Last week,we had the opportunity of exploring five of my ten favorite essential oils: Breathe, Citrus Bliss, Deep Blue Rub, Lavender, andLemon. Today, I will tell you about the other five that complete the list: Melaleuca, On Guard, Oregano, Peppermint, andSerenity. Melaleuca Melaleuca has more than 92 different compounds. As a result, its applications are unlimited! I use it on cuts or if there is some kind of skin irritation since it promotes quick recovery. When having an earache, apply it around the ear and, voila! Oh, and between your toes it works miracles! One more tip: Just as lavender, I sometimes use it on my underwear.
On Guard On Guard is one of doTERRA's best-selling blends because of its immune support. It contains wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon leaf, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus leaf, and rosemary leaf/flower essential oils. I own two presentations: essential oil and toothpaste. I mostly use the oil in four different ways:
A couple of weeks ago, Ayşenur (a Turkish blogger herself) and I were brainstorming ideas for our next posts. One thing led to another and before we realized it, I had taken out my Deep Blue Rub and she was applying it on her neck and shoulder. When I gave her a mini-sample to take home, she wondered, "Why not write about essential oils?" To which I replied, "What a superb idea!" Later, after she had left, I took out my doTERRA collection and began thinking about the oils I would like to include. After debating with myself for hours and hours and hours, maybe even a couple of days, I chose only 10. Only ten?! Yes! Believe me, you don't really want to know how many I have. Or, do you? Breathe Breathe is a respiratory blend. This is one of my most used oils during the winter. It helps me clear my airways and breathe better when having a cold. I add some drops to my diffuser, or rub it everywhere: feet, chest, back, neck, hands (to inhale), and the tip of my nose. It includes laurel leaf, eucalyptus leaf, peppermint plant, melaleuca leaf, lemon peel, cardamom seed, and ravintsara leaf essential oils.
For the last three months, Larissa has been picking berries and blueberries. You see, in Australia, you can work for your second-year visa by spending four months working on a farm. She describes it as a great and challenging experience.
"We are not housewives." This is what I tell my students when they talk about missing the good old days back in their country, not having to be in charge of the house. I say, "We are not housewives. We are house managers!" House managers? What the heck does that mean?! A house manager keeps the house in pristine shape and the meals yummy enough to have the husband/wife coming back happily from work every day. (My darling keeps saying, while having dinner, "This is delicious, I should recommend you!" To what I always reply, "Please don't!")
A house manager runs this activity as a side business because he/she must focus on figuring out who he/she is, what he/she is doing in this country, and how he/she will prevail in reaching a blissful spiritual state. How can one seize such a tough and arduous goal? There are many ways, I suppose. In my experience:
During blue periods, make sure you have wise friends to talk to. You feel alone, but you aren't. Ask for help! (blue: depressed or unhappy)
On shiny days, have fun enjoying the craziness of it all!
Time to prepare for the second and third inburgering exams!
In a previous post, I recommended three sites where you could practice the reading test. (If you haven't read it, click here.) Today I will share the sites and material I'll be using to practice luisteren and Kennis van de Nederlandse Maatschappij.