All posts by Leslie Chadwell

Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) in regards to Depression

Tough but very prevelant subject, Depression. Im not sure there is anyone who has not been touched by it in some way or another.

On a personal note,  I will say there are genetic predispositons I self monitor and have for most of my life. One is depression. I work really hard at being a better me in as many ways as I can, and along the way know that as with most people  we need help.  No I have never  been medicated for anything, litterally anything!  and dont intend to be ! I dont do meds to alter  or mask things, my body rejects them profusely.

I do however enjoy the effect of natural mental and physical healing  like , Reiki ( self  applied or treated), Massage, accupuncture ,and the use of Essential Oils.

Whether it be aromatic or applied it is a wonder to  feel the difference after the use of the oils.

I have some I like to use to uplift but im not here to discuss me, Im here to discuss  what might interupt or soften an episode of depression using YLEO.

First of all Depression can be directly related to diet! Sorry everyone… its very true.  I have had rescent blood work done and upon discussion know that I needed to  have a few additives nutritionally to gain over all balance. Not that I wasn’t eating well but  not getting what I really  really needed to deal with my stressors. Amazing results.  I upped my Oil intake and use,  and added nutritional suppliments.  Follow up blood work shows great results but even more so I feel the difference. I look to my oils and  nutrition every day. Not just good for mental health but bone, and  immune defence.

**One trigger for depression can be calcium deficiency others, as comon as carbonated drinks, specifically cola drinks high in Phosphorus.

Sugested  oils to use:

Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender, Joy, Valor, Hope.

I have discussed all but Joy and Hope in prior  blog posts so you are welcome to read about them there. I will however discuss a bit about Joy, which I use as a purfume, yes honestly! and Hope.

**Joy:  when inhaled tends to bring back thoughts of being held,, loved,  loving times. Joy helps open the adrenal glands that can be shut down due to grief, or if we have shut down to the feelings of love.

Joy is a blend of oils consisting of: Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood,Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine( another fav of mine), Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose!

 

**Now for Hope:   This to is a blend of oils that support the body emotionally and physically. It fosters feelings of progress,  forward motion, “Hope”, reconnecting with inner strength.

The oils  in this blend are: Melissa, Myrrh, Juniper, and Spruce

I hope this  has been of some help and offered  some alternatives for  any who suffer directly or indirectly. It is always a good practice to seek advise and consultation from a health care professional trained in this area. Discussion  is key to recovery in many things.

www.youngliving.org/sableview

** Reference Guide for Essential Oils/ 12th Edition/Higley

 DISCLAIMER: Comments on this page are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure. The comments have not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

 

 

Eyes wide open…. Doesn’t mean you are committed, or does it?

Recently I attended an Intro to Clicker Training clinic at my own facilty.  I opened the door to a different picture to expand my  knowledge of it for knowledge sake and for others to  learn and  make choices on their own.  We had a nice group of  ladies and horses/ mini’s in attendance.

I will speak from my perspective only .

First, I want to Thank Sharon Zecchinelli for  enlightening the group with great basics.

From my perspective as a teacher I try to remain open minded to ideas and concepts. When  the topic came up about clicker training on the FB group Vermont Horse Community ,  the conversation lead me to think I should take this opportunity to learn about it, at least for basic knowledge of the concept. The seed was planted and Sharon and I began to set the ball in motion.

Last weekend we had a nice day to gather and learn.

Like everything in building a foundation, timing is everything.

We were each  given a period of some one on one time with Sharon to teach the  target , click, treat  flow. Not as easy as it looks. Timing is everythng! LOL

As we progressed we were asked what we  were here to try and correct. When I was asked I had no asnwer. Turely I was  there to  experience it and learn what I could and IF it pertained to my ideals I would honor it and incorporate  it as it fit per horse/ situation.

I had my doubts as to its uses and certiain issues but, durring the  day I saw some behaviors change and fair enough, if the human stayed true to the concept , as with anything else results would come. Clearly this is a wonderful style of training. I appreciate its finest forms and applaud its advocates.

We all branched off and tested the technique on our own with tasks. I saw some application for liberty work. So off I went On-line first , then  tossed the line  over  Pop’s neck and  tested things at liberty. Pop is a tough nut to crack and it was getting a bit redundant for him. I knew I needed to step it up. Liberty over a barrel – single barrel!

Sure we have done this on-line and  tested/ played with it  at liberty but not in this way. Ill be danged, we got it! It was a great baby step approach to completing this task. My task , should I choose to  go there, will be  to gain distance and flow.

For viirtual visual clarity, I was in a leading position, with my fist as the “Target” . we approached and off he walked and hopped over. No, not the first time, we had a few times on-line with adjustments and corrections to position but in the end  there it was! Fair enough!

I can see  how it might  be of great use in Horse Agility work. Online too but liberty it could play an even bigger  part. In my opinion  a lot depends on  how you choose to reward/release and develop your horse, as well as how far along you are in you foundation development to begin with. Pop and I have quite a history so some of what we already have played  part.

Lots of variables but I truely enjoyed the experience.

What can I say:

This….

I am Committed to learning with eyes wide open, unless you do somethng to make me shut them! 

I am Committed to doing what I feel is right for each horse/human individually  no matter what the “Tide” says.

I am Committed to never pigeon hole myself or any horse I work with. Every one /thing learns differently. I feel as a leader /teacher it is my resposibitly to  know which arrow to pull out for which situation. In order to do that I must have many different arrows!

This clinic gave me good  taste of what  can work, a different arrow . No I cant say ill be a clicker devote, but appreciate what I saw first hand as another  tool to  higher learning.

Bottom line: Never stop learning

Young Living EO: M- Grain….. More than, “Oh my head!”

I wanted to share this with you . I origionally aquired M-Grain for  one of my girls who would combat  bad head aches/ semi migrain-ish monthly. Back then  They , my Family, were not  ” Believers”, so the application  and use was not consistant.

Forward about a yr. Still on my shelf and as I needed to read about  Sciatica, I find M-grain as a recomended oil.  I applied as directed and don’t ya  know it helped. I  kept it on hand and  when symptoms arose applied as needed.

More rescently I have been having  foot pain. A mid foot, bridge joint and its tender. I used all the regular  go to oils , with some relief, then  silly me I spotted the M -Grain on the shelf and it was calling me.

I thought why not? Im amazed! why I dont know, I know these oils have  unwritten uses, pain is pain! Almost instant relief. No, the tenderness is not gone 100% but movement and daily ache when in motion( Zumba, barn chores etc etc) , gone enough that I forget about it. Now I note it feels tired,  but not untouchable. I apply it every AM and PM.

What is in this great oil? M-Grain is a blend of oils:

Basil, marjoram,Lavander,Peppermint,Roman Chamomile,Helichrysum

Now one of my never let it run out oils!

FMI go to www.youngliving.org/sableview

 

A ride with out Granny!

This week I took Tru out on the trails again . Rode Pop, lead Sarah and he toddled along.  We were about 1/3 the way through our ride and I looked back and NO Tru! Sarah ws looking back too.  Ok so I Know he will wander off trial but not that far. Hmm? I stopped and called to him , I, we, heard him far off. Then very quickly he ran up to us and we moved off.  Wasnt sure what had happened but it was all good so we  went on. Then again he did the same thing and  I caught him out of the corner of my eye just stop and go the other way . Calling out  and running back. I was baffled. We Pop , Sarah and I, stood , listened , called, and in less than a minute he was back at full speed. I let him suckle off of Sarah while we gathered out thoughts. Nothing was different about the ride we were on.. what could it be.

Then the third time and he was gone back even farther and calling out.  I called to give him a point of reference to come back to and it dawned on me he was missing his Granny who always up till this ride bringing up the rear. He was looking for her. He is very attentive  to all who is where in the herd members while turned out, Most especially Granny.

He was really  tuckered this time, came flyin back to us. We  held hard for a minute or so to gather our brain and began our ride again. I was hoping this was the last ventrue, It was. I think he finally realised she was not there and he best stick with us. We as a team , Pop , Sarah and I, saw him through his  Moments. Points for us!

What did I learn ? well among other things…  Tru is RBE when change happens.” The sky is falling!!!” He REALLY  Likes patterns to fall into to keep him settled. Facinating to see him develop. I see LBE as well but that is the kid in him . Mouthy, curious and funny!

Lets face it he is a mixed bag. He loves to dominate at play! Gets all huffy when tired, like a kid having a stomping fit!

Great Kid number 5! Or 6 if we include hubby!

LOL

Stay tuned for more Tru adventures!

 

 

 

A picture speaks a thousand words! And teaching moments!

a split second in time but shows a lot.

Jennifer Kirkman with her wonderful partner Orion.  Jennifer has done a great job with her boy. He  had a few  fear issue , so we chose to play at GMHA casually to explore  what he was about. Water was one thing she said needed work, and  he walked through it , trotted through it, and as you can see in the picture, jumped into it. His willingness was wonderful. What I did note durring the course of our play was  his sensativity and introvertedness. Though big and  ploddy he is very aware of her energy and it doenst take much to get hi to respond. A huge respsosibility  going foreward to not blow him out of the water. Sorry no pun intended. LOL

He gets it just needs more time to process. Dont rush him and  he will be wonderful .

Jen mentioned he is good with things like water when she leads him but going on his own , if she is riding is a different story.

Great teaching point!!!

I see this a lot the confidence is on the ground but not when human is mounted. One way to  develop this from the ground to the saddle  is to begin to have them meet things first and  put yourself in followers position rather than the leaders. This is  including leaving the barn area. Another topic all together!

Lets break the horse into sections  A nose and forward, B neck/ shoulders, C mid section ( saddle area), D hind end, and E everything tail backwards.

What we want to do is begin to guide our horse from section A, normal area, to E.  It is not needed by all to do this especially  from the  rear sections but  if you so desire it to be, then  it is a progression. Nothing wrong with confidence  in all sections.  Driving horses  do this  as thier job. Some horses, non driving , need it to be addressed others  are very tollerant and its never an issue. All depend on  personality and  how they have or have not  been developed.

For Orion and his water:

For Jen to be able to x water aboard him she will need to begin to ask him to step up his part of the bargain and grow in his confidence  step by step.  The water  at GMHA was a  great intro. We crossed   large  streams and stood to play and drink. He ended up taking the lead and  looking for  Jen to come along. This is super.  In the end we  came to the water obstacle seen in photo.

In the picture we can see a split second in time.  Some mixed messages it looks like but being there I can say it was a split second in time. Still a teaching moment taken, Thank you Jen!  To allow  Orion to  do his thing  the  guiding hand( with line) must say and denote the freedom to go.  We see a bit of  a holding  tension in photo. “The door is open this is your route forward” is  a way to think of it.  I beleive the  taughtness was a bit of  negotiating  direction on Jen’s part but still  it is his jump and we need to allow him to make the manuver on his own.  We can move our feet if need be, or let slack out in rope.  we must be flexible when  teaching. Every horse is differnet and  needs  different support styles. Micromanaging will only  get in the way of progress in anything especially  his confidence. Orion, made a wonderful jump down into the water. He  sized it up  all on his own, and when he found his sweet spot  he went. The secret is to give him, them , the time they need  to  think it through and  do it on  thier time.  Rest the encouraging arm and allow with the guiding  one.

Big day for Orion and Jen.  Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning for weaning, raising the bar!

Yesterday I was in an E conversation with my vet re  basic protocol for  Troubadour. Discussions of weaning and gelding came up. The weaning process is really taking effect on its own naturally,  but yes I will make a real dat,e so to speak to separate the two . I have seen way to many very awkward situations with  offspring  still trying to suckle at  yrs old. Not cool! Not productive.

In any case  we have at least a month or so to go ,as he will only be 3 months old  8/27/12, Im not rushing it. I think it will be sooner than later as Tru is very settled and day by day I see him stepping out on his own. Still looks for Mom but  has pals to seek comfort from as well.

This morning as we went through our morning routine, grooming , Mom  tied , Tru loose but he stays put pretty well.  Sometimes curiosity wins out.

I do one then  the other. As I Do Tru I have a small string round his  wither /neck area.  Like a riding neck rope.  He responds well to it and  for the most part stands well for feet etc with just it. Not bad!  I use Mom’s comfort as a tool. he finds a spot by her and  im pretty good to do anything. he is gettign really good with feet. still a time or 2 where he might  resist but I discoverd  his comfortable way to be held.  Trial and error!

I have raised the bar a bit for both of us. I  have made the grooming routine a real routine. Pattern animals, yes? Before I  separate the two I need to really have a good foundation , better  than we have already in order to  make the next stage of his growth worry free. What is my plan? I will enter his life more and more over the next  month or so with more domestic focused  tasks. Not any fancy stuff  but the basics and have it be so Im as good as Mom for support and comfort.  So that what I ask of him  will be accepted. grooming , feet,  shots  etc. This will be were the rubber meets ther rd. Human interaction and almost a bit of “Domestication” from what he has been used to will begin to  happen . It wont be hard, he gets it . I can intorduce things to him for a few days a then let it go and  he picks right back up  after a few minutes.  Now ill see  if all my thoughtful work till now  has any holes. Im sure it will but then ill learn to fill them in!

As we do our grooming with his favorite rubber mit , I am sure to explore all ares of his body. Tru seems to like his tail being brushed too.

What I have  taken to doing now as a progression, is to wrap myself around his mid section and grooming  the opposite side . I basically am draping myself over him , he  doesnt  think twice.  Good first ride prep eh?.  I have changed my touch over time, it is getting firmer, more solid,  as he is more accepting. He follows a feel very well, again with just a neck rope. Dont want to raise a wilting violet! Breath and they  spook! Ugh! I still  put the halter on but do most my “time ” with him with out up to now.

I sat down and thought to myself  what did I want to get done. This is what I came up with:

To go through the  holes I have found in my other horses,   as  well as others that I work with,  that I want to  address before they  show up as holes!   I am a great observer. I  learn from my  mistakes and those I view of others.

Lots of  resposibility going forward . I never took it lightly, but  now facing  the  separation from a great Mare, who has been even better than I exected, its now my turn to step in and take over the raising of Troubadour.  I will still have help for the herd . I will rely on them a lot!  Granny( Diana), and Popeye, Mr. Bill and Cora will be vital to keeping it natural!

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

On the trail with Troubadour

Yesterday for the second time my eldest and I went for a trail ride together with the whole family, well almost anyway. Ok , let me explain. Me, Kim, Popeye, Sarah ( ponied), Diana, with kim aboard, and little Tru tagging along. So minus the  pony and mini it was the whole  herd family.

3 generations of horses and Pop! Kinda cute, huh? It really is.  A couple weeks ago we  took the crew out on a longer ride, a progression  in effect. The first time I did this just me and Pop leading Sarah and Tru  toddled along. Then KIm entered the picture and we took a little longer ride, then yesterday we took a nice  5 mile ride, lots of hills etc, cant get away from them here, and Tru was a trooper. He is happy to  hang between  us, Pop, sarah and I and Kim on Diana( Grandma), who usually is a ways back. At times he will trot or canter up to us but other times is happy in a cushion of  family.  We stop after a good climb to rest  him and allow him to  go to sarah if he wants. Not much of a puddle drinker yet.

He is a pisser, when he gets tired and  fussy he begins to get studdish. He will usually  go to grandma and  attempt a mount from behind, as she walks along.

How they put up with him all day, I have no idea! The measure of control they use to  TELL him NO is amazing to see. Just enough to get it across with out crushing his spirit!

We all have Savvy strings attached to our saddles for  any reason. I asked Kim to have her’s on her wrist and  begin  to incorporate a savvy trial ride lesson.

Timing is everything! But as the little one mounts , she swings string to the rear over D’s butt and if he is in the way , Oh well! A giant bug was bothering D and its Kims job to  protect her  herd of 2.

It worked. To hear kim say , Got him! and chuckle was humorous. Its a bit uncomfortable to  be riding along and have a little toughy try to mount , in play, but still, the horse you are riding. Time for trail ediquette!

As Kim heads off to college and kids back to school my timeto get this done with the whol family will dwindle but I intend to  get them out thru fall. Pop is a great solid presence for Sarah and Tru.

I can continue to thwart off the mounting attemps( back off dude), from Pops back with end of  pony line. Multii tasking 101!

More antics to follow, stay tuned.

 

YL Essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued…. Peace and Calming

The name says it all!

P/C is a blended oil made up of : Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Blue Tansy

*This oils will help in dealing with various issues relating to the nervous system and emotional wellness.

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1) As a perfume!  applied to my  neck and wrists. Its lovely.

2) In my purse as a go to oil in cse i need it.

3) In the barn I use it as the horse  need it.  Durring the birthing process I applied it to my mare.

4) In bath water!

5) Defuse , Defuse , Defuse. this settles the whole house in a nice fresh calm.

6) Before bed to relax my mind, I apply it to my temples and  along my spine and feet.

*Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition

YL Essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued…..PanAway

What a great blend of oils. This is key to pain relief in home and barn.

PanAway is blended with: Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint.

* This oil can be used in dealing with problems relating to the nervous system and muscles and bones.

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1) This past march I slipped on the ice feeding horses and  badly sprained my wrist. Xrays said not break but I think it might have been a hair line. Regardless once I got my feeding done I got to the house and asked kids to get me the PanAway. First thing to come to mind.

I applied it to the site and got  cold pac and off to emerg room.  I felt a soothing relief immediatly. Dr asked  what the smell was, (ben gay type…)  I filled him in , he was impressed .  Said this was a good thing to have in a first aid cabinet!

2) After a Zumba work out! all over followed up by  ortho ease or sport massage oil. Saves me from any overly sore spots till I’m fit. After fit then its relaxing.

3) Swelling due to any strain , or ache or pain in the home and barn.

4) with a house full of women, 4 girls , it is quite helpful for menstrual periods. The  smell is up lifting too.

 

* Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition

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YL essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued… Valor

When I first heard of Valor on a teleconference call back in earky spring of 2011, i knew i had found a missing link. In th pas ti had used essential oils but not YL.

I listen intently and came away knowing my horse needed Valor and Me, I needed a Rain Drop treatment asap!

I learned  the differnce between oils and  brands…  this is a whole other topic. Beware!!!

Valor is a blend of oils including: Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, and Frankinsence( see blog on Frankincense).

* Valor is known as the “Chiropractor in a bottle.” Often time is have used it on my horses and see them seek to self adjust by rolling , head shaiking  even doing cat stretches.  Horse are great eaample of the power of these oils, they tell it like it is!

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1) Defuse, Defuse , Defuse!  with any oil its a great way to reap the advantages!

2) apply before bed to sooth  and relax.

3) In the AM , on days I know will tax me apply it to the bottoms of my feet. It helps  keep me grounded and in touch.

3) In Roll-on form, I keep it in my purse as a  purfume or emergency go to!

4)A  College dorm  must along with a couple others of her choice,  for destressing and keeping the mind uncluttered.

5) Great to add to  bath water and just relax

6) Massage it  up the spine  alone or with V6 massage oil.

Valor is balances the brain , right and left , and is truely a wonderful addition to my life, and my work.

* Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition