Gurunanda – my experience

Years ago, I signed up with Young Living just to get the starter package. I loved the lemon oil and reordered that one. Then I started to use it sparingly because they are expensive. I had to evaluate my sore throats. “Is this bad enough to use my lemon oil?”

I debated trying cheaper oils. But what about quality? Looking at Gurunanda, I found that they tested every batch of oil. I was impressed that they sourced directly from farms. With lemon oil costing only $7.99, it’s worth a shot. I tried it in my tea and water like I was accustomed to using my Young Living Oil. It is wonderful! Soothes my sore throat at only a fraction of the cost.

We adopted a dog from the shelter. We fell in love with her. Then they told us she was heartworm positive. Ugh! Couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her to bear her lot in life without treatment. After she was spayed, we brought her home to find she had kennel cough as well. I began diffusing frankincense to help boost her immune system. I finally finished off my sparingly used Young Living oil. I ordered the frankinscense from Gurunanda and decided to try the oregano I had wanted to try for a while. A diffuser with two oils was marked down from near $50 to only $10 and that put my total to just over $25 which qualified me for free shipping. Not only are the oils cheaper but come in a bottle that is .5 oz. That is much larger than Young Living.

My apologies to my Young Living and doTerra friends, but Gurunanda makes natural living so much more doable. Gurunanda has not asked for my opinion nor have I received any compensation or product for this review. It is my unadulterated opinion that Gurunanda offers a spectacular product at the best prices.

Zero waste – Bar shampoo

Love this old saying

Use it up, wear it out

Make it do or do without.

I have had a time with my scalp. Tried so many dandruff and medicated shampoos. I was to the point where if I used anything but Head and Shoulders then my scalp would be a dry, flaky mess in a week.

I tried making my own shampoo. I added tea tree oil. It helped but gradually got back to needing medicated shampoo. Maybe I just didn’t use enough tea tree oil.

I had wanted to try bar shampoo after hearing some reviews from Trash is for Tossers and was thrilled to find a shampoo bar by J. R. Liggett’s with tea tree and hemp oil at my local health food store.

I have used it for about two weeks now. I feel like my scalp is actually healing from all the shampoo chemicals of the past. Two thumbs up!! Yay for zero waste! I put the wrapper in my compost.

I use a small jar to hold my shampoo bar between showers to keep it from washing away in other family members’ showers.

I like how much lighter my hair feels. I don’t believe I could ever go back to the weighted feeling of conventional shampoos. Not to mention all the plastic waste! What an easy way to help save the planet!


I had emptied my worm farm freezer that I thought the ants had destroyed. In the bottom, I found healthy worms and black soil. They survived!!!

So I began filling it back up with lawn clippings and household compostables. It’s full!

My Aldi’s compost bin is full too. What do I do with my compost? I really want a chicken run that I can toss the kitchen scraps and let them eat or scratch it into garden soil.

My garden beds had become seriously weedy. To the point that weeds outnumber the garden plants and it’s debatable whether we should weed it or just mow and start over. My perfectionist mind was waiting for a chunk of time when I could do the whole job. Then I got a brilliant idea. Let the problem be the solution!

I started right outside my kitchen door. I dug down with a shovel and dumped all the kitchen scraps.

I pull the weeds and crumbled the soil over the compost. Then I planted lettuce.

About a week later, I planted carrots beside the awesome stand of lettuce.

Then I planted kale on the other side of the patio.

Then radishes. Then beets. For 20 minutes once or twice a week, I am composting, weeding and planting. I am transforming my space into a fabulous cottage garden. This is doable. This is progress. This may be the best gardening habit ever!!

I asked my boys to bury the canteloupe and watermelon rinds in their garden beds.

David has a jim-dandy canteloupe. It might be too late to make fruit but it’s still pretty neat. Yes, you may get volunteers by burying compost in your garden. But I LOVE volunteers. It’s like Nature’s way of saying, “Good job! Here’s a bonus!”

How is your garden? Still producing like a champ? Gearing up for fall vegetables?

Have a blessed season!