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My journey in life as a stay at home mom building a career and being a caregiver to my mother and husband. Balancing life, family, and the unexpected. Contact me on the Weekly Essential face book page or feel free to email me if you would like to know more about essential oils or a business opportunity kollette@weeklyessential.com. Essential oils not only changed my life but helped me be prepared for the unexpected in life and how to deal with it.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sore Muscle Soak

We have been enjoying foot soaks in our home lately with essential oils, my children love it. Check out Weekly Essential face book page for daily tips and to learn more about essential oils.

Everyone, even children get sore muscles, I found this great recipe in the Essential Life book that we have been using in foot soaks.


Sore Muscle Soak
Mix 4 drops black pepper, 2 drops rosemary, 1 drop ginger into 1/2 cup Epsom salt. Add to bathtub of hot water and soak for up to thirty minutes. Remember to drink lots of water while soaking and thereafter.

We have been cutting this recipe in half for foot soaks. A great way to relax and unwind.
Enjoy!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Soothing Salve

There are a ton of great Salve Recipes out there and I finally found the one I like. It was given to us a gift from my friend Tracy Despres.  Here is another knock off of Tracy's original recipe. We use slave all the time in our household, different varieties for different needs and the seasons. We use it instead of lotion and it has done wonders for our skin. The soothing salve is very soothing and great to sooth sore muscles and joints. It feels wonderful and it is all natural. You can make it for specific needs. It is wonderful and it is fun and easy to make and share with others. It is also a great gift.

Different oils work for different people so use what you would like and try different things until you find what works best for you.

The Soothing Salve

What you need...



Organic Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Bees Wax white granules and Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Marjoram and Wintergreen.

The Recipe


  • 1 cup Raw organic coconut oil 
  • 1 cup organic olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles

    Add the following amounts of Essential oils to the Pyrex dish about 3-5 min after removing from heat:
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil (The Swiss Army knife of oils, Soothes occasional skin irritations)
  • 16 drops Peppermint essential oil (Promotes healthy respiratory function)
  • 12 drops  Marjoram essential oil (Soothes minor skin irritations)
  • 12 drops Frankincense  (Reduces the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates skin) 
  • 6 drops Wintergreen which soothes achy muscles and joints.
  • Four - 4 oz containers of your choice or two 8 oz containers or eight 2 oz. containers
  • You can cut the recipe in 1/2 if you don't need that much or double it and give for gifts

Other oils you can use are GeraniumSandalwood, JasmineRoseLemon. I recommend using Lavender and melaleuca (these two oils alone are amazing for the skin) and switching up Peppermint and Frankincense. 

Have your containers washed and ready.




Start by taking a Pyrex measuring dish and a pan with water or a double boiler. Add all ingredients except the essential oils. Heat at medium heat.



Next wait for all ingredients to melt and be patient you do not want to burn the oils. The beeswax will take the longest, if you stir with a wooden stick or spoon it will melt faster. 


Once the oils have melted then remove and let it cool. 


Wait about 3-5 minutes for it too cool and then add the Essential Oils.
Stir, then pour into containers right away.


Once in containers, let it cool and harden, then put the lid on and keep in a cool place. 

The Soothing Salve is great for occasionally soothing sore muscles and achy joints and it supports healthy circulation.  You can double the recipe and it is a great gift to share with others. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Tracy Despres recipe for Simple Salve 
1 Cup Coconut oil
1 Cup Olive oil
5 tbs Bees wax

20 drops of Lavender
12 drops of Melaleuca
16 drops of Lemon
12 drops of Frankincense

Sore Muscle Salve
1 Cup Coconut oil
1 Cup Olive oil
5 tbs Bees Wax

20 Drops Lavender
10 Drops Wintergreen
10 Drops Lemongrass
20 Drops Marjoram


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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Patrick's Daily Routine

Patrick's Daily Routine - Sleeps 10-12 hours a night, very important!!
Patrick suffered a massive heart attack in September of 2014 and is now recovering from an Anoxic Brain Injury due to lack of oxygen from the heart attack, Patrick went without oxygen for 8 minutes. Visit Softening The Granite blog for details. Below is his daily routine and protocol.




Morning
Wake Up
Shower, brush teeth, shave, get dressed etc.
East Break fast which is usually 2 eggs over easy, fresh fruit and yogurt
Take Medications
Soothing Complex - Includes proprietary, standardized extracts of ginger, curcumin, resveratrol and other polyphenols to soothe aches and discomfort
Takes Pro Biotic prescribed by the doctor
Takes Vitamin D
Takes Vitamin B-12
Takes Vitamin Supplements - which Supports healthy cellular integrity by helping to reduce oxidative stress • Supports healthy cellular function and metabolism • Protects the body and cells from oxidative stress
Apply Frankincense Essential oil to the back of his neck.
Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

Then the therapy begins...

Occupational Therapy which includes feeding the horses, cleaning horse stalls, dishes, cleaning, dusting, washing windows, laundry, working with horses, driving simulator, learning how to cook again, learning about the tools he used to use for building etc.

Physical Therapy - Walking or riding the stationary bike for 20-40 minutes and lifting weights 3-4 times a week. Moving Hay, mowing the lawn, water trees, plays baseball with our boys with a tennis ball, shoots basketball hoops. Walks a couple of times a week in the neighborhood.

Speech Therapy -  Patrick was working with a speech therapist 3 times a week at the beginning, now he is down to twice a week. He is improving slowly, but he improving and his doctors and therapist are impressed and tell us to keep doing what we are doing.

Before Lunch we apply Frankincense to the back of his neck again.

Lunch
During or after lunch which is usually a healthy salad full of veggies and topped with an organic dressing. He takes his supplements, email me if you would like to know more about the supplements, An Energy and Stamina Supplement.

Massage Blend Technique - Once a week.

Before Nap Apply Frankincense or oil of choice.

We used the Zito Compass Scanner every 3 months to see what essential oils were recommended for all of us. In the Beginning we used Frankincense and Myrrh. Then he scanned for  A Blend with Amyris Bark, Patchouli Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Lime Peel, Ylang Ylang Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood, Roman Chamomile Flower essential oils in it, The next scan was for Clove and Sandalwood and the latest one was Peppermint and Black Pepper. Let me tell you a little about each essential oil.

Frankincense - Promotes cellular health
Myrrh - promotes emotional balance and well being
A Blend of  Amyris Bark, Patchouli Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Lime Peel, Ylang Ylang Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood, Roman Chamomile Flower essential oils Which promotes healthy thought processes
Clove - provides brain protective antioxidants
Sandalwood - Enhances mood
Peppermint - Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
Rosemary - Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
Black Pepper - we used for muscle tension and it is a rich source of antioxidants, supports healthy circulation and aids in digestion
Cedarwood - evokes feelings of wellness and vitality

Nap (Rest Time, he does not like the word nap) time between 1-3 pm depending on activities.

After his rest
Help get dinner ready
Feed the horses, dog and cat
Clean up after dinner
Go for a family walk or play a game with the kids.

Take Medications and get ready for bed, now for his favorite part, the foot massage with essential oils before bed. The kids love there foot massages as well.



Go to bed and wake up and get ready for another beautiful day together.

Oils Diffused throughout the day, just a few of our favorites

Wild Orange and Lime - high in antioxidants, uplifting to the mind and body. Lime supports healthy immune function, positively affects mood with stimulating and refreshing properties, promotes emotional balance and well-being
A Blend of - Amyris Bark, Patchouli Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Lime Peel, Ylang Ylang Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood, Roman Chamomile Flower essential oils.
The Lemon and Frankincense -,Supports skin at a cellular level,
A Breath better Blend at night - to help us breathe easier while sleeping
Lavender - to help calm everyone down
Juniper Berry - It just smells good. Very uplifting!
Rosemary and Peppermint - Uplifting


Here is Patrick's daily protocol for supplements and oils. 

Frankincense on back of neck, 3-5 daily
A DNA Repairing Blend Supplement in AM and PM
A Supplement Trio 
Energy and Stamina Supplements 
Soothing Supplement Complex
Pro Biotic Supplements

Weekly Routine
Work out 30-40 min 3-4 times a week
Massage Blend Technique weekly email me if you would like to know more about this Technique.
Feel free to contact me and share this post. I hope by sharing my story, it will help others in crisis. Remember to have faith, believe, have a good attitude and be positive. 

Energy Kinesiology
Acupuncture

Patrick enjoys, bowling, baseball, playing golf, fishing, mowing the lawn. 

To learn more about essential oils. Please email me at kollette@weeklyessential.com





These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. 


Wild Orange


Wild orange is one of our favorites it's fresh invigorating aroma is so uplifting. It also has a variety of uses. Wild Orange energize in the mind and the body. Part of it's appeal is thanks to its chemical make up wild orange has a high amount of monoterpenes which gives the oil purified and stimulating qualities It can protects against seasonal and environmental threats. The orange rind is also full of antioxidants that help maintain overall health

Sourcing origin; the Dominican republic
Distillation method; cold pressed
Plant part; orange rinds
How to use
Please 3 drops in your sink or bathtub drain to allow the oil evaporate before turning on the water. 
When you lack energy in the afternoon defuse wild orange to increase your alertness and lift your mood
Make it to you with a few drops of oil in warm water and drink to help with stomach issues
For an invigorating shower, add a few drops of essential oil to your body wash.

Place 5 to 10 drops and a 4 ounce water bottle with peppermint for a spritzer
Ywe love defusing wild orange and peppermint

Key benefits
Uplifting to the body and mind
High in Antioxidants
Powerful Cleanser and purifying agent
Protects against seasonal and environmental threats

Top uses

Cleansing
Use internally and a glass of water or capsule to assist with cleansing

Cooking
Add a drop two dishes frosting and smoothies for a sweet Rich citrus flavor
Our favorite is adding it to a fruit salad or hot chocolate in the wintertime

Emotional balance
Use aromatically and topically to get from drained to productive

Note the Chinese first recognize the value of the peel of an orange for trading costs 

We love using wild orange for uplifting our minds and body, it's also the oil of abundance and joy invite you to try this magical wonderful one of our favorites essential oils. Enjoy and if you would like to know more about essential oils, how to use them and if you are looking for a business opportunity, feel free to contact, {Click Here for my email}.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DYI - All Natural Bubble Bath with Essential Oils

Bubble bath is great to use for all ages! However, most commercial bubble baths are full of artificial chemicals and fragrances and can be irritating to your skin. Making your own bubble bath out of essential oils is a great way to reduce chemicals in your home while still enjoying the fun and relaxing elements of a bubble bath. This bubble bath is gentle on your skin and can be customized with your favorite essential oil. 


What You Need:
1 cup unscented castile soap
1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons water
15 drops of your favorite essential oil
Note: Castile soap and vegetable glycerin can be purchased at your local health food store.

 Directions:
1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.

2. Add essential oils.

3. Stir until well combined.


4. Pour into glass container. To use, add 1/4-1/2 cup of bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.
Note: These bubbles are not going to provide big fluffy bubbles that last a long time since it doesn’t contain the synthetic ingredients that make them. However, this chemical-free bath will provide enough bubbles for a relaxing and therapeutic bath you will still enjoy.




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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Prepared for the Unexpected

In an instant our life changed and I have found the courage to share our story in hopes that it will help others



Email me or find us on facebook to view webinar we recorded to share our story and how the essential oils helped my family and I emotionally through a family crisis. It is about 18 minutes. 


It is a miracle that Patrick is alive. We are so grateful for our family, friends, neighbors and community for there love, support and prayers. I have learned so much and taken so much for granite. Please slow down and enjoy your loved ones and life. Don't get caught up in it all and forget what is really important. 

Today, Patrick still has therapy and continues to work hard on healing everyday. He does therapy, energy work, acupuncture and uses essential oils.

The three main oils that helped us were Frankincense, Myrrh, and a blend of  frankincense, sandalwood, lavender, myrrh, helichrysum and rose.


Here is Patrick's daily protocol for supplements and oils. 

Frankincense on back of neck, 3-5 daily
A DNA Repair Blend Supplement in AM and PM
A Trio Supplement Pack
A Energy and Stamina Supplement
A Soothing Supplement Complex
Pro Biotic 
If you would like me to email you the products we use, I would be happy to. Just email me

Weekly Routine
Work out 30-40 min 3-4 times a week
Massage Blend Technique weekly (email me to learn more about A Massage Blend Technique)
Feel free to contact me and share this post and webinar. I hope by sharing my story, it will help others in crisis. Remember to have faith, believe, have a good attitude and be positive. 

Thank you for letting me share my story. You can learn more about Patrick and his story at http://softeningthegranite.blogspot.com/

To learn about essential oils email me at kollette@weeklyessential.com




These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Calm Sunday

It is cold but we are so blessed to be alive.  I slept in, which I never do, made coffee, started the diffuser with Vetiver and Frankincense, the fed horses, read my affirmations and got ready for another amazing day. The kids all wanted cereal for breakfast, (how nice for me) and I made my mom and husband eggs, toast, fresh fruit and yogurt. We had a wonderful morning, very calm and everyone enjoying each other.

I sat on the couch with my sons and daughter and just held them and listened to them. Taking in time with them, being still and enjoying and loving one another. It was a precious and wonderful morning.


As the day went on we wanted to spend quality time together as a family and we did. It was a peaceful day, calm and relaxing. Holding and loving each other and being joyful. Why can't every day be like today?

You never know when your world is going to turn upside down in a second. Remember to be grateful, happy, joyful and love everyone! Enjoy life and your loved ones. Take time to be calm and still and enjoy each other. Get outside into nature. Take a day off from the rest of the world and enjoy yours.

As the day winds down, looking forward to another meal together with Spaghetti and meatballs. I love adding Oregano and Thyme Essential oils to the sauce.  I know it is normal to use Parmesan cheese but we love Cottage cheese on the side and cheddar cheese melted on top, served with a fresh salad.

I hope you all enjoyed your day as we did ours. I wanted to write and remind you that someone always has it worse than you do, be grateful for what you have and send love to those who need it. Be still, quiet and Enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rest Easy with Essential Oils

The Fall Back time change really took a toll on me and usually it is the Spring forward change that effects me. Thank goodness for essential oils.

I love to settle down for the evening with some Lavender in warm water and honey. Sometimes I add lemon.

Before bed I will rub the Lavender essential oil on the bottom of my feet, put a drop on my pillow. Then I add my oil of choice for the evening in the diffuser and read a few pages then I go to bed.


We diffuse every night in all our bedrooms. These are the oils we diffuse most, Lemon, Lavender, Vetiver, and Grapefruit. We also all have Amethyst Crystals by our beds.

Everyones body is different and you may have to experiment with different techniques. I also find a couple of gemstones may help as well.

If I am really having a hard time then I will place a drop of Vetiver on my navel and then rub under my nose. Then I will start a deep breathing technique.

Other suggestions for a good relaxing
Keeping a diary so you can become aware of behavior patterns that may be disturbing while trying to relax.
Everyday during a two week period write down what time you go to bed, what you do before bedtime, what you eat and drink, how long you rest through the night and other disturbing related information. Use your journal to keep track of what you use, meditation techniques, breathing techniques, peaceful pictures you may visualize. Review your entries regularly and make changes in your routine to see whether they improve.

Avoid Alcohol and sugar before bed and try eating a banana, which has a natural relaxing aid ingredient.

Slow down and take care of yourself.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.