Should You Drink Raw Milk? Well…. Maybe, Maybe NOT!

There is a lot of news in the food industry right now on the health benefits and/or health risks of drinking raw milk.  Once upon a time, this was the only kind of milk people drank.  So, should you drink raw milk?  Didn't our ancestors survive just fine on it?  Well, that question is a little bit complicated so here is some raw milk info you might need before you decide.   What is Raw Milk? So, what is raw milk exactly? Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. It can come from any animal.  In this post I am … [Read more...]

How to Save on Medical Expenses and SingleCare Card Benefits

This post about how to save on medical expenses and SingleCare card benefits has been sponsored by SingleCare.  All opinions expressed here are my own. In my non blogging life, I have a background in the healthcare field.  I have worked in hospitals and the pharmacy and gotten to know a lot of people with serious health conditions.  The one thing they all want to know is how to save on medical expenses.  There isn't a one size fits all answer to that question.  I wish there was.  Medical expenses can cripple the family budget and leave … [Read more...]

How To Get Aloe Vera Gel From Your Aloe Plant

Learning how to get aloe vera gel from your aloe plant is a handy skill to have! My son recently had a bad experience with a chemical hand sanitizer.  We rarely use them but we were out and about and I didn't have any other option.  After the rash cleared up,  I decided to make homemade hand sanitizing spray for those times when we couldn't get to soap and water.  I searched around on Pinterest and Googled a few things to find out how to do this. Most articles seemed to say "combine alcohol with aloe vera gel and add essential oils'.  I could … [Read more...]

Warm Lemon Water Benefits and Side Effects

When I heard about the warm lemon water benefits being touted by health gurus, I was intrigued. I had heard about the lemon water side effects as well but that didn't stop me from giving it a try. WHY? Because Tthe older I get, the more I feel like an old car that only has a few more miles left to go before hitting the scrap heap.  My body is slowing down, my aches and pains are numerous and I spend a lot of time Googling weird health problems. I am always on the lookout for natural health solutions to my many random ailments.  I came across … [Read more...]

Ginger Detox Bath Recipe to Help You Sweat Those Toxins Out!

If you are looking for a ginger bath recipe, the one I use is incredibly easy to make at home. Over the last few years I have had to deal with chronic pain that is incredibly frustrating.  According to the dozens of doctors I have seen there is nothing 'technically' wrong with me.  Except that I hurt.  All. The. Time.  My neck hurts, I get random muscle spasms, my feet is incredibly frustrating.  They just tell me to take Advil and a muscle relaxer and get used to it. While I do have to use traditional medicine for my pain … [Read more...]

Manuka Honey Lip Scrub Recipe for Smooth Healthy Lips

Every winter, my lips get horribly chapped and dry.  I admit, I am a lip balm addict and never go anywhere without it in my purse.  This Manuka honey lip scrub recipe is an easy homemade lip treatment if you suffer from the same winter lip problems that I do. Adding this homemade lip scrub to my shower routine will (hopefully!) give me smooth, healthy lips that are totally kissable before Valentine's Day rolls around next week! Check out my other sugar scrub recipes if you need moisturizing and exfoliating on the rest of your body as … [Read more...]

Omega 3 and Inflammation and Coping With Chronic Pain

This post about Omega 3 and inflammation and coping with chronic pain has been sponsored by Omax3. All opinions expressed here are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have read previous posts about me coping with chronic pain. I was diagnosed several years ago with something called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Basically, it is an autoimmune disease that results in muscle stiffness and as a result, I often suffer from chronic pain. While I have found a number of lifestyle factors that help minimize my pain, I am still … [Read more...]

Preventing Norovirus Infection and Other Nasty Stomach Bugs

So, tis the season of colds, flu and an assortment of other germs meant to wreak havoc with our lives this winter. One of the most common winter illnesses besides cold and flu is the dreaded stomach bug.  Huffington Post just ran an article on the most recent Norovirus outbreak on board a cruise ship.  While Norovirus is often associated with cruises, it is actually the most common cause of gastroenteritis according to the CDC.  Preventing Norovirus infection can be tricky because it is a very hardy organism and spreads very easily.  However, … [Read more...]

Tips for Clean Eating to Help Take Control of Your Health

Go ahead and enjoy the cookies and candies this week but once January hits, these tips for clean eating are going to come in handy.  I am all for enjoying the abundance of holiday food this month but it definitely isn't the norm when it comes to my diet.  Although, I hate the word 'diet'.  I prefer to consider these clean eating tips part of a general healthy lifestyle.  While I follow my healthy lifestyle eating tips, hopefully I will lose a few pounds, tone up, and improve my overall health.  But, it isn't a DIET.  That four letting word is … [Read more...]

How to Maintain a Healthy Digestive System During the Holidays

This post about how to maintain a healthy digestive system during the holidays has been sponsored by Culturelle.  All opinions are my own. I absolutely love the holidays and a big reason for that is all of the food.  Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, cookies, and eggnog are all high on my list of holiday favorites.  Of course, holiday food doesn't always settle well with my stomach.  Many people who have digestive issues struggle quite a bit when it comes to maintaining a healthy digestive system during the holidays.  I thought I would share a … [Read more...]

How to Survive Menopause with Your Sanity Intact

I was driving in my car yesterday when a commercial came on the radio.  The announcer asks me: "Do you have hot flashes, moodiness, weight gain, trouble sleeping, fatigue and all these other million symptoms?  You may be suffering from hormone imbalance!"  I wanted to yell at the announcer that of COURSE, I have all those symptoms...I am a 40 something-year-old woman whose hormones are out of whack due to the onset of menopause!"  Now, if the announcer had told me how to survive menopause without losing my mind I would have been thrilled but he … [Read more...]

The Frustrating Search for the Best Safe Nail Polish Brands

For the last several years, I have been on a furious hunt for safe nail polish brands.  I have never understood my teenage daughter's obsession with nail polish.  I never painted her nails when she was little because I always worried about toxic nail polish ingredients.  She discovered nail polish on her own once she hit about 4th grade and has been crazy about it ever since.  I have learned over the last few years of having teenagers that it is best to pick my battles carefully.  She happily washes with my organic, locally made soap and uses … [Read more...]

What is the Ayurvedic Diet and is it Right for You?

While healthy eating is important to me, I am not a fan of fad diets.  I don't want to count points, live on grapefruit or fast 3 days out of every month.  So, what is the Ayurvedic Diet if it isn't a strange fad? f you are interested in getting healthier, this may be just what you need! I was impressed with the ideas behind this eating plan and wanted to share for those that are looking for a new way to eat for improved health and weight loss. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we … [Read more...]

All Natural Sleep Remedies for a Peaceful Drug Free Slumber

I have a couple of friends who have been suffering from insomnia.  Stress and fluctuating hormone levels can leave many people laying in bed at night unable to fall asleep. I thought I would put together a resource for them about all natural sleep remedies that may help.   If you are having trouble sleeping, make up a batch of lavender bath bombs and try a few of these other ideas before seeking out prescription drugs. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at … [Read more...]

Electrotherapy Pain Relief and Staying Active with Chronic Pain

This post about electrotherapy pain relief and staying active with chronic pain have been sponsored by Omron but all opinions expressed here are my own. Several years ago, I was diagnosed with something called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. It's a fancy way of saying that I get stiff and sore easily and am prone to muscle spasms.  It took me quite a long time to figure out what works and what doesn't when it comes to pain relief.  While my doctor prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxers, I started seeking more nonpharmaceutical solutions … [Read more...]

Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

This post about natural ways to lower your cholesterol is sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. I worked in the pharmacy for 15 years.  I firmly believe that pharmaceutical products save lives, however, I also believe that they shouldn't be the first solution you turn to.  Many health problems can be solved with dietary and lifestyle changes.  These are often much safer than prescription drugs.  Many people suffer from high cholesterol.  Before you ask your doctor for a prescription for cholesterol-lowering drugs, talk to … [Read more...]

How to Provide Natural Support for Thyroid Health

This post about things that provide natural support for thyroid health has been sponsored but all opinions express here are my own. A year or two ago, a good friend was diagnosed with a thyroid problem. She had been having a few of the symptoms but didn't even realize it at the time.  She has had to make several lifestyle and dietary changes over the last 2 years.  There was surgery and medication to deal with.  It has been very stressful for her. Honestly, I never really stopped to think about my thyroid until she was diagnosed.  I couldn't … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Start Running to Lose Weight

Yesterday I went for a run.  While it is definitely not a daily occurrence, I try and go out running periodically to change up my exercise routine. Running to lose weight can be a great addition to your workout regimen.  The struggle to lose weight isn't always an easy battle. Counting calories, making time for exercise, and that frustrating morning weigh in can eventually have people throwing in the towel and reaching for the potato chips. Struggling on your weight loss journey? Maybe you should start running to lose weight! Dropping those … [Read more...]

5 Natural Ways to Prevent Snoring for a Quieter Night’s Sleep!

I am sharing these natural ways to prevent snoring as part of a sponsored post for Good Morning Snore Solution. I have been compensated through the SheSavvy Influence Network. All opinions remain my own.   My husband has always been a bit of a snorer. He's not shaking the rooftops or anything, but I regularly have to elbow him to turn over in the middle of the night so that he quiets down. I'm lucky that he responds rather well to my middle of the night requests. My grandmother used to snore so loudly that you could hear her all the way … [Read more...]