6 Tricks for Using Essential Oils to Cure Cold and Flu

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.

Diffuse the Essential Oils

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.

Manage your Cough with essential oils

Miss America

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.

Nina Davuluri, Miss NY 2013

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,”

-Miss Kansas…

Winning The Crown

It was the last few minutes of the pageant, names were being called from the top 10, announcing 4th runner up…3rd runner up…I’m nearly on the verge of hyperventilating, in disbelief that my name hadn’t been called yet. Then it happened, the moment that is now a blur. “And the new Miss Kansas 2013 is……contestant number 12! Theresa Vail!!”
This is the moment that my life will have changed forever.

Many of you that have been following me and the news know everything there is to know about my surface. So for this post, I would really like to share my experiences and thoughts on the actual pageant week.

Before I met all the women that I competed against, I held many preconceived notions about the types of girls that do this sort of thing. I was told to watch my back, lock up my clothes and heels, and not to trust anyone. Boy, was I blown away by the truth.

The 24 women that I had the pleasure of competing with are the most selfless and sweet women that I have had the honor of getting to know. I went there with my guard up, and left with my vulnerabilities in the air. I would not have won without the support of my fellow contestants.
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For the same reason I love the military, I love the pageant system. It is a sisterhood, an unbreakable bond. Every assumption I held against these women were abolished the minute I got to know each and every single one of them. I am ashamed to say I held these judgements to begin with.

I spent a week with these women, and I have already made life-long friends. I connect with each of them in different ways, each having their own unique and special characteristics.

There was not one moment that I felt like I was being judged. It touched my heart when they came to me for advice, when my roommate and I had late-

night heart-to-heart talks, when all the girls tried helping me on my less than desirable dance moves. They accepted me for my flaws and imperfections.

If like me, you hold/held judgements against pageant girls, I ask that you reserve those judgements until after you meet one. They will change your life forever.

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To the Miss Kansas Class of 2013, I thank you and I love you.

Remember that you can go to my “SHOP” link and purchase a custom Miss Outdoor Girl t-shirt. ALL proceeds go towards supporting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform for Miss America.

-Your Miss Outdoor Girl

What Makes One Beautiful?

Disregarding the title of this post, I’d like to first start out by saying Happy New Year! I ended 2012 with a fantastic day of hunting deer, and began 2013 with an even better day of hunting squirrels with my dad! Who needs the ever-sought after midnight kiss on New Years when you have that?!

Anyway, a few people have inquired if I made a New Year’s resolution. It took me awhile to think about this. Last year it was to get in shape…okay, who am I kidding, EVERY year it’s to get in shape! I can’t help myself, I know that I can always do better than the present. After a particular incident, however, I decided on something new. Here is the story;

A week ago I had the official Miss Outdoor Girl photoshoot with the highly-talented Lisa Blake (pictures to come soon). As part of the photos, I asked that her 12-year-old daughter be in them with me. After all, I was the one who had encouraged Elli to pick up archery a few months ago! So, here we are getting our photos taken together and all I could think about was how stunning and photogenic this girl was, and at only 12 nonetheless! To give you an idea, she’s as tall as I am (5’7), blonde hair, fair skin, and the bluest of eyes.

Suddenly I remember feeling sorry for her. Why, you ask? I have two reasons. One; Throughout her entire life she’s only going to be complimented on what’s on the outside, her looks. Not her creativity, not her beautiful soul, not her intelligence. And soon she will think that’s all she has going for her. Two; How many girls do you know that are so aware of their beauty that they place themselves on a pedestal? I am so afraid of that happening to Elli. As sad as it is to say, I’ve seen beauty ruin people.

After the photoshoot I asked Elli if she would enjoy coming to Cabelas with me. We needed to get her bow adjusted anyway. So here we are in–let’s face it–a male-dominant store, and Elli kept pointing out every single man that stared at us as we walked by. I told her that she had better start getting use to it because that’s the life she is going to live. Am I aware that I get stares at Cabelas? Of course, but never do I let that affect my humility. Rather, I thank God for his gift. At that moment I decided to give her the most valuable of lessons. I said, “Elli, you are gorgeous. And because of that a lot of opportunities will present themselves to you that aren’t there for other people. What I want you to do, is be humble about it. Be grateful and appreciative that so many things happen for you, but never let them go to your head.”

External beauty is a gift from God, so of course you should acknowledge it and appreciate it. What you should not do, however, is revel in your beauty. There is nothing more unattractive than a person who knows they’re attractive and thinks they are above others because of it. I recall my highschool days when I saw the “popular” girls doing this. All of you have seen it at one point or another.

Now, I’d like to make a clear distinction. Just because you may spend a significant amount of time on your appearance, doesn’t mean you are self-absorbed. Not in my opinion at least. I spend at least 2 1/2 hours in the gym on a daily basis, and if I’m getting ready for the day I’ll spend the same amount of time getting ready! I enjoy feeling like the best version of me. I enjoy feeling like a woman. Is that vain? Superficial? To some it may certainly seem like it, but as I said, that doesn’t make you self-absorbed or conceited.

Every single one of you is beautiful on the outside, but what does it matter if your inside beauty is lacking? Are you humble? Are you compassionate? Or are you judgmental? Vindictive? Jealous? In a moment God can easily take away his gift of external beauty. And then what will you be left with?

So, my New Year’s resolution is to focus more on my inside beauty. To have a caring heart, a beautiful soul, a sound mind. Are you internally beautiful?

-Your Miss Outdoor Girl…