When to buy organic

How to Decide When to Buy Organic Produce

Do you see the difference between these two strawberry offers at a grocery store in Colorado? If you said one is organic, then you would be spot on!

For years I have indulged in this delectable berry and so it has become a permanent part of what I associate with summer. In fact, I have my very own strawberry patch at home in Utah that I often feed on for breakfast, either straight off the plant or in the form of natural strawberry jam.

However, the day of this photo found me in Colorado. It was early spring, the sun was shining, and I had a hankering for strawberries. Now, I hate to buy fruit and veg from the grocery story when I have them in my garden, especially when organic produce usually costs more. If you are like me, you live on a budget. Many people struggle with the choice of price-over-quality or quality-over-price (by quality I mean organic). In this case, I got the best of both. Score!

Price-Over-Quality or Quality-Over-Price

But, if the price would not be the same, how do I choose when to buy organic? Would it be quality or price? Well, that depends. For strawberries, I would choose organic. In the US, strawberries grown by conventional means are loaded with pesticides. Growers even use poisonous gases (banned by the Geneva Conventions, by the way) to kill insects and weeds before planting the fields. The residue of these chemicals remain even after several washings. This is not only true for strawberries, but include several fruits and veg. Apples, are among the worst when it comes to pesticide levels, followed by produce such as peaches, nectarines, grapes, spinach, cherries, tomatoes, and bell peppers. And it often doesn’t help to peel them as many chemicals soak through the vulnerable skin. Strawberries are definitely be on my “A” list for buying organic. On the other hand, there are produce that are not as bad and can go on my “B” list or even no-list. These include avocado, sweet corn, cabbage, and pineapple. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s list of “Dirty 12” and “Clean 15” produce for tips.

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Where to buy organic

Try your best to buy the worst of chemical laden fruits and veg, organic. And by all means shop around. Farmer’s markets are often great places for local, organic fare. There are also grocers that specialize in healthy alternatives that have great offers from time to time. I have found great organic frozen produce at Costco. And don’t forget your local grocery store, like where these strawberries came from. Of course, you can always try and grow some of your own favorites. I can vouch for the strawberries!

Photo credit – “Dirty 12 Clean 15” ewg.org

Lime Essential Oil for immune system and natural lifestyle

How LIME essential oil can boost your immune system and take out bubble gum

Do you wish you had more energy and a brighter attitude? How about a natural way to boost your immune system or a non-toxic cleaner? These are just a few of the awesome uses of Lime Essential Oil.

Lime Essential Oil has an energizing aroma and refreshing taste. Although lime is mostly known as a cooking ingredient, Lime Essential Oil has far more amazing properties than people are aware of.

Uses of Lime Essential Oil*

A great pick-me-up and stress reducer
Add 3-4 drops lime oil to your diffuser. Sit back and inhale deeply. You can also inhale by breathing from cupped hands with a few drops of Essential Oil, or just straight from the bottle. This will also promote balance and overall wellness at the same time help reduce stress and anxiousness and promote a feelings of calm.

Give your immune system a boost
Diffuse Lime Essential Oil in a diffuser or ingest a few drops in water. This is especially important after an illness.
Try adding some drops to your bath water as well. Mix with a carrier oil like coconut oil first for best results.

Help fight against respiratory issues, sore throat, or sinus discomfort
Diffuse or drink as mentioned above. Also, dilute a couple of drops in a carrier oil and rub it on your chest and neck for relief.

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For flavoring and internal support/detox
Put 1-2 drops into each glass of water you drink for a gentle cleanse. Use in food to create that tangy flavor. Great flavor booster in smoothies and ice cream.

For skin challenges like acne
Dilute one drop Lime Essential Oil with 7 drops of fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil and apply to your skin. It will not only cleanse and gently exfoliate, but also assist your body in repairing cells.

A great cleaning agent
Remove tough grease, residue from stickers, or even gum. Just apply a few drops of Lime Essential Oil to a cloth or cotton ball and rub off. Repeat as needed. Or you can use the recipe below

Recipe for a great, natural, multi surface cleaner.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 drops of Lime Essential Oil
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water
  • a glass spray bottle

Directions

  1. Add essential oil, rubbing alcohol and water to a glass spray bottle
  2. Shake before use. Do not use on plastic surfaces.

 

*Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Citrus oils may cause photosensitive reactions on the skin. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for at least 12 hours after applying. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are pregnant, nursing, or under a health practitioner’s care.

 

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Often used in Asia to flavor culinary dishes and teas, lemongrass offers a number of health benefits. Chinese medicine used lemongrass to relieve physical discomfort and stimulate circulation, particularly when it came to joint and muscle issues. The oil also possesses natural digestive properties that help protect against the odd stomach upset.

The oil supports skin, particularly when it comes to purifying and toning. Additionally, lemongrass increases awareness and reduces negative feelings. The oil’s natural ability to repel insects, make it one powerful agent to have on hand when you’re venturing outdoors. Check out this homemade bug spray with Lemongrass

Application: 1:4 dilution. Topically, Inhaled, Diffused, Dietary Supplement.

Safety Precautions*: For sensitive skin, dilute heavily. Do not use on children 18 months or younger.

Blends well with: Basil, Cardamom, or Spearmint.

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Here are more health benefits of lemongrass essential oil

Need to get rid of some pesky fleas? Add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to your dog’s shampoo.

Do you need a more positive outlook on life? Maybe you have just recently found yourself sporting a negative attitude. If so, place just a single drop of lemongrass essential oil into the palm of one of your hands. Rub your hands together firmly, and then inhale slowly for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Varicose veins are unsightly, and you can’t be blamed for wanting to hide or cover up your legs if you suffer from this condition. Don’t worry, lemongrass can rescue you from this situation as well. Add 2 drops of cypress oil to 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil and combine with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil. Apply directly to your varicose veins once or twice a day.

Do you have ligament or muscle discomfort? Lemongrass seems to be excellent in helping the body regenerate connective tissue, and helps regulate blood flow. It is also said to be great in supporting the body with head tension. See this study: Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Cymbopogon citratus.

 

*Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. There is a difference of opinion on whether or not Lemongrass has the same photosensitive reactions on the skin. To be safe, avoid sunlight or UV rays for at least 12 hours after applying. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are pregnant, nursing, or under a health practitioner’s care.

 

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Photo Credit: WikiMedia Commons User – Obsidian Soul

Wild Orange Essential Oils great for mood, cleansing and energy

Wild Geranium Massage Blend

Wild Orange is one of our favorite oils. We just call it HAPPY OIL because it’s fresh scent and taste really lifts our mood. Used in a blend to create Wild Geranium Massage it is just amazing.

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A popular oil for cleaning and freshening, wild orange oil also offers a number of health benefits. For instance, the oil possesses a high level of antioxidants which helps combat those harmful free radicals within the body. As with many other citrus oils, Wild Orange is great for detoxing your body. Studies also show it is fantastic to uplift mood and help reduce stress.

Wild orange can even be used as a surface cleanser for tabletops, dishes, floors, and anything in between. The oil supplies similar properties when it comes to bodily health by combatting harmful environmental elements and seasonal threats.

The oil’s strong purifying and cleansing properties, along with its natural ability to disinfect, make it one powerful agent to have on hand for Spring cleaning.

Uses

To cleanse and purify surfaces, add 3-4 drops wild orange to a spray bottle then fill the rest with distilled water. Shake well and use as needed.

For flavor and health benefits, put 1-2 drops of wild orange in a glass of drinking water, smoothie, desserts or anything else you can come up with. You can also use the oil aromatically by diffusing throughout the room or apply the cup and inhale method to boost energy.

General Methods of Application

  • Apply pure locally on the skin (mix 50/50 in a carrier oil for sensitive skin)
  • Aromatically
  • Internally

Precautions

Those with sensitive skin should dilute the oil with a carrier oil. Avoid touching the eyes, ears, and other sensitive areas with the oil. People who are nursing, pregnant, or are receiving medical attention should consult their physician before use. Additionally, make sure to store the oil away from children. This oil is photosensitive; avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after applied topically.

wild orange geranium massage blend

Blend Recipe: Wild Geranium Massage

Ingredients

15 mL Carrier Oil

10 drops Geranium Essential Oil

5 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil

Directions

Relieve nerves and stress while melting away muscle soreness with this massage blend. In a small glass jar or bottle, add all ingredients and shake well to mix. Massage into the neck, feet, shoulders, and lower back.

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Can This Body Wrap Make You Slim and Sassy?

Body wraps are all the rage right now, and according to many wrap enthusiasts, is a perfect way to tighten up that tummy for a special occasion. Apparently, the results don’t last forever, but still it’s not a bad deal when you need a quick fix. However, it is important to keep in mind that wraps should in no way replace good nutrition and exercise.

I haven’t tried any wrap method yet, but I am willing to give this one a go. There are different kinds of wraps out there, but the Slim and Sassy Body Wrap Detox Body Wrap uses certified pure essential oils and seems like a good one. The oils can penetrate the skin to support the body and aid in detox.

So, if you want to try the Slim and Sassy Body Wrap Detox Body Wrap with me*, read on.

What to get:

  • 40 drops Slim & Sassy essential oil blend (Metabolic essential oil blend?)**
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops Wintergreen essential oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 4 oz. of fractionated coconut oil
  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle
  • Over large cotton muslin or t-shirt (pure cotton, best washed in organic detergent. You might need 2 t-shirts if doing multiple areas)
  • Plastic wrap

What to do:

  • Add the essential oils and fractionated coconut oil to the spray bottle and set aside
  • Take measurements of your target areas (tummy, butt, thighs, upper arms)
  • Prepare the muslin or Cut the t-shirt across the chest, right under the arms and along the side, then cut into strips large enough to wrap around your target areas
  • Spray the Slim & Sassy Wrap Detox Body Wrap Solution directly onto your target areas
  • Wrap first with the cotton strips and then wrap the plastic wrap tightly (but not uncomfortably) around the cotton strips 3-5 times
  • Leave the wrap on for at least 2 hours. I’ve heard of some people sleeping through the night with the wrap, but it may be messy and uncomfortable
  • Make sure that you drink more water than normal during and after the wrap session. Oils break up toxins in your body and water flushes your system. Extra detox bonus if you add a few drops of certified pure lemon essential oil in the water
  • Remove the wrap and take your measurements again

I’ve heard that you should limit your wraps to once a week, but that you can rub the solution on your target areas everyday.

Citrus oils dissolve plastics so make sure you use the muslin/t-shirt before the plastic wrap. You don’t want the petrochemicals from the plastic to enter your body.

I am looking forward to trying this on my tummy. I will give it a month, wrapping once a week and rubbing the solution on everyday. Wish me luck!

Oh, and if you are going to try this yourself, let me know what you did and how it worked. Happy wrapping!

 

*If you have health concerns be sure to consult your health practitioner. This wrap is not for breastfeeding mothers as peppermint can lower milk supply.

**It is important to use 100% pure essential oils! I can only vouch for one oil company. Click here and look under 8 to see how important quality is and to find out what I recommend.

Sugar is Killing Us: a simple video for kids (and adults)

Many have seen, read, or heard about Dr. Robert Lustig’s “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”. It has a no nonsense look at how sugar really affects the body. I remember watching the YouTube video and thinking – Wow! We really need to focus on this in our family!

Of course, when I tried to reiterate what I had learned to my kids, my explanations were sorely lacking. Not being able to remember how Dr. Lustig put things, it came out as – listen up kiddos,  uh…pancreas…HFCS…toxic…diabetes…sugar…BAD!

For all you parents and laymen like me, there is a video that gives us the basics of how sugar affects our bodies, with simple words and cartoons to boot. Enjoy and be well!

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