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Christmas Eve Diffuser Recipe – Young Living

They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11

Merry Christmas Eve!

Not sure how it’s already Christmas Eve but it is. My kids are glued to the computer screen tracking Santa’s every move. Every few minutes a “heyyyy mom” is shouted from my bedroom notifying me of Santa’s latest stops.

Refreshments litter the desk and a globe to visualize each stop Santa is making.

I adore the Offical Santa NORAD tracker, bless the volunteers that make this magical piece of Christmas for kids all over the world to enjoy.

Bringing me back to the day of Christmas Eve with my own two brothers anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival. Spending the day driving my own parents nuts with the excitement and anticipation that comes with awaiting Santa’s arrival.

Between the “heyyy moms” and incessant giggles from my own two children I’m diffusing essential oils throughout the home using some of the sacred oils the Wise Men gifted upon Jesus’s birth so many years ago.

I think so easily we get caught up in the gifts, the sadness many feel around the holidays, and the political drama between families this time of year. It’s so easy to forget what the true meaning of Christmas is about.

On this Christmas Eve morning I want to share a diffuser recipe that reminds me of why we celebrate Christmas, purifying the air, hopefully bring some peace to my house, all the while praising the Lord for gifting us his son so that we can celebrate Christmas and enjoy the holiday season.

Christmas Eve Diffuser Recipe

  • 10 drops Exodus II
  • 7 drops Orange

Add oils to your diffuser, fill with water. Turn the diffuser on. Simple as that.

Let the sweet aroma of ancient oils fill your home this holiday season.

Exodus II is a sweet blend of cassius, myrhh, cinnamon, calamus, hyssop, galbanum, frankincense, and spikenard.

A blend of ancient oils, Exodus II is by far one of my favorite essential oil blends. A sweet, warm, cozy aroma filled with the oils of the Bible.

I hope you and your families have a blessed Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Danielle

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parenting

Toad and the crossroad – finding meaning in nature

Do you ever feel like an animal or symbol pops into your life for a reason?

The toad happens to surprise me at any given moment in my life on our farm. Is she my spirit animal because she has an RBF like no other?

It can’t just be that, right?

But seriously, whenever a bout of depression kicks in or I feel at a crossroad in my life this camouflage character hops right into my path. Out of nowhere.

The toad. Most people probably pass by these small symbols without a thought other than “there lies a toad”. I however am what my husband likes to call a “dreamer” I believe there’s a meaning or reason for most things. Even when it doesn’t make sense to some.

I find love notes from God in nature whenever I need them most.

When this bumpy amphibian startled me in my garden yesterday. I knew there had to be a meaning behind this visit. Toads don’t really free roam in these parts of Nevada often it’s a rarity to come across one.

I spent the day researching and processing as I usually do when stumbling upon something of interest.

A quick google search describes the toad as a symbol of regeneration and adaptability. Representing the harmony of nature. Could it be that our goal at creating a perfect eco system on our homestead is coming to fruition? Possibly.

Toads represent someone at a crossroad in their life, a place of transition. Imagine Crossroads by Bone Thugs playing in the background of my mind as I tried to grasp what exactly this visit meant for me. I’m a 90’s kid through and through.

I’m definitely at a crossroad at this phase in my life. Both my kids are now in school and I’ve felt a bit empty. I’ve been a full time mom for almost 7 years. I’ve been finding myself feeling a bit nostalgic, a bit lost as to what’s next for me. My days of raising babies are gone. Some of my favorite moments in my life seemed to pass by quicker than I imagined.

Maybe this adaptable amphibian is reminding me that I too am at a crossroad in my life. Maybe it’s time to let bad habits go, confront pain head on and try a new path in life.

Do you find yourself seeking meaning from snippets of nature?

Happy Sunday!

Danielle

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mental health Young Living

5 reasons you should be including frankincense into your daily routine

There’s a reason the wise men brought baby Jesus frankincense. It’s an excellent oil to always have around. The wise men were onto something it isn’t called the golden oil for nothing.

It’s versatile uses make it definitely in my top 5 favorite essential oils.

Let’s chat about frankincense.

1. Apply to skin with a carrier oil to help repair sun damaged skin, reduce wrinkles and scars, and minimize breakouts.

2. Rub a few drops on the spine and on the bottom of the feet to help build the immune system. (I add socks to really let the oil seep in.)

3. When diffused it relieves stress and is known to lift the mood. I find a drop of frankincense in the diffuser is an uplifting way to start the day.

4. Diffuse during yoga to encourage spiritual growth.

5. Reduces stretch marks. A drop in the bath in the evenings helps reduce stress and battle cellulite.

Home diffuser blend

4 drops frankincense

4 drops lavender

4 drops orange

Diffuse for a calming, uplifting, woodsy vibe. I find this a great diffuser recipe after a long day.

These are really a small handful of the benefits of frankincense.

It’s such a versatile oil to keep around the house.

Before you reach for some over the counter face cream try purchasing a bottle of frankincense. You’d be surprised at the different serums you can make at home with better ingredients at a better price.

Do you use frankincense in your daily routine?

Interested in purchasing this essential oil click here.

If you have more questions send me an email I’m always happy to chat essential oils.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

Danielle

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health Homesteading

Pea Milk – The new glass of milk

There are so many different variations of milk substitutes. Almond, soy, flaxseed, and my newest discovery compliments of my little brother.

Pea milk.

You read it correctly. There is in fact such thing as pea milk and it tastes pretty delicious.

A creamy texture, the perfect consistency.

Pea milk benefits

  • An excellent source of plant based protein.
  • A good source of important nutrients.
  • Hypoallergenic alternative.
  • Low in calories
  • Low in carbs and sugar.

 

Soy milk has too thick of a texture. Almond milk is a tad bit too nutty, and the dairy milk we purchase from most grocery stores isn’t always from the greatest farms.

I was pleasantly surprised at the light creaminess of pea milk. I’ve tried both the chocolate and unsweetened milk and honestly they are both great.

I love a glass of milk. But until Miss Clarabelle is ready to be milked my options are plant based.

I’d say pea milk is a far superior choice for those looking for a milk replacement.

If you are in the market for a dairy replacement look no further. You can snag Ripple Unsweetened Original Pea Milk from most grocery stores.

I found mine at Grocery Outlet. Buy one get one free and they only cost $1.11.

I’d bet it will help minimize our grocery bill substantially switching to a plant based dairy replacement.

I hope if your in the market for a dairy replacement you give pea milk a chance.

Danielle

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Homesteading

How to propagate succulents in just a few easy steps

I’ll save the long story and get right down to business.

These long winter days can be so drab. Propagating succulents gives me a little taste of summer and takes merely a few minutes out of your day.

Supplies needed:

Rooting powder

Succulents

Scissors

New container, pot, or in my case teacup.

This teacup is from my great grandma. The succulents are a collection from my great Grammy, grandma, mom and me. I felt like spreading some winter cheer so I made this little succulent gem in less than 10 minutes for my baby brother.

Step 1: trim off a clipping from an existing succulent.

Step 2: put cut end in water.

Step 3: dip cutting in rooting powder.

Step 4: place stem with rooting powder about a half inch into soil.

Spritz some water on your plant. Making sure it doesn’t dry out.

The bundle of leftover leaves I will lay out flat on top of soil in a flat container. In a months time I should see some new growth just from those little leaf cuttings.

These make for some cute gifts. Help to spruce a drab area in your home. And cost little to no money to do.

Only takes a few minutes!

Happy propagating!

Danielle