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Remedy for Dry Skin


Okay I know I am not the only person out there who has an issue with dry skin over the winter time. Summer not so much due to all the sunscreen I lather on at work, needless to say my skin stays quite oily for those few months.

So how do we get rid of that itchy dry irritating skin and scalp? Here are a few tips to put in your back pocket for the long dry winter months.

If you are seeking a more natural way to keep your skin healthy I would start with the soap you use everyday for your face and body. Over the years there are a few key ingredients to soaps that have helped immensely: Glycerin Soaps, Olive Oil, Tea Tree oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil.

Jojoba Oil: the skin strengthener. Similar in structure to that of natural sebum, jojoba oil can help reduce the production of oil while strengthening the epidermis.

Tea Tree Oil: antifungal and antibacterial. Tea tree oil has been used for centuries to heal the skin. In addition, it carries oxygen into the hair follicles, reducing and killing the bacteria that lead to pimples.

Almond Oil: the skin soother. Used for centuries for its ability to nourish, almond oil is ideal for soothing sensitive skin.

Wheat Germ Oil: the acne fighter. A rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, wheat germ oil is effective in treating acne and blemishes, and provides antioxidant protective properties.

Olive Oil:  It is a great skin moisturizer, in part because it contains linoleic acid, a  compound not made by the body, but which prevents water from evaporating.

Glycerin Soaps:  are soaps that contain glycerin, a component of fat or oil. They are very mild and rich in moisture.

Coconut Oil:  For skin it is a moisturizer, antibiotic, multivitamin, multi-nutrient, nourishing, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and anti-oxidant. The best and most skin friendly form is Pure Virgin Coconut Oil.

We just got done making a batch of natural Olive oil soaps infused with hand-picked fragrance. I gotta say it is very refreshing to wash my hands with a soap that doesn’t instantly make them feel dry and itchy.

handmade soaps

So the next time you are at the store or your local farmers market, cruise on by the soap area and see what natural soaps you can find. You may pay a little bit more but your skin will thank you a million times over.

 

 

References:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/olive-oil-benefits-uses-460609

http://www.gnet.org/coconut-oil-all-in-one-natural-solution-for-your-skin/

http://coconutoilforskin.com/

http://cottageherbals.com/category_14/All-Natural-Soap.htm

 

 

*BRAT* We all remember this diet!


When I was little and was getting over a stomach flu I remember my mom saying “Okay time to go on the BRAT Diet! Bananas Rice Applesauce and Toast.” It was a sure-fire way to get that tummy back in tip-top shape and us kids back on our feet quick fast and in a hurry! This wasn’t just for our own sakes but for our moms as well. 😉

Let me tell ya that it worked! I am using that knowledge now with my kids. Sugar is a big no-no when it comes to recovering from any sickness. Due to the fact that it breaks down the immune system instead of healing it.

Sure you may get complaints after the third day or so, depending upon how sick they are, but they will thank you later when they are bouncing around off the walls feeling like their good ol’ little selves again.

Kids will always ask for the comfort foods like hot coco, popsicle, or cookies. Trust me this is not the route we want to go. We need to think of it more logically and give them Mint teas with a little honey, fresh banana smoothie, and cinnamon toast.  I loved cinnamon toast when I was little and still do to this day.

So follow your kids guts when it comes to recuperating after a sickness. Bland non sugary foods, as well and non greasy foods are the best. Stay away from things that are hard to digest or will give them gas. And absolutely NO fast food! There is more sugar crammed in fast foods than you could imagine.

I would love to hear your tips on what you do for your little ones when they are sick or getting over a sickness. Your comments tips and advice are always welcome!! And yes they are good tips, we all learn from experience and each other.

To a healthier way of living!

~Ellen~

Finally getting over the Sickness!


What a time for sickness! Is it must me or does this crud not go away!

It has been a long week and a half and we are just all now starting to be human again. My son didnt get it thank God! My daughter caught a slight fever and a case of “sluggish and tired.” Me? I got the full blown fever chills body aches sore throat cough head ache and a major case of “Couldn’t get my but off the couch!” My boyfriend got the same as me. Good times in our house. I am glad it didn’t lead to barfing or stomach flu!

So how have you beat, or not beaten, this recent spread of illness that seems to be sweeping the area? What was your most comforting food, and what helped you with those body aches?

We drank lots of mint tea, the hotter the better, with honey in it. Our lovely attire consisted of bundling up in a ton of fleece blankets, socks, slippers and hoodies. We ate chicken noodle soup, which was like liquid gold to the soul, and drank cranberry juice and water.

We watched a ton of movies and I have to say they were really good. In case you are interested they were:  Tekken, Real Steel, Unknown, Bunraku. So I am totally recommending all of those. I loved Bunraku it was so unique! Great movie picks for sick couch potatoes.

Hope anyone sick out there is feeling better!!

Remember the comments that are running through your head right now are what I want to hear! Never a judging ear here 😉

“What to do about Rashes?”


Squeamish Alert! Those of you who don’t like stories about rashes should step away from the monitor! 🙂

My 9-year-old had a whopper of a rash the day before yesterday. It started on his back and chest the first day, then moved down his stomach yesterday. I called the doctor and she said that it sounded like a benign rash since there was no fever or sore throat. And if it got worse over the next three days to bring him in. She gave me a home remedy of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 4 oz of water for the itching or to use calamine lotion. She also advised to give him some Benadryl. Well I don’t like giving an antihistamine unless I have to so I skipped that part.

I applied a generous amount of calamine to my red skinned boy and prayed it would get better. Today it is looking a lot better. His back resembles a boys back and not that of a lobster with a sunburn. His chest looks clearer and his skin is getting back to his nice pale white tone. 🙂

He is a blonde toe head to boot, and any rash or scratch on his skin looks horrific. I am glad to see it clearing up today, no trip to the doctors! Yippee! He doesn’t care for the doctors, and believe it or not doesn’t like missing school.

So I would like to pick your brains out there and hear what your remedies for heat rash and minor rashes is in your home. Any advice on how we can help them get over the itchy pants syndrome of a rash is like money in the bank!

I look forward to hearing your stories, advice and home remedies!

 

To all you “Super Moms”


Alright Ladies! I know you are all powerful moms and have great home remedies under your belt.

I need your help! I will do some research on my own to see what I come up with but would love some advice from you!

My daughter, 7yrs old, has a dry tickle in her throat and is coughing. Menthol cough drops are not doing the trick. It is not a bad enough cough to bring her to the doctors, just a dry cough that won’t go away.  She is drinking lots of water, has an appetite and isn’t showing any signs of being sick.

What would you do in this instance? I would love to hear some home remedies of yours that could help her!

Thank you so much!

Garlic Fact #1


മലയാളം: Garlic

Here is a fun Garlic fact for you garlic lovers out there from “Nature’s Super 7 Medicines.”

A remarkable woman Abbess Hildegarde of Bingen wrote many medical and theology books. She had over 500 remedies that were tested by professionals and were a success for thousands of patients. 

Hildegarde suggested that chewing one half clove of raw garlic every day would “invigorate the liver and spleen”.

Her standard salad dressing was the following:

1 Tablespoon pure wine vinegar, 3 Tablespoons sunflower oil, a bit of honey, and of course one-quarter crushed garlic clove. Lemon juice and yogurt can be added which improves the flavor and gives somewhat of a modern touch.

I love garlic and think this Abbess had it right.

“Garlic! Way more than just a Herb and Spice!”


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I don’t know about you but I adore Garlic! I will use it in anything recipe I can. It is the perfect complement to chicken, soups, stews and tomato sauces. Pretty much whatever I can get away with putting Garlic in I will do it! I have to say that oven roasted garlic on toasted baguette bread is my absolute favorite.

I was brushing up on my Garlic knowledge today and learned some interesting benefits to eating this wonderful aromatic herb. “Nature’s Super Seven Medicines” had a lot of information about the history of Garlic and its benefits. I definitely recommend reading it.

Garlic can be used for everything from Arthritis, Boils, Burns, Toothe aches, Blood Clots, Insect Bites, Elevated Cholesterol and the Common Cold just to mention a few.

I found that Garlic, onions, cayenne pepper, goldenseal and pau d’acro ( a herb used for cancer) are all strongly hypoglycemic.  They Dramatically lower blood sugar levels.  However those people suffering from hypoglycemia, taking such herbs can be problematic. But those with diabetes this is awesome news. Garlic taken each day will help reduce the amount of daily insulin a diabetic requires. It wont cure the disease or take a diabetic off insulin completely. Cooked garlic and aged-garlic extract both work great for diabetics. When eaten in meals where it is generously incorporated, garlic will assist the pancreas in turning out more natural insulin of its own. Four capsules or one tablespoon of aged garlic is recommended for additional supplementation. Please always ask your doctor if you are diabetic if this is for you.  

Everyone can benefit from eating Garlic every day. It is a wonderful immune system booster. I feed my family chicken soup loaded with garlic when they are sick and it always does the trick. I was told by our doctors one time that chicken soups with herbs and garlic is the liquid gold you can eat when you are sick. It is fantastic for the sick body.

Recipe for Roasted Garlic & Baguette Bread

Preheat oven to 425 F

Cut the top off a whole large ear of Garlic, just enough so part of a few cloves are exposed. Place on tinfoil and drizzle with Extra virgin olive oil. Wrap the garlic like you would a baked potato and place in the oven for about an hour.

While the garlic is baking, cut your baguette bread into 1/2 inch slices. Place on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and garlic seasoning salt if desired. Toast in the oven until crunchy. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. 

When your garlic is done remove from the oven and squeeze out the cloves back onto the tinfoil. Generously spread the soft garlic onto your toasted baguette.

Can be served as is or add a slice of your favorite brie or gouda and enjoy.

This is my favorite treat to eat with a glass of red wine. A single glass of red wine has a lot of beneficial antioxidants in it.

I hope you enjoy this tasty treat!

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