When Life Gives You Oranges…Oil

When life gives you lemons, don’t you dare make lemonade! What are you doing making lemonade, when you are sitting on such a gold mine! Peel one of those ‘life oranges’, and squeeze the skin between your fingers. You smell that, my friend? That is essence of orange, right there. Yes, indeed. The essential oil which the orange yields is very concentrated, and very beneficial. I should rename my blog “topical” topics after this post:)

Uses of Orange Oilorange oil

The uses of orange essential oil are many, and among them are:

Medically – this essential oil is used for treating the common cold, a slow digestive system, gas, the flu, and even stress. Some use it in their mouthwash, since it has the ability to fight sores and other oral unpleasantness.

Cosmetically – it is used as a skin revitalizer and healer. Oranges famously contain vitamin C, and this is also true to the fruit’s essential oil. Rich with vitamin C, it is able to act as an anti-ager, and fight wrinkles, sunburns, spots, and other skin-related issues.

Other ways of using the orange’s essential oil include:

Mood-heightener / relaxer / chill out session starter – put a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser, and let it burn slowly. The oil’s fumes have a very calming effect when inhaled, and they can really help unwind after a long day. Works very well in the bath or shower.

All-around kitchen cleaner – take a squirt bottle, and add orange essential oil to water. Perhaps consider adding another essential oil, such as a kind of mint, to the mix. Your call. You now have a great cleaner. Depending on the concentration, it can get rid of many different kinds of stains, grease, and grime.

General revitalizing tonic – this may be an obscure one, which is why I didn’t add it to the medical benefits. Orange essential oil is seen by many as a general remedy. You don’t need to suffer from any kinds of condition to use it. It is wonderful as a standalone “body maintainer”. It keeps you in shape and protects you.

Orange essential oil can help out with any and all systems, physical and mental. It is a wonderful oil which I feel is overlooked, sometimes. With so many other popular oils, such as lavender and rosemary, or the amazing Australian tea tree, it is easy to sidestep an oil made from a citrus fruit which we encounter on a daily / weekly / monthly / seasonal basis. We are used to oranges, so maybe we think less of them.peel

Either way, I hope this little post was able to broaden your orange horizons, and give you a different perspective on this common fruit. It helps your body to do what it is already doing, and it boosts its functions. Get rid of gas and toxins, improve immunity, and facilitate healthy loss of fat, with the orange’s essential oil. Because it is so prevalent, it may be overlooked, but it is certainly one of the most essential oils there are. I leave it up to you, to make that discovery for yourself.

There Are No Doubts When You Glock


Even if you are new to guns, you have – no doubt – heard of the Glock. The name Glock is synonymous with quality and durability. Even those who know nothing about handguns, probably know that name. And there is a reason for that fame.

glock in useIn the early 1980’s, Glock released its Glock 17, and history was made. Some years later, still in the 1980’s, the Glock 19 was introduced. It did not eclipse the 17, because they are two different models of the same 9mm caliber. There’s a really thorough Glock 17 vs 19 article on Gunivore.com. If you wanted to see the differences this would be a great place to start.

The Glock 19 has been reviewed so many times, it is probably cliché to even think about posting another little review. But, there is a lot going on there, so I guess there is always room for one more.

The Glock 19 pistol is made of steel and polymer. Polymer is a substance produced and used by the Glock Company itself. It is a compound based on nylon, but it is oh-so-very strong. It is stronger than many different alloys of steel, and it is durable. Combined with the unique kinds of finishes which Glock administers to its guns, it cannot be beat.

When the Glock 17 first came out, it was ridiculed for being a plastic gun. Now, over 30 years later, we know that Gaston Glock was right. It was a great idea, and it has provided countless military personnel, government agents, and law enforcement officers with means to defend themselves, not to mention every day carry civilians.

The Glock 19 is not ideal for concealed carry, by the way, but it can be done. It all depends on the holster and method of carry. Some Glock 19 holsters are really good, and others can barely merit the name ‘holster’. The choice, as always, is yours.

This gun is accurate and reliable. That is a great combination. If you train with this thing, you won’t have to own any other product or accessory. Sure, there are tons of them out there (some of those accessories are really good!), but most of them are not necessary.

glock youcan trustThere are so many comparisons being made between Glock and other firearms. I don’t have that much to offer to the debate, except to say that the Glock 19 has been carry gun for years. It hasn’t been the same model, though. I switched to a Gen 4, but started with a Gen 3. Both of them are awesome, and I recommend this gun to anyone, regardless of their level of expertise with firearms.

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My Knife History

victorinox knifeMy father gave my older brother a Victorinox pocketknife when he turned 10. At the time, I was 7, and I desperately wanted one as well. Well, patience is a virtue, right? A few years later, when I turned 10, I got my very own knife. Since that fateful birthday, I’ve been carrying knives pretty much on a regular basis. In my teens it was on and off, but now I am an everyday carry guy.

My knife collection is not large. I have only a few: a simple Victorinox (not the one I got when I turned 10!), a Leatherman Wave, and a half-serrated Spyderco Police.

leathermanThe one knife I carry on me at all times, is the Leatherman Wave which is attached to my belt. I find it to be the most versatile of the knives I have, which is why it is my go-to blade. The Victorinox is stashed in my car’s glove compartment, and the Spyderco is in my toolbox. If and when I go camping, I take the Spyderco with me, since it is a great outdoors knife.

I use these knives on a regular basis, with the Wave getting more use than the others. It is simply a better tool. However, when I need more serious cutting done, I take the Police out and it makes short work of anything.

In a world of guns, drones, and guided missiles, knives seem almost superfluous. However, in my opinion, they are still a great weapon/tool to have around. Knives have a much more personal feel to them than any other weapon I have used.

I have shot guns, assault rifles, and machine guns; I have thrown hand grenades and pushed detonator buttons (set to detonate unexploded mines and tank shells); a knife is something else. I have used my Spyderco to chop, dice, and slice on many different occasions.

Firearms have their place, for sure, but with a knife you can get up close and personal, be it in combat or in the outdoors. It is part of why I appreciate knife carriers so much. A gun may be more powerful, but to me, a knife is a lot more personal.

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