Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wondrous White Fir Essential Oil

If I had to list my top five favorite Essential Oils and Blends, I'm not sure just where White Fir would rank, but I'm sure it would be pretty high up on the list. 


If you can be in love with an Essential Oil, I am in love with White Fir! 

It had me at hello....well, at first sniff anyway! 


White Fir Essential Oil


I use it in my deodorant, several of my diffuser blends, my arthritis blend and anything else I can get away with using it in. I especially love to diffuse it with other woodsy oils, such as Cypress, Frankincense and Birch. I know that Birch's main scent is a mint smell, but if you give it a chance, you'll catch the wood smell in there too...it is from a tree after all, you know!

Now that we've cleared that up, however, on to White Fir! 

Description: 

White Fir is distilled from white fir needles, this oil has a crisp scent and comes from Austria. White Fir is a powerful anti-oxidant with a high ORAC score. It has been use for deodorants, disinfectants, rubefacients and stimulants. 

If you're wondering what on earth ORAC is, it is the "oxygen radical absorbance capacity", which measures the free radical destroying potential of a particular food. 

Properties:

Analgesic, Anticatarrhal, Antiseptic, Anti arthritic, Stimulant

Historical Uses:

White Fir essential oils have been used for tense muscles, fever, chills, coughs, and help with the body's natural defense system.

Possible Uses:

Diffuse to fight airborne bacteria, germs and to stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax. Apply topically to reduce aches from cold and flu and exercised muscles.

Application:

Can be used aromatically and topically(apply NEAT)


White Fir is very reasonably priced with Spark Naturals at the following prices:

 5 ml bottle - $6.99
15 ml bottle - $18.00

Also, with coupon code PATTI, you get an additional 10% off at checkout! 

Fabulous deal for a fabulous oil!

White Fir can be substituted for Frankincense in most cases, and it has been referred to as the Poor Man's Frankincense.

Here are three of my favorite ways to use White Fir, my Arthritis Blend, My Walk in the Woods Diffuser Blend and my Woodsy Winter Day Diffuser Blend.

Arthritis Blend

A Walk In The Woods Diffuser Blend


Woodsy Winter Day Diffuser Blend

If you don't have this oil, give it a try! You'll find it will quickly become a very often used oil I bet! If you do use this oil, I'd like to hear your favorite way to use it.


patti





Monday, July 29, 2013

Easy, Two Ingredient Essential Oil Mold Killer!

We have recently had some flooding in our church family center during an expansion project(and heavy rains). That makes for a bad combination, by the way. As a result of the wet conditions, we've had quite a bit of mold form on wooden furniture, speakers, guitar amplifiers, chairs, etc. I have put this recipe to the test the last few weeks and I can assure you it works. I have also not seen a regrowth of the mold on the first things I sprayed two months ago. 

Mold is a nasty thing and many people are highly allergic to it. It can also cause respiratory problems in people with previous conditions. It's best to rid your environment of it as much as possible.

Here's my simple, two ingredient recipe to kill mold and mildew and it's safe to use in your home!

Simply add one teaspoon Melaleuca(Tea Tree) Essential Oil to one cup of water and mix in a spray bottle. I use a cheaper brand of Melaleuca for this because I make a big bottle and use it a lot.


By the way, the spray bottle I use is an empty maple syrup bottle with a spray top attached. You can use whatever works best for you.

I also have one of those wonderful wooden rockers from Cracker Barrel, a gift from my kids a couple of years ago. 

I really love it! 

East Texas is very humid....did I say "very"? Understatement! Let's try extremely....that's closer to the truth. Wood tends to mold quickly around here. My rocker tends to mold. I have found this mold killer to be quite efficient and environmentally friendly. The rocker does have to be retreated from time to time however.



Me and my rocker!


Just spray the mixture on and leave overnight and then rinse with vinegar and water. You can also just spray the mold killer on and leave it. The smell dissipates in a few hours. 


If you purchase your Melaleuca from Spark Naturals, please be sure and use coupon code PATTI for your additional 10% off at checkout.


Now...go get rid of that nasty mold!

patti

Saturday, July 27, 2013

UPDATED Arthritis Blend

Just a quick little blog this morning to update the Arthritis Blend, since Birch has become available to most of us who have been unable to have it previously. 

Don't you just love   Spark Naturals for finding this source for us? 

I know I do!

Sadly, chronic pain is a part of the lives of most people these days. Much of that is due to inflammation caused by our diet or in some cases, the condition is hereditary. 

If you don't have all the oils for these blends and can't get them at this time, I recommend using what you have, sometimes you just have to find what works best for you.

Arthritis 


It's pretty certain that you or someone you know suffers from the painful inflammation of some form of Arthritis. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis originate from an inflammatory condition in the joints. Essential oils can reduce inflammation and provide relief from pain but won't reverse damage if the condition has caused destruction of joint structures. 




Arthritis Pain

Updated Arthritis Blend

(with Birch EO added)

10 drops each

Birch
Vetiver
Wintergreen
Peppermint
Lavender
Geranium
White Fir

Top off with FCO(Fractionated Coconut Oil) or other carrier oil in a small (5ml) roller bottle and apply as needed to painful areas.

Precautions: do not use Birch or Wintergreen if allergic to aspirin, taking blood thinning medications, pregnant or nursing.




Remember to use coupon code PATTI for your 10% discount at checkout!

patti

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Birch is Back!

Breaking News on Birch!



Betula Lenta~Sweet Birch


BIRCH IS BACK!

Birch Essential Oil will be available on the Spark Naturals website as of 8 a.m. MDT Wednesday, July 24.


The supply is again limited, remember this is a very hard to find oil. Don't miss out on this opportunity to buy the best pain relieving Essential Oil available!



BIRCH ESSENTIAL OIL

Betula Lenta



How exciting! Birch Essential Oil is very hard to find these days but Spark Naturals has found a source and is making it available for purchase.

This is NOT A LIMITED TIME OFFER, however, supplies are limited, so from time to time, inventory may run low and the oil may have to be backordered. Don't take any chances, get yours now!

This species of Birch is Betula Lenta(Sweet Birch).  It's aroma is similar to Wintergreen. It blends well with citrus and woodsy oils.


Click on price link below to order your Birch today!


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


USES:

BODY - Sweet Birch is mainly used to treat joint and muscle pain. It has powerful pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that are beneficial for conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout and fibromyalgia, etc. It can be used in massage blends and is also often added to liniments and ointments to help ease aches and pains. It can also be used in inhalations for respiratory conditions to open the airways, clear the sinuses and stimulate the mind (blend with Eucalyptus for this). It has detoxifying and diuretic properties, helps to stimulate the circulation, improves digestion, and can reduce fever by promoting perspiration.

MIND - Sweet Birch can be help to stimulate the nervous system and lift feelings of depression. It can be invigorating and uplifting.

SKIN - Often used in preparations for problem skin conditions and as a skin softener. It has an astringent action and can be used as a skin toner to tighten the pores and to reduce wrinkles and saggy skin. It also has antiseptic, disinfectant properties that can protect the skin from bacterial and fungal infections. 



Properties

Analgesic
Anti-inflammatory
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Disinfectant
Diuretic
Stimulant

Good For

Arthritis
Bone spurs
Cramps
Diuretic
Eczema
Gout
Hypertension
Joint pain
Muscle pain
Psoriasis
Skin toner
Tendonitis


Sweet Birch should be applied only topically and aromatically. It should never be taken internally. 


Precautions - Sweet Birch Oil may cause skin irritation. It should always be used with caution and in the correct dilution. Its main constituent is methyl salicylate (the active ingredient in aspirin) so it should not be used on anybody who is sensitive/allergic to aspirinhas liver problemsis on blood thinning medication, has epilepsy or is subject to seizures. It should also be avoided with children or the elderly and while pregnant or breast feeding. 

A summary of information is gathered from several sources and articles by various authors and it is not intended to replace advice or attention from competent healthcare professionals.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Woodsy Winter Day Diffuser Blend

I don't know about you, but I've never been a big fan of Summertime. Of course I enjoyed not going to school for three months when I was a kid, but I do remember being so glad when those crisp Autumn days started showing up. It meant Winter wasn't far behind.

Walking in the woods was always a peaceful experience for me, even as a child. I've always loved the trees and since I was raised way out in the country in the middle of the deep Piney Woods, I suppose it's just natural that I love the woodsy scents so much.

Well, it's still the middle of a normal, hot Texas summer and I can only dream of Winter....and diffuse a little Winter feeling and atmosphere in my home.

If Summertime heat has you longing for a crisp, cool late Autumn or Winter day, try this blend in your diffuser. The Cypress and White Fir are such lovely woodsy scents and the Birch adds the crisp coolness to the blend with just a hint of the woodsy in there too.

I'm pretending it isn't 90+ degrees outside and there are no weeds to be pulled from the flower beds. So far it's working.....haven't thought about those weeds but two times today.

Woodsy Winter Day Diffuser Blend


You could also add a few drops of Frankincense to this blend, it also has a wonderful pine smell. If you were unable to get the Birch, you might try Peppermint, Spearmint or Wintergreen in place of the Birch. It will be almost as good!

It's not Winter, but this sure helps makes the summer heat a bit more bearable until Winter finally rolls back around.

You can purchase these oils at Spark Naturals

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

Unfortunately, Birch EO is temporarily out of stock at Spark Naturals, but as soon as it is available, you'll be among the first to know!


patti


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Announcing Birch Essential Oil from Spark Naturals

Breaking News on Birch!





BIRCH IS BACK!

but the supply is again limited, remember this is a very hard to find oil. Don't miss out on this opportunity to buy the best pain relieving Essential Oil available!


As we say in Texas....


YEE HAW!


You asked for it and it's finally here!

Sweet Birch


BIRCH ESSENTIAL OIL

Betula Lenta



How exciting! Birch Essential Oil is very hard to find these days but Spark Naturals has found a source and is making it available for purchase.

This is NOT A LIMITED TIME OFFER, however, supplies are limited, so from time to time, inventory may run low and the oil may have to be backordered. Don't take any chances, get yours now!

This species of Birch is Betula Lenta(Sweet Birch).  It's aroma is similar to Wintergreen. It blends well with citrus and woodsy oils.


Click on price link below to order your Birch today!


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


USES:

BODY - Sweet Birch is mainly used to treat joint and muscle pain. It has powerful pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that are beneficial for conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout and fibromyalgia, etc. It can be used in massage blends and is also often added to liniments and ointments to help ease aches and pains. It can also be used in inhalations for respiratory conditions to open the airways, clear the sinuses and stimulate the mind (blend with Eucalyptus for this). It has detoxifying and diuretic properties, helps to stimulate the circulation, improves digestion, and can reduce fever by promoting perspiration.

MIND - Sweet Birch can be help to stimulate the nervous system and lift feelings of depression. It can be invigorating and uplifting.

SKIN - Often used in preparations for problem skin conditions and as a skin softener. It has an astringent action and can be used as a skin toner to tighten the pores and to reduce wrinkles and saggy skin. It also has antiseptic, disinfectant properties that can protect the skin from bacterial and fungal infections. 



Properties

Analgesic
Anti-inflammatory
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Disinfectant
Diuretic
Stimulant

Good For

Arthritis
Bone spurs
Cramps
Diuretic
Eczema
Gout
Hypertension
Joint pain
Muscle pain
Psoriasis
Skin toner
Tendonitis


Sweet Birch should be applied only topically and aromatically. It should never be taken internally. 


Precautions - Sweet Birch Oil may cause skin irritation. It should always be used with caution and in the correct dilution. Its main constituent is methyl salicylate (the active ingredient in aspirin) so it should not be used on anybody who is sensitive/allergic to aspirin, has liver problems, is on blood thinning medication, has epilepsy or is subject to seizures. It should also be avoided with children or the elderly and while pregnant or breast feeding. 

A summary of information is gathered from several sources and articles by various authors and it is not intended to replace advice or attention from competent healthcare professionals.

patti

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

USB Diffuser and Accessories!

Check out the newest way to diffuse your favorite EOs and EO Blends!


I want to say a special thanks to Rebecca over at 


for finding these new diffusers. She's a wonder at finding the neatest stuff and then sharing her finds. Pay her a visit, you'll be forever glad you did!



Not to worry, you guys out there...it also comes in black and in white.

Isn't this the neatest thing you've seen in a long time?



has several products that you will most definitely want to add to your Essential Oil Tools.

USB Diffuser

USB Diffuser in three colors
JUST $24.99
Comes with 1 empty refillable glass cartridge that you fill with your favorite Essential Oil.  Great for people that work on laptops at offices, allergy sufferers, people travelling or any one that would like to cleanse the air around them while near a USB port. 

This diffuser works by Ultrasonic diffusion to keep all of the essential oils properties.
Does not create a steady stream of mist like most regular diffusers but 13-60 second bursts of diffused essential oil. You won't have to worry about your neighbor sitting next to you complaining about the mist in his or her face. This creates a barrier around you at your laptop. (we also sell addtional empty cartridges in packs of 3)

 Car & Wall USB adapters
Don't you just love all the color choices?

WOW!


I choose green....what's your color choice?

You have the choice of either the home outlet plug or car outlet plug. Throw away those Glad Plugins you might have and switch to the Aroma2Go diffuser. 
Use the home outlet plug along with the Aroma2Go diffuser in every outlet in your house. 
Then take your Aroma2Go diffuser with you in the car when you plug it into this car outlet plug. 

Car and wall adaptors
JUST $3.99

Won't this be awesome way to diffuse your EOs in a motel room or when staying with friends or relatives?

Home outlet adapter



USB Universal Power Bank-Travel Charger Outlet

Universal Power Bank

JUST $19.99

2600mAh Portable Battery Charger Universal Power Bank - Metal Shell

Now you can power your Aroma2Go without the need of a computers USB port or any other USB outlet. Will power our Aroma2Go for up to 6 hours on a single charge.

THERE'S MORE!

Buy four get one free

For a limited time, get four of one item and get the fifth item completely free in color of your choice.

Free shipping on orders of $100 or more.
Follow this link to
to order these awesome new products.

I will receive a small commission on each purchase. Thanks for visiting!

patti



Monday, July 15, 2013

Three EO Pain Blends

Sadly, chronic pain is a part of the lives of most people these days. Much of that is due to inflammation caused by our diet or in some cases, the condition is hereditary. I was recently asked for my recipes for some Essential Oil pain remedies.

If you don't have all the oils for these blends and can't get them at this time, I recommend using what you have, sometimes you just have to find what works best for you.


Arthritis 


It's pretty certain that you or someone you know suffers from the painful inflammation of some form of Arthritis. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis originate from an inflammatory condition in the joints. Essential oils can reduce inflammation and provide relief from pain but won't reverse damage if the condition has caused destruction of joint structures. 





Arthritis Pain

Updated Arthritis Blend

(with Birch EO added)

10 drops each

Birch
Vetiver
Wintergreen
Peppermint
Lavender
Geranium
White Fir

Top off with FCO(Fractionated Coconut Oil) or other carrier oil in a small (5ml) roller bottle and apply as needed to painful areas.

Precautions: do not use Birch or Wintergreen if allergic to aspirin, taking blood thinning medications, pregnant or nursing.







Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. The carpal tunnel - a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand - houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm. Although painful sensations may indicate other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body's peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.




Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Blend


15 drops Lemongrass(connective tissue)
10 drops Cypress(circulaton)
10 drops Frankincense(nerve damage)
10 drops Marjoram(muscle tissue)
10 drops Helichrysum(nerve damage)
10 drops Wintergreen(pain)

Top off with FCO or other carrier oil in small roller bottle and apply as needed to painful areas.






Neuropathy 


Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nervous system.  This system of nerves in the skin, muscles, and internal organs of the body transmit information to the central nervous system that includes the spinal cord and brain.  Damage to the peripheral nerves can come from trauma, infection, nutrition, toxins, or a disease such as diabetes. Common symptoms are numbness or loss of sensation, tingling or burning, pain, or loss of muscle control. You don't have to be diabetic to have neuropathy. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a form of nueropathy. I have PN on the outside of my knees, no one knows why, I just have the numbness.




Neuropathy Pain

Neuropathy Blend

10 drops each

Zen/Balance EO Blend
Birch EO
Basil EO
Wintergreen EO
Marjoram EO
Cypress EO
Lavender EO


Top off with FCO in small roller bottle and apply as needed to painful areas.





My friend Dawn over at The GRAY Area has a great Neuropathy Blend. Check it out at


You can also purchase this blend from her. She has a link to the product on this page.


You can purchase the oils for these blends at 

Use coupon code PATTI at checkout for an additional 10% off order.


patti




Saturday, July 13, 2013

Spider Bite Essential Oil Therapy

I'm not actually afraid of spiders, but I'm not actually fond of them either. They just have too many legs to not be a little creepy, don't you think?

However, there are two that are common around here that can certainly make my heart race if I see one up close and personal.

Brown Recluse Spider
Black Widow Spider



















These spiders are easily identified by the distinct markings on their backs. The Brown Recluse will have a fiddle shaped marking and the Black Widow will have a red hourglass shaped marking. There is a common brown house spider that looks much like the Brown Recluse, but without the fiddle.

My daughter, on the other hand, is so afraid of spiders that she actually wouldn't go in her bathroom all day until someone came to remove a DEAD spider out of the laundry basket that was in the bathroom.

She lived with us for a bit and there were times her bedroom smelled like CHRISTmas, there were so many peppermint soaked cotton balls around the room, under the mattress, around the bed frame, in the windows, etc. Spiders HATE peppermint!

There was the night we heard screaming coming from her room and she had found a brown recluse in her bed....or so we thought.

No one got much sleep that night....not even me...the one who isn't afraid of NORMAL spiders. The thought of a brown recluse in my house was a horse(or spider) of a different color.

I spent some time researching their habitat and found that they like to hang around cardboard boxes and cluttered closets.

The next day closets were cleaned from top to bottom, all cardboard boxes were removed from underneath beds, anything a brown recluse might like to call home in my home.

It was later that evening when I finally decided to study the spider a bit closer and found that while it was VERY similar in size, color and shape, it was missing(thankfully) the fiddle on the back.

I slept a bit better that night. I had a clean closet too.

All's well that ends well.

The very evil looking black widow likes to hang around dark damp places, like the rocks in the yard, underneath boards or wood lying around, and if you have a propane tank, they like to hide under the gauges cover. Always be aware and vigilant when moving any of these things outside. Wear gloves whenever possible.

If you think you have been bitten by either of these spiders, apply this blend and then please seek


IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION


Take yourself or have someone drive you to the nearest Emergency Facility and take the spider if possible to determine if it is in fact a poisonous variety. Don't wait! These spider bites can cause much serious damage, even death.

There are other spiders that can cause you discomfort and pain and Essential Oils can help with that.


Spider Bite Essential Oil Therapy


The main oil recommended for spider bites is Basil so make sure you get it in your blend.

I recommend a small bottle that will fit in your pocket to keep close at hand while working in the yard. The sooner you get this on the bite, the sooner you'll feel better. Apply a cold compress for 1-2 hours if possible. I keep a small sample bottle in my purse first aid kit.


To purchase these oils or any others, go to Spark Naturals. Use coupon code PATTI for an additional 10% off at checkout.


patti

Friday, July 12, 2013

First Aid & Personal Care Essential Oil Kits in Tins

I've been waiting for my new Health & Wellness Kit from Spark Naturals just so I could "remake" my purse first aid kit. I didn't like the way I organized the first one and once you've cut the foam, it's sort of difficult to un-cut it. 

By the way, this is a super duper little kit and it's a super super duper good buy. It contains 10 5ml bottles of oils and blends all for $82.50....and one of those oils is Frankincense, so it's not just the cheaper oils, it's some good stuff. If you use coupon code PATTI at checkout, you'll get another 10% off the deal, that's an even better deal.

You can find it here:


photo by Camp Wander



One of the things I love about Spark Naturals is their fast delivery....and their low, flat rate shipping. This order went through on Monday and I got it on Thursday!


FINALLY.....




I keep these two little kits in my purse ALWAYS! 


Two Purse Packs I take with me everywhere





Four 5ml Roller Bottle Blends



My roller blend kit all stickered up


I keep four small roller bottles filled with blends in this one, you have to trim the foam a little at the top or bottom to fit the bottles in. I get the little puffy stickers at WalMart in the crafts department.

In this kit I carry:

  • Headache Blend (Dori's blend, minus the birch) You can find her recipe here: Headache Buster
  • Calming Blend(my version of ADD/ADHD blend) I recommend Jeddy's Blend from Spark Naturals.
  • Soothing Pain Blend
  • Deodorant


Now for the first aid kit!


Purse sized first aid kit in a tin

You can customize and personalize this kit to meet your needs, cutting the foam as needed. On the far right slot, I cut a slit in the divider piece of foam from top almost to bottom, then pulled it apart and sort of hollowed it out a little, leaving just the original slit in the top, so the cotton swabs would fit and the foam would basically close up around them to hold them in. I then put one sample bottle at the very top and placed 12 "00" gelatin capsules around the cotton swabs. Moving to the next slot, I cut the divider foam completely out in order to get two mini spritz bottles in, leaving room at the top for two sample bottles.  On the other slots, I left the foam intact.


You can customize and personalize this kit to meet your needs, cutting the foam as needed. On the far right slot, I cut a slit in the divider piece of foam from top almost to bottom, then pulled it apart and sort of hollowed it out a little, leaving just the original slit in the top, so the cotton swabs would fit and the foam would basically close up around them to hold them in. I then put one sample bottle at the very top and placed 12 "00" gelatin capsules around the cotton swabs. Moving to the next slot, I cut the divider foam completely out in order to get two mini spritz bottles in, leaving room at the top for two sample bottles.  On the other slots, I left the foam intact.

This kit contains:

  • 3 large and 3 medium bandaids slipped under the bottles on the far left
  • 3 smaller bandaids slipped between the foam and the outside edge
  • Aching muscles blend in a roller bottle
  • Blisters blend in a roller bottle
  • Abrasions blend a in roller bottle
  • On Guard Beadlets
  • Sinus bomb in a green dropper bottle (you can find these at Aroma Tools
  • Flu bomb in a green dropper bottle
  • Shield protective spray in mini spritz bottle
  • Throat spray in mini spritz bottle
  • Spider/Insect bite blend in a sample bottle(this is really a spider bite blend, but if it will help a spider bite, it should help any insect bite, so I'm sort of killing two bugs with one blend so to speak)
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil to stop bleeding, in sample bottle
  • Stuffy nose blend in a sample bottle
  • 12 "00" size gelatin capsules(for the bombs when needed)
  • 4 cotton swabs.
  • A hankie fits on top of all this and the lid closes nicely

There you have it....two personalized kits in tins that fit in your purse or just in your vehicle if you don't want to carry them with you. Personally, I like them close at hand, you never know when you'll need them.

Now go buy you a kit from Spark Naturals, use coupon code PATTI for 10% off and get started with this project. You'll be happy with your results I know!

patti