Using Essential Oils Around Pets (Safely)

The scare articles have been making the rounds (again). A few years ago it was the article claiming essential oils would suddenly cause your child to have seizures.  There’s the ever-popular (and false) assertion that lemon oil will eat through your esophagus just like it eats through Styrofoam.  This year I’ve seen two Facebook posts…

Oily Baby Names, Part 1

We welcomed a new family member recently.  Although she was a little early, my stepdaughter had her lovely little rainbow baby (a girl!) last Monday. Needless to say, everyone is over the moon, especially since there were complications and some bleeding early in the pregnancy that made all of us nervous. In honor of my…

Create a Thriving Life

We all know when we are thriving.  We have energy. Our to-do list turns into a got-it-done list.  The family is happy.  When we are thriving, we look forward to life.  Sure, we might be tired at the end of the day, and there are hiccups in life, but  overall, we know we can handle…

Lemon Oil, Limonene, and Logic

There are plenty of hot-button issues in the the essential oil community.  One of the biggest, hottest, buttoniest issues is lemon oil.  Specifically, is it safe to ingest lemon oil (or any other citrus oil)?  Take a minute to Google, “Dangers of ingesting lemon oil,” and you’ll find articles with a whole range of opinions….

Why Live Toxin-Free?

All-natural. Chemical-free.  Toxin-free. Chances are, you’ve heard one or more of these phrases bouncing around the internet.  They’re pretty popular.  Although each one technically has a different meaning, their connotations are all the same: remove harmful things from our lives. But why strive to be toxin-free?  It’s quick and easy to run to the grocery…

10 Best Oils on a Budget

Essential oils are everywhere these days–I see ads for new essential oil companies weekly.  Even one of our local hardware stores carries a line of essential oils.  It’s tempting to grab an easy, cheap eo purchase and hope to benefit.  However, cheap oils readily available at the grocery (or hardware) store aren’t going to provide…

The Go-Green Guide for the Not-Very-Crunchy

For a long time, I hated the term “go green.”  Sometimes the advice was simply out of reach or didn’t apply to my situation.  I cannot afford a hybrid car, and there is no public transportation in our town.  Other things didn’t seem that important.  Was it really better to pay lots of money for…

Recipe Review: Luscious Lemon Lip Balm

I like to make things.  While I joke that I’m so crafty, I make people (five kids!), the truth is that I like to put time and energy into things that are creative, crafty, or beautiful.  If they happen to be useful, that’s a bonus.  I enjoy crocheting gifts for family and friends (especially amigurumi…

Essential Oils Improved My Marriage

What’s a marriage without some ups and downs?  Those of us with more than a few years of wedded bliss know that even happy marriages have their own challenges.  We’ve been through depression, anxiety attacks, a near-fatal birth, and a rebellious teen.  No, life has not always been smooth sailing.  I am happy to say…