Wellness Wednesdays:

essentialoils

Peace Soulstars,

My love for essential oils for dates back to childhood when my mother introduced me to tea tree oil.  My stash contains over 15 types of oils including most of the ones on this list.  My favorites and most used are tea tree (melaleuca), lavender, and peppermint oils.  Although I love many of the others too.  I just need to familiarize myself with the new additions which include frankincense, myrrh, and clary sage to name a few.

I’ve used essential oils for everything from skin care to adding them to my vacuum filter for some aromatherapy while cleaning.  One of our favorite ways to use essential oils is with a diffuser.  Aromatherapy is a necessity in our home because we love anything that smells good.  It has a tremendous affect on your mood and health in general.  There are many different uses for essential oils as you can see and I haven’t even shared all of the ones I’ve tried.  I’ll be sharing them periodically on the blog because I use them on a daily basis.  Hope you find the above list of essential oils helpful!

Love and Light,

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Wellness Wednesdays: The “Mother” of all super foods!

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Many say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar which will do that and thensome?

Peace Soulstars,

Before the whole acv (apple cider vinegar) craze my mother has been the main pusher of taking acv for EVERYTHING.  lol…It’s actually a recurring joke in my household that anytime anything hurts or you get any kind of ailment my mother insists that you “Get the vinegar!”  “The vinegar” without a doubt being apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it.  The “mother” is a filmy looking matter that contains enzymes and nutrients that make acv beyond amazing in treating your body good.  Over 15 years ago (and beyond) my mother has been such an advocate for taking acv as a natural remedy for everything from high blood pressure to body aches and dental issues.  In fact, she is the natural remedy queen so it’s inevitable for me to have become a natural healer myself.  What can I say?  It’s in my dna!

I can honestly say that for the past six years I have been flu free despite maybe a bout of a cold here and there.  When my family gets sick we  never take over the counter medicine.  We stick to natural remedies that are highly unlikely to cause unpleasant side effects.  If I ever do get sick, it’s happens when I haven’t been taking my apple cider vinegar regularly.  I went a whole two years during grad school with no illnesses and I was stressed beyond measure.  I can only attribute it to my vitamins and acv tea which I drank almost daily during that time.  Oh yeah, and I haven’t had a flu shot since I was pregnant with my daughter which was over ten years ago!  ACV is a staple in my household for stomach issues, colds/flu prevention and treatment and I’ve also cured a wart my daughter had by using acv topically.

I like variety because I get bored easily so I use it in different ways.  The apple walnut salad from yesterday’s post includes an apple cider vinegar based salad dressing.  One of my favorites is a tea that I make from 2 tablespoons (1 tablespoon for newbies) of apple cider vinegar with raw honey and cinnamon.  If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add some ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mix.  I’ve also been brave enough to take a tablespoon of acv straight and chase it with a cup of water but it’s not for the fainthearted.  I can attest to many of the health benefits and I’m open to trying other ways to add acv to my daily routine.   For more acv info click here , here, and here!

Love and light,

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