3 Killers In Your Kitchen

There’s no safer place than the kitchen, right?

Unfortunately, no. Turns out it’s a minefield of toxicity.

Brightly packaged air fresheners, Teflon pans, and cleaners contain ingredients that mess with our delicate endocrine system and create toxic gases. Incredibly, the things we think are goodfor our family and our home can cause us harm.

Detoxing your home should begin in the kitchen with these sneaky three:

  • Air fresheners: Phthalates are most commonly found in air fresheners, which disrupt the endocrine system and can cause reproductive and neurological damage. Avoid the word “fragrance” on air fresheners, as it can be a synonym for pthalates.

Healthy alternative: Try an oil diffuser using Citrus Bliss, Lemon, or Lavender oils.  Fragrant, safe, and totally uplifting! doTERRA makes a great one.

  • Teflon pans: So easy to cook in, so easy to clean, Teflon revolutionized our cooking when it was accidentally discovered 70 years ago. However, peflourooanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used to produce Teflon, has been appearing in blood samples of people worldwide and has been found to cause birth defects. The EPA has recommended that PFOA be classified as a human carcinogen.

Healthy alternative: Go old school! Cast iron, stoneware, and glass are all inert and equally effective.

  • Cleaners with chlorine and ammonia: Chlorine and ammonia are deadly ingredients commonly used in household cleaners, including toilet bowl and oven cleaner. The Environmental Protection Agency found that chlorine byproducts are 300,000 times more carcinogenic than the chemical pesticide DDT.

Healthy alternative: Use cleaners such as baking soda, doTERRA’s Lemon Oil, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and castile soap. They smell great and keep your home sparkling!

Lemon Oil: The Ultimate Cleaning Tool

I use doTERRA’s Lemon Oil all the time to clean. You’ve GOT to try it; you’ll be hooked!

Disinfect: You can add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water and attack what may be living in your range hood, on your tables, countertops and other surfaces. For some extra chemical-free firepower, a little vinegar is a traditional favorite.

Lose the Gas Mask: When you clean the gunky build up in your shower, do you practically have to wear a gas mask to survive the fumes? Go gas mask free and clean with lemon oil. Just a small amount of lemon oil will go a long way in removing hard water build up.

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The Killer $2.5 Billion Drug

Chances are you’ve popped a few in your lifetime.

Some companies even put a sweet coating on them, like candy.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) – better known as ibuprofen/naproxen – are marketed as safe and effective on pain.

And it’s true: They are … but only when used occasionally as directed.

NSAIDS are big business to companies: In the U.S. alone, more than $2.5 billion is spent per year by those seeking pain relief.

And that’s okay if it’s for the monthly headache.

But for those with a chronic pain condition, like rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune disorder, popping ibuprofen will hurt you more than it will help you.

Chronic use of NSAIDS has been proven to cause:

  • Kidney and liver damage, or failure.
  • Thinning of blood; internal bleeding
  • Ulcers

Kicking the Ibuprofen Habit Starts Here

My husband Nick and I have a secret weapon we use when tension, muscular pain, or joint pain hits: Deep Blue®.

It’s a proprietary, highly effective oil blend that dōTERRA® makes. You can buy it in a roller for your bag, a tube if you like lotion, or as a straight essential oil.

What’s in it? Check it out: wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and helichrysum.

These powerful and highly effective pain relievers work together to ease achy joints and sore muscles. Its effects are deep and penetrating … with sustained results.

Why is it so powerful? The main ingredients are highly concentrated, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Rub, massage, or roll on Deep Blue, and you will instantly release the magic of:

  • Wintergreen: cortisone-like properties
  • Camphor: anti-inflammatory
  • Peppermint: anti-inflammatory to damaged tissues; soothing and cooling affect that often helps arthritis and rheumatism
  • Blue Tansy: anti-inflammatory; pain reliever
  • German Chamomile: supports joint health and arthritis
  • Helichrysum: beneficial to the circulatory system, an imperative part of healing of the joints and muscles

Favorite ways for me and my clients to use Deep Blue are on:

  • Injuries to reduce inflammation and bruising.
  • Sore muscles after exercising.
  • My temples, forehead and back of the neck to relieve a headache.
  • Arthritic hands/knuckles to lessen pain from rheumatoid arthritis.

Want to try Deep Blue for yourself? Click here and message me. Or visit here to order yours today!

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Start Drinking This Today!

This is one of the most popular drinks in the detox, initially people either love it or hate it,  but it tends to grow on you.   When you start to feel good, you don’t want to stop. At the end of every detox people always ask if they can continue with the morning elixir  because they feel so good.

I always prepare my elixir the night before and have it next to my bed, so I can have it before my feet hit the floor.

  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 tsp up to 2 tbsp of Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar(increase as you can tolerate)
  • 1 tsp raw local honey or a drop of stevia
  • 1/2 inch of fresh grated ginger root, or  1/4 tsp of ground ginger, or one drop of Ginger Essential Oil

Optional: 1/2 to 1 tsp. cinnamon, this will help temper the taste of the Apple Cider Vinegar

BENEFITS:

  • Stimulates digestion
  • Releases toxins from the liver
  • Jump starts your digestive enzymes
  • Loaded with Vitamin C

Want to learn more about Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and it’s amazing benefits? Click here

Early bird registration for the Winter Detox is open! CLICK HERE to register. Pre Detox starts March 4th.

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10 Essential Oils And Blends For Detoxing Your Body

The winter blahs have struck with a vengeance.

But I have a secret weapon – actually, 10 of them – to detox my way out of the gross, sluggish rut I find myself in sometimes.

Essential oils are my definite go-to for detoxing my body. They are, hands-down, spot on for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

Oils, you say? Absolutely. Oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

Here are my top 10 favorites and how I love to use them, especially when I’m not feeling my best.

(And if you’re not feeling your best, you should try my winter detox! I have a new one beginning March 4. Click here to find out more information on getting your energy back, your stress levels down, and unhealthy cravings out of your life … for good!)

 The following list features dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today.

My Favorite Oils

Lemon: for my lymphatic system. I add 2 drops of lemon to my water every morning. This citrus oil stimulates white blood cells to defend the body against infection.

Lavender: for supporting my adrenal glands. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion, restlessness, and increases mental activity.

Peppermint: for cleansing the lymphatic system, releasing weight gain and relieving sluggish digestion. When applied topically, Peppermint helps support the gallbladder; it decreases inflammation as well.

Lemongrass: for drainage within the body. Therapeutic properties of lemongrass include: analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, astringent and sedative.

My Favorite Blends

Slim & Sassy: a pleasant blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon essential oils, formulated to help manage hunger, calm your stomach and lift your mood. It’s an ideal oil for cleansing the liver, balancing blood sugar, and improving metabolism.

DigestZen: my “go to” oil for complete digestive support. DigestZen is a propriety blend of anise, caraway, coriander, fennel, ginger, peppermint, and tarragon that supports alleviation from congestion, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, motion sickness, nausea, and stomach aches.

On Guard: for immune support. It’s also a wonderful oil to combat bacteria; it can be used on soles of your feet.

My Favorite Oils for Emotional Support

Detoxes can bring out all sorts of emotions. Fortunately, there are oils out there to help you through.

Balance (grounding blend): Promotes whole body relaxation, evokes feelings of tranquility and balance. Two drops on the bottoms of my feet first thing in the morning and evening.

Serenity (calming blend): Serenity creates a sense of well-being and relaxation. Rub on the chest at night.

And last but not least, an oil just for detoxification!

Zendocrine: Zendocrine supports the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances by promoting a healthy endocrine system and liver function. I like to put a few drops in my water or smoothies or rub it directly on my belly.

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A Kale Chip Recipe That Will Replace Your Potato Chip, I Promise

It has been the Fall of kale chips in our house.  Anyone who has been to my house the last few months has had kale chips.  There have been many variations of this recipe, including one tonight with cayenne, which was too spicy for me.  As a recovering barbeque chip addict these have been a surprisingly delicious replacement, with the tahini making them rich and filling.  They are super easy to make and kid friendly.  Plus they are in the Fall detox.

I highly advise doubling this recipe, they go fast.

Kale Chip Recipe

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed powder
  • 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice from a half lemon

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash, rinse, and dry your kale leaves. Remove the leaves from the stem using your hands (do not use a knife). Continue to rip the kale into bite-sized pieces.

Mix all the ingredients in bowl. Once the kale is ready, add it to a mixing bowl and pour over the mixture. Mix well, ensuring that all the leaves are coated with the mixture. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I have not used parchment paper and it’s fine, but always makes cleanup a snap) Place the kale onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 45 minute to an hour. Once the kale is done, remove the chips from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before eating.

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frankincense

I Never Leave Home Without This

The 1 Thing I Never Leave Home Without

The three kings had it right when they packed frankincense, one of the costliest and most fragrant essential oils on earth.

Next to my kids and my phone, it’s the one thing I never leave home without.

Why? With people hacking and sneezing all over their carts at Meijer, doTERRA’s frankincense is the weapon of choice for wellness warriors like me.

My favorite way is to put two drops under the tongue each morning. As a pharmaceutical grade essential oil, frankincense is absorbed directly into the bloodstream

For health and wellness, it’s a gift that was truly heaven-sent.

 Special for December only! Earn a FREE 15 mL Frankincense ($93.00 retail value) by placing ANY single 200PV order from December 1 through December 31, 2014.

Frankincense: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

For stronger immunity – Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties. That means it can help reduce symptoms of respiratory issues such as asthma or a cough from the common cold. It is also an anti-septic/disinfectant, so it helps your body fights off germs.

For pain relief – Typical body pain may also be improved with frankincense. It is used for headaches and sore muscles as well as PMS pain and reduction of arthritis symptoms.

For skin & hair – Frankincense has anti-aging properties, making it a nice addition to lotions and skin creams. It is an astringent than can strengthen the roots of your hair while toning and lifting skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

For improved digestion – In your digestive system, frankincense can encourage the production of gastric juices like bile. It can also be used as a diuretic.

For stress & anxiety – As a topical oil, it can act as a sedative, promoting feelings of peace and relaxation.

14 Uses for Frankincense Oil

Disinfect cuts and wounds

Promotes healthy skin

Scar reducer

Chest congestion

Severe cough relief

Drop under the tongue for overall health

Laryngitis throat spray

Mood-booster

Reduces stretch marks

Heals throat inflammation and damage due to acid reflux

Migraines

Heals acne scars

Diffuse with other oils for a “holiday smell”

Eczema

Need some extra energy this season? Check out this great tip!

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5 TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR TOXIC LOAD

I will never forget thinking I was super healthy – consuming green juices, smoothies and eating all the healthy foods I could get my hands on – but I had not given up the toxic makeup, the toxic lotions or the toxic household cleansers or the toxic people!

Everything we touch, ingest and breathe forces our liver to get to work. Your liver is what detoxifies your body to protect you. It filters out the bad stuff so it can keep you healthy. Too often we have too many toxins in our environment and our organs get exhausted.

Your liver is like superman and has hundreds of jobs to handle. The biggest job of all is to filter all the toxicity from your body and excrete it. Your liver is always working hard to filter toxins from your bloodstream and make sure they leave your body.

5 tips to reduce your toxic load:

  1. Use herbs that support the “detox organs” – your liver, kidney and colon. I suggest drinking these herbs in their natural state such as milk thistle tea, nettle tea and dandelion tea.
  2. I encourage skin brushing. You can use a towel or a loofa to brush the dead skin off your body. Your skin is your largest organ and by doing this daily you are supporting the excretion of toxicity and lessening the burden for your liver.
  3. Eat organic whenever possible. There is a list called “the dirty dozen” and I have included the link below for your knowledge. Remember, pesticides lead to liver overload. Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen
  1. Reduce processed and packaged foods. These are all loaded with toxins and chemicals.
  2. Replace household and personal products with products that are 100% natural and chemical-free.

If you find yourself feeling:

  • Sluggish
  • Blah
  • Tired
  • Moody
  • Irritable

Then sign up for the FALL DETOX

These are just a few of the results you will experience:

  • Weight loss
  • Clear skin
  • Mental acuity
  • Reduced stress
  • More energy
  • Improved immune function
  • Better digestion
  • Reduced cravings

“The fall detox was a fun and important kickstart to eating better, losing weight and having more energy. I found the FB group to be a source of inspiration and knowledge. During the detox I learned to use new foods that I had heard about (hemp, cacao, etc) but hadn’t known how to use. Kim is an upbeat and informative coach who sees the whole picture of health and successfully supports others in understanding it too. ” Ruth Ann


 

I look forward to supporting you through this fun, easy and inspiring program.

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