Oil Pulling; DIY

The in’s & out’s of OIL PULLING!
I really have grown to love this process! It has benefited my oral health tremendously.
Ingredients;

•1-2 tbs of coconut oil (food grade)

•1-2 drops of your favourite cleansing essential oil (my fav is the OnGuard, protective blend from doterra)
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How to;
•Simply scoop your coconut oil, and add your essential oil to it.

•Swish it in your mouth for about 20 mins.
Note – this can be tiring for some in the beginning. That’s okay. Just swish as long as you can and your cheek strength will improve over time.
•Spit it out in the garbage (especially if you have a septic system).

•Rinse your mouth with warm water.

•Brush and floss as per your normal routine.
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If you do not like the taste of coconut oil you can switch it out for MCT oil. This will have the same benefits as the coconut oil however it is a tad more expensive. Please note that MCT oil is always in a liquid state.
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The Benefits;
•Helps prevent tooth decay/cavities

•Improves bad breath

•Improves bleeding gums

•Helps with oral inflammation

•Help whiten teeth

•Soothes throat dryness

•Helps with cracked lips

•Supports Immune System

•Improves acne

•Strengthens gums and jaw
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Oil Pulling Tabs
If you are a DIY guru, this might be something for you. Oil Pulling Tabs are simply a little pre made tablet that is extremely convenient for people on the go!
Ingredients;
•Coconut oil (food grade)

•your fav essential oil! Mine is OnGuard

•small silicone pan

•mason jar with lid
How to;
•Fill your silicone pan with coconut oil.

•Add one drop of essential oil to each tab

•Refrigerate (or freeze) until solid

•Remove tabs from silicone pan and store them in your mason jar or any other airtight container!

Why we don’t buy doTERRA on Amazon!

My aspiration is to educate the masses.

Why we don’t purchase doTERA through Amazon;

1. You get what you pay for – the essential oil industry is growing at a fast rate. Many people are in it for the money and not for the true therapeutic benifits of the oil. The caps and seals can be purchased for next to nothing and it is way too simple to dilute or even replace the oils that are in the bottles. Amazon has no control over this and it is scary to think of what’s out there and what is being portrayed as an essential oil.

2. As of March 31, 2016 there are no authorized doTERRA sellers on Amazon.

3. Community support – there is a lot to learn when it comes to essential oils. It’s a journey and is not something that will happen overnight. We have an amazing community set it place to help, guide and support you in any way imaginable! If you purchase from Amazon you do not receive any of that.

Personally for me, because I use the essential oils to support my family and myself I want to make sure that I get guaranteed pure oils and the education to maximize. Plus I get 25% off retail, FREE oils every month AND 25% back on each purchase I make. That is 50% off just because I am a wholesale member.

Copaiba

I was previously very impressed with Charlottes Web CBD Oil and would often recommend it to clients. But the pice tag was SHOCKING and still ran the risk of possible THC interactions 😔 If you don’t know about medical marijuana or hemp, aka CBD, then you need to know that there are two components that have an affect on our body systems – CBD and THC.

CBD interacts with our CB2 receptors and gives us incredible therapeutic benefits such as:

-tension relief

-decreased inflammation

-reduced anxiety

-nervous system support

-lowered insulin levels

-cardiovascular health

-and more!

*THC is the controversial component that interacts with our CB1 receptors which is responsible for causing the “high” associated with marijuana.

*What you may not know is that there’s a THIRD type of cannabinoid–BCP (aka Copaiba). BCP is the long lost relative we always hoped we’d find!

It was only just discovered as a cannabinoid in 2008. And while it’s different from CBD, it directly affects the same CB2 receptors and is a much more concentrated form.

For example:

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💧CBD derived from hemp has a 2-4% concentration.

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💧CBD derived from cannabis/marijuana has a 5-35% concentration.

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💧dōTERRA’s BCP? 60%! Wow!

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dōTERRA is the first company ever to formulate their Copaiba using 4 different species making it the highest concentrated cannabinoid available. Yet because it is not a cannabis derivative it will never show up on a drug test or alter your cognitive state out of a natural comfort range.

Lastly dōTERRA Copiba is 1/3 of the price of a good quality hemp CBD! I’d say that in my opinion. I feel Copaiba is the superior option. How about you?!?

Starch Spray

I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to share information with you. Starching clothing is a dying art but one my grandmother took pretty seriously 😋 Personally the spray bottle with numerous warnings never beckoned me to take up this practice but it does not have to be that way. Did you know you could starch your clothing naturally. Please just ensure the ingredients you are choosing are Gmo and pesticide free. Happy Starching 💜

Ingredients

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch. You can vary the amount to get a greater or lesser degree of stiffness.

1 pint cold water

1-2 drops essential oil (optional)

1 clean spray bottle

Preparation

1. Combine the cornstarch and water in a bowl, and stir until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. (The mixture will be milky in color)

2. Add a couple of drops of dōTERRA essential oil for fragrance (if desired)

3. Then, transfer to a clean spray bottle, and use. You want to use a clean spray bottle that hasn’t been used for chemical products. Cornstarch is a neutral chemical, but it could still pick up traces of other products.

Homemade cleaner

I’m sometimes asked how would a homemade cleaner work exactly if the oils do not mix into the water and disperse evenly. Well the answer is it’s all in the composition of the oil itself. The power in any essential oil is due to the constituents that make up that oil!

So in lemon (and most every citrus oil) the rockstar constituent is a monoterpene called d-limonene. It has the ability to dissolve dirt + pesticides which are petroleum based. You can read research on that here:

Properties of limonene: http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol56/mono56-9.pdf

It is best to add a natural castile soap to the water that you’re adding the citrus oils to so that the castile soap can help disperse the essential oil with the water. (Castile soap such as D.Woods, is made of coconut olive and hemp oils and has lots of uses around your home – it’s natural, and safe if ingested which makes it great for this use) The Best way to soak produce is to use a large bowl that will fit in the sink and add approx 1 tsp castile soap and 5-7 drops of citrus essential oil such as lemon or grapefruit or tangerine. Mix it around and then add your produce to sit for 10 min. Then rinse really well because that soaking water now contains soap, pesticides, dirt and bacteria.

This method will cost you a total of about $0.25!

Essential oils inhibiting cell attachment and biofilm development indicates a promising tool for reducing microbial colonization of food processing surfaces. Use of natural antimicrobial agents could provide alternative or supplemental methods for the efficient disinfection of microbe-contaminated industrial surfaces.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713511005561

DIY – FREE Breeze


Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients in Febreze? The list is massive!

Here is a simple safe alternative to the chemically filled Febreze. It is Free of chemicals and will leave its fresh natural scent behind!

All you need is;

Spray bottle 500ml

Witch hazel

Filtered water

Your favourite doTERRA essential oils
I personally prefer Thayers Witch Hazel ! They have been around for 140years, get more info here.  I also prefer getting the unscented one however the last time I went to the store they only had the lavender in stock which was fine for me.
Fill your bottle about 1/3 of the way with witch hazel. Top off with filtered water and add your 20-30 drop of essential oils. Before use make sure that you shake your bottle to break up the molecules of essential oils as they are not water soluble.  Then spray in the room of choice! The witch hazel is great for a quick evaporation of the spray. Leaving only the minuscule beads of essential oils. The frangeance will be refreshing and safe for your family and pets.
My top essential oils for this type of DIY are;

Lavender
Wild Orange
Lemon
Lemongrass
Citrus Bliss

Feel free to experiment as well and make your own blends!

DIY – All Purpose Cleaner


It’s been about 6 months since I have not bought a chemical cleaner!! And boy does it feel great! I do not have to worry about my kids and our family dog, I know that what I make will not harm them in any way.

Every since I learned about the chemicals present in household cleaners, I was just terrified!

Here is what I use;

  • 500ml spray bottle
  • 1/2cup castile soap (unscented)
  • 30 drop favourite doTERRA essential oils
  • Distilled or filtered water (filled to the top)

These are the different essential oils I love to use for this purpose.


dōTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend

As one of doTERRA’s most popular oils, doTERRA On Guard is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function* and contains cleansing properties.


Wild Orange Citrus sinensis

With multiple health benefits and an energizing aroma that can uplift the mind and body, Wild Orange has become one of doTERRA’s top selling essential oils.*

Lemon Citrus limon

The cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils, not to mention the top-selling essential oil that doTERRA offers.


www.doterra.com
If you want more information please refer to our  essential oil page 🙂
Happy cleaning!

Supplementation or Activation

In my last post we discovered that our specific genes are at play in our own personal health. I discussed a wonderful alternate universe where we may in fact be able to get all we need to support our bodies for optimal health from our food. But sadly with the current state of affairs in the food industry we have negatively impacted and depleted our foods nutritional value. So we now do in fact need to support our bodies though a supplemental sources to ensure we are getting all our bodies need to remain functioning at their full potential and complete health. But I feel as though it doesn’t necessarily serve us to be blanketly adding in a multivitamin. What we are using to support can often do more harm than good! I feel we should be using plant based activation to support our own specific systems to go to work carrying out the tasks in our bodies they were designed to do. Rather than adding in a supplement that claims to do the bodies job for it. For as we previously learned we all have different genes and interact with our environment, lifestyle and nutrition very differently.

When we are looking to naturally support sleep for example. Many individuals choose to use Melatonin. It is felt that since it is natural it must be good. But what we are missing here is that this supplement is going in and mimicking a hormone our body creates to  to encourage sleep. But unfortunately what this can do is aggravate and worsen the bodies already struggling homeostasis conversation pattern in this area causing more harm than good. I am suggesting that the superior approach would be to explore what your body system is in need of to activate and encourage your body to heal its own sleep cycle. This might look like adding in a supplemental source of magnesium a mineral most are deficient in due to our farming practices. Magnesium plays a significant role in hydration, muscle relaxation, energy production and the deactivation of adrenaline. Also eating more cherries (naturally encourages melatonin production), fish (high in tryptophan) and almonds (high in magnesium and calcium). Taking a warm Epsom salt bath to support your bodies detoxification process, diffusing sleep promoting essential oils. This approach supports the body to activate and release its own sleep process and begin to heal the source of the sleep struggles rather than a supplement that does the bodies job for it. I use this approach of activation in all areas of supplementation and I believe it is a superior approach and so dose science and there is a ton of research to prove it. For example when I began to research supporting our bodies cellular system through supplementation many MANY options came up so I had to truly explore my goals, and research options. This lead me to learn about oxidative stress and glutathione production. I discovered it to be the source of most all disease entry to our cellular system. So supporting its production and actvating my bodies own responses to oxidative stress rather that using antioxidant supplements to target specific symptoms would be the smarter approach. Supporting and encouraging my body to work respond and function as God our ultimate architect carefully designed it to do. Rather than using a supplement designed to do its job for it.

Activating and supporting the pathways in your body’s internal defense system, is a much more effective way of protecting your body from harmful free radicals that cause oxidative stress. As opposed to taking antioxidant supplements that are marketed to attack the free radicals itself. But unfortunately it can only do this on a 1:1 radio. But sadly we are making thousands of free radicals within our body by the minute. So we could not possibly address all the damage. But it we activate Nrf2, it tells your body to start making hundreds of different protective molecules, like antioxidant enzymes. These molecules not only have the ability to fight off large numbers of free radicals, they can also repair damaged cells and build up defenses that work to protect your cells from any future stress caused by free radical exposure. One way to trigger Nrf2 is to make sure you provide your body with properly balanced phytonutrients. But what are phytonutrients and where are they found?

PHYTONUTRIENTS: WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY DO I NEED THEM?

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Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants. Phytonutrients help plants in a variety of ways, such as repelling insect invaders and protecting the plant from radiation from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Researchers estimate that over 40,000 of these plant compounds exist. People who eat plants rich in phytonutrients (you can tell which ones have the most phytonutrients by their deep color) experience benefits from these powerful antioxidants. Cultures where diets are primarily plant-based tend to produce long-lived people with reduced rates of the myriad of health conditions that are common in populations that consume the standard American diet. Phytonutrients perform many functions throughout the body including – facilitating intercellular communication (homeostasis), repairing DNA damage, and activating the Nrf2 pathway.
It’s hard to document the exact effect these plant compounds have on human health as each phytonutrient affects multiple areas of the body. Also, phytonutrients work together to provide benefits in ways scientists may not yet completely understand. So isolating one phytonutrient and supplementing with it alone may not provide the benefits that a combination of phytonutrients can provide.

TYPES OF PHYTONUTRIENTS

Scientists classify phytonutrients by chemical structure, then break these classes into dozens of other groups containing hundreds of phytonutrients.

Some of the more important ones are:
Curcuminoids, Bacosides, Withanolides, Catechins, Flavonoids, Each of these phytonutrients acts in a special way, alone and together with other phytonutrients, to provide benefits to the body.
Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer contains these ingredients:

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Turmeric: Contains curcumin, a biologically active polyphenolic compound which modulates many molecular functions, helps with bodily detoxification processes, and has high antioxidant activity including documented Nrf2 activation.

Bacopa: Contains high levels of bacosides with saponins, which have been related to improved memory function, healthy liver function, and high antioxidant activity.

Ashwagandha: Contains withanolides, an adaptogen that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to normalize body processes, promote homeostasis, and decrease cellular stress.

Green tea: Contains catechins such as epigallocatechan gallate (“EGCG”). This potent antioxidant has been used for thousands of years for its health and wellness benefits such as supporting healthy GI function and repairing damaged DNA.

Milk thistle: Contains a unique flavonoid complex called silymarin, a potent antioxidant that may be 10 times more potent in antioxidant activity than vitamin E. It also has been shown to provide cleansing and rejuvenation to the liver.

This chart shows the results of a study that measured these five ingredients, both individually and combined (Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer), and their ability to activate the Nrf2 pathway.

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How is this possible? Can the same ingredients really act differently together than they do individually?That’s the power of phytonutrients and their interaction—when combined in a carefully constructed formula with optimal types of ingredients in the correct ratios, they work more effectively. The potent combination of ingredients in Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer works hard to activate the body’s Nrf2 pathways, upregulating a multitude of genes, maintaining cellular homeostasis, and combating oxidative stress.

indexIn our home all we use now is a good quality pro-biotic to support our gut heath and overall healing from years of abusing our bodies with insufficient nutrition. A food nutrient complex called MicroPlex VMz by doTERRA, to support our bodies nutrient levels due lack of nutrients in our food supply. But in summer months when our garden (or farm share) is in full swing we can omit this. And a Nrf2 activator called Protandim. Along with a healthy diet as long as we are generally well this is all we would need after all healing has taken place. Please feel free to message me directly comment and share.

Pick me up – cheer & motivate

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Well the other day I was having a rough start. I think some people can relate to that. When you just want to stay in your pyjamas and not want to get anything done. Enter Cheer and Motivate! These are great (prediluted) roller bottles with doTERRA’s essential oil blends.

CHEER  – This blend promotes a feeling of optimism, cheerfulness and happiness. Great for when your feeling down, blue or in a low. This was exactly how I was feeling…  The aromatic description is; Fresh, spicy, warm.

MOTIVATE – This blend promotes a feeling of confidence, courage and belief. If there is any sense of doubt, pessimism, or cynicism, this would be the blend for you. The aromatic description is; Fresh, clean, minty.

I applied cheer to the base of my skull and behind the ears. Motivate was applied at my radial pulse points. Roughly a half hour later, I felt like I had a little pick me up. This was exactly what I needed!

Elise

Let’s just face it….

Let’s just face it… we tend to neglect our face. I don’t know about you but for me its one of the first things that I tend to let go. Self care when you are a busy tends to be the last thing you want to do… We typically say that we do not have the time for it. But as a busy mom, I need to understand that it’s extremely important to take care of myself. If I can not take care of myself, then how can I take care of others.

Today’s self care;

Detoxifying Face Mask

Clay face masks are a great way to rid your skin of toxins and increase the blood flow. Here is my DIY secret;

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  • Clay Powder
  • Vitamin E
  • HD Clear, Essential Oil Blend
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Geranium Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil

(description of each at the bottom of this page)

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Wash your face thoroughly. You can use any cleanser that you like or
you can use the mild face scrub recipe (link to come) that I use!

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In a bowl, mix in 1.5 tbsp of clay powder, 2 droppers of Vitamin E,
1 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 1 drop of Geranium Essential oil,
and 1 drops of Frankincense.

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Add just enough filtered water to create a nice paste.

 

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Apply to your face and neck. Be careful around the eyes, nose
and mouth. Leave it on for roughly 10 minutes. After that time wash off with a lukewarm water and a clean washcloth.

Note: your face may be red, this is caused by the increase blood flow.
Not to worry unless your face is burning. In that case wash off
and contact your doctor.You may have a sensitivity to one of the
ingredients.

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Once the mask is washed off, pat dry. Finally, apply some HD Clear to your face.

Enjoy!

Clay – Removes toxins, increase circulation, decreases inflammation, exfoliates, tightens pores, absorbs excess oil.

Bentonite Clay (green)- good generic clay, and for oily skin.

Blue Clay – most potent and highest in detoxification effect.

Kaolin Clay (white) – least absorbent, great for sensitive, irritated, dry, aged skin.

Yellow Clay – for oily sensitive skin.

Red Clay – for normal, dry and dull skin.

Pink Clay – for sensitive skin.

Lavender Essential Oil – great for soothing skin irritations, and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.

Geranium Essential Oil – great smoothing effect, and beautifies skin.

Frankincense Essential Oil – reduces the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates skin.

Vitamin E – blocks free radicals to help reduce wrinkles and keep skin young-looking.

HD Clear smooths out imperfections on your face.  This essential oil Blend helps keep skin clear, clean and hydrated.

Elise