Heal Ear Aches, Dandruff & Skin Infections with This Powerful Remedy

June 19, 2014 by Roxanne | 4 Comments | Filed in Home Remedies, Natural Beauty & Personal Care

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Essential Oils (in my opinion) are some the most powerful healing tools we have available on Earth. The wide range of ailments that can be cleared up by using essential oils is an endless list. Each essential oils has specific healing power for different problems but many individual oils can solve a number of different problems on their own.

There are a handful of essential oils that I ALWAYS have on hand. Having young children definitely brings around a lot of different germs to deal with so as things come up I find more and more favorite essential oils. One of the oils I keep on hand is Tea Tree Oil or also know as Melaleuca oil.

Tea Tree Oil is an extraordinary antiseptic. It is one of my first choices in fighting against bacterial infections. Tea tree oil supports beneficial bacteria and helps eliminate harmful bacteria which makes it a safer option then conventional antibiotics for minor infections. Don’t get me wrong – there is a place for traditional antibiotics for serious conditions – but the overuse of antibiotics has lead to more serious antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.

Ear Aches

Ear infections and ear aches are common childhood ailments. My first child never got an ear infection as an infant but finally did have one when she just turned 4 years old. We used Ear Oil (read about how to make it here) for her infection and the pain was gone by the end of the day. Although I did continue the regimen for a few days to make sure it was gone. Tea Tree Oil is a great add-on to the ear oil remedy. Add 1-3 drops of tea tree oil to the garlic ear oil to give it some extra healing power.

Dandruff

Tea tree oil is an effective anti-fungal remedy. Dandruff can occur from a number of different reasons but one common cause is a yeast-like fungus. People who suffer from this type of dandruff have had success with adding a few drops of tea tree oil to their regular shampoo. The anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil help to clear up this infection. However, when an infection is present it is also smart to consider the underlying cause of it. One possible cause here could be a lack of Omega 3′s in your diet.

Skin Infections

Tea tree oil has qualities that make it a powerful agent against bacteria and fungus. It’s antiseptic qualities make it a perfect option for a preventative measure and a healing tool. Tea tree oil ointments (such as the one in my online shop) are a natural alternative to antibiotic creams for cuts and scrapes to prevent any infections. It is also a good option for treating open wounds that have already been infected. It can be diluted in a carrier oil, added to a salve, or used straight for serious infections.

Read this page for my recommendation on the best brand of essential oils to buy and how to get them.

Do you use Tea Tree Oil? What do you use it for? Please share in the comments.

 

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


Is Your Baby Getting Enough of THESE Two Nutrients?

June 10, 2014 by Roxanne | 5 Comments | Filed in Nutrition, Parenting & Children, Pregnancy & Natural Child Birth

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Pediatricians recommend a vitamin D3 supplement for breast fed babies. Although breast milk is the best food for infants it is lacking in one thing – vitamin D3. The body is able to produce vitamin D from sunlight (this article explains how much you might need). However, in today’s society we may not be getting the right amount of sun exposure to create enough vitamin D – especially in Winter months – so it is a good idea to supplement vitamin D3.

The Importance of Vitamin D

There are a number reasons why the body needs Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for immune function in children and adults. Some studies suggest that vitamin D may protect against some types of cancers. It is also helpful in building strong bones and helps with the absorption of calcium in the gut. This article also reported there is powerful new evidence supporting the claim that sufficient vitamin D levels in pregnant women can reduce the risk of having a premature delivery.

Omega 3′s for Development

Another important nutrient for babies is omega-3 fats. Omega 3′s benefit eye and cognitive development in babies. Omega-3 fat and its derivative DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are so essential to a child’s development that if a mother and infant are deficient in it, the child’s nervous system and immune system may never fully develop, and it can cause a lifetime of unexplained emotional, learning, and immune system disorders. Sufficient levels of Omega 3′s in pregnant women also ensures that the baby will be full term.

Food Sources

The best food source for Omega 3′s and also for Vitamin D is fatty fish and seafood. Unfortunately, since most fish is contaminated with mercury, PCBs, heavy metals and radioactive poisons it is not safe to eat the quantity that we need to get the Omega 3′s our bodies require. This is the reason why a high quality omega 3 and vitamin D supplement is a smart idea.

My choice for an Omega 3 and Vitamin D supplement for babies is Baby’s DHA from Nordic Naturals. Made exclusively from Gold Standard Arctic Cod Liver Oil™, Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA is a safe and effective way to ensure that growing babies get the DHA they need for healthy development. Like all Nordic Naturals fish oils, Baby’s DHA is third-party tested and surpasses strict international standards for purity and freshness.

Baby’s DHA comes in a convenient liquid format with a dropper. It is very easy to measure and administer the oil to the baby. It can be given directly in the mouth or mixed with food. I have done it both ways. Surprisingly my son took it straight with no problem – even though it does have a little fishy taste.

You can purchase Baby’s DHA on the Nordic Naturals website or here on Amazon.

Nordic Naturals was generous enough to offer the chance for one of my readers to try this product for free! Enter to win a bottle of Baby’s DHA now:

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

What supplements do you give your baby for Vitamin D and Omega 3?

 

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


THIS Will Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

May 22, 2014 by Roxanne | 1 Comment | Filed in Organic Gardening, Parenting & Children

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As a Health Coach and someone who is always reading about nutrition, I know (maybe too much) about how important it is for children to eat vegetables. When my first child was young, she would eat anything I put in front of her. As she grew into a toddler, she became pickier and pickier – which is normal. Knowing that children aren’t usually excited about vegetables I did my best to make recipes that were enticing to a toddler. Some recipes worked and some did not, salad was particularly uninteresting to her. Then something happened by accident that changed that.

My daughter eats her vegetables now and has been for a while but it was a long slow road to get her there. Salad was never something on the menu for her, she has never eaten it willingly. Recently, she came home from school with some peas that she had planted in a small bowl. The teacher said (in front of her) to snip off the pea shoots and eat them in a salad. So we watched the pea shoots grow and they got nice and tall. One evening I was cooking dinner and had her set the table. Her pea plant was on the table and she said, “Oh Mommy, my pea shoots are tall! I am going to make a salad for us to have for dinner.” Mind you, she is 4 years old. So I enthusiastically encouraged her to do so. She took her children’s scissors and cut off each shoot, rinsed them in water, put them on a plate and set it on the table. As you can imagine, she ate them and made sure everyone else ate some too!

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I share this story because it’s a great example of how the simple act of growing a plant can have an impact on a child. We grow vegetables in our yard and involve our children in gardening but this story shows that you don’t need a huge growing operation to make a difference. This was a simple small potted plant and it changed something in her.

Here are some ways to get your children involved in planting and gardening…

  • Have your child grow just one plant in a small pot (as I talked about in my story). Peas grow very easily and quickly so it’s a great one for children.
  • If you have a garden of your own, have your children help you rake, weed, plant, and water.
  • Make a small garden area for your child in the yard they she can play with and create her own garden space
  • Get your child their own set of small garden tools (we got some at the dollar store)
  • Have your child decorate their garden/your garden/their planting pot
  • Let your child choose some things they would like to plant
  • Put together and small indoor herb garden and have your child be “in charge” of taking care of it. When you are cooking, they can cut the herbs for you to put into the meal

My group program, The Family Spring Cleanse, starts next week on May 28th! In this program I will be sharing more tips like this one to get your children interested in healthy eating. There is also over 50 kid-tested recipes, a program guide, a goal setting kit, and an online community for peer support. Click here to join us now!!

Do your children like to garden or plant in pots? Have you seen this spark an interest in eating what they grow? Please share in the comments below.

 

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


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