Making My Own Sunshine

If you have never experience a bipolar teen be thankful! The roller coaster is a hard and fast ride! Last night my 16 year old bipolar teen decided NOT to go to sleep (at all). AND YES he IS at school TODAY!!! Well this lady NEEDS sleep! So being woken up at 3:30 am to the sound of the television, then the shower, blender, cat meowing, dog barking all before MY real alarm was set to go off at 5:30 am does not make this lady happy! So no sleep and gray skies and cool weather means I AM MAKING MY OWN SUNSHINE today! Here’s my recipe for today!

1. Reading other people’s blogs feeling their pains, celebrating their celebrations sharing the joy in the images they share- SUNSHINE!

2. Diffusing peppermint, only way I am staying up. (Don’t drink caffeine although by three I MIGHT!!!)

3. Listening to children read. If you haven’t had the joy of listen to children read this is a must! Fills your heart with pure SUNSHINE!



The Nose Knows

I have not found an appliance I have been more in love with! Love my Keurig, microwave, hair dryer, Crock Pot and Magic Bullet, but none hold a candle to my Home Diffuser!

Never heard of a diffuser? Neither had I before July 2013 until I entered the world of essential oils. And now I CAN NOT live without one! This is what it is! It combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy that safely releases essential oils into the air to eliminate odors and create a spa-like atmosphere. Sounds glorious right? Well let me tell you it is! What one product can take you back to your childhood, put you to sleep, help you when you are sick? None… The key is in the nose!


The olfactory system includes all physical organs or cells relating to, or contributing to, the sense of smell. When we inhale through the nose, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and, almost immediately, the brain.

Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth are also carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Thus, inhaled essential oils can affect the body through several systems and pathways.

Interaction with the Limbic System (Emotional Brain)

During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”

The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998). This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions. Knowing this, we can hypothesize how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” Helen Keller

So, depending on the oil you place in the diffuser the reaction of the body is different.

Once taking 2 different sleep medications now just Cedarwood Oil, Peace and Calming Oil (tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli and blue tansy), valerian root and melatonin I can get a great night’s sleep. This was something I once thought an impossibility without a script! Natural products allow me to function daily with a clear brain. two years ago I would have NEVER believed this to be possible.

I now have 3 diffusers! One in my bedroom for sleep, kitchen for the common areas and in my classroom (my home away from home).

CAUTION: I had someone who had heard me talk about my diffuser and they ordered one online. Within a week theirs had broken and they wanted to know how long mine lasted. All I can say is Young Living’s diffusers come with a 1 Year warranty. I would NOT be buying mine online from Amazon or from Whole Foods as I like that I can return it within a year if it were to break. I can say my first two diffusers, that are over a year a still going strong. My latest one the Bamboo Diffuser used EVERYDAY!!

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From the scent of Christmas with cinnamon and orange to sleepy scents like cedarwood, Peace and Calming and Lavender to waking up with Lemon and Peppermint I will NEVER be without one of these handy appliances again. Addicted? YES!!!!!


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Hello Monday… Or NOT!

Ohhhh What a day!!! All I can say without these two oils I would have NOT made it through the day!!!


I started out with my teenage son up at 4:00 AM! Exercising and showering before school! Then a mini meltdown on the way to school. 3 miles NEVER FELT SO FAR! If you don’t have a teenager let’s just say at that moment I did not want one either!!! By the time I dropped him off at 7am I was already reaching for Stress Away!


I applied to my wrists and took a few deep breaths ready to put the rough start behind me. Sigh… pull into my get my favorite HAPPY pick me up! An Arnold Palmer at Chik Fil A. Judge me not, I don’t drink coffee. So when I heard a man’s voice and not the happy cheerful Ginny I tensed up and ordered, only to hear “we don’t have lemonade this morning, would you like something else?” Ummmm…. Hold back the scream… “Cause you DID NOT make when you were supposed to???” Sigh… Ummm. “No, Thank you” and off I was to work! Without my happy drink! 😦

As I get to my classroom I notice my principal with the custodian popping in and out of classrooms. Mind you it is only 7:20 AM!!! So it was the day of our annual fire inspection… I do not use the fluorescent torture bulbs in my classroom. I have dim high effeciency light bulbs in lamps throughout my classroom. Well…sigh… apparently the fire inspector does not “like” lamps. So Out went my lamps all six of them into the storage closet unplugged and off. And HELLO TORTURE BULBS! That was when I reached for Oola Balance… Here is what Young Living says about this oil…

“Young Living and Oola have partnered together to offer this one of a kind essential oil blend Oola Balance. This blend is designed to align and balance your center giving you an increase in concentration with a positive outlook. As mind and body are balanced, the ability to focus on passions, behaviors, and health are amplified for the better.”

The ingredients… (INSERT SCRATCH AND SNIFF) Inhale…Exhale…

Lavender, Frankincence, Ocotea, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Orange, Angelica, Geranium, Hyssop, Sage, Spruce, Coriander, Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, Rose, Balsam Fir, Myrrh, Cistus, Spikenard, Blue Spruce


Well let me say by 7:40 am I was swimming in so much oil I was ready to face the day tattered from being yelled at by a teenager, sans my Arnold Palmer and florescent lighting shining brightly (HELLO FIBRO) over my readers… Tuesday BETTER be BETTER!

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Having the possibility of pain relief is a double edged sword! IF I give myself to the possibility of relief I let my mind go to a place of hope… one that could turn to bite me in the butt if it doesn’t work out! If I don’t let my mind go there then there is NO hope!


I was in this place so many times in the past! Doctor after doctor giving myself over to the possibility… pain relief… one time it came from an experience a naturally healing center…

“Come for a free evaluation” “We treat Fibromyalgia” So off I went for my “free” Ok $100 evaluation … not so free (but of course I did NOT know that until AFTER the evaluation! Here is how it went… See the ad, HOPE pain relief will come this time…take time off work… HOPE, go to appointment…HOPE! Everything sounded great! They will do a thorough evaluation, real doctors but natural healing focus! They did bloodwork… extensive… saw the chiropractor… Doctor said… come back in a week for follow up and to review the results. HOPE EVERY DAY OF EVERY MINUTE FOR THAT WEEK!!!

When I returned in a week (With HOPE in my pocket) I was let into a little room. a binder was brought to me, with my results. The bad news… ha I have fibromyalia (Yeah, I knew that, let me NOT laugh or cry), Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Yeah, I knew that), Degenerative Disk disease (Hmmm… new dx) The good news… We can treat all of this for… drum roll…$8,000 (Hope went right down the drain) my great health insurance does not cover their services. Oh and it is HALF up front AND I would need to come 3X a week for treatment (Ummm I work and tutor, and I am a wife and mom) Once a week would be stretching it… HOPE was in the toilet at this point! At what cost is HOPE? Within reach my or out of it?

I have felt many times as though Fibro has stolen my HOPE. When and where would I find it? At a doctors office, with a new treatment, a pill (or many of them), natural healing center?


Had I not been given this experience I am not sure my mind would have been open to natural healing methods. If they had something that would work at the cost of $8,000 what else is out there I don’t know about? My mind had been so stuck in the cycle of seeing doctors, trying pills, seeing more doctors trying new pills that natural methods were foreign to me. Enter Young Living Essential Oils into my life and HOPE returned once again (resiliency is my strong point)!

Night Fog-In the Dark

Ohhh we all know lack of sleep effects us! Having fibromyalgia and not sleeping well creates a VICIOUS CYCLE!

Little sleep—Pain—Fibro Fog—Little sleep—Pain—Fibro Fog You see what I mean?


Thank You for!/FibroColors the graphic! This shows the cycle clearly!!!

Enter night time… Last night I laid down exhausted from the day. Ready to fall right asleep…ummm think again!! Text comes through… “Hi, mom. I have the worst migraine ever… throwing up all day… going to the ER.” This is from my 19 year old daughter over 2 and 1/2 hours away… ummm sleep NO! Texting back and forth for an  hour… worried momma mode… wandering mind… always to the worst… what if she needs me… what if it is more than a migraine… what if it is too much for her boyfriend to handle… what if… arrggg…Finally she is situated, meds flowing… tell her I gotta get some sleep as I have to get up in 5 hours (midnight by this time)!!! Sigh… she is feeling relief so I can sleep!!! Ummm NO!!! Cat meows she is hungry… dog growls cause one of the other dogs touched him while he is sleeping! (Greyhounds are PICKY sleepers)…Husband’s breathing machine is whistling… ARGG!!! Now my mind… IF I don’t sleep well I will have more pain tomorrow…I have had too many good days… I want a good day… NO MORE PAIN PLEASE… It is already 12:30am If I don’t go to sleep soon… round and round my mind plays… reach for My Tranquil Oil…rub it on…SIGH… drift off the sleep… 4:45 am cat meows AGAIN… HUNGRY AGAIN!!!! (elderly cats eat and eat!!)  I could have had a bit more sleep ok 15 minutes but hey, sleep is sleep…but noooo…and so the day of fogginess starts.

I am dreaming all day of a GOOD NIGHT’s Sleep!!! Free from texts, meows, growls and breathing machine noises!!! Oh and the Tranquil Oil GOES ON BEFORE I LAY DOWN TONIGHT!!!!

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Pan Away = Pain Away

I was hooked the minute I felt the relief of Panaway! Everything I ever knew healing wise was bought at a Pharmacy or Big Box retail shop, prescribed by a doctor with a WARNING LABEL written all over it! This little bottle with the blue label blew my mind! Within several minutes of rubbing a few drops, on a tender area, of course fibromyalgia related for me, the intensity of the pain decreased. I soon made this bottle my best friend! Yep, it went to work with me, cause gosh forbid I did not have it, then I would be in PAIN and have ANXIETY about being in pain! Funny? But if you live with chronic pain it is the TRUTH!


Living in chronic pain became a little bit easier! I now had one useful tool that could knock my pain down from a 6-7 to a 3-4. Not perfect but is was enough to make me research additional oils especially ones for pain and inflammation! Here was me the one with 25 prescription bottles sitting finding more oils (NOT PILLS) to help me to help myself! Now I am NO DOCTOR and having been given EVERY TEST under the moon, had plenty of time to understand my body (certainly not that LIKED it) and given my diagnoses, I can safely say I wanted a VAT of this stuff!

Just look what it can do! Who doesn’t stumble across pain once in awhile?


Wintergreen, helichysum, clove and peppermint are natures beauties in this blend!