Prairie Mama's Newsletter

June 2015

June Joys!

Am I mistaken? Are we really into the month of June, already? My life seems to be a blur these days. We are excited to get our garden planted and have begun spending even more time outdoors. I am excited to be doing experiments on an all natural, sunscreen and bug deterrent. I will let you know what results I have in the very near future!!

This weekend we went camping up in the mountains near our home. It was so beautiful and when we remembered to spray the homemade bug deterrent on we didn't have issues, but I forgot the last day and I got a friendly little tick on me. I applied correct x after I got him off me.

Last year, the mosquitos might as well have been vampires. We are looking into getting some bat houses put up, to help with the bug problem, as well. We didn't get bit by anything in the mountains, but we haven't even seen mosquitoes here, yet.

With gardening, I am looking into using natural pest control as well. Last year our tomatoes had a bad fungus, in which we ended up using harsh chemicals for. I have read into using diluted peppermint essential oil and spraying it on the plants. There is a commercial organic farm in Idaho that had amazing results.

This month we celebrate Father's. The farmer hubby is so well deserving of something nice. I plan on giving him regular massages throughout the summer months to help relax him. I will probably use the massage blend, because it is one of his favorites and helps soothe and relax him. Need more ideas? Read on.

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

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This simple grill cleaner is the safe solution to other harsh cleaning products. This Father’s Day, pair or naturally-derived cleaner with a sturdy grill brush. Better yet, clean the grill yourself. With this product, it’s no effort at all! -



What You Need:

1/4 cup baking soda

2 tablespoons natural dish detergent

5 drops Lemon essential oil

Distilled white vinegar


Directions:

Combine the first three ingredients and mix. Add vinegar until it has an olive oil consistency. Brush mixture, onto metal grill, and let sit for 15-30 minutes. Use a damp scouring pad or grill brush to scrub surface clean. Rinse with water.

Breakfast in Bed

Surprise Dad with a meal worth waking up to. You don’t need to be a master chef to make a delicious breakfast. Simply add a drop of Cinnamon to French toast or a drop of Lemon to a fresh fruit smoothie!

- See more at: http://doterrablog.com/gift-giving-ideas-fathers-day/#sthash.IFrenkBX.dpuf

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DIY CopyCat Blends

I must have a tension blend in my house at all times! It helps soothe tight muscles in my neck and is a must on the busy prairie farm! I found myself making this recipe when the blend I usually ordered accidentally didn't get ordered and I was desperate. Now I just make my own, because I enjoy making my own stuff. It is a soothing pastime for this prairie mama.

Tension Blend

10 drops Wintergreen
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint
8 drops Frankincense
5 drops Cilantro
5 drops Marjoram
4 drops Roman Chamomile
4 drops Basil

4 drops Rosemary


Add drops to roller ball and fill up with fractionated coconut oil. Apply as needed

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Testimonials

- A bee landing inside the shirt and under coat while the wind is beating it against the flesh while riding on the motorcycle means getting one nasty sting. The farmer hubby immediately came in the house and went to our natural medicine cabinet. We applied melaleuca and lavender oil on it several times and the itching and swelling ceased. I will be making him a roller ball filled with oils for him to carry around this summer.


-Nausea from a , motion sickness, or a headache? When my headaches get really bad I sniff cardamom and put one drop in my mouth. It works better for me than peppermint. When I ran out awhile back and didn't realize it, I found that sucking on a Breathe lozenge (has cardamom) helped tremendously.


-I get repeat horrific headaches (migraine style) pretty easily. I have found that I am not getting as many since starting the lifelong vitality supplements.


-Female issues? One person started the lifelong vitality supplements to support over all health and found that her monthly cycles became regular and every 28 days like clockwork, for the first time in many years.

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Eat More Garlic! Here is why:

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of garlic contains (3):

  • Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
  • Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
  • Fiber: 1 gram.
  • Decent amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1.

Garlic supplementation helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold.

High doses of garlic appear to improve blood pressure of those with known high blood pressure (hypertension). In some instances, supplementation can be as effective as regular medications.

Garlic supplementation seems to reduce total and LDL cholesterol, particularly in those who have high cholesterol. HDL cholesterol and triglycerides do not seem to be affected.

Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing. It may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Garlic can improve physical performance in lab animals and people with heart disease. Benefits in healthy people are not yet conclusive.

Garlic appears to have some benefits for bone health by increasing estrogen levels in females, but more human studies are needed.

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How to grow your own garlic

  • To grow garlic indoors, all you need is one good garlic head.
  • Fill a large pot with potting soil, then break garlic cloves apart and sow each clove vertically into the soil at a depth of 1 inch.
  • Cover all the cloves with soil. There should be about 1 inch of soil over all the cloves. Place the pot in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight.
  • Like any indoor plant, keep a eye on the soil and water it when it starts to dry out.Clip off the greens when they are about 3 – 4 inches tall, leaving about an inch or so for it to re-grow. Eventually, the greens will stop growing.
  • When it turns brown and dries up, dig the clove of garlic you planted and you should have a full bulb. Take a clove from that and start over!

Too HOT?

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Frozen Essential Oil Washcloth

Put a couple cups of water in a container.

Add about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to the water and stir. (Eucalyptus was a suggestion.)

One at a time, submerge the towel in the water-oil mixture, and squeeze out the excess liquid. Fold in half then roll it up.

Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and place them in the freezer.

Freeze until solid (it took mine a couple hours).To enjoy, place the frozen towel on your face, head, or wherever you need a bit of cooling. I found that it is better to use it rolled up and slowly unroll it as it thaws as opposed to trying to open it up right away because the coolness lasted longer that way.

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Prairie Mama is a farmer's wife, a Mama, and a RN, who loves baking, homeschooling, gardening, photography, and romping around on the endless adventures around their homestead on the prairie, in Central Montana.

This newsletter is intended to uplift, encourage, share, and inspire the use of the natural and the non-toxic (as well as usage of dõTERRA essential oils), into forming a safe, happy, and healthy lifestyle.