Essential Oils 101 – Rosemary – Spearmint

Today:

  • Rosemary
  • Rosewood
  • Sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Spearmint

Rosemary Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Rosemary essential oil stimulates hair growth, is a disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, antibacterial and analgesic (pain relief) substance.

Health benefits: It aids hair care, skin care, mouth care, anxiety, mental disorders, depression, pain, headache, rheumatism, respiratory problems, bronchial asthma, indigestion and flatulence.

Rosewood Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Rosewood essential oil is as an analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, deodorant, insecticide and stimulant substance.

Health benefits: It reduces pain, fights depression, protects wounds from becoming septic, enhances libido and promotes sexual arousal, kills bacteria, is good for the brain, cures headaches, eliminates body odour, kills insects and stimulates gland discharges.

Sage Essential Oil (Top)

Properties:  Sage essential oil is an antifungal, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), is as a cicatrisant (skin healing), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), digestive, disinfectant, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), laxative, and a stimulant substance.

Health benefits: It inhibits viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, protects wounds against becoming septic, heals damages done by oxidation, soothes inflammation, clears spasms, increases the production of bile, promotes digestion, fights infections, opens up obstructed menstruation, cures coughs and colds, reduces fever, helps clear the bowels, stimulates discharges and boosts systemic functions.

Sandalwood Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Sandalwood essential oil is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant (skin healing), carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient (softens the skin), expectorant, hypotensive (lowering the blood pressure), memory booster, sedative and a tonic substance.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from infection, soothes inflammations due to fever and other conditions, clears up spasms, tightens gums and muscles and helps stop hair loss.  It reduces the chance of haemorrhaging, heals scars, relieves gas, increases urination, fights infections, keeps skin smooth and free from infections, cures coughs and colds, reduces blood pressure, increases memory, soothes nervous disorders and inflammations and boosts your immune system.

Spearmint Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Spearmint essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), insecticide, restorative and stimulating substance.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, clears spasms, gives relief from gas, is good for the brain, opens up obstructed menses, kills insects, restores health and heals general wear and tear, stimulates discharge and systemic functions.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

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Essential Oils 101 – Patchouli – Rose

Today:

  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Petitgrain
  • Pine
  • Rose

 

Patchouli Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Patchouli essential oil is an antidepressant, antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge (reduce fever), fungicide, insecticide, sedative, and a tonic.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, soothes inflammation resulting from high fevers, prevents wounds becoming septic, increases libido and cures sexual disorders, tightens gums and muscles, stops haemorrhaging, heals scars, promotes cell growth, eliminates body odour, increases urination and removes toxins, cures fever, kills fungus and insects, reduces emotional and nervous disorders.

Peppermint Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Peppermint essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), anaesthetic, antiseptic, antigalactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), cordial, decongestant, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), hepatic (liver), nervine (calm the nerves), stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), sudorific (induces sweating), vasoconstrictor vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It relieves pain, induces numbness, protects against sepsis, reduces milk flow and discharge, relaxes spasms, strengthens gums, stops hair loss and lifts skin, induces firmness in muscles, stops haemorrhaging, removes gas, is good for brain and memory health, promotes bile discharge, clears congestion and eases breathing, relieves obstructed menstruation, expels phlegm and catarrh, reduces fever, is good for the liver, nerves, and stomach, promotes perspiration and slight contraction of the blood vessels.

Petitgrain Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Petitgrain essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, antidepressant, deodorant, nervine (calm the nerves) and a sedative.

Health benefits: It protects against sepsis, relaxes spasms, fights depression and uplifts mood, eliminates body odour, treats nervous disorders, soothes inflammation and reduces nervous afflictions.

Pine Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Pine essential oil is an antibacterial, analgesic (pain relief), diuretic, energising, anti-septic aromatic substance.

Health benefits: It helps in skin care, increases metabolism, relieves pain, eases stress disorders, mental fatigue, urinary tract infections and various respiratory problems.

Rose Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Rose essential oil is an antidepressant, antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal (kills bacteria), cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), cicatrisant (skin healing), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), haemostatic, hepatic (liver), laxative, nervine (calm the nerves), stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion) and an uterine oil substance.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, soothes inflammation due to fever, protects wounds against developing sepsis, relieves spasms, fights viral infections, enhances libido and cures sexual disorders, tightens gums and muscles, stops haemorrhaging, inhibits bacterial growth, promotes discharges and secretions, heals scars, purifies the blood, opens up obstructed menses, stops haemorrhaging, boosts liver health, cures constipation and nervous disorders and is good for stomach and uterine health.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Niaouli – Parsley

Today:

  • Niaouli
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Palmarosa
  • Parsley

Niaouli Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Niaouli essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiseptic, bactericidal (kills bacteria), cicatrisant (skin healing), decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms) and a vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It is used for pain relief, treatment of rheumatism and arthritis, protects against wounds becoming septic, inhibits bacterial growth, boosts health, clears up scars and spots, decreases congestion, eases breathing, expels phlegm and catarrh, reduces fever, kills and repels insects, stimulates functions and kills worms.

Nutmeg Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Nutmeg essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antiemetic (preventing vomiting), antioxidant, antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-parasitic, aphrodisiac, cardiac, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), laxative, prostaglandin inhibitor, stimulant and a tonic.

Health benefits: It relieves pain, stops vomiting, counters premature aging, treats rheumatism and arthritis, protects wounds from developing sepsis, reduces spasms, kills parasites and worms, enhances libido, improves heart health, clears bowels and stops prostate enlargement.

Orange Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Orange essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, tonic, sedative and a cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile).

Health benefits: It soothes inflammation, fights depression and uplifts mood, protects against sepsis, enhances libido and as a cure for sexual dysfunction, relieves gas, increases urination and removes toxins, tones up general health of the immune system, reduces emotional and nervous disturbances, increases discharge and secretions from glands.

Oregano Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Oregano essential oil is an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow) and an anti-allergenic.

Health benefits: It inhibits viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, heals damage done by oxidation, soothes inflammations, promotes digestion, opens up obstructed menstruation and helps cure allergies.

Palmarosa Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Palmarosa essential oil is used as an antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cytophylactic (protects cells), digestive, febrifuge (reduce fever) and a hydration balm.

Health benefits: It protects against sepsis, inhibits viral and bacterial growth, promotes growth and regeneration of cells, facilitates digestion and reduces fever.

Parsley Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Parsley essential oil is antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiarthritic (relieves arthritis symptoms), antiseptic, astringent, carminative, circulatory, detoxifier, digestive, diuretic, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow, febrifuge (reduce fever), hypotensive (lowering the blood pressure), laxative, stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion) and uterine.

Health benefits: It inhibits microbial growth, treats rheumatism and arthritis, protects against sepsis, tightens gums and muscles, stops hair loss, reduces chances of haemorrhaging, removes gases, improves circulation of blood and lymph, removes toxins, facilitates digestion, increases urination and subsequent removal of toxins, purifies blood, reduces obstructed menstruation, soothes fever, reduces blood pressure, clears the bowels, stimulates functions and restores uterine health.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Lime – Neroli

Today:

  • Lime
  • Mandarin (Tangerine)
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli

Lime Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Lime essential oil is antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal (kills bacteria), disinfectant, febrifuge (reduce fever), haemostatic, restorative and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, protects against viral infection, boosts appetite, kills bacteria, fights infections, reduces fever, stops haemorrhaging and boosts health.

Mandarin (Tangerine) Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Mandarin (Tangerine) essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, circulatory, cytophylactic (protects cells), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), digestive, hepatic (liver), nervous relaxant, sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion) and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds against becoming septic, relaxes spasms, increases blood and lymph circulation, promotes growth and regeneration of cells, purifies blood, facilitates digestion, and is good for the liver, soothes inflammation and nervous afflictions, is good for the stomach and toning up the body.

Marjoram Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Marjoram essential oil is analgesic (pain relief), antispasmodic, anaphrodisiac (reduce sexual desire), antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal (kills bacteria), carminative, cordial, diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), digestive, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive (lowering the blood pressure), laxative, nervine (calm the nerves), sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), vasodilator and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It reduces pain, eliminates spasms and cures cramps, protects from wounds becoming septic, inhibits viral and bacterial growth, removes excess gas from the intestines, cures headaches, increases perspiration, promotes digestion, increases urination, opens up obstructed menses, cures coughs and colds, dilutes phlegm, kills fungus, lowers blood pressure, cures constipation, soothes nervous disturbances, widens and relax blood vessels, and improves the health of your stomach.

Myrrh Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Myrrh essential oil is an antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), astringent, expectorant, antifungal, stimulant, carminative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), anti-catarrhal (remove excess mucous), diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), vulnerary (wound healing), antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

Health benefits: It is used to curb microbial growth, tighten gums and muscles and reduce haemorrhaging, alleviates coughs and colds, stops fungal growth, stimulates discharges and systems, reduces excess gas, is good for stomach health, relieves phlegm, promotes sweating, helps wounds heal quickly and protects them from infection, boosts protection against diseases, improves circulation, protects from rheumatism and arthritis, boosts health and immunity, sedating inflammation and reducing spasms.

Neroli Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Neroli essential oil is an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, bactericidal (kills bacteria), cordial, carminative, cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), disinfectant, antispasmodic, deodorant, digestive, emollient (softens the skin), sedative and a tonic.

Health benefits: It uplifts mood and fights depression, enhances libido, protect wounds against infections, kills bacteria, provides relief from gas, speeds up the fading of scars, promotes cell growth, fights infection, reduces spasms, eliminates body odour, improves digestion, takes care of skin, while soothing anxiety and inflammation.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Paddington’s Birthday Giveaway

What an amazing giveaway!

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“After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.”
― Robert McCammon, Boy’s Life


No we haven’t gone barking mad.  We’re celebrating because Paddington, our Golden Retriever, turns 14 YEARS OLD TODAY! To be sure, he’s a tad worn around the edges but still as handsome as ever, full of mischief and in fact he thinks he’s still a puppy!

To celebrate this auspicious day, Mr T and I are excited to give you the opportunity to download our 2 new kindle books for free, that’s right FREE but ensure that you download them from the Amazon website between August 25 and August 29 as they are only free for 5 days! There’s a link to each book below the book description.

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Essential Oils 101 – Juniper – Lemongrass

Today:

  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm (Mellissa)
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass

Juniper Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Juniper essential oil has long been known as an antiseptic, sudorific (induces sweating), antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), antispasmodic, stimulating, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), astringent, carminative, diuretic, rubefacient (causing redness of the skin to increase blood circulation), vulnerary (wound healing) and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds against becoming septic, increases sweating, cures rheumatism and arthritis, purifies blood, eliminates spasms, stimulates functions, is good for the stomach, makes gums stronger and stops haemorrhaging, reduces excess gas, promotes urination, brings colour to the skin and promotes quick healing of wounds.

Lavender Essential Oil (Middle/Top)

Properties: Lavender essential is calming, sleep inducing, analgesic (pain relief), aphrodisiac, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal.

Health benefits: It is beneficial for treatment of issues with the nervous system, insomnia, pain relief, urine flow, respiratory disorders, skin care, hair care, blood circulation, indigestion and immune system health.

Lemon Balm (Melissa) Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Lemon balm essential oil is commonly used as an antidepressant, cordial, nervine (calm the nerves), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), sedative, antispasmodic, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), febrifuge (reduce fever), hypotensive, sudorific (induces sweating) and a tonic.

Health benefits: It reduces feelings of depression, cures nervous disorders, opens blocked menses, sedates inflammation, reduces spasms, and is good for the stomach. It inhibits bacteria, removes gas, increases perspiration and removes toxins, reduces fever, lowers blood pressure and boosts the health of your immune system.

Lemon Essential oil (Top)

Properties: Lemon essential oil is an antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge (reduce fever), restorative and a tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds becoming septic, inhibits viral and bacterial growth, strengthens gums, and stops hair loss, lifts skin, induces firmness in muscles, stops haemorrhaging, fights infections and cures fevers.

Lemongrass Essential Oil (Middle/Top)

Properties: Lemongrass essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antipyretic (prevent or reduce fever), antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal (kills bacteria), carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge (reduce fever), fungicidal, galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), insecticidal, nervine (calm the nerves), sedative and a tonic.

Health benefits: It relieves pain, fights depression, inhibits microbial growth, reduces high fever, protects wounds from being septic, strengthens gums and hair, reduces haemorrhaging, kills bacteria, eliminates gas, reduces body odour, promotes urination, reduces fever, stops fungal infections, increases milk, kills insects, strengthens nerves, soothes inflammation and nervous disturbances.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Geranium – Jasmine

Today:

  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum (Immortelle)
  • Jasmine

Geranium Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Geranium essential oil is an astringent, aphrodisiac, haemostatic (stops blood flow), cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), diuretic, deodorant, styptic, tonic, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms) and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It is used to induce tightening of the gums, muscles, skin and blood vessels and in stopping haemorrhage, scar healing, promotion of cell growth and increased urination. It stops body odour, tones up the body and kills intestinal parasites and worms.

Ginger Essential Oil (Base/Middle)

Properties: Ginger essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antiemetic (preventing vomiting), antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), laxative, rubefacient (causing redness of the skin to increase blood circulation), stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), sudorific (induces sweating) and tonic.

Health benefits: It relieves pain, stops vomiting, protects wounds becoming septic, relaxes spasms, inhibits bacterial growth, eliminates gas, improves brain and memory function, expels phlegm and catarrh, breaks fevers, clear bowels, brings colour to the skin, improve stomach health, promotes sweating heling remove toxins from the body.

Grapefruit Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Grapefruit essential oil is a diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant, antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic and a tonic.

Health benefits:  It stimulates urination, fight infections, reduce depression and uplift spirits and mood, protects wounds from becoming septic while increasing the elimination of toxins.

Helichrysum (Immortelle) Essential Oil (Base)

Properties:  Helichrysum essential oil is antispasmodic, anticoagulant, antiallergenic, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antirheumatic (counteracting swelling in the joints), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), nervine (calm the nerves), anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrisant (skin healing), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), anti-septic, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), emollient (softens the skin), mucolytic, fungicidal, hepatic (liver), diuretic, splenic and cytophylactic (protects cells).

Health benefits: It reduces spasms, maintains the fluidity of blood, fights allergies, inhibits microbial infections, dissolves and clears blood clots, reduces inflammation from fever, and is good for nervous system health, reduces various other types of inflammation, clears phlegm and reduces coughs, heals scars, protects wounds from becoming septic, stimulates proper bile discharge into the stomach, makes skin smooth and young, dissolves mucus, and kills fungus. It is good for the liver and spleen, while stimulating urination and the regeneration of new cells.

Jasmine Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Jasmine essential oil is an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, cicatrisant (skin healing), expectorant, galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), parturient, sedative and uterine.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, protects wounds, cures sexual dysfunctions, and increases libido, reduces spasms, heals scars, gives relief from phlegm and coughs, increases breast milk, and regulates obstructed menstrual cycles, eases the delivery of babies and labour pains, while sedating inflammation and nervous disturbances.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Clove – Frankincense

Today:

  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense

Clove Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Clove essential oil is antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating in nature.

Health benefits: It is used in treatments related to dental care from toothaches to cavities, as well as for infections, skin care, stress, headaches, respiratory problems, earaches, indigestion, nausea, blood circulation issues, blood purification, diabetes, immune system weakness, premature ejaculation, cholera and sties.

Coriander Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Coriander essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), deodorant, digestive, fungicide, lipolytic (breaks down fat for weight loss), stimulant and stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion).

Health benefits: It reduces pain, increases libido, reduces spasms, eliminates excess gas, purifies the blood, decreases body odour, promotes digestion, inhibits fungal growth and infection, reduces fat by breaking it down through hydrolysis, maintains good health and tone of the stomach.

Cypress Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cypress essential oil is an astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, haemostatic (stops bleeding), hepatic (liver), styptic, sudorific (induces sweating), vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and a sedative.

Health benefits: It strengthens gums and contracts muscles, protects wounds against infections, clears spasms, removes body odour, increases urination, promotes perspiration, strengthens the respiratory system and soothes inflammation.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Eucalyptus essential oil has a number of important qualities, including anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial and stimulating.

Health benefits: It treats respiratory problems, wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, skin care, diabetes, fever and intestinal germs.

Fennel Essential Oil (Middle/Top)

Properties: Fennel essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), laxative, stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), splenic, tonic and a vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It protects wounds against becoming septic, clears spasms, increases appetite, removes excess gas, purifies blood, increases urination, and promotes a regulated menstrual cycle,  defends against coughs and colds, increases milk secretion, helps clear bowels and constipation, stimulates systems and is good for stomach and spleen health.

Frankincense Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Frankincense essential oil is an antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), digestive, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, fights infections, induces contractions in gums, muscles and blood vessels, removes excess gas, heals scars, keeps cells healthy and promotes their regeneration. It promotes digestion, increases urination, regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs and colds, soothes anxiety and inflammation and ensures good health of the uterus.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Goodbye sweet beautiful girl <3

I remember as clear as day the evening our precious little girl showed herself to me in Mauritius.  I was cooking dinner and she walked in from the patio and meow’ed hello.  I went down on my haunches, extended a finger and she immediately walked over and sat on my lap and never left it since.  She sat on my lap every day while I ate breakfast and while I sat at the computer and she slept, if not on me, next to me every night – under the covers in winter.  Poor island girl really felt the cold.  

Recently, she seemed a little flat; I initially put it down to the cold weather and she seemed happy snuggling and sleeping in her blankie.  Then I smelt a strange smell on her breathe and realised she was sick.

Pete was home and he too noticed the small changes in her.  A week later we took her to the vet who diagnosed her as having tick bite fever and feline aids.  It was a terrible shock but her prognosis seemed very positive.  We immediately started her on medication and special immune boosting food.

For 2 weeks we went to the vet if not every day, every other day.  They saw a lot of fight left in her and continued to inject her with antibiotics, liver support and saline.  I was now feeding and watering her every 4 hours using a syringe with small amounts of food and immune building muti as she was too weak to eat on her own, even though she desperately tried to, bless her little heart. Most times, we made it outside in time for a tinkle then she was too weak to even attempt to go outside.

The last 48 hours of her precious life were horrific as she was crying out in pain, battling to get sufficient oxygen and fitting.  I couldn’t bare seeing her suffer so.  It has been the most traumatic thing to endure and there was nothing I could do to help her or stop the gut wrenching pain!  I kept telling her how much I loved her and it was okay to let go, to go peacefully, to be pain free and I would be with her and hold her until the end. I did.

Rest gently sweet beautiful girl, you were very loved and the most wonderful dear companion I could ask for.  I miss you desperately and home is incomplete without you.  I love you. ❤

Essential Oils 101 – Cedarwood – Clary Sage

Today:

  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Clary Sage

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Cedarwood essential oil is antiseborrhoeic (preventing or relieving seborrheic dermatitis), antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, insecticidal, sedative and a fungicide.

Health benefits: It cures seborrhoea, heals wounds, fights spasms, causes contractions in the gums, muscles, tissues, skin and blood vessels, while increasing urination and the subsequent removal of toxins, water, salt and fat from the body. It regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs and colds, kills insects, sedates inflammation and nervous disturbances, and inhibits fungal growth and infections.

Chamomile Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Chamomile essential is an antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), carminative, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), cicatrisant (skin healing), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), analgesic (pain relief), febrifuge (reduce fever), hepatic (liver), sedative, nervine (calm the nerves), digestive, tonic, bactericidal, sudorific (induces sweating), stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It cures spasms, protect wounds from becoming septic and infected, curbs biotic growth and infections, fights depression and uplifts mood, cures neuralgic pain by reducing swelling in the effected vessels, and soothes inflammation from fever, eliminates gases, promotes discharge of bile, helps decrease visibility of scars, opens up obstructed menses and regulates them, cures pain, reduces fever, and is good for the liver, sedates inflammation and hyper-reactions, improves nervous system health, aids digestion, reduces spasms, kills bacteria, increases perspiration, improves digestion, and fights infections.

Cinnamon Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cinnamon essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), astringent, anti-clotting, stimulating, cooling and carminative in nature.

Health benefits: It is a brain tonic, eases respiratory problems, skin infections, blood impurity, blood circulation issues, infections, wound healing, pain relief, birth control, menstruation problems, breastfeeding, heart disorders, diabetes, colon cancer, indigestion, and as a relief for bad breath!

Citronella Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Citronella essential oil is an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and deodorant. It is diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), diuretic, febrifuge (reduce fever), fungicidal, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), stimulant, tonic and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms) and an insect repellent.

Health benefits: It inhibits bacterial, microbial, viral and fungal infections, kills insects, protects wounds from becoming septic, relaxes spasms, sooths inflammation, eliminates body odour, stimulates perspiration, increases urination and the removal of toxins from the body, reduces fever, repels insects and is beneficial for good stomach health and digestion.

Clary Sage Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Clary sage is an antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), euphoric, hypotensive, nervine (calm the nerves), sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion)and uterine.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, stops convulsions by sedating nervous disturbances, relaxes spasms, protects wounds from becoming septic, reduces sexual dysfunction and increases libido, causes contractions, kills bacteria and curbs bacterial growth, removes excess gas, eliminates body odour, improves digestion, relieves obstructed menstruation, lowers blood pressure, improves nervous system health, sedates various extreme emotions and anxiety, maintains good stomach health and fixes damage sustained by the uterus.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Black Pepper – Carrot Seed

Today:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cajuput
  • Camphor
  • Caraway
  • Carrot Seed

Black Pepper Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Black pepper essential oil is a digestive, diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), carminative, aperient (relieve constipation), antispasmodic, antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiarthritic (relieves arthritis symptoms), antibacterial and an antioxidant.

Health benefits: It aids in digestion, increases perspiration and helps remove toxins from the body, removes gas from the intestines and does not let them build up, acts as a purgative, cures spasms, treats arthritis and rheumatism by removing uric acid and other toxins from the body. It inhibits bacterial growth, fights premature aging and neutralises free radicals.

Cajuput Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cajuput essential oil is an antiseptic, cosmetic, bactericide, insecticide, decongestant, analgesic (pain relief), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), antispasmodic, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), carminative, stimulant, tonic, sudorific (induces sweating) and emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow).

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, takes care of skin, kills bacteria and insects, cures congestion in the respiratory system, reduces pain, cures coughs, reduces fever, cures spasm, and gives relief from the pain of neuralgia. Cajuput, removes gases, stimulates secretions and nerve responses, tones up organic systems, increases perspiration, gives relief from obstructed menses and regulates consistent menstruation.

Camphor Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Camphor essential oil is a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anaesthetic, sedative, nerve pacifier, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, and an insecticide.

Health benefits: It stimulates, cures spasms, protects wounds from infections, eliminates congestion, desensitises and acts as local anaesthetic, calms nervous disturbances, cures neuralgic pain, soothes inflammation, fights infection and kills insects.

Caraway Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Caraway essential oil is a galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), antihistaminic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), disinfectant, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow, expectorant, aperitif, astringent, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It increases milk in the breasts, curb histamine to fight coughs, protect wounds against becoming septic, and is very good for the heart, cures spasms and cramps, removes excess gas, promotes digestion, maintains stomach health, fights infections, increases urination removes toxins from body, regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs, increases appetite, contracts gums and muscles, kills insects, stimulates secretions, and increases overall health.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Carrot seed essential oil is antiseptic, disinfectant, detoxifying, anti-oxidant, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), stimulant, cytophylactic (protects cells) and a tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, fights infections, removes toxins from the body, neutralises free radicals and reverses the effects of oxidation, removes excess gas and does not let it build up in the body, while purifying blood by removing toxins, increasing urination, opening and regulating menses, stimulating secretions, and promoting the regeneration of new cells.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Anise – Bergamot

Today:

  • Essential Oils and Their Properties
    •  Anise
    • Basil
    • Bay
    • Benzoin
    • Bergamot

Anise Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Anise essential oil is an anti-epileptic, anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aperient (relieve constipation), carminative, cordial, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, stimulant and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It treats rheumatism and arthritis, protect against septic, relax spasms, acts as a purgative, removes gas, warms the body, clears congestion and eases breathing, facilitates digestion, expels phlegm and catarrh, kills and repels insects, worms and lice and relieves nervous afflictions.

Basil Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Basil essential oil is carminative, anti-spasmodic, analgesic (pain relief), antibacterial, and ophthalmic (eye).

Health benefits: It has long been used for skin care, indigestion, respiratory problems, infections, stress disorders, blood circulation issues, pain and vomiting.

Bay Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Bay essential oil is an antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), anti-spasmodic, analgesic (pain relief), astringent, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), febrifuge (reduce fever), insecticide, sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), sudorific (induces sweating) and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects against septic, inhibits microbial growth, relieves neuralgia pain, relaxes spasms, provides pain relief, increases appetite, tightens gums & muscles and helps stop hair loss.  Other applications have been for the treatment of haemorrhage, promotion of bile secretion, relief of obstructed menstruation, and reduction of fever. The essential oil also kills and repels insects, sedates inflammations and nervous afflictions, and is good for the stomach, while increasing perspiration and the elimination of excess toxins in the body.

Benzoin Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Benzoin essential oil is an antidepressant, carminative, cordial, deodorant, disinfectant, relaxant, diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic, vulnerary (wound healing), astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and sedative.

Health benefits: It uplifts moods and fights depression, eliminates gas build-up, warms the respiratory system, reduces body odour, cures infections, relaxes, promotes urination and the subsequent removal of body toxins, strengthens gums and stops haemorrhaging, cures inflammation, improves circulation, cures arthritis, calms anxiety and relieves tension.

Bergamot Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Bergamot essential oil is a deodorant, vulnerary (wound healing), vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, sedative, analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, disinfectant, febrifuge (reduce fever), cicatrisant (skin healing) and digestive in nature.

Health benefits: It removes body odour, relieves spasms, suppresses pain, improves mood and fights depression, heals cuts and scars and promotes efficient digestion.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – What, How & Benefits of EO’s

Today:

  • What are Essential Oils
  • How Essential Oils Are Extracted
  • Benefits of Essential Oils
    • Detoxify The Body
    • Aid Healing
    • Emotional Well Being Support
    • Enrich Physical Health

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the fragrant, highly concentrated natural constituents that are found in plants. They are what give the plant its characteristic odour and contain the healing power of the plant from which it was extracted. When used correctly, essential oils bring a wide range of health benefits since unlike modern drugs, they have no side-effects.

A typical essential oil will contain more than 100 different chemical compounds, each of which exhibits a specific therapeutic property, and it is for this reason that many essential oils can be used for such a wide range of conditions. Virtually all essential oils possess antiseptic properties, but many also have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Essential oils are located in tiny secretory structures found in various parts of plants such as leaves (eucalyptus), berries (juniper), grasses (palmarosa), flowering tops (lavender), petals (rose), roots (angelica), zest of fruit (orange), resins (frankincense) and wood (cedar).

How Essential Oils Are Extracted

Mostly, essential oils are obtained by steam distillation although other methods are used. Citrus fruits are cold pressed by mechanical means, and the oil from delicate flowers is obtained by a more sophisticated method that produces what is known as an absolute – not an essential oil. This special process is used because delicate flowers cannot withstand the high temperatures needed to extract essential oils by steam distillation.

After extraction, the resulting essential oil is a highly concentrated liquid that contains the aroma and therapeutic properties of the source from which it came.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are a deeply intricate part of the plant and actually have a very similar makeup to our own cells.  Essential oils are beneficial to our bodies and move quickly into our bloodstream and cells to provide numerous health and wellness benefits for a number of different problems.

Detoxify The Body

Essential oils help move toxins out of our body while also increasing our oxygen intake we need to keep cells healthy.  They also extract toxins out of our skin as well as internal organs and tissues.

Aid Healing

Many essential oils contain anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antivirus properties which help support the natural healing process of the body and can be used in different ways on cuts, bites and muscle aches.

Emotional Wellbeing Support

Some essential oils help soothe our senses when we are stressed, while other give us energy when we are run down and to treat anxiety and depression and others to energise our soul.

Enrich Physical Health

Our cells absorb whatever essences the plant contains and this helps heal certain aspects of our physical health, from boosting our immunity and others to prevent diseases and to relieve symptoms from ailments.

Essential Oils101 – Introduction

Over the coming weeks I will share with you all I have learnt and gathered and put together into my go-to essential oils booklet aka encyclopaedia which is ever evolving and being added to. ♥

If you have anything to add, please let me know, I would love to share as much information as possible, after all, as we know, sharing is caring. ♥

I will cover:

  • What are Essential Oils
  • How Essential Oils Are Extracted
  • Benefits of Essential Oils
  • Essential Oils and Their Properties
  • Carrier Oils
  • Perfumery Notes
  • Mixing Ratios
  • Undiluted Application
  • Methods of Application
  • Safety Guidelines
  • How to Store Essential Oils
  • Other Products used with Essential Oils
  • Over 40 of my own Formulas

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

 

M I A

Can’t believe it has been 3 months since I last published a post.  I have heaps of them lining up in my mind but alas that is where they stay.  No excuse really other than normal day to day life getting in the way of writing plus travelling back and forth to Kenya to be with my Pete. ❤

I am thinking about starting a series on Essential Oils.  I’ve had loads of fun compiling my own little EO booklet which I want to share plus I have “perfected” a few serums which I am thrilled with.  

What do you think?  Is that something you would be interested in?  🙂 xo

 

Crème Brûlée

Whilst I have always been thrilled with my Crème Brûlée recipe, I am always happy to find an excuse to try a new recipe and when I saw this gloriously simple one over at Giovanna’s  I knew it wouldn’t be long before I found a reason to try it.

This is also one of those wonderful desserts you can prepare the day before needed.

Crème Brûlée

As seen at:  Blue Jelly Beans

Ingredients

6 egg yolks
3 or 4 Tbsp sugar – I used 3 caster sugar
1 vanilla pod or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or natural essence
600ml cream
4 Tbsp brown sugar – I used caster sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 140°C.
  2. Beat  the yolks and sugar in a large bowl until creamy and light in colour.  I used electric beaters whilst Giovanna recommended using  a wooden spoon to prevent air bubbles while baking.
  3. Heat the vanilla and cream until before boiling point.  Remove from the heat and slowly add to the egg mixture, stirring continuously.
  4. Divide the mixture between 8 ramekins (You could also strain the mixture before pouring into the ramekins to prevent excess air bubbles) and place inside a baking tray and add boiling water until it reaches half way up the ramekins.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes until the custard sets.
  6. Cool and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  7. When ready to serve, sprinkle castor sugar over each custard and caramelise using a blowtorch or by placing them under the grill.

Weekend at Diani Beach, Kenya

If ever you get the opportunity to get as far as Kenya, I highly recommend a trip to Diani Beach or close to.  The coast is magical; the beaches never ending and the weather, well, summer all year around, with the humidity you would expect in the hotter months.

Arrivals at Ukunda airport is a very simple affair of a simple tarpaulin and a few plastic chairs.  😀

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Pete and I enjoyed the most glorious weekend having fun in the sun, eating our own body weight in glorious food and enjoying cocktails in the pool, as you do.

It was rejuvenating for the soul.

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When the tide is low, the beach stretches and stretches and then stretches some more.
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We enjoyed 2 trips on antiquated dhow style boats dug out from mango trees and patched sails to the coral reef to snorkel amongst the many wonderfully coloured fish of every shapes and colour you can think of.

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Naturally after a day out at sea one needs to enjoy a cocktail or three in the pool before getting ready for sun downers and dinner.

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As much as I love baobab trees, I have never seen one in real life until now.  They are beyond impressive and I could not resist hugging the first one I saw.  Amazing to think this tree is hundreds and hundreds of years old!  It is HUGE!  diani-feb-2017-71A lot of you know how much of an arachnophobic I am and it truly took a lot of courage to hold this sea spider on my hand.  Even though they only have 5 legs, the name spider is etched in my brain and this critter moved too quickly for my linking. 
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Beautifully bright star fish were everywhere!  diani-feb-2017-85 Glorious ankle deep water for a good 500 meters before you get to knee deep water.  Truly amazing.

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And no matter where we go in the world, a kitty or four always find their way to me withing 5 minutes of being somewhere new!  This sweet little one was very happy to snuggle on the ground next to me.

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Cannot wait to go back in a few weeks time. ❤  This time with special friends.

Mango Torte

I guess I should have posted this recipe in the holidays but this is a wonderful summer recipe for any occasion.

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Sorry about the mobile phone photo

MANGO TORTE

Ingredients

100g digestive / tennis / marie biscuits crushed
50g melted butter
¼ cup sugar
3 Tbs cornstarch
1 cup evaporated milk
2 egg yolks lightly beaten
1 Tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
4 mangoes sliced
Strawberries halved to decorate (optional)

Method

  1. Combine the crumbed biscuits and melted butter and press into a shallow pie dish and refrigerate.
  2. Mix the sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan.
  3. Gradually add the evaporated milk and cook over a medium heat, stirring until thick.
  4. Add a heaped tablespoon of the milk mixture to the egg yolks and combine, then place into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture and cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla essence.
  6. Place custard mixture into the pie crust and top with the mango slices forming a rose pattern from the middle outwards.
  7. Decorate with strawberries (optional).
  8. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

The Unthinkable

If like me you are a sensitive animal lover, this is not an easy read.

It was a happy day.  I was counting down the sleeps until Pete would be home and had baked birthday cupcakes for my Aunt and Uncle for their birthdays.  I opened the garage and packed the boot ready to head down the road to the folks and my aunt and uncle to celebrate.  Pulled out the garage and hit the remote to close it, set the alarm and another click to open the gate behind me.

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I reversed and realised something was not right.  Reverse a little more and there laying in the driveway was my girly in pain, suffering because I had reversed the car over her.  I screamed and flew out of the car.  I sat next to her – what have I done!  I went hysterical all the while calling Pete, my folks and trying to get hold of our vet.  What have I done.  This is inconceivable!  This can’t be real.

I did not see her while packing the boot.  How could I not see her if she was laying sleeping on the driveway.  How did I not see her in the reverse camera of the car.  How did the sensors not pick her up!  How could this even be a possibility!

The dear old thing is somewhere between 18 and 19 years old and is mostly deaf, her muscle mass has withered away and for the most part has no voice to meow either although she has the faintest of purrs and even though she tries really hard, misses her litter tray sometimes.  She can’t always get onto the bed either and now this!  I am in a state of complete and utter disbelief trying not to vomit from shock and disgust with myself.

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The vet (not ours – he was too far away so the folks raced me to the nearest one) – I did not like him, told me to stop shouting at him!  What’s wrong with this man.  Can he not see I am hysterical and in distress from what has happened!  He assessed Tree (Pete named her Tree as he found her in a tree in the garden) and said her injuries weren’t as bad as they looked – the looked awful, they still haunt me but considering her age and fragile state, he felt the best option would be to let her go but was happy to operate if her little body could take the 2 hour operation after which would be a tough recovery and rehabilitation.  It was all a blur although I had a moments reprieve when he said her injuries weren’t as bad as they looked and asked him to ring Pete in Kenya to please explain all he had just explained to me and the folks.

The hardest decision of life was made and I sat and held onto her as the vet injected her.  She went so peacefully while I screamed and cried uncontrollably.  I brought her home and buried her under a yellow wood tree.  I sit and talk with her and ask her to forgive the indescribable thing I have done.  I am battling to live with the guilt and pain and hope by sharing this will fill me with some peace and solace.

I have the most incredible family and friends who are all telling me how it was all just a horrible accident and how I could never do anything to hurt any animal.  I know that logically but emotionally I am completely broken, shattered and sick to my stomach.

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I hope I will one day be able to forgive myself for what I have done and be able to get the image out of my mind of my girly laying on the driveway.  It kills me!  It is in my mind all day.  Pete has taught me as soon as the image comes into my head to immediately replace it with another one of Tree, a happy love filled image of her.  It helps.

Girly, I am so incredibly sorry for what I have done.  I am broken and sick over what happened.  I am always so careful.  I have no idea how something like this could have happened.  Please forgive me sweet darling Tree.  I love you.

Miss Podgy gets jogging

Horror of horrors its been the better part of a year since I ran.

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Enough is enough!

No more toxic thyroid holding me back – now just unfit and slightly softer around the edges from not running nearly 12 months.

How bad could it be to get back on the road?

Off I went for my first jog – just 3km to see how I felt.  HAVE MERCY!  What had I done
to myself.  That evening, I couldn’t walk. I could barely breathe.  Is it possible to be this unfit even with walking 5km most days and cycling in between.  Clearly, YES!

R&R for a couple of days, a serious chat with myself and I was back out there.  Still only 3km but walking 200m then jogging 300m for the 3km course.  Much better.  I am in week two now and already I am feeling better for it.  Still unfit and podgy but mentally in a much happier space.

Hopefully by the holidays I will be bouncing around like an energiser bunny again , less podgy and looking forward to being on track with my 5km daily run.

Have you too fallen off the proverbial wagon?