The Number One Most Important Thing About Essential Oils

Posted on March 5, 2021March 5, 2021Categories Essential OilsTags

Are you wondering what the number one most important thing about essential oils is? Me too. No just kidding, of course there are several things I think about when it comes to the number one most important thing about essential oils, but at the end of the day, the number one most important thing in my opinion is…

The quality and purity of essential oils.

Yes, really. There are lots of factors that can be important when it comes to using and choosing essential oils, but if the quality and purity of the essential oils you are using isn’t good then nothing else matters. You must have high quality essential oils that are truly pure and not just ones that say it on the bottle. In the United States, a bottle of essential oil can say it is 100% pure even if there is only 3% oil in the bottle and the rest is carrier oil, or perfume or other plant matter that isn’t actually essential oil.

Furthermore, many essential oil companies get their oils from brokers who don’t really know what the quality and purity is. In addition many suppliers lack the equipment, resources and know how to be able to do adequate lab testing to ensure purity and quality.

So if quality and purity of essential oils is so important how do you know if an essential oil you are using or considering using is pure and off the highest quality?

It can be tough but here are some general guidelines:

  1. What is the price? If the price is too cheap then that is a sign the oil isn’t of the highest quality. For example frankincense and rose essential oil are always expensive and they always cost a lot more than other oils like lemon, lavender or peppermint. Also if a certain brand is charging the same price for all essential oils, that is a warning sign.
  2. Is the latin name of the essential oil on the bottle? If not, avoid that oil.
  3. What does it smell like? Does it smell pure or perfume like?
  4. If it’s one of the oils that is considered GRAS by the FDA, then can you take it internally? That doesn’t mean you should but you should be able to if you want to.
  5. What lab tests are available on that oil? If none, then it probably isn’t the highest quality.
  6. What country or countries does the oil come from? Does the plant grow natively in those countries?

While answering these questions doesn’t guarantee perfect quality and purity, they are a good start. Over time as you use more essential oils, you will be able to tell when you have a good quality and pure essential oil.

That said, why are high quality and pure essential oils so important?

Well it depends on why you are using it but in general unless you are using it only for cleaning, then purity matters a lot.

Pure oils will work better and more effectively. They are better for your health. Often oils of poor quality won’t give you the results you are looking for and if anything can sometimes cause health issues.

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10 Things That Are Wrecking Your Immune Health

Posted on February 27, 2021February 27, 2021Categories immune healthTags

Are you wrecking your immune health without realizing it? If you are doing any of these 10 things, then you need to stop today. Immune health has obviously become more and more important over the past few years. If you are sick a lot, this is a sign that your immune health isn’t as strong and balanced as it should be. Keep reading to learn what these 10 things are that are wrecking your immune health.

  1. Drinking soda. This is the worst one. While this list isn’t necessarily in order, the reality is that drinking soda is one of the worst things you can do for your immune health. Not only is it very high in sugar, but the chemicals in soda make it a terrible idea for your immune system as well as your teeth and other parts of your body. If you are drinking soda more than once or twice a year, you need to start cutting back and eventually stopping completely. If you need help with this, schedule a wellness consultation with me.
  2. Eating too much sugar. Although if you have an autoimmune condition like most of you reading this, you should try to eliminate all non-fruit, monk fruit, or stevia sweeteners from your diet period. If you can’t or don’t want to do that, then focus on only eating one or two treats per month and avoiding added sugars in sauces, meats, and more.
  3. Not going outside. While many of us are indoors more right now due to the pandemic, you really must go outside everyday for at least 10 minutes. Ideally you will go outside for longer but you must get at least a few minutes of fresh air and Vitamin D.
  4. Not taking supplements if you need them. In the United States, most of us are deficient in Vitamin D and a lot of us can really use more B12, Vitamin C, and Zinc. If you don’t know what you need, get your blood tested to find out.
  5. Eating out all the time. If you are eating out more than once a week, you need to start cooking at home more. Eating out is not good for your immune health and is not as healthy as if you cook your own food.
  6. Avoid eating processed foods. Processed foods are terrible for your immune system. Learn how to cook meals from scratch with vegetables, meats and whole gluten free grains.
  7. Do everything you can to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Stress is not only horrible for your immune health but for the rest of your health too.
  8. Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If this isn’t happening on a regular basis, you need to find out why. If you already know why you aren’t sleeping then you need to stop wrecking your immune health by doing everything you can to fix it. Getting adequate sleep is a must for other aspects of your health as well.
  9. Not focusing on doing everything you can to have a strong immune system. Learning about immune health and what you can do to fix it and then taking action. Your immune system won’t just be strong, you have to be proactive to get it healthier.
  10. Find out if you have any food sensitivities and work on avoiding those foods. If certain foods bother you, they can affect not only your digestive system but also your immune system. Take my food sensitivities quiz if you aren’t sure.

Why I Started Making My Own Dairy Free Milks

Posted on February 20, 2021February 20, 2021Categories dairy freeTags

I started making my own dairy free milks about a month ago and I thought I would share with you why. So if you have wondering about making dairy free milks keep reading. I also wrote another post a few weeks ago about how to make dairy free milks.

There are a variety of reasons why I started making my own dairy free milks. The main reason is because store bought dairy free milks are full of ingredients that are filers, gums and sugars as well as natural flavors. These things aren’t good for you and when you make your own, you use just the nut of grain, water and a little bit of salt.

Most store bought dairy free milks contain things such as carrageenan, guar gum, and other things that while they aren’t the absolute worst for your health, they can cause digestive issues when you consume too much. One of the reasons that a lot of us including me, are dairy free is because we have digestive issues, so using dairy free milks from the store can be contradictory to this.

I also initially thought that store bought dairy free milks are more expensive. I’ve since discovered that the reality is that the costs are really about the same. The main reason for this is that store bought almond milk for example only contains about 5 almonds in 64 oz. Yes, really the majority of it is water, gums and filers. When you make your own, you use a lot more almonds, (or coconut, cashews) etc to make your own dairy free milk. The end result is that you will use a lot more nuts for less milk. The cheapest place I’ve found nuts without having to buy very large quantities is at Costco.

The other thing I’ve discovered is that homemade almond and coconut milk tastes a lot better than store bought. In fact, if I had realized how good it tastes, I probably would have started making my own a lot sooner.

If you haven’t made your own dairy free milk get started today, you won’t regret it.