Category Archives: natural

My Medicine Chest

My Medicine Chest

These days have been a little long lately.  I have been working overtime at night and battling a headstrong toddler (who I am all kinds of proud of) but it has left me a tired mess.  Luckily, I have my medicine chest on hand to help.

When run off their feet, some people turn to coffee (who am I kidding? I also turn to coffee and lots of it) and some just run themselves into the ground.  For me, the answer lies in my Medicine Chest.  It holds the solutions to almost all of my health and emotional problems.  It sits on a shelf and in times of need, I reach for it.

My Medicine Chest

So what is in this amazing chest?  Essential oils mostly, some resins for burning, some sage that I picked in the summer for smudging and some carrier oils in case the emergency in question calls for a massage (and really, some do).  I have long maintained that I can solve most things with oils but when it comes to fatigue both physical and emotional. They are not only effective but can be customized to bring you exactly the kind of rest that you need.  When the family comes running with cuts and bruises and ailments of all kinds, there is a good chance that I can come up with a solution after a little googling and a rummage through my oils.  Don’t have a whole chest of oils? Start with a couple that you like and then add as you go!

There are certain oils that are just better than other for relaxation and you can mix them and blend them until you get something that melts the stress out of your body.  The following oils are a great start especially if you are starting out.

Lemon – helps remove mental fatigue,and nervous tension by creating positivity and removing negative emotions.

Vetiver- a well known sedative, it can take the edge off and help you relax after a day filled with drama

Ylang Ylang- this has been used to a very long time as an antidepressant.  It is a little uplifting but more importantly can remove stress and negative emotions.

Marjoram- another sedative that has the ability to reduce and sooth muscle spasms.

Frankincense- this classic is relaxing and allow the mind to expand.

 


If it is not a relaxing night in that you are looking for but a quick pick me up for a night out try mixing some bergamot and some lemon.  This will bring a little lightness to your step and let you get out and enjoy your well earned free time.

 

So you have the oils, now what? This is where you have a few options.  If you have the time and don’t have a little person banging on the bathroom door if you dare to draw a bath, then get into a hot bath and add some oils.  Another great option is a diffuser,  They can be bought pretty cheaply these days and are easy and safe to use.  You just add a few drops and then lean back and breath in.  The last option is a rice bag.  I have made a few and just drop some oils onto them, let it soak in and then put it over my eyes and let the world drift away.  

 

Any way you choose to do it, pick the oil that works for you, lean back and relax. You deserve it!

 

ACV and Honey Throat Rescue

ACV and Honey Throat Rescue

Picture this, I have an incredibly important presentation tomorrow and after a weekend wiping the toddler’s runny nose it hits me.  A sore throat! Here we go, I am getting sick and I am going sound like a raspy mess for the presentation. Whatever is a girl to do? I will admit that things became… Continue Reading

Bulk Lentil Heaven

Bulk Lentil Heaven

There are two schools of thought on the bulk food stores. There are those who think of them as germ infested cesspools of public filth and stale food and those of us who see them as heaven on earth. I am firmly in the second camp (but maintain that people must use the tongs or… Continue Reading

Wild Sage Picking On The Road

Wild Sage Picking On The Road

Another roadtrip begins… After each one you limp home and swear that you will never again pack the car full to the roof and venture out across the country. And yet, we do it again.   This one is a quick 12 hour and 2 day affair followed by a flight south and then a week… Continue Reading

Kitchen Avocado Tree

Kitchen Avocado Tree

You know how every now and then you see something on Pinterest or online and think “yeah…sure…” I had such a feeling and then was enough proven completely wrong.  Wouldn’t you know it, you can grow an avocado tree from a pip, and it actually works! What a fantastic project for a child (or the… Continue Reading

Salmon Berry Time

Salmon Berry Time

Over the past year or so my Husband has really gotten into foraging (and by “really gotten into” I mean is extremely excited about it but doesn’t know where to start and so is not really bringing home any food. This all changed yesterday! As I stumbled into the house after a long day at… Continue Reading

Breath and Relax…

Breath and Relax…

I am stressed…really stressed… Every year (sometimes more than once a year), my Mother-In-Law comes to town. If there was ever a more condecending, opinionated and passive agressive woman alive, I have not met her. Not only does she seem to take pleasure in belittling the ideas and opinions of others, she seems to particularly… Continue Reading

Ginger Goodness

Ginger Goodness

  Do you have that one ingredient that you add to everything convinced that it is the key to your overall health?  Mine is definitely GINGER. We are going through one of those periods at the office when everyone is sick and passing around germs like a bad game of hot potato.  I rarely seem… Continue Reading