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I feel like I have two full time jobs right now, but I’m having a blast doing it so I can’t really complain! I spent the weekend teaching a variety of classes, and every time I teach I learn so much. I spoke to the parents and teachers at my kid’s school about the 5 Simple Secrets to Raising Healthy Families. Then I hosted an entire day self-reliance meeting at my home on Saturday. I spoke about Life without Refrigeration and Winter Gardening to go along with a host of other phenomenal speakers.
I don’t want to leave you out so I thought I’d share some of what I taught.
The Environmental Working Group publishes a list every year of the most and least contaminated fresh fruits and veggies – I’m talking pesticides and herbicides. They are called the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. If you can’t afford everything organic (and who can?!) choose organic for the things that are on the Dirty Dozen list and get conventional of the other things. But my rule is that a potato – organic or not – is always better (and probably even cheaper) than a bag of potato chips.
1. Strawberries 2. Apples 3. Nectarines 4. Peaches 5. Celery 6. Grapes 7. Cherries 8. Spinach 9. Tomatoes 10. Sweet Bell peppers 11. Cherry tomatoes 12. Cucumbers
1. Avocados 2. Sweet corn 3. Pineapples 4. Cabbage 5. Frozen sweet peas 6. Onions 7. Asparagus 8. Mangoes 9. Papayas 10. Kiwis 11. Eggplant 12. Honeydew melon 13. Grapefruit 14. Cantaloupe 15. Cauliflower
I’ve already talked about this in a previous blog so I’ll shortcut this one
Have you looked at what you’re using now? Unpronounceable ingredients. Useless ingredients for preservation, potentially toxic, etc. You can make your own!
Sea Salt – Mineral replacement for dehydration. ½ t salt, 3 T honey to 1 quart water
Honey – antiseptic to put on wounds, insect bites, burns, sore throats (mixed with a little cayenne) and fatigue.
Apple Cider Vinegar – for yeast infections, warts, acne
Baking soda – Used to neutralize burns and insect bites.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Kills disease organisms by oxidation. Gargle with ½ water, ½ hydrogen peroxide for a sore throat. Good for ear infections and as a mouth wash.
Lavender essential oil – Good for reducing pain, anxiety, and helps digestion. Also great to sooth burns and insect bites.
Magnesium (my favorite is in a powder called Calm) – Helps with sleep and any muscle pain, including headaches. Helps skin problems like acne and eczema.
Oregano essential oil – Very strong anti-microbial. Great for colds and lung infections. Helps with athletes foot, yeast infections and other skin infections.
Vitamin C – powdered form- Will help you stay well during the sick season. Easier for kids to take dissolved in water.
See the picture included for my favorite at home remedies for this cold-ish, flu-ish time of year! We have some sniffles at our house so we are pouring on the colloidal silver, the Vitamin C and the Elderberry Syrup.
I think learning about ways to help our families with their health is one of the most empowering things we can do. Don’t let every passing bug or health fad knock you over. You can do this!
Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our Lehi, Utah area dental practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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American Fork, UT 84003