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.