Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sebaceous Cyst & Essential Oils

WelCome My Friends.  Thank you for joining me.  Today we’re going to look at sebaceous cysts.  I had a friend reach out to me about these & decided I needed to share my findings.

The first thing I needed to do was learn what I could about sebaceous cysts.  That’s when I learned I have one & it’s what was on my dad’s arm.  We were lucky since ours didn’t hurt.  Apparently, some do.
Cysts are abnormalities in the body, usually containing a liquid-ish material.  Usually they are slow growing, non-cancerous & non-life threatening.  Depending on where they develop & how large they grow, they can become painful. 

The sebaceous cyst is caused by some sort of trauma or malformation to the sebaceous gland.  This gland produces & secrets sebum, an oil-ish fluid that coats your hair & skin.  Only a medical doctor is trained to know the difference between a sebaceous, epidermoid or a pilonidal cyst.

Each one is a malformed or damaged gland or skin or hair follicle.  Each of these are part of the epidermis (our skin).  This is our largest organ & takes a lot of abuse.  One of the major functions of the skin is to eliminate waste from our body.

Because of this irregularity, the pore can become blocked.  When that happens, you can develop a mass of some sort, somewhere on your body.

Ok, we’ve identified the body part affected & the function of that body part.  That gives a starting spot.  As we research natural cures we’ll have a feel for its potential.  So, let’s dive on in!

As I said the skin is an organ whose function is to help eliminate toxins from our body.  It does that through pores & sweating. When these pores become clogged or damaged & are unable to do their job, then the system starts backing up & pushing out in other ways.  Acne is an example of just that very thing.
I would recommend detoxing your system to start.  There are a lot of recipes for delicious detox drinks.  I prefer to drink mine in the mornings.  My choice was a cup of warm water, half a fresh squeezed lemon juice, turmeric, organic honey, ground ginger & black pepper.  I drink this every morning for 30 days. 

I also took a detox bath at least twice a week during this month.  A cup of lavender infused Epsom Salts & baking soda.  I like it as hot as I can stand it.  I also do some yoga meditation while in the tub.  I feel like I’m
opening my pores & my mind, letting out the toxins from both.

I want to tell you that part of what started me on detoxing was starting Plexus.  Plexus is a company that makes plant-based supplements that aid in healing your gut.  You can read more about it earlier in this blog at Since I started Plexus I have increased my water intake to just over 80 oz. a day.

Increasing your water intake is huge, in my opinion.  Our bodies are mostly water, so the body needs water replaced to function.  The more fresh water you intake, the better all your organs will work, including your skin.

So far, we have taking water in, giving the body what it needs to function.  Elimination of this water carries off the toxins.  Sounds like a good start to me! 

Next, we can look at how to relieve the built-up pressure & maybe even heal the irregularity of the skin.  May I say there is a ton of suggestions?  Lol, I’ll see what I can do w/it all.
Acupuncture & Massaging – My understanding of Acupuncture is that it increases blood flow to areas which are blocked.  If this is correct, then I would agree. 

I know Massaging, (especially the deep tissue massage) increases blood flow to the knots in the muscle.  That’s why they’ll usually hand you a bottle of water after the massage.  The massaging breaks up & releases the built-up toxins.  You need to increase your water intake to help eliminate those toxins.

You need to be careful, though, with massaging a cyst.  You don’t want to cause more trauma to the already injured pore.  I would suggest easy massages.

But you can add Essential Oils to the massage that will encourage increased blood flow.  They’re known as “hot” oils.  They’re photo-toxic.  When exposed to the sun they will increase the heat where applied, so DO NOT USE 12 HOURS BEFORE GOING IN THE SUN.  You also want to be careful of becoming over sensitive to one of these oils, so I would suggest either using sparingly or diluted.  It may take longer, but could be better for you in the long run.

There’re a few items you may already have around your home that you could use.  Castor oil, apple cider vinegar, baking soda paste, raw potato slice, honey & cinnamon paste, aloe vera & witch hazel, to name a few.  You apply it anywhere from a half hour to bandaged for days.  Personally, I wouldn’t leave anything on for days.  Most I would do is all night while sleeping & while at work.  Cleaning & letting it breath in between bandages.

I mentioned diluting Essential Oils so you could apply them to the cyst.  You could add a drop or two of Essential Oils to the two pastes I mentioned earlier, baking soda & honey/cinnamon.  If you wanted to heal the skin, you might add Tea Tree Essential Oil.  Tea Tree Essential Oil is non-photo-toxic, so you can use it before going outside.

For the night, you might want to use your Lemon Essential Oil.  It’s great for creating healing, as it increases the blood flow to that area.  Increased blood flow allows more toxins to be washed out, thereby shrinking the cyst.  (See my blog on Lemon Essential Oil.)

When my friend asked me if there is a natural way to cure a sebaceous cyst, I didn’t know thing one about them.  During my research, I figured out I have two.  One is on my outer arm, between the inner & outer elbow.  The other, I realized, was at the bottom of my hairline on the back of my neck. 

In the past year, I really hadn’t been paying attention to them.  They were never very big, nor do they unduly bother me.  Their presence bothered me, but the cyst itself did not.

Now that I realize what they are, I’ve checked them out.  They are smaller.  The one on my arm I hardly even feel it anymore.  The one on my neck is hardly noticeable. 
As I mentioned, I take Plexus, drink lots of water, detox about every six months.  I also use my own deodorant made from baking soda, corn starch & Tea Tree Essential Oil.  This blend encourages the body to detox & heal, while preventing odor.  You can also make it in stick form, utilizing coconut oil & starch flour. 

Then there is the Grapeseed oil & Tea Tree Essential Oil blend.  It softens my skin, while aiding in the removal of skin tags.  Grapeseed oil is a fast absorbing carrier oil.  This helps in getting the healing properties of Tea Tree Essential Oil to the inside of the body.

To tie this up, I’ll say this, you need to learn your body & listen to it.  Heaven knows it’s a work in progress, but any step is momentum.  In the past year, I have been learning & growing.  I’ve started doing things I didn’t think I would do & enjoying it.  I would say that for me the key has been moderation & perseverance.

I would love to hear of your journey.  To be able to learn from you.

My friends, I pray this has somehow enlightened your life. 

Thank you for joining me.  I look forward to talking with you again soon.  Til then, Be Blessed



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Welcome my friends!  I’m so delighted you are visiting our community today.  It is always good to see you.
Today I want to share what I’ve learned about Eucalyptus Essential Oil.  This Oil is probably one you remember from childhood.  Then, as now, it was known as Vick’s Vapo Rub.  I loved the smell of Vick’s!  I always felt better after a night all slathered down in that stuff! 

hen, as a mother, I used it on my babies & watched it heal them.  Now, coming full circle, I’m seeing my kids treat their kids the same way.  Vick’s Vapo Rub.

The first time I inhaled the aroma of Eucalyptus Oil, my memories took me straight back to childhood.  That’s when I learned Eucalyptus Oil is the main ingredient to Vick’s.

A few years ago I went to the doctor with my husband.  I had a cough & congestion.  After the doctor was finished with my husband he told me to take a couple of fresh garlic cloves, slightly crushed, a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil & boil them together in a pot of water.  Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat, tent myself, breathing deeply.
That particular bottle of Eucalyptus Oil was not an Essential Oil.  I didn’t know it then, but, it wasn’t a requirement.  That Oil came in a large, clear plastic bottle from our local health food store.  An Essential Oil will always come in an amber or other colored glass container.  We discussed this in “Synthetic Oils vs Essential Oils”, published on June 17, 2017. 

So, let us learn about Aromatherapy’s Eucalyptus Essential Oil.  [] There are several species of Eucalyptus.  There is Eucalyptus radiata* (aka Black Peppermint Essential Oil) & Eucalyptus citridora (Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil).  The one we use the most would be Eucalyptus globulus.  It has a strong medicine aroma, a fresh woody & earthy fragrance. 

The Eucalyptus Tree is a native of Australia, but is also found in Brazil & Spain.  The Australians have used parts of this tree for its medicinal purposes for generations.  You can find a bottle of Eucalyptus Essential Oil in almost every home.  It’s used to clean & disinfect the house.  When used as a rub or inhalant it can clear your breathing.  Leaves from this tree have been used to “bandage” wounds, aiding in quicker healing time with less scarring.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil has so many uses it really needs to be a part of your first aid kit.  It’s antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory.  It can be used as an anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, deodorant, bug repellant & an expectorant.

It eases bronchitis, coughs, cold & flu systems.  It soothes ear infections, arthritis, rheumatism & muscle pains.  Reduces acne, cleanses minor wounds, eases diabetic systems & boots your immune system.

Eucalyptus is antimicrobial & antiviral.  There is research that shows Eucalyptus Essential Oil has been successful in helping people with Asthma, Pneumonia & Tuberculosis.

Because of its cooling & refreshing aroma, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a natural stimulate.  Rejuvenating your spirits when you’re under the weather.  It has been effective in the relief of stress disorders.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is employed in some classrooms.  The oil is considered a vasodilator, meaning it increases the blood flow, relaxing blood vessels which allows blood to circulate more efficiently. This means more blood to the brain, in turn increasing student performance.

That’s just what it can do on its own.  When you blend Eucalyptus Essential Oil with other Essential Oils, like Lavender, Ginger, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Tea Tree & so many others, your options are limitless!!

Mix Eucalyptus Essential Oil & Peppermint Essential Oil with distilled water in a spray bottle.  Spray on the body to use as a deodorant or to reduce a fever.  Mix with a carrier oil & rub on the chest to open up the nasal, sinus passages & the lungs.

Equal drops of four each of Eucalyptus Essential Oil & Lemon Essential Oil can elevate the mood in a room.  Five drops each of Eucalyptus Essential Oil & Tea Tree Essential Oil will transport you to either a lighthearted episode, or maybe a romantic interlude.  Either way it’s bound to improve one’s mood.

Stuck inside on a snowy day?  Try diffusing two drops each of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil & Orange Essential Oil.  Use it to cheer up the atmosphere.

Because Eucalyptus Essential Oil is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial & antiviral it’s perfect for cleaning surfaces around the house.  Mix it with baking soda, white vinegar, Tea Tree Essential Oil & for the tough rings, add borax, Lavender Essential Oil & Peppermint Essential Oil.

Well, my friends, I pray you have found some value from my journey.  What else are we here for it not to share our journeys & learn from others in our community?

I thank you for your time & look forward to speaking with you again. 

Til next we meet, my friends, Be Blessed.



* Eucalyptus radiata is one of the Essential Oils used in Thieves Oil.  Thieves Oil is a blend of 5-6 Essential Oils.  It received its name from the Bubonic Plague.  During the 15th century the bubonic plague was epidemic status & naturally was affecting the merchants & trade.  So, a group of these merchants, knowing the ability of Essential Oils, created a blend that protected them from the killer disease.  That allowed them to rob the bodies of any valuables & then sell them, making a very lucrative living from it.

When the king learned of this group of merchants, he had them brought in to learn their secret.  Once the king had the blend, he ordered it to be mixed as quickly as possible & provided to the people.

Or so the story goes.  😉

Sunday, October 1, 2017

When the Student is Ready Pt 3

My friends, I am humbled you are spending time with me.  I know this has been a long journey, but my prayer is you are able to find some trinket that is usable to you.

With that said, let us continue.

I’m sure you’ve figured by now that it was the PTSD where some of my armor started to chink.  I didn’t break down & cry, never even needed a tissue (which were sitting around on the tables), but there was some orbital socket over-moisturizing happening.  I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was that was sinking in, but I realized I needed help or I was going to explode.  (No, not violence.  More like yelling & not much of self-control.)
My drive home after this was on a Friday evening, 5 o’clock traffic, hour drive home.  Let me say I do appreciate the convenience cell phones provide.  My husband was on the other end & boy did he get an earful!!  Poor man!  How he puts up with me is a wonder… There’s a country song by Lee Brice, “I’m Hard to Love”.  I’ve told him that’s a chorus I say to him.  Lol. 
Anyway, in my rant, I told him my feelings.  He explained he understood, after all, he knew what was going on at my job.  The pressure I was feeling.  That man even thanked me for ranting!  Can you believe him!  Yeah, I don’t know what I did to deserve him, but I do work at keeping him happy, also.
That did let some of the (self-imposed) pressure out.  But the biggest pressure was coming from the job.  I was dreading going in on Monday.  The overtime (I later found out that while I thought I was barely keeping up w/the other ladies working O/T, I actually had the most), the lack of control I felt I had over my desk & how the heck was I going to keep up!  The boss was implementing a change & I was leery of it.  Something I had experienced before with negative results.  I asked God for help.  It was all too big for me.
Then, Saturday morning, I’m doing my usual on the computer & in my emails were invites to opportunities to grow myself (check out on YouTube Brene Brown on trust) & my business. Lessons on how to make money blogging came my way (thanks to a wonderful fellow Peer Support Team member!!). I knew these were answers for me.  The teachers were knocking on my door. 

That weekend I started my serious meditation time utilizing theta wave music, I am-ness &, of course, Essential Oils (My New Norm Utilizing Aromatherapy), Sunday August 20, 2017).  Changes needed to be made & there is only one thing to which I have any control.  Me.
I found myself able to comfortably meditate for, what I think is a long time, about 20 minutes.  I know the time because the music is a YouTube video that is a touch over an hour long.  When I’m ready to return then I can see by the timer how long.  Remember, meditate for as long as is comfortable.  I feel I get so much more out of it.
Right after I start the music (plays on just the computer speakers) I take a couple of deep inhales from a small, amber bottle.  It’s my meditation blend I’m trying out.  Certain blends are known to aide in focus & relaxation.

I like to start in the Mountain Pose.  I focus on balancing on the three points of my feet.Heel, ball & under the little toe.  I can feel this pulling my arches up.  My feet are only about three inches apart & I can feel my leg muscles adjusting to keep my balance.  I put a balance in my hips, not too forward, not to far back.  My inhale brings space between my vertebrae, giving length to my spine.  Pull my shoulders back & anchored, arms down at my side, palms out.  Head balanced on my spine, eyes closed.  I feel the energy flowing up from the earth through the soles of my feet, up my legs, joining at the spine, flowing on up & out the crown of my head, joining the energy of the universe.

When it is time to change poses I move as my body leads, eventually ending up crossed legged on the floor.  Here’s where the deep meditation occurs.  I have strengthened my back enough to sit up without using a wall for support.  I can now feel the energy flowing through the chakras.  

I can feel the openness & focus on what I am, who I am & it’s all positive.
I made a “visual board”, one for home, one for work.  I planned on meditating at the office for a few minutes every morning.  I would bring peace & harmony into my office, at least.  That didn’t really last past, like, the second day.  I found out in my emails that morning there was no more need for O/T.  Some pressure was lifted. 
I have two CDs of Christian music in my boombox (yes, I have one & it still works) in my office.  They’re certain passages that some folks wrote music so as to sing the verses.  Each song is just that same verse repeated over & over, but they did it very well.  That practice is hit & miss.  But there are those mornings when I want that energy in my day.  A smidge more pressure lifted.
Over the weekend an idea occurred to me on how to speed up one of my processes.  How I could actually work on two things at once.  How I can get more accomplished in less time, how to be more efficient.  A wee bit more pressure released.
There’s one more thing I did on Friday that helped changed my outlook.  Both days I went out to lunch with a fellow Team member.  I’ll call him Andy.  Anyway, at lunch the second day I told him I wanted to use him as Support, he knows the person I’ve been struggling with & I needed the confidentiality afforded by Peer Support.  He provided a very simple, but brilliant idea.  A fraction more released.
Believe it or not, these methods turned it around for me.  By the time the person arrived I was in a much better place.  As the week progressed my new process was working beautifully.  I had my desk caught up by Tuesday.  Really feeling in a good place. 
By the end of the week I have my desk totally under control.  I was ready to go on vacation & it would not affect my two co-workers.  I knew what to expect when I came back & knew I could handle getting items out in a timely manner. 

During vacation, I continued to meditate.  My husband pitched in & helped me around the house, without me asking him.  I knew the job was under control & I felt like I had a direction in which to grow my on-line store.  I came back from vacation feeling like I have been washed cleaned.
Oh, by the way, things are starting to happen in my business.  They’re little things, but it is movement, it is growth.  You don’t get a mustard tree from the seed overnight.  Growth is slow, but steady in the beginning, so one could miss the little changes.  In time, with care & patience, that little mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, will grow.  It will grow into one of the largest of trees, providing living space for many birds. 

My friends, thank you for joining me on this discovery of peace.  I know it’s been long, but it is a tipping spot for me.  It could be for you, also.
Next week we will look at Eucalyptus Essential Oil.  Definitely one that should be in your first aid kit.
‘Til next we meet, Be Blessed.