Natural Living Spring Giveaway

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With spring right around the corner, it’s time for a natural living giveaway! But not just any natural living giveaway, I have joined with a few naturally minded friends who also want to share a few of their favorite things!

And what happens when 3 herbalists and a chiropractor get together to bless their readers?

You get this amazing package of goodies:

Essential Oils

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Sara Elizabeth from A Mama’s Story is giving away a mini-diffuser and a bottle of citrus fresh. Citrus Fresh is one of my favorite blends. With its wonderfully uplifting fragrance, I love how it supports clarity and focus.

Ways to use Citrus Fresh in my home:

  • Diffuse around my children while they’re doing school.
  • Add a few drops to a cup of vinegar to soften and freshen clothes in the washer.
  • Add a few drops to a cloth and toss into the dryer to add fragrance to clothes as they dry.
  • In the evenings, I love to add Citrus Fresh to Lavender in my diffuser to promote relaxation.

Herbs

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I’m shipping a 1/2 pound bag of Red Raspberry Leaf to the winner! This is an herb I keep on hand all the time because it’s so nutritious, beneficial for the whole family, and safe for any age!

Red raspberry leaf boasts a long lists of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are a great benefit for any member of the family. Whether it’s consumed for daily nutrition or as needed nourishment during times of illness, this herb can make a huge difference for the whole family!

While anyone can use this herb, red raspberry is most popular for women’s health. It nourishes the uterus, tones the reproductive areas, and may make for an easier birth for pregnant mamas. It also can help to balance hormones and ease menstrual cramps for all ages.

Organization

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My friend Nicole of Some Call it Natural is providing an absolute treat, especially if you’re a planner junkie like me. She’s generously giving away one copy of her 2017 Some Call it Natural Planner.

If you don’t want to wait to see if you won a copy, you can head over and purchase one. The planner is available in both an undated and dated format. You can also check out some sample pages while you’re there. Included is just about anything you need to keep your days smoothly.

Homemade Goodness

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And finally, leave it to my friend Meagan of Growing Up Herbal, to provide something wonderful–a DIY Elderberry Syrup kit! Elderberry syrup is a mainstay in my home, and there’s nothing like one made in a mama’s kitchen. If you haven’t visited Meagan’s site recently, she’s an absolute treasure trove of information.

What an awesome bundle of gifts. Take your time and enter below. Some options can be used once a day, so take advantage of that. Have an awesome week ahead!

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How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils

How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils | Jills Home Remedies | Relieve the misery of sinus congestion with these powerful essential oils!

Having your sinuses congested might make you feel miserable, but you don’t have to stay that way! I’m going to show you how you can quickly relieve sinus congestion with the power of healthy essential oils!

Have you ever had your sinuses congested so badly that you couldn’t breathe in or out of your nose? Not only that, but they were so completely stopped up that you could hardly swallow? Just try swallowing while holding your nose really tightly and you’ll see how difficult it is.

That’s the predicament I was in a few weeks ago and I had a tough time even resting because of it. Everything was completely stopped up. I grabbed a few essential oils and was able to clear my congestion considerably in just a few minutes!

 Here’s how to do it.

How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils | Jills Home Remedies | Relieve the misery of sinus congestion with these powerful essential oils!

How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils

Ingredients

2 drops eucalyptus essential oil (buy here)
2 drops rosemary essential oil (buy here)
2 drops peppermint essential oil (buy here)
2 drops thyme essential oil (buy here)

Directions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour into a pan or bowl.
  3. Add essential oils to water and stir.
  4. Drape a towel over your head and hold head over the steaming bowl.
  5. Inhale vapors deeply for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Repeat as needed.

What I did was breathed the vapors deeply for about 3 minutes, took a break for a minute or two, and then repeated the essential oil steam for another 3 minutes or so and took a break, etc. until my sinuses were clear. This so greatly relieved my congestion so that I could breathe again! 

I repeated this procedure throughout the day if I got stuffy again. It is necessary to make a whole new pan of essential oil steam if you repeat later in the day as the essential oils vaporize into the air and do not stay potent in the pan of water.

How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils | Jills Home Remedies | Relieve the misery of sinus congestion with these powerful essential oils!

Essential Oils For Sinus Congestion
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Ingredients
  1. 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  2. 2 drops rosemary oil
  3. 2 drops peppermint oil
  4. 2 drops thyme oil
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour into a pan or bowl.
  3. Add essential oils to water and stir.
  4. Drape a towel over your head and hold head over the steaming bowl.
  5. Inhale vapors deeply for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Repeat as needed.
Adapted from Essential Oil Benefits
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
 How do you naturally relieve sinus congestion?

5 Natural Remedies for Ear Infections

 
 
Ear infections are so miserable, and children seem to be especially susceptible to them. I have a lot of experience dealing with ear infections, and I’ve been able to treat them naturally all these years! Let’s get your kiddo well in a hurry with these natural remedies for ear infections!
 
My daughter was up coughing non-stop for 2 hours a couple nights ago, and coughed about every 10 seconds during the day. It was awful! I realized it was drainage from her ears making her cough – I remembered the symptoms from the other times my girls have had ear infections so I began to treat her for an ear infection. Her coughing began to clear up the same day I started the treatment, and she was quickly as good as new! 

5 Natural Remedies for Ear Infections

1. Colloidal Silver

I normally choose colloidal silver for ear infections because it is odorless and effective. 

Colloidal Silver boosts the immune system and kills the infection. I took one of my kids for a regular check-up as a baby and found out she had a double ear infection – which I did not know because she wasn’t in pain, nor miserable, she just had a runny nose. I used the method with silver (as described below under instructions for use), and brought her back to the doctor in 2 weeks just to hear from him that the infection was gone – and it was! 

Many times kids can have ear infections and not have much pain, if any at all. I watch for the symptoms of fussiness plus pulling or playing with one of their ears. This shows the ear is causing discomfort, but not necessarily pain. With the ear infection I just treated, I recognized the continuous cough, runny nose, fussiness and saw her pull on one of her ears when I laid her down to sleep.  If I suspect an ear infection, I put silver in both ears, and not just the one that appears to be the infected one. The other ear could be infected also, but not as bothersome, and drainage could go to the other ear during the sickness to cause an infection in that ear. 

It is very important to always treat both ears!!

Buy colloidal silver here.

2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is so good for so many things, and one thing is ear infections! You can use white vinegar mixed with equal parts of rubbing alcohol, but I always buy raw apple cider vinegar because the health benefits are far superior to other kinds of vinegar. Buy raw apple cider vinegar here.

5 Natural Remedies for Ear Infections | Jills Home Remedies | Ear infections can be so painful, and children especially suffer from them! Here's how you can naturally treat them at home and be pain-free in no time!

3. Fresh Onion and Garlic

This remedy is great for cases where ear pain accompanies the infection. One of my girls was up crying constantly with ear pain, and I administered a few drops of silver and also cut an onion and garlic in half. I alternately placed the cut side of the onion and garlic against the ear and held it there. It took the pain away, and she was fine by morning. I’ve only used this once because the few times my kids have had an ear infection were without pain. They mostly feel only discomfort. Onions will also pull infection out!

4. Garlic Oil

To use for ear infections, warm garlic oil to a comfortable temperature. You want to use warm garlic oil, but be sure it isn’t too hot! For instructions on how to make garlic oil, click here.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide

I have many memories of peroxide bubbling on my cuts and scrapes during my childhood years. This was the go-to medicine my parents chose whenever we were hurt. I had no idea the antibacterial properties in peroxide could kill ear infections too!

5 Natural Remedies for Ear Infections | Jills Home Remedies | Ear infections can be so painful, and children especially suffer from them! Here's how you can naturally treat them at home and be pain-free in no time!

Instructions for Use

To use these remedies for ear infections, you can follow these same basic instructions for whichever remedy you choose.

  • Place 1-2 drops of the liquid of choice in each ear 3-5 times throughout the day.
  • Be sure the patient lies on his/her side for 5-10 minutes so the medicine doesn’t just run out before it has time to work.
  • When the child is better, place drops in the ears 1-2 times a day for a total of 10 days to make sure the infection is gone. I always continue a treatment for about 10 days, and not just stop when there is improvement. The infection can come back or not being completely gone.

These are very easy, inexpensive home remedies that will have your sweetie (or yourself) free of infection and pain in no time!

What is your favorite remedy for ear infections?

*This post was originally published October 26, 2010