Spring is in the air!

April 14, 2016

Spring is in the air!  This month I’d like to touch on 3 areas – water, power of peppermint and avoiding back injury!  I’m not sure what happened to March, but I apologize for not connecting with you last month.


What’s in your water?  Are you drinking tap water?  Well water?  Bottled water?  According to Dr.drops-of-water-578897_640 Mercola’s article on August 12, 2015, the majority of our planet has toxins in municipal drinking water!  The main pollutants are large farm operations which are depleting aquifers.  Agriculture is believed to actually use 70% of the world’s fresh water!

Other contaminants come from mercury stemming from dentist’s offices that still use amalgam fillings, pharmaceutical medications, sunscreens, perfumes and endless other chemicals.

Water bottles end up in landfills where the plastic NEVER breaks down!  And, those plastic bottles leach BPA (plastic chemical) into the water that you’re drinking!  Even the 5 gallon jugs aren’t safe.

Our body needs water to survive – clean, pure, water!  We endorse the amazing Berkey.  Check out the “pure water” tab on my website for the various different sizes and prices.  They’re wonderful because they kill bacteria and viruses up to 99.99%  with nothing  to plug in. They’re perfect for everyday use as well as for emergencies and camping.  You can even use it with lake or river water!  Here’s a short video on the Berkey:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3p_TNsWamc&feature=youtu.be

Please email me if you have any questions or if you’d like me to place an order for you.  My prices are better than what you’d find elsewhere!

The Power of Peppermint!  Did you know….that one drop of certified pure, therapeutic grade oil doTerra image 2(ask me about the brand) is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea?  That’s pretty potent stuff!  Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties, it’s an analgesic (numbing effect), antispasmodic, warming, invigorating, cooling, expectorant (helps clear lungs when coughing), as well as it has stimulating properties!

Here are some practical uses:

Headaches – apply peppermint to the temples, above the ears and back of the neck.

Bad breath – gargle with one drop in a glass of water (only certified pure, therapeutic grade)

Asthma and Sinusitis – apply to the chest and back and to the bottoms of the feet.

Tummy aches and digestive discomfort – using only certified pure, therapeutic grade (ask me), you can take internally in capsule or glass of water or rub over the abdomen.

Alertness – inhale or apply under the nose or the back of the neck

Fevers and hot flashes – apply on the back of the neck or bottoms of the feet.

Appetite suppressant –  inhale or apply under your nose before or in between meals

Allergies and Hives – take internally (only this certified pure, therapeutic grade brand) in a capsule or with water or apply under the nose or to the bottoms of the feet.

Emotional Balance – use aromatically in an infuser or apply topically and go from feeling hindered to invigorated!

Pain in the butt!  ‘Tis the season to start yard work…raking, mowing, trimming, pruning.  For some,

Blogging pixthis is an enjoyable task and for others, it’s a tedious one.  Last week I did some raking, but our wheel barrel tire is flat, so I left 3 large leaf piles laying there with full intentions of filling up the tire (or waiting for my husband to) and then loading up the leaves, barrel by barrel and driving them into our garden to be rototilled under.  Well…the next day, our chickens came along and looked for that “golden worm” at the bottom of each pile.  Back to square one!  It’s a “make work project”.  Anyway, yard work often equates with back pain, which often refers down the butt, pinching the sciatic nerve.

Prevention:  Try switching sides when raking.  This can be tricky if you’re dominantly right or left handed, but it can be done.  It may feel awkward, but it’s worth the effort.

Also, try not to twist your body too much when raking as well as use your stomach muscles and arms when pulling the rake toward you instead of your back.  It’s easy to forget this as you start to get tired and begin to commission other muscles to “pitch in”.

Take breaks!  Stand up tall; turn or bend in the opposite direction a few times; grab a drink of water and then continue.  I usually keep going and going to try and get the job done and end up with low back and butt pain.

Massage:  You could see this coming.  Yes, business is booming this time of year!  Deep tissue massage as well as relaxation massage can prove to be beneficial and help you get over the worst of low back pain.  Additionally, it’s nice to soak in a warm Epsom bath.  Did you know that Epsom is magnesium?  I never got the memo on this.  I always thought that it was simply helpful in detoxifying the body.  But, it is magnesium which helps to relax the muscles.  Enjoy a couple of drops of lavender in the tub to further help you relax.

I hope you found this a bit informative and helpful.  Enjoy the rest of your week and month!  It`s so nice to enjoy warmer weather and hear the sounds of birds singing.  Everything smells so fresh.  Blessings to you all!


Annette Issler

Heartsong Wellness Cottage





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