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. 

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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. 

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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Raw Honey Face Wash

This seems backwards, to use honey, to wash your face! Raw honey is terrific for your skin. This is an easy to mix together formula as well. I promise I won’t lose you with any fancy techniques.

I posted on Facebook that I’d made this, and wondered if anyone wanted to know the recipe! Since both kids are napping, and I don’t have any housework to do (as in; I decided I wasn’t going to do any housework today), I thought I might as well snap some photos and post this bad boy!

Now, I’m not normally a beauty products of any kind type person (I don’t own any make up), but I saw the idea for this and the kids were sleeping and I didn’t have anything better to do (see about re: housework). I’m going to do this regularly now as my skin feels terrific.

I was taking pictures in the bathroom, trying to do a little selfie of this on my face, which did not work. Here are some SOOC (Straight out of Camera) photos just for your viewing pleasure and giggles. Without my glasses even!

Fail #1

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And Fail #3. IMG_4973

Isn’t it thoughtful of me to include these just so you can get giggles?

 

Then I decided I needed to get over by the window, and just worry about getting a picture of my skin already!

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It looks kinda funny on, and it takes a minute to get used to. And the ‘boost’ I put on the photo colour made my teeth look yellow. Stellar. I promise I have pearly whites! I left it on there for about 10 minutes while I was type type typing away. It’s also a good make up remover, as coconut oil will take your make up off but won’t clog pores! If it’s really cold in your bathroom this might become super thick, but just take a bit and rub it between fingers then onto your face.

 

Now here is thy beautiful raw honey face wash. Sittin’ in a lavender bush.IMG_5009

 

Raw Honey Face Wash

Makes enough for 2-4 Applications.

2 tsp raw (preferably local/same province or state)

1 tsp cold pressed coconut oil

2 drops therapeutic grade lavender oil

Warm honey and oil in a pan JUST until they’re warm enough to stir together. Add in the lavender oil. Stir, then smear on your face, massaging in with your fingers, avoiding your eyes! I just wanted to do a small tester batch, but next time I’ll make more and keep it in a jar in the bathroom.

Let sit for 5-10 minutes on your face. (And accidentally lick your lips and get some, it’s tasty!)

Wash off with warm water.

My skin feels so soft and amazing now!

 

 

 

Lotion Bars

This is the other recipe that we made at the mini workshop, along with Raw Chocolate.

 

Conventional lotion in liquid form either needs to be kept in the fridge or have loads of additives. Enter the Lotion Bar!

 

These can also be used as lip chap! I have mine in a small bowl by the sink, it’s been used for a while not, I didn’t have any new bars, they’d all been given away to friends! So what you’re seeing is one that’s been used for months, they last a long time though!

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Marius is obviously not a hand model. He’d just got home from work and he was making bamboo bow+arrows with Mac. I needed someone to hold it soooo…there he was.

 

Lotion Bars

Makes two bars

1 1/8 oz coconut oil

1 oz beeswax

1 oz cocoa butter

16 drops essential oil of choice

 

Melt together oil, wax and cocoa butter until just melted. Stir in essential oil. Pour into two muffin tin holes and put into the freezer to cool. That’s it!

 

Notes:

-I like to heat up the muffin tin at 350F for a few minutes so they settle nicely into the holes.

-If you want two different scents, don’t stir in the essential oils, but pour them into the muffin tins, then individually scent each bar and stir well.

-Feel free to use a mini muffin pan for small ones to give away!

 

 

Raw Chocolate

I’ve been promising this recipe to friends for a while. I held a mini workshop and taught friends how to make this recipe as well as Lotion bars (recipe soon!). I told them I’d post it the next day. That was uhhh, cough, last Tuesday.

 

I’m a chocolate person. Mars bars used to tickle my fancy. Then I got picky, then I kinda just stopped buying chocolate because none of it was worth it. Finally I decided to come up with my own recipe! I looked a bit at others online, but none were what I was looking for.

This, however, is the jackpot!

 

Cacao= Superfood Antioxidant, Coconut oil= crazy healthy fat, Raw Honey= Allergy superfood.

 

I mean, it’s health food y’all.

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Pictured here is Peppermint Espresso. It’s actually not my favourite, but by the time I got to taking pictures, my favourites had disappeared because some-bunny ate them all.

 

Where I live a good chocolate bar like green and blacks or coco camino is $4-$5. You can make 4X that for the same price with this recipe! Although there is no weird stabilizers so you need to keep it in the freezer. No biggy, the door makes a good shield so your children can’t see you sneak it.

 

The flavour combinations are endless! I’ve started experimenting with using essential oils (Make sure you’re using therapeutic grade that can be eaten!)

Wild Orange+Cashew

Lemon+Pistachio

Peppermint+Espresso

Dried Cranberry+Almond

Fresh Mint

Coconut+Dried Blueberries.

 

Experiment here!

 

Raw Chocolate

3/4 c extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil

1/2 c + 2 tbsp raw CACAO (Not cocoa please)

3 tbsp raw honey

16 drops essential oils of choice

Nuts/Seeds/Dried fruit/Whatevs

 

Put a bowl or measuring bowl that will hold all of this in the fridge

Melt all three together on low JUST until liquid. Whisk well. Add in Essential oils if using.

Pour into bowl in fridge and stir every 3-5 minutes until the mixture is thick. You need them to start solidifying so they suspend the honey instead of it sinking to the bottom. A thin batter is the texture that works best.

While that’s cooling prep your pan. Using parchment, butcher wrap, wax paper, saran wrap or tinfoil line your pan.

Three pan choices: Not adding bits and want a thick bar/adding small amount of bits= 9″x5″ loaf pan. Medium-large amount of bits= 9″x9″ pan.

When chocolate is ready, pour it into the pan. Freeze until solid. Take it out and cut it up, then put into a container and store in the freezer .

Sprinkle your ‘bits’ into the pan, judge it by how much you want per bite. I’m not a ‘fruit and nut’ chocolate bar person until this recipe. I LOVE lots of dried fruit and nuts!