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It’s that time of year when smoothies start to sound really good.  Woke up this morning to a nice cook mid 80’s (and that, folks, was somewhere around 5 in the morning).  I say cool because the high the past few days we’ve had temps up at 110-115….  But I’m getting of track here.

The other day I bought some blueberries, strawberries, mangos, and nectarines at our local sprouts farmers market.  The hubby then bought a bag of mixed frozen fruit at the 99¢ store.

This morning I cut up the fresh fruit and mixed it with the frozen and pre-packaged into freezer bags to be used to make frozen smoothies.  All I have to do is put a bag of mixed frozen veges into tje blender with some half & half (maybe some yogurt) and some fresh avacado or banana (or both) if desired, and blend…. Add some flax seed, maybe nuts for texture and Walla, a nice cold breakfast treat. 


Thought I’d post, real quick, a couple of short videos I did on two types of oil diffusers.

First is one that uses water/steam. It is good for larger areas and tends to be more mellow in strength of how much oil is diffused:


The second uses a candle and is best for using “in close”. It tends to be more intense in the strength of oil diffused:


I like to keep peppermint oil on hand around here.  We use it quite a bit especially for my husband.  We’ve used it on his back and legs for muscle pain and on his stomach to help w/ stomach upset from constipation or diarrhea like problems.

One of the underlying problems my husband has (as part of the spinal cord injury)  is a portion of his large intestine is basically dead {I’m not sure if it is actually dead or not but I do know that things don’t move through there as they are suppose to.  Because of this it is not uncommon for my husband to have problems with constipation…  Then once things get going (so to speak) he’ll end up sitting on the toilet for awhile waiting till his body decides it’s done…  Sometimes he’ll get  up (well get back in his wheelchair) thinking he’s done, only to have to head right back or the “pot” again.  During these “episodes” his stomach can start cramping up, which (as he describes) is quite painful.  And I can imagine it would be.  I know how painful stomach cramps can get just from monthly cramps.   Peppermint  is one of the main ingredients I use in the mixture to settle his stomach down.

The other frequent problem is sore legs from constantly quivering/spasming muscles and sore muscles in back from trying to hold self upright.  T-12, in my husband’s spine, is basically pie shaped (occurring due to the original injury that caused the SCI.   Again, peppermint is one of the main oils that we add to the mix.

I forgot to add that a drop or two peppermint is added to hubby’s water for tummy upset….  Another good one to have on hand for stomach related problems?  Tangerine oil (but I’ll save that for another blog post).

I also have used peppermint to help w/ coughing problems due to cough-variant asthma; As well as having used for stuffiness due to colds or allergies.

So what all is peppermint good for?  Here’s a list of things I came up with from a book I have on oils and their uses:

Respiratory Upsets:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Cough
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Cold & Flu

Stomach Upsets:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Travel Sickness

Head Ache & Muscle Pain relief:

  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Pain & Muscle Spasms
  • Head Aches & Migraines


  • Sunburns
  • Fatigue
  • Circulatory: General Care (be careful as peppermint can cause increase pulse rate)
  • Bad Breath
  • Infection of the Gums
  • Vertigo

It’s also good for some emotional balancing as well:

  • Apathy
  • Shock
  • Mental Exhaustion


Rose is one of my most favorite fragrances… Especially that of the double delight ~ The Wife

Mama Bear Musings

Rose Otto

Rose Essential Oil Benefits, Skin, Depression, and Hormones


The smell of a rose is one of those experiences that can ignite fond memories of young love and backyard gardens.

For many us of, however, roses are more than a pretty smell, they have therapeutic benefits that can help heal many health conditions.

Rose essential oil, which is created through a simple process of steam distillation, has been used to treat health conditions and used in natural beauty treatments for thousands of years.

Research and personal experiences tell us that rose oil can improve acne, balance hormones, relieve anxiety, improve depression, reduce rosacea and naturally increase libido.

Rose Essential Oil Profile

Rose essential oil is made by extracting Rosa damascena and researchers have uncovered that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing in the body:

  • Citronellol –effective mosquito repellant (also found in citronella).
  • Citral – strong antimicrobial that…

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{I had sent this to my email box as a reminder… Then lost it.}

Lemon Oil has a wide variety of uses… And smells good to boot.

Mama Bear Musings

33 Awesome Uses of Lemon Essential Oil for Home and Health


When someone mentions the word “Lemon”, I immediately think “fresh, clean and pure”.  There is simply something about lemons that evokes an overall feeling of wellness and goodness.  This might come from my memories of being given a lemon to hold and to smell when I suffered the occasional childhood illness.

Using lemons for health and home is nothing new, since back in ancient times, lemons were used to help heal a variety of ailments.  It has been suggested that the Romans used lemons and lemon rinds to fight off disease as well as to ward off insects, uplift moods and even freshen clothes.

In modern times we have lemon essential oil which is a concentration of oils that have been cold pressed from the rind of fresh lemons.  Pure lemon essential oil is pale yellow in color and has…

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Came across this home-made cough syrup through a post on my blog reader via Deb Mauldin (Queen of “essential oils” posts).

Unfortunately, i can’t seem to find the reblog button on my phone, so you’ll have to click the below link to check out the post.


Rosemary Mint… Sounds like a refreshing scent.

Mama Bear Musings

Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo



Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 10-15



  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Store in an 8oz glass or plastic bottle

Conventional shampoo can be expensive and contain harmful chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils. Instead, try this homemade rosemary mint shampoo recipe! It’s very easy to make, can help thicken hair and reduce dandruff! Try it today!

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