Tea Tree Oil is one of my favorite essential oils to use. I use it on my skin, my baby’s homemade baby wipe solution, and any time I need to disinfect something. It’s a great oil with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. So when I saw this list of great uses for tea tree oil, I knew you would love to see it to. I saw this list on Herbs and Oils World’s facebook page.
Tea Tree Oil is something everyone should have in their home.
1. ACNE: Mix 40 drops of tea tree oil with 1 oz of coconut oil in a glass container with a tight fitting lid. Apply lightly to the acne twice a day after cleansing. (Keep well away from the eyes, and test the mixture on the inside of your forearm, waiting for at least 24 hours to make sure there is no reaction before using it on your face or other acne-prone areas.)
2. DANDRUFF: Using a 5% tea tree oil shampoo has been shown to reduce or eliminate mild to moderate dandruff with regular use. It’s easiest to purchase a shampoo already containing the oil but if you prefer to make your own, you can add 40 drops of tea tree oil for each ounce of shampoo base and shake well before each use.
3. ATHLETE’S FOOT: A foot bath containing one cup of epsom salt and 10 drops of tea tree oil will stop an early infection of athlete’s foot in its tracks, and repeating weekly will prevent it from coming back. For more established infections, blend 1 oz. of coconut oil with 1/4 oz of tea tree oil, and follow the foot bath by applying this twice a day for about 4 weeks.
4. TOENAIL FUNGUS: Using a clean cotton swab, apply a drop of pure tea tree oil to the infected toenail(s) twice daily. (Be careful to only get the oil on the toenail, since the pure oil can be irritating to the skin.)
5. COLD SORES: Mix 1 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil with 5 drops of tea tree oil, dip a clean cotton swab in the mixture, and apply directly to the cold sore. Store the remaining mixture in a tightly sealed glass container, and reapply several times a day until the sore is gone. Beginning this treatment at the first tingling sensation that indicates a cold sore is starting will prevent it from even getting bad enough to hurt or scab over. (Do not use tea tree oil inside the nose, and never swallow it. Swallowing even small (a few drops) doses of the oil is toxic, and larger doses can kill.)
6. CLEANING & DISINFECTING COUNTERS, TUBS & TILES: Mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with a bit over 1 gallon of water. Mix well, and use to wipe down kitchen counters, tables, bathtubs, tile and floors. (Remix frequently, since the oil and water will separate pretty quickly, and use rubber gloves to prevent skin irritation.)
7. REMOVING MOLD & MILDEW: Add 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray on the moldy areas, then wipe away the mold. For heavier mold, or for mildew, you may need to use one of the sponges with the scrubber side to loosen it before wiping it away.
8. LAUNDRY: Add 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to a regular load of laundry to freshen and disinfect. For bedbug or mite infestations, using very hot water with the oil to wash your bedding will kill the pests.
As with all essential oils, certain precautions need to be taken to avoid harm. Here are the three most important cautions to take with tea tree oil.
- Pregnant or nursing women, or those with hormone sensitive cancers are usually advised to avoid tea tree oil. Although I am 20 weeks pregnant and still use tea tree oil.
- It is possible to have an allergic reaction to tea tree oil. If you develop a rash or blisters, discontinue use immediately, and see your doctor.
- Do not use undiluted tea tree oil on your skin, as it can cause skin irritation, redness, blistering, or itching.
- Tea tree oil should not be used on or around cats as it is toxic to them.
What Supplements I Take During Pregnancy
In this video, Mama Natural breaksdown the supplements she takes during her pregnancy. I posted about my supplements of choice too. I thought having another mama post her supplements might help women access their nutritional needs during pregnancy by seeing how choices are made from one mama to the next.
When I was 2 I ate a whole bottle of Flintstones vitamins. Needless to say, a scary trip to the hospital and a stomach pumping followed. And I’ve hated taking pills ever since.
Having said that, I don’t think we can get every nutrient we need from our diets. Unfortunately, our depleted soils produce foods that aren’t as nutritionally dense as they could be. I also live a busy life, and don’t always get my weekly liver in or homemade salad dressings with raw egg yolks.
So, I take supplements, and I’ll list them out below. Quick note: I take 95% of these when I’m not pregnant, so hopefully everyone can relate to this post .
Ready? Here’s what I take.
I always take my prenatal as an insurance policy to make sure the baby and I are getting what we need. I use either MegaFood or Garden of Life Vitamin Code. Both are food-based supplements, which I like because they are natural and easier to digest. I like MegaFood because they are high in iodine, have a good zinc/copper ration and are what I took with Griffin. The Vitamin Code prenatal contains additional probiotics and digestive enzymes, which is nice. They’re also smaller and you take less (3 versus 4).
Cod Liver Oil
In my opinion, this supplement is the most important for pregnancy (and nursing). It contains naturally occurring fat soluble vitamins A & D, which are vital for baby’s brain and eye development, bone and teeth structure, and so forth. It’s also high in omega 3′s and the fatty acids EPA and DHA. Again, critically important for baby’s development and mom’s health. I take the fermented variety from Green Pastures. This is the only cod liver oil on the market that is raw and includes the natural vitamins that occurs in the oil itself. Most others on the market, use heat to remove contaminants and naturally occurring vitamins. They then synthetically add them back in. Having said that, some cannot tolerate the fermented product as it can cause allergic reactions like hives, rashes, indigestion, etc. I would then recommend this product or this one. Both contain synthetic vitamins but they are in the right ratio and a fine option if you can’t tolerate the fermented one.
High Vitamin Butter Oil/Vitamin K2
Weston A. Price, a dentist who traveled the world studying cultures with the highest longevity rates, found that the healthiest people consumed 10X the amount of fat soluble vitamins A & D. He was a huge fan of cod liver oil as a result and found that “magic” occurred when he combined it with high vitamin butter oil and it’s special qualities. We now know that it contains another fat soluble vitamin, vitamin K2, which helps take calcium out of the wrong places in our bodies (i.e. kidneys, arteries, etc.) and into the right places like bones and teeth. It’s also great for cancer prevention. Because vitamin K2 regulates clotting in the blood, I don’t take daily. Instead, I shoot for a few times a week. I find it really helps with tooth sensitivity and keeps my skin super soft. I rotate between taking the butter oil and the cheaper vitamin K2 supplement, which is derived from fermented soy (natto).
I started taking a vitamin B complex about 6 months before I got pregnant. My midwife suggested this to build up my folate stores. I took this one from Vitamin Code. Since I still had some left, I kept taking here and there throughout the first trimester. I also took 50 mg of Vitamin B6 with each meal to help with first trimester nausea. It worked great! I will stop taking at 16 weeks.
I’ve seen stats that state anywhere from 60-95% of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium. This mineral also helps with morning sickness. Most importantly, it keeps things moving… if you get my drift. When we get pregnant, the hormones can slow things down, including our digestion and bowels. Magnesium is a wonderful remedy for constipation. The rule of thumb for dosage is to take magnesium until your stool get loose. Then dial back. For me, the perfect dosage seems to be about 500 mg a day. I use a combination of Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Citrate and Ancient Minerals Magnesium spray, which you apply topically.
I like taking one while pregnant and I rotate my brands to expose myself to as many different bacterial strains as possible. Right now, I’m using Natren. I like it because it’s high in bifidophilus, which is important for the small bacteria. I’ve also used Klaire Labs, Dr. Ohrika, and Bio-K.
I think everyone can benefit from taking one. I like these digestive enzymes from Vitamin Code. Just one at each meal takes away any indigestion. I’ve also used HCL with Pepsin, which worked well too.
So there you have it… the supplements I’m taking while pregnant.
A study conducted by John Hopkins researchers found that a healthy heart can be achieved by making four simple lifestyle changes:
1. Regular Exercise
2. Eating a Mediterranean-style diet
3. Maintaining normal weight
4. Not smoking
Now, come on folks. This isn’t ground breaking information. We’ve known for quite some time that eating well, exercising, maintaining your weight, and avoiding cigarette smoke are some of the keys to a healthy diet. Hopefully this new study will put this information into the forefront of people’s minds.
During the study, researchers found that adopting these four lifestyle changes protects against coronary heart disease and early buildup of calcium deposits in heart arteries. These changes also reduce the chance of death from all causes by 80% over an eight year period.
“We evaluated data on more than 6,200 men and women, age 44-84, from white, African-American, Hispanic and Chinese backgrounds. All were followed for an average of 7.6 years. Those who adopted all four healthy behaviors had an 80 percent lower death rate over that time period compared to participants with none of the healthy behaviors,” says Ahmed.
Family history is not something we can change. But our daily choices are completely within our own control. Every day, we must decide to eat better, exercise more, stress less, and appreciate life more. Our hearts need us to step up and take better care of ourselves.
This study really touches me on a personal level. I just had a friend lose his step father to a heart attack. The step father was only 44 years old. He smoked, ate unhealthy, didn’t exercise, and just lost his wife to cancer. I believe all of these factors together put too much stress on his heart. It could no longer support his life. He just didn’t have the motivation to make the necessary changes long term.
We have to change this. Yes, everyone will transition out of this life at some point. But it’s not ok to transition out because we haven’t developed the personal strength to make the changes that will save our life. Let this most recent study inspire you to make better choices.
“While there are risk factors that people can’t control, such as their family history and age,” says Ahmed, “these lifestyle measures are things that people can change and consequently make a big difference in their health. That’s why we think this is so important.”
Alkaline Diet – Tony Robbins on PH Body Balance
Tony Robbins presents a key concept in health and wellness.
Did you know an alkaline body is the key to good health? We must maintain our acid and alkaline balance in order to experience vibrant health.
Watch this video for an introduction to the importance of maintaining an alkaline environment in your body.
Once you’re ready, then you can learn How to maintain this acid/alkaline balance.
Intro to Alkaline/Acid Balance
Get pH (or litmus) paper here: Alkalinize your life! I’m sure most of you have heard about the acid – alkaline diet or lifestyle. In this video, I cover the basic concepts.
First off, let’s unpack what pH is…. it stands for the potential of Hydrogen. It essentially measures the alkalinity or acidity in a solution.
In this video, we’re not going to discuss the blood pH as that’s a narrow range that the body regulates at all costs.
Instead, we’re going to be discussing the urine and saliva pH. What I love about these tests is that it’s something you can do in the comfort of your own home for a few pennies. While it’s not a failsafe system, it does give you an indication of what’s going on in your body.
OK, now for the testing and ideal ranges…
Urine pH: You want to test the SECOND pee of the day. Your first urine will be overly acidic as it dumps the wastes from the night before. When you’re ready, simply tear off a small piece of litmus paper and put in urine stream for a few seconds. Or, you can pee into a small cup and dip the paper into your urine that way. Look at the color of your paper immediately and compare with the color chart on your litmus paper. You want to aim for a urine pH of 6.0-6.5. While many alkalizing diets and websites will claim you want 7.0-7.5, I don’t think this is ideal based on science and my research. If you test later in the day and your urine is more like 6.5-7.0, that’s fine as we tend to become more alkaline as the day goes on.
First off, our kidneys are supposed to eliminate acids so we want our urine to be on the acidic job. If the urine is too alkaline, it can mean that the kidneys aren’t working properly or there’s something off metabolically. Be aware that certain supplements like vitamin D, calcium and magnesium can throw your numbers off a bit in some instances. If you want to know your “true” pH, go a few days without supplements and then re-test.
Saliva pH: This measures the enzyme reserves in your body and the function of digestive organs like stomach, pancreas and liver. You want to test first thing in the morning before you brush your teeth or even take a drink of water. The ideal range is 6.5-7.0. This shows you have a nice reserve of minerals but also shows that you’re digesting food well. If you’re over 7.0, your digestive system may be a bit sluggish and you can have issues with gas, constipation, and fungus/mold.
Now what if your numbers aren’t ideal, I’m going to show you some ways to bring back into range in another video so stay tuned.
How about YOU? Have you ever tested your urine/saliva pH? What do you think of its science? Share with us!
Acid/Alkaline – How to Stay in Balance
I use these digestive enzymes from Garden of Life RAW Enzymes for Women.
What to do if your urine is too acidic?
First try adding in a lot of vegetables through vegetable soups (see my Mega Mineral Broth) and juicing. If that doesn’t seem to move your numbers, then try adding more meat (yes, meat!) to your diet. That’s because for some people meat is actually alkalizing and vegetables are acidifying!
If that doesn’t work, try adding 1/4 tsp. of baking soda to your water. Sodium Bicarbonate is one of the most alkalizing substances on the planet… and CHEAP!
What to do if your urine is too alkaline?
First, be sure your supplements aren’t throwing off your numbers. High levels of vitamin D, cod liver oil or calcium/magnesium can artificially cause your urine to be alkaline. Go off all supplements for a few days and re-test. If it’s still alkaline, then there’s usually a digestion issue going on.
First try reducing your consumption of grains and nuts/seeds, which can be hard to digest for some people. If that doesn’t work, then try reducing your meat and increasing your vegetables. Then re-test. Keep experimenting with your diet and take out anything that might be causing digestion issues. Legumes are notorious for this as well. You also might want to add digestive enzymes or increase magnesium to be sure your bowels are working properly.
What if your saliva is too acidic?
This is usually digestion as well. Adding in digestive enzymes usually brings your pH back into balance. Next, try increasing your consumption of green drinks, vegetables and soups. These can help boost alkaline reserves.
However, for some people, they actually need more meat. Yes, meat can increase their alkaline reserves. You also might want to reduce your grains and legumes as these can be acidifying for some people.
If nothing is working, add in 1/4 tsp. of baking soda to water away from meals. This usually does the trick.
What if your saliva is too alkaline?
You want to speed up digestion so digestive enzymes work well. You could also be sure your bowels are working properly. Vitamin C can sometimes help move the saliva down to a healthy range. Adding in eggs and meat can also help some people become more acidic. Play with it and observe.
There you have it… tips and tricks to get your saliva and urine pH back into balance.
How about YOU? Is there anything you do that seems to help your numbers? Share with us!
I was recently scrolling through my facebook newsfeed and saw a recent photo of Monique. She looked awesome. Apparently, she has lost over 82 pounds from changing her diet and consistently working out. Now, she’s a proponent of living a healthy lifestyle and tweets often about how it has a lot more rewards than getting surgery.
Way to go Monique!
She says she knows her weight has gotten close to 300 in the past. Now she weighs 218 pounds and plans to keep losing weight until she reaches her goal weight of 190.
Monique’s inspiration to lose weight came from her husband. One day he asked her how much she weighed. He was concerned about her longevity especially for being there in the long-term for her children. Monique says this was a wake up call that she needed to take better care of her health, for her and her family’s sake.
I’m proud of Monique for taking a stand for her health. Although she was once a proud big girl, obesity should be more about health and wellbeing than body image. We should always love what we see in the mirror, but we should also take consistent steps to living the healthiest life we can possibly live. Health is true wealth. It gives us the energy and vitality to live the lives we deserve.
Monique quotes about weight loss:
“I tweet every morning my workouts because I wanted women to see–especially us big women–you don’t have to let them cut and suck it out. You don’t have to let them staple you up, you don’t have to let them give you a pill. If you just put the work in baby, I promise you, it comes off. Now, I’m three years in.”
“I am the best Monique I’ve ever been in my life. I still have a ways to go, but I feel amazing.”
“Hey my loves. Got in steps and 50 sit-ups. Go to bed with a smile on your face, and see how you wake up. Love yall.”
“Hey my loves. Baby I was doing some stepping today. Just arrived in NYC. Sit-ups in an hour. I love yall for real.”
“The family that plays, eats, talks, and prays together, stay together. Are you doing your part. Steps, 50 sit-ups in.”
Colon cleansing is the process of removing waste and toxins from the colon.
Before I ever completed a colon cleanse, fast, or detox diet, I thought this was a pretty weird thing to do. Why would I cleanse my colon? Doesn’t it clean itself?
The medical world hasn’t quite bought into the colon cleansing hype yet and many people are asking is it really necessary?
From my experience, colon cleansing is not only necessary, it’s the most important part of a healthy lifestyle.
When I completed my first herbal detox, I moved my bowels more a day than I ever had before. The results were that I lost weight, even though this was not a priority for me, my skin looked great, and I had way more energy.
Shortly after that I got my first colonic. During the procedure, I didn’t really notice much, but after the colonic, I went to the bathroom, and had the biggest release I ever had. The most disgusting part is that it was mostly mucous and very dark, almost black feces. Based on the look of it, this stuff had been in me for quite some time.
This didn’t look like a hoax to me. And it certainly didn’t feel like one either. I did a lot of research before getting my first colonic, and there were so many people who never got a colonic or did a fast or detox saying this was a hoax, fake, and not beneficial at all. I almost believed them, but then I thought I should try it for myself before judging.
I’m glad I did.
There’s so much that western medicine is just now starting to endorse that a subculture has been promoting and using to heal diseases for decades. Nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, and herbal medicine are just now being accepted as powerful forms of healing medicine.
So, I think it’s safe to say the medical field does not know everything. Medicine is a system of research, hypothesis, and experiments. Most times the research lags behind actual truth about what healing practices work and which ones don’t.
Information, the way we view the body, and how the body functions is still evolving. We’re still learning. In a world where there’s so much contradiction on how to heal the body, and people are constantly arguing about what works or what doesn’t work, individual experience is the best teacher.
In my individual experience, colon cleansing is vital to good health.
Our colons do cleanse themselves, however, I’ve noticed that when I’m eating lots of processed, unorganic foods high in fat, gluten, and sugar, my colon does not work as well. I have less bowel movements, my skin begins to take on the heavy load of cleansing, and my energy levels go down.
Focusing on cleaning my colon helps me refocus on y health, curb bad food cravings, and feel more vibrant.
There are several effective ways to clean your colon ranging from colonics to herbs to juice fasts. I’ve tried them all. I don’t have a favorite just different preferences for different needs.
3 Things a Colon Needs
When considering how to clean a colon, keep in mind that to operate at it’s best, a colon needs 3 things.
These 3 things include:
Any colon cleansing program should include lots and lots of water. Hydration is key to cleansing the colon. When the body is dehydrated, the colon is more likely to hold on to waste and not have what it needs to release bowels and toxins.
Oils, oils, and more oils does a colon good. Colons need omegas to keep toxins from adhering to the colon walls. Just like water, healthy fatty oils helps keep things moving the way they should. Fish, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds are just a few sources of omega fatty acids.
Bulk, also know as fiber, is so incredibly important. Fiber helps food move through your colon. It helps it bulk up and release from the colon. Fiber is super important in promoting bowel movements.
Colonics, fasts, and detox herbs and diets are all effective ways to detox the colon. However, as you decide on a specific way to clean your colon, make sure that it incorporates the three tips above. If you are well hydrated, and include lubrication and bulk, your colon will be in optimal shape to cleanse.
7 Day Detox Fast — Vlog #1
Day 1 of my juice fast. I’m detoxing for the new year. I thought it would be cool to record a video blog while I fast. People always have so many questions regarding cleansing. I hope this helps bring clarity to the process of detoxing.
In fact, this is the number #1 question I get about health from family, friends, clients, and my blog readers.
Hopefully this series will answer your questions and give you the courage to undertake your own juice detox/cleanse/fast.
I’m starting my cleanse with a 2 day detox from Arden’s Garden.
During the two day detox, I am only drinking 1 gallon of citrus juice, 1 gallon of a ph balance juice, as much distilled water as I want, and herbal teas from the yogi tea brand.
The citrus juice contains: distilled water, fresh grapefruits, oranges, lemons.
The ph balance contains: Distilled water, fresh cucumbers, celery, lemons, spinach, parsley.
The yogi teas include get regular, detox, and healthy fasting. All three contain great cleansing herbs for a fast.
The results I’m looking for are:
- clearer mind
- greater focus
- deeper connection with myself and my purpose in life
- clear skin
- more energy
- less sugar cravings