Saturday, July 12, 2014

The only SAFE sunscreen I've ever found--Dr. Mercola's Sunscreen

It's that time of year again and most everyone will be out and about in the sun! Contrary to popular belief, the sun is not as dangerous as everyone makes it out to be. The sun is extremely  good for you and can even help fight symptoms of depression; however, you have to be cautious and know how much sun exposure you can handle before you burn. Burning and the chemicals in your sunscreen is what is dangerous!

A majority of Americans have extremely low levels of vitamin D, which is why we need to get out from behind the desk and get about 15-20 mins of sun (WITHOUT sunscreen) to help increase our levels naturally. I would also suggest taking vitamin D3 supplements all year long (50,000 IU a week in the winter time and 10,000-20,000 IU a week in the summer).

DR.MERCOLA'S sunscreen is the only sunscreen I have ever found that literally has no preservatives or harmful chemicals in it. It is around $18 and lasts forever. Dr. Mercola's sunscreen is the only sunscreen I would recommend to people ESPECIALLY for children!!! Remember, when you are out in the sun you are sweating, which opens your pores and all of the harmful chemicals are absorbed quickly into you and your children's skin!

Ingredients: Dr. Mercola Sunscreen Ingredients (SPF 15)

Toss your sunscreen in the trash if it has any of these harmful chemicals listed on Dr. Mercola's website: 
  • Para amino benzoic acid…
  • Octyl salicyclate…
  • Avobenzone…
  • Oxybenzone…
  • Cinoxate…
  • Padimate O…
  • Dioxybenzone…
  • Phenylbenzimidazole…
  • Homosalate…
  • Sulisobenzone…
  • Menthyl anthranilate…
  • Trolamine salicyclate…
  • Octocrylene…
Potentially harmful chemicals such as dioxybenzone and oxybenzone (two chemicals I just mentioned) are some of the most powerful free radical generators known to man! 

MY PERSONAL REVIEW:

I've used Dr. Mercola's sunscreen for years and it is by far the best sunscreen I have every used. It really blocks the sun, so if you want to get sun I would recommend laying out without sunscreen for at least 30 minutes and then apply it. This will allow you to get a base tan because this sunscreen works REALLY WELL!

The only thing people don't like about the sunscreen is that it leaves a white film on your skin when it is applied. This is good because you can tell where you applied the sunscreen and when it has come off; however, some people just don't want a white film left behind on their skin. My opinion, it's worth it if you are protecting yourself from sunburn, toxins, and chemicals!!!!

Go get some today!!!!! :)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Andrographis--Immune Boosting Supplement

Andrographis ("Indian Echinacea") is problably something that none of you have ever heard of before; however, it has some amazing health benefits. After reading up on the health benefits, you will want to keep some on hand at all times!

Andrographis is mainly used for colds and/or the flu because it is an immune booster. Although these are the most common reasons to use andrographis there are a few others to consider: 1) treat HIV/AIDS and cancer, 2) cardiovascular disease, 3) diabetes, 4) upper respiratory infections, and 5) inflammation.

[Wikipedia] According to the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, "A specific product (andrographis combined withEleutherococcus senticosus) may shorten the duration and lessen the symptoms of common cold."[5] It also says, "Pregnant women shouldn't use andrographis because it could terminate pregnancy."[5]
In one Chilean study from 1999, the herb had a significant drying effect on the nasal secretions of cold sufferers who took 1,200 milligrams of andrographis extract daily for five days.[6] A 2012 study suggested that Andrographis paniculata extracts may have the potential to be used as a mosquito repellant.[7] A 2006 study reported that extracts of Andrographis exhibited potent anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant actions in mice.[8]
[XtendLife]  Andrographis has been used for the common cold because it may have immunostimulant properties. There is preliminary evidence that it might increase antibody activity and phagocytosis by macrophages. (Clinical Study links at bottom of Xtendlife website)

HOW MUCH TO TAKE:
(*consult your doctor beforehand) The minute you feel a cold coming on, take two capsules (1200 mg) to help get rid of it, or at best, reduce your cold and flu symptoms.

To BOOST your IMMUNE SYSYEM take a week or so before heading out of town or getting on an airplane!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cheapest and Best Toothpaste!

Want fresher breath? Cleaner Teeth? Whiter teeth? Well, forget all of the store bought, expensive products because your solution is probably sitting in your kitchen cabinets right now.

Coconut oil and Baking Soda!!! 

I place two small dishes of coconut oil and baking soda by my sink. I dip my toothbrush in the coconut oil and then scoop up the baking soda on my tooth brush. Add water to the brush after you place the coconut oil and baking soda in your mouth. 

You can also MIX the two together and create a paste that you just dip your brush into. If you can't stand the taste you can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the paste and WALLAH--you have the cheapest, healthiest, and best toothpaste EVER! 

Give it a try and let me know what you think!! 

Why waste the time making your own toothpaste?

Because all of the conventional ones have added dyes, colorings, sugar, fluoride, carrageenan, and so many more ingredients you need to stay away from. See toxic ingredients in common toothpaste

Want whiter teeth???? Swish with hydrogen peroxide for 30 secs- 1 min, once to twice a week and brush afterwards! You will see NATURALLY WHITER teeth in no time :)  


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Washable Wipes- An Easy Money Saver

Babies are expensive, so if you can cut costs anywhere this is the place to start. You use a bunch of wipes throughout a baby/infants life. You use wipes to clean their hands, freshen them up after changing their diaper, clean off poop, clean of their dirty face, or sometimes just wipe them off instead of giving them a bath. So, why not use washable wipes so you can reuse them over and over again? Here's how to start.

Buy baby wash cloths (15-20) and a wipe warmer!

Dip each wash cloth into a mixture of: water, grapeseed oil (or olive or coconut), essential oil of your choice (lavendar or eucalyptus are my favorites). Add extra water to the bottom of the wipe warmer so that the wash cloths don't burn (FIRE HAZARD if not enough water is in there).

HOW TO WASH: Wash them with your regular detergent with HOT water, but add baking soda (to whiten) and distilled white vinegar (to santitize).

Make sure you clean out your wipe warmer each time. The oil will add a film to the bottom of the wipe warmer so just scrub it off! Super easy to clean.

Set aside a few wipes for your child's hands, feet, and body as well! The grape seed oil will help prevent or minimize diaper rash and moisturize your babies skin at the same time. The essential oil smells amazing while adding a non-toxic, good smell to your baby!

Easy enough even for working moms and saves you a lot of money in the long run (because essential oil lasts a long time)!!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Getting Back At It

Things have been quite crazy in my household these days; however, I knew I needed to get back into spreading the good news of holistic health--so my BLOG is back!! I want everyone to read up on alternative ways to heal, instead of always thinking that they need to run to the doctor's office. I also want people to be informed on the scary new things that are going on with our government and our food supply. If you know what you are/should be eating then you will discover how much better you feel and how many cravings naturally disappear.

Get ready for informative, holistic information that you can apply to your everyday life gradually. I look forward to hearing from everyone and spreading all the good news of eating from the ground up! Send me your feedback :) 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love to bake and try new gluten free recipes along the road. I decided to edit a few gluten free recipes and put them together for this one. Let me know if your cookies turn out as good as mine :)

375 degrees

1 3/4 cups brown rice flour
1/4 cups coconut flour or tapioca flour
1/4 cups sweet rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick plus 2 Tbls butter, softened or 3/4cups coconut oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (use 1/4 cup if you want to tone down the sweetness)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp creme of tartar
2 cups choc chips

Blend first 6 ingredients together plus the sugars.
Beat the eggs, vanilla, and creme of tartar together for about 1 min.
Mix dry ingredients with the eggs. Add Chocolate chips. Batter should look crumbly, but should be able to be rolled into tight balls.
Roll batter into balls and place on a sprayed cookie pan. Once the dough softens in the oven flatten cookie into a circle with a spoon or flat utensil. Cook them enough so they stick together. Cook for 10-12 mins.



Monday, October 15, 2012

Brie and Green Apple Wrap


Looking for a light and healthy lunch? Here is an amazing recipe I put together! Let me know how you like it.
1 gluten free wrap
Favorite jam (I used organic strawberry jam, but fig or others would taste great too)
Creamy Brie
Organic green apples--sliced very thin
Organic Lettuce
OPTIONAL--turkey or chicken

Put your favorite jam on the gluten free wrap, add thinly sliced green apples and brie to half the wrap. Toast in toaster oven until crispy. Add lettuce, and cut half into half one more time. Do the same thing to the other half of the wrap. Feel free to add your favorite organic turkey or chicken to the wrap for more protein! Enjoy!!