11 Natural Immune System Boosters Stay Healthy and Prevent Illness

immune systemWe know our immune system fights off illness and keeps us healthy. But sometimes germs still get through and we get sick. When it’s working, we don’t even think about our immune systems. But we sure notice when it isn’t working and we come down with something. We can help out our immune systems by giving them a natural boost. This is important anytime, but especially during cold and flu season. How does the immune system work, and what are some natural immune boosters?

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Man Cave Approved Diffuser Blends

man caveIt’s no secret that I love my diffuser and my essential oils. They make my home smell great without using harsh chemical air fresheners, and it comes with health benefits. But a lot of the blends I enjoyed diffusing were a bit on the floral side. My husband liked the concept of diffusing oils, but every once in a while he wanted something a bit more masculine. So I started experimenting, and came up with four man cave approved blends. Continue reading

21 Self-Care Ideas to Fight Depression

self-careI’ve written before about my struggles with anxiety and depression. This article explains how I am able to manage my depression without prescription drugs. But today I want to focus on the self-care habits I include in my daily and weekly routine that manage my depression. I also want to share with you what self-care is, why it’s difficult when fighting depression, and why it can help so much with depression. Continue reading

DIY Natural vs. Store Bought

DIYWhen I began looking to DIY personal care and cleaning products, I was concerned about the cost of supplies. A gallon of castile soap at $55 seemed a bit steep. But buying all natural products is pricey too. A constant struggle for me is balancing the desire to use natural products and be healthier with what we can actually afford. Many of you probably have a similar struggle, so today I’m breaking down the cost of a few homemade products versus buying them. Continue reading

DIY or Store Bought?

store boughtThe more I learn about the ingredients in store bought products, the less I want to use them. There are some great natural and organic products available, but they can be on the pricey side. When finances are tight, it’s hard to make room in the budget for expensive cleaning products and toiletries. What can you do? DIY! I make several of our home products myself. There are a few that I still buy, though. Which products do I buy, which do I make, and why? Keep reading!

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DIY Anti-Itch Clay That Works!

anti-itchMy husband suffers from extreme skin allergies. It doesn’t take much to make his skin itchy, especially his arms. We had a difficult time finding anti-itch products that work. He’s woken up in the middle of the night bleeding from scratching. This clay mix works when nothing else will. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect, and baking soda relieves itching. Bentonite clay will draw impurities to the surface. (Read more about the benefits of bentonite clay here.) Give this anti-itch remedy a try! It’s great for allergies, bug bites, and more. Continue reading

8 Ways to Find Motivation

I’m seriously lacking in motivation today. I didn’t get enough sleep last night, which makes it difficult to find some get-up-and-go. I also need to do about a million and one things. Not knowing where to start makes it hard to find a desire to get started, too. I’m so unmotivated that I couldn’t even figure out what I wanted to write about today. This eventually led me to today’s topic. Today I’m sharing some reasons why lack of motivation happens, and what you can do about it. Continue reading

10 Gluten Free Pantry Essentials

I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years. I’m not celiac or allergic, but for me eating gluten free causes extreme fatigue and chronic joint pain. I’m talking sleeping all night, waking up exhausted and in so much pain I’m nauseous, barely staying awake until 1 in the afternoon, sleeping until 5 or 6, spending the evening groggy, and crashing out again by 9. I could barely function and had no life. Continue reading