Sentimental Journey

Sentimental Journey...
One of my fondest memories...

When we lived in NY in the ‘80’s, we were the only house in our neighborhood that didn't have Chemlawn service. (Even then I was “crunchy!” 🤣😂)

Consequently, our yard was densely populated with T. officinalis (dandelions)...and other “weeds.”
Our then three year old son, Billy,  commented, as he presented me with a huge bouquet of long-stemmed dandelions, "God must REALLY love us ‘cause He gives us so many of these beautiful flowers!" 


Today, almost forty years later, I still love dandelions, and Bill's youngest son brings me bouquets of these beauties.

Years ago in my college Field botany class I learned that the lowly dandelion's scientific name, Taraxacum officinale   means "the official cure for disorders".

In fact, this website (Dandelion | NCCIH (  states the following 

"Today, dandelion is promoted as a “tonic,” as a diuretic, and for a variety of conditions, including infections and digestive symptoms. As a food, dandelion is used as a salad green and in soups, wine, and teas. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute."

Truthfully, I would rather have a bouquet of dandelions picked with love by a child than a florist shoppe full of roses!

Spring Isn't the Only Thing in the Air...

Spring...Warmer temperatures. Longer days. More time spent outside. All of nature awakens after its long winter sleep. What could possibly turn this joyful season into a season of misery? 

For an increasing number of us, pollen from flowering trees and grasses bring on annoying symptoms. And, never doubt that  April showers only bring May flowers. They also promote an  increase the amount of mold circulating in the air...More allergens to add misery upon misery.

These symptoms result from an overreaction of the body's immune system to what are otherwise normally harmless substances. Instead of ignoring these substances, the body reacts as though being attacked by foreign invaders. The excessive reaction includes production of antibodies which in turn trigger the release of a cascade of inflammatory chemicals. These inflammatory chemicals, including histamine, produce all of the typical hypersensitivity symptoms

Seasonal miseries. Not fun. Not easy to manage.

Trust me. I know from personal experience how miserable seasonal miseries can make you. My childhood was filled with sneezing, dripping nose, itchy eyes and ears, constant post nasal drip, and allergic fatigue. And the drugs my well-meaning doctor prescribed didn't help. Antihistamines made me dopey and decongestants made me jittery. And still the itching, sneezing and general misery continued unabated.

Sound familiar? If  your children suffer with "seasonal miseries," I have good news! 

Here are a few basic tips and suggestions that I have found helpful.
1. Stop all dairy--including milk, yogurt, cheese, puddings made with milk, and ice cream. If the label lists an ingredient, don't eat it. Many of us are allergic to milk without being aware of it. Because it increases mucus production, it adds to congestion. 

2.  Remove all processed foods by consuming a clean, plant based whole foods diet. Processed foods contain glyphosate residues which destroy the beneficial bacteria in the gut and increase inflammation and can potentiate the allergic reaction to seasonal allergens.

3. Ditching harsh chemical containing personal care and cleaning products helps calm the immune system by removing irritants. I use Thieves Household Cleaner exclusively for all my cleaning needs, and use Lemon essential oil  with sweet almond oil to polish furniture and remove dust. Safe for me, my grandchildren and pets. 
4. To help alleviate symptoms, I recommend the following from Young Living
        +KidScents MightyZymes (use as directed on package)
        +KidScents Probiotic (use as directed on package)
        +KidScents SniffleEase-apply one drop to back of neck or toes, also diffuse for one hour 3-4 times a day 
        +KidScents SniffleEase Roll-On--great to have on hand to roll on chest or back when symptoms strike out of the blue.
        +Eucalyptus radiata (essential oil)--place one dropon the tip of the pinky finger and swab just  inside the nose. Can                also diffuse for one hour 3-4 times a day.
         + Lavender essential oil is also effective for some allergy sufferers. Most children can tolerate Lavender applied                      directly from the bottle with out dilution to the chest and back or in the diffuser along with Eucalyptus.
         +Surrender essential oil blend is a must have if you suffer with itchy eyes. Simply a scant amount swiped over the                  eyebrows morning and afternoon can provide amazing relief to itchy watery eyes!

These tips are safe and effective  for children over age 2. (They are also quite effective for those of us who are older--even those of us in our second childhood!)

Hope this helps. That's all for now. Happy healing!

Spring is

Sleep?? You mean people actually can sleep at night?

Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep — from work, stress, and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as illnesses. It's no wonder that quality sleep is hard to come by. And I don't know about you, but when I don't have a great night of sleep, EVERYTHING is harder. People, tasks, people, HA!

While you might not be able to control the factors that interfere with your sleep, you can adopt habits that encourage better sleep. Here are six simple tips that are super helpful...


Can stress cause extreme fatigue?

Friend, does this sound too familiar? 

  • You wake up and are unable to function without a significant amount of caffeine.
  • You finally feel a boost of energy during the early part of the day.
  • Then your energy levels crash around 2 p.m., rise around 6 p.m., and fall again around 9 p.m.
Can stress cause extreme fatigue? Yes, it absolutely can....

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