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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

4 Tips for Being More Calm

Your mind may race with information, you may suffer from panic attacks, you might be struggling with a sense of unrest. With all of those and all the tips out their of how to calm down here are some of my tried and true favorites.

Let me reiterate that I am not a Doctor and you should read my wonderful disclaimer. Now that we’ve got all the sue happy people calmed down let me share what’s worked for me.

Prayer1.) Prayer (or meditation if you prefer)
I’m a Christian and prayer is something very important in my life. Taking time in a quiet space to pray about things going on in life or to pray scriptures is a wonderful stress buster.

 

 

Exercise2.) Exercise
I know there are two sides to this issue, those who want to do work outs each day and those who believe they only need to walk outside/garden for their exercise. I’m not knocking either view, but when you’re struggling with a feeling of unrest getting up and moving can be the best thing for you. Now what does that look like for you? To be honest I don’t know, you’ll have to get a feel for that yourself. In my case I do a light exercise routine (or try to) about 3-5 times a week.

 


3.) Get to sleep earlier.
I’ve been told that sleep before midnight counts as twice the amount of sleep after midnight, and whether or not you believe it’s true getting to sleep earlier will help you feel better. And being more rested generally means more calm.

 

 

and finally… 4.) Breathe right.
When you are nervous, scared, or shaky take a deep breath (in for 3) then release it in a long breath (out for 6). It’s important that you exhale longer than you inhale as in-for-3-out-for-6 will calm you and in-for-6-out-for-3 will rev you up.

These four tips are a few of my best tips to be more calm through your day. I would love to hear some of yours. And as always if you like what you read sign up for email updates in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Now, Relax! :)

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