Hi Stand In Lovers!
July is in full swing in the Mohave Desert of Las Vegas! We have been afforded a few days of cloudy, humid relief; a most welcome respite from the 100+ degree temperatures that fill our dry, scorching-hot, summers.
Yesterday, while enjoying a fun-filled early morning lesson with my incredibly talented and passionate horse trainer Callie Klein, I inadvertently took in some extra sun! The sky was overcast, the air cool and breezy, and the clouds hung low over the rugged Spring Mountain peaks rising in the Northwest. I was so immersed in my groundwork lesson learning the fundamentals of natural horsemanship, that I neglected to put on my usual wide-brimmed sunhat and sunscreen. It felt wonderful to be co-learning with King, my training partner and equine friend, that I even removed my long-sleeved sun shirt! (This is the kind of joy a cloudy day brings to a native Chicagoan!).
We had a ball meeting each other for the first time becoming quickly acquainted in the round pen playing Parelli’s famous horse games like friendly game, porcupine game, yo-yo game, and driving game. Our rendez-vous closed with several rounds of circle game in which I attempted to ask King to move in a particular direction of travel relying on nonverbal communication to do so. Seems so simple as a spectator: Ask your horse to travel in a circle in a small pen. However, all things seemingly simple are more complicated than they appear. It’s a talented horseman that makes it look so simple. What is absent in these magical displays is the PROCESS it takes to get there. I am just beginning to understand this process and have fallen head-over-heels in love. Now, I just want to slow things down, and work on becoming the best partner, communicator, and friend I can be to King. I am indeed in love and it feels so good.
P.S. You may get a sunburn in the process if you are having TOO much FUN! If so, try this awesome DIY that contains doTERRA’s pure CPTG grade essential oils. Soothing, and refreshing as a skin freshener in the heat of a summer day as well as for sunburns!
Soothing Summer Skin Spray
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) aloe vera gel
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) witch hazel
- 1/2 Tbsp. (7.5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops melaleuca essential oil
- 3 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) distilled water
- 8 oz. plastic or glass spray bottle
- Mix together everything except the distilled water. Stir until well combined.
- Pour mixture into the spray bottle, and add distilled water. Shake to combine.
- To use, mist on skin as needed.
Stand In Love TIP: I sometimes just add the essential oils directly to the aloe vera gel and apply the gel in a thick layer on my face 2x a day until swelling and redness is gone. Of course, wear a hat and sunscreen until fully healed!
Until next time, stay cool out there friends! #standinlove