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Dutch Health Store Haul & First Impressions
Dutch Health Store Haul & First Impressions

You might know my love for Dutch Health Store by now, online shop that carries the most clean brands & products – the selection will satisfy even the most purists out there. Let’s see what I got in my recent haul and what I think of the products? Continue reading “Dutch Health Store Haul & First Impressions [AD]”

Monthly Recap – September 2019

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Nice to see You here again! In this Monthly Recap type of posts I will let You in behind the scenes on what’s happening at Green Life In Dublin HQ, aka my living room ๐Ÿ™‚ You will learn what products I have been getting/ testing/ using; what I am doing/ enjoying/ reading/ watching. Sounds good? Then keep on reading ๐Ÿ™‚ Continue reading “Monthly Recap – September 2019”

My Natural Medicine Cabinet

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Natural and organic medicine cabinet
Natural and organic medicine cabinet
First and foremost, let me just start by saying I am not the health professional in any shape or form, I am not advising You to do or to buy anything I am mentioning here - and I won't be responsible for what You will do with this information. Consult with Your doctor or Your health practitioner before starting taking anything new. I am simply sharing what I use myself and what's working for me.

Now that we got boring-but-necessary disclaimer out of the way, shall we look into natural and holistic remedies I apply to support mine and my family’s health during the sickness season? Besides the obvious things like being outside, sports, healthy diet and such, we still get sick from time to time, because, well, there’s no barriers for bacteria and viruses to fly around? The remedies I am showing You here are tried and tested by me and my family for the last ten years or so, with the exception of OreganolP73, which I discovered about four years ago and won’t be without for as long as I will continue to live. Or god-forbid Big Pharma decides to outlaw like we have seen with so many natural remedies before.

 

For immune system support

Ginger. I take it in tea, with lemon and honey a couple of times a day. Some people also add Cayenne pepper and garlic, but that’s not for me. If you take this at the very beginning of the cold, there is a good chance you will nip the cold in the bud and not get sick at all? Put on your woolen socks and go to bed to sweat it all out. Organic and fresh is the best, but powder works too. Checkย Amazon.
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Garlic/ginger/turmeric paste – I use it in copious amounts in my cooking, doubling the doses if I am already sick. I have a post on it here.
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Organic Lemons – I don’t think I need to explain this ๐Ÿ™‚
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Cold Seasonย /Immunityย and such teas in high quantities if I can. Checkย my tea collection on my Amazon page for more. I also count matcha tea as superfood and try to get it as much as my budget allows, as well as turmeric latter – you can add all kinds of herbs and adaptogens to it.
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Neti potย is another natural thing that I am still resisting, but I have used dry salt inhalers, and they truly do help.ย Dutch Health Store have Living Libations one.
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Thieves/Organic defence/tea tree/lemon EOsย in a diffuser. Or spray bottle. Also don’t forget to open a window. I useย Neal’s Yard Remedies. For years I used Esta Aroma Diffuser from NYR, but due to the high humidity and mold problems in the house I am now saving up forย nebulizing (waterless) diffuser from Living Libations from Dutch Health Store. I also make dilutions into roll ons to carry around. Also, DIY inhalers. Or get Olbas.
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Make Fire Cider. Or buy ready made.
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Fermented anything – kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso.
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Probiotics. Vital in my opinion, especially if you already have compromised immune system, leaky gut and digestive problems like I do. If you will take away just one thing from this post, please do yourself a favour and start taking care of yourself with daily probiotics. Look for as many different strains as possible and you want billions, not millions per capsule. This is one area where you can’t save, I am sorry, but cheap brands just won’t cut it – they will not be strong enough to make a difference or just won’t survive the acidity of the stomach fluid. Did you see the reports that GMO foods kill all the bacteria in our gut? This is non negotiable in my two cents, but you do you boo. If you are healthy and fit as a horse, eating organic only everything, you might not need them?
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Medicinal Mushrooms like reishi and cordyceps are supposed to stimulate the immune system in the long run. I swear by cordyceps, because that’s what I’ve seen working on my kids, reishi is new addition. It is so much more bitter that they won’t go near it, so I am taking it all on my own.

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at the first signs of cold/flu

Up vitamin C – lemon tea with honey, maybe take extra – I love Ener C, or get liposomal vitamin C. That is supposed to be miles better and highly absorbable, as it bypassed digestive system and goes straight to the cells, but I will admit I am yet to get it due to high cost. By the way, do research on optimum vitamins and mineral levels versus RDA and your life will be forever changed. Just check out DrAxe and nutritionist Patrick Wolford books – when it comes to vitamin C, Dr Patrick Holford recommends 3grams of it EVERY HOUR (as opposed to 50mg daily RDA) when you are sick! Mind blowing.

Elderberry. Proved to both protect and support your immune system and fight whatever is attacking you, shortening illness by four days! Four days people! So whether you gather it yourself & make it into syrups, get dried berries to make it into teas & syrups, get Sambucol or other brand’s good stuff, just make sure to get it into you. I stock up on Neal’s Yard Remedies one or Sambucol. There are other good brands out there too. Get gummies for the kids, they love them!

Manuka honey.ย  If you havenโ€™t heard of it, Manuka Honey is the most unique and powerful form of honey on the planet. ย Itโ€™s exclusive to New Zealand, created by bees who pollinate the Manuka Bush. But what makes Manuka that much better than your average honey? ย Itโ€™s all in the nutrient composition. Manuka honey is known as โ€˜activeโ€™ honey; it has natural antibacterial qualities and proven health benefits. Itโ€™s made by bees foraging from the New Zealand Manuka (tea tree) bush. Look for the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating on the jar โ€“ the higher the rating, the greater the antibacterial activity. Scientists say it can help ease ulcers and an upset stomach, prevent gum disease, boost your immunity by fighting bacterial infections, and ease skin conditions.
Raw honey has a multitude of beneficial nutrients: Amino acids, B-Vitamins, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc to be exact. ย Butย in Manuka honey, the density of these nutrients is over four times greater than your average honey, so your body is getting a powerful dose of enzymes that fight inflammation and bacteria and boost your immune system.ย 

For the skin, a good UMF rating means your skin will receive incredible benefits - the anti-inflammatory quality of Manuka honey is proven to improve skin texture and tone. But that's for another post :) See here for my 12 DIY Masks with manuka honey.

If you don’t want to shell out for manuka honey, please feel free to use raw local honey (preferably organic) as your next best bet. Just please do your research on different types of honeys first and then decide. Honey in the teddy shaped plastic jar? Not the best thing for your skin, as it is not only heat treated, it is mixed honey too. Meaning it is only slightly better than sugar, and it is not what you want at all.

 

Epsom salt/ Magnesium salt bath. Sweat. Go to bed and wrap up. You will rise like a new person.

Garlic. Organic. Crush and leave for 10 mins to activate allicin.

Also don’t forget frequent hand washes and cleaning all the germy surfaces, including door handles.ย Don’t use those nasty antibacterial soaps, they are so full of harmful chemicals that smarter countries are banning them already. If you are a germophobe, add a few drops of tea tree oil into your natural hand soap, it will do the trick. If you use antibacterial gel, useย Green People organic hand sanitiser. Or go full Gwyneth and use Colloidal Silver instead.
Homeopathic remedies. I myself useย Oscillococcinumย &ย Coryzaliaย but you might try different ones, as the thing with homeopathic remedies is that there are no โ€œgeneral recommendationsโ€ what works for me might not work for you. If l have a cold (if you know yourself well enough, you know the difference. For me aching bones is a surefire way to tell the difference) I take the latter two, if I know it is a flu (or if I don’t get better after 3 days) I take Oscillococcinum, and maybe combine it with Oreganol if I am sick for more than 4-5 days and I am not getting better.
Lots of rest and sleep if you can? I know I am guilty of not slowing down because of the flu/cold, because like many of us women I tend to feel that I still have to take care of everyone and everything, but the truth is that by doing so you (I) are only prolonging the time of disease! So tell everyone to share the chores for a few days and get that deserved rest! Just think of what men do when they get sick? At the first sigh of unwell they are dying, not lifting a finger and demanding all kind of stuff every five minutes, right? Totally double standards! Shall we do the same?
Essential Oils Sprays To Clean The Air
Opening the windows is one of the ways to clean the air, but essential oils packed sprays also helps. Be cautious not to overdo it and never spray directly onto someone. I love and use Saint Comeย  suggestions and recommendations welcome! You can also DIY it with “five thieves” type of essential oils. If you want a post on that, be sure to let me know and I will be happy to do it for you.

during sickness

OreganolP73ย – I have already written about thisย hereย andย here, but basically it is nature’s miracle – it is a natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal stuff that is amazingly also antioxidant! Too good to be true? Well, in this case it is not, and if you only will take one thing out of this post, this is it! Not easy to find in the stores, you might have to get online.

You can also tryย Grapefruit Seed Extract, andย Olive Leaf Extract as other forms of natural antibiotics. Both extracts taste vile, not going to lie, so maybe look into capsules?

Linden tea. This helps to break a sweat faster. Add honey (manukaย is best, but any natural honey will do). Don’t add to boiling hot tea as not to kill those healing nutrients.
Camomile teaย these two go hand in hand, their main job is to make you sweat and thus get rid of disease faster.
More rest. More sleep.
Pick and choose any remedies mentioned above. Garlic & fire cider might be awesome but hard to swallow, so maybe up lemon tea and manuka?

for cough

For coughs, my best bet isย NYR Thyme Syrup. There are loads of homemade remedies out there too, but I haven’t been successful with them. If you have tried and tested recipe, please let me know in the comments? Also Iโ€™ve just read that fresh pineapple juice should be better than anything for cough, has anyone tried it?
For sore throats, try Himalayan salt gargles. Maybe adding some thyme and or Oreganol.

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What are your tips and tricks, would you share with me? I am always willing to learn new natural things ๐Ÿ™‚ The more natural remedies we will know, the better for all of us.
Resources - books, naturopathic doctors and websites.ย  I highly encourage You to do your own research too.

No cavities with these natural & holistic dental products!

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No cavities with these natural dental products
No cavities with these natural dental products

Want to know what natural and holistic dental productsย  I use? You are in the right place! Just had a check up, no new cavities ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love Lula Picks & Reviews – September 2019 [AD]

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Love Lula Picks & Reviews – Green Life In Dublin

 

Let’s peek at my Love Lula order and see what I think about products I chose last month? I thought You’d never ask! Continue reading “Love Lula Picks & Reviews – September 2019 [AD]”

Natural & Organic Empties August 2019

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Natural & Organic Empties
Natural & Organic Empties

As always I am running a bit late with my empties post, but better later than never, right? Let’s see what I have finished and what I will be repurchasing. Or not.

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Evolve Organic Beauty Tropical Body Butter Review

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Evolve Organic Beauty Tropical Body Butter review
Evolve Organic Beauty Tropical Body Butter review

Two things about Evolve Organic Beauty Tropical Blossom Body Butter– or rather questions. One, can a body butter be classed a a wellness thing? And second, why I am only discovering it now??

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RMS Beauty Lipsticks Review [AD]

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RMS Beauty Lipsticks
RMS Beauty Lipsticks

Time for reveal of my Love Lula picks for the month and the review of previous month’s picks ๐Ÿ™‚ This month I allowed myself to splurge on two RMS Beauty lipsticks I’d wanted ever since they came out. Continue reading “RMS Beauty Lipsticks Review [AD]”

Love Lula Beauty Box Reveal & Review August 2019

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Love Lula Beauty Box August 2019
Love Lula Beauty Box August 2019

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Today I am going to share what natural and organic products came in the Love Lula Beauty Box August 2019. Amazing box or what? Continue reading “Love Lula Beauty Box Reveal & Review August 2019”

What To Take On Holidays – Natural Beauty Edition

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As you might know, I went on holidays recently – first in four years, so it was a big deal to me ๐Ÿ™‚ I asked you if you want me to post about what natural and organic products I took with me and you said yes, so this post is for you guys! I will be very honest with you here and will let you know what products ended up working and NOT working in the different climate. You see, I live in the cold, rainy and humid climate here in Ireland (hello +14*C to 20*C summers with rain daily or trice weekly at the very least. Heatwave? What heatwave?) and Mediterranean ain’t that, we all know it. So a couple of products I counted on working for me turned out complete disappointments while one other spoiled as soon as we touched down, I swear. I will also make a list of products I will take on my next holidays, while my mind is still fresh on what worked and not. Shall we get started? Continue reading “What To Take On Holidays – Natural Beauty Edition”