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Four Tips for a Healthy, Chemical-Free Home

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It’s no secret that more people are getting sick with illnesses we didn’t even know about ten years ago; and even though new pharmaceutical drugs and chemicals are being introduced to the market almost everyday, it doesn’t seem like people are getting better.

Problems with Chemicals in our Homes

So many drugs are available in society now, another problem (besides over medication) is being created that is causing health care professionals and even the World Health Organization, and the Center for Disease Control concern.  It’s called Antibiotic Resistance, or drug resistance. It happens when a standard antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively kill bacteria growth, and the bacteria continue to multiply in the presence of the therapeutic antibiotic medication.

In other words, medications become ineffective and infections persist in the body potentially spreading to others.  If an infection is resistant to antibiotic treatment this means that a patient will be infected longer, the risk of complications from the infections increase, and stronger, more expensive drugs or treatments may be necessary to treat or cure the infection.

This presents a serious global health concern that patients and healthcare providers must work together to combat.

What is Causing Antibiotic Resistance?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a main cause of drug resistance is the widespread overuse and incorrect prescribing of medications.  For example, while antibiotics should be used to treat bacterial infections, they are not effective against viral infections like the common cold, most sore throats and the flu.  Another suspected cause of drug resistance is reusing leftover medications or taking the wrong medication for your illness. Also, a growing number of antibiotics are overused in animals for agriculture and veterinary treatment.  The inappropriate overuse of antibiotic based hand sanitizers are also being blamed for this problem.

At first I believed that having a chemical free home is a luxury; now I believe it is a health priority for my family.

I’ve worked hard to minimize my families exposure to chemicals in the home, and it is not as burdensome or expensive as I once thought. This can be true for you too.

Here are the top four ways I keep my home chemical-free

1.  House plants – They are not only nice to look at, green plants  are also healthy for the indoor environment. NASA researchers found that common houseplants are natural air purifiers. NASA Research on Houseplants

2. Remove shoes at the front door – Our shoes track in pesticides, lead, and other pollutants that contaminate your floors. Get a few sets of indoor shoes for your family and guests, so that people can go shoe-less comfortably in your home.

3.  Make your own cleaning products – I know with kids messes can pile up.  As a mom of three girls (two of which had asthma and the other had allergies) and glamma of one princess, I stopped using chemicals to clean my home years ago.  I started using vinegar, baking soda and other natural cleaners, and have graduated to making my own line of healthy home products.

4.  Avoid perfumy fragrances with synthetic ingredients – As a woman, I love beautiful scents, and before I knew about the problems chemicals caused, I used all the fancy sprays on the market.  My beloved man also loves a good smelling home and he was the king of commercial room sprays. Not only do we not know the impact of the many chemicals in them the smell in those sprays don’t last very long.  My family has now come to really appreciate the ways I make our rooms smell warm and inviting with my DIY scents made from pure, therapeutic essential oils. Here is another great way to put your own loving touch on scents.  For example, in our bedroom I use a relaxing aromas, but in the kitchen I will use a clean, citrus scent.

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Young Living has an amazing household cleaner based on one of their flagship essential oils.  This can be hard to get because it is often sold out. Here’s a quick snippet about it here.

 

Using Crystals + Stones for Everyday Help

How Crystals Help

Crystals are matter.  You already know from your high school science class that all  matter is energy and has its own energetic blueprint. Including your body! The blueprint of a crystal is a regularly repeating atomic structure that is symmetrically perfect. Their structure gives them the capability to absorb, transmit and transform light and energy.

(if you want to see a cool crystal transmitting experiment check here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9FwPJdNFDY ) What an amazing God to give us this tremendous gift, right under our noses!

Bringing crystals into your environment can help you create order, transmit light, bring balance, harmony and unity for yourself and the people you influence. The ultimate goal is for your crystal companion to help you realign and redirect your physical, emotional and mental energy returning you to a state of balance and wholeness.  As you will learn when you start this journey, this is an ongoing love affair that just gets better with time.

Think of all of the stresses you go through in a given week. The challenges you face as a parent, spouse, wife, daughter, sister, friend, employee, business owner or even as a homeowner.

Crystals can help us focus our energy and grounds us allowing us to focus on creating positive outlook, and sustainable change in our lives.

We carry them as reminders of our focus, mission or healing purpose.  You can also use their colors as needed therapy to help calm, reorient or direct your energy toward a specific goal or purpose.  For example, have you every held a beautiful Angelite stone?  Heavenly!  Angelite represents peace and helps you connect with your higher purpose and provides emotional protection, and is known as a balancer and is said to support the circulatory system.  People also use Angelite for healing of speaking anxieties or to aid in communication. Some of us believe in Angels and use Angelite stones to support our communication with these lovely beings!

Of course crystals aren’t meant to replace God, your husband, boyfriend, your kids or your friends.  They certainly are a wonderful addition to your beautiful environment.  Making things more vibrant, alive, and aesthetically pleasing as you do the work to bring about your life’s purpose.

Selecting your Crystal Companion

First of all, when you are looking to buy a crystal; think of the reason why you want it.  Do you want a crystal for a specific reason? Do you want something calming, energizing or do you want to feel a certain way with the crystal?

Smell them. A strong smell given off by a stone is an indication that there has been an application of coatings or coloring to enhance the stone.  Some chemicals can weaken or dampen the energy of the stone, so be sure you trust your source.

Check for irradiation. Considered the worst artificial treatment process, this is used to remove imperfections and bring out the color. Unfortunately, this causes the energy of the gems or crystals to become weak, or non existent.

Check for bad dye jobs.  Not all coloring of crystals are bad, some coloring brings out beautiful inclusions in a stone. Irresponsible dyeing of stones result in a weakened energy state of the stone, that will result in uneven color application or color that is easily rubbed off.

Also avoid those that look too beautiful to be true. There are fakes crystals and gemstones everywhere. Be sure you are getting your stone from a knowledgeable or reliable source.

Identify the 3 C’s. Clarity, cut, and color. These are the most important characteristics you should check out. If you don’t know how, just ask.

Ask questions or research. It never hurts to always ask about the crystals and gemstones. I love sharing information about crystals and will add more details to this blog in the near future.

All of the crystals and stones at www.prettyrockgirls.com are personally vetted for quality and reliability.  If there are any questions you can contact writer@spiritscripps.com

 

5 Reasons To Love Healing with Nature

 5 Reasons to love healing with nature

  1. Nature is Regenerative – As a farmer’s daughter and soon-to-be-wife of an outdoorsman, I have a natural comfort with life giving, natural, organic elements like plants, oils and precious resources like water, minerals, and stones.  Studies are being conducted about the emotional and physical benefits of people who are exposed to these natural elements and it correlates with longer life and a higher quality of life.  I feel an improvement in my quality of life in natural environments.
  2. History & Culture – I’m a history buff with an endless curiosity for how things work and where ideas originate.  I love hearing stories about how our ancestors survived and built civilizations without the technology we take for granted today.
  3. Nature’s Ultimate Protection – Nature provides ultimate protection for birds, wildlife and humans too. Some of that power is hidden within the essence of a plant. For example, the deepest essence of certain plants, herbs, trees, bushes or flowers is the volatile oil–which also happens to hold some of the most natural healing balms on earth including; lavender, frankincense, or tea tree.
  4. A Gift for Future Generations – Sustainable living and strategic use of natural resources like plants, animals and the environment is a way to bless our children’s future.  Not only is it respect for your current home, but sustainable living is a way to honor the generations ahead.  My grandmother always remanded me:  “Always leave a place a little better than how you found it.”  Damage has been done to the environment for several generations before I became an adult, but many of us are turning that trend around now. Getting closer to nature and her wonderful tools is a great way to
  5. A Fun Way to Live – Our mid-range goal is to build a tiny house using sustainable design principles like solar panels, renewable siding, thermo-heating, sustainable wood materials whenever we can.  I’m so excited about this project!  My natural living habits in a traditional home will transfer well when we move into our new sustainable home.

 

Three Ways I’m Embracing Sustainable Living Now:

Keeping chickens.  I get my eggs from own free-range chickens!  This is a part of my lifestyle that I love, except now it is hard to eat commercial eggs if we go out to eat with others for breakfast.

 

I compost food waste.  When we can’t finish food, or it is ready to expire-I will first see if it is edible for the animals.  If the animals can’t eat it, I bury the food waste in the ground and cover it with dirt and leaves for natural composting in the yard. Since I’m finding more items to compost, and more waste to buy, the man says I’ve got to get a real compost bin.  So, I’ll be looking for one soon.

I also incorporate natural oils and plant based products into my daily house cleaning and personal hygiene.  My stock of oils is ever growing and over the years I’ve used oils from many different brands.  I use oils from head to toe on my body (including my scalp for great hair growth), and my man loves when I diffuse a little bit of lavender oil when trying to calm the house down after a hectic day.

After many years of trial and error, and even more hours of research and study, I switched everything up and got serious about going organic.  When I first got interested in sustainable living, I used products from everywhere, mostly trying to save money and cut costs. I would compromise and get dollar store products, or even look for quality products on at cheap stores.  Ultimately, I found that I was wasting more money with the trial and error of those products not working, or suffer through one of us being allergic to the chemicals in those grocer products. My middle child specifically has skin reactions to most synthetic chemicals–she breaks out in hives all over her body.  She also is agitated and her sinuses are compromised. Next I’m in the store buying more chemicals to try to cover those symptoms.  What a mess!

I decided a year ago to transition most of my healthy home products from trusted business people. Not a faceless corporation, or international discount wholesaler who uses questionable ingredients. It was the best decision I made to get my products exclusively from Young Living.  I became a member of Young Living simply because of quality and accessibility.  They have really high standards, and they make it easy to afford when you enroll as a member.  As an organic foodie, I’m picky about what goes in and on my body. I’m a lifelong co-op member, so it was a no brainer to join Young Living as a member.  It’s like my co-op for essential oils! You buy healthy stuff, and you get major discounts for your loyalty. I’m in!
If you’d like to learn more about healing with essential oils, be sure to sign up for my oils newsletter here.

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Love and Health to You!

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A road trip for a writer is akin to soil to a gardener, it’s foundational.

We recently drove from Wisconsin to Oregon. The beauty of the mountains is unmatched. The land is breathtaking.  The amazing feat is God’s awesome design.

But true to American irony, we saw her shadow side.

In the middle of our trip we faced racism in Bozeman, Montana.

Our truck broke down and we were refused service by local businesses. The truck is still in Montana three weeks later.

It’s curious how race creeps through every crevice of this nation, right through the Mountains.

Piercing.

 

This is an entry response to the Flash Fiction Challenge at https://carrotranch.com/2016/09/14/september-14-flash-fiction-challenge/