It was Kadence's idea. He was encouraged to create a recycled creature for art class. In about two minutes, me made a cat out of an empty milk carton, a paper towel roll and he used a sharpie to color on the eyes and the nose. To say he was un-invested is fair. He had other ideas. He wanted to use the soft felt squares to make something cuddly. So, we created a pattern on the fabric, cut it out and went through the sewing kit my mom gave me. It has a few odds and ends from my grandma and it's our family belief that those we've loved and lost somehow enchant our items from afar so they'll bring us luck. My grandpa's hoe helped me bring green plants to the earth when we lived in Freeville, a small town in Upstate New York.
Now, it was Grandma Great's turn. We used her buttons for eyes and a nose and sewed with her thread. In a few hours, we took turns stitching sometimes neatly, sometimes in haste and bunches and loose threads and extra knots. Who cares about perfection, this was going to be a caring Koala.
Our cupboards contained a very overpriced mix of wild rice (planned already for a dinner this week) so a phone call and a couple of hours later, Patty arrived with the good old fashioned $1.00 bag of rice. We filled up our buddy and Petey placed drops of his favorite essential oils in the top (lavender, copaiba, wild orange, lemon and lime). I would recommend that you use only a tiny bit of citrus in yours or stick to lavender, serenity or other soothing oils like Balance as citrus oils can be strong for snuggling with bare skin at night. We stitched up the top of his sweet little head and patched up the hole we discovered in his little koala arm pit.
The oils quickly penetrated and filled our new little snuggly with goodness. The uplifting and cleansing smells of pure citrus mixed with the calming and soothing smells of lavender and copaiba. Petey couldn't be happier.
At bedtime, we snuggled up and Petey led me in a meditation. If you missed the story, check out the article by clicking on the link above.
Simple projects are enhanced by the oils that smell great, impact our olfactory nerve and immediately allow for stress relief as the limbic system kicks into action. Petey even researched the medicinal benefits of his oils.
I fell asleep overwhelmed by the gift of being a mother to a caring little boy and the realization that these oils have healed us enough to make an impact on his strategies for dealing with stress. You can easily make your own little buddy with minimal supplies and our amazing oils.
As we were preparing the diffuser last night, Petey got inspired. He loves this practice in our home. He said, "Mama, I want to mix something up with the oils!" Petey's Summer Comfort blend smells sooo good, like a summer breeze. The citrus is fresh and cleans the air, the copaiba is comforting and anti-inflammatory, soothing to the nervous system. Lavender is a classic, grounding and soft scent.
One of the coolest parts, Petey immediately started researching the medical benefits of the oils and wanted to know how they work together. He said, "I know it smells good, but, I also want to know how it helps people." That just the ticket. That's the gold. Unlike candles or perfumes or air fresheners with chemicals that put toxins in the air, these oils make the house smell amazing AND they have health benefits.
At 9 years old, he has already experienced enough of these benefits to know this.
Some people can't believe the benefits of essential oils and others understand that aside from being free from addictions and super helpful, they also have side BENEFITs. These babies are powerful and multipurpose.
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At bedtime, the first thing we do in our house is prepare the bath and the diffuser. Sleep routines are so important to the health of our families. Right now, it's really hard to wind down our brains... so having a plan at bedtime when you might be frazzled is a good thing.
We used to say, "It's time for the four Bs: Bath, Brush Your Teeth, Books and Bed." We have far better results now that we have essential oils on hand in our house.
We didn't throw out the routines, we enhanced it. What goes in the bath? I make a huge batch of Epsom salts mixed with fractionated coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils. It makes the water so soft and fragrant. If you have sore muscles, lemongrass, eucalyptus and copaiba will help you breathe, cleanse and relieve the pain. For sleep, add some serenity. Your skin won't even need lotion afterward.
As the bath runs, we fill the diffuser and dim the lights in the boy's rooms. In the diffuser.. PK has allergies and I have found that using lemon, lavender and peppermint at night has helped him avoid the Ceterizine and Benadryl plus the two different inhalers he usually needs. Petey loves any combination of lavender, serenity, frankincense, vetiver, Onguard and Breathe or eucalyptus.
We roll serenity, balance or vetiver on the feet or up and down our spines after the bath to ground us and help us relax. Rollers are easy to make by combining fractionated coconut oil or another choice oil with your favorite oils.
I've been using Serenity gel caps and an Adaptiv gel caps to support restful sleep for myself and PK and Patty like Copaiba to help them doze off.
There are so many good options that are natural and addiction free- all effective in helping to support rest- if you're struggling, let me know and we can customize a plan for you!
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The basic messages of these oils are as pictured below. Spearmint encourages you to find space for your creative expression and to share your truths with honesty.
Eucalyptus is a breath of fresh air. Take a walk, take a break. It's time to nourish you in the midst of all of your duties.
Lemon is a message to organize, declutter and finish what you started so that you can move on and move into your best life.
IF you aren't into the energetic meanings of the oils, maybe you're interested in how you use them in your home.
Lemon and Eucalyptus can be used to cleanse and purify the air, while eucalyptus is great for opening the airways. I have made some amazing sore muscle bath soaks that open the sinuses and soothe at the same time with eucalyptus. Lemon is uplifting in the air and helps with seasonal allergies and cleaning solutions. It can be added to white vinegar and distilled water for a cleaning spray for your counters or glass.
A drop of lemon in your water will aide filtration systems, taste great and help you increase your hydration. Lemon at the end of a scampi or tossed with steamed veggies will brighten and lighten your meal!
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Being cooped up in the house, bored and stressed, it is very fitting to want to wear a mask to protect ourselves from over-indulging as much as the germs that abound. I love a great work out to get the muscles working and blood flowing, but if we don't refuel, we often end up hangry and reach for quick, processed or less than ideal foods. A shake after a workout is usually the best way to remedy the situation- that, and a lot of water!
Today, I experimented with my recipe. I typically use a drop of peppermint to make mint chocolate chip or something like that, but I have been LOVING my Slim & Sassy Oil diffused, during meditation and in my water to help me curb my emotional eating. Slim & Sassy contains grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon. It acts as an appetite suppressant when taken internally or diffused. It fights cellulite, obesity, overeating and aides in weight loss.
Blended with my almond milk (or another milk of choice), hemp hearts, almond butter, cinnamon ('cuz why not.. it's yummy and so anti-inflammatory), cocao nibs, half a frozen nana, and vanilla protein powder, a drop of Slim & Sassy will flavor up your shake to taste a lot like a frozen Chai. YUM. Plus, it will fill you up and refuel your body. For ordering information, click on the image above or email me through contact and I'll help you get products at whole sale cost.
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As a woman navigating two chronic pain conditions and the mother of two boys (one with asthma and allergies) I have been incorporating healing practices and natural solutions into our lives for a long time. When we discovered the impact of reducing our toxic load through essential oils, the benefits of 100%pure, therapeutic grade oils and the beauty of no side effect remedies, DoTerra oils became a lifestyle for us. To get the most from our oils, we make cleaners, body washes, treatments for ailments, energetic and emotional rollers and just about anything you can imagine. We are here to help you navigate the overwhelming options and start taking your natural healing path one step at a time. Love, LeeAnn