“Green" living is the new black, but many people are still unsure how to live a healthy, natural lifestyle. After spending the last 15 years experimenting on how to best balance health, work, finances, with family and everyday life ... Natural Living Family pioneer couple Dr. Eric and Sabrina Ann Zielinski, authors of The Healing Power of Essential Oils & The Essential Oils Diet, have cracked the code. This podcast goes deeper into their NLF world. Tune in to discover the behind-the-scenes mishaps and success stories that have inspired Dr. Z & Mama Z to help millions of people master the art of living an abundant life in this faith-based, family-friendly show.
Essential Oils Apothecary Tip: Can EOs Be Used for Infertility?
6:56So, let’s talk about how essential oils can be used for infertility. I’ve had women, desperate for help, ask me about how to use essential oils to increase their odds of conceiving and avoiding miscarriage, and I’m always at a loss for a definitive answer because the research is so quiet in this area. What really confuses people is that if you search “essential oils for infertility” online, you’ll get 2.5 million hits on Google (up from 536,000 at the time I wrote my first book, two ago) linking you to articles that offer all sorts of infertility solutions using essential oils. Let me be the one to burst the bubble here: Most of the so-called fertility blends and lists of oils you see out there in the blogosphere are nonsense. There is absolutely no scientific evidence suggesting that they really work. What we do know is that stress, diet, comorbidities (other health issues), prescription drugs, prior use of birth control, and a number of other factors can play a role in the fertility of both partners. We also know that oxidative stress is a leading cause of male infertility and antioxidative supplementation (including essential oils) can produces an improvement in sperm motility (how well the sperm are able to move). Whatever course you choose, never lose hope. Keep trying different options, and I pray that you find the answer that you’re looking for! Just do me a favor and keep me posted. I always love to read the “medical miracles” that flow through my inbox telling me how essential oils have changed people’s lives!
Essential Oils Apothecary Tip: Skin Healing Serum
5:16So, let’s talk about… Mama Z’s Skin Healing Serum For decades, Sabrina's dad has battled melanoma on his head and has also recently developed precancerous lesions on his arms and hands. During his most recent bout with skin cancer, he showed her the cream his doctor prescribed. One of its side effects was cancer! Isn’t that crazy?? I still can’t get over the insanity behind an anti–skin cancer cream prescribed by a medical doctor that can cause cancer in other parts of the body. Her dad had been applying this cream on his skin for months after having several tumors removed. Unfortunately, this approach didn’t really help at all. In fact, the skin began to scale and resembled a candida infection. Mama Z asked him if he wanted to be healed and he said, “Of course!” She asked him if he’d be willing to try her favorite DIY anti-aging skin cream and he said yes, but only if he could finish off the prescription stuff he was using. I said, “Fair enough,” and went to work. She ended up making her dad two varieties of her anti-aging cream for him to try: one with lavender oil only and another with a blend of lavender, tea tree, and frankincense. He used both her cream and the prescription stuff for a short time and ended up using my concoctions alone. From what we can tell, the precancerous lesions were not a sign of a candida infection and they simply disappeared and didn’t progress to melanoma. Within six weeks, his hands and arms were completely clear, and now he’s a believer in the power of DIY with essential oils! Praise God!
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Giving the Gift of Health This Holiday Season
1:08:00At Christmastime, people often give gifts that are not-so-healthy and we want to empower you to give the gift of health instead! Just think about it: loads of sugar (tasty treats) and lots of chemicals (smelly body care & perfumes) are just the tip of the iceberg. This year, join us in starting a NEW tradition and let’s bless the people around us with healthy gifts that will truly be appreciated! In today’s episode, we’ll explore the best gifting options to fit any budget. Whether it be a DIY gift that you pour your heart into, healthy events that you can do together, or simple gifts like an essential oil, we have you covered. We’ll even tell you how to figure out what to give, and how to put it together super fancy! We’ll also share lots of recipes and other ideas to bless loved ones and the people with natural gifts that help them share in the abundant life this holiday season. Join us to get your holiday gifting started! EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Diffuser reveal, testimonial time & topic introduction (3:06) Why give the gift of health? (9:37) Healthy gift-giving tips and ideas (16:32) DIY gifts & recipes (25:46) DIY toothpaste gifts & recipes(33:15) More DIY gifting tips (37:43) Gifting single essential oils (49:06) The gifts of the magi (1:00:21) Natural living tip and episode wrap (1:05:25)
Essential Oils Apothecary Tip: The Power of Scent and Managing Your Weight
5:59So, let’s talk about how essential oils can help you reach your weight-loss goals. Trust me, it’s not hocus-pocus. There is an entire branch of science that validates why essential oils “work.” Scent can communicate to your body that it’s time to burn fat. According to one study, “Olfactory stimulation with scent of grapefruit oil excites the sympathetic nerve innervating the white adipose [fat] tissue. It [the scent] can also reduce appetite and body weight.” Pretty cool, huh? But let’s go a little deeper. Inhaling volatile organic compounds has a direct effect not just on your body but also on your brain. That’s because these compounds affect the limbic system of your brain (aka your primal brain) that controls emotions, mood, and memory. This explains why certain scents can be associated with certain memories and can even trigger post-traumatic stress. Here’s how it works: When you smell a rose, for example, the volatile organic compounds in the rose oil dissolve in the mucous lining on the roof of your nasal cavity and stimulate olfactory receptors. Sensory neurons carry signals from your receptors to your brain’s olfactory bulb, which filters and then processes the input signals of the rose scent. Next, mitral cells carry output signals to the olfactory cortex, which allows you to perceive and recognize the rose scent. This system is amazingly complex, but even more amazing is that it happens within an instant. The Limbic Brain and Weight Management What role does the limbic brain play in weight management? In simple terms, the scents of various essential oils impact your brain’s responses. A response to grapefruit oil can decrease your appetite and even stimulate fat breakdown. Orange oil can help alleviate depression, making you less likely to reach for (junk) food to cheer you up. Peppermint oil boosts your energy level by relaxing bronchial smooth muscles, thereby expanding your lung capacity so you can breathe in more oxygen. The result is that your cells burn fat more efficiently.
Holiday Hospitality: Tips from a Professional Host
1:08:33Showing holiday hospitality, especially at this time of year, is a great way to serve and show your love for others. However, for some of us, hosting holiday events can be intimidating, stressful or downright scary -but it doesn’t need to be! If you don’t know how to get started, we’re here to help make it easy. In this week’s podcast, we will provide expert tips from Mama Z’s years of experience as a “hospitality pro.” Tune in to learn everything you need to know to host a smooth function, from planning to clean up. And if you’re attending an event and don’t know what to do, we have tips for you as well. From what to bring to a potluck, to setting the mood when hosting, we have it all covered so you can have a blessed and joyous holiday season with those you love! EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Topic introduction, diffuser reveal, book news & an announcement! (2:28) Your reviews (7:08) A system for holiday hospitality (11:01) Why holiday hospitality is important (20:48) Advice for those who are uncomfortable hosting (26:32) What to bring to a potluck & what you get out of hosting (29:13) How to get things ready for your event (36:30) Planning recipes & to-go items (42:11) Making time for prayer and more on potlucks (48:51) Timing your meal and setting the mood (57:32) Mama Z’s final holiday hospitality tip (1:03:05) Natural living tip and episode wrap (1:05:30)
Essential Oils Apothecary Tip: Importance of Carrier Oils
8:51So, let’s talk about Thinking Safety First Your skin soaks up chemicals like a sponge, so you need to be extremely careful about what you put on it. (The same goes for what you put in your body.) Even though essential oils are bioactive compounds, these highly concentrated ingredients can interact with your skin, possibly causing an allergic response or contact dermatitis (also known as sensitization). This is not to scare you away from using essential oils. They are actually at the bottom of the list of chemicals that can cause reactions with overexposure. Believe it or not, it is safer to use essential oils than to plunge into a chlorinated swimming pool! Still, your body is not designed to have these oils slathered on “neat.” Rather, you need to dilute them with what is called a carrier oil. Trust us, friends don’t let friends use essential oils neat. As a general rule of thumb, you will use three drops of essential oils to each tablespoon of carrier oil in topical applications. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you might want to start with half that much essential oils. Carrier oils are fatty extracts, usually cold-pressed from such sources as almonds, olives, and coconuts, that make an excellent medium to disperse the more concentrated essential oil across your skin. Unlike essential oils, carrier oils are nutritive. They also have healing properties of their own, such as being soothing and anti-inflammatory.
Healthy, Happy Holidays (Part 2)
53:24Thanksgiving can be a stressful time of year and tax your health but if you plan ahead, you can manage that stress, stay healthy and still enjoy the holiday. Our family has spent years learning what to do – and what not to do – so that we can share the joy of the season without ruining our diet or fitness routines, or causing additional stress to our loved ones. In Part 2 of “Healthy Happy Holidays,” we will share the last 3 of our 5 tips on how to reduce stress in order to enjoy the season. We’ll show you how to keep on track with fitness by working out smarter and adding it to your agenda even if you travel. We’ll provide practical tips for bringing your own food to holiday events as well as dealing with dining out. And we’ll show you how to focus on what’s really important this season: being truly thankful. Join us we show you how to have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday! Episode Highlights: Topic introduction and diffuser reveal (2:55) A Thanksgiving prayer for you and your reviews (5:11) Happy, healthy holiday tip #3: Working out smarter, not harder (8:13) More tips for staying fit in this holiday season (17:56) Happy, healthy holiday tip #4: Bring your own food (29:08) 5 Steps for bringing your own food (34:40) Happy, healthy holiday tip #5: Be truly thankful (44:10) Mama Z’s bonus natural living tip! (48:22) Natural living tip and episode wrap (50:20)
Essential Oils Apothecary Tip: Creating a Morning Ritual
5:43So, let’s talk about creating new daily habits with essential oils In my first book, The Healing Power of Essential Oils, I devised a variety of different ways that you can create a daily essential oils practice that suits you and your fundamental needs. And today, we’re going to discuss a wonderful morning practice to set yourself up for mental, physical, and spiritual health throughout the day. If you are wondering if you can commit, try it for just one day. I think you’ll love it and want to do it the next day, and the next, and the next, until essential oils are part of every day! Morning Ritual: Essential Oil Prayer and Spiritual Practice Nothing can help you focus and get into a spiritual, meditative mindset at the beginning of the day like using essential oils. Making modern-day versions of ancient holy anointing oil recipes can help you find inner peace, calm anxiety, alleviate stress, combat depression, and balance your emotions. You can do this with either a diffuser or a roll-on applicator. To make a morning meditation blend that will work for you, use those oils that help you reach a mindful state and combine them to create a pleasant aroma—one that you’ll want to use over and over again...
Happy Healthy Holidays, Part 1
1:08:45For some of us, the holidays can be a time of extreme stress or unpleasant memories - but it doesn’t have to be that way. You have the power to create your own holiday traditions and make this a time of peace and joy. Jesus is the reason for this entire holiday season! With this perspective in mind, you can take practical steps to relieve holiday stressors, avoid negative family situations, and even boost your immune system to reduce the likelihood of getting sick. You can create and enjoy traditions that focus on the people you love and build beautiful memories for your family. Today, we’ll share practical tips on how to do that. We’ll discuss how we overcome difficult family holiday struggles and how we approach the holidays with an attitude of gratitude. Then, we’ll teach you the first 2 of 5 healthy habits that can help you thrive in the holiday season. Learn what you can do today to break the cycle of stressful holidays and enjoy a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season! Episode Highlights: Topic introduction…you’re in good company! (2:40) Diffuser reveal and your reviews (8:20) 5 healthy tips to survive the pressure of the holidays (12:56) Dealing with holiday stress (23:04) Combat holiday stress by being proactive (33:43) Tips for making a stressful holiday enjoyable (38:37) Healthy Habit #1: 7 ways to relieve your stress (48:32) Healthy Habit #2: Boosting immunity & removing toxins (54:37) Natural living tip and episode wrap (1:04:29)
Becoming a Person of Influence & Why It’s So Important!
1:19:35Anyone can become a person of influence, even if your sphere of influence is small, like family and friends. As Christians, we believe that God mandates us all to be people of influence. But how can begin to impact someone’s life for good? It starts with recalling the people who have positively impacted you. This can happen in any part of your life: school, sports, work, family, even your favorite authors and famous figures who have made a lasting impression. Today, Mama Z shares the people in her life who have influenced her the most and helped her shape the person she is today. You’ll hear how their encouragement, inspiration, and support made a lasting impression and enabled her to pay that wisdom forward. Are you ready to start building your influence for good in this world? Join us today and get inspired! EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Topic introduction (3:18) Diffuser reveal (8:06) Reviews and book news (9:17) People who influenced mama z in school & sports (14:39) The impact of positive influences (23:39) The influence of family (28:24) The influence of a good coach (35:53) The influence of pageant coaches (43:28) Influencers in business & faith (53:27) Influencers in faith & friends (1:03:17) Natural living tip and episode wrap (1:16:30)