A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils

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Essential Oils are a wonderful help with many things in our everyday lives.

 

You may be surprised at the list I have for you today!

Essential Oils can be used for Air fresheners, Hay fever, Bug bites, Hair Growth and Dandruff, Healing Cuts and Wounds but I can’t stop there.

Read on and be amazed. 😉

 

  • They are great for use in Meditation diffuse while praying, meditating, practicing yoga to calm the body, mind and spirit.

  • Kids having a tantrum? Dilute and apply to back of neck and feet to calm over activity and to put a stop to tantrums.

  • Teeth Grinding? Apply along the jawline and diffuse while sleeping to alleviate teeth grinding.

  • Pets can get some great use out of some essential oils to. Apply behind the ears of overactive pets to promote calm behavior and there are some essential oils that help with fleas or skin irritation.

  • Insomnia? Apply to feet before bed, diffuse a combination to promote a good nights rest.

  • Relaxing bath water by applying some drops of lavender with epsom salt and warm water.

  • Anxiety? Apply lavender oil behind the ears and rub on feet to release tension and anxiety.

  • A massage wouldn’t be a massage without essential oils.

  • Restless leg syndrome? Apply some Relax synergy essential oil to your feet and on tops of thighs and back of calves.

  • Make your own natural cleaners and bath products by adding some lemon or orange essential oil.

  • Eucalyptus oil relieves cold and congestion. Add some to a warm bath to help with arthritis and pain relief. Don’t use near the face of infants and children.

  • Essential oils are great for pain relievers, hot flashes, boosts immunity and beautifies the skin.

 

Who needs modern medicine…right? (I kid!) I’m not against all modern medicine but I am all for natural medicine!

 

A quick Essential oils guide:

Ginger: Helps with gas, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness and more

Chamomile: Great for bee stings, restless legs

Peppermint: Keeps ants away, headache management

Grapefruit: Addictions, Cellulite, Stress

Tea Tree: Helps boils, tooth aches,  acne, sore throats and more

Clove Bud: Helps sensitive teeth and babies teething

Ylang Ylang: Anxiety, High blood pressure, restlessness

Cinnamon: Helps control diabetes and natural energy booster

Sandalwood: ADD/ADHD, Coma, Polio, Tumor

Rosemary: Migraine relief, Helps stomach aches and hair loss

Thyme: Helps bruises, Helps aches and pains

 

 

 

 

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The Don’ts to know of essential oil use:

 

  • Don’t expose oils to sunlight.

  • Don’t place near cellphones and gadgets with high electromagnetic interference.

  • Make sure to read bottles and labels and use topical oils for topical uses only and make sure it’s okay to ingest oils before doing so.

  • Avoid contact with eyes and don’t drop in ears.

  • Don’t use plastic or Styrofoam cups if you plan on drinking water with essential oils. It will melt them.

  • Don’t touch your keyboards if you have oils on your fingers the print will rub off.

  • Use a ceramic spoon to stir your oils in water.

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Chipotle’s Non-GMO lead! Stock prices soared over 30%!

Chipotle takes the NON-GMO lead! And tell me that doesn’t make a statement when stock prices have soared over 30%!

 

Have you seen Chipotle’s video ‘The Sacrecrow’?

“The Scarecrow,” the companion film for Chipotle’s new app-based game. Then download the free app at www.scarecrowgame.com and join the quest for wholesome, sustainable food.chipotle-comp

We decided we’d rather try to avoid GMO ingredients until perhaps the science is more clear…

The popular Mexican casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill saw its stock prices soar on Friday by more than 15 percent, a day after representatives from the company said they would likely need to increase prices to cover supply changes to almost entirely non-GMO items for its menu.

Founder and CEO Steve Ellis said that a price increase somewhere in the 3-5% range should be expected as the company continues to search for non-GMO alternatives to its current cooking oils, corn flour and corn starch in its products. No date was given this week as to when the shift to more non-GMO ingredients would be completed in 2014, however.

Earlier this year Ellis said, “We decided we’d rather try to avoid GMO ingredients until perhaps the science is more clear,” said Ells earlier this year. “There are some things that we just can’t, today, get non-GMO.”

Looking for more sources

But the company, despite its impressive size (which has been growing due to strong customer support) has remained committed to resolving customer concerns over the GMO ingredients and will continue to pursue more alternatives.

They are also looking for more sources of antibiotic-free and hormone-free meats that are not from animals fed GMOs as well. Ellis added that it’s especially hard to ensure on a large scale that animals are not fed GMOs. If that’s the case, customers may want to choose vegetarian options when patronizing the restaurant to be sure they will be able to avoid GMOs.

Chipotle Stock Price Soars Even on News of Non-GMO Price Increase

Despite the possible price increases, stock of the company soared on Friday, with a closing rate of $510. The stock had traded in the low $200 range earlier in the year due to economic fears, but it has persevered and shown that food made from real ingredients (current GMOs notwithstanding, but at least they’re working to fix that) at a higher price can work.

Source: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12457-chipotle-restaurants-to-remove-all-gmo-ingredients-stock-prices-soar.html#sthash.1rL6xZkH.dpuf

A ORGANIC Happy Healthy Holiday Meal

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Why a Organic holiday meal?

Because every meal should be organic, every meal should taste that good!

 

From this:

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To this:

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SUPER YUMMY

 

 Organic brands and food items we used at our Thanksgiving dinner!

 

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This meal is normally quite the mix on the gut and it can leave you feeling bloated, stuffed and feeling yucky.

Have you ever wonder why that is?

Not this meal! Organic makes a big difference because it’s real ingredients.

Think about it…everyone else using the “normal” brands like a butterball turkey and stove-top stuffing. All un-organic food items are full of chemicals like hydrogenated oils, high fructose, MSG and a whole lot of garbage and that creates a upset bloated tummy that can’t digest those chemicals and artificial ingredients.

I know you can make everything from scratch and if it comes from your own garden it can be organic, I purposely wanted to make a easy organic dinner to show our reads that it can be easy and it doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive to have a organic holiday dinner.

Try these products for a easy organic holiday meal the next time you gather and you will find yourself having a happy healthy holiday!

* We were not paid or given anything for our opinions on these brands and products. They were all purchased with our own money.

Tell grocery stores to stop selling fake, chemical-loaded honey.

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In a shocking new study, seventy-six percent of the sticky, golden stuff sold as honey in the US isn’t actually honey, according to the FDA. Over three-fourths of honey recently tested in supermarkets contained zero traces of pollen, and is often diluted with high-fructose corn syrup.

In fact, only a small handful of local or organic chains passed the test. Even supermarket honey labeled “organic” only had a 71% chance of actually being honey. This is a sick, cynical, and dangerous. Major grocery stores are packing their shelves with “honey” without bothering to ensure that they’re selling us the real thing. If 150,000 of us sign this petition, we’ll deliver it to the top grocery chains and force them to stop ignoring this issue.

Tell Safeway, Aldi, Kroger, Walmart and other grocers to remove fake, adulterated honey products from their stores.

The only reason that you would need to filter out the pollen from honey would be to disguise its origin to get around FDA restrictions on the importation of Chinese “honey” that is diluted with high-fructose corn syrup, and contains heavy metals, banned antibiotics, and carcinogenic pesticides.

According to Mark Jensen, head of the American Honey Producers Association, “In my judgment, it is pretty safe to assume that any ultra-filtered honey on store shelves is Chinese honey and it’s even safer to assume that it entered the country uninspected and in violation of federal law.

This is consumer deception at its most basic level. The honey industry has undergone a boon recently as consumers move towards natural sweeteners, and big business is taking advantage of our wish to eat natural food, instead selling us cut-rate, fake “honey” while pocketing the profits. We need to send a clear message that we want real food, and real honey, on our shelves. Sign the petition today and make sure that your friends and family know about this shocking scam.

Add your name to our petition to Walmart, Aldi, Safeway, Kroger, and others.

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Dump the GMO Doughboy!

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Dump the GMO Doughboy. Buy this instead: http://www.alpinevalleybread.com/organic-dinner-rolls.php

Post on Pillsbury’s FB page to let them know why you’re not buying it: https://www.facebook.com/Pillsbury

Call Pillsbury: 800-775-4777 (between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT, weekdays)

NOT ON OUR TABLE. General Mills doesn’t want you to know that Pillsbury dinner rolls are full of GMOs so they spent $1,515,000 to defeat GMO labeling in Oregon and Colorado. BOYCOTT GMOs. Happy GMO Free Thanksgiving!

Information from: https://www.facebook.com/GMOFreeUSA?fref=photo

Burt’s Bees Whitening Toothpaste Fluoride-Free Review

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It does the job, it tastes fine and it’s fluoride-free with whitening. Most importantly it does not have  sodium laurel sulphate which is in 99% of all other toothpastes which makes them foam. I only used this one tube but I like the fact that you can pretty much find this toothpaste at most stores that carry the Burt’s bees brand. Because let’s face it sometimes you aren’t near a health food store where you have the choice from several different brands. I have what I think would be considered semi-sensitive teeth and this toothpaste didn’t bother me a bit however I know everyone is different. My overall verdict is it’s not bad, I have had better but it gets the job done and without the ingredients I know I don’t want in my body.

What’s your favorite toothpaste?

BUYING HEALTHY AT COSTCO Part 2 – 4lbs of Organic truRoots Quinoa

4lbs of Organic truRoots Quinoa from Costco

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What is Quinoa?

Where does it come from?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa

When I saw my local Costco carried this large of a bag of Quinoa I was in heaven. Let me tell you why, I use this stuff all the time. It’s fluffy, tasty and quick!  It’s great for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking that big extravagant meal. Want to eat well but need to make it quick? There are all kinds of quick one dish dinners, eat it hot or cold, I recently just made my son’s chocolate birthday cake with quinoa too! How cool is that?! And let me not forget to say it was a hit! an absolute hit, no one had a clue and everyone at the party thought it was a delish cake! (I hope to share photos and the recipe in a later blog post, so look out for that.)

Why Quinoa rocks my socks:

  • Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.

  • Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.

  • Quinoa contains Iron.

  • Quinoa contains lysine.

  • Quinoa is rich in magnesium.

  • Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2).

  • Quinoa has a high content of manganese.

Forbes even called it the “The Supergrain Of The Future”

 

If you have a great recipe to share on how you make Quinoa at home, submit it I would love to give it a try.

 

For more other posts on buying healthy at Costco:

BUYING HEALTHY AT COSTCO Part 1 – 3lbs of Organic Dole Bananas

 

 

Our beloved Annie’s sells out to GMO General Mills

So this is old news you see… since the purchase took place last week for  $820 million. However, a lot of folks have no idea yet about our beloved Annies. In our house Annies Mac and Cheese has been a favorite quick meal for the kiddos. Back in 2009 we even dedicated a post to Annies mac and cheese.

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From Bloomberg:

Annie’s Chief Executive Officer John Foraker said yesterday that the General Mills takeover will help boost distribution of the company’s products while preserving its mission.

“Annie’s has proven you can indeed do well by doing good,” he said in a note to employees. “These values and the magic of the Annie’s brand are key elements of our success -– and something General Mills admires.”

From BizJournal:

“These are very talented people and they’ve built a really good brand. The key for us is figuring out which capabilities we have to help them,” said General Mills CEO Ken Powell.

Let’s hope this is true and let’s hope GMO giant General Mills will keep Annie’s products just the way they are and the reason weall love their products.

With social media people have taken to Facebook to let Annie’s know they are unhappy with the news of this sell out.

From Facebook:

“You sold the “soul”of the business. The foundation (soul) that many of us bought into originally.”

“Very disappointed to hear this. Will never purchase Annie’s again.”

To buy Annie’s now is to ultimately put dollars into General Mills’ fat pockets. I will miss you, white cheddar shells.

“Sadly, you are missing the bigger picture. We purchased your products as a way to show the world we were anti-GMO. To keep our dollars out of their pockets. Being owned by a company that supports GMO agriculture and is against GMO labeling means we can not, and will not buy your products. Even if you want to stay true to your mission, you no longer have that control. You gave that up, along with your consumers that chose you over General Mills.”

“For our family purchasing Annie’s was a way to vote with our dollar. We were able to support a quality business and provide quality food to our family. Now if I were to purchase an Annie’s product I would be supporting General Mills, which would be against everything that I believe in. You sold out and you cannot spin this away.”

Oh Annie’s… I’m saddened by the news that you have been acquired by General Mills. I refuse to spend my money on a company that lobbies for and supports non-GMO labeling and Monsanto. I am very sorry the money was more important than your principles. Regardless of whether you change your recipes, or stay organic, General Mills does not deserve my family’s funding, and by default, neither do you.

Many people are upset and worried not only about the food changing but about what it stands for. Here at HealthJunk.com we try very hard to buy and eat non-GMO foods and support non-GMO companies and their non-GMO products. So with all this we understand how these folks feel and we are disappointed that once again it seems to be all about the money and less about our health. We will be standing by waiting and hoping the Annies products stay the same…but it still doesn’t help the fact that they are now owned by a GMO giant who sells GMO foods and fights against them stopping the labeling of GMO foods.