Stop the Faucet

kleenexSo 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! ūüėČ

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!

Recipe below.

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>

Oh.. by the way, Lavender and Frankincense are in the Premium Starter Kit! I would recommend purchasing Tea Tree Essential Oil as a future purchase.

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! ūüėČ

Here’s the above recipe:

STOPTHEFAUCET

 

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My Salad Hates Me

So I went to a local Young Living class last night in a town not too far from me. They held the class at a restaurant. I decided to just get a salad from the salad bar… keep it light was my plan.

I chose spinach as the base and topped it with a few add ons… egg, onion, chickpeas, carrots, sunflower seeds, and a few croutons. Just a few! I drizzled about a large tablespoon of Ranch Dressing on it. I love Ranch! ¬†(I know… not the most healthy choice, … but it was better than pizza or a burger and fries, right?).¬†

Half way into this small salad I started to get some major discomfort in my belly, and by the last bite I was flat out miserable! ¬†I love salad… but it sure didn’t love me back last night! ¬†I don’t get this response upon eating salad every time, but occasionally. Was it the spinach? Any way… I was feeling so… so… gassy!! Ok, I’m sorry… but don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about! LOL! ¬†My belly instantly felt full and extended… and if it weren’t for my Spanx you would have thought I was 6 months pregnant! Oy!

Well let me tell you what I turn to for digestive system balance wellness, and comfort… Young Living’s fabulous Essential Oil blend, Digize.

Per Young Living’s website, “DiGize‚ĄĘ is one of Young Living’s exclusive and proprietary dietary supplements. This unique blend contains Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils, and includes naturally occurring constituents like menthol, citrol, and zingiberen. Use DiGize with every meal, along with Essentialzymes-4‚ĄĘ (a supplement YL offers, equally amazing. We should all be taking a digestive enzyme by the way), to support a daily wellness regimen*.”

Ingredients: 

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)† leaf oil, Ginger (Zingiber officinale)† root oil, Peppermint (Mentha piperita)† leaf oil, Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)† aerial parts oil, Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)† seed oil, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)† leaf oil, Anise (Pimpinella anisum)† fruit oil, Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)† leaf oil

‚Ć100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil (I ONLY use YL EO’s! I did three months research before deciding on YL as my source of EO’s. Do your own research. Don’t settle for junk oils with chemicals and fillers! This is why YL is the only source for me:¬†http://www.seedtoseal.com)

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You should consider trying Digize. I recommend keeping it on hand when you are out and about. I especially love that Young Living now makes it available in the Premium Starter Kit, along with 10 other most commonly reached for oils, and more!

For complete details of the Premium Starter kit simply click this pic!

Seasons of Life and Oils

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‚ÄĒ
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‚ĄĘ 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”…


If trying Young Living’s Essential Oils sounds good to you, simply go to this page to¬†GET STARTED!


Make Your Own Soap!

Hey everyone. Today I’m going to tell you how to make this liquid handsoap. It’s so easy! In fact, I have no reason to claim as to why I put it off for this long. “Why, Wendy, why?” I ask myself that often.

Any way… I’m sure glad I saved these foaming soap dispensers! You can buy them online on Amazon or visit your local Bath and Beyond store… or you can save them or ask your friends or family to save them for you. If you do that, be sure to show them how simple it is to make their own… lol… then maybe they will do the same and stop using the BAD-FOR-YOU chemical-filled soap from the store!

This recipe is real simple. You probably won’t need to write it down.

  • 2 Tablespoons of liquid Castile Soap (You can use Dr. Bronner’s. I found this brand on Amazon; great reviews and it was a little cheaper.)
  • 8 to 10 drops of whatever Essential Oil that floats your boat! (I only use Young Living, and today I’m using Thieves! Great germ killer!)
  • Top with water! This dispenser is 8 oz.

Now shake & use! That’s it!! Nice foamy soap that smells great!! I told you this would be simple! … and a great savings too! I’m all being frugal, except for when it comes to a few things… and that would be food, drink, personal care products, health products, and my ESSENTIAL OILS!

Other essential oils I might use in the future when I refill my soap dispensers would be Rosemary, Orange, Lemon, Purification, or Lavender. I think Thieves with Orange, Rosemary with Orange or Lemon would be great combos, or Lavender and Lemon too! Looking forward to trying these combos next time!

If you do not have essential oils, I can help you with that! Learn about Young Living’s HIGH standards and distillation process here:¬†SEED TO SEAL

Ready to get started with Young Living? Visit my page¬†Let’s Get You Started!¬† After that, we will get you plugged into our online private groups for additional education, training and support… as we really want you to know how and to feel confident in using your oils! I also love to send special welcome packages to all I introduce to Young Living. If you have any questions, just let me know.

My dog had a “episode”

RosiePosieSee this sweet dog. Her name is Rosie (aka Rosie Posie) and she’s been with us one year this month. Rosie is a purebred Australian Shepherd and she turned 10 yrs old this past January. Her previous owner passed away and the daughter worked too many hours and didn’t feel it was right for Rosie to be alone all day. It was a fluke that I came across the rescue post… or was it? I like to think it was meant to be! The decision to adopt a senior pet is one of the best we’ve ever made! Yes, that’s my plug for pet adoption/rescue! Do it if you can!

Back to what I was saying… yesterday Rosie walked, or should I say, wobbled into the kitchen and appeared disoriented and scared. I knew instantly she was having “convulsion” activity. We’ve seen this before. Over 15 yrs ago we had a retriever named Zeke that suffered from this. I’ve learned alot since then!

I instantly asked my daughter to grab my Frankincense Essential Oil. ¬†I don’t know if I applied it right, but it worked! I put several drops in my hands and rubbed it on her rear paws. Then as I laid on the floor with her I put my hand near her nose so she would gently inhale the oil fragrance. I had my hand¬†about 6 to 8 inches away as I know a dog’s nose is super sensitive. She tolerated it surprisingly well, in fact, I believe it calmed her down in addition to stopping the convulsing.

Why did I use Frankincense? 

Well, I’ve studied essential oils for a year now… the same length of time I’ve been with Young Living. Frankincense is known as “the big guns”. What a power house of an oil! I have several reference books and have studied at great length. I suggest you do the same!

I have many reference books. If you would like to know what books I refer to, please contact me.

And why did I apply Frankincense to her paws?

When essential oils are applied with pressure to the reflex (or vita-flex) points, electrical impulses are released. These impulses carry the essential oils up the nerve pathway and into specific areas of the body. This in turn releases energy to support the systems of the body. (Looking at this Vita Flex chart I now notice the spot  for application concerning the brain. Rosie got all points yesterday.)

Vita-Flex points work for us humans too! Have a runny nose? Apply a few EO’s to your feet, focusing on the toes! Crazy? I know! But it works!!

In my studies on Frankincense I have learned it is the Essential Oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. What a fascinating oil that God has given us!!

Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil
Young Living’s Frankincense

Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, that are able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. (This oil has also been a huge relief for me concerning my own emotional needs!) Frankincense slows down and deepens the breath.

The therapeutic properties of Frankincense oil are antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, expectorant and more.

You can do your own research on Frankincense. Personally, I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils (YL’s is proven to be the highest frequency because of their Seed to Seal process! Essential oils are not all the same! Don’t buy that lie!) because of their integrity and commitment to purity. Visit¬†Seed to Seal¬†to learn more…. and you’ll see why I will use nothing but Young Living! “Seed to Seal” – It’s not just a slogan.

Young Living’s latest blog post about essential oils and pets:¬†Essential Oils and Pets: A Quick How-To

As for Rosie’s activity we witnessed yesterday… my plan is to apply the Frankincense a few times a week, maybe every other day… and wait and see. I’ll keep you posted as to if she has one again… or maybe she won’t?

Rosie – you are only 10 yrs old and we love you so much! ¬†We knew our time¬†would be limited with you from day one, but know this… we will do our best to keep you healthy so you can enjoy your golden years to the fullest.

My side kick

Young Living has a premium starter kit for $150 that includes the fabulous Frankincense Essential Oil!! …. and 10 other essential oils, a diffuser, and samples. The purchase of this kit will also open your very own wholesale account which will save you 24% off retail prices.

As of today, June 1, 2015 –

Young Living is having a Summer Kick Off special on the premium starter kit! While supplies last! Contact me if you have any questions! Click the graphic to get your kit!  I look forward to learning along side of you! KIT SALE

Lunch on Vintage Dishware

I love salads!Here’s my lunch today. A fresh salad with all kinds of yummy goodness! Organic greens, alfalfa sprouts, walnuts, dried cranberries, carrots, red peppers, red onions, grated cheddar from the farmer’s market, and hard boiled eggs courtesy of my very own free-range hens. Yes, those are croutons… I love them, what can I say? At least they are organic.

And you know what… in my mind, it all tastes better on my new-to-me vintage dishware I found at our local Goodwill. I’m addicted to all things vintage! This gal gets giddy about stoneware made in Japan!

Today’s “stoneware” is NOT what it used to be! It simply does not hold up. I’ve went through more new dish sets in my 21 yrs of marriage than I care to say. Disappointing to say the least. That’s why I refuse to buy new dishes any more. I’ll stick to dishware from the 60’s and 70’s. If a dinner plate can last all this time without chips, well that’s impressive and says QUALITY! And guess what, if I chip or break it, I’m only out 50 cents to a buck usually!

I have 4 each of these dishes below. I also have 4 teacups that happen to have a solid green band and no floral pattern, and match all 3 patterns. I also have 4 saucers to match two of the patterns. For some I know having a mixed set would not be acceptable, but not in my book. I love the different patterns and typically only collect florals. Aren’t they pretty?

Love my vintage dishes!

 

See the maker’s mark on the back of each plate. Made in Japan…. NOT made in China! Big difference! ¬†That’s what you want to look for. And let me tell you, when you pick up a vintage stoneware dish you can FEEL the difference! They are solid! They just don’t make stuff like they used to!

Oh what is that next to my salad plate? My 40’s vintage cookie jar. We don’t keep cookies in it though. It’s become a catch-all for little objects.

Do you collect vintage dishware? I’d love to hear about your finds!¬†

Oh, back to the salad! It was delicious! Did you know you can incorporate Young Living Essential Oils¬†into your diet?¬†(YLEO’s are the only ones I personally would ingest –¬†Seed To Seal)

Here’s a great recipe for a healthy salad dressing. Skip buying them at the store. You can make your own. It’s quick and easy, with just a handful of ingredients! I love to say, “I made that!”

NingXia Red Salad Dressing Recipe:Ningxia Red dressing

  • 1 oz Olive Oil,
  • 1 oz YL’s Ningxia Red
  • 1 oz Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-3 drops YL’s Lime EO (depending on taste

Great on salad, coleslaw, or marinade. Add YL’s Citrus Fresh instead of Lime. Add a little honey to naturally sweeten (I did!). Season to taste. You can even blend in an avocado to make it creamy. Options are endless! Try it!

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If you are interested in learning more about Young Living andtheir extensive product line… and how you can get your own wholesale account to save 24% off retail, let me know. I would be blessed to help you get you get started with¬†YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS.