10/06/2017 04:34 PM
Educational Home Wall DIY Calendar + Free Printable

We recently began schooling our oldest two at home, and of course our wee one is home with us too. It’s been a whirlwind and now that we’re beginning to ...

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10/05/2017 09:58 AM
Simple Meal Solutions + Prep and Pomegranate Guacamole Recipe

I’m happy to say that I’m partnering with Babbleboxx and sharing some of my simple meal solutions and prep tips for all of our busy schedules. They generously sent me a box full of ...

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10/02/2017 11:47 AM
5 Tips for the Best Kid + Pet Photos and a Simple Cat Toy DIY

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are 100% my own. #GigglesandWiggles #CollectiveBias It is actually one of my first memories. Reaching into ...

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09/26/2017 07:16 AM
Encouraging Quotes for Moms to Break Out of the Mom Slump

Mom life is the most rewarding, guilt filled ride. The juxtaposition of emotions at any given moment can fill the gamut. Mornings usually feel something like, “Feed me, cuddle me, ...

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09/21/2017 11:36 AM
3 Make Ahead Salad Recipes With Full on Flavor For When You’re Short on Time

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® but my opinions are my own. Try these 3 make ahead salad recipes for a portable and perfect option to take to work, ...

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09/19/2017 09:49 AM
Creamy, Dreamy Fall Pumpkin Alfredo

Move over #PSL, there’s a new pumpkin in town and YUMMM is all I can say! Pass on the BORING white alfredo and whip up this creamy pumpkin alfredo dish ...

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09/11/2017 10:47 AM
Rainbow Play Dough Cookies Activity + Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ThinkOutsideTheWipe #CollectiveBias We LOVE getting our kids involved in the kitchen, but boy ...

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09/11/2017 07:30 AM
Back to School Hacks for the Best Year Ever

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks on behalf of Newell Brands, but my opinions are my own. With school in full swing, it doesn’t hurt to have a few ...

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09/09/2017 12:14 PM
Living Through the Storm + Hurricane Irma Relief [How to Help]

I’m sitting in our car as I type this, the rubber burning against the concrete below as we race away from our home in the largest evacuation in American history. ...

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09/08/2017 10:51 AM
Fresh Fit Guide for Moms: A Baby and Me Exercise Routine

Get your energy back and kick start your workouts, even with baby in tow, with this baby and me exercise routine I’m sharing in this post sponsored by The Quaker ...

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06/14/2017 07:04 AM
Join me for a live presentation in London!
Join me at the IFPAroma conference in London this September! September 2nd & 3rd, 2017 , Regent's University, Regent's Park, London I'm delighted to announce that I will be speaking about skin safety at this year's one-day IFPA conference on September 2nd in Regent's Park, London. I will also be presenting a one day post-conference seminar on September 3rd [...]
04/02/2016 05:28 PM
Lavender Helps Burned Boy – a heart-rending story with a happy ending!
In the winter of 1994, I was contacted by a Mandy Kelly, whose little boy Ciaran had been badly burned in an accident involving a wood-burning stove. Apart from wanting to do anything to help him heal, she was also an aromatherapy enthusiast. She called me and I helped her figure out the best way [...]
01/15/2016 01:28 PM
Essential Oils and Seasonal Affective Disorder
by Robert Tisserand Feeling unusually sad is not uncommon in the winter months. Classic (winter based) seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder, affecting people with otherwise normal mental health. Symptoms include difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep and overeat, cravings for carbohydrates, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating or completing [...]
08/09/2015 06:55 PM
Robert Tisserand interviewed on ingestion, dilution and other safety issues
In December 2014 I was interviewed by Labron Allen, a functional medicine nutritionist based in Texas, for his Health Alert radio show. This is a full transcript of the podcast, which you can find here or here. Many thanks to Anne Bankowski for the transcription. Labron Allen I’m your host Labron Allen: This is [...]
03/26/2015 11:04 AM
Frankincense essential oil and cancer: Why EOs and chemotherapy don’t always mix
Hi, My friend just started taking chemo for colon liver cancer and she was taking therapeutic Sacra Frankincense from Young Living before she started. I read somewhere that you should not take the essential oil with 5FU if you are taking it for skin cancer because it will drive it in the skin deeper and [...]
02/02/2015 09:21 PM
Lavender mascara?
Adding lavender oil to your mascara has become a thing, on the basis that it will make your eyelashes longer and thicker, and also that it will deter eyelash mites. About half of us have tiny eyelash mites, but they don't affect at least 95% of those who have them. They do not make your [...]
01/01/2015 05:27 PM
Bergamot Oil – Toxic To Children?
I was recently contacted by an essential oil business (Plant Therapy) which had several customers ask about the safety of bergamot oil, as they had heard it could be lethal and cause convulsions in children. The sources of this warning appear to be and, as both websites have profiles on bergamot oil that [...]
08/26/2014 03:22 PM
China Report 2014
On Thursday July 24th, I left home for my second visit to the People's Republic of China! (see report and video of my first visit here, and pics here) This time I was invited by a Beijing-based aromatherapy school, Floralwish. The most obvious difference from my 2011 trip was the weather – instead of November's [...]
07/14/2014 10:35 PM
Essential oils and gut flora
In a blog post dated July 13th 2014, Madhupa Maypop quoted Paul Bergner, saying: “The scent of an essential oil can kill gut flora just like antibiotics do, according to Paul Bergner, director of the clinical studies program at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. He told me that breathing the oils puts them into [...]
06/12/2014 10:00 AM
EO Inhalation and Seizures?
Hi, I have a question regarding a possible adverse reaction to Young Living eucalyptus oil. A friend of mine was mopping her floor with some eucalyptus oil diluted in her mop water. The same day, her three year old had a seizure. He had never been diagnosed with a seizure disorder of any kind. He [...]
08/31/2017 12:30 AM
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08/31/2017 12:27 AM
Shingles Help


Shingles or herpes zoster, is a painful and sometimes itchy skin rash. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which also causes Chickenpox. Shingles appear when the varicella zoster virus starts up again in your body. After you get better from chickenpox, the virus becomes dormant in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus "wakes up" when the immune system is weakened. It is not clear why this happens. After the virus becomes active again, it can only cause shingles, not chickenpox.

Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weak immune systems because of stress, injury, certain medicines, or other reasons, but anyone who has had chicken pox can get shingles. Most people who get shingles will get better and will not get it again. But it is possible to get shingles more than once.

Shingles develop in several stages.

  1. Headache and/or sensitivity to light. Feeling of flu, without fever. Could feel dizzy or weak. 
  2. Itching, tingling, or pain in a certain area. 
  3. Small bumps (rash) appear on the skin 2-4 days later, in this same area. 
  4. Bumps become blisters. 
  5. Lesions occur in which pus-filled blisters break open. 
  6. Lesions crust over. 
  7. Skin heals, but symptoms of itching and nerve pain may continue for 2-4 weeks.

Essential Oil Help:

Shingles can be tricky. Keeping your immune system in check is important, even if you think you may have gotten rid of it. If a rash is still present, the virus is still trying to exit the body. Consider taking herbs and essential oils that will stimulate your immune system, like our Immunity Blend. Treat the virus internally, and treat externally, for rash, etc. 

Build the immune system:
Infection help: Take Oregano Internally:
  • Add 3 drops Oregano oil to a capsule and fill with carrier oil. Take 2x daily, morning and night. DO NOT USE IN THE EYE!
  • Use Oregano 7-10 days on and then take a few days off, as the high Carvacrol content in oregano can cause liver toxicity build up. (Preferably start out with an undiluted, Wild Oregano with at least 75% carvacrol or above, for best results)
  • We suggest to take a liver cleanse while using Oregano.
    • 1 drop Lemon
    • 1 drop Peppermint
    • 1 tsp. Fresh Lemon juice
    • Mix together and take upon rising each morning.
The answer to shingles is to, build the immune system, treat the virus internally, and treat externally, for rash, etc. 

External Pain Help:

When dealing with nerve issues and pain, you must use an essential oil called Helichrysum Italicum. Unfortunately it can be costly, but well worth it. A little goes a long way, so you won't need much. This can be added to other oils and then a cream or herbal oil to spread onto the body. Here is a recipe to massage onto the neck and back that may help. You can tweak it to make it your own:
Rub the above mixture on several times a day. Some people have found relief without the herbal oils, and undiluted because they like it more dried out. (Find what works best and go for it) Be sure to follow the links to each ingredient and use the same botanical names.

04/21/2014 09:30 PM
Natural Help for Hyperhidrosis


Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the body. The excessive sweating experienced with hyperhidrosis far exceeds normal sweating. In some people who have hyperhidrosis, the sweat literally drips off their hands. In a normal person, when their body temperature rises, the nervous system automatically triggers the sweat glands. But for those who have hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands become overactive and call for more perspiration even when the nervous system is not triggered.

Hyperhidrosis usually affects the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and underarms.
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  • Over sweating that disrupts your daily routine (Wetness)
  • Night sweats that occur for no apparent reason
  • Fungal Infections (Such as ringworm or warts)
  • Rashes (Such as eczema)
  • Depression, social and emotional effects (Having clammy or dripping hands and perspiration-soaked clothes can be embarrassing.)
  • Genetic/Hereditary
  • Certain medications and substance abuse
  • Menopause/hot flashes
  • Glucose control disorder/Low blood sugar
  • Hyperthyroidism/Overactive thyroid
  • Some types of cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Infectious diseases (Such Tuberculosis)
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Stroke

Natural Help:

Consider your food intake. Avoid foods that promote sweating and offer hot and warm properties.
  • Some typical food thermal properties to avoid:
    • Warm: Chicken, raspberries, lamb, shrimp, garlic, coffee, cuttlefish, green onion, guava, organ meats, rosemary, seeds and nuts, wine.
    • Hot: Black pepper, black cumin, cinnamon, ginger, green pepper, red pepper beef, nutmeg, mustard, curry.
    • Read more about it here

  • Burdock can direct the body to eliminate fluids in other ways such as urinating instead of through the sweat glands. Use the tincture over the tea because of its bitter taste. Using this in excess can have a mild laxative effect, so follow tincture instructions for daily use.


  • Magnesium deficiency can cause excessive sweating. Take up to 400mg of magnesium twice a day. This should help control excessive sweating within 1-2 weeks. Discontinue after 4 weeks, if the magnesium does not help, as it is not a deficiency that is causing your excessive sweating.

Sage Herb
Sage’s constituents have a normalizing effect on both the sweat glands and the nervous system. Sage can also strengthen the body's metabolism and glandular function. Sage can control night sweats and excessive perspiration. Results should show within 2-3 weeks.

  • Sage Tea: Fresh sage is more potent than dry, so use fresh whenever possible.
    • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaf or 1 teaspoon dried sage
    • 8-10oz  water
    • Pour boiling water over sage, cover, and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain sage out, sweeten with honey, if desired, and enjoy once a day.
  • You can also use the Sage on location. Place 1-2 drops Sage essential oil in 2 Tbl. Carrier oil or natural lotion and apply directly to problem areas. Dried Sage powder can be used in shoes or socks to help with sweaty feet.
  • Cautions: Sage can cause heavy vaginal bleeding or excessive bleeding when injured, if too much is taken,  for too long. If this occurs, discontinue use for a couple of weeks. If you are pregnant, have epilepsy, or high blood pressure, avoid using Sage, especially in its essential oil form.

Witch Hazel
  • Witch hazel is a powerful astringent which can be applied in liquid form to the skin. Witch Hazel is especially effective for facial sweating.
    • Using a cotton ball, apply a thin layer of the witch hazel oil to the face.


Tea Tree essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil can help with any skin fungus issues that have come from excessive perspiration.
  • Tea Tree is considered an astringent and anti-fungal agent. Tea tree will not only help dry the skin out, but also help fight fungal infections.
  • Apply 1-2 drops, mixed with carrier oil on location, as needed.
Clary Sage Essential Oil for Sleep Hyperhydrosis
Clary Sage can be used, but keep in mind that Clary Sage tends to have more of a nervine and sedative and is recommended to use only at night. It also has a high emmenagogue effect and should not be used during pregnancy or if heavy menstrual bleeding is present. 
  • Evening Foot bath: 
  • 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts
  • 4 drops Clary Sage EO
  • 2 drops Coriander EO
  • Add to warm bath water and soak for 10-15 minutes before bed.

Natural Deodorant:
A person with hyperhidrosis tends to use very strong deodorants that may harm the body further. By making your own deodorant, you have the ability to control and treat excessive sweating on the spot, and it can be used in conjunction with internal remedies.

  • Follow the recipe here, but use 6 drops Tea Tree and 4 drops Sage for the essential oils.  (Because of Sage Essential Oil's high Thujone content, it is recommended to give the body rest and alternate with Clary Sage Essential Oil.)

06/24/2013 08:19 PM
Acid Reflux/Heartburn Help

Acid Reflux Help (Heartburn)

Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus — the tube that connects the throat and stomach. At the entrance to your stomach is a muscle ring or valve, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES closes as soon as food passes through it. If the LES doesn't close all the way or if it opens too often, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus, causing a burning chest pain called heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease.

  • Eating large meals or lying down right after a meal
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over at the waist
  • Snacking too close to bedtime
  • Eating certain foods (chocolate, garlic, onions, or spicy or fatty foods)
  • Drinking certain beverages (such as alcohol, carbonated or caffeinated drinks, coffee, or tea)
  • Smoking
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain Medication (aspirin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, or blood pressure meds)
  • Hiatal Hernia (a condition in which the top of your stomach protrudes above the diaphragm muscle in your chest)

During an episode of acid reflux, you may taste regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of your mouth or feel a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn)
  • difficulty swallowing / sore throat
  • coughing or wheezing
  • chest pain — especially while lying down
  • post meal pain
  • excessive saliva

Natural Help:
  • Avoid trigger foods (such as fried or fatty foods, chocolate, and tomato base food)
  • Do not over eat (Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day) 
  • Stop smoking (nicotine relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus. Cigarettes also promote acid production in the stomach, so there's more to pass through the sphincter in the first place.)
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Raise the head of your bed (Place blocks under the head of your bed to raise it at least 4-6 inches. Avoid raising your head by sleeping on two pillows, which can make reflux worse.)
  • Don't eat at least 2 to 3 hours before lying down
  • Try sleeping in a chair for daytime naps or sleep on your side
  • Don't wear tight clothes or tight belts
  • If you're overweight or obese, take steps to lose weight with exercise and diet changes.
  • Also, ask your doctor whether any medication could be triggering your heartburn or other symptoms of acid reflux disease.
  • Sugarless gum can help alleviate heartburn by increasing the production of saliva which, with its alkaline properties, helps neutralize acid. That can reduce the feeling of burn, though it doesn't prevent the acid from entering the esophagus in the first place.
  • Practice a relaxation strategy. Stress and anxiety can worsen reflux symptoms.
  • Eat a diet rich in fiber - at least 40 grams a day - including whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • Get regular exercise and Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Herbal Help:
Several herbs, including licorice root, slippery elm and tumeric, have been shown to help by creating a coating along the lining of the esophagus, essentially protecting it from acid.
  • Licorice Root (glycyrrhiza glabra)- Use DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice). DGL is a special licorice extract that provides specific support for sensitive gastrointestinal tissues. Slowly chew two tablets or take a half-teaspoon of the powder before or between meals and at bedtime. Taper your dose down after your symptoms are under control.
  • Slippery Elm (ulmus rubra)- It is soothing and protective and leaves a mucous secretion or coating effect on the path of the digestive tracts and as a result to help treat any inflammation which may exist along the path of the digestive system. Use the inner bark powder (not the whole bark or tablet) and mix with water. Can put in milk or yogurt to make it more pleasant to swallow.
  • Turmeric (Curcuma aromatica) -The chemicals in turmeric will help decrease swelling or inflammation. (Don’t confuse turmeric with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria). (Turmeric can interfere with acid-reducing medications) Make a paste of 1 tsp raw turmeric (or powdered) Add to milk or water. Drink after dinner, before going to bed. Take for 3-4 weeks depending on the severity of the condition.

Essential Oil Help:
*Please contact a Health Care Practitioner, trained in the safety and chemical understanding of essential oils and herbs, including the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pharmaceutical drug interactions BEFORE ingesting essential oils.

  • Place 1-2 drops Lemon on tongue, swish with saliva, and swallow. This “swishing” action with saliva is the first step to tell the stomach to stop producing acid.* (Lemon is alkaline in the body)
  • Prepare digestive system for food by adding 1-2 drops Lemon to water. Drink before and during meal, especially while dining out.*
  • Take 1-2 drops per la Digestion internally (Use capsules or place on tongue) Can also apply 2-3 drops on the abdomen, rubbing clockwise around naval 3 times. Mix with carrier oil for sensitive skin or children.*
  • Add 1-2 drops **Peppermint or per la Digestion with 1 tsp honey, mixed with warm water for a soothing herbal tea.*
  • Incorporate a Liver Cleanse each morning.

Digestive Recipe(Especially if Stress induced)
15 drops Coriander
10 drops Pink Grapefruit
5 drops Cypress
5 drops Lemon
Place 4-5 drops of blend onto the arch of the bottoms of the foot. Can even place over abdomen. Be sure to cup hands an inhale it.

**Some people have the opposite effect while using mints, because it relaxes the esophageal sphincter or valve. Pay attention to how your body reacts and use the other recommended essential oils if necessary. 

05/21/2012 09:29 PM
Alcohol Detox
Natural Help for Alcohol Detoxification

You must have a general understanding of what Alcohol is and what it does to the body, before you can learn how to detox it from your body's system and abstain from it.

Alcohol, or ethyl alcohol (ethanol), is an intoxicating ingredient found in wine, beer and hard liquor, and they each contain different amounts of alcohol or proof. Alcohol is produced naturally from carbohydrates when certain micro-organisms metabolize them in the absence of oxygen, called fermentation. Because of this fermentation, alcohol is considered an Acid, in the body, and alters the blood pH levels. Alcohol is considered a poison by your body, and all efforts are made to excrete it.

Alcohol is metabolized quickly by the body, requires no digestion (unlike food), and will be absorbed first, before most other nutrients. About 20 percent is absorbed directly across the walls of an empty stomach and can reach the brain within one minute. The remaining alcohol, in the stomach, begins to break down with the ADE or alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme (The ADE serves to break down alcohols that otherwise are toxic to the body) This process reduces the amount of alcohol entering the blood by approximately 20%. (Women produce less of this enzyme, which may help to partially explain why women become more intoxicated on less alcohol than men.). In addition, about 10% of the alcohol is expelled in the breath and urine.

The liver takes the biggest impact from alcohol. Alcohol travels to the liver via the veins and capillaries of the digestive tract, which affects nearly every liver cell. The liver cells are the only cells in our body that can produce enough of the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme to oxidize alcohol at an appreciable rate. As the liver metabolizes alcohol, by-products such as acetaldehyde are formed, some of which are more toxic to the body than alcohol itself. It is these that can eventually attack the liver and cause cirrhosis. Alcohol metabolism will permanently change the liver cell structure, which impairs the liver's ability to metabolize fats, causing fatty acids to accumulate.

Continuous Alcohol consumption affects the following:

  •   LIVER: Alcohol metabolized in the liver leads to acute and chronic liver disease, as well as a fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis. 
  • REPRODUCTIVE: A drop in testosterone levels in men, and causes testicular shrinkage and impotence. In females, menstrual cycles can be disrupted and fertility is affected. 
  • BRAIN: It can cause permanent damage to the connection between nerve cells. As it is a depressant, alcohol can trigger episodes of depression, anxiety and lethargy.  
  •  HEART: Chronic high blood pressure and other heart irregularities. 
  • BLOOD: It kills the oxygen-carrying red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Raises blood pressure, blood lipids, elevates blood-glucose, and the risk of stroke and heart disease. 
  • CANCER: Increases the risk of cancer in the liver, pancreas, rectum, breast, mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus.  
  •  PANCREAS: Just a few weeks of heavy drinking can result in painful inflammation of the pancreas, known as pancreatitis. It results in a swollen abdominal area and can cause nausea and vomiting.  
  • MALNUTRITION: Alcohol causes euphoria, which depresses appetite, so that heavy drinkers tend to eat poorly and become malnourished. The body also displaces the Alcohol calories (7 calories per gram) from needed nutrients.  
  • CANDIDIASIS: An overgrowth of a bacteria naturally found in the intestine, candida, are fed and intensified by alcohol consumption. This bacteria can overpopulate and cause a host of problematic symptoms, including alcohol cravings.
  • ALCOHOL POISENING: Alcohol poisoning occurs when an excessive amount of alcohol is consumed in a short period of time. The symptoms are: Nausea and Vomiting, Irregular breathing, Mental slowness or stupor, Loss of Consciousness, Coma, Brain damage, or Death.
  • Click here to read more in depth about the effects of Alcohol on the Body.

Withdrawing from Alcohol, Step by Step;

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 5 - 10 hours after the last drink, but can occur days later. Symptoms get worse in 48 - 72 hours, and may persist for weeks, depending on the original frequency of alcohol consumption.

Some Symptoms include:
  • Anxiety, Nervousness, Depression, and Irritability 
  • Fatigue or Insomnia, Loss of Appetite, Nausea, Headache, or Shakiness
  • Clammy skin, Sweating, Dehydration, or Rapid Heart rate

A severe form of alcohol withdrawal is called delirium tremens and may require Monitoring and Therapy.
Symptoms Include: 
  •  Agitation 
  • Severe confusion
  • Seeing or feeling things that aren't there (hallucinations) 
  • Fever 
  • Seizures

The above physical withdrawals are caused by stress on the body from the effects of alcohol. To reduce the stress and physically recover the biochemical balance of the body, a Diet change is a must.

  • Because alcohol causes elevated blood glucose, the body acclimates to the rapid rise and fall of blood sugar while drinking. The body wants to keep that pattern going to offset the Withdrawal Symptoms; hence the desire and tendency to drink more.
  • This condition is overlooked, yet it is CRITICAL to rehabilitation.

    1.  First week after your last Alcoholic Drink, consume Foods/Drinks that are high in energy and low in nutrition. (Yes, you read this correctly! But only while your body is withdrawing from the Alcohol)

    2.      Second week, begin incorporating High-Nutrient foods into your diet.
      •       HIGH-NUTRIENT foods. Begin with Berries. Start the day with a bowl of berries and allow them a couple of hours to digest. This continues the cycle of sugar imbalances, but Berries are a balanced and nutritious fruit with a moderate sugar content which will ease the body out of the sugar highs and lows. Throughout the day, include other fruit, green vegetables, eggs, nuts, meat, fish, and WATER, which all help conquer the cravings that result from the rapid rise and fall of Blood Sugar
    3.      Third week begin a Total Body Cleanse, by doing the following:

    4.      Fourth week, Continue with following the Healthy Diet outline, while drinking plenty of water and incorporating the Herbal ideas below. Include Liver strengthening foods like Pineapple and Spinach. Good foods will help restore the balance and supply of essential nutrients that have been lost. Healthy Diet:

    5.      For an Entire month after the last Alcoholic Drink, a Liver Cleanse is a must:

    Herbal Help for Alcohol Detox:

    Herbal remedies help the healing process in two important ways: by healing fragile emotions, repairing physical damage, and helping to ameliorate side effects of withdrawal.

    Kudzu (Pueraria lobata)
    Kudzu is a wild vine whose tubers contain a chemical compound called daidzin, which is used in modern herbal medicine to suppress alcoholic cravings and diminish the effects of alcohol withdrawal. Kudzu is known to treat headaches, increase the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme and aldehyde dehydrogenase, and increased superoxide dismutase and catalase activities, all of which can help clear alcohol from the system, as well as protect the liver from damage.

    ·         Daidzein and diadzin are the two compounds that need to be in the preparation. The only way you can guarantee you are getting enough of these compounds is to buy the dry root. Stay away from tinctures, as they are made using ethyl-alcohol.

    ·         The Chinese Pharmacopoeia states that an effective dose of dried kudzu root is 9-15g taken prior to drinking (1 hour minimum) if you are trying to cut down on your drinking. Take 10g, 3 times a day if you are abstaining from alcohol and during the Detoxification month.

    Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
    Milk thistle is one of the best known and respected herbs for protecting the liver. The silymarin contained in the milk thistle seeds acts to help the liver eliminate toxins, including alcohol. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cells. Milk Thistle should be reserved for use after the Detoxification.

    ·         Dosage is 150-175mg, 2-3 times per day.

    ·         For preparation of Milk thistle tea, steep one half teaspoon of dried seeds in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. This should be used 3 times a day.

    ·         Can also take 1-2 ml of a Glycerin tincture, 3 times a day.

    ·         Commercial preparations of silymarin extract, with daily dosages of up to 550mg, may be useful.

    Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)
    This backyard weed has been used for hundreds of years to help liver problems and deficiencies, some of which are caused by alcohol. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, dandelion has shown benefits to reducing the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
    ·         Dandelion may be consumed in a tea by combining 1 heaping Tablespoon dandelion to 1 Cup boiling water. Steeping over night is best. Or 2 to 8gms of dried root may be consumed three times a day.

    Chicory Root (Chichorium intybus)
    Chicory has a long and well-documented history of assisting with liver problems. It is known to aid in purifying the liver and the blood. It aids in removing contaminants from the digestive system, allowing the liver to not work as hard to filter out toxins that may have escaped into the bloodstream.
    ·         Chicory Root may be consumed in a tea by combining 1 heaping Tablespoon Chicory to 1 Cup boiling water. Steeping over night is best.

    Goldenseal  (Hydrastis canadensis)
    Goldenseal is effective in fighting alcohol sugar cravings because of its ability to kill the bacteria and candida, that overpopulate in the intestine and may be the cause of alcohol sugar cravings. Goldenseal's antiviral and antifungal properties are enhanced by the bitter taste, which can be a powerful deterrent in the fight against alcoholic cravings.
    ·         No more than 500mg per day should be taken. This should be taken from the beginning of abstaining from alcohol.

    Herbal Coffee
    We offer an Herbal Coffee that has both Chicory Root and Dandelion Root.
    Adding ¼ tsp. Milk Thistle Seeds per 1-2 Tablespoons of the Herbal Coffee, and drinking 1-2 Cups a day will be very beneficial. It could also replace regular Coffee, while Cleansing the body. 

    Alcohol Detox Smoothie Recipe
    ·         2 cups of berries (fresh or frozen)
    ·         1 Cup Coconut Milk
    ·         2 ripe bananas
    ·         2 tablespoons of milk thistle seeds
    ·         Water (for consistency)
    1.      Grind milk thistle seeds in a coffee grinder or good blender.
    2.      Add Coconut Milk, Bananas and Berries to the blender
    3.      Add ground Milk Thistle seeds
    4.      Blend Well.
    5.      Add water until your smoothie reaches the consistency you prefer.

    Essential Oil Help for Alcohol Detox
    *Please contact a Health Care Practitioner, trained in the safety and chemical understanding of essential oils and herbs, including the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pharmaceutical drug interactions BEFORE ingesting essential oils.
    ·         Roman chamomile-can help with anxiety and is very soothing. 1-2 drops in carrier oils, place on pulse points

    ·         Fennel- This essential oil is an effective natural cleanser and helps to disintegrate as well as flush out toxins and other waste products from the body, thereby cleansing the tissues. 1-2 drops in a capsule.*

    ·         Black Pepper -This essential oil is excellent for detoxification, drawing out toxins from the organs. Pepper increases the body’s production of sweat and urine, which flushes toxins. It is helpful in enhancing immune system function and is a free-radical scavenge. It reduces memory loss and is an excellent digestive aid. 1-2 drops in a capsule.*

    ·         Valerian Root- Will help with Insomnia and Sleep Issues.

    ·         Calm Blend- Will calm the body and shut the nero-chatter off in the brain to allow it to rest an heal.

    Detoxification Bath:
    A bath for detoxification is usually as hot as possible and one should sit in it for only 20 to 30 minutes. Add the following essential oils to ½ Cup Sea Salts or Epsom Salts, then pour into Bath water.
    ·         2 drops Ginger Root
    ·         3 drops Frankincense
    ·         1 drop Roman Chamomile
    ·         1 drop Cypress

    05/21/2012 09:23 PM
    Quit Smoking Naturally

    Are there any oils that will help me quit smoking?
    Trevor, AZ

    Stop Smoking, Naturally!

    Nicotine gets its name from the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum . It is present in many other plants, but Nicotiana tabacum is the main source of commercially cultivated and processed tobacco leaves that are used for making cigarettes. Nicotine is therefore a naturally occurring chemical compound (like morphine and opium which come from poppy seeds). Just like those chemicals, nicotine is very fast acting and it is one of the most addictive substances known to man.

    Nicotine gets in the body through the inhalation of cigarette smoke. Once the smoke reaches the lungs, it is absorbed into the blood stream (as is oxygen) and distributed throughout the body. The body will see the nicotine as a toxic substance, and it will immediately begin to metabolized it through the kidneys, and then flush it through the liver to be sent out with the urine. This quick flushing rate often leads to heavy smoking, as smokers keep going for their next hit.

    Through years of smoking, nicotine will end up in the fat cells and throughout the rest of the body. Once you quit smoking, the majority of the nicotine in your body should be metabolized and out of your system with in 48 to 72 hours. However, because nicotine sticks to your fat cells and other parts of your body, it can take longer to flush out entirely. Cotinine is a by-product of the burning of nicotine, and it can stay in your body up to 30 days. The amount of nicotine in each cigarette is approximately 1 to 2 mg.
    Symptoms of Nicotine/Smoking
    After just one puff of a cigarette, the nicotine begins to act on the central nervous system, brain and other parts of the body, causing:
    • False Relaxation- Nicotine actually stimulates your system, even though it makes you feel relaxed. It produces an increased amount of a chemical, called dopamine, in the brain that when stimulated gives the feeling of pleasure, relaxation and reduced anxiety, but only for a moment. Once the dopamine levels drop, the nicotine addict may feel down or even depressed and lights up another cigarette to feel good again. 

    • Heart Palpitations/Hypertension- A person who smokes puts an extra strain on their heart every time they have a cigarette. Cigarettes also contain carbon monoxide, which makes it more difficult for your body to get the oxygen it needs. To compensate, blood flow to the extremities is reduced.  

    •  Suppressed Immune System- Nicotine affects the production of a type of white blood cell, which is produced in bone marrow and defends against infection and disease. Researchers found that nicotine-tainted cells were less able to seek and destroy bacteria than normal cells, and that nicotine suppresses an important cell function that helps kill invading bacteria. Thus causing a lowered resistance to colds and the flu.

    • Reduced body Senses- Smokers have bad breath, stained teeth and fingers. The nicotine addict's sense of smell and taste are less sensitive than a non-smoker's are, therefore they don't notice how they smell to others. The body is constantly trying to detox through the skin, which causes a bitter/pungent smell of a smokers body. Appetite is reduced as well. 

    • Wrinkles- Nicotine addicts lose their hair and develop wrinkles at a younger age than non-smokers. Healthy skin perpetually regenerates. While old collagen is broken down and removed new collagen is produced. Researchers have found that smoke causes a marked reduction in the production of new collagen. A lack of new collagen results in the development of wrinkles.  

    •  Reproductive problems- Men who smoke may have fertility problems, and women who use tobacco products are at increased risk of miscarriage, having a low birth weight baby, or going into labor early. Painful menstrual periods or an irregular cycle may be caused by smoking.

    • Cancer, Disease, and Death- About half of people who smoke will die as the result of their habit. Smoking causes cancer in several parts of the body, including the lungs, mouth, throat, and voice box. It also increases a person's chances of developing heart disease or having a stroke. Nicotine addiction has been linked to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

    Helping the Body

    Within 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your body starts to change. Your pulse rate and blood pressure drop to normal levels. At the 3-day mark, your body will be nicotine free. At the 3-week mark, nicotine will no longer be controlling you. The following items will help you flush the nicotine through, and curb your cravings
    Detox – A Liver Cleanse is a must to get out the toxins of both the nicotine and any medication. Read about Body Detoxing here:

    Vitamin C is the best known substance to remove Nicotine from the blood stream. This is because it not only helps increase your metabolism, but also creates White Blood cells, that help carry the poisons out of the body. Nicotine also tends to destroy vitamin C in your body, so replacing it will be important after you quit smoking. Go here to read about and purchase Vitamin C.
    Water- Nicotine is water soluble, so drinking water will help flush out any lingering traces.
    Exercise- Help metabolize the nicotine by increasing your activity level. Any activity that speeds up your metabolism will help get nicotine and cotinine out of your body quicker.

    Diet- Studies show that certain foods and drinks, such as meat and caffeinated beverages make cigarettes taste good. At the same time, dairy products and fresh vegetables make cigarettes taste worse
    ·         Avoid alcohol, sugar and coffee, which can trigger cravings for nicotine.
    ·         Drink Milk and Other Dairy Beverages. Milk  makes cigarettes taste very bitter and unpleasant. Some people recommend dipping cigarettes in milk, drying them out and then trying to smoke such cigarettes. The taste must be absolutely terrible, and every time such smoker will feel cravings again, he or she will remember that nasty taste of milky cigarettes.
    ·         Drink/Eat Vitamin C- For the same reason as above, Vitamin C intake is important. Smokers lose a lot of Vitamin C, and their body gets used to exchanging it with some unnatural elements it receives from nicotine. Eat oranges, lemons, black currants, pomegranates and other powerful natural sources of Vitamin C.
    ·         Vegetables- Eat celery, along with such vegetables as zucchinis, egg-plants, beans, and even cucumbers, which affect cigarette taste. Eating a lot of these vegetables can decrease nicotine dependence. Do not eat a lot of sweet vegetable, that are high in sugar, because excessive amounts of glucose activate the areas of the brain responsible for pleasure and satisfaction. Thus, glucose can stimulate cravings.
    ·         Broccoli- Broccoli helps to lower the risks of having lung diseases, including lung cancer. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a substance which boosts the activity of NRF2 gene and protects lungs from any toxin-related damage. This will only help AFTER you have stopped smoking, because the nicotine kills the activity of sulforaphane.

    Helpful Essential oils

    Eucalyptus radiata will help stop the cravings. It cleans out the receptor sites. Every 10-15 minutes, apply 1 drop on back of hand and lick it off. (Not tasty, but effective)

    To get the lungs regenerated, apply 1 drop of Eucalyptus and 1 drop Peppermint on the chest (male) and on back for (female) . Then place a warm compress over the area until it cools.

    Bergamot will also help stop the cravings of nicotine. Apply 1-2 drops on bottoms of feet several times a day.

    Until your brain's dopamine chemicals level out on their own, use Frankincense for depression. Split 2-3 drops and place on the crown, back of neck, and tops of ears. (Always smell it. Frankincense will cross the blood brain barrier) Do this as often as necessary.

    Herbal Helps

    Lobelia (lobelia inflata) The lobeline in Lobelia , commonly known as Indian tobacco, acts much like nicotine although it is less potent. This herb can help fool the body into thinking it has nicotine in the system. Lobelia will help with that OVERWHELMING urge to light up.
    ·         Tincture of Lobelia. (Found in most health food stores, though if you cannot find it locally, you can find it online or call 800.HerbDoc for Dr Schulze's.)
    ·         If worse comes to worse and you HAVE to have that cigarette, do this. Place one drop of lobelia tincture on your tongue, swish it around, and swallow. Now breathe through your mouth. You will FEEL like you just smoked a cigarette. Do this ONLY when you REALLY gotta have that smoke.
    ·         Another way to take lobelia is in a tea. Drinking a cup of lobelia tea makes you feel like you just had a smoke. At some health foods, this is sold as Smoker's Tea.
    ·         Lobelia can be toxic at relatively low doses and should not be used unless under the administration of a qualified health care practitioner.

    Oat Straw (Avina sativa) The avenine glycosides in Oat Straw are of use in conditions where nervous weakness is a factor, and acts as a mild stimulator to the central nervous system, where avenine works to increase the peripheral blood flow in the body. These actions are helpful for those withdrawing from smoking addiction. Oat straw can be taken as a fluid extract or as a tea.

    Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) Valerian can act as a calmative while undergoing withdrawal. When combined with lemon balm and St.John’s wort, this herb forms one third of a valuable antidepressant, and has shown value in reducing symptoms of anxiety and fear.

    Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) Hyssop helps clean the mucus that has accumulated in the smoker’s lungs. In the first few days after quitting cigarettes, the body starts to reject the mucus that has been accumulating. The quitter might go through coughing bouts that bring up phlegm. Hyssop helps in separating it from the lungs and making it easier to cough it all out. It is recommended not to use any medication to dry up the mucus. Use Hyssop instead to get it out. Drink a a cup of Hyssop Tea once a day, until lungs are clear. Add Honey to sweeten.

    02/06/2012 07:18 PM
    What is Cancer?

    Cancer is basically an unregulated cell growth, where the cells divide and grow uncontrollably. The abnormal cell growth usually invades the weaker part of the body, first, then can spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Everyone's "weak spot" is different. A smoker, for example, has forced their lungs and esophagus to be weak, while others can inherently have weak spots that they may not know about. Unfortunately, we create an environment, within our body's, that slowly allow the Abnormal Cell Growth to take place, starting within these weak areas.

    The goal in healing, is to help the body regulate its environment, so that the abnormal cells can not grow and spread, while raising your immune system or White Blood Cell count to fight any current Abnormal Cells that do not belong in the body. In other words, Cancer is merely a symptom of the whole body's condition. You must raise your body's PH and keep it alkaline. Abnormal cells mutate in an acid environment.

    Our body is designed to be alkaline. The pH of our important fluids such as our blood is designed to be at a pH of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. Your body HAS to keep the pH of your blood, cells and other fluids at this slightly alkaline level (pH 7.365) and it will do ANYTHING it has to in order to maintain this pH balance. To do this, your body will call upon its store of alkaline buffers, which is perfectly adequate when we are living a natural, healthy diet. However, this store of buffers is very easily depleted because most of us eat and drink such strong acidic foods and do very little exercise - while our lifestyles of high stress, smoking, drinking and getting too little sleep only compounds this problem.

    When we deplete these buffers and still ingest more acids…what happens? The body is forced into drawing upon the alkaline minerals it has to buffer which causes havoc in the body. For example, if the body is constantly drawing calcium to neutralize the acids we consume, then the symptoms of osteoporosis emerge (hence the recent scientific studies linking cola consumption with osteoporosis).

    What Foods should you eat to maintain an Alkaline Body?

    If a food is high in alkaline minerals including magnesium, potassium, calcium or sodium it is likely to be alkaline to the body.

    BUT - regardless of its alkaline mineral content, if it contains any of the following then it will be acidifying:
    • SUGAR (Fruit is acid-forming due to its high sugar content) The only exceptions to the ‘no fruit rule’ are tomatoes, avocados, lemons & limes (great for dressings and flavorings), grapefruit and watermelon (to some degree) which are alkaline because they are so low in sugar.
    • YEAST ·
    • is FERMENTED (like soy sauce) ·
    • contains FUNGI (like mushrooms) ·

    The use of Frankincense is beneficial. The Boswellia Serrata Frankincense, over carteri or frereana, has had the most research done on it. The biggest difference is that it doesn't smell as pretty. Sometimes, in the US, we are caught up on the need for a perfect smell, that we forget the real reason we need something, when trying to heal the body.

    Note: While the constituents from Frankincense essential oil have been found beneficial, the use of Frankincense tincture/extract is equally important to receive the boswelli acids. 
    • Boswellic acid is a water-soluble compound that remains in the flora water after the distillation process and cannot be separated as an essential oil. 
    • Use 1/2 to 1 dropper Frankincense tincture/extract 1-3 times a day. 
    • Read about the Research on Frankincense and Cancer, here.

    Frankincense and Cypress:
    • Cypress will help the area's circulation and improve the chances of the Frankincense getting to your target area. Layer them, by rubbing 2-3 drops Cypress over the "target area", wait 1 minute and follow with the 2-3 drops of the Frankincense. Doing this while keeping your PH in Balance and eating a proper diet will help tremendously.
    • Do not use essential oils during chemotherapy, as they could reduce the therapy's effect. Always contact a physician before using any alternative help.  

    Here is a great site talking about Cancer.

    Step by step Body preparation:
    1. Total Body Cleanse
    2. Maintaining a "Clean Body" . Read what you should and should Not eat, here.
    3. Maintain an Alkaline Body by eating the proper foods. Acid/Alkaline Diet list
    4. Drink plenty of Clean Water to "flush the system". Learn more about Water, here.
    • Each day, you should drink half your body weight, in ounces. (For example: If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75ounces of water each day.)
    Vitruvian Natural Health offers some alternatives to Acid producing drinks.

    02/06/2012 06:06 PM
    The Importance of Water!!
    Water is essential to life, a person's survival depends on drinking water. The human body consists of about 75% water and the brain about 85%. Each cell in the body depends upon water in order to function. Water is necessary for the digestion and absorption of food; helps maintain proper muscle tone; supplies oxygen and nutrients to the cells; rids the body of wastes; and serves as a natural air conditioning system. Numerous disorders are caused by insufficient and unhealthy water intake.

    Everyone needs our daily supply of water, since we cannot maintain reserves of it in our body as we can with food. A person would die within three to seven days without water. In order to maintain the various bodily functions, a person should be drinking at least half their body weight in ounces. (ie: if you weigh 150 pounds, then you should drink 75 ounces of water)

    Unfortunately, water that has been treated (Like city water or even water that's been bottled) has had a molecule breakdown. Water filtration processes, used to clean our water supply, frequently de-structures the water. By drinking structured water or adding a plant base to your water, your body will be able to become more hydrated.

    How does a Plant base work? (ie: Herbal Water, Sprig of Peppermint, Lemon Wedge, or Essential Oil) The water molecules attach themselves to the plant base, in turn the plant base attaches itself and communicates to the body's cells, creating better hydration.
    Structured Water Research

    It doesn’t have to be just water, water, water all day, every day - you can and should mix it up a little. The following lists will give you a starting point of what is a great alternative.

    Drinks to Avoid:
    • Coffee (High caffeine and acids)
    • Black tea (Camellia sinensis Tea Plant, high in caffeine and tannins)
    • Green tea (Same plant as Black Tea, just processed differently)
    • Fruit juice (Very high concentration of sugar)
    • Soft drinks (“Soft drinks” includes colas, sports drinks, flavored milks, artificial flavored waters, energy drinks and iced tea drinks.)
    • Carbonated Water (Carbonation causes an acid pH within the water)
    • Alcohol (This should be a no brainer!)

    What to Drink:
    • Pure Water (Alkaline water)
    • Herbal Teas (caffeine free. Red Rooibos tea is a great replacement for Black Tea. Peppermint Tea is also great for digestion.
    • Naturally Flavored Water from any plant source. Have fun with it! Go to The Yummy Life for some great recipes! 
    • Fresh Vegetable Juice (Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed vegetable juice each day will have a remarkable impact on your health. Juicing dark green veggies will give you an almighty nutrition hit and will get you on your way to your minimum 5 serves of veg each day!)
    • Coconut Water (Coconut water is the water from the middle of a fresh, young, green coconut.) Not to be confused with coconut cream or milk, it is a clear, alkaline, slightly sweet liquid that is high in alkaline salts and is quite simply delicious!

    02/06/2012 05:28 PM
    Frankincense and Cancer
    Studies on Frankincense and Cancer

    Frankincense trees were considered extremely valuable during ancient times and their location was often a matter of state secret. Egyptians used the incense to fumigate their homes, for ritual incense and the oil for cosmetics. It was used as a holy anointing oil and as a general cure-all for all diseases. It was also used to enhance meditation and elevate spiritual consciousness. History shows it was used for embalming and as a perfume AND formed an important part of the Sabbath day offering. Frankincense or olibanum was mentioned inthe Scriptures over 50 times and is found in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Chronicles, Nehemiah,Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Matthew, and Revelations.

    The actions of frankincense include anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, immune-stimulant, antidepressant and muscle relaxing. It stimulates the limbic system as well as the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. It is strongly anti-viral, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and expectorant oil. Frankincense has the ability to relax and revitalize at the same time.

    Cancer Research Using Frankincense

    There are a few researchers studying the effects of frankincense on various cancers with some degree of success. In vitro effects show inhibition or stimulation of cell proliferation depending on the concentration of frankincense oil in the growth media.

    • A recent study conducted at the University of Oklahoma showed that frankincense kills bladder cancer cells without harming surrounding tissue.
    • Studies are showing frankincense to be a strong immune-stimulant with some claiming that frankincense has the ability to repair DNA.
    • A Chinese study conducted in 2000, indicated that Boswellia has “anti-carcinogenic and anti-tumor activities.” These boswellic acids from frankincense inhibited “a variety of malignant cells” in people suffering from leukemia and brain tumors.
    • The Cancer Research Institute of the University of Nevada treated cervical cancer with frankincense, in which “there was 72% inhibition and growth of non-cancerous cells.”
    • Other studies have shown that boswellic acids from frankincense exert anti-prolifertive activity toward a variety of malignant cells.
    • Another study showed that boswellic acids are potent apoptotic agents to cancer cells and another one shows that Boswellic acids from frankincense gum exhibit potent cytotoxic activity againstCNS tumors.

    Why Hasn’t the General Public Heard about This?
    It sounds incredulous but the anti-cancerous effects of frankincense has been known for thousands of years. Does it work for everyone? No, but compared to the effects of chemotherapy, frankincense DOES show great promise now and in the future. Frankincense will never be promoted for the breakthrough that it is because there is no money to be made in its promotion. Frankincense is expensive in comparison to other therapeutic grade oils but “cheap” in comparison to drugs like chemotherapy.

    Scientists have observed and do agree that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. Immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is quoted "Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell's nucleus becomes corrupted. It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be. Frankincense separates the 'brain' of the cancerous cell - the nucleus - from the 'body' - the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes."--Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumour to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.The task now is to isolate the agent within frankincense which, apparently, works this wonder

    History Medical Research (Bosellia serrata)
    In Ayurvedic medicine Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata), commonly referred to as "dhoop," has been used for hundreds of years for treating arthritis, healing wounds, strengthening the female hormone system, and purifying the atmosphere from undesirable germs. The use of frankincense in Ayurveda is called "dhoopan". In Indian culture, it is suggested that burning frankincense everyday in house brings good health.

    Standardized preparations of Indian frankincense from Boswellia serrata are being investigated in scientific studies as a treatment for chronic inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and osteoarthritis. Initial clinical study results indicate efficacy of incense preparations for Crohn's disease. For therapy trials in ulcerativecolitis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis there are only isolated reports and pilot studies from which there is not yet sufficient evidence of safety and efficacy. Similarly, the long-term effects and side effects of taking frankincense has not yet been scientifically investigated. Boswellic acid in vitro antiproliferative effects on various tumor cell lines (such as melanoma, glioblastomas, liver cancer) are based on induction of apoptosis. A positive effect has been found in the use of incense on the accompanying specimens of brain tumors, although in smaller clinical trials. Some scientists say the results are due to methodological flaws. The main active compound of Indian incense is viewed as being boswellic acid.

    As of May 2008 FASEB Journal announced that Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have determined that frankincense smoke is a psychoactive drug that relieves depression and anxiety in mice. The researchers found that the chemical compound in censole acetate is responsible for the effects.

    In a different study, an enriched extract of "Indian Frankincense" (usually Boswellia serrata) was used in a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of patients with osteoarthritis. Patients receiving the extract showed significant improvement in their arthritis in as little as seven days. The compound caused no major adverse effects and, according to the study authors, is safe for human consumption and long-term use.

    The study was funded by a company which produces frankincense extract, and that the results have not yet been duplicated by another study.

    In a study published in March 2009 by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center it was reported that"Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability

    Study: Frankincense may fight some cancers
    January 31, 2006
    A Virginia Tech scientist says frankincense oil might be useful in treating malignant melanoma -- an aggressive cancer that attacks humans and equines.

    Approximately 54,000 malignant melanoma cases are diagnosed annually, according to the American Cancer Society, and there are many similarities between malignant melanoma in horses and malignant melanoma in people.

    Recognizing the opportunity for translational research, John Robertson, a professor in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been studying the disease and an experimental treatment involving frankincense oil.

    Frankincense is a botanical oil distillate made from fermented plants that contains boswellic acid, a component known to have anti-neoplastic properties.

    During a recent presentation before a regional meeting of the American Cancer Society in Roanoke, Va., Robertson -- director of the college's Center for Comparative Oncology -- said he's found the oil has fairly selective anti-tumor activity and doesn't appear to disrupt normal cells."I think this research on frankincense oil suggests that this ancient medicine may have significant modern uses for chemotherapy of non-resectable malignancies," said Robertson.

    Links to Research:

    12/06/2011 01:53 PM
    Body Detox
    A Note on Detoxing the body:
    The skin is the body’s largest eliminative organ. As diet and supplementation is improved, people who have had tendencies in the past to recurring skin rashes or eruptions will frequently tend to eliminate poisons and harmful drugs through the skin with new rashes or eruptions. If they go to a doctor now who is not familiar with this aspect of nutrition, he will diagnose it as an allergy. They ask, “How come I’m eating better than I ever did before (or taking this great new supplement), and instead of getting better, I’m getting worse?” they don’t understand that the body is “retracing.” The skin is getting more alive and active.
    It’s throwing out more poisons more rapidly, they may feel/look worse before they feel/look better!

    Headaches may occur at the beginning, fever and/or colds may also appear, the skin may break out, there may be a short interval of bowel sluggishness, diarrhea, feelings of tiredness and weakness, disinclination to exercise, nervousness, irritability, negativity, mental depression, frequent urination, etc. However, the great majority of people find their reactions tolerable and are encouraged to bear with them. With some, colds that haven’t appeared for a long time may occur, or even fevers. THIS IS NATURE’S WAY OF HOUSECLEANING.

    Understand that these actions are constructive, even though unpleasant at the moment. DON’T, but DON’T try to stop these symptoms by the use of certain drugs. These symptoms are part of a curing process, so don’t try to cure a cure.

    These are NOT deficiency problems or allergic manifestations. The symptoms will vary according to the materials being discarded, the condition of the organs involved in the elimination, and the amount of energy you have available. The more you rest and sleep when the symptoms are present, the milder they are and the more quickly they are terminated. Be happy you are having symptoms. REALIZE DEEPLY that your body is becoming younger and healthier every day, because you are throwing off more and more wastes that would eventually have bought pain, disease, and much suffering. Those who have the worst symptoms or reactions, and follow through to their successful termination, are thus avoiding some of the worst diseases that would eventually have developed had they continued their careless eating habits.

    Quoted from: What Symptoms To Expect When You Improve Your Diet by Stanley S. Bass, ND, DC. PHC

    Learn about the healthy Foods to facilitate a detox here:

    Liver Cleanse
    *Please contact a Health Care Practitioner, trained in the safety and chemical understanding of essential oils and herbs, including the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pharmaceutical drug interactions BEFORE ingesting essential oils.

    • Upon rising take: 1 Tbl. lemon juice, 1 drop lemon oil and 1 drop peppermint oil on an empty stomach.*
    • Get your rest between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am. The oils will release the hormones that regenerate themselves.
    • Liver Cleanse & HGH (Human Growth Hormone): When we get to the age of 35-40 our bodies slow down producing HGH. Over the years our receptor sites become clogged due to nitrates, sodium laurel sulphate, propylene glycol, food coloring, deodorants, toothpastes etc. and we age more quickly. The liver cleanse keeps the receptor sites clean and therefore our body can produce the HGH easier. With clean receptor sites our bodies will build and repair instead of age. Clean receptor sites are crucial for diabetics - aids with the insulin.
    • The liver is the only part of the body with two blood supplies. It regenerates the fastest.
    • Pregnancy/Liver Cleanse: caution with Peppermint oil as you can experience premature contractions. Test first.

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    09/11/2017 07:44 AM
    What ONE thing would you change?
    IS THERE SOMETHING YOU NEED TO CHANGE? If you could wave a magic wand over one area of your life, what would it be?  Would you pick your finances or your health or your relationships?  All of us have a handful of things we wish we could make better, but we’re often paralyzed and overwhelmed […] Read more...
    09/08/2017 07:33 AM
    The BEST thing about homeschooling teenagers is…..
    So, you’ve probably heard. I’m homeschooling again.  Sort of.  I mean, my girls are in 11th grade and taking classes at the local community college (dual enrollment) along with taking a few classes at home, so technically we are doing an independent study year. And Y’ALL.  It’s AMAZING. First off, let me explain why we […] Read more...
    09/04/2017 08:25 AM
    Your Morning Mentor
    Oh hi and good morning long lost friend. It’s been so long since I even logged into my blog that I had to LOOK UP the password. And then that was wrong, so I had to hack into my computer’s keychain system and luckily that worked. I guess that means it’s been far too long. […] Read more...
    03/08/2017 08:30 AM
    Am I My Sister’s Keeper [Lent, Day 8]
    Texts: Psalm 107:23-32, Gen. 11:27-12:20, Mark 4:21-41, Luke 15:11 “There was a man who had two sons.” [This is part of my Lenten devotional study of the prodigal son. Click Here to Download ] My sister is sixteen months younger than me, and we’ve basically grown up like twins. We have the same laugh, the same […] Read more...
    03/06/2017 08:30 AM
    Something Other Than God [Lent, Day 6]
    Lent Day 6: Something Other Than God Texts: Psalm 104:1-9, Gen. 7:11-8:12, Mark 3:20-35 [This is part of my Lenten devotional study of the prodigal son. Click Here to Download ] “And he took a journey into the far country.” I was never much of a rebellious child, but when I was ten years old, I […] Read more...
    12/05/2016 02:07 PM
    Where your power lies…
    I did everything I was supposed to do. Three years.  Three complete rewrites.  Countless sleepless nights.  Many editors. Finally, one hard truth given to the world as a gift—the spoils of my adventures into the far and dark country of my past. I wrote my story, I did the hard work of telling the world about […] Read more...
    11/01/2016 12:33 PM
    Where to be and what to eat in November!
    I’ve been meaning to tell you where I’ll be in the next few weeks, in case you can make it for a hug and a smooch. I’m honored to be speaking and doing a few readings from my book (and making SOUP!) this Thursday night (NOVEMBER 3RD!) for a fundraiser for Food on Foot. We’ll […] Read more...
    09/18/2017 05:29 PM
    Forgive Me For Being Absent, Life Got The Better Of Me
    I know, I know. I have been absent far too much over these last few months.  I have thought about you guys often, but life has gotten the better of me and I needed to take a mental health break to be able to process all of the life changes that my family is going …
    07/24/2017 01:23 PM
    Introducing My New Book: The Complete Book of Essential Oils For Mama & Baby + Sneak Peek Recipe: Kid-Safe Soothing After Sun Spray
    Summer has been flying by and I have been trying my best to balance my work and our summertime play.  I haven't been doing a great job at working this summer. There's too much fun to be had during the summertime! I don't feel guilty though because I worked my butt off during the Spring …
    07/18/2017 02:07 AM
    My Mattress is Organic, How About Yours? A Naturepedic Mattress Review – Comfort. Without Chemicals
    I was completely exhausted and having trouble keeping my eyes open, but I still had an entire day of parenting ahead of me, which meant a nap was off the table. I had been sleeping poorly lately and I was really starting to feel it in my body. Every night had become the same routine …
    06/25/2017 05:33 PM
    Boost Your Energy This Summer With Mango Strawberry Green Tea Sorbet
    It's sooooo hot outside right now, down here in Texas. Unlike the northern states, there is a point in the summer where we like to hide out in our homes because the heat threshold has hit the maximum. We're talking frying an egg on our front porch kind of hot.  That's the point during the summer …
    06/18/2017 08:53 PM
    Vegan Homemade Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
    Many desserts call for sweetened condensed milk, but for someone who lives a dairy-free lifestyle, what's a good substitute? You might not realize it, but it's extremely easy to make sweetened condensed milk yourself, and even easier to make it with ingredients that fit into your diet! In an effort to healthify my sweet tooth …
    03/28/2017 12:39 PM
    Make Your Pits Peaceful Without Baking Soda – DIY Baking Soda Free Peace Pits Deodorant Paste
    One of my most popular posts on this blog is my classic DIY Peace Pits Deodorant Paste recipe. It's so popular in part because we are all trying to find a better alternative to the toxic antiperspirants and deodorants on the market, but it's also because that recipe WORKS! And it works REALLY well! The …
    03/13/2017 12:26 PM
    Starting Your Seeds Inside The Easy Way – Apartment Gardening Series
    For many people around the country, spring has come extremely early. Here in the great state of Texas, I think that spring took over winter and we narrowly escaped having to experience the cold that should accompany this time of year. With all this crazy warm weather here so early, I got started on my …
    02/26/2017 12:07 PM
    Heal Your Pup’s Wounds & Soften Paws With DIY Fido’s Boo-Boo Balm
    My dog Sirius loves to go on adventures with me, whether it be hiking in the woods or kayaking on a river, he is down to play. I am currently planning a solo backpacking trip down the Lone Star Hiking Trail (100 mi) and plan to bring him along to keep me company. It goes …
    02/19/2017 12:44 PM
    DIY Elderberry Orange Immune Support Gummy Snacks
    Last week the kiddo came home from school more tired than usual. Within an hour of being home, he started complaining that his whole body ached and suddenly without warning his temperature shot up through the roof. With the news constantly talking about all the flu cases in my area, and my personal social media …
    02/14/2017 10:39 AM
    Put Love Into Their Gift A DIY Love Vanilla Massage Oil
    Today is the big V-day. It's that time of year when many people are scrambling to find the perfect romantic gift to give to their loved ones. I'm here to tell you that you can easily make a simple gift that they will love AND it will amaze them that you made it yourself! DIY …
    10/01/2017 01:06 PM
    Young Living October 2017 Monthly Promotion!
    Happy October!!  🎃🍁🍂  Fall is DEFINITELY in the air!  As you know, a new month means a new promotion, and this one is AWESOME for supporting the immune system and for fall and winter wellness!!  These are items I usually … Continue reading
    09/12/2017 04:25 PM
    Oil-Infused Smoothies Class
    Have you thought about adding your Young Living Vitality essential oils to your smoothies before?  They can make some REALLY tasty additions!!  My favorites essential oils to add to smoothies are Orange Vitality, Tangerine Vitality, Peppermint Vitality, and Nutmeg Vitality. … Continue reading
    09/01/2017 11:28 AM
    Young Living September 2017 Monthly Promotion!
    It’s SEPTEMBER!  🍁  I have to be honest, I definitely always mourn the loss of summer.  I just wish it would last forever.  Alas, September has arrived, but I’m trying to have a better attitude this year to enjoy the … Continue reading
    08/28/2017 02:47 PM
    Free Shipping on Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit!
    Ok friends, I’ve never done this before, but from now through August 31, 2017, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit!!! Trust me when I say this kit is the BEST way to get started with Young … Continue reading
    08/25/2017 04:52 PM
    Sleepy Dust and Oils – The Secret to Great Sleep!
    It’s time to let you in on a little secret called ‘Sleepy Dust’ – I had heard of this several years back and just filed it in my back pocket.  Recently I just started using it along with my essential … Continue reading
    08/04/2017 10:28 AM
    Young Living August 2017 Monthly Promotion!
    Welcome to August and to a NEW Young Living monthly promotion!!  Oh you guys, I am SO EXCITED about this month’s promotion – all these items are awesome, but I am MOST excited about the entire KidScents Collection available if … Continue reading
    07/04/2017 03:20 PM
    Young Living July 2017 Monthly Promotion
    So I heard this on the radio the other day, and I was like WHAAAAT??!!??!!  Did you know that HALF of 2017 is already over?!  I cannot believe that!!  I hope the first half of your 2017 has been amazing.  … Continue reading
    06/03/2017 04:03 PM
    Young Living June 2017 Monthly Promotion
    Oh I love a good freebie!  June’s monthly promotion is all about products for the summer travel season.  As a reminder about how the monthly promotions work, if your order reaches one of the PV levels (100, 190, 250, 300PV), … Continue reading
    05/16/2017 12:37 PM
    Young Living Skincare Class
    Thank you so much for coming to the Young Living Skincare Class!!  I am so passionate about getting harmful chemicals and toxins out of our skincare products, since we know many times what we put ON our body goes INTO … Continue reading
    05/01/2017 12:24 PM
    Young Living May 2017 Monthly Promotion
    Who doesn’t love earning freebies on items they’re already ordering?!  May’s monthly promotion is AWESOME – there are so many freebies you can receive!!  As a reminder about how the monthly promotions work, if your order reaches one of the … Continue reading
    10/09/2017 09:18 AM
    Top 60 London Food Blogs and Websites for London Foodies

    Top 60 London Food blogs London Food Blogs List The Best London Food blogs from thousands of top London Food blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, […]

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    10/09/2017 09:10 AM
    Top 25 Mutual Fund Blogs and Websites for Investors

    Top 25 Mutual Fund blogs Mutual Fund Blogs List The Best Mutual Fund blogs from thousands of top Mutual Fund blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, […]

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    10/09/2017 07:35 AM
    Top 50 Passive Income Blogs And Websites on the Web

    Top 50 Passive Income blogs Passive Income Blogs List The Best Passive Income blogs from thousands of top Passive Income blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, […]

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    10/09/2017 06:01 AM
    Top 50 Toronto Music Blogs and Websites On The Web

    Top 50 Toronto Music blogs Toronto Music Blogs List The Best Toronto Music blogs from thousands of top Toronto Music blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, […]

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    10/09/2017 03:29 AM
    Top 30 Public Policy Blogs And Websites On the Web

    Top 30 Public Policy blogs Public Policy Blogs List The Best Public Policy blogs from thousands of top Public Policy blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, […]

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    10/09/2017 02:50 AM
    Top 100 Anime Youtube Channels for Japanese Anime Fans

    Top 100 Anime Youtube Channels Anime Youtube Channels List The Best Anime Youtube Channels selected from thousands of Anime channels on youtube and ranked based on youtube channel subscribers and popularity. Data will be refreshed once a week. These Youtube Channels are ranked based on following criteria Total youtube channels subscribers, video views, and video […]

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    10/07/2017 07:30 AM
    Top 100 Guitar Youtube Channels for Guitar Players & Lovers

    Top 100 Guitar Youtube Channels Guitar Youtube Channels List The Best Guitar Youtube Channels selected from thousands of Guitar channels on youtube and ranked based on youtube channel subscribers and popularity. Data will be refreshed once a week. These Youtube Channels are ranked based on following criteria Total youtube channels subscribers, video views, and video […]

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    10/07/2017 06:19 AM
    Top 100 Fashion Youtubers for Fashion Lovers

    Top 100 Fashion Youtubers Fashion Youtubers List The Best Fashion Youtubers from thousands of top Fashion Youtubers in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social […]

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    10/07/2017 05:36 AM
    Top 50 Stem Cell Blogs and Websites on the Web

    Top 50 Stem Cell blogs Stem Cell Blogs List The Best Stem Cell blogs from thousands of top Stem Cell blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, […]

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    10/07/2017 03:42 AM
    Top 100 Tool Blogs and Websites on the Web

    Top 100 Tool blogs Tool Blogs List The Best Tool blogs from thousands of top Tool blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social […]

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    08/17/2017 11:29 PM
    How to Make Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

    Note from Betty: The following is a guest post from Emily Kil. Do you sometimes feel that your world is spinning out of control because responsibilities you shoulder are overwhelming? Join the club. It’s not exclusive. You pack lunches. Chauffeur the soccer team. Sit up half the night because someone’s cutting a tooth. On the... Continue Reading

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    04/19/2017 10:03 AM
    DIY Hyssop Face Mask Recipe for (Naturally) Gorgeous Skin

    There's this magical box that lives in my "crunchy corner." In it are wonders ne'er before seen, like unicorns and fairies and men who ask for directions.

    Just kidding, men. (You'd never fit in this box.)

    Actually, what's in this box are small baggies full of herbs and roots and flowers and resins. Every so often, when I go to our local natural food store, I'll pick up an herb that I've recently learned about, but never worked with. I bring it home, smell it, touch it, and occasionally just toss it in the box and forget about it. Not for lack of interest, but more for an abundance of distractions.

    You know how it goes. There's always bread to be made, dishes to be washed, friends to be served tea, or cats to be dressed up like German barmaids. Priorities.

    About a month ago, as I was planning a few of the plants I'm going to grow in my new rooftop garden, I ran into hyssop seeds. (Isn't that just about the prettiest word you've ever seen? Hyssop. Hyssop. Hyssop.) And while I was familiar with it, I remembered that it was an herb I'd tossed into the box a few months before.

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    02/01/2017 02:30 AM
    Ditch the Tampons and Switch to a DivaCup (Sexy? Right!)

    It all started a few months ago with the discussion in the Crunchy Community, that lovely Lula Lola titled "Tampon Talk (Sexy, right?).

    Scratch that.

    It all started two years ago when my sister said, "You should really try the DivaCup," and I said, "Huh. Weird." And every month, I'd think about it, but then I'd look at the price of a DivaCup ($30) compared to a the price of a box of tampons ($7), and I'd say, "Next month. I'll get one next month when we have more money."

    Clearly, I am not very good at understanding substantial long-term savings, because you don't throw the DivaCup away. Not for years.

    And then the conversation happened in the Community, and I couldn't wait to try it. I couldn't wait another month. (So I asked DivaCup if they'd like a review, and the sales representative said, "Sure! And how about a giveaway!" And I said, "Sure! And how about you're awesome!")

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    12/22/2016 11:04 AM
    25 Free Printable Recipe Cards – Merry Early Crunchmas!

    So I've been contemplating the gift recipes we should do around here, and it kicked in the old memory. Last year, I made homemade beauty gifts for everyone - but attached to each of the gifts was a stack of recipes with holes punched in the top corner and a beautiful ribbon strung through.

    I thought - I want to give YOU GUYS that same gift. But, more importantly, now YOU can give the same gift to people, as well.

    For the next few weeks, we'll talk about some good homemade beauty gifts you can give over the holidays, but this'll give you a little head start.

    Most of the recipes in this handy-dandy PDF are the best recipes that have been featured on Crunchy Betty over the last six months, but there are a few fun new surprises in there for you, too. And they're neatly packaged and set up so that you can print them as full-sized pages or - even better - print them off easily on 5x7 recipe cards.

    This is yours, this PDF. Do whatever you want with it. Send it in emails. Print a million copies off and pass them out to strangers. Put it up on your own site for other people to download. Wallpaper your room with it.

    I gave it to you. It's yours.

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    12/19/2016 11:27 AM
    Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Cough & Cold

    I thought I'd try my hand at vlogging, and my conclusion is that I'm a much better writer than a speaker or videographer. But I spent all dang day on this, so I'm posting it anyway.

    This is a recipe for elderberry syrup, which is seriously effective, and MUCH less expensive than any elderberry concoctions or sambucol medications you'll buy in the store. It's easy and it's really, really fun to make.

    Here is the recipe for it, or you can opt to watch the haphazard and very home-video quality tutorial.

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    12/12/2016 12:41 PM
    For-Giving & Forgiveness: Food For Your Soul

    'Tis the season of giving. Giving, buying, making, giving, giving, giving.

    We get so caught up in the giving (and in the stress of finding the right giving to give) that we forget about the other kind of giving. The kind that really matters. For-giving. Forgiving.

    Especially when we're all cramped together with family we love, but who've really done some pretty stinky things in the past. Your brother Kyle? Remember when he picked on your weight? And your mom? Jeezopee, how she made everything about her, even when you were crying about the boy who wouldn't kiss you. And maybe your husband hasn't been so honest about money this year. UGH. WHAT A JERK.

    In the time of closeness and sharing and proximity that may last a few hours too long, it's about darned time we learned to forgive. Actually, maybe it's time we learn to forgive ... all year 'round. Every resplendent day.

    Inspired by a (ahem) true-ish story, I give you one of Crunchy Betty's patented magnificently artistic stick-drawing stories of why you should think about being FOR-giving. Right now. And forever and ever. Amen.

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    10/10/2016 02:14 PM
    How to Keep a Natural Litter Box and Other Cat-Related Nonsense

    Did you know that you can train a cat to use a toilet? It's a real thing, and real cats who have brains can do this; they don't even need opposable thumbs or current issues of National Geographic. They are just fine with back issues.

    I'm thinking about doing this with my cat, but given our recent interactions, it will just give him one more reason to sit on my head. Here are his other reasons: he's hungry, or I'm asleep, or it's less than 86.5 degrees outside, or I'm breathing.

    But let's be honest, there's really only one natural litter box, and it happens to be "the earth." While I do sometimes feel in my heart that cats would be happier (and our personal waste would be less) if they were just allowed to roam free about the neighborhood, many neighbors would highly disagree. Mountain lions around here, on the other hand, have engaged in a sign-waving "Free the House Cats" protest on street corners.

    It isn't going very well. Mountain lions have terrible handwriting.

    I'm not convinced that all house cats want to be outside. My friend has two cats who are allowed to do anything they want, including feasting on all the butterflies they can find in the backyard, but all they do is sit around in the sunroom, drinking tea and reading the newspaper while commenting on current events.

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    09/21/2016 09:05 AM
    Surprise! Ultimate Healthy Living eBook Bundle – 5 Days Only!

    This is a big deal, folks.

    And it only lasts for 5 days.

    If you've ever wanted to learn more (or, you know, almost EVERYTHING) about living a healthy, natural lifestyle; if you've ever wanted to dip your toes into the world of real food preparation; if you've ever, ever been even the tiniest bit lost on the windy road to a balanced and synthetic-free life, you're going to want to pick this bundle up.


    These ebooks are, seriously, the most beautiful, information-packed, entertaining resources from independent publishers and authors on the internet today. In other words, you're getting over 30 eBooks written by inspirational top natural health bloggers - and typically, if you bought them separately, they'd be over $300. Purchase the bundle this week? ALL of them, all together, are only $29.

    PLUS. PLUS! (Wait for it ...) There are bonuses. Seriously free bonuses, from Redmond, your choice of a free sourdough or buttermilk starter from Cultures for Health, and a 3-month free subscription to Plan To Eat. Check all of the goodness down below.

    Before I share the "official" information of the sale with you, let me tell you this:

    Many (if not most) of these eBooks are from my personal heroes. Women whose blogs I read religiously before starting my own blog. Women who have inspired me, who've guided me into living more naturally. Women with wisdom that we all NEED, so that we can pass it on for generations to come.

    I am so. incredibly. honored. to be included in this bundle o' nourishing knowledge.

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    01/04/2016 10:31 AM
    Simple Homemade 3-Ingredient Facial Oil Moisturizer – Customize It For Your Own Gorgeous Skin

    Shoot, you guys. I owe so many of you an apology. For years, so many of you have been asking about what I use to moisturize my face. Every time, the conversation goes like this:

    Curious Person: "Hey, Leslie? What do you use to moisturize your face?"
    Me: "I use a blend of oils."
    Curious Person: "What ​kind​ of oils? Can you give me a recipe?"
    Me: "Oh, a whole bunch, blended together. I'll blog it soon, I promise."

    Fast forward to eight thousand years later, otherwise known as today, I was mad beautying around in the kitchen, experimenting with blends for the perfect facial oil to sell on the Crunchy Betty Natural Market for oily and blemishy skin (I haven't perfected it yet, but MY personal moisturizing facial oil is now up there for sale). Anyway, as I'm blending and shaking, I realize this is something I should probably blog about.

    Before I do, lest you think I was kidding about being a mad beautyist today, this is what my kitchen counter looked like after the experiments, full of my personal oil stash. I never realize how much bloomin' crunchy stuff I have until it's overtaking my kitchen:

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    06/19/2014 04:31 PM
    … And That’s the Story of That

    I noticed that the world would go on without me. It would change despite my input; it’s always changing, it doesn’t need me as much as I thought it did. I realized that all of my worries – every single one of them – was unfounded. I watched a worry come up, I tracked its progress, until it disappeared forever a day later. There was never any reason to believe my worries, not a single reason at all.

    Now – RIGHT NOW – became the only thing to live for. All the secrets whispered in the present moment, all of the salves to heal the wounds were there.

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    10/04/2017 06:00 AM
    Dinner Ideas for Busy Moms

    What’s for dinner?  Most of us moms really hate that question – that is, unless you have a menu plan and some new dinner ideas handy!  Am I right? I have got you covered! I recently revised my “Got Dinner – Quick & Easy Recipes from the Confident Mom” ebook with great updates you will […]

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    09/18/2017 06:00 AM
    10 Gluten Free Apple Recipes for Fall

    The weather is getting cooler, and the trees are getting heavy with amazing apples just ready for picking! We live in Washington, also known as the apple state!  We have orchards that stretch miles and they are gorgeous.  We also grab a huge box of apples in the beginning of October as part of a […]

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    10/04/2017 10:17 AM
    How To Make All-Natural Vapor Rub

    Inside: How to make natural vapor rub, plus an update on which respiratory support essential oils are safe to use with young children.  More on using essential oils safely with children here.   “I miss my nose.” <– That’s what I told my husband a few years ago after gulping down a glass of vinegar […]

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    10/03/2017 07:56 AM
    Streak-Free Homemade Window Cleaner

    Parenting Tip #73 – If you write to-do lists on the bathroom mirror for your littles, they find it it 1000% more interesting than if you just ask them to do stuff. At least that’s true in my house . . . maybe because I include little boxes for them to check off? I can’t […]

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    09/27/2017 11:22 AM
    Key Lime Pie Recipe (No Bake, Paleo)

    Do you have a favorite birthday tradition? One of my family’s unofficial ones is to never bake the same birthday cake twice . . . and I use the term birthday cake loosely. There have been cookie dough ice cream sandwich requests, and creme brulee, and even fudgy brownies. Occasionally we sneak an actual birthday […]

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    09/26/2013 01:25 PM
    What To Put On A Burn (Salve Recipes Using Kitchen Ingredients)

    “Mama, remember that time you accidentally burned a smiley face onto your belly?” <– This is a thing my kids like to ask me, because apparently it’s fun to remind me that being one hundred months pregnant and leaning over a cast iron skillet full of homestyle gluten-free stuffing is not a good idea. Fortunately, I […]

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    09/21/2017 10:27 AM
    3 Benefits Of Elderberry Tea (And How To Make It)

    Have I ever told you about the time my entire family came down with Face Punch Disease? That was not what it was actually called, of course, but it perfectly describes what it felt like! We’d been traveling a lot that fall, and not taking our elderberry syrup or our fire cider. This year I’m prepared […]

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    09/19/2017 10:59 AM
    Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

    Love Reese’s peanut butter cups but not the corn syrup solids, nonfat milk and tertiary butylhydroquinone on the ingredient list? Yeah, me too. This real food version is super simple to make and tastes even better than the original . . . just ask my kids. Actually scratch that, they’ve never actually had the original. […]

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    09/13/2017 10:07 AM
    18 Ways To Help A New Mom

    If you say this to a mama and she looks at you like it’s a trick question, don’t give up. Sometimes asking for what we need is tricky, you know? After my oldest was born and my midwives crept away for some well-deserved sleep, I remember wondering if they’d noticed that I couldn’t figure out how […]

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    09/12/2017 11:54 AM
    How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

    Inside: How to make apple cider vinegar toner to help with acne AND keep skin looking youthful by supporting the “invisible veil” that holds moisture in. Have you ever wondered if skin toner is the pet rock of beauty products – basically an attempt to get you to spend money on something you don’t need? […]

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    09/07/2017 10:47 AM
    Elderberry And Strawberry Jam Recipe

    So, you decided to make the legendary elixir of immune immune support – homemade elderberry syrup -for cold and flu season, and now you’re playing tetris in your pantry with a bag of leftover dried elderberries. I get it. Really I do. And I have a solution . . . or a few, actually. This […]

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    09/04/2017 09:38 AM
    Homemade Hand Cleansing Gel

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    10/05/2017 12:15 PM
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    06/05/2017 09:00 AM
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    06/01/2017 03:28 PM
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    04/13/2017 07:28 PM
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    02/07/2017 09:19 AM
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    10/03/2016 10:40 AM
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    09/01/2016 03:28 PM
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    09/27/2017 02:50 PM
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    09/11/2017 03:00 PM
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    09/01/2017 01:10 PM
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    08/30/2017 02:01 PM
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    08/29/2017 12:59 PM
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