epsom salts

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…

Natural Living Ideas:
20 Mind Blowing Reasons Why Epsom Salt Should Be In Every Home

Cold Remedy

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.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

28 Day Nutritional Challenge

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…

David Kirsch Wellness: Nutrition Plan

The Magic Salt Sock: Natural Relief For Ear Infections

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…

The Magic Salt Sock: Natural Relief For Ear Infections

21 Fantastic Reasons Olive Oil Should Be In Every Home

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-

Trends & Ideas – 21 Fantastic Reasons Olive Oil Should Be In Every Home

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14 Extraordinary Uses For Tea Trea Oil

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…

BestPlants – 14 Extraordinary Uses For Tea Tree Oil

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14 Mind-Blowing Witch Hazel Home Remedies

I am really excited to feature Natural Living Ideas great roundup on witch hazel. I had no idea it could be so useful! I don’t have the slightest clue what W.H. looks like. There could be some in my garden for all I know. I don’t think I’m growing any so I’m definitely going to the store to buy some after reading this!

See all 14 remedies here…

NaturalLivingIdeas – 14 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Be In Every Home

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