Essential Oils: Focus on Thieves’ Oil

Posted By on February 24, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

We have a list of essential oils that we use the most. I am sure everyone has their faves they grab for certain ailments. These are ours:

Tea Tree Oil







This link includes GREAT information about Bronchitis, Flu, congestion, sore throats, and many many more. Also includes recipes: Using THIEVES OIL for Winter weather ailments:


Here is some GREAT info from it:

Uses for Bronchitis

 Dilute 1 drop of Thieves Oil to 4 drops of carrier oil and apply to lower back, sternum, chest and throat. Rub on the feet sinus and bronchial “vita-flex” points.


Thieves Oil Recipe for Sore throat

 *Add 2-3 drops of Thieves Oil to 2 tbsp. of water and gargle, or add 1 drop of thieves and 1 drop lemon essential oil in warm water, drink as tea.

*You can lick 1 drop off top of your hand and swallow or you can drop 1 drop directly on your tongue, swish around in mouth to mix with saliva, and swallow slowly.

*In a small spray bottle add 1 drop of Thieves Oil to 1 ounce of water. Shake well and spray on back of throat.



 There is a recipe I came up with and used when we were in Costa Rica. It prevented us from getting the Bronchitis that 3 other American families got with whom we were in contact. It is intended for personal use, not intended as medical advice or promise to heal. I am sharing based on my own experiences and uses with it. I have since modified it, but here it is:

Clove Oil 40 drops

Lemon Oil 30 drops (I use orange oil when I don’t have Lemon. Though it’s different, many benefits are similar or the same.)

(Tea Tree Oil 20drops)

Oregano Oil 20 drops

Lavender 20 drops

(Peppermint 20 drops)

Eucalyptus 15 drops

I will use any combination of these, depending on what I have in stock. I feel the Clove, Lemon, Oregano, Eucalyptus, and Lavender are top priority in this recipe and oils I keep in stock anyway. Mix with a base oil: (coconut, almond, jojoba oils, etc.) The link above says to dilute, using 1 drop Mixture with 4 drops carrier oil. You will find what works best for you. A warning on the Oregano Oil: it can and will give you a burning feeling when applied directly to skin, which is why I would use a carrier oil.


*If you are going to use this on your child, please omit or greatly lessen the amount of Oil of Oregano.*

Rub this directly on the chest of your child, using it as a type of a Vick’s rub. Rub it on their back also, on each lung, in a circular motion, pushing it toward the heart. A good way to loosen congestion in the lungs for a child is to have the child lie down. Cup your hands slightly and gently pound onto the chest over each lung. Do this on the chest and the back.

For an adult or older child, as long as the oils do not irritate them, you can use this across the sinus areas as well, and around the ears and on the lymph nodes under the ears.Use this as you see the need.

Eucalyptus Oil and Infants


Other recipes we use in our home:

GOOT Garlic Oil Treatment Anti-infective/Anti-fungal/Anti-parasites

Recipe and testimonials, also information and questions on this link.


Cold – Sore Throat Tea

Out of necessity for the snotty noses, sore throats and general ill feelings around here last week… I came up with a tea that my Littles would drink to feel better. One tea we drink that they love is just Honey Tea. We take some Raw Honey and put it into hot water in a small tea cup, and voila! Honey Tea! Sometimes we put cinnamon into it, which is a great all-around health remedy.

I decided lately that we needed a little more than the usual Honey Tea. Here is the recipe I came up with.


16oz. Hot water

2 TBSP Raw Honey

1 tsp. cinnamon powder

1 TBSP Bragg’s Organic Raw-Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp. Lemon juice, freshly-squeezed if you have it or lime will work

add cayenne as much as you can stand it, as it is said to have properties to deter Strep


I find it works well when I heat the water first, then add in the rest of these ingredients together. We put ours into a tea pot, because that always makes you feel special! The flavour is kind of like Mulled or Spiced Cider. If you want to make this up beforehand, you can always mix all the ingredients up together with just a small amount of the hot water, adding the rest of the hot water later. That will help when you might need it later and it would have cooled by then.

You can also add some freshly-squeezed orange juice into it, if you would like.


Prevention is the best remedy. Keeping ourselves healthy is a top priority, and we do that by watching what we eat and not taking unnecessary medicines that will actually inhibit the wonderful immune system.

Foods are either going to keep you healthy or open you up to sickness. It is the same with the chemicals we put use and onto our skin, such as toothpaste, make-up, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, hair permanents, etc… you get the picture.


SUNSHINE is one of the healthiest things you have to work for you in the winter. Because the sun shines less in winter, you have to make it a point to watch for the sun and get into it. The sun has natural Vitamin D that helps strengthen our immunity, especially against influenza.



For your cough, you can also use honey, apple cider vinegar (ACV), or both of them mixed together. I mix them in a tablespoon, with equal parts and just take them together.Our local Kroger carries Spectrum Organic ACV, and you should be sure to use raw local honey.



For sinus problems, cayenne pepper, taken as directed below, will help clear them up. Also, for our Littles, we use GOOT. See recipe and info link aboveI put GOOT into noses and ears, and rub it onto sinuses across the cheeks and around the ears, being sure to get it onto the lymph nodes around the bottom of the ears.


Strep Throat

AVC, Mixed 3 tbsp into half a cup of water and sipped slowly, cuts through the nasty stuff in your throat, and it’s also deadly to the strep bacteria.

Other remedies include: colloidal silver and cayenne pepper.

I have not used the C.Silver, but to use the cayenne pepper, put 1/8 tsp into half a glass of warm water. Gargle until all but about 1/2 tsp is left, then swallow the last bit.

More info about that here:



OK, off to my witch’s cauldron, my Essential Oil Box, to mix up something for a friend!!




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Still Breathing… A Little Easier, Actually

Posted By on September 22, 2013 | Category: friends, Gentle Parenting, Heart and Home, large families, Me Myself, Training Hearts ~ Parenting, Young Adults


Still alive, my friends. Living in Mishawaka where I grew up, near my mother. Chasing my kids around, trying to keep clothes on the three-year-old, running the older ones to and from jobs, trying to keep up with the housework, pay the bills, keep the weight off, eat healthy, mold young minds, hold hearts, and figuring out how to do it all and get a job, now as a single mom.
But most of that hasn’t changed much in 25 years.
Except the jobs. And the married part.

As I said, I’m very much the same, but different.

I haven’t kept my blog up, mainly, because most of my ‘blogging’ is done on FaceBook, because they just make it so much easier, and I don’t have to worry about the stalkers…. too much…. But I hope I am finding time to change that now. So now’s the time to ditch my Feed if you aren’t prepared for the non-religious, feminist, anti-bullshit, home school, healthy, not-trying-to-please-anyone-anymore person that I am. Though I hope if we are friends, we will remain friends.

Happy that life has come full-circle, so to speak, and I can breeeaathe…
Hope you are healthy and well.
Let me know you stopped by.


Namaste, peace and health to you


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Kimchi Our Style

Posted By on September 19, 2013 | Category: Food, Recipes

I made some Kimchi this past week, and I was asked to post the recipe. We’ve been enjoying Kimchi now for over a year, and I love to just keep it on-hand. Besides it just tasting good, there are many health benefits to eating fermented foods.

Ok, so warning: I don’t make it the way I’ve seen it… or maybe I do, because I’ve seen it several ways. But I don’t make it the pasty way I saw it last week when I made it.
The first time we made it, we didn’t drain it, and we became accustomed to drinking the juice in the am, which I love and is good for your gut as well.

So, it doesn’t look like this: Easy Cabbage Kimchi, but I saved the link to my Pinterest for diversity and ideas.
But, thankfully, I also read that kimchi is not just one recipe, and you have to make it yours, your family’s. So, I have a couple of different recipes on my Pinterest board: Food and Drink: Cultured and Fermented, and you can always do a search for kimchi. :) So there’s my Disclaimer! lol We do it more like this one: How to Make Kimchi, actually. It was the first recipe we found.

Starr-Dixon Kimchi 2013

So, here is what I did this time:
(do I have to give measurements!?? I don’t measure, you know!)

1 med. head of cabbage
4 Green onions, chopped (you can also use a 1/2 an onion, which just gives it a more of just spicy flavour instead of the onion-y flavour from the Green Onions)
2 carrots, shredded
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2″ small piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup chili flakes or 1 tsp. cayenne
1/4 C. sea salt
plus 1/4 cup sea salt to soak cabbage in

This recipe won’t make the two large jars, probably just one smaller jar.

So, this time, I did it differently, and I soaked the cabbage in the salt water, turning it over after an hour, then letting it soak another hour like this particular recipe called for.
I then removed it from all of the water and saved it. I hadn’t decided if I was throwing it away yet or keeping it to soak the mixture in the brine.

Okay, one good-size head of cabbage. I don’t know what kind I got this last time, but it was a head, and it is a bit ?spicy.
And, I soaked it in salty sea salt water, apparently, not enough, because I miss my saltiness in this batch. (I did change the salt levels in the recipe, please be sure to flavour it to your taste.)

After soaking it, I put it into a large bowl and mixed the other veggies in with it. Then I added the salt to the veggies and stirred it up real good. Next came the spices: ginger, red pepper, and garlic, which I had mixed up when I soaked the cabbage and let sit.

So, the last step is that after soaking the cabbage, and separating it from the brine, and weighing the fact that we love to drink the juice in the am, I kept the brine and went ahead and added it after mixing all of the other ingredients together into our 80oz. glass jars… which are really just old pickle jars that were given to us. It sat on the counter for 4 days, and it’s ready to eat. I honestly think I will like it even better on day 10, if it lasts that long! Once it is to your taste, you can put it into the fridge, but we leave it on the counter, and have left it there for a couple of weeks.

So, there you have it, how we make 0ur Kimchi.





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I Am

Posted By on July 18, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized

I am who I have always been.

I am a little older, but my life is not over.
I look a little different, but who doesn’t?
I have made some mistakes, but I am wiser for them.
My beliefs have changed, but I am continuing to learn more.
I have regrets, but I won’t be ruled by them.

I am who I have always been.
I am the same person, but I am different.



Aren’t we all?





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Father’s Day

Posted By on June 16, 2013 | Category: Gentle Parenting

Happy Father’s Day to all of the men who spend time pouring of yourself, your life, your time, and your love into the lives of your children, grandchildren, or those whose fathers are not there.

You make an incredible difference in the lives of those children, and as a mom with the responsibility to teach and care for and love my kids 24/7, it really makes a difference to be there for them. You may not see the rewards until they grow up a bit, but if you are there and take the time to do it now, not only will it be worth it, you will see that all the little things now are the big things.

And to the moms who do double-duty as mom and dad, whether you are married or single: You keep up the hard work, and may you have strength for the journey.



It's the Patriarchy

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Memorial Day

Posted By on May 27, 2013 | Category: News and Opinions

I don’t want to say Happy Memorial Day.
I want to say I’m thinking of all of those who have lost their lives in the senseless wars that have ravaged this world for millenia.
I want to hug my Grandfather (if he were still alive) and tell him I’m sorry for all he went through and could never speak of again because it was so horrible, what he saw.
I want to hug all of the adults who grew up without a parent or grandparent because they were taken in a war.
I want to give what I can to help those men and women who come home broken and never the same because of greedy stingy people in charge of countries that no one really owns and we all just want to live in peace in.
I want to say thank you to those who served and got to come home alive and who are serving and who will serve. It is not a right war ever imo, but it is of a heart of patriotism and protection that you do it, so thank you.
And I want to give big hugs to the moms and dads who have ever had to bury their child so that we could live in this world and in this nation. It isn’t right and it isn’t fair, and my words mean nothing, but I wish I could heal your broken heart and give your child back their life to live to old age.
Now, I do want to say have a good Memorial Day and be blessed today, and if there are people in your life you need to talk to or hug or just love, don’t waste another moment, do it.

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Gleaning the Harvest Families

Posted By on February 4, 2013 | Category: Gleaning the Harvest

Please check the new page for the families: GLEANING THE HARVEST

“It’s been over a month that we have been working on getting the Gleaning the Harvest site back up, and we are still trying.

I can’t give you all of the legalities, family info, etc. that I can on the GTH site, but I do want to make sure that there is a place that you can come to and share for the families that you can love and support them.

All of the moms on Gleaning the Harvest are single moms and are working either inside or outside their homes – or both – to make ends meet and to care for their children as full-time moms who also home school.

So, here it is for now!”






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Seeing Grandma

Posted By on January 8, 2013 | Category: Heart and Home, Me Myself, Women

I haven’t posted about my Grandma being in the hospital here because things have been hopeful, then grim, then unsure, then the same, and it has been too much to think of how to write it all out. She got out of the hospital in Fort Wayne last week and went home, and we thought that she was on the mend. She ended up in the hospital in Warsaw soon afterward with a bad infection. We got to go Friday and see her. I didn’t know if we would see her again or not after that. She is not awake and hasn’t been for several days because the pain is unbearable without the medication.

but I got to go and see her today…


 Monday January 7th 2013

Got to go today and see Grandma and tell her I love her and talk to her. Her kidneys aren’t functioning, and she is retaining fluids.
But, you know, she didn’t really look so bad.

So I put that silly gown and rubber gloves on and stood next to her and told her how happy I am that we have so many good memories and how much I love her. I held her swollen hand and talked about my kids and how they love to play Solitaire and do puzzles and what a wonderful memory that is for me of growing up with her and Grandpa and having my kids at their house playing with them.
I asked her if she remembered when Grandpa got down on the floor (he had health issues at the time and OOOOOH WAS SHE MAD HE WAS DOWN THERE!!), and he sat there and played Rummy and Go Fish and whatever else my kids wanted to play because that’s the kind of Great Grandpa he was. I laughed when I asked her if she remembered how mad she was that he was on the floor and that he just sat there dealing the cards as she shook her head and waved her hand at him…. and he played and played with my kids… and when he had a hard time getting up then at something like 80 or 85 years old, she just tried to bite her tongue….but of course she couldn’t and gave him an “I told you so” or something like that.

And we just talked. Well, I did. And I have a feeling that somewhere in that sleep to keep her from her pain, she heard me. Her facial expressions were more than mere pains or dreams; she heard me.
I told her how beautiful she was. I stroked her hair. I said who I was and that I loved her. I told her I wished she could sit up and talk with me, and that I hoped she wasn’t in pain.
I told her how Jocelyn was in FL and wished she could be here to talk to her and tell her that she loves her. I told her that Rachel so regrets not being able to come and share her artwork with her last week and that she loves her but wasn’t ready to come and see her right now. I told her that Manda was there and that I got to see her, and how my sister wanted to be there and sit with her too, but she couldn’t.

I talked about the bushels of apples they used to go and pick and how they would bring some home to us.
And how beautiful she is. That she might not think so, but that she is a strong woman and so beautiful.
I told her I didn’t think I’d ever see a red lava lamp and not think of them and their big old console that theirs always sat atop.
And that I want more time with her to talk to her and to learn more of her life. But I know how hard these past few years have been, and I understand. And that if her body wants to heal and stay here, I love her and want her here but I know that it’s been hard on her.
But 91 years still isn’t long enough. It just isn’t for those left behind and what is missed by everyone.


She has lived a good life.
A long life.
She traveled.
She had a good man.
She has a good family who loves her tremendously.


… and I kissed her forehead and told her that everyone loves her and named each of my kids and said they all missed her. And I told her, “I love you Grandma, and I’ll see you.” And Hannah told her she loved her and would see her later.

And I looked at her and smiled.

And Hannah and I took those silly yellow gowns and those gloves off and held hands as we walked together down the hall to the family waiting room…



Hug your loved ones. Tell them that you love them. Forgive and move on. Or just forgive.

Because 91 years just isn’t long enough.



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Welcome. I'd like to say that I'm first a 40-ish yr old woman with all of my likes and dislikes, but let's face it, Firstly, I'm a mom to 9 wonderful people, young and old, from ages 23 down to 3. That's my main life: loving, walking with, learning with, teaching, and being driven crazy by my kids and their antics and also being amazed by their capacity to keep loving a person like myself. So, I'm a 40-ish home school mom - teacher of the last 6 of my 9 kids, hoping I don't screw them up too badly, but knowing that they are probably all so awesome they will turn out much better people than I am. For which I am very GRATEFUL. Namaste.