The Lazy Naturalist Blog

One Small Natural Change in 2020

Hey there! Are you as ready as I am to get back into a routine of healthy eating? Are your kids’ sleep schedules as mixed up as mine? Do your fingers look like puffy sausages when you put gloves or rings on? Welcome to January!

This is the time of year where Americans attempt to change every habit they dislike about themselves. All at the same time. For about two weeks. It’s also the month when most people fail to meet the goals they set simply because they don’t start with a good action plan. 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to feel guilty. It’s hard enough to get a healthy meal on the table most days. I’d rather celebrate successes than track misses. That’s why I’m a huge fan of the starting small. 

This entire year is going to focus on presenting ideas you can implement one small change at a time to incorporate natural options into your lifestyle. By focusing on one change you can decide if each choice is something worth keeping around or if you need to keep looking. 

There will be a theme for each season, and within each theme you will find suggestions for natural changes you can incorporate under the headings Mind, Body, and Space.

This means that in 2020 I can almost guarantee you will find a natural change you can implement into your household the Lazy Naturalist Way. 

I’m looking forward to answering your questions along the way as well, so make sure to reach out and ask me anything specific you want to know so I can prioritize my content to answer your pressing questions first. 

So, Here’s My Goal: 

  • We’re going to make sure you pull those oil kits you bought but haven’t opened out of the closet and actually use them. 
  • I’m going to feature easy AND safe options for naturally boosting your metabolism, reducing bloat, and improving sleep
  • We’re going to connect the dots between stress and all the ways it hinders us and take actionable steps to fight stress
  • I’m going to share more about aromatherapy and my certifications – however, whenever possible there will always be an alternative suggestion in addition to therapeutic grade oils provided (move on this in my next post!)
  • I’m going to make sure you have every tool and option as you want to live as naturally as you want without breaking the bank.

Let’s make 2020 the year we make one small natural change at a time that actually sticks and have a ton of fun at the same time.  

Caring for your Respiratory System

When at rest, the average person breathes anywhere from 12-20 times per minute. Multiply that by that over the course of an average day and you will take up to 30,000 breaths a day. Most days, you don’t pay attention to your breathing. But when you catch a respiratory infection or have stuffed up sinuses, you are probably very aware of how much you are breathing. And how much harder it has become.

While the science of aromatherapy and its affects on the human emotions is very interesting, today we are going to talk about just plain ol’ breathing in and out. At the most basic level, you breathe in oxygenated air, it is circulated through your lungs where it drops off that wonderful, life giving oxygen molecule, picks up those no longer need carbon dioxide molecules and exhales them back out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

But what happens when you have a stuffy nose? Or a cough? This process becomes much harder. It affects the way we breathe in, often having to use our mouths instead of nose. This can decrease the amount of oxygen you are breathing which then makes you more tired. It impacts our ability to taste either decreasing or removing the sense temporarily. It causes headaches from the pressure in your face and head. It keeps us from sleeping well at night.

What are some natural ways to resolve breathing issues?

Sinus steamer
  • Try filling a large bowl with warm, steaming water. Add essential oils known for opening up the airways. Peppermint. Eucalyptus. Lemon. Or try a blend of oils like doTerra’s Breathe. Place your face at a safe distance away from the water and cover your head with a towel. Breathe deeply for 10-15 mins, then take a break. Repeat as needed to empty out the sinus cavities.
shower melts

Have you ever heard of a shower melt? Basically you make little tablets to throw in the bottom of a hot shower that melt and release the aromas of scents that will help to open up the airways and release the sinus pressure. Follow my Shower Melt recipe from here. I like using doTerra Eucalyptus oil.

respiratory salve

Do you remember being rubbed down with Vicks as a kid? Two dots under your nose and all over your chest? Well, this is my favorite thing to do for my kids. But I make my own chest rub. Use a glass dish and regular coconut oil. Heat it up in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Add in Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Lemon oil. Let it cool and harden. And now you have your own all natural chest rub. Apply to the chest as soon as there is a runny nose. Because that is where the drainage will go next.

diffuser

And last but not least, utilize diffusing. I call this the “set it and forget it” treatment method. This is by far the quickest and easiest way to get relief from your cough and sinus pressure. Especially at night. We’ve all experienced a sleepless night because of a cough or drainage. Setting up a diffuser on your nightstand with airway opening essential oils like Eucalyptus, Lemon, or Peppermint will allow you to receive the benefits while support good rest. Good sleep is a vital piece of getting well.

Where do I find good oils to make these recipes?

I am so glad you asked this important question. I have found a brand I trust and use on myself and my family. To buy Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon, or all three together, just click on the links provided.

I’m always happy to answer additional questions. Contact me here.

Citrus Essential Oils

Do you love the smell of citrus? So. Do. I. In my cleaning products, added to my water, diffusing around the house for a fresh uplifting scent. Give me all the Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, and Wild Orange oils. Looking for more ways to use them?  

Here are My Favorite Ways to Use Citrus Essential Oils

How to use Grapefruit Oil

  • Add Grapefruit essential oil to your nightly facial routine to improve the appearance of blemishes
  • Diffuse Grapefruit essential oil while trying to lose weight to help increase motivation
  • Add one to two drops to your water to support a healthy metabolism
  • Help smooth your skin by adding two to three drops to your body scrub and body wash
  • Diffuse Grapefruit to promote a sense of focus while studying or reading
  • Try adding it to your skin when dry brushing. Looking for some benefits of dry brushing? Look what the Cleveland Clinic has to say.

How to use Lemon Oil

  • Put two to three drops in a veggie capsule or water to naturally cleanse the body and aid in digestion
  • Supports healthy respiratory function when taken internally in water or a veggie capsule
  • Take internally to help with seasonal respiratory discomfort
  • Add 10 drops to a glass spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces
  • Add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes
  • Mix 10 drops with ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup olive oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture or other leather surfaces
  • Polish your jewelry or utensils with 10 to 20 drops on a soft cloth, a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals
  • To help remove stubborn, sticky residue off surfaces put a few drops on rag or directly on the residue and gently scrub away
  • Wash hands with Lemon oil to remove grease after changing your oil or fixing your bike

How to use Lime oil

  • Take one to two drops in your water to support a healthy immune system
  • Add a few drops to your water to use as an internal cleanser, and for enhanced flavor and antioxidant support 
  • Put five to six drops on a cotton pad to help remove grease spots
  • Add one drop to your facial cleanser or shampoo for added cleansing properties
  • Combine one to two drops with equal amounts of Tea Tree oil for a soothing scalp massage
  • Add one drop to add a refreshing kick your homemade salsa
  • Diffuse while studying and then apply to wrists again while testing on the same subjects. Aromatherapy is a very powerful memory tool.

How to use Wild Orange Oil

  • During colder temperatures, take one to two drops of Wild Orange in a capsule to support a healthy immune system
  • During clean up, use Wild Orange in an all-purpose spray to cleanse and purify countertops, tables, and other surfaces
  • Before a stress filled day, diffuse for a revitalizing aroma to encourage you
  • Add a drop to your water every day for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health
  • Eliminate odors by putting three to four drops down your bathroom sink or tub drains, letting the oil evaporate before turning on the water
  • Add to your favorite cream cheese frosting for cakes and cinnamon rolls
  • Diffuse with Peppermint for an invigorating aroma

Interested in more ways to use Citrus oils? Send me a message! I’d love to get together and share more details about all the amazing ways you can incorporate citrus oils into your daily routines.