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16 Fantastic Uses for Lemons!

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An Amazing Fruit!

Lemons are one of my favorite fruits. They are amazing in so many ways. Today I am going to share a few of my favorite uses for lemons.

Medicinally

Lemons are antiseptic, they will prevent infection.  They help to cleanse the system of impurities. The lemon is a stimulant to the liver and is a solvent for uric acid.  So lemons are very helpful in treating gout.

For a sore throat, dilute lemon juice half and half with water add a teaspoon of honey, and gargle frequently.

Placing a slice of lemon on a corn overnight will bring relief.

1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass of water to relieve heartburn.

Fever reducer: 1 lemon, unpeeled sliced up and added to 3 cups of water, simmer in a non aluminum pot. Reduce to 1 cup, strain, drink.

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Uses for Cleaning

Lemon is antiseptic, so it is wonderful to add to vinegar for cleaning.

Add 1/2 cup vinegar and juice of half a lemon to a 24 oz spray bottle. Fill the rest of the way with water. This is wonderful for cleaning countertops.

Use half a lemon to scrub the bath tub, it is wonderful for cutting through soap scum.

Place 1/2 cup vinegar and juice from 1/2 a lemon in a bowl of water in the microwave, turn on microwave for 2-4 minutes. After mixture cools enough to touch, use lemon, vinegar, water solution to clean microwave. This cleans and freshens.

Use to remove rust, ink, or fruit stains from clothing, rub stain with lemon and salt then place in the sun.

To bleach linen or muslin, moisten with lemon and place in the sun.

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When life hands you lemons…

I absolutely love lemonade, especially fresh, home-made lemonade.

Lemonade

Juice 2 lemons, pour juice in 2 quart pitcher. Add 3/4 cup sugar, fill pitcher with water and stir. Serve over ice!

Raspberry Lemonade

Juice 2 lemons, pour juice in 2 quart pitcher. Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup of fresh raspberries, add water and stir. Serve over ice!

Lemon Squares

3/4 cup margarine

1 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup powdered sugar

3 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 TBS flour

1/3 cup lemon juice

Combine margarine, flour, and powdered sugar and press in 9×13 pan. Bake 15 minutes. Mix eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Pour over hot crust and bake 20 minutes. Delicious!

Have a recipe that calls for buttermilk? You can substitute 1 cup milk with 1
TBS of lemon juice, let sit a few minutes then pour into recipe.

Beauty Treatments

Lemon Hair Lightner

Juice of 1/2 lemon added to water and spray on hair for natural lightning.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Juice of 1 lemon

1 cup sugar

1 cup olive oil

 

Honey Lemon Face Mask

1 Lemon

2 Tbsp honey

Squeeze ½ a lemon into a bowl, add two tablespoons of honey. Mix well until it becomes liquid in consistency,  apply all over your face, staying away from eyes. Leave mask on face for 15-20 minutes and rinse off.  Leaves face feeling and looking lighter and hydrated.

I hope you find these lemon recipes helpful!

 

5 Awesome Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Spring!

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Today’s agenda

Today I am going to share some beautiful essential oil blends that can be used to uplift you emotions, and help bring that feeling of spring into your home.

Essential Oil Use

There are three different ways you can use essential oils.

Topically: Essential oils can be diluted and applied topically to the body. A great place to do this is on the feet. This is because one, the feet have large pores, and the essential oils can enter the body quite quickly throughthe feet. Two, if you do not particularly care for the scent, but wish to gain the benefits from the essential oils, the feet are a long way from the nose.

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Internally: This is a very controversial subject. Many believe that essential oils should not be ingested. I do ingest essential oils, quite regularly. A drop of Lemon or Wild Orange in my water is very nice. A few words of caution, only use internally if the essential oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade, never ingest essential oils from your local department store, there is a very high chance those have been adulterated. There should be a supplemental facts area on the bottle, just like you find with food items. Also, never put essential oils in plastic, especially citrus oils as they are acidic and will corrode the palstic, after all, we are trying to get rid of toxins. Always palce oils in either glass or stainless steel. Place the drop in the glass first, then add water, this helps to disperse the oil throughout the water.

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Aromatically: Essential oils can be inhaled, from the bottle, cupped in the hands or by placing in a diffuser to disperse the scent into the air. This is my favorite way to use essential oils. I diffuse oils every single day. I love having a fresh smelling home.  I used to be a huge scented candle person, or I would use the plug in air fresheners, until I found out how toxic the chemicals are in those.  So now, I diffuse these wonderful essential oils.

 

 

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Diffuser Choices

There are several different diffusers to choose from, my two favorite come directly from doTERRA.

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Petal Diffuser

The Petal diffuser is the most affordable diffuser and is a great option. This convenient diffuser has a high mist output with multiple settings and covers up to 330 square feet. It will run up to 4 hours. This diffuser is perfect for a bedroom.

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Lumo Diffuser

 

Influenced by nature, the Lumo diffuser features a maple wood base and several light settings inspired by natural elements. Offering customizable output, Lumo can run 2 to 5 hours continuously and 10 hours intermittently. I have this one in my kitchen.

You can also find many good and affordable options on Amazon.

Diffuser Blends

I am going to share some blends that not only smell wonderful, but, that can uplift your mood, and protect against seasonal threats.

Spring defense

3 drops Lemon

3 drops Peppermint

3 drops Lavender

This blend will help protect against seasonal threats.

Citrus-mint

3 drops Grapefruit

2 drops Tangerine

1 drop Spearmint

I love the citrus mint scent, it is exhilerating and uplifting.

Wide Open Spaces

2 drops doTERRA Breathe

1 drop Lime

By adding doTERRA’s Breathe Respiratory Blend, this blend is very supportive of the respiratory system.

Spring Blossoms

2 drops Geranium

2 drops Bergamot

2 drops Wild Orange

Geranium and Bergamot are very calming and Wild Orange is uplifting, this is a sweet blend.

Fresh Air

2 drops Frankinsence

2 drops Peppermint

2 drops Lime

This blend consists of three essential oils that help support the respiratory system and will promote feelings of open airways.

Creating new diffuser blends is one of my favorite things to do with my essential oils. It is all trial and error, the great thing is, if you don’t like the blend, you can jusy scratch it off. I recommend that you keep a journal of your blends, that way you can write down what you like or do not like, so you can either go back and use it again or scratch it off the list.

Caution:

Keep essential oils and diffusers out of the reach of children. Never place your face over a diffuser while it is running with essential oils in it.

 

There is still time to enter my Spring Cleaning Challenge Giveaway! Enter to win a doTERRA Intro Kit!

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Disclaimer:

The opinions and views expressed are my own and do not represent the opinions entities whatsoever with which I have been, am now or will be affiliated. Because the material contained on this website is based on my own opinion, it should not be considered professional medical advice. If you are sick, please go to a Dr.

 

Spring Cleaning Challenge-it’s getting closer!

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Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop in today to remind you all that I have a Spring Cleaning Challenge coming up! It Begins on April 1st. Every day for 7 days, I will share some non toxic cleaning recipes to help you move closer to a toxin free environment!

On top of that, when you sign up, you will be entered to win a doTERRA Intro Kit!

Last week I shared some of the items that you should be picking up to join the challenge. Today, I am going to share a few more products that will be helpful.

  1. distilled water
  2. paper towels (you will want durable ones!)
  3. natural dish detergent (I like Meyers)

You can purchase as few or as many items as you like, the more of the items you get, the more you can participate!

Here is the link to sign up! Please share with your friends, the more the merrier!

 

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6 Quick and Easy Diffuser Blends Every Mom Needs!

 

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This is normal?

I am exhausted, just plain worn out. My 10 month old is going through a sleepless time. They tell me it is normal, when a baby starts really exploring his world, he tends to wake up more at night. While it is great to know that this is perfectly normal, it does not help me get the rest I need, or the afternoon pick me up I need to keep going.

I need a solution

I had no idea, when I started on this journey with essential oils, 2 years ago, just how much of an impact they would have on my life. I did not know that I would soon be raising a baby again (a crazy thought after 50!) but, here I am, doing just that. I have to tell you, I do not have the energy today, that I had even in my 30’s. So I needed to find some solutions to these every day sleep, rest and energy issues. I started researching out my essential oils, and have come up with some really nice diffuser blends, to help both baby and Mom. Today, I am going to share my favorites, along with info about each oil I am using.

Some important things to remember

In todays society, we tend to think we need more. More of everything. Here’s the thing, when it comes to essential oils, less is more. You do not need to use a lot of these oils to get the maximum benefit. When diffusing around baby, I use no more that 1-3 drops of oil. It’s all you need. Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated volitile compounds. A little goes a long way.

Diffuser Blends for Baby

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Sleep Sweet Baby

1 drop Juniper Berry

1 drop Lavender

1 drop Roman Chamomile

This is a beautiful relaxing blend. Juniper Berry has very calming properties and will help keep your baby in a restful state. Lavender relieves tension and promotes a restful night’s sleep. Roman chamomile is soothing and calming. Diffuse this so both Baby and Mama can get a peaceful night of rest.

Breath Baby

1 drop Lavender

1 drop Cardamom

1 drop lime

Along with promoting a restful sleep, Lavender also promotes clear open breathing. Cardamom also promotes clear breathing and calmness. Lime purifies the air, which also helps with clear breathing. If your baby is experiencing congestion, this gentle diffuser blend may be just what you need.

Don’t Bug Me!

1 drop Lemongrass

1 drop Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

1 drop Cedarwood

Lemongrass has a very pleasant smell to humans, but, is very good at repelling insects. Melaleuca purifies the air and Cedarwood also repels insects, and is calming. Let’s face it, it is alsmost time for those little, fluying biting beasts again! 

Happy Baby

1 drop Tangerine

1 drop Roman Chamomile

Tangerine energizes and uplifts the mood, and Roamn Chamomile is soothing and calming, which makes this the perfect blend to sootha cranky baby.

 

Diffuser Blends Just for Mom

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Stress Be Gone

3 drops Bergamot

2 drops Hawiian Sandalwood

1 drop Siberian Fir

Bergamot has a beautiful floral/citrus scent that is both calming and uplifting for the mood. Hawiian Sandalwood is uplifting and supportive of decreasing emotional upset. Siberian Fir is supportive of calming emotions. This is a wonderful blend for when your emotions are all over the place!

Uplifting Afternoon

3 drops Wild Orange

2 drops Peppermint

Wild Orange is very energizing and uplifting for the mood, and Peppermint has an exhilerating uplifting aroma. This is my go to, for the afternoon slump. (I also with put a drop of each of these oils in my hands, rub them together and “Tent” over my nose and breath in).

I hope that you find these diffuser blends as helpful as I have. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, please follow me on Facebook at:

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Preparing-My Springtime Ritual

It hits me at this time every year. Winter has been dragging, and although the calander tells me spring is a few days away, living in Maine, the calander and the weather do not always sync.

Research

So every year at this time, I begin my ritual. I know that soon the buds will pop, the grass will grow, and so will all my beautiful little herbs!

Until I see those buds, or that first peel of green, I will begin preparing. I have pulled out my books. Each year, I read, and reread. I consume all that I can, about plants, flowers, herbs, medicinal herbs. I can’t get enough.

I am on constant lookout for a new volume. Something I can dig into,read research, and continue to gain knowledge. There is so much I do not know! Even after 25 years of learning! I am constantly amazed by the things that I find. One of my favorite finds was a little pamphlet I found while waiting in line to buy groceries. It is a little treasure, that I lose every year and have to figure out where I hid it this time!

Endless Possibilities

In this day and age, we have so many incredible resources at our fingertips! Pinterest alone is the biggest resource there is. Whatever I am researching, I type into search and there it is! Not only that, but, I can save and curate every single article! Anyone can learn about anything!

Getting Hands On

Truthfully, there is no better way to learn about herbs, or gardening in general, than to dig in and learn. Go to a local Farmers Market, Cooperative Extension, here in Maine we have a Common Ground Fair and Herbfest. This year I want to learn first hand, more about native species. For now though, I will have to stick to my books, and Pinterest.

http://www.mofga.org/Calendar/seed-swap-and-scion-exchange-1

https://www.avenabotanicals.com/pages/classes-herb-walks

At the mofga link above, there are several different community events, including a seed and scion exchange.

At avenabotanicals, they also have several opportunities to learn, including a children’s herb walk!

Pass It On

I firmly believe that we need to pass knowledge on to others. Whether we pass it on to friends, or to children. We can not keep what we learn to ourselves. There are generations to come that need this information. Please, pass this post on, share it with others. Share the links. Go out in nature, learn about our world, and make it a better place.

Peace and joy!

Springtime Daydreams-Beating the Winter Doldrums

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Quietly Counting the Days

I don’t know what it is about this winter. It feels like it has been the longest winter ever! The past couple of weeks have been especially trying. With outbreaks of everything from simple colds, to RSV, to ear infections….I am just ready to put this season behind me. Continue reading “Springtime Daydreams-Beating the Winter Doldrums”