Tea Tree Oil

Have you heard about tea tree oil?

For a long time I would hear people talk about using tea tree oil for various things. The way they would talk about it, it almost seemed like a miracle oil that was good for everything from acne to ear infections.

WebMD describes Tea Tree Oil like this:

Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas.

Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa.

Some people add it to bath water to treat cough, bronchial congestion, and pulmonary inflammation.

Sounds pretty good right?

So, once I was introduced to the wonders of essential oils, for a long time (don’t laugh), I wondered why Young Living didn’t have Tea Tree Oil as part of their essential oil collection. I mean, they have several hundred single and oil blends, why couldn’t I find Tea Tree Oil?

After a few months, I figured it out. They do! It’s just not called Tea Tree Oil! It’s called Melaleuca Alternifolia and it’s included in their new Everyday Oils kit!

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Some of the uses WebMD lists for Tea Tree Oil:

Acne and Athlete’s Foot and some people use it for things like bad breath, gingivitis, dandruff, cold sores, lice, yeast infections, ear infections and ringworm (though WebMD notes there is not enough scientific evidence to say with any certainty they help all of these conditions.)

For those of you who are into holistic ways of keeping your family healthy and supporting their well being in a natural way, Melaleuca Alternifolia is one of those oils you definitely want to keep on hand.

If you would like more information on essential oils and how they can help support your family’s health. Please visit my Essential Oil site here.

If you’re ready to join me on this oily journey toward a more holistic and abundant life, you can sign up here.

Have a great day!

* I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am just a mom who looks for holistic ways to keep her family healthy! These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Do you have an attitude of gratitude?

Thanksgiving.

My priest mentioned in his homily on Sunday that someone once told him that Thanksgiving was “premeditated gluttony.” I cannot disagree with that assessment. Most of us who are blessed with plenty of food, will be stuffing ourselves with traditional fare like turkey is less than 24 hours away, we begin to reflect on the things in our lives we are thankful for.

Since this American holiday is tomorrow, I thought I would share with you a video of people telling others how grateful they were for the things they have done for them. It is truly an uplifting and beautiful video to watch.

After you have viewed the video, write a letter to someone who has blessed your life, then call them and read your letter aloud.

Be grateful. Be blessed. Have a wonderful day filled with gratitude.

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antioxidants

Antioxidants here … Antioxidants there … Antioxidants everywhere!

Have you ever wondered, “What are antioxidants and why am I supposed to be getting on that train?”

I did. I kept hearing that this or that product was loaded in antioxidants. You should be juicing and eating certain fruits and vegetables because they’re loaded in antioxidants.

However, if you’re like me, scientific phrases and explanations just leave me glassy-eyed. When someone tries to explain a scientific theory or fact to me, I’m sure I look something like this:

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So, I’m going to try and explain this whole oxidation and antioxidant stuff the way I see it and how I think it works.

Let’s start out with a simple visual of what oxidation does to a nail:

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After two days of oxidation, a normal “healthy” nail is transformed into a rusty hot mess of sickness.

So, if you think of yourself as a healthy nail, all shiny and pretty and new, then think of yourself oxidizing. What that means is your body starts to rust like that ugly sick mess of a nail on top.

Another example is fruit. What happens to an apple or a banana after you’ve cut it open and it’s exposed?

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This, my friends, is why you do not want your body to oxidize. No one wants to be a rotting, decaying blob of fruit.

While we need oxygen in our bodies to keep us healthy, too much of a good thing can hurt us.

Technically speaking, oxidation is this (from WebMD):

As oxygen interacts with cells of any type – an apple slice or, in your body, the cells lining your lungs or in a cut on your skin — oxidation occurs. This produces some type of change in those cells. They may die, such as with rotting fruit. In the case of cut skin, dead cells are replaced in time by fresh, new cells, resulting in a healed cut.

This birth and death of cells in the body goes on continuously, 24 hours a day. It is a process that is necessary to keep the body healthy. “Oxidation is a very natural process that happens during normal cellular functions,” researcher Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition at Tufts University in Boston, tells WebMD.

Yet there is a downside. “While the body metabolizes oxygen very efficiently, 1% or 2% of cells will get damaged in the process and turn into free radicals,” he says.

“Free radicals” is a term often used to describe damaged cells that can be problematic. They are “free” because they are missing a critical molecule, which sends them on a rampage to pair with another molecule. “These molecules will rob any molecule to quench that need,” Blumberg says.

Keeping that in mind, antioxidants are like little soldiers fighting those free radicals (damaged cells that have been linked to serious conditions like heart disease, Parkinson’s, and cancer).

You must keep in mind that all antioxidants are not created equal. If we’re going with the soldier analogy, you need all different types of antioxidants in your army: generals, lieutenants, corporals and privates. They all have different jobs to do.

That’s why eating your fruits and vegetables is so important. Those plants mean life!

As I have grown older (and hopefully wiser), I find myself eating a more plant-based diet. Periodically during the year, I eat vegan and sometimes I even go raw vegan (usually during the summer).

One way I ensure I get a nice dose of antioxidants is to drink 2 oz. of Young Living’s Ningxia Red every morning.

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Make sure you keep your body healthy! It is one of the most important things you can do for yourself to ensure you are living an abundant life!

What is your favorite antioxidant rich food?

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5 things

I saw a meme on Facebook a while back that laid out the 5 things every Christian should know. I liked what I saw and thought I’d make my own graphic and discuss the points made.

As Christians, I think many people have the impression that everything should be smooth sailing because of their faith. Not so. Your faith makes things possible. It means you know there is a bigger picture.

It means you know that God is walking with you every step of the way.

So, what are these 5 things every Christian should know?

1. The Road is Hard

That’s right. Just because you have accepted Christ does not mean that you will never have anything bad happen to you. What it means is that you can rely on Him to see you through these hard times. You can look for the lessons those hard times teach you and you can know that no matter what, “All things work for the good for those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28)

2. Temptation will come

Don’t think that just because you’re a Christian, you’re beyond temptation. Temptation is a part of life and I have an opinion that for some people, once they have embraced a life of Christianity, that temptation seems to be more prevalent. Maybe it’s because we notice it more and recognize it for what it is … sin. I’m not sure, but I do know that we must fight the temptations that are put in our way. And know that if you fall, you ask God for forgiveness, pick yourself up and try to do better from that point forward. He does not ask us to be perfect, only Christ was perfect here on earth. However, we can do our best and learn from our struggles. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

3. Life is short

Nothing lasts forever. Not good times. Not bad times. And life certainly doesn’t last forever … at least until you get to heaven. You should embrace the important things in your life. Your husband, your children, your parents, your family, your friends. Tell those you love that you love them every day. Show them. Don’t make them guess about your feelings. You do not ever want to regret or question if those who you love knew you loved them. Make this a priority. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – (1 Corinthians 13:13)

4. Eternity is for Real

Eternity is a hard concept for us humans as we are very time-centered creatures. Have you ever really tried to visualize eternity? It makes my brain hurt! However, we know that we are promised an eternity in heaven with Christ and it is for that eternity we should strive for and not the acceptance of those here on earth. Sometimes that is not an easy life to live. However, it is important that we love Christ, more than we love the world. “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19)

5. People are not perfect

No one is perfect. Not your fellow Christians and not anyone you know. We all are sinners. I have said this before in one of my blog posts, but until I had my daughter (oldest child), I really had no concept of unconditional love. Oh, I knew my parents loved me unconditionally; however, it was not until I held my daughter in my arms that I really understood how deep that love was, or what unconditional love really is. And once I had my other two children, I had some inkling of how God loves all of us here on earth. Because all three of my children have different personalities and I love all three of them unconditionally. I may not be happy with all of the choices they make, but there is nothing they could ever do that would make me not love them. That is how I believe God loves every person on this earth. He may not be happy with the choices we make in our day-to-day lives, but I believe he never stops loving us. Therefore, I personally try and live my life by the creed Christ taught us –> “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John13:34)

So, these are the 5 things every Christian should know. Do you agree? Disagree? What 5 things do you believe every Christian should know?

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It’s Oily Friday, which means I’m going to be talking about my oils.

Today’s post was inspired by Food Babe who wrote a post earlier this week about Mascara and which one is the best pick for us chemically-adverse cosmetic lovers. You can see her post here.

Since I was trying to find inspiration for today’s post, this was perfect!

I am about to tell you a secret ingredient I add to all of my mascara purchases. One that I believe makes my lashes longer, thicker and healthier.

And it’s natural!

What is it?

Young Living’s Lavender essential oil!

Yes, you heard that right. I add 1 – 2 drops of essential oil to any new bottle of mascara. Swirl the brush around to mix it up good and just apply as usual.

I know it sounds crazy, right? I’m in several Facebook groups of women who are “oily” like me (that’s the phrase we use for people who love these oils so much and carry them with us everywhere). I kept seeing all of these posts from women saying they used Young Living’s Lavender in their mascara and were amazed at their longer, thicker and healthier looking lashes.

So, I figured why not?

And boy am I glad I did! It works!

And do you want to know why? It’s because about half of us … are you ready for it? Half of us might have eyelash mites growing at the base of our eyelash hair follicles. And if you’re like me and have been using mascara for many years, you’re almost guaranteed to have them!

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Don’t get too grossed out though. We humans have been coexisting with bacteria, parasites and mites for a long, long, time.

But here’s the reason you want to put a drop or two of Young Living’s lavender essential oil in your new tube of mascara.

When these mites get too populated in the base of those eyelashes, they can cause that eyelash to fall out. If this happens too many times, the result can be sparse sickly eyelashes instead of the long and luxurious ones we ladies love!

The Lavender essential in your mascara can kill those mites and allow your lashes to be their gorgeous selves without those nasty mites getting in the way of their healthy growth.

You know what else you can do? Wash your face every night with virgin organic coconut oil. There is you should not be sleeping in your makeup and this is one of them!

Want to try this for yourself? Here are the directions:

Lavender-laced Mascara

– Remove the mascara applicator
– Put 2 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil into the bottle
– Replace the mascara applicator and gently swirl the applicator (Don’t pump! That puts are into the mascara and will dry it out and make it clump.)
– Each time you apply your mascara, simply swirl the applicator first to mix up the Young Living Lavender essential oil in the tube.

Definitely give this a try and let me know how great your lashes look and feel!

Want to try these amazing Young Living products for yourself? Sign up for a wholesale account here. You never have a certain amount to buy or a quota to meet. You just get these powerful oils at wholesale prices.

Remember, only Young Living has been in business for over 20 years. Only Young Living owns their own farms and only Young Living has their Seed to Seal guarantee for 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Grab some oily goodness for yourself and your family!

* I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am just a mom who looks for holistic ways to keep her family healthy. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose or cure disease.