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Berry Sunday!Written By Becki Andrus

You have probably heard the term “antioxidants” and know that they are good for your health, but do you know why they are so essential for health and wellness? Many research studies have been published that show the countless benefits of antioxidants, and it has become a popular topic that companies often use in their marketing to increase sales. A lot of people that I talk with have heard of antioxidants and they know that antioxidants are good for the body– but they don’t understand exactly what antioxidants are and why they are so essential for a healthy lifestyle.

My goal with this blog post is to help you understand what antioxidants are, why we need to have antioxidants, how they will benefit you, and how to include antioxidants with your everyday habits. Click Here to Read More About Essential Oils and Antioxidants

Written by, Becki Andrus

One of my biggest pet peeves is having stinky towels… the feeling of washing your face and drying it with a funky-smelling towel is not pleasant! I’m good about keeping up with laundry, so it wasn’t an issue of the towel being dirty, but I noticed that some of the towels smell funny even when they are freshly cleaned (right out of the dryer).

Can you relate?

I found out that towels can start to smell funny over time because of the build-up of detergent and fabric softener in the fabric. This residue build-up makes the towel less absorbent, and it will start holding in the smell.

So, I looked around online and found an easy solution to get rid of the smell and make my towels fresh again! Here’s what you need to do:

1. Run the towels through a wash cycle with HOT water and 1 cup of white vinegar… no detergent!

2. When the washing cycle is done, keep the towels in the machine and start it again. This time, use 1/2 cup baking soda and hot water (again, no detergent). I also like to add 10 – 15 drops of lemon essential oil, or any other fresh smelling essential oil.

3. If you live in a warm climate and have the option, hang-dry the towels in the sun which will also help to get rid of the smell. Otherwise, use the dryer to dry the towels as normal, and presto… fresh, clean towels that smell great!

Note: Keep in mind that you can avoid the funky towel smell by decreasing the amount of laundry detergent in each load. I use half the recommended amount of detergent, and don’t use fabric softener since it just causes build-up.

Also, always make sure the towels are completely dry before they are folded and put away. Folding a wet towel is a recipe for disaster, because mildew may start to form in the damp creases of the fabric. Even if the towel is a little damp, allow it to dry completely before folding.

With love,

Becki :)

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Written by, Becki Andrus

Earlier today, I was thinking about the push-back from modern medical professionals regarding natural remedies. It is not uncommon for me to talk with someone who tells me that they mentioned their essential oils to a doctor, and the doctor completely shut down the idea of natural remedies.

The problem is, that if a doctor says something… then it must be true, right?! ;)

Sometimes the “reasons” doctors tell us can be funny, so I thought that it would be humorous to put together a list of the reasons why your doctor may explain that your essential oils aren’t a “real” treatment option. I hope that you enjoy the irony of this list!

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Doctor Will Say You’re Crazy For Using Essential Oils

10. Essential oils won’t work… and if it does, the only reason you experience relief is because of the “placebo effect.”

9. But, there’s nothing about essential oils listed in the reference books from my medical school.

8. It’s not possible for essential oils to provide relief so quickly (within 30 seconds), because medications usually take 15-20 minutes before you can feel the effects.

7. The side effects of XYZ drug are rare and millions of people take it across the US, so it’s safe to use. Essential oils haven’t been tested on that many people, so you’d better not risk it.

6. If essential oils haven’t been approved by the FDA, then they’re definitely not a treatment plan to consider!

5. Treating a health concern cannot be as simple as rubbing a few drops of “snake oil” on your body.

4. Plants can’t provide a real treatment option, because they haven’t been chemically developed to treat the problem that you are experiencing.

3. All of those natural remedies are hokey, they never actually work.

2. In my experience, the ONLY way to treat your condition is with XYZ medication, there aren’t any other options available.

1. How can something smell so good and benefit your health at the same time?

I’m glad that my essentials oils smell so pleasant, I would take that smell over the sterile doctors office smell any day! ;)

Luckily, there are a few medical professionals out there who understand and implement an integrative treatment approach by using natural remedies along with modern medicine… but those professionals can be hard to find.

I am grateful to live in a day and age when we can have the option to use natural remedies and/or modern treatment options. Sometimes natural remedies are sufficient, sometimes modern treatments are needed as well… there is a time and a place for each option, and each situation is unique and different.

The fact that we have essential oils in our home for everyday first-aid care brings me a peace of mind and happiness for myself and my family.

I hope that you enjoyed this funny list! If you did, please take a moment to use the social buttons below to share it with friends and family who will get a laugh from it as well.

With love,

Becki :)

Written by, Becki Andrus

Recently, I’ve had several people ask me about essential oils diffusers… why they should be used, and which diffusers are best. So, I’m writing this blog post as a reference for anyone who wants to see a comparison of diffusers.

Keep in mind, in this blog post, we are only discussing 2 types of diffusers because they are the 2 best options (in my opinion). You can find other types of diffusers out there, such as evaporative diffusers and heat diffusers, but both of those methods affect the compounds within the essential oils and can cause the essential oils to evaporate more quickly. When essential oils evaporate too quickly, it can affect the compounds within the oil, because the oils may actually be fractionated before they are released into the air.

So, instead of wasting your time by having you read information about diffusers that I wouldn’t personally suggest, I am simply highlighting the 2 types of diffusers that I like to use:

Click Here to Read More About Essential Oil Diffusers

Modern Medicine and Natural Medicine

Posted on August 18, 2013 | In Essential Oils

bottle with homeopathy balm and leafWritten by, Becki Andrus

As you know, I am a big advocate for natural remedies. My first choice treatment for any health concern in my family is to use natural remedies before turning to modern medicine. But, I am also grateful to have modern medicine available when it is needed, and I personally believe that we are blessed to live in a time when those options are available for us to choose from.

This past week, my husband and I were working out in our garden. It was getting late and the sun was starting to go down, but there were a few more weeds that we were trying to get cleaned up before we called it a night. He had already taken off his gloves, and quickly reached down to pick up a big handful of weeds that needed to be thrown away. In the movement, his hand hit against a metal pipe and there was a shard of metal sticking out that buried deep into his thumb.

He didn’t tell me about it until the next morning, but by that point the area was red and swollen and we were worried about infection setting in. I immediately pulled out my essential oils and we applied OnGuard and helichrysum. We continued to apply the essential oils regularly, and within 24 hours the area looked much better.

Even though we were pretty sure the essential oils would help to prevent a major infection, there was still concern about tetanus. He hadn’t had a tetanus shot in over 10 years, so we made the decision to have him visit our doctor to get the booster shot.

This situation was the perfect example of the way modern medicine and natural remedies can be used hand-in-hand. I was glad to have our essential oils available so that we could treat the possible infection without having to use antibiotics, and it was nice to have the modern technology available to use the tetanus shot as well.
Do you have any questions about essential oils? Feel free to comment here on this blog post or contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

With love,

Becki :)