Share Your World – 2015 WEEK #50

It is another Week and THAT much closer to the end of the Year!!!

Favorite thing to photograph? Write? Or Cook?

These are all three different things for me! I will give all three a whirl!

I love to photograph nature!

Lucky I work just outside of 135 acres of Pine Forest! There is LOTS of Nature to go around!

I love to write about kids and essential oils! Visit my other Blogs at

Confessions from the Whiteboard

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And I love to cook dinner… Simply cause it is brings the family together. Usually breakfast and lunch we are all out on our own but traditionally in my house dinner has been the meal that brings us all together. Although with Hubby working night, daughter moving out and son being a teenager dinner is looking a bit different in my house.

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing? 

I LOVED swinging as a child! There was something SO comforting about swinging. When my kids were little I attempted  to revisit my childhood love by swinging along side my kids or putting them on my lap and joining for a whirl! The feeling was NO WHERE near the same! The last time I swung WILL BE the LAST time. My head did not recover so well and for days my body still felt off… In motion… 😦 I remember being glad I had a stroller to grip onto for the walk home. This was better left as a childhood memory! This is not something that gets better with age!

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What has surprised you about blogging?

I have been surprised by looking forward to reading other people’s blogs. When they don’t blog for a few days I truly miss them!!

In the writing aspect I have loved sharing my love of oils with people who are new to oils or seasoned people looking for a new way to use oils! Making and sharing new recipes is my favorite.

List at least five favorite desserts.

Hmmmm… My mouth is watering just thinking about this!

  1. Tiramsu (Special OCCASION)
  2. Chocolate Ice Cream
  3. Dark Chocolate (the darker the better)
  4. Pie-Pumpkin, cherry, apple, peach (if it is still warm it is EVEN better!)
  5. Jello – I know BUT I LOVE JELLO
  6. Carrot Cake!!!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for support of friends through some tough times last week and I am SOOOO Looking forward to Star Wars VII! Going opening night!!! (I know geeky but that is OK!)

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Crafty

So I decided to get crafty and make diffuser bracelets to give as holiday gifts. I coupled them with small dram sizes of Orange or Lavender Oil. They are a big hit among my friends and colleagues! The school smells great! Back to the craft store I go!!! I see a weekend of crafting ahead! Also making Chest rub for my hacking school friends!IMG_8959[1]

Small Business Saturday

I have made it a point the last few years to support Small Businesses for my holiday shopping. It took me a few years to realize the impact of shopping small over shopping big box businesses.

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I have ordered 2 handmade signs from a local mom who makes signs. I have ordered 3 handmade essential oil bags for friends. I have ordered a handbag through someone who sells Luci Bags. I think it is so much more meaningful knowing that I am not only giving a personalized gift but I am helping a family put food on the table over paying big box retail prices.

If you have been interested in essential oils head over to http://www.sunnyoils.com and check me out! Purchase a Premium Starter Kit and I will send you a bottle of Christmas Spirit, Orange or Nutmeg. I will continue knocking off my holiday list with other small businesses. ❤ Michelle

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Airports & Travel

Airports are such a fascinating place to me! The people, the sights, the sounds, even the smells. The anxious tension is in the “air” quite literally. I can’t help but wonder where people are coming from, going to, what the purpose for travel is? Are they going to see a long lost friend, a dying aunt, a business trip?

As a kid I traveled solo all the time. The airport always brings me to that moment as a child where I feel the nervous energy. The dreams and excitement of what is to come.

Walking down the long terminals, people passing each other with oblivion, the TSA agents swiping your hands for explosives just adds to the emotion.

My best friends on my recent trip were Thieves Hand Sanitizer and Thieves Spray. The last time I flew it was the EBOLA scare so I am just a bit paranoid. Sure I smelled like cinnamon but that is far better than other smells for sure! Spray on the airplane armrests, on my scarf and hands periodically! I was NOT taking any chances! I wanted to be able to make it to my destination with out bringing home any unwanted friends!

So the next time you are in the airport look into the faces of people around you and wonder… what is this trip bringing them, excitement? sadness? closure? more knowledge?

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Visit me over at Sunny Oils for more natural healing information.

❤ Michelle

 

Kick Off

It is official ! I feel like I have can run with the big dogs. You know that feeling when you feel like a grown up? Ha at age 47 my day has come! I officially have a website! It has been a labor of love for the past few months. I unveiled it last night for my family and friends!

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I feel so better equipped to help share my love of oils with the world!

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I would love to hear your thoughts! Kicking my heels up today!

 

Our Ways – We Have Choices

For my whole life I had fallen into a fallacy that the only way to get medical help was to go to a medical doctor. I was in the group of 99% of American who had the mindset of go to the doctor, get a pill and expect to feel well.

My mom did her best to guide me in the direction of health. When her own health failed my vision began to get cloudy. No longer did I see the health care system as one that could “fix” everything. In 2012 my own health started to diminish. At 44, I had a rheumatologist, neurologist, gastroentrologist, gynecologist, endocrinologist, primary care and psychiatrist! I had 25 prescriptions and a HUGE out of pile of building medical bills. All this and I still felt AWFUL!!! When my doctor said “IT is time you consider disability”, I had a wake up call.

A personality trait of mine is that I DON’T GIVE UP OR GIVE IN easily. So I set my own path to find a way to keep the job I love so much! Alternatives… Western Medicine, acupuncture, supplements, essential oils all available or no clue IF they could help me, how to use them, who could help? So good ‘ole Google became my friend that summer! I stumbled across a company that was not new. I like stability, research, knowledge. So in I jumped! Essential Oils here I come!

18 months later I have 1 medication (synthroid as I have no working thyroid), a primary care and tons of oils! So my new ways are using oils everyday. Helping others discover the benefits for them and FEELING BETTER than I ever have before.

So a fellow blogger posed these questions that go me thinking. I know what I did when traditional medicine did not help? What are your opinions?

Take the challenge here!

https://closetoeighty.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/new-challenge-our-ways/

Should each of us take responsibility for her/his health? How important is fitness, prevention of diseases? Is it necessary to teach children about health? How can we drastically cut number of obese people? How can we cut expenses? Must medical schools teach courses of nutrition, aromatherapy, etc.? Should we rely less on medications?

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Calm Down and then Some!

The aromatic smell of lavender can do so much! This powerful scent can settle a baby, help you relax, calm an ADHD child. This is one oil I diffuse regularly in the classroom. I have seen the most active child settle after diffusing this! It is a wonderful oil to use during yoga and meditation!

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It also has an incredible power to heal! From cuts to scrapes to burns lavender can do it all! Just a tad on a burn will take away to awful sensation! Keep a bit handy in a spray bottle with distilled water for little ones! make a cream for eczema!

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Use it alongside peppermint, and lemon for an allergy remedy. 3 drops of in a diffuser will help control yucky seasonal allergies, 5 drops each in a capsule and you will start feeling relief soon! AMAZING Relief!

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One of THE most versatile oils in the bag! The aroma is heavenly! Natural not sweet smelling like some!

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I love knowing where my product comes from! One day I will visit the lavender fields in Idaho!!!!

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One day…

Good to the LAST Drop!

A sad day came last week when my Ningxia Red bottle was EMPTY! I started drinking this bunch of deliciousness about 5 months ago to give it a whirl. With fibro that run down, sluggish moving through sludge feeling is always a day away. So anything to try to rid my self of it or make it a bit better I was willing to try. The benefits seemed to great to not give it a “shot”! That is all that is needed a day…2 oz a “shot” a day! So I ordered a bottle.  Just look at the promises…

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I started 2 oz 2x a day… What I noticed over the course of several weeks, was the ability to recover from strenuous days better, the ability to think clearer and faster (fibro fog was fading), more energy to make it through the day, (I was not longing for a caffeine boost in the late afternoon, the muscle aches and pains fading. After a few weeks  dropped down to once a day and was able to maintain that wonderful feeling! Along with all my other oils I almost felt “cured” from fibro! Giddiness, euphoria, shock is all I can say!!

Enter the DAY… Panic mode… Empty bottle!!!! I bolted for the computer to check to see when my next delivery was due. A few days…Ugg… well I though heck what is a few days… I will be fine… Calendar…HOLIDAYS which only means DELAYED delivery! Double panic!! So at the mercy of Fed Ex wait was all I could do!

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You know teachers on winter break…high hopes of getting things done around the house? Yep, I did it! The dreaded chore of mine cleaning out the closet… the day I knew I would, could NEVER run out of this gem of a product EVER AGAIN. The day after cleaning out the closet, the up, down, climbing, reaching, stretching turned into aching, and pains like I have not felt in a LONG time! In the fibro world we say I used a month of “spoons” in just one day! “WHERE is my Ningxia Red???” I am ready to phone a friend to have her give up a bottle in her stash! Tracking my package like a hawk. I went on the internet again just to read all what this product could do! Just look at all the Ningxia Red Products.

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I feel like my life bar is draining. Scrambling to find other local products to “fill the gap”! Greedy for that feel good feeling for sure!!

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Lesson Learned! Always have a back up bottle… I guess like everything else we humans have to learn the hard way!!!

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Oh My Aching Head…

“Chronic Daily Migraines” when I first heard those words put together from the neurologist I was like ummm… “YEAH” that IS what I have… Migraines EVERY day! It has a real name and I am NOT the only one??? Taking 6 Excedrine Tablets were my only savior.

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MRIs, (white lesions on the brain from migraines), tests, poking a prodding and sooo many meds try to alleviate them, I was left to try an extreme intervention. Botox injections… 31 injections to say the least… Looking back on this day is quite traumatic…

Living with Fibromyalgia and Anxiety is no cake walk but this day is one etched in my mind and pain receptors and I think will remain there forever.

One hour drive to Cleveland Clinic… another day off work… into the office I go situated in a dark room… the doctor comes in and asks if I minded having an observer in the room, another doctor in training to do the injections. Well, what do you say? “Sure”  Why Not? Well little did I know that this meant that the doctor doing the injections would NARRATE the entire procedure… UMMM Let’s just say my Anxiety level increased with each injection!!!  “We put it here…2 cm to the left and she would be paralyzed as the botox would be too close to the spine… we put it here cause if it were too low her eyes could not open”… it went on and on for about 30 minutes this way… As the injections went in the pain levels increased… by the end tears were rolling down my cheeks. I wanted nothing more than for this day to be over and for the relief that was promised to come.

As most things go for me the procedure… DID NOT alleviate the headaches. I could not feel the surface of my skin… I could not move the muscles in my forehead… but the headaches endured. Once again I was left frustrated with modern medicine!

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Enter Essential oils into my life… Ancient medicine and that all changed! Who knew that relief would come from tiny drops of oil. simple yet complex in oh so many ways.

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For me M-Grain, Peppermint and Panaway are my staples! No more toxic stuff going in my body… No more 6 Excedrine Migraine tablets a day… no more suffering!

Anyone who knows me well, I was a feel sick, go to the doctor, pop a pill and expect that it works kinda person. When this fallacy started to fail I was given just what I needed. Without Young Living I hate to think what other tortuous procedures I would have endured to find relief. I firmly believe that we must walk through the dark to see the light. The experience with Botox is evidence to me that I needed that to get where I am now… I just hope others can get there with less pain, less trauma and anxiety!

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Life Changer – Raindrop Massage

In reading about Fibromyalgia and alternate treatments I came across Raindrop Therapy Massage. So my quest began to understand what this was and to have it done for me!

Of course there was NO ONE in my area who knew what this was or was trained in it!

So I placed an order for the Raindrop Therapy Kit… The day it came it took all my strength NOT to break it open! The kit contains a CD in which someone can follow the steps to do the massage.  I really wanted a trained massage therapist to do this for me. So my quest began!Raindrop Therapy

I started down my friend list and searched out anyone who knew a massage therapist. It took time but in the end I conquered and found a person with an open mind and heart. (Summer of 2014) I brought her my kit and off we set on the journey to healing!

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Let me just give the warning that this IS NO REGULAR massage! The oils are powerful stuff and will clean out your lymphatic system that gets clogged up and causes inflammation to run rampant in your system!

I explained to my therapist how I was feeling throughout the entire process and let me tell you my body went through a transformation through the message. The effects of clearing out your lymphatic system is not painless BUT let me say within a few days my body SHOCKED me… The joint pain, muscle pain, sludgy feeling subsided! I journaled my progression. It really was nothing short of AMAZING and NOT AT ALL WHAT I HAD EXPECTED!!!

Since that time I have had a second massage and I maintain a pain free body. This is from a place of darkness, one I NEVER could have believed would have be me! Literally from the brink of disability to functional and who would believe pain free.

So as maintenance I apply the oils in the Raindrop massage nightly in the form of Raindrop in a Bottle.

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What are the Benefits of Raindrop Technique?

* Balance and re-align the energy centers of the body

* Re-alings the spine in a non-manipulative manner

* Reduce stress and anxiety

* Reduce Inflammation in the body

* Relax muscles

* Relieve pain

* Create a hostile environment for viruses and bacteria along the spine

* Improve circulation

* Improve immune system functions

* Emotional well being and release

* Help detox the body systems

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It scares me now to think what IF I had never tried this… Blessings that this was put in front of me!