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Yes, we grow rocks… and trees. And after I tried, thankfully unsuccessfully, to burn the woods down, I learned a huge lesson. That pile of branches that have some smoldering/smoking leaves underneath. Yea, that one. It turns into a raging inferno once it hits the evergreen branches that are in said pile. And when that happens, it quickly ignites the entire pile and singes everything around – including the branches at the top of the trees… completely freaking me out!
Debate has been going on now about the size of the canning building/guest house/sleep over house. I was at first thinking 12×12 would be fine… now a 12×16 (the pink tape represents that size) or even a 16×24 is being discussed. How exactly do our buildings always end up bigger than we originally anticipate? I did however, draw the line. No matter what anybody thinks – this one will not have “a small loft” that somehow morphs into “a full second story”! Just. Not. Happening.
I did it. I stuck my toes into the world of Essential Oils. And am pleasantly surprised with our results so far! I originally was interested because of Mr.’s back and knee pain, my massive migraines and our horrid tick problem. I signed up as a customer and bought the small kit to try out… now I wish I would have gotten the larger box.
First thing I did was mix up a Peppermint tick spray. Day 1 of clearing the garden, sprayed myself after breakfast – I got 1 seed tick close to dinner. The children helped move some logs Mr. had cut. Total of 5 minutes in the woods, we pulled 3 off of them! So just to see, we put a tick in a little container with a drop of Peppermint and a drop of Lavender – no kidding, dead within 15 minutes! Adding Lavender to my mix now! (The Palto something or nother is supposed to be the best for fleas and ticks, but that didn’t come in the kit I ordered).
Test #2 – Bou had the start of a migraine, complete with stomach upset – a drop of peppermint mixed with a few drops of coconut oil, rubbed on his temples and back of his neck – 15 minutes – gone! Text #3 – Sore throat – 1 drop of Purifications rubbed on, gone! Test #4 – Mr’s back has proved more difficult as we work out what amount work best for him. Diluted Panaway on my hips – while not gone, the pain was dropped from “very noticeable” to “barely noticeable dull ache”.
Other uses I have read about now – Lavender over my heart to help with being Tachy (rapid rate) and blood pressure. Peace & Calming on the bottom of the children’s feet before bed. Joy dropped on a cotton ball as aromatherapy (no electricity remember, can’t use a diffuser). Can even use Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint for allergies!
I’m now super excited about the possibilities! And kinda felt like a chemist when I was premixing oils with coconut into small containers.