You don’t have to worry about cold and flu anymore as we have the perfect way to cure all the viral infections! You just need to stock up on the necessary essential oils like lavender oil, lemongrass oil, eucalyptus oil, ginger oil, and so on. Trust me, with the help of these essential oils, you can now treat your cold and can easily survive the cold and flu season.
Here are a few tricks as to how you can cure your cold or flu with the help of essential oils:
Use Anti-Inflammatory Oils
One of the best ways to deal with sinus issues and respiratory diseases is by using anti-inflammatory oils in the form of steam inhalation. So, you can use oils like Lavender oil (buy at rouhessentials.com) and Chamomile oil to provide you relief from respiratory issues and helps in soothing your body and headache.
Take a Bath
If cold or flu has your entire body aching, then you can add a few drops of Lavender essential oil into an Epsom salt bath and relax while taking a long and nice bath. You can also use a blend of lavender, marjoram, patchouli, mandarin, chamomile, and geranium and add it to your bath for a calming and soothing experience.
Diffuse the Essential Oils
You can also make essential oil blends and then use it in a diffuser to keep the sickness away from you. These blends will also help in improving your immune system and can be used in a diffuser to cleanse your office room or homeroom.
You can use a blend of lavender oil, lemon oil, and peppermint oil to clear your breathing and improve our immune system.
Check Anti-Microbial Steam Inhalation
You can also try the steam inhalation method by adding a few drops of the essential oil like Thyme, lavender, lemongrass, etc. into a bowl which is half submerged in hot water. Now, bring your face closer to the hot water bowl and then cover your head and the bowl with a dry towel. Make sure the bowl is covered with the towel from all sides and then inhale the steam coming off the bowl. This will help you in clearing your nasal passageways and will help you in an easier breathing.
Use the oils to breathe easily
You can ensure an easier breathing by inhaling a blend of essential oils that consists of peppermint, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus oils. You can either diffuse this blend through a diffuser or you can add a few drops of this oil to a cloth and hold this under your nose. Now, inhale the oils to clear your airways.
Manage your Cough with essential oils
You can also handle your cough with the help of a few essential oils like cypress oil, peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil. Just drop a few drops of these essential oils underneath your pillow each night before you go to sleep. This will help in reducing your cough when you are sleeping through the night.
Looking to buy a hair straightener for yourself? I love straight hair and I am sure most of you reading this article do too but those of us who don’t have naturally straight hair, we need to find different methods to get the desired look.
While there are several natural ways to get your hair straight, most of these methods are time-consuming and require a lot of preparation so if you are in a hurry, they are usually not very useful. In such situations, a hair straightener comes handy. If you want to save time you can skip directly to reading hair straightener reviews and buy the one that’s best for you.
Choosing the best hair straightener for yourself isn’t easy and requires you to consider a lot of factors but with the help of this guide, the whole choosing process will become simpler and easier for you.
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1. Consider your hair type
The first and foremost factor to consider when buying a hair straightener for yourself is your hair type and texture. You need to consider your natural hair texture and then buy a flat iron which suits it.
If you have thick hair then a flat iron with high heat setting would be more suitable while if you have thin hair, a high heat setting iron could seriously damage your hair. In the case of fine hair, one will need to buy a flat iron that has variable heat settings.
Nowadays, digital flat irons allow you to choose the appropriate heat temperature for your hair and protect your hair from being damaged.
2. Types of Flat Irons
Once you have figured out your hair texture, you will need to select the appropriate flat iron with it. If you have thin hair, then ceramic flat irons would be a good choice as they are good at smoothing out hair and encouraging heat distribution which can protect your hair from getting burnt.
A ceramic iron comes with ceramic plates, ceramic coating and tourmaline plates which give you further options to choose the iron best for your fine hair.
A titanium flat iron would be suitable for someone with thick, coarse hair as they can heat up quickly and can smoothen your hair in one go. This flat iron provides high heat which makes it effective in smoothening thick coarse hair but if you use it on fine or thin hair, you might end up with burnt or damaged hair.
3. Size of the Hair Straightener
Another thing to consider is the size of the flat iron. If you have short hair or if you want to straighten your bangs, then a small flat iron would be a good option and it is easily portable too. On the other hand, a large hair straightener will take more space but will be more effective in straightening thick and long hair.
There are a lot of features in different types of hair straighteners. Some come with built-in comb teeth feature which is useful for curly haired people as it can tame their hair easily while many hair straighteners come with an instant-heat feature which can make getting ready quicker and easier.
It goes without saying that this year has been the most fruitful! I have been blessed beyond words and have had opportunities unlike any other. Let’s take a look at how 2013 went…
My life changed the first week of June when I won the title of Miss Kansas. I still am in disbelief at how the months have gone by so quickly!
Three short months later I competed for the title of Miss America. I made international headlines everywhere by daring to be different; showing my tattoos, promoting the military and the outdoors, and standing up for my beliefs. Almost 500,000 people watched my YouTube video on why I should be Miss America, winning me the “America’s Choice” award. I placed in the top 10. The experience of those 2 weeks I spent competing for the title will never be forgotten. I made a great friend in Miss Nevada, I challenged the norm, and America was so receptive and willing to listen to my message. Thank you, America!!!
The months after Miss America have been incredibly busy. I speak to schools about bullying on a weekly basis, and I speak to other organizations about my personal platform; empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. Women face so many stereotypes that we may not even be aware of, which only aids in perpetuating them. My goal is to inform, educate and empower.
Since my love and passion for the outdoors became well known at Miss America, the months following have also been busy with “unusual” bookings for a Miss Kansas. I have attended the Governor’s Pheasant Hunt, I have taught girl scout troops how to shoot a bow, I have been a part of the Kansas BOW (Becoming an Outdoorswoman) event, I have traveled to Georgia to speak for the Concerned Veterans of America group, and so much more!
The last event of 2013 had to have been the greatest moment of my year. Given my very busybusy schedule, I had not been able to go hunting all season. The incredible staff at Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism understood what a passion it is for me, so they lined up a hunt with JB Outfitters in Pratt, Kansas. The outfitters asked that David Blanton, a hunting TV show personality for Realtree Outdoors, come film my hunt.
The three long, cold days of being in a tree stand with Mr. Blanton exceeded all expectations. He is the type of person that makes you want to be closer to God. He makes you want to be a better Christian. When I was around him, I could literally feel the Holy Spirit. I am so blessed to have gotten to know him, and honored to call him a friend. Thank you, David for sharing with me your testimony.
In the last hour of the last day, I harvested a warrior; an old, mature, rough-looking buck. Godtested my patience waiting for this guy! It was 20 degrees all three days, it snowed on the second day, and on the third day the wind just wasn’t cooperating with us. But, good things come to those who wait, right?
The hunt would not have been the same without the help of Bear Archery and Realtree. A week before the hunt, Bear sent me a brand new bow—the Venue. It shoots like a dream (and has no pink on it…you guys know I hate pink camo)! Realtree ensured that I was outfitted properly for a cold-weather hunt. Thank you, both!
So what does 2014 have in store? I have 6 months left of my Miss Kansas reign before I’m forced to decide my path. I have been blessed with so many opportunities that I could go many different ways; having a TV show, working for Realtree, being a professional spokesperson, etc. I pray that I make the right decision in due time.
Whatever I decide to do, I know that I will not lose sight of my cause. I will continue to speak to women, empowering and challenging them to step outside of their comfort zones. I pray that God continues to use me as His servant, working through me to reach others. I am here to serve.
On a final, lighter note, I am on day 11 of a successful new year’s resolution! This year I needed more of a physical challenge. I wanted to take my body and its level of health and fitness to a new level. I decided to try the paleo diet. The paleo diet asks people to follow a diet similar to those who lived 10,000 years ago, essentially eating like hunters and gatherers. This diet is high in protein and produce. Now, make no mistake, I am NOT doing this to lose weight—I am doing this as a lifestyle change. I want my body to be in peak condition, physically and physiologically. How can I truly know the capabilities of my body if I’ve been polluting it with processed foods for 23 years?
The paleo diet was recently ranked last on the U.S. News and World report for being the worst diet. Why? Not because it is unhealthy…but because it was too restrictive for most people to actually follow. In other words…it’s a challenge! Right up my alley.
In the 11 days that I have gone paleo, I have never been so full of energy. I have never slept better (I’ve suffered from insomnia for many years), and I have never been so focused. Countless studies show how certain additives in processed foods yield ADD/ADHD behavioral effects. Well, problem solved; eat only natural foods!
I will continue to update you all on my journey through this challenge, through pictures and posts. I have a feeling it’s going to get difficult!
For those of you who have supported me through 2013, I thank you and I pray you’ll continue to support me through the events of 2014. What I have accomplished would not have been possible without my sponsors, my supporters and my fans. God bless you all!
It was only 3 weeks ago that we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s acclaimed “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King spoke out against racism and inequality. He fought for freedom and justice. One of the most famous quotes of his, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Have we really progressed as a nation? Have we overcome the obstacles of injustice and racism? Have we lived up to what Dr. King envisioned? Evidently not, because it is 2013 and Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, is receiving racist backlash for her heritage.
This outstanding woman has broken so many barriers. She is the first AMERICAN of Indian descent to win the prestigious title of Miss America. She is the first contestant to bring bollywood (a form of dance) to national television. She embodies her platform to the fullest; embracing cultural diversity.
Most of you are familiar with my own platform; Empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. Well, Nina is doing just that. As her friend, as a titleholder, and as a leader, I give her my support. Nina, if you’re reading this, I leave you with a fitting verse; “Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.”
To my own fans; you supported me for breaking so many barriers and I ask that you now do the same for the reigning Miss America.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,”