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movingboxdogWE’VE MOVED…The Blog, That Is, NOT The Store ūüôā

All new posts can now be found at our new blog address: http://ttandf.wordpress.com/.  See you there!

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Ever Have Trouble Staying Focused…?

dug dog squirrel“SQUIRREL!”

Several years ago, Disney/Pixar came out with the movie “Up”, and for may people (including myself), Dug the talking dog, and his hyper-attention to squirrels is one of the things that stood out the most. Probably because at some point, on some level, we can all relate. And if not us, then someone we know.

Maybe you skipped breakfast this morning, and you’re having a hard time engaging. Or, you didn’t get enough sleep last night, and you’ve had one too many cups of coffee to compensate for it (you know the effects – the constant jigs, the attention span of a gnat, a dozen different things running through your head at a time…). Maybe it’s your son or daughter, having trouble adjusting to the schedule and requirements of going back to school.

Or maybe it’s something more pervasive – like ADD or ADHD, for example. There are so many factors that play a part in finding solutions and relief, including: diet, sleep habits, discipline, medicine, environmental influences, stress, relationships, and others. Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years to help people successfully deal with these issues, some of the most popular ones being:

  • Frankincense, which is often used to help enhance memory, reduce mental fatigue, focus energy, and aid concentration;
  • Sandalwood, frequently used to aid in meditation and focus, affects emotional balance and the nervous sysem.
  • Roman Chamomile, which has a calming and relaxing influence, and is often used to help safely and effectively reduce irritability and nervousness in children, especially hyperactive children
  • Peppermint is known to energize and relieve mental fatigue, increase alertness, and improve concentration.

In Tune (by doTERRA), and Focus, & Grounding (by Native American Naturals) are all proprietary blends of essential oils, carefully selected for their ability to promote calmness, enhance focus, and support healthy thought processes. Many of the oils in these blends contain high levels of sesquiterpenes, which have demonstrated an ability to pass the blood-brain barrier to directly reach the cells of the brain.

doterra intuneNANFocusThese blends help people to:

  • Restore and Sustain Focus
  • Remain Calm
  • Stay on Task
  • Have Clarity
  • Maintain Alertness
  • Enjoy Clear Thoughts
  • Deal with Anxiety
  • Control Hyperactivity
  • Handle Stress

Easy to apply anywhere, anytime, and comes in a great little roller bottle that fits perfectly into a pocket or purse (and smells wonderful, too!). Safe for children as well as adults, these blends are¬†indispensable tools in your family’s essential oil natural healing kit!

To purchase these and other wonderful Essential Oils, come in to Trinity Tack & Feed today to pick up your bottle,  or go to our Website Product Page and click on the essential oils icon to order online and get it shipped directly to you!

And if you aren’t on our LR Program and would like to be, or for more information on how to take advantage of this great deal, call 816-809-1497, email us at family@trinitytackandfeed.com, or come in to Trinity Tack & Feed in Lee’s Summit, MO!


*NOTE: The advice shared in this site has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. As members offer or look for answers, kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – Essential oils are not used to “treat” medical problems.*
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Eucalyptus – An Oil of Many Talents

coughing womanmountain morning¬†Take A Deep Breath…

It’s a crisp, cool morning. ¬†You step outside, maybe with your cup of tea or coffee, ¬†wanting to inhale that pure, sweet air until you can almost taste it. ¬†You take a deep, soul cleansing breath…and you go on a coughing fit that spills your morning elixir of choice down your shirt, and reminds you why you’ve gotten so good at shallow breathing.

Sound familiar? ¬†Maybe it’s a cold that’s been stubbornly hanging on, refusing to let go of that last vestige of control. ¬†Maybe you’ve had a bout with bronchitis, or pneumonia, or emphysema. ¬†Or how about that asthma that springs up when you least expect it, or even that nasty flu bug that was going around, and seems to just…. linger?

doterra eucalyptus 3Eucalyptus¬†oil is often used as component in pharmaceutical preparations to relieve the symptoms of the flu¬†and colds.¬†¬†It has antibacterial¬†effects on pathogenic bacteria¬†in the respiratory tract¬†and is used frequently as a decongestant and treatment for bronchitis.¬†Eucalyptus oil also stimulates immune¬†response…and, on top of everything else, is great for inflammation!

It can be used by itself, or in combination with other oils – such as doTERRA’s Respiratory BlendBreathe, a proprietary combination of oils, specifically formulated to open and soothe the tissues in the respiratory system, and combat airborne bacteria and viruses.

Both oils can be diffused in a room, or inhaled, or applied topically on the chest, back, reflex points, and bottoms of your feet. ¬†Simple, effective, easy and natural, CTG Essential Oils ¬†are an indispensable part of your family’s natural health regimen!doterra eucalyptus 1

To order Eucalyptus¬†Oil from doTERRA’s main site, go HERE. ¬†Or go to www.trinitytackandfeed.com for contact information and store hours (we carry Eucalyptus), and learn about holistic health for your entire family!

*The advice shared in this site has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. As members offer or look for answers, kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance. ¬†Essential oils are not used to “treat” medical problems.*

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Oil Of The Month: Wild Orange “The Oil of Abundance”

ImageCheck out our oil of the month,¬†doTerra’s ¬†Wild Orange! ¬†One of the most popular, affordable and versatile oils, Wild Orange is known as the Oil of Abundance. ¬†“It inspires abundance, fosters creativity, supports a positive mood, restores physical energy and aids in transitions. ¬†Wild Orange also reconnects individuals with their inner child and brings spontaneity, fun, joy and play into one’s life.” (Emotions & Essential Oils Reference Guide)

Wild orange¬†is an unpretentious essential oil, used in aromatherapy to create the feeling of happiness and warmth, while calming nervous digestive problems. It’s uplifting, invigorating, disinfecting, and immune-boosting.¬†

– One of the most dynamic essential oil fragrances, its chemical constituents combine to give you proven ‘Anti’s’: anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-depressant anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic¬†properties.¬†

Common uses for wild orange oil: 
–¬†Wild orange¬†is one of the most powerful and aromatic of the essential oils. It is excellent for disinfecting and killing fungus and pathogens. It has very effective actions against colds and flu, and is highly recommended for use during their early stages.¬†
–¬†Wild orange¬†also supports the elimination toxins from the body, while stimulating the lymphatic system.¬†
–¬†Wild orange¬†can be both energizing and uplifting and sedative. It does this by instilling feelings of peace. It can be used in the treatment of anorexia.¬†
–¬†Wild orange’s main constituent, limonene, has powerful anti-cancer activity, suggesting that this oil might be effective as an anti-cancer agent.¬†
– Diffusing¬†wild orange¬†is very effective at killing pathogens in the air. It provides a very pleasant way to disinfect and kill bacteria, and assists with colds and flu. Diffusing wild orange can also be beneficial for nervous tension and stress, and is relaxing for children at bedtime. Diffuse in the car on long trips. It is very calming and uplifting, and relieves stress. Its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-pathogenic activity also enhances the enjoyment of travel. Put 1-2 drops of wild orange in drinking water. It’s a good diuretic, and is most useful in balancing water retention, and may be helpful with obesity. Its lymphatic-stimulant action further helps to balance water processes, as well as detoxification, aiding the immune system and general well-being.¬†
РBlended in to massage oil or added to a bath, wild orange assists with colds and flu, eliminates toxins from the body, boosts the lymphatic and immune system and helps ease nervous tension and stress. 
Wild orange¬†oil is certified GRAS by the FDA, and is safe for ingestion. Adding 1-2 drops of this oil to ¬ľ cut of water and drinking can be very helpful for acid reflux or heartburn. It has a powerful alkalizing effect on the system, making it very effective for many digestive issues.¬†
Mix with a carrier oil and massage on an infant’s tummy to sooth stomach ache.¬†
Add to furniture polish, to help protect furniture against damage from insects. 
Add several drops of¬†wild orange¬†oil to some water in a spray bottle, shake well, to disperse the oil, and spritz on bed sheets, drapes or upholstery (think Febreze¬ģ). May also be sprayed into the air as a fragrant, pathogen-killing air freshener for kitchens and bathrooms.¬†
Mix wild orange oil with water, to wipe down kitchen and bathroom surfaces. 


Wild Orange is on sale now at Trinity Tack & Feed

$6.95 for 5 ml

$14.00 for 15 ml

‚Äč‚ÄčThese statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


21 Fun Ways to Use doTERRA Oils!

Here are some great ideas and tips for ways to use the doTERRA essential oils. For everything from infant care to flea&tick removal, ways or stage your home to sell, or de-stress after a long day, doTERRA oils are incredibly versatile! Enjoy reading, and if you have any additional tips, I’d love for you to share!


1. For good smelling towels, sheets, clothes, etc. place a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying.

2. Add a few drops of essential oil to water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener.

3. For tired aching muscles or arthritis aches, mix 1 part Deep Blue oil to 4 parts Fractionated Coconut Oil and use as massage oil.

4. Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary or Lavender oil onto the back of your neck. 1 drop Peppermint oil diluted in 1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut oil rubbed on the back of the neck also helps to relieve headaches

5. Add 10 drops of essential oil (Lemon, Wild Orange, or Lavender are good ones) to a box of cornstarch or baking soda, mix very well, let set for a day or two and then sprinkle over the carpets on your home. Let set for an hour or more, and then vacuum.

6.To make a natural flea collar, saturate a short piece of cord or soft rope with Melaleuca oil or Terra Shield, roll up in a handkerchief and tie loosely around the animal’s neck.

7.Apply true Lavender oil or Melaleuca oil directly to cuts, scrapes or scratches. 1 or 2 drops will promote healing.

8. To lower fevers, simply rub Peppermint essential oil on the feet, neck, and forehead rather than use a product that is unpleasant or create side effects.

9.To dispel mosquitoes and other picnic pests, drop a few drops of Terra Shield on the melted wax of a candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q hot coals.

10. 1 drop of Lemon essential oil applied directly to a wart is an effective means of elimination. Apply the essential oil daily until the wart is gone.

11. Rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or studying.

12. Selling your home? Fragrance sells! Fill the kitchen area with the aroma of spices such as Clove, Lavender and Elevation by simmering them on the stove or in your diffuser. Geranium oil sprinkled throughout the home creates a warm, cheerful and inviting mood. Add Cinnamon oil to furniture polish and wipe down the wood.

13. Place 1 or 2 drops of sleep enhanced oils such as Lavender on your pillow before retiring for restful sleep.

14. For burns or scalds, drop Lemon or Melaleuca oil directly on the affected area.

15. Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil or DigestZen in 1/2 glass of water, sip slowly to aid digestion and relieve upset stomach.

16. Use 1 drop of Melaleuca or On Guard oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children.

17. Add 1 drop Geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.

18. Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

19. The blend of Lavender and Lemon oil is good for the office. Lavender creates a calm tranquil atmosphere while Lemon stimulates the senses and clears up stale air.

20. A blend of Geranium, Lavender and Wild Orange alleviates anxiety and depression. Use in a room diffuser or 6-8 drops of this blend in the bath.

21. A wonderful massage blend for babies is 1 drop Wild Orange, 1 drop Lavender, and 1 drop Geranium diluted in 2 Tablespoons Fractionated Coconut oil.

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Natural Insect Repellent

mosquitoUgh. We’ve only been snow-free for two weeks (thanks to that freak May snow storm we experienced at the beginning of the month), but it feels like the ticks, ants, mosquitoes, etc. are making up for lost time! So, I’m declaring a personal war on bugs. And in my arsenal? A variety of Essential Oils that are proven to repel those little biting things, as well as soothe the bites that are already there.
For years, I was one of those people who carried DEET around all summer long, just in case I was going to be spending some serious time outside with the local bug population. But, to perfectly honest, I hated the smell of the stuff, so I started looking for alternatives.

And I’m so glad I did!¬†A¬†study done by a Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist¬†recommends “caution when using the insecticide DEET, after his animal studies last year found the chemical causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use.
His numerous studies in rats, two of them published last year, clearly demonstrate that frequent and prolonged applications of DEET cause neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory and concentration. Moreover, rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse than control rats when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination. Such effects are consistent with physical symptoms in humans reported in the medical literature, especially by Persian Gulf War veterans, said Abou-Donia.
Children in particular are at risk for subtle brain changes caused by chemicals in the environment, because their skin more readily absorbs them, and chemicals more potently affect their developing nervous systems, said Abou-Donia.
“The take home message is to be safe and cautious when using insecticides,” said Abou-Donia. “Never use insect repellents on infants, and be wary of using them on children in general. Never combine insecticides with each other or use them with other medications. Even so simple a drug as an antihistamine could interact with DEET to cause toxic side effects. Don’t spray your yard for bugs and then take medications. Until we have more data on potential interactions in humans, safe is better than sorry.

So what are some safe, EFFECTIVE ways to repel bugs and treat thier bites?¬† DoTERRA Essential Oils have several blends and single oils that I’ve found work fabulously well (not to mention, smell incredible!) :

doterra insect repellentTerraShield essential oil blend contains 15 essential oils that have been proven to be more effective at repelling biting insects than synthetic repellents. A small amount of this blend will provide powerful coverage for up to 6 hours.  You can also diffuse it into the air or place a few drops on ribbons and strings, and place near air vents, windows, or openings where bugs might come in.

Also, melaleuca essential oil was found to be more effective than DEET at repelling head lice (Canyon et al. 2007), and Lavender essential oil is also an amazing natural protector.   It has been found to be comparable to DEET in its ability to repel ticks (Mkolo et al. 2007).  Lavender especially is also soothing to put on existing bites.

Lemongrass and Peppermint are also highly effective against insects ranging from chiggers to mosquitoes.

And as for potential side-effects?¬† Well,¬†Lavender has been used successfully for centuries to bring relief from anxiety and stress.¬† It’s great to apply right before bed for a relaxed nights sleep.

Melaleuca is a powerful cleanser and¬†has anti-bacterial properties.¬† Also great to¬†add to shampoos and conditioners to leave hair feeling clean and soft ūüôā

Peppermint is incredible at leaving you feeling cool and invigorated.  It also works really well when used with Lavender to calm headaches.

So, here’s to smelling good, staying healthy, and bug bite-free this summer!

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Update :)

KoalaGlory's pretty face So…guess what? I forgot I had a blogspot page! I guess that’s what happens when you don’t use it for 6+ months ūüôā
So welcome to what will be the new, more regularly updated Trinity Tack & Feed blog!

First off, let me introduce everybody to the Trinity Tack & Feed Mascots, Glory and Koala!

Glory is a 13 month old Great Pyrenees.¬† She loves people, especially ones who pay attention to her, her doggie friends, and Koala.¬† Her favorite activities are¬†playing in the snow, sneaking onto the couch when she thinks no one’s looking, playing with Koala, and running through downtown Lees Summit.

Koala is a 6 month(ish) old gray tabby kitten who was adopted through Furry Friends in last October.  He ADORES people, Blue Buffalo kitty treats, his kitty-cozy, anything that dangles, and Glory (particularly her tail).

Come in to Trinity Tack & Feed today and meet our mascots!

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