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Which Essential Oil Should I Buy…Part 2

Is There Really a Difference?

In Which Essential Oil Should I Buy? Part 1, I talked about how essential oils are manufactured, from seed to bottling.  We learned that a lot goes into producing a bottle of essential oil, and that along the way, there are multiple ways that manufacturers and distributors can affect the quality of the oil.

How and Where to Purchase Essential Oils

Now that you know some basics about essential oils, the next step is to find quality therapeutic grade oils. It’s not as easy as you’d think.  I’ve tried over ten different brands of essential oils, and I’m studying to become a certified clinical aromatherapist.  I’d like to think that I’ve learned a thing or two about essential oils, and I’d like to share with you some of what I know.   Read More→

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, 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


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→

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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5 Effective Natural Remedies to Fight Spring Allergies

Today, April 11, 2011, Minneapolis got 5 inches of snow.  Lovely.  So, feeling inspired, I shared on my Facebook page, a cartoon of a cow who tied up a snowman, holding him at hairdryer point, asking him what he’s done with all the grass.  As of this evening, that post was seen by 8,423 people and shared 123 times.  I guess I’m not the only one who thinks  this has been a LONG, cold, snowy winter that seems to never end.  Maybe talking about seasonal allergies will inspire spring to arrive. 

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as spring allergies attack more than 35 million Americans every year as the seasons change, allergens blossom, pollens scatter through the air. People unknowingly breath them, allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, eye and nose irritation and runny nose are triggered.  It’s been such a long winter, I’m almost looking forward to hayfever!

There are many over-the-counter allergy medications on the market today. But these drugs can cause side effects including drowsiness, headache, dehydration, and occasional loss of appetite. Its really not necessary to deal with those side effects when there are scientifically proven natural remedies that can help fight spring allergies.

Here are 5 effective natural remedies for fighting spring allergies:

garlic is an effective natural remedy to fight spring allergiesGarlic: Garlic is a natural antibiotic that wards off infections, viruses and even allergies. On clinical studies, quercetin, a natural compound found in garlic and onion, is observed to mimic the antihistamine effect of certain drugs. Eating or juicing two raw cloves of this powerful antioxidant literally keeps the doctor away! While some people go for the supplements because they don’t want to smell like garlic, they aren’t getting the benefit because for full effect, it must be the fresh,  real herb, and if possible, get organic. It’s not that much more expensive, and has a higher sulfphur content (that’s good for you) and tastes better.  Raw garlic eaten every day will fight off all types of allergies because it boosts your immune system immensely. Garlic tincture is another alternative to raw garlic and is just as effective.  Garlic is definitely a superherb and it truly helps us to breathe better and live healthier lives. When regularly added to the diet, spring may just pass without causing sniffs and drips. Read More→

Easy Ways to Save Money

Easy Ways to Save Money

Saving hundreds of dollars every month doesn’t have to be painful, it can be fun, and it’s very easy to do.

Easy Ways to Save Money On Food

1. Drink water. Skip sports drinks and juices.
2. Stop drinking soda…..but if that’s not an option, get a soda stream. You can make a liter of sparkling water for about thirty cents. That’s a lot cheaper than buying sparkling water.
3. Skip the coffee shop. Make your own at home, fill your thermos and bring your coffee with you. You will save hundreds of dollars.
4. Buy gourmet whole bean coffee at Trader Joes or Costco. It’s MUCH cheaper than the grocery store.
5. Pack your kids lunch. My kids are teen agers, and aside from them not liking the “new, healthier menu” at school that tastes like cardboard, they don’t get enough to eat, so they have to buy ala carte items, in addition to their main meal, that really adds up! So, we pack lunch every day.
6. Pack your own lunch instead of eating out. I don’t need to tell you how expensive it is to eat out every day for lunch.
7. Cut down on meat by 2 meals per week and you’ll save money on your grocery bill. You don’t necessarily have to buy the “Boca” or frozen meat alternatives, as they are about as expensive as meat. There are plenty of meatless recipies: Veggie Lasagna, Meatless Spaghetti sauce, 13 bean chili, etc. Read More→