Rejuvenate Your Skin with Helichrysum Oil!

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Helichrysum Oil is known as one of the best essential oils for skin. Helichrysum oil holds rejuvenating benefits that can help to promote a healthy-looking complexion. We all want that don’t we? With chemical components that can help improve the appearance of skin, Helichrysum oil is a wonderfully smart addition to any skin care regimen. One of the greatest benefits of Helichrysum oil is that it provides a safe, natural way to improve your skin. So many commercial cleansers and moisturizers on the market contain harmful toxins, but using a pure essential oil like Helichrysum to improve the skin allows you to keep your skin clean and protected.

Here are some ways that you can use Helichrysum to improve your skin:

- Dilute and rub helichrysum with myrrh onto wrinkles and stretch marks.
- Apply topically to scars and wounds to support the renewal of the skin.

Helichrysum is a go-to oil for wounds as well! Keep it in your Home First Aid or Travel First Aid Kits. Apply it topically to scrapes or cuts to help blood coagulate.

There are so many uses for Helichrysum Oil. It really is one of your skin’s best friends. Combine it with myrrh for anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal effects. Combine it with lavender for antibacterial, regenerative, soothing, analgesic, antihistamine, and astringent effects. Helichrysum blends beautifully with both of these essential oils as a lovely remedy for many skin issues.

I choose dōTERRA essential oils because of their high standard of quality and their sourcing practices. You can find them on my website at both retail and wholesale prices. I would LOVE to help you find the natural solutions your body needs to be well and whole. Please contact me for more information via the contact form.

Dark Cherry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark

Dark Cherry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark from www.thesoutherninstitute.com

I love good, dark chocolate. This wasn’t always the case! It has been an acquired taste for me, but I’m glad that I’ve come around. Lately I’ve started experimenting with making my own chocolate bark with healthy mix-ins. We all know that dark chocolate is good for us. It’s the best excuse for eating it, am I right? Did you know that a 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains 11 grams of fiber, 67% of the RDA for Iron, 58% of the RDA for Magnesium, 89% of the RDA for Copper, 98% of the RDA for Manganese, and plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium? (source) You’re doing well just eating it plain, aren’t you? But add in a couple of delicious fruits and nuts and you’re upping the ante!

I chose dried dark cherries and pistachios mainly because I thought that they’d taste amazing together, and I was right! They just so happen to have their own health benefits too!

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Dried dark cherries are a great source of copper! Our bodies need copper to help them produce collagen, which helps keep our tissues strong and protects us from free radicals. They also contain vitamin C!

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These tasty nuts are full of potassium and vitamin K. They help control body weight and lower risk for heart related problems. A 1 ounce serving also provides you with 25 percent of the daily value for vitamin B-6, 15 percent of the daily value for thiamine and phosphorus and 10 percent of the daily value for magnesium. (source)

Dark Cherry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark from www.thesoutherninstitute.com

All that I did was melt a bar or so (I may have eaten a piece or two along the way) of dark chocolate in a double broiler. While it was melting I chopped the dried cherries and shelled pistachios. When the chocolate had melted I removed it from the heat and mixed in the cherries and nuts. I then poured the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkled it with more of the chopped cherries and nuts, and left it to cool and harden. Once the chocolate had hardened I broke it into pieces.

Dark Cherry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark from www.thesoutherninstitute.com

The combination of cherries and pistachios was just as dreamy as I hoped it would be! You get the salty and sweet flavors that always pair so amazingly together, making it just about the perfect chocolate treat! You really must try it! If you don’t like one or the other of those mix-ins, then you can get creative and try another. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to chocolate, right? Have fun and enjoy!

Aldi 101: A Crash Course in Shopping at ALDI

I was compensated by ALDI for this post. All opinions are honest and my own.
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You may have heard me singing the praises of ALDI here. I’m a bit of a newbie to ALDI grocery stores. I’ve only been shopping there for about six months now, but in those six months I have become a huge fan of a grocery chain that I previously had been a bit of a snob about. I wasted so much money by not giving ALDI a chance…maybe you have too!

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I always knew that ALDI prices were cheap, but I never knew that my family could eat well off of ALDI products. I thought I had to spend more money at fancy stores in order for my family to get nutritious food. Let me tell you, that is not the case, so I want to share with you how you can shop on a budget and eat well at ALDI!

What You’ll need:
Your own bags
A Quarter
Cash, debit, or EBT card

Since day one, ALDI has not given out free shopping bags. If you’re wondering how they are able to bring you great products at rock bottom prices, this is one of the ways that they can do it… laser focused efficiency. Every other grocery store chain gives away millions of grocery bags. Someone has to pay for those bags! That price is passed down to the customer- that’s right, you! You are more than welcome to purchase bags from ALDI. They have plastic or paper bags available. I prefer to bring my own. You will also be bagging your own groceries, so be prepared for that. My kids LOVE to help me bag the groceries. Who knew???

It’s also important to know that ALDI only accepts cash, debit, and EBT cards. Credit cards and checks require them to pay fees to the bank. By not accepting credit card payments and checks they save money and so do you. Plus, you’re not stuck waiting behind someone writing a check, so the line moves more quickly.

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Bring a quarter to rent a shopping cart! Another way that ALDI saves money is by running their stores efficiently, and that means that their employees are working in the store, restocking shelves and checking out the customers, not chasing shopping carts around the parking lot. They have a handy cart rental system where you insert a quarter to release a cart. When you return it to the cart area you get your quarter back. It’s as easy as that! No hassle and no abandoned carts rolling around in the lot, threatening to dent and scratch your car door. I love it, and my kids are always debating over whose turn it is to put the quarter in and get the cart.

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I don’t know about you but I have been a member of those ginormous warehouse stores and I have to be honest- I dreaded going because of how big they were. If I forgot an item on one side of the store I had to walk a mile just to find it again. Not so with ALDI. I love the size of ALDI stores. They make a quick trip to the store possible, even with three kids in tow! When my kids must go to the store with me, ALDI is where I prefer to go because I can be in and out in 10-15 minutes. Everything is laid out the same, no matter which location you are in, and they are very small stores, compared to the larger grocery chains.

Now let’s talk food, shall we? Here’s where my old snobbery used to come into play. I didn’t think I could get healthy, fresh food at ALDI. I have a son who is on a reduced gluten diet and I spent a lot of money on gluten free products from other big chain grocery stores. Gluten Free snacks are not cheap…except that they are a lot cheaper at ALDI (more on that here)! Guess what? So are organic products! For example, ALDI carries organic coconut oil, and do you see the price? Have you ever seen organic coconut oil for that price?

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We use coconut oil for so many things in our house. I use it in almost all of my baking and cooking. I even use it to make my own deodorant!

I’ve also started buying my organic greens at ALDI. We buy spinach almost every week, for smoothies, sandwiches, dinner, and salads, and I have not seen it less expensive than $2.49, have you?

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ALDI runs so efficiently that they are able to bring their customers these types of products at these prices. Next time you are in one of their stores, take a look around and notice the way that they display their products. They use an open case design, rather than conventional shelving. You’ll see that the products are put out on the floor in the cases that they are shipped in, or in the cases of products that move really quickly (like sugar and flour) they are displayed right on the pallets. This saves so much time on stocking products, which in turn saves ALDI money, and they pass those saving on to the customer. Brilliant!

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ALDI offers a decent selection of organic produce, which has really impressed me. On any given day I can find organic carrots, tomatoes, bananas, avocados, and several other varieties of fruits and veggies.

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Each ALDI store also has a “Special Buys” section where you can find seasonal items. They are only in the store for a limited time and once they’re gone, they’re gone. You can find some really fun things there, and some really specialized food items, like kombucha! (I’m waiting for that one to come back… please, ALDI?)

I’ll leave you with these #ALDItruths…simple statements about ALDI that show their dedication to quality and value…

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If you haven’t given ALDI a try, or if it has been awhile since you last shopped at ALDI, I hope you’ll visit your local ALDI and see what you think. I think you’ll be really pleasantly surprised… kind of like I was!