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Monday, March 16, 2015

Do you OIL?


Do you use essential oils? I waited to get on the bandwagon, then when I finally did jump on, I ordered from a totally random Facebook page I was reading because honestly, I wanted to order from a friend, but I have so many who are distributors, I couldn’t choose ONE, and I couldn’t afford to order from everyone. I kind of feel bad about that, but what do you do, right?

Of course I signed up as a wholesale member because I’m all about discounts :-) The Premium Started Kit I ordered has been well used in the past month, with oils diffusing almost daily. I’ve determined I am a Citrus Fresh addict, LOL. And in the evening I do Lavender and Cedarwood to relax us…and I’ve done Thieves a couple of times…and…

In my opinion, the diffuser and the bottle of Thieves and the PanAway is worth the price on their own! I have had super results with a drop of PanAway on my aching wrists, that sprained ankle, etc. And Thieves is a must for everyone, imo.

There are so many pages and blogs out there full of great information on using the essential oils at home and even if you simply diffuse them, they are well worth learning about and using. I am working on my additions to our herbal medical kit here and will post more on that as I make decisions and see which oils work best for us. It’s a learning curve and each oil will work in various levels for each family.

Should you be interested in ordering and I top your list of friends to order from, here’s the information:

How to get your hands on the Premium Starter Kit:

1. Click over to the sign-up page: Order from Young Living

2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this secures you the 24% off discount on all future orders. Retail customers do not get this discount.)

3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you.  If they aren’t, please fill in 2547657 in both spots.

4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you decide to sell Young Living products and make over $600 a year, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law.  Young Living never shares this info with anyone, and you’re not obligates to sell anything if you do not want to. I promise I wouldn’t lead you astray here!)

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils.  Write these down. 

6. Select your enrollment order.  This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend the Premium Kit with the Aroma Diffuser. The basic kits do NOT contain the Everyday Essentials 10-oil box!!  Only the Premium kits contain these.  :)

7. It will ask if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. You can click “no” now and come back later to sign up for this part.

8. Agree to Terms & Conditions

9. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out.  To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.

10. Wait for your package to arrive!

The Coming of Spring…


Finally, a break in the rain and a bit of drying sunshine to lighten up my mud-covered world. It’s a welcome thing I tell you. Much as I love rainy, gray days, I was up to my neck in mud and it was time for a change. The goats weren’t happy…too much mud outside in their pasture area meant we were constantly messing with their hooves cleaning out mud, and their hay was almost always muddy despite being in a hay rack (little goats like to play on dry hay…which in turns makes it not so dry…). The chickens were very unhappy at the mud. Even with a tarp-covering their run, the rain was unstoppable and the mud flowed. We set up 2x4s on blocks and in fences to create a boardwalk for them. Not much help for the nesting boxes though, even with fresh hay, the feet were muddy, so the nests were muddy, so the eggs were muddy.

The joys of spring farming I suppose.

We have seen 2 days of SUNSHINE now. Yesterday we grabbed some snacks and water bottles and headed off to wander thru the Shiloh National Military Park.  We wandered the cemetery, walked thru the Indian Mounds, and traveled thru the roadways reading the various Civil War battle signs. It was fun, and even though we aren’t studying the Civil War this Term, we needed the day out close to the woods, and with dry ground.

We also had a bit of a set-back here last week. Our youngest rescue pup, Sarah, spent a day laying around, no energy at all. We didn’t think much of it the one day given the weeks of gray we’ve had here and how penned up the poor dogs are feeling not being able to get outside and let off some energy. However, the next day, she wouldn’t eat much and by afternoon was vomiting. First thing we thought was Parvo. Hoping we were over-reacting, we headed off to the Vet with her.

It was Parvo. We left her there for 4 days of treatment and were able to bring her home this afternoon. She has a clean bill of health as far as the Parvo goes right now, and over the next few days we expect her eating and drinking to pick up to normal again. She definitely has some energy back. As Dr Jacob brought her from the kennel room, she was a bit pensive and resigned, but as he rounded the corner and she saw up, she went total puppy crazy on him and just about dove out of his arms into Abbey’s hands. She was wiggling and barking and trying her best to cover Abbey’s entire face and neck with pup kisses, as well as trying to run circles around her neck. She is one happy pup being home now, and won’t let Abbey get too far from eyesight.

Sarah coming home

With the drying of the ground I am hoping we can get back to normal here and the animals can all start soaking up the much-needed sunshine. I suspect our worm-load will be high again this year with all this wet weather, so we will plan accordingly for worming the goats, chickens, dogs, and cats. Of all the things I do as natural as possible, I don’t do natural wormers. It isn’t that I think they are somehow less effective, it’s just that I guess I distrust them a bit considering the high worm loads we have here in the South. I’m guarded with natural wormers after losing so many of our best goats the past many years.

In the yarn basket right now is a camo baby afghan for our soon-to-arrive first grandson. Daughter has about 8 weeks or so left and I’ve still got a lengthy sewing list to accomplish.

So many ideas, so few hours in my days!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water…

Seems these days everyone has a gimmick working. I don’t say that in a bad way necessarily. There is a huge influx of MLMs…Multi-level Marketing companies… emerging on several fronts. One of the most disputed, at least socially online, is that of the various essential oil companies. Seems everyone has an opinion about Eos and their effectiveness in ‘modern medicine’.
I don’t dispute that some of the purveyors of ‘essential oil pharmaceuticals’ are simply a modern day reincarnation of the snake oil salesmen of times gone by. But to lump all essential oils into the snake oil category is throwing the baby out with the bath water so to speak. Essential oils have been around for multiple generations, dating back easily to Biblical times in common practice and usage.
Essential oils are merely the steam or mechanically-distilled oils from plant material. Purity varies with the manner of distillation, same as one OTC varies from another in quality and performance. Because there is essentially no oversight committee or FDA approval standardized for each herbal or oil extracted, there are countless snake oil salesmen hitting the market looking to capitalize on the excitement of the current fad. That doesn’t limit their value as an alternative medicine, it just means you need to do a great deal more research on your own…as you should with any medical treatments, whether at home or thru a licensed practitioner.
Right now, with a few coughs and such developing around the homestead, I have Thieves oil diffusing intermittently. Thieves oil is a blend of clove, lemon, rosemary, cinnamon bark, and eucalyptus. From an herbal standpoint, clove is one of the  most antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral plant extract around. Lemon promotes circulation and lymphatic function. Cinnamon bark is known to be antiseptic, as well as antiviral, and antibacterial like clove. Eucalyptus is similarly connected with antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Rosemary contains a high level of cineole, an ingredient in many antiseptic drugs.
Homemade Thieves Oil recipe
50 Uses for Thieves Oil
Yesterday I sprained my ankle…aches to even walk much on it. I can’t just lay out all day and let the homestead or children operate themselves. Life goes on one way or the other. I could down some Tylenol or ibuprofen, rub a little deep muscle ointment in and go on, but I chose to massage a few drops of an oil blend in instead. A cure-all? No. It still aches, but it’s manageable and I’m moving on. The ingredients in my oil blend rival those of just about every deep muscle rub on the market at your local pharmacy counter, except there is no ‘magical’ FDA approval behind my EO, and no fancy packaging or added chemical enhancements.
Whether or not you use herbal medicines or essential oils or you choose to run to Walgreen’s and grab one of their selections, you need to study for yourself what is available for your particular need. Not everyone who grabs a Tylenol finds comfort from a headache, same as not everyone grabbing for their oils will find relief. Not every product works the same for every person. We are all created differently in that respect. Research for yourself, educate yourself. Just because your upline gave you a sales pitch and a product brochure doesn’t mean you have knowledge. Just because your doctor says boo to alternative medicines doesn’t mean they don’t have value. 

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils an excellent overview from The National Cancer Institute

The value and effectiveness of any medicine is more in your ability to learn how to apply it than in who suggests it.

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