I thought that I would share several tips for healthier living and it is much less costly on the budget! Enjoy and please leave me a comment about what you think of some of the tips; which one is your favorite!
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
There are many uses for Apple Cider Vinegar* (ACV) that are proven and have been used for ages. Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like other types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and it also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.
According to Patricia Bragg, N.D., Ph.D. …
“Vinegar can do everything from relieving muscle pain from exercise, balancing pH levels, soothing sore throats, and normalizing weight and helping to maintain levels of cholesterol already in the normal range. Externally, it is effective in supporting healthy skin and hair. Use it topically to give yourself a vinegar facial for toning or clearing up non-cystic acne and exfoliating dry dull skin. Gently rub your skin with a soft cotton ball dipped in vinegar and watch your skin glow! It’s also great for animals. Use it as a soothing after-bath rinse for cats and dogs to eliminate dry skin. Just as with people, it is also helpful in older animals. The high acidity and powerful enzymes in apple cider vinegar also supports a healthy scalp. Try a rinse of apple cider vinegar after you wash your hair. It gives hair incredible shine and bounce!
It’s so easy to incorporate vinegar into your daily diet. When you wake up in the morning just make a delicious cocktail using 2 teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar, and if you need a sweetener, use organic honey, 100% maple syrup, or molasses to taste. If you are diabetic, use the sweet substitute stevia. I recommend you use only distilled water. This “Bragg Healthy Cocktail” is designed to flush out wastes that are clogging the organs of elimination, the bowels, lungs, skin, and the kidneys. Take it at least twice a day, and you will start to see changes like increased energy, soft skin, and decreased muscle and joint aches from exercise. Make sure you use raw, organic vinegar, never dead, distilled vinegar because the natural enzymes, minerals, and nutrients are destroyed in the distilling process. Any vinegar that is clear and has no “mother” (the strand-like substance in the bottom of the bottle) has no nutritional value. Natural raw vinegar should be pungent, with a rich, brownish color and a visible “mother.” Drinking apple cider vinegar daily, and eating a largely fresh, organic, vegetarian diet, along with following a simple fitness program, will change your life so dramatically you will never go back to your old ways! Get fit, get healthy, and live a long and happy life!”
1. Optimized Nutrient Absorption and Improved Digestion
ACV is high in acetic acid. Acetic acid increases your body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients from the food you eat. Drinking water with ACV before meals can help you to get more nutrition from the foods you eat. A few tablespoons may help to improve digestion. Apple cider vinegar can also be very helpful in reducing gas and bloating. Just take a tablespoon of ACV diluted in water or tea before a meal. It can also help ameliorate symptoms of heartburn. Take a dose as soon as you feel heartburn symptoms coming on. ACV also improves bowel movement on an as needed basis … apple cider vinegar’s acidity aids in detoxifying and cleansing the digestive tract and cleaning out the colon. ACV can help the body remove toxic waste more efficiently before it has time to do damage and it also helps to detoxify the liver. Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a 1 or 2 liter filtered water bottle. Drink this throughout the day to cleanse your body, liver and kidneys.
2. Eliminate Fungus/Yeast
If you are dealing with a candida yeast overgrowth or foot/skin fungus, ACV may provide you with a solution. Add 1 teaspoon ACV to a glass of water and drink before each meal. At first your candida may seem to worsen, caused by the detoxification, but it will improve after it is under control.
To get rid of skin or toe fungus, soak feet in ACV or apply on the affected area. It will give a burning sensation, so if you have a sensitive skin, it is best to dilute with water.
3. Rinse For Healthy And Shiny Hair/Hair Loss
ACV can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine. Use ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair after shampooing several times a week. It may also help reduce hair loss.
4. Whiten Your Teeth
ACV can help remove stains from your teeth. Rub your teeth with ACV and rinse thoroughly afterwards. Don’t repeat this treatment more than once or twice a week, due to possible enamel erosion.
5. Green Cleaning
Mix ½ cup ACV with ½ cup water to clean microwaves, bathroom and kitchen surfaces, sinks/tubs, windows, and mirrors. Add the mixture in a spray bottle and it couldn’t be simpler. For the tougher stains, use undiluted ACV. For toilet cleaning, pour undiluted ACV in your toilet and let sit overnight. Try ACV as a dishwashing detergent instead of your normal dish detergent; just mix ½ cup ACV with 1 cup of water.
By utilizing orange or lemon peels with ACV (in jar and shaken for 10 days), the peels will release oils to give it fresh scent and antimicrobial properties.
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar is an amazing combination that has many uses. As a drain cleaner, sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda down the drain, then add 1/2 or 1 cup apple cider vinegar and let it bubble for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. This is a much safer alternative to dangerous and toxic drain cleaners.
6. All-natural Flea Repellent For Your Pets
Mix one part vinegar with one part water and add to a spraying bottle. Moisten well the coat of your pet with this mixture once a day, for a few days to a week, and all fleas should be eliminated.
7. Supplementation for Animals
Some holistic health practitioners recommend that ACV be placed in a dog’s drinking water but it may be better placed in fresh food if you prefer to keep additives out of the drinking water. Use 1 teaspoon for small dogs and 1 tablespoon. for medium-large dogs.
8. Fresh Produce Cleanse
According to Dr. Mercola, Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best natural agents for removing certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Use a solution of 10% vinegar to 90% water as a bath to briefly soak produce. Just place your vegetables or fruit in the solution, swish it around, and rinse thoroughly.
Don’t use this process on fragile fruits (like berries), since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins.
9. Skin Care
While one of the benefits of detoxification is clear skin, anyone who has done any kind of intensive detox knows that the road to clear skin is often loaded with blemishes. As your body releases toxins from your blood and tissue, some toxins make their exits through the skin in the form of pimples, rashes and other angry red eruptions.
You can use apple cider vinegar as an astringent, by soaking a washcloth/cotton pad in diluted ACV and applying it to your face. Or, you can simply dab it right onto blemishes to dry them out and heal them.
It’s amazing how smooth your skin feels after applying ACV; it tightens and plumps it a bit, and can help reduce or minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. Plus, most commercial deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum and a load of toxic, dangerous chemicals and synthetic fragrances, so you want to avoid them anyway.
You can actually use apple cider vinegar as a natural deodorant! Apple cider vinegar absorbs and neutralizes stinky scents. Simply rub a bit of ACV in your underarms and it will absorb and minimize body odors. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.
*Apple cider vinegar may interact with diuretics, laxatives, and medicines for diabetes and heart disease, so if you’re planning to use it on a daily basis, be sure to consult your doctor to avoid interactions with the medicines you’re taking.
There are some suggested uses of ACV for diabetes, cancer and other types of diseases; however, I do not feel that there have been enough scientific studies to warrant talking about those uses yet. Stay tuned though as more research is accomplished on Apple Cider Vinegar!
Top Uses for Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is the most versatile and commonly used essential oil on our planet. Find here good reasons why you should consider adding lavender essential oil to your daily life.
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is possibly the most versatile and commonly used essential oil on our world. Its fragrance can take you on a calming journey through peaceful purple fields while balancing your emotional self; its uses and benefits go far beyond just calming your mind.
Many people like to carry a bottle of lavender essential oil with them to use on an as needed basis.
1. Soothe Headaches
Lavender’s soothing and relaxing aroma works wonders to relieve headaches caused by tension. Apply 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil to a warm (or cold), damp cloth. Place it on your forehead while lying down for 10 to 20 minutes. Or when on the go, apply one drop on each temple in a circular motion to find instant relieve. Add it to your favorite massage oil and rub on your forehead, shoulders, neck, and back.
2. Sleep Aid
Fall asleep faster and get a deep and calming night’s rest. Use a room diffuser to create a calming, sleep promoting scent in the room, add it to your night cream, add 1-2 drops to your tea, put a few drops on your pillow, massage your temples, or take a (foot) bath before turning in. For your little ones, you could massage their little feet with a base oil with a few drops of essential oil or you could add a few drops to their favorite stuffed animal or pillow.
3. Pain Relief
Lavender oil can be used to relieve pain and heal burns without scarring. First, cool the area with cold, running water for at least 5 minutes. Then add 2-3 drops on the affected area to decrease the pain and aid the healing process. For skin sensitivity, dilute the lavender oil in pure water or in pure Aloe vera gel.
Apply topically, directly onto to affected area or dilute in a carrier oil if you have a sensitive skin. You could use a carrier oil or Aloe vera gel to dilute the lavender essential oil.
5. Anxiety, Depression, and De-stressing
Lavender is well-known for calming nerves and emotions. It works as a natural sedative. Diffuse the oil in the air, add a few drops to a vaporizer, massage your temples, put a few drops on your pillow, add several drops of lavender oil to a bath for a soothing soak, or use as a perfume.
6. Acne Treatment
Add 1-2 drops to your favorite facial toner or cream to eliminate acne and for prevention. Lavender inhibits bacteria growth and aids your body to balance its sebum secretion.
7. Disinfectant for Wounds
Lavender has antibacterial and pain-relieving properties. It helps the healing process and stops bleeding. Just drop lavender oil on your cut\wound or dilute in pure water if you have sensitive skin.
8. Dry, Chapped Skin Or Lips
Lavender oil works wonders for dry and chapped skin. Use topically on the affected area or add a few drops to your favorite body lotion or lip balm. Mix several drops of lavender oil with coconut oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.
9. Motion Sickness Or Nausea
Place a drop of lavender essential oil on the end of your tongue, behind your ears, or just inhale it from a handkerchief to find relief. For pregnant women it is recommended to wait until the second trimester before using it.
10. Flavor Enhancement
Pure lavender oil is edible! First be sure that the oil is very, very diluted, and make sure you’re using food-grade essential oil, as most are not edible. Only food grade essential oils, such as Sisel International or Essante Organics Essential Oils, can be ingested or taken internally. Add a drop to your tea, water, salad dressings or few drops to cookie, brownie or other dessert recipes.
Lavendar Essential Oil’s benefits and uses does not stop here. Definitely one of those oils you must have! Basically, pure lavender oil is so universal in its properties and uses that when in doubt, choose lavender.
Note: Lavender essential oil can safely be used undiluted for adults and children. You can use it internally or externally but make sure to buy the right stuff. Buy pure, organic, edible, 100% therapeutic grade.
There are many other possible uses of lavender essential oil such as: indigestion, lowering blood pressure, PMS, scarring, water retention, bruises, bronchitis, earaches, fainting or dizziness, hives, flu, laryngitis, mucus, respiratory function, and coughing in general (by gargling a few drops of pure lavender oil in purified water).
- Toxic Chemicals to Eliminate from Your Life
Here are some health-damaging chemicals (or sources of chemicals) that can be found in your home, but can be eliminated:
1. Bisphenol-A (BPA)
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical found in plastics, often in food containers like those reusable food storage bowls and lids. It is also found in the linings of canned foods. And it can leech into the food, where it disrupts hormones and causes fertility issues, faster development in girls, and behavioral issues. Opt for glass as an alternative.
VOCs are volatile organic compounds which are gasses emitted from certain solids and liquids like paints, pesticides, and scented products such as laundry detergent. They have been linked to asthma and cancer. Switch to an unscented detergent (preferably organic/safe-proven) and only use non-VOC paints and lacquers when improving your home environment.
3. Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)
Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) can be found in nonstick cookware and some fabrics. They are linked to cancer and birth defects. Eliminate nonstick pots and pans and use stainless steel or cast iron instead.
Found in antibacterial soaps, triclosan promotes antibiotic resistance and helps bacteria evolve into super-bacteria. When these are mixed with chlorine in tap water, the poisonous gas chloroform is created. Get rid of all anti-bacterial soaps in your home. There are many safe and natural anti-bacterial soaps, without toxic chemicals. Both Sisel International and Essante Organics offer safe alternatives.
5. Household Cleaners
Most household cleaners have dangerous chemicals within them. However, most of them can be substituted with baking soda or vinegar (two amazing household cleaners in their own right). You can toss the glass cleaner, floor soap, scrubbing powders, bleach, and more when you switch to baking soda and vinegar as your main sources of cleanliness. See above uses of Apple Cider Vinegar which includes combining with baking soda.
There are many other toxic chemicals that should be avoided in your home. Formaldehyde, chlorine, fluoride and perchloroethylene are just a few. Keeping your home safe and healthy should be a top priority and this includes minimizing the exposure to all of these substances. Both Sisel International and Essante Organics offer wonderful and safe alternative for household cleaning.