Natural Remedies for Prevention and Cure

Hey Moms,

I’ve tried to finish this blog for a few weeks now!! 🙂 However we have had lots of family commitments and I had to give social media a little break, such is ‘mom life’. However, I am pleased that I am finally getting to release this blog, because it has some of my favourite natural remedies for prevention and cure, and it’s timely as we enter into the winter months.

I thought it would be good to start with my natural ‘go to’ remedies when sick and then highlight what we use for prevention all year round.

Natural Remedies for when feeling poorly

Before I had Issey I would reach for the standard over the counter remedies when either myself or Rok got sick, however, when I started looking after myself more and paying more attention to the ingredients label, I was a bit taken back with all the ingredients that were in these medications. Rok and I started researching and we were surprised that there are a number of alternatives that we can reach for when we are sick.

These are tried and tested over the years and I am highlighting my top three…  we have found the following remedies really help cut the severity and duration of our symptoms with any illness that you can catch:

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Vitamin C – Altrient Vitamin C

There are lots of benefits of vitamin C as an antioxidant it can stop free radicals in our body, thereby reducing oxidative stress in our body. This is important as oxidative stress leads to inflammation and inflammation can eventually lead to disease.

So, I got researching and came across not any sort of vitamin C but a ‘liposomal’ vitamin C, from a brand called Altrient. Ideally, we should get our vitamins and minerals from our food, however when we are already sick, and in order to help our body, we have found this particular vitamin C helped us feel better when we caught a cold, sore throat or tummy bug,

What’s interesting about this brand is that it can deliver up to 98% of vitamin C to your cells due its liposomes technology, it comes in a liquid form to be taken with water and it has 1000mg per sachet. What I’ve learned about other vitamin C is if taken just in pill form then not a lot of that gets absorbed into our bodies. Check this brand out in the references below.

allertrex

AllerTrex Natural Respiratory Spray

This little beauty is amazing, it stops that throat tickle in a flash! You know that annoying cough that keeps you up all night? A spray of this and you’re all set, it has also helped a lot of my family members who get a barking cough during the winter. What I love about this spray is that it’s all natural, the AllerTrex product is made up of herbs and essential oils and focuses on keeping the lung, sinus and respiratory tract healthy.  From more info see references below.

 Oil of oregnano

Oregano Oil

Yes, talking about this essential oil again! This packs a punch so you do have to be careful with it. When feeling poorly, we use one or two drops mixed with a carrier oil (olive or coconut oil) and rub on the soles of our feet especially going to bed at night. It’s also good to use in your essential oil diffuser 🙂

It’s important to also make sure you are buying it from a reputable company/brand and that it’s organic, as not all essential oils are created equally. What I love about Oregano oil is that it’s not only antibacterial but also antiviral and antifungal, It truly is nature’s antibiotic!  Please see references below.

Prevention

I think it’s important to also discuss prevention and as they say prevention is better than cure, myself Rok and Issey use the following to ensure we stay healthy all year long. Prevention is so important to me now, having experienced chronic sickness I never want to go back so I put my health as a priority and since I made this decision we have thrived as a family.

Our food and drink 

I believe food matters for staying healthy and therefore we are very conscious of what we eat and try our best to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. I am also on the lookout for new tasty recipes to expand our palette so that’s why when I find a delicious and nutritious recipe I have to share it with you.  Trying out new recipes has become a joy for me, only a few years ago I wouldn’t have had the energy to cook a nutritious meal from scratch, the irony is that now that I eat so well, I have the energy to cook all our meals. I love that I have control over what goes into my body rather than having no clue what might be in some prepared supermarket meal.

Also, in order to stay hydrated, I love using the Pukka brand of tea, my favourites are the cleanse, camomile range and their three tulsi (not to be used if pregnant or breastfeeding). Rok and I drink these throughout the day and it’s a way of getting extra herbs into our bodies.

Berkey

We also drink lots of filtered water from our Berkey Water filter. This has been one of the best investments we have made, as the Berkey filter removes chemicals from our drinking water including fluoride.

 

Juice Plus capsules, shakes and most recently omegas

I came across this brand and way of life from my beautiful friend AmyBrooke and have discussed these products with you on several occasions. (check out my other blogs here) I can’t recommend enough as if taken regularly can really help out the whole family. We take the trio capsules daily together with the Juice Plus shakes (Issey takes the chewies via the healthy starts programme) and now just incorporated the omegas.

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Also, for the last 3 months have started to safely detox our bodies with ‘Shredding’ and the results have been amazing. This is a monthly programme that focuses on adding as many whole foods to your body over 10 days and taking a break from some of the things that can be taxing such as gluten, dairy, refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine. I considered myself healthy before I started Juice Plus however now I am thriving, and I am so very grateful.

What I love most is that although our diet is very clean, we can’t get all that nutrition that Juice Plus is giving us which is up to 45 nutrients (inc. the shakes); also there are some days for instance like when we travel where we don’t eat as many fruits and vegetables as I would like but I know I have my Juice Plus and that is peace of mind. The added bonus is that we also get the nutrition from the fruit peels/skins which I wouldn’t eat such as pineapple, oranges and lemons. Interestingly the peel contains so many wonderful nutrients, so I am delighted we are also receiving these. I feel good that I am protecting my family every day.

The best thing is that since taken the Juice Plus I have had not one sick day (so need for my remedies this year ha!), this is huge for me as a mom, as it’s not pleasant looking after a child when you are feeling poorly. For more information see references below.

So, Moms, as always, I love hearing from you, please share your natural remedies or things you like to do for prevention.  If you have any questions please feel free to post in the comments below.

Best wishes and Love,

Lisa XX

References & Further Reading

Vitamin C 

Altrient Vit C 

About Liposomal 

Healthline: Vitamin C & Colds 

Dr Axe Vitamin C benefits 

AllterTrex:

AllerTrex Global Healing Center info

Allertrex UK purchase

Oregano:

Oregano oil

Dr Axe Oregano oil benefits 

Healthline Oregano oil 

Pukka Tea

Pukka Three Tulsi 

Berkey Filter

Berkey Water System

Juice Plus Info

Juice Plus 

 

 

 

My love of essential oils

Hello, lovelies,

This week moms I wanted to share with you my love of essential oils and how I use these beauties daily in my life.

We actually started using essential oils just shortly after having Issey when Rok’s mom introduced oil of oregano to us (thanks Katja!). She recommended it for a time when Issey looked like she was coming down with a cold and so we carefully tested this out one night. We used about a tablespoon of coconut oil (as a carrier oil) and mixed a drop of oregano in and once mixed tested it out on ourselves first to make sure it didn’t sting our skin.  Then happy with our mixture rubbed this on Issey’s feet and covered with her socks.  The next morning her runny nose and watery eyes had cleared and we were definitely impressed and so our journey with essential oils began. Note, it’s worth mentioning that the oil of oregano we use already has olive oil mixed in which reduces the potency, some oils you buy just have oil of oregano and these are very strong! So please always check this out first.

oil of oregano

We have been very fortunate over the last number of years (tip wood as they say in Ireland) with Issey’s health, it’s very rare that she gets sick, however, if we suspect the slightest hint of something brewing we are on the case, mixing up of our oil of oregano blend.

So after been intrigued with what we saw with the oil of oregano, (note over the years I’ve found that oil of oregano is extremely effective at stopping a cold sore breakout too) I quickly got to researching the benefits of essential oils and here are some of the things I found:

  1. Essential oils are nature’s medicine, boosting your immunity and protecting against infections – a lot of essential oils contain antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties!
  2. Helps balance hormones – balancing out estrogen and progesterone levels in the body (for e.g. use of either clary sage, geranium and/or thyme)
  3. Improve energy and boost brain function and enhance overall well-being.

Knowing all the benefits (which is notably backed by science) I thought about ways I could incorporate these powerful oils into our household… I started listening to webinars and learning how to create and experiment on my own, it’s actually very simple so let me share some of the ways we use essential oils around our home:

Relaxing Linen Spray this is beneficial to spray on your pillow just before sleep, to help you sleep soundly and also reduce the stresses of the day. It’s also nice to spray on fabrics to give them a fresh boost. I’ve given Linen Sprays as gifts to friends and family in the past and they love them.  My sisters will recall that I took the linen blend with me on holidays last year and would spray on all our pillows just before sleeping

linen sprayFirst, decide on a spray bottle: you can purchase different types of spray bottles on Amazon, both plastic and glass, however, I recommend you go for a glass bottle (the one I use in the links below). Glass is much better as its environmentally friendly and you won’t find any nasties leaching into your essential oil sprays, unlike plastic. However, if you want to bring this spray around with you in your handbag or if you’d like to bring on holidays then sourcing a plastic BPA free bottle is best.  So here is how you make the blend:

  • Add 100ml of filtered water – we use the Berkey filter water system for our family to avoid any fluoride in our water (link below)
  • 6 drops of ylang ylang – helps reduce anxiety and relax the mind
  • 9 drops of lavender – to calm, reduce anxiety and emotional balance
  • 21 drops of orange oil – excellent for soothing, uplifting and relaxing 

Voila! you have your linen spray it’s that easy I would recommend you make this every week to refresh the essential oils.


Essential oil cleaner

Household Cleaner: 

  • Add 100ml of filtered water to your spray bottle
  • 6 tsp of liquid Castille soap – we use Dr. Bonner (link below)
  • A large dash of white vinegar
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil 
  • 15 drops of orange oil 
  • 15 drops of lemon oil

Again it’s that easy you have a natural household cleaner – I use this on my kitchen worktops and the orange oil is great to cut through grease. Note, I sourced this household cleaner and linen blend from an Aromahead webinar (many thanks Aromahead!) I will share their website link in the resources below so you can check out some other useful blends.
DiffuserOil Diffuser: 

  • My essential oil diffuser was a lovely gift from Rok and it’s on in the morning and just before we go to bed.
  • I generally add orange oil to help generate an uplifting mood and also peppermint to reduce stress and help with clear breathing. But the choice is yours… 😉

So where can you buy reputable essential oils:  from my research I found that DoTerra is a reputable brand and they sell their oils through consultants online.  Alternatively, you can purchase essential oils from your local health store. That’s what we currently do and we use an Irish brand called Atlantic Aromatics and they supply organic and sustainable oils.

A caveat moms, to be prudent it’s a good idea to always test out a blend on yourselves first before applying anything topical on your little ones. Always do your own research (especially the brands as not all essential oils are created equal) and apply caution if pregnant or nursing. 

So Moms, as always let me know your thoughts this week on essential oils and if you use them and whether you decide to make a blend… 🙂

Best of luck and best wishes,

Love, L X

Resources

Glass Bottle 

Berkey Water Filter Ireland

Berkey Water Filter UK 

Atlantic Aromatics Essential oils

DoTerra Essential oils

Dr. Bronners Organic Castille Soap

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Benefits of Essential oils 4 

Credits:

Aromahead Institute