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Enjoy Bug-Free Fun Outdoors Anytime!

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Well, it’s FINALLY here!  The grips of cold and wet weather have given way to the beauty of late Spring and Summer!  I’m excited, are you?  Sometime around February I had begun to fear that Spring would never come – haha – but, as seasons do, the weather has changed and Summer is knocking on our door.  Kids are starting their summer break from school and pools are opening across the country so it’s time to head outside.  Hooray!!

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I don’t know if the bugs are as big or as mean where you live as they are here in Southeast Texas, but regardless, I bet they are no less annoying when you’re trying to enjoy your time outside. Nobody wants to use chemical repellents that leave a stinky sticky mess on your skin, though.  Yuck!  Fortunately, my beloved Spark Naturals has a perfect solution that is all natural and safe enough for even young children.  I’d like to introduce you to Nature Outdoor Blend, Spark Naturals’ proprietary blend of essential oils, mixed with fractionated coconut oil for gentle, safe and effective use to repel pests when you head outside.

SN Nature Outdoor Blend

Nature Outdoor Blend has a lovely lemon-vanilla scent and dries quickly on the skin so you can actually enjoy your time outside.  You can apply it directly to your skin, as it is already diluted for gentleness with fractionated coconut oil; but my favorite way to use it is to add about 25 drops to a 1 oz. glass spray bottle and top it off with good quality witch hazel.  It makes a refreshing and cooling spritz that you can apply repeatedly throughout the day that effectively repels pests such as mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, ticks, ants, flies, gnats, and more. (Please be careful not to spray it directly into eyes, nose, or mouth) Continue Reading

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25 uses for Lavender Essential Oil and a Free Printable

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Today I want to share with you the absolute wonders of PURE Lavender essential oil, it truly is the universal essential oil.   The lavender plant – Lavandula angustifolia – is a member of the mint family, and its name is derived from the Latin word “lavare” – which means to bathe.  Ironically, or perhaps not so ironic, this is a very popular use for lavender essential oil as is promotes total body relaxation, restoration, and healing.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender’s documented use dates back to ancient Egypt where, in addition to various perfumes, it was used as a cure-all for any number of physical maladies and ailments.  In ancient Greece, they even used it to soothe the mentally insane.  More recently, medics in the battlefields during WWII used lavender as an antiseptic to clean and disinfect soldier’s wounds. That seems like a pretty reliable testimonial to me, when medically trained personnel make lavender their first choice in an emergency. Continue Reading

Essential Oils, Health and Wellness

“Joy of the Mountains” – Marjoram Essential Oil

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Marjoram essential oil from Spark Naturals is from genus/species Origanum Marjorana from Hungary.  Origanum comes from a Greek words “oros” and “ganos” meaning “Joy of the Mountains“.  Marjoram is native to the Mediterranean region; it is an amber-colored liquid with a woody spicy and camphorus aroma. It has been used extensively in culinary applications and works great for muscular and rheumatic pains such as sprains, bruises or stiff joints.

Uses for Marjoram

Marjoram is Spark Naturals’ Oil of the Month (OOTM) for February so if you’re looking to score a 15 ml bottle for a great price, you’ll need to hurry and get signed up before the end of the month.  The Oil of the Month club delivers one 15 ml bottle of pure, independently certified, essential oils to you once every 30 days for only $15.99 with free shipping.  Unfortunately, since the oils are already steeply discounted, they do not qualify for the additional 10% discount from my coupon code, but I’d ask that you all use it anyway just so they’ll know I sent you.  ;0) Continue Reading

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Nature’s Elixir {Part 2} – Shield Essential Oil Blend

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Shield blend, Oh, how I love thee!

ShieldShield is Spark Naturals’ proprietary blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils.  This blend has NO CARRIER oils; only pure, uncut, essential oils so its potency is not diminished in any way.

The oils blended in Shield have been used together for centuries as an immune booster, in fact, this blend is most literally legendary. Continue Reading

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Nature’s Elixir {Part 1} – Oregano

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Recently, I’ve discovered the incredible benefits of essential oils. In my Christian walk, I’ve always felt that God had provided for us, a way to preserve our own health and I just couldn’t believe, in my heart of hearts, that the answer was found in a laboratory. My regret is that I was already in my 40’s before discovering these oils and their myriad of uses for myself. You’ll notice as I talk about the oils individually in my articles that many of them mirror each other’s properties and can be used interchangeably. It strikes me that this was probably just another piece of God’s great plan for us to be able to care for ourselves in perfect harmony with His creation.

Oregano Essential OilOregano is one of these essences that I feel like God gave us as way to keep our bodies working perfectly, as they were created. It is a powerful elixir for whatever ails you, and one of the most potent essential oils available. Historically, oregano was used by the ancient Greeks to treat a multitude of health problems including trauma, wound care, headaches, respiratory problems (including asthma), insect and animal bites, dental care (including infections of the gums), and as a remedy for colds, flu and other diseases. Continue Reading