winter’s coming….


In my house, two out of three of us have been fighting lots of bugs lately. The third one of us is an avid vitamin C consumer. Avid. Daily. 

You get it. 😉

Here’s the latest scoop on vitamins C & D for colds & flus. 

Vitamin D3 – the 3 is key 😉 – helps prevent you from catching a cold or flu.

Vitamin C lessens the length of your illness.

Both of these also help prevent different cancers. Vitamin D also helps prevent heart disease, type two diabetes & depression of course. Both C&D increase dopamine, the motivation part of anti-depressant, and D also boosts serotonin helping depression and improving sleep.

So, we know I’m not a doctor, and you are your best researcher, too. The safest fairly high dose for both is 2000 IU, but read up reliable sources and you may decide you feel comfortable having more, especially when it comes to vitamin D deficiency. 


Just like we need vitamin C & D3 to withstand winter’s ups & downs, our skin needs a little love too.

Cold weather bringing your skin down? Try out Neal’s Yard Remedies nourishing orange flower collection. 🍊

Soothing skincare, plus about 2000 IU of C & D a day, and this could be our healthiest cold & flu winter yet. 😉 

If you know anyone who likes natural products, spread the word about NYR!  


#nyrorganic #skincare #naturalskincare #organic #selflove 💕

cold & flu season = oil of oregano time


I’ve used oil of oregano on & off for at least five years. It’s an amazing antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, stomach helping, allergy reducing oil. Studies have actually shown it to be as effective as prescription antibiotics without the negative impact on your stomach or the beneficial probiotics in your gut. In fact, instead of killing probiotics, oil of oregano actually augments the proliferation of helping gut flora. 

Oil of oregano has two very effective components in it, carvacol and thymol. They are considered extreme potent so research and caution are important. The doTerra website has a great run down on usage and caution when using oregano essential oil

Personally, I have used oil of oregano internally via purchased capsules such as Gaia or putting the oil into an empty capsule. I have also take it in some water to help candida thrush. 

The usual reminder that I’m not a doctor, so read reliable sources and make informed choices. With that said, oil of oregano is definitely a great cold and flu fighter. 

Here’s to a healthy flu season! 

and now, a shop :) 

I’ve taken the plunge to begin working for myself. For a very long time, I have put positive and uplifting graphics and posts on FB, IG & my blog. I have done it because I am passionate about the power of love, kindness & connection to change lives and uplift our world, a world that could use quite the hug lately. I have always felt odd about the for profit idea, one that comes way more naturally to the bold millennials who have inspired me.

While I also plan to generate enough blog traffic to host advertising, produce an ebook, and become a self-published and published author, I am offering organic skincare, aromatherapy and supplements because it is so completely consistent with my dozen-year passion for organics, alternative medicine & self-care. I have been researching and using supplements & oils for more than a decade as a complement to my daily meditation, gratitude, happiness-cultivating & kindness practices. 

So far my blog has been a loving expression of my complete faith in positive psychology and our power to energetically create the outcome of our lives. Missing has been my ability share my passion for health & wellness options that seem outside of current mainstream medicine. I have been reluctant to share these things because I am not a doctor or any kind of trained practitioner. But, I realize that my passion to uplift would be under-explored without sharing my other knowledge & experience. I will explore health & wellness more on my blog, and have chosen products I believe support my values and faith in alternative healing. 

In the next week or so, I am switching blog platforms and fleshing out how to integrate my business, and its inherent business opportunities, into my site. But in the meantime, I am moving forward with my “announcement.” I am offering Neal’s Yard Remedies, natural and organic health and beauty products, including organic skincare plus supplements & aromatherapy, as well as doTerra because of my firm belief in the power of aromatherapy and my personal, incessant use of oils, both externally and internally. 

Check out the links via the new Shop tab, http://www.soulsimpleblog.com/products/

Wish me luck. 🙂 ✨✨✨

why lavender is quickly becoming my go-to remedy 


I’ve been busy lately, but more than that I been emotional. Maybe it’s a midlife thing, the changing hormones – *sigh* – that are leading me from one life stage to another. 

As I gear up for that new hormonal shift, I’ve become so aware of how much news and views 😉 have influenced my perception of what happens now. As girlfriends begin to hint at not feeling quite like themselves, I’ve been especially struck by, and concerned about, how inevitable misery is seen as an unavoidable guarantee. 

This time I won’t discuss hormone replacement, or, more importantly, bioidentical hormone replacement, but I can’t not 😉 mention that hormones aren’t awful things in the least. What I want to share is how lavender is helping me soothe already frayed emotions that are seemingly jarred by the aforementioned changes. 

Lavender is soothing for two reasons. First, it promotes GABA, which is incredibly relaxing without being sedating. I have used GABA and gaba-promoting supplements and herbs as needed for years, but after reading research about a lavender pill, I learned that lavender has a secret weapon, endorphins. 

While GABA calms, endorphins comfort. Taking supplements that promote endorphins compensates for the fact that endorphin-release from exercise is so short lived. 

I think of endorphin-boosting supplements or herbs as a warm blanket curled up on the couch. 🙂 They’re the fuzzy bunny slippers I imagine wearing all day when I just need to be soothed.

Of course lavender doesn’t need to be taken internally. GABA and endorphin augmenting benefits work even through inhaling the soothing herb, so whatever way works for you will work for your brain chemicals too. 

If you’re fried and have that “I want my mommy” kind of feeling ;), give lavender a try and you may find you are easily able to comfort yourself. ✨✨

More info:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19962288/?i=2&from=/20512042/related

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23808618/?i=4&from=/20512042/related

Now Foods Lavender Oil, 1-Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009RSP38/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_HsneybVZJZCAN

Nature’s Way Calm Aid Nature’s Way 30 Softgels https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007TYY2JA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Htneyb8GAX2MQ

Reminder: I’m far from a doctor. I’m just someone who has researched any tried herbal supplements and amino acids for self-care for more than a decade. Do research with reliable sources and feel free to share you experiences. 💕

powerful tools to balance your mind


Over a year ago, I read an amazing book called “The Mood Cure” by Julia Ross. Whenever I begin to stray from the advice I learned in the book, I always regret it. The basic principle is that what we think is our personality, most of the things that follow “I am” is actually not a static, ingrained or inherited thing, at least not entirely. 

As she clearly lays out in the survey on her site, certain fears, sensitivities, habits and motivations are dictated by four brain chemicals: serotonin, GABA, norepinephrine and low endorphins. In her books, she sets out high protein diet suggestions, and primarily amino acid supplements to balance out deficiencies. 

When I first took the survey, I scored high scores in all categories. And, when I forget or choose to stop taking one or more of the supplements, I feel symptoms creep back in. 

For more than a decade I have meditated daily, practiced mindfulness and turned my natural panicked mind into a much more positive and faith-filled one. 

But I still need the brain-balancing support of amino acids. And, I much prefer the natural path. 


Serotonin

According to Ms. Ross, low serotonin symptoms include but are not limited to: fear of crowds, flying , heights, public speaking; inflexible, irritable, impatient; pessimistic, anxious; fibromyalgia, SAD.

Serotonin supplements include: 5-htp, tryptophan, St. John’s Wort or Sam-e.
GABA

Under GABA, symptoms include but are not limited to: tense, uptight, trouble falling asleep, pressured, overwhelmed; sensitive to bright lights, loud noises, easily frustrated.

GABA is a useful supplement for this category. There are many opinions on its efficacy. I find it works. Some people, including me, have a strong reaction to too much of it at one time. It is quite extreme and includes not being able to catch my breath for at least 30-45 seconds. If you try it, start under 500 mg. 

You may also want to try other amino acids like taurine and glycine instead. There are clearly herbal options too such as chamomile, lemon balm or passionflower. 


Norepinephrine

These symptom have mostly to do with feeling blah, apathetic and unmotivated, a lack of adequate dopamine (low cats). More than this, low “cats” mean you have trouble focusing and finding energy. Some symptoms are: low motivation, trouble focusing, concentrating, depressed in a flat & apathetic way. 

Supplements include: tyrosine and dlpa. She also suggests herbals to raise cats and get your brain going. They include pycnogenol and grape seed extract. 


Low Endorphins

This equates not only to physical pain, but also emotional pain. If you’ve been called sensitive, have a hard tme getting over emotional hurt, and tend to cry at lots of things from commercials to emotional slights, this isn’t your fault. You likely have a low endorphin level. It’s like we are missing the ability to comfort ourselves without this  tool. But there are options.

If you are interested in this path of mental balance, check out the survey and look into her ebook. The survey is a great first step to understand what you may need to balance. Feel free to ask me questions about it, but remember I’m not a doctor. 😉 I believe we have a great power to self-heal in many ways, but ensure you look to your intuition, legit web sources and medical resources as needed. 

For me this was a key step on my journey to peace of mind and body, engaged relationships and increased productivity. I hope it is for you too. 💕

An Intro to Histamine Intolerance

When I first discovered histamine intolerance, I immediately wondered if it was the reason I was always congested. It definitely made me curious, but after years seeking help from doctors and therapists, and over a decade of my own research and trial & error, I was too tired of half-solutions & dead ends to take it that seriously. But recently as an answer to a plea to the universe for a solution to my declining wellness, it came to my attention again, and this time I started paying attention. 

According to Histamine-intolerance.info, histamine intolerance is the intolerance towards “normal” levels of histamine in food caused by a decreased activity of the histamine-degrading enzymes diamine oxidase (DAO) or histamine N-methyltransferase (HNMT).
The pioneering Doctor of histamine intolerance, Janice Joneja, explains it this way:

Under normal conditions, when histamine levels from any source rise above a certain level, these enzymes rapidly degrade the excess. However, when the rate of breakdown of excess histamine is insufficient to deal with the excess, the total level of histamine in the body rises.

When the total level of histamine rises above a person’s histamine threshold, histamine intolerance symptoms appear. I have had many of these symptoms, and after a serendipitous conversation with a friend dealing with angioedema, I traced many of these symptoms to family members on both my mother and father’s side, which further confirming my gut feeling that I’d finally found the root of my dis-ease. 

Review this symptom list to see if histamine intolerance could be at the root of your own mental & physical health struggles:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Sleep problems (difficulty falling, staying asleep)
  • Difficulty regulating body temperature
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety, irritability, confusion, panic attack
  • Flushing
  • Nasal congestion, sneezing
  • Irritated, watery, reddened eyes (conjunctivitis) 
  • Hives
  • Pruritus (itching especially of the skin, eyes, ears, and nose)
  • Tissue swelling (angioedema) of face, mouth or throat
  • Anaphylaxis 
  • Heartburn, reflux
  • Nausea, vomiting, cramps
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Eczema, acne, itchiness
  • Chills and shivers 
  • Changes in menstrual cycle
  • Hypotension
  • Fatigue, can be extreme 
  • Very occasionally short loss of consciousness
  • Arrhythmia, accelerated heart rate, hearing pulse when lying down at night

While it appears to be further complicated by the fact that each person has a different histamine threshold, and many people react differently to the same foods, the great news is, there is growing consensus about how to deal with histamine intolerance. 

For me, there were a few keys steps that set me on the right path to wellness, and I began to feel better within days. The amazing thing about addressing histamine intolerance, is that while it takes a bit of awareness, there are also some quick tools to accelerate the path to renewed energy, decrease fog, increased control over moods and a greater feeling of stability.

I will be blogging a lot about histamine intolerance, and allergies, in the coming days and weeks, as well as about my own experience healing from it, and I hope it’s the light at the end of the tunnel for many of you.