Those pesky MOSQUITOES! You are about to learn how to make the best homemade mosquito repellent so you don't have to deal. Yay!
Not only are they obnoxious, they carry dreaded diseases that wreak havoc on your body. Diseases transmitted by mosquitos include West Nile Virus, Dengue, malaria, certain types of encephalitis, and at least 19 known disease altogether.
According to Wikipedia, nearly 700 million people get a mosquito borne illness yearly, resulting in over 1 million deaths!
Avoid getting bit by these creatures!
West Nile Virus has recently been found in Boulder County, hence I am sharing the best homemade mosquito repellent recipe so you can protect your family.
Making the best homemade mosquito repellent allows you to know exactly what is in your bug spray and avoid harmful chemicals like DEET. DEET has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system, which you likely want to protect, especially considering how prevalent nervous system challenges are these days. It is getting worse, and you must ask why.
DEET basically inhibits a very important enzyme in your nervous system called acetylcholinesterase (AChE). This enzyme is found in the synapse of nerve cells and muscle cells. When a signal is passed from nerve to muscle AChE jumps in and breaks down
the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, consequently stopping the signal and allowing new neurotransmitters to be rebuilt so that the next message can be received.
AChE has an extremely fast reaction time, breaking up each molecule in about 80 microseconds. Anything that works that fast has an important job to do!
Poisons that attack this enzyme paralyzes muscles. And, combine DEET with other chemicals (often found in combination in conventional bug sprays) and you get an increase in their toxicity! It is time for a new approach!
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (different than lemon eucalyptus oil) is EPA approved as an insect repellent and considered relatively safe, but yet to be well tested on children. So, on that note, we are going to use a blend of essential oils in this recipe to have the best effectiveness.
You can use any blend of bug-repelling oils, which I believe a blend of oils is going to give you better protection than a single oil alone.
If you'd like to see this recipe on action, check out this link to watch me make it on the fly.
citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cedar, geranium, peppermint, catnip and cedar.
1 4 oz amber or dark colored bottle
50 drops of a blend of essential oils (from the list above)
1 tbsp vodka or rubbing alcohol
2oz witch hazel
2oz filtered, spring or distilled water
1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional. Helps stabilize spray)
Put all essential oils and alcohol (or vodka) in glass jar and shake well to combine. Add witch hazel and shake well again. Add vegetable glycerin (if using), shake vigorously, then lastly add water and shake well again.
Shake vigorously before each use. Naturally separates. Spray on every few hours for best protection.
When using on children, spray on clothing rather than directly on skin.
Use precaution when using any products on skin as they may cause adverse reactions.
You may want to make 3-4 bottles at one time so that you can store them in various places. I like to keep one near the front door and in our camping gear.
If you don't want to make your own, opt for one of the more natural options. There are several on the market today that are decent. Here are a few to consider:
May your summer be bug free!
Wanna stay balanced through the fall and winter seasons? Check out the retreat I am hosting in October! It is called Balance, Boundaries & Letting Go ~ A Powerful Retreat To Soothe Your Soul.
Trauma recovery can easily be elusive to women. Molly Douglas brings depth and wisdom to women who are ready to awaken and who are ready for newness in their lives. You don’t have to continue to “deal” with the trauma of the past. Furthermore, Molly shares some unique ways she has found recovery and exactly how she shares this incredible process with other women ready to heal.
Having dealt with sexual abuse and disempowerment on many levels throughout her life, and as a result, Molly figured out how to recover and now uses her skills to teach women how to find their authentic truth and be comfortable in their own skin. The hardest part of trauma recovery may be the ability to trust again and Molly can lead you to a deeper self-trust which reflects into your world and allows you to deeply trust life again.
We discuss everything from trauma, to food, to sex, and to embodying the goddess in your everyday life. This is a really fun conversation and you are sure to enjoy the show!
Through Art Therapy, Breath Work Practices and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Molly guides women on a journey through healing and transformation. I know you will be inspired and empowered!
Molly’s FB Group – Lit From Within
If you’d like to dive into clearing your beliefs and creating more balance in your life, you may enjoy the retreat I am offering In October.
Approaching your well-being with sustainable health lifestyle practices is best as it supports the natural processes of life and becomes something you can do forever, beyond a fad diet. Plus, it’s healthy for the planet when you choose to live this way, therefore hugely impacts the wellbeing of our families, communities, and each other. Your choices create a cycle of upliftment, or detriment, that affects every single being on the planet, depending on how you choose to live. This is a fun and inspiring interview about sustainable health with Jessie Bauer of Good Farma. She’s a certified Nutrition Specialist and has a deep love for the wellbeing of society as well as mother earth.
Jessie tells her story of coming from a time in her life where she pretty much lived on ramen noodles and microwaved food, consequently experiencing a state of disfunction and disharmony in her body, mind and life. In this interview, she explains how this affected her athleticism as well as her mental mindset.
Jessie has taken steps to regain her health and has learned a lot along the way about how to live a sustainable health lifestyle. She has since stepped into owning her own business as an entrepreneur and uses her time and expertise to educate others on how to live the healthiest way possible so that we all thrive.
She’s got some great tips therefore I know you will enjoy the show!
[0:00] Opening & Where we are going
[5:30] Introduction of Jessie Bauer
[7:35] Why she is a Self-Proclaimed Disruptor
[9:15] Jessie’s inspiration for getting into the nutrition industry
[31:15] The Food First Philosophy
[34:45] The Depth of Programming Around Food
[36:25] You are creating the future with your choices
[53:56] The future of planet earth is in your hands
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Wow! What an incredible story!
Brain tumor recovery and living with acromegaly is Ryan West’s profound story. It is one you will not forget and in fact may be the most inspiring story you’ve ever heard.
In this episode he describes exactly what he went through: brain tumor surgery, going to doctors continuously, the deformation of his face and head, the medications he will always have to take, the trials of brain tumor recovery ,and how he keeps himself in tip-top shape.
Ryan is on a mission! After dealing with a pituitary brain tumor while in the service (thank you Ryan!), he has taking that drive and determination and put it into helping others along their wellness journey. He is clearly here as a guide for others suffering with brain tumors as well as other diseases so they too can feel as good as they can and become empowered in their own lives.
You will enjoy hearing Ryan speak about his brain tumor recovery with such strength. It is this kind of power that is his key to recovery and living an optimized life.
Since recovering from a brain tumor, Ryan has developed an app to help others wanting to live healthier lives. It is called the Resistance Assistance App and it is designed for anyone who wants to have ease in getting their exercise in with resistance bands!
This can be done quickly at home or even if you are traveling since resistance bands are easy to pack and carry. You don’t have to be recovering from brain cancer to use this app, and it is designed to not be overwhelming to people just starting out. I hope you try it out!
WARNING! You may hate me after this. Once you try this AMAZINGNESS you will never want to be without it. You may not even be keto, but this Keto Chocolate Recipe will knock your Socks OFF! Uh Oh!
And trust me... I KNOW CHOCOLATE! It happens to be one of my favorite things in life, and since I am also very conscious about putting sugar and artificial ingredients in my body I had no choice but to come up with a keto chocolate recipe that rocks!
And you, my friend, have just become privy to this phenomenal chocolate I make every week! SERIOUSLY.
Now being that chocolate is such a major part of my life, I have tried many different recipes out there and finally came up with one that fits my needs perfectly. I mean really ~ chocolate needs to be chocolatey (obviously!), Oh-So-Smooth, and capable of melting on my tongue with perfect intensity.
So Here You Go!
First, you want to get a few molds. If you don't have any, and you can't wait for them to arrive before you break out this spectacular keto chocolate recipe, you can always pour it on a plate in a thin layer and let it set. Break it up with a butter knife and you are good to go. No need to wait on chocolate! Heck no!
In reality, this doesn't have to be a keto recipe, but if you are keto it certainly can be! The keto version is much richer, of course, but still really enjoyable. Plus, you can add bee pollen or large sea salt flakes to the top and you'll never look back at another chocolate again!
100gm cacao butter , melted
25gm coconut butter, melted and stirred
3/4 cup (60gm) raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
Optional (non-keto) Style:
1/8 - 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
Large flake sea salt
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Melt cacao butter and coconut butter at around 40-45°C (104-113°F) on a double boiler. Once melted completely, stir in vanilla, sea salt and raw cacao powder. KEEP STIRRING.
Turn off heat and take top pan (with chocolate in it) off the bottom pan (with water in it) and continue to stir. until it begins to cool. If you want to be precise I usually let mine cool to about 31°C (88°F), however, I have recently rushed it and poured the hot chocolate into the molds and threw them in the refrigerator and it came out just a good as ever.
Just be mindful that you are not putting something too hot in a silicone or plastic mold. There are nasty chemicals that can leach out of those things and that would defeat the purpose of you making the healthiest chocolate in the universe.
Once your keto chocolate recipe has cooled a bit, pour it into the molds and sprinkle your topping of choice. I personally LOVE the large sea salt flakes and cacao nibs together! Bee pollen is another fav, so I usually make a mold of each.
Put in the refrigerator to set. It only takes about an hour, but if you can't wait that long be sure to leave some in the pan to sample!
This is a fascinating conversation with Jennifer Ellsworth-Bell and Ali Kegley Kole with Sensually Embodied Dance. This conversation is all about Turning Yourself On! And from a rich, deep place within, so that you too can know that you have so much power within you to feel alive as a women and to enliven all of your relationships, especially the one with yourself.
You will hear Dr. Brandy’s unfoldment from disconnection to re-connection.[0:00] Creating More Magnetism In Your Life [2:08] The 10-Day Transformation Program [3:05] Introduction of Ali Kole & Jennifer Ellingsworth-Bell [4:03] My Path to Church & Therapy All At The Same Time [4:55] Jennifer Bell’s Transition from Prosecution & Panic Attacks to Connection to Herself [7:55] Ali Kole’s Deep Gratitude for What Sensually Embodied Dance Brings to Life [9:01] Ali’s Transition from Student to Sensually Embodied DanceTeacher [12:45] Returning to The Essential Feminine Genius & Power Inherit Within [16:00] What Does Your Erotic Body Love?
In this episode of Turn Your Soul On! Radio, Dr. Brandy lays it down and highlights the truth about the power of each and every word you speak as well as how every sound you make may contribute to your success or failure.
Are you wearing shirts with sayings? Dr. Brandy shares her perspective on what this may mean for your life.
2:25 How I am peeling back the layers of the "I'm not good enough" story
5:30 The power of sound
8:15 Donald Trump & how this "sound" conversation started
14:50 Becoming aware of what you say to yourself
16:44 T-shirt sayings and how it impacts your life
20:15 The violation of our burglary and becoming an alcoholic
Are you having sensitivities to certain foods but you just can't pinpoint it?
Have you been frustrated by the onslaught of symptoms: constipation, diarrhea, sugar intolerances, depression, anxiety, joint pain, muscle weakness, etc., wondering if they're all related?
And why you keep going downhill but can't seem to figure out the underlying root cause of it all?
LEAKY GUT SYNDROME MAY BE YOUR ANSWER!
Your intestines is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and moving the bulk that eventually becomes stool along the intestines to be released. It also protects your body by controlling what goes in and out of the blood stream.
Your intestinal lining is a very specialized layer of cells that are held together by tight junctions (TJ). That simply means that the junctions between each cell is very tight, and is held together by a protein complex that creates a selectively permeable seal. This seal allows water and nutrients to be absorbed, yet serves as a barrier to pathogens, foods, and mucosal tissue, keeping what should stay in your intestines in your intestines rather than passing through the intestinal lining into the blood stream.
The problem is when these tight junctions become loose and allow more than water and nutrients through. When these TJs lose their integrity, bacteria, toxins and food particles can pass through the cell layer and make their way into the blood stream. Bacteria, toxins and food particles should NEVER be in your blood stream, so an alarm goes off in your body and your immune system goes to work! Systemic inflammation begins throughout your body which leads to symptoms like muscle and joint pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and, of course, digestive issues that can include constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, you name it! This is called "intestinal permeability", aka: Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Some people may be genetically predisposed, but your genes can be turned on and off, so let's get down to the nitty-gritty so you know how to avoid the things that may trigger this problem.
Poor Dietary Choices - Eating inflammatory foods are a direct hit to your intestinal wall. Processed sugar, white flour, breads and pastries, corn, soy, and pasteurized dairy can all create an inflammatory response and may cause your TJs to loosen. Refined oils like canola, sunflower, cottonseed, and soybean oil and artificial sweeteners can impact your intestinal wall lining as well.
Yeast Overgrowth - Just like the bacteria in your gut, you have yeast that typically lives in harmony in your body. And, sometimes yeast can overgrow, causing a systemic reaction. I see this often on patient's tongues, toenails and how they smell. Yes, yeast overgrowth has a peculiar smell and one you probably don't want to emit. Let's get this one under control!
Toxin Overload - approximately 10 million tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into our environment by industries each year with 2 million of those tons recognized as carcinogens (1). That doesn't include the toxins you may be putting on your body, in your water and food, and what you are using to clean your house. In today's world, you can't help but be hit with toxins every single day. The biggest culprits for Leaky Gut are antibiotics, pesticides (yes, they are even in your organic foods!), tap water, and pain relievers like aspirin and NSAIDS.
Chronic Stress - This one is easily overlooked because many people feel they handle their stress well, or what they're going through isn't as big of a deal as most other people, so they don't feel stress is a big deal. But the truth is that all stress has an impact on your body. Stress depletes micronutrient stores and increases demand for specific nutrients like B vitamins. Stress also impacts gut flora and diminishes your ability to absorb nutrients, therefore you may be eating well but not absorbing, leading to nutrient deficiencies and you may not even know. You may want to consider getting your micronutrients tested.
Dysbiosis - This is a condition in your intestines where you have an imbalance of gut flora. To make it simple, you have "good guys" and "bad guys" which should be living in balance in your gut. Sometimes, with antibiotic usage, drugs and alcohol, and eating processed foods, these good guys and bad guys get out of balance and the bad guys take over and wreak havoc on your digestive system. The kicker is that the gut bacteria supports the barrier created by the lining of the intestines, so when these guys get out of balance they can't do their job and creates more of the same problem.
Leaky Gut Syndrome has been poo-pooed by the medical community, although you will find holistic practitioners all over considering this as a part of their treatment plan. the fact is that science hasn't quite caught up to what we intuitively know, but it is certainly on its way.
There are numerous tests being conducted and it won't be long before the medical community can trust that the innate wisdom inside each of us has been guiding us in the right direction all along. (2), (3)
I always say:
"Your body knows way before it shows up on a lab test".
Start by taking a good look at what you are eating. Really start to give your body a chance to heal by eliminating processed foods and eating a fresh, whole food diet with foods that are in season. You can also add fermented foods to your diet which feed those good guys! Raw sauerkraut, kombucha, and kimchi are a few that are commonly used.
There are very specific things I do for my patients with yeast overgrowth, but the one thing you can do today is stop feeding the yeast, and guess what it loves to eat? SUGAR! Yep, get off the sugar and sweeteners and acidify your digestive tract. You can take 1-2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar each day to improve acidity. This changes the environment so that your good guys can thrive.
Reduce your stress! Take a yoga class, begin a meditation practice, quit your job, whatever it takes, change your stress patterns. You have the ability to do this for yourself, and you deserve it! If you want to get right down to it, it is your responsibility to mitigate stress since your stress patterns are likely getting in your way of you showing up as your grandest self, and who would choose that?
NOTE: if you feel you have a medical problem, seek a medical doctor. This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure. Use your senses and take care of yourself
I'm about to break it down for you here, but first, let's talk about WHY it is important to have a good poop!
Here's the deal: Your body is a machine, and your machine should be running smoothly and efficiently. When it is not, just like a car sputtering along, your body begins to feel pretty darn crappy (pun intended).
Bowel movements are a natural part of your body releasing toxins and waste. When you don't release the toxins from your body you get "backed up" and this can lead to headaches, bloating, pain, and even nausea. My biggest concern is that when constipated, your colon gets compacted. This compaction may interrupt the function of the bacteria that is housed in your colon. There are trillions of bacteria in your colon that protect your gut and produce vitamins, specifically vitamin K, vitamin B's and biotin. When these guys can't do their job then your body can become deficient. (1)
When you have a vitamin K deficiency, you could experience heavy menstrual bleeding, easy bruising, and may bleed form rectum, nose or gums. Biotin deficiencies can lead to dry, scaly skin, hair loss, brittle hair, fatigue, insomnia, and loss of appetite. B vitamin deficiencies range from weakness, lightheadedness, heart palpitation, nerve problems, numbness and tingling, vision loss, and even constipation! You can see how this may be a vicious loop, and you can see how important it is to resolve constipation and get your micronutrients in balance.
People vary in their bowel movement habits, but you should be moving your bowels at least once every day, preferably move them every time you eat a large meal.
If you are having a bowel movement less than once/day, then you may have constipation. If you have fewer than 3 BMs/week, then for sure you have a problem.
If you are straining to pass, have a feeling of fullness after having a BM, or have hard, pebbly poops, these could also be indications you have constipation.
I have seen plenty of patients who say they do not have constipation, as every time they eat a Big Mac or other greasy food item they have to RUN to the bathroom! This is a whole other problem, but still points towards a failing digestive system. This may be Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Dysbiosis, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Either way you still have a problem!
Fully formed, medium brown in color, may hang out in middle of toilet (doesn't float on top or sink to bottom), and you shouldn't really have to wipe your buttocks after a good poo.
If you have hard, pebbly, poo, or pencil-like stools, loose stools, or stinky stools, these could all be indications of different issues in your body, like bacterial infections, fungal overgrowth, parasites, impacted colon, hyper-motility, or protein or fat malabsorption.
Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems in the U.S. and something that is correctable for sure. You just have to find the right key to unlock your potential for greater health.
Here are the five most common reasons I see people have constipation:
Poor Diet - Most people today are eating a processed food diet, high in McDonald's or other fast-food and packaged meals, and missing out on the nutrients that facilitate good bowel movements. It is essential to get fiber in your diet, which means, eat more plants!
Stress - Stress plays a HUGE role in motility and digestive function. When you are stressed, your nervous system goes into a fight or flight response and causes your digestion to S-T-O-P. Think about it: when you are running from bears or tigers the last thing you want to do is stop to poo. No! You are running like crazy! your heart beats faster, your pulse races, your vision improves, and your digestion stops.
Consider how much stress you really are under! We all have it, and today it seems we have more stress than ever considering the state of the world today. That means we all have some side effects of stress (which there are a lot) and constipation is a huge one.
Dehydration - Let's get this straight: you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces every single day! And if you live at altitude like me, you need to drink more than that. If you are not drinking enough water you are not going to move your poo. Nor are you going to have a body that is pain-free and a nervous system and brain that works well too.
Sedentary Lifestyle - Yep! You've got it! If you aren't exercising you are going to have a sluggish everything! Sluggish body, mind, liver, digestive tract, etc. Get up and MOVE YOUR BODY! It doesn't have to be outrageous either. 20 minutes of vigorous movement, getting your heart rate up and breathing a little harder than normal should do the job.
Certain Medications - If you are stopped up first look in your medicine cabinet. You may be taking something that is causing your problem. The primary drugs that cause constipation include NSAIDS like Motrin or Aleve, opioid drugs like Vicodin, Dilaudid, blood pressure meds, some antidepressants and antihistamines. There are more, but this will get you started.
Some supplements can even cause constipation, especially iron supplements. Others include berberine, excessive vitamin D, NAC, chlorella, and more. This is exactly why you need to work with a practitioner who can check your body and give you a specific protocol to support your body's needs. Not every supplement is right for everybody!
If you are taking an iron supplement, you may want to consider taking a whole-food form so that you don't as big of a chance to get the side effects of traditional iron therapy.
Well, if your concerned, have a conversation with your doctor. Otherwise, look at the five primary reasons I see people experiencing constipation, you can use that as a guide. Get some exercise, dink more water, reduce your stress, eat more vegetables, and try to reduce your medications (with your doctor's help of course).
Others things that may help include reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption, and when you have the urge to go poo... GO POO! You could also try adding probiotics to your diet and eating prunes as well as more high-fiber foods.
Be mindful of laxative usage, and never use them for more than 2 weeks. Your body could become dependent and then you have an even bigger issue.
If you are looking for a little more guidance, schedule a consultation and let's get you on the road to healthy!
You will love this conversation with Jenn Lane, P.T. She lays down truth around being a healthy woman, how to restore function to your lady parts, and educates about the different techniques you can use to improve sexual pain, incontinence, and bowel control. Just because you've had a baby doesn't mean you can't have control of your own body.
0:00 Incontinence is Not Normal
0:42 Turn Your Soul On! Radio Introduction
1:08 Introduction to Jenn's Work, Holistic Physical Therapist
2:28 You Don't Have To Stay Stuck In Your Story
3:25 You Have The Power To Change
4:23 Overcoming Being Hit By A Car
7:45 How To Effectively Address Pain Patterns
12:20 How To Release Emotions Stored In Your Tissues
16:34 Treating Urinary Incontinence, Sexual Pain, & Bowel Control
26:49 A Tool For Your Pelvic Floor
33:54 A Resolution for Diastasis Recti
40:51 The Growth Of Jenn Lane
44:25 Where To Find Jenn Lane, P.T.
45:33 Closing The Convo