A Supplement for Jollier Joints

There’s something about passing 40 that makes a person more aware of their joints and joint health. It’s probably that those joints suddenly seem a little more vulnerable to damage, a little more likely to hurt after a day of moving furniture or turning valves. Our bones may still be strong, but our joints, oh,…

No Food Poisoning, Please!

Maybe I’m paying more attention because I’m pregnant, but there seem to have been far more food recalls this year than before. I don’t usually keep count, but this year has seen recalls on two types of lettuce, pre-cut veggies in some Safeway stores, Ritz and Goldfish crackers, and frozen veggies at Aldi’s. Those are…

Insect Repellent: Pick Your Risk, part 2

Last week, We discussed two of the big names in insect repellents: Permethrin and DEET. Permethrin is an insecticide that, in addition to be used in some insect repellents, is also used in many large-scale spraying programs. Permethrin is had some serious side effects, especially if it’s ingested (it’s scary stuff). DEET is better known,…

Manic Monday: The Anxious Ballerina

The Ballerina is 11. It’s an odd age, not one of the little kids, not even one of the big kids, but not a teen either. For about a month, the usual struggles of being a tween have shaded over into anxious worries. It was quite a surprise–as we wrapped up May, our extra-curricular activities…

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…