And so I added UnPaper Towels into my life. Having a sewing business, and lots of fabric choices on hand, it blossomed into an idea that I could share with others, creating cute, beautiful or funky sets of UnPaper Towels for people to use in their homes as well.
What can I use them for?
Well, everything! Most UnPaper Towels, like the ones I make, have a quilting cotton on one side and a flannel on the other. Dual purpose can cover a multitude of uses. For example, the flannel side is soft & grippy, perfect for dusting, polishing, washing dishes and scrubbing counters. Most of the sizes I make also fit perfectly into a swiffer-style sweeper, thus eliminating one other type of disposable product that we use once and toss. The quilting cotton side, the pretty side, is smoother. This makes it great for things like windows & mirrors cleaning.
They are commonly used as table napkins - which could potentially replace a paper towel/napkin that the average home would use & throw out 3 meals a day. Plus, the patterns make them a much more attractive table napkin option than a regular old white piece of paper. I also make them in seasonal prints so you can dress up your holiday tables. How many of you pull out a paper towel to set a snack on, like a muffin or a cookie? UnPaper Towels make perfect "snack mats" to do this very thing, especially for children. Because I make them in two sizes, the smaller size can be used for this purpose or for smaller cleaning tasks. What about those of you who pack a lunch, or kids' lunchkits? Do you send a paper napkin with the lunch? So much less waste when you use an UnPaper Towel that can be used over & over again all year long.
But how do I store these UnPaper Towels? They don't fit on my towel holder/roller? Well... get creative. I have mine in a decorative basket on a shelf. Some people just use a drawer or a stack on a counter. A couple years ago, I was making them in snapping sets. They looked so cute, snapping end to end, so that people could put them on their traditional paper towel holders on a roll. But the feedback was clear. Cute for looks only... not versatile at all. They found they weren't taking the time to snap them and roll them back together. AND, the snaps limited the uses A LOT. Can't wash your wood floors with snaps scraping against them. Can't wipe your hands or little faces without smearing a snap across your cheek. So snaps were out and simple soft towels were in. Some people use them to make their entire home non-disposable... so yeah, you can use them for nose wipes... and toilet paper if you're really trying to reduce waste. Others can be used for baby wipes, although I prefer double flannel, or even better, flannel-velour if wiping a baby's bottom. Softer than the quilting cotton.
I make them in small sets. 4, 6 or 8 usually, so that people can try them out or try a variety of prints. They make great gifts as well. A gift for someone who is trying to go eco-friendly, someone who loves to entertain, anyone really. Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, birthdays and more.
My main stock can be found on my sewing business page Scrinchables in the In Stock Album. But I will also be listing them on The Natural Wolf facebook page SHOP album too, where I've listed the Aromatherapy Buddies and other hand-made products. To purchase them, from either page, simply comment on the image or send me a message. I can send you a paypal invoice or we can arrange an e-transfer... or if you are local to me in Campbell River, you can simply come pick up and pay with cash. They can be mailed all over Canada as over-size lettermail for $3.50-$4.00 depending on size and weight.
OnGuard, the protective blend, is my oil blend of choice for all my cleaning needs. Bathrooms, kitchens, floors, windows and we add it to our hand-soap recipe as well. Lemon oil is also a great choice. Or a blend called Purify (smells like pine & lemon together) Even lavender can be used, though its disinfecting properties are not as high. For extra scrubbing power, you can add some baking soda. If something needs a DEEP clean, you can also add in some natural castile soap. Regardless of what you are cleaning, there is a safer NATURAL option to be using and its a simple and cheap as vinegar and baking soda.
If you're local to me, I have many essential oils, like OnGuard and Lemon in stock, and if you're not local to Campbell River, you can purchase the oils online from my Doterra Website. If you want to get them for the BEST price, you can get the wholesale membership and then you will get 25% off the retail prices for a full year. Even better, get one of our wholesale starter kits, and you'll be set for your household needs for natural cleaning, medicine, moods & emotions, air purifying and more.
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I love October! And today started off perfectly. After a week of autumn sunshine, we started October with a dreary cool rainy day. Bonus points for being a Saturday. The fire is lit in the fireplace, hot cocoa and tea have been requested, we all have cozies and slippers on, and its totally quiet with everyone doing quiet lazy activities like reading, playing Lego, napping and blogging. What a great start to the month.
Another thing that started today... my littlest has a fever! And I have an "ahem" sort of phlegmy throat. Pressure and weather change to be blamed, also a week of busy activities when Gramma & Papa visited just ended. So while we enjoy this cool October 1st, we are also grabbing a few of our favourite essential oils to use as natural remedies.
For the little guy, I am thankful for peppermint. A swipe across his forehead and down his spine for cooling & soothing for his headache & feeling hot. For the family, we have had the immune boosting oils like lemon, lime, and the On Guard blend going in the diffusers, purifying our air, boosting our immune systems and relieving my respiratory gunk. I've also been nibbling on some fresh pineapple as that always helps to clear my throat. We'll keep the immune boosting oils going in the diffuser off & on all weekend in hopes to keep the fall germs at bay for the family. Also, a couple days of rest and early to bed will be helpful too. And loading up on our supplements and Vitamin C especially :)
Have you got your Fall Natural Medicine Cabinet started? I have a great promo on for anyone who buys a Family Essentials Kit this month! Get the top 10 oils in a great starter kit, and you'll receive some bonus oils & On Guard goodies from me as a gift. Stay healthy naturally this season <3
What about the garden? Oh glad you asked. :) Because its still going strong. Too strong in fact. Usually by now all of my lettuce has bolted to seed and is ready to dry and save, but the lettuces all stayed strong and productive much longer, even with me being negligent and busy all September. I may not get to save any of my favourite romaine if it doesn't bolt soon. It may not be frost here yet but its just around the corner. The Scarlett Runner beans are still mass producing too. While I've saved many MANY seeds to dry, there are still just as many growing and not ready to pick yet. I'm grateful for the week of sun we just had. I hope they don't get all moldy in this week of rain we are about to have. Who else is still waiting on beans to save?
And my tomatoes... bless the slow SLOW tomatoes. They are taking forever to ripen and when we get so much rain, they just get all bloaty and split. Next year they will be in the covered greenhouse.
But I'm excited at the amount of seeds I have saved this year. So many beans, kale, marigolds, calendula, cosmos, and more. Look for many seed options in my shop in the new year :) If we don't have TOO wet of an October, there will be even more.
Happy October everyone. Here are some great options of Essential Oils to blend together in your diffuser to make yummy seasonal scents. More than just a great smell though right... every one of these options has immune boosting, mood uplifting, air cleansing properties as well. Make your home smell great without artificial fragrances and make your home healthy at the same time. Can't say that about your glade plug-in or scentsy burner ;)
We are about to embark on our second year of homeschooling! We have a specific room in our house where most of our "school stuff" is done but we also school outside, at the beach, at the kitchen table and in the livingroom, and by this fall, we'll also have a super cool attic space as well. So those that learn at home tend to learn all over the home.
Even though our kids aren't surrounded by dozens of other kids (and their germs) every single day, we still want to keep our immune systems strong, our brains focused, our classroom clean and our moods happy. So here are our top 5 essential oils that we use in our Homeschool Classroom!
1. Lemon - In the diffuser, Lemon is uplifting and cheering. It supports our respiratory systems, our immune systems and our lymphatic systems. But it is also great for cleaning off sticky stuff!! Sticky scissors that won't wash up due to cutting through glue or tape? Rub a drop of Lemon on the blades and they're squeaky clean again. Same with tape or glue residue on desks, tables, chairs, walls... Lemon will take off the goo. Got a white board that won't clean up? Spray with lemon & vinegar and it cleans up too.
2. Lavender - Well known for its calming properties, Lavender is useful for helping kids & adults alike get better rest, calm anxious feelings, relax the mind. So of course it would be useful for homeschoolers as well. Add it to any craft, put a few drops in a bin of cotton balls for the younger ones or whatever project they are working on. You can put some on the back of their necks or behind their ears or on their wrists (diluted of course) for those feeling anxious, emotional or unrested. And don't forget lavender is the perfect choice for cuts, burns, scrapes, bites & itchy things. Knicked with scissors, burnt by hot glue, poked with a tack...lavender! My boys do a lot of "outdoors time" and therefore, cuts & scrapes & bites come with the territory, plus we explore the forest, the beach, the mountains, etc so we always have lavender on hand while we're out & about.
3. OnGuard - the protective blend! Like any 'thieves oil combo', OnGuard is a blend of highly potent, protecting, disinfecting & cleansing oils: Rosemary, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus and Wild Orange. Clean up and feel better blend! This oil is in our hand-soap, our laundry soap, our toothpaste, our spray cleaners, in the dishwasher, on dryer balls. We use it topically, internally & aromatically. It gets diffused a lot in our classroom and in their bedroom to keep our immune systems strong. It gets used topically & internally (internally only for the adults) if someone is starting to feel sick or if we've been around other sick kids. Plus it smells amazing. Like Christmas :)
4. Peppermint - It smells like candy and happiness. Peppermint is very uplifting and stimulating aromatically. If you have little ones bouncing off walls, you don't want to be diffusing peppermint. If you have sleepy kids who don't want to get up, who are having a hard time focusing, who need an afternoon wake-up-and-concentrate oil, then you need peppermint. It also smells great blended with lemon in the diffuser for invigoration, cleansing and uplifting. Topically, it has SO many other uses that we can't be without it. Headaches, for you teaching parents, peppermint is soothing & relieving for aches & pains. Bruises and sore muscles & joints as well. Need to cool down? A peppermint mist, or diluted in a carrier oil and used topically is very cooling. Upset tummy, nervous tummy, or in need of other digestive support, peppermint topically on the belly area will bring relief. A chest rub of coconut oil & a drop of peppermint will bring respiratory support for anyone feeling snuffly or raspy as well. A foot rub with peppermint is great for aching or hot feet for the athletes, or after a long day of field trips and walking as well.
5. Tea Tree! One of the most common oils to even non-oil users. Everyone has heard of a use for tea tree. I like to call it the oil for "everything gross". Mold & fungus & yeast & lice & stinky shoes & disinfecting yucky stuff! Must have it on hand. While homeschoolers are less likely to be exposed to lice, it can still happen in co-ops, field trips, play dates and really any kind of 'friend encounter'. Even trying on a hat in a store can cause it so nobody is totally immune to lice exposure. So you want tea tree for prevention and also if they are present.
Need to refresh last year's gym bag, lunch kit, winter coat, running shoes. Spray or wipe down with a water, vinegar, tea tree mixture. Put a drop on a cotton ball & place in stinky shoes. Clean mildewy window ledges and more. Its great to add to lavender for any cuts, scrapes, burns, etc to support skin healing & immune systems as well. It can be added to the laundry and more. If you love the smell, you can add it to your cleaners, spray down your bathroom, freshen up inside your vehicles and use it for a foot soak. This is a very versatile & potent oil for any of the ickies that life brings your way!!
So that's my top 5 recommendations! In truth, there are at least 2 dozen oils we use regularly in our home. We use Oregano oil when we need the most immune support. We use Frankincense for sadness & frustration, for skin support and brain support. We use the respiratory blend Breathe/EasyAir because me & my big guy need respiratory support with oils a bit stronger than peppermint. We use the digestive blend ZenGest/DigestZen for almost all digestive issues. We use the soothing blend Deep Blue for aches & pains & bruises. We add Cedarwood to the Lavender for rest & relaxation because this is a tree-loving family so all the tree oils are soothing & calming to us. (Douglas Fir, White Fir, Arborvitae & Juniper Berry as well)
My bonus oil is always LIME! My "chill out mama" oil. As homeschooling can definitely be frustrating or stressful sometimes, for me the mom, and if I find myself getting uptight, I definitely turn to Lime for my moods & emotions. I have it in my diffuser necklaces every day, I put a drop in my palm and rub my hands through my hair, I diffuse it (the kids also love it) and I mix it in juice, tea, smoothies, guacamole, fruit salad and more.
The top 10 oils: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue, OnGuard, ZenGest and EasyAir come in two of Doterra's most popular starter kits. The Home Essentials Kit contains all of these oils PLUS the perfect classroom diffuser, the Petal diffuser. The Essential Collection Kit contains the same 10 oils but in a starter size of just 5ml bottles so you can try them out if you're on a budget. For pricing on these, please send me a message as they are priced differently in Canadian or USD. We also have the Every Oil Kit for the home that wants to jump in to natural alternatives and have every oil on hand for all their needs. Each of these kits comes with a wholesale membership for one year which means if you make other Doterra purchases during the year, you get 25% off the retail price! As a bonus, if you purchase any of those kits from me, you get a free bottle of fractionated coconut oil to dilute your oils and a free bottle of my favourite, Lime! Send me a message on how to order these or visit my Doterra website.
Yesterday was a very windy and rainy day, so we wanted to get down to the beach early and do some "beach combing" to see if anything interesting washed up. It was another blustery morning so we bundled up and braved the wind.
Every minute we spend exploring the beach is educational for all of us. There is not one part of it that we are not learning from. Our outdoor west coast life is full of opportunities to learn from the every day and today was no exception.
When its this windy, we usually don't last long, because ocean wind is usually cold, even in the middle of July, but they started "walking the drift wood" and we spent almost 2 hours on the beach, despite the wind. The sun came out several times, we saw a majestic "whale wedding" in the middle of the ocean (what we call it when a sunbeam hits the middle of the water) and enjoyed the breeze.
We chased the seagulls, we searched for beach glass, we picked through seaweed, we saw some dead crabs and jellyfish that didn't make it. And we stood letting the waves come up to our feet. And they kept walking and climbing. We walked further down the beach than we had ever walked. And then we found some really cool rock formations as the tide started to get lower. Looked like age-old lava rocks. They were fascinating.
The wind kept blowing, but the skies & the waves were breathtaking and dramatic. We could taste the salty sea air. Our fingers were cold but we were just having too much fun, seeing too many things, to leave yet.
On we went, we found lots of beach forts and cool stumps. And as the tide went out, we found more & more big rocks to check out. We watched a jellyfish get washed onto the shore and thought all hope was lost as the waves wouldn't reach high enough, until one big wave came in and washed it back out to sea :) We hope it learned not to come so close to shore :)
We filled our pockets with our usual collection of beach glass, pretty or interesting rocks and seashells. I found a "peanut shaped" rock that sort of reminded me of Mr. Lunt from VeggieTales ;)
We also learned a bit about people and their carelessness. Our boys are very earth conscious and know that we don't litter or destroy things on our planet. We often come across spots where people have beach fires (and we love having them too) but once in a while we come across "the jerk spot" where some careless people have left all their garbage, tried to burn their cans & shattered their bottles. A solemn reminder that sometimes people just suck!
But the day of adventures & learning doesn't end here... we went home, because we were cold & hungry. But we could all taste salt on our lips from being there in the wind. So we made some hot chocolate with peppermint beadlets in it and chatted about salt. What is salt? Where does it come from? How many types of salt can you think of? How do they make sea salt? So while we ate our lunch, I opened up couple different YouTube videos about how they make sea salt :) And we found a most interesting one on how they make sea salt from the Red Sea. While we learned about that, we saw that there were many beautiful fish and spectacular coral reefs in the Red Sea... so they wanted to learn MORE about that. So we watched a little video on some of the sea life. There was a longer video that they wanted to watch but we saw the time and realized we only had an hour to get to the raspberry farm before they were closed for the day. So we bolted and raced to pick our berries before 1pm.
Getting back with our raspberries, we were reminded of other berries, so we head across the street to the forested area in search of more Thimbleberries to forage and snack on :) To our surprise and delight we found a couple ripe blackberries too. Our favourites. Most of them won't be ripe for a couple more weeks. While appreciating the free bounty of the forest, the boys were also aware of the other FREE beauty that was surrounding us. They were blowing all the dandelion seeds all over and exclaiming how beautiful the yellow and white flowers looked together. "Take a picture, mom, so we can look up what they are called when we get home". Always curious, always exploring, always learning.
So that is a glimpse into our everyday explorations and how we can incorporate knowledge, learning, and Real Life education in our life. Don't get me wrong, we are still enjoying our "lazy summer" from homeschooling, but we find that all the things we do have far more value into learning than sitting at our desks most days anyways. And not just for them, but for me too. My mama soul was really tired and grumpy this past week. Glum, is the word for it, and it still is a little bit, but spending two hours in the windy sea air and a day of berries and exploration, lets the sunshine back in quite a bit for me. And I'm thankful for it!
Camping season is here! For many people, that means grabbing a tent, a sleeping bag and heading off into the woods. For others it means a tent trailer, a camper or a full size RV with all the bells and whistles. Whether you're into roughing it or glamping, they all require a certain amount of packing & preparation. And we can all face a few of the same situations or needs while away from our homes.
This is why I wanted to share my Top 4 Essential Oils for Camping with you and what they can be used for. A lot of people take a Swiss Army Knife with them when they camp. Well these 4 oils are the Swiss Army Knife oils with several uses!! (PS This is a similar recap of my post Essential Oils for the Outdoor Enthusiast)
1. Lavender Essential Oil - now you might think I'm suggesting it to help the family sleep while in a strange place away from their home beds, and this is true. Lavender can be very useful for calming & sleep & relaxation. But its so versatile, you'll never want to be without it. Somebody gets a mosquito bite, soothe the itch & the swelling with Lavender. Somebody gets a bee sting, soothe the pain & swelling with lavender. Its great for minor cuts & scrapes, campfire or cooking stove burns, anything that is itchy (hello, poison ivy and stinging nettle) and soothing if you got too much sun! Make sure lavender is the first thing you pack for camping!
2. Peppermint Essential Oil - cooling & invigorating. So you decided to camp in the middle of a heat wave. Make yourself a peppermint & water mister bottle and spritz the back of your neck frequently. Making a peppermint foot oil combo to soothe hot, achy, tired feet from all the day's adventure. Peppermint can soothe muscle & joint aches, head aches and also soothing for stings & itches. Its great for spritzing around the tent or camper to keep the pests away (including ants, spiders & mice) and if you have a long car drive to your camping destination, put a drop or two on a cotton ball in the a/c vent in the car and it will be a refreshing pick-me-up to everyone in the vehicle. And soothes & supports your airways if anyone is feeling stuffed up. Its also helpful to soothe tummies after too many hot dogs or any uncomfortably windy ride in the vehicle.
3. Lemon Essential Oil - cleansing and disinfecting. Lemon smells amazing for starts. So its perfect to spritz around inside the musty tent or camper if it hasn't been aired out well from last season. Spritz up the sleeping bags or toss them in the dryer with a couple drops of lemon oil on a dryer ball to freshen them up before you go.
Lemon supports the immune and respiratory systems as well so its great to be diffusing where ever you go. A great reason to have lemon on hand, even if you're roughing it is for gooey or sticky things. Lean your hand against a tree full of sap and can't wash it off? A drop or two of lemon oil in your hands and it will come off like magic. Same for anything greasy. Vehicle grease or cooking grease... lemon oil will dissolve it almost instantly.
Stuck inside a tent or small camper with boots or shoes that have been hiked in all day... toss a cotton ball with one drop of lemon in each shoe to freshen and deodorize. Also great for cleaning with - all and any surfaces.
4. Tea Tree Oil - everything gross! No really, tea tree is your go-to for the gross stuff. Mold or mildew in your tent or camper, spray it with tea tree. Mix it with the lavender for all cuts, scrapes & burns. I have these two combined in a roller bottle for easy to grab "itchies and owies" blend. Great for skin, hair and foot support. Somebody barfs in the car - clean it with tea tree. Also great for disinfecting surfaces of all kinds.
Those are the 4 oils I don't really go ANYWHERE without but definitely must haves when we go camping.
A few bonus suggestions - TerraShield is the natural bug repellent blend! Mosquitoes!! If you're camping in a mosquito zone, you need this one in your gear. Also effective for repelling ticks as well. And I really don't go away without a roller bottle of dōTERRA's EasyAir - the respiratory blend, either because I'm usually stuffed up when I go to bed so I always have it with me to roll on my chest when I go to sleep. And if we're gone more than a day or two I will also bring OnGuard for immune support and cleansing or disinfecting all things too. As well as ZenGest, the digestive blend, because we inevitably eat sorta junkie while camping and our tummies let us know and ZenGest is very good for digestive stuff. And my hubby will more than likely throw in a tube of Deep Blue Rub... because camping on a crappy mattress usually results in one or both of us feeling sore & stiff - shoulders, back & neck - so we'll be using that to soothe anything that aches.
But those 4 are the bare minimum :) Usually I have 10 or more with me as I need my favourites, like Lime and Spearmint and Cedarwood too.
Note: please be sure to dilute ANY essential oil that you use on your skin with a carrier oil. Oils are very strong & potent so they go a long way with just a tiny amount. If you'd like specific recipes/instructions on how to use these oils, please don't hesitate to ask. Great carrier oils are coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, avacado oil... and in a pinch, you can use your olive oil or cooking oil.
If you'd like to know more about how to purchase these oils please visit my SHOP HERE or send me a message and I can give you more details.
"old things have passed away; behold all things have become new." 2 Cor. 5:17b
**This is one of my old blog posts from Words of A Wolfe but I'm going to revive a few of my old posts as they inspire me to look within spiritually and creatively and I hope for you as well**
I've often written in the past of my love for old barns & buildings. Rustic, weathered wood, or pitted, grainy stone, these things attract my camera lens over & over again.
This barn near Osoyoos, British Columbia has always been one of my favourites and I have many images of it from every angle, in every season, and every time of day.
When I visited Europe, I was in awe of all the old buildings, cathedrals, castles, and homes there. I could have taken pictures day in & day out and still found more & more to photograph. There is so much beauty in old architecture.
When I see things like old barns being reclaimed by the elements of the earth from decay & neglect it always makes me a little sad. However, I'm not mourning the memory of the building. I have no idea (usually) who lived there or owned that particular building, no particular personal attachment to its history... it just makes me sad to see something I would love to photograph falling into decay so that photo opportunities won't be there anymore. Sounds a little selfish I guess. However, those that know me well know I'm NOT a sentimental person.
Neither am I impressed if something new is built in its place. Not that I'm against progress or "moving ahead", because I'm all for that, but if it isn't replaced with something of equal beauty, it makes me sad too.
All this to say I've been thinking about souls. I know a lot of people with beautiful souls, people who do not know the Lord. I can only imagine that if they do come to Christ, their soul would only get more beautiful! I also know many Christians with ugly souls. And I wonder what happened when their "old soul" passed away? Was their soul always this ugly? Did their "new soul" become beautiful upon its recreation but the decay & neglect of time turn it ugly, broken down and ruined so that nobody could care to see it or bother trying to save it?
And I wonder what my own soul looks like, to others and to Christ? Is it a thing of beauty, or was it replaced with something that started off somewhat nice but decayed to ruin beyond help? Or is it like the old barns & buildings... once a thing of beauty, facing a lot of hardships & decay but still a thing of beauty in the eyes of our Beholder? I know its not shiny & new anymore, it probably has a lot of weathered dents & dings of years gone by, but I hope that it is still something of beauty, despite the passage of time.
We are just finishing up the Salmon berry season. Most of them are already done but if you wander through the thicker parts of the forests you can still find them. These are a unique berry. They taste, to me, sort of like a crab apple. Not as sweet as other berries, which is probably why they are first. Before they ripen to a darker red colour like the picture on the above right, they are an orangey pink SALMON colour, likely why they got their name. If you pick them when they are that colour they are sour. But they are uniquely tasty when fully ripe!
There is no lack of beauty here, even when we aren't foraging for things in particular. We have wildflowers galore right now too. I am so thankful my boys are learning to appreciate the beauty of creation! They love flowers and birds and bugs and even the simplicity of moss. Since it had been so rainy this week, we found some slugs and snails, and in our foraging we even disturbed a deer from a nap. So we turned around and went a different direction so she didn't have to leave her bed. We even saw a beautiful woodpecker dad and a baby woodpecker... think he was teaching him how to peck :) It was pretty cute!
Each time we venture to our little side forested area we discover and learn something new. We know how blessed we are that we have access to it and treat it with respect and appreciation! There is never a time of year where it doesn't hold a gift for us!
Do you juice? We love our juicer and try to use it a couple times a week! We don't get very creative in our choices for what we put in the juicer but its always delicious. Almost always its a combination of cucumber, kale, carrots and apples. Sometimes, depending on what we have in the fridge or garden, we will add other things. One time we added a very spicy purple cabbage (without knowing it was a spicy one) and nobody would drink it... but the colour was beautiful :)
One of the reasons we bought a juicer was to help minimize produce waste. I hated throwing out leftover produce that was getting a bit beyond its peak. I like that I can toss in slightly wrinkly tomatoes, or grapes, or oranges that nobody wants to eat but they still taste good.
While my family is not lacking its love for fresh veggies, none of us are really fond of the way kale tastes. But we know its super-packed with nutrients so now we can get those nutrients in a more palatable form.
Cucumbers are a great additions because they add so much liquid. And well, juicing carrrots is amazing for so many aspects of health so we ALWAYS include carrots. Usually this combo of greens & orange produces a sort of "swamp juice" colour. Fortunately for me, my boys will drink it.
In fact, one of the best ways to get kids to drink juice is to let them help. That is a pic of my little guy a couple years ago. When they help, it becomes the "bestest most delicous juice EVER" because they had a hand in creating it! They still love to help.
We do make smoothies too, when we want to add things like berries or bananas, but even when we make smoothies, we usually make a partial juice first and use that as the liquid for our smoothies in the blender with the berries and bananas.
Juicing is a great way to get some extra health benefits of your veggies without having to eat a full bag of carrots in one sitting. We keep some of the pulp in our juice for that extra benefit but definitely not all of it.
What kind of juice would you like to try?
The Summer Cold! It sucks! But we just had company for a few days and it always seems to happen. Either to us or to the visiting travelers. I blame planes & ferries. Sharing germs with 100s of other people, poor sleeps, long exciting days... inevitably, our immune systems wear down and somebody starts with a few sneezes or sniffles.
My older son first, then me, and today little brother is blowing his nose. Some headaches, some hot/cold body temperatures, and the poor stuffy or runny nose! Throw in a sore throat and some late nights... well, let's just say we're all totally vegging today. Rest is one of the KEY factors in healing.
But... we also want some relief and support for how we are feeling and we look to our natural medicine cabinets.
First things first, we start mega-dosing on vitamin Cs. Chewables for the kiddos and 1000mg for us grown folk. Loads of water and loads of high Vitamin C foods, like oranges and greens.
We've got our doTERRA essential oil arsenal as well. OnGuard is in every diffuser (in 4 different rooms) to cleanse & purify the air and support our immune systems. Also have OnGuard with vinegar & water in my all-purpose disinfecting cleaner, spraying here & there.
The OnGuard+ softgels are also included with my daily supplements now too. They have Wild Orange Peel Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Black Pepper Seed Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Oregano Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf/Flower Oil and Melissa Leaf Oil. Hello immune support!
I do really love the Breathe Respiratory Drops as well. I used to be a "Halls" person, but I will take these throat drops 100x better. Very soothing for my throat.
I am also using Lemon oil in the diffuser too, as it has been proven to be helpful with colds & coughs, as does Peppermint oil which is in our EasyAir blend too. I have a diluted roller bottle of the EasyAir blend to roll on my chest, supporting my airways too - I use this EVERY night but especially when having a cold. Peppermint (not pictured) has also been a necessary part of our week as it is helpful with aches & pains so has been soothing my head but also its cooling to the skin so when we were feeling too hot, we used it topically on the back of our necks to feel cooler! We have quite a few other oils in our arsenal but these are the main ones.
And then, TEA!! If you follow my facebook page, you'll know I'm a coffee lover to the core, so I usually only drink tea for its medicinal benefits. And there are many, but we have lots of teas with echinacea and/or elderberry for when we feel like this. I just ran out of my homemade elderberry syrup so I guess I'll have to make some more or at least get some dried elderberries to keep on hand in case it comes again. I'm sure there are lots of tea suggestions out there. Do you have a go-to when you have a cold?
I like tea with honey (raw, local is best) as honey is soothing and antibacterial as well. Squirt of lemon juice if you have it. My hubby likes a Peppermint Beadlet in his. I wish I had some fir tree buds this week for a vitamin C tea. We'll have to go to the mountains to find those as all the firs are far beyond bud stage now.
Yes, that is a garlic clove in the pic. Another great "cough syrup" is a spoonful of honey with lemon and crushed garlic. Tastes pretty yummy and very soothing to the throat. Some recommend to add Turmeric as well, but that makes me gag, so I don't do it.
And we'll be defrosting some chicken soup broth too. Keep it stocked in the freezer for days like today. Lots of garlic and fresh onion will be added to boost our immune systems too. As much garlic as I can stand and still think the kids will eat it basically!
Heading out to the garden now to pick some kale. We didn't have a fresh juice the whole time we had company and our bodies are feeling it. Kale, cucumber, carrot & green apples. And then... going to bed EARLY again tonight to allow my body to do its job healing me.
So how do you naturally deal with sniffle days in your home?
June is my favourite month in the garden, here on Vancouver Island. Everything is growing. Peas & strawberries and lettuces are already ready to harvest, beans are growing or just emerging, sunflowers, cucumbers and more. But its definitely a time where I have to stay on my toes to manage all the pests that want to nibble on those seedlings. So here is a video about how I use essential oils and which essential oils I use to naturally & safely repel those annoying pests in the garden like ants, aphids, spiders and especially SLUGS!
Do you have any natural tips & tricks to repel pests in your garden? Please share them with us here or on our Facebook page :)
I used to use just Peppermint Essential Oil but I found adding the Cedarwood makes it even more effective. Sometimes I also add in the White Fir as it also repels some pests.
Here is a list of essential oils that some people say work on most pests.
by: Becky Wolfe
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