Since becoming a mother, I’ve become increasingly interested in using natural remedies to heal myself and my family. In part it started with a very stubborn case of thrush that wasn’t responding to strong prescription medication. I headed for my health food store and became acquainted with the wall of supplements and oils and never looked back. One I use frequently is oil of oregano. The oil is distilled from wild Mediterranean oregano (Origanum vulgare), not to be confused with the oregano commonly found in grocery stores.
Oil of oregano is one of nature’s most powerful remedies. It contains the phenol carvacrol, which is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic. Carvacrol inhibits the growth of bacteria by puncturing through the cell wall and has been shown to kill yeast as well as mold, Staphylococcus (think food poisoning) and E. Coli.
It’s used to treat a variety of things and can be taken in pill form, as a liquid (diluted in another liquid or oil) or used topically. Be careful when using the drops; oil of oregano is very potent and must be diluted. And be prepared for it to taste terrible!
5 Ways to Use Oil of Oregano
1. Make a sanitizing + healing lotion
Mix oregano oil with coconut oil or olive oil for a simple hand sanitizer. Oil of oregano has also been shown to help with rosacea, psoriasis, cold sores and acne so you can apply it to problem areas before bed. Oil of oregano is very strong and should be diluted with an equal amount of oil to avoid irritation. Chances are the oil you purchase will already be diluted, but check to make sure. It’s potent stuff! Using it on broken skin might also cause irritation, though it can also work as an antiseptic first aid remedy for small cuts….
This post brought to you by Charleston Fashion Week. All opinions are 100% mine.
One of the to do’s on my bucket list is attending a fashion show. As a kid I dreamed of wearing cool clothes and walking catwalks – it all seemed so glamorous. But then my height topped out at 5’3″ so obviously that wasn’t going to happen! Now I’d much rather enjoy the view from a front row seat. I’ve got my eye on Charleston Fashion Week because the emerging designer competition is loaded with talent.
One of my favorites is Plante, the creative project of two sisters. Leah and Becky create eco-friendly (and way cool) clothes inspired by nature. And not just random nature, but the wild natural environment from their native South Carolina. These looks are from their Spring 2014 collection, and I love the clean lines and fluid fabrics. The navy and blush color palette is so wearable and timeless. Plus I need a flower/branch in my hair, stat.
Right before Sam was born I redid the boys’ bedroom and worked with a designer for the first time. It was heaven. Not only did Melissa turn an old chest of drawers into a piece of art, but she and her husband put together Sam’s crib and hung all of the artwork. (After Mark broke one of my pictures we decided he should forgo handyman duty.) The room was perfect. I got to enjoy the finished room for all of 3 weeks – and then we moved.
But I learned a ton from the process, especially the important of adding interesting, inexpensive art. For one project she spray painted two empty wooden frames I had laying around and adding DIY backing….
March is here. We’re all excited for spring. We’re thinking about wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day. Green is everywhere! And I like it. And I also really like this shake. Okay, here’s the truth – I’ve never actually had a real Shamrock Shake from that fast food place (you know the one). But just looking at its unnatural shade of green I knew I could make a healthier version at home!
I heard Cameron Diaz talking about her new book on Jimmy Fallon, and she said something to the effect of being against diets because they are about deprivation. Usually I’m firmly against taking dietary advice from a stick thin former model, but this time I happen to agree. Eating well is about nutrition. This shake is delicious and feels like a treat, but it’s 100% natural and healthy. It’s like having your cake and eating it too!…
Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you – you head to the market and are completely won over by all the gorgeous, seasonal produce. Pretty soon your cart is brimming with yummy fruits and veggies. You get home, stash everything in the fridge and then forget about half of what you bought. Before long most of it isn’t fit for human consumption, and your garbage or compost pile is full of wasted produce. Anyone? Yeah, me too.
If you’re getting excited about spring foods, it’s great time to think the best way to store it. Let’s make it last as long as possible so we can enjoy every bite! Here are 12 tips on properly storing all types of fruits and vegetables.
What to put in the fridge
Berries of all kinds require refrigeration. They are more apt to spoilage than other fruits. Be sure to sort through and remove any that are smashed or bruised because when one goes bad, the others will shortly follow. You can soak them in a bowl of cool water mixed with a little white vinegar to help halt any mold. Just be sure to let them air dry completely before storing them. Line a plate or their packing container with paper towels to absorb excess moisture….