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More Than I Dreamed

Have you ever said, “I wonder what I’m going to be when I grow up”? I think that at some point, we have all asked that question. I know I did and was still wondering at 45. I didn’t want to live my whole life and never find the one thing that made me tick. Sound familiar? I hope that as you read this blog post about God’s faithfulness to me in finding what I feel I was meant to do, you might find encouragement, be reminded that it’s never too late, and have a renewed hope in your personal pursuit.

In April of 2012, my mother was told that she had terminal leukemia and only had about a month to live, to which she answered the doctor, “Oh, I’m not doing that.”

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She meant what she said and was determined to beat this disease. In her fight, she became weak and needed increasing care. I was working two jobs at the time, but I was local and the obvious choice to be her caregiver. After a courageous battle, cancer finally took her life, one year and one month later.  Mom’s care was pleasurable, but it was a full-time job on top of two other jobs. It was a stressful time indeed, so when the opportunity presented itself, my husband and I took a long weekend for some rest and relaxation. It was on this mini vacation that I happened upon a little specialty soap shop. Always being one to indulge in this affordable luxury, I bought the special, five soaps for a given price. I could hardly wait to get a shower and smell like this aromatherapy treat! I loved the way it made my skin feel and I connected with one scent in particular. I knew that it was impractical to make a five hour trip every time that I ran out of that wonderful scent, so I began conjuring up ideas. What if I could make my own soap and duplicate that scent? After all, my grandmother made soap, and my mother made soap, so why couldn’t I do the same?

In the 1930s, my grandmother was a relatively new bride, with scant provisions and a growing family. For practical reasons, she began making soap because lard was plentiful. You remember the kind…pure white, not much moisture and smelled like saddle soap. It wasn’t much to look at and certainly no treat in the bath, but the kids were clean and she used up the lard she had. Good enough. Fast forwarding, to the next generation, I remember my mom making soap with me, but it was an easy melt and pour project that was intended to fill a dull summer afternoon, not so much a necessary task. Up until my mother’s illness, I never once entertained the thought of making soap. As I watched her decline, I found that coming home and immersing myself in something creative and challenging helped me to work through the process of losing her and it gave us something exciting to do together.

And so it began. The first bars I made were the worst shower experience ever. I came out of the shower itching long before I even got dried off. (This was quite possibly the moment in time when I thought I might like to learn to make lotion). I set to work  reformulating. I had some expectations for the bar of soap that I was producing.

  • I wanted to have the creamiest, most luxurious bar available in order to make showers an experience, and not just a duty.
  • I wanted a nice scent that would linger just a bit. In choosing my own scents, I found that certain scents connected me to an experience or a place in time. I began listening to people to find out just what scents brought their own memories to mind and began creating bars that were designed to evoke good feelings.
  • The colors are the crayola box in me. It’s a fun time to design, color, and create. It is important to me to design a bar that reflects the scent. Not always easy, but an exciting challenge!

When you see me set up at a festival or market, I might be sitting on a chair or visiting with a customer. It all looks pretty easy. Like any business, though, behind the scenes is where the real work is. Before Martha joined us last summer to help with production, it was not unusual for me to work a fourteen hour day, six to seven days a week.

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Martha and I

At about the same time, we found a talented young artist who took over the labeling project, freeing up a bit more valuable time, along with several young ladies who have helped us all along with packaging.

So to bring this all around, I found my dream job, completely unaware. Not what I thought, but more than I dreamed. Isn’t that how God works? There was only one minor issue. My grandmother had passed away, my mother had never made cold process soap, and the one lady that I knew who once made soap, couldn’t remember how she did it. That left me with a dream and no real knowledge. So I began researching, watching videos, taking notes and learning by trial and error. I would rejoice over one loaf of soap and bury the next one in the field next to our house. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I said, “I quit!”, but I never did because I’m not a quitter. Snap!

So whatever day you read this, it’s your today. Today, I encourage you to never, never, never quit! Keep going. Don’t stop.  Don’t quit. Don’t give up! Your unrealized dream may be in your tomorrow. You’re never too old, busy, unqualified, young, overqualified, broke, or too tired to realize your dreams.

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Gluten free recipes.

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COOKED CARROTS AND PEARS:  I peeled four large carrots and cut into pieces. Toss these in a saucepan with a little bit of water and a pad of butter, if you choose. Sprinkle in a little bit of ginger, coriander and cinnamon. Cook for about 7-9 minutes, then add 2 diced pears and a little bit of honey (maybe 2 tbsp or so). Cook until all are tender, maybe 5 minutes more.

CHIA SEED PUDDING: This dish will need to be made 2 or more hours ahead of meal. Just take a 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 tbsp chia seeds, honey and vanilla to taste. Mix and put in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally. Serve with meal.

DSC_1041MEDITERRANEAN QUINOA SALAD: Make your quinoa (can be found at Walmart) first and allow to cool. I use 1 1/2 cups water and a little olive oil. Heat to boiling and add 3/4 cup quinoa. Simmer, covered, for 21 minutes. Cool. Add in chopped cucumber, sliced black olives, tomato, black beans, garlic and feta cheese. I add enough olive oil to loosen quinoa, and a combination of lemon juice, lime juice and white balsamic vinegar (I use Alessi). I don’t have exact amounts on the juices. I would say to mix them in a small bowl and add a little at a time to your liking.

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What’s all the gluten hype?

So what exactly is gluten anyway? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue“) is a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.

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So, basically, gluten is any type of wheat or white flour. This is found in most all of the processed foods we eat; bread, pasta, pizza, crusts of any sort. It’s also a hidden ingredient in many package mixes, as it acts as a thickening agent: soups, mixes including but not limited to, chili, taco, beef stew, dressings, sloppy joe. Darn if Pringles aren’t a mixture of flour and potato. Look for yourself.

Here’s how our story began: As a young mother, I didn’t have the slightest notion as to what “gluten” was. I was a stay-at-home Mom, making most all meals from scratch. Meat, potatoes, biscuits, vegetable. If a dessert wasn’t offered after dinner, some sort of “feel good” snack was offered so the children went to bed with a full belly. Not all bad, really. I assumed that I was offering the best food choices possible, never considering that my children could have food allergies, but one in particular suffered. As a baby, my middle daughter had chronic ear infections and was on round after round of antibiotics until she was 14 months old. At that time, the doctor put tubes in her ears and she was miraculously cured of ear problems. What I didn’t know, was that after all of the antibiotics, her gut was already damaged.

It wasn’t until she was in her first year of college, that symptoms really flared. She was experiencing abdominal pain, got sick easily, and had random skin issues. We decided to go to an integrative doctor and have some testing done. It was there that we discovered she was having multiple reactions to foods, gluten in particular, and had developed something called, Leaky Gut. We began the process of eliminating foods on her “no no” list:  eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, potatoes, vinegar, bananas, oranges, and sugar. Can you imagine? She was a new student on campus and couldn’t eat anything in the cafeteria. It was during this stressful time that she thought about a new cookbook called the, “Help! I Can’t Eat Anything” cookbook. She was forty miles from home and drove back and forth every weekend. Together, we would make between 12-15 meals for her to take back for the week. That was a rough year, but she was fastidious about her diet, and within a year, just by changing what she ate, she cured her leaky gut! Slowly, she was able to add back all foods, except gluten.

Wikipedia describes Leaky Gut syndrome as “a hypothetical, medically unrecognized condition which some alternative health practitioners claim is the cause of a wide range of serious chronic diseases, including diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Proponents claim that poor diet, parasites, infection, or medications cause damage to the intestinal wall or lining, permitting toxins, microbes, undigested food, or other substances to leak through. According to the hypothesis, this “leakage” prompts the body to initiate an immune reaction that, in turn, leads to chronic diseases such as those mentioned.[1]””   

My personal journey includes a struggle with arthritis and hypothyroidism. I decided to join my daughter in her gluten free lifestyle, but I ate a less glutenous diet at best and didn’t see any real changes. Recently, however, I jumped the fence and made a stalwart effort to go both gluten free and grain free. The only grains I do still eat are non-processed grains such as quinoa and/or rice, but these are extremely limited. I’m here to tell you, that I am amazed at the difference this has made! I no longer struggle with bloating or having a sluggish digestive system. You know what I’m talking about. My joints are loose, mobile and pain free, and the brain fog that often accompanies hypothyroidism is gone! What a contrast to my previous lifestyle! Do I miss gluten? Yes, sometimes. In those moments, I just try to remember the taste and realize it wouldn’t taste any different if I ate it now. I count my blessings for newfound mobility and health and keep going, realizing that good choices make every day enjoyable.

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Gluten free is not hard, it’s simply a decision, just like any other firm decision that you have made in your lifetime. If you want to see real changes, the key is in making a complete transition. Be easy on yourself, because there will be a learning curve that must be taken into consideration. If you want to go gluten free, eliminate the obvious first. Bread, white flour, pasta. Don’t fret, though. You can replace those items with Udi’s bread (here’s what I buy) in the frozen food section, gluten free pasta, and gluten free all purpose flour, right in the same isle with the other flours. Easy. My favorite pasta is the Jovial brand (this link is for a case of 6), because it cooks up like the familiar brands. Below are a couple of recent gluten free meals at our house, keeping in mind that it’s corn season in central Illinois.

DSC_1042This meal is sirloin steak, corn on the cob,

a few fresh veggies, cooked carrots with pears,

and a chia seed pudding. See our recipes.

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corn on the cob, mediterranean quinoa salad,

watermelon slice, and cantelope with raspberries.

See our recipes.

I would love to hear what you have to say. Join me by commenting on some of your gluten free secrets, recipes or tips that you have found in your journey. If you are new to the idea of gluten free, let me know what other things you would like to know. I’ll see if I can help you.

Have a Healthy, Happy Day!

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Which shampoo bar is right for me?

You may have logged on to our website and wondered which shampoo bar is best and why use a shampoo bar? Well, today, I’m here to dispel your questions and give you more information so that you can make informed decisions. First of all, commercial bars contain harmful chemicals and harsh detergents that strip the hair of its natural oils. Our shampoo bars are designed to replace natural oils and act as a treatment for the scalp. A natural by-product of a healthy scalp is strong, lustrous hair that has the ability to repair itself. The shampoo bars come in a handy little organza bag that you can rub right on your scalp to help bring up a great lather and then you just hang it on a hook in the shower to dry between uses. The bar form makes it ideal for travel and is much lighter in weight than liquid shampoos.

DSC_0798Our Original Bar was a recipe from a fellow soap-maker and friend. This bar has been in our product line for nearly two years now and remains a popular favorite.  Our original formula is rich in castor oil, giving it healing properties, as well as being an excellent cleanser. It also contains jojoba oil, a mimic to our body’s own natural oils. Speaking with customers at markets, in person and online, we have found that this particular bar seems to be best suited for fine, flyaway hair. From our experience, it is best to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to twice a month to maintain luster and manageability.

Our Light Formula Bar was formulated for those with coarse hair or hair with more texture and curl. It is also great for the consumer that likes a little more slip on the hair. Our light formula has a natural additive that acts as a conditioner and contains the esteemed castor and jojoba oils, specific for hair. (Our Light Formula Bar is only available in the “Sunshine” scent) This bar also works best when used in conjunction with a clarifying shampoo. Again, depending on your own personal needs, use a clarifying shampoo either once a week or twice a month.

Castor: Castor oil is an excellent cleansing agent, heals the scalp and is an excellent choice for a rich, thick lather. It contains vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s unusual chemical composition contains up to 90 percent ricinoleic acid, making it one of the few oils that can boast of its healing benefits and ability to mend split ends.

Jojoba Oil:  Jojoba oil is considered a wax, not an oil. It is extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant, a woody shrub that covers 40,000 acres of desert in the southwestern U.S. This oil/wax contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair including vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. It’s entirely gentle and can be used on even the most sensitive and delicate skin without causing allergic reactions. It helps to control dandruff and can be used in place of anti-frizz products to add shine and naturally soften even unruly hair.

I was with those of you out there who are skeptical to rub a bar of soap in your hair. I’ve been a girly girl all my life and have the idea that, “the higher the hair, the closer to God”. I’m seasoned enough to know that isn’t necessarily the case. Snap!

Here’s my personal experience with Paisley Lane shampoo bars. I was so excited to try this new shampoo bar (original formula), so the second that it reached cure, it was in my shower! I loved it but found that it gave my hair “drag” and a heaviness. Combined with styling products, it didn’t perform like I had hoped. But hear me out, because what didn’t work for me, worked like a dream for my husband! He couldn’t get over how it made his hair feel so much better and how it made it less unruly.

All things work for the good, and it awakened the formulator in me. I began contemplating if different hair types would need different formulas. (this really shouldn’t have been a revelation if you have looked at the shampoo isle at Walmart, but golly I sure remember a light bulb moment). My hair was thick and had a lot of texture (and I use styling product), his was fine and flyaway. I began working on a lighter formula that would still replace oils, but remain light on an already heavier strand of hair. In my research of another product, I stumbled across a natural additive that I thought might work like a conditioner, giving slip and glide on the hair shaft. I gave it a whirl, and that’s when I fell in love with our shampoo bars!

If you haven’t tried them, I would encourage you to do so. I think your hair will thank you and you will have made one more step in taking care of yourself, the natural way.

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The History of Aprons

The History of Aprons:

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

One may wonder how many germs were on that old apron, but from that apron, I don’t think I caught anything, but love.

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My story:

When I first started making soap, I ruined many a blouse with the assorted oils. I quickly learned how brilliant my grandma was in wearing an apron! I began wearing an apron for practicality, but inside, it evoked pleasant memories from my own childhood. I now wear an apron most every day. Being a grandma myself,  I hope to make special memories with my own grandchildren, so that when they reach the age of many a responsibility, seeing an apron will bring them comfort and a warm spot in their soul.

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Oil pulling for heath.

What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an age-old folk remedy used to clean, detoxify and whiten teeth. It’s a very basic practice where oil is swished or “held” in the mouth for a period of time. Doing this will improve gum health, remove natural substances, and help dissolve plaque while also removing toxins from teeth and gums. Have you ever heard of “like dissolves like”? This is the same principle.

coconut oilHere’s what wikipedia has to say:  “Practitioners of oil pulling claim it is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth. Its promoters claim it works by “pulling out” toxins, which are known as ama in Ayurvedic medicine, and thereby reducing inflammation.”  Look for yourself at the many online testimonials from people who experience help with liver problems, infections, hormone issues, constipation, hypertension, eczema, chronic fatigue and infections. Oil pulling has also been noted to help soothe sore throats, clear sinuses, improve sleep, help with teeth sensitivity and pain, heal bleeding gums and cracked lips.

How to oil pull?

  1. Place a small amount of oil in mouth. (about a teaspoon). I use organic coconut oil because it is antibacterial by property and a much milder tasting oil, but olive or sesame oil can be used as well. Swish, without swallowing, for 20 min. (For those of you with a strong gag reflex, 5 minute intervals may be best until you can build to the full 20 minutes) Apparently time is key. Twenty minutes gives the oil time to break down plaque, but not enough time for the body to re-absorb the toxins and bacteria.
  2. Spit into trash can, so as not to clog septic systems.
  3. Rinse mouth with warm water to remove remaining oil.
  4. Brush teeth as usual.

I really thought this whole idea was hokey until I started practicing it. I have personally noticed that my teeth feel so much better, and I’m guessing it’s because I don’t get the plaque build-up like I used to. I’ve also noticed that my breath stays fresher, longer. It’s hard to say what has helped me the most with arthritis pain, eliminating gluten or oil pulling. It’s possibly the combination. I’m finding that natural remedies help the most, without the side effects of medication. I’m not against medication when absolutely necessary, but I would rather do my homework and self correct with dietary changes and natural remedies first.

If you would like more information in book form, “Oil Pulling Therapy”, by Dr. Bruce Fife would be my personal recommendation.

What are your experiences? Please share below.

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Giveaways.

Why do I do them? Well, first of all I have to admit that it is partly selfish. That’s just being honest. I work at home, in my basement, mostly alone (but definitely need alone time for research and formulation), until Martha Brown joined me last August; and what a tremendous addition that was! Just sayin. More about her later.

We started giveaways in February-ish. I’m convinced that because we weren’t in market season, I was lonely for your companionship and interaction, so I drummed up a way to talk to you. Yikes, this is terribly vulnerable for me. I was overwhemingly amazed at your response to this. Your words, kindness and encouragement fueled my desire to bring you more! It gave me the fortitude and focus to formulate the best products possible. By nature, I’m a protector and a care giver. In so saying, when working on a new product, I am always mindful of ingredients that will nourish your skin, give you more natural alternatives, bring you better health, and provide you with a simple, affordable, everyday luxury to pamper yourself with.

giftAs most of you know, it’s gotten harder and harder to reach an entire friend base on Facebook. Here’s my thinking: If I do a giveaway, you tag your friends, and share; together we can reach more people with a mission and focus on natural products for better health.

And seriously….I really do get excited to give product away. I feel like you support me throughout the year and it’s a way that I can give back to you. Phil can vouch for me that after I write down all the names, count our total and do our random number generator, My heart pounds so that I can scarcely bear to look at who the lucky winner is! I have to call Phil and have him announce the winner to me. Kinda weird, I know, but that’s how we do it here at Paisley Lane.

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Pure therapeutic-grade essential oils

As we begin to understand the power and use of essential oils for our health, it is imperative that we grasp the absolute necessity for using the purest therapeutic-grade essential oils possible. Considering that some therapeutic-grade essential oils can be costly, there are absolutely no substitutes when it comes to performance. Chemists work tirelessly to replicate the known constituents, but no laboratory can recreate God’s handiwork.

Essential oils are volatile liquids that are derived from the distillation of plants (this includes all parts: flowers, fruit, bark, leaves, stems, roots, seeds, etc). When determining the purity and therapeutic value of an essential oil, many factors are considered. Variables considered include: the part of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer (organic or chemical), altitude, climate, geographical location, harvest season and methods, and distillation process. So, depending on the time of year that a particular plant is distilled, can determine whether that oil will have higher levels of carvacrol that can cause the oil to be more caustic or irritating to the skin. Low temperature and low pressure are also key to maintaining the purity, fragrance, integrity, and therapeutic value of the oil.

DSC_1024DSC_1024 What benefits can you expect from pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils?

  1. Essential oils embody the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of plants.
  2. Essential oils are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the skin.
  3. Essential oils are lipid-soluble and are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if they have hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. In fact, essential oils can affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients.
  4. Essential oils contain oxygen molecules that help to transport nutrients to the starving human cells. Because a nutritional deficiency  is an oxygen deficiency, disease begins when the cells lack the oxygen for proper nutrient assimilation. By providing the needed oxygen, essential oils also work to stimulate the immune system.
  5. Essential oils are very powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants create an unfriendly evironment for free radicals. Antioxidants prevent all mutations, work as free radical scavengers, prevent fungus, and prevent oxidation in the cells.
  6. Essential oils are antibacterial, anticancerous, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antitumor, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic. Essential oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses, while simultaneously restoring balance to the body.
  7. Essential oils may detoxify the cells and blood in the body.
  8. Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes have the the blood-brain barrier, enabling them to be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  9. Essential oils are aromatic. When diffused, they provide air purification by:

A. Removing metallic particles and toxins from the air;

B. Increasing atmospheric oxygen;

C. Increasing ozone and negative ions in the area, which inhibits bacterial growth;

D. Destroying odors from mold, cigarettes, and animals; and

E. Filling the air with a fresh, aromatic scent.

10. Essential oils help promote emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.

11. Essential oils have a bioelectrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food, and even the human body. Clinical research has shown that essential oils can quickly raise the frequency of the human body, restoring it to its normal, healthy level.

Thank you for your interest in therapeutic-grade essential oils. It’s the first step in reaching a healthier you! Visit our store to purchase the finest of therapeutic grade essential oils. www.paisleylanesoaps.com

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Information about essential oils from “Reference Guide for Essential Oils”

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Welcome home.

Welcome to our blog. The creation of this blog is to provide more detailed information about our products and ingredients so that you, the consumer, are able to make informed decisions when purchasing from our store. I’ll also sprinkle in healthy tips, recipe ideas, encouragement, a little bit of fun, and life skills that I’ve picked up along the way. At some point we trade youth for character, and what a shame not to share!

Today’s blog is simply a step inside my world so that you have the opportunity to know the person behind the products. First of all, I love my God and I desire to serve Him by serving others. My family is next on my love list. After many years of trying for a family, without success, God opened my womb and made Psalm 113:9 true in my life: “He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” As my children have grown older and married and have children of their own, my family and love continue to grow into the next generation.

And then there’s Earl. Earl Grey, the cat. I loved and tolerated Earl because I had to for the first year. After coming up missing recently and returning weary on the seventh day, I am inclined to believe he’s a very loyal pet. He reappeared as a nice cat, so I’m not totally convinced this isn’t Earl’s brother, but I do have a new love and respect for the little guy, irregardless.

I’ve always had an interest in birds and flowers, for whatever reason. I find it so fascinating that out of a single seed, God provides us with the most dramatic display of color, texture, and scents. I love the springtime when the earth awakens from its chilly slumber. The blanket of snow that quiets the earth is peeled back so that once again life and color can bloom forth, and the birds join in the celebration with a chorus of melodies that beckon us to the outdoors. I particularly enjoy the wrens that sing outside my dining room window. We started naming them: Beatrice, Hazel, and this year we had one that screeched all the time at Earl. She had a name too, but I’m not telling.

Welcome to our world. We’re glad to have you with us.

IMG_950931 years ago I met the man that I would spend the rest of my life with.

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Our three children, Wes, Erin and Emily along with our newest daughter, Katelyn.

IMG_3827The next generation

DSC_1039Earl Grey. He’s slowly becoming my cup of tea.

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Flowers. I love them all!

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Beatrice and Hazel make this their home.

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Thieves. Our Version.

I believe God gave our body the ability to heal itself. That’s why I get so excited to share natural products with you as well as  food and recipes that are meant to give your body what it needs. Meadowview Herbs in Arthur, IL carries Paisley Lane products and I’m excited to reciprocate, by carrying their therapeutic grade essential oils and oil blends. We’ll start with our version of Thieves.

With cold and flu season approaching quickly, our highlighted blend is, “Our version of Thieves”.DSC_1027  The highly antiviral and antiseptic properties of the single oils contained in this blend help protect the body from the onset of flu, candida, colds, etc. It may also help with sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, coughs, strep, sore throats, periodontal (gum) disease, teething, cold sores, canker sores, bruises, cuts, infection, slivers, and splinters (pulls to surface). It is considered antiplague, as it was used by thieves in England to protect them from the plague when stealing from the sick and dying.

SINGLE OILS IN THIS BLEND:

  • Clove–is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, a strong antiseptic, antiviral, and an immune stimulant.
  • Lemon–promotes health, healing, physical energy, and purification. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing and warming. It is an antiseptic and is great for the respiratory system.
  • Cinnamon Bark–is part of the formula the Lord gave Moses (Exodus 30:22-27). It has very specific purposes. (1) it is a powerful purifier, (2) it is a powerful oxygenator, and (3) it enhances the action and the activity of other oils. It may have a stimulating and toning effect on the whole body and particularly the circulatory system. It is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, immune-stimulant, sexual stimulant, and warming.
  • Eucalyptus radiata– may have a profound antiviral effect upon the respiratory system. It also has strong antibacterial, anticatarrhal, and antiseptic properties.
  • Rosemary cineol–may help balance heart function, energize the solar plexus, and reduce mental fatigue. It may improve circulation and help stimulate the nerves. It is antiseptic and anti-infectious.

Body System(s) Affected: The oils in this blend may help it be effective for dealing with various problems related to the immune system.

Aromatic Influence: Diffuse this blend of oils periodically for 20-25 minutes at a time to help protect the body against the onset of flu, colds, and viruses.

Application:  Massage bottom of feet, throat, stomach and intestines. Dilute one drop of Thieves in 15 drops of V-6 Oil and massage the thymus to stimulate the immune system and massage under the arms to stimulate the lymphatic system. It is best applied to the bottom of the feet as it may be caustic to the skin. Always dilute with V-6 oil.

Can cause extreme skin irritation. Use with caution during pregnancy.

This item can be purchased on our website at www.paisleylanesoaps.com