Christians Demonize Witchcraft and Female Empowerment

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Rachel Callahan has said what many of us have quietly said in our minds for a long time now. She used some sarcastic humor to call attention to the idiotic claims a lot of people make about essential oils. As with anything that grows exponentially, there’s a lot of education that needs to happen. Otherwise, the speed of growth creates a lot of uneducated chaos. I’ve seen a lot of outlandish claims about essential oils as well, especially in the “essential oils for beginners” books on Amazon. I’ve downloaded several (when they appear for free, because quite frankly they aren’t worth my money) and I shake my head at the amount of idiocy coming from ‘authors’ and in their reviews. Not to mention the insane amount of plagiarism. 

The buzz about essential oils, coming from excited women who have read yet another blog post, is often aimed at beginners. As a result, a lot of superstitions are being perpetuated. Then there’s the attempt at evangelizing the ‘lost’ about making money and the guilt trips if you don’t want to enroll. The manipulation is tiring and unethical. Excitement about essential oils tends to bring out the competitive spirit in people and hostility can ensue! That’s bad business and those people are making the entire industry look foolish, pushy, and unprofessional.

Multi-level marketing companies such as Mary Kay, BeautiControl, Pampered Chef, doTERRA, Young Living, Tupperware, Melaleuca, and many more are not pyramid schemes. They are business models that allow for reps to build their own businesses. Their efforts can help advertise the products, connect with people, and make money. You don’t criticize Subway for allowing people to open stores for themselves, or McDonald’s for that matter. However, I think the products put out by a lot of these MLM companies far surpass that of Subway or McDonald’s.

As comical and true as some of Rachel’s comments are, some are not.

You have begun to step out of your chrysalis and into REAL LIFE.”

I started using essential oils a couple of years ago (from our local health food store) and then began using essential oils from one of those ‘sinful MLM companies’. I use them in a variety of ways, mostly for skin care, aromatherapy, and natural cleaning products. My spiritual practices have been enhanced by diffusing them in the home. I suppose you could say I did come out of a chrysalis and emerge into real life. Prior to my using essential oils, I was suffering from PTSD and depression. By using essential oils, along with good counsel, I have healed in a lot of ways emotionally and spiritually. Someone like Rachel, or perhaps her readers, could snark at me for this claim, but they don’t know what I’ve been through in the last 6 years of my life.

She calls attention (and needfully so) to the outlandish claims people make about these ‘dews from the gods’, as Rachel sarcastically nicknames them. I have that inner voice that shouts “Amen to that, sister!” about some of her snark.

People who make exaggerated claims about essential oils just make the entire EO industry look ignorant and some appear downright gullible. What a disservice to such potent gifts from the earth (and the chemists who test their purity for us).

Though, I gotta say, a side effect of floral burping is a heck of a lot more pleasant than having an erection for 7 hours or bed wetting. Yikes!

Her 7th point gave me a chuckle (Thanks, Rachel);

You quickly realize that in order to succeed in this Status-Eats-Status World, you will need to know how to defend your position against those who challenge your oils as perhaps not being the most pure, most miraculous, and least witchcrafty oil out there.”

The LEAST witchcrafty? Damn, I was looking for the MOST witchcrafty oil on the market! Maybe these witchcrafty oils will keep the end-of-the-world conspiracy theorists out of my green face! I’ll bet some folks will have an essential oil specifically formulated to remove the wart from my hairy nose, too!

But heaven forbid any essential oil rep make any money, that’s right folks, we should all stay poor and never create a business doing anything that we actually love. Yep, we oughtta just submit our joys and goals to the mundane life of a pregnant, barefoot mama pushing out 19 20 kids (and counting, of course). Don’t you know you can’t make any money doing something you love?

Hey, sometimes some humorous sarcasm can take the edge off the 7 annoying habits of seemingly successful people.

Lets not leave out Michelle, from A Southern Ruckus. You see, she wants to be sure to keep those stay-at-home moms as submitted to her God as possible because Jesus forbid any of his followers EVER think to shout praises about his own creation! Attention female believers, you oughtta know better (shaking finger and wagging tongue)..yep you oughtta know better, it’s a good thing believers have Michelle to hold authority over them…ya because God isn’t doing a good enough job on his own! Way to shame the ladies, Michelle. Good job!

 Especially for those of us who are believers, anything more about the creation than the Creator is not going to be okay. “

And while we’re at it, forget about ever experiencing the victory of Christ!

We need to take a long, hard look at why we are craving the sense of empowerment and control that can be provided by a substance in a bottle. “

Damn it! I shouldn’t be empowered or in control of my own health. Why didn’t I see it that way? I should just submit to the western freak shows that call themselves doctors! I’m sure they know exactly what they’re doing with all that Viagra! (Maybe that’s why the Duggars are still counting?) And why would Jesus EVER want us to feel that sense of empowerment from his finished work on the cross? I’m certain he wants us to feel weakened and lifeless. How dare we grasp the amazing essence God created FOR us.

So they’re magical, right? Well, no.”

What?? No magic?

Say it ain’t so!

In fact, the early Egyptians believed so strongly in magic that they incorporated their magic into their herbal use to help treat their people. I wonder if today’s modern people know that western pharmaceuticals try to use magic to help promote healing? Don’t you see the commercials? They’re filled with affirming videos of families enjoying vacations and doing yoga while whispering all the insane side effects their meds cause. They’re trying to use magic to convince you to trust their chemical laden “cures”.

But here’s the thing about magic, they’re not supposed to use it to bend a person’s will or LIE to the people. Magic is about living an affirming life with hope, along with making wise choices that heal the body. Most of the best herbal healers in history were those who practiced magic! (source Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David)

Who the hell do people think they are? If a cancer patient has an improved quality of life by using essential oils to lift their spirits and aid their bodies in wellness, then who do you think you are to tear that down? If they’re dying then let them have as much hope as possible! I don’t care if they apply the oils to their butt or their feet, does it really matter??

I’ve been in the blogging community for around ten years and I can’t begin to tell you how disturbing it is to see Christians (as well meaning as they appear to be) put people down, wag their tongues at success, and then disguise their “buy from me” pitch in there with it. Right, because I want to be shamed, belittled, mocked, then encouraged to buy from you. Oh, but isn’t that just how (some renditions of) their God is?

I seriously thought God and Jesus were into healing people.

It’s infuriating to see the essential oil industry made into a mockery, but even worse when people take God’s name in vain to further their hit count.

I bet I missed their whole point, right? Maybe not.

Before you buy another ‘essential oils for beginners’ book on Amazon, find out how to know if they’re legitimate sources for essential oil education.

And if you’re interested in a bit of magic, or just the simplicity of living an affirming life, try this book,

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*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

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Honey Bee Preservation and Natural Pest Control

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While several agencies research why the honey bees have been in dramatic decline over the years, we can become pro-active to do our part in increasing their colonies. According to the EcoHealth Alliance, the top three factors in honey bee colony declines are due to The Varroa Mite, pathogens, and pesticides. Agri-View encourages farmers to step up in nurturing native bees on their farms. Even if you have very little space for a garden, you can still do your part (and encourage others also) by creating a banquet for bees to thrive in (and encourage your friends to do the same). In addition to your own garden (even if it’s in pots in a small patio), you can avoid using chemical pesticides that can harm or deter bees from feasting. We can preserve honey bees and control pests, naturally.

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We don’t have to spend so much time worrying about what not to do if we remain proactive.

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My garden, though small due to limited space, is my sanctuary for spiritual growth. I hear from that divine spark within while tending my garden and observing all of nature’s creatures that party there. I have a fountain to create nature sounds to soothe my soul. My garden is important to the life cycle of this planet as well as for my spirit.

1. Plant bee attracting flowers, herbs, and other flowering plants that are native to your area. You can talk to your local nursery staff to find out what’s best for your neighborhood.

2. Plant wildflower seeds in your yard.

3. Plant native, drought resistant flowers in an empty field near your home.

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4. Volunteer at a neighborhood garden.

5. Plant a variety of colorful flowers, especially blue, white, and yellow.

6. Allow for wild space so dandelions, milkweed, and other wild weeds can grow and flower in it’s full life cycle. You can use a patch of ground behind your garage away from your flower garden. They also attract butterflies!

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7. Keep a bird bath regularly supplied with water. I have a few small insect water baths in my flower beds for them.

8. For weed control in your flower beds, use tools for removing them from their root systems. Transplant them to your wild space.

9. For pest control, invite pest predators to the garden party.

For aphids: You can purchase live ladybugs at a local nursery. If you have rose bushes that are attracting aphids, you can place the ladybug container under them (at night) and cover the bushes with a sheet. Place a bowl of water near them, because they’re thirsty too. In the morning, the ladybugs will fly up and find their feast under the leaves and stay there.

For Snails: Local nurseries sometimes sell carnivore snails that will devour your plant eating snails.

For caterpillars and other plant eating worms: Purchase preying mantis for your garden.

Spiders: Allow garden spiders to remain in your yard. Respect their place in the life cycle of your yard, they eat mosquitoes, flies, and all sorts of other pests.

By allowing natural insect predators in your yard you can AVOID using chemical pest control substances.

Now lets talk about ants. They come in when it rains and when it’s hot and when it’s dry. These pests can quickly bring in an entire army for one drop of sweet food such as cereal, bread crumbs, etc. All the tiny things our children drop from their finger tips and mouths as they devour your scrumptious meals. Keep the counters and floors clean!

Now here’s a list of natural repellents to keep intrusive insects at bay.

Many insects rely on the receptors in their feet to ‘smell’ and if those receptors are disrupted they can’t find their way around. The butterfly pavilion at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles uses mineral oil above the butterfly feeders to keep ants out of the maple infused water feeders. Ants are thirsty too and applying some mineral oil to the bar that hangs your bee and butterfly water feeders can help.

You can use essential oils for pest control too. However, it needs to be reapplied often because it will not hold it’s power for long once it’s exposed to the air and sunlight.

Spray: I would create a spray of mineral oil and a chosen essential oil for the following pests:

Ants : peppermint

Mosquitoes : lemongrass and lavender

Roaches : eucalyptus

Spiders : peppermint

Ticks : lavender, lemongrass, and thyme

General pest control spray: Mix doTERRA’s TerraShield essential oil blend with filtered water (shake well before each use) and spray baseboards and door thresholds twice a week.

For these pests in your home, mix chosen essential oils accordingly.

Fleas (in carpet) : lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint (sprinkle carpet and let sit for 15 minutes then vacuum well). Flea eggs don’t stick to the host, they can fall off into the carpet.

Fleas ON PETS : mix lavender with Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo. Lather up and let sit on pets for 10 minutes then rinse well. This shampoo kills fleas, but not eggs, so shampoo every week and vacuum 2-3 times a week. Read about the flea life cycle here.

In Kennels: Clean kennels and bedding with Dr. Bonner’s unscented liquid castile soap and add lavender, melaleuca, and lemongrass.

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA essential oils and various other products, read here.

You can help do your part by sharing valuable information like this and help build a momentum of nature preservation in compassionate people who care about our earth and all it’s inhabitants. Please use the sharing buttons below to spread the word to all your social networks.  The honey bees will thank you!

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*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

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After-sun soothing spray for sunburns

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Well, some sunblocks just don’t work as well as I thought. After a 4 hour day at the beach and a couple more at the pool, my son was in misery. Yes, we reapplied all day long! So here we were, trying to apply aloe vera gel to his face and back, but he cringed. No matter how gentle I was, it hurt. I needed something gentle so I didn’t have to touch him. I needed an after-sun soothing spray for sunburns. I saw one at the store, but it’s in an aerosol can. That means there’s things in there that aren’t truly safe for the skin, let alone a SUNBURN.

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Seriously, what do these companies think? Here are some ingredients in many after-sun mists in aerosol cans:

SD Alcohol 40B, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Tocopherol Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA”

Lets look at a few of these ingredients.

Alcohol on a sunburn?? Alcohol is drying on the skin. No thanks.

Disodium EDTA? Friends, that stuff has formaldehyde in it. And it’s found in your mayo and most salad dressings. Not only do I NOT want to eat it, I don’t want it on a sunburn.

Diazolidinyl Urea is used to help release formaldehyde. Is it added in an after sun spray to help direct formaldehyde to the sunburn? They use formaldehyde on dead bodies to preserve them. I don’t want to preserve sunburned skin.

Carbomer is an acrylic acid used to hold liquids and oils together. According to the EPAIt is a strong irritant to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes in humans.”

Propylparaben is a Paraben and has have been found in biopsies from breast tumors. Safe Cosmetics.org reveals,

“Endocrine disruption: Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells. They also increase the expression of genes usually regulated by estradiol (a natural form of estrogen); these genes cause human breast cancer cells to grow and multiply in cellular studies” (source)

Among the other ingredients are products to help moisturize the skin, but why add counterproductive ingredients that can harm us?

My best option is to make my own. So, I did.

After-Sun Soothing Spray

  • 1/4 C aloe vera (100% Aloe vera)
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 C filtered water

Blend in a Magic Bullet (or blender) .

Pour into a spray bottle that has a fine mist.

Store in the refrigerator.

Spray on sunburn as often as needed (we use several times a day).

Allow the skin to absorb the mist (do not rub) and wait before putting on clothing.

I wanted to use simple ingredients during this first stage of his sunburn. As his blisters heal and the dead skin begins to fall away, we will begin using more moisturizing ingredients to help that new skin that will emerge.

Note: I use small amounts to avoid having to put any preservatives in this. This mixture will be used entirely, within a few days.

After-Sun Moisture Lock Lotion

  • 1/4 C aloe vera 
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 1/8 C almond oil
  • 1 Tbsp 100% vegetable glycerin
  • 1/4 C water

IN THIS ORDER add aloe vera, almond oil, vegetable glycerin and blend well in the Magic Bullet (with the small cup) or blender. Add essential oils and blend. THEN add the water and blend again. This mixture will come out frothy, use a funnel to pour into a lotion dispenser.

Apply after shower or bath to help lock moisture into the skin.

Now, we avoid the sun until his skin can handle it again and I’m looking to make my own sunblock.

About the aloe vera: Of all the aloe vera products I have found (because harvesting my own for such a large burn is time consuming and I just don’t have that large of a plant), this one by Aubrey Organics is the most natural.

Local stores carry an ‘aloe vera’ that has the claim of being “100% gel”, but upon closer examination has ingredients that I disagree with. The last time I used it on my son he said it stings and begged me to wash it off.

I use doTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, which you can read more about here.

I am more confident in my own homemade products than I am in what the industry puts out on store shelves.

What after-sun measures do you take to soothe the skin?

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*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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