Which Essential Oil Should I Buy?

Why Are Some Essential Oils So Expensive?

Why Are Some Essential Oils So Cheap?

Is There Really a Difference?

People have been asking me what is the best brand of essential oils, so I thought I’d write a post to help clear up some myths and misconceptions about essential oils.

I’ve been using essential oils for several years, and have tried at least ten different brands of essential oils. There are good ones, and there are bad ones.  There are cheap oils, and expensive oils.  Let’s sort through them, shall we?  I’ll show you what to look for in an essential oil, reduce some confusion, and maybe even end up saving you some money, because I’ve wasted a lot of money on cheap oils.  And I will say right up front, that cheaper isn’t better. So, let’s get started.

First off, What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the lifeblood of the plant.  Just like we have blood that flowing through our bodies, carrying nutrients to all of our cells, essential oils carry nutrient throughout the plant.

Essential Oils Are A Plant’s Life Blood:

  • Carry nutrients to the plant cells
  • Protect the plant from any form of stress
  • Protect the plant against infection and disease
  • Give the plant its characteristic aroma
  • May be found in any portion of the bush, flower, herb or tree.
  • Just like we can’t live without blood, plants can’t live without this essential part of the plant.

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What is Ebates?

Do you like free money?

Recently I discovered a great little treasure called Ebates.  Well, I can’t take the credit for discovering it.   Chris Peach actually told me about it.  I’ve been taking his Awesome Money Course, and learning a great deal, by the way, about how to stop living paycheck to paycheck.    Anyway, he taught me about many ways to save money.

Here’s how it works.  You  don’t have to do anything but add the extension to your browser. This is for real. It runs in the background when you’re shopping online and lets you know how much of a rebate you will get when you order. 

I started with Ebates in December, did most of my Christmas shopping online, and I already received at $23 check.  Now, I realize that doesn’t sound like much Residual Income Explainedmoney, but, if you shop online a lot, like I do, this will really add up.  I’m all for free money, so even if it only adds up to $100 in a year, who doesn’t want a free $100?  

Plus, I like that I don’t have to do anything, it just runs in the background and updates me.  Also, Ebates sends out email promos, to alert for additional deals.  For instance, this morning, there was an email from Ebates about Petco. Now, I’ve never considered having my pet food delivered, because I always thought shipping would be too expensive.   I would not have known about the current deal from Petco had it not been for  Ebates.  So, I went to Petco.com, and shopped for the cat food that I buy.  There was a Petco Members promo with a discounted price, plus free shipping, plus an additional $5 off. And, there was a a 4% rebate.  I ended up getting my pet food for far less than retail, and I don’t have to remember to stop at the store on my way home from work to buy cat food.  I won’t have angry cats meowing at me because I forget their food. Big bonus!!  

When you sign up for Ebates, they will put $10 in your account just to get you started.  

I think it’s a no-brainer. I love saving money, and this is one of the easiest ways I’ve ever found to do so.

How do you save money?

PennySue Mueller

Penny Mueller
Email: Penny Mueller


Why Stress is Bad for Your Heart

Modern life is full of hassles.

Jobs, bills, mortgages, households to run, children to raise, demands, deadlines, frustrations, responsibilities! And then we add on more without even thinking. Continuing our education, working for that promotion, taking on a car payment,  remodeling the house, spinning all those plates and hoping one doesn’t fall.

Whether we realize it or not, whether we like it or not, our body responds.  And we have no control over it.  The nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.  These hormones force the body to go into emergency response. The heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, your senses become sharper.  The purpose of all this is to get you to rise up and meet the challenges that you face.  We are preparing for fight or flight!

Stress related diseases are on the rise and are not only  affecting our ability to cope, but are also destroying our immune function. Read More→

Heart Work

What is Healing Touch, anyway?

Healing Touch is Heart Work

Healing Touch, is a technique that has its origin in the laying-on of hands which can be found in all spiritual paths. This form of healing is based on a philosophy of caring and compassion and is oriented towards service to community. It is healing not for its own sake but for the sake of others. In the Judeo-Christian path, there are many ways to use one’s hands with the intention of healing that are based in the Scriptures and in Christian tradition. Read More→

I’m Branching Out

Nursing Isn’t  ‘all that’

Twelve years ago my life went through dramatic change and I was faced with making a decision about my future so I decided to go back to school and chose nursing as a second career. From my first day of my first nursing class, I wondered if I made the right choice. I was trained, educated, and indoctrinated about the wonders of modern medicine. The pharmaceuticals, the devices, the procedures, the surgeries, the reactive approach to illness and disease, the vaccines, the infections that don’t respond to antibiotics anymore, the management of medication side effects, the sometimes mindless following of doctor’s orders, the virtual requirement of a doctor’s order to touch a patient (I exaggerate a little).     All this didn’t make sense and I quickly became disenchanted.   My ears always perked up when a topic would involve alternative or complementary therapies.   Unfortunately, we never spent much time on them, because they were on the periphery of medicine and “not scientific”. But I persevered, flew through nursing school, passed my state board exam with flying colors and quickly became gainfully employed as a nurse. Being that I wasn’t a 22 year old fresh out of college new grad, but a seasoned ‘forty something’ mom, I thought I knew the direction to take, and I fast-tracked my career through floor nursing, charge nurse, case manager and director of nursing. I was a success but never lost my taste and passion for alternative healing. Read More→

West Wind Healing

Vibration underlies every aspect of life.  

From atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, bodies, and entire systems.  From cellular respiration and division, the heart beat, nerve impulses up and down the spine, to brain waves, our bodies each have their own vibrational signature and rhythm.  This is orderly and organized.  There is no chaos.  The entire body oscillates within its own electromagnetic energy field and subtle energy field.  The body is a vibrant energy system containing the mind, spirit and physical body.

What is Aromatherapy?

In life, our bodies want harmony. Health is a positive energy that flows strong and coherent, while illness and disease manifest as negative, weak, incoherent energies.   When illness or disease are present, they might show up as chemical imbalances, but underlying this is an electromagnetic imbalance that has changed the molecules, cells, tissues and organs of the body.  Healing will occur when a healthy, positive frequency brings the cells back to a state of balance.  This is where energy work and essential oils come in. Read More→

Brewing Kombucha at Home

Brewing Kombucha at Home

I like drinking Kombucha. I love the tangy, tingly, bubbliness of it. I also love the health benefits, mainly, the probiotics. What I don’t like is the price of buying it at the grocery store of Whole Foods.  So, I started brewing Kombucha at home a few years ago.Making Kombucha

Brewing Kombucha at home can be intimidating, but with a little practice, it is very easy. Just follow the directions, do your homework, and, learn from my mistakes so that hopefully you can avoid the ones I made.

So, are you ready to start brewing Kombucha at home?

Before you get started, you will need to plan ahead, order some supplies, and gather all the items you’ll need.    You can get everything you need from Hannah Crum, The Kombucha Mamma, and my kombucha guru.  The only place I would ever purchase a SCOBY is from Hannah. Read More→

GMOs and the New Classical Liberal

Are GMOs Bad?

These are my thoughts. I’m not here to prove anything, I don’t have a bunch of scientific research, facts, or papers that “prove” my opinions. Some of my closest friends say I’m too critical. (as if that’s a bad thing) I am critical. I look at the world as a critic. I’ve always been a skeptic of sorts. One of my colleagues, with tongue-in-cheek, tells me I need to stop asking “why?” so much, because it usually results in more work. I can’t help it. I need things to make sense in my world.

Are People Who Are Against GMOs  Stupid?

GMO fruitWhile listening to a local conservative morning radio show the other day, “they” were discussing a proposed bill regarding  GMO labeling. Rather than discuss the merits or flaws of the bill,  the show hosts chose to hail the goodness of GMOs by making claims without any substantiation. They proceeded to rip into the organic food movement, and equated anyone with those leanings to be idiots, lefties, liberals, socialists,  and hippies. Hmmmmm, I thought.   Why don’t I fit into any mold? I’m not a leftie, a liberal, a socialist, or an idiot. In discussing this with my son, he called me a classical liberal.

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Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 4

Natural Medicine Cabinet Item#4 Eucalyptus Oil

Fresh herbs in first aid kitAs you build your all natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet, you now have Lavender,   Peppermint, and Tea Tree essential oils, which are 3 of the staples of any aromatherapist. As you have read in the individual posts for those three oils, the list of things that they can do is impressive. No natural medicine cabinet or first aid kit would be complete without our next essential oil: Eucalyptus.

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Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 3

Natural Medicine Cabinet Item #3: Peppermint Oil

Fresh herbs in first aid kitThe third essential for your natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet is Peppermint Oil (mentha piperita), right there next to your Lavender and  Tea Tree oil. Peppermint is another essential oil that is a foundational item for everyone’s medicine cabinet and first aid kit. Peppermint has a fresh, piercing, minty aroma that acts as a dilator, or “opener”in the body. It opens up the lungs and veins to bring more air into the lungs and more blood to the brain. Peppermint can be used as a mental stimulant, to improve memory, increase efficiency and productivity. It is a great way to fight sleepiness, fatigue, and mental fog.

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