Top 15 Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits

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If you’ve known me for more than a minute, you know I love my essential oils! No matter what the situation or cause, the first thing I do is research what essential oil is known to help. For me, there are a few oils that I simply couldn’t go without on a daily basis. Peppermint oil is surely at the top of the list, so when Dr. Axe shared this awesome article on the uses and benefits of the oil I just had to share it!

Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It can be used aromatically, topically and internally to address a number of health concerns, from muscles aches and seasonal allergy symptoms, to low energy and digestive complaints. It’s also commonly used to boost energy levels and improve both skin and hair health.

According to a review conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities. It also works as a strong antioxidant, displays anti-tumor actions in lab studies, shows anti-allergenic potential and pain-killing effects, helps to relax the gastrointestinal tract and may be chemopreventive.

It’s no wonder why peppermint oil is one of the most popular essential oils in the world and why I recommend that everyone has it in his or her medicine cabinet at home. Continue reading

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If You Don’t Laugh You Just Might Cry

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“Tears silently flowing through the soul, cleansing the heart” … what a beautiful thought Pope John Paul gave us to ponder! Crying is, indeed, a healthy and cleansing expression of feelings. For me, tears come so naturally when I am truly touched, especially when I witness love being expressed towards one another.  And just as easily, when I’m under pain or stress, springs of water well up in me, flowing freely, cleansing my heart.  I simply can’t stop the flow. I’m truly like a leaky faucet. The good news is as I process  my feelings and the tears flow, I begin the healing process. The most obvious example of this was with the death of my beloved first born, Bobby. When I think of him and how much I miss him, my tears flow ever so freely, even now as I type these words. But, I know he is living in heaven in peace with all our dearly departed, and a hopeful smile breaks through my sadness. Again, tears with the news of my daughter, Haylee, and her family moving across country to Bend, Oregon. I cried just thinking about how different life would be. And don’t even get me started on the two little boys that Haylee and Mike chose to bring into this world! They have brought so much joy into our lives over the past five years.  Their births have been a gift to us all, and as always, perfectly timed. But once again, witnessing the beautiful life they are living on a 5 acre farmhouse has replaced my tears with peace and joy for the whole family. Continue reading

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Got Time For A Pilgrimage?

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In our stressful and hectic 21st-century lives, it’s hard to find “me” time. And many times when we do take time off from work our vacation choices are characterized by packed schedules that pay more attention to ticking off the must-see sights than our own mental health and spiritual well-being. Perhaps that’s why we come home more exhausted than when we went on vacation. Next time, we just might want to consider a pilgrimage instead. Continue reading

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Ketones, Ketosis, Ketoacidosis!?!


Ketones, ketosis, ketoacidosis! A lot of current health news include diets, supplements, and life styles based on ketones! What is it? Is it good, bad, or indifferent? Ketones are a chemical our body produces when it burns stored fat, ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood, and ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when our body produces too high levels of blood acids called ketones. The answer to this question and so many is, as my mother used to always say, “not too much, not too little, just the right amount”! Continue reading

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17 Daily Habits

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Habits are a usual way of behaving or a regular tendency or practice and are especially hard to give up. These acquired behavior patterns are followed so regularly that they become almost involuntary, such as the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street. Sharing one of my favorite posts this week on written by Bill Murphy Jr. This blog offers 17 daily habits that will make a difference in your health and wellness. Continue reading

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Are Vitamin Supplements a Good Idea?


I already know what your first thought is going to be because I’ve had the same one my whole life. Yes, I concur that the absolute best way of nourishing our bodies with the vitamins and minerals it needs is with good food. Food is medicine and medicine is food. However, that being said, for many reasons it seems next to impossible for most of us to get everything we need for our body from our food on a daily basis. So, if we want to maintain our body at maximum efficiency and productivity, will we consider supplementing with whole food substitutes. For me, it’s an absolute and resounding yes! Continue reading

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What Are You Really Afraid Of?

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I am truly afraid of snakes and the idea of thieves in the night. But, I’m not afraid of mice, OK maybe rats! I’m also not afraid of being alone or of dying. In fact, although I love this life on earth and I’m in no hurry to leave it, I can’t wait to be in heaven with all my loved ones, the dearly departed, who are already there. We’re talking about no more pain or fears, and a “glorified body”. Well, I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but I think it will be awesome. Continue reading

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