My Frankincense Top 10

February 27, 2015 — Leave a comment

Frankincense

Did you know I LOVE Frankincense? It’s true!

Out of all of the essential oils out there and all of the ones I love to smell and use, Frankincense tops my list every single time.

Why? It makes me think of God and my relationship with Him. It reminds me of church and the incense that is burning on Sundays when I enter. It reminds me of Jesus’ birth and the gifts of gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

I think of all the ways it has helped our family, from skincare, to an asthma-induced coughing spasm to wart removal.

If someone told me there is only one essential oil you can have, what would it be? I would respond: Frankincense!

Someone on Facebook posted the following 10 things you may do with Frankincense. Every single one of them I have tried with great success. You should give them a try for yourself.

My Frankincense Top 10

You MAY:

1. Rub it on your head as it could bring a calming effect from anxiousness.
2. Rub a drop of Frankincense oil on your feet as it may cause a calming effect on the body.
3. Put a drop of Frankincense oil on a wart as it may cause it to disappear.
4. Put 1-2 drops of Frankincense oil on a cold sore as it may heal and ease its discomfort.
5. Drop Frankincense oil on any skin issues as it may cause them to clear up.
6. Place several drops of Frankincense oil on a foot injury as it may help the pain and speed the healing process.
7. Place a drop of Frankincense oil with a carrier oil around the bony part of the eye as it may assist your vision.
8. Rub a drop of Frankincense oil over the bridge of the nose as it may help to unblock your lack of smell.
9. Rub Frankincense oil on dry or chapped skin as it may bring relief.
10. Rub a drop of Frankincense oil on an incision after surgery as it may reduce the chance of infection and may also help promote healing.

There’s really no end to the wonderful things that might happen if you use Young Living’s Frankincense to support your and your family’s health.

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* I ONLY use and recommend Young Living essential oils as they are the only company I trust. They are the ONLY company with the Seed to Seal guarantee for purity.

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

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crockpot

What is it about winter and snow that makes a person crave a hot, steaming bowl of creamy soup?

I don’t know. However, I do know that as I sat here watching the forecast for more snow yesterday, I started craving a soup I like to make in the winter that’s called, “Chicken Pot Pie Soup.”

But it’s Lent, which means no meat! I started to look at the recipe and realized that not only could I make a vegetarian version, this sucker could be vegan too!

I was so happy to realize I could have this delicious, hearty and creamy soup!

About noon, I pulled out the ingredients and got to work. First, I dumped a bag of organic, frozen mixed veggies into my old crockpot with about 2 chopped onions (I like onions!).

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Then I peeled and diced about 4 potatoes!

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I added some celery, garlic and a 32 oz. box of vegetable broth to the mix!

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I turned the crockpot on HIGH and left it alone except for going over and stirring it around a few times.

About 1/2 hour before we were ready to eat, I mixed up 3 Tablespoons of flour with 2 cups of Almond Milk. Make sure there are no lumps! Pour it into the soup and stir it around.

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While the flour is thickening in the soup and making it into the creamy delicious masterpiece of yumminess, grab a loaf of bread (I got mine from the bakery at the store), slice it down the middle and make yourself some garlic bread!

Pop it in the oven and you will have the perfect crusty bread to dip in this soup.

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Even my kids, who hate to eat their veggies, LOVE this soup! You will too!

Crockpot Vegetarian Pot Pie Soup Recipe

1 bag of frozen organic mixed vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, carrots)
2 medium onions, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
4 russet potatoes, diced
3 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. thyme
1 32 oz. box of organic vegetable broth
2 cups of milk (either regular or Almond – depending on whether or not you want it vegan)
3 Tablespoons flour (I used all-purpose)

Put all of the first 9 ingredients in the crockpot, set it on HIGH and leave it alone except for the occasional stirring. About 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, mix the milk and flour mixture until their are no lumps. Stir into the soup and let it cook for 30 minutes more until it is thick and creamy. Serve with some crusty garlic bread. Enjoy!

* Sometimes, making this as a vegetarian dish instead of a vegan dish, try adding a block of organic cream cheese to this soup – it will take it to entirely new level of creamy deliciousness!

** I know I probably don’t need to say this, but please use organic, non-GMO produce if at all possible!

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul

stay weird

At the Oscars on Sunday night, I witnessed one of the BEST speeches I’ve ever seen. It was given by Oscar winning screenwriter, Graham Moore and his speech came down to the advice, “Stay weird. Stay different.” It was brilliant!

Here is a transcript:

“Alan Turing never got to stand on a stage like this and look out at all of these disconcertingly attractive faces. I do! And that’s the most unfair thing I’ve ever heard. So in this brief time here, what I wanted to do was say this: When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself. Because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here. And so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do! I promise, you do! Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message along.”

Here’s the video:

Graham went on to clarify that he is not gay, but feels as though we don’t talk about and address depression enough. I agree.

For those of you out there who may be struggling because you feel weird, or different or “nerdy,” … Embrace it. Love the uniqueness that is YOU.

Who wants to be a clone of everyone else? I certainly never did. I still don’t. I like living life on my terms.

Be who you are and love yourself. You are awesome!

And with that, I will leave you with two more videos for today:

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video

I am not a political person. My husband is. My husband is so deep in politics sometimes I think my head will explode from the intrusion it has on our lives.

Maybe that’s why I don’t really care to read about it, or write about it or hear about it. I’m inundated with it every day via my husband. You would think there is nothing else in the world except the Beltway and what’s going on in politics.

That’s okay. It’s HIS passion, not mine. He writes a political blog and has a column with the Washington Times. It makes him happy.

I’ve stated this before, but I’m a libertarian. I am not a fan of big government. I am not a fan of anyone or anything wanting more control over my life.

I saw a commenter on a site once that summed up my feelings perfectly:

You live your life the way you want, I’ll live my life the way I want, just don’t expect me to pay for your stuff.

Unfortunately, the government always thinks they know better than anyone else. They believe they know how to spend my money better than I do. They think they know what kind of health insurance I should carry and how much I should be willing to pay for it. They want to tell me whether or not I can drink milk from my local farmer if it hasn’t been through their federally-approved pasteurization process.

They think it’s perfectly okay to put Genetically Modified food on the market for us to consume, yet demand a farmer jump through hoops because they choose to raise their food without pesticides.

In short, there will never be a time where those in charge of the government will sit back and say, “You know, we’re too big. We need to cut back on some of this stuff.”

It will never happen. They are addicted to telling us what we can and cannot do. They have committees and debates and back-door negotiations to hammer out deals that have nothing to do with what is best for me and you and everything to do with what is best for the deal-makers.

This brings me to the FDA and their stance on Essential Oils. But before that, did you know the FDA actually tried to shut down walnut farmers from saying their nuts were good for your health? It’s true! The FDA tried to claim walnuts were DRUGS! You can read about that here.

It’s not the first time the FDA has tried to prevent people from making claims that food and alternative, holistic methods are viable solutions to health problems. You can read that here.

As for Essential Oils, the FDA is not happy about the success stories and the increasing momentum that is causing people to take control of their own health in holistic ways. How will Big Pharma, their lobbyists and marketing departments make their money if we are all buying essential oils and dumping their lab-created chemical trash down the toilet where it belongs?

This video is one of the best presentations on Essential Oils I have ever seen. While it is very funny, it is also scary, because it’s true!

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headaches

Got a headache?

Instead of popping those nasty pills filled with chemicals and side effects, wouldn’t you rather use a natural remedy to relieve your discomfort?

In this blog post I will outline some of the most common headaches and what I have used to get rid of them. Ready? (The descriptions of these headaches and their symptoms were obtained from the Mayo Clinic website)

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The Cluster Headache

These headaches effect more men than women and occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, which gives the condition its name. Cluster headache is one of the most painful types of headache.

Cluster headache commonly awakens you in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head.

Bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, may last from weeks to months, usually followed by remission periods when the headache attacks stop completely. During remission, no headaches occur for months and sometimes even years.

Fortunately, cluster headache is rare and not life-threatening.

Symptoms:

  • Excruciating pain, generally located in or around one eye, but may radiate to other areas of your face, head, neck and shoulders
  • One-sided pain
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Redness in your eye on the affected side
  • Stuffy or runny nasal passage in your nostril on the affected side of your face
  • Sweaty, pale skin (pallor) on your face
  • Swelling around your eye on the affected side of your face
  • Drooping eyelid
  • The pain of a cluster headache is often described as sharp, penetrating or burning. People with this condition say that the pain feels like a hot poker being stuck in the eye or that the eye is being pushed out of its socket.

What I have used on my family members: Young Living’s Deep Relief, Valor and Frankincense seem to have helped relieve the discomfort associated with this particular headache. I rub them over the effected area.

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The Tension Headache

A tension headache is generally a diffuse, mild to moderate pain in your head that’s often described as feeling like a tight band around your head. A tension headache (tension-type headache) is the most common type of headache, and yet its causes aren’t well understood.

Treatments for tension headaches are available. Managing a tension headache is often a balance between fostering healthy habits and finding effective nondrug treatments.

Symptoms:

  • Dull, aching head pain
  • Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head
  • Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles

What I have used: Fresh air, a long walk, a hot bath using Young Living’s Lavender mixed with epsom salts, layering Valor with Panaway and some Peppermint.

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Sinus Headaches

This is the headache I have struggled with over the years.  I used to go through boxes of Sudafed to prevent the sinus headache from going into Migraine territory. It was the ONLY thing that worked for me.

Sinus headaches are headaches that may accompany sinusitis, a condition in which the membranes lining your sinuses become swollen and inflamed. You may feel pressure around your eyes, cheeks and forehead. Perhaps your head throbs.

Many people who assume they have sinus headaches, including many who have received a diagnosis of sinus headaches, actually have migraines or tension headaches.

When sinus headaches caused by sinusitis do occur, proper diagnosis and treatment are the keys to relief.

Symptoms

  • Pain, pressure and fullness in your cheeks, brow or forehead
  • Pain worsening when bending forward or lying down
  • Yellow-green or blood-tinged nasal discharge
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Achy feeling in your upper teeth
  • Decreased ability to smell or taste

** According to the Mayo Clinic website, 90% of people who seek help for Sinus headaches are actually suffering from Migraines.  See that description below.

What I have used: I have found that the LLP Combination goes a long way to prevent these sinus headaches from ever starting to begin with.  If you are unfamiliar with the LLP, it’s Young Living’s Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint (I used 3 drops each). If I think a headache is on the horizon, I also add 3 drops of Copaiba to that combination.  As for the effectiveness, I have not purchased a box of Sudafed in over a year and a half.

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I have also spoken with others who suffer with sinus headaches and they have stated that RC, Breathe Again and Deep Relief applied over the sinus area brings them comfort.

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The Migraine

I used to get about 4 Migraine headaches a year. Then I had my first child and for some reason, it changed whatever chemical makeup was causing the migraines in my system and I rarely get them anymore. To say I am thankful for this is a huge understatement. Migraines are the worst!

Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Migraines:

A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.

Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg.

An attack can last up to 72 hours.

Symptoms

  • Pain on one side or both sides of your head
  • Pain that has a pulsating, throbbing quality
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds and sometimes smells
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting

What I have used: A hot bath with an ice pack on the top of my head where the concentration of pain is helps a lot. Young Living also has a product called M-grain that many, many people swear by, including me. I basically put it all over my head and neck, but especially on the side of my head that I have the ice pack.

Other Natural and Holistic Websites have also recommended the following alternatives to drugs:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Basil Essential Oil
  • Change of Diet: Check your sensitivity to dairy; chocolate; peanut butter; certain fruits, such as avocado, banana, and citrus; onions; meats with nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs, MSG, sulphates (found in red wine)
  • DIY Scalp massage
  • The herb Feverfew
  • Flaxseed
  • Buckwheat
  • Massage
  • Chiropractor
  • Acupuncture

I have found that a mostly vegetarian diet and exercising outside in fresh air are really important in keeping any kind of headache at bay.

If you are experiencing frequent headaches, or headaches that last longer than a couple of days, please see your doctor, naturopath or chiropractor.

Do you have any tried and true natural remedies for headaches? Let me know!

* I am not a doctor, nor do I play on TV. I am a mom who looks for alternative ways to support her family’s health. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.