Lavender as medicine?

Lavender is a well-known plant all over the world. Who doesn’t know the pictures of the endless lavender fields in France or has seen the fields themself. The sight of the fields are magnificent, the smell is relaxing and makes you so sleepy.

For centuries lavender is used in the aroma therapy but also as medicine. Dried lavender was placed between the clean sheets to keep a nice smell and leave the bugs out. When the sheets were placed on the beds the lovely smell helped to enhance sleep and relax. Doctors used the lavender herbs and oils for burns, cuts and abrasions.

A lot have changed since then and the chemical world had its uprise in our household and medicine cabinet or through prescriptions by doctors. The laundry is done with nice smelling soap, if you have a headache or have problems to sleep you just take a pill, there are plenty of over the counter or prescription ointments available for burns and cuts.

But nowadays there is also proof that all these chemicals together with an unhealthy lifestyle (unhealthy food, no exercise, stress, etc) are not very good for you on the long-term. People are developing all kind of lifelong problems like asthma, eczema, thyroid problems, are overweight, or many more problems.

Don’t misunderstand me. I am not against the modern products or medicines. But I believe that a lot of products can be replaced by natural products like herbs and essential oils or essential oils-infused products. We just have to learn how to live healthy again.

Young Living is selling a package with 11 oils (this month even 12) and Lavender is one of them. Or you can buy the bottle separately. But you should try it. Really. Diffuse it in your bedroom and I can almost guaranty you, you will sleep a lot better.

I normally grabbed that nice bottle with white pills if I had one of my headaches again (and I have them a lot due to a neck injury). I was addicted to them and over the years I had to take more and more to get the same effect. Now I use Lavender. I have a little container with coconut-oil and added Lavender and  sometimes also Peppermint to it. The Lavender relaxes my muscle and the Peppermint gives a great cooling feeling in my neck. And the amount of pills I take is a lot less, and I mean a lot less than a couple of years ago.

Really you should try it.

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2017 is going to be ridiculously AMAZING

That’s going to be my motto for this year. And I have my goals ready for this month, for the next 90 days, for this year to make it happen.

I am going to do work very hard this year to start earning some money with my business. I am going to find my customers, I am going to find followers, I am going to find all the people who are interested in my Young Living products. I will start small and it will expand this year to way more.

I have 2 days booked for a market, and more will follow. I have written down a couple of new ideas to get people interested, so that is going to help to my success this year too.

I also made a start with a monthly newsletter, and according to my planning that would be send out to everyone next week.

If you are interested in my newsletter about the essential oils/blends and other products of Young Living, follow this link.

I am also going to make a killer landing-page, I am going to make killer ad’s, I am going to post on regular basis on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter so people will start to know me.

Watch out for me! I am on my way.

But that isn’t the only reason why this year will be amazing. My personal life will change too. Last year I already lost a lot of kilo’s (lbs). Beginning of December is was at 14kg (30lbs). Must admit that this holiday hasn’t been good to me. Or better, I have not been good to myself. Lack of excercise and no lack of too much food had brought it down to 11kg (25lbs). But that’s alright. I am going to loose another 10 kilo’s this year (plus 3). Not “much” I have to do: extend the distance of running from 5/6km 4 times a week to 8-10km AND keeping an eye on what I put in my mouth. I also participate in a UA challenge to run 1017km this year, so I will reach my goal for sure.

Second change this year concerns my horses. Instead of only feeding them, cleaning after them and keeping myself busy in the summer with the never-ending story of  repairing fence I will start exercising and training my horses too.

I am going to have so much fun this year.

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Last day of 2016

A long time ago we moved from the Netherlands to Cochrane (ab), Canada. Our first New Year’s Eve was quiet a disappointment. We were used to parties, champagne, tons of oliebollen, fun programs to watch at the tv and fireworks when the new year started.

We figured out that Canada is different. Nothing on tv except the standard boring movies and games and …..  Looking out of the window at 12 we only noticed dark houses and no fireworks at all. Everybody was already in bed. BORING

At least we still had the oliebollen and the champagne. And for this year we invited some friends too. Still no fireworks. Besides the fact that it isn’t allowed, it’s no fun for the horses either.

Must say it’s the only part I do not really miss. Especially not the fireworks after 1am. Now I can sleep 😁

So what’s left is wishing you a great last day of 2016 and an even greater 2017.

Have you put your new year resolutions on paper yet??

Warm vs cold market

I sell Young Living products. Essential oils, blends, oil-infused products and diffusers. What I always understood is that you have to find a huge amount of people who buy the starters kit and these buyers have to start finding people too and so on. That’s the way to earn the money. Big money.

But…. my problem is that I don’t have family in Canada who I can start with the oils. Or ton-loads of friends to sell it to. Must admit I didn’t ask either. It would give me an uneasy feeling if one of my friends would try to get me to buy a starters kit so why would I turn it around and ask them. I know the oils are good and work amazing but still. And if they get curious they know where to find me. Soooo… no warm market for me.

Leaves me with the so-called cold market. All the millions of people out there who want to start using Young Living products but don’t know yet. How do I make them buy the starters kit??

Slowly I start to understand that to reach these people I don’t necessarily need to sell the starters kit. I have to build my business first. Find people who are maybe interested. Let them know who I am, where they can find me, let them not forget me. They start as customers who buy something once in a while and then maybe will buy that starters kit and then maybe will start sharing and signing-up people too.

I have a long way to go but I will find these new customers. And they will find out who I am and where to find me so my list of people will grow and grow. And once in a while I will find a customer who skips the steps and go for it. Get their own team.

My big goal for 2017. Do I make sense???

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Still 363 days to go till Christmas

My daughter made me laugh with this phrase. She also added “and there are already people who have the lights up”. I thought it was funny.

Christmas Day was a nice and quiet day for us together with our youngest. The oldest was in Whitecourt, Alberta with her boy friend. The middle one was in Edmonton with her girl friend. We just have been hanging around, reading, doing chores and some work in the house and for dinner we had cheese fondue (special request of my daughter).

Boxing Day they all come home again. No, no running around at malls for us. None of us like to do that anyway and nowadays it’s hardly necessary. The sales will continue the entire week anyway so why frustrate yourself with walking around surrounded by endless rows of people. “Not my forte” as they say.

So we had a great evening with secret Santa gifts, more gifts and food. Too much food. And too much wine too. But we all had a lot of fun, a lot of laughter and a lot of joy.

And that’s what Christmas is about.

(One of my gifts were nameplates for all my horses and my foster horse) for more information about where I fostered one of the mares.

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I don’t know what happened but for some reason I have, or better had a sore spot on the side of my hand. I probably hit it some time in the last couple of days. After a couple of days I used one of my poison mixes of essential oils and coconut oil on it. And again it amazed me how good these oils work. The pain is gone.

It’s a blend in a bottle I use not only for my bruises but also, and primarily, for sore muscles and joints. The name is PanAway which sounds a lot like pain away. It’s a small and expensive bottle but because I only use 10 drops in a little container it last a long time. I have to confess I add some other oils to the mix too just to make it work even better.

What I am trying to say is that without the use of any ointment from the stores, without all the chemical stuff which is in there, I got the same result. It’s not only healthier for my body, it’s probably cheaper overall too.

What more do you want 🙂

Sooo Cold…..

This week it has been around MINUS 30. Yes with capitals so everybody knows that I didn’t make a mistake. It was freaking cold. Especially when you have to be outside to turn the horses out and bring them in and get the water going. The amount of water is huge what they consume. And the heaters had some trouble to keep the water defrosted.

A couple of months ago we started to have some problems with our well. It was not a huge amount of water we had but enough to do laundry, take showers, soak in the tub once in a while, have water for the daily things and for drinks but also for the horses.

Now shower time is cut back, soaking is not possible anymore, laundry is done at the laundromat and the horses are cut off. Which means for me regular trips to do the laundry in town, do groceries and fill up a 200 liter tank with water for the horses. Nice when it is winter, not so nice when it is minus 30. Or minus 20. Or even minus 10.

Although minus 10 is now already labeled as “warm”.

Where is my motivation

Since the beginning of this year I have started running and have not stopped yet. I started to participate in a challenge to run 1000 km this year and I have only 45 to go. Should be able to do that. 7 times the 5K and I am done.With only 11 days left this year, I can run every other day and I am good.

But for some reason it is just not there. The motivation to do it. Because it is so cold outside I run on my treadmill. I really love that machine. I can watch Netflix while running or listen to my music. I can even run through the mountains in Norway. Or get a training session with that Jillian girl from the biggest looser. More the enough options. But it is still going straight in a room in the basement.

Unfortenatly the only thing I do is eating right now. And you kow what?? I am done with it. I am going to change right now and I go for my 5K!

See you later!!! I have to do this.

No electricity

It has been a strange week. Beside the crazy temperatures between minus 22 and minus 32 (not included the wind to add to the joy of frozen fingers) we also lost partial power. Only half of our panel got power, the other half didn’t. Thank god that the heating and the fridge/freezer were on the good half. The water supply wasn’t. Also the barn had only half supply. Some horses had solid frozen water in their buckets, some didn’t.

Luckey our electricity supplier arrived early in the morning and fixed it in only 4 hours. Yeah!

It also meant no internet. Frustrating because I still have a list with things which I want to be done this month. My goal list:

  • Finally finish my website,
  • Finally setting up and sending out my newsletter,
  • Finally creating a killer advertisement which will give me at least 10 (or rather 100) new customers,
  • Making my secret santa present,
  • Sort out a lot of the mess in the house,
  • etc, etc, etc.

Probably too much of a list, but hey that’s me. Love to frustrate myself, so I can proof later that I will never finish anything. Story of my life. Maybe I should start to use my oils a bit more to get my moods under control.

No kidding, I should have thought about that sooner. Will be continued….


Lawn mowers

My horses are lawn mowers. Very lucky lawn mowers. Less fortunate or less passioned people would probably has sold them already and shipped them off to slaughter.

My 2 old guys (Reese and Toblerone or Toby) were already on that wagon but together with a couple of others pulled of the wagon and put up for sale. I went looking for one of them. And I can home with 3 of them. The mare (nr.3) has passed away a couple of years ago. The guys are still there. In their twenties and too old to do anything anymore. Accept for mowing the lawn.

Then I have my mares.

One of them isn’t even mine. She (Royal) came 3 years ago with her foal and she never left. Owner is Bear Valley Rescue ( I know. But I just feel so sorry for her. I don’t want to send her back to a herd of 100 plus horses, while she clearly enjoys her stall at night with me (She is the only one who only poops inside. The other do their business outside in their run-out). She has been a breed mare, has a terrible sacked back and you guessed it right: lawn mowers.

Then we have Oreo. Guess what colours she has. My daughters pony. The only rideable one. Till a couple of months back. She foundered severely.

Next one is my mare Gracia. My prospect. My horse which would take me to the higher levels of dressage. Till she met a nail. Lame since then. The next lawn mower.

Last 2 are Royal and Gracia’s foals (Diamond and Cornelia). 3 Years of age now. 1.5 Years to go before I can start them and we can ride them. Guess what they are doing now. Right: mowing the lawn.