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Health, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
UTI’s…I know, I know, such a private thing to talk about…but hey…if you get one..RATS it is painful and inconvenient most of the time! I hate getting UTI’s and it has been a LONG time since I had one. 
Oh Boy UTI
WHY?

Why does it come on? Well the answer can be as good as any guess. I personally take the Plexus probiotic and that alone has helped many issues. I also drink Kombucha every day which has also been a BIG change for helping stay healthy. 

What I believe happened this round for me was a lack of water intake. We have had many hot and humid days and if I don’t drink enough water, bacteria can creep into the system. Also just good habits I  wasn’t good about. I have below a great website which give more info on the why’s.
Lavender Lemondade

WHAT CAN I DO BEFORE CALLING THE DOCTOR

Whatever the issue of WHY you got it, now it’s time to try and get rid of it without antibiotics. Let me warn you 2 things. ONE…it isn’t a quick fix like the icky antibiotics. In fact, mine took almost 2 full weeks before it was clear. I felt results within 3 days but it took that long to totally feel better.  Going the natural way takes time and takes doing the teas and oils many times throughout your day. For many folks, they really can’t deal with that. But for ones who choose to heal their body naturally, will pay off in the years to come. Check this link to see facts from Dr. Axe.

Remember, antibiotics take over 3 years to get out of your body. In turn, will slow down your immune system to heal or battle other things that come up in your life. NO thanks!

Two.. is this disclaimer:
Oh boy UTI

Now are you ready to try some things? I love this site for explanation of herbs used.

First onsite of pain:
1. Drink at least 3 full glasses of water. Pee as often as you can. Even if it hurts. Don’t hold it… really important.
2. Put a teaspoon of baking soda in one of the glasses of water and drink it within 5 minutes. It doesn’t taste great but do it… this helps stop or ease the pain while peeing.
3. Get some non sweetened Cranberry juice and drink throughout the day.
4. Be drinking fresh water all day as much as you can and more!
5. Take the supplement D-Mannose. Take as directed. I use the one with cranberry. 


Second Step:
Make up a jar of tea blend, label it, and make yourself a pot of tea. Drink throughout the day. Hot or cold.
Recipe for blend: Ingredients found by clicking Starwest Botanicals (affiliate link)
 1/2 cup Uva Ursi (making a tincture with this herb would be better in your tea as the taste is not great)
1/2 cup Dandelion Leaf (great for UTI’s)
 1/4 cup Golden Seal
 1/2 cup Marshmallow Root
 1/8 cup Corn silk (yep the stuff you usually throw away…dry and save in mason jar…great herb)
 1/8 cup Cinnamon Chips
6 cloves
Mix and blend well in a glass bowl and put into a mason jar labeled. Make 1-2 tsp per cup. 
UTI
I also drank at least 8 oz of Kombucha. This is one drink if you don’t know much about…this book is awesome! (affiliate link) Really helps keep your immune system boosted and when your fighting something like UTI your body will appreciate it! Trust me! Again…this book will answer so many questions and help you make awesome Kombucha. Cheap too!
UTI Kombucha
Last step:
Take a detox bath. Everyday if you can! UTI’s can be so uncomfortable and taking a detox bath with these ingredients will not only help you relax, but help heal the bacteria. 
Fill tub with hot water as  hot as you can stand and add:
*Dead Sea salt 1 cup
*Tea tree Essential oil 3-6 drops
*Frankincense essential oil 2-4 drops
* Camomile Essential oil 2-3 drops or real flowers to float 
*Rosemary herbs to float in bath (great aroma)
*apple cider vinegar with the mother at least 1 cup
Swirl around and soak for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy and relax!UTI

After the bath I put Frankincense with Calendula oil all over my tummy and lower back. AHHHH! 

Again if you don’t have improved results within 2-3 days, go see your doctor. UTI’s are not fun. But really try not to take an antibiotic. UTI’s are common so don’t worry.

On with life now…slowly back to normal until the next aliment happens!
Live naturally your body will thank you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
OOOOO…this tea and syrup is such a delightful blend. I just love the tea warm or cold and the syrup makes your morning pancakes or waffles extra special. The romantic feel in your tummy and aroma is really wonderful. I think you will love this blend!
romantic tea
Romantic Tea Blend:

1 cup of Rose Bud Petals
1/2 cup of Damiana Leaf
 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Cocoa Nibs, roasted (depends on your taste buds…start with less and add more if you like)
1/4 Cinnamon Chips
1/4 Orange Peel
1 Vanilla bean scrapped (this is super expensive right now, so add a little pure extract like an 1/8 

Blend in a glass bowl all ingredients and place in a mason jar. Keep in pantry away from sunlight. 
When your ready to make your tea, put 1-2 tsp into a tea strainer and pour your hot water over herbs. Let steep for 15 or so minutes and enjoy. For cold add ice once steeped.

For the Romantic Syrup:

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup organic sugar 
6 tbsp of your Romantic tea blend

Directions:
1. Boil water in a medium saucepan an the stovetop.
2. Once water has come to a boil, take saucepan off heat and steep tea in water for 5 minutes or until desired flavor. The flavor should be much more concentrated than a typical cup of tea.
3. Remove tea leaves and compost.
4. Bring your tea/water infusion back to a boil on the stovetop.
5. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. 
6. Set saucepan aside and let cool for an hour or so before pouring into a mason jar.
Store in refrigerator keeps for one month.


This tea makes a wonderful gift idea too. For our Hoedown we made gift baskets with the tea. Just too cute! Adding some chocolates will make a wonderful blend.

Enjoy this blend…it is wonderful! LOVELY!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Ranch Life
Ok…let’s get this straight. I do not like to do laundry. BUT, I am NUTS about a new alternative soap I have been using all summer. It is AMAZING! Smells like fresh air AND best of all…it is indeed from nature! Soap Nuts. Yep…that is what they are called! So…you see why I am nuts? 

MANY BRANDS OF LAUNDRY SOAP OUT THERE

There are many brands of soap you can purchase and as you know we are all about natural. We don’t want to put anything bad into our bodies or on our skin, let alone into the pipes of our homes. It is important to educate yourself on ingredients not only in food but in products you use everyday. Just think about it for a minute. You wear, sleep, bath, use on dishes your laundry soap! SO…shouldn’t you know more of what is in it?

.Soap Nuts

If you don’t have time, here is the NUT craze in a nutshell. (sorry couldn’t resist)

The Soap Nuts  (I love these and the organic cloth bags Starwest Botanicals carries I use to put the nuts in and I also use these bags for my teas) affiliate links

Pros:
*totally natural and non-toxic
*can be re-used 7 times
* you can travel with them
* unscented if you like that (recipe for liquid is at end of the blog)
Cons:
*inconvenient-soap nuts need to be put in a sachet when used in the wash. Hey need to dry out or else they will go moldy.
*if laundry is really dirty you will need to wash twice
*unscented so if you like scent I just add essential oil to the soap nuts or directly into the water..works great.

If you prefer a liquid Laundry Recipe:

1 1/2 quart of water
30 Soap Nuts
Essential oil of your choice my favorites (geranium, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary, sage, orange, ylang ylang 

Pour hot water over the soap nuts and steep for 30 minuet to an hour. You can also steep overnight. After steeping , cover soap nuts and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the water. You will have a nice quart or more of liquid. You can reuse the soap nuts for another batch. You can skip the soaking and go straight to adding one and half quarts of water. Simmer and strain. Once it has cooled add your essential oils. 
Use 4-6 tbsp of liquid. I also add Borax powder because of our hard water. 
Your clothes will smell like they have been blowing in a summer breeze! REALLY!



MY GREENFILLS
affiliate link 

They contain NO UNSAFE chemicals 
They send you a refill which means you can help cut down on plastic waste.
Pros:
*plant-derived, non-toxic ingredients
*washes well
*uses real essential oils (no phthalates)
*has an unscented option
*creates no plastic waste or bottles
*gets delivered to your door
*does not contain brightness, articical dyes, phosphates or petroleum based surfactants
Cons:
You need to mix the solution yourself (but really…how hard is that?)

 My GreenFills  will  offer you something special and they agreed to send you 50 LOADS FREE.
You just have to pay shipping of $7.99 in the U.S. and international rates over seas.

Check this out for comparing to the “natural” Tide brand and Seventh Generation:


NO matter which one you choose…you will notice a difference in your skin and over all health. Getting your home toxic free is just one of the many ways to building a cleaner environment for your whole family!

God’s blessings and smelling clean and fresh!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
Do you suffer from anxiety? Or even just get anxious when something important is coming up on your calendar? I have bouts of this…nothing serious but when I need a dose of calming, I will take a soak in a lavender bath with chamomile tea or if it’s during the day I will make a tall pitcher lavender lemonade. 

This is just downright refreshing and incredibly delightful! Plus…it helps you calm right down.

Lavender Lemonade
Try a batch and see if it works for you. If it does, make sure to comment below. I love hearing how the recipes work in the lives of the readers.


Ingredients:

1 cup of raw honey
5 cups of pure water
1/4 cup dried culinary lavender
6  organic lemons, squeezed
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Elderberry syrup for color

Directions:

1. Pour half of the water in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
2.  Add honey and dried lavender and let steep for 20 minutes.
3.  Strain mixture and pour into a large container.
4.  Add the lemon juice and remaining water and stir. Add a little Elderberry syrup to make it purple plus add a powerful immune boost!
 5. Refrigerate 

Lavender Lemondade
For an anxiety soak bath: (highlights are affiliate links which help our ministry)

 Mix 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil  into your bath of hot water. Add your sea salt  (affiliate link) and swirl into your bath. Add apple cider vinegar (affiliate link) for a detox bath. 
UTI
For during the day:
Diffuse 10-12 drops of Lavender essential oil into the air during your work day for a natural stress reliever.

Lavender is my go to essential oil for insect bites and burns as well.



Enjoy every sip, soak, and aroma with this wonderful herb!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Oh boy…I love to garden but really garden beds are the cats meow! I can’t believe I didn’t do this LONG ago! We have one garden we made out of bricks using the holes for herbs and the center for tomatoes.
But the new garden bed is out of galvanized steel. I LOVE this idea! Our neighbor down the road was getting rid of a bunch of this steel and we just could not let it go to waste. So..we loaded up the truck and trailer and began creating. 

Garden Beds
Garden Bed
Isn’t this just wonderful?

Dan will make 3 of these forming a horse shoe. (of course)
He also is making more for our “Thyme Out” pasture for the horses. Each box is filled with herbs the horses can munch on as their bodies needs. We love this as it helps the folks that come to the ranch learn about medicinal plants and how they can help us heal. 
Garden Bed
This man has been working hard to make these and I am VERY thankful we have compost ready to fill these puppies up! It does take a ton of dirt to fill, but once done…they are set to go!
Garden Bed
He simply cut each piece to the size we wanted and place a wood corner on each side. No bottom of course just placed right where we wanted them, leveled, and filled with compost and fresh dirt. 
My back loves me!

Here we have them planted and Dan is now working on the other two to complete the horse shoe look. They will not be filled with veggies this year as it just got too late. Other priorities needed to take place, so for now this is what we have.

Peppers, tomatoes 2 kinds, carrots, spinach, and sweet beans. The outer part of the cement block garden is all herbs. Basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and pearl onions. (left over from last year)
Garden BedGarden Bed

Around the ranch we love to continue to put in each garden some kind of herb. So each of the flower pots have at least one herb in it. I am also trying to grow blueberries in a garden pot. We have many wild ones around the ranch, but we NEVER get any! HUM…I think the 4 legged friends get them before we can!

Enjoy your summer garden and if you try the garden beds, they really make planting and upkeep wonderful!
God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter all for Jesus,
Lee
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Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally
Oh my! Who doesn’t love the wonderful smell of lilacs? For anyone who has them in their yard, I envy you. We have to go searching for ours and when I find them, I harvest a TON! Making delightful drinks like lemonade, tea, and sparkling waters is just a few that I love to serve.

First you will need to gather your lovely lilacs. Harvesting is delightful all in itself as the smell will overcome your home! By gently pulling the flower head off the little stem only leaving you the flower, place into a strainer and rinse well in fresh clean water. Once this part is done, you can make your syrup which is your base.


Lovely Lilac Syrup:

1 cup of water
1 cup sugar
1 cup of lilacs
Some fresh or frozen blueberries. 5-8 will make a light color, more will make a deeper color.

Boil your sugar and water. Once boiled, bring to a simmer and add your lilacs and blueberries. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Take your liquid and pour into a strainer over a steel bowl. Squish your blueberries into the lilacs getting as much of the flower and blueberries as you can. Let cool and place your syrup in a mason jar and in the refrigerator. This liquid will thicken as it cools. Awesome for your pancakes in the morning!
Lovely Lilac Drinks
Lovely Lilac Lemonade:

In a gallon mason jar
2 Fresh Lemons, juiced
4 cups of water
1/2 cup lilac syrup (taste and see if you want to add more)
Stir and add ice. We add a lemon rind for looks too if you like.

Lemon Ginger Lilac Tea:
If you want to make it a cold tea, let steep and cool than add your ice.

1/2 tsp  Organic Lemon Peel 
1/2 tsp  Organic Ginger root
2-4 tbsp Lilac syrup
2 cups of boiling water

Using your tea strainer, place your lemon peel and ginger root into your strainer. Steep in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Add your syrup while it is steeping. 
As an ice tea let cool and add your ice. YUMMMY!

For a nice fresh water drink add lilacs to a jug of water and let sit in the sun for about an hour.
Add some ice…and WOW…so refreshing!

Lovely Lilac Spritzer:

Lovely Lilac DrinksAdd 2-3 tbsp syrup to full glass of club soda or sparking water. Add
ice and some lovely lilac flowers for another refreshing summertime drink!

I hope you enjoy all summer can bring while you sip some wonderful lovely lilac beverages!

God bless!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

I found a new delightful tea! Blackberry leaf which is a close relative to the Rasperry leaf another favorite of mine.

Blackberry leaves are high in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A,C, E, K and B 1,2,3 and 6, also calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. It may help relieve diarrhea, inflammation and so many other properties. Recently I had a tummy issue and drinking this throughout the day helped the bubbles in my stomache and other issues if you know what I mean. Some tea and essential oils aided in a good night sleep and woke up new again! 

NOW I have some sad news. Bulk Herb Store who we love to share with you is going out of business. So as you read these new recipes, go visit and help this Christian family move into another chapter of their life.
We love Bulk Herb Store and hope you find some wonderful teas and herbs to make up your own.


Each recipe below makes 1/2 pint cute little mason jar!

Blackberry Tea Recipes

For cold and flu

2 tbsp. blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. elder flowers

2 tbsp. ounce linden flowers

1 tbsp. peppermint leaves ( I like Spearmint too)

Prepare hot water and pour over tea blend steep for 10 minutes serve with honey or favorite sweetener.

 

This tea helps combat intestinal gas and mild diarrhea. This tea warms tummy and soothes intestinal inflammation.

Upset Tummy (all herbs I found on Bulk Herb just click link on the sidebar to log in)

2 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. Raspberry leaves

2 tbsp. Chamomile flowers

1 tbsp.  Spearmint leaves or peppermint

Tea for Rheumatism

2.5 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. White willow bark

1 cup Nettles leaves

2 tbsp. Horsetail leaves

Drink 2 cups a day for 1-2 weeks. Reduce your intake as symptoms decrease.

 

Use for sore Throat Pain

For an oncoming of Strep, you can oil pull with coconut oil and Immunity Blend essential oil first thing in the morning. Follow up with gargling with salt water. Do at least 2 times a day.

Make up a cup of blackberry tea at first sign of sore throat. Let it cool a bit and gargle with it. Drink 2-3 cups of tea daily and gargle as often as you can.

This herb is a bit sweet so it is lovely on food!

Sprinkle the herb on your salads, put into cakes, or sweet rolls or breads. Wonderful!

I hope you find this tea a wonderful spring thirst quencher!

God bless and HAPPY SPRING!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee


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Health, Jarrin, Living Naturally
Oh my…if you have read through my blog, you know  I LOVE Calendula! This gorgeous flower is so easy to grow and not only looks beautiful in your garden but is awesome for DIY for body, teas, and cooking. The horses adore it! Calendula is one medicinal herb you will want to know more about.

To make this salve the infused oil takes three days to prep. Once it’s made it lasts for 2 years or more and you can make multiple salves and balms with it. 


New Butter To Try
I discovered a wonderful salve recipe and wanted to share. What makes this salve wonderful is the mango butter. Instead of using shea butter, I decided to substitute shea for this as well as add these other ingredients I think you will find just as wonderful! This salve is just plain ol’ filled with substitutions…my middle name in cooking too! But ahhhh so good!



Ingredients Needed:

3 tbsp Calendula herbal infused oil (see recipe at bottom takes three days to infuse)

2 tbsp mango butter (substitute for shea butter)

1 tbsp + 1 tsp Carnauba wax (substitute for bees wax, more shinny look, takes longer to melt)

1 tbsp Kokum butter (substitute for cocoa butter…it is a flaky looking butter not to be mean)

¼ tsp Vit E. oil

9 drops Lavender essential oil

9 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

4 drops Balsam of Peru (this is a VERY thick oil, like vanilla)

Jars that are fun…also any small jar work!

Labels

Directions:

1) In double boiler slowely melt down the Calendula oil, butters, and wax in the jar you will be storing it in.
2) Do not rush this or have high heat or it may scald oils. Stir with a wooden stick or tool until wax is melted.











3) Once ingredients  are fully melted, remove from heat and place on cooling pad. Wait 5 minutes or so and stir in Vit.E and essential oils.

4)  Let rest in room temperatur before using. It will get hard pretty quick. Don’t put lid on jar until fully cooled.

 

 

This should last about a year or 2.

How to make your infused oil

What you need: ( click on Bulk Herb Store to get these herbs, flowers)
3/4 cup Calendula Flowers
1/4 cup Rose Hips
1/4 cup Comfrey
1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers
1/4 cup Arnica 
1/4 Yarrow
Coconut oil (0r any carrier oil of your choice)
Vit. E

How to make:

1. Fill glass jar 1/3 full of herbal mix and cover with coconut oil. Screw on lid and place jar on top of a dishtowel in a crock pot or Dutch oven.( we love cast iron)
2. Fill the crock pot with water (but not above the year’s lid) and turn on warm for three days or low simmer if using a stove.
3. Check the water level every day to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated and fill as needed. NVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar.
4. After 3 days, strain off herbs from the oil with cheese cloth( while warm) or strainer. Add you Vit. E

Label and keep in a dark place. 

** All purchases through the affiliate links help support what we do on our ranch ministry! Thank you! God is good!

May the Lord bless you as you prepare recipes to keep you and your family healthy! Please let me know if you made some and how you liked it!

Keeping it natural as we can around the ranch!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Ranch Life
These are my top 10 blends to put into easy roll-on bottles. The 1o recipes below I use on a regular bases due to the issues either I face or my family does. Recently I found Dr. Z masterclass gave a ton of great info on using rollers. One being always to add a carrier oil for absorption. So helpful! Here is his book which I HIGHLY recommend! It is awesome!


With each  roller bottle I put the carrier oil in first just a few squirts than add drops of each oil recommended. Fill the bottle with carrier oil just before the top. If I am using the oil bottle a lot, I will fill the bottle. If I think I am only going to use it for a short time, I just cut the amounts in half to keep the oils always fresh. Recommended to use up the bottle in 3-5 months for full freshness. 

Here are some adorable labels for both your rollers and bottles. Darling!
The company sent a verse in the package! So awesome!


1) Allergy:
3 drops Peppermint essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
Mix in 10 ml roller bottle with favorite carrier oil. I got this recipe from my favorite resource Dr. Z
My husband and daughter suffer hugely with allergies and both of them find much relief by using this blend. BUT, they also needed to be in good gut health and on a probiotic. Of course, Plexus is our go to!



2) Joyful Morning:
4 drops Orange
2 drops Spearmint
2-3 drops Rosemary
Add favorite carrier oil. I also love Sweet Marjoram.
LOVE this blend and wonderful to diffuse too!

3) Immune Boost:
I use the Rocky Mountain Immune Strength. It is the BEST and really works for our family. I put 10 drops into a roller bottle along with Jojoba carrier oil. I carry this with me anytime I am out an about! I put behind my ears and neck and even chest. LOVE LOVE this blend. Diffusing it also is a bonus!

If your fighting flu bugs check this out! Immune Boost Shot

4) Carpel tunnel: from Dr Z. This REALLY worked for me! In just a few days I was already feeling less pain, and in a week totally gone!
4 drops of Copaiba
3 drops Sweet Marjoram
3 drops Basil
2 drops Frankincense
Fill  the rest with your favorite carrier oil. I used Almond. Apply 2-3 times a day or onset of pain.
LOVE this roll-on!

5) Joints/Arthritis:
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Sweet Marjoram
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
Add your favorite carrier oil. I use Jojoba and Apricot for this one. (If you have sever pain, I would also add Melissa (lemon balm) Message into problem area.

6) Thyroid: Apply this roller everyday for 3 weeks to thyroid area. Than just 2-3 x week if your levels are ok. I am still experimenting with this as I would love to get off my med. 
4 drops Clove Bud 
3 drops Myrrh 
3 drops Thyme
 2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Frankincense 

7) Sinus/congestion/Headaches:
4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Eucalyptus,
2 drops Lavender
Fill bottle Fractionate coconut oil.  Roll on back of neck and shoulder areas. Forhead if you want to as well.
Roman Chamomile is also wonderful both as an herb for tea as well as added to your roll-on or directly applied with a carrier oil. For headaches I use the Peppermint and carrier oil directly on my neck and temples as well as inhale with steam.

8) Calming:
4 drops Roman Chamomile
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Blend of Sandalwood
Mix with Fractionate coconut oil.

9) Focus:
4 drops Vetiver
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Frankincense
Mix with Jojoba carrier oil.
Rocky Mountain Oils has this one already pre-blended. 

10) Tummy Upset:
3 drops Dill
3 drops Black Pepper
3 drops Mandarin
2 drops Fennel
2 drops Ginger root
1 drop Peppermint
Mix with Fractionate Coconut oil. Also comes in a blend with Rocky Mountain and kids roll-on. 

Rocky Mountain has rollers already mixed if you prefer. I love making my own as some oils I like more than others, plus it is a cost saver for me. By having individual oils, I have the freedom to make many different roll-ons.

*I do not make any claims that essential oils will work for your particular element. I suggest you always get advice from your physician over any medical issues you have. The information we provide is just that information. We hope by choosing essential oils you will find relief as our family has!

God’s blessings and enjoy trying these helpful, quick rollers.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

 

Cholorine bleach is doum hyprochlorite, a solution of cholorine and diluted soduum hydroxide. Hum…first when exposed to air, the cholorine evaporates as a gas from the bleah solutions at high rate, which is why there is such a strong smell with bleach. YUK. WHY do people want that in their homes? Those fumes can cause headhaches and dizziness to internal tissue damage of the nasal pulmonary,, and bronchial tissues if exposed is eiteh servere or prolonged. YUK YUUK! Here is an article for you to read if you want to. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_tech.htm

 

How safe is Hydrogen peroxide?

I recommend you read up on this It is important for your own knowledge!

http://www.h2o2.com/products-and-services/us-peroxide-technologies.aspx?pid=112&name=Hydrogen-Peroxide

Why add vinegar?

Vinegar is so easy to find and really it is used in most homemade DIY recipes so one usually always has it around the house. Vinegar has been proven to inactivate certain strains of the flu,(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987) including H1N1 as well as others.( http://www.aciscience.org/docs/alternative_hard_surface_cleaners.pdf)

From this article an executive at Heinz http://www.greenchicafe.com/vinegar-green-cleaning-101) ( pure 5% whie vinegar willkill approximately 99% of bacteria 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning.


Your very own DIY Bleach

Mix in an amber spray bottle

 

1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solutions)

½ tsp Tbsp citric acid

1 cup water

½ cup  apple cider vinegar “mother” on label

5 drops of Lemon essential oil (or any citrus blend)

Store in dark place as light will weaken the solutions. Lasts up to 2-3 months in dark bottle.

 

I also use this ¼ cup in my laundry in whites. You can test it on your colors if you like. I haven’t yet tried it really don’t need to with the DIY detergent I use.

Tips on cleaning your home click here!

In conclusion, STOP USING BLEACH YA’LL! It is unsafe, unhealthy, and really why!

Let me know what your thoughts are on the subject! I think we all need to hear so we learn from one another! Comment below.

God bless you as you continue to improve a healthier way of life.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
As I sit here typing I can see little cobwebs in the corners of my windows. YUK! It’s time to get to the spring cleaning! 

Oh if you’re a bleach user…click here for some helpful info!

Make a plan

 While this task can seem daunting, it helps me stay focused.
I make a plan to clean one room fully a day, maybe two if the room is small enough like the bathrooms.  Set the task for the day so it won’t seem overwhelming. Personally, I take one day to do it all putting everyone in charge of one room. 

Check List
spring-cleaning-checklist
I learned this from a friend who cleans homes for a living and love this concept.  It just reminds me what I need to do, plus I love CHECKING things off. It makes me feel like I completed something!
(The suggested cleaners on the second page really are no big deal plus the links don’t work. You can print off just the first page and have it with you while you clean.)

DIY all your cleaning supplies

Of course I am going to recommend this concept! Really folks, all you need is a good polish or dusting spray, floor and counters or sinks  use the same mixture. Windows too for that matter. The world’s market out there is selling you a TON of stuff you don’t need. Make a few of these up and you’re set!

If you don’t have time, I recommend checking out the all around cleaner here


Counters/shelves really everything spray:
12 oz Amber spray bottle
5 oz distilled water
5 oz white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
20 drops of favorite citrus essential oil or Immune Strength for winter season



Floor Cleaner:
simple a bucket of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 2-5 drops of  your favorite essential oil

Dusting spray wood and fans:
4 oz.Amber spray bottle
1/2 cup almond or olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops of lemon essential oil
Shake before using


Toilet and sinks:
Toilet Bubbles

Sinks:
Left over parmesan cheese shaker or wide mouth mason jar
1 cup of baking soda
20 drops of Immune Strength Essential oil

Window cleaner:
12 oz  stainless steel spray bottle
3/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup distilled water
10 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix after every spray

Dish soap:
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile soap
2 tsp vegetable glycerin
6 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
4 drops of eucalyptus or myrtle essential oil
Pour all ingredients into a GLASS mason jar or bottle. Fill the bottle with water, allowing enough room for the pump if that is what you are using. Shake well before use.

Put on the music and your diffuser! Clean out the vacuum regularly and even put your favorite essential oil on the pads in the vacuum. 
I use a citrus blend just to keep me joyful! My favorite, Spearmint, Orange, and Rosemary. A couple of drops in the vacuum and you will be dancing while you clean! I also diffuse this trio a lot! Amazing aroma in the home! So fresh!


As a result of using all DIY all natural cleaning supplies, your spring cleaning and using the check off list will be giving you and your family a wonderful place to live life! In addition to being a ROCKSTAR!




Remember…when you choose to click on the links on this blog you are helping us reach at risk kids and suffering families with our ministries. THANK YOU! You help us so we can help others!

God’s blessing as you clean the HOME HE provided.
Worship while you clean!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Thyme Out

 Why Make your own organic potting soil mix?

This is such an easy thing to do and really is much healthier for you. Plus, it will save you a bit more money than going out and buying a premade bag of potting soil. Making your own organic potting soil will feel great and your seedlings and plants will thank you! 


If you need some ideas for what to put your seedlings in you can go HERE

If your new to getting started with seedlings, HERE is a few of our ranch tips.

Things to know what a good potting mix will do:

  • * Will be firm enough to support the plant
  • * Contribute light enough to allow air and water to flow with minimal compaction

* Be free of weed seeds and potential pathogens




Coconut Coir: In may potting mix recipes they call for peat moss, but since there is many debates regarding mining from peat bogs, I decided to use the coir instead. Coconut coir is a by-product of the coconut-processing industry and is ground up coconut husk fibers. How cool is that? It is wonderful for retaining water. I got mine in a brick form so you have to soak it in water before it is ready to use. If you like peat moss in your recipe, substitute it 1:1.

 

Perlite: Perlite is a volcanic rock. It holds water and helps to aerate the soil and keep it from compacting. Some folks also use vermiculite or plain old course sand in place of Perlite in some potting soil recipes.

 

Compost: LOVE this stuff. First, it is the soil you made from all those left over scrapes! Ours are filled with tea herbs so how wonderful this will be to use in my potting mix! Just make sure the compost is “finished’ or it will burn your plants or introduce weed seeds into your pots. Use the finest part of the compost you can get. I had to sift a bit to get out some chunks.

 

DIY Potting Soil Recipe

(the affiliate links helps our ranch ministry)

 

A “part” can be anything you use for a measuring device. Like a cup, bucket, can, etc. All depends on how much you need to make.

 

If your coir is in a block you will need to add water to it. I used my hands and worked it until it was really moist.

Next, mix the coir and your compost. Add more water as it makes it easier to work with. I like it damp to easily work.

Add your Perlite, stir it well and BAM…your ready to fill those planters! Congrats you little homesteader you!

Let me know what you think! Send a picture or comment how your seedlings did using your own orgainc potting soil recipe!

God’s blessings as you plant HIS goodness, naturally!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

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Health, Living Naturally
NEW PRODUCT! I am so excited for these 3 new products and I hope you are too!

The first one is my the hand foam soap. I think you will love this!


It smells wonderful and of course has the essential oil, Immune Strength to fight off all that icky bacteria roaming in your home. I keep one on my kitchen counter sink as well as the bathrooms. We also have one down at the ranch right by the pump! 


This cleaner is a concentrate so you mix it with water in spray bottle to easily use on your counter tops or other cleaning surfaces. I also like to make it in a pail of water to wash floors and tubs. Super easy and wonderful smell! The citrus just makes the room so refreshing! It not only has the citrus essential oils but the Thyme, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary for the anti bacteria element is wonderful!

Try it!! I think you will love it too!

Lastly is …are you ready? TOOTHPASTE! I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am about this one! First, I have a hard time making my own. The other two products I can make easily with castle soap and essential oils, but this one, not so much. I do have a toothpaste with activated charcoal which is a wonderful ingredient to have in a toothpaste, but the texture is like mud and hard to use. I have to close my eyes and deal with it.



But now, RMO has a wonderful alternative that I am happy with! Great price, FREE shipping always for US…and really I like it when I don’t have to make it! LOVE LOVE!!!!

All these products will be available this Friday! So check in of course by clicking on the Rocky Mountain link in this blog helps us keep our ministry offering a free service for those in need!


Not only are these available at the end of this week, but I am GIVING AWAY ONE OF THE SOAPS, AND ONE OF THE HARD SURFACE CLEANERS. 
If you want to be part of the drawing, just sign up to be on my email list and I would be happy to put your name in the drawing. This give away ends on January 24th!


Enjoy! Each of the products help your home and family stay healthy without any harsh chemicals!


God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee


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Crafts, Living Naturally, Paper/Cards, Sewing
Making herbal tea is a daily thing for our family. We enjoy making herb teas using my love of blending many different herbs. But the best part is making it all special especially when I give it as a gift.

One thing I love to do is make individual tea bags full of my special blends, but it is hard to find a tea bag that will work so I decided to create my own. 

I decided to use coffee filters or Bulk Herb Store has some too. Sewing makes it fun as you can add colored thread to make it match a gift or a theme. Thinking about all this Viking stuff around here, purple thread tea bags would be fun!

Stamping is another added love so getting out stamps to go with the persons personality or if it’s a special occasion like a birthday.  I of course used our touch of simple ranch life  which became my platform to make the tea tags. I hope you will find it just as fun and your special touches will be a delight for the receiver.

Let me know what you think by making a comment below. I enjoy seeing the ideas as well as ways to improve my own ideas. 

SO…here ya go!


Now for the fun part! Stamping time! Grab some fun background paper and favorite stamps  stamp and cut out. Final step, tape to your dangling string. Done! I am sure it looks adorable. You can go into Amazon and search favorite stamps if you are not into western. 

Here are some I did. 
Think how wonderful it would be to get a get well card with a fun box full of tea bags with herbs that will help whatever their illness.

Very special and  a homemade touch!

OH I love it…enjoy making some and giving them as gifts! Again, let me know by making a comment.
God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Love these quick to use toilet bubbles! I won’t call them what the world is calling them…just don’t like the term, so bubbles is my word! I love these because it only takes a minute to drop them into your toilet and scrub and clean quickly! For this time of year with bugs flying around getting sick easily, well I need a quick and easy cleaner. Plus, it is all natural keeping our home free of unwanted chemicals!

Isn’t it nice to know you can have your children help do the chores around the home because you don’t have to worry about the harsh chemicals in the products they are using? I AM! Breathing in toxins like bleach can be extremely harmful especially over time. So get rid of the junk and make NEW, CLEAN, AND FREE of harmful ingredients!

Here ya go…easy to make, easy to use!

1/2 Cup citrus acid
1 1/2 cup baking soda
30 drops of Immune Strength essential oil
30 drops of Organic Lemon essential oil
You can add another favorite oil if you like, I love the citrus ones like Orange, Lime, or Tangerine.
1/4 cup Water, may need more
Silicone candy trays

1) Mix first 2 ingredients. I use a whisk for this.
2) Next add your essential oils. Mix well.
3) For the water you will want to add slowly just a little at time, and mix with your hands. You will add as much water as needed to make the mixture stick together.

You will feel like your childhood days of playing with wet sand. Once it holds together, you can put into your molds.


Once filled, let dry for about an hour than take a knife and scrape the top to get them smooth. 
Any left over from your bowl or this process put in your toilet and have a good clean!

Allow to dry for 24 hours before placing them in an air tight container. I use a mason jar of course!

I assure you by switching to using all natural home cleaning supplies will make you and your family healthier and free from harsh chemicals. Congrats on making that choice today!


Plop in your bubbles and see how wonderful your bowl will be!
God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
I came across this word at just the right time! Hygge…what in the world? But it fit! It fit the day. It fit my mood. It just plain fit!

And now, I am creating Hygge Day! I think I will even make a card and give to friends in need of a Hygge day. Do you need a Hygge day? 

Hygge is a Scandinavian word for coziness with feelings of wellness and contentment. Do you feel Hygge? Do you feel your well and content? If not, what can you do to get you there?



Here is a tip for the physical Hygge…get well. Get on the band wagon and get your gut healthy first and start making some choices that improve your day to day life. First, simplify. Next, REST more take time to enjoy the Lord and HIS goodness.

Lastly, make a plan to make wellness choices like a great Probiotic. (Click the Plexus link to learn more)
Get RID OF BOXED FOOD! Make homemade from scratch and of course…
get some exercise. 
 An emotional Hygge tip…


How about a spa bath with your favorite essential oils?
Oh, and some tea of course!


It says in Wikipedia that the Danish and Norwegian’s see this as another word for HUG and getting together with others. So there ya go. HUG and invite friends to Hygge with ya! 




Never the less, Hygge is a word reminder to have cozy time relaxing and enjoying life. Which really is the foundation of wellness. Less stress, focus on others, love more!
I JUST LOVE this word!

It’s fun to get creative

and have a HYGGE DAY!
Make a special meal…
invite a friend over for some hot tea and warm conversation…


Enjoy being creative and implementing a Hygge Lifestyle!

Try it!

It’s fun!

God’s blessings’ and Happy Hygge Day!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
                                                                    
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Treats

OOO La La! I love Elderberry and it is SOOOO awesome for you! Elderberry is our GO TO herb when we are coming down with something and especially if we already are in need of a boost.

 You can easily make this up and keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. We take 2 Tbsp of it a day when a bug is going around. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs, you name it, we start taking our Elderberry Syrup. (recipe below)

Once you have the base you can make up some fun drinks with it. Of course we put a tablespoon in our tea especially our Christmas blend, but I also have some other favorites below. I think you will find them enjoyable for the whole family!

We call them MOCKTAILS because we don’t put any liquor in our drinks. You can, but that is the reason for the name…MOCK…pretend cocktail. My dad use to call them fox tails, along with the Shirley Temple…ahhhh fun memories.

Anyway, here ya go…hope you like it. If you have a favorite way to use elderberries, post it! I love getting as much use out of this wonderful herb!


I like using some fun glasses when I serve these up. It just makes it look pretty and fun!




Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Elderberry syrup base (recipe below)
Fill remaining glass with Blood Orange Sparkling Juice
Top with an orange slice if you like


This next one is fun! I made up some of our favorite tea during the day, Christmas Tea Blend…which has Hibiscus and Raspberry herbs in it. Plus a whole lot of fun spices like clove, and cinnamon. So what a perfect drink. 
In a  mason jar glass:
put 1/2 cup of your tea cooled
3 Tbsp of Elderberry syrup
Fill glass with crushed ice
Put a lid on your jar and shake.
Take the flat part of the lid and pour into your fun glass about 1/2 full.
Fill glass with Club soda to give it the fizz. 
I added frozen raspberries on the top and serve.


Last one is just adding cream to your Mocktail! Use any recipe and just add a little heavy cream on the top. So pretty and fun for all ages and GOOD FOR YOU! For the most part!

*Elderberry Syrup

1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup raw honey
1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and tablespoon of ginger root
Place berries, spices, and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour mixture into strainer over an easy pour bowl. Smash berries to release remaining juice and get all that goodness into your bowl. Allow to cool and add your honey. Stir. Pour into a mason jar or pretty bottle that seals well. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.

*When you purchase items with the highlighted links or by clicking banners, all proceeds go to our ministry helping kids who are in need of healing and hope. Thank you!

Enjoy these wonderful drinks and celebrate with goodness and wellness!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Jarrin

I enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and recently I came upon some fun recipes. Six that I use all the time, plus I can package up and easily give as gifts. It is aways nice to give a gift of variety. Just makes it kinda special. Each one of these you can add more or less of any ingredient depending on your taste buds. 
Adding a bit of the herb on top of your whipping cream gives your mug a touch of love! 
I hope you find them fun to make! SOOO yummy!

The Base: 3…2…1

3 Cups confection sugar (powdered…I have to say that cause I get these mixed up sometimes…HA!)

2 Cups Powdered Milk

1 Cup Cacao Powder Organic

Sift sugar and cacao powder than add powdered milk

Place in sealed mason jar and Label 

 

Now that you have the base you can play with these fun recipes!

 

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This has been a popular one. You can get the KICK without the cayenne, but cayenne is good for you so why not!

1 cup of base hot cocoa

1 tsp of fresh cinnamon powder

1/2 grated Organic Nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

1/8 tsp sea salt

 

 

Lovely Lavender

1 cup of base

2 Tablespoons Lavender flowers Crushed in Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp sea salt

 

Red Rose

1 Cup of base

2 tbsp Rose Pedals, crushed with your Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Pumpkin Spice (of Course)

 

1 cup of base

1 tsp Organic cinnamon powder

½ tsp Organic clove Powder

Grated nutmeg…1 tsp

Mix

 

Sweet and Salty

1 cup base

½ cup crushed pretzels

Mix

 

With each of these I placed in a small jar and topped with some of the spice. Just for fun!

Each cup of hot chocolate I put 2 heaping teaspoons into my mug. You can surely add more of anything to your liking!

The best part is to add whipping cream really a MUST!!!!

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think or what variety you came up with! Love to hear what you created!
God’s blessings and keeping cozy warm,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Health, Ranch Life

 

These organic herbal bath bubbles(aka bombs) you will make are not only your own creation, but will offer you healing as well . These bubbles are filled with fresh organic herbs to heal your body while you soak, and the aroma of the essential oils will just enhance this time for you to relax and unwind.

There is nothing more relaxing than knowing your soaking in all natural ingredients! More rewarding, is making them and giving them as a gift! This makes it extra special!

(If you want a visual click link on bottom of page)

Each bubble is unique to your own ideas. Add herbs to give color but also think about what the herb is offering in terms of healing. There are recipes out there for these, but they put food coloring in the recipe. I just couldn’t! It would be taking away what I want to implement in my lifestyle.

The same goes for any recipe I come upon. I will change it if it has ingredients that will not benefit. YES, at times I will add the ingredient, but for the most part, I really try and find a natural way to make what I creating better.

 

I hope you will find the bubbles fun. Here is the basic ingredients and below are other herbs and oils that will be wonderful for your spa bath.

 

First…you need to make yourself a cup of tea. I made my Christmas Delight tea so you can use the tea for color to your bubble later. As the herbs were steeping I took a bit of the strained herbs into a small cup so I could add to my bubbles.

 

Dry Ingredients:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup Arrow Root Powder

1 Cup Citric Acid ( I used a pestle and mortar)

1 Cup Dead Sea Salt (optional I used in one batch and omitted in another this is the part that causes the fun bubbles but can get messy…careful)
**Omit salt if you are using these in a hot tub.

Mica for sparkle

Plastic clear Christmas balls ( I had one large one and one small for left over at end to make one colorful bubble)

Time To Make:

Mix together in a steel or glass bowl. It can be fussy when not mixed well. Use a whip as well to make sure to get all the clumps out. You want a nice smooth mixture. Feels like sand! 

Now pour into your dry ingredient bowl

  • 1 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil Melted

Mix with your hands.  
Now add your color using the herb of your choice. The Beet Root makes wonderful pinks and reds.

Next add the Mica color for the sparkle if you want that.

You will want to add just enough of the above about ½ cup of your base into a separate bowls if you want different colors and oils for each bubble. So the next 2 steps you continue using only a little of your base.

  • 4-6 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (I use only Blends as it adds so much aroma to the spa)
  • Herbs (suggestions below) for color 1/2 tsp or more for darker (start small and add to your liking)

 

 

Now…use your hands to mix. If it doesn’t bind in your hand than add just an eyedropper of water until it will clump.

Put your colored nice smelling mixture into one half of your ball bubble. Press firm filling it well.

If you want a different color for the other half, than get some of your base, about ½ cup and mix in your herb for color. You won’t need any more essential oil so you may need your dropper of water for this part especially since you added drier ingredient with your herb.

 

Continue to mix and clump and fill your other half. Both half balls should be chuck full of mixture and now put them together forming your bubble. Carefully pull one half off, flip into your palm, and take off the other half. Lay on tray and let dry for 10-20 minutes.

 Now you got beautiful bubbles to add to your bath or give as gifts!

 

Let dry on tray for 24 hours. Wrap in saran wrap and keep in cool place. If they fall apart just squish a little together back into ball. Mine did a little bit and cracked but went back in to patch up.

A perfect bubble ball filled with goodness and, gives you a wonderful spa experience.

 

 

Herbs for Color Choices: Bulk Herb Store

Turmeric (yellows)

Saffron (yellows) Expensive

Christmas Delight Tea (reds, pink)

Rose Petals, (grind for color keep whole for pretty top)

Lavender whole (add for smell, not color)

Beet Root Powder (reds, pinks)

Carrot Powder or juice (orange)

Matcha Powder  or Nettles Powder (green)

Blueberry Juice (purple)

Put the whole herbs in the bottom of your bubble when forming to give a pretty look.


Essential Oil Blends:

I used Fitness Blend full of wonderful oils. Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Cinnamon Bark, Celery Seed, Ginger Root AMAZING!

 

Aligning…GO TO oil ( like a chiropractor in a bottle)… Rosewood, Spruce, Frankincense, German/Roman Chamomile Mix WOW! My husband’s favorite!

 

Citrus Blend…Orange, Grapefruit, lemon, Lime AWESOME in my daily water intake! LOVE this oil!

 

Single Essential oils that you would enjoy in your bubbles:

Peppermint

Lavender

Chamomile

Myrrh

Tea Tree

Grapefruit

 

 

HAVE fun making your bubbles for you or for gifts! I hope you will make them with a child…so fun to teach them about healthy living and how each herb does something amazing for your body!

God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter

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Health, Living Naturally
A testimony from our daughter, Mackinzey

I love what I do.  I love serving my community.  I love justice.  I love trying to make a difference.  But in the process it can take a toll on my body.  I have to confess, when I came home this week because of an injury I was on daily doses of Aleve to relieve my wrist pain.  

But in this household at the ranch, that was the WRONG thing to say!  

My mom quickly told me to get rid of those harmful pain relievers and to try some oils and some tea blends

Being the good daughter I am, I did. I really don’t like filling my body with bad, harmful over the counter meds, so I didn’t hesitate. 

I didn’t have any pain all day. Second day…same…and so on. Just by rubbing the oils onto my wrist I had no pain and instant relief. 

On a beautiful day which is rare here in Minnesota in November, we went for a ride. On the ride a headache was coming on. As we put the horses away my mom made up some of her headache tea, and by the end of the cup it was gone. I tell you, it just amazes me how I think going to my medicine cabinet is faster and better, when in reality taking the time to make up some hot tea and grabbing essential oils is not only better for me, but really just as easy. 

The essential oils I used for pain relief are: German  Chamomile,  Sweet Marjoram, and
Juniper Berry.  Other blends that help are Relieve Me and Pain Ease, both of which also help with headaches.  I put them in a roll on bottle with my favorite carrier oil coconut.
I put about 2-3 drops of each oil and topped the bottle off with the carrier oil. Shake and apply as often as you want.

I can’t wait to try their new Complete Relief for tension and muscles for my long days or workouts on the job!

To fight cold and congestion put in your roll-on
Peppermint

Eucalyptus 
Favorite carrier oil 
Put on your throat, neck, and behind ears. I also will make a steam tent by putting peppermint in glass bowl of boiling water only a drop at a time, place a towel over my head and bowl and breath in.
THIS IS AMAZING at releasing pressure in my sinuses! 

Hope you will try these oils verse the over the counter drugs. So much better for you and they WORK!

Stay safe, take the back, and God Speed…(police talk)
Mackinzey
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