Author: Christy

Are You Ready For The Sick Season??

The kids are off at school, the weather is changing, everyone is outside less and getting less exercise…it’s the perfect combo for the sick season to set in. You don’t have to be a victim though!   Don’t let these guys ruin Fall!! For four years […]

Top 7 Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water, mainly in Taiwan and Japan. When it was first discovered and harvested (after WWII), chlorella was studied as a potential food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients and can be […]

Top 6 Reasons to Use Stevia Instead of Sugar

Top 6 Reasons to Use Stevia Instead of Sugar

Stevia is a natural sweetener, not lab-created, which originates in South America. It is available in different forms; as a granular powder, dried leaves, or as an extract. Obesity is on the rise in the USA, so more and more people are turning away from sugar and looking for sugar substitutes. There are a number of reasons why stevia is better for the population than artificial sweeteners and refined, processed sugar.

  • Stevia has no calories. Refined sugar has many calories, and while man-made artificial sweeteners do not have the calories, they do have many negative side-effects. I’ll discuss these more later.
  • Stevia is not addictive. We all know that sugar is addictive, and artificial sweeteners promote cravings. Stevia may actually suppress cravings. I have been using stevia in my coffee for several years and my taste for sweets has definitely decreased. I no longer feel the need to have a sweet treat with my coffee. I also drink much less coffee than I used to, with much less stevia than I initially started with. 
  • Stevia lowers blood pressure. The studies seem to prove that it lowers blood pressure for those who struggle with heightened blood pressure issues, not in people who have regular or low blood pressure. (1, 2)
  • Stevia is great for diabetics. It has a glycemic index of zero! Refined sugar has a GI of 95. The higher the number, the worse it is for diabetics. A study comparing “fake” sweeteners with stevia also determined that using stevia reduces blood glucose and insulin after a meal. 
  • Stevia is beneficial for oral health.  Consuming sugar allows bacteria to form on teeth, which causes plaque and cavities. Stevia will not coat teeth or allow the bacterial action that sugar does.
  • Stevia does not have negative side effects in most people. There have been many reports through the years of headaches, dizziness, rashes, and stomach pains in people who use artificial sweeteners. These are just the most common issues reported, but there are more serious concerns (dementia, cancerheart disease, etc) to be aware of when consuming synthetic “sugars.”  Dementia and cancer run in my family. This is the biggest reason I choose to use raw stevia rather than other sweeteners. 

Always use raw, pure stevia. Some commercially available brands add inulin or maltodextrin to their products. Read the ingredient lists on your boxes and bottles. I really am thankful for the choices we have in safe alternatives for sugar. I bake with raw stevia and add it to coffee and tea. I use about half the amount that a recipe calls for because it is really sweet and a little goes a long way. Add this ingredient to your pantry if you haven’t already!

DIY Homemade Healthy Hand Spray

There are so many toxic hand gels and sprays out there claiming to kill all sorts of things, which they probably do but they rarely tell you about the negative side effects of using them. Such as stripping your hands of it’s natural oils, throwing […]

12 Health Benefits Of Garlic

History & Use Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the wold and has been grown for over 5000 years.1  Garlic is part of the allium family, which includes onions, leeks, and shallots. Garlic is grown all throughout the world and is a popular cooking […]

DIY Lip Balm With Essential Oils

DIY Lip Balm With Essential Oils

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I love lip balm! I do not however love the price of one tube or the ingredients that are used in so many of them.  I’m not a super crafty, DIY person but this recipe is SO simple I figured even I could do it and I’m so glad I did. I love this stuff!! It is the perfect consistency and it smells yummy. I also love that I got 13 tubes for roughly the price that it would have cost me to purchase the brand I used to get. They also make a great gift!

Ingredients:

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Other Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Place the glass bowl over the boiling water or the glass jar in the boiling water. Add the wax pellets and let them melt down. Then add in the Vitamin E Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, & Cocoa Butter. Stir until melted. Let cool off for a few minutes (maybe 2-3) before adding the essential oil. Carefully pour mixture into your lip balm containers. I used a small funnel & a Tablespoon to reduce the spills.  

 

Top 5 Essential Oils for Sleep

Top 5 Essential Oils for Sleep

There is nothing like a good night’s sleep…especially if you’re a parent. I know that if I don’t get enough or good quality sleep my whole family ends up paying the price. Either I’m impatient, lack energy, or can’t focus. There are a few oils […]

Our Review of Dr. Mercola Silver Solution – Colloidal Silver

Since diving into natural living there have been a lot of things for us to learn about. Colloidal Silver is one of them. I remember several years ago being sick and a friend giving me some colloidal silver. I had no idea what it was […]

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad of benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities. Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.  Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

Lavender Essential Oils Primary Benefits:

  • Soothes occasional skin irritations 
  • Lavender reduces anxious feeling and promotes peaceful sleep* 
  • Helps ease feelings of tension.*

Top Uses for Lavender Essential Oil: 

  1. Diffuse alone or combine with citrus oils to promote calm feelings.
  2. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
  3. Reduces appearance of skin imperfections.
  4. Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
  5. Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle
  6. Add a few drops to dryer balls.
  7. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck.
  8. Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts

How to Use Lavender Safely:

  • Never put in the eyes, ears or nose.
  • When applying topically dilute with a carrier oil such as coconut or fractionated coconut oil.

Used In These Favorite Recipes:

The key to essential oils is Quality. Not all essential oils are created equally. In fact, most of them are not beneficial to you and are often synthetic. When buying essential oils make sure they are absolutely pure. If you want to order the brand I trust and personally use, email oils@modern-wellness.com to learn how to get started with them in your home. 

Top Uses For Lavender Essential Oil

Our Review of Juicers

Four years ago we watched a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Uplifting title I know but seriously I love this show. I also love what it taught us! My husband was diagnosed with non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease three years ago. When the doctors told […]