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Stress Reducing Essential Oil Recipe

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Stress Reducing Essential Oil Recipe

The Holiday’s are approaching; time for cleaning, cooking, shopping, wrapping, and family gatherings. Unfortunately, stress is a part of it all. Essential Oils can help. Following is a Stress Reducing Essential Oil Recipe:

Add the following essential oils to one ounce carrier oil:

8 drops Lavender

8 drops Melissa

7 drops Myrtle

7 drops Neroli

7 drops Nutmeg

7 drops Sandalwood

Swirl gently to make sure all oils are thoroughly blended.

Add 8 to 10 drops to your bath; Wear 4 to 8 drops as a body perfume; Mix 3 to 5 drops with water in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner.

This blend will help you to relieve stress and help bring you the energy you need. It will bring you peace as you focus on your preparations and celebrations.

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Cinnamon Essential Oil for the Holiday’s

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Cinnamon Essential Oil for the Holiday’s


Many people associate the aroma of cinnamon with the Holiday’s. You will find many candles, incense, aroma lamps, etc… oozing cinnamon into the atmosphere.

Cinnamon has a very strong, overpowering scent, and is not among my personal favorites, but I wanted to take a look at it for those who enjoy the scent.

Cinnamon Essential Oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, is steam distilled from the bark, or leaf, of the cinnamon tree. The oil has a slightly oily feel and is golden yellow, or brown, depending on the part of the tree that was steam distilled. As mentioned above, Cinnamon Essential Oil is a strong aroma. It is an earthy, peppery, spicy, and woodsy scent.

Cinnamon Essential Oil helps increase blood circulation, reduces flatulence, and helps lessen stress, making it a perfect scent for the Holiday’s.

Cinnamon Essential Oil blends well with Cardamom Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, and/or Rosemary Essential Oil. It is best to start with only two to three essential oils, until you come across a blend that feels and smells right for you.

An excellent Essential Oil Blend Recipe to use in Aroma Lamps, Diffusers, or Oil Lamps is as follows:

Add the following essential oils in one ounce of your favorite carrier oil, (I prefer jojoba):

12 drops Cinnamon

16 drops Lavender

17 drops Geranium

Swirl gently to make sure all the oils are well blended, before each use.

Use 3 – 5 drops of the oil blend placed into water in a dish of an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner.

*Do not use this blend in a bath or wear as a body perfume as Cinnamon Essential Oil is volatile to the skin*

A good room spray recipe:

Add the following essential oils into an ounce of water in a spray bottle:

12 drops Cinnamon

16 drops Lemon

17 drops Rosemary

Shake well, until thoroughly blended, then spray around a room. Make sure to shake often.

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Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist


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Daily Prompt: Seconds

Describe the most satisfying meal you’ve ever eaten in glorious detail.

First of all, let me say that I’m a ‘Southern Girl’. I was raised on biscuits with gravy, potatoes, beans, and cornbread. Those are normal every day foods for most Southerner’s. The best meals came from church, ‘Dinners on the Ground’; Holidays like Easer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas; and then there were all sorts of Family Reunions during the summer months.

When I had the chance to attend one of these festivities, I would overlook all the ‘day to day’ foods and go for the ones you didn’t normally get, like: Chicken and Dressing, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Cranberry Sauce, Aunt Millie’s chicken casserole, Cousin Shirley’s vegetable casserole, Aunt Mary’s Peanut Butter Cake, Cousin Brenda’s Butterfinger Cake, etc…

My favorites were my mom’s Coconut Cake with 7-minute Icing that she would make every Easter and her homemade Red Velvet Cake that she would make for Christmas.

I don’t think I ever ate a restaurant meal that was as good as the old-fashioned ‘pot luck’ meals from my younger days. We still have some of the Family Reunions and Holidays, but I’m very limited to what I can eat now. My favorite part of Reunions and Holidays now are being with the grandchildren and watching them get to know and play with their cousins, not the food.


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Daily Prompt: Use It or Lose It

Prejudice reared its ugly head in my family this year.  I have never been a prejudiced person and did not raise my daughters to be prejudiced.  Therefore, I was at a total loss when my oldest daughter and her three daughters showed up at my house in June to attend the annual Birthday Party of my middle daughters son, and as soon as my youngest daughter and her boyfriend, (who happens to be black), drove up, (with his 2-year-old daughter from a previous marriage), my oldest daughter proceeded to pack her daughters back into their SUV and drove off.

My youngest daughter was very hurt and mad.  My oldest called her later to try to justify what she had done, but the youngest told her she had nothing to say to her right now.  My mother was also at the party.  She had ridden down with the oldest, but my husband told her he would take her home later if she wanted to stay, and stay she did.  Our 4-year-old grandson just stood there looking and asking why the girls had to leave.  It was a terrible event that left months of horror in its wake.

My oldest called me later to explain her actions, “I just don’t know if it is right or not, but I don’t want my daughters subjected to it and think that mommy and daddy condone it” was her excuse.  I still had respect for my oldest, but had lost all faith in her husband months before, but that is a different story.  I tried to understand her view, but as the weeks went by, my oldest had turned things around to where it was all my fault, I was an awful mother, and lots of other hurtful words.  This, of course, sent me sliding down the familiar slide of deep, dark depression.  Nearly into the abyss, but my husband and my friend caught me.  They managed to help me turn those hurtful words around and to understand that it was not my fault and I certainly wasn’t doing anyone any favors by going where I was headed.  With their help, counseling, and prescription medications, I came to a point of middle ground.

That was a big improvement for me and probably the one I’m most happy about in 2012.  I talked to the oldest and the youngest and told them I loved them both and was bowing out, leaving them to settle it between themselves.  Months went by with no communication efforts made between them.  The Holidays were approaching fast and I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle it, but somehow managed to make it through Thanksgiving.  We had lunch with the oldest at her home and dinner at my home with the youngest.  The middle daughter and her son came down from Kentucky and celebrated both with us.

Now, Christmas was looming, and I was feeling good about it.  We would just have two gatherings again like Thanksgiving.  My mother, on the other hand, was not handling the situation well.  She took a dive and talked with the oldest, which resulted in the oldest calling the youngest and apologizing for everything.  Youngest accepted the apology but felt that there was still a lot to be worked out between them.  Due to work schedules, other engagements, and just life in general, it so happened that none of us were together at the same time anyway, but just knowing that the lines of communication had been opened was a very big Christmas blessing.

We have come a long way since June and I thought we’d never come back from that one.  2013 is looking promising and my youngest is planning a wedding as she is now engaged.

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