May 192019
 
Clean your home the green way.

Clean your home the green way.

 

A few years ago, I wrote a short article that mentioned the ‘happy home’ aspects of non-toxic cleaners.  I wrote about how I use non-toxic cleaners and included a link to give a little information about the ones I use.  I commented early in the article about how we become more concerned when there are little ones in the home, and start looking for alternatives.

  • Essential Oils Help With Healthy Lifestyles

For the past several years, I have focused more and more on essential oils.  Many of the non-toxic cleaners on the market or accessible through wellness shopping clubs have essential oils as part of their ingredients.  For instance, some contain lemongrass scent, lavender, orange, lemon and eucalyptus.  Most of the household cleaners I use contain some of these oils, and others contain Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) or thyme oil.

Essential oils have many household uses.

Essential oils have many household uses.

Essential oils can be used as a safe alternative to chemical and toxic counter-parts throughout the home in sprays, misters, deoderizers, room fresheners, linen fresheners, disinfectants — just to name a few.  An article posted by Busy Bee Cleaning Services lists several ways to use essential oils throughout the home including killing and preventing mold, repelling pests and keeping your toilets fresh.  There are many uses for essential oils in the home that are safe for our families and pets.

Here are some distinct characteristics of a few essential oils for diffusing in your living room, kitchen, bedroom or office:

Siberian Fir:  creates a calm and grounded environment.

Siberian Fir - Calming

Siberian Fir – Calming

Spearmint:  refreshes the air and promotes mental clarity.

Spearmint is refreshing.

Spearmint is refreshing.

Nutmeg:  creates a calm and invigorating environment.

Nutmeg Seeds

Nutmeg Seeds

Black pepper: creates a strong and warming environment.

Black Pepper Essential Oil - Wikipedia

Black Pepper Essential Oil – Wikipedia

Clove:  creates a fresh and clean experience.

Clove Tree

Clove Tree

Lavender: creates a light, but luxurious aromatic experience.

Lavender is calming.

Lavender is calming.

Melaleuca oil (tea tree): refreshes the senses with a fresh, pleasing scent.

Melaleuca Tree

Melaleuca Tree

Whether you are just beginning to investigate essential oils or are a seasoned essential oil user, there are always new and exciting ways to use them in our daily lives and new studies being done to scientifically demonstrate their effectiveness and how they can help us live healthy lifestyles.  Don’t stop learning about the wonderful world of essential oils.

Picture credits:

Nutmeg:  Wikipedia

Black Pepper: Wikipedia

Clove Tree: Wikipedia

Lavender:  Wikipedia

Siberian Fir:  Wikipedia

Spearmint:  Wikipedia

Melaleuca:  Wikipedia

Written by Martha L. Robards © 2019

Mar 072018
 

PHOENIX ALLERGY SEASON

Allergy season in Phoenix is upon us. For those who experience seasonal allergies, using essential oils can help alleviate some, if not all, seasonal allergy symptoms.  It does take planning, and some consistency and regularity, but can be done, and can help.  Similar to using solar power, you do have to be pro-active — in other words, practicing ‘more natural’ ways of doing things takes effort, but oh, how worth-it it is!  Not all of you live in Phoenix, but these ideas are helpful no matter where you live.

WHICH OILS CAN HELP

Using an essential oil diffuser, you can use eucalyptus, myrtle, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, thyme and/or tea tree essential oils to help with hay fever.  These oils have anti-inflammatory, expectorant and immune stimulating, along with other properties that can help reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Lavender 3-22-17

HOW TO DO IT

Depending upon which kind of diffuser you have, you may add a little more or little less essential oil to the water of your diffuser, and either turn it on, and let it produce steam into the air with the scent of the oil you added, or light a candle under the bowl to heat the water.  Both work fine.  Generally, 6 – 8 drops works well in either, but experiment to find which works best for you.  You can combine some of the oils, or use one at a time.

This is where being pro-active and effort come in.

  • You have to buy the oil.  Shop at health food stores or online.
  • Understand that natural healing ways help your body help itself.  It takes a little longer than a pill.  It takes being patient and consistent.  We’re all busy and active, and have many responsibilities.  When you’re at home, use the diffuser consistently throughout the day.  If you are at work, use it at your desk or in your area, if possible. If that is not possible, you can carry a small bottle of the oil with you and sniff it several times throughout the day.   In your car, you can keep some cotton balls in your car and put a few drops on the cotton balls every time you get in.
  • Be consistent and don’t give up.  Don’t expect immediate results.  These things take practice to get used to, and consistency, but by doing them you can be setting a pattern in your life of healthy habits, natural healing and pro-active care of your health and that of your family.

Plus it smells good.

 

Of course, use only pure, high grade essential oils that you can track the origins of.  :)

 

Some of this information came from:

LiveStrong.com

National Association of Aromatherapy

Jul 132017
 

Her sleeplessness had finally gone

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says:

Learn how much sleep you need for good health.

People will often cut back on their sleep for work, for family demands, or even to watch a good show on television. But if not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death. Even one night of short sleep can affect you the next day. Not surprisingly, you’re more likely to feel sleepy. On top of that, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, be less productive at work, and to be involved in a motor vehicle crash.

How much sleep you need changes as you age. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend:

Age Group Recommended Hours of Sleep Per Day

Infant 4-12 months 12-16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)

Toddler 1-2 years 11-14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)

Pre-school 3-5 years 10-13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)

School Age 6-12 years 9-12 hours per 24 hours

Teen 13-18 years 8-10 hours per 24 hours

Adult 18-60 years 7 or more hours per night

WHAT CAN HELP YOU?

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot or too cold.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime. *

* National Sleep Foundation Recommendations

Also, natural sleep aids may help.

  • Try herbal teas, such as Chamomile.
  • Try a natural supplement containing herbs and natural ingredients such as calcium, melatonin, valerian, L-theanine, passion flower, spearmint. These ingredients are not harsh, non-habit forming, trusted and reliable.
  • A warm bath before bed can help relax you.
  • Try listening to soothing, calming music before bed.
  • Read a book. That always helps me get sleepy when I can’t sleep.
  • Essential oils such as lavender can have a calming, soothing and relaxing effect.

Proper rest has been linked to optimal immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. But we live in a fast-paced world. Deadlines, multi-tasking, and worries can make getting the true rest you need difficult if not impossible. In fact a December 2013 Gallup® report found that 40% of adults are not getting the recommended amount of sleep each night.

www.cdc.com

Martha maintains RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com , which is a health and wellness information website that promotes healthy living for all aspects of life (including physical, mental and emotional, financial, and natural) and products for healthy living. For more information contact Martha at marthapmintl@gmail.com or 505-750-7847, or check out Martha on Twitter as MrsProfQuack or RobardsHealthyLifestyles . com on Facebook.