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How I Cured My Psoriasis | By Joan Morais

psoraisisHow I Cured My Psoriasis | By Joan Morais

Anyone who has suffered from a skin ailment, psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis understands how it affects our daily life and can consume our day. Here is my story on how I cured my psoriasis.

Living with Psoriasis

I lived with psoriasis for over four years. My dad had psoriasis. His dad, my grandfather, also had psoriasis. Every day my psoriasis worsened and spread. The unsightly look of the plaques, the extreme itchiness and flaking of the plaques was so stressful and emotionally draining. It affected what I would wear, I didn’t wear any dark clothing, the flaking from the plaques would clearly be seen. The itchiness was enough to drive me crazy. Anyone with a skin disorder can understand this.

I am an aromatherapist, herbalist and into natural health. I tried so many different natural ways to try to heal my psoriasis. I researched and read numerous books on psoriasis. I experimented with removing wheat, soy, nuts and nightshade vegetables out of my diet and reduced consuming dairy products. I used aromatherapy sprays, drank herbal teas, took herbs, applied salves and lotions and soaked in sea salt and herbal baths to soothe my itchy skin. I worked on the emotional pattern of psoriasis. Nothing I did made a lasting impact on the symptoms of psoriasis. My psoriasis kept getting worse and got too much for me.

I finally went to my medical doctor and received a formal diagnosis of psoriasis and was prescribed medication. I was hoping there was something new on the market that would help without the horrible side effects from the medication. However, I knew I would not take the medication after reading the side effects and hearing stories from people on what happened to them from taking the medicine. I lost hope and succumbed to believe that my psoriasis is something that could never be cured. I would have to suffer and deal with it my entire life.

Out of the Blue Everything Changed

My daughter came up for a visit for about a month. I was vegetarian at the time and I was just getting into cooking. I never learned how to cook or cared to cook but recently was intrigued to learn how to cook. My daughter was interested in eating and cooking vegan out of compassion for animals. She shared with me about the unbelievable atrocities done to animals in factory farms. I watched documentaries and hidden videos on factory farms. I researched factory farming and how animals were slaughtered. It kept leading me deeper and then I uncovered the horrible things done in the dairy and egg industry.

We cooked and baked plant-based vegan. It was so fun and everything was delicious. I realized I didn’t need eggs in baking or cheese on pizza. It was all so clear to me how unbalanced our country has become by having animal products in everything! Through marketing and TV commercials we were brainwashed to consume more animals products so the beef, pork, chicken, lamb, dairy and egg corporations could make more money for themselves without a care for human health, cruelty to animals and environmental health. The United States eats more animal products than any other country and anytime in history. As I read labels I was shocked. Gelatin for instance is made from the skin, bones, and ligaments from horses, cows and pigs.

My Psoriasis Disappeared

When I started eating plant-based vegan all of a sudden my psoriasis disappeared very quickly. It truly was shocking. Every plaque and discoloration on my skin was gone! After suffering for years from psoriasis and have it affect every moment of my daily life and then for it to disappear was a miracle! It has been over five years and I have no symptoms or signs of ever having psoriasis. It was food related; a reaction from eggs and dairy. When the body is sensitive or allergic to an ingredient, the organs are on overload and can’t process the toxin and therefore it comes out through the skin.

Our body is very intelligent. All we have to do is pay attention and listen to it. Don’t fall into the trap and listen to the mainstream and the mass majority. What we have been told may not be true for us. As a child, I held my nose drinking milk. I detested milk, butter and cheese. I didn’t like eggs and would gag to eat them. Maybe my body knew since a child it was not good for me. And going against my body for too many years built up too many toxins in me and my body couldn’t process it anymore.

I love cooking and eating plant-based vegan. I feel great and have a tremendous amount of energy and I am almost 60 years old.

Natural Cleaning Products

Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

natural cleaning productsMake Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Sunday on April 22nd, 2018. In honor of our Mother Earth, pledge to make a change to help better our planet. Even one small change can be a big change in time. One way is to make your own natural cleaning products. Not only is it easy, but it’s cheap!

Cleaning products have become a big source of urban pollution and contribute to high levels of “volatile organic compounds” in our air. Start with changing just one synthetic and non-natural cleaning product that is used on the regular in your household for a natural alternative. In doing so you are making the world a better place for us all to live. Let’s work together to make the world a safer and more beautiful place to live, starting within our own homes.

Natural Cleaning Products

Natural Glass Cleaner

In a spray bottle combine the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups of water

Shake to blend and spray on your windows and glass surfaces.

Antibacterial Spray

  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup water

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle, shake to mix. Spray the air, table tops, door knobs, counter tops, etc.

Herbal Floor Cleaner

  • 1/8 cup liquid soap
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup herbal tea (try a peppermint tea, it is antibacterial)

Combine all ingredients in a bucket and swirl around until sudsy. Proceed to mop as normal.

Wood Furniture Polish

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • A few drops of oil (olive oil and jojoba work well)

Brass Cleaner

Any ingredients that contain a natural acid, such as vinegar, Tabasco sauce, ketchup, tomatoes, lemon or lime juice.

Dryer Sheets

Make your own easily! Mix together 15 drops of spearmint essential oil and 12 drops of lavender essential oil. Put mixture on a clean cloth, fold cloth several times. Wrap another cloth around that and toss into dryer!

Top 10 Natural Cleaning Uses for Baking Soda

A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes and is slightly alkaline (it’s pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air.

1. Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.

2. Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda. Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes.)

3. Cat urine: Alternate sprinkling baking soda, which will neutralize acid odors, with white distilled vinegar.

4. Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up.

5. Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.

6. Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.

7. Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.

8. Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge. Rinse.

9. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will “adsorb” odors, which means that it will draw odors to the baking soda molecules.

10. Cutting board deodorizer: Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

3 Ways to Kill Mold Naturally

1. Tea Tree (strong scent of tea tree)

  • 2 teaspoons tea tree oil
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

2. Grapefruit Seed Extract (odorless)

  • 20 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

3.  Vinegar Spray (strong scent of vinegar)
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing.

If you are interested in creating a more natural and earth-friendly home, check out our online class- Natural Home: Cleaners and Room Scents.

What are you doing for Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it in our comments!

flower essences

All About Flower Essences | Make Your Own Flower Essences

flower essencesAll About Flower Essences | Make Your Own Flower Essences

Happy Spring! The arrival of spring brings us increasingly warmer and brighter days and a promise of summer. Spring is a perfect time to plant new seeds (both figuratively and literally), start new projects, and take action! Spring also brings with it a beautiful natural landscape of flowers. In this blog post we will be exploring flower essences- what are they, how to connect with and utilize the power of flowers in your body, hair, and skin care products, and additional resources for making and purchasing flower essences.

Flower Essences

“Food nourishes the body, but flowers heal the soul. ” -old proverb

Flower essences are made from a flowering plant that are used therapeutically to benefit mood and emotional wellbeing. Flower essences are very safe and can be used by children, elderly and animals. Every flower has a different healing property. Flower essences affect us in very subtle and gentle ways by working on an energetic and vibrational level. The energy of the healing property of the flower that is being used (for example- calmness) is amplified while opposing energy (worry or fear) is lessened. Sometimes flower essences work immediately and other times they may take days or weeks as they slowly work with your energy.

Flower Essences for Body, Hair and Skin

Flower essences are a great addition to add into your body, hair and skin care products. Here are some flowers that are great to use in body, hair and skin care products:

Gardenia Flower is luxurious and all about affluence. Luxury and affluence are the result of focus and appreciation for the fine details in art and living. Use gardenia flower to add life and luxury to most body, hair and skin care products.

Rose Flower embodies love and harmony. Everyone needs more love and rose gives a love boost to you. Use rose for all skin and hair types especially neglected skin and hair.

Violet Flower is a tiny delicate purple flower. Violet is wise and wants to remind us everything is valued on earth regardless of the size. Use for someone that does not realize their worth and think that they are too small and nobody notices them. Use violet for mature skin and hair and baby skin and hair.

Flower Essence Room Spray and Body Mist

A flower essence room spray and body mist is a great way to uplift mood, boost immunity and create balance. A few drops of essential oil can be added for a scent. Flower essence room sprays and body mists are great to use for everyone, including children, elderly and pets!

Flower Essence Room Spray

4 ounces distilled water

28 drops flower essence

Add all ingredients into bottle with a spray mister. Use within one month.

Flower Essence Body Mist

2 ounces distilled water

14 drops flower essence

Add all ingredients into bottle with a spray mister. Use within two weeks.

Resources

flower essences

Make Your Own Flower Essences: Check out our ebook that was just released- How to Make Flower Essences for Body, Hair, Skin  In this ebook you will learn all about making your own flower essences, including 39 flower essences you can use in body, hair and skin care.

Flower Essences for Purchase: Bach Flower Essences are very well known and can be found in most natural health/grocery stores.