How I Overcame Fear and Learned to Trust Natural Healing & You can Too

August 7, 2014 by Roxanne | 4 Comments | Filed in Holistic Lifestyle

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Most of us, including myself, trusted everything we were told about health and healing when we were growing up. Whether the advice came from a doctor, a relative, a college professor, or our own Mother – we believed it, didn’t question it, and took the advice. For a long time, the answers to illnesses and health concerns in our society have all come in the form of a prescription or an over the counter medication. For the first 27 years of my life I accepted that medication was the only answer to my health concerns but after not seeing the results I desired time after time – I started asking questions.

Those questions led to a lifelong journey of learning about health and wellness. Since I started this journey it’s been a never ending cycle of experimentation with different diets, remedies, healing therapies, and self care routines. Some things worked and some things did not.

I have not taken a prescription medication in over 7 years but there were undeniably a handful of times when I almost did. Sometimes it’s scary – especially when it comes to our children. When everyone is telling you to use Children’s Tylenol for a fever and your child is clearly uncomfortable it is hard to stick to your beliefs. To be clear, I am certainly not saying that you should not take a prescription medication because there are instances where they are needed (such as Lyme disease and other serious conditions) but I have been lucky to not be in that situation. I was recently reflecting on how I’ve gotten here – to a place of being confident in natural healing (because I wasn’t always this way).

Find a Physician that believes in Natural healing

One of the most impactful things for me has been having the support of a Holistic Pediatrician that believes in a healthy diet and natural healing first. Although it was hard experimenting on myself, it was even harder to do with my children. I didn’t ever want my children’s health to be left up to an experiment. Having the support of a Holistic Doctor who already knows what works and knows when medication is needed and not needed has been crucial to my transformation. There were times over the years that I’ve questioned the protocol or I couldn’t stand seeing my child feel ill and I want to just give up and buy the over the counter medication but my Pediatrician talked me off the ledge and I stuck to the plan. Every time it has worked and my child has healed by using things that support her immune system instead of masking symptoms and making healing more difficult.

Make friends with people who believe in natural healing

Having a community of Moms around you who also believe in natural healing is invaluable. It’s tough to have all “conventional” Mom friends because when you are dealing with an illness their advice is always to give them Tylenol (what’s wrong with Tylenol you wonder? Read this post) or decongestant, or any other over the counter medication. It’s great to have a few “natural” Moms around to talk to about what is going on with your child for ideas or just support. It really raises my confidence in natural healing when I see others getting results (then I know I’m not crazy). If there is a group in your area – I highly recommend joining The Holistic Moms Network.

Never stop learning

Natural healing and wellness is a journey. I am constantly learning and trying new ways of healing our ailments. Natural healing works but sometimes it takes a little patience and diligence. The frequency and consistency of some remedies is of utmost importance so that is something to always keep in mind – don’t give up too quick. Taking courses (especially my education and Institute for Integrative Nutrition), reading books, trying new things, and talking to holistic practitioners are some of the ways I always keep learning about natural healing. The more and more you see the results from natural healing the more your confidence will grow in it’s power.

What holds you back from using natural healing methods? What conventional things are you not ready to give up? Share in the comments below.

 




Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


Homemade Diaper Rash Cream Recipe

July 31, 2014 by Roxanne | 8 Comments | Filed in Natural Beauty & Personal Care

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Natural and toxin-free diaper rash cream is one of those things that is NOT easy to find. When I had my first child I was on a mission to find a diaper cream that worked and wasn’t full of toxic ingredients. They usually have a very long list of ingredients and a lot of them are not familiar terms. After searching and searching, I decided to make my own so I could control the ingredients and keep the cost down.

There is only one commercial diaper rash cream that I use when I run own of my own and that is Burt’s Bee’s Baby Bee Diaper Ointment. The ingredients are pretty good, it’s not too expensive, and most importantly – it works. This is one of my favorite homemade versions that I make for my children.

Diaper Rash Cream Recipe

In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and bees wax. I often use a glass measuring cup or a mason jar as the double boiler. Remove the jar or measuring cup from the pot and add the zinc oxide. Mix with an immersion blender (mine has a whisk attachment). Drop in essential oils and mix again. Transfer to a glass jar to store (or just put a cover on the mason jar you used as the double boiler). Use as you would any commercial diaper rash product.

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A Note on Tea Tree Oil & Lavender Oil for Children

I have gotten many questions about the use of lavender and tea tree oils with babies and young children because of this widely cited study that stated these oils may cause estrogen imbalance. After reading through information about this I personally don’t feel it is something of concern for the following reasons…

  • The sample pool is only 3 children – 3 boys ages 3, 7 and 10
  • The “product” used is not clear
  • The quality or amount of the essential oils used in the study is unknown
  • It is not clear if there is anything else in the “product” used that could be possible hormone distruptors such as parabens or dimethyl sulfoxide – a substance often used to dilute oils and a known estrogen mimicker

It is your decision to make if you feel comfortable with it or not. I chose to continue to use these oils on my children.

Do you make your own diaper rash cream? Why? or Why not? Please share with us in the comments below.

 




Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


Are you Hungry for a “Clean food” Cook Out? {Giveaway}

July 24, 2014 by Roxanne | 77 Comments | Filed in Giveaways, Nutrition

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It’s summertime – and that means its barbecue season. The traditional supermarket hamburgers and hot dogs are out (it’s sooo last season)! Clean meat is in.

You are not alone. Millions of Americans have been suffering from bad meat decisions. Hooked on hot dogs full of steroids and chemicals, you’ve been chowing down at barbeques and trying to quiet the guilt (and likely indigestion) in your stomach.

Abscorbic acid? sodium diacetate? Let’s be frank, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you definitely shouldn’t be eating it. That’s why Applegate is staging a Wienervention.

An Applegate Wienervention is the first step to a cleaner wiener with simple ingredients – just beef, water, salt, and spices. By choosing Applegate hot dogs, you can release yourself from hot dog remorse.

I received my clean hot dog kit from Applegate a few weeks ago and we really enjoyed everything. It included gluten-free buns from Rudi’s which is one of my favorite brands of gluten-free bread products. They really do taste like the real thing. Hot dogs have been a no-no for me and my family because the conventional hot dog brands do not live up to my “clean eating” standards but Applegate has changed that…

Applegate gives us “real foodies” the chance to have a hot dog once in a while and not feel guilty about it.

For the last 7 years I’ve been eating clean. Until I discovered applegate products I completely gave up on hot dogs and cold cuts. It’s great to now have the option to eat these foods from time to time and share them with my family without having to worry about giving them harmful chemicals and processed garbage. I have to admit, it actually feels a little liberating!

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Applegate has generously offered to send a kit to one of my readers! The winner of this kit has the opportunity to share these clean hot dogs with their friends and share the reasons WHY to choose a BETTER hot dog. It’s an opporuntity to start the conversation around eating better quality foods without totally giving up on a family favorite.

Are you ready to talk to your family about clean eating? Cook up some Applegate hot dogs and talk about it! Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Enter to win this kit from Applegate in the rafflecopter box below:

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Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


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