How I Prayed Away a Yard of Ticks

Danaheadshot by Dana Taylor

My Facebook feed has a lot of Lyme disease stories nowadays. Whenever I visit my family in Missouri, we do a tick search everyday on the children. I’ve picked up a few myself. Being raised in California, I’d never seen a tick until I married an Oklahoman and moved to Oklahoma City. Here’s a story of my early tick encounter that might inspire and amuse.

The year was 1983. Our family moved into a new rent house in Edmond, Oklahoma, that had a nice back yard. With a dog, a cat, a four-old-daughter and a 9 month-old  baby, it seemed like a good location. When the temperatures rose, I noticed something strange. One day after being outside there were creepy, reddish bugs crawling inside my baby’s diaper. The next day the dog had swollen things hanging off of her. When my husband came home from work, I had him examine the dog. 

“What is that?” I asked.

He dug through the dog’s fur and grumbled, “Ticks.”

It took a moment to register. “Ticks?…TICKS! The yard is full of ticks??!! What do we do?”

He shrugged. “Call the landlord, I guess, and ask him to spray the yard. Better keep the kids inside for a while.” 

So much for having a nice yard to play in. If a call was made to the landlord, I don’t remember, but no one took any action. I tick powdered the dog (no Advantage in those days), pulled off ticks, banished the cat, kept the kids inside and got progressively more frustrated.

seagullThose were my early days of exploring the power of prayer. I was learning to take concerns to the Divine for help. Eventually, I asked about the darn ticks. As synchronicity would have it, I read a book about the early Mormons settling in Utah. One story jumped out at me. In 1848 the settlers planted crops, only to have swarms of what came to be called “Mormon crickets” feast upon their growing stalks and decimate the plants. The people tried stomping and beating the bugs, but were far out numbered. In desperation, the farmers and their families prayed for Divine help. June 9, 1848 is designated as The Miracle of the Gulls. Hundreds of seagulls flew in from the Great Salt Lake and descended upon the insects. The Mormons gave God the credit for sending all the birds to eat the bugs and save their crops. The California gull is the Utah State bird and a monument stands to commemorate the miracle.

I decided to pray for a little miracle of my own. I didn’t really want pounds of poison spread all over my yard, killing every good insect and possibly making us all sick. If the Mormons could call in legions of seagulls in huge fields, maybe I could attract a few robins, cardinals, and sparrows in one backyard. I began visualization. I’d stare at the yard, picturing birds walking in the grass, pecking at all those ticks. I mentally invited birds over to our house. Come here, birdies. And guess what…they came! First a few, and then more and more. Every time I glanced out the window, feathered friends were cleaning the yard. After a couple of weeks, the dog came in tick free and we began playing outside again. 

It was a wonderful lesson in prayer, visualization, and manifestation. The Law of Attraction is real. It’s important to remember, we attract what we’re visualizing–even if we don’t want it. As far as ticks and Lyme disease goes, I visualize a shield of protective energy around my family.

3399If a tick is discovered, we immediately apply Purification Young Living essential oil to the bite site and on the bottom of the feet. Actually, daily application of Purification strengthens the immune system and acts as an insect repellant.

SY9F7lGThis week I saw this meme about the benefits of opossums controlling the tick population. Maybe this summer I will visualize and invite more opossums to the property. I can see it now, The Miracle of the Opossums….

Have a great day–

Dana Taylor

Flower Power– An Ode to Essential Oils

I came across this little ditty in my files, waxing poetic about essential oils. Enjoy!

FLOWER POWER

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Come my friend and listen well

Of ancient wonders and mystic spell

Knowledge kept in darkest crypts

A treasure trove of manuscripts

 

Wise Men with a baby gift

Mummy magic in old Egypt

Chinese flower remedies

Greek perfumed tragedies

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Chamomile for peaceful notions

Patchouli mixed in rare love potions

Essential oils throughout the ages

Blessing, healing from sacred pages

 

Reaching through the sands of time

Scents and smells so sublime

Bottles filled with magic brew

Blended for a path held true

 

Health and balance from precious oils

Grown in pure, unblemished soils

God’s essence, light and power

The gift of life in every flower

© 2014 by Dana Taylor

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Backache Relief with Energy Healing

Dana by Dana Taylor

Have you got the low miseries with back aches? If popping pain meds isn’t doing the trick, try boosting your natural healing abilities by thinking energetically. Your body is designed to heal. Here are some actions you can take to move toward wellness.

  1. Epsom Salt Bathsepsom saltThe magnesium in the salts is anti-inflammatory. The hot water helps release tension and stimulates the natural flow of body fluids to aid in healing.
  2. Young Living Essential OilsValor is sometimes called a “chiropractor in a bottle.” The blend of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense aids in the energy alignment of the body. The aroma is also very soothing. Layer peppermint on top for what I call “a massage in a bottle.” The stimulating effect of peppermint oil really kicks healing energy into action.
  3. Healing Energyenergy handsHealing energy frequencies are flowing around us, all the time. As a Reiki practitioner, I’ve learned how to consistently tap into them. But, anyone can get into the flow with some practice. Sit quietly and imagine a light beam from the heavens shining into the head and running  through the body. Our energy centers will open to the higher energies, like absorbing unseen, but very real rays of the sun.
  4. Enzyme Rich FoodsCooked foods are dead foods. Life begets life. Most of us don’t have nearly the enzyme activity needed from our food to provide the energy for optimum health. Healing requires extra energy. So, bump up your enzymatic activity by eating more raw, live food and whole food supplements. I recommend juicing and a quality supplement like Green Vibrance. Give your body the building blocks of nutrition it needs to heal itself.
  5. Examine your Emotions–often back problems have a relationship to “carrying troubles.” Be honest with yourself about the conflicts in your life. There may be a connection between that aching back and emotional pain, anger, or unforgiveness. If you can’t clear those emotional blockages on your own, seek a therapist who will help you work through them.

Be pro-active about your health and enjoy all that life has to offer.

Wishing you well–

Dana Taylor

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Frankincense and Myrrh, Ancient Remedies for Modern Times


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Every child who ever attended Sunday school knows that the three wise men (aka The Magi named Balthasar, Gaspar, and Melchoir) brought presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus. If you knew you would be seeing the son of God, the savior of the world, what would you bring as an appropriate gift? Certainly it would be something highly valuable. Today, gold would still be in the running, not to mention diamonds, and the latest electronic gadget. Why did the wise men two thousand years ago chose frankincense and myrrh? What are they exactly and what made them so valuable?

Frankincense and myrrh are essential oils.  Frankincense is distilled from the Boswellia tree that grows in Somalia, Oman, and Yemen. Myrrh, comes from the commiphora myrrha tree also found in the rocky soils of the mid east and Africa. Both are gum resins derived from the sticky sap of the trees.

For some 5,000 years pack animals and ships ventured across Asia, Africa, and Europe on thriving trade routes to disperse frankincense and myrrh throughout the ancient world. References to both religious and medicinal uses are recorded in historical accounts. The Greek historian, Herodotus, cites their usage in Egyptian animal sacrifices and human mummy preservation. African societies have burned frankincense for centuries to ward off illness. Science is now supporting the idea that it works as an insect repellant against the mosquitos that carry tropical diseases.

The most valuable knowledge to modern man may be in the medicinal uses of them as time-honored remedies. Frankincense is high in several therapeutic chemical constituents, including sesquiterpenes, known to stimulate the limbic system of the brain. It appears to have a balancing affect on the hormone-producing glands of the brain–the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary. Thus, frankincense is known for its mood uplifting benefits.

 Frankincense is a master essential oil and used to treat a wide range of ailments including immune disorders, chronic diseases, and tumors. Maladies associated with frankincense include infections, ulcerative colitis, osteoarthritis, and even cancer. It is on the GRAS list (Generally Regarded as Safe) and can be ingested in very limited amounts. Check with the manufacturer to make sure it stands behind any internal use their product.

Myrrh is thicker and stickier than frankincense and became widely used for skin care in ancient times. Egyptian traders survived the harsh Arabian deserts by placing cones of fat laced with essential oils on their heads that melted during the day and gave their skin a protective coating. Myrrh served as a sunscreen and is being rediscovered today for its beautifying properties. Today it can be found in toothpastes, skin creams, and ointments for natural skin care. Chinese medicine cites benefits to the circulatory system and female disorders.

Essential oils can be utilized in a variety of ways:

  • Neat application–a few drops applied straight from the bottle to the skin. Place either on an area of concern, or infuse into the system by rubbing onto the bottom of the feet, most effectively after a bath or shower.
  • Diluted–Mixed with a carrier oil such as avocado, sesame, or olive, essential oils are massaged on the back or affected area.
  • Diffused–Released into the air by using a mechanical diffuser, the essential oils are gently inhaled and absorbed through the lungs.

So the next time you hear about the three wise men following that bright star across the Holy Lands to Bethlehem, take a moment to realize how gratified Mary and Joseph must have been to receive such precious gifts. In choosing gold, frankincense, and myrrh as presents for the baby Jesus, the Magi revealed great wisdom indeed for offering gifts of great value to honor the newborn King.

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What’s So Special About Essential Oils?

mintFirst, what exactly are essential oils? Think of them as the life blood of plants. Modern science is backing up the ancient wisdom of distilling the oils from plants for a wide variety of health benefits.  The Three Wise Men of the Bible presented essential oil gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus because their value was highly esteemed in the days of the Roman Empire.

Today we’re breaking essential oils down to their molecular compounds and discovering a wealth of healing power. Take peppermint, for example. Sure, it tastes good in gum and candy, but it is a remarkable multiuse essential oil. Peppermint contains the following chemical constituents: Menthol, Menthone, Terpene oxides, cineole and, coumarins. If you follow the links, you’ll see an amazing array of healing benefits such as anti-septic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and invigorating.

peppermintEssential oils are packed with energy. Not only do they infuse healing compounds, they also deliver an infusion of pure energy. Look at this Hertz energy table comparison:

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Fresh Produce up to 15 Hz

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Dry Herbs 20-22 Hz

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Fresh herbs 20-27 Hz

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Essential Oils 52-320 Hz

Peppermint oil has an energy frequency of 78, which is also the optimum frequency rate for a healthy human being. When a person drops in rate below 60, the body develops diseases. Here are the rates for illness:

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Cold symptoms 58 Hz

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Flu symptoms 57 Hz

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Cancer 42 Hz

Essential oils are special because they not only deliver powerful healing compounds, they also raise the energetic frequency of the individual. Whether inhaled, applied topically, or in some cases, ingested, essential oils lift the body to healthier energy levels.

Peppermint oil is a favorite for its many benefits.

  • Aids digestion and relieves nausea: Soothe indigestion with a drop in a glass of water. Feeling nauseous? Rub a couple of drops in your palms and inhale the fumes. Excellent for immediate post-op recovery from anesthesia.
  • Muscle relief: Feeling tense? Rub on shoulders or back for a “massage in a bottle.” Can be diluted in a carrier oil.
  • Headache: Put a couple of drops on your forehead and temples. (Don’t get too close to the eyes. The fumes can make them water.)
  • Swelling (knees, ankles, etc.): Rub on area to release blockages.

Here’s a helpful chart highlighting topical use of essential oils.

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Explore the benefits of essential oils to promote vibrate health. Read more about all the products available at Young Living Essential Oils

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Battle germs with essential oils

Something is definitely in the air, and I’m not talking about L-O-V-E. Viruses and bacteria are knocking people down like pins in a bowling alley. It seems like everyone I’ve talked to this week has contracted a bug. Some have been put on steroids and told it takes THREE WEEKS to recover. NBC ran a news story highlighting a frightening rise in whooping cough in the Northwest.

It’s time for another educational post on Young Living Essential Oils. Protect your family with some basic products. Essential oils can be your secret weapon against all the nasties in the air. Why? They kill viruses and bacteria; boost the immune system; energize the body. Young Living is the trusted brand I’ve been using for twenty years. Here are two basic products that should be in every medicine cabinet.

Purification is a citronella and melaleuca based blend that is cleans surfaces and enhances the body’s natural immune system. It has a pleasant smell and can be applied before heading out into crowds. Rub it on the neck and hands. A couple drops in bath water adds a therapeutic boost to the cleansing process. Use daily and especially at the first sign of illness. See Product Details.

Thieves is a “hotter” blend that contains clove and cinnamon oil. The blend is named for robbers of dead bodies during the Black Plague in Europe. According to legend, the thieves could strip corpses of valuables and not fall ill themselves. After they were arrested, they revealed themselves as perfumers who knew the protective power of essential oils. The Young Living product is based on that centuries-old formula. Pleasantly pungent, Thieves delivers the one-two punch to germs. Product details.

Essential oils can be used on small children. If there is a sensation of burning, apply some hand lotion to dilute. Rubbing oils onto the bottom of feet after a shower will deliver the benefits to the whole body. Oils can also be used in diffusers or simply inhaled by placing some drops in the palm of the hand and inhaling the fumes.

If you don’t know a Young Living distributor in your area, you can order products using my Dana Taylor membership number 57763 at www.YoungLiving.Org.

Do yourself and your family a favor and learn about the benefits of essential oils.