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How I Healed My Son’s Ear Infection Naturally

11 Sep
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  2 Comments

EarInfectionMy son got his first ear infection while we were at the beach in July. At 15 months old, he was at such a fun age to actually enjoy the beach this year compared to the previous year when he just laid there. So I was so upset that he got sick while we were on vacation.

Some of you may be thinking, “Get antibiotics fast.” I try to avoid antibiotics when possible because they kill not only the bad bacteria in your body, but the good bacteria in your intestines also. When you do so, you upset the delicate balance of your intestinal terrain. Yeasts grow unchecked into large colonies and take over, in a condition called dysbiosis. Antibiotics may help fungi to proliferate within your body and cause drug resistant bacteria to thrive. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, amoxicillin is not an effective treatment for otitis media (ear infection). In fact, after administration of amoxicillin, occurrence of fluid in the ear was two to six times greater. The British Medical Journal reviewed the use of antimicrobials for ear infections and published, “We conclude that existing research offers no compelling evidence that children with ear infections routinely given antimicrobials have a shorter duration of symptoms, fewer recurrences, or better long term outcomes than those who do not receive them. The authors went on to warn that, “Antimicrobial use in children with otitis media results in the emergence of resistant organisms in those children and in the community.” Most of the time, ear infections resolve on their own. And yes, you can use natural treatments to speed up this process.

If we hadn’t been at the beach, than I would have taken Owen to our chiropractor immediately. Chiropractors suggest that reduced drainage or blockage in the drainage system of the cervical (neck) lymphatic chains causes a reduction in the lymphatic outflow from the eustachian tube. This allows fluid to build up in the middle ear, making it an inviting environment for bacteria and viruses. Doctors of chiropractic focus on restoring homeostasis to the body. Several studies indicate a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and a quicker resolution of otitis media in children.

Essential Oils for Ear Infections:
What I did have on hand at the beach were my essential oils
. Thank goodness I take them with me everywhere! These are my favorite essential oils for ear infections:


Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Melaleuca: Very powerful antimicrobial activity against all three of the infectious organisms: Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi. When diffused, it helps to prevent the spread of infection(URI, flu etc.). Together with its powerful immunostimulant properties, Melaleuca is a real ally in combating many illnesses and ailments. (colds, flu, URI, UTI, Cystitis) 



Basil: Basil Essential Oil tends to be one of the first oils that I select to relieve cold/infection symptoms. It is considered anti-bacterial/anti-viral, it acts as an expectorant and it also helps keep one alert. 



Oregano: Oregano essential oil is often called one of nature’s strongest antiseptics. Jean Valnet described Oregano oil as one of the strongest known anti-inflammatory drugs in reversing pain and inflammation with nearly the power of morphine as a painkiller. I call it “Nature’s antibiotic.”

On Guard

On Guard

On Guard: The best blend for strengthening the immune system and fighting off bacteria, infections, viruses, mold, etc. It also works great as a topical disinfectant.

I didn’t have Basil essential oil at the time (you can bet I do now), so I used Oregano, Melaleuca, and On Guard on Owen every 3-4 hours. I rubbed Melaleuca on the outside of his ears and behind the ear bone. You can also put the oil on a cotton ball and then put cotton ball inside the ear. I diluted Oregano and On Guard with coconut oil and rubbed 1-2 drops on his feet. I used Peppermint essential oil for his fever. If I would have had probiotics with me, I would have also given that to him, but thankfully he was getting plenty of vitamin D from the sunshine for extra immune system support. I did take fermented hummus to the beach with me so he was getting some probiotics. After a day or two, he was starting to feel much better; not 100% but better. He was still able to enjoy the beach as you can tell in the top picture. :)

Owen’s gut health was never compromised by giving antibiotics. And as a mom, I felt empowered knowing that I didn’t just have to sit and watch my baby live in pain and misery. I had my essential oils to not only treat his symptoms, but to work at a cellular level to fight the infection and shorten the duration of his illness. And in case you were wondering, I did call his pediatrician to let her know that he had an ear infection, and you know what she said? “90% of ear infections that are actually present clear up without antibiotic treatment. Feel free to use ibuprofen every 6 hours, and keep using your essential oils.” I love our pediatrician.

What do you use if your child gets sick? Have you ever tried essential oils?
Email me if you have questions on essential oils. I love educating others on their powerful healing effects. kristenmpardue@gmail.com

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Naturally Yours,
Kristen M. Pardue, RD


Cantekin, E.I.: McGuire, T.W.; Griffith, T.L.: Antimicrobial Therapy for Otitis Media With Effusion (Secretory Otitis Media), JAMA 1991; 266: 3309-3317.

Williams,R., MD MPH; Chalmers, T.,M.D., et al; Use of antibiotics in preventing recurrent acute otitis media and in treating otitis media with effusion. JAMA, Sept. 15, 1993- Vol. 270, No.11.

Fysh, P.N.: Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 1, No. 2, 1996. The author has presented a case series of five patients.

Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 1985: 10(1):27-35. Musculoskeletal eustachian tube dysfunction is an important etiological factor for otitis media.

The Health Benefits of Homemade Chicken Broth & How To Make It

15 Jul
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

When someone’s sick, the first food that pops into your head to feed them is usually chicken soup. Why? Because it’s medicinal of course. Or is it? Well, it turns out that our grandmothers were wiser than we probably give them credit for.  Their chicken soup was medicinal because it was homemade. Chicken soup that you buy from most restaurants or make from a can/carton of chicken broth does not have the health benefits that homemade chicken soup has. One great benefit of making your own bone broth is that you know exactly what is going into it. Below is a picture of the ingredients in a leading store bought chicken broth. It doesn’t look like real food to me. Buying store bought broth may seem more convenient than making your own, but I try to keep my freezer stocked full of homemade chicken broth so I can just thaw some out when I need it. The nutrient density and flavor of store bought chicken broth doesn’t even compare to the homemade version.


Health Benefits:

Homemade bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other minerals that are easier for the body to absorb. It also contains gelatin, which promotes healthy cartilage and can help fight degenerative joint disease. Gelatin supports the connective tissue in your body and also helps your fingernails and hair to grow. 

One of my favorite health benefits of bone broth is that it aids digestion. The SAD (Standard American Diet) that our culture has adopted has wreaked havoc on our digestive systems aka our gut. All disease begins in the gut. And as we all know, disease rates have skyrocketed, so this tells us that we could all use a little gut healing. Even skin conditions like eczema, acne, psoriasis, etc are all outward examples that something needs healing on the inside. So what easier food to implement into our diets than homemade chicken broth. No wonder chicken broth is a vital part of gut healing diets such as the GAPS diet.  The broth assists in the healing of many chronic intestinal disorders such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, leaky gut, and many others.  Homemade bone broth helps to protect the body from gastrointestinal illness as the gelatin in it acts as a neutralizer of intestinal poisons helping to relieve diarrhea.

Now that we know how amazing homemade broth is for the immune system, I’ll tell you how to make it. It’s pretty easy! There are several variations in how people make it, but this is the way I make mine.

How To Make Homemade Chicken Bone Broth:

What You’ll Need:


  1. Roast your chicken as usual and remove all meat for your family’s consumption.
  2. Put the remaining chicken carcass (bones and skin) in the crock pot.
  3. Add carrots, celery, onion, & garlic to the crock pot and cover with filtered water (Fill to the top).
  4. Add 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar to water. (ACV helps to pull out the beneficial minerals from the bones).
  5. Cover and cook on low for 12-24 hours or until the bones fall apart easily when you apply pressure to them. I put my chicken broth on before bed and let it simmer overnight.
  6. When finished, strain the broth through a fine metal sieve, and throw away the bones, skin, and any other large particles.
  7. Enjoy the medicinal effects of the broth!

Storage Options:

  • Store the broth in the fridge up to 5-7 days.
  • Freezer: I pour extra broth in mason jars (cooled broth) and store in my freezer for future times when I need broth fast.

How to Enjoy The Benefits:

  • Drink warm broth in a mug everyday.
  • Use as the base in soups or sauces.
  • Cook with broth instead of water for rice and quinoa for extra flavor.

Naturally Yours,
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, CLC


Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef: Contains Cancer-Fighting Substance

21 Jan
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

Guest Post by Melvin Marks at www.naturallygrassfedbeef.com

Grass fed beef simply means that the beef cattle were fed only grass, grass hay, or grass silage, as their only feed from birth to the butcher shop. Grass fed animals are raised the way nature intended, starting with their mother’s milk, then grazing contently in fields and pastures their entire lives.

Grass fed animals are generally much healthier, therefore they do not require antibiotics, feed supplements or hormones. This means there is no residues left in the beef to be passed on to you! Not being crowed into tight, confined, sometimes dirty pens means that they are healthier and happier animals also.

Besides being healthier for you, grass fed beef is also tastier and leaner, providing many health benefits. Being raised the nature intended, grass fed beef is higher in Vitamins A & E, CLA’s and has the right balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Our bodies convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A, and grass fed beef contains 10 times the amount of beta-carotene than traditional grain fed beef. It also contains 3 times the amount of Vitamin E then grain fed. The balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids is an important factor in our bodies’ health, aiding in the prevention of coronary disease, cancer and diabetes. Cattle, fed a diet of mostly grain produce meat that has very low levels of Omega 3 and high levels of Omega 6, which presents health concerns to us.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is produced in the stomach of cattle, which in turn is found in meat. When passed onto us it has many health benefits. When cows are grass fed their entire life they have 2 to 3 times the amount of CLA then grain fed cows.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA’s have recently been discovered and good news for us, they are good for you! CLA’s are a fatty acid that has potential cancer fighting properties. They are also promoted as a diet aid and muscle builder.  In recent animal studies, even small amounts of CLA have been able to block all 3 stages of cancer. Beyond that CLA has significantly slowed down the growth of a number of tumors including colon, skin breast and prostate cancer.

Grass fed beef has 1.5 times more protein than grain fed- feed lot raised cattle. This is because feed lot cattle are there for one reason- to fatten quickly. They are pushed hard to reach slaughter weight in 18- 20 months, by being fed huge amounts of grain, being injected with growth hormones and not being allowed to get any exercise. The faster they get to slaughter, the more money these factory farms make.

Not so with totally grass fed and finished cattle. They grow at a slower pace, the way cattle did in the early 1900’s, with plenty of fresh air, clean surroundings and lots of green grass to eat. When they are grazed on lush green grass as their only source of feed, vitamins, minerals, omega 3 and CLA is abundant. When we eat grass fed beef, we energize ourselves with these nutrients that are passed along to us through the meat of these all naturally raised animals. Not only are these animals more healthy, we are too when we reap the benefits of grass fed beef.

GMO’s & How They’re Destroying Your Health

19 Oct
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

We Have a Right to Know if Our Food Has Been Genetically Engineered

You may have been hearing a lot about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) lately.  If you haven’t heard by now, consumers are demanding that the government respect their right to know what’s in their food by labeling GMOs.  I am one of those consumers, and I hope you are too.  You have the right to know what’s in your food, especially because not knowing will dramatically damage your health.  If you’re new to all of this, I will explain what GMOs are and how they’re destroying your family’s health.

What Are GMOs?
Genetically modified organisms are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.  Monsanto (the company responsible) uses poisonous pesticides and herbicides so the plants are protected from the insects that might damage them.  So basically what happens is that we eat the GMO food, which in turn mutates our cells and furthers the development of malignant tumors and other forms of cancer.  You may ask why Monsanto would do such a thing if it’s so dangerous to our health?  Unfortunately, Monsanto (and also the FDA or they would stop this) is driven by money instead of the health of consumers.

Health Problems That May Be Related to Eating GMO Food:

  • Cancer
  • Infertility
  • Birth Defects
  • Food Allergies
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Asthma
  • And much more since we are the guinea pigs and we don’t know all the long term effects this can have on our families
  • These once healthy rats were fed Genetically Modified Food as part of a study & ended up with these tumors. The GMOs caused cancer, liver, & kidney problems in these rats.

Some doctors will prescribe non GMO diets, and their patients will get better from a variety of diseases. The same problems they get better from are found in laboratory animals that are fed GMOs.

The 9 GE Crops on the Market in the U.S.:

  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Cotton
  • Canola
  • Sugar Beets
  • Alfalfa
  • Hawaiian Papaya
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Crookneck Squash
  • **A GE salmon is waiting FDA approval

What Can You Do?
Make sure you don’t buy any foods that contain GM seeds.  An easy way of doing this is by buying certified organic foods and/or by buying local from farmers who don’t use GM seeds.  Use your wallets to make your opinions known.  Another option you have is to buy foods that are “Non-GMO Verified.”
If more of us speak out about why we care about the food we put in our own bodies and in our children’s bodies, then we can convince the FDA to change its policy. In November, we need Prop 37 to pass in California, which would require the labeling of GM foods. “Prop 37 gives us the right to know if our food has been genetically engineered. It helps us make the right food choices for our families by putting a simple label on the groceries we buy and telling us if our food has been genetically engineered.” If it passes in California, then there is hope for GMO food labeling for the rest of the country.

If you want to learn more about GMO food labeling:
We Have the Right to Know.

Naturally Yours,
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC

Nutrition Makes A Difference

29 Aug
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

I got this email from one of my clients today: 


“This week – I planned my meals and feel really great!
My clothes are already feeling looser than before.
And I don’t have any “drops” in energy right before my workout class.
One other thing I am noticing is that my sleep is improving.
I did not notice it much before, but now feel like my sleep is deeper than it was.
Thanks for your help!
I think that focusing on more balanced meals will help instead of zoning in on calories.
Because I definitely was not getting enough protein or healthy fats!!
You have been such a great resource for me.
I have liked your Facebook page and also your blog.”  


This is why I love doing what I do.  I’m so passionate in helping people heal themselves so that they feel better.  I talk to so many people who struggle with weight loss, energy, sleep problems, joint pain, and the list goes on and on.  What some people don’t realize is that nutrition affects everything. You CAN feel better and you CAN improve your health. Don’t give up!  Instead of counting calories-count your nutrients.  Everything else will fall into place.  

Naturally Yours,

Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC