A Lemon Tree on Mars

Natural – existing in or caused by nature, not made or caused by mankind

I preach and teach a lot about healing and natural wellness. So I looked up the definition. It makes perfect sense. Right? Existing in or cause by nature, not mankind.

Take a lemon tree for example.

Imagine taking a lemon tree to Mars vs taking vitamins, minerals, and supplements found in lemons.

The tree, with proper conditions like air, water, and light, will perpetually make more lemons. These lemons will have seeds to make more lemon trees, to make more lemons, to make more trees, to make more lemons, as far into the future as the imagination can see.

If you simply took the vitamins and minerals to Mars, they don’t replicate like a natural living tree. Pills don’t make more pills. They are made by mankind. They are not natural. You would quickly run out.

The difference is obvious.

Since we are of nature, perpetually replicating, doesn’t it make sense that our bodies would respond better to other things “of nature”?

Hence my constant teaching and preaching about choosing natural options first. Real sunshine vs vitamin D supplements. Water vs soda. Fruits and vegetables vs boxed and processed food. Restful sleep vs chemically induced sleep.

We are soooooo lucky to live on this planet. It has the perfect conditions for our species to thrive.

May you have great health and wellness, the natural way.




And like magic, the ugly skin thing is gone.

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First of all, my sincere apologies for the terrible pictures. I was taking them because it was a good way for Charlie to see what was bothering him on his back. Don’t you just love the new capabilities we have with our phones?

Anyway. Here’s the rest of the story……

This spot had been growing fairly slowly on Charlie’s back for a little while. It was beginning to bother him though. Hitting the chair when he leaned back. And starting to itch.

I took this picture because he wanted to see what it was.

And it not only looks terrible, it didn’t look like anything normal. Neither of us are medical professionals, nor do we specialize in beautiful skin. But this spot was a bit alarming.

Since we are both passionate about aging gracefully, naturally, and in a healthy way, we are into essential oils and natural remedies. So we took that route.

We started trying iodine. It didn’t seem to be making much of a difference so we switched to essential oils.

Lo and behold, we found a perfect formula.

Frankincense and Myrrh diluted with fractionated coconut oil. We applied it once a day. Once!! And that’s when we remembered to.

An incredible 15 days later. 15!! The spot was gone.


We chose Frankincense and Myrrh because they are both very good healers. Frankie heals everything. Let me put that a different way – Frankie helps your body heal itself. Myrrh is like liquid skin. It’s amazing!

The two together are magic. They healed the skin under that spot and it must have fallen off at some point.

No prescriptions drugs. No doctor visits. No cutting or any procedures. We simply put the Frankie/Myrrh/FCO combo on there daily (or at least as often as we could remember. Pretty much daily though.)

It has been about six weeks since the ugly skin thing disappeared. So far, it hasn’t reappeared here nor there, nor anywhere. It’s like magic. Nature works like that, you know?



It’s cold outside and other musings

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It’s February. So what do we expect, right? I believe climate change and global warming are real. But that doesn’t meant I expect February to be a pleasant walk by a soothing stream. I reserve the right to complain though. I grew up in the Southern U.S. so I prefer warm weather. I don’t complain of the heat. Haha, as stated, I reserve the right to complain about the cold.

There are hacks to stay warmish. I am currently wearing booties AND house shoes. I am steps away from donning a knit cap. Keeping my feet (and hands) warm goes a long way in feeling warm all over. Head coverings also are fabulous for keeping your body warm. Heat rises, you know. It escapes out the top of your head. Putting a covering over it slows the escape hatch.

Keeping in mind that I have zero medical training, I believe I can handle temperature fluctuations better since I started taking iodine. Our thyroid is fueled by iodine and it’s our thyroid that regulates body temperature. When it’s hungry, it doesn’t function efficiently. **Side note – do you function at your best when you’re hungry?** Cross my heart, the year I started taking liquid iodine periodically as a supplement, I handled cold weather much better. My hands and feet weren’t absolutely freezing all the time. Do your own research about thyroid health and iodine. I did mine and now winters are 1000% more tolerable.




With February comes Valentine’s Day. So here you go, Happy Valentine’s Day. I recommend doing some research on the origins of this holiday too.

The common theme for this blog post – do research.

You don’t have to believe anything, or everything.

With that, I wish you peace, good health and wealth. Stay warm and have some chocolate.

She’s outside feeding the chickens – Continued

Time to get ready for work. The shower feels nice. Picking out her oil dressing for the day is nice too. She usually picks flowers or one of the trees. She puts some under her tongue cause she’s afraid of cancer. It took her Dad and he lived a lot healthier than she did.

Time to go. She leaves the house with just enough time to get to the time clock on the dot. She can’t for the life of her understand people that get to work early then wait to clock in. She spends every available second at home. That’s where she gets to be real. That’s where she gets to be herself.

But for the next 8 or 9 hours, she’s under fluorescent lights and forced artificial air, making someone else rich. Oh boy. Why was she born into this life? Why now? She’s too late. Two or three hundred years ago, she would have been right at home.

But would she still be dissatisfied?

Anyway, the time clock says she has to put her dreams in her pocket and pretend she loves this store.

She’s outside feeding the chickens

She’s outside feeding the chickens, checking the garden, and greeting the wild animals – the birds, squirrels, lizards, and the cats. She goes inside and grabs another cup of coffee and goes back outside, while it’s still cool and the bugs aren’t too bad.

She has about thirty minutes before she has to get ready for work. She sure wishes she had more control over her work, her day, her life. Two – or even three – days off in a row would be nice. Or even the same start time every shift would be nice.

But she doesn’t have that kind of job.

She likes working with the public anyway. Different faces everyday is nice.

She also wishes the pay was better. Worrying about money is unnerving. Living in fear of the future takes all the fun out of life. Not to mention what if she gets sick? Will doctors even be able to help or will she begin the rapid descent into death or disability?

See, there’s a lot to worry about. She’s not a spring chicken anymore.

If she gets “put” into a nursing home, it will be a sad, sad day. She may not be able to forgive her children for it.

So many worries. The weight of her world gets heavy.

Where did the fun go?

What would you do with a million dollars – every year?

What would you do with a million dollars – every single year? Not once, but every single year. That’s $83,333. every month. It’s mind boggling.

I am beginning to grasp the idea while working diligently this month on my network marketing business, doTERRA.

I’m in a two month training focused on getting our businesses off the ground. We are “launching” in July.

The training is being led by people making a million dollars a year – or more! In one case, she’s making three times that because she has this down so tight that she has achieved the top rank – and therefore the top pay – three times.

And all three accounts pay her every month.

Still. Over and over and over. Every month. Every year.

I am a working person. My collar is as blue as blue can get. We have been taught that work, work, and hard work is the way to live a righteous life. Good hard work makes you a good person.

Wwwweeelllll, come to find out, there’s good people that make a lot of money without working “hard”. Some work smart. Some work with courage. Some work with passion. Most of them don’t even think of it as work.

They make damn good money. And do you know what good people do with good money?

They do good things.

So I ask you – what good things would you do with a million dollars every single year?

Tell me in the comments. What good things would you do?

Trouble falling asleep

Am I the only one that has trouble falling asleep?

Let me tell you about blue light and blue light blocking glasses.

The sun emits blue light. It’s what helps you feel energized and keeps you productive in the daylight hours.

When the sun goes down, so does the blue light. As your brain registers the darkness, it releases melatonin – a hormone that regulates sleep – making it easy to fall asleep and to stay there.

In modern society, we are constantly reaching for our cell phones, tablets, or some kind of electronic device which emit blue light.

Do you use an electronic device at night? If so, you are artificially stimulating your brain to believe it’s daylight and you should be alert.

If you are like me, most of your entertainment is on a device – hello farm games, hee hee.

And if you are like me, you play games, catch up with friends, or watch videos at night on a device emitting artificial blue light.

Enter blue light blocking glasses.

These things are amazing at helping you sleep better!

The first night I used them I fell right to sleep. That never happens.

The second night, not only did I fall right to sleep but I had a pleasant dream too.

Wearing these glasses is such an easy fix to help with sleep problems. No medication needed. Safe for all ages.

Will you give them a try?

I talk in detail about how to get a good night’s sleep night after night. https://suzannehorrocks.com/2021/04/06/sleep-like-a-baby/

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Eating our backyard weeds

We put purple dead nettle and onion grass in our salad.

Purple Dead Nettle
Onion grass

Did you know that plants in the mint family have square stems? Purple dead nettle is part of the mint family. It makes for easy identifying. Plus there’s no toxic twin, so it’s fairly safe for foraging newbies like us.

A square stem

We only forage from our backyard. We don’t use chemicals so we know they are safe.

A friend of ours eats all of the nettle except for the root, but we only used the leaves and tips. We only used the blades of the onion grass. This was simply our preference this time. We may use the stems of the nettle and the root bulbs of the grass next time. Whatever parts we don’t use goes in our compost bucket.

We soaked the greens in a tub of water to clean them. They looked clean on the surface so I didn’t feel that a simple rinse would be good enough. There wasn’t a lot of dirt but you just never know. We have a cat that has to pee somewhere, you know what I mean…..

Then a quick chop and in they went into our salad.

You would not believe the flavor of these greens. Wow!! You know how much better home grown food taste than the store bought stuff. We could not believe how fresh and powerful the taste and smell of these plants were. It was wonderful.

I’m looking forward to foraging dandelion and plantain too.

How do you feel about foraging? Is it a yay or a nay for you and your family?


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Hippocrates said it

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates

Since we are under COVID19 quarantine, I though it may be a good time to talk about food as prevention. I love the quote by Hippocrates because it’s simple and true. The simple truth. Can’t get much better than that.

There are three foods in particular that I wanted to talk about – garlic, onions, and mushrooms.

These foods are simple to add to virtually anything that is cooked. Well, except maybe boiled eggs. Although you could certainly put them with the eggs. Any soup, stews, stir frys, tacos, omelettes (speaking of eggs), anything cooked. My secret, especially with the garlic and mushrooms is to mince them. That means to cut them up into very small pieces. If you’ve ever had a bite of pure garlic, you’ll know why very small is key. And if you are like me and don’t particularly dig mushrooms, very small is key here too.

Here’s the health benefits

Garlic – It’s good for your heart. It lowers cholesterol and lowers high blood pressure.
It has cancer fighting characteristics.
It’s a natural antibiotic.

Onions – They are nutrient dense. High in Vitamin C and high in B Vitamins.
They fight inflammation.
They also lower cholesterol and lower high blood pressure.
They are loaded with antioxidants.
Like garlic, onions have cancer fighting compounds.
They help reduce high blood sugar.
They boost bone density.

Mushrooms – Ancient civilizations worldwide have used mushrooms for their healing properties for thousands of years.
They have immune boosting benefits.
They help prevent respiratory infections.
They boost longevity.

There’s as many benefits as there are ways to use these ingredients.

The way I normally use them is to lightly saute them first, then I can add them to the rest of the ingredients, or vice versa.

By mincing them (except onions. I don’t mince onions but I do chop them fairly small) it’s very easy to not even know they are in the dish. And the flavor boost cannot be beaten.

I’ve been cooking with these so long that I’m not sure I would enjoy my cooking without these flavors.

I could probably write a book about garlic, onions, and mushrooms. In fact, there are probably books written about these precious foods. But I will stop for now.

Tell me, do you cook? If so, do you use these ingredients often?

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