HOW TO: Essential Oils for Childhood Asthma

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Can asthma be helped, naturally?  Now, when I was young, I had childhood asthma.  I was never treated with medication from the doctor, because mine wasn’t very pronounced.  My mom would just keep a close eye on me when playing outside with my brothers. When I seemed winded, she would call me over and listen to the rattle in my chest while I calmed down. No big deal, and I out grew it within a few years.

But, what if the coughing and chest constriction is pronounced enough to warrant a trip to the doctor, along with steroid meds? Are there any holistic alternatives?

Obviously, everyone has to make their own decisions about what is best for their family. But recently, I was contact by a friend about her daughter’s childhood asthma.  The doctor prescribed steroids, other prescription pills and breathing treatments for her 5 year old. So, that’s what they’ve been doing.  Unfortunately, there has been no improvement, if anything, it seems to make her wheezing worse.

Mynde (my friend) asked if there were any natural remedies they could try, just to see if they worked.  Mostly, she wanted to take her daughter off the steroids, that is, if they could find a natural solution that had better results.

I suggested that we try Young Living’s RC Oil.

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Young Lving’s RC Oil

Mynde received the oil a couple days ago. She has been diffusing the oil in her little girl’s room at bedtime and applying a couple drops to her chest (mixed with olive oil. This oil can be a bit intense when applied directly to the skin.)

Well, Mynde called me the following morning, after the first use the night before.

Me: “Hey girlie! How’d it go with the oil?  Did you see any difference?”

Mynde: “Yes! Oh my gosh!  She had no coughing when she woke up!”

Me: *squeeeeee!* “Yay!! I’m so excited for her! Keep me updated on how it goes, and if you keep seeing a difference.”

So that was the other day.  This morning the text convo went:

Me: How is she doing?

Mynde: So much better.

So, wow! File this under who-woulda-thought.

I’ll update the little girl’s progress in a full week, and as time goes on.

Essential Oils = my favorite 🙂

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Margaret Holmes Canned Veggies for a Quick Lunch – delicious!

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I was inspired to type out this quick little post, literally, 5 minutes ago.  Now, normally I to promote a diet of fresh veggies, organic if possible, home cooked and prepared.

HOWEVER…let’s be real.  Who feels like cooking from scratch for every single meal, every single day?  Not this gal.  I do a fairly good job of keeping it healthy, but on some days, like today– nope. Not gonna happen.  I mean, life happens, right?  I’ve got a list of to-do’s a mile long, I want to go put on some makeup before I leave for the office, blah blah blah, etc etc.  Just life.

Well, on days like this, I have a secret weapon.

Margaret Holmes. Holy yum.

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Margaret Holmes Canned Vegetables

This brand of canned veggies, based in South Carolina, have amaaaaazing flavor.  Their seasoning, whether on the black eyed peas, collard greens, okra, or even their fantastic tomato & okra combo, is just perfect and delicious.

I just pop open a can, heat it, and then add buckwheat crackers on the side.  It’s so good, sometimes I literally eat the entire can.

Having tried lots of pre-seasoned veggies, these are one of the best brands that I’ve found.  YUM!

Happy Hump day everyone!

It was a Gluten Free Pizza Saturday Nite

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Saturday feels a bit like a party day, doesn’t it? Well, even if you don’t have any exciting plans, this awesome gluten free pizza with make up for it. The UDI’s Pizza Crusts are great. They cook up crisp and delicious. And, even though I pulled them straight from my freezer, they thawed before my oven finished preheating!

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Yummy and gluten free. This is definitely food for a celebration…even if the occasion is just that you survived till the end of the week.

I skipped the premade “pizza sauce” and just went with straight organic tomato paste. Add a few sprinkles of basil, oregano, and garlic powder (you can skip the garlic powder if you like, I just love the extra garlic flavor.) Then I layered diced sun-dried tomato, Portobello mushrooms (sliced thin) and topped it with fresh mozzarella, cut off from the block that I had in the fridge.

This is one recipe with which you can go crazy.  Try all of your favorite pizza topping combinations, or just get creative with whatever you have in the fridge.

Gluten Free Pizza

(1) Gluten Free Pizza crust (I used UDI’s)

(2) TBSPs of canned organic tomato paste

mozzarella– either shredded OR cut straight from the cheese block into long thin strips, which is what I did.  (your favorite variety…I used a specialty savory mozzarella from the deli’s cheese case)

Portobello mushroom (diced or sliced thin, about the thickness of two quarters stacked together)

sun-dried tomatoes (julienne cut, or diced)

basil (dried or fresh, your choice)

oregano (dried or fresh, your choice)

garlic powder (just a sprinkle)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Begin with the crust. Using the back of a spoon, spread on the tomato paste to your taste. I like a lot of tomato flavor, so I added quite a bit – up to the full 2 tbsp.  Next, sprinkle with basil & oregano. I just sprinkled straight from their containers, but if you need a measurement, go with one teaspoon each. Now, begin layering your topping of choice but ending with the cheese on top.  Add a sprinkle of garlic powder and pop it in your 375 degree oven for aprox 10-15 mins.  (I wait until the cheese starts to really bubble.)