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Ways to Reduce the Negative Effects of Barometric Pressure

Many people report that changes in the weather due to barometric pressure can cause symptoms such as headaches, joint and muscle pain and even anxiety and depression. We can’t change the weather, but what can we do to ease the discomforts caused by changes in atmospheric pressure?

Ways to reduce the negative effects of Barometric Pressure

  • Use salt lamps in your home.
  • Stay hydrated with water and electrolytes.
  • Soak in a warm bath.
  • Wear a crystal and place them around your home.
  • Avoid overexposure to sources of EMF such as laptops cell phones and Wi-Fi.
  • Diffuse and apply essential oils.
  • Drink warm herbal tea.
  • Rest your eyes with a cool compress.
  • Listen to frequencies.
  • Practice Meditation.

If you are experiencing frequent symptoms that are impacting your life, please consult your healthcare team.

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5 New Years Resolutions Everyone Should Try

5 New Years Resolutions Everyone Should Try

The start of a new year means the beginning of another part of your life. This is a great time to turn over a new leaf and try to establish better habits.  Below is a list of 5 easy new years resolutions everyone should try.

  • Get more sleep. Anyone will tell you that adequate sleep is essential for good health. Practicing healthy sleep habits and resting when you are tired are helpful ways to prevent burnout. Naps can be a healthy addition to any lifestyle!
  • Eat Right. Avoid inflammatory and allergy triggering foods and do not skip meals. Unstable blood sugar levels can cause health issues, so it is important to eat regularly and avoid ingesting high amounts of processed foods and sugar.
  • Keep a Schedule. Research suggests that keeping a regular schedule can help your circadian rhythm stay on track. Simple changes like laying down for bed and waking at the same time and eating on a schedule are great ways to implement healthy lifestyle adaptations.
  • Keep a journal.  Keeping a health log journal and tracking your symptoms, triggers and lifestyle details will help you pinpoint what helps and hurts your health. It is also a great way to check your progress and keep track of memories for years to come. 
  • Make Self Care a Priority. Self-care is not selfish! Taking care of yourself is an important part of being an adult and also creating the best quality of life possible.

Never forget that you are in control of your life. You may not can control every part of it, but you can control how you react to the things that happen to you. All you can do is your best and that is enough.

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Nature’s Pesticide Secret-Neem Oil

Nature’s Pesticide Secret-Neem Oil

Neem oil is produced by cold pressing the fruit and seeds of the neem oil tree (Azadirachta indica).  It has a green-brown or dark brown color that has a pungent garlic like aroma. Neem oil’s main component is Azadirachtin, which gives the oil its antiseptic, antifungal, antipyretic and antihistamine properties.

This oil can also help reduce the number of pests in your life, naturally. Azadirachtin is the chemical produced from neem oil, which naturally repels insects. Amazingly, this chemical interferes with certain insects’ body systems, inhibiting their ability to eat and reproduce.

Neem can also be safely used to prevent insects in your garden. Neem is a great holistic alternative to dangerous pesticides such as roundup. As previously mentioned, Neem impacts the insect’s body systems, so it is not an instant bug killer. It is safe to use around plants and will not kill them, it will however, slowly decrease the number of pests in your garden.

For example, when exposed to Neem, roundworms also known as nematodes lose their ability to breed. Neem oil has been used for centuries as a natural pesticide and is a main component in hundreds of bug repelling products. It is safe to use in and around your home to prevent insect infestations.

Neem can also naturally protect outdoor animals such as horses from biting flies and mosquitos. Cats, dogs and hamsters can find relief from flea and mite bites as well.  A diluted neem oil solution can be used as a natural soap or shampoo for pets to keep fleas, ticks, and mites away from your furry friends. It is safe for both indoor and outdoor pets.

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Easy Holistic Craft Ideas for Kids on Christmas Break!

DIY Ideas to Entertain Your Kids During Holiday Break

Make Soap!

Making soaps can be a great DIY project you and your kids can enjoy. Below is an easy holistic recipe perfect for ages 8 and up with parental supervision.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Melt & Pour Castile Soap
  • 30 Drops Essential Oil of choice
  • 10 Teaspoons Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil
  • (Optional) 1 Tablespoon Mica Powder (Color of choice)
  • 1 Double Boiler or Wax Melter
  • 1 Soap Mold

Method

  1. Cut the solid castile soap into cubes.
  2. Add cubes into double boiler or wax melter.
  3. Let the soap melt.
  4. Once melted, stir carefully and remove from heat.
  5. Quickly add 1 tablespoon of mica powder, 30 drops of essential oil of choice and 10 Teaspoons of Sweet Almond or Jojoba Oil.
  6. Stir quickly before mixture hardens.
  7. Carefully transfer to soap mold.
  8. Let dry for 24 hours in a cool place away from kids or pets.
  9. Enjoy your natural soap!

Make Bath Soak!

Bath soaks are an incredibly affordable and simple project you can easily do with your family for everyone to enjoy. The following recipe contains only a few ingredients which can be easily purchased at your local store.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Epson Salt
  • 20 Drops Essential Oil of choice.
  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • (Optional) 1 Tablespoon Dried Herbs
  • Air sealed containers or sandwich baggies.

Method

  1. Pour 2 cups of Epson salt into a large bowl.
    1. Add in essential oil of choice.
    1. (Optional) Add in dried herbs.
    1. Stir until all ingredients are well blended.  
    1. Store in sealable container.
    1. To Use: Add a generous amount to warm bath water or foot soaks for a relaxing experience.

Bake Something!

There are an innumerable number of recipes you can find to create and bake with your family. This can be an especially great idea if you have family members that suffer from food allergies or gluten sensitivity.  Baking is wonderful way to bond with your loved ones and create yummy dishes!

You can listen to the podcast we cohost about this topic HERE.

For fun instructions on all these ideas, check out our book, Holistic Homemaking!

We wish you all a wonderful Holiday season from Hope Healing Happy Co!  

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Holistic Holiday Hacks

Holistic Holiday Hacks

If you are hosting a holiday event in your home, the first thing you are probably concerned about is cleaning for your guests. No one wants to entertain in a messy home! There are plenty of ways to naturally ensure your home is tidy and clean before your guests arrive. To reduce toxic exposure, use natural products. Replace the bleach, ammonia and other toxin laden chemicals with organic options.  Utilizing green products that you purchase or make yourself will help you eliminate toxic exposure and allow you to clean your home naturally.

Lemon

Lemon is a natural antifungal and antibacterial. It can be used in culinary, medicinal, and also home uses in cleaning supplies. It is an affordable oil that is a great holistic ingredient in hundreds of natural recipes.  Because of the chemical properties in lemon essential oil, it can be used a natural first aid remedy to clean wounds, scrapes and scratches. It is a staple in holistic first aid kits and can be safely used as a diluted solution in the place of alcohol and peroxide.

Sweet Orange

Sweet orange essential oil is a cold pressed oil extracted from the rind of oranges. It is a favorite ingredient in many aromatherapy blends and can also be used as a food additive.  According to research published by the Center for Food Safety and Department of Food Science, Sweet Orange was effective in killing various strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria such as staph and e.coli. It can also be used to create Natural Cleaning Spray. Mixing orange essential oil with witch hazel or white vinegar can be a great natural cleaning solution for countertops, floors and surfaces such as doorknobs and light switches.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is made from distilling the leaves of the native Australian plant, Melaleuca alternifolia. It was first brought into modern culture by Captain James Cook in 1770.  It is a great natural cleaning ingredient because it is a natural Antiseptic.  Tea Tree oil is very beneficial in preventing infection and bacterial growth.  This oil is also a great natural alternative to isopropyl alcohol gels. It has been scientifically proven to kill viruses and bacteria such as E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenza.

Another vital part of hosting an event in your home is the ambiance! If you want your home to be inviting to your guests, utilizing natural scents are a great way to promote a comforting atmosphere.  Essential Oil diffusers filled with holiday inspired blends can be placed around your home to help your guests experience aromatherapy. Products such as natural beeswax candles can also be used to invigorate the air. Inviting your loved ones into your home to celebrate the holidays can be extra comforting if you add aromatherapy to your party.  Below is a list of fantastic essential oils you’ll want to add to your holiday gift list.

Vanilla

Vanilla is mainly used for culinary uses to sweeten desserts and foods but it is also used as a favorite in aromatherapy. Vanilla has a comforting scent that most people absolutely adore. It can be used to naturally scent candles, soaps and other comfort products. Vanilla is made from vanilla beans. Vanilla extract is made by extracting the vanilla flavor with alcohol and is different from vanilla “essential oil” which is actually a compound called an “absolute.”  Essential oils and absolutes are oils produced by plants, flowers or herbs. To produce vanilla absolute, the vanilla bean is placed into a drum and introduced to a solvent along with heat. The solvent is then removed, which creates something called a resinoid. The resinoid is treated with alcohol to separate the aromatic compounds. Vanilla is mainly used for comfort and food uses. It is a favorite in diffuser recipes and pairs wonderfully with other oils such as peppermint, lavender and lime.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an internationally renowned spice used for many purposes. The most common type of Cinnamon sold in North America is cinnamomum aromaticum, which is grown in southeastern Asia. Cinnamon essential oil can provide a warm, inviting scent to your diffuser blends and is a great way to freshen your home without using toxic air freshening products or chemical laden candles. It is important to note that cinnamon essential oil is very concentrated and can cause skin irritation and burns if applied without a carrier oil. If you are using cinnamon essential oil topically, be sure you are diluting it with a safe, organic carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil. Recommended ratios are 4-6 teaspoons of carrier oil per one drop of cinnamon essential oil. Discontinue use immediately if irritation or burns occur. Do not use on children or on pets. Do not get into eyes, nasal passages or open sores.

People with respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies or environmental sensitivities need to use caution when diffusing cinnamon essential oil, as it can be irritating to the respiratory tract.

Fir Needle

Fir needle essential oil is derived from fir trees and created by the steam distillation process. Fir needle essential oil can be created from two types of fir trees, Balsam fir trees or silver fir trees.

Fir essential oil contains many healing compounds such as: tricyclene, alpha-pinene, camphene, limonene and myrcene. These chemicals have been shown to promote antimicrobial activities against bacteria and certain types of fungi.

Fir needle essential oil can be applied topically as a natural analgesic, which can be used to relax muscles and aid in muscle recovery. It is also widely used in aromatherapy recipes because of its rich forest fragrance and can make your home smell like a Christmas tree!

Peppermint

Peppermint is categorized as a perennial herb. It gets its scientific name “Mentha” because of the Greek legend of a mythical nymph who supposedly transformed into this plant.

When diffused aromatically, peppermint essential oil can induce a happier mood and has been shown to promote concentration and focus. Adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your household or office diffuser can help you feel better and be more productive.

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