Spray Starch

I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to share information with you. Starching clothing is a dying art but one my grandmother took pretty seriously 😋 Personally the spray bottle with numerous warnings never beckoned me to take up this practice but it does not have to be that way. Did you know you could starch your clothing naturally. Please just ensure the ingredients you are choosing are Gmo and pesticide free. Happy Starching 💜

Ingredients

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch. You can vary the amount to get a greater or lesser degree of stiffness.

1 pint cold water

1-2 drops essential oil (optional)

1 clean spray bottle

Preparation

1. Combine the cornstarch and water in a bowl, and stir until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. (The mixture will be milky in color)

2. Add a couple of drops of dōTERRA essential oil for fragrance (if desired)

3. Then, transfer to a clean spray bottle, and use. You want to use a clean spray bottle that hasn’t been used for chemical products. Cornstarch is a neutral chemical, but it could still pick up traces of other products.

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A deeper look into the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

We Live and We Learn 💙💚

Did you know there are alternatives to drinking this toxic YUCK. Well I didn’t 😔So last Tuesday into the lab I went and down the hatch IT went. I felt very uncomfortable and very ill within minutes! If you follow myself or know me personally you know that our family does not consume processed foods, dyes, processed sugars, gluten or conventional cows milk dairy. We eat very intentionally clean mindfully monitoring what we consume. So why in the WORLD would I drink this?!?!? Well I didn’t know I had options and I DIDNT ASK or do my own research for lack of information and time.

It took me until Friday to begin to recover from the massive shock and strain the Glucola put on my system. Here’s and shocker for you (NOT) I also failed the test! I wonder Why?!? It was days of MISERY while my body recovered and repaired just ask my husband 😜 So I have spent some time looking into this and speaking to other warrior Mommas like my sister in law 💜 and guess what I discovered? There ARE alternative options available for consumption allowing you to complete the test and also possibly get a more accurate reading. Especially if your like myself and do not consume much sugar or a “standard diet”. Am I disappointed this happened yes, but I’m so excited to have been given an opportunity to grow and learn!!! Begin a advocate for our own health and wellness is a ongoing journey. There are going to be set backs, opportunities to make changes and grow. I’m thankful to have been given another one. I encourage you to do your research always, even if it’s after the fact sometimes. Because yes we are all human even me and I am not a robot with unlimited time. But seeing the value and prioritizing my health is vital, something I take very seriously especially with a reminder like this one!

I am to go in and take the 3 hour glucose challenge tomorrow. My midwife and I have created a protocol that I am comfortable with and I will be writing more on the experience afterwards.

Stay Tuned 💫

But for now if you are looking for alternatives you here are a few by Dr. Romm;
1.
imple blood test that doesn’t require you to ingest anything prior. While there is no set level that determines gestational diabetes (there are levels for non-pregnancy-related diabetes), done early enough in pregnancy it can determine whether you already had undetected diabetes before even becoming pregnant, and a level of 5.45% may be associated with gestational diabetes, in which case you can make dietary changes and wait until 24-28 weeks gestation, when the glucose challenge and GTT are typically done, and then decide whether to test.

2. Consider an excellent diet and random glucose testing. This just requires finger stick blood testing which can even be done by you at home, and is a commonly used alternative for women who can’t tolerate the Glucola. However, one test result alone is not enough to diagnose or rule out GDM, so you’ll want to work with your doctor or midwife to come up with a reasonable schedule for testing and assessing your results.

3. Consider ‘The Jelly Bean Test.’ This test, which has you eat 28 jelly beans, which also provide 50 grams of sugar, has been popular amongst midwives for decades, and now there are GMO-free and naturally-colored brands to choose from. While some data suggests that the results are not entirely as reliable as using the oral glucose test drinks, an article published in a major obstetrics journal states that jelly beans are a reliable alternative that are actually preferred by women and have fewer side effects.” (source)

Starch Spray

I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to share information with you. Starching clothing is a dying art but one my grandmother took pretty seriously 😋 Personally the spray bottle with numerous warnings never beckoned me to take up this practice but it does not have to be that way. Did you know you could starch your clothing naturally. Please just ensure the ingredients you are choosing are Gmo and pesticide free. Happy Starching 💜

Ingredients

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch. You can vary the amount to get a greater or lesser degree of stiffness.

1 pint cold water

1-2 drops essential oil (optional)

1 clean spray bottle

Preparation

1. Combine the cornstarch and water in a bowl, and stir until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. (The mixture will be milky in color)

2. Add a couple of drops of dōTERRA essential oil for fragrance (if desired)

3. Then, transfer to a clean spray bottle, and use. You want to use a clean spray bottle that hasn’t been used for chemical products. Cornstarch is a neutral chemical, but it could still pick up traces of other products.

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doTERRA OnGuard Cleaner Consentrate

This is the liquid gold of the cleaning products!!

“This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment. The multi-purpose capabilities of doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.”

MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANER: Mix 2 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.

BATHROOMS: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.

DISHES: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per gallon of water.

TOUGH JOBS: Apply concentrate directly on designated area and let soak.

I personally have used it on many more ways then it is advertised! I use it for stains on clothes, added boost to my laundry, hand soap, you name it, I use it!

It’s absolutely brilliant and will never go back!!

Homemade cleaner

I’m sometimes asked how would a homemade cleaner work exactly if the oils do not mix into the water and disperse evenly. Well the answer is it’s all in the composition of the oil itself. The power in any essential oil is due to the constituents that make up that oil!

So in lemon (and most every citrus oil) the rockstar constituent is a monoterpene called d-limonene. It has the ability to dissolve dirt + pesticides which are petroleum based. You can read research on that here:

Properties of limonene: http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol56/mono56-9.pdf

It is best to add a natural castile soap to the water that you’re adding the citrus oils to so that the castile soap can help disperse the essential oil with the water. (Castile soap such as D.Woods, is made of coconut olive and hemp oils and has lots of uses around your home – it’s natural, and safe if ingested which makes it great for this use) The Best way to soak produce is to use a large bowl that will fit in the sink and add approx 1 tsp castile soap and 5-7 drops of citrus essential oil such as lemon or grapefruit or tangerine. Mix it around and then add your produce to sit for 10 min. Then rinse really well because that soaking water now contains soap, pesticides, dirt and bacteria.

This method will cost you a total of about $0.25!

Essential oils inhibiting cell attachment and biofilm development indicates a promising tool for reducing microbial colonization of food processing surfaces. Use of natural antimicrobial agents could provide alternative or supplemental methods for the efficient disinfection of microbe-contaminated industrial surfaces.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713511005561

Renewing Blend

Using essential oils for emotional and behavioural support is a tool I implement often, both in myself personally our family and when advising clients. I’m so excited to see more research coming out daily on these incredible tools!

Dr. Rena Szabo, PsyD, CAADC, MA, Med, Psychology Director of the Psychology Department in an Integrative Oncology Clinic, shared the research she did in her clinic using the dōTERRA Emotional Blends.

She began by testing the care providers before using essential oils and this was what she found:

37-44% of providers struggle with compassion fatigue

32-78% of oncology care providers experience symptoms of burnout

For the first 6 months no oils were diffused in the clinic. For the next 6 months, they diffused a different Emotional oil blend each month. Every employee was surveyed weekly.

Stress levels before oils were 69%. After diffusing oils, the rate dropped to 49%.

61% of the team felt overwhelmed before oils. After diffusing the oils it dropped to 32%.

There was a significant increase in positive feelings and a considerable decrease in negative feelings ( from 75% down to 58%).

The blend of Forgive had a 100% rate of effectiveness in significantly increasing positive feelings! Runners up were, Cheer, Passion and Motivate.

The most effective blend for decreasing negative feelings was ALSO Forgive. It was found to decrease negative feelings by 68% just by diffusing it in the room.

The results of Dr. Rena Szabo’s research are enormously enlightening. Sometimes, it’s the things we’re unconscious of not forgiving that hold us back. Using the oil of Forgive can help release us from the grip we have on old energy and past experiences.