Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.  
You can read more about that here



Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

DIY Glass & Mirror Cleaner



  • 1 cap full of Thieves® Household Cleaner 
  • 5 drops of Citrus Fresh™ Essential Oil Blend
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  • 3 cups of water

I added the cap full of Thieves® Household Cleaner to a spray bottle.  Then I used a quart size mason jar and added the 3 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 5 drops of Citrus Fresh™ to it.


Remember, oil and water DO NOT MIX.  I put the lid on the mason jar ans shook it to incorporate the oil into the mixture.  I then poured the contents of the mason jar into the spray bottle that already had the Thieves® Household Cleaner in it.  I secured the spray nozzle on top and shook that a little to mix all of the liquids together.

 

Now I'm able to clean my mirrors and windows without the use of dangerous or synthetic ingredients.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Oil Focus - Lemon Vitality™

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  

Congratulations!  You have purchased your Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit and ARE using the oils (unlike what I did when I first got my kit).

Each week I'm going to focus on a different oil which is included in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit to help educate you on the many different uses of this oil.

First, why Young Living™?  I choose to use Young Living™ essential oils because of the purity of the oils.  You can find out more about that by checking out there Seed to Seal® process here

Two weeks ago I shared information about the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils, Lavender!  You can read all about Lavender Essential Oil here.  

Last week I shared information about Peppermint Vitality™, you can read more about it here.

This week I am moving on to another Vitality™ oil in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit - Lemon Vitality™.  Lemon Essential Oil is often referred to as the "Duct tape" of essential oils.  It can fix a lot of sticky situations.  

Lemon Vitality™

Let's review what it means to be a Vitality™ oil  -  What is the difference between this white labeled Lemon Vitality™ oil and Lemon Essential Oil?  

Nothing.  Both contain Citrus limon.  

To maintain compliance with the FDA you cannot label an essential oil (which is considered a supplement) ok for both internal and external use.  So, the label on the Lemon Vitality™ Essential Oil complies with the FDA's regulations for internal use, and the label on the Lemon Essential Oil complies with the FDA's regulations for external use.  Both bottles contain the exact same essential oil (Citrus limon).  



Lemon Vitality™ Essential Oil - Citrus limon (peel oil)
  • Add two drops to a glass of water to support metabolism 
  • Sticker or label residue?  Get the gummy left overs off
  • Improve your mood by diffusing Lemon Essential Oil 
  • Nourish your skin and leave it feeling soft and supple by adding a few drops to your toner (I like to use alcohol free witch hazel)
  • Shine up your tarnished silver using a few drop on a cloth

DIY Recipe - Strawberry Lemonade



*your 5ml bottle of Lemon Vitality™ Essential Oil will contain approximately 80 drops of essential oils. 


How do you love to use your Young Living™ Lemon Vitality™ Essential Oil?  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How I'm Enjoying Life While On The Anti-Inflammatory Diet {Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo} {Sponsored}

I am attending GFAF Expo as a Blogger. I was offered this giveaway for my blog.  All opinions are mine.

You can read my 2016 post here 

So, it's been 17 months since I changed the foods that I consume so that they don't contribute to inflammation in my body.  Which, in turn, causes constant pain and swelling that effects my ability to do simple things, like walk.

There are some days that are easier than others.  I have to own up to that. Some days, oh man, I just really want a cheeseburger.  But, I know that it's gong to hurt.  Like, physically hurt me and cause me pain if I consume it.  So, I don't and I know that there are better options for me out there.  I still subscribe to the belief that food is meant to nourish and sustain.    

I continue to abstain from all forms of gluten, dairy, red meat and caffeine.  I sill do not choose to eat processed foods of any kind.  I do eat whole soy (tofu) sparingly, but the use of soy sauce and soy additives are avoided. 

I'm still on a quest to find ways to become better informed about food choices as I walk this path, though.  There is so much information out there! 





I learned a lot at last years Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo.  I attended the classes that they offered, talked to the exhibitors and sponsors who were on site, and gathered tons of great information and samples to try out, not only for me, but also my family.  


I'm excited about attending the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo again this year.  I get to surround myself with other like-minded individuals, learn about possible food options that may be out there for me to try, to get as much valuable information as possible so that I can make informed food buying decision.  


The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo "is dedicated to meeting the needs of the celiac community, those with gluten and food sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases, and autism. The public is helped through vendor expositions, educational sessions, and online resources. The manufacturers are serviced through vendor expositions, marketing programs, and consultative services."

If you are interested in attending the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on either April 22 or 23, I have 2 ticket codes to give away at this time.  Here is how this is going to work:





I am giving away 2 (TWO), one day ticket codes to one lucky winner so that you can attend the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center on EITHER APRIL 22 or 23, 2017.  You will have the opportunity to attend classes, and visit with exhibitors and sponsors of the event to see how they support the gluten free and allergen free lifestyle.  

For your chance to win TWO, one day passes (you get to choose which day)

          1) Comment below on how attending the conference would help you
          2) Deadline for submissions is THURSDAY, April 6th by 11:59pm
          3) One winner will be selected and notified on FRIDAY, APRIL 7th

Interested in attending the event?  You can purchase your tickets here.    

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I'm A Dish Soap Snob

I am totally a dish soap snob.

I do not own a dish washer, never have, likely never will.  Because, I am the dish washer.  More times than not, I view it as a meditative act, not a chore.  I know, I'm weird.

I guarantee that there is a bottle of Dawn on the ledge of that sink!

Anyway, for years I used Dawn.  YEARS.  My mom even used Dawn, so I've been exposed to it for over 40 year.

But, with my new found quest to rid my home of chemicals I had to find a better option.  And, DIY'ing my dish soap was last on my list of options.  Because, why DIY when there are perfectly acceptable options available for purchase.  In this case I say, SAVE YOUR TIME!

I tried the Thieves®Young Living™ dish soap, and though it cut through grease and cleaned my dishes really well, it lacked suds.  This is a big deal for me because I'm a visual and tactile person.  I knew that it was working, I could see it and I could feel it.  I just didn't see the suds.  *sad trombone*

Unfortunately, this is a no-go for me.  This may be a suitable option for you, though.  And, if so I am doing a happy jig for you.  I had to look further, and this was very hard for me to do as I LOVE all things Thieves®.  {OMG it smells SO GOOD}

So, I sought out to find a dish soap that was eco friendly that produced suds.  My first stop was the Environmental Working Group.  They have a Guide to Healthy Cleaning and when you search your cleaning products it'll give you a rating based on the "A"-"F" grading system.

"The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any." (EWG)

I needed something that I could pick up at the store while I still did research, because my kitchen sink was getting full with dishes.  I settled, and I truly mean settled, on Seventh Generation dish soap, which gets a "C" by the EWG.  A "C" is not a good grade!  But, it was better than Dawn.  



And, the more research that I did led me down the rabbit hole to Dr. Bronner's.  Sweet peas people! Have you heard of them?  Am I late to the game for just finding out about them?  
I chose to get their Sal Sud's Liquid Cleaner instead of their Castile Soap because SUDS!  AND, it gets an "A" from the EWG.  I mean, come on now!  


I ordered my first 32oz. bottle online as I truly did not feel like traipsing all over the place looking for it in health food/natural food/vitamin shop stores because I don't normally shop at those stores.  But let me tell you - they carry the 32oz. bottle at my local Vitamin Shoppe.  So, score!  And, this stuff is AMAZING.  

Look at those suds! And that's with 1/4 teaspoon of liquid detergent. 

Not only can I use it for my dishes, but I've used it as laundry detergent while I wait for my Young Living™ order to come in the mail (one of these days I'll have a back up supply of the Thieves® Laundry Detergent...one day).  I'm in heaven, people, look at all of the other options that are possible with this stuff.


Plus, I can add my favorite Thieves® Essential Oil to the soap and ta-da, I have a lovely smelling dish soap that produces suds and cleans really well.  Oh, I may add Stress Away® for the ultimate meditative experience while doing the dishes.  Oh, the possibilities here. Like Citrus Fresh®?  I have to stop or this will just be a post full of essential oils, but you get the idea if you want to enhance your dish washing experience.    



I encourage you to take a moment and go to the Environmental Working Group's website and check to see what your cleaning products are rated.  From there, make a decision, an active decision, to do better if any of your products have scored a "C" or lower.  There are better options out there.  Do you research and then experiment.  And, like I did, it's okay to start off slow as you are swapping the products out. If you are reading this you are likely the "gatekeeper" to your home.  You decide what crosses the threshold of your home.  You can do better for your and your family.    


Monday, March 20, 2017

Oil Focus - Peppermint Vitality™

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  

Congratulations!  You have purchased your Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit and ARE using the oils (unlike what I did when I first got my kit). 

Each week I'm going to focus on a different oil which is included in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit to help educate you on the many different uses of this oil. 

First, why Young Living™?  I choose to use Young Living™ essential oils because of the purity of the oils.  You can find out more about that by checking out there Seed to Seal® process here




Last week I shared information about the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils, Lavender!  You can read all about Lavender Essential Oil here.  

This week I am moving on to a Vitality™ oil in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit - 

Peppermint Vitality™

First, what does "Vitality" mean?  What is the difference between this white labeled Vitality™ oil and Peppermint Essential Oil?  

Nothing.  Both contian mentha piperita.  

To maintain compliance with the FDA you cannot label an essential oil (which is considered a supplement) ok for both internal and external use.  So, the label on the Peppermint Vitality™ Essential Oil complies with the FDA's regulations for internal use, and the label on the Peppermint Essential Oil complies with the FDA's regulations for external use.  Both bottles contain the exact same essential oil (Mentha piperita).  



Peppermint Vitality™ Essential Oil - Mentha piperita


  • Add a drop to a glass of water or tea aid normal digestion
  • Rub on joins to relieve minor aches and pains associated with everyday life
  • Rub one drop of oil in the palm of your hands and inhale to jump start your morning routine
  • Diffuse peppermint oil to aid in sinus relief
  • Peppermint oil can hydrate burnt skin and relieve the pain form sunburns when added to coconut oil and then massaged on

DIY Recipe - Healthier Shamrock Shake


  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 avocado (cut in half, take out the pit, and scoop)
  • 2 T raw honey 
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 2 drops of Peppermint Vitality™ Essential Oil
  • (Optional - add 1 T vanilla extract)
  1. Add all of the ingredients into your blender

*your 5ml bottle of Peppermint Vitality™ Essential Oil will contain approximately 80 drops of essential oils. 


How do you love to use your Young Living™ Peppermint Vitality™ Essential Oil?  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hey Let's Grow

*I am participating in the Monsanto Hey Let's Grow program as a blogger this year.  Materials in this post were provided                                     by Monsanto.  This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are my own.*

I have broccoli

I have peppers

I have tomatoes

I have spinach



And...a whole lot of other stuff too.  Here is my weekly update on what's been happening with my starters.



On March 18, 2017 I started the seeds for the Sweet Sunset Peppers, Wizard Bell Peppers, Tricked You Pepper, Flaming Fare Pepper, Better Boy Tomato, and Green Beret Spinach.  





The Artwood Broccoli seeds are doing quite well.  You can read last weeks update here.  I have four of the five pods that I plants producing sprouts.  I do have one "volunteer" sprout popping up in the pod immediately in front of the pod I planted seeds in.  So, I'm thinking that a seed made it's way down towards the bottom of the original planting pod and came up through the other.  Either way, I have a successful five out of five plantings producing.  

Additionally, I started seeds for two types of carrots, green onions, peas, kale, and brussels sprouts.


All of these lovelies will be going into our family garden, which we refer to Indian Boundary Line Homestead.  I'll be doing weekly updates here, and I hope that you follow along on my gardening journey.  

Do you have a garden?  If so, how do you choose to garden (container, vertical, plot of land....)? And, what kind of vegetables/fruits do you grow?  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Why {Video}

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  

Why am I so passionate about Young Living™ Essential Oils?



I've been slowly removing items from my home which cause dis-ease to me and my family. This started in the months following my diagnosis with Stage 4 Endometriosis in September of 2015. Being a chronic, non-curable, inflammatory disease I started making changes with the food that I was consuming and bringing into my home for my family. I knew, that in spite of the chemotherapy treatment that I underwent post surgery, that I needed to return to my roots and how I was raised if I was going to be successful at living the rest of my life with Endometriosis and not be in constant pain. I chose to turn to healing herbs, teas and tinctures to heal my body in conjunction with adopting a mostly fish eating vegetarian lifestyle while undergoing treatment and I swear, even with as bad as my side effects were, I believe that they would have been worse had I not done those things.

This was all fine and good, but with the additional research that I did regarding what contributes to Endometriosis, I felt that I needed to switch out the cleaning supplies in my home. I appreciated what ease a chemical spray so strong that I needed to vent the bathroom windows in frigid temperatures just so I wouldn't pass out while cleaning could accomplish at eradicating the soap scum and hard water on my bathtub. The thing is - I'd like to safely breath and not cough, have my nose run with snot, my eyes water and have my hands flake from the toxic chemical exposure. I don't know why I got use to thinking this was ok. For me, for my family.

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

Don't know much about oils? Totally ok. That's why this space exists. 


Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home? Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up. I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home. For me, essential oils are another rug on my "Healthy Living Ladder". It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family. 

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body? 



Educational Anarchy Oils Facebook Page is a little space that I created to help educate, inform, and empower you to make changes in your home to contribute to a happier and healthier environment by using Young Living Essential Oils.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself as we travel this oily road together. It's just another rung on my "Healthy Living Ladder" that assists me to achieve a more holistic lifestyle. I hope it'll help you do the same! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

External, Internal, Environmental {Aromatherapy}

So, you have gotten your Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  You are looking at all of the oils in your kit.  Some have white labels (indicating that they are from the Vitality™ line).
So...now what?


Well, there are three ways which you can use your oils

Topical
Oral
Inhalation

Or, rather, external, internal, and environmental.  

Here are a few ideas on how to use them - 

Topical 

  • Add a few drops of oils to a warm bath.  Because oil and water do not mix, you'll want to add the essential oil to epsom salt and then add that to your bath water.  This will help the oil to disperse in the water.
  • Add a few drops of oil to your lotion or moisturizer prior to applying to your skin.
Oral
  • Many oils (think oregano, peppermint, cinnamon) can be used when baking/cooking.  Remember, these are concentrated oils, one drop does a lot.  
  • This can also be done with your drinks (think tea, filtered water, sparkling water).  Remember, oil and water do not mix.  You'll need something for the oil to "stick" to.  I like raw honey, and only a very little.   
Inhalation
  • Diffuse.  Again, one drop does a lot.   
  • Put a drop of oil in the palm of your hand, rub them together, and inhale.


I choose to use an integrative approach when utilizing my essential oils.  Here is a quick snapshot to show how I use my oils on any given day.

Topical 

  • I put a drop of Frankincense oil in my lotion prior to applying it to my face and neck for a radiant look

Oral

  • I put one drop of Copaiba Vitality™ oil on a spoon lightly coated with raw honey and then stir it into warm water and drink to help relax  

Inhalation

  • I place a drop of Sacred Mountain™ in the palm of my hand, rub them together, and inhale for a grounding effect
I'd love to know how you use your oils.  Feel free to comment below on how you are currently using your oils and/or how you would like to start using your oils.  Interested in learning more about essential oils?  Follow along at Educational Anarchy Oils on Facebook.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CBD {How I Use It}

There are many rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder - MANY RUNGS. 

The use of CBD is just another one of those rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder that I have found exceptionally helpful for me.  That's the key, it works for me.  I don't know if it'll work for you.  But, I'll give you the information that I have and you can make that decision. 


To find out what CBD is, click over to this post




As I've shared many time through this blog, I have Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I also have anxiety, insomnia, and pretty bad acne (at 40 years old, I'm not a fan of acne).  I have chosen to use CBD in a few different forms to help with all of this.  

For my Endometriosis - the pain that I experience follows my menstrual cycle.  I use 250mg tincture from Hemp Life Today to help with the cyclical pain.  Additionally, if I am feeling inflamed (back, knee, stomach) I use the CBD salve from Hemp Life Today to help with the inflammation.    

For my anxiety - (I don't lead a stressful life, I'm just a stressful person) - well, there are a couple of different ways I choose to use CBD when I find my anxiety peaking.  For long distance or air travel, I choose to use a trans-dermal patch from Mary's Nutritionals. I also use this when I'm going into a high stress situation as well.  For short distance travel and elevated stress situations I choose to use CBD gum from Canchew  in addition to the 250mg tincture from Hemp Life Today.  

For my insomnia - I think that this is one of the side effects from my Lupron treatment for Endometriosis that is just kind of sticking around.  I truly am not a big fan of it - AT.ALL.  I use the 250mg tincture from Hemp Life Today, it helps me to sleep by shutting off my racing thoughts.  

For my acne - it truly isn't as bad as it use to be, but following my menstrual cycle I get hormonal acne in very specific and targeted areas on my face.  I use the CBD salve from Hemp Life Today to help clear it up.  

How does CBD help me?  I'm not in pain.  I am not anxious.  I am calm.  I don't feel agitated.  I can get a restful nights sleep.  




CBD from industrial hemp plants is 100% legal in the United States.  You can find it in health food stores and on-line. 

Do you use CBD?  If so, why and how have you found it helpful?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015 I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 


You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here

Oh! Cloud Bread - YOU ARE AMAZING!

I could eat an entire batch of this myself.  Probably not a good thing, BUT it attests to the yummy factor of this recipe for sure.  

This specific recipe is lactose free and grain free, and comes from Food By Mars.  


It is so, so good.  You can season it however you wish.  I like garlic powder and basil.  YUM!
You can find the recipe here - Easy Cloud Bread without cream cheese

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.  
You can read more about that here


Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

DIY Carpet Refresher


  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 20 drops Thieves® Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil 
You are going to want to measure the dry ingredients out and place them in an oversize bowl.  Stir to incorporate.  Next, add your essential oils.  Again, stir to incorporate the oils into the dry powder. I then scoop the mixture into a shaker container (mine is a sugar shaker with one hole *it's what I had on hand*).  Whatever extra mixture I have left I store in a mason jar for later use.  I use this carpet refresher once a month on my carpets.  After I sprinkle the powder over the carpet I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then vacuum it up.  

Why It Works
Baking Soda is cheap, safe for pets and humans, and easy to use.  (You can buy a big box of it in the laundry section of your store).  How does baking soda deodorize?  Sodium bicarbonate is amphoteric. This means that it can react both with strong acids and with strong bases which are typically smelly compounds (sour milk, rotten fish, fatty acids in sweat).

Borax contains sodium tetraborate, which is an all natural mineral found in lake beds.  It's been around FOREVER, like since 8 A.D. It is an awesome deodorizer.  And, because it's a crumblier powder than baking soda it will sit differently on your carpets when you sprinkle it. This is why I feel it's important to use both baking soda and borax.  

Essential Oils will add a lovely aroma to the powder.  I love Thieves® by Young Living. Purification® is also a good oil to use if you have a more powerful smell that you are trying to rid your carpets of.  But, definitely use whatever you find most appealing. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Oil Focus - Lavender

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  

Congratulations!  You have purchased your Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit and ARE using the oils (unlike what I did when I first got my kit).

Each week I'm going to focus on a different oil which is included in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit to help educate you on the many different uses of this oil.

First, why Young Living™?  I choose to use Young Living™ essential oils because of the purity of the oils.  You can find out more about that by checking out there Seed to Seal® process here.



Lavender 

Known as the "Swiss Army Knife" of oils, the oily rule of thumb is that when in doubt, use Lavender. You will receive a 5ml bottle* of Lavender Essential Oils as part of your Premium Starter Kit.



Lavender Essential Oil - Lavandula angustifolia


  • Add a drop to your wool dryer balls for a pleasant laundry scent
  • Diffuse lavender oil to minimize seasonal discomfort
  • Add a few drops of lavender oil to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products for a lovely aroma
  • Use to sooth occasional skin irritations
  • Take Lavender Vitality™ internally to assist in reducing feelings of anxiousness 
DIY Recipe - Lavender Essential Oil Pillow Spray

Great used for relaxation, to freshen linens, and to promote a good nights sleep.  I'm always a big fan of promoting a restful sleep.  
  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle
  • Pinch of salt
  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  1. Put the pinch of salt into the glass spray bottle
  2. Add 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with water (leave head room at the top of the bottle)
  4. SHAKE
  5. Spray!
*your 5ml bottle of Lavender Essential Oil will contain approximately 80 drops of essential oils. 


How do you love to use your Young Living™ Lavender Essential Oil?  



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hey Let's Grow {Broccoli}

*I am participating in the Monsanto Hey Let's Grow program as a blogger this year.  Materials in this post were provided by Monsanto.  This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are my own.*

I started my Artwork brand of Sibsey Hybrid Broccoli Seeds on Sunday, March 4, 2017 using the Jiffy Professional Greenhouse.  I have a video up on my Facebook page here, if you want to watch that.  I planted five pods with two seeds each.  So far I have three pods with sprouts, one of those pods has two sprouts.  

Four days later, I had this

Pod #1, 1 sprout


Five days later, I had this

Pod #1, 1 sprout

Pod #2, 1 sprout


Seven days later, I had this

Pod #1

Pod #1, 2 sprouts

Pod #2, 1 sprout

Pod #3, 1 sprout







Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Better Way {Video}





If you are interested in learning more about going chemical free in your home with Young Living™ feel free to contact me.  I'd love to help you on your journey.

Interested in getting started with Young Living now?  Awesome!  I'm so excited for you.  You can purchase your Premium Starter Kit by going here and enrolling through me.  By becoming a Young Living Wholesale Member you can purchase your Premium Starter Kit for nearly 1/2 off the retail price and receive 24% off retail pricing of Young Living products and save even more money with exclusive specials and promotions every month.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thieves Household Cleaner® {Chemical Free Home}


What's in your cabinets?  

I've been slowly removing items from my home which cause dis-ease to me and my family.  This started in the months following my diagnosis with Stage 4 Endometriosis in September of 2015. Being a chronic, non-curable, inflammatory disease I started making changes with the food that I was consuming and bringing into my home for my family.  I knew, that in spite of the chemotherapy treatment that I underwent post surgery, that I needed to return to my roots and how I was raised if I was going to be successful at living the rest of my life with Endometriosis and not be in constant pain.  I chose to turn to healing herbs, teas and tinctures to heal my body in conjunction with adopting a mostly fish eating vegetarian lifestyle while undergoing treatment and I swear, even with as bad as my side effects were, I believe that they would have been worse had I not done those things. 
This was all fine and good, but with the additional research that I did regarding what contributes to Endometriosis, I felt that I needed to switch out the cleaning supplies in my home.  I appreciated what ease a chemical spray so strong that I needed to vent the bathroom windows in frigid temperatures just so I wouldn't pass out while cleaning could accomplish at eradicating the soap scum and hard water on my bathtub.  The thing is - I'd like to safely breath and not cough, have my nose run with snot, my eyes water and have my hands flake from the toxic chemical exposure.  I don't know why I got use to thinking this was ok.  For me, for my family. 



Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients?  

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.  

Young Living's Thieves Household Cleaner®  

MY WORD

I would bath in this stuff, that's how much I love the smell of it.  

I use it as a general purpose cleaner by following the dilution instructions on the back of the bottle to make my own spray cleaner.  I use it on all of the hard surfaces in my home, daily.  I use it as a spot cleaner on my carpets and fabric covered furniture, as needed.  I find things to clean with it because I love the smell THAT MUCH.  Oh, and it works amazingly well.  

Here's a how I make my own spray cleaner using Young Living's Thieves Household Cleaner®



First, purchase a spray bottle.  I get mine from the local dollar store.  My bottle holds a little over four cups of liquid, just an FYI.  

Next, I add four cups of water to my dollar store spray bottle.



Then I add two caps of the Thieves Household Cleaner® to the water




Here are the dilution ratios that I use, which can be found on the back of the bottle


I like mine just a little stronger.  You can dilute yours to your needs.  And, because I clean on a daily basis using this product, this spray bottle will last me roughly one month.  One bottle of the Thieves Household Cleaner® will last me just a little over a month because I also make glass cleaner from it, mop my floors with it, and add it to my natural powder cleaner to make a paste to deep clean my toilets, showers, and tubs.  It's so versatile!  I've even used it in a carpet cleaner to clean my carpets and scrub the grim out of the grout on my floors. I love a lot of things about this product - the smell, the cleaning power, the versatility....but, what I love the most about this product is that I don't need to vent the rooms that I am cleaning when using it and I don't get headaches from using it.  


If you are interested in learning more about going chemical free in your home with Young Living™ feel free to contact me.  I'd love to help you on your journey.
 
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Endometriosis Myths vs. Facts & Additional Information - Endometriosis Awareness Week 2017

Here we are again.  It's that time of the year when for the next seven days my blog is dedicated to sharing stories about Endometriosis to raise awareness.  From March 3-9, 2017, I will be featuring a different story each day.  





I'm going to be closing out Endometriosis Awareness week this year by re-sharing Endometriosis Myths vs. Facts & Additional Information from Endometriosis Awareness Week 2016.

You can go back and read the amazing stories from this year by following these links:
Michelle's Story

Brittany's Story
Audrey's Story
Rachael's Story

Michelle Bowman's Story


Endometriosis Myths vs. Facts & Additional Information - Endometriosis Awareness Week 2016

There is so much misinformation out there about Endometriosis.  I wanted to close out Endometriosis Awareness Week this year with a list of Myths vs. Facts to help spread accurate awareness of this disease, and some additional resources that may be helpful.



First, though, I want to thank everyone who took the time to share their endometriosis stories here, with all of you.

I truly believe that we all have a story to tell, and that as long as we are honest, open and willing, what comes from the heart, goes to the heart.  


Secondly, I want to thank all of you who popped on by here over the last seven days to read these stories.  Thank You! *mwah*




MYTH - Having a hysterectomy will cure endometriosis.


FACT -  Having a hysterectomy will treat endometriosis only on the organs that are removed.  If all disease is not removed you will continue to experience symptoms.  Since endometriosis can grow outside of the uterus, the removal of reproductive organs will not remove the endometriosis.  A hysterectomy can, however, be an way to treat many of the more painful symptoms of endometriosis (such as painful and/or heavy menstruation) .
From a medial standpoint, there has never been a biopsy controlled study showing that menopause cures endometriosis.  The same is true with the removal of the ovaries.
If the endometriosis implants are responsible for symptoms such as pain with intercourse, diarrhea, painful bowel movements, painful or frequent urination, than having a hysterectomy performed will not change these symptoms.

MYTH - Endometriosis always leads to infertility


FACT - Though endometriosis can cause infertility in approximately 35% of women who have it, pregnancy can be achieved with the right treatment and partnership with the right healthcare professionals.


MYTH - Endometriosis can be diagnosed through ultrasound, MRI, CT scans or other diagnostic test.


FACT - Endometriosis can only be diagnosed and staged positively, through surgery.  Either by having a laparoscopy or a laparotomy where biopsies are taken.


MYTH - Hormonal treatments cure endometriosis


FACT - Though some women experience long term relief of symptoms through hormonal treatments like birth control pills, progesterone, and lupron, they do not eliminate endometriosis implants. Though some implants may become smaller, less visible or less hormonaly active with these medical therapies, they do not disappear.  Once medical therapy is stopped, symptoms tend to reappear.

MYTH - Lifestyle changes cure endometriosis


FACT - Though some women experience long term relief of symptoms through dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes, they do not eliminate endometriosis implants.

MYTH - Pregnancy cures endometriosis


FACT - During pregnancy ovulation stops and a woman's body is deprived of estrogen .  This can reduce the symptoms that she may have been experiencing prior to getting pregnant, but it will not cure or eliminate endometriosis.


MYTH - Period pain is normal


FACT - Pain is our body's way of telling us something is wrong, it should not be ignored.  Though many women and girls experience pain each month around menstruation, severe pain that interferes with daily life is not normal and should be brought to a medial professionals attention.

MYTH - Endometriosis is cancerous


FACT - It is not.  The connection between endometriosis and cancer is not fully understood and needs more medical research.


MYTH - Endometriosis is hereditary


FACT -  There is genetic theory being studied worldwide by doctors based in London. There is strong evidence that endometriosis is, in fact, hereditary.  Early studies have shown that women with a family history of endometriosis are more likely to have a daughter who suffers from this disease. This theory is still being studied and no evidence has been published as of yet.

MYTH - Endometriosis is a rare disease


FACT - It is a painful, chronic disease that effects 5.5 million women and girls of child bearing age in North America, and millions more worldwide.  It is the most common gynecological disease.


FACT - Endometriosis is a chronic disease with no cure






What is Endometriosis?
Mayo Clinic 

Here are a list of on-line resources that may be helpful in researching Endometriosis
The Advanced Gynecological Surgery Institute 
Endomestiosis Association
Endometriosis Research Center
Endometriosis.org - Global Forum
Endometriosis Institute
World Endometriosis Research Foundation
Center for Endometriosis Care
World Endometriosis Society

On-line Endometriosis Support
*Many of the organizations listed above have support groups available*
WebMD on-line forum
Daily Strength

Endometriosis Facebook Groups
*There are MANY!  These are the ones that I belong to and find helpful, informational and supportive*
EndoCenter of Chicagoland
Finding Peace with Endo
Powerful Endo Women

Keep an eye on this!
Endo What? Movie

...and, check these out
Peace With Endo
Rewire Life

Really great article that I think is worth checking out
How to know if your period pain is really endometriosis (Elle November 2015)

Books that I have found helpful
*Just my two-cents*
Integrative Women's Health - Victoria Maizes, MD & Tieraona Low Dog, MD
From Pain to Peace With Endo; Lessons Learned on the Road to Healing Endometriosis - Aubree Deimler
Endometriosis For Dummies - Joseph W. Krotec, MD & Sharon Perkins, RN
Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way - Susun S. Weed



And, please, remember to surround yourself with supportive people.  If a loved one or close friend doesn't understand what you are going through, open up those lines of communication and explain what you are going through.  A great way to start that conversations is "What do you want to know about my endometriosis?"  They still may not "get it".  And, that's okay.  As long as they are willing to understand, there is hope of being understood.  Stay clear of the naysayers or those who diminish you or your symptoms in any way.  Negativity exists out there, we all know that, and we are all going to experience it.  Don't let someone second guess what you are going through, though.  They are not being supportive.



Information exists out there.  
Education yourself, find the reliable sources and spread them. 

Awareness is key  
Become an advocate  
Tell your story & scatter hope