Log Cabin Living: Simple Remedies

I am loving sharing some of our Log Cabin Living
ideas with my bloggy friends.
Just to recap what it is though, in case you missed it…
In my heart of hearts, pre-Ruby, I longed to move to a remote area 
{with the desert weather!} 
where we could enjoy Log Cabin Living 
{like the one pictured above}
as a sweet family.  It would be nestled in an area 
“a hundred miles” from civilization…
{see, I really am an introvert}.   
I am so grateful that I had the privilege of living in our little log home
before we lost it in a fire. 

No doubt, with Ruby’s fragile health, there is not even an albeit 
brief possibility of entertaining such a wild and crazy idea 
{unless God totally heals her – 
which is, of course, totally possible!}.  

 In the meantime, we embrace our beautiful home in the city of Phoenix, 
with close proximity to Phoenix Children’s Hospital while 
we enjoy to the fullest the spectacularly gorgeous Phoenix 
weather and all the perks of big city living!!

The series will be an on-going and I will share our version of 
large family living, on a very limited budget while practicing Simplicity.  
We invite to share this journey with us.  
As always, there are plenty of ways to do life.  

We humbly welcome you in
to our home.  

Please be nice.    

I have mentioned on numerous occasions how much
I despise meds…
Today I would love to share 
a simple story of our Simplicity approach
to life without a lot of medications.
Recently I shared how two weeks ago 
Nehemiah needed to have a MRI of his brain. 
He had never had one before, but had another similar test,
which was a confining kind of test {similar to an MRI}
 and surprisingly {haha} he didn’t enjoy the confinement.  

In order to help him relax for this now needed MRI, I took along some Lavender
and gently gave him a massage down his spine and on the bottom of his toes
as we waited in the little examining room before we went in for the MRI.
He relaxed enough that he even fell asleep during much 
of the 90 minutes of testing.
We were thankful for the relaxing properties of 
the Lavender which proved themselves yet again.
Although Lavender is one of the most versatile 
of the Essential Oils we use it to help us relax every so often.

Then, of course, with Nehemiah’s wiggling as he breathed in his sleep 
the doctor ordered a STAT 
MRI with anesthesia for the very next day.
This time I took Peppermint for after the anesthesia.
And it was actually kind of comical….
 the kind-hearted anesthesiologist came to
talk to us beforehand.
He explained the anesthesia to me and then said,
“Oh and I’ll be giving you some blah-blah-blah in case
Nehemiah has nausea after.”
I just nodded my head.
Of course I was thinking, “Ummm, probably not.”
Then he questioned, “Wait!  Does he get carsick?”
I answered, “Actually he does.” 
“Oh, I’ll just have the nurses give it to him when he 
gets back to recovery.”
Oh dear.
Now I had to spill it.
“Well actually, I kind of really like Young Living’s Essential
Oils and I use Peppermint for nausea.
Would it be okay with you if I just put some on the
bottom of his feet when I get back to the recovery room
and we just pass on the meds?”
Seriously, it would have been pretty funny to 
get a picture of his kind face at that moment.
His eyes grew so wide, his face almost disappeared.
I think he wasn’t sure what to say.
Then he kind of mumbled,
“Ummm, okay.”
I smiled and thanked him for his kindness.
I had explained to him and the nurses that
Nehemiah had had a lot of trauma in his life
and if it was okay with them, I would need to 
hold his hand until he was anesthetized.
Everyone was great with that.
I also asked if it was okay to have me come back 
to the recovery room before Nee even woke 
up so I could be the first face he saw when he awoke.
They all were great with that as well and said, “Sure.”
So before Nehemiah was even awake
I had gently massaged his sweet feet and spine
with some Peppermint oil.
And, he did not even have a dab of nausea.
Not one speck.
He drank the apple juice and was feeling
so well that when the nurse offered a little snack, 
he chowed it down.   No problem.  
The nurse was quite impressed.
Not one bit of nausea at any point.
Just two more reasons why I love using my Essential Oils
natural, healing properties…without the drugs.
Living in Simplicity.
My favorite thing.

7 thoughts on “Log Cabin Living: Simple Remedies

  1. Do you use a carrier oil for the peppermint? Joel and I use it to help sinuses too. Breathing it in with eyes closed. I have not had much success with myself using lavender. Maybe not using enough, or correctly because others do. Do you do feet and spine always? And look what it did for Nehemiah! Thanks for sharing this. Hugs and prayers….

  2. Lavender is also great rubbed into the temples for headaches/migraines. Thanks for mentioning the spine. I hadn't heard of that, but I do put it on the spine at the base of my skull because often when my neck is messed up is when it sets off a migraine.

    I had to laugh the other day when you said Nehemiah fell asleep in the MRI. I did too! I had been given these headphones with classical music, but the noise was so loud I couldn't hear the music. So, I started singing hymns and worship songs in my head and fell asleep! At one point the nurse spoke to me in the headphones and asked if I was alright. Yeah, just having a nap!
    Big hugs to all of you.
    Sandy in the UK

    1. We use Peppermint for headaches as well. I carry it in my purse, just in case.

      I have not used Lavender for headaches though! Will have to try that one though.

      I actually *always* fall asleep without headphones in my MRIs. I think it's called "sleep deprivation" – haha. I always had wanted to take my own music, but seem to never remember.

  3. I am happy for these posts as I am on a mission to learn more natural methods of ease, comfort and healing. Doctors, in my experience, will just not admit that these types of things help. I have atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia, and very high BP that nothing seems to bring down. I am supposed to take four medicines right now just for the BP. I WAS taking meds for the BP when I got A-fib 2-3/4 years ago. One was a beta blocker to slow my heart rate and keep it from going up. Well after I got A-fib I lived in misery – day after day I was not only extremely dizzy and nauseous but I would have assaults on my head I called brownouts, but there was much pain and it was very scary as I would be conscious but would just drop to the ground where I stood if there was nothing to grab onto. I could barely take a walk with my kids much less hike like we used to do. I had no money or insurance. I finally got on Medicaid and the cardiologist told me to stop taking my supplements as they did no good. I beg to differ! I was having horrendous cramps in my legs and feet until I began taking potassium and magnesium, and I began taking fish oil and CoQ10 to keep my heart healthier and other supplements. If I could afford them now, I still would and I take them here and there to make what I have last longer. But after being put on a monitor, they finally determined it was the beta blocker making my heart pause for 6-1/2 seconds at a time! Those were the spells I had. They then cardioverted me as I was in A-fib almost all the time. I felt SO GOOD afterward and no A-fib. Then… they started me on another beta blocker – why, I don't know, but my cardioversion immediately failed again. I take no specific meds for A-fib, much to the electrophysiologist's and cardiologist's dismay, and I feel so so so much better. I still have A-fib but I can drive, and function, and next week we are planning a hike! Gluten-free has made my asthma so much better and my reflux and has greatly diminished the meds for those. Now I need to learn about essential oils as my stress is great as a single mom and I HAVE to get my BP down. The meds are doing nothing but making me feel dizzy and miserable. Any ideas for that? I am so glad you knew how to help Nehemiah without those nasty pain drugs. Sorry I wrote a BOOK!

  4. Do you sell the oils individually, Linny? The money just isn't there right now to join, but I want some of the "forgiveness" oil for our daughter. Her chiropractor has suggested this for helping her deal with her early life before she came to us.

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