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Poster  11 x 17″     $10

Premium Pearl Prints       8 x 10″   $8                   20 x 24″   $36         

                                                        10 x 10″   $11                  24 x 30″   $55

                                                         11 x 14″    $20                30 x 40″   $80

                                                         16 x 20″   $30

Archival Canvas Prints    8 x 10″   $35                 20 x 30″   $110

                                                         11 x 14″    $50                24 x 30″   $130

                                                         16 x 20″   $70                24 x 36″   $150

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Premium Giclee Canvas    11 x 14″   $80

                                                             16 x 20″   $100

                                                             20 x 24″   $130

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Essential Oils for Common Ailments

Leptospermum scoparium (Tea-tree)

Image by Arthur Chapman via Flickr

Disclaimer:  Chart is for information purposes about traditional uses of essential oils.   

Common Ailments Essential Oils to Use Method of Application
Aches and Pains basil, benzoin, black pepper, chamomile, cinamon, clove, cypress, ginger, juniper, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang massage, compress, bath
Acne basil, bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, lavender,palmarosa, rose, tea tree bath, massage
Asthma chamomile, frankincense, myrtle, myrrh, pine bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Athlete’s foot lavender, lemon, myrrh, tea tree bath, neat application
Chest Problems benzoin, frankincense, myrtle, myrrh, niaouli, pine, rosemary, tea tree, thyme bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Chilblains benzoin, black pepper, cedarwood, ginger, juniper, marjoram, thyme massage, bath, compress
Colds and Flu basil, benzoin, black pepper, cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lemon, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, tea tree, thyme bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Constipation black pepper, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary massage, bath, compress
Cramp chamomile, lavender, marjoram, sandalwood, vetiver massage, bath, compress
Cystitis chamomile, lavender, tea tree, geranium, pine, sandalwood massage, bath, compress
Dandruff cedarwood, lavender, lemongrass, sandalwood scalp message, rinse
Diarrhea chamomile, lavender, rose, neroli massage, bath, compress
Eczema benzoin, chamomile, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, vetiver massage, bath
Fluid Retention black pepper, cypress, juniper massage, bath
Hay Fever bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, myrtle, pine, rose, rosemary, rosewood, ylang ylang bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Headaches chamomile, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosewood bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Headlice bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, tea tree scalp massage, rinse
Herpes Chamomile, lavender, myrrh, tea tree bath, massage, compress, neat application
High Blood Pressure bergamot, chamomile, fennel, frankincense, lavender, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang massage, bath, vaporization, inhalation
Indigestion dill, fennel, parsley, peppermint, mandarin massage, inhalation
Nausea bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, mandarin, orange, peppermint, rosewood bath, inhalation, vaporization
Sinusitis chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, tea tree massage, bath, vaporization, inhalation
Sprains chamomile, lavender massage, bath, compress
Throat Infections basil, benzoin, black pepper, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, sandalwood, tea tree massage, bath, compress, inhalation, vaporization


Wild Chamomile flower image ©2010 jennifer o'neal simmons

Wild Chamomile ©2010 jennifer o'neal simmons

A campside reunion with philosophy

Our family just returned from our first camping trip together in 9 years.  My, what a long time to have let pass before returning to the roots of our childhood and courtship.  Our last journey had been on a private island on an offshoot of the Catawba River.  It was my style of primitive enjoyment with available water and sufficient toilets.  However, 9 years ago, we were proudly parenting a toddler and an infant, and camping was just asking for mishaps and mayhem.  One child had never stopped us, we thought, so why should two?  Turns out, there are a lot of reasons.  And a lot of reasons that kept us sidetracked even once they had grown up a bit.  

Then, it dawned on me.  It was past due.  They are now 13 & 9, and camping afforded us the great excuse to log off, unplug, and tune in to each other once again.  This time, we chose the 2nd oldest river in the world – New River.  Here, is my weekend of observations:

  • Organization really is your friend.  So is fire and a giant all metal pot that can sit directly on one.
  • An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.  All natural bug repellant made of essential oils kept us bite free, sunscreen kept us pliant, and 2 rolls of toilet paper save a lot of late night and early morning walking.  This attitude applies to dishes too — the dirties we doused into a big stock pot of boiling water over the fire to help cut grease and dissolve food prior to scrubbing.
  • Choose heavy-duty and versatile over convenience or decorative trend.  Our cast iron, enamel ware, and mason jars were brilliant during an onslaught of wind gusts stirred up on the outer perimeter of a hurricane passing off the coast.  The mason jars served to boil water and make tea and coffee, but was kept padded by a large towel inside a large lidded enamel pot when not in use.  The smaller the container, the faster the water will heat 😉  Also…glass absorbs heat faster than metal, & metal faster than ceramic…but will lose heat at that rate (obviously) as well.
  • Focus on the little things.  Start with your 5 senses, eventually sinking into your 6th.  Record random thoughts – especially creative ideas of any sort, whether they involve business strategy, teaching topics, discussion notes, or soap ingredients.
  • There’s an energetic pool of wellness that exists in healthy nature.  Nature in balance tends to balance you.  Choose grass or gravel over concrete and asphalt.  Lean upon a tree before a handrail.  Listen to the insects, not the traffic.  Applied reflexology and polarity therapy can take this further by opening up our own energy meridians inside our bodies and realigning energetic fields for optimal functioning.  Awareness comes before all else. 

Let the wind fill you,

Expanding your thoughts along with your lungs.

Allow the ground to ground you

 beneath your bare feet,

The strength of roots will permeate

as you traverse an awkward path.

“Let the Wind”  © 2010  jennifer o’neal simmons

A different approach to learning how to write

“In the real world” [I shutter at the cliché, so please do note the sarcasm] writing is such a critical part of having a well-rounded competence to tackle any issue at hand.  For many children, credit or debit signatures may be the most they see you, their inherent role model, put pen to paper.  I’m not asking you to feel bad that you are not inclined to write, I am merely pointing out that literally most institutionally educated kids do not witness the little details that real world experience involves. 

It is up to us to recreate little snippets of ways to make an ordinary situation – extraordinary.  In regards to spelling, vocabulary, and learning how to write, this is our family’s current approach.  Take note that our boys are now in grades 5 & 8, so our methods have evolved with their developmental capacity. 

Instead of trying to make them fit any mold, I have always considered their daily progress and effort in order to decide what must come next, be reviewed, or skipped altogether.  Not once have I issued a number or letter grade, but have let the number of necessary corrections be the natural consequence:  the fewer errors, the less work, thus the reward. 

Spelling and vocabulary lists are pulled from current reading, whether fiction or non-fiction titles.  All fiction must be of a substantial quality, although in the beginning when 1st struggling to identify meaning behind letter sounds, anything becomes a substantial source for new reading opportunities.  That includes McDonald’s menu choices, car wash dials, search engine input, you name it.

Once they have a good working visual vocabulary, amp it up with a constant stream of reading books.  Beforehand, it is best to focus on 6-10 easy, sturdy favorites.  Remember from my previous post, repetition is key.  Always have more story books on hand than you think they will have time to read.  Your child will soon surprise you.  Plus, minutes studying words could lead to hours [willingly!] if you offset the redundancy of effort with giving your child the illusion of control as they pick from a vast array of books.

They will let you know when they are ready for chapter books that are not illustrated.  Even with good reading skills, rich artwork submerges the child in a multisensoral experience, and their brain begins enriching the visual bank of words necessary to draw upon later.

So some of that may have been obvious coming into this, but what I am emphasizing here is quality and quantity.  Books replace battery-powered toys and DVDs.  You become acquainted with every used bookstore within driving distance.  You find a yard sale stocked with good material in great shape – or your library has a charity book sale – and you get so excited, you want to roll around in the savings.  But that of course, would soil the books, which would defeat the purpose of having found a deal that saved you $100’s.

One marked method to our madness is a strong emphasis on storytelling, game and character development, and following one’s own inspiration and curiosities…whether it be fact or fiction. 

We learn better when we are intrinsically interested.  When we apply other, less interesting, concepts to those that do interest us most, then we can enjoy a new perspective to an old issue.  Your ability to recall the experience soars.  The ability to lock in on key concepts increases.  Understanding its application gives you purpose, a self-motivated reason to complete the task that goes beyond searching for an A or gold star.

We don’t just write in response to a random list of prompts.  We purge ideas daily in print, and then I will ask them to expound on it by correcting errors, adding detail, furthering the research, immersing in deep character meditation, and generally following through with our own questions that arise from a topic. 

A book report then becomes an article, or even a thesis; an essay becomes an active record of growth – a visualization of the expanding thought patterns as topics overlay influence from 1 subject to the next.

The start of a new business had my 13 year old begging for a job, so he researched and reported on labor laws and what options were legal at his age.  He participated in business planning, and reasons behind certain decisions made were explained as we went.  Both children dabbled in the concepts behind marketing and advertising.  They both learned quickly that running a storefront involved more than posting hours and opening shop, and how crucial good spelling, vocabulary, and writing skills were for success.

An attitude adjustment about learning

90% of learning goals are about attitude, integration, and exposure.  It is apparently human nature to resist when mentally pushed for the sake of self-preservation, so even when you feel the pressure as an adult, adjust the heat of your boiler according to age, maturity, and effort by the child.

Find a way to blend anything possibly educational into your kid’s daily life.  Saturate them with short games that sharpen skills or reinforce old ones.  Adjust according to interest, location, and activity level, but open your eyes, and the opportunities will never fail to appear. 

Exposure is a combination of repetition and new experiences.  Even simple changes to your ordinary will freshen up the mind and curiosity level at any age.   Do not get over-confident when a subject is easily understood.  Reintroduction or reapplication (hands on work) later on is necessary to keep the memory strong.

Creatures of habit? or reinvention?

We are creatures of habit, and that includes our online habits.  I just realized the other day that it had been quite some while since I scanned headlines that had not already been filtered by my time quarantined over at facebook, or limited in scope [and notably leaning to the right in offerings] by my “swag buck” earning search engine.

That’s when it occurred to me that I had sold my Freedom of Press out for lousy cyber tokens, hoping to save enough in a couple of years for some phat swag.  I had voluntarily given up my constitutional right to information.  Had pigeon-holed my own thoughts and due processes to crippling narrow proportions. 

I was appalled, and vowed to put my blog on hold no longer.  It would encourage me to get digging into the news again, judging for myself what would be shared.

You have to understand, a wide-ranged mass of information comes at me weekly.  Having hidden useless info (except that 1 vice, Mafia Wars.  Oh, and Texas Hold ‘Em…), I am witness to a deluge of healthy, pertinent info that I feel a deep need to share.  It took me more than a few months to realize my friend list and sub-categorized lists were not ample ‘who gives a damn’ filters.  It might be my free right to publish, but it was also my contacts’ free right to hide, delete, or generalize my posts as irrelevant or bitter simply because of poor timing in the midst of a barrage of media.

It would be more appropriate to streamline the mental whirlwind so the reader could choose when (and how far) they wanted to go.  Controlling over exposure and output prevents me from putting off any 1 audience or newly added friend.  Redirecting my energy to comments towards developing blog discussions keeps the wrong impression from being made to a misinformed 3rd party. 

I don’t expect everyone to “like” what I have to say, but I have a need to say it (hey, I’m a Gemini; call it my “calling”), and will continue to say it.  I appreciate and encourage reader input, because at the end of the page, the 1 thing I strive for is to make you think.

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