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Let’s Talk Hormones…




I recently started using Progessence Plus. I was experiencing some great discomfort every month and I wasn’t sleeping as well as I should have been.

I researched and listened to every single thing my Young Living sponsor, Dr Edie Wadsworth (google her) wrote and spoke about concerning  Progessence Plus and decided to give it a try.

2-3 drops on the insides of my wrists every evening. That’s pretty simple. And let me tell you, I sleep GOOD now. I’m not suffering through my cycle every month. Who has time to sleep most of the day and be miserable with cramps? NOT ME!

Some of ya’ll are suffering with worse then cramps. Some of ya’ll are dealing with hot flashes, endometriosis, lack of libido, hair loss….

img_6662Here’s some hardcore details:

Progessence™ Plus serum is a pure, harmonizing serum that is designed specifically for women. Along with wild yam and vitamin E, Progessence Plus is formulated with Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint essential oils for optimal results.

Dr Edie Wadsworth says: “It alleviates EVERY SINGLE symptom of the hormone crazies and more! Some of things it does are: prevents hot flashes, prevents day and night sweats, prevents 98% of PMS symptoms, prevents and alleviates migraine headaches, improves and elevates mood!, decreases acne, aids in weight loss, improves insomnia, improves libido, improves bone density, reduces inflammation of the TMJ joint, makes breast tissue light and fluffy, can aid in fertility, and can improve postpartum depression. In other words, it’s like little drops of magical LOVE!”

It’s important to simply start with 2-3 drops to the inside of your wrists or ankles and continue adding a few more drops to find the right balance for you.

I challenge you to try it for 1 full month and see if you aren’t singing the praises of feeling rested and more balanced!



Cast Iron Skillet Herb Chicken and Zucchini


If you love and adore your cast iron skillets as much as I do, you probably reach for those for most everything! Am I right?

For this meal, I used a whole chicken, because I raise meat birds throughout the year and this is how they are! If you don’t have many to feed, just use the cooked chicken for an entirely different meal or on a salad! It’s a huge time saver to have some chicken cooked and waiting for you to use!

Also, I think recipes are simply suggestions! Sometimes they are good starting points when learning to cook but it’s fun to improvise and use what you have on hand.  I’d love to hear of your variations!


1 whole chicken (mine was 5#, which is ridiculous. use what you can get or have)            4 medium sized Zucchini (use 2 if cooking for less people), cut into pieces                          3 TBS unsalted butter                                                                                                                        4 cloves fresh garlic, minced                                                                                                            2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped                                                                                                        1/2 cup fresh oregano, chopped                                                                                                      salt and pepper     

Instructions:                                                                                                                                          Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.                                                                                                    Heat the iron skillet over medium heat, add the butter.                                                                When the butter is melted, add in the garlic, rosemary and oregano.                                        Stir those around and add the chicken parts.                                                                                  Cook chicken for about 4-5 minutes on each side to brown well.                                                Add the zucchini pieces and work them down between the chicken parts to get to the skillet.                                                                                                                                                        Add salt and pepper to the chicken and zucchini.                                                                          Cover and cook in the over for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.                      Remove lid and cook 15 more minutes or until browned to your liking.

Serves 4-6 people, maybe with leftovers. If you have boys… forget the leftovers!


After browning the chicken on both sides, remove from skillet.                                                Add the  zucchini and saute for 3-4 minutes.                                                                                    Return the chicken to the skillet for a few minutes, be sure it’s cooked through.                  Serves about 4.


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DIY Healing Balm


Remember when we made the herb infused oil?

This is just one of a million things you can use some of that infused oil for!! It’s super easy to create whatever salve or balm you need.










Here’s my recipe:

8 oz of infused oil                                                                                                                                  1 oz of grated beeswax or pellets                                                                                                     40 drops TOTAL pure essential oils – for this particular recipe, I used 20 drops of Sacred Frankincense and 20 drops of Lavender. Tea Tree and Helichrysum would also be good choices for a healing salve.

  1. put the infused oil in a jar or measuring cup that you can either set in a pot of water or microwave.
  2. add the beeswax to the infused oil and melt
  3. add the essential oils and stir gently
  4. pour into containers
  5. let cool
  6. label, put lids on and store out of direct sunlight

To use:

simply apply to any skin breakouts, rashes, cuts, wounds, etc.

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How to Infuse Herbs and Why You’d Want To!


img_6362-1Infusing carrier oils with herbs for medicinal or culinary use is a great way to take your soap making to the next level. Or to make balms and salves to meet your own needs.

Quick heat method:

I use a crock pot, but a double boiler can also be used.

Always use dried herbs, if using fresh, allow them to dry for a day, then crush. This allows water to leave the fresh herbs so it will eliminate the infused oil to become rancid.

  1. Use about 1 part herbs to 4 parts of oil. Or if you don’t need an exact measurement, add the herbs to the crock pot that you want to use and pour oil over them until it is about 1 inch of oil covering the herbs. Example: 4 oz herbs to 16 oz oil  OR 1/4 cup herbs to 1 cup oil. 

2. Put the lid on and turn on LOW HEAT for 4 hours.

3.Turn off and allow to cool on it’s own.

4.Strain and done!

To use the cold infusion method, use the same ratio as above, but just put the herbs and the oil in a jar with a lid. Give a few shakes to make sure the herbs didn’t pack down. Label and put out of direct light for 2-3 weeks, shaking every few days. Strain and done!

To use the solar infusion method, use the same directions as the cold infusion, but place on a window sill in the direct sunlight for 2-3 weeks, shaking once or twice a day. Strain and done!

If you are going to store it, add a bit of Vitamin E oil just to boost the shelf life.

Here are some of the herbs that I use for infusing most often:

 Arnica Flowers Arnica montana L.

  • topical and external use ONLY
  • do not apply to broken skin or open wounds
  • member of Asteraceae (sunflower) family, avoid if allergic to this plant family
  • excellent for muscle rubs
  • promotes quick healing of bruises, sprains and swellings
  • assists with dandruff, hair loss and premature graying when applied topically
  • can be used in oil infusions and tinctures

Calandula Flowers Calendula officinalis L.

  • fresh flowers are edible
  • dried flowers can be used as tea, in oil infusions or tinctures
  • fresh plant can be used as tea and in tinctures
  • member of Asteraceae (sunflower) family, avoid if allergic to this plant family
  • promotes healing of broken skin or open wounds
  • soothing for troubled skin
  • flower can be used as a dye
  • traditionally used as a gargle for soothing irritate throat, mouth and tonsils
  • used in many many balms and salves to promote healing

Chickweed Stellaria media (L.)

  • the aerial parts of the plant are used
  • aids in digestive problems and constipation
  • promotes wellness in kidney and bladder
  • aids in relief of arthritis and inflammation
  • supports the respiratory system and works as an expectorant
  • promotes wound healing

Comfrey Leaf Symphytum officinale L.

  • one of my favorite for wound healing
  • use dry in infusions
  • known as the ‘bone knitting herb’
  • very high in Vitamin C and Calcium
  • supports speedy recovery of broken bones and wounds

Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis L.

  • used to calm the heart and body
  • used as a tea with other relaxants
  • popular for culinary uses
  • amazing smell and easy to grow
  • antiviral properties
  • stimulates the digestive system

Mullein Leaf Verbascum sinuatum L.

  • used in tincture or infusions
  • high in potassium, iron, sulfur
  • supports healthy respiratory and glandular system
  • mild laxative
  • soothing expectorant

Peppermint Leaf Mentha x piperita L.

  • easy to grow
  • can be used fresh or dry for teas or culinary
  • refreshing in balms and muscle rubs

Plantain Leaf Plantago lanceolata L.

  • eaten raw and in salads
  • used for tea
  • anti-inflammatory
  • astringent properties used for drawing toxins, infections, blemishes from the skin when used topically
  • great in balms and salves

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis L.

  • known mostly for culinary use
  • antibacterial
  • antioxidant
  • anti-immflatory
  • antifungal
  • antiseptic
  • contains iron and potassium
  • aroma supports good memory
  • research shows support for cancer patients
  • improves hair growth and thickness when used topically

Thyme Thymus sp. L.

  • Fresh or dried leaves or sprigs
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • promotes healing of wounds and skin irritations
  • promotes respiratory health


There are so many more herbs available! Do some research and find some to use to meet the specific needs of your family! Two of my favorite web sites to order herbs from are Mountain Rose Herb and Bulk Herb Store.

I hope this inspires you to begin creating!




Toilets are Gross!


Who wants or even NEEDS to streamline cleaning?

Who wants to clean the toilet LESS but have it cleaner?

Try these, they’re fun to make with your kids and they may just start helping with cleaning the toilet!


Try dropping one in before you get in the shower! Then finish the job when you get out!

You probably have all the ingredients on hand!

1 cup baking soda                                                                                                                                                   1/4 cup Citric Acid                                                                                                                                                         15 drops Thieves                                                                                                                                                      15 drops Lemon                                                                                                                                                        10 drops Orange


In a mixing bowl, mix the baking soda and citric acid together.

Next, add the essential oils, lightly mix them in.

To add the water, spray 2 squirts at a time, gently mixing.

You’ll know the consistency is right when you squeeze it together and it holds. 






When that happens, press into molds. You can use a muffin tin, ice cube trays, cute molds.

Press it in really good. 

Wait 24 hours.

Pop them out, store in a jar w a lid so they don’t get moisture in them during storage.




Put one in the toilet and give it some time to work. After the fizzing stops, clean with toilet brush and flush.


Poo Poo Spray


Quick project! Quick blog post!

Just a few sprays into the potty before taking care of business and it will trap the bad smells!

1/3 cup Witch Hazel                                                                                       2 Tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin                                                      30 drops total of pure essential oils ( I hadn’t decided yet, so I showed 2 combos, but I went with Lemon and Lavender)

Add all the ingredients into a 4 oz glass bottle.

Shake well and it’s ready for use!



Promote Wellness in the Chicken House


Let’s talk wellness for your feathered farm friends, shall we?


The best way for natural health to be effective is PREVENTION. Prevent illness by good nutrition and support immune systems to be able to ward off any illness that may come along. This goes for humans, goats… everyone.

I do not recommend ingesting any essential oils unless you KNOW without any doubt that they are 10000% pure and offer some backup to that. I only use Young Living because they offer a SEED TO SEAL promise. They also remain to be transparent in their production, from seed to seal. You can literally pop in and look around.  They have nothing to hide.  Y’all, that’s where these essential oils and supplements come from.

I sell a lot of fresh eggs, so I have people coming around a lot! If I’m not practicing what I’m preaching, it will take no time to be discovered! That is the very same thing that would happen if Young Living farms were not operating as they say. Or if they weren’t harvesting the way they claim, etc.  I’m sure they aren’t perfect, but so far, I haven’t found another company that I want to promote and invest in.


So chickens and other fowl weigh nothing compared to a human and many essential oils need to be diluted for our use, so be sure you dilute for the chickens.

I have chickens, ducks and geese that all share multiple water containers, so they are all  treated the same. I realize many people think that it’s important to keep things seperately but I’ve never run into any problems.

Ways to use: topically (1 drop eo: 5 drops carrier oil) and internally. You could diffuse if you have the set up for it. I just haven’t figured out how to create a safe place for a diffuser in their house YET.

Here are some of my most favored oils for farm use:

Oregano : Provides amazing immune enhancing benefits ~ Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent ~ Supports healthy digestion and respiratory function ~ Excellent source of antioxidants ~ Research shows that these are thought to be able to fight off coccidia, almonella, bronchitis, avian flu, blackhead, E coli.  2 drops per gallon of water for boosting immune systems. Increase by 1-2 drops if treating for illness. 

Thieves: Blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary essential oils.  Supports the immune system ~ Supports the respiratory system ~ Supports oral health ~ Supports digestive health ~ Supports healthy skin and feathers ~ Purifies the air when diffused.  3 drops per gallon of water for boosting immune systems. 

Tea Tree: Powerful antimicrobial properties ~ can kill off bad bacteria anywhere. May treat and assist BRUMBLE FOOT and SOUR CROP also. Use with Frankincense and Lavender for open wounds. Dilute!!! 1 part essential oils to 5parts carrier oils. EXAMPLE: 1 drop tea tree, 1 drop Frankincense, 1 part Lavender with 15 drops of carrier oil. 

Lavender: Lowers stress~ Improves calm rest ~ promotes tissue regeneration which speeds up healing ~ Provides respiratory support ~ Supports skin health during stress ~ soothes minor skin irritations ~ calms and relaxes ~ supports healthy emotions ( seriously, every hen needs this) ~ enhance blood circulation.

Rosemary: Wards off insects ~ Promotes respiratory health ~ Promotes hair and feather growth ~ Provides digestive support ~ Promotes oral health.

Lemongrass: Repels flying insects ~ Supports healthy digestive system ~ Supports overall well being.

Peppermint: Supports digestive system in every way ~ Supports respiratory health ~ Repels insects and parasites.  Use on bottoms of feet if wheezy.

Fennel: Stimulates and supports egg laying ~ Promotes good gut and digestive health ~ Promotes respiratory health ~ Promotes wound healing ~ Removes and repels parasites. 4 drops per gallon of water to support egg laying.


Thieves Household Cleaner: dilute 1-2 cap fulls to a spray bottle of water, shake well and use to clean EVERYTHING. Cages, roosts, nesting boxes, water containers, feeders and hear this: IT’S PLANT BASED and works AMAZINGLY on open wounds and aids in the blood clotting on all animals.

Use wisdom for big injuries and know when it’s way over your head and call the vet.

Insect Repellent Spray:                                                                                                                       In an 8 oz spray bottle:                                                                                                                        20 drops Purification                                                                                                                            10 drops Lavender                                                                                                                                10 drops Lemongrass                                                                                                                            10 drops Peppermint                                                                                                                           10 drops Cedarwood

fill the bottle with distilled water, shake well.                                                                                            ** if you are going to use a diffuser, just use 2 drops of each eo. 

  • If you are NOT already a wholesale member with Young Living, you can join my team and not only get wholesale pricing, but you will be added to a private Facebook group and have the most amazing amount of education and information at your fingertips!
  • there is never any requirement to sell anything! You just need to spend $50 per YEAR to keep your wholesale membership open. Y’all, that’s simple!

Here’s the link to join:

Here are the price comparison’s for the essential oils that I mentioned:

Oregano:  Retail: $37.50  Wholesale: $28.50

Thieves: Retail: $45.72  Wholesale: $34.75

Tea Tree: Retail: $45.72 Wholesale: $26.75

Lavender: Retail: $31.91 Wholesale: $24.25

Rosemary: Retail: $21.05 Wholesale: $16.00

Lemongrass: Retail: $15.13 Wholesale: $11.50

Peppermint: Retail: $28.95 Wholesale: $22.00

Fennel: Retail: $23.36 Wholesale: $17.75

Purification: Retail: $20.72 Wholesale: $15.75

Thieves Household Cleaner:                                                                                                                            *14 oz (makes 22 spray bottles) Retail: $29.61 Wholesale: $22.00                                               *64 oz Retail: 115.46 Wholesale: $87.75