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Homemade Toothpaste From Now ON!

You know how you can be facebooking or googling and looking at one thing and another comes up that catches your eye and peaks your interest? That just happened to me. I was following a post on my facebook feed and a link to a video pops up. You’ll want to watch this!

http://http://www.clickondetroit.com/lifestyle/health/crest-ingredient-under-fire/28095346

What? No way! That can’t be true! It’s Crest, for pity’s sake. Surely this is a hoax! If you didn’t already watch the video, now that you know it’s about Crest, GO WATCH IT! Do it now!

Now, I don’t really buy into the “everything approved by the FDA is bad” line. Neither do I feel like if it’s not FDA approved, it’s not good. I usually tend to try to do enough research on a product to figure out my own opinion on whether an item is good or bad for me. And good enough to warrant extra money or bad enough to quit, or never, buying it.

Having said that, those who know me, know that I do tend to try, at least try, a more natural approach to many things in my life. I do try to avoid chemical cleaners (they tend to make my asthma act up.) and synthetically made things that go into my body. I eat real butter, not margarine. I lean toward more fresh vegetables and fewer canned. I use vinegar and water as a base for my cleaning products and not bleach. (Vinegar, btw, is an excellent fabric softener.)

So, I started my research in the most obvious place when needing to see if something is a hoax. Surely, this will tell me that Crest is o.k. Although I haven’t used in nearly 6 months, I know people who do use it. I want to be sure if this is true or not before approaching my friends. I don’t want to look like a crazy woman.

http://http://www.snopes.com/medical/drugs/crest.asp

Not according to Snopes.com. It is true! Not only that, but upon further research, I learned that Crest (Proctor & Gamble) has had complaints about this for YEARS. There are complaints listed as far back as 2010!! And it took somebody blogging about it in 2014 for P&G to do something about it? WHAT?!

Thankfully, last summer, I tried my hand at several cleaning & personal care items using my essential oils. I made laundry soap, fabric softener, all purpose cleaner, toilet cleaner and dish soap. I made bath salts, sugar scrubs, mouthwash and toothpaste. Some of the things I made were an instant hit. Some still need tweaking. Some we’ve just decided to shelf for a while till I find a better recipe to try. The toothpaste was a hit. I’ve been using it for about 6 months. I’m just now on my second jar (4 oz).

My initial jar, I flavored with peppermint oil. My second jar has an immunity boosting protective blend in it. It is flu season after all. I’m going to make some for my son using orange essential oil. He doesn’t like the flavor of my protective blend. He wants to try orange. And I say, why not? toothpaste on brush So, here’s how:

Mix 5 Tbsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

Approx. 20 drops essential oil.

At this point, you have tooth powder. Just dunk your brush in and have a ball. I don’t care for that dry stuff. So I add:

2-3 Tbsp coconut oil, softened.

2-3 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel toothpaste Mix this with a fork until it is a paste-like consistency. I put this in a 4 oz. ball jar on the bathroom counter. Since I’m the only one using it, I just dunk my toothpaste into it. But you could certainly use one of those tiny ice cream sampling type spoons or a popsicle stick to get it out of the jar and onto your toothbrush. Or whatever other type of applicator you can think of.

If you’d like more information about essential oils, or where I purchase the ones I use, please email me: essentialwellnesseh@gmail.com

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It’s That Time, Again! Boy Am I Grateful!

I have asthma. No, that’s not why I’m grateful. It is not a fun thing. Extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, make it hard for me to breathe. Too much activity makes it hard for me to breathe. Certain allergens make it hard for me to breathe. Basically, it’s hard for me to breathe. And when it’s allergy related, it gets more severe and almost always winds up in bronchitis.

The doctor put me on some medicines to help. No, that’s not why I’m grateful, either. But they make me shaky. And make my blood pressure rise. And my head throb. They make me agitated. And grouchy. That’s not fun either.

And when it’s allergy related, I can take antihistamines to help. Nope, not so grateful for this either. But I don’t want to sleep through all of fall, winter and spring (the seasons when things I’m allergic to are high).

Oh, and did I mention that the medicines are crazy expensive. Certainly not grateful for that! The one for my nebulizer was $600.00 the last time I had to purchase it.

So, in the fall of 2013, I decided it was time to seek some alternative to these drugs. I started doing tons of research. Of course, as luck would have it, before I’d figured it all out, I got bronchitis. My friend was just learning about essential oils and talked to her friend who was already hooked. Together they came up with some possible solutions for me. They lovingly GAVE me three bottles of oils.

One with eucalyptus. For this, I was grateful!

One with what they called an “allergy blend.” And one with something called Respiratory Blend. For these, I was grateful!

This was my chance to try out my first alternative. So that first night, I rubbed Respiratory Blend on my neck, just under my ears. Then I rubbed the allergy blend down my throat. Finally, I rubbed some eucalyptus on my chest.

I found relief. I was grateful! When I woke during the night, I reapplied all three oils. I didn’t go to bed shaking from a treatment. And I didn’t wake up groggy from an antihistamine. I woke up feeling a little better. And I didn’t take one prescribed drug. Could this be a one night fluke? Or would I have the same results throughout the day and next night? Hmmmm. It was certainly worth trying again. So I did. And the next day, I tried again.

I needed a breathing treatment. So I dumped a couple drops of Eucalyptus right in the nebulizer and topped it off with distilled water. I felt amazing afterward.

I still had the nagging cough. So I continued my research. I wound up finding a homemade concoction for cough to try. It helped. It tasted horrible. But it helped. Watch for details on that in future post.

The essential oils my friend had given me and the homemade concoction for cough were all I took during that bout with bronchitis. And I got over it. I felt better for having avoided the expensive drugs. I wasn’t shaky. I wasn’t grouchy. I wasn’t groggy. I was grateful!

I was also curious. Somebody please tell me more about these essential oils. So my friend introduced me to the company where she’d been ordering her essential oils. We began talking about different oils and what they did. But I was really pretty much already sold. I’d found relief for my respiratory troubles and not had the expenses or side effects of commercial drugs.

It’s been a year now. I still use my those same essential oils (and many more). I’ve only needed to use my Albuteral inhaler on two occasions since I started using the Respiratory Blend and Eucalyptus. For this, I am grateful.

Those 5 oils have changed my life. I am grateful for what the Lord has supplied in the way of a natural remedy. The oils in the trio are so versatile. Watch for future posts of how to use the trio.

For now, my allergies are acting up. So I’m outta here to use my allergy blend, Respiratory Blend and eucalyptus before I get bronchitis. I’m also going to use some Protective Blend since it’s flu season and I don’t want to get that either. I am so grateful to have the blessing of something natural that helps me be able to ward off asthma symptoms without resorting to drugs.

If you’d like more information on any of the blends mentioned here, or any other essential oils, please contact me at essentialwellnesseh@gmail.com

It’s That Time of Year Again! Are You Protected From Colds & Flu?

I love essential oils. And one of my favorite essential oil blends a protective blend. It contains orange, clove, cinnamon bark, eucalyptu, and rosemary and is formulated to support a healthy immune system. During cold and flu season I use this protective blend on a regular basis in a variety of ways to help boost our immune systems and protect against flu, colds, and viruses.

Make Antibacterial Hand Soap

We all know hand washing is an important step in minimizing the spread of germs. You can use the protective blend of essential oils to make your own antibacterial hand soap. You can reuse foaming soap dispensers and make a foaming hand soap. Here’s how:

  • Fill your foaming soap dispenser almost to the top with water.
  • Add 1-2 Tbsp. liquid castile soap
  • Add 10-15 drops protective blend essential oil

 

Apply On Guard Topically

To keep immunity up during cold and flu season, apply protective blend to the bottoms of feet each night before bed. It’s easy and should become a part of your nightly routine. If anyone’s getting sick, simply apply it more frequently throughout the day..

Dilute 3 drops protective blend to 1 tsp. carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil or olive oil) and store in a roll-on bottle so it’s ready to apply whenever needed. For a sore throat, apply this diluted blend directly on your throat.

Room Spray

Making a room spray is a simple way to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils. Fill a small glass spray bottle about 3/4 full with distilled water. Add 15-20 drops protective blend. Use when you need to freshen things up, or just when you want to enjoy a nice smelling home.

Make a Disinfecting Cleaner

If you make your own all purpose cleaner using vinegar and water (mix vinegar and water together in a spray bottle using a 1:1 ratio), simply add in 10-15 drops of protective blend to give it some extra anti-bacterial cleaning power. This will also help if you’re not a huge fan of the smell of vinegar. Sometimes I just add a couple drops of protective blend to my sponge to wipe down the counter if I’m just doing a quick counter top wipe-down.

Make a Hand Sanitizer

Using a small glass spray bottle:

  • Fill 3/4 full with witch hazel.
  • Add aloe vera gel (I use approx. 1 teaspoon in a 2 oz. bottle)
  • Add protective blend essential oil (I use 10-15 drops in a 2 oz. bottle)
  • Shake well to combine.
  • (Witch hazel: Witch hazel has anti-bacterial and astringent properties, which makes it great for use in a hand sanitizer. You can dilute it with water for sensitive skin.Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is moisurizing and will keep hands from drying out. Your hands will feel nice and soft after using this this hand sanitizer spray. Just make sure you use 100% aloe vera.)

    Diffuse Protective Blend in Your Home

    I love, love, love the smell of protective blend. It reminds me of fall and Christmas. During the cold and flu season diffuse protective blend frequently to build your immune systems.

    There are several other protective blend products including Cleaner Concentrate, Whitening Toothpaste, and Foaming Hand Soap (if you don’t want to make your own). For more information on this or any other essential oil, email me at essentialwellnesseh@gmail.com