SUMMER = SUN.
Hopefully you know by now that the the sun isn't "bad." Too much sun (aka: sunburn or blisters is not good). Chemical sunscreen is WAY WORSE. There is so much FEAR around being in the sun. We need sun for health and to produce Vitamin D, however, most people guts are so sick they can't make Vitamin D no matter how much sun they get. Read this blog about what people DON'T KNOW about Vitamin D Deficiency. Now hear me out... if you're going to be in the sun long enough to burn, you need a pure, natural sunscreen. Exercise discernment and use your brain. The point is, you need to check your products because a lot of what is claiming to be "natural" is junk & very harmful to your health, liver, skin, hormones, immune system, etc. MOST SUNSCREENS are doing way more harm than good. On the EWG - Skin Deep Website, you can look up your products to see how they rate and what's REALLY in them.
If we are eating AND PROPERLY ASSIMILATING healthy fats (Gall Bladder 101) and have a healthy gut and liver, we can stay in the sun much longer without burning. We can then utilize the sun to make more Vitamin D and hold onto our summer tan longer!! We NEED good fats in our diet (coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocados, organic virgin olive oil, raw nuts/ seeds, etc) for natural sun protection, to produce hormones, to stabilize blood sugars, to increase metabolism, to fight infection, to keep our immune system strong, and to fight inflammation overall. If you have/had Candida overgrowth, allergies, auto-immune disease, bloating/belching/heartburn, or constipation/diarrhea, etc your liver/gall bladder likely isn't working well, which means you COULD BE eating lots of good fats already but your body may not be able to use/digest them properly.
>>> HEALTHY FATS DO NOT MAKE YOU FAT <<<
So EAT your sunscreen from now on. Get your gut healthy and you'll notice you can tolerate the sun, people, food, stress, and life in general much better ;)
And for those long play or work days in the sun, find a GOOD, CLEAN sunscreen that isn't causing further internal damage. Here's what I use. They have a few different options.
When you DO burn by accident, here are some options that ACTUALLY WORK:
1. spritz or wipe skin with RAW apple cider vinegar (can soak a washcloth if necessary for bad burns of any sort). (Optional; stinky but it really helps with bad burns).
2. Apply Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield Rescue Gel either alone or add to the following recipe (#4).
*This stuff is amazing for any burn, cut, wound, fever blister, sty or other topical wound/infection!
3. Nature's Sunshine's Aloe Vera Gel (+ Lavendar and/or Peppermint Essential Oil)
*You can add the Silver Shield Rescue Gel (equal parts silver & Aloe) to have a pre-made, smell-good, feel-good, REALLY GOOD "Natural After-Sun Care Gel". It will help prevent peeling, blistering & pain. You can essentially savor your "excess sun" and turn it into a tan! :)
Summer = Bugs.
I hate reading long blogs when I really just want recipes. SO, here you go:
1. HONEST CO. BUG SPRAY safe, non-toxic bug spray.
I found this 2-pack at our local Costco in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
2. BUG REPELLANT LOTION (If you're a DIY-er)
1 Tbsp Nature's Sunshine UNSCENTED Hand & Body Lotion
4 drops PURITY Essential Oil Blend
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 drop Lemongrass Essential Oil
3. Got a tick?
Don't touch it! Put 1 drop Peppermint essential oil directly onto the tick. It will back itself out in about 20 seconds! And then you have all the antibiotic and antimicrobial properties of the peppermint oil going directly into the tick bite to help prevent infection or irritation! Thank you LORD.
I use Nature's Sunshine Products for everything because of their quality, purity, integrity & variety. EVERY product is far beyond ORGANIC standard. I can get pretty much everything I need (supplements, herbs, lotion, essential oils, flower remedies, cleanses, kids stuff, cleaning stuff, etc all in 1 place...at wholesale cost... get 30% commission on what I buy for myself AND 25% back in Rewards points (1 point = $1) because I use their Sunshine Rewards Program! I've been using them since 2008 and do not change for a reason ;) All the photos above are Nature's Sunshine Products I carry through my ONLINE STORE.
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Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
We are all surrounded by incredibly toxic chemicals every day that poison our liver, disrupt our hormones, keep us sick and inflamed, irritate our skin and lungs, mess with our brain and nervous systems, and affect thousands of daily functions in our bodies. Yes, the foods we eat and the products we use all affect us in some way. If you could see what I see working with patients every week, you could never doubt the reality of the damage these things are doing. Moreover, if you or anyone you know has a lot of symptoms no one can figure out OR is sensitive to a lot of food, medicine, vaccines, chemicals, textures, sounds, light, etc they need to read my blog on MTHF-R Gene Mutation. I would advise anyone with (a family member who has) Autism or Spectrum Disorders, any Auto-Immune Disease or Inflammatory (Bowel) Disease to read it, as well. There are simple, affordable alternatives to the harsh chemicals and beauty products we are using that make a HUGE difference in our family's health.
Changing your products over is one piece of the puzzle. There's no need to panic. You don't have to do it all at once. Just make a point to be proactive about this. You can start by seeing how your own products rank on the Skin Deep EWG website or app. It is very eye opeing and you can see exactly what's in your products and the damage each ingredient causes (ie: carcinogenic, hormone disruptor, etc).
I have tried and researched A LOT of products over the years. Many "natural products" don't work so great...but I've found my or created my favorites. I am determined to keep my home & body "green"...so I don't give up easily if I don't find what I'm looking for right away.
Here is a (growing) list of what I use:
Make-up & Skin Care; Hair & Sunscreen:
BeautyCounter - I was first introduced to this line in 2014. I use BeautyCounter for my hair care, skin care, make-up & sunscreen (best sunscreen I've found to date - smells good, feels good, non-toxic & IT WORKS!)
*Check out "The NEVER LIST" of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use as ingredients in their products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.
**I also use Acure Organics Brightening (Seaweed) Face Scrub & Trader Joe's Tea Tree Bar Soap for my body.
Anti-aging Face Serum & Stretchmark (Prevention/Treatment) Serum:
I make my own. Here's the recipe
I used to use this as a day or night time moisturizer, skin treatment (face, chest, shoulders, back of hands - anywhere that's exposed to sun a lot) and during pregnancy on my breasts, belly, bottom & lower back. I rotate between this product & my BeautyCounter Moisturizers for my face. When my skin feels moist I don't use this during the day if I'm going to be wearing make-up as it's a little too oily for MY skin to use under liquid foundation. I still use it on my neck, chest, shoulders and at night quite often. It has healed almost ALL of my sun damage, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. When I use this I do not use any eye cream. This is my 1-step product.
I got a facial in December 2016 and the girl asked what I used because she was surprise I didn't have more sun damage at age 37. When I've had facials in the past (which isn't very often), they always scolded me and pointed out how damaged my skin was, telling me I really need to wear more sunscreen & get facials more often (even estheticians aren't the "experts" in skin. (Healthy skin is a WHOLE BODY approach. And most sunscreen does more damage than good) That was also before my gut had healed ;) All of it plays a role just to be clear.
I make my own Salt Scrub. Here's my recipe
I make my own. Here's my recipe
*Use only a small amount of shea butter for a more "whipped" body butter.
Nature's Sunshine Hand & Body Lotion (available through my ONLINE STORE; I use this when I want hand cream or lotion instead of body butter & when I wear "white" so my clothes don't get greasy and stained)
*Sometimes I scent my body butter or lotion with Nature's Sunshine Essential Oils - do not use citrus oils in your lotions or skin products if you will be going in the sun; They will make you photosensitive (burn easily). I LOVE the CORE Balancing Blend or just plain Peppermint Essential Oil for a minty fresh moisturizer.
1. I make my own Tooth Polish.
*My teeth have never felt so clean! And it's super easy & inexpensive! My Biologic Dentist approved this re-mineralizing recipe:) Check out my blog on Natural Oral Health & Healing Cavities. I personally do not floss. To this day I've still only had 2 tiny cavities. Diet & Proper Oral Health matter immensely!
2. Sometimes I use Trader Joe's all natural, fluoride-free Fennel, Propolis & Myrrh Toothpaste when I want some lather :)
I make my own Homemade "Piperwai" deodrant. It WORKS & smells better better than the original!!
*You can buy the original Piperwai at Piperwai.com
All-Purpose Cleaner AND Window Cleaner:
1. 1 tsp Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE + 25 drops ESSENTIAL SHIELD (Both available through my ONLINE STORE) + fill large spray bottle to top with RO or Distilled Water. -works GREAT on windows & mirrors, too!
2. Nature's Fresh Enzyme Spray (Nature's Sunshine Product)
2 Tbsp/gallon of Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE ; Add Nature's Sunshine ESSENTIAL SHIELD Essential Oil Blend.
Regular 3% Drug Store Hydrogen Peroxide: Add 1-2 cups into "bleach reservoir" in washing machine just like chemical bleach (only you need a little more peroxide): Add 1-2 cups into "bleach reservoir" in washing machine just like chemical bleach (only you need a little more peroxide)
For whites: Regular 3% Drug Store Hydrogen Peroxide - touch up spots with a Q-tip or mini spray bottle of Peroxide.
For colors, carpets, heavily soiled clothes, etc: Follow recipe instructions on Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE (use full strength)
Laundry Detergent: (2 options)
1. Follow recipe instructions on Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE
2. Costco has Kirkland Brand HE Organic, Unscented Laundry Detergent: I add 20-30 drops of Organic Orange Essential Oil (or whatever favorites you like)
Fabric Softener: (this is one of THE MOST toxic products in your house!)
1. Wool Balls + 5-10 Drops of your favorite Essential Oils per ball (store in large mason jar)
Some ideas I'm going to try for Essential Oils Scents (all available through my ONLINE STORE):
Peppermint + Orange
Lavender + Lemon
Rosemary + Lavender
Inspire Uplifting Blend
RENEW Releasing Blend
2. METHOD Ginger Mango Liquid fabric Softener
3. Mrs. Meyer's Basil Liquid Fabric Softener
I use Nature's Sunshine Essential Oils & Nebulizing Diffuser exclusively. I do not use chemical fragrance candles at all anymore.
I'm still experimenting with new ideas when time permits. I will continue to update this blog as I update my life ;)
NOTE: You can use Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE for body wash, shampoo, dish soap, fruit & veggie wash & more! Add any Nature's Sunshine ESSENTIAL OILS to pack more punch & enjoy the many safe, therapeutic & aromathrerapy affects of Essential Oils.
I've used Nature's Sunshine Products for about 10 years at the time I'm writing this blog. They have NEARLY EVERYTHING I need except beauty products. I can get all of my herbs/supplements, protein powders, essential oils and cleaning products (and more) from 1 place knowing they are 100% pure in quality AND the products work! You can order as much or little as you like, whenever you want. I love that no one is forced to do auto-ship. However, I personally utilize their SUNSHINE REWARDS AUTO-SHIP PROGRAM because it is such a great deal and I would be spending the money on these products anyway...
I've been on NSP's Sunshine Rewards Auto-ship Program for several years, which gives me 25% rewards points on every dollar I spend (1 point = 1 dollar) + FREE SHIPPING. You simply have to commit to an order of $100+/month (for at least 3 months) and in return you get all these perks from a company that has over 600 amazing, pure & potent products to offer! So the more I buy in 1 place, the more FREE PRODUCTS (of my choice) I earn. The 1st 3 months on auto-ship you get 10% back. Then 15% back in months 4-6, then 20% back months 7-9...and then they give you 25% ($25) back on every $100 you spend after 9 months of auto-ship and ongoing! If you need several things for your family & don't mind being on a $100/mo or more auto-ship, it's the best way to get the most bang for your buck! You can change your shipping date each month as well as the content of your order.
OIL PULLING is a very simple, inexpensive home remedy anyone can do for improved oral & systemic health, whiter teeth, headache/migraine relief or anytime you are feeling low on energy, sick or "off".
HOW TO: Place ~1 Tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil in your mouth. Swish around your mouth and back & forth through your teeth slowly for up to 20 minutes. DO NOT swallow the oil. Spit it in the trash can when you are finished. It helps to be distracted when you're "pulling" so that you can last longer and not gag (ie: while you take shower, make breakfast, read your Bible, etc). Even 5 minutes is helpful if you can't do a full 20 minutes in the beginning. Grace. Do your best ;)
*Add 1 drop of Peppermint or Clove essential oil to the coconut oil while you pull for additional health benefits like oral pain or infections, colds/flu, or to relieve migraine headaches. It works amazingly well!
I have witnessed remarkable testimonies about Oil Pulling from patients with all of the above conditions and more! It literally "pulls" infection, toxins & inflammation out of the body!! If you have ANY kind of oral health problem, it is affecting your whole body in ways you do not know. Check out my blog on Natural Oral Health & Healing Cavities Naturally.
Thank you Lord for another simple tool to use.... your yoke IS easy & your burden really is light!
We recorded our December Health Party, a DIY workshop on how to make Body Butter, Salt Scrub, Whitening & Cavity Healing Toothpaste, Anti-aging Face Serum & Healthy Candied Nuts. Give the gift of health & love for Christmas, birthdays, baby showers, etc. ALL essential oils & xylitol mentioned in video are available at wholesale cost through my ONLINE STORE. Our health parties are FREE, open to the public locally, and available online via LIVE WEBINAR for anyone who is not local :) Click the yellow Health Party link or the EVENTS tab on the navigation bar of my website for more info.
Did you know you can use essential oils in your cooking?! My favorite Nature's Sunshine essential oils to use in the kitchen are: Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Orange, Wild Oregano, Peppermint (forgot to mention in video!), Pink Grapefruit, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram & Wild Thyme. All oils mentioned in this video are available through my my ONLINE STORE.
DO NOT use any essential oil (especially in cooking or internally) if you are not 100% positive it is organically grown, extracted without petroleum solvents or high heat/chemicals, GMO-free & completely unadulterated. "Therapeutic grade" means nothing & is strictly a marketing term. MOST essential oils on health food store shelves contain contaminants (pesticides/insecticides, heavy metals like lead, additives, petroleum solvents, etc) and/or are genetically modified (GMO). Just as essential oils go directly into our bloodstream within seconds AND every cell in our body within 30 minutes, so do the contaminants of these "cheaper" oils. The harmful effects can be worse then the benefits of the oil.
*All essential oils from NATURE'S SUNSHINE exceed this criteria, which is why I personally use & recommend them :)
This is a recording of my October 2016 Health Party entitled: Dr. Mom 101. Get educated, inspired & equipped with natural remedies for you & your family so you can stop running to the Doctor & start a new legacy of health. Subscribe to my newsletter for info on our monthly Health Parties, which are now available LIVE online AND locally!!! You're invited!!!
If you are in need of any of the products mentioned in these videos, please visit our ONLINE STORE to shop at wholesale cost.
Essential oils are all the craze! Praise God healthy and holy things like this are becoming "trendy"!! Dr. Mom has more tools in her toolbox... less people are treating with chemical antibiotics... more people are reaching for holistic remedies for stress, illness, pain and dis-ease! I LOVE IT!!! Essential Oils are SO UNIVERSAL and safe that I use them with MOST people I have the honor of working with!
However, there are a few things to know. "Therapeutic grade" is a common term thrown around which doesn't hold any merit, similar to the term "evidence-based medicine" used to push Pharmaceutical drugs and bash natural medicine. Creative marketing is exactly that...it's a creative way to make things "sound good" but really don't mean anything. You can "create" research to match your claims....it is very sad. Money talks and it is hard to find true integrity with products, food, doctors, businesses, etc anymore.
BUYER BEWARE. You MUST know your manufacturer and your product in order to get the results you hope for and expect. Let me tell you a story...
A while back I had an itchy spot on my left foot, between my toes. I was pretty certain it was "athlete's foot" (yeast...Gross...I know). Well I use Nature's Sunshine Products and had PLENTY of tea tree oil on hand. I stock like 100 products in my tiny little herb store! Well, something to know about me is...I am frugal ;) SO, I decided since it was just "my foot" I would use this opportunity to use up a leftover bottle of NOW brands ORGANIC Tea Tree Oil I had on hand for a few years. Nothing was happening. ZERO results. After about a week, I got a little concerned thinking this was something more serious... but one thing I KNOW to do is PRAY FIRST. The Holy Spirit told me to try my NSP brand of tea tree oil, better than organic and 100% PURE... as pure and potent as you can get. The rash and itchy-ness immediately started to resolve itself!! I let my "thriftiness" override what I already knew.... and wasted a week suffering with that silly, itchy rash! GET MY POINT??
NO, this is not a sales pitch, rather an example of WHY I use the products I do. I have toured, in detail, the manufacturing facility. I have personally met and picked the brains of the research and development scientists, quality control analysists, etc. I have been to many seminars and asked MANY questions...and PRAYED a LOT. I have used these products for almost 10 years for good reason...they stand behind them, they meet all requirements, they work with utmost integrity, they are affordable, they are accessible through me OR online, at wholesale OR retail, and THEY WORK!
Essential oils, herbs and supplements are in NO WAY created equal. DoTerra and Young Living are also quality products that yield results, and I am sure there are a FEW others. BUT I WOULD NOT recommend purchasing essential oils from just any health food store. A label is not created to solely inform you, it is created to SELL YOU. Find someone you truly trust to purchase from who has the results & integrity (evidence!) to back up their claims. Nature's Sunshine products are pure enough to ingest, but please do not do that unless you truly know what you are doing. Topical administration through the spine is actually the most direct access into the bloodstream and cells ;)
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Check out MY ONLINE STORE to shop for Essential Oils at wholesale prices with no mandatory monthly autoship ...yippy!!
NATURAL. POWERFUL.SAFE. NO SIDE EFFECTS.
There are a FEW great companies producing quality LIVING OILS, and MANY producing impure, toxic, and synthetic products. I do not recommend purchasing oils off the the health food store shelves (Whole Foods, Sprouts, etc).
It’s important to #1 – know your manufacturer #2- choose the correct product(s)/oils for YOU (or work with someone who can help you with this), and #3 – know HOW to use your product. When I work with someone, I use various forms of analysis to customize exactly what their body needs. It will often look slightly different from what their friend with similar symptoms needs. Many people do not get the results they hoped for because they simply don’t know what they are doing, they purchase junk products, and/or they get their info from the media/unreliable sources. Thus, you have people who claim natural medicine doesn’t work.
ALL of my essential oils are 100% pure, organic and unadulterated, making them BEYOND THERAPEUTIC GRADE. This short video helps you understand what to look for in essential oils, and the hype of marketing.
With Nature’s Sunshine Products, we ONLY use the highest quality, organically grown plants, with zero compromise. EVERY single batch is tested. If the raw materials come from the U.S. we can certify them organic. If the raw material comes from India or Africa, for example, we cannot CERTIFY them organic because of that country’s laws. However, we investigate and test everything about our raw materials from the seed history to farming practices to the growing, harvesting and export of the raw materials. Our minimum standard is organic. Watch & See:
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They are both gummy resins that are tapped from the inner bark of two different trees that grow in the Arabian peninsula, Africa and India. A resin to a tree, is akin to a scab on our skin, so clearly, these resins are more protective to the shrub than plain sap.
FRANKINCENSE is rich in “boswellic acids,” an ingredient that has strong anti-inflammatory benefits. You may find it as “frankincense” or “boswellia.” It can come as a liquid extract or capsules you take orally, or as essential oil which is used on the skin or in aromatizers/diffusers. 100% Pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils (like the one’s I use: NATURE'S SUNSHINE or DoTerra or Young Living) CAN BE taken internally but consult your health care provider or essential oils representative first.
*DO NOT ingest oils you purchase from a health food store unless you are 100% certain of their quality& purity. Just use topically. ALWAYS keep away from your eyes.
BOSWELLIA (herbal Frankincense) is found in 3 products: IF RELIEF, RELIEF FORMULA & JOINT HEALTH. It is known to HELP THE THYROID & KILL CANCER!! Woohoo!! Keep reading…
Boswellia has been studied and found to prevent the growth of certain types of cancers in ‘test tube’ studies. In 2009, researchers examined AKBA or “acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid” and found positive benefits. This study was titled, Frankincense Superior to Chemotherapy in Killing Late-Stage Ovarian Cancer Cells. This is not the first study to suggest anti-cancer properties. The results of another study proved that frankincense oil could help with bladder cancer. The researchers concluded, “Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.”
Let’s talk about MYRRH, which is another resin extracted from the Commiphora myrrha tree. Research confirms the presence of guggulsterones in myrrh which may help with cholesterol ratios, specifically by lowering LDL. Guggulsterones are blood thinners so be careful and don’t combine with aspirin, NSAIDs, warfarin or other blood thinners. Pregnant women should also avoid myrrh since it’s a uterine stimulant.
Most people talk about a topical form of Myrrh (essential oil) which is commonly used to soothe your skin and help with gingivitis. So profound is myrrh’s ability to heal damaged tissues, Greek soldiers carried it into battle with them to use for skin infections and gangrene.
Myrrh is a strong anti-bacterial, anti parasitic and antifungal. If you want to take it internally, you can look for herbal extracts. Myrrh also possesses strong anti-cancer properties. A Chinese test tube study published in 2013, found that “cycloartane-type triterpernoids” could destroy prostate cancer cells. Pretty impressive! In fact, just inhaling the scent of pure frankincense or myrrh can cause your brain and heart to respond favorably.
Clearly frankincense and myrrh are still a wise gift of health, seeing that they were fit for the King of Kings!!!