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About Tamee Thomas

I am helping my husband, Donald Thomas, fight for custody of his two children who are now in custody of their maternal grandmother. We are fighting from across the country; the kids live in Virginia and we live in Idaho. The children's mother is currently in jail and has been in and out of jail multiple times for a long history of criminal activity. We are afraid for the children's wellbeing and want them home safe as soon as possible. Donald himself is a recovering addict since 2013, when the kids originally went to stay with their grandmother. Since birth, Donald has been the primary caregiver for these children and he has been creating a stable and nurturing environment for them for the past three years in Idaho.

essential oils that calm Organic Skin Care Products | Annmarie Gianni Skin Care

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According to an article in Today, as many as 117 million adults in the U.S. report high levels of anxiety.

In fact, prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications grew 16 percent between 2002 and 2006.

It’s no mystery that our modern-day lifestyles are contributing to this increase in chronic anxiety that we’re seeing.

Even if you’re not normally an anxious person, likely there are times you’d benefit from something calming. Readers of this blog probably already know how helpful some essential oils can be for soothing anxiety, but in case you’re new to aromatherapy, consider this:

A 2011 study reported that schoolteachers working in a high-stress environment who used a bergamot essential oil spray experienced measurable changes to their symptoms.Check out the study to get the full details.

There’s no shortage of research out there to support the amazing benfits of essential oils. In the sources section below  you’ll find several studies that present some of the science behind the ‘magic’ of essential oils.

Today we have 5 essential oils that calm the mind and promote peace.

1. Lavender – For a Clear Mind

You may already love lavender’s light floral fragrance. And it’s no wonder because its benefits are abundant. Among lavender’s many offerings is its proven calming effect.

Though lavender helps people get to sleep, it doesn’t have a sedative effect. This makes it perfect if you want to go into your day with a calm and clear mind. We recommend putting some lavender in your diffuser while you get ready in the morning or even using a lavender water spray to scent your clothing.

Even better: try lavender oil in a massage for double the benefits. Some studies have shown that massage with lavender oil seems to reduce stress more than massage alone.

2. Frankincense – For Emotional Well Being

Frankincense has had its moments in history, but it’s certainly not a thing of the past.

Just back in 2008, a study looked at the areas of the brain affected by frankincense, which is the resin from the Boswellia plant. Their research found that when frankincense incense was burning, it seemed to have an effect on the areas of the brain involved in emotions.

Indeed, frankincense is a popular oil for easing tension and relieving anxiety. It’s said to create a sense of euphoria when used as incense, but you can also add two-three drops in your vaporizer, or simply add a bit to a pan of boiling water and then inhale the steam.

3. Peru Balsam – For comfort

This oil comes from an evergreen tree native to Central America. It’s said to be extremely uplifting and refreshing, helping to improve your mood while calming you down at the same time.

With an aroma somewhat similar to cinnamon and vanilla with a twist of clove, Peru balsam has been found in some studies to help boost the immune system, and to help speed up the healing of burns when applied topically. It’s also effective against bedsores, eczema, and chapped skin. (Always test on a small area first—this oil can cause skin reactions in some people.)

4. Cedar Wood – To Wind Down at Night.

You may have heard that cedar wood makes a great natural insecticide, so it may seem strange to see it listed here, as an anti-anxiety oil, but that’s the wonder of nature! This oil is considered an excellent sedative, something that can help calm you down when you’re feeling anxious and stressed.

Many herbal practitioners recommend this one to help cure insomnia, since it can enhance relaxation before sleep. That may be because it’s a good source of “sesquiterpenes,” compounds we know help stimulate the brain, elevate mood, and encourage relaxation.

To help yourself slip into sleep, add just a drop of cedar wood oil to a carrier oil that works for your particular skin type. Massage your cheek bones, between your eye brows, and the sides of your temples. This is also a fun thing to do with a partner. You’ll be gliding into dreamland in no time.

5. Vetiver – To Ease Restlessness

This oil comes from a perennial grass native to India that has tall stems and long leaves, with brownish-purple flowers. The oil is actually distilled from the plant’s roots, and has a strong, woody aroma.

This oil is a star when it comes to relieving anxiety. It’s been studied as recently as 2015, when researches compared it with the anxiety drug diazepam. Results showed that both the medication and the oil helped reduce anxiety.

Similar to cedar wood, vetiver is very high in sesquiterpenes. In a study led by Terry Friedmann in 2001, children’s behavior was measured before and after a 30 day period during which they smelled a certain essential oil three times a day –either cedar wood, vetiver, or lavender. By the end of the 30 days, significant behavior improvements were seen in the groups that were smelling vetiver and cedar, the two essential oils that are both high in sesquiterpenes.

In fact, herbalists recommend combining vetiver with cedar wood and even a little juniper to calm restless anxiety and ease symptoms like unease, a racing heartbeat, and a lump in the throat.

We recommend using vetiver at work to help you relax while also being productive.

Emergency Preparedness Survival Station |

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Getting organized includes many things, but emergency planning is one that is often forgotten.  To become fully organized, you must have a plan in place, in case of an emergency.  Those who do, will feel more in control if an emergency should arise. Over the last several years, we’ve seen what Mother Nature is capable of.  Tornados have leveled towns. Hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes have caused widespread destruction. And the list goes on. When (not if) a natural disaster or emergency arises, will you be prepared to deal with the loss of roadways, medical attention, water, food, and more? Don’t chance it. Take some time to set up an emergency preparedness survival station in your home and get your family prepared! In addition to setting up a survival station,here are ways you can prepare your home for extreme weather conditions.

 

 

There are 7 main components of an emergency preparedness survival station. Click on the links below to get detailed information about each category.

STORAGE (Shelving, Backpacks, and Bins)BASIC NEEDS (Food & Water)MEDICAL (First Aid Kit & Medicine)EMERGENCY BINDER & CASH (Important documents & a cash stash)SUPPLIESPET & HYGIENE KITCOMFORT (Clothing, Toys, Games)

 
Step 1 – Set up Storage.

Where will your emergency preparedness survival station be located? Designate a space in your home, close to the exit (garage or hall closet is best), for your station. Once you’ve decided on a space, you will need to set up storage.

Purchase or repurpose a shelf to store everything.Purchase or reuse 1 backpack for each family member/pet.Collect at least 3 large storage bins for supplies, etc.Attach a name tag to each backpack. (Include parents number/address & extended family members contact number).

 

 

 

Step 2 – Basic Needs

The second step to creating an Emergency Preparedness Survival Station for your home is stocking up on emergency food & water. The purpose for this station is to have the means to survive an emergency for at least 72 hours, all in one place. In other words, you need enough food and water to last you at least 72 hours. Water is essential to life. Without it, you will not survive. You need to know how much to store and how to purify it if you run out of “clean” water. You also need to store at least 3 days worth of “easy to prepare” food (with a long shelf life).

Stockpile water – 1 gallon/person/day (3 days minimum). FEMA suggests storing at least a 2 week supply.Store regular bleach, medicine dropper or medicine cup in the ESS (Emergency Survival Station).  Add bleach to a small bottle. (Keep in adult backpacks for water purification).Add water purification tablets to each backpack.Add coffee filters to each backpack.Place one can opener in each backpack.Store 3 days’ worth of shelf stable food in each backpack.For details about food supply and water purification, read here.

 

 

Step 3 – Set up a First Aid Kit

The third step to creating an emergency survival station for your home is to put together a well-stocked First Aid Kit. If there is an emergency and the Paramedics are unable to get to you, you may need to know how to apply basic first aid or give needed medications. A well-stocked First Aid Kit may be the difference between life and death.

Choose a box for your First Aid Kit.Gather your medications & supplies, then organize them into separate compartments, boxes, or baggies.Make a list of what medications you have and the expiration date for each. (Include this sheet in your Emergency Binder).Label each compartment.See my post here for detailed instructions on how to set up a first aid kit.

 

 

Step 4 – Emergency Binder and Cash Stash

The forth step to creating an emergency survival station for your home is putting together an important documents folder for each backpack, one emergency binder (for important personal information) to go in an adult backpack & start a (small bill) cash reserve. If for some reason your family gets separated, all family members have cash & emergency information. If the power goes out you will not be able to use your credit card. Cash may be the only option.

Obtain folders (one for each backpack).  You will place copies of medical & family information in them.Photocopy “Important Documents” (below) from your personal files.Print & fill out printables (if you have the E-Book) & add personal information as directed. If you do not have the emergency preparedness e-book, see below (Important information to have).Add 2 ($1) bills to each backpack every payday (at least $100/per person goal). You can keep the cash in another location where it’s easy to access.Print out a recent individual & family picture and place in each folder.Designate an “Emergency Binder” to keep important family documents (including marriage license, birth certificates, SS cards, etc). You only need 1 binder for these documents.Click here to get detailed information about how to set up an emergency binder.Learn how to back up important documents for emergencies here.

 

 

Step 5 – Supplies

During a disaster or emergency situation, you may need to survive an extended period of time without power, city water, or gas. This could happen (very likely), so you should gather up supplies to survive this time, well in advance. You will need certain tools & supplies that you may not be able to find after a disaster. Now is the time to get prepared. You never know when an emergency will occur & it could take hours, days, or even weeks to regain utilities, so your family needs to be ready!  You should keep all of your emergency supplies in one location. If there ever comes a time when you need them, you will not have to go searching around to find them. It wastes valuable time. I created a list of supplies you may need in an emergency situation.

Collect 2-3 bins to keep your supplies in. By doing this, the weight is evenly distributed so if you have to leave your home, it will be much easier to transport them. Older family members can each carry a bin.Shop for your supplies. There are many stores that carry these items. Don’t forget to look online.Organize the supplies into the bins & backpacks.For detailed instructions on emergency supplies, read here.

 

 

Step 6 – Pet Kit and Hygiene Kit

If you are in a natural disaster or emergency and you need to leave your home quickly, you will need a hygiene kit that will serve your needs for at least 72 hours. Trust me, you need a hygiene kit! You will also need a pet survival kit for your 4 legged furry friends. Make sure to place a hygiene kit in each backpack.

Gather your pet’s health history & immunization records.  Photocopy them & place in emergency binder.Gather contents for your pet backpack. List below.Collect items for your hygiene kits & place in backpacks.Get a detailed list of pet and hygiene kitshere.Learn more about disaster planning for your pets here.

 

 

 

Step 7 – Comfort & Fun Kits

A comfort kit contains a dry set of clothes & shoes, a favorite toy or book, and a game to pass the time.  Stock your comfort kit with items your family may like to have while away from home. The purpose of this kit is to “grab and go” if you are in an emergency. If you are in a true emergency, you may not have time to pack a bag.  When we were in Hurricane Floyd in 1999, we were rescued from our home with only the clothes on our back. We didn’t have a 72 hour kit or a comfort kit.  We ended up sleeping on the floor of a gymnasium with the soaked clothes on our back. I wish I had a comfort kit during that time. Also, after a natural disaster or emergency, children may not have access to toys or games. They will get bored easily and it’s best to keep their minds busy during a stressful time like this.  So prepare a fun kit just in case!

 

I have shared how my family is prepared for an unexpected emergency or natural disaster. We have designated a space in our home for the station, built our 72 hour kits, stored the necessary amounts of water and supplies, gathered up all the important documents we need, as well as added comfort items, hygiene kits, and pet kits to our station. I cannot stress the importance of creating your own Emergency Preparedness Survival Station. Get the family involved and start planning yours today! If you would like to print out the plan, you can find all of the details, checklists, and printables in my Emergency Preparedness E-book, or simply follow along here on the blog. For more information about emergency preparedness, visit here.

Homemade Lotion Recipe | Wellness Mama

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Homemade Lotion Variations

There are endless variations, but some of my favorites are:

Calendula and Chamomile for babyRosewater and Almond OilPeppermint, Wintergreen, and Ginger for sore musclesCoconut and Calendula for faceMint and green teaLavender and vanilla

I’ve included my basic recipe below. You can customize by adding different essential oils, infusing your oils with herbs first using shea or cocoa butter in place of the coconut oil for more of a body-butter consistency.

NOTE: This is an improved recipe since many people were having trouble getting the temperatures exactly right to get the lotion to emulsify (as per the comments below). This recipe will not have any of those issues!

Homemade Lotion Ingredients

1/2 cup Almond or olive oil1/4 cup coconut oil1/4 cup beeswaxOptional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oilOptional: 2 tablespoon Shea Butter or Cocoa ButterOptional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

Note: All ingredients and many essential oils are available here.

How to Make Homemade Lotion

Combine ingredients in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!Use as you would regular lotion. This has a longer shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredients are already shelf stable and not water is added. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.

Note: A little goes a long way! This lotion is incredibly nourishing and is also great for diaper rash on baby, for eczema and for preventing stretch marks!

Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub – Clean Mama

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Today I’m sharing one of my most-used and favorite recipes – Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub.  I use this nightly as part of my ‘cleaning up the kitchen’ routine.  (Go to this post to see my favorite products to DIY your cleaners.)

You’ll love this super simple concoction for Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub from The Organically Clean Home – it smells divine and is a great way to end the mountain of dishes accomplished.  You’ll love how the recipes are organized.  Each recipe has clear (easy and quick) instructions and a lot of the recipes have other tips and tricks included as well.  Many recipes have variations so you’ll see unscented versions as well as other scent combinations to try.

Gather your simple ingredients (this recipe can easily be cut in half if you don’t want to mix up a whole batch).

2 cups baking soda10 drops lemon essential oil10 drops clove essential oilcastile soap (or dish soap) (this is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!)container with a shaker top – I used a Ball canning jar (anniversary edition), cut cardstock for the top (instead of the metal lid and punched 4 holes with a standard hole puncher.

I keep this jar under the kitchen sink and it doubles as an air freshener/odor absorber as well – there’s another way to use it in the book too.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you loads of money and be so much better for you and your family!  What are you waiting for?  Want to see more posts on DIY Cleaners?  Go here!

Have you ordered my book, The Organically Clean Home?  It’s full of practical tips and 150 cleaning recipes!

Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub – Clean Mama

http://www.cleanmama.net/2014/04/lemon-clove-nightly-sink-scrub.html

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Today I’m sharing one of my most-used and favorite recipes – Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub.  I use this nightly as part of my ‘cleaning up the kitchen’ routine.  (Go to this post to see my favorite products to DIY your cleaners.)

You’ll love this super simple concoction for Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub from The Organically Clean Home – it smells divine and is a great way to end the mountain of dishes accomplished.  You’ll love how the recipes are organized.  Each recipe has clear (easy and quick) instructions and a lot of the recipes have other tips and tricks included as well.  Many recipes have variations so you’ll see unscented versions as well as other scent combinations to try.

Gather your simple ingredients (this recipe can easily be cut in half if you don’t want to mix up a whole batch).

2 cups baking soda10 drops lemon essential oil10 drops clove essential oilcastile soap (or dish soap) (this is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!)container with a shaker top – I used a Ball canning jar (anniversary edition), cut cardstock for the top (instead of the metal lid and punched 4 holes with a standard hole puncher.

I keep this jar under the kitchen sink and it doubles as an air freshener/odor absorber as well – there’s another way to use it in the book too.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you loads of money and be so much better for you and your family!  What are you waiting for?  Want to see more posts on DIY Cleaners?  Go here!

Have you ordered my book, The Organically Clean Home?  It’s full of practical tips and 150 cleaning recipes!