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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 rheumatism, gout, arthritis, and sciatica since it helps with the removal of uric acid.
  • When used as a compress can reduce painful arthritic swelling
  • Thyme supports the health of the lungs and respiratory system. Fortifies the lungs when treating colds, 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


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

*Please be an advocate for your own health!  Use caution if you are pregnant or nursing. 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. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Posted in CBD Hemp Oils, Essential Oils, History, Nature, Sand N Stones, Delaware & Nature Shoppe, Uncategorized

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 depression- use aromatically and topically
  • Alertness and Energize- inhale, apply under nose, or back of neck
  • Memory issues and Autism – Apply on neck spine or bottom of feet
  • Loss sense of smell – inhale or apply diluted over the bridge of nose
  • Relieve ADHD – 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 sinus congestion- apply, chest, back, and bottom of feet
  • Good for those who suffer with asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis
  • Important for acute digestive disorders, nausea relief, it relaxes the stomach mussels. Beneficial against food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, colic, gallstones, nausea, IBS, 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, migraines, toothaches, aching feet -Apply on temples above ears, back of neck, and  bottom of feet.
  •  Muscle stiffness and tension, rheumatism 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 Allergies
  • Combat Cancer Cells- Research suggests that menthol the active compound in peppermint oil can restrain the growth of prostate 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 cation 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!  Use caution if you are pregnant or nursing. 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. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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doTERRA On Guard


doterra-on-guard-15mlWith the Flu season upon us, many of us are trying to find ways to stay FLU FREE! 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 for the flu. 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

On Guard Fact Sheet


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 the Cold and Flu you can make a doTERRA essential oil Cold and Flu 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

Cold and Flu 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 doTERRA web portal ….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  than click on shop.

*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. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Caesar Rodney life oneof 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.

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 “SpermaCali” 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 benefitted 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 dormmate for that many years, though it is possible,” Dr. Sawhney said.

Fact versus fiction


Caesar Rodney statue in Rodney Square in Wilmington DE  Photo

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.

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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Our Delaware

delaware-1st-state-decal_template_1469687070715N5HThis week is Delaware Week, being Delaware Day is December 7th. I have not posted much about the fascinating history that this First State has to offer, and I am blessed to have a retail shop in the First Town in the First State.

I thought that I would include the words to our State Song today…

Our Delaware

Oh the hills of dear New Castle,

And the smiling vales between, When the corn is all in tassel,

And the meadow lands are green;

Where the cattle crop the clover,

And it’s breath is in the air,

While the sun is shining over

Our beloved Delaware.



Oh our Delaware! Our beloved Delaware!

For the sun is shining over Our beloved Delaware,

Oh our Delaware! Our beloved Delaware!

Here’s a loyal son that pledges

Faith to good old Delaware.


Where the wheat fields break and billow,

In the peaceful land of Kent,

Where the toiler seeks his pillow,

With the blessing of content;

Where the bloom that tints the peaches

Cheeks of merry maidens share,

And the woodland chorus preaches

A rejoicing Delaware.


Dear old Sussex visions linger,

Of the holly and the pine,

Of Henlopen’s jeweled finger

Flashing out across the brine;

Of the gardens and the hedges

And the welcome waiting there

For the loyal son that pledges

Faith to good old Delaware.


From New Castle’s rolling meadows,

Through the fair rich fields of Kent

To the Sussex shores hear echoes

Of the pledge we now present;

Liberty and independence

We will guard with loyal care,

And hold fast to freedom’s presence

In our home state, Delaware

Words by Geo. B. Hynson, Music by Will S. Brown and 4th verse by Donn Devine


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Healing Properties of Gemstones -Sand N Stones

Posted by Michele Buckler

Recently, I was asked why I do not really talk about or post on my website or social media about the healing properties of gemstones.

Michele’s Healing Properties Beliefs’

Most of my life I usually had stone or mineral in my pocket. One day my father, who has a very concreate scientific mind, asked me why I always had a stone in my pocket. I always replied, “that it makes me feel better.” He asked me how it made me feel better?  Knowing that I needed to come up with a very scientific answer I explained…

Rock are minerals, our bodies are made up of minerals. Dad always taught me that when we get sick it is because our body is lacking a type of mineral. Most of our medications that we take daily are minerals.  Our largest organ of the body is our skin. So laying a mineral on top of our skin, our body absorbs small amounts of that mineral into our body.

He asked how do I know which stone I need. I told him, that there are several books written on this subject, but I use them as very loose guidelines. I really depend on whatever stone I am drawn to that day.

Here is a list of a few books that I use as a very loose guideline for Healing Properties. What I have found is that some of these books contradict each other, they are reporting on what experiences they have found with a particular stone.

  • Crystalline Communion 2000 by Collen Marquist and Jack Frasl ISBN 0-9620201-4-1
  • The Book Of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian ISBN 0-9621910-3-5
  • Love is in the Earth by Melody (Any of her books are good) ISBN 0-9628190-3-4
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What are we going to do with all this recycled glass?

Yesterday, a gentleman came into Sand N Stones and we started talking about sea glass, and what sea glass is. It is essentially our trash that has found its way into a large body of water, the waves break it up, the tide comes along smoothing the edges with the sand, and it is the acidity of the water, eating away at the glass causing the coveted frosting. It takes 50+ years to make a piece of glass into a piece of sea glass. I also explained that glass is a made from a natural products, Lime, Soda, and Sand when mixed together it forms sand. We started talking about how we wished that more things were made from glass.

I know that we can sterilize glass and reuse it over and over again. How things taste so much better when it is served in glass vs plastic. I realize that it cost more to ship glass than plastic, because of the weight of the glass.  The money that we are paying for environmental clean-up and health care issues caused by the plastics and styrofoam, would surely make up for the shipping cost of glass.

There is an island floating out in the ocean, bigger than the size of Texas, purely made from plastic. Unfortunately, it only keeps on getting bigger. We than started talking about how people are not going to stop polluting, and how our great-great grandchildren will still be dealing with our plastic and styrofoam  trash during their life time.  At least with glass, the waves and the rocks will break up the glass, and eventually it will go down to a pebble of sand once again.

I told him that I have never heard of an animal passing away from a piece of glass, now I am sure that may have happened, but surely not to the extent that we are hearing about today with plastics.

He told me that the Recycling companies are having a hard time with recycling glass. They really cannot melt it down, so they are trying to crush it called glass cullet. At one time, they were mixing the glass with our asphalt, to pave our roads eliminating the need to presort the glass and replace gravel which is mixed into the asphalt. They also use glass cullet for match tips, tile, and counter-tops.  There has been some chatter about possibly replenishing the beaches, and the golf course sand pits with the crushed glass, but according to the gentleman that I was speaking with they are still getting slivers of glass that are sharp.  So they have not perfected that idea yet.

After the gentleman left my shop, I couldn’t stop thinking about our conversation.  What if we allowed Mother Nature to take over that process? It has been proven over time, that if we dump ONLY glass into our oceans, The waves will break it up, and  it will eventually go back down to a grain of sand once again. This would help with keeping the natural ocean shelves where they need to be. Instead of destroying them when we do beach preservation. It will not really disturb our marine animals and birds because they have the same enzymes that we have, and their cuts will heal, look at most of the manatees, whales and sharks they all have scars which have all healed. I do not believe that that the lime and soda that also is in glass, will disturb our wildlife either, since it will be mixed in with the glass, which is in a solid state.

Please do not hear me say, that I think that we should litter. that is not what this blog post is about. What I want to say, is that I feel that we should go back to glass containers, it is safer for us, our environment, and our planet.

I think that we need to come up with some simple creative solutions that will take care of more than one problem.