How to Use Essential Oils Safely They Can Be Dangerous

safelyI write a lot about using essential oils. I believe they are a wonderful tool for well-being and I love that they are natural. But a couple of nights ago, my close friend’s 3 year old drank a bottle of rose oil. They had to rush her to the emergency room. She had burns on her neck and in her throat. She’s home and she’s going to be fine, but it made me realize that I should cover the safe use of essential oils and what to do in case of an emergency. How can you use essential oils safely? Keep in mind these are general guidelines only. Continue reading

How Can You Find Time to Work Out?

work outI feel better when I work out. I know this, and yet it’s hard to make the time for exercise. My life is so busy: blogging, keeping up with housework, taking care of our furry family, and a million more things to take care of. I’m sure you can relate. But working out can improve your mood, help you sleep better, boost your energy, reduce your risk of certain diseases, improve memory, and has many more benefits. So how can you find the time to exercise and stay motivated to keep going? Keep reading to learn how, plus my favorite workout tunes! Continue reading

High Protein Breakfast Ideas

I’m not much of a breakfast eater. The earlier I get up, the harder it is for me to choke breakfastsomething down. I usually end up drinking coffee until mid-morning and then have something to eat. I know that probably isn’t the healthiest way to start my day, so I’m working on it.

A high protein breakfast will keep me full longer. Anything I can prepare ahead of time is great, too-I love convenience, especially when I first wake up in the morning. (I get my coffee pot ready in the evenings so that all I have to do when I get out of bed is stumble into the kitchen and push the button.) Keep reading for easy, high protein breakfast ideas. Continue reading

Sleep Better Naturally

lionI’ve struggled with fatigue for more than half my life. Sometimes I can’t fall asleep, sometimes I wake up too early, sometimes I toss and turn all night. Even nights when I sleep well and get enough sleep, I wake up tired. Fatigue has become such a part of my life. I’ve found many tricks to improve my sleep and minimize that tired feeling throughout the day. The fatigue never goes away and I still have bad days, but these methods help. Even better, they are natural. Continue reading

What is Anxiety and How Can You Cope?

anxietyAnxiety is a terrible thing. It can range from mild to severe. Anxiety is defined as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes.” Basically, anxiety causes a person to worry excessively about things that haven’t happened, or worry over things that have happened and what they should have done differently, or any of a million and one things. Everyone worries from time to time, but anxiety is an entirely different beast. Continue reading

Easy Jam and Jelly Roundup

jelly I love jam and jelly. It’s great with so many things, from PB&J to oatmeal, to peach-smothered pork chops(as a bonus I’m sharing that recipe at the bottom, too). I was surprised to learn that homemade jam is incredibly easy to make, and even better, you know exactly what’s going in it. About a year ago, I ended up with all kinds of fresh produce that was locally grown. I knew I’d never use it all before it went bad, so I started looking up recipes, and of course jelly recipes came up. Continue reading

Natural Pain Remedies

pain remediesI have experienced chronic joint and muscle pain since I was about 16. Arthritis runs strongly in my husband’s family, so he also deals with pain issues. We’ve both taken our fair share of pain killers such as tylenol, ibuprofen, and aleve. But the more I learned about the dangers and side effects of taking excess pain killers, the more I wanted to find a better pain remedies. Pain can be alleviated with essential oils and other natural remedies, without the dangerous side effects. Continue reading

How I Treated My Depression Without Antidepressants

depressionDepression affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide. In the United States alone, an estimated 16 million people suffer from depression. That is about 7% of the population. Depression comes in many forms-major depression, persistent depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, post-partum depression, psychotic depression-the list goes on.

The purpose of this post isn’t to go into detail on each form of depression, but rather to give you a basic overview of depression and its symptoms. I would also like to share my personal experience with depression as well as how I was able to wean myself off of antidepressants and treat my depression naturally. Continue reading