Wellness Laughter Yoga

What Is Wellness Laughter Yoga?

Wellness Laughter I feel encompasses the 5 Pillars of Optimal Health which provides a strong holistic foundation for knowing what it takes to thrive in modern times on a whole-being level—physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. Michele has been working on discovering Peace, Wellness and Laughter within herself  through Meditation, Breathing, Laughter Yoga, We also teach different “life hacks” to help you navigate through your life.

Wellness Laughter yoga is a unique social health promotion and disease prevention that uses safe, gentle, and fun breathing exercises and simulated laughter techniques to enhance ones emotional, mental, and physical wellness. It is a breakthrough delivery system which allows people to laugh regardless their circumstances. We do Wellness Laughter without any joke or a sense of humor. We laugh for no reason and in doing so we laugh off some stress and add more laughter to our life! All that is necessary is the desire to laugh and we can “Laugh For No Reason”. There are four components to Wellness Laughter Yoga… clapping, eye contact, laughter/breathing, and child-like playfulness.

Laughter is the best medicine, people have known this for centuries, now science proves it. Dr. Madan Kataria  is a medical doctor and his wife Madhuri is a yoga instructor from India, they are the  founders of Laughter Yoga in 1995.  Dr. Kataria discovered that people do not laugh enough, they wait for something to make them laugh from an outside stimulus called reactive laughter.  Dr. Kataria found that even fake laughter has wonderful benefits, which usually when practiced in a group turns into real laughter.  He decided to prescribe laughter for all of his patients, and now there are over 6000 laughter clubs and laughter sessions conducted in over 53 countries.  

How often do we meet what days and what time?

I am currently leading two community event classes each week year round.
One is Thursday Mornings at the Milford Senior Center from 8:40 to 9:30. If you are not a member of the Milford Senior Center this cost to participate in their programs is $2.00. Friday Morning at the Lewes Public Library from 8:40 to 9:30 and this program is FREE. 
Everyone is Welcome, the only thing that I ask is wear a smile, bring your silly bones, and a bottle of water.  We will laugh off some stress and have some fun!  

The only time that we do not have a Wellness Laughter Session is if the Milford or Cape Henlopen Schools are delayed  or closed due to the weather, or if the Milford Senior Center or Lewes Public Library is closed. 
Visit Wellness and Laughter Yoga Facebook page where Michele talks about Meditation, Breathing, Laughter Yoga, Essential Oils, CBD Hemp Oils, just to name a few things. 

Why is it called Wellness Laughter Yoga?

Wellness is an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases. Quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. Laughter is a type of breath and Yoga means union; joining with something higher than our everyday self.   

What are the health benefits of Wellness Laughter Yoga?

  • Oxygenates the blood 
  • Initially elevate respiratory and heart rate than lowers it
  • Releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer 
  • Produces T-cells
  • Initially elevates blood pressure for 30 seconds then lowers it 
  • Boosts immunity by increasing interleukins and NK cells
  • Increases your heart rate
  • Decreases carbon dioxide levels in the lungs
  • Uses the same muscles as exercise; to strengthen core and lower back
  • Increases serotonin levels, the hormone of tranquility which also improves quality of sleep
  • Decreases both anxiety and depression
  • Builds self confidence 
  • Lowers levels of stress hormones, such as adrenaline & cortisol
  • Increases dopamine, which improves your mood 
  • 37 muscles must work in order to frown, while only 18 muscles are required to smile 
  • Even fake laughter, three times a day, was found to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and anxiety levels 
  • Even a fake smile was found to lower stress hormones 
  • Decreased elevated blood sugar
  • Decreases markers of inflammation in the body such as C-reactive proteins
  • Lowers risk for heart attacks and arrhythmias by 40% 
  • Even anticipation of a funny event lowers stress hormones and elevates immunity for 3 days beforehand.
  • It is said that we should get a D.O.S.E. (D- Dopamine, O-Oxytocin, S-Serotonin, E-Endorphin) of Laughter Every day.  

What are some of the techniques used to get people laughing? Do you make faces, tell jokes, share funny stories? 

We laugh for “No Reason”. We “fake it to we make it” since it is only your brain that knows the difference between fake laughter and real laughter. So, we get all the wonderful benefits of laughter even though it simulated laughter. Usually even “fake” laughter will turn into real laughter when practiced in a group of people. Only the brain knows the difference between “fake” laughter and real laughter, so our body get all the wonderful benefits whether we are faking it or not.   

When participating for the first time, do people find it intimidating being around strangers?

At first it could be a little awkward, since we are not use to allowing ourselves to laugh and be kid-like among people that we do not know. I have found within the first few minutes, their inhibitions goes out the window and people enjoy mingling and playing with one-another. 

Who attends Wellness Laughter Yoga?

Anyone can attend. We have women and men in our class from anywhere in the ages of 7 to 87.  

Do we get on the floor?

No, we either sit in a chair or stand/walk. But one of my rules is No New Pain. So if something hurts, stop. If you need to sit, sit. Do whatever you need to do to be comfortable.   

What do I wear? Do I need to bring anything special?  

You wear regular clothes for your day. You do not need to bring a yoga mat.  I do ask to bring a bottle of water, because when you laugh for an extended period, sometime our mouths and throats become dry, and water helps.

It is a form of exercise, some people have said that they really get a workout, but it is fun, gentle, and very easy. Like many fitness programs, you may want to consult your doctor before starting Wellness Laughter yoga.  ​  

How Michele got involved with Laughter Yoga?

I was in a deep downward “funk”, it was the Winter, and I experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) badly that year. I also was diagnosed with some health issues that I was not sure how I was going to navigate through.
One day I was Googling around on the computer and Laughter Yoga popped up. I knew from my degree in Social Work that “Laughter Was The Best Medicine”, but I was not sure if I could do the yoga portion of Laughter Yoga. I went on YouTube, and and watched some videos. It looked like something I could do.

So, the next step is Where are they offering this so I could try it?  I looked searched on the computer, but nothing came up for Laughter Yoga Delaware. The closest group I could find was in D.C. and they meet early in the Morning and it was a Meet Up kind of thing.  So I looked at Dr. Kataria, website.  Found that there was a leadership training with Bharata Wingham in Yogaville, VA. I thought what they hey, the worst thing that could happen was that I spend a weekend laughing. So I sign up, and it changed my life.

I knew that this was very important, and wanted to continue doing it. Since it helped me maybe it could help others. That was in 2014. In 2015 I had the privilege of meeting Dr. and Mrs. Kataria when I took their training to become a Laughter Yoga Teacher. That same year I took a continue Teacher Training with Sebastien Gendry, where he opened my eyes to Laughter Therapy. The next step is I want to become a Wellness Laughter Ambassador.  

 I will also do special programs for groups. For example,

Michele currently has two Wellness Laughter Yoga Clubs in Delaware.  Thursday Mornings at the Milford Senior Center and Friday Mornings at the Lewes Public Library.  She has provided sessions for several senior centers, Kent-Sussex Industries (KSI) of DelawareThe Southern Delaware Parkinson’s Group, Sussex Co. Parkinson Support Group “Walk on the Boardwalk”, Milford Relay For Life walk, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter, The Saint Peters Episcopal Church Women of Lewes DE., Delmarva Parkinson’s Alliance and The Greater Lewes Community Village. 

What do you enjoy about teaching the class?

I get just as much benefit as everyone else, but I also get the enjoyment of hearing the stories that people share afterwards and the reward that I am helping individual, no matter the circumstances. I also laugh with individuals with physical and mental challenges every week. Some of these individuals don’t have a lot to laugh about, but come almost every week and look forward to it.  Majority report to me that they feel better when they leave, than when they first got there. 

Do you ever teach other to be leaders?

Yes, it is a 2 day intensive experiential training will give you an understanding of Wellness Laughter Yoga…. the history, concept, and philosophy. Plenty of practical experience enables you to feel confident in speaking about and facilitating Laughter Yoga to various groups and settings. 

All aspects of Laughter yoga will be covered including the physical, mental, and emotional benefits along with plenty of time for practice, questions, and integration. After successful completion you will become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL) and be affiliated  with Laughter Yoga International, a Global Movement for Health, Joy, and World Peace. 

You Will:

  • Receive the Official Comprehensive training manual
  • Learn a variety of practical techniques and useful skills for facilitating
  • Experience the transformational benefits of Laughter Yoga
  • Gain insight to the “Inner Spirit of Laughter”
  • Receive an official certificate from Laughter Yoga International University
  • Learn to facilitate Laughter Yoga Meditation
  • Plenty of practice time and much more Upon completion of this training you will be able to start and lead your own Laughter Yoga club.
  • Spread Laughter to the general public, businesses, organizations, health and fitness centers, senior centers, support groups, etc.
  • This is a life changing experience and a informational weekend. Classes are limited Minimum 7 people to hold class.

Still not sure if Wellness Laughter is for you, take the Wellness Laughter Self-Assessment Test:

  • Are you a fan of laughing? 
  • Would you like to smile more?
  • Are you physically and/or emotionally stressed out?
  • Do you suffer from feeling sad? 
  • Do you want to create space in your life for child-like play and joy? 
  • Would you like to clear away negativity?
  • Are you interested in a holistic and drug-free way to attain mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness? 
  • Are you looking for a fun and easy aerobic exercise? 
  • Would you like to increase your energy naturally?  
  • Are you interested in reducing pain? 
  • Would you like to be more creative? 
  • Are you looking to connect with other laughter lovers in a friendly environment?  

My One Word is BREATHE

November 11, 2018

On my drive down to Lewes, I started listening to the Audible book Just Breath Mastering breath work for success in life, Business and Beyond by Dan Brule. I have been drawn to this book for quite some time, and finally bought it and downloaded it.  Once I started listening to it, I felt that I had found the missing piece of a puzzle that I have been looking for to sum up in one word the direction that I was going in.   Let me paresis this by saying that I also just finished the book One Word by Jon Gordon who talks about focusing on one word for a year. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. He also has a book out called Life Word. Which I think that I found, I also think it may be the path that I am being called to and my life purpose. That word is BREATHE!

As I was driving down today, Breathe just fit the direction my life and business is going!!! The obvious one is the Laughter Yoga that I have been practicing and sharing since March 2014. Which is right after the time my chronic pain started and I was searching for Something/Anything to help navigate through the depression, anxiety, and pain that I was feeling in all pillars of my life.

October 2017, I became very interested in Essential Oils and Aromatherapy which I have seen work miracles in my life as well as my Aunt Janice’s life since we have been care-giving with her.  I also thought about other aspects of my life.

Looking into other aspects of my life, my stones that I have collected, rubbed, carried, worried with, meditated on, photographed, and wire wrapped. Stones have always brought me comfort in a very natural way. In a holistic kind of way.

I do not consider myself “New Age” and the practices that some new age cultures lend itself. I see myself more as a naturalist, maybe a little naturopathic. Enjoying what Nature has already provided us.

I also look at my hobbies, I have always enjoyed crafts. Since I was about five years of age and my Grandmother taught me how to do the chain stitch in crochet. I remember sitting very still and kind of be in a calm state, just doing the chain stitch with a whole skein of yarn which usually was long enough to wrap around the whole outside of the farm house thank I would rip it out and do it all over again.

I have done crafts ever since, it has morphed into different crafts. I use to do latch hook, counted cross stitch, needlepoint, of course crocheting, wire wrapping and now I am even weaving. I am guessing that while doing these crafts my breathe also changes and slowed down. Doing this kind of repetitive action can also put you into a different kind of state of mind. All those crafts brought a calmness, and repetitive action that was comforting and relaxing to me.

Growing up and even now, I find peace and relaxation as I explored nature. Growing up I had access to a large working farm with woods and a large stream running through it. I would love to  breathe in the smells of nature, play with the farm animals and watch the birds as they flew overhead.  I used to collect nature’s treasures such as old snake skins, turtle shells, leaves, and but especially stones. Moving to Delaware that exploration just moved to the beach and collecting sea glass, and beach stones and breathing the salt air and listening to the rhythm of the waves crash on the beach. I always tried to pattern my breathing to the waves.

Mark, who has been with me on countless photographing nature walks, has mentioned that he observes me in a kind of meditative thought when I have a camera in my hand. I find the noise in my head stops, my breathing slows down, and I look at the world through whatever lens, I just happen to have on my camera at that time.

I have noticed that my life, my store which reflects me, has been evolving especially in the last year. I am getting away from the “gifty” side and moving more into the nature holistic side.  When you walk in my shop people have said “it is very relaxing in here”.  I have soft piano music playing in the background, you see the beauty of nature in all the stones and sea glass all around and my wire wrapping. Many people gravitate toward the moving sand art pictures, Exotic Sands, and just stand there and watch it, commenting that it is very Zen like.  l will always be focusing on my wire wrapping and my photography, but as you walk in now also see doTerra Essential Oils as well the HempWorx Hemp CBD oils. I am looking forward to seeing where this new self-discovery and new word BREATHE take me.

“SANDS OF TIME” The Story of Lewes

The Story of Lewes
By Larry Fox – June 8, 1990
NOT FAR from the garish carnival that plays daily along the boardwalk of Rehoboth Beach is a great, hook-shaped cape separating ocean and bay, a place where natural wonders as well as the works of the past are celebrated.

From the cape’s tip, the sand, scrub pines and grass-choked marshes stretch to the limit of vision. It’s one of those delights now so rare on the Atlantic coast, a place with so little development that you could squint your eyes and see it as it was several centuries ago — serene, empty and yet inviting.

The recorded history of Cape Henlopen goes back centuries. In 1609 the massive white dunes on the tip of the cape captured the eye of English explorer Henry Hudson, who found the broad bay a fish-filled haven offering sanctuary from the waters of the Atlantic and promises of even more riches to be found. The cape’s bountiful resources attracted the Dutch in 1631, who founded a small fort — called Zwaanendael (“Valley of the Swans”) — to be used as a whaling colony.

Zwaanendael was established just inside the mouth of a small creek entering the bay a few miles west of the sand dunes on the cape’s tip. The landscape the 32 whalers encountered was lush, if not exactly hospitable: vast expanses of tall, razor-edged marsh grass interrupted only by cypress swamps and pine groves. The colony was doomed, though, but not because of the paucity of whales in the bay or even the mosquito-infested surroundings.

It all started in a dispute over a coat of arms. The Dutch whalers ran into a problem familiar to newcomers: their presence was resented by the locals. In this case, the locals were Lenni Lenape Indians, and soon the dispute — legend holds that it was over the Dutch flag raised at the fort — provoked the Indians to massacre their unwelcome neighbors.

The lack of a welcome wagon didn’t discourage the Dutch, who intime reestablished a trading post there and operated it until 1682, when the English took it over and renamed it Lewes (pronounced “Lewis”) after a village in Sussex County, England.

The centuries since have not always been kind to Lewes and Cape Henlopen. Captain Kidd and others of his ilk plundered the town several times in the late 17th century, and in 1813, the village was shelled by the British in a skirmish in the War of 1812. The casualties were light — a chicken (dead) and a pig (wounded) — though a house damaged by the bombardment still bears a cannonball lodged in its foundation.

The village also became famous as the home of the Delaware Pilots (formally called the Association of Pilots for the Bay and River Delaware), the men who guided the big ships up the treacherous waters of the Delaware bay and river into the vital ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia.

After the Civil War, prosperity was as fickle as the tides. In 1869, the railroad spurred the first economic boom, with other expansions created by harbor development, government and military construction, small factories and another rail line. Lewes was so prosperous in the 1890s that more than 100 homes — many of them in the ornate Victorian and Gothic styles — were built in the town.

Times, though, were changing. The railroad stopped coming, the factories closed and Lewes began to wither. The story would end here except for a small, determined group of residents who decided in 1961 that Lewes and its three centuries of heritage must be saved.

“It was a tired and shabby town then,” recalls Judy Roberts, who grew up in Lewes, married a Delaware pilot and is now the president of the Lewes Historical Society. “We were losing a lot of history.”

Through the works of the society, the local chapter of the DAR and newcomers, many of them retirees from the Washington and Baltimore areas, Lewes today is a treasure house of colonial, 19th-century and Victorian architecture.

The natural resources that attracted the early settlers remain alluring today. The small creek on which the Dutch established their whaling outpost is now part of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Today it anchors Lewes’s small downtown, a waterfront inn, seafood restaurants, and fishing and pleasure boats.

The great cape changed in time, too. Once a crucial military base guarding the mid-Atlantic shipping lanes, today it is a state park covering more than 3,300 acres and offering miles of uncrowded beaches, pine forests and some bleak reminders of World War II, the greatest conflict the world has known. A WALK THROUGH HISTORY.

A walking tour of Lewes should begin at the small, oddly decorated building at Savannah Road and Kings Highway, just three blocks south of the drawbridge across the canal. The building, the Zwaanendael Museum, is a copy of the town hall in Hoorn, Holland. It is adorned with red and white shutters and carved-stone gables. A statue of Capt. Pieterssen deVries, who founded the first settlement here in 1631, sits on top.

The two-story museum displays relics from the H.M.S. DeBraak, a Dutch-named, British-owned warship that sank off the cape in a storm on May 25, 1798. Legend held that the DeBraak carried a cargo of treasure, and fortune hunters tried over the years to locate and recover the horde.

Rediscovered in the 1980s, the DeBraak was found to hold no such treasure, although the china, utensils and other artifacts recovered from the wreckage hold a fascination of their own.

Other exhibits display toys, china, silverware and other household items, parts from the Cape Henlopen lighthouse and other nautical memorabilia used by Lewes mariners.

Behind the museum, facing Kings Highway, is the Fisher-Martin House, a modest two-story frame house built around 1730 in Cool Spring, about 10 miles west, and then moved to Lewes in 1980. The town’s information center is located in the house.

Down the street, at 107 Kings Hwy., is the Colonel David Hall House, which was built around 1790 by the 15th governor of Delaware. This is a private home and isn’t open for tours, but is worth seeing from the outside, if only for its siding of cypress shingles, a building material common to Lewes. The antique shop called the Swan’s Nest in the south wing of the house sells some interesting baskets, forged iron pieces and antique furnishings.

Walking north on Savannah takes you to Front Street and the waterfront. Just west of Savannah Road is a park holding six cannons of various vintages, a memorial to the battery that attracted the British cannonade in April 1813.

One sign of the bombardment can be seen a few steps west on Front Street at the Cannonball House and Marine Museum, a small cypress-shingle house built in 1797. Down on the wall near the sidewalk, just left of the huge anchors flanking the entrance, is a three-pound cannon ball, said to have stuck there in the British attack. The Cannonball House is now a marine museum displaying nautical artifacts related to Lewes.

If you continue walking west on Front Street you pass a few gift shops before coming to Market Street and the Inn at Canal Square, a lovely waterside retreat offering spacious rooms filled with antique reproductions. The inn also rents a two-bedroom houseboat, tied up at the docks in back, for those who prefer a water view.

Market Street, between Front and Second streets, is a shoppers’ paradise, featuring antiques at the Gaslight Company, Copper Penny, Cobwebs Antiques and Carol’s Cove, and gifts at the Classic Toy Box and Celtic Pavilion.

Second Street is Lewes’s main avenue, home to a wonderful, antique-filled hotel — the New Devon Inn — and other temptations. Try the King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop at Second and Market, which offers wooden booths to enjoy your sundae in.

Flanking the ice cream shop are Habersham Peddler Interiors, with country and classic antique furnishings, and the Golden Goose, a shop specializing in gifts, yarn and knitting materials. The building in which the Golden Goose is located is topped with some dark red and white brickwork, common to High Victorian Gothic buildings.

Between Market Street and Savannah Road are other shops, galleries and restaurants, enough to serve as a break before returning to your walk through history. A block south, at Third and Chestnut streets, is Firehouse Antiques and Accessories, a fine shop occupying what was the Lewes fire station and jail until 1920. During World War II, the tiny building was used to house prisoners of war. The jail bars are still visible in the office of the antique shop.

After browsing through Firehouse Antiques and the Second Street shops, head west again on Second Street and you will enter the heart of Lewes’s past.

On the south side of Second Street, at the corner of Mulberry, is the Ryves Holt House, a shingled structure that is known to have been standing in 1685. The house is named after the naval officer of the port who moved into the house when he took his position in 1721. Later, the home was occupied by Commodore Jacob Jones, a hero of the War of 1812.

The Delaware pilots built many of the fine homes in Lewes. In 1879, pilot John Penrose Virden, first president of the association, built the Second Empire-style house at 217 Second St. The house is marked by its mansard roof and king-post trusses on the dormer gables.

Pilot J. Frank Macintire built the Queen Anne-style house at 221 Second St. in 1901, while pilot James Marshall constructed a Second Empire-style house at 223 Second St. The house, built just after the Civil War, is decorated with four rows of fish-scale shingles on the roof.

Another Second Empire-style house, an impressive three-story home at 232 Second St., was built in 1879 by F. C. Maull, a Lewes ship chandler. A year later, D. L. Mustard, another Lewes merchant, remodeled his 18th-century house on the lot at 236 Second St., surrounding it with the Gothic Revival house that now stands there.

Second Street leads to Shipcarpenter Street, and more historic homes. Pilot William Maull built the late Victorian structure at 106 Shipcarpenter St. in 1897. (These, and many other houses not operated by the historical society, are private and not open to visitors, but may be admired from the street.)

On the waterfront at Shipcarpenter Street is a baseball field and parking lot. Beyond center field is the lightship Overfalls, which was stationed at the entrance to Delaware Bay from 1892 to 1961. And next to it is the small white frame boathouse that housed the U.S. Life Saving Station, a forerunner of the Coast Guard. The ship is open for tours during the summer.

South on Shipcarpenter Street, away from the water, is the pride of Lewes and its historical society — the Complex. The Complex is a two-acre lot at Shipcarpenter and Third streets. Here the historical society managed to save and restore a number of colonial and 19th-century buildings. The buildings are open for self-guided and guided tours.

The Burton-Ingram House at Shipcarpenter and Third was moved from Second Street to its site in 1962. The house was built around 1800, and is girded with cypress shingles and has cellar walls composed of ballast stones taken from ships. The three-story house is magnificent, filled with colonial art and antiques. Upstairs is the Toy Room, a unusual display of children’s playthings from more than a century ago.

The modest addition to the right of the entrance is actually an 18th-century building, donated by the town of Milton, Del., to replace the wing destroyed by fire in 1922.

Next to the Burton-Ingram house on the Third Street side is the Rabbit’s Ferry House, which was moved from the Rabbit’s Ferry area outside of Lewes in 1967. The one-story wing section is an early 1700s farmhouse, with cypress shingles, a sleeping loft and original woodwork. The larger part of the house is newer, but not by much. It was built onto the original house around 1740. The lovely house, graced by boxwoods and other landscaping, is used as an art gallery featuring the works of Tricia Hurt, a painter who lives and works in Lewes and Key West, Fla.

Next to the gallery is the Thompson Country Store, a gray-blue frame house built around 1800 in Thompsonville, Del., and used as a store from 1888 to 1962, when it was moved to the Complex.

The inside of the store is delightful, featuring shelves of such canned items as Dixie Maid Syrup and Buck’s Banquet Hall Minced Meat. Next to the counter are the pigeonholes used by the post office, and opposite them are shelves of more items, including an unusual box of tubes to hold eggs.

“We’re trying real hard to preserve what we have,” explains Judy Roberts, who leads a tour of the Complex. The Lewes Historical Society was formed in 1961, and uses private donations, fees from activities and an inheritance windfall to move, restore and preserve these old properties.

Behind the country store is another old house, the Ellegood House, a two-story farmhouse originally built in Sussex County, Del., around 1824. The house is used today as a gallery selling country crafts and Christmas items.

Next is the Blacksmith Shop, a one-room early 19th-century cedar-shingle structure. And next to it is the Early Lewes Plank House, which may be the oldest building still standing in the Lewes area. The small one-room house, made of square logs and mortar, was built on Pilottown Road by one of the first settlers, who was apparently Swedish, according to the construction style. The exact date it was built is unknown. The house is simple, dominated by the fireplace at the back. There is one tiny bed just right of the door, and a small loft above it.

Behind the Plank House is the small, white Greek Revival Doctor’s Office, which was built around 1850 by Dr. David Hall on Savannah Road across from Second Street. It was moved twice to new locations in Lewes before finally coming to the Complex last year. The two-room house holds some old medical utensils and cabinets, and is being restored.

Roberts, one of the leaders in this restoration effort, lives across from the Complex in Shipcarpenter Square, a one-block development made up of about two dozen 18th- and 19th-century buildings moved to the site and then restored. The Roberts house is a cypress-shingle, story-and-a-half home, built in 1800 about five miles outside Lewes.

“What we have here,” said Roberts, indicating the Complex and the rest of Lewes, “is real. It’s not a reproduction like Williamsburg. It’s all so real!”

A visit to Lewes isn’t complete without a drive or walk out Pilottown Road, the waterfront street that is a continuance of Front Street west of the Inn at Canal Square. The road leads past more historic homes and enters the vast marshlands near the bay. On the canal side is a small monument, almost hidden by the thick bushes used to landscape it. On this spot, more than three centuries ago, Capt. deVries established his ill-fated whaling colony.

The rest, as they say, is history. THE CAPE ESCAPE — Lewes is about 125 miles from Washington. Take U.S. 50 east over the Bay Bridge, then Route 404 east to Georgetown, continuing east on Route 9/404 to Lewes (follow the signs for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry).

The Lewes Historical Society buildings are open for tours June 18 to Sept. 1; tour hours are 10 to 3 Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Self-guided tours are $4, guided tours $5. Buy tickets at the Thompson Country Store in the Complex at Third and Shipcarpenter streets.

For tours by appointment from Sept. 5 to Oct. 15, call the Lewes Chamber of Commerce (302/645-8073). The cost of these tours varies, depending on the length; a $20 nonrefundable deposit is required.

Special events in Lewes this year include the Zwaanendael Heritage Garden Tour from 10 to 5 on June 23. Tickets are $6, and include a garden market, tea and lecture. Call 302/345-8073.

The historical society holds its annual Craft Fair from 10 to 4 on July 14 and the Antique Fair and Flea Market from 10 to 4 on Aug. 4. Both events are at the Complex. Admission is $1 donation. In the Dunes: Winds of War

WHEN YOU STAND on the top of one of Cape Henlopen’s 83-foot-high World War II concrete watchtowers, you can understand the importance of the cape to shipping along the Atlantic coast. From this wind-swept perch you can view giant tankers and freighters traversing the bay and the Atlantic. North is a thin strip of vegetation marking the coastline of New Jersey. On the east tip are a cluster of tiny blips signaling Cape May’s presence. South and west are the 3,300 acres of state parkland, the tiny Fort Miles military base and the Naval Reserve Training and Recruitment Center. And farther south are the high-rises of Rehoboth Beach. Three miles to the west, Lewes can be seen as only a small smudge of buildings hiding in the trees.

The tower is one of nine on the cape, built when the Fort Miles Military Reservation, a harbor entrance control post, occupied the area to keep watch over the shipping lanes. During the war soldiers manned the towers to watch for enemy ship and U-boat activity.

Off these shores more than 400 Allied vessels were sunk by German submarines during the war. The survivors of those attacks often were brought to the bases on the cape. One of the final actions of the war with Germany took place here five days after V-E Day when the U-858 submarine surrendered on May 14, 1945. The sub and its crew were taken to the harbor in Lewes.

After war’s end the military base shrank, and this tower and others were abandoned. The coastal artillery were removed, their massive concrete bases left to stand or used as the foundation for a walkway over the dunes.

The violent past is out of place in this serene landscape. There are sand dunes here; the one on the Fort Miles base called the Great Dune towers between 30 and 40 feet above sea level. Once it was higher, but the Army bulldozed it into shape.

“The dune used to move 60 feet a year in the late 1950s and ’60s,” says Mike Kennedy, naturalist at Cape Henlopen State Park. “We believe most of it is pretty much stabilized now. It’s moving only five to eight feet a year west now.”

The Great Dune will officially become part of the park in the fall when Fort Miles is closed and its 96 acres are annexed by the state. The dune will add another natural attraction to the park, which already has three miles of ocean beach, 1.5 miles of bay beach, miles of hiking trails, camping facilities, numerous recreation facilities (a fishing pier, a nine-hole Frisbee golf course, tennis, basketball and softball), and the Seaside Nature Center, a one-story building housing salt-water aquariums filled with some of the animals, reptiles and fishes native to the cape.

“The aquariums have native species of fish and invertebrates,” says Kennedy. “We have crabs — spider crabs, blue crabs, horseshoe crabs, lady crabs — and fish. We have some examples of hog chokers, flounders, bluefish menhaden, sea robin and sea horses.”

The park also offers a wide variety of nature programs. This year there’s a Friday night program called Highlight of Cape Henlopen, a slide slow “telling the park visitor what to do while they are here,” Kennedy says. The show is at 7 Fridays at the Seaside Nature Center.

At 10 Saturday mornings the park offers a children’s story hour with tales of the sea, while daily at 10 and 2 are “tank talks — a way to get acquainted with the creatures of the aquariums,” according to Kennedy. “And then on Tuesday and Thursday at 2 we have a program called seaside seining, where we catch large fish in our nets along the bay shoreline and then discuss their role in the bay ecosystem.”

The programs are free, but Delaware residents must pay a $2 per car entrance fee ($4 for out-of-state residents).

The nature center also offers birdwatching every Monday at 7, according to Kennedy. “We see the endangered piping plover, peregine falcons, many migrating shore birds, the different types of terns — five different species — as well as about five or six different species of gulls.”

Lewes Businesses for Better Bags


Plastic bags are the second most common beach litter in Delaware after cigarette butts. In 2017 the University of Delaware master’s seminar called Debating Marine conservation created a program called Businesses for Better Bags. The students partnered with the Fashion and Apparel Studies department and designed a reusable bag for local businesses to sell.

Horseshoe Crab Lewes Logo out to sea   The students designed the bag, sourced a bag made in the USA from recycled plastic bottles, yes, it’s washable. The design is the state of Delaware with a horseshoe crab marking Lewes  In conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the UD students’ initiative was written up in Parade magazine which is inserted into national newspapers. The students’ website  https://lewesplasticbagproject.weebly.com received a huge number of hits with a sizeable interest in purchasing the bags.

They presented their Businesses for Better Bags initiative for which they received funding from the Sea Grant program to provide the seed money to launch the purchase of recyclable bags. The goals of the program are to reduce the number of single use plastic bags being used in retail establishments. The program has been designed to be sustainable and continue once initial Sea Grant support has expired. The Historic Lewes Business district is the pilot program for this. In hopes that all of Delaware will eventually adopt this program.

 The bags are now available in many of the Historic Lewes retail businesses with the Businesses for Better Bags logo. The students ordered over 1,500 bags and in turn Historic Lewes Business will sell them for $10. The Lewes chamber will sell them online https://www.leweschamber.com or 302-645-8073 for $20 plus shipping.

We hope that you will help support our efforts in reducing the usage of single use plastic bags. With the hopes of a Plastic Free Delaware https://plasticfreedelaware.org

lcoc-flyer_biz for better bags

What is so special about the Lewes, DE reusable bags and the Businesses for Better Bags Program?

-The bags are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, and are washable as well as recyclable all produced and printed in the USA.

-The average family will bring home almost 1500 single use plastic bags each year. These bags are used for on average 12 minutes, but have a life expectancy of 1000 years.

-Plastic bag productions is environmentally damaging requiring substantial amounts of water and petroleum. Paper bags are not the answer either since they fossil fuels, water and higher transportation cost.

-Plastic bags are the 2nd most common for of Delaware Beach trash. Due to their lightweight and durable design many blow out of landfills into natural environments, causing the deaths of 100,000 marine animals annually. It also blows into bodies of water and gets caught in boat motors and into farmers fields getting tangled into the farm equipment.

-This was a project of the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment for their Marine Conservation Course.

– Historic Downtown Lewes is the First Town in the First State to implement the pilot program to encourage Lewes businesses and patrons to reduce their dependency on single use bags. There are 16 Downtown Historic Businesses on board with the project to date.


Visit ​Biblion, Blooming Boutique Accessories, Deanna’s, Inn at Canal Street, Just Lewes, Kids’ Ketch, Lewes Gifts, Lewes Gourmet, Lewes Wear, Piccolino, PUPS, Puzzles, Sand N Stones, Shorebreak, Treasures, and Vintage Underground to buy your bag for $10 and support the local stores who put the environment first!

-This is a sustainable program supported by Delaware Sea Grant and the Green Team Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes, Delaware, Lewes Chamber of Commerce and designed by fashion students at University of Delaware.

To learn more about this project https://lewesplasticbagproject.weebly.com/

This is a video that was produced by WRDE talking about this very subject. https://youtu.be/QPbRmSjYk4Q




Heavy metals in our bodies

A couple of weeks ago, I had two young ladies, one being a nurse, come into Sand N Stones and they were asking me about the CBD Oil that I sell. They wanted to know if there had been any studies on CBD oil and people who have heavy metal conditions. I could not answer the question.
They began telling me their stories with and the ailments that they had from heavy metals. We started talking back and forth, and I explained why turned to CBD Hemp Oil and what relief I am seeing from it.
They asked if I had ever been tested for heavy metals? I told them no. They told me if I wanted to be texted make sure I get the urine test, since that seems to be more accurate then the blood test.
I started doing some research in the internet.
This morning, I went to see my Rheumatologist. I asked him what he thought of heavy metals and their effects on our health? He asked me why I was inquiring about this, I told him that I have been experiencing some of the symptoms that can be associated with heavy metals. Aches and pains, brain fog, sad feelings, trouble sleeping, anxious feelings, and elevated blood pressure. I also explained to him being a jeweler I am always working with silver and gold. I also have several fillings that are made from metals.  He said that there has been scientific proof that heavy metals in our bodies do play a part on our health. He agreed to order the urine test.  We will see.
I was wondering if there were any essential oils that would help with the detoxification of heavy metals?
I came across this web page from Dr. Axe, who is a very respected individual in the Essential Oil world. Where he talks about heavy metals, the dangers, and how to do a detox.  I have found this all very interesting and planning to incorporate some of the heavy metal detox foods into my diet that Dr. Axe recommended regardless the results.
Here is a quiz that you can take that is very interesting. At the end of the quiz they are going to ask…. If you would like to discuss your case with Connie Fox, she is now offering a one-time 30 minute phone consultation for $90.00. I did not do the consultation, but the questions they ask made me really think.
I have read that Milk Thistle as a heavy metal detox but never really gave it another thought. That is something that I can easily take in a pill form once and awhile.
Here is a Youtube video that I found talking about all of the heavy metals that we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Essential Oils for Dogs and Cats

This information is copied from a doTERRA handout and was developed with Janet Roark, DVM

When used correctly, Essential oils can be beneficial for our pets and without negative side effects or unnatural additives.

** First Research the oil you’re using to know exactly how you should use it! Talk to a veterinarian that has experience using essential oils on animals.

Dilution Ratios:

In general, its best to start with a more diluted Essential Oil when introducing that topically to your pet. You can always increase the concentration if the desired effect is not reached., but it is difficult to remove an essential oil once it has already been absorbed.

As always each animal is unique that your pet may be more sensitive than others. Observe their behavior and they will tell you!

Here are some general guidelines to help you when starting out using essential oils topically with your pet.  (CO = Carrier Oil)  ( EO = Essential Oil)

  • Puppies under 8 Weeks & Cats:   CO 250 drops – 2 drop of EO
  • Dogs under 20 lbs & Elderly dogs: CO  85-100 drops – 1 drop of EO
  • Dogs over 20 lbs:  CO 50 drops – 1 drop of EO
  • Hot Oils: CO 100 drops – 1 drop of EO

TIP:  Coconut Oil is an exceptional carrier oil and beneficial for improving general health and digestion, prevention and treatment of yeast and fungal infections, disinfecting wounds, clarifying and calming skin allergies and dryness, reduces arthritis pain and ligament problems. It is also hydrating to the skin to add 1/4 Tbsp per every 10 lb of body weight twice daily in their food.


Ways your pet can benefit from Essential Oils:


  • Diffusion
  • Spray into the air (usually diluted)
  • Direct inhalation: Put a drop of oil on your hands and allow the animal to inhale
  • On a cloth, cotton ball, or tissue near the animal or on its bedding
  • Hot Water/Steam: 1-2 drops of Essential Oil in hot water
  • Humidifier: be sure to use one that is safe to apply Essential Oils into
  • Fan /air filter Place a drop of oil on a cotton ball and insert into a fan near the animal or directly on the air filter in your home.


Dilute with a carrier oil before apply topically. Never apply in or near genitals, nose, eyes, or face as it can be to overwhelming for there senses.

  • Direct application: place a drop of oil on your hands and rub them together, than pet along the spine of the animal or even pet the hair backwards.
  • Massage: circular motions or massage technique after applying an oil to your hands.
  • Reflexology points: between the paw pads on the back paws.
  • Apply to the tips of ears (Not for long eared dogs)
  • Apply directly on the area of intrest
  • Mix a drop in their shampoo to apply during a bath
  • Apply 1 drop of essential oil in 2  cups of ice water for a cold compress or hot water for a hot compress. and soak a natural cloth in the water, wring out than apply to the area of interest.
  • Using rollerballs directly on the animal can lead to contamination and should be avoided.



Oils that indicate they are for internal use on the label may be given internally. It is generally not recommended that you give more that 1-2 drop internally at any one time.

  • 1-2 drops in a capsule with a carrier oil
  • Mix with food (Wet food works best)
  • Place a drop on your finger and wait until mostly dry, rub the residue on pets’ gums
  • 1 drop essential oil per 2 cups of drinking water (not recommended for cats)

In a natural toothpaste (not containing Xylitol) using 1 drop essential oil, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and enough water to make paste. Only use a dab of this to brush teeth to maintain oral hygiene.

Essential Oil Safety:

  • When diffusing, always allow the animal the ability to roam freely about the space (i.e.: keep door open). Allowing they to get away from the scent if they choose.
  • Use Only Therapeutic Grade essential oils
  • Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying topically. Dilute heavily at first and add oils in small increments. Observe your pet. Add more oils if needed.
  • Observe your pet’s behavior when using or diffusing essential oils. Discontinue use of an oil if your animal exhibits signs of distress, drools, squints, rubs their face, vocalizes, pants, has muscle tremors, starts shaking, vomits, has diarrhea, or has skin irritation following application of an oil.
  • Research your pets’ health status and medications they are taking currently
  • Do not use oils in, on or near your animals’ eyes, ears, nose or genitals. If you accidentally get some in their eyes, wipe eye with a tissue that has a few drop of carrier oil – Do Not flush with water
  • Use caution when utilizing essential oils on animals that are frail, have underlying health conditions, pregnant, nursing, young animals, and/or on certain medications or epileptic.
  • Use a water diffuser rather than one that pulls oils directly from the bottle
  • Don’t use essential oils at the some time as a topical medications, including dermal patches and topical flea and tick treatments.
  • Never use or give your pet any product containing Xylitol, including toothpaste or essential oil beadlets.
  • For dogs with long ears, don’t use essential oils on the tips of their ear, as the oil may get in their eyes if they shake their head.
  • Don’t panic if your pet has skin irritation or an adverse reaction. Most of these resolve with dilution within 24 hours. However, call your veterinarian for any emergency.

Precautions & Essential oils to Avoid:

Essential Oils to AVOID with Dogs:

  • Birch
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Wintergreen
  • Soothing Blend

Use CAUTION with “hot” oils

  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Essential Oils to AVOID with Cats: (Topically & Internally)

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Birch
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Tangerine
  • Wintergreen

Medical & Health Precautions:

If your pet is epileptic or has seizures avoid these oils:

  • Basil
  • Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • the blends that contain any of these oils

TIP: For a seizing animal open Frankincense and put a drop on the skin between the paw pad or topically at the base of the skull. It should help them come out of the seizure more quickly.

If your pet is on an anti-diabetic drug, avoid these oils with carefully monitoring blood glucose:

  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Leomongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Oregano
  • the blends that contain any of these oils

If your pet has a clotting or bleeding disorder or are taking any anitcoagulant AVOID these oils:

  • Wintergreen
  • Blue Tansy
  • Birch
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Thyme
  • the blends that contain any of these oils

Oils to AVOID during pregnancy:

  • Arborvitae
  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • the blends that contain any of these oils


Dry / Powder Shampoo

Also helps repel ticks and other pest! Safe for all species!

For Dark Colored fur:

  • 2 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus

For Light colored fur:

  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus

Powder for Litter Boxes:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 4-5 drops Essential Oil (Recommend: Lavender, either Eucalyptus, or Geranium)

**The product statement in this kit have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease


This information is copied from a doTERRA handout and was developed with Janet Roark, DVM and is copyrighted ©2016 EO Tools. UPC Code 6 02045 32105 0

Michele Buckler doTERRA Essential Oil Website

For additional Pet Kits, Recipes and Supplies Visit www.EO.Tools

Visit Janet Roark’s website and Facebook page

Michele will be caring some of these oils in the store on a regular basis at Sand N Stones in Lewes, DE   Follow Sand N Stones Facebook Page and Wellness and Laughter Yoga Facebook Page and follow our blog posts

Another good resource for Pet Wellness and Essential Oils look into these books….

SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats 2014 by Mia K. Frezzo, Jan C. Jeremias

The Healing Power of Essential Oils: Soothe Inflammation, Boost Mood, Prevent Autoimmunity, and Feel Great in Every Way Mar 13, 2018 by Eric Zielinski D.C.

Also check out my Hemp Worx CBD Oil Pet Care Page












Thyme Essential Oil

History and Myth:

In the middle ages, Thyme was used to promote peaceful sleep, ward off nightmares, and impart courage.


  • Add Thyme to favorite daytime diffuser blends to promote a sense of alertness.
  • Thyme has a stimulating aroma and helps relieve low spirits
  • Said to release mental blockages and trama
  • When diffused, Thyme has an invigorating vapor.
  • Strengthens the nerves and activates the brain cells aiding in memory and concentration


  • Add it to a winter routine to support a healthy immune system.
  • It supports healthy cellular function.
  • It may contribute to better overall health in conjunction with a better diet and exercise regimen.
  • Thyme has antioxidant qualities.
  • It promotes a clean and healthy mouth.
  • It supports bone health.
  • It supports the health of the circulatory system, raises lower blood pressure. May be used for joint and back since it helps with the removal of uric acid.
  • When used as a compress can reduce painful swelling
  • Thyme supports the health of the lungs and respiratory system. Fortifies the lungs when treating coughs and sore throats. Rather warming and eliminate phlegm
  • Thyme supports the health of the cardiovascular system.
  • It promotes the health of the nervous system.
  • Add Thyme to an oral hygiene routine to support oral health.
  • It supports healthy liver function.
  • Thyme is cleansing to the gastrointestinal tract and the digestive system.
  • It supports the healthy function and response of the immune system.
  • It supports healthy musculoskeletal function.
  • It may help to support healthy metabolism and weight management.
  • Thyme supports bone health.
  • Thyme may ease symptoms of normal menstruation in women
  • Helpful in childbirth – speedy delivery expelling afterbirth also can help with cases of miscarriage
  • Helps stop nose bleeding

Skin and Hair:

  • Thyme provides cleansing and purifying effects for the skin.
  • Add it to hair products to promote thick and healthy looking hair and a clean scalp.
  • May be effective for dandruff and hair loss
  • Helpful with wounds and sores as well as dermatitis and boils


  • Use Thyme topically or diffuse outdoors to naturally repel insects.
  • Diffuse Thyme to purify the air.
  • Try adding Thyme to household and kitchen cleaning supplies to promote a cleaner living environment.
  • Use one to two drops in place of dried Thyme in favorite recipes


Thyme blends well with…

  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage,
  • Grapefruit,
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lavender,
  • Lemon,
  • Niaouli
  • Mandarin
  • Melissa
  • Orange,
  • Rosemary,
  • Sage
  • Ti-Tree


doTERRA Website

The Directory of Essential Oils by Wanda Sellar ISBN 0091906679 Pages 166-167

*Please be an advocate for your own health! Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. Do not use this product if you allergic to any of its ingredients.  A Doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product.  With dōTERRA’s policies on websites and social media we cannot claim that the oils work as drugs, or that they will prevent, treat or cure, any type of ailment, disease, illness or condition.

Michele will be caring some of these oils in the store on a regular basis at Sand N Stones   Follow Sand N Stones Facebook Page and Wellness and Laughter Yoga Facebook Page 

Peppermint Essential Oil

Recently, I started using Essential Oils, and want to learn more about the oils and what they can do.  I have found that Peppermint Essential Oil is one of the Top 10 to have around for daily use.

Aroma: It has a strong menthol fragrance.

Features: This herb is native to Europe but also grows Japan as well as the USA. USA has become one of the main producers of Peppermint.  This plant favors damp conditions. It is a hybrid of the Watermint and Spearmint plants. It has been cultivated commercially in England since 1750. The leaves and flowering top of this herb is extracted by steam distilled.

How to Use: *Always use the highest quality professional grade such as doTERRA or Young Living Essential Oils. 

  • Topical: Apply drops directly and rub into the skin. Peppermint Oil need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or Almond Oil.
  • Aromatic: Use a diffuser
  • Internal: Place 1-2 drops under the tongue, mix in water, or take in capsules.
  • Photosynthesizing:  Avoid going in the sun or tanning bed after use

Uses:  Peppermint oil has stimulant qualities


  • Its cooling nature relieves states of anger, nervousness, trembling
  • Excellent for Emotional balance, mental fatigue and unstable moods- use aromatically and topically
  • Alertness and Energize- inhale, apply under nose, or back of neck
  • Memory issues  – Apply on neck spine or bottom of feet
  • Loss sense of smell – inhale or apply diluted over the bridge of nose
  • Relieve attention and hyperactivity issues – spray peppermint oil on clothing to improve concentration and alertness


  • It has a dual action cooling when hot and warming when cold this make it a good remedy for colds, fevers, hot flashes, and encouraging perspiration -apply on back of neck or bottom of feet
  • Useful in respiratory disorders, dry coughs, and head congestion- apply, chest, back, and bottom of feet
  • Good for those who suffer with breathing issues
  • Important for acute digestive disorders, nausea relief, it relaxes the stomach mussels. Beneficial against food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, gallstones, nausea,  and travel sickness –  Take in capsule, in water, or apply over abdomen
  • May help with kidney and liver disorders
  • Its cooling and pain relieving actions seems to ease headaches, toothaches, aching feet -Apply on temples above ears, back of neck, and  bottom of feet.
  •  Muscle stiffness and tension, joint discomfort and muscular aches, painful menstruation – Apply directly on stiff joints or apply pre-work-out to avoid stiffness use peppermint and lavender oil work well together
  • Suppresses food cravings – inhale or apply under nose or a drop on the tongue before or in between meals.
  • Bad Breath and hangover- gargle a drop with water
  • Ease seasonal symptoms
  • Combat Cancer Cells- Research suggests that menthol the active compound in peppermint oil can restrain the growth of some cancer. The oil also has a protective mechanism and can help prevent DNA damage and cell death caused by radiation.


  • Cooling action relieve itching, inflammation, burns, bug bites, and sunburns – Apply diluted on skin
  • Helps remove blackheads, and is effective on greasy skin and hair
  • remover both lice and dandruff – put a few drops in your shampoo and conditioner with its antiseptic properties


  • Repels insects, fleas, mosquitoes, mice, and rats
  • Block Ticks – Stop ticks from burrowing with peppermint oil. Just make sure you remove them by the head to lessen your chance of getting Lyme disease.


  • Best to use in diffuser
  • Use caution when massaging throughout the body, small areas may be tolerate
  • It is likely to irritate the skin and mucous membranes
  • Should be kept well away from the eyes
  • Avoid in pregnancy and nursing mothers could discourage flow of milk.

Products: It is already used in a lot of products that I use on a daily basis at home

  • Oral health care products, like toothpaste, chewing gum, mints, candy canes

History and Myth: The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans used Peppermint as an ingredient in their wine. Among the Hebrews used it as a perfume component because of its aphrodisiac properties.

Blends well with:

  • Benzoin
  • Cedarwood
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Mandarin
  • Marjoram
  • Niaouli
  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Wild Orange

Other doTERRA products that Peppermint oil is found in….

  • Tension blend –  doTERRA Past Tense
  • Metabolic blend – doTERRA Slim and Sassy
  • Soothing blend –  doTERRA Deep Blue
  • Digestion blend – doTERRA Digest Zen
  • Massage blend – doTERRA Aroma Touch
  • Respiration blend – doTERRA Breathe

doTERRA also carries Peppermint Beadlets that are portable and can be taken anytime.


The Directory of Essential Oils by Wanda Sellar ISBN 0091906679 pages 136 and 137

The Essential Life 3rd Edition ISBN 9 781513 618265 page 121

Heal your Gut with Essential Oils by Eric L. Zielinski  ISBN 13: 978-0-997-16550-0 page 16 and 52-56







Michele Buckler from Sand N Stones

*Please be an advocate for your own health! Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. Do not use this product if you allergic to any of its ingredients.  A Doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product.  With dōTERRA’s policies on websites and social media we cannot claim that the oils work as drugs, or that they will prevent, treat or cure, any type of ailment, disease, illness or condition.

Michele will be caring some of these oils in the store on a regular basis at Sand N Stones   Follow Sand N Stones Facebook Page and Wellness and Laughter Yoga Facebook Page 

doTERRA On Guard

With seasonal threats upon us, many of us are trying to find ways to  support a healthy immune system and doTERRA’s On Guard can help. There are many doTERRA On Guard products that you can choose from.

On Guard is just one of the essential oils that is recommended to support a healthy immune system . You can also try doTERRA Breath, Oregano, Melissa, Wild Orange, and Thyme


dōTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend

As one of doTERRA’s most popular oils, doTERRA On Guard is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function* and contains cleansing properties.

The primary benefits are…

  • Supports healthy immune and respiratory function when used internally
  • Ingest to support the body’s natural antioxidant defenses
  • Powerful surface cleaner
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma



doTERRA On Guard, a proprietary essential oil blend, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support when used internally.* As one of doTERRA’s best-selling blends, doTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested.* doTERRA On Guard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function.* It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, doTERRA On Guard helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  • Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule for an immune boost.*
  • Add to water for an effective all-purpose surface cleaner.
  • Soak sliced apples in water and a few drops for a healthy, immune-boosting snack.*
  • Combine a few drops of doTERRA On Guard with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a natural hand cleanser.

Directions for Use:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

If you are going to ingest any oil for consumption please make sure that the essential oils that you use are of the highest quality and are CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils) like what you would find with doTERRA or Young Living. 

For healthy immune you can make a doTERRA essential oil drink combine…

  • 2 drops of lavender
  • 2 drops of lemon
  • 2 drops of peppermint
  • 2 drops of melaleuca (tea tree oil)
  • Mix oils in a half cup of water. Add another half cup water, stir, and drink

healthy immune bomb

  • 5 drops protective blend (doTerra On Guard)
  • 5 drops melaleuca (tea tree oil)
  • 3 drops oregano
  • Place in an empty  veggie capsule and swallow.  Repeat ever three to four house while symptoms last.

Veggie capsules can be purchased through the Sand N Stones.com doTERRA web portal https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/mbuckler ….go to shop, than  Essential Usage & Accessories …. Internal Usage.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Other On Guard doTERRA Products….

  • dōTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend
  • dōTERRA On Guard® Beadlet

  • dōTERRA On Guard® Touch

  • dōTERRA On Guard®+ Softgels

  • dōTERRA On Guard® Cleaner Concentrate

  • dōTERRA On Guard® Foaming Hand Wash

  • dōTERRA On Guard® Laundry Detergent

  • dōTERRA On Guard® Natural Whitening Toothpaste

  • dōTERRA On Guard® Protecting Throat Drops

  • dōTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist

To find out more about On Guard or to order please visit my web portal https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/mbuckler  than click on shop.

Michele will be caring some of these oils in the store on a regular basis at Sand N Stones   Follow Sand N Stones Facebook Page and Wellness and Laughter Yoga Facebook Page 

*Please be an advocate for your own health! Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. Do not use this product if you allergic to any of its ingredients.  A Doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product.  With dōTERRA’s policies on websites and social media we cannot claim that the oils work as drugs, or that they will prevent, treat or cure, any type of ailment, disease, illness or condition.

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Caesar Rodney life one of history and mystery

Yesterday at Sand N Stones we were talking about Caesar Rodney.  There was a statement made…. When was the last time, you got on your horse, and rode up to Philadelphia 30 plus hours in the cold rain, with cancer  to break a tie, which impacted this great nation in profound ways?

Tucked inside of a report that I did on this great Delawareian, was a newspaper article that I saved from The Delaware State News dated Sunday, July 3, 2011 Vol 111, No. 333 titled Rodney’s Life one of history and mystery by Jamie-Leigh Bissett.

His Dover- for Delawareans, Caesar Rodney is the star of Independence Day.

legendary ride to Philadelphia and tie breaking vote in 1776 are firmly rooted in Delaware and American history.

But there are details of his life to much speculation – including what he looked like and the health problems he endured.

Rodney never posed for a portrait and historians tell us he kept part of his face veiled because of cancer – what he once called “that horrid and most obstinate disorder” – on his face.

“Because there are no documented portraits of Rodney, which is unusual for someone of his prominence, we don’t know what he physically looked like, “ said Russ McCabe, former state archivist and Delaware historian.

Through his words John Adams pained an unflattering picture of Rodney. “He was the oddest-looking man in the world” Adams one wrote. “He is tall, thin and slender as a reed, and pale; his face is no bigger than an apple.”

Actor Tim Parati is someone who has experienced the challenge of portraying Rodney. When he hot the role of Rodney in the HBO miniseries “John Adams” in 2008, he turned to the internet and immediately read Adams’ quote.“I said, ‘Really?’ Oddest looking man?” Mr. Parati remembered with a chuckle. “I was shocked to find out he had cancer of the face and I was worried what that was going to entail as far as wardrobe and makeup was concerned.”

Mr. Parati and the costume designer later found out that the kind of cancer Caesar Rodney had was not known, nor how long he suffered or what it specifically was about his face that caused Mr. Adams to declare him the “offset looking man in the world?”

Mr. McCabe wonders why Rodney never sat for a portrait. “If his head was in fact the size of a large apple, it might explain why there are no portraits of him, said Mr. McCabe. But with his popularity, you would think he could find an artist who would have depicted him in a positive light.”


Though there were no formal pictures of Caesar Rodney done during his lifetime, presumably because of the scars that were caused by his face cancer, this portrait was created in the 19th century.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_Rodney

Rodney’s condition

Caesar Rodney began seeking treatment for his cancer in 1768, according to Jane Harrington Scott’s book “A Gentleman as Well as a Whig: Caesar Rodney and the American Revolution.”

Excerpts of the book were provided to the Delaware State news by Constance Cooper, chief curator with the Delaware Historical Society, “I got to Philadelphia on Saturday and on Monday applied to the doctors concerning the sore on my nose, who all upon examination pronounced it a cancer,” Rodney said in a letter to his brother, Tomas on June 7, 1768. The letter goes on to say that doctors recommended that he go to England for treatment. But because of the “growing controversy with Britain,” he never went.

Ms. Cooper considered what may have happened if Rodney went to England. “He might have stayed in England like some people had done, or after treatment he might have come back home,” said Ms Cooper. “It is one of the great ‘what ifs’ in Delaware History.”

The book says Rodney instead visited with James Hamilton, the ex-governor of Pennsylvania what had been diagnosed with a similar skin cancer.  “(Hamilton) gave (Rodney) some of his own medicines and pledged to visit Caesar every day to see if there were working ‘in the same manner as with him,” the book said.

Caesar Rodney underwent surgery to remove the “sore” on his nose in June 1768. “The doctor extracted the hard-crusted matter which had risen so high, and it has left a hole I believer quite to the bone and extends for length from the corner of my eye above halfway down my nose,” Rodney wrote.  “Such a sore must take some considerable time to cure up – if ever it does. However, since it has been extracted, I am perfectly easy as to any pain.”

And though the surgery was thought to have cured Caesar Rodney of his cancer at the time, a letter from his doctor, Thomas Bond of Philadelphia on April 26, 1770 proved otherwise. “I am greatly concerned at the return of your cancer, especially so near the eye.” The doctor wrote. He went onto describe how he was going to cover the hole in Rodney’s face with plaster for 5 or 6 days, followed by the application of a “Sperma Cali” ointment and by a “dry lint.”

Ms. Scott’s book said Rodney bottled face cancer as well as asthma for the rest of his life. The book said the treatments and regular travels to Philadelphia took their toll on Rodney especially his wallet. “I am necessarily at a very considerable expense; my cash is running very low.” He was quoted as saying in 1782. “If there is any money due to me which ought to come through your hands, you will oblige me exceedingly by… transmitting it to me… as soon as possible.”

Despite the hardships, however, Caesar Rodney remained hopeful about his disease. “I am determined to persevere, it is a matter of … no less than life or death,” he said. “The doctors must conquer the cancer, or the cancer will conquer me.”

Had he lived today

Dr. rishi Sawhney, medical director of the Bayhealth Cancer Institute, said he is not sure whether Caesar Rodney died as a result of his cancer, nor does he know what kind of cancer it was.  But the fact that it disfigured his face meant that the disease was probably in the advanced stages.  He said had Rodney been alive today, his cancer would probably not have progressed to such an advance stage.

“(His) cancer could have been picked up at an earlier stage with face screenings,” Dr. Sawhney said. “Today, medical professionals examine healthy people by looking at their skin to see if they can catch the early signs of cancer before it advances or disfigures a person. But, even if it had progressed to the paint of disfigurement, Dr. Sawhney said reconstructive surgery could have done wonders for his appearance.

He said Caesar Rodney would have also benefited from pain medicine that is widely available to cancer patients today rather than suffer like he did on his famous ride north. With no pictures available of Rodney or his face, with no official prognosis from a physician, Dr. Sawhney said he can only speculate about what kind of cancer he might have had.

One thing that is known is that Rodney suffered from some form of skin cancer of which there are two main categories: melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. He said even with a picture of Rodney’s face, it would be difficult to determine the type of skin cancer because both melanoma and non-melanoma look the same to the naked eye. When a patient comes in today with skin cancer, Dr. Sawhney said a biopsy is required to make a diagnosis.

He did say that if he had to speculate, he would venture to say that Caesar Rodney had non-melanoma cancer for one simple fact: melanoma usually spreads throughout the body and even affects a person’s internal organs. “It is not common that an untreated melanoma with remain dormant for that many years, though it is possible,” Dr. Sawhney said.

Fact versus fiction


Caesar Rodney statue in Rodney Square in Wilmington DE  Photo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_Rodney

Ms. Cooper said even through Caesar Rodney’s trip to Philadelphia to cast the winning vote for independence has been well documented through the years, there are some “facts’ about the ride and his life that she questions.

The first was the famous silk veil that he wore during his ride to “prevent” upsetting onlookers. I’ve never seen documentation about him wearing a mask or a veil. Maybe that is more legendary than anything else, “she said.

Mr. Parati said costume designers on the set, who worked tirelessly to make sure everything was as authentic as possible, had trouble with Rodney’s legendary scarf. “There are no formal portraits of him, so it was hard to tell what he had done, so we went with the green scarf. We went with what we had,” he said.

Mr. Parati said little was known about how he would have worn the scarf. “At first, we wrapped it around my head, but it looked like (Jocob) Marley from (Charles Dickens’s novel “A Christmas Carol”) – like I had a toothache or something. It was too comical, so we went with the more fashionable head wrap,” he said. “With any movie, you do take some artistic license. We did as much research as we could about what would look best for the production and for the costume design.”

Mr. Parati said makeup artist also painted “cancer spots” and scars on the left side of his face to demonstrate Rodney’s cancer.

Mr. McCabe said Ms. Cooper could very well be right about her supposition what there is no proof that Rodney actually wore a silk veil.  “There is no first-person documentation about the veil so she may be right” he said.

Mr. McCabe said the “funny” thing about Caesar Rodney, one of the most well know figures of his era, is “so much of his story seems to be thinly veiled in myth or half-truths.”  “For whatever reason,” he said, “the level of knowledge of his life doesn’t equal the prominent figures of his era.”

Mr. McCabe said there is another legend surrounding Caesar Rodney’s famous ride to Philadelphia that has be debated throughout history. As the story goes, Rodney made a 30-hour trip leaving for Philadelphia from Dover after he heard that Delaware delegates Thomas McKean and George Read were deadlocked on the vote for independence.

As a kid Mr. McCabe said that he heard that Rodney actually began his ride from Sussex County where he had been romancing a lady.

Another “did he?” Or “didn’t he? Questions about Rodney’s ride was, did he make his way north in a thunderstorm on horseback like the famous picture depicts, or did he instead make the trip in a carriage? “It was probably a combination of bot,” McCabe said. “As the story goes he left his home outside Dover in a carriage, but made the vote in his boots and spurs, so perhaps the last leg was on horseback.

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Caesar Rodney pictured on the commemorative Delaware quarter.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_Rodney

Rodney’s death

Another possible misconception, Ms. Cooper said, is the cause of his death on June 26, 1784 at the age of 57. No one knows whether he died as a result of his cancer, Ms. Cooper said. “No cause of death was given other than he was in frail health,” she said.

Mr. McCabe said not only was Caesar Rodney’s life veiled in so much mystery, so too was his death. In his last will and testament signed March 27, 1787, Caesar Rodney asked that his bother Thomas, “erect a good substantial brick wall” enclosing the family burial ground at the old Byfield Farm “in the same manner as burial ground are usually enclosed” within 24 months of his death using money raised out of the “rents and profits of my real estate.” This however, was never done.

Mr. McCabe said back in 1997, when he was charged with responsibility of placing a historical marker on the Byfield Farm, he was at the time working with a prominent Dover resident and historian, James Jackson, who was also a descendant of the Rodney family. He said it is thought that about 60 Rodney family members are buried somewhere on the Byfield farm, but because no marker was ever established, no one knows for sure where the cemetery is.

 A historical marker on the corner of Bergold Land and Del. 9 east of Dover and adjacent to the Dover Air Force Base, marks Byfield, the childhood home of Caesar Rodney, where it is believe he and about 60 members of his family are buried.

“Mr. Jackson told me that not too many years after Caesar Rodney’s death, the farm was sold out of the family for payment of debt for whatever reason,” Mr. McCabe said. “His heirs and his executors did not ever get around to doing what he asked as far as a burial place, which lead to the disappearance of any physical evidence of the Rodney family burial ground.”

He went on to say that Rodney’s place of burial has been the subject of great debate of the years and something that has contributed to the air of mystery that surrounds his life. “He’s that Carmen San Diego guy in Delaware history. Where was he and who was he? Mr. McCabe said.

CR’s lasting legacy

With all the mystery that surrounds Caesar Rodney, his life and his cancer, one thing is for sure, according to Mr. McCabe: “I honestly believe if you had to give the title of ‘Mr. Delaware’ to just one person, it would be Caesar Rodney,” he said. Not just because of the distinction that he was a signer of the distinction that he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but because he had such a distinguished career.”

Mr. McCabe said even through Caesar Rodney will never be forgotten, he believes Delaware’s founding father deserves to have a place where people can go to publicly remember him. “At some point in time, I am hopeful that there is an effort undertaken to mark his grave,” he said. “He choose to lie in an unmarked grave, and with what he achieved. That is something that could be done and should be done.”

Written by Staff writer Jamie-Leigh Bissett for the Delaware State News published Sunday July 3, 2011

A monument in memory of Caesar Rodney can be found within the walls of Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Dover on the corner of State and Water Streets. The marker reads “Statesman, soldier and signer of the Declaration of Independence.”


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