4 Reasons Why You Should Use Lemon Essential Oil


(1) Detox – Putting a couple drops of lemon essential oil in your water helps to keep the bile in your liver flowing, thus self-cleansing of this most important organ.  Warm lemon water also promotes peristalsis (contraction and movement) in your bowels, so you feel less backed up.


(2) Relieve Upset Stomach – When you have an upset stomach, sip warm water with a couple drops of lemon oil.  Lemon alkalizes the body, and changes “sour stomach” back to normal.


(3) Mood Enhancer – Many of us have a slump in the afternoon, where we have had lunch and just want to take a power nap.  When I feel like that, I put a few drops of lemon essential oil in my diffuser and enjoy the mood lifting feeling.


(4) Cleanser –  Lemon oil is antibacterial, and is commonly used in household cleaners.  I made my own* and keep a bottle in the kitchen.  I definitely like the fact that it is non-toxic, as I work on converting my cleaning products to safer options.

*Cleanser recipe ~
1 ounce spray bottle
5-10 drops of lemon essential oil
Fill the rest of the way with water
Shake well before using

Treatment Tuesday ~ Living with a Chronic Illness – RA

I’d like to introduce you all to my friend, Jessy.  Jessy lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  One of the many things I love about her is her spirit – she doesn’t give up, she stays positive, and doesn’t let this condition ruin her life.  In an effort to share some inspiration and positivity, here is her story.

IMG_20151005_141659-1It was three and a half years ago that my life changed dramatically. It was a cold winter night in Arizona. I woke up shivering. I have never felt so cold in my life. It seemed I had a very high fever. I was shaking so hard that I couldn’t even get myself up to look for some Ibuprofen. I spent the whole night shaking and crying under my blankets. The next morning I couldn’t get up. My whole body was hurting. Every joint was in so much pain. The worse part is that it never went away. I’ve been in pain since.

Three months later, back in Puerto Rico, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Severe Anemia. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues, specifically your joints. It affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. In most cases, symptoms occur in the same joints on both sides of your body. In my case it was very aggressive and it attacked my whole body. No joint was spared. Even my jaw hurt. The inflammation can also affect other organs of the body like skin, eyes, lungs, blood vessels and others. Causing other symptoms like anemia.

Due to the severity of my condition, and because I was wasting away due to my anemia, I decided to start the traditional pill treatment. Two years later the meds weren’t working anymore and I was starting to present side effects. Some of my side effects were menstrual bleeding for 10 months straight, which is not good when you have anemia, osteoporosis, and my eyesight got affected. On top of that I was in pain.

Having RA means that you will have chronic pain in your whole body, you will suffer from chronic fatigue, and, on your bad days, you will need help with everything. Since mine got out of control, and I was doing worse, this meant I had to stay at home, without a job, depending fully on my parents. This is something that will get anyone depressed, so you can add that one to the list.

Traditional medicine wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to try with functional medicine. Although practiced by an MD, unlike traditional medicine, functional medicine focuses on the root of the problem instead of the symptoms. My doctor told me that autoinmune diseases are linked to problems on the digestive system. Most likely due to leaky gut. This is when the intestinal lining is damaged to the point that particles of incompletely digested foods, bacteria and waste may leak through the intestines into the bloodstream. The body then recognizes these substances as foreign and the immune system kicks in, and this causes inflammation. Leaky gut may be caused by food sensitivities or due to long term use of certain medications like aspirin and antibiotics, among others.

The first thing my doctor did was getting me into an elimination and reintegration diet. This was to identify food sensitivities. We did a blood test to find out which foods I was sensitive to and eliminated them. We also eliminated all the foods that were causing pain once they were reintegrated. In my case these were: gluten, corn, soy, red meat, dairy, pecans and sugar.

We also started a Vitamin C iv therapy with B12, Glutathione and Magnesium once a month. She also has me drinking water kefir and taking a variety of supplements to help restore the gut. I even took advantage that I’m feeling much better and started to do a bit of exercise. I’m also eliminating my meds. I stopped taking ibuprofen and I started tapering Prednisone once again.

My journey with my RA is far from over, but things are looking good. I’m feeling much better and with a burst of energy that I haven’t felt in a long time. I feel positive and, most importantly, happy.

Being happy with a condition that changes your life so drastically is not easy, but it’s not impossible either. I’m grateful for finally being able to see the positive side of things. For allowing myself to live my life despite the circumstances. For having the courage to get out of the hole I had buried myself into. For wanting to live.

There are many alternative treatments out there for people with an autoinmune disease. There may be one that will work for you, but you will never find out which if you don’t give yourself the chance to try. Having a chronic illness may have changed your life, but you are the one that decides which direction it takes from here. I chose to live. What choice will you make?

You can follow Jessy at her blog: Through the Lens’ Perspective

Happy Monday

imageThis was the first thing I saw this morning.  Not a bad way to start the week!

I spent a lot of time resting this weekend after starting a new treatment on Friday (more to come in a separate post).  Detox, napping, and eating good, nourishing food was the name of the game.

This is a very busy week ahead, but I am looking forward to accomplishing a lot.   How about you?

A Boost of Bravery

As many parents of kids with Autism know, nighttime can be tricky.  It is dark, shadows can look like monsters, and it can be hard to fall asleep – and wake up in the dark of night all alone.

For years, we have had an open door policy for Poppy if he needed us at night.  We co-slept for years, otherwise nobody would have been able to get any rest in our house.  Recently, Poppy suggested to us that he wanted to set up his bedroom differently, and would like to try to be in there all night from now on.  He asked that if he needed us at night, would we be willing to go to his room instead of him coming into ours?

We agreed, and told him that we are happy to do whatever he suggests to make bedtime and his bedroom more comfortable for him.

He asked for a night light, which was certainly easy enough.  We also had bought him this Minecraft flashlight a while ago, and put it on his nightstand.
20151002_104320We also keep to a bedtime routine each night.  Poppy takes Melatonin at 7:00pm.  Then he takes an Epsom Salt bath with calming oils.  After, we go to his bedroom and I put a sleep blend of essential oils in the diffuser to help promote calm and sleep.  We snuggle up and read, listen to music, or watch a couple videos on YouTube before we turn off the lights.  Most nights he is asleep by 9:00.

One of the things I did (aside from lighting) for those middle of the night wake-ups, was make a bottle of “Brave Spray*” that he uses in case he feels like there may be something “in the room” with him.  I do see that the level has gone down a little bit, so I know he has used it.  And guess what?  He is staying in his room most nights.

*Brave Spray Recipe
~ One ounce glass bottle (not plastic!)
~ 2 drops Lavender essential oil
~ 2 drops Orange essential oil
~ fill the rest of the bottle with water
Spritz into the air as needed.  Effective against monsters, shadows, and darkness.

Thankful Thursday ~ Crafty Stuff

One of the best things about feeling so much better is the ability to craft again.  This blog originally started so I could chronicle my knitting adventures (this was before Ravelry, yarn people).  I used to knit every day of my life.  I had a business hand-dyeing yarn and selling it on my online store.  I was successful – worked full-time from home.  Many of you may even remember those days!

Well, I am not going back to the yarn dyeing business, but I am happy to say that I have been feeling that familiar twitch in my hands… the one that I get when it is time to do some knitting.  I haven’t touched my project in over a year now, but plan on getting back to it this weekend.

Knitting with a new group~
Blanket made with scrap sock yarn… in progress!

I have been enjoying some sewing lately.  Poppy loves plushes/stuffed toys, and often gets into different things before these toys are available in the United States.  He has often declared that Japan gets all the cool stuff first!  Well, one of his favorite video games lately is Splatoon, and he showed me some pictures of the squid plush characters that are available in Japan right now.  My mission was pretty clear.  I found a pattern online and made this guy on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago.
20151001_084411I am now working on the green squid, and hope to finish this weekend.

I’m thankful to have some old pleasures back in my life.  Happy Thankful Thursday!

My Lyme Anthem

I am a one way motorway
I’m the one that drives away
Then follows you back home
I am a street light shining
I’m a wild light blinding bright
Burning off alone

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

I am a new day rising
I’m a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again