Who needs Minerals?

One of the promos that I received this month from Young Living was a supplement called Mineral Essence.  People have told me good things about this supplement, but I have also heard that it tastes HORRIBLE!  It made me VERY reluctant to try it.  Since I knew that I’d be getting it as a FREE promo product, I decided that I needed to learn why my body might benefit from it.

“Minerals are inorganic substances that are found in soil and rocks. They are essential nutrients that the body needs to survive and carry out daily functions and processes. You receive minerals by eating plants that absorb them from the earth and by eating meat from animals, which graze on plants. Minerals keep you healthy and have key roles in several body functions. You require these important nutrients from your daily diet.”  ~http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/main-functions-minerals-body-4171.html

The big ones I kept running across in all the articles and research I found were Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, and Zinc.  These all happen to be in Mineral Essence!

“Mineral Essence is a very balanced, organic, ionic mineral complex with more than 60 different minerals.  Without minerals, vitamins cannot be properly assimilated or absorbed by the body.  Mineral Essence has a natural electrolyte balance.  Minerals are necessary for proper immune and metabolic functions, and essential oils enhance the bioavailability of minerals.” ~Essential Oils Desk Reference pg 266

Mineral Essence Contains:

  • Honey as an emulsifier and natural sweetener.
  • Royal Jelly a substance fed to queen bees that allows them to live 30 to 40 times longer than worker bees.  It is very rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins B5 and B6; promotes the production of collagen; and stimulates the adrenal glands to increase energy.
  • Essential oils lemon, cinnamon bark, and peppermint
  • Trace Mineral Complex includes beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, calcium, carbon, cesium, chloride, chromium, copper, gallium, germanium, god, hafnium, indium, iodine, iron, lithium, lutetium, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, nickel, niobium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, rubidium, scandium, selenium, silica, silver, sodium, strontium, sulfur, tantalum, thallium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, yttrium, zinc, and zirconium.

So…

after all that info, you probably wonder how it tastes because I said that I heard it was horrible.  Well, I was brave and tried it this morning in my NingXia Red.  It wasn’t bad at all!  Mostly just tasted the cinnamon with a little bit of a funny aftertaste.  With all the working out I’ve been doing with TRX training camps, I am thinking this will really support my electrolyte balance.  With all that exercise I’m doing, I need these minerals!

What are ways that you are supporting the natural functions of your body?  Young Living not only has superb essential oils, but also a marvelous line of supplements that assist in so many areas of our health!

Contact me if you’d like to learn more!

Tips For Breaking Your Soda Addiction

These are some great tips. I’m so thankful I gave up soda a couple years ago. It was truly an addiction for me and I realized that I needed to give it up. It all started because I began a journey with Whole 30, which is a program derived from the book It Starts With Food. I was giving up LOTS of things for 30 days, and I truly thought, I can do ANYTHING for 30 days because there is an end in sight! The first week was tough, I really craved that afternoon soda! But as the days continued it got easier. When we finished the 30 days, I decided to continue with this no soda thing. I am glad to say that besides the occasional root beer (usually when traveling) I haven’t had any soda. I was ADDICTED to Diet Coke, and not only was it awesome for my body to give it up, it was great for my pocketbook as well!

Nature's Knowledge

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Soft drinks do more harm to your body than good. Regular consumption of soft drinks affects your bones, teeth and waistline among other parts of your body. Here are some tips on how to break soda addiction.

Irresistibility

Most of us know that soda is not good for us, but we still drink it anyway. The refreshing jolt, pleasant fizz and sweet taste of soda feels like the only thing that can quench thirst, wash down a meal and get you through a hot afternoon. Whether you are a regular consumer of soda (regular or diet), or an occasional sipper, cutting down on your intake will have many benefits to your health. Here are some reasons why you should cut back on sodas and how to make the process bearable.

Why You Should Stop

One of the major problems with consumption of soda is the excess calories they contain. The…

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Clearing the Clutter Day 3 & 4

I got these done last week, but life left me no time to make a blog post about it!  We’ve been crazy busy around here, BUT, the places that I have cleaned and cleared out still remain organized and clean!  I just have to keep going…

So for day 3 I decided to take on our bathroom cabinet.  Items fall off of it constantly, so I knew it’d be a great thing for us to have it better organized for our use.  Here’s the before and after…

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Everything that didn’t get put back, was trashed.  Except my daughter’s headbands, we found a great place to keep those in her room so they no longer fall off the shelf.

On day 4 I decided to tackle the refrigerator.  I knew it needed a good wipe down, and a few things thrown out, but we are usually good at clearing a few things out before trash day each week.  I took all the food out, pulled the shelves out and washed them with Thieves dish soap and water.  It looked so pretty!

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And I discovered that I REALLY needed to go to the grocery store!

These last few days have been inspiring to continue to make changes and slowly remove clutter from our home.  Next on the list is a pile next to my bed of clothes and paperwork that I have yet to sort through.  I just stashed it all there for later, but I think it’s time to bag up the clothes I don’t want anymore so I can donate them, and finally file that paperwork!  The clearing out shall continue tomorrow.  Anyone joining me on this journey?  What is a “catch-all” in your home that needs sorted and given a home?  (even if that home is a donation establishment)

Clean the Clutter: Day 2

It was actually a REALLY good thing I challenged myself with cleaning off our piano yesterday because it gave me accountability to actually get it done today!  I almost ran out of time, but I crammed it in right before taking my son to gymnastics.  That’s the best part actually, committing to one small area a day so that I can get things accomplished!

I’m pretty embarrassed about what the top of my piano actually looked like.  It’s just one of those things that is out of the way and I never get to!  I ended up with an entire grocery bag of things I was able to put in the trash, which seemed quite ridiculous to me that I was ultimately storing trash up there, but it’s gone now!  I also made sure that all the things up there that I needed to keep, were actually put away where they needed to be because I want everything to have a place so we don’t end up in the same predicament!

So…here it is!

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I know, it was a crazy mess!  But I’m thankful I got it back to where I need it to be.  Plus now I can see my Precious Moments figurines my grandmother got me when I was younger which I’m very thankful to have.  I also have 2 dried roses on there that each were from my grandparents funeral that I have kept as well.

Plus while I was dusting frames off, with my Young Living Thieves cleaner since I use that for EVERYTHING, I enjoyed looking at our wedding photos I have up on the piano.
Our 10 year anniversary is coming up soon!

So, now to figure out what to tackle tomorrow…I’m giving myself 2 options.  Either the refridgerator or the hall closet.  Both are about equal in difficulty!  Until tomorrow my friends…

1% Better Each Day

Moving more is something that I’ve been working on for quite awhile. Some days when I’m home all day homeschooling my kiddos, I set a 30 minute timer so that it reminds me to at least get up and walk in place for 5 minutes, change laundry, or do a quick chore. What are other ways we can encourage more movement in our day?

Of Undisputed Origin

sitting-down-all-day-at-work-is-killing-us-why-you-should-use-a-sit-to-stand-desk-tableRight now you are probably sitting down reading this blog post. How long have you been sitting there? If it has been over 30 minutes since you last moved around, then get ready to get up and begin a healthier new habit.

Today’s guest post includes three easy ways to counteract the frightening and unhealthy side effects that stem from sitting at your desk all day.  Sitting down and slumped over a screen has become an important lifestyle risk factor linked to cancer, heart disease and diabetes and it is estimated that around 9% of premature deaths have been linked to sitting all day.  That’s about five million people a year. Want to learn more about why you need to get up and move?Watch this TedEx original here.

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I asked Alex Guillien, the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach/Instructor at Dakota State University for his best exercises…

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MISSION: Clear Clutter Outta My House!

So today, after being inspired by a friend’s facebook post about de-cluttering her home, I decided to tackle it myself!  I am giving myself 1 area of my home everyday, and you are going to come along for the journey!  I thought If I took on an entire room, then I would give up quickly and nothing would really have a “forever home” within my home…I’d just be moving junk around.  I have realized that we have been blessed with far many more things than we know what to do with, so now it’s time to pass some things along to bless someone else.

My first assignment I gave myself was our cup cabinet.  It’s been a struggle for awhile now with kids cups that have missing lids or straws, too many mugs, and hap-hazard placement.  I cleared it out today and pitched anything that had missing parts, and then put quite a few sippy cups in the donate bin I have that’s about to take a trip to the Salvation Army.

Check out my handy work!

            Check out my handy work!  

What are some areas of your home that need some purging?  With little kids, the top of the piano has become a cluttered mess to keep it out of their little hands.  I think that will be my next assignment.  I’ve been transforming my body and our family’s health and sharing on here about it, so I thought now I would begin transforming our home in to a better living space.

One More Reason to Ditch the Hand Sanitizer: It’s Getting Kids Drunk

So many reasons not to use hand sanitizer! I’m so thankful I found Young Living and have been able to use their Thieves Hand Sanitizer for myself and my family. Let me know if you’d like to learn more, I’d love to share with you!
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One More Reason to Ditch the Hand Sanitizer: It's Getting Our Kids Drunk

Calls to poison control centers have been on the rise due to an unexpected cause: hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers contain 95 percent alcohol, which can get a curious child drunk in just a few squirts. Poison control centers have been hit with worried parents who fear that they’re unresponsive, word slurring, and vomiting children have alcohol poisoning. It’s a frightening situation that’s becoming all too common, according to CNN.

Today’s hand sanitizers come in a host of seemingly delicious flavors from strawberry to coconut cream and even red velvet. Small children may think they?re harmless, making them all the more dangerous. One little girl ingested 3 to 4 squirts of a strawberry-flavored hand sanitizer before being rushed to the hospital with alcohol poisoning. Her blood alcohol level was .179. double the legal limit for an adult.

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My Top 10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

There are so many fun and interesting ways that we use Tea Tree Essential oil in our home, that I thought I would share my top 10 list with you!  Tea Tree Oil is one of the best selling essential oils of all time, and is pretty famous for being gentle on your skin.  I find it quite practical and useful, like many other essential oils as well.  Here’s how we use it:

10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  1. Give Deodorant an Extra Punch ~ If you make your own homemade deodorant, adding a little Tea Tree oil gives it some extra aweseomeness for your skin!teatreetop10
  2. Support Aging Skin ~ Just give a little dab to yourself where you feel you need some support to assist in beautiful aging skin.
  3. Add to Your Shampoo!  ~ Do you make your own shampoo?  Or go for an all natural sulfate free version?  I love to accelerate mine by adding tea tree oil to it to support a healthy scalp!
  4. Diffuse with Lemon ~ Oh I saw this tip on a blog somewhere to add about 10 drops to any diffuser with Lemon and you have a wonderful purifying scent that is great all year round support!
  5. Add to a Neti Pot ~ A good friend of mine told me to give it a go in my Neti Pot when I was having some congestion issues.  5 drops of Tea Tree with 8 tablespoons neti pot salt that I mixed in a small jar.  Then it was ready for me when needed to add to my Neti Pot as much salts as called for.
  6. Cleanse the Skin ~ I like to dab a little bit of Tea Tree oil on a blemish, the cleansing properties get rid of that unsightly sucker in no time.
  7. Support Healthy Skin ~ Tea Tree goes quite well with coconut oil, especially when tending to sensitive bottoms.
  8. Support the Immune System ~ Diffuse Tea Tree to cleanse and purify the air and support your immune system.
  9. Power Up Your Body Wash ~ Have you ever had a not-so-clean feeling on your skin, even right after a shower?  Add a few drops of Tea Tree to your body wash and WHA-LAH!  It cleanses like nothing else I’ve seen.
  10. Add it to Your Lotion ~ You’ve caught on by now that Tea Tree is GREAT for the skin!  Just one more place to get some extra bang for your buck.

Got more questions?  Feel free to contact me and I would love to help support you on your journey with oils.  You can also check out my website at www.getoiling.com/wellnessmomma

What’s your favorite way to use Tea Tree oil?  Are you going to try something new? Let me know!

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A Green Lemon?

About a year ago I fell in love with a new essential oil…Jade Lemon!  I got it last summer because I wanted to try it in my water to see if it would help me drink more and get all the daily ounces I needed.  I never really though twice about the name, just figured it was a different lemon than the regular one we find in the grocery store.  I mean, there are different kinds of apples and oranges, so I figured the same went for lemons?  Well, one day in my reseajade lemonrch on oils, I actually discovered that these were actually green lemons!  I thought that was pretty cool, so I dug deeper.

Jade Lemon has a great history.  In the mountains of Taiwan grows a small tree that produces small, green lemons; it is known as “mountain lemon”.  The Mountain Lemon tree is very hardy in higher elevations where it enjoys cooler weather and daily cloud mists.  However, the Mountain Lemon fruit is small.  A scientist from Taiwan grafted branches from the
common Citrus limon tree onto Mountain Lemon root stock to create Jade Lemon trees.  Jade Lemon trees can withstand the cool mountain weather, yet produce large green fruit when ripe.  So now they can be grown in many locations with moist, mild climates in Taiwan and China.

Now to get the amazing oil that I love so much, Jade Lemons are picked, thoroughly washed, then micronized into a puree to release the essential oil.  The aroma of Jade Lemon essential oil will remind you of a blend of lemon and lime essential oils.  I really enjoy this in my water in the mornings, I find it invigorating!  My littles seem to want more drinks of Momma’s water when I have jade lemon in it.  It’s definitely one I’d love for everyone to try!  What helps you get all your water in a day?

Want some Jade Lemon for yourself?  Contact me and I’ll tell you how to get some.

Want to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils?  Please check out my  Wellness Momma Website!