Healthy Living

Fast and easy ideas to keep yourself and all those people you’re in charge of at least mostly healthy.

Clear the (indoor) Air With These Fall Essential Oil Blends

October is here. I know this because a) my son has already brought two viruses home from school, b) the weather yesterday started out sunny and 70 and ended rainy and 30, and c) the air in my home has gotten stagnate because it’s been too cold to open the windows.

It’s time to fire up the diffusers.

I love to diffuse essential oils through the colder months. They clear stale odors out of the air, can improve a bad mood, or help set the stage for guests. They allow for endless variation, and are much better for you than the synthetic fragrance oils found in most candles and air fresheners.

As promised in this post, I’m sharing three of my go-to blends with you. They are written in single use, drop in and go quantities. If you have a particularly small room, you may want to cut the quantity in half. Happy diffusing!

Sickness & Health

  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

My favorite blend to use when one of us is sick. It helps to clear the air, and can make breathing through stuffy noses seem a bit easier.

Holiday Party

  • 4 drops mandarin essential oil
  • 4 drops clove bud essential oil
  • 2 drops sweet orange essential oil

Reminiscent of old fashioned orange pomanders, this is a wonderfully uplifting and relaxing blend.

Rainy Day

  • 6 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Bright, happy, and calming, this blend makes gray, rainy days feel like a cozy retreat.

 

 

 

The Clean Beauty Conundrum

Clean. It seems to be the word of the decade. Clean eating, clean living, and now clean beauty. The problem is, no one can seem to agree on what it actually means. Ask one person, and it means washing with soap and lukewarm water and using coconut oil as a moisturizer. Ask another and it means going makeup free. Ask for a third opinion, and be informed that it means everything that touches your skin should be 100% natural.

So what the heck is it? What is ‘clean’?

That, my dears, is the conundrum.

Clean beauty is…well, subjective. There are

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What the Heck is Deodorant Cream?

If you’ve shopped for a natural deodorant, then you know they come in several forms. Your traditional sticks and roll-ons, less traditional but easily recognizable hunks of crystal, and then little pots of what looks like lotion. Those little pots are deodorant creams, and they date back to 1888, when Mum was first patented and sold in Philadelphia by Edna Murphey.

So what are they? At the most basic level, (more…)

Why I switched to natural deodorant – and you should too.

The internet is a wonderful, yet terrifying place. We can find information on any topic we can dream up, we can keep up with far-flung friends and family, and we can watch cat videos to our heart’s content. We also get bombarded with scare articles, misinformation, and offers from our long lost Nigerian prince relatives.  It’s a jungle out there!

Take, for example, the Great Aluminum Deodorant Scare. I’m sure you remember the uproar a few years ago over conventional antiperspirant/deodorants causing breast cancer, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, and all other kinds of horrible things. The interwebs were certain it was the aluminum in them causing it, and people were all in a tizzy. The natural deodorant market exploded (more…)

I recently interviewed Chris McDonald, CEO of Path to Hope Counseling, about managing stress in today’s busy world. Watch the video below for some quick, easy tips to help reduce stress even if you only have a couple of minutes available.

 

A Healthy Lifestyle Does Not Worry About Armpit Fat.

I was browsing through Pinterest the other day, looking for things to add to my Healthy Living board. I put in the keywords healthy and lifestyle, then hit search…

Wow.

I scroll through pin after pin of ‘Lose 20 lbs!’,  ‘Get rid of armpit fat!’ (really? is that a thing?), ‘Waist slimming challenge!’, and “Bigger butt plan!’. Interspersed are ‘Grow new hair!’, ‘Fat burning superfoods!’, and clean eating plans that, well…don’t let you eat.

When did healthy living start to mean ‘you’re not good enough, do things that are bad for you so you can look like someone’s imaginary idea of the human body’?

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To preserve, or not to preserve…

If I were Shakespeare, I would continue on with “…That is the question.”

But I am not Shakespeare, and it’s really not a question.

Preservatives have gotten a bad reputation. And let’s be honest, many of them deserve it.

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Take a hike!

No, seriously. Science has found out it’s good for you.

If you follow my facebook page or instagram, you’ll notice I post a lot of pictures of, well….trees. Most of these pictures are taken while on walks with my family.  We love to hike, and it turns out there’s a reason for that.

Hundreds of studies show that spending time in nature:

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How’d I wind up here?! (pt. 4)

Wow. Who knew I could talk about myself for this long? If you’ve made it this far, Congratulations! You are patient, determined, and most likely have a bottomless beverage and well trained bladder.

We’re on the home stretch now. You’ve read about how even as a kid I messed around with trying to improve products, about the Bathtub Epiphany, and about the dangers of browsing the internet while bored. Now it’s time for the really important question.

What up with tea?

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Sunscreen? I’ll pass (sometimes)

I often joke with my husband that I’m solar powered. The first warm spring day, you’ll find me on my deck swing, face tipped up and arms outstretched, soaking up the sun. All summer, I wear sleeveless tops and shorts or above the knee skirts so I can revel in the feel of the sunlight on as much of my skin as possible. And mid winter calls for a trip to Florida to see relatives…and get a dose of sunshine and warmth to hold me through the rest of the dark, cold weather.

Turns out, I really am solar powered. At least partially. (more…)