Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Remineralizing Toothpowder Recipe

4 TBSP Bentonite Clay (can purchase on Amazon)
3 TBSP Calcium Magnesium Powder (can purchase on Amazon)
1 TBSP Baking Soda
1 TBSP Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp Cloves Powder
10-15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (can purchase from doTERRA)
10-15 drops On Guard Essential Oil (can purchase from doTERRA)
5-10 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) Essential Oil (can purchase from doTERRA)

A good friend of mine sent me this recipe for remineralizing tooth powder and I love it! I tweaked the recipe a little and I think my teeth are healthier and cleaner than ever. I dip my toothbrush in the powder and start brushing. Warning: It can be messy, so be careful while brushing to not get it on your clothes. My kids say it looks like dirt, but they have gotten used to it. Each member of my family has their own small container. A little powder can go a long way.

Bentonite clay binds out and draws out heavy metals and toxins, and is also alkaline and full of minerals. The calcium magnesium powder provides extra calcium and magnesium to provide minerals and whiten. Cloves powder is naturally antibacterial and adds taste, you can even substitute by using clove essential oil instead. Cinnamon is also antibacterial, tastes great and helps discourage bacterial growth in the mouth. Peppermint essential oil freshens breath and can inhibit the form of plaque. On Guard kills bacteria and provides immune support. Melaleuca provides strong antibacterial activity against oral bacteria. All three oils can help combat cavities.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

To learn more, here is a link to the blog of the woman who created the recipe.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson

What if there was a way to tap into the subconscious mind? Have you ever struggled with something intangible that you couldn't quite put your finger on? In Dr. Nelson's book The Emotion Code, he describes the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from the past can still be haunting you in the form of “trapped emotions”, which are emotional energies that literally inhabit your body. He bases his healing methods on energy healing, Kirlian photography, applied kinesiology, magnet therapy, and a belief that the unconscious mind records everything one ever experiences and is the key to perfect health and happiness.

The tools he provides in this book will assist you in locating emotional issues and to be able to release them yourself. You would be amazed to find how easy they can be removed and how different you feel once you are freed from them. You can also use the tools he provides to assist others.

This book has been life changing for me and other people I know. I started reading this book 2 1/2 years ago have witnessed lives changed after releasing trapped emotions. As simple as it is, I see it as another tool God has provided to help us be healthier and happier.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kyani Supplements

I am excited to share my experiences with Kyani supplements with you! I first heard about Kyani a few weeks ago from my friend Nicole at her yoga studio. At first I didn't think much of it, but after attending a presentation and hearing testimonials, I just had a 'feeling' about it. I was given a couple of sunrise packets to try out and I noticed I felt better when I would run.

I ordered a business builder pack and started taking the supplements a week and a half ago. Within a few days I noticed I felt more energized. I am sleeping deeper and wake up ready to go and start my day, whereas before I was very tired in the morning. I am a runner and running has become easier and effortless and I can push myself without feeling like I will run out of energy. Today I did yoga for an hour and ran 4.5 miles sub 7:30 pace with ease. My body is feeling stronger everyday, I feel more energized, positive, and alert.

I have read and heard many testimonials on how Kyani has changed people's lives. Many have gotten off medications and no longer have pain, have lost weight, it has helped those with dementia, parkinson's, and autism to name a few.

About the product: The Kyani Triangle pack consists of Kyani Sunrise, Sunset, and NitroFX or NitroExtreme. Here is some info about the supplements from their website.

Kyäni Sunrise is a dietary supplement based on the core strength of the Wild Alaskan Blueberry and 10 other Super Foods including: Concord Grapes, Red Raspberry, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Aloe Vera, Noni, Cranberry, Wolfberry (Goji), Grape Seed/Grape Skin, and Bee Pollen. Begin each day with 1oz.

Some of the benefits of Sunrise are:
• Enables Effective Stress Management
• Maintains Heart Health
• Supports Immune System
• Regulates Healthy Inflammatory Response
• Provides Increased Energy
• Facilitates Improved Brain Function

Kyani Sunrise =Vitamin A 25 cups of cabbage, Vitamin C 8 apples, Vitamin D 17 eggs, Vitamin E 80 cups of broccoli, Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 96 cups of kidney beans, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 7 cups of green peas,  Niacin (Vitamin B3) 46 cups of kale, Vitamin B6 61 cups of avocados, Folate (Folic Acid) 23 cups of carrots, Vitamin B12 80 oz. of sardines, Biotin USP 14 cups of Swiss chard, Pantothenic Acid USP (Vitamin B5) 173 cups of winter squash, Choline (Choline Bitartrate USP) 8 oz. soy milk, Para Amniobenzoic Acid 1 cup of bran flakes, Taurine 8 oz. of Alaskan salmon, L-theanine 80 oz. of green tea, Inositol 1 cup of beets, PLUS an additional 50 mg of trace minerals.

Kyäni Sunset® is the only product on the market that combines the most powerful Tocotrienols from the seeds of the tropical Annatto bush and salmon oil from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon. Tocotrienols are shown to lower cholesterol, promote optimal blood sugar levels, and support a healthy heart. Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon oil is a pure and rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids known to reduce inflammation and promote brain health. Sunset’s Omega-3 comes from the wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon which has been shown to be the purist Omega-3 available. Tocotrienols are a pure form of vitamin E that far surpasses the grocery store variety. A quick study of Tocotrienols reveals the major impact it has on cellular health.

• Helps Reduce Inflammation
• Maintains Healthy Cholesterol
• Improves Cardiovascular Health
• Supports Immune System
• Provides Increased Energy
• Improves Cognitive Function
• Improves Blood Sugar Levels
• Promotes Healthier Skin and Hair

Nitro FX can improve circulatory health by dialating the arteries so more blood, oxygen, and nutrients can travel from the heart to the rest of the body. In addition, it helps minimize clotting by discouraging blood platelets from sticking to one another or to the vessel wall. The effects of Nitric Oxide serve to improve overall circulation in the body.
Nitro FX is a proprietary formula derived from the Noni plant. Studies show that Nitro FX is highly effective in promoting Nitric Oxide creation in the body. A few drops every day increases your Nitric Oxide levels which increases blood flow, improves energy, and defends, repairs, and maintains nearly every cell in the body.
Nitric Oxide's function in the human body is one of the most important discoveries in recent medical and scientific history. The importance of Nitric Oxide was underscored when three Pharmacologists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 for their research on Nitric Oxide.
Researchers have now studied Nitric Oxide extensively and the molecule is considered to be the most important signaling molecule found in the body.

• Improves Nutrient Absorption
• Increase Blood Flow
• Boosts Energy Level
• Promotes Heart Health
• Supports Immune System
• Improves Sexual Health
• Promotes Blood Sugar Balance

Built on the strong foundation of NitroFX research, preservative-free NitroXtreme takes a giant leap into maximizing natural Nitric Oxide production in the body. First, they increased the Nitrate content which is recognized as a primary compound responsible for the generation of Nitric Oxide. Next they added other key ingredients that magnify the production of NO and increase the ability of the body to use it. These other key ingredients; CoQ10, Magnesium, Zinc, Chromium, and Niacin, have other beneficial health and wellness impacts as well.
Nitric Oxide is essential for optimal health. It has been shown in numerous studies that it defends, maintains and repairs every cell in the body. NitroFX has lead the field in providing real results without the negative side effects of some other products.

∙Promotes cardiovascular health and improved bloodflow.
∙Supports muscle contraction and relaxation, as well as nerve transmission.
∙Promotes healthy skin and a strong immune system.
∙Reduces the risk of insulin resistance.
∙Supports proper function of the intestines. 

To purchase Kyani supplements and learn more about the company, go to: samtaggart.kyani.net

Foot Powder Recipe

1 cup Baking Soda or Arrowroot Powder
3-5 drops Peppermint or Purify (doTERRA blend) essential oils

Pour soda or powder in a clean empty jar, add essential oils and shake bottle until the oils are dispersed. I store mine in an empty spice jar.

To purchase essential oils, go to: www.mydoterra.com/samtaggart/

Quick & Easy Body or Foot Scrub Recipe

1/4-1/3 cup cold pressed Olive oil or Coconut oil
2 cups Sugar
4-7 drops lavender essential oil

Combine oil and sugar in a bowl and mix. Slowly add in essential oils and mix. Store in airtight container and enjoy! My kids love this stuff, we keep a container in the shower and use it daily.

To purchase oils, go to: www.mydoterra.com/samtaggart/

Simple Homemade Deodorant Recipe

6 tbsp Cornstarch
2 tbsp Baking soda
3 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
15 drops Lavender essential oil
15 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
10 drops Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
(Oil combinations are suggestions, use less or more if you wish)

1. In a small mixing bowl combine cornstarch, baking soda, and essential oils. Add one tablespoon of coconut oil at a time. Blend with back of spoon until past forms.
2. Store in covered container in a cool place. Apply with fingertips. Or clean out an old deodorant container and reuse.

In high temperatures, coconut oil will melt; in low temperatures, it will become hard. Store at room temperature to maintain the perfect texture. For roll-on deodorant, try doTERRA's fractionated coconut oil in place of virgin coconut oil. Clean out an old roll-on container and reuse.

To purchase essential oils, go to: www.mydoterra.com/samtaggart/

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Make Your Own Toothpaste

For the past few months I have been making my own toothpaste for my family using essential oils and I have really liked it. I have been concerned about the chemicals in toothpaste and have done a lot of research on the dangers of fluoride, which is surprisingly in a lot of the food we eat.  

Fluoride has been linked to lower IQ, thyroid issues, male reproductive issues, can interfere with the brain, can cause early puberty and so on. Another common ingredient in toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which gives it's nice bubbly taste, but may cause canker sores and attacks the mucous membranes in the mouth altering the structure of the skin. According to the Pesticide Action Network, sodium lauryl sulfate is linked to aquatic toxicity, and acts as a dangerous toxin for a variety of fish, micro-organisms and other living creatures. Triclosan is also in toothpaste which is registered by the EPA as a pesticide! Another common ingredient is glycerin which gives toothpaste it's smooth liquid-like texture. Glycerin actually leaves a thin layer on our teeth which can take several rinses to get off and prevents remineralization from occuring which allows our cavities to self-heal.

Toothpaste Recipe:

1/2 cup organic virgin cold pressed Coconut oil
2-3 Tbsp Baking soda
10-15 drops Essential oil of your choice

1. I first melt the coconut oil in the microwave or on the stove, then add the baking soda and stir. I let the mixture cool for an hour or two and stir frequently as it hardens since the baking soda tends to settle to the bottom. (If your coconut oil is somewhat soft you can add the baking soda to it and mash it together instead.)

2. I then add the essential oils. The last time I made toothpaste I put in 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil, 4 drops OnGuard blend, and 1 drop of Oregano. 

3. After adding the essential oils stir and then store in a container. I scoop the toothpaste out with the top of a plastic spoon I leave in the container.

4. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees so I always flush the sink with hot water after brushing. Depending on the time of year and the temperature, the consistency of the toothpaste will be different.

How to Properly Remove a Tick

As the weather has been getting warmer and we have been outside more, I have been watching out for ticks. There are a lot of old wives tales on how to remove ticks that can actually be harmful. I did a lot of research on how to safely remove a tick and most this information came from the CDC website, an entomologists website, and the Quick Reference Guide for using Essential Oils.

Some basic information about ticks: Ticks are not insects, they are actually arachnids which are close cousins of spiders, scorpions, and mites. They feed on blood and after becoming engorged, they drop off their hosts to molt, mate, or lay eggs. We attract ticks by our movement, body heat, and the carbon dioxide and lactic acid our bodies give off.

Contrary to popular belief, do NOT apply oil, petroleum jelly, ointment, soap or any other irritating substance on a tick. This will cause the tick to regurgitate it's stomach contents into you, increasing the likelihood that germs will be transmitted.

Do NOT burn it off with a match or cigarette. Like oil, heat will irritate the tick and cause it to vomit inside of you. Burning off a tick is also a bad idea because even though the tick will die, the mouth parts will still be inside of you and possibly cause infection. 

Do NOT squeeze the tick. Doing this will cause the tick to act like a hypodermic needle and you will inject yourself with tick saliva, gut contents, blood, and any disease germs it is carrying.

1. To remove a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers and grab the tick as close to the head as possible, be sure not to squeeze it. If you need to use your hands, cover them up with a tissue. Pull upward with steady even pressure until it releases it's grip, be patient. Don't twist or jerk, this can cause the mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove as much of the mouth parts as possible with tweezers. Use a magnifying glass if needed. (After researching online, there are tick removal tools you can buy.)

2. Do not handle the tick and wash your hands immediately afterwards.

3. After getting the tick out, wash the bite area and apply 1 drop of lavender essential oil every 5 minutes for 30 minutes to kill any bacteria and prevent infection. (Other oils you can use are basil, cinnamon bark, lemon, sage, thyme. All have antitoxic properties.)

4. Save the tick in a jar with rubbing alcohol, label it with the date, where you were bitten, and location or address where you were bitten for proper identification by your doctor. This is a precaution if you develop any symptoms. Knowing the kind of tick you were bitten by will help doctors to know what disease you may have transmitted. Only a portion of ticks in the wild harbor germs, so the probability of a single tick bite leading to disease is relatively low. Don’t panic if you or your children are bitten by a tick. Ticks can only transmit the disease if they feed on you, or if they are smashed and their body fluids are rubbed into a wound.

To purchase lavender essential oil, go to: mydoterra.com/samtaggart

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Give your Medicine Cabinet a Makeover!

Before                                                     After

Replace potentially harmful items in your medicine cabinet to something powerful and natural, essential oils! Since getting into essential oils a year and a half ago, I have slowly phased out over-the-counter medicines. I no longer have ibuprofen, advil, cough and cold medicines, or allergy medicine. I also make my own toothpaste, mouth spray, and use the oils for wound care. 

As I learned more about essential oils and had more experiences using them, I realized that I no longer needed to use those over-the-counter medicines. I also like knowing that what I am using is natural and do not contain any potentially harmful chemicals. Do you ever read the label of ingredients of products you use? I don't even know what half the ingredients are in most of the things I used to buy.

Here are some of the oils I use most often in my home:

Lavender – all things calming                                                            Lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its therapeutic properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and acknowledged for its calming and relaxing qualities.
  • Diffuse in a room or apply topically to calm  anxiety and soothe emotions
  • Apply topically to soothe irritated skin and lips
  • Massage on back or bottom of feet, apply a drop to pillow at   bedtime
  • Apply immediately to help calm reaction to a bee sting or bug bite

Lemon – clean & freshen

This essential oil powerhouse is cold-pressed from lemon rinds to preserve its delicate nature and potent properties. Lemon is known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser that can be used to complement many other oils. Diffusing lemon in a room can cleanse the air and uplift mood. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaning booster.

  • Add a drop to honey to soothe a dry or sore throat
  • Diffuse in a room to neutralize odors and elevate mood
  • Use to clean kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances
  • Take internally with water as an antioxidant and detoxifier
  • Dissolves gum and sap

Peppermint – cool & invigorating

Peppermint is popular in countless forms—from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid.

  • Use with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse
  • Inhale deeply to invigorate lungs and increase alertness
  • Add to water in a spray bottle and mist body when overheated
  • Apply to neck and forehead with Lavender to calm headaches

Frankincense – exclusive oil from Oman

Perhaps the most precious of the ancient oils, frankincense is highly sought after by modern consumers for its many uses, including relaxation, immune support, and mood enhancement.

  • Use to clean and dress minor cuts and sores
  • Use with a carrier oil for beautiful, radiant skin
  • Apply to bottom of the feet or use internally to support immune function
  • Use with Lavender and Peppermint to reduce stress and headaches
  • When in doubt, use Frankincense!

Melaleuca – first aid for the skin

Recognized by its more common name, ‘tea tree’, melaleuca has been revered for its cleansing and regenerative properties, especially for the skin. Composed of more than ninety different compounds, it has limitless therapeutic applications.

  • Apply to skin blemishes and rashes as part of a daily cleansing program
  • Use with shampoo or conditioner for healthy scalp and hair
  • Apply to feet and toenails after showering, swimming, or working out

Oregano – natural immune support

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used oregano as a cleansing agent as well as for digestive and respiratory support. High in antioxidant activity, oregano contains phenolic acids and flavanoids.

  • Take several drops in gelatin capsule for periodic immune support
  • Dilute and apply to bottom of feet of kids and adults as a natural defense
  • Use internally as part of a monthly cleansing regimen for GI health
Deep Blue – muscle & joint support

According to recent studies, more than half of us are sufferers of ongoing discomfort. Deep Blue is dōTERRA’s soothing solution to this challenge. Wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, helichrysum and osmanthus work together to ease achy joints and sore muscles. Its effects are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into the area of discomfort, the benefit will be felt almost immediately.

  • Apply directly to tired, aching joints
  • Rub on muscles before and after exercise to reduce discomfort
  • Use with a carrier oil for a therapeutic deep-tissue massage

Breathe – respiratory support

Respiratory issues are prevalent in modern society. dōTERRA essential oils are a perfect way to ease breathing consistently for a sustained benefit. Breathe is a remarkable blend of CPTG® essential oils which combine to do just that—help you breathe easier. A proprietary blend including laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, and ravensara cleanses and soothes the airways, and can easily be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Its pleasant aroma is calming to the senses and perfect for nighttime diffusion allowing for restful sleep.

  • Apply topically to chest and neck to help clear lungs and sinuses
  • Diffuse or add to humidifier at bedtime for more restful sleep
  • Apply to chest or bottom of feet for seasonal respiratory discomfort

DigestZen – digestive support

Many essential oils have been recognized through research as powerful agents to help restore normal balance in the digestive system. Digestzen takes advantage of these well-established therapeutic compounds in a proprietary blend of pure essential oils. Ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise each have specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend. When used internally, dōTERRA’s Digestzen brings soothing digestive relief.

  • Rub on stomach to ease digestive discomfort, nausea, or motion sickness
  • Take internally at meal times to support healthy, comfortable digestion
  • Apply to bottom of feet of children to help ease digestive issues

On Guard – natural defense

On Guard is dōTERRA’s unique, proprietary blend formulated to support healthy immune function.* Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. On Guard, with its unique aroma, is one of our most versatile blends. It is also safe to use on counter tops, as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces, or to clear the atmosphere by diffusing. On Guard is superb for eliminating and controlling pathogens due to the potency of its constituents.

  • Diffuse in a room to eliminate airborne pathogens
  • Dilute and gargle morning and night as a protective mouth rinse
  • Take several drops in gelatin capsule for added immune support
  • Dilute in spray bottle to clean handles, phones, & other community surfaces

To purchase these oils, go to: mydoterra.com/samtaggart 
The 'family physician kit' contains all 10 of these oils at a discounted price.

Your Voice Commands your Mind, Body, & Spirit

What you think and say, creates your reality.

Meditate and Pray.

Think positively.

Speak positive words.