Did you know that I actually hate DIY stuff? That might sound strange considering I post a lot of natural DIY recipes that I make all the time. However, when I make something, it has to be super quick, easy-to-make and strictly utilitarian. My DIY criteria is as follows and all three must be met:
It has to be faster to make than to go out and buy
There needs to be slack in the measurements (I loathe taking precise measurements)
A purpose is required (no crafting for the sake of crafting)
Also, I rarely DIY and consider appearances. This post is a perfect example. Check out that tooth powder… or should I say tooth DIRT?! I guess I could have made it look a bit more aesthetically please to encourage others to take the leap 😉
Here are my slack measurements for tooth powder:
4 tbsp bentonite clay
3 tbsp calcium powder
1 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp activated charcoal
essential oils of choice
I gave up fluoride-ladden toothpaste a long time ago. I now alternate between this recipe and a natural toothpaste (the latter for convenience).
I love the irony of this recipe. Using something that looks super dirty to make your mouth clean.
I am by no means a cook — or even anywhere along the cook continuum — but somehow, I invented a recipe! I haven’t scoured the web or every recipe book to make sure no one else thought of this first… yet I’m going to pat myself on the back until someone comes around and bursts my bubble 😉
This is essentially a variation of the buckwheat pancakes I make based on the recipe my mom gave me. Those pancakes are best served with black strap molasses but one day I had run out and didn’t feel like making the trip to the grocery store to get more. I had maple syrup on hand so I figured I would make pancakes instead but I was also all out of the necessary the ingredients to make these. So I experimented with what I had…
I knew I needed to cut down on the buckwheat flour because it is overpowering and the maple syrup just doesn’t quite work with it (IMO, anyway). So I split the buckwheat and all purpose flour half and half in the recipe. I also added some sourdough starter because The L’Oven Life inspired me to do so! Finally, I put a generous sprinkle of cinnamon in the mix.
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of buckwheat flour
1 3/4 cup of warm water
1 tbsp of sourdough starter
1/2 tsp of baking powder
Sprinkle of cinnamon (to taste)
Sprinkle of salt
Maple syrup (to serve)
Pre-heat round cast-iron griddle on medium heat. Mix all ingredients (except maple syrup) in a bowl and cook a small crepe as a test. Sometimes, the first crepe sticks to the pan and doesn’t turn out but the next one will. Crepe is ready to flip when it bubbles and the edges start curling up. Serve with maple syrup. Makes about 7 thin crepes.
What’s great about this recipe is that it is vegan plus a good source of protein thanks to the buckwheat.
About a year and a half ago, I was looking for ways to naturally and safely detox children and I stumbled upon a particular essential oil blend called Zendocrine by doTERRA. Usually, I end my story there and talk about how that experience propelled me into the world of aromatherapy and essential oils as a means of integrative, proactive health care.
The back story actually has to do with a very controversial subject, which is why I normally avoid it at all costs. The toxins I was hoping to remove were those injected into my son when he went for his vaccinations. Just the word vaccinations usually turns people either defensive, upset, accusatory or super opinionated — or a combo of all of these. So, quite frankly, I don’t bother mentioning it.
Regardless of people’s opinion on the subject, I did not feel comfortable going into the doctor’s office without first preparing my son’s body and then supporting it after all was said and done. In addition to supplementing my son’s diet (and paying special attention to it) before and after the shots, I ordered a bottle of the essential oil blend and treated him to detox bath soaks to help his body cope.
I will be the first to say that our bodies have amazing mechanisms in place to detoxify itself. However, our bodies are subject to tons of synthetics nowadays plus I don’t know anyone who has a meter that can read how well their body is detoxifying on its own. I also believe that we are all responsible to do everything we can to stay healthy.
I use this detox salt bath for myself now and still use it for my son as maintenance. It smells very herbaceous — it includes tangerine peel, rosemary leaf, geranium plant, juniper berry and cilantro herb — but I like it. Just 1/2 cup of Epsom salts, 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 drops of Zendocrine.
Growing my side hustle has been an eye-opening experience and a source of MAJOR personal development. One area of big-time change has been the people I give the most of my time to, above my family and existing friends.
For an introvert, plus someone who has always kept a small social circle and who is reserved by nature, this has meant breaking out of my comfort zone. I know it’s important for me to be around others that will inspire me, keep me motivated and that I can give back to.
Reknown entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn says you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Honestly, I had never thought of it that way. I’ve always thought of myself as difficult to influence so it shouldn’t matter… but I’ve noticed it’s true that when I surround myself with others striving to achieve incredible things, it makes me work harder.
A great example of this has been the WKND Wellness event I was a part of with two fierce ladies following passions in addition to full-time gigs and families to raise. Although I was tired after the event, I was super “gung ho” to do more business stuff and ended staying up wayyy past my bedtime to hustle more.
It’s been a bit stressful but also SUPER rewarding as I’ve met the coolest people. Time is precious but if you have big goals you want to achieve, it’s worth finding a way to prioritize building these valuable relationships.
As I write this, we received a fresh new layer of snow and it’s looking like winter again…
However, this past week was BEAUTIFUL and we saw a lot of snow melt. I could feel my eyes and nose starting to get itchy so I quickly switched into allergy season mode. My usual morning detox drink has been replaced with this allergy concoction: stinging nettle infusion, local honey and a squeeze of lemon. I’m not really sad about it because it tastes sooooo good – way better than the detox drink!
The concoction is actually a stinging nettle infusion, which means the herb matter sits in boiled water for several hours to pull all of the nutrients out. I usually make mine in the evening and drink it the next morning. To make the infusion, use 1 part stinging nettles to 4 parts boiled water. Place in a glass container (I use mason jars).
Stinging nettles: In addition to being great for allergies, a nettle infusion also has a bunch of fringe benefits. “Nettle rebuilds the adrenals and the kidneys, keeps the blood vessels flexible, shines up the hair, improves skin tone, nourishes the immune system, and moderates or eliminates most allergies.” (source)
Local honey: I stress the word “local” because you want to be exposing yourself to pollen from your area. You are using the principle of homeopathy where like cures like. “When a person eats local honey, they are thought to be ingesting local pollen. Over time, a person may become less sensitive to this pollen.” (source)
Lemon: The benefit of lemon on allergies stem from its role in strengthening the immune-system and its high levels of vitamin C. Oh, and it just helps make the drink taste delicious.
The benefits from this drink are not going to be immediate so I use high-quality essential oils to manage my acute symptoms. A diluted blend of lemon, lavender and peppermint goes on my chest and under my feet 2 – 4 times per day. I’ve also been having great results with a drop of Arborvitae under my feet morning and night.
This weekend, I am going to add Quercetin supplements to this regime which have been very helpful to me in the past. Quercetin has amazing anti-histamine properties.
How do you naturally deal with seasonal allergies?
Recently, CBC News published an article about a frustrated mom that posted about her child’s illness on Facebook and in return received a bunch of messages from “pushy” essential oil sales reps. She was apparently looking for “help and support”.
As an aromatherapy student (and PROUD “sales rep”), I feel some responsibility to defend my passion. The recent surge in popularity of essential oils has made it a popular target in health communities and the mainstream media alike. I’m not going to refute each point in this article but rather provide some overall perspective.
Neither the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy nor any certified aromatherapist was consulted in the writing of this article. Why aren’t we asking the opinion of a trained expert in this field?
Yes, Wintergreen essential oil can lead to toxicity when used incorrectly. It is particularly high in a chemical compound from the salicylates family, just like aspirin and some topical muscle creams. Here’s a great article with more information. Most people likely don’t even need to have this essential oil on-hand, as there are a lot of other effective options out there, and some aromatherapists even avoid it completely. I’ve actually never used mine!
All health products, whether “conventional” or “alternative” are backed by profit-seeking corporations and promoted through sales people and/or various forms of advertising. I honestly don’t see this as a legitimate argument at all. At the end of the day, we all buy from those we like and trust. This woman might not like the product or approach — but to each their own.
Lately, I’ve been struggling with completing my aromatherapy studies but this article hit a few nerves. I’ll dive in on this topic in a separate blog post but I will say that, after reading this, I made some HUGE progress on my assignments.
Now excuse me while I go breathe in some peppermint essential oil 😉
As I see more and more “healthy people” around me develop serious health issues, such as cancer, I become more and more convinced that the toxins we are exposed to play a far greater role in our health than we might think. By “healthy people”, I mean people who eat relatively well, exercise regularly and/or are considered far too young to be afflicted by such diseases.
Spring is the time of year when most of us think of detoxing or following a cleanse. I am no exception. In my most recent monthly doTERRA essential oils order, I got myself two amazing supplements: Zendocrine Softgels and the Zendocrine Detoxification Complex.
The Zendocrine Softgels are a blend of Tangerine (high limonene content), Rosemary (supports liver function), Geranium (supports elimination organs), Juniper Berry (supports kidneys) and Cilantro (supports your body’s detoxification mechanisms) essential oils which have been shown to have powerful detoxifying properties. I’ve been taking this supplement with breakfast, lunch and supper.
The Zendocrine Detoxification Complex is a beautiful mix of herbs that support healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver (Barberry root and bark, Milk thistle seed, Burdock root, Clove bud, Dandelion root, Garlic bulb, Red clover flowering tops), kidneys (Turkish Rhubarb stem, Burdock root, Clove bud, Dandelion root), colon (Psyllium husk, Turkish rhubarb stem, Acacia Gum bark, Marshmallow root), lungs (Osha root, Safflower petals), and skin (Kelp, Milk thistle seed, Burdock root, Clove bud, Garlic bulb). I’ve been taking this supplement with breakfast and supper.
Of course, at the same time, it is important to reduce your exposure to and consumption of toxins. Are you avoiding packaged goods and focusing on whole foods? Have you checked the ingredients in your home cleaning products and cosmetics? Could you replace some of these products with more natural versions or – EVEN BETTER – start making them yourself?
We commonly think of healthy eating and exercising as gateways to good health. I highly encourage you to also think about your toxic exposure as another important factor.
Are you going to support your body in cleansing this Spring?
PS – Oh, and in the spirit of full disclosure, I TOTALLY sell these supplements. However, I also HONESTLY use them on a regular basis. I have absolutely NO SHAME with that. I would feel FAR worst keeping secrets to good health from you!