As the seasons changed,
so did we,
our tastes were never the same,
we looked at things differently.

Parenting has changed too,
while we crave to bear children,
we detest nurturing them,
they have become a burden,
so much so,
we have delegated others to bear the burden,
to instil virtues in them,
as though they know what suits us

And yet we complain,
“what has become of these children?”
so we ask
why don’t we ask us what has become of us?
we care less yet want a lot,
why would we expect our children to be any different?

As the sun shines once again,
allow self to change for better,
get back to the basics,
to save the generations ahead.

Happy Parenting

Thank you, Priceless Joy, for this Prompt






The Christmas feel is,

Unique with every passing year,

is my look to life

Haiku Poetry- Feel, Space



“Will you have a lemon tart or fish?” she asked the children. However, none paid her any attention. Raising her voice a notch higher, she asked again. But with all the fun they were having, not even the sweet aroma from the kitchen moved them.

Serving them anyway, she placed their plates on the table and called them over again. With the cartoon episode done, their ears were ready for what she had to say.  Like hungry lions they ran to the table. Without saying The Grace, they drove into whatever was before them. Hiding her smile, she asked them why they were not one bit thankful for what they wee filling their stomachs with.

“Oh,sorry Ma,” they said, trying to hide the fact that they were caught in the act. Praying eloquently though hurriedly, they resumed their lunch.

With the loss of their father, seeing these two little children was a balm to the wound that she felt every day. Theresa thrived because Sammie and Duncan did.  They were her joy and she lived for them.

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The flames of life engulfed all you had stored up. Nothing remained, as nothing warned you of the impending dangers. So you look and ask self, “What happened to the lofty standards I beheld? I am worse than the homeless guy out there.”

With no regard for human life, you have no soul to empty your miseries upon. No one cares because you gave no one a chance. They all seemed like stepping stones other than colleagues.

Now the times bite. You wish you had died the day your son passed on. Sadly, you are here, here to dance to all the ugly tunes you unconsciously produced. The lyrics and tunes are bitter, but there is no way out.

I hope, really hope, that you will pick a leaf from it all. That unlike in the past, you will turn the corner for better.

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The medicines on several counters are filled with filth because instead of curing diseases, they make our health worse. We are filled with a lot of uncertainty as to whether we will get better by taking those drugs or not.

Therefore, instead of worrying, we need to make radical changes regarding how we treat our bodies. Rather than fill them with filthy medicines, let us go natural.

Yesterday, we talked about medicinal herbs we need to grow in our homes. Today, I add essential oils to the list of natural remedies.

A mixture of herbs and essential oils is a sure way to keep your family and surroundings healthy and great for you.

Here are some essential oils you may want to have in close reach;

Common Essential Oils 

Tea tree essential oil


This is a great oil but should never be taken internally. It is also not suitable for small babies or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


  • treats toenail fungus, dandruff, boils, warts, insect bites, and head lice
  • fights vaginal infections
  • clears chest congestion
  • eliminates body odour
  • improves oral health
  • it is an effective insect repellent

If your skin is not sensitive, you can dampen a cotton swab, add a drop of the oil then rub it on the affected area.

Rosemary essential oil


It has got a strong, fresh, camphor-like aroma mainly used for cosmetic and house cleaning uses. However, it is not suitable for pregnant women, for people suffering from epilepsy and hypertension and for anyone taking homoeopathic medicines.


  • used for aromatherapy as it boosts memory, deals with mood swings, and several psychological issues
  • it is a potent antioxidant
  • antiseptic hence support oral health. Add 2-3 drops of rosemary oil to a glass of lukewarm water to use it as a mouthwash.
  • has got anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve respiratory problems
  • reduces muscle pain
  • soothes digestive uses
  • fights vaginal infections
  • reduces headaches
  • treats coughs
  • stimulates hair follicles and boosts hair growth. Add 2-3 drops of rosemary oil to a carrier oil then massage your hair and scalp.

Rosemary essential oil is a strong oil. Therefore, using it alongside a carrier oil is a great idea.

Peppermint essential oil


It has got a strong, penetrating menthol aroma with a sweet undertone. It possesses anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic and expectorant properties hence providing many health benefits.


  • relieves stomachaches
  • treats digestive issues and heartburn
  • cures bad breath
  • relieves headaches. Rub 2-3 drops of the oil on your forehead and temples for relief.
  • improves mental health
  • treats respiratory problems
  • helps to reduce anger
  • eases depression
  • combats fatigue, stress and anxiety. Put some drops of the oil into your handkerchief and inhale on a regular basis
  • boosts one’s moods
  • keeps rodents out of your property, not to mention ants and cockroaches. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and place it in their path or entry areas.

It can be inhaled or used externally

However, desist from using this oil in excess as it has got side effects such as headaches and heartburn.

Lavender essential oil


It is a calming oil with a floral smell that draws people in. It has got antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antidepressant properties.


  • treats anxiety
  • treats respiratory problems. Drop some lavender oil into a humidifier
  • treats minor burns
  • treats wounds, insect bites and stings
  • treats earaches
  • treats acne
  • treats hair loss and several women’s health issues.
  • repels mosquitoes. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to a carrier oil say olive oil and apply to your skin.
  • helps to alleviate headaches, stress, and insomnia. For better sleep patterns, 2-3 drops of the oil onto your pillow or handkerchief for inhaling will do the trick

It is used both internally and externally

Oregano essential oil


Known to have culinary and health benefits,the oil has got a warm spicy herbaceous and camphoraceous scent.  The main components in this oil are thymol, terpinene, cymene and carvacrol.  It possesses antifungal, antibacterial, diaphoretic, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, mild tonic, antiparasitic, carminative and antioxidant properties. These make it very beneficial to your health


  • treats fungal infections
  • treats sore throats
  • treats sprains
  • treats tendonitis
  • treats warts
  • treats cysts
  • treats arthritis pain
  • deals with herpes
  • treats candida
  • treats shingles
  • it’s a repellent against fleas bedbugs, lice, and mites. Add a few drops of the oil into some water and spray in the places where they are hiding.
  • eliminates odour and bacteria. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to a bottle of water and spray on the countertops

Eucalyptus essential oil


It has got a mild pungent yet sweet and refreshing aroma. It is often used as an ingredient in manufacturing inhalers, mouthwashes, liniments, and vapour rubs. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, stimulating, disinfectant,  analgesic, antispasmodic, deodorant, and antibacterial properties making it a medicinal essential oil.


  • treats boils
  • boosts immunity
  • treats bug bites
  • relieves muscle aches
  • treats burns
  • relieves congestion
  • used in aromatherapy hence treating several respiratory issues like asthma, sinus pain, respiratory tract infections. Add 2-3 drops of the oil into a pan of boiling water and inhale the steam
  • treats wounds
  • increases one’s concentration
  • relieves  stress
  • acts as a repellant and biopesticide
  • eliminates germs and odour. Add a few drops of the oil into a bottle of water and spray in bathrooms and kitchens
  • used to add flavour to cooking, confectionery, baking, beverages, and meat products

Lemon essential oil


It has a refreshing scent, like one from a freshly peeled lemon. It has got antiviral,  antidepressant,  detoxifying,  carminative,  astringent,  antihistamine,  sleep-inducing,  antibacterial properties hence qualifying it to have health benefits.

It is used as an ingredient in soaps, body lotions, perfumes, face washes, and  scented candles.


  • cures sore throats
  • treats viral and bacterial mouth infections
  • improves one’s breath. Add 2-3 drops of the oil a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash.
  • treats insect stings and bites
  • deals with respiratory problems
  • deals with skin problems
  • treats hair loss
  • treats headaches
  • improves one’s moods
  • used to fight anxiety and stress
  • great for pregnant women as it helps with nausea and vomiting
  • fights dandruff. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to your shampoo before you wash your hair.

Chamomile essential oil (Roman)


It has got a warm fruity scent and is a common ingredient in aromatherapy and beauty products. It has got hepatic, digestive, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, bactericidal,  sedative,  antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-infectious,  carminative,  antispasmodic and calming properties.


  • treats boils
  • relieves bee stings
  • treats dry skin
  • treats eczema
  • relieves bruises
  • treats burns
  • treats dermatitis
  • deals with insomnia. Use the oil in a diffused form
  • relieves stress and anxiety
  • deals with irritability and depression more so that brought on by menopause or PMS
  • treats diaper rash
  • deals with sunburn
  • deals with bad breath. Add a few drops of the oil to warm water
  • treats tonsillitis and dental abscesses
  • eases muscle pain. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to your massage oil and massage the affected areas

To deal with skin problems, the oils is used topically either in a diluted or undiluted form

For diaper rash or burns, add a few drops of the oil to any cream you are using

To make a mouthwash, add a few drops of the oil to warm water

However, if you are allergic to ragweed, do not use this oil

Clove essential oil

Clove-Essential-Oil.jpgIt has got a rather strong and sharp earthy scent. It possesses antifungal,  stimulating, antiseptic,  antiparasitic,  analgesic,  anti-inflammatory, analgesic,  antibacterial properties.

Clove oil is very strong. Therefore, you need to dilute it before using it on your skin.


  • Treats athlete’s foot
  • treats fungal infections
  • treats asthma
  • deals with indigestion
  • treats toothaches and gum issues. Put a drop or 2 of the oil on a cotton ball and rub it on the sore tooth plus the surrounding gum.
  • repels mosquitos and other insects. Add 2-3 drops of the oil into a diffuser.
  • treats earaches
  • relieves headaches
  • deals with prickly heat rash

However, pregnant women plus those with kidney or liver problems can not use this oil. People allergic to eugenol can not use it either as it is the main component of the oil.

Frankincense essential oil


It possesses as a woodsy, warm and balsamic scent. It is a great oil because of its disinfectant, carminative, disinfectant, diuretic,  sedative,  antiseptic,  expectorant,  antiseptic and astringent properties.


  • treats minor burns
  • treats wrinkles
  • helps with scar tissues
  • treats insect bites
  • treats boils
  • relieves scrapes
  • reduces anxiety and stress
  • fights stress
  • promotes sleep
  • used for massage
  • relieves nasal congestion. Put 2-3 drops of the oil into a handkerchief and inhale
  • treats migraines and headaches
  • reduces pain from arthritis and menstrual periods as well as general body pains. Add a few drops of the oil to your bath water
  • it is a repellant. Put some drops of the oil in a humidifier.
  • stops cancer from spreading

Before using this oil on your skin, it is advisable to dilute it using a carrier oil.

Let us get anxiety and stress out of living. With these little gifts from nature, we can make living more exciting and enjoyable. Our anticipations will be fulfilled in the comfort of our homes at our own terms.

Posted on Daily Post –Filthy, Anticipation


2000px-dove_peace-svgBe the peace that you seek – Fil Tribble

The sun rises,
with it raise my hopes,
that, my children, will be better,
better than yesterday.

But when I look back,
I worry,
for I have given them nothing to look to,
nothing for them to mirror,
nothing to emulate.

I make a commitment,
to myself and to them,
that I will practice,
the love I desire them to show,
the peace I desire to flow out of them,
the patience I desire them to have for others.

I choose to give them a piece,
they will proudly carry around,
and share with the world

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