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Prairie Inspirations Newsletter - Volume II, Issue XI

Monday, October 31, 2005 Comments (0)

Season’s Greetings!
Hopefully you had a delicious Thanksgiving and a wonderful time with family and friends; we certainly did. I’m trying to hold onto an attitude of thankfulness because I’ve noticed how much a grateful mind set enriches my life

I expect a few challenges to that mind set as we scoot into December and I scramble to stay on top of the events, cards, presents…you know how that goes.

This issue has a natural and simple way to make your home smell like you’re baking apple pie everyday, important information on how to keep your liver healthy and intact, then just for fun an essay on avoiding Christmas Burnout.

Wishing you “Christmas in your heart” year round!



A Favorite Quote
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Luke 1:37


For Your Health
A common painkiller is the reason almost half of the patients in 23 transplant centers across the United States required a liver transplant.

Acetaminophen is generally viewed as a painkiller safe enough for a baby, and there’s relatively little danger when it’s used carefully; specifically when you use it rarely, according to the directions and stay well hydrated.

The problem develops if you exceed the recommended dose, take it with an already compromised liver, with other liver damaging compounds or while you are dehydrated. Using acetaminophen in these instances can destroy a liver and we all need a liver to survive.

You can read more and better understand how to safe guard your liver in the following New York Times report:
NY Times Report

There is another helpful bit of advice in addition to the information listed in the NY Times article about avoiding liver damage; if you must use products containing acetaminophen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications consider taking Milk Thistle supplements. Milk Thistle is protective for liver tissue. You can read more about this herb on the American Botanical Council website:


Answers to Your Questions
How would I use your essential oils to make the house smell good? Which ones smell the best?

I applaud you for looking for healthier ways to scent your living space. The synthetic products that you see advertised everywhere are not a good option in general, and a huge problem for people with certain health problems. Just because a chemical has a smell that seems pleasant to us does not change the fact that the mix of chemicals used to produce that smell can be damaging to many parts of the human body. Scientists are finding solid evidence of risk to skin, lungs, the nervous system and immune system from an array of synthetic fragrance components.

Essential oils do present you with a natural alternative to perfumed, petroleum-based air fresheners and room sprays. You have several options to dispense the oils throughout your home and only you can decide which option will work best for you.

Simmering: add a few drops to a pan of steaming water on the stove or to an electric potpourri simmering pot. Clove oil is ideal for this method and I add cinnamon sticks, apple peel and whole allspice to the hot water. It always smells like I’m baking an apple pie.

Home Diffusers: add essential oils by the drop to any essential oil diffuser.
Diffusers vary from expensive electronic misting models to simple terra cotta balls and are readily available in stores or online.

You can also make your own diffuser by placing several drops of essential oil on broken pieces of a clay flower pot arranged in a decorative bowl or vase. The clay holds and slowly releases the oils into the air.

Room Spray Recipe: add 8 drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of vodka or vegetable glycerin. Mix well and then add 2 cups of purified water. Pour into a bottle with an atomizer or fine mist sprayer. Shake to combine and label the bottle with it’s contents.

To use: shake the bottle well and spray a fine mist into the air; avoid spraying toward wood surfaces, silk or velvet to prevent water stains.

I personally use a blend of Lavender and Lemon oil for a room spray. Using Lemon oil, Lavender oil or Rosemary oil individually also works well.

You can read more about these essential oils by clickling on this link:
Essential Oils

Note: People with chemical sensitivities may not be able to tolerate essential oils, even pure or organic oils. If someone with this health problem visits your home, it is wise to ask them if they are able to tolerate essential oils before using them in any form


Just For You
Has the commercial aspect of the Holidays drained away some of the delight you used to feel at Christmas time? When I read this Jerry Meyer essay on Christmas burnout, I felt a twinge of identification - even though I’ve never dressed up like Santa.

Any burnout problem threatening me is solved by refocusing my attention toward the quiet wonder of Christmas, giving thanks for God’s gift of grace and then just ignoring as much of the hype as I possibly can.

You’ll find “That big fat guy in the red suit nearly stole my Christmas Spirit” at the following link:
Christmas Burnout Essay

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