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!

3 Delicious Ways To Add Turmeric To Your Diet

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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

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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.

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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?

The Supplement You Need To Take Now But Not Later

fish oil capsules in a spoon on a wooden background

If you live in a part of the world that is cold in the winter months, you most likely spend less time outdoors like I do.  I enjoy the winter months: the cold, walks in the snowy woods (though we haven’t had much snow this year so far!), but I don’t spend near the time outdoors now as I do in the spring, summer, and fall.  When I am outside in the cold, I like to be bundled up with scarves, gloves, boots, and of course a thick coat.  This means that my skin is only getting a minimal amount of exposure to the sun.

The problem with this is that your skin needs sun exposure in order to produce a substance that is vital to you.

The Supplement You Need To Take Now But Not Later

So why is the sun so important?

When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it is receiving the sun’s energy and creating vitamin D.  Vitamin D is so crucial to many aspects of health.  It’s not actually a vitamin, but a hormone, which means it’s not just a nutrient for your bones.  Vitamin D is one of the most potent hormones and regulates bodily functions and genes more than any other hormone known to date.

Vitamin D Lowers Cancer Risk

The intestines, bones, kidneys, colon, prostate, breast, blood vessels, brain, and heart all have vitamin D receptors.  These receptors have anti-cancer functions.  It’s important to have adequate amounts of vitamin D in the body in order for these receptors to have the ability to fight cancer.

Vitamin D Helps Your Immune System

Vitamin D helps your body to produce over 200 antimicrobial peptides, which fight off a wide range of illnesses.  This Japanese study showed that vitamin D can reduce the risk of catching influenza A by 58%-which is better protection than the flu vaccine can claim!  I will gladly skip the flu vaccine and help protect myself with healthy, non-risk vitamin D, thank you very much!

There are some foods with Vitamin D such as:

  • Cooked Salmon
  • Mushrooms
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Eggs

While you may get some vitamin D in the foods you eat, it is most likely not enough to keep your levels high enough to fight cancer and illnesses.  The best source of vitamin D is the sun, but in the cold months when your skin isn’t bathing in the sunshine, supplementation is a very great idea!

You would need a blood test to truly know what your vitamin D levels are, but I simply follow the recommendation on the bottle.  If a person were to have cancer or another disease, I would recommend getting a blood test done so you can know exactly how much vitamin D you need to help your immune system fight whatever it is battling.

One way to supplement vitamin D is through gel caps (like these), but my personal favorite way is with vitamin D drops (like these).  Liquid is more absorbable and is an easy way to give this nutrient to my girls that don’t like to swallow pills.

Vitamin D is very inexpensive to supplement.  The bottle that I buy from Beeyoutiful (you can find it here) costs $10 and will last us about 3 or 4 months – which is about how long the winter season is!  The drops also have no taste, so it’s very simple to place them under the tongue for easy absorption, like this…

vitamin d

Vitamin D is just another affordable key supplement that I add to our regimen in staying well and helping our immune systems to function as God created them to.

Do you spend a lot less time outdoors in the winter months?  Do you supplement vitamin D?  Let me know in the comments below!

Resources

 Mercola, J. (n.d.). Vitamin D is Better than ANY Vaccine. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/04/why-this-vitamin-is-better-than-any-vaccine-and-improves-your-immune-system-by-35-times.aspx