So the word is out! Thanks to Steve’s clever post of the photo collage, it’s finally Facebook official! We’re expecting our first baby on April the 6th.
So why the DIY epsom salt bath you ask?
I’ve been trying lots of things throughout the first half of the pregnancy to help reduce the stress and craziness of life. Things that help me (read: force me!) to slow down.
I’ve been very lucky in terms of morning sickness – very few issues in this department. We’ve had a few other things to keep our minds occupied at the beginning of the pregnancy so it hasn’t been without its ups and downs and stressful times.
Some of the things I’ve been up to while keeping the news quiet…
- Practicing yoga – with Yoga in Daily Life
- Being mindful – Listening to and implementing lots of Rachael Kable‘s suggestions from ‘The Mindful Kind’ podcast.
- Saying NO – when I can and sometimes when I just have to. This is something that’s really hard for me to do!
- Visiting a Chinese medicine practitioner for acupuncture – Silvia at Chi Temple… so lovely and helpful! She has also hooked me up with supplements and given me a multitude of suggestions and much appreciated advice throughout my pregnancy. You can also find her on Facebook here
- Using essential oils – like they’re going out of fashion (but only since I got out of the get-me-away-from-that-smell-now phase!)
- Trying to get plenty of sleep – another boon for me. Self-proclaimed night owl!
This epsom salt DIY bath is next on my list to try.
Now to make time to give it a go!
Here’s how to make a jar for yourself…
It’s as easy as mixing all of the ingredients and storing them in a random and hopefully recycled jar!
- 2 C Epsom salts
- 1/2 C Baking Soda
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Dried lavender (optional – I only added it as I had some from mum that she dried!)
I’ll let you know how it goes when I try it!!
Adapted from a recipe shared on the doTERRA everyday blog
If you’d like a sample of Lavender or Peppermint Oil or you’re interested in purchasing, get in contact with me via message, on my Facebook page, Healthy Erin or via my doTERRA page
What a great idea this #itsinthebag cause is!
I’m jumping in and have popped a couple of things together so that I can donate bags that I know I no longer use, filling them with things that might brighten someone else’s December.
Anyone want to make this worthwhile commitment with me?
Here’s the website for the guidelines and a spot to find a collection point that is convenient for you.
I’ll be taking my bags to a drop off point sometime next week, so friends, if you’re keen, feel free to give your filled bag to me and I’ll pass it on.
Top Ten plus two handy hints for using peppermint oil for you below!!
- Relieve tension in your head – draw a halo over your forehead, temples, around the back of the neck and back up to the forehead.
- Make these healthy, sugar-free bliss balls with it!
- Rub on temples after you wake up for a morning energy boost.
- Diffuse when feeling fatigued or low on energy.
- Place one drop in your mouth to help freshen breath.
- Add a drop to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
- Promotes digestive health, helps reduce bloating, gas and indigestion – dilute rub on the tummy or take 1 drop in a glass of water.
- Use diluted with children to reduce fever by rubbing on the bottoms of the feet.
- Scare the spiders away with it! – Dilute in a glass spray bottle and mist around doors and windows.
- Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up. Rub the rest on the back of your neck for a boost! Especially good for teachers at the end of the school day.
- Add to a cold water compress or foot bath to cool off – especially over summer or during times when you might feel hot (I’ve seen people combat menopausal hot flashes using it in a spray bottle with water or a drop on the back of the neck too).
- Make a healthy chocolate with cacao, coconut oil, a bit of rice malt syrup and a few drops of peppermint oil.
All of these uses specifically relate to the oils that I use which are certified pure, therapeutic grade with no synthetic fillers or chemicals, just pure plant extracts. Many that you purchase contain these fillers so another reminder… carefully read all labels!
If you’d like a sample of Peppermint Oil or you’re interested in purchasing, get in contact with me via message, on my Facebook page, Healthy Erin or via my doTERRA page
Believe me. These are TRUE fridge surprises so recipes to follow don’t really work.
Experiment. Play!! Hopefully you’ll find a way of creating your own quick and easy dinners that are also super nutritious.
I must add…sometimes a little bit of planning goes a long way. Use your freezer (AKA new bestie!). Prep some ingredients that you can just whip out and add or easily steam and include in your dinner. Some ingredients that might be helpful:
1/2C per person servings of cooked
- brown rice
If you’re time poor…
Batch cook the bases suggested and store in the freezer. I do this for lunches too, so that I can grab one out if I don’t have fresh leftovers, throw in some fresh salad ingredients and take them easily to work. For a bit of added flavour you can also cook your bases with stock or miso – one less thing to add later on!
Chop, grate, spiralise, leave raw, lightly steam or fry in good oil.
- Cauli-mash or Cauli rice
- Kale – stem removed. You can also buy a decent kale salad from Coles (thanks for the tip Jackie!)
- Sunflower seeds
Dress it up…
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Flaxseed Oil
- Lemon juice or lemon oil
Some fridge surprise combos to consider…
- Tempeh marinated (read: dipped and left for a minute! Who has time to wait?) and then lightly fried.
- Steamed greens (broc, zucchini, beans etc) with mini roma tomatoes, meredith goats cheese, some EVOO and lemon juice.
- Mushrooms stuffed with a multitude of different seeds/grains and veg, with or without cheese.
- Salad with lettuce, spinach, mint, sauerkraut, grated carrot and beetroot
- Broccoli or broccolini with sprouts, feta, sunflower seeds, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil
- Spiralised zucchini mixed through a smaller amount of spelt or rice pasta with pesto as the sauce. Avo and miso sauce mixed also work similarly well.
The trick is just to trust your instincts and throw a combo together. Believe me, I’ve forced myself out of my recipe comfort zone, purely because I hate having to make 6 billion trips to the supermarket, I often get home late and I HATE waste. Using everything in my fridge is a priority. On the odd occasion I’ve certainly hit a combination that wasn’t as enjoyable as the ones above. It’s still healthy, real, unprocessed food so I grin and bear the unpleasantness, and think about all the benefits my body is getting and that I didn’t waste time shopping and reading recipes to make it!
Let me know what you like to whip up from your fridge below :o)
Ps I wrote this post over the weekend, demonstrating mid-report writing Erin at her best…Crowned Queen Procrastination in previous years I really feel honoured to continue the tradition.
Enjoy my ramblings!
I use this oil A LOT. I’ve popped a few different ways to use it below so you don’t get stuck in a ‘just with your linen’ rut. If I’ve missed any, I’d love you to share how else you use it!
Lavender oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant. It synergistically helps to soothe and calm the nervous system and can reduce anxious feelings, promoting calm and increasing self awareness.
- Massage 1 drop in your moisturiser into your face or body. It’s also nice in rubbed into your skin in almond or coconut oil with with Wild Orange and Frankincense so that you can smell it throughout the day.
- 1 drop in your mascara bottle extends its life and promotes healthy eyelashes.
- Bites or Stings – used neat, straight on the site.
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or the bottoms of feet to prepare for a restful night’s sleep or in a cold mist diffuser in your bedroom.
- Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air with a light mist of Lavender combined with water in a spray bottle.
- Add Lavender to bath water to soak away stress, or apply it to the temples and the back of the neck.
- Use it in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
- Lavender makes a great addition to any hair treatment, shampoo, or conditioner. It can help keep the scalp looking clean and healthy.
- Pop a few drops in with your wash or softener cycle.
- Place a drop in your vacuum cleaner so that the scent is then diffused through the house as you clean.
All of these uses specifically relate to doTERRA essential oils – they are certified pure, therapeutic grade with no synthetic fillers or chemicals, just pure plant extracts. Many that you purchase contain these fillers so carefully read all labels!
If you’d like a sample of doTERRA Lavender Oil or you’re interested in purchasing, get in contact with me via message, on my Facebook page, Healthy Erin or via my doTERRA page
My friend Courtney, what a bright spark she is!!
She put me onto a clever little app that leads your through how to detox all areas of your life.
The ‘Detox me’ app includes sections for food and drink, cleaning, home, personal care, clothing and children and asks prompting questions to get you thinking about what you can do to gradually modify each.
It’s gentle, easy and allows you work at your own pace.
Baby steps to big change.
Give it a try and share how you go below!
Oops, meant to share this a little while ago after I posted the photo to Insta…
This was a nice little mid-weekend dinner and would also be perfect mid week to use up the random veg you have in the fridge or freezer. Another handy little fridge/freezer combo surprise!
The recipe is from Sarah Wilson’s Simplicious cookbook – I’ve shared my SW obsession in the past…nothings changed!
My version included…
- Chopped up pumpkin puree
- Broccoli florets chopped up nice and small.
- Cherry tomatoes cut into halves or quarters
- Small squares of haloumi
- A few random bits of capsicum
- 1 egg per ramekin/mug
- A sprinkling of cheese for each ramekin
The how to…
- Pop the ingredients in a ramekin greased with coconut oil.
- crack the egg into each and give it a little whisk
- Top with cheese.
- Cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned
You can also make these in mugs, par cook and take them to work to microwave and eat on the run!