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Old 11-17-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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Tea Tree is a topnotch topical antiseptic. I use it instead of first aid cream and keep a bottle in the kitchen. Had to use it just 3 days ago, hubby was working on something in the basement and cut his finger.

On burning oils: If you're using a diffuser, then yeah you're getting the benefit by absorbing the fumes. If you're using "scented oil" in an incense oil burner, probably not. Synthetic scented oils don't have the chemicals that do the work of essential oils.

To make you and your kids feel like the home is a "cheery" place, citrus is your best bet. Rather than buy the oils (citrus oils have a very short shelf life, so it probably wouldn't be worth it to buy them since you had to throw them away after a month), you could just buy a couple of ruby red grapefruits, a couple of tangerines, a blood orange if they're in season (never get these off season), a lemon, and a lime. Make some fresh-squeezed juice with it - drink the juice (YUM) ...and then put the cleaned peels in a shallow pan of water and simmer it on the stove for 20 minutes.

Healthy juice for you and your kids, plus healthy air to breath, plus the citrus scent itself is known to be cheerful just in general. Many hospitals in Europe now use lemon essential oil in the air filtration systems, to promote recovery of their patients. Mental health has an effect on physical health and when the hospital air gives off that overall sense of well-being, the patients benefit from it.
That's a fantastic idea. DD eats fruit like it's going out of style. I throw out tangerine peels daily - I'll pop them in some simmering water instead.

I used to make a drink with all of those fruits together for singers I used to work with. You mash them up with some honey and add boiling water and a dash of brandy. The citrus really opens up the passages necessary for singing and the honey soothes the throat, and of course the brandy loosens up the inhibitions a little. It's really good if you have a case of the blahs in winter, too. Just peeling the fruit gives you a bit of a boost. I would say the oils released in the peels bouncing around in the air is enough to do it.

I did know about the diffuser v the oil burner. I have one lying around somewhere. I'll have to dig it out.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:28 AM
 
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Another thing that's fun for the kids - something we did when we were kids. I don't remember the recipe but it was probably just Bisquick biscuits:

Cut oranges in half, scoop out the fruit and loose membrane. Eat the fruit. Make the biscuit dough but instead of putting it on a pan, drop a spoonful into each half of scooped-out orange peel. No idea of the temperature for the oven or how long it needs to be, there has to be a recipe for this somewhere online. Then once it's cooked and out of the oven and cooled off enough to touch the peels, you can "pop" the biscuits right out.

You end up with orange-infused biscuits that you can serve with butter and honey and it's really awesome.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Thanks for all the info, AnonChick! Wow, the things you learn on here. I use tea tree oil to open up my sinuses. One whiff and whoo-wee!
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:06 PM
 
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Another thing that's fun for the kids - something we did when we were kids. I don't remember the recipe but it was probably just Bisquick biscuits:

Cut oranges in half, scoop out the fruit and loose membrane. Eat the fruit. Make the biscuit dough but instead of putting it on a pan, drop a spoonful into each half of scooped-out orange peel. No idea of the temperature for the oven or how long it needs to be, there has to be a recipe for this somewhere online. Then once it's cooked and out of the oven and cooled off enough to touch the peels, you can "pop" the biscuits right out.

You end up with orange-infused biscuits that you can serve with butter and honey and it's really awesome.
That sounds yummy. I couldn't find anything like that doing a search - found lots of recipes for adding grated orange peel to the recipe though.

I like anything with citrus. Love lemon bars. I make scones all the time - my favorites are either lemon/poppy seed or orange/cranberry. Key is adding the zest. So good.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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FOUND IT!

Orange Peel Campfire Muffin

(We made our dough from scratch, that's why I couldn't find a recipe. They don't DO that anymore <snort> - use a scone recipe, should cook up just about perfect)
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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FOUND IT!

Orange Peel Campfire Muffin

(We made our dough from scratch, that's why I couldn't find a recipe. They don't DO that anymore <snort> - use a scone recipe, should cook up just about perfect)
I book marked that for the next time we go camping. What a great idea. I'd rep you if I could
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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FINSTER: The system won't let me rep you right now but your zinger in the "double standards" thread was the post of the week!!
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:52 PM
 
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FINSTER: The system won't let me rep you right now but your zinger in the "double standards" thread was the post of the week!!
Aww, thanks.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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FINSTER: The system won't let me rep you right now but your zinger in the "double standards" thread was the post of the week!!
I saw this and had to had to look for the zinger. Sure enough that was HILARIOUS!
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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Okay - you made me go look! I hadn't been keeping up with that thread. Boy did I miss some drama. Wow.

Good grief - I can't believe some of your who live down in the same area as you know who held your tongue so well. I'm not sure I could have.

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