Fight Viruses With These Six Essential Oils

Did you know you can fight viruses with essential oils? Yes! Besides having antibacterial and antifungal properties, these 6 essential oils also fight viruses, in the air, on surfaces, and inside your body.

Another good reason for using essential oils, especially these six I will discuss here, is that they promote healing, lift your spirits and give you a sense of well-being, help with focus and energy, and keep your house smelling clean and fresh!

In one German hospital air disinfection test, bacteria were reduced by 40% after twenty minutes, 80% after 1 hour, and 100% after 9 hours using essential oils of pine, thyme, mint, lavender, rosemary, clove and cinnamon.

But the key to how essential oils perform in virus suppression is found in aromatic molecules.

Several different essential oils have prominent anti-microbial and virus-inhibiting effects because of the phenols, terpenols, and aldehydes they all possess.

A few of my favorites

Here are the top six essential oils for fighting topical and airborne viruses in your home:

  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon

How to use essential oils to fight bacteria and viruses

  • Topically

Make a blend of your choice with around 4 drops per 10ml of a carrier oil, such as almond oil, jojoba oil, or fractionated coconut oils and rub your chest and body when you feel a cold or flu coming on.
It will aid in diminishing your symptoms as well as attacking the bacteria and viruses causing your infection and illness.

  • As a cleanser

To effectively kill surface germs, add 25 drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with 250ml of distilled water and spray down frequently used surfaces in your home, office, and vehicles.
You may also add to your mopping water essential oils to clean your floors.

  •  Air purification

Diffuse 8-10 drops of your choice of essential oils in a room diffuser to purify the air of germs and viruses.

My choice would be a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, and lemon. All have the necessary antiviral properties to rid your home of nasty viruses and also freshen the air.

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Tea tree oil is amazing for killing fungus, mold, and for destroying bacteria and viruses. Combining tea tree and eucalyptus makes a potent formula for killing E. coli and fighting staff infections. 

Also known as melaleuca, tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils and is especially helpful in steamy, musty areas like bathrooms and sickrooms.

Tea tree oil supports a healthy immune system, fights blemishes, freshens breath if used in toothpaste and/or mouthwash, and cleanses the air.

Peppermint essential oil is stimulating, helps with focus, can relieve upset stomach, and supports a healthy digestive and respiratory systems. 

Added to a carrier oil, peppermint essential oil also makes a great massage oil for sore muscles, freshens a glass of water or iced tea, and calms menopausal surges when mixed with witch hazel to make a cooling facial mist. (avoid the eye area!)

Also used in toothpastes and mouthwash, peppermint essential oil kills bacteria for fresh breath and healthy gums.

It’s compounds such as camphor, carvacrol, and menthol are resistant to many perilous strains of bacteria, such as salmonella, staph and E. coli.

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Lemon essential oil makes an excellent cleanser due to it’s antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It can be used for disinfecting metal surfaces, dishes, clothes and even your body!

After an illness, adding several drops of lemon essential oil in the wash cycle will kill odors and bacteria from your clothes.

Making an effective homemade all-purpose cleaner is easy by adding lemon essential oil to white or apple cider vinegar.

Lemon essential oil also purifies the air, so it’s great for the diffuser as well as lifting mood and spirits.

Add a drop of pure, 100% therapeutic grade lemon essential oil to your water or iced tea for a quick energy boost!

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Eucalyptus essential oil is a great antiseptic due to it’s germicidal qualities, so it is suitable to treat cuts, wounds, abrasions, sores, and ulcers. Mixed with tea tree oil it becomes the perfect germicide cleansing solution. 

In the late 1800’s, eucalyptus oil was used for the treatment of respiratory conditions such as asthma, flu, bronchitis, and coughs.
It is still highly recommended today for relief of colds, and congestion of the upper respiratory tract.

This is the very essential oil used in products like Vicks VapoRub because of its ability to reduce the muscle spasms that can narrow the airway making it difficult to breath. *This makes the oil and effective fighter of bronchitis and asthma, but should only be used in a carrier oil, or mixed in a lotion.

*hot essential oils like eucalyptus, cinnamon, thyme, and oregano will burn the skin if used neat. 

I could go on and on about the benefits and uses of eucalyptus essential oil, however, to be brief, I’m highlighting the uses that are most helpful in dealing with the situation we find ourselves in today with the Coronavirus.

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Lavender essential oil is great for boosting the immune system, it is the most well-known of all the essential oils, promotes calm, is included in many body products, as well as laundry products, and can aid in getting a restful sleep.

Use of lavender essential oil has been around for centuries as an effective stress manager as well as an anxiety calmer.

Calms skin irritations and helps heal bug bites. It is effective for treating fungal infections, so it might help with yeast infections, ringworm, and/or athlete’s foot.

Research has also shown some effectiveness for treatment of migraines, and headaches, hair growth, and wound healing.

Lavender essential oil has a pleasant scent which is why it is in so many formulations of body products, and used in a diffuser by the bed can sent one off to lala land in no time.

Although it calms skin irritations, it is recommended you use a couple of drops with a carrier oil just to be safe.

Diffusing the oil is the safest method for most applications, you can purchase an inexpensive diffuser almost anywhere these days, I have used everything form $50 dollar brands to one I found at a garage sale for $3 and they all work the same. To save time and money, I’ve included a good one here. 

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I prefer small, portable diffusers so I can move them around to whatever room I’m working in, there are also wearable diffusers, and car diffusers so you can take your essential oils to go!

Cinnamon essential oil is another common oil with a variety of uses. It’s tasty but *hot, so use with a carrier oil, in a diffuser, or diluted in food and drinks. It is an extremely potent antibacterial, has been researched as an effective use for reducing blood sugar, and has a warm, spicy, exotic fragrance.

Cinnamaldehyde is the compound that makes cinnamon essential oil perfect for the treatment of various ailments, and has been widely reported to kill bacteria and viruses.

Wonderful for diffusing during the holidays,  it can evoke pleasant memories of childhood Christmases around the fireplace, tasty aromas of cinnamon baked goods, and treated pinecones tossed in the fire will have your house smelling like a cozy winter’s night.

Some studies suggest cinnamon essential oil is effective for combating Streptococcus mutans (a type of bacteria linked to cavities) and that is why it’s found in some mouthwash and toothpastes.

Side effects that are possible warn against the use of cinnamon essential oil by pregnant women, and can possibly thin the blood, so always check with your doctor before use if you use blood thinners. The reason is because the compound in cinnamon EO is coumarin which can be toxic to the liver and kidneys if overused.

Cinnamon has many benefits and uses including pain relief, infection fighter, decreases bad cholesterol, stimulates libido, fights parasites and more.

Well, that’s my list of the six best essential oils for fighting viruses although there are others. Please do your own research and buy quality essential oils, which by the way, do not have to cost a fortune.

Check out my suggestions by clicking on the links and explore the many options there are for diffusing and using essential oils creatively.

There are roll-ons, blends, diffusing jewelry, the sky is the limit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Make sure to use quality 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, especially if using on or in your body.

*Disclosure: Mentions of associated products, services, or businesses within the content of this blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference. I only choose to promote products that I myself use and trust, same as with businesses and services.

*Always check with your physician or aromatherapist before using essential oils in case of potential side effects.

 

Coping With Corona

Good morning everyone!

I know I have been absent lately and for that I apologize. I have been focusing on my other blog lately because I have not had much to say here, I failed in so many ways on this blog, I struggle to maintain it, honestly.

I am having difficulty the same as everyone I imagine, dealing with the isolation and worry, anxiety and stress that the virus is causing right now…I’m trying to stay keto, which is easy during the day, it’s the glass(es) of wine I’m having every night that make me feel like a fraud. It’s Cabernet at least!

In all seriousness though, it may be wrong, but it’s how I’m coping. If that makes you want to unfollow me, I understand. But I am trying, and I want to share that lots of bloggers out there are keeping me sane!

I have had enough of news and negativity, I choose to read uplifting, funny, or entertaining news instead. I’m watching too much tv, but that is my way of escaping.

During the day, I write, do housework, yard work, crafts, cook, and read…I limit my tv watching until night for the most part. Now, if I’m crafting, I watch a show on Netflix, the latest is a guilty pleasure called Grace and Frankie. Check out my other blog for that review.

I’m trying to stay away from sugar as usual, and I make an effort to eat as healthy as possible but we have had a few cheats here and there. When I sin, it’s usually with alcohol. Wine, margaritas, or the occasional “adult” root beer…Diet root beer with vodka and heavy whipping cream is a keto root beer float. Delicious!

I am using my essential oils religiously.  Frankincense  and or lemon in my water every day, and I breathe in peppermint oil every morning to clear my head and help me focus.

I drink my bulletproof coffee every morning as well, getting that healthy dose of coconut oil and real butter for the fats I need. Peppermint oil as well as Frankincense are antibacterial and can help with many things from energy to focus, from settling your stomach, to helping with concentration.

These are the things I’m doing to cope as well as staying connected to friends and family through texting, FaceTime, social media, telephone calls…however I can hear another voice or see a friendly face. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The hashtag #inthistogether is everywhere.

I’m working on a story for a competition, writing  on my blogs and Medium, and trying to get exercise when I can, sitting is so horrible for you. I’m guilty of sitting too much these past few weeks, so when the weather is nice, I try to walk at least.

How are you guys handling and coping with the crisis? I hope I don’t lose you, I consider you all my friends and family just as much as my close friends and family are.

I just wanted to check in and say Hi, I am with you, I have missed being here, and I will try to do better!  I hope you are all well and keeping your sense of humor in tact! Stay safe, and be healthy!

What are Chaffles? Healthy Waffles! Delicious!

What are Chaffles? Healthy and Delicious Waffles!

Most of you know I had done a previous post on Waffles being healthy. Unfortunately, due to an error on my part, I trashed that post and can never get it back.

So. I’m doing a new post on Chaffles, what they are and why they are taking the keto world by storm.

Whether you follow a keto, Paleo, or any other kind of diet, these things are delicious and nutritious, as well as versatile and easy to make.

As soon as I found the recipe, I knew I had to make them.

Whipping out my Belgian waffle maker, however, soon made me realize I had the wrong “tool” for creating the perfect Chaffle, which is a cheese and egg creation perfectly legal on all low carb diets.

The very next chance I got, I rushed out to get a Dash mini-waffle maker-that is the right appliance for perfect Chaffles every time.

See, the Chaffle is used as a bread substitute in most recipes. Each Chaffle is like a slice of bread or a bun for sandwiches, burgers, heck even tacos!

That makes them very versatile and you are going to love making and eating them as much as I do!

Important to know: the recipe makes two Chaffles, so put exactly half the recipe in your pre-heated, greased Dash mini-waffle maker.

The basic recipe for a Chaffle is one large egg and a half cup of shredded cheese. Some add a 1/4 t of baking powder to make them fluffier.

That first bite of a bread-like sandwich was pure delight. I was hooked and wanted to try all the variations one could make with this thing.

Since then, I have made churro Chaffles, chocolate Chaffles with a creamy peanut butter spread in the middle, Wonder Bread Chaffles, and they were all delicious!

You can even make dessert Chaffles like the Oreo Chaffle with a sweet creamy spread in the middle.

They are great for ham and cheese sandwiches, burgers, pulled pork…whatever you can imagine!

Play around with all the recipes and whatever you do, go get a Dash! They can be found everywhere from Target to Amazon. $9.99 is all you’ll pay!

They even make one now that can cook 4 Chaffles at the same time! Make a bunch and freeze them for grab and go meals.

Check my Pinterest board for lots of tasty varieties! All the recipes can be found there like this original one I started with.

Here is the nutrition info for a basic Chaffle: per Chaffle! Calories: 150 Fat:  12g Carbs: 1g Fiber: 0g Protein: 9g Net Carbs: 1g

Please do yourself a favor, go get your Dash, make some Chaffles and report back to me! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, new recipe ideas, whatever!

 

 

Use Your Leftover Turkey To Make A Great Meal Tonight!

How can you use your leftover turkey to make a great meal tonight?

Do what I did last night, I scoured Pinterest for the best keto recipes for leftover turkey and found this one for Jalapeno Popper Casserole. We ate it with a nice salad and that was a quick, easy dinner that used up my remaining turkey!

While there were lots of recipes to choose from, I was house bound yesterday and had to use what I had on hand. Lucky for me, I always keep and extra brick of Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese in the fridge and it came in handy for this recipe!

Whipped might have been easier 😊

This meal was so cheesy and delicious, it’s sure to please your entire family. I can’t take all the credit though, the recipe came from An Edible Mosaic blog and sadly, I forgot to take my own picture of the finished product, but she has one on her site if you need a visual.

This meal would be delicious whether you used chicken, or turkey, as it was, I had to chop up a bit of leftover ham to reach two cups of meat and it still turned out fabulous!

I pinned the recipe to my page, or you can click the link above to take you straight to it. It’s gluten-free, low-carb, keto approved!

We had enough for a second meal!

My dad had given me some of his home-grown green onions and they came in handy for the final garnish. Thanks Dad!

Finally, A Porridge I Can Love!

Baby, it’s cold outside and that calls for a nice, hot bowl of tasty, low-carb porridge to warm you from the inside out! Finally, I have stumbled on one that I can love, made from almond flour, flax, egg, butter, and cream, with the texture I’ve been missing from cream of wheat.

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I was searching through my Pinterest board, looking for a warm bowl of something tasty to make for breakfast, since it’s 29 degrees here in Texas this morning, when I saw it. A post from The Low Carb Maven about a porridge that’s simple, quick, and tastes just like the cream of wheat I used to eat back in the pre-Paleo, pre-Keto days.

She calls it just what it is, Almond Flour Porridge Breakfast Cereal (Low Carb, Keto, Paleo) and I was in such a rush to eat it, I totally forgot to take a picture of it! I’m a terrible blogger! (Just click the link for a photo.)

Since I can no longer eat oatmeal (and never was a fan anyway), I love the thought of a warm, buttery bowl of goodness like this here porridge provides. It is also important that it has the same mouth feel as cream of wheat, or malt-o-meal like I used to eat as a kid.

The recipe comes together quick, I opted for a mix it-microwave it til it’s ready version, but you can make it on the stove as well. I was in a rush. It still turned out perfect! It looked a little different in the bowl, yet tasted perfectly fine on my tongue.

Photo credit: Pixabay

My sweeteners were the only change to her recipe, as I don’t have any of the kind she mentioned. I always use Pyure brand Stevia and/or coconut sugar, in this case I used a little of both. She didn’t say, but I use Kerrygold grass-fed butter also. (Always!)

The link above will take you to the recipe, or my Pinterest board would, but if you’re in a rush and want it now, here it is:

Almond Flour Porridge

Ingredients:

3 T Sukrin Defatted Almond Flour

1T ground golden flax

pinch salt

3/4 C water

1 lg beaten egg

1T Sukrin Gold (or your favorite sweetener to taste)

1T heavy cream

(She added berries but I did not, totally up to you, just figure in the added carbs)

She also gives on the stove instructions, but I mixed everything into the beaten egg except the cream which I added later as the cereal started to thicken in the microwave. I cooked it in 45 second bursts until it was thick and hot.

Let me know your thoughts if you try it, oh, and one more thing of note; I used the almond flour I had on hand, and the flax too, which was brown…it turned out just as good. 😉

Keto Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

Happy Day Of The Dead or Dia de los Muertos! One of the popular foods or drinks to celebrate this ancient Mexican holiday is Oaxacan Hot Chocolate which leans more to spicy than sweet.

Since the weather is beginning to get cooler, hot drinks become the popular thing to drink, not only in Mexico but here as well. Chocolate is native to Mesoamerica and the ancients actually ground the beans on a grinding stone to make the delicious beverage.

Photo credit: Pixabay

Today we are lucky enough to have cocoa powder which makes the job much easier. To make your own spicy hot chocolate, (keto approved) just follow this easy recipe.

Ingredients: 2T Organic Cocoa powder

1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

1/4 tsp Organic Ceylon Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Fine Sea Salt

1/8 tsp Organic Ground Cayenne Chili pepper

1 Cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1pkt Pyure brand Stevia

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a Ninja Blender and blend for 10 seconds. Pour into a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of cayenne. Enjoy!

You could also top your yummy hot, spicy chocolate with some home made coconut whipped cream!

Keto Granola, Breakfast, Snack, or Dessert Topping?

How best to use this Keto Granola? For breakfast, snack, or dessert topping? However you want I say!

Good afternoon everyone and how are you? We are happy to see sunshine for the first day in a week or more! It’s been raining so much and cloudy for so long, I was about to succumb to depression.

I found this recipe for keto granola on Fat For Weight Loss and I absolutely love it! You should visit his site, he always has lots of great ideas and tips for great keto recipes. (Click on the link for the recipe)

I don’t know about you, but breakfast is honestly the hardest part of this diet (and getting enough fat) because I get bored with eggs pretty quick. Now I have a great tasting alternative that can be used for breakfast and a lot more!

I had everything I needed except the MCT oil and it still turned out terrific and tasted great. If it is still not sweet enough for you, just add a sprinkle of granulated Stevia to your bowl of granola and almond or coconut milk.

My favorite new breakfast! Keto granola with almond milk and maybe a few frozen blueberries!

It delivers that crunch we on the keto diet miss so much, the only thing I wished for was some raisins or craisins, the Paleo granola I used to make had dried fruit in it.

Do try this and tell me how you like it. It’s mainly nuts and seeds, mixed with butter, egg, and sugar free maple syrup, baked a few minutes in the oven to toast it and voila!

This granola can be used however you like it, snack out of the bag, in a bowl for breakfast with almond milk, or layered between low-carb yogurt in a parfait glass. Top your keto pudding or ice cream with it!

I keep mine in the fridge to keep it fresh and crispy. Freezer is fine too.

Also, I’m here to tell you I may be going radio silent for the next week, I’m off on my cruise tomorrow morning bight and early! An entire week y’all, I must say, I’m getting excited!

 

 

VitaCup Vitamin Infused Coffee-My Review

My sample turned out to be a 16ct box!!

I received my sample of Genius blend from VitaCup in the mail yesterday and all I can say is Wow!! VitaCup is vitamin infused coffee that really delivers on it’s promises. Let me explain:

First of all, it has MCT infused in it, so it promises energy and focus-which it delivered! My eyes were opened instantly and my brain fog was lifted!

MCT oil is a type of fat found in various oils and dairy products like coconut oil and butter. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, these carbon atoms (6-12) are processed by the body differently than long chain triglycerides. They go straight from the gut to the liver where they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones.

MCT is used by people who want to lose weight, or increase their energy and focus during a workout. Others claim it aids in thinking and may help with certain forms of dementia.

Enlarge to read better all the vitamins infused into this coffee!

VitaCup coffee infuses this oil plus lots of vitamins like D3, B1, B5, B9, B6, and B12 for an energy boosting, metabolism supported cuppa joe to get your morning started with a kick!

Also included in the Genius blend are cinnamon and turmeric spices which are natural antioxidants that support heart health and are anti-inflammatory.

Just think, all you do is drink a cup of coffee in the morning as usual, and now your mood is lifted, you can focus on daily tasks, go workout with more energy, and the coffee tasted delicious as well!

Now, it is totally acceptable to jazz up your cup as you normally do if your thing is to add butter and sweetener (and maybe a splash of pure vanilla extract) like I do in the morning. That’s just how I roll.

Do try their coffee and tell me how you like it. Go to their website, (VitaCup) get a possible 20% discount when you sign up, log in and spin the wheel! Leave a Facebook review and earn points for future discounts. Every time you buy, you earn points once you’re registered on the site.

In addition, there are several varieties to choose from, Beauty Blend, Breakfast Blend and more! All have the vitamins you need for a fabulous start to your day already blended in a great-tasting cup of coffee.

The pods are responsibly designed to be recyclable, soy free, gluten free, BPA free, and made in the USA. What could be better than that??

PS: I got my sample on a Facebook promotion, so watch for that! It cost me $3.99 and they were nice enough to send a 16ct box! That is way more than 20% off.

(I got no financial compensation from this review)

Why It’s Good to “Eat the Rainbow”

Morning everyone, do you know why it’s important to “eat the rainbow”?

Because we cannot make our own Vitamin C, it is essential we get it from our diet. We need this important vitamin to help provide antioxidant protection, enhance wound healing, help synthesize collagen and more.

Living the Keto lifestyle means eating all types of low-carb foods, yet you could be missing your recommended amounts of Vitamin C and other nutrients.

Since fruits typically high in Vitamin C are not normally consumed on a Keto diet, it may be handy to have a list of the top ten foods that do. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to symptoms like these:

  • Dry hair
  • Slow wound healing
  • Rough, scaly skin
  • Increased bruising
  • Frequent illness or infections

So, oranges and other citrus may be out, what foods are in?

Top Ten High Vitamin C, Low-Carb Foods

  1. Bell Peppers-higher in Vitamin C than any citrus fruit
  2. Kale-also protects against 4 kinds of cancer
  3. Broccoli-provides more than 100% of your daily Vit C requirement
  4. Sugar Snap Peas-one serving exceeds recommended daily value of Vit C
  5. Brussel Sprouts-Low calorie, cruciferous veggie, helps meet daily goal
  6. Strawberries-can be consumed on keto since they contain less sugar
  7. Kohlrabi-a type of cabbage best eaten in soups or stews
  8. Cauliflower-rich in Vit C, delicious raw or cooked
  9. Red Cabbage-a veggie in the Brassica family
  10. Chicken liver-one of the only animal foods considered a good source of Vit C

Following a Keto diet doesn’t mean getting suboptimal levels of Vitamin C if you “eat the rainbow”. Try to incorporate some or all of these foods on a daily basis to maintain healthy skin, bones, and prevent certain cancers.

How to Make Baked Zucchini With Mozzerella

How To Make Baked Zucchini with Mozzerella

Every once I need a while, it’s nice to have something other than the same old veggie dishes over and over. The other night, I tried this delicious side dish with our meat and salad for dinner.

This recipe is so easy your kids can make it (supervised of course), and it’s the first time my picture of the finished product looked like the Pinterest version!

I pre-sliced my zucchini and when my hubby got home, I took it out, troweled off the extra moisture and placed the sliced zucchini on a baking sheet with some parchment paper on it. Next, I sprinkled seasoning salt on each slice and cooked them for 10-15 minutes.

Then I took them out and sprinkled them with Mozzerella cheese and returned them to the oven for 3-5 minutes until they were bubbly and a bit brown. They were so delicious!

Make these soon and let me know how you liked them!

Baked Zucchini with Mozzerella

Recipe:

  1. Slice zucchini into 1/4-1/2 in pieces.
  2. Place flat onto a large cookie sheet
  3. Sprinkle with seasoned salt
  4. Bake 350 for 10-15 minutes
  5. Remove and sprinkle slices with cheese
  6. Turn oven to broil
  7. Put the cookie sheet back in the oven for 3-5 minutes, watching closely so they don’t burn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 123.                 Calories from fat: 72

Total fat 8g.                      Total Carbs 2g

Sugars 2g.                          Protein 9g