So this was me for the past 3 days. Blowing my nose nonstop. Banned to the couch to sleep elevated. Desperate for sleep. Desperate to stop the constant running faucet on my face, that was a nice shade of pink, painful to the touch, and now covered with dry peeling skin. You know what I’m talking about. Oh it’s so miserable!
I was desperate to avoid using synthetic remedies. I don’t do that any more!! I threw them all out. I hate the side effects and possible harm to my body! Some of them gave me night terrors and left me feeling “high” for days! No joke! Personally, I don’t know why anyone would pay good money to feel that way, but that’s none of my business! 😉
I did everything I could think of. I do use Young Living Essential Oils, and normally they help me return to normal rather quickly. But this time was different!
So… two Kleenex boxes and a roll of toilet paper later… it hits me… NASAL SPRAY! Normally I’m not one to use it because it always burned my sinus cavities terribly. I searched for a recipe to make my own! This is what I came up with.
I found an old saline nasal spray bottle (2 oz) of my husband’s, washed out of course. (You can get a nice nasal misting bottle at your local health food store or on Amazon.) I first added a pinch of Himalayan salt. Why? Well, the salt will help oils absorb better in the water solution and not sit on top of the water. You will still need to shake before each use though. Also, he salt to this solution will moisturize the mucosa and supports its natural regeneration, making it more difficult for the bacteria and viruses to nest and develop into an infection. Why Himalayan salt? Because it’s REAL salt with the minerals our body needs. I do not recommend the useless white table salt for this recipe. (You may wish to research the benefits of Himalayan salt vs the pretty white table salt.)
I then added 6 drops Lavender, 4 drops Frankincense, and 3 drops Tea Tree oil – all of which help to support a healthy nasal and respiratory system, and can help with seasonal relief as well. Think spring! Next I topped it off with distilled water. You want water free of any impurities, especially since you are spraying it into your head!
Let me just say this……… WOW! Oh. My. Word. My nose was doing the happy dance! Why did I not do this sooner!!?? I must be a glutton for punishment and suffering!! With the first use I immediately felt 50% better. BONUS: It did not burn! It was comforting and soothing. I sprayed again just before bed. I actually slept… with my mouth shut… and no need to stuff my nose with tissue to stop the “running faucet”! TMI, I know.
I learned the hard way. Don’t do that! Make this up and get ahead of it! From now on I’ll just spray once a day, every morning, as part of my morning routine. Think preventative maintenance. It’s smart, says the gal that went through all that!! <kicking myself still>
LIGHT BULB!! This just popped in my head! If anyone reading this blog post purchases the Premium Starter Kit through my link from now, 3/31/16 to 4/15/16, I will send you a bottle of Tea Tree Oil FREE! That’s a $34.21 retail value! You might want to jump on that before I rethink it! J/K! Killer deal, seriously! I just really want you to try this recipe! 😉
Seasons of life, they are real. We are all in a particular season. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Other seasons: childhood, teen, student, adult, newly wed, married for many years, parent, empty-nester, grandparent, great grandparent, loss of a loved one, and so on. The list is endless.
What season am I in, you ask? Several I believe. I’m a parent to two young adults. One is out of the house and has three children. Yep, I’m a grandma if you don’t already know that! My second child will leave the next soon, probably next year as I do see wedding bells in the near future. No, it’s not official, but I see it coming… and that will make for a very joyous season indeed!
I do have a private burden that is often overwhelming at times. I like to view this time of burden as a season, because I know all seasons come to an end… and by viewing it as a season, I am encouraged that someday “this too shall pass”.
Some of you know my burden… most of you don’t, and that’s ok… the LORD knows all about it and I turn it over to Him daily. I daily hand it back to Him, because I’ll be honest… often I take my burden back and worry some more. I ought not to do that, I know. Lord, forgive me. I know He knows this mother’s heart, after all, He created me. He knows my instinct to nurture, love and want to fix things. This one I can’t fix and it hurts.
I was just now reminded of the words to an old hymn:
“Leave it there, leave it there, Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there; If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out— Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.”
(Yes, I get distracted easily… lol… squirrel!)
What does this have to do with oils? Well, I believe God put Young Living Essential Oils in my life for several reasons… one being my emotional well being. I believe that with all my heart.
Can essential oils help you emotionally? YES!!! Along with eating good, organic, pure foods… food the way He intended, God created a natural substance to help man in this area (essential oils!). And yet we so often choose synthetics first. That was me too, until a few years ago.
I highly encourage you to get your hands on a GOOD essential oil reference book. Contact me if you would like to know what’s in my library. I can give you the names of several!
What oil am I talking about today, you ask? The first oil that I’d like to share with you, that helps me emotionally, is Young Living’s Idaho Balsam Fir.
Per YL’s website, they say this oil is “Traditionally used for muscular aches and pains, the warm aroma of balsam fir soothes and rejuvenates body and mind. Known for supporting respiratory function,* this herbaceous oil can be diffused for aromatherapy or diluted with a carrier oil for topical application. Also believed to create an uplifting sense of well-being, balsam fir is a 100 percent pure Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil distilled from the needles of the balsam fir tree.”
Breathing in it’s fragrance can have a definite aromatic effect on the mind. It is physically grounding and relaxing. Its sweet and clean scent has balsamic and woody overtones. IT SMELLS SO GOOD!!
Balsam fir oil is able to ground the body and empower the mind. It may help bring emotional balance to the mind and body by aligning the sacral and heart chakras. It is good for those who get out of balance emotionally very easily. Um, that would be me as of late.
Another of Young Living’s products that REALLY helps me with emotional well being and balance is their essential oil blend called JOY! Per YL’s website, Joy “is a delightful blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils that harmonize for a sweet, joyful aroma. When diffused, Joy creates a warm, comforting environment and inspires a romantic aromatic atmosphere. Wear Joy as a cologne or perfume to exude an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness.”
Ok, skip all the romantic talk for the moment. Sure my husband loves it, that much I’ll share with you. <wink, wink> For me, Joy essential oil blend speaks LOUDLY to my emotional side. It’s so calming! I apply it to my neck, wrists, and over the heart. Oh no, she’s going to break out in another song…. yep. “I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart”! I get the corniness from my mother (RIP) and I often hear her speak when I do! LOL! Did I oil up today? Yep, can you tell?
Sadly many doubt the powerful effects of PURE therapeutic grade essential oils. (I ONLY use Young Living! They are the ONLY company that can guarantee purity from seed to seal, and that’s not just a catchy phrase. Young Living’s Seed to Seal Commitment)
It’s puzzling to me when I talk to a someone about essential oils and they look at me like I’m crazy or call it snake oil. Well, you are welcome to your opinion, and that’s fine. I choose to put my trust in something created by God Himself, for my good vs anything man can come up with. Sure modern medicine has it’s place. I believe that to be true, I just don’t feel it should be the first thing we run to. Just sayin’… and if that doubter is you, maybe one day you’ll just give them a try. But don’t do it to make me happy. Do your own research and do it for yourself.
Back to what I was talking about initially — seasons of life. I’ve been through so many seasons in my 47 years, and I have many yet to go through. Of course, staying close to my Lord and staying in His Word is the #1 Resource to anything I face in life. I will say that I’m extremely thankful how He blesses, leads, reveals, and teaches me how to care for this body, which is His creation. To God be the Glory… as I continue to oil up with Young Living’s Idaho Balsam Fir and Joy!
A verse that blessed me today. He is with me in ALL seasons of my life! Acts 20:18 …”I have been with you at all seasons”…
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I never go down this aisle any more. No need to. This pic makes me sad.
Countless pills being popped every day. That was me. That was my family. Thankfully I wasn’t one to take them every day, but I personally know many that do, for countless reasons. Now I’m not bashing all that man has created. There is a place for it for sure. Modern medicine has saved countless lives. In no way am I telling you to quit taking your meds!! You will never hear me advise that.
The point I’m trying to get to is this… why do we look to synthetics first? Have we as a society gotten so lazy that we just want someone to “fix” us? Sad to say, but the answer is resounding YES! We are so busy that we don’t want to address the WHY… the root cause of an issue. Most want to put a bandaid on it and go about their business. The trouble with bandaids… they don’t stick for very long and they are not a cure.
It is proven that every man-made drug causes side effects, some extremely dangerous… even deadly. If it doesn’t kill us right away, we end up with another side effect for which we need another prescription… and then we have to deal with more side effects. A vicious cycle. Why are we ok with that?
I know this is a sensitive topic that is bound to step on a few toes. I’ve never been one to candy-coat anything. Sorry.
The answer to my question: Because we are lazy and/or we as a society want to keep our head in the sand. WE DON’T WANT TO KNOW!! (This applies to many topics… world events, politics, life choices, spirituality … the list is endless… but I won’t go there today.)
Life is easier not knowing… not having to face reality and truth. If we listen we are forced to do something with the information we have received. We can accept it and apply it… and actually DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT… or we reject it and go back to our norm.
Sure the serious side effects say that are less common or “infrequent”… but what if you are one that takes them every day, or even every other day? What about the damage to your liver alone?
I found this on the FDA’s website. I did not know they decreased the maximum amount of acetaminophen in these products to 325 mg per tablet. Last I knew it was 500 mg. (See I told you I was never one to take OTC’s) Per their website, they answer the question as to why they are lowering it… they say, the “FDA continues to receive reports of severe liver injury associated with the use of acetaminophen-containing products. The greatest risk for severe liver injury happens when people take more than the prescribed dose of acetaminophen, take more than one acetaminophen-containing product at the same time, or drink alcohol while taking acetaminophen. Severe liver injury can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death.”
Their website is actually a great resource to find the side effects of any particular med, however I still recommend further research to gather ALL THE FACTS.
My husband had a liver transplant in 2010 as a result of Wilson’s Disease, which had taken it’s toll on his liver and it could no longer regenerate. (He has had a MIRACULOUS recovery, from the hand of God. The doctors were simply His instruments. Perhaps I’ll blog about that soon as I do love to tell the story!) Any way, the doctors at U of M told us in our pre-op classes that the #1 reason for liver transplants was liver failure caused by these meds!!
And, I don’t give a rat’s hiney about recommended doses. Slight damage vs severe damage… I want NO damage done to my liver, thank you very much!
What if the person taking the “recommended dose” is on another meds? What if that person drinks alcohol? What if they do not drink enough water? Most do not drink enough water to flush the system…. causing all organs to not get proper hydration. (I’m always telling everyone to DRINK WATER! I know I drive people nuts… oh well!)
Also, per their website, they say, “even a small amount more than directed can cause liver damage.”
They also say,“You may not notice the signs and symptoms of liver damage right away because they take time to appear. Or, you may mistake early symptoms of liver damage (for example, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting) for something else, like the flu. Liver damage can develop into liver failure or death over several days.”
Well not this gal!! Since my husband’s surgery in 2010, we have been on quite the journey towards better health! Boy have we come along way! Would I like to “unknow” what I know? Sometimes, yes! My studies and research have uncovered all kinds of things that are frightening… such as GMO’s, the food industry, how meat is raised, chemicals in everything, and so much more! But as I stated, now that I KNOW what I know …. I am forced to do something with this knowledge… which quite frankly, I believe it was God that showed me.
I am absolutely SOLD OUT on the fact that our health is a GIFT FROM GOD! I have been convicted that I need to take care of my body… the temple in which the Holy Spirit resides. Do I eat a perfect diet and exercise all the time? Um, no. I am not and refuse to become obsessed with this type of lifestyle … that would steal my joy as it’s almost impossible to avoid every exposure to toxins. We live in a contaminated world. Period. I treat myself, in moderation.
I think of this verse often when I think of my body being the temple where the Holy Spirit resides.“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Yes, I take that verse for what it plainly says and it is my conviction that I do not have the right to do with my body anything I please.
And while I’m on the topic of being Spiritually led to take care of our bodies, let’s talk about gluttony. Watch your toes. I warned you. Sorry, but we can’t have a discussion about better health without looking to the SOURCE!!
The definition of gluttony: The sheer defiance of reasonable and balanced behavior; habitual greed or excess in eating or drinking.
Gluttony can apply to many different areas, but today I’m just applying it to how it can have a negative effect on our health.
In my bible it says this about the glutton:
Prov 23:21 “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”
Deut 22:20 “… This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.”
Drowsiness, stubborn, rebellious… well that certainly doesn’t sound positive does it? Here’s an online article I found on this topic, which I wholeheartedly agree with: Gluttony: Sin of Lust and Greed.
Benjamin Franklin said of man’s proneness to overeat, “In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.”
I should have said this earlier in this post. I better say it now. I know that having a weight issue is often a side effect of certain health issues and or could be an inherited concern. I get that and do not condemn it. If I come across mean-spirited or judgmental, I apologize. That is not my intent.
What I am hoping to convey is this: We can all do better! We should all WANT to do better. We can all do something! Doing something is better than doing nothing. We can all make better choices! No one is force feeding us.
Self inflicted obesity, pain and misery is… well… that’s just plain sad! I don’t want any one to have to live like that. All I can do is pray and try to help. That is the reason for my blog. It’s not to simply talked about essential oils. Sure the oils can help, but you have to address other areas in order to get the most benefit.
We live in the age of information. It’s at our fingertips! If you are reading this, you have no reason to say you didn’t know better. Back in the day, before computers, yes there were books on these topics, but still … most of us didn’t know. We took the “professionals” word as gold. We did as we were told, blindly trusting. Well that day is gone!
I was that person. I was blind. I did as I was told, not questioning anything. I looked to synthetics first. We ate fast food often. We drank pop by the case per week. I bought frozen, mass produced, prepared and packaged food from the local bulk warehouse and really believed I was doing a good thing. After all, it tasted good and saved me time. I’m so thankful my blinders have been RIPPED OFF!
And if you come back with this comment … “Well, you gotta die of something!”… I will delete it and block you! Now I’m being harsh, I know. But seriously… don’t say that!! I have heard that way too many times and it goes right through me! Yes, we will all die!! A fact, no doubt. However, Lord willing, we can die in good health, of natural causes. We don’t have to give in to the “norm” and do what everyone else is doing. I know my days are numbered, but if I can help it, I don’t want to die in agony I brought on myself.
What if there was something that you could do to feel better than didn’t involve crap food and synthetic meds? Would you try it? Are you willing to make changes? I hope so.
Since my family has focused on diet, food quality, exercise (we still are not consistent in this area because of busy schedules.. an excuse, yep. I’m guilty and own it.) … and we have been using Young Living Essential Oils and other products for over a year now, we have been amazingly healthy!!!
Let me say this… I will ONLY use essential oils from Young Living. They are of the utmost highest quality and frequency! What to learn more about that? Get your hands on this book by Dr. David Stewart, The Chemistry of Essential Oils. It goes into great detail about the chemistry off essential oils. Simply fascinating!! Don’t buy the lie that all oils are the same. They simply are not! I have not used or purchased OTC’s in over a year now nor am I on any prescribed meds at the age of 47. Coincidence? I think not. The oils AND life style changes work!!!
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