My Take on Frankincense Essential Oil

Although I’ve blogged about this before, my discussion on Frankincense was on my old blog and this essential oil is worthy of a revisit anyway. This oil is my favorite of all the essential oils I’ve tried and that is why it’s featured first on essential oils week.

Frankincense in pure form before processing into essential oil

Frankincense is one of the oldest and most powerful of the essential oils, some claim it even cures cancer! I use it for prevention, energy, clarity and concentration. It is the way I start most every day, a drop of this and Lemon in my water which I then sip on throughout the day, it wakes me up and gives me a pep in my step.

Essential oils such as Frankincense can be used in this way, or diffused in a diffuser or inhaled straight from the bottle. It can also be used topically with a little carrier oil like almond, coconut or jojoba and rubbed on age spots to lighten them, or the forehead to help with concentration.

Essential oils pass through the skin, making them transdermal, where they then enter the circulatory system and cells. This is what makes them so powerful and some compounds in essential oils have such small molecules, they can pass through the blood-brain barrier.

In addition, healing through the olfactory system is what is known as aromatherapy and therefore simply diffusing certain essential oils can help speed up getting over a cold or prevent it in the first place.

 Frankincense is one such oil. It is one of the ancient oils the wise men brought to Jesus as a gift along with Myrrh.

The highest quality essential oils are Organic, Therapeutic Grade Essential, 100% Pure oils and you want to make sure you buy from trusted brands recommended by your doctor or aromatherapist. I’m not allowed to go into brands I like here, but honestly, I have tried several different brands I know to be trustworthy and I have my favorite in all of them.

Because they are quality, they cost more, but you can’t take chances with your health, so buy from the best. I have personally had such a good experience using mine, I have come close to a panic when I run out!

When I first started using them 2 or 3 years ago, I did so to gain better health and help me in my weight loss efforts. Frankincense and Lemon EOs are my magic bullet, I don’t want to be without them.

More pep in my step meant I could exercise again, plus the added benefit of elevated mood, reduction of inflammation,  and getting over my depression meant I was able to get off my antidepressants. (Don’t worry, my doctors approved.)

Speaking of doctors,  Dr. Axe has a great book that is one of my go-to publications for info on EOs called The Kings Medicine Cabinet, which is where some of this info presented here today came from.  Along with a plethora of great information and history on essential oils, there are handy reference charts that show which oils are applied topically, whether or not you need a carrier oil and which ones are safe for internal use.

I can’t copy from the book, however, it is a free download and if you can’t get it,  email me and I’ll forward you a copy.

If you could have an oil with so many benefits to have in your arsenal, this would be my top choice. I do hope this inspires you to give it a try because really, it can only help.

Even if you don’t want to be as brave as me, get yourself a good diffuser, they are sold in most health food store and online, and some quality Frankincense, and tell me if in a few days, you don’t notice a difference in your mood, energy and spiritual awareness.   Also, please educate yourself by grabbing a copy of the book-I can suggest other resources as well, and let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you.

Why I Refuse to Get Sick

Why do I refuse to get sick? Because I have too many people depending on me, duh!

Really though, I just don’t have time for it. Between appointments, writing, cleaning, errands and whatever else comes up-who does?!

So I woke up this morning with a sore throat, I was achy and as the day progressed, I felt feverish.  This was concerning since I was sequestered with someone who may have had strep last week while on vacation. 😳

The first thing I did to combat these symptoms was to do my oil pulling with a few drops of Oregano essential oil. For those of you that have been following me since Kimmy’s Patio, you know I really believe in the power of essential oils. (and oil pulling with coconut oil)

The next thing was to drink a glass of water with Lemongrass and Grapefruit essential oil in it. (One drop each) If you click on the link, you can get a couple of dollars off on his products (Dr Axe) with his subscribe and save feature.

After a while I still felt feverish, so I relented and took some Tylenol, although I’m loathe to take medicine normally. When all that failed, I went and took a warm shower thinking that might help me feel better.

Well, no. So I began to think maybe my breakfast of Carbmaster yogurt (this is a Kroger brand) and cantaloupe wasn’t enough. So I proceeded to make some 90second Keto Bread so I could have a sandwich for lunch.

After it came out of the microwave and I cut it in half

This bread is normally a fast fix for that craving you get for bread sometimes. This time, I followed a different recipe by someone who suggested then toasting the bread in a hot pan with a bit of butter.

I found Kerrygold in tubs without olive oil added while on vacation!

For those who know me you know I ONLY use Kerrygold butter exclusively!!

Game changer!! It took longer but boy was it worth it! The bread tasted buttery, herbed and delicious! This new recipe suggested I add some dry herbs and then I decided to add in some Nutritional Yeast for that slightly cheesy taste.

I love sneaking Nutritional Yeast flakes into recipes like my egg cups, breads, and salads because it adds B Vitamins, protein, and fiber to your diet.

Yum! I figured two pieces was too much so I only ate half the bread, with salami, ColbyJack cheese, and avocado. Additionally, I added a tsp of mayo for the fat (my brand has 0 carbs)

My completed sandwich along with a few pork rinds for crunch

Once I finished that I got a happy surprise. I had made my favorite keto dessert the day before but neglected to mix it well because I didn’t feel like pulling out the mixer. So today I tried it with my handy Cuisinart Smart Stick. Wow! Smooth, creamy and delicious is how it turned out, in mere seconds!

Sugar free white chocolate keto pudding

I tell you, a couple of tablespoons of this rich, decadent dessert is all you really need to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings! It’s high in fat and calories,so a little dab will do ya.

Even after all of that, here is my approximate macros for the day so far:

1128 calories.  110g fat. 9.7g carbs. 23.4g protein

Now, while my macro ratios are ok, I try to stick to 1500 calories a day when I’m trying to lose a few pounds. I did not leave myself much room, did I? I don’t know, maybe I can eat a proper dinner and stay on track. I usually keep my carbs at or around 25g a day.

I feel full and satiated, even if I still feel yucky and blah all over. I’m getting cranky too, so it must be time for a break. 😊 Hopefully everything I’ve done today will keep the strep away, tonight I’ll have another glass of ACV tea (I’ve had one every night since I got home). Another of my cure-alls. You can read more about it in a past post here.

I hope you try some of these recipes and preventatives, let me know what works for you or not.

*Disclosure: Mentions of associated products, services, or businesses within the content of this blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference. I only choose to promote products, services, or businesses that I have used and/or trust.

How to Recover From a “Keto Catastrophe”

Eating Out Can Lead to Disaster If You’re Not Careful

 

Take it from me! Yesterday I thought I was doing my dad and I a solid by trying Appleby’s again, my thought being ‘they can’t screw a salad up too bad, right?’ Instead, it was a catastrophe!

Well,  the “salad” was delicious, just not nutritious. It really goes by salad at the most basic of terms. It did have lettuce in it!

I chose Appleby’s Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken. Dad has recently been told by his doctor that he can no longer have bread, pasta, or cereal and that pretty much means he needs to eat more like me.

So we thought salad was a good choice for lunch, and it would have been had I checked the calories, fat, and carbs BEFORE ordering it!! It was unbelievable and tasted so delicious I asked the waitress to bring the menu back so I could see the calorie count.

Per salad, calories-1290! Total fat-85g Total carbs 84! Protein 50!

I felt worse for my dad being pre-diabetic than myself having chose this disastrous meal, I had no idea we were eating so much sugar. On the bright side, neither of us finished them and we drank water with lemon, so there’s that.  🙂

After talking (actually, I sent him an email) to a blogger I follow on Pinterest named Aaron, who is a certified nutritionist and expert in the Keto way of cooking, he runs the blog Fat For Weight Loss , he helped me relax by telling me to think of having a good “week” instead of a good “day” with food and that stressing out makes things worse.

He said “Keep calm and Keto on” and get right back on the Keto train today. We all make mistakes, it’s how you choose to proceed that makes a difference. So I did.

This morning (like yesterday) I started the day with my ACV tea, followed by a nice cup of chai tea instead of my usual bulletproof coffee to reduce my caloric intake today.

Helpful tips and tricks for recovery

His coaching and his recipes make it easy to stick with my program, yet I have a few of my own tricks and tips as well. I always drink ACV tea (apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and stevia mixed in a hot cup of water) when I’ve either:

  • gone off the calorie/fat/carb wagon
  • drank alcohol the night before

The reason this works for me is that the ingredients work together to metabolize glucose to prevent fat storage, aid in digestion and help the bowels eliminate waste. Lemon itself has so many benefits, detoxifying the liver is just one.

In addition, I sip on water all day with a drop of grapefruit essential oil and/or a drop of lemongrass essential oil.

These two oils aid in weight loss (and more) and the reason I prefer lemongrass is because the taste is les sour than plain lemon.  They also detoxify the body.

The Takeaway

So, the takeaway here is, always ask for the nutritional breakdown of your meal before you order when eating out. If the restaurant does not offer it, you can google most of them and get it there.

Cool Tool

Another helpful tool when eating out is to get this new app called HowUDish. This app tells you the places to eat within a specific distance from your home, based on the diet plan you are following.

You just plug in your profile details and the app does the rest! It also provides a breakdown of your macros per meal, and even offers tasty recipes.

I told them I would try out the app and report how well it worked as a little job on UpWork.  I also invited all of my Facebook friends to “like” the app as a favor to the developer.

I love their slogan, “Find the dish that’s fit for you!”

Try it, and let me know how it works for you. As always, questions and comments are welcome. Have a great day!

Exciting News for a Monday!

Good morning everyone and how are you on this beautiful Monday morning?!

I have a bit of exciting news to share with you that I hope will be of some help to all of us! Friday morning my friend and fellow blogger, Roxy (The Oily Guru) texted me with some great news about how to possibly cure my tinnitus that I have been plagued with for quite some time.

She said the essential oil Helichrysum has been proven to stop the ringing in the ears when rubbed in and around the ear along with the mastoid bone behind the ear. For me, this is beyond exciting because I have been suffering from this condition for many years. As you may or may not know, I have written many posts, stories and essays on the subject here and on Medium and I am ready to have tinnitus eliminated from my life!

We had quite the discussion on and off for the whole day about prices, brands, and testimonials of people it helped, even with more than tinnitus. It is well known as an additive in skin creams but is very expensive so she was kind enough to share with me a blend that was less expensive, yet trusted that might work for me. I ordered it later that day (or was it Saturday?) and it will arrive TODAY! So excited! With the money I earned from jobs on Crowd Content, I was able to make my purchase from my PayPal account!  I got permission from Roxy to discuss all this with you here today and I’m happy to share with you the company I purchased my oil from was Hopewell Oils and it is a Helichrysum Substitute Blend. I can’t wait to get it, use it, and share my results with you all! In one of the testimonials I read, it even helped stop the nerve pain from shoulder problems! That would also help me!

As for Roxy, she herself sells Young Living and would love to show you her oils and how you could save money and get a % off all of your oils. Click on the link for The Oily Guru above and it will take you to her site!

Moving on, in other news, I went to a brand new wellness store in Colleyville with my hubby this weekend and he purchased for me a new CBD tincture she had in her shop from American Shaman. It is CBD & terpene rich hemp oil which I am using sublingually. I have been using half a dropper twice a day but may start using a bit less three times a day in place of the muscle relaxers and pain pills. She even gave me a small sample of a CBD enriched lotion to use on the painful muscle spasms in my shoulders and I have to say, it is helping enough to keep me from having to take the other drugs! She was very knowledgeable about all the brands she sells in the store and all of her products. The tincture I got is tropical punch flavored, so it’s not bad at all. One can use it sublingually, put it in water, or vape it. If you would like to check this brand of products, go to Nature’s Mercantile CBD Store.

Actually, after looking online at the products, the brand I bought seems to be the American Shaman CBD products store, so check that one out as well. Unless you are familiar with CBD oil and the different strengths, you will have to do some research like I did and talk to various shop owners to learn more about it.

I have been working on trying to work as normal as possible but around two or three every day I find I need to rest my head against something and give my neck a break. I am still getting physical therapy to the house (they didn’t dismiss me after all) and once I go back to the dr on Jan 26, they will probably start having me go to an outside facility for my PT. Still healing!!

So much yet to discuss! Ok, when I started this blog, I intended it to be a vehicle to help people, a place to share knowledge, recipes, my passion for essential oils, a place to share my creative writing-poetry, essays, short stories, flash fiction-and here lately, it seems to have become more like a personal diary/journal. I want this year’s direction to get back on track with sharing helpful info like it was in the beginning, but still in a casual,” talk about anything” format. I bought a brand new large (but smaller than last year) desk calendar so I can plan blog posts, keep track of other writing assignments and important dates. I will still try to fit in all the stuff I did last year, but my aim is to make a difference in someone’s life by helping you with news you can use, products, recipes, books, services or whatever you need to enrich your life and health.

Yesterday, I discovered that I had earned enough money on my Ibotta app that I could transfer it to my PayPal account. Now I have money again, yea! Remember, Ibotta is the grocery app for your mobile device that helps you get money back on groceries and other things you would normally buy anyway. There are three ways to earn, Send in Receipts, Link Loyalty Cards, or Mobile In-App Purchases. Just click the link and it will take you to a signup page where you can get all the juicy details.

Also, before Christmas, I redeemed my Shopkick gift card to purchase the gift for our White Elephant gift exchange! So it didn’t actually cost me a dime. Cool! And all I did to earn the gift card was to walk in stores and score kicks (points) or scan products and earn kicks, or make purchases at certain stores my card is linked to (like Walmart) and the kicks added up fast! You can do it too, just click on the link and download the Shopkick app, it will take you to a signup page and explain everything you need to know to start earning your kicks. I know it works because I have had the app more than five years and I have redeemed a $25 gift card every year!

 

Well, the old neck is strained and I should go do my exercises and think about resting it for a little bit. Yall have a wonderful day and if you have any questions about anything I have discussed here today, please ask away by leaving me a comment!

 

 

 

 

How I Met My Inspiration

Mornin everyone and have I got a treat for you!

This weekend (Friday night) I got to attend a conference by the essential oil and healthcare fitness guru himself…Dr. Axe!! My go-to guy when I talk about all these things on my blog, the guy I look to for recipes and info on essential oils…I actually got to meet!

The seminar was brilliant, he covered a few things I had never heard him mention before and then afterward, we had a Q&A session and pictures!!

Myself and Dr Axe at the seminar

He looks gigantic next to me, it’s probably the camera angle, then again, I’m super short!! 4’9″ to be exact!

This girl was in hog heaven, I recorded the whole speech, so I could refer to it here.

Dr Axe speaking to the crowd

He explained how the body has been treated since ancient times by how hot or cold, damp or dry it is, and how you don’t treat the symptoms of a disease, you find the source.  Like, when you have inflammation, that would be a symptom of it being hot or aggravated and something like Candida (yeast) would be too damp. Then the ancient doctors would treat the patient with foods like bone broth and herbal teas, or essential oils and tinctures.

Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut”

He talked about how emotions like fear and worry cause disease like cancer, which his mom had and conquered with chemo at first, and then when that didn’t work, she tried his way with ancient, Chinese medicine like bone broth, herbs, essential oils, and exercise. Today she is in remission and the best shape of her life!

 

He talked about how in Biblical times they healed the body with foods easy on the system, like bone broth and coconut oil, pears and blueberries, and herbal tea, because they are easy to digest. Changing the diet is the beginning of healing the leaky gut. He also explained how in our society we stay in a high-stress, flight or fight state and that we need to consume adaptogens like essential oils and herbs like holy basil and ashwagandha.

He explained so many things that it would be better for you to listen to the recording. The takeaway for me was how important it is to start eating bone broth to help strengthen my joints and give me a more youthful, wrinkle-free appearance. I need to get back to consuming turmeric and ginger to fight inflammation and improve digestion. I already use a lot of essential oils, yet there are so many more I had never heard of. Black seed, holy basil and milk thistle are some he mentioned several times. Bitter herbs fight dampness in the body and also detox the body of toxins from the food we eat and the environment we live in.

Nutrient-rich bone broth has many benefits

Lucky for us attending the conference, he had his line of essential oils and all of his bone broth products available for up to half off the regular price! So I got some coffee and grapefruit essential oils and did not want to wait in line for the bone broth protein, I got that Saturday night after our date at the Sunflower Shoppe, who sponsored the seminar. Thankfully, it was still half price so I got some chocolate flavored to make smoothies and baked goods with.

His line of products is called Ancient Nutrition and can be found online at Amazon, and at the Sunflower Shoppe which has three locations here in the metroplex or you can purchase online. I have no affiliation with any of these retailers or products, just trying to give some good info so it may help someone. 🙂 He also sells it at his own online store at DrAxe.com.

I have the recording if anyone wants to listen to it, I can email it to you, just ask me in the comments. I hope you try some or all of these products if for no other reason than to begin the healing process and reclaim that youthful glow. But remember, you can’t expect a miracle just using these products alone.

I hope you try some or all of these products if for no other reason than to begin the healing process and reclaim that youthful glow. But remember, you can’t expect a miracle just using these products alone. You have to start with a good attitude, a clean diet and at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Take a walk, swim, or ride a bike around the neighborhood. Do some research on essential oils and bone broth, read all the benefits and you and your doctor come up with a health plan that works for you. Have a great Monday and I’ll see ya later, on the patio! 🙂