Essential Oils and The Raindrop Technique…I’m In LOVE


If you’re not familiar with Young Living essential oils and you’re curious, send me a message. I don’t know a ton, but I have a wonderful friend who is super generous and will help anyone in any way she can. She’s the one that did the Raindrop Technique on me. She had it done once and she told me she actually grew! The technique uses a specific collection of essential oils:

  • Seven Single Oils (5ml bottles):
    • Thyme
    • Basil
    • Peppermint
    • Oregano
    • Wintergreen
    • Cypress
    • Marjoram
  • Two Oil Blends (5 ml bottles):
    • Valor®
    • Aroma Siez™

In order to perform this technique on others, especially for profit, you have to become certified, or at the very least, be trained in performing the technique so you can perform it on close friends and family. You can even do it to your pets! There is a kit that include all the oils listed above as well as an 8-oz. bottle of Ortho Ease® Aromatherapy Massage Oil  and an 8-oz. Bottle of V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to use during the technique.

There are so many benefits to this technique as it provides physical and emotional support to the body and I was even a bit taller afterwards, just like my friend was! The oils are applied to the neck, spine and feet NEAT (undiluted), however there can be a tingling sensation because some of the oils are considered HOT, meaning they may require dilution before application. However, I didn’t experience that at all.

I did however experience lots of tickling! I’m very ticklish on my feet and back, I didn’t even know I was ticklish on my back! The way the oils were applied to my spine is what tickled the most I think. There were massage aspects to it that felt AMAZING. The technique lasts about an hour and most of the time is spent on your stomach.

Here’s a link to Young Living’s site that has information about the technique. Sadly, I found out recently that the kit is currently out of stock. Gary Young is so dedicated to the quality of his oils that if the quality isn’t good enough, he won’t sell the oil, so things will go out of stock, sometimes for a long time until he can get the highest quality he expects.

By the way, if you’re interested in possibly having this done for yourself or someone you know and you live in Maryland, or nearby and don’t mind traveling a bit, let me know. The woman that did mine is always willing to have others come experience this and anything else she has to offer!

One more thing, if you’re interested in learning more don’t hesitate to contact me! Leave a comment on this post or head over to my Contact page and send a message! I love hearing from my readers!

Homemade Glycerine Based Tinctures


Left to right: Dandelion leaf, Chamomile, and Lady’s Mantle

I’ve been making my own tinctures for a few years now. There are two different kinds I make. One is glycerine based and the other is alcohol based. Today, I’ll go over making glycerine (sometimes spelled glycerin) tinctures in my crock pot. Most of them take three days on low, but I did have one a while ago that took four days to steep.

The ones I’m making here are Dandelion leaf, Lady’s Mantle, and Chamomile. I use wide mouth mason jars so they’re easier to strain when they’re finished. I purchase most of my herbs in bulk from Amazon, Starwest Botanicals, Bulk Herb Store, Bulk Apothecary, and sometimes Mountain Rose Herbs. I usually compare prices, including shipping before I purchase. Sometimes, even if Amazon is more expensive, it works out for me because I have free two day shipping through Prime.

Here we go…

First thing I do is boil some water. I have an electric kettle for this, so I fill it up and turn it on.


While I’m waiting for the water to boil I get everything I need: herbs, jars, lids, glycerine, potholders and towels (I don’t think I left anything out).

Then I scoop the herbs into the jars, fill to about ⅓ of the way full. It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but there’s a 600 ml mark on the jars I’m using and that’s about where you want to fill to.


Once the water boils, pour just enough in to get the herbs damp. I usually use a chopstick or fork or something like that to help move the herbs around so the water can do its thing.


Once you do that it’s time to top each jar off with glycerine. Fill just to the top of the jar, again, I use a chopstick or fork to stir everything up and help things settle, plus add more glycerine. (Don’t be like me and spill some of the mix, lol.)


Once the jars are full, put the lids on nice and tight, and don’t forget to label them. Since all of mine started with different letters I just put the first letter of each on the lids. They kind of look like tea, don’t they?


So these guys go in the crock pot (use some sort of pot holder so you don’t burn your hands!) all wrapped up in wet towels. Fill the crock pot up, and if you have a Ninja like me, carefully put the pot into the outer unit, turn that puppy on low and set a reminder so you don’t forget them. And don’t forget to add water periodically too!


My Ninja has a 12 hour timer on it, so I have to make sure to turn it back up or it will turn itself off automatically.

After three days, I turn the crock pot off and let everything cool before I handle the jars. All that needs to be done now it straining. I use cheesecloth and strain them into a bowl, then pour the liquid into jars that are labeled with each herb’s name and store them in the fridge. I read somewhere that’s the best way to store glycerine tinctures, but I can’t remember where that was now!

Next time I need to make some alcohol tinctures, I’ll make a post about how I make them! They’re easy too!
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Carmen – 1, Insomnia – 0


I used to deal with insomnia a lot, like a lot a lot. Some nights I would toss and turn for hours and the next day I was expected to get up and go to work, ugh. This went on for years and I was getting pretty desperate. I would take those OTC sleeping pills, but they didn’t help much. I tried melatonin, again, not much help. I was ready to run to my doctor for something that would help me sleep, until I got help from a friend of mine that was teaching me about natural remedies, homeopathic, herbs, and other things. She told me about magnesium. Let me just say magnesium is MAGIC!

But, magnesium has some friends that need to go along for the ride. Magnesium needs calcium and vitamin D to really do its job. I buy magnesium citrate powder and vitamin D drops from The Vitamin Shoppe near me. There are a couple of different kinds of calcium available, but there’s one specific kind that’s best to take and that’s calcium citrate. Of course, I can’t give you any advice on how much of everything, but the containers have dosage recommendations on them and of course your doctor might be able to help you too. I’m not any sort of medical professional or anything. This is just what has worked for me.

I also take lots of Epsom salt baths and use a magnesium oil topically, just on the bottom of my feet. And, we found out that Lavender essential oil on the bottom of your feet can help too. I learned the hard way, if you take too much magnesium citrate, it can cause some *ahem*, bowel issues.

Of course, a magnesium deficiency doesn’t just cause insomnia. This link here explains what a magnesium deficiency can do to us. Unfortunately, the soil our produce is grown in is so depleted of minerals like magnesium, that we need to supplement them.

I hope this information helps you if you’ve been dealing with insomnia or other health concerns. Perhaps it’s something you can discuss with your doctor.

PS-I AM NOT a doctor. I don’t claim to know anything other than what’s worked for me. I’m only sharing my personal experience here folks. Thanks!