9 Reasons I Love Essential Oils And Why They Have Replaced My “Medicine” Cabinet

Everyone knows that plants hold the essence of life, filled with all the vitamins, minerals and healthful properties, making them one of the most important facets of your daily diet. Now, imagine you can take all the goodness from the very leaves, flowers and innards of said plants and have only that wonderful concentration, at your fingertips, for use at will.

No need to imagine, because you can. And they’re called essential oils.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years and were first recorded around 5000 years ago. This form of ancient healing and medicine is so old that it’s even mentioned in the bible. There are so many reasons to love and use oils, they’re great.

 

1. They’re naturalnono

Reducing chemicals and toxins in this life is a top priority of mine. From phytoestrogens to GMO’s, everyday life introduces and contains more man made substances than ever before. Find and use more natural sources of nutrition and wellness wherever possible.

2. They’ve been used for thousands of years

This day in age, if something doesn’t work or react the the way you want it to- you replace it. To me, it’s saying something that these oils have been around forever and are still being used. Not only that, they’re more popular than ever.

3. They promote everyday wellness

As a former daily allergy pill user, I have not used OTC allergy medicine of any kind since starting with essential oils. Also, instead of lotions or moisturizers, I now use an oil (and carrier oil) blend for my face and body needs. Beyond this, I diffuse oils daily for the amazingly fresh (non-toxic) scent and the benefits associated with inhaling the blends.

4. They prevent sickness

Preventative health includes eating well, exercising and “feeding” your body far before you get sick. Taking healthful oils and staying well is the most important. This will ensure you become healthier sooner post sickness and help keep you from getting sick in the first place.

cooking5. They can be used in cooking

When you add (food grade) oils to meals, they provide flavoring and therapeutic benefits all-in-one. Just make sure not to heat them too hot as essential oils lose their therapeutic properties when heated beyond their flash points.

6. Save time and money

Time and money are saved in regards to preventative health. If you don’t get sick, you don’t have to visit the doctor or pharmacy. A typical doctor visit will cost you $500 these days ($50 with insurance). Whereas an emergency visit can cost upwards of $1200.

Thieves and oregano oil mixed 50/50 is my favorite preventative oil blend, dubbed “No Sick” for its healthful effect. (And I ALWAYS have this blend with me when I’m traveling.)

7. They are the best of the anti’s

Essential oils have all the best properties including antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, and antiviral. To me, there is nothing better than experiencing all of these healthful benefits from something completely natural “medicine.”

8. Boosts the immune systemlemons

Lemon essential oil is a great essential oil for boosting immunity. (Frankincense, oregano, thieves, and peppermint oil too.) Often used in the diffuser, lemon smells great and can also be directly applied to the skin. Tip: If you plan to be in the sun, make sure to apply lemon at night. Lemon can cause photosensitivity and therefore shouldn’t be worn in the sun.

roller-balls9. Roller Balls!

You can purchase roller balls making the mixing and application of your favorite (homemade blends) so easy. Make sure that you find dark glass bottles for the best applicators around.

 

Essential oils are so earthly amazing, it’s almost hard to remember a time before using them. Try these oils and experience the benefits for yourself.

Disclaimer: I use Young Living Essential Oils and based on my research, I believe these are the best, safest and most pure oils on the market. PLEASE do your own research and determine which oils are best for you and your family. 

5 Things That You Should Know About Probiotics

It’s true, probiotics are great for you and should be included in your diet. Make sure to take probiotics daily, in one way or another, if you don’t already!

body1.Probiotics are found within your body

Probiotics are the “good” bacteria of the body.  Your body naturally contains good and bad bacteria. Both bacterias are introduced to your body in different ways.

2.You need the good to fight the bad

Bad bacteria can affect you through food consumption, different toxins in our daily life and even stress. With all these factors, it is important to maintain the good bacteria levels within your system.

3.There are two kinds of probiotics

Lactobacillus: Maybe the most popular, this probiotic is found in yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and pickles.

Bifidobacterium:   This probiotic is found in some dairy products. Gouda cheese is a good source of probiotics along with Cheddar and Swiss cheese.

4.If you are taking antibiotic, take a probioticgreek-yogurt

If you are sick enough to need an antibiotic, make sure to consume probiotics before, during and after your antibiotic dosage. Antibiotics are sometimes necessary to kill an infection or sickness. However, antibiotics attack all bacteria, good or bad. This is why you have to add in good bacteria to keep your system balanced.

5.Probiotics keep your immunity system strong

Taking a probiotic is beneficial, even if you’re in good health. Balance the good and bad bacteria to keep you feeling well and prevent sickness or infection. Probiotics have also been known to help increase your mood and aid in skin health.

Red_Wine_GlassDon’t forget about prebiotics

Prebiotics are a nondigestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. This means when you consume probiotics and they enter into the intestines, they will have something to “eat” when they get there and will continue to grow. Win win.

Red wine, oatmeal, pistachios and bananas are all excellent sources of prebiotics!

 

Consume foods with probiotics. Good bacteria is essential to vitaminsfeeling healthy and balancing out your system. Getting vitamins and nutrition, including probiotics, through food is the best way to round out a healthy diet and life. Probiotics are also available as supplements.