Thursday, January 11, 2018

All Natural Cold, Sinus & Flu Relief | Natural Wellness

It seems to be that time again: everyone is getting sick!

I've been finding myself typing up the same recipes and tips on how to get well quickly and avoid a trip to the I figured I'd just put it all in one place and just share the link with anyone that needs it. 😊

So without further are some extremely potent home remedies for the cold & flu, including sinus infections and upper respiratory infections.

Pregnant or Breastfeeding: Unlike many prescription and over-the-counter medicines, all of these remedies are safe to do while pregnant and/or breastfeeding! You might still want to run it by your doctor to double check for your individual circumstance, but I have done them all while pregnant/breastfeeding with no issue and have recommended it to pregnant/breastfeeding friends who also swear by these methods!



Juice from 1/2 a lemon (fresh not bottled)
1 clove garlic, minced (fresh not jarred)
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp turmeric (especially if you have a sore inflamed throat)
Pinch of cayenne (optional but I highly recommend for adults)

Mix this all together and drink it down like a shot. Drink one of these 2-3 times per day, ESPECIALLY at bedtime. Bedtime is when your body does its best healing, so you really want to make sure you drink this before going to bed.

Like I said, this is super powerful and you should be feeling SO MUCH BETTER in a day and a half. The more times you can drink this elixir, the better.

We actually cured my daughter's strep throat by her drinking this and gargling with a similar elixir. And using castor oil by direct application and with heated castor packs. Read about how we cured her strep throat naturally HERE.


I have 3 suggestions for sinus problems. All work very well. You can do all of them if you wish. (Combine them with the previously mentioned Antibiotic Shots for best results)

Nasal Irrigation/Neti Pot

This does sound odd, I know. But this works SO WELL that the results fascinated me and had me jumping up and down yelling.

You can get the specific how-tos on the instructions that come with your Neti Pot (the one pictured is the particular model that I have). But basically, you pour the special saline solution up one nostril. It goes up through your sinuses and rinses out any crud that is residing in them. And it all comes out the other nostril and goes down the drain. I know this sounds gross, but when you see what actually comes out (even though you've been blowing your nose repeatedly and not much is coming out) you're going to be in shock. Like, woah. That was all jammed up in my sinuses? And then your head and face will feel immediately better!! Do not do this, however, if you have a blocked ear or ear infection. Repeat this a few times a day and it will completely clean and flush out any infection that is stuck in your sinuses. NOTE: for severe sinus problems, do a hypertonic rinse, which simply means using 2 packets of the saline mixture instead of one. I once did it with a half-teaspoon or so of Bragg apple cider vinegar mixed worked but it stung so freaking bad.


I discovered this little gem about 2 weeks ago while I was at Sprouts. I was feeling miserable and couldn't find my Neti Pot. So I picked this stuff up. I did a double dose (explained on the bottle's instructions) and noticed immediate relief!

This is what it looks like when you mix it with water:

And check out these FAST results!


No, I don't sell them....I buy the affordable NOW brand ones off of Amazon. They work.

Eucalyptus Oil

Apply a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the bottom of your feett around where the toes meet the foot. Then put socks on to keep the oil from getting on the floor. The oil application will assist in draining your sinuses and stuffy nose.

Chest & Back Rub

Mix a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil, peppermint essential oil and tea tree oil (or a mixture of just two of your choice but I highly recommend all 3 as they each have healing properties) and mix with a small amount of coconut oil. Mix well and rub onto your chest and back (where you lungs are). This will help you to breathe better and works SO much better than Vick's VapoRub.

Diffusing the Oils

Using one of those electric plug-in oil diffusers that you fill with water and essential oils and it turns it into a fine mist, use eucalyptus essential oil and tea tree oil. Peppermint essential oil wouldn't hurt, either. Make it a STRONG mixture. Diffuse in your bedroom at night (consult your doctor if using in a child's room) with the door closed. This will alleviate inflammation of your bronchial tubes, sinuses and nasal passages. When you breathe it in, it will kill germs inside of your body AND you will sleep so much better while your body is getting well.


I hope this post has been helpful for you! I know that these remedies have helped us immeasurably over the years. Please be sure to share it with friends and family to help them stay healthy, too without needing dangerous OTC and prescription medications.

Just a reminder: I am not a doctor or health professional. Just a mom who has been practicing natural home remedies for many years on her large collection of children. 😉 Be sure to check with your doctor to be sure these remedies are safe for you to do, too!

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Date Night Selfie Dump

For those nights when you're feeling really beautiful, so you can't help but take a selfie or two...or twenty.... hahaha

(this was a week or so ago...)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Five Kids At the Chiropractor | Video

Come with us to the chiropractor where all 5 kiddos get adjusted!

See how gentle pediatric chiropractics is on even the smallest member our family: 8 month old Isabel!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

How I Heal Hemorrhoids with Only ONE Ingredient! No Witch Hazel! | Natural Wellness


You read that correctly. I'm going to talk about....those things that NO ONE likes to talk about. And it's not like it's my favorite topic in the world...but seriously? Who cares! We have them...we need some relief! And I am here to help!!

There are a variety of ways that you can have the privilege of getting yourself some hemorrhoids. But basically it all boils down to a lot of pressure being forced on that region of the body.

Looking at you, butthole.

For me, I got them during one of my pregnancies. Who knows which one...who really cares, honestly...the bottom line is (get it? BOTTOM line?? ahaha) that they are there.

And it wasn't until after Isabel was born that I decided to forego the typical Tucks pads and witch hazel that most people tend to reach for. I didn't have any on hand and I was in A LOT of pain. Like, a lot. In fact, my backside hurt more than my vaginal area during my entire recovery. (My vaginal area actually barely hurt at all.) I asked Antonio more than once if he was absolutely certain that Isabel had come out the correct exit. He swears she did. So I'm going to have to take his word for it.

I decided to give good old tea tree oil a try.

And it worked!!! REALLY well!!!

And REALLY quickly!!

Like, almost immediate relief. ::aaaahhhhh:::

Here's how I did it:

Every time I went to the bathroom (for both #1 and #2s), I would clean myself as per usual. Nothing fancy. I mean, except that I used washcloths wet with hot water to clean myself...they clean A LOT better and it's super soothing after having a baby....TRUST ME...(and it's extremely sanitary...but I can blog about that at another time if anyone's interested. Like you'd even tell me if you were. hahaha I know you're curious. ::wink::)

Anyway, after I was all cleaned up, I would wet some toilet paper with water from the sink (you could probably skip this part...I did it for the cooling relief of the water)

Then I put 2-3 drops of tea tree oil onto the toilet paper and gently patted it directly onto the hemorrhoids.

Initially you may have a slight burning sensation. Not really painful, just really warming. This quickly subsides. Then it gets really cooling.

That's it!

Why does this work??

Tea tree oil has the following properties:






(pain reliever)

I noticed them shrinking rather quickly...and pretty much gone rather fast, too.

I hope this information is helpful and brings you some relief!!

Because we all know what a pain in the butt hemorrhoids can be.


Decorating the Tree! | Video

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Roadside Brawl

We were happily zooming down the highway on our way to the chiropractor.

I had been reading "The Secret" and practicing the Law of Attraction and I remember consciously making an effort to tell myself that it was going to be a wonderful day.

I wish I could remember what we were all talking about. I'm sure we were singing aloud to a song on the radio and observing the gray overcast day.

As we were pulling off on the exit we needed, Christian and I were stunned to see a man and woman on the side of the highway, just at the lip of the exit. They were yelling.

And he was hitting her. Hard.

I didn't think twice as I veered to the side of the road. My fingers tripping over the touchscreen on my phone as I dialed 911. My voice was quaking and I was scared. What could I do to help her if the police didn't get there in time?

I glanced in my side mirror and saw her running towards my Suburban. She was screaming for me to call the police as she approached my window. I reassured her that I was on the phone with them at that very moment.

I looked in the mirror and saw the man making his way towards us, walking up the off ramp that I was parked along the side of.

I didn't hesitate for a minute when I told her to get in. Get in right now!! He is coming after you! Get in my car NOW.

The emergency dispatcher on the phone was trying to get me to talk to her. I was torn between reassuring the battered woman next to me and giving a more descriptive account of our exact location to the dispatcher. I explained to her that the woman was in the vehicle with me. Yes, I am on the off-ramp. Yes, I am sure that I am heading towards Alabama and not Atlanta. She had me tell her the stores that were next to me.

The woman next to me was desperately trying to get out of my Suburban. She was afraid that the man, her abusive companion, was going to harm her car, as he had since turned around and went behind her car. The woman clawed at my locks, unlocking the door, but each time I pressed the Lock button again. I was not going to let her run back there and get hurt more, if I could help it.

The dispatcher told me to continue up the off-ramp and she promised there was an officer waiting for us. Just yards away. Just go. Go now. Do not worry about the man who was again making his way towards my Suburban.

I promised the scared woman that the police would help her. That the man couldn't hurt her car--her new car that she was so proud of--since he was following my creeping Suburban up the ramp. He jumped over the divider and, for a minute, we were afraid that he was going to run into the woods. But then he crossed the divider again and began jogging towards us.

As I neared the end of the off-ramp, I saw the officer waiting for us. A large broad man that looked like Safety. He would surely keep this crazy man from harming us.

To be honest, I wasn't worried about having this strange woman in my vehicle with my kids and I. Later, as I told him the story, Antonio told me that I needed to begin carrying a weapon. What if this had been a setup the entire time? I had a car full of children to worry about. But this woman was in danger. She needed my help. How could I have left her on the side of the road?

I pulled off the exit and guided my car in front of the parked police car. I parked and jumped out with the woman. The man was still coming towards us. The officer promised that he would not let the man hurt us. He handed me a paper and asked me to fill it out since I had been a witness, then he walked over and met the man and put him in handcuffs.

The couple began arguing and yelling at each other. She cried to me and told me that they had a five-month old baby girl at home. He was the baby's father. My heart sunk. This world can be full of such heartache. 

The girl requested to be checked out by an ambulance and the man was in handcuffs. My report was filled out. I began walking towards my car to check on my kids. That's when I noticed that it looked like I had...oh no....did I park in a puddle of black pudding?'t let it be what I think it is...I remember thinking that....all of it flooding my brain....please no.... But it was. My front right tire was completely flat. A puddle on the ground.

I called Antonio. He didn't answer. I called again and again.

The patrolman asked if I wanted him to call a wrecker to tow my car. Of course I didn't. Please just let this not be real....

But it was. I saw a tire shop just ahead...but I didn't want to drive on my rim. The ambulance driver sidled up to me and hunkered down, examining my dilemma.

He found a huge chunk of glass. I must have run over it as I pulled to the side of the road to help her. It had burrowed deep into my tire and rendered it useless.

I told him that maybe I should take it to the tire shop up ahead but he grimly shook his head and said in a conspiratorial voice "I wouldn't go there, ma'am. That's basically a rent-a-tire place. No one you want to mess with" and then he went back to speak with the officers about the injured woman.

In the end, the girl said she was okay and had the ambulance drive her back to her car and she went away. And there I was, left to sort out the mess that had become of my day. I called the chiropractor and cancelled our visit.

I finally reached Antonio and he and one of our employees came (an hour after I had called) and changed my tire for me. Then my own personal prince, Antonio, my hero, took us all out for lunch and peanut butter sundaes to help us forget about all of the chaos we had just been through.

I have had some friends say that I was brave to stop and help. But I don't think I did anything special. I simply did as one would do when they see someone who needed help. I stopped and helped. That's what we are here for, isn't it? And I taught my kids that, through it all, love will always prevail.