My Favorite Essential Oil Blends and How I Use Them

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While I love using single essential oils such as peppermint, wild orange, lemon, lavender and melaleuca, I also love creating essential oil blends and using those as well. Here are some of my favorite essential oil blends and how I use them.

1. Wild Orange and Peppermint- This is a great blend both for the diffuser and for rubbing on your wrists and smelling. I use it to increase my energy as well as focus and concentration.

2. Frankincense and Peppermint- This is also an energy booster although I try the Wild Orange and Peppermint first since Frankincense is so much more expensive. This one works really well to stimulate your brain power and to help with circulation as well.

3. Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint- This is the best combination for seasonal allergies and hay fever. It works best when you combine 2 drops of each one in either a capsule or a drink of water.

4. Eucalyptus and Peppermint. This is a great combo to put a few drops in hot water and use to steam your sinuses and help clear them out.

5. Lavender and Melaleuca. This is a great overall skin blend to help with rashes and other skin issues.

6. Lemongrass and Myrrh- This is a great combo for helping to stimulate the thyroid.

Do you have a favorite essential oil blend that you use? Tell me in the comments below.

What is a Macrobiotic Diet and How Can It Help Allergies?

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Have you heard of the macrobiotic diet? Neither had I until I came across it as a part of my training to become a certified health coach with IIN and then ironically was assigned to do a product demo in whole foods on the MACROBARS Organic Variety Pack of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Granola with Coconut, and Cherries and Berries, 1.8 oz- 2.5 oz Bars (Pack of 15) and these bars were created as a snack and meal for people who are on the macrobiotic diet. So exactly is it and how can it help your allergies?

1. It’s a diet based almost exclusively on fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds which small amounts of whole grains such as brown rice, however, gluten and soy are not allowed. Small amounts of chicken and fish are allowed if you feel like you need it, however, it is recommended to be vegan if possible.

2. Another way of viewing it is that is is almost the complete opposite of the raw vegan diet, in fact, the macrobiotic diet when followed strictly does not include any raw food including salads.

3. You cannot eat potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, egg plant and any other nightshade vegetables.

4. Many people have hidden food intolerances and this diet by default eliminates the ones that most people struggle with.

5. The macrobiotic diet is based on fruits and vegetables and doing a cleanse of sorts by eating very clean for a time period can help with a lot of allergies and allergic reactions.

Here is a video that also explains in more details the macrobiotic diet.

10 Reasons to Hire a Health Coach

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Have you ever considered hiring a health coach? If not, you should. Here are ten reasons why.

1. You want to be healthier.

2. You need someone to help you be accountable for improving your health.

3. You want to help you body heal itself with fewer drugs.

4. You want help improving your diet and nutrition.

5. You want help losing weight and keeping it off.

6. Your doctor isn’t helping you with some of your concerns and you’d like some additional help from someone with more holisitic and nutrition training.

7. You want to have more energy.

8. You want to learn how to help your child or someone else close to you.

9. You want help overcoming addictions such as smoking or overeating.

10. You want to improve your overall wellbeing.

14 Common Misconceptions about Essential Oils

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Do you use essential oils? If not, you should. Here are 14 common misconceptions that many people have about essential oils.

1. You must be an aromatherapist or know a lot about essential oils to use them. False, you can begin using them and learn about them as you go.

2. You cannot use any essential oils internally. This is false. If the oils are pure enough and of high enough quality you can use many of them internally. However there are certain ones such as wintergreen that you cannot. You need to educate yourself before using them internally, but you can do it.

3. You cannot use essential oils on babies or small children. Again this is where education about essential oils is crucial. With babies and children you want to use smaller amounts and make sure that you avoid wintergreen, clary sage and a few others but most oils are safe.

4. You cannot use essential oils while pregnant. Yes, there are certain ones that you need to avoid while pregnant, however, this is one of the benefits of essential oils. You can use them while pregnant.

5. It doesn’t matter where you buy your essential oils from, they are all the same quality. This is a big one. The purity and quality of essential oils is not regulated in the United States and so quality and purity varies widely from source to source.

6. Essential oils can be poisonous. While there are a few rare ones that can be, for the most part this simply isn’t true. They are completely safe.

7. Essential oils cannot be used on animals. Again this isn’t true. While you do need to avoid melaleuca with cats, and there are a few others to be careful with, animals love essential oils and they can help them a lot.

8. Essential oils must be put on the skin to be beneficial. Again this isn’t true. You can also diffuse them in the air with a diffuser, and for the right ones, use them internally as well.

9. You can’t take essential oils at the same time as drugs. While you do need to be careful and you should certainly tell your doctor if you are using essential oils and are on drugs, many of them can be used at the same time without a problem. Some may even make your drugs work better.

10. Every essential oils will work in the same way for every person. This isn’t true either. Different oils work different for different people.

11. All essential oils require the use of a carrier oil. Again it depends on the oil. Hot oils such as cinnamon and oregano need a carrier oil but many others such as lemon and lavender don’t.

12. You can be allergic to all essential oils. Yes you can be allergic to a few, however, you can’t be allergic to all of them. If you are getting rashes or having other issues, then you either have candida or are detoxing. Fix this and essential oils will work great for you.

13. More essential oils will work better than less. No. In fact, less is more and while it can’t hurt you to use more in most cases, it is just wasteful.

14. If you use essential oils, then you can eat whatever you want. No nutrition and overall health is still important.

How to Chose a Fish Oil

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Fish oil is a great supplement to add to your diet in order to maintain maximum health. However, there are a lot of fish oils on the market. So how do you know which one to choose?

Here are a few tips:

1. Read the ingredients. You want to make sure that the main ingredient really is fish oil and that there are no added chemicals, preservatives or anything else that should not be there.

2. Understand where the fish oil comes from. All fish oils are not created equal.

3. Avoid choosing a fish oil exclusively based on the price.

Read more about the benefits of fish oil

Is leaky gut syndrome causing your allergies?

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Do you have leaky gut syndrome? For many people this term is not familiar and even many doctors don’t even know much about it. However, it can wreck havoc on your immune system and may very well be the root cause of your allergies including food allergies and intolerances.

Some of the common symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include:

1. Digestive issues including gas, bloating, diarrhea and other stomach discomforts.

2. Asthma

3. Chronic sinus infections

4. Seasonal or food allergies

5. Fatigue

6. Weakened Immune System

7. Skin rashes

8. Anxiety

9. Frequent colds or flus

10. Joint paint and headaches

11. Auto-immune diseases

In short, are you sick a lot? If so, chances are very good you have leaky gut syndrome.

Here is a video that talks about leaky gut syndrome and what to do about it.

The Diet Cure: the 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry

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The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings–Naturally is a really good book. I read a lot of books on health, wellness, nutrition and other related topics and this is honestly one of the best I’ve read. While there are lots of diet books published, this book is unique in several ways.

1. This book talks about your body chemistry and how to identify the chemical imbalances that are the root cause of your health issues.

2. This book does not focus on one diet but rather on principles and how to identify what you should be eating and how to avoid yo-yo and fad diets.

3. It addresses many of the common problems that many doctors miss such as thyroid issues, food intolerances and reactions, candida and hormonal issues.

4. This book doesn’t stop at helping you identify your problems, it also helps you get to the root cause and solve them.

5. There are chapters on how to overcome your allergy problems.

6. There are chapters on shopping, menu planning and other resources to help you implement the diet cure.

7. The last chapter includes putting the master plan in action.

If you are struggling to solve the root cause of your health issues, I highly recommend this book.

5 Really Good Dairy Free and Sugar Free Chocolate Recipes

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1. Chia seed pudding. There are a variety of ways to make this however, the basic idea is that you soak 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds in coconut or almond milk for 2-3 hours. You can then add whatever you want to it. Personally I like to add 1 tablespoon of chocolate flavored stevia and eat as is. You can also add some frozen fruit to it or raw cocoa powder if you want an even stronger chocolate taste.

2. Raw cocoa shake. I make this by blending almond or coconut milk with 1 frozen banana and 1 scoop of raw cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder shake. It’s so good and good for you.

3. Fresh fruit with coconut milk whipped cream. You can make whipped cream with coconut milk by pouring it into a bowl and then whipping it with a mixer. Then you can serve it with fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. When pineapple or peaches are in season you can use those too. Then you add a scoop or raw cocoa. Hmm, so good.

4. Gluten free waffles or pancakes with some cocoa powder added into the mix. This is my favorite gluten free mix. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix, 22-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

5. Dairy free chocolate pudding. Make this by whipping together raw cocoa powder and coconut milk.

Got a favorite dairy free and sugar free chocolate recipe that I missed? Share it in the comments below.

5 Reasons Why A Gluten Free Diet is Not a Fad

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Some people think that a gluten free diet is a fad and while that may be true for a small percentage of people who follow a gluten free diet exclusively because they think it will help them lose weight, a gluten free diet is not a fad for the majority of people.

1. Celiac disease is a very real and serious condition and anyone who has it should absolutely not eat any gluten ever. Period. There is no debating this.

2. Gluten intolerance is a very real condition despite the denial that this condition exists by many doctors. Some people estimate that up to 15% of the U.S. population has a gluten sensitivity. One of these is Dr. Amy Myers with this article on 3 Reasons to Give Up Gluten. She also says that gluten is connected in one way or another to 55 different diseases.

3. Gluten free is a crucial part of many diets that have been proven to work and to improve the health of a lot of people. This includes diets like the paleo diet.

4. Wheat which is the number one source of gluten has been engineered and modified and sprayed with chemicals to the point that it can no longer be considered a health food. This is evidenced by the research and books such as the Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

5. Many of the most highly processed food and the foods that have the most sugar also have gluten in them. While there are gluten free foods that also are processed and have sugar, if you go gluten free odds are good that you will by default eat less sugar.

Do you think that a gluten free diet is a fad? or have you benefited health wise with a gluten free diet? I’d love to hear in the comments.

How to Eliminate Your Allergies Forever

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Are you looking to finally eliminate your allergies forever? If so, you should take the time to read this book. While I’m not sure that the information in this book will really eliminate allergies forever for everyone and in fact, if you have food intolerances or allergies, then this book will not help you. However, the information in this book is nonetheless really useful.

This book starts out with a summary of the history of allergies, then moves on to talk about extactly what allergies are and how they are caused. There is also a really good summary of the various ways in which you can get contact with allergens.

Then there is a chapter on traditional allergy treatments and how they work following by a brief guide to alternative treatments. I find it interesting that the only treatments mentioned in this chapter are homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture and ayurvedic treatments. While I know from personal experience and from the exprience of others that these are all effective treatments, this is not a comprehensive list. The next chapter covers allergy symptom relief. The last chapter answers any of the questions the author gets asked on a regular basis. These are interesting and worth reading.

In short, this book does not really deliever on its claim to eliminate your allergies forever, however it is worth reading and is easy to read and follow.

Grab your copy now of How To Eliminate Your Allergies Forever: The Truth About Allergic Reactions, Allergy Symptoms and Allergy Relief