May 11, 2011

Spring Fresh!

Citrus Fresh is one of my favorite oils blends. The combination of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, and spearmint will energize your spirit and welcome feelings of spring and new possibilities.


I have put it in water (I get so tired of plain old water sometimes), diffused in the air, and just plain inhaled it. It can also be worn as a perfume for a fresh natural scent.When diffused, this proprietary essential oil blend both purifies the air and adds a clean, fresh scent. It's also great added to a home made sea salt body scrub, which I just LOVE.  some have used it to calm hyperactive children. I haven't tried it personally yet, but I think next time my kids are over the top I'll be giving a little foot massage (or three foot masages) and doing some more diffusing. Enjoy!


** With any Citrus based oils, do NOT apply to the skin before going out into the sun.
 
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or evaluate any medical condition or replace and professional medical information.

May 6, 2011

Spring Allergies

If you live where I do and had the very wet and rainy winter/spring that led to a slow but now almost exponential pollen count, then this has probably been a difficult couple of weeks. If it has not, it might be soon. For years I suffered from pollen issues and have seen it get progressively worse each year with my own kids. Last year I tried using Lavender oil for my own allergies. (I continued to use an over the counter medication for my kids as it was going to be too difficult to monitor them using Lavender themselves in school). After the first sneeze, I take a couple of drops (you don't need more than two) of Lavender and put them in the palm of my hand. Rub my hands together, cover my mouth and nose and start inhaling. I had heard this works and was skeptical for a long time. Much to my surprise (a pleasant one at that) it works! After the first sneeze, I do this and am good for a couple of hours. I've also started diffusing Lavender in the house to release this natural antihistimine into the air. After such a long winter I hate having to keep the windows closed, but that seems to help too. My daughter puts a couple of drops under her nose and keeps a small vial with her in school to help through the day. There isn't much that can be done for itchy eyes, but I figure I'll take what I can get for the rest of me and use eye drops when I need to. Another thing to keep in mind: Lavender oil alone may not do it for you. There are some people who need to take two allergy medications in a day. One in the morning and one at night. If it were me, I would try Lavender oil to help reduce the need to take two medications in a day.

This information is for educational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or evaluate any medical condition or replace and professional medical information.

May 3, 2011

Necessitity is the Mother of Invention

This is a common thought and never more true than when dealing with kids. As I am not the type of mom who is constantly hovering over my kids, accidents happen. The latest in these was a ball point pen that happened to be near my computer. With that tempting writing utensil easily at the disposal of my 3 year old, what happened was bound to happen. He simply picked it up and thought writing on my computer screen would be fun. Well, my bad. I thought I could live with the pen on the screen (I was the one not watching him after all) but alas, I could not. I took a risk. Lemon works great on removing just about any pen marks. (I've had great success with it removing the ink from a permanent marker from my kitchen table). So, I tried it on my computer screen. Just a drop or two on a Q-tip and problem solved. My screen was cleaned and best of all not damaged. So, there you have it. Use Lemon oil to remove pen from your computer screen.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or evaluate any medical condition or replace and professional medical information.