8 Reasons I Love Essential Oils

8 Reasons I Love Essential Oils

I am crazy, deeply, madly in LOVE with essential oils.

There, I finally said it.  My love for essential oils is officially out of the closet!

My oily love story began almost three years ago when I participated in an Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) program at my hospital (where I work an a ER/med surg resource nurse).

The 3 month, intensive program was designed for nurses to learn how to treat patients from a more holistic approach by combining both eastern and western therapies (including essential oil therapy, Reiki, yoga movements, and guided meditation).

I didn’t know much about essential oils at the time (except that they smelled amazing!). Fortunately, I was given a Young Living essential oils kit in the program to practice with on patients and my colleges in the program.

Since then, the results I have seen using essential oils with patients has been incredible. I have been able to help patients with essential oils for nausea, anxiety, fatigue and even pain. In some cases we were even able to reduce some of their medications such as anti-nausea medications or other narcotics. Our hospital even has 6 of the Young Living essential oils stocked on most of the units to use for patients.

8 Reason Why I Love Using Essential Oils. (And why you should too!)

As a nurse, I learned about essential oils as a way to treat my patients more holistically.

The healthcare paradigm is changing.

This makes me so happy.  I love it when my patients take responsibility for their own health.  My ideology around patient care has forever changed, as it has for many doctors and other professionals in the health care system.

My goal with essential oils is to live a more toxin and chemical free lifestyle and use products that I trust are actually safe for my family.  I am able to make so many easy DIY products and I love it because I know exactly what goes into them.

8 Reason Why I Love Using Essential Oils. (And why you should too!)

8 Reason Why I Love Using Essential Oils. (And why you should too!)

8 Top Reasons Why I love Essential Oils:

#1.   I believe in evidence based care.

I am a registered nurse at a large teaching facility in Los Angeles. Everything we do in the hospital has to be evidence based. In other words, if it hasn’t been proven to work in literature, then we don’t use it.  That is the gold standard!

Essential oils are not junk science. Not only have they been used for over 4500 years, they have been widely studied and documented in medical literature to be effective and useful for treatments for a multitude of ailments. (You do need to make sure you are using oils from a reputable company which is why I use Young Living Essential Oils- you can read about their seed-to-seal process here).

PubMed is full of studies on essential oils.  For example, there are over 2000 research studies on lavender alone (one of my favorites!).  Peppermint has over 1200 published studies. (PubMed is a search engine for research studies, please visit if you would like to read any essential oil studies firsthand).

Essential oils have been used as part of a holistic approach to healthcare in many US healthcare institutions in  recent years.  In the hospital where I work I have been able to help my own patients using ginger for nausea and lavender for anxiety.  In some cases we have been able to reduce some of the patient’s medications.  We keep it stocked in the Pyxis along with all of the other medications we give our patients.

#2.  I can clean my home with chemical and toxin free products.

I have to admit, when I was told I could make my own toilet cleaner, bathroom tile scrub, floor cleaner and surface cleaner using thieves essential oil, I was pretty skeptical.  So one Saturday afternoon I made my own DIY cleaners and put them to the test.  Guess what?  They actually worked better than some of my store bought products!

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization focused on environment and public health, recently came out with their “Cleaners Hall Of Shame” List.  Many common store bought cleaners contain carcinogens, asthma instigators, poisons and cancer causing ingredients.

As the mother of a two-year-old and a newborn, I want to keep as many toxic chemicals out f my house as possible! I don’t need them getting their cute little hands on them and then putting them in their mouths.

#3. I can make my own non-toxic perfumes.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance.”

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty scary!  Fortunately now I am able to make my own DIY perfumes with vanilla, rose, geranium and jasmine essential oils at home (as an added bonus, my husband loves them).

#4. I save money by DIYing my lotions, face wash and body scrub.

When I was is nursing school I quit using my expensive face creams and body lotions in place of coconut oil to save money.  In fact, I used almost nothing but coconut oil on my skin for almost 6 years.  Not only did I save a ton of money but I realized that using home products can be as good as many expensive store bought products.

I have become a  little “fancier” in recent years.  But all the good quality, organic products are so expensive!  I could easily spend $75-$100s for one jar of eye cream alone.

Now I am able to make my own eye cream,  lotion, face wash and body scrub with essential oils and I feel like I am using the same organic, expensive products I would buy at a spa.  (My absolute favorite is my body scrub:  1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup sugar, 5 drops lavender and 5 drops frankincense.  Ahhhh, heavenly!).

When I started adding a drop of frankincense to my face lotion every morning and night I notice a noticeable improvement in my skin texture within two weeks.  And my skin smells delightful to boot!

#5.  My home always smells amazing.

Diffusing essential oils is one of the easiest ways to discover all the benefits of aromatherapy, which can include:

  • neutralizing odors
  • inspiring a positive emotional state
  • supporting your physical wellness

Diffusing essential oils throughout my home helps me to reduce my stress and relax a little.  With two small babies, a nursing career and a busy life I can get a little overwhelmed sometimes (don’t we all?).  Diffusing essential oils is how I try to chill out when I don’t have the time to actually sit still and relax.   I enjoy having the ability to make my home a working sanctuary.

There are so many  essential oil blends to make.  My go-to right now is called “Gentle Baby.”  Six drops in my difuser and my life instantly becomes a sweeter place (my blood pressure is lowering just thinking about it).

Defusing lavender Young Living essential oil during a yoga practice is a divine treat!

Difusing lavender essential oil during a yoga practice is a divine treat!

#6.  Great for beauty treatments on the skin.

The skin is an amazing organ.  It has the ability to protect us from the outside world… to an extent.  Pretty much everything you put on your skin can seep right through and into your bloodstream.  Including many dangerous chemicals and preservatives in skin products that can cause inflammation and worse. But if you are using natural skin care, including homemade skin products made with essential oils then you know you aren’t inviting these nasty ingredients into your body.

Remember how I said I am all about evidence-based care?  Well, there have been a ton of studies showing that essential oils like lavender and frankincense are wonderful for the skin by reducing inflammation, helping with wrinkles, and even chronic wound healing.  You can read for yourself here, or here, or even here.

#7.  I can enhance many of my recipes.

Adding essential oils to food and drinks are a simple way to incorporate antioxidants into my life. It is very important to check oil bottles for the supplement facts label to know which oils can be ingested. Essential oils are very potent so you’ll need a lot less than dried herbs.  Depending on the recipe, usually a drop is plenty.

Here is an easy one to start with:  add a drop of lime to your sparkling water (or beer!)

My favorite:  3 drops of lemon in my loaded veggie bean salad dish!

#8. Great for stress relieving activities

Have a meditation or yoga practice?  Adding essential oils in a no-brainer.  Essential oils are perfect adjunct to yoga, meditation, reflexology massage or just trying to relax.  I love adding aromatherapy to my yoga practice.  Added bonus:  yoga is so good for you, especially if you have a stressful job or are an ER nurse, like me!

Interested in trying Young Living essential oils?

(You  can purchase a Young Living Starter Kit Here.  By ordering a starter kit of Young Living essential oils you automatically become a part of our exclusive Facebook group “The Oil Spill” where we discuss various recipes and uses for essential oils and offer support for oil users.) 

Food for thought

Consider a new way of treating yourself and your family.  Take a look at some of to toxins you are bringing into your body and your home.

Review the ingredients of the products you put on your face and body.  Do you know what they mean?  Can you even pronounce them?  Are you blindly trusting them to be both effective and safe?

In closing…

Treat your body like a temple.   Fill it with vital nutrients and antioxidants.   Give it some tender love.

You will be less likely you are to wind up as one of my patients, which is a very good thing!

Have you thought about using essential oils?  What are your thoughts?  Please let me know if you are interested in or have any questions about essential oils.  I would love to help you get started!

Fast And Easy Olive Oil And Sea Salt Roasted Pumpkin Seeds In 15 Minutes!

Fast And Easy Olive Oil And Sea Salt Roasted Pumpkin Seeds In 15 Minutes!

Roasting pumpkin seeds is one of my favorite fall traditions and has been for many years.

Since my daughter, Zoe, was born almost 2 years ago on Halloween morning my obsession with everything pumpkin has risen to new highs.

Little Zoe helping to make pumpkin seeds

Little Zoe helping to make the fast and easy roasted pumpkin seeds in 15 minutes.

This year I had Zoe assist me for my inaugural pumpkin seed roasting session of the season. The result: messy, orange pulpy hands, a lot of fun, and scrumptious, delectable roasted pumpkin seeds fresh from the oven. Best of all: she absolutely loved them!

I have probably roasted pumpkin seeds a hundred times before with several different recipes. Usually with at least 10 steps each, 40 or more minutes of cook time and over 1 hour of total prep time. With a child, however, I don’t have that kind of time anymore.

This is the fastest, easiest recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds in 15 minutes (and yes, they are still crunchy and super delicious).

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Scoop pumpkin seeds out of pumpkin and into container.

3. For every 1 cup of seeds, add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Stir.

4. Spread seeds on greased baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes at 400 F.

That is all, folks. It doesn’t get much easier then that!

Tips to make your life easier:

  • Don’t feel like you have to wash the seeds. The extra pulp actually makes for a little extra crunch.
  • Don’t use too much oil. I have made this mistake before (thinking that more = better tasting) and ended up with soggy seeds after one day.
  • You can always add more salt to taste later so don’t go overboard before cooking them.
  • Don’t let them cook for longer then 15 minutes because they will burn at such a high temperature. If your seeds are extra large you can add another minute or two, but no longer.
  • Store seeds in an airtight container to prevent them from getting stale too soon. I like to use mason jars.
  • You can substitute any oil you like (or butter). I just prefer the taste of olive oil.

I hope you are are enjoying the start of fall!

Sarah, Mother Nurse Love

Why Nurses Need To Practice Yoga:  Self Care For The Caregiver

Why Nurses Need To Practice Yoga: Self Care For The Caregiver

(This post may contain affiliate links.  My disclosure page is super boring but you can find it here.)

Many nurses are very good at encouraging patients to follow a regular exercise routine and at teaching ways to manage stress for optimal health. Taking their own advice about healthy lifestyle behaviors though, well, not so much.

As an emergency room nurse who has worked as a resource nurse on various units all over the hospital, I see first hand the outstanding care that is being given to our patients. The nurses I work with bend over backwards.  At times they even risk their own health and safety to care for total strangers.

The work can be back-breaking, literally. Most days are very physically demanding with little rest. Over time, the work is depleting to an RN.  Sometimes even resulting in permanent injuries (hello, chronic back pain!), extreme burnout or even depression.

How much work does it take to be a nurse?

Being a nurse in the hospital demands a lot on the body. The job often requires moving non-stop for grueling 12 hours shifts (or longer).  It can include lifting and turning patients several times throughout the day. In addition to physical stress, nurses are often multitasking multiple patients with unique medical issues and making clinical decisions in potentially life-threatening situations.

Nurse praticing yoga.

Yoga can help nurses take better care of themselves.

To say that being a nurse causes wear-and-tear on the body is an understatement. As a result of years of heavy lifting many RN’s are suffering from chronic back problems. I know several who have had to go out on disability and sadly still suffer from permanent chronic back pain.

In nursing school we are taught “proper body mechanics” that are supposed to prevent back injuries while moving, lifting or turning patients. Recently however, there is new evidence suggesting that their really is no safe way for nurses to lift patients.

In addition, being a nurse often requires walking up to 15,000 steps or more in a single shift. A study found in the National Library of Medicine reported that many nurses walk up to five miles in an average 10 hour shift. However, in the Emergency Room and on many other units, I would argue that we actually walk much more then that. In fact, I wear a pedometer at work and I have logged up to 35,000 or more steps in a single day. That is the equivalent of walking 14 miles in a single shift!

The emotional and physiological drain of being a nurse can be overwhelming.

Being in the hospital is stressful. As a result, sometimes patients or families take their stress out on the people they are in contact with the most: the nurses. Yet it is our job to remain compassionate and continue to advocate for our patients in spite of this.

Burnout in the profession is common. Even I have questioned my decision to become a nurse for this reason on a few different occasions. I’ve tried to explain to friends and family how incredibly complex and stressful being a registered nurse can be. I think it is just one of those things that you really can’t understand unless you experience it for yourself.

All venting aside, I’m not going to run off and chance careers, or encourage anyone from not becoming a registered nurse. I derive an immense amount of pride and passion for what I do.  I also enjoy working with intelligent people who have the same drive for helping people that I do.

It is, however, not a career for wimps.

Nurses need to practice yoga.

Nurse practicing yoga

There are so many physical and mental benefits to practicing yoga regularly.

Nurses need to make self-care a priority. Not only does self-care result in better overall patient care, but ultimately it replenishes our depleted reserves.  Yoga helps us take better care of ourselves and our families.

There is an endless amount of studies on yoga and its amazing benefits on physical and mental health. The Mayo clinic has stated that “yoga may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate” among many other benefits.

For the purpose of this article I am focusing on three of the biggest nurse health related issues. But don’t be mistaken, there several more benefits then I am not mentioning here.

Benefits of yoga for nurses:

Stress management

As I mentioned earlier, nurses have a high workload in many hospital wards. The stress is compounded by managing patient healthcare needs and treatments, daily occupational stressors and even the many frequent changes in technology.

A study published in the National Institute of Biotechnology Information investigated the effects of yoga on stress coping strategies of ICU nurses. After only 8 weeks of yoga the results showed that the participating ICU nurses had significantly better focus coping strategies and a major reduction in perceived mental pressure. If that is what can happen after only 8 weeks, imagine the impact a regular, permanent yoga practice could have on stress management levels.

Prevent or eliminate chronic low back pain

Chronic back pain in the nursing population is a common ailment. An evidenced based review at the Texas Women’s University reported that estimates of chronic low back pain among nurses range from 50%-80%. Fortunately, the review also presented an overwhelming amount of studies that found that regular yoga significantly reduced symptoms associated with chronic low back pain and greatly improved overall physicality.

Yoga stretching not only increases flexibly, but increases muscle strength and prevents injuries such as chronic lower back pain. In a career as physically demanding as nursing, the more physically stable we are, the better care we can give to ourselves and our patients.

Prevent burnout and compassion fatigue

Nurses practicing yoga

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program training at UCLA Medical Center. Nurses are learning how to integrate holistic healthcare like yoga with traditional medicine.

Lack of self-care can easily result in burnout and compassion fatigue in the nursing profession. As much as I hate to admit it, even I have questioned how long I can continue with the immense workload and emotional drain that is required of me as a nurse. Thankfully, I have found a productive way to manage this is through yoga and meditation.

A study published in Workplace Health & Safety on yoga for self-care and burnout prevention of nurses found that yoga participants “reported significantly higher self-care as well as less emotional exhaustion upon completion of an 8-week yoga intervention.” While the control group demonstrated no change throughout the course of the study, the yoga group showed a significant improvement in scores for self-care, mindfulness, and emotional exhaustion outcomes.

Yoga is good for you!

Yoga is a productive way to prevent some of the most common health ailments among nurses. Empowering nurses in self-care helps to create a happier, healthier and more productive work environment.

For better or worse, nurses serve as role models in the healthcare community. We need to practice what we preach. Why would a patient listen to our advice on how to life a healthy life if we are not living one ourselves?

Sarah, Mother Nurse Love

Additional reading:

Recommended Reading

8 Ways Nurses Can Stay Healthy

Pregnant Nurse Precautions To Consider At Work

3 Crucial Reasons Nurse Need Yoga

Headspace:  How An App Is Making Meditation More Attainable

Headspace: How An App Is Making Meditation More Attainable

(This post may contain affiliate links.  My disclosure page is really boring but you can find it here.)

An app for meditation? Huh?

Those were my thoughts when my husband told me about an app called Headspace that he had been using for 30 days straight. And then he suggested that I start using it too (apparently he can tell when I’m not handling stress very well).

Headspace is an app that has many different meditations each lasting 10 minutes. So I really don’t have an excuse that I don’t have time because it’s only 10 minutes!

Meditation is harder than it looks.

Woman meditating

Meditation is harder than it looks.

I have been practicing yoga for about 11 years on a regular basis. In that time I have probably meditated (or attempted to meditate- it can be a challenge!) hundreds of times.

The only thing that is consistent for me in meditation for me is that it’s always a little bit different each time. In other words, it’s not consistent at all.

Some days when I reach Savasana at the end of my practice I drift peacefully and effortlessly into the depths of meditation and I feel like I’m floating on a cloud.

On other days, my brain won’t stop reminding me of my to do list or rehashing a conversation with a really mean, difficult patient from my last shift at the hospital.

Like yoga, meditation is a practice. There is no good or bad. It just is what it is at the time. You can keep practicing to train your mind to do better the next time. And then eventually your brain is rewired by the habitual repetition of meditation and it becomes easier.

Setting aside time for meditation is the first step.

Since the birth of my daughter 20 months ago meditation has been a stretch for me and it than it has in a really long time. It’s hard to train your brain to relax when your mother of a toddler with a career as an RN.

And I really just don’t have a time like I used to (isn’t that everyone’s dilemma?). Since Zoe graced us with her presence the only times I have really truly been able to meditate have been when I have been lucky enough to squeeze in an actual studio yoga class. Which to be honest, is not frequently.

I do some yoga at home every day. But it’s mostly some stretching, a couple a sun salutations, an inversion or two, and then I call it a day. Sometimes I may even get to do it twice (usually next to my daughter if she’ll play long enough by herself) for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes or so.

Thing is I never actually get to the meditation part. And I am really craving more meditation in my life.

So one of my new goals is to try and fit in 10 minutes of meditation every day. No excuses!

This is where the app, Headspace, comes into play.

Do not disturb sign

Mediation requires at least a few minutes of uninterrupted time. Don’t confuse meditation with taking a nap!

As I mentioned earlier, my husband introduced me to this app a couple of months ago. He had just completed 30 straight days of practicing meditation with it. I had noticed that he had been chill in recent days, and now I know why.

I had thought he was just laying down to take a quick nap. Ha! He was actually listening to the app on his headphones under the covers. Sneaky…

I dabbled with the app for the first time a few weeks ago. I tried sitting still with my headphones on while sitting on my couch while my daughter was napping. But my heart wasn’t in it and I just couldn’t get into the idea of using an app for meditation. So I quit.

But this week I got some interesting news that reminded me that I need to be taking better care of myself and not stressing myself out to the max! I won’t go into that now. But the point is it can be a good thing to get a little nudge of consciousness that says the only person responsible for your health is you!

Funny, that’s the exact thing I say to my patients. Hmmm….

So now I’m giving this Headspace app thingy a whole new chance. If it works so well for my husband, why am I not all over this thing?

I tried it tonight and it was, well, nice actually. I definitely chilled out, felt my muscles melting into the floor, much like I used to after yoga class.

The instructor has a nice soft British voice that was calm and cool and walked me through the process of letting go of my thoughts.

It felt really awesome to be meditating again actually. I’m going to try to do it tomorrow before I get out of bed. If I happen to wake up before Zoe does.

Ill let you know how I feel after 30 days!

Sarah, Mother Nurse Love

Recommended Reading

8 Ways Nurses Can Stay Healthy

Nurse Life:   How To Find A Work Life Balance

Why Nurses Need To Practice Yoga:  Self Care For The Caregiver

7 Ways To Beat Nurse Burnout

I Quit Social Media For One Week:  This Is What Happened…

I Quit Social Media For One Week: This Is What Happened…

My name is Sarah, and I’m addicted to social media.

That may have sounded like a dramatic entrance. But it is the unfortunate truth, as much as I hate to admit it.

Almost everyone I know is addicted to their cell phones in one way or another. It’s hard to imagine how humankind ever got by without them.

Between being a Mom, a registered nurse and trying to maintain a life, I am already a super busy lady on the go. Yet I still find myself checking Facebook or Instagram whenever I’m not moving a million miles a minute.

I’m not saying social media or mindless phone browsing are always a bad thing. But I do think many people are more engrossed in their phones then they even realize, to the detriment of intentional daily living. Constant internet use can be a massive time sucker that takes away from being in the presence of one’s own life.

Why is social media/cell phone addiction so common?

Facebook and Instagram browsing has always been an easy, passive way for me to disconnect from the real world. On a shallow level it feels good to distract my brain for a while. After all, I work hard. I deserve a break. Sometimes I don’t want to have to think about how to better use my time.

Sadly though, strolling down the social media feeds doesn’t add joy to my life the way so many other activities do. Its never been purposely included on my to-do list. So why do I always check it so frequently?

What I could be focusing my time on instead of browsing social media:

  • being a wife
  • raising an amazing kid
  • spending time with friends
  • writing in this blog
  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • reading
  • listening to music or a podcast
  • meditating
  • practicing yoga
  • sleeping
  • relaxing
  • doing absolutely nothing at all

You read that last part correctly. Doing absolutely nothing at all can bring me immense joy, partly because I almost never have a chance to do it.

Recently, I was reading an article about an author named Tim Ferris who wrote a book called the 4-hour workweek. He talked a lot about how being perpetually busy just for the sake of business is actually a form of laziness. Ferris explained that on a superficial level, being busy is a satisfying substitute for doing important work. “It’s very easy to confuse activity with productivity,” says Ferris.

This got me thinking…

Is my addiction to social media just me being lazy?

Am I unconsciously browsing social media instead of living my life with intention?

I became inspired to devise the following cold-turkey intervention on myself:

For one entire week I will not look at any social media feeds or unconsciously surf though my phone.

After all, how hard could it be?

My experiment started easily enough. But just like clockwork the minute I stopped paying attention my fingers automatically tried to pull up my Instagram account.

Apparently, my social media addiction was more ingrained then I thought. My plan required increased preventative measures to ensure success.

So I went a step further. I deleted both the Instagram and Facebook apps off my phone. That way if I wanted to use the apps I would actually have to sign in via the internet and type in my password.

Wouldn’t you know, just the annoyance of having to type in my password was enough to remind me of why I had started this experiment in the first place. I created a successful barrier to reinforce my phone addition recovery!

One week later…

My experiment to give up social media taught me a few valuable lessons and brought about some welcome changes.

I Quit Using Social Media For One Week. THIS is what happened.

I Quit Using Social Media For One Week. THIS is what happened.

#1.  I added more presence and engagement in my life.

Sadly, social media is often not an real representation of what is going on in people’s lives. It is a magnification of what people want you to see: slivers of primarily positive information that appears flawless, effortless and often like never-ending, spontaneous fun (don’t we all want to project the best parts of ourselves). Its also full of marketing, branding and sales gimmicks nowadays too.

By taking mindless phone browsing out of the equation I was left with significantly less distraction. It made me more present in day to day activities.

In other words, I took back the time that social media was stealing from me and applied it directly into being engaged in the most important stuff. Like spending uninterrupted time with my daughter and husband.

#2.  I increased productivity in things that matter most.

To make my point on this I’m going to create a hypothetical, but totally realistic situation:

Lets say a person reads social media for 20 minutes a few times a day: once before getting out of bed, once during a break from work, and then one more time before going to bed in the evening (for a lot of people I know, that is a conservative estimation).

It seems like a harmless habit. But if you add up the time over a seven day period you are talking about 7 hours a week. 7 entire hours! That’s just ridiculous. It’s the same amount of time some people spend at work during a normal workday. Mindless internet and social media browsing can kill off the equivalent of almost 1 workday per week if you allow it to.

See my earlier list titled “what I should be focusing on instead” to see where I am making more productive use of my time now.

As I mentioned before, even taking time to do absolutely nothing would be a better use of time. Mental breaks are great for overall productivity. (Did I mention I am training to be an ER nurse and have a ton of training to work on after I put my daughter to bed? My brain can use a little extra time off.)

#3.  I fall asleep earlier and have better overall sleep.

I had a bad habit of flipping through my phone before bed.

Cell phones emit bright blue light that is meant to stimulate the brain. By looking at a cell phone before bed it causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, which is the hormone that cues the brain that its time for slumber. As a result, smartphone light can disrupt the sleep cycle which makes it hard to fall and stay asleep.

Sleep is crucial to good health. Interrupted or lack of quality sleep is linked to so many health care related issues including many cancers, depression, and weight gain. In other words, better sleep habit = happy, sane Mama.

I would rather get some rest and rejuvenation and keep my sanity, thank you very much!

Am I going to quit my Facebook and Instagram accounts permanently?

No. My overall goal was never to shun my cell phone entirely. I think using social media in moderation is OK, as long as I keep it to once or twice per week, and never before bed. I still do enjoy sharing my own stuff and checking out the feeds from time to time. I will, however keep the apps off my phone to prevent unconscious browsing.

Using social media responsibly is not a bad thing. But now I recognize through experience that there are a lot of good reasons to use it sparingly instead of as a way to fill space in the day.

The moral of my story is this:

Living a life of intention requires making conscious changes to habits that appear harmless on the outside.
What habits do you have that are not serving you well?

 

Sarah, Mother Nurse Love

Turmeric Tea Recipe:  Secrets Of The Centurion Lifestyle

Turmeric Tea Recipe: Secrets Of The Centurion Lifestyle

*This post contains affiliate links.  For more information about my disclosure policy click here.

What should I drink to be healthy at 100?

If you ask a centurion from Okinawa, the answer would probably be turmeric tea. This golden spice is a staple tea for many centurions living in Okinawa, also known as the Longevity Island.

Okinawa is considered to be a blue zone where people live to be 100 years old at a rate 10 times higher than anywhere else in the world. Blue Zone is a term used to reflect the lifestyles and environment of the world’s longest-living communities, and there are only 5 in the world!

Okinawans live to be 100 for many reasons: they exercise regularly and also have an excellent diet low in red meat, and high in seasonal fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, and lean proteins, including soy. For the Okinawa native, turmeric tea is a nice complement to an already incredibly healthy lifestyle.

Turmeric offers so many health benefits

Turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory super spice.

A growing body of evidence suggests that turmeric may help reduce the risks of several diseases and that it may be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories discovered thus far.

This spice is a major overachiever. In fact, many health professionals have claimed that it may be one of the most powerful disease fighters known to humans. There have been over 6,000 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of this beautiful orange herb, and its #1 component, curcumin!

My turmeric research recently made me a lot more interested in making my own turmeric tea at home.  So I started making my own over the last two weeks. I don’t know for sure if it’s the tea, but I feel amazing!

My husband has commented several times already about our counters having minor yellow spots. Turmeric’s rich golden-yellow color will stain clothing and may temporarily turn counters and some dishware yellow, so be prepared for that.

How to make turmeric tea at home

Organic ground turmeric

Organic ground turmeric can be found at most grocery stores in the spice aisle.

Imagine what replacing 1 soda or sugary drink a day with a turmeric tea could do for your health over the long run!

Turmeric tea is a hearty drink and takes a little extra preparation than just adding a tea bag into a cup of hot water. However, the experience is totally worth the preparation and wait time. I love the idea of adding lots of anti-inflammatory herbs to tea to keep my immune system in tip-top shape.

I have tried several recipes for making turmeric tea at this point. This one is my favorite and makes an excellent place to start if you’re starting to add turmeric into your diet. It is simple and strait-forward and adds the perfect amount of spice. In the beginning, I would start with 1 tsp turmeric and try and add a little more each time you make it to see how much works for you.

You can purchase turmeric here.

Turmeric Tea Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp turmeric (start with this and work your way up to as much as you want!)
  • 1-2 cups of almond milk (you can use water or whatever milk product you prefer, I like almond milk)
  • tsp cinnamon
  • pinch in nutmeg
  • tsp ginger
  • pinch of ground black pepper*
  • honey (just a little or a lot, your preference)

*Black pepper is added because studies show it aids in the absorption of curcumin, the healthy component of turmeric.

Directions

  • simmer herbs and water together for ten minutes on the stovetop
  • strain out and add honey

Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

If making turmeric tea is not your thing don’t let that stop you from reaping its benifits.  You can always buy a turmeric supplement over-the-counter to take once a day.

Sarah, Mother Nurse Love

Additional recommended reading: