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Encouragement in Your Wellness Journey

About CKWidmayer

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and follower of Jesus. I am a teacher, writer, and singer. I am on a journey toward ever increasing health and wellness through spiritual growth, personal growth, and natural, plant-based living solutions such as essential oils. I love to teach people about essential oils, and I love to use my talent for writing to share what I have learned about health. Join me on this healthy journey--even when there are bumps along the way. During my times of relaxing, I enjoy spending time with family, especially the grandkids, as well as reading and crocheting.

Essential Oil Personal Care and Diffuser Recipes

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Have you been outside in the sun and heat a lot this summer?  Your skin may need a little fall TLC.  And as the weather cools and the air conditioner is replaced by the furnace, your skin may need some extra moisture to keep it from drying out.

Here are some skin care recipes sure to put you in the mood for hayrides, campfires, apple cider, baked goods, and long walks.  And as the seasons change, you can change the essential oils you add according to your personal taste. Need essential oils? You can get them here.

SUGAR SCRUBS

 Pumpkin Spice Scented Sugar Scrub

  • 1 ¾ cups brown sugar
  • ¼  cup white sugar
  • 1 drop Cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 1 drop Clove essential oil
  • 1 drop Ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop Nutmeg essential oil
  • ¼ cup almond or jojoba oil
  • 1 T honey
  • Baking soda (optional)

Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ c coconut oil
  • ½ t. vanilla extract
  • 3 drops of Cinnamon Bark

Directions: Combine sugars in a mixing bowl. Mix oils and honey together in a separate container. Combine liquid mixture with sugars in mixing bowl and stir until it reaches desired texture, adding more oil or sugar if necessary. Baking soda may be added to soften consistency. Transfer to Mason jar or other container and enjoy.

BODY BUTTERS

 Pumpkin Pie Body Butter

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 20 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 14 drops Ginger
  • 10 drops Nutmeg
  • 5 drops Clove

Orange Dream Body Butter

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 10 drops Orange
  • 10 drops Tangerine
  • 10 drops Citrus Fresh
  • 10 drops Stress Away

Directions: Whip shea butter and coconut oil together with kitchen mixer; then add almond oil, or a carrier oil of your choice, to desired consistency. Add slowly as you may not need toe whole cup.  Fold in essential oils, using a wooden or stainless steel spoon.  Place in a tightly sealed jar.

DIFFUSER RECIPES

And to help get you in the fall mood, here are some fall favorite essential oils to add to your diffuser.  Use them alone, or mix them up.  Create your own favorite blends.

  • Thieves
  • Stress Away
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Orange
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cardamom
  • Patchouli

And , while you are enjoying the fragrance of these beautiful oils on your skin or in your diffuser, it’s nice to know that they are supporting wellness of your body systems!  May you be blessed with a  healthy and enjoyable fall season.

Changing the Routine for Your Mental Health

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[Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”        -–Mark  6:31

Summer is winding down. Did you have a chance to escape your normal routine? A vacation should be just that—a break from your normal routine. It doesn’t have to cost a lot; it just needs to be something you enjoy. Getaways are important not only for physical health to rest the body but also for mental health to rest the mind.

I just got back from a week with some of my family. I enjoyed sunshine, sun tanning, and sightseeing. You don’t have to go far away to get rest and relaxation, but getting away from your every day environment helps the brain to slow down.  It is hard to rest at home when there is a heap of laundry on the floor, a stack of dishes in the sink, and a pile of papers on the desk. Breaking your routine allows you to turn off that portion of your mind that is constantly thinking about what needs to happen next.  On a vacation, you don’t have to have a schedule.

Maybe you can’t take the time for a week of vacation.  Psalm 23:2-3 says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Block out a Saturday, Sunday, or weekend to get outside and enjoy nature.  There is something peaceful and calming about considering Creation.  I love when my vacation takes me to a place where I can sit on a beach and view the ocean; however, I find the same calm come over me when I’m on my deck at home viewing a field of corn or the green grass and the trees that surround me.

Really all you need to do to rest your mind is get away from the usual to the unusual.  A family cookout, an hour at the spa, or lunch with a friend can bring refreshment and renewal to help you rest your mind.

As students and parents return to fall schedules and all that comes with them, I encourage you to take advantage of the late summer and fall days.  Get outside. Enjoy nature. Rest your mind. Refresh your soul.  Be renewed in your purpose.  Give your body and your mind the rest they crave. It is important for your mental health.

 

 

Sorting Hat Devotions

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I’m continually amazed how God speaks to us through His Word.  He uses my particular devotional for a day, which comes from a book I chose from many options, which is prepared well in advance by writers and publishers to speak to my particular need on an exact day and time through a book that thousands of others, who have very different needs, read at the same moment, and it speaks different things to them.  It is beyond comprehension.

I love to try to figure out God by imagining how this happens.  I have imagined a “Harry Potter”-like text, where as the book opens, words appear.  The words are just for you, and when you close the book, they fade.  Can you see it?

You pick up the devotional book; and as you open, it the words on the page appear, shift, change, until text clearly emerges—words that speak directly to your need at the moment.  If you close the book and come back tomorrow, words appear again—different words to meet different needs.  And if your spouse, child, or friend opens the book, the words for you have faded, and new words meant for them have appeared.

And perhaps the book talks to you, like the Hogwart’s Sorting Hat.  It would reveal things that clarified direction in your life or spoke to a specific situation.  Like the Sorting Hat senses student personalities and assigns them to a particular House, the “Sorting Book” points you to a particular path—a path chosen just for you.  Wouldn’t that be cool? A sentient Sorting Devotional book with changing words, meanings for different times and situations, and a perfect path for you to follow in life?  Wow! People would be standing in line to buy a book like that—much like they stood in line to purchase new releases of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter adventures.

But wait! There IS a Book like that. The pamphlet or book you use for your personal devotions draws from that BOOK! The Bible is that Book!  The book isn’t sentient.  It’s God, the Author of the Book, the Living Word!  Jesus! And God speaks to our hearts, personally, individually, any moment of the day in any situation. When we turn to The Book, we find wisdom and guidance. God’s Holy Spirit helps us see the Word and words in light of our momentary need, providing comfort, encouragement, direction, and insight.  And God’s Holy Spirit provides illumination for our path—our life path.  And God has a complete plan for our lives; His Book has already been written.  We are walking it out. . . not as characters, because we have choice and free will.  But when we use The Book as a guide, we are walking out His Perfect Plan for our lives.

The Hogwart’s Sorting Hat is only for certain times, certain decisions, and certain people.  It is a tool that is locked away except for special occasions.  But God’s Book is never locked up. It’s available always.  The Sorting Hat has occasionally made mistakes, but God never makes a mistake.

You are not a mistake.  Your life is not a mistake.  God has a plan for you. And He will speak that plan and purpose into you if you listen and follow.  And because His Word is living, it may come to you through The Bible, a devotional, a sermon, a word from a friend, a line from a story, or any myriad of ways. You will know because the Holy Spirit will quicken it to your heart. And you will be able to receive that Word and respond accordingly.

Our imaginations are wonderful gifts.  And God has planted in the hearts of many the ideas for stories that carry us off to magical worlds. But nothing compares to God’s plan and His story for us.  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  NLT  1 Corinthians 2:9

So open The Book or a devotional, and wait with the same anticipation you might if the book you were opening was “magical.”  Because God’s Word is magical and mysterious, in the best possible connotation of those words.

Muffins and Sugar Cookies with Einkorn Flour

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I love baking in the fall.  I love muffins, quick breads, and Christmas cookies!  A “breakfast” muffin or sugar cookie with a light glaze of frosting, accompanied by an early morning cup of coffee, is one of my favorite things cooler weather.  And then my health care professional told me to limit or cut out wheat.  What’s a girl to do?  Just so we are clear, I am not allergic to wheat.  It’s just not the best thing to put in my body.  I had already been experimenting with baking options because I love muffins and have to have sugar cookies at least once a year.  I had tried coconut flour and other types, but I didn’t like the flavor so I gave up.  Then, Young Living introduced Einkorn Flour.  I have been using it ever since.

Containing 1% gluten, this may not be the product for you if you are allergic to all wheat; however, if you are just looking to eat healthier, even when you are eating sweets, Einkorn Flour is a great choice. Einkorn flour is Heirloom wheat that has not been modified. You can read more about that at Gary Young’s blog here.

If you do any research on baking with Einkorn flour, you will find most resources say that it can be used the same as traditional flour and your recipe amounts will not change.  From my experience, this works okay; but muffins, for example, are less dense and occasionally come out a bit gooey in the middle. After a few near misses, I decided to add a bit of extra flour to my recipes.  Typically, if the recipe calls for 1-2 cups of flour, I add an extra 1/8 –¼ cup.  I make muffins frequently, so I am getting pretty good at it; but I only attempt scratch cookies once a year.  I wondered if I could make a decent Christmas cookie with Einkorn.  I decided to try my sugar cookie recipe with Young Living’s Einkorn Flour.

I started out by following the recipe exactly.  I used a basic Traditional Sugar Cookie recipe from Betty Crocker.

I chilled the dough and then took it out.  I was ready to roll!  I spread a generous amount of Einkorn flour on my counter so I could roll out the dough.  What a sticky mess!  I was afraid that this would be the result, but I wasn’t ready to give up.  I scooped up my prepared dough, along with all the flour I had spread on the counter, and kneaded it together.  That made my cookie dough less sticky.  Then, I spread more flour on the counter and tried again.  This time, the dough rolled out perfectly, and I was able to use the cookie cutters to make perfect trees, bells, and stars.  The cookies also tasted great.  Just as I found with the muffins, this cookie recipe needed a little extra flour to make it work.  Next time I make this dough, I will just increase the flour amount in the recipe, probably by ½ cup.

I am no expert baker, and you will have to experiment with your own recipes; but I can tell you this.  Adding a little extra Einkorn flour to your recipes when you are substituting for traditional flour will probably make them turn out a lot more to your liking.  And you don’t have to wait until Christmas to bake these cookies.  Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter are all right great times to eat cookies. Trade your bells and Christmas tree cutters for  pumpkins, hearts, shamrocks, or bunnies. But don’t wait! Start now! Who doesn’t love a round, cut-out sugar cookie in the summer with a glass of sweet tea?  And when you make those summer cookies, try a bit of Lemon Vitality essential oil in your dough.  Yum!

Back to School With Healthy Products

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It’s that time again!  Back to school.  We survived the days of 90+ temperatures and overwhelming humidity in July.  And though we still have a full month of summer left, we can’t help think about fall and the upcoming school year—even if we are no longer personally involved getting kids ready.

Walking into any store will remind you that education is making its annual comeback.  Christmas in July sales have given way to Back to School sales.  Mom is sorting clothes to see that Johnny has once again outgrown all his long pants and wondering if he can go to school in shorts until Christmas. Johnny also needs new tennis shoes.  And Susie wants a whole new wardrobe because she can’t possibly wear last season’s outfits.

But mom is not done shopping.  There is the excitement of backpacks, folders, pens and pencils, a new lunch box, and maybe some rain boots.

Thankfully, Young Living has some things to make the transition from summer to school year easier and healthier.

Here are five tips for a successful start to the new school year.

  1. Mom, you are first on the list. Stress Away is a sweet-smelling essential oil blend that will calm you during those shopping sprees with Johnny and Susie.  A word of advice from a mom who has been there—if possible, take one child at a time shopping.  It saves arguments and sanity.
  2. Breakfast and Snacks – Stock up on healthy choices for a quick breakfast or  between meal snack.
    • Einkorn Granola – Eat it dry, add milk to make a cereal, or mix in with yogurt and fruit.
    • Wolfberry bars – A great grab and go snack.
    • Ningxia popsicles – Have some of these stashed in the freezer for cooling off when summer temperatures continue into early fall.
    • Einkorn Flour – This Heirloom Wheat flour contains only 1% gluten and bakes up great using your favorite cookie and quick bread recipes. Check back next week for my blog about baking with Einkorn.
  3. Focus – Keep essential oils on hand that support cognitive function. Start your day alert and finish with concentration on homework. Try Lemon, Peppermint, or Clarity.
  4. Thieves – Support the immune system with a Thieves roller or add a few drops to your diffuser while enjoying some family TV time.
  5. Sleep – Keep essential oils on hand that promote good sleep. When it is time to unwind, and the sun is still in the sky, diffuse some calming oils. Try Lavender,  Peace & Calming, or Sleepyize to get everyone settled in for the evening.

Now that you have your shopping well in hand, it’s time to get out and enjoy the remainder of the summer.  School will wait a few more weeks.

 

HOW DO YOU USE LAVENDER VITALITY?

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Many people like lavender flavor in sweet or savory dishes, and you can peruse the internet and find many recipes. If you don’t have a lavender garden in your back yard, you can use food-grade lavender oil in your recipes. However, there are a few things you should know before doing substitutions.

  1. Choose safe products from reliable resources. One choice is Lavender Vitality.
  2. Lavender oil, or any oil for that matter, is going to add a much stronger flavor to food than flowers or herbs, so adjust your recipe. It might take experimentation. One drop goes a long way. I learned this the hard way. Start low and slow.
  3. If one drop is too much, try the toothpick method. Dip a toothpick in the oil, and then stir the batter with the toothpick.  I know it doesn’t seem like much, but you will be surprised at the flavor.
  4. Essential oils should be added near the end of the recipe by folding them in. When mixing a cake or cookie recipe, the oils may lose a bit of their therapeutic value during the heating process, but you will still get the flavor.
  5. In a stove top recipe, remove the pan from the stove and let the hot ingredients cool a bit before stirring in oils.
  6. If liquid ingredients are part of the recipe, you may want to combine the oil with another liquid before adding to ensure more even distribution.
  7. If using more than one essential oil flavor, definitely start with the toothpick method.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.  Add Lavender Vitality (or another favorite Vitality Oil) to:

  • A simple syrup recipe to blend with ice tea
  • A milkshake or smoothie
  • Homemade Ningxia popsicles or Ningxia shots
  • Whip cream topping your dessert or smoothie
  • Yogurt
  • Cookie or cake recipes, especially mixed with lemon
  • Vinegar and oil-based salad dressings
  • Hot cocoa
  • Candy recipes
  • Marinades
  • Syrup for waffles and pancakes
  • Potato and pasta salads

RECIPES

Honey Lavender Lemonade

  • 6 lemons, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 drops Lavender Vitality oil
  • 10 cups ice water
  • Lavender sprigs, optional

Combine lemon juice, lime juice, honey, and Lavender Vitality in a large glass pitcher. Add water to taste. Stir until well mixed. Chill. Garnish with sprigs of lavender.

Lavender Rosemary Salad Dressing

  • 2/3 cup Safflower Oil
  • 1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ t sugar (optional)
  • 1 drop (or to taste) Lavender Vitality
  • 1 drop (or to taste) Rosemary Vitality

Combine ingredients in a mason jar.  Shake before use.  Store at room temperature.

Wait is an Action Verb

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Luke 24:49 – I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Acts 1:4:  “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

Stay, tarry, remain, and wait.  Wait is defined by Dictionary.com in the following ways:

  1. To remain inactive or in a state of repose until something expected happens
  2. To be available or in readiness
  3. To postpone or delay something
  4. To look forward to eagerly

Inactivity. Repose. Resting. Doing nothing. That is hard to do in this busy world; however, if we want to hear from God, we have to wait.  But wait is an action verb.  So what should we be doing while we wait?  How do we actively wait?

  1. Pray –
    1. Psalm 5:3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
  2. Trust the timing –
    1. Psalm 31:14-15 But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God. My times are in your hands…
    2. Psalm 25:5 …for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long.
  3. Expect and hope –
    1. Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You.
  4. Be still and silent –
    1. Psalm 62:1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    2. Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.
  5. Wait in patience
    1. Psalm 37:7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently; lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
  6. Focus – Eyes looking up for a vision
    1. Psalm 145:15 The eyes of all wait for You [looking, watching, and expecting] and You give them their food in due season.
    2. Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.
  7. Wait with strength
    1. Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
  8. Get YOUR answer, not someone else’s
    1. Isaiah 30:18 And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!
  9. Wait for Him
    1. Isaiah 25:9 It shall be said in that day, Behold our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.

While we are waiting, how should we pray? Pray for

  1. Cleansing from sin
  2. Willingness to surrender to God’s plan, to obey
  3. Cooperation of others who play a role in God’s plan for you
  4. Ears to hear and recognize the voice of the Spirit
  5. Eyes to see the vision God has for you
  6. Strength to wait and resist any lies from the evil one
  7. Patience and steadfastness to wait and not act in your own power
  8. Power to carry out God’s instructions when you receive an answer

As we look to the dictionary definition of wait, we see that the word itself encompasses all that is listed and confirmed in other Bible verses.

  1. To remain inactive until we get specific direction from God
  2. To be available for His response and plan, and not get caught up in something else while we are waiting
  3. To postpone or delay action until instruction is received
  4. To look forward and eagerly await God’s answer because we know it will be amazing. . . and …immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us Ephesians 3:20-21

 To Him be the glory!