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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 :)

Steam Inhalation: Home Remedy for Nasal Congestion

Posted on December 2, 2013 | In Home Remedies

steam inhalationWritten by, Becki Andrus
For nasal congestion, a common treatment is for people to turn to over-the-counter medications: decongestant and/or antihistamine pills, vapor rub, etc. But, there’s no need to reach for these chemical-filled nasal congestion “remedies,” because you can use essential oils for respiratory problems!

If you are experiencing nose congestion or sinus congestion as a result of a cold or allergies, then steam inhalation with essential oils is a great option to open those sinuses and allow them to drain. This home remedy for nasal congestion is simple and easy to do, you can do it in the comfort of your own home– and you probably already have everything that is needed.

What you will need:

  • A glass bowl
  • Steaming hot water
  • A few drops of essential oil (peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, and/or ginger are good options to try)
  • A large towel

Pour the steaming water into the glass bowl, add 2 – 3 drops of essential oil into the water, hold the towel open over your head, close your eyes and lean over the bowl of steaming water. Breathe in deeply thru your nose, and inhale the vapors. Continue breathing deeply for 2 or 3 minutes. Have tissues ready, because as the sinuses open up you should start to experience mucous drainage out the nose.

The towel is used as a tent, to catch the steam and keep it in the area of your face. The easiest way to drape the towel is to have it resting on the back of your head, with the ends of the towel hanging down over your ears when you are leaning forward. When you move your face over the bowl, the towel is hanging to the side, trapping all of the steam into the tent.

It is best to keep your eyes closed while inhaling the steam, because the essential oils can be strong and you don’t want them to irritate your eyes. Also, be VERY, VERY careful to not injure yourself with the hot water or steam. Don’t let your face touch the water (hold your nose 8 – 12 inches above the bowl), and if the steam is too hot allow it to cool a little bit before you begin.

While you are inhaling the steam, if it becomes too intense, simply lift the towel a little bit to allow more fresh air in. Then, resume the deep breathing whenever you are ready. If you feel uncomfortable at any point, discontinue the treatment.

This home remedy for nasal congestion helps in several ways:

  • The steam helps to open the sinuses (it has a similar effect as the steam from a hot shower)
  • The essential oils have natural elements that help to open and clear the sinuses as well
  • Essential oils have natural antibacterial/antiviral properties, so they also help to treat & prevent sinus infection (as well as getting rid of the root problem that caused the congestion in the first place)
  • As an added bonus, the steam helps to open your facial pores which can help to cleanse any skin impurities!

I like to use this nasal congestion remedy twice a day when I am experiencing sinus congestion. Typically, in the morning and night to help open the sinuses and help me breathe better throughout the day.

I hope that you enjoyed this essential oils tip! If you found the information helpful, please take a moment to use the social sharing buttons below to share the information with your friends. For more tips to use essential oils for home remedies, be sure to enter in your email address and sign up for my free essential oils newsletter and “Kick Start Guide.”

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