Sunday, May 17, 2015

roller girl

I'm a roller girl. I love my roller bottles. LOVE them. Don't get me wrong, I love me some aromatic diffusing when I'm at home. But, when I'm on the go - and let's face it, us moms are always on the go - I love me some roller bottles!

What's that you say? I'm talking about Essential Oils. I'm an oil addict and my oils have become my (and my family's) medicine, my life's prescription, my remedies from nature. Have an ailment? I've got an oil for THAT!

I'm sure a lot of people think Essential Oils are just hocus-pocus hippy stuff and a really don't think there is any science behind them. There are many scientific studies evaluating various Essential Oils with good findings, but it can be somewhat problematic as modern medicine tends to apply a reductionist theory, looking to isolate the "active" ingredient. A single essential oil may contain anywhere from 80 to 300 or more different and unique complex chemical constituents, with many of its constituents occurring in minute quantities, but all contributing to the oil's therapeutic effects.

Essential Oils are highly concentrated and very potent. For example, it takes approximately 22 pounds of rose petals to distill one 5mL bottle. That's a lot of roses!

Essential Oils contain tiny molecules that are lipophilic - what does that mean? It means these molecules can easily travel into and within our bodies, penetrating our skin, tissue and cells rapidly. This is why it is extremely important to have high quality, therapeutic grade Essential Oils that you know where they came from, how they were grown, extracted, distilled, tested, and bottled. I trust Young Living with their Seed to Seal promise.

Now back to my roller bottles. When you apply Essential Oils to the skin, they are directly absorbed into your body for a therapeutic effect. You can apply them to "warm points" near blood flow (wrists, behind ears), near your Central Nervous System (along spine, base of neck), directly to the area (muscle, cut/scrape, stomach) or even to Vita Flex points on your feet, hands and ears.

Because Essential Oils can help almost anything and everything, I feel like a modern day apothecary as I mix my roller bottles to help with our various ailments. I've started compiling and collecting "recipes" for combinations that have really helped us and I wanted to share them with you all.

Making a roller bottle is really easy. First you need supplies: you'll need a roller bottle (I like the 10mL size, amber glass), a carrier oil (I like grapeseed), labels (washi tape or 1in Kraft round) and high quality Essential Oils, like Young Living.

- My list of supplies from Amazon here
- Order high quality Essential Oils here

Next, ask yourself who you are making this roller bottle for - is it for an infant or a child? You'll want to use less Essential Oil - probably around 1 - 15 drops of Essential Oil total. If it's for yourself or another adult, I usually use around 30-60 depending on the blend I'm making. There are some roller bottle recipes with higher concentrations of Essential Oils for a stronger effect.

Lastly, let's mix! I add the Essential Oil first by counting drops straight from the bottle into the roller. Fill with carrier oil - I like to use plastic pipettes, but you could use a small funnel or just pour very carefully. Snap on the roll top and label your mixture.

Roller bottles can be made from your favorite single or pre-made blend. I make one called "JUST Lavender" and that is a great one to always have on hand. Here are some recipes that I use often and that work for us. I encourage you to experiment with mixes and blends and see what works for you and your family.

10 drops Thieves
5 drops Purification
3 drops Frankincense

Cough and Congestion / Cough Quieter
10 drops Lavender
5 drops Lemon
3 drops Frankincense
3 drops RC

Heart LOVE Joy / Happy Happy, Joy Joy
20 drops Joy
6-10 drops Citrus Fresh or Lemon

Patience in a Bottle
20 drops White Angelica
10 drops Valor

Boo Boo Blend
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Tea Tree
5 drops Frankincense

Sleepy Dust
15-20 drops Lavender
10 drops Peace & Calming
2 drops RutaVaLa (optional)

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON (anxiety blend)
10 drops White Angelica
10 drops Valor
10 drops Frankincense

Get Up N Go!
15 drops Citrus Fresh or Lemon
5 drops Peppermint
3 drops Joy

Fever Reducer
15 drops Lavender
3-5 drops Peppermint

I'll continue to add fun recipes here that I research and try. Please check back often! Please feel free to add comments; I would love to hear what you come up with! :)

Here's a couple more I want to try - I have Vetiver and Patchouli in my next order...can't wait!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Body, My Choice? Who does your body REALLY belong to?

Today I came across a Pin that reminded me exactly what I am fighting for, and that is Bodily Autonomy. What is that exactly? Well, this is what I read today...

"Every person has the unalienable right to control their own body, to maintain & keep that control & to decide what they do with it. Every person has control over their body and no one else." [SIC] 

After reading, this and the subsequent blog post this Pin is from, my mind kept saying, yes, yes, YES! THIS is what the fight against SB277 is all about, and this is exactly WHY I am so passionate about it.

My friends and family have seen this passion lately, perhaps leading them to say, "wow, I didn't know she was 'anti-vaccine.' I wonder if her kids are vaccinated. I bet they aren't." Well, that's the thing...I'm not good with labels. If you are really curious what I believe, you can read my blog post here where I talk about "the middle."

But, I'll tell you what I DO believe. I believe that no one should be able to force me, my children, or anyone, to have a medical procedure without their/my consent, especially one that is not without risk. Can anyone say that any medical procedure is completely without risk? Let's forget about risk anyway, that is another debate, what we are talking about here is a FORCED medical procedure! I don't care if it is the safest thing on the planet; I don't care if it will save another person's life; I don't care if it will save a million lives - IT IS MY BODY!

Does that sound selfish? I don't mean it to. I mean certainly we are selfless people, right? What if you were in a car accident, went to the hospital unconscious, and woke up with a large part of your liver removed. You didn't lose part of your liver because of the car accident. The doctor said it was because there were three other people who needed a transplant, so while you were unconscious, they decided to take part of your liver for those other people. You know, for the greater good.

Next you ask why you feel so weak. The nurse says they took 100 liters of your blood while you were unconscious because you have O(-) blood (universal donor) and there were 10 other people who desperately needed some blood. You'll be able to regenerate your blood, and in a few days, be back to normal. It's okay, right? Because, you know, greater good and all.

What about the "right to choose"? The abortion debate. Pro-Life. Pro-Choice. So, does Pro-Choice = Pro-Death? No no NO!! It does NOT! Bodily Autonomy is what this debate is/was all about for Pro-Choicers. Women, people, individuals were fighting for their RIGHT to make their own decisions about their own bodies. It was upheld in the Supreme Court, that not even another "fetus, entity, being, life" (debatable definitions) can infringe on another person's right to maintain their own Bodily Autonomy.

What about a lifeless body? Someone who is deemed brain dead. Can we harvest this person's organs without their, or next of kin's, consent? NO! But, what about all the good these organs can do? Still, no. NOT without consent.

Did you ever see scary movies about medical procedures done without consent in asylums or prisons? This wasn't just in the movies. We used to do some pretty crazy things here in the United States, like lobotomies and sterilizations, before someone finally realized, "Hey, this is not right. We need consent. We can't just violate an individual's right to Bodily Autonomy."

Okay, let's get even deeper here. What about the Holocaust? Yup, medical procedures being forced on individuals against their will, certainly without consent. But, Hitler said it was for the greater good. Did that make it okay?

Guys, are we seeing a pattern here? Let me say this loud and clear: I am not ANTI-VACCINATION, but I am passionately, and most definitely adamantly, PRO-CHOICE, PRO-MY BODY, MY CHOICE, PRO-CONSENT, PRO-BODILY AUTONOMY. And, lastly, but definitely not least, I am passionately and adamantly OPPOSED to SB277.

SB277 aims to FORCE school children to be injected with a multitude of vastly unnecessary (another debate) vaccines in order to attend public or private school, nursery school or day care. Before you say, but but but you can that I say, REALLY? Is that REALLY an option? Not for me and not for the majority of families. I am a taxpayer and my children have a right to a public education, which uses taxpayer money, my money.

Please, readers, all of you, this is NOT about pro vs anti vaccination, this is about PRO-CHOICE and ANTI-FORCED medical procedure. Plain and simple. Want to increase vaccination rates? Okay, let's figure out it. But, let's not do it by force. And, if you are still in support of SB277, then this post is for you.

brave new world: Vaccine Checkpoints at International Terminals and Disneyland

The plane has finally touched down in LAX after a long journey across the country and over an ocean. You and your spouse are exhausted. All you want to do is get to your hotel room, order room service and put the kids to bed. But, your kids have another idea - they are practically racing down the gangway, shouting "Disneyland, Disneyland!"

You can't help but feel their excitement, but you know the destination is still a bit far off. You and your family must still make it through customs, gather your baggage, find transportation...and, what's this, a medical checkpoint? 

You read about this before travelling, but wasn't quite sure what it would actually involve. You see several stations with medical personnel looking over documents, referring to diagrams and checking and re-checking paperwork. Off to the side, you see what looks to be a patient holding area, already crowded with people from around the world, of all ages, from infants to great grandmas. There are several nurses at other stations within this area administering various injections. There are stretchers, IVs, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, medicine cabinets - a regular field hospital right there in the airport.

As you and your family shuffle toward the first station, you dig for your medical documentation. At the last second, you realize you can't find the shot record for your 6yo. You start rifling through everything, EVERYTHING, every bag, crevice, nook, cranny, hoping it is here. It must be here! You know what this means if you can't find it. Shots. All of them.

It's not there, you realize. You start discussing your options with your spouse. It's really two choices: return to your home country or have your 6yo get injected with the "minimum 6" and continue your trip to Disneyland. You both decide to go ahead with the injections, what could go wrong? If it's mandated, it must be safe, right?

Your 6yo is visbily upset, tears streaming down her face. You tell her it will be okay, that she will see Elsa and all the princesses very soon and go on "It's a Small World," anything to distract her.

After waiting for what seems like hours upon hours, the injections go off without a hitch. You continue on your way, retrieve your luggage, get the rental car and you are off to the hotel...finally. All is well, right?

As you drive up to the hotel, you realize your 6yo has been really quiet the whole ride from the airport. You feel her forehead and she's burning up. After getting settled in the room, you give her Tylenol and pray her fever goes down. She seems restless all night long...and so are you. Morning comes and you and your spouse are both exhausted from being up all night, holding a cold compress to your daughter's head.

As you pour a cup of mediocre hotel coffee, you both realize Disneyland will not be on the agenda today.

* * * 

The Measles Outbreak at Disneyland in California in 2014 and 2015 spurred a rash of legislation fed by public fears of un-vaccinated individuals. Despite numerous attempts by Civil Rights activists to block this legislation, the laws passed. Local, state, federal and supreme courts are flooded with lawsuits, but the law remains. Mandatory vaccinations for everyone.

It started with school children, but outbreaks continued annually and a small, but barely majority public cried for further vaccine laws. The diseases must be coming from out of the country, they said. 

The International Disease Immunization Operation for Tourism, or IDIOT, was enacted in 2019, despite opposition from many of our International Allies. It created medical checkpoints at every International Terminal in the United States, with additional checkpoints at all borders to be established NLT 2030.

Because of the media attention, some of the most popular tourist destinations, like Disneyland, took it upon themselves to create additional checkpoints prior to admission into their establishments, even administering vaccines on the spot as needed.

The unvaccinated now live in the shadows, off the grid. Communes have popped up all over, welcoming those shunned by society, wanting to live a more natural lifestyle. Many baby boomers remark that it feels a bit reminiscent of the Sixties. The country is dividing, deeper and deeper. Others feel it is a bit reminiscent of the unrest before the Civil War. Either way, a revolution is on the horizon. Where do we go from here?