Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What Are Essentials Oils?

What are essential oils? Why do I use them?
And you should too.

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es·sen·tial oil
əˈsen(t)SHəl oil/
  1. a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

Plants remedies have been used for centuries and throughout the world. They are one of nature's most powerful aids to help your body heal itself. 

Essential oils are natural plant compounds found in the root, petal, rind, leaf or bark.

Essential oils have anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

Essential oils can penetrate the cell membrane to help fight viruses. Not even antibiotics can do this!

Essential oils can get into our bloodstream as fast as 30 seconds. 

Essential oils can be up to 70 times more powerful than herbs.

You can use essential oils your daily life though:

  • cleaning
  • cooking
  • skin and hair care
  • animal care
  • enhancing a room's air
  • emotional support
  • physical needs

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30 seconds for headache relief? 30 seconds for anti-bacterial effects? YES PLEASE!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2016 Garden Totals

Hey there!

I did not forget about you. Promise.

Sorry I've been away so long! Life sometimes just takes over! So let's get back to business.

Here are last year's garden harvested totals. My husband said maybe we shouldn't even post the totals because they are slightly embarrassing. (sad face). In our gardening defense, we happened to have a few trips (some unexpected) over our growing season that collectively added up well over a month away from our garden. The good news was that we installed a drip irrigation system that worked like a dream. But the bad news is that it seemed to not only water our vegetable plants but also watered the weeds taking over too!

Here is a glimpse of total pounds of food harvested from our past years.
   2015173 pounds
   2014309 pounds
   2013433 pounds

New items growing in the 2016 garden were:

  • Bok Choy
  • Okra
  • Potatoes - Purple
2016 Harvest Totals

Basil: 11.2 ounces
Bok Choy: 4 pounds 4.7 ounces
Cucumber: 4 pounds
Leeks: 2 pounds 4.8 ounces
Lettuce: 4.9 ounces
Mint: picked sparingly
Okra: 4 pounds 4.9 ounces
Onion: 1 pound 3.5 ounces
Oregano: picked sparingly
Parsley: picked sparingly
Pepper - Slim Red: 2 pounds 6.2 ounces
Potato - Purple: 12.4 ounces
Raspberry: 2 pounds 13.6 ounces
Rosemary: picked sparingly
Tomato: 33 pounds 0.1 ounce

Total Weight Harvested in 2016...  56 pounds 2.3 Ounces

Still not too bad for a completely organic garden grown from seed.

I am beyond excited to about all the new and exciting things coming up on the blog. I am diving head first into the world of essential oils and will be sharing DIY ways to use them for health and your home.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

2015 Year In Review

Happy New Year!

I hope this post finds you relaxing from the whirlwind of last year and especially last month.

We ventured back "Home" to Wisconsin for a 12-day trip over the holidays. We made a quick overnight stop in Asheville, North Carolina to see my brother and visit the Biltmore House, which was decorated for Christmas.

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We had a great time visiting with family and friends. There is always something left on the list to be done or visited for next time. Just this past Saturday we drove (the car adorned with colored Christmas lights including the dog, fish and 2 rowdy kids) straight through 7 states.

Now that we are back to our "New Home" in North Carolina, it is time to look back on how God has richly blessed us in the past year.

2015 Top 10 Favorite Posts
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Garden Totals

What a year...
Having moved to North Carolina and completely missing the chance to grow seedlings and not yet having a tilled garden... I am a little afraid to add up the garden totals this year.  Even though we reconditioned a 10' x 10' planting bed into a 12' x 24' garden, timing was limited due to the move in March and having to navigate a new planting zone. In Wisconsin, we left behind a tended raspberry bed that we loved and cared for, mulberry bushes, pear trees, apple trees, established asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb.

New to the garden this year was:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Tabasco Peppers
  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Rosemary

Here is where we are coming from in garden totals:

   2014: 309 pounds
   2013: 433 pounds

2015 Totals

Beans - Green: 1.5 ounces (Don't know what went wrong. Grew well but no beans)
Cantaloupe: 6 pounds
Corn - Sweet: 7 pounds 4.9 ounces
Cucumber: 14 pounds 2.9 ounces
Lettuce: 27 pounds
Mint: 0.2 ounces (Minimal picking as is new, let grow)
Oregano: Let establish this year
Pepper - Banana: 2 pounds 0.4 ounces
Pepper - Bell: 1 pound 5.3 ounces
Pepper - Jalapeño: 3 pounds 0.1 ounces
Pepper - Tabasco: 1 pound 0.7 ounces
Popcorn: 2 pounds 12.1 ounces
Pumpkin: 1 pound 1.1 ounce (From a small plant that came home from school)
Pumpkin - Mini: 8 pounds 3.5 ounces
Raspberry: 2.9 ounces (Hopeful for this year after some seriously needed pruning)
Rosemary: Finally!!! Let grow to establish
Tomato: 59 pounds 3.3 ounces
Watermelon: 41 pounds 2.8 ounces

Total Weight Harvested in 2015... 173 pounds 8.5 ounces

Now to plan for this coming year's garden! :)