Children’s Wellness

Recently, I was asked to write about keeping children healthy. Since I have an 8 year old and I am very interested in staying well I have been pondering this topic and wondering where to start. I have decided that it has to be a multi-part posting. I weave so many different strategies into staying well and the single most important aspect to wellness in my opinion is taking preventative measures and being aware of your child’s general baseline. Tuning in and paying attention to your child’s mood and energy level can be helpful and a useful indicator as to how they are feeling before signs of illness show up. Of course, like anything this is not an absolute statement because sometimes there can be a fever or cold that comes on suddenly.

This is my own personal experience with sickness. Your experience will be different and these are just some thoughts abut how you can help your child feel better from more mild illnesses.

Aside from eating a whole foods diet (which I believe is a key factor in a child’s wellness) therapeutic-grade essential oils are one of my first lines of defense – especially for being proactive.

I use Oil Testimonials as an on-line reference and a useful guide book is the Essential Oils Pocket Reference available through Essential Science.

Through those resources you will learn how to use some of the most well known oils and their functions. It is crucial that you use the purest quality oils available. Inferior quality oils will not produce therapeutic results and can actually be toxic.

Essential oils have been used throughout time dating back to 4500 BC. Research shows that pure essential oils can provide similiar benefits to humans and animals that they give to plants.

The oils that I usually choose for keeping my child well are: eucalyptus radiata to support the respiratory system, patchouli to support the digestive system, lavender for cuts, scrapes, burns and headaches and tea tree for skin irritations. I use them all with a carrier oil and I never use essential oils on her face. Most essential oils can create a inhospitable environment for microbes and bacteria. To learn more you can set up a session with me.

There are specific ways & guidelines to use essential oils safely and effectively. I believe that having a support person while learning how to use the oils responsibly is important and will help you in using the oils instead of allowing them to collect dust on your bathroom shelf. Generally, there are 250 drops in a 15ml bottle and approximately 85 drops in a 5ml bottle. They do last for a while and they have a long shelf life when not mixed with carrier oils.

Some sources for your therapeutic-grade essential oils are:
Young Living essential oils (my member # 650126)
Original Swiss Aromatics
Floracopeia
New Directions Aromatics (Canada)

Happy Oiling!

Chia Seeds

What more can you ask for when you have… Chia Seeds?

Chia is, appropriately, the Mayan word for strength – so you can see where we are going…

Did you know these ancient seeds are more noteworthy than the sprouts that grow on the porous clay figurines called Chia Pets. Their “claim to fame” has adopted a new status.

They deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories.

They have several of the same benefits as the more well-known “super seed” flax, but unlike flax seed, you don’t need to grind them to reap their nutritional benefits. The health benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, strengthens peristaltic action, contains about 20% protein and much much more!

I have been enjoying this recipe for breakfast and when I’m done I feel energized and nourished.

Here is a simple Chia Seed Pudding recipe to kick start your day:

1 cup milk, any kind you like (I like unsweetened or original hemp milk)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 Tablespoon maple syrup (more or less to taste)*
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Wisk together all ingredients in a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until it reaches your desired thickness, stirring occasionally. (I usually chill mine overnight but about 2 hours will do.)

*Instead of maple syrup, you can use any sweetener you like in this recipe, stevia, honey, brown rice syrup, etc. Here is a guideline on how sweet 1 packet of stevia is: the amount of stevia in 1 packet measures 1/2 teaspoon, which is about as sweet as 2 to 3 teaspoons of regular sugar.

I think this is a nutritious topping to any hot cereal. You can get creative and add fruit, nuts or anything you think may be delicious. Notice how you feel after and share the love with others.

Eat More Plants

I recently watched the American documentary, Forks Over Knives. It was an incredibly well done film and even if you don’t agree with everything it claims you will still receive some very important messages about your health. You will also be amazed at the direction that our society is going as far as health and wellness.

Did you know that eating a more plant-based diet is one of the most powerful things you can do for the environment? Many health care professionals recommend a plant-based diet to help prevent & reverse the common western diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Watching this film may support you in resisting the foods that sabotage your effort to lose weight and improve your overall health. This is for anyone that has read Paulo Coelho’s book, The Pilgrimage, “fight the good fight!”

Be aware – you will want to make changes and substitute more healthy vices/choices into your lifestyle. Think: yoga, meditation, exercise, more hugs, healthy sweet treats, more veggies etc.

Cheers!

Fall Detox Guide

Fall is a natural time of transition, which makes it ideal for a gentle detox cleanse to reset your body and mind while priming you for a winter of wellness.

This informative booklet, provided by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, explains why periodic cleanses are good for you as well as containing a complete 3-day seasonal menu for naturally cleansing foods that are as delicious as they are nutritious. This special meal plan will support your body’s own detox systems without leaving you feeling deprived.

Wishing you a Happy & Healthy Autumn

Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls – My favorite to-go snack!
They are packed with nutritional goodness and are quite filling. They are extremely versatile, so mix and match as your taste buds desire. These are a great conduit for adding more powered/ground herbs into your diet. The most nutritional value is gained from these gems from buying organic ingredients and if they are not organic then be sure they are pesticide free.

Bliss Balls

1 cup Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, etc (any 1 or combo)
1 cup Sunflower seeds or hemp seeds
¾ cup oats or granola
2 cups raisins, dates, prunes, (any combo)
½ c tahini
3 Tblsps. coconut oil or oil of your choice
3-6 Tblsps molasses, honey or brown rice syrup
½ c coconut
a little flour of your choice

try adding 2 Tblsps total of ground spices:
any combo of: fennel, anise, cloves and black pepper. (supports digestion.)

Optional: add spirulina or any other green powder to the mix without altering the flavor.

To Make:

  • grind the nuts, oats and raisins or their substitute in a food processor, grinder or blender
  • pour all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until well mixed
  • Stir together wet ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over mixture
  • Mix well with your hands until the mixture gets sticky
  • Add more molasses or tahini if you need more wet ingredients to stick it all together
  • Get some flour on your hands and roll into balls
  • Roll balls in a bowl of coconut and ENJOY!

Ginger Root, fresh and easy

Many of you have heard that ginger root, which has been used medicinally for centuries, is a natural tonic and effective remedy for various ailments. It has been known to bring relief from motion sickness, stimulate & support good digestion, support the overall immune system, alleviate congestion by breaking up excess mucous, etc. The list of benefits goes on and on and is quite impressive once you start researching more of its healing properties.

As the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, once said “Let Food Be Your Medicine and Medicine Be Your Food.” You can start by adding fresh ginger to a cup of hot water and give your digestive system some support during your morning routine. Add some honey and lemon for a delicious tea. If you desire a extra warmth in your body, add a pinch of cayenne. You may find it stimulating and energizing.

I was moved to write this article because I was recently introduced to a new food prep essential. I can now incorporate fresh ginger into anything with complete ease. There is no more hassle with my previous tool not being able to mince the ginger fine enough and the stringy pulp is not a problem either. The Microplane® Soft Handle zester/grater has become my newest and finest kitchen tool. It is available online or in most kitchen stores. Just follow the basic directions for safety and be sure to buy organic ginger that is fresh & the skin is not wrinkled. Peel the area that you want to use and proceed. When you are finished finely grating the needed amount just tap the Microplane® on the cutting board and you will have a fabulous pile of what seems like pureed ginger. The clean up is simple as well. Bon Appetit!