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  • Keep Ants & Spiders Away with a DIY Natural Repellent Spray

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    While cleaning the other day, it appeared to me that there was an influx of spiders and their webs. Everywhere I turned there seemed to be another one! Now I’m the first to admit that I just do ‘surface’ cleaning most of the time. But give me a break it hadn’t even been a month since I last did a thorough job! I’m not particularly fond of spiders since I react rather intensely from their bites. If they are outside I will pretty much leave them alone, but inside they are fair game. And I’m not talking about a catch and release program.

    After cleaning I decided it was time to do a bit of PREVENTION and as you know, I prefer natural methods whenever possible. I have found a DIY Natural Repellent Spray for ants and spiders made with Peppermint essential oil. It is super easy, way less expensive and non-toxic to people and our furry friends.

    What you Need:

    • 12 drop Peppermint essential oil  (Purchase here)
    • 1/2 teaspoon liquid castile soap  (Get Castile Soap HERE) Regular liquid dish soap doesn’t have the same properties so it won’t cling to surfaces. Plus they are full of toxins, Yuk!
    • 8 ounces of water
    • Glass Spray bottle (Get glass bottle here)  Pure essential oils will break down plastic bottles so it is best to use glass. If you do use a plastic spray bottle then store leftover mixture in a glass container in a cupboard to the light and heat doesn’t get to it.   glass trigger spray bottle

    Directions: 

    • In a glass container, combine water and castile soap
    • Add essential oil stirring or shake to blend
    • REMEMBER to shake bottle frequently when spraying to keep oil mixed with water.
    • Store left overs in an airtight glass container if you use a plastic sprayer

     To Use:

    • Spray along line of ants
    • Spray areas where spiders hide and where spin webs appear

    Did you know that Peppermint Essential Oil has many benefits? Here is a list of some:

    • Promotes oral health
    • Supports overall respiratory health  
    • Soothes tired, sore muscles
    • Alleviates occasional stomach discomfort
    • and you can use it in cooking and baking

    NOTE:  Not all essential oils are equal. To learn more about the differences click HERE or contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Want to learn more ways to specifically use Peppermint? Leave a comment below so everyone can learn or if it is a private concern or to make a purchase email me at Kathy@kathskinner.com

    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    September 6, 2014 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 1288

  • Celebrating with Berry Lemonade

    Today is Labor Day, officially a day to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. Symbolically, it is the end of summer! It is a day off for many workers giving them time to celebrate that end.  But it just seems to me there are still many warm days left before fall really kicks in. I want to continue enjoying them with summer foods for as long as they last! One way I do that is with a simple to make and healthier version of Lemonade. Cheers!

    strawberry-lemonade

    BERRY LEMONADE

    Recipe makes 48 ounces (6 – 8 ounce servings)

    • Blend 4 cups berries until pureed (my favorite is strawberries)
    • Fill glass jar with 32 oz. cold water
    • Add puree
    • Add juice of ONE fresh Lemon
    • Add 8 drops Lemon essential oil or to taste
    • Add 20 drops liquid stevea or to taste
    • Mix well serve chilled

    Per serving = Calories-32, Fat-0g, Chol.-0g, Sod-0mg, Carbs- 7.4g, Fiber-1g, Sugar-5g, Protein-0g

    ( NOTE: Not all essential oils are of the same quality or can be taken internally (CLICK HERE to learn more about the essential oils I use.

    Lemon Essential Oil not only makes food taste better, it also gives additional health benefits. Lemon is a great detoxing agent.

    More benefits:

    • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
    • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
    • Supports healthy respiratory function
    • Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
    • Helps ward off free radicals with its antioxidant benefits
    • Soothes an irritated throat

    More Uses:

    • To Pep Up: use Lemon Oil on the inside of your forearms 2-3 drops and rub the arms together and inhale.
    • Simple Detox: Put Lemon Oil in your water – use glass or stainless steel – 1-2 drops in 8-12 oz. –cleans some toxins out of the water and will energize and detox you.
    • Diffuse Lemon Oil on a regular basis to purify the air. Mental clarity is enhanced by simply breathing in Lemon Oil that has been diffused.

    Lemon Essential Oil is great for cleaning everything and is an easy fragrance on most people.

    • Cleanse Surfaces: You can add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water and attack what may be living in your range hood, on your tables, counter tops and other surfaces. For some extra chemical-free firepower, a little vinegar is a traditional favorite.
    • Spot-Free Dishes: Add a few drops of lemon oil to your dishwasher soap container with each load. Your dishes will come out looking like new… spot-free!
    • Zest Up Your Sweets:. There are an infinite number of ways lemon oil can add a bit of freshness to your sugary savors: Lemon frosting • Lemon meringue • Sour cream lemon pie • Lemon cakes • Lemon tart glaze • Lemon squares • Lemon cookies • Breathtaking, awe-inspiring lemonade
    • Soothe an Irritated Throat: Adding a couple drops of lemon essential oil to warm water & Honey can change that yucky feeling. Lemon oil naturally cleanses the body and helps ward off free radicals with its antioxidant
      benefits
    • Chase Away the Moody Blues: Whether you choose to diffuse it, inhale directly from the bottle or apply topically, it’s hard to not improve your outlook with lemon oil around!

    Purchase Retail or Wholsale to get a 25% DISCOUNT. Learn more about essential oils HERE or contact me, Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    September 1, 2014 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 1735

  • Still Time to Plant Some Veggies!

    I just got back from a two week trip visiting family and friends. It was great and so glad to be home. I took a survey of my potted vegetable garden and it fared pretty well, thanks to a friend coming by to water.

    I was surprised to find beans and bell peppers since there were no flowers when I left. Since I’m still new to this blogging thing I fortomatogot to take photos BEFORE picking, so here is some of what I have now.

    There is nothingspa plants soooo tasty as fresh picked veggies for your meal and way more healthy without the pesticides used by most growers!    Next best thing is getting produce from your local Farmer’s Market.

    If you have never tried growing your own veggies because you feel you don’t have space maybe this will change your mind.    Kale

    As you can see, I use pots of all different shapes, sizes and types. I started using the cloth variety last year. I got ‘Smart Pots’ and they held up very well and the big ones were light enough for me to bring inside when it started snowing. Yes, Fir tomato 4.2014I grew tomatoes all winter inside next to a West facing window.

    If you are thinking it’s too late to get started, well it is not. Check you local nursery, they may even have started putting everything on sale! I live in the high dessert area on the East side of the Oregon Cascade Mountains. This  area has a very short growing season outside so most everything that is left is on sale. Before I went on my trip, the end of July, I saw tomato plants with green tomatoes on sale at Bi-Mart.

    If there are no plants to be had, get a packet of lettuce, spinach or radish seeds. They are pretty easy to get started and have a short seed to table time. Once planted the big thing to remember is to keep them moist! I use a spray bottle until the sprouts are about an inch or two tall and then water from a container. Plants in pots need to be regularly fed with fertilizer unless you purchased the special planter fertilizer soil mix. I usually start the seeds in small containers and then transplant them into a larger pot, except for the radishes and carrots. Root veggies don’t transplant very well.

    Here are a couple Curly leaf lettuces ready for transplanting and also a photo of one that I transplanted two weeks ago before my trip. Once I transplant these two little guys I will planlettuce sproutst more seeds so I’ll have a continual crop of lettuce.

    Curly Lettuce

     

     

     

     

    To keep the little bugs and the bigger critters away, I regularly mist my produce with a Peppermint essential oil spray. It is easy to make and safe to ingest for people and pets.

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    Just mix

    • 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle
    • with ½ teaspoon natural soap (ex: Liquid Castile Soap)
    • and 12 drops of Peppermint essential oil. Buy it

    It is best to use a glass bottle so if you are using a plastic spray bottle be sure to store the leftover in a labeled glass jar.

    This also works well on keeping ants and spiders away too! Check out this blog

    I only use a specific high grade of Essential Oils (since I will be eating my plants, I want to make sure my oils are pure and free of non-desirables)

    Purchase Essential Oils at Retail or to get a Wholesale 25% DISCOUNT (noselling required) or Contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    Well, I’m off to water, feed and tell my plants how proud I am of how well they grew while I was away.

    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    August 11, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1276

  • PREVENTING HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES

    Despite the fact that most heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, a significant number of people die and suffer from extreme heat events every year in the U.S., say health officials.

    Did you know that from 1979 to 2003 (the most recent stats I could find), more people died in the United States from extreme heat than from the combination of hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes? Fortunately, most heat-related deaths and illnesses are PREVENTABLE, according to U.S. health officials.

    What is Heat-thermometora Heat-Related Illness?

    A heat-related illness is a medical condition that may occur as a result of heat exposure. Even short periods of high temperatures can cause serious health problems. Heat-related illness encompasses a wide range of conditions, from minor illnesses to life-threatening medical emergencies, even death.

     

    Recognizing the Symptoms:

    Heat Rash – is caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. And looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters.

    Heat cramps: strenuous activity or exercising in the heat causing painful muscle spasms in the arms, legs, or abdomen. Usually the body temperature is normal the skin will feel moist and cool, but sweaty.

    Heat syncope (fainting): generally the sudden onset of dizziness or fainting after exposure to high temperatures. The pulse may be weakened, and the heart rate is usually rapid. As with heat cramps, body temperature is normal the skin is pale and sweaty but remains cool.

    Heat exhaustion: is a warning that the body is getting too hot. Some signs may be nauseous, giddy, thirsty, weak, and sweating profusely. Again, the body temperature is usually normal with the skin usually cold and clammy. The heart rate (pulse rate) is normal or elevated.

    Heat stroke: is a serious, life-threatening condition that occurs when the body loses its ability to control its temperature. Heat stroke is the most severe and often fatal form of heat-related illness, and requires immediate medical attention.

    A symptom is a fever that rapidly rises to dangerous levels within minutes, usually above 104 F (40 C). Confusion, combativeness, bizarre behavior, feeling faint, staggering, strong rapid pulse, dry flushed skin, and lack of sweating are other symptoms. Delirium or coma can also result from heat stroke.

     

    What to Do:

    • Move the person to a cool spot (shade) and a restful position and help them rehydrate by sipping cool liquids if possible (avoid carbonated drinks or alcohol)
    • Apply a cool damp cloth to the forehead, the back of the neck, the bottoms of the feet, and the chest or neck. Add Peppermint essential oil if you have it. (Sponge bath or body bath if extreme body temperature rise.)

    While heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion may all be present in mild degrees, you should always contact a doctor or seek emergency medical attention if the symptoms of these conditions are severe or worsen with time. Heat stroke is a true medical emergency. If a person has the symptoms of heat stroke, you should notify emergency services (911) immediately.

    Water drinking

    The Best Defense is Prevention!

    • Drink more fluids (water is best), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
    • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol, caffiene or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Very cold drinks can cause stomach cramps so you might want to avoid them.
    • Stay indoors and, if possible, in air-conditioned room. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
    • NOTE: Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
    • NEVER leave any person or animal in a closed, parked vehicle, even if the windows are a little open it will still become a ‘Hot-house’ is a very short amount of time.

    If you must be out in the heat:

    Take the time for proper planning and preparation, such as bringing along extra water for increasing fluid intake, wearing appropriate clothing and sunscreen, remaining in a cool environment, acclimating yourself to the hot environment, and using common sense. For example:

    • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
    • Cut down on exercise
    • Try to rest often in shady areas

    Any one of us at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, but some people are at greater risk than others. Be attentive and caring by check regularly on infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, those who have a mental illness or are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.

     

    REFERENCES:

    Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008

    Minnesota Department of Health

    NCEH’s Health Studies Branch

    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    July 19, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1387

  • How Your Food Is Served = How Much You Eat!

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    Did you know that how your food is SERVED, can greatly influence how much you eat? I’m not talking about how ‘pretty’ it looks but rather the size of the container.

    Many studies have repeatedly shown that we serve ourselves up to 45% more food when the package we’re serving from is the BIGGER bag/box! 

    Here are some other serving pieces we need to be aware of:

    • Size of the utensils Just a couple of scoops of anything can add up really fast when the scoop is the size of a shovel. Soooo, be sure to use measuring cups and spoons! If possible serve with a tablespoon and eat with small flatware.         ServingSpoon_2-750px
    • Size of the plate – When you use a smaller plate, it looks as if it holds more food – which means your eyes are telling your brain which tells your stomach that this plate of food will be more filling.
    • Height and width of drinking glassesTall skinny glasses appear to hold much more than short, wide ones – another way to fool your eyes into thinking that your stomach will be getting more.

    Another way to put more control into the portions you are serving up is to serve up in the kitchen instead of at the table. When serving dishes are on the table, it’s just too easy to have “just another spoonful”. The only serving dishes you should keep on the table are those holding low-calorie veggies and salads.

    The color or pattern of your plate can affect your ability to visualize how much you’re eating. When there’s a large contrast between the color of the food and the color of the plate, – picture a dark square of chocolate cake on a bright white plate – it’s easier to visualize the portion, which makes it easier to control how much you are eating. Just think back to the last time you had a Chocolate Brownie alamode with chocolate drizzle on a white plate. You could really see what you were getting! It looked so yummy, too! Unfortunately if you were at a restaurant it was probably 4 times a regular serving size and served on a large plate. I hope you had a few people to share it with.

     

    All this talk of Portion Sizes helps us realize what we need to do to maintain or get to a Healthy weight but sometimes we just need a little help to keep use on track. Did you know that Essential Oils are a natural way to help curb your appetite and they give you Health Benefits, too!

    Here are two Essential Oils that can do just that.

    Grapefruit Essential Oil bottle Grapefruit Essential Oil – Helps manage hunger cravings, fights cellulite. Supports healthy metabolism. Helps reduce mental and physical fatigue. Helps with sore muscles and joints. Helps lifts mood. Helps purify and cleanse the body. Just add 2-3 drops into a glass of water and drink first thing in the morning and through out the day. Add 5 drops to a Tablespoon of a carrier oil (I use Fractionated Coconut Oil) and rub on trouble spots after your shower.

    Slim & Sassy, the Metabolic Blend is a doTERRA proprietary formula of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils. Just add 2-4 drops to 16 oz. of water and drink between your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach, and lift your mood. Can also rub on trouble spots (see Grapefruit above) The Slim & Sassy blend is pure essential oils, does not contain diuretics or stimulants, and has zero calories.

    Now I’m not recommending just any essential oil because not all oils are created equal! Most are made synthetically or have synthetic essential oils in addition to ‘pure’ essential oil. Click HERE to learn more about the different purity and quality of essential oils brands.

    If you would like to make a retail purchase or get a 20 – 25% DISCOUNT Click HERE or contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    It can be really tough to figure out what a “normal” portion size is, especially when restaurants and not to mention some well meaning family members fill our plates to overflowing.

    While most of us know the basics about nutrition, it’s time we take a few minutes to rethink how much we eat. It’s just as important as what we eat!

    Check out this blog post: Getting Your Portions Back on Track

    Cheers!

    Kathy

    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

     

    July 8, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1870