A Heart to Heart Talk

My beautiful Mother, Earnie

February is heart month designated by the American Heart Association  in an effort to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women.  Their mission is to promote healthier living, free of cardiovascular disease.  That single purpose drives all they do.

My parents, and grandparents, had cardiovascular disease including stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack.  My biggest shock came when my mother suffered a stroke in 2007.  Her best friend, Margaret, called Sister Bee and told her Mother “didn’t seem right” and wasn’t making sense on the phone.  I stopped by on the way to work and took one look at her and knew she was suffering from a stroke. The entire side of her face was drooping and she had a blank look on her face.  Still able to function we rushed her to the hospital where she stayed for about week. Fortunately, Mother was able to regain her abilities, but some damage was irreversible.  She lost her ability to write clearly –oh, she had beautiful penmanship and loved to send letters and cards to friends, she became easily fatigued, swallowing food was a challenge sometimes, she found it difficult to find the right words when putting a sentence together — something referred to as “word salad” and could no longer drive her car safely.   It was a huge adjustment for her but she did it with a smile and positive attitude!  Thankfully, our family made the adjustments needed and that’s when my parents came to live with us.

What I remember most about that day in the ER with Mother was this:  As they were assessing Mother’s blood pressure, I couldn’t believe the result.  The nurse and I looked at each other, then looked over at Mother.  The nurse asked her “do you have hypertension?”  I expected Mother to reply no, but she told the nurse she indeed had been diagnosed with hypertension several years prior and was taking medication for it.  I had to pick up my chin off the floor.  How had I missed this?  Why did she not tell me this? Come to find out, this was partly true.  The nurse called her physician to confirm the hypertension, then followed up with the pharmacy only to find that Mother had not filled her prescription in over a year!  When the nurse reported this back to Mother, her only response was she felt fine and didn’t think the medication was necessary.

Heart disease and stroke are the world’s two leading killers, and more than one in three U.S. women live with some form of cardiovascular disease. But studies show 80 percent of cardiac events and strokes are preventable.

High blood pressure affects one out of three adults over the age of 20. There is a reason it is referred to as “the silent killer”  because most of the time there are no symptoms. A lot of times it’s considered a man’s disease so women don’t think they can be affected.  Mother never liked to take medicine even after she came to live with me.  In the beginning, when I’d hand her medication to her, I’d watch her try to put it into her tissue.  I was always very respectful, but would point out she needed to take it.  Reluctantly, she would.  Another factor that caused her non-compliance was that she devoted all her time and strength to looking after Daddy and didn’t give herself the same attention.  Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. An excellent resource from the Mayo Clinic  provides tips for caregivers.

More women die from heart disease than from all forms of cancer. It’s not rocket science, but why do we try to make it more complicated?  Our prescription is not complex — eat smart and exercise.  There are some factors that are unpreventable, but we can all agree that diet and exercise are two things we do have control over.

Life’s Simple 7 — Designed by the American Heart Association this simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have–to live a long, productive healthy life.  My score was 8.6 out of 10.  I am working on losing some weight to lower my BMI which affected my score and I need to increase my fruit and vegetable intake.  The interesting thing about this assessment is you really need to know your “numbers” like your blood pressure, your fasting blood sugar and cholesterol.  If it has been a while since you have seen your physician and had labwork, do yourself a favor and give yourself this gift.  As a healthcare professional, I am a huge advocate of an annual physical examination from a family practice physician or internist AND an annual gynecological appointment.  Of course it can be argued that your family physician can do your GYN exam, but I feel that women’s needs are best met, especially peri and post-menopausal, by a GYN.  Just my opinion, but so far it has served me well. We only get one pass in this world and you might as well make it the best you can.  We make appointments for our loved ones — children, spouses and parents, yet why are we always at the bottom of the “to do” list?

I’ll be back another day with some more good information.  For now, just soak this in and ask yourself “am I giving this life my best chance possible?”  Please share this with a friend on Facebook or via email.  It might just save their life.

How to Overcome Boredom with Vegetables: Five Easy Recipes

lesueur-peasWhen I was growing up Mother’s repertoire of vegetables consisted of either fresh or canned.  I don’t think she bought much frozen stuff until later on.  Usually the meat always had it’s typical partner something like chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and corn (I still love to mix these two together!).  Meatloaf with canned potatoes and either green beans or peas, but never LeSueur Peas.  I learned when she came to live with me, she would NOT eat tiny green peas.  Do you remember what potatoes out of the can tasted like? Not a fan. But, back in the day when Mother was cooking for six hungry people, two of which were boy teens, canned was easy and cheap.

martha-stewart-vegetablesFast forward, I like to include at least two vegetables at every meal. But, sometimes it gets SO BORING.  We are trying to eliminate corn, peas, carrots and potatoes from our diet due to their high glycemic levels. This means I have to be super creative. I have 143 recipes pinned to my Pinterest board so that’s a good start for inspiration.  Martha Stewart has an all vegetable cookbook that I think might be interesting to try.


About two weeks of the month, we’ve been using the meal service from Marley Spoon for inspiration on new recipes.  They deliver an insulated cold box with fresh ingredients and recipe cards enough for 2-4 people (depending on the service you select).  It’s been fun to try new recipes and saves me from having to think of what to cook.  I can pick the weeks I want delivery, skip delivery and cancel anytime. They offer about 6-8 menu choices so I get to pick each week what I would like delivered and the day of the week for it to arrive.  I have three free meal coupons, so if you are interested share your email in the comment section below with your email address and I will send one to you (Note:  I am not compensated, it’s just a benefit they offer their long-time customers).

Here are five recipes to get you started next week for vegetables…

Brussels sprouts and scallions.  You can roast these in the oven, but another option is a cast iron skillet (don’t have one — you can also use a regular frying pan).  Wash and dry your Brussel sprouts (as many as you want for each serving), cut the ends off and slice in half.  Slice a scallion in very thin slices.  Heat your skillet over medium high heat with olive or avocado oil. Once the oil is good and hot, toss in the veggies and give a good seasoning with salt and pepper.  Saute until the onions and sprouts are crispy brown about 10 minutes.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with almonds, dates and pecorino from Marley Spoon.  This was yummy and different.  A lot of people think kale is tough and it can be.  The secret is to cut away the stem and toss it with a wooden spoon several times. The more you handle it, the softer it becomes.


Also from Marley Spooon Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with red onions and fontina.  We served this with grilled salmon.

roasted-butternut-squash-pastaA recipe from my Pinterest vegetable board is roasted cauliflower and it’s also on my blog here.  It’s lemony and the parmesan cheese makes it have a crispy finish. Seriously, if cauliflower isn’t your bestie after this, you are not human.


And this recipe you can find here on my blog for Lick the Pan Garlic Butter Mushrooms.  If a steak is in you future, you must have these mushrooms be their date.  Omg.


So, there you go.  I’ve given you a lot of material — butternut squash, kale, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

Move over LeSueur lovers.  Now, go forth and wow your family!

The Health Benefits of Epsom Salt

epsom-salt-copyGrowing up, I always remember a box of epsom salt in our bathroom cabinet.  When my parents came to live with us, along came their trusty epsom salt.  I just thought this was an “old people” remedy and didn’t give it much thought.  After Mother died and I was going through her belongings, I put her boxes of epsom salt in the garage never giving them another thought.  I thought since Mr. Bee is 10 years older than me, he could find the salts helpful.

After a long week of work recently, I read that epsom salt — which is Magnesium Sulfate — was a great remedy for tired, achy feet.  Knowing I had a stock of it, I made myself a foot bath with a nice tub of hot water, essential oil and the salts.  I soaked my feet while I read the back of the salts box.  I have to say, my feet felt so much better afterward and I couldn’t believe all the health benefits and uses for the salts.  I found a great article on 21 Uses for Epsom Salts from Wellness Mama (always consult with your health care provider first when trying something new).


  • Simple First Aid — takes the sting out of insect bites and draws out splinters
  • Soak away tiredness and soreness
  • Soaking aid for minor sprains and bruises
  • Soothe away stress (add essential oils like lavendar to your bath water)
  • Deep clean skin and pores
  • Provides soothing relief from arthritic pain
  • Warm and comfort muscle aches
  • Use it to water your house plants and vegetables
  • You can make a homemade sea salt spray for your hair
  • Use it to get rid of slugs (I remember doing this as a kid)
  • As a laxative for the short-term relief of constipation
  • Headache relief (my doctor has me trying it for migraine relief and it has helped so far)
  • Sunburn relief
  • Great for kid’s bath time to help them get a good night sleep

Here’s why Magnesium is so good for our body…


Read here for a more detailed explanation as to why Magnesium is important in the healthy function of our bodies.  Something as simple as a $3 box of this natural mineral has so many health benefits.  I guess Mother did know best.

Tomato, Avocado and Cucumber Summer Fresh Salad

cucumber tomato avocado saladI found this recipe for Tomato, Avocado and Cucumber salad on Pinterest about a month ago and I cannot stop making it.  First of all it’s easy to prepare, it keeps for several days in the refrigerator, and the ingredients are plentiful right now at farmer’s markets.  I had a friend who returned from a long trip and I filled a mason jar full of this salad along with a brisket Mr. Bee smoked and the Cream Cheese Lemonade pie from here, and welcomed her home with dinner!

Recipe courtesy of Natasha’s Kitchen:

1 lb Roma tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 English cucumber, sliced and cut in halves
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2 avocados, diced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
Juice of 1 medium lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
1/4 cup (1/2 bunch) cilantro, chopped*
1 tsp sea salt or 3/4 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
*Note: if you aren’t keen on cilantro, fresh dill is a good substitute

Mix everything in the bowl and chill for a few hours before serving.  I substituted limes for the lemons and used avocado oil instead of olive oil.

You can pretty much eat this with anything.  We’ve eaten it with brisket, chicken kebabs, hamburgers.  It is so fresh and perfect for summer!

In a Jif – Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

lean smoothie powderI enjoy smoothies as a boost in the morning or a low-calorie snack in the afternoon when I’m craving something sweet.  My friend and trainer, Jess, got me started on Xyngular Lean Protein Powder.  It mixes really well with water to serve up only 44 calories per shake with 10 grams of protein.  I add in either 4-5 strawberries or a 1/2 of a banana, and about 1/4 cup of ice.

I cram all the ingredients into my Magic Bullet mixer which conveniently comes with mugs and lids so it’s portable.  Costco and Kohl’s always run great sales on the magic bullet.magic bullet

Here’s something new I have been adding…peanut powder.  I know it’s been around a while and there are great brands out there, but when I saw that Jif was launching their version, I thought I would give it a try.

peanutbutter powder


It’s only 70 calories per serving and 1 gram of sugar!  Much less than creamy peanut butter. I added the plain variety (it also comes in chocolate peanut powder which would be awesome with strawberries, I think!) to my smoothie and it was very tasty. I added 2 TBL (a serving is 3 TBL) and it was pretty intense.  Very nutty, not sweet.  But, I think next time I would probably try only adding 1 TBL.  You can also just mix it with water to make spreadable peanut butter.  The bag says it can be added to recipes, too.

It’s $5.89 a bag so it is more expensive than jarred peanut butter, but less expensive than other competitors.  The manager at Albertson’s was very kind to help me find it in the store.  He said right now they are not stocking it in the peanut butter aisle, but near the frozen fruit to inspire people to make smoothies.  Not to be bossy, or anything, but I suggested he might want to re-visit this merchandising choice because the freezer section was the last place I would look for peanut butter.  He agreed.

Give it a try and let me know how you mix it into your smoothie.

Lunch with Leta

Lunch with LetaI met an amazing lady named Leta the other day.  She is friends with my super fun friend Jacqui.  Even though Leta and I attend the same church, we had never been personally introduced.  What is endearing about this story, unbeknownest to me, we already had a connection through my mother, Earnie.

Shortly after I published a story on my mother’s daily devotional, which you can read about here, Leta called me on the phone and left a message that said, “I want you to know that I have known your mother since 1957 and I hope we can meet so I can tell you about our friendship.”  Literally, one of the sweetest things I had heard in a long while.

I called my friend Jacqui to schedule a lunch with Leta hookup because apparently these two are the best of friends (hold on, Jacqui, because I may take your spot with Leta).  Leta was precious, beautiful and completely lovely.  She even had on a maxi skirt!

While noshing over chips and salsa, we chatted about how she knew Mother.  I asked her what she remembered most about Earnie.  She said, “her smile.  Earnestine was always smiling and happy.”  Then we got onto the subject of how Leta keeps herself so healthy.  Keep in mind she told me she’s known Mother since 1957…do the math (P.S. Leta told me how old she is, but southern ladies don’t share).  I was intrigued by her stories, so I asked her if I could share them with you:

Leta’s List

  1. Every morning she starts the day with a glass of water mixed with 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with mother (she was emphatic it had to be vinegar with “the mother”).  I started this today, because, well look at her!
  2. She sits down in daily prayer and meditation with God.  This is really important because, if you recall, this is what Mother did, so apparently this ritual gets you right up there at the front of the lines to the Pearly Gates and a “first nighters” welcome reception with Jesus.
  3. She exercises and stretches everyday.  It could be walking or light weights, but she makes the choice to do this, no matter what.
  4. She eats fresh vegetables everyday, lean protein and no sugar (she said, “sugar is the devil.”)  Girl, I hear you!
  5. She loves to bake and share with friends.  Apparently, she has a pecan pie that has been auctioned for hundreds of dollars for charity.  And she makes our pastor peanut butter pie.  I’m going to figure out a way to get over to her house to teach me this recipe and score the frozen pecan pies she says she keeps in her freezer (along with some chocolate candy she makes for Christmas gifts).
  6. She volunteers to stay active and engaged with others.  She is on the team at church that prepares our church bulletins (i.e. church lingo for program/order of service) for each of the Sunday services.

Leta’s List is simple.  It’s not rocket science.  It’s easy to achieve each of these things, you just have to make the commitment that it’s important for a long, healthy and fulfilling life.  Leta is my new super hero and I know exactly why she and my mother were friends.  What a gift they’ve both passed on to me.  Here’s to more Lunches with Leta!

They’re not sexy, but a Netipot is seriously good for your sinuses

This is how my friend, Cindy, normally looks.   I love hanging out with her.  She’s fun-loving, kind, and we laugh about everything.   We call ourselves the “Thursday Girls” because we like to plan a day of fun once a month on Thursdays.

I’ve been battling a cold recently, and this funny story reminded me of her.  At Christmas, we hang out at her house and bake cookies for all the people we’re gifting for the holiday.  She usually feeds me something yummy for lunch and we burn a few batches of baked goods because we’re distracted with laughing.

Well, that day was a little different.  Cindy called and said she was sick with a cold.  Her head hurt, she couldn’t breathe.  What should she do to get better before her birthday wingding on Saturday.  I told her to sit tight, I’d be over in a jiff with my Netipot — just the thing that would cure her right up.

This is what Cindy looked like when she opened the door.  Girl, she needed help.

So instead of whipping up a batch of Christmas miracles…

We stood over her sink doing this…

If you’ve never used a Neti Pot, you’re missing out.  It is the BEST thing for colds and allergies.  They sell them in any drug store.  Their purpose is to rinse out your sinuses clogged with, well, mucous.  Sorry.  I said it.  I don’t like that word, either.  They are the number one best defense against sinus infections.  It’s super sexy on your desk at work.  Smile.

And I made an emergency run for this which is a must for sinus congestion.

Tip:  You can only purchase from behind the counter after presenting your photo ID, birth certificate and electric bill, swearing on the Holy Bible you won’t sell or distribute the meds to others.  I’m joking, but not really.

At 3:59 p.m. I got a report that Cindy was doing great.  I’ve saved another life.  Until tomorrow’s adventure.

How to Set up a Metamucil Bar

Sounds pin-worthy doesn’t it? You know you’re old when you have a “Metamucil Bar” in your kitchen. I found this cute galvanized plant stand at Target and thought it would be perfect to corral our vitamins, cat medicines and “fiber” supplements.

Nothing is quite as attractive when you have company over and while they’re sipping their champagne cocktail they take a gander at your “BM” meds.  Thinking to themselves “is this her house or a nursing home?”

So this doesn’t sound that ridiculous, let me share a nightly cocktail that Mr. Bee and I have been concocting before bed.  We mix a heaping tablespoon of Metamucil or Miralax with a package of Emergen-C.  The fiber helps reduce cholesterol and improve your digestion (and the Gastro said this makes your colon nice and healthy) and the Emergen-C is packed with all kinds of good-for-you vitamins and minerals.  I am curious to see when I go for blood work soon if it indeed lowers my cholesterol.  And, the vitamin C helps to prevent colds.

I found these cute Le Parfait French Terrines at the Container Store to put all my supplies…

Metamucil, Miralax and Emergen-C

I took a wooden floral container and stuck on a chalkboard label to house all our vitamins.  The little glass dish has kitty cat’s medicines, and a cute notepad.

Our supplies are neatly stored and displayed in the kitchen next to the sink without screaming “We are freaks about our colon health!”

Colon Chronicles

I turned 50 and with that comes many milestones.  For example, you should have a baseline screening colonoscopy.  This is especially important if you have family history of polyps or colon-rectal cancer.  Earnie had polyps and her mother died from colon cancer.  So I could start 2015 out with a shiny, clean colon I thought I’d book this adventure during spring break.  Here’s how the fun went down.

My procedure was for Tuesday, so the day before you are supposed to eat a liquid diet.  No solid food, but you can have yogurt, milkshakes, beverages (as long as they aren’t red or purple), hard candy and chew gum.  I started the day with coffee.  By lunch I was hungry so I had a vanilla milkshake from Whataburger.  Satisfying.  By 3 p.m., I was starving so I had banana pudding.  Ok, not so bad.  I was really wanting to chew something, but I wasn’t feeling weak or deprived.

About 4:30 p.m. I delivered food to my niece since she just came home from the hospital having her new baby.  I went by Rosa’s Cafe and got two giant fajita platters.  Miss Bee was holding them while we drove and I kept looking at her like she was a piece of meat in the tiger’s den.  Gosh, I really wanted to pull over and eat a giant tortilla stuffed with meat.

6 p.m. was show time.  It was time to start part one of a two-step process. I thought I’d stage this photo of the Suprep Bowel Prep Kit (how else could you describe this) with roses in the background since it’s the finale of the Bachelor and I’ll be watching it while I “prep.”  I read the patient “Guide to the Gates of Hell” manual and its mission statement is pretty clear:  Patient will produce copious amounts of diarrhea.  What does the person look like that had to write this?

My gastro did the fast-sell on this version of colon prep to me while I was getting my pre-procedure consult.  She said she taste-tested it and it was by far the best tasting “solution.”  That should have been my first clue when it was referred to as a “solution” instead of a drink or cocktail.  I remember when Earnie and Mr. Bee did this they had to drink an entire gallon of prep so this couldn’t be that bad.   Looking back I should have been suspicious when she said she taste-tested it.  Just how much did you taste to come to this conclusion?

You pour one bottle into a cup, fill it up with water and drink it.  Down the hatch.  After the first big gulp, I was thinking how in the hell am I am going to finish this, then drink it all over again later?  Kinda like you can’t explain how labor pain feels — well I can’t describe how awful this tastes.  Vats of salt marry a swamp?   It was grape flavored which I have detested since the early days of Earnie medicating me with grape-flavored cough syrup from the 60s.  I avoid all things grape — candy, suckers, gum, drinks.  This was hard work.  But, I pushed through it.  I thought I was going to barf at the last big gulp, but I didn’t.  Then you have to follow this with two more cups full of water over the next hour.  I paced myself, drinking the first cup within 30 minutes, then the last cup over the remaining 30 minutes.  I wasn’t feeling too full or queasy, but I was cold.

Within 15 minutes the party started if you know what I mean.  This went on for about 2 hours.  By 8 p.m. I went to bed, because I needed to get up at 2:30 a.m. to do the second part of the prep.  I set my alarm, but didn’t need it because my stomach sounded like the sinking of the Titanic.  As if on cue, my bowels knew part two was about to commence.  I got up and did the whole thing over again.  By 4 a.m. I was done and turned in because there was nothing more to produce.  Frankly, I was so tired I didn’t care if I pooped my pants.  As I drifted off to sleep I kept thinking when I wake up I will be that much closer to a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin.  Oh, and I made a press release:

Woke up at 6 a.m. for a quick shower. Got to the endoscopy center at 6:30 a.m. to check in.  They started an IV for sedation (which is the reward in all this) and wheeled me back to the procedure room.

As I was wheeling by the staff break room, I could see my doctor wolfing down a sausage biscuit.  Damn him.  I said, “I see you!”  I also spied a box of donuts on the counter with hot coffee.  Damn all of you.

I chatted with the CRNA who was administering my Michael Jackson sedative.  As I felt the drug making its way into my veins, I told her it was nice to meet her, she had pretty hair, and to have a super day.  I wanted to be voted Miss Congeniality of patients that day.  You know things like, “that lady with the glasses, wasn’t she the cutest?” or “I heard Dr. Gastro say she had the prettiest colon he’d seen in a while!”  What? Don’t judge. I like to be noticed.

I woke up in the recovery area and the first thing I told the nurse apparently was that I was going to eat a cheeseburger.  Doug said I made this proclamation several times to anyone that would listen.  I was drinking a cup of coffee and asked for coffee.  I asked for my glasses and the nurse nicely told me I already had them on.  This drug is amazing!  You have no memory of a 30-foot long tube exploring your colon.  You do get as a party favor a set of super cool pics of your colon for your scrapbook, flatter abs, and you loose about 6 pounds of poop.

Mr. Bee rewarded me with a cheeseburger later for lunch.

Was it really that good or was it because I hadn’t eaten solid food in 48 hours?  I don’t know. And I don’t care.  I am polyp free, which means I don’t need to see Dr. Gastro for another 10 years!

All kidding aside.  This is a really important procedure to have.  Despite the mild discomfort of the prep and incessant diarrhea for about 4 hours, it was totally worth it.  There are other things worse than this.  Like having colon cancer when you could have prevented it by not being such a wieney.

Saturday School — Lavender Oil

Saturday School:  Oils 101
Today’s Topic — Lavender

I’ve shared that one of my personal goals in the new year is to learn more about essential oils and how they can help me achieve physical and mental wellness.  So I thought on Saturdays I would share some interesting tips on the various oils through Young Living.

Today’s report will be on Lavender — known as the “Swiss Arm Knife” of all the essential oils.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous
aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile
of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an
adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or
imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before
bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and
energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and
beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and
skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the
first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a
laboratory explosion. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of
foods.  It takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15 ml. bottle of oil!

An easy way to use the oil is to put a few drops into your palms, rub your hands together and inhale the oil through your nose.  Then rub the oil on the back of your neck and on your ear lobes.  It’s also a great oil to take with you to massage appointments.  Ask the masseuse to mix the oil with their non-scented carrier oil and you will have a spa like experience.

But there are many more ways to use this mighty oil…

  • It eases dry, irritated skin (so basically right now in the dead of winter)
  • Calms nerves
  • It’s a mood balancer
  • Helps with allergy relief — this is a big one.  I have really been having trouble with my allergies lately.  I’ve been putting a small drop of oil just underneath my nose and it helps me to breath easier and not feel so stopped up.
  • Aids in burn healing
  • Nosebleed relief (a common problem during a dry winter)
  • Eases sunburn pain — this would make a great oil to put in your beach bag
  • Soothes common cuts and bruises — I’ve been putting it on my dry cuticles and cracked thumbs at night before bed.

Recently, Miss Bee was complaining of menstrual cramps and just feeling blah.  I rubbed her abdomen with a few drops of the oil, mixed it with some non-scented lotion and massaged her feet, and put a heating pad on the low setting on her abdomen.  I looked over at her about 10 minutes later and she was sound asleep.  That’s a great testimony to me that it helped her achieve relaxation.

You can purchase Lavender oil directly here through Young Living.  You can either purchase it at the retail price or become a wholesaler and save 24% on your purchase.  My wholesaler ID (2373462) is below to help you with processing your order.  Next week, I’ll be back to show you some gorgeous pics of the Young Living farm.