Natural Back to School Essentials

Back to school also means back to germs! Most parents focus on clothes and supplies when preparing for back to school, but what about natural back to school essentials?  For my kids I make it a priority to support their body systems weeks before they had back to school. This post will share with you my natural tips and tricks for natural back to school essentials to keep your kids healthy and happy and above the wellness line!

Natural Back to School Essentials

When it comes to getting my kids school ready It’s more than just new clothes and school supplies. For my family we focus on emotional and physical support as well. Of course I am all about natural methods and modalities to help out bodies to function properly. Here are some of the ways that we promote health and wellness with some of our natural back to school essentials.

Nutritional Support

We are what we eat, and what our kids eat is going to either help them or hurt them both mentally and physically. During Summer I am a little more relaxed on our eating and sleeping habits, but tend to reign it in and really focus on nutritional support because I know it’s so important for our body to function properly on all levels. Nutrition is so important for our bodies to function properly. Unfortunately due to minerals being depleted in the soil due to a high crop turnover means that we need to eat even more fruits and vegetables in order to get the essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to achieve optimal wellness. Many parents would agree that getting kids to eat a full required amount of fruits and vegetables each day (2 servings of fruit, 3 servings of veggies) can be difficult. Supplementing with whole food nutritional capsules and/or gelatin chewables are a great way to make sure your little ones are getting the nutrition they need. They are great for adults too. You can learn more about the whole food supplements my family uses you can find out more here.

Back to School Jitters

Regardless of what grade your child is starting, first day jitters can be a problem. For many kids it could be separating from their parents for the first time, for others it’s the fear of being the new kid on campus or moving into a higher grade brings the fear of the unknown. Luckily there are some natural ways that you can help to emotionally support your kid no matter how old they are! Therapeutic grade essential oils are a great way to manage first day jitters and manage other stresses and emotions associated with going back to school. Click here to learn more about the essential oils I use for my family and why.

Immune System Support

I know for my kids we tend to get off schedule. We have long nights and tend to be a little more lax when it comes to our eating. We try to do our best, but we tend to focus on fun and enjoying the moment as much as we can and that can leave our immune system a little run down. Pair that with being exposed to a bunch of other small humans and it can result in sick days. Here are some ways that I support my kids immune system and some ways that I can help support them when they do fall below the wellness line.

Healthy Hair Spray

No parent ever wants to get the dreaded letter! You know the one letting you know your child has been exposed to head lice. Here is a recipe for some healthy hair spray to help deter those pesky bugs. The quality of the essential oils will make a difference in the potency of this treatment. Commercial grade from health food stores will not have as effective results as a higher grade essential oils Here is the brand I recommend and use for my family.

Improve Concentration & Focus

Whether it’s during class or homework time it can sometimes be hard for kids to focus and concentrate at the task on hand. As a homeschooling mom I know first hand how hard it can be to get my kids to sit down without being distracted. I feel for your teachers who have 20+ kids in a class! My husband is an elementary school teacher and tells me all about his challenges throughout the day. I feel blessed to have a natural solution that has helped both me and my husband get through out day. I sent him to school with a diffuser and I have one next to our homeschool area where I can make my house smell good without resorting to harmful chemicals, while also helping to boost my kids focus and concentration. As I mentioned before, not all essential oils are created equal. I have used many brands over the years with different results. The brand that has been the most consistent in achieving the most success in helping us live happy and healthy can be found here.

 

 

The 3 Biggest Factors Causing Health Problems Today

When it comes to our health and well-being there are 3 biggest factors causing health problems and overall disease. Many wellness professionals would agree that these three things are important to both our physical and emotional well-being. By focusing on these three factors you can have a better chance of living happy and healthy.

3 Biggest Factors Causing Health Problems

  1. Diet & Nutrition – What we eat has such an impact on our overall health and well-being, both mentally and physically. We have become so disconnected with our food source with numerous amounts of processed foods available that many people turn to out of convenience. This has  major impact on how our body functions.
  2. Toxin Overload – We are bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. From our air, water, food and many of the products we have in our households and consider safe. This chemical overload put stress on our system and research is showing that it can be responsible for many health problems.
  3. Stress – Emotional and mental stress can be detrimental to how we function and can even manifest itself into physical pain. Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

 

Here’s how you can make a change to improve your overall health and well-being…..

First off, the key is to say “YES” to making your health and wellness a priority! If you invest in a nice house, nice car, furniture, clothes, etc. Why wouldn’t you invest in yourself, your most precious possession. After all, we only have one body so we might as well take care of it! One common misconception is that it takes a lot of time and money to be healthy. I’m here to show you how you can live happier and healthier without breaking the bank or spending all your precious time.

As a busy wife and mom I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be on a budget and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I spent years of taking small baby-steps towards a more proactive approach to wellness. Please don’t feel like you need to do everything at once. It will leave you feeling stressed and discouraged and will essentially leave you feeling the opposite of happy and healthy. Here are some of my resources for combating the problems listed above and easy tips and tricks that can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.

 

Eat Healthy and Mindfully:

3 Problems with Eating Healthy

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Tips to Save Money While Eating Healthy

 

Reduce Toxin Exposure:

Everyday Toxins to Avoid for Healthy Living

5 Toxin Sources Poisoning Women

6 Easy and Natural Detox Boosters

 

Promote Healthy Mind Body Connection:

3 Tips for Beginning a Regular Meditation Practice

10 Ways to Increase Mindfulness

Meditation to Live Happier & Healthier

How to Raise Vibration Naturally

Tips for Urban Gardening in a Small Space

Do you wish you could grow your own foods but think that you don’t have the time, energy or space that a garden requires? I felt the same way and am so excited to begin urban gardening to teach my kids about gardening and growing their own food and to be able to eat locally grown produce that can help lower our grocery bill. The purpose of this post is to share with you tips for urban gardening in a small space and how to grow aeroponically.

Our Disconnection with Food

As a culture we have become so disconnected with our food. This leads to mindless eating such as the over consumption of processed foods, health problems, obesity, etc.

Backyard gardening can help inspire you to take an interest in the origins of your food and make better choices about what you put on your plate. It is a great way to help you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and perfect if you have picky eaters. You decide what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides come in contact with your food, or that don’t. It lets you control when to harvest your food. Vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that must be picked early because you can eat them at their peak instead of getting them as their nutrients deplete daily.

For me personally, I have not had much success with gardening. All goes well for a few weeks, but after awhile I get busy and forget to give TLC to my plant friends, mainly because they aren’t as vocal as kids and dogs when they need to be taken care of, I get distracted and everything ends up dying. I recently found a great solution and my whole family loves it! It’s called Aeroponic gardening and it’s perfect for urban gardening, especially in small spaces! We have a small patio area and this option is perfect for people who have space restrictions, it also eliminates the need for weeding, tilling and watering. Aeroponics is also a smarter choice environmentally because it requires only 10% the space and as little as 2% of the water as traditional growing methods use to grow 30% more and three times as fast.

 

Benefits of Aeroponic Gardening:

  • Delivers nutrients directly to the plant roots
  • Completely programmable technology conserves energy
  • Closed-loop system conserves water
  • Conserves water through runoff absorption into roots
  • Moisture control for better plant growth
  • Crops are easier to harvest in the absence of soil
  • Higher density crops optimizes output
  • Reduce labor cost through automation
  • Produces higher quality food in a controlled environment
  • Reduced risk of disease and pest infestation in a controlled environment
  • No need to immerse immerse roots in water which offers more control
  • Roots are provided with better exposure to oxygen
  • Produces more food with less effort

My Aeroponic Gardening Experience:

As I mentioned before, when it comest to gardening I have a bit of a brown thumb. My intentions are good, but at this point in my life, I don’t have much time for all the effort and energy that comes with gardening. Yet, as a health advocate I am passionate about the benefits of growing your own food. Also, as a homeschooling mom, I know how important it is to teach my kids about nutrition and want to create a closer connection with the foods we eat. What I love most about the TowerGarden is that it makes it so easy to grow your own food! It’s set to a timer so I don’t have to worry about watering it. It doesn’t contain soil so I don’t have to worry about weeding anything and it saves so much water. The reservoir holds a good amount a water and recycles itself so it uses 90% less water than conventional gardening! The nutrients (calcium, magnesium, other essential minerals) help everything to grow so much faster too!

After doing some assessment into how we could reduce our grocery budget and reduce food waste I discovered that we throw away lots of veggies and greens each month and I felt that this was a perfect way to have a garden we can easily manage, the kids can get to grow their own foods which excites them and makes them more inclined to eat more veggies and we are saving money! It’s a Win/Win! I have had my eye on a Tower Garden for a few years now and finally decided the time was right to invest in one for my family. I couldn’t be happier. And in a few weeks we will be adding to our Tower Garden family with another one to grow even more food! It’s so easy! I set it up in about 20 minutes (without my husband! I was so proud!) I setup a timer and it completely waters itself! No more forgetting and drying up my entire garden. We have an abundance of lettuce and greens daily and the garden is just starting! I can’t wait for the tomatoes to take off! And I love the sound of the Tower Garden when it waters itself. Just like a peaceful waterfall!

Check me out on Instagram to watch my Tower Garden updates including my IG stories where I usually have videos on how my garden is growing, harvesting and making yummy meals, etc. If you are thinking of getting a Tower Garden for yourself you can find more info here or you can email me directly to ask any questions! I’m always here to help!