Tuesday, November 18, 2014

surprise benefit....

Most of you know I have been using Essential Oils for a year now...
...and that I love them.

Well, I just found a surprise, bonus benefit. :)

Back in August, I started using coconut oil as my face cleanser and moisturizer.  Yep, just raw coconut oil.  

At night, I put coconut oil all over my face and then use a warm wash cloth to remove it.  It completely takes off ALL makeup!!

Then I put a very small amount of coconut oil (a little goes a LONG way) in my hand and mix it with  ONE drop of Sacred Frankincense essential oil.  I apply this to my face before going to bed.

The next morning, I again wipe my face with a warm wash cloth and apply a small amount of coconut oil before I apply my make-up.

Honestly, my skin has never looked  or felt better!!!
And blemishes that I have struggled with are gone!

But I realized the surprise benefit while putting on my make-up this morning.

I have always had fairly long eyelashes.  However, in the last couple of years, they just don't seem as full or as long.  Also, I seemed to have lost most of my lower eyelashes.  They just aren't there. I had chalked it up to "age"....like everything else.  :/

But, when putting on my mascara this morning I realized that my eyelashes were SO long and my lower eyelashes had grown back in!!!!  

I tried to get a real close up, but this is the best I could do...and I don't have a before picture so you will just have to trust me.  I really wasn't looking for this benefit.  

Can you see my lower lashes?!!!  And look how long my upper lashes are!

The ONLY thing I have done differently is the coconut oil and the frankincense.

Seriously, y'all, I almost did a happy dance in the bathroom this morning!!  
Things around here have been a bit tough lately so this little thing made me very happy! I guess it doesn't take much these days...

I had heard for a long time about using coconut oil on your face and I love it..... your other benefit is it is so much less expensive than regular cleansers and moisturizers. An $8 bottle of coconut oil will last me 4 months and I use it all over, not just on my face.  The Frankincense is a little pricier but you only use 1 drop so it lasts a long time too.

Love it!

If you haven't heard about Essential Oils and want to know more, just email me!!  I would love to talk to you about them!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014


...shoulder, that is.

I know you maybe thought I was going to talk about the CRAZY frigid weather that has hit the south, but I am trying to ignore that.

No, what I'd like to share today is what I have learned about a frozen shoulder....and if I can help even  one person out there, then I will be so happy.

My story:

I started having pain in my shoulder in August.  It first started with sharp pain when closing my car door and other movements.  I also noticed that it was very painful in that shoulder when I tried to unsnap my bra.  I ignored it for a while and then I did some research and decided I might have bicep tendonitis...so I started using some Essential Oils that help with inflammation and it seemed I was getting some relief. 

During this time, my husband and I were driving back and forth to his mother's to take care of her and  so I put off going to the doctor....bad choice.

When I finally made it to a doctor, I could no longer unsnap my bra....too painful and I was not able to use that arm for many daily functions without horrible pain.

The doctor diagnosed me with rotator cuff tendonitis and injected my shoulder.  The pain got worse before it started getting better, but it did start getting better so I thought I was on the road to recovery......however, 4 weeks after the injection my shoulder started getting worse again.

After more research and tests, the conclusion is that I have a frozen shoulder.

The good news is that you can cure a frozen shoulder through exercise and stretching.  The bad news is that is it extremely painful and takes weeks maybe months.  Seriously, the first week the exercises made me cry every.single.time.

One thing that is helping the pain is my YoungLiving Deep Relief!!  Oh my word, I am so thankful for that oil blend.

Here are some facts about frozen shoulder...

*usually happens to people over 40
*a majority of those people are women
*women in menopause are more likely to get a frozen shoulder
*they don't exactly know what causes a frozen shoulder

So, if you fit that category and/or are experiencing shoulder pain, PLEASE don't wait as long as I did to go to the doctor and get it checked.  The biggest clue of a frozen shoulder is pain when putting your arm behind your back (like unsnapping your bra) and loss of mobility.

When caught early, it can be healed in a couple of weeks with exercise and therapy.

And even when not caught early....it can be healed with exercise and therapy....it just takes longer and is more painful.  And it can get to the point where you have to be put under anesthesia and they manipulate it and break up the adhesions.....not what I want in my future!

So...I am faithfully doing my exercises and I am seeing some progress...slow and painful but definitely progress.

Learn from me....don't wait.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Menopause......and Essential Oils

If you are a guy.....you probably want to stop reading now.

If you are a woman over 40 and experiencing menopause..keep reading!!!

 I posted before on how Essential Oils have helped me deal with menopause and also helped me get off of my hormone replacement therapy.  I deleted that post a while back because the FDA was cracking down on how people worded their use of essential oils and I was unsure if my post was kosher with all that.....

However, I am SO thrilled with how the oils are helping my menopause I decided to post it again.  Because if it helps just ONE woman then it is worth it. I have been off all HRTs now for 3 months and am symptom free!!!  So if you are in the throws of menopause, read on....maybe essential oils can help you too!!!

I have been experiencing menopause in one form or another for over 10 years.
I've had several different symptoms over that time, but one persistent symptom for the whole time.

I have tried many things to help alleviate my symptoms, and finally 7 years ago with the help of my GYN found a combination of two HRTs (hormone replacement therapy) that finally gave me some relief.  My symptoms are pretty severe and with these 2 HRTs I finally felt normal again!!

All has been good for the last 7 years....except that I have been putting synthetic estrogen in my body and I wasn't crazy about that....but in my mind it was better than the alternative!

Last spring, my GYN informed me that I needed to try and get off of the HRTs...one in particular.  Apparently they don't recommend being on them for over 10 years.
I was distraught.  
I had tried a couple of times before to stop taking them with horrible results within just a few days.

A few months prior to my appointment, I had started using essential oils and so I did some research.  I came up with several options, but decided to wait until after my son's wedding to try any of them....coming off my hormones was not going to be good for anyone while planning a wedding!!  :)

So, once the wedding was over, I again began thinking about how I could replace my HRTs with EOs....but honestly I was scared.  My symptoms make me miserable.  One day a friend sent me the link to a blog where the blogger (Cyndi) was talking about her success with EOs and menopause.  I decided to email her (since she offered) and see if her symptoms were similar to mine and they were.

By now you may be wondering what my symptoms were and I would love to talk to you about it if you want...privately. You can email me at sarawbowyerATmsnDOTcom.

She recommended the following two oils....

One thing about Essential oils is that every person is different and you need to find what oil and how much works best for you.  As I talked to Cyndi, she explained that she used both of these oils each morning/evening by placing a couple drops on the inside of her feet just under her ankles..the vita flex points for the reproductive system.

As I experimented with the oils myself over several weeks, I found that with my severe symptoms, I needed to apply each of those oils 3x a day to my ankles.  And I had to add another oil....

I rub this oil on the back of my neck and on my wrists in the morning.

The last thing I  found that I needed was to drink LOTS of water throughout the day...at least half my body weight in ounces.  This is recommended for good health anyway, but is important to fight against my symptoms.

The first week I went off my HRTs I had NO symptoms...pretty amazing.  But on the 7th day, I started feeling them come back but not near as bad.  that is when I added the 3rd application of the oils.  That helped but did not completely relieve the break through symptoms.  So then I added the progessence plus.

It pretty much knocked out all of symptoms!
I am thrilled with the results!!!
I am completely off the main HRT The doctor told me to quit using!!!
And I use the other only on occasion when needed!!
 (which is a fraction of how often I used it before)
To be honest, I really never thought I would be able to say that.

I will continue to work on getting off the other completely, but am overjoyed with these results!!

It has been quite a journey, but my persistence paid off and once again I am so very grateful for my essential oils!!!

If you suffer from menopausal symptoms...don't wait.  
Look into what Essential oils can do for you!!

three months later....I now use clary sage and ylang ylang in the am/pm and progessence plus in the mornings.  My body has adjusted to the oils and I am feeling great!!!

If you want to know more about EOs or sign up to receive your own YoungLiving Essential Oil starter kit, go here or click the essential oil tab in the navbar above or email me.

I would love to help you in any way as you get started on your EO journey!!

disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Waiting on God...

Waiting on God is never easy.

I love what Andrew Murray says about waiting....

Be assured that if God waits longer than you should wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious.

...and that is something I am holding tight to lately as we continue to wait for God to provide a job.

My devotion from Oswald Chambers this morning was so good and I wanted to share it....

"He said, 'Take now your son..'" Genesis 22:2

God's command is, "Take now," not later.  It is incredible how we debate!  We know something is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it immediately.  If we are to climb to the height God reveals, it can never be done later--it must be done now.  And the sacrifice must be worked through our will before we actually perform it.  "so Abraham rose early in the morning...and went to the place of which God had told him" (22:3) Oh, the wonderful simplicity of Abraham!  When God spoke, he did not "confer with flesh and blood".  Beware when you want to "confer with flesh and blood" or even your own thoughts, insights or understandings--anything that is not based on your personal relationship with God.  These are all things that compete with and hinder obedience to God.   Abraham did not choose what the sacrifice would be.  Always guard against self-chosen service for God.  Self-sacrifice may be a decease that impairs your service. If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; or even if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him.  If the providential will of God means a hard an difficult time for you, go through it.  But never decide the place of your own martyrdom, as if to say, "I will only go to there, but no farther."  God chose the test for Abraham, and Abraham neither delayed nor protested, but steadily obeyed.  If you are not living in touch with God, it is easy to blame Him or pass judgment on Him.  You must go through the trial before you have any right to pronounce a verdict, because by going through the trial you learn to know God better.  God is working in us to reach His highest goals until His purpose and our purpose become one.

That is what I am trying to do.....go through this time in communion with Him.  Trusting in His sovereignty and goodness. 

Micah 7:7 says.. Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.   I love what Andrew Murray says about that.....When we have special petitions, in connection with which we are waiting on God, our waiting must be very definitely in the confident assurance, "My God will hear me".

I know in my heart that God had a place especially for us and I just need to wait on Him and REST in that knowledge.  I can't understand all that is going on right now, however, I do know that God DOES understand it and he has allowed it for a reason and a purpose...

.... and I trust Him.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


I am sitting here in my daughter's apartment trying to be quiet....she is still sleeping and needs all the rest she can get.  But it's hard to be quiet in a one bedroom apartment!! So I decided to blog and give you my Currents list for November.

Current Read: I have not had much time to read lately and I hate that.  I could use the distraction that comes from getting lost in a book.  I did start Operation Zulu Redemption by Ronie Kendig on the plane coming to Houston but haven't gotten very far with it.  I also started re-reading Waiting on God by Andrew Murray each morning...seems my waiting room experience has been extended.

Current Playlist:  I seriously have not listened to any music lately  :(  I think I will get my head phones on when I am done and turn on some praise music!!

Current Food:
Current Food: Pumpkin seeds!!!  Alyssa and I carved pumpkins this weekend and then roasted the seeds.  I have eaten almost all of them myself and I am considering going to get a pumpkin just for more seeds.  what a great snack!!

Current Favorite: Southwest Airlines!!  Y'all they don't charge for luggage (which is great since I brought a big piece to fill with Trader Joes stuff), you can easily buy a one way ticket without being charged out the wazzoo AND you can change your flight with NO penalty.  I decided I needed to stay longer to help Alyssa, so I just got on-line and changed my ticket....no fee, no extra cost, easy peazy!  gotta love that!  

Current Addiction: Orange Essential oil.  I LOVE the smell.  When you add it with cinnamon bark....delicious!  But I have also started putting a drop on my toothpaste and WOW, makes my mouth feel great!  Plus it helps whiten your teeth...bonus!

Current Wishlist:  Another Raindrop massage.  Raindrop is a massage technique using YoungLiving essential oils.  I had one this weekend and it was amazing.....I also have felt my pain and tightness from my bulging disc go away!!!  I literally fell asleep on the table in the middle of it!  Well worth every penny!

Current Need:  time with my husband.  Since August we have been taking turns traveling to Kansas to help take care of his mother, then he came to Houston while Alyssa was in the hospital and we saw each other for one day before I came to be with her.  We have been passing each other coming and going and we just need some extended time together!!!

Current Triumph:  hmmmm, my triumph from last month (making it to the gym) was short lived.  I would have to say that my current triumph would be navigating the Houston traffic and still being alive and in one piece!!!!

Current Annoyance: my bicep tendonitis which was actually rotator cuff tendonitis is still bothering me....ugh!  I had it injected (not NEAR as bad as I made it out in my head) and it is SLOWLY getting better.  I would say I am 90% better, but still have that occasional move that buckles my knees.  The doctor said that it can take 6 weeks to work completely so I am hopeful that I will get there!!!

Current Blessing:  Being able to care for my daughter and my mom and dad who paid for my ticket so I could get here.  I have the best family and am so thankful for them!!

Current Outfit:  PJs.....Alyssa is still asleep and my clothes are in her bedroom....it could be a PJ kind of day!!!

Current Excitement:  Seeing God use me in situations that look bleak in my own eyes.  

Current Project:  Getting my daughter well!!!  We finished the bathroom project from last month and I have to say.....why in the world did we wait so long?!!!  It looks amazing!

so what is on your current list?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Saturday Randomness....

I am currently in Houston with my daughter helping her back to good health!!

She has been showing great improvement each day....until today.  :(

Last night, she felt something "pop" around her ribs and is in terrible pain this morning.  She didn't sleep the rest of the night, so I have her situated on the sofa, with a heating pad, and she has fallen back to sleep.

To keep things quiet for a while, I decided to update the blog.
However, I am only up for random bullet points...

** So hard on a mom to see your children hurting...no matter the age.

** Today I am very grateful for MY mom, who knew I needed to be with Alyssa and flew me here...see first bullet point.......I love her.

** I'm sad because this set back may cause Alyssa to miss something she has been looking forward to today.

** on a positive note, I got to visit my favorite place in Houston....Trader Joes!!!  I'm sure I will be going back again before I leave...good thing there is room in my suitcase!  Come on Arkansas...get with the program and get a Trader Joes!!

**  I am currently enjoying a cup of pumpkin coffee (from TJs)

** Alyssa and I carved pumpkins yesterday...

You are never too old to enjoy this!!!
Then I roasted the seeds......so good!!

** Steve and I have been fixing up the house, getting it ready to sell, and my thoughts right now are...why didn't we do all this sooner so WE could enjoy it!!! :/

** Steve's mom has been back in the hospital with congestive heart failure but is now back in rehab.  She's had a rough go of it the last 4 months and we are praying for strength to get back home and good health

** Even with all these "things" going on in our life....I am so very grateful that my God sees it all and  walks it with me.  I still have His grace and mercy that I don't deserve.  And no matter what mountain or storm I face....I trust Him.  He is my light in the darkness.

I love what Andrew Murray says in Waiting on God....

We have not to care for the light we need for our day's work; the sun cares and provides and shines the light around us all the day.  We simply count upon it, and receive it, and enjoy it.

Today I choose to enjoy the sun of God's presence in my life...

...and the peace He brings!

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord.  More than they that watch for the morning: more than they that watch for the morning.  Psalm 130:5-6

Friday, October 17, 2014

What 36 hours with your daughter looks like....

I recently got the opportunity to hitch a ride to Houston with a friend who was going for a check up at MDAnderson.  Even though I would only get just over 24 hours with Alyssa, I JUMPED at the chance!!

Here is what you cram into 36 hours (besides lots of hugs!)....

First, there is a lot of snuggling and "please play with my hair, mom".  Then she will fall asleep on your lap and you won't mind one bit.  :)

 The next day you will make a trip to Trader Joe's (since your state is lame and doesn't have one) and you will stock up on food to take home and also food to make freezer meals for your girl!

Then the cooking will begin and you will laugh and joke and remake old old photos because your mom found some wax lips in a candy store and you want to humor her....

You will end up making/freezing 4 meat loafs, 5 containers of lentil soup and chili.

When the cooking is done, you will sit down and enjoy a cup of pumpkin spice chai latte (amazing!) you found at Trader Joe's and have a conversation about life and what God is doing.

Later, you will make another run to Trader Joe's because some of the things you bought were just too delicious to not get more of.......or maybe because you are just obsessed with Trader Joe's.

Of course, you will end the evening watching movies and playing cards!
I whooped her by the way!

The next morning you will enjoy a quiet morning and a cup of coffee and try not to think about having to say goodbye in a few short hours.

Then you will head to meet your friend and have just a bit more fun while you wait for her to get there (a good cover to keep you from crying)

And finally...
You will have to say goodbye. :(

But you will be so thankful for that 36 hours that will now carry you until the next time you get to see her.....and you will feel very blessed.