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Cold Weather Aches and Pains…

Arnica Warm Salve by Owens Acres

Arnica Warm Salve by Owens Acres

Pressure changes make my head hurt.

Let me rephrase that.  Pressure changes feels like a nail is being pounded into my left temple.

Cold Weather makes my neck, hands and knees ache.

My solutions?

Topical pain relief.  You don’t have to smear over-the-counter horrid smelling gels or creams, do a search online and find organic alternatives.

Sombra Warm Therapy in the roll-on container is a big help for the pain I get from bone-spurs in my neck, and it travels easily in bags and purses.  Also, Arnica Warm from Owens Acres, or the plain Arnica, work on the creaky knees.  The plain arnica balm I use as a hand moisturizer for my achy hands.

The head?  Hands down, Headache Balm from Owens Acres.  I don’t leave home without it.  In fact, I just ordered five more.  Apply it over your eyes, beneath your nose, behind your ears and breathe it in.    It works so well I don’t have to take pain killers, and I think we all know of that pain that is so miserable we reach for the bottle of ibuprofen.

So!  Even though it’s cold, we can keep the garbage out of our bodies while remaining comfortable.

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A Trip to the Grocery Store…

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…well, not just any grocery store.  Chuck’s Produce and Street Market in Vancouver, WA is my go-to place for groceries.  I have many reasons, one being the wonderful ladies and gentlemen behind the deli counter who are so nice to my mom and myself when we shop on Tuesdays.  *waves hello and gives thanks for the pickled onions*

Part of our produce selections was a bag of organic russet potatoes (a half a potato with vegetarian chili chases the winter chill away, fyi) and for the first time in my life I smelled a potato.  Not that I could get away from it.  That bag smelled so earthy, rich and yes, REAL.  Those potatoes smelled as if they were just dug from the ground.  I have purchased potatoes before (many times) but this was the first time that earthy smell really hit me.  Think about it: the ground gave up this delicious, good for you potato.  No added colors, preservatives, chemicals, nothing.  Just potatoes.

For those who don’t eat a whole lot of “real” food, I implore you to become one with the glorious root vegetables that are prevalent this time of year.  Oh, and put down those bags of baby carrots.  Have a real carrot, with the green tops still on.  Carrots are sweet, did you know, and the majority of their nutrients come from the skin and the layer beneath.  Baby carrots are shaved down regular carrots, so the majority of the nutrients were wasted for the ease of convenience.  Wash your carrots, then eat them.  Don’t peel them.

It’s crazy but yes, a bag of potatoes inspired me for this post.  It was a toss-up between the potatoes, or the amazing oranges that were available.  Thin-skinned, easy to peel globes of nutrition.  When I walked into Chuck’s I smelled the oranges before I saw them.  I only got four of them, my mother doesn’t eat oranges because she’s been disappointed once the rind comes off.  Not these.  We have to go back to get more.

Chuck’s isn’t everywhere, sadly.  For those not in the area, check online to see if there is an organic market in your area, then give them a visit.  The earth gives up an abundance of fruits and vegetables, full of flavor and color and beauty.  No big food marketing campaign and replicate what food can do in its natural state.

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Lilly’s Hummus: So Delicious

Lilly’s Hummus: Plain

I love it when I come across something fabulous purely by accident.

I needed hummus, and I stress the word need.  I was at my local Chuck’s Produce and I was about to reach for my little clamshell type container of my stand-by hummus, when I saw a bigger container on sale.

It was Lilly’s Hummus.  Bigger is better, and the ingredients were short and simple, so I took a flyer and grabbed a container of their regular hummus.  As I wandered through Chuck’s, I made sure I had a bag of unsalted pita chips (a weakness of mine when it comes to hummus) and a bunch of carrots with the tops still attached.

(Don’t get me started on those “baby” carrots.  If you want a REAL carrot, get the ones with the greenery still attached.  The flavor is amazing.)

Anyway, I digress.  Lilly’s Hummus wasn’t what I expected at all.  It was absolutely delicious.  Thick, creamy, smooth and with an amazing flavor of…HUMMUS.  I got the Plain, and I am used to brands who call their plain version plain, but it’s usually overpowering with garlic.

Oh, and its chunky.  I am a texture girl, and texture will come before taste any time.  Texture will make or break a product for me.  It doesn’t matter how good it is, but if the texture is off, then no.  Just no.  Lilly’s is creamy smooth and perfectly seasoned and did I say it was creamy smooth?

Here are the ingredients for Lilly’s Hummus, Plain:

Ingredients: Organic Garbanzo Beans, Olive Oil, Sesame Tahini, Lemon Juice, Sea-Salt, Garlic, Citric Acid.

A very simple 7 ingredients.  Unfortunately I have seen brands with 10, even 15 ingredients.

Lilly’s comes in several flavors for those who need something more exciting than “plain”:  there’s Roasted Garlic, Kalamata Olive, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Jalapeno (spicy) and my new, all time favorite flavor, Smoked Tomato and Basil.  There is also a Cracked Pepper version, the creators are still tweaking the recipe to make it amazing.

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus is WOW. I don’t know how else to describe it, so I am going to go with my initial reaction when I tried it.  Just WOW.  Like the Plain, it’s well blended and creamy smooth with a delicious smoky flavor that is out of this world and totally unexpected. It is safe to say the Smoked Tomato flavor has shock value to it, because the amazing flavor is simply not expected.  The smoked tomatoes doesn’t over power the flavor of those delicate Garbanzo Beans, yet the gently sweet-tanginess really shines.  I was stunned, that’s how good this was.

The Smoked Tomato is good plain (seriously, insert a clean finger and go to town if you aren’t sharing your container) or I found it to be fabulous with celery and other goodies, so much so I created a recipe:

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus Dish of Fabulousness:

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus

Grated Carrots (use the ones with the green tops still attached);

Sliced Avocado;

Celery Sticks, Pita Chips, or Garden Of Eating No Salt Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Add slices of avocado to top of hummus, sprinkle with the carrot, and dip away with the celery sticks, pita chips, or my favorite, those Garden of Eating No Salt Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

 

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You never know…

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…whom your friends are going to be.

Tomorrow Natural Beauty Vixen and I are meeting up for the second time since meeting on line several months ago.  Turns out we live rather close to one another, and I was shocked to find out she lived really close to my parents.  We got a long great over at the Healthy Beauty Social, where we met, come to find out we get along in person as well.

You never know who your friends are going to be.  I admit, I have an issue with trust and revealing too much about myself to anyone.  I have friends but very few know who I am, if you know what I mean.  I’ve built up towering walls around myself during my 30’s and did everything to protect my self proclaimed fortress.  I still have a hard time letting people “in”, but lately I have realized that’s its not as difficult as it used to be.

I realized there’s a world outside of my fortress, and there are people out there with similar likes, dislikes and issues.  Have I grown older and wiser?  I don’t think so, I am very stubborn and don’t like change, but I’ve taken several steps a direction I had yet to take before.  I’ve always believed in community, but I just realized a community is not one person.  I like to think I’m that cool, but really?  Not so much.

So many things take a group effort.  My home life is a group effort, my job runs more smoothly when there’s a group effort.  The weight of the world does not have to be on just one set of shoulders.

Sadly we all have our hangups:  putting people in boxes, perceptions, stereotypes…heck I can stereotype with the best of them.  First impressions, to me, can sum up a person in a second, and I take that information and run with it until I am out of breath.  I did exactly that a while ago, just recently I realized how wrong I was.  Wrong with a capital “W”.

I am grateful that I am still capable of learning.  There’s hope for me yet.

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A Minor Rant

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I bet you all can already guess I love cosmetics.   A brand new tube of lipstick always puts a smile on my face, I am not ashamed to admit it.  I have tried all sorts of colors, types, department store, drugstore, expensive, cheap…I’ve tried it.

Over the past year I have devoted myself to educating myself and others about the dangers in typical over the counter cosmetics and beauty products.  I never thought beauty products were unhealthy, I believed in all the print ads and the pretty models when they said this one product is going to make a difference in your life.  I felt special when I raided the Clinique counter of their facial cleansers and toners, I loved the eye shadows at MAC.

Then a friend started selling a direct sales brand of cosmetics and I was in heaven all over again.  I had personalized service and she ran a tab for me as well so I could always have what I wanted, and believe me I used every single item that was offered:  cleansers, masks, microdermabraision, moisturizers, toners, eye cream, something to even out my skin tone…and all of this was before I actually put any makeup on.  Then came the color and primers and everything else.  I had the best eye shadows ever in my entire life, a whole selection of lipsticks and liners and glosses. I enjoyed doing myself up every day.

Then the line changed their formulation for their cosmetics:  they came out with a powder mineral foundation that was supposed to be the greatest thing, they changed the formulation of eye shadows from whatever they were to mineral, their lipsticks became scented with vanilla…suddenly cosmetics weren’t as fun anymore.  The mineral foundation was full of talc (which my face did not like) the eye shadows did not last on my eyelids, the eye primer made my eyes burn, the mascara made  the inside of my eyelids break out, and I cannot stand the smell of fake vanilla.

So I started my search for healthier cosmetics.  It didn’t happen overnight, I spent tons of time online looking for eye shadows, lipsticks, and especially foundation, and not only foundation, but there were veils and sheers and all this other stuff THAT WAS LOOSE.

Everything came in little jars, and you needed fluffy brushes to apply.  All sorts of brushes:  contouring, lining, blush, foundation and lets not forget the numbers of the brushes.  I can’t keep them straight.  Whatever happened to the little sponge applicators?  I liked the little sponge applicators, they work for me.  I never bought the line that brushes had to be used to get a more professional, polished look.

Lets go back to my issue:  everything is loose.  Loose foundations, eye shadows, blushes, veils, shimmers, bronzers.  Touch ups are no longer a simple compact with a little pad, now you have to carry around the container and the coordinating brush.  Even though there are those new “locking lids”, its really difficult to be discreet when you have to click open the container, shake product onto the lid, then take the kabuki brush and swirl it around, while not trying to shake the powder all over you and everyone else.

The eye shadows:  love the colors, hate the big mess, hate the brushes.  The days of clicking open a compact and having colors there in one place are long gone, now we have messy jars and brushes and mess.  There’s more glittery colors out there than matte, and I am of the age where I am not into glitter.  Also, for the most part colors come individually, so instead of having a set of colors together that compliment one another, you have to figure out on your own what color goes with which other colors.  Believe me when I say I once ordered from one shop four different times trying to get the right brown.

Samples are cool, but there still isn’t enough product to make a difference.  I have a collection of 20 different colors of foundation powders,   What I thought was the right color when I put it on turned out to NOT be the right color after the oils on my face broke through (which doesn’t take long, stupid skin)  so I turned to another sample.  I used almost the entire thing on my face so I didn’t have a whole lot to touch up with, so I used a lighter color, which made my face look as if I dipped it into a floured cake pan.

I got fed up.  I wanted to take all of my jars and dime bags and huck the whole entire wad into the garbage can…but then I found hope.  Hope in a plastic Petri dish looking container.  I finally came across a foundation that was not a powder, that did not need brushes, that didn’t change color over the course of the day and blended into my skin so flawlessly due to its yummy oils I didn’t need an exact color, the foundation came in three colors and the “deep” suited me perfectly. 

I did end up finding a pressed mineral powder, so I consider the face part of my makeup routine taken care of.  I am still looking for healthy pressed eye shadow.  I love eye shadow but I simply hate the mess that comes with all of the little jars.  Today, out of frustration and just to be pissy,  I went to the drugstore and actually bought a $2.99 pressed eye shadow trio in three very pretty colors.  Each color is imprinted with where the color should go:  Brow bone, Crease, Lid, and there’s a sponge applicator as well as a little brush for application. Eye shadow for Dummies.  Love it.  On the back of the compact I am promised “all day crease-resistant color, and the coordinating shades take the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look”.  Hey, if its written it must be true, right?  I am going to get a lot for my $2.99, right? As soon as I got into my car I put it on, and as soon as I sat down at work my eyes started to water, but I didn’t let it bother me because I had product that was easy to work with.   I got a box of tissues and dealt with it, eventually it went away.

Fast forward to about 8 hours later, I am still at work, writing this article and looking at my new eye shadows in their pretty little black case.  I realize I have to peel away at some labeling in order to find the ingredients, which was a pain because I was supposed to separate the back label, not rip the entire thing off.  Eventually I came across the ingredient list.  I will only point out the ingredients I know are bad and there’s a word or two I can’t even pronounce:  Talc (that might ingredient that made me switch to natural cosmetics after my face broke out in an oozy, drippy rash), Dimethicone, Trimethylisiloxysilicate (a silicone derivative, the Cosmetics Database considers it a low hazard ingredient),  Nylon-12, (a bulking and opacifying agent, considered a clay alternative in reducing shine, is able to expand and contract with facial movements without filling in small lines, creating a full and smooth appearance, is considered hypoallergenic and sterile), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite all I can find is that it’s an artificial mica), Methyl and  Propylparabens,  Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Tin Oxide (I am just going to give the link to the OSHA listing for Tin Oxide and leave it at that http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heathguidelines/tinoxide/recognition.html ).And this is about half the ingredients.  MAY CONTAIN:  Aluminum Powder, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide (inorganic pigments used as colorants.  Also known as Iron Blue, Prussian Blue, and is known as the antidote to chronic Thallium poisoning), among other things.

Seriously.  I think I can deal with the messiness more than an ingredient list such as the one I listed above.

I am on the hunt for healthy pressed eye shadows now.

 

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The Deliciousness that is Clairvoyant Beauty

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About two weeks ago I was the proud winner of a contest over at The Healthy Beauty Social.

Clairvoyant Beauty was giving away three of their lovely products and how excited was I that I won!  I got to pick the products that I was interested in, and how gracious is that?  I picked a facial cleaner, a toner, and eye cream, and as a bonus, I got a facial serum, which was totally unexpected yet so welcome.

As I have said before on this blog, I have gross skin (in my opinion, of course).  Its dry, scaly, flaky, super sensitive, prone to eczema blisters, and I still get breakouts.  I have to be really careful as to what I use on my face in regards to cleansing products and cosmetics, ever since I ruined my skin using a talc laden mineral powder foundation several years ago.  Ever since then my skin reacts to about anything and I have given up on standard over-the-counter products, discovering my face is much happier with products with as little “dirty” products as possible.

And now to the products:

Detoxifying Clay Cleanser with DMAE:  The grapefruit smell is uplifting and my skin doesn’t feel tight, but it feels clean.  I have used cleaners that don’t leave my face feeling clean, but this does, and leaves it soft.  You aren’t going to get that “squeaky clean” feeling due to the moisturizers but you can tell your face has been cleansed.

Simply Rosewater Toner:  Comes in a generous 8 oz. spray bottle.  This stuff is super gentle but super effective at getting the gunk off the skin.  I spray my face then go over it with a cotton round.  I guess I could spray the cotton round but the rosy scent is wonderful and I just like to smell it.

Gentle and Healing Rosewater Eye Cream:  I’ve never had a big issue with puffiness around the eyes, but I have noticed how fragile the skin around my eyes is now that I am 40.  My eyes themselves are sensitive-I have to watch the types of color cosmetics I used on them, as well as eye products.  I have used eye products that made my eyes water, turn red, swell or cause eye infections, but never worked on the skin around my eyes.  My eyes also water from hayfever, making the corners very sensitive around the eyes.  This eye cream is soothing yet it moisturizes all day.  It doesn’t wear down or break down or make my eyes filmy or icky and it really soothes the skin, but its not heavy.  This product does exactly what it says it does, and really, how many eye products do that?

Balancing Rosehip Oil and Hibiscus Facial Serum:  this comes in a tiny bottle but that’s perfectly fine, a little goes a long way and goes on very smoothly.  After I put this on I am out the door, I have yet to put any foundation on over it because I don’t feel I need any.  The flaky patches, the scales, it all smooths out and my face looks, dare I say it, normal.  There’s no color to this, so I am not covering up flaws, but it moisturizes and protects all day and is super light.  There’s no film or greasiness or heavy feeling, it is absorbed immediately into my skin.  Even better, my skin doesn’t bother me over the course of the day.  I usually have to blot oil around my nose, pick at an itchy spot, and I don’t do that with the serum. I love hibiscus in my tea, I never thought of it on my face.

An amazing product and an amazing company.  I think I hit the mother lode with this one.

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Solid Lotions…can’t live without it.

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With Spring here, my skin gets dry and itchy and just…horrible.  I have to really watch what I use on my skin or else my skin gets worse.

Something I cannot, and will not, live without is my Owens Acres Lavender Lotion Bar.

It melts to the touch (the one I keep at home stays on my computer so it’s a bit softer) and works on nails, cuticles, hands, arms…its really amazing.  When I massage it into my nails and cuticles my nails look so much better, and my cuticles are so much softer, and I am of the type who’s cuticles get really mangy looking.

Owens Acres sells them in 2 or 4 oz tins, and they come in Lavender, Mango and Lemon scents.  I’ve used all three, and the Lavender is by far my favorite, as the real Lavender Essential Oil is my favorite scent. This gorgeous lotion contains Avocado Oil, Apricot Oil, Aloe Butter, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax, and Pure Lavender Essential Oil.  I use it at work and since the scent isn’t perfumy or artificial, my co workers aren’t bothered by it.

Owens Acres isn’t the only one who sells Solid Lotions.  I have my eye on Sugared Beauty’s Solid Lotion Bar that comes in a twist up tube.  How handy and indulgent would that be for legs?

If you’re having skin issues this year with the worse than usual hayfever season, be careful with what you use on your skin, you could be making your problems worse.  A rule of thumb I follow for myself when my skin is giving me issues:  stay out of the drugstores for lotions and soaps and stick with handmade, organic products.  My skin thanks me for it.

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A Few Things I’ve Realized

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1.  Pea Pods and Carrots in a Taco Salad are pretty tasty, as well as a hefty helping of Black Bean and Corn Salsa with fresh Cilantro.  I actually had ground beef in my salad (I usually stick with beans) but the meat was equal parts of meat and pulverized spinach and carrots.  Pretty yums.

2.  The more I take care of my skin with decent facial products the less need I have for foundation.  Once I quit the chemical-laden cosmetic line I had been using for two years, healed and cleared my skin from said products, and found out what actually works for my skin due to trial and error, I have no desire to cover my skin up for the first time in my life.  Mind you, my skin isn’t perfect by any means, but I don’t have glaring issues as well.   My skin is soft and glowing all on its own, and this is from a 40 year old who SWORE she had horribly oily skin, so everything I was using was to eliminate that oil.  I had no idea I was starving my skin.  Now I know better.  I alternate between Olive Oil Soap and Oil to clean my face, tone with an alcohol free Rose Petal and Elderflower Blossom Tonerand I moisturize with different products, from Coconut Oil, Argan Oil beneath my eyes, to Owen’s Acres Ultimate Beauty Salve. the last time my skin looked this good,I was spending an absolute fortune on a department store skin care line.

 

I still love lipstick and eyeshadow, though.

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Moody Sisters Review

I was recently blessed with several samples from Moody Sisters over on Etsy!

Moody Sisters creates “organic natural skincare for your moody skin” and that alone made me curious, although I wouldn’t call my skin moody, its more like downright stubborn and foolish.  I have said this once and I will say it again, I swear my skin has permanently changed from the poor quality mineral make up I was using, which is why I am constantly searching for products that will help with the damage and not cause more damage.  My skin is now super sensitive and I really have to watch what I put on it, so needless to say I no longer use OTC products.  I rely on Etsy a whole lot for my skin care these days!

First thing is first:  I absolutely cannot stand mint lip balm, or any lip product with mint.  Its either too strong or too fake or just too much.  Why some products absolutely have to scent/flavor their lip product with mint is beyond me.  One lip tint I had was so minty it burned, and the flavor was just off.  Moody Sisters sent me their Mischievious Mint Lip Balm and I gagged before I even opened it, because like I said before, I cannot stand mint lip products.  When I saw this line in their Etsy listing,”Scented with Moody Sister’s Aromatherapy *Relaxing* Essential Oil Combo: Mischievious Mint”, I decided to give it a try.

I love it.  LOVE IT.  Whatever is in their Essential Oil Combo tones down the mint a lot and makes it feel and smell like an afterthought.  The mint is there, but it is blended beautifully with something else that makes it an absolute JOY to wear.  Yes, it is also creamy, goes on like a silky dream and really protects my lips but this is a mint lip balm I want to wear, and I don’t say that about mint lip balm at all.  Sold.

Kiss My Almond Intense Moisturizer Cream by Moody Sisters

Another product I was blessed with was their Intense Moisturizing Cream.  “It is best on elbows, feet and hands or for Dry/Sensitive Skin, Eczema and Dermatitis for an intense hydration morning or night.”  Huh.  Sounds like my skin.  This product is light and fluffy, but packs a complete moisture punch to your skin.  I put it on a spot of Eczema thats on my arm, slathered my hands because my fingers were itching.  For kicks, I put it on my face before I went to work because the cold weather we’ve been having has been making the skin around my eyes and eyebrows flake.  The outside corners of my eyes get irritated from my eyes watering, especially if I don’t keep the skin in that area hydrated.

The moment I put this cream on I fell in love.  Heck, the moment I dipped my finger into the jar I fell in love.  My fingers haven’t itched since I started using it and when I put it on my face?  I stand on the mountaintops and yell to everyone my face did not break out.  No rashes, no acne, nothing.  My pores weren’t clogged at all.  My eyebrows didn’t flake, the corners of my eyes didn’t get irritated, my face didn’t feel like it was covered in Crisco, I was shocked as to how light a lotion can be yet be so powerful.  Sold.

My last treat was their Spicy Orange Face and Body Lotion.  These sisters are

Moody Sisters Spicy Orange Face and Body Lotion

master scent blenders because the smell is to die for.  Its not masculine (which is what I initially thought, reading the description and not smelling it)  and the description reads, ” *Scented with our *INVIGORATING* Essential Oil Aromatheraphy Scent combo Spicy Orange.”  Its YUMMY.  It reminds me of orange spiced tea, which I love.  My skin, which has just been miserably dry all winter, sucked it up like a sponge, especially my legs which are just violently dry.  The best thing about this lotion is that it got rid of the uncomfortable feeling of dry skin, yet it soaked into my skin instead of just hanging out on the surface.  I have a hard time with OTC skin creams and lotions that don’t do anything other than protect the skin, I would like my skin to be healed in the process.  I know I might be asking too much, but with this lotion I don’t think I am.  Sold.

They are doing a contest over on Facebook for free product!  Here’s some more information:

One lucky fan will win their own full size 8 oz jar of Love Me Lavender – Soothing Bath Oats AND a $10 gift certificate! To enter, you must be a fan of Moody Sisters AND you must leave what you love best about Moody Sisters (It could be anything or a product)

Get more entries by doing any of these items below – please leave a separate comment for each entry. We will use random.org to pick a # and determine a winner. Entries must be made by Saturday at midnight.

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-Tweet/facebook/blog example: Check out one of my favorites– Moody Sister’s Organic Skincare! They’re giving away a free product and gift certificate to reach 200 fans. Enter to win here: http://www.facebook.com/moodysisters

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Sinuses.

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I was told by my doctor some time ago that hayfever is a combination of things:  the sinuses, the skin, and the lungs.  The sinus issue came first.  I always had sinus headaches and “pressure episodes”, to the point I was constantly swallowing sinus medicine.  My sinuses still are very sensitive to the weather to this day:  I know ahead of time if we’re gotta get snowed on.  Like this morning.

The skin issue came next.  I was breaking out with eczema every spring.  Now I break out all through spring and summer.  I was told eczema was part two of hayfever.

Several years ago I was diagnosed with asthma.  After spending two hours with a respiratory therapist, taking tests and all that fun stuff, my asthma is hayfever related.  Sure enough, an allergy pill away keeps the lungs open.

This year, for some reason, the pressure episodes are bad.  I would so much love to run to the drugstore and buy sinus medicine, but my blood pressure says otherwise.  So I resort to more natural methods:

1.  Saline Spray.  Yep, plain, unmedicated saline spray.  There are the brand names, but I simply buy the store brand.  One day I will get around to making my own, like I found here, but in the meantime I buy it.  I give it a kick by adding several drops of peppermint oil, 8-10 drops per 3 ounces of solution.  I would start off with 8, then go to 10 if you feel the need.  It will sting the first time you use it, but as you use it that will go away.  This takes away my sinus pressure immediately.

2.  Cold and Flu Salve:  I swear by Owens Acres Cold and Flu Salve simply because it works, its non evasive and its not toxic.  I massage my temples, above my eyebrows, behind my ears with it, and put a daub under my nose.  The salve contains pure oils of Camphor, Eucalyptus, Clove, and Wintergreen.  A simple Google search of “Organic cough and cold salve” brings up many options.

3. Hot Tea:  The steam from a hot cup of tea helps unclog sinuses and the hot liquid makes the mucus thinner, making it easier to drain.  Regular or herbal tea works, but be warned that caffeine can dehydrate!   Peppermint tea is beneficial, but to be honest, there’s only so much peppermint tea I can drink.  If  using herbal peppermint tea in bags, double up on them to get a more potent mixture, and as it cools down, simply inhale the steam.

We don’t have to suffer with sinus issues, but we don’t have to drug ourselves up, either.  There are natural products out there, all we have to do is find them and use them!  What’s great about the products I listed above is that you can take them with you.  I am never without teabags, my sinus balm or saline spray, because I never know when a pressure episode is going to hit.

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