I love sleeping more than anything. ‘Sleeping is my drug. My bed is my dealer and my alarm clock is the police.’ Lol. Any kindred spirits out there who feel the same? Our bodies need sleep to process, restore, and strengthen. It’s not just an enjoyable pastime, it’s healthy! Lately I’ve been having a problem sleeping. Uggg. Maybe this roundup from Natural Living Ideas will help get me back on track!
This roundup features 12 plants that will help rid you of your insomnia. The relaxing and purifying benefits of these plants can’t be beat. I should get some Jasmine and Lavender. I love those scents and they are calming. I have two of the plants on this list already! The English Ivy and Snake Plant are great for air purification. The snake plant can remove up to 90% of harmful airborne chemicals and the ivy is just as impressive! Maybe I should move them to my room for a while.
How much sleep do you normally get? The National Sleep Foundation has broken it down by age group and charted out what is appropriate and what is excessive. Check it out here…I bet you’re not getting enough!
Here’s the link to all 12 ideas…
Are you a fan of natural home remedies? If you answered yes, then you need to check this out! It turns out that onions have more uses than just flavoring food. They are good for curing many ails. People swear by their abilities to help with fevers, sore throats, infections, and the cold/flu bug. Crazy. With no harsh chemicals, this remedy has been proven to work and is more than just an old wives tale. The only down side that I can see would be a smelly mattress! Be sure to clean it.
Old wives tales. Fact or fiction? Will food with mayonnaise really make you deathly ill if left out too long? Will going outside with wet hair make you sick? Does opening the oven when cooking a souffle help it cook? Turns out some of these aren’t true. RD has a list of the most common tales and whether Grandma was telling the truth. It doesn’t matter for me either way. I will never eat a mayonnaise sandwich that has been left out. It has been drilled into my head that I will die. Lol. Get educated here.
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Epsom salt is pure magic! Yes, magic! Anything that is so affordable and has so many practical uses gets filed under the ‘mystical and wonderful’ tab in my book. From relaxation to cleaning, it does it all. Natural Living Ideas has an excellent roundup on some of Epsom’s many uses and I’m really excited to feature it here today! Ready to be amazed? I know I was!
I always have Epsom salt in the bathroom. There is nothing more relaxing than taking a long soak with it in the water after a miserable day. These salts are proven to reduce stress! I didn’t know this before today but it’s technical name is magnesium sulfate. No wonder it’s so good for us! Magnesium does wondrous things to the body. Epsom is terrific! Not only can it help with our stress but it’s perfect for fixing our complexion, hair, and feet. Take it out of the bathroom and use use it to clean and in the garden. OMG! I am learning a lot and can’t wait to try these!
Another one of my fav things to do with Epsom salt? Make ice crystal vases! Crafts By Amanda has an awesome tutorial. Find it here.
See all 20 amazing uses here…
We are in the middle of cold and flu season…again! I heard some crazy statistic like only 20% of the flu shots given this year worked and got the right strain of the nasty virus. Sad! That means that a lot of other people were spending a lot of money buying cold medicine by the gallons. There is nothing worse than being sick. Being able to save some make and make your own remedies might help alleviate the pain some.
Have you seen that commercial where a guy and gal are asking for a sick day? It turns out that they are a mom and dad, talking to their itty bitties. It’s funny because we all know life doesn’t stop just because we are sick. I am always on the lookout for DIY remedies or natural cures to speed along my recovery and these cough sweets look like just the thing. They are wonderful for soothing a sore throat or fighting off a cold. Looks like they taste better than those artificial cherry ones. I like the idea of adding them to water and having an instant tea too.
I wonder if you could use molasses instead of sugar. It would give an extra nice ‘throat coat.’ I didn’t know that ginger and cloves were so good for you! Ginger helps with nausea, boosts the immune system, and is an antiinflammatory. Cloves reduce flem, have antiseptic properties, and have antioxidants. Good to know! Be sure to have some on hand before you are sick. From personal experience, the brain doesn’t work well when sick. No more missing work and school because of a cold or flu this year!
Everyday roots has a roundup of cough remedies that you should also check out. You can never be too prepared for cold season. Find them here.
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I shudder to even admit this, putting the words on a page is even more damning, but I had red velvet cake for breakfast. It is not nutritious or on any healthy diet plan that I know of. If only! I’m still looking for the cookie-cake-no workout diet. David Kirsch has a 28 day nutritional plan that will help jump start weight loss and instill healthy habits.
A plan like this wont work if you starve yourself. It’s important to keep your metabolism up by eating healthy snacks and meals every few hours. Working out is going to drastically increase results too. I know! We are going to have to work but it will be worth it.
Check out the “tone-every-zone’ grocery list and breakdown of what foods are healthy. Everything is here to help us succeed. What a healthy way to start off the year! With a total mind and body makeover. I’m up for the challenge are you? These other healthy tips are going to help…
See the full video and list of approved foods from David Kirsch here…
Moms and Dads-pay attention! Really everyone should pay attentions.You are going to glad of this information at some point in your life. Winter is the time of snotty noses, colds, flu, and ear aches. If not for your kiddos then for you. I’m a fan of natural remedies. I’m not anti-doctor by any means but I do like to try and fix minor problems myself. My Grandmother had so many home remedies that seemed like miracle cures and I think I remember one like this.
This sock isn’t really “magic” but sea salt has quite a few healing properties. That and the heat combo can help relieve pain. And anything that does that and help speed up recovery is ok by me. Always check with your doctor if you have concerns or a serious medical issue but check out this sock too! These other natural remedies from Mother Nature Network are worth looking into as well…
Find Abundant Health’s full article here…
I am in need of this today. I had a nasty cold this last week and now it has settled in my throat. Booo. I have all the ingredients needed for this all-natural remedy and I’m going to head to the kitchen and whip it up. My Grandma’s recipe had whiskey in it. Hehehe. But this looks good too.
Here is the recipe…
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I have a big ol’ Costco container of olive oil and it goes in almost everything I make. I just love to cook with it, even though I’m not Italian. It is healthier than a lot of the other alternatives out there. Another great thing about olive oil is how many other uses it has. There are a whole bunch of them and Trends & Ideas has a great roundup showing us just a few. They are amazing!
See all 21 here-
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Tea tree oil is all natural and has a whole heap of medical uses that aren’t widely know about; I had no clue! This oil doesn’t have a single synthetic chemical and we really should learn how to use it better. Best Plants has rounded up 14 amazing way we can do just that. I know I was surprised. Are there any other ways you can think of?
Find all 14 here…
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I love this! The winter weather dries my skin out like crazy and this eczema and moisturizing cream is awesome. It only has four ingredients and is super easy to make. The perfect way to nourish and hydrate dry itchy skin. I think it would make wonderful Christmas gifts too.
Get the instructions here…
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