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]

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Hope

Those 4 letters carried me through my darkest times with fibromyalgia and being a parent of a bipolar son. I found a ring that held those letters and when my hope of being better started to fade I had that ring to remind me to keep going! And in turn, when I thought I could not take another belittling session from my son, or endure one of his rage episodes I knew that “Hope” would get me through.

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Well recently I want to memorialize that word a bit more permanently. I began toying around with a tattoo. Now, let me tell you getting a tattoo was no light decision. My mother is probably rolling around in her grave, but this is what I needed to do for me! So, I thought long and hard about how to translate all I wanted into a tattoo, I came up with this…

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SO… the infinity symbol is for the love between my hubby and I. He has been by my side even at the bottom! He did all the cleaning, shuffling kids and grocery shopping when they were just beyond my ability to get done for the day. He chauffeured me to dr appointments when I could not get myself there. He fought with the doctors for answers…22 years of marriage + 7 dating so I think we are set for eternity.

Hubby is a police officer so that is the thin blue line in the middle that ties all officers and their families together. AND HOPE to remind me that with hope I can face any challenge. (Even the parenting a teenager with bipolar challenge)

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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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