Day 300-Wednesday's Medical Minute-7 Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Alright, only 65 days to go before my year of daily blogging is up! You guys sick of me yet? lol! I have to say, it’s been fun, but it will be nice to take step back and have a little breather for a while. Maybe go to three days a week or something. 🙂

Today I thought I’d get into a discussion about my latest favorite essential oil: grapefruit

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It has so many uses and benefits and smells so wonderful, I can’t believe it’s taken so long for me to write about it. I have actually been using it for a while, it was in a blend that I used to use to maintain my weight (one of the many benefits), but now I use it alone or combined with lemon in my water every day.

If you have been hiding under a rock for the last few years, you may be unaware that grapefruit is one of the best foods to eat for weight loss and burning fat. Many folks jus don’t like grapefruit because it is bitter, or they can’t eat it because it reacts with their medications. Well, grapefruit essential oil is the answer! Of course, you should check with your doctor if you take certain medications for depression or blood pressure but it is considered safe.

Whether you choose to use it internally like me (only 100% organic ctpg brands please) or in a massage oil concoction, you will do your body a favor by adding this to your routine. Some studies show that even inhaling the aroma of this potent essential oil can naturally lower your blood pressure and help you relax! If using internally, only use the recommended amount (usually one drop per 16oz glass of liquid) because overconsumption can lead to gallstones and cause spasms. Also, if using topically, be sure to mix it with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut or jojoba oil if you have sensitive skin.

Some of grapefruit oil’s benefits are:

  • Disinfecting surfaces
  • Cleansing your body
  • Reducing depression
  • Stimulating your immune system
  • Decreasing fluid retention
  • Curbing sugar cravings
  • Aiding in weight loss

Grapefruit oil contains many antioxidants and phytochemicals which reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.  Limonene, which makes up between 88-95% of the oil is a tumor-fighting, cancer preventative phytochemical that protects cells from damage. It is just one of its several antioxidants including vitamin C, myrcene, terpinene, pinene, and citronellol.

Some of the many uses of grapefruit essential oil are as follows:

Natural Antibacterial-Because of its antimicrobial effects, grapefruit oil can kill bacteria internally or on the skin, prevent the growth of mold and fight strong bacterial strains responsible for food-born illnesses like salmonella and E-coli.

Air Freshener-Getting rid of odors can be accomplished by diffusing a blend of grapefruit, lemon, and orange essential oils, which clean and deodorize the air.

Weight Loss Booster-Some of grapefruit oil’s active ingredients are beneficial to boost metabolism, reduce hunger cravings and appetite. This makes it a great tool for losing weight in a fast and healthy way. Diffused around the home or office, it can help curb those cravings when they strike. If you can, add a drop to your water and sip throughout the day or rub a drop on your wrist to drive hunger pangs away. Direct Inhalation of the oil can kick sugar cravings as well. 

Digestive Booster-Grapefruit oil can help detox the liver and kidneys, help with fluid retention and fight gut bacteria. Combined with lemon essential oil, it can help flush toxins out of your system and may even help cure a hangover by stimulating the gallbladder and liver.

Helps Clean Hair, Fight Acne and Save Skin-Not only is grapefruit a great cellulite fighter, its antibacterial properties make it great for cleansing skin, and strengthening immunity against pollutants. It can help heal wounds, cuts, bits and prevent skin infections. Adding a few drops to your shampoo can reduce grease and sweat while adding volume and shine.

So you see, it is a very versatile oil and I’m only using it for half of it’s benefits myself! I like the fresh citrusy taste it gives beverages and when added to the diffuser, it makes the whole room smell fresh and clean. Now, I am not a certified aromatherapist, and you should always check with your healthcare provider before trying anything new. I learned what I know through my own research and trusted sources like Dr Axe, Dr Mercola and Roxy over at The Oily Guru. I don’t get anything to talk about them, nor am I currently affilitated with any particular brand. Maybe that will change in the future, but for now I use a brand that I can get locally that is ctpg (certified theraputic pure grade)  and it has been working fine for me.

Give grapefruit essential oil a try and let me know what you think. If you have a question or comment, leave it below and I’ll try to address it to the best of my ability. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow, on the patio.

 

*I also have to include the medical disclaimer-these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 51-Tips and Tricks Week-How to Clean Your Crockpot (The Easy Way!)

Ok, I’m not going to necessarily make all the tips this week about cleaning, however, this one is a favorite of mine and after proving to myself it works, you should too!

No one likes to put a brand new meal in a stained, ugly crockpot. I know I don’t. I tried many methods to get that ring that wants to stay baked on off, but this is the one that works the best, very time!

I found this little gem on the website lifeshouldcostless.com, and pinned it to my Pinterest board a long time ago. She has a video tutorial that makes it easy to follow, but I thought I’d just cover the steps here-it’s easy peasy! I’m not trying to copy anyone, I just know not everyone has Pinterest, so I wanted to share the best tips from around the web to help you all save time and money.

Ok- Step 1

Fill the crockpot with water to just above the ring of crud

Step 2

Add one cup of white vinegar for a 6 qt cooker, or 1/2 cup for a 3 qt

Step 3

Slowly add a cup of baking soda a spoonful or so at a time-wait until the bubbles die down between each spoonful

Step 4

Cover and turn your crockpot on to low for 4 hours

Step 5

Let the crockpot cool down and wash normally with soapy water.

Thats it! The ring will be totally gone and your crockpot will shine like new!

I hope you enjoyed this tip, feel free to check it out on my Pinterest board for the full tutorial with pics or go straight to the website I mentioned above. Thank you to Sarah for the awesome tip.

Feel free to comment below or ask a question and please keep those content comments coming in. I’ll be checking to see what everyone has voted for. I appreciate all the advice so far. I hope everyone has a lovely day, I’ll see you tomorrow when I share another cool tip to help with the coming cold weather (eventually :))!

See y’all then, I’ve got to go clean up my patio! 

 

 

Day 50-Tips & Tricks Week-Cleaning Your Glass Shower Doors

Yea! I’ve reached a milestone in my yearlong quest to post everyday! Although I’ve been blogging way longer, I’ve got 50 of the 365 days done!

I read your responses and will continue to read them for a week before I make my final decision. For now, I will continue the way I have been and therefore deem this week Tips and Tricks week, where I will share with you some of the stuff I find from around the web (for those of you who may not have seen them.)

The goal is to share some tips on cleaning and other shortcuts using household items that are natural and non-toxic to reduce the amount of chemicals in your home. My opinion is, the less toxic chemicals one uses, the less chance of getting cancer or some other ailment.

Today, I want to share a tip for cleaning your glass shower with vinegar, alcohol and baking soda. I have personally tried this and it works! Just don’t try it on your mirrors, you will have to follow up with windex anyway. I got this tip from a website called Instructables.com and it’s a great little site for all kinds of tips, tricks and DIY projects. It is probably on my Pinterest page as well, somewhere under the tips and tricks section.

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Anyhoo, all you need is three simple household ingredients, something to scrub the glass with that won’t scratch it, and a squeegee. First, mix your cleaner by adding 1 cup of white vinegar with one cup of alcohol. Mix well and then add 3 Tbsps of baking soda. Using a funnel, pour into a spray bottle. Grab your supplies and jump in the shower. Spray the solution on the glass doors, then, one at a time, take your scrubby sponge and using a circular motion, scrub each glass panel. Rinse thoroughly using the handheld shower sprayer (hopefully you have one) and the squeegee the rinsed doors. Like magic, the water stains and soap scum have disappeared! Stubborn spots may need a second application, however, I’m sure you’ll be happy with the results. After squeegeeing, you can dry with paper towels, but it’s not necessary. It’s just gonna get wet again right? Maybe if you were selling the house or something, lol.

Thats my tip for the day, try it and let me know how it worked for you, if you have a better one, stick it in the comment box-I’d love to hear it!

Update: Check out the post on my Pinterest page from http://Simplehomeblessings.com for a way to keep your glass doors clean for months, from the start!

 

Day 18-EO's Week- Lavender

So, we are gearin up for our vacation, but before I get into that mode completely, I need to put the focus on another great essential oil to have in your cabinet, lavender! I will totally need to take this with me as it is great for healing bug bites and scratches. We all know how those coastal mosquitos are! Lavender oil is actually an ingredient in some mosquito repellents.

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Along with several other oils I’ve discussed this week, lavender is also anti-viral, anti-biotic, and is a powerful anti-fungal. It disinfects as well as deodorizes. It’s no surprise then that it’s uses are wide and varied, from medicinal to cleansing.

When you want a good night’s sleep, try adding lavender to your diffuser and soon you will be relaxed and dreaming. I usually add it to mine in addition to other oils that go well together, or, I add it to my bath if I bathe at night, along its some Epsom salts. It soothes sore muscles and relaxes me so I get a good sleep.

Of course, it’s been used since ancient times as a perfume since its scent is floral and slightly woodsy. It was so valued for its medicinal benefits, people used to wear it on their person to ward off the plague. It’s been used for thousands of years, the Egyptians even used it for wrapping mummies.

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Lavender can even help lower cholesterol, balance hormones and treat depression just by applying it topically to the neck. According to recent studies, it can even help balance blood sugar levels, making it an effective treatment for diabetes. It also helps lower blood pressure levels. An excellent article found on DrMercola.com highlights the history as well as the efficacy of this powerful oil.

This is one of my top ten favorite oils to have around and I can attest for its skin healing and sleep producing benefits. In fact, I need to go get the diffuser ready right now, the stresses of everyday will soon melt away! That, coupled with the glass of Cabernet should have me in dreamland very quickly tonight. Yes, I’m allowed a glass of wine, in fact, as long as it’s red wine, it’s encouraged by the American Heart Association. Besides, as I alluded to earlier, vacation mode is near and I’m about to trade my patio for the beach for a week!

Have any of you tried Lavender and how did it work for you? Let me know in the comments and shoot me any questions you might have. Join me tomorrow for a talk about Rosemary. Until then, may all your dreams be peaceful, on the patio. 😴