Sunday, June 30, 2013

Jeddy's Blend, a safe alternative for ADD/ADHD & Anxiety

It's here!


Are you tired of having to give your child or yourself prescription meds for ADD/ADHD or Anxiety?

Well, here's some good news!

Spark Naturals has released it's latest product, Jeddy's Blend. 




Direct from the Spark website comes this product description:
Jeddy’s Blend is Spark Naturals natural alternative for ADD, ADHD and Anxiety.
When Spark Naturals searched for a blend to help with ADD, ADHD and Anxiety, we reached out to people who either had issues themselves or had kids who were struggling. As we sifted through hundreds of testimonials and formulations we found Jeddy’s Blend, a mother’s creation for her own son, Jeddy. Created out of love, using the only the purest of essential oils, Jeddy’s Blend has helped thousands of kids and adults cope with their daily challenges. The positive user experiences and testimonials convinced us that Jeddy’s Blend is indeed the gold standard of natural alternatives for ADHD, ADD and Anxiety.
Jeddy’s Blend contains: Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, Vetiver, Patchouli & Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Application: Topical & Aromatic
Apply liberally to the bottom of feet, including pads of toes. Massage a few drops on the back of the neck and on wrists first thing in the morning and as needed throughout the day.
Diffuse 3 drops of Jeddy’s Blend in your Diffuser throughout the day so your entire household can benefit from it.

5 ml bottle - $25.20
15ml bottle - $58.50


Be sure and use coupon code PATTI for an additional 10% off at checkout.

patti

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Three Restful and Sleepy Time Blends

We've all had those times....night or day.



Sometimes we need a little help just chillin'.


Sometimes we need a mild blend to help us be a little more restful, whether it's at night or when life is getting stressful. 

Sometimes we need a  strong blend to help with insomnia.

Sometimes we need an even stronger blend to help with severe insomnia.


Here are three blends designed to fit your level of "unrestfulness"




Restful Blend

for those that need just a little help to relax, you can use this in a roller bottle to apply topically at bedtime or blend in a small bottle and have handy for a diffuser blend. Use 5-10 drops in a diffuser to calm the atmosphere in your home or workplace.


Mild Sleep/Restful Blend



Sleepy Time Blend 

for those who have trouble getting your mind to stop so your body can relax and fall to sleep. This blend works great for most people who have trouble sleeping. Mix these oils in a small roller bottle and apply to bottoms of feet, wrists, temples, back of neck, etc at bedtime. This blend will fill a 1/6 oz/5ml roller bottle with very little room for carrier oil. I don't add any carrier oil to this blend. If you don't need it this strong, you can use a larger 1/3 oz/10 ml bottle and top with carrier oil.


Sleepy Time Blend


Nelda's Blend 

for those really tough cases. This blend will fill up a 1/3 oz/ 10ml roller bottle with very little room for carrier oil. I don't add any carrier oil to this blend either. Apply to bottoms of feet, wrists, temples, back of neck, etc. at bedtime.


Nelda's Blend

 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for THOU, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. 
Psalm 4:8


patti

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Spark Naturals 100% Pure PharmaGrade Essential Oils


Spark Naturals


A brand new company has made an appearance in the world of Essential Oils, they are 







Some of my favorite things about Spark Naturals:

They are very affordable
They come with cute little stickers already on the tops of the bottles
They are top quality, 100% pure PharmaGrade
They smell wonderful
They are safe to take internally
Some of the kits come in cute little tins with precision cut foam inside
The company is very generous with giveaways. I especially like that about them.

They also have a wonderful option called the Oil of the Month Club.
For $15.99 a month, you receive a 15ml bottle of  Essential Oil monthly. There is a list of 12 oils for the 12 month duration. June's was Geranium, July's will be Basil. You can't beat $15.99 for a 15ml bottle of quality Essential Oil.




So, if you're wanting to start on your journey with Essential Oils, but you just can't seem to swing the deal for the more pricey oils, you might go browse around over at Spark Naturals.

If you have no idea what Essential Oils even are, read about them at a previous blog:

Essential Oils 101


The uses of Essential Oils are countless, they can be used three different ways:

Aromatically-diffusing is one of the most popular ways to use essential oils, you can kill pathogens and germs in the air, kill odors and just make a more peaceful environment for yourr office or home. Many hospitals and schools are using Essential Oils to keep peolple healthier and happier. Air fresheners are also a way to use Essential Oils aromatically while keeping your home clean and toxin free.

Topically-Essential Oils are a valuable part of massage therapy, they are also used in blends to help with sleep, ADD/ADHD, pain, digestive problems, etc.

Internally-most Quality Essential Oils such as Spark Naturals are perfectly safe to take internally, the bottle will say dietary. Some oils are powerful antibiotics, others are strong antihistamines. Essential Oils are rapidly replacing many OTC and prescription medicines that have side effects*. Oils can be taken in a capsule, in water, by dropper in the mouth, in food, etc. Many oils are used in cooking.

Essential Oils are also used in countless household and personal products, such as laundry detergents, fabric softeners, air fresheners, bathroom cleaners, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, and more. Recipes abound for just about anything you would desire to make.

If you're looking for a toxin free environment in your home, 100% Pure Essential Oils are a MUST!

*IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, HAVE A SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION,  OR ON BLOOD THINNER MEDICATIONS, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN OR DO RESEARCH BEFORE USING SOME OILS, SOME COUNTERACT WITH CERTAIN MEDICATIONS. THIS IS RARE, BUT STILL PRECAUTIONS MAY BE NEEDED.


Use coupon code PATTI at checkout for an additional 10% off. 
What a deal!

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. Proverbs 27:9

patti

Monday, June 24, 2013

Three Incredibly Simple Make It Yourself Recipes for Personal Products Using Essential Oils

There are countless, actually...innumerable things we can make with common ingredients most of us already have and a few drops of Essential Oils. I've made everything from grated homemade laundry detergent to bug spray, but today I want to share three very simple things that I use on a daily basis. These aren't the only things I use daily, but they are incredibly easy to make and use very little Essential Oil. They are a great way to start your journey into making your own products using EOs.

Body Spray~Mouthwash~Hand Sanitizer

I know that building up a supply of quality Essential Oils doesn't happen overnight or even in a few weeks for most of us. These three items use very few oils, Shield is the main one in two of these and the body spray is your own creation, so you can just use what you have on hand. It's exciting to make your own stuff and this is a good start for beginners. It would be difficult to mess these up.

(I can hear some of you saying, "Patti, you just don't know me) Well, I know me and I'm the queen of disaster and mess ups, so if I can do it, anyone can!



Body Spray 


In a glass bottle with a sprayer top(I use a 2 oz for this), fill with Witch Hazel and add 8-10 drops of your favorite Spark Essential Oils, any combination you like. I use 8 drops for a 2 oz bottle, adjust for the size container you use. This is actually not rocket science...just make it yours! 

I have a previous in depth blog article on the Make it in Five Minutes Body Spray. For ideas on some combination of oils to use for this, check out the blog here:

  Make it in Five Minutes Body Spray



That's it!






Mouthwash


In a glass bottle(I use a 4 oz), mix half and half hydrogen peroxide and water and add 10 drops of Shield Protective Essential Oil Blend. You could also add some Melaleuca or even some Oregano if you can handle it(talk about burning those bacteria out...whoo!) If you don't like to use the peroxide, just use water, it works fine too. I just like the extra teeth whitening boost you get from the peroxide.


That's it!




Hand Sanitizer


In a suitable container, mix half and half Witch Hazel of your choice and Aloe Vera Gel. Add 5-10 drops of Shield Protective Essential Oil Blend. Some people use only Aloe Vera Gel, but I love the mixture of the two.

I use a Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer bottle and keep it attached to my purse handle for quick use. This is likely one of the most important things you can do if you're out in public AT ALL.  Just think about all the germs you touch when you touch a grocery cart, an elevator button, a toilet flush handle...ewwww. 

That's it!


If you don't own any Quality Essential Oils, check them out over at Spark Naturals. Use the coupon code PATTI at the checkout for an additional 10% off your order.


patti




Friday, June 21, 2013

BRAND NEW! L.L.P. Allergy Blend from Spark Naturals!




There are 35 million-plus people in the United States who suffer from seasonal allergies. Sneezing, congestion, runny nose and itchiness are common symptoms of allergic rhinitis(commonly referred to as "hay fever."

Those of us familiar with Essential Oils know that the combination of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils works wonders in the battle against seasonal allergies. 

This combination will not only help with seasonal allergies, but also food allergies and food sensitivities. 

This combination creates a powerful antihistamine to combat the reaction the body has to certain elements, whether they be seasonal, food or anything else your body sees as an enemy.

You can read a thorough article concerning this at Camp Wander.

Allergies, Inflammation & the Power of Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint Essential Oils



Three drops each of 100% pure Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils in a 00 capsule three times a day is the recommended protocol.

HOWEVER.....I HAVE GREAT NEWS!


SPARK NATURALS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THEIR NEWEST BLEND......



for an additional 10% off: coupon code PATTI


That's right, no more messy mixing from three different bottles......now you can get all three of these oils in one allergy fighting blend! Available in 5   & 15 ml bottles.

How cool is that?

With the first 250 orders filled, a disposable dropper and 10 "00" gelatin capsules will be included in the order.

patti

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Homemade Larabars/Paleo Fruit & Nut Bars

I am very much a novice where Paleo is concerned, so I'm just trusting someone else's word here on this recipe. I heard about a similar recipe from a cousin whose daughter and son in law are experts in the field, so I decided to see what I could find online so I would have a recipe to work from. What I found was this site with  three different recipes and I used her recipes as my base.

Everyday Paleo Fruit & Nut Bar



Here are my recipes, I made two batches with very little variations.



RECIPE #1

1 cup roasted almonds with sea salt

( I added no extra sea salt since the almonds were already salted, if yours are plain, add 1/4 tsp sea salt)

1/2 cup pecans

 12 unsweetened dates

 1 cup dried, unsweetened apricots

 5 drops Cinnamon Bark 100 % Pure Essential Oil

In food processor, pulse almonds and pecans until partially fine, there will still be some good sized chunks, which is good.

 

Transfer ground nuts to mixing bowl and then pulse the dates and apricots in processor until it's a sticky mess, add the essential oil and pulse again to mix.

 

Add this sticky mess to the ground nuts and mix and shape into a ball. I dampened my hands to mix, it is very sticky. 

Place ball of mixture in greased pan of some sort, size depends on how thick or thin you want the bars. I sprayed my glass baking dish with a mixture of olive oil and water(homemade non-stick spray).

 

Press with your damp hands into the dish, you can grease a small glass if you'd rather roll the mixture, I had better results just pressing with my hands.

 

Cut in pieces, remove with a spatula and place in container, seal and keep in refrigerator for best results.



RECIPE #2

1 cup roasted almonds with sea salt 

( I added no extra sea salt since the almonds were already salted, if yours are plain, add 1/4 tsp sea salt)

1/2 cup walnuts

 1/2 cup chopped pecans

 12 unsweetened dates

 1 cup dried, unsweetened apricots

 5 drops Cinnamon Bark 100 % Pure Essential Oil

 2 drops Clove 100% Pure Essential Oil

 

The process is the same with one variation. My pecans were already pieces so I just added them to the mixture, in order to have more chunks in the bars. If using pecan halves, chop them coarse.


These bars are sticky, at least mine are, but still very good and very healthy feeling. This was my first attempt with them and overall I am satisfied with the results.  Coconut is not a good thing for me, but I can see where some organic, unsweetened coconut would be a wonderful addition to these. If you're not trying to avoid sugars, you could add regular coconut.

I was just told that you can also just dump all the ingredients in the food processor together and grind and mix at the same time. I've not tried it, but I know the person who did and she said it worked fine. I'll try it that way next time.


patti



Monday, June 17, 2013

Patti's Place Summer Vacation Giveaway!

AND THE WINNER IS....

DRUMROLL PLEASE.....

CONGRATULATIONS TO.....

PATIENCE, I'M GETTIN' THERE, I PROMISE....

REYDINE ECCLES!

SUMMER VACATION GIVEAWAY!

Sorry....I'm not giving away a summer vacation, but I got your attention, didn't I?

Spark Naturals is providing an Essential 4 PACK for this giveaway. 



The four oils in this kit are:

Lavender
Lemon
Peppermint
Melaleuca

This kit retails for $19.99




We appreciate the generosity of Spark Naturals. Please visit them at their website to find affordable quality essential oils. They have flat rate shipping of $6.49 and  their kits come in unique tins with precision cut foam to hold the bottles in place.

Use Coupon Code PATTI at checkout for an additional 10% off your order.


HOW TO ENTER:
  1. Leave a comment HERE naming your favorite thing about summer vacation.
  2. Go to Patti's Place on Facebook, like and share the Giveaway post.
  3. Email me at pattipagewhite@gmail.com and leave your contact information if case you are the winner.


That's all there is to it. 



IMPORTANT!
The winner will be chosen from the comments left HERE, not on the Facebook page.

Contest ends at midnight CST, Sunday June 23rd.

Just in case you have no idea what you would do with this Essential 4 Pack, here's a good idea list.



If you're unable to read from this chart, you can view the original at 
One Good Thing By Jillee


patti

Marvelous Mint and a Little Gone With The Wind

Have you ever wondered how the women of the old South survived the heat of summer dressed in all those petticoats and ruffles?

I figure it had something to do with all those mint juleps they consumed.

Being raised in a home where I never saw alcohol of any kind, I wouldn't know a mint julep if I met one face to face. However, just the mention of one conjures up visions of Scarlett O'Hara and a crowd of admirers.





.....and of course...


Now...unswoon yourselves and let's try to remember what I'm supposed to be blogging about here.

Oh, yeah....Rhett.....I mean.....MINT


Friday, June 14, 2013

The Many Uses and Benefits of Bentonite Clay

Chance are you've never heard of Bentonite Clay, I hadn't until a few months ago, but after reading about it, I promptly ordered a couple of jars. I just received my second order and plan to make it a staple in my household.


WHAT IS BENTONITE CLAY?



This Very Good Explanation of What Bentonite Clay is comes from  Quinn Smith

What is bentonite clay?

Bentonite is an impure clay that usually forms from the weathering of volcanic ash and in the presence of water. There are several types of bentonite, each named after the respective dominant element, like potassium, sodium, calcium, and aluminum.

Clays like bentonite have long been used to help rid the body of toxins and to provide it with nutrients. Sometimes animals turn to eating dirt and clay to help remove poisons from their systems or in times of illness or distress.

Bentonite can be used externally as a poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. Good quality bentonite should be a grey or cream color and anything that appears to be “pure white” is suspect. It is often times packaged and distributed in powder form and should have a very fine, velvet-like feel. It is odorless and non-staining.

Bentonite clay is made of aged volcanic ash and is quite unique due to its ability to produce an electrical charge when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities and chemicals.

How to use it

When it becomes mixed with water, bentonite clay rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge, allowing toxins to be drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound inside of it. The clay then releases its minerals for the body to use.

Bentonite also helps oxygenate the cells, as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead. NEVER let bentonite come in to contact with anything metal, as this will reduce the effectiveness. You can mix it with water, apple cider vinegar, or extra virgin olive oil in a glass or plastic vessel and use plastic utensils to thoroughly mix.

There are many uses for bentonite:

  1. A paste of bentonite clay and water can be used on the skin for any irritation like blemishes, insect bites, cuts, skin itching or burns. Leave it on until it dries and then wash it off. This can be especially calming to skin suffering from eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, etc.
  2. For more severe issues (like burns), you can create a poultice by putting a thick layer of clay on the skin and applying a wet gauze or cloth over it, then wrap the area and leave the poultice on, changing every 2 hours.
  3. For smooth and healthy skin, make a paste of bentonite and water and apply to your face as a mask. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off. This can be done once or twice a week.
  4. Adding a ¼ cup of bentonite to a bath can serve as a very relaxing and detoxifying bath that soothes and softens the skin.
  5. Bentonite can be used to clarify AND condition the hair (in one step!), by effectively removing product build-up without stripping the hair like shampoo, leaving your hair conditioned and moisturized throughout

Why do we need to detox?


NaturalNews has this to say:

Every cell in our body excretes waste material, which becomes toxic and poisonous to our bodies if it is allowed to build up faster than it can be eliminated or filtered out of the body. The most common symptoms of toxic buildup within the body are mental dullness, aching-stiff joints, gas and bloat, high acidity, digestive problems with the stomach and colon, acid reflux and fatigue. Therefore, it is imperative to naturally detox to rid yourself of the deleterious effects of impurities and toxins. There is a lot of popular sharing of results of clay users suggesting that Calcium Bentonite Clay therapy may be an ideal detoxification treatment because it is safe and effective. Clay has many healing abilities due to its alkaline pH and high negative ionic charge, and it works on the entire organism. Take control of your body by detoxing to help regain and achieve the pinnacle of your health!

Kathryn Alexander, one of the leading experts in detoxification and dietary healing, succinctly states on her Web site:

"The legacy of 50 years exposure to persistent man-made chemicals combined with the denigration of the food chain has increased our susceptibility to chronic degenerative disease and cancer. Reversal can only come about by resolving these primary causes of disease. By releasing the toxic burden of the body and restoring its nutritional status, we can change our internal environment and achieve good health" (Get a Life).

Resolving the primary causes of disease is facilitated by proper nutrition, exercise, and detoxing. Drinking plenty of water and simple sweating helps to flush your system of toxins, but clay therapy, which has been used for thousands of years by indigenous people around the world, has passed the test of time to be a superior natural detoxification method.

Clay is basically inert super charged minerals, and it gets its negative electromagnetic energy charge from the thermo dynamic heat and volcanic action that created it. When activated by water the clay awakens with a strength that radiates throughout the body, stimulating energy for the rebuilding and revitalization of latent cells, and starts a healing process. The body needs this energy to restore harmonic balance essential to healthy maintenance. In addition, this super power has the ability to absorb harmful, toxic substances from within the body, tightly bind them within the molecule, and carry them out of the body.

Learn more:
http://www.naturalnews.com/025854_clay_body_detox.html#ixzz2WCfbrpBF




Stephanie at Keeper of the Home has a wonderful blog about Redmond Bentonity Clay. I urge you to take the time to read it, she has lots of information on how to use it in your home daily.
You can read it here:

Clay As A Natural Home Remedy(Yes, Really)




My favorite detox bath recipe comes from Jillee at 

One Good Thing By Jillee

(photo by Jillee)

THE ULTIMATE DETOX BATH:

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt (or Sea Salt) - draws out toxins from your body while relieving aches and pains
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar - soothes and soften dry, itchy skin while balancing the bodies and neutralizing the bodies pH.
  • 1/2 cup Bentonite Clay  - stimulates the lymphatic system to deeply cleanse the body’s largest breathing organ, the skin.
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite Essential Oil - lavender, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang and blue tansy are all known for their detoxifying properties.
Run your bath water as hot as you like. Add your “ingredients” and agitate to dissolve. Soak for 20-40 minutes. Drink a full glass of water when you’re finished.

ALWAYS DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AFTER ANY DETOX TO FLUSH THE TOXINS OUT OF YOUR BODY.




You can find Redmond Bentonite Clay and other great natural clay products at  Redmondclay.com  I got my first clay from Redmond and they also sent me some free stuff, natural toothpaste and all natural sea salt.

However, the best price I've found is from Swanson Vitamins 

patti

Thursday, June 13, 2013


UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!

HOMEMADE ESSENTIAL OIL DEODORANT UPDATE!


In my original deodorant blog, I used Hawaiian Sandalwood in my recipe, but I've decided that it doesn't work for me.

In my original homemade deodorant, I had used White Fir because I didn't have Sandalwood. I didn't actually have Sandalwood for the second batch, so I used Hawaiian Sandalwood. Since posting the blog, I've decided I don't like the Hawaiian Sandalwood as much as the White Fir in my deodorant. Sandalwood is recommended for deodorant, but obviously, the two Sandalwoods don't have the same properties, because I ended up smelling like bleach..ewww. So, I've updated my deodorant back to my original recipe and added 30 drops of White Fir. If you have Sandalwood, you might give it a try and see if it works for you. 

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Here's the original blog with all the information, just adjust the recipe if you're not satisfied.

Since I'm almost to the bottom of the bottle, I decided it was time to tell you about my favorite homemade deodorant. Once again, I have to thank Rebecca over at Camp Wander for her original recipe. She's the blogger queen! Seriously....if you look closely, you might see the tiara on her head!


I know that some don't care for the large 1 oz roller bottles, but I love mine. I've had a problem with some of the roller balls falling out of my smaller bottles, but I'm sure that could happen with any size.  What I do is give mine a gentle shake and keep the bottle as upright as possible, because it comes out a bit too generously at times. There are three sizes of roller bottles, if you're confused about these, here's a handy dandy reference picture from Aroma Tools.



Meanwhile, back to the recipe....

For my large 1 oz roller bottle I use:

30 drops Frankincense
30 drops Melaleuca
30 drops Lavender
30 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood/Sandalwood or White Fir
Top off the bottle with FCO or Witch Hazel or a combination of both, which is what I do, I use about three parts WH to one part FCO, but that's just the way I like it.

I have three different brands and scents of Witch Hazel here....



Thayers Rose Scented, Humphries Lilac Scented and The Homestead Company with Lavender and Roman Chamomile



I have to say that the Thayer brand rose scented is by far the best smelling of the bunch. It actually smells like roses. All three of mine are alcohol free and I'm using the rose scented this time. If you have the kind WITH alcohol, it won't hurt to use it(unless you've just shaved, then it actually does hurt for a few seconds.) Truthfully, if you have a problem with body odor, you might think about using the alcohol based. The reason for this is that the alcohol kills the bacteria that cause body odor so you get a little extra punch there. I know this because several years ago in my pre-EO life, I searched and searched for a remedy for my husband's "BO in the work shirts" problem. I ran across a very simple yet very effective alternative to deodorant, simply cotton balls soaked in alcohol. It worked wonders.


My finished product....



Read Jill Samter's article How I Say NO to B.O. Naturally. It's a great testimonial to the effectiveness of Essential Oils. I added the Sandalwood after reading her article.

I almost forgot the most important part about this deodorant. We all know that breast cancer is raging in our society. Most commercial deodorants contain cancer causing ingredients which are very, very bad. We as women don't need to be smearing these thing all over our glands under there! Frankincense is an anti-cancer agent, which is what we need to be smearing all over those glands under there!


Not to mention that it smells divine!


I strongly urge you to invest in these oils if you don't have them and do this for yourself. There are substitutes you can use, you can use Lemon instead of Melaleuca, put another scent in there you like, etc. but DON'T leave out the Frankincense. To me, it's the most important one in the mix.

patti

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It's Summertime! Time for Fun and Time for Pests!


Oh yeah....Summertime is finally here and right along with it, as expected, all those pesky little critters that try their best to spoil the fun.



Let's see....there's

  • mosquitoes
  • chiggers(we call them redbugs)
  • ants
  • gnats
  • wasps, bees & yellowjackets(to name a few)
  • ticks
  • spiders

Whatever can we do to protect ourselves not only from the discomfort but the dangers of diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease that they sometime carry? These are some bad boy diseases that are a very real danger.  It's important to be aware of the risks and to learn how to avoid them. It's also important to know how to take care of bites and stings if and when they do occur.




Some situations put you at greater risk of being stung or nearly eaten alive(trust me, in Texas, it can happen.)


  • Spending more time outdoors
  • Living in a warmer climate
  • Not keeping your pets protected from ticks and fleas
  • Not wearing proper protection
  • Collecting insects as a hobby *shudder*
  • Not cleaning up places that make good nesting and breeding sites, such as standing water



We should all know by now that Deet is not a good thing! You can read more about it in the doTERRA blog excerpt further down in this blog.

doTERRA has a wonderful chemical free repellent blend called TerraShield. There are many great blog articles already out there about this blend, so I'm going to post links to their sites so you can read for yourself what they have to say.




Watch the video from Dr. Hill on how to use TerraShield

Dr. Hill talks about how to use Terrashield

This information is straight from the doTerra Blog. If you want to view the entire article, it's here

How to choose a safe, effective bug repellent:
Most bug repellents found on the market contain a chemical known as DEET, which has known toxic effects, including seizures and death. The safer choice is to go with an all-natural formula that contains plant-based ingredients that are highly effective and nontoxic.
Studies have shown that essential oils, such as eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass are highly effective nontoxic alternatives to DEET. dōTERRA’s TerraShield Repellent Blend is a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oilsincluding lemon eucalyptus, citronella, lemongrass, and 12 other carefully balanced oils blended in a base of 100% pure fractionated coconut oil. This blend can be used safely by the entire family, and reapplied every 4-6 hours for maximum protection.

How to Use TerraShield Repellent Blend:Apply several drops all-natural super-concentrated TerraShield to exposed skin and openings in clothing before outdoor activity. Reapply every 4-6 hours or as needed.


Our Favorite Tips from our Facebook Fans:1. Spray the oil (a few drops mixed with water) on windowsills to prevent bugs from getting into the house. (Submitted by Rosa O.)
2. If someone (who isn’t using TerraShield) gets stung by a bee or wasp, apply TerraShield to the bite to reduce the swelling and redness. (Submitted by Deena S.)
3. Add TerraShield to a homemade all-natural lotion base and apply to skin. (Submitted by Melit C.)
4. Spritz it in the basement to repel the spiders. (Submitted by Shauna M.)
5. Put a few drops in the water you use for plants and flowers to eliminate bugs and flies. (Submitted by Alicia G.)
6. Use a drop on each ankle and wrist. (Submitted by Karalie V.)
7. Use it in the kitchen to repel ants. Add 25 drops to a spray bottle with a drop of dish detergent, then spray on surface. (Submitted by Brenda L.)
8. Spray around vegetables/fruit that attract fruit flies on the kitchen counter. (Submitted by Stephanie F.)
9. Mix with fractionated coconut oil and put around neck, ears, and wrists. (Submitted by Jennifer B.)
10. I have used it on my family when we are outside and I also use it on my horses. It is great to rub on the inside of the horses’ ears and put a few drops down their back. It is great and it smells great. (Submitted by Amy M.)

How do you spell RELIEF?


My neighbor called me last night and said she had chigger bites all over her and they were driving her crazy. If you've never gotten into redbugs as we call them, then you have no idea what damage they can do. They're so small you don't see them until it's too late and they are innumerable, like a little tiny almost invisible army that attacks while you're not watching. After I fussed at her a bit for waiting a week to tell me, I mixed her up a little blend in one of those tiny spritz bottles. I haven't heard from her this morning, but when I do, I'll update on the results.


Chigger Bite Essential Oil Relief Blend
60 drops Lavender
20 drops Thyme
20 drops Lemongrass
20 drops Melaleuca
20 drops TerraShield

For general relief from stings or itch, the first oil I would try would be Lavender. Other recommended oils for various pests are listed below. All blends are doTERRA Essential Oil Blends.

General:  Lavender, Melaleuca, Purify, TerraShield

Ants: Sting - Lavender, Peppermint. To eradicate from an area - Lemongrass, Peppermint, Purify, Rosemary (I seriously doubt this would affect fire ants, they're nearly indestructible, but it might be worth a try.)

Bees, wasps, etc:   Basil, Cinnamon, Clove, Lavender, Melaleuca, On Guard, Purify

Chiggers:   Lavender, Lemongrass, Melaleuca, TerraShield, Thyme

Fleas:   Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Purify, TerraShield

Mosquitoes:   Lavender, Lemongrass, Melaleuca, TerraShield

Spiders:   Basil, Peppermint, Purify, TerraShield

Ticks:  Lavender, Lemongrass, On Guard, Oregano, Thyme, Purify

  • For bees and other stinging pests that may leave the stinger in the skin, gently rub over the area with a fingernail or the edge of a credit card to remove the stinger
  • Lightly wash the area with soap and water
  • Avoid scratching
  • Dab oil directly on affected area as soon as possible. Repeat if necessary every 1-2 hours. For young children or very sensitive skin, dilute oils with a carrier oil, such as olive, coconut or grapeseed.


My recommendation is that after applying the TerraShield, you keep the bottle or a bottle of Lavender nearby in case you do encounter a stubborn pest with a mean sting. You can find immediate relief with just a dab of Lavender or TerraShield.


If you are allergic to any of the pests, please seek medical attention as quickly as possible.


In closing(sounds like I'm ending a lesson or sermon)I'll leave you with this recipe from Dawn at The GRAY Area for Bug Beware.

12 oz Witch Hazel
15 drops Citronella Essential Oil(can substitute Lemon or TerraShield
15 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

I mixed this in a measuring cup and filled several small bottles, keeping one by the back door, one on the front porch, etc.


Now then...go have some Summertime Fun in the Sun!

patti


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Texas Two Step Essential Oil Room Freshening Ideas



Nope...we're not dancing around the room with Essential Oil floating through the air from our fingertips, but there are some very simple, two step ideas for keeping your home smelling fresh day to day. If you have a diffuser or maybe two or even three, you know all about how wonderful they are, but unfortunately some don't have even one.

But I'd bet my best pair of boots that most of you have some baking soda or Epsom Salts(hopefully both), a mason jar, some cotton balls and some sort of Essential Oil. That's all you need!

Actually, I don't dance, but I am from Texas and I do love a good pair of boots!



So, let's see what we can do!


                                        

      Epsom Salt                                      Baking Soda

Two Step Room Deodorizer  

Using a small mason jar or other suitable container:

Step #1) Fill it with Epsom Salts or baking soda or a combination of the two.
Step #2) Add a few drops of Essential Oils(your choice) and mix.

You don't put a lid on this one, just set it wherever you need a little freshening, like a closet, bathroom, office, under the bed, etc.





Two Step Drawer/Furniture Deodorizer  

Using cotton balls:

Step #1) You can put the cotton balls in a small container or just use them invididually.
Step #2) Put a few drops of Essential Oil(your choice) on a cotton ball.

If you use a container, just set the container in a drawer with your clothes, I use individual cotton balls and place them in each drawer. You can also stuff them down in your couch, chair, etc.





If you should have a phobia concerning cotton balls, like my daughter, who refuses to touch one and seems to be as afraid of them as she is of spiders, then you might want to use a soft handkerchief or a bit of soft cloth rolled up.






Two Step Carpet/Mattress Deodorizer

Using a pint mason jar:

Step #1) Fill with baking soda(you don't want to use Epsom Salt for this one)
Step #2) Add Essential Oils of your choice(Lavender is the best choice for using on your mattress.)

You'll want a lid on this one. I use a shaker lid, the one in the picture is a herb jar lid, you can find those little 4 oz jars at WalMart in the canning jar section. The lids fit any regular mouth jar. You can also just punch holes in a lid with a nail or use an old spice jar, etc., anything with a shaker top.

For carpet deodorizer, sprinkle the baking soda on your carpet, let it sit as long as you like and then vacuum up. 

For mattress deodorizer, lightly sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and Lavender Essential Oil on your mattress while the sheets are being laundered. You can vacuum it up if you like, but I just sort of brush it in. An added note: I put a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil on the corners of my mattress before I put the clean sheets back on.


These will lose their scent eventually and you'll need to add more oils, especially the ones you're using for room deodorizers. Just add more oils and mix and they're as good as new! No need to replace the Epsom Salt and baking soda.

patti