Weekly highlight – Thieves

Howdy!

I am SO excited to be writing my first weekly highlight post. Choosing a subject was so difficult as there are so many things I want to share with you all! But, for my very first post, I chose to highlight the essential oil THIEVES. :)

2017-03-26 19.35.29I’d like to start by saying that I am not writing this to push you into buying essential oils. But, if you have thieves or are interested in essential oils, this post is for you! Also, make sure you use essential oils safely. To read more about how to use oils safely click here. Do not begin using oils until you know how to use them safely.

I LOVE thieves. It is one of my favorite and most used oils. Let me tell you why!

  1.  It boosts immunities. We love to keep it diffusing in our home to boost our immunities, especially during sickness season!! 
  2. It kills germs & fights sickness. When illness strikes we rub it on the bottom of our feet and chest or add it to a roller bottle. Also, it works wonders for sore throats. My husband gargled a couple drops in warm water when he had mono and it significantly reduced the pain and boosted healing. 
  3. It works as a great cleaner. I love putting thieves in my homemade household cleaners :)
  4. It smells AMAZING. We love to diffuse it in place of candles and other chemical ridden scents often used in the home. 

If you are just beginning to learn about essential oils and want more information, I taught a class on the subject for My Homemaking Mentor, and online training academy chalk full of amazing information! CLICK HERE to check out the academy! Or read my review on it. :) They are adding a bunch of classes and doing a super sale starting tomorrow!

Also, Gentle Babies is a fantastic book full of recipes and information on how to use essential oils safely for pregnancy, babies, and children. I highly recommend it!

What is YOUR favorite way to use thieves?? 

I’d love to learn some new recipes and ways to use this awesome oil!

 

<3 Sienna Carlton

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Essential Oils. Why I recommend them and how to use them safely!

Ok…honestly I was a little skeptical of essential oils when I first heard about them a couple years ago but I did some research (and being the health nerd that I am) decided to give them a try! Oh my goodness, I am so glad I did! I have been using them for over 2 years now and they have been truly amazing! Now do I think they are NECESSARY for every homemaker…a MUST HAVE? No. If you don’t feel like you have the finances to invest in some right now that is completely ok, you’re not going to die. 😉

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Oils have been so very helpful to me as a homemaker. I love how they help me avoid and treat sickness for my family, keep a clean home, and keep everything smelling amazing WITHOUT using harmful chemicals. They are expensive, but they last a long time. They are also so useful since they can be used for so many things! They can be used in cleaners, bug repellent, sunscreen, skin care, to help with mood, energy, sickness, pain relief and the list goes on and on! So they really end up being worth the price in the long run. I don’t claim to know all there is to know about oils but I have learned a ton from the time that I have been using them. It is extremely important that you choose oil brands that are pure and high quality. After all, the whole reason we are using them is to avoid using harmful chemicals on our bodies and to help keep our homes and families healthy! I am confident that both Young Living and Doterra have high standards and are considered pure and safe to use. I am also just starting to use Plant Therapy oils! I am continuing to research them, but so far they have proved to be high quality and are much more affordable 😉

There are 3 ways to use essential oils – topical application, diffusing, and ingesting them.

Now it is important to note that not ALL oils can be taken internally! So be sure to read the oils bottle instructions before ingesting it. Also, once you know if an oil is safe to ingest always follow safety procedures when taking it. For example, mix it with a carrier oil and be sure to know how many drops are safe to take with how much carrier oil etc. Personally, I am very cautious when it comes to ingesting oils. Essential oils are very potent and you just never know what reaction your body will have. I have ingested before, but it has been very rare. When I did take some oils internally, I used a vegetable capsule and mixed the oils with fractionated coconut oil and froze them. Taking a frozen oil pill allows the oil to slowly be dispersed into your system as it melts. So, it is really up to you if you want to take the oils internally, but I would encourage you to do a lot of research before you do and then decide what you feel is safest and best for your family. Every person has a different idea about what is safe or not and you really need to just do some research and decide what YOU are comfortable with!
Topical use – Topical use is extremely effective! Before using an oil test out your skin and systems sensitivity to it by placing a drop on your inner forearm. And wait to see how your skin and system respond to it…I have never responded badly to an oil, but everyone is different! To dilute the potency of the oil first apply a carrier oil – some examples of carrier oils are coconut, olive, sweet almond oil, olive oil etc. I personally use coconut oil. I love the fractionated coconut oil from plant therapy for mixing in roller bottles or quickly applying to skin before other oil. This one would also work great.

Diffuse – I love diffusing oils! There are many different types. Simply follow the directions to fill the diffuser with lukewarm water. Make sure the water isn’t hot, as heat damages the properties of the oil. Then you simply drop 4-8 drops of oil in and diffuse! The amount you put in varies based on how big of a room you are in and how strong you want it to be. I usually use about 6-8 drops in my kitchen and 4-6 drops in my bedroom. And then you turn it on and inhale these fantastic oils as you go throughout your day. I love that many of the oils kill the germs in the air and boost your immunities.

I hope this post helped you learn a little bit about how to use oils safely and why I love them so much! :)

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS!? I’d love to hear from your experience.

 

~ Sienna Carlton

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Announcing new Weekly highlight

Hi!

I am extremely excited to announce that Homemaking From Scratch is going to start a weekly highlight post! We will be highlighting a natural product once a week and will cover some essential oils, cooking oils, herbs, etc. We will also be highlighting some dangerous products that are typically used every day in the average American household. It is easy to simply keep using what we are used to and often we don’t realize how harmful these commonly used products are. But we need to STOP!

I am so looking forward to discussing these natural do’s and don’ts with you all! I am so thankful when a friend makes me aware of a natural remedy or informs me that I should stop using something.. It is difficult to stay up to date on all the natural do’s and don’ts on our own. We need community! So stay tuned each week for my friendly highlights! And please leave comments. I would love to know your thoughts and opinions. There is always something to be learned an I’d love any natural knowledge you can throw my way 😉

Also, I did a course on natural living for My Homemaking Mentor an online training academy with awesome courses. This program is an excellent tool for learning more about natural living as well as growing Spiritually. AND I just found out that it is going on sale March 27 – April 3. So be sure to check that out :)

As an added bonus they are offering this free e-course! And it looks awesome.

I will try to get each highlight up by Monday. I am eagerly looking forward to chatting with you each week!

~Sienna Carltton

Boy oh boy BABY is here! When your birth plan goes amiss…

Here we are in the midst of the holiday season and I NEVER posted an official baby announcement.! Yikes, I’m behind. I took a 3 month maternity leave from any online work, but it is good to be back.

ZADEN PAUL CARLTON was born August 31 at 5:05pm. He was 5lb 8oz. We are so in love with our little man!


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I wrote a blog post about my gestational diabetes and how perfectly normal/healthy people can get it. Having diabetes while pregnant definitely was not in my “pregnancy plans” but it was the first step in God teaching me to become more trusting of HIS plans for me. Motherhood has already taught me so much — to let go of my perfect plans and my anxiety about the future and to place my trust in my all-knowing, sovereign God! I know I will probably be taught this lesson again and again through the years.

And Gestational Diabetes was only the first deviation from my plans…

My goal was to have my baby at a birth center as naturally as possible! I have always been interested in having a home birth, but my husband and I decided it would be better to have my first at a birth center in Sacramento in case anything went wrong *rolls eyes* I was pretty darn certain nothing would, my mom had 7 healthy pregnancies and births and her last one was in her 40’s! So, pshh I mean…come on, I’m only 24. What could go wrong? Surely I was in for a smooth natural pregnancy and delivery! I was so excited for a quiet, intimate birth with just the midwife, my husband, and mom. :)

So, first the news came that I had gestational diabetes… I was shocked! Honestly, I had never even heard of it. Thankfully, I was able to control it with dietary changes and so the midwife still felt comfortable with me having my baby there. That was util around 36 weeks when I was at a checkup and the midwife gave me a funny look after taking my blood pressure. She proceeded to take my blood pressure multiple times. She told me my blood pressure was elevated – but not to the point that I would need to be hospitalized. However, it continued to go up no matter how much I tried to “take it easy.” I was taken to the hospital and was there most of the night being tested and monitored and was finally sent home — conclusion = I didn’t have preeclampsia but I did have gestational hypertension. The next day I was sent in again (this time to a different hospital) and they concluded that the best thing for my baby and I was to get him out pf there. They also concluded that I did have preeclampsia (I was told so many different things, I’m not sure if I really did have it or not haha).

They were going to induce me.

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And that’s when I had to fully surrender my plans to the Lord. Here I was surrounded by strange doctors and med students, hooked up to a blood pressure monitor and IV, getting prepped for my induction… They laughed at the idea that I didn’t want an epidural and told me I needed magnesium or I my blood pressure would spike too high from the petocin and I could have a seizure…. after discussing (more like arguing) with all the different doctors, I was left with multiple stressful decisions that I wasn’t prepared to make. I am just so thankful I had my faithful husband by my side, supporting me and taking the lead with communicating with the doctors. I could not have gone through the birth without him, my labor delivery nurse friend, and my mom. They were an awesome team!

The labor was VERY painful, as the baby was face up, and being induced is no fun. But 13 hours later my tiny little boy was born!

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So that’s my story. Thankfully, nothing major did go wrong and I was still able to have a natural birth (besides the petocin). I was able to give birth to a beautiful, healthy son! And I know many people have scarier, more devastating birth stories than I do… Oh how my heart aches for them! And…oh my goodness did I learn why some people choose to get an epidural…OUCH 😉 there is absolutely no judgement on my part if you chose to get one haha. I felt led to share my story to encourage women to always hold their plans and desires with open hands. YES – it is still good to plan and dream. And yes, I still think natural birth is the best option. HOWEVER, things don’t always go as we plan and we have to be ok with that. We must have more trust and faith in God’s plan than our own.

What do I want you to take away from this?

  1. Hold onto your plans  and desires with open hands
  2. Trust your heavenly Father
  3. Don’t judge other. Everyone has a story and we don’t know it. So, before we proceed to inform someone that natural birth is best, listen to their story – be understanding – be loving.  

 

There is a time and place to gently encourage and help one another understand the benefits of a natural birth, but this must be done in a such a gentle way. As sister’s in Christ, our first priority should be to listen to each other and encourage one another as we all learn to trust the Lord with the future and live out our role as mothers – with all the crazy plan changes and stressful decision making that entails.

Thank you for listening. I’d love to hear your birth story!

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Sienna