Farm Fresh Friday/Our Essential Medicine Cabinet- Tick care for Dogs

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Personally, we don’t have a dog, but both Marius and I grew up with multiple dogs underfoot all the time. We’ve decided not to get a dog until we own our own home. BUT! A couple weeks ago we had my stepdads dog, Rosoce, for a week while they were away. He’s a great chap, an 8 yr old yellow lab who’s super calm. He spent most of the time laying on a blanket in our mudroom.

One night while he was laying there, Marius noticed a tick on him! Yuck, so nasty. 

On a side note…When I was 15, my Dad and I went moose hunting in Alberta with friends. My Dad was gutting the moose and got bit by a tick. He was in University at the time and when he got home, He asked his professor about the bite as it was red and inflamed. His Prof told him he was excused from class and to please go to the hospital as that was not good. He was infected with limes disease but able to catch it and didn’t get anything worse than he has minor arthritis. Some people are blinded by it. 

Anywho, after Marius pulled it out, straight out, without twisting, and made sure the head was attached, I decided I needed to put some essential oils on it. Cause in this house? Somethings up? Oh, there’s an oil for that…

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I knew Lavender would be anasgelsic and Meleluca (also known as Tea Tree Oil) would be a great disinfectant against bacteria. 

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I started by taking 1/2 a tsp of coconut oil in my palm, then putting two drops of each oil in my hand, and stirring them around. Then I kinda cupped my hand and quickly put it overtop of the tick bite and rubbed it around. Roscoe has never had a problem with ticks before, but I decided that not on my watch would this be the time something happened!! 

If you notice a tick bite on animal, or human, getting red and swollen or infected please seek medical attention. 

I am a DoTERRA Independent Product Consultant and using the following link will earn me commissions. I use DoTERRA because I believe in their quality and I trust them 100% to use on my whole family. If you have any questions about essentials PLEASE ask me! I’m not in this just to sell them, I truly just want more people to discover how versatile, intuitive and simple to use they are. Please know the quality of your oils before using them. Find my webstore here. 

Find out more about Essential Oils on the Essential Oil tab at the top! 

Our Essential Medicine Cabinet Mini Series~Chocolate Flavourings

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I thought it’d be fun to do some quick little posts briefly outlining what essential oils I grab for different situations. They won’t be long and drawn out, they’ll be from MY personal experience for what I use for ME and MY family. Please consult your own doctor, natural practitioner or midwife before trying yourself.

I posted the raw chocolate recipe a while ago. Did you see it? You didnt? WELL GET ON IT!

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I told you WHAT oils I use as flavourings, but I never told you there were more than superficial! Essential Oils have a REASON. Every one of them has so many uses! And they make chocolate dang tasty.

Here’s the run down on why you want to use these three for your chocolate;

Wild Orange: Appetite suppressant (eat less, feel more satisfied!), considered to be a slight sedative meaning that it’ll relax you, a slight detoxer of glands and toxins (who doesn’t want that!), an Anti-depressant (Hello, I live on the WET COAST) and an Aphrodisiac. I’ll just leave you with that last one.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Wild Orange Chocolate?: Mid afternoon pick me up to hold you over for dinner.

Favourite Pairings?: Cashews! Or Mixed Nuts

Peppermint: Calms an upset stomach (Take a square for a road trip treat?), Appetite suppressant (feel full faster!), Gets rid of headaches, Perks you up.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Peppermint Chocolate?: Before a workout, before needing to power through and get some things done, on a long drive.

Favourite Pairings?: Espresso Beans, Dried Blueberries.

Lemon: Energy Booster, Helps a scratchy throat, Chase a way a bad mood, Appetite suppressant, improves circulation, detoxifier.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Lemon Chocolate?: Before dinner prep as a little treat? Mid afternoon pick me up.

Favourite Pairings?: Pistachios, Dried Cranberries.

You’ll notice they’re all appetite suppressants, this is because it’s GOOD and HEALTHY to eat a couple squares of chocolate, and if you can feel satisfied with less? Than that’s perfect!

Other oil ideas? Grapefruit, Lime, Ginger, Bergamot.

I am a DoTERRA Independent Product Consultant and using the following link will earn me commissions. I use DoTERRA because I believe in their quality and I trust them 100% to use on my whole family. If you have any questions about essentials PLEASE ask me! I’m not in this just to sell them, I truly just want more people to discover how versatile, intuitive and simple to use they are. Please know the quality of your oils before using them. Find my webstore here. 

 

Sources:

http://www.doterra-aromatics.com/products/singles/lemon.html

http://doterra.squarespace.com/storage/education-tab/information-sheets/Wild%20Orange%20Information%20Sheet.pdf

http://www.doterraeveryday.com/101-uses/

 

Our Essential Medicine Cabinet Mini Series~Nausea

I thought it’d be fun to do some quick little posts briefly outlining what essential oils I grab for different situations. They won’t be long and drawn out, they’ll be from MY personal experience for what I use for ME and MY family. Please consult your own doctor, natural practitioner or midwife before trying yourself.

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You know the times…

…suddenly your toddler is puking. It’s so sad to see it happen. What can you do besides make them comfortable?

…you feel yourself coming down with a fever and a wave of nausea that’s unbelievable.

…you have morning sickness, and you’d like to be able to function besides just nibbling a cracker and handing one to your toddler. (No family, I am not pregnant!)

Enter the Ginger, Peppermint, Lavender Cocktail.

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When those situations arise, we mix 2 drops Ginger, 1 drop Peppermint, 1 drop Lavender in 1/2 tsp coconut oil and then rub it on our feet, stomach and back of the neck. Within 15 minutes we’re feeling terrific. When I had a  bad infection, and when Mac and my Nieces were sick with a throw up bug, within 15 minutes of rubbing it on we went from just resting on the couch to falling asleep! If you were worried about not falling asleep, I wouldn’t add the lavender. Make it easier on yourself and mix up 10X this, putting it in a small, well labeled jar.

The Nausea Cocktail

20 drops Ginger Essential Oil

10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

10 Lavender Essential Oil (Omit for non drowsy)

1 tbsp+2 tsp coconut or other carrier oil such as sweet almond or apricot.

Mix well, label the jar well and use as the need arises!

I am a DoTERRA Independent Product Consultant and using the following link will earn me commissions. I use DoTERRA because I believe in their quality and I trust them 100% to use on my whole family. If you have any questions about essentials PLEASE ask me! I’m not in this just to sell them, I truly just want more people to discover how versatile, intuitive and simple to use they are. Please know the quality of your oils before using them. Find my webstore here. 

Immune Boosting Spiced London Fog

I’m not a coffee person, never have been, never will.(Okay never say never, my biggest “I’ll never…” when pregnant with Mac was that we’ll never co-sleep. Cough, two babies/toddlers who co-slept later…) It’s just not my kryptonite. Yes, every now and again I’ll have a mocha if there is a bit left in the pot, but only if I’m desperate. Like after camping in a field (in a tent) with good friends. They don’t have kids, and lets just say getting the kids to bed, the baby crying in the night and how the 4 yr old acted the next day? Thats good birth control for y’all. To top it off, we got home and needed to seriously get things done. Thats when I asked Marius to whip me up a pot of coffee. He had a bit of as stunned bunny look, but I needed a serious kick in the pants to get going.

What’s always been my pleasure is Chai. MAN I love some chai. I even posted my chai syrup recipe here. I still enjoy chai, but when I can make myself a tasty spiced drink without having to go about all that mixing, boiling and yada yada yada? I’m in. Enter the Spiced London Fog. (Okay…it’s not the most authentic London Fog, but I had to give it a name and it’s similar…)

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I’m in love with essential oils. For a good reason, they’ve allowed us to replace many storebought items with cheaper, healthier, more environmentally friendly alternatives. Some of my favourites that I’ve posted include oinkment, raw chocolate and lotion bars. After a while, my essential oil habit, while beneficial to our family, did cost a bit of money, because, well, quality costs. They’ve easily paid for themselves in lack of sick days for Marius, as well as speedier healing for Hand Foot and Mouth in my brother in law,but I had another option to make them cost little to free. I decided to sign up to be an IPC (Independant Product Consultant) with DoTERRA essential oils because I love them and I get crazy good bonus’ for being an IPC. (Free oils anyone?) I resisted on the blends to start off with because “I can make my own dang blends”. Then I discovered the On Guard blend and fell in love. It’s sweet, a bit spicy and so flavourful.

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All these oils are immensely immune boosting as well as having fall and winter written all over them.

*I am not a health care professional, please do your own research before taking essential oils internally*

So now all I do is make a London Fog, add in some honey and On Guard. Success! A tasty drink with little effort. Right up this busy Mama’s alley.

Spiced London Fog

1/2 c boiling water

1 black tea bag

1 c warm milk

1 tbsp raw honey

2-3 drops DoTERRA On Guard Essential oil Blend (find my webpage here.)

Pour boiling water over the tea bag in a mug. Top up with warm milk. Stir in raw honey, and On Guard essential oil blend. Drink and Enjoy!

I would love everyone to discover how Essential Oils can help their family because of how much they’ve helped us. I don’t care which brand you use, as long as it’s a high quality pure one, and if you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to ask me! I chose DoTERRA because I liked their quality as well as their compensation and bonus plan.

Crunchy Tuesdays: Spontaneous Rash on a Toddler

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*I am not a doctor or medical professional, this was just my personal experience.*

Last week my 3 yr old niece, Amy, was over. They hadn’t been here 10 minutes when, while colouring, my sister, Molly, noticed a rash on Amy’s neck. Upon further inspection it went to her shoulder and a bit on her back. We both got panicky right away, Molly more so, because within the last 20-30 minutes Molly had got Amy changed into her current clothes and her neck/shoulder had been clear.

Right away Molly said “What can I give her?” The first thing that came to mind was Aconite.  Aconite is a homeopathic remedies for things that are sudden. Arnica and Aconite are the most reached for around here. Arnica for bruises and injuries, Aconite for any sudden onset symptoms. Since this rash was all of a sudden it was the immediate conclusion I came to. I told Molly to look on my iPhone, because I have the ‘mdo’ app which is a doTERRA app for essential oil uses, while I grabbed and administered Aconite. Less is more with homeopathy. Giving 6 little ‘pills’ at once will do no more than giving 2 pills, then an hour later 2 more, then an hour later 2 more. What I was taught is that 3 doses is what should let you know if its working or not. (And if it’s not, to research another remedy) Severe symptoms/injury/illness, give those doses 5 minutes apart. (Bee sting, car crash). Less severe, space them by an hour or two. This wasn’t horrendously severe so I told Mol to give her more an hour later. It’s also important that you don’t drink or eat anything 15 minutes either side of taking a homeopathic remedy. Breastmilk is the only neutral substance.

As for essential oils, Molly chose to make a blend, appropriate for children, for allergic reactions. I have these 1 ml sample bottles, so in one of those she mixed up 6 drops lavender, 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops meleluca. You then put just a drop or so on the following spots: back of neck, bottom of feet, earlobes and inside of wrists. These are places where oils are well absorbed.

She then took Amy home to rest and watch cartoons, because rest is important for your body to heal! An hour or so later I talked to Molly and the rash was no longer raised and bumpy as well as starting to fade. Success in my books! What caused this? Not sure, maybe the new clothes she put on had something on them?

I’m so thankful and blessed with the small amount of essential oil, homeopathic and herbal healing knowledge I have. I literally use one of those every day!

Because this girls way more fun when she’s 100%!

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