Sondra’s blog 9-15-12

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Here is another good use for the oils.   Termites were swarming on my sun porch yesterday and I made a spray bottle with orange oil and water and squirted them and they died almost immediately.

There is a termite company that actually uses orange oil instead of other toxic substances   I need to call them and have them come out and treat inside the wall.   I have seen them do this… they just drill some holes  and spray the stuff in the walls.

This also works really well for ants.   I have been using orange oil on ants for many years.  It is very effective, and is non-toxic to humans and pets.

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Sondra’s blog – 9-14-12

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Essential oil update

It’s been about three months now since I started using the oils regularly.  I have used a couple of the oils here and there over the years, but am now using them every day.  And I have seen some amazing results.

For instance, I had a friend who was able to pull out of a deep depression just by inhaling frankincense.   And, it was amazingly fast,  even I was surprised. I have seen it used to heal an infection in a friend’s pet that was not responding to antibiotics.

Also, the oils  have cleared up a chronic low grade infection for someone who was dealing with this for years.

I plan to be posting on a regular basis now on the incredible results I am getting with the oils.

 

 

 

 

 

Essential oils

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Did you ever wonder about essential oils, what are they and why would you want to use them? Well, after much research and using them myself for a while, I do have some answers to those questions.

Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants.   This includes all the parts of the plants such as the fruit, flowers, stems, bark, leaves, roots and seeds

 

When diffused, they have been shown to purify the air by increasing oxygen, ozone and negative ions in the air.   The air will also have a pleasing aromatic scent.

These oils can also help promote emotional, mental and spiritual healing.   They have been used for thousands of years and have been found in the Chinese manuscripts and the Egyptian hieroglyphics.  There are 188 references to essential oils, (i.e. frankincense and myrrh) in the Bible.

It is important to use “Certified Pure Essential Oils”, as these oils are so pure you can even take them internally.   Many of the oils on the market are not certified pure therefore cannot be used internally.   I personally like to use doTerra certified pure essential oils.

For more information on doTerra essential oils go to the following links…

https://www.thinkessentialoils.com/201752/presentation

http://www.mydoterra.com/sondrabrandow/

 

Lavender Oil

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The essential oil of Lavender is one of the most well known oils and is considered a “universal oil”.   Traditionally, it has been used to balance the body.   There are several well known uses, such as stress relief, insomnia and anxiety.   I personally love to put a few drops of lavender in my diffuser at night when I am sleeping… it is a wonderful sleep aid, and I just love the smell.

Lavender is also a great oil for burns of any kind.   I have used it for sunburns and scald burns and found it’s healing abilities to be amazing.  It can also be used on any skin irritations, bee stings, allergic reactions, and hives.  I use it full strength on the skin, but it can be diluted with a carrier oil for sensitive skin. (more…)

Lemon Oil

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Lemon oil is another oil I use on a regular basis.  I love to put it in my diffuser as it makes the house smell wonderful.  It helps lift the mood and cleans the air of toxins.

I also put a few drops of it in water for cleaning fruits and vegetables before eating them and a couple drops in the dish soap is great for cleaning dishes.


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Wild Orange

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Wild orange is another one of my favorite oils.   I love the smell and I use it in my diffuser often.

I have used it to discourage ants and other unwanted pests.   There are even professional pest control companies using it as a  treatment for termites.

I like to mix it with tangerine and lemon for a pleasant aromatic smell in my house.

For more information on doTerra essential oils go to…

https://www.thinkessentialoils.com/201752/presentation

 

 

Organic Produce

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Many people wonder if going organic is really worth the extra expense. After all, eating a healthy diet abundant in fresh fruits and vegetables has to be doing more good than harm even if they’re not organic, right? Maybe, but some wish to play it safe. There are many reasons to choose organically grown over conventionally grown foods, and the two biggest beneficiaries are the environment and your health.

organicveggies2Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are responsible for the majority of chemical residues that are left on your food at the supermarket. Despite the attempt to eliminate these residues, traces still remain without the requirements of labeling. Some of the organochlorine pesticides that were determined to be harmful and have been banned since the 70’s, such as DDT and DDE, are still being detected at elevated levels in the breast tissues of women with breast cancer. (more…)

Basic Oil Trio

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If you have been thinking about trying essential oils and don’t know where to start, you might want to try the basic oil trio.

The first oil is Lavender…    This oil is great for using in a diffuser, applied on the skin, in a bath or mixed with massage oil.   It’s properties include relieving stress, anxiety and insomnia.   It can also take the pain out of bee stings, hives and other allergic skin reactions.   It’s well known for healing all kinds of burns.

The second oil is Lemon…   Known for mood elevation, cleansing and and general cleaning.  It can be used in a diffuser or taken with water or in a capsule.  It has been found to elevate the mood and help reduce stress and fatigue.

The next oil is Peppermint… Used for indigestion and cooling.  Applied on the temples, forehead or back of neck, it can relieve headaches, and has the ability to calm an upset stomach.  It can be taken in a capsule or applied on the tummy and can be diffused or inhaled.   It has also been used to increase energy.    If misted on the body, or applied on forehead, it can have a cooling effect.

Follow this link to a list of 101 uses for the basic oil trio kit…

http://www.doterraeveryday.com/101-uses/

Also, for more information on doTerra essential oils you may follow

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Elderberry for cold and flu symptoms

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Short-Circuit Flu Symptoms

The weather patterns are starting to change and the cold and flu season is now upon us. There are many supplements you can take throughout cold and flu season to boost your immunity and stay healthy. One of the most recognized herbs for immune system support is echinacea. In fact, many physicians are now starting to recommend it. But what about when prevention is no longer an option and a virus seems to win against your immune system- then what? Although echinacea works wonders in support of the immune system, particularly long-term, there is another herb that some clinicians believe significantly shortens the duration of colds and flu better than echinacea. This is elderberry.

Elderberries

Elderberries

What is Elder?
Elder varies from a 50 foot tall tree to a bushy shrub barely a few feet tall and is prevalent in the eastern United States but native to Asia, Europe and South Africa. It contains clusters of white flowers that mature to produce berries which range from blue, amber and red to black in color. Traditionally, the leaves, flowers, bark, and the berries were used both topically and internally. Both standardized and unstandardized extracts are made from the berries and flowers of elder and are available in liquid tincture, lozenge, and pill form. (more…)

Supplements for heart health

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Heart disease is the largest killer in the U.S. and stroke follows closely behind.  Together they are responsible for 43% of deaths.  The most frequent cause of both heart disease and stroke is atherosclerosis, known to harden the artery walls.  Atherosclerosis can create blockages in the arteries from buildup of plaque, cholesterol, and cellular debris.  A heart attack results when these blocks restrict blood flow to the heart, while a stroke occurs if an artery in the brain is affected.  Although risk associated with cardiovascular disease can be influenced by genetics, it is largely a disease of diet and lifestyle.  There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing heart disease, as well as several preventative measures you can take to lower your susceptibility.

Some of the major risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and physical inactivity.  Both increased platelet aggregation and increased fibrinogen formation are associated with heart attack and stroke.  This is due to the body’s response to injury to limit blood loss and from the clotting of platelets when they become sticky.  Above average amounts of  homocysteine (an amino acid produced by the body) has been linked to increases in blood clots and LDL (low-density lipoprotein a.k.a. the “bad” cholesterol).  Nutrient deficiencies such as low antioxidant levels, essential fatty acid deficiency, and low magnesium & potassium levels can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.  Another contributor that has been more recently studied is the connection between stress and heart health.  Keeping a positive mental attitude and eliminating emotional stress can actually decrease your susceptibility to heart disease! (more…)

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