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How to Get Fluid Out of Your Ears

I told you last Tuesday that I had had fluid in my ears. Since I don’t know that most people will find it easy enough to go to a Chiropractor for an ear adjustment – or that most would even want to – I thought I would tell you how a Naturopathic Doctor told me to drain my ears.

I’ve had trouble with my ears since I was a kid and once I was older my biggest problem was fluid in my ears. One Naturopathic Doctor told me that my ears were the cleanest she’d seen, but that my ear’s Eustachian tubes are extremely small.

So, she told me how to drain them and I’ve used it many times with great success.

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[title]Soak Your Feet.[/title]

It might sound weird, but it’s the easiest and safest way (in my opinion) to get fluid out of your ears.

What you need is a bucket that comfortably fits your feet. Then turn your faucet onto hot and fill the bucket about a 1/3 of the way. You need to get your feet in the water as hot as you can stand it (you can put some cold water in at this point if you need to so it’s comfortable enough to keep your feet in the water).

The trick of soaking your feet is to keep the water as hot as you can stand for at least 20 minutes. You’ll probably want an extra pair of hands around to send for more water. You can do this as many times a day as you need (I tend towards 2-3 if I’m really bad off.)

If you want you can add essential oils or pour boiling water over eucalyptus leaves and steep it for about 15 minutes for an extra punch.

I’m only recommending this for getting fluid out of the ears, please use this with your own judgement and if you have any questions read my disclaimer. Thanks.

Photo by Shaylor

#1 Tip for Making Creamy Mayo

Not being able to buy mayo was hard in the beginning. I mean, really, no other recipe seems to taste like the jars on the shelf. But, once you get used to making your own the flavor is really good.

If you’re still struggling with the flavor let me know below and I can write a post on flavor troubleshooting, but back to the subject at hand…

What I really missed was the creamy texture. It seemed like silky, smooth mayo was what professional chefs made, and seriously, if they told me to hand whisk I would have probably screamed. Uh, no. I like quick and easy. But my Mom came up with the perfect solution.

Use a food processor (affiliate link).

The top of your food processors compact cover usually has a little cup with a hole in it. So all you have to do is put all the ingredients (except your oil) in the food processor and turn it on. Then fill the little cup with oil and let it slowly drizzle in, filling the cup when it’s drained to far, until all the oil is gone.

Voila! That easy. That quick. And that simple.

Have you had any aha’s in the kitchen lately?

3 Quick Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

Epsom Salts

 

Sore muscles always seem to creep up on me. Then when I realize it I really need R&R. These are three of my favorite things to do for my sore muscles.

 

1 – Take an Epsom Salt Bath
2 cups in a full tub of warm water is a great way to relax those tender muscles, and Epsom salts are available almost anywhere. Best of all it’s affordable

2 – Lavender Oil
I did an article a while ago about lavender oil and I still think it’s the best for relaxing and soothing sore/tight muscles. Works great to put it on before bed.

3 – Arnica Gel or Pellets
This works wonders and is also great if you’re bruised (just don’t put the gel on broken skin). It helps you recover faster.

I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have for loosening up sore muscles, so leave a comment!

Photo by Creative Tools

4 Simple Ways to Save on Almond Flour

Almonds
Buying Almond flour can be a bit pricey. In fact if you walk into your local health food store and look at the little packages, with their lovely little price tag, you might have a heart attack as dollar signs drift pass you.

It brings to mind White Christmas: “It’s right in between ouch… and boing.”

But it doesn’t have to be and here are some tried and true tips to help it fit in your budget.

  1. Buy online – it’s pretty much always cheaper.
  2. Buy on sale – sign up for newsletters, save your money so your ready, then pounce when the sale comes in.
  3. Buy in bulk – buying 25 lbs (or more) at a time may seem like a lot, but it saves money and almond flour freezes great. Keep gallon freezer bags and when the box comes divide into 5-6 bags, and keep one in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Just remember to pull out the next bag when your first is getting low.
  4. Buy with friends- buying in bulk is great, but the more you buy sometimes the more price breaks you get (and you can also split any shipping charges). So call your friends when that sale comes in!

We buy our Almond Flour from Honeyville and it tends to have good prices and great sales.

photo by Elana’s Pantry

Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe

Somtimes my hands get dry. Chapped and cracking. They can occasionally be so dry they feel like they’re on fire.

At last I have found a lotion that works!

photo by me

It’s a Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe I found over at A Sonoma Garden. I’m so glad that Kendra posted this recipe – it’s been a skin saver.

Some of the best things about this recipe are:

  • It doesn’t need water so it can last for a really long time.
  • You can choose what essential oils to put in it to easily change the scent.
  • You can mix and match your favorite oils.
  • You can easily 1/2 or 1/4 the recipe for smaller recipes.

Best of all it would be the perfect Christmas gift in an adorable mason jar, tied with the bow.

This is my recipe (based on Kendra’s):

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp shea butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 1/8  tsp Vitamin E
  • 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil

I put it in a double boiler and warmed it until all the oil and beeswax were melted. Then I let it cool on the counter and poured it in a jar once lukewarm.

It works great, but there are two things I want to change. I would add more essential oil. The sweet orange I put in it was too soft a scent. And I think next time I might try doing 2 tbsp of shea butter rather then coconut oil or adding just a little bit more beeswax.

This is the best lotion recipe I’ve ever made and I love the fact that it has so few ingredients and I can pronounce all of them.

This post is linked to Fat Tuesdays.