Monday, June 16, 2014

What are EssentiL Oils and Why Should I Care?

What are essential oils and why should I care?
I found this awesome blog post at Created Essentials, and wanted to share here:

If you had asked me a year and a half ago to define aromatherapy, my brain would have immediately conjured images of spas with hot stone treatments, cool pastel colored walls, and ocean noises.  Oh, and some kind of relaxing smell-making machine in the corner (which I now know is called a diffuser, by the way.)  It would not have occurred to me that essential oils are therapeutic and used successfully to help real medical conditions.  

Essential oils are and have always been medicinal. In fact, they are the first medicine mankind had, outside of nutrition. Well-preserved oils were found in alabaster jars inside King Tut’s tomb. There are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible. Oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Rosemary, Hyssop, and Spikenard were used for anointing and healing the sick.  Dr. David Steward, author of “The 12 oils of Ancient Scripture” said, “Essential oils were a part of daily living among Hebrews, Jews, early Christians and their Gentile neighbors throughout Biblical times. Thirty-six of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament mention essential oils or the plants that produce them.” God has always intended us to use them for emotional, spiritual, and physical support.

All through history, essential oils have been expensive and extremely valuable. Even now, pure therapeutic oils can be costly. But when you realize that, for example, 3 TONS of plant material is required to produce a single pound of Melissa oil, the cost begins to make more sense.

Unfortunately, most of the oils being produced today are sold to the perfume industry for their aromatic qualities only, and therefore not much care is taken in the processing. They are distilling for quantity rather than quality, and the essential oils lack most, if not all, of the chemical make up necessary to produce medicinal results.  Add that to the fact that even products legally labeled as “100% Pure” are only required to have 5% of the essential oil present in their product, and you can understand why more people in modern times have yet to discover what truly pure essential oils can do.

And what pure, therapeutic oils that have been distilled properly can do is amazing. Essential oils are the life blood of plants... they are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of plants. They are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the skin, and lipid-soluble so they are capable of penetrating the walls of your cells. Some can even pass through the blood-brain barrier, making them effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. In fact, essential oils can affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes, and then be metabolized like other nutrients. Essential oils are powerful antioxidants and bring much needed oxygen to the cells and stimulate the immune system.

The “Reference Guide for Essential Oils” by Connie & Alan Higley states, “Pure essential oils are antibacterial, anticancerous, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antitumor, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic. Essential oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses, while simultaneously restoring balance to the body.”

Pause and take a moment to think about that.  God has been telling His people to use essential oils for thousands of years. Long before what we consider modern science even knew about bacteria and viruses. The laws of God always mesh with the laws of science. Don’t let anyone tell you different! In fact, modern medicine will still tell you there is not much they can do about a virus (like the common cold, for example), but there are MANY antiviral essential oils shown to destroy viruses in laboratory testing. Because of this, there are hospitals that currently use Young Living essential oils to prevent and help with staph/MRSA.

Here are just a few more thing that pure essential oils have been shown to do:
  • Provide natural pain relief
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Ease stress and anxiety
  • Help ADD and ADHD
  • Decrease insomnia
  • Rejuvenate skin and alleviate skin conditions
  • Support muscles and bones
  • Improve the circulatory system
  • Promote optimal endocrine function
  • Soothe digestive disorders
  • Protect against colds and influenza
  • Improve mental clarity
  • Provide oral and dental care
  • Protect against cancer
  • Clean the air of germs, toxins, mold, heavy metals, and odors

My family has also used them to treat scrapes, bruises, cuts, strains, joint and ligament issues, hormonal issues, anxiety and depression, back pain, headaches, tooth pain, sinus issues, influenza, colds and other viruses and infections, digestive issues, rashes and skin issues, ear aches and infection, air and water quality issues, and general cleaning. This is not a complete list by any means.

Young Living essential oils are not just scented oils! I'm going to be honest... some of them don't smell good to me at all. The fact is, an essential oil should most often smell like the plants they are distilled from, and if they don’t you have a problem. If the peppermint oil you are using smells like a candy cane, ask yourself what a peppermint plant smells like in nature. (Hint... NOT like candy!) If it does then the “essential oil” you are using has most definitely been adulterated somehow, and I wouldn’t recommend using it for therapeutic purposes. (This is a great article about adulterated oils:

Aromatherapy works because the molecules enter your body and your brain through your nostrils and your sense of smell. Some pure essential oils smell fantastic, and some not so much, but if it is pure then the smell has no bearing on the effectiveness of the oil itself.  It is the properties of the oil that matter.

Essential oils can be inhaled, applied topically either diluted or undiluted, and taken internally safely – if they are actually PURE essential oils, and depending on the specific essential oil you are using.  Pure essential oils are powerful, volatile (meaning the molecules “jump” around which is why you can smell them as soon as you open the bottle) substances, and you should always research safety guidelines before use.

That being said, they are far safer than most of the pharmaceuticals and over the counter drugs being taken en mass by most people. There has never been a reported death due to essential oils, but around 10,000 Americans each year are reported to have died by taking prescription medicine as directed.

Think of what you currently use in your household, on yourself, or on your children to treat the issues mentioned in this article. Are the products you use healthy or filled with chemicals that are causing more problems, while quite possibly not even fixing the ones you have?

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying essential oils.  I use Young Living oils and products because I can know that they are the purest possible essential oil out there. The only way for you to know is to try them for yourself!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements in this article or on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These are simply testimonials or experiences I or others have had, and in no way guarantees your results would be the same.

*References: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Connie & Alan Higley, “12 Oils of Ancient Scipure”, David Stewart, Ph.D., R.A., D.N.M., 20 Health Benefits of Essential Oils by SoundConcepts, Essential

*blog post by Created Essentials:

Monday, May 19, 2014

Friendship Manefesto

I read this article and immediately fell in love with the idea of it all.  I love that I have friends that I can be like this with.  I truly do.  Please excuse the language!

"I think mothers need a no-bullshit friendship manifesto.

That way, we can go into new relationships knowing we’re in agreement on a few critical factors, thereby avoiding the awkward situation in which you realize one person is into drama and the other isn’t. I’m never into the drama. I think I’m too old. Or tired. Or there’s just so many more interesting things to think about.

Like Michael Scott from The Office, for example. What’s more interesting than him?

You know what’s amazing? Friends who aren’t into drama.

I actually don’t have any of the other variety. I think I either scare them away or I run away. One can never be sure.

However, I often hear about mothers getting on other mothers’ cases for perfectly reasonable mother-behavior like being a fucking flake. And I’m baffled.

It ain’t right!

This aggression will not stand, man.

As if we don’t have enough to deal with. As if kids and domestic life partners and jobs and uteri aren’t enough of a damn problem, some people think “You didn’t call me back in a timely manner so now I’m mad at you” is a logical addition to the list. We can’t do that to each other. We just can’t.

So behold, the No-Bullshit, No-Drama Friendship Manifesto:

  1. I will not get on your case for not texting me back in a timely manner.
  2. I will not get on your case for not calling me back in a timely manner.
  3. This is because I will soon be the one not calling and texting you back in a timely manner.
  4. If you tell me you’re going to call me back “in a few minutes” I understand I may not hear from you for 3 days.
  5. I know this is not because you don’t love me.
  6. If I need you for real, I will harangue and harass you until you acknowledge me. This process includes, but is not limited to: calling, texting and emailing (repeatedly), instant messaging, tweeting, tagging on Instagram, showing up on doorsteps, actually leaving voicemails (!) and/or contacting spouses.
  7. This will not annoy you because you know you’re a fucking flake.
  8. This will not annoy me because I know I’m a fucking flake.
  9. If you don’t RSVP to my kid’s birthday party for 3 weeks then call the morning of the event and say “Uh, yeah, um, sorry, but can we come?” I’m not going to express profound irritation through a suppressed sigh and deep pause, rather I’m gonna be like “Yeah that’s cool, but do you have any candles? I forgot the effing candles.”
  10. And I’m going to be happy you came, because we’re friends.
  11. When my kids are acting like shitheads and you’re like “Hey child, No.” I won’t get all righteously indignant. Instead I’ll look at you in gratefulness for dealing with the little bastards so I don’t have to.
  12. When you get pissed at your husband, I will agree he is the most sorry d-bag to ever walk the planet and we shall plan for the day when we live on an all-female commune with organic produce, llamas and wool spinning-wheels. And redwood trees. And the ocean.
  13. Even if you’re clearly the asshole.
  14. When you swear in front of my kids I won’t care. Because obviously.
  15. The dinners you make uniformly blow my mind.
  16. Whoever has the youngest (or worst behaving child) at the moment gets to make decisions. We all understand that children are often foul, insane little creatures and it needn’t even be mentioned that we DON’T BLAME YOU.
  17. Maybe your house is clean. Maybe it isn’t. Maybe who gives a rat’s ass?
  18. When I say something stupid that could be conveyed as insulting or whatever, you’re not going to get all overly sensitive and weird, calling mutual friends and psycho-analyzing what, exactly, my problem is (probably going back to childhood), rather you’re going to call me out on it and then I’m going to apologize and we’re going to move on, LIKE ADULTS, because occasionally adults say stupid shit, the end.
  19. When you say something stupid, I’ll either do number 18 or, and I know this is revolutionary, I’LL LET IT GO.
  20. We tell each other the truth (except the asshole part when fighting with domestic life partners).
  21. When my jeans are sagging, you’re going to lovingly take me shopping. Or you’re going to not notice. These are the only two options.
  22. The only time I’m going to one-up you is to prove I’ve screwed up worse than the time you’re currently feeling terribly about.
  23. I will not give helpful parenting advice. You will not give helpful parenting advice. WE ALL HATE THE MOM WITH HELPFUL PARENTING ADVICE.
  24. I understand that “on time” means “not as late as I usually am.”
  25. When our conversation gets interrupted nineteen hundred and forty seven times by one kid or another and that thing I was going to say that was so funny and interesting is forgotten entirely, I won’t get hurt feelings.
  26. When I borrow a baby item, don’t return it, then, 2 years later, when you ask for it back and I’m like “Yeah I don’t think we have that anymore,” you’re like “oh okay” but then, 4 months later, when I find it in a bin in my garage, you’re like “It’s cool.”
  27. Because we’re both fucking flakes, except when it matters.

And we’ll know when it matters, because WE ARE FRIENDS.

And when it matters, we show up no matter what with whole heart, or fist, ready to build or struggle or soothe. Ready to hold or make or remake, maybe for the hundredth time.

We show up with tears and sweat and annoying kids and food, laughter and some yelling, a cracked voice and a steady ear.

Because we are friends.

We let go of the bullshit and just love. And if there isn’t love, we let go of the charade and find some real friends.

Because really, what the hell else is there? Just a bunch of humans bumbling along.

This week, my ass was saved by one of these friends. There’s something spectacular about this, all of it, the no-bullshit friendship.

The soft place and rock. When it matters."
by renegademama




Thursday, May 8, 2014

Comptons On The Move

It has been forever since I have done a blog post.  This ACL thing really got me down, it just did.  No way around it.  In the midst of all of it, I came to some very awesome realizations though.  I want to share those.  I will share those. We are on a journey, on a move, having an experience.  It doesn't really matter how I say it, it means the same thing.  This next year is going to be full of changes for us and you know what, I am excited.  I am.  Sometimes I am so excited I can hardly sleep.  Change is hard.  Change is scary.  Change can downright suck.  But here is the thing.  We need it, we crave it, and we cannot go anywhere without it.  So bring it on.  Bring. It. On.  #ComptonsOnTheMove

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sunny Zoo Day

 Ty and Lauren were in town for their spring break so we got to meet up with them at the zoo! It was absolutely perfect-the weather was fabulous and we had the place to ourselves!
 The kids got to feed the bear worms!
 He sucked them through a pipe, it was crazy!

 Waiting for his worms!
 Prairie Dogs!

 Lauren and Hadley
 Chillin with the tiger!

 Feeding the goat
 Feeding the goat
 With the ostrich

Monday, March 10, 2014

Excuses, excuses, excuses.......

I feel like it has been a year since I last did a blog update. So much has happened and then yet so little all at the same time.  Just a few pictures to put a smile on my face!

 Oh yea, I almost forgot, the big fall.  Let me recap it.  As we were getting off the chairlift I heard helmets crashing together, then a "sorry 'bout that, dude",  and then I was down on the snow in the blink of an eye.  Me.  I was down.  How in the world did that happen?  I earned a sweet toboggan ride back down the mountain from the ski patrol which was probably by far the most terrifying ride I have been on to date.  My Dad was in town visiting so he got to see the whole thing unfold as well.  We then went to the ER for x-rays which manifested into a week long ordeal of an orthopedic surgeon, appointment, MRI, back to the surgeon, and then a few more weeks of waiting, back to the surgeon two more times, surgery for the torn ACL, and then a recovery that is way worse than I anticipated it to be.  However, there is way to much to be thankful for to get down (most of the time), many many many blessings have come out of this.

 Snow day!  No School!
 Valentines day party at Tanner's school!

 Fire Truck Ride for Coopers birthday!
 Hailey-such a goofball!
 Hanging out at Idaho Sports Medicine
 My permanent spot at home since surgery, attached to an ice machine, leg elevated, remote in hand.
The knee.  Swollen, cut up, but on the mend!