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What’s YOUR Passion?

What is your passion? Really, think about it?
What makes you feel complete while your in the middle of it all? What makes you smile in your heart and wants you running back for more?

This is what our life journey is about. Finding your passion and following it…and eventually living it everyday.

Herbs have been a passion of mine since college. It has taken me many years to find the correct path to follow.  How can I help people with herbs and optimize there health through food, exercise and herbs? I mean, I went to college and studied Graphic Arts and Advertising, I am suppose to follow that path, right?

Well, for now I am (I have bills to pay), but my goal is to help others full-time and focus on my passion. I give it 2 years, yes I have set a timeline. Gutsy, I know, I may not reach it, but I will sure try. If I don’t try, I will never know and that I cannot live with. I would rather try and fail, but I know I won’t! Life’s circumstances have made my time moving forward even more challenging, so with this I fight and push even harder.

The pic below is me vending at my 1st Florida Herbal Conference. This was a BIG deal for me, just getting my feet wet in the herbal community. Now, almost 3 years later and we will be going back again, and I am just as excited and honored to be a part of it! My product line has almost doubled since and I am feeling more confident and educated as ever.

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Now, after studying under Joanna Helms and falling deeper in love with herbs since, I have found something that is a part of me. Joanna has laid a foundation in me that can only grow.
She has given me the courage and vitality to follow it, follow my passion.

What’s your passion? Do you follow it?

Proud Vendors of the 2016 Florida Herbal Conference – February 26-28 2016

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2016 Florida Herbal Conference – February 26-28 2016
http://www.floridaherbalconference.org
So very excited to announce we have yet again been accepted as a vendor at the 2016 Florida Herbal Conference! This year they have moved the conference to the beautiful Retreats by The Lake at Camp La Llanada, in Lake Wales. We are honored and excited to be a part of this amazing event and community of herbalists.

Tips to Help you get some Shut eye – Tea recipe inside!

Is night-time a struggle for you? No matter what you do, you just can’t stay asleep? Toss and turn and then all of a sudden, it’s morning? Ugh! THE worst way to start the day!

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Here are some great tips to help you rediscover a restful night! First off, sleep is vital and necessary to a healthy body. The average adult today gets 6.8 hours of sleep a night. A recommended 8 hours is suggested to be at your optimal best.

So, what can help you get a better nights sleep?

1 – Exercise – yes, a regular exercise regime will help you sleep better. Make sure you don’t have a night time workout though, or have at least 2 hours between you working out and getting shut eye.

2 – Healthy Diet – sugar, caffeine, preservatives and more can throw your hormones and energy levels all off. Eat a whole food, clean diet. Lots of fresh veggies, fruits, legumes and proteins.

3 – Lessen your screen time. That is a computer screen, phone screen, ipads, etc. Screen time, keeps us up and speeds up our brains. Put them all away at least an hour before you plan to hit the hay!

4 – Stress is one of the biggest factors in our lives for helping us sleep less at night. Try to reduce your stress levels by meditating, having 10-15 breaks throughout the day to breathe deeply. Find a few minutes here and there throughout your days to take a minute to decompress.

5 – Bedtime routine – yes, just like the kids if you have a regular bedtime routine that helps you prepare for a restful sleep, it will help improve your sleep patterns. This can include, a bath, tea, reading, massage, sleep pillows, anything that will help you relax and get some down time. I highly recommend a Bedtime Tea, see my recipe below.

Bedtime Tea : Drink 1-2 cups an hour before bed.

1 part Passionflower
1/2 part Lavender
3 parts Chamomile
1 part Valerian
1 part Hops
1 part Lemonbalm

Combine herbs and mix 1oz of herb with 1 cup of hot water, let steep for 20 minutes.

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Sleepy Time Bath: 20 minutes of soaking before you go to bed

1 cup Lavender Flowers
10-25 drops of Lavender EO
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Another great idea to add to your bedtime routine is to spray a little lavender spritz on your sheets and/or pillow before you go to bed. Lavender has a soothing, calming effect to promote relaxation. All of the ideas and recipes above are great for kids as well.

When was the last night you had a full nights sleep? What do you do to try to improve it?

Harmful Ingredients you don’t even know about!

I was researching the web today for harmful ingredients and stumbled upon a website with a great list of harmful ingredients. It provides the weird names  we would find in conventional products and the type of product we would find it in. If you want to learn more about how they effect our bodies, there is a great book they offer called “A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients“. You can purchase one here. I have not read the book myself but it seems that it would have great info, based off what I see from the website. Very helpful information we should all be aware of.

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The following is a breakdown of many of the items you will want to stay away from. 

  • Diethanolamine (DEA):
    Shampoos, body washes, bubble bath, and shaving cream.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA) : Moisturizers, cosmetics, deodorant, toothpaste, body oils, and washes.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) :
    Shampoo, bubble bath, shaving foam, and cleansers.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) :
    Shampoo, bubble bath, shaving foam, and cleansers.
  • Propylene Glycol:
    Primarily made for anti freeze for your car radiator, but surprisingly found in hand sanitizers, moisturizers, shaving creams, deodorants, and baby products.
  • Sodium Fluoride:
    Toothpaste
  • Alcohol:
    Mouthwash, toners, and baby products.
  • Talc:
    Baby powder, make-up, and foot preparations.
  • PABA:
    Originally found in sunscreens but as of late has been removed from many formulations. Still make sure your sunscreen always says Paba-Free.
  • PEG:
    Cosmetics, make-up, and shaving cream.
  • Artificial flavors:
    Many companies use these to make things taste better and more like you would expect (the reason why Sunny D orange juice always tastes the same no matter the season), as well as toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Artificial colors:
    Used in many processed foods as well as make-up, toothpaste, and shampoos.
  • Benzalkonium Chloride and Benzethonium Chloride:
    Synthetic germicides belonging to the large group of germicides known as “Quats, found in numerous household disinfectants, sanitizers including hand sanitizers and personal care products – long term use may affect immune system, cause asthma and should be especially avoided if you have COPD, or any other form of pulmonary disease.
  • Ether:
    Nail treatments, shampoo, and conditioner.
  • Coal Tars:
    Shampoo, conditioner, hair dyes, soap, skin care and cosmetics.
  • Aluminum:
    Thankfully this is mostly just used in antiperspirants as larger concentrations of it have correlated to Alzheimer’s.
  • Acetone:
    Nail polish remover.
  • Formaldehyde:
    Antiperspirants, nail treatments, and perfumes. The most interesting thing about this chemical is that was used to embalm corpses in the past but even that industry has seen how toxic the use of it was and no longer uses it.
  • Fluorocarbons:
    Hair spray used to have a great deal more of them in it (the reason why it used to make you cough). Recently there has been a crack down on this.
  • Dioxins:
    Shampoo.
  • Petrolatum or Mineral Oil:
    Baby products, washes, and moisturizers.
  • Sodium Hydroxide:
    Soaps and detergents, is a caustic poison and very corrosive to skin.
  • Triclosan:
    Anti bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers and even toothpaste. Its use is so widespread that it is being linked to lowering the immune system and is now being detected in breast milk. (Overuse of hand sanitizers with Triclosan is not good for your children)

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Check out Wildroot Natural online shop to see all the harmless products we create for everyday use. Including natural laundry detergent, toothpaste, detox baths, handmade soaps and more!

Resource:
http://www.nontoxicalternatives.com

How Can Lavender Benefit You?

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Ahhhh Lavender, the beautiful, calming smell of lavender. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy this fragrant purple flower, but do we know all of it’s benefits to our health and skin?

Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. The herb is highly regarded for skin and beauty. Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites. Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may also be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. More studies even suggest that lavender can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling. Also, in addition to helping with digestive issues, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores. It is also used to prevent hair loss and repel insects.

WOW! This flower sure does have a lot of power packed into that purple bud.

Lavender is most well know for it’s fragrance. It’s calming, relaxing, clean fragrance helps soothe us to sleep and calm our nerves. But the list keeps going…lavender is good for urinary disorders, respiratory disorders, cancer, blood circulation, digestion, immunity and of course skin care. This herb is a wonderful ailment to many issues we face daily.

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Although Lavender has amazing benefits, there are a few precautions that we all need to be aware of.

Risks and Precautions

The U.S National Institutes of Health (NIH) warns people to be cautious when combining lavender with the following:
• Barbiturates – lavender may increase the sedative effects of these drugs and make people feel very sleepy.
• Benzodiazepines – mixing lavender with benzodiazepines can similarly increase the sedative effect of the drugs.
• Chloral hydrate – lavender increases the effects of chloral hydrate – causing extreme drowsiness.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that repeated topical use of lavender oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia, a condition which causes enlarged breast tissue in boys before puberty. “Topical” means applying onto the skin.

In addition, the safety of taking lavender during pregnancy or while breast-feeding is not completely certain – if you plan to use lavender treatment during pregnancy or breastfeeding tell your doctor.

As lavender is thought to slow down the central nervous system, doctors advise patients to stop using lavender at least 2 weeks before surgery.

Wildroot Naturals uses lavender in a many of there products, Lavender/Oatmeal Detox Bath, Oatmeal/Lavender Soap, our Headache/Anxiety Reducer, our No-Itch Stick, and more! Check out our store today so find out how lavender can help you.

Do you use lavender? What do you use lavender for? 

Resources:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com
http://www.organicfacts.net

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Lovin’ Soap Project

Found this awesome organization today when I was browsing the web. www.lovinsoapproject.org
Lovin’ Soap Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
This is a must to check out and learn more. Whether you love soap making or want to help others succeed. A mere $10 a month gets you a both a ton of info and also helps the organization. What a great deal! I didn’t blink twice at helping this organization.

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About Lovin Soap Project
We don’t choose where we’re born, or our gender, and it shouldn’t dictate our chances of survival or worth as people. But every day, infants and children in less-developed countries die of hygiene-related illness, and  girls and women are denied access to education and job training that would enable families and communities to rise out of poverty. The Lovin’ Soap Project is a  grassroots, hands-on organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through health, education, artisan soap making, business planning, and economic development.

We’re committed to creating a positive and sustainable solution for every community served. We are feet on the ground and hands in the dirt, sourcing materials, following up with and supporting participants, and most importantly, listening to and learning about what impacts them most and how to address their issues. The Lovin’ Soap Project has a whole tribe of people that work together in country and back home to make what we do successful.

Check them out today and give. Thank you!

Steps to Preventing Illness this Year

There are a ton of Antibacterial products on the shelves now a days. Seems everyone is growing more and more into germ freaks and have antibacterial or hand sanitizer at every reach. My kids get sick every year, as well as my husband and I. When the kids are in school, who knows what germs will come along, every single day. My husband works as a General Manager at a restaurant, he deals with tons of people daily as well. Germs are everywhere! How do we manage them?

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If we use germ killers and antibiotics at every sniffle and sneeze they won’t be able to fight ANY germs on their own. How can we have a balance of trying to kill the everyday germs but also try to let the natural germs build up in the kids systems so they have a strong immune system. Sometimes we can get carried away. Its easy! Public restrooms, little hands everywhere, sneezing into the air, runny noses and it doesn’t end there. Ugh, it’s a parents nightmare!

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To help prevent my kids from getting sick, we have regular rules we follow everyday throughout the year to minimize anything that comes our way.

Rules in our home to stay healthy:

1- Wash hands often (with Wildroot Naturals Dirty Boy Antibacterial Soap)
2- Eat well
3- Get plenty of sleep
4- Exercise
5- Spend time outside everyday

What I discovered with these few simple rules, is when a bug does hit our home, they don’t prevent us from being sick free all year but we are only sick for a few days versus a few weeks. We get over the bug much faster.

To add to our list of concerns have you seen the ingredients in those antibacterial products? What are they?

Let’s start with Triclosan and triclocarban. They are antibacterial chemicals commonly added to consumer products. In laboratory studies, they have been shown to disrupt hormones and can encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria or “superbugs.”

Animal studies have shown both of these chemicals can interfere with hormones critical for normal development and function of the brain and reproductive system. Triclosan has been associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone and testosterone, which could result in altered behavior, learning disabilities, or infertility. Triclocarban has been shown to artificially amplify the effects of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which could promote the growth of breast and prostate cancer.

Furthermore, laboratory studies suggest that triclosan and triclocarban may be contributing to antibiotic resistance in bacteria known to cause human infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls antibiotic resistance one of the most pressing health issues facing the United States. Infections caused by bacteria with resistance to at least one antibiotic have been estimated to kill more than 60,000 hospitalized patients each year.

Surveys of the U.S. population from ages 6 to over 65 have found residues of triclosan in over three-quarters of people. Though triclosan has been measured in house dust, most people are likely to be exposed by applying products that contain triclosan to their skin. One study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in blood and breast milk of women who used personal care products containing triclosan.

The issues don’t just stop there though, they harm the environment as well. We live a few blocks from the beach so caring for our waterways is huge in our family. Most of these nasty products get washed down the drain, where they enter our waterways and are then transported widely throughout the environment. Triclosan is one of the most frequently detected chemicals in streams across the U.S. and both triclosan and triclocarban are found in high concentrations in sediments and sewage sludge where they can persist for decades.

In the environment, antibacterial compounds could disrupt aquatic ecosystems and pose a potential risk to wildlife. Traces of triclosan have been found in earthworms from agricultural fields and Atlantic dolphins. In the lab, triclosan has been shown to interfere with development of tadpoles into frogs, a process that is dependent on thyroid hormone.

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So of course here at Wildroot Naturals, we created a natural Antibacterial Soap! My husband came up with the name “Dirty Boy”! Fits perfectly. This has been our best seller since we put in on the market. It works well, doesn’t dry your skin, kills germs naturally and lasts! We started a sale that will go through October Buy 4 Bars get 1 Free! Shop Now!

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What kind of products do you use to help kill germs? Do they work well for you and your family?

 

Article Resources:
http://www.nrdc.org

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Plantain: A yard weed or medicinal herb?

Common Plantain, Plantago major

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Yes, Plantain is a common lawn and garden weed, however it has many medicinal properties.  The leaves themselves can be applied directly to the skin, but for ease of use and long-term storage, it can be infused into an oil or salve. The leaves are actually edible and somewhat similar to spinach, though slightly more bitter. They can be used in salads or other culinary uses. 

The leaves can also be made into a tea or tincture, and this is said to help with indigestion, heartburn and ulcers when taking internally.

Externally, Plantain has been used for insect and snake bites, and as a remedy for rashes and cuts. The natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of plantain leaf make it great for healing wounds, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems. Wildroot Naturals sells a very soothing No-Itch Stick that will get rid of any itch. Great for camping, hiking or any outdoor adventure!

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When bitten by mosquitos, stung by bees, or come in contact with spiders or other insects, we use the No-Itch Stick containing plantain leaf to help ease the reaction.The No-Itch Stick made with plantain also greatly eases the itch of poison ivy, oak, or sumac and I keep it on hand for this reason.

Plantain, one of the most widespread “weeds” in the world, is a first-choice remedy for many skin ailments. It is safe and effective, for not only bee stings, but also for bleeding, cuts, bruises, bug bites, hemorrhoids, and itchy skin. Its ability to draw out infection – as well as splinters and even glass shards – is especially remarkable.

What do you use on your bug bites? to relieve itching?

Article Resources:
http://wellnessmama.com/
http://www.susunweed.com/

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