15 MUST-HAVES for before & after your workout

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You guys, I am so sorry that I haven’t written a blog post in months! I seriously am so sorry! After the entire thing with the FDA, I have to admit that I got nervous and that’s why the posts stopped all together for a while. I’m back and I’m in compliance! 😉

So today, figuring that it’s still pretty close to the New Year I thought we could focus on what you NEED before, during and after your workout and what supplements you need to support your body! Let’s dig in!

 

Before – Get me to the gym

 

nitroNatural energy boost!

NINGXIA NITRO – combines 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with naturally powerful ingredients to lift mental clarity and focus while also providing a surge of energy when needed.

Primary Benefits

Increases mental fitness, cognitive alertness, and physical acuity* *Enhances athletic performance and endurance* *Boosts energy and serves as a daily pick-me-up*

How to use:

Consume NingXia Nitro™ directly from the tube or mix with 2-4 oz. of NingXia Red® or 4 oz. of water to enhance physical performance, lift mental fog, or anytime you need a pick-me-up. Best served chilled. Shake well before use.

 

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PEPPERMINT – Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

Tips

• Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
• Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
• Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.

How to use:

For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk.

Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.

 

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FITNESS ESSENTIAL OIL – This oil will help you reach milestones and achieve your dreams when it comes to your fitness. Part of Oola’s Seven F collection that features oils for every aspect of our lives (Fitness, Finance, Family, Field, Faith, Friends & Fun)

 

 

 

 

 

 
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This oil blend is in my diffuser necklace for a reason! When I pop that sucker on and get a whiff, I’m running around cleaning the house with a force! Plus, it smells so good! It’s my favorite to use to perfume on my wrists! Smells SO good!

MOTIVATION – helps enable a person to surmount fear and procrastination while stimulating feelings of action and accomplishment. It enhances the ability to move forward in a positive direction.

How to use:

For aromatic use. Diffuse or apply on the ears, feet (big toe), chest, or nape of neck.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

 

 

During – Keep it clean

 

thieveswipesSafe, non-toxic wipes to clean gym equipment before (definitely) and after (if you’re feeling generous 😉 )

THIEVES WIPES – are ideal for use on door handles, toilet seats, and any surface that needs cleaning. Keep a pack handy in your bathroom, kitchen, car, office, or anywhere else you want to keep your environment clean.

How to use:

Wipe on any surfaces that you feel need to be cleansed, such as kitchen and bathroom counters. Not for use on infants or on sensitive areas of the body.

 

 

thieveshandsanitizerThis is like hand sanitizer but BETTER! No drying alcohols, no sketchy ingredients and a little goes a long way!

THIEVES WATERLESS PURIFIER – is an all-natural hand purifier designed to cleanse and refresh the hands. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier can be used by adults and children to keep hands clean and promote good hygiene, without the use of water. Dermatologist tested.

How to use:

Apply a nickel-sized amount to the palm of the hand and rub until completely absorbed. Use as often as necessary.
Flammable. Keep away from fire or open flame. Keep out of reach of children. Do no use on or near the face. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush eyes liberally with clean cool water for several minutes. If symptoms persist, contact your physician. Not for internal use.

 

 

thievessprayIf you don’t have wipes, you can spray and wipe any surface and know it’s clean! Spray, spray, spray that gym equipment down!

THIEVES SPRAY – is ideal for use on door handles, toilet seats, and any surface that needs cleansing. This small bottle is perfect for traveling or keeping in your purse or backpack.

How to use:

Spray on any surfaces that you feel need to be cleansed, such as kitchen and bathroom counters.
Not for use on infants or on sensitive areas of the body.

 

 

 

 

 

After – Soothe Sore Muscles

 

orthoeaseDon’t be without this after arm or leg day. Seriously. If you over do it at the gym you will need to make very good friends with someone who will put this on you since it hurts too much to move! I’ve been there and it hurts so good right 😉

ORTHO SPORT – A stronger version of Ortho Ease, Ortho Sport Massage Oil is designed for both professional and amateur athletes, as well as anyone who works or plays hard. Ortho Sport Massage Oil has a higher phenol content, which has been used traditionally to produce a warming sensation and provide relief to tired muscles.

How to use:

Thoroughly massage into areas of the body feeling stress following exercise.
Shake well before using. Store in a cool, dry place.
WARNING: Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush area with vegetable oil and see a doctor immediately. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
deepreliefThis feels good on those tender and sore muscles as a good spot treatment!

DEEP RELIEF – is a proprietary blend of oils specially formulated to relieve muscle soreness and tension. Peppermint, Wintergreen, Copal, and Palo Santo essential oils as well as others play an integral part of healing in this blend. Deep Relief is offered in the portable convenience of a roll-on application.

How to use:

Roll on generously to temples and back of neck.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use.

 

 

panawayThis is a soothing, warm touch to all of those super sore muscles!

PANAWAY – PanAway® has a stimulating aroma and is a popular and original combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils formulated by D. Gary Young. This blend is ideal to apply topically after exercise, and supports the appearance of healthy skin coloration. The essential oils in PanAway include naturally occurring constituents methyl salicylate, gamma-curcumene, menthol, and eugenol.

Product Tips:

  • Rub PanAway essential oil blend across your lower back if you feel discomfort from sitting in front of a computer.
  • Rub PanAway essential oil blend on muscles to help alleviate stressed muscles or other physical discomforts.
  • Rub PanAway essential oil blend on your temples to ease minor head tension.

How to use:

Apply to the bottoms of feet and follow with topical application on location. Rub on temples, back of neck, or forehead, or inhale for a soothing effect. Use with a warm compress along the spine.

Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.

 

 

ningxiaredWow, if you’ve never taken a shot of NingXia, you need to try it! It’s a whole-body boost!

NINGXIA RED – is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. NingXia Wolfberries have been cherished for centuries for its health, energy, and longevity benefits. Whole Ningxia wolfberries and other nutrient-dense fruit juices make NingXia Red the perfect choice for optimizing wellness and stepping up to a whole new level of health.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Seven times more pure—- therapeutic-grade essential oil—- Carefully selected for their health and flavor profiles, the blend of orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils found in NingXia Red is packed with 93% d-limonene- a potent antioxidant and a marker for bioactivity. Along with NingXia Red’s premium flavor, these essential oils also aid in maintaining the body’s normal cellular function
    Preferred great taste—The new NingXia Red, now Halal and Kosher certified, contains no artificial sugars and has a unique, balanced flavor profile that captures the pure essence of the Ningxia wolfberry. The natural flavor is further enhanced by zero-calorie stevia (Rebaudioside A), essential oils, plus blueberry, cherry, and aronia juice. In fact, when compared to other similar superfruit beverages in a major university study, the new NingXia Red was preferred by 77% of participants over all other options in a blind taste panel!
  • Long-lasting energy support*—Long-term use of wolfberries (Lycium barbarum) may contribute to agility, longevity, and vitality. In fact, recent studies indicate that drinks containing wolfberry exhibit longer-lasting supportive effects on energy and caloric metabolism. NingXia Red is an easy way to get pure, premium Ningxia wolfberries and experience natural, sustained support for energy without the crashes and harmful side effects of coffee or energy drinks.
  • Fortifies the body and replenishes key nutrients*—The combination of whole wolfberries—the juice, peel, seeds, and fruit—with pomegranate and plum juice delivers vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and phytonutrients. NingXia Red also contains zeaxanthin, a carotenoid suggested to enhance healthy visual function. Recent studies on the consumption of wolfberries and whole fruit juices recommend 2 to 4 ounces for optimal support.
  • Revitalizing, full-body protection*—The combination of blueberry, grape seed extract, aronia, and pomegranate—some of the world’s most antioxidant-rich fruits—helps increase the S-ORAC level more than 30% over previous formulations. These levels were independently tested and may help defend against damage caused by free radicals

How to use:

Drink 1-2 ounces 2 times daily. Best served chilled. Shake well before use. Refrigerate after opening and consume with in 30 days. Do not drink directly from the bottle. Do not use if the seal is broken.

 

 

pureproteincompleteThis tastes like vanilla ice cream! It’s SO good and so essential!

PURE PROTEIN COMPLETE – is the perfect anytime protein boost. High in bioactive whey protein, low in carbs, fat, and calories, each serving of Pure Protein Complete provides 20 grams of a proprietary whey protein blend supported by a specialized enzyme blend, a low-glycemic carbohydrate matrix, and generous amounts of complementary vitamins and minerals. Pure Protein Complete mixes in liquids easily and tastes delicious.

How to use:

Add 2 level scoops to 8 oz. of water or the milk of your choice and shake, stir, or blend until smooth. For variety, mix with fruit or essential oils.

 

 

 

BLM

BLM – supports normal bone and joint health.* This formula combines powerful all-natural ingredients, such as type II collagen, MSM, glucosamine sulfate, and manganese citrate, enhanced with therapeutic-grade essential oils. These ingredients have been shown to support healthy cell function and encourage joint health and fluid movement.*

How to use:

If you weigh less than 120 lbs., take 1 capsule 3 times daily. If you weigh between 120 and 200 lbs., take 1 capsule 4 times daily. If you weigh over 200 lbs., take 1 capsule 5 times daily. Allow 4-8 weeks of daily use before expecting noticeable results.
Keep in a cool dry place. Keep out of reach of children. Do not expose to excessive heat or direct sunlight. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

 

 

slique

SLIQUE ESSENCE – combines grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, spearmint, and ocotea with stevia extract in a unique blend that supports healthy weight management goals. These ingredients work together to help control hunger*, especially when used in conjunction with Slique Tea or the Slique Kit. The pleasant citrus combination of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon essential oils adds a flavorful and uplifting element to any day with the added support of spearmint that may help with digestion.* Ocotea essential oil adds an irresistible, cinnamon-like aroma to help control hunger, while stevia adds an all-natural sweetener that provides a pleasant taste with no added calories.

How to use:

Shake vigorously before use. Dietary Supplement: Add 2-4 drops to 4-6 oz. of your favorite beverage, Slique Tea, or water. Use as needed throughout the day whenever hungry. Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of V-6 or olive oil; then apply to desired area as needed. Aromatic: Direct inhalation preferred. Note: Stevia extract in this formula may inpede diffuser performance. Caution: Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use. Avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product. Storage: Keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

 

Let’s get our jive on

There you have it guys! Again, sorry I’ve been so absent! I promise to do better!

What is your favorite workout? Did I miss any workout must-haves? How do you get yourself to the gym? Let me know in the comments!

Homemade DIY Dryer Balls

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So I’m sure you’ve heard that there are tons of nasty chemicals in dryer sheets right? The ‘clean’ smell is in fact a mix of crazy chemicals and when you smell this ‘clean’ scent you need to turn and RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN IN THE OTHER DIRECTION! Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic….

Here are some yucky ingredients in dryer sheets so you can see for yourself:

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry-generated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the 1990s, the following is a list of chemicals in fabric softener products, most in untested combinations. Liquid fabric softeners additionally may contain formaldehyde.
Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer.
Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant.
Ethanol: On the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders.
Limonene: Known carcinogen.
A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage.
Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders.
Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic.
Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders.
Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled.

Maybe it isn’t such a drastic idea to run away…quickly…

After learning about this and running to the laundry room to throw my chemical-laden dryer sheets away, I had to find a natural alternative that still made my clothes smell good! After a quick google search I found this DIY tutorial on how to make dryer balls. Besides smelling AMAZING, these dryer balls also reduce my drying time and static! Now, who doesn’t love that?

Here is what you need to make your own chemical-free reusable dryer balls:

  • 100% Wool Yarn (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Leg of Panty Hose
  • Scissors
  • 10 Drops of Essential Oil per Dryer Ball (I would highly suggest Lavender, Purification & Citrus Fresh)

The essential oil smell and cleaning properties will last 1-2 months. When the smell runs out, just reapply and you are ready to go!

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To start, wrap the yarn around your fingers 15-25 times.

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Then, start wrapping the yarn in the middle of the oval you just made. Try to do this the same amount of times you did at first. Wrap it tight!

DSC01471Slowly but surely keep wrapping your yarn around itself until it starts to look like a ball (will look awkward for some time)

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After awhile, it starts to look like a ball! Make it your desired size. The perfect size is probably softball size.

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Once you are finished with one, repeat the steps until you have the desired amount of dryer balls. A good number is 5.

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Once you have as many as you want, put your dryer balls into the leg of the panty hose. Tie off each of the dryer balls with a piece of non wool yarn so it doesn’t felt. DSC01486 Put through the washer & dryer along with a regular load. If you can, put them in a hot water load of laundry so the felting process takes place quicker!

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This is what it should look like when it’s properly felted.

Be off and do great things (like making toxic-free heavenly smelling laundry!)

Would you make these dryer balls? Let me know what alternatives you use around the house!
Take care & talk soon!

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Stinky Sink?

So last Saturday we walked into our house after an evening out with friends and there was a smell. So we did what any logical people would do, we walked around the house until we found the culprit. It come down to 2 possible culprits, the trash or the sink. To rule out the sink, I would need to freshen it somehow. Then it hit me, my brilliant idea of the year (yes, I don’t have that many 😉 ). I’ve seen those little gel balls with good smelling(but probably chemical laden) properties that you put in your sink and turn on your garbage disposal.
 
So, I grabbed my lemon & orange essential oils as well as one capsule. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this but I’ll keep going for clarity sake. I put 2 drops of each oil in the capsule, started the water in the sink, put the capsule in and hit the garbage disposal. Voila! Instant fresh, citrus bliss!

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What you need:
2-4 Drops of essential oils (get here)
1 Vegetable capsule
Stinky sink (optional)
 
Turns out that the sink wasn’t the culprit….It was the trash after all….and after writing all of this, I think to myself, why didn’t I try to take out the trash first? Surely that would have been easier? Oh well, I’m glad I ‘stumbled’ upon this trick! 🙂
 
What do you use to freshen your sink? Let me know in the comments below!
 
Take care & talk soon!

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