DIY Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist

DIY Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist | Jill's Home Remedies | Have a relaxing night's sleep with this herbal pillow mist!

I used to dislike the smell of lavender, but I’ve realized since getting into herbs and essential oils that it’s been the fake chemical lavender smell that I disliked in perfumes and soaps. I really enjoy using real lavender as a home remedy now!

Just yesterday I had a terrible headache all morning. I grabbed my bottle of lavender oil on the way to my girls’ sports practice and breathed it in deeply for about 15 minutes on the drive there, and my headache went away shortly after that. In the past, I have also placed lavender oil on an aromatherapy necklace and had a severe headache go away in 30 minutes.

Lavender is now one of my favorite home remedies for headaches!  It’s so much safer than the OTC medications I used to take.  You can also apply this oil to your temples when you have a headache or a stressful day.  See my other home remedies for headaches posts here.

I also enjoy adding organic lavender flowers to my favorite tea mixes for relieving stress and healing nerve damage.  That’s another recipe I’ll have to share one of these days. (Buy organic lavender flowers here.)

Today I’m sharing a very simple relaxing recipe that is perfect for spraying on your pillow at night or spritzing in a room as an air freshener.  It’s guaranteed to relax you and send you to the land of sweet dreams!

DIY Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist
(Recipe Source: Dr. Angie Ates)
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp. witch hazel
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop of real vanilla extract (The alcohol in real extract will help preserve the spray.)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spritz pillows at night and use as an air freshener. 
Buy lavender essential oil here.

Do you use lavender in your home?  Let me know how!

Spice Up Your Marriage With These 5 Herbs

Spice Up Your Marriage With These 5 Herbs | Jills Home Remedies | Here are 5 herbs that will bring spice into your love life!

Sometimes you may find that your body is thrown off balance and not functioning the way it should, which can include sexual energy.   What exactly causes imbalances?

  • Diet – So many imbalances in the body are diet related.  We do not eat the way we should and our bodies cannot process all the junk we put into it.  It’s as simple as that.  Most of us need to change our diets in a major way, but it is a gradual process. Start where you can – little changes are better than none!
  • Toxins – We come into toxins on a regular basis through makeup, body care, cleaners, medications, etc.  This can really affect the way a body functions.
  • Stress – We live in a high-stress society. Stress is a HUGE factor in causing illness, cancers, and overall health problems. Be sure you are getting enough sleep each night to help your body recover from stress, and take herbs that are good for the nerves to help your body handle stress.
  • Lack of exercise – staying fit and active are very important for all areas of life!

Spice Up Your Marriage With These 5 Herbs

Besides being aphrodisiacs and having the potential to “spice up your marriage”, these 5 herbs listed below also have other health benefits as well, such as: [1]

Ashwagandha Root 

  • Manage Stress
  • Heal Adrenal Fatigue and Fatigue in General
  • Protects Immune System
  • Helps with Memory
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar [2]

Damiana 

  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Impotence
  • Menstrual Problems [3]

Catuaba 

  • Nervous Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia [4]

Suma Root 

  • Gives energy
  • Improves hormone balance
  • Reduces dark circles in skin care [5]

Saw Palmetto Berries 

  • Good for reproductive organs for men and women (Perfect supplement to prevent prostate cancer!)
  • Antiseptic
  • Helps rid the body of excess mucus [6]

How To Use These Herbs

  1. You can purchase these herbs in capsules to take, or buy them in loose, bulk form and put them in capsules yourself to save money.
  2. You can make a tea out of these herbs and drink a few cups as needed.
  3. You can add these herbs to smoothies, drinks, yogurt, applesauce, etc.

Buy organic saw palmetto here.
Buy organic ashwagandha root, damiana, Catuaba, and suma root here.

Have you ever used any of these herbs for your health?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

REFERENCES

  1. 10 Best Herbs for Boosting Female Sex Drive. (2014). Retrieved February 04, 2016, from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-best-herbs-boosting-female-sex-drive/
  2.  What Is Ashwagandha? (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha
  3.  Damiana Benefits & Information (Turnera Diffusa). (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-damiana.html
  4.  The Effects of Catuaba. (2015). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/142981-the-effects-catuaba/
  5.  4 Benefits of Suma Root for Women’s Health. (2014). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/4-benefits-of-suma-root-for-womens-health/
  6.  Saw Palmetto Berries – Powder, Organic. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Saw-Palmetto-Berries-Powder

 

 What Is Ashwagandha? (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha

3 Delicious Ways To Add Turmeric To Your Diet

turmeric

Unless you don’t keep up with natural health at all, you’ve likely noticed the huge boost in popularity of the herb turmeric.  Finding it out of stock at my local health food store yesterday was no surprise to me.  The fact that it helps so many different health conditions is a good reason why it has become so popular.

Besides being one of the most powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory herbs available, turmeric is also a great herb to heal coughs, fight cancer, and prevent Alzheimer’s.

Turmeric is a common spice for Indian foods and I must confess that I’ve never used it as an actual food spice, but I have been using it in other ways to get its benefits in my family’s diet.

Buy organic turmeric here.

3 Delicious Ways To Add Turmeric To Your Diet

turmeric milk

1. Golden Turmeric Milk

I greatly enjoy this healthy, frothy drink.  It seems to be a drink that adults enjoy more, but some children may find it delightful too!

Golden Turmeric Ginger Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Raw or Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger, powdered
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon, powdered
  • 1 Pinch Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Raw Honey

Directions

Step 1
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Step 2
Heat on medium low heat until warm and frothy.

healthy smoothie with turmeric, vanilla, cinnamon and coconut milk

2. Fruity Turmeric Smoothie

Smoothies are a nightly happening at our house.  You can use milk as the base, but I use straight homemade kefir to give my family the best probiotics possible.  We drink our smoothies at night so that the probiotics can nourish and repair our systems while we are sleeping.  When we make smoothies, turmeric almost always makes its way as an addition.  Smoothies are a fun, easy way to consume a variety of herbs.

Fruity Turmeric Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Kefir or Milk
  • 1 Large Banana ((preferably frozen))
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Fruit like Cherries, Pineapple, Mango, Berries
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger
  • 1 tsp. Flax, Pumpkin, or Chia Seeds

Directions

Step 1
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

Closeup of chocolate truffles top view

3. Chocolate Coconut Turmeric Truffles

Chocolate Coconut Turmeric Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Raw Honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Turmeric, Divided
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1/8 Cup Pecans or Other Nuts

Directions

Step 1
Mix together coconut oil, cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, cinnamon, and honey until smooth.
Step 2
Roll mixture into balls.
Step 3
Finely shred coconut if needed and mix with chopped nuts and 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
Step 4
Roll truffles in the coconut topping.
Step 5
Refrigerate.

Read more about organic turmeric here.

How do you add turmeric into your diet?