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My son is autistic. It has been one heck of a ride! Mostly the ride has been within myself, learning to accept, be flexible and be open to a new normal. It has taken almost fourteen years and I have by no means arrived.
Having a birthday party for him was something I swore off a few years ago…and Oh Buddy, how I did swear!! One does not always know what is going on in that beautiful mind and if you go left when he wants to go right, watch out! I couldn’t take any more tantrums in front of friends, leaving his friends sitting at the table because they ate their cake before he had the first bite or rude comments about the presents he didn’t like and the list is endless. It is just too stressful….for me. Does that sound selfish? Maybe it is but I think I have a better grasp on my humanity and what I am able handle peacefully.
He started planning his party 2 months ago. I see him maturing in many ways. He has no problem communicating his need for more freedom and less parental control. I didn’t handle that very well when our oldest son communicated the same things to us at the same age, but I see my error in that now. I want to help raise confident, think for your self, respectful and God fearing men-so I can appreciate his hormones and intrinsic make up better than I used to appreciate his brothers’!
No person on earth has more tested, tried, exasperated or challenged this writer, than this particular son. He makes me want to hit the escape button on my emotional hand held and I sometimes ponder if space from each other would’n’t be a good idea. I don’t know the answer to that but I do know, he is exposing many things within myself.
As I grow deeper in union with Christ, I have found this to be true. That the people and the situations in our lives that are cataclysmic to us in someway, are the very doors of hope that God has purposed. That can look a lot of ways, can’t it? It can look like the accident,the unplanned pregnancy, the lost dreams, the divorce, the illicit relationship, the addiction or the communication break down, just to name a few. God is standing there, purposing good through it, what ever it is. His hope and future for our good, in the pressure, in the refining and in the heat. When you are aware of it, your eyes are opened! He wants to do something in us and through us. Ultimately, He wants us to so know how loved, accepted, forgiven and pleasing we are to Him- so that knowledge is given freely to others no matter how they behave, acknowledge or appreciate us.
I am getting ready for a big Aromatherapy event this weekend and in my busyness, I made a mistake while blending some inhalers. I see that I am maturing a bit too. I just looked at the cartridges and asked, what shall I do with you now? Ginger, Lavender, Frankincense and Bergamot…. the blend lent itself to calming anxiety and reducing stress…perfect! I will give one to each of the special boys who are coming to the birthday party tonight and give one to my son and myself! A mistake turned into a blessing! That is what they are all intended to be. Not just for ourselves, but for everyone who surrounds us as well.
Thank you for reading, I really do appreciate it. I am right here walking this path of wholeness with you and I would love to hear from you today.
Nothing is a silver bullet, but every shift you make toward health supports your holistic big picture. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy are a wonderful and fun way to support all over health! Although essential oils have a fragrance, they are not fragrance oils. They have natural chemical components that support your emotions and your immune system and there is much scientific research to back that up!
Honest Aromas is all about using essential oils safely! Always use essential oils in a carrier for ultimate safety! A carrier is anything that you mix the essential oil into before application. In your diffuser, the carrier would be the water that you place the drops into. Diffusing is the safest method of using essential oils!
Other carriers that could be used are; Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Hemp seed oil, Shea butter, Vitamin E, Epsom salt, sea salt, sugar, etc. The carrier puts a protective barrier between your skin, it can help with a fast or slow absorption rate and the carrier, many times, adds an extra therapeutic value!
Here is a great dilution rate rule of thumb:
Here is an easy recipe for you to try!
Blend 5-6 drops Lavendula angustifolia into 1 ounce of an unscented lotion. Blend well with a glass mixer or baby spoon. Smooth on your hands, wrists, ankles and feet to de- stress your evening and support sleep. Enjoy!
We hope this has been a helpful tid-bit and we are always happy to help in any way we can! We are available for classes and presentations for your home or office. Shoot us an email anytime- we want to hear from you!
For years my husband and I would sleep in separate rooms for his snoring! When I became a Certified Aromatherapist, he pretty much begged me to develop an essential oil blend that would allow him to stave off snoring and come back into the bedroom!!
I went right to work perusing essential oils that opened up respiratory and were sedating at the same time! I came up with a very effective blend and it has come to be one of Honest Aromas biggest sellers! My report is that…it works!! He used to snore upon hitting the pillow making it impossible for me to fall asleep. He no longer has that issue. He reports that he feels more rested and has more energy at work the next day. He also likes to apply some before he works out or runs as it helps his all over respiratory when he does!
I use a variety of oils in this blend, but Thyme ct. Thymol and Lavender angustifolia are two of the main ingredients. According to Pompeii Organics Thyme also has these amazing properties; Thyme is one of the most potently antiseptic essential oils. Thymol has been extensively documented for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal action.
Pompeii also has this to say about their Lavender: Lavender is most useful for it’s SEDATIVE and SKIN-HEALING properties: Cuts, burns (including sunburn), insect bites, inflammation, rashes, nervous conditions, insomnia, dermatitis, and eczema. My favorite use for lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is in a diffuser. If you have restless nights or have stress add a few drops to a diffuser or make a spray to mist over your bedding. Lavender is mood elevating and uplifting while at the same time is calming to the central nervous system.
These two oils, along with the others I have chosen, open respiratory and calm the nervous system allowing a restful nights sleep for all! Have you ever tried our Snore No More Blend? Would you like to? We are Celebrating Father’s day by offering this product for $10 (usually $12.99). Call, write, message or email today- we want to hear from you!
I am always amazed how many people DO NOT know about the benefits of Epsom Salt! If I would go to my mother with any ailment, she would say; “go soak in Epsom Salt!”. It always seemed rather boring to me and even like a cop out!! But as I have studied and applied health to my own life, Epsom Salt has become a necessary staple in my home.
Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. As the chart shows above, it can reduce stress and all over inflammation! We used it every morning for a few years as a bath for our son who has Autism. It proved to relax him, and get that much needed Magnesium into his system.
Last night, our daughter who runs Cross Country at school, had significant inflammation in her ankle as well as a shin splint ;-( I made her a very warm, teetering on hot bath, of 2 Cups Epsom salt and 10 drops Helichrysum (which is the go-to oil for bruises) for her to soak in. She came out about one half hour later saying that she felt “so good!” and she continued by icing the leg and ankle. This morning her ankle had completely returned to normal size, as it reduced inflammation with this protocol and resting through the night.
This week I also spoke at an Arthritis Support group and I, again, was amazed to find the participants who had never tried Epsom salt in their repertoire ! It is an inexpensive alternative many times providing more relief, with no side effects, than pain medication ( of course consult with your own Physician if you are on a specific protocol.)
So, I couldn’t let the week go by with out reminding you how great this supplement is and encourage or remind you to try it for what ever ails you! Epsom salt is also The Perfect Carrier for your favorite Essential Oils. Rule of thumb, 1 ounce of Epsom salt to 4-5 drops of Essential Oil. Make sure your Essential oil is not skin irritating if you are going to take a bath in it!! Lavender,Roman Chamomile Rose Absolute or heavier oils like Patchouli and Sandalwood are great oils to blend in Epsom Salt for a calming and relaxing bath.
Have you tried Epsom Salt? We want to hear from you today!
After reading Henri Nouwen’s, Spiritual Direction, I was reminded how I needed to have a quiet space in my house where I can pray and make a spiritual impact to my life and that of my family’s. I typically do have quiet, meditation time, but I was doing it at the dining room table where it can be extremely peaceful first thing in the morning, and be rudely interrupted by a number of intruders later.
When my oldest children were little, I taught them not to officially come out of their rooms until 8 A.M., so we could all have focused quiet-time in the morning. When our younger two were little, that was much more difficult, as by that time I was also helping take care of my mother- in- law in our home. I remember feeling like the only place I could have peace was in the bathroom and that was only if no one was calling the dreaded name, “mom”!!
So at the time, I purchased a small bamboo top bistro table and chairs and put it in my bedroom to re-focus my mind in the morning. It was my “secret place,” as not secret as it was! Since we moved into our new home 4 years ago, I did not have a purposed place until yesterday! I bought a cute little set of reclaimed furniture at a tag sale over the weekend, with this very respite in mind. I lit some unscented candles in my room which is already permeated with the Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils I use, and the Thyme, Peppermint, Cypress and Eucalyptus my husband uses in our bedtime repertoire!
Peace! Tranquility! Hidden in the corner of the bedroom, tucked behind a large plant that blocks the view of the doorway. A blank canvas to begin my prayer and meditation time. A ,”look at the hand,” to the world and the interruptions that clamor for my peace! My intentionality at carving out peace in my life. It’s all part of holistic health- carve out some for yourself! We would love to hear about it:-)
Summertime and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’
So hush little baby don’t you cry….
That is the song I was singing while I started the post! I take voice lessons and I just finished working on this piece but it happened to coincide with our children having their last day of school yesterday.
Summertime actually can make me a bit anxious with the change in schedule. I will not have the quiet mornings I have had through the school year, many of those mornings in which I take the time to blog. But I did get to take a quick vacation at this very beach in Destin, Florida! It is to date one of the most beautiful and fun beaches I have ever been to. Our son is in the Navy and our daughter, Hannah and I met up with him and spent a few days of Liberty with him.
It was a relationally worthwhile trip and I am very thankful that my two oldest children would want to spend that time with me. We laid on the beach and we played in the waves- it was great! It is easy for me to push myself continually and not rest or make time for recreation- but it is so important for us to do that for ourselves. In this instance, an unforgettable memory was built, which is even more important.
I created an After Sun Spray and took it on the trip, and it was good that I did! It was a mixture of Aloe Vera Juice and Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia). It felt fantastic on hot skin and smelled amazing as well as being very calming! Try it and let us know what you think!
So, Happy Summer and take time to enjoy the season, re creating and singing!!
Remember a few months ago when I posted about detoxing after my doctor found out that my liver really wasn’t working well? Well, I have been on that diet ever since, giving up coffee, taking it back up a few times, not eating dairy, sugar, or most grains and watching my fruit intake.
I followed up with that same doctor this week and he said that I was doing amazing!He said; “congratulations, you just added 5 years to your life”! I have lost 16 pounds so far, and many of my labs have done a 180 degree turn! My body is starting to heal it self!! My iron levels are not in the range they need to be, and the same is true for my thyroid, but we are in the “tweaking stage”, as he called it, and as I continue, the results will improve!!
I am so thankful for that great news and I definitely feel the healthiest I have been in my whole life- despite having a ways to go! I do not have the sugar cravings, and I am much more even keeled with my adrenals being supported with supplements. I sleep great and have a lot more energy and stamina. Any inflammation I had is completely gone and my mind is clearer. I desire to stay on this diet the rest of my life, having the indulgences for special occasions.
Essential Oils have definitely helped with stress. I have such an amazing Aroma wafting through my home because of what I do, and I am thankful for the supportive roll they play in strengthening my immune system. I personally like to blend Frankincense and Lavender in some Avocado oil and use as a moisturizer. It is calming and fortifying and smells pretty delicious!
So, if you want to re boot your health, I definitely recommend a fast. Getting sugar out of your diet, in all forms, is the biggest health shift you can make! It will change your life! Your not alone, I am right here with you on the health journey and I want to hear from you today!
This vase may look rather large in the picture, but it’s only a one-ounce cobalt bottle filled with tiny Bluets I picked out of the grass in my yard! I am presently reading Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, and this definitely made my ongoing list of a thousand gifts God has given me!!
Carefully picking these little beauties and trimming them to fit in my little aromatherapy bottle delighted my soul. I presented them to my daughter Gabrielle as we were working at Honest Aromas yesterday, and her face erupted with joy at the fairy sized bouquet!
This is the bottom line in life: gratefulness=fully living. We have to slow down and smell the flowers. We have to stop and take it all in. And many times, we have to make ourselves see the good in our own lives. I am thankful I can read and I am thankful I can write. There are many people who cannot. I am thankful my olfactory system works and I can smell the oils I blend with. There are many people who cannot. I am thankful I can walk and bend and use scissors to cut flowers, and even get a well deserved pain in a muscle from overuse. Some people have no limbs. Gratefulness=fully living.
On an aromatherapy note, you do not have to smell an aroma to glean the benefits from essential oils. It is truly affecting your body at a chemical level as it works its way through your olfactory and circulatory system!
But for those of us who can enjoy the odor, it is delicious! I put drops of essential oil in everything, a small bottle of water to mist the rugs and rooms of my home (Lemon), my shampoo (Lavender and Rosemary), my face oil (Frankincense, Tea Tree and Lavender mixed in a carrier of course), etc. I love walking into my home (or driving in my essential oil-permeated car) and being uplifted and relaxed by the immune system-building oils that I breathe in!
It’s spring, there is new life popping up everywhere! We can have new life in ourselves as well. We do not have to stay the same. It’s the little things in life, cared about and cultivated and mixed with gratitude, that make life fully alive!
I’ve been understanding forgiveness on a whole new level over the last year. I’ve dealt with asking for forgiveness, forgiving myself, forgiving others and not being forgiven. One thing I completely agree with James McDonald on: “Christians need to be masters at forgiveness.” This is a challenging thought, but it’s true. And whether you’re a Christian or not, you know forgiveness changes your life and allows things to move in a healthy way that would be impossible otherwise.
The biggest challenge and help to me has been to understand that, “I am completely forgiven and fully pleasing to God. I am totally accepted, deeply loved and absolutely complete in Christ” (Robert McGee, The Search for Significance).
With God’s help in believing this is true, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength! I want to be rebuilt and energized in that truth, so I can do everything I was created to do in this life and not waste one more second in unbelief.
I want to encourage you that this is possible! You can change your life, your patterns, your habits, your hangups, and your failures. You can take that mustard seed of faith and it can grow into a flourishing tree!
I completely relate to King David when he said, “I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). Forgiveness is not an easy road, and the battle is mostly in the mind. But unless I believe (without seeing) that forgiveness produces good fruit and leads to a more abundant life, I will give in to hopelessness and despair. I have been there many times, and it does not bear anything good! Not for me or any one else around me.
So, I am encouraging myself even as I write this, and hope I encourage you today!I encourage you to check your heart, investigate the things that weigh you down, and ask yourself if there is an area in your life (or that situation you can’t let go of) in which you really haven’t forgiven a person, or even God. Don’t let this day pass without getting it out in the open, confessing it, and receiving forgiveness for it. Don’t carry it around another minute, day, or year. This is precisely the Reconciliation Jesus Christ provided to us through the cross and what we can meditate on further through this Resurrection weekend. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John can greatly aid us on this journey of forgiveness<3