Odor Cleanser with Coffee

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Over time, the freezer develops a strange odor and last night I had to clean it out! I emptied it out and used an all purpose spray (made with On Guard Concentrate) to clean it out. On Guard has a pleasantly mild cinnamon and orange fragrance. I use it on all our surfaces too. When we have company ring to get in the gate, I quickly spray the counters down and wipe dry. I get the sweetest compliments from guests on how nice my home smells.

Freezer: After cleaning out the freezer, I put our food back in and placed a bowl of freshly ground coffee beans in a glass bowl on the shelf. Coffee beans and grounds are known odor cleaners.

Sense of Smell Cleaner: If you’re ever in the market for perfume or body sprays, take a small bag of coffee grounds with you. It cleanses the nasal senses so you can detect the actual fragrance of each perfume.

Hand Scrub: Interestingly enough, coffee grounds can also serve as a hand scrub! Place a tablespoon of liquid hand soap in the palm of your hand and a teaspoon of coffee grounds. Gently wash hands and rinse clean. Helps eliminate garlic and onion odor.

Exfoliating Prior to Shaving: Some women even use coffee grounds with liquid body wash as a body scrub, which is great just before shaving your legs. Minimizes foot odor.

Room Deodorizer: Just brew a fresh pot of coffee using freshly ground coffee beans of a dark roast variety.

Fireplace: Wet coffee grounds can be used to help make fireplace cleaning easier because it helps holds down the ash. Helps minimize the smell of the ash.

Car Freshener: Clear the air in your vehicle by placing fresh ground coffee grounds in an old knee high nylon and tie it. Place it under the seats in the car.

Pest Eliminator: Some housewives claim coffee grounds help repel ants and cats from your planters, keeping the flower beds clean from foul deposits. ;)

 

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Learning Magic from Mr. Disney

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Having a Disneyland pass has given us the opportunity to visit the Happiest Place on Earth during days when public schools are still in session. Although home education allows us a lot of elbow room, there are those days when a break in the routine sparks the child’s imagination and actually helps them in future lessons. We work a bit longer on housework the night before so we are free to depart as early as possible. We have Disney movie music on my iPhone and sing our way all the way to the gates of the Magic Kingdom. We really can learn a bit of magic from Mr. Disney.

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Disneyland has a new feature outside of Sleeping Beauty’s castle where you can meet some of the princesses and watch a live show with several royal characters. It’s interesting to watch people meeting the princesses. Some just walk through the line, smile for the picture, and they’re out the door. They think of these young ladies as actresses who only pose for the camera, while others curtsy before royalty and carry on conversations about their adventures. They sweetly ask how Prince Eric is or how Flounder has been these days.

You can go through life as if it’s all just an act or find the magic that makes each day special.

I was having coffee with a woman once and we were talking about the emotional ups and downs of life and how we might be able to make life better for our families. She explained to me how she would pray over her husband’s shirts as she ironed them and would anoint the doorways of her home with oil. This concept wasn’t new to me, as we did spend some time in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches.

My husband and I walked through the valley of the shadow of death for a few years and I practiced a kind of prayer called “praying the scriptures”. I was still relatively new in my faith walk and part of me felt awkward about it. It felt like I was casting a spell..a good one though.
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In later years, we were encouraged to have a time and a place for prayer…a place to kneel and study the Holy book for more verses to pray aloud. It was called the family altar.

Some might call these practices Christian magic, but on the surface it just felt like I was going through the motions prescribed to me. Years of rituals and more scripture prescriptions later, I threw my hands up in the air. One day, I found some of my old prayer lists and discovered that everything on those lists had come to pass. Every single thing had manifested in our lives.

Maybe there really is something to all these practices.

Another friend introduced me to a book about blessing our children, like the patriarchs did throughout the Old Testament. She would pray blessings for her children every day.

It was more than just repeating the inked words set on paper. Words, though they have meaning on their own, are still void of influence without our own intentions to empower them.

We can tell a teen girl she is pretty and she’ll know if we mean it or not.

With heart filled intentions, we can utter our thoughts aloud and immediately enrich a person’s soul. Our words can bring life or death. That’s a lot of power in the tongue.

Is it any wonder that an infamous woman, such as Maleficent, could build a towering wall of thorns? Our words can build walls of thorns too. What you say can prick a loved one’s finger on the spinning wheel and render them ‘dead’ to you.

What if we used our words to bring Lazarus forth from the grave? What if our very words could stop a storm from rocking our ship? Our words can be a healing salve to a wounded soul or the spark that ignites of a child’s dreams to become a doctor.

There’s magic in the power of our emotions and words, we can bring about a resurrection or a crucifixion.

We can go to Disneyland and complain about long lines, rant about the strollers that clip our heels, or get fed up with the price of a churro. What if we curtsied with our daughters and took pictures of our sons trying to pull the sword from the stone? How we invest our words and emotions can mean the difference between imprisoning our kids in a dungeon all day or teaching them to create magic of their own.

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Disneyland is filled with little girls dressed as their favorite princesses. When our oldest two daughters were teens, we decided that we would spend an entire day greeting each one of them as if they were the real princesses.

“Oh, look mom! There’s Cinderella!”

Both girls would wave hello to the tiny Cinderellas and itsy bitsy Snow Whites.

“Hi, Snow White! I love your dress! You look so beautiful!”

You should have seen the smiles those little girls carried away with them.

At one encounter, my girls asked the little princesses for their autographs. Our girls opened their signature books and handed the girls the pens. The parents of these sweet little gals started taking lots of pictures. The mom’s eye swelled full with tears. Their dad helped them sign their names and both of them whispered words of thanks as we walked away. We will never forget the magic we created that day.

It just takes a bit of creativity and lots of love.

We really can create our own magic.

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Mediterranean Salve

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Our family has heritage from the ancient lands of Italy, England, and the Germanic region. Various types of folk medicines originate from these Mediterranean regions and have proven effective even with today’s modern scientific criteria. I created this Mediterranean Salve inspired by various other folk remedies, so although the ingredients and original recipes stem from these beautiful regions, I have not found this particular salve from any ancient medicinal literature. Not to say that it doesn’t exist in some old world Monk’s medicinal library, and if it does I am happily open to hearing about it.
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Allow me to give you a little bit of proven medicinal facts about these powerful ingredients.
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Coconut oil is high in saturated fats and it is stable and has a long shelf life. (source) Dr. Oz’s website reveals that studies have shown that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida. It also increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. (source) I won’t get into all the known research for coconut oil, but Katie (the Wellness Mama) offers 101 other uses for coconut oil that you can read up on. It’s absorption rate into the skin ranks at a 5, which is not that quick, but when you’re using it as a salve (with what I’ll be recommending here) it will be just fine.
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Oregano is one of the most powerful herbs in any home-healers cabinet. I highly recommend you grow your own oregano at home and clip throughout the season so you can have it on hand in the winter. I also keep oregano essential oil in my healing hutch and have made my own oregano tincture. Oregano has a variety of uses for culinary, nutritional, and medicinal reasons. This herb is traditionally used in many Mediterranean dishes, but in this article we’ll stick to the health benefits. Oregano is anti-bacterial in nature. Oregano’s oil include thymol and carvacrol, both of which have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria. (source)

Although you can create your own oregano tincture, for this recipe I use oregano essential oil.

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My dear friend and life long essential oil enthusiast, Tara Wagner, highly recommends dilution of oregano oil.

“Internal use is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR MOST BRANDS. High quality brands may be “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA (21CFR182.20) to be used in cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic, non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater dilution for older children). It’s very important that you dilute this oil at least 1:3 (1 drop EO to 3 drops carrier oil), and more depending on your skin, as it can cause irritation to the skin when applied directly.” (source)

Oregano essential oil is powerful as:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiseptic to the respiratory system
  • Antiviral
  • Immune stimulant

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Garlic is another powerful ingredient in many folk medicine treatments. It is believed that daily use of garlic could reduce the frequency and number of colds we get. Its antibacterial properties can support health in treating throat irritations. Garlic is also believed to reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections. It has been known to benefit lung health for those suffering from asthma and bronchitis. (source)

To create a salve with these ingredients and retain the powerful essence of each, I recommend using the sun as your medium. You don’t want to heat these ingredients too much or the health benefits are ‘cooked out’. I always recommend using certified organic and non-GMO products for any home made health or skin care product.

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Directions:

Place 2 Tbsp of coconut oil and 3 cloves of fresh crushed garlic into a clear jar. Be sure to crush the garlic directly into the coconut oil so all of the garlic oil gets included. Mix well and place the lid on tightly and set in direct sunlight for a week. The solar heat will melt the oil down and may harden in the cooler temps at night. Each day shake the jar in circular motions (not up and down). After a week has passed, remove the jar from the sunlight (while in liquid form) and strain the garlic pieces out with a mesh screen and reserve all the oil in the jar.

Add 10 drops of oregano essential to the oil mixture and mix in circular motions. Store in a cool dark place at room temperature and mix before each use.

This Mediterranean Salve can be rubbed on the soles of the feet to help support a healthy immune system. I rub it into the bottom of the feet and place cotton socks over the feet. This is great to do over night since you won’t be walking around.

You can also use this salve as a gargle solution for a sore throat. Place a small amount in a microwave safe glass or coffee mug and heat SLIGHTLY, 5-10 seconds ONLY. Watch it through the glass until it becomes liquid. Make sure the temperature is not too hot for gargling. Gargle for 10-20 seconds and spit out. You can taste it first to be sure it’s not too spicy, if it is, add warm water and mix well.

Do NOT rinse after gargling. You’ll want the healing benefits of these ingredients to cling to your throat.

I can’t tell you that this salve will cure any ailment you have, but it can support the alleviation of cold and respiratory symptoms. Always consult with your health care provider when using home remedies.

I hope our family’s Mediterranean Salve proves to be as beneficial to your family as it has to ours.

Sources:

  • http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/coconut-oil/
  • http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/surprising-health-benefits-coconut-oil
  • http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/
  • http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=73
  • http://health.india.com/diseases-conditions/15-health-benefits-of-garlic/
  • http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/oregano-oil-health-benefits.html

 *Disclaimer: As an Independent Product Consultant 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. 

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