Cure Everything With 10 Essential Oils

Nice article outlining uses for various essential oils…

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I love essential oils. They have so many uses- for our skin, our health, even cleaning our homes. It can be a little overwhelming with all the choices out there as to what oil to use for which ailment or issue. So I wanted to give you a few basic ones that we should all keep in our medicine cabinets at home. And if you want to read all about oils and how they are made and what their benefits are, go here!

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Wintergreen- It has the same chemical properties as aspirin so it’s great as an alternative to all your OTC painkillers due to it’s anesthetic abilities. Put one drop behind your ears, or on your temples, neck or any other part of your body that needs pain relief. However, just like aspirin, it is possible to use too much so take it easy when using this oil.

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Best Essential Oils to Help Ward Off Bugs & Ticks

Rocky Mountain Oils posted an article about the best oils to use to help combat a variety of pesty bugs and ticks. We have Bug Off as well as a variety of other oils such as geranium and thyme that I have mixed in a spray bottle. The kids like it if I add a little bit of vanilla as well. So far so good! Check out their website here.

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Lemon Balm Tea

At our old house we had lemon balm growing. I loved the smell of it when we accidentally mowed over some of it, but I never really took advantage of using it the way I could have! After moving to our new homestead, I realized that I had missed out on all the good properties of lemon balm, and found some plants on sale last year at a garden sale. They came back up very nicely this year in my herb garden off the side of our deck, and now after reading this lovely post from The Simple Times, I look forward to utilizing this fragrant and useful herb!

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photo credit ~ the simple times

Rocky Mountain Oils – Kids Kits

I’ve recently been drawn to Rocky Mountain Oils after reading up on the company itself, and reading some research done by folks who spent their time researching EO companies, using the same kind of criteria I would have if I had the time and energy to do so! In the end, it seems that RMO and I will be a good match. With that said, I have just ordered a new diffuser for our home, and their “Bug Off” EO for the kids. I also just noticed they have a Kid’s Kit of several oils diluted properly for use in a roller ball dispenser on children, and it’s on sale right now…

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Un-Oatmeal Cream Pie Recipe

This is another recipe I would like to try, namely for the frosting recipe! My friend Jenny at Au Naturale Nutrition posted this a bit ago and I’ve been meaning to try it. I don’t have all the ingredients yet but I’m hoping to get to it in the near future. Reading her post made me aware of some things I didn’t know about oats for instance. I’m not totally gluten free but if this is as tastey as it looks, and the kids like it, I think it could be a great treat!

N'Oatmeal Cream Pies with Vanilla Buttercream.  (Paleo & gluten free!)  By www.aunaturalenutrition.com

Clean Living on a Homestead Diet

There are so many ideas out there for how best to live and eat that it can feel overwhelming. I do believe that over the recent years (from my youth through adulthood), our food choices have left something to be desired. So many preservatives and additives that have been added in order to make food last longer on shelves, or to entice taste buds, especially of young people, simply cannot be good for us, especially in large quantities or over long periods of time, building up in our bodies.

Tracy at Our Simple Homestead had a great post the other day about Living Clean on a Homestead Diet. This is something I aspire to for myself and our family as it seems to me that if we ate more whole foods, the way God gave them to us in the form of plants and animals, we might not have some of the health issues we have.

Check out her post. Are there some ways you are incorporating a “homestead diet”? Do you grow your own food or have animals? Do you have access to a farm or market? Do you like to can or preserve foods?

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Image credit: Our Simple Homestead