Code Green: Boogies Inbound

As I sit and bask in the early afternoon sun, I ignore the temperature and know spring is on the horizon. But there always seems to be time for one last cold or worse.

Running a home daycare, I was fully expecting my winter to be nothing but runny noses. The average child gets between 6 to 12 colds a year. Did that just send a chill up your spine too??

But truth be told, it wasn’t nearly that bad. We had one minor “outbreak” of a regular common cold – which only lasted about 3 mild days for the kids and one night for myself and the mister. Looking back, it really shouldn’t have surprised me. Cinnamon to the rescue!!

Cinnamon is an all natural antifungal and antibacterial oil and the key ingredient in Thieves – a bad ass spice blend  of cinnamon, cloves, rosemary and lemon, that improves immune function and cleans absolutely everything without any nasty synthetic ingredients.

The first step is to be in tune with your body. If you feel the slightest tickle, hint of congestion – time for action!! On days when I haven’t gotten enough sleep I follow these next steps too because I know I’m much more likely to come down with something when I’m sleep deprived.

Before I’m willing to admit I’m sick and through the duration of the symptoms you need to help support your natural immunity from germs and illness. I use a drop of Thieves on the bottom of my feet a couple times a day, use a drop of it in water as a gargle for sore throats and start taking Super C. Super C is an essential oil infused natural supplement that is absorbed faster and more completely than any other synthetic vitamin or mineral.

Next step is to clean. Those germs like to sit and wait for the next kiddo to put the toy in their mouth so the illness can make the rounds and prolong the pain. I add a couple of drops of Thieves Cleaner to water in a spray bottle and use it to disinfect all the toys and hard surface areas.

Cleaning will help stop the spread, but to lessen the coughs and colds of those who may already be sick (especially by two year olds who are more likely to cough in your mouth than anywhere else) a diffuser is your best secret weapon. Diffusing a blend with Eucalyptus like R.C from your starter kit, instantly helps anyone with congestion or coughs who is in the area. They feel better and lessen your exposure – win win!

So you have done your best, but you still caught the sniffles and are now using the diffuser on yourself. Which is fantastic, it will help you breathe, which will help you sleep. And THAT is key. Never underestimate the power of a good nights sleep.

There are oils for your other symptoms too – Pan Away for achy muscles, Peppermint for low energy and bad mood and Lavender to help you sleep and protect your nose from tender skin after too many tissues.

Everything described above is available in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. If you think you’d like to start switching out the synthetic pharmaceuticals for a natural solution that works better than any Tylenol – send me a message and I will set you up! cardamomandcloves@live.ca – Ask me how you can get your kit for free!

Love, Spices & Good Health,
Jodi

You do You

Making healthy changes is hard.

Some people want to tell you it is just about will power. And if you are the type of person who has no problem following rules and meeting expectations they set for themselves – maybe it is. I’m not that type of person. I’m the type that can do anything that’s expected of me by someone else, but I often drop the ball when it comes to delivering on a promise to myself. What Gretchen Rubin calls an Obliger – click here to find out what you are!

If I had understood, and more importantly, embraced this about myself. I would have spent a lot less time attempting to motivate myself like a person with endless willpower – and would have used tactics for habit change that actually work for my personality. And I wouldn’t have been so nasty to myself for not responding to methods that don’t gel with who I am.

Knowing what motivates you is the very first thing you need to learn before making any lasting changes in your life. It took me 4 years to lose the weight I wanted, and 90% of that time was just learning what didn’t work for me. And if you are in the middle of that – big hugs! It is incredibly frustrating, but will make it all the more sweet when you reach that mountain top.

And what worked for me?? I need accountability. Not just one partner that I tell about my new goal – but a community of people checking in and following up. Because I can do anything for someone else, but making a change for myself – it just doesn’t happen.

It started with a friend and I reading The Diet Fix by Yoni Freedhoff – A book I started only because we were reading it together. Otherwise it would probably still be on my shelf.

I started following the book’s advice after telling my sister in law and husband about it and saying I was going to do it. Every day there was a new task and my SIL would ask me what that day was all about so I was compelled to go on. And suddenly I had been making better, healthier choices for 10 days. A record for me at the time!

I learned to use Essential Oils because my mom would pop in with suggestions on oils I could use to clean or fix whatever we were talking about at the time. Or asking me which ones I was going to use first. After a while, it just became something I did without thinking. A new healthy habit, like brushing your teeth.

Accountability is key for me to make healthy changes in my life of all kinds. And if you are feeling like it is for you too – feel free to add me to your group of friends who want to be kept up to date on how you and your new healthy habits are doing! Message me on any of my social media accounts, email, or comment below. I want to know what you are up to and I’ll hold you to it.

Love and Spices,
Jodi

PS – if you feel like doing ALL the personality quizes check out the Authentic Happiness Project from Penn State.