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.

 

 

Homemade Probiotic Onions

 

If you have been following me for awhile you know that I love adding probiotic foods to our meals as often as I can. This is one of my favorite recipes because it is so easy to make and can be added to just about anything. Fermented foods have numerous benefits for overall health and wellness, which you can read about here. Homemade Probiotic Onions are a great and simple way to get beneficial bacterias into your diet on a regular basis. Here is my recipe for homemade probiotic onions.

Homemade Probiotic Onions

How to Make:

Place the sliced onions in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and massage the salt into the onions. Place into a jar and add water until you get to the top of the jar and use the fermentation weight to keep the onions submerged under the water to keep from molding. Cover the jar with a paper towel and secure with a rubber band. Leave for 7 days to culture and build up that beneficial bacteria that is so good for us! You will see lots of bubbles in the jar letting you know it’s working! After the 7 days you an remove the paper towel and the weight, place a lid on the jar and keep in your refrigerator for up to 6 months, if it lasts that long! I love to add this to sandwiches or burgers or even in a salad. They are so yummy and delicious and just one tablespoon is the equivalent to an entire bottle of probiotics!

5 Toxin Sources Poisoning Women

When it comes to toxins, sadly women are under assault by harmful chemicals every single day that affect our overall health and well-being. This post will share with you the top 5 toxin sources poisoning women today and how you can avoid exposure with more natural alternatives.

5 Toxin Sources Poisoning Women

1. Makeup

This is a source of many toxins and chemicals that affect women and young girls. Sadly many makeup companies PinkWash, meaning they capitalize on promoting for breast cancer awareness for marketing, but they don’t do much about the harmful chemicals in their makeup that research is showing is a main cause of many health problems that are arising. The good news is that you don’t have to completely give up on wearing makeup! If you are accustomed to high end makeup products this brand is one that I love and highly recommend! Their mission is to offer quality products without dangerous chemicals! Click here to see what makeup I use. How to avoid these toxins: This is my favorite Makeup company that I love their high quality products and can feel good about the ingredients. You can click here to checkout what I personally use and recommend.

 

2. Personal Products
Us ladies like to pamper ourselves and because of there is a plethora of personal products for us to choose from makeup removers to body lotion to shampoo and conditioner. Unfortunately many of them have one thing in common, they are all loaded with harmful chemicals that wreck havoc on our body and our endocrine system Research is showing that many of these products contain toxins that cause hormone imbalance, skin disorders and even cancer. As woman we use these products daily, multiple times a day which can have a negative impact on our overall health and well-being. How to avoid these toxins: When it comes to personal products I have a company whose products I LOVE and trust. You can get more information here.

 

3. Scented Products – What woman doesn’t like fresh, floral and pretty scents. Unfortunately these scents contain Phthalates which have been shown by research to negatively effect the endocrine system. When you see fragrance listed on the label, don’t be fooled. This is a catch-all term that can actually stand for thousands of different ingredients (literally, at least 3,000). When you use a product containing “fragrance” or “parfum,” all of those mysterious ingredients are absorbed right into your bloodstream. These ingredients are predominantly made from chemicals and are completely toxic for your health in so many ways. Scented products contain carcinogens, allergens, neuro-toxic chemicals, and respiratory irritants. Artificial scents are typically found in lotions, shampoo, candles, dyer sheets, laundry detergent, cleaners and air fresheners and many other personal and household products. How to avoid these toxins: Many of my favorite scented candles and fragrance lotions and sprays got replaced with simple homemade alternatives. I naturally scent my house using therapeutic grade essential oils in the diffuser and make also use them to make my own candles and other scented products. You can see just how easy it is to make some of your own products here.

 

4. Cleaning Products – Chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, they are also contributing to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home. Cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers. Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer. In addition, most ingredients in chemical cleaners break down into harmless substances during treatment or soon afterward. Others, however, do not, threatening water quality or fish and other wildlife. How to avoid these toxins: Making your own cleaning products is actually very easy! Click here are some recipes.

 

5. Plastic & Canned Products – For more than 40 years, BPA has been widely used in consumer products to prevent corrosion and breakages, preserving the food inside. This toxin is found in many plastic products such as water bottles, food packaging and canned items. A study published in the journal Environmental Research reveals that consuming canned foods can expose our bodies to BPA and the dangers it can cause. BPA can hack and disrupt the normal responses of hormones in the body. For instance, it can mimic the effects of estrogen. In doing so, it can reprogram cells, causing a plethora of health problems. BPA exposure is associated with many adverse health effects including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, reproductive development issues, amongst others. How to avoid these toxins: Avoid plastic as much as possible. They make great glass water bottles and choose products that use glass packaging instead of plastic. Replace canned foods with fresh or dried alternatives or choose products that use BPA free lining in cans.

Avoiding Toxins for Better Health

Avoiding these top 5 toxic sources will help to drastically reduce your everyday exposure to chemicals and will help to improve your overall health and wellness. While I get saddened at the fact that we are being so exposed to these toxins I am grateful for companies that choose to remain ethical and provide alternatives. We have the opportunity to vote with our dollars by spending our money on products and companies that align with our values and beliefs. It is up to us to educate ourselves and decide which changes we would like to make in our life I hope that this post helped to share with you some ideas on how to change your lifestyle to reduce toxins and improve your overall health and well-being.