Passionate Past Times

Passionate Past Times

I decided to give an update on three things that are part of my life that contribute to my health, wellness and happiness.
1.  I got the nod on Wednesday that I will be testing for my next belt in TKD.  I’m getting stronger and have passed the goal of getting a yellow belt someday.  Orange belt test is May 20th.
2. We are harvesting lettuce,spinach, radishes and green onions from the garden.  I love the first salads from the garden.  What better way to feel good about what you eat than to go outside, pick the veggies and have salad for dinner.  Gives a whole new meaning to picking up a salad.
3.  Sewing is a passion that keeps me busy, joyfully.  Two years of retirement has  included lots of sewing projects- grandkids projects, quilt for the hubby and lots of aprons.  I even made a quilted case for Amber and I to carry our essential oils in our purse or on a trip.  These can carry 8 oils or 4 if you want to fold it over.  I’m thinking about making a few smaller ones too.
They say you’re more busy in retirement. I’m busy doing all the things I love.  Sure hope you can make time for something you really enjoy.
– Cathy

Kids and Oils

I think it is clear that the subject of this post is FAR TOO SIMPLE.  There could be hundreds of posts on how to use oils with children.  This is simply a starting point for what I have had great success with so far.

THIEVES

This was the first oil I introduced to my kids for its immune boosting properties.  I started with simply rubbing it on their feet before bedtime and before school to help ward of the crud.  Since then I have also used it in their diffuser at bedtime as well as daytime if there is something going around.  It has been unbelievable at keeping my kids going during seasons of illness at school!! This was my “AHA” oil that made me a true believer because when I looked back over time my kids hadn’t missed any school and I was getting texts from their doctor saying “We miss you”.  Hate to say it doc, but the feeling is not mutual!

Inner Child

I am going to say this is a favorite of mine to use with my children but in all honesty it is a favorite to use on myself as well!! Inner Child smells incredible!! I wear it almost every day just as my perfume.  It is amazing with the kids though.  Whenever we start having a bit of a meltdown for whatever reason I use this on them.  I just rub it on their wrists and the back of their neck and rub their back for a few minutes and voila, our mood has been lifted.  I have had so much success with this that I am planning on making a rollerball with it to keep in my purse for when we are out of the house and start feeling out of sorts!!

Clarity

This oil has a really interesting smell.  I wasn’t a huge fan of it at first but it has completely grown on me! We use this mostly in the afternoon at homework time.  I made a rollerball with it and labelled it “Focus” which is very fitting because it really does help them to chill out with the distractions and just get going on their homework.  We’ve had so much success that sometimes they ask for it themselves just to get going in the right direction!!  I also like to diffuse this in my office when I have a lot of work to get done!

These are just the tip of the iceberg but they are a good place to get started! With summer right around the corner we will have some DIY recipes coming to help with your kids and yourself in the summer elements.

Hope all is well!!

Amber

Hot Oil Surprise

Recently, Paul and I went to see our son and his wife in Texas.
I know that Ryan and Jess have some basic oils so  I just packed the supplements we use and roller balls for  cold sores (that I get often) and  sleepy time.  I put everything in a pouch so I could get to them easily.  About half way there I realized I had LEFT EVERYTHING AT HOME!!  Almost immediately a little core sore popped up  probably because of the stress.  We arrived without any other incident. (Did I say I forgot my pouch and was stressed out?) After visiting a bit, I asked to use some oregano because of the anti-virus properties.  I tried putting some on my lip with my finger but that didn’t go well. It was just too hot.  After a nice evening, I put on some of their  Stress Away and went to bed.
The next morning I tried again but this time I put a Q-tip on the opening of the  oregano and turned the bottle over quickly.  I touched the Q-tip to the bump on my lip.  I knew the oil was there because I could smell it but there was no sting or discomfort at all.  I reapplied every few hours. The best part is that the oregano and Q-tip worked great.  The cold sore didn’t get bigger and dried up almost  immediately. I don’t know if I invented this method or just discovered it out of necessity but I will use this Q-tip method again.
You know the old saying,” When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” but in this case use oregano and a Q-tip.
-Cathy

Fun Blends

Hello,

Happy April to you!! This post is the result of a happy accident/surprise.  I picked up these glass spray bottles a while back with the intention of making linen sprays, bug spray, etc… I hadn’t yet made them because life can be a little hectic sometimes but this week I had a real reason.  My littlest munchkin wasn’t feeling well and got sick on my bed 🙁  After stripping the bed and getting the sheets in the wash I was trying to think of the best way to proceed without introducing any moisture to my mattress.  I decided to try Thieves in one of the spray bottles because obviously it would help with any actual germs, and I added lavender because it’s a bed I guess (not really sure what compelled that move).  What a happy accident!! They work great together, and not only did it solve my mattress problem but my whole bedroom smelled amazing for HOURS!! I added 10 drops of each oil and topped it with tap water.  I gave the mattress a good spritzing but I didn’t go crazy because I didn’t want it to actually get wet.  That is something I would do again for more than just linen spray! I’ve never really been big on room spray or anything like that but I think these make a great one 🙂

This is completely unrelated but these two oils, rosemary and tangerine, are like heaven in the diffuser.  I read somewhere years ago that if you want your house to smell like a Williams Sonoma to boil rosemary and lemon peels in water.  I’ve tried that and it’s okay but this is much better, simpler too!!  Honestly, the rosemary goes great with all of the citruses that I’ve tried.

Hope all is well!!!

-Amber

Bath Time

Bath Time

When I was a young mom, taking a bath was my retreat from a long day.   I remember Amber sticking her fingers under the bathroom door when she was little.  Amber also learned the joys of a hot bath as she got older.  It’s my son who takes hot baths for a different reason.  He has trouble with his bum that includes swelling, oozing and pain.  His wife has used essential oils to help him find real comfort.  She makes bath bombs using a basic bath bomb recipe but adds lavender, PanAway, lemon  and oregano essential oils.  He only uses one bomb in his bath and it gives him some noticeable relief.  Lavender for relaxation, pan away for pain, oregano for anti-inflammatory properties and lemon because it smells good.
Jess’ recipe:
Dry ingredients
8 oz baking soda     .
4 oz epsom salt
4 oz citric acid
4 oz corn starch
1-2 T lavender buds ( optional )
Wet ingredients
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops pan away essential oil
5 drops oregano essential
5 drops lemon essential oil
1 T water
3 T coconut oil
A little bit of gel food coloring (optional)
Mix all the dry ingredients first.  Mix the wet ingredients separately. It is important to add the wet ingredients a little at a time to the dry mixture stirring constantly. If the mixture starts to fizz, stop adding wet and stir vigorously. When fizzing stops, continue adding wet to dry.  Pack firmly in ice cube trays or a silicone mold.  Flip the trays on wax paper.  You might need to tap the tray firmly to remove bath bombs.  Let dry 48 before using.
The essential oils can be adjusted to fit your personal needs.  Just add about 25 drops of your favorite oil. Jess used gel food coloring to keep the amount of liquid to a minimum or you can just leave it out.
Enjoy,
Cathy