Sleep Debt is Paid in Sickness

Oh look, cold and flu season has begun! It’s the time of year that every mother and teacher dreads. Just as the kids are back in school and daycare (and exposed to all the other kids there), bacteria and viruses explode. Here, strep is already making the rounds, along with a virus that sure looks…

Keeping Stress Away from Baby

Most woman can agree that pregnancy is an especially stressful time of life. It isn’t just the physical stress, either. Although morning sickness (or hyperemesis gravidarum), food cravings and aversions, round ligament pain, and difficulty sleeping cause their fair share of stress, the mental stress and worry is often worse. Society has a huge amount…

Common Sense about Ingesting Essential Oils

Sometimes, it seems like everyone on the internet is thinking the same thing.  Last week, I kept running across articles about the dangers of ingesting essential oils.  The opinions on this tempest in the oily teapot ranged from, “Don’t ever or you will die!” to “Be careful!”.  Even the sensible articles had scary, click-bait titles…

School Days Diffuser Recipes

I don’t talk about it much, but my favorite way to use oils is in the diffuser. At night, I can set the diffuser and the family and I get our oils all night long. I can fill it up at the beginning of the day to help everyone get moving. It has taken a…

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…