Allergy-Proofing Your House? 8 Things You Should Do Today To Prevent Common Household Allergies

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Are you struggling with allergies and yet you know that its not only the outdoor pollutants that are causing your allergies? Do you need help allergy proofing your house? Here are 8 things you should do today to prevent common household allergies.

1. Do you have pets? If so, you need to take a serious look at whether or not your pets are causing or making your indoor allergies worse. The first thing you need to do is make sure that your pets are not sleeping in your bedroom. You also need to take a look at how much pet hair is on the floors, inside furniture etc. You don’t necessarily need to get rid of your pets, but you do need to take a look at what is going on with your pets.

2. What are you using for cleaning supplies? Most cleaning supplies are very toxic and can make indoor allergies as well as asthma worse. I highly recommend getting rid of all of your cleaning chemicals and replacing them with essential oils, castille soap and vinegar. You can actually even clean more effectively with these natural cleaners.

3. Consider purchasing allergy free bedding and or covers for your current bedding. This can help with dander, feathers, and other pollutants on furniture that can increase allergies.

4. Evaluate anything that you are using for smells in your home. This includes candles, scented plug ins, air fresheners and anything else scented. Chances are that these things are making your indoor allergies worse. They are nearly all full of chemicals and so you need to stop using them.

5. Have you replaced your carpet within the last 15 years? If not, you may want to consider doing it. Old carpet can have allergens and pollutants in it.

6. Get an essential oil diffuser and use it. This can help to kill bacteria and viruses in the air that may be worsening your indoor allergies and the essential oils can help with allergies as well.

7. Consider purchasing an air purifier. This is a machine that helps clear and clean the air indoors.

8. Consider using a humidifier at night. This can help you breathe and sleep better.

What other tips do you have for reducing indoor allergens?

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5 Questions You Should Ask Before Taking a Drug for Allergies

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Have you considered taking an allergy drug? Or maybe you’ve already taken one or more? Or maybe you are taking allergy drugs now. While allergy drugs can provide relief for people, in many cases they are not necessary and can in fact, make your allergies worse. Personally I’ve tried every allergy drug on the market both prescription and over the counter and never got the kind of relief I was looking for. In fact, I am convinced that taking allergy drugs actually increased some of my health issues and it took me years to get to the root cause of my health issues whereas I could have found the cause and gotten real healing faster without them.

So what are five questions that you should ask before taking a drug for allergies to determine if in fact, you do need one. (Note: I am not saying that no one ever needs a drug for allergies.)

1. Do you really have hay fever or seasonal allergies? And Is this your only problem? Personally, while I did have hay fever and seasonal allergies, I also had several other issues including candida, leaky gut, and food intolerances which where in fact, the root cause of these. So on to question number 2.

2. Do you have candida or leaky gut? If so, no allergy drug will fix this. In fact, no drug will fix it period. You have to heal from candida or leaky gut by primarily changing your diet. Although taking a probiotic and fish oil supplement can also help.

3. Do you have any food allergies, or food intolerances? Even if you think you don’t chances are good that you do. I’ve heard a statistic that up to 70% of the U.S. population has at least one food intolerance or allergy. If so, taking an allergy drug will do nothing to solve this problem.

4. Do you have an auto-immune condition? What many people do not realize is that many allergies are caused by or made worse by auto-immune conditions. If so, you need to get help for your auto-immune condition first before your allergies will clear up.

5. Are there any home allergy remedies you can use instead? Personally I’ve had really good success with essential oils for allergies as well as local honey.

5 Tips for Avoiding Essential Oil Disasters

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While essential oils are generally safe and doing any real harm is not a big concern, it is possible to have what is called an essential oil disaster. Nearly everyone who has used essential oils for any extended period of time, will experience an essential oil disaster, however, there are ways to limit and avoid them. Here are five tips on how to avoid essential oil disasters.

1. When using a hot oil, always dilute first with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil. The easiest way to do this is to use a roller bottle. An example of this is with cinnamon and cassia. When I got my first bottle of cassia essential oil, I opened it up and loved the smell so much, I wanted to use some right away. I knew that it was a hot oil so I mistakenly thought that if I added a few drops to some of the unscented Doterra lotion then I could rub it on my arms and legs and it would be fine. Well I did it and you can guess what happened. I almost caught on fire, my legs and arms turned bright red and burned a lot for about 2 hours. So I learned my lesson and I won’t do that again.

2. While you want to avoid analysis paralysis, it is still a good idea to spend a few minutes learning about each essential oil and the best ways to use it, before you use it or before you help anyone else learn how to use it.

3. When in doubt remember that less is more and that one drop can go a long way.

4. Avoid using citrus oils on the skin before going out into the sun. You can still take them internally and diffuse them however.

5. Before using an oil internally, make sure you are using an oil that is pure enough for internal use, and double check the list of oils that are considered by the FDA to be GRAS. If in doubt, don’t use it internally.

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7 Tips to Select Gluten Free Foods

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Selecting gluten free foods can be challenging especially since many gluten free foods have other additives and things in them that aren’t the healthiest for you. Just because a food is gluten free doesn’t make it healthy for people with a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. So here are seven tips to select gluten free foods that are still healthy.

1. Choose foods that are naturally gluten free. This includes foods such as broccoli, apples, carrots, cabbage, lean grass fed chicken etc. When you have a gluten sensitivity and need to eat gluten free, the majority of your diet should include foods that are whole foods and obviously don’t have gluten in them.

2. Focus on eating whole gluten free grains. This includes things such as brown rice, millet, and sorghum.

3. Be careful about gluten free foods that replace the wheat with corn. Too much corn isn’t good for anyone and corn is also a common allergen as well. In addition corn is one food that can cause a cross reactivity in people with gluten sensitivity.

4. Avoid too many of the gluten free sauces and dressings as many of them have added soy, canola oil and other ingredients that aren’t great for your health in large quantities. Instead use things such as avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, coconut amino acids, lemon-pepper, essential oils and other similar products to cook and flavor your food.

5. Be careful about too much gluten free bread, pasta, cookies etc. These things can still add a lot of carbs and sugars and often aren’t the healthiest even without the gluten.

6. Read all the ingredients carefully on all packages of gluten free food and only eat it, if it really is a health food and not just because it is gluten free.

7. Ask for recommendations for others who eat gluten free and see what they like to eat and what they have found helpful.

P.S. I offer a 30 days to living the gluten free lifestyle program that can help you as well.

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5 Great Essential Oil Recipes for Your Diffuser

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Do you use a diffuser to diffuse your essential oils? If not, you really should. While there are other ways to diffuse essential oils, using a diffuser can really help you spread the oils throughout a larger area and help kill the bacteria and viruses in the air. That said, what oils do you put in a diffuser? While you can put in any oils you want, here are 5 great essential oil recipes for your diffuser that I really love.

1. Wild Orange and Peppermint- This is just a plain great essential oil blend period. I love to use it on me as well and it works great for improving your energy and helping with focus and concentration.

2. Frankincense and peppermint- This is another great blend for helping with your memory and to help reduce inflammation.

3. Serenity and Balance- These are 2 Doterra blends that work great together for helping with concentration and focus as well as helping to reduce anxiety and helping with sleep.

4. Lemon and Lime- Many times people use these separately but combining them together, makes for a great smell and cleansing blend.

5. Peppermint and Lavender- This is another great blend for focus but it can also help with headaches and allergies.

Do you have a favorite essential oil blend for your diffuser? Share it below in the comments.

5 Questions You Should Ask About Food Intolerances But Probably Aren’t

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Do you have food intolerances? Even if you think you don’t, chances are good that you actually do. In fact, I read somewhere that as much as 73% of the population is estimated to have at least one food intolerance and many people have several of them. That said, here are five questions you should ask about food intolerances but probably aren’t.

1. Why do I have my food intolerances? Despite what you may have heard from many western medical doctors, all health issues and medical conditions have a root cause including food intolerances. When you treat the root cause, then the health issue will disappear. So figure out why you have your food intolerances and you will be able to get rid of some of them. That said, some of them will always be a problem and can cause other health issues so you can’t totally remove all of them. Gluten and dairy are two common food intolerances that once you have them, you really shouldn’t eat those foods again.

2. How bad are my food intolerances? Different food intolerances can cause various reactions and of various levels of severity. You really should do what you can to figure this out because in some cases you may be able to follow a rotation diet and still eat some things.

3. What other health issues do I have in addition to my food intolerances? This is an important question to ask because rarely ever do people have food intolerances without other health issues. Auto-immune diseases are a common reason for food intolerances.

4. Do I have candida? Candida is a common cause for food intolerances and can when it gets out of control cause other health issues such as headaches and sleep problems.

5. Can taking a probiotic help me? The reality is that probiotics can help balance and increase good bacteria in your stomach and can help reduce food intolerances and illness in a lot of people.

What other questions do you have about food intolerances? Ask them in the comments below and I will try to answer them.

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7 Questions to Ask About Green Cleaning

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Do you do green cleaning? If not, you really should. However, before you begin green cleaning, you really should ask some questions to make sure that you do it effectively and that you are really green cleaning rather than just using fewer chemicals.

1. Is this product really green? The rules in the United States regarding the labeling of green cleaning products as well as essential oils, and so called “natural” products are really loose. Because of this there are plenty of so called “green cleaning” products available in the marketplace that really aren’t.

2. Will the green cleaning products I’m using really kill the bacteria and viruses that I’m trying to kill? Not all green cleaning products will so this is something else to consider.

3. Do I really need this green cleaning product? The reality is that many people don’t realize that water, vinegar and lemons can actually be really great green cleaners.

4. How many green cleaners do I need? The reality is probably less than you think. If you find the right one, then you will only need one.

5. Do I really need a cleaner at all? Many things can be cleaned with something like a Norwex cloth and water.

6. Will this product help with mold? Mold is a big problem and not all green cleaning products will remove mold as well.

7. How expensive are the products I’m considering using and are there cheaper alternatives? Green cleaning products are available at a wide variety of prices and costs.

As you can see there is more about green cleaning that you might think.

What Is a Health History and How Can It Help You?

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Have you ever completed a health history? If you are like most people the entire concept of a health history is a foreign idea. However, health histories can be quite helpful in helping you understand how to improve your health and overall wellness.

Here are some things a health history can do for you:

1. Help you identify areas where you could improve your diet
2. Help you identify ways to improve your exercise routine
3. Help you identify how to improve your sleep routine
4. Help you figure out how to live a healthier life and have more balance in all areas of your life
5. Help you figure out how you might be able to benefit by working with a health coach.

How a health history will not help you:

1. It will not diagnose you with anything
2. It is not like a doctor’s appointment
3. It is not designed to give you a lot of advice
4. It will not solve all your health issues.

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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.

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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.

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