St. Patties Day and spring break are upon us which brings out the leprechaun and party animals in some! When drinks are flowing and fun with friends carries you away, the next day can make you hate life! With an ounce of prevention, you can still have some pep in your step and not miss a beat!
Grapefruit essential oil is a fantastic antibacterial oil that fights strong strains of bacteria in any capacity. It’s used to fight candida (yeast infection) in the body and improves gut health. It’s a natural at eating up the yeast from the alcohol which fights the bacteria that builds in the liver. When your liver is able to naturally flush out the toxins, there’s no buildup of junk that cause you to feel awful.
Add 3 drops of grapefruit essential oils to a glass water bottle and drink in the afternoon before you go out and again when you wake up in the morning.
Another way to help prevent a hangover is making sure your body has enough B vitamins. Take 2 Super B supplements in the morning before you go out and again on the morning after. Really, they should be part of your daily routine for optimal energy and mood balance.
Digize essential oil is great for soothing an upset stomach. Put a few drops in your hand and massage it over your stomach as needed.
Frankincense vitality on the roof of your mouth and a mix of citronella and frankincense on forehead, temples, neck, and in diffuser will tame a pounding head. Great for those who suffer from migraines too!
Drink 2 oz of NingXia Red when you wake up. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals perfect for replenishing lost nutrients returning your body to a state of normalcy more quickly.
Be responsible and safe! Cheers!
**Only tested with Young Living essential oils and supplements. Use other brands at your own risk**
I’ve never really been one to DIY my own cleaning products. I have so little spare time and it seemed so complicated to get all kinds of ingredients to make things. However, as we are diving more and more into the ditch and switch of our old products for healthier alternatives, it’s time to give some things a try. If you’ve thought the same thing, read on to see how 1o minutes can save you money and rid your home and body of one more chemically based product.
Why Ditch & Switch?
We’ve already discussed how chemical based cleaners are bad for the environment and even worse for our health. But consider what you wash your dishes with. The delivery system of our food!! If you are cooking organic and choosing foods that are intended to build your health and wellbeing, why would you serve them on dishes that have potentially dangerous residues? You may argue that the rinse cycle removes the chemicals from the dishes, but how do we really know? And aside from that, keeping these kinds of products in our homes can be an accident waiting to happen. Children consuming household cleaners by accident are the top 5 substances accountable for all the calls to the poison control hotline.
There are so many dishwashing detergents and liquids on the market in a wide variety of price points so I did some research on the 3 that I’ve used to see how they measure up. Years ago, I used lemon scented Palmolive because I loved the smell that came from the dishwasher. I cringe now reading that it scores an F on ewg.org because it’s corrosive and has a high concern for ingredients that may cause cancer, developmental and endocrine problems, as well as effect reproductive health. EEEK!
Cascade was commonly found under my sink which also scores a big fat F. The reason states that it may contain ingredients with potential for Government enforceable restrictions. The label states that it contains chlorine bleach. Let’s stop there and just discuss for a minute that chlorine bleach has been linked to developmental, endocrine, respiratory, and reproductive disruption of high concern! Let that sink in while you read on….The rest of the label is obscure naming only stabilizers, buffers, colors, and fragrance. As we learned in my article My Escape From Sickness, colors, fragrance, and other filler ingredients are extremely unhealthy for us and should be avoided as much as possible.
Most recently we’ve used Finish dishwasher tablets. Somewhat reluctantly, I proceeded to see how that scores. The ones we used are the Finish Power Ball Tabs With Jet Dry which scored a C and mostly due to the environmental concerns. Still not fantastic, but not as scary as the two I looked at prior! I’m still ready to take a few minutes and make something to clean our dishes that gives me peace of mind when using it.
Time To DIY
This literally took me 15 minutes to make including taking pictures and made 21 tablets. We run the dishwasher once per day so I know if I make a double batch per month, I will always have them ready to go. I’ll give up 30 minutes of TV or Facebook to do this once a month if it means a healthier life!
1 Cup baking soda
1/2 Cup fine sea salt
1/4 Cup citric acid
2 caps of thieves Household Cleaner
4 drops citrus fresh essential oil
Silicone ice cube tray
I had the Thieves cleaner and the citrus fresh essential oil on hand from my Young Living Premium Starter Kit and went on Amazon and purchased the bulk bags of baking soda, sea salt, citric acid, and silicone ice cube tray so it would be here on the weekend for me to make these! Gotta love Amazon!
I bought a 5LB bag of baking soda, 2 LB bag of fine sea salt, 5 LB bag of citric acid, and 3 silicone trays with lids for $45. I barely made a dent in the bags and can reuse the silicone trays over and over. I would say these bags would last about 5 months making 2 batches a month. Great savings!
In a glass bowl, mix the powder ingredients together to combine and distribute them throughout.
Add in a capful of thieves cleaner at a time and mix with your hands until it stays together in your hand when squeezed (Think snowball consistency)
Add in the citrus fresh essential oil and mix thoroughly one more time
Scoop out the mixture with a spoon and fill each cube about 1/2 to 2/3 full then press the mixture firmly and evenly as possible into the cubes until they are all done.
Let them sit overnight to harden. My trays came with a cover, so I just put the cover on and set them aside on the counter. In the morning, pop them out of the tray and store them in a labeled air tight jar for easy use!
It really was so easy to do and they work great! I’ll be working on testing out a natural rinse agent as well…stay tuned!
**Recipe adapted from Ounces Of Prevention and The Glow Drops essential oils group**
The connection between gut health and overall health is something I’ve been learning a lot about over the past 10 years. Science came to life when I was a foster parent of 8 boys that came from all walks of life and health deficiencies. I really began to see the direct impact it had on cognitive and physical development. Imbalances in mood, behavioral problems, constipation, and frequent illness are just some of the symptoms an unhealthy gut can produce and things we saw repeatedly with the foster children placed in our care. Let’s find out why!
Where Gut Health Begins
The microbiome of the gut is the most important microbiome we have in our bodies. It’s responsible for your overall health and brain function. Interestingly, your child’s microbiome is determined by their exposure to the mother’s microbiome during pregnancy and delivery. Each person’s microbiome is unique to the environment they are raised, the foods they consume, and the medications they have taken. If a mother’s microbiome is imbalanced, it’s likely the child’s will be compromised as well.
The microbiome must be balanced with the right types of bacteria and the right amounts for the body and brain to function optimally. The correct balance is to have more good bacteria than bad. When the balance is disrupted, it can contribute to many health problems and symptoms in children and adults because 70% of the immune system resides in the gut. The gut bacteria influences immune function, nutrition, detoxification, inflammation, and weight gain that can take up to 2 years to fully repair if compromised.
Who’s At Risk
Children who are picky eaters and eat a majority of processed foods especially high in carbohydrates are more likely to have an imbalanced microbiome. Diets high in sugar and starch can lead to candida of the body which is a fungal infection that feeds off of the sugar and starch causing inflammation which leads to a host of auto-immune disorders. Therefore early nutrition is vital to developing a healthy microbiome and immune system that starts from the beginning of life.
The topic of antibiotic use in kids is controversial, but here are some reasons you should really consider if it’s absolutely necessary. Children treated with antibiotics within the first year of life are twice as likely to develop asthma. Children who’ve had frequent sicknesses resulting in recurring antibiotic use, have a lowered immunity because the antibiotics kill off good and bad bacteria. However, antibiotics aren’t the only culprit of knocking the microbiome out of whack. The more medications a child takes, the more likely they are to develop Dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is the formal term for a severe imbalance of the microbiome. Dysbiosis combined with inflammation of the gut have been linked to severe mental illness such as anxiety and depression. The microorganisms in the intestines digest food and fight disease, but they also secrete mood-regulating chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, GABA which have a direct impact on the brain. Gastro abnormalities have been linked to depression, hyperactivity, and chronic disease. Newer studies are showing a direct connection between gut health and ADHD due to the microbiome communicating with the central nervous system influencing the brain function, behavior, and mood.
Bottom line is, if our gut is not healthy, we are not healthy. Now, Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying don’t use medications or antibiotics. There are times when they are necessary to treat various illnesses, but they should be a last resort, not the first course of action. If a brief period of treatment is necessary, it’s important to repair the microbiome immediately to begin restoring the bodies health and bring the microbiome back into balance.
Ways To Repair The Microbiome
As you can see from the risk factors there are some easy ways to be proactive in combatting the effects of a compromised microbiome.
Feeding children a balanced diet high in nutrient rich foods and eliminating processed foods high in carbohydrates and sugar can greatly reduce the risks of developing Dysbiosis and inflammation that attack the body.
Use supplemental nutrients that can help prevent or shorten the duration of infections and illness by boosting the immune system. Having a diet high in fruits and vegetables, nuts, and fermented foods like Kombucha and kimchi will naturally increase your immunity.
Increase your intake of Pineapple and coconut oil that act as a natural potent anti-inflammatory that kill bacteria and yeast. Applying coconut oil to the abdomen will absorb through the skin and penetrate into the GI tract for twice the effectiveness. Apple cider vinegar is also helpful as it stabilizes blood sugar and reduces inflammation.
Take pre and pro biotics to build and maintain the balance of the microbiome. The ones we give our kids are Kidscents Mighty Pro from Young Living. They are a combined pre and probiotic that comes in a berry powder and can be poured on the tongue or mixed into juice or applesauce.
Try naturopathic methods before reaching for the antibiotics. There are several natural ingredients that are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic that can be added to food, smoothies, juice, etc.
Ginger is known for its ability to effectively curb nausea, but it’s also a very strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic. It has also been proven to inhibit cancer cell formation and rid the body of formerly present cells. It builds the immune system and aids in necessary digestion for optimal gut health.
Garlic contains Allicin, an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic substance. It’s especially good for intestinal parasites and is powerful enough to be used to fight drug resistant strains of E Coli!
Oolong Tea fights against viruses, bacteria, and fungus. It’s anti-microbial properties have been demonstrated to fight against dangerous pathogens like Staph, E Coli, and Salmonella.
It Takes Time
Though gut health in kids starts from birth, it can be built over time to become stronger if it’s been compromised. Start with some of the ways mentioned above and your child’s gut health can be on it’s way to health and harmony. The best thing we can do for our kids is be an example so take charge of your health and lead your family into a better way of living through the groceries you purchase and the meals you prepare!
Empty desks and substitute teachers at school; Coworkers MIA for days. It’s cold and flu season folks! Time to boost your immunity! Whether you’re trying to fend off the virus or you’ve already been hit, cook up a batch of immune supporting soup. It’s packed full of good for you ingredients that’s sure to cure what ails you. As Ann Wigmore’s quote says “The food you eat can either be the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, rough chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into slivers
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 cup bok choy, chopped (separate the stalk and leaves)
1-1/2 teaspoon curry
1 tsp Turmeric
6 cups chicken stock
1 pound cooked chicken, shredded
fresh chopped cilantro
fresh daikon or alfalfa sprouts
Heat the olive oil in a heavy pot. Add the chopped onion, carrots, celery, bok choy stalks, and ginger .
Sauté’ 6-7 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.
Add the garlic, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant, stirring occasionally.
Add the curry powder, turmeric powder, chicken stock, Green leafy part of the bok choy, and chicken. Stir to combine.
Continue to cook until the soup reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover with a lid, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with daikon or alfalfa sprouts, and cilantro to serve.
The movement of “Green Cleaning” has been adopted by so many of us with the increasing reports of cancer causing agents found in most common chemical based household cleaners. What’s more likely to be an issue, however is the respiratory, hormone, and immunity effects these cleaners have on you and your children. Mayo Clinic reports decreased lung function due to using chemical household cleaners and another study is circulating reporting an equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day in individuals who have used common household chemical cleaners in their occupation or regularly in their home over a 10-20 year span. Of course there are always 2 sides to every story so let’s dig a little deeper.
So maybe you already know the dangerous side effects or potentially serious long term effects chemical cleaners can have and you’ve made the switch to a “green” or “natural” cleaning product line. Good for you! Feels good to have tossed out the scary products and replaced them with good smelling, products that are safe! Or did you?? You might have THOUGHT you were using a natural cleaner, but you could be a victim of greenwashing.
Greenwashing is a term used when a green marketing campaign deceptively uses phrases or key words to promote the PERCEPTION that an organizations products, aims, or policies are environmentally friendly.
It goes way beyond companies that are labeling cleaning products in a way that make you THINK they are safer. There’s so much advertising about being an environmentally friendly eating establishment to draw in those who are advocates of saving the Earth and using resources wisely. They promote practices such as no longer offering plastic straws, but if you look behind the scenes you’ll see they aren’t recycling everyday items or are cleaning the dishes and tables you eat from with harmful chemicals. Even beyond that are major energy corporations marketing themselves as the first to use 100% renewable energy, yet they don’t advertise they are still providing fossil fuel energy as well making their claim to be fully reliant on renewable energy false. Greenwashing America.
So now you know that you need to dig a little deeper to find out if the products you use in your home are safe, at what level, and to check for greenwashing. Here are just a few ways you can do this. You can read and research every ingredient on a bottle to know if they are safe. Alternately, you can use an app like ThinkDirty to get a detailed explanation of what’s in the product and how safe it is much faster. Or you can go to the Environmental Working Group website and find out a whole lot about the safety of a certain product- not just cleaning products.
One product that I was greenwashed by was Mrs. Meyers Multi-surface Cleaner. I’ve seen so much advertisement about the green company and the products smell amazing! They advertise to be aromatherapeutic to boot and this one comes in basil scent. Well alright! Sounded good to me in the store. I later learned that aromatherapeutic isn’t really a term, the bottle says basil scented which should have been a red flag since we don’t use products with fragrance, and if I read the ingredients all the way I would have known the statement this cleaner is a “naturally fresh way to clean your home” wasn’t true at all. My mind was tricked by pairing aromatherapeutic with the big basil label in the center thinking it was essential oil based, not fragrance based. I also didn’t read past the first few ingredients so I didn’t notice all of the really bad ingredients were listed last. I understood this company to be a healthy alternative to what I was currently using so I wasn’t looking for the proof otherwise.
When I did some research on the products at the advise of a friend, I saw the score on ThinkDirty was 8 out of 10 and 10 is BAD! It’s high in fragrance and 11 of the 17 ingredients scored a C or D for health. It goes on to explain that a score in this range may cause hormone disruption, reproductive issues, systemic toxins, neurotoxins, triggers asthma, lowers immunity, and aids to allergy suffering. Only 4 ingredients are listed as safe- one of them being water! It also states it’s not considered a green cleaner.
I looked up the same product on the Environmental Working Group website and it scored it as a C. It reports some concern for asthma and respiratory safety, skin allergies, and irritation. It also goes on to report that it’s moderately unhealthy for the environment. The final statement says “May contain ingredients with potential for acute aquatic toxicity; nervous system effects, skin irritation, and allergies.” Wow! Okay, so that’s going in the trash too. What do I use now?
I had a packet of Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner that came with my essential oils kit that I never opened. I started looking at the ingredients and did some research to find out if this was just another ploy to greenwash America or if it could be a viable alternative to everything we’ve tried so far. What I found was pretty impressive. If you do a Google search for Thieves VS household cleaners, you’ll see thousands of experiments and research conducted to determine the effectiveness of essential oils used to clean even better than common household cleaners without the harmful effects.
Thieves Household Cleaner is derived of plant based ingredients (mostly from coconut) and essential oils of clove, lemon, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus. That’s it. No chemicals, no harmful side effects, no secrets about the safety of using it. On the contrary, it helps build your immune system because all of the essential oils used in it that naturally support immune health.
What’s even better, is this one cleaner can be used for all of your household cleaning needs. It can be diluted to clean glass and furniture, it can be amped up to clean greasy messes, and it can be added to an abrasive to get to scrubbing tough grime.
The best part about living in a technology era is the ability to have knowledge that gives you power to choose what’s best for you and your family. Using a better, safer product to clean your home may not prevent any of these health concerns from happening to anyone in your home, but for us we made the choice to give it our best shot to live our most healthy lives!
Some of you are still getting fresh blankets of powdery white snow, while those of us in the southern states are getting fresh blankets of billowing yellow as the tree pollen blooms. We don’t need a forecast to know allergy season is upon us. Itchy watery eyes, sneezing and runny noses are the new normal. Your automatic response is likely to reach for the allergy medicine you know best, but did know your body can become dependent on medications and cause reactions that mimic the need for the medication!? We used to reach for OTC allergy medications too, but after experiencing dependency and a host of side effects, we did research that lead to some natural alternatives. These alternative methods of relieving allergy symptoms have eliminated all OTC allergy medications, nasal sprays, and have kept allergy induced asthma under control for us any many people we’ve taught the power of the oils. We get questions of what we do for allergy relief so often, I thought I should write up a tutorial on it to help you get through this season too!
The essential oils of lavender, lemon, and peppermint are the most common essential oils for allergy relief and have been dubbed as The Allergy Trio for their combined power. However, some more severe allergy sufferers need a bit more of a boost with some essential oil helpers we’ll talk about in a bit. Let’s get started with finding some relief!
Allergy Relief Using Essential Oils Internally
If you’re a severe allergy sufferer, an allergy shot to you is going to the allergist every month to have an antihistamine injection. A natural alternative commonly referred to as an allergy shot is not painful and can be done in your own home. However, before you make any of these recipes, please be sure the oils you’re using are labeled as safe for applying to the skins and safe for ingestion.
We use Young Living Vitality oils for dietary support. They are the ONLY oils I use or recommend for internal use because of their seed to seal standards. Please do your own research to determine if what you’re using is safe and understand that results may vary if using other brands of oils.
Allergy Shot Fill a shot glass with water or juice and add: 2 drops Peppermint Vitality 3 drops Lavender Vitality 3 drops Lemon Vitality
Drink it 1 to 2 times per day when you know allergy season is coming and continue through the season to manage allergy symptoms. For an added boost, make your allergy shot with Ningxia Red, like me!
For those of you that don’t want to taste the essential oils or don’t want to take time to prepare the allergy shot, you can make capsules. You can make several at a time and freeze them, then just take one out each morning and night and swallow with liquid. Here’ what you need:
Empty Vegetarian Capsules 2 drops each Lavender Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Peppermint Vitality. Fill the rest of the capsule with fractionated coconut oil. Put the top on the capsule and store in a freezer safe jar. I use a mason jar to keep and keep in the freezer.
Topical Allergy Relief
The skin is the largest organ of the body and one we often overlook. Essential oils used topically enter the skin through the dermis and continue down through the capillaries into the bloodstream. They can also enter the blood stream from the hair follicles and sweat ducts. Absorption is increased when circulation and warmth are increased. That’s why the roller method of applying the allergy trio and a few other oils are so effective in relieving allergy symptoms. As the oils are massaged into the skin, the warmth and friction increases circulation and absorption allowing the plant constituents to do their jobs more effectively. Here are a few ways to make an allergy roller:
Standard Allergy Trio
15 ML roller bottle 8 drops each lavender, lemon, and peppermint Fill with carrier oil. Shake. Roll on wrists and behind the ears and down the neck. Massage into the skin
Enhanced Allergy Roller 15 ml roller bottle 8 drops each lavender, lemon, peppermint, and copaiba Fill with carrier oil. Shake. Roll on wrists and behind the ears and down the neck.
Breathe Better Roller 15 ml roller bottle 10 drops peppermint 10 drops eucalyptus (or RC) 10 drops Raven 5 drops Frankincense 5 drops copaiba Fill rest of bottle with carrier oil and say goodbye to heavy chest and wheezing!!!! Apply on back of ears/neck and on your chest.
The Nose, Knows
The saying the nose, knows makes good sense here. When essential oils are released into the air and used aromatically, it only takes seconds for the brain chemistry to begin changing. Diffusing, wearing diffuser jewelry, and inhaling essential oils are some of the ways to use aromatics.
Diffusing- Not all diffusers are created equal. Make sure you have a good quality diffuser that doesn’t heat the oils, but rather uses ultrasonic technology to disperse the essential oils. Diffuse any of the allergy blends above adjusting the drops to 3-5 drops of each essential oil. Do not use the carrier oil in your diffuser!
Diffuse during the day for clear sinuses at your desk or in the area you spend most of your time. Diffuse RC or Raven at night to keep the nasal passages clear!
Diffuser Jewelry-Many people like to wear diffuser jewelry. Who wouldn’t! It’s pretty and functional! You can find lots of retailers on Amazon and Easy for just the right piece. Put some RC on it and you’ll be breathing easy all day! It can also be used for any other essential oil, not just allergy related!
Direct Inhalation- In this application, direct inhalation will be directed at allergy relief. However, this method is exceptional at relieving so many other things like stress, anxiety, lifting mood, and focus! One of our favorite allergy relief oils is RC. It’s a blend of Spruce, Cypress, and 3 Eucalyptus oils. When my husband has a cold, he literally carries this oil in his pocket and applies it to the bridge of his nose and rubs it in his hands and breathes it in deeply to open up the nasal passages and chest. It has also replaced his prescription nasal spray morning and night for allergy relief.
This method can be done after applying the allergy relief roller blend of your choice and rubbing it in. whatever is left on your hands, rub it together and cup your hands over your mouth and nose and breathe in the aromas deeply a couple of times.
You can mix and match any variety of these methods using one or all. When my allergies are really bad, I will do an allergy shot morning and night and apply the Enhanced AllergyRoller to my neck and wrists, and apply RC to the bridge of my nose and do a few deep breaths of it with my hands cupped over my mouth and nose.
I’d love to hear from you about how you use essential oils to find allergy relief. Or if you tried any of my suggestions, what did find most helpful?
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Home is usually our safe space. Our one place where we can disconnect from the chaos and troubles of the world. Where you walk in the door to be greeted by loved ones, stories of success from the day, and feel at peace. However, in today’s world that doesn’t ring so true anymore. With technology always a chime away to notify you of things that need your attention, it’s difficult to find that sense of peace at home.
There’s also a significant rise in poor child behavior and health concerns that can add to the stress of the home and create tension, anxiety, and overwhelming feelings. These stresses on the body create high blood pressure, negative feelings and decreased mood, sickness, and even anxiety. If you’re life could use some harmony, you might consider adding some houseplants to your home.
What’s A Plant Going To Do?
It’s common knowledge to most that plants and trees of all kinds give oxygen and purify the air. Yet you may surprised to learn that there are many houseplants that can lower stress levels, promote healing, boost immunity, enhance concentration, lower the risk of illness and disease, and enhance mood.
The increased oxygen houseplants provide, helps to reduce anxiety levels by purifying the air of pollutants and toxins. All potted indoor plants contain microbes in the soil called M.Vaccae which is a non-pathonogenic bacteria that produces serotonin. Serotonin is an important hormone responsible for feelings of well-being, happiness, memory, regulate digestion, maintain bone health and libido. They also emit Phytonicides which are organic compounds used by the plant to defend itself against disease and can boost human immunity. There are many studies showing hospital patients that have a plant in their room require less medication and recover more quickly. I always thought it was a just a nice gesture! Next time you go visit someone in the hospital or nursing home, bring a plant to purify the air and know you’ve done something to help them get well soon!
Re-Introduce Old Favorites
Spider Plant-I don’t know about you, but we always had this plant in our home growing up. Spider plants hanging in baskets, crawling along cabinet tops, and draping over end tables. The job of the Spider Plant is to remove carbon monoxide from the air which creates more oxygen. More oxygen means reduced blood pressure and anxiety in the humans that live where this plant is kept.
Fun Fact: There are two types of flowers produced by the Spider Plant. Some flowers have stamen which means they are male and some have a pistil which means they are female. On the male flower anthers produce pollen that spreads to the female flowers. Pollination can occur in the same plant, but not in the same flower.
Snake Plant- I’m deathly afraid of snakes so I’ve never given this plant a fair chance just based on it’s name! However, the benefits of having this plant in your home are undeniable! Snake Plants help reduce eye irritation and headaches, aid in breathing and restful sleep. Perfect for a bedroom!
Fun Fact: Nasa conducted a study sealing a single Snake Plant in an enclosed chamber for 24 hours while releasing a number of toxic gasses. The results showed the plant reduced Benzene levels by 53% and Trichloroethylene by 13.4%. Pretty impressive for a single plant!
**This plant is poisonous to pets so keep it well out of reach!**
Succulent– This is my type of plant. Needs little care yet is interesting to look at and packs a punch. Placed on a desk, it can help relieve anxiety, stress, and reduce headaches. Aloe is probably the most commonly known succulent.
Fun Fact: There are more than 250 species of Aloe Plants in the world! Aloe is known for it’s soothing properties for burns and scrapes, but did you know it can be used for health in various forms? It’s high antibacterial content makes it great for treating acne and psoriasis, as well as promoting good oral health preventing cavities and treatment of gingivitis. Aloe juice is excellent for treating gerd, constipation, and can even lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.
**Check with your medical professional to ensure there are no contraindications with using aloe or aloe juice in your diet.**
American Skullcap– With a name like this, one might think it would promote death rather than life! Contrary to it’s name, it’s quite beautiful and extremely powerful. This antioxidant plant protects against stress, tension, nervousness, anxiety, and depression. If you suffer from one or more of those that cause sleeplessness, put one of these marvelous plants in your bedroom!
Fun Fact: American Skullcap is part of the mint family. European settlers learned how to use Skullcap from Native American tribes who had traditionally consumed it as a tea to soothe nerves. The Traditional Medicinals line of tea created Stress Ease Cinnamon tea with Skullcap as the main ingredient! I’m an avid tea drinker and will be adding this one to my collection!
Valerian– This plant is so powerful and best known for reducing stress levels, promoting sleep, and stabilizing heart rates. It’s excellent for helping relieve feelings of depression, post pardon depression symptoms, PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, epilepsy, and anger.
Fun Fact: We use Valerian essential oil at night in a diffuser with orange and lavender to promote deeper sleep. It’s also highly antiseptic for wound healing when applied topically and has been treasured since medieval times as a heal all plant.
One Step At A Time
I sure learned a lot about houseplants! What I once thought were ordinary, are now extraordinary! I hope you learned a thing or two about plants and link to mental health! What will you incorporate into your home to help bring health & harmony?
Stress and anxiety can be a debilitating cycle of emotions and diminished physical wellbeing and should be treated by a professional doctor. If you’re prescribed medication, it’s important not to deviate from that, but to incorporate some healthy habits to bring more harmony and peace to your life one step at a time.