KentuckytoCali goes to the Oscars!

     The streets will be shut down or days.  The security and police presence will grow exponentially.   Labor forces will work in excess of fifteen hundred hours to build stages, bleachers, rain tents, and other temporary structures for blocks.  Golden statues will be erected, surfaces painted and polished, and miles of cable laid.  A thousand lights, cameras, and microphones will be installed and tested.  Over twenty-one thousand square feet of red carpet will be spread, covered, and brushed.  Everything will be perfect.

And when they’re finally ready… we will be there.

     When the stars of the movies converge on Hollywood Boulevard for the 88th Annual redcarpetAcademy Awards, they will have a pleasant surprise waiting for them;  The stars of Kentuckytocali.com will have a front row seat along side of the red carpet runway!  Movie stars will then get a rare up close and personal look at the blog’s creators and contributors perching above them on aluminum risers.   You will know them by their two-finger salute.

     Every year bleachers are set up along the famous red carpet runway to the Oscars creating about 700 seats of the very best view of the pre-show activities.  You’ve probably seen them in the background of the celebrity photos and television footage, and maybe even wondered who gets to sit there?  I assumed those were the friends and family of the stars, or the people from the press, or the hollywood camera crew, sound editors, and other behind the scene technicians and contributors, or the stars who were big deals, but not quite big enough to actually get inside.  

     As it turns out, those seats are for the fans!  Any of us, regular joes and big shots alike.  Anybody who is lucky enough to have entered and won the lottery-style drawing.   Entries can be made at a certain time of the year at the Oscars.org website, through People magazine, and various other companies who acquire tickets to give away.   Once selected, you must submit to security procedures, and the tickets are attached to your social security number, so there is no selling, exchanging,or substitutions.   But, once you get the greenlight, the rest is Hollywood history.

     We’ll keep you informed about preparations, news, big day footage and one of a kind photos of the stars here at Kentuckytocali.com, on Twitter @bcheekeen, Fb, and instagram/kentuckytocali!  I am ready for my close up…

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Weird things found in the desert

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Yes, that’s a head!  I came up upon it quite suddenly and from behind, so it was not immediately obvious that it was from a mannequin.   To say I was startled would be understating my few seconds of terror.   The handlebars of my bike did one of those back and forth numbers you do when you don’t know which way to go but you know you can’t go straight.  I quickly recovered realizing there was no blood and then the whole scene went from horrifying to just a bit creepy.   What in the world is a mannequin head doing in the middle of the desert?

Not five minutes later, I come upon this abandoned wheelchair.wheelchair  My imagination went into overdrive and I just knew I was about to find the stump of a shriveled body of some poor sap who, having his wheels stuck in a sandy rut, chose to drag himself  through the desert when the sun and lack of water drove him mad.                        My apologies for the poor picture, but I was about to make tracks.  I haven’t been back to that particular section of desert.

On a lighter note, and on the other side of town, my adventures led to the discovery of a letter left under a rock in the middle of a small desert trail that seemed to lead to nowhere.

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The envelope read, “To: Sharon-A Very Special Lady”.  Hmmm, had I discovered a tryst?  Well you can see by the indentation in the sand that I moved the rock.  I couldn’t help myself.  Yeah, I picked up the envelope and even pulled out the card inside, but decided not to read it.  This one, too, will remain a mystery.

At one of my favorite spots, someone erected a cross at the top of a hill.  With hills comes

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speed and I love to zip down the winding paths and catch little airs over the bumps.  I’ve bitten the dust more than a couple of times.  So for protection, its become a bit of superstitious tradition for me to first ride to the top and touch the cross.  And sometimes I just sit in its shadow and think.

I think I may have ridden too far one day …

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There were no signs posted, although to many people, I suppose barbed and concertina wire may be all the signage required.   I swear I was not trying to get to Area 51.  At least not yet…and thankfully, I found no land mines.

If you thought the head and the razor wire were strong enough indicators that you might be in the wrong part of the desert…well.  Even I got the message when I found this:

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I don’t believe it was six feet deep, but I didn’t hang around to measure it.  I mean, does it really matter anyway?   Life in the desert, death in the desert, its all the same to the desert.  But you know what?  I like it.  I like having adventure outside my door everyday.   Anything can happen in open places under a big sky-lots of room for activities.

Although, I admit that I have not ventured into these places at night.  Would you?

 

 

 

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Curry Chicken Salad

30-minute recipesFor as long as I can remember my mother has made chicken salad using curry.  As a child I thought this was the ultimate torture.  I hated the taste of curry.  However, as I grew, so did my taste buds.  I now love anything made with curry.  Especially my mom’s chicken salad.

As paybacks though, my daughter thinks I am torturing her when I make this.  Oh well, what goes around, comes around, right?

I most often serve this on a bun with chips and fruit.  Sometimes it just goes on crackers.  You can fancy it up by serving it on a bed of lettuce, on a croissant, or any other way you deem fit.  The sky’s the limit!

How to achieve this gastronomic delight:

Shredded Chicken

1) Shred about 2 cups of chicken. I like to get a rotisserie chicken from the deli section at the grocery store.  You can also boil a couple of chicken breast, cool, and then shred.  I never, ever, ever, use the canned chicken.  I’ve had too many bad experiences with that.

Curry Chicken Sauce Ingredients

2) Make the sauce. Combine 1/2 mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons butter, and 1 tablespoon curry powder.  If you like your chicken salad creamier, add more mayo and butter.  If you like it more dry, add less. You can also adjust the curry powder for taste.

Curry Chicken Salad Ingredients

3) Add grapes, onion, and almonds.  Add 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 1/4 cup sliced grapes and 1/4 cup diced onions.

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4) Add sauce to dry ingredients and stir until combined. Serve Cold.

Curry Chicken Salad

 Ingredients:

2 cups shredded chicken

1/2 cup mayonnaise

3 tbsp butter

1 tbsp curry powder

1/4 cup chopped almonds

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup sliced grapes

For Sauce:

Melt butter. Add in mayo and curry powder. Stir until combined.

For Salad:

Add chicken, onion, grapes, and almonds to a medium sized mixing bowl.  Add in sauce and stir until completely combined.  Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.

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6 Quick and Easy Lunches… for your Dog(?!)

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Dogs have a way of letting you know if they’re dissatisfied with the contents of their food bowls, and some can be downright creative when it comes to upgrading canine cuisine.  These doggone delicious alternatives to kibbles, nuggets, and processed sloppo come to you straight from the maw of our Golden Retriever, Theopholis Biscuit, who has tested and approved each one.

 

  1.  Just like their human companions, dogs occasionally like to “eat out”. One of our Theo’s favorites is Sprinkler parts.  Other outdoor favorites are rocks and potted plants.Theo in Sprinkler
  2. Hopefully your family enjoys sitting together for a meal at the dinner table at least  a time or two per week.  Theo has his own Chair, which instead of sitting in, he uses for nourishment-unless the kids are slipping him their vegetables.Theo and the Chair
  3. Bills! Toward the end of the month, when you’re pinching pennies, what’s more affordable than eliminating debt?!  Theo can more than cut our bills in half.  A word of caution, though: our Theo doesn’t read so well, so he will eat a rebate check just as eagerly.   He’s not really that big on envelopes that have mint flavored glue, though.Theo and Bills
  4. Speaking of glue, that brings us to a favorite delicacy, Horse Eyes.  <shrug> Hey, we try not to judge.  To each his own.horse eye
  5. Remote Controls...I suppose to Theo, it’s like a TV dinner.Theo chewing remote
  6. And finally, a favorite desert:  Bon Bons.  Yeah, I went there…but not before Theo did.  No scooping today!
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    Butterscotch is not amused.

    Think about how boring our lives would be without our beloved pets.

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Mojave River Forks Regional Park

Mojave ParkWhen we first learned that we would be moving to the High Desert region of Southern California, I pictured a bleak brown landscape with a few cactus plants spread here and there.  I had never been further west than Oklahoma, which at the time, seemed very far west.  Now, however, having driven across the country, I know that I had never been “out west” at all.

When I visited my husband at our new home in May, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my overactive imagination was very wrong.  The landscape here is anything but bleak. The countryside is covered in Joshua trees, shrubs that I don’t know the name of, and even, to my delight, flowers.

Since the kids have started back to school, Hubs and I have been venturing out and exploring the region in ways that wouldn’t be possible with children.  Today, we decided to travel down to Hesperia to the Mojave River Forks Regional Park.  The reason why we decided to do this hike without the kids is, because 1) It was a little strenuous, and 2) There are parts of this trail (the Deep Creek Hot Springs to be exact) that are known to host nudist.  Yikes! Fortunately, we didn’t run into anyone, clothed or otherwise, while on our hike.

Sunflower at Mojave River Forks

We saw lots of wild Sunflowers

 

Mojave River Forks Trail

 

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Mojave River Forks trail

 

Mojave River Forks trail

 

Mojave River Forks trail

I thought that leaving Kentucky would mean saying goodbye to green, but as you can see, there is still plenty of beautiful nature to take in.  I would love to go back to Mojave River Forks Regional Park…when the temps aren’t in triple digits. Until then, I have some good memories and some great pictures to hold me over.

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Cactus Quesadilla

Cactus Quesadilla Yeah, you read that right.  Cactus quesadillas.  I first heard about cooking the paddles of the Opuntia cactus a few years ago.  Unfortunately, my part of the world (at the time) did not offer such delicacies.  I remember my mom and I talking about how much we’d like to try it, if only we could find some.

Fast forward to this summer.  Hubs and I are shopping at our favorite Mexican market, and what to our wandering eyes did appear, but a bin full of cactus paddles.  We were amazed to see such a large amount in one place, and wanted to buy some immediately, but just didn’t know how we were going to cook them.

After much research, I had a plan.  I  learned how to clean and cook them and knew just how I wanted them served.

But, first, here’s a little background so you can sound super smart for your family when you dish these quesadillas up.  The Opuntia cactus is more commonly know as the “Prickly Pear”.  The paddles are called nopal, or nopales, and the fruit is called the tuna.  Should you be lucky enough to find the paddles fresh, be very careful.  Their thorns are almost invisible.  It’s easy to think that the thorn has fallen off, but you turn the paddle just right and the thorn is suddenly visible.

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Prickly Pear cactus in my backyard. It hasn’t rained here in over a month, so even the cactus are starting to look dried out.

If you can’t find the nopales fresh, don’t fret.  You can buy jarred nopales in your grocery store.  I have most commonly see them (here in CA) in the produce section, but I imagine they could also be found in the Hispanic food section at your market.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

3 fresh medium/large nopales or 1 large jar

1/2 medium onion, sliced

1 tbsp Adobo all purpose seasoning.

olive oil

1 cup cheese of your choice

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Cactus and Onion Sautee

If using fresh paddles, carefully wash them in cold water.  I used my tongs to hold the fat end. Holding the paddles at an angle, cut downward with a small knife (you can also use a veggie peeler) cutting the bumps off.  Everywhere there is a bump, there’s a thorn.  You don’t want to peel all of the skin off, just the bumps.

Dice the paddles up to desired size.  You can also cut them into strips like you would a pepper.

In a large skillet, heat oil and then add the diced nopales.  Add onion and Adobo seasoning.  Sautee until both nopales and onion are tender.

Transfer to a plate.

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Assemble the quesadillas.  To make things easier on myself, I place filling on half of the tortilla and fold over the other half.

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Put a little more oil into skillet and grill quesadilla over medium high heat until golden brown on each side.

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Slice into four pieces and serve with sour cream and salsa.  Enjoy your unique taste of Mexico.  Nopales are very popular around here.  They are most often served with eggs.  Let me know if you decide to try this recipe.  I’m curious to know what you think!

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Greek Pizza

QUINOAGrowing up, we never ordered pizza from places like Domino’s or Papa John’s.  In fact, we never really ate pizza that much at all.  However, when we did, my mom always made it herself. She would make the dough and cook the meat, while I would chop some of the veggies and grate the cheese.  To this day, I find delivery pizza a little disappointing.

Then, a few years back, maybe more, she went to Florida with my brother and had Greek pizza at a local restaurant.  After that, she started adding a Greek pizza to her homemade pizza nights.

I believe that she adapted this recipe in part from what she had at the restaurant and also from a newspaper article that came out about the same time.

For this recipe you will need: A 4 oz container of feta cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 cup black olives, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup fresh spinach, half an onion, 1/4 cup roasted red pepper, and 3 cloves of garlic. You’ll also need: flour, salt, baking powder, and vegetable oil for the crust.

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Making your own crust: 

2 cups flour

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2 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup water

1/4 cup oil

Add all ingredients together in the bowl of your mixer and combine using dough hook until smooth and dough ball is formed.  You can make this without this mixer.  Just place ingredients into a large mixing bowl, stir until combined and then knead by hand.

Divide the dough into two balls.  Roll it out to the shape you want.  Poke it all over with a fork to prevent crust bubbles, and bake at 425 for about 10 minutes.

When I make Greek pizza, I always make a separate pizza for the kiddos since they don’t care for the Greek one.  For theirs I top with tomato sauce, olives, and mozzarella cheese.  The recipe in this post for the toppings is for one pizza.

For the sauce:greek pizza sauceCombine 1/3 cup of real mayonnaise, 3 cloves of garlic (I like a lot of garlic, but you can cut back on this if you want), and about 2 tbsp of feta cheese.

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Add sauce to already baked crust.

Toppings:

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Saute 1 cup of fresh spinach and half of a medium onion until spinach is wilted.

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Add olives, roasted red peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes to pizza. Hubs doesn’t like olives, so they only go on half.

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Add the sauteed onions and spinach, feta cheese and mozzarella cheese, and bake at 425 until mozzarella is melted (about 10 minutes).

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This Greek pizza makes the perfect addition to family’s pizza night!

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Make Your Own Iced Coffee

Make Your Own Iced Coffee

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Southern California it is hot.  Not just a little warm, but triple digit hot.  However, we live in the desert, so it doesn’t stay that way all day.  One of the first things you learn in science class as a child is that the desert gets very hot during the day, but cold at night.  That is so very true.

This morning as Little Bean and I sat in the park waiting for the school gates to open I actually got goosebumps it was so chilly. I was very grateful for my steamy mug of coffee.  This afternoon, on the other hand, I felt like I was sitting in an oven, and wouldn’t go near a hot cup of Joe if you double dog dared me.

When we lived in Kentucky we had several coffee shops, but they weren’t conveniently located to our home.  Since we moved to Cali, and have a Starbucks about 2 minutes from our house, Hubs and I have been going there to work and just get away for an hour or so.  The great part of this is, the perfect cup of cold-brewed iced coffee!

I’ve tried making my own iced coffee in the past but when you brew it fresh you either have to wait for it to cool or use so much ice that by the time it is the perfect drinking temp, it’s so watered down that it doesn’t taste good.  Then a few nights ago, as I was pouring half a pot of untouched coffee down the drain, it hit me; why not save this unused coffee, store it in the frig, and make myself a cup of iced coffee anytime I want?  Not only would this satisfy my all day long coffee cravings, but it would save me about $30 a month in Starbucks costs.

So I grabbed a large mason jar and began keeping that coffee.  The result is: one happy mama. Here is my recipe, that I personally love better than the coffee house.

Untitled design (2)1) Grab your favorite 16 oz cup.  I was going shopping, so I used my Tervis tumbler.

2) Fill about 1/3 of the way up with coffee.

3) If desired, add milk to about the half way mark.

4) Add the sweetener and flavoring of your choice.  I use one packet of stevia and about 1/4 tsp of Vanilla extract. If you would like, you can use vanilla syrup, chocolate syrup, or caramel.

5) Stir

6) Fill the rest of the way with ice.

7) Enjoy!

That’s it! All these years and I have been over-complicating it.  If I really wanted to make things simple, I would make it in larger batches so it would be ready to serve anytime a craving struck.

Making your own iced coffee is definitely one way to add enjoyment to your day AND save a ton of money!

 

 

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How to Make Your Own Pallet Table

DIYThere is a lot of satisfaction that comes with making “something from nothing”.  I believe I developed this appreciation from my father-in-law who is very gifted in woodworking among other things.  He can make the most amazing and beautiful things out of basic materials.

The table pictured is way below his skill level, but for a cheap and practical do-it-yourself project, materials don’t come any more basic than the common pallet.  You can pick one up anywhere where merchandise is received…which is just about anywhere.

The pallets I have recently recovered seem to be made out of either pine or oak.  Pine is light, oak is heavy.  As you dismantle pallets for lumber, pine is likely to split and break as you remove the staples or nails.  With oak, you’re just as likely to break your hammer trying to remove the nails.  Sometimes it’s easier just to cut the boards short of where they are nailed in.  pallet5

For this project, we just left the pallet whole and filled in the table-top gaps with boards from another pallet.  Then pound the staples, nails, and such below the surface and sand.  Don’t worry a whole lot about gouging the surface or leaving hammer marks.  Such distinctions give the piece character and a distressed look that is in style.  You just want to remove splinters and round the corners.  If you don’t have an electric sander, no problem.  Just wrap a piece of sandpaper around a scrap piece of board that fits comfortably in your hand.

pallet3With the top ready, its time to make the legs.  Flip the tabletop over and measure the sides- That is how long you’ll want to make your two cross pieces.  For the legs themselves, you’ll need to decide how tall you want your table, and that depends on where you plan to use it.  We made our legs 24 inches since we’ll be using it on the patio between a couple of adirondack chairs.

Attach two legs with a cross piece to make an “H” shape.  If you’re using pine, then use wood glue in addition to screws or nails because the wood is so soft and you’ll soon have a wobbly table if you don’t.  Repeat, making another “H” for the legs on the other side.  Using the glue and screw technique, attach the legs to the bottom side of the tabletop.  Then measurDSC_0511e and cut one more piece:  a cross-beam to stabilize the leg assemblies.

Once it is assembled, grab your sandpaper block and knock off the edge of all the corners.  Sure, you can skip this step, but it will make a noticeable  improvement on its appearance if you take the effort.  You can finish it up with an edge around the table top if you like.  Otherwise, you are ready to finish it.   For the look we were going for, pallet4milk paint or chalk paint might have worked well, but we found some blue-tinted stain on sale.   For future projects like this, we will dilute it so that we can see more of the wood grain in the color.  Paint or stain it whatever color you want, and then there is one final step.  Grab your sanding block again (last time, I promise) and rough it up a bit, particularly along the edges and corners so that you can see little streaks of the wood through .  Again, it makes a big difference in the finished product.  Finally, pour a glass of iced tea and relax.  You just made a neat little table.  Good job.

The best part of this project for us is that my wife and I did it together.  We made an afternoon project out of it and enjoyed doing it.  If she had handed me a pallet and said “make me a table”, I would have started it, but it probably still wouldn’t be finished.  If she had tried to make it by herself, it may have never stood up.  But together,  we made a small treasure.

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10 Must Have Essential Oil and Essential Oil Blends

This post contains links to my personal doTerra website. 

Must Have Essential Oils

 

For a few years now I have been slowly moving our family towards a more green lifestyle, but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2015 that I really kicked my efforts into overdrive.  To make this happen, we began to eat more wholesome foods, recycle more, and use homemade cleaners without the harmful chemicals. I had another goal in mind also.  I wanted us to become less reliant on western medicine.

After much research and lots of input from friends, I became a doTerra Wellness Advocate.  Not really to build a business, but to be involved in their training and to get a nice discount.  After almost eight months in the biz and using essential oils, I have developed some definite favorites and must haves.

These five are individual oils.

1) Lavendar – If I could only pick one oil to use the rest of my life, I think I would have to go with lavendar. It has so many uses.  Not only does it smell great, but it can also help you sleep, and be used for skin issues and pain relief.  It is antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and analgesic. As is all this weren’t enough, it can also be used to help relieve allergies.

My favorite uses for lavendar are as a sleep aid and for headache relief.  At night, I mix some with my lotion.  For headaches, I combine with peppermint oil and apply to my forehead and temples.

You can buy lavendar here.

2) Peppermint – I have known about the beauty of peppermint for a long time.  When we were little and felt sick, my grandfather would give us peppermint candy. It’s been a staple ever since.  I love having peppermint oil around because I get ridiculously motion sick.  I’m talking about running up to the store on a straight road. And, elevators? Forget about it! So…I place a drop of peppermint oil on the concha part of each ear.

In addition to being fabulous for nausea, peppermint is also analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antiviral.

Buy peppermint here.

3) Eucalyptus – Like most oils, there are dozens of great uses for Eucalyptus.  However, I use this oil for my sinuses.  I have three cats and a dog that seem to upset my upper respiratory system. Moving to the desert only seems to have made matter worse.  So, in addition to regular use of a saline nasal spray, I rub a little eucalyptus on my sinuses.  I haven’t taken any sinus medicine in a long time, because this oil works so good.

Join the club and smell like koala breathe! Buy some Eucalyptus oil here.

4) Orange – Even though I rarely eat an orange, I love the smell of them.  It is such a happy smell.  Orange oil can help with fear, anxiety, nervousness, and is generally uplifting.  If I am going on a trip and need to stay awake, I make sure I have some orange oil with me.  However, I use it most commonly in my homemade all purpose cleaner.  Which is: one cup of white vinegar and 10 drops of orange poured into a large spray bottle. Fill to top with water.  Orange oil not only helps cut grease and shine up surfaces, but is also antiseptic.

Warning: Any citrus is photo-sensitive. Stay out of direct sunlight for 12 hours after applying.

Come one get happy and order your orange oil here.

5) Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – This amazing oil is a must for your “boo-boo box”.  It is an analgesic, as well as, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, a strong antiseptic, and antiviral.  It can also be used as a decongestant, expectorant, and for digestion.  Yeah…it’s a rock star.

I love to use melaleuca in my homemade deodorant and hand sanitizer. You can buy your own bottle here.

The next five oils are blends sold by doTerra.  Most companies have their own versions or you can buy the single oils and make your own.

1) Balance –  This is the oil I turn to when I need to calm down quick.  I suffer from anxiety, and this oil has helped me prevent full on panic attacks.

The oils used are: Spruce needles, Ho wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy Flower, and Blue Chamomile.  All of those are added to a base of fracitonated coconut oil.

Get yours here.

2)Digestzen – This is a great one to use if you don’t want something overly pepperminty. I use this one for motion sickness, gas, and bloating.

It contains: ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise.  If you cannot stand the smell or taste of black licorice, you won’t like this one at all.

Get yours here.

3) Citrus Blend – This blend is invigorating.  It can help calm your nerves and balance your emotions.  This is a good one to diffuse in the mornings.

Citrus blend contains: orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, and vanilla bean extract.

You can buy some here.

4) On Guard – Legend has it that grave robbers during the black plague used to steep certain herbs in vinegar then coat their bodies with it.  Thus, avoiding the illness and certain death.  Whether this is true or not, it makes for a cool story. On guard is doTerra’s version of the grave robbers tonic.

It can be applied topically or diffused.  The preschool director at my old job used to diffuse it in the classroom and said she saw a huge difference in attendance. Hubs likes to add a couple of drops to some water and use in place of mouth wash.

It contains: orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.

doTerra not only offers On Guard in an essential oil, but also in various cleaning products, as well as soup.  Buy your On Guard here.

5) In Tune – I use this one on Little Bean and myself. It is wonderful for calming his ADHD and my anxiety.  It comes in a little roller bottle making it super easy to apply.

In tune contains: Amyris (West Indian Sandlewood), Patchouli, Frankincense, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood,  and Roman Chamomile.

Yeah, you’ll smell like a hippy.  Get your hippy dippy focus blend here.

In addition to these essential oils, I strongly recommend getting the book Modern Essentials.  It tells you all about the oils, their uses, and how to apply or diffuse.

These are my suggestions to get started in the world of essential oils.  My advice does not replace the advice of your doctor.  I do not clam to be an expert or that any of the above mentioned will heal any of your ailments.

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