Saturday, September 13, 2008

Essential Tip of the Week

This tip is from another Young Living distributor, this is pretty much everything I personally use the Thieves cleaner for. I also love washing my son's toys and highchair tray with it since I don't have to worry about chemical residues lurking around. One capful in a 16oz spray bottle of water keeps this wonderful cinnamon smelling cleaner at your fingertips for quick cleanups anytime!
"I am using Thieves Household Cleaner for everything. It feels so good to be able to say no to the big chemical companies by not buying their products.I use one capful of Thieves HHC in my dishwasher instead of detergent. This works wonderfully, the dishes are very clean and there are no spots.
I also use one capful of Thieves HHC in my laundry instead of detergent. It works as a stain remover as well.If you would like to ditch the dryer sheets and fabric softener, you can put 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washer. Simply put 10 drops of your favorite EO on an old sock and throw it in the dryer to make your clothes smell good. Dryer sheets are so toxic because the chemicals in them heat up and penetrate our clothing and then we put this clothing against the largest organ in our bodies, our skin. I just learned about the dryer sheets at a class we had Saturday.
I also use Thieves HHC to clean everything in my home. I put a capful in a pan of warm water and do the entire house. For glass I use microfiber towels, one in the Thieves water and a dry one to buff off the residue. It works wonderfully.I use this mixture on my furniture, floors, sinks, toilet, shower, basically everything.
I measured one capful and it is equal to one teaspoon. I wanted to do the math. My measuring spoon indicated that one teaspoon is also 5ml and the bottle contains 428ml which is 85.6 "servings" per bottle. I wanted to find an easy way to compare it to what people are currently using so I could show them that they could go green and save money at the same time."

May God Bless You With Abundance-Dana Christisen

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Quote of the Week

"It is not about having the greatest of faith, but rather having faith in the greatness of God."

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Gift of Comfort

Recently my mom, sister, and I went to visit my 87 year old grandmother who lives in a nursing home 2 hours away. One of the nurses had told us that Grandma was not wanting to eat and was feeling pretty low. We hoped a visit from the three of us would cheer her up. Grandma does not want flowers, balloons, stuffed animals etc, so I often feel at a loss as to what I can give her.

Grandma was in a blue state of mind when we arrived, lying motionless curled up in her bed. We talked a bit and coaxed her into sipping on a cup of soup. She perked up somewhat and wanted us to take her outside. Before the end of the visit, we asked her if she would like a massage. She indicated an enthusiastic yes, which surprised us because sometimes she doesn't want to "bother" us for a massage. Being that she has arthritis, back pain, and mild nausea we applied a few drops of PanAway and Ortho Sport massage oil that have a minty uplifting aroma. A note: do not use these oil blends if a person is taking aspirin, blood thinners, cortisone, or is epileptic because they contain wintergreen which has a cortisone type activity.

Her blissful sighs as my mom rubbed her back were so wonderful to hear. I was grateful there was something we could give her that brought her some happiness and showed how much we cared. I rubbed the oils gently up and down her thin, frail arms thinking about how many people lay in hospital, hospice, or even beds at home longing for this simple human connection. The sweet aroma of the essential oils filled the room, transforming the stale atmosphere as she enjoyed a foot massage punctuated by more peaceful sighs.

When applying oils to the ill, aged, or those in recovery, be sure to let them smell the oils you will be using before rubbing them on. Light gliding strokes are very soothing. Use just one or two drops of oil mixed with jojoba or a massage oil base. Lavender is always a good choice for basic relaxation. Diffuse citrus oils or blends rather than topical application to avoid skin sensitivities. Some patients cannot be moved to receive a back massage, but a gentle hand and/or foot massage will still be wonderfully effective.

Give the gift of aromatherapy and touch to someone you care about, it will mean more to them than words can say!