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Honey Throat Coat

Natural Sore Throat Fix

What to do when the seasons change and you start to feel under the weather? An achey-scratchy-irritating sore throat that so many of us experience as one of the symptoms of a bad cold can leave us feeling a plethora of emotions as it is not only uncomfortable but can deter us from eating. As a result of not eating enough, our blood sugar tends to drop lower than normal making us much more grumpier than usual.

I don’t think we are alone in looking for the most natural and effective way to beat a bad cold or to heal a sore throat. Our culture is really catching on to natural healing and the wonderful benefits of essential oils.

We have found a great all natural sore throat relief and if you haven’t tried this already than we highly recommend you do! It not only gives your throat relief by numbing the irritating scratch, it also works as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory aid. So it definitely calm the inflamed throat but it will also fight against the nasty viral infection itself!

What to do:

  1. Add a couple drops of 100% pure therapuetic grade tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil to 1/4 cup of warm water. Gargle for a few minutes then spit.
  2. Take a teaspoon of raw honey following which also serves as a great sore throat reliever and will take away the bitter flavor of the tea tree oil.
  3. Repeat this every few hours!

Heads up: the taste is not pleasant. Generally tea tree oil is not for oral consumption. However some do swallow it. We suggest that if you do then use a high quality therapeutic grade essential oil such as Young Living or DoTERRA and use it sparingly.

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DIY, essential oils, In the Kitchen: Recipes and More, The Creative Home, Uncategorized

Honey Tonic

 

 

Natural Sore Throat Fix

What to do when the seasons change and you start to feel under the weather? An achey-scratchy-irritating sore throat that so many of us experience as one of the symptoms of a bad cold can leave us feeling a plethora of emotions as it is not only uncomfortable but can deter us from eating and thus making cause our blood sugar to drop lower than normal making us much more grumpier than usual.

I don’t think we are alone in looking for the most natural and effective way to beat a bad cold or heal a sore throat. Our culture is really catching on to natural healing and the wonderful benefits of essential oils.

We have found a great symptom relief for a sore throat the all natural way and if you haven’t tried this already than I highly suggest you do! It not only gives your throat relief by numbing the irritating scratch, it also works as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory aid. Not only will it definitely calm the inflamed throat but it will also fight against the nasty viral infection itself!

So here’s what to do:

  1. Add a couple drops of 100% pure therapuetic grade tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil to a 1/4 cup of warm water. Gargle for a few minutes then spit.
  2. Take a teaspoon of raw honey following which also serves as a great sore throat reliever and will take away the bitter flavor of the tea tree oil.
  3. Repeat this every few hours!

Heads up: the taste is not pleasant. Generally tea tree oil is not for oral consumption as it can be toxic to the central nervous system. Use sparingly and never swallow.

 

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DIY, In the Kitchen: Recipes and More, Superfoods, Uncategorized

Nourish Me Tea & the Truth about Vitamins

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Have you considered all of the ins and outs of daily consuming a multi-vitamin?

Some of us are swallowing our vitamins incapsulated or trying to down them in powdered form. Have you ever tasted magnesium powder? Good gracious. Though it is an excellent way to absorb the vital mineral it sure ain’t easy. To this day, it is still the worst thing I have ever tasted. It’s easier to just swallow one pill that “meets” our dietary needs and be done with it but what if I told you that taking multivitamins may actually be doing more harm to your body than good?

Vitamins can be derived from plant or animal products or produced synthetically in a lab. Most commercial vitamins are made from synthetic vitamins. These synthetic kind are cheaper and easier to produce than natural derivatives.

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Studies published in the Health Day News journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that multivitamin and mineral supplements did not work any better than placebo pills. When you eat real food, you’re not consuming single nutrients, but rather a whole range of vitamins, minerals, co-factors and enzymes that allow for optimal use by the body. Without these additional compounds, synthetic nutrients are unlikely to be used by the body in the same way the body uses natural vitamins and minerals.

Our bodies aren’t absorbing the synthetic vitamins and minerals. 

What if you have an excellent brand, a whole food multivitamin? Surely you are good there? Well, it turns out it’s a little more complex than that. Here are just a few concerns…

  • We combine them with other supplements, foods or drugs that can block absorption.

You’ve really got to research when to take certain vitamins and figure out what your body truly needs. Calcium and magnesium can compete for absorption with one another. Iron cuts the absorption of zinc.

  • We can either be taking in too high of doses or too low of doses.

It can be detrimental to your health to take high doses of vitamin A and vitamin E. Taking more than 3,000 international units of vitamin A daily can increase your risk for osteoporosis, the bone-eroding disease.

  • We may be taking in a poor choice of carriers.

Tablets may not dissolve completely—and you can’t absorb any nutrients from a pill that doesn’t dissolve. They may also contain binders, fillers and other additives.

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Now, I don’t want to scare you into stopping your intake of multivitamins. What we are all about is really encouraging you to focus on receiving all of your vitamins and minerals from your diet and to search out your own needs where supplementation may be needed.

This leads me to share with you this very nourishing herbal blend of tea

Stinging Nettle. Alalfa. Dandelion Leaves.

These are powerful plants that God gave us for healing and thriving. They are nutrient dense, packed with vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals along with a TON of potent phytonutrients including deep-green chlorophyll and carotenoids. These dried leaves contain up to 40% protein, more than any other known leafy green—and as a source of essential amino acids, stinging nettles are comparable to beans and chicken meat.

Why do we drink this tea?

The benefits from drinking this herbal blend make it obvious as to why we would want to include it in our diets. The really awesome thing is that when added to a clean, whole food diet we can almost achieve our daily requirement for vitamins and minerals from this tea alone and guess what…as a whole food alternative, it is all easily absorbed by the body. Here are just SOME of the benefits of this tea…

  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves metabolic efficiency
  • Boosts immunity
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves energy levels
  • Manages menstruation + minimizes menopausal symptoms
  • Aids in skin care
  • Protects kidneys and gallbladder
  • Decreases oxidative stress
  • Pain relief. Nettle tea has analgesic effects
  • Decreases inflammation. Nettles work as a natural anti-inflammatory through a number of different mechanisms, such as decreasing nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) binding activity to DNA. Nettle extract, used to treat arthritis, has been shown to decrease levels of pro-inflammatory compounds such as interleukin-6 and • C-reactive protein. <—(Yeah we definitely didn’t know that until we did deeper research)
  • Lowers blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol
  • Fights infections. Has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal effects
  • Fights cancer
  • Heals stomach lining. Helps heal the mucosal lining of the stomach in the case of ulcers or stomach irritation

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How do we use it?

Make an even mixture of the alfalfa leaves and the dandelion leaves. Add twice as much stinging nettle as the amount of alfalfa and dandelion.

“One ounce of plant material per quart of water is generally thought necessary to provide a sufficient quantity of minerals if you drink one quart of tea daily. Consider this: an ounce of dried herb is roughly equivalent to four ounces of fresh plant and although not all the minerals are 100% extracted into the tea, this mineral beverage is like a liquid salad.” Mother Earth News.

For maximum benefits the leaves should be covered and steeped for a minimum of a few hours or better yet, overnight. Allow it to come to room temperature before straining and refrigerating. The long steeping time allows for a more nutrient-dense tea, while the hot water and the cool water pull out different constituents from the herbs.

Or use one heaping tablespoon per eight ounces of hot water.

This tea is very mild in flavor and tastes wonderful complimented with lemon, or peppermint, fennel oil or cinnamon and orange oil. Enjoy this hot or cold.

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Where do I get it?

I sure hope that you give this tea a try! Be careful how you buy your tea leaves. It’s not a great idea to buy in store bins where people may be continuously opening the bins and there is really no telling how long the leaves have been sitting there. It’s best to buy in bulk from a trusted source. I bought mine from Frontier Co-op.

How do I store it?

Store your tea in a dark, dry place around 75 degrees fahrenheit. Keep it out of the sunlight. For optimum potency use within one year.

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I sure hope that you enjoy steeping and sipping on this herbal blend. It has become a favorite of mine! Have you created your own herbal blends?

Share with us some of your favorite ways to get your vitamins!

❤ Cate

DIY Whimsical Bridal Shower
DIY, Family Life

DIY Whimsical Bridal Shower

“The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.” -L.M. Montgomery

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We had a lovely time putting together my sister Nan’s bridal shower and then enjoying it amongst loved ones who came to celebrate her as a bride and wife to be. It was magical. Nan has a kindred spirit toward everyone. She is easy going and easy to please. We wanted this shower to be extra special for her. That she would feel the full support of her friends and family and that she would be showered with many gifts for the beginning of a new life. Because there is so much to Nan I had a bit of a time pin pointing a theme that really expressed her passions and her character well. So we strung poetry cards on ribbon and tried to convey a meadow-like atmosphere, one that Nan would escape to, to soak up sunshine and gaze at nature. She reminds us so much of Anne of Green Gables with her deep thoughts and her zest for life.

We hope you can gain some inspiration for putting together a DIY Whimsical Bridal Shower. Scroll to the bottom for links to some of the items and recipes you see in these photos and additional tips for how were able to put this together so simply. 

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For the poetry ribbon that we strung we used calligraphy handwriting to write out Nan’s favorite poems on doilies and we taped them to ribbon. I think it could also look nice with pretty lace ribbon or even small silk flowers between the doilies. Super simple!

We had a lot of these items on hand. Ask around for anyone who may be willing to lend their vintage china, old tablecloths, plates, etc. Thrift stores and yard sales are also the perfect place to find these types of items.

Take advantage of Hobby Lobby’s 40% off one item coupon. They also almost always have half off sales on certain selections of their silk flowers, greenery and wedding items.

DIY, Seasonal, The Creative Home

It’s Almost Fall🍂

Decorating for the holidays can be fun but it can also become expensive and even stressful if we let it. Even though it is technically still summer (and in the South, believe us, it still feels like it) everyone has decorated for fall. The magazines, instagram posts and home decorating shows are all showcasing white and orange pumpkins, plaid throws, cute fall signs. We agree, we can’t wait either!

One of our favorite ways to decorate (and it is free!) is with natural ingredients such as pinecones, acorns, colorful fall leaves and even twigs and branches. You can make simple but elegant table centerpieces using these things. Pinecones are a favorite of ours. A pretty bowl or wood box or even a basket filled with pinecones brings Autumn indoors. You can always dress it up with some ribbon for extra color.

And speaking of ribbon. Do you know what store has pretty fall ribbon right now? Our dollar store does. In fact that is a great place to pick up inexpensive fall decor. Our local dollar store has small pumpkins in orange, bronze and gold colors as well as cute fall signs. Their floral section is filled with the pretty colors of fall. We even bought some pumpkins to spray paint white. That seems to be popular right now. But you have to hurry to your local dollar store because they tend to run out of their seasonal selections quickly!

Candles are another way to transition into the cooler and shorter days ahead. We enjoy having candlelight at our evening meals. It sets the mood and makes dinner seem a little more special. Candles take us back to a slower pace and we can enjoy our family and friends around its glow. However here cheaper isn’t always better. We’ve been learning about candles and how the burning of expensive and especially fragrant candles can cause harm to our environment and us. We will share the details in a later post. Beeswax seems to be the cleanest ones to burn with soy being second (more on this subject later).

Don’t forget to hang a wreath or even a cute fall sign on your front door. I like to buy a simple grapevine wreath and decorate it with some of those fall leaves, silk flowers and vines I bought at the dollar store. We even have some cute ones in our shop, if you haven’t the time to make your own.

Visit your farmers market for the biggest or cutest pumpkins to grace your front porch or steps. Then sip some pumpkin spice tea and enjoy the fruit of your quick and easy and inexpensive labor! Happy fall y’all 🍂

Where do you shop for your fall decor?