Coriander Essential Oil – October’s Oil of the Month!

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Coriander is a highly aromatic annual herb. The seeds and leaves were used by ancient Greeks and Chinese in cooking and medicinal purpose. The essential oil, distilled from the crushed seeds, has  a pleasant, sweet, spicy, candy-like odor.

The lower notes are floral, balsamic, and peppery. The aroma is sometimes described as warm and faintly floral. Coriander is also an Anti-Oxidant with a high ORAC score that helps with the digestive and circulatory system.

Properties: Analgesic, Antifungal, Antispasmodic and Stimulant

Historical Uses: Coriander has been used in Mexico and Peru as an integral ingredient in their chili and cooking. The Chinese believe that those who consume coriander seeds will be rewarded with immortality. The Israelites used Coriander in their cooking to help with digestion and gastrointestinal issues.

Possible Uses:
Dilute in liquid for stomach ailments. Coriander has a warming effect on the stomach which helps with gas, muscle spasms and menstrual cramps.
Diffuse to stimulate the mind and ease fatigue.
Mix with massage oil or dilute in bath to help ease digestive issues, muscle spasms, headaches and assist in detoxifying the body.

Blends well With: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Ginger, Grapefruit and other spice oils.

Coriander Essential Oil Application
Can be used aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT)

A great addition to your essential oils collection.

Coriander Muscle Rub
 
To ease muscular pain and stiffness, arthritis and rheumatism.
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Cuisine: Essential Oils
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add essential oils to the grapeseed oil in a glass container. Massage into tired and aching muscles.

As always, use code “flamingo91” at checkout for 10% off your total order (except for oil of the month). The oil of the month is already significantly reduced to $15.99, with free shipping so it’s a great bargain. Any other items added to your Cart will get the 10% off.

Small Battery—Huge Power

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“What? Speak up. I can’t hear you. Oh wait, my battery must have died.”

Hearing aid batteries are important part of my life. You see, I have serious hearing loss. This ailment runs in my family.  Skiing behind loud boat motors, listening to loud music in my younger years also wrecked havoc on my hearing. I can hear, but it’s very muffled with some sounds I can’t hear at all. I do hear people talk, but it’s difficult to understand what they are saying, especially higher pitched voices, and always soft-spoken mumblers.

We truly don’t realize how bad hearing loss is until we can actually hear again. Turning up the TV volume for everyone down the street to hear is a clue that you may need hearing aids. This impairment can be embarrassing too. Having no idea what someone said, using the smile, nod and agree gesture of agreement can get you in trouble, trust me!

The first time I inserted the batteries in my new hearing aids and place the devices in my ears I lifted my head in shocking surprise. My eyes sprung wide open while looking all around the room. I started crying tears of awe and joy. I could hear myself breathe. I could hear sounds I’d not heard for such a long time that I had forgotten how they sound. Even silence has its special noise.

The battery was the conduit that brought life to those hearing devices. The battery made it all happen. This tiny little object brought the sense of sound back into my life. It’s been many years, several hearing aids, and thousands of batteries I have gone through.

I have battery packages strategically placed in my purse, in every room, and yes, always in my junk drawer, which ironically is hub central for my batteries. They are everywhere because I never quite know when one will die. Sadly, they do have a short life, usually 7 – 10 days.  Being without a battery is like trying to drive a vehicle with an empty tank of gas. You aren’t going anywhere. Without those batteries powering the hearing aids, you aren’t going to hear. Nothing like being at that special event and the battery suddenly goes dead. Talk about panic attack. Seriously, battery life is not long, but its lifespan is valuable beyond means.

These little gems are priceless. My life changed forever with hearing aids, but because of that little battery I can hear the wind blowing through the trees, the click of a clock, the hum of a ceiling fan, the beat of a heart, understand the lyrics in a song, and also hear those irritating crickets at night. My car no longer rides so quietly either. Yet, at the end of the day, I can take the battery out and retreat to a quiet world.  Amazing how one tiny inanimate object can bring such delight to someone.

National POW/MIA Day 2014

National POW/MIA Day posterIt’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Take a few moments please, to remember  and honor the Prisoners of War and the Missing in Action who sacrificed all. Thank those Prisoners of War who are still living to tell their horrific stories. They are history lessons abound.

Firebird Nine One Crew Drawing by Massachusetts Artist

I am especially remembering Firebird Nine One and crew who were MIA for years. My brother, Capt. Herbert C Crosby, MIA for 37 years. As of 2011, all the crew has been repatriated, remains identified, and buried in American soil. My thoughts and prayers go to the families of the still Missing in Action men and women. May they all have some little closure as our lucky family did. Hardly sounds right to say lucky. Would rather our heroes came home alive, but I’m thankful for a few bone shards and some teeth after all the years.

Below is the latest Vietnam Update from the Defense POW/Missing Personeel Office.

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There will be ceremonies across the country today. There is a huge event called The Ride Home in Americus/Andersonville, Georgia starting today honoring our fallen, POWs still living, and family members of our MIAs at the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Cemetery sponsored by The Rolling Thunder. 
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ou don’t have to attend an event, but I do ask to take a few moments to remember, reflect and honor our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action defenders.

Hemp Oil Salve

hemp seed oil salveThis is a miracle salve for healing those cuts, scrapes, burns, and dry skin. The Hemp Oil in this salve is superb for eczema too.  It’s easy to make, it’s healthy and it has no harmful chemicals.

Hemp seed oilis one of the world’s healthiest and oldest natural oils. Produced from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant, hemp seed oil has a perfect ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 essential fatty acids and 80% total essential fatty acids, which is more than any other plant. With this perfect blend of omega and essential fatty acids, there is a massive range of health benefits including better integumentary health such as thicker hair, softer skin, and stronger nails. Hemp seed oil also contains both vitamin E, well-known for its benefits in skin care, and vitamin D, which is not present in other plants. Hemp seed oil can also be helpful for eczema, premenstrual stress, and inflammation.

I use Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil, 24-Ounce Bottle (affiliate link).

A very little-dab-a-do-ya for this great salve!  I used either this salve or my all purpose healing salve every day! Enjoy.

All Purpose Hemp Oil Salve 

Hemp Oil Salve
 
An all purpose healing salve with Hemp Oil. Great for cuts, burns, rashes, and especially good for eczema. This salve is excellent to use daily on dry skin. Works wonders for cuticles too! The blend of essential oils are healing, antibacterial, anti fungal, soothing, cleansing, and the Frankincense enhances the other oils excellently.
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Ingredients
  • 10 drops pur lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops pure lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops pure melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
  • 3 drops pure frankincense essential oil
  • 1 cup pure organic hemp oil
  • 1 cup organic virgin coconut oil (I used Tropical Traditions Gold Label)
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
  • ½ teaspoon Vitamin E (optional)
  • (always use the finest quality ingredients you can find. What goes on and in your body need only be the best for best results.
Instructions
  1. Slowly melt the coconut oil, hemp oil, and beeswax in a glass container which has been set in a pan of water. Slowly bring the water to a nice warm bath and stir your oils and wax until completely melted. This melting process will take 15 to 20 minutes or so. You do not want to use high heat and burn your ingredients.
  2. Line up five 4 oz. glass jars and add the essential oils to each of the five jars. Once the coconut, hemp oil and beeswax has melted you may add the ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E, if using. Pour your melted oil into the jars, cover with a paper towel (to keep clean) and cool. Let cool until the salve hardens.
  3. The salves should last 8 months using the Vitamin E, or 6 months without.

As always, use flamingo91 code at checkout for 10% off your total order from Spark Naturals. 

eSpray da Toilet! (poop spray)

eSpray da Toilet

This little gem is getting noticed. It really works great! I keep a bottle in my purse, and on every toilet here at the mansion. Great for the office too! Travel? Don’t leave home without this bottle.

Be sure to read my original post if you don’t know what this little bottle can do for you. Basically, it contains the “poop odors” in the toilet bowl and not smelling up the area.

You can easily make your own using Spark Naturals essential oils. You can also buy the glass bottle from Spark Naturals. And, better yet, you get 10% off your total order of essential oils and supplies by using code flamingo91 at checkout!

eSpray daToilet
 
Simple, easy to make solution that oh-so does the job for your job!
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Recipe type: Essential Oils
Ingredients
  • 20 drops of Lemongrass essential oil
  • 20 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 20 drops of Bergamot essential oil
  • 2 ounces of water
  • 2 oz dark glass spray bottle
Instructions
  1. Add the essential oils drops each to the spray bottle. Fill with water and shake.
  2. How to use: BEFORE "nature calls" shake the bottle then spritz the eSpray daToliet into the toilet bowl. Approximately 2-4 spritzes should do it. Then do your "business". The oils will disperse over the water creating a vapor barrier and trapping any offensive odors!
  3. You can play around with different essential oils, as I did because it's the spreading of the oil over the water that retains the stink. That's it folks!

 

Gel Caps – Item of the Week!

gel capsulesGelatin Gel Caps! New product to Spark Naturals.

Customize your supplements using Gel Caps. The bottle contains 100 gel caps.

Great to use if you’re making up cold remedies to take throughout the day. Some essential oils don’t taste that great, and one can’t always take an arsenal of oils with them. Just fill the gel caps with your oils or powders. Put them in a small bottle (old prescription bottle) so you can’t take them with you.  

Retail price: $3.15 

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The Color Flamingo Pink

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The color Flamingo Pink! Ah, the plastic pink yard ornament. Yes, that’s what came to your mind, isn’t it? Well, I’m not just a pretty tacky pink, although I certainly love to be on display. I’m a coral pink. I range from white to deep pinkish coral, and yes, I am some times that tacky pink in the yard. Some may say I’m a shrimp. My pink may come from shrimp (I eat those little crustaceans), but certainly no, I am not a shrimp. I am Flamingo Pink. I am proud to strut my charmed pink feathers to entertain you.

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I have tenderness. I am delicate as fine china, regal as royalty, and robust as a rich ruby port. Majestic? Indeed. Soothing to the eye, yet flamboyant in style. Paint me on a wall and I will comfort you. Use me wisely in your home décor and I will bring prominence to the room.  Once you capture my pink essence, you can never turn away from me. You will use me, many times. I will grow in your consciousness to gain your confidence.

People don’t pick me much. They’re afraid. I laugh because I know I can bring them merriment. I stand out in a crowd, which I adore.  Maybe that’s why I’m less chosen. Only the brave feel safe to display my splashy style and adoring color pink.

So the next time you walk by Flamingo Pink, take a second look. I’m your color. Use me. You’ll be glad you did.

DIFFUSERS! Item of the Week!

Spark Natural Diffusers 10 percent off

If you were wanting to add another diffuser to your collection, now is the time. All diffusers are 10% off the week only!

If you are new to essential oils, know that diffusing them is the easiest way to get quick benefits of your oils. Just add three to five drops (or per recipe) of oil to a small amount of water in the diffuser and turn it on! That’s it!

I particularly love these diffusers because they use all the water added, and they have automatic shut-off. This is important. I have two diffusers going at home, and another one in my office at work.

Great time to get your diffusers. Use code flamingo91 at checkout for additional 10% off and that’s a super deal!

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Lemon Essential Oil – Item of the Week

Lemon IOTWDo you love FREE things? Well, then you are going to love the Item of the Week! Get a FREE 5ml bottle of our Lemon EO with every purchase over $25 (after all discounts)!!

Lemon is such a great oil and has so many uses. I use Lemon every day…add it to my Green Tea in the morning, along with some Ginger, and Cinnamon oil.

Start shopping and get your FREE oil!

Remember too that if you use code “flamingo91” at checkout you get 10% off your order!

(Oil will be automatically added during fulfillment).

Blueberry and Wild Rice Salad

A great summertime recipe that is all good food. This dish has a light citrus dressing which pairs perfectly with the fruit and wild rice. This could be a side salad, or main dish. A glass of your favorite red or white wine will be an excellent accompaniment.

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Blueberry and Wild Rice Salad
 
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A great summertime recipe with healthy ingredients. A light citrus dressing pairs perfectly with the fruit and wild rice. Could be a side salad, or a main dish meal. A glass of your favorite red or white wine will be excellent accompaniment.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup wild rice, washed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup toasted, chopped pecans
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. apricot nectar
  • 1½ tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. grated lime peel
  • 6 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup blueberries
Instructions
  1. Combine the rice with the vegetable broth in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the rice is tender, about 40 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. Stir in the pecans, cranberries, apricots, and red onion. Sit aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, apricot nectar, ginger, and lime peel. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour over the rice and mix well. Gently fold in the blueberries. Let sit for at least 10 minutes to meld the flavors before serving.