4-7-8 Breathing Technique by Dr. Weil, M.D.

This technique has worked so many times for me in stressful situations. Whether I'm stuck in traffic, waiting for my teenage son to come home at night, or pulling porcupine quills out of my dog's nose, it's fast and effective! Dr. Weil describes it as, "a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system." For more info on his breathing techniques, visit his website @ www.drweil.com

Essential Oils vs Toxic Bug Sprays

Mosquitos, ticks, and other insects aren't only annoying, but they can make you sick and transmit deadly diseases such as eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), west nile virus, lyme disease, and more. So you try to protect your family by dousing them with products that contain DEET and other toxic chemicals, believing that's safer than getting those dreaded diseases. Well, I agree that you certainly do not want to get a disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with lyme disease each year. That's a scary number! Chronic lyme disease can be horribly debilitating. So, understandably, people purchase products that will keep these critters away from them, not realizing that using these toxic chemicals comes at a major cost to our health. So, what's a person to do? Essential Oils (EOs) to the rescue! Now, granted, you will need to reapply EOs more often, but they are safe and effective against most creepy crawly and flying insects, while also offering numerous extra benefits, such as calming or uplifting your emotions. Best EOs that protect against bugs: Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (not the synthetic version), Thyme, Clove, Peppermint, and Spearmint. Simply mix with filtered water in a spray bottle. Use caution not to get into your eyes.

More ways to protect yourself against bugs while outside:

  • Wear light colored, lightweight, long sleeves and long pants outside when possible.
  • Wear a hat with a bug net.
  • Remove standing sources of water.

Here's a simple EO Bug Spray recipe that I love:

  • 2 cups filtered Water
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 10 drops Essential Oil of choice

Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to mix well. Shake before each use. Spray family members, pets, strollers, clothing, patio furniture, and around doors and windows. NOTE: babies have delicate skin that may be sensitive to EOs, so spray clothing or stroller instead.

Recipe above by Nikki Fotheringham, Bug Spray Recipes

The Earth's EMFs and our health

The Earth and Cosmos are electrical, and so are we! Biological rhythms, physical well-being, and mental states are dependent on our electrical brainwave system interacting with the electromagnet fields (EMFs) generated by the Earth's telluric and Cosmic radiations. Tens of thousands of years ago, hunter gatherers traversed the earth in search of food and water, settling for short periods of time in specific places where food was abundant, marking these areas as special. Over time, our ancestors noticed that these special "power places" of the earth created physiological changes to their health and vitality, the environment around them, as well as, having a relationship with the sun, moon, and stars. They constructed ceremonial sites on and around the areas of these geophysical anomalies, known as earth energies. They also knew of areas with negative affects, known as "Geopathic Stress Zones". According to G.W. Hacker, these zones are currently referred to as "Geophysical Earth Fields". It is believed that these stress zones can interfere with the body's normal endocrine functions, causing adverse effects. Modern science is finally catching up and exploring these amazing concepts and extraordinary wisdoms that old world medicine has known for centuries, such as electrical impulses, and light and colour therapies.

Glass is the way to go!

Canned goods, register receipts, packaging, storage containers, such as water bottles, baby bottles, etc., medical devices, pvc pipes, and some dental sealants or composites can contain a chemical known as Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA releases toxins into the food and environment, and this leaching is exacerbated when heated, like when microwaved or left in a hot car. According to the National Library of Medicine (2017), BPA causes damage throughout the body, especially in fetuses and children, such as hormonal imbalances, developmental and behavioral changes, reproductive issues, and more.1

So, my favorite, safest alternative to plastics is GLASS.


Chlorophyll is the pigment molecule that gives plants their green color. Chlorophyll absorbs [sun]light, allowing photosynthesis to take place, releasing oxygen into the air, and also enabling plants to build tissues. For more indepth info, please click the links below.

Here are some amazing benefits of Chlorophyll:

Note: Always consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any supplement routine, especially for children, or if you have a medical condition or are pregnant/lactating.

  • Antioxidant and Nutrient Rich
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves Bowel functions
  • Improves Skin conditions
  • Increases Blood count
  • Increases Blood circulation
  • Promotes healthy Intestinal Flora
  • Detoxifies and Blood-Cleansing
  • speeds up Wound healing
  • Kills bacteria & Anti-microbial
  • Soothes Hemorrhoids
  • Extracts Toxins from the Liver
  • Increases Milk production in Lactation
  • Relieves Gastric Ulcers
  • Helps regulate Blood Sugar
  • Natural Body Deoderizer
  • Alkalizes the Blood
  • Aids in Weight Loss
  • High in Amino Acids

For more info, check out this articles:

National Geographic

Organic Facts

Essential Oils (EOs) for our Fur Babies

Peppermint is great for easing heat stroke and vomiting.

  • Add 2 - 4 drops on your palms, rub hands together, then gently run hands down your pet's spine and stomach 2 - 3 times. Peppermint is a strong smelling EO, so you might want to dilute it with a carrier oil.

Lavender is great for calming, and allergic reactions. Going for a drive in the car and your pet gets really stressed? Ease your pet's anxiety with Lavender EO.

  • Add 2 - 4 drops on your palms, rub hands together, then gently run hands down your pet's spine, neck, stomach, or tips of the ears.

PanAway is great for muscle soreness/strain, and arthritic pain.

  • Add 2 drops on your palms, rub hands together, then gently apply to area.

Before trying essential oils on your pet, let them smell it around the house to get used to it for a week or so. My dog knows the scents I use on him now, and loves his EO rub downs.

Click here for Young Living's safe use practices on pets.

Frankincense Essential Oil (EO)

This EO is A-May-Zing!! No wonder why the wise men gifted it to baby Jesus. Some of the many uses for Frankincense EO:

  • Loosens and removes mucous from the lungs
  • Destroying infection causing bacteria
  • Tones and contracts tissue
  • Regenerates aging and wrinkly skin
  • Digestive aid and Diuretic
  • Regulates heavy menstrual flow
  • Reduces stress and calms nerves

Picture shown Before (left) and After (right) using Frankincense EO on a facial growth for 4 weeks.*

Whichever essential oil brand you decide to use, please do your research to be sure the oils are unadulterated and safe.

Please contact Happiness is Health to order Young Living or Vibrant Blue Essential Oils, or click the links below.

Young Living

Vibrant Blue

*Consult your healthcare practitioner or dermatologist before self treating abnormal skin growths or other skin issues.


Not only is it safe, but it's fresh lemon scent smells great! I find it works better than regular bleach, in fact, you need to be cautious when using it with colored fabrics as it can remove color. It gets your whites whiter without that annoying yellowing effect of regular bleach, plus no worries of harmful fumes or residue left behind.

A little of this bleach alternative goes a long way! I use 1/4 cup in a full load of laundry. I also use it to clean my cutting board in the kitchen, simply pour on board, let sit 15 minutes, wash and rinse.

Whichever essential oil brand you decide to use, please do your research to be sure the oils are unadulterated and safe.

Please contact Happiness is Health to order Young Living or Vibrant Blue essential oils, or visit the links below.

Young Living

Vibrant Blue