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  • Back to Basics: Steps To A Healthy Body

    The kids are back in school, sport activity schedules are in place so NOW IT IS TIME TO REFOCUS ON YOURSELF! That maybe to start new projects or get back on track with the goals made earlier in the year. No matter whether you are starting or re-starting, the Fall is a great time to get going! Since my focus is on creating a ‘Healthier Lifestyle’ it can cover many areas of your life.  Today I’m going to focus on our physical health and what that entails regarding what we are DOING and what we are putting INTO our bodies.

    With all the emphasis on fixing out gut, reducing brown fat or toning up flabby arms, it’s easy to overlook the basic things that help us accomplish it. Contrary to the belief of many, a Healthy Body is achieved by 20% what you DO with your body and 80% what you PUT INTO your body. No amount of exercising will give you a “healthy” body if you do not also give it the correct fuel.

    I would love to hear what Healthy Habits are you creating? Leave a comment below.

    Do you need a little extra help or encouragement? Leave a comment or email me for a more private concern. Kathy@kathyskinner.com to send an email 

    STEPS TO A HEALTHY BODY

    What Are You Doing?   

    • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week. Be sure t o alternate between cardo and strength training routines. Stretching daily is highly recommended.
    • Get 7 – 9 hours of Sleep a night. If you don’t you are sabotaging your hormones and will make getting and staying healthy a lot harder. (more on this upcoming)
    • Remove Toxins by doing a cleanse at least seasonally AND add to your water, ½ fresh lemon juice (be sure to rinse afterward or it will erode your tooth enamel) or 3 drops of a citrus Essential Oil to your water 1st thing every morning   (Buy citrus essential oils that are safe for ingesting HERE)
    • Keep a “Food and Exercise” Journal. And/or keep a “Dining Out” Journal
    • Eat smaller portions & eat 5-6 times a day
    • Choose more nutrient dense foods
    • Breathe deeply through out the day
    • Practice Mindful eating

    What Nutrition Are You Putting INTO Your Body?  

    • Drink Water- Since 60-70% of your body is composed of water this is vital. Water plays an extensive range of functions essential to life. How much? The recommendation is half your body weight in ounces of water. (If your weight is 150 pounds, you will need to drink 75 ounces of water)
    • Limit alcoholic and soda consumption
    • Eat Breakfast and focus on selecting whole grains & lean protein
    • Have Protein from a variety of sources. Protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body, being about 16 percent of our total body weight.
    • Eat fresh fruits daily. It is best to eat them in between meals or before meals.   If you eat them directly after a meal your body will store it away as unused energy.
    •  Include raw vegetables into your daily diet. Nutritionists tell us that the darker the vegetable is the richer it is in nutrients. Concentrate on the ones that are dark green, dark purple and dark orange. This will give you the most benefits.
    • Enjoy whole Grains & Seeds
    • Daily include limited amounts of healthy Oils & Fats
    • Limit refined/prepared foods
    • Eat foods that are high in fiber. These foods will help you control cholesterol levels as well as giving you the feeling of feeling fuller. Some examples of these types of foods would be whole grains, fibrous vegetables and legumes
    • Eat 1 serving or less of sweet or salty food each day
    • Take High Quality supplements 3 times a day Get them HERE

    What Thoughts Are Your Putting INTO Your Body

    • Be aware of your thoughts. Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self-discipline until you create a Positive Mental Attitude — your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.”        Napoleon Hill
    • Help improve your thoughts by reducing your stress level. Do it by taking a walk, or listening to some music, closing your eyes for about 5 to 10 minutes and just think about something pleasant and peaceful, relax your mind. Just about everyone have some sort of stress in the course of daily living from home, work, kids, traffic, money problems etc. If possible, try to get a job that you really enjoy. If not possible at this time, intentionally look for all the good things about your job. Besides paying you, what goods or services does it provide for others?
    • Need a little help with retraining your thinking process? Check Out my ‘Recommended Reading’ list 

    Remember the good news is, you don’t have to change everything at the same time. In fact, the trick to healthy living is making small changes. Add in more changes like, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water or saying no to that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes.

     

    Looking for a natural way to stay focused on those changes?

    I found Rosemary Essential Oil enhances and sustains focus.

    Rosemary supports healthy digestion, soothes occasional sore muscles and joints, and helps reduce occasional nervous tension and fatigue.
    Did you know that you can add 1-2 drops to shampoo daily to help improve hair health?

    To purchase essential oils at RETAIL click HERE,   

    for Wholesale Customer discount of 25%+ (No selling, No monthly requirements) click HERE 

    or email me Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    or check me out on FACEBOOK 

     

    Wishing you a day filled with Healthy Habits!

         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

    October 21, 2017 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Mind Managing • Views: 164

  • 4 Ways to Make Ice Tea

    I’m an avid tea drinker, both the hot and iced variety and being that June is National Ice Tea Month, I thought I would share a bit about it. Iced tea is consumed world-wide. Here in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed.

    Iced tea is a refreshing, cold drink which can be enjoyed all year round. It can be made using black, green, white or herbal tea. It is usually served with ice cubes, maybe some sliced fruit and sweetened or not. It can be freshly made a variety of ways for just pennies or purchased ready made.

    There are only 2 calories in 1 cup of unsweetened iced tea while sweetened tea can contain a whole lot more, so read the label!!!

    I Want My Iced Tea Now Methods:

    • Simple heat water in a pan to almost boiling. Then add 1- 3 tea bags of your choice and let it steep for 5 – 10 minutues. Place ice in a glass along with a metal spoon (this keeps the glass from breaking) and pour tea in. Drink as is or a add sweetener. I like to use a drop or two of liquid Stevia, no calories. SweetLeaf My favorite is SweetLeaf which comes plain or flavored. Get it HERE
    • I like to make my tea in a big batch using my Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Maker, get HERE. It is so easy and this way I can use tea bags or fresh ice teamint from my garden, I have Spearmint and also Chocolate Mint – Yummmm!  Following manufacturer directions is so simple. First I fill water in the pitcher to the water line and then pour it into the machine. Then fill ice up to the ice line on the pitcher. Next I add the teabags into the holding container or cram in as much mint as I can in it, put the lid on and put it ontop the pitcher and push the button.

    I Want My Tea Later Methods:

    • Sun-tea is very popular and easy as long as you are sun-tea-vertpatient. Find a large glass jar fill it with water and 4-5 tea bags. Put it out in the sun for several hours, that’s it! 
    • Refrigerator tea takes a bit longer. Do as above and put container in the refrigerator for about 10-12 hours.

    Flavoring Your Tea is as wide open as your imagination! One thing you may not have thought of is using certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Not all essential oils or brands can be taken internally. For this reason I ONLY  use doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils

    When using essential oils, just use ONE drop, try it and then add ONE more if you want more flavor. Some, like Peppermint, are quite potent so just stick a toothpick into the essential oil container and then stir it around in your tea. Other essential oils to try are:

    • Basil
    • Ginger
    • Grapefruit
    • Jasmine
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Wild Orange
    • Ylang Ylang

    Email me to get essential oils or learn more – Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Have any other ideas? Share your favorite Iced Tea so we can all enjoy!

    Kathy

    June 20, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 745

  • Dealing with Emotional Eating

    Emotional hunger starts in your mind, not your body.

    When you’re happy, your food of choice could be steak or pizza, when you’re sad it could be ice cream or cookies, and when you’re bored it could be potato chips. Food does more than fill our stomachs — it also satisfies our feelings, and when you quench those feelings with comfort food when your stomach isn’t growling, well that’s emotional eating.

    Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.

    Many of us learn that food can bring comfort, at least in the short-term. As a result, we often turn to food to heal emotional problems. Eating becomes a habit preventing us from learning skills that can effectively resolve our emotional distress. When we are able to identify what triggers our emotional eating, we can substitute more appropriate techniques to manage our emotional problems.

    How to Tell the Difference

    There are several differences between emotional hunger and physical hunger:

    • Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually.
    • When you are eating to fill a void that isn’t related to an empty stomach, you crave a specific food, such as pizza or ice cream, and only that food will meet your need. When you eat because you are actually hungry, you’re open to other food options.

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    • Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave; physical hunger can wait.
    • You’re more likely to keep eating, even when you are full, if you’re eating to satisfy an emotional need. When you’re eating because you’re hungry, you’re more likely to stop when you’re full.
    • Emotional eating can leave behind feelings of guilt or shame; eating when you are physically hungry does not.

    Identifying Triggers

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    Stress – When stress is chronic, which happens a lot in our fast-paced world, it leads to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. This hormone triggers cravings for salty, sweet, and high-fat foods—foods that give you a burst of energy and pleasure. The more uncontrolled stress in your life, the more likely you are to turn to food for emotional relief without even realizing it.

    Stuffing emotions – Eating can be a way to temporarily silence uncomfortable emotions, including anger, fear, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, resentment, and shame. While you’re numbing yourself with food, you can avoid the emotions you’d rather not feel.

    It’s important to keep in mind that while most emotional eating is linked to unpleasant feelings, it can also be triggered by positive emotions, such as rewarding yourself for achieving a goal or celebrating a holiday or happy event.

    Boredom or feelings of emptiness – Do you ever eat simply to give yourself something to do or as a way to fill a void in your life? emotional-eating In the moment, It fills you up and distracts you from underlying feelings of uselessness and dissatisfaction with your life.

    Childhood habits – Think back to your childhood memories of food. Did your parents reward good behavior with ice cream, take you out for pizza when you got a good report card, or serve you sweets when you were feeling sad?  Or maybe some of your eating is driven by cherished memories of baking and eating cookies with your mom, or gathering around the table with your extended family for a special home-cooked meal.

    will not eatSocial influences – It’s easy to overindulge simply because the food is there, everyone else is eating, or out of nervousness. Maybe your family or circle of friends encourage you to overeat.

     

    To identify what triggers excessive eating in you, Keep a food diary that records what and when you eat as well as what stressors, thoughts, or emotions you identify as you eat. You should begin to identify patterns to your excessive eating fairly quickly.

    In order to stop emotional eating, you have to find other ways to fulfill yourself emotionally. It’s not enough to understand the cycle of emotional eating or even to understand your triggers, although that’s a huge first step. You need alternatives to food that you can turn to for emotional fulfillment.

    Alternatives to Emotional Eating  (If you would like more specific Essential Oil suggestions – email me, kathy@kathyskinner.com )Child-phone

    If you’re depressed or lonely, call someone who always makes you feel better, play with your dog or cat, or look at a favorite photo. (Elevation Blend, Frankincense, any citrus oil)

    dancing-girl-highresIf you’re anxious, expend your nervous energy by dancing to your favorite song, squeezing a stress ball, or taking a brisk walk. (Lavender, Wild Orange, Lemon, Serenity Blend, Balance Blend, Breathe Blend)

    If you’re exhausted, treat yourself with a hot cup of green tea, take a bath, give yourself a 10-15 minute break of meditation/zoning out. (Lavender or Ylang Ylang with Lemon or Sandlewood)

    If you’re boredread a good book, watch a Hikingcomedy show, explore the outdoors, or turn to an activity you enjoy such as gardening, playing an instrument, scrap-booking, etc. (Wild Orange, Lime, Clove, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vetiver, Peppermint)

    glass of waterWait 5 minutes before you give in to a craving. Emotional eating tends to be automatic and virtually mindless. But if you can take a moment to pause and reflect when you’re hit with a craving, you give yourself the opportunity to make a different decision. All you have to do is put off eating for five minutes, have a glass of water if five minutes seems unmanageable. Don’t tell yourself you can’t give in to the craving; remember, the forbidden is extremely tempting. Just tell yourself to wait. While you’re waiting, check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What’s going on emotionally? Even if you end up eating, you’ll have a better understanding of why you did it. This can help you set yourself up for a different response next time. 

    Learn to accept your feelings-all kinds. Many time we think that the core problem is that we’re powerless over food, when actually, emotional eating stems from feeling powerless over your emotions. 

    Allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable emotions can be scary. You may fear that, like Pandora’s box, once you open the door you won’t be able to shut it. But the truth is that when we don’t obsess over or suppress our emotions, even the most painful and difficult feelings do subside and lose their power to control our attention. To do this you need to become mindful and learn how to stay connected to your moment-to-moment emotional experience. This can enable you to rein in stress and repair emotional problems that often trigger emotional eating.Healthy Habits

    Your life will be richer when you open yourself up emotionally. Our feelings help us understand and discover our deepest desires and fears, our current frustrations, and the things that will make us happy. 

    Supporting yourself with Healthy Lifestyle Habits will  help you to better be able to handle whatever life inevitably throws your way. Get suggestions in my Back to Basics blog post.

    How do you deal with emotional eating? Leave a comment below.

    Blessings for peace, joy & laughter,

    Kathy

    January 20, 2016 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1706

  • De-STRESSing the Holidays with Essential Oils

    The time between Halloween and New Year’s Day can get overwhelming with all the things we feel obliged to do. In my two previous posts, De-Stressing the Holidays and De-Stressing the Holidays with Meal Shortcuts , I shared many of the things I do to make this time of year more enjoyable. Over the last several years I have been delving into essential oils and have found them to be amazing in bringing even more balance and harmony into my environment which helps me and those around me.

    One of the many things I like about essential oils is that they do most of the smelling e oilswork.  All I have to do is open the bottle and put a couple drops into my diffuser or take a whiff from the bottle!

     

    Here is a great gift for just about everyone any time of the year

    bath salts in jarRelaxing Bath Salts

     Mix 1 cup Epsom Salts with 10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) and store in a sealed jar. Tie it up with a bow for gift giving!

     

    De-Stressing Essential Oils*

    Cypress – encourages one to cast aside worries and let go of control so they can enjoy the thrill of being alive

    Elevation, The Joyful Blend – assists in letting go of lower energy vibrations and can soothe the heart and balance emotions.

    Geranium  is a great balancer, due to it being an adrenal cortex stimulant, & helps regulate moods. It creates a sense of security and comfort It is gently uplifting and balancing. 

    Lavender – calms the insecurities that are felt when one risks their true thoughts and feelings.Essential aroma oil with lemon and mint on wooden background. Selective focus.

    Lemon – improves one’s ability to focus, restoring energy and mental flexibility

    Lime – instills courage and joy in the heart and reminds one to be grateful for the gift of life.

    Roman Chamomile – restores one’s confidence to do what they came to do

    Serenity, The Resting Blend – assists to calm feelings of hostility, fear, anger, jealousy, rage and resentment

    Ylang Ylang – assists those feeling over-stressed and helps restore joyfulness

    *NOTE – Not all essential oils are of the purity which is why I ONLY purchase from one brand, doTERRA Certified Pure Theraputic Grade Essential Oils. If you would like to learn more and/or purchase at Wholesale pricing, contact me, Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    Diffuser greenair

     

    This is a great diffuser to bring those up lifting aromas into yorur home or office. I’ve had mine for over 2 years and love it! Get it HERE

     

     

    Blessings for a wonderful Holiday Season,

    Kathy

    October 20, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Mind Managing • Views: 625

  • 12 Reasons You’ll Want to Drink Enough Water

    As the weather begins to cool down, it is very easy to slack on our water consumption. But we shouldn’t as it plays an important role in our diet, and this extends to everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or stay the same weight! We all know we can’t live without water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water and lungs about 83% water. The skin contains 64%, muscles and kidneys about 79% and bones about 31%, so it is important to drink enough water!

    O.K., but just why is it so important? Check out some of the many reasons below and ways to get more of it into you:)

    Reasons To Drink MORE Water

    1. Assists digestion, absorption and assimilation of food. If you don’t drink enough water you can’t get the full benefit of nutrients in the food you eat.

    2. Assists excretion of waste from bowel and kidneys. If you don’t drink enough water you get constipated, have headaches, bad breath, and put your kidneys under stress. Water drinking

    3. Regulates body temperature. If you don’t drink enough water you compromise the evaporation process you skin uses to keep you cool.

    4. Your blood is 92% water. This is your body’s transport system distributing nutrients around the body.

    5. Water is a natural appetite suppressant. Your brain does not differentiate between hunger and thirst. Multiple studies found that when people drank two cups of water before a meal, they ate about 75 fewer calories, or about 13%, compared to the participants who didn’t get their water in
      before eating.

    6. Water makes your metabolism burn calories 3% faster

    7. It boosts energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is dehydration.

    8. Helps reduce blood pressure & high cholesterol  stethoscope

    9. Drinking water can ease joint pain

    10. Water can prevent headaches. Lack of water to the brain can cause numerous other symptoms as well. Such as problems with focus, memory, brain fog and/or fatigue, also sleep issues, anger, depression and more.   

    11. Reduces chance of developing kidney stones

    12. Reduces fat deposits. Studies show that a decrease in water intake can cause fat deposits to increase. Whereas the increase in water can actually reduce the fat deposits

    How Much Water To Drink?

    Drink about one half your body weight in ounces of water each day. glass of waterI know this may sound like a lot but if your body hasn’t been getting enough, your body may have developed a pattern of storing the little it gets – hence – swollen ankles!

    • The aim is to drink water consistently. If you drink too much all at once or too fast, it will simply pass through you, with little or no benefit to your body.
    • For every cup of caffeinated, alcoholic or soda you drink you will need to drink another TWO glasses of water to counter the diuretic effect.
    • If exercising is part of a weight loss program a bit more water should be included to account for water loss from sweating.
    • Start your morning with a glass or 2 of water. You have lost 1
      quart during the night just sleeping. Drinking water on an empty stomach helps to purify the colon making it easier to absorb nutrients. I always include Lemon Essential Oil to help with the detoxing process. (Not all essential oil brands are safe for consumption. That’s why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils)
    • Drink a glass before each meal – and then drink more between meals or snacks. Just don’t drink too late in your day or you’ll be up & down all night!

    There is absolutely no doubt about it. When you start drinking enough water regularly, there are great benefits. You may notice your skin significantly improve and even tired muscles will thank you. Most people find their energy is increased and constipation and headaches are reduced, as well as hunger pains. The really exciting part – many people notice a reduction in weight and/or inches just from drinking more water!

    Here to YOU!

    Kathy

    Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    September 15, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 2611

  • DIY: All Purpose Spray Natural Cleaner

    Have you ever read the cleaning directions on most All Purpose Cleaners? Years ago I did and was very disappointed to see that after I used the cleaner I needed to go back and wipe everything down again if used on an eating surface. If you have small children or pets, well that means EVERYTHING has to be re-wiped! Why? because of the ingredients in the cleaner aren’t safe for consumption. This started my journey of in search of a natural cleaner. I came up with a cleaner containing water, vinegar and elbow grease. Fortunately a few years ago when I started using essential oils, there was mention of using Lemon essential oil Essential aroma oil with lemon and mint on wooden background. Selective focus.because of its ability to clean and purify surfaces, it helps ward off free radical with its antioxidant benefits AND it promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability. Not to mention it smells wonderful! Sooo… I decided to add some to my water and vinegar solutions and what I found was that the combination worked so much better that I seldom need to apply any elbow grease! Course the drawback was that I needed to find another workout to keep jiggly arms at bay. Oh, I should mention that I have been saving lots & lots of money too!

    Here is the basic recipe along with a list of other essential oils you might want to try:

    DIY: ALL PURPOSE SPRAY NATURAL CLEANER

    What You Need:

    Directions:

    • Add all ingredients to spray bottle.
    • Shake thoroughly before using (remember oil & water separate)

    Essential Oil Suggestions:

    15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon

    10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange

    30 drops OnGuard®, the Protective blend (My Favorite)

    15 drops each of Grapefruit and OnGuard, the Protective

    Essential oil with orange peel

     Not all essential oils brands are safe to use which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Essential Oils. To learn more or to get them at wholesale contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    Happy Natural Cleaning,

    Kathy

    July 29, 2015 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 1261

  • DIY: Relax & Detox Bath Salts

    It’s time for a little Spring Cleaning and a good reminder that we should regularly be doing a little ‘Spring Cleaning’ inside our bodies as well. This DIY: Relax & Detox Bath Salts make it an enjoyable process.

    This is a process of soaking the body in a hot bath with Epson Salts (unscented) and essential oils.  Be sure and mix the oils well before entering the bath.

    • 1 cup Epson Salts
    • 4 drops each of Lavender, Geranium, Lemongrass essential oils (contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com)
    • 1 tub of hot water
    • soak 30 minutes or a long as comfortable bath salts
    • follow with a warm soapy shower to rise off toxins, then a cool rinse
    • use daily, weekly, monthly depending on the health needs of the individual
    • be sure to drink lots of liquid (filtered water, water with Lemon essential oil or other citrus oils)

    First thing every morning I drink filtered water with Lemon Essential Oil. It is a great tonic for the liver and helps rid our bodies of toxins including petro-chemicals. Due to its high limonene content, Lemon is a powerful natural cleansing properties that can help ward off free radicals. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits, can soothe an irritated throat, and supports healthy respiratory function. This is my go-to essential oil to help keep my body healthy.

    Tell me below what do you do to rid toxins from your body?

    Happy soaking!

    Kathy

    NOTE: The advice shared on this site 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 the products and essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.

    March 23, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes • Views: 1079

  • Mouthwash made with Essential Oils

    Other than saving alot money, you might be wondering by bother with making your own mouthwash. Just take a look at the ingredients on the back of your mouthwash bottle. More than likely you will discover that you are actually getting a mouthful of chemicals.

    The active ingredients in mouthwash usually include Benzalkonium chloride, Methylparaben, Hydrogen peroxide, Domiphen bromide, Hexetidine, and Chlorhexidine gluconate. (Contact me to learn more about each active ingredient here.Other popular ingredients include foaming agents, ethyl alcohol, flavored oils (not necessarily natural), antimicrobial ingredients, colorants, preservatives and fluoride.   mouthwash-l

    Ethyl alcohol, one of the most popular ingredients, can weaken the lining of gums and oral cavity, which can increase the risk of damaging chemicals affecting your DNA. Research reported by Standford University suggests, though it is not conclusive, that the alcohol in antiseptic mouthwash might increase the risk of oral cancer. To learn more about the study contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Most mouthwashes also include synthetic colors, aromas, and flavorings—which are basically perfumes. These perfumes and alcohols contained in most mouthwashes may take away mouth odors temporarily, but they can also alter the basic flora and pH of your mouth and throat which can have serious side effects.

    Not all mouthwashes are created equal, and some use more questionable ingredients than others. One way to freshen your mouth without the worry is to create your own mouthwash using essential oils that are naturally cleansing, purifying, or germ-destroying in nature.

    You can easily make your own mouthwash that is free of chemicals, perfumes, preservatives, artificial colors, and more with two simple ingredients—water and essential oils—which can be just as beneficial (if not more) than chemicals used in traditional mouthwashes.

    Try this simple and cost effective mouthwash recipe for a clean, refreshed, and healthy mouth.

    MOUTHWASH MADE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

    Ingredients:

    • 10 drops of doTERRA essential oil(s)
    •   2 cups water (distilled, filtered, or boiled water)
    •   16 ounce dark glass bottle

    Directions:

    1. Put 10 drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice into the glass bottle or jar. (Not all essential oils are equal in purity –  learn more.)
    2. Pour in 2 cups of distilled, filtered, or boiled water into glass bottle. Note: If you boiled water, make sure you let the water come to room temperature before adding to bottle.
    3. When using, shake first and take a small sip of your homemade mouthwash. Swish around your mouth and gargle for 30 seconds. Spit out, DO NOT swallow.
    4. You’re done! It’s that easy.

    There are many essential oils you could use in your mouthwash. Below are a few suggested oils you could use, by themselves, or by combining two or more to make a blend. My favorite to use is doTERRA CPTG OnGuard, the Protective Blend.

    Essential Oil Suggestions

    Lemon, Melaleuca, Wild Orange, Protective Blend, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon or Cassia

    To purchase oils at Retail click HERE.

    Email me to get Discounts!  Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Note on Cinnamon essential oil: Be careful when using Cinnamon essential oil as it can be irritating if too much is used. Start with 1 drop and gradually increase if desired.

    Note on Wintergreen essential oil:   Wintergreen is not labeled for internal use as it contains some phytochemical constituents that can make you sick when taken in large doses.  We use a child safety cap on Wintergreen because it smells like candy and don’t want kids drinking it, although it would be very hard to gag down enough to hurt someone.  Some oils are not recommended for internal use because they are either not safe or there are no health reasons to use them internally.  It does not mean they are not pure or safe; they are just not used in that way.  Some individuals use Wintergreen in small amounts for a mouthwash and it is not an issue in this regard.  However, we don’t recommend you use high levels (more than 20 drops at a time) of any essential oil internally because they are very concentrated.  It is important to remember that more is not always better.

    I love my essential oil mouthwash because I know that I am doing something about reducing the toxins in my body which helps keep me healthier. By using doTERRA OnGuard Blend I am also boosting my immune system and that keeps me healthier, too.

    And this mouthwash has already save me tons of MONEY too!

    What is your favorite essential oil(s) to use in your mouthwash???

    Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter,

    Kathy

    P.S. Where to get ‘glass’ bottles???  HERE

    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

     

    January 16, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1309

  • Essential Oils for Goal Creating, Achieving

    “When we fail to plan, we plan to fail.”Goal Success

    This quote by so many leaders reminds us that we do have more control over our lives than we sometimes want to admit. Creating and achieving a goal is a journey in self-improvement and in gaining more control over our lives.

    When setting a goal, it needs to be specific, a clear WHY I Want It, steps to getting there and date for accomplishment. You can greatly enhance the process by using esDiffuser greenairsential oils for your goal creating and achieving process. For this process diffusing the oil in a diffuser or placing a drop in the palm of your hand, rub hands together and then breathe in.

    Learn about using essential oils HERE .  I only recommend the use of  doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils because of their of purity.

    Essential Oils for Goal Creating, Achieving

    Maybe you have already set some goals and just need a little help achieving them. If that is you scroll down for some oil suggestions.

    Or maybe you’re not real sure what goals to set for yourself. Breathe in an oil suggested here and start asking yourself questions like:

    • What do I want to experience more of right now? in my life?
    • If I had that, would it make a difference? How?
    • How serious am I in making changes in my life to accomplish this?

    Essential Oils to Help:         Make a Purchase

    You Gain Vision and Clarity about What You’d Like to Achieve  

    Balance®, The Grounding Blend – oil of grounding, clarifies; helps to provide balance

    Cassia – oil of self-assurance – helps assist in discovering innate gifts and talents

    Citrus Bliss®, The Invigorating Blend – oil of creativity, helps motivate one to use their true creative power

    Clary Sage – oil of clarity and vision, helps assist in opening creative channels

    InTune®, The Focus Blend – oil of presence, helps calm the mind facilitating inner peace

    Lemon – oil of focus, helps with mental clarity and clearing the mind

    Roman Chamomile – oil of spiritual purpose, helps support discovery and living ones true life purpose

    Rosemary – oil of knowledge and transition, helps during times of confusion, difficulty adjusting or learning

    Vetiver – oil of centering and descent, helps assist in deeply connecting with what one thinks and feels – can be very supportive in self-awareness work

    Wild Orange – oil of abundance, helps to foster creativity

     

    To help Remove Blocks try using:

    Basil – oil of renewal, gives hope and optimism

    Bergamot – oil of self-acceptance, supports self-love and acceptanceblack-pepper-oil-bottle

    Black Pepper – oil of unmasking, helps give strength to overcome challenges and issues carried inside

    Cassia – oil of self-assurance, helps bring gladness and courage to heart and soul

    Cilantro – oil of releasing control, facilitates emotional cleansing, shedding what is not in harmony with ones true self

    Clary Sage – oil of clarity and vision, helps assist in clearing creative blocks

    Cypress – oil of motion and flow, helps to remove emotional blocks

    Helichrysum – oil for discomfort, helps to restore confidence in life and in self

    Immortelle®, The Anti-aging blend – oil of spiritual insight, helps to assist in releasing negativity, and limiting perceptions

    Lavender – oil of communication, supports individuals in releasing tension and constrictions that stem from fear of expressing one’s self

    Oregano – oil of humility and non-attachment, helps remove blocks and clear negativity

    Purify®, The Cleansing Blend– oil of purification, diffused in air it can help facilitate emotional breakthroughs

    Thyme – oil of releasing and forgiving, helps to assist in addressing trapped feelings

     

    O.K. you have your GOAL, you’re focused on doing something each day that brings you closer to it – BUT – sometimes you just can’t get yourself going.

    Oils to help you Achieve Success:

    Balance®, The Grounding Blend – oil of grounding, helps to provide inner strength and fortitude

    Citrus Bliss®, The Invigorating Blend – oil of creativity, helps to return motivation and drive when it is lacking

    Ginger – oil of empowerment, helps individuals in taking full responsibility for their life circumstances, to choose their own destiny

    Lemon – oil of focus, helps to restore energy, mental flexibility and drive to complete a project

    Lemongrass – oil of cleansing, helps with dispeling feelings of despondency, despair and lethargy

    I would love to hear your comments on the oils, your goals, what support you might need. I’m here for you!

    Kathy

    P.S. If you have any questions on the oils, their uses, etc. email me kathy@kathyskinner.com

    Or if you are interested in making a purchase and like getting discounts (no sharing or selling required), go to https://www.mydoterra.com/kathyskinner/#/ 

    I can help you with that also! Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    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

    January 12, 2015 • Essential Oils, Mind Managing • Views: 1916

  • Get Back on Track After the Feasting

    I am hoping you had a wonderful Holiday Season full of great time with family and friends. And of course lots of tasty food and seasonal drinks. All that being said, now is the time to get back on track after the feasting. Yes, I know there are still some days of partying left so… I thought these tips would help get you started. I follow them after each time I not only attend a party but just eat out and they really help me get my mind around staying on track again.

    You know if I or you wait until ALL the partying is done, we would never get back on track and then it is so much harder to get started again! To be honest if we are living a full life, the partying is NEVER done. There are Football playoffs, Valentine’s, Basketball, Birthdays, Hockey, and the list goes on and on. That’s why I choose to enjoy the party in moderation and follow up with my 3-day plan to get re focused. Works for me and I hope it will help you as well!

    AFTER the Party:

    • Drink plenty of water (at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces)
    • Next 3 days eat light & less – especially sugary & fatty foods
    • Get plenty of Fiber; 25 grams minimum
    • Snack on raw or lightly steamed veggies
    • green-tea Detox: Drink clear broths, lemon water and add citrus essential oils to your water or drink herbal teas such as peppermint, ginger, or lemon to help alkalize your body. A lot of the foods that we eat at parties are acid producing—alcohol, animal protein, sugar—these things are going to put stress on your immune system and your digestive system
    • Get extra Vitamin C to help with the detoxification
    • Get moving again, not a workout, rather stretching, turning, walking to get things move downward. A great and relaxing position is to lay on the floor with your bottom next to a wall and rest your legs up the wall.
    •   If you find yourself with an upset stomach from over indulging on foods your body isn’t use to (for me that would be anything fried), rub a drop or two of the Digestive Blend of essential oils on your stomach. Works wonders at relieving the discomfort for my husband and me in less than five minutes!
    • If you over did it, don’t beat yourself up, it is just one event/day and guilt will just cause you to indulge in leftovers. (Think of it this way – if you are driving your car and got a flat tire, you wouldn’t get out and slash the other three! No you fix the flat and get back on the road.)
    • Revisit your “Why” you want to be healthier and or lighter, visualize doing activities you love at your healthiest state

    Focus on getting back into a healthy routine again and you will be back on track in no time!

    Wishing you a Healthy & Happy Year Ahead!

    Kathy

    To Purchase or learn more about essential oils contact; Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    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

    December 31, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1702