Day 17- EO Week- Peppermint

I got on the trail a little later this morning, about the time I was coming back yesterday. The difference was, today I walked further, about 2 miles, and the strange thing was, I awoke earlier, didn’t dally, threw on some clothes, made sure my hair wouldn’t frighten anyone, and plugged my music in my ears and took off! Static-X put a pep in my step and I started off full of energy, however, on the way back, the pain in my shins was pretty bad. I pushed on through and got home and revived myself with a few sips of my water with lemongrass and frankincense and a new coffee drink I made that I found on Pinterest-Cowgirl Coffee! It’s different, but yummy, and totally Paleo. It’s a cold coffee with coconut milk and dark cocoa (unsweetened) powder and the recipe left out a sweetener, so I used Stevia to go, it was perfect after that.

We all remember the taste of Peppermint from starlight mints and those soft peppermint candies that my grandmother used to give me. What do you think they used to flavor those mints? Peppermint essential oil, of course!

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Also the beloved York peppermint patty and other favorites. If you’ll check out my Pinterest page on Everything Paleo, there is a recipe for homemade thin mints from Theviewfromgreatisland.com that looks delicious.

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To quote DrAxe.com directly from his book The Kings Medicine Cabinet, ” Research has found peppermint can improve antibiotic resistance and help heal your body from the overuse of prescription antibiotics and other chemicals that affect your body”. It can do so many other things as well, due to is versatility. You can mix a few drops with some coconut oil and rub it on sore muscles, make home made toothpaste, since it fights bad breath and the odors it causes. It improves focus, energy and concentration and if I have a bloated or upset tummy, a drop in my water literally takes it all away. Try mixing a few drops with som Epsom salts in your bath tonight, your sore muscles will thank you! It also improves breathing and since its anti-viral, it fights infection and flu. Rubbed on your chest and the bottoms of your feet improves breathing and helps fight sinus infections. This is one essential oil that should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet, however in my home, it sits on the shelf above my sink, along with my other oils I use daily, so it’s within easy reach.

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Peppermint is also easy to grow and use in your own home. When I lived in Groves, I grew it in my back yard in a pot and frequently used the leaves to freshen my water or tea.

I think I’ll go put some in the diffuser along with some orange and lemongrass and rub some on my shins-I’m sure my soreness will disappear and I’ll be able to concentrate better as well-that will come in handy for the creative writing project I started yesterday, not to mention, my to-do list I conjured up this morning.

Try some for yourself and let me know how it worked for you! Comments or questions are welcome as usual, enjoy your day and I’ll see you all tomorrow on the patio! 😉

 

 

Day 16-EO Week-Lemon and Lemongrass

The lower temperatures and cloudy skies inspired me to walk this morning, something I need to get back to doing to ready myself for the upcoming PKD Walk in October. On top of that, the lemongrass I put in my water gave me the energy boost I needed to get going. I’ve used lemon essential oil in the past but on my most recent shopping trip, I saw and smelled lemongrass and decided to try it instead. It is very light tasting, almost sweeter, and I enjoy it in water and iced tea.

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Lemon and lemongrass EO’s are similar in benefits and uses. I think it comes down to personal preference, strong and pungent or light and sweet. While both oils are used for cleansing and detoxing one has a cooling effect and eases digestive and menstrual cramps. That one is lemongrass. Both are anti-microbial but if you want a stronger flavor enhancer, choose lemon.

As is true with frankincense, both are wonderful in a diffuser and help clean and freshen the air. I’ve been lazy lately and I’ve only been consuming my oils, I really need to get the diffuser busy again. I’m just so stingy I don’t want to use multiple drops in my diffuser-lower priced but good quality oils would be ideal for this.

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As you can see from the photo, lemongrass has some amazing benefits and remember, you get them whether you diffuse, rub on topically or take internally. Is it any wonder both of these oils are found in so many cleaning products and bug repellents?

I actually just got up from my writing and went to set up the diffuser! Already the air is filling with the fresh, citrusy scents of orange, and lemongrass, in addition, I threw in some frankincense and peppermint for good measure. These days, we can’t be diligent enough about cancer prevention and I feel I’m helping our chances when I use and diffuse my oils. Plus,  who doesn’t love the smell of a clean house?

Back to the start of my post about walking, please remember to give what you can to help the PKD foundation and I reach our fundraising goals. The walk is in October and you can donate in my name to www.walkforpkd.org/northtexas. My team goal is $250 but I will be pledging my own amount as well in my mother’s memory, and a separate personal pledge also.

If you have any comments or questions, let me hear from you! Comment below or shoot me an email and also remember to get a free download of Dr Axe’s ebook on all things essential oils, it’s called The King’s Medicine Cabinet and no, I don’t work for him, I just love the handy references when I need them. While I didn’t put any disclaimer on my post, please know, I’m not a doctor or an aromatherapist, please check with yours to make sure whatever oil you choose to use will be safe. Please buy quality Theraputic grade oils. Pm me for direct links to my favorite sources.

I hope you all have a wonderful afternoon, I’ll be enjoying the cooler temps while they last later on, on the patio. 

Day 14- Blame it on The Birds

Well, since Sunday is a “free subject day” deemed by myself, I was going to talk about another successful family dinner which pretty much turned into a meat party! We had ribs, chicken, boudin and sausage. That was going to be the topic of discussion until my husband turned on The Birds. It matters not how many times I’ve seen this classic movie by Hitchcock, I can’t take my eyes off the screen. I swear I notice something different every time I watch it. There’s just something about the imagery, those classic camera angles and the interaction between the characters, not to mention the brain that thought up this “could maybe really happen” tale to begin with. So many horror movies have attempted similar story lines, but none were as successful as his. Isn’t it easier to believe that birds could behave in such a way, than say, tarantulas taking over the earth? Back then, there wasn’t any reason given why such an occurrence would or could happen, such as, chemical or biological contamination. It was purely a freak of nature, never explained by Mr Hitchcock.

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This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love the sound effects, the scenery and how Mitch is the brave hero and the women are portrayed and how we never gave a care about all that, it was exiting, mystical, sad, romantic and horrifying all at the same time. What a perfect way to wrap up a lovely Sunday, long after family went home and we were chillin on the couch following tonight’s episode of Big Brother. I’ll just have to catch up on all the Olympics action tomorrow. Until then, stay cool everyone, I know I will on the patio.

 

Day 13-8-Ball Pool by Miniclip

Lucky for all you who love the games out there, I decided to do one more! Heheh. For those of you who love action with a competitive edge, today’s game is 8-Ball Pool by Miniclip.

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I decided to save space and put the pics together, it’s pretty self explanatory if you’re a pool player. I like this game because it’s very realistic and does not take long for you to build your skill levels and rank up. Second, I like that you can choose to play against either a random player, one of your friends, or in a tournament setting.

Through the game, there are bonuses too, like your pool cue auto-charging, and there a shop where you can use your coins earned to buy new pool cues, convo-packs (so you can talk to each other) or the hourly bonus earnings you can pick up.

Theres also the Vip club for players who have leveled up or purchased coins. This membership earns you more free coins on your bonuses plus more advantages.

This is a great app for those who enjoy a skill game such as pool, bowling, ski-ball and the like. I’ve played all those but stuck with this pool game because I like the challenge and all the options. Short post tonight being it was a late one getting to bed last night and this girl’s tired. I hope you’ve all enjoyed game week and also watching the Olympics. Jeez, I’m so tired, I forgot what next week’s theme was going to be. I should really utilize that calendar huh? Tune in anyway, maybe we’ll all get a surprise, lol. Nite all! 💤

Day 12-Dice With Buddies

Howdy folks and welcome to another installment of Games Week, my way of honoring the Olympics. These aren’t athletic games, unless you count your brain as a muscle and you’re looking for a good workout! I have one more game to highlight tonite, unless i go for the gold and post a final favorite tomorrow. You’ll just have to come and see!

Tonight’s game is the one i have been playing the longest, even if i don’t play daily. I have been playing this one at least six years, cause I remember sitting on the front porch of my rent house in Groves playing it with my hubby (who was in the house, lol) and that was over five years ago.

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If you like Yahtzee, this is very similar, however, there is a classic Yahtzee game as well, I just don’t have it. I rather like this game because I’m used to it. Basic and easy, but it still features challenges and tournaments and opportunities to get cool, fun dice in different colors and designs.

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You get three rolls to make your best choice of a play, with all the regular moves you find in Yahtzee.

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I used to play on my iPad, but took it off and now only play on my phone.  I also used to play a bunch of folks, now I’m down to three. What can I say, the other games just take up all my time, this one is great when I’m stuck in a dr’s office or “somewhere” and need to catch up with my friend’s match. I still like it, or I would have deleted it long ago.

So there you have it, tell me your favs and join in the fun. Find me and give me a new challenge, a reason to keep it around. Also, tell me what you think about my idea for vacation week-Aug 22-28, to keep up with my blog during that week, I thought I’d post photos and if time permits, little sub stories about them, like what we do at the beach, shopping trips, deep sea fishing-whatever. I haven’t decided what next week’s theme will be yet, you can help me with that as well if anyone has a good idea. Until tomorrow’s game (maybe?) have a fabulous Friday and see ya on the patio!