My girls and I had been super excited to watch the new live action rendition of Beauty and the Beast in theaters. I'm not sure if we are going to see it or not, but that's really not either here nor there. That's not what this post is about. As Christians, we often want to … Continue reading Lest We Cause Others to Stumble…Lessons Learned from Beauty and the Beast
I often get asked what my secret is. I have eight children in a world where two children are the norm. And I here this a lot. "I could neverhandle so many children. I can barely keep track of my two!" "You must have so much more patience than I do." "You were just made to … Continue reading Secrets of a Mom of Many
For the longest time, I thought essential oils were something people used to make their homes smell nice, and that is all. Then, at the end of last summer my two-year-old daughter fell ill with pneumonia. We had just brought home our eighth child from the hospital. I was heartbroken and distraught. I was doing … Continue reading How I Became Interested in Essential Oils
Essential oils are strong stuff! For almost all dermal applications (applications on the skin) diluting the oil with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil is the safest bet. Essential oils are lipofilic, which means they LOVE oil. They are easily absorbed into the skin, and over time is you … Continue reading Essential Oils that May be Applied Undiluted
Essential oils in drinking water. This is a topic that draws a lot of controversy. When I started using essential oils, most voices I heard said that adding essential oils to drinking water was an unsafe practice. But then again, many other people seemed to love adding oils to their water. I even watched a … Continue reading Essential Oils in Drinking Water. Is it Safe?
Is your lavender the real deal? According to the Lavender Growers Association, 100 times more “lavender oil” is exported from France than is actually grown there. 100 times more lavender? That's a lot! Just where did this extra lavender come from? Most likely, a lot of the oils marketed as "lavender" today are actually lavendin, … Continue reading Is Your Lavender the Real Deal?
Ahh, I can hardly believe it is already March! I wanted to give a quick "debt free journey" update. With a good push from our federal tax return, we are now working on our 2nd to largest debt besides our house. Last week we owed $1,777 on a personal loan from our credit union (which … Continue reading Our Debt Free Journey – March Update
Essential oils are amazing, y'all. I'm not talking about adulterated oils that you'll commonly find in health food stores or on Amazon. I'm talking about the real deal. When I learned about the ways essential oil work in plants, I was shocked. It almost was like they are actually smart. But this "intelligence" definitely speaks … Continue reading The Amazing Things Essential Oils can do within a Plant
Have you ever wondered why essential oils might vary from batch to batch? While it makes sense why oils might vary from company to company, why would they vary within the same brand? The answer can be found in a term called secondary metabolites. These are organic compounds made within plants which play a huge … Continue reading Why Essential Oils Might Vary from Batch to Batch
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7 (NASB) I don't know about you, but I rarely compare myself to a plant. I mean, there isn't much to compare, right? I might have scoffed when … Continue reading From the Ground We Came…
I used to be such a skeptic. It's true. I honestly believed that the only purpose of essential oils was to diffuse a pleasant smell and nothing more. Then, I decided that as a mom of eight, I needed to look for better ways to support our family's immune system. Getting sick with ten people … Continue reading From Skeptic to Believer