How to Successfully Raise a Child on the Autism Spectrum Without Drugs

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Are you wondering how you can successfully raise a child on the autism spectrum without drugs? While drugs are not a cure for autism and in fact, there isn’t really any known cure for autism, many children end up taking drugs to control their behavior and or emotions. Personally I am not a fan of doing this, while I do understand that sometimes drugs can be a solution for some children on the autism spectrum.

Here are some helpful hints for those of you who don’t want to put your ASD child on drugs:

1. Try a gluten free diet. This kind of diet has been proven helpful for a lot of children with an autism spectrum disorder. Personally I see major improvements in my health, behavior and more when I do not eat gluten at all.

2. Consider removing milk products from your child’s diet in addition to gluten. Personally milk products just make me tired so I avoid them as much as possible. Milk products are also a common source of allergies and they increase mucus which can make asthma worse. Since many children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder also have allergies and asthma, this is just a good idea for their overall health.

3. Consider using essential oils to help with focus, concentration and anxiety. Personally I love citrus oils, frankincense, and a blend called Balance.

4. Find alternative ways to control your child’s unwanted behavior. Examples include: social stories, brain gym, modeling consistent good behavior and the Son Rise technique.

5. Be patient and know that your child isn’t going to be good and well behaved all of the time.

6. Understand the long-term side effects of any drugs and realize that while putting your child on a drug may seem like the easy solution, over the long term doing this may cause more problems.

7. Network and mastermind with other parents of children on the autism spectrum who have chosen to keep their child drug free.

5 Ways to Make Your Body Smell Good Without Chemicals

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The average person consumes or puts 200 or more chemicals on their body daily. Most of these chemicals are dangerous and many are neurotoxins which can cause serious harm, auto-immune diseases and other health problems.

So how do you make your body smell good without chemicals?

1. Use a natural deodorant. Here is a recipe that works well.

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2. Use essential oils as perfume instead of chemical and alcohol loaded perfumes. Geranimum, Lavender, and Wild Orange are some really good ones.

3. Make a natural body powder. This recipe works really well.

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4. Use some natural bath salts.

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5. Be careful about the kind of soap you use. Avoid anything with sodium laurel sulfate or anything similar to it.

Allergy Free Menu Planning for Dummies

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Do you struggle with menu planning because you or maybe even yourself and other members of your household have food allergies or food intolerances and so you have to avoid certain foods when planning menus? Allergy free menu planning can be challenging and trust me, I know. I originally had to avoid 60 foods for 4-6 months and then I had another 20 that I could only eat ever 4 days. In addition I also couldn’t have soy, or sugar and had to eat 3 servings of vegetables for every 1 serving of fruit. I also couldn’t have any gluten or milk products. It was very challenging and annoying to say the least. So all I can say is if I can do it so can you. In fact, I still can’t have gluten or milk products. I still have to be careful with sugar or too much fruit. I still have 5 other foods I can’t have and I have to rotate my original list of 60 foods and only eat them every 4 days so the challenge isn’t over for me. Through this process though I have learned a lot about allergy free menu planning.

Here are some of my best tips:

1. Keep is simple. Trying to create complicated menus or trying to cook foods with lots of ingredients just makes it harder.

2. Plan your full menu at least a week in advance. This makes rotating foods a lot easier.

3. Use a mobile app to keep track of what you have eaten and when. Fooducate and Diet Tracker are two of my favorites.

4. Be willing to explore and to eat new foods or foods you think you don’t like. For example, I hadn’t eaten brussel sprouts in over 10 years and I finally tried them again and actually liked them.

5. Get some tupperware containers to store leftovers of foods that you have to rotate in. This makes it much easier for you to avoid wasting food because it goes rotten before you can eat it.

6. Use the website Allrecipes.com to create recipes for your allergy free menu using your list of ingredients.

7. Network in groups on Facebook, linkedin and Google Plus to find recipes and ideas created by people with similar allergies and diet restrictions.

8. Use pinterest. Seriously though pinterest saved my life and I’m not kidding. I found so many great recipes there that I could eat, I couldn’t believe it.

What other Allergy free menu planning ideas do you have to share? Share them in the comments below.

10 Essential Oil Gifts You Can Make at Home

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Making essential oil gifts at home can be very satisfying and less expensive than many other gifts. They can also be very nice and many people really enjoy them. So what kinds of essential gifts can you make at home?

Here are ten ideas:

1. Bath salts with an essential oil. For example see the picture at the top of this post. You just buy some epsom salts and put them in a plastic container with 10-15 drops of an essential oil. Lavender is one of my favorite.

2. Hand Sanitizer-I make these by mixing 10-15 drops of On Guard Protective blend in a small water spray bottle.

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3. An inhaler with an essential oil blend. You can really put almost anything in there but the Breathe blend or peppermint or a peppermint and wild orange blend are my favorites.

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4. A Homemade sachet- simply put a few drops of your favorite essential oils on 1-2 cotton balls and sew them up in a square of fabric.

5. Homemade sunscreen- you can make this by mixing lavender essential oil with zinc oxide and coconut oil or you can find lots of other recipes online.

6. Water Bead Diffuser- You can use any essential oil you want and it works great.

7. Hand Soap- There are various ways to make it but the basic idea is to use some castile soap and then add some essential oils.

8. Bath Fizzies- I make these by mixing equal parts of baking soda and citric acid and then adding 5-10 drops of an essential oil.

9. Essential Slime-

10. Coconut Salt Scrub- You could also make it with epsom salts instead of the hymilean pink salt.

All About Bergamot

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Have you ever used bergamot? Bergamot can be used as both an herb and an essential oil.

Here are some facts about bergamot:

The plant and smell are really similar to lemon but it’s not the same as lemon.

The best bergamot comes from Italy because that is where it grows the best.

Bergamot can help relieve stress.

Personally I just love to smell it or diffuse it as a way to relieve stress, tension and anxiety. However it can also help with depression and give you an energy boost. You can put a few drops in a glass of water and drink it to help give yourself an energy boost just like you can with lemon, lime, and wild orange.

If you’ve used bergamot, how did you use it?

7 Questions to Ask About Home Allergy Remedies

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Home allergy remedies are great and they can work really well without the side effects of allergy drugs. However, you want to make sure before you spend a lot of money on your home allergy remedies, that you are going to choose the ones that will work the best for you. Not all home allergy remedies are created equal and some may not work for you and your kind of allergy. So here are seven questions to ask to get them to work in the best way possible.

1. How long does it take the average person of using this home allergy remedy before they get maximum relief? This is important because unlike allergy drugs, it can take a bit of time before you get allergy relief with some of these remedies.

2. How much of the remedy do I need to take? This is important because the amounts may or may not be the same for each person?

3. How often do I need to take the remedy? This is even more important than the amount, because the frequency of usage may change according to the season of the year.

4. What are all of my options for home allergy remedies? This is crucial because one remedy may work great for someone else, but not so much for you.

5. What is the root cause of my allergy symptoms? This is important because different home allergy remedies work for different symptoms and allergy causes and so you need to be very specific and clear about what you are treating.

6. Will I be able to treat my allergies by myself with home remedies? or should I also be getting help from an acupuncturist or other holistic healer. If your allergies are severe you will not be able to get total relief and treatment alone without professional help.

7. Do I have food allergies or intolerances? If so, these will require special treatment that most home remedies will not be able to help support.

How to Make Bath Salts

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I love making and using my own bath salts. In the video below watch me make some. Personally my favorite essential oils to use are lavender, wild orange, ylang ylang, and citrus bliss blend. You want to avoid peppermint, cinnamon, cassia or anything hot. I use epsom salts with 5-10 drops of an essential oil.

How do you make bath salts? Tell me in the comments below.

5 Health Business Challenges and How to Overcome Them

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Running a successful health business can be challenging as anyone who has done it knows. While it can also be very rewarding, it can also have challenges that other kinds of businesses do not have. Here are five health business challenges that I have noticed after nearly 3 years in the health and wellness business and some words of advice on how to overcome these challenges.

1. The cost of your products. This can be a problem because often people are used to paying the prices of health products at the store, yet, usually these products are not as high of quality and people will not get the results they are looking for with these products. The best way to overcome cost is to help people see the value in them and to help them understand that over the long term they will save money.

2. Freebie seekers- while people know that they can’t go to the store and get freebies for some reason some people expect when dealing with home based health businesses that they can get free samples. Now you can offer them if you want and I do, but it’s best to be careful about who you give them too.

3. Legal issues- As an individual involved in health promotion you need to make sure that you avoid doing anything that could get you into trouble with the FDA and or that could cause lawsuits or other issues. The best way to overcome this is to be more careful than you might think you need to be.

4. People who don’t see the value in what you are offering but yet really need what you have. The best way to overcome this challenge is through personal branding and by offering free consultations. Now free consultations are not for everyone, but you should at least consider offering them.

5. People who claim to not get results. This is a tricky one because you can’t guarantee results for everyone. The best way to solve this problem is to make sure that you don’t guarantee results and that you work one on one with people and attempt to customize your health business services.

Healing Oils of the Bible

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Did you know that there are lots of essential oils mentioned in the bible? While I knew that the bible mentions essential oils, I had no idea how much and how often until I read this fascinating book Healing Oils of the Bible. In this book, Dr. David Stewart explains in simple and easy to understand language the roles that essential oils played in bible times. He also shares about a variety of related topics such as the biblical meanings of anointment, the differences between plant oils and fatty oils, how and why oils can heal, oils that heal vs. oils that don’t and a lot of scriptural references for essential oils. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in a comprehensive look at essential oils in the bible. You will be amazed. I know that I sure was. There is also an introductory chapter about how and why God was the first aromatherapist. Written by an author who has studied aromatherapy and who has used these amazing gifts from God for many years, you can’t go wrong by reading this book.

5 Best Ways to Create Residual Income Online

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How do you create residual income online? This is a question that a lot of people ask and for many good reasons. You can make money online that is not residual and that is fine but then you have to keep doing it forever and it can become like a job or even worse.

Here are the five best ways I’ve found to create residual income online.

1. Promote and market a network marketing opportunity. This is the best over the long term. That said, you cannot do this solely online in most cases, so you will need to also promote offline. However, this is the only one that has the potential if done correctly to eventually allow you to retire and never have to work again and continue to get paid.

2. Create a membership site. While this can be a lot of work, if you choose the right niche and market it correctly, this one can generate a lot of online residual income. However, in most cases you will not ever be able to retire as this will require you to keep marketing to gain new members. Otherwise you will eventually lose everyone.

3. Find 3-5 affiliate programs that pay 2-3 levels down in commissions and promote them. This one can be a lot of work and just like the membership site you won’t ever be able to completely stop. This one works better however, if at least one of the programs is connected to some kind of an online business system and you can find ways to encourage all of the people who buy from your affiliate link to also promote the affiliate products. Mike Dillard’s Magnetic Sponsoring and Ann Sieg’s Marketing Manifesto are my favorites.

4. Publish and market a large number of ebooks for kindle on Amazon or have 1-2 best sellers. Again like the others you will need to always be promoting and always be writing new books but it can generate a form of residual income.

5. Create an online and reoccurring form of training or a service. For example you can charge for monthly coaching packages or web hosting.

What questions or ideas do you have about creating residual income online?

AnnaLaura Brown 801-712-1050 Annalaura@annalaurabrown.com P.O. Box 4642 Salt Lake City, Utah 84130