Tuesday, December 16, 2014

5 Ways to Fight the Flu with Essential Oils

During flu season, medical doctors rave about the power of the flu shot. But as an alternative, we can also turn to natural remedies to protect and strengthen our immune system against whatever new super bug is going around. A few years ago, I met Teresa Koerner, a certified holistic health coach and doTerra Gold Wellness consultant, on a bus ride from a spa in St. George, Utah to Las Vegas and we had a fascinating conversation about essential oils. 

Teresa uses essential oils to empower women to take care of themselves and their loved ones without worrying about harmful side effects.
Here are her 5 holistic flu-fighting tips:

1. doTerra On Guard Essential Oil Protective Blend is my number one pick to protect and prevent during the cold and flu season. It has the ability to penetrate through the cell membrane to kill a virus. So it has the power to stop the flu before it starts.

Last winter I had two grandchildren with the stomach flu and their mom had to work. So I put some On Guard in my diffuser and also put two drops in a veggie capsule and took it internally, and I never got sick. I also love to make my own hand sanitizer instead of using the alcohol type that can strip your body's own protective layer.

2. Oregano essential oil was used by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and has many traditional and modern uses. My favorite way to use it is in a veggie capsule at the onset of any cold or flu symptom to stop it in its tracks. Oregano is a member of the mint family, and is often called one of nature’s strongest antiseptics. It has the powerful active ingredients--carvacrol and thymol--which make it an antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. It offers huge support to strengthen the body during cold and flu season.

3. Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows. Cayenne is an excellent preservative and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria. I have used cayenne for a range of health benefits since I was a child. Once, as an adult I had the kind of sore where you can't swallow without absolutely needing to. I put 1 tsp. of cayenne in a small amount of water (not recommended for children or the fainthearted) and drank it all. After a few fiery minutes and a glass of milk, my sore throat was gone!


4.  doTerra On Guard Cleaner Concentrate can help kill those pesky germs before they get to you or your family. It can also keep killing the germs on a surface long after the surface has been cleaned. This is a great preventative measure in our home. On Guard also offers hand soap and laundry soap for full germ protection.

5. Clove essential oil works well as a disinfectant, and is also used for viral infections. If you worry about free radicals and are looking for things that are high in antioxidants, clove essential oil is amazing. One drop in a veggie capsule is cost effective and powerful. Free radicals and the damage they can cause on the cellular level have received a lot of attention in recent years.  The oxidative stress caused by free radicals — which are produced during normal metabolism and cell function, as well as pollutants in our air, water and food — is implicated in everything from premature aging and wrinkles to DNA damage, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Healthy Holiday Gifts: Juicepresso and Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender

Jump start your New Year's resolution to get in shape and eat healthier by treating yourself or the health nut on your gift list to an awesome Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender System with Auto-IQ or Juicepresso cold-press juicer.  Everything She Wants was gifted both (we're very happy about that, too) and they make just about any variety of delicious fresh fruit and vegetable beverages imaginable. The Ninja is great for smoothies, shakes and purees, and Juicepresso makes juice bar-quality juices.

Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender System with Auto-IQ, $249.99
The Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender System with Auto-IQ features one-touch intelligence for all of your blending, processing, and nutrient and vitamin extraction needs. The 13-piece system includes a blender pitcher that crushes ice like a champ, a separate food processing bowl and blade accessories, small and large Nutri Ninja cups, three sip and seal lids, and more. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.


Juicepresso, $499.99
Juicepresso is a sleekly designed, compact but mighty at-home slow juicer. While other cold press juicers operate at 80 RPM, the Juicepresso works at half the speed. The result is maximum juice extraction and up to 40% more nutrient-packed juice than produced by loud, old-fashioned juicers. Juicepresso makes yummy fresh fruit and veggie juices that last for up to three days in the fridge.  So you can improve your health and save money.  The pulp can even be used for baked goods and baby food. Available online; to save $100 and get free shipping, enter the coupon code holiday100.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Aerosoles Holiday Sale: Extra 20% Off Already Reduced Styles!

Shoe lovers, don't miss the Aerosoles Holiday Savings Event, where you get an extra 20% off the trendy comfort shoe styles you love!  That includes tall boots, booties, loafers, wedges and flats already reduced up to 60%. This sale is so good that even my supermodel cat Gracie (see photo below) can't contain her excitement…or maybe she's just happy about all the new shoe boxes she'll get to play in.


Me wearing my Establish boots, while holiday party shopping at ALDI.

Photos by John Carluccio for Everything She Wants

My must-have boot pick for the holiday season is the Establish Tall Riding Boot (on sale, $89.99-$99.99) that I was gifted from Aerosoles, which has Extended Calf Technology--a godsend for women like me with muscular calves. Thanks to double zippers that open up and provide an extra two inches, I can wear thick tights, socks and leggings and tuck-in my jeans without worrying about breaking the zipper. 

The handsome boots come in several styles--classic Black Quilted faux leather, attractive Gray Wool and a cool combo of Taupe Faux Leather/Fabric Suede. So these boots are comfy enough to wear while doing all of your hectic holiday shopping.

For added support, other features include Aerosoles unique diamond flex sole, designed to disperse friction away from the foot; cushioned insoles with a comfort memory foam footbed; and a soft and breathable sueded sock and lining.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Party Shopping and Planning at ALDI

If you need delish munchies for your next holiday party, ALDI (the nation's leading low-price grocer) has got you more than covered.  Sparkling cider, check.  Festive tortilla chips, sweet potato chips and salsa, check. Holiday cookies, check. Stoneware baking dishes, mixing bowls, candles and decorations, check.

The store's helpful website provides yummy party appetizer recipes. And for your Christmas Day feast, ALDI also has a quality selection of poultry, dairy products and fresh produce.

At ALDI you pay .25 for a shopping cart and get it back when you return the cart. You can bring your own shopping bags or purchase ALDI's sturdy, reusable bags for a small fee.


Over Thanksgiving, I used a gift certificate from ALDI to shop at a market in my hometown of Baltimore City. Being the snack queen that I am, I was honestly impressed by all of the healthy and tasty options from ALDI-exclusive brands including SimplyNature (awesome soy milk), Clancy's (the chips are addictive), Nature's Nectar and Fit & Active. These brands are made by leading food producers, and more than 25 million savvy shoppers per month save without sacrificing quality thanks to the market's affordable and streamlined approach.

ALDI operates nearly 1,300 stores in 32 states.  And now that I've devoured a few of the market's top-notch snacks, I look forward to shopping at ALDI again… and again.


ALDI has a great selection of snacks and beverages, perfect for your next holiday party.

Photos by John Carluccio for Everything She Wants


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Charitable Holiday Gifts from Ann Taylor That Give Back

In this season of consumerism, the true meaning of Christmas and the holidays is often overlooked.  So purchasing a charitable gift is a lovely way to honor this spirit of giving. And when you purchase a tasteful costume jewelry piece from Ann Taylor's Hope.Strength.Love Collection and the Elephant Jewelry Collection, until the end of December 2014 and January 2015 fifty percent of each item will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, respectively.

Pricing starts at $39.50. So here's your chance to pick up an eye-catching ring, necklace or bracelet with a bit of bling that will make both the giver and the recipient feel good.

Elephant ring set, $39.50

Elephant Charm Bracelet, $49.50

Elephant Necklace, $49.50

Hope.Strength.Love bracelet set, $75

Holiday Gift Guide, More Gifts Under $100

There are just too many great gift ideas to fit into one post, so here are more of Everything She Wants' holiday gift picks under $100.

For the snow bunny


Whether you're on or off the slopes, you need these cozy, fleece-lined and slightly futuristic looking Khombu Alta Snow Boots ($79) with elastic laces and a drawstring top to keep them nice and snug.

For the natural beauty




Moisturize and nourish your dry skin blues away with The Fresh Market (check stores for pricing) health and beauty essentials. This new line of private-label hand creams ad body butters infused with organic olive oil, organic shea butter and other organic plant-based ingredients is available in The Fresh Market stores nationwide. Varieties include Bergamot Clementine, Fig Olive Leaf and Vanilla Cardamom.

For the bling iover



We love these black Swarovski crystal square stone lever back earrings from LoveYourBling ($26).  The whimsical, handcrafted jewelry line was created by self-proclaimed "sunny California girl," wife and mom Ruthie Youngman, who has translated her passion for collecting vintage teacups, vintage Swarovski crystal beads and miniature Japanese toys into lovely and often whimsical pieces that are perfect for your next holiday party and to wear as an everyday statement piece.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Stuffing with Sara Lee Delightful Bread

Who doesn't like Sara Lee?  And who doesn't like stuffing on Thanksgiving? To help you with your Turkey (or Tofurky) Day spread, here's a savory stuffing recipe from the fine folks at Food Network Magazine for which you can easily use heart healthy Sara Lee Delightful white, wheat, healthy multi-grain or oatmeal bread. Waistline watchers will be happy with this news--each variety is full of fiber with no trans fat and just 45 calories per slice.


Stuffing…yum/Images from Sara Lee and McCormick


Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt 1 stick butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add 2 cups each diced onions and celery, 2 chopped apples and 1 tablespoon each minced sage and thyme; season with salt and pepper and cook 5 minutes.

Add 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetarian no-chicken broth) and bring to a simmer.

Whisk 2 eggs with 1/4 cup chopped parsley in a large bowl; add 16 cups cubed stale bread, then pour in the vegetable-broth mixture and toss.

Transfer to a buttered 3-quart baking dish and dot with more butter. Cover and bake 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until golden, 20 more minutes.