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Well it’s that time of season again. Allergies Season…. the dreaded runny nose, sneezing, itchy hives, headaches, watery eyes etc.
Allergies develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment.
There are a lot of over the counter drugs for the symptoms, but most of them have ingredients in them that can damage the rest of your body. If your like me you want to avoid putting these drugs in your body.
I turn to Essential oils. They serve as a natural and safe way to treat the symptoms of allergies and boost our immune systems. These essential oils for allergies have the ability to chemically support the body and help it to overcome hypersensitivity.
Here is a great diffuser recipe that I use in my diffuser.
3 drops of Peppermint – unclog sinuses and scratchy throat
3 drops of Eucalyptus – relieves congestion
3 drops of Lavender – antihistamines in the oil will prevent a violent reaction to the allergens
3 drops of Lemon – prompting the body to increase blood circulation and clear the respiratory tract and sinuses. It works in tandem with the above mentioned oils to prevent congestion. Lemon oil is the best friend of asthmatics.
You can also mix these 4 oils in a carrier oil like coconut oil and rub on your temples, behind your ears and on your chest.
Below is a chart on allergies and Essential Oils.
Well summer is upon us and it’s time to get your produce seeds/plants in the ground or in containers. I’ve been working super hard getting my garden ready to go.
My hubby built us a raised vegetable garden box along with a potatoe box and we have multiple containers for the bigger plants. I just finished putting my veggie seeds and plants in them and I’m so excited to have organic veggies this year. I don’t have a very big yard so we use a lot of containers to grow our produce. I have them spread out all over my deck and yard. Where ever the sun is, there is a container with some kind of veggie/fruit in it.
Why I am growing my own veggies?
I grew up on an orchard in the Okanagan; my parents ran a fruit/veggie stand. My mom had a huge veggie garden out back where she grew every kind of vegetables you can think of. Her garden was all organic with no chemicals fertilizers or pesticides. As for the fruit trees on our land, well they would get sprayed with chemicals fertilizers and pesticides. My dad would get up on his tractor with a white full body suit; including a respirator (he looked like he was going into a radiation room or contaminated area) he was completely covered from head to toe. Behind the tractor was a big tank on wheels full of pesticides and chemicals. He would spray all the trees and we were not allowed outside until the air cleared. It was brutal and stunk so bad. These chemicals and pesticides would burn his skin if it came in contact. Now imagine putting that in your body…. No thank you… My mom would get so angry with us if we didn’t wash the fruit before we ate it. I remember her saying “it will burn your insides if you don’t wash it off”.
Now that was many years ago, I’m sure today they have come up with a better solution (or I hope they have), that isn’t as harmful. All of the articles I’ve read so far say the pesticides are still being used. Here is one article written from the government of BC. http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/agriculture-and-seafood/animal-and-crops/plant-health/pesticide-toxicity-hazard.pdf
Anyways, I find gardening very relaxing and enjoyable. It’s my happy place. It gives me a sense of pride to be able to put fresh organic food on the table that was grown in my own backyard. It is also fun to watch what you planted, grow into beautiful yummy food. The flavor is so much richer and you know what you’re putting in your body.
What am I growing in my garden?
New raised garden box: Carrots, few different lettuces, radishes, peas, green beans, peppers, edamame beans and cucumbers.
Smaller box #1: Yellow squash, spaghetti squash and zucchini.
Smaller box #2: 4 different kinds of onions and garlic.
Potatoes box: 4 potatoe plants.
Barrel Container #1: Spinach.
Barrel Container #2: Chives.
Barrel Container #3: Watermelon.
Barrel Container #4: Raspberry.
Barrel Container #5: Gooseberry.
Planters: Tomatoes (Beef eater and Cherry).
I’m also growing my own herbs in my greenhouse this year. They include thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, rosemary, dill, cilantro and sage.
I want to try something new this year as well. I want to grow and learn to make my own teas. I’ve purchased some calendula, peppermint, lemon balm and a few others. I will let you all know how that goes. If any of you have done this before I would love to hear about it and which plants you used.
So what are the benefits of growing your own veggies?
Growing your own vegetables will trim a significant amount of money from your grocery budget. Seeds are inexpensive and can be dried and used year after year. By learning to preserve, can or freeze your yearly harvest, you can enjoy fresh produce all year long without spending a fortune at the grocery store.
Home-grown vegetables are healthier than those in store bins. They retain more of their vitamin content when eaten straight from the garden. They are also more likely to be free of pesticides or chemicals. It is also easy to get children involved in vegetable gardening, increasing the likelihood they will want to eat what they have grown. Gardening is also a good way to get exercise and fresh air. It’s relaxing and a good stress reliever. It’s also fun to see what you can grow.
Fresh is Best
There is nothing like the taste of vegetables freshly picked from the garden. Vegetables from the grocery store have endured lengthy and stressful shipping conditions, only to arrive at the store and sit for an undetermined period of time. Fresh vegetables are available to eat practically off the vine and are better tasting than their store-bought counterparts.
There are many ways in which food may become contaminated, whether at the farm, the manufacturer or the transportation center. When you grow your own vegetables, you can control the conditions and stop worrying about the safety of your food.
By growing your own vegetables, you are also helping to preserve the environment. Organically grown vegetables reduce the amount of chemicals introduced into the Earth by way of pesticides and herbicides. Pollution from fossil fuels will also be reduced by decreasing the amount of fresh, offseason vegetables being shipped all over the world.
Build a sense of pride.
Watching a seed blossom under your care to become food on your and your family’s plates is gratifying. Growing your own food is one of the most purposeful and important things a human can do—its work that directly helps you thrive, nourish your family, and maintain your health. Caring for your plants and waiting as they blossom and “fruit” before your eyes is an amazing sense of accomplishment!
Happy Gardening everyone!
Activated Charcoal Uses & Benefits
Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It’s made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it’s important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.
One of the most popular activated charcoal uses is for the safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses. It’s used in emergency trauma centers across the world. In addition, it’s used to reduce bloating and gas, lower cholesterol, treat bile flow problems safely during pregnancy, and even prevent hangovers.(1)
Research shows that activated charcoal works better than stomach pumping (gastric lavage) in some situations.(2)
So, how does activated charcoal work?
Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. Typically, however, it’s not used when petroleum, alcohol, lye, acids or other corrosive poisons are ingested.
It doesn’t absorb the toxins, however. Instead it works through the chemical process of adsorption. In the body, absorption is the reaction of elements, including nutrients, chemicals and toxins, soaked up and assimilated into the blood stream. Adsorption is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface.
The porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it. The nooks and crannies in activated charcoal are created through a heating process. It’s important to note that activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed.
Top 10 Activated Charcoal Uses
Whenever you take activated charcoal, it’s imperative to drink 12-16 glasses of water per day. Activated charcoal can cause dehydration if adequate amounts of water aren’t consumed in tandem. In addition, this helps to flush out the toxins quickly and prevents constipation experienced by some individuals.
In addition to being a safe and effective treatment for poisonings and the removal of toxins from the system, additional activated charcoal uses include deodorizing and disinfecting, and it’s an important step to cure Lyme disease. Here are the top 10 activated charcoal uses:
1. Whitens Teeth
Have your teeth become stained from coffee, tea, wine or berries? Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.
It works to whiten teeth by adsorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth. This activated charcoal use is cost-effective and an all-natural solution for a bright smile.
BE CAREFUL, it can (and will) stain grout and fabrics. Protect counters, floors and clothing before using.
To whiten your teeth naturally, wet a toothbrush and dip into powdered activated charcoal. Brush teeth as normal, paying special attention to areas showing the most staining. Sip a bit of water, swish through mouth thoroughly and spit. Rinse well, until spit is clear.
For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two-three times per week.
Note: If you have crowns, caps or porcelain veneers, it’s possible that activated charcoal will stain them. In addition, if your teeth become sensitive, quit using it.
2. Alleviates Gas & Bloating
One activated charcoal use often overlooked is to alleviate uncomfortable gas and bloating. It works by binding the gas-causing byproducts in foods that cause discomfort.
A study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that activated charcoal prevents intestinal gas following a typical gas-producing meal.(4)
Dosing recommendations to alleviate gas and bloating: Take 500 milligrams one hour prior to a typical gas-producing meal, with a full glass of water. Follow with an additional glass of water immediately thereafter to help get the charcoal into your system, where it can bind with gas-producing elements.
3. Treats Alcohol Poisoning & Helps Prevent Hangovers
While activated charcoal does not adsorb alcohol, it does help quickly remove other toxins from the body that contribute to poisoning. Alcohol is rarely consumed in its pure form; mixers that include artificial sweeteners and chemicals are common. Activated charcoal removes these toxins.
In addition, when activated charcoal is taken at the same time as alcohol, some studies show it can significantly reduce blood alcohol concentrations.(5) Princeton University’s First Aider’s Guide to Alcohol indicates that activated charcoal is administered in some situations related to alcohol.(6) This includes if the individual is unconscious or showing signs of acute alcohol poisoning.
4. Mold Cleansing
Most people don’t think about mold living in their bodies, but it can. Toxic mold causes depression, kidney and liver failure, decreased brain function, heart disease, eye irritation, headaches, vomiting, impaired immune system function, and severe respiratory distress.
Homes that have flooded, or even those with small leaks under a sub-floor or in the walls, can create an environment where mold can thrive. Poor ventilation contributes to the problem, and bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms are particularly prone to mold growth.
If there is visible mold in your home, it must be mitigated properly. It’s important to wear gloves and a protective mask to keep from inhaling toxic mold during cleanup. Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and borax can be used to clean mold off hard surfaces and keep mold from growing in the future.
If you or your family experience symptoms including wheezing, rashes, watery eyes, coughing or headaches that aren’t explained in other ways, your home should be evaluated for mold spore levels, even if no visible mold is detected. It can thrive behind drywall, under floors and in ventilation ducts.
5. Water Filtration
Activated charcoal traps impurities in water including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals. This is why it’s used in water filtration systems throughout the world. However, it doesn’t trap viruses, bacteria and hard-water minerals.
According to a study published in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, activated carbon filters (activated charcoal), removes some fluoride. (7) Avoiding fluoride and detoxing from it is important for oral health, proper immune system functioning, and healthy kidneys and liver.
Drinking water is essential to good health; however, typical tap water is toxic and laden with chemicals, toxins and fluoride. Ingestion should be limited whenever possible. Activated charcoal water filters are available for whole-home systems, as well as countertop models. Drink eight-10 glasses of pure water per day to help soothe the digestive tract, fight fatigue, keep organs operating, and provide lubrication for joints and tissues.
6. Emergency Toxin Removal
As mentioned above, one of the most common activated charcoal uses is to remove toxin and chemicals in the event of ingestion. Most organic compounds, pesticides, mercury, fertilizer and bleach bind to activated charcoal’s surface, allowing for quicker elimination, while preventing the absorption in the body.
Activated charcoal is also used in the event of an accidental, or purposeful, overdose of many pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications. It’s effective for aspirin, opium, cocaine, morphine and acetaminophen. It’s important that the proper amount is administered as quickly as possible — definitely within an hour of ingestion.
In the event of poisoning, call 911 immediately. Proper dosing is imperative. According to the University of Michigan Health System, 50 to 100 grams (not milligrams!) is used in cases of poisoning in adults and 10 to 25 grams for children.(8)
In addition, activated charcoal can be used in cases of food poisoning when nausea and diarrhea are present. Adults take 25 grams at onset of symptoms or when food poisoning is suspected, and children should be given 10 grams. Increase dosage as necessary. Remember, it’s essential that adequate water is consumed when activated charcoal is taken.
7. Skin and Body Health
Activated charcoal uses extend beyond internal applications. For external treatments, it’s effective at treating body odor and acne and relieving discomfort from insect bites, rashes from poison ivy or poison oak, and snake bites.
After a mosquito bite or bee sting, mix one capsule of activated charcoal with ½ tablespoon of coconut oil, and dab on affected area. Reapply every 30 minutes until itching and discomfort are gone. As activated charcoal stains nearly everything it touches, wrap with a bandage.
To treat bites from snakes and spiders, including the Brown Recluse or Black Widow, you want to cover a larger area than just a small bandage, as the bacteria and viruses that lead to tissue damage need to be mitigated quickly.
Create a wrap out of fabric that’s big enough to go around the affected area twice. Dab the mixture of coconut oil and activated charcoal on the fabric, and wrap. Secure with bandages. Reapply every two to three hours, rinsing well between applications.
To treat acne, mix one capsule of activated charcoal with two teaspoons of aloe vera gel, and smooth over face. Let dry and rinse off completely. The activated charcoal binds with environmental toxins and dirt that contribute to acne. It’s also good for spot treatments.
8. Digestive Cleanse
Activated charcoal uses help promote a healthy digestive tract by removing toxins that cause allergic reactions, oxidative damage and poor immune system function. By removing the toxins from your system, you can reduce joint pain, increase energy and increase mental function.
Environmental factors, including pesticides on food, chemicals in the water we drink and exposure to mold, create a toxic burden in our bodies. It’s important to routinely cleanse the digestive tract to support overall health and wellness. To complete a digestive cleanse with activated charcoal, take 10 grams 90 minutes prior to each meal, for two days.
During the cleanse, eat only organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat, and wild fish. If during the cleanse you find you are constipated, this is a sure sign you’re not consuming enough water! Drink a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon and a touch of honey every half hour until constipation is relieved.
Activated charcoal uses include helping prevent cellular damage to kidneys and liver, as well as supporting healthy adrenal glands. It’s imperative to cleanse toxins and chemicals routinely from the body. Activated charcoal benefits major organs by helping the body flush out the toxins and chemicals that cause the damage.
Aging is a natural part of life, but due to the toxic load we are exposed to through food, our homes and workplaces, and our environment, to prevent pre-mature aging we must get rid of them.
For this activated charcoal use, take two capsules per day after exposure to nonorganic foods, heavy meals or after contact to other toxins. This supports better cognitive function, a reduction in brain fog, healthier kidney and liver function, and a healthier digestive tract.
10. Reduces High Cholesterol
Studies around the world show that activated charcoal reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol as much as some prescription medications. In one study, total cholesterol decreased by 25 percent, LDL cholesterol decreased by 41 percent, while HDL increased by 8 percent — in just four weeks.(9)
Study participants took three doses of eight grams each for the period of the study. As mentioned below, don’t take activated charcoal within 90 minutes to two hours of taking any prescription medication or supplements as it can prevent proper absorption.
(Article by Dr. Axe)
Ive been trying a few different recipes lately from liquid to pods and found just powder dishwasher soap works the best for me.
This recipe is easy and works.
1 cup of Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Kosher Salt (more if you have hard water)
1/2 cup LemiShine found at this link: https://www.amazon.ca/Lemi-Shine-Dishwasher-Detergent-Booster/dp/B01MRFMJAB/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1483851130&sr=8-11&keywords=lemi+shine
10-20 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients, break up the clumps and put in an air tight container. Shake or stir it the first couple of days so it doesn’t clump.
To use: put about 1 Tbsp in your soap dispenser. For extra dirty dishes you can add a few drops of dish soap in the dispenser as well.