do a massage, I use it just like I would use massage oil. And let me tell you, it's fantastic! If my shoulders are sore, I will rub a little on them and even without the massage I will immediately feel less tension and pain.

I really don't know what I would have done without this essential oil! I'm so thankful that I had it in my arsenal of natural remedies when my boyfriend had his unexpected injury. To be honest, I probably would never have bought PanAway if it wasn't in the Premium Starter's Kit. But the kit is such an exceptional value and I loved the idea of sampling essential oils I had never tried, so I bought it. Best. Decision. Ever. It has been so useful for so many reasons, but this alone made it entirely worth the purchase. If you'd like more information on where to buy PanAway please check out this post (it's towards the bottom).

PanAway has been my Firefighter's favorite oil from day one. Now that it's helped him in his recovery, it's also my favorite oil too.

This is my testimonial. This is not medical advice. If you have an injury, please seek the care of trained healthcare professionals. 

If you'd like to learn more about essential oils please join my FB group (it's free!). My goal is to help those who are new to essential oils and those who are not sponsored via an essential oil membership. If you are currently part of a group other than the Oily Angels, I ask that you seek support through your sponsor's team. Thank you! 

If you'd like more information on other natural methods to support bone and ligaments please check out these posts:
Pain Salve
Arthritis Support 
Morphine Bomb (this article focused on migraines, but we used the morphine bomb recipe during our recovery as well).
Friday, July 11, 2014

Amazingly Easy DIY Citrus Dish Soap

Sometimes I question my intelligence.

I have been trying to figure out a DIY dish soap recipe for months. MONTHS! I've been shaving down bars of soap, melting them, and then adding all these amazing ingredients, but then it ends up becoming a weird pile of goop. I've tried everything and NOTHING WORKED! Until now. This recipe is seriously so simple that I'm really ashamed that it's taken me this long.

Are you ready for this one? It might blow your mind cuz it's soooooo easy!!!!

Easy DIY dish soap that works for oil and grease! #DIY #dishsoap #greencleaners

DIY Citrus Dish Soap Recipe
  • 1 cup of Liquid Castile Soap (like this one)
  • ⅓ cup of distilled or purified water
  • 1 tsp vegetable glycerin (helps to cut grease and thicken soap-- I like this one)
  • 5 drops of Lemon essential oil 
  • 5-10 drops of a complimentary essential oil (I use 5 drops of citrus fresh and 5 drops of purification)
  • ½ tsp fine salt
I add the salt to your soap dispenser or bottle, then add the essential oils and shake the jar to mix them together. FIY: Adding the salt to your essential oils helps prevent that whole "water and oil don't mix" thing. They will still separate a little, but not nearly as much.

Next, add the water-- shake, shake, shake to get the salt dissolved. Add the vegetable glycerin and castile soap-- give it one good shake and you are ready to get scrubbing!

I gotta say that I'm pretty impressed with myself. If I have a particularly greasy item I'll just squirt a little directly into the grease and scrub-- it easily has come off for me every time! The vegetable glycerin also helps it to be gentle on skin, too!

How to make a homemade citrus dish soap that helps to remove grease #diycleaners #dishsoap
Essential Oils for Dish Soap
My favorite essential oils to use for dish soap are Lemon, Citrus Fresh and Purification because they smells fabulously and they clean really well!

I really like Lemon because of it's strong degreasing properties. I'll add other essential oils into the mix for better cleaning-- Citrus Fresh can help remove grease and grime from dishes, and Purification removes odors and disinfects as it cleans. Lately, I've been really liking Citrus Fresh, Purification and Lemon together. It smells so fresh and so clean clean!

But if you aren't a fan of citrus, you can use peppermint, lavender, Thieves, tea tree, pine or any other essential oil which is typically used in cleaning products, too. It's a lot of fun to create your own signature scent even for dish soap!!

If you'd like more information about essential oils please visit this post or join my FB group. If you'd like more information on where to buy them, please read this postDue to recent growth, my Facebook group is for Oily Angel members, people new to essential oils or for people who do not have the support that a membership provides. If you already have a young living membership with a group other than the Oily Angels, I ask that you seek support within your own group (most have Facebook groups).

I can't wait to hear what you guys think of this DIY dish soap recipe! I hope you like it!!

Are you looking for Hand Soap? Try this recipe! I looooove it!
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Homemade Air Freshener Recipe

I have a thing about scents: I loath bad smells and I'm obsessed with good ones. This has absolutely been an issues since I decided to become chemical free because most air fresheners are toxic. The other side of this story is that I live with a firefighter, a dog, and three cats so.. yeah, things can get smelly!

Back in my before-I-knew-better-days, I used to have those scented plug-ins all over my house, but I ended up with some nasty headaches so I stopped using them and then I moved to those spray air fresheners before I realized what's actually inside of them!! Go look at your favorite air freshener on EWG and see. It's a little disturbing. Or a lot. Okay, probably a lot. Just go look!!

After that, I replaced them with an aromatherapy diffuser which has been amazing and so many people have complimented me on how great my home smells which makes me soooooooo happy. But if you know me, then you know I WANT MORE!! I wanted something to remove odors!

I already use my DIY carpet freshener which is great at removing odors and deterring bugs, but I wanted to make something to spray on my sofa, chairs, curtains and other items which were laying around the house, but were a lot harder (or impossible) to toss in the washer. Plus, it's difficult to move the diffuser to an office and it's impossible to use in the car. I can easily carry this spray bottle in my purse anywhere I go.

Easy homemade air freshener to remove odors and make your home, office or car smell AMAZING! #greencleaning

What You Need:
  • Glass Spray Bottle (Like this one- 4 oz or this one- 1 oz)
  • 50% distilled or purified water
  • 50% alcohol (rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka)
  • 10 drops of essential oil per oz of water/vodka mix 
  • ¼ tsp salt
Mix the essential oils in the salt and then add the liquid. This helps to keep the essential oils dispersed into the water/alcohol mixture cuz you know water and oil don't mix ya'll. As soon as you combine everything, feel free to use it! It's so simple, quick and cheap! I love it :)
Homemade air freshener recipe to remove odors and freshen fabrics, your home, office or your car! #easy #DIY #greencleaning
Here are some ideas for your scent combinations:
  • Grapefruit and Peppermint (3:1)
  • Stress Away and Lime (3:1)
  • Joy and Jasmine (3:1)
  • Lavender, Orange and Bergamot (2:1:1)
  • Purification and Lavender (1:1)
  • Rose, Lavender and Lime (2:1:1)
  • Lavender, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang (2:1:1) 
  • Idaho Blue Spruce and Orange (2:1)
  • Pine and Lemon (1:1)
  • Lavender and Peppermint (1:1)
  • Orange, Pine, and Clove (2:1:1)
I normally use Lavender, Peppermint, and Bergamot, but lately I've been wanting a smell that is more citrusy for summer so I added some orange and lime to keep it more in the season! Feel free to experiment and have fun! It's a blast making your own custom scents. You never know what you're going to absolutely fall in love with!

If you want to make your own DIY perfume and making scent blends, check out this post.

If you'd like to make a DIY reed diffuser check out this post from my friend Vanessa!

If you'd like to learn more about essential oils please join my Facebook group! It's a lot of funnnnn!! Due to recent growth, my Facebook group is only for individuals new to essential oils, Oily Angel members or for people who do not have the support that an essential oil membership provides. The group is open to people regardless of the brand you use, but I ask that if you already have membership with a group other than the Oily Angels, I ask that you seek support within your own group (most have Facebook groups). I would like to focus my efforts on the people who need it the most! Thank you.