DIY Foot Soak

DIY Foot Soak

Are you searching for a safe and natural way to combat foot fungus? This is my go-to foot soak after many years of foot issues that resulted from a serious injury. Soaking my feet every night became a ritual as I was growing my toenail back. I love this DIY foot soak to promote healthy nails and skin. This recipe is linked to a post I wrote on oregano oil. You can read it here.

I have loaded these oils in to a cart for you as a starting point. You can click here and add or delete anything to make your own cart. Another effective treatment that is a little less messy and easier to do everyday is to put these oils in a squirt bottle with vinegar and fractionated coconut oil.

***IMORTANT NOTE: Melaluca Oil and Tea Tree oil are the same thing. Here are some educational links to read more about tea tree oil and Oregano. They are powerhouse oils when you want to fight invaders.

I have had some serious foot injuries in the past and I have seen personally how the consistent use of botanicals supported healing with no adverse side effects. I was unwilling to use the oral medications after I read the side effects to my liver. Talk to you doctor about solutions that will strengthen you whole body. This soak and spray has made a world of difference for us. The idea of using this spray was given to my husband by his podiatrist. It is much less mess and work than a nightly soak. He just kept it next to where we sit and watch tv in the evening so it was easy to apply every night.

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DIY Foot Soak Spray
Oregano Oil Benefits and Uses

Oregano Oil Benefits and Uses

Oregano essential oil has so many benefits for your life. It is so powerful and versatile but first I have a funny story to tell you. A friend of mine is a homeschool mom and she was on her way to the zoo with her kids and her mom was driving for this field trip while she was putting drops of oils in a veg cap. She was feeling like she might be coming down with something so she was putting all her immune boosting anti-viral goodness in a gel cap so she could keep going and make it to the zoo and beyond for this incredibly long day. Well, just at that moment when she had a full bottle of oregano in her hand, her mom hit a pothole and she spilled oregano all over herself. The whole van erupted as the smell moved through the vehicle. It was strong, so strong that they had to stop at Walmart so that she could go in and get a new shirt and tie the old shirt up in the bag, but the smell lingered and followed her throughout the long day. They made it to the zoo that morning and had a wonderful field trip, but the day was not over. When they got back into town she could not go home. They got back just in time to get her son to his basketball game. She came into the gym and sat down next to a friend and told her story. They both laughed as her friend said, “Oh, that’s what I smell.” The smell had dissipated but it was still hanging on and following her everywhere. The game started and the husbands started to show up after they got off work and as they were all leaving the husband of her friend leans over and says, “Let’s go out for pizza, I don’t know why I’m craving pizza. I was sure they were selling it in the concession window. They said they weren’t but I can smell it and now all I want is pizza.”

I tell you that story to illustrate how strong oregano oil is. It is so powerful to help you keep going when you start to feel that tickle in your throat. I use it as my first line of defense and if I end up laying in the bed resting to let my body recover. Either way, it is never too late to grab a bottle of oregano.

Properties of Oregano:

Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-parasitic, Antiseptic to the respiratory system, Anti-viral, and immune stimulant

Ways to use Oregano:

Be very careful using this oil topically. It is considered a hot oil and can be hard on the skin. If you choose to use it as a compress for congestion in the lungs, use it diluted in a carrier oil, and be warned, it is strong and can cause skin irritation. I really like the oregano touch for this method because it comes diluted and easy to apply.

Diffuse it when you are recovering from an environmental threat that has you all stuffed up. It is really powerful in The Sniffer. It is the first thing we do at our house when we have a stuffed up nose. You can read more about how we handle a stuffy nose here.

Take it internally with other immune boosters in a veggie cap. I pair cinnamon and clove with it to really boost my immune system and fight invaders.

This is a great culinary oil. Add it to tacos, or Italian dishes. But only one drop at the most as it is much more powerful than dried oregano leaves.

Oregano is a powerful oil that I am never without! It comes in the basic kit which is a clear sign that it is a great oil to start for beginners with a lot of applications.

How to get a bottle of oregano:

Getting your hands on a bottle of doTerra oregano essential oil is pretty simple. The 15 ml bottle comes separately or in this kit. The 5 ml bottle comes in this kit.

The 10 ml oregano touch bottle is a necessity that can be purchased separately or with a bunch of other necessary touch oils in this kit.

Both single oils are in this cart. As always you can add or subtract any product from this cart to make your own shopping list.

More information about Oregano from doTerra here. More about the 10 ml Oregano touch here. More info on supporting the immune system here.

Are you wondering where to start with essential oils? I have the answers for you here.

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With Blessings, Heather

The Sniffer for Stuffy Noses

The Sniffer for Stuffy Noses

Breathing is essential for life. I know that is not breaking news, but we do take breathing for granted until we get a stuffy nose. There are tons of reasons for stuffy nose, this protocol will support your sinuses and immune system as your body fights all kinds of environmental threats.

Step 1: Saline wash

This is the first thing I do at the first sign of a runny stuffy nose long before any complications or infections can set in and you have to run to the doctor for an antibiotic. I used to get a sinus infection a few times a year, but supporting my body early and often has kept me healthy, out of the doctor’s office and off antibiotics.

This is a great way to keep your sinuses clear during allergy season or fighting a bug. I do this first so that as I sniff the steam infused with oil in the next step my airways are clear.

Never, Ever, Ever put oils in a saline wash. Just don’t do it. You won’t die, but you will be sorry you did it.

Step 2: Sniff the steam

Get a mug of steaming hot water

Put 1-2 drops of each oil in the water:
Oregano (Do not overdo this one. Start with one drop)

Cup your hands over the steam and bring your nose close to your hands. Release the steam under your cupped hands and inhale the steam. It is strong, guys. It will burn and you will cough, but keep doing that as often as you can over the next few minutes. When you have sniffed all you can sniff you can throw this concoction down the drain. Don’t try to ingest it or reheat and reuse it.

Depending on the issue you are trying to solve you can add these oils too:

I love the Modern Essentials book for looking up the issue I am addressing with oils. I highly recommend it.

Step 3: Repeat throughout the day and add breath, using this tutorial. Be sure to give your immune system a boost with Onguard.

None of this is as easy as popping a pill. The saline wash is weird and uncomfortable. The sniffer is pretty powerful and gets all that mucus running and that is not so fun. But I find that when I support my body and help it fight the environmental threats to stay healthy, I feel better consistently and have to take these measures less and less.

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