Wintergreen contains the same active ingredients as Birch. For a soothing and warming sensation after exercise, massage into hands, back, and legs. Place a few drops of Wintergreen on a cotton ball and place in your gym bag. Wintergreen’s strong scent will work to mask any odor. Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Diffuse for a sweet, uplifting aroma. Wintergreen is commonly used in oral hygiene products
Melaleuca is one of my favorite essential oils! I place 3-5 drops in our shampoo and conditioners. Around my house, it is often in a diffuser! It is known for its rejuvenating and cleansing effect on the skin. You can apply a few drops on after shaving. Add 1-2 drops into your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties. To purify and keep your nails healthy, apply Melaleuca to fingernails and toenails after showering. If you have occasional skin irritations, apply 1-2 drops onto affected area. In a spray bottle, add two drops with water and spray on surfaces to protect against environmental threats. You can add it to the bottom of your feet and inside shoes as a refresher. For the man in your life, combine Melaleuca and Cedarwood as an aftershave.
Let’s face it with 5 of us using the bathroom, there are times that it gets smelly. I finally broke down and made some sprays for our bathrooms using essential oils. I used a 2 ounce glass spray bottle. My oldest daughter wanted one for her bathroom. We put 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 3 drops grapefruit essential oil into the bottle. Last, we filled it with water. It smelled yummy! If you are interested in more air freshener recipes, send me a private message on Facebook or an email and I can add you to an essential oil group.
I dislike mornings. Okay I said it and I admit it. I never really was a morning person. I am more of a night person. I enjoy the comforts of my warm bed and it is difficult to find the motivation to get out of it. I do spring up in the middle of the night to feed the baby or deal with children having nightmares.
I have met my match. My second oldest, despises mornings. She is a really grumpy pants in the morning. Today was no exception. My oldest happened to go into her room because she thought her sister’s alarm was not set. In her defense, yesterday the first day back after 7 days off, her alarm was not set. This put her into a tizzy. I am talking stomping feet, grunting, pouting etc. Oh Lord give me the strength to deal with this today. Help me give grace because I am so not feeling it. I just found myself saying how many more minutes she had, get dressed blah blah. Part of the problem was that she did not have her outfit picked out last night and that added to our morning drama. Lesson learned, mark my word, tonight all outfits for the rest of the week will be laid out. I think we will even pick out outfits for the weekend too.
Frankly, I am worn out by mornings and the chaos. At times, it is very difficult to manage a 6 month old, 3 year old, 5 year old, and 8 year old. They all have different needs at the same time and I am one person with 1 set of hands. If I am being honest the whole grace thing I did not do too well with it. I told my daughter that just because she woke up on the wrong side of the bed that it was not okay to try to make everyone else miserable and that the world does not revolve around her.
The thing is my oldest was giving me some issues today too. Whenever I was trying to redirect her sister, she was trying to be the second Mom. This is something she has been struggling with lately. Every time she does this, I point it out to her because it really needs to stop. Of course in return I get an attitude. Some day she will appreciate me for allowing her to be a child and not worrying about Mommy things. Plus she was in a complaining mood and not being appreciative. She was complaining about a brush. I had just ordered the Wet Brush yesterday online because they are amazing to take out knots in your hair. This drives me crazy. Our family is extremely blessed. I cannot stand it if any of my children act spoiled in anyway. Of course I respond telling her to be thankful for what we have, that she has more than most girls her age, and that there are people in this world that do not even own a brush. I will not raise spoiled entitled children that turn into adults. I am not saying my children are on that path but complaints like that get under my skin.
So my 5 year old went to school without eating breakfast. This was totally her choice. I am not sure how that is going to go today. In the car while waiting for the bus, I told her if she does this again if she is not ready on time she will attend school in her pajamas. Of course this will not happen in the future because we are going to avoid that by making sure her outfit is out the night before. I did tell her that I love her and hoped she would have a great day despite having an unhappy morning. She must have felt bad about the events because when she got on the bus she put her head down and did not look at me as I waved to her.
Sometimes it is really tough being a Mom. Honestly, a lot of the times it is tough being the parent. Yes I need my essential oils today. I need lots of them. I am going to have a hard time deciding which ones today. I should have given my children some before heading off to school. I think I will start with peppermint on my temples for an energy boost and lavender to start today. Here is to a brighter day despite the rainy weather here and rocky morning.
At least one to two times a week, I find myself doing something klutzy. Sometimes it is bumping into a piece of furniture which almost always turns into a black and blue mark. This mark over days starts to change into different colors: red, purple, yellow. I am so bad that often I cannot even recall what in the world I bumped into. My poor children are klutzy/ accident prone too. They never had a chance.
Yesterday it was the lid of the deep fryer that got me in the kitchen. I was taking out homemade french fries and turned my head for a second towards the conversation occurring at the kitchen table. Simultaneously, I lowered my right hand that was holding the lid onto the top of my left hand. Did I mention that I am left handed? Luckily I had my wits about me and put lavender essential oil with fractioned coconut oil on it and the pain ceased. Normally I would have ran for the ice or ran my hand under cold water for 15-20 minutes. I am getting smarter in my old age. Too bad my sight and balance especially in the dark are not increasing as I age. Hoping no other injuries occur this week! Feel free to leave a comment about your klutzy moment this week.
“Mommy! Mom! Mom! Sarah, wah wah!” I am being pulled in so many directions. There is not enough of me to go around. I am feeling like someone is always not getting help when they need it. I am feeling guilty about this. I am feeling that I am barely getting things done like the basics. I struggle with making lunch and dinner because my baby needs me. Do not even ask me about the house cleaning. I manage to get the dishes done and the laundry usually sits for several days before I get to it.
I know I am stressed because I have my 3 year old asking me, “Mommy are you happy?” Then my 8 year old saying,” Mom I wish we would win the Powerball so Dad would not be so stressed and you could pay all the bills.” This child is smart beyond her years. I had to explain to her that there is nothing to worry about. We have more than enough to pay our bills. Also, I told her it would be awesome to win the lottery because there would be so many people we could help! The truth is my husband was born stressed, it is in his DNA. I was not born this way yet I see myself being stressed a lot lately.
It has been a hard two days. I am worn out from being in charge of 4 children. The past two days I have had failures. I screamed at my girls twice in the past two days. I am not proud of it, and do not like to admit it. It needs to be said, and I want to keep it real here. I am not perfect, far from it. I make mistakes every day, several times a day. I sin just like every other human. Being a Mom is a really tough calling sometimes – okay a lot of the time. I have been feeling pulled in so many different directions that I snapped. Tonight I yelled so loud that I scared the baby. That is so bad. I realized that I need a break and I am giving it to myself.
I have had one night where I was away from our baby and she is 4 months old already. It was not a Mommy’s night out or anything like that. I was taking my 5 year old daughter to Kindergarten Orientation. That night does not count. I decide that this week I am going to go to the movies to see War Room. I am not one for watching TV or movies really. There are many reasons for this and I will save it for another post. However, this movie I want to see. I will treat myself to some time away from the family. Time where I get to just be Sarah. Sarah hello I know you are in there somewhere.
To help me deal with my stress tonight, I took a hot bath. I used Epsom salt to literally allow the negativity and impurities out. I sat there pondering what essential oil would be my friend tonight. I decided on Roman Chamomile essential oil. It can be diffused to soothe anger and irritability. I dumped 4 drops into my bath. I slipped into it and felt my shoulders relax, my back relax, and my mind become calm. I need to reach for my friends, my essential oils more often in times like this. The certified pure oils help me with having a feeling of well being and they support healthy immune function.* (If you ever thought about trying essential oils or need more information contact me.)
I know I need to get into a better morning routine. I need to wake up before the girls, pray and/or read Bible, diffuse oils, eat breakfast, and begin my day. I need to start walking again. I was feeling wonderful when I was doing this. I need to squeeze in a 30 minute workout of some kind. If I do these things, I know I will have a more positive attitude. If I do not care for myself, how can I care for others to the best of my ability?
Tomorrow will be a better day. I will be positive and I will whisper tomorrow. Yes may tomorrow be a day of whispering and laughter!
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