02 September 2014

Style File #1 - Rockin' The Middle Finger.

It's happened upon flattered occasion that I receive the sweetest emails asking me to write about my personal style.  I've always been hesitant aside from the occasional post --like who am I to write on style?... but as I am on pins and needles waiting for my September Vogue I thought,  Hey, why not?  And so....

Enter - the Style Files.

My excuse to talk style tips, fashion and pretend to have a clue.

Sounds fun - right?

Now, Let's talk about the middle finger.
No, not about the bird.
The middle finger.
On my right hand specifically.

Navy blue dress with side wrap detail.  Turquoise necklace and bracelet with favorite bright colored ring.
Selected for our Door County portraits by Ping Photography.

I luuuuuuuuuuuuuv to wear rings on my middle finger.

Big rings.

Yeap - while I suppose my clothing style leans a bit more classic my accessories style leans a bit more dramatic and nothing says drama to me personally like a
Chunky ring.

At this point, it's almost a hang up for me.  If I am dressed to leave the house and don't have a middle finger ring I feel naked.  

Like walking around without earrings.... quelle horreur.

Those darn rings make me feel confident.  
Corny, I know.

SOMETIMES I wear the ring on my right ring finger.  If it is a more feminine ring, like my Diana knock off it looks much more elegant on a ring finger but my big chunky ones definitely go on my middle finger. 

I'm almost just as neurotic about a bracelet on my right hand too.  But I don't have as many of those.  Just a few.  And they rock.

Drama isn't about being tacky. 

I abhor tacky.  

It's about being bold and knowing what works for oneself. 

To keep things tailored stick to ONE ring per hand.  

Let's continue with that... and these are just my personal "style rules":

One earring per ear.   And if you think cheap shoes will ruin an outfit so will cheap looking earrings.  If you want to look like you care - even on your "worst Mom day" then keep earrings in your ears.  Simple studs will suffice and a nice zirconia will brighten your entire look.  If hubby hasn't bought you the real deal yet (insert wishful sigh) you can get affordable sterling silver zirconia at T.J. Maxx, Target, even Amazon like these:

I stress that you wear a REAL metal in your ears if you are going to wear them daily as cheap, fake, jewelry is LOADED with HIGHLY toxic cadmium and lead.

If you must wear a nose ring (and I've got two cousins who this totally works for) then a simple stud is chic... but let's not walk around looking like a bull if you know what I mean.  Just my little ol' opinion. 

Bracelets?  Oh goodness.  I'll stack as many as I can, again, most of the time only on one hand.  Sometimes just one bracelet, sometimes different sizes and thicknesses like that lovely cluttered Chanel look...  Pearls, beads, gold and more pearls.

I've had some of my rings forever.  I've received rings as gifts and found the rest of them here and there over the years.  My big green one was on clearance at T.J.'s for $3!!!  I love it but wear it sparingly lest the cheap metal wear off.  I had one in my hands up in Door County for $296.  It was gorgeous, silver with some opaque stone I'd never heard of but I opted for my olive buckets instead... but darned if I can't stop thinking about that ring!  

So on that note let's shop!  I did a little scouring on Amazon and found these ranging from $5 to about $85. 
THIS ONE IS MY FAV!  I WANT this one!!!

Big rings tend to be big on color.  Instead of matching my clothes and accessories I'll often chose a complimentary color instead.  

Here's how you I might pair mine up:

Navy clothing - green or pale pink accessories or sometimes coral

Khaki clothing - navy, green, coral or metal accessories

Mustard/yellow clothing - navy accessories

Green clothing - navy/sapphire accessories

Pink clothing - iridescent or cream accessories

Black clothing - pearls, vintage black beads and red shoes for fun

Neutral clothing - don't be afraid to add color to a neutral colored outfit.  Sure you can go with accessories that are metallic or made of something naturally woven but a splash of color is fun and confident like my favorite necklace here or this sheath with peacock green suede pumps.

Lame photos I know... clothing is impossible to shoot!   But I've decided this is what I'll be wearing for Thanksgiving this year.  Calvin Klein hounds tooth sheath (thank you clearance aisle at T.J. Maxx) and peacock green suede heals.  Aw-yeah. 

And then pajamas for dessert time of course!!!

So, what's part of your "signature look" when you leave the house? - middle finger rings are definitely part of mine!  

28 August 2014

Eat Like a Parisienne... Part IV -- A Flashback Post

If you are just joining us this is a flashback post from a couple years ago.  I now have a "fab five" and am posting this series again to celebrate losing the baby weight in a LONG 51 weeks and to continue to motivate myself and others to stay healthy and if you want to lose weight this is a fun and unique approach.  Thank you all for the kind words in my decision to re-post this series.  I'm so happy you are enjoying it!  If you're so inclined pin it to your health and fitness boards and I'll luv ya foreva.  

Part IV.

Where did we leave off...


I just got the Fab Four tucked in and I wish I had some right now!

Oh, that's right.  
We left off on "chemicals".  
We've talked about what the Parisienne's don't eat, now let's talk about what they do and how they do (and don't) do it.

Here's a few more hints...

  • Les Parisienne's also, as mentioned in a comment - take the TIME to eat.  When you stand up to eat, YOU EAT MORE.
  • They employ the fork and knife.  Finger food, aside from asparagus spears is hardly acceptable.  Use silverware this week.  You'll slow down.   You'll notice when you are full.
  • They eat good food and eat it often, just less of it.  As noted in the last post - they enjoy wonderful food, thus eliminating the need for binging.
  • Lots of veggies and lot's of exterior aisle food (also talked about the other day).  Shopping along the edge of the store means you are buying produce, meat and dairy.  Things you need to make recipes.

Many of you have mentioned Mireille Guiliano's books and you are right, they are so wonderful!  The first time I read French Women Don't Get Fat you probably heard me screaming, "Oui! Oui! Oui!" - it's just so good.  It's what American women NEEDED to hear.
If you haven't read them - you HAVE to read her books.  Plus, if you have always wanted to try cooking French inspired food, they are a WONDERFUL way to get your feet wet.  Many of the recipes will become instant favorites for you and your family.

If you read her second book, A French Woman for all Seasons you probably noticed her suggested seasonal menus.  
Take note of the portion size.
Take note of the portion size.
Take note of the portion size.
 Take note of the portion size. 
Take note of the portion size. 

I don't know what it is, or how they do it but our Parisienne sisters control their portions in a way we can hardly wrap our heads around.  I bet in many cases they eat HALF the amount we do - or less.  I am not talking about stupid Hollyweird calorie counting... who wants to walk around looking like a death camp survivor.  Hollyweird's obsession with looking skeletal and pre-pubescent is just gross.   I am not talking about wasting away... I am just talking about SLASHING our portion size.  

And oh, my gosh, it's so hard.

It's like its hardwired into our American brains how MUCH to eat, and hardwired into their brains how little to eat.  And every time I think I am going to "out portion control" a French person (when we are dining together with French friends) - they STILL eat less than I do.  Grrrrrr.....

Let me interject just to make you feel better - they talk insesantly.  Surly that allows their stomach the time
 to tell their brain they are full.

Again, some of it has got to be that pressure their culture keeps on them.  Around here, now come on, you know you've thought this...  you pack on a few pounds and you think, Well, at least I am not as big as so and so.  Most of us have a heavier co-worker or someone we could go stand next to to feel momentarily good about ourselves (sick I know, but keep it real, we've all done it).   But what dread to pack on a few and have a whole Metro car of skinny minnie's to stand next to all the way from Châtelet to Luxembourg. 

Come on - if you've been to Paris, can I get an AMEN?

Here's a tiny glimpse of what we have eaten around here this week...
Plain yogurt (full fat!) with organic strawberries and honey.
Pea Soup with a drizzle of heavy cream.  Y-U-M.
Cantaloupe wrapped with Prosciutto.  Double Yum.
Goat cheese, one egg omelette's with side salad - and of course, my addiction.

So, let's get out our pom pons and ra-ra for each other!
And this is the only time you will read me using this horrid expression but...

We can eat less.  
We can eat ONE slice of bread and not shove the entire baguette down our throats.
We CAN slow down and eat our pizza with a knife and fork.
We can actually take the time to chew our food.
We can stop after those first few bites and
 see if we REALLY want more. 
We can.  We can.  We can.

But we'll all hit a bump in the road.

Some sudden, freakish urge to hit a Diary Queen this summer when it's 99 degrees out.
The demon of PMS that convince us we need a pizza 
at 10:30 some Friday night while we are chillin' on the couch.
A party with bowls of M n M's on every coffee table...

No matter how motivated and "changed" we are, we are a product of our environment... we ARE NOT Parisiennes...

Which is why you have to work out LIKE AN AMERICAN!
So, put down that glass of wine and lace up your shoes girls!

Stay tuned...

Google Images:  French Women don't get Fat
MnM's & Turbo Jam

26 August 2014

doTerra Tuesdays - Treating Hyopthyroidism

I hate doctors.

Seriously.  I'm sorry but in all my 39 years I have meet three doctors (my two chiropractors and my sons cardiologist) that have impressed me with their care and understanding of the human body.  
Sorry, I understand that's probably really offensive.  I suppose I could soften it and say, "Doctors annoy the crap out of me."

And you wonder why I chose home birth.  I am so grateful that that is an option for me.

Long story long:

I've got some issues people.  I don't know what the bleep is going on but the list keeps getting longer over the last couple of years.  These symptoms ebb and flow (the main reason I had to shelve the magazine is they were a-flowin') and now they are flowing again.

Tingly arms and hands and hands that coil up like I have arthritis
Heart palpitations
Hair loss
The libido of a stump 

and the doosy...

Violent twitching of my face (my neck snaps to the right) and my right leg (it goes flying up).  

Scary ----.

The other stuff I chalked up to stress... you know... it's been a long seven years... lots of babies... lots of financial stress... I just thought I needed to get a grip.  But the twitching?  It's been happening just upon occasion for years.  Especially when I am pregnant.  Only at night.  Only while relaxing.  It's my sign I need to go to bed.

So, I go to the doctor for the twitches and a knee that is giving me grief but "going out" on me randomly.  VERY painful.

I tell the nurse EVERYTHING I can think of.  Five babies in nine years, my workouts, every supplement I am on, that I am nursing... I tell her EVERYTHING and she enters it in the computer.  The Doc comes in.  She hasn't been in the room more than 2 minutes and she's ready to write me a prescription for my knee.   What?  I showed her with my hands were it hurts...  the conversation went a bit like this...

So it hurts along this side.  Suddenly it will just go out on me.  I can't really find a particular action that makes it happen.

Oh, so it hurts right here?  (Pushing on a TOTALLY different area).

No, it hurts over here.

Right here?

NO - right here.

OK, I am going to write you a prescription for inflammation.

You are?  Is it inflamed?

It sounds like it.

It does?  What would be the signs of inflammation?

Well, it would hurt when you push on it.

It DOESN'T hurt when I push on it.  It hurts SUDDENLY and I almost fall down!

Oh, well then that doesn't sound like inflammation.  You need to see a specialist.  

Gee - you think???

Then at this same appointment I tried to describe the twitching and was ready to get a full blood panel like I asked for over the phone when I made the appointment.  Then she asked if I had fasted and I hadn't - no one told me to.  I'm not a person that gets blood work done all the time, I didn't know I needed to fast!  So I had to make a separate appointment for my blood work.

Two weeks and a separate blood work appointment later I called in for my results.  I spoke with the nurse and could hear the doctor standing there in the background.

So all your levels came back normal except your thyroid.

My thyroid?

Yes, your thyroid is low so the doctor has called in a prescription for you.  You need to start taking it as soon as possible.

Oh, uh, OK.  So this will help with my twitching?

What twitching?

The twitching that I CAME IN to see the doctor for.

Oh, no, this won't help that.  Let me talk to the doctor.

Mumble, mumble, mumble...

OK, the doctor said you need to see a neurologist.  She will write you a referral.

(Gee- you think?)

But you need to be on this prescription.

And I can take this while I am nursing?

Oh no, you are nursing?  You can't take this while you are nursing.  You'll need to see an endocrinologist.


Another week goes by and I get in to the endocrinologist.  Again, I tell the nurse EVERYTHING I can think of from mood swings to hair loss, even the twitching.  I explain my diet.  My lifestyle.  Whatever might give the information to help me Doc comes in has me put my head down and he pushes on my thyroid and I start gasping.  It was horrible.  Grrrrrrr...  Then he gets out his fancy prescription pad and the nurse jumps in to tell him I am nursing.


Now what does he do?  Doctor feelgood isn't so amazing without his prescription pad.  The look on his face was like Wait I can't just write a prescription for Armour Thyroid and be on my way??  He asks how much longer I intend to nurse.  I told him six months at the minimum.  Well, that makes this "complicated" he says.  So he writes an order for an ultrasound and tells me to crack out on Advil for the next five days for inflammation and to check in with them.   Fine, I think to myself as I pack up my purse.  I'm not taking that much Advil.  I'll swing by the health food store or check my oil stash for an anti-inflammatory.  Then JUST as I am walking out the door the nurse says "Oh, and your cholesterol is VERY high.  250.  That needs to come down in three months or you'll need medication."

I couldn't run out of there fast enough.

THAT WILL BE THE DAY people when I take a Staten drug. 
 That will be the day.

So-- I came home and started reading and reading and reading, watching YouTube videos... whatever I could get my hands on. 

I won't bore you with the details.  There is so much information out there but I will take Armour Thyroid ONLY AS A LAST AND FINAL result.  Just because I am ornery like that.

I happened to google "essential oils and hypothyroidism" and have been very intrigued by what I have read.  Just simple INCREDIBLE success stories.  So here is my game plan for the next couple of months:

Prayer.   I am praying for complete healing.  It's rather unsettling to be slowed down like this.  In fact, I'm pretty angry about it. I thought I was so healthy... just a little stressed out that's all. 

Garlic - one clove of raw garlic a day. 

I am cutting back on caffeine.  I am down to 3 oz of coffee a day.  It really needs to be NONE.  But the thyroid thing makes me so damn tired it's hard not to use it as a crutch.

Cutting back further on sugars.  Even more.  Trying to limit it to a once a week treat.  --- BORING.

Bedtime NO later than 10:30.  Eight hours minimum a night.

From the health food store and Amazon I am on:
-Energetics Inflamma-tone for the inflammation.

 -Newton Homeopathics Thyroid Assist
-Natural Balance Thyadine

Now, I am also reading that if my liver and gut are jacked up then nothing I do is going to matter.   So I am looking into doing a detox and starting on a pro biotic.  I will also be starting to make kefir and kombucha faithfully - not just for something fun to do in the kitchen.  Kefir is easy to make and this is the company I use.  I really like Cultures for Health's stuff


I will also be following the supplement routine as recommended in my "other Bible"  
This book has never let me down!
But I think what I am most excited about is the oils.  I mean, if I can get my thyroid under control using essential oils do you know what?  You'll never get me to shut up about it.  Think of all the people that could be helped by one more testimony out there!  Here is the combination I am using.  I have put this together after reading countless testimonials.  

10 drops of Myrrh 
 4 drops of Lemongrass
 3 drops of Clove
 3 drops of Peppermint
I'll spare you all the jargon on why these oils are great for the thyroid until a later date - this post is getting long.  I don't have a rollarball yet so I mixed this up on a tiny ball jar and apply it four times a day to my thyroid area with a small paintbrush.  I am reading up on the adrenal glands and considering applying the mixture twice a day to my thyroid, once on my back over my adrenals and once to the thyroid area on the bottom of my feet.  I am also applying lemongrass over my heart to assist with my high cholesterol (which seems, after reading, is a side effect of the low thyroid function).  
I am using this book as an excellent reference too.  I can't get over how many studies have been done and how much information is packed into this book.  If you are an oil user or are considering alternative healing methods for your family I highly recommend it.

So - can you see why I am frustrated with doctors?  I want to get better.  Via diet, supplements, detoxes, oils... I have no desire to live with a medicine cabinet full of prescriptions. 
But oils?  I'm down with that.

And I'll close with some interesting words from Thomas Edison:
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Feel free to message me on Facebook or email me at angela@parisiennefarmgirl.com with any questions.

19 August 2014

DoTerra Tuesday - Our New Bedtime Routine

Let's dispense with the necessaries... I'm not a medical professional... blah, blah, blah... Don't listen to me....yada, yada, yada....Just run and get your prescriptions filled... blah, blah, blah...


I've said a few things here and there but I've decided I can't help but say more so I am going to try "doTerra Tuesdays" here on Parisienne Farmgirl and I invite you to join in.

Last month a fellow blogger contacted me and said God had put me on her heart about joining doTerra.  She knew I was a naturally bent kind of girl and I must have mentioned essential oils (from the healthfood store) before.  I called her, listened to her schpeal and said, "Great.  I'll do it."  It was a total no-brainer for me.

Ironically FIVE days later another gal from another oil company came to me and I had to tell her the good/bad news! 

These girls know me well!

So - yes.  I am a "Wellness Advocate" for doTerra essential oils (and more).  

I've got a big oils story I want to share with you but I'm gonna start light and today just share how my family and I got our feet wet with doTerra and how we began using oils in more than just homemade candles and when I need a lavender bathtime.

Silly me.  I didn't know oils were for healing.  I didn't know they get right to the cells of your body and go to work for you.  I didn't know they were the prescription medicine of the natural world.

But now I know.
And there's no stopping me.

I was a bit overwhelmed... where do I begin I thought as I perused the website?

I started off by trying doTerra's products and ordering the little basic starter kit.  "The Introduction to Essential Oils Kit"

Lemon.  Lavender.  Peppermint. 


I listened to the CD.
I went to YouTube and watched and Essential Oils 101 class.

I was sold.
I was beyond excited to incorporate these oils into the things we do in this family to stay healthy.

Here's how we used our intro kit...

It's summertime but the schoolyear is closing in fast.  At this time of year I start to wean the kids off the night time craziness and head our bedtime routine back in the direction of structure and a healthier nights sleep than summer independence often brings.

My kids love routine so I said, "Kids, tonight Mom is going to give you an oil treatment like Momma gets at the salon."  (Asha always does an essential oil scalp treatment before your shampoo).  So each night after the kids have laid down for each child I put a drop of lavender oil and a drop of peppermint oil on my hands, rub them together, hold them over their face and have them breathe in deeply, I then rub the oils into their hairline, on the bottoms of their feet and whatever is left on their chest and pillowcase.  My kids are smoogey, cuddly little ones and they just LOVE this.  It's really helped wind them down after bid days of frogs, baby bunnies, chores and running wild.  

Of course, Joel and I are indulging in the same treatment.

I have also been giving the Peppermint oil to them, 1 drop in 4 ounces of water every time someone complains of a tummy ache.  Tummy ache's gone within five minutes EVERY time.

I also have been rubbing it on my forehead and even a TINY bit under my nose before I start my big Turbo Fire workouts.  Gives me a ZING to get going!

For health reasons (I'll explain more in coming weeks) I've cut out MOST of my caffeine intake and in the mornings if I'm in a fog I will put a drop in hot water for a peppermint tea.  POW!  Perks me right up.

Really?  Is there REALLY more to it than just aromatherapy?

I never thought you'd ask...
Look at this list from Mercola.com

1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Peppermint oil capsules have been described as "the drug of first choice" in IBS patients,3 as it safely helps alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in "total irritable bowel syndrome score" among 75 percent of patients who tried it.4
2. Colonic Spasm and Gas
Peppermint oil is an effective alternative to drugs like Buscopan for reducing colonic spasms.5 It may also relax the muscles of your intestines, allowing gas to pass and easing abdominal pain. Try peppermint oil or leaves added to tea for gas relief.
3. Gastric Emptying Disorders
In people with functional gastrointestinal disorders, peppermint may be useful to enhance gastric emptying.6
4. Functional Dyspepsia (Upset Stomach and Indigestion)
Supplementing with 90 milligrams (mg) of peppermint oil, along with caraway oil, "much or very much improved" symptoms of functional dyspepsia in 67 percent of patients.7 If you have an upset stomach, try drinking a small glass of water with a few drops of peppermint essential oil added.
5. Infantile Colic
Peppermint is at least as effective as simethicone in the treatment of colic in infants.8
6. Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage
Peppermint water helped to prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers.9
7. Tuberculosis
Inhaled essential oil of peppermint helped to rapidly regress tuberculosis inflammation, with researchers suggesting it may help prevent recurrences and exacerbation of the disease.10
8. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
Extracts from peppermint leaves may inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may help alleviate hay fever symptoms.11
9. Shingles-Associated Pain
A topical treatment of peppermint oil resulted in near-immediate improvement in shingles-associated pain, with the results lasting for two months of follow-up treatment.12
10. Memory Problems
The aroma of peppermint has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.13
11. Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea
Peppermint oil effectively reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at a reduced cost compared to standard drug-based treatments.14
12. Prostate Cancer
Peppermint contains menthol, which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.15
13. Radiation Damage
Peppermint may protect against DNA damage and cell death caused by radiation exposure.16
14. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Peppermint has been shown to help inhibit drug-resistant herpes simplex virus type 1.17
15. Dental Cavities and Bad Breath
Peppermint oil extract has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities.18 Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two directly to your toothpaste.
16. Respiratory Benefits
Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant, and may help clear your respiratory tract. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve cough and cold symptoms.
17. Headaches
Peppermint oil may help relieve tension headache pain. For headache pain, try dabbing a few drops on your wrist or sprinkling a few drops on a cloth, then inhaling the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.
18. Stress
Peppermint oil is cooling and energizing. Add a few drops to your bath, or dap a few drops directly on your body then get into the tub, for near-instant stress relief. You can also put the oil into a burner for a stress-relieving aroma.
19. Hair and Skin
Try blending peppermint oil into your massage oil, shampoo, bodywash or body lotion. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help cool your skin and remove dandruff (and lice) from your scalp.
20. Asthma
Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary), which may help to reduce inflammation-causing chemicals in people with asthma.
21. Muscle Pain
Peppermint may help to relieve muscle spasms and pain. Try massaging its essential oil onto sore muscles or adding it to your bath water for muscle pain relief.

My kids just love the tingle and lung opening that happens.  It relaxes them.

Now how about lavender oil...  We LOVE lavender oil in this house and use it for just about everything but here's a small list of it's benefits from Mercola...

  • Relieve pain. It can ease sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains, backache, and lumbago. Simply massage lavender oil onto the affected area. Lavender oil may also help lessen pain following needle insertion.
  • Treat various skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles. It also helps form scar tissues, which may be essential in healing wounds,19 cuts, and burns. Lavender can also help soothe insect bites and itchy skin.20 According to Texas-based dermatologist Dr. Naila Malik, it's a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness.
  • Keep your hair healthy. It helps kill lice, lice eggs, and nits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB) says that lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth by up to 44 percent after just seven months of treatment.21
  • Improve your digestion. This oil helps stimulate the mobility of your intestine and stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which may help treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Relieve respiratory disorders. Lavender oil can help alleviate respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. It can be applied on your neck, chest, or back, or inhaled via steam inhalation or through a vaporizer.
  • Stimulates urine production, which helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.
  • Improve your blood circulation. It helps lower elevated blood pressure levels, and can be used for hypertension.
The last oil in the kit is lemon oil.
I've been using a drop of lemon oil in my water all day long.  But check out these other uses*
  1. Mix 6 drops of lemon oil and 6 drops of the Purify oil blend in a spray bottle, along with distilled water, shake well to disperse the oils and spray into the air, to help freshen the air in the bathroom.
  2. To remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon, rub with 1-2 drops of lemon oil.
  3. Use 1 drop of lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
  4. For homemade lemonade, mix 2 drops of lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water in a blender.  Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.
  5. For corns, callouses or bunions, rub on a drop of lemon oil, mornings and evenings.
  6. To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon oil.  Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir.  Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.  If you have an apple, and only want to eat half of it at that time, you can also put a drop of lemon oil on the part you want to save.  It will prevent oxidation (browning) of the fruit, and adds a really nice flavor to the apple.
  7. To sterilize cutting boards, counter tops, cupboards and table tops, add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to water and spray them.  Or, you could just add the oil to a pan of water, soak a cloth in it for wiping down surfaces.
  8. To disinfect your dishcloth and kill germs, soak it overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of lemon oil.
  9. Add a drop of lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
  10. Rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  11. Use a paper towel, soaked with several drops of lemon oil, to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  12. Place a drop of lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers, to lessen pain and aid healing.  (What also works wonders for this is melissa oil.)
  13. Put a drop of lemon oil on gums that are bleeding because of gingivitis or tooth extraction.
  14. Put a drop of lemon oil on oily skin or acne, to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands).  It offers other benefits for the skin, and can be added to lotions or creams to improve skin tone and texture.
  15. Rub several drops of lemon oil on cellulite, to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
  16. Rub two drops of lemon oil topically onto the feet, to clear athlete's foot.
  17. Rub several drops of lemon oil on varicose veins, to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.
  18. Rub a drop of lemon oil on a wart, morning and night, until it disappears.
  19. Rub a drop of lemon oil to clean a butcher's block or other cutting surfaces.
  20. Put 10-15 drops of lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution, to help pull out stains and brighten the rug.  This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.  Mixing several drops of lemon oil into baking soda, and sprinkling it over the carpet before vacuuming is also very effective.  (It works for your dog, too; although I don't recommend the vacuuming part.  A brush works just fine.)  
Can you tell I'm excited???  SO MUCH information!  I have so much more I could tell you about the quality of these oils but I am trying to control myself!

You can get your own Intro Kit for $26.67 ($20 wholesale). 

If there is one this I hate, it's going to Walgreens and trying to find some crappy remedy for my family.  I also hate heading into town to the health food store.   It's so overwhelming between the selection and the traffic!  

If you are a health junkie like me check out the "webinar" above- you will learn SO MUCH.  Seriously, if you are skeptical of how easily our doctors write prescriptions for us, if you are looking for ways to QUICKLY treat your family for what ails them, if you love the idea of using a 100% pure, plant derived product for your health then essential oils are for YOU and yours!.

I have a big story to share with you soon pertaining to my personal health but I'd thought I break you in with the "Intro Kit" and how we use it.

Have an awesome day.
If you want to try them for yourself here's my online store and it's always on my sidebar.  If you want the product for you and your family for wholesale shoot me an email -  that's the route I decided to take.  angela@parisiennefarmgirl.com.  I've been learning so much, if you have any questions about something you are experiencing I'd be happy to try and point you in the right direction.

Got a health issue?  I'll bet there's an oil for that!~

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More on Eat Like a Parisienne coming later this week!
Stay tuned!
Parisienne Farmgirl

*list found at doterra-aeromatics.com.