Being a grown up can be overwhelming! When it comes to living with balance it can be hard between work, family time, relationships and just life in general! Pretty much everyone can agree that they want to live happy and healthy, but it can be hard! If you feel the same way and are looking for a change I am here to help!
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Starting January 1st I am hosting an 30-day Online Pinterest Challenge that will share with you three tips a day to get you on the road to living healthier and happier. There will be three pins for each day for 30 days, along with some exciting giveaways! The 3 daily topics will be:
Mind & Body
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Many OTC medicines have an extensive list of ingredients. Are they really all necessary? What about side effects? All medicines are created to mimic natural alternative in a more convenient way to provide to general public. Over the counter drugs carry with them a danger of overdosing and prolonged use of these drugs are discouraged and can lead to further medical problems. For me and my family, using natural alternatives is a no brainer. I think there is a place for pharmaceutical drugs and all the other wonders modern medicine has to offer, but when it comes to everyday health I prefer a more natural route. I have created a First Aid and Wellness Kit that uses essential oils to promote health and well-being and nourishes our bodies when we are run down and fighting off illness. This article will share with you some tips and tricks for putting together your own Natural First Aid and Wellness Kit at home.
*Because each and every one of us are different our Wellness kits will also be unique based on individual needs. This list is for basic first aid and common ailments.
Why You Should Have a Natural First Aid and Wellness Kit at home.
Have you ever stopped to think about the ingredients in medicine products? I became much more aware when I first became a mother. When my kids were babies there were several recalls on Children’s Tylenol and Motrin, every few months it seemed. The fact that there could be multiple recalls on the same medicine in a couple year period freaked me out. Especially when those reasons have included nauseating package odors, small glass or metal particles in liquid medicines and wrong levels of active ingredients (YIKES!). From then on I began to take a natural approach to our medicine. While herbs and essential oils are very potent, they are generally safe and can be used without worry. Below are some recipes that I have stocked in my natural wellness kit. I have one at home and a smaller travel kit for on-the go. You can watch my video about my travel kit here. To learn more about where to buy Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils click here.
Basic first aid kit:
Healing Salve– Fill Roll on bottle or small glass jar with coconut oil and 6-8 drops of either Lavender, Frankincense or a combination of both.
First Aid Spray– In a spray bottle add a teaspoon of sea-salt and 4 drops of Peace and calming and 6-8 drops of Thieves.
Ointment for Bruising & Swelling– Fill glass roll-on bottle with carrier oil and add 6 drops of PanAway.
Bug Spray– In a spray bottle add water with 8-10 drops of Purification.
Oils for Common Discomforts:
Essential oils are very effective in assisting with common ailments. By simply diffusing, applying topically or by rubbing on the bottom of the feet the oils can help support the body’s immune system naturally. Here is a list of common ailments and oils that many be helpful.
Head and sinus discomfort– Peppermint, Valor, PanAway
Itchy eyes, ears and throat– Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint
Feeling run down and under the weather– Thieves, Peppermint, Raven, Frankincense, Oregano, R.C., Purification
If you have an expensive car or a nice piece of property most people will make a point to invest to keep that prized possession in mint condition. Why should we feel any less about our bodies? It’s the only place we have to live and if we don’t keep good care of it what happens? It gets run down and even worse, it can go kaput. It is so important to take the time to invest in our health and wellness and doing so doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 5 simple ways to invest in your health.
5 Simple Ways to Invest In Your Health
1.Eat Good Food
Our food is our fuel, eating whole nutrient dense foods gives our body the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. A diet high in processed foods has an overall affect on the entire mind and body. While many people think that local, organic and sustainable food is expensive hasn’t priced the cost of illness and disease that is associated with poor diet. Doctors visits, prescriptions, hospital visits all come with a cost, not to mention how you feel day in and day out. It’s no secret that those who eat better foods feel, look and generally are healthier than those that don’t. Diet also plays a factor in how we feel. Eating processed foods is taxing on the liver which causes us to become sluggish and depressed. Making an effort to eat fresh, local organic fruits and veggies and grass-fed or pastured meats will make a difference in overall health and well-being. And when it comes down to dollars and cents, organic food can be slightly more expensive but A.) It’s better for you and B.) It’s actual FOOD, not chemicals and who know’s what! That is, of course, unless you enjoy eating and drinking beaver butt, flame retardant and yoga mats!
We are bombarded with chemicals all day every day. In our air, water, food, products- You name it! While there is no way to eliminate them all, there are things that can be done to reduce the amounts you are exposed to. Eating healthy organic foods as mentioned above is one way, reducing the amount of chemicals in our households is another. We spend quite a bit of time indoors and common household products can contain dozens of harmful cancer causing chemicals. Many beauty products too are a mixture of toxic ingredients that break the rule of- if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin! By choosing products from conscious companies or making your own with essential oils and other natural products is a great way to reduce everyday exposure to chemicals. Again, while the natural alternatives may be slightly higher in price they outweigh the physical, emotional and future monetary costs associated with the toxic options.
3.Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is essential to our house but, surprisingly, many people do not make it a priority. Missing even 90 minutes of sleep is enough to reduce your ability to do certain cognitive and physical tasks. It impairs your thinking ability, your memory and how well you function. sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Here are some ways to improve sleep naturally for overall health and well-being.
4.Time to reflect Inward
Many people forget that mental health is just as important as physical health. Making a point to meditate and reflect inward on a regular basis is important for overall wellbeing. has been linked to a number of powerful health benefits, including improving some of the most pressing concerns of modern life, such as high blood pressure and unchecked stress. Spending just a few minutes each day on quiet reflection can lead to major physical and mental health improvements. New to meditating? Here are some tips for beginners to get started.
Stress kills and in this day and age it seems there is always something to worry about. Don’t let anxiety get in the way of your health and happiness. Practicing the first 4 steps will increase happiness. Another way to get you out of a funk is to establish mantras or reciting positive affirmations, grounding/earthing and exercise and living more mindfully are all ways to help relieve stress hormones and create endorphins to stimulate happy feelings.
How do you invest in your health? We would love for you to share your tips!
About Yogi Mami
Yogi Mami was created by a wife and mother who strives for natural living. Yogi Mami offers tips, advice and information for those who are seeking a more holistic lifestyle. Yogi Mami believes that better knowledge can help us live happier, healthier lives.
DISCLOSURE: Please note these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. While I am certified in modalities such as Yoga, Aromatherapy, Reiki and Hypnotherapy, I am not a doctor or medical professional. I am simply a mother who is passionate about health and wellness and sharing my experiences and testimonials. In addition, I am a participant in the Amazon Affiliate advertisign program, an affilaite advertising program, an affiliate advertising program desinged ot provide a means to learn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliates sites.