What ARE Essential Oils? History, Science, and Benefits

I used to think essential oils were just another health trend destined for the compost pile.

In fact, they’ve stood the test of time for thousands of years already–and hold up to the scrutiny of modern science, too.

<< Storytime! >> I first learned about essential oils when my daughter caught pneumonia as a toddler. She’d already had a documented adverse reaction to her immunizations as a baby, and was small and thin for her age.

We went through months of doctors telling me that she just needed allergy medicine…until they finally did a chest x-ray and changed their diagnosis!

After that, I decided that it was time to learn more about natural remedies.

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Why I DON’T WEAR Sunscreen + What I Do Instead

I just spent two straight days outside in the heat and sun, and I don’t wear sunscreen!

But I didn’t burn. I never wear sunscreen anymore, for a bunch of reasons – but more importantly, I don’t wear sunscreen because I no longer need it.

Plenty of my skin was exposed for 5 hours at a waterpark on Sunday, and out at Barton Springs all afternoon the day afterward.

I used to burn all the time, even while wearing SPF 50 sunblock!

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Gardening: The Lazy Way. Quick Tips to Grow Food Naturally

Gardening is at the core of our lifestyle. It’s health and hobby in one…but I seem to be a specialist in #NeglectGardening!

I forget to water. I miss the planting windows. I hardly ever weed.

And YET – we have consistent yields of wild, incredible abundance even from our “flawed” efforts. Gardening is a beautiful lesson-in-motion, that proves if something is worth doing at all, it’s worth doing badly.

Here’s some of my best quick tips to grow food and start gardening, even if you’ve never grown a houseplant.

All links in this post go to TheHomestead.Guru, a fantastic homesteading blog that I used to write for regularly!

//  We plant using companion relationships – such as tomatoes, carrots and basil; or the “three sisters”, corn, beans, and squash. It might sound funny, but some plants are “companions” – they do better when grown next to each other. Then again, other plants don’t get on as well…for example, tomatoes hate cucumbers! Continue reading

Avoiding Healthy Habits? Here’s Why:

Do you avoid healthy habits, even if your brain “knows” they’re good for you? Unfortunately, logic alone is not enough to combat our deeply held, often unconscious beliefs and fears.

Our brain tries to keep us safe – and often has us avoiding things that scare us, even if that fear is 100% not a threat to our survival.

Mental health awareness is not something we think about in ourselves or in others, until our struggles become painfully, dangerously obvious…and that’s not okay!

What are you avoiding, and how is that impacting your life?

Did you know that avoidance behaviors are one of the two main hallmarks of PSTD?

People think PTSD only has to do with soldiers…but many, many of us actually have some sort of PTSD. Things like childhood dysfunctions, abusive relationships, a difficult birth, surgery, or even natural disasters can create it!

Trauma unhinges our sense of feeling safe – and so we avoid anything that tends to feel similar, in order to protect ourselves.

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