Essential Oil Series – Melaleuca (a.k.a. Tea Tree)

Melaleuca Essential Oil

Melaleuca (melaleuca alternifolia) is an antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, fungicide, insecticide, and a stimulant. Melaleuca can be applied topically (can be used neat), aromatically, or internally (see my warnings and guidelines).

A few uses for Melaleuca:

  1. Can help heal skin infections. Works great on toenail fungus and athletes foot!
  2. All purpose cleaner: Mix with water and add to a spray bottle. Great for sanitizing counter tops in kitchen and bath!
  3. Treats acne and helps to manage oily skin. Add to your homemade facial cleanser.
  4. Repels lice. Add to your shampoo to keep those pesky things away!
  5. Apply to warts and ringworm.
  6. Add to your diffuser to remove foul odors. Ever wait too long to take the trash out and end up with a smelly kitchen trash can?? Diffuse Melaleuca to help banish the odor!
  7. Apply to your skin after shaving to help prevent razor burn.

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DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or health professional by any means, nor do I claim to be. The opinions presented here are my own and should not be taken as any sort of medical advice. Essential oils are extremely potent and highly concentrated substances you should always practice caution when using them. And as I have stated in the post, do your own research and make choices based on what is best for you and your family!

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Spiders and Mice!

Anyone else have trouble with the eight legged and four legged things getting into your house this time of year? We live in a very old farmhouse and there’s hundreds of ways for all these little pests to sneak their way in to find a warm place for the winter. While our cat Sadie does a pretty good job with the mice, I still like to try to find alternate ways to keeping the little buggers out! And I’ve found one that works great and is so simple!

Spiders and Mice both HATE peppermint!

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I have had great luck the last two years with putting a few drops of peppermint oil on some cotton balls and placing them around the house in areas I know are problems. For us it’s the kitchen, the downstairs bathroom, and the front part of our living room. It’s a great bonus too that your house smells heavenly, but you do have to remember to freshen the cotton balls up every once and while to keep the smell strong.

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Fall is in the air (and the diffuser)!

Fall is definitely here in northern Pennsylvania! The leaves are changing and the air has been a bit crisper, I even made an apple pie last night! Does anyone else love the smells of fall? I do! I love mixing cinnamon, clove and orange in my diffuser, the smell reminds me so much of fall!

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Essential Oil Series – Lemon

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Lemon is another one of those essential essential oils in my humble opinion. Not only is the smell clean and crisp, but it has SO many uses! I could never begin to tell you all of them but I will try to hit some of the best uses!

Lemon (citrus limon) is an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-rheumatic,antiseptic, diuretic, insecticidal essential oil. Lemon can be used topically (diluted), aromatically and ingested (see my guidelines).

Uses:

  • Headaches and Migraines – apply topically with a carrier oil to soothe a headache.
  • Purifying – Diffuse to help cleanse the air of impurities.
  • Cleaning – Add to your homemade cleaners to take advantage of Lemons anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. A couple drops on your sponge is great too.
  • Allergies– Lemon mixed with lavender and peppermint works great on allergies!
  • Mood– lift your mood by diffusing some lemon.
  • Gunk remover– lemon works great to get off sticky residues left over from price tags and stickers. Also works great on gum, crayon, kitche grease and more.
  • Skin – brighten your skin by adding lemon to your facial cleanser. Also great for acne.
  • Laundry– have you ever forgotten a load of laundry in your washer and it gets that stale mildew smell? (I may or may not do that quite often!) Add a couple drops of lemon before you re-wash and the smell will be all gone!
  • Water – if you choose to ingest a drop in your glass of water can not only add taste great but will also give you a natural detox boost.
  • Oily skin– lemon can help balance your oily skin.
  • Callouses & Corns– use lemon to help soften skin and slough off old dead skin.
  • and so much more!

***Please note that Lemon EO can make you photosensitive meaning that putting it on your skin and going outside can make you more susceptible to a sunburn. Please do not apply to exposed skin before going outside!

Any questions, please feel free to ask me! I’m not an expert but I can always help point in the right direction!

If you choose to use Spark Naturals for your essential oil and supply needs please use my coupon code onthisfarm to receive 10% of your entire order!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or health professional by any means, nor do I claim to be. The opinions presented here are my own and should not be taken as any sort of medical advice. Essential oils are extremely potent and highly concentrated substances you should always practice caution when using them. And as I have stated before, do your own research and make choices based on what is best for you and your family!

Essential Oil Series – Lavender

Lavender is one of those essential essential oils. It has so many uses and such a great smell that I consider it a MUST HAVE. From healing scrapes and burns, to helping you sleep, to repelling insects, and so much more!

Lavender (lavandula angustofolia) is an analgesic (pain killer), antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiparasitic, anti-spasmodic, decongestant, antidepressant, and sedative essential oil. It can be used topically and used neat (undiluted) on skin, aromatically and internally.

Uses:

  • Sleep and Relaxation – Put lavender on your sheets and pillows to help induce a restful nights sleep. Works great to help the kids wind down for the night.
  • Burns – Keep on hand for minor burns. Worked great for me the other day when I burned my hand on the hot stove, few drops on the burn immediately after it happened and then applied again as needed.
  • Pain Relief – Lavender massaged into a sore or injured muscle can offer pain relief and also help with inflammation.
  • Allergies– when mixed with Lemon and Peppermint it makes a great anti-histamine. I haven’t used a since OTC allergy medication this year. I just kept this L.L.P. (Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint) blend on hand and rubbed it on my feet 2-3 times a day and it has kept my severe seasonal allergies at bay.
  • Insects and Insect Bites – Makes a great bug repellent and also helps relieve the itching and swelling that comes with bug bites.
  • Cuts and Scrapes – because of it’s antiseptic properties Lavender is great for applying to cuts and scrapes to clean them and boost the healing process.
  • Dry or Chapped Skin – Lavender is great to helping the itchiness and dryness associated with eczema and dry winter skin.
  • Calmness and Tranquility – diffuse Lavender to help bring a sense of peace to your environment.
  • Headaches – a few drops rubbed on the temples and/or back of the neck can help kick a tension headache quick!
  • Bath Soak – mix in with some Epsom Salts and take a nice relaxing bath! It will make you feel great and probably help you sleep like a rock if done before bedtime.
  • Deodorant – because of it’s antibacterial properties Lavender can kill those yucky odor causing bacteria.
  • Smell – if nothing else, it smells so pretty! Haha! I always hated anything synthetically lavender scented and thought I would hate the smell of Lavender EO but I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful it smelled the first time I opened the bottle!

There are so many uses for Lavender I could go on and on about all the many uses but that’s just a few to give you some ideas. Any questions, please feel free to ask me! I’m not an expert but I can always help point in the right direction!

If you choose to use Spark Naturals for your essential oil and supply needs please use my coupon code onthisfarm to receive 10% of your entire order!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or health professional by any means, nor do I claim to be. The opinions presented here are my own and should not be taken as any sort of medical advice. Essential oils are extremely potent and highly concentrated substances you should always practice caution when using them. And as I have stated before, do your own research and make choices based on what is best for you and your family!

Feeding Calves

What an absolutely gorgeous morning on the farm, 63 degrees and sunny! I got the kids around and went out to the barn this morning to feed our 5 little bottle babies (including one set of TWINS!). I have been doing this on and off for a few weeks ever since my husband got hurt, that’s a story for another time! I know it’s not much but it’s more involved than I’ve been in the outside work in a long time. And I have to say, on the days I do it, I feel much better. More energized for the day ahead, and a little stinkier too! (Haha!)

Now that the kids are all getting bigger and I have my AMAZING Lillebaby carrier for our (almost) one year old I can participate more in the farm work and that is better for ALL of us. More fresh air, teaches the kids that they don’t need to watch endless Disney Jr. every morning, and gives them time with our animals! I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner, it was just such a daunting thought to dress up three kids, hunt down their boots, and struggle to keep them out of the drop all while I feed babies. Now I feel silly for ever thinking that way! Better late than never, right? Well I’m about to start writing a post on Lavender Essential Oils to share it’s amazing benefits, so for now I will leave you with a cute little cow baby face!

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How sweet is she?