Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Allergies be-gone

Can't stop sneezing?  I've got a oil blend for that.....
 Try blending these 3 oils together and diffusing it into the air. 

Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint. 

Sure it seems like a strange combo but my son was sneezing like crazy and we started this oil combo in the diffuser and with in minuets the sneezing stopped. 

I've been told that if you add a drop of each to a shot glass of water and take that daily that it too helps keep those allergies at bay.  With how well it works diffusing I believe it.  That's the next step in my experimentation is trying it but for now diffusing is working so that's what I will do.

Man I love these oil's...

Monday, April 28, 2014

A little uplifting scent for the day

Ever wanted to find a way to have that healing smell last all day?  Well I found a way.
A Terra Cotta necklace that I can wear all day.  I simply put a drop of my favorite oil on it let it soak in then wear it all day.  Need a boost of it's therapeutic smell it's right there around my neck.  And there are different styles you can get too.  But either way it is a smart way to carry around that uplifting, calming, or fresh scent with you all day.

Check out the different Terra Cotta necklaces you can get and start feeling better.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lets talk about Chives

Pictured is Garlic Chives... I love these guys.  They taste great in any recipe that calls for chives or even salads.  And they help out in the garden.  How you ask? Oh that is simple.  Many animals don't like the scent of garlic or onions put the two together and you have a natural repellant. 

They grow back every year even up here in the north.  They produce pretty white balls of flowers which then go to seed.  Although you may want to cut the flower heads off before they go to seed or you may have more chives than you want for the following years.

To cook with them simply cut the chives to an inch above the ground  at any time during the growing season.  They will grow back stronger and thicker each time.  Chop them up to cook with.  Be careful though the smell can get quite strong.

It's hard to dry these guys to use as a dried herb but it can be done if you have a dehydrator.  They take longer than you would think being hollow in the middle.  But simply place them in a dehydrator and turn it on....depending on your dehydrator check back in a day or two to see how they are doing.  Be sure to place the dried leaves into a ziplock bag or other container as soon as they are dry to retain their freshness.

You can also freeze them.  Either on their own or my favorite is in ice cube trays.  Then you just take out an ice cube full of chopped up chives and pop it into your soup or what ever else you are using them in...adds a little bit of water and you get the fresh cut flavor of them.  To freeze them simply cut from the plant and chop right away then either place in a freezer ziplock bag and freeze right away or place the chopped parts into a ice cube tray and fill with water and freeze.  Its best to do this with in hours or even minuets of cutting from the plant so that they retain as much flavor as possible.

To use as a repellant in the garden simply plant along the edges of your garden but especially in the garden with carrots, lettuce, and tomatoes.......it's not a guarantee but it seems to help.

So get some chives for your garden today and enjoy the scent and cooking with them.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Welcome, Lavender


Come join me in my journey to a healthier life.  I am using Essential Oil's and home grown herbs in my everyday life and want to share with you what I experience and knowledge.  I don't claim to know everything about them but what I do know I want to share.  Good or bad it doesn't matter.

I love my herbs.  I love to grow them, smell them, cook with them, and share them.  I am quickly falling in love with Essential Oil's.  Their smell and benefits.  I want to share with you the different things that I know about herbs and oil's.....which as time goes on will be a lot as I love to research and try things.  

So to start lets learn about the first Essential Oil that I tried - 


Oh my goodness do I love this oil.  It smells so good.  And I have been using it every day for a week now....ever since I got it.  It is a strong smell right out of the bottle but so pretty too.  I diffuse it at night for my son to help him get to and stay asleep.  He is 7 and asks for it every night.  I use it as well with a few other oils to help me sleep a little better, but I will get into that in another post.

For my son the first few days before we had a diffuser we rubbed 1-2 drops of the oil on our hands then right onto his pillow and then put the case back on...we also put a drop or two on the bottoms of his feet some nights.  Both ways seem to work equally as well but he likes the diffuser better....but then again it has lights.  For the diffuser ours holds 6ml of water and takes 5-6 drops of the oil.  For him though I usually only put 4 drops in cause it is quite strong. 

You can rub this oil directly onto your skin but for children it is recommended that you dilute it in a carrier oil first.  Which is simple to do so we did. 

I even diffuse this oil during the day as it does tend to calm me down a little. So if your gonna start with just one oil start with this one.  But please understand that it is a strong smell and may take some time to get used to or to feel it's effects.  Everyone will react differently to each oil.  This is just how my son does with it....I will explain next how I deal with it.