Planter Fasciitis and Essential Oils – Do They Really Work?

I’m going to be completely honest and say I have always been skeptical of essential oils. I’ve heard all sorts of miraculous stories of sniffing some kind of oil healing people of anything from runny noses to cancer.

But, now I know that there really is something to them. When used properly, with the purest oils you can get your hands on, they really can help your body heal itself.

Our Story (Planter Fasciitis)

My husband had been having foot pain for months and we never could figure out what it was. That was until I spoke to a friend who was having the exact same symptoms and she had been officially diagnosed with planter fasciitis.

We finally had our answer… but after researching we realized that not much could be done to completely take the pain away. Everything suggested was to minimize the pain or get rid of it temporarily.

I was discouraged and my husband, understandably, was more so discouraged. We pretty much felt like he would have this pain for the rest of his life…

That is until, I met a wonderful lady who was a nurse for many years and had decided to persue a career in natural medicine. We told her about Jason’s (my husband) foot pain and she was quick to respond with these 3 essential oils: Panaway, Raven & Copiava.

So, that’s where our oily adventure began. (There’s so much more to this story that I will have to share at a later time. Jason was having other health concerns that we are now beginning to really see some benefits of using oils for.)

I ordered a starter kit from Young Living which had 2 of the oils she had suggested: Panaway & Raven.

I decided to try the two by adding many drops of each into a roller bottle of olive oil and began rubbing the mixture onto his foot every evening before bed. It was such a simple thing to try and it had a huge result.

After almost a year of daily foot pain, within 2 weeks of using essential oils, he was completely pain free! That has been over a month ago and he is still doing great! I no longer feel the need to rub oil on his feet, although I still do every once in a while just because I know there are many other health benefits to these oils.

Now essential oils are a part of my daily life. I am just so excited to share my husbands testimony along with everything else I have been learning.

My pregnancy also brings me to rely on oils a lot for aches and pains. And I hope to be sharing that information very soon!

If you or someone you know struggles with Planter Fasciitis, please share this story with them. It just might change their life!

Plant a Beautiful Word Garden

“Words are seeds they do more than blow around
they land in our hearts and not on the ground
be careful what you plant and be careful what you say
You might have to eat what you planted one day.”

▶You never know what your words can do for others. The words we plant into someone’s life are more important than we probably realize.
They can grow into something beautiful… Giving someone confidence, the feeling of love or happiness or hope.

▶Or the words we plant in others can grow into something like a briar. Briars are a tangled mass of thorned plants that spread rapibly and wined through the branches of any tree nearby in a confusing and complex mess. Just like bitterness, depression and fear…
These things can consume a person to the point where they cannot function properly.

▶The Bible says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.”What we say really can make all the difference in someones life, good or bad, life or death.
I fear that I have not always been so careful with my words.I know that I have planted words that weren’t so kind in others, especially the ones I love.

▶I’m sure we are all guilty of planting a few briars… but we don’t have to keep planting the same negative seeds…
We can plant something beautiful in others and even in our own lives as well.
The words we speak to ourselves are just as important.

▶Let’s plant a beautiful garden today of uplifting, encouraging and lovely words and see how much it can transform others!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:31

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Bread Can Predict the Weather

What did one slice of bread say to another after a long day?

Don’t worry—tomorrow will be butter.

🍞 Did you know that bread can predict the weather?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Well, at least that’s what these old wives tales claim 😄⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
▶To take the last piece of bread on a plate foretells rain.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
▶ If you drop a piece of buttered bread upside down on the floor, it will soon rain.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
▶ If, handling a loaf of bread, it breaks into two parts, it’ll rain all week.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Not sure if any of this is true or not but I will pay closer attention the next time I take the last slice of bread or drop a piece on the floor.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There really is something about rain and bread though. If I ever make a loaf when it’s raining, or about to rain, the bread never turns out right.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve heard other homemakers say the same thing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, there really may be some truth to these weather predictions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On a side note: I learned something about homemade bread that I didn’t know until yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
▶You should always wait until the bread has cooled before cutting it. This will ensure a much more moist bread.⠀⠀⠀⠀

That really explains why the loaf of bread I had made the other day (pictured) dried out and got crumbly. I cut into it as soon as I pulled it from the oven. I was too impatient and was wanting a nibble.⠀⠀
From now on I will resist my impatient impulses and wait for the bread to cool. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do any of you ladies have any interesting information regarding bread?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If so, I would love to learn more from you!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Please share your wisdom ❤⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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9 Ways to Use Egg Shells

Eggs have more uses than just cooking and eating. In fact, their egg shells can be quite useful around the house too🐥⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Feed them to your chickens

Roughly crush them and feed them back to your chickens. It will give them an extra boost of calcium and make for healthier eggs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

2. Feed them to your garden

Finely crush them and sprinkle in your garden bed. Plants will love the calcium. This also prevents blossom end rot on tomatoes (I have tried this first hand and know it works).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

3. Use them as seedling starters

Fill half a shell with dirt, plant your seed and place back in the carton to hold them upright.

4. Keep away snails

Roughly crush shells and place around plants to deter snails and slugs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5. Make toothpaste with them

Make a toothpaste powder with your shells to have a more organic and healthier toothpaste. Egg shells have many minerals our enamel needs to be strong. Studies have shown that using eggshells on your teeth remineralizes our enamel & can possibly REVERSE tooth decay!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

6. Clean your pots and pans

Use crushed egg shells to scrub hard to clean pots and pans.⠀⠀

7. Boost your calcium

Eat them! Crush them up and place into a capsule or put in smoothies. This is only best for those who may be low on calcium. Half an eggshell a day covers your basic calcium needs.

8. Use them in your beauty routine

Make a face mask using finely crushed egg shells and one egg yolk mixed together and apply to your face. Once it has dried wash with cold water. This treatment will nourish and tighten your skin.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

9. Make Chalk for your kids

Crush dried egg shells to dust. Add 2 tsps flour and hot water (enough to make a stiff paste) and add food coloring. Roll up in a paper towel to shape the “dough” into desired thickness. Unroll and allow to sit and dry for a few days. Then create a sidewalk masterpiece with your egg chalk.

So, the next time you bake a cake or fry up some scrambled eggs, hang onto those shells and utilize them. It’s amazing what we can do with items we would normally throw away.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

chickeneggs #fresheggs #fresheggsdaily #farmfresh #homestead #hobbyfarmer #cottage #eggphotography #poultryofinstagram #hobbyfarmlife #crushedeggshells #diy #egghacks #chickenfarmer #backyardchickens #americana #chickensofinstagram #eggs #eggenvy #homesteading #allotment #aneggaday #eggfacts #organic⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Fun Lemon Printables for the Home

I hope you enjoyed this weeks lemon themed cleaning hacks! I’m ending our week with something fun. Type in your email below to get 4 free lemon themed printables!

Also, for those of you who follow Home Sweet Cottage on facebook and instagram: I had some great “When life gives you lemons” quotes but one I loved the most! I loved it so much in fact that I made it into a printable (available below) and will also be posting it to facebook!

Thanks to @julielouisy on instagram! Such a lovely quote! 💕


Have a SWEET weekend!

Much Love!

~Hollie Yang

20 Uses for Lemons in Your Home Cleaning Routine

Like the homemaker, from 2 posts ago, who was all out of cleaning supplies, she used what she had on hand, lemons and vinegar. However, her cleaning product took atleast 2 weeks to make. So, if you’re needing something to clean your home right away, you can use nothing more than a cut lemon.

Lemons are antibacterial and can inactivate bacteria, even the ones that cause Salmonella and E. Coli.

The Lemons acidity neutralizes odors, whether in the air, on your sofa or in the trash.

Lemons contain D-Limonene which is a powerful degreaser and solvent.

AND its acidity can remove stains of all types from many different surfaces.

So, it is safe to say that lemons really are a great option for cleaning. Not to mention it is a much more natural alternative than your typical store bought cleaners.

So, curious to know how you can use lemons in your daily cleaning routine? Then, let’s begin.


1. GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Remove that nasty stinch from your garbage disposal by dropping in a slice of lemon.

2. AIR: If your home is smelly, but not sure where it’s coming from, simply boil lemon peels to get the fragrance into the air.

3. HANDS: Strong food smells on your hand? (such as garlic, fish etc.) Rub your hands with a slice of lemon.

4. FRIDGE: Absorb nasty fridge odors by cutting up a lemon in small pieces, place on a small shallow plate, sprinkle with salt and put in your fridge.


5. MICROWAVE: Clean your microwave without scrubbing by cutting a lemon in half, squeeze into a microwave safe cup of water (about 1/2 cup of water) drop i. both halves into the cup and microwave on high for about 3 min. Do not open the door for another 5 min. After time has passed, open and wipe down all areas. If there is hard to remove crust use the half lemon, sprinkled with salt, to remove.

6. CUTTING BOARD: Clean your cutting boards by sprinkling kosher salt onto the board and scrubbing with half a lemon. It will remove stains and odors.

7. BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTERS: Use the same method as with your cutting boards. It works great!

8. FAUCETS: Remove faucet stains by rubbing them with half a lemon.

9. DISHWASHER: Toss a lemon rind into the silverware compartment to clean and freahen up your washer. Plus it will make the kitchen smell wonderful!

10. DISHES: Hard stuck-on foods? Use a cut half of a lemon dipped in salt and scrub away.

11. KNIVES: Use lemon juice and a sponge to get rid of rust on your kitchen knives.


12. TUB & TILE: Clean soap scum off of your tub and tile by scrubbing it with a half cut of a lemon.

13. TOILET: Make your own easy toilet tablets (recipe here) with lemon juice.


14. BLEACH ALTERNATIVE: Lemon is a great alternative to bleach and is also safe to use with colors as well. Pooring one cup of lemon juice into the wash with your regular detergent, is a great way to help remove stains and smells much better than bleach as well.

15: RUST STAINS: Boil some water in a kettle. Poor lemon juice on the stained fabric and carefully hold over the steam for a few minutes. Wash as usual.

16: JUICE STAINS: Soak stain in a mixture of 1/3 cup lemon juice & 2/3 cup water and wash as usual.

17. MILDEW STAINS: Make a mixture of salt and lemon juice to create a paste. Spread over the stain and place in the sun to dry. Then wash as usual, preferably hot water.

18. LEATHER: Dampen a cloth with lemon juice and use to wipe down leather shoes, jackets, etc. to clean and shine……


19. ANTS: Sprinkle lemon juice along ant routes and around baseboards to keep them away without using dangerous chemicals.

20. MOTHS: Place dried lemon peels where you want to repel moths such as your closets.

I believe we can all agree that lemons are an amazing versatile fruit created by an Amazing Creator!

I hope you get a chance to try out this powerful cleaning fruit in your daily cleaning routine and let me know how it goes!

Much love,

– Hollie Yang

Homemade Toilet Tablets with Lemon

Today is the continuation of our lemon themed cleaning hacks! I used lemon juice in these easy homemade toilet tablets and I am now going to try to keep these on hand at all times.

These are some great little cleaners and so simple to make. Not to mention there are no harsh chemicals or odors to worry about.

1 cup Baking soda
4 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 & 1/2 tsp Vinegar
1 Tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide

You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

(Makes Approx. 30 tablets)

1. Stir all ingredients together.

NOTE: Be careful when adding the liquids to the baking soda. Add together slowly so the reaction will not be as messy.

2. Spoon out using a tsp. You may need to roll the scooped mixture between your hands to make sure it sticks together well and form into balls.

3. Let the tablet dry over night.

4. Place carefully, so as not to cause any crumbling of the tablets, into a glass jar. Store near the toilet.

*Use once a week to prevent any grime build-up*

For best results: Let your tablet sit in the bowl throughout the night before flushing or scrubbing.

I’ve already used mine a couple times and they did a wonderful job. You can tell by the photo above that my bowl desperately needed a good cleaning and it did a great job.

I hope you get a chance to try these tablets out and let me know how they worked for you! Also, I hope you try the All-Purpose Lemon Cleaner as well!

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner (with only 2 ingredients)

The homemaker scanned her living room and shook her head. Dust seemed to adorn every crevice.

She entered the kitchen with a judgemental eye and tsked. Splattered pancake batter now caked to the counter, the oven was a crusty mess and the once white sink was now all stained.

Next, came the powder room, she winced at the unsightly sink and counter, the build up of soap scum on her tub and the ringed toilet bowl… Oh how horrid her house was.

No matter, she thought, I will just need to clean everything.

The mere thought of a clean house excited her. There’s just something about a tidy home that filled her heart with warmth.

That’s when she realized she was completely out of cleaning supplies. She had used the last of her All-Purpose cleaner a week ago and forgot to pick up more on her last round to the store.

With the kitchen counters covered in sticky unknown substances and the oven crusted over with goo, there was just no way a water soaked rag would get the job done.

She slumped on the couch and pondered a trip to the store. She glanced out the window at her children who were playing merrily in their sand box outside. They would most definitely need a good cleaning, a new change of clothes and their hair all fixed.

Standing to retreive their clean clothes from their bedrooms, she noticed the pile of lemons on the counter she had purchased earlier in the week, for a dessert she was planning to make.

That’s when she remembered the lemon cleaner she had started. The mixture now sat in the dark pantry.

Could it now be ready? she pondered, as she changed her direction to the pantry door.

The large glass of lemon peels and vinegar sat at the far end of the narrow room. She headed straight for it and read the date on the label.

She smiled. She wouldn’t have to head to the store afterall. She had her homemade cleaner to try out. And so she began her work.

By the end of her cleaning spree the house smelled of citrus and felt so much more clean.

Scanning the rooms with much pleasure, the thought occurred to her, she should make this cleaner to have on hand all the time. What’s the point of buying from the store when she can make her own that’s so much more healthy for her family. Not to mention budget friendly.

Yes, that is what I will do. She smiled as she began to prepare her lemon dessert, making sure to start a new collection of lemon peels in a new jar.

When life gives you lemons, clean something.” -Hollie Yang


– Lemon peels (or any citrus peels)

– Vinegar

1. Fill a large Mason jar atleast half full of lemon peels. (this could take a week or two)

2. Poor in vinegar til it just covers the peels.

3. Cover with the lid and set the mixture aside for 2+ weeks.

4. Strain out the peels and poor the liquid into a recycled clean spray bottle and use as any other All-Purpose Cleaner.

I hope you enjoyed today’s read and get the opportunity to try out this awesome cleaner!

Much love,

Hollie Yang

FREE Printable – “Confession” Wall Decor

If you are anything like me, a full time homemaker, you probably run into the “not in the mood to do anything” blues. So, I am here to help you with that by sharing this great old poem I found.

I read this just about every day to give myself a type of pep-talk and it really does help! Maybe it will help you too!

And, even if it doesn’t encourage you to go sweep the floor or clean the dishes, at least you will have something pretty to admire on your fridge or wall ❤

Stay motivated ladies!

The first pdf download is just the plain poem for those who want to do something artsy with it.

With mine, I cut most of the paper away to leave a skinny strip, just wide enough for the poem.

Then, I used a lighter to burn the edges… carefully.

To finish it off, I used a tea bag that had steaped in hot water to dab on some tea to give it and old appearance.

After letting it dry and crumbling it up and smoothing it out, I placed it on some old style newspaper paper.

I had this great picture frame I had on hand and put it in and hung it on the kitchen wall.

I am so pleased with the vintage look that I can’t help but be drawn to it and read it often.

The second pdf is one that I jazzed up with some floral for those of you who want to skip the arts and crafts and get an instant, ready to hang, daily encouragement.

Plain Printable PDF

Floral Printable PDF

Healthy Old-Fashioned Granola Recipe (Free Printable) A Homemaker in the Kitchen

“He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread” Proverbs 12:11

The unsatisfied homemaker, flips through her cook books, searching for something new. She is tired of always preparing the same foods for her husband and children. She knows they would like something different too.

She has been blessed with a kitchen and all the things a successful baker would need to provide delicious cuisine. So it would be a shame not to take full advantage of her blessings to create a special treat for her family from time to time.

“Healthy” is always on the homemakers mind when giving something to her household to eat. She searches for something wholesome, sweet but not too much sugar; something she will be pleased with, for her children to eat.

She comes across the perfect snack recipe and then sets to work. Adorned in her worn, old apron, she heads to the pantry to shop for the ingredients the recipe requires.

About an hour later a delicious aroma floods the home. The children all gather to the kitchen as they watch the homemaker pull her confection from the oven. How warm and delighted they all feel to have a homemade snack for them all to enjoy.

Once her baked goods have cooled, the homemaker serves everyone a portion and watches with anticipation. She sees a few of her childrens eyes light-up in delight. She beams as she serves herself a piece.

Now, the homemaker is satisfied.

“Never be afraid to try new things, and make some mistakes, it’s all part of life and learning.” — Unknown

I cannot guarantee that your family will enjoy this recipe as much as the homemaker’s did, especially for the picky eaters who don’t care for nuts. However, this granola is so super easy to tweek and make your own. You can simply add in or take away. Use the creativity God has blessed you with to experiment and try new things.



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2-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or more if you love cinnamon like I do)
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup honey
1 cup dried fruits (cranberries, raisins, cherries etc.)

  1. Preheat oven to 320 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the oats, almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt in
    a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together the honey and oil & Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients & combine.
    Spread the granola into the baking sheet & bake for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Stir & re-spread a few times during baking until the entire mixture is golden brown. (careful
    not to burn)
  5. Stir in the dried fruits. Then spread the mixture evenly & let cool to room temperature.
  6. Break up the granola & store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy as a snack, in
    cereal, greek yogurt or by itself. Good for 2 weeks.

I hope you were encouraged by todays read to get into your kitchen and try something new for your family and yourself. Be mindful of how truely blessed you are, with what you have been given and be most thankful.

Much Love,

Hollie Yang

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