Bye Bye Pesky Ants and Fruit Flies

Summer time calls for sun, beaches, and seasonal fruits and veggies. Along with the ripe fruits and veggies in the house comes some of our unwelcomed friends, ants and fruit flies. No matter how new, clean, or upkept your home is these little guys sneak right in. As much as I don’t mind seeing the little criiters on the side walk, I just don’t want them roaming around my kitchen. Some of these natural remedies will provent these bugs from getting in and others will end the growth of the colonies or swarm of flies.

For the ants:patagonicus10

1. Lemon juice 
Spray pure lemon juice around the openings of windows and doorways. The acid from the lemons interrupts the ants sense of tracking.
2. Cinnamon 
Use ground cinnamon around where the ants are coming in or their colony. It prevents the ants from traveling. Or if you don’t want to use dry cinnamon, spray cinnamon essential oils around entrances. It works really well.

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3. Peppermint 
You can also use peppermint essential oil around windows and doors then your home will smell minty fresh too!

For the flies: fruit-fly-pineapple-gross-eww

1. Red wine 

Leave a little bit of red wine at the bottom of the bottle and let it sit out. The flies will flock to it, and die a very merry death. Putting a little red wine in a seperate container with plastic wrap ontop with small holes works too.

2. Lemongrass Spray

-10 drops of Lemongrass essential oil
-A clean spray bottle
-2 ounces of hot water

In a spray bottle add 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil to 2 ounces of hot water and shake well. Spray along windowsills and doorways or directly on flies. This spray will prevent them from coming in if they haven’t already and prevents them from flying around the fruits.  It leaves a nice refreshing scent as well.

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Remove the cap from the bottle (it doesn’t have to be full — nearly empty will also work). Cover the opening in plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Then, poke a hole for the fruit flies to enter. They can’t resist the scent of vinegar, and they won’t be able to exit once they’re inside.

Here’s to a less buggy summer…at least in our homes!

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5 Natural Remedies for Allergies

Here we are in the beginning of June and congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes are still lingering. Allergies, your time has come and gone now-  please leave! Summer is here and we want our beach bags full of good reads and magazines, NOT tissues. We heard it for the past few months-  this spring season would be extremely heavy with pollen and other allergens, but we didn’t expect it to hang around for this long.

Relief is on the way with 5 natural remedies for allergies.

1) Apple Cider Vinegarapple211

Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a tall glass of water 3 times a day and it will work its magic, naturally! Apple cider vinegar reduces mucous production and cleanses the lymphatic system. The congestion and runny nose that we are all used to will slow down with the apple cider vinegar ability to reduce the mucous. Allergy symptoms and allergy attacks can all be prevented with this simple remedy.

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l/../3) Nettle-Peppermint Tea

Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine meaning that it natural blocks the body from making histamine. The peppermint leaves contains flavonoids such as luteolin-7-0-rutinoside  which helps inhibit the growth of anti-inflammatory enzymes. While the leaves work together they help reduce the discomfort of the brutal side effects of allergies.

You’ll need:
1 teaspoon of dried pepperment leaves OR 1/4 cup of fresh chopped peppermint leaves
1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves OR 1/4 cup of fresh chopped nettle leaf
8 ounces of water
*honey and lemon

4) Probioticssoy1_600x450

This may sound a little different but let’s boost our gut bacteria! Having more of a balanced gut bacteria can help prevent some of the symptoms that come along with allergies. Adding more beneficial bacteria to our diets will help balance our immune systems. Some probiotics that can be added are kombucha and kefir. There are also supplements to buy, simply take one a day. Probiotics have numerous health benefits including a healthy digestive tract, better immunity, help control moodiness, hormonal imbalances, and much more.

5) Citrus DrinksIMG_5601

The vitamin C packed in lemons, oranges, and grapefruits can boost your immune system when allergies are taking over. A drink that contains two or more citrus fruits can pick up the immune system and allow our bodies to fight the sneezes and itchy cough. Squeezing a half of a lemon, two oranges and adding some local, raw honey will fulfill the vitamin C craving your body needs to fight off the allergies.

Other foods to include in your everyday diet during allergy season:

Dark, leafy greens

Deep yellow and orange vegetables

Onion, garlic, cayenne, ginger, and horseradish

My Cure All : Ginger, Lemon + Turmeric Elixir

It seems like no matter what you do it is  inevitable to avoid coming down with some kind of cold or flu right now.  ‘Tis the season, right?  Don’t worry! I am here to help with this amazing cure-all Ginger, Lemon + Turmeric elixir.

Whether it’s a debilitating flu, a mild cold, or a pesky cough that you can’t seem to kick – this easy homemade elixir will have you feeling better in no time. It is super easy to make, actually tastes really good, and drastically helps with congestion and inflammation. Aside from its cold and flu curing properties, each ingredient contains amazing health benefits. This is also a great drink for anyone who experiences congested sinuses or chronic sinus problems.

“Turmeric contains curcumin, which is hailed for its antioxidant properties, antibacterial properties, stimulates our adrenal glands and has even been found to actually help rebuild the immune system. Ginger, its cousin and the other half of this power couple has been shown to reduce inflammation and be a powerful decongestant. The powers of these herbs are only enhanced when combined with a spice like cayenne or black pepper. -Turmeric Life”

Ginger, Lemon + Turmeric Elixir

Ingredientslemon-ginger-tea
2 inches fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp turmeric powder, or 2 tsp fresh grated
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbs Raw Honey or Manuka Honey
1 liter water

Procedure
Boil water, add all ingredients and mix well. May garnish with parsley or basil leaves.

Additional Health Benefits

Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and immune booster. It helps to also improve digestion, absorb and assimilate essential nutrients throughout the body, ease muscle or joint discomfort, clears ‘microcirculatory channels’  (including sinus cavities),  and helps to clear nose and throat congestion.

Lemons are alkaline forming, helping to balance the pH balance in the body. The citric acid allows the breakdown of bile and dissolves any other toxins in the body, also helps flush out the kidneys and colon of toxic build up. Lemons also contain Vitamin C, which helps to neutralize free radicals and boost the immune system.

Cayenne has many health benefits. It contains anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen and anti-fungal properties. Cayenne is a great anti-flu and anti-cold agent as well, as it breaks down mucus and flushes from the body. It increases circulation, speeds metabolism, helps digestion, and significantly aids in digestion.

Raw Honey contains many vitamins and nutrients, including B vitamins and Vitamin C. It also contains vitamins such as sodium chlorine,magnesiumcalcium,potassium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc and phosphate. It is soothing to the throat and also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.  Honey is a great source of anti-oxidants, supports healthy bacteria in the gut, and provides a natural energy boost (much needed when you are recovering from being sick!). 

Make this today and I promise you will experience a notably faster recovery. I sip it warm throughout the day, or have a big mug of it at night after dinner.  Even when I am not sick, I like to drink it to maintain a healthy immune system and gain all of the health benefits it has to offer.

Drink up!

natural tips to keep that immune system BOOSTED this cold season

Do you feel a cold coming on? Everyone hates getting sick and let’s face it- none of us can afford to in our busy lives.

Here are some of my favorite preventative measures to avoid getting sick this fall and winter.

  • Herbal teas such as lemon, lavender and bergamot enhance the production of infection fighting white blood cells, know as leukocytes. I drink them plain or add lemon, honey and/or ginger for added benefits. Echinacea is also a great tea for fighting colds and pumping up that immune system.
  • Green, white or black tea, which contain large amounts of antioxidants.
  • Lots of garlic! Supplements or raw. Garlic is a great immune booster as well as an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. It also contains a sulfuric compound called allicin which produces powerful antioxidants.
  • Fennel and anise seeds- cook with anise seeds or steep in tea, eat fennel cooked or raw in salads. They are both natural expectorants, which hell clear congestion in the chest and soothe a cough.
  • Make some of my mineral broth to sip in throughout the day. This really boosts immunity and enhances vitality as well.

..and then there is the obvious immune boosters and all around nutrient-dense foods like leafy greens and veggies.  Also, carrots, sweet potatoes and other foods containing beta-carotene, which is eventually converted to Vitamin A are great for the immune system.

Be sure to get plenty of rest as well. Try to practice a few of these each day to stay healthy and avoid those annoying fall and winter sicknesses.

What are some of your favorite immune boosting practices?personal trainer in campbell cold and flu fighter