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Medical Marijuana: THC VS. CBD

Posted by [email protected] on January 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)
You've probably heard people using abbreviations like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). You have probably wondered why there are so many names for marijuana. The Cannabis plant can be bred into marijuana (containing THC) or Hemp bred basically without THC. Hemp is used for its fibrous stalk to create many household items such as paper and clothing. Hemp seeds are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and other dietary needs. Hemp contains CBD and provides therapeutic relief for a range of medical conditions. Research has found there are as many as 66 other cannabinoids that provide therapeutic benefits. What is most interesting, though, is the synergy between these cannabinoids and the hundreds of other chemicals found in cannabis. The interaction of these chemicals is called the "entourage effect." The entourage effect has sparked the use of whole plant extracts in cannabis oils and analgesics intended for pharmaceutical use. A 2015 study by researchers in Israel showed the superior anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects of CBD-rich whole plant extracts. The researchers attributed their results to the entourage effect of CBD with other chemicals in the plant. CBD oils are gaining popularity because of their ability to medicate without any psychoactive effects. I personally have been able to use CBD oil instead of a narcotic for pain. Researchers have identified over 400 different chemicals in cannabis. Some of them include amino acids, ketones, limonene, linalool and other terpenes. Recent research suggests that the synergistic effects of the compounds in cannabis(with terpenes in particular) often counter the less-desired effects of cannabis. For example, linalool, a terpene found prominently in lavender, helps reduce anxiety. Why am I sharing the chemical components? Because they are the same components found in many essential oils. Like CBD oils, Cannabis Sativa essential oil is now available in all 50 states. There is no need for a card because they contain almost no THC. Cannabis Sativa essential oil is steam distilled and therefore does not contain enough THC for psychoactive effects. The essential oil can be used for pain relief, reduce side effects of chemotherapy, reduce muscle spasms, lower blood pressure; and relieve symptoms of asthma, constipation, depression, epilepsy and insomnia. Please be your own best advocate and research what is best for you. I have only scratched the surface of information in this article. Don't be afraid to talk with medical professionals as the stigma associated with medical marijuana has been dwindling. Feel free to contact me about making a personal essential oil blend for you. 1. Find referenced study here: 2. Information taken from: 3. Information taken from: Cannabis sativa: The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules by Christelle M. Andre, Jean-Francois Hausman, and Gea Guerriero Simply Lavender LLC makes proprietary aromatherapy blends. Jeanie McDuffee is a Certified Aromatherapist from NY and has been practicing for 15 years. She works from home, just give her a call 607-345-1474. Find her webpage and online store at She offers classes at Northland Pioneer College in Show Low.


Posted by [email protected] on November 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)
SPICED POMANDER BALLS You'll need: 1 cup cinnamon 1 tablespoon cloves 1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 1 cup applesauce 2 tablespoons white glue 8 drops of sweet orange essential oil whole cloves and ribbon to decorate (I added a tablespoon of Orris root for preservative) 1. Combine powdered spices in a small bowl. 2. In a large bowl combine and stir together the glue, essential oil and applesauce. 3. Combine the 2 mixtures together 4. Stir and use hands to make a "cookie dough" consistency, you'll want it to be a little dryer than most cookie doughs for better handling (add more applesauce if too dry, cinnamon if too wet). 5. Pinch off enough dough to form into small balls, use a skewers (or pens) to form a hole through the center 6. add the cloves, to keep the ball's form, be sure to roll over (or you'll get a flat side) 7. Put pomanders in a dehydrator at 215 degrees for about 2 hours. I put them in the oven to dry 200 degrees for an hour. 8. String them with dehydrated orange slices, cranberries, popcorn or pinecones to make a garland for your tree. Or string each one for an air freshener for your car. This will be Christmas presents for my visitors this holiday season.

Safe Essential Oils for Dogs and Horses

Posted by [email protected] on October 26, 2016 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Did you know dogs and horses can benefit from essential oil use? It is considered a natural way to treat common issues. However, only use essential oils with your pets when you need to address a concern and not to ???prevent??? a health issue. Avoid using essential oils with puppies under 10 weeks of age. Please note that Cats should not be directly exposed to essential oils as they are considered poisonous to them. They are unable to process the oils and they will eventually go into liver failure. Essential oils for dogs and horses can be used topically for spot applications on skin and paws. Inhalation therapy can also be used. Just apply oils to your palms and keep your hands around their nose, or you can use spray bottles to mist the air around them. Always dilute essential oils before applying to your pet. See recipes below for dilution guidelines. Using essential oils on your dogs is similar to using them on children. Highly dilute oils to be safe. Here is a list of essential oils and some common uses. Always dilute your essential oils with any vegetable oil before applying on your pet. I suggest coconut or olive oil. Lavender: Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, and nerve-calming. Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid. Chamomile: Antispasmodic, analgesic, and nerve-calming. Good for soothing the central nervous system. Effective for relief of muscle pains. Calming for dogs with car ride anxiety. Eucalyptus: Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and an expectorant. Good for relief of chest congestion. Also, effective in repelling fleas. Peppermint: Antispasmodic, stimulates circulation, and insect-repelling. Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains. Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness. Geranium: Gentle and safe. Antifungal. Good for skin irritations or ear infections. Helps to stop bleeding. Effective in repelling ticks. Ginger: Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts when properly diluted. Good for motion sickness, aids digestion. Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains. Tea Tree: Anti-microbial so it???s great for wounds. Kennel Cough: Mix 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of eucalyptus with one ounce of a carrier oil. Coconut or olive oil are commonly used as a carrier oil. Add chamomile for a soothing effect. If using a diffuser omit the carrier oil. Recipe For Flea And Tick Control: (PETA approved) Please note that essential oils may stain fabrics. 8oz Spray bottle 7oz distilled water 1oz distilled alcohol (rubbing alcohol or vodka) Mix with peppermint, tea tree and lavender: 5 drops each essential oil for dogs up to 30lbs 7 drops each for dogs 30- 75 lbs 10 drops each for dogs over 75 pounds 15 drops each for horses Shake before every use as the oils will not blend with the water. You may spray directly onto dogs and horses, apply to their bedding or mist into the air. This is a very universal spray. May be used as a wound cleaner. You could even use this recipe on horses as a cooling spray and to deter flies. This spray will also work on mattresses for bedbugs. There are many other ways to treat your pets, please do your own due diligence and research specifically what you would like to treat. I was able to find a great resource.

DIY household cleaner recipes

Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2016 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that most of our "allergies" come from over exposure to fragrances and chemicals found in our cleaners, air freshenders and laundry supplies?

Window and Stainless Steel Cleaner: 16oz

4 oz. distilled white vinegar
12 oz. distilled water

A Gentle cleaner: safe for eye glasses, and computer or TV screens when used with microfiber cloth. Check manufacture guidelines.

Granite, Marble and Tile Cleaner: 16oz

12 oz. water
4 oz. grain alcohol
*This mixture works for mold and mildew and disinfects too!
{Tile floor: ¼ c vinegar, TBSP liq Castile, 10 lavender to bucket of hot water}

Hard Surface Cleaner: 16oz

8 oz. distilled white vinegar
8 oz. distilled water
10 Tea Tree Essential oil
*Use this aromatic and disinfecting solution for cleaning kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, blinds, painted wood surfaces, painted walls, molding, fan blades, and more.

Furniture Oil: 8oz

4 oz. distilled water
1 oz distilled white vinegar
4 oz unrefined cold pressed olive oil
5 drops vitamin e
15 drops lemon, 10 lavender, 5 drops peppermint essential oils

*Shake well and spray onto your rag or directly onto furniture. Buff dry immediately with clean cloth.

Dishwasher Soap: 8oz
3 oz. borax
3 oz. washing soda
1 oz. citric acid
1 oz. kosher salt
15 lemon, 5 lavender Essential oils
*Use 1 TBSP per load, not suitable with hard water.

Dry Dish Soap: 8 oz

4 oz borax
4 oz washing soda
12 drops lemon, 12 drops lavender

Laundry Soap:

8oz use warm water
4oz Castile soap grated (1/2 bar)
2 oz washing soda
2 oz borax
10 drops of bergamot and lavender Essential Oils

Use 3 TBSP per load, be sure to use warm or hot water for better results. if you have hard water you may need to add vinegar to the rinse cycle.*Add 1 Tablespoon of oxy clean to warm water loads to remove stains and brighten whites.

Reusable Disinfecting Wipes:

I've seen lots of recipes for reusable wipes using old wipe containers, however, I find the best way to keep them is in wide-mouth canning jars...I use quart jars, but I have seen 1/2 gallon jars readily available these days. You can make your own wipes by cutting up old cotton t-shirts, or microfiber cloths. I have 2 jars, one for my Hard Surface Cleaner and one for my Granite Cleaner.***

Homemade Baby Wipes

1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp. baby bath or shampoo (I suggest Dr. Bronner's Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castile Soap)

1 Quart wide mouth jar, with plastic lid
12 baby washcloths or old cotton t-shirts cut to 4" squares

Mix the liquid ingredients, place in jar with cloths, wait a day and your good to go!




DIY shampoo

Posted by [email protected] on July 20, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

DIY Shampoo

1/2 cup coconut milk

2/3 cup Castile soap

15-20 drops essential oil  (see below for hair types)

2 tsp jojoba oi

1tsp vitamin E oil

Combine all the ingredients in an old shampoo bottle and shake well to mix all the ingredients.

Essential oils for dry hair: rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lavender and geranium.

Essential oils for greasy hair: Basil, eucalyptus, cedarwood, tea tree, chamomile, lemon, lemongrass, cypress, sage and rosemary.

Essential oils for normal hair: geranium, lavender, lemongrass and rosemary.



Romantic Aromatherapy!

Posted by [email protected] on February 29, 2016 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Romantic Aromatherapy! By Jeanie McDuffee, Certified Aromatherapist

Essential oils have been used for centuries to enhance health, fertility and love. Create your own sensuous, aromatic experience at home or even when staying at a hotel. Light some candles, get out your essential oils and discover how aromatherapy can really spice up your love life!

“Our sense of smell is over 10,000 times more sensitive than our sense of taste, and researchers continue to investigate how certain aromas excite the brain, causing activation of the hypothalamus gland, the pituitary gland and the body’s hormones. Aromas also stimulate the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls sensations of pleasure, emotions and memory. Research has revealed that essential oils influence the brain by causing its complex chemistry to subtly change. During controlled experiments it has been observed many times that essential oils will produce specific and repeatable emotional responses in an individual.” Quoted from

Rose, jasmine and sandalwood are the oils most chosen for use as an aphrodisiac, however they can be quite costly. If you want to try them you may want to find an “absolute” which has been diluted with another oil to keep cost down. Ylang ylang, neroli, rosewood and patchouli are more reasonably priced and just as effective. Ylang ylang is known for its ability to help with frigidity and impotence as well.

There are many ways to put these oils in effect. You can simply apply to your pulse points or place in a diffuser. You can get creative and place some in your bath and have a bath for 2. If you have a hot tub you can put essential oils in there. Give each other a massage by adding oils to an unscented lotion. You could also make a hydrosol to spray the air or your linens.

Find Simply Lavender’s Facebook page, like us and post “you’re feelin’ frisky” and you could win a 10 ml roller bottle of our “Feelin’ Frisky” our 50 shades of fun blend. This blend contains ylang ylang, geranium and rosewood in a carrier oil so you can use it right out of the bottle. Simply Lavender LLC blends can be purchased online at, Visionary Wellness Co-op in Taylor or at The Crystal Dragon in Show Low.

Simply Lavender LLC makes Personalized Aromatherapy Blends. Jeanie McDuffee is a Certified Aromatherapist from NY and has been practicing for 15 years. She works from home, just give her a call 607-345-1474.Find her webpage and online store at She offers classes at the Visionary Wellness Co-operative in Taylor and NPC college in Show Low and Snowflake.



MLM's and Pinterest!

Posted by [email protected] on November 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I just wanted to make you all aware that recently "Young Living" took down a post from someone's website. They didn't like that they were giving similer recipes to YL blends! They have copyrights on some blends and some of their names. However, most of the ingredients are easily found in their book. The same goes for Dotterra. If you want to know how to make your own blend similer to any of theirs just send me an email.

Using Essential Oils for First Aid

Posted by [email protected] on July 2, 2015 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I do not sell individual oils, however, here is my personal first aid kit using Simply Lavender products:


Headache Ease: made with peppermint, chamomile and lavender essential oils. Apply to temples or base of neck. This soothing blend balances moods and reduces tension. (would also help with insomnia or anxiety)

Muscle Soother: made with wintergreen, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. Rub on sore muscle vigorously to warm oil. Add moist heat to the area for added benefit. Great for menstrual cramps, helps with inflammation such as arthritis, joint pain, shingles and other nerve pains. Not for people taking blood thinners.

Sinus Ease: made with eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender essential oils. Eases sinus pressure, congestion, cough and headaches.

Tummy Soother: made with ginger, peppermint and lavender essential oils. Rub on belly clockwise or on palm of hands and inhale. Great for nausea, car sickness and indigestion.

Bug Repellant: made with lemon eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. Use for gnats, flies, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, & fleas. Apply every 2 hours as needed. Not intended for children under 3.

Skin Soother: made with aloe vera gel, lavender and tea tree essential oils. This spray works on bug bites; bee stings; sunburn and other mild burns; rashes, eczema and other skin irritants. Moisturizing and disinfecting. May also use as a hand sanitizer. (also, works for disinfecting cuts)


fruity herbal water recipes

Posted by [email protected] on January 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Here are 8 homemade vitamin water recipes:


1) lemon/cucumber:

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

2) Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

3) Fennel/citrus

First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

4) Blackberry/Sage

Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

5) watermelon/Rosemary

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

6) Pineapple/Mint

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

7) Apple/cinnamon

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

8.) Ginger/tea

In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.