Daily Archives: December 1, 2015

#DecemberDaily: 12/1

Someone in one of my planner groups was showing how she incorporates some scrapbooking into her planner, and mentioned a project that she was doing through Ali Edwards‘ blog called December Daily.  I checked out the site, and while I haven’t been into scrapbooking so much in a number of years (it takes a LOT of time and dedication), I thought that the idea of recording how I spend these Advent days leading up to Christmas to be an intriguing one.  So, I’m going to attempt to do that here.

I had so many ideas for what my main picture was going to be for the day.  I was initially thinking that it would be a photo of an exam room, as I had an appointment with my Neurologist today (and a half day at work!).  However, the doctor takes you back to the exam room and I felt a little weird asking him if I could take a photo.

Then, I thought – maybe I can take a photo of the library?  After all, I have to *renew* my library card, so it’s a little more than just a normal visit.  And I do intend on spending less time binge watching Netflix and more time reading books this season.

But, ultimately, I picked something a little more … cozy.

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I made soup!

I love soup and I had some veggies to use up.  I like how it doesn’t take a ton of time and effort, and then I can put it in some plastic containers and have dinner ready for almost an entire week.

In this soup, I baked a chicken breast and shredded it, adding it to some chicken stock, then chopped up some fingerling carrots, ripped up a bunch of kale, and added a can of chick peas.  I decided against putting some kind of noodle or rice in.  I suppose I can always add that later, but I probably don’t need the extra carbs anyway.

This is my “Day One” for my December Daily project.  Something a little warm and cozy that I enjoy a bit more in the winter months.  Soup and reading a book at the dinner table.  🙂

How are you spending your December?

doTERRA Essential Oils: Peppermint

Peppermint
Peppermint is some potent stuff! I was first introduced to peppermint in my introductory class at the Troy Community Center about a month or so ago. It was passed around for us to put a drop in our hand and sniff it. I couldn’t even take a complete breath in — it was strong! But it does give that nice, minty clean feeling in your nasal passages and throat, similar to Vicks Vaporub.

Since I really wanted to give essential oils a good, fair trial, I also got a book about them, so that I could learn about each oil, its uses and applications.  (The following facts about peppermint are from the book, “The Essential Life,” by Total Wellness Publishing.)

Peppermint is listed as being good for:

  • Alertness
  • Allergies and Hives
  • Asthma and Sinusitis
  • Autism
  • Bad Breath
  • Cravings
  • Decreasing Milk Supply
  • Emotional Balance
  • Fevers and Hot Flashes
  • Gamma Radiation Exposure
  • Gastritis and Digestive Discomfort
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Loss of Sense of Smell

And has the following properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Warming
  • Invigorating
  • Cooling
  • Expectorant
  • Vasoconstrictor
  • Stimulating

Now for my personal experience with peppermint.  It’s a little mixed, and I’ll tell you why….  It’s potent!  This is one of the oils which is listed with a safety warning:  “Dilute for topical application as may cause skin sensitivity.”  THIS IS NO JOKE, PEOPLE!  A friend stated that she used peppermint topically on her forehead and back of the neck for headache relief, so when I had a headache, I decided to give it a try.

I forgot that I have sensitive skin.

So, I ended up with a huge rash and a bad allergic reaction.  Like, affecting my breathing bad.  The rash lasted for about a week and a half and then went away, but it was red, raised and itchy while I had it.

Moral of the story:  pay attention to any warnings that are on the oils!  Some are not meant to be ingested, some may be irritating for sensitive skin, etc.  There are carrier oils, like fractionated coconut oil or almond oil that you can use to dilute the essential oils, and these may be helpful for some of the more irritating oils.

While I’m sitting here typing out this post, I have a cough from a mild cold.  Since my essential oil book is right here, I decided to look up what you can use to treat coughs.  In order of efficacy, they suggest lemon, cardamom, respiration blend, peppermint, and cinnamon.  I only have the peppermint, so I decided to give that a try.  I put 2 drops in an 8 oz glass of cold water and have been sipping on that while writing.  Since it’s in my glass, I can also inhale it as I sip.  It has helped my cough somewhat.  Better than a cough drop, actually.  Be careful not to exhale into the glass with your eyes open, you don’t want to get peppermint into your eyes!