Over the past few years, I started questioning all of the products that are in my house. Last year, I swapped out all beauty/health products – shampoo/conditioner/soap and cleaning supplies for plant based non toxic options.  I made my own deoderant.
I still had a bunch of things in my medicine cabinet such as hair sprays, mousse,things you don’t even think about, and I rarely used – they are gone now too.  Last, over the counter medicines – drugs!   I’m referring to Tylenol, Sinus medications, medicinal creams, etc.  I had never actually looked at the ingredients in prescription creams and they had parabens in them. Many children’s medications have dyes in them. Now I read everything and look up holistic solutions when my kids or myself are not feeling well.  The FDA actually scares me – their approval of things means nothing to me! You have to read for yourself and do your own research! Here are a few items that I have added to my repertoire:

Coconut Oil

*anti-inflammatory agent
* contains the GOOD saturated fat, which is good for heart health, your immune system and thyroid function
*contains lauric acid, which is found in breast milk – it has been called a “miracle” ingredient (source: Mercola) and is converted into monolaurin, which can destroy viruses (source: Mercola).
*MCFAs or medium chain fatty acids make up 2/3 of coconut oil.  They are easily digested, making coconut oil a good choice for diabetics, and help boost metabolism.

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Coconut Oil

How to use:
I have been blending 1/2 to 1 T of coconut oil into a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon for a treat! I also use it in baked goods and to saute’.


Apple Cider Vinegar

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*Helps keep blood sugar stable
* helps with immune function
* helps with digestion
* helps clear sinuses and fight a sore throat
* helps promote circulation and detox the liver
* helps break up mucus and clear lymph nodes



How to Use:
I use this for vegan cooking often – a tsp in milk to mimic buttermilk.
For sore throats, you can gargle with it.
For colds and coughs, add a tsp to your tea.
For daily use, dilute with water and drink with lemon

Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry Syrup


This is a new one for me, that I used for a cold/cough this winter and then daily.
Elderberries are a dark blue purple color berry that are high in antioxidants, which provide anti-carcinogenic benefits.

*supports brain health
* improves immune system
* protects blood vessels
* reduces cancer cell growth patterns in the body.
* helps fight a cold

How to use:
1 tsp daily in winter or as you are fighting a cold. Look out for added sweeteners in different brands. I like the brand pictured above which is sweetened with honey and also uses apple cider vinegar.

Manuka Honey

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Manuka Honey benefits:
* helps heal wounds to fight infection and promote healing
*contains methylglyoxal (MG) which is thought to give manuka honey some of its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect.
* Four times the nutritional benefits of normal raw honeys
*UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor which rates the antibacterial strength of the honey. 10 UMF is the minimum rating to be considered therapeutic

Genuine UMF Manuka Honey will have these four things:

  • It will have a UMF trademark clearly labeled on the front of the container.
  • It will be from a New Zealand UMF licensed company and labelled in New Zealand.
  • It will have the UMF company’s name and license number on the label.
  • It will have a UMF rating number of 5-16+. If it is labeled without the UMF or without a number, then it is not the genuine article.Levels of UMF

0-4 Non-therapeutic
4-9 Maintenance level with general honey health benefits
10-14 Supports natural healing and bacterial balance
15+ Superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic but shouldn’t exceed taking 1 tbsp at a time

Source: Draxe.com

How to use:
A tsp a day on a spoon, in tea, smoothies
Spread on bread

Find this in the spice aisle!
Curcumin, an antioxidant is the main active ingredient in turmeric.

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credit: HealthyFoodHouse.com

Benefits include:
* inhibits cancer cell growth
* shown to boost brain function
*used to treat digestive problems

How to use:
Put a tsp into a smoothie or beverage, use for cooking (curry)
Carrot Ginger Smoothie
Turmeric Latte



I recently tried Maty’s Health Products to review.

Background: Carolyn Harrington delivered her baby girl and immediately discovered she had multiple heart defects among other problems.

My healthy, 10lb daughter Maty was diagnosed with multiple heart defects. They were considered part of a syndrome similar to Tetralogy of Fallot. As part of the syndrome, she was also born without a spleen, her stomach was on the opposite side of her body, and her liver was midline. The doctors told me she had a compromised immune system and that I was going to have to “spoil her,” not let her cry. She had three heart surgeries, two of them open heart before she was 5 years old.”

When nothing was working to heal her daughter, Carolyn began to research and study holistic remedies.  This became her passion, and she became a certified holistic health practitioner.  She created Maty’s Healthy Products.

Maty’s Organic Cough Syrup

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 2.03.15 PMThis cough syrup is organic and includes honey, apple cider vinegar, and various spices that are immune boosters. It has just the right amount of sweetness for the kids, and you can take it at the first sign of a cold or cough.


Maty’s Baby Chest Rub

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 2.04.48 PMThis chest rub is made with essential oils and is petroleum and menthol free.  It works great and you will feel good about using it.

What are your go to holistic products?








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