Monthly Archives: August 2014

building your foundation

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I remember hearing a story when I was little that I share with my own children.  You have probably heard it, but it is certainly worth repeating.

There once was a carpenter who built houses for a living.  He worked for a builder who would hire him to build the houses he created. They worked together for many years and the carpenter finished several houses for this builder.

Before he retired the builder showed the carpenter blueprints for his final house.  It was beautiful.  Every room was ornate, detailed, crafted to perfection.  It was to be his most elaborate home yet.  The carpenter was tired of building houses for this man.

He cut corners.  He did not level the foundation correctly.  He did not let the concrete cure before putting in the frame. He hurried through the ornate details and skimped while priming the rooms for paint.  Once the house was completed, he went to tell his friend and employer.

The builder handed him back the keys and said, this house is for you my friend.  You have worked long and hard for me, this is my gift to you.

The whole time he was building his own home.

This is a story about each one of us.  Each and every one of us are building our own home so to say while we are raising our children.

What kind of foundation are you putting in?  Are you taking time to make sure everything is level, cured and steady?  Are you cutting corners because it is easier?  Are you ensuring what fills their mind and body is the best material that you can get?

This is what got me started down a healthier path in the beginning.  I want to start my children off with a foundation full of good stuff.  I don’t want to fill them with unnecessary toxins, chemicals or antibiotics.  I don’t want to reach for a pill if something natural will work.

I want to read to them, play with them, encourage them.  I don’t want them to give their attention to video games instead of their friends and family.

I want them to get their moral road map from me, not from their peers.

It takes more time.  It takes more attention to details.  It takes more effort.  But then when you get the keys handed to you, the finished product has been built from a strong foundation.  You know the work that has gone into it, and you can be proud.

~Jennifer

The Summit: Experience the roots of nature’s medicine

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Hi all! We are having a really exciting Facebook event September 7th. It will be just like an oils class, but via Facebook.

We want to share with you something that has changed our lives. Something that we see as a critical resource for raising our children, taking care of ourselves, our spouses, fighting some of the super bugs that our world has, and cutting toxins from our homes. 

We want this Facebook event to be a place where you can come and enjoy fellowship with other moms/dads… husbands/wives… grandparents… nurses/teachers/professionals… people just like you!

Our passion is people and their health!… And our stepping stones to better health are essential oils. They have CHANGED the way we look at our medicine cabinet… they’ve empowered us to take care of ourselves and our families without having to run to the doctor. They have helped us fix problems NATURALLY!

There will be lots of information on why and how to use oils, and more about the starter kits. All you need to do is come to this Facebook event page a few minutes before the start time. Follow along as we post info, photos, videos and links! We will have a few games and prizes! Feel free to pop in and out as you can… all the posts will be numbered, so you’ll be able to follow the info in order.  We hope you will join us for this fun evening!

For more info and to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478361285763675/ 

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~Rachel

Natural bug repellent

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A really easy and natural bug repellent can be made with Purification essential oil. This is what we have used all summer and it has worked like a charm. No need for all those chemicals and that nasty deet!

Bug repellent
15 drops Purification essential oil
Witch hazel
Water
Small spray bottle (I prefer glass)

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Fill the bottle half way with witch hazel, add the Purification, top off with water. That easy! Shake and spray away.

~Rachel

Natural Pain Ointment

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Here is a recipe for a great pain ointment, it’s good for headaches, sore muscles and other aches and pains. I use a little bees wax in mine to thicken it up, I also think it helps the relief last a bit longer. I buy my wax at our local farmers market, the honey guy there sells it, and I love knowing it came from a local source.

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Coconut oil
1/2oz local beeswax (half the size pictured)
10 drops copaiba oil
10 drops valor
10 drops peppermint
10 drops lavender
10 drops panaway
Small container (I use a 4oz mason jar)

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First off melt the wax. I melted mine in the mason jar, with a little coconut oil, in the microwave. When that’s done I top the jar off with coconut oil. Swirl the cool oil with the warm. If you try stirring it the wax will set on your spoon.

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Then I add the essential oils, 10 drops each. Put the lid on and swirl well. Then leave to set, it doesn’t take long.

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Then enjoy a little relief 🙂

~Rachel

Back to school special!

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Another school year and another round of other people’s germs coming home on your children.   I know I will be diffusing Thieves every day after school to kill those nasty germs.

Because we want everybody to know about and use these oils – we are currently going to refund you $25 when you buy the premium starter kit.  That is a $300 value for $125.

Let us know if your interested!

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This kit includes everything shown here!

This special is running until September 15th 2014

What are the steps to order?

Super easy, just follow one of the links below. Our sponsor numbers will already be filled in. Enter your information and pick your kit level. It will offer essential rewards kits too, for now just click “not at this time” and we can help you sign up for rewards later if that’s the route you chose to go. Then submit!

To sign up under Jennifer click here: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1815371&enrollerid=1815371

To sign up under Rachel click here: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1891572&enrollerid=1891572

 

Homeschooling by the Sea

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We were lucky enough to take a family vacation to Florida this past week. It was the kids first time to the beach, it was an amazing experience for them and a great homeschooling opportunity.

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We drove, and it was quite a drive for us. This gave the kids a chance to write in their travel journals, look for different number plates, learn about new states and how they differ. They got to see new land formations, trees and animals along the road side.

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While in Florida they were exposed to so many new things. They explored the beaches, learned about shells and the creatures whom once dwelled in them. They learned about the ocean, waves and currents. They learned about different types of fish, jelly fish, dolphins and sharks exploring their habitats and researching their diets. They learned how belly board, and spent hours in the sea practicing. They ran and swam until they collapsed into bed at night.
The whole trip was a wonderfully fun and educational experience for the whole family. My kids can’t wait to go back! 🙂

~Rachel

Copaiba: natures anti-inflammatory

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Copaifera reticulata oil is a rare, wondrous oil that comes from the oleoresin of the Copaiba tree. It is harvested by drilling a pipe into the side of the tree trunk, much like collecting maple syrup. The essential oil is then produced by steam distilling the copal (oleoresin).

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Copaiba essential oil has some of the highest beta-caryophyllene levels in the world. It contains up to 50% beta-caryophyllene, which is much higher than its anti-inflammatory friends Clove and Helichrysum which are raved about for their 5-12% beta-caryophyllene content.

Beta-caryophyllene has been studied a great deal for its ability to modify the inflammatory process. It has been approved by the FDA as the first dietary cannabinoid.

Copaiba essential oil can be used for:

  • Pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Arthritis
  • Insect bites
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary disorders
  • Skin problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Inflammation
  • Bronchitis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Poor circulation
  • Edema
  • Constipation
  • Herpes simplex

It can be diffused, applied topically or ingested depending on the ailment being eased.

I have used it personally for headache relief, with astonishing results. My friend recently used it after leg surgery, with no need for the other narcotics she was prescribed. Its truly an amazing essential oil.

~Rachel

 

Homeschool Botany Class

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We started school back up today, after taking a month long summer break. We will keep within the summer theme and make the most of outside activities while we still have the chance! We began our botany unit today, my kids have really enjoyed helping me in the garden this year, so they were excited to start.

We started by reading Eric Carl’s Tiny Seed, such a cute story that all ages love. We then looked at some basil we had brought home from the farmers market, it had rooted and had just finished flowering. My kits took apart the seed pods, and collected the seeds, to plant next year. Then we took a field trip out into our back garden, we looked at plants and how they reproduce. They looked at the seedlings that were just starting to spout in our vegetable garden.

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We then went back into the house and they started their nature journals for the year. The younger three drew the plant cycle and labeled it. My oldest wrote about what she had learned about the plant cycle and what she had noticed outside, also drawing picture’s to depict it. Then they chatted about different types of fruit and what kinds of seeds they have. They drew pictures of those too.

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It took us about an hour to complete today, they are excited to learn more tomorrow and expand on their nature journal entries.

Lemon Verbena: my newest superfood!

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My friend recently told me about the wonders of lemon verbena.   I was having an exceptionally stressful day in house selling land.  She suggested I try a cup to help calm my nerves.

I did some reading and discovered that people have been using lemon verbena as an anti anxiety and antimicrobial for 2,000 years!  Herbalists and aromatherapists have used it internally for insomnia, anxiety, weight loss and aromatically for head colds.

It is very high in citral.  Citral makes up over 35% of the essential oil in lemon verbena, vs. 5%-10% in lemon and lime.  Citral is an antioxidant, antifungal, and aids in blood sugar regualtion and fat breakdown.  Sounds like a superfood to me.

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I went out to the garden and pulled a few leaves, heated some water and let it steep for a couple of minutes.  One squirt of honey and voila.

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This was seriously the best tasting tea I have ever had.  I can’t be without it ever again!  After a little more research, we discovered you can grow it easy in a pot by a sunny window.  It will certainly be growing in my home.

I did feel calmer after drinking it.  The experience of steeping it, the sweet lemon aroma, and the fresh citrus taste were a great combination.

~Jennifer