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Linen Spray at Bedtime

Friday, December 29, 2017

When I first started using essential oils six months ago, I went crazy buying oils and experimenting with blending from recipes I found on the internet and Pinterest. I had no idea about sensitization, dilutions and safety. As I learn more about using essential oils to support wellness, for skincare and beauty and natural household cleaners, I am now more focused in how I want to use essential oils in my life. So now I am making them one at a time and trying to find the best blends that work for me.

I like a clean, fresh smelling bed and pillows. So I made linen spray to help my daughter and me sleep as well as our bed to smell good. 

I used frosted spray bottle (about 70 ml).

1 part vodka
2 parts distilled water
15 drops  Lavender essential oil
15 drops Tangerine essential oil

I chose Lavender to help with anxiety, stress and insomnia, and Tangerine for relieving tension/anxiety, emotional imbalances, promoting healthy sleep.

As I am typing this, the little one has already fallen asleep. Looks like it served its purpose ;-)


Via's Poem .....or Song

Monday, October 30, 2017


Essential Oil for Scalp Care and Growing Hair

When Via had dandruff on her nape which turned into a bald spot a couple of months ago, I tried essential oils to grow the hair and treat what looked like eczema.

The Recipe:

2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Frankincense

in a 5 ml roller

filled it up with equal parts jojoba oil, VCO and castor oil.

I think it worked out okay. Hair is now growing over the bald spot and eczema is almost gone.

I though it would also help with the bald spots on my eyebrow.

In an empty mascara tube, I put 1 drop each of Lavender, Cedarwood and Rosemary, then filled it up with Castor Oil.

Hard to take a picture of my brows but hair is definitely filling the bald spots.

I just loooooove my oils!


The Essential Oil Test

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I got my PSK (Premium Starter Kit) from Young Living in July. Since then, I have been preoccupied with acquiring more oils, researching blends for our health and well-being and just having fun mixing and blending and learning all about essential oils.

I found Young Living expensive though. So I researched other sources of essential oils that were more reasonable priced and reputed to be 100% pure. I decided to give Plant Therapy a try. I was chose it because it is associated with Robert Tisserand who is a well known aromatherapy expert.

Before I got my PSK, since I was so excited, I bought oils from the local Human Nature. Their oils are pre-diluted and is indicated in the label.

So I did the blotter test on the three brands. If an essential oil is pure, it should dry without leaving an oily residue.

A pure essential oil will dry without leaving a telltale "oily" stain. However essential oil that has been adulterated or extended with synthetic fragrance oil will not dry clean and will leave an oily residue after drying. Some pure essential have a longer dry out period, so allow up to 24 hours, or sometimes several days or longer with thick resinous oils like Vetiver and Sandalwood. From

So I used Young Living's Cypress, Plant Therapy's Tea Tree, and Human Nature's Tea Tree. Would have been nice if I had Young Living's Tea Tree. Maybe I'll do this again when I have it.

I have faith in all these three companies and the results came out as I expected. Human Nature of course would have a residue since it says on the label that it is diluted with Caprylic Oil.


Don't Tickle Via

Which I love to do! :) I love to hear her shrieks of laughter.

So she put up her Very Important House Rules!

1. DON'T tickle Via. Only when wanted.

2. When home prepare your things.

3. Pay attention in class.

4. Very Important! DON'T tickle Via. Only when wanted.

5. DON'T tickle Via. Only when wanted.


Actions Do Speak Louder than Words

Sunday, September 3, 2017

I always go through Via's school work and I came across two of her tests in CLE (Christian Living Education).

I was mortified to see the first test. What must her teacher think of me? But I do get so mad at people who don't follow rules, especially those walking with their mobile phones held in front of them like a GPS or some sort of detector. They give you the burden of their safety. Arrrrgh! But I digress. I've been open with Via about overcoming my annoyance and to just be patient with these people. She has commented on how restrained I have been lately and when we pray at night when we go to bed, she always adds, Dear Jesus, please make Mom more patient, Amen.

So I was happy to see this test because I sort of redeemed myself. Ha Ha! 


It just really reminded me that my every move is being observed by my child and my actions and behavior will have a huge influence in the kind of person she becomes. If I want her to be loving, kind, generous, respectful, etc. and most of all Christ centered, then I have to model it for her.

It's a tall order but I intend to do my very best!


Can I Ask You a Question?

Children who ask a lot of questions are smart. At least that's what I hear a lot. So when Via started asking questions at around 4 years old, I gladly answered everything. The questions were easy anyway. But as she got older, the questions got harder and harder and she was asking more and more questions. Answering one question would give birth to another and another and another.... it was endless.

Now, every time she says, "Mom, I have a question. My thought bubble is, "Oh no! What is she going to ask now"? It's not that I'm not happy to answer, it's because I just don't have an idea how to answer some of her questions.

Lately, I have resorted to saying, Let's check it out on Google! or Go Google it Via! The questions cover a whole range of topics that jump from one topic to another in a span of a few minutes. Take a look at some of the questions she asked last night just before going to bed.

Waving the iphone in front of my face, "Why is it called Safari and not Google?"

Easy :) "Safari is Apple's internet app and Google is a search engine.

Is there leg cancer? 

Yes, there are many different types of cancer.

What happens in Stage 4 cancer?

Errr...that's the worst stage. The person is likely to die although some do get better even with Stage 4 cancer.

Stage 1? 2? 3? Is there 5? ask Daddy, he can explain it better.

What does Dengue do?

Dengue is an illness you get when you're bitten by a mosquito carrying the dengue virus. (Hmmm ganun nga ba?)

What is mucus? (Because she has a cough)

It's builds up in your lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. Hmmm parang mali. I try again. It's sipon and phlegm. Why don't you ask Daddy when you talk to him.

Is there metal in the light bulb? Yes.

How does it help make light? Ummm....remember the gift I gave last Christmas, the science encyclopedia, it tells you how things were invented. Electricity was invented by Thomas Edison. At least I know this.

I go to the bookshelf, find the book and thrust it in her hands. She happily lay down  and started reading.

I hope that's it for tonight. I'm exhaustedI


Oils! Oils! Oils!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I got my Young Living premium starter set last month and have been obsessed with essential oils since.

I became believer when I caught a bad virus and coughing from a co-worker. Because I did not want to be sick, I took the sample of Thieves that my friend gave me and wiped the wrapper on my throat. I only had the wrapper left because I dropped the contents on Via's foot to protect her from the virus.

Believe it or not, sore and scratchy throat and coughing was gone instantly. Of course it burned like crazy because even the oil left in the wrapper was still a lot and Thieves is hot blend. I slapped on coconut oil and the burning subsided.

Since then I have ordered more oils and been mixing like a mad scientist. It is so much fun. I feel also happy when I share it with others and they feel the relief that I did.

My co worker also caught the same virus I did and I gave a sample of Thieves. After experiencing relief, she asked me to order Thieves for her.

Just yesterday another co worker had a bad headache from work related stress. I had my tendonitis blend and she rubbed it on her forehead temples and nape. She said even before she rubbed the oil, just smelling it blew her headache away. Another believer :)

Because Young Living is kind of expensive, I am also getting some oils from Plant Therapy and I'm happy with those too.

I still haven't found the blend for my medial epicondylitis though. I will keep on experimenting until I find the right blend.


Why is She Here?

Tita likes watching teleseryes. She is currently following the story of the Ardientes in Wildflower. Via is usually somewhere near the TV, reading or playing with her My Little Ponies and can hear the dialogue. Sometimes when the scene is particularly loud or dramatic, she glances at the TV. She actually knows the story by now and I think it also helped her improve her Pilipino.

Yesterday, at dismissal in school, Tita told me that she was surprised (shocked would be a more appropriate description) to see the star of Wildflower, Aiko Melendez..

Via: Tita! Why is Emilia here?

Tita: Her daughter must also go to school here.

It was so funny hearing Tita telling me about that scene. Via is updated with teleserye and celebrities. My celeb knowledge stopped at Sharon, Gabby, etc. Guess how old I am ;-)


Last Two Days in Jakarta

Monday, January 16, 2017

The day after Christmas was back to the daily grind for Daddy at the hospital. We all had breakfast then he had to go.

I decided to go to nearby Sarinah Thamrin Plaza to look for pasalubong. We took a taxi because Via was tired of walking. Sarinah is a good place to shop for souvenirs. There we got gourmet rock sugar which Via thought was candy, biscotti and tea. We also got local brand (Wardah) lipsticks. There were lots of batik on the top floor.

 From there we walked to Taman Menteng. A park I wanted to go to. Jakarta is a lot like Manila. People look the same, traffic, the heat but the roads are wider, the overpass for pedestrians are well made, sidewalks are even and some even have benches to sit when you’re tired walking and there were a lot of parks. So I was really keen on going to Taman Menteng and Tama Suropati which was nearby. 

It turned out to be quite a long walk although we passed through a residential neighborhood with old trees lining the sidewalk, much like New Manila. Taman Menteng had a fountain in the middle, two playgrounds and two soccer fields. Via headed straight for the swings. There were benches covered with trellis around the soccer fields. It was a nice place to while away the afternoon.

The next day after breakfast we went to Monas. Again we walked because it was very near. Turned out only one gate was open and it was on the other side of where we were so we had to walk all around. We went through Gambir Station which was nice. It’s a train station with shops, so it’s like a mini mall. Via got a Krispy Kreme to munch on while walking. It was a lot more walking than I bargained for but I reached 13,000+ steps that day because of it. Yay!

Monas is a symbol of Indonesia’s independence so it always attracts lots of visitors. There was a long line to get tickets to go inside the monument and another long line for the tram to go around the park. It was really hot so I decided that we can just walk around among the trees and enjoy the breeze. Then we started our trek back to the hotel.

Daddy arrived early evening. He wanted to shop for pasalubong and other stuff for us to bring home but it was late and malls would be closing. We had dinner at this famous place that serves Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih which I found on Travel Advisor. It had super reviews. So we went. The food was super as advertised but it was really dirty. It was outdoors on the sidewalk with long tables and benches. I saw Daddy and, especially Via, look dismayed. But we were already there and we didn’t have time to look for another place. It was expensive too! Now I know why most of the reviews, although raving, mentioned that they ate in their car or bought take out.

After dinner which was already around 9:00 pm, we went to Batavia Old Town. It was very crowded especially in Fatahillah Square. Many people were sitting in groups chatting. We found an empty spot and sat down as well. Daddy asked for my bag. He lay down, put the bag under his head and promptly lay fell asleep. Via, seeing what Daddy did, lay down as well and went to sleep. I just sat there soaking in the local scene. Would have been nice to see the museums.

Back at the hotel, Via asked me what day it was. I said Tuesday. She was surprised and said the week just went by so fast. She was sad to be leaving the next day. I was too. As we did not have time to go shopping, Daddy gave me money in the morning before he left, to shop for what we liked at the airport. I got pasalubong for my officemates and Via, to her surprise, found Stampy’s book (Stampycat is Via's favorite Youtuber and he makes videos about Minecraft) and it was the last copy! She was so happy! Thus ended our Jakarta Holiday adventure.

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