Let’s talk anxiety, depression, and tummy issues

Today I wanted to introduce myself.  Talk tummy issues.  Anxiety, depression, so let’s just dive in.

I have always been what I considered healthy.  I’ve lifted weights for years.  Practice yoga more days than not.  But I’ve always suffered from intermittent anxiety and depression. I also suffer from an autoimmune disorder that can wreak havoc on my body at any give moment.   Recently I’ve noticed my stomach always feels in some sort of knot.  My kids are not the best sleepers.  They have some different sensory challenges, and I feel like more mornings than not I wake up with just an overall feeling of exhaustion.  It’s hard to be motivated throughout the day when you’re struggling with inner health.

I felt like I needed a change.  I didn’t want to stumble through life always making excuses for the issues my body feels daily.

So I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone.

Really give Young Living Essential Oils a chance.  See what their about.  I’ve always been skeptical of people selling things online.  But having recently just read

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Book by Sam Quinones
I decided all the little things I’ve been feeling may actually have some truth to it.
When my youngest was diagnosed with Autism I was going through so much.  I felt alone, I felt like the unknown of her future was just too much for me to handle at that current moment.  I felt depressed.  I was exhausted.  My kids never slept in this phase.  SO I found myself seeking out my doctor where I found how simple it was to get a antidepressant/anti anxiety medication.
I remember the first day I took that pill how awful I felt.  I mean really awful.  I was sick to my stomach.  Falling asleep on the couch.  Things that were just not like me.  I felt like it had cut the edge of all the emotions I’d been facing and when I felt that I was ready to get off of it a year later I realized I had easily become physically addicted.  The withdrawls were painful.  The headache was unbearable.  So a few days later I started taking it again.
I really prayed about it.  And was so angry at myself for falling into the prescription drug trap so easily prescribed by doctors.
A month after my first attempt I decided to wean off my prescription.  You see nothing in my life had really changed.  My daughter of course still had autism.  I was still not getting any sleep, but I realized how dangerous it was getting for me to continue taking my prescribed antidepressant.  I didn’t want to walk through life numb.  And the withdrawls I faced were really unnerving.  SO I weaned off my pills for about two weeks and have never looked back.
I find that I still struggle from time to time, but that’s life right.  Nothing is perfect.  Moments are overwhelming.  God didn’t intend for us to be medicated through life.
So long story short!  I found myself truly giving oils a chance.  I fell in love with Young Living Essential Oils.  As cheesy as I feel sharing them with people I want them to see that there’s an alternative way to feeling healthy.
I started adding a drop or two of Lemon oil to my water first thing in the morning.  I noticed within 15 minutes of drinking it that knot in my stomach was gone.  So one glass turned to 3 a day.
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I noticed mental clarity.  I noticed that it encouraged me to make healthier choices throughout the day.
I cut out caffeine.  And preworkout.
Preworkout was probably the most difficult for me.  I’ve used it for years and years to get through my workouts.
So I decided to step out of my comfort zone one more time and try out Young Living Ningxia Red.  Once in the morning before my workout and once in the evening.
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I noticed an increase in energy but not a sloppy full feeling like a cup of coffee would give me.  Or a jittery tweaker high preworkout tends to give.  I won’t lie I did enjoy that extreme surge of energy.  But to be honest I don’t know half of the ingredients in any given preworkout I’ve purchased.
But with Ningxia Red by Young Living I noticed an increase in clean energy.
These are two of my favorite items for myself by Young Living.
If you are tired of feeling off.  Maybe you too struggle with stomach issues send me an email.
I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned.
americanhomesteadco@gmail.com
Instagram: americanhomesteadco
Danielle

From our fields to your family

Let me share with you how I became a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor.

I’ve been a closet oiler for years.

Not sure if that’s even a term.

I’ve used oils since my first son was born.  My generous mother in law and mom have always both provided me with the oils I need for each stage of my life.  From both Doterra and Young Living.  I’ve used oils for serious baby constipation, I’ve used oils for anxiety and depression.  I make a special potion for the animals when they get injured.  The list of benefits we see daily by using Young Living Essential Oils is pretty significant.

My mama decided to gift me with signing me up as a distributor for Young Living.  You see I actually use both Young Living and Doterra oils.  I know the horror!

But I truly believe in oils and so as long as the oils are pure I won’t discriminate.

I however just adore so much about Young Living.  When I received my starter kit in the mail I was beyond thrilled.

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I’ll be completely transparent.  The idea of making a little side money is nice.  I love staying home with my kids but it’s nice to get a little extra money here and there selling something I truly believe in.  Not to mention by becoming a distributor you are able to use the Young Living Essential Oils and products at a much more affordable price.

Both my kids fall onto the Autism spectrum.  We face some sensory challenges on a day to day basis.  I will never claim to say that essential oils cure behaviors associated with the spectrum.  But I will say combined with diet and exercise I do notice a lot of positive changes.

Not to mention how clean and healthy my house feels.  I ditched the chemical cleaners once I had kids  and started making my own using essential oils and other household products.

I’m not really good at selling products though.  I never want to be that friend blowing up your feed with more obnoxious sales posts.  But I do hope as I embark on this journey with Young Living that I’m able to encourage others that there is healing in oils and hopefully they fall in love with Young Living like I did.

Stick around for different potions and ideas we cook up using Young Living Essential Oils on our homestead.

If you ever have any questions please send me an email or leave a comment.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

Danielle

 

Considering backyard chickens?

Then welcome!  Let’s talk chickens this week.

Last year if you had asked me if we’d ever have chickens I’d have told you absolutely not.

But I was misinformed.  Hadn’t really considered all the pros to being a chicken owner just had one disgusting experience involving chicken cannibalism as a teenager house sitting.

Our decision to add chickens to our homestead sort of just came to be.  It wasn’t a monumental moment that I could really jog from my memory.  But I do remember being sick of the prices of organic happy chicken eggs from the store.  Diet is important in our house.  And organic free range eggs are a staple.

I found someone locally getting rid of a few hens.  Quickly a few hens turned into 8, oh and plus one rooster.  The luck of the draw with pullets (unsexed baby chicks) locally hatched.

Not only we were saving money on eggs immediately, but we found that the chickens were actually a great form of sensory input for our children.

Raising good humans in this worlds current climate is necessary.  Providing our kids with opportunities to learn and encouraging growth is our job as their parents.  What better way to teach them about the food we consume than having chickens in the backyard.

When our pullet turned Rooster we decided to use the fertile eggs to hatch our own babies this spring.  Out of 10 eggs, 5 hatched all natural, compliments of our broody hen Harriett Ann.

It was really simple.  Nothing to crazy.  Harriett Ann did reject her first chick, but with the advice of others and an evening chick reverse kidnapping she happily took him under her wings just a few days later.

So here it is in a bullet version why I’d encourage you to consider backyard chickens (if you’re not a lengthy article reader)

  • Cost savings (Even with the price of chicken feed I’d say it was much more cost effective then buying eggs weekly from the grocery store)
  • If you have kids it’s an excellent learning opportunityIMG-3402
  • They are really simple and don’t require much.
  • Inexpensive to start you’re own backyard chicken flock.  I think our total cost to starting our little chicken family was about $50.
  • You can build your own coop using pallets or recycled wood.IMG-7735(1)
  • Feeders can be found on sale.
  • The best eggs I’ve ever tasted and they are much cuter than store bought eggs!IMG-2031
  • Fresh, I always wondered how long have the eggs I’m purchasing actually been sitting on the shelf.  Now I know how fresh mine are.
  • Organic eggs.
  • An extra way to make money on the side by selling farm fresh organic eggs to neighbors.  Also people looking to start their own backyard flock are willing to purchase hens.  You won’t get rich quickly, but it is a nice way to make a little money on the side.

There are cons to owning chickens too.  I mean they can be stinky.  But I use essential oils and natural products to keep their coop as clean as I can.

But overall I’d say the benefits to owning our own backyard chickens has exceeded the negatives.  And I’ve found myself fond of quite a few!

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Should I raise meat birds on my homestead?

If you happen to be a vegetarian you could skip out on this article.

If you spend a lot of money at the grocery store weekly and are sick of the prices of meat as well as the quality you might want to continue reading.

Part of our homesteading journey included possibly raising meat birds.  Me, being the biggest animal lover couldn’t really stomach the idea.

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That is until King Mabel went rogue and transformed into an aggressive Rooster.

Anyways.  As our trial meat bird.  King Mabel’s life came to an end and he was processed for dinner.

So let’s get into it.

Pros

  • You know what quality of meat you are getting.  In our case we have had King Mabel for 10 months and we fed him a high quality chicken feed. (He was handfed up until a few weeks ago when he got testy)

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  • Free Range
  • Quite tasty was the consensus from the family.
  • It gave us a perspective on how much we as American’s consume.  That was a huge eye opener.
  • Taught the children a valuable lesson regarding consumption, and being grateful for the food on the table.  (They were not present for King Mabel’s death)
  • Ease of plucking and preparing the chicken.
  • Gives the hen’s a break they were starting to look a little ragged.
  • No loud crowing at 3:30AM.

Cons

  • Death.  I have always had a love hate relationship with meat.  The animal lover in me can’t really stomach too much.  So I’ll be honest I cried.
  • Finding a quick way to kill the chicken.  Like I said this has been a learning experience.

So our consensus was that it was worth it as you can see the pros definitely outweigh the cons to raising meat birds on your homestead.  It really put the amount of food we consume into perspective.  I know I can speak for myself when I say that I will consume much less meat now knowing and seeing the process from start to finish.

I’d say if you are seeking a simpler way to living.  Consider the pros and cons before raising your own meat birds.

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Summer Reads

Into the Water

Paula Hawkins

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I love to read.

And I love a psychological thriller.

Since becoming a full time mama part time homesteader I don’t always have as much time to read as I’d like.  I’ll read a variety of books I don’t discriminate.  Every few weeks the kids and I head to the library and pick out some new reads for the month.  A way to beat the heat and get free books.

Our library has a summer readers program offering incentives for kids and adults to spend their summer reading.  At first I thought I was to old for a summer reading program but have found it’s encouraged me to read books that I normally would not have picked up.

From the author of Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins, allures her readers with Into the Water, a psychological thriller that will keep you continually turning the page.  Ending with a twist that is surely going to leave you surprised.

The story is set in Beckford, a community along the river in Northern England, known for its historical tales of witchcraft.  Known as the Drowning Pool, “the suicide spot.”  The mysterious deaths and suicides that occur at the Drowning Pool, draw Danielle Abbott to begin writing about the mystery surrounding the small town.  Her obsession with the Drowning Pool is what ultimately leads to her own mysterious death.

Paula Hawkins takes you on a journey full of twists and turns.  Similar to The Girl on The Train I had a hard time liking the characters.

If you are looking for a quick psychological thriller to read I would suggest Into the Water.  It keeps you turning the pages, wondering what will happen next.  The end of the book leaves you questioning it long after you’ve set it down.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Simple Steps to add more flowers to your homestead for free

I will cut to the chase on this. I know it can get frustrating reading a wordy article just to get to the 5 steps you chose to click on.

But I love anything free.  And I always love to add to the landscape of our ranch.

One of my favorite things to plant is the potato vine.  It has such a beautiful deep purple color and flourishes in our climate here in Nevada. (we will see how it survives the harsh winter next year)

Find a plant you want to propagate (I chose the Ornamental Sweet Potato)

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  1. cut a piece of the stem (I’ll be honest sometimes I just pinch them off but they say it should be a clean cut)
  2. dip in water
  3. dip in rooting powder
  4. place in the soil appropriate for the item you are propagating.
  5. water generously, I try to keep the soil pretty moist until it perks back up)

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And it’s truly as simple as that!  This method doesn’t always work for every flower, tree, or vine you are attempting to propagate.  I’d do a little googling before trying different items from your yard.  Also generally I put the new start into a pot, our soil here isn’t the most planter friendly.

Also if you have friendly neighbors you will find that people don’t mind if you take a cutting if you see something you’d like to add to your yard.

Happy Planting!