Whole New Mom http://wholenewmom.com Healthy Living for Real People in Today's Changing World Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:30:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 64148957 Nigella Seed Oil – True Magic for the Skin! http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/nigella-seed-oil/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/nigella-seed-oil/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:31:57 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41428 Today, Lise Andersen, Formulator and Owner of LisaLise Natural Skincare, is sharing with us the magic of Nigella Seed Oil (more commonly known as Black Cumin Seed Oil). Lise has a fabulous website with loads of information on natural skincare ingredients and lovely DIY formulas and how-to’s that you can use to make your own skincare products. Lise and I met via a comment she made on my blog and I was really impressed with her knowledge of skincare and her thoughtfulness about using clean ingredients. I know some things about skincare, but I have a lot more to learn, for […]

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Nigella Seed Oil - This amazing oil is simply Magic for Your Skin!

Today, Lise Andersen, Formulator and Owner of LisaLise Natural Skincare, is sharing with us the magic of Nigella Seed Oil (more commonly known as Black Cumin Seed Oil).

Lise has a fabulous website with loads of information on natural skincare ingredients and lovely DIY formulas and how-to’s that you can use to make your own skincare products.

Lise and I met via a comment she made on my blog and I was really impressed with her knowledge of skincare and her thoughtfulness about using clean ingredients.
I know some things about skincare, but I have a lot more to learn, for sure, and one thing I didn’t know anything about is Nigella Seed Oil (Black Cumin Seed Oil).  Here is Lise to tell us more about this amazing product.

Nigella Seed Oil

Part of my work creating plant-based cosmetics entails researching ingredients, and nigella seed oil has some of the most impressive qualities I have come across in a single ingredient. The INCI (Latin) name for this herb – also commonly called black cumin or black caraway – is Nigella Sativa (black cumin seed).

The cold-pressed oil has a golden color, deliciously warm, peppery scent and is so rich in essential oil components that it needs to be diluted heavily before application to the skin.

A Miracle Herb

Nigella received the title ‘Miracle Herb’ from a scientific paper published by the American National Library of Medicine. Because nigella has demonstrated such impressive abilities as battling certain types of tumors and cancers, it continues to hold science’s full attention with numerous ongoing studies.

Scientific studies to date have shown that nigella seed oil decreases blood pressure, promotes wound healing, and can help treat acne with a reduction of up to 10%. In a 6-month study, topical application of nigella seed oil significantly decreased vitiligo.

Other studies indicate that nigella seed oil is an effective aid for treating psoriasis. A 2010 study showed that nigella seed (in an emulsion combined with borage oil) reduced skin irritation significantly while improving hydration and epidermal barrier function.

Current studies are trying to establish whether or not nigella might be able to help relieve:

allergic reactions
epilepsy in children
the rashy skin reaction from nickel allergy

To add to all these positives, nigella has a very low degree of toxicity.

Nigella Seed Oil Benefits

Nigella seeds contain many beneficial actives:

fixed and essential oil
alkaloids
proteins
lineolic acid
palmitic acid
oleic acid
vitamin E
and (much) more.

The oil has anti-sceptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great choice for sensitive skin. It also promotes cohesion of skin cells, helps lock in moisture, and helps the skin regenerate.

In short, nigella seed oil is a multifunctional powerhouse.

Apart from being great for skincare, nigella seed oil also helps strengthen nails and bring bounce and shine to dull, brittle hair.

Tips for Nigella Seed Oil Topical Use

Before we get to the formula, following are a few tips regarding the use of Nigella Seed Oil:

Always dilute before use – never use more than 10% in any blend.

Do not use nigella seed oil near the eyes.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Why Measure by Weight

Measuring by weight is the only way to be sure of the exact amount of each ingredient, which is vital when making skincare products. It is simply not accurate enough to measure the ingredients by volume.

The reason for this is that every oil has a different density and cannot be accurately measured by volume.

Therefore, ALWAYS measure by weight – it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

1. place container on scale
2. set scale to 0
3. pour oil into container until desired weight is reached

Note that for making skincare, you will want a scale that can handle precise measurements, like this one, which is actually the very scale that Adrienne uses in her kitchen :).)

Nigella Seed Oil (Black Cumin Seed Oil) Skincare Formula

Throughout much of this year, I have been testing nigella seed oil in different cosmetic applications and it has already become a favored staple in my ingredients stockroom. Several clients have started asking for it specifically when ordering a custom face oil blend.

Now you can incorporate this wonderful skin-loving oil into your daily skincare routine. Exclusively for Whole New Mom’s readers, I have created a formula for a luxurious, nourishing face elixir that can be used by men and women alike – either alone or under a moisturizer.

This blend is for adult skin and has a generous 7% nigella seed oil. If you have nut allergies, replace the sweet almond oil with either jojoba oil, thistle oil, or hempseed oil. Be sure to use only cosmetic grade oils for your elixir.

How To Apply Your Elixir

Place 6-8 drops elixir in the palm of your hand.

Rub palms together to warm and disperse the product.

Apply to freshly-cleansed, damp face and neck using gentle, upward strokes and taking care to avoid the eyes.

Check the mirror.

See that fabulous face? — That’s you plus the magic of Nigella Seed Oil!

Nigella Seed Oil - This amazing oil is simply Magic for Your Skin!


Please note that this formula is free of preservatives and should be used within 6 months of making.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get some Nigella Seed Oil and get working on having this powerhouse go to work towards making you more lovely, and most importantly, more healthy.

Have you ever heard of or used Nigella Seed Oil?

Lise Anderson LisaLise SkincareLise M Andersen – LisaLise – is based in Copenhagen, Denmark where she creates plant-based custom cosmetics and formulations. Visit her website LisaLise.com where she also offers instructional e-books and DIY skincare kits. Follow along as she develops products at her blog, LisaLiseBlog.com, which also features many DIY how-to’s and an ever-growing ingredients library.

 

 

Sources:

National Library of Medicine, Review on therapeutic potential of nigella sativa
Pharmacological and Toxicological Properties of Nigella Sativa
Plants for a Future: Nigella Sativa
Journal of Dermatology, Dermatological Effects of Nigella Sativa, 2015
M.S. Hanafi, M.E. Hatem, Studies on the anti-microbial activity of the Nigella sativa seed (Black Cumin)
S. Amin, S.R. Mir, K. Kohli, B. Ali, M. Ali, A study of the chemical composition of black cumin oil and its effect on penetration enhancement from transdermal formulations
Brazilian Journal of Medicine and Biological Research, Antitumor properties of nigella seed extracts
Chopra RN, Nayar SL, Chopra IC. Glossary of Indian medicinal plants. New Delhi: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; 1956
Mohammad Akram Handawa, AntiCancer Activity of Nigella Sativa
Thymoquinone in the clinical treatment of cancer  – fact or fiction? US National Library of Health and Medicine
Thymoquinine  – 50 years of success in the battle against cancer models, Science Direct
American Journal of Physiology, Thymoquinone, a bioactive component of Nigella sativa, normalizes insulin secretion from pancreatic ?-cells under glucose overload via regulation of malonyl-CoA
Ivankovic S, Stojkovic R, Jukic M, Milos M, Milos M, Jurin M., The Anti-tumor activity of thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone, Sept 2006, PubMed
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Thymol (Wikipedia)

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Healthy Cyber Monday Deals! http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/healthy-cyber-monday-deals-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/healthy-cyber-monday-deals-2016/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:55:19 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41610 Hi there everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving Weekend….the fun’s not over yet, however…….I’ve got a lot of new deals for you today. More and more good things to share….enjoy all the savings!!!  There are some really really good ones! By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running. Rocky Mountain Oils 20% off everything, Free Oils Box & 40% off ALL Doorbusters. Plus more! Today is the day! […]

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Hi there everyone!

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving Weekend….the fun’s not over yet, however…….I’ve got a lot of new deals for you today.

More and more good things to share….enjoy all the savings!!!  There are some really really good ones!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Rocky Mountain Oils
20% off everything, Free Oils Box &
40% off ALL Doorbusters.
Plus more!

Rocky Mountain Oils Cyber Monday Sale

Today is the day!

Shop at Rocky Mountain Oils, and get 40% off all of the Black Friday Weekend Specials, plus they are adding in the Mom’s Essential and Concentration Kits for 40% off for today only — and the first 200 who order $49 or more get a FREE 16 hole Wooden Storage Box!

I highlighted RMO in my series on The Best Essential Oils and ended up with them here.

Go here to get all of the deals!

NYR Organic

Neal's Yard Remedies Cyber Monday Sale

Get a FREE Bee Lovely Hand Cream ($15 value) with any order of $100 or more.

I have this hand cream in my purse now and it’s lovely.  Whenever I share some with a friend, they love it.

Delicately scented with honey — and it supports the deminishing bee population too.

Go here to shop and get your free Bee Lovely Hand Cream.  🙂

Crunchi
30% off

Crunchi Black Friday Sale

Yikes – I posted that this deal was only on through Sunday, but it’s still on today.

Crunchi has fabulous products — LOVE their makeup — and it’s very clean.

Here are the 30% off deals through the end of today:

Foundation – So far, my favorite foundation. Stays lovely even in 90 degree heat.
Primer – I had never worn a primer before, but wow.  What a difference!
Lip Gloss – This is my favorite lip gloss ever.  Smells great, stays on for a long time and looks lovely.
Bronzer – I had never worn bronzer before either – but this gives a nice bit of color without looking overdone.

Plus, you get Free Shipping over $150 :).

All are While Supplies Last so don’t delay!

Morrocco Method
Cyber Week Deals!

Morrocco Method Cyber Monday Sale

I have been looking for a non-toxic shampoo for a long time and right now I’m settling on Morrocco Method.

I’ll be sharing more later, but their shampoos, combined with some other natural products / herbs, has my hair feeling fabulous.

Sometimes I rotate in another shampoo, but not always.

You can get great deals on Morrocco Method all week, but today – get 25% off all of their Shampoos and Conditioners with code CyberMonday.  I’m buying some for sure!

Go here to shop.

Diffusing Mamas

Diffusing Mamas Black Friday Sale

Take your essential oils with you and save 25% on my favorite Diffusing Jewelry.   PLUS get Free Products valued at more than $75 when you order $150 or more!

So much of the diffuser jewelry on the market are low quality — they break and tarnish :(.  No fun.

Not these – These are super high quality.

Use Code BLACKFRIDAY2016 to get the savings!

Instant Pot 7 in 1
43% Off!

Instant Pot

I used my Instant Pot for the First Time this weekend, and my youngest said it made the BEST chicken he’d every had!

I’ve used Pressure Cookers for a long time, but this was so nice – no watching, no checking the level of the pressure — just set and forget!

Go here to get your new favorite appliance!

Lilla Rose
20% – 60% off everything

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

Get 20% – 60% off of everything at Lilla Rose!

Plus Get Free Shipping on orders of $75 or more.

I wear Lilla Rose clips every day — You can read my Lilla Rose Review here.

T-Tapp
My Fave Exercise Routine!
T Tapp Sale

If you are looking for a way to stay in shape but you’re short on time, T-Tapp is for you!

I do only T-Tapp and some minimal weight training, and I am able to stay in pretty good shape doing only 15 minutes a day. PLUS it helps give you good posture!

I do T-Tapp’s Basic Workout Plus, but occasionally do the Step Away the Inches as well.  It’s fun and easy…and many can even do T Tapp late at night and it doesn’t disturb sleep (it works for me just fine!)

Go here to get all kinds of deals on T-Tapp workouts and more here.

Amazon
$10 off Books!

Amazon Holiday Book Sale

Get $10 off your book purchase of $25 or more with code HOLIDAYBOOK!

What a great way to add to your healthy living library.  Grab a great cookbook, an herbal book  – how about homeopathy or essential oils?

This book on Essential Oils is one of my favorites and it’s been reduced to an amazing low price!  I’m buying this for sure!

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

Go here to get your savings!

Beautycounter
BOGO my FAVE Mascara
Special Blush Offer
& Free Shipping over $100

Beautycounter Cyber Monday Mascara Sale

All day today, you can BOGO on my favorite safe mascara.

This stuff literally is basically waterproof!  I was caught in a downpour and it didn’t run!  I’ll share more about safe / natural mascaras later, but this is the one I always use if I’m going to be somewhere where I will likely cry (sappy movie, church, etc.) or if it’s raining, or when it’s allergy season or I have a cold.

Plus, you can get a huge discount on this Special Blush Duo and Free Shipping over $100.

Go here to get your mascara and all the other deals….

 

Vitamix

Vitamix Black Friday Sale

I LOVE my Vitamix!  Seriously, it’s one of the BEST investments we ever made in our lives.

Through Cyber Monday, get their Certified Reconditioned Machine for as Low as $249!

And through December 31st, while supplies last, save up to $90 on a new qualifying machine on Vitamix.com.

Bluehost
$2.95 a month hosting!

Do you have a blog or are you thinking about starting one?

Now is the time to Go here to get it as your blog’s host – for the great price of only $2.95 a month for 36 months!

You can’t beat this deal!

Go here to get it.

That’s all for now — enjoy the savings!!
I’ll be back later this week with some new posts :).

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11 Quick Steps to Get Holistic Health Now http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/get-holistic-health/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/get-holistic-health/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:35:08 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41580 You might look healthy on the outside, but are you really healthy? It’s important to not have appearance be your goal, but to really learn how to get holistic health — by that, I mean having not only a healthy body, but also a healthy spirit and a healthy soul. Health is often confused with weight loss. To people, looking slim or athletic means that a person is in good physical condition. However, health is more than just your outward appearance. A holistic approach to health applies to your mind and body. Due to a lack of time and their […]

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Learn How to Get Holistic Health with these 11 tips because Healthy isn't just about being thin and "buff"-- it's about your Body, Spirit, and Soul.

You might look healthy on the outside, but are you really healthy?

It’s important to not have appearance be your goal, but to really learn how to get holistic health — by that, I mean having not only a healthy body, but also a healthy spirit and a healthy soul.

Health is often confused with weight loss. To people, looking slim or athletic means that a person is in good physical condition.

However, health is more than just your outward appearance. A holistic approach to health applies to your mind and body.

Due to a lack of time and their busy lives, people don’t pay enough attention to their health. While eating right and exercising is a start, overall health requires a more thorough approach.

Below we’re sharing 11 tips to get holistic health. Keep reading to find out what they are.

1. Learn To Breathe

Breathing has been used as a relaxation technique for a long time. Learning how to control your breathing can help reduce stress and relieve anxiety. Stress and anxiety can put undue pressure on the cardiovascular system.

There are a number of breathing techniques that one can use to encourage healthier breathing.

I use the abdominal technique. It involves taking 6 to 10 deep breaths every minute for up to 10 minutes. However, there are a number of other techniques that people can use.  Equal breathing or alternate nostril breathing are some techniques.

 

2. Eat Right

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to resort to eating only salads or starving yourself. You should focus on eating healthy foods that you like. Include as many fruits (as low carb as possible) and vegetables as you can.

Of course, there are many “healthy eating” plans around. There’s the candida diet, the paleo diet, the keto diet (low carb, high fat), the autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet, the Whole30 diet, the Blood Type Diet, and the list goes on and on.

Eating Right means eating in a way that is best for you.  Of course, there are some parameters that are good to follow no matter what diet you are on — such as avoiding junk food and artificial flavors and colors, and eating organic as much as possible, but eating as much produce as possible while including good sources of protein and fats, is overall a good place to start.

 

3. Stay High On Energy

To ensure your mind and body are both in top condition, stay high on energy throughout the day.

There are a few natural energy boosters such as green tea, berries, and other fruits that will keep you healthy and happy.

Depending on your personal reaction to it, green tea may or may not be a good addition to your diet.  Some people are very sensitive to caffeine and must avoid it at all costs.

However, caffeine in limited quantities can be quite beneficial as it’s known to boost your metabolism and offer other thermogenic benefits. Typically, coffee is not recommended as the added things like sugars and processed creamers add a lot of empty calories and non wholesome ingredients.

Plus the “caffeine hit” is much greater than it is for green tea.

By the way, if you love coffee, but are trying to get off of caffeine, you can try this Homemade Coffee Substitute.

Learn How to Get Holistic Health with these 11 tips because Healthy isn't just about being thin and "buff"-- it's about your Body, Spirit, and Soul.

4. Set Goals

While we relate goals to weight loss, goals can be useful for other aspects of health. Set certain targets for things like how many hours a week you should spend on your hobbies, with family or friends, or away from your cell phone / computer.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

5. Reward Yourself

People on strict diets often resort to cheat days to help them cope with the pressure. On a cheat day, they can eat fatty foods that are otherwise restricted.

This concept can be applied to other areas of your life fairly simply.

 

6. Take Time For Yourself

Even with all your responsibilities and trying to balance work and family, you should try to take time for yourself. Doing something you enjoy like reading your child a story, doing a crossword puzzle, writing a letter (who doesn’t love getting real mail these days?!) or putting together photo albums for an hour a day will ensure you stay grounded and peaceful.

Some of the best “time for yourself” can be getting alone and just resting.  (From Adrienne – getting time with God is a huge rejuvenator for me.)

 

7. Exercise The Right Way

Depending on what your primary goal is, you should tailor your workout to suit it. Most people just perform exercises without understanding what they are for. Start by calculating your BMI, which will help you understand your position as well as help you set a goal.

Then streamline your workout to help you achieve that goal.

(Adrienne here: My personal favorite exercises are T-Tapp, walking, and some weight lifting.  And I don’t do crunches anymore!)

 

8. Stay Hydrated

Your body mostly consists of water. This makes it crucial to drink enough water throughout the day. Studies have found that most people are actually dehydrated and don’t drink the daily recommended water intake.

Make sure that your water is clean, however.  See Is Your Water Safe and How to Make Your Water Safe for details on how to make sure you aren’t drinking toxins!

 

9. Eat Fats

Fats are not your enemy! Healthy fats are essential for your body to function properly.

Healthy fats should be consumed from sources such as nuts, fatty fish, and oils like olive and coconut. This also works to reduce food cravings since fat satiates you.

 

10. Socialize

Meeting with people and having a good time is also important. Regular social interaction ensures your mind stays healthy. Laughter is also great to reduce stress and lift moods.

Go to church, join a mothers’ or ladies’ group, have people over, or go for a walk with a friend.  It’s all a fabulous way to get that connecting time that your soul needs.

 

11. Get Offline

So much of our time is spent sitting in front of a computer or a mobile phone that we’ve become addicted to them. Studies have found that social media contributes to feelings of depression and stress. Disconnecting, even for a short period every day, will ensure you are happier.

Conclusion

In a world where every third person is overweight, losing weight and eating healthy are important.

However, a holistic approach to health is what most people require. It will help prevent burnouts at work, improve your quality of life, and much more.

Here’s wishing you a healthy and happy life.

 

Do you do all of these?  Which do you find the hardest?
Got another tip to share?

Aradhana PandeyAradhana is a writer from India. Her areas of knowledge include parenting, children with special needs, health and lifestyle. She loves being outdoors and her hobbies include cycling and hiking. Aradhana has a special interest in children with special needs and parenting and shares her experiences through her other passion, writing. She writes to share her knowledge so that it may help others. Her posts on these subjects have been published on more than 250+ various reputed sites like the Huffington post, SheKnows, Mom Junction and many more. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.

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“Shop in Your PJ’s” Black Friday Healthy Living Deals – 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/black-friday-healthy-deals-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/black-friday-healthy-deals-2016/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:38:42 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41480 I hope that you all had a lovely Thanksgiving (those of you in the US, at least :)). We had a fabulous time with new friends, had a mostly organic meal, loads and loads of food and fellowship, and my kids got to hang out with their children. We talked music, faith, current events, healthy living, and more…..just great. Since we stayed late, I did not go to any stores in the wee hours (not that I would anyhow), and well, when there are great deals like this online, who needs to? So excited about these! By the way, any of […]

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Black Friday Healthy Living Deals

I hope that you all had a lovely Thanksgiving (those of you in the US, at least :)).

We had a fabulous time with new friends, had a mostly organic meal, loads and loads of food and fellowship, and my kids got to hang out with their children.

We talked music, faith, current events, healthy living, and more…..just great.

Since we stayed late, I did not go to any stores in the wee hours (not that I would anyhow), and well, when there are great deals like this online, who needs to?

So excited about these!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

The Truth About Cancer
Free Showing
The Truth About Cancer Symposium

This weekend, from 9 AM EST today (11/25) through 6:30 PM Sunday (11/27), you can get completely access to The Truth About Cancer’s (TTAC) Ultimate Live Symposium.

This group regularly produces very popular series and contains a lot of great information to help you and your loved ones, including:

Vaccines and Cancer – Is There a Link?
Nutrition and Cancer – What You Need to Know
The Keto Diet – Can It Really Prevent and Treat Cancer?
RoundUp and Cancer – How We Are Poisoning Ourselves

Get your free access here.

Beautycounter
Free Lip Sheer and Body Oil

Beautycounter Black Friday Sale

From today through Sunday, Nov. 27, if you spend $125 at Beautycounter, you will get a FREE Lip Sheer ($30 value) — your choice of color!  Beautycounter’s Lip Sheer is the ONLY safe lipstick that works on me.  Their colors are lovely.  I love Twig, Petal, and also Terra.

Spend $250, and get the FREE Lip Sheer AND a Free Rosemary Citrus Body Oil ($103 total value!).  Beautycounter’s products are very safe  – their lipstick rates a 1 on EWG so it’s super safe!  The body oil is lovely – goes on right after the shower and isn’t greasy.

I highly recommend:

Mascara – it’s basically waterproof and is very safe!  I got caught in a downpour and it didn’t run at all!

Sea Salt Spray – LOVE this. I ditched my toxic hairspray (it said it was fragrance-free, but I found “fragrance” on the label!).  This spray is non drying and holds great, plus it adds volume too.  I use very little and don’t find myself reapplying much at all!

Charcoal Cleansing Bar – GREAT for fighting breakouts – without drying!

Tint Skin – Their foundation is lovely and very safe.  Lots of shades to choose from too.

Eye Pencils – Safe and pretty.  I personally love the Navy – not too dark, just right color.  The Black is great too.

Beautycounter has a nice 60 day “no worries” return policy too!

Crunchi
30% off

Crunchi Black Friday Sale

I’m not a “one company fits all” kind of gal, so I’ve also teamed up with Crunchi.  They have fabulous products and are a very young company. LOVE their makeup — and it’s very clean.

Here are the 30% off deals that you can get from today through 11/27:

Foundation – So far, my favorite foundation. Stays lovely even in 90 degree heat.
Primer – I had never worn a primer before, but wow.  What a difference!
Lip Gloss – This is my favorite lip gloss ever.  Smells great, stays on for a long time and looks lovely.
Bronzer – I had never worn bronzer before either – but this gives a nice bit of color without looking overdone.

Plus, you get Free Shipping over $150 :).

NYR Organic
1/2 off Healing Foods Book

 

Neal's Yard Remedies Healing Foods Book

 

This isn’t a Black Friday deal (I update the post on Sat.) but it’s a great deal.

For 11/26 and 11/27, you can get the Healing Foods Book for 1/2 off when you spend $60.

This book is loaded with tons of nutrition helps as well as lovely recipes to help you feel your best.

Read more about NYR Organic here.

Rocky Mountain Oils
20% off everything and up to 40% off others!

RMO Black Friday Deals

Through Monday, Nov. 28 (Cyber Monday), there will be great sales going on at Rocky Mountain Oils, the company that I mentioned in my series, The “Best” Essential Oils.

Each day there will be a new sale announced, so come back every day to see what new thing is on sale!  With Free Shipping in the US, you can easily take advantage of all of them!

The whole store is 20% off all weekend, and every day there will be certain products offered at 40% off!

Today (Sat 11/26), get 20% off everything plus 40% off the Frankincense Carterii and Breathe Easy Blend!

Lilla Rose
20% – 60% off everything

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

Get 20% – 60% off of everything at Lilla Rose!  Plus Free Shipping on orders of $75 or more.

I wear Lilla Rose clips every day.  Read my Lilla Rose Review here.

This deal is on thru 11:59 PST Monday, Nov 28!

T-Tapp
My Fave Exercise Routine!
T Tapp Sale

I used to really overdo it at the gym and running, and then exercising at home….then I ended up with adrenal issues.  Boo.

Now I do only T-Tapp and some minimal weight training, and I am able to stay in pretty good shape doing only 15 minutes a day. PLUS it helps give you good posture!

I do T-Tapp’s Basic Workout Plus, but occasionally do the Step Away the Inches as well.

Go here to get all kinds of deals on T-Tapp workouts and more here.

Instant Pot
40% off!

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is a favorite of healthy cooks all over!

Right now you can get this amazing pot for

I’ve not done it yet, but I hear you can cook a frozen chicken in 35 minutes!  Woot!

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Are Old Essential Oils Dangerous? Use Them or Toss Them? http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/shelf-life-of-essential-oils/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/shelf-life-of-essential-oils/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2016 19:41:36 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41354 What is the shelf life of essential oils? Do essential oils expire? These are important questions to answer. Essential oils are not cheap.  Well, some of them are very affordable, but some are quite expensive, and of course the bottles are quite small. If you are into DIYing essential oils blends instead of buying blends pre-made, knowing about essential oils expiration and the shelf life of essential oils can be a big deal. For example, let’s say you want to save money by making your own essential oils blends like my Breathe Easy Blend, Hair Growth Blend, or Antibacterial Blend. […]

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Wondering if your older essential oils are safe to use or if you should toss them? Find out if Essential Oils Expire and what the shelf life of essentials oils is.

What is the shelf life of essential oils?

Do essential oils expire?

These are important questions to answer.

Essential oils are not cheap.  Well, some of them are very affordable, but some are quite expensive, and of course the bottles are quite small.

If you are into DIYing essential oils blends instead of buying blends pre-made, knowing about essential oils expiration and the shelf life of essential oils can be a big deal.

For example, let’s say you want to save money by making your own essential oils blends like my Breathe Easy Blend, Hair Growth Blend, or Antibacterial Blend.  However, if you end up having a bunch of left over essential oils that you end up tossing because they expired, then you end up not saving any money at all.

Sigh.

Anyhow, the topic of the shelf life of essential oils and whether or not essential oils expire is something that I have been wondering about for a long time.

Because I’m a money-saving-bulk-buying kind of gal.

I’m the gal who buys 25-pound bags of organic dried beans, 25-pound bags of organic coconut for my Homemade Coconut Chips and Easiest Coconut Milk, 25-pounds of chicory for my Nourishing Coffee Substitute — and yes, I have bought a lot of single essential oils to make blends from.

And I have a lot.

So for all of the other money-saving-bulk-buying folk out there, here are the facts on the shelf life of essential oils.

One Myth About Essential Oil Expiration

There are lots of myths running around regarding essential oils and one of them is this:

“If a company tells you that their essential oils expire, or have a shelf life, then they are not pure essential oils.”

That’s not true.

Now, it is true that essential oils do not contain water, so they do not grow mold, mildew, or yeast, and additionally they have antibacterial and antiviral properties, but they do change over time and you need to know how in order to be able to use your essential oils safely and effectively.

Several things can affect the shelf life of essential oils and can cause them to not be as effective.

Essential Oils are volatile oils (they easily evaporate — that is why you smell them) and they can oxidize.  If you know anything about the word “oxidize,” it means that it is affected by oxygen.

You’ve surely heard about “antioxidants” in foods and how they are good for you, right?  They prevent, or help get rid of, the damage done by oxygen exposure that is called “oxidizing.”

In the same way that oxidizing affects foods (and your body), oxygen affects essential oils.

Wondering if your older essential oils are safe to use or if you should toss them? Find out if Essential Oils Expire and what the shelf life of essentials oils is.

Things That Affect the Shelf Life of Essential Oils

Oxygen

Every time you open your essential oil bottle oxygen gets in.  The oxygen reacts with the oil and oxidizes it, in the same way that exposure to the air causes an apple to turn brown.

According to Robert Tisserand’s Book On Essential Oil Safety,

oxygen can change the chemical composition of an essential oil by reacting with some of the constituents.”

Think about that. If you are changing the chemical composition of an essential oil, then you basically have a different essential oil than you thought you had.

The properties that you bought it for might not be in the essential oil any longer and there will be new properties — some of which might not be desirable.

Light

There is varying information on this, however it is known that light is also damaging to essential oils.  That is the main reason why it is recommended to store your essential oils in colored bottles, which apparently help to minimize this effect.

A study was done on Sweet Orange Oil in which the oil underwent significant changes in its composition when it was exposed to UV light at 20°C for 50 minutes. There were decreases in certain constituents and new constituents resulted. So technically the oil was a totally different oil after this exposure. (Source)

Fennel Oil has been shown to oxidize more quickly in light than in dark. (Source)

Heat

Heat also can affect the quality of your essential oils, however this has not been as widely studied.

Robert Tisserand, considered by many to be the foremost expert on essential oil safety, recommends keeping your essential oils away from heat and in cool areas, ideally in the refrigerator. (Source)

Heat would cause the volatile compounds to evaporate more quickly, but of course the lid of the bottle would need to be removed in order for this to happen.

It appears, from the studies that have been done, that the effect of heat on an essential oil will vary depending on the components of that specific oil with components such as citral, citronellal, and oils that are high in monoterpenes seeming to be more greatly affected by heat exposure.

Apparently, those essential oils that are extracted using CO2 are more prone to damage from heat than other essential oils, though the reason for that is not yet known. (Source)

Time

Of course, if the essential oil is not exposed to oxygen, light, or heat (so it’s unopened in a dark, cool place), then it should be fine.  However, once you open the bottle, the deterioration begins and it is progressive with time.  As you expose the essential oil to any of the above assaults, over time, the essential oil will change.  If you regularly open your bottle to use the oils, then the effect will occur more quickly.  Additionally, as you have less of a particular essential oil left in a bottle, it will be exposed to more oxygen and the effect on the remaining oil will be greater.

There are some essential oils that get better with time, Patchouli being one of them.  Others that I have read about include Sandalwood, Rose, possibly Cedarwood, Vetiver, Frankincense (CO2), and Myrrh.

Are Old Essential Oils Dangerous?

Essential oils are made up of different components.  There are lighter components and heavier ones.

The lighter components are the ones that evaporate first and so that would leave behind the heavier components.  Typically, the lighter components are the ones that are gentler on the skin.  So if you use an essential oil that has been around for awhile, your chances to experience irritation are greater.

Additionally, the chances of getting sensitized to the oil increase as well. As I mentioned in this post on Emulsifying Essential Oils, you can greatly minimize the chances of sensitization in general.

And as I mentioned above, when essential oils are exposed to light, heat, and oxygen, the components change.  So what you end up with is a different oil than what you started out with.

So yes, old essential oils can be dangerous.

What is the Shelf Life of Essential Oils?

I’ll write in more detail about this in the future, but for now, here are the basics.

Essential oils that have a higher quantity of monoterpenes or oxides have the shortest shelf life — approximately 1-2 years.

Those essential oils that have a higher quantity of phenols may last up to 3 years.

Essential oils that contain ketones, monoterpenols, and/or esters have a shelf life of approximately 4-5 years.

Essential oils with a higher amount of sesquiterpenes and sesquiterpenols can last up to 6 years.

Don’t worry if all of this “terpene” and “ketone” and “….perpenol” stuff is confusing.  We’ll go over it more later :).

In the meantime….

The Essential Oil Safety Book

I referenced this book several times in this post, and there’s a reason for that.  It’s a good one.

Robert Tisserand’s book is considered by many to be the book on Essential Oil Safety.

It’s a fabulous reference tool for anyone wanting to know more about essential oils in general, and essential oil safety in specific.

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

Conclusion

Essential Oils are pretty stable, but you need to take care how to store them.

Use common sense.  If an oil smells bad or looks bad, don’t use it.

Better safe than sorry.

Of course, you need to be careful to buy pure oils in the first place.  Personally, I buy oils from several different sources.

Years ago, I started looking for a quality essential oils company that I could trust.  After hours and hours of work, I ended up choosing the essential oils company mentioned in this post and have added Neal’s Yard Remedies to the mix. I initially chose them for their skincare and personal care, but they have an amazing line of oils that are all produced sustainably.

A number of you have asked about organic essential oils – I am talking to other companies as well so that I can have more sources for my family and for all of you as well.  Please stay tuned for that information.

Got a question about Essential Oil Storage or Shelf Life? — Leave it below!

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Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup – low carb & AIP http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/easy-homemade-elderberry-syrup-low-carb/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/easy-homemade-elderberry-syrup-low-carb/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:39:28 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41321 Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite tools for healthy living — Homemade Elderberry Syrup — and I’ve made it low-carb so even those on low carb diets can enjoy it. When I was young, I got sick a lot.  And I do mean, a lot. It was during that time that antibiotics were all the rage, and I was sadly the victim of that kind of thinking. Every time I got sick, my mother would take me to the doctor and would ask for antibiotics. It set me up for a ton of health issues including candida, […]

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This Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup is a delicious way to boost your immune system and keep your family healthy, especially during the cold and flu seasons!

Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite tools for healthy living — Homemade Elderberry Syrup — and I’ve made it low-carb so even those on low carb diets can enjoy it.

When I was young, I got sick a lot.  And I do mean, a lot.

It was during that time that antibiotics were all the rage, and I was sadly the victim of that kind of thinking.

Every time I got sick, my mother would take me to the doctor and would ask for antibiotics. It set me up for a ton of health issues including candida, gut problems, adrenal fatigue, and thyroid disease, and set the stage for my son’s autism as well.

Everything is connected.  And when you mess with your gut, you mess with everything particularly since it is the core of your health.

Since I found out the horrible effect that antibiotics can have on gut health, in addition to learning how they can lead to antibiotic resistance, I have tried my best to keep my family healthy without leaning on antibiotics for things like ear infections, goopy eye, and the sort.

I also think it’s important to avoid over the counter meds as much as possible due to them having unwanted side effects.  For example, for years I took Benadryl for allergy issues, only now to find out that it is an anti-cholergenic drug that can lead to Alzheimer’s and brain shrinkage.

YIKES!

All the more reason to lean on healthy natural remedies whenever possible.

Brain Shrinkage and Alzheimer’s?

No thanks!

I have a whole post on DIY Cold and Flu Remedies which includes this fabulous recipe for Elderberry Jam, but I started making Elderberry Syrup this year when my youngest got a very bad virus, as in a terrible terrible sore throat, a fever, and was feeling completely out of it.

We thought he had strep since his throat was so sore and we even ended up going to Urgent Care due to some odd symptoms, but we were sent home with no special treatment recommendations.

So I went to work nursing my son back to health.

I gave him Echinacea Tea, a mixture of garlic, cayenne, and honey, and this fabulous Elderberry Syrup.

The Elderberry Syrup was his favorite part of the regimen. I think he would have eaten it all day if I had let him :).

He sat and watched Lone Ranger reruns all day long, and I actually sacked out and watched them with him.  I never really got sick, but my body sure was working overtime fighting the germs off. At one point I even slept through a bunch of the The Long Ranger’s shooting, “Hi Ho, Silver!”calling, and more.

Elderberry Health Benefits

Simply getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet is always a good thing, but when you are adding in produce that is dark colored, the benefits typically run deeper.  The dark color is an indication of more nutrition and more detox capabilities as the antioxidants in the foods scoop up all of the junk that is best removed from your body.

For centuries, elderberries were a standard folk remedy in Europe, North America, Western Asia and North Africa, so now their health benefits are being examined and studies.

Elderberries (Sambucus Nigra) are full of antioxidants which have many health benefits. They also have tannin, flavanoids (including quercetin, which is often used for helping mitigate allergy symptoms and anthocyanins), carotenoids, amino acids, vitamins, and more.

They have been shown to lower cholesterol (Source), and boost the immune system (Source), including giving relief of Influenza Symptoms (Source) and the duration of colds (Source)

Dried Elderberry Caution

Just so you know, when you buy Dried Elderberries for making your Homemade Elderberry Syrup, don’t go a snackin’ on them, MK?

Elderberries are not to be eaten raw as they are toxic in that form.

Actually it isn’t the berries themselves that are toxic — the seeds, stems, leaves, and roots of the plant are toxic, and of course, the berries have seeds in them.

I knew about this, but found out just how bad it could be.

Those parts of the plant contain a cyanide-inducing glycoside.  Eating a sufficient quantity of these cyanide-inducing glycosides can cause a toxic buildup of cyanide in the body and make you quite ill.  Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even coma.  Most people recover quickly, although hospitalization may be required. The fruit of the elderberry is a tiny berry, about 1/8 to ¼ inch in diameter, and about 50% of the berry is seed.  Cooking the berries destroys the glycosides present in the seeds, making the berries with their seeds safe to eat.  As such, the fruit of the Black Elderberry should always be cooked before consumption.  Interestingly, research indicates that exposing elderberry to heat actually concentrates the polyphenols and anthocyanin’s.

See, I had dried elderberries around for the purpose of making Homemade Elderberry Syrup and one day was craving berries.  I figured that the elderberries had most likely been dried at a high enough temperature so as not to be raw, and I sat and snacked on some.

And some more.

Bad idea.

I ended up awake almost all night with, let’s just say, serious digestive upset. Upset to the nth degree.

The moral of this story is that friends don’t let friends snack on dried elderberries.

Ever.

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Don’t Feel Like Making Your Own Elderberry Syrup?

This recipe is super simple, but if you really are in need of the syrup and don’t have time to make it, then you can buy quality Elderberry Syrup as well.

This brand has an organic version, but it isn’t low-carb.

Nature’s Way Organic Sambucus Elderberry Syrup, 4 Fluid Ounce

Nature's Way Elderberry Syrup

Following is the recipe for Homemade Elderberry Syrup that I used. I make mine low carb but the honey-sweetened version adds extra health benefits.

These are the jars pictured in the blog image.

This Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup is a delicious way to boost your immune system and keep your family healthy, especially during the cold and flu seasons!

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Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup - low carb option. Just what you need to boost your immune system to stay healthy and keep germs away!
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  1. Combine the berries and spices (if using) and water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil.
  3. Simmer for 30 min to an hour until the water is reduced by about a half.
  4. Mash the berries in the water, or blend in a blender.
  5. Strain through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag (optional).
  6. Add sweetener. Heat, if needed, to combine. (heat gently if using honey to not destroy the enzymes.)
  7. Store in a jar or bottle in the refrigerator.

That’s it.

Super simple.

Keep this on hand all year round to help keep your immune system healthy, and use extra when fighting off “a bug”.

Have you had Elderberry Syrup before?

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Are You Pro-Life? (or Just Pro-Birth?) http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/what-is-pro-life/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/what-is-pro-life/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:06:25 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40972 What is Pro Life? Those of you who have been around here for awhile know that I like digging — and thinking. I don’t like to just spout out common thought or regurgitate what I see online.  In other words, I like to seek out the truth and then share it. This issue is a case in point. I keep seeing posts on social media, and articles about “You’re really not pro-life if….” followed by a litany of arguments. The argument goes something like this: “You’re not really Pro-Life, you are really Pro-birth. Because you only care about people before […]

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What is Pro Life? Do you only care about fetuses or do you have a holistic view of life? What's really important here?

What is Pro Life?

Those of you who have been around here for awhile know that I like digging — and thinking.

I don’t like to just spout out common thought or regurgitate what I see online.  In other words, I like to seek out the truth and then share it.

This issue is a case in point.

I keep seeing posts on social media, and articles about “You’re really not pro-life if….” followed by a litany of arguments.

The argument goes something like this:

“You’re not really Pro-Life, you are really Pro-birth.

Because you only care about people before they are born.

You are not for government funding for adults and children who are needy, plus you aren’t for open borders, you are Pro-war and I bet you are for the Death Penalty too. “

Is this argument accurate?

Let’s reason it out.

Why This Topic

But before we go there — let me say that I hope you will stick around even if you disagree with me. I’m happy to talk about your thoughts, to listen, and to be open.  These are health-related issues.  I assume that there will be some of you who think this doesn’t belong here, but I think it does.

We can and must talk about these things.  Because they are important.

AND this is about health. It’s about the health (and possibly the life) of the mother, right? And about the health and life of the little one inside.

So it ties into my blog’s mission of healthy living.

It’s often seen as a taboo topic, but I don’t think it should be.  Why should we not talk about tough things?

By listening to each other, we can learn.

And I’m for sure open to hearing what you think on the issue.

Are You REALLY Pro-Life?

First of all, before we get into the argument, let’s talk about what being Pro-Life actually means.

What is Pro Life? Do you only care about fetuses or do you have a holistic view of life? What's really important here?

What Pro-Life Is

The Pro-Life Position is to be opposed to abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, and often extends to embryo-destructive medical procedures.

Pro-Choice is the opposite position.

But You Don’t Support Life After Birth

The argument: If you were really Pro-Life, you would support free birth control, free childcare, and extended welfare benefits.

Here’s the deal — this argument is patently wrong on two points:

It’s not the Government’s Job

One can defend the unborn, and the elderly, and the infirm, and yet not think that the federal government should be the provider of birth control, childcare, and more.

Other alternatives (and much better, in my estimation) for such assistance are churches, communities, families, and local government.

Does one have to be for the federal government doing everything in order to be a compassionate human being?

In any event, the expansion of the federal government’s powers both goes against the Tenth Amendment (“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”) and has a poor track record of actually benefitting those it claims to help.

We Are Limited People with Limited Resources

Wanting to give someone the privilege of life does not mean that one needs to be just as enthusiastic about or involved in making that person’s life comfortable.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have compassion, but we all have limited resources, whether financial, time, emotional, or otherwise.
Moreover, no one can participate equally in all aspects of helping others.  One person might focus on preventing abortion, while another might focus on stopping human trafficking. Another might be doing his best to eradicate hunger.
Just because each person isn’t equally involved in all of the other aspects of a “full life” does not mean that there isn’t care or concern for the same.
This article makes a great point.  Is a firefighter less dedicated to saving life just because he isn’t equally dedicated to making sure that the person saved from the fire has adequate clothing and food after being saved?

But You Don’t Care About Refugees and Immigrants

The argument: If you are not for welcoming all refugees and immigrants into one’s country, then you are not pro-life.

Again, this argument is a logical fallacy.  Yes, we should be caring about refugees and immigrants.  My heart breaks seeing the horror that these people have to deal with.

However, I don’t think it’s sustainable to open our borders and allow everyone in who wants to come in.

I’m basically a libertarian, but a country is not a country without borders.

Think about it this way — do you think we should all leave our doors open to our houses and give anyone who wants it free access to our food and our homes?  I think this is a valid analogy to what some think we should do regarding our county’s borders.

My position is that we should work on making immigration easier and figure out other ways to help with the refugee issue with better vetting, safe zones, or other solutions.

Having other solutions about the refugee and immigration problem that are different than open borders does not mean that one is not pro-life.

But You’re War Monger

This argument assumes that pro-lifers are fine with having babies born, but they are way too quick to pull the trigger to get involved in military action in other countries that will lead to many deaths of soldiers and innocents.

I am personally deeply concerned about the amount of military aggression in other countries. However, even many libertarians (who are typically isolationist) are seeing that the current world situation at times demands using force.

It’s a terrible conundrum, but at times using force might be necessary to save the lives of others.

Sorting through the pros and cons of military involvement at any particular time is very complicated because it’s hard to discern what the truth of the matter is. However, killing in the womb and euthanasia are obvious life and death situations when there is nothing tantamount to self-defense or preventing aggression involved in the situation at hand.

What About the Death Penalty?

This is a Red Herring argument.

An unborn child is never guilty of anything deserving of punishment, let alone death.

Many of those who oppose abortion are, in fact, against the Death Penalty, and I myself am generally against it, mainly due to injustices in the court system and because it is often unjustly applied in our society.

On the other hand, I recognize that this also is a very difficult topic.

The main thing to remember here is my first point — that this is false logic.  You can’t compare the death of, for example, a convicted serial killer with that of an innocent unborn child.

Conclusion

There are more topics within this argument that could be covered, however, these are the main ones that I typically encounter.

In conclusion, the definition of the Pro-Life position is basically to be opposed to abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.

Of course we should all strive to figure out ways to address the ills that surround us of poverty, unwanted pregnancies, the refugee crisis and immigration and more.  However, those issues are not integral parts of the Pro-Life position.

Someone once said this regarding this issue. “I can be wrong about the best way to combat poverty, help refugees, or federal fiscal policy, but I can’t be wrong on the life issue.”  The right and wrong in this situation is far too clear.

I agree.

What really is disconcerting about such articles is that typically (always?) they are written by people who embrace the Democrat Party which has a staunch pro-choice stand including a history of their Senators voting to remove all limits on abortion, for all 9 months.

Instead of allowing such illogical arguments to flourish, let’s look at the facts and then move forward with conversations from there, now that we have clarity on what Pro-Life really means.

What do you think?
Is the Pro-Life position hypocritical?

Photo Credit: Creative Commons Ada’s Feet by Christian Haugen is licensed under CC by 2.0.

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Do Supreme Court Nominations REALLY Matter? http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/supreme-court-nominations-election/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/supreme-court-nominations-election/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:19:24 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41132 Do the Supreme Court Nominations really matter during this (or any) Presidential Election? The US Presidential Election is on just about everyone’s mind these days. Many of us are sick of it. But it’s a big deal even if you’d just like the whole thing to go away. People are talking about policies, sex scandals, lying, corruption, third party voting, and more, but one of the main topics is the Supreme Court. So — what does this have to do with this blog? A lot. Politics and Health The Supreme Court has to do with health.  A lot. Over the […]

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Will the next President really make a difference regarding the Supreme Court? Or is it a complete waste of time and effort?

Do the Supreme Court Nominations really matter during this (or any) Presidential Election?

The US Presidential Election is on just about everyone’s mind these days.

Many of us are sick of it. But it’s a big deal even if you’d just like the whole thing to go away.

People are talking about policies, sex scandals, lying, corruption, third party voting, and more, but one of the main topics is the Supreme Court.

So — what does this have to do with this blog?

A lot.

Politics and Health

The Supreme Court has to do with health.  A lot.

Over the years the Supreme Court has made decisions based on abortion, healthcare, and I’m sure vaccines will be on the docket at some point. Additional health issues have been proposed to the Supreme Court such as birth control.

And I am not just interested in health issues.

I’m a homeschooling mother who cares a great deal about freedom in general.

Educational freedom, religious freedom, and health freedom, which includes vaccine and healthcare freedom.

All of these issues are, or will likely be dealt with at the Supreme Court level.

Politics and Me

Before we get into the main point, here is a little big of my background.  I was never involved in politics at all as a child.  I was raised in a Democrat household and was told that the Democrats were for the poor people and the Republicans were for the rich.

Basically I knew nothing else. Well, I maybe knew who the President was at any particular time, but that might be about it.

That all changed in my 20s for a variety of reasons, but I got interested, and got informed, and got involved.

I was even a delegate at one point, and my husband is a political junkie, and even participates in and runs some libertarian seminars year round across the country.

So while we don’t know everything, we try to be well informed.

And as you read on, you will see that I am pro life.  I am happy to dialogue about that as well, but that is the position from which this article is written.  Of course, the same argument could be made from the liberal standpoint — that Supreme Court nominations do matter.

Are the Supreme Court Nominations a One Issue Scam?

I have a friend on Facebook who posted that the focus during this election on the Supreme Court Nominees was simply a “single issue scam”.

I totally disagree.

By its nature, the Supreme Court discusses many issues.  Plus the sheer magnitude of the effect that the Supreme Court selection will have on our nation makes it a huge issue no matter what.

Saying that the Supreme Court is a single issue is like saying that voting for a President is a single issue, or voting for your Congressional Representatives is a single issue.

Didn’t Conservatives Legalize Abortion?

The main argument that is tossed around regarding not considering the Supreme Court to be an issue of import is the Roe v. Wade argument.

The argument goes like this. “It was a majority Republican-appointed Supreme Court that legalized abortion!” so the argument that a Republican President will do anything positive for the Supreme Court makeup is simply wrong-headed.

Another friend of mine posted this article on Facebook, making that same argument.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

The makeup of SCOTUS when Roe v. Wade was decided was as follows:

  • Harry A. Blackmun
  • William J. Brennan
  • Warren Earl Burger
  • William Orville Douglas
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.
  • Potter Stewart
  • William H. Rehnquist
  • Byron R. White

Only two justices voted against Roe v. Wade: Rehnquist and White. Rehnquist was a conservative appointed by Nixon, and White was appointed by Kennedy. So, what was the makeup of those justices who voted to legalize abortion?

Blackmun (R-Nixon)

Brennan (R-Eisenhower)

Burger (R-Nixon)

Douglas (D-Roosevelt)

Marshall (D-Johnson)

Powell (R-Nixon)

Stewart (R-Eisenhower)

Well, at first glance, it does look pretty bad.

The argument basically is that Nixon and Eisenhower did nothing, and in fact, were part of the problem, so why bother thinking that another Republican would do any different?

Well, there are a number of problems with this argument.

Will the next President really make a difference regarding the Supreme Court? Or is it a complete waste of time and effort?

Rebuttal to “a Republican Supreme Court Legalized Abortion”

Abortion was already legal

First of all, abortion was already legal in many states.  What this decision did was to legalize it across the country, which therein overrode state laws.

So, in a sense, this was more of a statement about state’s rights and overriding them.

Nixon and Eisenhower Were not Conservatives.

They were anything but.

And Nixon had some very troubling views on abortion.

Nixon said on the day after Roe v. Wade was handed down that abortion was necessary for certain situations like interracial marriages. (Source)

Both Nixon and Eisenhower would be considered by most to be moderates.

Public Awareness Has Changed

Contrary to during Nixon and Eisenhower’s time, there is much more public awareness now of the need for conservative judges, in particular due to Roe v Wade and the current imbalance of the “balance of powers” that leans too heavily on SCOTUS.

We do not have a balance of powers.  In fact, things are heavily imbalanced with too much in total being left to the federal government and too much falling on the Judiciary.

Things Are Different Today

In the year that this post was written, we have information about what kind of justices would likely be appointed by both candidates, today the situation bears no similarity to the previous presidencies.

And due to the changing climate of Presidential elections, one would expect this to continue.

For this year, Trump has made a list of the judges that he would like to appoint. You can see those judges here.

Illogical Argument

This entire argument is a non sequitur.

The article states that since these moderate Republicans did a terrible job of appointing justices to SCOTUS, therefore someone who has a specific list of conservatives of whom he plans to appoint is going to nominate the same kind of wimpy justices?

It’s a guilt by association fallacy and non sequitur fallacy as well.

Consider the Source

This article was written on Patheos by a man who calls himself a scholar.  He went to Gordon Conwell and then to Fuller Seminary.  If you look the URL of his writings, he calls himself “formerlyfundie” which is, of course a derogatory comment.

Gordon Conwell is a bit left leaning, as is Fuller, depending on your perspective.  Patheos is all over the map, but is primarily a left-leaning site.  The author calls himself a part of the emergent church, which is not a part of orthodox Christianity.

So, consider the source when reading any argument.  We all have biases, but we should be able to be intellectually honest about our statements regardless.

The article by Benjamin Corey is anything but.  It’s not intellectually honest, and it’s not scholarly.

Conclusion

The Supreme Court nominations matter a great deal.

The next President will likely appoint 4 justices to the Supreme Court and those justices will likely be on the bench for up to the next 30 years.

Currently, the court (particularly since the death of Antonin Scalia) is riddled with judges who are mainly on one side of the aisle — for more government control, and even justices who don’t respect our Constitution.

If the justices of the Supreme Court of the US don’t respect the Constitution, then what can we expect from them?

Our Founding Fathers set things up the way they did in wisdom and to prevent abuses. If we abandon that foundation, it is to our peril.

Disclaimer

None of this means that I am not concerned with some of the issues that surround Trump.  I am.  But I also think that some of these concerns have been blown out of proportion, or flat out lied about by the mainstream media.

The issue of Trump mocking disabled people is one case in point. Long story short, you can see in this link that he in fact didn’t.  And of course, there is still time left before the election so anything could come up.

Additionally, of course candidates may not do what they promise to do, and justices might not act as we expect them to.  But we can still make informed decisions to the best of our abilities.

If you would like to dialogue about those things, feel free to comment below.

The point of this post was to dispel what I consider to be a totally illogical argument stating that the Supreme Court issue is a non-issue.

In fact, the Supreme Court Nominations are big deal and are something that all of us should be paying close attention to.

What do you think about the Supreme Court?

Photo Credits: Creative Commons Supreme Court by Matt Wade is licensed under CC by 2.0.
Creative Commons Supreme Court by Mark Fischer is licensed under CC by 2.0.

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Hi everyone!

I know I haven’t done a post like this in awhile, but there are some nice deals going on that I wanted to get out to you!

It’s been a bit crazy here with fall coming, things we’ve had to deal with for our home and family life, and more, and some big things I am working on for the blog – so looking forward to sharing them with you!

I hope things have been a little less crazy for you…..

So here you go….I hope you enjoy these!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

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11 Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/foods-that-boost-your-immune-system/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/foods-that-boost-your-immune-system/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:58:09 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41139 With the cold and flu season upon us, it’s important to find ways to stay healthy. Thankfully, there are many foods that boost your immune system that can help you be healthier. Even when we eat healthy and try to stay fit, we can sometimes fall prey to a cold or fever. As we grow up, our immune system can sometimes fail us. For a young child who is still growing and developing, the immune system plays an especially crucial role. When functioning well, the immune system helps protect you from infections and diseases. None of us want to be sick, but such illnesses […]

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Eat these 11 Nutrient-Dense Superfoods to help Boost Your Immune System and ward off colds and flu!

With the cold and flu season upon us, it’s important to find ways to stay healthy. Thankfully, there are many foods that boost your immune system that can help you be healthier.

Even when we eat healthy and try to stay fit, we can sometimes fall prey to a cold or fever. As we grow up, our immune system can sometimes fail us.

For a young child who is still growing and developing, the immune system plays an especially crucial role.

When functioning well, the immune system helps protect you from infections and diseases. None of us want to be sick, but such illnesses could potentially hamper growth and stall a child’s development. However, proper nutrition helps improve the functioning of your child’s immune system to help avoid such problems.

To help everyone be healthier, here are 11 super foods that will help you and your child stay healthy and in the face of many onslaughts.

What is a Superfood?

Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be especially beneficial for your health.

Typically, when one talks about superfoods, people have thoughts of things like goji, spirulina, chlorella, elderberries, wheatgrass, pomegranate, acai, and more.

In this post, you can see some superfoods featured in Delicious Superfood Berry Popsicles.  They are a great way to get high quality nutrition into your body in a delicious treat.

However, truly there is no real definition of superfoods, so really it’s a nutrient-rich food.

For this blog post, the idea is to figure out ways to get good nutrition into you and your kids easily.

Let’s face it. Life is hectic enough already without adding hard-to-find foods onto your grocery list.

So this list of 11 Superfoods is made up of foods that are more readily available so parents all over the world can easily get these into their kids’ (and into their own) diets.

Eat these 11 Nutrient-Dense Superfoods to help Boost Your Immune System and ward off colds and flu!

11 Super Foods that Boost Your Immune System

1. Citrus

Citrus fruits such as oranges and limes have high vitamin C content. They are also rich in antioxidants.

Antioxidants are beneficial for the immune system as they help fight free radical damage and prevent cell breakup.

2. Green Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables come loaded with fiber and nutrients and are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and cabbages are loaded with essential vitamins and antioxidants that boost immune system functioning.

And to keep your Green Leafies from spoiling, here is information on How to Store Leafy Greens.

3. Yogurt

Yogurt is packed full of good bacteria that helps with digestion and in turn help with your child’s immune system. These are otherwise known as probiotics and aid the immune system in fighting harmful infections and bad bacteria.

Please do choose organic yogurt whenever possible. And if you cannot eat dairy, coconut yogurt is a great alternative.

4. Nuts

Nuts like almonds, peanuts, and walnuts are great sources of fats. They also contain vitamin E and zinc along with a good amount of antioxidants. They are also versatile and easy to mix with different foods.

To optimize digestibility of nuts and seeds, soak and dehydrate them first.

And all nuts and seeds can be easily made into delicious Homemade Nut or Seed Butter.

5. Fish

Fatty fish like tuna and salmon are excellent sources of omega three fats. These healthy fats improve white blood cell activity.

This once again helps shore up the immune system.

6. Berries

Blueberries are famous for their high antioxidant content, but almost all berries are very healthy.

They contain flavonoids and phytochemicals, which are powerful antioxidants. Berries are versatile and can be used to make a range of healthy smoothies, desserts and more for your kids.

Some great ways to get more berries into your diet are: Berry Chia Pudding, Berry Cobbler and Superfood Popsicles.

7. Eggs

Eggs are one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. They are rich in protein and vital vitamins along with antioxidants.

They also have essential fats making them a superfood. Eggs and dishes made from eggs make a perfect breakfast for you and your child.

8. Peas

While kids aren’t very fond of peas, they are an extremely versatile food. Peas are another green food which is rich in antioxidants.

Carotenoids, polyphenols, phenolic acids, and flavonoids are some powerful antioxidants present in peas.

You can, of course, eat peas alone, but here is a dish that has load of peas in it.

9. Garlic

Garlic is famous for causing bad breath. However, it is also useful for fighting bacteria. Infections that affect the stomach through bad bacteria can be prevented by eating garlic. Try and get your child used to the pungent flavor of garlic from a young age.  Peeling garlic can be a bother, of course, so here is a post on How to Easily Peel Garlic.

10. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene that is converted into vitamin A once ingested. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin.

Healthy skin is one of the first defenses for your child to protect against viruses and bacteria.

11. Honey

Honey makes a great alternative to sugar and can be added to a child or adult’s diet quite easily.

This natural sweetener is packed with antioxidants and helps relieve allergies (when local honey is used).

Conclusion

As parents, we’re always striving to ensure children get the best that we can possibly give them.

Not only do these 11 foods taste great, but they are also important for yours and your child’s health. Whether sweet or savory, vegetable or fruit, you should try including as many of them as possible in their diet.

This will ensure they stay healthy, and are able to withstand the seasonal flu and cold that usually plagues all of us.

What are you waiting for?
Get started with these superfoods today!

Do you eat any of these Superfoods regularly?
What powerhouses would you add to the list?

Aradhana PandeyAradhana is a writer from India. Her areas of knowledge include parenting, children with special needs, health and lifestyle. She loves being outdoors and her hobbies include cycling and hiking. Aradhana has a special interest in children with special needs and parenting and shares her experiences through her other passion, writing. She writes to share her knowledge so that it may help others. Her posts on these subjects have been published on more than 250+ various reputed sites like the Huffington post, SheKnows, Mom Junction and many more. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.

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Homemade Alcohol-Free Vanilla Extract ~ low carb & AIP http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/alcohol-free-vanilla-extract/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/alcohol-free-vanilla-extract/#comments Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:43:40 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=41076 Today, Erin from Eat Real Stay Sane is sharing a fabulous recipe for Homemade Alcohol-free Vanilla Extract. Most vanilla extracts on the market, and more homemade vanilla extract recipes call for alcohol. So why alcohol-free?  Why Alcohol-Free Vanilla Extract? There are a number of reasons why you might want an alcohol-free vanilla extract recipe. Reasons to Avoid Alcohol: addiction issues – those who have a history of alcohol addiction need to avoid alcohol in all forms, including extracts religious reasons – some religions ban the use of alcohol strictly dietary reasons – some diets limit or don’t permit alcohol. The candida diet […]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract that's Alcohol-free! If you're avoiding alcohol for dietary or other reasons, getting the great flavor of vanilla can be hard, but you're covered with this simple recipe!

Today, Erin from Eat Real Stay Sane is sharing a fabulous recipe for Homemade Alcohol-free Vanilla Extract.

Most vanilla extracts on the market, and more homemade vanilla extract recipes call for alcohol. So why alcohol-free? 

Why Alcohol-Free Vanilla Extract?

There are a number of reasons why you might want an alcohol-free vanilla extract recipe.

Reasons to Avoid Alcohol:

  • addiction issues – those who have a history of alcohol addiction need to avoid alcohol in all forms, including extracts
  • religious reasons – some religions ban the use of alcohol strictly
  • dietary reasons – some diets limit or don’t permit alcohol. The candida diet is one such diet, as is the AIP (autoimmune protocol, or autoimmune paleo) Diet. If you’re heating a recipe using alcohol, then it will burn off, but if not, avoiding alcohol is required with such diets.

If you want an alcohol-free vanilla extract, you need vegetable glycerin for steeping the vanilla beans.  However, often glycerin is made from corn or soy, so that’s a whole other problem.

So making your own alcohol-free vanilla extract is the way to go. Then you can source your glycerin without GMOs. 

Another bonus for vegetable glycerin-based vanilla extract is that it tastes amazing. 

Glycerin is naturally sweet, so this Homemade Vanilla Extract tastes lovely just as it is. My son LOVES licking the spoon when I bake with it!

So with that, here’s Erin to share with you her recipe.

But first, I should explain something.  In reality, this is not truly an extract.  Since there is no alcohol used it really is a vanilla flavor since alcohol extracts better than the alternatives. However, if you are needing to avoid alcohol, this works great. 

Homemade Alcohol-Free Vanilla Extract

Some of my most memorable cooking experiences involve vanilla. For me, measuring a teaspoon meant filling it until it overflowed into the cookie dough – or not using a measuring spoon at all.

So “1 teaspoon” really meant 2 — minimum.

And, the smell? LOVE it. If you don’t take at least a quick whiff whenever you’re baking, I’m not sure you’re human.

Unfortunately, stores mostly sell cheap imitation vanilla, or “pure” vanilla extract with added ingredients and a hefty price tag.

Instead let’s make it ourselves – especially with Christmas nearly here. What better gift than world-class homemade vanilla?

Why Avoid Store-Bought Vanilla Extract

Like most grocery store items, the story is in the ingredients. Like other food labels, the labels on vanilla extract aren’t exactly honest.

Most of what Americans buy at the store is the imitation vanilla. It’s much cheaper than true vanilla extract, so it’s appealing that way. But the ingredients are far from natural, often containing artificial flavors, caramel coloring, and corn syrup. No thanks — especially for something that doesn’t taste anything like true vanilla.

The next option is to buy pure vanilla extract. This is a better option for non DIYers, but there are drawbacks. For example, McCormick brand vanilla extract carries a price tag of $23.20 for a pint. Not exactly budget friendly.

Caution: even if the label says ”100% pure vanilla extract,” there can still be extra ingredients (like corn syrup!). That label just means that the vanilla flavoring comes from vanilla beans – not artificial flavors.

Why Alcohol-Free Vanilla?

The term “extract” means that the product carries 35% alcohol. When you buy pure vanilla extract, most of it contains vodka, bourbon, brandy, or rum.

We don’t like to use alcohol for religious reasons. However, alcohol may affect probiotics. So if you use vanilla made with alcohol to flavor your yogurt, you might reduce the benefits of the yogurt.

So today I’m going to show you how to make your vanilla with glycerin instead – aka vanilla glycerite, or with water if you can’t have glycerin.

What is Vegetable Glycerin?

Glycerin comes from palm, coconut, corn or soybean oil (that’s why we always buy organic) that’s gone through a process called hydrolysis.

The oil is heated under pressure with water until the glycerin splits from the fatty acids and is absorbed by water. Then it’s further distilled to enhance purity. Glycerin is a clear, sweet, thick syrup.

It’s commonly used in food manufacturing because of it’s sweet flavor with fewer calories than table sugar. Our bodies also metabolize glycerin more slowly than sugar, preventing a blood sugar spike.

However, there are a few drawbacks to using glycerin as opposed to alcohol — flavor and shelf life. We love the flavor, but others swear by rum or bourbon vanilla.

The shelf life for a vanilla extract is about 4-6 years, while glycerin-based vanilla lasts about a year.

Homemade Vanilla Extract that's Alcohol-free! If you're avoiding alcohol for dietary or other reasons, getting the great flavor of vanilla can be hard, but you're covered with this simple recipe!This Christmas, we’re making this extract to give as gifts. Who wouldn’t appreciate their own bottle of delicious homemade vanilla extract? Especially when they take the lid off and get that first smell – it’s almost intoxicating!

But, it takes 2-3 months to make, so get started now to have it in time for Christmas gifting.

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Homemade Alcohol-Free Vanilla Extract ~ low carb & AIP
 
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Recipe type: DIY Foods
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 1 pint
 
This Homemade Alcohol-free Vanilla Extract needs only 2 ingredients and it tastes great! Perfect for gifting and for special diets!
Ingredients
  • 7-10 vanilla beans for each pint of glycerin (you can use up to 14 for stronger flavor, but it's more pricey). There are a lot of varieties of vanilla beans. We like these.
  • A nifty bottle that holds a pint of liquid. Beanilla has some snazzy bottles, but we bought these bottles off of Amazon.
  • 1 Pint of USP grade, non-GMO glycerin. (For THM use filtered water plus ¼ tsp salt and store vanilla in fridge to steep.)
Instructions
  1. Slice the vanilla beans vertically. Don't remove anything, just toss them (bean and everything) in your bottle.
  2. Add the glycerin, put the lid on, and put it somewhere out of the way.
  3. Once a week, give the bottle a good shake (after 4 weeks you can shake it 2-3 times per week). Over time, the glycerin will turn dark. It’s ready when you take the lid off and you’re overpowered by the fragrance. As long as you give it least a few months, you're good.
  4. Leave the vanilla beans in, and they’ll continue to add flavor the longer it's stored.
Notes
If you find the glycerin to be too thick for your liking, add a little water and shake until you get the consistency you want.

There!

You’ve made your own vanilla for much cheaper than the store-bought good stuff. Plus it’s healthier and tastier than the imitation versions.

Enjoy – and let me know how it went!

Erin Smith from Eat Real Stay Sane - Guest Writer for Whole New MomErin and Cameron Smith, owners of Eat Real Stay Sane, teach people how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. They focus on real food, eliminating toxins, and overcoming chronic illness. Their secret is to cook homemade substitutes of foods they like – but with healthy ingredients. Get their free ebook, “Guilty Pleasure Recipes Without the Guilt.” You can follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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How and Why to Emulsify Essential Oils for Safety http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-emulsifier/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-emulsifier/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:27:26 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40906 Have you ever heard of emulsifying essential oils? If you’ve been using essential oils for awhile, you know that there is just a lot to learn, and an essential oil emulsifier is one thing that you should know for many essential oil usages. So what is an essential oil emulsifier and why do you need to know? The concept is important both for performance of your essential oils recipes, but also for essential oils safety, so today I am going to share with you how to emulsify essential oils and why you need to know about this. It’s easy to just […]

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Have you heard about Essential Oil Emulsifiers? If you're using essential oils, you need to know what an essential oil emulsifier is -- your health could depend on it!

Have you ever heard of emulsifying essential oils?

If you’ve been using essential oils for awhile, you know that there is just a lot to learn, and an essential oil emulsifier is one thing that you should know for many essential oil usages.

So what is an essential oil emulsifier and why do you need to know?

The concept is important both for performance of your essential oils recipes, but also for essential oils safety, so today I am going to share with you how to emulsify essential oils and why you need to know about this.

It’s easy to just get caught up in what brand carries the best essential oils, what kind of diffuser to buy, and then scour the internet or essential oils books to find all kinds of recipes for DIY recipes for essential oils like DIY Body Scrub, DIY Antibacterial Oil Blend, DIY Hair Spray, Homemade Essential Oil Breathing Blend, and more.

However, essential oils are powerful substances and we need to treat them with respect.

One of the safety tips that many don’t know about it that essential oils should be emulsified if they are going to used in a water-based product.

What is an Emulsifier?

An emulsifier is something that mixes two oil and water-based components together.

Oil and water do not mix.

When you have a salad dressing made of oil and a water-based product (like apple cider vinegar, for example), the two components will stay separated and so you must stir then together prior to using the dressing, or else you will have a bunch of oil on your salad instead of the whole dressing.  Blech.

If you use a salad dressing that doesn’t have an emulsifier in it, you have to shake or stir it before using it, or you end up with all of the oil and none (or very little) of the water-based portion.

After shaking or stirring a mixture of an oil and water-based blend, a dispersion of the oil droplets in the water is formed. However, when the shaking or stirring is done, the two phases start to separate.

Here is where an emulsifier comes in. When you add an emulsifier to the system, the droplets of oil remain dispersed in the water base, and the result is a stable emulsion.

No more shaking or stirring necessary.

Well, the same concept applies to essential oils.

Essential oils and water do not mix.

So if you are using an essential oil in a water-based product, you will not end up with a well-blended mixture.  Instead, you end up with the essential oil floating around in the water base.

The Science Behind an Emulsion

An emulsifier consists of a hydrophilic (water-loving) head and an hydrophobic (water-hating /oil-loving) tail.

The hydrophilic head has an electric charge that will dissolve in water but not oil, whereas the hydrophobic end has a long carbon tail that dissolves in oil but not in water.

When you add a essential oils to the emulsifier, the emulsifier’s hydrophilic head moves towards the water-based portion of the blend and the hydrophilic tail moves towards the oil-based portion.

The emulsifier positions itself between the oil and the water and by reducing the surface tension, stabilizes the emulsion.

Have you heard about Essential Oil Emulsifiers? If you're using essential oils, you need to know what an essential oil emulsifier is -- your health could depend on it!

Why You Need to Emulsify Essential Oils

when I started using essential oils, like many people, I used them in more of a willy nilly fashion.  I would use them neat (undiluted) on my body, took them internally without much caution (I even used them to try to lose weight), and used them a lot.

Gradually my thinking about essential oils has changed.  While these substances are capable of doing so much good, they can also do harm.

I’ve heard multiple horror stories about health issues arising from improper use of essential oils. And beyond what I have personal experience with, there are dangers like:

Sensitization

I’ll be sharing more later about this, but if you use essential oils without blending them, you are more likely to end up sensitized to them.

Skin Burns

If you don’t blend your oils well, you can actually literally burn your skin since some oils are very caustic. (I’ve had this happen to me, actually.  Ouch!

Inaccurate Dispensing

If you don’t emulsify the oils, you will end up using a bunch of the essential oils sometimes and possibly none at another time, so you likely won’t get the results you want.

Irritation

(I’ve used essential oils products that weren’t emulsified and later ended up burning my eyes since the concentrated oil inadvertently ended up on my hands, which later touched my face, etc.)

Mucosal Damage

Essential oils can damage your delicate mucosal tissue if not blended accurately.

What Kind of Essential Oil Emulsifier Should You Use?

There are many emulsifiers on the market for many purposes, like cleaning up toxic spills or ones that are used in other commercial products, but since we are talking about essential oils here (and since I want to eliminate toxins as much as possible), I’m only recommending non toxic emulsifiers.

Here are some ideas of non-toxic emulsifiers to consider using as your emulsifier, depending on what you are making.

I should point out that the following are suggestions based on how aromatherapy has been done for years, but there is new information coming as to which of these are truly acceptable emulsifiers.  When I get that information I will be sure to update this post.  For now, the information that I have is that castile and alcohol are better options than the others on this list.

There are other commercial emulsifiers that could also be acceptable alternatives. Their toxicity varies so that is up to you to decide.

How to Emulsify Essential Oils

  1. Add the emulsifier to the essential oils before adding them to the other water-based ingredients.
  2. Shake or stir the combination.
  3. Technically you should wait several hours to see if there is any separation. If there isn’t, then you can add the emulsification to the water-based ingredients.
  4. Typically a ratio of 1:1 is appropriate for emulsification of essential oils, however some oils will need more of an emulsifier and others will need less.

 

When Do You Need an Essential Oil Emulsifier?

Typically you would use an essential oil emulsifier when making an aromatherapy spray, but there are other applications when you would also need an emulsifier, such as for a lotion, cream, or some other water-based products such as house cleaners, or this DIY Hair Growth Blend (the water-based method), or this DIY Hair Spray.

You Do NOT Need an Essential Oil Emulsifier When……

  • Blending an essential oil with a carrier oil
  • Combining an essential oil with a non-water based lotion (exception noted above)
  • Blending an essential oil with any other fat, as in when making this Homemade Body Cream

Conclusion

When dealing with essential oils, you are working with powerful products so safety is important.

Essential Oil Emulsification is a must for making DIY Essential Oil products without endangering your health, or the health of others.

 

Have you ever used an Emulsifier with Essential Oils?

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10 Reasons Why I’m NOT Tossing My Homeopathic Teething Tablets http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/fda-homeopathic-teething-tablets/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/fda-homeopathic-teething-tablets/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:16:10 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40919 Have you heard about the issues surrounding homeopathic teething tablets, the FDA, and seizures? Two days ago I saw that the FDA is recommending that parents not give their children Hyland’s Teething Tablets or Gels, citing possible side effects — including seizures. Pretty scary stuff. So should you throw out your Hyland’s Teething Tablets and Gels, or not? Let’s talk about this, but first let’s start with the history behind the situation. Hyland’s History with the FDA In 2010, the FDA started investigating Hyland’s because of reports of side effects that were possibly related to the company’s Teething Tablets and Gel. […]

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Have you heard about the FDA warning about homeopathic teething tablets? Here's my take on the whole thing and why I'm not tossing my tablets.

Have you heard about the issues surrounding homeopathic teething tablets, the FDA, and seizures?

Two days ago I saw that the FDA is recommending that parents not give their children Hyland’s Teething Tablets or Gels, citing possible side effects — including seizures.

Pretty scary stuff.

So should you throw out your Hyland’s Teething Tablets and Gels, or not?

Let’s talk about this, but first let’s start with the history behind the situation.

Hyland’s History with the FDA

In 2010, the FDA started investigating Hyland’s because of reports of side effects that were possibly related to the company’s Teething Tablets and Gel.

The concern?  The FDA apparently had received complaints about side effects that parents observed in conjunction with using these products. The products had the homeopathic remedy Belladonna in them. Belladonna (which contains alkaloids) is the component of the plant that is sometimes associated with disconcerting side effects when used in large amounts.

The FDA inspected Hyland’s facilities and found that sometimes there were variable amounts of belladonna in the products, so the company was asked tighten up its manufacturing process and implement a child safety cap to prevent the ingestion of too many tablets.

Now, in 2016, The FDA now says it is:

analyzing adverse events reported to the agency regarding homeopathic teething tablets and gels, including seizures in infants and children who were given these products, since a 2010 safety alert about homeopathic teething tablets. The FDA is currently investigating this issue, including testing product samples. The agency will continue to communicate with the public as more information is available. (source)

So, without doing any testing, the FDA is telling parents not to use any of the Hyland’s Teething Tablets or Gels, and to throw out any they already own.

I have spent hours researching this since the story first came across my desk and I have a bunch of thoughts that I am going to share with you today.

But mostly I am going to share with you why I am not throwing out my homeopathic teething tablets.

#1 – There Is No Proof

There is no proof that belladonna caused these seizures or any of the other reported side effects.

What we have, from all I can tell, is that parents reported seizures that happened around the time they gave these tablets and/or teething gels to their babies.

However, correlation does not mean causation.

Many times I suspected one thing as the cause of a condition only to later find out that I was wrong.

The FDA did its investigation back in 2010, and at that time there was no proof that the belladonna (or any other substance) in the tablets and gels was causing the reported side effects, and there still is no proof.

#2 – Too Little Belladonna

The amount of belladonna in the tablets is infinitesimal.

Apparently high amounts of belladonna can potentially cause seizures.  If you have seen the size of homeopathic tablets, they are very small, and this is the list of ingredients in the tablets:

Calcarea Phosphorica 6X HPUS
Chamomilla 6X HPUS
Coffea Cruda 6X HPUS
Belladonna 12X HPUS (0.0000000000003% alkaloids, calculated)

Other ingredients include acacia gum and lactose, N.F.

Here is Hyland’s statement about the amount of Belladonna in their tablets: {emphasis mine}

Belladonna 12X HPUS is manufactured from the whole plant, of which a small portion is Belladonna alkaloids (the component sometimes associated with side effects). Each Teething Tablet (which weighs about 65 mg) is composed of 0.0000000000003% Belladonna alkaloids as stated on the label. As calculated, this means that each complete teething tablet contains only approximately 0.0000000000002 mg of Belladonna alkaloids.

The amount of Belladonna alkaloids in teething tablets is minuscule, especially when compared to conventional medicines that contain Belladonna alkaloids. To put the calculated amount of Belladonna in a Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablet into perspective, the 0.0000000000002 mg of Belladonna alkaloids is THOUSANDS OF TIMES below even the therapeutic amounts of Belladonna used in conventional anti-spasmodic medicines that doctors sometimes prescribe (0.2 to 5 milligrams of Belladonna alkaloids). The side effects (called anticholinergic side effects) sometimes caused by conventional medicines delivering more than 0.2 mg of Belladonna alkaloids – such as dry mouth, blurred vision and urinary retention – are not associated with homeopathic medicines because of their minute dosage.

…. a 10-pound child would have to accidentally ingest, all at the same time, more than a dozen bottles of 135 Baby Teething Tablets before experiencing even dry mouth from the product. Additionally, the body clears Belladonna alkaloids from any single dose in a matter of hours. Therefore, the Belladonna in the product would be very unlikely to build up in the system when taken as directed on the package label. Nonetheless, in the event of any accidental ingestion of a Hyland’s product, we encourage you to contact your own medical professional and/or poison control center immediately.

Could 0.0000000000002 mg of Belladonna alkaloids could cause a seizure in an infant?

#3 – FDA’s Double Standard

When I told my family about the FDA’s Warning about Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels this morning, my oldest’s response was “What about vaccines?!?!” If you haven’t been reading my blog for awhile, you might not know that we think he suffered vaccine damage.

We are not anti-vaccine, but safety and testing for vaccines needs to be improved in a big way.

Here the FDA is up in arms about some seizures and other side effects, but meanwhile they allow loads of drugs, etc. with much worse side effect data than this to be on the market.

How about all of the seizures and deaths and other health issues that are attributed to vaccines, pharmaceutical drugs, and OTC meds?

1.  Benadryl has been shown to cause Alzheimers.
2. The government has paid out millions of dollars to parents for death and injuries due to vaccines. (source)
3. Harvard University even states here that taking any new drug is dangerous considering potential damaging side effects. (source)
4. For another example, here is a list of potential side effects of Baby Tylenol.
5. And here, from the CDC is a statement about the risks from the Chickenpox Vaccine: (source)

– Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
– Fever
– Mild rash or several small bumps after vaccination.

If you get chickenpox rash after vaccination, you can spread the disease to others. But, this is very rare. If you have chickenpox rash, you should stay away from people with weakened immune systems.

Seizure (jerking and staring spell) that may be caused by fever. Seizures after chickenpox vaccination may or may not be related to chickenpox vaccine.

Serious side effects from chickenpox vaccine are extremely rare. They may include severe brain reactions and low blood count. These side effects happen so rarely that experts cannot tell whether they are caused by chickenpox vaccine or not.

So why is the FDA not asking parents to refuse the chickenpox vaccine since there is a concern about seizures and brain reactions, but they are willing to make this recommendation about these homeopathic tablets?

#4 – Inaccurate Media Coverage

Some of the coverage in the media is misleading, which causes concern as it lends credence to the thought that this is not all based on fact.

For example, this article says the following:

Of particular concern was the ingredient belladonna, which researchers had linked to infant seizures in a 2014 study.

They mention a “study” done by researchers who linked the seizures to belladonna, but when you click on the link, you are taking to a report about 1 infant presenting w/ seizures, and there is no proven link of the belladonna to the seizures.

One report about one child is just a case study, but this article clearly implies that some kind of double-blind, placebo-controlled study. This is poor journalism.

It makes me wonder if there might be other inaccurate reporting surrounding this issue.

Have you heard about the FDA warning about homeopathic teething tablets? Here's my take on the whole thing and why I'm not tossing my tablets.

#5 – Other Possible Causes

The FDA recommends that consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.

However, these symptoms definitely could be attributable to other things, like vaccines, another illness, etc.

For example, vaccines can cause reactions even up to 14 days after the vaccine. (source)

Obviously, something else (including another ingredient in the tablets) might be the cause here.

#6 – FDA Pushing for Reports of Adverse Effects

The FDA has put out a request for doctors to turn in forms reporting adverse reactions to the teething tablets.

Do they do the same thing about vaccines?

Nope.

Why not?

Seems to me that they are eager to attribute blame to Hyland’s, and as a result to homeopathy and alternative care in general.

#7 – Past Egregious Actions by the FDA

The FDA closed down a probiotic company due to health claims; meanwhile, they insisted that arsenic in chicken is totally safe, and they sent SWAT Teams to raid a raw milk facility.

I know that the FDA apparently doesn’t want snake oil salesman taking advantage of the public. But perhaps we traded that for a society where we get duped by physicians and pharmaceutical reps and a multitude of drug commercials into buying things that line their pockets?

Besides, their information is not friendly to the whole food community. The FDA states that nuts aren’t healthy and that walnut companies can’t make claims about their product being heart healthy.  And that probiotic companies can’t claim that their product really does a lot of good?  We know that these things are true and more and more science is backing us up.

It’s time for the FDA to update its information and figure out how to monitor alternative medicine in ways that allow people to get healthier without buying toxic products.  Or perhaps let the free market settle these things.

#8  – Natural Alternative Recommendation

In the wake of this issue, the FDA now recommends that parents contact their physician to get recommendations for natural alternatives for teething pain.

This seems very odd to me — the FDA is recommending natural remedies?

Why not recommend natural remedies for allergies or the common cold–instead of Benadryl and Sudafed that we know cause many issues?  Why aren’t they recommending that we throw these out and not use them?

How about the FDA recommending that parents ask their physicians for natural alternatives to antibiotics and OTC cold and allergy meds?

Why is the FDA  OK with other meds that have definite side effects but they’re picking on Hyland’s?

#9 – The FDA is Ignoring Scientific Data

So the 0.0000000000002 mg of Belladonna alkaloids is a big concern now, but the mercury in vaccines isn’t?

There is scientific proof that mercury causes damage and is toxic to humans, even in small amounts.

There seems to be scientific proof that autistic babies do not detox mercury appropriately. (source)

So why is the FDA not telling doctors to not shoot mercury into babies, or at least not waiting to see if kids show signs of autism before shooting more mercury into them?

#10 – No More Teething :).

So this is kind of a funny reason, but I figured we could use some levity here.

One reason I’m not tossing my teething tablets is because teething is over in this house. Well, sort of.

My youngest has some teeth erupting and he’s been complaining about them, so I would totally use the tablets now.

And if I had a baby now, I would have no concern about using homeopathic teething tablets. In fact, we are using more and more homeopathy now, which I hope to share about in the near future.

Conclusion

I can’t tell you what to do, but I don’t see this as holding water right now.  Just too many red flags.

However, as with anything, it is possible that I am wrong about this. So please make your own judgement about whether to use these products or not.

Perhaps, contrary to what many alternative medicine critics state, homeopathy is very powerful. Thus the belladonna, or some other homeopathic ingredient in the teething products, is causing a reaction.

Or perhaps there is more belladonna in these tablets than declared (though I doubt it). Even if there is, apparently it would have to be a huge amount to do any damage.

And of course, there are no studies on belladonna (or these tablets) on infants or children.  So possibly for some reason they are not appropriate for young children.

And I could be wrong about the FDA and their intentions.

What do YOU think?

Do you use homeopathy?
Do you think the FDA is right on or out of touch on this one?

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Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce – no sugar added & low carb http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/easy-marinara-sauce/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/easy-marinara-sauce/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:32:00 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40891 If you love marinara sauce, you will love this Easy Marinara Sauce Recipe.  It is guaranteed to make you never again feel the need to purchase store-bought, bottled spaghetti sauce again. This sauce comes together so quickly, it’s perfect for any of those “Yikes!  What’s for Dinner?!?” days, when it’s just about dinner time and you forgot to plan anything. It saved us many a night. We love pasta, and though we went gluten free years ago, and lean grain free now, we still love it. Years ago, I would eat regular refined flour pasta, and a lot of it. […]

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Skip the store-bought jarred pasta sauce and make this Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce instead -- it's just perfect for pasta, zoodles, pizza, veggies and more!

If you love marinara sauce, you will love this Easy Marinara Sauce Recipe.  It is guaranteed to make you never again feel the need to purchase store-bought, bottled spaghetti sauce again.

This sauce comes together so quickly, it’s perfect for any of those “Yikes!  What’s for Dinner?!?” days, when it’s just about dinner time and you forgot to plan anything.

It saved us many a night.

We love pasta, and though we went gluten free years ago, and lean grain free now, we still love it.

Years ago, I would eat regular refined flour pasta, and a lot of it.

Then, when I got a little healthier, we moved to whole wheat pasta.

Then came the move to gluten free.

Instead of the discount bin white flour pasta, we moved to gluten-free pasta, as inexpensively as we could get them, which typically meant Brown Rice Pasta.

And we loved it.

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These days, we have gone grain free to some extent, but we don’t adhere to that diet all the time, so we do eat Brown Rice Pasta occasionally.

For the most part, after moving more towards going grain free, we didn’t eat much pasta, but in recent months we found some lovely Black Bean Pasta that we were introduced to at Costco.  If you haven’t had it, you should check it out.

We got a great deal on this pasta and stocked up.  We have been enjoying pasta more over the past few months than we have in a long time.

And my family is loving it.

One problem, however, is what goes on top.

There are all kinds of sauces that are great on pasta, and even salad dressings taste great on pasta.  In fact, this Ranch Dressing / Dip tastes amazing on just about everything and I have been known to put a little bit on my pasta from time to time.  Yum.

However, there is something special about Marinara Sauce.

Pasta and Marinara Sauce just go together.

The Problem with Store-Bought Pasta Sauce

Of course, if you are hankering for spaghetti, you can grab a box and cook it up quickly and using not that much water.  See this post on Saving Time and Money when Cooking Pasta for the details on that.

And the easiest path is to get Store-Bought Pasta Sauce and have it on hand for when you need it.

Just open a jar, pop it in a pan, heat it up, and you’re done.

But the ingredients in Jarred Pasta Sauce aren’t always the best for you, and if you are on a low carb diet or are eliminating refined sugar, then you might be hard pressed to find a suitable sauce.  And if you are prioritizing organic for your food, then the price of these sauces really do add up.

This Organic Marinara Sauce is a case in point.  $12.87 for just 23.5 ounces.

That’s a lot of money for not a lot of sauce.  Our family easily goes through almost 2 of those jars for one meal, so we’re talking more than $25 for a stay at home pasta meal?

I don’t think so.

In any case, look at the ingredients in Ragu Old World Style Traditional Sauce.

Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Vegetable Oil (Contains One Or More of the Following: Soybean Oil, Corn Oil), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Dried Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Romano Cheese (Cow’s Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Spices, Natural Flavor.

First of all, there are vegetable oils that are almost for sure sourced from GMO soy and corn.  Then there is, of course, corn syrup.  Which is just plain not a good thing, regardless of the fact that it is likely derived from GMO corn.  And we would have to do research on the Natural Flavors to know what is really in there, for it might not be ingredients that you want to be eating.

And even if you source out a quality Pasta Sauce, you are likely going to end up with added sugar.  Even if it’s cane juice crystals, many of us are trying to avoid added sugars (see my post on Candida and the Beginning of my Sugar-Free Life).

So it gets hard to buy a sauce that has quality ingredients, fits the bill for those of us who are avoiding added sugars, and that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Enter every busy pasta-loving mom’s solution —

My Easy Marinara Sauce.

About this Easy Marinara Sauce

But most Homemade Pasta Sauce takes a lot of time.

I have very fond memories of my mother simmering Homemade Pasta Sauce for hours, and hours, and hours at home.

The house smelled wonderful and it was such a treat to get to sample the pasta sauce ladled on a piece of bread (yikes – it was seriously white bread, as in VERY white bread).  Yum.

It was lovely.

But hours and hours this busy mom doesn’t have.

Instead of slaving over a hot stove for hours, you can have delicious Homemade Marinara Sauce in minutes.

And it tastes great.

And if you can memorize the ingredients, it’s easy peasy to recreate this easy marinara sauce because I made the measurements the same for the spices across the board.

One Tablespoon of each spice.

Easy Peasy Marinara Sauce Squeasy.

Just one thing — as I mentioned, you can easily memorize this recipe, so it’s easy to remember, but just don’t put something like cinnamon or ginger in there.  ‘Cause then I’m not responsible for the outcome :).  Just sayin’.

And also please promise me that you won’t sample it on white bread, ‘mkay?

I think you will love this sauce.

You will love that it’s easy, you will love that it is a great frugal option, and you will love that it tastes great.

And if you want meatballs with your pasta, you can try these Grain-Free Meatballs that actually hold together without eggs.

How to Use This Marinara Sauce

Of course you should use this on pasta, and I know you will be doing that and loving it.

But it’s also a great topping for pizza on this Grain-Free Pizza Crust, or in this Grain-Free Zucchini Lasagna, and it’s great as a dip for all kind of breads including this Flax Bread.

Personally, I love Marinara on veggies too.  And on chicken.

In fact, this sauce would be the perfect thing to dip these Gluten-free Chicken Nuggets into.

This sauce tastes great on just about anything — including a spoon.

Skip the store-bought jarred pasta sauce and make this Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce instead -- it's just perfect for pasta, zoodles, pizza, veggies and more!

You won’t believe how easy this Marinara Sauce is.

Depending on how long you simmer it for, it can be ready in as little as 10 minutes from start to finish.

Easy Marinara Sauce - no sugar added & low carb
 
Author:
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place oil in pan.
  2. Heat over medium heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic. If using minced dried onion, add about ⅓ cup water to rehydrate.
  4. After well heated and onions start to brown, add remaining ingredients and cook 'til slightly darkened in color.
  5. Serve over pasta.

So that’s it.

Easy enough, right?

So from now on, you can skip the overpriced, sugar-laden store-bought jarred pasta sauces and whip this up in no time!

Do you usually make your own marinara sauce?

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When You Feel Like Giving Up (on healthy living) http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/when-you-feel-like-giving-up-on-healthy-living/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/when-you-feel-like-giving-up-on-healthy-living/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:01:20 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40841 Have you ever been there?  Those times when you feel like giving up? Totally overwhelmed by everything and feeling like you just. can’t. go on? Like you are the ONLY one doing this healthy living thing and that you don’t have the energy to do it anymore? Just this week, I got a comment on my blog from a reader who summed it all up. She said that she just feels so overwhelmed with all of the things she is trying to do in order to live a healthier lifestyle, but that it’s hard to know WHAT to do — […]

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Does it all feel like too much? Do you feel like giving up on healthy living? Here are some things that have helped keep me motivated to keep on keeping on.

Have you ever been there?  Those times when you feel like giving up?

Totally overwhelmed by everything and feeling like you just. can’t. go on?

Like you are the ONLY one doing this healthy living thing and that you don’t have the energy to do it anymore?

Just this week, I got a comment on my blog from a reader who summed it all up.

She said that she just feels so overwhelmed with all of the things she is trying to do in order to live a healthier lifestyle, but that it’s hard to know WHAT to do — and that it’s hard to feel so alone in the struggle.  Like me, she finds it hard to find other women to share her concerns  — and it feels as though she’s alone in the battle.

Does this sound like you, too?

I struggle with this sometimes, and have over the years.

Maybe some of this sounds familiar to you……

The Struggles of Trying to Live Healthy

– You have Health Issues (maybe multiple ones under one roof) that you need real answers for, but don’t know where to turn.
Doctors think you are crazy for wanting to do things the “natural way” or for wanting an alternative vaccine schedule
Friends wonder why you think you need to stick to a special diet (“come on, are you just trying to lost weight, or what? Is it really that big of a deal?!)
You’re tired of trying so hard to DIY things, or find clean alternatives, instead of just buying the toxic-laden stuff at the store.
Your Kids Challenge You about why they can’t eat all of the junk food that their friends are eating
Others Mock You for your healthy ways: “Oh yeah, so I’m going to get CANCER from eating this?!?!” or “Well, you eat healthy so why are you still not feeling well?!”
You wonder why, even though you’ve been making all of these healthy choices, that you are STILL dealing with health issues?
–  You need easier and more affordable ways to get healthy food on the table
You’re struggling to afford living healthier when it would be easier to eat the free food at the church dinner
You’re so tired. Of it all.

It’s a never ending battle, isn’t it?

Truth is, we live in a world that isn’t friendly to living a healthy life.

We’re surrounded by unhealthy choices, mandated vaccines, WIFI everywhere, glyphosate, GMOs, Big Pharma.  The list goes on and on.

I’ve been there.
Many times.
And in fact, this past week, I’ve found myself there again.

You know – one of those days where you think “I’m just going to buy some Ben and Jerry’s and Snickers Bars and well, I’m just done with this healthy living stuff.”

Thankfully I didn’t. But it was tempting.  And there’s an uneaten Tootsie Roll (we got it at a church gathering — no I didn’t buy it) in the garbage to prove it.

I really want to encourage you – to NOT give up. And I’m offering some help.

Does it all feel like too much? Do you feel like giving up on healthy living? Here are some things that have helped keep me motivated to keep on keeping on.

What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

Know That the Battle is Worth Fighting

It’s easy to think “Oh, it won’t matter if I eat this.  Who cares?!”

But really, it’s worth it.

Without good health, so much of life just doesn’t work.  Everything is harder.

And really, if you can change one person, you never know what the ripple effect will be.  We can, with our focus on living healthier, truly change the world.

Refocus

I need to get alone with God. To get my grounding again.  To remember what life is all about and why I am here.

If you’re not a praying person, then you can meditate or ground yourself somehow.

Part of why I fight the good fight is for my kids, but also for others I love and for those whom I haven’t even met.

I fight to be healthy so I can serve and I fight to share these things so that others can be released from their prisons of sickness, fatigue, and despair.

Reflect on your progress

Think back to where you have come from — you have come a long way.

When I start to get overwhelmed and don’t feel like I can keep working on getting our family healthier, it helps so much to look back and see how far we’ve come.

We’ve battled, and done quite well in dealing with:

eczema and food allergies
effects possibly from a mercury filling
possible vaccine damage
thyroid disease
adrenal issues
rosacea
candida

We still are working on things, but I was basically not functioning about 7 years ago.  And now I lead a pretty normal life with fairly normal amounts of energy.In all of the areas above, we have seen HUGE improvements.

Know that There. Is. Hope.

You CAN do this. I can do this. We can do this.

Yes, there are more toxins than ever before and yes, GMOs are everywhere.

But the natural-living movement is gaining ground.  As more and more people become aware of how our health is affected by toxins and more, they are turning to healthier ways.

And when you see how others have healed from many issues, you can see how there is hope for you too.

Connect with Others

Search out a local healthy living group or join a healthy living group on Facebook.  Start your own group if there isn’t anything in your area, and don’t be shy about your healthy living journey.

I’m often tempted not to share things with others that I am doing for fear that I will be thought of as “the freak”.  And yes, that does happen sometimes (more often than I would like), but there are always times when I share regardless and someone “gets it.”  It might not be right then and there, but at some point someone tells me “if it hadn’t been for you, I wouldn’t have known this and now I am so much better.  Thank you!”

When that happens – it’s pure joy.

Be Good to Yourself

Recently, I’ve been given the advice (and I’m trying to take it) to do something nice for myself every day.

It’s easy to get oh so busy with life’s responsibilities that I forget to sit down and enjoy something

It might be:

  • a cup of tea after dinner
  • a walk outside alone or with someone you love
  • time alone with God
  • a phone call to a loved one
  • a manicure or facial (I would highly recommend my favorite skincare products for this.  What a treat and you’ll look better too!)
  • trying out a new recipe
  • playing a game with your family
  • renting a fun movie

Do the Next Thing

When you feel like giving up, sometimes the best thing to do is to just do the next thing.

Some of you might be familiar with Elizabeth Elliot, but whether or not you are, or whether or not you are a fan, she said something very interesting.  After her missionary husband was gunned down by natives in Ecuador.

Her world had been shaken to pieces.  She had a young daughter, was living in Ecuador and the people whom she had come to serve had just butchered her husband.

In her despair, of course it was hard to know what to do, so often she had to remember to…..

Just do the next thing.

Whatever that is.  Clean the dishes, do the laundry, play, love on your kids, cook dinner, or serve someone else.

Just do it.

How about you? 
What is something that has helped you to “keep on keeping on?”

 

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Need to get more veggies in your diet? This Broccoli Jicama Salad is loaded with crunchy nutrition and gets you out of a salad rut.

Are you tired of the same ole’ salad?  Today’s recipe, a Broccoli Jicama Salad Recipe, is sure to stir things up a bit at your table by adding variety to your meal.

Recently we’ve been adding quite a few vegetables to our diet.

I already thought that I was eating a lot of veggies, but when I really sat down and took stock of the servings of vegetables that we were eating every day, I realized that they were sorely lacking.

You all know that it’s very important to eat lots of fruits and veggies — especially the veggies — right?

The veggies are what we should focus on more since they have a lower glycemic index (don’t impact your blood sugar heavily).  If it were up to my tastebuds, I would eat fruit all day long and call it good, but my candida wouldn’t be doing very well.

So instead I have been focusing more on the veggies and how to get more into our diets.

Not Enough Veggies

I realized that really I don’t typically eat any veggies for breakfast.  I typically take my probiotic, then waiting and having some fresh squeezed lemonade or limeade (with a dash of stevia only) to get some fresh juice into my system, and then I brew some of my Coffee Substitute with added protein (from collagen) and fat from coconut oil, and then I eat a little of whatever is around.

Great in some ways, but — no produce.

Then sometimes I’m so busy with things that lunch time has kind of been a blur.  In fact, so much has been a blur the past months.  I’ve been in a funk about not being creative in the kitchen, not really wanting to cook, and so I just grab something fast like some nuts or seed butter and a bite or two of a health bar.

Two things that have really set me back are that first, I think I might be allergic to carrots.  I would typically grab a few carrots and dip them in this yummy Dairy-Free Ranch Dip, but alas that isn’t happening right now.  More on that later.

And secondly, I used to have loads of my Crispy Green Bean Chips in the house, but since there was a recall of them and many other veggies at Costco, I haven’t been able to make them.  So a great veggie snack went right out the window. 🙁  I’m working on a different source for the green beans while Costco does as well.  (Hurry up, Costco!)

How many vegetables should you be eating?  This post says 60%. Some say 9-13 servings, and there are some who say more than that.

Regardless, despite my healthy ways, I sure wasn’t eating that many on most days.

How We’ve Been Getting More Veggies Into Our Diet

Over the past month or so, however, things have been getting better in the “get more veggies into your diet” program in our household.

One thing that has really helped is we ended up buying aeroponic gardens.  I researched these for years and finally we decided that they were a great option for us.  You can see some of my small successes on Instagram including calendula flowers, zucchini (including a fun 8 Ball variety), stevia, and cucumbers.

I’ll tell you all more about the Aeroponic Garden later, but it really has helped up our veggie intake.  I love going out and grabbing a few (or more) leaves of lettuce and popping them into my mouth — and knowing that I have already had part of or a whole serving of veggies, without even thinking about it!

I go out in the morning and check on the gardens briefly and grab some leaves of this, and some of that, and so my breakfast intake of veggies has totally shot through the roof!  (Not hard to do when you are starting with nothing, right?)

And in the winter, we’re going to have the Gardens inside so we can have produce fresh grown all winter long.

Anyway, as much as I love having salad, sometimes I want a “different” salad, one that isn’t all leafies, you know?

This Broccoli Jicama Salad is perfect. It’s crunchy, full of color and tastes fabulous smothered with this Zingy Avocado Dressing.   Of course, it would be great with my Five-Ingredient Dressing, Moroccan Vinaigrette, the Vegan Ranch Dressing, or this Herbed Salad Dressing.

If you are avoiding carrots simply omit or add more jicama or peas.

About Jicama

For those of you not familiar with jicama, it’s a root veggie. However it is not starchy and is much lower in carbohydrates than a potato, so it’s fabulous for those on a candida or otherwise low-carb diet.

Its flavor is similar to a mild apple, raw potato or large water chestnut and it adds a great crunch.

It can be eaten either raw or cooked, and in fact, I’ve been working on a fun cooked jicama recipe that I hope to share with you soon.  We’ve been gobbling it down this past week.

Broccoli Benefits

Broccoli contains such nutrients as vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, and fiber.

It has been said to fight and prevent cancer, boost immune system, reduce inflammation, aid in digestion, and alkalize and detoxify the body.

It is also very low in sugar — 1 cup of chopped broccoli contains only about 1.6 grams of sugar. We love it steamed, roasted with oil and spices, and sauteed, but making it the star ingredient of a salad is a first for us.

In the spirit of more veggies in my diet, and in yours,I give you one heck of a delicious salad to boost your intake!

Adapted from this recipe.

Need to get more veggies in your diet? This Broccoli Jicama Salad is loaded with crunchy nutrition and gets you out of a salad rut.

Broccoli Jicama Salad with Avocado Dressing
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
 
A beautiful, crisp broccoli salad with jicama, red onion, carrots and peas smothered in a creamy avocado dressing.
Ingredients
  • 5 cups of broccoli, cut into small pieces (about 1"-2" in size)
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cup diced jicama
  • ½ small red onion
  • 1 ½ cup peas, fresh or defrosted frozen (replace with asparagus for AIP)
  • 1 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds (replace with red grapes or tiger nuts for AIP)
Instructions
  1. Shred the carrots.
  2. Dice the onion.
  3. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and mix to combine. We love this with my Zingy Avocado Dressing.
  5. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

 

What is your favorite way to enjoy broccoli?

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Zingy Avocado Dressing (or Dip) – dairy-free, low carb and AIP http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/avocado-dressing-recipe/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/avocado-dressing-recipe/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:25:31 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40566 If you are an avocado lover, you are going to love this recipe today — a Zingy Avocado Dressing Recipe. My family just LOVES avocados, and I do mean love. To see just how much love, check out the following Instagram posts where I bought and processed loads and loads of avocados. This was our first purchase of a whole bunch of the Green Lovelies: THIS is what your pantry looks like when avocados are on sale 3/$1 at @freshthyme Market! Our new FAVORITE store. We've been making my Grasshopper Bars, AIP Guacamole, Tuna and Avocado Salad, and hope to try an Avocado […]

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If you love avocados, you'll love this Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe - it's dairy-free, low carb, and AIP too, and has none of the toxic ingredients found in store bought dressings.

If you are an avocado lover, you are going to love this recipe today — a Zingy Avocado Dressing Recipe.

My family just LOVES avocados, and I do mean love.

To see just how much love, check out the following Instagram posts where I bought and processed loads and loads of avocados.

This was our first purchase of a whole bunch of the Green Lovelies:

Following is a photo of the avocados all lined up as we were getting ready to work on a much larger purchase.

My youngest was very excited to set up an “Avocado Processing Line”.

And good thing he was excited, because we had a lot (and I do mean a lot) of avocados to process.  There was an amazing 3/$1 sale at a nearby store, so I took advantage and stocked up.

We washed, sliced, removed the pits, and scooped out the flesh. Then we bagged up the avocados and sealed them with a clip, and popped them right in the freezer.

And this was taking in the midst of the above Very Large Avocado Purchase processing:

Can you guess how many avocados we bought?

Not sure I’m telling how many, but it was a lot.

Let’s just say that I think we’re set with avocados for a very very long time.

Anyhow, avocados are just wonderful, not only for their great taste, but also for their nutritional benefits.

Health Benefits of Avocados

Here are some of the fabulous nutritional qualities you get in avocados.

  • healthy fats
  • potassium (more than bananas)
  • fiber
  • vitamin K
  • folate
  • vitamin C
  • and more

Problem Ingredients in Store Bought Avocado Dressing:

I’ve been making Homemade Salad Dressing for about as long as I can remember. I do it to save money, but also to avoid the unsavory ingredients in so many of the packaged varieties.

I already have a number of Homemade Dressings on my site that we love.

For example, we love all of these — 5-Ingredient Dressing, 5-Way Simple Dressing, Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing, and Moroccan Vinaigrette.

Here are the ingredients in a popular brand’s Avocado Dressing:

Water, Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Canola), Sugar, Less than 2% of: Dried Avocado, Buttermilk, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Black Pepper, Egg Yolk, Vinegar, Natural Flavors (Soy), Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Maltodextrin, Mixed Tocopherols, Phosphoric Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Honey, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Blue 1, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Sorbic Acid, and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives

So many problems in there.

First of all, the Vegetable Oils are almost for sure GMO.

Sugar is a problem, of course.

Less than 2% of the rest and avocado is in that “less than 2%” category?

Monosodium Glutamate is a terrible ingredient and it’s an excitotoxin.

Maltodextrin is likely from GMO corn.

The Natural Flavors from Soy are likely GMO as well.

The Blue and Yellows are Artificial Colors, which they wouldn’t need if there were more avocado in the avocado dressing.  Now that’s a novel idea, isn’t it?

And I don’t know about you, but I for sure don’t want Disodium Inosinate in my food. It’s a flavor enhancer like MSG, and so is Disodium Guanylate.

So how about some a wonderful Avocado Dressing Recipe instead — sans the MSG?

If you love avocados, you'll love this Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe - it's dairy-free, low carb, and AIP too, and has none of the toxic ingredients found in store bought dressings.

 

This avocado dressing recipe is just wonderful.

I based it off of a recipe from Candida Free Candee, a blog that is no longer active.  Her recipe was based off of this one.

We’ve made it several times and every time there are no leftovers, even when making several batches.

It’s that good.

Just get some cut up veggies or some chips, then set some of this out as a dip. It is guaranteed to be gone in a flash.

My husband thought it was possibly a little too “flavorful” but I like my dressings with a lot of flavor.

If you would like a little less zing, then reduce the garlic or lemon juice. Or you could add in another half or whole avocado.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Zingy Creamy Avocado Dressing (or Dip) - dairy-free, low carb and AIP
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dressing
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
 
This Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe is super tasty and nutritious. It's a great vegan dressing recipe that tastes great as a dip too.
Ingredients
  • 3 medium (approx. 5 oz each) avocados (this recipe is quite flavorful. If you prefer a more mild dressing, then simply add in another avocado
  • ⅛ cup lemon juice (or juice of 1 lemon. Lime is fine too)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp salt (I use Real Salt)
  • ⅜ cup water (add more for a thinner dressing - read How to Make Your Water Safe)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley or 1 T dried
  • 1 scoop stevia (1/32 of a tsp - read How to Use Stevia) or 2 T honey or maple syrup (readChoosing Maple Syrup)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor.
  2. Combine until smooth.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and mix to combine, or serve as a dip.

For some other great avocado recipes, see:

Chocolate Avocado Truffles
No-Bake Grasshopper Bars
Avocado Lime Pudding
Buckwheat Crepe Cake with Chocolate Avocado Filling
AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Guacamole

How about You?  
Do you make your own homemade dressing?

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Healthy Living Deals ~ Aug. 30, 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/healthy-living-deals-aug-30-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/healthy-living-deals-aug-30-2016/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2016 01:02:08 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40646 It’s been a busy few weeks here.  We’re losing a huge gorgeous tree just behind our house and I’ve had to spend loads of time researching what to do and how to save money doing it. Our aeroponic gardens are going strong but it’s taking some learning up front as I study how to harvest all kinds of new plants, like stevia, cilantro, basil, and 8 ball zucchinis. And summer is winding down.  My husband has had some big projects — and now the school year is getting ready to launch so he’s getting very busy again. Anyhow, you know […]

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Healthy Living Deals

It’s been a busy few weeks here.  We’re losing a huge gorgeous tree just behind our house and I’ve had to spend loads of time researching what to do and how to save money doing it.

Our aeroponic gardens are going strong but it’s taking some learning up front as I study how to harvest all kinds of new plants, like stevia, cilantro, basil, and 8 ball zucchinis.

And summer is winding down.  My husband has had some big projects — and now the school year is getting ready to launch so he’s getting very busy again.

Anyhow, you know that typically I send these posts out on the weekend, and I haven’t done one for a bit, but there are some lovely deals ending tomorrow at Neal’s Yard Remedies so I wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss those.

So here you go…..

Oh- there are affiliate links in this post. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this resource up and running.

10 – 15% off!

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

Loads of specials going on right now at my Essential Oils Retailer of Choice, Rocky Mountain Oils.

Get 15% off the Blue Tansy and FCO pair.

Blue Tansy is great for achy muscles.  It’s the Blue Oil that’s in those essential oils blends that have a blue tint.

The company hasn’t been able to get a Blue Tansy that was up to their standards for a long time, but it’s back in stock finally and to celebrate you can have it right now at great savings.

Plus, get 10% off all of the following– new Carrier Oils, Carrier Oils, and Kits.

Read why I chose this oils company here or skip to the end of the series here.

 

Free Hand Cream
& Special Joining Offers

Neal's Yard Remedies - Garden Mint and Bergamot Hand Cream

Today and tomorrow are the final days to get my Favorite Hand Cream Free with a $50 purchase.

It’s Garden Mint and Bergamot, and believe me, it’s lovely.  I always need a good hand cream in my purse (and by my sink) and this is just a great one and the smell is just something else. I didn’t think I would like it when I heard about it, but it’s turned out to be my favorite.

Plus, for 2 more days, if you’d like to Join My Team as a Representative for Neal’s Yard Remedies, you can:

– Save $20 on the Joining Kit, plus
– Get a Free Essential Oils Diffuser (worth $55) in your first 30 days (in addition to the other offers) if you earn the Success Start.  The price on the kit goes up to $149 on Sept. 1.

See all of the contents of the Joining Kit here, and read more about why I love Neal’s Yard Remedies here.  I’ll be sharing more later, like their focus on ethics and sustainability.  This is a very special company with very special products.

Feel free to email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com with any additional questions.  I’d love to work with you.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Essential Oils for Allergies

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Superfoods Cookbook

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The Bone Broth Protocol

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Back Pain: the Natural Cure for Relieving Back Pain

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Quick Easy Meals

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Low-Carb Meals

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Eating Mindfully

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Hashimoto’s Diet Guide

Hashimoto's Diet Guide

That’s all for now – see you later this week.

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EpiPen RipOff: Alternatives, Shady Deals & What You Can Do About It http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/cost-of-epipen-buy-cheaper-epipen/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/cost-of-epipen-buy-cheaper-epipen/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:42:07 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40586 If you’re a parent of a child with life-threatening allergies, you know about EpiPens and the recent gigantic price hike. Epinephrine relaxes the muscles in the throat that swell in the case of an anaphylactic reaction, thereby possibly saving the life of someone suffering from a life-threatening reaction to, for example, a bee sting or food allergy. I am very upset about this whole thing, but not just about the cost. I’m upset about what lurks behind the increased cost, and basically every detail surrounding this mess. My oldest has life-threatening food allergies to multiple foods – dairy, egg, most […]

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Have you seen how much the Cost of EpiPens have skyrocketed? I can't believe the shady deals that were involved in this price gouging,, but glad there are some lower prices alternatives available!

If you’re a parent of a child with life-threatening allergies, you know about EpiPens and the recent gigantic price hike.

Epinephrine relaxes the muscles in the throat that swell in the case of an anaphylactic reaction, thereby possibly saving the life of someone suffering from a life-threatening reaction to, for example, a bee sting or food allergy.

I am very upset about this whole thing, but not just about the cost. I’m upset about what lurks behind the increased cost, and basically every detail surrounding this mess.

My oldest has life-threatening food allergies to multiple foods – dairy, egg, most nuts, peanuts, and sesame.  Since he was diagnosed with these allergies, we have always carried Benadryl and at least one EpiPen with us.

For years we had insurance coverage that allowed us to get the EpiPen for only an Rx copay and so it was no big deal.  We’d pay $10 – $40 yearly to refill the prescription for our son’s EpiPen and that was that.

Things have changed, however.

With the costs of insurance skyrocketing, there have been annual changes with my husband’s employer’s healthcare plan, and now we have a high deductible plan.

Very high.

So this year, when it was time to get a refill of my son’s EpiPen, we went online to get the EpiPen coupon that we had always used, and went to the local Walgreens to get the prescription refilled.

This time, however, we got a big surprise.

Make that a $600 surprise.  

The pharmacist rang up the cost of the EpiPen and asked me for $600+.  I almost fainted, and then asked him about our coupon.  Well, he went on to point out that there was fine print on the coupon (there really wasn’t — I guess it was on their website) stating that there is a maximum discount for the coupon and the maximum was about $100.

“What the heck was going on with this price increase, and what could I do about it?” I wondered.

So I found out.  And it isn’t a pretty story.

Why the Increase in Cost of EpiPen?

There are a lot of fishy things going on surrounding the fast increase of the cost of the EpiPen.

The cost of the EpiPen was already increasing, but after a settlement with a pharmaceutical company to allow them to develop a generic, the price started increasing more rapidly.

“What we’re seeing from Mylan now is indicative of how many pharma companies negotiate during a momentary monopoly — they price as high as they can for as long as they can,” David Whitrap, a spokesman for Express Scripts, said in an email. (Source)

EpiPens make up 40% of Mylan’s profits. The same item device sells in France for only $40. (SourceThe EpiPen was only $50 – $60 several years ago. (Source) but now the cash price is at least $600.

Mylan has said that the increased cost of the EpiPen is due to improvements in the product (Source), but according to Michael Ray, the owner of Rx Savings Solutions, he knows nothing (emphasis mine) of anything regarding the costs of the components that should have impacted the cost of the EpiPen. (Source)  Dr. Purvi Parikh, MD agrees, stating that the EpiPen hasn’t changed in years. (Source)

He instead says that it is purely effective marketing. This article in Bloomberg concurs, stating that ““They have done a tremendous job of taking an asset that nobody thought you could do much with and making it a blockbuster product.” (Source)

I disagree.  Marketing is a huge cause for the price increase as it increased demand, but the other side of the coin is — No Competition.

As this article rightly states, there is a monopoly set up for the EpiPen and until the government gets out of the way and allows for competition, prices will stay exorbitantly high.

The CEO of Mylan stated that “Obamacare” has been the cause for people noticing the cost of the increase.  In a sense she is right, but then isn’t this just showing the mess we have gotten ourselves into?  Obamacare has made insurance costs so prohibitive that more and more people are going to plans with high deductibles and no Rx copays, so now instead of paying a small copay or $0 for and EpiPen, like us people are paying the entire cash price.  And of course, Bresch conveniently neglects to mention how much the cost has increased since Mylan started making the device.

 

Have you seen how much the Cost of EpiPens have skyrocketed? I can't believe the shady deals that were involved in this price gouging,, but glad there are some lower prices alternatives available!

Mylan’s CEO Pay & Shady Deals

Heather Bresch, the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (W. Va.) earned $2.4 million in  2007.  Last year, she made $18.9 million dollars. Basically, her salary rose 600% while the price of the EpiPen rose 400%. (Source) I’m not for the government putting limits on salaries (except on their own), but I do think that the shareholders should protest this and that we should just take our business elsewhere.

Fine – if she has done such savvy marketing to make a huge profit for the company, so be it.  But I think the gig is up.  Time to buy epinephrine elsewhere.

What’s even more disgusting is that the development of the EpiPen was done purely at taxpayers’ expense.  I know that we all value Research & Development in the drug industry, but come on.  Plus, I would rather see R&D in the more natural realms of medicine when I see all of the side effects of drugs like antibiotics.

Mylan’s Shady Reincorporation

This is where it gets really ugly.

Despite the price hikes, Mylan moved to further maximize its profit margins by engaging in a shady corporate accounting trick known as a tax inversion. In 2014, Mylan reincorporated in the Netherlands to lower its effective tax rate, despite its operational headquarters remaining in Pennsylvania. Despite even her own father saying Mylan’s inversion should be illegal, Bresch defended the inversion in an interview with the New York Times. (Source)

So the company just couldn’t afford to stay in the US despite the sales increases and profit increases while they drove all of their competition out of the market?

See what high corporate tax rates (and corruption) get you?  No tax — that’s what.

EMTs and EpiPen Alternatives

For families and individuals dealing with anaphylaxis, the increased expense of the EpiPen is becoming prohibitive, but for emergency responders, the issue is compounded because they need to purchase multiple devices per year.

According to this article, some EMTs are choosing to use epinephrine syringes instead of the epinephrine injectors in order to save money. (Source)

It’s interesting to note the following emergency statistics in the above article, stating also that since switching to the syringes, they have seen no issues with safety:

Salt Lake paramedics and EMTs respond to close to 23,000 medical calls a year, according to the fire department.
Less than 120 calls deal with allergic reactions, and only seven with anaphylactic shock.

In fact, Illinois just passed a law allowing all EMTs to administer epinephrine using syringes instead of the overpriced EpiPens. (Source)

Still, the autoinjectors are much easier to use.

EpiPen Price Reductions

Under pressure, Mylan has recently agreed to increase the maximum value of the coupon to $300.

Thanks, Mylan.  So now I can pay ONLY $350-ish for the mandatory Dual Pack that I will need a refill for next July, apparently, since that is when the pens at the Walgreens expired.

Of course, I could call all over town to see if another pharmacy has farther out expiration dates, but I don’t guess that’s the case, so it’s probably not worth my time.

EpiPen Alternatives
aka How to Throw Mylan Under the Bus

Let me make this very clear.  I am NOT going to buy Mylan’s EpiPen this year.  No way.

Many are calling for congressional investigations into this situation.

Yes, I would like for the corruption to stop, but I don’t know that this is the answer.  I personally am advocating for the CDC Whistleblower to appear before Congress, but I don’t put much weight on Congress doing anything.  Nothing is done about Hillary Clinton’s emails, and nothing is done about Benghazi. So why should we expect them to do anything about this?  (By the way, Mylan is a huge contributor to The Clinton Foundation, so let’s not hold our breath on Hillary doing anything if she gets into office.) (Source)

We spend a bunch of taxpayer (that’s you and me) income on things and then we end up with — Nada.

I’m more of a small government person, so my thinking is, let’s get the free market working on this one and just not buy anything from Mylan.

EpiPen Alternatives in the U.S.

I did a bunch of research on this and here are some lower cost alternatives.

Go here to get in touch with GoodRx.  Apply for the card that you can use in participating pharmacies. You can get Twin Pack of a generic epinephrine injector for $144.62 (price at time of publication).  I’ve tried and with no result, so I will call again this coming week.

Still not cheap, but it’s sure a whole lot better than paying more than $500.

Here is a list of pharmacies that might be participating in the GoodRx plan. Always call to check before going to the pharmacy.

Or, even if you live in the U.S., you can still order from Canada — see the following for details.

EpiPen Alternatives in Canada

There are a number of places where you can get epinephrine injectors in Canada. I checked multiple Canadian sources, but the best price by far was Northwest Pharmacy.

Northwest Pharmacy quoted me $77.99 for a Single Epinephrine Injector plus $9.99 shipping.  They will only accept check payments.  Their Dual Injector is $144.79.

Yes, this stinks for the US Economy, so I would rather shop at GoodRx. Plus it’s a slightly better deal than buying 2 pens from Canada, so that is my first recommendation.

The cash price of the generic epinephrine injector is still too expensive, in my opinion, but it’s much better than $650-ish for 2.

I’ve already put a call in to our PCP to talk to him about this.  I have previously self-administered injections and have given my son B12 shots, so using a syringe isn’t a concern for me (though I would want training again), but a preloaded syringe like the type that the Salt Lake City EMTs are carrying would be the best option in that case for sure, to reduce administration time.

My son is extremely careful (even overly cautious) and we almost never eat out, therein limiting the chance of a severe reaction. But still, it’s a concern and when you are dealing with a life-threatening issue, safety trumps expense.

Expired EpiPens

Finally, I would like to add one bit of information.  While you are sorting all of this out, if you have an expired EpiPen, keep it.

If you are in a situation involving anaphylaxis, an epinephrine injector that is 2-3 years past its expiration date still contains about 90% of its original epinephrine.  And an injector that is 5-7 years old has approximately 70% of its epinephrine left.  So it’s better than no epinephrine but is not a good alternative to getting an up to date replacement.  (Source)

Update 9/1/16: Please do not use any epinephrine that has become discolored and is brown or pink.  There is a possibility that it could cause a hallucinatory reaction.  (Source)

Get Involved

Besides going elsewhere to buy your epinephrine injector, please do your part and vote.  Get involved in the political process, get the cronies out and demand accountability from politicians, both locally and on the national level.

What will you be doing about the high cost of EpiPens?

Photo Credit: Creative Commons EpiPen Autoinjector by Greg Friese is licensed under CC by 2.0

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What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are the unsung heros of natural healing and living! Here's all you need to know on what adaptogens are and why you need these healers in your natural medicine cabinet. Plus 12 adaptogens to get started with!

What are adaptogens?

Most likely you have been using natural healers in your life for awhile now.  Herbs like Green Tea for antioxidants, Ginger for an upset stomach, or Garlic for its immune boosting effects.

However, there are some new kids on the block.

Rather, they are old kids, but they are getting a lot of attention these days.

They are — Adaptogens.

Haven’t heard about them before? If not, you’re about to learn something fascinating, and you will wish you knew about it sooner.

I first heard about adaptogens about 3 years ago when working with a new practitioner on my thyroid issues.

We used a few of them at the time and so began a “relationship” that still goes on today.

I started working with Linda (who wrote this post on the cause of thyroid disease) for thyroid and adrenal issues.  While we were working on my protocols, Linda brought up adaptogens.  I don’t think I really knew what they were, though I had heard the term.

Linda explained that adaptogens help your body adapt to stress.

I hadn’t thought about it before working with Linda, but stress comes from many places – both external and internal.  Adaptogens can help regulate many kinds of stressors, plus they adapt both to the stressor, and also to the person taking them. As you can imagine, they can be quite helpful.

Adaptogens are getting a lot of attention these days for several reasons.

Number one, people are trying more and more to turn to natural substances instead of to pharmaceuticals for healing.

But the other reason that adaptogens are getting more attention these days is that they are quite useful for dealing with stress, and there is so much more stress today than in most of history.

Think about it…..

We’re up waking up earlier, staying up later, the fast-pace of social media and technology are increasing at breakneck speed, the toll of the increase of illness on our society and families is putting more and more pressure on us to survive with stress.

It’s just all. too. much.

So do adaptogens heal?  They do in a way, since they help the body to adapt to stressors of many kinds, and too much stress causes many health problems.

What Are Adaptogens?

The term “adaptogen” comes from Dr. Nikolai Lazarev, a Russian scientist) who first coined in 1947, but Isreal Brekham, PhD and Dr. I. V. Darymovhe created the formal definition in 1968. The formal definitely includes the following criteria:

1. An adaptogen is nontoxic to the recipient.
2. An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body—an increase in the power of resistance against multiple stressors including physical, chemical, or biological agents.
3. An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology, irrespective of the direction of change from physiological norms caused by the stressor. (Source)

In other words, adaptogens must:

  1. Be safe
  2. Work by reducing your body’s stress response
  3. Support overall health by helping the body achieve balance known as homeostasis

If you take apart the word, you can get a hint as to what adaptogens are.

Adapt, of course, means to change to what is going on.

Adaptogens are substances that help the body be more “normal”, or “balanced” in many arenas.

While working with the above-mentioned practitioner, I worked with 3 adaptogens, but I’ve recently been getting better acquainted with more of them and I am finding them to be fascinating.

Stressed Out Plants for Stressed Out People

Interestingly, adaptogens are mostly plants that have adapted to growing in very stressful conditions, which is what makes them so powerful.  They give their strength and adaptability to us.

For example, maca grows in a harsh climate and at a high altitude, whereas rhodiola flourishes in harsh and mountainous climates of Asia.

So, these plants have innate abilities to adapt to stress that they in turn transfer to us to help us to deal with our harsh conditions in a healthier manner.

Which brings us to a good point about sourcing adaptogens. As with essential oils, I think that it is important to source adaptogens grown in indigenous locations (where they grow naturally), and to source them organically and sustainably grown when possible.

If you source adaptogens outside of their indigenous location, then you might not be getting the same ingrown quality that you would get otherwise.

What Adaptogens Do:

David Hoffmann, in the Herbal Handbook, clarifies how adaptogens work

“….an adaptogen enables [the body] to avoid reaching a point of collapse or over-stress because it can adapt ‘around’ the problem.… The core of their action appears to be in helping the body deal with stress… Adaptogens seem to increase the threshold of resistance to damage via the support of adrenal gland and possibly pituitary gland function. By stretching the meaning of the word it can come to mean what in the past was called a tonic. This is especially when an herb can have a normalizing effect; that is, contradictory actions depending on the body’s needs. This restorative quality is a common and unique feature of herbal medicines.…”

But there is a biological function of how this happens.  Here is the technical information: (source)

The beneficial stress-protective effect of adaptogens is related to regulation of homeostasis via several mechanisms of action associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the control of key mediators of stress response such as molecular chaperons (e.g. Hsp70), stress-activated c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK1), Forkhead Box O transcription factor DAF-16, cortisol and nitric oxide (NO).

The key point of action of phytoadaptogens appears to be their up-regulating and stress-mimetic effects on the “stress-sensor” protein Hsp70, which plays an important role in cell survival and apoptosis. Hsp70 inhibits the expression of NO synthase II gene and interacts with glucocorticoid receptors directly and via the JNK pathway, thus affecting the levels of circulating cortisol and NO. Prevention of stress-induced increase in NO, and the associated decrease in ATP production, results in increased performance and endurance. Adaptogen-induced up-regulation of Hsp70 triggers stress-induced JNK-1 and DAF-16-mediated pathways regulating the resistance to stress and resulting in enhanced mental and physical performance and, possibly, increased longevity.

This is very complicated, but what it basically means, is this:

Adaptogens protect us against stress and help us achieve balance by several means that are associated with the HPA Axis and by acting on mediators of stress response, including cortisol and nitric oxide (NO).

What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are the unsung heros of natural healing and living! Here's all you need to know on what adaptogens are and why you need these healers in your natural medicine cabinet. Plus 12 adaptogens to get started with!

Common Adaptogens

There are many plants that fall under the rubric of adaptogens.  Some are more commonly accepted as being adaptogens, whereas others are more “outliers.”

In future posts, I’ll cover many of these in more detail, but following are some of the more common adaptogens.

  • Ashwagandha: grown in bushes that are native to India
  • Eleuthero: – a small woody shrub native to Northeastern Asia
  • Holy Basil (Tulsi): Tulsi is native to the Indian subcontinent
  • Maca: Maca is native to the Andes mountains.
  • Panax Ginseng: – used for much of ancient history for health benefits.  This is different from Siberian ginseng, which has different qualities.
  • Rhodiola Rosea: a perennial flowering plant that grows in cold regions of the world, including the Artic.
  • Schisandra: a woody vine that is native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East
  • Astragalus – comes from the root of a plant in the pea family.  Typically grown in the northern and eastern parts of China, as well as in Mongolia and Korea.
  • Licorice – a root native to Southern Europe and parts of Asia
  • Moringa – native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan
  • Gotu kola – native to wetlands in Asia

There are many more plants that are considered to be adaptogens. I hope to touch on quite a few of these in more detail in the future.

Adaptogens can be taken individually, but often they are used in combination as they work synergistically.

My Experiences with Adaptogens

Personally, I have used a number of these.  I’ve taken Rhodiola in this tincture form for many years (and still do), and take ashwagandha on and off as well.  Moringa is something that I have in my home and have tried for a bit. Hoping to try it some more.

I used to not think that I tolerated maca and holy basil well, but I have been using them again and am doing fine.

Currently, I am really enjoying this Cocoa Complex from Neal’s Yard Remedies. It’s loaded with adaptogens and other supports for a healthy life.  I only take a small amount in the afternoon (1/4 – 1/2 scoop) with some water or coconut milk and some stevia for a lovely pick me up.

I’ve been sleeping better since starting it, which has been a huge plus for someone who has had sleep problems for a long time.

As I mentioned above, adaptogens are often taken in combination since they work synergistically. This is what the people at Neal’s Yard Remedies have done — put together a number of adaptogens that work well together.

 

Love this for my afternoon pick me up without sugar! Neal's Yard Remedies Cocoa Complex - with adaptogens

I’ve mentioned Neal’s Yard before, and for good reason.  They are an extremely ethical company with fabulous products.  You can read more about them here.

This Stress Manager from Herb Pharm is another good example of an adaptogenic blend made with herbs that work synergistically together.

Cautions

1.       Adaptogens are Not “One Size Fits All”: Different people might react differently to adaptogens, so take care in your use of them, just as you would with any new natural substance.

2.       Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:  There is mixed information about pregnancy and breastfeeding use about adaptogens.  I hope to touch on this more in the future.

If you are taking medication (or any other medication, for that matter) that suppresses the immune system, please do not use adaptogens without consulting a physician about a potential herb-drug interaction.

Of course, the above concerns are very important to heed, but following is one that I think gets easily overlooked.

3.        Don’t Overdo It: The temptation in our modern day busyness would be to just take adaptogens and keep pushing through. That might work in the short run, but you need to always listen to your body.  If you end up using adaptogens as a way to keep going when your body wants you to slow down, you might end up in serious burnout.

It would be best to use adaptogens as a short term support, or perhaps long term if you are an individual that is overly sensitive to stress.  At the same time, some of their health benefits

Regardless of how you use them, I hope you look into them more and see what these powerful, health-giving adaptogens can do for you.

 

Have you heard of adaptogens before?
Have you used any adaptogens?

 

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