Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bedtime Stories

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Babies crave routine (most adults do too). Routines help them feel safe, secure and relaxed. Our ideal bedtime goes something like this: At 7:30ish PM, wash up, essential oil up, put on pajamas, sing (sometimes rock), bless & say goodnight.

We have nights where all goes wrong. Bedtime is late. Routine is not prioritized. Baby is overtired. Which equals many cries, protests and confusion (for everyone).

We have peaceful & timely nights. Where routine goes smoothly and we do everything that helps baby prepare for nighttime sleep. Then we listen in awe of the silence.

Though most nights are a mix. We have found that the common factor in the routine for bedtime success seems to be this little essential oil duo:

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P.S. I put a drop of lavender on baby’s feet before a doctor appointment and he was able to happily hang out in his carseat for the duration of the appointment!

P.P.S. — I like this routine for better sleep too, for myself I add Cedarwood (two drops to the back of my head) which is high in sesquiterpenes – a chemical constituent in EO that increases the amount of oxygen to the pineal (responsible for releasing melatonin)  & pituitary gland (controls most of our hormone function). Sending the signal for more endorphins to be secreted, cleanses neurotransmitters and increases antibodies!

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want to try some of these oils? CLICK HERE.

Adventures with Cabbage

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Many health issues have been helped by the good bacteria in fermented foods. Sauerkraut particularly, has been found to have benefits for multiple gut issues, the brain and more:

1. Leaky Gut – Good bacteria acts to balance gut flora, reduces symptoms
2. Heartburn/Acid Reflux –  Incorporating fermented food daily can alleviate heartburn & acid reflux, improving your stomach acid (which prescription medications suppress). My husband was a no-joke mess with acid reflux before we started eating sauerkraut everyday! 
3. Immune Benefits – good bacteria boosts the immune system
4. Bowel Issues/IBS/IBD: From gas & diarrhea to constipation & ulcerative colitis: bad bacteria within the gut are improved with fermented food by increasing good bacteria, aiding bowel health and reducing inflammation. 
5. Oral Health –  Good bacteria improves gum health
6. Weight Loss– Aids weight loss and boosts energy.
7. Stabilize Blood Sugar– Helps prevent blood sugar spikes and helps diabetes.

Also found to benefit those with anxiety or depression.

 I have also heard some recent studies has been done suggesting fermented foods positively effect autism as well!

  Ready to chow down on fermented sauerkraut, yet?

My favorite brand of fermented sauerkraut (& pickles) is definitely the Bubbies brand. But when you get into eating fermented food for your health the amount recommended to eat daily ranges from 1/2 a Cup to 1 Cup (usually starting out is just a few tablespoons) that amount starts to cut into a food budget. Ask me how I know. *cough cough*

About two weeks ago I gave my best wack at homemade fermented sauerkraut. Here’s how it went: One medium to large head of cabbage (outer leaves washed and removed for later use) sliced thin. Placed into a large bowl. I added a sprinkle of salt with each layer I put in the bowl. I have read some recipes where some measure the salt and some just layer. Either way I think it ends up being around 1-2 Tablespoons of salt. *note good quality salt is important – I used pink Himalayan sea salt.

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I used the flat end of my meat tenderizer at first but eventually found that I just had to get my hands in and squish to really get the juice released from the cabbage.

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Then I packed the cabbage into mason jars and used the outer leaves on top to keep all the cabbage submerged in the salt and cabbage juice brine. Covered with coffee filters to let air help the cabbage ferment. I set them in the cupboard and tried to forget about them (though I did check daily to be sure all the cabbage stayed beneath the brine – I did have to add some more brine).

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On day 5 I tried a bite. I think maybe my kitchen is a little warmer then most ( we don’t have air conditioning ) and so I think it fermented a little faster than I anticipated. I put lids on and slid them into my refrigerator. This batch is not Bubbies. But it’s a start! I am quite happy and please with how simple it was to make on my own. I will make it again and begin tweaking what I did last time and see what changes.

I had a helping this morning with my eggs & it was yummy! Have you made any fermented foods? Any tips to share?

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If you want to make your own you’ll need:

  • A large bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • 1 Head of cabbage
  • Salt ( good quality sea or Himalayan )
  • Two mason jars
  • Coffee filters & rubberbands

* also strong hands & patience

A Doctor Appointment

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Guess where I went on this lovely Monday!

I don’t know about you but I strongly dislike doctor appointments. Talk about stress. Especially with a little one in tow, paperwork to fill out and fun topics to discuss.

Well, after Tubby got in the dog water and did a double duty in his diaper right before we left I rushed out the door without my essential oils. . By the time I was at my appointment in the middle of the paperwork and medical fun….I was so stressed (full on headache and injury pain causing me to sweat in the very air conditioned almost chilly exam room) and after the two hour appointment I nearly had a meltdown.

As soon as I got home I immediately applied: Stress Away — LOVE this blend, it works so well and it smells heavenly. I had instant relief and was able to avoid taking any medication for my headache or my pain and felt my anxiety begin to dissipate.

 

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Young Living defines this blend:

Young Living’s Stress Away™ essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.

I’m not going to leave home without this blend again.  I will use it before the near meltdown so the doctor doesn’t have to hand me tissues. Does anyone else enjoy doctor appointments as much as I do?

You can purchase this blend in the premium starter kit. more info CLICK HERE.

Health & life!  – Libby

Setting Up This Place

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Funny story. So I’ve been clicking around all evening trying to figure out wordpress & my right forearm started to hurt like a special case of tendinitis. So I got up and put a few drops of Cypress, Wintergreen & Copaiba. Within 5 minutes I felt much better.

So let me tell you why I grabbed the oils I did!

Copaiba – Enhances the use of other oils & soothes physical pain

Cypress – encourages blood circulation & relaxes muscles

Wintergreen – contains methyl salicylate – an active ingredient beneficial for soothing tense & sore muscles

Now I can keep clicking away!

Talk soon! – Libby