Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I know long time

Yes right been way to long since I put something up on here.

The pain from Dave's shingles is just starting to ease for him.  He went 5 hours yesterday with out having to take something for the pain.  And remember he has a very high pain threshold.  It has now been 6 weeks since this all started.

Kay has had a bad cold after her mom had one and is now sounding and feeling much better.

Third oldest son S and wife Jes are in the middle of packing for a move, good luck to them. That is a hard job with 5 children, working outside the home and being on call.

It is snowing and blowing here this morning.  We had out first snow Sunday night just like a 1/2 inch and are in the middle of a pretty good storm right now. 

Yesterday morning

Everyone got off to work okay early this morning and hope they can get home alright to.

The dogs did not want to go out this morning.  Grandsons dog Bear had to be shoved out lol.

Here is Bear

We did manage to get the corn and beans hung to dry for seed back at the end of Sept.  Wasn't fun as Dave thought he had pulled his shoulder muscles but turned out it was the shingles starting.

Yeah more then we should need but we wanted to make sure if something happened to some of it that we had what we needed.

Backdoorsurvival has some good info on essential oils this week.  The benefits of Rosemary was today's.


Rosemary is a lovely shrub-like green plant with pale blue flowers and long, needle-like leaves. The aromatic leaves and part of the flowers are used to produce essential oil.  Although native to the seaside regions of North Africa and the Mediterranean, today rosemary grows in other parts of the world and is quite prolific.

The Powerful Healing Qualities of Rosemary Essential Oil   Backdoor Survival
Lavender growing in my yard
It takes its name from “rosmarinus”, a Latin term meaning “dew of the sea”.  This implies that rosemary can thrive without any water other than the humidity carried by the breeze of the sea.  Perhaps that is why it grows so well in temperate coastal regions.
In ancient times, rosemary was used as the universal symbol of remembrance.  In Egypt, sprigs of rosemary were laid across coffins or tombstones and it is has been determined that this tradition continued well into the medieval period and beyond.
During the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies. The bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary.  This tradition continued and later on in history, newlywed couples would plant a branch of rosemary on their wedding day.  If the branch grew, it was a good omen for the union and family.
Throughout history, rosemary oil has been used as both a physical and mental stimulant and as a remedy to for muscle and joint aches, poor memory, indigestion and headaches.


Rosemary essential oil has many outstanding qualities.  It is an effective antiseptic and an antibacterial/antifungal agent.  It also has excellent antioxidant properties.
Like lavender, rosemary is one of the few essential oils that can can be safely applied to the skin in its undiluted form.  Be aware, however, that for safety reasons, undiluted rosemary oil should not be used by women who are pregnant or by individuals who are prone to seizures.  (This caveat applies to all essential oils, not just rosemary.)
Today I share 12 of the most practical applications of rosemary essential oil.  Each use has been time-tested over the ages and promises to foster both healing and wellness over the long term.


1.  Muscle and Joint Pain:  Applied topically, rosemary oil is an effective treatment for muscle pain and arthritis.  It also helps circulation.  It works especially well in combination with lavender and peppermint essential oils.  See my all-purpose relief formula below.
2.  Heal wounds: Use sparingly on cuts and scrapes to speed the healing of wounds
3.  Physical and mental stimulation:  Use while bathing to aid in relieving both muscle soreness and mental exhaustion.
4.  Relieve anxiety and stress:  Rosemary reduces anxiety plus, when combined with lavender oil, reduces stress by calming and relaxing the nerves.
5.  Sooth and heal rough scaly skin: A few drops of rosemary oil mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil reduces itching and irritation and heals dry, itchy patches of skin caused by psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
6.  Reduce bad breath and promote oral health:  When mixed with water, a few drops of rosemary oil helps get rid of halitosis. In addition, by removing bacteria, rosemary essential oil can prevent gingivitis and the excess build of plaque.
7.  Relive headaches:  Apply a drop of two topically to the temples to relieve tension headaches and migraines.
8.  Treat respiratory problems and congestion:  Inhale or use aromatically to aid with congestion associated with allergies, colds, flu, and respiratory infections.
9.  Promote healthy hair and scalp  A few drops in shampoo or conditioner stimulates hair cells and re-growth, and also provides relief for itchy scalps and dandruff.
10.  Improve Concentration and Memory:  Rosemary increases your ability to concentrate and remember things.
11.  Repel bugs: Diluted in water, rosemary essential oil in a spray bottle wards off flies and mosquitos.
12.  Control and prevent acne:  Apply topically to reduce the oil and sebum production that causes breakouts and acne.


For years I have used the following formula to relieve muscle and joint pains and also to reduce scarring from cuts, scrapes and even surgical wounds.
Rosemary – 10 drops
Lavender – 10 drops
Peppermint – 10 drops
Combine the essential oils in 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil. My current favorite is a half and half combination of organic coconut oil and olive oil.
You can use this concoction to massage sore muscles, relieve an itchy scalp or topically to heal wounds and mitigate scarring.  This is my go-to all-purpose relief formula – I use it for everything.


The well-regarded herbal authority, Rosemary Gladstar, has this to say about rosemary:
We’ve only begun to uncover the many uses of rosemary. It has long been renowned as a memory aid. It has a tonic effect on the nervous system and is good for circulation. It strengthens the heart and reduces high blood pressure. It has been used for hundreds of years as a cosmetic herb for its beneficial effects on the hair and skin.


1 comment:

  1. I love the smell of Rosemary. I've always had success using it to keep ants away. And sun-drying your clothes over a hedge of rosemary is suppose to keep bugs off of YOU. lol! I don't have enough to try that yet.

    We planted a small one in our Medicinal Garden at the University this spring and it grew HUGELY this summer. It went from about six inches to over a foot tall and wide.

    Thank you!


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