Clary Sage Essential Oil: Cramp Relief without Medication


If you are a female, I’m certain you know about cramps. But are you familiar with clary sage and how it is used for cramp relief without medication?

First, allow me to introduce you to clary sage.

Clary sage has been around for centuries. As a source of natural phytoestrogens, it stimulates the body to produce more hormones bringing around a balancing effect. (However, the presence of phytoestrogens makes it unsuitable for use during pregnancy)

Although it has a sharp scent, it actually has a quieting effect on the emotions and is said to bring clarity.

When used with massage, clary sage has been found to reduce abdominal cramps.

I decided to put a clary sage massage to the test. Could it really work to relieve cramps?

clary sage cramp relief

Cramp Relief without Medication

First, you need:

A 1/3 ounce roller ball bottle
Carrier oil such as avocado, jojoba or almond oil
clary sage essential oil (here’s where I get mine)

Fill your roller ball with the carrier oil. Add 4 drops of clary sage essential oil.

Lie on your back in a quiet place.

Start at the belly button and use the roller ball to draw several circles on your abdomen in a clockwise direction slowly moving out.

Set aside the roller ball bottle and continue to massage in a circular motion pressing down gently. Continue for one minute.

cramp relief without medication

THE VERDICT: This method absolutely worked for me. I tried to inhale deeply while massaging and applied pretty good pressure since that is what I found soothing.

And if you want a little something-something extra to help soothe your cramps, I’d suggest lying with a heating pad on your back at the same time.

This method does have it’s limitations. It’s not really practical for when cramps strike in the middle of work, or school, or Target, since there is no place to lie down and massage.

However, once you have performed the massage, the scent of the clary sage will still linger on your skin. The small whiffs that I inhaled throughout the day brought instant, calming relief. I kinda loved it.

Please try it for yourself. I’d love to hear your results.

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Tropical Traditions Essential Oils Review: Best New Source for Oils

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


In the Greenbacks Gal household, we use essential oils for multiple purposes. So I was delighted to do a Tropical Traditions essential oils review.

First, I love to simply diffuse essential oils. It is not unusually to walk into my home to catch the scent of lavender or bergamot or cloves and oranges (my favorite at the holidays!).

I use different combinations to bring about different moods. For example, I’ll diffuse a few drops of orange oil with a few drops of peppermint to create a stimulating and creative scent when working.

Second, I love to make essential oil remedies such as an all natural vapor rub or vapor shower disks.

Finally, cleaning is made so much more enjoyable when you use essential oils. I delight in cleaning my yoga mat because of the lovely scent.

Where to Buy Essential Oils?

In the past, I’ve just picked up the brand sold at my local natural grocers. But the more interested I become in aromatherapy, the more important it has become to purchase quality essential oils.

And of course I care about organic options too!

That’s why I’m delighted Tropical Traditions has started carrying essential oils.

I have long trusted Tropical Traditions as the best place to get virgin coconut oil.

So I’m thrilled to announce that Tropical Traditions has started selling Florihana essential oils from France. These oils are 100% pure, 100% natural and the majority are 100% certified Organic: CEE by Ecocert and NOP-JAS by Control Union BV.

Why Florihana Essential Oils?

Florihana is world-renown for their unique low-heat proprietary distillation process. It is a highly innovative technology called “flash detente”, developed and perfected in its own laboratory. This process is unique in the world of aromatherapy. 

The distillation process is key to preserving as much of the essence of the original plant source as possible.

In addition, detailed labeling on each bottle helps  with complete traceability of each batch.

The bottle of clary sage that I received came with it’s own canister to keep it out of the light (a total plus in my book), had a great aroma (the whole reason for buying it!) and had an easy to control dropper top. I put it to use right away to try to relieve cramps without medication.


In addition to getting high quality essential oils, these oils are priced right! Many can be purchased for under $5!!!! And, as I mentioned, they come with an awesome metal canister for protecting your oils from the light that degrades them. Make sure to check out the whole selection so you can see the awesome pricing for yourself.

How do you use essential oils? 

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

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21 Upcycled Jeans DIY Projects To Make This Summer

Upcycled Jeans Projects

It’s the end of the school year, and in our house, we are cleaning out closets and figuring out what still fits and what doesn’t.

What I’ve found is we own a lot of jeans with holes and tears.

And not the chic kind.

I thought it would be fun to roundup some of the cute upcycled jeans projects that can be made with an old pair of worn jeans.

Clean out the closets, create something new and give the kids a fun craft project to do over the summer. Win-win-WIN!

Upcycled Jeans Projects collage

  1. Upcycled Jeans Toy Storage Bag from Handmade by Meg K
  2. No Sew Jeans Pocket Garland from Dukes and Duchesses
  3. Denim Fabric Baskets from Threading My Way
  4. Jeans Pocket Purses from Nebraska Views
  5. Jeans Desk Chair Makeover from One Creative Mommy
  6. Denim Coasters from Northern Cheapskate
  7. Jeans Wristlet from Green Issues by Agy
  8. Denim Placemats – from Living Well Spending Less
  9. Denim Corsage from Somewhat Simple
  10. Denim Pocket Purse from Laura Kelly Designs Blog
  11. Demin Journal from Life Made Creations
  12. Jeans Apron from Life Made Creations
  13. Jean Seam Wreath from Restyled Junk
  14. Denim Wreath from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  15. Belt Loop Bobbi Pins from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  16. Christmas Tree Skirt from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  17. Upcycled Jeans Christmas Stocking from Nebraska Views
  18. Denim Camera Strap from Oh Hi DIY
  19. Denim Purse from Somewhat Simple
  20. Flirty Denim Skirt from Somewhat Simple

What is your favorite upcycled jeans DIY project?

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All Natural Way to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dogs!

Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dogs

Why are we discussing the all natural way to get rid of skunk smell on dogs?

Has this ever happened to you?

The other night my dog would not come in from his evening constitutional.

I waited to hear his bark at the garage door.

And I waited. And I waited.

Finally, I headed to the door.

When I opened it, I got a whiff of that very distinct odor – Eau de SKUNK!

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you know your whole evening has been ruined? I had that one.

But there is a happy ending to this story. I lucked out. He was the not the victim of the skunk spray….this time. However, I was left wondering if a neighboring dog was the unlucky one.

If you live anywhere in the country where there are skunks, I’d advise you to print out this recipe for getting rid of skunk smell on your dog. Then gather up all the ingredients and have them on hand someplace handy.

All Natural Get Rid of Skunk Smell

I can’t take that pit in your stomach away, but I can give you an all natural way to get rid of the skunk smell that really works.

All Natural Way to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dogs!


  • 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Castile soap


  1. Mix all ingredients together. The mixture will be bubbly. This means it is active and must be used right away while it is still active.
  2. It is preferable to wash your dog outside. Wear gloves.
  3. Don't wet the dog first. Pour the mixture over the dry dog, being careful not to get any inthe animal's eyes. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse. If smell persists, repeat.
  5. This solution also works on clothes if you find the smell has transferred.
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GMO Free Candy List for Easter

gmo-free candy list

Looking for Easter treats that you can feel good about giving this year? This GMO free candy list will leave both you and your kiddos happy this Easter!

Not only are these products GMO free, they all come with high ratings for taste!


Unreal Chocolate

Unreal Chocolate is an attempt to “unjunk” our junk food. Unreal uses grass-fed dairy in it’s products and does not contain corn syrup or artificial ingredients. That includes no artificial colorings! On top of that, they average 40% less sugar than mainstream brands. If you read the reviews, these chocolate treats get high ratings!


Enjoy Life

If you have kiddos with food allergies, Enjoy Life chocolate bars can be a lifesaver! These candy bars are not only GMO free, but they are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, egg, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, sesame, and soy!


Surf Sweet

What is Easter without jelly beans? Surf Sweet jelly beans use only 100% natural ingredients. They also contain some fruit juice and 100% of your daily vitamin C.


Glee Gum

I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love chewing gum! Glee Gum is GMO free and has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. It also uses fair trade sugar cane.

While these GMO free candies can all be found in your health food store, sometimes it is just easier to have them arrive right on your doorstep. All of these can be ordered from Vitacost. And when you shop through this link, you can save $10 off your $30 order!

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Eco Friendly Household Cleaning Products You Can Buy at the Dollar Store

Eco Friendly Cleaning Products You Can Buy at the Dollar Store

Do you think it is expensive to purchase eco friendly household cleaning products?

I recently went to my local dollar store and found you can buy all sorts of eco friendly household cleaning products for just a dollar!

1. Vinegar- The dollar store sells 32 ounce bottles of vinegar. Vinegar is an awesome eco friendly cleaner. If you’ve never used it before, I recommend it for cleaning pots and pans, cleaning toilets, and for cleaning your outdoor living spaces.

2. Baking Soda – At my dollar store, boxes of baking soda were actually priced at only $0.59! Baking soda is another eco friendly cleaner that can be used in so many different ways. Make an all purpose scrub, or make a non-toxic carpet deodorizer.

3. Rags - Ditch the paper towel habit and pick up a stack of rags at the dollar store. My favorite rags are by Scotch Brite and are called Ultra Absorbent Shammy Towels. These suckers can sop up a spill in no time. Toss them in the wash, and they are ready for your next big spill. If you can find these at your dollar store, I highly recommend them.

4. Clothesline - Pick up a clothesline for just a buck and dry your clothes the eco friendly way. With spring here, a clothesline turns into a solar powered, inexpensive, ultra easy way to dry your clothes.

5. Wooden Clothes Pins -  If you invest in a clothesline, you’ll need clothes pins. The dollar store has a bag for just a dollar that will help you get started. Not to mention, clothes pins are handy to have around the house for organization.

6. Scrub Brushes - Replace your sponges with scrub brushes. The dollar store has a large assortment from which to pick. Scrub brushes are excellent for dish doing, tub scrubbing, grout cleaning, carpet stain removal, and patio stain removal.

What eco friendly household cleaning products have you found at your dollar store?

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DIY: How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

If you have dull hair that lacks shine, I have a one-step remedy to get shiny hair naturally.

With three females in this house, we do lots of girly stuff. Hair, nails, scrubs…girly stuff.

Hair is big in our house. Styling, braiding, curling, crimping…All of which take time and effort.

Luckily, shiny hair is easy. Keeping our hair healthy results in shiny hair with virtually no effort.

No need to buy expensive products. The ingredient you need is in your pantry right now.

Apple cider vinegar.

Did you know apple cider vinegar works as a natural hair detangler? It also works to seal the hair cuticle, which makes your hair healthy and shiny naturally.

If you aren’t using apple cider vinegar on your hair yet, I encourage you to give it a go. The results are well worth it!

I’ve got two different methods for getting shiny hair naturally. Each of them work, it’s really just a matter of how much time you have. Method 1 requires you to plan a chunk of time prior to showering so the apple cider vinegar can soak into the hair.

If you don’t have that kind of time, Method 2 works just as well. It’s up to you!

How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

You need:

1 spray bottle
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water

Mix the water and vinegar together in the spray bottle.

Method #1:
1. Spray onto dry hair focusing on the ends.

2. Allow to sit on the hair 10 to 15 minutes. Get in the shower and shower as usual.

Method #2:

1. Take the spray bottle with the water and apple cider vinegar and bring it into the shower with you.

2. Wash your hair in the shower as usual.

3. Use the spray instead of conditioner. Spray it all over your hair. Leave it several minutes before rinsing out.

Note: Do not condition. The apple cider vinegar acts as a natural conditioner.

That’s it! That is all you need to do to get shiny hair naturally.

Have you used apple cider vinegar on your hair before? What were the results for you?

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