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My Great Escape: Into the Bathtub

Anyone who knows me at all knows I love my baths! At least two nights a week you could catch me escaping into my personal oasis. I’m not just taking a bath. I’m detoxing. It’s super easy and I’d highly suggest it for any mom who experiences any stress. (Ahem, that’s all of us!) I am also a huge advocate for journaling. Check out Journaling Benefits Me: If You Don’t Like It Don’t Read It! Back to the ultimate bath that actually burns as many calories as a 30 minute walk. I feel a little guilty wasting so much water but other than that, it’s an amazing experience.

What You Need:

  • 40 Minutes
  • 2 Cups Epsom Salt
  • 1 Box Baking Soda
  • Essential Oils of Choice
  • Something to Drink
  • A Good Book

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It’s super simple. Fill up your tub as hot as you can get it without burning yourself or passing out. (If you do it right, you will feel like you’re going to pass out at the end.) Dump in your epsom salt, baking soda, and oils. There are many variations to this. The magnesium sulfate in the Epsom Salt is so good for you so I always use that. You can switch up the other ingredients though. Try ginger (makes you sweat more), Apple Cider Vinegar (makes your skin soooooooo soft!), and if you’d like you can diffuse the oils instead of putting them in the water. I personally love lavender. I add a couple drops to my water and diffuse it. But if I have a cold or something, I switch that to oils such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Rosemary. Get your drink within reach (I usually go for ice water with lemon) and I always put a hand towel close to wipe my face because I sweat so much. I’ve read that the first 20 minutes pulls toxins out. You should be working up a great sweat. The second 20 minutes puts the good stuff in. A couple of things to remember are that you will feel light-headed when you stand up. Take it slow getting out! You may want to take your detox bath right before bed because it’s extremely relaxing. Oh, and absolutely NO CHEMICALS! Don’t use your shampoo unless you know it’s chemical free. You will defeat the purpose of detoxification if you’re putting more toxins in the water.

Benefits of a Detox Bath:

  • Facilitate’s Body’s natural detoxification system
  • Strengthens Immune System to Prevent Disease
  • Eases Stress
  • Improves Concentration
  • Makes Insulin More Effective
  • Improved Oxygen Use
  • Helps Prevent or Ease migraines
  • Reduces Inflammation From Muscle Cramps
  • Prevents Artery Hardening and Blood Clots
  • Essential Oils Will Add Additional Benefits

What are you waiting for? Grab a good book and get in there! Make it your own personal spa. It feels great knowing you’re doing something to love on yourself. Happy bathing!

 

Making My Home Mine

*Since this post, our home actually burned down. God has now blessed us with an amazing, new home that is all ours. Check out http://www.keepingthepeacemom.com/five-things-i-learned-from-my-house-fire/

I was pondering on what to write about tonight. I guess something that really bothers me, being in a blended family, is that my home just does not fully feel like mine. I’m not sure it ever will because I will always know that I wasn’t the first wife to inhabit it. There are some things though that can make it feel more like mine. I decided then to do more of a picture blog tonight.

I quit using all chemicals (slowly but surely) officially two years ago I’d estimate. That means I make my own laundry detergent, deodorant, shampoo, lotions, cleaning products, etc. Therefore, chemicals do not touch my kids and do not reside in my air. I am also big on plants. I love houseplants! They make me happy but they also clean our air. We live in Michigan so most of the year, our windows have to be closed. So I bring the outside in. I use essential oils for air fresheners.

I’m super artistic so I love my own artwork as well as my children’s artwork posted around the home.

I love quotes and inspirational Bible verses. I feel like they’re a great reminder of things I want to remember anyway. So I put them all over my house.

I love taking photos and looking at photos of good times. I also think that it’s a positive thing for the kids to constantly be reminded that they belong in this family and that we have had so many great times as well.

I am a big fan of bright, bold colors! (Although I HATE yellow- that was not my doing.)

That’s it. short and sweet. I hope you enjoyed the mini tour of my home. Please comment on ideas you have for making a house a home. Have a blessed day!

House Plants to Clean your Air

http://freshome.com/room-color-and-how-it-affects-your-mood/

Oil Pulling Results Shocked My Dentist!

I am a little embarrassed to admit this but it’s been at least 12 years since I’ve been to the dentist. For a long time I didn’t have insurance and, to be honest, I hate the dentist so I just didn’t go. When I was a kid I had my regular cleanings. My brother, who never properly cared for his teeth, never had cavities! I mean NEVER. I, on the other hand, have never had one single appointment in which I did not have a cavity. Most times I had 2-3 every six months. I have always been a 3 time a day brusher and I actually floss. I couple years ago, I started reading a lot about oil pulling. At first I was completely convinced there was no way the claims could be true. But I figured I didn’t have anything to lose so I gave it a try and purchased my first jar of coconut oil. When I started, one of my bottom teeth hurt so bad. It was even a little wiggly. No, I’m not kidding. After a couple of months that tooth quit hurting and my mouth felt so awesome that some days I didn’t even brush. My breath is always fresher and my teeth started getting whiter and whiter. I guess that’s why I never quit. I just didn’t write about it or tell many people because I had no actual proof that it was working.

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Today, I had my first dentist appointment in years. I was told they could not do a cleaning today since it’s been so long they needed to do x-rays and an extensive check up and we’d go from there. They even made me watch a video on periodontal disease and kindly let me know that I most likely would need to be treated for this. When I arrived, I was shocked that they even knew what oil pulling was, but they did and also wrote it on my chart. The dentist himself asked me how long I do it and I told him 20 min every morning. It’s been my routine for almost 2 years now. I was in there for an hour and a half as the tech announced numbers, letters, and a bunch of medical terms that mean nothing to me. I asked if they were going to explain all of this to me. They were great. They did explain in detail. The results are still a shock to me. I do not even have one single cavity! Not only that, but the dentist told me that my teeth look better than the average person who visits on a biyearly basis. They said there’s absolutely no plaque or build up on any of my teeth which is apparently unheard of. Also, the color my teeth could not even be measured on their “whiteness chart” (sorry I don’t know what this is called) because they are too white! The tech told me that I should just keep doing what I’m doing because it’s obviously working. I am elated! I have proof now that oil pulling works! Now the world needs to know it.

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Wikipedia reads, “Oil pulling or oil swishing is a folk remedy where oil is “swished” (kavala graha) or “held” (snigda gandoosha) in the mouth. Practitioners of oil pulling claim it is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth. Its promoters claim it works by “pulling out” toxins, which are known as ama in Ayurvedic medicine, and thereby reducing inflammation.”

Here’s how you do it. I will also include some more links so that you can read more about it if you want to. I use coconut oil. You can use olive oil, sesame oil, or any kind really but coconut oil tastes the best, I think, and this type will naturally whiten your teeth. Plus, I use coconut oil for so many things now that it’s always around my house. (I will post more on other uses for coconut oil later.) Just take a spoonful into your mouth. Give it a second, it’ll melt into a liquid. Then swish it between your teeth. If your jaw hurts you’re doing it too hard. Do this for 20 minutes. The important part is that you MUST do this first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. You will feel the oil getting thicker as you swish. This is the toxins being pulled out from your gums. After 20 minutes (no longer because you don’t want the toxins to go back in) spit it in the trash. Not down the drain! You’ll clog your drain. You also don’t want to swallow it because it’s chuck full of nasty toxins. Get them out of your body. Just so you don’t feel overwhelmed know that when I started I had to melt the oil first and drink it in instead of using a spoon. I also could not do it 20 minutes so I started with 5 and worked my way up. My morning routine now includes oil pulling. My mouth just feels better. I still brush but not every day. I actually hate when I cannot do this. I will most likely do it for the rest of my life. After I spit it our I drink a glass of warm lemon water. (I’ll probably do a blog on this someday soon too.) All before my first mug of coffee. I promise you, these two morning rituals have done a world of good for my health and I swear by them.

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Below is a list of some of the most common conditions people have reported that respond to oil pulling: This list is from oilpulling.com. You can also fin several testimonies here by clicking the link.

Acne
Allergies
Arthritis
Asthma
Back and Neck Pain
Bad Breath
Bronchitis
Chronic Fatigue
Colitis
Crohn’s Disease
Constipation
Dental Cavities
Dermatitis
Diabetes
Eczema
Hemorrhoids
Hypertension
Insomnia
Migraine Headaches
Mucous Congestion
Peptic Ulcers
PMS
Periodontal Disease
Bleeding Gums
Sinusitis
Tooth Abscess
Adult Respiratory Distress
Syndrome (ARDS) Atherosclerosis Blood Disorders Brain Abscess Cancer Emphysema
Gallbladder Disease
Gout
Heart Disease
Hyperglycemia
Infertility
Kidney Disease
Liver Disease
Meningitis
Nerve Disorders
Osteoporosis
Paget’s Disease
Pneumonia
Preeclampsia
Preterm/Low Birth Weight Babies
Psychotic Episodes
Stroke
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Many types of Infectious Disease

You can decided for yourself but as for me I now know for a fact that it works! If it’s done this much good for my teeth I’m no longer doubting that it is perhaps healing or preventing other ailments in my body. Give it a try or comment below if you’ve already tried. Please let my readers know what you think about oil pulling.

Here’s a couple of links with additional info to get you started:

  1. Does Coconut Oil Pulling Work?
  2. Does Oil Pulling Work? CNN News
  3. Oil Pulling for Better Health
  4. Coconut Oil Pulling Benefits and My How-to Guide
  5. How Oil Pulling Works