Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Understand the Power of Using Essential Oils to Enhance Your Mood

UPDATE:  Starting in August 2013,  I only use Spark Naturals Oils.  They offer better pricing and no need to sign up for a monthly minimum order.  They offer an affiliate program for you to have your own 10% off code and you can share that with your family and friends to receive commissions for sharing SN oils with those you love.  You can learn how to sign up for the affiliate program here.  You can use my name and affiliate #17 if you would like to join me helping others use essential oils to heal themselves and their loved ones.   You can find the sign up forms here as well.

As many of you read two weeks ago, I have lived with PTSD for over 18 years now and using the essential oils mentioned in the video below have played an incredible part in my healing journey.   Every week my body seems to be changing and I can assure you that is a wonderful thing.   I do not share this information with you flippantly, I take the responsibility of putting it out there very seriously.   So seriously, that it took me over four months to tell all of you the amazing results I am experiencing. 

Here a sampling of exciting changes that have taken place since adding essential oils to our family’s life:

  • It has been almost five weeks since I began exclusively using my natural deodorant without one day of body odor.
  • I have enjoyed incredible results following this protocol for allergies and anxiety.  I made it through this rough spring with very little nasal and breathing challenges.  That included me spending tons of time at several horse barns.
  • Our children (and us) have remained healthy by using my Be Well Blend every night and when they get sick it doesn’t last long at all(I diffuse it in their rooms when anyone starts to come down with anything)!
  • Our children no longer struggle to fall asleep thanks to this amazing protocol – diffusing my Sleepy Time Blend in their rooms and rubbing it on the back of their necks and wrists.
  • I use 2 drops of Frankincense every am/pm and the benefits have been incredible!  Not to mention I add it to many of my other EO’s to give them an extra added boast!
  • Every morning I start my day with 8-10 oz. hot water, 2 drops lemon EO, 1-2 drops cinnamon EO and 2 TBS organic apple cider vinegar.
  • I have used Shield Blend to heal ear infections in several of our children.
  • Lavender Oil has helped heal several of our children’s dry skin issues mixed with coconut oil.  I put it on burns, scratches, cuts, and bug bites/stings.  I even put it on our son’s chicken pox recently and he blew through them with very little discomfort. 

The safest way to use all essential oils is can be found in these two posts. 

Because our moods are a complex interplay of  emotional and physical components, our bodies are constantly working very hard to remain in or achieve inner balance.  It doesn’t take long to see how easily our lives can get out of balance and how great the need for emotional and physical support becomes to our health.

As you read through this chart  I use the following by Spark Naturals in place of what dT sells. 

ZEN is like Balance but I think much stronger

Bliss in place of Serenity

Lemon, Lavender, and Wild Orange mixed in equal parts with fractioned oil in place of Citrus Bliss

Ylang Ylang in place of Elevation



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Stuffed with Beef–Grain and Gluten Free



You all know I have a thing for Pinterest.    One of my favorite things to do on there is find new recipes to make for our family.   I’m happy to report that each one I have tried so far they have loved.   Thus, my daily search for more to try!

This Tuesday I decided to make something totally new for me!

I found this recipe and like I always do – I make them my own. 

You could always make the cabbage wraps and then place in crock-pot for 3-4 hours on low. 

Now I will share the steps I took to make this delicious meal.  (Excuse the poor quality photos I took them with my cell phone)

First I cored the cabbage heads and then boiled them for 15 minutes.   Next I turned off the heat and let them sit in the pot for another 15 minutes.  

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees.


At the same time I browned the beef.   Then drained any fat and poured it into a large mixing bowl.


Here is what I added to the 2 pounds of cooked organic grass feed beef:

  • 2 organic eggs whisked
  • 1 cup of organic tomato sauce
  • 2 TBS of grade B maple syrup
  • 2 oz of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1tsp of organic garlic powder

I stirred that up really well and with a quarter cup scoop I began filling the cabbage leaves one by one (rolling them wasn’t as hard as I thought).

You can see they were all a bit different in size. 


I placed the lid on them and set the timer for 30 minutes.  

I then removed the lid and poured on 2 – 3 TBS of olive oil and a bit more tomato sauce and cooked them for an additional 15 minutes.


This is what they looked like right out of the oven…


I baked asparagus to go with it this dish.   I put it on a cookie sheet, pour a little olive oil on it, sprinkle on my favorite spices and bake for 18 minutes.  It is my favorite way to cook asparagus.   It comes out perfect every single time.

All ready to serve. 


On the top left of my plate is the extra cabbage and beef that would not fit in the casserole dish.   I chopped up the extra cabbage and put it back into the pot I cooked the beef in.   I cooked it on medium heat with butter (non GMO) for 15 minutes and it was AMAZING!

This immediately became a house favorite!  It will definitely be added into my menu rotation.

Let me know how you all like it!  Smile

Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed day!


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