Anti-germ blend for kids

anti-germ for kidsI made an “anti-germ” blend that is safe for children 6 months old and up. I use it in a spray (kept in purse) to use as hand sanitizer. It’s safe for me to use on Vivian and I use it on myself as well, just in case I get some on the baby.

I also diffuse it in the air a couple days per week in the house as a preventative to keep colds away.

It smells a little like lemon Lysol, except without the headache I get from Lysol. It got me thinking that the makers of Lysol probably had really good intentions, but then somewhere along the way of R&D they had to alter the formula to make it more shelf stable, make it more cost effective, and the result is something that probably won’t kill us, but not really the best option for our bodies.

This blend is just made with Cinnamon Leaf, Fir Needle, and Sweet Orange essential oil. In the spray form, it’s mixed in a good quality witch hazel, which has its own beneficial properties as well.

Very effective in slaying bacteria and more gentle on children’s skin than Thieves oil.

Ode to Orange Essential oil

Orange essential oils have been studied in their ability to reduce bacteria on surfaces. How do they do it?

Orange essential oil is diffused through the air and lands on the bacteria and then just rips the bacteria cell walls open. Or orange essential oil is wiped on the surface of bacteria and then just rips the bacteria cell wall open. Specifically, it “inhibits the growth of Staph. aureus, causes gene expression changes consistent with the inhibition of cell wall synthesis, and triggers cell lysis”

So sweet, innocent oranges are slaying bacteria?  If its good enough for the Journal of Hospital Infection, it’s good enough for me.

Crazy Wart Girl, No More!

This is embarrassing to share, but I’m going to in case anyone else has this problem. I get warts on my thumb and I’ve finally found a treatment that works! I’m not like crazy wart girl, but I’ve had 2 in my life and I’m vain, so I can’t handle them when I get one. 
The first one I got on my thumb took NINE years to go away. I tried everything…burning them off with dry ice (at the dermatologist) for weeks on end, OTC salicyclic acid, filing them down, duct tape, nail polish. Nothing worked. 
Then I got one on the other thumb and I really lost it. I couldn’t handle another wart. I like my thumbs too much for this to happen. I looked into essential oils, since I have a medicine cabinet full of them. I started using lemon essential oil daily (1 drop on the wart each night) and in 3 weeks that freaking wart is gone. 
I don’t know why I’m so amazed because there are many essential oils that have anti-viral properties (warts are caused by a virus). I’m sure there are other essential oils that could have done the same thing. But I’m so happy that I keep finding more natural treatments that keep me out of the doctors office. 
Sharing in case you or your loved one has a freaking wart they can’t handle anymore

X0X0

12 Things you can do to Reduce your chance of Cancer

This is a lengthy post but well worth your time, I promise! The President’s Cancer Panel has public records of their meetings and summaries of recommendations they make to the President. It is all funded by The National Cancer Institute. They have given recommendations on how to reduce your risk of cancer, it is hundreds of pages so I summarized them for you. Spoiler alert, you are going to want t…o run away to the woods to live off the land, but don’t do that…a bear would probably eat you. Just find the ways you can reduce your exposure and pass the info on to a friend:
1) Remove shoes before entering your house and wash work clothes separately from the other family laundry. Especially important if you have children or pets that spend a lot of time near the ground.
2) Drink filtered tap water rather than bottled water. Public tap water is better regulated than bottled water, but tap water still needs to be filtered.
3)  Store and carry water in stainless steel, glass, or BPA- and phthalate-free containers. Microwave food and beverages in ceramic or glass instead of plastic containers.
4)  Choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Wash conventionally grown produce to remove residues.
5) Eat free-range meat that has not been exposed to antibiotics or growth hormones, if it is available. Minimize consumption of processed, charred, and well-done meats.
6) The Household Products Database is a resource to help make informed decisions about the products that are safe for the home.
7) Properly dispose of medicine, household chemicals, paints, and other materials to minimize drinking water and soil contamination.
 Choose products made with non-toxic substances or environmentally safe chemicals. Don’t use pesticides in your yard, they are contaminating drinking water supplies.
8)  Turn off lights and electrical devices when not in use. Drive a fuel-efficient car, bike or walk when possible, or use public transportation.
9) Try not to keep a cellular phone near your body for prolonged periods of time. Wear a headset when making a call, text instead of calling, and keep calls brief. Don’t keep your phone in your pocket.
10) Home buyers should conduct a radon test in any home they are considering purchasing. If you already own a home, periodically get the radon tested. If the levels are higher than recommended, there are ways to remedy the situation it looks like the prices range from $500-$1200).
11) To reduce exposure to radiation from medical sources, patients should discuss with their health care providers the need for medical tests or procedures that involve radiation exposure. Key considerations include personal history of radiation exposure, the expected benefit of the test, and alternative ways of obtaining the same information. In addition, to help limit cumulative medical radiation exposure, individuals can create a record of all imaging or nuclear medicine tests received and, if known, the estimated radiation dose for each test. (It looks like MRI, ultrasound testing is mostly a better option. Some CT scans provide more radiation than nuclear fallout survivors have received).
12) Wear protective clothing and sunscreens when outdoors and avoid exposure when the sunlight is most intense.
The following chemicals were also identified as needing stronger regulations: formaldehyde (found in furniture and building materials), BPA (found in plastics), phthalates and parabens (found in cosmetics and baby toys) and nanotechnology products (toxicity has not been studied in depth).One thing I’ve learned about government recommendations is that they take a LONG time to be acted upon and there are way too many regulatory agencies that don’t communicate with each other. We can’t rely on the government to protect us from cancer, because clearly as their meetings indicate, they know they are doing a poor job. Something gets missed between the recommendations and when laws become enacted in Congress.
BUT consumer demand can make a huge impact, so vote with your dollars!
 Love you guys. Don’t let your insides fall apart.Here is a link to the report http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/annualReports/pcp08-09rpt/PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf

National Nutrition Month

Toes are being amputated, tubes for breathing, tubes for eating, medications for medications…
Working in a hospital is a reminder of all the reasons to be thankful for health!
Now that we are in National Nutrition Month,  I want to encourage my friends and family to take care of themselves.
 Don’t let a preventable illness be the cause of a hospitalization…there are enough accidents and viruses out there to dodge in this life.  I’m afraid the real message of nutrition has gotten lost.
 Before I became a dietitian,  I thought nutrition was about the individual nutrients…”How do I get more Vitamin C?”  or  “Am I eating the right kind of fat?”
 Vitamins and minerals work together in harmony.  They have the power to heal and repair and they come best from natural packages…plants.
 This month, I encourage you to walk away from the
 frozen meal that leaves you starving and wanting to binge eat later.
 Put down the protein bar that promises you muscle but probably leaves your body with inflammation.
 Instead, pick up your pots and pans and cook from scratch.
 Add vegetables.
  Add spices.
  Add fat (gasp)!
 Snack on fruit.
 Try a new grain.
 Drink  w a t e r.
 Savor the flavors of real food and finish it off with a walk outdoors.
 I love yous guys.
 Don’t let your insides fall apart ♥

Should I go Paleo?

Should I go Paleo?

Raw? Gluten-free? 8-hr diet? Organic? GMO free? Vegan? So many choices…who is right?

Do we eat too many refined carbohydrates as a population?    Yes.

Are the additives, packaging and GMOs causing disruptions to our genetics?  Uh huh.

Are pesticides and poor soil quality affecting our produce?  Duh.

Is animal cruelty a part of most meat/dairy distribution?  Sadly, yes.

There is no one right way to eat, because there are so many issues with our bodies and our food supply. We are all individuals with unique genetics (some of which cause food allergies and intolerances), distinct passions (animal rights, human rights), and unique talents (cooking, gardening, athletics) that will dictate what foods we choose to put into our bodies. What is best for your body may not be what is best for your neighbor.

Whatever way of eating you choose, eat with sensibility and compassion. By sensibility, I mean moderate portions and variety of nutrient sources. By compassion, I mean think about how the food you purchased got to you (did it come from a company that widely used pesticides or GMOs, traveled across the world and left a large carbon footprint)? Animal rights is a huge part of compassion, follow your heart with however you feel lead.

We can all eat better. In turn, we can help our bodies, our animals, and our earth.

April, what do you think about a paleo diet?

 Although I’m not personally a proponent of the Paleo Diet, I definitely support any meal plan that advocates less processed foods.
 Paleo can be healthy, but it seems to unnecessarily restrict grains and legumes. If it comes from the Earth (and it’s not poisonous) it is likely beneficial for our bodies. The grains and legumes aren’t bad in themselves, it’s the general over consumption of them, notably grains and sugar.
 Most packaged foods are hardly food anymore…all the husks and fiber removed, bits of cheap soy and corn added, extra sugar and salt to enhance flavors, emulsifiers…we aren’t doing our bodies a favor by eating them.
 However, eat a 1/2 cup of black beans or 1/2 cup of quinoa and your body will be nourished.
 I’m a proponent of eating foods as close as possible as they come out of the Earth. Its a lot of work, and it’s not realistic 100% of the time.
 But following something like the 90/10 rule…eat well 90% of the time and allow 10% of the foods you eat to be treats, can be an easier path to follow.
 Getting back to the basics of eating unprocessed is a goal I’m working toward and I’m really enjoying.
 It feels good to eat real food. ♥

 

 

The Birth of Vivian Rose

The much anticipated,  much dreamed about,  much talked about…has finally happened.

The Birth of Vivian Rose, my first Grandchild!

 

This is Vivian one hour old, she weighed  7lbs and is 19 1/2 long.  She is Grand ma ma’s perfect little princess!

A few months ago I posted a story and ultrasound picture of her. I thought she was already adorable at only a few weeks old.   Grand ma ma went a little crazy buying things as soon as she knew for sure her first grand child was going to be a girl.

I bought a chandelier for Vivian’s bedroom…Grandma ma doesn’t even have a chandelier in her bedroom…at least not yet!

 

I’m so proud of my daughter April, she had a 100% natural birth just like I did, NO meds of any kind.  I was shocked to know that things have changed so much in the past 20 years or so.  Back in my day we did everything we could not to take any drugs of any kind, now everyone tries to talk you into taking medications for the pain, it’s even hard to find a doctor that still believe’s in a natural birth.  April’s doctor still believe’s in natural births but said he has delivered only 4 babies natural (that is without drugs) in the past year.

 April’s birth plan is very rare indeed!

 

This picture was taken 6 hours before April went into Labor.

24 hours later……

What we lovingly called the  “baby dance”.

 When April had a contraction she would lean into her husband Chad and sway from side to side till the pain was gone.

   Vivian was born, Sunday December 4th at 8:28 pm

 after approximately 24 hours of labor.

This is what a baby born without drugs looks like.

 Wide awake, and taking in her new world!

I hope anyone reading this who is pregnant, or knows anyone who is pregnant, Please consider giving birth without drugs.  Don’t let your doctor or nurses try to talk you out of it, women have been giving birth for thousands of years without drugs.  Yes, giving birth is painful, but it can be done without drugs!

XOXO,

Grand ma ma

I have a Brain Itch…

I have a problem with sleeping at night, and I have had this problem for quite a while now.  The problem is…I can’t sleep because songs get stuck in my brain.

One of the terms for this condition is called  Brain Itch…the other name is…Earworms…YUCK!

The good news is 90% of us have had this happen to us at one time or another.  At first I thought it was nice to wake up singing a song every morning,  but over the years it has become a roadblock to being able to get a good nights sleep.

And in my never ending desire to be as as healthy as possible I did some investigation into the earworm/brain itch problem.  This what I found out.

Mainly Women have this problem……(Great I can’t do anything about that!)  

   Next comes musicians…duh!…( that makes sense.)

  Then comes people who are stressed….or tired…yep that’s me…or neurotic…

(OMG! do I need to worry about this too!)

Researchers aren’t sure why this happens.  But they think it has something to do with our auditory cortex.

  For some reason a song gets stuck in our brains that causes a cognitive itch or a brain itch.  The brain has a need to fill in the gaps in a song’s rhythm.  In other words…the brain kept singing the song long after the song had ended.

Then our brains like to scratch the itch by repeating the song over and over again until it is stuck in a unending cycle.  The old….. the more you scratch the more you itch problem.

Some researchers think that songs are like thoughts that we are trying to suppress.  The harder we try not to think about them, the more we think about it.

Others think that it just the brains way to keep it’s self busy when in idle mode. 

Now that I understand the problem….. how do you get rid of it?

The bad news is, there is no simple way of getting rid of the problem…..

 ( Great!… not what I wanted to hear.) 

   Once a song gets stuck in your head it might be there for a few hours or a few days…(I personally have an Adele song that has been running almost non stop for about a week now)…

Thanks Adele, you can stop now...

There are a few things you can try to stop the insanity.

1.   Sing another song.      ( I need to do this, because I’m really getting tired of what is playing in my brain right now!)

2.  Switch to something that keeps you busy like working out.  ( But I need to listen to music when I work out, how is that going to help?)

3  Make sure you listen to a song all the way through.  ( this drove Mozart crazy, people would tease him by playing a song half way and then stopping.  Mozart would come running into the room and finish the song)

4.  Turn off the music.  (easier said, then done)

5.  Share the song with a someone.  ( And then laugh like hell.. to yourself when you hear them  humming the tune.)

6.  Imagine the earworm crawling out of your head and then stomping on it! 

I’m sure there are many more cures than this.  I would like to know if anyone out there has a found something that works for them for their brain itch/ earworm problem.

But for now I will leave you with a few songs that have driven  me crazy…. I think number one  for most people is

…..It’s a small world after all…it’s a small world after all….it’s a small world after all…it’s a small..small…world…..

Beware, they look cute, but they are evil!

Number two that drives me crazy is….Stop…Stop…Stop all the music…give me time to breath….Stop… Stop… Stop all the music or I’ll have to leave……Maybe this is the name I should have  entitled this post…it does say it all….

XOXO

Janice

Janice,,,In the stye,,, with Diamonds

The other day my right eye started bothering me.   My first thought for my eye pain was because some of the Brazilian blow out solution got into my eye when I was at the hair salon getting my hair de-frizzed.  I rubbed my eye while I was at the salon and mascara was all over my face, so in doing this I might have given myself a stye?  What ever!

The point of this story is an old family cure for styes.

My mother taught me to rub a stye with a sanitized diamond.  Has anyone else ever heard of this treatment or tried it?

I went to my eye doctor to see what the official doctor treatment would be and he said hot compresses 3 to 6 times a day.  This  sounded a little too busy to me, so I opted for the diamond treatment.

  Diamonds are a girls best friend right?

  So out came my one of my diamonds, from my vast selection of Jewels (just kidding).  I cleaned it first and then rubbed the stye for a few seconds.  I did the diamond treatment twice that day, and low and behold the next day the stye was almost gone.

I told my boyfriend my story about the family history of using diamonds on styes,  he laughed and said “yeah right, you just want more diamonds“!    Yes,  I said  ” It’s a wise idea to always wear one in case of an emergency situation like a stye in your eye”.     Wink… wink!

I went back to my eye doctor today to pick up my new sunglasses and while I was there I told him my stye was gone.  I mentioned  the family cure for styes by using diamonds, he looked at me with a sly smile and said he had never heard of such a thing.  But you know what?  I bet he will try it for himself when ever the next stye opportunity comes around.

 Now i’m singing the Beatles song…( Lucy in the sky with diamonds) with my own little twist to it…..Janice in the stye with diamonds….  Catchy little diddy, isn’t it?

XOXO