How can Essential Oils help DURING a Tattoo Session


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So, it's no secret between my tattoo artist and I that I hate getting tattooed. I love having tattoos, but I hate the process of acquiring them. That being said, I get through this challenge by using essential oils. There are no specific oils that are set aside for this one activity (like the oils for anxiety or stress). This is very individual.

I've tried other forms of distraction, like reading, listening to music, watching videos on my phone, but when the artist hits that sweet spot, distraction no longer works for me. Sometimes the essential oils don't work as well as I want them to either, but it's what I have found that works best for me.

How I determine what oils I'm going to use:

I use different blends each time. Most of the time what I do is, the morning I'm going in for a tattoo session, I pull out my oils and start smelling them. Whatever gives me that instant relaxed feeling gets dropped 1 mil Bottle, and I mix my blend. There really is no rhyme or reason to it, but it works. With the help of essential oils, I can sit in a session longer. It distracts me from the pain of being tattooed. It’s that simple. The essential oils seem to relax me to the pain and it doesn't seem as bad. It may be a placebo for me, but I'll take it.

Where I put the oils:

This depends on what I'm getting tattooed. Right now, I'm working on my back so I've done a few things. I bring an Essential Oil Inhaler and drop the blend on a piece of cloth that I can have near my nose. Tattoo shops can often times be cold, so I drop essential oils on my zip up sweatshirt sleeve and wear it backwards. You can also dilute the essential oils and wear them.



Here are a few essential oils that have worked for me so far:

Geranuim ....Anxiety, Irritability, Sedative, Stress, Tension
Rosemary ....Headaches, Stress, Tension
Lavender .... Headache, Tension, Relaxation, Sedative
Black Pepper .... Stress, Tension
Lemongrass .... Tension, Headache
Cypress .... Tension, Stress
Palmarosa .... Irritability, Stress, Tension
Chamomile (German).... Stress, Headaches, Sedative
Chamomile (Roman).... Anxiety, Sedative, Stress, Tension

Hiking Adventures! Tips On Hiking During Hunting Season!!



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Hunting Season is upon us, my friends. I don’t know about you, but I would like to keep myself whole this season. So here are a few tips on how to make sure you aren’t mistaken as prey while hiking.

1. Wear bright colored clothing.

Hunters are always seen with a bright orange (hunter orange) vest, sweatshirt, or hat to let other hunters know that they are not animals. You don't have to wear hunter orange specifically, any neon, bright color will work. I am planning on finding a pair of neon pink pants for my hiking trips during hunting season!

2. Hike with a buddy.


Two or more people will be easier to identify as non-animal.

3. Make human noises

Talk, laugh, maybe even sing. Don't be obnoxiously loud, but make yourself loud enough to be identified as a human.

4. Stay on the trail!!

Going off the trail is not usually a good idea anyway, but it is really not a good idea during hunting season. Generally, hunters know the area they are hunting in. If they don't, then safety tip 1 and 2 should have you covered.

5. Be aware of your surroundings.

Don't leave it up to the hunter. Make sure you are aware of what is around you. It is good to know when hunting season is, and whether or not you’re in an area where hunting is allowed. If you’re not comfortable hiking in a hunting area, there are over 100 Washington State Parks where hunting is not allowed. Click the link to find out more about this year’s hunting season.WA Hunting Season Info.

6. Keep your dog on the leash!

No matter how well trained your dog is, he/she can easily be mistaken for a wild animal.

Keep it safe out there and enjoy nature!!



FitBark Dog Activity Monitor

Hiking Adventures! Storm Week


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If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I'm sure you have heard all week about the horrific storm that we were supposed to have. “Even worse than the 1962 Columbus Day Storm!” they said. The local news channels were trying to play it down as just very windy, but there was some news article on Facebook (we all know that everything on Facebook is true right?) informing us that life as we know it was likely to fall apart. So, like a natural mama bear, I freaked out Wednesday night and made my family move everything we owned that could possibly be moved if a car hit at 80 miles an hour, into the shed or indoors. That's about everything outside!!! The hubs was not too happy about it. Then, Thursday morning, I sent my husband out (eye roll and all) to fill up every single fuel container we own with both diesel and regular gasoline. All this because, ya know, impending DOOM was upon us!

So, now that we are fully prepared for a zombie apocalypse (shot gun shells and all), I couldn't very well go out hiking in such a windstorm. I contacted my partner in crime and we agreed that maybe we should stay home on Sunday to repair the damage that the wind storm would createon Saturday. But the windstorm never happened. So, here I am all well rested and with no steps on my Fitbit. What is a girl to do? Well, I hopped on YouTube to search for training videos for hiking of course! Plus, I decided to take a super soggy walk around a local lake.

I came across these videos for stretching before hiking which I think are amazing! Stretching before and after a workout is super important. In my opinion, it’s just as important as the working out itself! I can't tell you how many times I have had a client come in for a massage because they over did it on a work out, didn't stretch enough and now they’re in pain. In my opinion, you need to stretch before and afterwards. Some trainers may disagree with me, but just make sure to listen to your body and do what is best for you! The stretches in these two routines are amazing. I plan on using these routines before and after each hike from now on.


Hiking Adventures! Des Moines Creek Trail


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Des Moines Creek Trail is a 4 mile round trip, paved path. We chose a much easier hike today for a few reasons. We wanted to explore and map out the trails around our area that are open during the winter. We like to test out trails before bringing the kids to them. Plus, we totally decided to geek out today and go Pokemon hunting and rumor has it, this is the place to be!!!!

This is a really pretty trail. You walk alongside the creek almost the entire time. Everything is still pretty lush and green, but this trail will still be beautiful and vibrant when the colors start to turn for fall. It is a wonderful place for taking pictures! The only down side is that planes fly overhead frequently on takeoff and landing. I didn't mind it much, but if you want the quiet and solitude of nature, this is probably not the place for you.
This trail also begins at Des Moines Beach Park and Marina. You can experience all the peace and serenity that one would expect on a beach, with the exception of an occasional plane flying over. Honestly, it wasn't bad at all, plus this is where all the Pokemon hunting took place! We did get a few Pokemon on the trail, but the Marina is where the party is at! All in all, this was a beautiful walk. It will be great in the winter. We plan on going again, rain or shine.

What To Do When Your Husband Has the Man Cold


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OMG ladies and gents, a very tragic episode has just hit my house. THE MAN COLD! Don't let your husbands get infected with the dreaded MAN COLD. Hide your husbands away, don't even let them work, and for goodness sake, DON'T LET THEM AROUND YOUR KIDS!!!!

If that man cold has found its way into your husband’s body, PREPARE FOR DOOM!!!! Your homes will echo with the sounds of whining, crying, sniffling, aching, and yelling. All this, just in an effort to reach the remote control that is only inches away from his hand. My advice? Lock him in a dark room and pray for his soul.

THE MAN COLD is allegedly much worse than the woman cold. Just ask him. According to him, it definitely consists of several types of viruses and bacteria (maybe both at the same time) that eat away at his sinuses and throat. Women could never understand what goes on during THE MAN COLD (even though we had the same cold last week) this is soooo much worse. How can the poor, ailing husband be expected to move a muscle without assistance? I crack myself up.

So yes, my husband has a man cold this week! Yay for me!!! But ya know what shocked me, I mean, dropped my jaw to the floor? I thought I knew this guy, but he actually asked me to use my "smelly stuff in this thing" (translation... put some oils in the diffuser). I about fell on the floor!! He is currently sitting next to a diffuser and inhaling on purpose. I would take a picture, but he doesn't think the celebrity life is for him.

So what am I using? I’ll tell ya!
Peppermint
Eucalyptus citradora
Tea Tree
Eucalyptus globulus Crude

You can put this mixture in a steaming pot of water with a towel over your head to clear your sinuses too. I would offer to have my husband do this, but I don't want to poke the bear.

I’ll mix it up later with:
Lavender
Frankincense
Lemon


Other remedies I use are:
Lemon and Honey Tea
Sqeeze a lemon and honey to taste in warm water and drink.

If his cold gets bad, and I mean really bad, we will have to resort to drastic measures. Mix equal parts vinegar and honey in a shot glass and shoot it!!!! It is the worst, most disgusting taste, but it works!! I have done this a few times, but desperate times call for desperate measures.




Eucalyptus


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Eucalyptus Citriodora
Eucalyptus Dives
Eucalyptus Globulus


Aroma: Fresh, Camphoraceous, Lemony (Citriodora)

Aroma Note: Top

Properties: Analgeic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cicatrisant, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, rubefacient, stumulant, vulnerary. 




Uses

Body:
Citriodora
Athlete's foot, chicken pox, cuts, dandruff, fevers, fungal infections, insect repellent, scabs, sores, wounds.

Dives
Aches and pains, arthritis, cuts, fevers, sores, rheumatism.

Globulus
Aches and pains, burns, blisters, chicken pox, cuts, headaches, insect bites, insect repellent, lice, poor circulation, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains, wounds.

Respiratory: 
Citriodora
Asthma, colds, laryngitis, sore throat.

Dives
Asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu.

Globulus
Asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, sinusitis, throat infections


Mind and Emotions:
Dives
Nervous exhaustion


Blend With: 
Cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme

Safety: Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children under 10 years old.


Skin Care Blend:

(insect repellent)
Lavender
Eucalyptus (your choice)
Lemongrass


Diffuser Blend:

Eucalyptus Dives
I used this blend the last time I had a sinus infection just before bed at night. It significantly eased my breathing so I could sleep better.

References
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils In Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, and Well Being




Hiking Adventures - Franklin Ghost Town, Black Diamond Wa


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For starters, here's a little history about Franklin. Franklin was a coal mining town from 1885 to about 1922 and was owned by the Oregon Improvement Company. In Franklin's prime, it was a bustling little town complete with company owned housing, a general store, a post office, a small school, it's own town hall, and two saloons. A total of 1,100 people called Franklin home.

On August 24, 1894, Franklin was the site of the second worst coal mine disaster at the time. It fatally claimed the lives of 37 coal miners fighting a fire in the mines. It was later stated by officials that the fire was maliciously caused. For more information visit Black Diamond History


For Trail Info go click here Washington Trails Association

This is about a 2.5 mile hike that isn't too difficult. There are a few hills that were enough to get my heart pumping a little. This trail is only partially maintained. There is a good portion of it that is really narrow and on the side of a hill. You will need to watch your footing for a fairly substantial portion of the hike. Last fall, parts of the trail washed down the hill. Although the trail was intact today, I wouldn't recommend it for small children.




I enjoy this hike because it feels like taking a step into history for a little bit. You can see the foundations of the old buildings or have a look down the old mine shaft. The shaft has a grate over it, but since it goes down to 1300 ft, I wasn't super eager to have a look. There is also an old cemetery. It's not as creepy as I thought it was going to be. The graves are spread out around the trail and help add to the historical setting.



If you're into history or creepy ghost towns, Google possible trails in your area! I know we have a few in Washington and like this one, they are usually a small hike that you can do in a few hours.


The last two hikes where full of Pokemon stops and battle grounds. Sadly, this trail has none. Although, I was Geocaching without even knowing it. I was just looking to one side and boom, there is was. Even though I have tried before, this was my first find ever.

Having my Juboury Hydration Backpack on a little more intense hike... Love it! When hiking up a long stretch of hill it is handy to have water, ya know, whenever. Also, I'm still bug bite free due to the doTerra TerraSheild. Next week we are going on a much longer hike so I'll really get to test everything out!!