Sunday, June 14, 2015

Oregano - Oh! How I love (and hate) thee!

I'm stubborn!  As a mid-lifer with some of the usual issues of hot flashes and the odd ache here and there, I tend to utilize my home oil kit as I have for over 11 years now, before seeking the professional's opinion, but...

Since we're not talking just good scents, or a bath scrub, but actually using an essential oil in a therapeutic healing way, let's see what some real doctors have to say on the subject of Oregano Oil.

Here's what Dr Mercola has to say about Oregano


This is what Dr. Axe thinks

What do I think?  I'm currently attacking some sort of energy draining sinus thing and I think it works, however, unless oregano is on pizza or spaghetti sauce, it doesn't taste so wonderfully good and on sensitive areas (gums for instance), it is a slightly attention-getting heated experience.

Use with caution and for heaven's sake dilute the stuff with a carrier oil.  Your skin will thank you!

You can get Oil of Oregano at any health food store or from me, of course, but if you are a diy type and prefer to grow and make your own, here's a cool site to tell you how: Make Your Own Oil of Oregano

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To Buy a Diffuser Like the One You Saw

Click Here For the Diffuser

You will have choices once you get there:

1. Retail or Wholesale Membership. Either way is fine, but to get the diffuser at the lowest possible cost, chose wholesale.

2.  In Step 2, choose between the $150 Premium Starter Kit and the $75 Basic Plus Starter Kit. The third one, the basic kit for $40, does NOT come with a diffuser.

If you need assistance, I am happy to help you. Just email, text me or message me on Facebook. If you made it here, you have my card with those details.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Update on Aromatherapy Jewelry at Events

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It's market season, so most of the aromatherapy jewelry is headed outdoors to enjoy the sun and the people at Rogers Farmer's Market, Bentonville First Friday and...maybe one more venue soon.  If you found us there, thank you for stopping by our blog. : )

If you haven't seen the pieces that enable you to wear your favorite essential oils in jewelry and switch out oils whenever you desire, please do come out and see us. You'll find us by following your nose along the wafting essential oils diffusing in the air.

While you're there, check out the fabulous local produce and cool local art and craft works available. AND...enter our drawing for an aromatherapy pendant. I draw a name each week. I post the names on my Facebook page. Please like our page while you're there to be updated on market venues classes, sharing evenings and special sales for Facebook readers.

The pictures show just a couple of the designs available and there are more coming, as are replacement felt balls so you can switch out your oils. We have three pendant sizes and most are silver plated, while a few are gold plated. They are presented simply, on ribbon, to keep prices affordable and enable you to slip them onto your favorite chain.

After testing, we have established that the oil will diffuse for about a week from the felt pendant inserts and for about one day on the lava bead pieces.

Included with your pendant is the initial oil infusion of your felt (usually about 3 drops) of the oil of your choice. Once you are ready to re-infuse to refresh your oil, we have 1 mL vials of several oils available for sale at very reasonable prices. You can also purchase more felt inserts. If you bring your pendant by, I'll give you a couple of extras which were not available in the first couple of weeks we were at events.

New designs are in the works all the time and I'm excited to unveil them in a couple of weeks.

Rogers Farmer's Market runs Wednesday and Saturdays from 7am (where's my peppermint oil infused coffee?) til 1pm.

Bentonville First Friday runs from a much more civilized 11am until 8pm. It gets crazy crowded after 5pm - think big city peak hour subway crowded - so if that doesn't sound like fun, plan to come earlier in the day.

If you are not in the area, the aromatherapy jewelry will soon be available in my Etsy, or Artfire shop and once they are, I'll post the links.

If you are in the area, consider yourself invited to one of our local classes about the uses of essential oils and how to switch out your medicine cabinet with healthier essential oils instead. We hold them about every second week. I usually post them on my Facebook page, but message me to see when the next one is scheduled and do let me know if you plan to attend so we can chat.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Maybe More Revenue is better than More Frugality for Money Goals?

Seems obvious, right?  Then, why do so many financial gurus stress cutting back and squeezing every ounce of worth out of each penny?

If your goal is to save for something, pay down debt or provide for a child's education or your own retirement, your handling of money may have to change, but is increased frugality the correct answer for you?

Perhaps, perhaps not. It depends on what you know about yourself.

I'm not suggesting throwing money around like a teen girl in the 80's at the mall, but perhaps eating noodles every night isn't in your best interests to achieve your goal.  Cutting unnecessary expenditures is always good and I'm all for not spending more than necessary, like on cell phone service. Ugh! What a fiasco of greed that industry is, but that's not the subject here.

Does scrimping and doing without to the extreme make your life more of a soul-sucking experience than a vibrant joyous adventure?  For some people, it would be a game, a challenge to win, but to others, it's a depressing period to be endured.

What if increasing your revenue in creative ways is a better way to go?  What if looking at your possessions, talents and hobbies in a new light could produce additional income possibilities?

Here are some ideas:

Sell stuff you don't use on EBay, Craigslist or Etsy/Artfire is it applies.

Sell your time and skills or tutor, work, consult, provide a service.

Create something and sell it, or the plans/patterns to create it.

Start a home business with an already established company in a product niche you enjoy.

House sit, pet sit, transport people.

Ask for a raise at work.

Garden for those like me with no green thumbs, but a voracious veggie habit.

You get the idea. Start thinking of ways to bring in extra income to fund your project.  Maybe you'll enjoy the process more.

Good luck and enjoy the journey.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thinking of Having a Booth at a Community Event - Do It!

If your business needs more exposure and you are considering taking a booth at a public community event, fair, craft show, whatever, stop thinking and start doing.

For years, and yes, I mean years, I quibbled and I procrastinated, and I wasted valuable time that my business could have been growing at a faster rate by not doing events. So get on it, commit to it and get it done.  You'll thank me later...after you can talk again, lol.

It was by far, the most fun I have had sharing my business in years.  I mean, I market essential oils, so they smell good, well, there's a couple that smell challenging, but most of them have the most captivating aromas, so people respond very well.

That was taken before I finished setting up and yes, I must iron that drape next time, lol.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Got Stress? Me too!

New job, building a business, planning events and classes and just day to day life. Even if it is fun and purposeful, it can still be stressful.  So, what to do?

Take time for yourself, find joy in the simple things, laugh with your family and friends, pet your companion critter, work on a hobby, get a massage, escape to nature.

All good options, but...most of all, reduce the constant clatter, chatter and calamity screaming screens.

Have you noticed that everywhere you go lately it seems, there is noise and stimulation?  My gosh, do we really need motion activated screens in grocery stores and at gas stations?  Are we that incapable of being quiet that we must always have input every second?

If you ask me, it's just a way to dumb down the masses by never ever giving us a moment to think beyond immediate shallow possibilities.


As always, the best alternative when you can't just turn off or unplug, is essential oils.  For stress in particular, my favorite, far over Lavender or even Peace and Calming, but just short of Jasmine, or an evergreen forest, is...

Stress Away is a delightful blend of Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata), Lime (Citrus lime), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), Ocotea (Ocotea quixos), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis).

Get it, use it and relax! 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Young Living Essential Oil 101 Classes and Treating Ear Infections (a rabbit trail)

Recently, I've been involved in sharing Young Living introductory essential oil classes and it is fascinating to see people's eyes open to the power and possibilities of these amazing oils and taking the responsibility for their simple health maintenance back into their own hands.


One woman said to me last night "I always just took my Dr's advice and never looked beyond the white coat".  I know what she means. You should respectfully consider your Dr.'s advice, but always do your own research and trust what is right for your family. For life threatening situations, or surgical needs, you can't beat them, but just make sure that degree of intervention is required.


My awakening occurred when my young 3 year old daughter was having ear infections every month. We reached the stage after repeated antibiotic prescriptions that her Pediatrician, a wonderful Dr btw, suggested tubes.  I refused and sought out a second opinion at Bastyr University in Seattle, a teaching Naturopathic and healing center focusing on other modalities.

                     An aerial view of the Bastyr campus taken during the fall.

A team of two (one a student) spent a couple of hours going over her health history and lifestyle and the root cause of her recurring condition was deemed to be lactose intolerance, a simple milk allergy. Just digging a little deeper with the right background education and changing the focus to look at cause, not symptom relief, produced a No Surgery Needed diagnosis. They wrote the order that I had to carry for years that she was not to ingest animal milk products. To this day, 18 years later, she will still get sick if she gives into her milk-shake or ice-cream craving.


I realize how blessed we were to have that resource so readily available since living in more remote areas for decades with no alternative practitioners for hours. Now though, with the power of the internet, so much more information is at hand.

Well, that was a rabbit trail, so back to the point. When it comes to your health, you are the one responsible to research, research, research until something works.  Oh, by the way, if you look in the Reference Book for Essential Oils, you would find Melrose and Immupower suggested for ear infections.

Search out Introduction to Young Living Essential Oils on Youtube and you'll find some good information if you don't have a class close by. I'll be recording one soon, but in case you want to see one before then, here you go (LaDonna is not related in any way to my group, but it's a good presentation):


My suggestion is that you first consider the natural, God-given substances before the man-made created ones and essential oils are right at the top of that list.  

Enjoy your learning journey.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Movement is Uprising

Did you guys see this the other night? I did and it is powerful and heart-wrenching. Are you ready to join the movement?

Want to learn more about cbd and hemp? 
Learn here: http://www.mycbdresearch.comThen, go here: and join the movement
Enjoy!! I am.

Friday, February 28, 2014

What Do You Know About Hemp?

I have to admit, beyond knowing about clothes and rope made from hemp fiber and hemp seeds, I was pretty clueless about hemp, but I'm learning fast. For instance, if you have bought bird seed, you have most likely purchased hemp seeds.

You may be thinking, but isn't that illegal?  Nope, you are thinking of hemp's sibling. 

If you want to learn about it too, pop over to some of these sites and get reading:

Why am I interested in Hemp? Specifically CBD rich industrial hemp oil. Well, for the CBD of course!

You'll have to do your own research on CBD because much of it leads to some stunning history, exciting properties and amazing uses.  Go ahead, search for CBD rich hemp oil. Then come back here and message me about where you can get some. Email is over there ---->

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